Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Christmas Advent Calender Countdown...
and some free Christmas Printables too!

So I was doing a bit of grocery shopping and found this little advent calender and it was on sale...but just not my style...so what to do?....Alter it :))
Well I was just getting the finishing touches on it when I saw that the "Created byhand Challenge" was Christmas Countdown! So of course I had to entry mine :))

First I wanted to show the before... but I forgot to take a picture of it before but here is one I found on the internet.

I tell myself that I did this for my little grandson Quinton but really I think it is just as much for me. I can't wait to see and share the countdown with him! A tradition I hope to carry on for many years to come.
... this is the "After" with it closed... You can click on the pictures to see a larger one .... The graphics are below as my Christmas gift to you <]:{o>>>
Just make sure to click on the little thumbs to go to the larger printable version

and this is the inside.. The stamps are from "Scroll Works" and all the printed images are from my little etsy store... again you can click on the little picture to go to a larger one

I loved this one.. it from an old magazine print by Thomas Nast

The sheet music is just something I put together as is the Christmas text done in an old newspaper style

For this one I took some old sheet music for "Angels we have heard on high" and dressed it up. The holly story came from an old book and it is not in the picture, however it is on the right side of the calendar and it wraps to the back. I then filled the rest of the back with the text sheet. That way even though the text is covered with graphics on the inside you can still turn the calendar around and read it.

Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads.

These are all reproductions done in antique style

Download "Visions" by Thomas Nast here 
Download Reproduction 1907 Christmas Music here 
Download  Christmas text done in an old newspaper style here
Download "Reproduction Angels we have heard on high" music sheet here 
Download "The Story Of The Holly Sprig" Reproduction here

They are copyright Alteredartifacts and are for your personal use only. They are not to be included or used in any digital downloads of any kind. You may use them on any project you actually print them for and you do have the copyright permission to sell any of those hand made projects.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Faux Putz House Christmas Ornaments

Boy am I getting this in just under the wire! This weeks Theme over at the "Created Byhand Challenge" is Snowmen...Aren't these cute! This was also my project for my local art group "The Artistic Souls" this month too.

I used the pattern from Better Homes & Gardens and then I used some of my digital collage sheets that I offer over at my little etsy store. I did shrink them to 50% before I printed them so they would fit on my little houses.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Free Thanksgiving Printables

Ok... I have been MIA for a while when it come to the challenges I love! I think I mentioned in a previous post that my mom had taken a fall. Well when she was released from the convalescent hospital she was still not able to be alone in the house. Since my sister that lives with her works, she needed to come to my house until she can get around. It was quite the ordeal getting her up to Idaho from California and another ordeal getting my house set up to take care of a handicapped person....but we are getting settled down and I should be able to get back to my art soon :) Because of all of this I was not able to get the Thanksgiving sheet I wanted to create up at my little etsy store and since it is almost Thanksgiving I thought I would offer a few of my favorite Thanksgiving images.... Now how was that for a run on sentence :))

Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

More Rag Bracelets

Since these were made for friends, I wish I could have posted these last week for the Created by Hand challenge. The theme was friendship/love but I had to wait unit I had a chance to give them to there new owners. I actually had made another black one but I did not get a picture of it... drats! I had needed a last minute gift so I used the first one so I got busy and made the black one yesterday. I am so distressed now that I look at the picture I realized I forgot the beads on that one : /

They are all made with hand dyed fabric's and ribbon, antique buttons, lace and soldered charms. Most were dyed in the standard dye method but I did the gray with the microwave method. It was the first time I had used that method and for such a small amount of fabric it worked so great!

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Winter Gothic Arch Banner... Free Printable!

When I saw the inspiration project by Nancy on the Gothic Arches challenge and the them was "text" I knew instantly what I would do. I used my new snow angles that are available in my little etsy store and I have even added the basic graphic I used below... be sure to click on the thumb to go to the larger printable. I also felt that my project was perfect for Saturday Surprise as well because it has all the little trinkets that remind me of all the holidays spent at home in my youth.

 Feel free to pin the thumb above but please do not pin the actual download. I would like everyone to stop by here to download it so they don't miss all my other fun free downloads