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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas projects

Wow I didn't realize that it had been a few weeks since I had updated my blog. I guess it's all the running around shopping, Christmas work parties, and if your crafty like all of us scrappers and card makers you are probably racing to get projects finished. I'm happy to say that I finished all my Christmas shopping and projects today!! Yay me! I'm flying down on Sunday to the mainland to have Christmas with the kids and grandchildren. I'm looking forward to that, Christmas is always more fun with kids around.

So today I have a couple of projects I did for Christmas. This first one is for this cute paper tree.
I have seen a few of these paper trees around the internet and I thought I’d try making one like this myself. I was going to make this with one of those foam cones you can buy. But, go figure, when I want one I couldn’t find a single one. So I decided to make my own cone out of cardstock. It’s not beautiful but it worked for what I wanted it for, lol.

I used the “Forget Me Not Toile” paper from Meg’s Garden, it has nice shiny silver look to it. I cut 1 ½” strips of the paper and then cut that strip into ½” strips. Take your ½” strips of paper and curl one end of the paper around a wooden skewer (or thin paint brush) so when you remove it the one end of the paper curls up as shown in the picture. Starting at the bottom of the cone start gluing the paper strips down. When you get to the second row stagger the paper strips from the row below. Do this for each row and continue all the way to the top of the cone.
 Here's a closeup
You can see in this one picture that my cone did not go right into a point at the top. So I cut a 1 inch circle and made a tiny cone to fit over the top of the tree. Then I took a tiny red star that I had in my stash and glued that onto the cap of the tree. I did spray some shimmering mist onto my tree but you can’t really tell in this photo.
Materials used from Meg’s Garden:
Paper    - P6305  Forget Me Not Toile

Other items used:
Paper or Styrofoam Cone  (approximately 9 ½”)
Aleene’s fast grab tacky glue (or glue of your choice)
Small star for the top of the tree

I’ve being wanting to make my granddaughter a name banner for at least 6 months to go in her new bedroom. I just hadn’t found the right papers for it until I received my DT members’ package from Meg’s Garden. These beautiful floral papers from Meg’s Garden are perfect for making “pretties” for a young girl’s bedroom!
I made the banner pieces from canvas but you could use papers for the banner pieces. I happened to find these 12 x 12 canvas sheets from one of the dollar stores which worked out great as you could get 2 banner triangles from each sheet. The banner is 6 inches at the top and is 9 inches long. I took one of my flourish stamps and pink ink pad and stamped the banner pieces. I then took 2 paper doilies and glued them down so that one is just slightly higher than the other and each hang over the edge about 1”.

I made the larger fan flower from the “Ma Fleur Rose” papers. I cut the paper 1 ¾” wide and 10” long and then punched one side with one of my Martha Stewart punches. The smaller fan flower is made using the “A French Bouquet” papers. For this one I cut the paper 1” wide by 10” long. When making my folds on the fans I made them each ¼” wide and I added a pearl brad, which I had cut the prongs off of, to the center of the flowers. 

I cut my letters out on my Cricut machine at 4” and glued them down on top of my fan flowers.  I then took  some of my handmade roses as well as the 3 layer white gardenia’s, Pink/Cream Open Paper Roses and the French white open paper roses and glued them down as shown. The dark pink roses you see are actually the French white open paper roses that I painted with some of my pink ink as well as painting the center of the White Gardenia with pink ink.  I then punched my holes, added the eyelets and tied them together with the pink ribbon.
Materials used from Meg’s Garden:
Paper - P6296 Ma Fleur Rose
- 3400 A French Bouquet
gar wh 3 layer White Gardenias
Pink/Cream Open Paper Roses
French White Open Paper Rose
da810 Green Leaves
Other items used:
Double sided tape
Ribbon
4" Paper doilies
Letters for name
Ribbon
 




 

2 comments:

  1. wonderful creations here
    loving them
    wishing you a merry christmas :)

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    1. Thanks so much Adriana and a Merry Christmas to you too!

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