Friday, 26 July 2019

Christmas in July...

Hello friends, hope life is treating you well. I was recently contacted by Hunky Dory Craft and they sent me an enormous parcel of their latest Christmas products, so today I am featuring a project using some of them.
Let me start by explaining what I was sent and what I made: My parcel contained two of their brand new Christmas collections:the Christmas In Style Luxury Topper Collection and the A Wonderful Wintertime Luxury Topper Collection also included was a pack of 6 x 6 Christmas papers.
The topper collections are huge, including not only toppers but also fabulous card stock in matching patterns.

Now, to be honest, I am not really a cardmaker, and though I do usually make my own Christmas cards, I would never use ready made toppers really, - so what to do with all those amazing glittery goodies? I mulled it over for a while and then decided that my best option would be to get out my gesso, inks etc, and create a vintage style Christmas planner.
Above first of all, the cover, made from one of the A4 fabulous card stock pieces that are part of the collection. This is incredibly strong card (my guess is 360gms) so perfect for a cover. I inked and aged it and then decorated it with some of the images from the paper collection. The album itself was made from ordinary card stock using a simple 3 stitch binding. Each page was then decorated with elements from the card and paper collections and my own style added with the help of stencils, book pages, background stamping and washi tapes etc. But enough of the epxlanations, below you can see the results of the first part of the planner:
A close up from one of the images from the paper collection.
Day 1 and 2 and on the left one of the paper collection images, (you get 5 of each paper)
As you can see this is the 12 days of Christmas, I punched out the individual images to decorate each of my pages.

A couple more close ups to show how I used the various toppers and images.
And then below the following pages with further close ups.

Well, there you have it, the first 12 days of December and the first half of my planner. As this post is now well and truly long enough, I may share the rest of the planner on another day.

Meanwhile, thanks for your visit like always, and let's just remember, it's never too early to plan for Christmas....

Do check out the amazing Christmas collections on the Hunky Dory site there is plenty to choose from, no matter what your style!


My name is Erika. said...

Wow, that is exciting to et all those goodies. You really got quite a nice stash. And you made good use of them with that cool holiday planner. I like it! Smart thinking! Hope you have recovered from your visitors and have a great weekend. Hugs-Erika

Valerie-Jael said...

Beautiful planner, you have put their goodies to great use. Have a wonderful weekend, Valerie

Dorthe said...

Astrid, so much beauty, I`m sure you can guess I love old time Christmas, country style, and this is such a wonderful creation, the planner filled with gorgeous pages.
All in the cosy and happy style of a White Christmas, we remember from childhood-
The papers and things are amazing, and in your hands became a stunning ,beautiful project !! xoxo

Nancy Wethington said...

So pretty and creative as usual. Your work is always amazing.

Patty O'Malley said...

Love what you did with this wintry goodness!

butterfly said...

How nice to get some goodies to play with, even if they're not in your usual vein. Nice work adapting them to suit your style, rather than giving in to card-topping! They're very sweet images - I especially like the 12 Days of Christmas garland - illustrations rather like an old children's book. Love the layering of the church over the book page strips too - very effective.
Alison x

Meggymay said...

It looks a great selection of goodies Astrid. The planner you created looks fantastic.
Yvonne xx

Theresa said...

Great redirection of the card toppers and other goodies. You made them work in your Christmas planner very well. I always seem to like whatever it is you make. thanks as always for sharing.

froebelsternchen said...

OMG those goodies went into the exact right hands! Gorgeous what you made!!!
Big hugs, Susi

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

You've gathered those sent goodies and created beauty with those goodies, so nice to see an alternative way to use those card packs. Although I am a card maker I find these packs very hard to work with I think it's because everything is there for us to layer as the matching has already been taken out of our hands. You've taken it all added your own take and created something incredible. The card is a perfect gsm for a journal cover.
I know I have some of these packs hidden in the deepest of cupboards, you make me want to dig them out now and use them in the very same way. Thanks for the inspiration Astrid.
Have a super week Hugs Tracey xx

Let's Art Journal said...

Wow, your created such an amazing planner! The way that you used the toppers is stunning, they compliment your vintage style perfectly and I love how you displayed them on the backgrounds that you created - beautiful 😁. I hope you are having a lovely week! Hugs, Jo x

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