January 2023 Guest Designer /Merry Christmas 12x12 Layout/Lisa Gregory

 Hello!! I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday! Some of the holiday spirit still lingers for me as I create my projects with the beautiful January kit from Tres Jolie. It is full of wintery goodness, with the beautiful papers from Three Quarter Designs Christmas Collection. It is a designer paper and chipboard set that is included in the January kit. Along with beautiful flowers from 49 and Market (my personal fave!) Prima Marketing and Little Birdie designs. There are lots of goodies in this kit to make your holiday or winter projects. Today I am revealing a 12x12 layout as my first project for the month. 

I created a floral cluster under the photos using 49 and Market Majestic Bouquet Flowers/ Midnight and  and Little Birdie Flowers/Gianna Shabby Chic included in the kit. I cut apart the Little Birdie flowers and used them separate, and I took apart the leaf vines in the 49 and Market flowers and tucked them all around. I love flower rearranging!! I kissed the flowers and leaves doing a little dry brushing with white gesso. I also sprinkled a little glitter over them to make them twinkle. 

The little stars on the patterned paper inspired me to create 3 dimensional stars of my own. I used scraps of paper left over from my die cut frames, and die cut the little stars in 2 colors, one from the dark paper, the other from a lighter paper, added some clear glitter for sparkle. I placed a small pop dot in back of each one and adhered them randomly on the layout. I used  Crystal Clear glitter from my stash. I love that it still lets the color from the paper you use shine through. 
For the stars on the bottom, I attached some jute from my stash to make them appear dangling from the floral cluster. And I placed pop dots under them as well. I adhered them to the paper so they stayed straight. 

For my frames, I used the half papers that are in the kit, I die cut the frames using 2 different dies I had and layered them together. I also die cut the frames using corrugated cardboard. I backed each die cut with the die cut cardboard to give them a bit of dimension. I created 2 frames. The Merry Christmas is a piece of chipboard that came in the kit. I covered it with white gesso, then sprinkled some crystal glitter over the top while it was still wet. 

Thank you for joining me on my first Tres Jolie Guest Designer project. I have 2 more coming this month so stay tuned. In the meantime...
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