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Twelve Days of Christmas 
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 This is DAY 5 of the Hop. 

Each day from now until Christmas, the Donna Salazar Designs Design Team will be sharing holiday ideas using products from Donna Salazar Designs and our partners, Zutter, Clearsnap, GCD, and Spellbinders. We'll also be announcing and sharing some of Donna Salazar Designs' newest products, set to release at the Winter Craft and Hobby Association Show in Los Angeles in January 2011.
Each day, visit the Design Team Members' Blogs listed below to see what inspiring holiday ideas they are sharing. Leave a comment on their blog post to be entered to win a prize!!! On December 24th, Mrs. Claus (aka Donna) will be announcing the winners. It's certainly going to be a crafty Christmas this year!
Dec 16th Day 5  
Jennifer Priest — http://hydrangeahippo.blogspot.com
Donna Salazar — http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/

A couple years ago I started a tradition with my kids and nephews. Every year we take a special ornament shopping trip and each child chooses a fancy ornament. When we get home, I label them with the year and that child's name. We usually close out the trip with something special — this year we all got ice cream at Chick-Fil-A BEFORE dinner. It's a fun time that the kids really look forward to each year. My hope is that when the kids finally grow up and get a home of their own, that I can present them with a box of heirloom ornaments from their childhood that they can now use on their tree.

I created this layout about our 2010 ornament shopping trip from last week using the Spellbinders Grand Caliber Diecutting System, Donna Salazar's new “Antiquities” paper line, Clearsnap's Smooch Spritz and Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks, and several Spellbinders dies. 

  • DieCutting System – Spellbinders Paper Arts
  • Paper – Donna Salazar Designs Antiquities and Trunk In the Attic lines
  • Dies – Spellbinders Nestabilities 2010 Heirloom Ornament S4-283 and Spellbinders Nestabilities Classic Diamonds S4-288
  • Inks – Clearsnap Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow and Smooch Spritz by Donna Salazar in Pralines N Cream, Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Chesnut Roan and Creamy Brown
  • Gold Cord- Michael's
  • Gold Paper, Foam Adhesive, Gold Glitter Brads – American Crafts
  • Stamps and Acrylic Blocks – Donna Salazar Designs
  • Punches – Martha Stewart, EK Success
  • Alpha Stickers – October Afternoon
  • Pen – EK Success
  • Cardstock – Bazzill

Using the Weathered Winter Music stamp to stamp music notes on to the Antiquities paper.

Be careful to avoid inking the holly leaves on the stamp so that you only get the music pattern when stamping the music.

Use the 3 largest Heirloom Ornament dies to cut 3 ornaments from Donna's Trunk In the Attic paper line using the Grand Caliber.


Then use the Grand Caliber to emboss the ornaments, using the Pink Embossing plate and Tan Embossing Mat — these come with the Grand Caliber machine!

Ink the edges of the Ornaments with Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Creamy Brown.

Using scotch tape, position the diamond dies in the center of each ornament. Run through the Grand Caliber to cut out the centers of each ornament. Ink the centers with Colorbox Fluid Chalk Ink in Creamy Brown.

Add the Ornaments to the page with 3D Foam Adhesive. Add gold cord tied in bow to the top of each ornament. Use a scrap of paper to sandwich the cord to the back of the layout to make the ornaments “hang”.

Punch out shapes from the Gold Paper and add to the centers of the ornaments.

If you don't have a Color Catcher or you are spraying a large item, like and entire layout as I did here, then you can use a box to catch the over-spray from any spray inks you are using.

Spray the entire page with Smooch Spritz in Gold Glow. To balance out the pink in the flower on the right hand side of the paper, add a bit of Smooch Spritz by Donna Salazar in Pralines N Cream to the left side of the paper. Allow to dry.

Punch some punched paper pine sprigs and add to the ornaments.

Add a photo, title, and journaling spot to finish off the page. I added a couple gold brads to tie it all together. I like to add some elements to the layout after spraying it with Smooch Spritz to get a contrast between the matte unsprayed paper and the shine of the sprayed papers.

