Postcard by Marina Syskova

Hello! Marina Syskova here and today I have prepared for you a new video tutorial of an unusual card, combining a postcard and shadow box 2 in 1! =) I hope you like my idea and that I inspired you to create your own fantastic masterpieces!





7 Dots Studio supplies:
Writer’s Block – Pad 6×6
Fortune-teller – Die-cut Elements 6×12
Fotune-teller – Pad 6×6
Verano Azul – Element Stickers 6×12
Yuletide – Pad 6×6

Christmas Reindeer by Fiona Paltridge


I am very honoured to finish my 7 Dots year up with this little last minute Christmas decoration. I love finding plain little pieces in stores at Christmas time and jazzing them up. This time I found a little reindeer in K-Mart for about $4.00.
I dressed him up with some gorgeous 7 Dots Studio papers and elements and now he looks a million dollars!

To begin the makeover I glued on some paper from the “Writers Block” collection and then trimmed as much off as I could before filing down the edges to make it look nice and smooth. Ssshhhhhh… I forgot to do the inside of his antler ….. no one will notice .. right?

As you can see with the original piece it is wooden, so the surface was nice and porous. I used gel medium all over to glue the paper on. it worked like a treat.

Using a crocheted doily for the base, I built up some leaves and then a couple of stickers from the “Yuletide” collection, and then a little piece of wood and some tiny pine cones.

I also added some stars from the “Writers Block” die cut elements.

Along with a chipboard bracket also from the “Writers Block” collection. I made a little pearl necklace with some gold wire and added that onto the deer to finish it off.

Finally I added the title “Christmas Day” from the “Yuletide” collection and the last coating of gesso and gold glitter.

I am really happy with this little makeover. It is a perfect addition to my Christmas decorations this year.
How are your decorations coming along? All done now or do you have some last minute pieces to create like me?
Fiona Paltridge

Products Used
7 Dots Studio Writers Block – Sincerely 12×12 Paper
7 Dots Studio Writers Block – Die Cut Elelments
7 Dots Studio Writers Block – Chipboard
7 Dots Studio Yuletide – Element Stickers
7 Dots Studio Yuletide – Word Stickers

December Challenge – Traditions around the world


This time theme of our challenge is “Traditions around the world” and what better month to talk about and create tradition orientated projects then December. There is so much celebration happening it has got to invoke some inspiration. Is it a Christmas, New Years, Ester or any other maybe not so well known tradition we hope You can share your wonderful creations with us in this months challenge.

Here is the inspiration from our team:


For this challenge I created a romantic card, using a new stunning 7 Dots Studio Collection – “Cotton Candy Dreams”! With this card I wanted to tell you a touching New Year’s tradition in my country (Russia). On New year’s eve, when the clock strikes midnight, at this very moment we always think about our fondest desires, which we crave with all our hearts, that we want to come true in the coming year!

 


In kindergarten, all children dressed up in Christmas costumes and did a little matinee. This is me when I was six dressed in my fox costume.

 


The Christmas Boat (Karavaki – Little ship) is part of a very old Greek tradition. It comes from the Islands where each year children go door to door singing ‘kalanda’ (Christmas Carols) usually accompanied by instruments such as triangles, guitars, accordions and harmonicas. The children on the islands carry small wooden boats, either illuminated to light the way or with enough space to store treats given to them by the residents they sing for. Some claim that this custom’s roots are linked with the December 6th Celebration of Agios Nikolas (Saint Nicholas) who is the Patron Saint of Sailors in Greece.
So here is my take on the challenge, wishing you a Very Merry Christmas…

 



“I thought for a long time about how I would tell the story about how we celebrate Christmas in Sweden. I finally decided to make a set of Christmas Tree decorations. The Christmas Tree is essential for all Swedish homes during Christmas, even though the look of the tree differs a lot (fake, real, blue, white, even pink…). We set up our tree 1 week before Christmas Eve and decorate it with a mix of vintage glass baubles and the kids creations. I made these mixed media stars with the Yuletide Collection as a base, and used stickers, die cuts and UmWowStudio flair.”

 


Me again… For the December challenge this time “Traditions around the world” …
Christmas is around the corner and I love this period of the year so much… especially the preparations.
I love doing altered objects for Christmas, for our home decoration. It’s our tradition, changing the Christmas decoration every year .
I created these projects with the beautiful YULETIDE COLLECTION. I would like to wish you, all 7 DOTS STUDIO’s fans, HAPPY HOLIDAYS !!!
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My interpretation of the theme is my own traditions and a way to document them – so I made a mini album to document the December until the 26th and so to keep track of our family’s Christmas traditions. I decorated the cover and added some details to each spread, but all the photos and texts are coming daily during December.

 


In my part of the country, the fir tree is important. We put presents under the fir tree traditionally the night before Christmas, on December 24th. At home, me and my children as they grow older, add them throughout the month. In the morning of Christmas Day, always in pyjamas, we play and unpack presents together as family. I like giving them to my kids a lot, they unpack a present one very hour to lengthen the pleasure. Merry Christmas everyone

 

In this creation I had fun with a new collection, I love it. I like the mix of paper and medium.
The Writer’s Block collection blends wonderfully with this theme. Not to mention my splashing.
Also a little touch of flowers makes the whole thing come together nicely. Please enjoy my video.

 


In Poland we celebrate Christmas Eve as the most important day over all Christmas. Christmas Eve is known as ‘Wigilia’. It’s traditional that no food is eaten until the first star is seen in the sky. On the table there are 12 dishes. Everyone has to eat or at least try some of each dish. Carp is the main dish of the meal. On the Christmas Eve we open the presents. In most of the houses, before the presents are opened, the family sings carols together. My green Christmas tree is decorated with a star on the top, gingerbreads, sweets, lights and glass ornaments. They are usually hand-made, painted or decorated in other way.
The days after Christmas are often spent with family and friends. Happy Christmas!

 


December is a very special month. It’s the wintery month that is full of joy, happiness and light. We decorate our houses, we spread the joy to others, we give gifts and send beautiful cards to our friends. And we call it – Christmas -. Happy December and Happy Christmas!

 



For our December challenge Louise has decided to use one of our fabulous new ranges to create a combination of coordinated gift tags and mini photo albums. These albums are just the perfect personal gift for grandparents, Aunts and Uncles, and even Godparents. Just fill them up with favourite photos of the family and children and you have a wonderful gift to give at Christmas.

 


When I was a child, I made small gifts of candy for Father Frost every year, and now I wanted to remember that little tradition.

 

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The rules are as simple as A, B, C:
- create any project inspired by the theme – Traditions around the world
- use at least one 7 Dots Studio product
- publish your project on you blog with a link to our challenge
- do not forget to include our “inspirational circle” in your blog post (you will find it at the top of this blog post)
- use inlinkz and please link directly to your blog post, not to whole blog
Challenge is open till January 2017, 19th midnight CET
We announce winners by the end of the January. The big Winner will get one Collection Kit and one 6×6 pad from our newest collection!
Also one random lucky person will win 10EUR coupon to our store