Merry & Bright

This next layout was inspired by a Mood Board, posted by Deanna over at ACOT. Its Christmas themed:

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I was inspired by the trees with lights, and the phrase “Merry & Bright”.Β  She also wanted something that “sparkled”. My “sparkle” is the glitter glue, gems on the brads, sequins.

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The journaling card reads:

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Its based on SIT-PL sketch #7:

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TFL! πŸ™‚

Layout: A Christmas Tradition

We all have Christmas traditions that we feel like we “must do” each year or it wouldn’t be Christmas. For as long as I can remember, my mother baked Christmas cookies and let my brother and I decorate them on Christmas Eve. When I was 15 years old, she handed the sugar cookie recipe down to me, which was my great grandmother’s recipe. I have been baking and decorating the cookies each Christmas for the past 18 years; and I will continue for many more to come.

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The layout is based on Let’s Get Sketchy – December Week 4 Sketch:

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I really enjoyed using this sketch as it lets the scrapper put their own twist on it. I used mostly SEI products – pattern paper and die cuts.

I am also submitting this layout to two challenges over at ACOT. First is the December Photography Challenge, where the hostess gives you several prompts to choose from. I went with the preparations of the Holidays (baking). The other challenge is the Journaling Challenge – where you had to scrap/journal about any Christmas Memory.

TFL! πŸ™‚

Layout: Merry Christmas

This layout features my sister in law’s beautiful tree this year. Its based on a sketch at Let’s Get Sketchy (December Week 3), and two challenges over at ACOT.

Here is the layout, using mostly Bo Bunny products:

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And here is the sketch:

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The challenges at ACOT are for the December “3 in a Row” – where you play it like Tic-Tac-Toe. My choices were a free choice (chipboard), red (pattern paper and glitter glue) and Christmas element.

I also submitted this layout for December’s “Old is New Again” Challenge. This month, the hostess wanted us to get creative by using any found item that would normally NOT be on a layout or card. The title of this layout – Merry Christmas – is actually an ornament whose string broke a few years ago. I decided to use it on my layout because it had no sentimental value to anybody in my family. I brightened the red glitter title by using American Craft’s Zazz! glitter glue in Crimson. It really brightens it up!

TFL! πŸ™‚

Week 52 in Review: What did Santa Paws leave for the furbabies??

Good morning everyone! Hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas with family and friends and are looking forward to the New Year.

It was a little quiet for us this year – my parents ended up getting sick over Christmas so they stayed home to get better while my hubby and I went over to the my brother’s house to exchange gifts with them, along with my BFF. With that said, my furbabies got their gifts from Santa Paws a day early on Christmas Eve.

First, they got a box of goodies from New York! Lots of wonderful toys. I haven’t tooken pictures of all of them yet as there is just ONE toy that is a HUGE favorite – a bacon flavored nylabone log! And guess who snagged it first?

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Just look at Mr Jeffrey chewing away! You’re supposed to fill it with peanut butter or whatever you want, but he is happy without. LOL

And on to the Christmas Eve celebrations. Bear just KNEW those gifts were for them! And she is waiting oh-so-patiently too!

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Even the little one is wondering what’s in them!

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Everybody LOVES new treats!!

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And JUST for the big girls! A 10-lb box of Milkbones!

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And of course, we can’t forget about the toys!

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Hope Santa Paws treated your furbabies as good as mine! And we’ll see you in the New Year!

Layout: Christmas in Texas

Christmas in Texas ain’t Christmas without TAMALES! Yummy!!! Tamales are year round, but they are extra special (in my opinon) during the Holidays. My fellow Texans know what I’m talking about. When you bite into a fresh, hot tamale for the first time during the Holiday Season, they just melt in your mouth. Mmmm…my mouth is watering just TALKING about it! LOL

With that said, here is my layout, about our Christmas Tradition:

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And its based on the sketch #105 from Sketchabilities

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I had a lot of fun with this layout. I used some older SEI papers (Holiday Cheer) and the die cuts were perfect for make the fun banner. Added mist from Tattered Angels and a few stamped snowflakes and buttons from my stash.

I also submitted it to ACOT’s December Guest Designer’s Challenge – “Year in Review”. You were supposed to select a challenge during the past year that you had not completed. I usually do most if not all challenges, but there was one that I actually did not get to do. And that was October’s “Christmas Challenge” where you are supposed to scrap about what is unique about your state/country during Christmas.

Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚

Week 51 in Review: Adorable Furbaby Christmas Elves!

Good morning everyone! This is the first time in a while that I’m in pretty good shape with the Christmas preparations. My hubby and I finished the shopping on Friday; I finished the wrapping on Saturday and the decorating of cookies yesterday. All I need to do is make some Peppermint Bark tomorrow and pick up tamales on Wednesday.

With that said, I had some doggie elves helping me out. Bear was interested in the ribbon and scissors

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While Princess was wondering what was in the box

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I’ll give you a hint: Its something for my BFF (who happens to be Princess’s Mommy)

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Then on Sunday, I decided to decorate the Christmas cookies while the hubby was outside doing yard work. I had the big girls helping me on this task.

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Do you think Bear wants a cookie?

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Haha! Yep!! And Penny was curious too!

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Please Mommy can I have a cookie?

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My doggies and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! And next Monday, you’ll get to see what Santa Paws got them!

Layout: O Christmas Tree

I know its been a while since I’ve posted anything scrappy related, but with the holidays, its kind of hard to get anything creative done. However, my hubby and I actually got our Christmas shopping done yesterday and I finished the wrapping today. Last week I baked Christmas cookies and mailed off the cards/packages. So now, until Christmas Eve, I get to PLAY! πŸ™‚

With that said, I did this layout featuring our “little” tree for the year. The photos are the “stages” of our tree – bare, lights, garland, and ornaments.

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The design is based on Nuts About Sketches Week 295 Sketch:

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I am submitting this layout to a couple of challenges. One is for the Sketch-n-Scrap Online Crop they had last weekend. Its for the First Challenge – BINGO. I chose the second row across – season, buttons or flair, multiple photos, three patterns and wood.

The other challenges are over at ACOT. The Music Challenge was to use a Christmas song as your title, and use part of a lyric on your page. I chose the song “O Christmas Tree” and the lyric is at the bottom – “There’s only splendor for the sight.”.

I also submitted this layout to ACOT’s Christmas Challenge. This challenge is very similar to the Music Challenge, as you need to use a Christmas song as your title, but you also need mixed alphas (which I used chipboard alphas for my title; mini alphas for the lyric) and bling (I used rhinestones in my ‘sprinkle’ in the corner paired with wood veneer flowers).

I used Bo Bunny “Mistletoe” papers and my embellishments are as follows:

  • wood veneer flowers – Studio Calico
  • rhinestones, buttons – The Paper Studio
  • chipboard alphas – Basic Grey
  • solid cardstock – Bazzill
  • mini alphas – My Little Shoebox

Thanks for looking! πŸ™‚

Tutorial: Wooden Christmas Ornament

Its crazy that its only 4 months before Christmas. Where has the time flown?! Over at A Cherry On Top, the Guest Designer has a Christmas Challenge that could basically be anything you want. Layout, cards, altered object, etc. I’m all caught up with Christmas layouts, and I’m not that great at creating Christmas Cards, so I figured I’d do an altered object. I have a box of wood samples that my hubby brought home because at his old job, they were throwing them away because they were being “discontinued”. They are 2.75″ by 3.25″, not large enough for coasters, but I thought they’d be perfect for ornaments! If you’d like to do some on your own, you can get wood samples at your local hardware store or flooring store.

This is what I started off with:

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I also grabbed my supplies – paper, die cuts, Mod Podge, and some stamps/ink:

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You could use whatever you want. I have lots of Christmas scrap paper and I am using SEI’s “Holiday Cheer” paper and die cut mitten. First you need to either trace the wood sample onto your paper, or you can just measure it. Whatever is easiest for you. You want to cover the wood sample with Mod Podge

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Then cover the wood with paper. Make sure things even up. Let it dry for about 10 minutes. You might get some paper hanging off the sides of the wood. That is okay. You can sand them off. I use a sand paper block I got at the hardware store:

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Now its time to decorate it! You can use stamps, rub-ons, stickers, die cuts, whatever you like. For this one, I used the die cut mitten and “Merry & Bright” stamp:

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You can continue decorating it by using bling, washi tape, ribbon, etc. I used American Craft’s Zazz! glitter glue in Crimson to bring out the zig zag on the die cut mitten. I let it dry before turning it over to put the ribbon on the back (using my glue gun):

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These are so easy to make – and will make quick gifts too. And it’ll make a great use for all those Christmas scraps you have laying around!