Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Creative time with presents

I love to create.
And gift giving is something I enjoy.
So when it comes to wrapping presents I enjoy that as well.
This year I cut paper snowflakes and used them as masks for spray painting large sheets of white paper with all sorts of colours of Smooch Spritz. You can find them at
I would never have found them if it weren't for Diane Nunez (love her work!) who was working at the IQF Cincinnati show last April. I went into the booth to say hi and watched her demonstrate this fun product. Naturally I got them in every colour! They made beautiful paper to wrap with.
You can see them in the SmileBox below - the flakes were scanned as well as a couple photos of the paper.
Wonder if you see how they relate to "Connect the Dot Design"?
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The holidays have been great. I always enjoy the process of trimming the tree. More specifically I love getting the ornaments out, looking at them, reminiscing over where they came from, whom, what trip, what little shop. This little guy is one perfect example. When I was growing up my family had an ornament identical to this one. I hated it. Who knows why! I just did.

Until one holiday season we had a fire and though not a big fire much of the tree was destroyed -- including Santa. A few years later, having my own tree I missed this ornament. I began a casual search for him.

That was in 1992. And every time I was in an antique store I would look for this ornament. Finally this year my partner found it on line. So now he has been restored to my tree!

Another ornament that did not survive the fire was a paper angel that my Aunt had cut -- two angel silhouetted face to face with wings spread. I guess that was one of the places that cut paper became such a fascination.

Now I have graduated to folded paper.
I watched a video on "tea paper folding" on YouTube. Basically it is diagonal folds creating a dimensional triangle that can then be nestled into another...

Then I took that simple idea and played.

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