I was so delighted to be asked to join "My Creative Scrapbook" this month as a GDT. When my LE kit arrived with all these beautiful WP pps, beautiful Prima blooms and gorgeous chip board and trims I nearly fainted! I was able to get 7 LOs from this single kit with items left over using only 3 flowers from my own stash, some trim, and my silhouette and cs. Everything on this page came with the kit.
I did lots of hand cutting and layering for this one. I cut the middle out of the border sheet to punch and frame my photo. I also cut a corner to layer over the pic. I placed the photo over the lace and pp strip then cut the border tree from another pp and layered over the top of the trees on the bg pp. Then I cut the tree corner from the vellum sheet and layered over those, inserting the glitter cb trees that I inked and stickled. I also hand cut the title, flower base and butterfly, adding some ink and gold stickles as well.
The pic is of my middle son Ben, who is finishing up his PhD this year at KU, and my dgd Ceairrah. CC is crazy about her Uncle Ben and attaches herself to him whenever he is home. The pic was taken Christmas Eve 2007 and has a story.
This was the year we met Ben's gf Astrid for the first time. She is from Bogota Colombia and is also a PhD student at KU. We were all anxious to make a good impression and so Ben and I insisted that DH build a fire in the fireplace for some Christmas Eve atmosphere. It was one of those rare Christmas Eve's when it was actually snowing, and a fire would make the evening just that much more memorable. DH whined and complained, as is his want, but built the fire only to completely fill the house with smoke so the alarm was ringing, everyone was choking, and the firetruck arrived just as Russ was dousing the fireplace with our extinguisher. It had been so long since we last used it that the flu had stuck even though Russ had opened it. This all resulted in a spontaneous neighborhood walk to see the lights and let the house air out!
This circle on our block is well known in our small town for it's overblown, tacky Christmas display, but all the kids love it. There are 4 houses in the circle, 3 of whom compete with each other for the most lights and decorations. The 4th displays a single holiday decoration... a 3 foot lit up Grinch!