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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas

I hope you had a wonderful holiday filled with family, friends and

the joys of the season.  Sorry for the lack of posts and sharing here.

I returned to work after being a stay at home Mom for 10 years this fall.

I forgot how much I missed retail and still look forward to going to work

each day.  The days have been long and quite a blur since Thanksgiving,

but slower days will be coming in January.  I really miss my creative

outlet and sharing here and on Splitcoast & PCP.  Please be patient, I am

itching to get back into sharing regularly and also visiting your wonderful

blogs and uploads.  I know I have missed a lot.

There was a little time this afternoon to finish up a project

that was started last week.  The size is 11" x 6" including the hanger

and the tassle.  The upside down gothic arch is made using thin chipboard

covered with parchment paper stamped with the music background and then

spritzed with distress inks for the aged look.  The edges have sequin stickles

and the top is vintage lace that was sponged with tea dye distress ink.  All images

are available from Innovative Stamp Creations.  Music/Summer Elements, Bird & Branch/

Tranquil and words are from Be Thankful sheet.  The branch was stamped in versamark

on cocoa CS and embossed in distress walnut stain powder.  I overstamped with the branch

and embossed a second time using Tea Dye powder.  The bird was inked with Adirondack

pigment ink/cranberry and then the flowers were stamped in pigment pitch black direct to

the cranberry inked rubber.  The inked bird was then stamped on sand CS and embossed 3

times with clear powder.  I added feathers for the tail and finished the ornament off with a

vintage brad and tassle.   It's back to work for another long day tomorrow, have a wonderful

day after!

ISC Be Thankful_SaK 001 ISC Be Thankful_SaK 002


  1. Wonderful. This looks so gorgeous.
    Happy Holidays

  2. What a gorgeous banner ornament Shelly!! WOW!! Glad you're enjoying working again, even though it's time consuming.

  3. Stunning Shelly! Love the feathers!! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas and have a happy new year!!

  4. WOWZER, gf, this is one fabulous project!!! The colors are so warm and rich and I love the feathers!!! I left you an award on my blog...check it out when you have time!!! Have a wonderful New Years!!

  5. So beautiful--rich and glowing. A lovely banner, and you remind me I still need a music background. I'm glad you're glad about your job. It sure does claim a big chunk of your day, I know. Take care, Shelly!

  6. Shelly - love the feathers on the bird - it's perfect!

  7. Beautiful Shelly! Very creative!
    So glad you are enjoying working again! I have missed you! HUGS!!!!

  8. You always have gorgeous creations Shelly and I look forward to seeing them!! Hope your Christmas was wonderful and wishing you ALL the best for a successful 2009!! :)

  9. Shelly! This is just fabulous! I would so love to see you using this technique IRL ... can you be bribed?! hahaha The depth of colors here is divine!


  10. Wow, Shelly, this is beautiful! Best wishes with your back to work effort! I know how hard it is to juggle and I miss you, but I know you will still be wowing us all with your gorgeous creations!

  11. Hi Shelly,

    Today, December 31, I posted an entry on my blog with a link to yours.

    Would you let me know if that's OK?


    Nancy Ward

  12. Shelly I have missed you. I too went back to work and between that and a back injury went nearly two months without creating much at all. I am back in the swing of things and hope to get a chance to chat with you on yahoo again soon. Hope your holiday was good and that you will have time to create and soon.

  13. What a beautiful little banner. I love the colors and those wonderful feathers you added. I know you have been busy at work and I am so glad that it's a happy busy!!! Yay! I am going to try to have DD work there in the spring -- see if that works out for her. Hope to talk soon. Take care!!


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