Welcome to the 2nd Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!! Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all of the thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, all in one place, during our second annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!
To sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors!
Hampton Art will be offering three prize packages to three lucky hoppers.
In order to increase your chances of winning, follow Hampton Art on Facebook and Twitter, and comment on the HA blog letting them know that you did!
Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!
Clearsnap – http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Hampton Art – http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Graphic45 – http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Fiskateers – www.fiskateers.com/blog
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
Tombow USA – http://blog.tombowusa.com/
Authentique Paper http://authentiquepaper.blogspot.com/
The Twinery – http://www.thetwineryblog.com/
Eileen Hull for Sizzix http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Globecraft Memories – http://globecraftmemories.blogspot.com
Kristin Wilson – Graphic 45 – http://www.kristinwilsonhandmade.com/
Jennie Garcia – Tombow – earthyscrap.blogspot.com
Gini Williams Cagle – Hampton Art – http://ginicagle.blogspot.com/
Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap – http://Sabrinaalery.blogspot.com
DeeDee Catron – Globecraft Memories – http://umwowstudio.blogspot.com/
Michelle Grant – Donna Salazar Designs – http://michellejbg.blogspot.com
Emily Lanham – Authentique Paper –http://www.createserendipity.net
Emma Jeffery – Fiskateers – http://hellobeautifulblog.blogspot.com
Natalie Clause – The Twinery – http://www.southernbellescharm.com/
Alberto L Juarez – Graphic 45 http://vintageodyssey.blogspot.com/
Vivian Keh – Hampton Art – https://contadinak.wordpress.com/
Jennifer Priest – Clearsnap – http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com
Heather Conklin – Authentique Paper – http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/
Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!
Wow – look at all those sources of inspiration! I think this IS the hop of all hops, and I’m so psyched to be in it!!!
So when I first started life with my guy (now hubbie), our first Christmas together, neither of us had any ornaments with which to decorate a tree. I had none because they’d all been broken or gotten lost because I’d moved around too many dang times. He had none because… well, let’s just say that moving forward, I’m sharing with him what I’ve learned about holiday spirit 🙂 Since we needed a quick fix for our sad, unadorned tree, we picked up a big, cheap-o set of shiny plastic ornaments, you know, the 30 pack sets of home Depot or Target origin lol?
Since then, each year, I’ve switched out 1 or 2 of the plastic balls for a few handcrafted ones that hold some meaning for us and somehow encapsulate the year we’ve shared. At first, I would just slip a few photos in store-bought frame ornaments. But as this crafting life has blossomed so spectacularly for me in the last year, I thought it was about time to up my game a notch or two.
Today I’d like to share with you a few items that I hand-crafted. First, an ornament that would be great for your own tree, and with a little tweaking, a perfect gift for a loved one.
For me, the ritual of tree-trimming always brings back my best childhood memories, and more importantly, that profound feeling of calm that infused my youngest years. On the backs of the tags hanging from this ornament, I have the year and a note which sums up this last year for us. By making one or two noted ornaments each year, I’m hoping that by our golden years, tree-trimming will not only become a shared pastime but also a treasured trip down memory lane.
For this ornament, I altered a paper mache ball that I had gotten at my local craft store for about $1. This one below measures about 3 in. in diameter.
That ridge down the center will end up being a great guide! I clipped off the cheap string that came with the ball and instead, affixed some pretty Flax twine from The Twinery as shown below. In order to do this, I first punched 2 1 in. circles from a gorgeous sheet of Authentique paper from their “Peaceful” Collection. I intentionally chose a subtle pattern because I wanted to focus attention on the textures of the petals.
In the picture above I had hot-glued 2 flaps. The last 2 flaps were then hot-glued, overlapping a bit and better adhering to the surface .Then I added some self-adhesive pearls for the center of my voluptuous bloom.
Folks, I’m nuts about punches. Yes, this is an ornament shape, but it has potential to be myriad other shapes, myriad other parts of other shapes, 2-D, 3-D, the possibilities are limited only by your imagination. This potential is what I’m looking for when I pick up one of these goodies! FYI, to cover my ornament, I cut out a full 12 in. x 12 in. sheet of these shapes. Next, I aged the edges with some distress ink, scored across the uppermost part of these pretties…
Finally, you can add tags – decorate the fronts with stamping and on the backs write something special about the year you had. If it’s a gift, include instead a little note that will help your recipient recall a great experience you shared this year. I cut my tags using a Fiskars XXL Lever Punch Tag.
Of course, a gift such as this must be accompanied by a card! I used a Sizzix Pop ‘N Cut die for my card base with more of Authentique‘s beautiful “Festive” Collection to make a quick and easy dimensional card! One pass through my Big Shot with the base die cut the dark green exterior piece. And one pass with the Circle Label insert gave me my interior pop-up piece! Using the same die for an exact cut, I also cut a partial accent piece to decorate the front of the card.
The Pop ‘N Cut made the perfect stage to set a delightful scene! For this one, I affixed “The Night Before Christmas CP05” Decorative Accents from Globecraft Memories and used them as is – the original rustic brown of those reindeer shapes worked perfectly with my vintage inspired papers.
And here are the two projects together – I think this would be a unique and elegant gift for someone you love!!!
Your next stop is the amazingly talented Jennifer Priest! If at any time you get lost on today’s portion of the hop, you can refer to the list at the beginning of this very long post 🙂