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I love this tree! Have I mentioned that I love this tree? It is a fabulous tree, and I was so excited when Paula wanted to put one up at her house! It looks so great on her wall. Actually, I’ve never seen a wall that it looks bad on! Here are some of the highlights as we put it up:

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And the final out come! It looks so gorgeous in real life!

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So, when are you getting YOUR tree?

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Every since I showed my mom the Definitely Decorative catalog with the beautiful Thoughts & Prayers Tree, she had been tossing around the idea of putting it up in the dining room. But it wasn’t until she saw the tree up on the wall in my library that she knew she had to get it! My mom custom designs Judaic needlepoint and has many beautiful pieces on her own walls. She decided that the tree would look beautiful in the dining room behind this piece:

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But we didn’t want to just put the picture on top of the tree, so we decided to leave a blank spot on the wall where the picture would go, with the trunk below it and the branches above. This was easy to do, since the tree comes in six pieces. The first thing we did was to mark off the corners of the pictures with Post-It notes.

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Then we removed the picture and began to put up the branches of the tree.

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Eve was my handy dandy helper throughout!

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Finally, we re-hung the picture.

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When we were satisfied with where it was hung, we added the trunk below it.

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Here is the end result.

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Don’t you love it? My parents were so happy with how their dining room wall came out! And it took less than hour to put up! You can download the new Definitely Decorative brochure and see all of the amazing Decor Elements available.

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Now Available! Stampin’ Up and Country Living have joined together to bring you the cutest BBQ kit ever!

For just $24.95, you’ll have what you need to throw a fabulous summer barbecue, including

  • Dig In stamp set
  • Die-cut table tents (two each of four colors)
  • Die-cut components, bamboo skewers, and envelopes to create eight shish kabob invitations
  • Die-cut coasters (three each of four colors)
  • Die-cut tags (four each of four colors)
  • 12″ x 12″ printed food wrapper sheets (12 each of two colors)
  • Printed recipe cards (four)
  • Linen thread (five yards)
  • Ruby Red Classic Stampin’ Spot
  • Night of Navy Classic Stampin’ Spot

(Tofu Dogs and Veggie Burgers not included…)

Here’s another look at the compononants:

You can see some other great ideas with this kit on Shelli Gardner’s blog. Contact me to order yours today!

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My dad is big-time into family history and genealogy. It is his passion, and find relatives and connecting them is so much more than a hobby to him. When I saw this project on my Stampin’ Up demonstrator website, I knew that I just had to make one for him for Father’s Day. He was adamant that we take a family picture when we were all there for Passover. I’m so glad that he did, because it gave me the perfect family picture to use! I am so impressed with how this came out, and it took me less than an hour to make! I can’t wait to give it to him!

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Stamps: Lovely Letters, Simple Serif Alphabet & Numbers
Ink: Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Urban Garden Designer Series Paper, Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Small Chocolate Thoughts & Prayers Tree (Decor Elements), Stamp-a-ma-Jig, 14″x 18″ frame

To create the background, I used both 12″ x 12″ sheets of the same Kiwi Kiss pattern from the Urban Garden Designer Series Paper pack. I used the 14″ x 18″ paper insert in the frame as my guide, and glued the patterened paper to it. I left one sheet 12″ x 12″. I cut three pieces off of the  second sheet — one 6″ x 12″, one 2″ x 12″, and one 2″ x 6″. I pieced these together, and you can’t really see seams unless you get relly close to it!

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I’m busy getting ready for Stampin’ Addicts Parade of Papers blog hop that starts Friday morning, so I thought you might enjoy watching a video! This fabulous video from Stampin’ Up features three great scrapbooking ideas:

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Want to see some more videos? Try these:



Don’t forget to check back Friday morning at 8am for the blog hop! It will be more fun than a barrel of monkeys!

(Thank you to Michelle Laycock for making these buttons available to Stampin’ Up demonstrators for free!)

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I have loved this tree since I saw the latest Decor Elements brochure! It is graceful and oh so beautiful! I have been searching for a place to put it, and when we had to repaint the walls after the library flooded when the sprinklers burst after the ice storm (long story), I knew exactly where it could go! As you may know, I am the head librarian at Applewild School in Fitchburg, MA. This beautiful tree now graces the wall above our reference collection in the 4th – 9th grade library.

It was a multi-step process, but all in all it took less than an hour from start to finish. And of course I took pictures of each step along the way!

The tree comes in two sheets that need to be cut into separate pieces. It looked like this when I pulled them out of the tube.

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Next, I carefully cut apart the individual pieces, making sure to keep their identifying numbers with them, as written in the instructions. I laid them out on the floor to make sure I had it all right.

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Then the rest of the branches, one by one.

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The final branch!

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But we weren’t done yet! We also purchased the Thoreau quote. Sean had the great idea of cutting it apart. We put the quote under the branches, and the birds above the tree. The quote says, “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.”

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Et Voila! The finished wall! I love the way it came out!

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Love the tree but don’t have enough space? It comes in three sizes, and is also a part of the Thoughts and Prayers stamp set. Let me know if you have any questions about this. If you live close enough (or want to fly me out), I’m more than happy to help you put one up!

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I love Stampin’ Up’s line of Decor Elements. They are beautiful vinyl wall art, but they are for more than just walls. I have them up on the walls, of course, mostly in Eve’s room, but also in the living room. I have some on my car. I have one on my plan book at work. I’ve put them on vases. (We’ll be putting the big tree up in the library after spring break! Watch for pictures of that!)

Here is a great little video with Stampin’ Up’s Jaron Winder showing how he used  Decor Elements on a shower curtain! So fun!

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You can download the complete Decor Elements brochure.

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