Friday, November 26, 2021

Stampin Friends November Blog Hop - Celebrate the Season

WELCOME to Stampin' Friends November Blog Hop!!  It's been such a fun year being part of this Hop! If you are following along the hop, you have arrived from Jo’s blog. Be sure to read through my blog, comment below and continue on to Teri’s blog. If you get lost along the way, no worries, you can find a list of Blog Hoppers at the end of each Blog.

For our last month of hopping our theme is all about Celebrating the Season!  This can be anything you celebrate at this time of year.  One Celebration I learned about this year is Diwali which is celebrated in India. Diwali is a festival of lights and one of the major festivals celebrated by Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists, notably Newar Buddhists. The festival usually lasts five days and is celebrated during the Hindu lunisolar month Kartika. Although my projects do not include this Holiday, I just thought I would share what I learned. And you never know, my next project just might focus on this, the festival of lights!

Unto my projects, my projects do showcase one of the biggest Holiday's that is celebrated here in the States...Christmas!! My Stampin' Up! products get the most use at this time of year.  From July to December at least one of my craft classes has to do with making Christmas cards.  I send out about 150 holiday cards to all my family and friends. Lastly, I also participate in about 5 craft fairs from October to December selling all the cool things I make! Phew...that's a lot of Christmas.

Let's get started, shall we!  It was hard for me to use just one stamp set or bundle for this blog so I used a couple, lol.

Here is my greeting card, as I said earlier, I just couldn't use one suite or bundle from Stampin' Up!'s July  - December 2021 mini catalog.

SUPPLIES:
  • Merriest Moments Bundle
  • Whimsical Trees Stamp Set
  • Seasons of Fun Stamp Set
  • Basic White Card Stock (5 1/2" x 8 1/2"; scraps)
  • Balmy Blue Card Stock (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") 
  • Shimmer White Card Stock (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") 
  • Momento Black Ink
  • Misty Moonlight Ink
  • Colored Pencils 

Step - By - Step

This was an easy card to put together.

  1. First I die cut the more solid frame out of balmy blue card stock.  Then the more detailed frame I die cut out of shimmer white card stock.  In the center of the shimmer white frame, I stamped the sentiment in Misty Moonlight ink.  I also randomly stamped snowflakes in the frame.  This stamp came from the Seasons of Fun stamp set. I adhered these two together with stampin' seal and added it to the card front with dimensionals.
  2. Using the ornament bundle image from Whimsical Trees, I stamped them onto scraps of basic white card stock.  I colored them in using colored pencils.  I then die cut it out, with the coordinating die.  I adhered this to the upper left hand corner of the the frame.
  3. Lastly, I stamped the dog image from Seasons of Fun stamp set on basic white card stock with momento black ink.  For him, I also colored with colored pencils, however, I did have to fussy cut him out.  Once cut out, I adhered him to the lower right hand corner of the frame.
 
 My project for this month is all about ornaments.  I just LOVE ornaments and the cool thing about them, you can leave them hanging around your home all year long!  This year my hand made ornaments are made by using wide mouth mason jar lids.  You may have used these in the past, but this is my first time and am blown away by all the options that you can come up with to decorate these lids!
 
 

 SUPPLIES:

  • Wide Mouth Mason Jar Lids
  • Acetate
  • Vellum
  • Painted Christmas Suite
  • Merriest Moments Bundle
  • Gingerbread and Peppermint Suite

Step - By - Step

Here is a quick step-by-step for the ornaments.

  1. To make the shaker card version, I hot glued a piece of acetate to the top of the jar lid.
  2. I covered the metal insert with DSP on one side and coordinating card stock on the other.  Be sure to cut the circle for this bigger than the actual lid.  This is what you will use to secure the shaker pieces.
  3. You will decorate the side of the insert that has the DSP on it.  In my ornament I used the flowers from the Merriest Moments bundle.  Instead of just stamping the images on basic white card stock, I also used vellum.
  4. My shaker material is some foam balls I found at the dollar tree that came in silver, gold and red glitter toned.  Yeah, if you find these be careful, they just love everything.  I was finding them all over my house and of course all over my cats!
  5. To fill the ornament, I placed the lid face down (acetate down), I put the shaker material inside the lid.  I then used hot glue to secure the decorated lid insert.
  6. To finish off the ornament, I adhered a loop made out of cording to the top, and covered the sloppy hot glue residue with a bow made from Cherry Cobbler & Gold ribbon.
I couldn't believe how easy it was to make this shaker ornament.  If you have never tried, I highly recommend you do TODAY!
If want to make an ornament a little less messy, then the other two samples you see is the way to go.
  1. To make the regular ornament, same as the shaker, I first covered the lid insert with DSP on one side and coordinating card stock on the other.  For this type of ornament, the DSP and card stock must be the same size as the lid insert. 
  2. I then hot glued the lid insert inside of the lid. The DSP should be on the inside of the lid.  This will create a "frame" to decorate the way you chose.
  3. I decorated one of my ornaments using the Gingerbread and Peppermint Suite.  This is such a fun suite...for me it was a must have.  The second ornament I used the new deer punch along with the Christmas Pine Cone dies.
  4. Lastly, I adhered a adhered a loop made out of jute to the top.
  5. To cover the edge of the lid, I cut a thin circle wider than the lid and hot glued it in place.
Easy Peasy right?? I thought so and can't wait to make more to sell at my craft fairs the first weekend in December!

I hope you enjoyed my celebrate the season card and project!  It was a fun year of blogging and hope to be able to do this with you again next year!!  Comments of any kind (well hopefully nice ones, lol) are greatly appreciated. When you are done here be sure to hop on over to the next blogger on the list!

See you in 2022!

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7 comments:

  1. Love the ornaments idea, very clever and well done!

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  2. Very nice - I love the mason jar ring ornaments.

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  3. Beautiful projects! I love your ornaments!

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  4. Gorgeous projects, especially the ornaments, thank you for sharing x

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  5. Wow, your ornaments are just so, so beautiful! What a gorgeous idea! Thank you so, so much for sharing!

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  6. Wow! That's a lot of craft fairs! I did only one this year. Merry Christmas from Montana! I am definitely putting your ornamant idea in my craft fair idea file. Love them!

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