I just want to take a second to say thank you to each and every one of you that have supported my work here and emailed me words of encouragement, support and even requests, it means the world to me so THANK YOU!
I do have to say I have been overwhelmed with the requests I have gotten especially for the 8x10 art prints so I hope you will enjoy this new set I have created for the holidays. The set includes four different 8x10 art prints which you can see below:
What I really love about these are how easy they are to give as gifts. I have given them to teachers, neighbors, girlfriends and family. I have used them in table displays, in vignettes and for party decorations. They are quick and easy....just print, trim and pop into a frame and they are ready to give or display. What more can you ask for? You can also dress them up a bit if you want. It's hard for me not to add some sparkle when I have the chance, shocking I know!
Here are a few projects I have created already using these prints:
So of course you know by now (maybe I shouldn't admit this so much) that I design a lot out of necessity. I have a friend that needs to decorate some tables for a ladies christmas luncheon at her church. She really liked the concept of my halloween art printable so she had asked several weeks ago if I could keep that in mind and help her out when it came time to decorate the tables for her event. Once I showed her the four that I had designed she chose the Giving Christmas and the Peace on Earth prints to go with her color scheme. She really enjoyed the idea of the feet on the frames like the Halloween print so off we went in search of "legs" for our frames. We wanted them to be taller than the original Tim Holtz feet as we want to put some live greenery underneath the frames as more of a centerpiece. Luckily we found these short plain wooden candlesticks at Hobby Lobby. There are 6 in a package for $2.99 and yep...you guessed it, they were 1/2 off that week. ;) Score!
After we spray painted the legs we used the Martha Stewart gold gilding paint and then applied the Martha Stewart glitter paint on top of that on the blue candlesticks only. Aren't they pretty?
I told you I am having a bit of a love affair with these paints! ;) After the legs were hot glued on the frames and the print was trimmed down and secured in the frame we added a gold star ornament and a mini gold bell. Then to finish it off we added some green seam binding ribbon dipped in the gold gilding and sprinkled with polyflake glitter.
And here is the Peace on Earth print. For continuity we used the same frame as the Giving Christmas print as well as the same legs just painted in a different color. On this print we added a few Bazzill self adhesive pearls for just a bit of sparkle. They both turned out really nice and they are all ready to go and be displayed at the luncheon next week!
And yes you guessed it...once she showed the rest of the committee her decorations for the women's luncheon they asked if they could use the Wise Men print for the men's luncheon. ;) I wanted to keep the embellishments on this frame super simple since the boys probably wouldn't notice too much detail anyway (right ladies?) So when we went back to HL I found these frames that had about a 1/2 lip that were almost like a shadow box. I thought I might hang some thin ornaments inside which would still look great but instead I bought some ornament shaped stickers that I thought I would use inside. (Quite by accident) I stuck some ornament shaped stickers to the inside of the glass and then removed them when I didn't like the way they looked. Then I filled the frame with about 1/2" of german glass glitter and shook it across the glass where the stickers had been and surprisingly it stuck and made the ornament shape on the glass. I then let the excess fall to the bottom of the frame. It also looks a bit like sand across the bottom of the frame. It's a bit hard to get the full effect without seeing it in person.
Can you see the faint impression on the bottom right hand corner of the glass? It is an ornament shape. When you look at the frame straight on you can really see the shadow of the ornament shape on the art print. It was one of those crazy happy accidents!
There is one last print that I haven't photographed a project with yet but I will be showing you more projects throughout the week using the Christmas Time 2011 Project Kit as well as the Holiday Art Prints.
I will also be hosting a fun giveaway later in the week....finalizing the details later today and will announce it by the end of the week.