O Christmas Tree

O Christmas tree, o Christmas tree, how lovely are your…paper ornament decorated branches!

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That’s right! We went there—decorated a full sized Christmas tree with beautiful ornaments made of paper!

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Every year, the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy, Utah hosts The Festival of Trees, where hundreds of uniquely decorated trees, wreaths, and ginger bread houses are donated and put on display after having been sold during a closed auction. The best part is that every cent raised goes towards “A Gift of Love” to benefit children at Primary Children’s Hospital.

With some help from our Consultants, Close To My Heart decorated a tree with some pretty stunning handmade paper ornaments and donated it to this generous event.

We want to publicly thank all of those who participated in making this gorgeous tree a reality and encourage all of you out there to continue making beautiful, inspiring things!

And since we are now in full holiday crafting mode, we’ve also assembled a handful of mini 18″ trees festooned with papercrafted ornaments for even more inspiration! These trees are the perfect size to display anywhere in your home, at work, or even to give as a gift.

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For starters, let any doubts that you may have about making your own paper ornaments disappear. These little ornaments in particular are especially easy to replicate. With a little help from Cricut® shapes and ready-made complements, you can have one of these trees done in no time!

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Round ornaments are a must-have classic. We cut several circles using our Cricut® (some 1″, some 1¼”) to make the ones you see here. The 3-D circles are four of these circles (all of the same size) folded down the middle then glued to each other. Before gluing the last piece, completing the sphere, add a loop of twine or ribbon to later hang it from the tree. The hearts, snowflakes, reindeer, even the “MERRY CHRISTMAS” garland, are all Cricut® shapes (see the recipe at the end of this post for details).

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Above, we ink embossed some circles with a dainty heart and sewed a bunch of other circles together to create a colorful garland.

Here’s another take on using Cricut® shapes to decorate your tree:

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One of the great things about all of these Cricut® shapes is that you can make them any size you want—even large enough to decorate a full sized tree if you’d like!

This next tree uses both Cricut® shapes and die-cuts:

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Sometimes you just have to think outside the box, or kit. Do you recognize these gold glitter bows? They came from our Cut Above® Merry Everything Tag Kit. And the red glitter ornaments? We used some of the Thin Cuts from the Christmas Paper Doll bundle!

Our Complements also make for some great (and easy!) mini ornaments!

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The topper, “Merry Christmas,” and red glitter poinsettia shapes all came from our Silver & Gold and Beary Christmas Complements. Easy peasy!

Once again, we thank everyone that participated in creating our beautiful tree that was donated to the Festival of Trees—we hope all of our local readers will be able to attend—and we wish you the merriest of crafting as you create your holiday magic!


RECIPES

3D Circles Mini Tree
X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5975 Cranberry Cardstock, Z3237 White Glitter Paper, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, Z3216 White Twine, Z3364 Basics Ribbon Pack, Z3389 Cricut® You Are Here Collection, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, 18″ Tree

Cricut® Shapes:
You Are Here
¾” Icon-5 <f> (p. 24, M27629F7)
¾” <font> “MERRYCHRISTMAS”

Flower Market
1″, 1¼” Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, MD38983)
1″ Shift + Title <Bracket> (p. 9, MD400B4)
1″ Shift + Icon <A> (p. 21, MD43349)
¾” Background <c> (p. 33, MD70813)

Circles Garland Mini Tree
D1748 My Acrylix® Oh Snap! Stamp Set, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, 1385 White Daisy Cardstock, X5941 Bashful Cardstock, X5966 Pansy Cardstock, X5967 Pacifica Cardstock, X5984 Pixie Cardstock, X5978 Glacier Cardstock, X5979 Juniper Cardstock, X5970 Willow Cardstock, X5960 Fern Cardstock, X5971 Lemon Cardstock, X5983 Sorbet Cardstock, X5963 Poppy Cardstock, X5965 Ruby Cardstock, Z3237 White Glitter Paper, Z4014 White & Gold Twine, Z2068 Range™ White Super Fine Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Sewing Machine, 18″ Tree

Cricut® Shapes:
Flower Market
¾” Flower-2 <7> (p. 7, #MD389A5)
1¼” Shift + Icon <M> (p. 37, #MD71842)
2″ Shift + Icon <M> (p. 37, #MD71842)

Deer Mini Tree
1385 White Daisy Cardstock, Z3238 Gold Glitter Paper, Z3239 Silver Glitter Paper, Z3216 White Twine, Z3167 Cricut® Artistry Collection, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection

Cricut® Shapes:
Artistry
1½”<Thksgvng> (p. 45, #M58A32F)

Flower Market
¾”, 2″ Shift + Background <A> (p. 21, MD43349)
2″ Flower-1 <g> (p. 25, MD43349)

