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Welcome to the Handmade Holidays Blog Hop!


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 (That started Friday!) includes over 60 stops with inspiration brimming from every corner. Explore all thoughtful and frugal handmade gifts you could make for the holidays, all in one place on this Hop! You MUST check them out! There is some crazy talent out there!

For my project, I decided to make a decorative gift! How fun is this?! Great for a centerpiece! I know it’s a bit ‘busy’ and over the top, but it matches some of my decor and I wanted it to be ‘fun’!


Fun, right?!





Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro PermaTac cartridge

Glue Arts PermaTac Mounting Squares

Glue Arts Foam Adhesive

Glue Arts hot glue and hot glue gun

Score board to create boxes

20 gauge jewelry wire

Imaginisce Santa’s Little Helper die cuts

Imaginise Santa’s Little Helper Paper

Basic buttons from October Afternoon

DCWV striped holiday paper

The Twinery twine

Wire cutters

Paper trimmer




I started off with the idea of stacked presents and built a base. I trimmed and scored my paper to create a box for the bottom. I cut a hole it in with a craft knife and used a dowel rod with some hot glue and stuck it through liek so.. this creates an even more stable base (it would be stable with glue alone, but I wanted it extra secure!)


Then I created a 6″ round box and a 4×4 square box. Again, poke holes and use a dab of hto glue to secure in place. After that I created a ribbon trim for the square and round boxes. I then added a 3D box created from an SVG file from My Grafico. Once I had the base created, I started adhering the Imaginisce die cuts! So many fun die cuts to choose from! Use 3D Glue Arts adhesive foam and some jewelry wire to make things ‘pop’.

I hope this little project inspires you to create a fun decoration for yourself, or as a gift!

Now.. to the goodies!


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! As for what you could win from my blog, A great prize pack from GLUE ARTS! You could win an  Embellishment Kit plus a PRO Handle and a new PRO+ Perma Tac Cartridge. (est. retail value is $45!)



Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 7, 2011 at 11:59 PM PST.

Clearsnap –
Hampton Art –
Zutter –
Graphic45 –
Donna Salazar Designs –
The Twinery –
Authentique Paper
Glue Arts –
Sabrina Alery – Clearsnap
Laura Denison – Graphic 45
Karen Taylor – Donna Salazar Designs –
Beverly Sizemore – Hampton Art
Kazan Clark  – Spellbinders
Janeen Shember – Authentique Paper
Charlotte Jenkins – Clearsnap
Grace Hester – The Twinery
Nicole Eccles – Graphic45
Audrey Pettit – Donna Salazar Designs –
Nan Paturzo – Zutter
Jeannie DeGruccio – Authentique Paper
Tamara Tripodi – Glue Arts <—– YOU ARE HERE!!!
Julie Ranae Murray- The Twinery

Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season! If you liked my project, please follow my blog (on my sidebar!) and ‘like’ me on my FACEBOOK PAGE

Happy Hopping!


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  1. Thienly says:

    I wanted to be the first one to comment! LOL! I LOVE your project – it’s super cute! Love all the elements that you’ve added, and the paper is stinkin’ adorable! Love the busy-ness! Amazing how you can combine so much die-cuts together and make it awesome! You rock Tamara :) I’m so happy I finally got a dose of your craftiness. It’s been too long!

  2. Such a super cute project!!

  3. Leslie Kiley says:

    I am really impressed that there are always such great NEW ideas out here! This blog hop is so much fun! Love all the inspiration and great projects I am seeing!

  4. Melissa*H says:

    Soooo Cute!! My favorite project on the hop!!! Really brings to life all the joy of Christmas!!

  5. Dawn B. says:

    What a super cute project! Love it!!!! Whew! What a hop! Thanks to everyone for a chance to win some really great products!!!

  6. Diana Caho says:

    This has been a very creative hop. I enjoy these types of project filled hops. Thank you so much for sharing. G45 & Clearsnap sent me. Good luck everyone.

  7. Cindee says:

    What a cute project! I am loving the Imaginisce die cuts and how you coordinated everything so beautifully. Can’t wait to see what is in store next!

  8. MereteN says:

    What a great project. I love it.

  9. Marilize says:

    Oh my goodness – waht a fun, cheerful and pretty project. Love it :) TFS

    This hop was an absolute treat.

  10. This has been such a FABULOUS hop! Thanks for sharing your darling project-if this isn’t the cutest, I don’t know what is… :-) !!!!! and for the chance to win! kmassmanATgmailDOTcom

  11. Angelika says:

    W9ooow beautiful project. Love it. Thanks for sharing.

