Happy Tuesday everyone! Do you feel that....the pressure of the holidays to get everything done, lol! I sure do--I think I'm going to start putting up my 8 trees the week of Thanksgiving so I can relax a little in December(ha, ha)! I decided I'd help you out a little (or myself I guess too,lol) and give you some ideas for quick gifts for yourself or someone you know. BTW, I'm listing my top 10 Holiday songs for you--since everyone left me such wonderful answers for my blog candy, I thought I'd give you my answers too!
So here goes, my TOP 10 HOLIDAY SONGS ARE:
(1) Christmas Canon by Transiberian Orchestra (my absolute favorite)
(2) Christmas Day by Dido
(3) Baby It's Cold Outside
(4) Jingle Bell Rock
(5) O Holy Night
(6) any of the Nutcracker Ballet music
(7) Carol of the Bells
(8) Silver Bells
(9) Sleigh Ride/Winter Wonderland
(10) It's Christmas Time by The Carpenters
Of course there are many more that I love--I have over 1,000 Xmas songs on my Ipod that I put on rotation in my house starting the week of Thanksgiving! My most favorite of all music is Christmas Music & I cannot wait to start playing it! So with the holidays in mind, I'm sharing 3 Christmas ornaments that I made that are elegant, fun & quick to make for yourself, presents for those you know or even as present toppers!
My first two ornaments use coasters--if you are a regular reader of mine you know that I bought a box of 800 coasters back in the spring & am on a mission to use them all, lol! If you're interested in buying some too you can get them here (a box of 800 for $20)! I used 2 of my scalloped square Nestabilities to cut out & emboss this frame from my coaster. To make the gold outlines I used my Marvy Liquid Gold pen along the edges of the frame and inside on the embossed line. The star stamp is from PTI's "Silent Night" set which has such beautiful images and sentiments in it. I stamped it in Palette Gold ink and then highlighted it w/ rhinestones & gold Glitz Stickles and then cut out (it's stamped, cut out & embellished twice). I sandwiched my embroidery thread between the two stamped & embellied images and attached to the top so it swings freely. The gold ribbon is also from PTI. These are quick to make and what a beautiful ornament (in my opinion) to give as a gift.
The second ornament is made the same way except with my scalloped circle Nestabilities to cut thru the coaster. I stamped and punched out the snowflake from PTI's "Snowfall Additions"--stamped with SU baja breeze ink. I coated the snowflake w/ diamond stickles and added rhinestones to the center and around the frame. I watercolored the outside of my ornament w/ my baja breeze reinker and the ribbon is from PTI.
My last ornament uses my new Whiff of Joy stamps--YIPPEE, they came today! I was only able to play with this one, but I'll have more for you tomorrow. This cute snowman is "Herb" and I think Elisabeth Bell has done a fabulous job illustrating these snowman to make them lifelike and whimsical. If you're looking to order some of these fabby stamps here in the US, my friend Summer of Roses on Paper has them in stock!! This wooden ornament came from Michaels for $1 (I got bunches of course) I'm making bunches more for gifts too. I stamped "Herb" with black Staz-On ink and then colored with my SU markers (becuz' this ornament has a shinier finish my Copics wouldn't work). I then covered him with stickles for lotsa shimmer & sparkle. The fun ribbon is from PTI again--can ya tell I lovee their ribbons, lol!!
So whatcha' think? If you're looking for more ornament ideas head over to SUINK's blog because it's Whatchadoin' Wednesday & the challenge was to make ornaments--so some of my DT sistahs are sure to have some super ideas for ya! See ya back here tomorrow with some more Whiff of Joy projects.