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The Great #CraftBlogClub Gift Swap

CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2015 | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Hey you! Happy New Year and welcome back to The World of Suzy Homemaker.

So that's it. Done. Dusted. Over for another year. The tree is down and the posh baubles have been carefully stored. Christmas, my friends, has well and truly left the building. Was it a good one where you are? Did the red-suited fat man put something nice in your stocking? I do hope so.

As you know, Beloved and I don't 'do' Christmas, but even we managed to get in on the act, acquiring not one but THREE yummy new bottles for the OneandSeventy whisky shelf. Mind you, we did also lose a few.

Say no more.

I also saved a little spot under the tree for one more gift.

From my #CraftBlogClub Secret Santa.

CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2015 | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Secret Santa!

Me!

I know!

Since becoming a solopreneur (a trendy word for a self-employed person who works alone), I haven't done Secret Santa for years. So when I discovered a great gift swap on Twitter, I signed up immediately.

Hosted by Katie, Fi, and Emma #CraftBlogClub runs every Tuesday at 7pm and it's a way for crafty people to meet online (crafty as in of the making variety, not those of a cunning disposition). As well as providing a dedicated hour for crafters to share their creations, for the past couple of years these lovely ladies have also been running their own Secret Santa.

A Christmas Lunch AND Secret Santa?

Oh 2015... you really did spoil me!

Not unlike the #springtimesurpriseproject I took part in last year, the idea is that you make a Christmas gift for another crafter and someone makes one for you.

Exciting!

DIY Personalised Kitchen Sign

CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2015 | The World of Suzy Homemaker

Project Shopping List:
  • Cutting Machine (Cricut or similar) OR dexterous fingers and a good pair of scissors
  • Cheap chopping board or piece of wood – try Matalan
  • Vinyl – try Hobbycraft
  • Transfer Tape – try Amazon


I already had an inkling of my project even before I pulled fellow blogger Zoë's name out of the hat, so I was glad to see that she loves the smell of wood!

Phew!

Zoë's personalised kitchen sign started life as a Weber Cedar BBQ plank that I picked up last summer in a B&Q sale.

Not that I'm being cheap, you understand, but it was considerably lighter to post than the chopping board I was planning to use. In any case, Secret Santa is supposed to be about minimum spend, right?

Anyway, the plank was the ideal surface for my creation, which I designed on Photoshop before cutting out in vinyl on the Cricut Explore Air.

Oh I do love my toy!

CraftBlogClub Secret Santa 2015 | The World of Suzy Homemaker

As Rudolph the Royal Mailman rushed to deliver Zoë's gift, mine was winging its way to OneandSeventy... Directly from #CraftBlogClub HQ no less!

Fiona's gorgeous hand-crafted jewel tree ornament found its way into the dining room, where it made a stunning addition to my winter display and of course, a bespoke Bon Jovi coaster is always going to be put to good use.

SOMEONE'S been reading my blog! ;-)

It turns out Fi's a fellow Bon Jovi fan! Small world, huh?

Fi's creations came beautifully wrapped in a lovely handmade box, which was so cute it remained under the kitchen tree until New Year. I suspect there's every chance it'll make another appearance next Christmas.

Well... they do say children prefer to play with the boxes!

You can read all about how Fiona made all of my gifts, including her handmade card on her blog. Thank you Fiona. I'm humbled by the thought and effort you put into making my gifts and I'm truly grateful.

Clearly more timely than, ahem, some bloggers around here (!), Zoë has also already written all about her gift and it seems she was just as delighted with her Secret Santa as I was with mine.

I love taking part in these gift swaps. They're such a lovely idea and I hope the #CraftBlogClub Secret Santa continues for many years to come.

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If you're a crafter and would like to chat with like-minded people, or even just drop by and see what us crafty mares have been up to, join us on Twitter tonight and every Tuesday at 7pm for #CraftBlogClub.

No idea what a Twitter Hour is? Follow me on @SuzyHomemakerUK and I'll explain all.

If you ask really nicely, I might even help guide you through your first session.

A hui hou,

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Guest - sharon on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 19:09

Hi I wonder if you can help me, what would you say is the best way to transfer words/pics on to wood and the best way to transfer pics on to canvas
Thank you so much in advance xx

Hi I wonder if you can help me, what would you say is the best way to transfer words/pics on to wood and the best way to transfer pics on to canvas Thank you so much in advance xx
The World of Suzy Homemaker on Tuesday, 05 January 2016 23:34

Hi Sharon. I don't know about the "best", but by far my favourite method so far is using vinyl cut on the Cricut. Before that (and I still may use this method, depending on the project), I favoured the carbon paper method that I used to make my house sign (http://suzy-homemaker.co.uk/blog/entry/the-making-of-a-personalised-diy-house-sign.html). I've also used Waterslide Decals, as used in my Halloween Ouija Board (http://suzy-homemaker.co.uk/blog/entry/diy-halloween-ouija-board-with-free-printable.html).

As for transferring images to Canvas, I've had success with the Mod Podge Method both with toner images and inkjet - which tends to "mount" the image, rather than transfer it (http://suzy-homemaker.co.uk/blog/entry/how-to-make-a-diy-canvas-photo-using-a-home-inkjet-printer.html). However, I'm keen to try the Gel Medium method - I just need to get around to buying some!

Hope that helps! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it.

Hi Sharon. I don't know about the "best", but by far my favourite method so far is using vinyl cut on the Cricut. Before that (and I still may use this method, depending on the project), I favoured the carbon paper method that I used to make my house sign (http://suzy-homemaker.co.uk/blog/entry/the-making-of-a-personalised-diy-house-sign.html). I've also used Waterslide Decals, as used in my Halloween Ouija Board (http://suzy-homemaker.co.uk/blog/entry/diy-halloween-ouija-board-with-free-printable.html). As for transferring images to Canvas, I've had success with the Mod Podge Method both with toner images and inkjet - which tends to "mount" the image, rather than transfer it (http://suzy-homemaker.co.uk/blog/entry/how-to-make-a-diy-canvas-photo-using-a-home-inkjet-printer.html). However, I'm keen to try the Gel Medium method - I just need to get around to buying some! Hope that helps! Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I really appreciate it.
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