Welcome Anabelle O’Malley to Vintage Street Market! Anabelle graciously made some amazing projects for us using the Victorian Christmas kit and several vintage Christmas components also found in the shop.
Hi! I’m Anabelle O’Malley! I live in Delaware with my husband and
our seven year old son, Ryan and our orange tabby kitten, Pulu. I wish I could spend every day crafting in my scraproom, but I have to pay the bills somehow, so I also work at the University of Delaware in the Early Childhood Department.
I’ve been paper crafting for the past six years and have loved every minute of it. It truly is my creative outlet. As a child, I would spend hours drawing and making cards for people, so this is just a natural extension of my love for all things paper. Along with creating layouts, I still love card making and trying out new techniques. I also love creating decorative gift wraps and tags. Giving them to someone is a gift in itself!
My creations contain lots of texture and details. I love all things vintage, shabby, ‘flower-y’, soft and glittery. The older and well-worn the better!
My work has appeared in both scrapbooking and paper crafting magazines and I was lucky to be a Memory Maker’s Master in 2009.
You can find more of my work on my blog: www.anabelleom.blogspot.com
I am so excited to be Guest Designing for Vintage Street Market!
A Victorian Christmas…
Merry Christmas Tag:
I love tags and all of the goodies from the kit were perfect to put together into one vintage/ shabby tag. I used the patterned paper and sheet music as the base of my tag. I added some paint to shabby it up. I cut a piece of the tinsel and adhered it to the bottom of the tag. Then I added the embellishements. The stickers and vintage snowman seal were layered on next. I added some paint to them, too. Then I added the buttons. I tied some ribbons and added the bell, bauble and holly leaves to the top of the tag. Finally I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of the sheet music (so it would match the paper) and layered it over the snowman.
Dressing up a plain kraft bag was a lot of fun! I covered the front with the Basic Grey paper. Then I tied the tulle around it and attached the key. I cut the poem from the Making Memories paper and framed it with some of the cardstock. I attached that to the tulle as well. Finally, I added some of the holly leaves and the little pinecone to the tulle bow.
I decided to make the stocking the focal point of this card. Since we all had red felt stockings when I was growing up, (my mom made them) I added red paper to the die cut. Then, I embellished the top with the tinsel, a vintage sticker, the poinsettia, leaves and pinecones. I adhered it to the card base that had been covered with some sheet music and a gold doily (got it at Michael’s). The sentiment was cut from the Making Memories paper.
Santa Stop Here Door Hanger:
My seven year old son is absolutely busting at the seams waiting for Santa to arrive! I thought this would be fun to add to our front door! I started off by cutting a 5 by 7 inch piece of heavy cardboard for the base. I covered it with sheet music. The big rosette was made with the crepe paper and some sheet music which I added glitter to. The Santa face was cut from the Making Memories paper. I added another piece of MM paper and adhered the gold stars along the bottom. I put a dot of glitter in the center of each. Finally, I printed “Santa Stop Here” on the scraps of sheet music paper. Then I tield the gold cord onto the top. A piece of scrunched seam binding and the little gold bell topped it off!
Merry Christmas 1969:
My final project really emboddies why I love paper crafting. It’s all about the memories. Recently, I found photos of my brother and me as children on Christmas. Looking at them brought back a lot of wonderful memories. When I saw the goodies in the kit, I knew they’d be perfect for this project. I made this little album to give to my brother at Christmas. The cover was made from the manilla paper and the inside pages are the book pages, to do list, large vintage sticker and vintage receipt. I added lots of goodies to the cover including a piece of the vintage song book, the gold foil sticker, the tinsel, leaves, pinecone, bauble and ribbon. I cut down the glassine bag and adhered it to the inside cover. I’ll tuck a note to my brother in there. Then, on each page I will be writing about some of the childhood memories we shared at Christmas. These will include baking cookies with our mom, having the ‘wacky’ relatives over on Christmas Day, opening one gift each on Christmas Eve, and sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night to see what Santa brought. This gift will really immortalize our wonderful shared memories.
Thank you Anabelle!
These projects are truly lovely and feel just like a traditional Victorian Christmas!