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Monday, 1 December 2014

Bearly Mine Designs Challenge - December 2014 - Christmas Decoration

 It is a sad day as come the end of December 2014 Donna has decided to shut down Bearly Mine Designs.  More details about this can be found on the Bearly Mine Inspiration and Challenge Blog.

I have enjoyed working with Donna and the wonderful papers she has created over the years and I have worked with some lovely fellow Design Team members.  I wish Donna and all the Design Team members all the very best for the future.

Well as the saying goes "the show must go on" so it's time to tell you what the very last challenge will be at the Bearly Mine Designs Inspiration and Challenge Blog.  The challenge will be a "Christmas decoration".
 I think I should have kept a tally on how long this took to make.  All I will say it was a very long time.  The wreath shape started out as a 10" circular cake stand that was no longer needed.  It took ages and ages trying to cut the middle out with dies and then a craft knife.  I then covered the whole wreath with some sparkly red fibres and then added some fine gold trim and strips of green organza ribbon.
I then set to over some days to cut various flower shapes out from the Bearly Mine Designs "Christmas Traditions 2" backing papers.  I have printed different papers on each side as with something like this you can't have a bare white underside showing!!

The dies I have used are:  "Build a Flower" Signature dies by Joanna Sheen, Tim Holtz rosette strip die, Tim Holtz holly garland strip die and a freebie flower die from a magazine.  I have also used some leaf punches.
I then had some chipboard leaf shapes so I have inked them with Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Crushed Olive distress inks.
It is the first day of the month and therefore time for another challenge over at the Bearly Mine Designs Challenge Blog. 

I have finished this Christmas wreath with buttons, brads, chipboard leaves, die-cut holly/cones, chipboard bows coloured with Graph'it pens, sting to hang it up with with, two wooden die-cut birds which I have coloured with Pan Pastels to look like robins and finally I have added a dangly Santa key to the middle of the wreath (I've had this Santa for some years now and I can't even remember where I got it from but didn't want to part with it so it's perfect to live on this wreath to go up in the house).
Due to the fact that the Bearly Mine Designs Store is having to close at the end of December, Donna is having a 50% off all digi sets sale so hurry on over and grab a bargain.

I am entering this Christmas wreath:

Top Tip Tuesday - Buttons or bows
Creative Inspirations - Season's greetings!
Simon Says Challenge - Anything goes
Crafting for all Seasons - Tis the season
Word Art Wednesday - Anything goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Die-cuts
Brown Sugar Challenge - Anything goes
QKR Stampede - Anything but a card
Winter Wonderland - Dies and punches
Polkadoodles - Nordic Christmas
Fussy and Fancy Friday - Happy holidays
We Do Doobadoo - Let's get festive!
Paper Creator - All about Christmas
613 Avenue Create - Anything goes with optional twist to make a calendar
Crafty Hazelnut Patterned Paper December Challenge - Anything goes
Crafty Hazelnut Christmas Challenge Extra - Anything goes

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Teresa Kline said...

hi Kym! this is gorgeous...so many awesome details! i am so glad you played along with Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

sparkle & shine *~*

karalschuknecht said...

Great project and it's beautiful. Thanks for joining us this week at QKR Stampede.
Karal DT

Norma said...

Wow, what fabulous Christmas wreath, Kym. I can see what a lot of work you've put into this. No wonder it took you a long time. Lots of gorgeous items you've used for embellishments. Terrific job.
Thanks for sharing it with us at the Fussy and Fancy Friday.

Heather said...

A beautiful wreath Kym, I love your tradtional colour scheme and such fantastic die-cuts, ribbon and elements!!!

Thanks so much for joining Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge
Heather xx

Rainey's Craft Room said...

This is a gorgeous wreath and so packed full of button, bows and rosettes. Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday.
Lorraine DT

Lau W said...

So wonderful decoration, very nice work !
Thanks for your participation at the Paper Creator's challenge !

NanaConnie said...

Another spectacular entry, Kym! I know this had to be very time consuming but it was so worth it. Thanks again for joining us at QKR Stampede and good luck. :-D
NanaConnie DT

Leanne said...

Kym, what a splendid wreath. I keep looking and all the details. Gorgeous, and the die cuts you used...way to go. Beautiful! Thanks for playing our Die Cuts Challenge at 4 Crafty Chicks.

Leanne DT
4 Crafty Chicks

Rene said...

Beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing your amazing project with us at Creative Inspirations! Good luck,
Rene :D

Lisa S. said...

Wow, your wreath is gorgeous! Thanks for joining us at Top Tip Tuesday.

NGCARDS said...

This is such a lovely creation hun! Thanks for playing at Creative Inspirations! xxx

Gea said...

Great project and it's beautiful. Thanks for joining us this week at Brown Sugar Challenge

Marie said...

Fantastic work Kym! It looks amazing. Keep it safe and you will enjoy it for years to come. Thanks for joining us over at Winter Wonderland.
Love n hugs

Ashley Lydia Durand said...

What a fabulous Christmas Wreath! I love it. Thanks for playing along over at Polka Doodles!

Aurora Marco said...

Hi Kym, that is an awesome Chrismas wreath you have done! I love all the details, flowers and ribbons. Thank you for sharing with us at 613 Avenue Create. Hope to see you around.

cotnob said...

This is a beautiful wreath Kym, well worth all of the time and effort.
Thank you for sharing your fabulous Christmas wreath with us at Crafting for all Seasons.

Claire said...

wow Kym, what a gorgeous project. Well worth all the time it must have taken. Thanks for joining us at http://wedodoobadoo.blogspot.co.uk/
Claire xx

flossbite said...

Such a lovely wreath. Thanks for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons this time.
Fiona DT x

Anita Byrne said...

Stunning creation thanks for joining the fun over at Polkadoodles and good luck.
Anita (DT)

Hazel said...

Thank you for entering my CHNC challenge extra for December and my Patterned Paper December challenge with more of your lovely crafting - hope to see you again soon x