Saturday, December 10, 2011

Christmas Decorations Blog Hop

to the Christmas Decorations Blog Hop hosted by Creations With Becka. 

If you're here from Susan's blog, great! you're in the right place. If you happen to have just stopped by to say hi, then please join us for the whole hop (you can start here). Please be sure to leave a comment at each stop on the hop to be eligible to win the grand prize - a Cricut cartridge!

For my decoration today I made a centerpiece for my dining room. This was a lot of fun to make because
1) I got to do a lot of experimenting with a new-to-me product (alcohol ink) and
2) I got to sample three yummy wines (the sacrifices we make for our crafts)
See that picture in the background, I made that too! Follow my blog to find out how.
To start I cleaned the bottles and removed the labels. After they were dried I poured some epsom salt in (found in the first aid isle at Target). The branches were found in my backyard and I spray painted them with silver glitter paint. I used two cans, this is a good use for those Michael's coupons.

I used a few different techniques on the ornaments.
A) I dropped a few drops of alcohol ink down the inside of the ornament immediately followed by a quick burst of canned air. I continued doing this until I got an effect I liked.
B) I used my felt ink applicator and randomly placed a number of drops of ink on the applicator. All you have to do now is tap all over the ornament.
C) I squirted a small amount of ink in an ornament and swirled it around, coating the inside. I could have stopped here but I wasn't happy with the effect so I poured course glitter inside and shook it around. I could have stopped here too but decided to try option B as well (this was really unnecessary as you really can't tell).

I only had one shade of each color (watermelon, sail boat blue and citrus) but if you have multiple shades of ink you could really get some nice dimension.
I'm giving one lucky winner this stamp set from Recollections. To qualify you simply need to
1) Be a follower
2) Leave me a comment on this post

I will draw a winner on Monday (12/12) and that person will have 48 hours to contact me and claim their prize.

Your next stop is Dana.

Here are all the stops on the hop (in case you get lost)
Remember you must comment on every stop to be eligible for the grand prize.
may I suggest you keep reading *wink* *wink*

Oma Gloira
Julie K
Beckie Woodal l
Jamie Larson
Lisa Grave
Anna Bee
Crystal Kovach
Tonya Morgan
Dana Tarchala

FYI the lineup has changed slightly but there are still 11 of us to stop at. Please be sure you've commented on 11 blogs so you can be eligible for the grand prize.

I'm glad you stayed with me, and I think you'll be glad too! Since it's Christmas I thought it would be nice to give a little gift to one of you! This Gingerbread Cricut Cartridge!!!
For the first 25 days of December I will be posting at least one Christmas project. All you have to do to be eligible is 1) Become a follower 2) Leave me a comment on each post during the 25 days of Christmas 3) Have a US mailing address. I will use to choose the day that I will draw the winner from and then the winner. I will draw and post the winner on December 27. That person will then have 48 hours to contact me and claim their prize. Good luck!


scrapperbecka said...

I love your project! Your ornaments turned out so nice. I am glad your blog is back up and running :)
Thank you for being in the hop.
Creations With Becka

abusybee - DoubleClick Connections said...

Super fun centerpiece! I found you while hopping around from Becka's blog! I am your newest follower, pop on over for a visit!

Happyscrapin said...

Cute centerpiece! I am a new follower and will be back to see your new projects.

plese.cathy at yahoo dot com

DEBBIE ORR said...

Really cute idea

Mommy's Crafty Creations said...

Great project!! Im now following your blog.

mommyscraftycreations at gmail dot com

Tanya said...

What fun! Your ornaments turned out beautifully! Love the fabulous colors you worked with!

Tracy said...

What a fun centerpiece! I am a new follower to your blog!


Pendra said...

What a creative idea... love it! I am your newest follower and hope you visit me too! Thanks for the chance to win that cute stamp set!
Crafty Holiday Hugs,

Bunnyfreak said...

Alcohol inks are new to me too. Love the different techniques.

mitz said...

... clever.. clever.. clever... great idea and great project.. wtg... thanks mitz_zee@yahoodotcom

shersl84bed said...

wow, awesome candy.

Smiles Sher

Susan said...

Very creative, and cute! I did a wine related project too, isn't it funny how inspiring wine can be? lol! Love the ornaments also!


LisaM said...

Super cute! I am now a follower.

Lisamariemlt said...

like that creation
gonna follow
thanks for letting me know about the hop

craftaholic said...

Great Centerpiece! Love it!! TFS!! I have been a follower!
ilovetonkinese2 at hotmail dot com

JaniceA said...

Great center piece, thank you for explaining how to color the ornaments.

JulieK said...

I love the ornaments! I wish I had some bright alcohol inks to try this out (I just have browns and greens). Great job!

cema1cema said...

Your ornaments are so cute!! Thanks for stopping by my blog! I am a new follower! Christina

Sugarlips said...

I love the ornaments! Cool how they were made.

Sherry said...

Very cute!

Sheila said...

Very creative. Your ornaments turned out great.