We'd like to introduce you to the new design team members through a blog hop (and giveaway). Visit all 16 designers' blogs, where you can read a little bit about each member and see a project and/or tip about Hambly products. Leave a comment on each of their blog hop posts, then go to the Hambly blog and leave a comment. On 19th December, 2011 at 12 noon PST (that's around 8pm, UK time) we will randomly pick and announce the winners on the Hambly Blog.
My contribution to this coolest of Christmas parties is a quick and easy hanging decoration, made all the more fabulous by a little Hambly. I've folded paper versions of these in the past, and although they work perfectly that way, cutting them from patterned overlays gives a much smarter effect. If you store your decorations from year to year, they're also much more long-lasting than paper, which has to be a good thing.
To make one, you'll need four strips of patterned overlay and a piece of card or thick paper for the centre. (I used two pieces of self-adhesive glitter paper, back to back, for the white decoration, and some plain white card with strips of Little Hearts paper glued to either side for the blue one.)
Cut the pieces out, using this template, then hold them all together, lining up the short ends, with the card strip in the centre. Glue, staple or stitch to hold all five pieces together. Then, line up the first set of marks. This will be quite a bit trickier, but as you do it, you'll see the decoration start to take shape. Secure the pieces together, as before. Now line up the second set of marks and secure, then finally join all the pieces together, lining up the bottom edges. Loop a piece of thread through the top section, and you're ready to hang.
I have to say this would probably have been a little easier if I'd had a long-arm stapler. My normal one didn't come close to reaching the two centre joins, so I ended up stitching the decorations together. Glue works really well on paper (use a clothes peg to hold the layers together while it dries), but is trickier on overlays. I think next time, I might try using tiny brads as an alternative.
Ok, that's the project, so now we need some introductions.
If you're visiting for the first time via the blog hop, thanks - it's lovely to see you. Feel free to have a good look around. You might want to start with a browse through some more tutorials, or maybe help yourself to a free printable or two. I also have a shop, a Twitter and an honestly-I'm-not-obsessed Pinterest account. Or, if it's the personal stuff you're after, there's this:
TEN RANDOM THINGS ABOUT ME
:: My name is Kirsty, not Kristy. People get it wrong a lot, although never quite as wrong as the time a group of senior citizens misheard and thought I was called Percy.
:: I grew up in the middle of the countryside, but moved to London when I was 22. I can't imagine ever wanting to leave.
:: My first proper job was as a Backstage Tour guide at the National Theatre.
:: Despite being British, I don’t like tea, rain or fish & chips.
:: I do like vintage fabric, Scandinavian design and reading.
:: When I’m not designing or making things, I write children’s books for a living.
:: I am obsessed with, and also a little bit afraid of, windmills.
:: Raspberries are my all-time favourite food.
:: I am quiet, ambitious, thoughtful, creative and prone to silliness.
:: One day, I’d like to have a butler.
As lovely as it would be to stay and chat all day, I know you have some giveaway-entering to be getting on with, so I'm going to send you off to visit some enormously-talented makers and their blogs. These are the names and links you need. Don't forget to leave them each a comment before you make your way back to the Hambly blog to enter.
To the rest of us? Happy normal-Thursday-working-and-not-eating-turkey-or-whatever-it-is-that-vegetarians-eat-on-Thanksgiving-instead.
That it's Thanksgiving today, apparently means it's Black Friday tomorrow, and Wikipedia informs me that this involves shopping. Lots and lots of shopping. I have nothing more exciting planned than a supermarket run, although I have a feeling they won't be offering the same kind of deals as this.
Does it still count as Black Friday, even if you're only shopping from your sofa on the opposite side of the world?
I'm thrilled, excited and still quite shocked to be sharing this happy bit of news with you today.
It's been while since I was inspired to apply for a Design Team, but I love Hambly and the versatility of their products so much, I couldn't resist the call this time. Not for one minute did I think I'd be lucky enough to land a spot, but here we are, and I feel very, very lucky indeed.
Here's to a year of amazing inspiration, pretty projects and lots of mega-talented team-mates!