Christmas Ornaments – Part 2

Ok, I have been slack about posting articles.  Here are the reminding Christmas Ornaments I painted for 2015.

These two ornaments I painted for my niece, who asked that I bring her some snow.

I’ve painted all my ornaments in pairs.

I thought white, snowy Christmas was a nice touch.

Puff paint added some dimension to the ornaments.

Yes, these two ornaments are a little different.

Christmas Cards (2015)

Here is a preview of my handmade 2015 Christmas card.

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The blue starry background was created using Coral Draw and printed on glossy photo paper.  The star, trees, and windows were created using Silhouette Studio and cut using the Curio device.  The star was cut on glitter paper, but the trees was cut on regular card stock and I glued the glitter on after they were cut.

Instead of having the window on the same cardstock, I thought using different pattern cardstock provide a wallpaper background and some uniqueness.

The inside of the card was the same for all the cards.


I got the text and layout from the internet, but I recreated it in Coral Draw and printed it on card stock.  If I had thought about it before December, I would have created a inside scene and place it in a window frame.  So, the outside of the card would be looking out and the inside of the card would have been looking in.  But, there just wasn’t enough time.

The next card will have to be a birthday card.  There are so many birthdays in January.

Christmas Ornaments – Part 1

Around this time of the year, I work on something that has a Christmas theme.  This year I have painted some wooden Christmas ornaments.   Most of the ornaments were purchased from Michael’s Craft Stores in Oklahoma, Texas, and Louisiana.

The bell ornaments were painted with multiple layers of red and green acrylic paint.

For all the ornaments, I selected the DecoArt Americana Acrylic paint because it is thicker then most paint and covers better.  I used Delta Creamcoat for the gold metallic paint.  Then I covered the ornaments with Delta Creamcoat Sparkle Glaze.  The ornament probably didn’t need to be varnished after the glaze, but I wanted a good high gloss finish, so I put several coats of Miniwax Polycrylic on them.  The Polycrylic has worked well on my polymer clay creations.

The snowflake ornaments, yes there are two of them, the base was painted  with sapphire and then dry brushed with white paint.  I left the edges unpainted because I thought it gave them an old fashioned look.

The angel ornaments were purchase at Hobby Lobby.

I selected yellow and green paint for the star ornaments.  Before I applied the glaze, the green areas was dry brushed with gold paint.

The tree and bell ornaments were painted using the same process as described above.

The angel ornaments were purchased at Hobby Lobby.  I should have taken time to sand these ornament, because there are a few rough places on them.

This post is Part 1 because there are more ornaments that are unfinished.



The Choir vs. Bass Pro

My niece asked me to come listen to her sing for Santa at Bass Pro Shop in Denham Springs.  I recorded the choir singing some of their Christmas songs.  Here they are singing Jingle Bells.


While I was waiting for Santa to arrive, here are some of the things I found at Bass Pro.

A few snowmen. What is Winter without snowmen.


A reindeer in his cute boots.


I’ve learned what Santa does while the elves are making toys. I bet you thought he was sleeping.


And, I found out how those reindeer are actually keep in line.