Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Overexposed


Some of my favorite Christmas card images are the ones from war time. When they slid red, white and blue into each one. The idea that the entire country came together even for their Christmas greetings makes me feel patriotic.


Elizabeth is hosting a candy box swap this year and I was eager to jump in...until I was completely stumped with not an idea to be found.


No matter how many vintage Christmas bits and bobs I poured out onto the table I couldn't get the ideas to flow.


Until I went right back to my favorite greeting card images.


Pop dots for depth and plastic greenery for detail.


I was heavy handed with the snow glitter.
Even heavier with the vintage tinsel.


All the boxes were first wrapped in vintage Christmas Carol paper.


Each one sweetly hung from pencil coiled wire.


And no matter how perfect I tried to make them be...I clearly didn't pay attention to the direction of the notes...Handmade for sure.

All photos have been overexposed...thanks to instagram for the ability to play.

24 comments:

Fran. said...

very awesome!! LOVE the vintage-ness to them!! If that is a word!! LOL ANyways I LOVE them!! Thanks for sharing!! XOXO Fran.

Kim K. said...

Darling! You always have the best images in your stash. The curled wire is a brilliant touch.

Erica of Golden Egg Vintage said...

Oh who cares about the direction of the notes! LOL
They are soooo cute! I wasn't able to join that swap, but I'm going to make some myself. You have inspired me Miss Renee!
Erica :)

Jane said...

They all look lovely! I really like that coiled wire - thanks so much for the "how-to"!

ImagiMeri said...

Oh those are gonna be fun, can't wait to get my share.

Love ya'
Meri

Diane Mars said...

Very cute Have fun with the swap!

vintage grey said...

They are all so beautifully made!! Love the tinsel and sweet images!! xo Heather

Kathy said...

They are a DELIGHT - well done!

GARAGE SALE GAL said...

Your's are sweet as ever! I didn't join in on this swap, however I made one for myself. It wasn't as "easy" as I thought it would be to make! So, good for you to make so many to swap! Love the old garland/tinsel!
Warmly,
deb

GardenofDaisies said...

So cute! This looks like a fun swap. I hope you are all still doing swaps a few years from now, when I retire and finally have time to join in.

Creative Breathing said...

Oh Renee, You had me going! I kept thinking to my self, "No ideas, these are absolutely wonderful. I hope she sends these!"
Joy! You bring me such joy Renee! Thank you so much for sharing your art. E

Chenille Cottage said...

Clever, Christmasy, Colorful, Cute, Creative....You did it, Renee!!
I just love every sweet detail!
Blessings,
Carolynn xo

vivian said...

Renee, these are soo pretty! Im so glad I joined this swap! I hope mine turn out as cute as yours. I have one made. I hope to finish them up this weekend. I cant wait to see what everyone else is making!
have a great day!
xoxo

Perfectly Printed said...

These are just darling!! As always, a wonderful job!

chris

LBP said...

They are beautiful!!! I am not in this swap but I am making some to go on top of my presents....

They look great on your little tree!

craftyles said...

Renee, they came out so cute-who cares if the music goes the wrong way. I'm going to try some of these-love them!

A Vintage Chic said...

These are so very adorable, Renee--lucky swap partners! Wishing you a wonderful day, dear friend...

Julie

Blessed Serendipity said...

I love the shadow box effect. These are amazing and so very cute.

xo
Danielle

Nancy said...

Such adorable images as always Renee!!

Barbara said...

You made all of these? You've been busy! They are wonderful, each and every one.

Corey Moortgat said...

Renee, These are so sweet! I love the 3-D effect, and especially the silver tinsel!

Pam said...

How beautiful! Love the peppermint Santa image. You did a great job!
Pam
scrap-n-sewgranny.blogspot.com

Little Susie Home Maker said...

Such wonderful eye candy over here on your blog, I can hardly Stand it! Love the candy boxes :)
Blessings,
Susie

Tammy's in Love said...

With a broken laptop I didn't see this post when you first wrote it! I love when our creative juices must be fired on the burner a while before we bring them to a boil!!!