Triple-Play Blog Hop Week 7

Merry Christmas

It’s been a busy seven days!  Paul and I visited Washington, DC and enjoyed seeing the Washington Ballet’s version of the Nutcracker.  The choreography, dancing, costumes, and sets were amazing and inspiring. 

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The past seven weeks of this blog hop seemed to have passed in a wink of Santa’s eye!  It’s been so much fun and I hope you have enjoyed seeing my work and the hard work of my fellow designers.

This week, we have an awesome topper die that will be perfect for Christmas and throughout the year.  It’s a die that is on my Christmas wish list and you’ll want it on yours as well.

Some of you may think that you don't have the time to create toppers for your gifts.  Time is getting short. You can still create some toppers for those loved ones in your life.  Create one special topper for each of them.  The Sizzix dies make it a snap to create a number of these at one time.  Once you cut the shapes, you can enlist other family members to help you assemble the pieces. 

The smallest bag in my instructions can be used as a place card.  Just slip after dinner mints or Christmas candy in the bag and place the person's name on the top of the package.  You can also use the wide snowflakes as tags.

Learn how to create these three looks with these free instructions.
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Snowflake Angel

Lace-like snowflakes swirling around in the night air gave inspiration for this beautiful Christmas card. 

The Sizzix® Bigz™ XLDie - Album, Brackets by Brenda Pinnick makes it easy and fast to create a great card on which to display your photos of your little angel.   This die has so many possibilities, as you will see when you visit the blogs of my fellow designers.  Just click on the blog hop link to the right.

The paper from Die Cuts With A View Christmas collection is a sturdy paper that will make this card look great.  Using the collection will allow you to mix and match colors and patterns quickly.

Inka Gold gold wax by Viva Decor is placed on the edges of the card and brackets, giving your cards a wonderful feel. 

Although you can use double-stick tape to create this card,  Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue® by ILovetoCreate™ will give the card a sturdy feeling when dry.  When you use glue, you won’t have to worry about tape that may fail to hold after a few weeks. 

View the instructions for this Christmas card

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All-Star Issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine
Remember to pick up the January, 2011, issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts Magazine for my article on 
Layered, Mixed-Media Collage 
featuring instructions on how you can create your own
 batik background paper.  

You can find the magazine at craft stores, book stores, and Walmart.

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Project and Instructions by Carol Heppner

Sizzix® Bigz™ XLDie - Gift Card Holder with 3-D For You, Pop-Up Die 
 by Karen Burniston

Tis the season to create your Christmas cards and Karen’s For You Pop-up Die is what you need to showcase that special Christmas photo.

You’ll get the best of both worlds with this die because it’s made for gift cards.  It can be altered, as seen here, to be used with photographs as well.

The paper I used on the card is my batik paper.  The instructions for making the paper can be found in my Layered, Mixed-Media Collage article in the January 2011 All-Star Issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts magazine.  You can substitute any holiday scrapbook paper.

The heart balloon rubber stamp isn’t a Christmas image, but I love this stamp and wanted to work it into the design to remind you to think about using your rubber stamps in new ways.  

Here, it gives the card a child-like quality, which works with the photograph.  

Pretty Pink Sparkles

A few weeks ago I won a great die by Eileen Hull (Thanks, Eileen).   My four-year-old niece picked out the glittery paper colors that we used to make the purse. 

I added a soft-pink ribbon for the handle and matching bow.  I think she showed a good eye for color. 

Don’t you?

I found these cute shoes last week and wanted to give them a little bling.  Sometimes, you really don’t need a lot to make a shoe extra special.  And, what girl doesn’t love shine and sparkle?  It was easy with Liquid Fusion™ from and Tulip’s® Iron-on Glass Crystals™.   Just use the Liquid Fusion™ to glue the crystals to the shoes

Christmas Tradition

My Mom, Anna May Petrone-Marchelitis is a talented woman.  She used to make all our clothes and even made a few Tuxes for the guys in our family.  

My Mom’s family has a tradition of creating Christmas villages under our Christmas trees.  This tradition was started by her grandmother, Angela Maria Spadafora-Lopetrone, and continued by my Mom’s Mother, Julia Fiehl-Petrone.   

After my grandmother died, the items from Gram’s tree were divided among her children.  Those are special items now under Mom's tree. 

Christmas has always been a special occasion in our family, thanks to my Mom’s creative talent.  Love you, Mom. 

Click on the photo above to enlarge the photograph. 

About the card photograph at the top of this post:  The special star-effect in this photograph was not created in post-production.   The effect known as “Shaped-Bokeh” is created as the photo is taken. 

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