2015 Ornament Exchange Link Party

Well, all of the ornament blogs have been gathered into this wonderful Link Party so you can see them all together and click on any of them to get all of the tutorial information or purchase information of they were store-bought ornaments. There are some fantastic ornaments here, so grab a cub of coffee, sit down and take some time to peruse a few blogs. And while you are at it, we would love to see your original ornaments! Post your link below with your tutorial on how it was made so everyone can share in your ideas.

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Ornament Exchange Link PartyWelcome to the first 2015 Holiday Ornament Exchange!

Want to see all the amazing ornaments we have shared?

We are linking up all of our ornaments in the link below so everyone can see all the beautiful handmade and/or store bought goodies we came up with!

Let’s all get inspired this season!

The Hosts of the Exchange~Ornament Exchange Hosts

My Pinterventures | Made in a Day | The House Down The Lane | The Kolb Corner | Intelligent Domestications | Where The Smiles Have Been | Ash and Crafts | Inside the Fox Den | C’mon Get Crafty | Olives-n-Okra

We want to say a huge “Thank You” to all the blogs that shared the exchange announcement on their sites, we could not have done it without you! Hugs! Ornament Exchange Helpers

Lexi Michelle Blog | B is 4 | Xo, Lorey | Craving Some Creativity | Cherishing a Sweet Life | Our Crafty Mom | MidMichigan Mom


Make sure to visit all the other wonderful bloggers of the 2015 Ornament Exchange! All of their incredible creations are linked in the link party below.

DIY Adulation | The Farmhouse In The Field | Tastefully Frugal | My Sweet Things |Christmas Tree Lane | Simply Kelly Designs | Munofore | Decor To Adore | Tulips & Orchids | Rhinestones & Sweatpants |Happily Ever After, Etc. | From This to That | DIY Just Cuz | This Design Journal | I am Homemaker | Organized by Sunshine | Displaced Yinzer | My Life From Home | Nets Blog About Jnets Line | 10 Acres and 6 Chicks | Books and Life | Gardenchick | Two Purple Couches | DIY Just Cuz | Across the Blvd | Kentucky to Cali | Insolence + Wine | Our House Now a Home | Weekend Craft | Mary and Martha’s House | Random Bits of Happiness | Dragonfly and Lily Pads | Garden Matter | Recipe For a Sweet Life | Mama’s Journey | Amber Downs | Toolbox Divas | Craving Some Creativity | Vikalpah | Flourish & Knot | Raising Fairies and Knights | Blue Willow House | The Road to Domestication | Love My Messy Messy Mess | An Oregon Cottage | Home On The Corner | Fearlessly Creative Mamma | The Evolution of Mom | The Green Mountain Couple | Simply Home Love | Run with Jackabee | simple.pretty.life | The Chilly Dog | Try it – Like it | Gypsy Road | Playfully Tacky | Wife Mommy Me

We want to see your ornament tutorials too! Show us your creations by adding your post to the party below! Please add only ornament tutorials to the party. Thank you!

Click on the InLinkz Link-up below to see all of the ornaments – I think we are up to 102!! and you can add your link there.

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I hope you enjoy my Star Snowman ornament along with all of the many other great ornaments below. Thank you to Erlene of Mypinterventures and all of her helpers for organizing this wonderful swap and link party this year! Please leave me your comments – or any questions you may have below and I will be happy to answer.

Happy Crafting and Happy Holidays Everyone,
Jeanette

2015 Ornament Exchange – Day 7

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There were three bloggers posting today including me!  I am so excited, I can’t believe I am featured on someone else’s blog.  This is all new to me so I apologize for gushing but this is the first time anything I have done has been posted by someone else so I am a bit over excited.  Please take a moment to visit my co-bloggers for the day.  I learned some tutorial posting tips from Lorey and her tutorial for the reversible plaque.  See her tutorial here.  My other co-blogger chose to purchase her ornament and I love her post and photos.  I think Rebecca really embraced the spirit of the exchange and really made you feel like you went shopping with her!  So take a trip with Rebecca here and see what she found and how she got into the spirit of the season.

Thank you Lorey and Rebecca for posting with me today.

I know I don’t have many followers yet, but if anyone has an ornament they would like to share, please post your link below and I will be happy to share it.  On November 14th, we should have a link-up party of all participating bloggers and their ornaments so be sure to check back with me.  And visit Erlene at Mypinterventures for all of the links so far.  Thank you again Erlene for all of your time and efforts in organizing our 2015 Ornament Exchange.

My Ornament for the 2015 Exchange – I love how he came out!!

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I think he is so adorable.  I hope my partner, Shirley Wood likes him as much as I do when she receives it!

