Saturday, December 5, 2009

Ch{all}enge Masters Jingle Bell Hop!

Hello and Welcome to the Ch{all}enge Masters Jingle Bell Blog Hop! My name is Audrey and I am the Sketch Designs Team Leader at CM. I am happy to tell you that you have reached the LAST BLOG for the blog hop! This is blog #22 in the list, and you probably just came from Pat's site. If you just happened here by chance, you can start the blog hop HERE at the Ch{all}enge Masters Blog.



How to do the Blog Hop:

1. Start at the Ch{all}enge Masters blog and visit all 22 Design Team members blogs. Leave a comment on EACH blog.

2. After you have visited all the blogs and left some love, return to the Ch{all}enge Masters blog and post a comment that you have finished. One random winner will get a $25 gift certificate to the online store of their choice.

3. To win the RAK for my blog, you have to read to the end of my post!



The Ch{all}enge Masters community offers TONS of challenges every month in every category you can think of. At the end of the month, a random draw of all entries determines the winner of the monthly prize. Check out the Ch{all}enge Masters community HERE.



For my project today, I am sharing some of the pages from my December Daily album and some cards that I recently made.




I was super excited (see previous post!) because my album was on the top ten list at 2 Peas! Click HERE to see the link.

First I want to thank all the people who inspired this album. Of course, Ali Edwards and all of her wonderful work and ideas. From her blog, I was also inspired by Amanda to do some masking for the cover, and Shabby Chic crafts for the date labels. The fabric pages were inspired by Kim Watson at Cocoa Daisy and her fabric album project at the Fall Crop in November.






I titled my album “The Season” because for me, it was more than just Dec. 1-25. I started on Thanksgiving Day and will go to New Years eve, which means there are 36 pages in my album!

For the cover, I used a tree die cut piece of paper from Deja Views as a mask and sprayed it with green glimmer mist and added rhinestones and stickles for the star. The title was printed on a transparency and glued to the cover. For the spine I used some old MM foam stamps.






I used an 8 x 10 gift box for the covers. I opened all the flaps and added some chipboard to reinforce the spine. I covered the outside with batting and cut some muslin for the covers. I sewed the muslin like a book cover and just slid the album inside. I then punched holes for the rings in the spine. I loved the look of grommets for the spine, but it was too thick to set them, so on the outside I just used some photo turns to make it look like grommets.







The inside pages are a mix of different media. There are cardboard pages, transparencies, patterned paper, envelopes, file folders, chipboard pieces, and fabric pages. On the fabric pages, I cut out some 4x6 photo pages from one of those $1 albums and sewed them to the fabric. They flip open so you can put a photo on each page.











The labels I made using SCAL. I just used different fonts for the numbers and surrounded them with the bracket and circles. I had to cut out three layers for each label.







Here are some Christmas cards that I have made so far this year, too. Last year, DH got me the “Joys of the Season” cartridge, and since it was after Christmas, I didn’t use it much. I wanted to make sure he felt like it was worth getting for me, so I have been using it a lot this year for cards. Here are just a few of the ones I have made.








NOW for the RAK from me! If you would like a set of the custom labels that I made in the photo above, please say so in your comment!!! Of those of you that are interested, I will pick one random winner. You do NOT have to become a follower of my blog, unless you want to (I would love to have followers). But it is not a requirement for my RAK.

Well I hope you have enjoyed the Ch{all}enge Masters Jingle Bell Hop. This should be your last stop! Now all you have to do is go back to the Ch{all}enge Masters blog and leave a post that you have finished. Thanks for stopping by!

39 comments:

Robin (Tqmnurse) said...

Audrey!!!! That project is GORGEOUS!!!!! what a brillant idea to use a box to create it...and photo turns to represent gromments...BRILLANT!!!! Thanks for sharing. I think I am going to have to get that SCAL so that I can create awesome tags like you....

picnic said...

Wow this is amazing...Love your work
Thanks

Gena Justice said...

Okay that album is the bomb! How did you even think of that. Love it!!!

Pat said...

Audrey your cards & labels are AWESOME!! I love your book, beautiful you are so creative.

E said...

i just love everything about it... i so in love with you book i so wish i had made one this year.

thank you so much for sharing

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

holy moly! this is gorgeous. i'd bet it would sell for $100 or more in a boutique! it's that gorgeous!

suzann said...

What an amazing collection! I love the album and the great tutorial, thanks for sharing that!!!

Your blog is fabulous!!

Merry Christmas!!

p.s....love those tags ;)

Jenny said...

