Friday, December 6, 2013

Oh Christmas Tree!!!

OH Christmas Tree, Oh Christmas Tree... how lovely are thy..... wait what are those?   I have been seeing dozens of Pinterest post for the Close to My Heart Trees using the Close to My Heart Cricut Cartridge or Tim Holtz Rosette Dies.  Problem is, I don't have a Rosette Die, and I am a Silhouette girl, but I do know how to make the Rosettes by hand.  I used Heidi Swapp's Christmas Believe Collection.

Here are the measurements I used:

2 strips each (glued end to end) scored every 1/2" of:

12 x 1/2"
12 x 3/4"
12 x 1"   
12 x 1-1/4
12 x 1-1/2"
12 x 1-3/4
12 x 2
12 x 2 1/4
12 x 2 1/2
12 x 2 3/4"
12 x 3

You should end up with 11 Rosettes if you use my method.   You could add some bling (and make them more like the CTMH trees by using a border punch along one long side of each strip).  Starting with the largest rosette hot glue one on top of the other.    (A little hint I got from the CTMH tutorials, was to glue a small circle in the center to both the top and bottom of each rosette.  This helps hold it together as well as gives you something to glue the stack together.  You can see what I mean here.  I basically used her directions without using the Cricut die cuts and I made changes to the sizes. You could also use Lori Whitlock's rosettes from the Silhouette store to make the same thing.

I punched a few snowflakes from some glitter paper to add some extra bling.

For the base of the tree I simply use a strip of paper glued to form a circle.  I used hot glue to attach it to the base of the tree.

Hope you get out a few Christmas papers and make some cute Rosette trees.  This project only took me about 45 minutes to complete start to finish.  Next time would be much faster, as I was kind of winging it the first time.
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