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A Gift from the Heart

Are you here for the challenge for Frilly and Funkie?
 
  Aren't we all in need of some quick idea's for gift giving.  I decided to make family ornaments for my tree (wink, wink).  These are fairly quick to make and easy peasy. I made a tutorial for this Family Ornament so you can see what I did.
 
I don't have tree up yet so I went outside to my tree.  Yep, that's snow. 
I got snow in my slippers :/
 
 
I started with my Eileen Hull die- Blocks/Cubes, 3-D.  The largest box. I printed off some family photo's just on normal printer paper, 4 per box.  It takes distress ink well.

 
I cut a bunch of Stacked Snowflakes with chipboard.

 
Inked them with the metallic distress paints tarnished brass and brushed pewter.

 
I stamped the wreath from mini blueprint 5 onto watercolour paper for the top of the box. 

 
Then I watercolored tarnished brass and ice spruce distress stains.

 
I inked the edges in iced spruce.

 
Then watercolor the edges.

 
I gathered all my pieces to assemble.

 
I glued the images with Tombo to the ATB.  Attach the photo's to the sides and water color image on the lid.

 
I distressed the edges with my sanding grip then inked with brushed corduroy.

 
I used a small hole punch on the lid of the box.  This is for the string so it can hang.

 
I wanted to use pumice stone distress glitter for the smaller snowflakes.  I dipped in glossy accents.

 
Then apply the glitter.

 
While the snowflakes take a moment to dry I inked my twine.

 
Feed the twine ends through the punched holes and tie a knot at desired length.  At this point I hot glued the lid flap to the rest of the box.  You want it secure to hang.

 
I use hot glue to sandwich the twine between my large snowflakes. 

 
Your finished Family Ornament. Insert your family though...not mine ;p
 
 
The tarnished brass is a pretty vintage Christmas color.  I almost glittered these...almost!

 
The punched holes are discreet.  I considered decorating the top with die cuts, greenery and pinecones.  But I didn't want it too busy.  The focal point is the family photo's.

 
By distressing the edges and inking it makes the ornament look vintage.

 
My little family...Yellowstone Summer 2014

 
All sides of this Ornament can be hung.

 
My boys...

 
So...if I'm making one I might as well make 8.  You can give them away or in my case...hang on your tree.
 
 
I hope this inspires your Gift from the Heart.  Be sure to join the Frilly and Funkie Team and show off your creations. 
 
I'll be posting my creation too with these challenge blogs.  You can post with them if you want...but only after you've linked to Frilly and Funkie
 
Art with Heart Challenge- Favorite Recipes
Inspiration Journal- Happy Holidays
Craft Hoarders Anonymous- Box it Up
Rhedd's Creative Spirit- Anything Goes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Comments

  1. These are just gorgeous vintage style ornaments Nicole, you really do come up with some wonderful ideas - love these! Anne x

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  2. Knock out ornaments!! Wonderful visual tutorial too...thanks so much :)

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  3. Your family photo ornaments are absolutely fantastic, Nicole! Love the way they came out. Super tutorial too. Great job on the gift challenge!

    Hugs,
    Linda

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  4. Love these and may have to "borrow " your idea for personalized ornaments for my kids now that they have their ow trees! Great tutorial and projects!

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  5. Nicole, i love your ornament! I so want to borrow this and the sleigh project!
    Thanks for sharing!

    Elaine

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    1. Please do and post on my Facebook wall so I can see too!

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  6. Gorgeous Nicole, love how you incorporated photos. Tracy x

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  7. Just amazing..love how you aged the photos!! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  8. What a wonderful ornament. I'm thinking I might like to make some of these. Thanks for the inspiration and for sharing with us at Craft Hoarders Anon :)

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    1. You should Christy! They are pretty fast to make.

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  9. Once again you've nailed our challenge theme with something that can be recreated and personalised for our own trees. I love how the edges look distinctly 'rusted' and the snowflake glistens. Love it! Jenny x

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  10. Gorgeous decoration Nicole ! How wonderful to have these treasured family photos on the Christmas tree. Sue C x

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  11. You have been busy Nicole!! This is a great ornament idea. =)

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  12. What a stunning project,not just the box,but the snowflakes too...I love your tree ornaments.
    A lovely entry in to our challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Challenge...x

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  13. What a creative keepsake ornament! Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  14. Ok...think I'm in love! This is fabulous and what a great gift keepsake for years to come! Thanks so much for sharing with us at Inspiration Emporium!

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  15. This is another fabulous idea. Love it! Thank you again for entering your project at Rhedd’s Creative Spirit. Sammy-x

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  16. Another beautiful project and tutorial. Thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  17. I love these Nicole.
    I like how personal they are..they will look great on your tree.
    You sure are getting good use out of that cool box die :)

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  18. love your photo cube!!!!! thanks for joining us at Craft Hoarders Anonymous!

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  19. These would be wonderful gifts! You are so amazing and creative. I love these! Thanks so much for playing along with the Craft Hoarders Anonymous Challenge!

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