I have wanted to do a December Daily album ever since I saw Ali Edwards' first December Daily Album (you can see all of Ali's albums here)
Now as a family we are not that exciting and I am kind of slack and have never created one. This year however things have changed, I decided I would create a December Daily Album featuring the antics of our Elf on the Shelf "Tinsel". I have kept my album very simple as I didn't want it to get too bulky and I wanted my photos to be the feature oh and I wanted to actually finish it :) . I have used Red, White and Black as my colours which match my theme for 2013 and also match well with Tinsel.
I started off creating the base of my album using a patterned file folder cut to 6" x 10" and plain white cardstock cut to 5.5" x 9.5" and then folded them in half for the pages. I cut a piece of ribbon to fit around leaving enough to tie off and then I used a small piece of double sided tape to hold the ribbon in place and sewed all the pages together. Quick and Easy Mini Album created now to embellish.
Start by die cutting Autumn Reflections Doily Die in white cardstock, pop a piece of tan mat or something to stop the middle from cutting so you can pop the middle "petals" up. Die cut a snowflake in red cardstock
(both of these would also look great die cut in glitter cardstock)
Attach to front of album and embellish with red and crystal gemstones and a brad for center
Now onto embellishing my pages
On my inside title page I have used Magical Christmas Decorative Dies, Eve, Faith and Tis the Season, I embossed the pennant with Extra Confetti embossing folder from our Elegance collection.
*Tip pinch the petals on the poinsettia flower to give some dimension to your flower, they will flatten a little when you close the album but still look better than leaving them flat.
Next I cut my printed numbers 1 -25 using circle and scallop circle nesting dies.
North Pole Decorative Die
On this page I used the Forest Die but cut two trees off the border as the border was too much, I also embossed the trees.
Rudolph Decorative Die
here is a look at the Magical Christmas Decorative Dies I have used on my pages.
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Hi it's Kerrie, with Christmas fast approaching I am in full decorating mode. I just love creating special little décor items for our home and also to give to friends.
I made lots of these paper trees last year and this year a friend asked me to create one for her so I thought I would make one for my Couture Creations Design Team project adding a twist to my plain trees by using Couture Creations Scallop Square Nesting Dies to give this tree a cute edge.
this tree is super easy to create,
Die cut 12 of each of the 5 smaller sizes of the Scallop Square nesting dies from old book paper. I die cut 6 sheets at a time, the paper is thin enough to cut through 6 sheets at a time.
cut a piece of cardboard slightly smaller than the largest die cut square and glue one sheet of die cut book paper, this will be the base of the tree
you will need a skewer and a peat pot or some type of pot for your base, push the cardboard base onto the skewer and then hot glue the base to the pot
now starting with the biggest size start layering on the book paper squares
when layering them leave a gap and alternate to give the tree character
finish off by adding a poinsettia as a tree topper, die cut 2 small petals and on large and hold together with a small brad
smoosh a bit of red Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue to the petals and pinch them to add life to the poinsettia
Embellish the base of the pot with some book paper and a poinsettia
TIP : you could add Crystal Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue to the edge of each layer to add some sparkle, or spray the whole tree with adhesive spray and sprinkle with glitter.
Come along and join the fun,
I will have all the samples of the projects we will be creating at my Kids Christmas Creating Class with me for you to view.
You can book into the Christmas Creating Class while you are here.
here is a look at some quick Christmas projects I created yesterday, both inexpensive and very simple projects
firstly I pimped my stag head by adding a bow to his neck and a popped him in the middle of a wreath which I hot glued some glittered baubles and a glittery Merry Christmas to, quick easy and I love it.
next up last year I really wanted a Nutcracker and couldn't find one I like that didn't cost a fortune, so this year i started looking early and I came across this set of 2 Nutcrackers but I couldn't find one to suit our colour theme, so what is a girl to do but buy them anyway and spray them all white.
I carefully removed their beards first, then a couple of coats of satin white spray paint, some glitter accents and they were done
Hi It is my turn again on Couture Creations Blog and with less than 7 weeks until Christmas I thought it was time to start creating some décor pieces. This Christmas I am repeating my theme of Red, Cream/White and Kraft that we had last year as I loved it so much, with lots of old book paper thrown in.
When I saw these Bon Bons in the store I knew they would be perfect for our Christmas theme but they were a bit boring and needed a bit of something added to them to give them a bit more Christmas feel. I wanted something that didn't take a lot of effort as these would be tossed in the bin after they had been pulled open on Christmas Day.
My solution was to add some die cut poinsettia flowers to these store bought bons bons taking them
with not much effort, you could add more embellishments if you like but as they will just be thrown out I thought this was enough.
To create the poinsettia flowers using red cardstock run the dies through a die cutting machine and then while leaving the cardstock still in the die, run it through the machine again using the Couture Creations Latex Embossing Mat to give the flower petals embossed detail.
then pinch the petals to give them more character
As these bon bons will be thrown out once pulled apart, I only used one each of the large and small petal die cuts, diecutting the middle piece from gold cardstock and adding some Red Glitzin' Glamour Glitter Glue to add some sparkle.
Table Centre Piece
Starting with a store bought pine table centre piece
hot glue some glitter baubles and some poinsettias created from old book paper. Create the poinsettia flowers the same way as the red poinsettias but to save time you can die cut 4 pieces of book paper at a time book paper it is quite thin so you can cut 4 sheets at a time. To create a fuller poinsettia flower use two large and one small die cut petal for each flower, die cut the centre from gold glitter cardstock.
Here is a close up look at the candle. To embellish the candle just add some pleated hessian, tie some jute string around the middle of hessian and add a poinsettia flower created using old book paper and gold glitter cardstock for the centre and the leaves.
*Tip use a battery operated candle that way there is no chance of your embellishing catching fire and you won't ruin your trim