In the shop now, ready to download and print at home.
Just in case you're late.
Just in case you forgot.
Just in case you've only just found your Valentine.
Welcome to the Hambly Design Team Blog Hop!
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.
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.
Angela Gutshall PA
Corrie Jones GA
Felicitas Klink Germany
Iris Babao Uy Philippines
Janna Werner Germany
Jaz Lee Soo Hui Singapore
Jennifer Rzasa MA
Karine Cazenave France
Leeann Pearce Australia
Leah Farquharson FL
Maisa Mendonça Brazil
Marie Ramirez CA
Mou Saha FL
Paige Evans CA
Pearl Lui NY
Heaps of luck, and thanks again for stopping by.
. . . and I'm very much hoping you gave it away.
As a token of your appreciation, I would like you to pretend that you're now humming the fabulously inconsequential Billie Piper version of that song instead of the Wham original.
Quite a few are already heading for Christmas stockings in various parts of the world which makes me very happy. In case you'd like a little extra proof of their general sturdiness, I offer up the following.
In my experience, little girls like to tip them upside down and pretend their legs are hair, while boys mostly like to throw them. At things, off things, and with as much force as their sticky mitts can muster. Older owners so far have been slightly more restrained, at least in my company. What they do when I'm not there is anyone's guess.
Along with everything else in the shop, you can order soctopuses for Christmas up until the end of this coming Sunday (18th December) if you're in the UK. Last Christmas posting dates for international mail have now passed, but there are still a handful of downloadables you can order, shipping-free to anywhere in the world.
Did I say lazy? I meant easy, convenient and adaptable.
'Free' and 'Christmas' go together especially well, I think.
So, this is a set of cards I designed for PaperCraft Inspirations. There are ten altogether, and they're all free to download via this post on the PI blog.
If you look closely, you'll see that each of the cards is just a little bit unfinished - not due in any way to my incompetence, but so you can lark about and add your own decorative details. This means that (1) your finished cards will be that little bit more special and personalised, and (2) the recipients will think you spent ages making them and be doubly impressed.
It's kind of like buying mince pies from Marks and Spencer, then taking them out of the box and shaking on your own icing sugar so everyone thinks they're homemade.
Rather than icing sugar (sticky), you'll probably want to embellish the cards with things like ribbon, buttons, sequins, stitching and stickers. Should you need specifics or extra inspiration, the full set of finished cards is in the current issue of the magazine.
Happy lazing to you all.