Trees All A Glow & A Glitter!!

It's the most wonderful time of the year
With the kids jingle-belling
And everyone telling you
Be of good cheer
It's the most wonderful time of the year...

That song will resonant through you today when you see the projects we have for you today. It's been such a great week with our partner Graphic 45! And be sure to tune in on Monday..we have two more projects to share and will announce this week's winners.

Graphic 45's Christmas Past holiday collection is perfect for a myriad of uses....just take a look at the gorgeous set of holiday trees Glue Girl Jessica Barnett has made for us. And Glue Girl Lesley Langdon has something special for you too...a video showing you how to recreate the flower on her beautiful holiday package.

Think of making these to sit on your Christmas Tree branches or mantle.

So grab a cup of coffee or hot cocoa and sit back and enjoy...

Christmas Tree Set 
Designer: Jessica Barnett

Supplies Needed:
Glue Arts hot glue gun
Graphic 45 Christmas Past paper pad
May Arts green faux suede leaves
Silver Pearl trim
Small ornaments
Paper trimmer
Postage stamp shaped punch
Glitter Mod Podge and brush
Liquid glue
Opaque white glitter
Paints that coordinate with chosen papers and brush
Glimmer mist
Paper Mache tree kit or foam trees, pots and dowels to make your own set

1. Choose your papers from the stack. You'll need at least one sheet for each tree. I was so excited that colors other than just the traditional red and green were included in this pad!
2. Use the paints and brush to paint the pieces of your tree kit. Paint each tree a color that will coordinate with the paper you're going to use on it. The paint will help hide the natural color of the trees in case you don't get full coverage from your paper pieces. Paint the bases the same color and don't forget to paint the dowels. Allow to dry.
3. Cut the pieces of paper into 1 by 12 inch strips. Cut these strips along the bottom to create a fringe, then cut the strips into smaller pieces, like shingles. The trees can't be covered with the strips when they're still in one piece because the cone shape of the tree doesn't allow them to lay flat. You can hold two of the strips and cut them at the same time if your scissors are sharp.
4. Start at the bottom of your tree and use the Glue Arts hot glue gun to attach the pieces of paper to the form. Curl the ends of the strips up as you go.
5. When your tree is covered, use the brush to give the strips a quick, thin coat of the glitter Mod Podge. Use the brush to fluff up the cut ends as you go so they don't dry flat against the form.
6. Use the bottle of liquid glue to add drops of "snow" to the branches of the trees. The opaque glitter is great for a wintry look.
7. Use a postage stamp shaped punch to make little postcards from one of the sheets of paper, and spray them with the glimmer mist.

8. Use the hot glue gun to attach the postcard shapes and mini ornaments to the tree.
9. Measure the top of each flower pot shaped base and cut a strip of paper to fit it. Attach each strip with the Glue Arts hot glue gun, and then attach a strip of pearl trim under the strip.
10. Use the Glue Arts hot glue gun to attach a small ornament to the top of each tree. A strip of pearl trim can be added to hide and other imperfections near the top of the tree.
11. Cut the May Arts leaves apart and attach to the base of each tree with the Glue Arts hot glue gun.

 Graphic 45 Christmas Flower
Designer: Lesley Langdon

Glue Arts Hot Glue Gun
Glue Arts Glue Sticks
Graphic 45 Patterned Paper (Christmas Past Collection)
Studio Multi-Medium Gloss (by Ranger) or similar
UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel by Ranger
VersaMark Ink by Tsukineko (or similar)
Brad or Bead
Tools: Circle Die Cut, Die Cut Machine, Scissors, Heat Gun, Bottles for Drying, Metal Clip, Circle Punch

Instructions: IN VIDEO

And we couldn't leave you today without sharing one of our favorite projects from Guest Designer Candy Rosenberg. 

Renaissance Woman
Guest Designer: Candy Rosenberg

This was the second mannequin that I made and was featured at the January 2010 CHA show in Anaheim, California.  It was a true labor of love, it took about 25 hours to complete and I was so thrilled with the end result, as I had the picture in my mind and just not sure I could pull it off in real life.  I love how it came out.  It is also featured in the current issue of Somerset Gallery from Stampington & Co.

Is that not stunning??!! You can visit Candy's blog to see more of her unique and beautiful projects and don't forget to visit our partner's blog...Graphic 45! They've been sharing equally beautiful creations there all week long during our product partnership. Eye candy galore!!! 

And last be sure to leave us a comment today....we'd love to hear how you've enjoyed this week, love today's projects...and just plain adore Glue Arts. {it's okay...we can take it!} We'll enter you into a drawing for a beautiful paper pad from Graphic 45 for yourself to use to create this projects and what project would be complete without Glue Arts outstanding adhesives products!  We'll select a random winner to receive the Graphic 45 Christmas Past 12 by 12 Paper Pad, a Glue Arts Glue Glider Pro and refill of your choice along with our must have Extreme Adhesive Squares...

It IS a wonderful time of the year...don't you agree??  
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