Today I hosted a holiday party for my Stampin' Up! downline. We have a pot luck dinner, a Yankee Swap and a small, individual gift that we make for each person attending. Today I made a ham and the girls brought things like scalloped potatoes, green beans, fruit salad, brown and serve rolls along with pumpkin and apple pies for dessert. De-lish!!
For our Yankee Swap, we each bring one handcrafted, wrapped gift (valued at approximately $10). I assign each package a number and then we draw numbers from a basket to see which gift we are lucky enough to take home with us.
I wanted to share the gift that I made for my Yankee Swap...
How cute is this punch art altered frame? The frame is a pretty good size - approximately 7" square with the hole for the picture about 3.5" square and is made from wood. The wood was unfinished so I painted it twice using white acrylic paint and let it dry before embellishing it.
The background uses Bashful Blue cardstock for the sky and Whisper White cardstock for the snow. I tore strips of Whisper White cardstock to make the snow look uneven and like there were hills. Sponging the edge of the torn cardstock in Bordering Blue ink added some dimension and depth to my "snow hills".
As you can see in the photo, I made the blue cardstock more modulated and uneven looking by sponging on and also spritzing on some Ballet Blue ink. I also added a little blush to my little guy's cheeks by patting my finder into some Pretty in Pink ink and dabbing the ink onto his face.
The snowflakes are from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set (my favorite snowflake stamp set of all time!) and white craft ink. Once the snowflakes were stamped, I added some Winter White Embossing Powder and heated them up to make them stand out a little more. Faux stitching done with white gel pen around the inside frame window and the outer border completed the look of my frame.
Each of the elements on the frame were inspired by different projects I have seen. The kid with the snowball was an idea that I got from Jackie T (I don't remember her last name....sorry!). She also had the cool idea for the faux snow that is made from rolling up a scrap of white cardstock so it is thin like a pencil and then grating it on a cheese grater to create your own snow. I added some glue to my project, sprinkled on the faux snow and then added a touch of Dazzling Diamonds glitter to finish it off.
If you are interested in attending a Punch Art Class, I have a "holiday" punch art class scheduled for November 29th and another Punch Art Class scheduled for December 29th. You can check out my class schedule or contact me for more information.
Lynn Larson - www.learntostampandscrap.com