and I want to wish all of my friends and family a very happy holiday. I am blessed to have a wonderful group of artist friends, and some very special personal friends. My family knows how lucky I am to have them. Wishing all of you a joyous Christmas day.
recently found its way to a secret sister of mine.
I love having, and being a secret sister, especially this time of year. The mystery and the suspense is always enjoyable, as is making something special for someone special.
I made this "snow angel" ornament out of a matchbox. I added beads to the inside of the box prior to wrapping it up, to give it added interest. I wrapped the little box with a printed paper, and stamped it with a few swirl stamps. I added the black and white image of my "snow angel"(with rosey cheeks) to the outside with a gel medium. I lightly sanded the box and image. I sealed the complete box with a glaze medium. I poked a beaded stick pin through the center of the box. I added sparkly ribbons to the top and bottom, and edged the outer edge of the box with two rows of matching trim. The final step was a metal snow flake.
are finally being mailed. I have had these cards made for some time now, which is highly unusual for me. Usually, I am crunching to make them at the last minute. This year, it took me some time to get notes written and the cards mailed.
I did "cheat" a little bit... which made making this years greeting cards super easy. I bougt a set of "blank" snow themed cards (made by DCWV), and then embellished with stamping, embossing, and other "goodies". These "blanks" made it so easy for me, as it set the theme and chose the colors for me. This is a sampling of some of my cards.
I was working on a Christmas project, and was going through a handful of family photos. Boy, do photos of family stir up good memories this time of year. It is so fun to look at them.
The first picture is one of my oldest brother. What a sweety. The second one is of my other older brother. Gotta love that bow tie.
I suppose I should apologize to my brothers for posting these...but, I think posting one of myself as a little one is punishment enough.
This last photo is of my brothers, cousin and I. I had forgotten about this photo. Upon seeing it, the holiday memories came flooding back. Christmas was always spent with my aunt, uncle and cousin - whether it was in Los Angeles or in the bay area. Christmas was filled with excitement and joy. I am lucky to have such a wonderful family that gave me such wonderful memories.
alot like Christmas! I am happy to say that I got our tree decorated today. It always seems to take forever to decorate it. Always takes alot longer than I remember it taking the previous year. I didn't put too many decorations up around the house, as it is for just my husband and I.
For whatever reason, I feel happy this Christmas. I haven't felt this way in many years. I won't question why I am this way this year... I plan to just sit back and ENJOY the season. There will be a smile in my heart this year.
When I look at this tree in this photo, it sure looks artificial. Thankfully, it looks more realistic in real life. And, it is beautiful all lit up during the evening.
I finally finished my Cigar Box "Christmas Countdown" calendar. This was a fun project to do. It is my artistic take on advent calendars.
Basically, the base is a cigar box that has been painted white, and covered and lined with Basic Grey Blitzen papers. The cover was stamped with foam snowflake stamps and embellished with glitter. The inside has the words "days 'til Christmas" stamped on it using Buzz and Bloom stamps. I made daily flip tags which are housed on a binder rings using cardstock, printed papers, chipboard numbers and stamped numbers. Some ribbon and snowflake brads finish off the box.
I think that this will be a fun calendar to have displayed at Christmas time.