Welcome to the 12 Weeks of Christmas project series, this is Week #1 Wreath.  Enjoy the projects in this series, as I give you an idea of the versatility of Stampin’ Up! products and lots of great ideas.

Cynthia McQueen, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects, Merry Music DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper, Mini Sequins Trim, Metallic Edged Ribbon, click thru for more!

Week #1, a very simple wreath made using Designer Series Paper. You can use any type of Designer Series Paper you would like to come up with your color scheme or even to make for various holidays.

Cynthia McQueen, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects, Merry Music DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper, Mini Sequins Trim, Metallic Edged Ribbon, click thru for more!

What a fun project to make and see it come together and really didn’t take that much time. I chose to use the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper. You’ve probably noticed a few other projects with this same gorgeous paper, I have really loved using it.  Here is a fun card and a tree inspired scrapbook page here using this beautiful Designer Series Paper.   You get 24 sheets in this fabulous paper, so it really makes it amazingly affordable and versatile for so many things.

There wasn’t a big plan with this project and it came together very easily. I started with a circle about 6 across.  Seriously, I just found something around the studio with an approximate size I wanted to use and drew a circle around it.  I did this to make 2 different circles and drew both of them onto a piece of the cardboard from the pack of Designer Series Paper.  I did this to use as a base for the wreath and cut them both out by hand  Then I found something about half the size and drew it onto one of these larger circles as a guide for placement of the paper to be adhered on the larger circle.  The second circle was set aside to be used at the end.

I cut out 3″ squares and 4″ squares of the Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper in contrasting colors to separate the layers for a more dramatic effect.  You could certainly use smaller or larger squares to make a smaller or larger wreath, depending on your use.  And you could also only use two rows or several more, depending upon your preference.  I chose to use 3 rows and make a somewhat smaller version.

Using Fast Fuse (which I am completely in love with!) really helped this project move along faster.  You can also use a Bone Folder if you would like to help give the squares a bit of help with the curves.  I found with the Merry Music Designer Series Paper it was not necessary.  However, if you choose card stock, I would definitely recommend breaking down the fibres before you start to wrap your squares into cones.

I wrapped opposite corners around and secured them to make a cone using my Fast Fuse to bond the edges to remain secure.  I flattened the small tip to secure around the outside of the cardboard circle.  Once the outside was finished, I added a layer on the smaller circle I had drawn.  Then another layer on the inside portion.  I knew I was add some further decoration, so no need to worry about anything showing.

Cynthia McQueen, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects, Merry Music DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper, Mini Sequins Trim, Metallic Edged Ribbon, click thru for more!

You can certainly decorate the inner circle of your wreath with some mini holiday ornaments, floral picks, or anything to compliment your wreath and décor.  I used some Silver Glimmer Paper layered with Basic Black card stock and a layer of Whisper White card stock stamped with a greeting from the Half Full stamp set.  I cut it out using the Stitched Shape Framelits and then layered them using the Layering Circles Framelits.  The silver accents added a nice touch of sparkle for the holiday season.  I then accented it with pieces of coordinating ribbon and trim with the Silver 1/2″ Metallic Edged Ribbon and some Silver Mini Sequins Trim for a final touch.  Then I took a longer piece of the Silver 1/2″ Metallic Edge Ribbon secured on the back of the cardboard and placed the other piece of cardboard over it for a nice backing and voila!  So pretty and easy!

Cynthia McQueen, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator. 12 Weeks of Christmas Projects, Merry Music DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper, Mini Sequins Trim, Metallic Edged Ribbon, click thru for more!

If you are in the San Diego area or plan to be for a break, please note my three different Project Days to make any of the 12 Weeks of Christmas projects for your holiday gift giving and décor.  Project Days are: November 5th, December 3rd, December 10th. You can RSVP for these Project Days on my MeetUp site here . I will respond to you for your project selections and payment.  Seats for these days will be limited, so sign up now. Not in the San Diego area, but would like to make any of my 12 Weeks of Christmas projects?  Email me and I’ll respond with pricing and options.

I hope you enjoyed Week #1 of my 12 Weeks of Christmas!  Stay tuned for 11 more fun projects to make through the holiday season  Thanx for stopping by!

~Cynthia~

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