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Thankful Tree

Happy Saturday!

Today I’m bringing you a special Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft project. It’s a canvas, but don’t worry… the supplies needed are limited and there’s no paint involved!

I created the tree on a 16″x20″ canvas using Gelatos. The leaves are manually cut out with scissors and inked roughly with various distress inks. All of us (my daughters, my husband, and me) wrote something about what we are thankful for on each leaf. I haven’t decided if I’m going to add more leaves or not – I kind of like seeing the tree underneath, considering I spent a bunch of time on it, lol! It’s a great memento to hang on the wall for a long time. 🙂

See my guest designer blog post for step by step photos, instructions, and a supply list. It was really fun to make!!

Have a great weekend!


  1. wrote on November 10th, 2012 at 12:13 pm


    Beautiful work. I have to try the gelatos, they look like so much fun. Mostly I love your idea of the tree tho, what a great way to document the changes in your families life as they grow.

  2. wrote on November 10th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

    Melissa Shea

    Wow! That’s gorgeous! And such a great idea too. I like how big you made it, really showcases the thankfulness!

  3. wrote on November 10th, 2012 at 4:28 pm


    Wonderful idea, Darlene!! Perfect timing for this up comming Thanksgiving. My grandkids will love making this tree for our special Thanksgiving dinner. For the past 3 years, I hold a little dinner, the guests are my husband, daughters, grandkids and sons in law, it’s right around this Holiday, before we go to our big extended family gatherings and I ask everyone to bring a piece of paper where they are to write what they are thankfull for. This tree is awesome and I think I will give it a try. Thank you for the inspiration.!!

  4. wrote on November 10th, 2012 at 11:05 pm

    Loly Borda

    What a wonderful idea! I love this project, specially because your family was involved too. TFS!

  5. wrote on November 11th, 2012 at 12:55 pm


    What a wonderful idea! That tree looks great!

  6. wrote on November 11th, 2012 at 1:09 pm


    I just wanted to write you a note. I love this thankful tree! It is beautiful. I also wanted to add how thankful I am for YOU! Every Wednesday I look forward to watching your new card, and you have helped me so much with your tips regarding card making as well as the use of copic markers! THANK YOU!!! God bless you and your family now and always!
    Cathy Norman and family.

  7. wrote on November 11th, 2012 at 2:26 pm


    Your tree is awesome and I believe it represents the season of Thanksgiving – Fall. my opinion, no more leaves. Just love your projects.

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