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A Good Bye

Bittersweet is the moment... but it's time for a very fond farewell to my friends at  IMAGINISCE and to welcome in the brand new 2013 team!
We've arranged a little good 'bye blog-hop and I'm the very first stop after the Imaginisce Blog :) **GIVE-A-WAY-GIVE-A-WAY-GIVE-A-WAY** Be sure to comment at each designer's blog as well as at Imaginisce's Blog to be in the drawing for the brand new "Love You More" Collection
We were asked to share a couple of our favorite Imaginisce projects: Having been such a huge fan of Imaginisce products for years,
it was a dream come true to be selected for the 2012 Design Team!
I fondly remember that feeling that I got when I read the
"congratulations, you've been selected"
email from Cari...I ran outside in my slippers and started
hootin' and hollerin' (we do that here in Texas LOL)
I was literally, literally on Cloud9 with excitement!

And then the first box of goodies came...oh my  the tools and fun things to play…

Unity Hip Hop

WELCOME to this stop of the  UNITY HIP HOP THURSDAY You should be here from Renee Aslette's Blog!
I'm running on limited power so I'll get right to my card :)
(thanks to a White Texas Christmas!)
I used this past week's STAMP OF THE WEEK! I just love this little guy. Even more, I love that I got to use some of my favorite 'old' papers from Sassafras Lass :)
And don't forget... COMMENT COMMENT COMMENT as you go!  You could be one of three lucky $20 Unity Gift Certificate Winners!
Now it's time to head to Shilo's Blog! Here's a complete list of the hop:
Angie Danielle Jen B. Jolande Lisa A. Natalie Renee Shellye Shilo Stephanie
Thanks for stopping by!

Bella Cards

It's Bella Cards on Thursday on Friday at  THE PAPERED COTTAGE Just a day late and a dollar short...story of my life! You can catch some pretty neat-o cards almost every Thursday at Bella Blvd.
I simply can't get enough of Christmas Wishes...this collection makes  the happiest Christmas Cards!  For this particular card you could change  up the theme completely by simply adding a different sticker to the top.  I first started by embossing the actual card with a snowflake design.   I then grabbed up a set of banner dies and created a layering of fun and bright colors.  n between each I added different thicknesses of foam dots to create a grand illusion.  To finish I embellished Mr. Penguin with a ribbon bow,  hand-tied button and a couple of stickers. Easy-as-pie!
 I took inspiration for this card from the Sophisticates Tall Tags.  I wanted vertical lines and crisp detail to create a very modern and clean design.  I started by cutting a sheet of 8.5x11" …

The Snowflake Alteration

We're sharing holiday decor this week over at the  IMAGINISCE BLOG  So bittersweet as it will be my last project  as an Imaginisce Design Team member...but a wonderful  new team has been selected and I'm excited to see what all  they come up with over the next year!
 I'm a sucker for honeycomb know the tissue paper type of pretties that you can find to hang from a ceiling or to display as a centerpiece. I think that they're so whimsical and fun! So when I ran across this package of three beautifully sculpted snowflakes at Wal Mart, I just had to put them into the shopping cart :)
 Next, I selected a couple of patterned papers from Christmas Cheer and  set out to make two layers of pleated medallions.  For the first layer, I cut two 3" X 12" strips and then scored and pleated at 1/2" increments.
For the bottom layer I cut two 4" X 12" strips and pleated them in the same way. After both medallions were assembled end-to-end an…

Lovely Clear Scraps

Join us all week for some fun as  AUTHENTIQUE & CLEAR SCRAPS get together to mix 'n mingle!
I was so excited to try my hand with my very first project from Clear Scraps!   I decided on the "Send it Clear Heart" Card and paired it up  with Authentique's "Lovely" Collection
I first started by tracing and trimming the card shape onto
 the patterned paperand trimming out.
 I decided to machine stitch this to the  actual acrylic card, but Glue Dots can be used as well.  
Next, I traced and cut the shape of the red heart, which are
 the actual insertion parts of the card.  I used one of the punch-out
 pieces from the "Lovely" paper-crafting kit to act as a focal point.

To the inside of the card I simply used two stickers from the
"Lovely" Details Sticker Sheet.  You can stamp on the acrylic
 sheets with a Staz-On ink or use a permanent marker.

Here is a look at how the bottom portion of the card looks.
You can see that I also used a pretty lace (by May A…

Unity Stamp Hip Hop

Welcome to this Thursday's installment of the UNITY STAMP CO HIP HOP I'm so excited about today's card...I even have a little step-out "bow-making" tutorial for you!
**First though, you should be here from Renee Aslette's Blog** And here are a couple of fun factoids that you don't want to miss: December 13 - December 19 FREE Random STAMP for every $10 you spend. {will be a variety of stamp images and sentiments} and Be sure to comment as you go! Three lucky commentors will receive a $20 Unity Gift Certificate
Okay, now let's get down to biz I've always been a little 'afraid' of solid stamps. When I started out with a practice stamping, it looked perfect. 
When I stamped onto the actual textured paper, not so perfect.  Or atleast I thought!
I went back over the stamping with a yellow watercolor pencil (in the areas that didn't take the ink) and blended.  I think it looks pretty neat! I used the "Moments In Bloom" Stamp Set, which is ON SALE as w…

