When flipping through and studying the pages of Stampin' Up!s Holiday Catalogue looking at all the fabulous new products that I can get... you can't help but notice all the stunning creations made as samples to help show off the products. I came across the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies on page 34 - I knew I had to have them. I already have the Greetings Thinlits from the Annual Catalogue and LOVE THEM! So, it was really a no-brainer for me. I noticed the pretty star made with twigs laying on a package! It appears as though they used branches from a dogwood shrub.
Unfortunately, I just put one in this year and it is too small to want to start hacking off branches to make a project! So I gathered some sticks from my yard, the squirrels helped me by knocking a bunch down so I wouldn't need to pull out my ladder, helpful squirrels right?! Sometimes ;)
It did look nice with the plain sticks, however, I just happened to have some pretty metallic brown paint that added a nice shimmer to the star. I didn't want to "Copy" it exactly, so I added my own spin to it. The star I made is larger than the one in the catalogue - so it would work as a door decoration.
I used the Gold Cording Trim to tie around the ends of my star (I did attach them first with hot glue), just so they are secure. I die cut a large circle from the Circles Collection Framelits Dies first using Gold Glimmer Paper and Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum, the lovely gold striped one! I added some hot glue to the back of the vellum on the gold portion so it wouldn't show on the front of my star. You could use glue dots, but my glue gun was handy.
I added some strands of Gold Metallic Thread around the back of the glimmer paper. I die cut the Merry using the Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies also in Gold Glimmer paper, and stamped the Merry Christmas using the Flurry of Wishes stamp set. I liked the stenciled look of the Christmas since I thought it went well with the stripes. You could use any Christmas greeting stamp you have handy. They used the Holly Jolly Greetings on the catalogue sample (it coordinates with the Thinlits for a 15% discount as well!)
I added a bit more Cherry Cobbler by adding some stars made with the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack for a tad more colour to an otherwise very gold star (not that that would be a bad thing!). Lastly, I tied a double bow and added it to the middle of the star just above the larger circle! I was so pleased with how this turned out that I made some with the residents at my work as a craft - they loved them too! Some chose gold, some silver, some turquoise and some brown like me - they all look great and slightly different. I let them choose their vellum and colours and the size of twigs (I brought a whole bunch for them to choose). A glamourous, yet rustic ornament for your holiday decor or gift giving! I hope you like it, have a great day!!
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