Thursday, December 04, 2014

December Daily: It's All About The Story

I love the unique.  So with my December Daily album I wanted something unique for the days of the month. Since I am using Graphic 45's Twas Night Before Christmas paper collection I wanted a vintage look.

I decided to use vintage postcards, preferably those that had a message on them. 

So the hunt begins.  25 vintage cards --- just go junkin' as my friend Connie would say.  I found out it is no small task to find 25 Christmas postcards.  After four antique shops we (Ruth and I) found more than I needed of Christmas postcards.

All the postcards come from the early 1900s.  Postage was only 1 cent.  Handwritten notes.  All with their own story.

My Story with "Their" Story
 I used mini stamps to put the day on each card..
I didn't like to do it but I hole punched the edge to place in the album.  I tried to consider other ways but it always added bulk to the book.
 I'm using both "Christmas" theme cards and "religious" theme cards.
I will place a note on the last page about the postcard stories.
 I love this idea.  My best day numbers I've created!
 Family, friends, acquaintances all have a story.

Stories...the's what it's all about.

Link to a couple of my favorite 12 Days of Home for the Holiday posts.  (The giveaway on the posts are closed.)
Maggie Holmes with a yummy popcorn recipe and Tabitha Safdi Photography with a few holiday photo tips.
Stephenie Hamen's Favorite Butternut Squash
Crystal Hobbs aka Pinky shares how to creatively package food goodies.

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, December 01, 2014

Woot! Whoot! It's Time for December Daily

This is my favorite time of the year.  Scrapbook pages, advent calendars, ornaments, home decor ... I love making it all.  And lets not forget fun Pinterest goodies.

December Daily is a fabulous project created by Ali Edwards. 

I opt out of the kits and create my own, but I am grateful for Ali introducing this to me.  You can see a past 12 Days of Home for the Holidays post here ... Ali Edwards (remember this is a past post and giveaway is closed).

My Books

Paper Studio burlap album, burlap ribbon
Martha Stewart Gesso
Tim Holtz Fragments, Rub-on numbers, Monocle, Distress Stain, Evergreen and Twig distress inks
Graphic 45 Christmas Past paper collection
Ranger Dabber paint, gold; Glossey Accents
Alieene's Tacky Glue 
Michael's Create It! wooden tree

My husband was surprised that he had purchased a burlap album with the words "Christmas Memories" in red and then I showed him what I did with it.  LOL  It doesn't look like the same book.  

1. I painted the outer cover of the book with gesso.  Takes some patience as it absorbs into the burlap. 
2. Using Glossy Accents glue the fragment to the paper.  Give it about 5 minutes or less then work around the edges to peel some of the paper away.  I had great success with this.
Book 2
It always takes me two books to get all 25 days.
12 Days of Home for the Holidays
I did not host 12 Days of Home for the Holidays this year .... 
I have been super busy this year...
I do this by myself and it had become a huge event ...
I am unsure of of next year, but with some help (if anyone wants to volunteer contact me) .... I would love to pick this back up next year...
I will be adding links to my posts for the next 12 days from the archives for you to visit or just click on the link in the header and you will have a lot to choose from.  

Have a Crafty Day!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

When You Just Can't Throw It Away!

Graphic 45 paper is so detailed with beautiful art that even with the smallest pieces I just can't throw the "scraps" away.  Here is a good example of how you can use those scraps.

My Oldest Granddaughter
My college girl is the one of the bottom of the photo with the cream colored sweater at the Fall Festival. 
(Inspired by Melinda Spinks  at
(Name brushed out.)

Older Stash I Used
Graphic 45 Halloween in Wonderland and Happy Haunting
Tim Holtz idea-ology ... Findings
My Minds Eye chipboard owl
Making Memories rub-on (memories)
K&Company pins
Prima, some of the flowers

I have several  lines of paper where the companies no longer exist.  I can't wait to see how I will use them.

Personal Note
Our family lost our beloved uncle this past Tuesday.  He was an incredibly talented man.  I will miss him.  Please remember Aunt Bammer and his children in your thoughts and prayers.
Leonard Dewayne Thomas

I have also been overwhelmed with crafty requests and Christmas presents.  It is so much fun but sort-of panicked to get it all done.  I can't wait to share it all.

Have a Crafty Day!

