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Friday, September 2, 2011
Trim The Tree
Let's start decorating the Christmas tree! I'm so stinkin' excited about today's project. There's a big story behind it too, so lets get to that. My awesome friend Joanna sent me a picture from the Holiday Mini catalog, (page 28 for those of you that have the catalog in hand). She asked if I knew how to make those ornaments. I knew I had seen them done somewhere. So I told her, when life settled a little (who was I kidding) I'd try them out. So after we got the first day of school out of the way, Logan's birthday party done and were in a routine, I sat down and stared at the picture and tried and tried and tried. Nothing I did looked like the ornament. At this time I was convinced that the cones were made from triangle pieces of DSP. There's my B- in geometry showing it's ugly head, I hated geometry. Ironically I was always much better at algebra, I loved algebra-still do! Now, with card making I use geometry all the time. Go figure! But I'm getting off track. So after trying and trying and trying and getting no where with the triangles. I sat down to email Joanna back to tell her I was sorry and I didn't know how to do it after all.
Literally about 1 minute after the email was sent, I knew exactly how it was done! All this time I was working with triangles and the key was squares!! DUH!!!! So I got busy again. This time it was coming together-Yay!!! I did it! I figured it out! Dan and Logan were off at Lowes or somewhere, Megan was sleeping and I was doing a happy dance! So after I got a couple cones done I kept going! This ornament took 15 cones all together. The squares were 2x2 and the completed ornament is about 6 inches wide.
Once I got the cones complete I glued them all down to a 1 3/4 inch circle. I finished decorating it with some of our new buttons from the Holiday Mini and a DSP Lolli under that. The DSP I used is our new Spice Cake DSP from the Holiday Mini. I just bought more of this DSP, it's so awesome, I think it's some of my favorite DSP of all time!!! It's that good!!!! I used some linen thread in the center of the button. I added a ribbon to hang it on the tree with our Soft Suede Taffeta. So pretty!
So how did I make it? Well you DO need a square, as I finally figured out. You take your square and roll it into a cone. DSP works well for this because it's flexible and not as thick as cardstock.
Once you have it rolled glue it together to hold it's shape. I used Tombow multi glue on my ornament, it worked well. I did consider using sticky strip, but the advantage to Tombow over Sticky Strip is that if you make a mistake or don't get it rolled right, you can readjust it (if you work quickly before the glue dries). With sticky strip, once it's stuck, it's stuck.
Have a great weekend! For my USA friends, be safe for the holiday weekend!