Handmade Holiday Blog Hop

Holiday Greetings!
(a little early, but Holiday Greetings none-the-less)
Welcome to my contribution to the 

Calling all crafters! 
We’ve gathered designers from some of our favorite manufacturers to
 show you ways to create something from the heart this holiday season. 
This 3 day Hop includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner.
 Explore all of the thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could create for the holidays, 
all in one place, during our second annual Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!
To sweeten the Hop, we’re offering a gift for you!
 For every comment you leave on the blogs in the Hop, you’ll be entered to win 
a prize pack from one of the participating manufacturer sponsors! 
Use the Rafflecopter Widget on the Clearsnap blog to gain extra entries each day: http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
  Authentique Paper will be giving away FOUR of the 6x6 paper pad bundles of
Original, Festive, Lovely and Peaceful

I'm so very thrilled to have you visiting my blog today.  
I have been teasing my fellow Authentique Design Team gals
with a peek at the newest man in my life...now I get to show him 
off to the world!
 But before we get started...
**You should be arriving here from Suzanne Austin's Blog**
I have an entire list for today's hop at the bottom of this post.

Alrighty, are you ready to meet him?
I give you...Mr. Peaceful Snow

Mr. Snow is the most handsome snowman made from not much more than paper mache, 
 Authentique Paper's Peaceful Collection, bits of ribbon, trim and old buttons! 
 While cruising the Christmas Crafts aisle at Hobby Lobby, my search was
for items to construct the perfect snowman...he was sitting in my mind's eye just waiting to be born ;)
 I picked up a wine-bottle-style paper mache box (for the body) 
 and an elegantly shaped paper mache ornament (for the head and hat).
I removed the bottom finial from the ornament and ended up using the 
tip for the nose after painting it a bright pumpkin orange.
For the eyes I simply punched two small 1/4" circles and placed them on with foam dots.

I cut 3/4" strips from Peaceful's "Warmth" Paper and applied it to the
rounded part of the ornament with Mod Podge.  
**(be sure to overlap your pieces just a bit)**
Because of the sharp curves in certain places (see above), 
I found it best to fold the strips lengthwise before attaching.
After the Mod Podge was completely dry, I added a coating of 
crystal fine glitter to the paper.
His top hat was painted black with an acrylic paint and then edged
with a pretty black trim that I had in my stash.

Next, I took one full sheet of the Peaceful "Warmth" Paper and covered
the paper mache base. Because there was quite a large gap where the two 
ends of the paper didn't meet, I made a placket from Peaceful's "Chill" Paper
 This same paper also acted as the collar for the lid of the round box. 

 A pretty velvet rick rack trim edged both sides of the placket 
and the base of the collar.  
After attaching Mr. Snow's head to the base, I took a piece of
cream-colored chenille stem and glued it in place at the bottom of 
the head.  This helped to hide the uneven edges of the paper strips.

I must admit that coming up with an idea for the arms gave me quite a fit...
yes a FIT....... :)
I started out thinking sticks.  Way too spindly looking for Mr. Snow and his girth!  
I harkened back to the recent "napkin holder" that I made 
using Authentique's Thankful Collection
By taking a 4x4 square of the "Cozy" Paper, I created a cone and glued
into place.  You will want to make two of these of course.
Glitter before attaching to the body 
(Insert the pointed end just under the 'collar')
I used a 2.5" Styrofoam ball and cut it in half.  
After glittering, I tucked it into the opening of the cone.  
You will want to use a very thick craft glue for this especially.
(I use Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky Glue)

 To the center of his placket:  a beautiful cardstock sticker from the 
Peaceful Details 12x12 Sticker Sheet.
I added a few felt snowflakes with black button centers.

