A Christmas Treasure

Shortly after I graduated College (a long, long time ago), I went to a Temp Agency looking for a full time job. I really had nothing specific that I wanted to do, but figured this was a great chance to try something new. Well, at my first assignment, they offered me a full time position and I accepted it. Little did I know at that time where that decision would take me. 

I met a really great group of ladies at this office. We all got along so well and we had similar interests. But one by one, we all eventually left that Company and moved on to other things.

We made it a priority to keep in touch through the years with occasional get-togethers. Then about 15 years ago, we decided we really needed to make time to meet up once a month for dinner. And we have been doing our monthly dinners ever since then! I am so glad we made those dinners a priority in our lives. I’m lucky to have such good friends and amazing women in my life. This is us (except for Macajo who was out of town) this past Wednesday evening having our annual Christmas party and gift exchange. Most of the kids are missing from this picture too, because the older teens all have lots of other commitments. You can tell by our smiles we always have a ball when we get together. 

So this story brings me to today’s project. A few years ago I made Christmas ornaments for all the ladies as a gift. Then I decided to make ornaments for all of them the next year. And then again the year after that. Then through the years, I made it more intentional that I would make an ornament for each of them and then date all of them as well. I think I’m now up to nine ornaments with this year’s ornament. I’ve been making these plastic domed ornaments now for a couple years. I love that I can make a little snowy scene that’s 3D and I sometimes add fake snow from the craft store. Plus the dome helps protect the paper elements too. 

All the goodies inside the dome are on dimensionals. I use anywhere from one to three dimensionals on a single item to get the dimension in the project. The dome is glued to the paper using a hot glue gun. Then I add the scallop circle backing and add the ribbon trim around the outside to help cover any seams or imperfections. That amazing sky is made using the Marbled Background stamp and one of our new Uninked Spectrum Pads. I love that these pads come uninked because it allows me to make my own combination of colors. I chose to make a night sky with varying shades of blue. It’s a little hard to see in the picture, but the top of the sky is Night of Navy and then it lightens up to Pool Party at the very bottom. You can see all five colors that I used in the Supply List below. 

This particular ornament is one of the more simple ones that I’ve made through the years. I’ve been suffering through an ear infection since Thanksgiving and have had constant headaches for weeks now. It has been physically exhausting dealing with it. I actually got to a point where I wasn’t totally sure the ornaments would be done in time for our party, but I managed to make it happen. 

And now I need to get our Christmas cards made!

Oh my goodness! Guess what’s now available. It’s a tote bag for your Stamparatus. And it is beautiful. There is plenty of pockets inside to hold your Stamparatus, some extra plates, and your grid paper. You are going to love this tote bag. This bag will be available now and it’s $29 (item #149695). If you’ve been waiting to purchase the Stamparatus until the tote was available, you can buy both as a bundle for $78 (item #151961).

Good news! Since we had several items in the Holiday Catalog sell out much quicker than anticipated, Stampin Up brought back the Dashing Along Pattern Paper. Available while supplies last. Get it while you can. Item #149903.

Price: $110.00

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