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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas Is In The Air - Part 2

I promised you the ornament that I also made to try to get into the Christmas spirit. I don't know if this will be my "gift" ornament or not but I generally make 4 or 5 different ornaments and then chose one of those to make for drop by friends or to give family as I see them over the holiday.

This ornament is naturally 3D because of the tea bag folding technique I used and also because you have to make 2 of the medallions and put them back to back so that if the ornament gets turned it is finished on both sides. That is one of my pet peeves.

These are made with squares and single sided patterned papers. You can use more than one patterned paper if you want to but I used 2 (one for each side.) a large brad was also added to the middle of each medallion before I set them together so that there was not a hole or overlap section visible.

Front View:

Back View:

Side View:

The tea bag folding technique to make these can be found on the Internet, just google tea bag folding.

Make a few of these to have on hand for when an unexpected friend or family member drops by as almost everyone puts up a Christmas tree and everyone appreciates a handmade ornament.

Happy Scrappin' ! ! !


Monday, November 22, 2010

Christmas Is In The Air

Thanksgiving is just around the corner and I am already planning for Christmas. I have made a few cards and ornaments to try to get myself in the Christmas spirit. By the way it hasn't worked. I am still feeling a little humbug. So a day of shopping is planned for Monday, Tuesday, and Friday. If that doesn't work then the decorating will begin. I must shake the ho-hum feelings and find Christmas!

First a Christmas Card! This card is done with a tea bag folding technique and single sided printed paper cut into squares. Three sizes of squares are needed to make the graduated tree. I also used an embossing template for the back ground, a rectangle for the tree trunk, and a star die to make the topper. Simple thin ribbon is used to accent the bottom of the card.

The great thing about this is that even though you get a 3D effect with the tree because of the paper folding, it lays flat and will go into an envelope for mailing. When taken out of the envelope it fluffs itself back out to be 3D again.

That card is so easy to do and instructions can be found on the Internet.

I will post the ornament in a couple of days.

Happy Scrappin' ! ! ! !