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Christmas starts…with Craftwork Cards

Hello again and as we hurtle headlong into the festive season, I’m very excited to share with you a couple of my Christmas makes.

Firstly, as soon as I got my hands on the Christmas USB, I knew I had to maximize all the poinsettia potential within it. So I made myself an A4 sheet of flowers from my favourite collection – Christmas Cheer – and started cutting! My sheets came with me everywhere, in the car, on the train, up to bed…  and I snipped merrily away, creating a collection of flowers and leaves.


I lost count of how many I cut, but one day I thought there might be enough, so I painted a heart-shaped cardboard wreath base in a rich vintage green and started sticking.

Each flower had been shaped as I did it so it was simply a case of arranging them, and phew, I fitted every single one onto the wreath. Once arranged, I got my Christmas Cheer Card Candi, Stickles and Glossy Accents and a few ruby gems for good measure, and the finished result looked like this:


Then I turned my thoughts to advent, and the Christmas Gingerbread cabins that I’d picked up back in August at the Harrogate show. Before my boys are too big for the magic, I set myself a challenge of making them an advent tree.


Twenty four gingerbread houses were duly assembled and I left the roof of each open, but popped two tiny strips of velcro so that the cabins still sealed up. A short length of ribbon through the roof of each and they were ready to hang on my new twiggy tree15327611_10154167520218100_1049623536_n

As luck and a very well-timed Black Friday Craftwork Cards sale would have it – I acquired the Advent number stamps just in time to decorate my rooftops

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So…the big reveal…


Suffice to say that my boys were suitably impressed, when they saw it for the first time on 1st December, and even the little one was prepared to share the treats from within. I’ve popped an edible Christmas treat in each one, wrapped in tissue in case of peeking, but they have promised they won’t. Hmmmm better not boys, Father Christmas sees everything….!

Wishing you all a peaceful and stress-free run up to Christmas. Happy crafting!




  1. Karen W

    6th December 2016 - 11:07 am

    Great inspiration, thanks Nicky!
    from Cakey KarenX

    • Nicky Gilburt

      12th December 2016 - 11:30 am

      Thank you for taking the time to comment, Karen 🙂 Glad you like! x

  2. Alison

    6th December 2016 - 3:37 pm

    Absolutely stunning wreath, Nicky, it’s gorgeous! I adore your gingerbread house advent tree……wish I’d got these now, fabulous project x

    • Nicky Gilburt

      12th December 2016 - 11:33 am

      Thank you Alison! I’m so pleased with it, and they are robust enough to roll out again for years to come, my kids have asked for one each next year. Now that might be taking it a bit far, but I’m thrilled the boys like it, even though they are all big now. I’ll make sure to remind everyone to stock up next year ! xx

      • Alison

        12th December 2016 - 9:23 pm

        The gingerbread houses look stunning, especially on the tree! They’re never too old for advent…almost had mutiny here as I didn’t get round to sorting anything this year…for a 25 year old!!!x

  3. Kath Woods

    6th December 2016 - 7:44 pm

    Nicky, both of your projects are amazing, love them. You’re so clever xx

    • Nicky Gilburt

      12th December 2016 - 11:34 am

      Thank you Kath, you’re very kind…but equally inspirational!!! Love your CWC projects I’ve seen on the blog, and your calendar project…incredible! x

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