Wednesday, December 21, 2011

O Christmas Tree!

First, let me say I'm so sorry I haven't posted in awhile! I even had someone write to make sure I was ok (thanks, Anita!), which was really sweet. This summer we built a porch that turned into a sunroom that ended up being pretty much an addition and we really wanted to get the inside done (we're slow!) by Christmas, so the past week or so has been dedicated to getting it finished. I'm exhausted! Holding up my end of a piece of plywood beadboard for the ceiling (times 10) was very tiring. Anywhooooooo.....

I haven't even finished the last two tags from Tim Holtz's 12 Tags of Christmas, but when I saw his little rosette tree, I knew I had to make one! I decided to plop mine on top of an old papier mache box that I had lying around. I covered the box with papers from the Idea-ology Seasonal Paper Stash. I used Ranger's Inkssentials Glue n' Seal to adhere the paper. The top of the box was painted with a Snow Cap Dabber and then stamped with the music stamp from Tim's Holiday Minis set. The whole thing was then coated with more Glue n' Seal and covered with crystal glitter.

The spool was wrapped with ribbon and topped with a little banner that was cut using the Sizzix Tattered Banner die. It was too long, but I wanted the larger width, so I clipped the ends to size. The banner was stamped with a sentiment from Artistic Outpost's Snowy Woods stamp set and then given its own coat of glitter. For the edges of the lid, I cut trim from white cardstock using the Sizzix Vintage Lace die. Again, I used Glue n' Seal to coat it and then covered it with chunky glitter. So pretty!! I love how versatile that die is!

I didn't have any of the Christmas Muse Tokens for the top, so I cut a bird from chipboard using the Mini Bird and Cage die from Sizzix. A coat of paint from my Snow Cap Dabber and a little more glitter and it was perfect to sit atop my tree!

I am so happy with how this turned out! If you're interested in purchasing any of the materials I used, you can get them at Inspiration Emporium. If you use my coupon code - stamptramp - you can save 10% off your order! The products I used are listed below:

Sizzix Paper Rosette Die
Sizzix Mini Paper Rosettes Die
Sizzix Tattered Banners Die
Sizzix Mini Bird and Cage Die
Sizzix Vintage Lace Die
Idea-ology Seasonal Paper
Inkssentials Glue n' Seal
Ranger Adirondack Dabber - Snow Cap
Core'dinations Kraft Cardstock
Tim Holtz Mini Holidays 3 Stamp Set

I'm a bit late, but I'm linking to Terri's Deck the Halls Sunday. Make sure you check out all the wonderful submissions!


  1. I love the way you perched the tree on the box. It seems just perfectly "old world" style. It's just beautiful.

  2. Absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing the directions.


  3. This is absolutely beautifuly, Shelly! And why didn't I think of doing that with the banner die, when I was trying to figure out how to stamp the sentiment I wanted to ??? Oh, you're so clever! I'll remember for next time ... lol
    Merry Christmas!

  4. Oh I love your sweet little rosette tree! Isn't Tim's ideas amazing!

    We did our master bathroom, thinking it might take us a took 7 months every weekend. Whew! We sure were glad when we finished! I wish you the best with your "addition" and hope it turns out like you planned.
    Merry Christmas to you : )

  5. Your rosette Christmas tree is adorable! I love how you finished it darned cute! <3 Candy

  6. GORGEOUS! Love the bird on top of the tree :)

  7. OH it is so beautiful, I love your vertion of it- and that you placed it on the box.
    Merry christmas, and wishes for a happy year 2012.

  8. This is absolutely lovely, Shelly! I like the box idea underneath the tree.
    Happy Holidays!

  9. Love your version of this tree - in fact it inspires me to make one where the original didn't!

    Have a lovely Christmas.

  10. Shelly this is truly awesome! Great work! Happy christmas to you and your family xx


  11. Wow! This is pretty neat!! Beautiful work!
    Merry Christmas "Stamp Tramp"

  12. Wow! This is the cutest little tree ever, very beautiful!

  13. Absolutely gorgeous tree. I love it. You have such a keen eye for beauty. :D

  14. So glad you are!!! This is absolutely, love, love all that glitter! What an awesome idea!

  15. I love how you handled the base, Shelly. This is such a pretty creation. At least I can make the rosettes, so I should try some more.

  16. I absolutely love your idea to add the bird on top! So lovely!


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