Thursday, 15 December 2011

Charisma Cardz - Last Minute Xmas Makes


Sooooo, Christmas is really marching on its way!... and this weeks theme on Charisma Cardz is 'Last Minute Christmas Makes'.  We have mutliple sponsors this week, Meljens Designs, Pretty Little Ribbon Shop and All That Scraps, so lots of great prizes and well worth playing along.  The rest of the DT have come up with some great and original inspiration too, so I hope you get time to check it out. :)

For my 'last minute xmas makes' I set my digi-die cutter off and let it do all the work! :D lol.  Both of these boxes were available as a download, and I just walked way and left it to it.  It took about 15 mins to cut both boxes, and then just about 10 mins to fold them, fill with sweeties and tie up with ribbon.   I dangled little Tilda faeries and thought that these were lovely, inexpensive gifts for classmates or colleagues. 

I actually have to sell my fabulous digi-die cutter (Silhouette SD), because Santa is bringing me a larger model for christmas.  Hubby says I dont need 2, and he is right, so if anyone is interested in buying it before it ends up on ebay, please feel free to email me.  I have the box and all the original gubbins (software etc), and as you can see from my blog its created some wonderful things, but has not been over-used at all.  It is just 6 months old.

I also thought I would share a pic of the 'Advent Calendar' I made for my very generous husband! :) and he has been taking these in his pack-up for work.  They are not normally this full though! lol :D 

I designed the label in Do-Crafts Forever Friends software, imported it to my Silhouette software, printed it, cut it and then cut out the numbers in different paper patterns. 

I am entering my gift boxes in the following competitions:

Paper Sundaes - Anything Christmas
Just Magnolia - White Christmas
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Fancy Folds/Shaped
ABC Christmas Challenge - Yippee, its Christmas
Passion for Promarkers - Mega Xmas Challenge - Celebrate christmas - 2nd entry
Magnolia Down Under - Lost & Found.  The red bow was recycled from a chocolate box

Thanks so much for looking at my blog today, and good luck to everyone in the competitions.


KarinsArtScrap said...

ooooooo yummie, yummie that looks delicious.
and the package looks fantastic.
beautiful made alison.

greetings karin

Heidi said...

Beautiful projects Alison!
Look delicious:)
Have a lovely day, hugs:)

Sara said...

Fantastic work!!! Those boxes looks amazing with the gorgeous diecuts! And what a nice advent calendar for your husband =)

Denise and Louise said...

Fantastic boxes Alison and I love the little dangling fairies. They are a gift in themselves. Great Advent idea too.
Denise xx

sara said...

beautiful little boxes makes me think i should use my cricut more !!! loving those advent goodie bags how cute are they !! thanks so much for joining us at MDUC this week
hugs sara x

Paula (PEP) said...

Hope you find a good home for the baby Silhouette - I didn't get on very well with the Cricut but then just reading all you did with the computer & DoCrafts to make the little Advent Calendar bits for Dave lost me completely - they're lovely & what a super special idea. The little boxes are very pretty with the Tildas too Love thew ay you used pearls & ribbons to make them personal.
Paula (PEP)

Little K Smith said...

Oh I love these boxes Alison and I just adore the little Tilda hanging from them too!
And a lovely idea for your hubby! :D

Annette said...

Oh My God - these are just amazing. I don't have a digi die cutter but I soooooooo want one now. Just to make these !! They are so pretty. I love cute boxes but these are on another level altogether. Love 'em. Annette xx

Anna said...

Hi Alison, the boxes are really very nice. So cute! :)
What if everything in life that are less fun could be so easy by pressing a button and you go away in fifteen minutes and then all is done. It would be wonderful! lol

Pauline said...

These are beautiful boxes, so intricate and delicate! Anyone would be delighted to receive the box alone!

Suzilou said...

Oh my gosh how gorgeous are these, what beautiful gifts, I so want a digi cutter!! hehe

Seem to have been so busy lately not had chance to do much blogging, have been making xmas cards though. Hope you are coping ok with the weather up there, they have forcast us snow for tomorrow morning but I'm not holding my breath, has actualy warmed up here.

Hope you are all ready for Chritmas and have a fab one :) xx

Anonymous said...

WOOOW, absolutly fantastic and so decorative pieces :) LOVE IT!♥!♥!♥
Thank you so much for your lovely words, you are great ♥
Hugs Lilli xx

Mrs.B said...

Hi Alison, Gorgeous 'last minute makes'. They are so pretty and make beautiful gifts.
Avril x

D K Crafts said...

Hi Alison. Absolutely love these. The detail and images are gorgeous. Love the advent bags you made for your hubby too. Donna

Donna Mosley said...

WOW!!!!!!! Alison, these are amazing, love the intricate cut work and very cute lil' Tilda's. Love the yummy advent bags, what a lovely idea.

Donna x

Teresa said...

Hi Alison, what a great idea and they make such scrummy gifts! Love those little magnolia fairies, they look great. What a great cutter you have to make these beauties! Hugs, Teresa x

coops said...

wow these are fantastic alison.the boxes are so beautiful, love the intricate deisgn and gorgeous treat bags especially the choc ;D

xx coops xx

Lorraine said...

OMG, Alison - THESE are last minute gifts?! They are so gorgeous! I must pull out and dust off my Silhouette, lol!

Hazel said...


These are amazing - I just think they are stunning - the little Tilda is just perfect for them.

What new machine is Santa bringing you?

Take care

Hazel x

Dot said...

Beautiful creations. Thanks for joining our Y for Yippee challenge at ABC Christmas Challenge this time and good luck. Dorte x

Anonymous said...

These are wonderful , I love that die cut. Thanks so much for joining in our Christmas Challenge at Paper Sundaes this week
Hugs Julie P

Eulanda said...

These are super cute!! I just downloaded those 2 myself the other day. Way to go! Upgrading already but how frustrating to buy one and then 6 months later a new version. I've had mine for a year and now my mom and sister are getting the new one for xmas. Not fair! LOL!! Love the little Maggie's you added to them. Great gift idea. Thanks for joining us at MDUC this week. Merry Christmas! Hugs!

Sue said...

Oh these are gorgeous Alison!! So cute - I love those little Tilda's. I need to make some gift boxes for chocolates, if I ever get the time!
I love your Advent Calendar for your hubby. Aww he is lucky getting all those choccies!!!
Hugs Sue xx

Basslady said...

this is so striking and faboulous!

amazing job!

hugs and kisses from germany,
silvi xoxo

Gro said...

Wow, this is just beautiful. Thanks for joining us at PfP.

Hugs :o)

The Crafty Den said...

Hi Alison, what gorgeous boxes. They look so delicate and the recipients would think they took hours to make!! I love the image and your details are perfect. Thanks for joining us at PFP for our Mega Christmas challenge and I hope Santa brought you lots of lovely goodies. Hugs, Denise x

Theresa said...

These are just gorgeous boxes. What amazing and delicate cuts. Wonderful projects.

Lin said...

Alison, these are stunning. I downloaded these from the Silhouette store but haven't had a chance to try them out yet.

Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley.



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