Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas is a Smash

This week was busy - both at school and creatively. The girls came over on Monday and we shared paper for our smash book project. Joyce had this wonderful Christmas paper that she shared and I had an idea which resulted in this project:

I have worked on it all week and really have enjoyed the process. Anita brought us new Christmas treats and I adapted the idea to make treats for my students as a reward for successful work on the test taken today. They are made from 4 14" squares that are embossed and scored 1 1/4" and 2 1/2" from one end and 1/2" from the other end. Inside are 3 or 4 hersey kisses.

This week I also managed to work on some of my tags from Tim Holtz's 12 tags of Christmas. You can see one in the slide show above and here is another; there are a couple more still in progress. I spend a few minutes each morning checking out his site (all blogs are blocked from the school's website-darn) When I come home I make dinner and get jobs done and then sit and play with my toys. I have managed to make a real mess; all that work last weekend to clean my table and it looks the same as it did before.

I like the look of the gold painted grunge border at the bottom which was highlighted in vintage ink. The brads were from my stash. The tag was from craft paper, I embossed the words with a soft gold, but it would have been better using clear ep. The image was stamped and colored by swiping over the stamped flower image with the new winter distress inks. Picket fence stain was swiped over the top; I really love the soft look that results.   The canvas ornament was made from onasburg fabric bonded to cardboard (I only had white sticky back canvas). The flower was cardstock cut from the pinecone die. The red rhinestones were colored with alcohol inks. I love the new greenery die cut. The ribbon and trims were dyed with distress ink and stains.

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Smash Book

This week I completed a "smash" book for my niece's Christmas present; she is in 7th grade. I really enjoyed making the book and love how it turned out. I even like the scallop trim - which was the creative result of a slight miscalculation on my part. I have the pages cut for my own book and am anxious to get started.

I have also been following Tim Holt's 12 Tags of Christmas and have had fun being inspired by his creativity. I will post my tags as soon as they are done. I decided that I just couldn't live without the greenery die and so I am waiting for it to arrive. Be sure to check out Tim's blog; besides his tags, he has set up galleries for everyone to share their work each day.

We exchanged our second round of spirit dolls today. I will have them posted as soon as I get the pictures from Joyce; of course I forgot my camera. Here is the packaging for my baby.

We decided on a "goddess" shape for our next doll and picked a tan print fabric. It is a little out of my normal color choice and looks to be a challenge. I am making a doll for Elaine next time.