  12. heaney says:

    ooh…so darn cute…!! I love how the santa socks sticking out from the centrepiece….so cute!

  13. Jan Hennings says:

    This is just adorable :)

  14. jessica says:

    What an awesome project! You are so full of inspiration!

  15. Linda M. says:

    Darling as always!

  16. Mary Werner says:

    What a cute project! Thanks, Mary Werner

  17. Kathy says:

    I am having so much fun on this blog hop with all the great idea!

  18. Nina says:

    love the project, thanks for the chance to win.

  19. Christine Dring says:

    What a super cute project! Thanks for sharing!

  20. Cassie K says:

    what a great decor project

  21. Absolutely adorable!!

  22. Jeannette aka Jnett says:

    Wow that is so clever and cute!

  23. Jen W says:

    This is a great centerpiece – it would look terrific on any holiday table!

  24. Robin Gibbons says:

    Wow, what a cute project!

  25. lainey says:

    Oh that is too cute! This has been such a fun blog hop!

  26. Wow love this tutorial thanks for sharing it. Makes me think I can actually do this one.
    debbie_craine at hot mail dot com

  27. KellyG says:

    So fun, love that!!

  28. Anita Ocampo says:

    Ooooh this looks like “springy” fun!!

  29. bethann d says:

    wow, bright and happy. makes a great centerpiece

  30. jpscraps says:

    Super cute and fun!!

  31. Carol E Brooker says:

    Wow! What a wonderful centerpiece, it’s so cute. Thank you for sharing it.

  32. Kathy Miller says:

    What a fun project. Love it!

  33. This is CRAZY fun for the Holidays!!! ;~)

  34. Laurie Mince says:

    That is just cute, don’t think it is too busy!

  35. Janelle Rourke says:

    Too cute project! Just staring at it makes you smile and then the thoughts start of what else you could compliment it with! I bet it was hard not to keep going! Thanks for sharing!

  36. Shari says:

    What an adorable project…such a cute cute home decor piece. Thanks for sharing :)

  37. Janet B says:

    This is such a cute project–I love that it’s 3D.

  38. vvivian cole says:

    This is a wonderful project. I have just started to scrapbooking and projects like this. Thank goodness for friends who are already involved. They share all of their things with me. I just hope my project will look half as good as the one posted! Thank You for the wonderful idea!

  39. Loris says:

    What a cute project!

  40. Kim says:

    You project was soooooo CUTE. I loved it. Thank you for sharing your talent with us and I have really enjoyed this hop.


  41. OMG! SUPER CUTE!! What a fun idea! This Hop has ben outstanding!

  42. debb says:

    Super cute! – what a lot of fun!

  43. sheena berry says:

    What a cute project. just beautiful

  44. Marcia D says:

    WOW! This is amazing!

  45. Maryann says:

    What a fun project. I´m sure any kids woouldn´t find it too busy at all ha ha ha. I love the idea, that it´s fun too, as we don´t laways have onlyy to be so serious right? And you´ve done such an awesome job on this amazing creation here. I love it.

  46. Lisa P says:

    How super cute! I love the multidimensional look of this. Awesome decor.

  47. I LOVE THIS! This is absolutely AMAZING! I love how fun and whimsical your table topper is. Thank you so much sharing this adorable piece.

  48. Anji78 says:

    So beautiful!

  49. sweet, love the colours of the papers you used, awesome project tfs and a chance to win, I am following you now and would love it if you visited my blog tooo :)

  50. Linda H. says:

    This is a great project idea. Love it!

  51. Beth D says:

    I think this project is amazing. Definitely over the top and definitely me.

  52. Heidi Muska says:

    very cool idea!!! holiday hoppin….

  53. mimihp says:

    Love the Blog hop idea! I am getting so many ideas! Love the Christmas gift pile! Thanks for the visuals! Mi

  54. Rhonda Miller says:

    Wow, this is a fantastic table decoration. TFS.

  55. Tiana T says:

    awesome project, is the jewerly wire pretty easy to twist??

  56. Melodie says:

    Wow this is super cute!! I do believe I wi scrap lift but with a gingerbread theme! Love it!

  57. Anne Ayers says:

    This project ROCKS!!! LOVE IT!!

  58. Gail says:

    omgosh i’m in awe!!! grands would love this…what an amazing project..tfs..loves ya

  59. Lisa R. says:

    Welcome to GlueArts, love your centerpiece, thanks for sharing!

