12.26.2008

Project: Altered Art - Kiss-Miss Tags & Decor~

CHRiSTMAS iS MAGiCAL . . .{ & back breaking} . . . Yes, I was determined to showcase traditional Christmas decorations with a touch of *woodland whimsy*, have gifts wrapped thoughtfully *before* Christmas Eve, spend time rearranging my own home {instead of clients, friends & family's homes}, & . . . as if that wasn't enough, I *HAD* to do some Christmas Tags, inspiration provided by Tim Holtz! Time was also of the essence since we decided to refinish the kitchen & family room floor. After all, a pristine Christmas tree & mantle deserve a shiny floor! It's *just* a 3 Day Project! Another Christmas prerequisite added to the list, a Family Christmas Photo & 2008 newsletter to our F&Fs. This took *just* 2 days; 3 by the time the newsletter was written, edited & mailed on December 24, 2008. Better late than never, right?!?!

The Family Room tree is what I'd term "Woodland Whimsy". I designed this tree to be warm, cozy & traditional filled to the brim with sewn stuffed lodge-style bears, 3 kinds of cute mittens, old-fashioned button-covered stars & balls, round feathered ornaments, hand-painted signage: "FAITH", "PEACE", & "HOPE", frosted branch spiraling up & down the tree with ruby red hydrangea & clusters of red berries, wooden crosses & wood elves.

Typically, we decorate our formal living room Christmas tree {pictured 2007} that literally is dripping with beads, iced branch, funky ornaments, wood elves & flying reindeer. Reality does set-in from time to time, as to what I am actually capable of completing before a deadline and decided not to do the formal tree. That allowed a lot more time to focus on rearranging & decorating areas of the house that needed *sprucing up* and was well worth the trade off. Between my eye surgery & the floor, Christmas was quickly approaching and I used up every last minute prior to our *Christmas Evening Feast*! My hubby cooked while the kids helped him - I showered. The turkey & dressing were a hit and so was the gorgeous dining room chandelier! Mason requested that we leave it up year round. The idea was to have flourishes of snowflakes falling & reindeer flying while we dined late that evening. For the chandelier, I used two types of greenery; pine & spruce, along with faux iced branch wired together in separate pieces. The snowflakes were hung at different heights to appear as if they were falling. Then, on the table below, 3 matching golden glittered reindeer, two of which appear to be gazing at the sight above their horns. Glittery cool! Magical . . .



One night, after finishing up required duties, I got a burst of energy. I kept thinking about
Tim's *magical* tags and wishing they'd *magically* appear on my tree. I couldn't sleep - I wanted to start on that darling project and knew the following day was filled with more Christmas cleaning & decorating. I crept out of our bedroom, wandered into the room where I had been scrapbooking and started. Frustrated that I didn't have any antique Christmas postcards/paper or sprockets from clocks, I dug through my collection of stuff & crafted until 2:30 a.m. I designed some very simple, traditional *Kiss-Miss* tags with touches of ornamental elements, stamping & antiquing that Tim used. I finished several tags: "Joyful", "Delight", "Shop" & "Celebrate"!

Then an idea occurred to have each family member create their own! Jacqueline & Mason peeked at Tim's blog, but Jessica & Lauren did their own thing. Marty passed on the project, but hey, he wound up being Christmas Feast Chef! When I asked Mason to take a look at Tim's projects, he was uninterested at first, however, watching Tim go through his techniques step-by-step {and noticing that Tim is a *cool guy*} got Mason's creative side of the brain working. The kid is Creative -- he has a whole other realm that beckons him beyond the world of reality & facts. Sometimes this feature of his personality pops up, leading to debates & well, grounding. That's another blog I could write - Raising Teenagers. Anyway, he liked what he saw and ambitiously sat down with me to begin working on his own. I watched with slight concern, it is Christmas you know! I was able to keep my *mental critique* to myself & let him make his own decisions. What amazed me about Mason is how quickly he completed his project! Since there are times that I'll sit and stare for long periods of time waiting for ideas to strike. I love the originality of some things he did for his tag. I can see some skateboarder influence leftover from his pre-teen days. I added a few finishing touches but the design scheme is his.

With a little extra encouragement, okay, pleading & begging, Jessica & Lauren agreed to design theirs on Christmas Day, right in the middle of cooking, no less. They realized how important it was for me to have the family *Kiss-Miss* tags done for the dinner party; I also would assume they preferred crafting over cooking! They did, however, manage to make some white chocolate chip cookies, WAY YUMMY! Jessica's concept is based on "Footprints In the Sand". It is quirky & simple, very laid back - just like Jessi! I actually imagined a footstep on the beach at first glance! She hand wrote & repeated over the entire length of the patterned paper, the phrase, "I carried you" for a religious themed tag.

Lauren's seems to be influenced from her competitive ice skating days when she performed in sparkling costumes & twirled over the ice. Notice the spiraled embellishment & all the glitter! Opting to be more unique, she used scalloped paper edge scissors which gives it a ric-rac appearance. The glittered edges of the tag & poinsettia add a festive & fun flair to the tag! She also came up with a cute way to hang the tag, using ric-rac ribbon which ties in the edges of her design. Her tag matches her outgoing personality!

