Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Christmas Charger

I had so much fun decorating this charger!  (For those of you who don't know what a charger is -- and evidently lots of people don't -- maybe it's a Southern thing -- it is a decorative plate that is used under a place setting, that is really just to make the place setting look nice.)  I got the idea from the Cricut message board, but the charger I saw there used a photo and was more of a true layout.  But it inspired me to buy a charger and make this to put in a plate stand that sits in my kitchen.  I really like how it turned out.  And imagine the possibilities for every holiday or season!  You could do one for Valentine's Day, Spring, Easter, Summer, Fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving.  Hopefully, I will find time to at least make one for Easter and Halloween!

This qualifies for the "Winter Wonderland" challenge at the Pink Elephant challenge blog.  I'm thrilled to be able to join in this challenge!

Here are the details:

Charger -- $1.99 at Anna's Linens
"Merry Christmas" -- Alphalicious Cricut cartridge cut at 1 1/2"
Snowflakes -- Martha Stewart punch with some gems from my stash added to the middle
Circle background -- George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge cut at 8 1/2" (real dial size) (I think the paper is My Mind's Eye, but I'm not positive)
House -- Jolly Holidays Cricut Lite cartridge cut at 5 1/2" (embossed paper is Core'dinations cardstock)
Trees -- Jolly Holidays Cricut Lite cartridge cut at 4 1/4"
Star -- Joys of the Season Cricut cartridge cut at 2 1/4"
Shrubs:  Scalloped Oval punch embossed and cut to fit under the windows
I added Stickles for a little definition.  Liquid Applique would have been great on those snow cuts as well though.

One thing I plan to add is a little dog in the side yard in front of the tree.  I was too lazy to wait until I get that done and take more pictures though.

I hope you like it and that you are inspired to try this!  If you do, please be sure to let me know.

Thanks for looking, and for your comments.

Click on the photos for a better look.

And a close-up of the details (pardon the shadows):


Sandy from Ukiah said...

Tammy this is just so cute.. not quite sure what a charger is.

Debbie Carriere said...

This is absolutely adorable. I love all the little details you put into it - even the little footprints!! I had no idea what a charger was either!!! I googled it, Sandy - A decorative charger plate is an elegant and underused element of a place setting. Also known as a chop plate, service plate, or underplate, a charger plate gets its "decorative" label because it never directly touches any food; instead it functions as an aesthetic resting place onto which food-bearing dishes and bowls are placed. So, Tammy will you use this how it's intended or will you display it??? I love it :) TFS

Sandi Cl~ said...

Tammy, this is adorable ... for the record, I am in the "know" crowd and have lots of chargers of my own! This is just cute as a button and I love your idea of one for every holiday/season. The dog addition will be cute too!

Lynn said...

Tammy this is fantastic! I love all of the details and the dimension! AWESOME!!!!!
Hey, I am very much NOT from the south, and i actually know what a charger is! I think this will make a great display piece!

Kelly said...

WOW...how creative! I have to say I didn't know what a charger was but you really transformed it into a work of art!

Andrea said...

Oh wow! This is lovely, thanks for joining in with the Pink Elephant challenge

Beckie W said...

This is so so cute! I love Anna's Linens! They have such great prices. Thanks for sharing a great idea....

Debbie said...

This is adorable Tammy! Never heard of a charger before.