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Monday, November 15, 2010

A Christmas Ornament For My Son and FDIL

Hello All!
My family has had a tradition of collecting dated ornaments for each year.  I started collecting 29 years ago with one that said "Our First Christmas Together 1981". When my son was born in "85", I started buying two. One for our tree and one to give him when he grew up. We put a lot of thought into it and try to find ornaments that have something to do with an event from that year. Some examples are:
"82" Our First Home ~ a key
"85" Baby's First Year ~ a rocking horse
"01" A snowman snow globe ornament from Colorado vacation when we went to "The North Pole" ;)
"03" A Harley motorcycle ornament ~ the year we bought our 100 Anniversary Heritage bike.
"04" A Graduation Cap ~ The year our baby graduated high school and started college.
"06" A beautifully glittered and adorned snowflake double starfish ornament that I was lucky enough to find in July in Hawaii on our 25th anniversary.
This year I am looking for an English Bulldog since it is our Zoey's first Christmas with us.
At first we used a lot of ball ornaments to fill in the tree but as our collection grows, there are fewer and fewer balls.
Our tree is quite eclectic but every ornament has a special place in our hearts. :)
I made this Christmas ornament for my son Kurt and future daughter-in-law Kristin. It is dated on the back with a special sentiment).
I know, I know.... the stamp is not meant to be a Christmas image but since they are in love (heart) and they have a new home (key) I thought it works great

The image is from I Brake For Stamps and is called "Key To My Heart" and it's only $2.85!!!!
It is going to be a great image for Valentine's Day too!
If you head off to buy it for yourself, please remember to use my
discount code SAVE10TRUE
to save 10% on your entire order!

I used Papertrey Ink's Rustic White cardstock and a new technique that I learned from Merilynn's W.I.S.H. video tutorial . I used tan, brown and olive Tombow markers with this technique to give the paper an antique look. I then sponged on some antique gold and some doodles around the edge with gold and silver markers.

I hand wrote the sentiment because it is a keepsake. They will have something with my handwriting when I am gone. I know I sure cherish the cards and recipes that I hung onto from my grandmothers because their handwriting is on them.

The Red Leather and Antique Gold designer papers are from The Paper Studio and I bought them @ Hobby Lobby.
I used Spellbinders Eyelet Circles and Eyelet Squares plus their circle Nestabilities dies.
The metal key is from my stash back when I thought it was a great idea to take everything out of the packages to organize.
Well we all know that is a bad idea when you start blogging and want to give details! 
How many of you have done the same thing and regretted it? I can't be the only one!  ;) LOL!

I hope you like my creation. I would love to hear what is your favorite detail on it!
Thanks and hugs,
True :D


Createology said...

Such a lovely keepsake ornament you have created for your son and FDIL. Happy Monday...

Merry said...

What a beautiful creation. Your handwriting is lovely. I must say that is a very special idea the way you collect your baubles for your tree. Wish I had thought of that a lot of years ago. :-)

Aussie Loz said...

what a gorgeous idea! I love that you've got a collection - wish I had've tought of that!!
Love the stamp you used and your hand-writing is way neat! lol! Love it ♥

Holley said...

Awesome work True!!


auntbeespickles said...

Oh True, what a wonderful keepsake! I love the key on the bottom. What wonderful creavitiy!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Beautiful- the antique colors are wonderful- I love all of the details- love the ribbon! TFS

Pat Garvin said...

What a cool idea. Very clever.

hellerlittle said...

Hey there True...
first thanks a bunch for your visit an lovly comment on my blog !!!!
I love the Idea to collect diverent x-mas ornaments to be in remembering the years ~ that´s great
and your son will love that realy great ornament, cause it´s very special for him ....
I love it right now *smile
CU hellerlittle