Jacqueline's *Kiss-Miss* tag is sweet & joyful - a mirror of her big heart and compassionate soul. She liked the idea of antiquing a manilla tag with ink, brushing on a *red* pigment for the sky! This contrasts nicely with the snowman & creates a very decorative, holiday-style look. She adorned it with white metal snowflake brads and beaded ribbon fringe. {I didn't get to use that as much as I wanted to!} So, after all the effort of everyone cropping, gluing & creating, we now have a few handmade, personalized mementos for 2008 to add to our ever-growing collection of Christmas decor. Fun memories are what family holidays are all about!

Here's a photo of the kitchen tree showing most of the tags. This was a major project considering I decided to use our kitchen table as an island, actually more as a focal point vs. island. This turned out to be a beautiful way to change the look of our kitchen / kitchen nook & has proven to be more convenient. Moving the kitchen table ended walking around it each time we entered the kitchen nook from our foyer. So, what *exactly* did that entail? One long night spent reorganizing all the kitchen lower cabinets to make room for the stuff in the island! {totally worth back breaking effort} Then, I moved my husband's handsome chess / game table along with two ornately carved chairs in front of the bay window {where the kitchen table originally sat}. Placing the game table there, made the area look cozy, opened it up & added an interesting mix to the family room/kitchen area. Winter is that time of the year that our friends & family challenge each other to a chess match! Now, this is also a beautiful spot to sit, have coffee & visit! Nothing like a warm mug of coffee on a cold winter day!

I must admit, it was kinda challenging to get the ornaments & tags to hang on the kitchen tree perfectly. I scrambled to get this tree at the last minute knowing it was pre-lit, as well as the right height & width for the table. However, the ornaments would have dangled much easier had the branches been staggered better. {Note to Self: get tree with staggered branches} It's still very cute & really warms up the kitchen with the twinkling lights & mixture of old-fashioned, antiquey glass ornaments, our cute *Kiss-Miss* tags & berry garland twining around it!

For all you "scrapbookers" & "paper craft fun-addicts", I highly recommend Basic Grey's, Figgy Pudding Collection. This collection of holiday paper designs {acid & lignin free} are my *FAV*! Check out their website to see the individual designs included. Another nice feature, is that each paper has a differently designed back which also adds value. Many of the patterns easily inter-coordinate. You can tell that this product is carefully designed by some highly talented people. It's so beautiful, I almost hate cutting into it! But I am definitely going to use it to feature Christmas scrap book pages of my family. Here's the website, it's also listed as a favorite on the PapierCreatif blog. www.basicgrey.com

Materials List ~

*JOYFUL*

  • Basic Grey, Figgy Pudding Collection, Wonderful, #FIG-1017
  • Arnold Grumer's Templates, #360 Tags for Cards & Pages
  • Paper Reflections, Creative Tags X-Small, Clr. Ivory, #TAG-04644
  • Our Stories Mounting Corners, #OSM-402, Clr. White; (2)
  • The Paper Studio, Ribbon Scrap Pack, Clr. Neutral 1/4", #214650; (1) Clr. Light Grey
  • Michael's, Celebrate It, Holiday Ribbon Bowtique, Wired Edge Ribbon, 5/8", #455817
  • Color Box, Pigment Stamp Pad, Treasure, #19030, Clr. Silver
  • Pigment Ink, Clr. Blue Jeans {no stock info}
  • All Night Media, Ornamental Stamp Set, #2403R; (1) {availability ?}
  • Making Memories, Decorative Brads, Pewter Rnd 1, #23719; (1)
  • Making Memories, Ribbon Labels, Celebrate, #26120; (1) "Joyful", Clr. Pewter
  • The Paper Studio, Self-Adhesive Gemstones, Rnd 5mm-Clear, #862102; (3)
  • The Paper Studio, Spare Parts, Metallic Embellishment Asst., #289470; (1) Mounting Corner, Clr. Silver
*DELIGHT*

  • Basic Grey, Figgy Pudding Collection, Wonderful, #FIG-1017
  • Arnold Grumer's Templates, #360 Tags for Cards & Pages
  • Paper Reflections, Creative Tags X-Small, Clr. Ivory, #TAG-04644
  • Our Stories Mounting Corners, #OSM-402, Clr. White; (2)
  • The Paper Studio, Ribbon Scrap Pack, Clr. Neutral 1/4", #214650; (1) Clr. Light Grey
  • Michael's, Celebrate It, Holiday Ribbon Bowtique, Wired Edge Ribbon, 5/8", #455817
  • Color Box, Pigment Stamp Pad, Treasure, #19030, Clr. Silver
  • Pigment Ink, Clr. Blue Jeans {no stk info}
  • Snowflake Stamp, #E-1953 {availability ?}
  • Making Memories, Decorative Brads, Pewter Rnd 1, #23719; (1)
  • Making Memories, Ribbon Labels, Celebrate, #26120; (1) "Delight", Clr. Pewter
  • The Paper Studio, Self-Adhesive Gemstones, Rnd 5mm-Clear, #862102; (1)
  • The Paper Studio, Spare Parts, Metallic Embellishment Asst., #289470; (1) Mounting Corner, Clr. Silver
*CELEBRATE*

