30 December, 2012

Thank you cards

It's Debbie here with a few thank you card ideas, which come in really handy all through the year especially just after Christmas. It's so nice to receive a little thank you card.

So what did I use: 3 A4 sheets of papers from the 'In Sympathy' collection from 'Wishes and Kisses Cdrom' scissors and glue
To create the sentiments from the cdrom I picked a paper, sent it to the workspace, clicked templates, dragged sentiment panels over, clicked writer and typed in 'thank you'. You can alter the font and size, click view, drag it to where you want it to go then print it off. For the other two sheets I just printed them off.  It's as easy as that...

I made 3 cards:

1st card - I cut a couple of panels, matted and layered onto black thin card, cut some flowers out, added glitter with a glue pen and a little bit of decoupage. Then finish off with a  chopped down sentiment panel.

2nd card - I used a dotty embossing folder, cut & embossed 3 postage stamp shapes using spellbinders dies and inked it to highlight the embossing. Next I  added a black panel to matt them onto it, added some card candi and a sentiment panel.

3rd card - I embossed the card front using a swirl embossing folder, cut out the scallop shapes on the backing papers to make 2 shaped edges - you don't need to be precise with the scissors either. Last but no means least add a sentiment panel.

I hope you've all had a lovely Christmas.  Don't forget we'd love to see anything you've made using any Funkyhand product.  Just add your pic to the link below:

Bye for now 
Debbie x

27 December, 2012

Lou sneaks in with a digi layout and SALE news :)

Papers- Christmas Tree from funkyhand.
Afternoon Peeps!!!
Ok so I am sneaking a little post in over here today because.......

 There's a sale going on over in the Funky Hand shop :) :)

Sale. 50% off everything!*

There's a whopping 50% off all online purchases until 2nd Jan 2013 so quick!! go shopping!! and just to give you an idea of the bargain prices, that makes the download I used for this layout just £1.25!!

I just had to share the digi layout I made with the photoshop elements 11 we treated ourselves to this morning. As soon as we got home from Staples I got busy on a little layout of my fav christmas piccies.

I have to warn you all I am completely addicted to this now!! its so much fun! and how cute do those papers from Funky Hand look?! I am so excited about finding a new way to use these stunning digi papers that Anice designs, I can't wait to do some more layouts!!!

Right, I am off to eat a few ferrerro rocher choccies and watch the men of the house playing on Lego Lord of the rings!! its too much fun to miss!!

Huge hugs Lou xxxx

26 December, 2012

One word sums it up!

Hello :) Sammylou here and I hope you have all had a wonderful Christmas and been thoroughly spoiled. It's been quite hectic in our house, thanks to my three-year old son, and I have been working into the wee small hours all this week finishing off Christmas gifts for the family.

The card I would like to share with you today encapsulates what we should all be feeling at this time of the year: Happy.

As we turn towards 2013 and all the promise a New Year contains, it's nice as a cardmaker to move away from the Christmas themes that have filled my craft room since August and make something a little different.

Happy - made using the Daisy Day download
My card was made using the Daisy Day download. I just love the palette of colours in this set and the alphas with it are so versatile. All I added were the three brads and the card was done! It's a cheery card and evocative of Summer days. And while I have absolutely no desire to wish my year away before it has even begun, the thought of some sunshine is a welcome thing in this terribly wet weather.
I promise that my next blog for Funky Hand will contain a tutorial and I was thinking of showing you all how to image transfer onto candles: a simple yet incredibly effective technique. If it's something that you would be interested in seeing, please let me know.
Love and best wishes for the New Year love Sammylou xxx

