Magical Days Countdown to Christmas Part 1

I was so excited about my Sparkle and Shine goodies from the Holidays from the Heart guide I could not wait to play. I was inspired by the Magical Days stamp set which I got for FREE* with my last purchase. Between the Art booking and Art philosophy Cricut cartridges on my Cricut machine, my Sparkle and Shine paper pack and extra sheets of Ruby, Juniper, Slate and White, I have created a countdown to Christmas Artbook. Currently it is living on my Flip Stand. After Christmas – if I am good 😉 – I will journal and add photos to it and bind it with ribbon as a memento of Christmas 2013. Pages are cut at 6 Inches on the cricut (if that is where they have come from) so the holes line up with the binder rings. Pages in artbooking can tend to be too long for the stand so be prepared for remodeling and consider cutting your own holes. Each page after the first one is inspired by the design on the number stamp.

The Fist of December cover page

The Fist of December cover page

Here is the first page. The page started as one of the circular pages you can pre-cut with Art Booking p54 but it was too long for the stand so I trimmed off the top and used an everyday hole punch to make new holes. The elements on the page are from the following places:

Artbooking- Reindeer p57,

Art Philosophy – Tag p 62 Tree p 31 Stamp set that came with this collection is used to stamp the trees.

If you do not have a Cricut machine and would like to be able to get one for Christmas let me know and I will tell you how! (Australia only)

Title stamp is from the Sparkle and Shine Workshop on the go kit.

I have hand cut the little circles on the top of the trees after stamping the star. I added dimension to the reindeer using a sponge dauber and slate ink. Silver shimmer trim adds the sparkle to this page. the 3D look comes from using Foam Mounting Tape.

I won’t go through every single element on every page here – That would be cumbersome and take forever to get to the eye candy! Are you ready for DEC 2?

Here it is

 

I added a strip tp the side to get width happening. I have embellished the baubles - check the post to find out how.

I added a strip tp the side to get width happening. I have embellished the baubles – check the post to find out how.

These baubles have been stamped with a nice little shape on the WOTG stamp set. I started in the centre and them added more around and off the edges using Colonial White Ink. White Daisy may be better but I didn’t have any. Then, using slate I daubed the right hand side to add shadow. I final highlight is added with the white chalk marker– I love this pen! I am finding I am using it to add white to all sorts of things!  Bakers twine is used to hang the balls and the page shape with the scalloped edge is an Art booking page. I had to trim the bottom off as it was too long. To make my fancy edge stand out I added the extra paper to the right.

Would you like some more? Yes you do….

Colored Santa window

Colored Santa window

I cut the photo frame and just added it to cardstock cutting the holes myself for this one. The feature here is of course Santa. I imagine by Dec 3 some shopping is entering my life and I am thinking about how I can help make Santa come alive for my Grandson. Santa is on one of the Holidays from the Heart stamp sets – Santa Clause Available for free* or for purchase. I stamped him with Cranberry and coloured him with a range of markers – Ruby, Slate and Creme Brule. I Have a limited range but the light and dark shades in each pen set gave me plenty to work with.

Summer time for us!

Summer time for us!

Christmas for us here down under is HOT! Snowflakes and winter chill do not work in our Christmas decoration except to make us look at a snowy tree image and wish for a cool breeze. I also live many miles from any snow! I was super inspired by the Sun rays in the Art booking cartridge – CTMH have done a great video tutorial on Art Booking and making a summer fun album. I decided to use the sun and cut the word summer to add to my Christmas Art Book – a reminder that Christmas for us also means Summer holidays are on their way! I used some liquid glass to add a bit of shimmer to the sun as well. You can see more about this shape and cutting it in the video below.

The next few pages are completely inspired by the shape and design of the date stamp and the remainder of the book follows the same pattern.

Background stamping, tree cut from the Sparkle and Shine paper, and the trimmed edge of the paper lines the sides

Dec 5 Background stamping, tree cut from the Sparkle and Shine paper, and the trimmed edge of the paper lines the sides

Here I have used the stamp from this months Stap of the month - available for $5 with every $75 purchase.

Dec 6 Here I have used the stamp from this months Stamp of the month – available for $5 with every $75 purchase.

 

Title is from the Sparkl and Shine WOTG kit. I used the shade and highlight technique on the baubles

Dec 7 Title is from the Sparkle and Shine WOTG kit. I used the shade and highlight technique on the baubles

 

Another little Santa window using Sparkle and Shine paper for the background.

Dec 8 Another little Santa window using Sparkle and Shine paper for the background.

For this I was really inspired by the concpet of a shoping list from the riled lines on the date stamp.

For this I was really inspired by the concept of a shopping list from the riled lines on the date stamp.

The stamp design was reminiscent of the scandanavian wishe house - SOTM. I used the red paper, also of that design style, and the house from SOTM to create this page.

The stamp design was reminiscent of the Scandinavian Wishes house – SOTM. I used the red paper, also of that design style, and the house from SOTM to create this page.

It will probbly be HOT - we can only hope for the cool of our air conditioners so a little snowflake may help.

It will probably be HOT – we can only hope for the cool of our air conditioners so a little snowflake may help.Note the shape of the page itself is an Art Booking page. 

The date stamp here inspired a bit of patchwork!

The date stamp here inspired a bit of patchwork! The page was another of the art booking pages cut with the art booking cartridge. 

 

OK – There you have the first 12 pages. I am not quite done yet with the rest of the month. I look forward to completing some of these over this coming weekend and will post the rest of the month soon. I hope my pages here inspire you to give Art booking a try – I am loving it!

If you have questions at all please post a comment and I will try and answer them for you. If you live in or around Sunraysia and want to see this and many more projects, or join in on a Play Day let me know.

All products used in this project are available from my online store to any resident in Australia. Why not head over there now and start shopping?

Your Wish list to make this project:

 

  • WOTG Sparkle and Shine pack G1071
  • Sparkle and Shine Paper Pack X7176B
  • Magical Days Stamp Set D1552
  • Santa Clause Stamp Set C1567
  • SOTM Scandinavian wishes S1310
  • Silver  Z1799 and Red Z1848 Shimmer trim
  • White Chalk Marker Z1767
  • Inks – Slate Z2173 Cranberry Z2116 Juniper Z2165 Colonial white Z2168 or white daisy Z2163
  • Flip Stand Z1896
  • Artbooking Cricut Collection Z1906
  • Art Philosophy  Cricut Collection Z1686
  • 3D foam Tape Z1151

If you do not have a Cricut machine yet ask me how you can get one at wholesale price just in time for Christmas! 

* The Holidays from the Heart guide has starred items. You are entitled to one FREE starred item with every $130 purchase. Order online and have your goodies sent straight to your door. All orders over $75 are also able to get Stamp Of The Month (SOTM) for just $5. Awesome savings for you! 

 

Everyone who orders from the above list before the end of October will go into a lucky prize draw!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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