Monday, December 14, 2015

Busy With Christmas Gifts

Hi Everyone!!! I have not been doing a ton lately! I've been busy shopping and trying to make Christmas gifts. Today is my three (3) year anniversary!! I can't believe I've been married to Kevin for three (3) years! It just seems like yesterday! So... we went to the Field of the Woods in North Carolina yesterday. We did that for our Anniversary. We left out early in the morning and we got back early evening. We had a really wonderful day. We always do though. It is fun to hang out and travel with him :)  We have a great time always. So, today we did some Christmas shopping and had a really nice lunch. That was it for us :)  I thought I would start sharing some Christmas gifts that I have made. I can't share them on Facebook or they will see them LOL So, I'll post them on here now and then Facebook after Christmas :)

This is my first share. This is a Christmas gift for my sister. She collects Lizards, so I took this candle holder that we bought at Goodwill. It is made of steel and it was painted black at the start. I forgot to take photos before!

This was all iron and it was black. I've painted the whole thing orange. I had Kevin add the screw at the top so that it would hold a candle without the worry of it tipping over.  There was bamboo in the middle of these when I got them. I took all the bamboo out and I added the two thin canvases. I painted the lizards with my Copic markers. I wasn't sure how well they would do on a canvas, but with wanting to dot them I think it turned out okay. The outline was done with Copic liners. I did the background in watercolors. I added two velum sayings and a bit of other vellum. Kevin added some Acrylic to cover the vellum and canvases. I took two of the bamboo slats and I've added them to the sides. I added some sequins, a lizard charm and a bunch of flowers. I wanted it to be colorful and for her to be able to use it in her outside covered area near her pool. That is where she has a ton of lizards hanging. I also added a bit of wire at the top and bottom. So, that's it... my altered candle holder for my sister.

Copic Markers Used:
  • Green Lizard: YG00, YG01, YG05, YG07, YG17, YG67
  • Green Lizard Spots: B37, B69
  • Red Lizard: R20, R22, R24, R27, R29
  • Red Lizard Spots: Y15, Y19
  • Purple Lizard: V15, V17, BV08
  • Purple Lizard Spots: RV13, RV14, RV66
  • Lizard Mouths: R39, R59, R89
  • Lizard Tongues: R20, R22, R24


Lisa Kind said...

Very cool way to refurbish something! This is very cool! Thanks for playing with Just Us Girls!

Lisa J said...

This is a great idea. Thanks for sharing with us this fortnight. Lisa DT Creative Craft Cottage

Janis Lewis said...

That's cool! Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks.
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Nana said...

Thanks for linking up over at 2 Creative Chicks

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Patricia Alvarez said...

Great project!! You did an amazing job. The little lizards are adorable. Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Passion, good luck!!! Patricia.

Rocky said...

I'm sure your sister will love this fun gift. Thank you for sharing it with us at Altered Eclectics.

Stampsnob. said...

You have a very lucky sister Great job Thanks for sharing at Craft Rocket Challenges Lis DT

Mynn xx said...

Susan, this is totally darling! I LOVE the fun images, fabulous coloring, and gorgeous texture! Thanks for joining us at Great Impressions! Sending HUGS! :) Mynn xx

Claudia Rogier said...


Stunning creation. thanks for joining us at CCC Challenge

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Cheryl said...

Now that's some special recycling! Your sister the lizard collector is sure to love it! And we love that you joined us in this week's challenge at Just Us Girls!

~ Jo ~ said...

Wow this is gorgeous!!! She is going to just love this! I love the images and colors, so fun! Love all the florals and sequins... great job! Thanks so much for joining our Funday Friday challenge this week!!! Happy Holidays ahead!
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Bianca said...

WOW! What a super cute creation! I love all that little details and your coloration. Thank you for joining us at Fairy Tale Challenge. Bianca XX

Chris Dring said...

So, right now my jaw is sitting in my lap. This. Is. AMAZING!!! Where to even start?! You upcycled a candle holder, your canvases are incredible, and just look at all that bling! Absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing this at Just Us Girls!

Andree said...

A fabulously altered project. It's so wonderfully colourful. Those lizards are just gorgeous.
Thank-you for joining in with the Crafts Galore Encore December Challenge “Anything Goes”. Merry Christmas and good luck x

ccheney said...

So CUTE!! Thank you for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage

Helen said...

What a great and original gift - love it.

Thanks for joining us at Little Patch of Crafty Friends and Happy Christmas.

Helen x

Judy McKay said...

Very fun sweet project. Lots of great colour. Thank you for joining us at Not Just Cards this month. Hope to see you back here again in 2016. Judy DT

Michelle said...

This is so suprising. Lovely the idea and how you made it.
Thanks for playing with us at Craft your Passion.
xxx Michelle (DT)

Suze said...

Fantastic project. I'm sure you're sister will love it. Thank you for joining in the Anything Goes challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

Tracy Wray aka Trak said...

What a super sweet project you have for us today, so well thought out and put together a fabulous Creation Beautiful in every way, we are so lucky you have entered our art by miran challenge
so beautiful to look at good luck hugs Tracy x

Unknown said...

Very cool gift Susan! I'm sure your sister loves it! Thank you for joining our December Anything Goes Challenge at Great Impressions.
Wishing you a Prosperous & Happy New Year!
Ruza ~ GI Designer
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Sandra Wright. said...

Such a cool gift for your sister and a fab entry for our challenge over at Altered Eclectics...x

Vannessa said...

This is just fab Susan - fabulous idea! Thank you for joining in the Paper Nest Dolls Challenge this time. Hope to see you again.

Hugs, Vannessa
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