Sunday, November 9, 2014

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop! A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues. Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.

I covered a Mini Hinged Sign from Walnut Hollow with pieces of embossed and alochol ink-altered Shimmer Sheetz from Elizabeth Craft Designs.  The Hinged Sign can be vertical or horizontal and will hold a 4x6 photo.  I decorated a wooden clothespin with a strip of Shimmer Sheetz.   Clip it to the sign to hold a different photo for each season or switch photos as often as you want!

I embossed White and Blue Iridescent & Blue Metallic Shimmer Sheetz with the following embossing folders:

 Flower Mosaic, Sea Glass, Swirly Curves, Lots of Dots, Trendy Tiles 2 and Damask.

I used a felt pad and Blending Solution to add Meadow, Currant & Slate Alcohol Inks to the Shimmer Sheetz.  On some of the Shimmer Sheetz I used a pouncing motion & others I swiped the felt pad across the top.  I sanded over the Swirly Curves, Trendy Tiles 2 & Lots of Dots embossed areas with a sanding block to tone down the shine and hightlight the patterns.  (Wipe the sanded Shimmer Sheetz with a damp paper towel after sanding.)

To create the patchwork pieces, cut the Shimmer Sheetz into the following sizes:
(2) at 2 x 2            (2) at 2 x 1.75           (3) at 1 x 2
2 x 1.25                 2 x 2.75                     1 x 1         1 x 4
3/8 x 3 5/16 for the clothespin (Tip: measure your clothespin and cut a piece that fits)

I used Double Sided Adhesive to adhere all the pieces of Shimmer Sheetz to the Hinged Mini Sign.  On the bottom of the sign where the curves are, I hand cut the Shimmer Sheetz to fit.  I applied Border Lines Peel-Offs around all the Shimmer Sheetz pieces.

I sponged the inside and edges of the Hinged Sign with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.  I think this would be a great place to put a hand written sentiment that the recipient would cherish.

Here's a close up of all the beautiful Shimmer Sheetz!

Elizabeth Craft Designs-

Shimmer Sheetz: SS0104 White Iridescent, SS0103 Blue Iridescent & SS0230 Blue Metallic
Embossing Folders: 114 Lots of Dots, 111 Flower Mosaic, E125 Sea Glass, 119 Swirly Curves, KB103 Trendy Tiles2, KB104 Damask
Border Lines Peel-offs: 7010 Black/Silver

Walnut Hollow-
40255 Mini Hinged Sign 

Meadow, Currant & Slate Alcohol Inks
Walnut Stain Distress Ink and Blending Solution 
Sanding Block

Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 
Ellison Educational Equipment 
ICE Resin
Neat and Tangled 
Therm O Web
Walnut Hollow 
Elizabeth Craft Designs 
Rowland Technologies 
Graphic 45 
Hydrangea Hippo  
Pink and Main 
The Buckle Boutique 
Tami Mayberry Art & Design - Tami Mayberry 
Jamie Dougherty - Jamie Dougherty Designs
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Raquel Mason 
Meagan - The Charming Farmer 
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Angela Ploegman  
Carolyn Dube - A Colorful Journey 
Pink and Main - Mistyana Wright 
The Buckle Boutique - Niki Wilson 
It’s Sew Lorine - Lorine Mason   ‎
Therm O Web - Andy Knowlton 
L. Grace Lauer - Uniquely Grace 
Clearsnap - Meihsia Liu 
Oh Snap Lizzie - Lizzie Sanchez 
Graphic 45 - Katie Zoey Ho 
Charity Wings 
ICE Resin - Tatiana Allen 
Polly Carlson - Pieces by Polly
Ellison Educational Equipment - Jan Hobbins 
RoseRedd Paper Studio - Rochelle Washington
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Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo's board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.  

A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop - please visit their blogs & websites below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!

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Clearsnap || Ellison Educational Equipment || Walnut Hollow || Graphic45 || Westcott || ICE Resin || Therm O Web || Rowland Industries || Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L || Pink and Main || Elizabeth Craft Designs || The Buckle Boutique || Neat and Tangled

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  1. Really beautiful Raquel!!! Love the colors!

  2. I need to work with these shimmer sheets! I am in love with the colors, texture and depth that they add to a project.

    Shawn ~
    Design Team Coordinator for The Buckle Boutique
    Personal Blog ~ Crafty Chics Blog
    and ~ Find your Cricut images FAST!

  3. What a unique project Raquel - love all the different Shimmer Sheetz panels!

  4. love all the detail that is on this and all the colors together.

  5. Beautiful, love that you covered the wooden clip too.

  6. WOW Gorgeous! well done! Love those sheets!