I can't believe it's almost December! This year is just flying by and Christmas is fast approaching. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and for many reasons. One of my favorite things about Christmas are the holiday traditions. When I was growing up, one of my favorite Christmas traditions was making cookies with my Grandma. She would make buckeyes and so many stacks of cutout Christmas sugar cookies. I remember helping to frost all the trees and stockings and Santas...so many cookies, I don't know how she did it! She also made these little folded cookies with fruit filling that I believe are called Kolacky. I haven't had them since she passed over 20 years ago, and this year my goal is to find a good recipe and try my hand at making a batch to surprise my mom. If anyone out there has one they'd like to share with me, I'd be so grateful :)
Christmas traditions are also what inspired my project today. A Christmas tradition I'm sure you are familiar with are performances of The Nutcracker. The dance studio that my niece and daughter attend puts on a performance every December. My daughter is still too young to participate, but my niece has been performing for several years now. This year, my Mother-in-law is driving down from Michigan to surprise her and watch the performance. So since this year will be a little more special, I thought I would make her a special gift.
Christmas Colors: I started my ornament with Festive Farmhouse DSP. It's such a pretty plaid, I knew it would make the perfect base. I made my rosette using 2 strips of DSP 1.5" x 12" long. The Rosette on the box used 2 strips of Cherry Cobbler CS 1"x 11" long.
Stay Frosty: One of my favorite (new to me) things in the Holiday Catalog are the shimmer paints. Here I used the Frost White, and I used it on the circles of Mossy Meadow on top of the Rosettes, and I also used it to cover the pizza box. I love that pretty dose of shimmery shine!
O, Candy Cane: The candy canes are not only a Christmas staple, it's also one of my nieces roles this year. Obviously, a candy cane was a must!
A Personal Touch: Last, but not least, the finishing touch was to add her name to the box, and the year to the ornament. I did both using the Make A Difference stamp set.
Have a magical day!
- Brian King at Stamp with Brian
- Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
- Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie's Crafts
- Lynn Kolcun at Avery's Owlery
- Allison Okamitsu at Nice People Stamp
- Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
- Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
- Nina King at InkPaperSequins <you are here
- Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
- Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
- Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
I hope you'll come back to join me this weekend when I start the 12 Tags of Christmas :)