|Around our house|
|Freshly fallen leaves after a rain|
So far this month I've focused my creative efforts on creating a handmade ornament for one of my friend's annual ornament exchange parties. Everyone tries to bring a really unique ornament. Each person draws a number and picks a wrapped ornament from under the tree in order according to their number. You can keep the ornament you opened or "steal" one from someone who has gone before you. Each ornament can be stolen up to two times before it finds its final resting place. The really unique and desired ornaments are hence referred to as "double stealers". It's actually quite competitive if you can imagine that.
I decided to go out on a limb and create mine instead of buying one. I scoured various craft stores and online sites and settled on a very nifty wire frame heart from The Shoppe at Somerset from Stampington and Company. They have a great selection of wire frames just begging to be embellished. I have a large tree and a dress form as well... but that's another project...
|Golden crackly goodness|
I then painted some die cut crinoline flowers with Glimmer Glaze, Glimmer Glam, and even a bit of glitter glue (can't have too much glitter on an ornament right?). I layered them together along with a vintage button. I added a few bits of bling and voila, the front was done.
|Lots of glitter and shine|
For the outer parts of the wings, I painted them with Glimmer Glaze and then covered them with glitter glue from Martha Stewart. I have to say this is my favorite glitter glue of all time! I used a couple of different colors to add some depth and dimension to the wings. Once everything was dry, I glued all of the layers together and edged them with more gold ink. I then adhered them to the back of the heart with a glue gun.
|Sparkle sparkle sparkle. And check out those chunks of mica on the inside of the wings!|
Some big fat bows on the front and back and it was completed! I had a lot of fun making it and I hope someone at the party really likes it.
|In its natural setting...|
- Wire frame heart (Stampington and Company)
- Book print paper (7 Gypsies)
- Floral paper (Basic Grey Jovial collection)
- Gloss multi medium (Claudine Helmuth for Ranger Ink)
- Rock Candy Distress Crackle Paint (Ranger Ink)
- Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Ranger Ink)
- Tattered Flowers die (Tim Holtz for Sizzix)
- Butterfly die (Tim Holtz for Sizzix)
- Golden Lump of Coal spray (Lindy's Stamp Gang)
- Glimmer Glam in Big Apple and Tidepool (Tattered Angels)
- Glimmer Glaze in Waterfall
- Krystall Glitter Gel (Viva)
- Glitter glue (Martha Stewart Crafts)
- Gold Ink (Smooch)
- Vellum paper
- Glossy Accents (Ranger Ink)
- Hot glue