Sunday, November 18, 2012

Join us for the 3rd & FINAL day of the 2nd Annual Handmade Holiday Hop!


Welcome to the 2nd Annual
Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!


 Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all of the thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, all in one place, during our second annual
Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

To sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors! Use the Rafflecopter widget on the Clearsnap blog to gain extra entries each day:http://cleasnap.blogspot.com

Look at what Graphic 45 is offering up as a prize package for this hop...


WOWZA... right?!?!

So don't miss out, comment at EVERY stop along the way during this 3 day hop!

For my handmade project, I created these holiday ornaments using Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet collection. You can achieve so many varieties of ornaments with the versatility of Nutcracker Sweet -- reds, greens, pinks, purples, winter blues... ballerinas, Nutcrackers... you can't help but love this collection!

Here are some photos of the ornaments I created... the base of the ornamentres a raw paper mache alterable ornaments I purchased at my local craft store...




On this ornament, I used a lot of winter blues and pinks from the Nutcracker Sweet collection. The coordinating chipboard die-cuts are the perfect accent...


I can't get enough of the Staples metal ornate keys. I think I just about accent every project with these keys! LOL!



Here is the opposite side of the ornament...


Here's the 2nd ornament I created... I used more purples on this one...
I also incorporated the coordinating Nutcracker Sweet stickers


Here's the opposite side of this ornament... (there's another ornate metal key!)


Here's my 3rd and last ornament... this one has more of the traditional reds and greens of Christmas... and the cute little Nutcracker guy...


Here's is the opposite side of this ornament...


How about a little tutorial that shows you how I created the first ornament?
Please join me right here...



(For full quality view of this video, click over to my YouTube channel HERE.)


Now don't forget... visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each for your chance to win some prizes! Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

Nov 16
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
Eileen Hull for Sizzix http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Globecraft Memories – http://globecraftmemories.blogspot.com
Kristin Wilson – Graphic 45 -  http://www.kristinwilsonhandmade.com/
Jennie Garcia - Tombow -  earthyscrap.blogspot.com
Gini Williams Cagle - Hampton Art - http://ginicagle.blogspot.com/
Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap – http://Sabrinaalery.blogspot.com
DeeDee Catron - Globecraft Memories - http://umwowstudio.blogspot.com
Michelle Grant – Donna Salazar Designs -  http://michellejbg.blogspot.com
Emily Lanham – Authentique Paper -http://www.createserendipity.net
Emma Jeffery – Fiskateers - http://hellobeautifulblog.blogspot.com
Natalie Clause – The Twinery -  http://www.southernbellescharm.com/
Alberto L Juarez – Graphic 45 http://vintageodyssey.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Priest – Clearsnap – http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com
Heather Conklin – Authentique Paper - http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/

Nov 17 
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
Eileen Hull for Sizzix http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Globecraft Memories – http://globecraftmemories.blogspot.com
Diana Gonzalez – Clearsnap – http://www.arteypoemas.com 
Monika Wright – The Twinery - http://www.iloveitallwithmonikawright.com/
Gretchen McElveen - Hampton Art - http://gretchenmac.blogspot.com/
Megan Aaron – Clearsnap- http://thoughtsoftraveling.blogspot.com 
Gloria Stengel – Graphic 45 - http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Suzanne Austin – Clearsnap - http://whatsinalousyananut.blogspot.com/
Shellye McDaniel – Authentique Paper - http://paperedcottage.blogspot.com/
Natasha Naranjo Aguirre – Donna Salazar Designs -  http://www.moments-of-tranquility.com
Jen Carter – The Twinery - http://jensinkspot.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison – Graphic 45 - http://lauradenisondesigns.com  
Candy Spiegel – Globecraft Memories - http://candyspiegel.wordpress.com/

Nov 18
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
Eileen Hull for Sizzix http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Globecraft Memories – http://globecraftmemories.blogspot.com
Dana Warren - Hampton Art - http://kraftpaperstamps.blogspot.com/
Steph Ackerman – Globecraft Memories - www.stephaniescraps.blogspot.com
Arlene Cuevas – Graphic 45 -  http://butterflykisseswithlove.blogspot.com/ (You're HERE!)
Susan Lui – Graphic 45 -  http://luv2scrap-pages.blogspot.com/
Ashley Bores – The Twinery - http://www.heartmadelife.com/
Mistra Hoolahan – Donna Salazar Designs - http://mistrabutterfly.blogspot.com
Nina Yang - Hampton Art - http://waffleflower.com/
Angie Blom – Authentique Paper - http://angieblomdesigns.blogspot.com/
Denise Hahn – Clearsnap – http://inmyblueroom.blogspot.com
Stephenie Hamen – Fiskateers - www.mycraftyadventures.com
Guiseppa Gubler – Authentique Paper - http://guiseppagubler.blogspot.com/
Jessica Fick – The Twinery - http://iembellish.blogspot.com/

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!

