Monday, November 24, 2008

Looks Like Christmas!

We woke up to unexpected accumulation this morning – man were the kids excited! (Abby is shown before school - we scrambled for snowpants!) I was excited because I didn’t have to scrape the car off for work. Enjoyed some coffee while snapping lots of pics of the birds at the feeders, with beautiful boughs of snow covered bushes behind them. They’re so active not sure if my little camera captured any good photos yet, but it was fun to watch the birds!

Entries for Round 2 of the Magistical Memories Design Team contest are blowing my mind – there are many amazing designers vying for the positions. Check out their fabulous creations here – I admit I have never been so inspired to scraplift, and that is something I rarely ever do.

The PC is really acting up today – it has locked up more than I care to count so will type little and quickly show you a layout very appropriate for this snow covered day. Kyle totally enjoyed our record snowfall last year and never tired of shoveling. The Paper Element Blue Flannel is gorgeous for winter layouts. I made the tape measure on the PC and simply printed on white cardstock.

Ideas to Note:
• Snow covered frame effect achieved with multiple layers of paint (white, black and blue glaze) with weathered wood finish in between coats. Then lightly dry brushed with white acrylic, and smeared with white dimensional home décor paint, allowed to dry overnight. Once dry the frame was coated with sparkle mod podge, allowed to dry. And finally mod podge was placed on high points of dimensional paint only, sprinkled with fine glitter and allowed to dry.

• Snowflake chipboard shapes painted white, edged with chalk ink which was then smeared inward with fingertip (nub can be used), layered with punched snowflakes from patterned paper topped with sparkle, secured with silver glitter brad and pop-dotted
• Ruler is my own creation – marker indicates amount of snowfall

Snowflakes are one of my favorite shapes and Magistical Memories has a variety of styles if you really want to mix them up on a page. Great for ornaments, too!

Supplies for “Snow Happy”:
Patterned Paper: The Paper Element – Blue Flannel collection
Cardstock: Worldwin
Chipboard: Magistical Memories – Fancy Frame, Window Tab and Solid Snowflakes
Glitter Letter Stickers, rub-on letters, flat clip, glitter brads: Making Memories
Brads: American Crafts (black)
Snowflake Rub-ons: The Paper Element
Stamp: Inkadinkadoo (bracket)
Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink
Pen: Marvy LePlume
Crackle Medium: DecoArt (Weathered Wood)
Dimensional Paint: Delta Texture Magic
Acrylic Paints: Liquitex, Making Memories Blue Glaze, Krylon Silver Metallic
Sparkle Medium: Sparkle Mod Podge and Martha Stewart Crystal Fine Glitter (white)

The Window Tabs work great as ribbon buckles in addition to showcasing a date or other text on a layout. They even make for great helmets – but I will show you that idea in the next post!

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