22 December, 2012

It was (almost) the Night Before Christmas

.......and all round the Funky Folks' Houses everything was wrapped and serene and ready for the big day....
or maybe not....
because if you're anything like me (it's Kathy here btw)  you'll be crafting and tweaking things right up to the last minute.  In fact, while I was writing this I was just thinking that all I had to actually make now were a few pretty things to decorate my parcels when I remembered a gift card holder of some sort that I still need to make.  And it's for my MiL, so forgetting wouldn't be a good more.  ooops!
Anyway, I hummed and ha'ed about what to share with you this close to Christmas and then decided a little reminder of  a couple of packaging ideas might be a help for last-minute wrapping, plus a couple of ideas for making your parcels look just a bit special when they are sitting under the tree - it's always amazing how adding a bit of something made from paper really makes a gift look extra special
First though here are those ideas for the actual packaging
If you've got the Funky Hand Papercraft Factory CDs then don't forget to check out the templates sections for some great ideas;
Slice of cake shaped box template -  Happy Happy Birthday CD
Pillow box template - Twelve Crafters Crafting CD
Gift card holder - Wishes and Kisses CD
Exploding box - Wishes and Kisses CD
There are also a couple of envelope templates on the CDs - great for making presentation envelopes for gift vouchers or tokens and so much nicer than a plain envelope or dull card.
Don't forget to check out the shop site too for Anice's wonderful "how to make..." videos!

The pillow box template is one of my favourites and is soooo easy to use.  I've made a shamballa bracelet for each of my three nieces
This pillow box will be for one of them

Pillow box template:from Twelve Crafters Crafting CD
Designs from "Presents Wrapped" download, Printed directly onto thin card
Flower topper made using the flower template from Wishes and Kisses CD

This little origami box will be perfect for another of the bracelets - fabulously easy to make from a couple of paper squares!
You can find the link for how to make the box, along with instructions for how to make the flowery topper HERE
Papers and flower image all from the Daisy Day download

I do love to make a few "pretties" to put on my parcels - add a bit of ordinary curling ribbon, or even a scrap of tinsel and they really add some sparkle to your gifts.
Rosettes are just the simplest way to add pizzazz - you can make them from wrapping paper, or choose one of Funky Hand's fantastic papers to make it even easier as there are so many colours and designs you're sure to find something to match your wrapping!   I often just hand fold a strip of paper, but better still is using a die such as those from Memory Box and my trusty Cuttlebug!
I#ll be making loads of rosettes for my parcels this year, but I thought I'd show you a tag I've made  instead - these are fab for using up any paper scraps you have left from all those cards you've been making!
Papers are  from "Santa Baby" download

This multi-layered star looks complicated but is really easy - so easy that in a previous life I made them with a class of 6 year olds.  Use them "flat" with some curling ribbon and maybe a tiny offcut of tinself in the centre for a gift topper, or add more layers on the back then pierce a hole right through the centre and add some ribbon or cord to make a fabulous bauble
I've used the Winter Wonderland download for this one

Start by printing on both sides of your paper, then cutting a bunch of circles - either by hand, with a punch or with a die cutter - there are 4 circles in the star I've made
Fold one circle as shown in the diagram, then holding the four circles tightly together on top of each other, use the fold lines as a guide for making the cuts - stop cutting about 1.5cms from the centre
Each circle will now look a bit like this
Now curl the ends of each section inwards - you could use the pointed end of a pencil to help form the shape if you wanted.  Add a dab of glue to hold them in shape, the next photo shows one being made
Once all your stars are made all you need to do is add a dab of glue in the middle of the first one and stick star 2 in the middle, repeat with the other stars - they will take up the rounded shape as you go and you'll end up with something just like the one in the first photo.  

Here's another "star" decoration, this time made using 8 squares of paper.  I've used the Winter Wonderland download again for this one too

I used 10cm squares and the resulting star is quite large - great to put on a big gift box - but for my next one I'll start with smaller squares.
Again, you need to print on both sides of the paper before you begin
Cut 8 squares then fold each in half 4 times so there folds going straight and daigonally, and going each way. 
 Making these folds makes it easier to do the next bit

 With the square folded on one of the diagonals, push the corners (of the long side) in to form a square - or diamond shape if you prefer ;) crease firmly

 Now fold in the two sides of the top square so the top bit looks a bit like a kite shape like this:

Do the same thing with all the squares then join them all together by tucking each one under the "kite" shape of the previous one - use a dab of glue to hold them in place.  Eventually you get a shape like this, which you can decorate with ribbon, tinsel, glitter etc  Add a hole in one of the "points" if you want to hang it up
Looks complicated but really isn't, the folds are really easy quick and you'll have your star finished in no time!

I hope you've enjoyed my little bit of gift wrapping inspiration - even if it's a bit late for Christmas the ideas might come in handy for other gift giving occasions.