  60. Jenn says:

    OMG!!!! Just when I think I’ve seen all of our talent, you surprise me again!!! LOVE LOVE LOVE IT!!! The colors are cute :)

  61. This is just TO precious! I love it. I am going to have to give this a go and hope that it will come out as cute as yours did. Thank you so much for sharing!

  62. kara says:

    This is so super cute! I love the bits dangling on wires :)

  63. Cheryl says:

    Adorable!!! You are one talented lady!!Thanks for having this hop.

  64. Denice Mullin says:

    So very cute. Lovin the hop.

  65. Eniko says:

    Love 3-D! Holiday inspiration Galore! Thank you!

  66. Girl this is amazing!
    I just love this project. It is as cute as can be.
    Thank you for sharing with us all

  67. France says:

    Thank for the tutorial and sharing your project. Nice centerpiece. You did a great job. France

  68. Noreen says:

    This is a fun centerpiece idea, and great for the kids!

  69. What a fun project! You can’t help but smile as you see all the little trims and characters hanging out and around it. Thank you for sharing this happy idea! :)

  70. Mary Matthys says:

    Super cute!!!

  71. Ah, here it is! I saw it on the GA blog, and just fell in love, so cute and so fun!

  72. Eileen Doane says:

    I think this is wonderful!!! I just love it!! happy hopping everyone!!!

  73. Oh my goodness. Any child (from 2 to 92) would LOVE getting a sweet treat tower like this at the holidays!

  74. Jennifer Mulkey says:

    So very cute :) I would love to see something like this on my Christmas table! Thank you!

  75. KimMJ says:

    Love your centerpiece! It is just too cute. TFS

  76. Denise Foor says:

    Love this centerpiece! So sweet.

  77. rush says:

    wonderful project. thank you for sharing.

  78. It most certainly is ‘fun’ – very festive indeed.

  79. littlen says:

    what a fun project. i can see all the little ones loving this. tfs.
    littlen44 at gmail dot com

  80. Maggie w. says:

    What a great blog hop!

  81. Mary says:

    Too cute!!!!!

  82. Denise Parcells says:

    Love this idea…looks a lot simpler when explained, lol! I wasn’t sure how it was made at first, very cute idea. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win!

  83. Miriam Prantner says:

    This is just such a cute centerpiece! Love the arched wire with the stockings!

  84. Emily says:

    So cute. It will certainly make a cheerful decoration.

  85. Julie Shearer says:

    Too cute. I love it.

  86. Sheila Bacon says:

    Cute..definitely will get people into the holiday spirit.

  87. What an absolutely adorable project. Love it…..

  88. Ginny Ogg says:

    What a cute decoration. It would be a lovely centerpiece. Much nice than a store bought one. Thanks for the great blog hop.

  89. Lacey says:

    this is so cute

  90. cindy barriga says:

    So cute.

  91. Sandra ltb says:

    Very fun!
    Sandra ltb

  92. Kim H says:

    Love the centerpeice. I dont think it is too busy. It reminds me of an elf workshop, with all the colors and pieces on wires. It has a fun and holiday feel. Thank you for sharing it.

  93. Fleur Smith says:

    Adorable, so cute love it!

  94. Carla says:

    I love your centerpiece it’s adorable. I love love love all the details you added. Thanks so much for sharing. or
    racincrafts at aim dot com

  95. Donna O'Neil says:

    What a great project.

  96. Roxie Griffith says:

    Wow, what a cute project.

  97. Keely Carignan says:

    I think your project is so cute and I don’t think there are too many elements, I think it’s perfect:)

  98. Peggy Snodgrass says:

    WOW! what a terrific project.

  99. I don’t think your project is over the top….too much. I love it!

  100. Becky D says:

    Wow Tamara – this is fabulous! How fun this would as a centerpiece. Thanks for the instructions on how you did this. I keep going back to the picture – it has so many elements :) I am already a follower of your sweet blog. Don’t spend much time on FB these days – too busy blog hopping.

  101. Julie Shearer says:

    I came back to say ” Welcome to Glue Arts Design Team “. You will see my name alot …lol It has been a great hop. TFS

  102. karenladd says:

    This centerpiece is adorable! It reminds me of the display they have at the mall every Christmas for Santa’s workshop!!

  103. Emily Keaton says:

    Thanks for the fabulous gift idea. This is terrific!!

  104. Steven says:

    such a fun way to get new ideas and discover new products

  105. Peggy Allen says:

    Adorable project.

  106. Chris R says:

    This is so CUTE! Love the fun and whimsy look to it. Great project. Thanks for sharing. Congrats on being part of the Glue Arts Design Team!

