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Refurbished Window With A New Purpose

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My husband's niece has a wonderful shop called the Happy Gourd.  It is full of antiques and art that she creates.  While in Florida I visited her booth and found a few new additions to my obsession with old windows.  I have three windows and this is the first time I actually tried to do something with it.

Christmas Window
Story
I love the vertical glass panes on this window which was initially what drew me to it.  We wondered where the window came from.  This is why I love this window:  it belonged to my husband's Great Aunt Addy.  Jim believes the house is over 100 years old.

Notables
Sandpaper
Caulking
Burnt Umber acrylic paint
Valspar Antique White  sample 7.7 ounces
I have never restored a window so this project created a lot of learning moments for me.  This was the window before restoring...bad photos because I did not think to take a good photo before I started working on it.
Another side of the window before I started working on it.
-Clean
-Scrap all paint off the glass w…

Let It Snow...Winter Past Scrapbook Page

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I am excited about my project to use my older Christmas papers and my vintage photos.  This is a photo of me and my brother in Germany.  I remember the snows being so much fun.  People tell me that it doesn't snow as much in the parts of Germany I lived.  From my kid self, you are missing a lot of fun.

Dear Santa
Noteables
Kaisercraft, Bo Bunny, and Prima paper collection
Tim Holtz Distress Vintage Photo ink and chit-chat stickers.
Post Cards remind me of a slower time.  Post Cards were probably the email of my day.  Short, less expensive, and delivered faster than a letter.  LOL
I used a border musical sticker, a piece of leftover paper with music, the edge (you know the part you cut off with the manufacturer's name on it) with the numbers on it along with a few bits and pieces of paper and stickers I had saved. 
The holly and bird are stickers.  I popped dotted the bird to look like it was hanging from the holly.

Simple, but accomplishing two things:  documenting Christmas Pas…

Christmas Past

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Old paper, embellishments, ingenuity and a vintage photo create a fun Christmas page.  I admit it.  I'm a Christmas paper hoarder.  There is something about Christmas that makes me want to save every crumb of Christmas paper.  Now I have a storage issue so my goal is to use as much as I can during the Christmas season.  Saying that, know that I am using NEW Bo Bunny Carousal Christmas for my December Daily.  So this December holiday might be named "Something Old, Something New."

Counting the Days
I am around 10 years old in this photo.  Again with the tinsel tree in the background.
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Fiskars Cloud9 paper collection
Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Square
K&Co. words
Tim Holtz typed tokens, thinlets snowflake dies, gumdrops, green and red stickles, Distress Inks
Prima flower
Technique Tuesdays butterfly
Old butterfly finds a new home on my layout.
The Spellbinders die cuts helped to make my layout fun and easy.  I have been in a mathematical/geometric mood.  With…

Christmas Past: Vintage Page

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I am having a grand time going through my old photos and remembering some fun times (and not so fun tinsel hanging times LOL) as a child.  I look back and think..."This is vintage?"  Yes, it is.  Do you still hang tinsel on your Christmas Tree?

Memories
Notables
Do you know what brand this paper is?  I have a lot of friends who might remember this awesome line.  Leave me a comment and see if you can guess it.

A couple of techniques were inspired by a layout from a design team member of Bo Bunny.

A couple of fun things here.
Tim Holtz Thinlets "Village Christmastime"
Tim Holtz Mini Thinlets die "Snowflakes"
Vintage milk/juice bottle caps from the master "picker" Conner Mercer of Crafty Goodies.

I don't know why I decided to add the vintage bottle caps other than I have a vague memory of having milk delivered to our kitchen door when I was little.  I do remember the best part of the milk of the cream off the top. 

Tim Holtz stamp/die set "R…

Christmas Angel with Julie Nutting

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More fun with Julie Nutting doll stamps and a bit of mixed media.

Notables
Julie Nutting's doll stamp "Steffi" and background paper.
Graphic 45 paper
Creative Embellishments chipboard butterfly
The "wings" are a butterfly I sort of messed up.  So I inked and embossed...overheated to get the burst bubbles then painted with white gesso.  A bit of a wrought iron look. 
Tag:  Bo Bunny Christmas glitter paper that I gessoed.
Plastic gears, gessoed.  Prima flowers, buttons, Brea Reese textured pebbles with texture paste, painted and glittered with Tim Holtz Distress Glitter.
Foam reindeer from a friend.  I ran it through an embossing folder and painted one of the snowflakes and tipped the antlers with white paint.  The eye is Ranger's peals and the nose is Ranger's Stickles.
Swirl is an Art Part from Wendy Vecchi's collection.  Painted with white crackle paint, painted over with blue paint and added Tim's Distress Glitter.

I've been under the w…

Home for the Holidays...Blast From The Past

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For the month of November every Thursday I am going to revisit some of my favorite blog posts from my past yearly event "Home For The Holidays."  Guests from around the crafty world were invited to share their family traditions and many included crafts, techniques, recipes, and always many warm family traditions.

I want to start out with one of my all-time favorite crafters Cheryl Waters and her post from 2012.

A Tradition of Gratitude
Traditions are such an important part of each culture and people group.I love that each of us have unique traditions that we pass down that help make us who we are as a family and individual.Both Thanksgiving and Christmas are rich in traditions for my family and I.It is a time that we cherish all that the past year has brought and look forward to what the new year holds.
Some of you may celebrate Hanukkah or Kwanza.I feel that this a tradition that can transcend to any way you celebrate the season.This is a tradition of gratitude and thankfuln…

Spooky vs Cute

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I have struggled with all the wonderful Halloween paper collection on the market for years.  The style I like was always TOO scary.  I broke down this year and made it a little "spookier" with my cute grandchildren.

BOO-ED at the Zoo
My four adventurers ready to trick or treat at the zoo.

Notables
The background (banner and three tags) was inspired by Irene Tan.  She is an artist I greatly admire.
Bo Bunny Wicked collection
Graphic 45 Stickers
Tim Holtz Idea-ology, Distress Ink, Sizzix, Stencil
Finnabair's Brown Rust Paste
Double Photo Mat
This is what you do when you print one size too large.  Make it your background mat.
 I pulled out my collection of buttons to add a fun element.
The fun in using multiple tags is each one can be designed differently.  I added the photo of my littlest grand because his back was to the camera in the main photo.  The main photo was so fun with little brother seemingly taking the lead for trick or treating.  LOL
Using Tim Holtz Speckle stenc…