Only one week to go and Christmas feel is definitely in the air. Invited my hubby out for breakfast out on town yesterday and this morning. Certainly gives the day a rather nice start and we sure needed it, gosh the crazy crazy mob out there!
Thank you sweet ladies who took the time to visit my blog and to leave such beautiful love on my previous post despite the busiest of time!! it really warms my heart and makes your comments even more precious to me! Thank you!
Another beautiful un-Christmassy palette was released yesterday over at TCR. Here it is:
The inspirational photos are from the advent calendar that super-talented and super-sweet Julie Winks made for TCR's Christmas Inspiration. Here's the gorgeous calendar for you, just click on the photo and it will come up bigger:
Absolutely dreamy! Now to my TCR #89 that I have called "Enjoy The Moments That Make You Smile". As you no doubt understand, it was created quite some time before the 15 December challenge was posted over at UOAS. What is it they say, great minds think alike! I promise, I have not had any sneak peaks of Nadia's pretty sketch.
Over the years and as I've grown older, it is always the little moments in life that bring me the greatest joy. This photo is not my own but it still reminds me of my childhood and my mother's battered and stained recipe book. She loved to bake.
What looks like little specks of blue, are flakes of Shimmerz Enamelz in Jack Frost that I have misted with TA in Electric Blue and mixed before sprinkling onto the page on top of a thin layer of glue. It has THE most fabulous glitter to it IRL!
The chippie title from Dusty Attic I painted in chocolatey acrylic paint and left it without any other treatment. The little silver foil stars are mounted on pop dots and covered in Stickles Waterfall.
All papers except the music sheet, are from Swedish Maja Design's collection "Vintage Winter" that I have used before but then with patterns in blue.
The strip of caramel lace and bling is from Prima. The little white doily cut in half is from Martha Stewart.
The flowers are Prima. There is a little felt circle with a punched out butterfly topped by a jewel nesting on the right. It comes from Precocious Papers' Etsy shop that I have written about before, check it out HERE
I made a ginger bread figure from brown felt. Took a cookie cutter, touched up the part that cuts with white liquid chalk and pressed it on the felt before cutting out the figure. Then I took Waco pearl maker in white and traced the cookie, looks like icing when it has dried.
I used a Dusty Attic French Flourish under the flower cluster, it looks like THIS
I first lightly and randomly painted it in Adirondack dabber Snow Cap. Before it had dried I misted it in TA Electric Blue and sprinkled fine glitter on top, then I zapped it with my heat gun. Another heavy spray with the mist and another sprinkling of glitter.
I repeatedly stamped a Christmas flourish in gold ink before placing the chippie title on top of it.
Some blue brads from MME Lost&Found 2 around the title.
Here's a cute little measuring "spoon" or whatever it's called from a toy shop. Some star anise and dried cloves for that extra feel of baking. Here you can also see the Christmas flourish that I have stamped in brown around the page.
Here are some cards that I made earlier this month. I have the last batch to share with you in my next post just before Christmas.
This one is for a very very dear and close friend. The stripey paper is MME, the fussy cut pointsettias are from last year's K&Co Evergreen Christmas collection. The gold flourish is from Dusty Attic, I have just covered it heavily in Stickles Gold. A pair of small golden Christmas bells with a silk ribbon and then a cluster of Prima and KaiserCraft flowers. The silver alphas are American Crafts.
I've used papers from Meg's Garden for the next 4 cards. Lots and lots of fussy cutting on all 4 of them.
On this one I dabbed snowpaint to give some more feel of snow on the roof top, the tree branches and around the card. Leaves, ice blue flowers and a snippet from a jewel branch, all from Prima. The white rose is from KaiserCraft.
Very unusal colours for Christmas but oh so yummie!
And now on to Danish Tilda for the last two cards.
On this last card I have stitched strips of fabric, lace and ribbon onto a piece of canvas before cuttting out the heart shape. I made that little rolled fabric bloom and burned my finger real bad, beware of glue guns!
PSSSS .... The word is spreading like bush fire in blogland, something is happening on 6 January 2012.
Word is absolutely right too! A new challenge site called CSI - Color ... Stories ... Inspiration will be launched and boy are we in for some great challenges!
There's a sneak peek for you HERE
Sooo wonderful to see so many familiar names on the list of DT members, YAY!
Anna Karin Evaldsson
Eila Sandberg - that's lucky me!
If you are a scrapbooker who loves a great challenge, be sure to sign up as a member of CSI and stay tuned for our challenges to begin on January 6, 2012!
And on this very happy note, I have come to the end of this once again long post. Enjoy the days that are left to Christmas - remember to breathe, stop for a second and just enjoy all the little things!
Much love to you all, xoxoxo Eila