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Sometimes when I’m in a hurry to come up with gifts, I just cover simple unfinished wood or chipboard items that I’ve purchased with the lovely Pion Design paper collections and the papers transform them into beautiful projects. These are both wooden KaiserCraft items that were covered with Pion Design’s new holiday collections: Glistening Season and Christmas in Norway. I am always excited when they release new collections – they seem to get more beautiful with each release! You can also find this post on the Pion Design Blog here.
May your day be inspirational as you craft!


Carousel Swings

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This Carousel Swing project tries to capture the bygone days of childhood when there was anticipation for county fair and carnival rides such as this one. We’re approaching the time of year for fairs in this part of the country, and I still go every year! I always look forward to the tasty funnel cakes and fried cheesecake that are so famous at the fair.
This project is functional with pull-out drawers on the base. It’s made with poster board, and chipboard. I’m enclosing the templates for this project along with instructions for how to construct it for those of you interested in making it. Be sure and scale and print each of the templates at 100%. It’s a challenging project requiring lots of time to make, but the end result is sure to be something that will be dearly treasured!

Carousel Swings Instructions
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I’ve made another one of these using Pion Design’s new Christmas papers and will post it soon to include the WPC cutting file.
Best wishes for everyone to have a very happy day!



Christmas Boxes: Introducing Pion Design’s “Christmas in Norway”

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Hello! Pion Design has recently released their new Christmas paper line called “Christmas in Norway.” These festive papers have the traditional red and green Christmas colors with some very precious and adorable images. Yes I know that it’s difficult to think of the holidays when it’s over 100 degrees Fahrenheit outside! But crafting with these papers has already put me in the holiday spirit! Consider using the paper to decorate special gift boxes as they are sure to be reused and treasured year after year. The top picture is a stack of varying size boxes made using the thicker Pion Design Palette and then covered with the new paper. The second box is a wood box that I found for a few dollars at a craft store – seriously less expensive than a Christmas gift sack! Cover the whole box with the paper and you have a very special keepsake gift box. These boxes will also be posted tonight at 11:00pm CST on Pion Design’s blog here.

Christmas is magical, and on this year’s wish list we find a Christmas filled with heartwarming moments and glistering snow. To embrace the spirit and celebrate the holiday season in a traditional way Pion Design invites you to a Christmas in Norway. With patterns, images and colors inspired by our childhood christmases, these papers are certain to make the holiday merry and bright. Santas, bells, Christmas flowers and useful labels for your home made gifts make Christmas in Norway the perfect paper collection for the season.
So welcome to unwrap the magic of Christmas with this inspring collection!