by Tomi Ann Hill
I used my Gypsy to plan out the whole layout. First, I created a sort of sketch on my screen, planning where everything should go and making sure all the elements were the right size. Then I rearranged the elements into one block for each color so I could cut out all the elements at the same time. Saves a lot of time! The row of small ornaments on the bottom are cut at about 1.75", and the big gold ornament at the top is about 2.5". (The pointy ornament is a chipboard photo turn from this paper collection.) I cut "Merry Christmas" using the shadow function at about 3", then used my Glaze pens to add the detail of the letters. I love how whimsical and fun it turned out. I used a white Glaze pen to create the little numbers for the date. Oh, dang it! I just realized I put in the wrong year. Well, I'll be fixing that as soon as I finish posting... :)
When I went to put everything together, the title was really getting lost on that busy ornament background, so I cut a gigantic red ornament to make a nice background for it. The ornament is about 8" wide, and I added a yellow scallop-edged strip at the top to give it a little detail.
Other materials: Patterned chipboard -- Daisy D's; Glimmer mist -- Tattered Angels; baker's twine -- Martha Stewart; scallop-edge punch -- Stampin' Up!
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*Actually, this layout is a little crazy for my tastes. But isn't that kind of how Christmas is? All the decorations and the presents and the kids in their bright pajamas? I'm just going to run with it...