Monday, February 25, 2013

Thank you!

We just wanted to say a big thank you to everyone who helped make the From The Heart Auction a big success - Kevin McKidd himself, the folks at Kevin McKidd Online, the bidders (of course!) and all the shares and retweets that helped get the word out far and wide.

As you can read on the Kevin McKidd Online website here, over $800 was raised (over £500 in Brit money!) which will be donated to the charity Save The Children - well done everybody!

Our Scrappy Tree girl Kristin worked especially hard on this so big thanks to her for all of her efforts, she's a real star :)

Happy Monday to all! xx

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Steampunk altered tin

So, like many of you I'm a bit of a hoarder for things that I might be able to incorporate into some crafting at a later date; it's taking up a lot of room!  This tin of cough sweets is actually one of the smaller items but it's a start ;)
 The background is embossed card (Tim Holtz Gears embossing folder) coloured with frayed burlap Distress Ink and tarnished brass and antiqued bronze Distress Stains, and a bit of black Archival to dirty it up a bit :)  I put washi tape around the rim of the tin (not sure what make!) and added an Ideology gear with a little brass coloured charm.
The gentlemen are from the Stampers Anonymous steampunk set, with a Papermania Chronology cog stamp edging the bottom of the tin.  The images are stamped in coffee Archival so the ink didn't run when I coated the top of the tin with Mod Podge to seal it.
Thanks for visiting today!  I'd love to hear what kinds of things you collect for crafty 'recycling' :)

I also wanted to mention that there are just two days left on our charity auction to raise money for Save The Children - we've got items signed by the actor Kevin McKidd to bid on, so please share and retweet and get the word out there, auction ends Monday!

Happy scrapping!

Gayle xx

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Beginner Art Journal page

Hi!  It's Julie here today with a little peek inside my attempt to get back into art journaling.  I've always enjoyed working in my art journals but I will admit that it got pushed into the background when things got busy.  I really enjoyed art journaling, so I am determined to carve out some time and do it.

Today I am showing you how to use Faber Castell Gelatos to create an art journal background.  If you've read a previous post on this supply, you'll see how awesome they are for art journalers!

For today's project, I used the following Gelato colors:

(Red cherry, tangerine, green tea, and mango)

I started with white gesso and primed my page (you'll see two pages primed in this pic.  I only worked with one).

My art journal is an old book I got from a garage sale's free box.  :)  I really love using old books as art journals.  I have a total of 3 art journals started.  This one has been neglected awhile so I'm giving it some love now.

In the video below, you will see part one of how I layed down my color to make a background page.

Here's a look at the page from the end of the first video:

I like how it came out here.  Once dry, I proceeded to complete my page. 

Part two of the process:

It was a lot of fun to just do whatever!!  That's what I love about art journaling.  No rules really.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, February 18, 2013

From The Heart Auction

Hi folks!  Once again we've been working with Kevin McKidd Online to turn out some scrappy projects to raise some money for charity; there will be an online auction running from today until Monday 25th February where you can bid to win items created by The Scrappy Tree which have been signed by the actor Kevin McKidd (Grey's Anatomy fans get bidding!).

Proceeds go to Save The Children which is a great charity raising funds to help children across the world.  You can click on the picture above to enlarge the poster but I'll also include a link direct to the poster on the Kevin McKidd Online site here which has live links to the auction on eBay, and you can read more about the campaign and some of the work that Save The Children gets involved in.

Thank you to Kevin McKidd Online for working with us again, we love getting involved in charity projects for good causes!  And thank you to Kevin himself too :) we are fans here at TST!

If you're reading this post and you're able to share, retweet or signpost we'd really appreciate it, the more money we can raise the better :)

Much love and thanks

The Scrappy Tree girls xx

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Stamping with Faber-Castell Pitt big brush artist pens

Hi everyone!  It's Julie here with another crafty video.  Today I'd like to show you how to use Faber-Castell's Pitt big brush artist pens to stamp.  These pens are so awesome and they can be used in so many ways that there will be more videos in the future.  I hope you enjoy today's video.

Faber-Castell's Big brush artist pens are india ink markers (unlike Copics).  These markers blend but only if the surface is right.  (Upcoming video on this).  They are vibrant colors, permanant and light fast.  They are wonderful for mixed media and excellent to stamp with.  They are typically  around $6 each at most retailers, but Dick Blick art supplies has them for $3 each.  They also have sets of the markers as well which are at a big savings.  I recommend them highly!  (Also check out their Copics.  They are cheaper there as well.). 

I used the above colors for the card: May green, cobalt turquoise, cobalt green, and phthato blue.

Here's a look at the finished card:

Hope you enjoy the video today and I'll see you later this week for another video.  Got any ideas for things you'd like to see on video?  Please leave a comment below.  Thanks!

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Love letter challenge winner!

Congratulations to our love letter challenge winner Mal!  You can see his fantastic project by clicking here to visit The Artistic Stamper blog; we just wanted to say how impressed we were by this altered piece :)

Mal (or Jennie!) please get in touch with Gayle (via FB or tweet personal message) with an address and we'll forward a prize to you :) thank you very much for sharing your project and a very happy Valentine's to you both!

Happy scrapping!


Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Love love love

Feeling very prepared this year as I managed to make a Valentine ahead of time!  I've had the Stampers Anonymous Love Struck set for a while now and it seemed a shame not to use it for purpose as it's here in my drawer :)

Apart from the flourish, all the images on this card are from the same set, stamped in coffee Archival and coloured with Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick Distress Ink.  The flourish is from another Stampers Anonymous set.
Just a reminder, two more days to share your Valentine projects with us - go to this post and leave a link to your project (card, layout, mini etc etc) to be in with the chance to win some crafty goodness :)

Happy scrapping!

Gayle xx

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Making a quick card in under 10 minutes

Hi! It's Julie here with this week's video. Sometimes we are pressed for time and we need to make a card. In this video I show you a quick card I made using Studio Calico papers. Thanks for watching!

Also, don't forget to check out our Valentine's Love Letter Challenge!!  We'd love to see what kind of Valentine creations you make!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Love letter challenge!

Hi!  With Valentine's Day on the 14th fast approaching we thought it would be fun to invite you to take part in a challenge for some crafty goodies!

The theme for our challenge is 'love letters' - we'd love to see your project - be it a card, layout, mini album, your choice - telling someone special in your life how much you love them.  This could be your spouse, child, parent - anyone who deserves that special sentiment on Valentine's Day.

Post a link to your project in the comments for this post by the 14th February and we'll announce the winner on the 16th.  Can't wait to see what you make!  Happy scrapping xx

Monday, February 4, 2013


Hi and welcome! I have a card to share with you today which I made to wish a very good friend congratulations on her recent engagement.

The card uses broken china and tarnished brass Distress Stains for the background, layered and spritzed with water and dried inbetween with a heat gun.

 The edging and the main stamped images are in Dusty Concord Distress Ink with the paler script stamped in Shaded Lilac, and the stamp set is IndigoBlu Sarah's Choice with a Stampers Anonymous flourish in the corners.  The butterfly was a free stamp from Craft Stamper magazine which I stamped in coffee Archival and spritzed with Sunset Strip Shimmerz Paint, and then cut out to stick onto the card.
When I searched out my button jar I had some buttons in matching colours so added these for embellishment.

Wishing the happy couple all the very best, they are lovely together!

Thanks for visiting today, look out for some exciting news soon and a chance to win some goodies!

Happy scrapping!

Gayle xx