Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

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I’d like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

I’d also like to take a moment to thank you all for taking the time to visit my blog and for all your support and encouragement.  I really appreciate it!

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(Background image found HERE.  Digital Christmas Tree Words image found HERE.)

Nativity Ornament Step Card

Nativity Ornament Step Card

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The Mod Squad Challenge this week is called “Holiday Dimension” where we are encouraged to use dimension such as layers, popped up elements, or mixed media on our projects .  I purchased the Nativity Bell die by Tutti Designs back in August but hadn’t done anything with it yet, so I decided to use this die to create the dimension on my project.

This is what the flat die cut looks like:

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I knew I wanted to create a 3D ornament which would somehow hang from the card.  I decided to go with a 5×7 step card design.  The ornament hangs inside the card and is visible through a window cut out of the large panel on the front.

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To create my ornament, I started by cutting  4 of the die cuts from Recollections Bronze shimmer paper and scored and folded each of them in half.  I then matched up the halves back to back and glued the halves together.  (It’s hard to see the bronze shimmer in the photos.)

I attached a piece of gold cording to the top of the ornament and fed it through a small hole in the fold on the top of the card.  The ornament could either be displayed in the card, or it could be removed to hang on a tree.

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I created the step card using this template:

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(click on diagram to enlarge)

The card base was made with a heavy weight ivory card stock and was covered with patterned card stock (Nutmeg “History” Medallions Paper by My Mind’s Eye) and paper (A Christmas Story “Christmas Stripe” by Reminisce) along with the Recollections Bronze shimmer paper and some gold cord.

Because the ornament hangs where the inside sentiment would normally be, I created a mini card on the back.

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The greeting is from a set called “Holly Jolly” by Gina K Designs and was heat embossed with versamark ink and GKD gold fine detail embossing powder.

The ornament and card fold flat and fit in a regular envelope for mailing.

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Here’s a better view of the step card base:

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Patriotic Snowman Ornament

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Here is one more ornament for the “2016 RubberHedgehog Ornament Challenge” which is going on until November 30, 2016. (HERE is this year’s gallery, and HERE are the 2015 submissions and winners.) Pop on over and check it out!

Any stamps used on the ornaments for the challenge must be by RubberHedgehog, and the stamp I used for this project is “Medium Patriotic American Snowman Rubber Stamp, With Flag” (Item: J-1402).

The 3D star was adapted from a file from the “Happy 4th” svg kit from SVGCuts.  The original file is a star-shaped lantern with an open top.  I closed it up which required creating new side panels.

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The card stock and paper I used for the star was open stock “Dark Grey (item #991646) and The Paper Studio “Crackled Stars” (665976) from Hobby Lobby, and the red was from the DCWV  Double-Sided Patterns pack (0S-034-00039).

The image was stamped on the plain wood-grained portion of The Paper Studio “Light Bulb Strands” (1284082) printed paper with Gina K Charcoal Brown ink and colored with Copic Markers (R59/E18, B95, B97, E40, E41, E42, E43, E44, E47, Yr27, and the colorless blender).

20 gauge “gun metal” wire by Bead Landing was used as the hanger.

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Window Scene Ornament

Window Scene Ornament

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Here is another ornament for the “2016 RubberHedgehog Ornament Challenge” which is going on until November 30, 2016. (HERE is this year’s gallery, and HERE are the 2015 submissions and winners.) Pop on over and check it out!

Any stamps used on the ornaments for the challenge must be by RubberHedgehog, and the stamp I used for this project is “Christmas Tree Cat” (item: K-10204).

I created a die cut for this image with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.  The image was stamped on the die cut (white card stock) with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic Markers (G28, R59, YR24, YR27, and E44) and a Sakura glitter pen.  The colored die cut image was then adhered to a piece of patterned paper from the “Signature Christmas” 6×6 designer paper pad by My Minds Eye.

The window, shutters and flower box were created with dies by Poppystamps, Inc.  (Small Madison Window, style no. 816; Small Madison Window Shutter, style no. 833; and Small Flower Box, style no. 823) and my Cuttlebug.  A piece of acetate was adhered behind the window and all these pieces were popped up with Scotch foam mounting tape.

The circle panels were cut with two dies from the We R Memory Keepers Nesting Circles die set, and the smaller one was embossed with the Spellbinders M-Bossabilities Bricks and Bark (EL-015) embossing folder (discontinued?).

The Poinsettia was cut with my Silhouette using a file from the “3D Wintergreens” SVG Kit by SVGCuts.

Card stock used was Recollections heavy weight ivory, Gina K Designs Christmas Pine, and a scrap of red I believe came from a value pack from AC Moore.  Gold “Celebrate It” wire edged ribbon (#18634) from Michaels was also used.

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Decorating the Hut for the Holidays (Ornament)

Decorating the Hut for the Holidays (Ornament)

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The “2016 RubberHedgehog Ornament Challenge” is underway, and submissions will be accepted through November 30, 2016.  (HERE is this year’s gallery, and HERE are the 2015 submissions and winners.)  Pop on over and check it out!

Any stamps used on the ornaments for the challenge must be by RubberHedgehog, and the stamp I used for this project is “Christmas Flamingo” (item: J-26311).

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For this ornament, I started with the lantern svg file from the svg kit from svgcuts called Crisp Days of Fall.  The kit contains the cut files to make a lantern with fall leaves, but also provided is a plain panel to which you can add your own design so it can be made for a variety of occasions.  To make my beach hut, I used the plain panel file for three of the sides, adapted the back panel so it too was plain, and left the whole structure open.

My beach hut was cut from Recollections Kraft card stock with my Silhouette electronic die cutting machine.  I created a cut file for decorative panels for the sides and used “Wooden Fence (#154484)” printed paper from The Paper Studio (Hobby Lobby) to make it look like wood.  I used individual strands of raffia for the thatched roof, but if I were to do it again, I would make sure the raffia was natural and not rayon or some other synthetic, plastic material.  With this particular raffia, I could not get the glue to hold the strands in place and ended up using lots of double sided scor tape.

I created a cut file of the flamingo with my Silhouette software and stamped the image with Versafine Onyx Black ink onto the die cut.  Since the beach hut is open on all four sides, I wanted the back of the flamingo to also be stamped/finished so I did some mirror stamping on a second die cut.  To do this, I stamped the image, from the original stamp, onto a plain piece of gasket rubber and then stamped that image onto the back of the second die cut.  These two stamped images were colored with Copic Markers (R14, R29, G28, R59, Y17, B29, and E74) and a wink of stella pen (for the white) and glued together so the flamingo showed on the front and back.

The Adirondack chair and box of ornaments (hiding behind the tree) were both portions of svg files I purchased from 3DCuts.  These were cut from white card stock with my Silhouette and assembled. Here is a better view of the box of ornaments:

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The palm tree was part of the “Palm Tree 3D Nut Cup Place Card (design #63447)” file by Snapdragon Snippets that I purchased from the Silhouette Store.  I only used the palm tree, and resized it to fit in my ornament.  For the tree, I used brown and green card stock (both unmarked) I had in my stash.

Additional embellishments for my ornament included Mini Tree Treasures “bulb garland” by Nicole (MTT437) that I found with the decorations for the mini Christmas trees at AC Moore (used on palm tree), small red beads by Designs by Me (ornaments in box), battery operated micro LED lights (on outside of hut), and a bit of Ocean City sand scattered and glued to the floor of the hut.  20 gauge “gun metal” wire by Bead Landing was used as the hanger.

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