Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thanksgiving Frame

Hi friends,
This is such a great time of the year for me. I usually look forward with anticipation...why??? Kids back to school--->no, (remember, I'm a teacher, that's so not it ;) Leaves turning their beautiful colors--->nope, (I'm in So cal, not so much of the beautiful foliage like on the East Coast). Give up? It's this time when Pumpkin Spice Latte returns to Starbucks!!! Yeah, baby!!! Ohhh, I luuuuv Pumpkin Spice Latte. (heart*heart*heart*) Starbucks stock will shoot up for the next few months Hee! Hee! Well, let's get on with today's project, shall we...

I call it "A Curiosity Creation"
Huh? What? (I'll explain in a bit). This is a very inexpensive project to do--- how does under $3 sound? I like, I like! Let me break it down for ya!

8x10 White Wood Frame $1 (Dollar Store)
Pattern Paper $.059
1 sheet Summer Sun Cardstock $0.25
Scrap pieces Really Rust CS, Pumpkin Pie CS $0.46
1 sheet Espresso CS $0.16
Total: $2.46

The fall paper (with the squares) was FREE. Actually, this is the free paper sample (Autumn Abundance) you can print out from Papertrey Ink. I loved the colors & wanted to see what they looked like IRL (in real life). (This is where the curiosity takes place) so I printed it out. Because I hate throwing anything away, I thought, "What can I do with this paper?" And voilĂ ... this project was born :) I die cut the letters with the Curlie Girlie Sizzix alphabet in the Espresso CS. I used micro pop dots to pop them on to the squares. I adhered that to the Summer Sun CS, & adhered that to the Pattern Paper. Then I popped it into the frame. I punched out three 3 leaves, crumbled them up, & inked them to age them a bit.

Edited to Add: The squares measure 1 5/8" x 1 5/8". When you print it out from PTI, it will print exactly as shown in my project. You don't need to cut the squares out. Make sense??

Here's a closer peek at them:

They look very realistic IRL. To finish I added a bow to the opposite corner. Really simple, real cost -effective, don't ya think? I think this would look just lovely in an entry way table to welcome guests for Thanksgiving dinner. I'm adding Tim Holtz Distress Crackle paint on the corners to finish it up!

Thanks so much for peekin' at my project today :) I have loads of papers to grade--->yes, already! I'm off to grade them while sippin' on some Pumpkin Spice Latte!---Gotta Go!

The 411
Paper: Summer Sun- PTI, Really Rust, Pumpkin Pie- SU!, Fall Stripe PP- K&Co, Autumn Abundance PP Sample - PTI
Ink: Chestnut Roan- ColorBox
Tools: Curlie Girlie Alphabet Dies- Sizzix, Leaf Punch-Marvy Uchida
Other: Micro pop dots, ribbon


  1. What a fabulous, thrifty project! Enjoy your pumpkin spice latte.


  2. I love this project. Can you tell me what size the squares are? I am terrible at dimensions!

    Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  3. Wonderful, just wonderful!!! The latte? No, your project! Great job! Blessings to you!

  4. those leaves ROCK and the whole thing would look great up on a wall

  5. This would be beautiful hanging up! Love the project, the lattes, not so much. I'm more of a mocha latte girl. Enjoy your pumpkin lattes during the next few months!

  6. Great inexpensive but beautiful project! TFS!

  7. What a lovely inexpensive project! Love it!

  8. Great Thanksgiving decoration or hostess gift. Enjoy your Pumpkin Latte. I like this time of year for the Pumpkin Spice donuts at DD--yummy!

  9. wow- this is adorable and what a nice gift it would make. Ahh, Fall. Pumpkin spice muffins will soon return to Tim Horton's and all will be right in the world....

  10. Love the project and i just had my 1st pumkin spice latte this weekend YUM!

  11. so cute -- thanks for the great idea!


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