Christmas Ornaments

Craft Night- Button Trees and Sequin Ornaments

My friends and I got together to have a craft night to make Christmas trees using some retired Stampin Up buttons as well as many other buttons that we had collected.

I got this idea from Patty Bennett last year and we have been planning on making these trees for a year now!

We bought the styrofoam trees from a craft store. We really had a blast making these. They are very easy, but take about 2-3 hours to attach all the buttons, depending on how big your tree is and how big your buttons are.

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We used pins with the white pearl on the top. They come in a short and a long length. We used the longer ones at the bottom of the tree and the shorter ones at the top. We started at the bottom and worked our way up.

Here's BJ and Lori posing with their trees. Lori is almost there...

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We all decided to make our first tree in Christmas colors of red and green.

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Tracy posing with her perfect button tree- she was the first one to finish.

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We used about 350 buttons and pins. That was for the largest tree. It was about 12" high.

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I also made a smaller tree, which is about 6" high. Some of the styrofoam trees were green and some were white. I don't think it really mattered once the buttons were on.

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For the stars, I used the retired medium star punch from Stampin Up and the Stampin Up gold and silver glimmer paper. I punched 2 stars and placed a toothpick in between them and attached it with Stampin Up tear and tape. I tied a little lemon lime twist ombre ribbon on the top of this tree.

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I love how they turned out.

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Once I finished the tree, I had an idea... I bought some styrofoam balls and did some Christmas ornaments.

I had a bunch of retired Stampin Up bold brights buttons, so I thought it would be fun to make a super colorful Christmas bulb.

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To attach the Stampin Up red tinsel trim, I simply tied a loop in a knot at the top and pinned it to the styrofoam bulb with the same pearl top pins and then made a bow with red ribbon and pinned it down as well.

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If there was too much white styrofoam showing, and I didn't have a small enough button to fill it, I just placed a pearl top pin there to fill the space.

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I used 100-150 buttons/pins on this ornament.

So, then I had another idea. I have tons of Stampin Up Sequins! I got out my Stampin Up Metallic Sequin Assortment and went to town on another Christmas bulb. This time I used a tiny styrofoam bulb as I knew it would take me a while to pin all the tiny sequins on.

I used these pins for the sequin ornament. I probably used about 700 sequins/pins for this 2" ornament.

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I did not use the black or copper sequins from the Metallic Sequin Assortment. I did use the Stampin Up gold ribbon and gold satin trimmed ribbon for the bow and the loop.

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I love how shiny and sparkly they are! The ornament below is made with retired Stampin Up sequins and ribbon from the 2017 Occasions catalog.

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They look gorgeous on my tree.

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If you're looking for a fun Christmas craft, grab some buttons or sequins and make some pretty trees and ornaments for your own tree or to give to special family and friends.

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How To Tutorial- Stampin' Up! Be Merry Ornament Kit

I put together my new Be Merry Ornament Kit by Stampin' Up today and I LOVE this kit!!!

I already have another one on order, too! It's going to be great for gift packaging tags, tags for beverage bottles, and of course ornaments for ornament exchange gifts and for on the Christmas tree.

The kit comes with instructions and photos, but I've also made a quick step by step tutorial for you. There are a few tips I've included that I found helpful when assembling my ornaments. I also changed up the colors patterns into a few different combinations.

Here's a look at the contents of the kit: Makes 12 ornaments

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This is one of the finished ornaments with a candy cane design.

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This one has the Christmas tree design.

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And here's a candy cane with green tulle.

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First I separated all the tulle circles- you'll need 9 for each ornament. You must make sure you separate them because they are very thin and stick together. I rubbed them between my fingers to separate them. Then I made little piles for each ornament. Once you have your tulle piles, the first thing you will do is assemble the base- it is a circular "flower" shaped circle that has a strip of adhesive on one of the folded ends- peel off the paper and attach to other end of circle base.

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Next, fold your tulle in "fours" and pinch the bottom end- attach it to every other fold on the circle base with hot glue.

