Well the countdown to Christmas has begun. I absolutely love decorating for the holidays and this year decided I needed to take time out and create something for my house for the holidays. As I love to make wall art I decided to create a Christmas Sampler. I had been building an evergrowing "stash" of Christmas that would be perfect for the project. Because I will be home in Australia for Christmas I knew whatever I came up with I needed to make two of - one for Boston and one for Australia! The sampler for Boston fit perfectly into a frame I had been holding onto for about 6 years just waiting for that special project. In this frame I was able to display 10 Christmas panels.
Each panel is made with the spellbinders scallop rectangle set of dies and layers of patterned papers from Bo Bunny, Pink Paislee and K & Company. I added foam mounting tape between each layer to give the project lots of dimension. Next came my favourite part, each panel was decorated with either a panel cut from the Pink Paislee paper, K & Company die-cuts and Anna Griffin stickers. Then the fun began, I added lots of little details to each panel, diamond stickles, red, gold and ivory pearls, pom poms with stickles for the hats, holly stickers with stickles painted onto it, little birds pulled from K & Company stickers and dimensional snow.
I removed the existing picture from the frame and adhered in a piece of ivory paper which I then adhered the panels to. To complete this frame I painted a chipboard flourish with gold paint and adhered it to the matting.
For the Christmas sampler for Australia, I bought a large oval mirror. I removed the backing and the mirror (and all that horrible adhesive) from the frame and cut a piece of mat board to fit. I covered the mat board with quilting batting and the I covered that with a piece of linen fabric and stapled it on the reverse. The sampler for Australia has 22 panels which are all packed up and ready to be sent. I will adhere the panels in place once it reaches it's final destination!
I can't wait to arrive in Australia and complete the second sampler, I have the perfect place to hang it. I will be sure to post photos when it is on the wall! Because this was such a fun project to create I am leaning towards making a limited number of these as kits which will be available for purchase next year. The project is not dated so you would be able to complete the kit and have it ready for the holidays. If this is something you may be interested in, let me know and I will advise you when they are going to be available and what the final cost will be.
Im off to the Post Office - I hope you are enjoying your own "Countdown to Christmas"