I love the colour of this one, and used some Viva Gold Cabalt smeared with a spatula over a white tag, then painted with a brush the boarder. I've got out dies I've forgotten to use, along with glitter paper - what fun! Loved the layering! Framed the deer with some gauze underneath.
I really enjoyed creating this one! Some hand drawing in black (even the sentiment) and some definition on the tag and ivy leaves. I didn't have a black lamp post which would have been good, but thought to mount both the little Victorian house and the tag itself (always love a black base!). Do you see the little red cardinal? And a little trim on the bottom to really finish off this Victorian scene.
A little bag. I've got most of my sprays packed away at the moment because of renovations (and soon to be Christmas guests) but I did have some Silks paint - a tap of that into a little spray bottle with water ...and it worked a treat - such a lovely shimmer (which the photo doesn't pick up). A little paper bag with a doodle border, stamped little red bells tied with a gold bow and pine needles - all ready for a little gift.
Put some 'Jingle Bells' lyrics on the top and bottom of this tag and focused it more on stars.
Snowflakes are lovely and I do use them... but lol - it is Summer here. Though, I still associate snowflakes with Christmas. Did a wrap-around with some hessian and pleated sheet music, and one little spot of red :)
I realised I hadn't managed to buy a poinsettia die in all the Christmas dies I have!
It's now on the list! So in place of not having a one, I've cut out some from paper, and had a couple of poinsettia flowers turn up in my search so all was good. Everything has been edged in Inka Gold - Gold. A little sizzix journaling block for my stamped sentiment, and a diecut candle with foliage.
The design has some patterned red colour at the top with some gold glitter trim. Put some sparkly glitter paper behind the candles too.
Is about using both the positive and negative of a diecut. Mine is in the cooler colour of Winter,
The tag was painted in the Making Memories paint 'Shopping Bag' with a bit of gesso in it to whiten it a little. A little silver ribbon is tied up with a clasp pin and some tiny red bells and some script writing has been stamped sparingly. I cant believe how this challenge is really making me use 'stuff' especially stamps and dies!
You probably all know how smitten I am with scrapping December in many ways!
Its the one thing that can really bring back my mojo who loves Christmas as much as I!! LOL
And have always said I wish I'd known about December Dailys before starting them in 2009, and last year found that I had many photos for 2008... for everyday!! How good was that!
So completed my 2008 December Daily! Weeeell that worked well so this year, I've looked at what photos I have for 2007 (thank goodness for the digital age!) and sure enough - there were photos for an album too!
And if you love these... there are some gorgeous embellishments that will work perfectly...
I grabbed these matching Decorative Tags and see the black one...weeeeell, that fit PERFECTLY (by accident) in the circle frame on the front of the album! Imagine that!! Without even trying!
I'll definitely be including the other tags throughout the pages too.
(I've put dimensional magic on the vines and around the wreath on the round tag and the word banner 'Noel'
The number '25' Enamel Shapes is also from the Sleighbells Ring range and for sure the rest will come in handy too!
And did you notice the fabulous ivy vine diecut 'Mega Holly Flourish' on the front of the album? It is one of the more expensive dies, buuuuut... I've used it over and over, I've dimensional magic-ed it, I've pulled it apart and used bits of it, I've used all kinds of paper and colours too on so many projects. Its one of those general 'go-to' Christmas dies!
So after a while... its worth it! Its about 18cms long - fabulous!
Still to be used are these fabulous little Treat Bags
And the Sleighbells Ring washi tape is stunning! It comes in a pack and I've taken a proper good look pic below, seeing it out like that does it more justice doesn't it!
Hmmmn, other things I might use are....
sequins! Pop 'sequins' in the search bar in the shop and look at all the pretty colours that pop up!
Most are artist's drawings of them in packets (have no idea why manufacturers do that!) - but believe me - in real life they are sparkly and gorgeous!
(hard to see them from the manufacturer's photo in the shop (the black & white photo behind is off putting!)... but they make amazing shaker pockets (with the sequins!!!!) Here's a quick pic of them spilled out on my desk. Hmmmn, does that help?
Some other helpful things you might want to gather if you'd like to learn some new techniques or try out products you might not have known about along the way is
Not a lot of work needs to be done for these covers as they are pretty much done for us!
The vine looks fabulous with some Dimensional Magic on it - it comes into its own as an embellishment (the photo shows it in its not quite dry form. There is one dry layer, and then I've put on a second layer...just on once side of each leaf to give it more of a 3-D effect
which I pulled apart to make it go further for underneath the tag
Usually napkins are two ply, so pull the bottom layer away from the top patterned layer.
