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A Triangle Tree! Kathy McElfresh

I had to give it some thought when I saw the challenge this month was to scrap outside our comfort zones....At first I thought I liked trying new things so maybe nothing fell outside whatever zone I felt comfy with. And then I remembered TRIANGLES! For some reason triangles have a sharp and unfriendly look to them and I always struggle when challenged to do a sketch or scraplift featuring them. So for this challenge I punched 21 of them out of the gorgeous holly paper in Vicki Boutin's Warm Wishes collection -- and made myself a tree!

I layered the triangles, popped them up on foam dots and curled the ends to give the tree a spruce-like texture and then I nestled a couple pieces from the Gnomes set to provide a nice base. I fell in love with the little guys and I was thrilled to see there are both pink and red ones in the set.

And of course I had to scrap a photo of our family tree. Our tradition is to decorate on my birthday, the 12th, and we tried to get everyone there but with work schedules and studying for finals and such, the process was spread out over a few days. Reese, our crazy fur baby "helped" with all the decorating but was dismayed to find that we did NOT put down the tree skirt this year! Last year she pounced on it, dragged it away before we could button it up and decided to chew it while thrashing it side to side. I'm not letting her anywhere near this page lest she attack the gnomes! Or try to chow down on the pretty peppermints from the Christmas Candies set! Those candies and candy canes were the perfect decorations for my triangle tree, right?

And my favorite part of the whole tree is the candy tucked behind the poinsettia ephemera at the top of the tree. Could be just me, but I love "finding" that little sweet peeking out of there....

I wanted a special accent for the area opposite the title so I tucked a chipboard heart into a wreath and topped it with gorgeous perspextives from the Holly and Berries set. I chose the dark green holly leaves but there are also some lovely bright lime green leaves that I may or may not be hoarding! And I added the perfect little phrase strip from the Festive Fun Paper Snips sheet -- available in the shop now.

And of course the title from the December Fox Box Plus sets off the greens in the tree and the candy cane and the peppermints and another cute little gnome. There are a few really wonderful titles and lots of fun holiday images in the Fox Box and if you add the "plus" to your subscription you'll also receive a coordinating Paper Snips sheet (like the one I used in the previous photo) and epoxy circles to make your own accents AND an exclusive stencil along with your perspextives.

I hope you'll join all the fun and inspiration over on our Bramble Fox Friends Facebook Group where you can play along with the challenges each month for a chance at a really sweet discount in the shop. There's still time to enter this one -- What's outside YOUR comfort zone???