"Art is my vehicle through life; may we share the ride together." Ron Wickersham

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Done - December Daily Album

Finally completed the last few days and finishing touches to my December Daily album. This is the third year that I've made one. I love to look back on the details of my busy and not-so-busy days of past Decembers!

Days 16&17

Santa flip-up on Page 17

Pages 18&19 (Merry Christmas piece on Pg 18 is a Target gift card)

Pages 20-21

above pages with tip-ins opened

Days 22&23 - busy days w/lots of pics

Pages 24&25

Pages 26&27 (with tags)

Pages 28&29

Pages 30&31

Back page - New Year's Day and Back inside cover with
puzzle card from the "12 Days of Christmas" online swap

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Happy New Year!

I returned home again late last night after a crazy Christmas-time holiday.  I've only been home one night since Dec. 20 and am more than ready to ring in the new year with more time spent at home!

Since I was gone, I didn't get a chance to open the remaining "12 Days of Christmas" swap gifts until today. As always, they were unique and wonderful.

Days 9 - 12

This is the magnet and 4"x4" puzzle card from Barbara (I mistakenly attributed the large clip on Day 8 on my previous post to her and it was actually made by Shellie)

A pocket-calendar folder from Joyce

A darling little matchbox filled with little Christmas trinkets from Cindy

And a microwave bowl cover from Pam

I love all my gifts - many have already been put in use - and I look forward to next year's swap!

Thursday, December 20, 2018

More "12 Days" Gifts

We are leaving this afternoon to visit our daughters over Christmas so I thought I'd post the remaining gifts I've opened to date from the 12 Days of Christmas swap:

a lovely crystal ornament from Liane

a darling little snowman canvas from Julie

a cute recipe holder and yummy recipe from Gloria

a sweet treats jar from Jan

and a large altered "clothespin" clip from Barbara

I will share the last four gifts after Christmas.


Tuesday, December 18, 2018

December Daily Album

This is the third year I have done a December Daily album. (If you don't know what this is, it was started by Ali Edwards and you make any kind of album or even use a photo album and document each day of December.)  This is a great project for using up small scraps of Christmas papers, ephemera, washi tape and ribbons. I have not bought anything new for these except this year I bought the Tim Holtz Christmas Paper Dolls and Word Chips!

 I knew I wanted to do a Traveler's Notebook-type journal but it wasn't until I came across this post on my friend's blog (Autumn Clarke on Sew, Paper, Paint) that I decided to make one like hers. Please do check out her blog as she is so talented and does gorgeous projects. She used the Eileen Hull journal die by Sizzix - since I don't own that die, a friend cut one for me.

Her's was perfection so I mainly copied it although I had to substitute some papers and ephemera as she was using some past Tim Holtz items from her stash. I didn't have the little frame so cut one from some Tim Holtz product packaging. I also had to stamp the tree and I used my Dymo labelmaker for the black sentiment strip. I love it!

Front cover

Here are the pages for the first half of December.

Inside front cover (that's a napkin I used for front and back covers) and Day 1 

Days 2&3

Days 4&5

Days 6&7

Days 8&9

Days 10&11 with tip-in of our family Christmas card

Day 11

Days 12&13

Days 14&15

Saturday, December 15, 2018

"12 Days of Christmas"

Once again this year I participated in my online group's "12 Days of Christmas" Swap. We are divided into groups of 12. Each person is assigned one day and makes 12 small gifts, one for each participant in the group, and send them off to each person (we are all over the country so it's fun to get packages from everywhere just before Christmas!). Then twelve days before Christmas we start opening one gift per day.

These were the little shadowbox tins I made for everyone. I actually made 12, but I had sent off some before I remembered to take a photo! I used the bottom half of Altoid mint tins, some Tim Holtz Christmas papers from my stash and little Santa, snowmen and tree trinkets. I hope they like them.

We started opening on the 13th and so far I've received:

a darling white snowy tree in a vintage tin mold from Joan

a clever tri-fold folder for mail art from Robin

open folder revealing contents

and a beautiful altered CD hanging from Judy

I think the background may be hand-painted

Love the unique ideas everyone comes up with and the wonderful artistry in this group!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Back again

More apologies for missing another few weeks. We ended up in Kansas City an extra day over Thanksgiving due to a huge blinding blizzard that moved through Kansas and Missouri. We finally arrived home late Monday night after scurrying for flights through Denver and Oklahoma City. Then on Friday we left for the weekend in Chicago to visit our youngest daughter. 

I promised photos of the projects we did on our recent retreat. Ten ladies attended and each brought a project with kits for all to do. During "down time" we also completed at least twenty cards (everyone had brought a minimum of two samples with kits).

This was my project. I altered a cigar box. The outside is covered with all things textured - keys, buttons, texture paste through stencils, metal washers and nuts, corrugate, rickrack, drywall tape, lace, gears etc. I also added a Tim Holtz "Found Relatives" card. Then I covered everything with small cut pieces of aluminum heating duct tape. Here is a photo of the box before adding the tape.

Once the tape was adhered, I burnished is very well, getting into all the nooks and crannies of the texture. I also used a small sewing tool for creating a dotted line texture especially around the photogragh. Then I painted over all with black acrylic paint, let it dry slightly and wiped off the excess.  Here are two photos of the finished box.

I covered the inside with a patchwork of Tim Holtz "Torn Wallpaper" and added metal feet to the bottom corners.

Here are the remaining projects, in no particular order.

Snowman "Jack in the Box"

Vintage Book with Photos printed on Tea Bags

One inside page

Tall "Love" Explosion Box


File Folder Book

One inside page with pockets and tags

Small Book Made from Library Pockets

Two inside pages/pockets with "found relatives"

 Christmas Shadowbox

Christmas "House" Shadowbox

Christmas Countdown Canvas