Thursday, November 29, 2012

Dazzling Diamonds Distress

DH:  Dear, why are there sparkles on the keyboard?  And why are there glittery things in the bathroom?  Just a minute, my toast is sparkling!  What's going on around here?

Me:  Uhh, I was sort of using Stampin' Glitter last night!

DH:  Well, whatever that is, it's evil!

Me:  I know.  It kind of held me captive while I was trying to craft this great ornament!  See, here it is on the front cover of the Holiday Mini Catalogue.

DH:  That doesn't look too bad.  How come Stampin' Ups' offices aren't swimming in sparkles?

Me:  I think they must use some kind of computer-generated virtual glitter there. I was totally covered in the stuff before I came to bed last night.

Well, you get the picture!  I love shiny!  I adore glimmer and sparkle!  What I don't love is the mess that the very fine Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter makes!  There's got to be a better way! 

Yes, I finally got around to crafting the ornaments on the front cover of the Holiday Mini catalogue.  I thought I'd whip up a few for the Glenrosa Elementary's Christmas Market coming up on Friday.  There is a contest for the most well-decorated booth, so I thought these would make an impression.

Just a word of warning - one does not simply "whip" these up.  After several hours I managed these two!

They use the Ornament Keepsakes stamps and the Holiday Ornaments framelits to create the 3D shapes you see.  The inks are Lucky Limeade and Real Red on Very Vanilla card stock.  I used the Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake scalloped tulle ribbon, but I think my pieces were too long.  I could have folded it in half.  The rosettes in the middle were created using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Paper Series.  They were topped with a Vintage Faceted Button and a Jumbo Pearl.

I used a Jumbo Sticky Round to assemble everything, but I think everything could have been moved closer to the center.

If you attempt this, make sure you have several hours free.  It took me a long time.  I opted to cut the shapes with the framelits first, before stamping, because then I could cut more than one at a time.  You need 20 of each ornament, so it's a big job.  Stampin' Up doesn't recommend cutting more than one at a time with the framelits, but I've never had a problem with cutting two layers, especially the lighter weight Very Vanilla or Whisper White.  To stamp the image on correctly you could use the Stamp-a-ma-jig, but I used my grid paper and the see-through clear mount block to help line it up.  The second one went much more quickly, but think I'll attempt something simpler to enhance these for the decorations.

Finally, I just want to thank all my customers who ordered during our recent sale, On Line Extravaganza!  November was my best month EVER!

Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes (w128048; c128051)
Paper:  Candlelight Christmas DSP (126901); Very Vanilla card stock (101650)
Ink:  Classic Stampin' Pads in Lucky Limeade (126984) and Real Red (126949)
Accessories:   3 1/2" Tulle Ribbon in Cherry Cobbler ( 127841) and Crumb Cake (127840); Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons (127555), Large Pearl Basic Jewels (125577); Linen Thread (104199); Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter (102023)
Tools: Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334); Holiday Ornaments Framelits (127816) or bundled with the stamp set above (w129949; c129950); Jumbo Sticky Rounds (127852)

Ornament Keepsakes Bundle
Dazzling Diamonds Stampin' Glitter

Simply Scored Scoring Tool

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