Saturday, July 24, 2010

ho ho ho hop hop hop

happy christmas in july!
after checking out nikkis awesome blog here are some ideas to get your creative mojo warming up for the christmas season.... only 154 days nad nights left to create to go! for this blog hop i decided to go with some decorations because my house is in a much needed re-vamp in the christmas decoration department. i am tired of the shop-bought-made-in-china stuff and have decided i need to start making my christmas decorating look more like me and be come a statement of who i am and what i love. so nothing like a blog hop to get me motivated! i made my santa in a sleigh after seeing many china ornaments doing the same thing and i thought to myself that would be easy to do in paper...surely? weeeeelllll.....yes it was..after some time and patience was added lol i ran my so swirly jumbo wheel over the sleigh template with some silver ink. then i added some swirls of pink super nova glitter and white chunky glitter to the edges the tree was made using garden green dsp and running it through an embossing folder on the big shot. then i inked it up with a variety of green inks to give it some depth. santa was done with punches and his beard was also embossed first before punching out with the small scallop oval punch and the heart punch for his mo. rudolph was made to stand up by inserting a triangular strip of clear acetate to it's stomach. he also has chunky white glitter all over his antlers (just in case the bright red glittery nose fails to help him see his way!!) next on my list was to make some christmas cubes. i have seen these done many ways with wooden cubes but being the cheapskate that i am i knew i could do them with card and a printable template from the internet now intially my plan was to get my cubes to stand on top of each other which would be fine... if i hadn't gotten a bit carried away with the dimensionals and sticky out bits lol so now they have to stand side by side i used raspberry tart paper which is not a traditional chrismas paper but it soooo pretty! the words i used were love hope star gift noel xmas each cube has a variety of raspberry tart dsp with matching circles and scallop circles punched out and added to them i tried to make them as varied as possible on this cube i used silver twine (now retired sob sob) with our flower fusion felt flowers (wow that is a tongue twister to say!) i also added some dazzling diamonds to the silver brads and flowers on this cube i used rub ons and stuck dazzling diamonds on the scallops this cube was just glitter! i tried to o a different glitter pattern on each face (and yes there was glitter for africa in my study rofl) this cube also had a ribbon around it (not that i have actually photographed the side you cna see it on) and i added dazzling diamonds to the edges. the letters on the cubes were done in silver embossing powder hope you like these cubes and ahve enjoyed the esad blog hop
What is ESAD?

ESAD stands for Extra Special Australasian Demonstrators and it is an online group just for Australian and New Zealand demonstrators for Stampin’ Up!

We so love what we do and not only do we love to share it with our customers, friends, and wonderful blog visitors but we share our love for what we do with each other as Demonstrators. We run swaps, challenges, tutorials, product know how and cyberstamps and we are always there to help and support each other when its needed.

So if you are a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator located in Australia or New Zealand then please feel free to click here to join our wonderful group.

pop on over to leonie's blog now for some of her beautiful ideas

cheers ears!

17 comments :

Susan Joyce said...

Lovely projects Clare. I especially love the Santa and his Sleigh.

Karen said...

Stunning what a gorgeous sleigh

alittlelessuseless said...

Just gorgeous! Love the little santa. sooooo cute

Sonia G said...

These are just super noice!

You are very clever in making your Santa sleigh. You must have a lot of patience!

Thanks for sharing

Carole Stedman said...

Love that Santa in his sleigh, too cute :)

Bev said...

boy you put a lot of work into that, it looks awesome

Genelle Little said...

WOW Clare, your sleigh, Santa and reindeer are absolutely wonderful! Love the cubes as well, they look lovely in that DSP too.

Lynda said...

The sleigh is a masterpiece, The boxes are beautiful. I am totally blown away.

Vicki Were said...

Wow I especially love the sleigh that must have taken a lot of work to make. Thanks for sharing.

Carolyn Gibbs said...

WowEE Clare! You are one awesome Crafty Cow! MOOOOOOO!

delysc said...

Fantastic Clare that sleigh is a masterpiece!

Danie M said...

Wow what wonderful projects. I absolutely love Santa riding in his sleigh.

Diane Barnes said...

Genius idea Clare with Santa & his sleigh! Your boxes are soooo beautiful - so many lovely details...& raspberry tart DSP. Love them! Cheers, Di

Juliette Chapman said...

Oh my - Santa and Rudolf is fantastic. How long did it take? The boxes are fantastic - love the glitter. Got to love Bling

Bec Tipace said...

wow what can I say, your santa in his sleigh is amazing, you have A LOT of patients. I love your boxes - now they are more like something I will replicate :) TFS

queenofscraps said...

Gorgeous work. Love your santa and sleigh: lots of detail! Magical

michelle said...

love it!! i made a sleigh last xmas ( its on my blog)it isnt half as decorated as yours...i think i used xmas paper & i used my cricut to cut it out! lol i had reindeer too but i dont think i took a pic of them....great job!!