For this first project, I had to request assistance from my special helper, my daughter, Olivia. I asked her to write a letter to Santa. I'm sure you can imagine her confusion, but she gladly obliged! After she wrote her letter, it was scanned, re sized and composed onto a document sized to fit my store bought frame:
Is there anything more adorable than 7 year old handwriting?! And this photo of her remains one of my all time favorites. I have a larger version in black and white that I've framed and put out each year for the holidays. And, in case you're wondering, Olivia is asking Santa for a pretend horse for herself, nail polish for me and a tuxedo for her dad (there's a story there, but it will have to wait for another time!). She also tells Santa in her letter that she will give him money to help buy "stuf." What a sweetheart!
After printing her letter onto cream cardstock, I adhered it to my frame using Ultimate Glue. I then decided to add some texture and a little shabby touch by stamping one of the patterns from Nordic Winter. I also stamped some snowflakes from Santa's Coming to Town and inked the edges. You can see it better here:
For embellishments, I added some velvet paper from SEI, grosgrain ribbon and some paper holly leaves. Nestled in all of that is a beautiful ornament from 2011 Holiday Ornaments, which I embossed with white embossing powder after stamping it onto Kraft cardstock. And I'm so glad I snagged the coordinating Spellbinders dies to go with! These will make fabulous gift tags!
My daughter has yet to see the final project, since I had to make a few changes after she went to bed. But I know she is going to be so proud to have her letter as part of our holiday decor this season!
Now, on to two very clean and simple cards. Both with a bit of a contemporary twist. The first one using the ornament image and sentiments from Santa's Coming to Town:
This might seem silly, but I'm totally in love with that "December 25th." It's two separate stamps, and I love the fonts! Sometimes it's just the simple things, you know?! This design would be terrific for quick and easy holiday cards. And I love the addition of the black ribbon for something very different. For mailing, you could leave off the ribbon and just use twine, like I've done here:
I love that big poinsettia from Big Bloom - Poinsettias. I didn't use it nearly enough last year, so I'm definitely going to ink it up this time around! I added some black rhinestones to the center and called it done!
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