Sometimes I use the paper and ribbon that I have hoarded.

paper balls, variation 2

Remember how I said this pair of balls needed a third one? Well, I added one using How About Orange‘s paper ball template.

The diameter is maybe six inches across. This was really fun and easy to make, mostly because I made my Cricut do all the work. It takes twelve pieces to make one ball. I am pretty sure that if I had to cut them out myself, I wouldn’t have cut enough pieces to form a ball.

Here’s a smaller one. This one fits on the palm of my hand.

I think it looks better with a busier pattern. What do you think?

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paper balls, variation 1

I made some paper balls. I thought these would look cute in a bowl. I stopped cutting at 45 circles because I felt like that was too many, but I think I need to make at least triple that amount to have any sort of decorative impact. Or maybe just find a smaller bowl. Or make bigger circles. Or use different paper.

These were ridiculously easy to make. I cut out 2″ circles using my Cricut. Then I used the raised corners of my scoreboard to use as a placement guide, then scored along the 1″ line. So I really don’t have a good reason for whining about having to make more.

Actually, the original plan was to glue the balls on red ribbon as I made them to make a drape-y festive garland. But at 11pm last night, I just didn’t feel like looking for ribbon. Plus I wasn’t sure if my no-paper-wrinkles glue stick would work. I did leave space at the center of each ball so I can thread ribbon through later.

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December Calendar

I am amused at how my jack-in-a-box nutcracker soldier guy is leaning over like he has fallen asleep while on the job.

Ignore the mess behind him. Those are totally important papers that need to be in a prominent area.

This is the December 2011 calendar from  Go Scout Creative.

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Christmas mini-wreath V1

Here’s the first project I made using my two brand-new scallop punches. I took full advantage of Michael’s 50% off coupons and made my mom buy one while I bought the other one since Michael’s will only let you use one coupon type per day.

I think it needs some sort of non-paper embellishment and and a white ribbon then it will be ready to hang.

I used Zots to hold the paper together, but I really should have used styro-backed adhesives since that would have given this more “3Dness”.

I have a project planned for the weekend. It will involve my Cricut so I need to set aside more than my usual fifteen minutes of crafting time.

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