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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Merry Christmas Eve :)








I love this picture of the girls. It was a Christmas Eve picture. DH's tradition is to open gifts on Christmas Eve, then Santa comes in the morning. We always did everything on Christmas morning. Anyway! We do DH's tradition. The doll was a gift Emily had opened that night and she brought her to bed with her.

They looked so sweet when I checked on them that night and went to get my camera. Decided I needed something to stand on to get a better angle and grabbed one of their tiny old metal folding chairs that went with an old metal Mickey table and chairs set. OMG! I almost fell right on top of them trying to balance on that tiny chair :)

3ScrappyBoys December add-on kit for the bingo card and wings. The wooden bird was covered in Peridot embossing powder with some interference blue (which is white) on his chest. Joys of the Season for the leaves and misc. ornies from my stash.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Meeting the Pope






After Matt and I got married, he was transferred to Quantico, Virginia with the Presidential Helicopter Squadron. One of his first trips was when the Pope came to Colorado. He was flown around in the presidential helicopter, HMX-1. The Pope thanked them at the end of his trip and we received some gorgeous photos. I'm just now getting around to scrapping them :) I scrap out of order for sure, huh? :) Thank you so much to Heather for the gorgeous kit with Crate Paper and other pretty goodies she rounds up for us at 3 scrappy Boys :)

Monday, December 8, 2008

Nifty New Ornament Shape









I gotta stay out of Hobby Lobby. Seriously. These cute little square bottles were too hard to resist. Rub-ons were ones from my stash by K&Co. They're still at Hobby Lobby. They're big rub-ons, but I just used little parts of them. Oh, and Santa needs to bring me a new pair of scissors for sure - kinda mangled some of the ribbon ends!

I Believe Ornament


A flat, round ornament. After making the glittery Christmas houses I had all the snow left over and thought this would be a good place for a little bit of it :)

Friday, December 5, 2008

We Adore You...






Loved my kit from 3 Scrappy Boys, full of lovely Crate paper and other little goodies. I made the flower with the Storybook cartridge and a book page for the outer petals, then kit cardstock for the inside petal. Crumbled them up and then embossed with a sparkly embossing powder and stamped with a swirl stamp and Staz-On. The scanner smushed poor Baby Sara's face, sigh.



Tuesday, December 2, 2008

3-D Scene Inside Clear Ornaments




I've always had this in my head for a few years, but never had the time to get it out :)

The ornament with the tiny "joy" banner came from Hobby Lobby. The second ornament with Emily sitting on the Christmas package came from Michaels. Hobby Lobby's were in the Christmas section, but the ones at Michaels were back in the regular section by the paints and mosaic things. They are clear plastic and break into two parts. I prefer the ones from Hobby Lobby, as they are thinner and do not have as much distortion of prism to them.

Stop by the Christmas section of the craft store where they have decorations for the mini trees and pick up whatever strikes your fancy. I used tiny trees, candy canes, gift boxes, snowflakes and such. Grab a bag of faux snow while you're at it :)

So here we go:
To get Emmie on the gift box, I needed to get an idea of what size image. Take a tiny gift box. Don't glue down, but place the gift inside the ball and guestimate how big your picture needs to be. You can place a ruler behind the ball to get an idea. My image of Em is 2.25" tall and about 2.5" wide at the longest points. Print and trim your photo.
For her angel wings, I did a Google search and found this lovely site, karenswhimsy.com - she had free images of wings. Use some wings from the scrap stash, stamp them or use feathers or iron-on appliques of butterflies, butterfly wings, whatever strikes your fancy. These wings I printed out onto a patterned paper, covered in glitter and then Stickled around the edge. They measure 1.25" x 1" each. Attach to your photo. I used a liquid adhesive for this.


For the ornament above, I placed Em on a tiny gift box. The ribbon has a touch of glue behind it to hold it up in front. The back of the photo is supported by a glue dot cut in half and placed as shown below:

Same idea for the tree, cut the glue dots so it stands straight inside the curve of the ball:
Arrange your little scene. I used hot glue to adhere everything inside, with pop/glue dots to make them even and stand up straight inside the curve of the ball where needed. It will look like this:



Add some snowflakes and close up the ball. I used a foam brush and Mod Podge on the top of the ball, then sprinkled with a course/chunky clear glitter on the top and sides.
Add the wire ornament hanger, tie a bow and add little beads, snowflakes and what have you to the bow. I used a foam brush and Mod Podge again on the edge of the ribbon for a snowy look.



For the ornament below, I used an iron-on applique of a butterfly from the craft store and made a tiny "joy" banner to hang inside. I used tiny Anna Griffin letter stickers from years ago. Placed the letters onto pink cardstock and cut a triangle. I backed that with green paper, then trimmed with small scallop scissors, then Stickled around as shown.
I then took a flat, thin ribbon and simply glued each banner piece to the ribbon. The ribbon was then attached to hang inside the ball with glue. The two glue spots were covered with the tiny yellow flowers.


The snowflakes are simply punched from glitter paper. The top one is bent a tiny bit and hung from the top of the ornament. The second large snowflake is glued a bit behind the tree to make it seem like it is standing on its own. The tiny candy canes are actually glued on their side to the tree, as they really aren't tall enough and would get buried in the "snow" if glued to the bottom of the ball.
So there you have it! Merry Christmas everyone :)