Thursday, February 03, 2011

Christmas Pursuits Challenge - NOEL Letters

Hey, everyone! Last week I challenged myself to embellish up my NOEL letters. These sit up on my mantle and the general theme for that room is rustic or lodge, so that's the theme I used for my letters. Here they are as I've been using them for a couple of years:

Pretty, but uninspiring, right? Sooooo, I dressed them up with some rustic-like embellishments. For the "N", I used some tea dyed twill, some punched out cedar-looking leaves and a twine tied button. On the "O", I glued some little branches from a tiny artificial Christmas tree, stamped a couple of pine cones from Waltzingmouse's Festive Foliage set, and added another twine tied button. The "E" called for more red so I added a crinkled seam binding bow, some holly leaves from the same set, and some fake red berries. The "L" was a challenge. I ended up tying on a red and cream gingham ribbon, some punched out holly leaves, and a little twine tied button. That didn't seem like enough, so I added some punched out evergreens and some deer--totally keeping with the lodge theme. And here's the finished product:

I don't think this theme lends itself to a ton of embellishments so I kept it to a minimum on each letter. So, what do you think? Better? I think so :)

Thanks so much for stopping by! For next week, I'm challenging myself to dress up another set of letters: MERRY. See a trend? JOY, NOEL, MERRY? Each one has more letters than the last, LOL! Are you getting tired of them yet, LOL? BUT I won't be posting about it that day--I'll have a Flourishes sneak for you instead, so I'm challenging myself right now to get another set, PEACE done before I post again the following week with both sets. How's that? Still something done each week--If I make it ;-) I'll be back tomorrow with a Flourishes card, so I hope to see you back then!

Stamps: Festive Foliage (Waltzingmouse Stamps)
Paper: Kraft (SU!); Pinefeather (PTI); miscellaneous scrapbook paper
Ink: Soft Suede (SU!); Memento Cottage Ivy
Accessories/tools: twill, ribbon, fake tree limbs, fake berries, buttons, seam binding, twine; punches (Martha Stewart); resin letters (Michaels)


  1. ohhh, so gorgeous! The changes you made really spice it up!

  2. Wow..really great work..Thanks you very much for sharing!


  3. Barbara, I do agree these are much better....nice before but always better with your creative touch. I love the L with the deer. Great job and I know you'll enjoy looking at these next holiday season.

  4. Hi Barbara, I love what you did with your letters - they look very festive and perfect for your room!! Looking forward to the next set!

  5. OMFG!!!! Those look AMAZING! LOOOOVE the deer at the bottom of the L and the 'wreath' above the O!

  6. Wonderful idea. These are gorgeous. Love how you dressed them up!

  7. It is beautiful! I love it all but the deer on the L are my favorites!

  8. LOVE it! I especially love the deer on the "L" pretty.

  9. WOW that really made a whole difference! Loving especially the "E"

  10. That's a real transformation... It was nice before but now it's Beautiful!!

  11. I really like the finished product! Really pretty and would look really nice on the mantel! I love letters like this, but never think to do them. What an inspiring project!

  12. Barbara, Its great blog! I just happen to reach this blog and I am happy that I find a good blog worth reading..


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