Saturday, November 24, 2012

So Shelli Creative Challenge

This month over at So Shelli the Creative Challenge is to share holiday table decoration projects.  Wahoo that's right up my alley!  She said we could do name cards, place settings, table decorations. . . whatever we want to share--just one project or an entire table ensemble.  Here's the deal, I wanted to participate, but I also wanted a second challenge and that was to use what I have.  Many times we think we have to go out and shop or make new, but that is not what I did.  I pulled from things I have made recently.  So scroll down to see what I pulled together for a festive Be of Good Cheer table design.

I started with seven sheets of paper for added color and interest.  I included a mix of First Edition and Be of Good Cheer.

For softness and even more texture I made a no fuss runner with the Scalloped Edged Tulle Ribbon, in all three colors of course.  (If you have it use it!)

I had a tree which I decorated with a collection of ornaments made using all Stampin' Up! products for the Santa Clara Scrapbook Expo.  I re-displayed the tree at my "Only Ornaments" class last month so in the spirit of "use what I have" I pulled them all off the tree and added them to the center of my table.

I based the tablescape with a pair of candle sticks and three Mason Jars to give me some levels.  On each of those I added one of my flower poofs.  (These flowers were made for the Pleasanton Scrapbook Expo).  I used lots of layers of the packing paper from a SU! order and First Edition DSP cut in the Big Shot with the Scallop Circle Bigz Die.  I then placed a few more at table level.  To fill the rest of the table I added my stash of Designer Rosette ornaments.  They add brilliant color, pattern, and dimension.

In each of the flower poofs I nested a Red Glimmer Paper bird cut from the Elegant Bird Bigz Die.  I only have eight of the birds, so in the empty nests I tucked the Felt Ornaments because the colors were a perfect match and again, if you have it use it!

My favorite touch to the table design is that inside the Mason jars I added a battery operated tealight along with a Greetings of the Season two-sided apothecary label.  A few more tealights in short glass holders add a pop of glow and glisten.  Come Christmas dinner I will use real candles in the holders as I have a love hate relationship with fake tealights.  There are times when they are necessary and times when they should be left out.

A gorgeous ornament simply placed at each place setting continues the decor and make for a festive party favor for everyone.  I posted this favor a few weeks back, here is the link to learn a bit more.

Happy Holiday planning and decorating from SeeingInkSpots.
Merry Christmas,


  1. Gorgeous! I love how everything you've been making comes together with yet more things to make a one-of-a-kind table runner and decorations. I love it all!!!

  2. Wow! Beautiful! I love the look. Wow! I must view again and again. Wow! ok, I really, really liked it.

  3. So very lovely (and creative)! Must try some of these ideas! Thank you for sharing.

  4. So festive, creative and delightful, Elizabeth!! I want to come to YOUR house for Christmas Dinner!! :-) No food needed, I'd just feast with my eyes!!

  5. Amazing! I hope you are one of Shelli's winners. You deserve it.

  6. Elizabeth, you so are AMAZING. I have to say that when I saw the first picture I thought "where is she going with this", but once I saw the final results I was floored with how wonderful it turned out.