Thursday, 1 November 2012

DT Project #2 showcasing Christmas Cottage Collection by Theresa Collins (posted by Lesley)

Hello again everyone.

As promised I'm back today with my 2nd project for this month showcasing the wonderful collection by Theresa Collins called Christmas Cottage Collection.  I will apologise in advance as this post is perhaps a bit of a photo overload, lol!  For my 2nd project I decided I wanted to show these lovely papers off and hopefully incorporate some of the stamps, die cuts and brads too so I decided to make a Christmas Organiser which would make a lovely gift (or so my DD informed me....... I think there was a heavy hint being dropped there, lol)

Front Cover

All the dividing pages were made using various designs in the paper collection and the pages for collecting all the 'information' on were cut from some Kraft cardstock in my stash.  I made good use of quite a few of my neglected dies, punches and embossing folders too.  As with the front cover many of the dividing pages are inked around the edges with Distress Ink and I've also edged each page with Gold Metallic Distress Stain. I've done quite a bit of stamping and heat embossing with Versamark and WOW Vanilla White embossing powder......... love the WOW powders but this one is my favourite I think!

Detail of Tim Holtz die cut snowflake using one of the papers and beautiful brads from the collection.
Wordy Christmas tree from the stamp set highlighting the star with Glossy Accents. I also edged the tips of the snowflake with clear Rock Candy Dry Glitter but you can't see it on the pic.

Pocket on inside front cover (inside back cover is the same) and gold pearl vellum dry embossed with a folder and one of the die cuts from the collection added.  There is another similar page at the back of the organiser which I somehow missed photographing.

First divider with a Tim Holtz die cut reindeer

Second divider with pocket and WOW Vanilla White embossed snowflakes from the stamp set.

Reverse of previous divider with punched snowflakes.

Next one with more of the pretty stamps and WOW embossing....

 ... and the reverse using bunting pieces from the die cut sheet in the Christmas Cottage Collection which have WOW embossed stamped words from the set.

The next two dividers are repeats of the second and front of the third but ...

...this is the reverse of the third.  I stamped the smashing wordy Christmas tree (love this tree stamp) using Versamark and heat embossed with the WOW embossing powder onto one of the fabulous papers.  This one is a wonderful wood grain effect design and I have plans for using some more of this with some Studio 490 Art Parts as soon as I can (unfortunately not in time to blog on here this week :-( ) .  I then cut the tree into strips and adhered them to my page, sometimes with double sided tape or foam pads.

And finally, ;D, the back cover which I just realised I had one of the die cuts earmarked to add on here ....... and it appears I forgot, lol!  The poinsettia were cut with a die of my own and I used some more of the lovely Christmas Cottage Collection brads for the centres.

I used my long neglected Bind-it-All to bind the pages together and finished off with bits of ribbon and lace.

I had a lovely time making this organiser which, by the way, is 6" x 6".  Just about everything I used (except for the dies) can be purchased from the wonderful Snazzys and of course, you can buy the full DT pack at a discounted price.  I cannot say how gorgeous these papers are.  The lovely traditional reds and greens with a mix of vintage and 'modern' designs.  They are a good weight and take ink and embossing exceptionally well and also have a beautiful texture to them.  Can you tell I really like this whole collection!  Don't forget if you leave a comment HERE you will be entered into the Snazzys draw for this month.

I'm hoping to get back before the end of the week with another quick make but if I don't make it I'll see you again in a few weeks ........ less than 8 weeks to Santa's visit now, lol!  Next week Minxy will be back with some more inspiration too.

Till next time, have fun