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I placed my tulle about halfway down on the fold.

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This is what it will look like, once all 9 pieces of tulle are attached.

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Next, you will attach the gold foil doily to the center of the ornament with hot glue.

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Then attach the candy cane cutout to the red glitter circle using hot glue.

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 Then attach the candy cane glitter circle to the front with hot glue.

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Next, you will attach the precut word "merry" to the wooden banner with our multipurpose liquid glue.

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Then attach the wooden banner with hot glue.

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The final touch is the ribbon.

RIBBON TIP: To get the kinks out and straighten or curl the ribbon, slide your fingernail (or bone folder) down the length of the ribbon like you would if you were using paper "curling" ribbon. Use lighter pressure with your nail (or bone folder) if you want to straigthen the ribbon and more pressure if you want it to curl.

Attach the ribbon at the top with hot glue.

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Also included are white circles to attach to the back or the ornament. You can stamp to:/from: on the back or add the date or name to the back. I attached the white circle with hot glue as well. This photo also shows all the "leftovers" I had with this kit.

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Here's all the ornaments. I changed up the colors from what the instructions suggested. You can assemble them in any color combination that your heart desires.

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I was having so much fun!

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Here's all 12. This is my most favorite kit ever- these turned out beautifully!

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I can't wait to get my second kit! If you would like to order a kit of your own.. click on the product photo below- it will take you to my shopping page where you can place your order.

I hope you find these tips useful.

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Christmas Ornaments Craft Night

Earlier this week, I had a couple friends over to make some Christmas ornaments.

We've actually been planning this night since last Christmas and I'm so glad we were finally able to squeeze it in before Christmas this year.

I have pictures of one of the types of ornaments we did that night.

These are so easy, but so darn cute!

All they require to make is a clear glass or plastic round ornament, some ribbon and designer series paper.

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To make the ornament: Cut a sheet of 12 x12 Candy Cane Lane designer series paper into 6" by 3/4" strips. Next, wind each strip around the paper piercing tool. A pen or pencil will also work. I used a paper clip to keep them in a tight circle while I finished winding all the strips, but you don't have to paper clip them. They will be a looser curl if they aren't paper clipped.

You can see here how tightly wound the strips are.

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I love the colors of the Candy Cane designer paper. So fun for a gingerbread look.

There was enough curls left over to make this tiny ornament as well.

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We added a white satin bowed tied in a knot at the top of the ornament for the finishing touch.

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One big and one small ornament to add to the tree. I love how they turned out!

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Go ahead and give it a try. You'll be so happy you did!

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Christmas Party Frolics and Fun

This past week I had a Christmas Party for my #1 Stampers, Stampin' Up! team. This is always my most favorite team event of the year. Its time for us to relax, have fun and enjoy some gift giving and games as well.

Here's a few girls who have dressed in the Christmas Spirit of fun! Kathy, Teresa and Jan look adorable in their happy head gear.

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Each attendee received a special gift from me. I love and appreciate these ladies and I'm so blessed that they are a special part of the #1 Stampers team.

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I made the cute little snowman ornament tags from the Merry Tags framelits dies, and stamped the bags with matching snowflakes. Here's a close up of the cute little snowman ornament:

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Everybody gets one!

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And whats in the bag you ask? A fun Pink Pineapple Paper Crafts T-shirt for everyone. Yay!

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The girls went gaga over them! If you'd like one too- email me and I'll get one shipped to you for $22 - includes priority shipping! email: kjoyink@me.com - or use the email link on the right side of my blog > Sizes S thru 3X Heather grey or Charcoal Grey.

Front:

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Back:

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Next we made some make n takes:  Valentine made with the Pop of Pink Washi Tape and Sweet and Sassy framelit dies.

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Darling snowman card designed by Kathy Sullivan:

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We also played some hilarious Christmas games and the winners took home awesome Stampin Up Prizes!

Beth, Darlene and Mary Ann, brushing up on some reindeer games and ready to sing Christmas Carols as well.

