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Monday 12 December 2016

Destination Inspiration December - Arriving at Terminal 2

Hello and thank you for stopping by, it's Deb here today for the second leg of our Destination Inspiration journey for December.  If you remember from Julia's post last week, our travel bags are packed with the following contents this month.

Product: Lace
Technique: Heat Embossing
Colour:  Silver
Substrate: Chipboard or Cardboard

As soon as I saw the chipboard substrate ingredient I knew what I was going to make.  I had two circles of chipboard left over from the embroidery hoop decoration I made for our Winter Magic challenge and they became the base for my Silver and Blue Christmas Ornament.

I started out by painting the two chipboard rounds with a coat of gesso then slip slapped on some Weathered Wood Distress paint and a diluted wash of Folk Art Settler's Blue acrylic paint. Stamping came next with Tim Holtz's Tree Line stamp and Wendy Vecchi Potting Soil Archival ink, layering the stamping to create depth.

A spray of Picket Fence Distress Spray stain came next to add a touch of winter snow.

To incorporate the heat embossing and silver colour requirements included in the travel bag, I embossed a piece of 110 lb cardstock with silver embossing powder and used it to cut out some silver snowflakes with the Tim Holtz Mini Paper Snowflakes die.

Some silvery blue snow flakes were die cut with the same Mini Paper Snowflakes dies from cardstock sprayed with Chipped Sapphire and Brushed Pewter Distress Spray stains and Heidi Swapp White and Tinsel Color Shine sprays.

Lace was the next requirement, so I coloured a length of white lace from my stash with Antique Linen Distress Spray stain.

A couple of small bows were tied from the dyed lace.

And the remainder of the lace was used to form the hanger for my ornament, sandwiching it in between the two chipboard rounds and gluing them together.  The edges of the ornament were coated with Glossy Accents glue and rolled in Rock Candy Distress glitter for a little winter sparkle.

Two silver coloured sentiments were created with Tim Holtz's Metallic Sticker Labels and Holiday Talk Stickers and coloured with some Weathered Wood Distress ink.

Initially I was going to use the Snowflake Duo die as the focal point on my ornament but then I spied the Mini Retro Ornaments Movers & Shapers dies and decided to use them instead.  I die cut each ornament twice from chipboard to layer them for some dimension and then cut them again from some patterned scrapbook paper, Ranger Metal Foil tape and  silver Deco sheet.

I cut the silver and patterned paper ornaments apart and layered them on top of the chipboard ornaments.

And then my ornament was assembled; I coloured a piece of white button thread with Brushed Pewter Distress paint and used it as a hanger for the mini ornaments.  The lace bow was positioned at the top with a couple of mini paper snowflakes arranged on each side and the mini ornaments were suspended in the middle.

I added a line of silver Stickles glitter glue around the edges of each sentiment label to tie it into the background.

Hope you've enjoyed seeing how I used the contents of my travel bag and that you will stop by next Monday when Anne will be here to show us what she made from the same ingredients, it's always so much fun to see what everyone creates!  I also hope that you will join in our December challenge, Winter Magic, you have until January 5th to link up your magical creations so hope to see you there!
Deb xo


  1. What a fabulous vintage ornament! I love it!

  2. Wow Deb, fantastic use of the contents of the travel bag, your ornament is truly beautiful! I just love those retro mini ornaments that you added! Anne xx

  3. Oh what a wonderful project using the contents of the travel bag! I just love your beautiful Christmas vintage ornament. Fabulous work! Jennie x

  4. What a super ornament Deb, just love how you used the items in the bag this month!

  5. That's just so pretty, Deb - full of snowy, sparkly, shabby chic beauty. Great work with the luggage contents!
    Alison x

  6. Gorgeous, loving the beautiful design and sparkle.
    Linda xxx

  7. A wonderful wintry ornament, Deb making great use of the travel bag goodies . Love silver and blue together . x

  8. What a beautiful ornament design, Deb! The color is stunning. Christmas hugs, Autumn

  9. Fabulous DI post Debs x totally love your step by step and fabulous outcome....great use of the travel bag contents

    TFS and hugs Annie x

  10. What beautiful ornaments you created Deb! I love the tree stampings and lovely splatter of snow - your lace bow and hanging loop are so pretty and vintage! Your embossed ornaments look wonderful front and center above your sentiments! Julia xx

  11. Beautifully designed and created Deb , thanks so much for sharing your delightful ornament, it's perfect for the DI spot and I imagine looks wonderful hanging in your home.

  12. Wonderful Deb - such beautiful and clever creations. xx

  13. Really nice ornament Deb, such great use of the travel bag contents. S@ndy xx

  14. I am only just catching up now with commenting Deb, so sorry. Love your ornaments and I love the little baubles and the frosty, snowy background is gorgeous. Tracy x

  15. What a wonderful ornament Deb! I love how you've used the travel bag ingredients to create some magic for your tree. Thank you for sharing xx