Saturday, July 20, 2013

Ballerina Ornament

Welcome, crafty friends!  You have reached the end of the Christmas in July Blog Hop.  Thank you for taking the time to visit.

For the Christmas in July Blog Hop, I decided to make a ballerina ornament.  I live in a house full of males so I felt like making something girly and pretty.  And a ballerina definitely fits the bill!

I cut out the ballerina and the layers from Shall We Dance.  If you don't have Shall We Dance, there are all sorts of ballerinas from different cartridges.  They range from cute - Twinkle Toes, Create-a-Critter, Hello Kitty, Paper Doll Dress Up.  To more elegant - Joy of the Season.

I Googled ballerina images and the costumes are stunning.  This inspired me to add more details.

I used red paper but I wanted a deeper red and painted over it using Glimmer Glam paint.  I used the paint to paint my tulle also.

I dry embossed the the top.  I had to be careful to use a folder that had small details.  Otherwise, the pattern gets lost on a small piece of paper.

Next, I added some glitter on the embossed part.  Before I assembled all the pieces together, I took pieces of tulle and glued them to the skirt and trimmed the edges.  This piece has a tiny pieces like the eyes and mouth and the easiest way for me to handle them was by using the QuickStik.  I might have pulled out some hair otherwise!   :)

After assembling the pieces, I got my shadow pieces ready.  I cut chipboard with the blade at 6 and using the multi-cut.  I was so pleased it worked!  It was the first time I had used chipboard.  I cut the gold paper once and then another pieces using the flip feature so that back of the chipboard would be finished.

Lastly, I added a jewelry bail because I did not want to poke a hole in my lovely ballerina.

Use a glue that is made to be used with metal.


It's a little early but I hope your Christmas will be merry and bright :)

Cricut Expression

Shall We Dance Cricut Cartridge
Paper: Recollections and Bazille
Tattered Angels Smooches Glimmer Glam
Reflected Damask by Anna Griffin for Provocraft
Donna Salazar Fairy Dust Glitter  in Sugar Shimmer
Melissa Frances Tulle
Stampin' Up Watercolor Wonder Crayon in Pretty in Pink
Find-Its Small Jewelry Bail

If you missed any of the projects, here is the line up:

1~ Scrapalette at Around the Block with Scrapalette
2~ Angela at Angie's Paper Passion
3~ Colleen at Col's Creative Corner
4~ Theresa at Scraps by Gracie
5~ Beth at SeaSwan's Thoughts
6~ Laura at Cool Beans by L.B.
7~ Lori <----- You are here!

Thanks again for stopping by. 


  1. The tutu the color the everything. This looks great.

  2. WOW! This ballerina ornament is so amazing! You thought of everything right down to adding the tulle! Love the glitter and the bodice of her outfit is so pretty! Awesome job!! :)

  3. I agree with SherriB... WOW.. I never got the Shall we Dance cartridge, but your ornament might convince me to get it!! My daughter danced for 12 years and I used to get her ballerina ornaments when I saw a cute one!! Yours is totally CUTE!!! and I may need to case this idea. Thanks for sharing!!

  4. She is lovely and would be gorgeous on any tree!! TFS

  5. Wow, Lori, how elegant this is! That color of red is beautiful and I love the glitter and tulle. Reminds me of watching the Nutcracker at Christmas Time! You have a great eye for detail!

  6. Everything Sherri said and more! Your ornament simply...ROCKS!

  7. Nice use of that cartridge. I haven't used it yet, but I have a niece in dance. Thanks for the great project inspiration!

  8. Good for you, a real "GIRLY" ornament for you in a house full of men.

  9. Wow! I'd like to mimic what Angie said!! Totally made me think of the Nutcracker. Loooooove it! Stunning! TFS! :-)

  10. This is LOVELY and you have the patience of a SAINT! I can honestly say I won't even attempt this one. I don't have that much patience :) You did a great job.

  11. Very pretty! Love all the sparkle and the tutu is the perfect touch!

  12. Wowzers! What a pretty ballerina! Thanks for being in the hop!:)

  13. Gotta love glamour during the holidays and so many young dancers perform in the Nutcracker. Your ornament would be a treasured memory for my granddaughter, I know!

    Plan to attempt to make some on Monday! Many thanks for your great creativity!

  14. I love this! So pretty and so detailed!!!


  15. Your ballerina is gorgeous! Love all the glitter and glam. TFS

  16. Your ballerina is lovely! What a sweet ornament she will make. :)

  17. oh I just love her! I usually have at least one ballerina on my tree every year!

  18. Very feminine. Thanks for the tutorial as I may have to make one of these for my one and only granddaughter this year. TFS.

  19. So very pretty! I love all the glitter and great idea using the jewelry bail.

  20. This is very beautiful. My DD used to take Pointe classes. I think I will have to make one for her.

  21. Love her! Her costume is gorgeous! I love how you used a glittery paper for her effect!!

  22. Love your ballerina and a great tutorial. Thank you.

  23. She's lovely, elegant, and beautiful! I love the idea of using a jewelery bail. Her tutu and all of the color is perfection. Wonderful!

  24. So so beautiful! TFS


  25. Great ornament idea. I love all of the pretty details you added to her. TFS.


  26. Nice ornament Lori. Love all the detail and that you used the Shall We Dance cartridge. This will look great on your tree! TFS!


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