Welcome to Day 7 of our Holiday Blitz event!  Today my sister Sophia is going to share with you a quick tutorial on a really neat way of creating the look of sparkly icicles on your projects – I absolutely love them! Oh, and just in case you’re wondering regarding her reference to "Ange" – that’s me – that’s one of my nicknames *lol*.  At the end of the tutorial I’ll be sharing my answer to yesterday’s question, announcing the winner from Holiday Blitz Day 6, and posting the question of the day.

Wow, Ange has really been on roll with some amazing projects!  I thought I would add a little contribution of my own.  A little while ago a friend aquainted me with a technique for making icicles.  Apparantly it was shown at a Stampin’ Up! Regional event a few years ago.  I thought I would do the tutorial for it because it was just so cool.  These icicles would look amazing on either cards, tags or gift items.  to view the card up-close, simply click on image.


Step 1:  Lay some wax paper out.  Take your crystal effects, make sure the nozzle is clear, and have your Dazzling Diamonds glitter open and ready.

 Step 2:  Next with your crystal effects, draw a line as long as you would like your icicle to be.  go over the same line one more time to thicken it.  Next, carefully squeeze out some more Crystal Effects to create the "icicle" pieces, and attach them to the line of Crystal Effects.  Make sure you vary the length of the icicles between short and long.

Step 3:  Sprinkle your Dazzling Diamonds glitter over your icicle while it is still wet.  Let it dry.  Don’t remove the extra glitter from on top until your icicle is completely dry.  This will help prevent your "icicles" from running.

Step 4:  Once your icicle is dry ( approx. 1hr )  you can gently peel it off the wax paper.  To adhere it to your chosen surface, simply lay down a thin line of crystal effects and gently press the icicle into the glue.

Supplies – all supplies are Stampin’ Up!

Stamps:  Big on Christmas
Paper:  Riding Hood Red, Shimmer White, Ski Slope DP, Bashful Blue
Ink:  Staz-On Black, Chocolate Chip, Caramel, Baja Breeze, whisper white
Accessories:  Crystal effects, Dazzling Diamonds, Watercolor crayons ( SU ), Top Notes die, Silver cord from Mini Catalogue, Rose Red ultrafine glitter, pop-up.

The main image is from the stamp set Big on Christmas. I stamped it in Black Staz-On unto the Whisper White CS.  I stamped the snow man head a second time on a scrap and cut it out.  The image was colored with Watercolor crayons, and the head was popped up using Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Chocolate Chip was sponged onto the red CS pieces, and Caramel and Baja Breeze were sponged on the shimmer white CS.


Thanks so much Soph for this awesome tutorial! 

Yesterday’s question asked what you were most thankful for.  I guess that was a pretty easy question as I would say that pretty much the majority of you listed family, friends, health.  When I sit back and reflect on what I am most thankful for I would definately say the same.  I am thankful for my wonderful husband – we’ll be celebrating 14 years of an incredibly happy marriage in May. I am thankful for my children – for the joy and laughter (and a few headaches too *lol*) that they bring into our life.  I am thankful for my brother-in-law who is serving in Afghanistan – and for other soldiers – men and women – who are placing their lives on the line each and every day –  for us and for our freedom. I am thankful for my sister – who is my best friend – and who has been with me through thick and thin….I am thankful for my parents, and my in-laws, my grandparents….I could go on and on…. I am also thankful for YOU all – my blog readers.  I thank you for your support, for your concern during the difficult times, and for your words of appreciation & encouragement – reading your comments always brings a smile to my face!




And now……drumroll please……the winner of yesterday’s draw for the pdf tutorial of the Christmas Planner tin is Joan Hajek!  Congratulations Joan!  In order to draw my winners I use the website www.random.org so that the winner is randomly drawn.  Joan, please email me at [email protected] in order to claim your prize!

Tomorrow is that last day I’ll be drawing for the tutorial for this tin, and then the day after I’ll start another round of give-aways unitl the end of the month with another tutorial I created.  Which tutorial you ask?  You’ll just have to come back tomorrow to check it out :o)  The Christmas Planner Tin tutorial includes a supply list, dimensions and over 40 step-by-step color photos on how to make this project. For more details about the Holiday Blitz Event click here.

A lot of you have been emailing me and asking me if you could purchase the tutorial for this planner tin since I am unable to give it away free (because it was a special Make and Take for a paid event)  The answer is yes! You can purchase the tutorial by clicking HERE.

Today’s question:  Think of one way you can reach out and bless someone’s life this Christmas season and please share it with us all.  The reason I am asking is that I am looking for ideas and ways to help my children learn to reach out and bless others less fortunate.

Just so we’re all on the same page – the winner of today’s draw will be announced tomorrow evening (EST) when I post Holiday Blitz Day 7.  You can expect our daily posts to be released in the EVENING (EST).