Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
The New Year always brings us a fresh start and time to reflect on the past year. We make resolutions to improve our life in some way or to reflect on what great things happened the past year and make plans on how to repeat our success.
Here’s your chance to get organized, reflect on the past year, be creative and win a prize! Create a project that reflects what the words New Year, New Beginnings mean to you. It can be a Layout reflecting your New Years resolutions, a mini book of the past year in review, or even an ATC set of all the goals you have for the New Year. Be creative, be Scrappy and email us your results by January 13, 2010 to enter. The winner will receive the very first scrap kit designed by The Scrappy Tree team.
Due Date: 1/13/2010
*You must use the title of the challenge.
* Be a follower of The Scrappy Tree.
*Feel free to ask questions here or shoot us an email.
The Scrappy Tree team wishes you and yours a Happy and Safe New Year!
Now, let’s enjoy Julie’s awesome idea for her New Year, New Beginnings challenge!
Sassafrass Lass papers and journaling spots, Color Box ink, distressing tool, Thickers, DMC floss
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Announcing the winners of Christmas week! We greatly appreciate all of the support from our readers and followers, and as a thank you, the following people, picked through random.org, will be receiving a Scrappy Tree bag! The perfect size to hold all your Scrappy supplies! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your name and address so we can ship it out.
Day 21- Michelle
Day 22- Pigott Clan
Day 23- Dianapena8
Day 24- Erica
Day 25- Chey can cook (and more)
Our Facebook winners
*Jean and Diana, our previous winners, yours is on it's way, sorry for the delay!
Thanks again to all for visiting and following us often and leaving the wonderful support via commenting. We are gearing up for a Valentines celebration you won't want to miss, including Candy Grams (remember those from school?) Look for a sneak peek soon. We also have a very LOVELY challenge planned and more prizes!
In the mean time check in tomorrow for a New Years challenge! The winner will receive the very first Scrappy Tree kit, put together by our talented design team (worth $25.00)
Don't worry, be Scrappy!
Friday, December 25, 2009
Merry Christmas to all. On our last day of the 25 days of Home made holiday gift ideas, we come full circle to the best home made gift of all, the love we can show to those who mean so much to us. Appreciate your friends and family and tell them often how much they mean to you. This gift is free and means more than any other thing in the world.
To help you tell that special person what they mean to you, here a a few more beautiful cards from Julie.
Holly Berry House stamp, Basic Grey and Graphic 45 papers, silver embossing powder, chalk ink, foam squares. This was a very easy card to make. I embossed the cross twice and cut out the desired parts to make a 3d cross when I used the foam squares. I used the Basic Grey paper as the base for my card and then covered it with the torn Graphic 45 paper and inked! Then I put the cross on top. Since the Basic Grey paper was the card base and thin, I needed to bulk it up so I used more Basic Grey paper as well as Graphic 45 paper inside. It gave it the needed heft.
Have a Safe and Merry Christmas,
The Scrappy Tree Team
Thursday, December 24, 2009
One thing that never fails is home made jewelry, you can customize the colors and beads for whoever is getting your creation and of course being made with love is always appreciated by the recipient. Below are a couple of items I made. They are pretty basic, you can get much fancier but for about $20.00, you can purchase enough supplies for a few bracelets, some earrings and a necklace, depending on what type of beads you pick, etc.
This necklace was the last of my gifts to my Mother-in-Law. I used tiger tail as the string base added some brown pearls, raw glass beads and gold dress-maker pearls and filled the space with brown iridescent seed beads. The clasp is a gold toggle clasp, I used about 100 beads total and it took about an hour. If you are making one this size, invest in the bead trays that will hold the beads in their pattern until you are ready to string, they will save you a big hassle in the end.
This Necklace is for my daughter, Dy, she has an eceltic style and loves color! With this one I started with a black chain and added a toggle clasp and beads to the structure. I bought the charm on the end to dress it up and add some weight, she likes big things. All the beads were added by using headpins and creating a loop at the end to connect them to the chain, I thought it added a little bit of interest to each bead. I used a combination of ceramic, glass and foil beads and with this type you use less beads but the time is about the same since you have to attach each bead separately.
