Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Easter Banner

Easter is 25 days away, have you started decorating yet? If you need ideas I have this very easy to make Easter Banner.

The supplies I used are:
Gesso Paint
Glimmer Mist
Glitter Chip Letter
Pearl Pins
Wood Mini Spools
Seam Binding Ribbon

Start by cutting your banner shape out of the cardboard, you might want to also cut some cardstock paper for the back of the banner pieces. Glimmer mist each of them. Paint the edges using Gesso or any type of Acrylic paint. Now that you have your Gesso and paintbrush out start painting ea of the Mini Wood Spools.

Once all your paint is dry it is time to start embellishing, tie a piece of the Seam Binding Ribbon to each of the Spools. For the banner pieces glue a small Doilies to the center, add the Glitter Chip Letter, two Flowers and two Pearl Pins.

I used Hemp rope to hang my banner and added a cute egg in the center as extra decoration.

Hope you enjoyed this mini tutorial.

Have a Wonderful Day


Monday, March 28, 2011

Spring's Exchange

Diana mentioned in a previous post that she, myself and our friend Erica did a little Spring project swap with each other. Today, I would like to share what I made for the swap and show the beautiful projects I was given. This Spring banner was for Diana. I started with wooden craft sticks (shorter than a paint stirrer) and I traced them onto my patterned paper. I am not sure what manufacturer the paper is since it was a scrap, but I'm thinking it was Bo Bunny. Then I painted each stick with a vintage linen paint. While that was drying, I took my large alpha stamps from Technique Tuesday and stamped them on white card stock. I then cut them out and set aside. Once the sticks were dry, I adhered the patterned paper to them. I then sanded the edges with a Tim Holtz distressing tool. Once the paper was on, I just went about embellishing the way I thought Di would like it. I used various flowers, a little bling here and there, buttons, border punches and a Stampin Up butterfly stamp.

Now Di already shared this with us here on the blog, but it is so beautiful, that it deserves seeing again. She made this for both myself and Erica. Photo is courtesy of Erica at Zunky Chic. I just love this Di and I plan to put a pic of my girls on it this Spring!
When I made my project for Erica, I changed up a few of the details and color scheme. The paper is from Imaginesce.

Erica made me this lovely keepsake box:

How beautiful!!! And she also made me this double sided pendant.

Thanks again ladies for a wonderful swap!


**Fan appreciation month is drawing to a close but don't worry! There's still more chances to win a few crafty goodies if you go to our facebook page this week! **

Friday, March 25, 2011

March's Art Journal Friday

Welcome to another Art Journal Friday! If you haven't played along before, please feel free to come and join us - all welcome! On the last Friday of every month I post a journal prompt to encourage you to get your pens, paints, paper, glue, plus anything and everything you can lay hands on(!) and to have a play. We have an Art Journal Friday group set up at our Ning Community if you'd like to share your pages with us - you're sure to receive a lot of love :) click here to visit our Ning site.

I haven't had a lot of time lately to do the things that I enjoy, like reading for example (well, reading for pleasure rather than study!) and I am very much looking forward to getting some quality fiction time in in the near future! It got me thinking about how much the different books I've read have created pictures in my head - I can still conjure up very clearly the mental images from books that I read many years ago, the people that I read about and the places that they went.

This month's journal prompt is to pick a book, a character or a place that really struck you and journal about it. You could pick a favourite book and journal maybe about the things you enjoy about it and the feelings it gives you, or perhaps a book you only read once but which created particularly vivid thoughts or images for you that you still remember. Maybe you have a favourite character who embodies something for you and you feel engaged with in some way (I am still mourning the death of Dumbledore by the way, maybe I need to work through that! lol). Perhaps a location in a book was created so well by the author that you feel as if you have been there yourself.

This challenge is just for fun; whether or not you create a page, or decide to share a page, is entirely up to you :) photos can be uploaded to the Art Journal Friday group; please leave some love if you stop by and see a page that you like :)

Happy weekend and happy journaling! :)

Gayle xx

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Don't forget....

Don't forget that we are continuing our Fan Appreciation Month over at our Crafting Community at Ning! You just need to go on over, be a new or current member of our community there and read the daily blog post this week. The blog post will have a question for you to answer in the comments section. A winner will be selected each morning!

Here is a direct link to today's post:

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Unlocks the Flowers

Keeping up with the Spring theme, and also hoping to see more signs of it soon (fingers crossed) I participated with my friends Julie and Erica in a Spring Art Swap, they already received it so now I can share it with all of you.

I altered a 9” X 7” Canvas using Making Memories acrylic paint and the beautiful Twig collection from Little Yellow Bicycle.