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Linda, Sue, Kathy and Teresa working hard to win the bow passing game.

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There was swapping to be done as well. So many great treat bag and gift card ideas for the holidays.

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This is the swap I contributed, made with the Popcorn Box dies. I filled it with birthday treats.

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And of course our grab bag gifts that we had some fun with as we played a hilarious exchange game to determine whose gift we got!

Kathy got the beautiful Christmas sampler made by Beth Peternel.

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Beth got the gorgeous Butterfly sampler made by Sue Brennan.

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Darlene won the Christmas Sampler made by me :)

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I have a close up of the sampler for you:

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Lori got the awesome stamped coasters from Jan Fisher:

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Tonya got the packet of hand stamped Christmas cards from Lori Wiest:

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Sue got Tonya Beattys amazing Paisley Heart sampler.

 

So happy to have these wonderful women in my life and on my team!

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Can't wait until our next get together.

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Merriest Wishes Shaker Gift Card Holder

Today I want to share the bonus card that we made at Kim's Card Class this month.

Its a shaker card that is also a gift card holder. I used the Merriest Wishes stamp set and Merry Tags Framelit dies to make the shaker ornament on the card.

The cardstock and ink colors are soft sky and sweet sugarplum and they compliment each other so perfectly. The reason I chose these colors is because the new Fancy Frost sequins are made up of these colors along with a coppery gold colored sequin.

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The sequins give this card a shiny holiday touch and are fun to shake!

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This is a normal 5 1/2" x 4 1/4" card. We made it into a gift card holder by simply adding a 2" x 5 1/2" inch strip of soft sky cardstock, attached at the sides and bottom. The top of the strip is adhesive free so that the gift card can be inserted. I used a 1" circle punch to add the 1/2 circle slip.

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Here's a few tips as to how to make a the shaker ornament. ( this is actually a different color ornament, but its assembled the exact same way as the one on this shaker card) First attach a circle of window sheet ( I cut the window sheet with the Layering Circles dies) to the back of the ornament. The circle cut into the ornament was done with the Merriest Wishes die set. I attached the window sheet with snail adhesive.

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Next, add the Stampin' Up foam adhesive strip, around the inside cirlce. Then add the sequins before the protective paper is removed from the foam strip.

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Finally I used a 1 3/4" circle punch to punch a circle from whisper white cardstock. Remove the protective paper from the foam strip and attach the 1 3/4" circle to enclose the shaker ornament.

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The foam adhesive strips make creating shaker cards a breeze. They are so easy to work with!

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I hope I've inspired you to make some fun shaker cards of your own.

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Festive Season Stamp set is Sew Pretty

I've got a "sew" pretty Christmas card to show you today.

I used the "Festive Season" stamp set from the Stampin' Up! Holdiay Catalog. I really enjoy creating with this set because of the many different and fun uses of the stamp and coordinating "Festive Stitching" thinlits.

I made this particular card for a demonstrator swap. A swap is where we make several of one style of card and trade them for cards that the other demonstrators make. I get so many great ideas and samples by doing the swaps.

Here's my card. I used garden green, wild wasabi and cherry cobbler cardstocks and the same inks, in addition to the crushed curry ink.

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Let's talk about the gorgeous "Cable Knit" emboss folder, shall we? It totally looks like a real sweater! If you recall, I used this on my "Holly Berry Happiness" card that I last posted. For that card, I used the gold foil and made a braid.

I used the "Festive Stitching" thinlets to design the tiny star which I sewed with the new cherry cobbler bakers twine. I sponged the whisper white background all over with crushed curry ink to give it a soft glow.

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Check out the tiny little silver metallic enamel star in the middle of the stitching. It gives the card a touch of sparkle.

The sentiment is from the "Teeny Tiny Wishes" stamp set. Its one of my all time favorite greetings sets.

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I love the look of a hand stitched card in traditional Christmas colors.

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I hope my fellow "swappers" enjoyed getting this "sew" pretty card in their mailbox.

And I hope you enjoyed my post today. Thanks for stopping by.

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