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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Shabby Ornament, and Challenge Day

Hello and good morning!

It's time for a new challenge over at Tuesday Alchemy, and this week's challenge is #45 - Anything But a Card.  How fun - you can make ANYTHING, so long as it's not a card.  The prizes are awesome:

5 digital stamps from 

$10 store voucher to 
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So start crafting and let us see what you can do!

My project is another rosette, this time a cone ornament consisting of rolled squares of CS.  I learned this from my good friend Catherine Pooler over at StampNation (members go here, non-members here).

It was a little tricky to put together, but the end result is so worth the glue all over my fingertips.  Just ask my DD - this ornament now resides in her apartment.  

You can achieve different sizes of ornaments with different sized squares.  Mine is approximately 5.5" across, which was achieved with 2" squares.  They get a bit fiddly when trying to roll and glue them, but stick with it - it's worth the effort.  All papers except for the snowflakes were inked on the edges with distress ink.

For the centerpiece, I used Robyn's Fetish digital image "Gilded Dove." I printed it on white shrink plastic, then cut it out, shrunk it and colored it with Copics.  The jury's still out on whether it's better to color an image pre- or post-shrinkage.  I'll keep you posted.

Tip: Line art images are better for shrink plastic projects than silhouette images as there isn't as much ink to shrink.  That ink has to go somewhere, and too much of it in the initial stage can lead to smearing after shrinking.

Look closely and you can see the glasslike finish - this was achieved by flooding the colored piece with Ranger Glossy Accents.  It was my first time using it, and I LOVE it - it dries very quickly and with a wonderful hard shine.  I applied a ring of ostrich feathers behind the image, gluing it to a doily die cut (which you can barely see).

 I added some snowflakes to the lower right hand side that I first painted with ivory paint, then glittered and added pearl centers...

 ...and a soft, squashy messy bow with an antique brad to the upper left hand side for balance.  And I lightly glittered inside the points of the cones all the way around, then added a narrow gold ribbon for the hanger.

This is a Christmas ornament of the shabby chic ilk, but it doesn't have to come down after Christmas as it has winter appeal as well, and my DD plans to leave hers up until spring, unless I fail to come up with a spring/summer replacement, at which point she'll leave this up until I do.  Oh, the pressure.

Thank you for joining me today, and I hope you'll hie yourself over to Tuesday Alchemy pronto and put yourself in the running for some neat prizes!

Happy crafting!


Stamp: Robyn's Fetish Gilded Dove
Paper: K & Co. Classic K dp
Ink: printer, Ranger Distress Tea Die (inked edges of papers)
Accessories: Dienamics Let It Snowflake and doily dies, seam binding, pearls, Copics, Glossy Accents, SU Antique Brads, ClearSnap Fairy Dust Glitter "Pralines and Cream," gold ribbon, Creative Inspirations Ivory paint.

Challenges entered:

Simon Says...What's Your Favorite! (tool, stamp, product) - my faves are glitter and ribbon.
Delightful Challenges - Very Blingy
Charisma Cardz Challenge #49 - Christmas Makes
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge #62 - Anything Goes & Ribbon
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge #185 - Winter
3 Girl Jam Challenge #8 - Christmas Inspiration
Pile It On #49 - Pile On the Embellishments
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #200 - "Deck the Tree Trimmings"
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Anything Goes at Christmas

Frosted Designs On the 8th Day of Christmas - 8 brands/products - Mine are:
Designer Paper, shrink plastic, feathers, Copics, glitter, ribbon, antique brad/pearls (counts as one), Ranger Distress Ink Tea Stain (for inking the edges of the papers).


Laine said...

Beautiful project Shea. Hope you enjoy the Holidays.

Mum of 4 said...

I love this ornament, Shea!!! So pretty!!! I too, would leave this ornament up long after Christmas!

Mandy said...

Beautiful ornament Shea, so sweet and pretty and a fabulous design.
Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamp
hugs Mandy xx

Bubbles said...

This is really gorgeous. Thanks for joining us at Charisma Cardz.
Joanne x

Katie Sims said...

Whew! I'll bet you do have sticky fingers for sure but it is so worth it to have this gorgeous work of art! So glad you could play along in the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday challenge this week!

Makiko Jones said...

This is so gorgeous!! I love the rossette you created! Thank you for playing along at the FTTC.

3 Girl JAM said...

This is stunning! You did a fantastic job! Thanks for linking up with 3 Girl JAM!


Cheri said...

You did a great job creating this pretty ornament. Thanks for linking up on the 3 Girl JAM challenge blog.

Cheri - 3 Girl JAM DT

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Just gorgeous, fantastic idea love it!

Thank you for sharing with us at Delightful Challenges this week, good luck!
Hugs Shell xx

Carol (Gingerbeary8) said...

What a beautiful ornament. I made some of these before and used a small clothespin to hold the squares together when they dry. Just a
Bear Hugs,

Carol Theng said...

wow!! lovely the dove. thks for joining us at Frosted Designs.

stampqueen said...

Very pretty!!!

Sheryl said...

A project with a beautifully coloured image.
Great to see you at CRAFT this week.
Happy Christmas
Hugs Sheryl xx

Bonnie said...

Pretty ornament! Thanks so much for participating in our Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge.

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Great wreath! Nice trim details! Thanks for joining us over at 3 Girl Jam Challenges! DT Member Carri~Abusybee

Heather said...

Beautiful Ornament!!Thank you for joining us at RRR!

Julie said...

This is a stunning project, just perfect for the tree! Thanks for joining us in the last challenge of the year, hope to se you again in 2013! Julie.x

BloomingPink said...

Stunning ornament!

Jessica S said...

Shea, again, you have done a remarkable job. This is truly lovely. Thanks so much for linking up to our Christmas Challenge at 3 Girl JAM. Wishing you a Happy New Year!
Jessica B.
3GJ DT Member