Monday, September 19, 2011

Layers of Color New Release Blog Hop!

Good morning Paper Crafters and welcome to the new release blog hop of the Layers of Color Christmas Collection designed by Nina Brackett and Laura Kirste Campbell!
These special designs were created from the artist's hearts in celebration of Christ's birth.  You will find a few of the images coordinate with Spellbinders's dies (Joy & Peace - Labels 18 and Sentimental Banners with Ribbon Banners)! 
But if you have started at my blog, you will want to start at the Layers of Color blog and then hop around so that you can make sure you are entered into the Grand Prize Drawing!   Laura will give you full instructions on how to qualify on her blog.
If you have arrived from Linda's blog, then you are in the right place and keep scrolling to read how you can win a free stamp from me!
  I have created a Christmas Ornament using one of the decorative elements from "Touch of Elegance" and the dove from one of the new release sets "Glad Tidings".    You can check out all the details on how to create this one at the very bottom of my post.

I actually have 2 more Christmas ornament post coming up in the future. You can subscribe to my blog post via email if you like, so you don't miss a thing. Just check out the side bar gadget.  No worries, if you get sick of me, I promise I want be offended if you unsubscribe later.
One of the ornaments / tutorials will be posted on Wed. Oct 26th during the Layers of Color Christmas Ornament Blog Hop! 

I also have a Five Star 3-D (4 folds / 1 cut ) ornament tutorial I posted recently and after the hop I would love to invite you back to check it out HERE.
My Prize
Today I'm giving away "Holly Angel" cling art stamp (sample - meaning it's not packaged)!  All you have to do is leave me a comment.  You have until 12 noon EST to leave me a comment.  I will do a random drawing and post a winner as soon as I get off work Tuesday (late afternoon).  The winner will have til Wednesday 10am EST to contact me at to claim your prize.
and here is a card I created using Holly Angel

The next stop in this hop is the very talented

Good luck in the drawings!

Project Details Ornament

Stamps : Layers of Color "Touch of Elegance" and "Glad Tidings"
Cream Cardstock
Gold cord and beads
Stickles Champagne and Recollections Gold Glitter from Michaels
Tsukineko Glue Pad
2-Way Glue Pen
Krylon Matte Finish Clear Spray
Aleene's Tachy Glue ($1.47 at Walmart.  I LOVE this stuff, use it all the time, and store it upside down in an empty peanut butter jar to keep it ready to go all the time.  The jar I use is actually plastic and it has a little dimple in the bottom)
I used a glue pad and gold glitter - not a great choice.  I recommend VersaMark and gold embossing powder.  I just didn't have an embossing powder that was gold or glittery enough to match my beads and I'm a little picky, teehee.
Cut 4 cream rectangles 2" x 2 5/5".  Locate the centers on each side and put a pencil dot.  Connect the dots with light pencil lines to create your diamond.  Score from top point to bottom point down center.  If you want that really glittery look, then you can do it like I did.  But I"m not resposible for any hair loss you may have along the way as I promise, you may want to pull it out, teehee.  But there is an easier way I'll share in a few minutes.  Wipe the cream diamond with an Embossing Magic or dryer sheet.  Stamp the decorative image on the diamond with a Glue Pad (Tsukineko), VersaMark may work, not sure.  Sprinkle with glitter.  It was a brilliant plan up until now!  Ha!    The glue pad doesn't completely hold the glitter and at this point it can be easily rubbed off.  So very carefully use a very fine brush to pick up any unwanted glitter, hopefully there is not much if you used Embossing Magic or your dryer sheet.  To fix the glitter in place spray it with a clear matte finish spray (Krylon).  But wait, one coat want do ...  I think I ended up with 3, making sure to let it dry in between coats.  I'm sorry there was just NO substitute embossing powder that gave me that glittery gold look I wanted.  And it matched my Champagne Stickles perfectly.   And for an easier method, just use VersaMagic and gold embossing powder.  After your 4 diamonds are dry, fold along the score line.  Adhere 2 at a time so that you now have 2 pairs.  Use a white tacky glue for this.  Measure and cut your gold cording.  You want to leave it looped at the top as your hanger or so you can attach a metal hanger, and leave lots extra coming out the bottom.  So tie off a loop at one end leaving the 2 tails hanging down.  Add tacky glue down the inside center of one side and all over the back side.  Glue the 2 side together.  You should now have the 2 gold tails haning out the bottom.  After it is dry, add beads.  Make sure you buy beads with holes big enough to thread the 2 pieces of the gold cording.  Tie a knot at the bottom of the beads to hold them in place.  Leave a little tail to adhere your image to.  Stamp the dove, trim, outline with 2-Way glue pen and sprinkle with gold glitter.  After it is dry, adhere to tail you left hanging below the beads.  When adhering actually hang the ornament, so you can get it adhered right where you want it.  Adhere Stickles around the edges.
I should have taken photo's.  The next ornament I post is similar and I will post step by step photo's with that one.

Project Details Holly Angel Card
Stamps : Layers of Color "Holly Angel" and "Sentimental Banners"
Copic Markers
Pink cardstock
Vellum with white snow flakes - unknown
Ribbon - Offray double sided white satin ribbon
Deckled Scissors - Fiskars
Adhere front of A2 card to a larger peice of white cardstock.  Trim around edges with deckled scissors.  Trim pink cardstock and patterned vellum slightly smaller, wrap with white ribbon, tie bow and adhere to card front.  Adhere doily. Stamp angel and banner.  Color with Copic Markers.  Apply glue with 2-Way glue pen to wings, avoiding black lines as much as possible.  Sprinkle with glittern.  Use a tooth pick or paper poker to remove unwanted glitter over stamp lines.  After dried, adhere angel and banner to card front.
Thanks for stopping by!


