Thursday, November 20, 2014

More Christmas Ornament Creating!

Hi Everyone!
In my last post I shared this ornament card
and the steps to creating it.
Thank you for you visits and comments.
I hope you might try it and have some fun.
If you are interested in the how to, just scroll down to the next post.

Since that post
 I thought I would share a few more ideas
I've been working on and a few from last season too.

 Here are a few more quick and easy ideas.

Perfect for gifts, trimming the tree,
sending as a card in a bubble envelope
or tying on a package.

Here are the supplies  needed.
The rest is up to your own creativity
and imagination.

Most of the supplies are gathered
from the Dollar Stores,
Michael's  and  JoAnn's  Dollar  section
along with bits and pieces left from other projects.

Backside with designer paper
to open for a message.

Tinsel trimmed.

It looks so pretty on the tree.

The following is a variety of ideas
you might like to try.
Again the supplies were gathered from Dollar bins
at the craft stores.

Love the red snowflake for a pop of color.

Backside with designer paper  left blank to write a message.

Backside star to write greeting.

Since creating this ornament, 
I have decided to copy and print the fan graphic on both sides of the paper.
This allows the backside to look just as pretty as the front.

I always find vintage molds on my junkin hunts
and they too make sweet ornaments.

For these below I used wood shapes with added graphics,
glitter and trims of tinsel and ribbons.
I glued the shapes inside the molds raised a bit with another
block of wood all hot glued in place.

I also use distress ink or paint adding to the edge of the wood
and papers.

Graphic papers cut to the wood shapes with charms.
They finish these old molds
to make sweet ornaments.

Here are a few more in a white theme.

Inside the mold I added wood glittered snowflakes
with word messages, like~

Inspire dreams~

or creative journey!

  This next ornament is designed using an old cookie cutter and
created the same way.
With wood shapes raised and glued in place on
another small block of wood.
Trims, glitter, and charms add the finishing touch over chalk
paint with distress.
I drill a hole in the tops of the molds to add a ribbon for
hanging on the Christmas tree.

Every  year ornaments seem to be
the best sellers in my shoppe.
I never get all that I want to offer completed.

It's an on going journey year round
and one I truly love and  thankful for.

Hand made ornaments for giving
at Christmas are so special 
and like nothing you
will find in the stores.
I think they are as wonderful to give as to create.

Thank you for stopping by,
 and a big welcome to all new followers.
So nice to meet you and have your visits.

Stay Warm!!
till next time,
Wishing you,
Southern DayDreams~
Celestina Marie

Graphics for the designs used in these ornaments
are courtesy of

Monday, November 17, 2014

Creating Christmas Ornament Cards~

Last season I created ornament cards to send for
Christmas and it was so much fun.
This season I am doing a few more and
thought I would share the how to once again.

Hope you enjoy this re-post!
This ornament basically is a  sheet music fan background
with snowflake center,
greeting graphic added to the middle,
glittered tinsel edge
and a message on the backside.

These are the supplies you will need:

1. Sheet music graphic and snow scene graphic

2. Round wood disc to glue the graphic on 
with mod podge.

3. White glittered snowflake
found at any craft shop.

4. Winter style card stock for
backside message.

5. Snowflake stickers or whatever
you choose to accent the back message.

6. Blue distress ink with sponge applicator
to ink the edge of the wood disc.

7.Circles template for making round circles.

8.Ribbon for hanging.

9.Fancy cut scissors for back message edge
and regular scissors for cutting graphics.

10. Hot glue gun.

11. Glitter or Fairy Dust.

12.Sharpie pen for writing message.

You will need 2 copies of the sheet music in the 8x10 size.
Next, fold into a fan shape for both.
Fold each fan sheet in half after folding and glue in place.
Hot glue both halves together to form
one circle with the two fans.

Next, add the graphic greeting to the wood disc
with mod podge,
ink the edge with distress ink and glue on the white snowflake.

