Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Baby It's Cold Outside layout

I can't tell you how long I have wanted to create this layout. My oldest will be 12 this March and the photo in this layout was taken 11 years ago this month. My baby girl is growing up and I have alot of scrapbook pages waiting to be created but not this one anymore.

I decided to do this layout because right now there seems to be quite a few challenges that are about the outdoors/Winter. So I went searching for this photo...thank God it didn't take all day, I only had to go through about 3 albums to find it. Then the hard part, deciding what papers to use. I used 3 pattern papers all from a DCWV Christmas Stack paper pack (I believe from 2012). Then I had to decide on a title (Baby It's Cold Outside) and that came from the Winter Frolic Cricut cartridge. I also knew that I wanted a very large snowflake and I decided to use the one from Winter Woodland Cricut cartridge because it best resembles the ones on the pattern paper and the ribbon. Then the time came for the journaling. I wanted to keep it simple and to the point. It was Kaitlyn's 1st Snowfall (because we were on vacation from Arizona). I had the date stamped on the photo when it was taken so I knew the date was January 16, 2003. The journaling says, "We took Kaitlyn outside, to the patio of her Grandparent's house in NJ, and a snowflake landed on her cheek and she gasped as she experienced the icy cold crystal."  I originally had handwritten the journaling but I didn't like my handwriting so I used the computer and printed it out on cardstock. Lastly, was to just put it all together and add the embellishments, all of which are from my stash (nothing new).

Here are just some close ups:

Check out the chunky glitter on the snowflake

The title is glistening with Stickles

I also added Stickles to the Brrr! and snowflake

The journaling

I am entering this layout in the following Linky Parties and challenges:

I am so happy with the way this layout turned out and I know my daughter will love it as much as I do.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Snowman Hat

So if you read my other post about how I long for the wonders of Winter then you can understand that I love making crafts for Winter...especially snowmen related!

I knew right away I had all of what I needed on hand to create my Snowman Hat. I spray painted a large coffee can and a piece of ply wood cut into a circle with black spray paint. I hot glued the coffee can to the wood. I then wrapped blue snowflake ribbon around the base of the coffee can. I then realized I had some icicle garland with my Winter decorations. I wrapped and super glued the icicle garland around the top of the coffee can. I then sprayed some spray adhesive to the top and brim of the hat and then sprinkled some buffalo snowflakes on it. Then I painted the edges of a pine cone and a portion of a gold berry pick with white craft paint. I also added some iridescent glitter to the berries. I pulled the holly leaves from another pick and attached them, the berries, pine cone and a large snowflake ornament to the hat. Lastly I super glued iridescent sequins and snowflakes around the entire hat.

This was a super easy and fun project and it will make an excellent addition to my growing Winter decorations. I'm so glad I saved those coffee cans...I wonder what I will do with the others?

I will be entering my Snowman Hat in the following challenges:

Thank you for stopping by and checking out my Snowman Hat.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Let It Snow Lighted Snowman

Well it has been quite some time since my last post...November 2013. This past year was very stressful and this year has begun as it ended...stressful. The holidays are always stressful for most of us but because of personally reasons it was even more stressful this past year. Being under that kind of stress, creativity does not flow so freely for me. But I came across this unfinished wooden snowman that I have had for many years, got out the paints and paint brushes with my youngest daughter and he is now no longer unfinished. Just behind Fall, Winter is my second favorite season and I absolutely love snowmen. Living in sunny Arizona makes me miss the cold snowy Winter of New Jersey so I try to surround myself with some comforts of the wonderful winters from my childhood. Once the Christmas decorations come down the Winter ones go up, at least for a couple of weeks, just before Valentine's.

I used the items:
  • Provo Craft unfinished wooden snowman stand
  • craft paint 
  • iridescent snowflake sequins
  • iridescent sequins
  • black buttons
  • Let It Snow wooden add-on
  • super glue

After without lights:

Some close ups:

After with lights:

I am entering my snowman in the following challenges:
I am so excited about how my snowman turned out and I hope you like him too. Thank you for visiting my blog and checking out my Snowman.