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I hope you had a happy New Year and are ready for an even better 2017!
This week I have new Valentines and Princess designs in the Silhouette Design Store.
Here's a look at one of them.
Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas!
I'm finishing up sharing my December Daily Pages. While I kept up with documenting pretty much every day, posting them was another story.
Today I wanted to document some of our oldest ornaments. WE have some German glass ones from the 1930's, several from 40's and the puppy in the Stocking turned 101 this Christmas! I love these old ones. We have had them forever and I can remember putting them on the tree when I was a little girl with my Mom and Grandma.
The Trim The Tree Square in the upper left corner and Merry & Bright journal Square in the center are from October Afternoon's Eggnog Collection.
The gold "7" is from a Thickers set.
The glitter die cut on the left is from an old Anna Griffin set. I don't remember where the red and white bauble came from.
The second journal card at the bottom is just white card stock with a strip of washi ornament tape from Michael's.
Today is all about candy. Every holiday has its own must have sweets. This is some of this year's.
The number 8 is a glitter peppermint Thicker.
The square number stickers are October Mini Markets.
The peppermint stickers and swirl lollipop stickers are from Michael's embellishment packs from 2-3 years ago.
One the red & white magnetic closure tag from Petal I included my journaling, including listing each of the candies.
I love reindeers. My father-in-law has one that lives in his backyard and neighborhood cul-de-sac that I get to see a lot. So, this is a picture of "our" baby deer.
The top photo is a cute display our local grocery store did in the produce department using potatoes, onions, garlic, tomatoes and golden potatoes.
The number 9 is from American Crafts Thickers.
The journal card is one I created using one of my Christmas designs from the Silhouette Design Store.
Ordered a DVD copy of White Christmas. Bing Crosby was always one of my Grandma's favorite singers. Whenever I watch this movie I think of her. I usually watch it multiple times every Christmas season.
The journal card, is just white card stock with a strip of glitter snowflake tape from Michael's.
The bottom card and small White Christmas yardstick sticker is from October Afternoon's Silent Night Collection. The glitter number 10 stickers are from Thickers.
The story of today was about Birthday, Wisconsin Badger gifts and dinner out with the family at the Hauf Brau restaurant at the Quarry.
The Happy Birthday card is from an Echo Park set and the white glitter number 11 on it are Thickers.
Today I decided to focus on the sounds of Christmas. I used an old jukebox insert labels to list some of my favorite Christmas songs.
To the rights, is a scrap of glitter music style paper from clearance grab bag I had. Th number 12 at the top is again a Thicker and the gold reindeer sticker is from Hobby Lobby.
On the back I added a bit of journaling. I added a strip of glitter tape from Michael's and the rhinestone holly flourishes are also from an old Michael's Christmas embellishment pack.
This year I did my own colored Christmas Bottle Brush trees. Some we had, others I bought is pack with a coupon from Michaels. To get them back to natural color I used a small plastic bucket, hot water and bleach. Once they were white and had dried, I used my color mists and some food coloring to spray them lime, blue, pink and red. I think they turned out pretty cool!
On the page, I used a tree card from a set from the Lilypad with a gold Thicker 13. Along the side of the protector I glue a length of glitter tree ribbon from my stash.
The journal card is also from my stash, and had a washi tape accent from a Michael's pack.
Every year for my husband I do a "Twelve Days of Christmas." Everyday he gets a tag and a little gift to open. Sometimes I gifts have a them, others times they are random. It just sort of depends. But he keeps all the tags and after the holiday season I put them on an embroidery hoop until it will eventually become its own wreath.
The embossed green and gold card is just plain card stock I ran through my Cuttlebug with an embossing folder and then used a gold paint pen and "colored" the raised area.
The journal card is from October Afternoon's Eggnog Collection and the letter stickers "12 days" is from an old Echo Park Christmas Collection.
I also added a strip of ribbon with little gift boxes alone the side of the protector as an extra accent.
I'll be back in a another day or so with the final days of my December Daily
So far I'm keeping up with at least creating my December Daily pages...photographing them I'm a bit behind.