Glitter the snow scene using mod podge
and fairy dust or glitter.

Add the snowflake to the center of the fan circle.
Now add the tinsel ribbon to the edge
with hot glue.

For the message on the backside,
cut a round circle using a template
and cut around with fancy scissors if you choose.

Add the circle to the backside with hot glue
and embellish with glittered snowflake stickers
or any accent of your choice.
Lastly cut 12" white or any color thin ribbon
(for the hanger)
to coordinate with your ornament.
Hot glue in place between the folds at the top.

Now your ornament card is complete
and ready to mail using a padded envelope.
It will be so pretty on the Christmas tree
and a special memory for the receiver to
enjoy for years to come.

That's it,
Christmas Card Ornaments.

Thanks for stopping by.
~~See you next time~~

Celestina Marie

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Wrapping Paper Creating!!

Last year I found this great sheet music wrapping paper at IKea.
I shared a few projects creating with it in the pics below.
Of course it's great to wrap pretty presents,
 but I so love
using items for other uses too.

I still have paper left, so I'm back to designing with it again and having fun
coming up with new ideas.
I'll share those soon
but till then,
 here are some from the past.

Starting with a frame from my stash of treasures,
 I hand painted it all around with a soft chalk paint
 and then lightly distressed the high points with sand paper.

Next I cut the gift wrap to fit the 5X7 frame 
and glued it with modpodge to card stock to give it a sturdy weight.
To top the music paper 
I added a pretty vintage graphic courtesy of  THE GRAPHICS FAIRY 
leaving a border of the music paper showing all around.

Placed all  back in the frame and under the original glass.
It doesn't get easier~~

So pretty displayed on a side table for the winter months.

Here is another idea using burlap as the background. 
This frame is painted with chalk paint and then antiqued.
With the gift wrap scraps,
I added them to a few emergency candles
for a decorative accent.

Wrap the paper around the candle and glue in place using modpodge
and then brush over top of the paper to seal in place.

 Next, I placed two candles together held in place with a little hot glue and embellished with medical gauze, crocheted flowers, silk flowers and lace ribbons. 

Lastly, I brushed all with a little sparkle glaze over the candle areas. 
I like using this sparkle glaze when you don't want the glitter to shed.

Okay, one more idea.
 Roll a few pieces of the gift wrap.
 Glue together sort of angled for interest 
and tie with ribbon adding embellishments for a gift package topper in place of a bow. 
You could tie on a name tag around the little bundle too.
 So cute.
These little projects are quick, fun and easy
 and make great little gifts or package accents.

 Happy Creating, 

Celestina Marie

Wednesday, November 12, 2014


Oh I know what your thinking~~~~
We haven't even celebrated Thanksgiving yet
 and you're having a Christmas event already!!

Well, in" Boutique Online land" 
it has to start early to deliver all the goodies
that Santa is sending this season.
I want to share with you this years fun!

As you may know, I am a member of
and each holiday season the many shop members 
and their wonderful boutiques 
participate in an event to offer you the best in Christmas shopping.

You'll have to check it out to see what
Santa's Steal of the Day is
Come see what Santa has in his bag.
Find a NEW DAILY HOLIDAY gift idea or home decor item up to 60% OFF

My day to share, 
Santa's Steal of the Day
is NOV. 12, 2014.

That's TODAY!!
and I have something special with a nice discount and FREE SHIPPING 
offered in the U.S.
when you visit my shop.
You'll see a listing titled
"Santa's Steal of the Day"
and the one item only with a special price.

     Remember, the sale
 and offerings from each participating shop
is only for one day.
Stop by Shabby Cottage Shops each day by 11:30am
to see the boutique offering something special that day!

NOW through DEC.6, 2014.

Now let's give Thanksgiving it's due and the celebration it deserves.
Enjoy this month of November
even if you are beginning your Christmas shopping.
It is always the right time to be thankful
and grateful for the many blessings we are given in this life.

See you next time!!

Celestina Marie