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland Greetings! Popping in to share my final layout with the November PAPER BAKERY KIT
These pictures were taken almost two years ago… I think we barely had a sprinkling of the white stuff this past year.   As you can see, I framed the larger 4×6 photo with different patterned papers and
the cute little die-cut frame from the kit.  After determining my photo placement  I typed out a few of the words from the song “Walking in a Winter Wonderland”  and printed it out onto a light blue cardstock!
 After attaching the blue cardstock I lined the edges with the yummy washi tape found in the kit.   A little machine stitching to hold everything in place and then I’m ready to  embellish with the sweet sheer pleated ruffle trim, a couple of punched snowflakes  and bits ‘n pieces from the November Mixed Media kit! ----------------------------------------------------------
The December Paper Bakery Kit will be ready soon, so don't miss out

See you soon!

I'm A Doodlebug!

It is with great excitement that I can now announce.... That's right!  I've been selected to be a part of the  2013 DOODLEBUG DESIGN TEAM I have loved Doodlebug ever since laying eyes on their cute stuff way back in 2001.  Who can look at Doodlebug and not SMILE! I will have the great honor of designing along with these very talented ladies:
Amanda Coleman Idaho Blog: Amy Chappell Utah – Sewing Specialist Blog: Jodi Wilton Canada Blog: Kathy Martin North Carolina – Card Specialist Blog: Melinda SpinksAustralia Blog: Monique LiedtkeNetherlands
Blog: Sherry CartwrightTexas Blog:

We Three Trees...

Hey, y'all! I don't feel like I've blogged in for.ever. Phewww! Working away at several (well, lots) of projects for the upcoming CHA show in January.  I had the greatest intentions of trying to make the trip out to Anaheim this year, but I just don't  think it's going to happen.  I'm all ready making plans (with hubby in tow) to attend the Summer CHA show in Las Vegas, so I'm poking those pennies back  as we speak :)  I love having something to look forward to!
We're sharing some really cute stuff over at  BELLA BLVD It's Altered Projects day and I was invited to play along. While browsing at my local scrapbook store  (*waving* Hi Cheryl & Michi!!!!) I came across these super-cute and alter-worthy acrylic trees. Perfect for a banner, I thought to myself.   After construction ensued, I quickly changed my mind as a girl is known to do.
But didn't my three trees make the cutest topper for a plain straw wreath? It truly makes me *grin* when I see it!
I started by…

Cookies For Santa!

Oh wow! I just realized that I never shared my COOKIES FOR SANTA layout that I made for The Paper Bakery!
 For my layout, I started with a dove grey cardstock from my stash and begin building from there.   I really love layering and showcasing different patterns of papers/ephemera,  but my layouts of late have not been focusing on that technique.   SO, I began with the intention of using an assortment of various sized papers as a mat for my photo.  Behind the photo I tucked in the stamped tag from the November Kit and adding a bit of journaling to it.  The washi tape created a whimsically fun  splash of color as I used it as a border at the bottom, as well as flags for my banner title.
 Working around the photo, I added a few pieces from the Mixed Media ephemera pack,  sticker letters and washi from the Scrapbook Kit and then a few odd and end pieces  from my collection.  I also hand-stitched a few X’s to help fill in space and add color. Doesn't my little baker loo…

A Christmas Card

Wednesday Greetings! I'm up again today at  THE PAPER BAKERY BLOG with a sweet and easy Christmas Card using the November Scrapbook & Mixed Media Kits  from The Paper Bakery.
For the card, I started out by layering the Glad Tiding paper with the Ice Caps paper  (both by Studio Calico).  Before attaching the Ice Caps paper to the base paper,  I edged both sides with some fun ric-rac trim from my stash.
 I hand-cut three of the snowflakes from the back of the Glad Tidings paper and adhered them to the adorable embellishment ephemera piece from the Mixed Media Kit.   The centers of each flake were adorned with a cut-out peppermint and a pearl.
I took one of the label stickers by Jillibean Soup and topped it with  the mini alpha stickers and some stitching! Now we’re ready for stuffing into an envelope and sending to that  someone special on the Christmas card list :) All of the November Paper Bakery kits are still available at this time,  but very limited…shop for yours today.
So glad you came …

12 Days of Christmas

I know that a lot of us are geared up and have all ready began our December Daily Albums, but if you don't quite have time for an entire album, think of a quick and easy 12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS MINI ALBUM
I've created one for today's blog post over at  IMAGINISCE BLOG using their newest Christmas line, Christmas Cheer

To begin, I used the largest and the next-to-the-largest
Jumbo Fishtail Banner Dies by 
to cut my cardstock and patterned papers. 
Next, I centered and attached the patterned paper banner to
the cardstock banner page and began embellishing.

When preparing your album pages, be sure to keep in mind
where you will be placing the rings that will hold it together.
Also, I made mine into a flip-up style album, so it was important to
remember the design aspect (even # pages being up-side-down)
when it came to embellishing :)

 On each and every page I added some type of 'bling' with
the I-Rock tool and various I-Rocks such as gems and glitter.
With a small album lik…