This year I wanted Thanksgiving to truly signify what a family is about. A family stays strong by their roots and continue to branch out and grow, but are always connected. This bare tree also signifies that a family doesn't need to have the the leaves all the time to still be healthy and strong. Each season that we go through in life changes us and makes us grow. Even when the leaves fall they come back even healthier and stronger the next season because the foundation of the tree is strong enough to nourish the branches back to life every year.
I found some great branches from a birch tree and cut just the right sizes I needed. I then tied them all together and placed them in a crystal vase. I took some of my brown cardstock scraps and shredded them in the shredder and used it as filling in the vase.
The Rosette was made from (2) 2 x 12 strips of carstock. I scored each strip 1/2 all the way to the end. I then used my fall punch to punch the edge with tiny leaves. The leaves I punch out I have set aside to scatter on my table. The second layer rosette is (2) 1 1/2 x 12 scored 1/2".