We'll be back soon with more ideas for using your Funky Hand stash - but please remember that we would really love to see what you make with yourss - the Linky Gadget is there to be used so please come and share your creativity with us soon.
Wishing you all a Very Happy and Creative Christmas

 The linky that you see below is for you to add pictures of anything you have created using Funky Hand products recently or what you have made using the latest Funky Freebie download available on the Funky Hand website www.funkyhand.com.

19 December, 2012

It's a date!

Good morning everyone, it's my turn (Jackie) today to bring you my little bit of inspiration using the fab goodies from Funky Hand I hope you are all ok and in high festive spirits :) 

What do you think of our new look, inspirational crafty blog? We would love it if you let us know what you think.

If you are looking for a last minute gift for someone and you would like it to be lovingly hand made then look no further! I hope you are sitting comfortably as there is quite a bit of reading going on here :)

Right, peeps, this is what we are going to make....a 2013 calendar. :)
13 x A4 sheets of card (I used 300gsm)
114 sheets of patterned paper
12 off cuts or 3 more full sheets of paper for the pockets
1 x Silver mirri card or 12 off cuts
12 printed labels - NOTES
48 large tags, I used the large Sizzix Scallop tag die
Assorted large flowers (for photos) + corresponding circle die cuts
Die cut flowers
Bind It All or book rings
So first things first....you will need to download a "FREE"page per month calendar template
and print it out. The next step is to sort out which of our wonderful papers you are going to use. For once I didn't stick to a specific colour scheme, I chose my papers by pattern and used the Wishes and Kisses Papercraft Factory cd from Funky Hand
Trim the calendar pages leaving a 1cm gap at each side and a 2cm border at the top and bottom of the pages. Trim the patterned paper down to fit the card again leaving a border all around and stick it to the back of the 'month' sheets. When you get to the December sheet, just add paper to the back of the month, you don't need a pocket on it.
We now need 12 pieces of patterned paper measuring approximately A6 which is easy as you just need to cut A4 sheets into four. Once the paper is cut it needs to be folded to make a pocket to fit a large tag into.
Crease the pocket on three sides as above, making sure that the pockets are just slightly wider than the tags. Cut off the excess and stick (on 3 sides only) to the patterned paper on the back of each month. 
Ink the edges of the flowers before you add them to the page, to add definition and make the flowers 'pop' from the page. Add the "NOTES" labels to the front of the pockets and your calendar should look like this
Stick some of the flower die cuts to the patterned paper so the recipient can add photos to the calendar. You will also need to add the circle die cuts to use as templates to cut out the photos. Fasten your calendar together using a Bind It All or book rings and decorate as required. I just put the tags and the photo templates into a separate envelope with a note on the front about how to use them. The tags can be used as shopping list, appointment cards or anything else and once they have been written on they are simply popped into the pockets .
And that, my lovelies, is all there is to it :)

I hope you have enjoyed my little bit of inspiration and that you will come back and let us know if you have made it.

Merry Christmas from all of the Funky Hand design team, we hope it's a good one for you. xx

09 December, 2012

Christmas Presents Wrapped

Morning bloggers, I hope you are enjoying the new style of the blog and today it's me, Ni, taking my turn here to share some inspiration with you all.

I have been creating Christmas cards since July for work and (although I love the traditional red/green colour combination or a blue/white one too) after 5 months of crafting I was about ready for a change!
So I was really pleased when Anice launched the Presents Wrapped download as part of the new 2012 Funky Hand Christmas collection, Oh Come All Ye Crafters. This collection features "an interesting colour palette of blue, pale green, purple and pink". Thanks Anice, perfect!

Ok so on to the details.....
I used a Kraft card base (yes I'm, still addicted to Kraft right now!) and covered the bottom half of the card with the tree paper and the top with the textured purple design.
The tree paper has fab details on it of snowflakes and what I like to refer to as "icy looking swooshes!", whilst the textured papers in all the colour varieties would be great for any style of card all year round so don't just think of this download as being limited to Christmas, if you like the bright colours I'm sure you will love it as much as I do!

I cut the presents using a die and coredinations cardstock in colours matching the download and the sentiment is a gold foiled, die cut circle I found in my huuuuuge Xmas crafting stash drawer that I coloured with a promarker in a similar tone to the papers to give that cohesive look to the project.
The banner strip was made by hand cutting the shape out of spare purple texture paper and mounting in to Kraft card.

