Thursday, December 13, 2012

Christmas Tree Explosion Box

Merry Christmas all!  I'm sharing today a project I made last Christmas for the director of a show called Traditions of Christmas, which takes place in San Diego. I did this show with my daughter, and it was such a nice way to spend time with her and with the amazing members of the cast. The pattern for the project comes from SVG Cuts in their December Gifts SVG Kit, a great kit that would be worth owning!  There are lots of other goodies in the kit that are darling as well.

The top portion is a "cap" that holds all of the sides together. 
After taking the cap off, you peel the layers, revealing a photo album!  It's really enchanting and so fun to make.  It takes a lot of paper and is not a quicky project, but is a wonderful keepsake.
 After opening the second layer a little box is revealed.  We chose to fill it with one of the director's favorite candies.  A little snowman sits on top of the box, which opens and is hinged.
Here's a little closer look, where you can see the director, Kim, in the gold dress, and her little girl, Izzy, in the red dress (Izzy played a baby doll in the show). Izzy really loved opening it and playing with all of the flaps and then trying to close it all up. I altered the little Santa's list to include both of her children's names.
Here's a close-up of the little box on the inside.  I added around 30 photos to this one, but you can add or subtract to that as you wish.  Thanks, SVG Cuts, for such an incredible pattern, and for the great instructions for making it.  It looks so complicated, and is really easy to put together.  Enjoy!

We Need a Little Christmas, Right This Very Moment!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Christmas Tag Swap

This is the last swap of the year for me.  I need to start concentrating on the holy days ahead.  This was the first swap a few of us SVG Cuts girls had done over at Crafty Swaps and Challenges.  It was really fun, and they are a great group of ladies over there.  Before these were done and mailed out, I thought I'd be putting the tags on Christmas gifts, but I just couldn't give these up because they are so beautiful and such pieces of art.  So, I'm going to make a flag banner with them, and display it with my Christmas decor.

Here are our tags.
Aren't they pretty!  Thanks Kathy H., Jeannie L., and Amy M.  All of your tags just make me happy!

It's beginning to look at lot like Christmas!

Thanksgiving/Autumn Swap

This swap has turned into my favorite.  Don't think I ever realized how much I appreciated the fall as much as I did this year.  I'm not talking about the weather in way-too-sunny-and-warm San Diego, but just the gorgeous colors that go with the season.

Here's our groups ATCs.  They were just wonderful.

Here's mine!
And, here are close-ups of just a few of the individual swaps in my group.
Jeannie L.                                    Debra V.
Laura M. (Waterfall)                      Kim M.
Trina S. (Jiggle Turkey)
 Thanks so much to all that participated.  Love getting fun ATCs in the mail. 

Longing for those autumn leaves to fall