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A "Favor"able Idea for an Ornament

Hi there!  I'm glad you were able to stop by for a visit.

I'm pretty excited to show you a project I designed for a class I'm teaching this weekend.  Isn't it adorable?  [Edited to add:  I also submitted this project for the Pals Paper Arts "Anything BUT a Card" Challenge (PPA13) on 10/22/09.]


The first time I made this ornament was during an Appreciation Event conducted by my Stampin' Up! upline, Catherine Harwood.  I was so tickled by the simplicity of the design, I just had to make a bunch as Christmas cards for my family in 2008 (and let me tell you, that's a pretty large group of people!).  My sister-in-law Michelle, a school teacher in another part of the state, was so impressed by the design that she asked me to come teach a group of her friends how to make these in the Fall.  So what you see is what they'll be making this weekend.  Are you wondering what that shine is on the letters?  That's White Frost Shimmer Paint applied to the three-snowflake stamp from the Serene Snowflakes stamp set. 

For those of you familiar with Stampin' Up! punches, it's pretty easy to figure out how this is made.  The trick is in the assembly process.  I have found that the easiest way is to use the Stampin' Up! grid paper and mark the paper for each of the scallop circles (1 3/4"), the spaces between the circles (3/4"), and identify the placement of the star (the center of the star is 1 3/4" above the top edge of the closest scallop circle).  I've included a photo of the grid paper with all the pieces laid out.  The pieces to the left of the ribbon are placed on top of the ribbon moving from those closest to the ribbon and finishing with those furthest away from the ribbon.  For the lid, a piece is shown to the right of the ribbon; that's because this piece of paper is attached to the inside the lid.


Once you do that, it's easy to place the ribbon on each cardstock scallop circle with Sticky Strip and layer on the rest of the pieces with SNAIL and Stampin' Dimensionals.  For the loop, use Sticky Strip to anchor the end of the loop to the inside of the star and to attach the top piece of the star to the ribbon to ensure that all the pieces will remain attached; especially since this is the part of the ornament that will be handled most.  For the lid of the box, use Mini Glue Dots for the Designer Series Paper attached to the inside and outside of transparent lid.  Then add the large snowflake and stamped image with Mini Glue Dots and Stampin' Dimensionals.

The ornament folds into the favor tin from the bottom up.  Place the first scallop circle top down in the bottom of the favor tin and fold the rest in accordion-style so that the loop is on top when the lid is opened.

If you have a bunch of circle punches gathering dust in your crafting space, knock off the dust by making a few of these ornaments for family and friends.  You could replace the letters "N-O-E-L" with "2-0-0-9", punched photos, or small holiday messages.  

I hope you enjoy your weekend!


Stamps:  Berry Christmas, Simple Snowflake, Serene Snowflakes, Punch Pals, Pure & Simple Alphabet-Upper (Retired); Classic Inks:  Real Red, Old Olive, White Frost Shimmer Paint; Designer Series Paper:  Merry Moments; Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Garden Green, Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White; Embellishments:  Chocolate Chip 1/4" grosgrain ribbon; Adhesives:  SNAIL, Stampin' Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Mini Glue Dots; Tools:  Paper Snips, Grid Paper, Sponge Dauber, Large Star punch, Jumbo Snowflake punch, Scallop Circle punch, 1/2" circle punch, 3/4" circle punch, 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, 1 3/4" circle punch; Other:  Favor Tin


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Linda Callahan

Adorable is right - especially because it fits into the favor tin!

Ann Schach

Awesome! Thanks for including the instructions on making this! I can hardly wait to try it! Thanks for playing @ PPA!

Margaret Moody

I love this, Mickey! Wonderful idea for an unusual and memorable Christmas card! Thanks for sharing! Great job!

Jennifer Christoffersen

WHat an awesome idea! Thanks for posting all the how-to pics.It looks great!

Pals Paper Arts

On behalf of the design team at Pals Paper Arts, thank you for playing @ PPA!

Join us for a special "In the Pink" challenge this Thursday, October 29, 2009.

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