So there we have it, a simple card to make, especially if you want to do a bulk amount, but effective I think. A twist on Christmas colours but don't forget as I said you can use the same download to create non Christmas projects too as many of the papers are not deliberately christmas styled; which is exactly what I will be doing when I pop back to share my January project with you.
Wishing everyone a very happy Christmas and I will 'see' you all in the new year! Ni. X

05 December, 2012

To Have and To Hold

Good Morning
Allison here to show you a bit of inspiration and thought I would do something non Christmas today
This is a circle card with a slight difference
To start off I printed three sheets from the Wishes and Kisses CD- It's the Big Day paper collection- 2 papers and 1 digi image and 1 sentiment 

 The beauty of these CD's is that you can resize on the workspace to any size you want to work with- next I cut out the image using a circle die and inked the edges with the die still in place
I then cut two large circles using my calibur and folded one in half- the half is your base card and is a good way of still making a circle card if you don't have any A3 sized card

To the large circle I added two smaller circles cut out of the papers, I also inked the edges of these
 Added the image to the centre and then glued the large circle to the half circle to form my card, cut out the sentiment and position where you want it on the card
 Cut some various sized circles from the remainder of the papers and pinch in the middle and crumple them up then start to layer them together to form flowers
Cut some swirls from white card and added these with the flowers round the side and finished off with some pearls for the flowers centres 

I hope you enjoyed my card today and remember we would love to see what you make using Funky Hand products or if we have inspired you in some way

01 December, 2012

Jingle All The Way!

Good morning!!!  It's the 1st of December and I hope you're all more organised than me for Christmas!  I'm sort of about getting there but fortunately I've made all the special Christmas cards in advance as I'm delivering some of them today!  At least it means the safe place I put them in won't be forgotten!

I hope you're liking our new look here at Get Funky and Craft; Anice started the ball rolling on Wednesday, and here I am with the weekend post.  Allison will be along on Wednesday with more papercrafting inspiration for you.

Anyway, here is the card I've made for my brother and his girlfriend this Christmas:

I've used the wordbook download Christmas Tree and simply printed out the letters I wanted onto thick card (I think its 240gsm) and then put the card back into the printer and added one of the plain colours from the backing paper collection so that the 'pages' are not blank on the back.

I then cut round each letter and layered them up so that you can see each letter.  I then cut each page so that it lined up as a book would at the spine.  I used a corner rounder punch to keep it looking nice and then added red glitter glue around the edge of each letter (it's Christmas after all!) and finally simply glued each page together and when once dry, I scored so that each page can be opened.

The word 'bells' has been cut with a Sizzix alphabet die - Round-A-Bout and I've used some of the offcuts of card from the wordbook letters and then went to town with some green glitter glue!

And to finish it all off, I found some green satin ribbon in my stash but not enough to make a fancy bow, so I threaded some red, gold, and green jingling bells onto some thin red ribbon and tied it all together.

If you're wondering just how big this card is and if it will fit in a normal envelope, then wonder no more as you can buy wordbook envelopes to fit!

You can show off your Funky Hand creations by adding to the blue frog below!

28 November, 2012

Christmas Clipboard technique video

Hello crafters
Welcome to the first Get Funky And Craft inspiration and technique blog post.  It's me, Anice starting us off and I am cheating a little.  A while back I showed you a Christmas list clipboard that I had made for children to be able to use to write a letter to Father Christmas to ask for the gifts they would like this year. Here it is if you didn't see it..

I'm pleased to be able to share a video with you showing you how I made it.  I hope it gives you some inspiration to create not just a clipboard but try new ways to use chipboard in your crafting.

The linky that you see below is for you to add pictures of anything you have created using Funky Hand products recently or what you have made using the latest Funky Freebie download available on the Funky Hand website www.funkyhand.com.

Leave us a comment, let us know what you think!
Anice xx

27 November, 2012

Welcome to the all new Get Funky And Craft Blog

I'm really pleased to introduce you to the Get Funky Design Teams new inspiration and technique blog.

We thought it was about time that we were able to share with you crafty creations of all different shapes,sizes and styles.

From Wednesday this week we will be bringing you craft inspiration to get your mojos on the move.  There will be a post from a different member of the Funky Hand Design Team each Wednesday and then one over the weekend either Saturday or Sunday.

