Sunday, January 31, 2010

14 days til Valentine's! Day 1 - Valentine's cards

Firstly, thank you to everyone who called in to see us here at TST over the 25 days of Christmas projects - we had so much fun doing it and it was great to get comments that let us know that everyone was enjoying looking too!

For the next fourteen days we will be posting one project a day to get you in the mood for Feb 14th - Valentine's day! There will also be a little inspiration challenge in there next Monday, so look out for that and play along with us!

Valentine's is the day to let someone you know you care about them; and what says that better than a home-made gift?

We're hoping that you'll find something over the next two weeks that will inspire you to make something from the heart for your loved one - partner, friend, child; you choose! To get us started, Julie from TST shared these beautiful cards.

"It's time to start thinking about Valentines' Day and the special people in your life that you'd like to send a special greeting to. I made this card for my sweet daughter Debbie."
Supplies used: SEI papers including journaling spot, Vintage Jiffy pattern, lace trims, Hero Arts stamp, Hero Arts large flower, Melissa Frances chipboard glitter heart, Martha Stewart border punch, vintage sheet music, Glimmer Mist, Delish Designs jeweled brad, Hero Arts metallic gemstones.

And this second card, different style but just as beautiful!
Supplies used: Cosmo Cricket paper, Webster's Pages paper, Hero Arts stamp, Creative Memories heart punch, Marvy scalloped circle punch, Thickers, tag, Prima and Kaisercraft flowers, Basic Grey brad, Martha Stewart's baker's twine, sewing machine.

Thanks for sharing with us Julie - join us again tomorrow for another fun Valentine's project idea! If you'd like to give a handmade gift to your loved one this year, why not order a candy gram from The Scrappy Tree? Visit our Etsy shop here for more details.

Remember, don't worry - be scrappy!


Friday, January 29, 2010

February fun!

Coming soon with The Scrappy Tree!

After taking a slower pace to begin the New Year after the hustle and bustle of Christmas, February brings a whole new range of homemade project ideas from The Scrappy Tree Team!

Starting February 1st - check back to the blog to find out :)

And don't forget, from now until the 7th Feb you can order a homemade Valentine's candy gram for your loved one from our Etsy shop here. Prices quoted are for the US only but please contact us at for details of shipping outside the US.

Remember, don't worry, be scrappy!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Candy Grams are here!

We have been dying to show you these little guys....

Our Candy Grams are now available, but only for a few weeks, get em while they last! You can order them on our Etsy site!

Here's what you get!

* Your personal message handwritten on a heart shaped card enclosed in a hand made red felt heart with embellishments.
*Three Valentines suckers inside a clear bag with colored confetti.
* Shipping to anywhere in the US (included)

On sale now thru February 7th (to ensure delivery before Valentines day)

Feel free to email us with any question at

Thursday, January 21, 2010

New Year Challenge Winner!!

Announcing the winner of our New Year, New Beginnings challenge -

Jennie Boxall!

Jennie created a beautiful, unique project and really showed her style and creativity! Take a peak and show Jennie your love over at The Scrappy Tree Community.

Thanks for playing everybody, we are constantly amazed by how talented you all are and truly appreciate your following and support!

Jennie will receive the hand-picked "Valentines themed" kit below for winning, don't miss the next challenge, we have lots more to share!

The kit was hand picked by The Scrappy Tree team and includes the latest scrapbook supplies by Jennie Bowlin, Anna Griffin, Fancy Pants vintage, Prima, Pink Paislee and a few items from our own personal stash, just to make it complete.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Hi everyone, we wanted to send you a quick update on a few things:

*We are extending the New Year, New Beginning Challenge to Sunday January 17th. We also are changing the location to upload your entry to. Please send it to the TST community (if you have already emailed your entry in, we will move it for you but check out the community if you haven't already). See the earlier posts and samples for inspiration and requirements. It's not to late to take part and the winner will receive the very first Scrappy Tree Kit!

*Our Sneak Peak of the up and coming Candy Grams for Valentines Day will be here soon, we are firming up a few details but get those orders ready! We will be creating and shipping home made Valentine Candy Grams which will include your personal Valentines messages to any where in the US (at special request to the UK too). Stay tuned!

* Visit TST community to review Julie's Inspiration challenge, January's challenge ends this Friday, get inspired, get Scrappy! This will be a regular monthly challenge so if you are busy this month, look for more awesome inspiration next month. Join the group, join the fun!

*Lastly, to all of The Scrappy Tree's recent winners, we are finally shipping out your prizes, sorry for the delay, we are still working out our kinks :) Thanks for your patience and most importantly for your support!

Have a wonderful day and remember!

Don't worry, be Scrappy!