Here's a look at days 4 - 6
I needed something to go behind the aluminum tree assembly instructions so I choose to do a variety of Christmas "icons." The die cut was done on my Silhouette Cameo on metallic silver card stock from Die Cuts With A View.
There are 12 different embellishments. Starting with the top left, is a 3D poinsettia embellishment,the Merry Christmas rosette, the round peppermint candy, crossed candy canes, holly berry and leaves, and red and white ornament were all left overs in my stash bought a couple years ago at Michaels. The flair button: santa, Sorta Naughty, blue ornament, Joy, retro bell pattern, and Christmas tree are from a holiday promotion at JC Penney two years ago. It was towards the end and my hairdresser was nice enough to give a bunch of them. I just actual pin portion off with jewelers' wire cutters and attached them with foam photo adhesive squares.
Day Four - We went out on several errands. While out my husband was hungry and suggested we go to Chuey's for Tex-Mex. Their decor with Feliz Navidad seemed perfect. We hung out in the bar and I got to watch the Packers and Texans football game from Lambeau Field. We had Chips & Salsa, Hatch enchiladas for me and a beef burrito for him. They also had their blood orange margaritas back after a couple year hiatus.
On the left side of the protector I added a strip of polk-a-dot ribbon, which I attached with my regular adhesive runner and punched holes using my crop-a-dile.
In the top left, the number four came from a silver pack of Thickers.
In the top right and bottom left the red glitter, diamond boarder is from a border sticker set from Hobby Lobby. I don't but very much of their house brand, but I did like these glitter 12" borders. (again these were items in my stash I wanted to try and use.)
The journal card is one from the Lilypad, I don't remember the collection, but I printed out on cardstock. I used my October Afternoon date roller stamp to add the Dec 4, 2016 at the bottom. The red glitter tree in the lower right corner of the card was a brad from a Hobby Lobby pack. I cut the little arms off with my jewelers' wire cutters and attached it to the card with a glue dot.
Day 5: I spent at home. It was a rainy and cold day (at least by South Texas Standards!) The perfect day from some peppermint hot chocolate in one of my favorite Christmas mugs I got years ago at Starbucks.
On the right side of the protector I again added a strip of peppermint ribbon with my adhesive runner. Just like day four, I punched holes using my crop-a-dile.
The bottom left, red and white strip card came from October Afternoon.
The bottom right, was a journal card I created with a retro candy cane graphic and printed on cardstock.
The top left card is old We R Memory Keepers blue cardstock with four enamel peppermints from a Pebbles 2014 set. The circle at the center came from free retro printable from A Stich In Time.
I added the number "5" to the picture of my mug in Photoshop.
Day 6 - was all about a trip out to loo at lights. I thought this midcentury ad for lighting options was perfect.
We started out by going to the University of the Incarnate Word, they string almost their whole campus with Christmas lights. They call it "Light The Way" and have giant Christmas cards as you walk created by different departments and clubs.
I added both the number six and the words "light The Way" in Photoshop.
In the top photo I added a gold, glitter enamel dot from Echo Park's Deck The Halls. Below the small "season of lights" stickers is from October Afternoon's Silent Night Word Sticker set.
After walking through Incarnate Word, we drove the couple miles to downtown San Antonio to see the tree and lights at Alamo Plaza. You can see a little of the Alamo in the top left photo. I added the location, Alamo Plaza, in Photoshop.
From there we went walked down the stairs to the River Walk. All the trees get long dangling strands of lights. The bottom left photo and the one on the right show the river and lights.
On the right, I added a photo to black card-stock, along the bottom of the photo I ran a thin strip of Michaels' washi tape with the phrase "Have a Holly Jolly Christmas." I felt like it needed a little something else, so I added "Merry & Bright" with old Echo Park Christmas alphas.
On the back I added some journaling about where we went and what we saw. I just used a white photo marker and wrote directly on the card-stock.
That's all for now. I'll be back with days 7-9 soon.
Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday season!
This year I'm doing (or trying) to do December Daily. For those that don't know, this is a project developed by Ali Edwards to document one story everyday for 25 consecutive days in December. It was a project I wanted to do last year and kind of did, but the phrase "do to circumstances beyond our control" wasn't quite able to complete in the December time frame.
