Nov 11 2011

FMS10 – Designer Paper Tree

Wow…it has been SEVERAL weeks since I've had the opportunity to play along with the Freshly Made Sketches Challenge!  Life just kept getting in the way.  In fact, in general, I've only been able to post on my blog a couple times a week instead of my normal 5-6 times a week!  But…when I first looked at the Freshly Made Sketch, I was almost intimidated because it was SO simple!



I had an idea that I wanted to try…but knew I'd have to modify the sketch a little bit to get it to work.  I think you'll still see the "bones" of the sketch in my card…but I needed the extra room for my tree, so I made the panels go all the way across.



The basic card is really simple.  I ran the front of the Cherry Cobbler cardstock thru the Big Shot with the Houndstooth Impressions Folder.  I made a panel of Whisper White and layered it on Garden Green cardstock.  I cut a tree trunk from Early Espresso cardstock and placed it underneath the "snowdrift" of Whisper White.  Across the top of the drift I used the Dazzling Details Glitter Glue for some extra sparkle.


Starting up from the trunk of the tree, I cut 4 squares of Frostwood Lodge Designer Paper, then cut them in half diagonally.  They are sizes of 2", 1 3/4", 1 1/2" and 1 1/4".  You will get TWO trees from one square.  I tilted each of the triangles, growing smaller as they reach the top.  Each of them is popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals.  At the very top is a Red Glimmer Star.  Then I added a Garden Green button on one of the designer paper "branches" tied with Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine and adhered with a Mini Glue Dot.


I think it is lots of fun and I'm glad I got to play along with the challenge this week!


Many thanks to the Veteran's who protect our country today and those that have served previously…we appreciate your dedication and service to our country!

18 People have left comments on this post

Nov 11, 2011 - 06:11:18
Nina Riley said:

So clever–I love it!  Gonna give it a try myself.  Thanks for sharing your talent.

Nov 11, 2011 - 10:11:39
Lauri Ingram said:

Such a fun tree!!!  Great way to use the sketch and the DSP!  Thanks for joining Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Nov 11, 2011 - 10:11:54
Susan said:

you're a genius to do this with a few lill' ole' sq.!!

Nov 11, 2011 - 11:11:19
Celeste Reising said:

What a fabulous idea!!!  So often I have left overs of dsp, now I can utilize them in a fun way!!  Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us!!!!

Nov 11, 2011 - 11:11:07
Lesley said:

Oh it is so cute Connie! Love how you interpreted the sketch and created the tree. I understand about being busy! We missed you and I am so happy you got the chance to join us! Thanks for playing at FMS!!

Nov 11, 2011 - 12:11:49
Laura said:

I love it!  Thanks for your creativity! 

Nov 11, 2011 - 06:11:37
Christy Q said:

Gorgeous card, Connie! Love the whimsicality of the tree and the patterned papers you used! Thanks for playing along with Freshly Made Sketches!

Nov 11, 2011 - 07:11:27
Johanna said:

Wow, your card looks really nice! This tree is a great idea 🙂

Nov 11, 2011 - 08:11:39

Fabulous tree!  So simple – but so clever!  Love it!

Nov 12, 2011 - 07:11:11

BEAUTIFUL card Connie

Nov 12, 2011 - 09:11:38
Lucia Kaiser said:

Connie: Love this design.  Very contemporary! ~ Lucia kaiser

Nov 13, 2011 - 01:11:29
Sandi Dailey said:

What an awesome idea Connie — love it!!

Nov 13, 2011 - 06:11:47
Tui Nathan said:

Fabulous … what a great way to showcase that beautiful patterned paper, love the tree and that shining star up above …. gorgeous!
Thanks for joining us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!!

Nov 13, 2011 - 12:11:15
Jen Mitchell said:

That is one very clever tree!  I love it and am going to shamelessly copy your idea!  Thanks so much for sharing with us at Freshly Made Sketches!

Nov 13, 2011 - 08:11:03
Jen Timko said:

I, too, will now shamelessly copy this tree!  It is fab-u-lous!!  So glad you got to join us this week at Freshly Made Sketches!!

Nov 13, 2011 - 09:11:09
Cindy Hall said:

So adorable and whimsical!  Love the DSP tree and glitter star!  Thanks for playing with Freshly Made Sketches this week!

Nov 19, 2011 - 01:11:00

Absolutely love your tree, Theresa x

Dec 5, 2011 - 03:12:11
Sharon White said:

I just stumbled across your blog.  I've seen this beautiful technique for fabric trees, and thought, I bet you can do it with scrapbook paper, and lo and behold….someone else thought of that too!    You have so many wonderful projects, thanks for sharing!