There were quite a few steps involved but in hind site, some things could have been done easier – now that I KNOW what the final outcome is. LOL  I had a general picture in my mind but nothing to work from and I ended up making some things harder than necessary.  Starting with the head, I took a 2 inch Styrofoam ball, mixed my own paper mache paste (1/2 cup water, 1 cup flour) — and now here was my first mistake but I am going to tell everything I did — instead of paper, I used 1/2 wide gauze to “paper mache” the head.  I don’t know what I was thinking, but I did not like the look, it did not come out as smooth as I had hoped, so I then tried a few layers of gesso.

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I still didn’t like it.  So, then I took a jar of artificial snow (with a little glitter in it) and smeared it on with a palette knife.

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THAT was much better, now it looks like it was rolled in the snow! (I saved the face for last)

Then I worked on the star.  Again, here I think I took the hard way so if you are recreating him, I think there must be easier ways.

I used the nested Sizzix star dies and my big shot.  I cut two stars out of chipboard in the ultimate size I wanted – approx. 5 inches across.  Then I cut two out of the patterned paper in the next size up because I wanted to wrap the paper around the edges of the chipboard.  In the long run, I am not sure that was worth all of the trouble and effort as I put the tinsel around the edge.  I was afraid to put the paper on the chipboard before cutting because of the scoring and bending I was going to do to make the star 3D – I was afraid the paper would split or crack.  You may want to give it a try and see what happens because I had a tough time.  I scored all of the valleys on the front of the chipboard and all the points on the back, then folded the scores to make the center pop up.

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I clipped the cardstock stars all around the edges so I would have tabs to fold around the chipboard edges and I attached the cardstock with decoupage.  I had a terrible time with the decoupage drying quickly, then my fingers got sticky and they kept peeling the paper.  I was making the blue ones and some red ones but the red ones got ruined and I was not able to finish the second ornament as planned (sniff sniff – I’m so sad, I really want one for myself – I’m quite tempted to keep this one!  Only kidding Shirley.) I tried doing small areas at a time and washing my hands multiple times but it was just a mess!  I was really surprised the blue ones turned out as well as they did.

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When dried, I glued them all the way around the outside.  Don’t forget to put the cord down the middle before you put them together.  Again, I wasn’t sure where I was going to end up so I just left really long pieces of cord on both top and bottom of the star but in hind sight I would have threaded it up through the head and hat and back down again and then down to the bell at the bottom and back up again and tied a knot and hidden it inside the star.  As it was I fought to tie a knot at the top of the hat and get the end back into the hat – then tie a knot at the bottom and stick the end into the star – all while keeping everything at the right lengths etc — it was frustrating!  After gluing the stars together, I glued the tinsel all around the outside of the star.

Then I took a long doll making needle and ran the cord up through a blue bead to keep the head from sitting too far down on the point of the star, then through the center of the head (after deciding what looked best for the face) and up through the hat.  I made the hat by cutting a 5 inch circle of the patterned paper and then I removed 1/4 of the circle (like you would cut a pie), then curled the rest into a cone and glued it up the seam.  I glued the tinsel around the top and bottom.  Then I found an old 1/2 inch blown glass ornament that was the perfect color that I used like a pom pom for the top of the hat.  I used 1/2 inch organza ribbon and tied a triple bow for the neck and it was funny, I tied it and didn’t like it for some reason.  I also had another ribbon so I showed all to Mom for her opinion and asked if I should retie the organza bow without the biggest loop and she said no, she liked it and turned it over and put the big loops on top instead of the small ones!!  How simple – and I love it!  I sat there stewing over it for about an hour, and she looks at it and poof, has the right idea!

 The bell on the bottom was part of an old string of gold bells I had and I spray painted it “hammered silver”.  As I said, the face was last, and it gave me fits, I could not get things to look even.  Thanks again Mom for helping – I don’t know what I would do without you, you are the best crafting buddy.  The nose is a button I have had for about 20 years.  I marked where the shank of the button was hitting and used my knife cut carve a little slit/hole to fit the shank in and then glued the carrot button on the face.  The eyes and mouth are just enamel dots from my scrapbooking stash – I stuck those on with tear tape (red line tape) as I did not want to trust the glue they come with.  Oh, and I stuck gems on some of the snowflakes on the stars and the hat so there is some glitz to him.  Well that is that.  I hope you like him and I hope I did OK on my first tutorial, even though there were some hitches along the way of the actual process.  Please let me know what you think and let know if you have any questions and I will be happy to help any way I can.  Thanks for visiting my blog and our Ornament Exchange and there is still more to come so come back to see the rest.

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Crafting with Paper and Jeanette – and – Meetup.com

Ding ding ding – the class bell is ringing!!  I believe I have this done right now.  Classes have been scheduled and you can sign up and pay in Meetup.com.  Join my group Crafting with Paper and Jeanette and you can see the current schedule and be advised of new classes, workshops and events as scheduled.  You must register and pay for classes so I can properly prepare.  Please note I currently have a special going **If you bring a guest, your next class/workshop will be free**.  Please note space is limited so register early.

