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Saturday, December 8, 2012

New DA chipboard in my shop!

Christmas came early! I re-stocked my Etsy shop this morning (http://www.etsy.com/shop/vickyalberto) with Dusty Attic chipboard - including many of the newest releases. I had listed over 120 styles and in just a few hours my stock has drastically depleted and quantities on some items are now down to 1 left. But no fear... lots more Dusty Attic to come this Winter with awesome new product releases and exciting news.

Also, you can now follow my blog via e-mail (see right sidebar to subscribe) and never miss an update. Thanks so much everyone for all your support in my crafting and retail as well. I really do read and appreciate every comment you leave me. Unfortunately with working part-time, having 3 kids, being on design teams and life in general... I don't always have the time to leave as much love in the galleries and on individual blogs as I wish (maybe one day when I am retired with an "empty nest", LOL).

Friday, December 7, 2012

Peace Layout (Pion Design/Helmar)

I will be teaching this wintery layout with two handmade flowers (tucked into the tears) on January 26th for Paper and Lace. The class will be all about shabby techniques with distressing and paints. I used several beautiful papers from Pion Design's Silent Night collection and tons of gorgeous embellishments from the LSS store. The pretty picture is also from Pion Design. I like to do display layouts for my mantle at Christmas (or to give as gifts).

Here is a close-up of the handmade flowers. I used Helmar's premium craft glue to hold everything in place for this entire layout including the handmade flowers. It's really my favorite glue on the market!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Christmas Ornaments (Pion Design / Helmar)

Every year I like to make one set of either 5 or 7 (I like odd numbers) handmade ornaments for my Christmas tree. This year, I used the Pion Design Silent Night collection and some handmade chipboard (cut by my dear friend Bonnie with a Tim Holtz die). The very light pink paper is called "Angels Choir" and has a pale snowflake design.

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Here is a close-up of the Prima and Green Tara embellishments I used. I kept the decor clean and simple. I used Helmar's acid-free glue for the chipboard and paper and the 450 quick dry to adhere the lace and flowers.

I can't seem to find the right decorations for my Christmas tree... so now I make them! Last year, I made these balls out of crochet doilies and still love them. I had found 8 white doilies on clearance at Michael's Crafts for 50 cents each! Oh I wish they had more. I still have 2 left.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Meg's Garden blog hop WINNERS!

Drum roll please... here are the Meg's Garden DT blog hop winners. If you have won, please e-mail info@megsgarden.com with your address so she can ship your prize to you! Congrats to all the winners and THANK-YOU for joining us for this around the world blog hop!

Adriana = Wendy Mac

Chantal = Irina Kittsteiner

Heather = Buffy Esser 

Denise = Jane Stirling

Jenny = little place of scrapbooking

Evgenia = Kitikas

Sylvie = Scrapadyne

Ulrika = Gittescrap

Elena = Sveta Albert

Stephanie = Michelle Mc

Vicky = Tone-lill (MY BLOG WINNER, lucky #13)

Sandrine = Karen Shady

Shell = Svetoforik

Gayle = Gillian

Grand Prize (from Meg's Garden) = Ava G.

Congrats toTone-lill - she won this prize that I chose from http://megsgarden.com...