Monday, July 25, 2011

christmas in july inklings blog hop

Welcome to The INKlings’ Team’s Christmas in July blog hop. You may have arrived here from Liz's amazing blog or just be visiting my blog, whichever way once you’ve checked out my creations you can continue the hop through the link at the end of this post to  Janice's lovely blog.

How quick is this year going! 
Have you started to think about your Christmas cards and projects yet? 
The INKlings team has and we thought that this month was the perfect time to host a Christmas in July blog hop. You'll find lots of great ideas provided by 16 team members’ fantastic blogs.

Want to win some Blog Candy? Simply leave a comment on each blog and then email me and let me know you’ve done so and you’ll be in the running for a fantastic prize from Inklings team members.
Sorry Blog Candy prize not available to SU! demonstrators but you're more than welcome to leave us a comment! 


snowflakes fascinate me
they are so intricate and delicate and beautiful
trying to imitate something that mother nature does so extraordinarily well 
with punches is...well...difficult
these punched out snowflakes use a variety of punches
tag,circles, scallops, photo corner, boho blossoms and my trusty cropadile are used here.
stick together with tombow glue and sprinkle with glitter
tie with some fine white cotton and hang them around your home
or remember doing snowflakes with folded paper as a kid?
well you still can!
i let my 6 year old and 8 year old loose with my punches during the school holidays and these are what they came up with!
aren't they cool?

keeping with the snowflake theme i made this gift set.
i have used the lovely ice cream parlour ribbon and buttons
(did you know you can get these for FREE with an order over $100?)
underneath is some packaging paper stamped ready to be used as gift wrap!
 for this part of the gift i decorated a little wooden box.
to do this i painted on some baja breeze ink with a paintbrush
(just squirt a little bit of ink from your re-inker to do this)
 and then i added some ribbon to the bottom with sticky strip.
on the top is one of the snowflakes from above 
that i have stuck some ribbon and buttons on to.
inside the box i have made a zigzag mini album using matching colours of 
daffodil delight, pacific point and melon mambo
and a rikrak strip from the tasteful trim big xl die cut
my matching snow man card was made using some circle punches (body and head), 
2 step bird punch (arms)
star (carrot)
owl (snowflakes, eyes)
tag (greeting on ribbon).
the stamp sets i have used here are the very versatile confetti set
season of joy and short and sweet.

another idea for a christmas gift that is very simple and very easy is jewellrey
here i have made a cute pair of earrings using the snowflake from short and sweet.
i stamped the image on and glued it all together and then carefully squeezed crystal effects over to strengthen them...
can't have your earrings getting all soggy in the rain now can we?
they come in a empty glitter container
interesting fact: did you know that the 13/48" circle punch fits exactly on the top of this jar? 
did you also know that the 13/8" circle punch fits inside on the bottom?

if you want more stampin up sets with snowflakes try
playful pieces (hostess set) pg15
sparkling (jumbo wheel) pg22
punch pals pg24
sassy sparkles (jumbo wheel) pg 25
winter post pg26
snow swirled pg28
every little bit pg37
short and sweet pg111
dasher pg161
not so obvious sets include
to a classic pg 41
hello again pg68
medallion pg 87

Well that’s all from me. 
Have fun and don't forget to leave a comment on each blog to win some great Blog Candy.

If for any reason you find a missing link on the blog hop head back here to find links to all the members taking part. 

cheers ears


Catherine said...

omgosh Clar, just gorgeous, I love the snowman card, he is just adoreable, you have been one busy lady!!!!
Off to view the others now!

Catherine said...

OOps I was so excited I left off the E Clareeeeee lol sorry!!!

Fiona said...

Love your snowman ! sooo cute.

Ariane said...

oooooh I so love that snowman Clare! lol The scarf is the cuuuutest thing!! smart earrings too! loved the decorating the empty glitter container!! I can tell your kiddos got your creative DNA - beautiful sparkly hangings! love it all!

BethDuck said...

Hi Clare,
I love the snowflake background! Backgrounds are my nemesis. I have great ideas, but they never come out as I'd hoped!!

Janice Spencer said...

Hi Clare,
You have so much patience. Those snowflakes look great, very time consuming. The snow man is gorgeous too.

Thanks for organising the blog hop.

Christie Kunkel said...

Wow those snow flakes look like so much work. You are just amazing with punches

kari said...

My gosh, you are amazing, Clare! fabulous snowflakes and that snowman card is absolutely darling! thanks for sharing!

Chris said...

Snowflakes are very creative - especially the use as a background.

Anonymous said...

Your mastery of the punch always amazes me! Thanks for the inspiration Clare!

Becky said...

I love all you designs but I think my time and patience would run out before i could copy any of them :(

Kim Tonnet said...

Thanks Clare. Lots of good stuff but always love your jewelry.

Naomi said...

Very nice.I love the box and the colours you have used.