DID YOU HAPPEN TO SEE THE photo Christmas Tree ornament on Stampin’ Up!’s home page on December 19th?  It was made by Cindy Schuster, one of this year’s Artisan Award winners.  

Ornaments on tree

I love photo ornaments and have been thinking of making some for my children and grandchildren but I just haven’t been fully inspired—-until seeing Cindy’s ornament.  So, Thursday afternoon, after Stampin’ at the Library with my friends, I came home and made 7 ornaments in just a few hours.  Now I have to find photos to put inside.

Ornament 2 closeup



  • STAMP SETS: A Banner Christmas, Memorable Moments
  • CARD STOCK:  Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Season of Style Designer Series Paper (various patterns, 5″ x 10″, folded at 5″, Red Glimmer Paper
  • INK: Old Olive, Early Espresso
  • TOOLS:  Big Shot, Circles Collection Framelit Dies, Little Leaves Sizzlet, Owl Punch (tiny circles), Dimensionals, Tombow Multi Liquid Glue, Paper Snips, Sticky Tape, Paper Piercing Tool
  • ACCESSORIES:  Soft Suede 3/8″ Stretch Ruffle Trim, Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine, Glimmer Brads, Always Artichoke 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon–retired (sorry, I am out of 1/8″ Old Olive Tafetta Ribbon)


  • Cut Designer Series Paper to 5″ x 10″ and fold at 5″. 

5 x 10 DSP + die cut

  • Open DSP to die cut the second to larger plain circle (not counting the scalloped circle) in one half of the piece of paper.
  • Place brads about 5/8″ from upper right corners.  Cut a 5/8″ square and set it in the corner, marking point with pencil.

  • Poke through ribbon with Paper Piercing Tool before placing ribbon between brad and paper.
  • Punch ‘berries’ using smallest circles in the Owl Punch and Red Glimmer Paper.  Secure with tiny dots of Tombow Adhesive.
  • Position ‘2013’ on a clear block (if you’re using the clear mount stamps!).  Line them up with the grid clings that are designed for each block.

2013 front

2013 back

  • Secure 2013 piece (3-3/4″ wide) with 3 Dimensionals placed barely above Soft Suede Stretch Ruffle trim so they aren’t in the space for the photo.  If you do get one in that space, just cover the sticky part with a scrap of paper.
  • Secure the “Holly Jolly” piece with half Dimensionals.
  • Cut a template with the large circle Framelit for trimming your photo of choice.
  • Place Sticky Strip along the bottom edge and a 2″ piece on each side and remove the protective layer after the photo has been positioned
  • Add protective covering over the brads on back side of ornament as desired.  My little punched pieces (largest circles on Owl Punch) are a tad small and I will be improving them.

Ornament back

More samples:

Ornament 3 closeup

Ornament 4 closeup

Ornament closeup


These are really easy to make.  Just follow the finished photo ornament slowly and methodically.  As always, if you have questions, please ask!

By the way, we are VERY limited in what we can do with a Christmas tree this year because of 3-1/2 and a 5-1/2 pound now-neutered “monsters”.  Holy toledo!  Because of where we live, we’ve put up a large artificial tree for years (we use a fireplace for heating and a live tree is not recommened for safety reasons).  We also have the little skinny artificial funky tree shown at the top of this page that I use for display.  Won’t work this year either!!  So, we’re going to decorate a tree in our backyard and enjoy it through the window!  What one does for cute little kitties.


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