Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Blog hop


Hello friends!  Today I am delighted to share that Want 2 Scrap and Passionately Artistic blog have joined forces for a happy festival of great holiday projects! 

Want2Scrap Scrapbook Manufacturer is proudly sponsoring the Passionately Artistic blog hop! We have joined forces to bring you an amazing hop filled with creative goodness to inspire you for 12 full days!!! We are so excited to bring you such wonderful inspiration leading you into the holiday season.  To start from the beginning of the hop, please visit the Passionately Artistic blog for all the details . . . . otherwise you have come to the next stop in the 12 days of Christmas hop.


Be sure and check out the Want 2 Scrap blog link above to see all of the hop details...I hear prizes will be awarded to lucky commentors so you want to fire up those commenting fingers and make sure to stop at all the hop blogs.

Speaking of prizes, I personally will be giving away some Want 2 Scrap goodies plus some gorgeous vintage lace here on my blog-o to my sweet commentors on this post!  (You don't have to follow my blog but I won't stop ya! ;) )

OK, ready to hop?  All of the designers were asked to share a family tradition and a project and I am happy to share my photo ornament tradition.  Each year since having children 9 years ago, I have made some sort of photo ornament for our tree and for close family members.  This is the most fun collection to pull out year after year for our tree!

This year I was inspired to make a canvas photo frame/curio after taking a class with the talented Mr. Tim Holtz.  This uses a small ATC size artist canvas which I was able to find locally at Beverly's crafts.


I wanted to go with a wintery angel (see the tinsel halos on the girls?) theme this year.  I kept the colors limited to white, silver and blue.  I used tinsel and braid trim, Martha Stewert clear micro glitter, seam binding, silver jewelry makers thread, tiny eye screws and BLING from Want 2 Scrap to make my ornament.  Well what to my wondering eyes do appear?  No, not 8 tiny reindeer, but the lack of blue bling in my Want 2 Scrap box!  Ack!  Brilliant planning huh? But, BUT, I do always make sure I have plenty of clear bling that I can custom color on hand.  Enter clear bling and a sharpie marker to complete my ornament!  Simple!

I hope you have fun hopping around today on the blog hop.  I sure do appreciate you stopping by my blog.  If you'd like to see the steps I used to cover my canvas frame and photo tutorial follows...

The canvas curio/frame tutorial
The first step illuminated by the brilliant Tim Holtz was to FLIP your canvas over!  Ah hah!  What a moment!  I chose to give the inside edge of my frame a quick coat of white acrylic paint.  You can work quick here since any messy painting will be covered later.

You know me and my love affair with vintage sheet music these days ;)  I had a sheet waiting for the frame.  I applied a generous but even coat of mod podge to the top of the frame edge with a paint brush.

Then turn it face down onto a section of the music paper.
After it was dry enough to not slip around on the paper, I applied Tim's tissue tape to the edge of the mini canvas.  Tim whispered a little info at the class I recently attended....he said this holiday version of the tape is considered "one and done" meaning once the stock is out this year, this tape is GONE *gasp*...so of course I had to get and use some!

Tissue tape has a light tack to it so you may want to put mod podge under the tissue tape as well.  Especially when you want to fold over the excess tightly.  Once your tissue tape is tightly adhered, trim a piece of music paper to cover the back...and then, you got it, more mod podge!

Time to trim the window out of the canvas back errr I mean "front" ;)

 I ran my finger along the edge to define where I should cut.  I performed the trim step while the mod podge was still slightly wet so any ragged edge cuts could be smoothed in right away.  If you need to trim later when the glue is dry, just add a little more mod podge and smooth away any raggedies (yes, "raggedies" is a technical term LOL)

We did it!  Yes!  I canvas back turned curio/picture frame!  The embellishing is left up to all of your capable hands now!  Here's a little piece of my original Tim project that inspired me to use this technique for my annual photo ornament this year...

uh huh, yeah, that's what I'm talking about!  Props to Tim and his team for MAKING the bingo piece for everyone in the class (something about the magic of the Ranger Melting Pot!) and finding real vintage lightbulbs and micah snow! 

OK artistic hoppers, go make something and share it with the world :)...happy holidays to you all!

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48 comments:

Jennifer said...

Dana,

What a fantastic project!!! :) Actually, I love your tradition! The kids change so much from year to year-how wonderful to have their annual pictures all hanging on the tree! And I'm jealous!!! How lucky to attend one of Tim Holtz' classes!

Thank you so much for sharing,

Jennifer

Terrie B x said...

Hi Dana..
Your project is `Gorgeous` :) x

Melissa said...

What a fantastic frame ornament!

Melissa
www.disneydreamerdesigns.blogspot.com

~amy~ said...

ooohh...fabulously creative...I love it!

Tami B. said...

Cute idea & you do beautiful work (I scrolled thru your old posts.)

Melissa Samuels said...

WOW!! What a beautiful project, and fabulous tutorial!! LOVE it!!

Tabitha said...

love the tutuorial! and I will be folowwing your blog. So much inspiration

Maggie said...

Dana,
Luv luv your ornaments, you make it look so easy to create :)
Thank you for joining us on the blog hop.
Maggie
http://passionatelyartistic.com

tinkerbug said...

Cute ornament. I like this, thanks for sharing.

ElaineH said...

This is such a pretty frame

Cathy H. said...

