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Creative Crush: Gracemere Woods

I came across Gracemere Woods via this Bored Panda article. Kimera’s work and cute use of materials immediately struck a chord with me, particularly her use of re-appropriating free-fallen wood.

The artist’s affinity for trees and the power of nature also appealed to my love of the great outdoors and exploring. So much so that I ordered a little something as soon as I arrived on Gracemere Woods’ Etsy store. Here’s what I ordered:

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Even the packaging features hand illustrated scenes.

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All of Kimera’s other pieces are just as beguiling as the next. I mean, look at the all of the beautiful handpainted woodland scenes:

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If you want something handpainted these days, you can expect to pay through the nose for it. But these artworks cost so much less than their true value.

Have you bought any independent artwork lately? I’m always on the look out for talented artists to feature on my blog.

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Making Christmas Cards & An Advent Calendar

I’ve been so busy this Christmas with RagnBow that many of the my Christmas projects haven’t been finished before the big day and even the New Year. However I thought I’d share some updates on what I’ve been working on.

Handmade Christmas Cards

I love receiving cards but I seldom send any because I hate how quickly they’re thrown away. So this Christmas I decided I would make my own so my family and friends would feel more compelled to keep them (hopefully).

With the help of Stampin Ups Watercolour Wishes Card Kit*, I made some professional looking cards with a Christmas twist.

The card kit comes with everything you’ll need to make your cards look special, including, stamps, stickers, pre-made patterned cards, tape, wooden trinkets and much more:

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I especially love the watercolour effects, the stamps, flower stickers and most importantly the wasabi tape :)

I really had to be creative with what I had in my craft stash to make them Christmassy – ┬áhere are the results:

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Even after I’d made all of these lovely cards I still have loads of designs left so I can make more throughout the year.

This kind of set is really handy if you want something to have the personal, homemade touch but can’t be asked to prepare all of the effects and card sizes yourself. Plus you get envelopes too so you can simply post these off once they’re finished.

Wooden Advent Calendar

I usually have an edible advent calendar most years, but in collaboration with Ocean Loans, I got to work on this DIY wooden advent calendar*.

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I’ve used traditional Christmas colours like red, green and silver and I’ll be adding some bits and bobs to the doors and roof. Ocean Loans kindly sent me the calendar and a voucher to get some decorations from HobbyCraft too.

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As you can see, it’s not yet complete (and a little untidy) but I’ll be updating you when it’s finished. I look forward to using it next year!

Here’s how some other bloggers got on with their advent calendars – much better than mine as of yet but these gorgeous designs have only spurred me on to finish.

What crafty projects did you get up to over the Christmas period. I’d love to take a look – leave your links in the comments.

Happy New Year x

Disclaimer: anything marked with a * was gifted.

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