December Daily Sharing Begins!

Hi folks!  How are you doing today?  And how did your week shape up creatively?  I had a few fantastic ideas that I fleshed out yesterday, made a few unexpected discoveries in the studio, but ended up with a rather large canvas that went straight into the trash this morning.  Nope –  no salvaging of that one.  But it is all good, and I do believe that yesterday’s hideous creation was something of an embodiment of my troubles – throwing it away felt spectacular!!!  Cathartic!   If it clears the mental clutter, bring on some more!

A few posts back, I mentioned that I’m doing a December Daily this year.  Finally, since it’s up on the Core’dinations Blog, I can share it here, too.  Since this is a gift for hubbie, I decided to keep the palette masculine, using primarily Core’dinations cardstock from our Tim Holtz “Shattered” and “Seasonal Impressions” Collections. For this effect, I embossed pieces of various sizes with a number of  Sizzix embossing folders, and also used Core pieces that were already embossed straight out of the package.  After sanding and distressing the pieces, they were stitched into a patchwork.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_1This is a detail of the front patchwork, which was stitched onto a piece of printer paper so as not to add bulk, and then mod-podged as one piece onto chipboard.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_2 And the back.  On occasion, I will reach for the shimmery stuff, and this Christmas I have been doing quite a lot of it.  But initially, I wasn’t inclined to glitz up this project.  My crafting buddy, Gwen, threw some Core’dinations “Glitter Silk” bells on top.  Lo and behold, it totally worked and infused this project with holiday cheer!

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_EI adhered several gold fibers to carry the gold throughout the composition, and added a bit of cream to contrast the more deeply hued palette.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_BThe completed front…

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_AAnd the back…

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_CLove love love patchworking in my papercraft these days!!!  I have a few pages to share today as well!  The inside cover has my little dedication.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_InsideCoverCore’dinations’ Kraft Core Seasonal Impressions have a lovely variety of typography already embossed into the cardstock.  I sanded to reveal the beautiful patterns, added a bit of distress ink on the edges, and a few embellishments.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec1December 1st was all about getting the house ready for my in-laws who are all visiting on Christmas Day.  Folks, the house isn’t furnished yet!  So we have been busy “swatching,” painting, IKEA-ing, and sneaking meals in between.  This page features Core’dinations Jenni Bowlin Red and Black Collection, which in my opinion is perfect for holiday crafting!


This is my page for December 3rd.  A new habit the two of us have picked up is doing the crossword mornings when hubbie doesn’t have to rush off.  Each of us have different strengths, which makes collaborating on the more difficult puzzles so much fun. Many of these crossword squares were cut from scraps of pieces I had used for the covers.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec3JournalingThe journaling is on a canvas texture Core tag that is pinned and removable.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec4Usually we walk the pooches in the morning together, unless my guy has an early morning meeting.  December 4th was such a day, so I took a longer route, allowed the dogs to linger and sniff some more, picked up some lovely acorns that are all falling from the trees right now.  We’ve got grey squirrels here, and black ones, too.  The squirrelys go nuts for the nuts and the dogs go nuts over the squirrels lol!  I die-cut these using my Silhouette Cameo and File #11205 from Hero Arts, placing patches of textured Core and patterned paper to fill in the negative space.

VivianKehCoreDecemberDaily_Dec4JournalingI hope you enjoyed my December Daily share today!  I will be posting more of it as December barrels ahead!

Happy Holidays!


Core’dinations –
Tim Holtz Shattered Kraft Core Collection
Tim Holtz Seasonal Impressions Collection
Jenni Bowlin Red and Black Collection
Core Tags
Sand It Gadget, Dust Buddy

Sizzix – all dies and Embossing folders
Hampton Art – stamps
Ranger – distress ink, Stickles
Memento – dye ink
Authentique – patterned paper
Really Reasonable Ribbon – fibers
Little Yellow Bicycle – Alphas
Silhouette – cutting file #11205 from Hero Arts
Martha Stewart – Snowflake edger punch
EK Success – Notebook edger punch
Fiskars – small heart punch

6 thoughts on “December Daily Sharing Begins!

  1. I am constantly amazed at the clarity and beauty of what you create. I like all of your postings today. The colors and combinations are just right! The squirrels and nuts are perfect – have some in our yard but our nuts are shaped different – Bur Oak I think. The blue crossword is amazing and I like the red and gold one. The quilt pieces on the card are really special and so well done. I like the paper, the colors, the embossing – everything! Thanks so much for your inspiration.

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