Category Christmas ornament

The Ornaments

Each year, I make a set of ornaments to give as gifts. This year, I decided to use some of the vintage tart tins and Jell-O molds I’ve been collecting for years. I have them in all kinds of shapes – hearts, stars, bells, flowers…

I searched and searched in EVERY box, drawer, cubby, and cabinet in my craft room, and they were no where to be found. I even thought my husband might be sneaking into my craft room and throwing things out behind my back! I managed to find a few very old, rusty, grungy tins. They would have to do.

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I added a cut out of vintage sheet music to the background. Then I added a tiny bottle brush tree that I glittered, a teeny wrapped present, and a darling little Santa.

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A glittered edge of Platinum Stickles gives some added bling to the tart tins.

Two weeks later, I fi...

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The Swap

My crafty friend Audrey and I did an ornament swap this year. I always make two sister ornaments, one to give and one to keep. While I was conducting an FBI-level search of my craft room for a collection of vintage tart tins (more on this another day), I found this pair of vintage Santa boots. I knew they would be perfect for my ornaments!

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One of the boots was missing it’s white band of plastic “fur” at the top, so I replaced it with vintage tinsel trim.

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I added a bottle brush tree that I glittered and topped with a Tim Holtz mirrored star.

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The angels are also vintage. Audrey’s is holding the music book and mine has a harp.

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Vintage bead ornaments and a small vintage ornament decorate the front.

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Their sweet faces are just too perfect!

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Wishing You a Fairy Christmas

Each year, I make at least one new ornament. I had a few ideas for this year’s ornament, and decided on a little fairy for my tree.

I started with an old image of a little ballerina. Then I dressed her in pretty laces and sparkly tulle.

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She has a Dresden foil crown that I embellished with rhinestones. Her wings are made from old sheet music.

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Her sparkly slippers are ready to dance among the Christmas tree branches.

I am adding her to Something Sublime’s Christmas Ornament Blog Hop.


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Believe in Magic

I am kicking off the Christmas season with an ornament that I made for a recent event. I was an instructor at The Crafty Scrapper’s Christmas Carousel event this past Saturday. It was a long, fun day of crafting.

For my project, I started with a cardboard base that I die cut (using an old die that I have no idea who makes it). Then we painted it using two colors of Distress paint – Iced Spruce and Weathered Wood. Then we added Forest Moss Distress Stain, Pewter Perfect Pearls Mist, and silver Bo Bunny Glitter Paste.

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The dies are all Tim Holtz. The adorable Santa image is from Authentique’s new Christmastime collection. We painted, glittered, and embossed a wooden snowflake from Do Crafts.

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We also dyed seam binding with Fired Brick Distress Ink, and added a spritz of the Pewter Perfect Pe...

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Christmas Fairies

Each year, I design a new Christmas ornament for our tree, and make a few to share with friends and family. This year, I also swapped with the very talented Audrey Pettit.

Here is my ornament:

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I made the mushroom from paperclay, and then painted and glittered it once it dried.

I made the two little fairies using vintage images from my stash.

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I attached the mushroom to an ornament clip base (the kind used to put candles on your tree). I gave the little fairy at the base her own little garden to tend.

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And here is the ornament that Audrey made for me:

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Isn’t he adorable? Audrey sews the most wonderful holiday projects, and makes all kinds of beautiful paper crafts. I was so lucky that she agreed to swap with me! I hope we’ll do it again soon.

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