Thank you for visiting my blog during the Donna Salazar Twelve Days of Christmas Blog Hop.  Don't forget to visit the other blogs on the hop and leave comments to be entered to win Happy Holidays!

Merry Hopping!

Author: Jennifer Priest

It started with jewelry, beading, sewing, home decor, painting, basket weaving, pottery, and cross-stitch. Marry that to an entrepreneurial spirit & at 9 years old a girl is selling her wares at craft fairs as far as her parents and grandparents would drive her. These days, Jennifer enjoys crafts of all genres from sewing to scrapbooking to jewelry with a little dabbling in the mixed media world. Her style is approachable and she wants everyone who sees her work to feel that they too can embrace creativity and make their home and life beautiful.

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29 thoughts on “12 Days of Christmas – Day 6

  1. Very pretty ornaments on the layout! Thanks for another great project idea! Anne, yourmainestamper

    Posted on December 16, 2010 at 8:56 pm
  2. What a great layout! You took a very simple design layout and put the “wow” in it with a couple of neat techniques! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Posted on December 16, 2010 at 9:17 pm
  3. What an incredible LO!! Those Grand Caliber dies are so cool. It makes me want to have one of those machines!!!

    Posted on December 16, 2010 at 9:52 pm
  4. mucho gorgeous!

    Posted on December 16, 2010 at 10:08 pm
  5. That is so beautiful! love how you used the ornament dies Looks like everyone had a great time!

    Posted on December 16, 2010 at 11:11 pm
  6. Gorgeous layout. I like that ornament die.

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 12:32 am
  7. So beautiful! Love those ornaments!

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 1:48 am
  8. Beautiful tradition and beautiful LO.

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 2:51 am
  9. great rustic layout and I really like how you embellished the ornaments

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 3:02 am
  10. I love your layout and the spellbinder ornament die cut. I have not seen them in the stores.

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 3:34 am
  11. Beautiful layout! Love the fine details that you have added to the layout. It’s just amazing!
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    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 3:49 am
  12. Cute layout! I love how you altered the ornaments.

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 3:54 am
  13. wow! this layout is beautiful and your tradition is awesome. TFS!

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 4:05 am
  14. what a wonderful tradition & layout! Love how you accessorized the ornaments:)

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 4:24 am
  15. Just Gorgeous!

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 4:30 am
  16. So fun and festive!! Love the details! Thank you for sharing!! Lovely family!!

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 4:52 am
  17. This is a stunning layout. Looks like I need to invest in some Nestibilites.

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 5:03 am
  18. Beautiful layout. Thank you for sharing it with us.

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 5:09 am
  19. Love the details.

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 5:57 am
  20. Those ornaments are DEFINITELY on my wish list – they are gorgeous!!!!!

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 10:04 am
  21. Your page layout is so festive, and I adore those ornaments – thanks for giving us the instructions on how to create them. And dessert before dinner – awesome holiday tradition!!! You’re a GREAT mom!!!!

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 3:42 pm
  22. What a great tradition and scrapbook page! :-)

    Posted on December 17, 2010 at 10:24 pm
  23. Love the ornaments! Thanks for taking us through the steps to make them!

    Posted on December 18, 2010 at 6:20 am
  24. A great project. Thanks for sharing!!

    Posted on December 19, 2010 at 2:09 am
  25. Love what you did with the ornament and diamond diecuts. Your layout is beautiful!

    Posted on December 20, 2010 at 5:09 pm
  26. I really like this layout, especially the ornaments. You were very clever, using the dies to cut out part of the ornament to create depth and texture. TFS!

    Posted on December 21, 2010 at 3:27 am
  27. beautiful layout, love the custom made ornaments

    Posted on December 22, 2010 at 12:59 am
  28. love the layout sooo nice.. love it



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    Posted on December 22, 2010 at 6:19 pm
  29. That is a really nifty machine! I’ve never seen one of those before. Looks like fun.

    Posted on December 23, 2010 at 8:41 am