Thursday, December 06, 2012

12 Days of Home for the Holidays Welcomes Debbie Buckland

Debbie Buckland is an incredible crafter, but more importantly she is a wonderfully creative person.  I know Debbie through the Fiskateer program.  She has inspired me from working with Fiskars to being totally creative with her 12 Tags of Christmas with Tim Holtz.  Currently, Debbie designs with Fiskars Auz/NZ Design Team and for several other manufactures and has been published in NZ Paper Chase I'm honored to Welcome Debbie Buckland!

Hi everyone-My name is Debbie Buckland and I live in New Zealand. That also means that I am in the Southern Hemisphere and have my Christmas' in summer!  I have never had a winter Christmas in all my 40 years of being on this earth. I know that's mind blowing to most of you.

 It may also sound weird that my family never really has stuck to family Christmas traditions or either that never could stick to them when tried to enforce... It's just not fun when forced to do anything....But when I really thought about it we do actually do some fun things regularly... I have never really thought of these as traditions as they have only just started happening when my kids where born... 8 and a half years ago.
First and foremost at Christmas I am a crafter... I love crafting Christmas things... And even though I have been in denial this year my work with Fiskarscraft.typepad.com prompts me every year to start thinking about Christmas in October or sooner! Most of the time in September after all family birthdays are over.. ;)

I love making Christmas cards...


Christmas decorations.....

In the past every year I have loved making decorations... Last year it dawned on me that I have always wanted one of those mega expensive knee high sculptures of something Christmas... So I ended up researching on the net how to make one myself..... And this is the result...

This reindeer is made out of chicken wire, toilet paper and glue mix - decorated with White House paint, rhinestones and artist paint. I hope to make Joseph, Mary and baby Jesus this year.

The most weirdest thing to me at Christmas time is that even tough it's summer most kiwis (New Zealanders) decorate windows in snow decorations, hand make snow flakes (traditional school activity), and buy expensive cans of fake snow to spray on our trees... It's nuts!

Two years ago I went from snow on my windows to making large versions of Tim Holts Christmas tags on my windows....

I also love making cookies for my neighbors every year too. This is a Christmas cookie decoration kit I gave last year...

And to my local friends I make mint sauce and other pressies...

 I have picked up the American tradition of making gingerbread houses from scratch... No kits here... I make the gingerbread over two/three days... Bake the shapes... Put the house together and the kids decorate... It is also eaten on Christmas Day by the kids. It's hard for them to see it on display for 2 days!

When I have time - I also log onto one of my fave websites and dabble I some Christmas challenge painting.... Wet Canvas.  

Locally there has been a Christmas Santa's Grotto set up at a local church... Minimal cost of entry and its displays change and get better each year...

The kids really enjoy going every year... Been two times in a row now. Can't wait till this years display!

I also put heaps of stuff on my blog over Christmas... I have a Christmas tutorial page there too... Every tutorial is free.  Arty Crafty Christmas tutorials
I do hope your Christmas is a fabulous one.

Enjoy

Debbie Buckland

This is incredible. Multi-talented and a mom of young children.  I hope you will give Debbie a follow on her blog.  Her creativity is endless.

Giveaway


What an incredible giveaway from Graphic 45, X-ACTO, Sizzix, and May Arts!  Leave a comment for Debbie and I’ll put your name in the drawing. Leave a comment on each of the 12 day's posts to be entered for 12 opportunities to win this gorgeous prize package!  You can also go to X-ACTO's, Graphic 45's, Sizzix's, and May Art's Facebook page and “like,” leaving a comment you came from D’s Paper Studio and leave another comment on one of the blog posts letting me know to be entered again.  One blog reader's name will be drawn and announced on Monday, December 14th. On your Mark, Get Set, Go....!
Included in the Giveaway: 
Graphic 45:  Nutcracker Sweet 12x12 paper pad; both sets of coordinating stickers; Ornate Metal Keys; Ornate Metal Key Holes; Flower Staples, Envelope Tag Staples
May Arts:  (as pictured) Red and Green Center Strip 25 yards; Jute 400 yards; Mini-Pom Poms 30 yards;  Velvet 50 yards; Cotton Strip 30 Yrds
X-ACTO: X-ACTO Designer Series 9’’ Fixed Blade; X-ACTO Designer Series Precision Scissors; X-ACTO Designer Series Corner Punch; X-ACTO Designer Series Gripster; X-ACTO Designer Series Shapes Templates; CraftBond Glue Spots; CraftBond Quick Dry Dual Tip Glue Pen; CraftBond All Purpose Glue Stick
Sizzix: The New Tim Holtz Texture Fades;  They include: 658269 Holly Pattern & Wreath Set;  658273 Brush Poinsettias & Winter Berries Set;  658270 Textured Poinsettia Pattern Set; and 658272 Holly Branch & Pine Branch Set

Winner of Jennifer Gallaher's personal giveaway of the Echo Park kit is 
Since I have yet to make a single card, this is just what I needed.Thank you for the great inspiration and the link to the videos.Santa knew I needed this!
Congratulations Beth!  Send me your snail mail address at dspaperstudio@aol.com and I'll forward the information to Jennifer.   Jennifer will help with any questions about the EP kit.

 Have a Wonderful Crafty Holiday!

43 comments:

  1. What great projects. I was pondering around about making ornaments for everyone in our office as a Christmas gifts. I really like the star idea. I may just give it a shot. Either way I better get moving because there are 18 of us. Thanks for the inspiration
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  2. Thanks for the inspiration Debbie!

