We Three Trees...

Hey, y'all!
I don't feel like I've blogged in for.ever.
Working away at several (well, lots) of projects for
the upcoming CHA show in January.  I had the greatest intentions
of trying to make the trip out to Anaheim this year, but I just don't 
think it's going to happen.  I'm all ready making plans (with hubby in tow)
to attend the Summer CHA show in Las Vegas, so I'm poking those pennies back 
as we speak :)  I love having something to look forward to!

We're sharing some really cute stuff over at 
 It's Altered Projects day and I was invited to play along.
While browsing at my local scrapbook store 
(*waving* Hi Cheryl & Michi!!!!)
I came across these super-cute and alter-worthy acrylic trees.
Perfect for a banner, I thought to myself.  
After construction ensued, I quickly changed my mind as a girl is known to do.

But didn't my three trees make the cutest topper for a plain straw wreath?
It truly makes me *grin* when I see it!

I started by tracing the tree pattern onto the "North Pole" paper, 
cutting out and then machine-stitching to the acrylic sheet. 
Next, I made triangular insets from pieces of the "Christmas Love" and "Candlelight" papers
 and then edged them in a red ric-rac trim before attaching to the tree shapes. 
Layering a circle with scalloped circles made the perfect 
background for the chipboard letters spelling out JOY.

Wanting to personalize the wreath, I made a banner using the Designer Tape, 
baker's twine and alpha stickers. I added the banner to the trees using Glue Dots.
 I love that the dimension really makes it look as though it's hanging! 

Finally, after attaching the three trees together (also with Glue Dots),
I secured it to the straw wreath with a thin gauged wire.
 A large gingham bow completed the top.
 And now we have a merry and bright and personalized Christmas wreath!

Christmas Wishes: Christmas Love, North Pole, Candlelight, Chipboard Icons; 

Designer Tape: Pickle Juice Chevron, Orange Stripe, Piggy Piggy Stripe; 
Button Market: Tie Dye; Ciao Chip Elements: Stars & Hearts; 
Simply Simona Chipboard Alphas: Saltwater; High Five Alpha Stickers: Piggy Punch

 Don't forget to stop by the Bella Blvd Blog to see the other 
creations cooked up by the Altered Artistas!
Back tomorrow with my final layout with the November Paper Bakery Kit
AND news...I have NEWS :)
--Glad you stopped by--

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