A photo of there preference will go in the green empty area; the ribbon and banner are not glued on that part.

For the title I used October Afternoon Alphas and embellished it with some Prima roses and Maya Road pins. The ribbon is from American Crafts.

To make a frame I glued brown velvet ribbon around the canvas, and at the top added three more flowers.

I really like swapping with these two talented ladies and loved what they both made for me. I got a beautiful spring project from Julie, but you’ll have to wait to see photos of that on a different post ;) Here is what I got from Erica, she decorated a trinket box in her lovely vintage style and made me these beautiful sterling and glass bead earrings, and that was not all, she also made a gorgeous ribbon bookmark that I put to use right away.
Don't forget that March is TST's Fan Appreciation month and this weeks giveaway winners are being selected from our Scrappy Community, go over there and look up the blog post where Julie is asking a daily question :)
I hope you all have a wondeful day


Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring is here!

Spring is here today with rain to melt away the snow still on the ground. I am choosing to ignore the fact that snow is in the forecast the next couple of days and I'm focusing on the positive....snow is disappearing. I have a Spring card to share with you that I made awhile back.

I love vintage patterns and this girl reminded me of all the beauty Spring brings!

Supplies used:
AC Cardstock
Prima Patterned Paper
Cosmo Cricket Rub ons
Vintage pattern
Paper doily
Prima flowers
DMC Floss
Colorbox Dune ink for aging
Vintage ribbon

Thank you for looking today! I would also like to remind you that we are continuing our Fan Appreciation month over at our CRAFTING COMMUNITY. All you need to do is be a member of our community (if you aren't currently, you can sign up) and leave us a comment on our blog post's daily question. You will be entered in to win a RAK from us! Winners will be announced the following day in our blog post. Click below for a direct link to today's blog post:

Good luck!!


Monday, March 21, 2011

Blog Day #7 Giveaway Winners!

Thanks you all for your comments and suggestions, we really appreciate the support we get from all of you J

Since this is the last blog giveaway day I decided to pick 2 winners, so Congratulations to……


& to


A huge thanks to both of you and please send us your postal address to so we can mail you a scrappy supply

March is not over yet, head over to our Scrappy Community because Julie will start the giveaways over there today.

Have a great day!


Saturday, March 19, 2011

Time to Participate! March Fan Giveaway

Since tomorrow will be the last blog giveaway, I would like all of you to have a chance to win, including the none followers that still keep on eye on us (blog stalkers ;)

So, leave a comment telling us what is your favorite craft and if there is anything new you would like to see on the blog, any monthly segment sugestions or group sugestion for our scrappy community, don't be shy, this is a blog made for all of you and we hope we are able to offer inspiration and ideas to you.

OK, leave your comments, you have the rest of today and all Sunday, I'll be back on Monday to announce the winner, good luck and thank you in advance for your sugestions.


March Fan Giveaway Blog! Day #5&6


I hope you are all having a great weekend, it is time to announce our winner for Friday and Saturday

Congratulations to......

Follower #57


Follower #114


Yay! Thank you girls for your support, please send us your postal address to

Tomorrow I'll be announcing the last blog winner of this week, if you are part of our Scrappy Community check it out daily because Julie will be picking the winners from there, and if you are not a member yet, what are you waiting, we have groups for every type of scrapbooker :)

Till tomorrow.

Friday, March 18, 2011

March Fan Giveaway! Blog Day #4


I hope you all have great weekend plans, mine will hopefully be full of crafty time.

Yesterdays winner was selected from our followers list, Congratulations to...................


Thank you for your support Nicky :) Please send us your postal address to so we can mail you a scrappy supply

Till tomorrow.


Thursday, March 17, 2011

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Hello, I hope you are all enjoying your St. Patrick's Celebrations, did anybody forget to wear green today? ;)

I'll start this post by announcing yesterday's winner, Congratulations to:


Thank you for your support Gez :) please send us your postal address to so we can mail you a scrappy surprise . 4 more days to go, todays winner can be you, so keep commenting or start following us.

Julie, Kristin and I would like to share a few projects we made for todays holiday.


This is a simple manila tag I painted with some green Glimmer Mist, the Note Page is from Making Memories and I pleated it using a bone folder, all the alphas are also from Making Memories and as a final touch I added the buckle button with ribbon.


When making a card for St. Patrick's Day, I remembered that I had this older stamp that was an Irish blessing! How perfect for today!

Supplies: Impression Obsession rubber stamp, black cardstock scraps, cream cardstock scrap, kraft cardstock, DCWV paper, Offray ribbon, Hero Arts gem, foam dots.

Finally, how about a cute, simple recipe to celebrate the day?