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  3. wow!! multi-talenyed. Loved looking at all of your crafty holiday decor!!!!

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  4. Hello Debbie! So good to see you here, my friend! What a great post full of Christmas goodness! Thank you for sharing all of it! Have you received my parcel of snow yet?...Nancy :o)

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  5. I love the reindeer sculpture. Impressive what wire, toilet paper and glue can do. The Tim Holtz window tag seems like lots of fun. Not to mention all the tutorials on your website. Merry Christmas & thanks for sharing.

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  6. MOre amazing inspiration! Off to check out your blog! MErry Christmas!

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  7. Hi Debbie! It's so much fun to see what your Christmas is like in New Zealand. I love all your crafty goodies and wish you the best Christmas ever.

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  8. Thanks for letting us visit. But--what's a "Pressie"? Is it a Kiwi word for Present???

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  9. AMAZING!!! I am particularly blown away by the sculpture...

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  10. WOW what a FUN read of traditions from another land!!...I will be a regular blog reader from now on!...Love the inspiration! creative blessings, debbie/studiobeecreations

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  11. SusanHnSC10:24 AM

    Love these projects - especially the cards! thanks for sharing.

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  12. Love your deer and the gingerbread house is adorable. Great projects.

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  13. Wow! I agree with Kathy, I'm so impressed by that chicken wire deer, and the gingerbread house is gorgeous...I wish ours turned out that well!

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  14. Love the Reindeer!

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  15. Wow...I am very inspired over here. Wonderful job. You are so Talented. I love all your projects. Thank you so much for all the idea's and all that inspiration. Wow...

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  16. You certainly are multi talented! Your projects are beautiful! I love those cards!

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  17. I absolutely love the reindeer you made out of TP and Glue!

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  18. Thank you everyone. merry Christmas!
    Yes "pressie" or "pressy" is slang in NZ for present. ;)

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  19. Thanks for the inspiration Debbie you are always so creative and I love seeing your work on the fiskateers!! TFS

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  20. I've know Deb from the Fiskateers for many years.I have been thrilled to watch her artistry grow and totally impressed by her unstoppable positive attitude.She is an inspiration total package.

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  21. wonderful projects! i just got gingerbread man for kids to decorate for first time this year. I'm hoping they will love it.

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  22. Lovely, I just love all of your holiday inspiration. TFS

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  23. Both Debby and Debbie are such clever ladies! I had no idea! Even though I am solidly in the northern hemisphere, our Christmas weather is very mild, usually in the 60's, not very snowman-and-mitten-ish! So it was fun reading about a summer Christmas! Thanks for sharing!

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  24. @Debby Lewis- thank you for the invitation to join!

    @Debbie Buckland- I adore your Timmy Tag window! Hummm... mine are looking like they need some holiday cheer, great idea!

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  25. I love the ornaments! I am really into making them this year and I am always looking for new & cute ways to make them.

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  26. I confess ~ I cannot imagine Christmas in the summer. All though in TN the weather can get pretty warm during the holiday season. You are one busy lady and thanks for sharing your ideas.
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  27. I love the reindeer sculpture Debbie, and glad there is cans of snow in the summer :) Thanks for sharing her with us Debby!

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  28. So much inspiration! Thanks for sharing your talent.

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  29. Deb, Thanks for sharing some of the fun things you do with your family for Christmas. I always enjoy seeing how you have used your many talents to create your latest crafts!

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  30. I see that you and I are alike. I cannot committ to just one craft. I LOVE it ALL and I wanna do some of everything. My problem is that my craft room needs to be twice as big as it is. Love the idea of giving a cookie decorating kit and not decorating all of the cookies to give as gifts. What a time saver!

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  31. Of course, we Fiskateers are aware of your talents; and, it's so nice to see you share some of your Christmas activities here. Christmas in CA is not "day on the beach summer" like down under but it is different from where I grew up in Manitoba, Canada. Still Christmas is a spirit in our hearts, I believe.

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  32. I've wondered if people in Australia and such did the whole faux snow thing, etc. I guess I should have figured you did since we did growing up in Florida. :) Thanks for clearing that up!

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  33. Amazing decor ideas!!! Loved hearing how you decorate too!

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  34. Your reindeer sculpture is fabulous!

    I think the fake snow in summer is so funny... I live in Chicago, and we cringe when we see real snow! You can always tell the out-of-towners because they love it (they also don't have to drive to work in it). It's only redeeming on Christmas Day, especially if it's fresh and fluffy.

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  35. TFS your holiday traditions in the southern hemisphere. :) I loved all of your creations, and I especially like you reindeer sculpture. Amazing what a bit of chicken wire and toilet paper can be turned into. Threads18@aol.com

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  36. My goodness--- your sculpture is stunning and I love,love, love the idea of the giant tag versions in your window!

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  37. Hi Debby, I "liked" all of the sponsors pages on facebook. i'm the same Susie gray from above that is the facebook link. I couldn't remember my password for my blogger account! lol Now all is well! lol

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  38. Debby, you are truly an inspiration and a treasure! Hugs!!

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  39. Debby, your creative soul continues to knock my socks off! Loved your tag windows the first time I saw them and am loving the sculpture. WTG!

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  40. LOVE love LOVE this! the paper ornaments are so inspiring to me :) Thanks for sharing!

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  41. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

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  42. Kam mccallan8:39 PM

    Love that you incorporated traditions of others and made them your own!

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