Christmas is always a very special time of the year!! This layout is of a photo taken when our children were much younger. Our three oldest and a cousin gathered around my husband at his parents' home. He's reading the Christmas story to them, explaining how Jesus' birth is the reason for our celebration. It has been such a joy over the years for us to share our love of the Lord with our children and to see them grow to love Him as well.
I hope you and your families have a wonderful and blessed 2013!!
Enjoy your New Year celebrations!
I created this page for the December Scrapping Stamper sketch by Shannon White.
Shannon's Gorgeous December Sketch:
It is such a blessing to be on Shannon's Design team and work with her lovely sketches each month! I used Donna Salazar Products for this page to enter into her December Challenge to create a holiday themed project using ribbon and at least one Donna Salazar product.
Tips and Techniques:
Hand Crafted Flower ~ I used a combination of DSD Spellbinder Bitty Blossoms and Grand Peony dies to create this lovely rose with one of my twine flowers underneath made in jute. My tutorial on creating the twine flowers can be found here.
Corrugated Board Mat ~ I love the grungy look of Donna's corrugated board by Zutter. I use a foam brush to apply paint to the ridges and leave the valleys the natural kraft color. When I try using a bristle brush the paint tends to go down into the valleys as well. I went back and lightly rubbed the torn edges with some distress ink.
Distrezzing ~ I distressed all the straight edges including my photo with my handy DSD Distrezz-It-All by Zutter to get the heavily distressed edges in a flash.
Hanging Christmas Ornaments ~ I didn't have any punches or dies for ornaments, so I traced an ornament and hand cut them. I used my finger to apply a little glue and some Mojo Dust that Natasha sneaked into my last order. If you are looking for Donna Salazar products, be sure to check out Natasha's Store. To achieve the hanging effect, I hand stitched from the ornaments to the top of the page.
Crackled Border ~ I applied a nice thick coat of white DecoArt Texture Crackle to the top edges of my page. It cracks as it dries. It takes a while to dry so some patience is required. ;-) When dry, I used my finger to apply some gold Rub and Buff.
Antiqued Doily ~ Several colors of Distress Ink rubbed over the doily gives the nice antiqued look and brings out the design.
DSD Products used:
Antiquities ~ Vintage Gears
Antiquities ~ Die Cut Ribbons
Antiquities ~ Harmony
Antiquities ~ Queen Bees
Antiquities ~ Time for Tea
Stamp ~ A-Note-Ation
Spellbinder Grand Peony Dies
Spellbinder Bitty Blossoms Dies
Zutter Corrugated Board
Other Products Used:
Tim Holtz Typeset Alphabet Decorative Strip Die
Sizzlets ~ Branch w/Leaves
Martha Stewart Punch Around the Page ~ Swirling Lace
Want2Scrap ~ Self Adhesive Pearls, red
DMC Embroidery Floss
Doily ~ My Stash
Ranger Distress Markers ~ Fired Brick, Aged Mahogany, Vintage Photo
Ranger Distress Ink ~ multiple colors
DecoArt ~ White Texture Crackle
Beacon ~ 3 in 1 Advanced Craft Glue
Crafty Power Tape
Designer Dries Clear Glue
Krylon Spray Adhesive
I've also entered this at:
Word Art Wednesday Challenge #60 Faith; Anything Goes
Scrapping Every Day Miracles December Main Challenge ~ Scrap where you find joy during the Christmas Holidays with a twist - include glimmer and/or sparkle. Gary and I find great joy in sharing our love for Christ with our family during the holidays. This photo is Gary sharing the Christmas story with our children when they were younger. The sparkle is the glittery dust on the ornaments and bright shiny pearls with iridescent sheer lace.
Thanks for stopping by! I treasure your comments.
~ Blessings ~