Monday, December 30, 2013

Nativity Frame

After a huge break from blogging (not really by choice), I am back with my entry for the Magnolia-licious Holiday Blog Hop. It has been extremely difficult to get to the library to do my blogging. I pick up my granddaughter almost every night from preschool, so I don't have time to blog and Christmas break has just been too busy. This frame was intended as a gift for my mother, who collects and loves nativities, but I did not get it finished in time for Christmas.

I chose the Holy Tilda and Edwin line because there is no better way to show the true meaning of Christmas than the story of the birth of Jesus. I didn't have any of the stamps, so I had to order them. I am thankful that Diane at is quick to ship.  Here is what I designed:

The frame came from Archivers. I don't think I put it together correctly because I have two "L" shaped pieces that I did not know what to do with. There were no instructions so after putting the inside DP on the back piece, I just used wood glue to glue them together. Here is the list of what I used:

Wooden Frame-Archivers
DP-Archivers Christmas paper, glitter paper from Archivers and Michaels
Silver glittery ribbon
Silver Bells and cording
Star ornament from Crafts 2000
Winter Wonderland Cricut Cartridge ("Believe")
Frantage Shabby Blue
Die: DH Slender Firs
Snow Tek
Microfine Glitter: Opal Essence
Studio J Matte paste (I think that's the brand)
Maggie Stamps:Tilda Captures Stars, Holy Tilda w/ Violin
                                                             Show the Way sign, Holy Tilda w/ Lamb,
                                                             Tilda and Edwin as Wisemen, Holy Edwin
                                                              Loving Holy Tilda, and Little Holy Baby
I used my very first Frantage! I love it! I have seen so many of you creative bloggers use it so nicely that I had to try. I bought it a while back and thankfully the color I chose happened to match this DP. I had a little trouble with it sticking. It wanted to blow away even using versamark. I need to find out how people apply the versamark (or whatever you use). Maybe I just didn't get enough on. 
The palm tree is hand drawn and pieced using a tan cardstock and glitter paper. I love glitter paper! It has a smooth feel and is very sparkly. "Believe" is cut at 2 3/4" and layered.
Close up pics:

Here is the link to the Magnolia-licious Challenge Blog's Holiday Challenge: White Christmas Use Snow  Newest or favorite Tilda