It’s time for another hop weekend! We’re doing a holiday hop using products from the Stampin’ Up! annual and holiday catalogs. You may have gotten here from Jackie’s blog. If you didn’t, you’ll definitely want to hop all the way through until you get back here (or use the “previous button” at the end of this post, or click on the link above), because Jackie is amazing. She always does such beautifully classic work.
I chose to focus on Christmas products this time. I hope no one thinks I’m rushing things, but with the wedding, a recital and two concerts in one weekend, and maybe a trip out of town, I needed to get a jump on my Christmas projects!
My first project is a garland using the Festive Flurry stamp set+ and framelits+. This is so simple. For each snowflake, I die cut two identical snowflakes from silver glimmer paper*, accordion folded at the points and between the points (see how here) and glued them together, back to back, with a strand of the silver ribbon+ in between. Easy! For the centers I added either a rhinestone* or a Vintage faceted designer button*.
Here’s a close up (you may need to scroll down a bit).
Using the same idea, here’s an ornament we made at our last team meeting (thanks, Chris Nelson!). I inked each of the Festive Flurry+ snowflakes in the Illuminate Glimmer Watermark Pad* first, then into either Smoky Slate*, Bermuda Bay* or Coastal Cabana* to give each layer a little shimmer. After die-cutting with the coordinating framelits+, I folded the smaller two like the ornaments on the garland. A frosted finishes embellishment+ was glued to the center, with the silver ribbon+ on the back. And, of course, I added a little Dazzling Diamonds glitter* using the 2-way glue pen.* Some of the ideas for this – if you don’t want to use it as an ornament – are to use it as a topper for a package, glue it to a round card stock ring for a napkin holder, or use it as a gift tag. Simple, easy and fun!
Here’s my final project, These are flowers Mom made for me last year. I think she used the blossom punch. They’re so pretty and happy! Our technique in November will be “glittered vases,” and I wanted to try a twist on that. I took a glass drink bottle, cleaned off all the stickiness from the label, then sponged Frost White shimmer paint on it. (And, I just realized, we don’t carry the shimmer paint any more – or I’m just missing it. So, you can use the Illuminate Glimmer refill ink* instead. It will probably cover even better.) I love the icy, frosty look of the bottle. However, after 24 hours, it was still really tacky, so I dumped some clear embossing powder* on it and heated. I used the new heat tool* in the Stampin’ Up! annual catalog on high heat, but it took a while for the powder to melt. I heated a section or two, then let it rest for a bit before continuing. I’m not sure how hot glass has to get before it breaks, but it was feeling a bit warm in my fingers, and I didn’t want to take chances. I tied a little Whisper White organza ribbon* and more Silver taffeta ribbon+ around the top.
Your next stop on the hop is Kathe’s blog. I love Kathe’s style. She’s a terrific artist – but you can’t “pigeon hole” her. Her projects always make my jaw drop! It really is an awesome adventure.
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy! Enjoy the rest of the hop!
* – products in the Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog
+ – products in the Stampin’ up! Holiday Catalog