I am so excited to get this going into some kind of regular classes and I want it open to all ideas a voices so if you have any ideas, please feel free to contact me.  Is there a special type of card you want  to do? Or a type of stamping?  Or some type of holiday project?  Is there a day or time of the week that is better/best for you to meet?  Do you have a group that wants to meet at your home?  I can put together a traveling workshop if that works best for you – just let me know.  I am also able to do classes for younger crafters so let me know if you have children with the desire to participate.

**I wanted to let you know Meetup uses WePay (as apposed to PayPal) and I did a little research on it and found that they are about 5 years old and offer the same protections as PayPal and fees are about the same and there were really no exceptional negative issues — there were basically the expected amount of complaints for a company of their size and they are rated “A” with the BBB so bottom line is: I feel comfortable using them to process payments.

Card Making Classes

I am scheduling card making classes at my workshop.  Make 4 cards of your choosing for $25.00.  I will have everything ready for you, you just assemble and decorate.  You can put your own spin on them if you want, I have a wide variety of embellishments for you to chose from – my Stampin’ Up selection is growing by  leaps and bounds!  Birthday cards, get well cards, sympathy cards, holiday greetings, whatever you need,, we can make it together!  Space is limited so be sure to register early.  Review my calendar for dates and times available.  Here are a couple of the cards you could chose:

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Click here to visit my Stampin’ Up page and see my calendar where you can register for the class(es) of your choosing.  Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns or if you have any problems (this is new to me so I may mess up on some of these links – they are so confusing).

Mosaic Madness with Stampin’ Up

I sat down yesterday with the stamp set Mosaic Madness and the Mosaic punch.  I know that they have been discontinued but I really think they go really well with the in color Mint Macaron.  I also have an embossing folder from Momenta that I thought coordinated really well.  So, here is what I ended up with:

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The card on the left is made with Whisper White Cardstock, then I used the individual stamp in a repeat, offset pattern on Mint Macaron to make my own background paper.  Then I stamped more on another piece of the Mint Macaron and cut them out with the Mosaic shape punch.  I used a white gel pen to decorate the punches and added a few rhinestones and glued the punches over a few of the stamped images.

The card on the right is also made with Whisper White Cardstock, then I took a piece of Mint Macaron and ran it through my Big Shot with the Momenta embossing folder.  I lightly sponged over the top and edges with Mint Macaron ink to make the embossed image stand out a bit more.  I stamped images on another piece of Mint Macaron, punched them out with the Mosaic Punch, then coated them with Glossy Accents (be sure to let that thoroughly dry – I let mine sit overnight to be sure) then attached them with Dimensionals.  I added a Happy Birthday greeting and a few Pearl Jewels for a final added touch.

I hope you like them.  Please let me know what you think and don’t hesitate to ask any questions, I would be happy to help you with any questions you may have.  Please visit my Stampin’ Up Page to view our current catalogs and shop any time, 24 hours a day.  I also offer many classes and workshops to meet many needs so check out my calendar – contact me if you don’t see what you need, I can set up a special session just for you and your friends — just let me know what you are interested in doing.  I look forward to helping you create something fabulous soon!

I am so excited for my Open House – I can’t believe it is almost here.

I can’t believe it is almost here – Saturday is just a few days away and I feel like a little kid just before Christmas.  We are going to have so much fun.  I am really looking forward to introducing my passion and Stampin’ Up to my friends and family.  I was really disappointed to realize that my mom is flying out of town that day so she will not be able to attend — but that give me an excuse to have another party when she gets home! LOL

I just got notice of a huge order being shipped from Stampin’ Up giving more reason for it to feel like Christmas.  I hope it gets here by Saturday so I can show off all of the new things I got, but it will be OK if it doesn’t get here (another reason for me to have another party).  The Holiday Catalog has so many new and fun things that i was able to pre-order as a demonstrator.  The catalog goes live tomorrow so I get to show off all of the wonderful goodies on Saturday and everyone can order from either catalog.   I will be scheduling workshops in conjunction with some great holiday kits that we have — one of my favorites is a wreath that is easily interchangeable for 3 (yes I said THREE) holidays – Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas – it is fabulous – and let me tell you the pictures in the catalog do not do it justice – it comes out looking soooooo much better.

So, don’t forget to come on over for my Open House Saturday at 7pm as I start my new adventure with Stampin’ Up.  If you have not received an invitation and would like to attend, please send me a message, and I will be happy to give you the details.  And, if you can’t attend and would like to shop, visit my Stampin’ Up page here.and you can submit an order online — or feel free to e-mail it to me and I will submit it for you.

Everyone loves a handmade card, let me help you create one to give to someone special in your life – I promise you will LOVE the feelings it generates.