Tuesday, December 13, 2011

12 Days of Christmas Creations Blog Hop

The countdown to Christmas is here and with that in mind, your friends at Two Scrapbook Friends invite you to countdown the 12 Days of Christmas Creations with them. Each day a member of the Two Scrapbook Friends team and a few special friends will share with you some of the projects and inspiration that they have created to celebrate the Season.

Beginning on December 10th at 8 am, you can begin the hop at the first Friend's blog where you can be inspired and leave a comment. That blog will then tell you where you need to hop to on the next day!

You will need to hop from blog to blog leaving a comment on each in order to qualify to be in a draw for a special prize from Two Scrapbook Friends! Also, you will find a SECRET word on each blog which will make a special phrase at the end of the Blog Hop! Once the 12 days of hopping are complete you can email the phrase to us and we will enter you for another ballot to win! My secret word is CHRISTMAS.

The hop will remain open from December 10th to December 22nd at midnight (EST). Winners will be announced on December 23rd in the Two Scrapbook Friends' blog.

1st Day of Christmas: Joanne (10th)
2nd Day of Christmas:
Audrey (11th)
3rd Day of Christmas:
Avril (12th)
4th Day of Christmas:
Christa (13th)
5th Day of Christmas:
Dee (14th)
Have fun celebrating the 12 Days of Christmas Creations with the Two Scrapbook Friends team!


For me, the celebration of the holidays is better since I was blessed with my children. When the Two Scrapbook Friends challenged us to design a holiday project and I chose a layout with a gorgeous folded tree created by the talented Connie Babbert. This cute tree symbolizes the happy joy of Christmas. I hope you will join me as I highlight how you too can make these cute trees for your layouts or cards this season!

I found at Two Scrapbook Friends:
Bo Bunny Dot Green cardstock
Miscellaneous buttons
White Pom Pom Trim
Jilly Bean Soup Corrugated letters (the #1)

My design uses the Bella Blvd. Christmas Wishes line

1. Using this link, open and print the template from Connie's blog. It appears along the right hand side but looks like this:



2. After I printed the template, I cut it out and practiced folding along the lines. It does take some finesse to get the folds right and I encourage you to do so before using your intended card stock or patterned paper.

3. I then chose my card stock and cut a larger circle and cut in half. You will get two trees out of your circle.
4. The best part is that no matter the size of tree/circle you need the angles are the same! I placed the template with its folds on top and along the straight edge and used my pencil and ruler to firmly press the lines into the paper below. The pencil lines are scored into the card stock below. Fold along the lines.
 
5. After I folded the tree I inked the edges and then used foam squares to adhere the tree's layers.
6. After getting the tree into its tree shape I used a Jillybean Soup corrugated #1 for the trunk of the tree and adhered it with my Beacon's 3 in 1.

7. After the trunk was attached, I used buttons and trim to match my paper choices and decorate the tree. I added a tiny yellow paper star at the top.

I hope you enjoyed this little tutorial. Here are some other things I did you finish my design and take it to the next level.

I sewed a few machine stitches and some hand stitching too.

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 I also used some two sided tape to adhere some pleated ribbon.
After I decided on a title..which seems to be the last piece of my scrappy puzzle...I made sure to journal about why my daughter is so happy. Can you see why?

Here is the finished product with all the finishing touches!

 and a cute card:

A Prize, you say!?



I am offering this little prize pack of Authentique paper for those wonderful folks who leave a comment here on my blog. If you also tell me in your comment what  my daughter received that made her so excited I will give you another entry. Finally, if you become a follower of my blog and say you did, I will give you a third chance to win! If you already are..thank you so much! I will be sure to enter your name again too. 

Thanks to all who stopped by to say hello! I hope you will continue on tomorrow and check out Dee`s blog. The 5th of Christmas is amazing!

I hope the holidays find you happy, healthy and CREATIVE!
Christa

54 comments:

  1. Christy, I love your tree.. It looks like an authentic tree on a piece of paper. I will want to use this template. Your daughter was happy to receive a pair of white socks. I am following you in our blog now.

    Sharlene

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  2. Love your happy, festive page and that tree is so cute...thanks!!

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  3. Haha--love that she's so excited about socks!!! Fabulous tutorial on that great tree! I gotta go hunt for some double sided green cardstock now!

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  4. Such a cute photo! I love the layout and the tree is adorable!

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  5. That is an adorable layout! Love that she got so excited over socks. I'll have to try that tree sometime - it's awesome!

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  6. Many thanks for the how to make a tree tutorial! Very clear! I must try it one day when I find the right double sided green PP!

    Oh white socks really was THRILL for your daughter!

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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  7. OMG , such a precious face to open socks , coached or not that girl is going to be on broadway some day...Great project!

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  8. Fabulous layout Christa and I love the Christmas tree!!! I am guessing white socks also - how delightful for a little one to get so excited over something so ordinary!
    Joanne xo

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  9. I love the way this tree goes together and how many looks it can have depending on the embellishments!
    I will follow your blog, thanks!!
    Brenda in Kit

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  10. So cute Christa and thanks for the tree tutorial... stuck that one in my back pocket for that Sketch Support sketch this week!

    I am guessing she is excited over socks? A kindred spirit, I love socks too, but patterned ones for me.

    Also... I already follow you!

