May Arts Christmas Ornament / Last Day to Enter for Giveaway!

Although the blog event 12 Days of Home for the Holidays is completed, there is still time to enter the contest for an awesome giveaway sponsored by ...

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I've listed all the links on the upper, right side of the blog to all the guests.  Click, Read, and Leave a comment for each one.  Also you can "click" on each of the sponsors' links above and leave a nice thank you or season's greeting to them letting them know you are from the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays event.  For each item you do leave a comment on one of the guests blog post ... NOT THIS ONE.   The contest closes at midnight tonight, Eastern Time.  The winner will be posted on Friday morning.  The winner will have 48 hours to respond.  After that I have to draw another winner.  Everyone Good Luck!

May Arts, "All That Glitters" Christmas Craft Challenge
I was fortunate to be chosen for this month's May Arts Ribbon challenge.  I was sent some ribbon and challenged to make something that "Glittered" for Christmas.  Here is my project:

My passion this year for Christmas is all about the Nutcracker Suite story.  My granddaughter and I went to see the Nutcracker Suite for the first time...for both of us.  I made my ornament with the dream theme fit for the dream quality of the Nutcracker Suite. 

The base of the ornament is a canning ring I spray painted red.  I built the inside of the ring with Graphic 45's Nutcracker Sweet, a photo, and May Arts Ribbon.

The photo is of me at age 4…49 years ago.  What 4 year old doesn't dream of a beautiful Christmas where her toys come to life in her dreams and dance for her. 

After painting the ring I "glitzed" it  by wrapping the outer part with the red and green May Arts glitter ribbon.

I topped the ribbon at the seam with a white flower I made with white May Arts ribbon. 

 The canning ring is backed with Technique Tuesday tiles FUNdamentals of Snow snowflake covered with Ranger’s Diamond Stickles.  I used Stickles on the other two snowflakes.  

On the large snowflake I created a sliver flower using May Arts ribbon by stitching a basting thread from one end to the other and drawing the ribbon up by pulling on one thread until it was gathered to the degree I wanted it to curl.  I created a circle flower adhering it with hot glue onto a small circle made from transparency film.  I added a few seed beads  and white May Arts ribbon for flare.  I built all this on top of the ballerina having added Diamond Dust to it's wings.

The smallest snowflake has a tiny white ribbon flower I made with the white May Arts ribbon.

To give it that dream like quality I added a few strands of the white May Arts ribbon across the top of the ring.  You can still see the images but you really have to look to get all the details. The ornament hanger is made from the white May Arts ribbon.

My tree is full of homemade ornaments that my children have made through the years.  I've add to the collection with my homemade ornaments with their photos on them.  This ornament will hold a special place in my heart.  Christmas, for me, was a magical time when I was growing up.  Not just the presents, but the whole atmosphere surrounding the holiday.  From decorations...oh, yes I remember every strand of sliver tinsel I hung, mom painting windows, stockings full of oranges, apples, and nuts, pretending to be asleep but listening for Santa, and the magic of leaving cookies and milk for Santa.  This ornament reminds me of that time with my Mom and Dad.

Thank you May Arts for allowing me to participate in this month's challenge!  You can win some May Arts Ribbon ... read about it on their blog "'All That Glitters' Christmas Craft Challenge Entries {and a giveaway}."

I'll see everyone tomorrow for the announcement of the winner to the 12 Days of Home for the Holidays.

Have a Crafty Day!

Gratitude List
1.  my sweet bean sprout
2.  my smiley Ali
3.  my heart, Little
4.  my laughter, H
5.  my first, A


  1. That ornament is FANTASTIC! LOVE all the detail... and LOVE the idea of using the canning ring as a base! LOVE the fact that the glitter ribbon MAKES the outside of the ring :).

  2. That is truly a keepsake ornament!! Just gorgeous!!

    Thank you to everyone for their wonderful insights and inspiatioN!! And thank you to all the sponsors. I left all of them some love!

  3. Gorgeous Debby~you have such a "crafty" flair!!! Love it!!

  4. What a treasure that will be for years to come! I love that the ornament includes a picture of yourself as a kid.

  5. Beautiful ornament, Debby! :o)

  6. That ornament is GORGEOUS!! Thank you so much for sharing your crafty self with us.

  7. Such a sweet photo of you! Love the ornament and the special meaning it has!

  8. Beautiful ornament! what a wonderful keepsake to have for years to come..
    thank you for this wonderful 12 days hop.. I have enjoyed reading and learning new traditions to teach my kids. I also left message on sponsors' fb. thanks for a wonderful chance to win..

  9. well, they are going to ask you to be a May Arts artist all of the time! What a beautiful, layered, ornament. So much beauty to look at...I love the big snowflake on the back. Thanks again for helping us to all start December in a fabulous way.

  10. What a sweet, beautiful ornament!

  11. So pretty, Debby! Really love this one!

  12. Beautiful ornaments! Love that you used nutcracker suite! This has been such a fun 12 days! Thank you!

  13. Love the ballerina on the ornament! And all the glitter!

  14. Lovely handmade ornament and I enter each day for the contest and went to comment on the facebook of each sponsor so now the wait to see who won!! THanks for a great deal of inspiration!!

  15. From a canning ring to this! Oh, my! It's a beautiful ornament, Debbie, and I loved reading about your ornament tradition.
    Thank you so much for sharing the 12 Days with us. So much inspiration for crafting and life!

  16. That is just absolutely stunning Debby!!! I love that photo of you too!!!

  17. Beautiful ornament , TFS

  18. You preserved another memory for LH! There may have to be many more Nutcracker's in your future! What a blessing to have all those precious granddaughters!

  19. Kam mccallan8:21 PM

    Lovely! So inspired!

  20. Lovely ornament and great use of the ribbon across the front. It looks like you're looking through a waterfall. :)

    Fiskateer #1135

  21. Beautiful ornament, love homemade ornaments, they are always made with such love.


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