Monday, December 22, 2014

Candlelight Service

The kids have become quite close with the assistant pastor. He was SO pleased with them for taking the effort to dress up for the Candlelight Service. He insisted on a photo.
All the lights were low in preparation for the service, but we arranged ourselves next to the tree in the foyer for a picture. The result is a bit grainy with very soft edges. But it captures us well. 
~ Candlelight Service ~
The texture of the burlap and the glint of the foil paper echo the lights of the tree behind us and the underdeveloped effect of the photo. Stamping directly on the burlap leaves a light impression but heated embossing powder makes the flourishes stand out.

Burlap and Paper:Craft Smith
Flowers:Prima and Paper Studio
Ink:Close To My Heart and Color Box
Embossing Powder:Wow
Gems:Teresa Collins and Michaels
Alpha:Little Yellow Bicycle
Tiny Type:Authentique
Punches:Martha Stewart and McGill
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

All is Calm

My favorite church tradition at Christmas is the Candlelight service. I love the singing, the sweet children's story and then all the lights go out. As the candles are being lit down the rows of pews we sing Silent Night.
Tears in my eyes EVERY time.
So beautiful!!!
~ All is Calm ~
Trying to capture the simplicity of this photo was my first goal.
I was inspired by the star of Bethlehem, the simple shepherds, and the moment of waiting.
Foil is notoriously difficult to capture with a camera so I have taken this photo from two angles.
I wish I could show this too you in person. The shine of the foil against the kraft background is a perfect illustration of what the Christmas story is all about!
Paper:Craft Smith
Punches:Kreaxions #919 and #920
Title:Silhouette Cameo
Glitter Paste:Bo Bunny
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Enjoy Life

Drill #46 is up on the SWAT blog:
As a family we don't seem to cheese well for the camera.
Ask for a smile and you are more likely to get a very strained look.
Being well aware of our deficiency in this area we have invented the laughing pose.
~ Enjoy Life ~
Someone starts us off and we giggle away, egged on by each others laughter. The photographer snaps quickly and we all hope at least one of the pictures will turn out. Usually we get a series of photos that are enough to make the grumpiest person smile.
Paper, Glitter Paste:Bo Bunny
Punches:Fiskars, Martha Stewart
Enamel Dots:My Minds Eye
Metallic Rub:Inka Gold
Title:Trim Craft
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Folding Photo Display

A good friend of mine sits at a desk all day, playing with computers.
This years gift is something to brighten up his corner!
This photo display is decorated front and back and folds neatly for shipping.
For the back I used burlap and the adorable winter scene in white from Craft Smith's Timeless Holiday collection. I embellished with Stickles and added titles from the same paper pad. Gold Star washi tape from Japan covers the edges and helps with the folding.
Inside the display I used several papers from the Timeless Holiday collection.
I used red snow flake paper as the base, holly in two designs for a central layer, and green plaid paper with a thin edge of red snow-flake paper for the photo mat.
I edged each layer of paper with Inka Gold Metallic Rub.
Here are a few close-ups of the binding d├ęcor.
The scene with children building the snowman is just too sweet!
The red burlap is from Craft Smith's Holiday Burlap paper pack.
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Sipping Together

Travelling as a family means multiple stops for Coffee.
This photo was taken at Starbucks near Niagara Falls.
We LOVED seeing the Falls in winter, but the cold sent us in for something warm to drink!
~ Sipping Together ~
This is my entry for the
December Scrappy Friends Challenge
For Rochelle's Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge I used the Center Vertical Row:
Stamp, Snow Flake, Overlay
For Kelly's Word Challenge I used "together" in my title.
Brenda offered this month's Sketch Challenge:
Paper, Alpha, Stickers, Flowers, Stamp: Bo Bunny
Ink:Close To My Heart, Color Box
Embossing Powder:Wow
Bling:Teresa Collins
Overlays:Crate Paper
Mettalic Rub:Inka Gold
Trim:Memorable Seasons Kit
Punches:Fiskars & Kreaxions #312
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Monday, December 15, 2014


Paper Girls Challenge #70

I so enjoy making ornaments each year.
Sometimes the kids help, other times I am on my own.
This year I enlisted the cat!
The star ornament is a series of cut outs from a hexagon paper by Craft Smith.
It's a simple project that gives the tree that home-made-with-love feel.
The circular ornament I made using Kreaxions Punches.
Chris featured this type of ornament in Kreaxions recent blog hop.
Check out HER BLOG for instructions!!!
The Poinsettia I also made from Craft Smith hexagon paper
(The Holiday Elegance Paper Pad).
My sweet little boy was fascinated with the poinsettia and decided he should make one also.
Here are the instructions he followed:
Step 1:Cut 12 diamonds from the hexagon paper.
Step 2:Cut an 1/8 inch off the edges of 3 of the diamonds. Cut a 1/4 inch off the edges of 3 of the diamonds.
Step 3: Use ink or other product on the edge of each diamond.
Step 4: Role the petals on a marker to get a nice curve.
Step 5: punch a 1/2 inch circle and a 1/2 inch snowflake. 
Step 6: Crease one tip of each petal, about 3 stripes up.
Step 7: Adhere 2 of the large petals to the circle, directly across from each other.
Step 8: Adhere the remaining large petals on the circle do that they are spaced evenly.
Step 9: Adhere the medium petals on the large petals. Spaced evenly. 
Step 10: Adhere the small petals on the medium petals. Spaced evenly. 
Step 11: Press the points of the snowflake up.
Adhere to the center of the Poinsettia. 
Step 12: Lace a piece of twine through one of the petals.
Knot at both ends, for an ornament hanger. 
Paper:Craft Smith Co.
Metallic Rub:Inka Gold
Punches:Kreaxions, Fiskars, & Uchida

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Snow and Holly

I've been having so much fun making ornaments this year.
I've been using paper by Craft Smith Co. and enjoying the quality and color schemes.
These ornaments combine 2 other loves of mine:
Altered Items and Kreaxions Punches!!!
Circle Frames
Save an empty Morton's Salt container (26 oz.).
Mark a line around the container 1" from the end. Cut with a craft knife.
Paint inside and outside of cardboard black.
Cut a circle of paper to place in the bottom of the frame.
Punch a hole 1/2 inch from the edge of the frame with a paper piercer.
Add a loop of twine, tying a knot to keep it from slipping through.

Star Insert
Cut a second circle in a contrasting color.
Using a protractor mark 5 sections at 72 degrees each.
Punch on each line with Kreaxions 4-in-1 Punch #914 or #312.
Trim an 1/8 to a 1/4 circle of paper from the edge so that the contrasting paper in the back of the frame shows through.
Adhere the star to the circle frame with 3-D foam adhesive.
Embellish with glitter glue.

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