Monday, December 26, 2011

Celebrating Love

Happy Monday! Did you have a wonderful Christmas? We had a great time with our family at Mom's house this weekend - lots of laughter, lots of hugs, and lots of memories.

I checked out the new challenge over on the Cheery Lynn Designs blog, and their theme is "Celebrate." I created this photo tray for my grandparents who will be celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary in January. Yes, 67 years! That calls for a celebration, don't you think? :-)

I started out with some Authentique papers and some Cheery Lynn Designs dies to put together six different "trays." The "love you always" and the little flourish under the heart (upper right tray) are chipboard pieces that I painted with black acrylic paint and then covered with Antique Silver shimmery paint from Creative Inspirations Paint. I love that shimmery antiqued effect over the black paint.

You can see that I repeated some of the die cut flourishes in several of the trays. That is the Fanciful Flourish die from Cheery Lynn Designs (purchased from Classy Cards 'n Such). I've also used the Victorian Picket Fence die, the Pair of Ferns die, and the Olive Branches die. I'm loving these Cheery Lynn dies! :-)

The flowers are from a Spellbinders die (Rose Creations) and the butterflies are Martha Stewart punches.

The hearts are cut out with some Spellbinders heart dies, and I used the Cuttlebug Highlights technique (Technique Junkies) after running the gray heart through a Sheet Music embossing folder.

I used a Tim Holtz die to create the large rosette (bottom right tray) and then I hand-made the smaller rosette.

This was a fun project to make, and I know my grandparents will love this. I can't wait to see this hanging up in their house where they can see it every day. :-)

Have a wonderful day!


Unknown said...

Hi Holly, what a lovely project to create ... I am in the middle of doing one of these boards and having a wonderful time. I love what you have done with yours, and how you used the Cheery Lynn Designs dies... just gorgeous flowers, ferns, flourishes, olive branches.... Thanks for taking part in the challenge this week, over at Cheery Lynn Designs.

Jodi said...

What a fabulous gift, and for such a wonderful ocassion!!! Good Luck and thanks for playing along at Cheery Lynn Designs!

Cheri said...

Absolutely LOVE this, Holly!!! Wonderful gift idea.

Aprilpzzl said...

Beautiful balance to the elements. Gorgeous work!

BarbaraW said...

Fabulous project for a fabulous occasion.

shulsart said...

what a beautiful keepsake, Holly. Fabulous use of so many dies. I am sure your grandparents will be thrilled. Good luck and thanks for joining in on the fun at Cheery Lynn Designs challenge.

Joan Ervin said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Holly!!!!! Every little detail is just perfect!! Me thinks me needs to borrow some of those fabulous dies!!!! Mom loves it...she hung it in the music room!!

Kianel said...

Oh my Holly! Your project is just amazing and i am sooo happy to have you joined us!
Love all the details of your creations and you really did a great job with the dies!
Thanks for joining us at Cheery Lynn designs challenge this week!
Love from France, Kianel.

Queen Mary said...

Well Holly, I've kept the email from your blog with this project in it because I'm hoping to make something similar for DH for Valentine's day! I don't have all the same punches and dies you do, and I will probably make it less flowery -- but wish me luck! I just LOVE your project!