Saturday, 5 November 2011

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop

Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!!!

Calling all crafters! We’ve gathered designers from some of our favourite manufacturers to show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop!

To sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a gift for you! For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors!

Donna Salazar Design's is giving away this beautiful package:
**Winner MUST be in the US. We are very sorry but international entries can not be accepted for this particular prize due to its weight of the Zutter tool**

Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from! 

Clearsnap – http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Spellbinders  http://www.spellbinderspaperarts.com/Community/Blog.aspx
Hampton Art - http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Zutter – http://binditall.blogspot.com/
Graphic45 – http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
The Twinery - http://www.thetwineryblog.com/
Authentique Paper http://authentiquepaper.blogspot.com/

Glue Arts - http://gluearts.blogspot.com/
Jan Hennings – Glue Arts http://papercraftpleasures.blogspot.com/
Kim Sonksen – Donna Salazar Designs  - YOU ARE HERE, RIGHT NOW
Jamie Harper – Hampton Art www.jamieharper.typepad.com
Jenny Suchin – The Twinery http://www.suchins.blogspot.com/
Heather Conklin– Authentique Paper  http://goldiecar.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel- Graphic 45 http://gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Christine Emberson - Spellbinders http://hope-chances.blogspot.com/
Julie Overby – Spellbinders http://joverby.blogspot.com/
Mary Dawn Quirindongo – Clearsnap http://mypinkmexico.blogspot.com/
Lea Sanders – Zutter http://leasanders.wordpress.com/
Tara Orr – Graphic45 http://eachmoment-onlyonce.blogspot.com/
Patti Milazzo – Glue Arts -  http://pattimilazzo.blogspot.com/
Emily Lanham – Authentique Paper http://createserendipity.blogspot.com/
Jessy  Christopher – Donna Salazar Designs - www.teacherjessy.blogspot.com

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!
 Happy Hopping

Before you start off on your hop, would you like to see what I have whipped up for ya?

What about this lil’ fella brightening up your home or to be given as a small gift?

You can leave it as is or fill it with some candy, small gifts (maybe a voucher?) or whaterver else you can think of.
So, how did I do it?

First gather a sheet of 12 x 12 double sided paper. It is not essential that both sides have a pattern but you can be so much more creative with it if it does. I chose the “Do You See” paper from Donna Salazar’s 

As I wanted my ball to be fairly small, I decided to cut the paper in half so I was left with two sheets of the size 6 x 12 – for one ball one of these pieces is sufficient.
Now you will need to cut the sheet into individual pieces, making sure that the length of each strip is 6”. The width depends on personal preference and I decided to go with 1” wide paper strips.

I decided that I wanted to showcase both sides of the paper in alternating strips and I wanted to add some wintery-kind of texture to them. First I sprayed them all with Vanilla Smooch Spritz by Clearsnap Inc and sprinkled some white embossing powder randomly into the still wet Smooch Spritz.
The edges were then inked with Cat's Eye Chalk Ink in chestnut roan

 Isn't the effect marvellous? It turned out so much better than I anticipated.

Now you will need to gather your strips and punch a whole on both ends of each strip - I find it easiest when you place them all on top of each other and use the Zutter Hole Punch and Hammer, that way you can be sure that the holes are all in the same area.

Now you can secure the top on bottom with the aid of some Zutter Rivets. They snap together so easy and hold the strips together perfectly.

But how do you get this array of strips into a ball? Well, you will have to fan them out and the easiest way to achieve this is to bend the strips with one hand like this:

With your other hand you will be able to fan out each strip, you can start from the inside out or vice versa and your ball should start to look like so:

Once you have finished arranging the strips you can think about how to decorate the outside of the ball.
I hand-cut a small tag from one of the Artistic Papers of Donna Salazar Designs and stamped it with a holiday image, using various Cat's eye chalk inks. From the "Weathered Mosaics" paper I cut a sentiment mosaic into smaller tag and attached this to the stamped tag


Finally I cut some leaves from the fabulous 8 x 8 Spring In Bloom papers pad of Donna Salazar Designs and added some Fairy Dust Glitter in Sugar Shimmer by Donna Salazar for Clearsnap to the edge for an added "frosty" look.

