Monday, October 4, 2010

Christmas Treasures

The tradition of decorating a homey Christmas tree continues at my household and I am so blessed to have the tree more and more full each year with cute little handmade ornaments from my boys.

The panels of this treasure chest are decorated with everything Practicing Creativity Designs! I've used the new releases, Retro Christmas and Retro Christmas Backgrounds, last month's release, Christmas Wonders, and even a previous release For the Love of Dots! I rescued this chest from the "Going to Goodwill" pile and altered it to hold my boys' special ornaments during storage, and can use it as a holder (and protector) of my cards during the season.

I adore how all these sets work so well together! I threw in a vintage button, some ribbon and twine for additional interest:

Here's the inside:

And if you are interested, here's the before:


We've all got some great holiday gift ideas to share! Please check out the blogs of:
Courtney
Dana
Paulina
Jackie Solomon
Heather Pulvirenti
Christina Maclaren

And just a reminder that Courtney has a super fun challenge over at her blog too with prizes that you just want to have!

Supplies Used:
Cardstock: (Cream) Archers Paper, (Cranberry Crisp) SU
Stamps: (Retro Christmas) (Retro Christmas Backgrounds) (Christmas Wonders) (For the Love of Dots) Practicing Creativity Designs
Ink: (Cranberry Crisp, True Thyme, River Rock, Old Olive, More Mustard Pigment) SU (Antique Linen Distress) Ranger
Embellishments: (True Thyme Ribbon) SU (Red Bakers Twine), (Vintage Button)
Other: (Chest)

37 comments:

  1. Oh wow! What an awesome upcycled X'mas project! :) Love all your panels! So classy! :)

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  2. Love this project ~ reminds me of the printers tray I want to do for the holidays.

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  3. Love your altered chest, what an improvement you've made, it's fabulous. Love the colour palette, everything just gels so well. The lovely button and string are a perfect touch.

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  4. Karen, what a lovely transformation! I adore what you've done...the colors are warm and fabbie...wonderful keepsake!

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  5. What a treasure Karen. Long after the holidays are over, this altered chest will stick in MY mind and I'm sure your little ones are delighted and proud to have such a place to store their tresured handmade trimmings. You really outdid yourself.

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  6. LOVE it girl! What an improvement, seriously. I'm so happy for you and am just loving the look of this set!

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  7. Wow! I really love how you use the retro set and what a perfect way to showase it. Stunning work, Karen! Each panel is beautiful!

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  8. What transformation! Magnificent Christmas project!

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  9. this is a total WOW! i love everything about it, you're amazing!

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  10. What a fabulous project Karen! I love everything about it!

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  11. I knew you would have something truly fabulous to show today! This is so creative and a wonderful keepsake piece. I love the soft colors, and all of the patterns and images work so perfectly together!

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  12. Can you get any more creative than this? You just blew me away - love it!!!

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  13. such a fantastic re-purposing and a great idea for dual functioning between in & out of season! Gorgeous colours. :)

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  14. Karen, this is a masterpiece!! I LOVE all of the gorgeous patterns you created in each of the panels! Gorgeous work!!

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  15. Wow! This is awesome! What a genius idea and the practicing creativity stamps go perfect!

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  16. karen, how adorable is this project?! such a creative way to recycle something into a family treasure:)

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  17. Karen, i am in love...i really love all the colors that you used...very subtle yet bold at the same time. You've outdone yourself!

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  18. Wow, wow, wow! This is amazing - a real treasure! I love the end result - no so interested in the beginning (no offense to anyone!) and you clearly performed magic here!

    Wow.
    (just one more for good measure)

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  19. Oh my GOSH! This is awesome! You really does have the magic touch! It look so different from before and I love it!

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  20. wow this is so pretty! I love the soft homey Christmas colors against that crisp white. Great job with all those backgrounds-its really a cool project :)

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  21. I seem to run into you all over the web, but I've never been to your blog until today. I was missing out! Great project, and great blog. It's chock full of inspiration!

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  22. I should store this idea away with the random things I'm bound to unpack from our storage unit... great way to reuse something!

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  23. Karen, you never stop amazing me! Really! This is just beautiful! Keep on inspiring!

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  24. Excellent upcycling!!! Love the combo of patterns you used... :)

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  25. This is perfect! The papers and patterns match together so beautifully, and it's a lovely keepsake full of keepsakes :)

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  26. This is fantastic! I love the way you've revived it.

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  27. What a fantastic save! Beautiful!!

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  28. OK so I literally gasped out loud on seeing this! This is beyond awesome, Karen! Oh permission to CASE your idea of using For the Love of Dots with Christmas Wonders please!
    Hugs,
    Aimes
    x

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  29. Um, wow, don't know how else to capture it, WOW. :)

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  30. what a transformation - absolutely stunning!

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  31. This is a WOW project for sure! Great design!

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  32. you made it a treasure, Karen!! beautiful details in each space. fabulous project!

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  33. This is awesome, Karen! I would never have thought to recycle a piece like that but I sure am inspired now.

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  34. love this!! The inside is a ture treasure.

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