Category Archives: Christmas

Mistletoe & Holly

Here’s the second set of Christmas cards I made. With these I went with the more traditional style. Naturally, I got a lot of admiring comments on these and once again I got suggestions to sell them. That’s when I usually point out that the what I can sell these for and how long I spend making these, aren’t exactly a match made in commercial heaven ;)

Sometimes it shuts people up, sometimes it doesn’t.

*le sigh*

Anyhoo, the techniques I used on these were pretty basic. Some washi tape, faux stitching, Distress-inking…The usual. The papers are from the Basic Grey’s 25th & Pine-collection.

I just realized I made one more card but I don’t have a picture of that. Bummer. Would it be embarrassing to go to my neighbour’s and ask if I could take a picture of the card I gave them? Or just plain creepy?

The challenges I’m participating in with these cards:

The Sisterhood of Crafters- Anything Goes (new thing was the paper kit)
Crafty Creations Challenge- #281 Something Old, Something New (new papers, old style)
Top Tip Tuesday- Something New (the paper kit)
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge- Anything Goes
Inspiration Destination- #17 Anything Goes
Through The Craft Room Door- Anything Goes

Comments and criticisms ARE welcome :)

-Thrifty Finn-

Mint & Gold

Yesterday I began posting my Christmas cards and named my post lazily a Pt.1. Today, as I was going through my card photos, I realized it would make sense to post them as two sets as I designed the cards to go together. I know, I know, it doesn’t matter for the recipients but for me, putting in more design effort when crafting  is important.

To the cards then…

Like I said yesterday, I love the minty paper in the 25th and Pine-set and it inspired me to make this stylish, minty winter collection. I focused on two colours, mint & gold, as they go together so well.

These cards were very well received. Be merry went to my god-daughter, Merry Xmas to my godson, the lone bauble to Paris and the three bauble one to Lapland. My godson (naturally) didn’t make any comments but I heard the words “most beautiful card ever” used.

Sometimes there’s just no point in being modest, you know what I mean? Anyhoo, here are the full images of the cards:

My local craft store still has that paper in stock. I better hoard a few for Christmases to come. I’m participating (excluding the one posted yesterday) in these challenges:

Party Time Tuesday!: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly Challenge: It’s All New (I busted out a paper kit from my stash)
Whoopsi Daisy Challenge Blog: Anything Goes
Sister Act Challenge: #89 Anything Goes

-Thrifty Finn-

Christmas Cards pt.1

Well, well, well…My Christmas themed posts continue. It sucks that I couldn’t post anything before but I just didn’t want to spoil the surprise for anyone.

Last year, I couldn’t send cards because I was in the middle of move and then I had the operation so there wasn’t any time to make cards. However, I did buy 25th & Pine, the Christmas-paper set by Basic Grey and I was so happy that I got to use the papers this year. Here’s the first of the cards I made:

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This paper is probably my favourite in the entire collection. So fresh, wintery and modern but definitely holiday’ish with the gold. The bauble strings are just random floss I had in stash and the glitter letters are Thickers by American Craft. The glitter dots on the background are just dabs of glue glittered over. Here’s the full image:

christmas card, thrifty finn, basic gre, 25th & pine

I’m participating with this card in these challenges:

613 Avenue Create: Challenge #107 Anything Goes
Scribble and Scrap Challenge: #36 Anything Goes
Winter Wonderland: Show Us Your Metals (gold and silver glitter)
Creative Inspirations: Challenge #296 Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge Blog: X is for X-periment (finger painted glitter dots)

There will be 7 another card posts still coming. Just a heads up ;)

-Thrifty Finn-

Selfie DIY And An Important Lesson

You know. Buying presents for your parents is hard. They either have everything or you can’t afford to buy anything really cool, like a trip or a massaging chair. But this year, I came up with a genius idea, whilst shopping at Clas Ohlson. It was so genius that I kept giggling all the way to the cash register and beyond.

You see…Parents always complain that they don’t see you enough. Also, they always have your idiotic childhood photos on display and let’s face it, unless you get married and a wedding picture, there never is any newer ones. Can you guess where I’m heading at?

