Handmade Holiday Blog Hop - Day 2

Handmade Holidays 2014 Hop Logo

Welcome to day 2 of 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. 

Hello!  It's Amy here sharing a little holiday gift!

The embroidery hoop that I used is a petite 3 inches in diameter.  This project could be popped into a shadow bow or easily made into a tree ornament!

Here are some of the supplies that I gathered:

Embroidery Hoop
Neat & Tangled's Little Santa Girl
Scrapbook Adhesives

I die cut a circle from a very old thesaurus that I picked up from a junk store.

I love the "Peek-a-boo" look so I generally tend to stamp at an angle.

Pinterest is a great resource for different techniques, don't you agree?  I pinned THIS & THIS as inspiration.  Interestingly, the first pin actually uses white out instead of acrylic paint.  If I had white out, I would have used it since it is a self contained unit.  Self Contained meaning I didn't have to pull out my PINK acrylic block and paint brush and then have to clean said acrylic block and paint brush later.

In order to give more definition to Santa's Girl's face, I covered the text with a mixture of white and gold paint.  

I refilled in her eyes and mouth with a fine tip sharpie and added pink cheeks.  I adhered the circle panel onto the hoop with Scrapbook Adhesives.  To bring out the wood hoop, I added a veneer snowflake.  For an added pop of color, I stamped the Happy Holidays banners on aqua cardstock.

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!
Ellison Educational Equipment
Walnut Hollow
Graphic 45
Hydrangea Hippo
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L 
Rowland Technologies 
Neat and Tangled 
ICE Resin
Therm O Web
Elizabeth Craft Designs
Pink and Main  The Buckle Boutique
Clearsnap - Vivian Keh
Ashley Rader - Giddy Upcycled
ICE Resin - Jen Cushman   ‎
Candy Spiegel- Candy Scraps
Graphic 45 - Andrew Roberts
Rina Gonzales - Mothership Scrapbook Gal
Therm O Web - Amanda Niederhauser
Cori Warner - The Flying C
Yana Smakula - My Cardmaking & Scrapbooking
The Buckle Boutique - Shawn Mosch
Eileen Hull Designs - Eileen Hull
Angela Muir - Handmade in the Heartland
Krista Winters - eat, knit & d.i.y.
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L - Erica Houghton
Katie Smith - Punk Projects
Elizabeth Craft Designs - Karen Aicken
Jeanie Hevener - Create & Babble
Ellison Educational Equipment - Hilary Kanwischer 
Fancy Shanty - Stacy Molter
 Liz Hicks - Blogerisms a Rafflecopter 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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Clearsnap || Ellison Educational Equipment || Walnut Hollow || Graphic45 || Westcott || ICE Resin || Therm O Web || Rowland Industries || Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L || Pink and Main || Elizabeth Craft Designs || The Buckle Boutique || Neat and Tangled

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  1. Ohhhhhh I just love love love love this Amy!!! Gorgeous!!!!!

  2. Love!! Super cute project, Amy! Now I wanna hoop something...

    1. Thanks Donna...can't wait to see a hoop project from you:)

  3. Super cute! Can't wait to try out this technique!

  4. I love her little face.
    This is too cute for words.

  5. Love the embroidery hoop. I was cleaning closets but still have a few left.
    Now I know how to embellish them.
    thanks for the idea.

    1. Yay for found treasures! Have fun embellishing them!

  6. Aww...This is sooo cute!!! Love the 'hoop'!

  7. Hi Amy, Oh, this is so adorable, just love it.

  8. ohhh love this!!! sooo cute, great tut!!

  9. Oh this is awesome! I love how you added to paint to make this girl even more standing out... just beautiful!

  10. I need to share this with my artsy granddaughter. She will love this technique, I know I do already. Fun piece.

    1. Thanks so much Debby! Hope it inspires your granddaughter too!

  11. Oh Amy this is just too cute. I have a few of those hoops somewhere in my crafty stash and need to give this a try.

    1. Sherry, I can't wait to see how it inspires you♡

  12. This would be a great way to use some old books. If the pages are already torn or ripped, you might as well use the other pages for crafts!

    Shawn ~
    Design Team Coordinator for The Buckle Boutique
    Personal Blog ~ Crafty Chics Blog
    MyCutSearch.com ~ Find your Cricut images FAST!

  13. OMGosh, super adorable project, Amy!

  14. I am lovin' all your non-card projects, especially this one! Too cute and you are up cycling at the same time. What more could you ask for?

  15. oh my goodness, miss amy, as usual you astound and delight! absolutely LOVE this beautiful and clever project!!! (& i predict a world-wide shortage of small wooden embroidery hoops, so i had better stock up NOW, lol!) :)

  16. You've nearly rendered me speechless iwth how FABULOUS this is! I *need* to go embroidery hoop shopping!


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