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Being a SU Demo, people think I never  go into craft stores but I do sometimes.

Although Stampin’ Up carries a huge catalog of products, they can’t possibly carry it all.

The craft world is MASSIVE, isn’t it?

  Sometimes I run into my customers and they hide their baskets behind their back and say “why, what are YOU doing here?!”  LOL

I found these up near the register at a local craft store chain:

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I believe they were $1.00 each, some had snowmen, some had stars.  Just cute little balsa wood boxes, about 3″ wide and 4″ tall.

They just jumped off the shelf and into my cart begging me to adopt them for a makeover.

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I braided the Cherry Cobbler Baker’s Twine to make more sturdy handles.  I like the way it coordinates with the designer paper that looks woven.

Like I say in the video, you can buy a box quicker than make this BUT why not make it?

It’s fun, you get your craft on, you know you have enough stuff to make 10 of them 🙂 and it feels so GOOD to give something that you made with your own 2 hands.

Supplies From the Holiday catty: 

Festival of Prints paper stack (page 20), hot glue gun and silicone pad (page 31), Champagne Glimmer paper (page 18), Sanding Blocks (page 6)

From the main catalog:  Vintage faceted buttons (page 176), Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding (page 172),

Jumbo Pearls (page 175)  glue and paintbrush, Lucky Limeade card stock 1-1/2″ x 10-3/4 for lolly and scored every 1/4″.  (go 11-3/4″ for a fuller lolly)
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So go get your craft on!
Linda

Video: Accordion Tree page 181

After Shannon West did a video on this cute lil guy, I was so excited to make one.  It was a little bit tougher than I thought to get him lined up with her method so I had to tweak the process for me.  If anyone else has an easier way, let me know!

Here’s my version and after doing it with 4 classes plus my team yesterday, most of them came out pretty good!
Remember that your first tree might not come out perfectly but be patient with it. (you should have seen my first one lol – looked like someone lopped off the top!)

You may need to customize the very top section if it doesn’t ‘peak’ enough for you.  Sometimes I cut off 3 sections, depends on how the rest of the tree builds up.

*(Stamping School Members – this will be archived for you with the cutting measurements/recipe sheet. It will be uploaded later today there once I get done typing up the measurements)

Let me know if you give it a try!

Linda