Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A Belated Happy Thanksgiving

You know what they say better late then never. I had great intentions of getting this Thanksgiving project done in time, but life had other plans. So better then never, after all it is still November. The idea behind this project was to have a place to display past and future Thanksgiving pictures and memorabilia. I came across this wonderful project by Laura Denison and just had to put my spin on it. We always seem to overlook Thanksgiving and take 2-3 pictures and I thought this would be a great display piece to showcase those pictures.

The house is constructed from left over pieces of chipboard I had laying around. I then covered it with patterned paper. There is even a little tea light in the window.

I cut out the door from a template I created. I wanted to windows to look a bit like stained glass. I used various colors of Alcohol ink on leftover plastic packaging for this affect.

I had a hard time coming up with what to do on the roof. I wanted it to look as realistic as possible. I finally decided on strips of cardstock that are cut at varying places. I then added 4 colors of Distress Embossing powder and curled up the ends. This took some time, but I was very happy with the end result.

I was just looking for an excuse to use my new Brick Die from Tim Holtz and the columns where perfect for this. I used several colors of Distress Stain on white cardstock and then applied the die cut over it. I then wrapped the columns with this. The top and base of the columns have Weathered Wood Distress Embossing Powder on them with a bit of inking on the edges. I really love how they turned out.

Another new die I just had to use was the Cobblestone Die by Tim Holtz. I thought this was perfect to use as the walkway up to the house. I simply used several colors of Alcohol Ink on Glossy cardstock and then glued the die cut over this. Who knew such a simple technique could look so good.

A Thanksgiving display would not be complete without a Turkey. I used Tim Holtz's Quirky Turkey directions to create the little guy.

Here in Northeast Ohio the Fall leaves are another symbol of Thanksgiving. So I added lots and lots of leaves. I punched the leaves out of white cardstock and Glassine Paper. I then stamped each leaf with Archival Black ink using the leaf stamp from Tim Holtz Mini Blueprints Stamp set. Next I inked the white cardstock ones with various colors of Distress Ink and the Glassine ones with Alcohol Ink. Lots of layering of the inks really added dimension to the leaves.

The fence, cut from the On the Edge die, and a few more embellishments are the finishing touches on the house.
Now if you made it this far you are probably wondering where i am keeping all of those pictures I was talking about. The house holds a mini album. The rook lifts up and the back of the house flops open. Again this idea came from Laura over at Following the Paper Trail. A genius idea I thought!

The cover is covered with leaves cut from the Tattered Leaves die, a few Thanksgiving sayings, lots of layered paper, and an acorn wrapped in lace.

I used a Tim Holtz Faucet Knob and a clasp with a chain attached to it for the closure. I inked both of them up with various Fall colors of Alcohol Ink.

I used Authentique Thankful Collection and Bo Bunny Apple Cider for most of the papers in the
album and on the house.

The mini album has lots of interactive pages with pages that flip up and out.  
I also made several pages with pockets to hold many years of Thanksgiving memories.

For some added interest I used several punches along the edges of the pockets and pages.
Thank you very much for stopping by and for reading all the way to here. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and this post gave you some wonderful Thanksgiving ideas for next year!


  1. Really like the idea for this. Thanks for sharing how you made it. The photo book is a great addition and will provide years of happy memories.

  2. Wow, Stacy!! You did such a wonderful job on it! I don't know how you contain so many ideas in that head of yours, lol. Love all your details. Truly a piece of art :)

  3. wow ... that's really cool Stacy! You are so talented!

  4. Wow! Really cool Stacy, we have missed you at ATT :)

  5. Just beautiful, Stacy, thanks for sharing!

  6. Stacy, absolutely wonderful! Such a clever use of bits and bobs, as well as stains, inks and such. And having the photo album as a hidden surprise is fabulous! Thanks so much for sharing and telling how you did this :D

  7. Stacy- Your attention to detail is fantastic!! I really like how the brick and cobblestone look, and of course the turkey, too. Thank you for the inspiration.

  8. How cool is this?!? WOW!!! An album too...amazing! Fabulous detail work...so many elements to see! A labor of love here!