I bought this advent calendar kit from Swirlydoos over a year ago and only recently put it together and I have to say wow time consuming! The video tutorials were awesome Krissy you did a fantastic job.
The papers are from Kaisercraft's Just Believe collection.
The little jewels are from Prima The black numbers are from Tim Holtz and the white ones are from Thickers. The Thickers were initially brown so I sanded them down then painted them with Gesso. After the Gesso dried I sprayed them with Champagne Glimmer Mist and added glitter and left them to dry then sprayed them with hairspray to set.
The chipboard is from Dusty Attic (Christmas trees, flourish and the mini holly) and the reindeer from Tim Holtz. I love the technique used to add snow to the trees! I also learned what Ferro is and how awesome it is!
Here is a good shot of what the Ferro looks like when it's dried awesome isn't it? The flowers and berries are from Petaloo.
The centerpiece! This shall sit on my fireplace mantle! Unless of course it gets "removed" by one of my daughters lol! Well it's the beginning of the festive season and there is so much to do! It is especially hard seeing as I have a new project on my hands
And all I want to do is hold him:) Isn't he gorgeous?
Just a quick note to let you all know that at 11:23 am this morning I became a grandmother for the fourth time!!I have a beautiful new grandson who weighed in at 7.22 pounds. Meet Jaxson James Browning.
I am bleary eyed after being up for 36 hours but just had to share! I am so proud of my baby girl for the amazing job she did giving birth to this little guy! This is the new little family :)
Thanks for dropping by I am off to sleep! All the best:)
Another Kisses for Keaton layout called Young Love. I absolutely love this picture of Kiki with her older sister Mika, sharing a hug during a day in the park. I used Maja Design's gorgeous Vintage Autumn collection. Maja Design is the biggest sponsor of Kisses for Keaton and I am so grateful! Their papers are so gorgeous and wonderful to work with.
I love the graphics in this line most especially the air balloons! You can see the Dusty Attic frame here with the little butterfly on it. I cut the butterflies out of the paper May 6 from the Vintage Spring line (very popular paper among scrappers!). I primed the DA piece with Gesso and then went over it with metallic gold paint. Also used some moulding paste and the Prima damask mask for a little texture in the corners.
Homemade flowers mixed with some flowers from Prima & Petaloo surround a clock I fussy cut out of one of the papers from Vintage Autumn and then framed it with a metal clock frame from Prima. The little heart is from Pink Paislee and I inked it with Victorian Velvet ink from the Tim Holtz collection.
I used the same ink here to try and bring out the small border of floral paper along the frame. I used letters from Websters pages and traced them onto dark blue cardstock for the title. Hand stitched around the layout, wow is this paper thick! My poor fingers!
Last close-up of the flower cluster at the top of the layout. Again I fussy cut out a clock but framed this one with a chipboard cog. I can't say enough how much I love these papers! I'm hitting up my girls for the Vintage Frost collection for my Birthday in December!
Well we are still waiting for our little baby boy to make his arrival. He is now officially five days overdue and his poor mom is so pooped out. I'm hoping we have him here before the weekend. Today's ultrasound says he is already 8lbs! I can't wait to meet my first grandson!
Lots to do with Christmas fast approaching. I dread the Christmas cleaning (all the carpets in the house get steam cleaned) ugh. On the brighter side there is the shopping and choosing the cookies for this years tins! A tradition of mine! Every year I make each family member a big tin of cookies and truffles. Everything is homemade and there are usually five or six different kinds of cookies plus truffles and fudge! That doesn't include the two or three sheets of chocolate shortbread I make that disappear every single year before they even hit the tins lol!
This month at Scrap Around the World it was all about rainbows and bright colors which totally dragged me out of my comfort zone but here is my layout WHOOPS!
This was the color palette and sketch we had to follow this month
I turned the sketch sideways and scrapped one of my favourite pics of my granddaughter Lilly. This photo was taken on the day of my mom's funeral. We were in the backyard of my mom's house and trying to relax after the burial. We gave the girls free reign to play and they chose the water hose as their toy of the day. Well needless to say Lilly lost!
She managed the impossible and managed to make me smile on such a tough day. I love her expression! I divided the page into a grid and painted all the embellies according to the rainbow.
A mix of Prima flowers in the same colors as the grid rainbow.
I even tried to keep the title consistent! I have to admit this was hard for me as I am not used to bright colors but I gave it a shot. Hope you enjoyed! I am somewhat distracted these days as I am awaiting the arrival of my fourth grandchild a boy! He is due now and I worry about my daughter as she has had many complications with this pregnancy one of them being a huge kidney stone which is causing her great pain and kidney infections. I apologize if I seem way out there but my thoughts are with her and little Jax. In the meantime I will trudge on! All the best and TFL! :)
This is a Kisses for Keaton page. This is a picture of Keaton's mom and three of her friends who shaved their heads in the charity event Bald is Beautiful. Stephanie wanted to put herself at her daughter's level as Kiki lost all her hair so she shaved her head. I am in awe of this woman!
These three wonderful women shaved their heads as well and donated their hair to a children's charity. The commitment they showed to Kiki and her mom is amazing.
I stamped around the edges and then heat embossed the border. Papers are from Pink Paislee's Hope Chest collection. The flowers are Prima's lyric collection.
The border around Stephanie's picture says Be Forever True to Your Heart which couldn't be more appropriate as Stephanie lives by heart and is an exceptional person.
Last close-up focusing in on the heart of the page which is this wonderful woman who has a two year old daughter with cancer and spends her every waking moment fighting to help her daughter regain her health and still finds time to encourage and support other families in the same position.
If you haven't already visit Kisses for Keaton's facebook page. It is a humbling experience.
(Kiki and her sister Mika prior to Kiki's diagnosis)
Before the hospital stays, the bone marrow aspirations, before the chemo and countless procedures there was just life. A normal life of a two year old. Princesses and castles, ice cream and balloons, swinging in the park, playing on the beach, goofing around with your sister this is what life was for you. It was an age of innocence. Then the nightmare of having cancer invaded your life and everything changed. Now life involves doctors visits, needles, surgery and chemo. It is harder to play because you are exhausted from the treatments you must have and ice cream may not taste very good because the chemo has affected your taste buds. Going out to play now runs the risk of exposing you to infections that your body can't fight very well right now. And yet through it all you have managed to maintain your sweet smile. A very brave little girl who could teach the world a lesson in humility. I pray for you everyday sweetheart. I pray that you make a full recovery and rediscover a world with princesses and castles, of ice cream and balloons. I pray that you can run through the park freely without worrying about contracting a virus from another child. I pray everyday that you return to an age of innocence. Be brave little one!
Handmade flowers using Maja Design papers. Maja Design has made a considerable donation to the Kisses for Keaton album and we are so grateful for their generosity! Thank-you! I used papers from their Vintage Summer and Vintage Spring lines.
Title was made using letters from Websters Pages.
Today Kiki's parents are facing a very difficult decision. They must chose between two treatment options for Kiki and the decision process is tormenting them. I ask that you send them your prayers and support letting them know that what ever they decide it's the right decision because it was made with love. Kisses for Keaton can be found on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kisses-for-Keaton/148650585296073 .