Anonymous said...

Really love the decoration with the gold embossing and also on the dove. What a cute little piece of Holly in its beak! Think the doiley adds a very pretty background to the card too.

Lovely Linda said...

WOW Melisa - you nail it every time my friend! L-O-V-E your ornament - it is gorgeous - I am going to have to try tha, especially with the added sparkle! Love your card too - bea-u-tiful!! Thank you for sharing Melisa - you are inspiring!! {{{hugs}}}

Bridget Larsen said...

wow I love your ornament, cant wait to get my hands on the new collection

sonyaeverding said...

BEAUTIFUL ORNAMENT!!!!!!!! I am going to have to scrap-nap from you I think. But the pink angel is also beautiful. i am a pink freak and would have never thought to use this stamp with that color. Absolutely stunning. Thanks for the chance at the win.

Unknown said...

Your ornament is simply stunning! Great job!

stampencamper said...

what a wonderful idea making an ornament, with the christmas collection, of course, so wonderfully well created, and the angel has such a softness about it, thanks for making the op fun

JaniceAileen said...

Melisa, that ornament is awesome!!! You are queen of super cool projects! Lol! Your card is beautiful as well, super job well done!!! :)

Patti J said...

Melisa, this is stunning! You are so creative :) Thanks for the tutorial, and have a great week!

MariLynn said...

Melisa, this ornament is beyond amazing. I love all the sparkle and glitter. You have way more patience than I would with the glitter!!! But the result is definitely worth it. Come Christmas time and this is hanging on a tree, it will defintely be noticed!!! Love your little angel too!

Grace said...

OH MY GOODNESS Melisa!!! Your ornament is amazing and thanks for all the tips on making it! It is just beautiful!!! Love your beautiful angel card! Soooo pretty! Thanks for all the inspiration!!!

lisa808 said...

Your ornament is stunning! Love the gold glitter.

Sue D said...

Beautiful angel card and very elegant ornament!
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LindaS said...

Fantastic inspiration. The ornament is so elegant love the bird and the card is so soft and beautiful.

Lori said...

I love your elegant ornament, just wonderful. I subscribed to your blog to be sure to see more tutorials and inspirations...don't plan on unsubscribing, LOL.
Hugs, Lori

Cindy Lou said...

Melisa, I agree with everyone else, awesome ornament, I to will scraplift that idea along with the five star you had ealier. lol Your angel is beautiful, the doily behind is a perfect piece to make the card unforgettable. Thanks so much for sharing, I too am subscribing to see more of your tut's, they are fabulous, obviously just like your are ;) TFS!

Rosemary said...

gorgeous, gorgeous projects!!

silvia said...

Gorgeous ornament and card!!

Jennie said...

What a gorgeous ornament Melisa. Love the gold and so very elegant. Your angel card is so serene and just beautiful in pink. Great job :)

Lagene said...

OHhh my goodness! I love your ornament!!!! The angel card is Gorgeous!

Valonda L. said...

Seriously Melisa, that ornament is GORGEOUS!!! I just can't get over it. I looked back through the last few days of've been making some really beautiful projects. Very inspiring.

Jan Marie said...

Superb! That ornament is an A++ to the 10th power project! Lovely! Your card is so very pretty with the doily and the soft pink. . .nice non traditional, yet gorgeous Christmas greeting! Blessings!

Betty Benton said...

Another fabulous ornament -- worth it's weight in gold!

Alina said...

Gorgeous ornament! Lovely job!

Anita said...

Stunning ornament! Great tutorial!

Carol Hirsch said...

Gorgeous angel card and ornament.

Elizabeth said...

OH! I love the ornament!! It's so beautiful! A very creative way to use stamps for more than cards and scrapbook pages.
You've done a lovely job on both of these projects.

Steph Ackerman said...

How fun this is!

Stampin_melissa said...

What a wonderful idea for the ornament! It looks fab! This angel is so very lovely!

Anniebee said...

Gorgeous ornament and beautiful card! I'm really loving these new stamps as they are perfect for the style of Christmas cards I make every year. I love all things Christmas but my cards are always very traditional. I just became your newest follower. Thanks so much for the inspiration and for the chance to win the lovely Holly Angel stamp.


Laura Kirste Campbell said...

Stunning with a capital "S"! Wow! This is a work of art, Melisa!

Thank you for giving your best to this team and this blog hop! You're wonderful in so many ways!


Naomi said...

Your card is beautiful and that Christmas ornament is STUNNING! Love all of the new stamp sets, they're all so fabulous!

kiwimeskreations said...

LOVE that ornament, Melisa - you really are enjoying your 3-D projects :-) Your Holly Angel card is a stunner too - love the soft colours you have used.

Wordbird said...

Dear sweet creative Melisa,
I looooove your elegant ornament and your angel is a lovely confection in that soft pink!
I MUST get to your blog more often!!


AMAZING!!! I want that dove for my Christmas tree!!! Wonderful creations!

Linda Carson said...

Gorgeous! Your tree will look so elegant!

NinaB said...

Wow, beautiful projects. I esp love that ornament with the gold embossing - so elegant. Thank you, Melisa.

Wendy Zick said...

Love the sparkly ornament! Thank you for the instructions.

Lillian Child said...

So very lovely!!!

Shirley said...

Beautiful ornament and great details too!

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