For the "snow" banner, I simply used a label tag punch and folded the
top around a length of baker's twine.  The alpha sticker letters can be found on 
the Peaceful Elements 12x8 Sticker Sheet
After tying bows at the ends of the baker twine, I pinned it to the 
styrofoam hands with large corsage-style straight pins.
 Now, admit it...he's just a doll, isn't he?
ahhh, I love my new Mr. Snow ♥
Thank you so much for letting me share my excitement for him with you!
I would like to also thank Authentique Paper for allowing me to
create with their beautiful papers and to all of the manufactures who have
so generously given in the spirit of all things handmade.
If you have any questions about this project, please feel free to email me:

Enjoy...and may you have a beautiful handmade holiday!

Order of today's blog hop:
 Clearsnap – http://clearsnap.blogspot.com
Hampton Art - http://blog.hamptonart.com/
Graphic45 – http://g45papers.typepad.com/
Fiskateers - www.fiskateers.com/blog
Donna Salazar Designs – http://donnasalazar.typepad.com/
Tombow USA – http://blog.tombowusa.com/
Authentique Paper http://authentiquepaper.blogspot.com/
The Twinery - http://www.thetwineryblog.com/
Eileen Hull for Sizzix http://eileenhull.blogspot.com/
Globecraft Memories – http://globecraftmemories.blogspot.com
Diana Gonzalez – Clearsnap – http:// www.arteypoemas.com
Monika Wright – The Twinery - http://www.iloveitallwithmonikawright.com/
Gretchen McElveen - Hampton Art - http://gretchenmac.blogspot.com/
Megan Aaron – Clearsnap-  http://thoughtsoftraveling.blogspot.com/
Tania Willis – Fiskateers- http://throughtrialsiambeingpurified.blogspot.com/
Gloria Stengel – Graphic 45 - http://www.gloriascraps.blogspot.com/
Suzanne Austin – Clearsnap - http://whatsinalousyananut.blogspot.com/
Shellye McDaniel – Authentique Paper - http://paperedcottage.blogspot.com/
Natasha Naranjo Aguirre – Donna Salazar Designs -  http://www.moments-of-tranquility.com
Jen Carter – The Twinery - http://jensinkspot.blogspot.com/
Laura Denison – Graphic 45 - www.lauradenisondesigns.com
Candy Spiegel – Globecraft Memories - http://candyspiegel.wordpress.com
  1. what a brilliant project - your snowman is just so much fun and would make a great centrepiece -thanks for sharing.

  2. WOW - your new man looks fabulous!!!
    Thank you for sharing how to make him :)

  3. Mr Peaceful Snow is pretty fabulous!! Awesome project Shellye!!

  4. Nice to meet you Mr. Peaceful Snow! He really is handsome! And so creative! I love the twine hands!

  5. Oh how cute, I never would have guessed the items you altered to make him.

  6. What is there to say about this project but..WOW oh WOW! Stunning!

  7. OH WOW!! I just love it. I could write all of this comment in caps, but I don't want to sound all angry. Simply beautiful and very unique. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Absolutely amazing...so creative!!

  9. Another snowman for my collection! Love it!

  10. This would make a cute centerpiece or fireplace decoration. :)

  11. Oh my gosh Shellye, your snowman is adorable. I love that when you look at him he sparkles from the glitter like fresh snow does. I have to try to make him. I love the paper you used from Authentique...it is one of my favorite lines this season.

  12. He looks like you had a grand time bringing him to life. Thank you for sharing.

  13. The snowman is sooooooooo adorable.

  14. Very cute. Thanks for sharing.

  15. Oh my goodness!!!! Amazing snowman, I love all your details! You go girl!!

  16. How cute he is! Thanks for sharing.

  17. lol yes, mr. snow is definitely a cutie! :)

  18. Oh my, I love this! What an adorable snowman, thanks for sharing him.

  19. Stinkin' adorable! I have a big ol' grin all over my face! So cute!

  20. I love your snowman! Very clever and unique.

  21. Amazing, very adorable project - thanks for sharing!

  22. LOVE the snowman---
    He's my favorite project today!

  23. WOW! What a super awesome snowman!! You're so creative!!!!!! You really rock!

  24. one word = "A D O R A B L E". Thanks so much for sharing this fellow - just when you think you've seen every snowman project - then there's something like this. Inspires me to stretch my creative muscles (and makes me a little jealous that I can't come up with stuff like this - lol!) - thanks again!

