Saturday, November 28, 2015

Christmas Ornaments

I love making Christmas Ornaments. Working small, with cheerful Christmas papers and pretty, tiny little findings and lots of glitter is so dang fun. Here are four house-shaped (are you surprised?) Santa themed Christmas Ornaments.

I used wooden blanks that I cut from a template I drew, but you could easily use heavy chipboard instead of wood. I also used bits and pieces of scrap paper left over from other projects...mostly G45 Christmas papers, but any bright, cheerful papers will work!

I really like these cabochon medallions....the glass cabs make the images appear larger and they look great and add a little bit more gleam to the ornaments.

I added some litle dots with a black marker around the corners and edges of things to add a bit of richness and detail.

And a little extra kitsch....some quick ornaments I made using 3x3 canvas (you could very easily use chipboard), some adorable papers from the Farmhouse Kitchen Collection and a little mini red pom pom fringe. I really love the impact black and white make especially with a little pop of Christmas color!

Supplies list for the Santa House Ornaments:
Papers came from G45's Christmas Emporium and Twas the night Before Christmas...all 6x6.
Cabochon/pendant settings
Mini Clock and Winding Key Set
Bronze Bookmark with Round Setting
Kriss Kringle Collage Sheet
Santa and Children Collage Sheet
Christmas Red Stickles
Lime Green Stickles
Tiny Dot Dresden Borders-Red

Filigree Flower
Swarovski Flat back crystals in Aurora
Burgundy ribbon


8x8 Heavy Chipboard ( I used 3x3 mini canvas' but could easily make these with chipboard)
Farmhouse Kitchen Collection Papers;
Holiday Baking Butcher Paper
Salad Copic Marker
Black and Ivory Prints 6x6 Paper Pad
Mini Pom Pom Fringe-Red

Red Pony Beads
Black ribbon

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Winter Wonderland Advent Calendar

Christmas is just around the corner folks! And if you're thinking about making an advent calendar, it's a lot closer than you think!

I made this one for the fab folks at Alpha Stamps and it's kind of inspired by the whimsical, fancy Mad Hatter style of the company Mackenzie Childs.
The box is a good size at approx. 12x12 inches, so it makes a good statement on a mantle or tabletop. You could also wire it and hang it on a wall.

I love how the bright colors are a cheerful contrast to the black and white harlequin check on the walls. I fell in love with the Farmhouse Christmas Stripe Scrapbook paper because of the strip of stockings toward the bottom and decided to use that on the wall. I hand colored it with an array of Copic markers and added lots of glitter.

Looks like the family is coming in from a chilly ride on a one horse sleigh! There are lots of tasty treats and a bottle of bubbly waiting to warm them up!

I made the treats and the bottle from polymer clay with some really wonderful molds that I highly recommend. They are really good quality and you don't have to use a release spray to get your pieces out. I used Copics on these as well. Turns out alcohol inks are great on baked polymer clay! I used liquid pearls in Hydrangea to make the jelly center of the cake in the dome and lots of Stickles for snow on the gingerbread house.

I finished the back off with more stripey paper just to make it pretty from any angle.

And added some charming details like the sweet little tuxedo cat and all the presents. I used the wooden die-cut snowflakes for ornaments on the tree. I painted them with a light coating of glue and then sprinkled glitter on them. Love the sparkle!

I also used glass pearls for the drawer pulls, dotting the tops of each with a little stickles and then piping some around the base of the pearls to finish them off.

The cake plate was made using a bead cap, a piece of cardboard and some Dresden trim, primered then colored with Copics.
For a link to all the supplies I used, click HERE.

Supplies List:
Advent Calendar Shadowbox
Farmhouse Christmas Stripe Scrapbook Paper
Black and Ivory Diamonds Scrapbook Paper
Black and Ivory Ribbon Stripe Scrapbook Paper
Mini Silicone Cake Mold Set
Mini Gingerbread House Mold
Victorian Table Kit-Black
Black and White Reclining Cat
Cream Pearl Assortment
Mini Christmas Packages
Wood Snowflake Cut-Out Set
Retro Bottle Brush tree Set (substitution suggestion)
Christmas Red Stickles
Lime green Stickles
Liquid Pearls-Hydrangea
Thin Fleur Dresden Border-Black
Clear Cake Dome on Gold Tray
Double Dot Vintage Wild Berry Scrapbook Paper
Double Dot Vintage Wasabi Green Scrapbook Paper

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