OK - FIRST : I have been getting your emails about you NOT getting my emails...hehehe, that's sound like it should be a TV show between blondes, OH WAIT...I am blonde. So anyway, it turns out there is nothing I can do. Typepad has been hit by a virus or something and it seems very random the blogs that were hit. They are working hard to resolve the problem, and should have it fixed next week - YAY!! In the meantime, maybe check your spam folder and see if it may have started going in there, and redirect it to your mailbox.
SECONDLY - A Tutorial!! Have you seen all the beautiful ornaments that people have been making with the patterned paper? It turns out, that it was a project that was demonstrated at the Stampin' Up! convention this year, and I wanted to give y'all a little tutorial on how to make them YOUR OWN!
For this one, I used vellum, since I wanted something really fancy (I seen one like this at an upline metting, and LOVED it). I took a sheet of vellum and cut it the long way, so I would have a piece that was 4.25 X 11. I stamped it with baroque morifs and versamark, and embossed it with silver. I then cut it into 1 X 4.25 strips, you should get 11 though you will only need 7 or 8, depending on how full you want it to look.
Then you line them all up on top of each other, and punch a hole on each end. I used the crop-a-dile, since it went through all the layers like BUTTAH! Then you take a piece of ribbon (mine is WalMart silver stuff) about 14-16 inches long and knot the two ends together. Push it up, through the holes, making sure that the side you want facing out will be bubbled like in the middle picture. Then you make another knot on top of that, so the papers won't slide up, and it not be a ball anymore...LOL. Then you just spread them apart, to get the desired ornament - EASY PEASY. I made one with DP,a s well, and it took me only about 7 mins to complete - Can you say WOW?!? Oh wait, you wanna see them first...
I really like the vellum one - try embossing to match the colors that you decorate your tree with. It will be amazing!! Now for the DP one, I used the Wintergreen pack from Stampin' Up!, and May Arts Ivory Ribbon from All That Scraps. I also used the scallop circle punch and the 1 3/8 and 1 1/4 punches to add a sentiment on the bottom of this one. I punched the 1 3/8 in celery, and the 1 1/4 was punched on shimmery white, after stamping the sentiment in always artichoke from Riveting (retired). I then used sticky strip to attach it to the bottom ribbon. The awesome thing about this, is you can ue ANY PAPER. No imagination required, just switch the paper around and you look like a genius - WOOOHOOO!! Can't get better than that. Have fun and happy stamping!!