This recipe is for Shamrock Pretzels courtsey of Family Fun.


*Canned refridgerator bread stick dough

*Colored sugar



1. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non stick spray.

2. To create the clover shape, shape 3 breadsticks into hearts and form as shown. Attach a small stem, decorate with cinnamon and colored sugar. Bake according to package directions and enjoy!


I am trying that tonight Julz,thanks! I made this LO of my husband and I on our wedding day, with the only St. Paddy's Day title I could think Have a great day everybody!

Happy St. Patrick's Day from The Scrappy Tree team!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011


Hello, and welcome to my third mini album tutorial, has anyone received the February Trends Mini Album magazine? I was lucky to get my “Words that describe you” mini album published there, and for this months tutorial I would like to share with you the steps to make your own.

For the tutorial I’ll be making a new mini album about my First Cousins, I have a total of 18. At the beginning of the year I was very fortunate to get a picture with each of my cousins from my moms side of the family, I have a goal to do the same with my cousins from my dads side of the family to complete my album.
Supplies I used:
Most of my supplies are from my favorite Pink Paislee paper collection Queen Bee.

Maya Road Square Canvas Binder Album
Pink Paislee: Pattern Paper, Die Cut Paper, Ribbon Pleats, Cork Buttons, Flip Notes and Press On.
American Crafts: Thickers
Others: Glimmer Mist, Chalk Ink, Assorted Brads, Ribbon, Cotton Twine

Lets start with the album cover, since the inside will be visible I recommend that it gets painted, take the canvas cover off and use your preferred type of paint, I applied 3 coats of Glimmer Mist with a paint brush, make sure you also paint the edges, do the same with the edges of the chipboard pages.
Now I’ll share with you a fun technique I learned at an online class taught by Laura McCollough, I was surprised on how easy it is to apply the Press On to Canvas, I like to work with canvas but I’m not very skilled when it comes to painting, reason why I think this other option to dress up the canvas cover is great.
Make sure your cover is on a flat surface, start applying the press on from one corner using a bone folder; you’ll notice how it transfers to the canvas because of the color change on the paper.
The cover decoration continues with two pieces of pattern paper, one with a border punch edge to add a little extra decoration, a Journal Tag, the Pleated Ribbon, Cotton Twine, and Brads; it is important that you make this separate, once it is all put together you can adhere it to your cover and add any other extra embellishment.
Make your title with Thickers or any other alphas of your preference. Just as an extra detail you can add a piece of the plaited ribbon to the books spine.
The inside pages have a simple and easy design. Coordinate a piece of pattern paper with one of the Flip Notes. Add a piece of ribbon on the corner opposite to the binder holes and tie a piece of Cotton Twine around the top part of the page.
Here is a finished page.
Using Thickers include a name or title on each of your pages.
For the photos I used PicNik to get that cool Polaroid frame. For the girls pages I added a few feminine details to the original design with some cute flowers and gems.
This album has two Canvas Pockets, The family name will go on the front part and on the back part I’ll add another photo with the same clean and simple design I used for the chipboard pages. The pockets have a snap in the front that will keep secure anything extra you want to include in the album, I'll be putting my journaling notes there.
Here is the finished album cover, as extra embellishments I added the cork buttons, a prima rose and three different thicker fonts.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and get inspired to make your own, using my album themes or any other topic that fits your life.

I’ll include this tutorial in my Mini Album Group at our Scrappy Community, become a member and remember you can upload photos of your album creations there; I would love to see what you make.
Have a Fantastic Day!

March Fan Giveaway - Blog Day #2


Congratulations to Applemimi!!!!

Please send us your postal address so we can mail you a Scrappy supply.

Thank you Applemimi for your support :)

There are 5 more days left on our Blog Giveaway, so keep those comments comming and don't forget to start following us.
Next week the winners will be picked from our Scrappy Community . We invite you to join our diferent types of scrappy groups, I'm sure you'll find one that fits your crafting style

Enjoy your day, and I'll be back tomorrow to announce todays winner.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Fan Giveaway - Blog Day #1!


Congratulations to Janice Pattie! Yay!

Please send us your postal address so we can mail you a Scrappy supply, thank you very much for your support :)

Today's winner will be picked from our followers list, so if you are not follower yet, what are you waiting for.

Have a great day and I'll be back tomorrow to announce the winner.


Sunday, March 13, 2011

Inspiration Monday: St. Patrick's Day twist

Hello readers! With St. Patrick's Day coming up, I thought this month's Inspiration Challenge should focus on that! I did a google search of St. Patrick's Day images and found this cute one to share with you today. For the challenge, use this image on any project and upload to our
NING GROUP by next Monday! We'd love to see how you use this image.