Next on the hop is one of my Graphic 45 DT sistas, and let me tell you.... she is AMAZING... it's Susan Lui! I'll meet ya over at her blog!

Happy Hopping!

xoxo!


146 comments:

selena said...

toutes ces décos sont superbes, j'adore!!

Maxxi said...

These ornaments are just adorable!!

TracyM #6773 said...

BEAUTIFUL ornaments - LOVE the pink & blue one!!! Thank you for sharing your video tutorial :)

Pink flourish said...

So so pretty can't wait to start crafting TFS

Sisters Craft Cafe said...

Beautiful ornaments and great details.

Luanne

cardgirl said...

Wow, these are stunning. All the details & the staples go so well, wouldn't have thought of that. Thank you :) off to watch tutorial....

Eniko said...

Arlene, thanks for that great tutorial! I never thought of making Christmas ornaments with the Nutcracker Suite...what a brilliant idea!

Bea said...

wow your ornaments are gorgeous - thanks for sharing

Sol said...

Beautiful ornaments! What a great gift idea!

butterfly said...

Completely amazing ornaments - what a wonderful holiday project... glorious!
Alison x

texasgirl2 said...

cute ornaments!

Pam Zirbel 'One Woman Creations' said...

I loved watching your video on this Arlene! I am following you on YouTube and love your work!!

Jean said...

I love these ornaments thank you for sharing!

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

These are stunning! I love all your little details, and the fact that the ornaments are reversible.

Lhobbscat said...

Your art puts me to shame - so lovely - I would love a tree covered in your baulbs.

GarnNilla said...

Lovely!!

Tracey said...

WOW!! Your ornaments are stunning!!

Scrap2day said...

Beautiful Ornaments! They are truly a work of art! I'm pinning these. Thank you for the tutorial! Love it!

PamSpradlin said...

Oh my gosh...your ornaments are gorgeous. And then you showed the back of them which is just as gorgeous as the front. I love all your details. Thanks for the video...I can't believe on all the ideas and help to make the ideas we are getting from the blogs on this hop.

Barbara F said...

Beautiful Arlene...great ideas and great inspiration!!

creative@kerstin's said...

your ornaments are gorgeous. I love this little ballerinas and all the details. thanks for the video.

Beachsidelynn said...

Awesome use of the Nutcracker paper collection. So pretty.

Phyllis M. said...

Really pretty ornaments and great video tut also. Thanks for sharing.

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your ornaments are gorgeous!

Sandy said...

Oh la la or I should say Fa lalalala. Beautiful

Lisa Torres said...

As always beautiful work. They are so light and airy like the ballerina.

My Studio Voice said...

I have been buying sets of coasters at Michaels and decorating those, but I see the advantage of using a more dimensional base for the ornaments. I was also reminded of a better way to adhere words and numbers to a project by first lining them up on the ruler. Thanks so much.

JLJ Designs said...

Absolutely beautiful ornaments!

Jen

Loris said...

Beautiful ornaments. Great video tutorial. Thanks.

Holly said...

These ornaments are nothing short of GORGEOUS! Love them! THanks so much for sharing!

amfuller said...

My daughter would love these as she us a huge Nutcracker fan.

Kathy W said...

Thanks for sharing!

Camille Short said...

Elegant ornaments.

Wendy said...

Stunning ornaments!! We are off to see the Nutcracker today! You do amazing work!

Mulberry Mindy said...

Beautiful ornaments! I love how you put "your spin" on them by adding all the little flowers, beads, and keys. Thank you for sharing your ideas with us.

Sandy said...

Stunning!!! Love them all. Can't wait to view the tutorial.

Gisy Angel said...

WOWZA indeed!! Gorgeous!

Sharon Y said...

Lovely ornaments. Love the colors.

Barbara Rankin said...

Oh my, your ornaments are so beautiful. Who wouldn't want those hanging on the tree? Love, love, love them.

Lynne72 said...

LOve this, need to make my own now!

Mandy said...

Wow! These are so beautiful! They are now certainly on my to do list!

Mare said...

Love the ornaments! Thanks for sharing.

carol said...

Stunning as usual!!

JPScraps said...

Lovely ornaments!

Jean Bullock said...

What a good idea to make the ornaments double sided. My favorite one is with the little girl. I think on the back of ornament 2. Lovely!
Fiskateer Jean#8889 AKA giveawayjean

remonstrance said...

such charming ornaments

<3 <3 <3

LMKENNEDY said...

