Friday, November 30, 2012

Thankful for Thanksgiving

Hello TST!  Soooo loved the Thanksgiving posts last weekend, hope our US friends had a wonderful time :) I am posting today with an autumnal thankfulness themed tag because even as a Brit, how can you not join in :) I was very lucky to be nominated by my TST companions as a honorary American so I decided I need to indulge my love of pumpkin and make something autumnal to show my gratitude for the honour (honor!)

I had shortened this tag for reasons unknown (suspect I needed the bottom piece for something else!) but I wasn't going to let that stop me ;) I coloured the background with yellows. oranges and red (some of my favourite colours) and stamped the images on top in black Archival and blue and red Distress ink.

The flower is a combination of Alterations tattered florals and tattered poinsettias, with a brad centre and some marmalade Distress stickles.

The centre flower is a paper Prima flower in its original colours; I felt the blue matched the background colours so used it as a centre piece.  I also wanted a caption to bring everything together so I typed one out on my Dymo :)

I've also posted at The Stamp Attic today so I'd love to hear your comments if you have any :) hope you've had a wonderful weekend :)  I am off to a Melt Art class tomorrow, hopefully I will come back with some lovely things to share!

Gayle xx

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Baby Picture Frame Set

Hello, Diana here with my last nursery related post.

I was planning on buying a seven gypsies printer tray for this project, but I found these two photo frames on sale at Target for a dollar and change each. The size, color and even the two division were perfect.

To continue with the same color combo of my other decorations I used Crates Little Bo Peep papers again.

For the design I layered paper, a doilie and a tag on the top section and I cut a bunch of scallop circles for the  below section.

I was still not sure what photos I was going to use with this project, but after finding this quote I knew it would go perfect with the ultrasound image: "For now in Mommy's tummy, Forever in her Heart". 

I can't wait to put a photo on the second picture frame. The top section also has layers of paper, a doilie and a little banner.

For the below section I layered border punch papers and a few chipboard embellishments.

As always I hope I was able to bring some inspiration to your day.

Till Next Time.


Thursday, November 22, 2012

~Give Thanks~


Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends across the blogosphere. Kristin here, blogging today to wish you all a BEAUTIFUL time, spent with family and friends and yes even to you our non-American friends, you deserve a wonderful day as well :). This year I am thankful for possibly more than any year ever before! It's been a tough go so far that is ending with good health, a steady income, the best family a girl could ask for, awesome friends and the most beautiful bundle of joy this Meme has ever seen.

I'm also thankful for the happiness I find in creating art and crafty things, nothing else relaxes me like loosing myself in a project and seeing the end result. I know you all reading this understand that one :) I thought I would share a few things I created for the first Thanksgiving I'm hosting, wish me luck!

~First up, the beautiful bundle of joy, isn't he adorable~

First visit to Pop pop and Meme's house

Place cards

Centerpiece boxes

I started with bare wood and added some metallic paint in dark espresso, then I added some candles and the misc greenery and nuts. These will be the main focal point on the main table.

Supplies I used


Bookcase decoration


Flowers for arrangements



The main table

Thanks for visiting today,

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Letter E Wreath

Hello, Diana here with another decoration I made for our nursery. This time I got some inspiration from THIS talented blogger, and from my also talented cousin who made a similar Wreath for her Fall decorations, I was glad to have the option to call her in case I got stuck in the DIY steps.

The materials I used were Fabri-Tac, Ribbon, Wooden letter and Felt flowers.

I divided the back of the wreath in three and once I added the glue to the first part I just started to wrap the ribbon around and around.

I painted the letter in a soft pink color and added a little flower for decoration, the letter is attached to the wreath with a thinner version of the thicker ribbon, both ribbons together ended up looking very nice.

I must have rearranged these flowers a million times, but I finally settle for this look.  

The wreath is already hanging on the nurseries closet door, I hope I gave you clear steps and that you can soon make your own version of it.

Till Next Time.


Saturday, November 17, 2012

Veterans Day Inspired Album

Hi Everybody, Kristin here to share a Veterans Day inspired album.

~In Tribute to~ John Alphonse Langlais

My Father In Law was a good man who lived a Forrest Gump-esque life. Born in Quebec, he was the son of a single mother who supported her children by working in the orphanages her children lived in. His family immigrated to the East coast of Maine when he was a youth, where he learned to love seafood. He was an amateur Hockey player, an Enforcer in fact, yet an all around tender and funny guy who made everyone he met, laugh and smile. He served in not one but two branches of the Armed Forces, the Army and later the Marines becoming an American Citizen while serving.  He was in both World War II and the Korean war. Having traveled around the world, he had many stories. Being stranded in France during World War II was a popular one. He was lucky enough to fall back on his French and communicate with a family willing to hide him until he was picked up by his Unit. Later in life he settled on the West coast, near the orange groves in Orange, CA, where he helped raise two amazing children. Through his life, he was lucky enough to be married to two different extraordinary women. Even later in life, he was simply Grandpa, who spoke French with a Maniac accent, pulled funny faces and told funny stories. His life may seem to be made up of lots of "Two's" but he was "One of a Kind". He is no longer with us but will live on in our memories forever.

