Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Christmas Ornaments - Joyful Stars Blog Hop

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Welcome to our monthly  
 Joyful Stars Blog Hop!!!!

We're excited to share our creativity with you using PRODUCTS from Close To My Heart!!  

Come on in and see what BEAUTIFUL projects my fellow consultants have creating using the AMAZING products from Close To My Heart!!

 This blog hop is easy to do…just click on the link at the end of the post to go to the next creation!! 
If you get lost along the way, CLICK HERE to see the list of this month’s hoppers! 
If you have arrived from Helen's blog you are right on track.   J

One of the best things of being a CTMH consultant, is the crafty friendships that are formed.  I am SO BLESSED to have gotten to know so many wonderful crafters, and because of this – we truly enjoy sharing artwork ideas together too!! 

2015-12-5_WYW_base and bling_ornament_set of 3 on tree_DSC_0727My project today is one that I saw from other consultants.  I’m not sure who the original designer was/is, but I do know that I am SO THANKFUL they shared this amazing idea!!! THANK YOU!! J

Take a look at this picture to see ANOTHER WAY to use Close To My Heart’s Base & Bling handcrafted jewelry line!!  Check out ALL the items in this base & bling line by clicking here

These ornaments were FUN to create & the PERFECT little goodie to give to my team members that joined me at the recent CTMH consultant event in King of Prussia. CLICK HERE to learn more about this FUN consultant only event. J
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As far as creating these ornaments, I used the Artiste Cricut collection that is exclusively available through Close To My Heart. 

I also used circle punches (1”, 1 1/2”) but you could cut the circles on the Cricut machine too.

I would HIGHLY suggest using the Explore Air Cricut machine for this project if you have it!  If not, the regular Circuit machine will do. J 

How do I know this? J I tried these cuts on both of my machines.

The reason I suggest using the Explore is because of all of the “EXTRAS” the Explore does on these cuts!!!

FIRST – the carbide blade cuts the shapes & holes PERFECTLY, no ragged edges or white core showing through! 

THEN, it also SCORES all those fan folds for you!!! WAHOO!!!   I didn't realize the Explore machine did the scoring (yes, I’m still learning) until it asked for me to insert my score tool.  It saved SO MUCH TIME by doing all of my scoring for me!! 
The shapes I cut are all found on the KEY G of the Artiste cartridge.
Key G - Artiste_pinwheel and bow***PLEASE KEEP IN MIND****There are 6 different pinwheel flowers to choose from on the Artiste cartridge – so make sure to check out your other options before cutting the same shape I did on this key. J

Notice the orange shape on this key….this is the pinwheel flower.  So the finished piece at the #23 arrow?  You WILL NEED to cut TWO of these shapes (one for each side) to create your complete flower.  Set your dial at 1 1/4” to recreate the same size ornament I created.
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If you choose to add the bow to the top (some ornaments had the bow, others didn't) set your dial size to 1/2" and then fold it together like your Artiste booklet shows you.

The glitter circle under the base & bling pendent was 1 1/2" and I also cut a 1 1/2" cardstock circle for the back of the ornament where I stamped the Dec 5th date with our new roller date stamp. J

CJklVvBUwAAZx_NI used our 1" circle punch to cut the circle from the Base & Bling Holiday style sheets.(retiring by Dec 31st!)  They are already adhesive backed, so I just stuck this circle inside the pendent & then used liquid glass to adhere everything together!!!

Here are the steps once you have everything cut….

1. I glued the 2 folded fan-like flower strips together.

2. I glued the cardstock circle to the back of the created pinwheel. After this was dry, I stamped the date on the back with the roller stamp.

3. I glued the glitter circle on the front side of the pinwheel.

4. I stuck the 1” circle sticker in the pendent & glued the glass cover on top of the sticker.

5. I glued the actual pendent on top of the glitter circle and left it dry for a LONG time - overnight if possible!! I made sure to apply the glue very heavy on this part!! It seemed to take more glue to have it stick well to the glitter paper.

6. To complete the ornament, I added a ribbon & ta-da....completed!!
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Here is a look at my “trial run”….you have those when you create, right? I wanted to decide what was the best size to create for these base & bling pendants.  I really do like the other sizes too & may play around with those sizes later. 
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I used the White Pines & Zoe paper packs.  White Pines will be leaving us at the end of this month, so make sure to get all the paper & accessories you need before it’s retired & gone!!
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Thanks so much for stopping by….hopefully this wasn’t too long of a post!!  I wanted to make sure I included all the details in case you wanted to create some of these ornaments on your own! J 

Now it’s time to Hop on over to my fellow sister consultant and check out my friend & teammate Stephanie's blog and see what beautiful, crafty item she has to share with us! J 

Happy Hopping and we’ll see you on the 9th next month, when the Joyful Stars team members will be sharing more artwork using Close To My Heart products!    

Blessings to you for BEAUTIFUL day!!!

Krista Hershberger J


  1. Ohh ahh - they are so pretty. I love how you used the base and bling for tree ornaments. Great idea!

  2. Wow!!! These ornaments are gorgeous, Krista!

  3. Fabulous gift idea! Your ornaments really came out beautifully. Thanks for sharing how you made them. Happy Holidays!
    :) Marie

  4. Oh man, now you're making buy the holiday sticker style sheets! I love these and thanks for the directions!

  5. LOVE these ornaments Krista. I made one but accidentally cut it at 1.5. No biggie, but I could have gotten another strip if it was 1.25. I didn't play around much since I was pressed for time. Found out cs isn't the best to use. *Ü*

  6. Hi Krista, these came out so amazing! Thank you for the idea. I also love your clear instructions! :)


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