Friday, December 9, 2011

Snowman Assembled

...and reporting for Journal Duty, Sir!

Just recently, I saw a really cute little snowman, over at Audrey Pettit's Weblog, and I thought he was so darn cute, I didn't waste a minute, scampering around my house, gathering up my materials to make one for myself!  Originally, I was going to make one to decorate a basket or shelf somewhere, but then as I was making it, I remembered I hadn't yet made a cover for my Winter Junque/Art Journal.  I loved the way Audrey did her scarf with ribbon and a pleated rosette, but I decided I wanted an element of crochet on my snowman, and so I proceed to crochet him a scarf!

The first page of my journal has pockets to store various images, papers, etc, that I think I may want to work with...

and much like my other two journals,  the right side of this layout will be my introductory page of sorts.  Isn't the paper beautiful?  It's from an Elizabeth Brownd, K&Company line of Christmas paper.  I won it in a giveaway, and I am having so much fun with it.  I'm sure I'll have plenty to still use next year too!  (Thank you so much Sue!)

The next two pages, ready for journaling and photos, are inspired by two individual sources.

First my colors are inspired by an "artful color play" prompt at Whimspirations: Artful Musings By Joanne Sharpe.  Here she suggested making a journal background page using just the colors blue, green, and purple.  Of course, can I follow directions?  Not really thinking, I threw in some WHITE snowflakes, but I'm happy with it still!  My second inspiration for the layout of the two pages comes from Sketchy Thursdays.  The entire layout is done using acrylic paints, chunky stamps, a Crafter's Workshop stencil, dark and light purple colored papers, lace, index cards for journaling or photo placement, and a couple of plastic snowflake embellies.

Next, I want to show a couple of ATC cards...  Little works of art/craft, made for trading, much like trading baseball cards!  I was recently in a swap, hosted by Creations By Tee- The Altered Paper Crafts.  I received a package from my swap partner yesterday, and here's what Kelly, from Dreaming of Vintage, sent me!

Here's the very pretty Christmas ATC she made, 
and then the little pocket she sent it in!

She sent me various other scrappy little goodies along with it, and I loved it all; so thank you again Kelly!

Here's the card I then sent to my swap partner, Mercedes...  I'm hoping she got it by now, having sent it out on the 5th!!

I hope she likes her ATC, along with the goodies I sent with it!  I thought the little girl in the image was so sweet, and I just loved the colors!

Next, I wanted to share why you shouldn't throw away that makeup catalog quite so quickly.  I made myself a Christmas tree with mine!

Then my daughter saw it, and wanted me to make her one too!  Done easily in front of the t.v. some night, all you have to do when you're done is maybe add some glitter, or maybe a star for the top.  I haven't gotten around to that part yet, but I just think it's really cute recycling project that anyone can do!  If you'd like, HERE'S a great source that shows you how to make one!

Finally, you might remember from my previous post that I made some cinnamon ornaments?  Well, I couldn't stop there, could I?!!

Measuring at about 13" across, I made this gingerbread man wreath, and I just LOVE it!  Perfect for decorating my country Christmas kitchen!  Here I have the glue holding the bow onto it still drying; but this was very easy to do, and you can find how to make one yourself RIGHT HERE!

So much to still do, so I'm off and running!  
Thanks so much for stopping by today!


craftattack said...

Lots of wonderful pieces, love them all, but the gingerbread man wreath is my all-time fave! Hugs, Valerie

Carrie said...

Your gingerbread man wreath looks great. Thanks for the link back!

Faith said...

Lucy! Happy Holidays Girl......I see your hard at work, not hardly working like me. All so pretty and creative...and love that gingerbread wreath...something to look into for next year....we've finished up the festivities for tonight on the big 16th birthday extravaganza....16 years total awe...and fell in love with that little cherub...who is now
as tall as I am. amazing.....have a beautiful weekend..and thanks for stoppin over our place...downstairs...c'mon down for coffee when your free, maybe we could bake some cookies.....some gingerbread? can give me a hand....

DaCraftyLady said...

wow Tina that snowman s soooo cute, and I love the tree idea with the make-up maggy....who would of thought...the ATCs are just too nice...I used to make and swap them, seeing yours makes me miss doing it...the gingerbread guys are too cute and I liked the red wagon ensemble really you always are.. :) Debb

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

OMYGOODINESS!!! I am IN LOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE with all your projects!!!!! That snowman, the pages, the ATC's, the WREATH!! WOW WOW WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! You are AMAZING girl! :):):):):):):):):):):)

glor said...

My goodness girl, you've been so busy and beautifully so. As always, your ideas and creativity are wonderful. The gingerbread man wreath is amazing. May have to try this. Have a most wonderful day. I've missed a lot of your posts as of late (don't know why) so have to go and check everything out. Merry Christmas, joy and blessings.

Ruby's said...

Every single thing in this post has festive tunes to it.
Merry Christmas.

Mary said...

Tina, thank you so much for your kind words - they are appreciated very much. We really need God's comfort right now...I've noticed that seems to be coming thru kind people like you. Hugs, Mary

Cathy L. Calamas said...

Love your snowman!! You've been busy :)) fun fun fun

Audrey Pettit said...

Oh, Tina! I'm so excited! I'm so tickled that I inspired you with my snowman project. I absolutely LOVE how yours turned out! Love his text print and LOVE that scarf you crocheted. I think he's just perfect dressing up the cover of your new journal. :) Love your sweet ATC's. The one you got with the pocket is adorable, and I love the vintage image you used on yours. That tree you made from the old catalog is just brilliant! Absolutely love that, and LOVE your gingerbread man wreath. That is the cutest thing to do with cinnamon ornaments that I have ever seen. Totally fabulous post, my friend!

Leann said...

Hey Tina

You have been a busy little elf haven't you? Love what you've been up to. I remember making those trees out of the Sears catalog!

Enjoy the season!

melshappyscrappyplace said...

Awesome projects!! Thanks for playing along with us at Sketchy Thursdays :)

Cozy Little House said...

Wow, you have lots of talents and are just full of creativity!

bj said...

o, I was so glad to see you visiting my place today. So glad to see you.:)

Wow...your projects are awesome...I stand in awe of all you talented bloggers...just amazing.
Now gotta go see how to do that gingerbread wreath. :)
xo bj

❀~Myrna~❀ said...

You have been very busy and everything is so wonderful !I love it all ! Merry Christmas !

Myric said...

Oh what a beautiful Christmas scrapbook you made! I am glad to find another great blog!

Thanks for visiting my blog and welcome as well! I am your newest follower! I will be looking forward to more of your beautiful crafts!!