Happy night before Christmas Eve! Can you believe it? Whatever happened to this month? I am finally getting in the Christmas spirit now that my cards are sent out and the cookies are made. Mixed with the cheerfulness of the season is the sadness I feel over A Vintage Journey closing down their blog. Having been a fan of this inspiring challenge blog and the very talented team members just about since they started it back in 2014, it was a huge day for me when Brenda asked me to join the team. I had to cut my time there short after just three years last year due to life getting in the way, but my life has been made richer by being a part of a genuinely close-knit and supportive team and making wonderful friendships. It was very important to me to join in with their last challenge, and so here is my Christmas ATC to play along, taking one more opportunity to celebrate the birth of Christ.
I don't have much in the way of how this came together. It was more or less just things that were leftover on my worktop after a flurry of Christmas card making and DT projects for The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog. All the little bits and pieces seemed to work so well together, this ATC practically made itself.
After choosing this Tim Holtz sticker for my sentiment, (already inked, but sidelined from another project) I had to tuck in a snip of red tinsel ribbon from my stash (the only thing that I actually didn't have leftover on my desk). After cutting the knitted panel to regulation ATC size and rounding the corners, I added it to a sanded scrap of Metallic Jewel Kraft Stock. Just to make it interesting, I left those corners sharp.
I used a couple of Prima products to add the gold sheen to the green leaves and white highlights to the pink leaves: White Gold Metallique Wax and Old White Matte Wax. Finally I misted with Distress Resist Spray and sprinkled with Diamond Dust from my stash for a frosty finish to most of the cards.
I left a few without the icy finish, and the one above I added a heat embossed greeting to the front and edged with the White Gold wax.; the others were left plain and a hand written message was written inside.
That's all for today! If I don't manage to create anything else blogworthy before Christmas, I want to wish each of you a very peaceful and joyful Christmas!
Welcome! Today we start a new challenge over at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and it's my turn to host. I call it 'Deck the Halls!', and here is my challenge to you:
"For this challenge, we would like to see those vintage or shabby chic Christmas decorations! This is not about Christmas cards this time, but think about tree ornaments, wreathes, vignettes, mantle or table decorations, etc. with a Christmas theme."
As always, the winner will earn a chance to be a Guest Designer at a future date at The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog, and everyone who enters and follows the rules will go into the draw for the chance to win a $25 spending spree at The Funkie Junkie Boutique. There are also Top 3 Badges for three additional outstanding entries, chosen by the Design Team. Please see the blog for details, and while you are there, be sure to check out the wonderful inspiration by my talented teammates.
I made these three table decorations for each of my grown kids and and my husband to sit at their places at the breakfast table on Christmas morning with a little treat in them from our cats, Biskit and Roger. (I'll probably make one for myself as well, so I don't give away who they're really from. LOL) I think the Christmas Snarky Cats look just like my dear fur-babies, so I just had to have the set.
I adore Eileen Hull's 3DTeacup and Spoon die, and it was on my wish list ever since I saw teammate Jenny use it HERE. I can imagine so many possibilities for it throughout the year, but for Christmas I wanted to make some cozy chunky knit teacups. I'll be sharing my steps on how these were made in this coming Saturday's Showcase, but for now I'll share a closeup of each of the teacups, but save some surprises for Saturday. Be sure to visit The Funkie Junkie Boutique challenge blog this coming Saturday for the details (you'll be surprised how easy they are to make!) and all the links to products used.