Monday, December 31, 2012

Christmas Memories ~ DT for The Scrapping Stamper

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.

"Christmas Memories"

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

Ribbon and Pearls ~ This is an older technique that I revived for this project. I punched a small hole on both sides of a corrugated ridge, leaving two ridges without holes to space. On each end I just punched one hole on the side where the ribbon would end. I laced my sheer, iridescent ribbon onto a yarn needle and laced it through the holes, but not pulling tight, so there would be a puff of ribbon between each set of holes. To hide the holes, I placed a red pearl between each puff.

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 
Zutter Distrezz-It-All

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
Scothc ATG
Crafty Power Tape
Designer Dries Clear Glue
Xyron Permanent
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 ~


  1. Wow such a gorgeous page, Tracey! Love all your beautiful techniques and details! Thanks for the tut on your gorgeous flowers! Hope you have a remarkable New Year!

  2. This is gorgeous!! I loveeeeeeeeeee the memory you captured! And loving that flower, the colors and the ornaments!!! Happy New Year!!!

  3. Gorgeous!! Lots of beautiful details. Love it.
    Happy New Year. xx

  4. beautiful as always.....Happy New Year :)

  5. Beautiful interpretation of Shannon's sketch!

  6. such a pretty page and LOVE the color mix here!!!!! gorgeous work!!! Happy New Year!!!

  7. beautiful details, everything is stunning.
    wishing you a a wonderful happy new year ahead,
    all the best :)

  8. Gorgeous!!!!! Love all the details. Thanks so much for continuing to bless us at Word Art Wednesday with your beautiful work. God's peace and blessings to you and yours in 2013.

  9. fantastic LO Tracey!! and congrats on your GD

  10. The twine flowers are especially nice. Happy New Year Tracey!

  11. What a sweet layout, Tracey. Your art always amazes me, and I love to come by to see it. Thank you a million times over for sharing your talents with us. I am SO grateful to have you play along, and just LOVE seeing the gorgeous layouts you make. Hope you have a blessed 2013 filled with all of God's blessings. Thanks for being SUCH a blessing in my life. I appreciate you so much.

  12. Gorgeous, Tracey! I am dying over that large peony bloom .. I meed that one! Have a Happy New Year!

  13. Drop dead gorgeous creations, Tracey! These are amazing! Happy New Year and hope you have another wonderful journey in 2013 :)

  14. Hi Tracey, Happy New Year.. I love this special layout with your wonderful family photo... I love how you share your techniques on how you create your embellishments.. I trust 2013 will be a good year for your family!!

  15. All those beautiful details, what a beautiful (stunning) rose .....

  16. Ohhhh! gorgeous work Tracey!! Your handmade bloom with the twine is spectacular!! I'm going to have to find myself those die cuts! Your layout and sketch are awesome!! Looking forward to all the inspiration I know you'll be sharing in 2013! xo xo

  17. Tracey...what beautiful designs. And I LOVE it that you explain your elements. The flower is beautiful and I really like that little ribbon embellie...gotta make one of those!!!
    Thank you also for leaving such a lovely note on my blog.

  18. love this work of heart Tracey! I really love the flower and tutorial to create it! Thanks for sharing with us at SEM!

  19. absolutely gorgeous! thanks for joining us over at SEM

  20. Gorgeous page all those beautiful techniques that make your page so extra special. Thanks for joining the challenge this month at Scrapping Everyday Miracles!

  21. Wow, what a gorgeous layout, Tracey!! As always, the design is simply stunning!! I especially love the ribbon and pearl technique you used!! You should teach classes...I'd sign up!! And what a beautiful picture and the story behind it!! I hope you and your family had a safe and joyous New Year's celebration!! Happy 2013 my friend...can't wait to see what amazing things you create in the new year :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  22. What true gorgeous-ness!!!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!! Happy New Year to you!

  23. Tracey, your creations never fail to leave me speechless. You do such amazing work girl. I'm so happy you choose to share it with us at SEM.

  24. What a fun creation! Love the texture and gorgeous details!!!! Happy New Year!!!!!

  25. Totally gorgeous Tracey!! Love the beautiful doily, ornaments and you did a wonderful job using the sketch!!

  26. What beautiful layout! I love that gold doily and the bit of glitter on the ornaments is perfect!

  27. How sweet is that photo! Beautiful job on the layout! It's amazing! Happy New Year Tracey!

  28. Tracey, this is BEAUTIFUL! I love the photo and you have just outdone yourself on the page. So many beautiful little touches. GOREGOUS work!

  29. Simply stunning Tracey. One our favorite Christmas traditions is also reading the Christmas story, a little book called Silent Night. I love that now my kids are old enough they can read it to me, just beautiful. Thanks for sharing @ SEM x

  30. Tracey, your layout is breath taking.

    Wishing you and your loved ones much peace and joy for 2013. Thank you for your friendship and encouragement during 2012.


  31. Beautiful... I know I say it every time but you are so super talented and your layouts are beautiful!

  32. What an utterly precious memory and beautiful page, Tracey!

  33. Beautiful layout.....wonderful memories! I always love seeing your gorgeous handmade flowers!

  34. Happy New Year, Tracey! I wish you all the best for 2013! Your page is just gorgeous! Love all the fabulous details! Hugs

  35. Oh I love that ribbon and pearl trim! It suits the layout perfectly!
    Hope you have a wonderful 2013.

  36. Tracey, this is absolutely gorgeous, and that's no surprise. You always do such beautiful projects full of grace and elegance.

    Merry Christmas (a little late) and Happy New Year to you!

  37. Hi Tracey!!! Happy New Year!!!Sooo Beautiful Christmas page!!! lovely memory of your kids! love your handmade flowers. Take care sweetie!!!xoxo

  38. Beautiful LO. Love the doily and the wonderful flowers.

  39. Hi Tracey! So wonderful to see your beautiful layout, my friend. all of your details look just gorgeous. I really like the sweet and touching photo that you scrapped!!!!! Your take on the sketch is well, just amazing. Happy New Year to you and your family!!!!!

  40. As always...beautiful!! Love your work Trace!! Happy New Year!!xx

  41. I LOVE that corrugated photo mat!!! Love it!!!

  42. Another classic beauty! All the detail, special touches, techniques & elements together really bring your photo (s) to life. I am loving catching up. Sorry I have been so delayed but I am super glad to be here now.
    Love following your blog and being inspired your precious spirit and lovely talent for memory making.Thanks for sharing it with us all.
    God bless you!


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