Saturday, November 14, 2009

Glittery Christmas Collage

I am so happy to be the subject of the Inspired this week. Jill does a wonderful job of showcasing  work that has inspired her and shows the creative result of that inspiration. To say that I'm honored to be her inspiration is a major understatement. Please check out the work of this very talented stamp artist.

(click on photos to see detail)

On Monday when I read that the Hero Arts challenge this week was to use glitter, I immediately thought of my mom making glittery Christmas decorations way back in the 60s. She used a lot of felt and a lot of glitter and ideas from magazines. I just remember our house was always decorated so festively and on a shoe string too!  This Christmas collage is my homage to my mom and to her creativity. This is my 31st Christmas without her. Making this brought back some wonderful memories.

I've been working on this for the last few days and needless to say, I'm covered with glitter, my craft space is sparkly and my little furry helpers are mighty festive too!
I used K&Company Specialty Papers on this.  I also did some stamping resist with the Antique Brocade Cling from Hero Arts and some Distress Ink in Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and Weathered Wood. The banner started with cream cardstock stamped with Old Letter Writing in Caramel Adirondack ink. I arranged Tim Holtz' alpha masks and sprayed with Adirondack Color Wash in Raisin. Then it was Fun with Glitter time!
I used Martha Stewart glue pen and glue pad to stamp the ornaments and pine bough from the clear set Decorate your Own by Hero Arts, then I glittered away the hours. I finished by stamping some of my all time favorite Christmas sentiment stamps and my most cherished Reindeer Pull-Toy stamp. It is from a little company called Biz-Art run by a dear friend and his sister. Together they designed all the fun and quirky stamps. Unfortunately Biz-Art is no longer in business.
I'm hoping that this collage will become a yearly decoration and that it will always remind me of the happy celebrations of my childhood.

Thought for the Day: From Proverbs 14:26- In the fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children will have a place of refuge.

Have a blessed day,


  1. Nancy, you are too sweet! It is my honor to share your cards on my blog!!! This Christmas decoration is an amazing homage to your mom. I am so glad that making it brought back good memories--so important to remember the good things about those members of our family and friends whom we can't be with day to day. What a good reminder for all of us. You used so many techniques and colors! Amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. wow! love this nancy with all the details! you sure made this from the heart and will be lovingly displayed---maybe you should display it all year long instead of just the christmas holidays.
    congrats on being featured on jill's blog!

  3. Hey Nancy - Jill choose you because you are so fab (I´m sure and I´m looking forward to seeing your projects on her blog!) SO Congrats!

    What a great project you have uploaded!
    HUGS Sanne

  4. This looks so homely and inviting - thanks for sharing Nancy!

  5. This is beautiful and love that it was made with so much love for your mom and your good memories from Christmas. (Glad Jill highlighted your lovely work on the inspired by blog!)

  6. Sooo wonderful Nancy! Just love your collage and I can tell a lot of work was poured into this project! It's always so important to link back to our past and remember what was special to us as family!

  7. Amazing! A piece of art! Love it!


  8. This is wonderful. And you turned your memories into such a beautiful treasure which at the same time gives a real sense of home and family. Petra.

  9. Nancy, I love your wonderful collage inspired by your mom! It is such a beautiful decoration and is a lovely reminder of all the fun and creative times you must have had with her.

    I'm delighted to see you featured on Jill's blog this week. I love your cards and it's great to see them again and also to see some which I haven't seen before.

  10. Hi, Nancy! Terrific collage! :-)

  11. How did I miss this? It's wonderful, Nancy! I LOVE collage work and it was really worth being sprinkled with glitter--gorgeous work!

  12. I'm back again to congratulate you on your HM win!
    I knew this was something special that would catch the
    judges' eyes! Way to go, Nancy! Enjoy your prizes!


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