Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Quinn's Third Year Mini Album

Here is the mini album I made for my grand daughter Quinn's third year.
It is a photo heavy post so I put it in a slideshow! 
Thanks for viewing - I appreciate your comments!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Christmas Ornaments

Greetings! Here are some gifts I made for my besties this year. They are 4"x4"x1.5" canvases so perhaps a bit big for an ornament (unless you have a very sturdy or fake tree) but they will be darling just sitting on a shelf as well.

 The canvases have been covered with designer papers from Fancy Pants Designs then lots of rub-ons, stamping, masking, ink, and paint applied. The letters are Tim Holtz Grungeboard; the white ones are painted with Liquitex acrylic paint and the red ones are stained with TH Distress Stain in "aged mahogany". The stars I purchased at a local store for $1.95 each! I painted one white, then sanded off the paint on the high points, the other two are left just as I purchased them. I used eyelet screws which I stained with Ranger Alcohol Inks and tied with lots of trims from my stash. 

I always finish the backs of my pieces too.
Thanks so much for stopping by!
I wish you a blessed Christmas!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Holy Family - Dec 2012 366

Today I have the final scrapbook layout for my 2012 366 calendar/art journal project. If you'd like to see the original post about this project, click here. There is a tab at the top of this page where you can find all of the pages for the year for this project.

For my December layout I am honoring my Savior on the celebration of His birth. This picture is of a portion of my ceramic nativity set. I purchased this little set many years ago with money that my husband's Nana gave me for my birthday. Each year when I get it out and set it up I am just filled with joy. It is so precious to look at and such loving memories are attached to it. But most of all it fills me with the wonder of the season and thankfulness to my heavenly father for His amazing gift.
(click on picture to enlarge and clarify)
I used this awesome sketch by Jenny Evans for Boys Rule and am entering in their challenge.
The morning after I made this post, I came in to my studio to find the sun streaming in on this layout laying on the "Christmas Magic" papers. The finish on the star and flourishes, and the dimension of the elements looked so pretty in the sun. How cool! 
 The papers I used are by Fancy Pants Designs from the Christmas Magic line.  The word "savior" is grungeboard by Tim Holtz colored with Distress Stain in aged mahogany. The star is an EK Success punch and the flourishes are Sizzlets dies. Both have been painted with Distress Crackle Paint in brushed pewter. Other Distress Inks used are brushed corduroy, pumice stone and aged mahogany.
I wish you all a blessed Christmas. 
May you find peace, joy, and hope in our Lord Jesus.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Frosted Designs 12 days of Christmas

Frosted Designs is having a 12 days of Christmas challenge
 and today (day 7) is my day!
There are lots of amazing prizes to be won whether you 
play along for 1 day or all 12 - check out the rules and prizes here
Frosted Designs is also having a huge 
"Refer a Friend" contest - details here!

On the 7th day of Christmas
Frosted Designs asked of me - 7 sparkly snowflakes!

Today I'm challenging you to use 7 snowflakes on your project 
(no more, no less!)
You are welcome to create a card, layout, or off the page project.

We had an unusual snow in November this year where I live in southeastern Pennsylvania. My 3 year old grand daughter said "Let's put on our snow fingies and go out!" She had a blast going down the sliding board pushing the snow ahead of her and landing in a pile at the bottom!
I used this sketch by Jenny Evans and am joining in the fun over at Boys Rule
The papers I used for my layout are by Echo Park and Basic Grey. The chipboard snowflake and snow man are also Basic Grey. I used two different Martha Stewart punches for my snowflakes and EK Success punches for the scalloped circles. The "stitching" is done with an Elmers paint marker. Letter stickers are by October Afternoon and Doodlebug Design. Distressing is done with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.

I hope you'll be able to find some time to create during this busy season and join in the fun over at Frosted Designs!
 Thanks for stopping by my blog - I appreciate your comments!