Thursday, December 29, 2011

On The Boardwalk Altered Box


Here is the last of the boxes I made for Christmas. This one is for my youngest sister, Samantha. I love how this one came out. (And this was after one failed box. Note to self-do not try to alter boxes with Close To My Heart paper, it's not heavy enough...) All I had of this paper line was the 8x8 pad of Graphic 45's On The Boardwalk paper and I decided to give it a shot. It came out beautiful!

I actually found this little shell on the beach on Jekyll Island near my house. The rest all came from some I bought in San Diego.

One the edges of the top of the box I used some Tim Holtz Rock Candy Crackle paint to give the wood an aged look.


Graphic 45 On The Boardwalk 8x8 Paper Pad
Tim Holtz Vials
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Wednesday, December 28, 2011



Have I said before how much I love Graphic 45's paper? It's just amazing!

Today I have another of my Christmas gift creations. I made this box for my mother using the Graphic 45 Transatlantique paper line. She loves to travel and this paper was just perfect for her.


Darice Purse Box
Graphic 45 Transatlantique Paper
Tim Holtz Key
Mini Wood Spool
Trendy Twine - Airmail
Tim Holtz Buttons
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Halloween in Wonderland - Round III

I know, I know....ANOTHER Halloween in Wonderland box?


My sister, Ashley, begged me to give her mine when she came to visit back in October so I had to make her one of her own as a Christmas gift.

For this box I used a combination of the regular 12x12 Halloween in Wonderland paper and the 8x8 paper pad.

The cards on the sides are from the 8x8 paper pad and measure about 1.5"x2". They were dipped in UTEE and then shaped.

Around the top of the box is the poem "Jabberwocky" from Alice in Wonderland. My sister loves this poem and knows it by heart.

Inside I used the Wonderland Classifieds paper again.


Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland paper: 12x12 and 8x8
Tim Holtz Pocketwatch
Tim Holtz Vials
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
UTEE and Melting Pot

Monday, December 26, 2011

A Snowman Shadow Box


Today I am guest designing again for A Jillian Vance Design! I have to say again how much I LOVE Miss Jillian's stamps - the detail is just amazing!

For this project I used two different stamp sets: Just Snowflakes and Snowflake Sentiments.

This is more of a winter themed decoration for something to put out during January.

Isn't he cute? Yeah, he's my third attempt. It worked once I finally remember the tutorial here.

In the background are these AWESOME snowflake stamps from A Jillian Vance Design's Just Snowflakes stamp set.

Let It Snow is stamped on the glass using black Staz-On. It is from Jillian's Snowflake Sentiments stamp set.

The background for this project is done on some shimmery blue paper that I adhered to the back of the shadow box. I stamped it with the snowflake stamps. The tree and the snow mounds were cut using my brand new Sizzix eClips machine.

The detail on these stamps is just amazing. You don't usually find acrylic stamps with this much fine detail.

Thanks for stopping by!


5"x8" Shadow box - Michaels
Blue shimmer paper
Close to My Heart Ink - Outdoor Denim
Staz-On Ink - Black
2 small styrofoam balls
Green cardstock
White puff paint
Buffalo snow

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Woman Who Influences Me...Part II

Merry Christmas!

As is the conclusion of my post about my Mom.

My Mom loves holidays. All holidays. Even the minor ones like Valentines. We have fun family traditions for every holiday that my Mom started (and others have copied). For every holiday I can tell you exactly what we will do, what we will eat, everything. She has always gone out of her way to make sure that we all have a fun, memorable holiday, and Christmas is when she does her best work (although Halloween runs a close second).

I could spend hours on her different Christmas pieces but the one thing everybody knows her for are her villages. They cannot be described, they must be seen. So today I will be sharing them with you.

North Pole Village - This is the largest of all the villages. It started with a few little houses and now look at it.

Dickens Village

Mayberry (Yes, that Mayberry as in Andy Griffith...she also has one for Bedford Falls from It's a Wonderful Life. She alternates them year to year)

Christmas Cabin

The Elves Annex of the North Pole

A Christmas Story - This is the newest village. I LOVE this one!


Thanks for stopping by! Be sure and check back over the next week. I'll finally be able to share all the little gifts I made over the last couple of weeks.