It started with a card...

I decided to start on my Christmas cards yesterday and after finishing one, I got a little sidetracked.  I don't know how it happened, but I ended up making a little Christmas tree.  I had been on Martha Stewart's website early and loved her newspaper tree so I was inspired to try one.

 My tree definitely didn't turn out like hers, but I went for the more whimsical look(that's what I call it when everything is a little wonky or not perfect - it's whimsical!) and used a chipboard spool from Wendy Vecchi's art parts for the base.  I covered the base with Authentique  Christmas papers and hot glued my tree wire inside.  I used book paper instead of newspaper for the tree. I also used Sage Distress stain and sprayed Tattered Angels Marshmallow, and Spanish Moss Glimmer Mist on the book pages before stringing on the tree.
The glitter snowflakes are chipboard snowflakes cut out with Tim Holtz's small snowflake die and then covered in silver glass glitter.
The thin silver wire is silver bullion wire that is tightly coiled and you pull it apart to wrap lightly around projects.  I purchased this at Tinsel Trading. After the tree was put together, I sprayed it all with spray adhesive and sprinkled Shaved Ice and Tarnished Mica Flakes (both from Urban Scrapbook).  I added a bit of Distress Stain dyed seam binding to the wire stem on the top and bottom of the tree too.
On the spool, I added some Tim Holtz mini bottles, filled with the Shaved Ice and a few acrylic snowflakes.  There's my tree, but on the Martha Stewart website, she has a video showing how to put the tree together.
Here also, is the one card I got done!
I used Webster's Pages Holiday  papers, Tim Holtz doily die, Spellbinders label die, and Memory Box snowflake die.  The adhesive ribbon (love this ribbon!!!) is new at Urban and there's even adhesive lace ribbon.  It is so nice for cards.  The berries on the side of the card are also from Webster's Pages(last year).  Hopefully I don't get too sidetracked again, and get more cards done!  Till next time!


Crystal Malay said...

Don't get me wrong, I love Martha, but I like your tree better!!! Can't wait to make some time to make one.

gleestormont said...

Saw this on 2Peas and had to come to your site. Love this! It's very magical.

Sandra D said...

Love your tree and the card both!

Tammy Tutterow said...

I have to tell you Jan, I keep coming back and looking at your tree again and again. It is stunning! I passed a link to it along to Wendy too. Love how you used the Art Parts!

Tricia said...

I just watched the MS tree tutorial and then I landed here. Your tree appeals to me so much more. I love how you took her idea and made it your own. So lovely and creative!

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