Thursday, January 16, 2014

On the First Day of Christmas

What? What happened to Valentine's Day?  We're back to Christmas? You betcha. Remember one of my resolutions was to work on Christmas all year long. And I've got a little help from my friends.

This time it's Heather Hudson with her second challenge:
My Artistic Adventures Challenge #2 : On the First Day of Christmas My True Love Sent to Me.......
(Please check her site for challenge details and inspiration from other design team members.)
And please don't forget the coupon code good for  15% off a $5.00 or more purchase in Heather's etsy  The code is: MYARTISTICADVENTURES

This is how I completed the phrase:
 a token of his affection
 filled with sweet confection 


How else but with a little heart shaped box found hanging on the Christmas tree, filled with a Panera gift card  (I love that place!) and some candy.

I used earthy textures rather than bling:  
Some items are printed on heavy textured beige card stock
Some items are printed on Claudine Helmuth's sticky back canvas Corrugated cardboard die cut snowflake (3 pieces--one on front, two stacked on back).
raffia handle/bow.

My Design Team inspiration piece includes the following digital collage sheets from Heather Hudson's My Artistic Adventures Etsy shop HERE:

Music heart pocket shape to make treat box.  Wouldn't this look cute hanging on the tree?
Primitive Victorian Vintage Valentine's Day heart pocket Digital Collage sheet Printable
Primitive Victorian Vintage Valentine's Day Heart Pocket

Christmas word and number labels and candy canes  printed on sticky back canvas.  I fussy cut the two candy canes together and folded them in half so there would be a matching front and back design..
Vintage Mitten Candy Cane  Christmas Tree  tags Ornament  Digital Collage sheet Printable
Vintage Mitten Candy Cane Christmas Tree.

Cherub is riding candy cane like snowboard.
VintageValentine's Day Cute Cupid  Cherubs ATC and Fancy Tags Focals Digital Collage sheet Printable
Vintage Valentine's Day Cute Cupid Cherubs

Entering this in the following challenges:

Cuttlebug ManiaDistressed  until January 20
This is a new challenge site for me.  I'm glad I found it because I use my Cuttlebug for everything!
I distressed (roughed up) the edges of the red canvas hearts
I distressed with ink the edges of the beige card stock pocket heart
I used my Cuttlebug to create the 3 snowflakes with the Stampin' Up Snow Flurry die--using corrugated thin cardboard packaging material; then distressed surface with ink

Digitally Sweet Challenges DSC #70  Anything Goes

ABC Christmas 2014 Challenge:  Anything Goes--Christmas


lynnesbowsandbelles said...

Has a wonderful nostalgic feel to it as though it has been uncovered in Grandma's attic. Love that you can nestle goodies inside.
I need to take a page out of your book and make a start now for Christmas 2014.

Carol S said...

Love your gift heart Helene!

Nicky Wilcox said...

A fabulous project love it xxx

Kay said...

Really gorgeous and a lovely item for the tree. XX

Sandi McLean said...

I adore how you combined the holidays! A snowboarding cherub LOL so creative. Hugs,

Shea said...

This is so stinkin' CUTE! Christmas or Valentines, it's the perfect little gift! I'm a sucker for cute containers for gift cards, and with the candy added (another weakness of mine), what's not to love? This could be displayed year 'round, it's that cute!

Netty said...

Loving your gorgeous Christmas hanging, such fab colours. Hugs Annette x

Sylv said...

Beautiful vintage Christmas gift holder, love the traditional colours.

Sylv xx

Laine said...

A stunning vintage style creation.

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous vintage Christmas gift holder, love the beautiful design.

Linda xxx

Kate M said...

Beautiful heart shaped box - so pretty - and useful!
Love it

Jan Ltc said...

Great work xx Jan

Heather said...

Lovely little heart shaped pocket Helene!! I love Panera too!!
Love all the corrugated cardboard snowflakes!!
Thank you for making this lovely little decoration for my challenge!!

Brenda Brown said...

Well done on keeping your promise. Love the heart shape for Christmas and the fabulous images and elements tucked inside.
hugs {Brenda} x0x

Michele said...

this is seriously awesome. xo

Micupoftea said...

I always like tussie mussies, gift cones and other old fashioned, charming ways to give something sweet to someone! Nice Work, Helene. Never been to Panera- have to try it sometime. Thx for stopping by my blog :)

Sharon said...

Gorgeous Helene - that candy looks yummy! And well done for getting ahead with xmas creations!

chris cesar said...

What else to say, this is just lovely! And if you begin preparing Xmas now you'll right in time for the Xmas holydays!

1CardCreator said...

Oh I love how you put this all together and the images are just perfect! ~Diane

butterfly said...

Love your rhyming gift! Gorgeous vintage Christmas images, and the heart pocket is so cute!
Alison x

trisha too said...

ADORABLE! What a fun little gift!


Kimbo said...

This has such a lovely vintage feel. I hope you can resist the candy all year. Thanks for playing along at Cuttlebug Mania this time x

Helen said...

Wonderful gift bag!
Thanks for playing at the ABC Christmas Challenge!
Helen x

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