This is so lovely! I love your choice of paper and bling!

Stephanie said...

Your frame is a wonderful idea. It turned out gorgeous.

Denine said...

Oh my goodness. Simply Beautiful ornament. I must try. The ornaments that "SHOW" are always so special. Thanks for the inspiration.

Jansie said...

Hi there, I am a new follower and I love your tradition and your project! It came out really gorgeous! Thanks for sharing what you learned from the amazing Tim. :)

Elise said...

Well, sprout me some wings and FLY me to heaven: I'm in LOVE! First of all, FANTASTIC picture of your BABIES! OMG! Angelic memories, for SURE, darlin'! Fabby, fab, the fabbiest use of that frame concept and your pictorial steps: flawless AND fun! CUSTOM COLORED BLING!!! I am now QUITE over the top with crafty excitement! This is simply FABULOUS, love! Thanks for the juice! XOXOXO!

MicheleC said...

WOW!!! Love this tutorial and the blue colors. I have to make one of these now. Awesome work as usual. LOVE IT!!!

Michele
http://inspireyourcreativity.blogspot.com

joni said...

Oh Dana, that is just beautiful! I love anything TIM!!! I too, love vintage music and I really love the tip about coloring your bling with a sharpie!!! So simple! Thanks for sharing!
Hugs,
Joni

Anne Payne said...

I'm a new follower and looking forward to perusing your blog during this hop, and in the future, for inspiration. This one looks like a lot of work, but is so cute! Love the glitz!

Nancy L. said...

beautiful frames & the girls are beautiful!!

Sandee said...

Your ornament is so beautiful Dana! Great tutorial and your childrena re gorgeous!

Chris Wooten said...

oh how fun. thanks for the inspiration. would love it if you visit my blog to sometime.

chris

http://turnedgypsy.blogspot.com
mcwooten1999@carolina.rr.com

7across2 said...

Thank you for the step by step instructions!! I love your tradition as well.

TanishaRenee said...

Fabulous project!

cowboycentral said...

I love this project. What a treasure. Can't wait to find a frame and get out the modge podge.

NWFlamingo said...

Another project that is "simply elegant"!

Linda Robinson said...

I just love this. Thank so much for showing us how its done..

Hugs, Linda

Clare D. said...

I love photo ornaments! And adding details like bling make it look so professional. thanks for the chance to win! cjdempssey9 at msn dot com

Kristin Bueter said...

OH my sweet Dana ♥ Will ya look at your pretty angels with their halos and the stunning, angelic frame you built around them?! This is fabulous, girl! I'm so happy you provided the tutorial...except that you have me wanting to run straight out and find some of those frames and I have to study!! LOL I WILL find these frames, look for the soon to be gone Tim Holtz tape and put my mod podge to work! LOVE your pretty ornament and the tradition of making one each year. That beautiful bow is stunning and so are your man-made blue rhinestones! Beautiful work as always, my friend :]

ruth said...

I love your ornament! I love the tip on coloring the clear bling too. Thanks!

Roni said...

What a great idea! I make photo ornaments of my family and hang on the tree until Christmas Eve. When they come over for the family celebration they each take their ornament home.

Ann said...

Oooh, I love all that blue & silvery sparkle!

My Serendipity said...

I love to do photo ornaments! and my kids roll their eyes (15 years later now) LOL. But they are so precious to me!
I love what you have done..very sweet!

Beth

shanna13 said...

Dana your project was awesome! TFS Susan

Shari said...

beautiful frame and great blog candy, thanks for sharing.
syoung6987@aol.com

Laura said...

Dana, love your tradition, makes me want to do this myself, so thank you for the tutorial, it is beautiful the way you did it, really love Tim Holtz and of course who could not love the bling!

doverdi said...

What an awesome tradition (wish I'd heard this years ago) and fantastic project to display it. TFS!

paperpapier said...

what an inspiration! great to use photos as part of the tree decorations.

Nikki T said...

I love it. Turned out very pretty.
Nikki
www.theglamoroussideofscrapping.blogspot.com

Mad Crafter said...

Love the frame. My mom puts our pictures on the tree too:) It is fun to look at how different we used to look!
TFS.
~Madison www.funkycards.blogspot.com

Minta's Creations said...

Awesome project! Love it...
I'm your newest follower..
Would love it if you could check out my blog and if you want to follow me that would be awesome!
Minta

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Sandy Ang said...

A glittery, eye-catching frame for any tree. Thanks for the tutorial !

MsDebren said...

YOU ARE VERY ARTISTIC, WHAT AN INSPIRATION !

Goldie said...

Great project! You've given me several ideas that I can put right to use. The tip about "coloring" clear bling is terrific. And, by the way, I'm envious of anyone that has taken classes with Tim! Thanks so much for sharing.

Cindylu2u said...

Your frame ornament is fantastic, and what a fabulous photo!!

Anonymous said...

Sounds good, I like to read your blog, just added to my favorites ;)

ScrapbookMary said...

Wow!!!! What a fabulous idea! I love it! Fun, fun, fun....hop, hop, hop! Cheers, Mary

- - Sheryl - - said...

awesome - love your picture ornament - I too take a pic of my three kids and make a photo ornament as a keepsake.

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jordanbev5 said...

Wow! Awesome inspiration! Thanks for sharing.