Oh how I love this time of year! There is music everywhere, people’s smiles reach their eyes, warm holiday spices fill up the air and there’s just a little bit extra love to go around. Colorado Craft Company’s newest release of Anita Jeram stamps and dies captures this spirit of the holiday season just right. There are stockings to be hung, shopping is done, excitement is electric and Santa’s bag just seems to be filled with mysterious goodies.
This is also the time of year when I start making ornaments…so, I decided to use these stamps to adorn not only our Celebration Tree but also our friends’ trees! I just recently learned how make an explosion box, so I used this newly-acquired skill set to make cute keepsake boxes.
But things didn’t turn out just so fantastic the first time I played with Sculpey clay! I followed the directions on the box to the T and yet my ornament went from being a soft white to a dark brown in a matter of minutes! It, in fact, looked like a burnt cookie…but my kiddo wouldn’t throw it away. “This will be such a great memory, Ma!” she said. “I’ll always remember all that smoke coming out of the toaster oven!” Lol. Kids!
Well, I tried to salvage it with all the extra gold you see on here…and I know years from now I might still cringe when I see this ornament, but I will also remember what a fun experiment this was.
As I poked around my oven settings and did a couple more experiments, I finally figured out the correct temperature, the correct substrate for the clay and the correct amount of time. For this next set, I handprinted a votive with all those excited little bunnies in bed and made an ornament that takes inspiration from Van Gogh’s Starry night. The lid of the box has Santa Bunny treading ever-so-softly to deliver mystery gifts. Tap the images below to see a bigger version.
I am just thrilled with how these gifts are turning out and, trust me, I’m just getting started!
Colorado Craft Company has generously decided to give away one Hanging Stockings Mini stamp set to a lucky commenter here! So, make sure you comment here as well as on every designer’s blog (to increase your chances) and Instagram profile. Come back here on November 25 to find out if you won! I’ll be sharing a video walkthrough of these goodies I made (including that cute little votive!). The giveaway ends on November 23 at midnight Mountain Time. Please also follow @coloradocraftcompany on Instagram.
More inspiration to be found here:
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- Sculpey Clay
- Clay Tools Set
- Ranger Ink Distress Archival Ink
- Dash Mini Toaster oven
- We R Memory Keepers Stamping Precision Press
- Ranger Liquid Pearls
- Uni POSCA Acrylic Pens
- Sakura Gelly Roll Metallic Gold Pen
- Sakura Glitter Pens
- Sakura Glaze Pens
- Gold Twine
- Cutterpillar Trimmer
- We R Memory Keepers Explosion Board
- My Favorite Things On-point Precision Glue
- Sizzix Side Kick Die Cutting Machine
- Heat gun
- Ranger Embossing Powders
- Glass Votives
- Gold Spray Paint
- Oil-based Permanent Markers
- Gold Tissue Paper
- CCC Anita Jeram Getting Ready Stamp Set
- CCC Hiding Presents Stamp Set
- CCC Anita Jeram Santa Bunny
- CCC Anita Jeram Hanging Stockings Mini
- CCC Hanging Stockings Mini Dies
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Thank you for visiting and I hope this gives you some inspiration to create your own Christmas ornaments this year!