Tuesday, November 22, 2011

More Christmas Projects: Layout, Magnet Clothespins, and Ornaments

Here are a few more Holiday projects for inspiration. 
I used the super-adorable papers from Echo Park's Holly Jolly Christmas line on all these projects.  Mixed in are some chipboard shapes from Little Yellow Bicycle and trims from My Mind's Eye.  I picked up all these products at Scrapdoodles in Fredericksburg.  They are so awesome there!

First, I LOVE this chevron paper!!!!  I cut it at 11 inches square, rounded the corners, and layered it on brown then white for my background.  The tree came from Designer's Calendar and my cricut.  The "wishes" title was cut using the Winter Woodland cartridge.  Then I just added layers of patterned paper and chipboard.  I couldn't resist cutting off a little pompom and tying it onto the chipboard frame with a bit of twine.  
Next, I've seen a lot of painted or covered clothespins around the blogs and on Pinterest and thought a set of them would be a cute little gift.  I made mine magnets and thought the recipient could use them to hang their holiday greetings or lists up on the fridge.  The EP die cut sheet had some perfectly sized little label/title cuts.  The labels were a bit shorter than the clothespin, so I just covered the tip of each clothespin with red glitter.  They sort of remind me of reindeer noses.  I attached self-adhesive magnet to the back of each clothespin and made a little card to keep them all together.

I couldn't stop using up all the paper, so I decided to make some ornaments, too.  I found a nice scalloped edge on the Elegant Edges Cricut cartridge and used my Gypsy to weld 2 together, along with a rectangle to make it wider.  Then I simply accordion folded it and glued it all together with the help of my hot glue gun and a small circle piece on the back for added stability.  The little pompom was then attached and some more twine so it's ready to hang on the tree, or wherever you need a splash of fun color.

Christmas Project - Paper Ornaments and Garland

I had lots of fun sitting down with some products from Scrapdoodles this past week.  I picked up a few sheets from the Twig line from Little Yellow Bicycle.  I really loved the white and brown with the bright blues.  I decided to make a garland from the 3 sheets I picked up and the little pack of mini pompoms.  I simply cut some scalloped circles out with my Cricut and then strung them together with the little pompoms using fishing line and a needle.   I tied the ends to a small piece of blue pipe cleaner that I bent and secured into a circle.  That way nothing slid off and the loops on each end make the garland easy to hang.  I did add some glitter glue across each of the circles as an after thought.  The fishing line was a bit slippery and the glitter glue I spread on the circles helped secure the line in place.  I think it will look great on a little mini Christmas tree with some blue or white lights.
I also made this awesome ornament (or tree topper) from some of the papers.  I cut several strips and stapled them together in the middle.  I then secured each flap down as I looped the ends toward the center.  I cut a snowflake with the Cricut and also made a simple mini accordion circle to stack in the middle.  I topped it off with another little pompom.  Hope you're having fun with paper this season!

Thanksgiving Day Kids Placemat

I saw this cute placemat idea on the Official Cricut Blog and set out to make my own version for Little Miss H. at the Thanksgiving table.  For mine, I first taped (on the back) 2 sheets of DCWV fall paper to create a 12x24 mat base.  I cut a white 10 inch square and centered it on the mat, then adhered skinny strips of patterned paper to mark the squares.  I chose fall-themed cuts from the following Cricut cartridges: Create a Critter, Designer's Calendar, and B is for Boy.  There's a spot to put her drink and a spot to lay out her utensils and I created a pocket from a clear envelope to hold the game pieces.  I then laminated the entire placemat with clear contact paper.  I laminated the playing pieces, too.  I think she'll like it and it is a good way to keep her at the table longer.  Happy Thanksgiving everyone!