Monday, December 2, 2013

JYC Christmas Countdown memory

Honestly, growing up out in the country, there weren't many activities we did at Christmas, but one thing I do remember is the divinity Mama made every year.  If the weather was just right, it came out light and fluffy... but if the weather wasn't just perfect, it would be sticky and gooey, but it still tasted delicious!  It took a long time to mix it up, and it has to be folded just right... I do want to attempt it this year, even though I haven't made it in over 20 years.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Christmas to me...

is a celebration of the birth of my savior.  To me, this season is all about Him.  Babies are always a miracle of life, but God came to us as a tiny newborn!  Prophets told about his birth, life, and death hundreds of years before it happened, and that is a miracle worth celebrating over 2,000 years later.

I didn't expect to have any pages without pictures in this album, but when I got to thinking about WHY I want to make this album, I thought about all the things I want to do this year, and then I got to thinking about why Christmas is so important to me.   Christ's birth is the center of my focus.  I could have taken a picture of one of my nativity sets, but wound up with this phrase from my Silhouette files.  I just pulled it up, put in a Silhouette pen, and let the machine do the artwork.

Journal Your Christmas 2013

There are so many different things going on during the month of December because there are so many many ways to celebrate the Christ Child's birth.  I want to capture the month of celebrating the fulfillment of God's promise. Yes, it's a month full of activities and love and the stress of trying to juggle it all.  I've decided to throw the balls in the air and enjoy seeing them spin.  There are many things on my calendar, and many things I want to make and bake.This year I will make no-bake Christmas cake, fruit balls, and divinity.  I will go to Dollywood and see all the Christmas shows and lights.  I will go to movies and concerts, I will watch the endless parade of movies on the Hallmark channel, and I will enjoy it all!    But for just 15 minutes every day I want to be sure to stop and document the season. It's only a month, and I can do it all for one month.  But I have prepared.  I signed up for Shimelle Lane's Journal Your Christmas, and I also signed up for Simple Scrapper's Holiday Storyteller. Each day I'll just pick whichever prompt I want to add.  I made a mini album so I only have to spend 15 min a day on this project. 
It's a simple album using 8 1/2 x 11 card stock cut in half, a piece of chipboard, Bo Bunny's new Siver and Gold collection, my Bind-it all, and various ribbons and fibers in my stash.

The phrase is from the Silhouette store, and I love how easy it is to create a mat for anything I cut out on the Silhouette! 

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Joyful Christmas Day 6

Tonight I went to my monthly Stampin' Up meeting, and this is one of the cards we made:

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Joyful Christmas Day 5

Today I needed a quick quick card, and what better card to case to day than an extremely simple one on Pinterest (once again, no link to anyone's blog, just the image, so I don't know who to give credit to).  But this took me 3 1/2 minutes, including getting everything out and taking the picture of the finished product. Simple, but totally worth sending out.

I can't wait to get my camera back, all I've had to take pictures with is my phone.  When I see my sister at Thanksgiving, I'll get my camera that I left in her car last month back. 

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Joyful Christmas Day 4

Well, this morning I had computer issues at work, so instead of waiting until after work to make today's card, I decided to go ahead and clock a lunch break and make my card before the majority of my work day. Today's inspiration card (via Pinterest) can be found here.  Nothing says "Christmas Craft" like loads of red and green glitter. :)  I found Embossing Tinsel at Hobby Lobby several years ago, and it's perfect for this card! I used gold stickles for the stamens and the dots on the sentiment. 
Note to self: Sentiment is 1 1/2 x 2 1/2, mat is 1 3/4 x 2 3/4.
Glitter paper is from K&Company independence glitter set.
And of course, I used Velum for the poinsettia again.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Joyful Christmas Day 3

Someone made a card with what looks like Tim Holtz' Tattered Poinsettia.  I don't know who it was because I saw it on Pinterest, and the person who pinned it didn't link it to a blog or a gallery, just the image itself.  Such a bummer because when I find something that inspires me as much as this one did, I'd like to see more of the artists' work.  

Here is my take on the inspiration card:

This was a very easy card to make.  I took a 12x12 piece of textured white cardstock and trimmed a piece 5 1/2 x 11, and folded it in half.  Then I cut another piece 5 1/4 x 5 1/4.  Then I used my coluzzle and cut a circle in the middle that was just a little bit bigger than the poinsetta itself for the frame.  I embossed "Merry Christmas" from the Petite Pairs set in one corner, and three blings in the opposite corner, and then pop dotted it onto the card.
I stamped the poinsettia on some velum which I bought years ago.  Isn't it great that paper doesn't have an expiration date? lol.  This was a very fast card!