I am anxiously awaiting the return of my "skinny pages" from a recent swap. We each made skinny pages (3"x6"). They each had to have an alpha letter on it -- spelling out Christmas. Here are the ones I sent in. I will get 9 in return... spelling out Christmas. I will either make them into a small book or a banner.
I love the little birds I created using a circle punch and a small "egg" shaped punch. Super easy. I think I am going to be putting these on my Christmas card this year. The alphabet stamp set I used is from Purple Onion Designs.
I have a little catching up to do. On December 1st, my "25 Days of Christmas" started. In one of my art groups, 25 of us joined this gift swap. We each made a giftie for each artist. We each were assigned a day (mine is the 15th of December) that our gifts will be opened by everyone else.
I had planned on sharing the gifts I received on a daily basis, but am already a few days behind. I will try to catch up here.
First, I must say what fun it was to open the mailbox over several days and find little surprise packages. I could hear the little jingle bell inside tingling. Such fun! I put all of the wrapped gifts in a Christmas suitcase that I have and they are sitting on my dining room table just waiting to be opened.
1st Day of Christmas - Robin (Yooper) made these beautiful blue button fairies. Just gorgeous. A great addition to the Christmas tree.
2nd Day of Christmas - A beautiful beaded acrylic ribbon necklace. I love the metal bead/finding that she used for the tree. Really nice.
3rd Day of Christmas - Autumn made this adorable wooden heart shaped Santa ornaments. Santa is hiding behind the bow, but he is there watching to see who is naughty and nice.
4th Day of Christmas - Claudia sent out these beautiful foil cards. Inside was an embossed library pocket and lace Christmas ornaments. I'm not sure, but the foil silver card appears to be colored with alcohol ink. Also, clever idea with the libray pocket... embossed in the Cuttblebug.
5th Day of Christmas - Ellen altered these darling (and very useful) mini-composition books. Really wel done. Love it!
I plan to be here each day to update you with all of the little gifties I open. Until tomorrow...
I am very excited about my latest altered art project. I'm truly getting in the mood for Christmas already. Those that know me, know that this is unusual for me. It seems like my festive mood rarely kicks in this far ahead of the holiday.
I made these altered angels for Glue, Art & Paper Studio. I am really happy with how they turned out. I will proudly display them in my home during the holidays.
I used pearl ivory and gold as my focal colors with a touch of copper and brown for the accents. For many, these colors probably seem very non-traditional for Christmas. I like the earthy feel that the copper and brown accents give these angels.
I started with these wooden dress forms from Glue, Art & Paper Studio. I painted two of them pearl ivory and one in metallic gold. The ivory angels were stamped with a flourish design and Brilliance ink. The Brilliance ink stamped beautifully on the painted wood and gave it a shimmery accent. I left the gold dress form unstamped as the metallic gold paint stood out well on it's own.
Each set of wings are different. The base for easy is a shimmering ivory card stock. I topped them with layers of printed vellum, embossed vellum, and gold skeleton leaves. Each is cut in a different size and shape.
Did you notice that each angel has a rustic bird nest sitting on her shoulders? A gold glittered dove sits on each. I also printed the words "peace, love, and joy" on shimmering ivory card stock and placed them in gold bottle caps. I attached a word to each angel.
I gave each angel a flowing skirt of ribbon. I used about 10 different colors, textures, and widths of ribbon. I doubled the ribbons and draped them to one side of their waists. I left them extra long and draping. I added a wired ribbon bow to each at the waist. Also, beads that I cut from holiday "picks" were glued to the base of each angel.
I hope you have enjoyed my holiday altered angels. The beautifully made wooden dress forms from Glue, Art & Paper Studio certainly made this project easy. They have such nice quality products. This truly is an easy project and can be easily personalized to your style and colors. Give them a try.