Saturday, November 28, 2015

Stampin' Creative Blog Hop - Festive Frenzy

Welcome to this month's Stampin' Creative Blog Hop and being on the build up to the Festive Celebrations, we thought we'd theme this month's Hop … Festive Frenzy. 

You may have just hopped over from the lovely Kim, where you'll have been spoilt to an undeniable Festive Frenzy, yes, the big fella himself … well, whether you have hopped over from Kim or have joined the hop here, welcome and enjoy the rest of the hop. 

We don't really celebrate the start of a New Year in this house, although this year, we may well be having some dear, close friends round for a quiet meal … which had me thinking ...

… create a little table setting for a New Year's Eve meal. 

I had seen the Square Pillow Box used to hold cutlery before, so decided to come up with my own embellished version, accompanied by a coordinating cracker and Chocolate table favour.

Firstly I cut the Pillow Box from Smoky Slate Card Stock and cut off the end flaps to one side, before Embossing it using the elegant Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder. I love both of these products.

I then wrapped the box with the gorgeously soft Silver Satin Ribbon. Stars just seemed so fitting and besides, we have some beautiful silver star charger plates that sparked my inspiration, so I die cut some Stars from some Filter Paper, before creating this beautiful ruffled star flower.

I decided to wrap some silver metallic thread around the flower that I attached tiny stars to, made using the Confetti Star Punch and some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. I made the little coordinating mock cracker with a centre of filter paper to hold in the surprise gift.

I'm not sure if you can actually see here, but the tiny stars are literally suspended on the thread and not sticking the thread to the cardstock, as perhaps a little clearer on the chocolate below.

It didn't seem right to leave it at just the cutlery holder and the cracker … a chocolate seemed only right and fitting to add to the table. 

I just love how the little chocolate turned out … so much so, that I'd actually find it hard to unwrap it to eat … now THAT my friends, is the flaw in this design.

Sadly the Square Pillow Box Die is on the Retirement list of the current Autumn/Winter Seasonal Catalogue, so if you are wanting to recreate some Cutler Holders like this of your own, then you'll need to act quickly to avoid disappointment. 

I hope you liked the creations I have shared with you this month and I hope when your New Year's Eve Celebrations come, that they are greeted with a healthy and prosperous year ahead … 

… but for now, hop on over to see what gorgeous work the lovely Louise has in store for you. She never ceases to delight. 

Enjoy the rest of the hop and of course the festive season.

Mikaela x

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  1. STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING, Did I say it was Stunning, oh my they sure are

  2. Stunning and elegant as always. Love the idea of the chocolate too although I think you need a spare box so there's one to eat and one to admire lol

  3. Thank you Emily … Yes, I think that's the flaw in my design. I too wouldn't want to spoil it, so how do you get to the chocolate? … Buy another box ;) xx

  4. I love these, Mikaela! Really elegant and classy. As for hanging those tiny stars of the thread - wow!

  5. Yet again you've stunned us with your elegance hun - the floating stars are divine and the whole set just screams style and grace - I hope that New Year's Eve party is awed by them too - because they are really lovely, and quite frankly anyone who has the patience to attach mini stars to metallic thread has my vote for crafter of the year!!!! Why would you even think of doing that - but I'm soooo glad you did - now off to find magnifying glass & tweezers so I can CASE it - because it's gorgeous!

  6. Oh bless your heart Caroline, Thank you. Sometimes it's just that final little touch that brings the whole thing to life. I'm so pleased that you like it xx

  7. Oh Pip, you have just made me literally laugh out loud!! … Yes, you are talking to me … mad Mikaela, who with the patience of a saint, would sit and punch out Confetti stars to attach to fine metallic thread. Some would call me tight in that I'm using up the scraps of Glimmer Paper … but for me, it just needed that final sprinkle of magic. I really am pleased that you have all taken to the floating stars. Perhaps Stampin' Up! will have to start selling Magnifying Glasses and Tweezers xx

  8. So beautiful, so elegant, full of class like the designer xxx

  9. Oh WOW Eimear, those are very kind words and high praise indeed … but a lot to live up to. Bless your heart xxx

  10. absolutely stunning .... your makes are sure to wow your guests just like us! I love the detail of the floating stars and the filter paper star flowers - going to have to case these for sure! x

  11. awww Thank you Louise, it seems that the floating stars have been hot topic of this project. You really must have a go at casing them. They are so easy to assemble xx

  12. Oh Kim please forgive me, I failed to notice your lovely comment still sat awaiting my approval. Thank you so very much for your super kind words. I am so pleased that you liked them x