  107. Kristina says:

    Cute project! :-)
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  108. Stacy Caddy says:

    Great hop and congrats on you design team assignment….. Cute project…

  109. Sherian Dixon says:

    Your centerpiece is so darn cute!

  110. LinhC says:

    Super cute idea! Would be great decoration for a buffet.

  111. Colleen says:

    I love this idea for a table center piece!!

  112. Kim says:

    I have not seen a more colorful and delightful centerpiece in my life! This is fantastic, and just what every person who is a child in their heart needs! I am so glad I took part in this blog hop so I could see all these ideas for the holidays. Thank you for your creativity and for sharing it with us!

  113. Debbie Eslinger says:

    Love this decoration, it is so whimiscal thanks for this idea I would never have thought that you could do this

  114. Trisha says:

    This is just the cutest centerpiece ever. I always love your projects because they are bright, sunny and fun. This one is very innovations. Thanks for sharing and I am a follower. patnbobcuddy at gmail dot com

  115. Stephanie U says:

    What a neat idea!

  116. loren says:

    I just love all the detail you used to make that table top decoration. I just love it!

  117. Maggy Tronche says:

    Hi!! Only I can say soo beautiful and cute project! Love itttttt! Thanks a lot for sharing!!! Hugs.. Maggy :)

  118. really great work! i was looking at your halloween decor too, very adorable! tfs

  119. RachelB says:

    So cute!

  120. Lagene says:

    Love your table topper!

  121. Misty B. says:

    And what a decorative gift it is! So beautiful.

  122. Ivy says:

    This so so cute! can’t wait to start working on my Christmas day buffet table decoration! thanks for the ideas and info!

  123. Michelle K says:

    really cute!

  124. Anita Braddock says:

    so very cute love the colors and the papers that you used thanks for sharing and for the chsnce to win

  125. glenda b. says:

    super cute idea! luvin the blog hop !!

  126. Tammy Luiz says:

    Unique project! TFS Great blog candy, too :)

  127. Fabulous project! love everything about it :)

  128. Pam Fairchild says:

    This is a very creative project, just love it.

  129. Gerriann says:

    love the paper bow on this project. Thanks for the inspiration!

  130. Cassi says:

    Such a fun decoration!

  131. Tess says:

    Hippity Hop… Nice stuff! :-)

  132. Cheryl says:

    This is just the greatest project! Love everything about it!

  133. Sharka Leigh says:

    Love that this is made with one of my fav paper lines and this is just so cute, colourful, cheerful, happy, jolly and I could keep going… thank you for sharing one of your wonderful creations with all of us on the last day of this awesome hop!

  134. DisneyLisa says:

    Very fun and colorful. My nieces would love it.

  135. Denise Bryant says:

    Very fun indeed! Lots of great details! Love the cheerful colors too.

  136. Paula M. says:

    What an awesome project, it is just too cool! Thanks for the beautiful and wonderful inspiration!

  137. Colleen says:

    So very cute

  138. Johnna Moore says:

    This blog hop has been so much fun, it was a great idea, can’t wait until my name gets picked Hahaha

  139. Michelle Reaves says:

    This is adorable! So bright and cheery!

  140. Deb F. says:

    Very cute. TFS

  141. carriep says:

    what a fun centerpiece idea~

  142. Arlen says:

    What a cute decoration!

  143. Vail says:

    This project is super cute and fun. TFS.

  144. Monica says:

    Very cute!

  145. Elizabeth says:

    such a fun centerpiece! I like it a lot. TFS

  146. Janet L. says:


  147. Cindy M. says:

    I Love this SO much! This really gets me in the Christmas Mood. Thanks for Sharing! :0)

  148. Sharon says:

    I love your project! I loved it when I saw it on the Glue Arts site; and, couldn’t wait to see it, on your site! It figures that they put you near the end! lol However, thank you for sharing! #Bear Luv and Bear Hugz!

  149. Penny says:

    This is so darn cute. TFS.

  150. Therese says:

    This is totally fun!!! I just love how the stockings are dangling off of the gifts. Thanks for sharing your fun ideas!

  151. Cindy Lou says:

    This is phenomenal! What a lot of time and talent putting this together, AND a lot of GLUE lol. Great job, you are an inspiration to all. Thanks for sharing your time and talent with us!

  152. NanaBeth says:

    It’s adorable and would brighten up my whole house.Thank you sharing such a fun and happy project with us.

  153. Cheryl W says:

    Your centerpiece is wonderful! It epitomizes “Merry Christmas.” Love it.

  154. Marla H. says:

    What a cute decoration!!

  155. Deb D says:

    Looks like you put a lot of effort and planning into this project. Thanks so much for sharing.