There you have it - a quick decorative ball, which can be used to house small gifts.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and don't forget to leave a comment on all hop stops in order to be in with a chance to win some FABULOUS prizes (just in time for the holidays :)))

122 comments:

  1. What a wonderful imagination you have and such a creative talent. Thank you for sharing your art!

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  2. Oh this is beautiful. And I appreciate the details on a how to!

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  3. this is so inspirational, and thanks so much on the in depth tutorial, i am definitely going to try this but i know right away that it will look nothing as good as yours
    upnurse at aol dot com

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  4. very pretty. tfs.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

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  5. Thanks for the great tutotial! Can.t wait to make this!

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  6. Fantastic tutorial and this is going to make some great gifts!
    Having fun blog hopping!

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  7. Oh my gosh! Your decorative ball is GORGEOUS and I ADORE the fact that you can fill it with treats!

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  8. So glittery and fun. I'm saving this to try out later.

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  9. I'm loving all the inspiration! Thanks for sharing

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  10. Love your ball, very creative.

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  11. beautiful love the colors and it awesome how you made the bow. thanks for sharing your great work. love it.
    abbraddock@msn.com

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  12. Beautiful ornament - I love all the glittery, frosty goodness you've added to it!

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  13. Beautiful! Love all the glitter. :) Thank you for sharing.

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  14. Wow - love this :) I'll prob make an ornament with this tutorial and keep the pretty for myself - teehee

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  15. I do love the effect of the sprinkled white embossing powder. Looks like glitter.

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  16. Just beautiful!
    Shelley
    shelldian at hotmail dot com

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  17. Refreshingly different! Love it!

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  18. That is so cool! Great tutorial too. Thanks for sharing. : )

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  19. Love your creation... pretty neat! Thank for sharing a tutorial too!

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  20. Pretty! Thanks for sharing! http://www.bearheartbottomsetc.biz/ #Bear Luv and Bear Hugz!

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  21. This is really beautiful! Love it!

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  22. This is fabulous Kim! I have seen these little balls (pumpkins most recently) but had not seen a tutorial that explained it so easily! Thanks for that! I love the snowy effect on this! I am going to my craft room as soon as I finish hopping :) I am a new follower of your fun blog!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

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  23. Gorgeous!! I especially loved the leaves you made.

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  24. This would be great for little treats. It looks awesome!

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  25. This is so sweet!Way beyond my crafty ability-but I love looking at it.

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  26. Love that little ball - and what a great idea to put a little gift inside. Beautiful!

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  27. Love this idea, and thank you so much for including the pic tutorial. The effect you achieved is awesome. thank you for the inspriation.

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  28. wow, this would be fabulous for a teacher gift!

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  29. Wow, I love the techniques that you used! TFS

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  30. super cute and I really like the sparkle

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  31. Wonderful work. I will have to try this. Was sent by G45 & ClearSnap. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  32. Thank you so much for showing how to put this together. I can not wait to try it. It really is beautiful.

    kim
    k1i2m3@cox.net

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  33. Great directions, love the little ornament, will try and make one a little later on :) This is a great blog hop, thanks for sharing.

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  34. Love the effect with the Smooch and embossing powder...and thanks for all the pics or I wouldn't have seen the dimension of the project.

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  35. we made these as pumpkins at school, never thought to make them smaller as ornaments~
    Love the look of the embossing powder

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  36. What a wonderful idea! I definately will try it out! TFS!

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  37. This is a really cute little ball box thing lol! Good idea!

    Thanks for the chance to win!!

    xx
    Kristina
    please visit me - www.pearlgateway.com :-D

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  38. Hello Kim! I haven't seen you since Twisted Sketches! Love the little ornament you made! Definitely wintery and festive! I want to make a basket of these too!

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  39. Great looking project--very festive.

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  40. love the fanning effect on the strips...looks like a flower...thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  41. love the fanning effect on the strips...looks like a flower...thanks for sharing your ideas.

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  42. Wow, what a pretty project. Thanks for sharing.

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  43. So awesome! Thanks for sharing!

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  44. Beautiful project! Thanks for sharing.

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  45. So much fun. Thanks for the inspiration!
    Anastasia95762@gmail.com

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  46. How fun and very similar to the pumpkin I just made for a centerpiece -- a FUN project!!!

