Friday, December 23, 2016

MERRY CHRISTMAS Stick Tree on Wood with Babbles

Howdy and MERRY CHRISTMAS to you all!
May your holiday time be cheery and bright!

Hubby and I are alone for Christmas.
Our kids/grandchildren all live far away.
We are looking forward to some rest and old movies which is something we seldom get to do in our busy lives.

All the gifts have been made, ordered, mailed and have arrived. Now we are satisfied that all our loved ones will have an enjoyable Christmas Day.  We made gifts for all our ranch hands. The one I'm sharing today was done for our caterer at the ranch retreat. 

I totally got the idea for this gift from the Mixed Media Place Challenge Blog Mood Board for December. 

Now back to the project! 
As you look at this gift... 
are you curious what is at the bottom of the tree?
Since this was for a Hispanic Chef... it's chili peppers!!!
She noticed them right off too!

These are mat board die cuts from Fabulous Filagrees.
I used DecoArt Metallic Lustre for shimmer in
Copper Kettle, Radiant Red, Lavish Green.

The peppers are backed with 12x12 Red Craft n Craftin' Glitter Cardstock paper from my stash.

Hubby made me the 24x36 board out of old fence wood. I place the sticks on randomly and then drew line to mark their places. 

After painting with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Metallic Gold paint the lined I drew were left as guides!

Originally the letters for MERRY as well as a star had DecoArt Media Gesso painted on them but in the end the MERRY just didn't seem to fit.  And for our caterer it's more Feliz Navidad any way!

As you know... I love crackle and just had to add the DecoArt Media Crackle Paste to my star.

Metallic Lustre Radiant Red and DecoArt Sizzling Red Glamour Dust added pizzazz. The little opalescent circles were tree bling.

I love Andy Skinner's Whirlpool stencil from DecoArt and it just seem the right 'decor' for this tree!

Then I just began playing. I had some gold and silver filigree beads, the silver opalescent discs, and I made some tiny bows to add to the branches. There is a silver heart charm hanging from one of the trees with silver twine.  Radiant Red and Silver Spark Metallic Lustre was added to the branches and tree. The DecoArt Media Red and White Mister was used for the speckles and spots all around the tree.  The entire tree was covered with Iced Crystal Glamour Dust and it sparkles beautifully!

And here are some close up pictures of the finished tree!

One again... Ho Ho Hooooo MERRY Christmas!!! 
Hugs, j. 

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Thrilled to share with the following challenges:

Be inspired by the mood board and create something joyful!

Our caterer seemed joyful when she saw her tree. 
Thank you Mixed Media Place for the inspiration! j. 

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