Archive for December, 2013

SWIRLING SNOWFLAKES

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Christmas inspires me to the heart of my being. I love making “everything Christmas”. My home does looks like a Christmas truck hit it and I love that. I have so many wonderful things baked to share that I have to store some in coolers on the deck. Don’t worry; it’s like -27 out there so it is all good. Tonight we are going shopping to finish up with all our gifts and then we will begin to make “new lists” for “the final everythings” we will need for our upcoming Christmas celebration with my children and grandchildren. I am so excited!  Christmas “is magic” like that. It simply wipes away the years and makes us all kids again

I am going to share one of my projects with you from this years “bevy of Christmas wonderful” that happened on my desk for this years festivities. I WILL do more of these. My hands “want” to do “Merry Christmas” just like this for my mantle but I am running out of time so it may have to be a project that I do over the next year, a segment at a time. I will have to admit, using Sizzix’s new “very magnetic” base REALLY helped with this as I was cutting the “circle frames” using Spellbinder’s, Grand Nestabilities, grand circles, two at a time to achieve the frame. This magnetic board is crazy, good … no tape needed to hold the dies in place and there is NO shifting. You NEED one of these!!

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The large snowflake die is from Sizzix and yes, I cut my “Superstock” using this die and the “Superstock” had “Be Creative” tape on both sides so I could cut 2 of them to adhere together to make my snowflakes “double thick”, “Superstock”. The “Be Creative” tape on the outside was perfect for holding my Stampendous, shabby white, embossing powder.

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The letters are dies from Sizzix and yes, they were cut from “Superstock with Be Creative Tape” applied so that I could make them TRIPLE thick! I want this joyful ornament to last for years!! I altered my “triple” thick letters with colours from the new “Taos” pigment, paintbox, stamp pad from “Clearsnap”. Love, love the colours within this palette. Remember you WILL NEED the re-inkers for your stamp pads to use them as much as I do. When you have the “re-inkers” you have the power to create endlessly. I do have letters on both sides of the snowflakes as you can “twirl” them. So with that in mind I used the “turtle” segment for one set of letters and the “chianti” segment for the second set of letters. I did use the “espresso” section to add depth to the bottoms and of course I embossed them 3 times. That made them even thicker = love that.

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My ribbons are from May Arts and of course I had a wonderful time adding them onto my Dazzle Fibers from WonderFil, that linked all the parts.

Together all these wonderful products gave me a decoration I know I will treasure for years to come and thru the “magic” of Christmas I will STILL be 39 then!!

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Merry Christmas everyone. With any luck and of course “little sleep” I will be able to give you another peek at some of the other projects that have happened on my desk before Christmas arrives BUT remember “I said”, “with any luck” (just in case).

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