Thursday, 10 December 2015

Sometimes insomnia...

... can be a blessing.  I occasionally get bouts of inspiration in the middle of the night and have to get out of bed and do something about it.

This past week the muse decided I should be making small boxes out of my stash of Gelli prints, so at 2 am I was up and at it.


These prints were done on card-stock weight paper, and I've created complementary bottoms to go with the prints on top.  The majority of the bows are crafted from mop-up cheesecloth (you can find the tutorial here).  Ranging from 3" square to 4" x 5", they're the perfect size for miniature anything.  I love it that they're unique and hand-crafted - all I need to do now is fill them with gifts.

I even made a tree ornament for an ornament swap over on Google+.  This one was far harder to do because the dimensions were so small (I think about 1.5 x 2.5").  

The ornament swap was a something new, as it's usually tags we exchange.  The theme was bling, and because I'm not normally a bling-y person, it was a challenge.  I tarted up this miniature shoe for the recipient as well.


In one of my studio sessions this week, I finished another cigar box.  You can see my beloved Kroma Crackle is front and centre again.


With a dozen more projects on the go, and a day spent baking for Christmas yesterday, I'm feeling very virtuous.  I hardly had to use the Procrastination-Away Spray at all this week.

Feel free to post a link to your creations in the comment section - we'd love to see what your pre-Christmas frenzy looks like!

26 comments:

  1. You have been busy and those little boxes are delightful.

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    1. Thanks, Val, and they are such a good use for those Gelli prints!

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  2. Love those tiny boxes, love that tiny shoe, but what I really, really love is your altered cigar box! Perhaps it is the crackle! lol And, yes, I, too, have succumbed to the 2 a.m. muse!

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    1. Oh, Kay - great minds!!! Crackle and insomnia-inspired!

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  3. So much more productive than tossing and turning! What gorgeous little boxes. The recipients will be so lucky :)

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    1. Isn't it Tracy? And thanks - I'm just delighted to have one more way to use my Gelli addiction up!

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  4. Wow.. all the boxes are gorgeous... especialle the shoe! Lovely! oxo Susi

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    1. Thanks, Susi - there's a good reason for everything, isn't there?!

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  5. Maybe its the creative urge keeping you awake :) Wonderful way to use up the gelli prints in making beautiful boxes.

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    1. That seems to be the thing, doesn't it Susan. There are always so many ideas running around in my head that it's hard to keep up. No wonder it needs the occasional insomnia-fest to catch up!

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  6. Wow the boxes are gorgeous..... I wouldn't know how to make one never mind so many in the middle of the night (or day). The Gelly prints work beautiful for them. The shoe and cigar box are both amazing as well, so beautiful. Enjoy the weekend. Shirleyxx

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    1. Many thanks, Shirley - I've got a dead easy method for the boxes, and I've always loved creating paperlicious things! Happy weekend right back at you on 'the other side of Canada' xo

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  7. Gorgeous boxes Winn and the little shoe is brilliant, love it. Happy crafting, Angela x

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    1. Thanks, Angela - so much fun to create with Gelli prints! Happy weekend! xo

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  8. The boxes are gorgeous Win! What a wonderful idea and gift.

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    1. Thanks, Laura - and so much fun to create...I'm feeling addicted yet again.

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  9. OMGoodness!! You are too much Win! I love that shoe-box!!! haha! Such a cool way to use up those gelli print pages! xx Now get some sleep!!

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    1. Sleeping as we 'speak', Jackie - the insomnia seems to have lifted. zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz xo

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  10. The boxes are so yummy as is the shoe and the cigar box! Such an exciting array of projects! I've bought some Kroma based on your recommendation, Win! Just waiting for it to arrive! Hope you were able to catch up on your sleep - though it looks like your insomnia was time well spent!

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    1. Gonna be an addiction, Zsuzsa - that Kroma Crackle is fabulous. Lay it on thickly for a large crackle, and when it's dry (could take up to a week), coat with medium to secure it to your surface. You can then over-paint in your favourite colour, or use Inka Gold for a metallic finish. Delish!

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  11. You can be so annoying with your virtuosity - yet I love you all the same!
    2AM? You really are MAD.
    NEVER stop be the amazing you that you are!

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    1. My whole aim in life is to annoy the dickens out of you, Alice. :-) Mad, indeed! xo

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    2. Well, you're doing an excellent job this month! xox

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    3. Practice, practice, practice. :D

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  12. Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh - that shoe is precious Win. I bet it was a huge hit. And wow - those boxes - stunning. I can't imagine ever wanting to open the red one... just to pretty to touch. And what a wonderful box - wow... You have such a knack with that KromaCrackle. Hope your holiday season is a happy one. XO j.

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    1. Many thanks, Joi - it was all so much fun to do! Wishing you the best of the season...xo

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