In the meantime, I have been trying to catch up on my Christmas card making and working on a project for Joy's Life. This week, Group 2 of Joy's Design Team will be featuring projects made with a family theme. I actually made 2 projects that kind of go together. You'll see what I mean when you see them. There are quite a few pictures so get comfy!
The first one is a Christmas-themed layout. The photos I used are of my sister, Patty's, family that were taken on Christmas morning of 2009, her last Christmas on this earth. I know some of my regular readers may get tired of reading this but since I have quite a few new followers, I guess I should explain that Patty lost her 6-year battle with stage 4 breast cancer in May, 2010. I treasure all of my pictures of her and since Christmas was her favorite holiday, I thought it would be a nice way to remember her this season.
The patterned cardstock is from K and Company as are the chipboard embellishments. The photo mats are made from foil cardstock by American Crafts that I punched with a border punch from ek Success. I outlined the patterened paper shape with green Stickles to add visual interest and also to make the layout look more "finished".
I love this big red and white striped bow made from ribbon I bought at Michael's.
I made this festive wreath using Martha Stewart's medium branch punch which is becoming increasingly hard to find. I punched the branches from 3 different shades of green cardstock and adhered them one by one to a 2D wreath template and adorned the finished product with different colors of round gems, some holly from K and Company, a bit of organza ribbon and a poinsettia from Petaloo.
The stamp I used for this layout is from the Joy's Life Wintery Puns stamp set that can be purchased on Joy's website. The tag was created with a Spellbinders Fancy Tags die and the same green foil cardstock I used on the photo mats.
My other project is a Christmas card that I made using one of the same photos I used on the layout.
The patterned cardstock I used on this one is from a DCWV Holiday Collection paper pack that I bought from Hobby Lobby last year and the ribbon is from Michael's.
The stamps I used on this one are from Joy's Everyday Occasions and Holiday Occasions stamp sets and can be purchased from her website.
I am entering this layout in the following challenges:
Quick Quotes Friday Challenge #9 - Christmas
That's all I have for you today. I hope you were able to glean some bits of inspiration from these projects. I'll be back with some more Christmas cards later in the week. So, until next time...