Hi, my name is Kara Milne. I have been paper crafting seriously for nearly 10 years, but before that I tried lots of different crafts. My passion was scrapbooking for many years but I now do a wider variety of paper crafts as I sometimes teach and demonstrate, and people like variety! My projects today have a bit of a story- I made a small Christmas decoration with paper cones a couple of weeks ago (its on my blog) and it came together so quickly I decided I had to experiment a bit more and see what else I could make with them. So here they are. My first project was using a polystyrene cone, this took a few attempts! You have to use smaller cones as you progress up the tree, I had a few dodgy looking try's at this! I started with 2 1/2 inch squares for 2 rows then 2 inch and finally 11/2 inch squares for near the top. You can use wet glue ( with a wee clip to hold it until its dry) or red tape for a uniformed closed looking cone, or staple the base of the cone and you get a looser look at the top- experiment as its just tiny pieces of paper you'll be using so its no great loss. I used stampin up 12x12 paper "be of good cheer". And I have heaps left for other projects, on the top is some cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon also from stampin up and a couple of jingle bells from my local craft shop. Once I started with the cones I was hooked- so here's project number 2 at a cost of nearly nothing! I used pages from an old paperback ( and I picked a really old one with yellow pages I bought at a jumble sale) and I just stapled these at the base, as it was book pages the cone was curled around more than the squares when I made them. I started with a piece of stiff cardboard or thin chipboard and traced round a dinner plate to get a circle, and put on my first layer of cones overhanging the edge ( lay them out first before you stick anything down, you want them side by side but not squished in, or have big gaps in between). I used a hot melt glue gun for speed in drying, but pva and patience works fine! The second and third rows were stuck in the dips between the bottom layers to give a staggered look. Once these were set, I stuck down some stampin up Scalloped tulle ribbon and some die cut snowflakes, and a vintage brad. Finally, just one more. Same idea, squares of paper, rolled into cones and stapled, only this time I used a polystyrene ring (about 25cm diameter) which cost just over a pound and I used 4 inch squares of double sided papers. Thanks for looking, if you have any questions you can always leave a comment on my blog,Kara's Crafty Corner, and I will try and answer them if I can. Thanks for looking KaraAnd i am sure you will agree Kara's projects are just beautiful. And a big thankyou to Kara from all the team at CBN.
Wednesday, 17 October 2012
Guest Blogger Wednesday
This week we have the lovely Kara as your guest blogger who not only brings you 1, not 2 but 3 wonderful projects for you to have a go at. So its over to Kare.