Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Lyla's Caroling on a Snowy Day

Welcome back! We've got another fun 2 weeks of makes to share with you here at TFJB Inspiration Ave: I'm excited for the new theme suggestion "Snowy Day" from Linda Coughlin, owner of The Funkie Junkie Boutique! Lyla here, to start out once again: I'm taking you caroling! I've also tossed in a couple other snow-related activities in my most recent make, so bundle up and let's head out the door into the "SNOWY DAY"!

Happy Mail from The Funkie Junkie Boutique gives you a peek at more makes to come!

First up; that handy List of Links for things I've used here:

Antique Silver Christmas Snowflake Charms - Set of 6

I printed out a few favorite Christmas music sheets after sizing them on my computer to fit on a TH Mini Etcetera Tag. You can also just use a copy machine, but this way saves it as made.

I also wanted my sheets double-sided so I did some cloning to make the same coloring to the backside.  I'm using regular white cardstock to print onto.

Here, you see the finished backsides, slighly wider than the front-sided music.

After printing the cardstocks, I also sized and printed a couple more Christmas song sheets. These were printed on regular cream-colored paper. I used my TH Rotary Trimmer to cut each the same size.

I adhered the cardstocks to each side of the Etcetera Tags, and made a song book of the paper prints by doubling them up so each page had a song. The top sheet of each side was going to be a clone of the cardstock - to look like a 'stack' of music sheets.

I sprayed some of the new TH Mica Spray and then dragged the Etcetera Tag through it on all the edges only... Juniper Berry on the BACK and Fresh Balsam on the FRONT.

I crinkled both top sheets and gave them a Distress Ink job, to age them. This is FRONT... 

... and this is BACK.

Lastly, for the backgrounds of the Tags, I dry-brushed Picket Fence Distress Paint lightly onto all of the music sheets just in the center bottoms.

I looked up Tim's helpful video as a guide to the Trim A Tree Thinlits Die Set (CLICK HERE for VIDEO)
I take screen shots of the main ideas to help me later on remember how to assemble it again.

I made two different trees- in slightly different shades of green.

I did use the same Pine Needles Distress Oxide on both trees, and also some Vintage Photo Oxide.

This die set is "Da BOMB"!! It's so FUN to make and the dies are so EASY on the fingers! Heat-drying is the most fun of all - the tree just spreads out all by itself!

Instead of the pot set that comes with the Trim A Tree Dies, I chose to make the trunk and had a few ready-made 'planks'.

To rust these new TH Bells (the 2023 sets have new cute "sleigh bells" in the sets!):
1) Use Alcohol Ink in Ginger- all over bells.
2) Dab Distress Paint in Walnut Stain (or darker) and then
3) Dip into Distress Embossing Powder and Heat Dry,
4) Repeat process until happy dancing happens.

I decided to use the TH Candleshop Thinlits Die Set once again. It was the perfect look for "Silent Night" on the BACK. (CLICK HERE for the tutorial on making the Candleshop candle on my last project.)

The Christmas Tree on the FRONT needed a couple of TH Victorian Carolers (retired) cut from TH Blackout.

Some added IdeaOlogy and TFJB charms with TH Paper Dolls and an old, rusted star from stash... the finishing touches!

And here's what I finished with...

Fun in the snow for the whole family!

After caroling, this family goes out to choose the perfect tree for their home.

BACK of Tag

The best song is sung last - for The CHRIST Child- the Reason for the Season!

Peace... one day, it will come.

The next two weeks will feature more makes from the rest of the Design Team-
so be sure not to miss any of it; right here at Inspiration Ave!
And remember to check in at the supplies in stock at The Funkie Junkie Boutique;
your place for Christmas goodies!
Don't miss out on all the latest Tim Holtz Mica Sprays to add shimmer to your own
"Snowy Day" make... while they last!

Until next time...

Stay Safe &


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