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Summer Comes Early!

Happy middle-of-the-week, friends!
I'm up at Simple Stories Blog today with a couple of 
{SUMMER FRESH} being the card that I made with the Unity co-branded
stamp, which I posted here just the other day.

And just in case you missed what {Summer Fresh} is all about...
 That's right...calico, gingham, burlap, chevron, dots and plaids.
Motifs of mason jars, red wagons, pinwheels, sunshine and fluffy clouds.
Ahhhh, summer!
Here's one of my projects:

 I first painted the frame a beautiful ( by Pink Paislee/Tattered Angels) Cardinal Red. 
After measuring the inset of the frame, I cut the desired patterned papers to size and
 then machine-stitched together.  Strips for the sides of the inset were cut from the
 Sunshine & Happiness patterned paper. I love the "keep calm" sayings, so this
 particular 4x6 vertical journaling card was perfect for the focal point.

 Next, I wanted to add some dimension to the collage. 
 I hand-cut the sweet air balloon and cloud  motif from one of the 2x12 border strips.
  I then embellished with a couple of wooden buttons, layered flower and leaves. 
 Because I cut the balloon away from the basket,
 I thought adding a bit of baker's twine for the ropes would be just the right touch :)

From the same 2x12 border strip, I hand-cut the sun and clouds and
 grouped them to the top left of the collage. In finishing, I made a generous bow
 and attached it to the top.  I also included a jute hanger so that I may hang it from a hanger or knob!
Ain't it suh-weet!

 And I just went to the mailbox and got THIS
May's Kit-Of-The-Month (KOTM)
 and we just received a peek of June's KOTM...I simply can't wait!
If you love Unity and love stampin', then sign-up today for some
"LOVE in an instant!"
As promised, I'll be having a 
I'll be sharing details very soon, along with an invitation that I just couldn't pass up!
Thanks for stopping by today!


  1. I was fighting off the need to have this collection but I so, so need it! Who was I kidding?! :) Love your work!

  2. Oh yes! It's a summer must-have, Diana hehehe...Thank you!

  3. Already left ya love on the SS site too. You are a perfect match for their DT you do such fabulous work with them Shellye! Thank you for commenting on my Mom layout at 2Peas today :)

  4. I just cannot stop looking at these! So beautiful...left a comment over on simple stories too!

  5. Gorgeous project Shellye!! Love it! and I love the red frame!!!!!

  6. Very cute!! Love all the little details like the air balloon!


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