Monday, November 10, 2014

Sweet Anna Helping Use the Older Halloween Stash

Although Halloween is passed and we are in full swing for Christmas (somehow Thanksgiving has passed many by) I have two more grandgirls' layouts to share with you.

This is Little's Sister (LS) dressed as Anna from Frozen.  She is one little sweetheart.  There was no holding LS back at Boo at the zoo.

Reminder:  I am trying to use up older Halloween stash.

Note this layout was inspired by Debby Standard.

My somewhat older stash that I used...
Graphic 45 Happy Haunting
Core'dinations (foundation)
Fancy Pants ribbon (small piece)
American Craft crochet ribbon
"happy" Making Memories
Prima (just a few are older)

Personal Note
This weekend has been full and fun.  I will start back posting my tags soon.  It is beautiful to have grandgirls.  I went to 4 soccer games, completed two and a half days of a blog hop that has over 100 handcrafted projects, went Christmas Tree shopping, and much more.  Then there was the...
Storybook Ball.
Mary Poppins and Rapunzel
 Have a Crafty Day!

Thursday, November 06, 2014

News! Are You Ready for a Handmade Holiday?

Starting tomorrow you will find me hopping around the crafty blog community.  It is the 4th annual Handmade Holidays blog hop.  It is happening from November 7th to the 9th.  There will be over 100 handmade gift ideas from your favorite designers and craft product manufacturers like Clearsnap, Sizzix, and ThemOWeb.

Several of my crafty friends will be creating wonderfully delightful gifts.  I can't wait to see the unveil.

Of course you can enter to win prizes every day of the hop.  Check it out starting Friday morning on the Clearsnap blog.
Give a shout out if you plan on attending. 

Be inspired to make this holiday handmade from you to yours.

Have a Crafty Day!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Daily Thanks Giving Tags with Prima and Tim Holtz

Do you know when you have so much to be grateful for it is sometimes hard to break it all down.  As I go through my list I find myself breaking down the larger "Family" to each individual that I include in my family.  But for Monday's Thanks Giving the combination of my whole family was in my heart.

hold family dear
This tag was so much fun!

Notables and Products
  • I started with a Craft Tag from Ranger.  
  • Section at a time I smoothed on Ranger's Glossy Accent with my finger.  Quickly, I laid out the Jump Rings from Tim Holtz idea-ology.  I set it aside to dry while I did my laundry.
  • I covered the whole tag with Martha Stewart's Gesso.
  • Once the gesso was dry I used Tim Holtz's Peeled Paint and Rusty Hinge Distress Stain to just dab circles on the tag. 
  • When dry I went over the tag with Tim Holtz Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink to fill in any areas I did not cover but to also bring the whole look together. 
  • I spritzed the tag lightly with water making a few water spots.
  • I added Prima's flowers and wooden number buttons with Glossy Accent.
  • As a finishing touch I added Tim Holtz idea-ology products ... monocle, rings, ball chain, and chitchat words to use instead of a ribbon.
What are you grateful for today?

Have a Crafty Day!

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Daily Thanks Giving ...A Challenge

If you have been around my blog back when it was named Debby's Dares you might remember my Gratitude List I did at the end of each of my blog posts.  I miss doing this.  So for the month of November I'm challenging myself and YOU to Give Thanks for those things you are grateful.

I am going to do my Thanks Giving in the form a tag book.  I am using two different size tags.  I am going to alternate creating one for each day of the month of November.  Once they are finished I will book them.

Gratitude Tag
Saturday November 1
I am grateful for all that God has created.  I was reminded of this on Saturday when we were hit with a surprise snow storm.  There was a beautiful blanket of white snow across my 2 acres of land.  God often surprises me with His creation and reminds me of how much more he loves even me.

Gratitude Tag
Sunday, November 2
Name tag brushed out
Sunday we celebrated Little's Sister (LS) 2nd birthday at the zoo.  I am so grateful and thankful for this tiniest member of our family.  She brings me joy with her expressive face.  She is my sweetheart.  

I challenge you to make a little something each day with your Thanks Giving.  As I create my tags I sit and think about those things I am grateful for and why they add to my life.  

If you decided to do a little something post a link in the comments and I would love to go look.  I might even like to share your project here on D's Paper Studio. 

I you would like to know any of the products I used let me know and I'll be glad to answer your question. 

Have a Crafty Day!


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