When the weather clears and I have good light I will try to get a better photo. :)
After doing the fun Thanksgiving Countdown I just HAD to make a Christmas one! In our home we try to keep the Christ in Christmas so I knew I wanted it to be a Nativity theme. It was really fun to pull out my Kiwi Lane templates and see what I could come up with. It you haven't used the templates before, one of the really awesome things about them is the ability to layout what you are working on and play with it before you ever cut any paper.
After playing around a bit here is my rough design.
Rings -the background, Mary's head cover, Joseph's face
Tiny Shapes -the manger
Celebrate -body of Mary and Joseph and sheep, baby Jesus
Adventure -StarCoordinating double sided paper
Ink, Duaber, Adhesive, Desired Emblishements
Now I am ready to gather my papers and get to work. Just like the Turkey, I am just using scraps from an old paper packet. This paper is from an old Stampin'Up Packet.
First, trace your rings. A quick trick to cutting them easily is,once traced, cut a slit from outer to center ring then cut along the lines. Don't worry, you will be able to hide the slit in your layering. -note if your paper has a special pattern be careful where you cut your slit to make sure it will be hidden.
I forgot to take pictures, but you will also need to trace your Mary, Joseph. and Manger.
For the sheep I thought the "cloud" was too big so I just scaled it down while tracing. First I traced the part I thought would make a cute head and body, then I moved the template over and traced the back end. :)
I forgot to take a picture while I was doing it, so here is an after shot to give you an idea of how much I adjusted it.