Friday, November 5, 2010

Christmas at Last!

I really, really love Christmas! I would seriously start celebrating in mid-September if I could get away with it, but somehow that's not okay... unless you're Costco, I guess. The people around here want to celebrate things like Halloween and Thanksgiving, the weirdies... :) But one of the benefits of being a crafter is that you have a great excuse to start your own personal celebrations early -- after all, you've got to be prepared ahead of time, right?

This month ScrapbookPal.com sent me the "Joys of the Season" cartridge to play with, and I was very very happy. This is one of my all-time fave cartridges -- I love the elegant shapes and all the different goodies on the cartridge. My first assignment this month was to create a card, and I did start out with that in mind, but then I thought, "What good is a card at Christmas without some chocolate to go with it?!" So I turned my card into a big tag for a jar of Candy Cane Kisses (oh, yum!).

I used my Gypsy to size everything on this tag just right, but I'll give you the basic measurements. I cut the ornament tag base at about 4", then the wreath at about 3 1/2" and Santa at about 2 3/4". I used adhesive foam to give dimension to all the different layers. I also used Creamy Brown chalk ink for distressing, and these awesome Glaze pens to add some accents. The smaller tag is just a die-cut from this Basic Grey paper pack with a couple little paper strips added.

These Glaze pens are so cool, because the create a raised effect like embossing. I was just going to use them for accenting my die cuts, but then I read on the package that they can write on glass! Well, that's just cool, right? So I used them to add some vine-y artwork to my jar, and it turned out beautiful. They write really smoothly on the glass and dry quickly. (It didn't show up very well in the first photograph, so here's another with a white background so you can see it better.)

Bonus projects! Like I said at the beginning, this cartridge is one of my favorites, and I use it for all sorts of projects. I thought I'd include a little trip down memory lane, sharing some of my favorite Joys of the Season cards and other goodies:






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