Hi all! I’m back with all the deets and a million pictures for Wednesday Stamp Club, are you ready?
Excellent! I love an enthusiastic crowd!
This week I wanted to use our newest Stephanie Fizer set, Sheltering Tree, and since Earth Day is right around the corner, I thought I could combine the two. I really struggled all week long for inspiration, but literally as I was lying in bed it came to me! I thought about one of my favorite childrens books of all time, The Giving Tree, by Shel Silverstein, and then an idea started to form.
I LOVE the premise of The Giving Tree, and decided I could take the lovely sentiment and tweak it a bit and create something for my daughters.
Hubby helped me find a perfect branch in the yard, and then he nailed it to a small piece of wood so it would stand upright.
Using the Sheltering Tree DIGI Paper Pack & the new Template, I printed the bottom box and bottom box liner onto the backs of my green striped DIGI papers. That’s the coolest thing about DIGI Papers! Patterned Papers don’t generally come in 8.5 X 11 sizes, so with DIGI’s I can have patterned papers for template use!
After my box bottom is complete and lined, I wanted to add a little something to the sides to finish it, so I cut four pieces of the brwon striped DIGI papers and then scored them so that they’d fold over the edges on my box nicely.
Here’s a close up of the scalloped edges glued on the box side.
Here’s my completed box bottom.
We put the branch in a small gusset bag and added some dirt so you wouldn’t see the wood stabilizing the branch.
I put the tree in the box, tied it with some brown suede from our Coffee and Cream ribbon collection, and added some shred to the top to completely cover the bag.
Then using the green striped paper from the DIGI pack and my 1 3/8″ punch, I punched out about a dozen circles.
I folded all the circles in half.
Then I trimmed around the edge to create…
LEAVES! I am SO proud of myself for this idea. I’m sure it’s been done a million times before, but it was my first time, and I’m excited!
Here’s my completed pile of leaves.
On the back of each leaf I wrote little love notes to the girls!
Then I punched small holes in the bottom of each leaf and tied them to the branches using the twine from the Bakery Blend Ribbon collection.
I created a little panel to complete the back of the project. I embossed my large tree circle on the green striped DIGI paper, stamped the tree on my brown striped paper (look Ma, no coloring!) and then mounted it on the sky paper panel. I colored the owls and popped them on the tree.
I then mounted the panel to the back of my tree box.
They have a tree filled with love notes from a mom who loves them dearly!
Don’t you want to play along?
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