The Countdown

I love the idea of making an advent calendar. I just never get around to doing it. But this year is different. I bought the bare frame from Sa Crafters at the big scrapbook convention last summer. I spent Thanksgiving weekend putting it together, painting, and decorating.

I used images from Graphic 45’s Nutcracker Sweet collection (from a few years ago). I embellished with some new and vintage Christmas items from my collection.

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The drawers are covered in vintage sheet music with numbers embossed with red glitter embossing powder.

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The tree is a craft store bottle brush tree that I bleached a light green color, and then decorated with alcohol ink-dyed beads and tinsel trim. (Did you notice the snowflakes, a nod to the Waltz of the Snowflakes? And the candy canes for the Peppermint?)

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The Cards

Each year, I make a new batch of Christmas cards. They are usually a vintage style and almost always feature an image that evokes memories of Christmases past.

This year, I decided to use up some of the supplies that are hanging around the craft room. I combined the new Prima “Sweet Peppermint” papers with some older Bo Bunny, or whatever I had on hand.

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I usually make one style of card and then create a pile that are all identical. This year, I used a similar style on all the cards, but each is different. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

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Each card has a vintage book page, various patterned papers, and a beautiful vintage image as the centerpiece. Some of the images are from patterned papers and others are printed from vintage postcards.

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Die cut greenery is layered with a shiny die ...

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Winter Fun

Happy December! Today I’m sharing my most recent project for The Crafty Scrapper: a canvas project I made using Carta Bella’s new “Snow Fun” collection.

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I started with an 8×8 canvas. I painted a border using Brushed Pewter Distress Paint, then layered a dark blue cardstock under the “Shimmering Snowflakes” patterned paper.

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I added snow to the bottom using modeling paste and Deco Art’s Snow-Tex. A nice sprinkling of glitter brings it to life. I added some fun embellishments to create a winter scene: Maya Road bottle brush tree (with more snow and glitter), wooden deer, and embossed snowflake.

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A vintage paper doily is layered under a Tim Holtz Found Relatives photo. I used one of the Carta Bella stickers to create the “Winter” banner.

Wishing you a holiday season filled with wonder and m...

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Thankful

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Today I’m sharing my latest project for The Crafty Scrapper – a mini book featuring the new Authentique Harvest collection as well as papers from the Photoplay Autumn Day collection.I started with some mini manila folders from 7 Gypsies, which I painted and inked until they were the perfect coppery-bronze color.

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I layered patterned papers to create backgrounds that highlight the gorgeous vintage images from the Authentique collection.

 

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I tucked in a tag between pages, adding some silk fall leaves.

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Hand-dyed seam binding acts as a closure for the mini book.

 

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Be Brave

Today I’m sharing my latest design team project for The Crafty Scrapper.

This month I made a layout using the Tim Holtz Dapper collection. This collection is full of vintage ephemera images that have a great masculine feel. I knew it was perfect to highlight this photo of my grandfather (on the left) and his friend. My grandfather served with the Navy in the Pacific in WWII. I have a couple of photos of him in his uniform, and they are a great treasure.

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I started with one of the 12×12 papers in the collection for my background, and then added multiple layers of Distress Paint, Distress Stain, modeling paste, and Distress Inks. I used stencils for the modeling paste bricks and the inked stars...
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