Hi everyone! Can you all believe that it is December 1st already? It won’t be long now before Christmas is upon us and a new year will begin. I wish I could slow down the clock and savor every moment of the coming days and capture the sense of magic in the air. I still so clearly remember the anticipation and excitement I felt as a child waiting for Santa to come down the chimney. How great it is to see that same wonderment in the eyes of my daughter, who still chooses to believe in Santa Claus, and even in my son, who doesn’t, but who still loves the beauty of the holiday. This is the good stuff of life.
If I was a super organized soul, I would have put together a December daily album to record all the little details of this whirlwind month……..but unfortunately, I’m not very organized. And now I’ve run out of time. So instead, I hope to document this month with a daily post on my blog as we count down the days until Christmas. That way I can share some of my favorite recipes and decorations and photos and crafty projects from which I could perhaps put together a little album later.
Perhaps………..we shall see if I’m any better organized after Christmas. Perchance I see a New Year’s resolution lurking in my future. ;)
For day 1 of my holiday countdown, I would like to share a card I made for Webster’s Pages using both of their new holiday lines.
The background is made from the Swan’s Lake paper from the Winter’s Wings Collection and the Christmas Sky paper from Home for the Holidays. I have been loving the look of ink misting lately, and so I misted both papers with walnut ink for an aged look. Do know that this does cause some warping of the paper. I placed both pieces under a heavy book and let them dry thoroughly before moving on. Then I set my sewing machine to a wide and loose zig-zag stitch and stitched a border around the edge of the card. Placed a strip of the Snow Tips music note paper across the card which I then covered with that gorgeous Gold Netting trim from the Winter Trim Collection.
Next, I had a little fun with the Fabric Fancies label by adding some color and a touch of sparkle. If you have not played with these yet, you will be amazed at all the techniques you can do with these.
I used my watercolor pencils and blending pen to add color to the word Believe. This is very easy to do and these heavy fabric labels take color beautifully. I also used a thin paintbrush to add some gold Stickles to the branches of the tree and some of the surrounding flowers. The glitter is a bit hard to capture on camera, although you can see touches of it here. Looks wonderful in real life as you turn the card in the light. Also added some pearl “ornaments” to the tree and some Storyteller Alpha Stickers to help complete my greeting.
The vintage angel is from Crafty Secrets and works perfectly with the Webster’s collections. I added some gold Stickles to her wings and robe and tucked her under the Fabric Fancy label. Finished the greeting with a holiday rub-on from Deja-Views, a piece of lace trim, and more Winter’s Wings Storyteller Alphas. I cut a snowflake image from the Snowflakes and Feathers paper which I tucked behind the angel’s head and layered with a matching vellum snowflake from the Winter’s Wings Designer Vellum. I lightly painted the vellum snowflake with Stickles, which gave it a very curly and dimensional quality. Immediately upon application, the vellum will curl up on itself, but once it’s dried, you can manipulate the vellum to however you wish. I added adhesive to the very center and then let the arms of the snowflake pop up a bit. Added a final pearl to the middle, and the card is complete.
Thanks so much for stopping by everyone! I’ll see you all tomorrow!