Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Debby's NYC Christmas Project Completed!

Our whole little group in Rockefeller Center!
The roomies...Heather, Susan, Karen, and me, in front of How To Succeed In Business (I highly recommend it)!
 I decided to take the whole day today and finally finish up my project from Debby Schuh's New York City tour and Tinsel Trading Company class back in November (have I mentioned I had a blast?). True to my form, I did not follow her sample, but made it my own. She gave us SO MUCH ephemera, embellishments, paper, etc., that my mind went into overdrive at several different points along the way. WOW!!! The whole paper line and all the journal cards and ephemera were from October Afternoon's new Holiday Style line. They had not even put this on the market yet at that point. How cool was that? Debby even mentioned that if she did design a Christmas line, it would look just like this. It was hard to choose which to use and which to horde away, as is my usual nature, because every single item was fab.  I have been working on this project here and there since November, just tinkering and trying out new techniques I have learned on bits and pieces of it. I loved Tim's wrinkled up Tissue Wrap background technique so much I tried it here on this background and as you already know on a few tags. So, I found it ironic when I read the Grungy Monday challenge this week to use "Tissue Tape and/or Tissue Wrap". I have already used both on this project, so I will enter it on GM 30, as well as the Sunday Stamper, where there is an "anything you want" challenge. These two challenges did spur me on to finish this up, so I hope this project qualifies for both even though technically it is a Debby kitted project. In any case, I had the best time of my late autumn, made a gorgeous project I am proud of, and met the most wonderful people (several who are now close friends) on that trip. Thank you so much Debby...for every single bit of all of it!!!
The pictures are so not doing this project justice...sorry.
Tissue Wrap background...I love how you can see through it.

This is Debby's sample picture.

Paper Used- Holiday Style by October Afternoon; TH Idea-ology Tissue Wrap in Composer and Tissue Tape in Tidings (snowflake)
Stamps Used- TH Collection for Stampers Anonymous in Reindeer Flight (snowflakes)
Coloration Used- TH Distress Inks in Gathered Twigs, Tumbled Glass, and Peeled Paint; TH Distress Crackle Paint in Clear Rock Candy; TH Distress Stickles in Clear Rock Candy, Brushed Pewter, and Peeled Paint; Ranger Stickles in Black Diamonds, Diamond, Green, and Christmas Red; Ranger Inkssentials Crackle Accents
Embellishments Used- Amy Tangerine Thickers in Goodness by American Crafts (Noel); Thickers Eclair by Amercian Crafts (Joy); The Girls Paperie Tinsel & Twig Chipboard Alphabet (Merry Christmas); The Girls Paperie Tinsel & Twig Flower Market Crepe Paper (snowflake flowers); TH Idea-ology Mini Paper Clips; October Afternoon Holiday Style Tin Pins; candy canes, vintage tinsel, holly, and red polka dot ribbon are from my stash
*The rhinestones, all other ribbon, die cuts, glitter, and clothes pins, were given to me by Debby, as well as the 14 3/4 in. x 14 3/4 in. wooden frame.

I really wish these pictures were better. I really need a better camera. It is hard to pick up all the glitter and shine of this project. It doesn't help either that I typically photograph in the late evening after I finish up, when all natural light is gone. Any-who...I hope you get your hands creatively dirty soon!


  1. Love the nostalgia of it all (oops--just said something about my age) anything musical, and October Afternoon is right down my alley, too. Great work!

  2. OMG I absolutely love this! It just turned out gorgeous! The miniature record adds so much detail!!

  3. Gorgeousness indeedily! Loving all those different elements you have created... tis ~FAB! Thanks for joining in with the Sunday Stamper... Happy New YEar!!! xx

  4. Wow Anita! I'm speechless, what an extraordinary post - so much to see and all of it exuding extreme gorgeousness - a real feast for the eyes. Thank you so much for your comments on my blog - I don't know ANY other crafters in 'real' life apart from my 14 year old daughter, so your comments make my heart soar :)

  5. Wow! It's amazing, I love everything about it. Where did the mini record come from? That is soo cute!! You make everything look amazing!

  6. *Big waves* Anita!! Thank you so much for your lovely comment on my blog very kind of you! Loved looking at your blog too xxx Have a creative 2012 xx

    best wishes


  7. Wauw, it's gorgeous. Love it all! It all matches really well, indeed a feast for my eyes!

  8. So cool! Love how the tissue looks stamped and all the neat little presents and how you've hung them on the lines.

  9. Really gorgeous work, Anita!! I look forward to seeing more in the coming year. Best wishes!!

  10. It turned out gorgeous! I love it! I'm so glad you were on the trip and that I made a new friend!

  11. I adore Tim and his work is always spot on. I didn't have time to make the 12 tags but I did check out the Linky cards and you should be proud because frankly a lot of them were crap. While I have a strict policy to never say bad things to people who make the crapy projects- I go with the if you can't say something nice policy. I feel that your work was terrific and really stood out from the rest of the garbage so be proud. I'm crawling through your blog and you have lots of great projects. Congrats and keep making beautiful things.


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