Sunday, November 8, 2009

Holiday Tussy Mussy and a *favor*

Hi friends!  Back with more holiday goodies.  Have you seen the amazing eye candy over at Kelleigh Ratzlaff's blog?  She has issued herself a challenge to do 30 ornaments in 30 days using her vast array of terrific templates.  (Don't miss out on the brand new Grab Bag released for November) The best thing to me is she's using just about all of her templates to do this, bags, gift boxes, party hats and more to show the wide open versitility of using a 3-D template for ornament making.  She's asked the creative team to jump in with some template ornament fun and I jumped at the chance to make a holiday version of a tussy mussy (check out my wedding version HERE) out of the Party Hat template.    There is a fantastic sale going on all individual template's of Kelleigh's at the digichick so check that out too!  35% off sale  making each template just $2.59! 

Here it is, in all of it's glittery goodness!  Before I jump into the making of the tussy mussy, I was wondering if you might consider doing me a favor?  Have you seen the holiday craft contest going on at Michael's crafts?  Check it here Welllll, I entered this project in the hopes of maybe winning a gift card (goodness knows I will put it to use ;)).  Here's the deal, it's based on votes so I was wondering, if you have a minute, if you wouldn't mind hopping over and voting on my project.  It's a simple click rating system without any tedious registering, etc.  I would LOVE to have your support!  You can get to my entry here.  Thanks so much!!!

EDITED to add:  to vote, scroll to the bottom of the photograph of my project.  You'll see five little snowmen standing in a row.  You choose to vote from the level of 1 snowman (least) on up to 5 snowman (best), by clicking on the number snowman/men in the lineup you think it's worthy of.  That's it.  You all are the best!

So on to the juicy details...I grabbed Kelleigh party hat template and dropped it into Microsoft word.  I arranged and stretched it to enable a taller template.  When you assemble the cone, you'll want to roll it tighter than the template shows for a party hat so you end up with a tall skinny cone...but don't glue it shut'll want to assemble your ribbon hanger, bouquet of picks and bottom hanging decorations first.  These will get taped to the inside of the cone and then the cone is glued shut. I printed the template on one side of cream cardstock and THIS vintage sheet music from the Graphics Fairy blog on the other and cut out the template. 

It's all about the embellishments and holiday picks after that!  Some of the vintage sheet music scraps were perfect for making my own glittery holly leaf pick.  I also grabbed a fistful of other items....a thrifted glass ball ornament, a gold painted pinecone, a ultra glittery poinsettia pick and the gold/red/green pick from Michaels this year.  If it was something that did not already have a stem attached, pipe cleaners and craft wire can be used to fashion "stems" onto items.

I fell in love with this Tim Holtz santa last year.  It was time to pull it out!  I stamped and then die cut with a lable nestie die and then fabric paint glitter for the edge.  He's mounted on a vintage book print accordian folded pinwheel and also glittered (there is a theme developing here LOL!)

The "believe" tag is a piece of the above santa stamp.  I stamped it twice and trimmed out the word believe gluing them back to back.  More gold glitter to edge the tag.  The two pieces were glued together while sandwiching the gold thread and then a few beads and buttons were tied on for the end piece.  Once all the parts and pieces and ready to go, they can be arranged in and around the cone template and the cone glued shut. 

So there it is.  I made mine fairly big because I want to hang it on a doorknob and not a tree branch...but wouldn't it be adorable in miniature?  hmmmm....maybe I need to try that next! :)  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Template: Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs
digital image: the Graphics Fairy
Stamps: Tim Holtz for Stampers Anonymous
Ink: SU!
Glitter: Martha Stewert and fabric dimensional glitter paint
Craft supplies: vintage book print, buttons, beads, snowflake sequin, tinsel trim, ribbon, gold thread, holiday picks, craft wire, pipe cleaners, glass ornament



Elise said...

CRACKERS! You've tapped into the mother-lode of creative ju-ju! You are on such a magnificent ROLL of creativity ~ FABULOUS!!!! This is the most jaw dropping piece of holiday fabulousness I've EVER seen! Seriously, dude! AMAZING! You are AMAZING!!! This is AMAZING! Of course I'll vote for you, you fabulous crafty mama! Yee HAW!

Karen said...

D-A-N-A!!!!!!!!!!! Well, my dear, you are on quite a roll, huh?! I've been really enjoying Kelleigh's 30 days of ornaments and am excited to see your festive, glittery, Christmassy take on it! And, YES! I did go vote for you & your you 5 ornaments..or um,, snowmen....oh whatever, I gave you FIVE for your fabulous, fun, vintagey, sparkly, hand crafted, created Christmas goodness! Thanks for the inspiration! :>

Melissa said...

This is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the glittery details! I went over to the Michael's site, but was unable to figure out how to vote?? I definitely want to give my vote though! I'll go back and try again!

Kelleigh Ratzlaff Designs said...

This is SO gorgeous!! I voted!! Thanks for telling me how! I don't know that I would have figured that one out!

Hopefully my post brings you some votes!

Kelley Eubanks said...

Gorgeous Dana!! I love it! Your creations are always so awesome!!

Vanessa said...

This is amazing, Dana! Absolutely gorgeous!!


Courtney Baker said...

So cool Dana. It took me forever to figure out how to vote. I hope I didn't accidentally give you anything lower than a 5 because this certainly is!

Jane said...

So CREATIVE!! love it!