Friday, December 13, 2013

December CTMH Festive Friday Blog Hop

Welcome to our December CTMH Festive Friday Blog Hop. You should have arrived here from The Sassy Scrapper - Theresa Miller. If so, you are on the right path, however this is a circular hop so you can start anywhere and just work your way around to where you started (you will find a list of all of the stops at the bottom of this post).

I am a little sad since this is the last of our Festive Friday Blog Hops. I hope you have enjoyed hopping with us since August. If you missed any of the previous hops, the permalinks can be found in the green bar above under Festive Friday Blog Hop.

Today I am sharing an ornament based on some I pinned in years past. I was reminded of those pins when I saw PageMaps 12 Days of Ornaments. You will find the ornaments I have pinned (and many others) on my Christmas Crafts Board.

Here's how the ornament started. I purchased it at a craft and hobby store. This is the smallest single-purchase ornament this store carried. The did have smaller ornaments but they were in a multi-pack. [Click on any image for a larger photo.]


Below is how the ornament looks from one side. Unfortunately I could not take photos with the ornament on a tree because we are not putting up a Christmas tree this year. We have a few young cats we rescued and we are fairly certain would love to climb (and perhaps destroy) the tree. We will probably compensate for no inside tree by putting a "Charlie Brown" style tree on our front porch. We are set far enough from the road that most people will not realize the tree is not inside.


I used all three of the Sparkle & Shine B&T Duos™ paper (X7176B). I cut the strips of paper 1/8" x 12". I then cut the strips to 6" in length. I used approximately 10 1/8" by 6" strips from each paper. I used a pencil to roll some of the papers, but I switched to the Quilling Tool (Z1795) then used my fingers to loosen and shape the coils. I used a Zip Strip from one of the papers for each side of the banner. A poinsettia and button (below) from the Mini-Medley Accents Ruby Collection (Z1861) and cranberry twine from the Baker's Twine Harvest Assortment (Z1751) finish the embellishing.


Here is a closeup of one side of the banner and embellishments.


Before you head off to the next stop, Scrappin' with Ash - Ashley Denny, here is a sneak peek of the NEW embellishments that are included in the January 2014 promotion "Cloud Nine".

Sneak Peek Cloud Nine

In addition to being included in the "Cloud Nine" kit, they will be available for individual purchase on February 1 when the Spring/Summer 2014 CTMH Idea Book is released. Be sure to check with your CTMH Independent Consultant later this month or the beginning of January to learn more about "Cloud Nine". If you do not have a consultant yet, I would be happy to assist you.

The hop is organized by Diane Tuggle and starts at her blog The Happy Scrapbooker. Here are all of the stops on the Festive Friday Blog Hop:
Thank you for stopping by today. And many thanks to Diane for organizing this hop.


  1. I love how you made your ornament. I may have to borrow the idea as I'm making ornaments for my niece's co-workers

    Mary Ellen

  2. Thanks for your kind words. Of course you may use the idea. I certainly borrowed it. :-) You can create so many wonderful ornaments based on your paper selections. One ornament I saw had inked paper edges with gold or silver ink. I thought about adding some short (2 inches or so) pieces of tinsel to mine. The store had clear ornaments (I used clear) as well as ornaments that had iridescence. Have fun!

  3. SO pretty! Love this little ornament!!

  4. Cute!! I might have to make some of these too!! Thanks for sharing!!

  5. Love these homemade ornaments! Sweet idea for your Christmas tree!


  6. If you have the interest and energy, I used to use a "half a tree" made with artificial branches and foam core that I could hang on the wall (about 3.5 feet high) about 5 feet off the ground.

    But it could also be made entirely with foamcore or cardboard in a triangular shape with holes to accommodate the ornaments (with built in hooks at the top of the hole) or dowels that would stick out enough to hold the ornaments.

    I developed the half a tree after my cat stood on his hind legs, walked over to my free standing tree and pushed it over.


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