We are very excited about being able to offer you ideas and techniques that we have had or learned.  Ever crafter is welcome here if you are a beginner or a more seasoned crafter.  There will be something twice a week to interest you all.

I hope you like the new look of the blog and you enjoy the ideas that we offer to you over the coming months.

I'll see you on Wednesday with our first post.
Don't just craft, Get Funky And Craft!
Anice xx 

15 November, 2012

There's going to be some changes around here!

Hi everyone,

We have been running the Get Funky Challenge Blog for a few years now and the Funky Hand Design Team have all decided that we would like to do something different with this blog now.

There are hundreds of 'Challenge' blogs out there in Blogland so, we have decided that we are going to make a bit of a change here and start offering you more inspiration, techniques and general crafty fun.  There will still be a Funky Freebie each month on my website www.funkyhand.com for you to grab and have a play with but there wont be set challenges anymore.  We will be giving you tips, showing you cool things that we have made and hoping to inspire you to get crafting. You will be free to add any blog posts you write where you have used the Funky Freebie or any other craft creation using your Funky Hand stash so everyone can pop over to your blog and take a look.

If you don't have a blog remember we have a Facebook page as well www.facebook.com/funkyhand where we would love to see your creations, so get posting your pictures and comments there as well. We'd love to hear from you.

I want to say thank you to all the crafters who have entered our challenges over the years. I know the Funky Hand Design Team are really looking forward to showing you great crafty makes and letting you know how you can make them as well. We will need a little time to get everything organised around here but we will be back very soon. So don't forget to visit us to see all the new changes.

It's going to be great fun!
Anice xx

12 November, 2012

Little chrimbly treat house!!

 Morning Peeps!!
Its Funkette Lou here this morning to carry on with our Amanda's awesome Christmas is all about kids challenge.
In our family christmas has always been centred around the children completely, and Scott and I have carried that through into our little home too so when I saw Amanda's challenge I was so excited I got to work on a little something for my Little Mo. Each year we put a treat on his bed for him to nibble up on christmas morning when he wakes up and he loves it, he gets so excited because he knows its the only day he will get a treat before breakfast!!!

So this year I grabbed my Funky Little Christmas download and got busy on a super cute little house to pop on his bed. I love the mix of kraft feeling papers and zingy greens in this download and the little christmas tree toppers. Those toppers were too cute to use as little trees around the outside of the little house. I popped them out on foam squares, awwwwww!!!

I used one of my punches to make the cute shingles on the roof, inking each one to make it stand out and die cut 25 to pop on the door. I used a teeny brad for the door handle too.

And here's a peek inside.....
 mmmmm yummy!! just perfect for a treat size bag of dairy milk buttons.
Mo loves candy canes so I tied 2 together in a heart shape and attached them to the back of the house.
Now, you still have a couple of days to join in with the challenge before it ends on the 14th november,as always our gorgeous Anice has prepared a fab funky freebie for you to use if you don't own any Funkyhand goodies. The only challenge rule is that you use at least one Funkyhand product,and the prize is any download from Funkyhand shop.

Huge hugs Lou xxx

09 November, 2012

Santa card

 It's Debbie here with my card for this months challenge with the theme set by Amanda which is:

Christmas is all about the kids.

The lovely Anice has prepared a fab funky freebie for you to use if you don't own any Funkyhand goodies. The only challenge rule is that you use at least one Funkyhand product. So show us what you can make as there is a prize of any download from Funkyhand.

I decided to do a card:

For the background paper and rosette I used papers from the Trad ole christmas papers download and  I cut it into a strip then scored the paper on a score board then glued the join together and attached some die cut snowflakes.

I printed out the Santa digital stamp from oh come all ye crafters digital stamps download and coloured it with promarkers, added glossy accents for his glasses and plenty of glitter.

Just a little bit of inking around the paper edge, some bakers twine,  typed a sentiment and card candi and it was all done.

There's still a couple of days left before the end of the challenge so we'd love to see what you've created.Remember to check out what the rest of the funkettes have created over the last month underneath this post.  Also there's lots of ideas of how we've used the new downloads over at Funkyhand.

 Add your link to join in this month's Get Funky! Challenge.

Lots of luck Debbie x


07 November, 2012

He's making a list..

