First Challenge

Check out this photo...its a clue to our first ever challenge here at Birds of a Feather.

Carol and I love pretty much everything that has been handmade!
With Christmas fast approaching now is the perfect time to be thinking about handmade gifts.
So, our challenge to you is to make a gift, look for something that you would perhaps throw away and transform it into something special, alter an item or create a budget gift. We are not expecting anyone to
make a tin man, but by all means if your feeling inspired give one a go!

Take a look at this very special gift I received some time ago from our very own Carol. Each envelope has been hand stamped and coloured, one of the reasons why I love this is that so much time and effort has gone into its creation.
And, if you think the inside is wonderful, just take a peek at the lid! Carol has used crackle medium and paints to achieve this antique appearance.

Here a gift I have made using an old plastic, hand cream container. I covered the container with Mod Podge and layers of tissue paper and paint before adding embellishments.
This was made for a Christmas swap I took part in, hence the tiny bell and angel image.

Here is another altered container, this one is an Eclipse mints tin. I love to alter these. This one is covered in tiny beads and Lumiere paints.I have made a little tag book to fit inside.

Below is a handy gift to give the person who has everything ..a personalised desk calendar.
There are many sites on the Internet than allow you to down load and print pages for calendars
Checkout these sites...Free 2011 calendar
Vertex42 gives you the option to download blank calendar pages.
Printactivities This site also has cool downloads that you could use to create a child's activity book, amongst other things! Well worth checking out.

Try decorating the wrong side of a box canvas to make
a personalised gift for a friend or family member.

Here is a beautiful hand made gift that was sent to me from a special blogger friend
who lives in Germany! The lovely gift box, matching card and beads have all been hand made.
There are many talented artists amongst us, if your stuck for ideas check out these fun sites

We would love to see what you can create! Remember to email Carol or myself a photo of your gift creation, and if you have a favorite website or blog that inspires you do feel free to send us a link in the comments section of this blog.

Thanks for joining in ....we sure hope that someone does join in!

Happy Crafting everyone.
Also we would love you to answer our poll questions
in the right hand colum.So we can make it a great site

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Anonymous said...

Wow to of my fav girls joining together with a fab blog. Nice work ladies and if I can find anything in my house at the mo (we are selling so its tidy)I will certainly give it a go

carol said...

Great to see you lynne,you know,i now have a thing for punches lol
Your so sweet your one of my faves to

Cherie said...

Oh, beautiful, Carol and Sonya. Will love to be a part of your challenges and inspiration.

Anonymous said...

good luck with the new blog girls. I'm hoping to get time to create something this weekend.

Liddy said...

Lovin' the new blog and the my thinking cap on!
Gorgeous work as always.

Today for Tomorrow said...

Great Challenge and lovely examples. Hope to have a go so will get thinking. Best wishes with your new venture.

Sonya said...

Thankyou all so much for your lovely comments :-) You all ROCK!

Wishful Thinking said...

Beautiful samples ladies :-)
I've got a couple of things I want to do for Christmas gifts this year, but it's not altering "trash" if you know what I mean :-) heheee

Robyn said...

Hi you clever "birds". Great site and intending to get on board with some challenges however judging by the time it took me just to get signed in and work out how to get my photo on wont promise anything LOL.

Robyn said...

Hey guys when is this challenge due !!

carol said...

Its awesome to see you fabulous gals here and we are looking forward to having fun and seeing all your clever creations.I will get back to ree finish date of the first challenge,I think mid week would be good but will check with Sonia

Sonya said...

Let us know how long you need to complete the challenge Robyn :-)

Robyn said...

I havent even thought of anything to do yet but give me an idea and it might motivate me to start something

Sonya said...

Robyn, have you clicked on the links listed at the bottom of my post, there are some very cool things on there.

Sonya said...

Dianne, we would love to see anything you make, it does not have to be made from srcaps or 'trash'. :-)

carol said...

Regarding the finish time,If you could have them loaded by Wednesday the 10 of November,that gives you 7 days.If you cant finished by then just let us know.Have FUN :)

carol said...

Its the weekend yahooo.Hope you all have a fab weekend,have time to get creative :)

Sonya said...

Thanks Carol, hope you get some creating time in as well :-)

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