December 7, 2011

Christmas Art Book

I have had no time to participate in Tim's Tags this year, but I did want to share a book I have been putting together the last few weeks.   It's along the same lines as my Halloween book where I put together some of my favorite holiday art that I have created and received (from some amazing artists I may add). 
 So I want to start off by thanking all the artists that have contributed to this book by sending me some of their beautiful Christmas creations over the past few years :
Robin Woodard (cover), Sarah Hemphill, Jacqueline de Groot, Lynn Stevens,
Nancy Maxwell James and Kris Dickinson.

This gorgeous Christmas card I received from Robin Woodard graces the cover.

I collaged the inside cover and then added a mini paper bag which I decorated with this lovely tag sent by Sarah Hemphill.   Since Sarah and I both share some German roots, I really adore this tag.

I covered the opposite side of the paper bag and inserted inside of it tags I made last year for Tim's 12 Tag of Christmas.
I then cut out two plastic sleeves from my ATC holders and added some of my
favorite Christmas ATC's I made. 

The Christmas arch I included here was one I received from Nancy Maxwell James.  I placed it in a plastic sleeve and backed it with a card from 7 Gypsies.

Another gorgeous arch, this one sent to me by Kris Dickinson.
Opposite that I collaged a bingo tag.

                   I'm thrilled to have one of Jacqueline's grid cards to add to my book.
Opposite that is a large pocket envelope which I decorated with yet another one of my tags for Tim's tags last year.

From the large envelope you can pull out a wonderful Christmas tag created by Lynn Stevens.

The next page I added was a smaller envelope which contains one of Jacqueline's lovely tags.

My final two papes are the back of the envelope to which I added one of my
house-shaped ATC's. 
The inside of the back cover was then collaged by me.

So happy to have this incredible collection of artwork to grace my coffee table this Christmas!


Helen said...

What a wonderful book! Hope you have a fabulous Christmas.

Robin said...

What a great way to display the artwork you have received and created Louise! I had forgotten I sent you that card last year until I saw it grace the cover of your book. What an honor, thanks so much!! Hope you are having a wonderful holiday season.


Sarah said...

This is just fabulous! After seeing yours, I want to make one too. It's a good way to use those special cards and tags from friends. Love it!!!

Lori said...

This is awesome Louise! What a creative idea to keep the things you treasure!

Jacqueline said...

How beautiful!! Like Sarah I want to make one now too - I think it is a genius idea to make a book like this with the received art from friends intertwined with your own! TFS!

Robyn Phelan Sharp said...

Such a wonderful wonderful book!

ScrappyPam said...

Beautiful! And again, what a fabulous idea!!

Lululiz said...

Fabulous, a beautiful treasure.

Michele said...

truly beautiful! wow. xo

Lynn Stevens said...

Louise this is such a wonderful idea. I think after the holidays I need to gather up my cards and tags and do the same thing! what a great keepsake. Thank you for including one of mine :0)

and Thank you for the lovely Christmas card!!!It will be going into my future Christmas book!
hugs Lynn

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debbiek said...

What a treasure, Louise! Beautiful collection of art.
- DebbieK

Sugar Lump Studios said...

Just stopping by to wish you a Merry Christmas! May 2012 bring many blessings! xoxo

WW said...

Merry Christmas!!!

jenna said...

I'm new here, but just blown away by your art-work. When I grow up I want to be just like you!! P.S. I'm only 66. so it will be awhile.

Joan said...

What a beautiful book and a wonderful way to save and display
the lovely art work. Think I might have to make one too !

Marjie Kemper said...

This is such a beautiful collection... wonderful idea to store/display them this way.