Friday, November 30, 2012

Pear & Partridge Hop: Joy to the World!

The Diva's Pear & Partridge Blog Hop

Thanks for making the Diva's hop part of your day during this super busy time of year! If you hopped here from Debbie you are on the right track. If you are starting at my blog, please click here to start from the beginning. You don't want to miss any of the festive Pear & Partridge creations!
Remember to submit your entry for the Diva's blog hop candy on our Diva's page.

Joy to the World!

I love Christmas and I love the Pear & Partridge paper. So festive and yet, I know my scraps will make their way into so many non-holiday projects in the future! One of my all-time favorite Christmas hymns is Joy to the World! My project reflects this joy that my Savior brings me everyday!

My piano display for Christmas!
My Joy rosette center piece will spend many years displayed on my piano or Christmas dining table. This project started out to be a Christmas tree made from rosettes cut from select Pear & Partridge papers. I took a tutorial my sister, Denise, used and revised it using the Artiste Cricut Cartridge to cut the rosettes. But once I put the rosettes together, I noticed that the tutorial called for all the rosettes to be scored at 1/2 inches. The Cricut automatically reduces the scores to fit the size of the rosette. So what I got was a very squatty tree. Nothing like my sister's beautiful one seen here which she made with our very own Pear and Partridge Paper. Didn't see do a great job? 

 I think I could have made it work, but then I saw them layered on each other in 3 piles and I could just picture this center piece and viola! this small disaster turned into something cool!

My this Christmas season fill your heart with JOY!

Here is a close up of the largest rosette. Olive card stock from the paper pack was combined with the B&T papers. The J was cut using the Cindy Loo Cricut Cartridge. The glitter papers were from my stash. But good news is that CTMH will have some glitter/shimmer paper available next catty! Once the rosettes were cut, folded and put together, our foam tape popped up each rosette. After all the rosette stacks were assembled, I colored the skewers using a red Sharpie marker. To get the heights just right I used our Versamat and put each rosette face down at the angle I wanted. Then the bottom line and mat grid helped me keep everything even and straight. It sounds harder than it was! Phew!
I used hot glue to attach the skewers. The O and Y skewers were glued so the excess would be at the top of the rosette; keeping the point for the bottom. I just took my rose pruner and snipped off the extra. Easy-peas-y!
The base for my project measures about 13 inches. The box had old business cards in it and was perfect for this project! I covered the outside with paper from the pack, glitter paper boarder cut using the Artiste, and our Shimmer Trim, which is soooo simple to use! One of my fav products from this IDEA Book. Inside the box I put a Dollar Tree styrofoam piece wrapped with Dollar Tree garland. To finish it off I wrapped a few strips of garland around the skewers, too!

I want to take this time to wish all of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy 2013! Hope to see you back here soon. Or better yet, subscribe to my blog or join me on Facebook.

Please hop on over to see what Latisha Gilliland has created for you! She's your last stop in this festive hop!

Love and Joy!

Anyone purchasing $10 or more through my online business address this month will get this project tutorial and corresponding Cricut Craft Room cut files. Purchases of $50 or more will get a B size stamp set of your choice. Simply click here and join the Pear and Partridge gathering. Then email me your information.