Monday, 24 October 2011

Twas the Night Before Christmas...

There is a famous poem which begins "Twas the night before Christmas...". This object is inspired by that poem and features three scenes from a vintage book provided by the Graphics Fairy.

"Twas the night before Christmas..."

Each scene was printed onto cream card and parts highlighted with a white gel pen and some glitter glue, before framing with embossed gold card and acetate.

"Back view"

The back of each panel has a verse from the poem printed onto cream card, cut out with nesties, then inked & stamped with a repeated small snowflake in Bundled Sage distress ink.

"And then, in a twinkling, I heard on the roof
The prancing and pawing of each little hoof,
As I drew in my head, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St Nicholas came with a bound."

The flowers are made from deep red organza die cut with Tim Holtz' Tattered Florals die and edges singed with a heat tool, then held together with a jewel brad.

"He was dressed all in fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished with ashes and soot,
A bundle of Toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a pedlar, just opening his pack."

The panels are joined together with book rings threaded through eyelets.

"He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled all the stockings, then turned with a jerk,
And laying his finger aside of his nose,
And giving a nod, up the chimney he rose!"

Finally, lengths of Christmas-coloured ribbons are tied to the bookrings for added decoration.

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  1. Sorry the comment box wasn't working before - I used the new version of blogger and it seems to have caused a problem, so switched back to the old one. Thanks everyone who let me know and I really appreciate your comments - Maddy.

  2. This is so beautiful - I love vintage Christmas decorations!

  3. A gorgeous book and such beautiful images! I love the design and the gold colour! And thank you for the lovely comment you have left me:-) Hugs Delphine xx

  4. Wow!!! That's is a wonderful creation. A masterpiece. Thanks for joining us at Christmas Inspirations challenges this fortnight. I hope you will play again next time too.

  5. This is just it.

    Thanks for sharing with us at ‘Make it Monday’

    Luv CHRISSYxx

    Don’t forget. .if you leave a comment on another entrant, mention that you saw their card on ‘Make it Monday’ for a chance at second prize.. the more you comment on and mention MIM, the more chances at winning second prize.

  6. What an absolutely unique and clever idea !!! I absolutely love any and everything that is out of the 'norm' of paper crafting and this is awesome ! Thank you for sharing it with our Crafting When We Can Challenge :)

  7. Fabulous project Maddy, love it. Thanks for joining us at CWWC this time. Carol DT x

  8. Fantastic creation and what an original concept. Love the storybook layout.

    Thank you for playing along with us at Make It Monday!
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    Lisa xx

  9. Wow! This is really incredible! Thanks for joining us at My Craft Spot and good luck on the wonderful prize this week!

  10. This is fabulous.Thanks for playing at My Craft Spot.

  11. This is so beautiful Maddy, I love the vintage nostalgic pictures. Really gorgeous. Lee x

  12. Beautiful! I love the classic feel this has to it! Thanks for joining us this week at My Craft Spot!


  13. Wow, this is gorgeous! I love the vintage pictures in the windows! Such a beautiful way to display this classic poem! Thanks for playing along with us at My Craft Spot!

  14. What a gorgeous project! The embossed gold foil is stunning! Great job!
    Thanks so much for playing along with us at My Craft Spot
    Small Bits of Paper


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