Well, that was certainly a BUSY weekend for us! We hosted my husband's holiday party for his direct reports here on Friday night. About 16 people here…a nice sized crowd. But a lot of food preparation, cleaning and setting up to do. I was exhausted. Then we had shopping to do and writing our Christmas Letter. Still need to add ribbon to about 1/2 of my Christmas cards! Hopefully will get that done today. I also made gifts for his direct reports. Here are the charger plates I made…inspired by Jill Olsen.
This is a picture of one table. I made 12 of them, and still have pieces and parts to make a few more for other gifts.
And here is a closeup of one of them. You can see I used some retired Stampin' Up! Designer Papers (and non-SU papers) because I needed patterns with Whisper White in them, not Very Vanilla. I wanted Whisper White snowmen! And, I was surprised to find that a lot of Stampin' Up!'s Designer Papers for Christmas have Very Vanilla in them! I found the chargers on sale at the M place…$1 for the plain ones and $1.50 for the decorated edge ones. They didn't have enough decorated edge ones for me to do everyone's, so I used the plain ones. Quite a reasonably priced gift! The stands I included (purchased at the W place) cost more than the entire plate did to make!
Here are the details:
- For the circle of Designer Paper in the background, I found a dessert plate that fit in the center, traced around it with pencil and then cut it out. It is glued with Snail to the charger.
- The banner was made in MDS and I printed it on Whisper White, cut to 1 3/4" wide and cut flag ends.
- I layered it on a 2" x 12" strip of Silver Glimmer Paper and cut flag ends to match it. I used green Glimmer Brads to hold the two pieces together, and attached it to the charger plate with Stampin' Dimensionals.
- The snowman is the three largest circles from the Circles #2 die out of Whisper White. I ran it thru the Big Shot with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, too, then sponged around the edges and snowflakes with Crumb Cake ink.
- The hat is a 1 1/4" Square Punch trimmed on an angle for the sides, then a Word Window of Basic Black for the brim. I added a flower from the Itty Bitty Punch Pack of Silver Glimmer Paper with a rhinestone in the center.
- The eyes are two medium sized pearls, colored with a black Sharpie pen. The nose is a triangle of Pumpkin Pie. The mouth is a row of the rhinestone jewels, colored with Black Sharpie pen and curved for a smile. I used three individual rhinestones for the buttons…colored with black Sharpie, too.
- I used the Gumball Green Sweater Trim for his scarf, knotted on one side.
- The arms are thin branches, adhered to the plate and under the snowman with Mini Glue Dots.
- I cut the snowflakes from the Snow Flurry Die with Silver Glimmer Paper and added Red Glimmer Centers with the 3/8, 1/2 and 3/4" Circle Punches. I adhered them with Stampin' Dimensionals.
Overall, this is so sparkly and pretty! Everyone loved their gift and I was quite pleased with how they turned out! I plan on making a LOT more, including one for my house!