    Thanks and Merry Christmas!

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  11. Such an adorable layout - your tutorial is super, too! She looks like she's opened some tights or socks. I've been a follower since the day you started your blog, my friend! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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  12. Louise Cyr (Mamilou)December 13, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Just so adorable.... and the white socks were a hit with her! Way back when my own son was young we taught him also that sweaters, socks, pyjamas, were the greatest gifts, even if they were not always accompanied by toys or little cars. He is teaching the same thing now to his own 2 sons.

    I will definitely use your idea for a card. I am trying not to make them all the same and I am fairly newbie at scrapbooking but I love it!

    I just subscribed to your blog and will be following you. I am already familiar with all your good designs (reading magazines, etc.) Keep up the great work. Great inspiration for someone like me.

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  13. Thanks so much for the great idea and tutorial to go with it. My kids were always excited about anything they got and they still get socks!! Her face is so precious when your daughter got her socks...it brings back some great memories for me...thanks again!!

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  14. Cute post! The template link is helpful! Thank you.

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  15. I think your daughter was very excited about her new socks!

    I love the Christmas tree idea. Thanks for including the template!

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  16. Christa, I love that tree, and the picture is priceless!!

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  17. What a great technique Christa! Thanks for sharing it with us. I love the hand stitching along the edges of your page. Oh the days when a pair of white sox could make your day! I am a follower!

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  18. What an adorable tree and little girl. Her eye look like she just saw Santa but the socks in her hand must be the gift.

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  19. What a great page! All the details you put into it are fantastic. I love the tree and the wonderful tutorial for us. Thank you. This hop is so fun!

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  20. love the tree! I wish my sons got that excited over socks! I am now a follower of your blog - love your style!

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  21. Oh, your folded tree turned out darling! LOVE the page...so precious! Thanks for the link back to my blog for the template. I'm so excited that you liked it so much to use it!

    Connie Babbert
    www.inkspiredtreasures.com

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  22. Love that tree.
    Audrey G.

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  23. Christa, love, love, love that tree template. Will have to write a note of where to find it (cause you know that a mental note just isn't going to work!). Love the excitement over her socks (although at first I was thinking facecloth or cloth diapers!!). Merry Christmas!

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  24. Too cute - I love the tree template, and can't wait to try it out myself. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  25. I love the folded Christmas tree, thanks for the directions. It's cute but also pretty cool. Good to know that the pattern works for any size of circle.

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  26. I love the tree, what a great layout and the picture of your daughter is so cute

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  27. That is such a cute picture its hard to believe she is so excited about socks

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  28. what an amazing tree! I have totally scraplifted this and I might even try it out tonight - thanks!

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  29. Socks are so exciting. I'm already a follower but love Authentique and your tree project and the picture is priceless! Love it all!

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  30. Love the Tree and thanks for the link to print the pattern. It looks like your Daughter has opened socks. And I am going to try to figure out how to follow your blog. I love what you do.
    Thank you

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  31. OK I figured it out and now I am a blog follower - kind of new to this

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  32. Hi Christa! Love that little tree, I've seen it before but now, thanks to you, I know how to make one! Love that your daughter took her life lesson to heart and was excited for socks! And Of course, I am a follower! Happy Holidays to you and yours!

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  33. Love the tree ! Thanks for showing us how to make it ! I'm a new follower and can't wait to see more inspiring projects. I can't believe how excited your daughter is to receive socks !

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  34. Beautiful. Who doesn't love socks? All cozy and warm toes!

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  35. Great idea with the tree - I even get that excited for socks!

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  36. Love what you did with the tree!! That is so cute. I would definiely be that excited to get socks this year...mine all disappear.

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  37. Thank you for the amazing tutorial. I am definitely going to use this idea. If I were to win a prize I would be as excited as your daughter is about getting socks!

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  38. What a great tree & just love the lo with your cute little daughter opening her surprise gift!

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  39. Oh, I love this tree. It is on my list of 'things to try'. Thanks for the great tutorial.

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  40. Wow! Cuuuuuuute layout!!!! The tree looks like it might be a little difficult to make, but well worth the effort. I love the look on her face. Doesn't matter what Santa brings (even socks) to make a child happy! Thanks for sharing. I am looking forward to trying your tutorial.
    Lynne
    ps I also became a follower.

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  41. I want to give my daughter a pair of socks to see her reaction! Hehe! The tree is gorgeous! You are the first blog on my "follow" list. Yahoo!

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  42. I adore that tree!!! What a great idea!! Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Great layout!!!

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  43. Love the tree and the picture is adorable

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  44. Beautiful LO Christa and great card, love those trees....may have to dig out my circle cutter - we have a love/hate relationship!

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  45. Love the 3D trees. They add great texture. Nicely done

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  46. Cool tree ... I'm a big fan of white socks too!

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  47. cool reaction to socks...love the tree!

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  48. Great layout, Christa! I love that cute card. Thanks for sharing how to make that wonderful tree.

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  49. LOVE this! The tree is adorable, great embellishments on it!
    DeniseB

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  50. Great layout! Your tutorial makes it look so easy to make.

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  51. such a fun page!! love that photo. really cute

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  52. Love this picture of A! Ok, so your tutorial is awesome! Thanks for doing that, and I love the buttons on the tree. Hope you don't mind if I scraplift this!!

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