Your ornaments are simply beautiful! Love this paper line.

Barbara Rankin said...

These ornaments are fantastic, and the G45 papers are a perfect fit for them.

Jessica Strider said...

Love the ornaments. They look amazing. :)

Regina Hamilton said...

Your ornaments are stunning. I love that Nutcracker paper. It's beautiful.

mitz said...

.. oh my gosh.. you WOW'ED us.. simply amazing...

WandaH said...

Graphic 45 papers are perfect for this project. The ornaments turned out wonderful.

Jackie said...

The ornaments are beautiful. I like the tip of putting the stickers on the ruller and laying them down!

Whimcees said...

Hello!

The ornaments are all so beautiful! They would be perfection on the tree! Wishing you a sunshine day!

Hugs,

Barbara Diane

Romy said...

Wow, LOVE these ornaments! They are true pieces of art!

Rebecca said...

Beautiful ornaments, they are sure to be treasured for years to come!

Lisa said...

Wow, what stunning ornaments!! The embellishments you added are fabulous!! Thanks so much for the inspiration!!

Lisa Fish
A Mermaid's Crafts

Beccalite said...

WOW these ornaments are just gorgeous I love them all, just simply stunning.

Great Big Huge Hugs

Becca xxx

Care said...

Beautiful ornaments! Thank you for sharing the tutorial. :)

Natali Yarkova said...

Я с большим удовольствием просмотрела ваше видео !!!
Так вдохновенно вы все показали под чудесную фортепианную музыку - она и успокаивает и настраивает на творческую волну ))
Для себя увидела много интересных маленьких идей !!!!! Спасибо !!!

Elaine said...

Thanks for the inspiration they are beautiful
Elaine x

Carla said...

Beautiful ornaments! So inspiring!

Diana said...

Your ornaments are wonderful.

Sharka said...
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Sharka said...

Your ornaments are beautiful and I can see how festive they'd look on a tree! Each year I buy a "handmade" ornament to add to our collection... no more manufactured purchased ornaments allowed, lol! TFS :)

marylouh said...

Beautiful ornaments. I'd want to leave them out all year long.

dharmabum1966 said...

Such great ornaments! I love everything you do, Arlene.

Lisa Moore said...

Great ideas! Love it!
Lisa Moore
lilmoo1@ntl.sympatico.ca

Kim H said...

love the ornaments, so much dimension and textures. could look at them for awhile and still find some new detail. thank you for sharing.

Ana Marcela Herrera said...

Just adorable!!Thank you for sharing the tutorial!

Beatrice Lawson said...

Just saying the ornaments are gorgeous is not enough. I subscribed to your YouTube channel so I can savour the making of them and maybe attempt to replicate the first one... Thank you!

Gloria Stengel said...

Oh my. Such lovely details! Very pretty!

Mariagackron said...

Love the nutcracker ornament! Beautiful work. And Thanx for the chance to win that great prize. Im excited!!!!

Teresa said...

So pretty. Love the pink and blue ornament!

Kimberly L. said...

Wow, your ornaments are beautiful!

Christina Edmondson said...

LOVE your blog!!!!!! Just stunning!!!

Cheers!!!

Villa Erikson said...

Thank you for showing the video - beautiful ornaments!!!

Diana said...

Wowza is right! What a great hop! So much inspiration and fun!

Jerzey Girl said...

The ornaments are so beautiful

Wanda said...

beautiful

Henriette said...

What a lovely project Arlene, I just love the Graphic45 papers !!

SharonCallisCrafts said...

Your holiday ornaments are simply magnificent

Kent Mullens said...

I love the ornaments. I have been making some similar for my daughters tree. Nice Job

Tona said...

Oh wow! These ornaments are fantastic.

Debc06 said...

Wonderful Ornaments Arlene. Thanks for the tutorial also.

Sandra Strait said...

These ornaments are beyond awesome!

Wanda said...

I would love to win as the G$% paper can not be found where I live :-(

Virginia Burnett said...

Your ornaments are beautiful and would make any tree fab.. Thanks for sharing with us..

Andrea said...

I love the nutcracker ornament in the traditional Christmas colors

Michelle said...

OOOOOOOOOOOOO...your ornaments are breathtaking! Love them!

Cynthia Hanna said...

Arlene, all three of your ornaments are gorgeous!! Fantastic work!

scrapper said...

Oh my! One more fabulous idea to try! Goodness knows I am never going to come out of my studio now!

Jennifer Reynard said...

Oh my goodness, these ornaments are over the top gorgeous!!

Debbie said...

what a wonderful idea to use for stocking stuffer gifts thanks for the inspiration
upnurse at aol dot com

BethW said...

These are truly exquisite-you are a brilliant artist.

