Last week, my fabulous Stampin' Up! upline, Allison, hosted her annual team get-together and gift exchange for Christmas. She had her whole team (minus a few unlucky ones who couldn't make it!) over to her beautiful studio for a home-cooked meal, some crafting, and a gift exchange. We've done the gift exchange before, and it's a blast - we have one rule, and it's that your item must be handmade. My stampin' sisters are an amazing bunch of very talented women and the gifts never cease to impress!
I decided to put together a little piece of holiday decor to give to my gift recipient. I've been borderline OBSESSED with the Wonderland suite lately, and I knew that beautiful collection needed to be part of my gift!
I've been hoarding some Decor Blocks from Stampin' Up for longer than I care to admit - they were retired quite a few years ago, and I still had an unopened box of four in my closet. I'd been saving them for a special occasion, so why not now?
Here's what I whipped up.
Each side of the block has a different piece of the Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP on it - the beautiful black, white, and gold patterns are just gorgeous and each one shines! I decorated the front first, using the Wonderland stamp set and Winter Wonderland vellum - a lot of shiny embossing powders! - and then spun it around to do something a little bit different on the back.
On the back, I decided to make it a little more modern and funky to provide an alternative from the rather traditional front - that way, it's got some options depending on the recipient's decor! This side used more sparkle, more twine, and a funkier sentiment. A big piece of Whisper White Satin Ribbon tied around the whole block and into a big bow at the top finished it off.
The recipient of my gift was my beautiful friend MaryAnne, and she loved it - perfect to bring some holiday cheer to her desk at work, she said!
Thank you so much for stopping in today. If you haven't noticed, I'm on a blogging roll lately - so check back tomorrow for another holiday project! Tuesday will bring us a giftable remake of the last Paper Pumpkin kit. See you then!