Tuesday, 20 December 2011

A Squash n Squeeze! Trying to get Christmas All Wrapped Up!!!

Me again! Just wanted to pop on to show you a fab little Squash Book that I made recently at a workshop hosted by the lovely Jo Capper - Sandon. Jo had designed her book for the Crafty Individuals Challenge "All Wrapped Up". The workshop was great fun (as always) and this time I managed to come home with a project that was 90% completed!! I was determined that this one would be finished unlike the small stack of UFO's from Jo's previous  workshops that I've attended (I spend far too much time faffing (oh and possibly talking) which is why I rarely finish on time). You can check out another of the books made at the workshop by Siobhan here.

Anyway, this little book got popped onto the UFO pile and may well have still been sat there if it hadn't been for DH asking me to complete it and make a few more as small gifts for our Christmas guests. Now I'm not going to say that this book was easy for me, cos it wasn't!! Jo gave us some gorgeous papers to use and as soon as I saw them and the Three Kings stamps from Crafty Individuals. I knew that I wanted to build a scene. The papers lent themselves beautifully to landscapes and there were certain elements that I knew would be perfect for what I had in mind! Sadly this was my undoing!! LOL It meant that I didn't plan properly and then I got fixated on those elements and just couldn't move on :(

So here we are a few weeks down the line and I've had time to re-focus and move on and the project is complete :D

I've had to use  stamps other than those by Crafty Individuals as I don't own those stamps and am to skint to buy them atm, and I've also had to doodle some elements, but all in all I'm not to unhappy with the end result. I'm also pleased to have actually finished a project!! This is picture heavy so be warned!!

All Wrapped Up!


Fully Open

Close up of the Front Panel

Close Up of the Central Panel

Close Up of the Final Panel

Back of the Book

OK I hope you like my little book, I'm off to make a few more to put on my tree for my Christmas guests!!

I'd like to enter this book into the following challenges
Gingerloft - Christmas/Winter
Sparkles Forum - Anything but a Christmas Card
Stampin' Sisters in Christ - Make a project that has a Christian image or sentiment, that reflects the true meaning of Christmas.
Bunny Zoe's - Fancy Folds
Craft Your Passion - Things with wings
Crafty Boots - Christmas
Hooked on Crafts - Christmas


  1. OMG - stunning - wonderful - run out of words xx

  2. Fabulous Claire! First one I've seen.

  3. This is just... well... gob smacking Claire. Stunning. Will you get the rest finished for your pressies?

  4. What an awesome project. Thank you for joining us at Stampin Sisters in Christ.

  5. Beautiful - it looks amazing and very impressive.

    Thanks for joining us at The Squirrel and the Fox.

    Helen x

  6. Wow, that is fabulous! I'm like you in workshops, as in that I also love to chat! ☺

  7. Fabulous book!

    Thank you for joining us at Sparkles for our "Anything but a Christmas card" Challenge

    Hope you will join us again soon, good luck in the draw

    Shaz x

  8. This is amazing. Thank you for joining us at HOC. Merry Christmas.
    Hugs Jackie

  9. What a beautiful pictorial depiction of the Christmas story! Love your cleverness and the lovely images! Blessings!

  10. Wow! This is wonderful!! I can't begin to wrap my head around how you did it, but it is great!!!


  11. Oh that is really superb.What a wonderful project. Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley

  12. Wow! This is fabulous. I am glad that you finished this project so that you could share it. What an inspiration. Thanks for joining the Stampin Sisters in Christ this week. Merry Christmas.

  13. Fabulous! I love that it tells a story and a most important story at that! Thanks for joining us at Dream Valley Challenges.


  14. Fab squash card.

    All of the excitement of the past week or so has put me well behind, sorry my comments are late. I hope your Christmas was as good as mine and I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a very happy New Year.

    Thank you for entering this Crafty Boots challenge.



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