The Scrappy Tree Team

Monday, January 11, 2010

Julie's inspiration challenge

I have seen inspiration challenges on other sites and thought it might be fun for all of us here at The Scrappy Tree to give it a try.

Google defines inspiration as an “arousal of the mind to special unusual activity or creativity.” Here at The Scrappy Tree, we hope that you see many projects as inspirational and that they can bring you joy in creating. Today marks our first Inspiration Challenge post. If all goes well and you all like it, we will have this feature every 2nd Monday of the month.

For January’s inspiration challenge, I stumbled across this super cute apron from Anthropologie.

They have some GORGEOUS aprons, all too beautiful in my opinion to mess up, but this one in particular inspired me to make this card.

I loved the criss cross lines on the apron, as well as the colors and adorable cupcakes! When I saw this apron, I just knew I could finally ink up the cupcake stamp that I have had for at least a year and never used!

So, the challenge is this…

  1. Look at the inspiration pic of the apron, get inspired!
  2. Take that inspiration wherever it leads you…scrapbook page, card, atc, canvas, altered object, anything goes!!
  3. Upload your creation to our Ning network!

DEADLINE IS THIS FRIDAY JANUARY 15TH. Please check back at the Ning site to see what others have created! This challenge is just for fun, so have fun and get scrappy!


Thursday, January 7, 2010

New Year, New Beginnings Challenge- Part 3

For my New Year, New Beginnings challenge I wanted to use my New Year resolutions in some way. I love the idea of a New Year, clean slate, self improvement and all that but I often forget what my resolutions are, which makes it easy to not keep them With Dedication being one of my resolutions, I decided if I was reminded on a regular basis it would be harder to forget so with that came the idea of New Year's ATC's! They are small enough to carry with me and with a little pocket to keep them in, I was on my way!

The first step was to pick the paper, for this part I incorporated another resolution Accept Change by using colors I normally stay away from, in patterns I would often use for someone else. I went with American Craft patterned papers in complimentary colors (red, black, yellow and I had to throw some green in there). I used a few embellishments but not many. Simplify was another resolution, so I wanted each design to be clean but appealing. I was more successful with some more than others :) With all the cool products out there it is hard to not grab a bit of each one every time! Above is the pocket that will hold the ATC's. I simply measured around the outside of one ATC and added a little to handle the depth of 10 or so cards. This is a great way to make a custom envelope for a specialty card (look for custom envelope instructions on our community site soon) See my ATC's below and don't forget to work on your project, to show us what New Year, New Beginnings means to you!

The whole group; I used some Making Memories alpha stickers, Tim Holtz hardware, Ranger Stickles, Martha Stewart glitter and a bit of home made shimmer spray for some shine .

Two of my favorites, Focus is the key and Create everyday! Hopefully if I focus better, I can have the time to create everyday :)

My husbands favorite ended up being the Simplify one, no wonder, he is always telling me to Simplify my life. I really like how Change looked on the paper, it made me more comfortable with using red that's for sure. The last few are, reminding myself to Be healthy, Donate time to charity, Inspire others, and Think Scrappy!

We can't wait to see your creations,remember the deadline is coming soon, Jan. 13th and someone will win a Scrappy kit. Send your entry to

Have a wonderful day, thanks for stopping by!

*Look for our Candy Gram Sneak Peek this weekend, orders will start Jan. 14th!

*Also, check back on Monday when Julie will introduce a monthly Inspiration challenge!

Don't worry, be Scrappy!


Saturday, January 2, 2010

New Year, New Beginnings - Part 2

Bringing you another idea for our New Year New Beginnings challenge - after discovering Ali Edwards' One Little Word over at her blog, my idea for this project was to use a scalloped chipboard album with cardstock pages inside and scrap one thing each month to tie in with my chosen word bliss.

Having had a few difficult times over November and December it can be hard to remember all the good things that happened earlier in the year, so starting with our trip to London to see a musical next weekend I wanted to make something that I could look back at this time next year and find my 'bliss' all over again!

I layered patterned paper, paper scraps and ribbon onto the chipboard and lots and lots of embellishments!

I wanted to have the themes for my mini-album on the front cover so that they were obvious but didn't take over the page.

I didn't want to make the back cover as heavily embellished as the front, but still wanted it to tie in with the same style - a metal plaque from my Secret Santa finished this off perfectly! I finished up by decorating the bookrings with coordinating ribbons.

Scalloped chipboard album - Papermania. Patterned paper - Creative Memories, plus scraps from stash. Ribbons from stash, blue spotted flower by Petaloo, brown flowers from stash, black butterflies and flower - vinyl stickers by Papermania. Rub-ons by Letraset. 'Life' key by Tim Holtz. 'Heart to heart' metal plate by Making Memories.

So here's a reminder of what you need to do:-

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!

Thanks for looking! Gayle xx