Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Home for the Holidays

Home for the Holidays is the name of the new challenge at Frilly and Funkie.  The super talented Kathy is our hostess this time and describes it this way:

"Let's get ready to Deck the Halls by creating some home decor for the holiday season.  You can make centerpieces, wreaths, banners, ornaments, wall hangings, or little vignettes  ...basically anything BUT a card for this challenge. If you don't celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa, then just make some home decor with a wintry theme."

I decided to make another ornament for my tree and as those who have been following me for a while know it has a red and gold theme with some touches of white so this will fit right in.  The photos have been taken over a few days when the weather outside couldn't make up its mind whether it wanted to be sunny or grey so they are all over the map this time but the photo above is the best of the lot.

I started with a wooden circle that my husband cut for me on the laser machine and gave it a coat of Gesso.  Next I added crumpled tissue for a first layer of texture and then added some texture paste through a Tim Holtz Harlequin stencil.

The next step was to add lots of little bits and pieces, coat it with more Gesso to help unify the colour and then a layer of my favourite gold paint called Champagne Gold from DecoArt.  By the way, Linda has a number of the new Christmas Idea-ology products from Tim Holtz in her shop and I got some to use but they arrived too late for me to use on this ornament.  I encourage you to pop over to The Funkie Junie Boutique and check them out because there are lots of fun things for you to create with.

Next I added some Barn Door and Aged Mahogany Distress Sprays and then dabbed on some FW Crimson Acrylic Ink followed by some Perfect Pearls Heirloom Gold mixed with water.  I made a bead topper for a hanger and thought it was done.  Note:  The pearl headed stick pin shown in the first photo is not part of the ornament - I just used it to hang the ornament so I could take its picture.  I wire all my ornaments to my tree so the little gold loop at the top is where the wire will be attached.

I was sitting looking at the ornament on Su day and decided it needed a touch of white so I blended some Gold Mixative and Snow Cap Mixative Alcohol Ink and dabbed that on.  Now it was done and just in time too because we put the tree up on Monday.

Every year I think I have lots of ornaments but then I finish decorating the tree and there are holes that need filling so I guess next year I will have to come up with some more.  They are fun to do so I won't mind - as long as I have mojo when it comes time to create.

I am going to enter this project in the following challenges:

Crafty Cardmakers - Anything But A Card
We Love 2 Create - Anything Creative/Mixed Media Goes
Allsorts Challenge - Anything Christmas
Open-Minded Crafting - Christmas/Hanukkah

The following products used to create this ornament came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. Beautiful Cec! I love the layers of tissue, stenciled pattern and beautiful baubles. This is a lovely ornament and going to look fabulous on your tree!

  2. I love this Cec! The rich traditional color palette is perfect for Christmas! It has such a great, vintage feel to it. I could imagine buying this in Europe somewhere. It's fabulous!

  3. Absolutely amazing and simply stunning. Thanks for joining us with this beautiful piece at Crafty Cardmakers.

  4. This decoration looks beautiful, thanks for joining us at Allsorts, xxxx

  5. Totally awesome . Beautiful creation
    Thanks for sharing with us here at Open-Minded Crafting Fun Challenge

  6. What a beautiful ornament Cec. The shimmer is incredible, I bet it looks amazing catching the twinkling lights from the tree!

  7. Fabulous ornament. Thanks for joining in on the fun over at Open-Minded Crafting Fun. We look forward to seeing you again.

  8. Fabulous textured ornament, Cec - the embellishing is beautiful, and I just love the opulent ruby and gold shimmer of it.
    Alison x

  9. This truly is beautiful Cec. I love how your layers of colour have brought the various elements together and highlighted them beautifully. Such a wonderful ornament xx

  10. Lovely ornament. Thank you for sharing it with us at Crafty Cardmakers.


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