So,this year I am trying again and wanted to share my first few days.
I'm not using any particular kit, (though there are many wonderful ones available every year), I did decide to try and use my October Eggnog and Silent Night collections as my main supplies, but have a number of supplements I'll try and list as best I can.
One other item of full disclosure, I don't have children. So many of MY stories are about myself, my husband and our pets. The great thing about this project is that it's so flexible that you make it representative of YOUR LIFE and YOUR FAMILY, whatever that might be.
So here are days 1-3
This is my opening page. I wanted to keep it fairly simple, but still show our family right now. Myself, my husband, and our doc Cowboy and our Cat Salsa.
I'm using a Canon Selphy Printer CP910 for my 4x6 and 3x4 photos. (The larger ones I'm having printed by CVS.)
The red chevron pattern paper is from an old Martha Steward 6x6 Christmas Candy Collection pad. The snowflake patter paper is from Shimelle's 2015 Christmas Magic Collection. And the metal frames are old Making Memory tags. (If you don't have the tool, like me a bone folder works great to simply press the edge down.) The twine is from my ribbon collection. The title December 16 was created with Thickers, red glitter letters "hard cover."
My December calendar is from Maria L (who creates some incredible retro designs each Christmas as well as my FAVORITE December Daily pages!). I still need to update events and happenings, which as soon as I do I'll post an updated photo.
December 1st was all about getting decorations up. We don't put up a huge mount, but we do put up one outdoor wreath, two indoor wreathes, garland, lights, and poinsettias on our banister along with a couple ceramics and knick-knacks.
The card with the lady hanging the wreath is a design I did for the Silhouette Online store, that I turned I used and added the color background to. The number one from the "freedom" Thicker set. All of the word word tags are from October Afternoon Silent Night Collection. The two enamel dots are from Echo Park's Deck the Halls. The journal card is from Becky Higgins, retired Home collection.
December 2nd. Cool rainy day, at least for South Texas. We went to Spec's Liquor Store to find this amazing Pink Grapefruit beer we had at EPCOT's food & Wine Festival and a stop at the Grocery Store (HEB.) After all that nobody wanted to cook, or had taken anything out of the freezer, so we decided to go for my very favorite food, Indian.
The pattern card is from October Afternoon Eggnog collection. The number "2" is from Thickers- Freedom. A jolly Holiday tag is from an old K & Company Christmas collection. On the journal card, which is from an old We R Memory Keepers Collection accented with Michael's Christmas Washi Tape.
For December 3rd, I had two stories. (I know it supposed to be one, but both were important to me and big part of MY December.) The first part id the mini Page, I made from AC crafts red glitter paper with White Jingle Thickers. "Go Badgers" is for the Wisconsin Badgers playing in the Big Ten Championship Football game. Full disclosure - I am a HUGE Badge fan! It's a big deal and big part of my world. I know a lot of people aren't football or Badger fans, but for MY story this is important part of who I AM and what I LOVE, and MY LIFE, right now.
The inside of the mini page, is awaiting my journaling once get a ink cartridge refill for my printer. I have it written, just not printed.
The red glitter card is from Webster's Gingerbread line and the wood "cheer" word from a Michael's embellishment pack. I love the double meaning in this case of the word "cheer." The photo to the right is of me "geared up" for game day and starting to set up our tree. The number "3" is from Thickers' Varsity collection.
The second part of the story is setting up our tree. The journal card is left over We R Memory Keepers card with washi tape from Hobby Lobby. The card to the right is back side of the red glitter card from Webster's Christmas Gingerbread collection.
Below on the left is our dog Cowboy "helping" set up the tree. The word tag is from October Afternoon Silent Night and the enamel accent from Basic Gray. To the right is a photo my husband took of me redoing the lights on a portion of tree. We had pearl lights from Target of that part, which I really like, but they seem to go out quickly, and not one or two lights, but 1/2 the strand. I was frustrated at having to replace them and having them go out quickly so I went and got just plain colored GE lights to replace them. The only problem was I had unwired the old ones from the tree and wire in the new strands.
On the right is a set of old instructions for assembling a tinsel aluminum tree. We don't have one, but I love these redo instructions.