  • Core'Dinations, Black Magic, Clr. Olive
  • Basic Grey, Figgy Pudding, Peppermint, #FIG-1008 (backside)
  • Arnold Grumer's Templates, #360 Tags for Cards & Pages
  • Christmas Tag Plaid w/ Snowflake
  • American Crafts Boutique Ribbon, Clr. Moss; (1) Satin Light Green, 3/16"
  • Michaels, Celebrate It, Holiday Ribbon Bowtique Wire Edged Ribbon, 5/8", #455817
  • All Night Media, Ornamental Stamp Set, #2403R, {availability ?}; (1)
  • Ornamental Stamp, "C", {no stk info}
  • The Paper Studio, Self-Adhesive Gemstones, Rnd 5-mm Clear, #862102; (3)
  • Making Memories Ribbon Labels, "Celebrate", #26120; (1) "Celebrate"
  • Color Box Pigment Stamp Pad, Treasure, #19030, Clr. Silver
  • Making Memories, Decorative Brads, #23719; (1)
*SHOP*

  • Basic Grey, Figgy Pudding, Glee, #FIG-1003 (Stripe)
  • Core'Dinations, Black Magic, Clr. Olive
  • Arnold Grumer's Templates, #360 Tags for Cards & Pages
  • The Christmas Shoppe, Sticky Pad, Christmas Presents Boot, #CSN-10
  • Michaels, Celebrate It, Holiday Ribbon Bowtique Wire Edged Ribbon, 5/8", #455817
  • Color Box Pigment Stamp Pad, Treasure, #19030, Clr. Silver
  • The Paper Studio, Self-Adhesive Gemstones, Rnd 5-mm Clear, #862102; (2)
  • Making Memories, Decorative Brads, #23719; (1)
  • The Paper Studio, Spare Parts, Metallic Embellishment Asst., #289470; (1) Mounting Corner, Clr. Antique Silver
*XMAS*

  • Basic Grey, Figgy Pudding, Glee, #FIG-1003 (Stripe)
  • Arnold Grumer's Templates, #360 Tags for Cards & Pages
  • Paper Reflections, Creative Tags-Medium White, 5 1/4" x 2 5/8", #TAG04642
  • Michaels, Celebrate It, Holiday Ribbon Bowtique Wire Edged Ribbon, 5/8", #455817
  • me & my BIG ideas, Scrapbook Kit, Trousse d'Album-Souvenir, 12x12, #SRK-01, Coastal-Calafia; (1) Embellishment, Red Lion
  • Rock N Roll Kit; (1) Crown
  • Color Box Pigment Stamp Pad, Treasure, #19030; (2) - Clr. Bronze & Gold
  • Pigment Stamp Pad, Clr. Black {no stk info}
  • Making Memories, Decorative Brads, #23719; (2)
  • The Paper Studio, Spare Parts, Metallic Embellishment Asst., #289470; (1) Mounting Corner, Clr. Antique Silver
  • Business Date Stamp: "Delivered DEC 25, 2008", Clr. Black Ink
*FOOTPRINTS*

  • Basic Grey, Figgy Pudding Collection, Jolly, #FIG-1004
  • Arnold Grumer's Templates, #360 Tags for Cards & Pages
  • Color Box Pigment Stamp Pad, Treasure, #19030; (1) - Clr. Silver
  • American Crafts Boutique Ribbon, Clr. Moss; (1) Ric-Rac Light Green, 3/16"
  • American Crafts, Metallic Marker, #62212, Clr. Silver {Hand Written "I Carried You"}
  • Pigment Ink, Clr. Blue Jean {no stk info}
*SPARKLY POINSETIA*

  • Basic Grey, Figgy Pudding, Collection, Wonderful, #FIG-1017
  • Arnold Grumer's Templates, #360 Tags for Cards & Pages
  • The Paper Studio, Wavy-Edge Scissors, Cloud, #373613
  • Doodlebug Design, Sugar Coating, Clr. Lily White Glitter
  • American Crafts Boutique Ribbon, Clr. Moss; (1) Ric-Rac Light Green, 3/16"
*MERRY SNOWMAN*

  • Basic Grey, Figgy Pudding, Tinsel, #FIG-1013
  • Arnold Grumer's Templates, #360 Tags for Cards & Pages
  • Paper Reflections, Creative Tags-Medium White, 5 1/4" x 2 5/8", #TAG04642
  • Christmas Tag w/ Snowman cut out "Be Merry"
  • Michaels, Celebrate It, Holiday Ribbon Bowtique Wire Edged Ribbon, 5/8", #455817
  • Doodlebug Design, Sugar Coating, Clr. Lily White Glitter
  • Snowflake Metal Brads, Clr. White (4) {no stk info}
  • Making Memories, Decorative Brads, Pewter Rnd 1, #23719; (1)
  • Style-a-bility, Beaded Fringe, #5422191, Item #HLX35140-30