The other day I had a friend (and fellow stamper) drop by my house. I told her before she arrived that she wasn't allowed to look at my messy house. I have company coming in a few weeks and I have been hauling stuff out of the guest bedroom, cleaning closets, and all kinds of "fun" things like that. Well, she was kind about everything, but when she got to my stamping area she said "how do you stamp with all that stuff on your table?" Well, I blushed with embarrassment, but my answer is "aparently, not very well." I have been struggling to get something stamped...anything stamped...to share on my blog. So last night I decided that I couldn't ignore the mess any longer. I started tidying up and look what I found. I made this ornament last week and totally forgot about it. Too funny!
I am a big fan of stamper, Anna Wight. She creates the most amazing things with a bit of a "country" or "primitive" style. Two years ago she featured a tutorial on her blog on how to make crystal snowflakes. I always try my best to give credit to the original artist, so you can see her tutorial here.
I knew the minute I saw the new Northern Frost Decorative Strip in the Holiday Mini Catalog that I had to have it because I could create "Anna-inspired" snowflakes. This ornament begins with a basic medallion created with Deck the Halls DSP. I made the snowflake using the Northern Frost decorative strip die and some Very Vanilla/Always Artichoke card stock following Anna's method. (I purchased the Twinklets Diamond Dust Glitter last year at an national Arts & Crafts store.) After allowing time to dry, I added a button and then placed it in the center of the medallion. I added a jute twine hanger and a bow made with the 1/2" Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding. I was trying to find a way to make the ribbon a little easier to work with, so I stiffened it with some heavy spray starch and used an iron. I liked the results, although I had to brush off some of the white specks left behind by the starch. I used a mini glue dot to attach the bow.
I hope you have enjoyed my recently discovered project. Now that I have a clean work area, I hope to have more to share with you soon.