Woke up this morning at 5:30 thinking about what I wanted to do for yesterday's entry; pulled myself out of bed at 5:45 after realizing I wasn't going to go back to sleep.
I think today's entry has to be one of my favorites yet! Just love it when something comes together so easily.
Yesterday Nick and I ran together in the morning and then headed out for lunch (including a glass of chardonnay with my salad at lunch - such a rare indulgence to enjoy a glass of wine in the middle of the day, couldn't resist!) and to do some heavy Christmas shopping.
One of my purchases at Pottery Barn was a fun set of Cavallini vintage Christmas rubber stamps - a splurge! Figured I could use them in my December Daily and make Christmas tags for our presents. I used the large santa here.
I started by spritzing the kraft tag with Tattered Angels Suede Glimmer Mist. The Suede looks really cool on the tag - kinda glittery. Stamped the Santa and then added Platinum Stickles to the trim on his jacket, boots and hat. I think this has to be my favorite color of Stickles - it's a vintage-y gold color, not as bright as gold. Lots easier adding Stickles than pulling out my vintage glitter and getting messy.
Here's a close up of the tag -
Nick thought I was crazy when I asked for ANOTHER bag at Pottery Barn - I cut the front of it up and used as the front page of today's entry. I added the present stickers (BasicGrey Jovial) to the bag with pop dots to add a little color.
This is the back of the shopping bag. I opened a new 6x8 document in Photoshop, resized photos from the different stores we shopped at yesterday to 2x3 each, added a number to each photo and then added it to the 6x8 doc. When I was done I added a border/overlay to the full document and printed it out.
I've had a few questions along the way as I've been posting my entries every day.
The digital overlay that I've used on all my December Daily posts is from this digitial kit at Two Peas. This is the first time I've really played around with overlays and they're so easy and fun! This is another set of overlays I bought there - I used one of them on the 6x8 document above before I printed it out.
The barn star that I posted about here is really easy to make.
I started out by picking 5 coordinating patterns.
I'm super impatient, so I hurried the next step - I took one of the 12x12 patterns, layed it over one of the star points (the entire thing - maybe I should call it the star leg?) and then folded the paper around the point to creat an impression in the paper - basically creating a pattern. I then cut the paper to fit the point/leg, leaving about 1/3 inch along the sides of the cut paper/pattern.
Then I painted the point/leg with a thin, even coat of Mod Podge and stuck the cut paper down and folded the extra 1/3 inch that I had left on the sides behind the back of the star. I used a bone folder to make sure the paper was well adhered to the star and then used a Tim Holtz Blending Tool and Vintage Photo Distress Ink to ink the edges. I repeated this on the rest of the points of the star.
I've seen other people do the same thing, but they used a piece of tracing paper to trace each point/leg of the star and then trace the pattern onto the patterned paper and cut. Up to you - depends on whether you're impatient like me or more of a perfectionist!
Here's a hint if you missed the stars already this season - check the stores again before the 4th of July! The stars usually come back out then. It won't matter if they're red, white and blue, you cover them up!