First Color T.V. – 1959

My grandparents bought their first color television set for Christmas in 1959.  There were only 3 channels on which we could view a show, and not all of them were in color yet either.  I had insisted they give each other a kiss over the TV so I could take a photo.

A challenge came up on “Lasting Memories Layout Challenges” blog.  The December line up is going to be about Holiday Traditions and the first challenge is “Old Time Photo”.  We are asked to scrap a photo from our youth.  Well, for me, that goes way back!


Although color TVs were becoming more wide spread by 1956, we didn’t buy until 1959.  Even back then I was a avid photographer.  Most of my first years of photos did not survive, but I’m grateful for the ones I do have.

To make this softer and more vintage for the time, I painted the base patterned paper with acrylic paint before pasting down the kraft piece.  The photos are mounted and cut with some old scissors that remind me of some prints from the past.  The title letters are cut on my Cricut Explore Air, the ampersand is a die. The title sticker “Tis the Season” is from G45.  The other stickers are from some old Tim Holtz idea-ology sticker pads.  I used rubber stamps for the date.  My poinsettias were cut with a die, sprayed and shaped with a tool and brushed with some paints.

I hope you like my layout.  Perhaps you will be inspired to play along with your own childhood photo.


A Christmas Greeting Card

Had to use this Mojo Monday sketch one more time, and it is another Christmas card that I really need to get in the mail Monday.

When I decided to stamp the sentiment I first used a couple of light colors of ink to faintly stamp the script stamp from this pretty Verve set. I’ve vowed to use my Spellbinders dies more so I selected the size that would work and cut it out, popped it up on the matted panel.  The flower, also from the Verve stamp set, was stamped twice, one green and one red.  Each was cut close to make this pretty flower for the embellishment.  Had to add a sequin to the center.  The green rhinestones were pasted down, 3 rows, to a strip of cream before adding to card base.  The papers are scraps from my Christmas box of papers.  Hope my friends in Tampa like this!2016DSC_1801_Christmas

Wishing you all a very merry Christmas!  Hope your card preparations are close to finished and that you receive many blessings this season of cheer and love.

Thinlits Christmas Cards Quick

Here are three cards I made recently with the Thinkits Label Card diej-thinlitgrncocoa

The card base is Close to Cocoa, covered with Old Olive.


The base for this red and green one is from an old Scrap kit Stampin’ Up! stopped selling.  They were packs with coordinating papers and card stock, and several sheets of stickers – all extra heavy quality.  The red stripe is actually heavy enough for a card base.  On the inside I created a place to add a personal note by folding before running through the Big Shot with a die cut.j-thinwarmthcobbler_1

This one features the Hostess set from the Holiday Mini, Warmth & Wonder.  The cardinal is embossed with white, the tree in green and the star in yellow.  I first embossed the star right on the Cherry Cobbler but it didn’t show well, so Kristy suggested I do it on white and punch it out.  That worked marvelously, don’t you think? This card was created by die cutting both the white and the red, the red was then trimmed down to fit as a matting. Quick and simple.

December starts tomorrow

And that means the beginning of a project I want to accomplish.  It is to be a journal {slash} scrapbook daily leading up to Epiphany.  The idea is to journal in a scrappy sort of format the thoughts, hopes, and plans for having a more meaningful Christmas.  My plan is to make a page a day, or close to it.  In lieu of a purchased album, my idea is to take 8” by 8” pieces of cardboard from cracker or cereal boxes for the foundation.  Each would be covered with paper and whatever.  Once all are finished I will bind them somehow – perhaps with simple holes punched with my Crop-a-dial.  I’ll have to see how the pages add up and decide down the road.

I just read something Jennipher said in a post at CPC about having a dedication or introduction page to clarify the intention of this album.  I hadn’t thought of that.  She is using a “D-ring binder for her album, which is also a good idea as we may not get every page completed in order.  I hope to keep notes during my day as ideas occur, especially necessary if I will not be able to scrap them each day.

My hope is to reclaim the joy and beauty of the Christmas celebration.  Too often preparing for this day leaves us drained and unfulfilled.  If you can join us with a similar project I invite you to stop in with your comments and add your link if you complete a page.  We can all benefit from the joint suggestions and inspiration.

Above all, may this be your best Christmas season yet!

God bless you and keep you creating love for all!