A Shining Memory
December is just a few weeks away and I knew it was time to do the calendar page to finish off the 2015 with some sparkle. Aluminum trees were a fad in the 60s and I remember my mother wanting to change out our usual evergreen for one. Money my grandfather had given her for Christmas was spent on this trend that would bring her years of pleasure.
Since Christmas was my mother’s favorite holiday, I wanted to honor her memory and create my own version of an aluminum tree with the help of Silver Metallic Shimmer Sheets (SS0211) and my Holiday Evergreen (#1093) die. I couldn’t replicate the “color wheel” that illuminated the colors on the branches, cut I could do the next best thing and trim them with Sticker Dots (#7018) in my favorite Red. A few presents, pots of Poinsettias and a bough of evergreens completes this cozy scene.
For the third week of “Joy of Giving,” the giveaway will include: Graphic 45’s collection~”A Christmas Carol,” a sheet of 2016 Calendar Months (from Rosie’s Roadshow), a package of Elizabeth Craft Designs Soft Finish 100lb cardstock (PSF102), my CountryScapes – Build A Snowman (1081) and CountryScapes – Clouds & Grass (1094) dies. Next month, we can start the new year with January’s calendar together.
To enter the giveaway…
- Comment on this post: What is your favorite Christmas/holiday memory?
The winner will be announced on Saturday, November 21st.
Let’s get started…
From 80lb cream cardstock, cut a 5 1/2” x 7 1/2” rectangle. Die cut Els Van de Burgt Studio – Tags & More 9/Sparkle (1077) from 4 1/4” x 7” rectangle of Soft Finish 100lb cardstock (PSF102). The corners are from Els van de Burgt Studio – Fitted Frames 1/Lace Rectangles (1061). The background papers for the wallpaper, flooring, and carpet are from G45’s “A Christmas Carol”/Solid & Patterns collection.
Die cut the following:
- 3 CountryScapes – Woods 4 Holiday Evergreen & Trimmings (1093) from Silver Metallic Shimmer Sheetz (SS 0211) and the presents from patterned cardstock.
- 2 small flower pots (CountryScapes – Backyard 1 (988)) in glossy gold cardstock
- Pine boughs in dark green cardstock and mini poinsettias in red and green cardstock (CountryScapes – Backyard 4 (1079))
- 1 cat (CountryScape – Country Critters 1 (989)) from Soft Finish Cardstock – backed with Clear Double Sided Adhesive Tape and shaded with PanPastels
- Bow (CountryScapes – Backyard 2 (1010)) in red cardstock to finish off the pine boughs
Stamp Rosie’s Roadshow carpet on G45’s pattern & solids paper and cut it out to placed under the tree. The December month sticker is also from Rosie’s Roadshow.
Assemble the card.
I chose not to back the Shimmer Sheetz with Clear Double Sided Adhesive since I wanted to “bend out” the boughs and give dimension to the tree. I simply used Beacon’s Zip Dry glue on the trunk of the trees to hold them together. Glue the tree in place on the calendar using the same glue. Add Glitter Dots in red (or your favorite color) to the branches.
Shade the cat; I used PanPastel Kit 3 to match my Clara. Adhere the cat under the tree.
Create the potted mini Poinsettias and add the presents.
This scene brings back some warm memories of Christmas and most of all, my mother. Create your own scene for a memorable December to finish off the year.
Elizabeth Craft Designs:
Rosie’s Roadshow – Carpet stamp & Sheet of Calendar Months
Beacon’s Adhesive/Zip Dry and Kid’s Choice glue
Graphic 45’s “A Christmas Carol” Patterns & Solids
Flora Craft/Diamond Dust