Wednesday, 6 October 2010

ABC Christmas Challenge - U is for...

It's time for another ABC Christmas Challenge...it's my turn to host it, and the theme I have chosen is:

'U is for Under the Tree'

In other words make a gift/gift bag/gift box

Our sponsor for this challenge is the fabulous Simon Says Stamp

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The prize is a $15 Gift Certificate...and they'll pay the shipping too!

We are also holding a DT Call on this challenge, as we are looking for some new members for our happy little team...so if you love Christmas crafting as much as we do...you can find all of the details on the ABC Christmas Challenge blog.

I decided to do some beading, and made a couple of simple bracelets...actually I made nine...but I've only photographed and made packaging for these two. The one on the left is made from freshwater pearls in a gorgeous silvery/petrol colour, and the one on the right is Indian Agate. For both bracelets I threaded the beads on to stretchy elastic, and then added a heart shaped charm on a jump ring to cover where the knots are tied.



I made a box for each bracelet out of plain navy blue card using my Easy Score Board, then added some silver tissue paper for packaging. I used my star shaped Nesties to make the tags out of silver and navy card, adding a cute little Penny Black mouse (from the 'Holly Jolly' set) coloured with watercolour pencils.


I used some fluffy and sparkly fibres to tie the tags around the boxes...I have loads of these they come free with orders from Craft Obsessions, and I never know what to do with them...but as I couldn't find any ribbon in the right colour/thickness...I decided to use them on the gift wrap! lol


I'm also entering these into the following challenges:
For more details of the DT Call, and more inspiration check out the fabulous creations by my lovely DT buddies on the ABC Christmas Challenge.

19 comments:

Samantha said...

Super Idea Helen! I love the tags too! so cute! I love that little mouse.. a brilliant project/gift idea!! Samantha :0)

Claire x said...

These are just gorgeous and was amazed by all the DT's work on this challenge. Hugs, Claire x

Ann Whitfield said...

These are fabulous Helen, not only are they lovely bracelets but they are beautifully packaged too. I always take a lot of trouble over the packaging for my sister's gifts because she appreciates it so much she says that she gets two presents! Thank you for sharing these with us at Crafty Ann's
Ann x

Uma said...

so pretty, you know my address dont you ;)

Wishcraft said...

Such a lovely idea for gifts - they're gorgeous :o) Lisa x

Paula said...

Wow Helen these are fab and the tags are adorable with the PB mice. Thanks for much for having me as your GD.

Hugs Paula xxxx

Иришка Соколова said...

Очень красиво оформлено! Здорово смотрится. Желаю удачи!

KraftyKoolKat said...

These are gorgeous Helen. Thank you for sharing with us at Crafty Ann's.

Hugs
Cathy
xxxxx

Lorraine A said...

gorgeous bracelets Helen ,,, beautiful !! and thr boxes are fantastic too ,,, love those !! :-) awesome creations :-)

Luv
Lols x x x

Sandra said...

OOOo gorgeous creations!
Sandra x

nessy said...

what an amazing idea ~that is two prezzies done and dusted!!!
love those two bracelets and what cute tags! perfect!
vanessa xx

Annie said...

beautiful bracelets Helen and fabulous gift boxes and I love the star tags with the cute little mice!
hugs, annie x

kath said...

beautiful bracelets helen and love your cute tags.....thanks for joining in the fun this week at PBSC...hugs kath xxx

downrightcrafty said...

Hi Helen
thank you for your lovely comment love these boxes so different and special too
Hugs Kate xx

Squirrel x said...

Stunning creation Helen, you always come up with the WOW factor hun! Just gorgeous. Hugs, Sxx

Anita said...

Wow, gorgeous bracelets, boxes, and tags! You are so creative as they're all lovely.

Lee said...

Oh WOW.These are really stunning.Love the boxes and the way they are decorated.x

Pauline C said...

Wowie helen these are really amazing - really great bracelets and your gift packages and tags are superb! Thanks for joining in this week's PBSC
Pauline x

Oma said...

Beautiful tags and I also love the bracelets!