Saturday, September 25, 2010

Christmas Ornaments

A couple of years ago, I received a set of beautiful hand decorated ornaments for Christmas  (from my parents).  They were remarkable and add that extra something to my Christmas tree.  This year I decided I wanted to make these ornaments.  They are super easy to make and are wonderful to give.

Here they are:
I purchased clear Christmas bulbs from my local Michaels Craft store.  They have a variety of sizes and shapes.  They come in a nice case which makes wrapping them up as a gift easier.  
Here is what I used:
  • Night of Navy Classic Stampin' refill
  • Rose Red Classic Stampin' refill
  • Handsome Hunter Classic Stampin' refill
  • Gold Glitter from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Silver Glitter from Martha Stewart Crafts
  • Rub on images
I found putting the rub-ons a challenging task.  I've  decided that rub-ons are meant for flat surfaces not curved, such as glass ornaments. 
The easy part was putting the ink in with the glitter.  All you do is add a few drops of ink to the inside of the ornament.  I also added a drop of water to help move the ink around.  I then covered the opening and shook the ornament until the ink was evenly distributed around the inside of the ornament.  I poured out the excess ink and then added the glitter.  Again, I shook the ornament around until the glitter was all over.  I also had to pour out the excess glitter.  Voila, your done.

Here are some close ups of the ornaments.

As you can see they sparkle in the light.

I do plan to make more of these before Christmas.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Halloween One Sheet Wonder

Halloween is just over a month away and I decide to make some cards.  Of course I asked myself what I would do with Halloween cards, but that wasn't the important thing.  For these cards, I chose to use a One Sheet Wonder method.  I created 10 cards using one 8 1/2" x 11" piece of cardstock to make these cards. 

I used one stamp set (Batty for You), three different ink colors (Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, and Cajun Craze) and two base cardstock colors (Basic Black and Rich Razzleberry).
I stamped the various images from the Batty for You stamp set all over the Whisper White card, thus creating my own patterned paper.  I then used a template that I found on Splitcoaststampers to cut up my new patterned paper. 

I then decorated 10 card bases with the patterned paper, extra cardstock, and greetings.

Here are some close ups of some of the cards.

One Sheet Wonders are a great way to create several different cards quickly.  You can create One Sheet Wonder templates for both 8 1/2" x 11" and 12" x 12" cardstock or you can visit different websites to find templates that others have created.

Have a great Halloween!!!