Thursday, December 7, 2017

Paper and Art Charm Ornament (for ABS Ornament Hop)

It's handmade ornament hopping time!! At least, it's the first of the two hops I'm hoping to participate in. Today is the reveal for Art Bead Scene's 7th Annual Ornament Hop. Since it's a hop, I'm sure there are plenty of other blogs to get to, so let me keep this as short as possible.

Here's the ornament I made!

When I shared the Inspiring DIY Ornaments, the Paper Christmas Ornaments from Dream a Little Bigger sparked my imagination.  You see, I've got a deep love for paper, dictionary paper especially. So, I knew I could make the process my own with that addition. To add in the art bead element, I remembered putting a fabulous cardinal polymer clay charm into my Inspiration Jar. The pendant is made by Erin Prais-Hintz of Tesori Trovati.

I had received the charm from my partner, Kari Asbury for the Bead Peeps Swap-n-Hop but couldn't come with a design for it at the time. I think it was destined to become this ornament.


There's just something about the red bird that sings Christmas to me. I'm not sure what it is, but I knew I needed to use that element in particular. While I do love the dictionary paper, I almost wish I had used sheet music instead. I may change that later, but for now, I'm quite happy with how this turned out. 

I simply added red and green wonder beads for a touch of magical shine, and my ornament was complete. Well, there was a bit more than that to it. I actually made a short video of how to create this Paper and Art Charm Ornament if you're interested in the process. 

It really was a quick and easy process to make the ornament, and I had everything I needed on hand. You could easily personalize this even more: different paper, more elaborate beads, adding glitter, including your own art charm, etc. There are so many possibilities!

So, that's my contribution to the Art Bead Scene Ornament Hop. Get on hopping and see what everyone else made!

I'm also linking this post up on Saturday Sharefest at The Sway, Show and Share at Coastal Charm,  and Saturday Sparks Link Party at Pieced Pastimes

28 comments:

  1. Great job on the video tutorial! Your ornament is very cute. I love that Erin's bird found a special spot.

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy! I really do believe that charm was destined to be an ornament. As soon as I started thinking about what beads/elements I had that would work, this IMMEDIATELY popped into my head. I can't wait to add it to the mini tree I'm hoping to put up today!

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  2. Love it. Thanks for the how-to video.

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  3. Absolutely beautiful! omg, thanks for the video!!!

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  4. What a sweet surprise! It is like seeing an old friend. I have a really strong attachment to red birds. The cardinal is my h.s. alma mater mascot...and now my son and daughter are Cardinals as well! I adore what you did with this. And thanks for the cool tutorial video! I love it and I am honored that it will be adorning your tree! Enjoy the day! Erin

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  5. It looks really cool. I would visit once again to watch the tutorial once my internet stops acting crazy and leave a better comment. :D

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    1. Aw, thank you Susan! It was fun to make too!! :D

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  7. It's beautiful Hope! Such a lovely charm, and your paper crafting set it off beautifully. Thank you so much for sharing your process!

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  8. I love cardinals for decorating during the holidays too. Loved the video and the vintage vibe of your ornament!

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    1. Heather, Thanks so much! I definitely needed some "me crafty" time and this challenge was the perfect opportunity. I appreciate it! And, I do love me some "vintage vibe". I'm glad you got that out of ornament.

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  9. I, too, thank you for the tutorial. I like the ornament very much, so was glad to see how you made it. You are very talented!

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    1. You are too kind! I had a lot of fun with making this ornament, I'm just glad you got something out of it too! Thank you for stopping in!

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  10. It's beautiful, Hope! This reminded me that I wanted to make such a paper ornament from old post cards and never came around to it! Love the rustic look and the cardinal pendant is the perfect match!

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  11. Hope I love it! Yes, sheet music would have been cool, too. I love cardinals, they are my favorite bird. What a great ornament!

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  12. What a beautiful ornament, Hope! And I'm so glad you shared how to make something similar, of our own. Lovely!

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    1. Thanks Linda! I've gotten big on tutorials lately as I'm finding myself often wondering how something was made. So, I'm trying to make sure I share my processes as well. There will be more in the future!
      I appreciate you hopping by.
      Thank you!!
      Hope

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  13. Your ornament is lovely! Your tutorial was very good and inspired me to think I might actually be able to do this! I found you on Saturday Sharefest.

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    1. I'm so happy you took the time to pop by! It really easy is an easy process, even for a klutz like me. (Did you see the glue stick roll away from me and pick up several of my circles as it went!? Ha!!) I do hope you try this! Thanks so much for coming by!

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  14. I love the understated look of this ornament. So pretty, without being over the top. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Jenny, Thanks! I do love me some color like the original inspiration. But, anything vintage and a little more shabby is definitely my style. Toning it down was a must for me. Thank YOU for coming by!!

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  15. Heard about explosion at St. Vincent and immediately thought of T and K. Hope they weren't involved/hurt.

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    1. Not sure who this is, but no they weren't there as they're in high school now at not at SVS anymore. Definitely keep those involved and the whole school in your prayers though. It's definitely a tragedy and they need it.

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  16. This ornament is lovely! I really appreciate the instruction video you posted... When I visit my Mum for Christmas, we may have to try this out! (She's the one with the amazing paper-crafting hoard. *grin*) If we do, I'll be sure to share pictures. As always, beautiful work! :)

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  17. I just adore your ornament, Hope! I haven't had a chance yet but I'm looking forward to watching your tutorial because I love how the paper element turned out. Now that my last holiday show is over I can play a bit! Erin's sweet bird definitely makes a perfect element for a Christmas ornament... it was meant to be!

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    1. You are too sweet. Thank you! It really is a super easy process. Just one that's hard to photograph. I'm trying to do more videos as well. So this worked out well. I do hope you get some playtime in, and that shows went well as well! Enjoy!!

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  18. This is a beautiful, whimsical ornament. It has a fairy-tale like quality about it to me. I love the paper ornament and how it looks like a balloon to carry your winter birds on great adventures. The bird pendant is the perfect touch on this ornament.

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    1. Sarah, Thank you so much! I hadn't considered that it looked like a balloon. What a neat idea! I love your vision and appreciate you taking the time to hop over here and take a peek!
      Hope

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