Sunday, December 23, 2012

THE Christmas Ornament....

The 3-D Christmas ornament on the front of the SU Holiday catalog, was a "must try" for me.  I had grand plans of making one for each and every one of my crafty friends, BUT..... they are really, really time consuming and I think I managed to create 6 of them.....  It features the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set with it's matching framelits, a LOT of time, a significant amount of glue, and even MORE significant amount of glitter, and several sticks of glue for your hot glue gun! :)  As much work as they are, the final result is stunning!  Well worth trying, all though you might want to start in July rather than November...  For a step by step tutorial, visit any number of You-tube videos out there right now -- such as this one. :)  Maybe someday when both of my kids are in school and I have endless amounts of time on my hands :), and I'm not working :), I'll do You-tube videos, too! LOL

I tried several different color combinations, including Baja Breeze with Navy, Pink Pir with Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green and Cherry Cobbler, and some Rich Razzleberry and Certainly Celery ones, which haven't been completed yet. :)  The one featured here is Pink Pirrouette and Cherry Cobbler -- made for my Seattle friend who has a fun display of pink ornaments from her late grandma.  I thought this ornament would go perfectly with her collection -- AND it's a nice change from the traditional red and green... 

Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Belated Christmas inspiration!

Wow!  My last blog post was in October....  Guess that says just a little bit about how busy my life has been in recent months.  Barely time to catch my breath, let alone post to my blog.  However, today is the day to share some Christmas cards we did at my Christmas card Stamp-a-stack.  I tried to incorporate some new colors into the mix, like Soft Suede and the Champagne glitter paper.  This turned out to be one of the favorite cards we created.  It features the Snowflake Soiree stamp set from the Holiday catalog -- a MUST have snow flake set!

A friend inspired me to try a "white-on-white" Christmas card.  Of course, I couldn't resist adding just a little sparkle with the silver glitter paper!  LOVE that stuff!  So incredibly sparkly and THE SPARKLES DON'T FALL OFF EVERYWHERE! :)  This card also features the Snow Flurry Bigz die.  I love that it is a Bigz die so it can cut other fun stuff -- like felt, and glitter paper, and... and...  The sentiment is embossed in silver.

This card features the Scensational Season stamp set and matching framelits -- also from the Holiday catalog.  The designer paper is from the Candlelight Christmas pack -- GORGEOUS Christmas papers!
Christmas wouldn't be Christmas without a reindeer card, right?  Here is the little guy from the Joyous Celebrations stamp set.  We punched an oval out of a sticky note, centered the oval over the stamped reindeer, and sponged crumb cake ink into the oval to give him a "spotlight".  The designer paper here is also from the Candlelight Christmas pack.
The Ornament Keepsakes stamp set and matching framelits are super fun to make a tri-fold card with, using the ornament as the focal point on the front of the card.  AND, more dsp from the Candlelight Christmas pack.
Another idea I wanted to incorporate this year, was a folded Christmas tree.  The tree is made with a half of a circle cut from designer paper and folded into a "tree".  Here is a link to how to create it.
So, here is the holiday line up!

And here are some of the final creations!  Quite an impressive display of twinkles! Some guests created 20 cards each, and some created 10.

A very Merry Christmas to each of you!  I hope you've had at least a little time to do some holiday crafting...