Gold Glitter Bows Mini Tree
Z4053 Christmas Paper Doll Stamp + Thin Cuts, X5951 Espresso Cardstock, X5950 Toffee Cardstock, X5959 New England Ivy Cardstock, Z3241 Red Glitter Paper, Z3329 Thin Cuts—Basic Stars, Z4048 Cut Above Tag Kit—Merry Everything, Z3285 Cricut® Flower Market Collection, Gold Thread, 18″ Tree

Cricut® Shapes:
1¼”, 1½” Flower-1 <g> (p. 25, MD67851)
1¼” Flower-1 <Holly> (p. 48, MD7AA86)
1¼” Shift + Flower-1 <Holly> (p. 48, MD7AA86)
1¼” Flower-2 <Holly> (p. 48, MD7AA86)
¾”, 1″ Icon <Ponsetta> (p. 49, MD7AF93)
¾”, 1″ Shift + Icon <Ponsetta> (p. 49, MD7AF93)
1″, 1½” Shift + Container <Ponsetta> (p. 49, MD7AF75)

Merry Christmas Tree
X7225B Beary Christmas Paper Packet, X7226B Silver & Gold Paper Packet, X7225C Beary Christmas Complements, Z3216 White Twine, Z3169 Cricut® Artbooking Collection

Cricut Shapes:
Artbooking
1″ Icon <o> (p. 56, M3D45C)
1″ Shift + Icon <O> (p. 56, M3D45C)

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Highlight This Year’s Faves with Year >> Noted

We know you’ve raved over the spunky B&T paper and the exclusive pastel cardstock pieces of the Year >> Noted paper kit, but have you noticed the kit’s amazing stamp set? As the most expressive part of the kit, it’s worth seeing again and again on your projects.

This set is just the right tool for creating perfect captions, journaling spots, titles, headlines, and dates on your scrapbook pages. Its fun sentiments can become the inspiration for your journaling and even what photos you choose to display. They work seamlessly with the other pieces of the kit–especially the golden foil stickers—to help you note the moments that matter most.

See what we mean:

Year Noted scrapbook page

Take a look at this page, which shows just how nicely the kit works in a pocket scrapbooking format—the “cards” trimmed from the B&T paper fit perfectly into the 4″ x 6″ pockets of these Memory Protectors™. But the stamping is really the star here:

Embossed date stamp

This date stamp is a definite must-have for a scrapbooker. We’ve given it extra glam here with our Ranger™ Princess Gold embossing powder. The look matches the fun golden foil stickers that come with the kit so well you can hardly tell they aren’t the same material.

Year Noted page title

Stamps and golden foil stickers work hand-in-hand to create this title. Technically, those “Year” letters come from the negative spaces of the golden foil sheet, but we prefer to think of them as positive spaces. (It’s all in the eye of the beholder, right?)

Okay, the arrow looks stamped, but that is just a trick of the eye: it’s actually a piece trimmed from the zip strip. Of course, the set does include a great arrow stamp that matches that zip strip perfectly! (Wait for it…)

Year Noted scrapbook page

On this more traditional scrapbook page, the artist has taken the stamping up a notch with embossing to match it to the shimmer of the golden foil stickers again. Ooooh, shiny!

Check out the versatility of the dotted line stamps in this set. The image stamped across the bottom and middle of the page makes an understated border, while you’ve also got an image ideal for creating journaling lines. Top off your journaling with a few fancy bullet points made from golden foil stickers. Or, if you like a checkbox look, stamp a few the way you see them done on this page.

Arrow stamp

There’s that true arrow stamp! Told ya it was cute. A classic stamp image works great whether it is in the spotlight or playing a more subtle role as an accent.

Year Noted stamps

The clustering of the B&T trimmed cards makes a great backdrop for your photos, and stamping your favorite sentiments on them ties the whole page together nicely.

Year >> Noted is available for a few weeks yet. Get your cute stamp set (we’ll throw in the paper kit too) before the end of January!

For a chance to win a FREE Year >> Noted paper kit for yourself, share a comment below telling us about a milestone event that occurred in your life in 2014 or an event that you are looking forward to in 2015 that you plan to include in a Year >> Noted mini book or layout. Fifteen random winners will be announced next week!

Recipes:
12″ x 12″ This Year… Page
CC1032 Year >> Noted Paper Kit, Z2111 Chocolate Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

12″ x 12″ This Year’s Highlights Page
CC1032 Year >> Noted Paper Kit, Z2118 Desert Sand Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2164 Sorbet Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z2641 Glacier Exclusive Inks™ Pad, Z891 VersaMark™ Ink Pad, Z2066 Ranger™ Princess Gold Embossing Powder, Z555 Craft Heater

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