Friday, 7 November 2014

Handmade Holidays Blog Hop Day One

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Welcome to the 4th Annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!

A few years ago we were looking online for handmade gift ideas and thought it would be great if there was a resource dedicated JUST to handmade gift ideas. Enter the Handmade Holidays hop! We've gathered over 100 of our creative blogger friends in the craft industry as well as some of our fellow product manufacturers to bring you a plethora of inspiring gift ideas you can make now to give to your friends, family, and colleagues.

Pin and bookmark these ideas for this holiday season and to use throughout the year! Each day of the hop features approximately 30 gift projects and you can "hop" from one blog to another to check them all out.


Hi everyone! When ICE Resin asked me to join in with the wonderful Handmade Holidays Blog Hop  - and be the first day - I was hit with a mixture of excitement and then fear! Going first in anything is really hard, because if you mess up you can't change it so no one will notice!

So here goes.....

I received a spectacular package to work with, including ICE Resin, Graphic45 and Westcott goodies. I love ICE Resin, obviously, and I love Graphic45 - who doesn't? But I have never really tried Westcott products before. In the box I received a fantastic titanium knife! This thing is amazing! There was so much in the box that I had to make a couple of extras to go with my main project too - a card and matching gift box.

Above is everything that I created for this hop and below is my step by step instructions on how to create the feature gift, the pendant.

To start,  I sized up one of the large hobnail circle bezels from ICE Resin against the printed clocks on the Jolly Old Elf sheet of paper from Graphic45.

Using the Westcott blade I hand cut the clock out making sure it is a snug fit inside the bezel.

Next, I sponged some ICE Resin Medium all around the side and the back of the bezel, and then poured a generous amount of Relique Ivory powder all over the Medium, gently tapping off the excess. I then heat-set this with a heat tool and left it to cool naturally.

 With an ICE Resin paint brush, I brushed some jet black stazon around the edges of the bezel to distress it and add a little interest.

While the bezel was cooling I took the stunning sticker of the kissing couple from the Time to Celebrate  sticker sheet from Graphic45. I then fussy cut the kissing couple out of the background, again using that super sharp non-blunting Westcott knife. I then attached the sticker to the previously cut out clock and glued it into the bottom of the bezel.

Next, I used the Perfect Paper Sealant from ICE Resin and sealed the whole thing twice - going in different directions and making sure that the edges of the paper were well coated.

I mixed up some ICE Resin to the manufacturer's specifications and poured into the bezel. After 4 or 5 hours I then added a freshly mixed final resin layer to top off the bezel and create a dome effect. Leaving again over night for the piece to fully cure I then added a chain and semi-precious gemstones (Serpentine) to finish.

Here is the detail on the card. I haven't made a card just using paper in years and really enjoyed this little extra project.

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. I hope you have enjoyed it and become a follower. Please let me know what you think of my projects, I love to get feedback on what I have created.

Thanks so much to ICE Resin for choosing me for the hop, Westcott for the amazing knife and Graphic45 for the gorgeous paper. Below is the full list of participants and how to enter to win some amazing prizes!


Are you ready for lots more creative handmade gift ideas and projects?? Follow along on our blog hop! Simply click on each of the links below to be taken to that post with additional information and photos on how to create a handmade gift project. Have fun and pin away!

ICE Resin - Clare Horner  - YOU ARE HERE

And don't forget to enter the giveaway!

Follow our Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Follow Jennifer Priest of RainMaker Media Works + Hydrangea Hippo's board Handmade Holidays on Pinterest.

A huge thank you to our sponsors for this hop - please visit their blogs below and follow them. And be sure to come back tomorrow for another 30+ amazing Handmade Gift Ideas!

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Linda said...

Gorgeous! Gorgeous! Gorgeous! What an amazing festive collection ..... the perfect gift. I love the beautiful ICE Resin pendant! xx

Lisapmac said...

Beautiful pendant Clare :-)

D's Paper Studio said...

beautiful! i love what you did with the G45 and the Resin.

Sarah said...

Beautiful work Clare, loving your Ice Resin Pendant, you can see a lot of thought and work went into your designs. Well Done! Sarah xx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Beautiful set - so festive!
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Ann said...

Beautiful creations, loved them all.

Jackie PN said...

WOW Stunning work!! Love what you did with your creative supplies!

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