Stampin Up Christmas Home Dec Project

I have been so inspired by “inchies” lately. If you don’t know what they are do a Pinterest search. You can do them in any theme and color – whatever inspires you. I love Christmas, winter and snowflakes so that was my direction for this project.

***Please note that I did use a number of discontinued items and I apologize if you can’t find them (Stampin Up products are always available on EBay so I would suggest you start there). Even though I sell Stampin Up products, the purpose of this post is for inspiration and sharing (but I’ll be honest, a few sales as a result would be a great bonus). This is the perfect project for mixing and matching and using what you have on hand so don’t think you have to spend money and get all the “hot items” of the moment.  Go back through your old stuff that you haven’t used in a while and remember why you bought them in the first place – you like Them — so use them and have fun.

I wanted to use the Large Letters Framelits so I didn’t do actual inch sized squares. I made squares & rectangles based on the size of the letters and images I wanted to use. I measured a box slightly larger than my images, then added 1/8” to each measurement for each mat layer giving 1/16” borders.

I used Silver Glimmer Paper as my background, then stamped my images on Whisper White Cardstock with mint macaron ink. I’m sorry but that color is no longer available – Pool Party would be a great option. The dark blue matting layers are Dapper Denim.

To make the letter squares, I started by stamping my snowflakes in mint macaron. The large flake is from Flurry of Wishes and the small one is from Every Occasion which is discontinued- but use any smaller snowflake you have on hand. Then I die cut the letters, backed the square with Dapper Denim and put the letters back in with Stampin Dimensionals cut to fit.

The snowmen are from Snow Much Fun which unfortunately is a discontinued set. You might be able to find it on EBay. The words are from A Tim Holtz set of holiday words dies – I don’t know if it is still available. I did a little bit of coloring with the matching Mint macaron marker. Again, this color is no longer available but there is a Matching marker for all of the current colors – you can get the whole set here 110 Dual Tip Markers. I used the Pumpkin Pie marker to color the carrot noses.

The coffee cup is from Merry Cafe which is also discontinued but there is a similar new bundle that you can still get – Coffee Cafe Bundle.

The ornament is also discontinued- Embellished Ornaments. It also has matching framelits. You may be able to get them on EBay but feel free to use any ornament stamp you may have on hand.

The stockings are current and you can get the stamps and thinlets here – Christmas Stockings Thinlets and Hang Your Stocking. I also ran the cuff through the Big Shot with a Sizzix embossing folder. I’m sorry I don’t know the name but it is such a small piece – you could use just about any embossing folder you have. Mine was a holly leaf border that fit perfectly.

The die cut snowflakes are from Couture Creations and I purchased them from Create and Craft.

Lastly, I embellished some of the squares with clear glitter glue and Rhinestone Basic Jewels.

I hope you enjoyed my post and that you were inspired to create your own project. I would love to see your creations so post a picture or link in the comments. Please let me know if you have any questions – I would be happy to help. Happy crafting!


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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