Thursday, December 13, 2007

Calendar Page and Christmas Doings

Okay, I know it's been a week since I last posted. I just got so darn irritated with myself when I realized that the cute little gifts I made last Thursday were already given away and I hadn't taken any photos to share with you. And I'm telling you they were adorable. I made Milk Bath from a recipe I have here and filled Starbucks bottles with the mixture. I covered the bottle and lid with cute paper and a tag and ribbon and eyelets and the whole nine yards. So cute! I wish you could see!!

Anyway, since I can't show you those, I have the first Desk Calendar page to show you. January was the month I did and I love the way this page turned out. I started with the Brocade Blue base and randomly stamped snowflakes over it with Night of Navy and Brocade Blue and Versamark. The focal image is on glossy paper. First I stamped the trees with Versamark and then brayered over the whole piece with Bashful Blue. Then I stamped the snowflakes with Versamark and brayered over the whole piece again with Brocade Blue. It gives the snowflakes a softer look than the trees. Then I used my white gel pen to add several highlights to the trees. This was then mounted onto white and then Night of Navy. Ribbon is Navy and White grosgrain with a small tag punched. The small snowflake there was stamped in Night of Navy and I wrote the month with the marker of the same color.

I will share some of the other months with you soon. I still need to order my 6x6 Desk Calendar to put the whole thing together.

I've been busy with my baking and Christmas activities this week. I've got my Sugar Cookies baked but not yet frosted, I made my first batch of Fudge yesterday and did some more Christmas shopping. Tonight is my son's Show Choir Christmas Program at school. He has a solo and is so excited. I had better remember to bring the kleenex. I always get teary eyed when children sing and even more so when they are my kids! I'm such a sap!

Have a great day!

Thursday, December 6, 2007

The Last Two Bella Journal Pages

Today I am showing you the last two of the Bella Journal Pages. Let's start with Karen's. I love the Olive Green with the Deep Purple shown on her pages. Karen and I share love for junk food, candy and crafts.

And last but not least is Mary's pages. I love the title of her page: A Few of My Favorite Things. Why didn't think of that for the title of my book? What a "duh moment". Anyway we share love of the color purple, thunderstorms and music.

I have had such a great time reading through each entry and admiring every one's art. Next time I post I will show you some pages for a 6x6 desk calendar. I haven't actually purchased the calendar yet, but I was in a swap. I did twelve of one month and so did eleven other people. I'll be sharing my favorites.

Today I actually spent some time creating. I made a few Christmas gifts. I am looking forward to sharing them with you soon also.

Have a great day! I hope that you are enjoying this holiday season as much as I am.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

More Bella Pages and Holiday Ramblings

So here is Chris' Bella page. I love the bright colors of pink and orange. They look great together. So the topic was 10 Things I Love, right? I share several of those with Chris: scrapbooking, photography, spring and fresh laundry. I just don't particularly like to fold all that fresh laundry. Ya know?

Elana also did a fabulous page. We share the love of Grey's Anatomy, pedicures and Bath & Body Works.

Tonight my oldest son, Jacob, is performing in the Drama Christmas Showcase at school. He has had a lot of fun working on his skits. He will be Santa Claus in one of the skits. I am really looking forward to seeing the show tonight. The whole family including grandparents will be there to cheer him on. Next week we'll get to see him singing and dancing in the Show Choir Christmas Show. He even has a solo!

I started my holiday baking yesterday. I got some Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Cookies done and mixed a batch of sugar cookie dough. Yeah, me!

Sunday, December 2, 2007

Christmas Traditions and Journal Pages

Happy December! I'm having so much fun with all the holiday preparations and activities. Yesterday we went to the town Christmas Parade. One of our daughters marched in the parade with her JRROTC unit from school. Today we are heading to the Creche Festival. It's a lovely annual event here in town where there are over 1,000 nativity scenes on display. Here's a picture of a nativity that my kids got me for Christmas this year. I got to open it early so that I can decorate with it. I've been collecting creches since I first went to the Creche Festival. Musicians lend to the Christmas atmosphere. We are especially looking forward to the handbell group and the men's quartet.

Today I am sharing two of the pages from my Bella Circle Journal. These pages were done by Alicia and Anouk. They both did a great job. Alicia's page is so colorful! I love all the scalloped circles and the polka dotted paper.

On Anouk's pages I love the glittery pom-poms and the great background paper. She did a great job!