A few bracelets with misc. types of beads, clasps and charms.
These can be made for children or adults and will take about
20 to 30 beads to complete. All are strung with tiger tail.
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Today's home made gift suggestion; another edible but unique tasting one, Red Hot Jelly! Made with real Red Hot candies, see the recipe below and how I finished mine to give to friends and neighbors.
This year I used plastic canning jars, so I can ship them through the mail easier. You can also find the traditional glass jars in your local super market. I used a medium size bowl to get a big enough circle to cover the top of the jar, traced a template and cut them out with pinking shears. Next I measured the width of the top of the jelly jar, cut out the needed circles with my Cricut machine, used a dab of felt glue to stick them to the felt then added at least two lines of a zigzag stitch to hold the paper to the felt permanently. I then picked out some paper embellishments to add to the top of the circles. Lastly I tied the felt circle on with accenting ribbon. *Last year I used a Christmas stamp on a Muslin cloth in a holiday red or green, made a circle top and then tied them on with ribbon, this way saves you the sewing step and the cost of an embellishment. Be creative, there are lots of options.
My Mom loved this jelly, our whole neighborhood got a copy of the recipe and a jar of jelly every Christmas. It is best with English muffins or toast.
Red Hot Candy Jelly
2 cups apple juice
4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 tsp. margarine
1/3 cup red hot cinnamon candies
1-2 (6 oz.) pouches liquid pectin
Wash and sterilize canning jars and lids.
In a large, heavy saucepan, combine juice and sugar, stir well.
Add margarine, and candies. Bring to a boil over high heat, stirring constantly,
add pectin once the candies are melted and boil 1 minute.
Remove from heat.
Skim foam from top of mixture with a large, metal spoon.
Fill sterilized jars to 1/4-inch of tops.
Wipe jar rims and seal. Yield: 4 half-pints.
A view of the tops.
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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Today's items are a continuation of my Mother-in-Laws gifts. They are misc. altered items for her newly redecorated living room and the box that goes with the cards from yesterday. Thanks again for all the wonderful support, see below and get Scrappy!
These are both store bought items that I altered by adding some colors from her living room. The candle was $3.99, I added some gold patterned Minds Eye paper to the outside of the candle, some burgundy Stickles, copper ribbon and a gorgeous butterfly, her favorite! I finished it with the dangle beads, a Christmas ornament I took apart and tied together with ribbon.
The frame is a ceramic frame, purchased for $2.99. I added a coat of Distress crackle paint ( tarnished brass) a few K & Company flowers and again some fabric butterflies. Topped off with a lovely picture of her granddaughter :)
This box holds the personilzed stationary from yesterday. It is a $2.99 bolsa wood box from Michaels. I added purple paints, some peral Glimmer mist, K&Company chipboard letters and a few Prima flowers with rhinestone centers. Lastly some dried eucalyptus and wildflowers for dimension and scent. The box has plenty of room, for a personalized address book, next on my list :)
The inside of the box: I lined the inside with left over papers from the actual stationary I made. They were all glued in but I did not Mod Podge them since that seems to be a bit sticky for a week or so and I was adding the paper inside. You could put a clear coat of some kind if you wanted to protect it. I also accented all the seams with a gold sharpie to add a little color.
Thanks for stopping by today, only 3 days left, get Scrappy!
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Have a Scrappy Day!
Monday, December 21, 2009
Today gift suggestions are for my Dear Mother-in-Law whose name I picked for our family Christmas gift swap. I decided on personalized stationary because she lives in Oregon and spends much time writing us and keeping us up to date on things. I also made her a personalized journal. She recently lost her husband, my Father in Law and I thought the journal may inspire some thoughts she may have wanted to share with him. I added words of encouragement and some bible verses to inspire her and make her feel loved. See the sample below.
