Saturday, November 23, 2013

Victorian Christmas Ornament

Hello everyone!  Thank you so much for joining me today.  I wanted to share with you a new ornament I made this weekend.  Everyone who knows me knows that I've made ornaments for years.  Our tree is a trip down memory lane for me.  I remember making each ornament and I love all of them.  They are also a creative history of my life and a remembrance of dear friends who gifted us ornaments.  Putting up the tree is a highlight of my decorating each year.  So, every year I try to add some new ones to the mix.  This year my first one is this.

I just got the Baroque and mini Baroque dies from The Funkie Junkie Boutique.   I decided to use them to make an ornament.  I glued Authentique paper in a holly pattern to the front of  a piece of chip board and a solid green to  the back. I  cut out the larger piece, then I used manila cardstock to cut the mini mover and shaper piece.  I used Festive Berries distress stain on the smaller piece and then embossed a holly branch with clear embossing powder.  I then swiped Picket Fence DS over it.  The embossed design resists the Picket Fence and you get a white washed look to the background.  This is a technique that Tammy Tutterow demos on her blog.  I love the look of it.  To cover the edges of the larger shape I ran Glossy Accents over it and used Pumice Stone Distress Glitter to edge it.  You can just see a little of the glitter running along the edge.  I then punched holes in the top and used a vintage green velvet ribbon as a hanger. 
To put it all together I attached the smaller shape to the larger with foam tape and used dimensional holly stickers top and bottom. The berries on the stickers have just a hint of glitter on them.   The strip with the greeting is a Graphic45 cut apart from last year. 
I was so pleased with how this turned out.  I love the shape of these dies and I think the whole effect is very "Victorian Christmas"!  Here's a detail.

With Thanksgiving not even a week away,  I'm getting into the holiday mood and really gearing up for Christmas.  Of course, I'm behind, so I'm really happy to have finished this ornament.  I'm entering it in the
Frilly and Funkie challenge which is Christmas Preparations. 
I hope you are having a great weekend.  I'm sure everyone is preparing for the fast approaching holidays and I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by.  I'll be back soon with more Christmas projects!


  1. Absolutely stunning Maryanne, I love how this came together, that sentiment in the middle looks fabulous! Hope you will show you a photo of your whole tree once it is up!

  2. I have a tree of treasured ornaments as well. This is absolutely lovely! Happy decorating!

  3. What a great tradition and way to remember each year!

  4. Thank you for sharing your project with the DT from Frilly and Funkie, love it Hugs Terry xxxx

  5. This is so pretty, Maryanne! The holly and ivy is always a favorite seasonal image. Our ornaments are full of memories too. My girls are so tolerant of me telling the same stories every year as we unpack the ornaments and put them on the tree. They are occasionally telling their own stories now too :-)

  6. Wonderful hanging for your tree....very traditional and I love those dies

    TFS Annie x

  7. That's beautiful and with such a vintage feel it will never date. Thanks for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x


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