.. he's checking it twice!  Oh dear I think I should stop the singing right now!  It's Anice here today to share my inspiration creation with you for this months fab challenge set by Amanda.  Christmas is for the kids so how hard can it be to create something with them in mind?  Well, I'd decided that I didn't want to make a card for this challenge but it took me a while to come up with an idea.  I did in the end and here it is, a Christmas Clipboard for making a list to send to Father Christmas..

In the very near future I will be adding a video explaining how I created this clipboard so, keep a look out on the Funky Hand website  www.funkyhand.com on my blog Funky Hand Thoughts and our Funky Hand Facebook page. There will be a free download of the list for you as well so it will be easy as could be to create one of these for your kids..or even just yourself!!

You can see in this picture a little better that I covered the front of the board with glitter and I was covered in it for a whole day!  It wouldn't wash off no matter what I used..it just had to wear off. So, I am hoping that means it wont come off over everything when I pass it on to the children in our family.  Anyway, back to the clipboard. The papers I used to create the clipboard are from one of my latest download Christmas backing paper collections Trad Ole Christmas

At the top of the 'letter' to Father Christmas I have added the beginning of the letter..on the free download I have created two versions one with 'Father Christmas' the other 'Santa' so whatever you prefer to use is covered.

This is the bottom of the letter on the clipboard.  I wanted to end the letter for the kids by saying they would be happy for whatever he could bring them..just incase they had asked for a horse, quadbike or a new brother or sister!!  Then there's a space for them to sign their name.  Once it's completed they can send it up the chimney to him or put it in the post to the North Pole.

I hope to have the video ready very soon so you can see how easy it is to create this sweet little Christmas clipboard.

You have until the 14th to get your entries into this months challenge so a few more days.  See if you can spare an hour to have a go at creating something and sharing it with us here.  If you don't have a blog, don't worry you can add you creation to our Facebook page.  We'd love to see any creation you make. Remember there is only one rule here and that is for you to use at least ONE Funky Hand product in your entry to be eligible for the download prize.  Every month I make that easy for you if you don't have any Funky Hand products there is a Funky Freebie backing paper download on my website that is Free and you can use that!

Looking forward to seeing what you are inspired to create.
Anice xx

01 November, 2012

Kathy's Tree

 Hello Funky Followers!

This month's challenge has been set by Amanda

Christmas is all about the kids

so that's what I am setting for this month's theme.

Anything Christmassy for a child.  It can be anything you want........a card, a gift, a layout, a decoration ~ whatever your imagination can come up with.

It's me, Kathy here today with my idea for Amanda's challenge and I thought that maybe something that you could get the kids to help make  would fit the theme nicely.
So here's my little tree decoration - I think that they'd look really cute in a group of three, or maybe lined up on your windowsill - or change the star for a tiny name card and use them as place settings for the Christmas dinner table.
* Print a selection of the papers (I used the "Christmas Tree" download) on to thin card - print on BOTH sides of each sheet
* Use a die cutting machine such as the Cuttlebug to cut a few each of various sizes of a set of circle dies - I used the Spellbinders Large Scalloped Circles set, and used all but the largest of the dies.  My finished tree is about 17cms including the pot and star.  Varying which size dies you use will change the look of your tree.
" Cut a length of paper to make into a tightly rolled "tube" for the trunk of the tree - or cover something like a bamboo skewer or pencil to use for the trunk
* Divide the cut circles up into piles by size to make it easier to "build" the tree.
* The children will need help with this bit - poke a small hole in the centre of each circle, then use something like a bamboo skewer to make it bigger.  I then used a pencil and pushed that through the holes to make them big enough to slide onto my paper tree trunk.  You don't need to cut neat centre holes as the raggy bits you get from pushing the pencil through will adhere the circles to the trunk.
* Start building the tree, by adding some PVA glue around the trunk - leave the bottom 4cms clear for adding the pot later, then add glue to a few cms at a time and add the circles in order.  Wet glue allows you a bit of "wiggle-room" or drying time to rearrange the circles a little as you go.  Leave a few cms at the top to add the cone to the top and the star
* Cut one circle in half and form into a cone - make sure there's a small hole remaining at the top, big enough to poke a piece of wire into. Glue the cone in place and leave to dry
* Cut two identical star shapes and glue together, sandwiching one end of a short piece of wire between them.  Allow to dry thoroughly and then you can make a spiral in the spare wire if you wish.  Add some strong glue to the end of the wire and poke it into the hole in the cone at the top of the tree.
* Cover the star with Stickles if you wish
* For the pot I used a tightly spiralled length of card, which I glued to the base of the tree.  I squeezed a "ballast" layer of blu-tack around it then covered it with red paper.  - this is a bit of a faff so here are The  lid from a large used up Pritt Stick would be perfect
Small plastic pots could be cut down  eg empty large size Stickles pots 
Just make a pot shape from plasticine!

