Merry Christmas – DT Layout for Let’s Capture These Sketches

I’m thrilled to have been asked back for another term at Let’s Capture These Sketches! I love that they have unique sketches created for site and I love the fabulous group of ladies I get to work with.

There’s the sketch site, which is a blog:

A forum:

The store blog:

And of course the LCOM store:

Be sure to check them out! πŸ˜€

Here’s the new dt list (we’re split into a team A and a team B, but this is a combined list):

Doris Widder
Gisele Julien
Monique Bourgeois
Erin Morehouse
Michelle Gallant
Kelly Birrell
Nicolle Kramer
Rosemary Nunn
Michelle Galloway
Rachael Funnell
Leila Cassimira
Jullene Karl
Tara Thynner
Kathy Skou
Brittany Aldous
Krissy Clark McKee
Deborah Marasa
Raechelle Bellus
Kirsten Michelsen
Susan McFarlene

The announcement post can be found here: DT Welcome Post

This is the last layout I created for my previous term. It’s my example for sketch #114 created by Charlotte:

I used Best Creations Merry Christmas papers and diecut stickers for the entire layout. Though it doesn’t show well in the pic, Their papers all feature gorgeous glittery accents that are sealed to the paper (so no mess!). Since the papers weren’t smooth, I used Helmar’s Premium craft glue to adhere the papers and to reinforce the adhesive on the stickers. I love that even though the Premium Craft Glue is a liquid, it does not cause the paper to welt, curl or distort in any way! I get fantastic results every time! Here’s Charlotte’s fab sketch we got to work with:


Paper Secrets Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Secrets Holiday Hop! Each of our team members have a Holiday project to share with you. Be sure to visit all the blogs for chances to win some great prizes!!! If you didn’t hop over from Nicolle’s Blog, be sure start at the beginning of the hop so you don’t miss any of our posts. The fun begins on the Paper Secrets Blog, but the full line-up is at the bottom of this post so you don’t get lost along the way. πŸ˜€

Today, I’d like to share with you my example for the Paper Secrets December Manufacturer/Brand Challenge and my first GDT project for Helmar USA. If you’re not sure where to find Helmar’s fabulous adhesives, there’s a list of retailers and online prefered vendors on the left sidebar of their blog. πŸ˜€

Our featured manufacturer for the month at Paper Secrets is Webster’s Pages! Though there are many paper companies out there that I adore, Webster’s Pages has to be my hands down fave (or my obsession…however you want to read that)! With the help of some fabulous Helmar adhesives, here’s the wood train that I altered for my son, Matthew:

I started by painting the train with acrylic paint. I then papered the 2 cars with Webster’s Pages Waiting for Santa Papers using Helmar’s Acid Free Glue (LOVE this stuff! Works great on paper to paper applications too). Armed with my fave…Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry…I applied all the trims. The white fluffy trim is from Waiting for Santa, but the lace and super sheer trim is from Botanical Christmas. I took the WP sheer trim and cut in half lengthwise and put only the part w/gold detailing on the engine and reserved the rest for the bow on the Christmas Tree. The bling on the wheels are from a strip of their “dazzle me gems” that I cut apart. Here’s a closer look at the engine:

The Santa image is cut from one of the Botanical Christmas journaling cards. To make the Christmas tree, I stacked 3 styrofoam balls (held together by stringing them onto a craft stick (popcicle stick) and lightly coated them with Acid Free Glue. If I had a styrofoam cone, I probably would have used that instead, but I like to use what I have on hand. πŸ™‚ I used a rock fern EK Success punch for the branches and layered them to the top. At the peak, I applied a glob of Liquid Scrap Dots to hold 4 of the branches forming a cap or peak. Here’s a closer look at the car holding the tree:

and a closer look at the last car:

To create the wreaths, I used a circle punch to create a hole, then a larger circle punch over that hole to create a ring. I then coated the paper rings with Premium Craft Glue and applied the branches alternating having them point slightly towards the center then slightly outward…applied another layer of Craft Glue and then filled in the gaps with more branches. I then adhered the wreaths to the cars using 450 Quick Dry. I also used the 450 to attach the WP silhouette on the back of the train. The little “presents” are actually little boxes of candy and tattoos…the kind that are given out for Halloween. lol Dots, nerds, etc work the best since it gives you a stable base. I wrapped them in WP’s Botanical Christmas 6×6 petite papers and decorated them with their trims, sparklers, whimsy flower and added a tiny tag to each one. 450 Quick Dry made these itty bitty trim flowers a breeze:

I hope you enjoyed my project! Now for the prize! To be eligible to win this prize:

A $10 Paper Secrets Gift Certificate

***Please leave me a comment on this post. You can also follow my blog through Networked Blogs (or if you do not have facebook, then sign up to receive blog updates via email). πŸ˜€ The Blog Hop ends Dec. 4th, 11:59 pm PST. I will pick a random winner from the comments left on December 5, 2011.***

Let’s get to hoppin’!

Paper Secrets
Rochelle Spears
Nancy Dare
Joyce Casaldi
Kimmy Jaster
Nicolle Kramer
Doris Widder <—YOU ARE HERE