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Busy Day & CHA!

I've been trying to get to this blog
It's amazing how quickly time can get away from you.
Well, it's partly my fault as I just can't steer myself away from all of 
the CHA Sneak Peeks on Facebook & the internet.

I'm excited to be sharing the projects that I made for the 
 I have photos of the new lines posted here
but be sure to check out Simple Stories Blog to take a gander
at each and every sheet, up-close-and-personal :)

 First, let's start with a couple of things that I made using the HARVEST LANE Collection. 
 I purchased this vintagey-mod framed cork-board at Kirkland's Home Store.
  I love the bright turquoise and it matches perfectly with the blue hue in HARVEST LANE.

As you can see, I chose papers that could be used throughout the year.  
I simply tacked on photos of my kids, which can be changed out as desired. 
 I used various heart-shaped stickers from the Fundamental Cardstock Sticker sheet, 
sanded around the edges and then attached them to the tops of flat tacks.

 To create the banner at the top, I used a 2" scalloped circle that I folded in half and over
 a strand of baker's twine.  I tied on a few wooden buttons and generous gingham bows at the ends. 
 A few flowers from the Fundamental Cardstock Stickers were placed here and there.

Here are a couple of quick and easy cards that I made with HARVEST LANE.
  The beauty of Simple Stories' designs is that you don't have to add much fruh-fruh 
to achieve beautiful results!

Now for some HANDMADE HOLIDAY...what a treat this collection is.
  If you love homespun, country-inspired Christmases, then you will adore Handmade Holiday.  
When I laid my eyes on the Countdown Cardstock Stickers, I knew immediately that
 I wanted to do an Advent Calendar!

 To make this extra-sturdy, I sandwiched a sheet of chipboard between the two
 cardstock papers and machine stitched around the perimeter. 
 I used a couple of fun svg files to create the holly leaves and title. 
The berries were made by using a 1/2" round punch. I had fun embellishing the
 calendar with the sweet stickers from HANDMADE HOLIDAY
as well as felt snowflakes, buttons and a bit of pretty lace trim from my stash :) 
 Be sure to brush on a bit of baby powder to the backs of your
 Countdown Cardstock Stickers before attaching them to the calendar with a brad. 
 At the end of each day, the dates can be gently pulled from the calendar.

Lastly, I had the assistance of my daughter who helped to pick out the buttons that 
I hand-stitched to the front of this fun and whimsical card

Whew!  I know that's a lot to take in, but can't you tell how much I LOVE
Simple Stories :)
If you'll visit today's blog post, I have listed the full ingredients for each project.
I had intentions of doing a tutorial for the Advent Calendar, but I'm a little short on
time tonight.  If you have any questions about it, or any of the other items, just 
send me an email...I'd love to hear from you!

Tomorrow I will bring a couple of FESTIVE items from Authentique Paper
Have a wonderful night!


  1. Absolutely gorgeous projects Shellye! The cards are darling, I especially love the heart with all the texture and color! Thanks for sharing the bulletin board with that amazing baroque frame. There is a kirkland's not far from my house. I will definitely go buy some after laying on this masterpiece! Love it all!

  2. These are all so adorable!
    That framed corkboard is a great concept for changing things up when you feel like it! The family banner is darling on there as well!

    ANd yea, I know what you mean about letting time get away from you with all the CHA hooplah! It's sooo hard! lol!

  3. Fantastic projects ! The frame is amazing, and I love the details, like the sewing and inking on the green christmas leaves of the calendar !


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