* Cover whatever you decide to use with coloured paper and use something to weight the tree down/. Not being a household with children in, I used blu-tack for weighting my tree - but something like plasticine would be perfect.
In "another life" I taught in Nursery and Primary Schools and I know the children would have loved making these.  Nothing needs to be too accurate as a bit of "wonkiness" adds to the character of the finished piece.  There's lots of counting and geometry skills involved, plus some good old cutting practise if you get them to make the circles themselves!

I hope you like this idea and will be having a go yourselves - I'd love to see them if you do.
Download papers are perfect for this as you can print off as many as you need - and more if you run out.  
That's my project all done, and I just need to remind you that to enter our challenge and be in with a chance of winning a gorgeous Download collections of your choice, all you have to do is make a project for this challenge ensuring that you use AT LEAST ONE FUNKY HAND PRODUCT,then link it via the Linky gadget below.
If you don't have any Funky Hand stash yet, you can use this month's Freebie from Anice which is available to download from the Funky Hand web site. 
Please don't just take the paper and run, use it and join in - you might win more lovely goodies from Funky Hand!

While you're on the Funky Hand web site for the freebie paper, please take an extra 10 minutes or so and have a look around. There are lots of new Christmas downloads at fabulous prices and each download has it's own gallery to (hopefully) give you a bit of inspiration.

Have fun, Happy Crafting

Kathy xx 

28 October, 2012

Funky Fun

Good morning all, I hope you haven't been too confused by the clocks going back.....I forgot to set my watch so I was out of bed at 8.30, which doesn't sound too bad but it was actually 7.30! On a Sunday morning! The only time I'm up at that time on a Sunday is when I do a wedding fayre lol

So, enough about me and onto the challenge for this month as chosen by Amanda

Christmas is all about the kids

so thats what I am setting for this month's theme.

Anything Christmassy for a child.  It can be anything you want........a card, a gift, a layout, a decoration ~ whatever your imagination can come up with.

I made a gift bag from a brown envelope and card. I will be adding a tutorial to my blog for the gift bag so please check it out Scruff's Corner 

The paper used is the Freebie from Anice which is available to download from the Funky Hand web site. Please don't just take the paper and run, we would love to see you join in with our challenge and show us what you make. The rules for the challenge are.......you must use a Funky Hand product and that's it!

While you're on the Funky Hand web site for the freebie paper, please take an extra 10 minutes or so and have a look around. There are lots of new Christmas downloads at fabulous prices and each download has it's own gallery to (hopefully) give you a bit of inspiration.

I'll leave you to get on with your tour of the web site and look forward to seeing what you come up with for our challenge. Please don't forget to add your name to the link below

25 October, 2012

Kids Christmas - Ni Style!

Afternoon bloggers, sorry I am late sharing my post with you today, I have just had a week off work and completely lost track of the date..... I don't know where the days have gone!

Anyway, the challenge here at Get Funky! this month (set by Amanda) is for kids Christmas and so I immediately wanted to use the cute Santa image from the new Oh Come All Ye Crafters Digital Stamp download, I have also used a green paper from the Make A List download and the funky freebie for this month which has a jazzy star pattern on it, fab!

The Santa image was coloured in using promarkers, the present is an old Quickutz die and the ribbon and sentiment are from my HUGE Xmas craft stash!
I have not added any extra embellishments to the card yet as I thought with so many patterns and layers on there already it could become a bit cluttered. I might walk away and leave it for a few days then come back to it and see what I think, sometimes it is just best not to over think it and know when to walk away! ;)

I look forward to seeing your kids card entries, just don't forget......

Thanks for stopping by today, Ni. :)