Welcome to the 2nd Annual 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 (Nov. 16-Nov.18) 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

Leave a comment for this post for a chance to win the prize below!
Visit the list of blogs below and leave a comment on each by Nov 27, 2012 at 11:59 PM PST. Each day of the hop we will be sharing a brand new list of blogs with brand new projects for you to explore, be inspired by, and create from!

Donna Salazar Designs
Eileen Hull for Sizzix
Diana Gonzalez – Clearsnap 
Monika Wright – The Twinery
Gretchen McElveen - Hampton Art
Megan Aaron – Clearsnap
Gloria Stengel – Graphic 45
Suzanne Austin – Clearsnap
Shellye McDaniel – Authentique Paper
Natasha Naranjo Aguirre – Donna Salazar Designs *** YOU ARE HERE
Jen Carter – The Twinery *** NEXT STOP
Laura Denison – Graphic 45
Candy Spiegel – Globecraft Memories

Take a peek at the gift box I made to share with you today!
Below are a few steps to help you create this gift.  :o)

 I purchased a plain wooden box from my local craft store.  It was inexpensive and it also came with a smaller box that fits inside.  The first step is to remove all of the hinges and hardware.
 Next I used Donna Salazar's stamps (Bubble Wrap & Dear Sir) and Mix'd Media Inx Embossing Powder to create a lovely texture on the surface of the box.
The embossed images were heat set.
 I then sprayed the surface of the box with Clearsnap Smooch Spritz in River Mossy, Ice Rink and Pralines & Cream.
To even out the surface a little more, I dry-brushed a layer of white acrylic paint.  The edges were then inked with Truffle Mix'd Media Inx, and the hardware was replaced on the box.  Now it's time to decorate!

The large flower was made from Donna Salazar's Rose Creations dies.  The smaller flowers were made from her Bitty Blossoms dies.  I use these dies very often to create flowers for my projects.  The corrugated flourishes were painted and inked with Mix'd Media Inx in Truffle.

The gorgeous bling is called B.Y.O.B and it comes in separate pieces to create your own flourishes!

Thanks for stopping by today.  Have fun at your next stop on the hop!
Cheers to creating gifts from the heart this holiday season!

Much love & hugs...

** Products in RED can be purchased in my SHOP. **
GCD Studios: Botanique - Grandma’s Pearls

Handmade Halo: Resin Flowers
The Dusty Attic: Mini Words #2 DA0476

Want2Scrap: Donna Salazar Designs - B.Y.O.B 

Metal Embellishments:
Handmade Halo: Metal Charms          
Art Gone Wild: Donna Salazar Designs - Bubble Wrap
Art Gone Wild: Donna Salazar Designs - Dear Sir
Clearsnap: Mix’d Media Inx - Truffle 

Embossing Powder:
Clearsnap: Mix’d Media Inx Embossing Powder - Jasmine
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz - Ice Rink
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz - River Mossy
Clearsnap: Smooch Spritz - Pralines & Cream
Spellbinders: Rose Creations
Spellbinders: Bitty Blossoms

Spellbinders: Grand Calibur
Wooden Box

Want2Scrap: Hand Drawn Swirls - Corrugated Stamp Anna Designs: Crinkled Seam Binding
Art Glitter: Designer Dries Clear Adhesive
Helmar: 450 Quick Dry