Well…to kill two birds with one stone, I combined my idea with something practical. At first you see a plain, cheap wall clock:

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Then you take that clock carefully apart, so you can change the background to….

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Your incredibly smug face! The background was about 22 cm’s wide and since I only have an A4 printer, the photo didn’t entirely cover the background. I printed my image, which is from Instagram, on matt photo paper. I used Photoshop to create a circular template/frame so I’d know where to cut. Still managed to make the edges wobbly and uneven. It’s a talent really. A tip: pay attention on the clock hands when taking the clock apart. I accidentally bent them, so it took some wiggling and re-bending to get them run properly again.

I warned my parents that I’d be getting them a gag gift. They did laugh BUT they were more excited that they got a NEW PICTURE OF ME! My mother was so excited that she put the clock up on her bedroom wall so that she would see me first thing in the morning! And dad put his in the pride spot on the living room wall!

So the lesson? See your parents more often than once in a blue moon and for god’s sakes, send them photographs. Real ones.

-Thrifty Finn-

DIY Inspired by Lalaloopsy

Few weeks before Christmas, my friend called me to ask for help to hunt some toys on the interwebs. It turned out that her kids (3 & 5) were into a new kids show (well, new over here) called Lalaloopsy and she wanted find some play sets that weren’t available in Finland. In the end I found this set on the Ebay and boy, was it a hit with the kids:

via amazon.com

Me and my friend had several discussions about these and reminisced our own childhood. We would have gone nuts over these had they existed when we were kids.

All the cuteness of Lalaloopsy led me to get inspired by them and I got an idea to sew something Lala-related myself. At first I thought about making some kind of play mat and I even ordered bunch of themed ribbons from Ebay. However, I knew I wouldn’t necessary get them on time for Christmas so I decided to come up with a back-up plan and I started doing more research on the dolls themselves. Then I found this image:

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I fell in love with the Marie Antoinette’esque dress and then suddenly thought, wouldn’t it be fun if the girls could BE Lalaloopsy-dolls themselves?

Of course it would  be.

I went through my vintage fabric stash and pulled all the fabrics that I thought had the playfulness of the dolls. In the end I had six choices:

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My first choice was the pink one in the middle but I felt it was too faded to handle kids’ play. Then my second was the yellow plaid but I didn’t have enough for two dresses. The yardage I needed ( and the concept I had in my head) lead me to use the teal plaid.

At first I wanted to do two dresses but knowing the kids, I decided to make a top and a matching skirt and for that I came up with the genius idea altering a T-shirt. Mad rush to H&M and a fantastic deal, 3 for 2 on organic cottons, then back home via the fabric store and I was ready to sew.

I began the process by taking off the sleeves, preserving the seam allowances so there wouldn’t be any unravelling, and used them as a template to create a puffy sleeve:

how to make a puffy sleeve pattern

Winging it comes with a cost. I managed to eff up the sleeves on both tops by forgetting to cut seam allowances. Luckily I have lots of yardage of this fabric. Anyhoo, I sewed a simple puffy sleeve and added an elastic in the hem. I also left a small opening in there just in case the sleeves would be too tight or too loose on the girls’ arms.

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Looks so sweet! But a little bit plain for Lalaloopsy-play so I added some details on the front using another one from my fabric shortlist but pictures of that later….

The skirt was very simple to do. Basic, rectangular piece of fabric that I hemmed and sewed together, adding a separate waistband with an elastic inside:

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On my mad dash I had stopped by at the fabric store to get some shock pink tulle with a plan to make a light tulle under skirt. In the end I decided to add it on the hem as the skirt was full by itself. Do you want to see the full outfits? Of course you do:

IMG_20141217_135933 IMG_20141217_173125 The girls look so cute wearing them! I want to do more of these dresses but I’m not sure if they would realize that this set was also done by me and thus I’d burst their Santa Claus-bubble. I’m all for speaking the truth but some things should have magic as long as possible. Here’s the older kid wearing the outfit:

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I am a super-duper sewer and a crafter and a friend indeed. How did your Christmas crafting go? Anything really good and appreciated? If you have any questions about making these, I’m happy to answer :)

-Thrifty Finn-

P.S. A total cost for these two outfits was about 25 euros. The most expensive was the main fabric, which is from 60s.