Paper Crafters Host Another Creative, Fun Shop

Participants of the Paper Crafters Fun Shop: Front row: Angela Gothard, Mary Barrios, Sue Skeen, Karen Latham, Karel Titone; back row: Carolyn McLean, Denell Stacks, Carol Thompson, Kerry Wolfe, Sharon Scanlon, Annette Aubuchon, Susan Auster

Carolyn McLean

What’s nicer than crafting with friends in the cool, air-conditioned SaddleBrooke One Craft Room 3 on a 104-degree day? Creating three different holiday designs to get a jump on December. Twelve members of the SaddleBrooke Paper Crafters met on Saturday, July 16, to celebrate Christmas in July, hosted by Karen Latham, Sue Skeen, and Carol Thompson.

Each design was totally different in stages of difficulty. Every participant received a packet of pre-cut items to assemble, and laughter ensued as we tackled the third project—we were lulled by the simplicity of the first two projects. The first was a cheerful, blue, glittery winter reindeer scene, wishing a Merry Christmas. The second project was a multi-folded red and gold card with a three-dimensional paper poinsettia. It looked difficult but was very easy to assemble and easy to tweak with the colors of your choice.

Then the challenge began. Our hostesses presented us with two gold, precut and scored, 12-sided pieces of cardstock as well as 12 pieces of different pattern papers to decorate the project. This challenge is called a dodecahedron ornament. Yep, you read it right. With careful folding and gluing, we created a 12-sided hanging ornament. We used holiday pattern paper, but this could also be a wonderful keepsake if family pictures were used, or even vacation pictures. There was a lot of laughter and groaning as we all attempted to decide whether glue or two-sided tape would work best for the assembly. Karel Titone provided holiday cookies and candies to soothe our frustrations, and then we gathered after class for a group picture to show off our prize projects.

The SaddleBrooke Paper Crafters meet on the second Wednesday of each month in Craft Room 4, just across from the Gift Shop, at 12:30 p.m. for social time, and the meeting starts at 1 p.m. Whether you are new to paper crafting or a seasoned crafter, all levels are welcome. Please come and visit a fun group of ladies to learn and laugh.

For more information about SaddleBrooke Paper Crafters, please contact Susan Auster at [email protected].