  156. Stacy S says:

    Your displays are fantastic! There’s so much going on and so much to look at, which makes for a great centerpiece!

  157. Clare G. says:

    This is so bright and cheerful, I love the design and fun details and embellishments.

  158. Beth Walker says:

    I love it! So cute! This looks like so much fun to make. I’m definitely saving these directions for a project.

  159. Tracy says:

    What a fun idea! It made me smile to see your cute design. Thanks for sharing!

  160. Susie says:

    What a fun and cheerful project

  161. Susan says:

    This centerpiece is absolutely the cutest! You were very inspired when you decided to create this. Love that paper and all the special touches you’ve added.

  162. Paulette S says:

    Yes, over the top in cuteness! So cute and fun for your table.

  163. Jen says:

    Hopping along on the hop.

  164. Terri Gilger says:

    what a fun project. Thank you

  165. This is so very cute4! Thanks so much for the great ideas and participating in this awesome hop!

  166. jeannie says:

    Oh, this is SOOOO cute! Thanks for great instructions, too!

  167. Joyce Prado says:

    Love this project.

  168. Sharon says:

    What a fun project. Thanks for sharing.

  169. carisa says:


  170. Myoriah says:

    I didn’t think it was too busy. I love all the details and using the wire really adds to the whimsical feel of it. Can’t wait to see what other decorations you will come up with for the holidays.

  171. Melita says:

    super, super cute! i think this is one of my favorites on the hop so far!

  172. beatrice lawson says:

    Loved all the details – lovely!

  173. THANKS For sharing all of the AWESOME INSPIRATION this weekend on the Blog Hop!! I have LOVED it all!!
    THANKS for the chances to win and have a FABULOUS WEEK!! =)

  174. Cherri Simon says:

    Such a joyful centerplace. Makes me want to say “ho ho ho”. Thanks for sharing with us and for the chance to win.

  175. Such a cute center piece. Clever. This has been a very inspiration blog hop.

  176. Susan McMenamin says:

    You did a fantastic job creating and inspiring!

  177. Tania S. says:

    Such an adorable centerpiece. Thanks for sharing.

  178. neesey says:

    Your centerpiece is too cute. Looks like a lobor of love. TFS

  179. Misha says:

    This project is so much fun and so darn cute. LOVE IT. Thanks for sharing


  180. Ciacchina says:

    questo progetto è delizioso! complimenti

  181. Amanda Parham-Hall says:

    It’s soooo cute! Luv your creative style! I knew this was yours when I saw the pic on FB b4 I saw your name~lol! I’m a loyal FB Fan! Thanks~prhmangel at gmail dot com

  182. Brandie says:

    So stinkin cute!

  183. Ro says:

    I am so happy a lot of the christmas lines include that turquoise color. I love this! The colors are so pretty and the die cuts are so, so cute!

  184. Sue D says:

    This is adorable!!

  185. kay mcbride says:

    your project is really adorable. i love your enthusiam and creativity.

  186. Kyria says:

    Thanks for being in the blog hop!

  187. Kristi says:

    another great idea!

  188. Karen says:

    Love this project!! This has been a great hop!!

  189. JessicaL says:

    This is so cute! You never cease to amaze me. It is so not over the top either, it’s perfect! So fun and playful.

  190. Jennifer says:

    So very cute!!

  191. kacee says:

    oh how sweet is your project- just adorable!

  192. cathy d says:

    what an amazing centerpiece!!! I would love to have this on my table, it is so fum. I love the papers. Great job.

  193. TracyM #6773 says:

    WOW – super cute centrepiece!!!

    Thank you for being part of the Homemade Holidays Blog Hop – I am loving all the crafty inspiration!!!

  194. kathy says:

    A very awesome project! Great job!

  195. Roxy says:

    I love your project!! How cute with the little bouncing critters :)

  196. Marcia says:

    Very cute! Very festive!

  197. Bashful says:

    Nice Project! Thanks!

  198. Miranda G says:

    Cute project.

  199. Ange says:

    SO cute and fun! I love this line!!

  200. Amy Williams says:

    Super cute idea! Thanks for sharing!

  201. Becky Palmer says:

    super cute! Love the holiday blog hop!

  202. Luanne Pang says:

    that is super super cute!!! I want to try making something like that my son will definitely love it.

  203. Nancy N says:

    Wow! You are the Queen!!

  204. Karen Wedding says:

    Wow! Such talent. I love your centerpiece. I love all your projects. Great job!

  205. Carolyn King says:

    ADORABLE! Love it!

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