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Holiday Mini Blog Hop – Rejoicing in Christmas

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Welcome to your next stop on the Stampin’ Addicts Holiday Mini Blog Hop!!    If you missed someone or want to see the whole hop list, just click on the banner above.  I am sure you loved Cindy’s projects with Jolly Bingo Bits!  If you missed it, jump right on over to her blog, Heart’s Delight Cards.  My chosen set for this hop is Rejoicing in Christmas and let me tell you, this set is worth rejoicing over!  I have been looking for the right Holy Family set for a while and this exceeds all my hopes.  You can see any project closer simply by clicking on the image.

My first project is a card that really puts the focus on the Holy Family itself.  I kept the card stock colors a bit subdued in order to shine the light on them…and I mean shine.  Yes, my shimmer paint has returned in full force for this set of projects!  I stamped the image on watercolor paper to start.  Using my blender pen and Crumb Cake ink I colored Mary’s dress and Joseph’s garments.  I used Night of Navy and Early Espresso on the borders of Mary and Joseph’s head coverings, respectively.  Some Cherry Cobbler was used for Jesus and So Saffron for the halos.  This is where the fun started.  I pulled out my Champagne Mist and Frost White shimmer paints.  Mary’s veil had no color on it and I used the Frost White to give it a beautiful shine.  I added a little that was left on my Aqua Painter to put some shimmer on Jesus.  Finally, I used the Champagne Mist on Joseph.  To up the wow factor, I sprayed my homemade shimmer mist (rubbing alcohol and Shimmer Paint) onto the Crumb Cake paper.  I tied on the richly colored Cherry Cobbler seam binding (p. 21 Mini) and was done.  The sketch is the Fall-to Layout 103 from last week.

My next project started looking towards holiday gifts for teachers.  As I say that, I have to admit that this one will stay right here at my house and I’ll just have to make more.  I have never stamped on a candle before but this set seemed tailor made for it.  I used white tissue paper and stamped the Holy Family, the star and the quote in Early Espresso ink.  Using my blender pen again, I gently applied Soft Suede, Not Quite Navy and More Mustard ink to the image.  On Jesus, the star, the halos and the headpieces I applied Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint.  I cut the image and used wax paper to hold the image on the candle.  Heat was applied with my heat tool to melt the paper into the wax.  Finally, I put on Early Espresso Satin Ribbon using Sticky Strip.  You can see the motivation for the colors in the candle in the picture beside it.  I will have a more detailed set of pictures on Monday so watch for that.

My next project is a card that takes advantage of the vintage trend.  I started by cutting out a large oval of watercolor paper with my Ovals die and my Big Shot.  I sponged the paper with Soft Suede and then applied Champagne Mist Shimmer Paint with a sponge dauber to the whole oval.  I stamped the star and the Holy Family with Black Stazon ink and watercolored them lightly using Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler and Not Quite Navy.  I punched a hole in the top of the oval with my 1/16″ Circle Punch.  I then used the Cracked Glass technique on the oval.  Again using my Big Shot, I rolled out my Cherry Cobbler paper with the Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate.  I hand-stitched linen thread onto my Basic Black paper strip and added the Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding.  Finally, I made the oval look more like an ornament by adding more Seam Binding and a black button from the Neutrals Designer Buttons.  I will have more available on this project on Wednesday.

My final project is probably my favorite of all.  Yes, it isn’t technically my project but I did convince my 7 year old son to make it for me so that should count for something.  As much as I love my “serious” items above, what drew me to this set was the friendliness of it.  So, using my Watercolor Pencils, he generously colored this beautiful image.  We chose Pacific Point paper to match his work when he was finished and tied on some old Chocolate Chip ribbon (I apologize for the one non-current item but he chose it and I couldn’t say no).  It is impossible not to smile after seeing this.  He is so proud of it that he is going to donate it to my Operation Write Home challenge

If you have any specific questions about any of these, make sure to leave it in the comments so I can address them in my posts next week.  I hope you love these projects as much as I do!

Now it is time to head on over to Barbara’s Creative Stampin’ Spot to see her wonderful things made with A Cute Christmas and the Candy Cane DSP.

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Gorgeous projects Jen! Your focus on keeping the focus on the Holy Family as the subject really adds to the specialness of the projects. Creative and embellished but focused. Perfect!

Some lucky service person is going to be wowed with your son’s creation. I am too. He managed to convey a sense of texture with the pencil strokes. I’ll have to try the pencils and my blender pen with this set.

Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

I knew I loved this set when I first saw it, but I have to say that you have made it even more “necessary” for me to buy it. I love the candle and the picture. And thank your son for me. His artwork is awesome. You must be proud to have such a great helper.

Oh my goodness, everything is so lovely, I don’t know where to start exclaiming! Jennifer, I love how you used your shimmer paint to add such warmth to your images–that cracked glass project is divine!

But the star of the show is your son’s card. Only seven and already so talented?!?! And generous too–some soldier is going to feel really special to be able to bless their family with their Christmas message on such a wonderful card. You must be a proud mama indeed!

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