Then with a wet brush, paint with water along where you'd like to tear your napkin
So here is where it will be placed... right along the bottom of the inside cover.
If you look closely, you'll see a join... but that will become in visible
The fun part! Using a Matte Gel (or you can use a gloss one that looks just as fabulous) we'll adhere the napkin piece to the cover...
Paint underneath where the napkin will go with the matte gel...
then on top of the napkin to seal it :)
and here it is right along the inside cover
(and the darker grey inking is already there- its the way the cover comes)
Next is the stencilling of the word 'REMEMBER'
A stencil (I used Theresa Collins Essential 'Remember' one, it has three A4 sized stencils in the packet) now that's cool! Here's a photo of them out on my desk so you can see them easier than in the manufacturer's packaging.
I had a little practice with on a spare piece of paper before I did it for real on my album...
(don't be fooled by the 'Gold' bit - its just a name, not a colour - don't know why?)
I did rub this in a second time to get it to go a little darker.
The Inka Gold dries quite fast and suggest you keep the lid on your tub.
Then rubbed the Inka Gold Graphite around the edges of my inside cover, added dimensional magic over the word 'Remember' and that really raised it up a treat too. And added in the bar with the rings on too. Some sequins top it off! Pop the word 'sequins' in the search bar in the shop and see all kinds of colours!
And folding down the top of the bag - the white on the reverse side looked stark and unappealing so thought I'd cut out a couple of small strips to fit both top and bottom edges of the bag... at first I thought I'd like to use the black tartan on the lower side, and the gingham on the top... but.....
This is one piece of paper, cut in half. I measured it against the plastic pocket page in the album to get the right size. Normally I would have folded the paper over, but because of the print, if you fold, the other side of the pocket page would be upside down. So cut two which included the manufacturers strip down the bottom (otherwise it would have been too short)
BUT, the lovely washi tape covers that!
You can find the set of Sleighbells Washi Tape HERE
Then made an insert - this cardstock matched beautifully(and I love the texture and quality!)
There were a few photos of Paige's little school concert, so put them together on the insert, which included a flip up as well. Sitting so far away from the stage, these pics were never going to be good shots... but none the less, still memories.
Both sides of the paper Sleighbells Ring 'Blitzen' are used under the photo and for journaling upon- which is also in the kit. I haven't used the deer image at all as its too big for the pages of this album, but both the soft coloured woodgrain and the gorgeous light tartan on the other side are a treat....
The strip orientation of a couple of the pages in the Tim Holtz inserts are perfect for that title,
or even a sequin/sparkle shaker if you seal them!
Truly.. when you see them in the shop just in the packet - you'd swear there is only the red one as its in front.(and unless you go into the details page and read the fine print.. you'd be none the wiser)
Anyway....open the packet in real life.. and look what pops out! BONUS! Eight sheets!
They come just like that (except I've added the date with these Teresa Collins Alphas) and very carefully placed the paper tag part inside the plastic pocket, and the brads pushed through (with help of craft knife) from the front of the pocket - these alleviates the pockets puckering. And its also 'see-through' - that's always appealing :)
Yes you can cut these things apart - sometimes its cheaper than embellishments!!
LoVE pompom trim! Although there isn't any yellow in the shop..there is green!
(I shall be getting some of that in my next order!) And there is a bigger pink one here
And have you ever put the word 'trim' in the search bar... oooh!
Anyway... back to the transparency page ......
The little green window is my kitchen window, and I wanted to see the photo on either side of the transparency page so printed it out on 'ink jet' friendly transparency. I got mine from an office supply shop. Inkjet printer ink doesn't set on ordinary plastics. Its an idea if you want to play with it :)
The photo actually looks washed out here in the pics, but in real life its quite vibrant. The camera just doesn't pick it up well.
I stitched along the edge to keep it in place and here's the pompom poking out
(though it could be glued)
And here is the whole lot of pages from just this post....closed and piled up on each other.
This is the reverse to day 20, and the long strip down the middle became a shaker using quite large gold sequins (put a 'sequins' in a search in the shop and look at all the options- some lovelies there)
The paper used for this is the reverse side used for day 20 as well
They suit my very shy scaredy cat and his antics to avoid anything and everything at all cost!
Stamp the image onto the paper, and using a brush with a dab of water onto your mixed media mat, brush it over Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink, and place the tip into the dab of water...colour to the darkness of black (or other colour) you might like, then use that to paint your image.