Monday, August 20, 2012

Christmas!! Really??!!

Ok, so seriously, I am actually in a swap on AllThingsTim yahoo group and it's a Christmas patchwork pandemonium type of swap. I'm actually really excited about this swap and it's always good to get these themes done really early so that we can have these items back before Christmas. At any rate, my piece was supposed to be 3x4 in size and the theme was Christmas of course. Since it's the Tim Holtz group, I had to go a little grungy! Right!? I actually went through some of my tags from last years 12 Tags of Christmas and found my favorite elements from all twelve and sort of comprised them into one for this piece. 
I used distress inks in the seasonal Christmas colors and my white picket fence paint dauber for the background. I did use a Stampin' Up flourish stamp for some of this part because I really love the large flourishes that it had. I also spritzed it with silver perfect pearls. Here is a close up picture of my background.

After that I used Claudine Hellmuth's sticky back canvas and adhered it to grunge paper and cut out the reindeer with Tim's Reindeer Flight Die,  inked the edges with "vintage photo" distress ink. I used one of Tim's stamps to stamp the music sheet onto it and spritzed it with silver perfect pearls.
Once that was done I used brown packing paper (the kind that comes in a roll) and cut out a tag with Tim's Ticket Strip Die and stamped onto it with the Christmas stamp using red and green distress ink. I used glossy accents to go over the "25" and added a little red smooch for the berries. Distressed the edges a bit and went over them with Vintage Photo distress ink as well. 
I cut out the greenery with Tim's Festive Greenery and grunge paper (love that stuff).... and sanded it a bit to give it a weathered look. I used Tim's tissue wrap to make the flower, just like Tim does in the tag on day 12. I just made a smaller version. I inked up the edges with Smooch red and spritzed with perfect pearls. I added the berries, gems and also the pearls last. Hope you like it and I hope all the swappers love it too. Now to make 26 more of them!!! haha!!! Again,
 my picture taking skills are terrible so the cards looks crooked but I promise it's totally straight. lol
I am entering this in this weeks Simon Says Stamp & Show
Challenge - the theme is "NO RULES" YAY!!



  1. Love it. I hope I am in group one. I need to go check.

  2. Wow you are on the ball and the piece looks great!! So excited to see it in person.

  3. WOW!! Absolutely beautiful. Captures the Christmas spirit.

  4. Awesome!! I'm in group on, HURRAY!!

  5. Beautifully done - love your color placement and all the layers of goodness!

  6. oh WOW! This is absolutely stunning, so much detail and texture to take in. You make me long for cold weather and Christmas cookies. Thank you for joining us this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show!

  7. So so so cute! Wish it was! Gorgeous Claudine!

  8. Wow, Claudine! This is so beautiful and festive!