I would love to have some of those labels! Your album in da bomb!!! So creative!

Jocelyn said...

Oh this is stunning and of course I would love the goodies!!!! Just adore your Blog!!! Please stop by and say Hi!!! I love meeting new people with a passion for life and crafting!!! Merry Christmas!!! :-)

LoisB said...

That album is absolutely awesome! i can see why you made the 2Ps top 10!

CherrieScraps said...

INCREDIBLE!!! this is totally the best December Daily book I have ever seen (and I have seen a lot). Amazing details, just gorgeous!!

A Sarasota said...

Gorgeous! would love some!
happy bloggity hop!

Fink said...

You sure did make the last DT blog a great stop! The album rocks as do the rest of the projects! Awesome job and thanks for organizing this all!

ThePurplePlace said...

Audrey,
CONGRATULTIONS on being on Two Peas list of the TOP Ten Albums, you did an excellent job on your album and I LOVE it.

I also love your cards and think they are adorable. I'm a card-making and love looking at other crafty designs.

Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays!!

Lisa
ThePurplePlace
Cutters Creek Design Team Member

JessK said...

Wow, that's amazing! You are very talented! I would love some of those labels!!
I am having sooo much fun hopping!!
Merry Christmas!!

*Monica* said...

I LOVE your December Daily album! How cool that you made it all yourself. It is so pretty!

I would love to win some labels, too!

BrendaB said...

Your album is just amazing!

silvia said...

Gorgeous Holiday album!! I would LOVE to have set of awesome labels that you made.

Happie Stamper said...

I love your December Daily. I made my first one this year and I would love a chance to win your labels. The numbers on my pages are the only thing I am missing right now. I too started with Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing!

Misty (Snowlady) said...

Your album is gorgeous!! Also love your cards and labels. Would love to have some. :) Fabulous ending to our hop!!

Melisa said...

That is an amazing album and those tags are just fabulous. I am so glad I decided to make an album this year.

mustangkayla said...

Your album is INCREDIBLE! I would love a chance at those labels!

NancyJones said...

loveeeeeeeee your daily album that is soooooooo gorgeous!!!! no wonder its in the top 10!

Jennifer Campbell said...

I love making December daily albums each year and would love to win your RAK, thanks for the chance and for sharing yours with us!

July said...

I love your album and labels.

Stacy said...

Your book is sooooooo beautiful! I would LOVE a set of your labels :)

GinniG said...

No WONDER 2 Peas loved your album!!!! It's STUNNINGLY AWESOME!!! It was so much fun meeting you in Houston! Hopefully we can all get together again sometime soon! :) LOVE your tags and would love to receive them if you choose me. :) Give that gorgeous little girl an extra hug for me okay? Have an AWESOME Christmas!!!

Sharon's blog said...

I would love the tags!!! Your book is amazing.

jlshurts said...

Your book is amazing! I love all the different media you used for the pages!

Sally Cranney said...

Stunning!!!! This is such an amazing album...I'm truly in awe! I'm not surprised at all that you were on the top 10 for 2 peas. So creative and so beautiful! Truly inspiring...I keep finding myself going back and looking at all of the greatness over and over so I don't miss anything. Maybe I'm hoping some of that creativity will stick in my brain...LOL. Thank you, thank you for sharing this!

Sally Cranney said...

I meant to add, I'd love a set of your tags!

Tere said...

Audrey, your album is amazing!!!!!!! you are very talented!!!!
I also love the look of your blog

Terri said...

WOWSERS!!! All of your creations are just INCREDIBLE!!!!! I'm sitting here in complete awe!!!

I really LOVE those labels & need to figure out how to use my Cricut to create things like that!!!

Thank you so much for taking part in the very first CM blog hop & for all you did to make it such a HUGE success!!!!

Janet said...

Um Audrey...that album is absolutely amazing!!!! WOW!!! Gorgeous!!! Ok...I'm speechless!
Congrats!

Jamilie said...

Awesome projects!!!! Love them all! I'd love a set of custom labels! :-)

Anneliese said...

What a fabulous album! What time & effort you put into it! & the cards are adorable! Thank you for sharing. I would love to win your rak! & I did become a follower! Can't wait to see what you do next!

robin.christine said...

I want one!! I love those! They would be GREAT for Christmas Cards! I love love love your album! Great job! and thanks for sharing how you did it!

scrappinqueen1 said...

I love that album!!! I sooooo want to make one!!! And I so want those labels too!!! Hope I win! Thanks for sharing!!!

Vanessa, Florida, USA said...

I think your album is gorgeous and I would love those labels :) Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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