In honor of our Planet Founder, Susanna Boyd's birthday, the Creations by AR girls are having a new release party today! THREE prizes of $20, $10 and $5 gift certificates to Creations by AR will be given. Random winners will be chosen just by leaving a comment on the main Group blog post HERE wishing Susanna a happy birthday! Comments will be valid from Oct. 21st through midnight Oct. 24th. Winners will be announced on Oct. 25th on the Creations by AR Group page HERE and the Creations by AR Facebook page HERE. The newest template is called Dessert Cage and it is an absolutely fantastic design. Of course, my creative wheels immediately took me in another direction, but that's the fun of working with templates!
When I saw this template pattern, I knew I wanted to work with the Graphic 45 Nutcracker Sweet collection not only because it is my favorite holiday ballet production, I used to dance as a young girl and loved playing with paper dolls. I was totally in my happy place with this project!
Here's another view of the project. To make all the cutouts stand, I created a folded triangle from a paper strip and affixed them on the back. To keep them steady, there's a glue dot on the bottom of the triangle that sticks to the base. Lara is pop dotted to the front frame and the ballerina has tiny pieces of foam tape on her leg and arm where she's touching the frame.
Here's a closeup of more detail of the cutouts. The gingerbread men are affixed to a crotchet string. The end men are glue dotted right onto the project. I decided to close the back side of the cage to create a stage effect, so I didn't cut away the second template pattern. If you decide to keep the back closed, be sure to cut off one side of the scallop insert (purple 'floor') so it fits.
Here's a final view from the right side. Again, I want to commend Adela on her template construction! I hand cut everything and was so happy how accurate and sturdy this project was when completed.
So, off you go to the next designer's blog and happy hopping!