Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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My Crafty Christmas Bootcamp was so much fun!  Food, papercrafting, friends, a *little* bit of wine, cookies, Bingo and plenty of giveaways made me a happy demonstrator, and I think everyone else was happy too!  Especially our little Stampin' Mascot Natalie...she hung in through the whole event!

Here are a few of the projects we made...

Our first project of the evening was this gorgeous paper cone, with gobs of pretty details!  It may look a bit involved, but even the complete newbies did a *fantastic* job!  Here are the instructions:

Choose a sheet of cardstock, and cut a large circle out of it, the larger the better. You can use anything as a template, maybe a plate or your Cricut Machine.
Cut the circle in half, and you have a template for 2 cones.
Run the paper across the edge of the table a few times to loosen up the fibers in the paper, making it easier to roll into a cone.
Use tacky glue or adhesive on ½ of the straight edge, roll into a cone and adhere. You may need another dot of adhesive on the inside corner to keep it neat.
Decorate as you wish!  I added crochet ribbon, satin ribbon, champagne glitter glass, mini pearls, waffle paper, and linen thread, all available in the Holiday Mini Catalog.  Please contact me if you want to make some of your own!

Next was the Tea Light Box.  These are fantastic looking gifts, and so easy and inexpensive to make!  I got the instructions from Jill's Card Creations' blog, and was a BIG hit! 

Finally, we had a big tag party.  Punches, inkpads, brush markers, bling, pearls, and ribbon everywhere!  I put mine in a mason jar decorated with Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and DSP from the Holiday Mini Catalog. 

I made a little early Christmas gift for all of the ladies who signed up for my workshop, I sincerely appreciate everyone who helps me enjoy my job.  I LOVE what I do!  This is a luscious lip gloss from Bath & Body Works in a cute little purse holder.  I saw the lip balm holders on Project Tuesday's blog, but had to change the measurements of the cardstock and the score lines.  Here's how you make this purse:

Cut a piece of patterned paper for the outside of the purse 7"x4".  Find the center mark and score at 3" and 4". 

Cut a piece of solid cardstock for the inside of the purse at 6 3/4" x 3 3/4", find the center mark, and score at 1/2" of each side of the center.  The score lines will match the outside paper, leaving an even border all the way around.  Make one more score line 1/2" from the second score line, which will be the backside of the purse. 

Make two cuts with a craft blade from the first score line across the second, and ending at the 3rd, all the way across them.  They should be 1-1/2" apart.  Lift up the flap you have cut and you should be able to insert the lip gloss. 

Adhere the inside & outside pieces, fold, and decorate at desired! 

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