Saturday, February 15, 2014
Blog Celebration and Giveaway- Day 6
I hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day yesterday. We had more snow today. I am not sure why I am telling you that - at this point it feels like we have snow everyday. The Governor told us to stay home, so we did. I do have one photo to share - taken from our deck doors...
...that snow is really piling up!
Here is the photo I couldn't share yesterday with the first five days of additions to the boxes. To recap, there is a 20 sheet 12 x 12 pack of Core'dinations Core Couture glitter cardstock, a role of red heart washi tape, two containers of Martha Stewart glitter in garnet and peridot, a Martha Stewart heart and flowers stamp set and two sheets of the mermaid cardstock, one cut up along the lines with all of the pieces you need to make the card I posted yesterday (one card will have a starfish instead of a fishy fish - I must have lost it somewhere in the craftroom).
You may have seen this photo of our front door before. I have posted pictures of some of the wreaths that I hang for the different seasons and holidays over the years. This wreath didn't start as a heart. It was just a circle of pink hydrangeas and I bent the form into a heart shape. It has held up pretty well over the years.
This photo shows the back side in case you'd like to try to make your own. I think the wreath came from Home Goods many years ago.
I used a photo of the wreath and my Panstoria Artisan software, to create this digital version of the wreath that I can now use for my digital pages and projects. (I know, I promised a video showing how to do this and I will do my best to get that posted soon).
I used my new digital embellishment on this page for the Layout a Day challenge. We were supposed to make a new layout using photos that we had already used on a page. (The first page I did with these photos is posted HERE.).
Now that Valentine's Day has come and gone, it is time to start thinking about Spring holidays. I think most people agree that Spring can't get here soon enough this year! I don't usually hang this wreath outside but the blue door made a good backdrop.
I learned to make these wreaths when our younger son went to the German Kindergarten and they invited parents to come to an Elternabend (parent's evening) which included a craft project. I posted the basic directions HERE a few years ago.
Egg decorating was very popular in Germany and I collected a lot of lovely hand painted eggs when we lived there.
There are shops that sell beautiful eggs. This photo was taken by a friend in a shop in Austria that was filled with thousands of eggs.
When we made the egg wreaths at the Kindergarten, we used this special paper (yes, another paper obsession). It is very typically sold in Germany for gift wrapping. When I went to the big PaperWorld show a couple of years ago I was on a mission to find some more of this paper to bring home and share. I finally found it in one of the big department stores in Frankfurt.
I have added a pack of this special geschenkseide (translates as "gift silk") to each of the boxes. There are four sheets in each pack and they are all different. I have never found the equivalent in a store here. This paper is stronger than our typical tissue paper and has a pebbly texture.
Here is a closer view of each of the three packs:
There are so many patterns and colors and they look very different when the sheets are torn and applied to the hollow eggs for the wreath. (You could also just use them for gift wrap).
How do you play along in the blog celebration giveaway?
To enter for a chance to win one of the three boxes - see all of the details on the first blog celebration post HERE. Then come back and get your comments in on this post. Remember, if you sign up for the new newsletter (see the box at the top right of the page) I will be choosing one person from the subscribers as a box winner (you don't need to leave a comment here since I can see that list).
I really enjoyed hearing about your paper obsessions in yesterday's comments. It seems that many of us have a more-than-adequate supply of paper and still can't resist adding to it when we see something we like. At least this is a relatively harmless obsession. I usually try to answer all comments on my posts but it has been a bit overwhelming. I will try to catch up and at least answer any questions that were posted in the next day or two.
Today's question to answer in your comment is:
It's pretty clear that most of you love paper. Do you use other sorts of paper in addition to the typical cardstock and patterned papers sold for scrapbooking and papercrafting? Have you ever gone off the beaten track in search of paper while on a trip or vacation? What is the most unusual paper source that you have found?
I hope you are having a nice weekend - and aren't stranded or without power. I have some projects to finish up before next week, so Sunday will be very busy for me.
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