When he passed, we were given priceless pictures from his time in the military and I knew the second I saw them I wanted to create something for my husband to hold some of these treasured moments.

I started with  Kraft colored glassine envelopes by Advantus - designed by Tim Holtz , under the  Idea-ology Collection. I loved the look of these, they already reminded me of the military and they had ready made pockets for special treasures.

In the US, they can be found here;

The next step was cutting mat board pages and covers to match the size of the envelopes. I distressed them with several colors of Distress stains, by Ranger Ink-also designed by Tim Holtz and found some grunge style pattern papers to line the covers and pages. Most of the paper I used was Tim Holtz or 7 Gypsies.

In the US, you can find Distress Stains and other Ranger products here; 

 You can see in the above picture, where the envelopes met the mat board. I glued the envelopes to the mat board pages, added a few staples for looks only and then added some pictures on top of the envelope flap to utilize the whole page. The envelopes then created a tri-fold effect and were able to be used as pockets for mementos I did not want to glue or get lost.

You can see in the lower right picture above, I added a faux dog tag and a few other vintage inspired charms, put them on a chain and wound them in the books center. 

My Favorite page of the album, he is the one in the middle, looking straight into the camera as all the others around him carry on. I'm not sure to be honest if this was his going away picture as he hoped on a train to go to boot camp, but it sure looks like it could be. Regardless, my all time favorite picture ever.

Being an airplane mechanic, most of the pictures were of planes, John working on planes, John in planes, so I pulled out all the random vintage things that  had to do with flight and planes. These vintage travel stickers worked great.

A few pictures of the rest of the book. My husband now keeps this next to his flag from the memorial and every so often opens it up to take a peak. As we discover more of his time spent in the military, we are able to use the blank pages I included to record some of his moments and memories.

Thanks for stopping by today and a special shout out and Thank You to those who have served and are serving in Militaries Around the World, keeping their countries safe. Bless you.

To read more about Veterans Day visit;

Friday, November 16, 2012

Purple haze

Morning! Happy Friday to all :) I have a tag to share with you today; I realised I hadn't made a paper rose for a while and this tag needed something extra ;)

The saying is from an Andy Skinner stamp set with some flowers stamped in the background...
 The colours are Distress Inks in purples and some Peeled Paint (green), and I think the base colour was antique linen.  The rose is white card cut from the Tattered Florals die and coloured with Shaded Lilac and Dusty Concord Distress Ink.  I added some icicle Stickles to the rose and tag to accent, and added black lace and purple DCWV ribbon to the tag and finished off by tying some crinkle ribbon through the top which I coloured with Dusty Concord.

I also posted at The Stamp Attic today, lots of lovely snowflakes!  Here's my sneak peek :) let me know what you think!
Hope you have a great weekend ahead, I am off to the Carnival tonight! woo hoo :)

Happy scrapping

Gayle xx

Thursday, November 15, 2012

A Card and a Tag

Hello everyone! It's Julie here today with a tag and card using a wonderful paper doll stamp from Unity Stamps!

I absolutely fell in love with this stamp set and I thought a coordinating tag and card would be perfect for a special thank you gift!

In addition to the Unity Stamp paper doll, I used Papertrey Ink's button card stamps and dies and seam binding. The paper I used was from my scraps but I believe they were from Studio Calico.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Music Paper Banner

Hello, Diana here sharing another banner I made for our nursery room.

I used music paper, doilies, punched out hearts, brads and twine.

I cut the banner shape 1 inch longer to be able to punch out the decorative border and fold to the front.

Getting glue on doilies is messy, but it's worth it because they always look so pretty :)
The final decorations are the heart and the brad.

Hope you all have a great day.

Till next time


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Thankful Blog Hop

Hello and Welcome to the Thankful Blog Hop.

Words from this wonderful blog hop's creator Melanie Rozwood:

This is the time of year we really reflect on what we have to be thankful for. One of those things I am thankful for is scrapbooking and all the crafts, supplies and people that go along with it. A group of people is joining me today, and tomorrow, to share projects that all have the word ‘thank’ on them.

In addition to seeing a lot of awesome creations, there is some blog candy available too. If you comment on everyone’s bloghop post you will be entered to win the goodies. You don’t have to become a follower of the ‘Afternoon Scrapper’ blog too, but it would be great if you did. The prize is a mix of paper, stickers, mists, stencils stickers and more as pictured here:

That is one great prize, good luck to everyone.

And now my project; this is a mini album I made with last years Thanksgiving photos, I used the Portofolio Binding technique that I found in this book: "Bookcraft by Heather Weston", this is a great book for those of you who like to make your own albums.

For this project I used Crate's Farmhouse paper collection. For the title American Crafts Thickers and assorted Ribbon.

The album is divided in three parts.

Because I was only going to use 4X6 photos I added a Tim Holtz Ring Binder in the middle of the album and used page protectors from American Crafts. I decorated a 4X6 card to use as a cover sheet.

I also included an envelope for the DVD of the video I made from the event.

My journal is hidden behind a Donna Downey canvas tag from Prima marketing.

A closeup of the album cover.

I hope you enjoyed your stop at The Scrappy Tree, the hop will be divided in two days, here is the line up: 

Day 1, Saturday, Nov. 10

Happy Thanksgiving in advance and have a great day!