  25. Wow, just wow!!! That is the coolest snowman. Thank you so much for sharing him.

  26. What a sweet adorable snowman you have created just so cute. Thanks for sharing him.

  27. Oh my gosh - fabulous!! I absolutely LOVE this!! Thanks so much for the inspiration :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  28. WOW! He is super awesome! Great job!

  29. Clever, clever, clever. What a sweet face he has.

  30. He is amazing! A very handsome snowman to be sure. Thank you.

  31. ..Mr Snowman has a look of trouble in his eye.. LOL Just so darned cute.. thanks for the idea..

  32. Very fun project! Love the snowman!

  33. I have a soft spot for snowmen... *sigh*

  34. Adorable snowman. Wonderful project.

  35. All I can say is wow! I love the fantastic snowman!

  36. What an adorable snowman! Great idea.

  37. this is one of the most adorable snowmen I have ever seen. what a great project. and a beautiful tabletopper / centerpeice. thank you for the inspiration.

  38. Mr. Snow is just adorable! I am amazed at all of the bits and pieces you used to put him together. Thanks for sharing your talent with us.

  39. Congrats on the new man in your life. May your relationship be a long and happy one!

  40. Thank You for introducing us to your new man. He is adorable!

  41. Oh my goodness ~ what a handsome man you have in your life! LOVE this snowman ~ wow is the word that comes to mind to express how great he looks. Thanks for your inspiration and sharing ~

  42. I want to make this... it is too cool..

  43. OMG !!! snowmen are my favorite decoration for Christmas and Winter. This one is especially adorable !

  44. Sweet! I can't believe how adorable this snowman is. /going to copy the how-to and give it a whirl... tfs!

  45. Your snowman is really cute and is great for winter home decor. TFS!

  46. OMG, I laughed when I saw the first pic of Mr. Peaceful Snow! He is just too precious for words. You did a great job, and now I have to make me one!

  47. Now that has to be the cutest snowman! He made me smile :)

  48. What a fun snowman! Thanks for sharing!

    Fiskateer Jean#8889 AKA giveawayjean

  49. I do like your new man - he's one cute guy....very creative...good job.

  50. What a awesome project! he is so cute! Thanks for sharing how to create him!!

  51. I can't wait to try this - running out for some special papers now!

  52. You had some creative juices flowing that day!!! Very well done!

  53. smooch* very adorable snowman... <3 <3 <3

  54. I'm simply in love with your amazing mr. Snowman! Sooo beautiful!

  55. Can a snowman look regal? Yep! He's adorable!

  56. He is so cute! Right down, or up, to his cute little Fiskars Orange nose!

  57. Beautiful project! Thanks for the inspiring ideas!

    Carol B

  58. OMG too cute your snowman is AMAZING !!!

  59. Mr. Snowman looks fabulous and I love how he's made out of so many different shapes and forms. ATAhe paper just makes him look fabulous. Great job

  60. Everything has been so beautiful!!

  61. SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!!!!!!!!! This could not be cuter, or more amazing. You should sell these.. I would totally buy one!

  62. He is sooo cute! What a fabulous decoration!

  63. He is just too cute! I LOVE how you pulled all those different elements together! the effect is just fantastic!

  64. What an adorable snowman Shellye! I LOVE the papers you used! Authentique has such gorgeous papers! Thanks for sharing :)

  65. This is just too cute! Excellent job, love your thinking out of the box, you Rock!!!

  66. AMAZING....I love Mr. Peaceful Snowman. TFS

  67. O M G he is the cutest! I love how you put him together so creatively.

  68. Nice hat! Beautiful project. Hugs, Susie.

  69. I love Mr Peaceful Snow!! How cute!

  70. Wow! I love all the little details that went into creating this cute little guy! What a super cute idea!

  71. What a fine looking fella! What a cute idea, thanks for sharing.

  72. this is aimply amazing love it thanks
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  73. This is an amazing snowman, just amazing. Thank you so much for sharing.


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