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Sunday, 22 December 2013

Sleigh Bells Ring...Sunday 22nd December

Hello Friends,

Yesterday I said that I had spent an afternoon working  on a project that I had been wanting  to complete for some fact since I got these dies a few months ago and here it is...the dies are both Sissix dies by Brenda Walton: Reindeer and Sleigh. The sleigh is actually a favour box or table centre piece. My big idea was to create a much more grungy, Tim Holz inspired project, but I think I will be making that to post here next Christmas now!

Instead I made a far more traditional piece and it is now sitting on our coffee table!

It needed to be sturdy, so I cut out 4 sleighs with quite a thick card and glued them together to double the strength and because the card was white one side, to make sure that both the inside and the outer of the sleigh matched.

 I then cut 2 more sleighs in gold to decorate, but cut the bottom away, so that only the sleigh runners are gold.. The die cuts are really easy to put together, but do take a little time and care; I used cosmic shimmer dried clear.

For the reindeer I used so corrugated card - they needed to be even sturdier as they have to stand up on 4 legs between them! Once I had die cut them, I inked the card to change the colour to dark brown.

I then cut 4 more reindeer in felt, which I glued either side of the corrugated.

I made the bridles from red cord and hooked the end of the rein around a jewelled brad which I'd attached to the sleigh. To finish off I added ribbons and bells. Then I made a base from left over corrugated card, covered with a piece of fake snow sheet and cotton wool snow. I added a little icicle stickles for a final touch.

Next to fill the sleigh..of course as a favour box you could add little choccies - I kept thinking that all made in  white or ivory, wouldn't it be a lovely centre piece for tables at a winter wedding?..I digress...I decided to make some tiny parcels and boy did they take a while and were they fiddly! I also remembered some tiny decorations hanging on the tree. We got them at a Christmas market in Italy some years ago and the little rocking horse and train made excellent additions  to the presents in the sleigh.

Hope you like it! 

I will be back tomorrow, one more time before Christmas,but in case you have finished your blogging and blog hopping for the Holidays, a very very Happy Christmas to you and thank you for visiting my blog!! Hopefully 'see' you tomorrow though!

Love and Hugs,
Carole X

I would like to enter this project in the current Country View Crafts Challenge with the theme of 'Bah Humbug!'


  1. Carole this is just wonderful, I can see why it's taken you a while but it's been worth it. Hazel xx

  2. Looks great Carole. Quite a lot of fiddly work but well worth it! Hugs Christine xx

  3. So wonderful artwork, Carole

    Merry Christmas for you and your family

  4. Simply amazing!! What a beautiful reward for all your work!!

    We both have a piece of our heart in California! I have a daughter and two grand children in the San Francisco Bay Area! Thank you for sharing where you are from it is always fun to imagine my blogger friends in their part of God's world! : )

    Have a wonderful day.


  5. Oh wow, this is absolutely incredible! So beautiful!

  6. Absolutely stunning I love what you have done on this.
    What work you have put into this fantastic project
    Have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, Prosperous and of course Creative 2014

    Patricia xxx

  7. This is a truly stunning creation. You have put so much work into it but it has been SO worth it. Anyone would be delighted to receive such a gorgeous creation. I just love those little parcels and the train and rocking horse are delightful! You are a very clever crafter! Hugs, Anne x

  8. Morning Carole,
    Wow! simply stunning, would not have the patience to attempt anything like this myself. You are very talented.

  9. What a fabulous project Carole...Happy Christmas to you and your family