I must admit, I was under the gun a bit to whip something up quick for this post today but I thought a tag might be pretty fun. I used green scraps for the tag base, an EK Success border punch, a black scrap, the Lucky image, KaiserCraft gemstones, and Offray ribbon to complete my tag.

Don't forget to comment on our blog this week. Di is going to be selecting daily winners from our blog comments!

Sunday, Mod Podge Funday!

Hi everyone, Happy Sunday Funday!

I hope you all are enjoying your weekend and getting some scrappy time in. Today I wanted to share a few projects I have been working on.

The first is fun and simple and would cost about $8 for you to duplicate. I started with a bare wood Eiffel Tower from Michaels. I think it ran about $4.99 but they have many different things to choose from, ranging from $1- $6.

I started with a layer of black gesso, 1 8 x 8 sheet of the 7 Gypsies Lillie paper and their acrylic travel stamps. I painted the tower first and while it was drying, I stamped the label images (using an ink dye, so it wouldn't run when the Mod Podge was applied) onto the 8x8 sheet of paper. I waited briefly for the ink to dry, cut the labels up and started to lay them down where they seemed to fit shape and design wise. * Note, when using Mod Podge, remember to use it under and over to get a good seal and to protect your image completely.

The thing I like about this is you can do this with your real stubs or tickets or other things you may collect while on a trip and really get to appreciate them in a piece that may just hang out in your house and remind you of your fun time. As I mentioned you can choose from lots of different bare wood items from frames to memory boxes.

Next up, my tribute to Gayle's St. David's Day Challenge, if you haven't seen, check it out here, she found some cool little goodies for the prize! The challenge was to create a project using green and yellow, two of my favs!

I went with an altered canvas, about 8x11". I started with a beautiful piece of pattern paper. I knew I wanted to do a few flowers, so I decided to use some embroidering floss as the flower stems and did that first before I got out the handy Mod Podge (of course) adding a full layer above and below the PP to attach it to the canvas. I Let it dry then added my embellishments. I cut out a few flowers, added some doodling, some rub-on's, dangle ball ribbon, a few butterflies out of book text, and tried a few painting texture techniques.

Here you can see the Bubble wrap I used to add some dimension as well as a roller stamp in another shade of yellow for more texture and shading. I doodled on the flowers and butterflies to add more interest to them and to tie them into the black rub-on's I used at the bottom of the piece.

This is a good shot of the screen technique, where I brushed on a layer of green craft paint, rested a small screen on the paint while it was drying but picked it up before it stuck permanently, instant circle design!

Those are my Sunday Funday projects, hope you get inspired to break out the Mod Podge and have some fun To learn more about Mod Podge or just see some really fun project ideas, go HERE!

Lastly, please help our friends in Japan if you can and continue to hold them in your thoughts and prayers as they deal with this terrible tragedy. Click on the picture to learn more about ways you can help.

Have a blessed day.


Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Resolution Tag Book March

Remember the Resolution Tag Book Gayle made Here? Resolutions are so easy to forget as the months go by, that is why I liked her project and decided to make my own.
My book is small because I only have four resolutions.

The home of my book is this 7 Gypsies Match Box that I decorated using Chatterbox paper and embellishments.

Weekend Getaways; is something I’ve wanted to do for a while, and I am hoping to save enough and accomplish at least two this year.

Minimize Multitasking; multitasking is something I used to be proud of, until I started to get very forgetful, I read that when you multitask your attention is divided and that causes short term memory and stress. As women, we do so much that multitasking is a MUST in our daily life, so I am not saying I am going to stop, I’m just going to try to do less of it.

Minimalistic Habits; Last year my husband and I moved from a 2 bedroom to a one bedroom apartment, for that reason I had to get rid of a lot of stuff we barely or never used. Because of our new small space when I go to the store before I buy something instead of asking myself “do I really need this” I wonder “where am I going to put this”. In a few months we’ll be moving again to a bigger apartment, and I really like my new forced lifestyle of not buying unnecessary things, if I am able to accomplish this, because of the savings I’ll be able to make my first resolution a reality ;)

Emotional Healing; this is the most important of all my resolutions, and it is one that I’ve already been working on.

Share you resolutions with us, become a member of our Scrappy Community and upload pics of your tag book.

Have you heard that March is TST’s Fan Appreciation month? There has been a daily scrappy supply giveaway, Kristin already announced the 7 lucky winners from our Facebook page, I heard that this month Gayle is monitoring our Twitter account and next week I’ll be checking our blog, so if you have not become a follower yet what are you waiting for, and start leaving comments to increase your possibilities to win (hint hint ;)
Good Luck and I hope you all have a great week