Thursday, 24 December 2015

Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop - Bring On the Bling

Welcome to the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop for December - Bring On The Bling. 
With only a couple of days until Christmas day, we in Australia are having some amazingly hot weather. Strangely enough, I still like making Northern Hemisphere inspired ornaments for Christmas and today's project is inspired by a sample in the Handmade For The Season Catalogue.

Today I've just wrapped up the Christmas season of market stalls so it is time to show you my project which proved to be very popular at the markets. I've added my own twist to these great ornaments and I really enjoy making them. I made over 30 this week! They are versatile as you can make them in many different sizes, and I love that I can use up spare Designer Series Papers left over from other projects. 

The ornaments can be made to look old fashioned - one customer today said they reminded her of the Victorian Era, or they can be modern and edgy - simply choose papers to create the style you want.

This photo shows the variety of papers that I found work well. The Designer Series Paper Stacks patterns work really well together and when you adhere them randomly together, they give you a type of Harlequin style that is really fun. I've used left over bits of old styles together with some of the current patterns. 

Not much bling on these?  Just look at the next photos!

That is the Stampin' Up! fine gold glitter on each edge. This finish is achieved by applying 2-Way Glue Pen to all the edges, then rolling the ball in a tub of the glitter. Love it!  I used both the silver and gold glitter depending on the colour scheme of each bauble.

Another easy way to coordinate patterns is to use both sides of the one sheet of paper. Fold them alternately so the different pattern is stacked alternately in the preliminary stages of making the ornaments. This method will give you one pattern at the top of the ornament, and the other pattern at the bottom of the ornament. 

There are so many different ways you can construct these, leading to a nice surprise each time you try something new.

I hope you enjoy my project, but don't forget to follow the blog hop through and see all the wonderfully creative ideas from some of the top Stampin' Up! demonstrators in the world. You are at Ann Craig's blog now: so just click on the next name in the list below and you can move to the next person.

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas holiday period,  filled with family, friends, peace and love.


  1. love your ornaments! how many circles do you need to make it?

  2. Ann... your projects truly amaze me... so creative and fun!

  3. Would love to have a tutorial for these. They are awesome.

  4. Very pretty, Ann! Thanks for the great idea!

  5. What a fantastic idea, lovely. Angexx

  6. Amazeballls (no pun intended). I must make these!!

  7. I use 18 for the 2 inch circles and 20 for the 2 and 1/2 inch circle

  8. Fabulous! Great way to show off the designer paper, and the glittered edges are so pretty!

  9. Hi Ann do you have a tutorial for these?


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