These personalized stationary cards are complimentary Minds Eye papers and card stock. I added her first initial to the larger cards. I also made smaller note cards and circle and square tags for gifts throughout the year. Each comes with envelopes and accented ribbon. All of the shapes were cut by my Cricut, which made it a pretty fast project. I tied all the different types of cards together with Martha Stewart twine and found an old box to dress up and put them in for storage. This is a pretty wuick and cost effective way to give a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. You may even see one come back :)
This mini journal took a little more time but was pretty simple. I used mat board as the structure of the book, covered it in a plain cardstock and stamped, embossed and inked it to dress it up. There are two holes to hold the rings but I also put ribbon under the front artwork and around the back to help secure it closed. It has 50 white pieces of cardstock for journaling and as I mentioned , I added words of encouragement and some bible verses to inspire. This could also be used as a photo album or sketch book depending on what your love ones interests are. Be creative!
I added some Tim Holtz hardware, flower petals and some dried flowers I had lying around.
This little guy was stamped using an Inkadinkado birds galore clear arcylic stamp, embossed and then cut out. It seems to fit perfectly in the frame among the floral paper.
As a HUGE thank you for all of the wonderful support everyone has given us, today is the start of our Five Day Countdown to Christmas Giveaway! Become a follower here and a Fan on Facebook and leave a comment each day for daily Scrappy giveaways. We will announce the winners on Christmas! So spread the word!
See you tomorrow for more Scrappy ideas!
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Nothing says I love you like homemade cookies! It is a gift that keeps on giving, and a great idea for the person who has everything! There are so many ways to deliver these lovely morsels, baked fresh in a cute box, or on a gorgeous serving plate, that can double as a secondary gift.
Mint Chocolate delights, from Nestle toll house. See the recipe here.
Mint Delights in a beautiful jar that can later be used for the finished cookies, coffee or so much more!
This box holds 6 large cookies or 12 smaller cookies and is ready for a neighbor, teacher or co-worker.
Pictured: Box (.50 cents @ Michaels) with a (.99 cent @ Michaels) bare wood ornament. I inked this ornament in red Distress ink by Tim Holtz and sprayed it with pearl glimmer mist spray for some shine. Red sparkle ribbon ($1.50 @ Michaels)
So heat up that oven or get out that measuring cup, you only have 7 days left! Visit our online community for the recipes. Thanks for visiting today!
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The way to their heart is through their stomach...right! Today we bring you a few edible Scrappy creations. These are so simple, quick and everyone likes chocolate!
Let's start with Bark! I use Merkens Chocolate for most of my candy recipes. It is great tasting and can be used in the microwave and melted vs tempering. I go here, The wonderful Classic Cake Decorations store in Garden Grove , CA. Visit the store if you can or the website if you get a chance. If not just ask for Merkens chocolate wherever you search and you will be happy with your results.
For simple Bark, you need a 1 pound bag of chocolate, about 4 oz. of crunch or filler (there are many) a cookie sheet and a microwave. Melt the chocolate in 30 second internals until done, mix in your crunch or filler and pour on to a cookie sheet. Place in the fridge to speed up the setting process (about 10 mins) break into 1 inch by 1 inch pieces and package accordingly.
they hold just the perfect amount!
Milk Chocolate with Rice Krispies, one of the most popular combos I make. My personal favorite is a white chocolate with lime and raspberry crunch. You can also add some liquid flavors for more variety.
Lastly, regarding the packaging at the top of the post. I used clear candy bags and scrapbook paper and some ribbon. I folded the bags, covered the fold in paper and put two holes for ribbon to add some color and help secure the bag shut. These are very simple ways to show someone you care, get scrappy with some chocolate today!
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
"Making your own Christmas ornaments has its advantages; you can pick the colors and patterns and it even costs less then the store brand ones.""These are 4.5” metal stars - I painted them with acrylic paint in silver, bronze and gold. Each side is decorated with mixed pattern paper and I added a coat of Mod Podge to protect the paper from dust and time. I made the centers with some mini Christmas embellishments and added them to the stars with a glue gun."