Becky Dunham said...

Wow Arlene! These are absolutely stunning! Thanks for the tutorial - I need all the help I can get :) and I definitely want to try this!

Carol said...

Beautiful projects! Thanks for the inspiring ideas!

Carol B
ciaoitalia2007(at)gmail(dot)com

Katina said...
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Katina said...

Arlene, your ornaments are so precious and I love the way you've used the Nutcracker Sweet collection to make them so special! And thanks for the video!!

Debbie K. said...

Simply lovely, Arlene. Love all the colors you used too. Would make wonderful gifts!

CathyinMN said...

Your ornaments are beautiful! I love the Nutcracker Sweet. Thanks for showing us both sides of the ornaments. TFS!

Leslie said...

Oh my goodness! My fave is the nutcracker! Beautiful job!

lynda said...

So lovely! I might need to follow in your footsteps!

HelenM said...

your ornaments are beautiful

LaChelle Shown said...

absolutely beautiful!

Katie R. said...

These are so pretty. Thanks for sharing.

pattyo said...

Your ornaments are absolutely gorgeous!

lindanell said...

Love that Nutcracker. Such beautiful colors.

Sue D said...

Lovely ornaments--perfect for a Nutcracker theme.

Nikki said...

Love the nutcracker and your oranments are so pretty

Wendy Von-Niessen said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful ... did I say it was beautiful???

CrizzyJ said...

So lovely! Thank you for sharing your beautiful ornaments.

Marianne said...

What fantastically beautiful projects. Thanks for the tip about Staples ornate keys. i love them. Thanks for sharing.

Diana said...

Love them all. TFS. I am going to follow you here and on YouTube, Great work.

acpriess said...

These are beautiful! I especially like the pink and blue one.

shanjamorjor said...

as always Arlene I love you creations

Pam said...

Gorgeous ornaments. Great video. Thanks so much, Arlene. These are fabulous. Now I want to make some.

craftylyn said...

Wow! I love these ornaments Arlene.You such a talented lady. I'm going to have a go at making some of my own for gifts.
Linda

HANDMADE BEARY TEAR BEAR CRITTERS said...

What beautiful Christmas Ornaments! I am gonna have to come back later and watch the video on how you made them!!

susannearsenault6@gmail.com

LENNY TANIA said...

thank you for the inspiration. Lovely projects!

Villa Erikson said...

Such a great tutorial! Thank you for sharing!

Nancy Walker said...

Beautiful ornaments! Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

pitje said...

beautifull ornaments

Amy Jones #8546 said...

Wow....all those details are Stunning....Love all your layers. What a wonderful idea.

Stampy Sister said...

Great, simple, and very doable holiday gift idea. Thanks.

Karen said...

Nutcracker Sweet is the inspiration for my Christmas theme this year. Thanks for the project ideas! They will be put to good use in my craft room!

langeatheart said...

I usually stitch my new ornaments but that is the past after seeing yours! Thanks for the video definitely going to give this a try. They are stunning!

Miriam Prantner said...

So pretty! Loving all the layers and nutcracker images!

Laura Bouquet said...

These ornaments are amazing, they really remind of some antique items my grandmother had. Thanks for sharing!

artjunkie2 said...

Wow! These are so beautiful!! I love all of the layers and the decorative elements you incorporated!! Fantastic!!

Megan Aaron said...

what a great project!

Beth Hillier said...

Absolutely beautiful ornaments!!!

Divinity said...

ur ornaments are gonna look awesome on ur tree!

Suzi said...

These are unbelievably stunning! Love all the gorgeous embellishments!

Judith said...

WOW what great ideas!!! Love them. Thanks for sharing.

Cindy Lou said...

So many different and cool ornaments! Thanks for the inspiration :)

Elena C said...

Beautiful ornaments. You really outdid yourself. Thanks for sharing.

{Jennie} said...

These are beautiful, thanks for some great ideas!

Lanna said...

You are so right, they are such beautiful gifts. Thanks Arlene

Janetcraft said...

these are briliant ideas, simple and small but more..can make into deco of the tree...thanks for sharing

Madame Doudou said...

Beautiful art for my eyes! Hugs, Susie

Jenn Zeeb said...

What wonderful ornaments, thank you

jordanbev5 said...

Beautiful ornaments!

mommyx2 said...

Awesome ornaments and wowza is right on that prize package!! Thanks for the chance to win too!

Michele from MS said...

Arelene...I too love the keys and metal embellishments. They add such a nice touch! The ornaments are so beautiful and would make such a nice addition to a gift bow! Thanks for sharing your amazing idea!

Ruth said...

I adore the pearl embellies you added to the tag. They are so elegant.

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