Sunday, July 21, 2013

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

It's still July -- so let's have us some CHRISTMAS IN JULY!

A few weeks ago, I tried my hand at a new type of Christmas ornament. Of course, it HAD to be made from sheets of music, right? After all, what is Christmas without music?



I think that, if I ever make another one from music, it is going to be music that is smaller and closer together, much more condensed. That would definitely be more effective. But, experience is the best teacher, so they say.

Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper, being so luscious, it promises to make for a gorgeous ornament. I don't have any of the current holiday paper yet, so I dug out a piece from last year's model. It made for a much crisper-looking ornament than the thinner music:


I hadn't put anything on the reverse side of the music ornament. But, to give my DSP ornament a more finished look on the back, I added this:


Working with a paper that has obvious stripes presents various problems, as you can especially see on the reverse side. My next ornament will be crafted from an all-over design. 

The center of the ornament is created with our new Simply Pressed Clay inside the largest flower from the Buttons & Blossoms Simply Pressed Clay Mold (page 167 of the big new catalog). I then used a sponge dauber to add color to the raised surfaces of the flower. 

As shown here, I sponged deeper on the music ornament than I did on the one created from DSP:


It just depends on the look you prefer. 

How are you doing on YOUR Christmas preparations?

Merry
Smiles.








42 comments:

  1. Good luck with your challenge - I really love these ornaments too :)

    Thanks for linking up!

    Sarah @ A Cat-Like Curiosity

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  2. I haven't started any Xmas items yet but I've definitely been thinking about them! Love your ornaments - so festive. Coming over from the Creative Home & Garden Blog Hop, and a happy new follower!

    Jeanine

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    1. Thanks so much for your comment and for becoming a new follower, Jeanine! :>)

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  3. These are cool. I am not quite ready for Christmas stuff yet!

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  4. Those are so pretty! I'll be making some...pinning.

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    1. Thanks! I'm honored that you liked them enough to pin them and plan on making some of your own! :>)

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  5. These are super beautiful~ I'm not preparing for Christmas at all yet because I'll be moving across the country in December and don't want to bring extra stuff!

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    1. Thanks, Natashalh! I can understand how you wouldn't want to be toting extrat stuff across the country! Good luck with your big move! :>)

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  6. I love your ornaments. I want to try one myself. No getting ready for Christmas here. Heck, I couldn't find it in all the boxes. As my dear husband used to say Bah Humbug!! LOL!

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    1. Oh, Christina. You are such a doll! You will find everything someday! :>)

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  7. Very very pretty! Good job preparing ahead of time! I'm starting on Halloween, but not Christmas yet! Catherine (new follower)

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    1. Thank you, thank you! For the nice compliment and for following! :>)

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  8. These are very pretty! What do you secure the cones to?

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    1. Thanks! I'm sorry I'm so late in replying. But the cones are glued to each other side by side. When they are all nice and neat and attached, I glue the whole thing to a circle on the back. That adds stability and finishes it off nicely. :>)

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  9. These are so pretty, Linda! I could see these on gift packages, too, instead of bows, or just hanging from a cabinet or drawer knob.

    Thanks for linking them up to The Creative Home & Garden hop!

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    1. Thanks, Kathy! Yes, I'm looking forward to making more of them and doing just what you suggest. :>)

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  10. Thanks for linking up at Dorothy Sue and Millie B's too Clever, Crafty & Creative Link Party this week!

    I tried my hand at making one of these wreaths a couple of weeks ago and it was a disaster! I think where I went wrong was using a vintage book for my paper. The sheets tore very easily, so I trashed the whole thing!

    You did a great job! Makes me want to try again!

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    1. The music I used was thinner also, and more difficult to work with than the Designer Series Paper I used on subsequent ones. Please, give it a try again! They are so worth it! :>)

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  11. These are adorable,I haven't gotten around to Christmas as of yet, I'm not even ready for Halloween! But I am pinning this... they are so darn cute I just have to make some!

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    1. Thanks, Brenda! And I'm so honored that you pinned it and plan on making some of your own! Good luck! :>)

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  12. Your ornaments are gorgeous! TFS.Gayle @
    http://atastefultouch.blogspot.com

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    1. Why, thank you, Gayle. You are so sweet! :>)

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  13. The gang at My Personal Accent thinks your post about Christmas in July is fantastic and we would like to invite you to party with us at starting at 5:00 Thursday nights at our new Blog Strut Peacock Style Link Party to share your creative ideas. Come on over!! http://wp.me/p2Vf55-XA

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  14. Very pretty, I like them :).

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  15. Your ornament looks lovely, I like to use sheet music in crafting too. I'm just gathering my ideas for Christmas, if I just jump in I get too carried away and end up with way too much stuff! I have to plan to control myself!

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    1. Thank you, Laura! I LOVE to use music in my work and do so often. I think if I had more time, I would tend to get carried away with all my projects too. We have to pace ourselves, eh? :>)

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  16. These are so beautiful! And I do believe even I could do that! :) I think these would be ideal to top your gifts instead of a bow and that way they can be hung on the tree and kept forever once the gift is open! Thanks for sharing once more at One Sharendipity Place! It's always a treat to see your latest designs!

    Sue @ thet2women.com

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    1. Thanks, Sue. You are so kind. And I love your idea of using them as a bow, then hanging them on the tree and keeping them as a keepsake. :>)

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  17. These look like fun. I'll give it a try lorraine at http://lorrainesresources.blogpspot.com

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    1. Good luck! Hope they turn out just great! :>)

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  18. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing at Bacon Time. I just got done doing a Christmas in July craft event for our local Senior Services, so I have been doing some Christmas stuff too. I have never been good with paper crafts, but this is really inspiring.

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    1. Thanks so much, Mindie! Your Christmas in July craft even for local Senior Services sounds so fun! Hope it went well. :>)

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  19. Love the first one - with the musical notes! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime!!

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    1. Thanks, Betsy! I think that one's my favorite too. If only the music on the page was a little more dense. :>)

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  20. These are beautiful! I'm ready to start my Christmas crafting as well! Have fun, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks so much! Good luck with your Christmas crafting! :>)

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  21. So beautiful! I would love to hang them for the holidays. Thanks so much for sharing at All Things Pretty!

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