Vintage Winter Photos with Graphic 45 and Blog Hop Winners!

I love getting out my dad's old photos.  These photos are of me and Dad when I lived in Texas.  Does it still snow in Texas?  The black tags with journaling are actually what Dad wrote on the back of the photos. What a wonderful thing to have.  In the beginning of Dad's love of photography, he wrote on the back of nearly every photo.  I have a treasure.

Graphic 45 Winter Wonderland
Tim Holtz Thinlets snowflakes, roses, Distress Vintage Photo, Distress Glitter, and Grungeboard swirl.
Prima Crystals

Simple Page.  I liked creating my background shape.  I found a shape online and printed it out twice.  11 inches does not fit a 12-inch page.  So I put the shapes together to create a 12-inch wide curve.  I also cut out the darker mat to highlight the curve.

The bird and flowers are from another sheet of paper that I fussy cut and put together.
I still have a good amount of Grungeboard from Tim Holtz.  I still love it.  I painted the grungeboard with gesso and added Tim…

Thanks Are In Order...Handyman's Holiday Hop

Wow!  What a wonderful few days of inspiration with a great group of crafters and sponsors.

Thanks To
Bev Code Peg Rounds Jean Marmo Connie Mercer Joan Borgelt Colleen Lovette Roni Johnson Colleen Flathers Beth Williams (Guest of D's Paper Studio)

Handyman's Holiday Hop

With Great Gratitude, Thanks To Quick Quotes, Heartfelt Creations,    Helmar
Bravo, Thank You To Our Readers and Blog Hoppers  The sponsored giveaways from Heartfelt Creations, Quick Quotes Scrapbook Company, Helmar, and D's Paper Studio will be announced here on Thursday.
Personal giveaways are announced at the discretion of the blogger.  Colleen Lovett has announced her winner.  Congratulations!  You'll have to check out her blog to see if you won.  Scrappin' Granny.
See Everyone On Thursday!
Inspired To Created/Encouraged To Try

Handyman's Holiday Hop: Celebrating Hanukkah Altered Paint Brush

Welcome to the beginning of the Handyman's Holiday Hop.  There is so much creativity along the hop that will certainly encourage and inspire you for this holiday season.

Debby Lewis Bev Code Peg Rounds Jean Marmo Connie Mercer Joan Borgelt Colleen Lovette Roni Johnson Colleen Flathers Beth Williams (Guest of D's Paper Studio) Thanks to our sponsors we have some wonderful giftaways.  Check the end of the post for details.   
Hanukkah I'm not Jewish, but I have family that is.  I watch them as they celebrate the lighting of the candles, their prayers, and songs.  It is a wonderful celebration of God's working in His people.  I created my altered brush in honor of them. Notables 3" Brush →Gesso entire brush with Finnabair's white gesso. →Handle created with Basic's Modeling Paste, Brea Reese Texture Pebbles, and Texture Sand.  Once dry use your hot glue gun to create "hot glue" strings and wrap them around the brush while slowly squeezing the trigger. 
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Beth Williams for the Handyman Holiday Hop. Merry Christmas!

Thank you for joining us on the Handyman's Holiday Hop.  Make the rounds and be inspired.

I want to take a second and welcome Beth Williams to D's Paper Studio.  She is the last stop in our Handyman's Holiday Hop.  If you did not start at the beginning a complete list of  blogs can be found at this link "Handyman's Holiday Hop:  Celebrating Hanukkah Altered Paint Brush."

Welcome, Beth!

I have wanted to try altering a brush for quite some time.  This hop was a perfect motivation and I wanted to make something pretty.  4 grandsons and 5 animals just don't make for much pretty around my house.  I also wanted to use things in my stash I tend to forget.  I've had the Noel 25 die for 5 years and this is the first time I've used it-shameful.

Hope you enjoy my little creative journey.

Step 1:  I applied white gesso to my brushes.  I did 2 in case I messed up 1.  The handles were glossy.  It would have worked better had I sanded them first.
Step 2:  I paint…

Official Countdown to Handyman's Holiday Hop!

What is the Handyman's Holiday Hop?  
It is an idea to push myself into making an altered paintbrush, get my friends in on it, and inspire YOU to alter a paintbrush this holiday season.

What makes this paintbrush hop different?
Everyone in our hop is creating an altered brush depicting a holiday theme.  The holiday has to fall between Halloween and the end of the year.

No sneaks, but what about a hint or two?
I know several of the brushes are created for presents for friends and family.  I know one will go on a Christmas tree.  There is a crazy spooky one.  Okay, I am not going to give it all away.

Who's Creating
That I will tell you.

Me Bev Code Peg Rounds Jean Marmo Connie Mercer Joan Borgelt Colleen Lovette Roni Johnson Colleen Flathers Beth Williams (Guest of D's Paper Studio)
These are some incredible, crazy crafters!  If you don't already know them you are going to find some of the craftiest, talented, and most of all some of the kindest crafters in the blog-o-sphere.

Who are…

Don't Be In A Hurry To Grow Up! with Bo Bunny's Country Garden

Another milestone for my granddaughter.  She turned five.  She started Kindergarten.  She's a "big" girl.  Along with her birthday comes the annual photo shoot by her Aunt TatTat.  When I saw this photo of my son and his daughter my heart melted.  I felt a little older and a lot blest.  With Bo Bunny's Country Garden and a bit of mixed media, how could I not create something special for them?

Bo Bonny's Country Garden Collection
Tim Holtz Thinlets Tiny Tattered Floral, Distress Oxide fossilized amber, Distress Ink spun sugar
Darice Stencils Butterflies
Momenta Feathers stamps
Twinklets Diamon Dust
Buttons, White Acrylic Paint
Photos by Tabitha Safdi Photography
The three lower half butterflies are part of the paper.  I added the stenciled butterflies and accented them with two butterflies that I fussy cut from another sheet of Bo Bunny.
My centerpiece, the Tattered Floral circle, was so much fun and EASY to make.  The dies are graduated, several diff…

Christmas Tag 2...Julie Nutting Doll Stamp

I am having a marvelous time learning all types of styles, mediums, and techniques.  I continue to work on my Christmas "Cards" aka tags.  I am committed to using Julie Nutting Doll Stamps, as daddy always said: "just because."  Christmas and paper dolls bring back holiday memories for me.  Also, my artistic granddaughter loves them.

I used the same doll and clothing pattern choice as the first Christmas Doll Tag.  When I make the tags I want to make two at a time that is the same.  With my Tim Holtz Stamp Platform, it is easy.  

Christmas Tag 2
Julie Nutting Doll Stamp Valentina
Graphic 45 'Twas The Night Before Christmas
Tim Holtz Sizzix Layered Snowflake Bigz Die with Texture Fades, Distress Oxide Broken China, Distress Ink Vintage Photo, Distress Glitter Broken Glass
Prima Flower
Ranger Enamel Accents
Basic Modeling Paste
Odds and Ends from old collections
A theme of Peace seems perfect in our uncertain world right now.  The square "Peace"…