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  47. My Granddaughter and I will have a great time together making these balls, thanks for sharing

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  48. I like the old fashioned glitter look.

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  49. Beautiful project, love the shimmer :)

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  50. Oooh! What a fabulous little paper ball -- love it! They would make great ornaments too. Thanks for sharing how they are made.

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  51. something different. nice project. thank you for sharing.

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  52. Wow what an intricate looking ball you make it look so easy to make.
    TFS
    Debbie
    http://craftywizard.blogspot.com
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

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  53. What a cool idea! Thanks so much for sharing! Thanks for the chance to win some goodies!

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  54. how cute would make awesome ornaments! or teacher gifts :)

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  55. Your ornament is just gorgeous! Thank you so much for the instructions, I will be trying this for my tree this year!

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  56. I can't win but I loved your work

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  57. You madeit look so easy. Very impressive. Thanks.

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  58. I love your project. I'm thinking that would be a great Favor to give to guests at a holiday Party. Thanks for sharing.


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  59. Thanks for sharing this tutorial. I love the effect you achieved, I hope to give it a whirl!

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  60. What a cute Christmas Ball... love the papers... I can see a tree full of these!!!! TFS!!

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  61. What a cute package for a small gift....and I think I could even do this..Thanks for sharing

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  62. Absolutely beautiful and unique project!!

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  63. Love this ornament! This blog hop is so much fun! Love all the inspiration and great projects I am seeing!

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  64. Great Ornament! Nice Vintage Feel! Love it!

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  65. Totally diggin' the fairy dust on the papers!! Looks frosted and it is so pretty :)

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  66. WOW. SO nice!
    Thanks for the inspiration

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  67. You know when I was a kid we used to do this, not with smooch but same idea! Thanks for the reminder!

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  68. What a lovely ornament, when it finally came up here.

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  69. This is SO pretty and SO cool, Kim! I am definitely going to make some of these! LOVE your idea of housing small gifts inside. :)

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  70. Thanks for the fabulous gift idea. This is terrific!!

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  71. This would be a great ornament on a tree. I love this idea and what a great project to share with young crafters. Thank you for sharing.

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  72. I love the old-world colors and aging! Very nice :)

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  73. Wowsa! I love what you just "whipped" up to share with us! It is A M A Z I N G!!! Beautiful and thank you for sharing!

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  74. Thanks for the crafty inspiration and chance to win! :)

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  75. Wow, love this, and the sparkle is a great touch.

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  76. very cool technique. congrats on your 13 years too! thanks for the fun and chance to win.

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  77. Oh, It's Beautiful! Your so Talented! Love It! :0)

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  78. I love this tag. It looks so easy to put together, and will be added to some of my Christmas wrappings. The receiver will think I spent hours and only you and I will know. :)

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  79. A collection of these in a centerpiece bowl will be quite eyecatching.

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  80. Such a unique gift package and I love all the distressing and bling!

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  81. Love the little decorative ball package! What a cute idea. I hope to make several of these. Thanks for sharing & for the great give away!

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  82. Great project.
    Blessings,
    Peggy Allen

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  83. Oooh, I love this and great paper! I want to try some myself! Thanks for sharing.

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  84. Love this one, such a fun way to get new ideas and discover new products

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  85. Great little project, thank you so much for the opportunity to win

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  86. I LOVE the ball as a gift holder!!

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  87. super cute and a great idea to fill the ball with a fun little gift! love the photo of your inky fingers :)

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  88. I like how you gave the strips a wintery texture.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

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  89. THANKS for sharing!! LOVE the ISPIRATION and the chance to win!! Have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

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  90. Just beautiful. Thanx for the directions.

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  91. Love how creative you are. Great project.

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  92. wonderful project! thanks for the inspiration on the hop!

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  93. This is nothing less than gorgeous! I love the "sugar" sprinkled all over, and the classic look. Thank you for the instructions. Now I must work on gathering some materials to try this out myself!

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  94. How fun! And I love all the sparkle! Will definitely give this a try!

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  95. You have amazing talent! This is so pretty!

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  96. You did an awesome job! I love that idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  97. what a great job.. glitter does so much :) lindaplusthree at yahoo dot com

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  98. Love the sparkle you added to these ornaments.

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