Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Christmas Day is just around the corner and the excitement is building. Wrapped gifts are beginning to magically appear under the tree. The stockings will be hung soon and there are cookies to be baked. Santa has a favorite cookie when he visits this house ... as I am sure he does in yours too.
The motivation for todays post actually comes from all of you. Visiting my most favorite blogs, I've seen so many fabulous gift giving ideas. My eyes have feasted on gorgeous gift boxes, embellished gift tags, goodie bags as glorious as the gifts inside them, scrumptous recipes (I want to try every one) ... it's just amazing. The creativity from each and everyone of you is wonderfully inspirational. I make frequent visits to Etsy Inspired ... a terrific site that features a new Etsy artist every week. There is so much to see on Etsy, I could literally browse for days. Thankfully, this site spoon-feeds me a little every week, slow enough that I can soak it all in. This week's Etsy shop is the talented Ling Glass. Drop-dead gorgeous, I tell you! The pendant on the left is reversable! How great is that!? And this is just a small sample of the beauty there is to see there, you should do yourself a favor and pay them a visit.
So, with the encouragement of my daughter (you can do it Mom!), I tackled Black, White and Red. The papers used for the gift pouches and the card kit are from the Love Letter collection. I added some tea dyed small envelopes stamped in Riding Hood Red Classic Ink using the Artistic Etchings stamp set. Also tucked in my pouch is dyed seam binding, lengths of lace, buttons, a bit of red yarn, and a few decorative stick pins.
The crowns are die cut, distressed a bit at the edges, and stamped with heart-felt sentiments. The flowers are chipboard (Mix and Match On Board) painted red then "glitterfied" with a Basic Pearl Jewel for the center. And did you see I used some ephemera!? I have admired these sweet precious images for ages. I see them beautifully displayed on your artwork and I am in love with them. So, I finally took the plunge! My dear sister-in-law sent me sheets of images - each and every one is gorgeous.