Annual Holiday Ornament swap

Holiday Ornament Swap 2008Christmas ornaments: sparkling see-through stars!

If you haven’t participated in the annual Holiday Ornament Swap yet… you don’t know what you’re missing!! Here’s a taste of what you’ve missed. This was such a fun project! I have never been covered in this much glitter in my entire life 😀

I have wanted a good excuse to start a Christmas ornament collection for some time, so I didn’t think twice before joining the swap. But when I started thinking of what I was going to make, it slowly dawned on me that mailing 10 medium weight packages overseas is going to cost me a small fortune. So I decided that a few design limitations will be in order, especially since I’ve learned a long time ago that it’s when we have to stretch beyond what’s easy/comfortable that we do our most creative work.

So I set my restrictions: the cheapest type of mail is a standard letter. That means it has to be flat (there goes my “angels made out of large beads” idea), it can’t be metal (there goes my metal tree idea) and it has to be very light (there goes most of my other ideas). And because I don’t do fabric, it didn’t leave a lot of “light, flat, non-metal” options. Which eventually didn’t matter, since these ornaments turned out perfect!

I used a glue ink pad to stamp winter swirls on the large star, and the word “joy” on the small star, traced the edge with white glue, then covered everything with glitter (and I mean everything, including myself and half the room LOL). Then I added some beads as a final touch 🙂 Now I just have to come up with a new “flat, light, non-metal” ornament before the next round…

Elmi

PS: Thanks for all the amazing ornaments I received, they are a joy to behold!!
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Ribbon tree Christmas card

Ribbon tree card
I thought I’d take a quick break from ATCs and share a Christmas card with you that I made a while back but never posted here.

Elmi

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12 Months ATC swap: no. 5-8 (of 12)

Here are the next 4 ATCs for the 12 Months ATC Swap on swapbot.

'Beautiful Love' ATCBeautiful Love

'Birthday Girl' ATCBirthday Girl

'Joyful' ATCJoyful

'Seeing Double' ATCSeeing Double

These ATCs represent February (Beautiful Love = Valentine’s day), April (my swap partner’s birthday), December (Christmas), and November (Seeing Double = all our major wine shows are held at the end of the year during Oct. & Nov.)

Elmi

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“Merry Christmas from us”

Personalised Christmas cardPersonalised Christmas card

This is a card example for the “Make a mobile/magnet” class, and it happens to be based on Laura’s sketch (from 2Sketches4You), made for the Scrapbook News and Reviews‘ celebration of WCMD — see, I did manage to make a card (eventually)!

Close-up of Christmas cardIt is meant to be simple and easy to mass-produce as a personalized Christmas card. The photo is of my husband and I, wearing popped santa hat clip art 😀 [it cracks me up every time I read that sentence!] Neither of us are fans of “Christmas fluff“* (like those Santa hats for example), but I just couldn’t help myself — it works so well on this card! I used liquid pearls to make the woolly parts of the hats look 3D.

SUPPLIES:
• card stock: textured white Royal Quadrant (Grafton Paper Products)
• paper: bright red (unknown)
• stamp: ‘Falala’ clear stamp Christmas (Making Memories)
• ink: ruby CatEye pigment ink (ColorBox)
• other: white opal liquid pearls (Ranger), santa hat clip art
• tools: Making Memories Tag Maker circle rim and tool, large scalloped scissor (Creative Papercraft magazine), embossing stylus, foam squares (Chiswick)

* Christmas fluff: The commercialized part of Christmas that has nothing to do with the real reason for it, namely the birth of Jesus Christ.

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