The Heartfelt Stampers Team Christmas Party

Each year, our team of Stampin' Up! demonstrators get together for a fun gift exchange.  Honestly, I can't believe how creative our gals are!  The gifts just get more and more clever each year.  Here's the gift I brought to our Christmas party.  (And did you know that if you go to the Navigation Bar and in the dropdown box under "Gallery," click "3D," you can see a larger version of the project with more detail.  Each post I make to the main body of my blog also gets added into the Gallery.  You can also scroll down to see the supplies needed.)

This project was a lot of fun — that is, once I found the right type of pins.  I had purchased these small pins designed to be used with styrofoam, but they just weren't staying in.  So I purchased long dressmaker's straight pins and didn't have any problems from there on i n.  The base is a simple cone-shaped styrofoam piece.  I used Merry Moments Designer Series Paper (yes, I'm on my second package of this gorgeous paper!).   I covered the base at the top by punching out a piece of the paper with a 1-3/4" Circle Punch and adhering it in place with Crystal Effects.  Then I began layering on paper strips that were cut at 3/4" x 5".  Then I simply curled them with the Bone Folder on one end and stuck them on the styrofoam with a pin.  I found that working from the bottom up worked the best. 

I created the top of the tree by using my Big Shot and the Stars #2 Originals Die, along with Fine Galaxy Red Stampin' Glitter and Sticky Pages.  (The glitter comes in a package of 5 different colors, and I had the red because I had bought the silver for THIS CARD CLASS.)  So here's how to assemble the star:  Cut two squares of Long Board Chipboard out that will cover the largest star on the Stars #2 die.  Then cut two pieces of Sticky Pages and adhere them to the chipboard.  Run the chipboard through the Big Shot and voila – your Sticky Pages is adhered to the star and is the perrrrrrfect size!  Then just peal off the orange protective coating and sprinkle on the red glitter.  The glitter won't flake off because the Sticky Pages is, well, so sticky!  I made two stars then used the Crystal Effects to adhere one to each side of a lollipop stick.  (Man, that Crystal Effects is a strong adhesive!)

And you know with stampers, the packaging is almost as important as the gift inside!  I purchased a large, plain green gift bag, then drew and cut out mittens, adorning them with a red snowflake punched out from the Snowflake Punch with a Clear Rhinestone Brad in the center.  I tied them together with some 5/8" Real Red Grosgrain Ribbon, then tied the bag closed with a piece of every red or white ribbon that Stampin' Up! carries!

Our Heartfelt Stampers Team Executive, Aly Schilling, was honored with a gift certificate to a local spa for all of her support and training throughout the year.  Here's the special box I made for her present:

I made the box from 12"x12" Night of Navy card stock and used VersaMark and Irridescent Ice, along with the Serene Snowflakes stamp set, to decorate it.  The tag was cut from the Big Shot and the Two Tags Bigz Die and also decorated with the same stamp set, in addition to a greeting from A Cardinal Christmas.  it's finished off with some white Organza Ribbon and Silver Cord.

Here's a close-up.  I notched the ends of the box using a 1" Circle Punch so it would make it easier for Aly to open her box.

Enough photos for one evening — check back for photos of some of the other gifts!

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