Friday, December 16, 2016

Last Minute Gifts

Welcome to the Last Minute Gifts Blog Hop!  You should have arrived from Lisa.  If you are lost this is the beginning Alicia's blog.  As we approach the holiday season, I am sure we are all scrambling to find unique gift ideas. We hope as you hop along you are inspired by each bloggers ideas.

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  This picture was taken with the lights on so you can see the real color of the wood frame. 
This picture was taken with all the lights off so the frame looks black but it's not!

Recipe for making this gift...
I wanted to pick a more difficult project and here it is. I have seen these all over the web and have wanted to make one for now. The shadow box and bells came from  Michaels. The paper is some I just had lying around from Cosmo Cricket. I don't even know where I got it or how long I've had it but it was perfect for my background. The words "Jingle Bells" are from the Cricut Cartridge "The Holly and the Ivy". I saw the cartridge and just had to buy it to have the words I love the font so much. I used black indoor vinyl for the words and they are on the outside of the shadow box. Finally, I decided to add some lighting using fairy lights. I used hot glue to glue them around the inside frame.

Next up a play on glitter bulbs and vinyl...

These were done where I used Pledge Floor Care to get glitter to stick to the inside of the bulb. I do get a few runs but nothing that is noticeable once the vinyl is on.

I experimented with the pencil fish on the green bulb. I layered the black stripes before putting it on the bulb. I added the white eye after I had adhered it to the bulb. I really don't know which one works best. They both seemed to work.

Now here is a new take on the glitter bulb...

I got thinking that what do you do if you don't have a cutting machine or you don't want to invest in vinyl but yet you like the glitter ornaments. Here is my take on that that can save time and money.

Glitter the inside of the ornament in your favorite color. I used Martha Stewart glitter for this one. I don't have the color name handy but I think it's copper.

Next, take some pre-made flowers or make your own like I did. I added Glitter Mist to mine to give them color and sparkle but you can't see that in the picture very well. I added half pearls and a sweet dragonfly charm with my handy dandy glue gun.

I hope I gave you a few ideas to inspire you for those last minute gifts or for that hard to buy for friend or family member.

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  1. oh my goodness! such fantastic creations! I love the sunflower/dragonfly ornament. I love the jingle bells, too! every project is so neat! thanks so much for hopping with us!


  2. Jearise, you are simply ROCKING your hop projects these days. Soon I'm going to read your work has been published...mark my words! These are gorgeous! I have thoroughly enjoyed hopping with you this last year and look forward to another great year to come.

  3. WOW!!!! WOW!! I love everything especially the font on the shadow box and the glitter ornaments.


  4. Love the frame and that Holly & Ivy cartridge as there are a lot of great images. I make ornaments every year and love that you show one without having to use vinyl. Nice job.

  5. Beautiful ornaments and I love your shadow box! Have a Merry Christmas!!

  6. Your last minute gifts are so beautiful! I love them all!

  7. These are all fabulous ideas and turned out beautifully!!

  8. Absolutely beautiful! I love them. And your spin... (The Jingle Bells Box is AWESOME, too!) Happy Hopping with you, and MERRY CHRISTMAS (and... New Year, too!)!!

  9. Both projects are gorgeous and would be wonderful gifts to receive.
    Merry Christmas!

  10. Love your shadow box creation! So fun and different!


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