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Inspire CARDS Challenge

Well, hello! It feels like forever since I've blogged.   The end of the month always seems a little slow in the Papered Cottage blogosphere...just getting projects lined up  for the weeks to follow :)  
This is the very last challenge that I'll share at  My Scrapbook Nook Bittersweet. I love this final kit with all of the blues, greens and yellows. Until recently, I've not noticed that I lean towards using this color scheme quite a bit.   Echo Park definitely hit this one out of the park (no pun intended) with For the Record 2!
We love a "Pinspo" Challenge at the Nook. Pinspo is simply finding inspiration on Pinterest.   Normally we post photos for cardmakers to work with, but this week I've decided to let them choose their very own inspiration. I found mine on Pinterest:
And here's my card:

So, if you're ever stumped for an idea (which I often am) head on over to Pinterest!  It's fun to see the amazing things that people create & share! See you soon ♥

Spider Brew For You

Autumn Greetings! Welcome to the Monday Blog Hop at EAD DESIGNS
You should be here from Rose's Blog Of course, there is some vinyl to be given away today, so don't forget to stop by the EAD Blog and leave a little comment :)
I love all types of apothecary labels with a vintage flair. These Stickerz, Wicked Spirits,  from EAD have just a little gothic edge  to them...aren't they great?
I chose the Spider Cider Stickerz and created a hanging tag for my glass beverage server.
 I applied the Stickerz to a piece of patterned paper and trimmed to size. I then layered it onto two staggered ovals, added a few velvet flowers by Petaloo and finished off the top with a little plastic spider cupcake pick :) Patterned papers by Authentique Paper: Enchanted. It would also be fun to attach the Stickerz directly to various-sized  glass jars and bottles and create a spooky display!
Time now for Amy Tsurata's Blog! Thanks for coming by!

Hop WINNER Announced

I'm a little late... but it's time to announce the winner  from the Unity & My Little Shoebox Blog Hop!
CONGRATULATIONS.... Mommy25 said... such a sweet layout and your card is amazing! i'm a follower here and on facebook :)

I have tons of colors available, or you can pick from the selection at  THE RED ROBIN at Etsy :) Email me at with your two selections. Thank you and thanks to ALL of you for visiting and leaving some love ♥

Mummy is the Word

Authentique Paper and Petaloo have teamed up over the week to  bring you tons of inspiration using  Authentique Paper and Petaloo products! I've been a Petaloo fan pretty much since it's inception,  so I was pretty much ecstatic when it was announced that we  would be creating with Enchanted & Petaloo! I love a mini.   I just get a kick out of starting with a blank album, covering it with pretty paper  and then embellishing it to the hilt with fun stickers, ribbons and embellishments.   It makes this girl *happy!* I started with a scrolled album from KaiserCraft, which I covered in different  patterned papers from the Enchanted Collection.The front cover, to me, is like designing a card.   You want the WOW want to invite peopleinto your album :)  So I always spend a little more time  trying to get the cover just right.   I layered a couple of different sizes of ovals (covered in Enchanted) and  then embellished with the totally  adorable ghost and spider from Petaloo's Mu…


When Imaginisce introduced their  little pieces of art called "Snag'em" stamps a few years back, I immediately fell in a lot of love! They're perfect for all sorts of projects, especially if you're wanting to create several of the same thing, such as cards or tags.  Here are a couple of sweet cards that I crafted using Snag'em stamps from Monster Mash and Christmas Cheer.
 Here's a little tip that makes a lot of difference when stamping with clear stamps: lay a piece of foam or cloth under your project before stamping. This allows the paper to meet with all of the image and leaves you with a clean design!  In coloring in my stamped images, I'm fond of using watercolor pencils or dye based markers such as LePlume by Marvy.
Supplies: Monster Mash- Mummy, Sugar Skull and Eddie Snag 'Em Stamps;  Spook Alley 12x12 Paper; Tricks & Treats 12x12; Fall Medley 12x12 Paper;  Glam Rocks - Rhinestuds; Tools- i-rock LED Lighted Tweezers; i-rock;  Big Shot and Lace Sca…

Thursday Hip Hoppin'

Greetings to all of our Unity friendshoppin' with us today!Welcome to my contribution to this week's hop.Also, I'm sharing a couple of things that I had posted on the Unity Blog over the weekend, but haven't shared here you may (or may not) have all ready seen those :)Here is a list of participating blogs in order:  Unity BlogAngie Blom
Jen Buck
Lisa Arana
Renee Aslette
Shellye McDaniel (you're here!)
Stephanie Muzzulin
On this card I've used the Webster/Unity Co-branded stamp: Dream Big
First, I stamped the butterfly image onto the yellow patterned paper(from Webster Pages' Girl Land Collection).  I cut the blue patterned paperto fit the card front and then, using a square die, cut a window from the center.Using the same square die and one a little larger, I cut a green frame that I added tothe blue paper with a low-thickness foam dots.  I then went back and stamped the butterfly image again onto different papersfrom the Girl Land Collection, glittered …

Sunday Swing & Halloween Bling

Yesterday was my turn at the blog of  VINTAGE STREET MARKET
I love the new papers that can be found under the “Garden” section  of the Vintage Street Market Shop.   I paired up the pretty print, Engraved Garden by K&CO with the Farmhouse-Sunday Dinner and Pretty Party-Planner by Crate Paper …I think it coordinates beautifully!
 I also used an Olive Paper Bloom by Kaisercraft, as well as a couple of paper  blooms from my stash.  I slipped in a scrap of paper behind two of the Metal Label Holders and used the Making Memories Alpha Stickers to play out my description.   The sweet vintage-inspired cut-out cherubs sheet can also be found HERE at VSM!
I used a couple of different sizes from the Lifestyle Crafts Lace Nesting Dies
 to give the layout more interest, texture…and plus I just think they’re fun!
 A couple of old buttons, chip letters and some twine from my stash completes the page.

 Halloween fun ALERT! 
 Let me say that I have had sooo much fun crafting with the assortment
of vintagey Hal…

I'm on the Boulevard...

Bella Boulevard Honestly, this has been sooo hard to keep quiet!  ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Bright colors and whimsy and delightful fun...that's Bella Blvd. I truly cannot wait to get started.
I actually submitted for Layout Lovers & Card Designers and was asked to do Cards and a bit of Altered Projects here and there :) These are a few of the projects that I submitted:
CARDS  (the other two will be shown on the Bella Blvd Blog later)


Thanks to all of you for the constant support and kind-words.
Each and every one (okay, except for the occasional spam...) warms my heart ♥

I'm Baking at the Bakery!

Yep, that's right!   I'm a full-time baker now at  THE PAPER BAKERY KIT CLUB (I know...that's corny with a side of cheese!) Come and see, come and see! Sarah's kits are one-of-a-kind as she creates a lot of the  very embellishments that go into each monthly kit(s).   When I came across The Paper Bakery at the beginning of the year, I immediately signed-up!  I fell in love with the unique mixed-media kits offered, as well as add-on kits which feature the most up-to-date product. I'll begin with these other lovely ladies in October, so stay tuned :) Thanks for letting me share! Back first thing in the morning with just a little bit more "news" hehehe

A Wiggle & A Wobble

...or should I say: "an EAD and a Wobble?" I'm happy to announce a fantastic hop of tremendous proportions:
EAD DESIGNS & ACTION WOBBLES BLOG HOP Have you or do wobble?   Well, it's pretty cool, let me tell ya. What? what is a Wobble? Wobbles are one-of-a-kind self-adhesive, action springs that bring your card (or other project) to life with action!
 Okay, before I get to my card, let's settle a little blog hoppin' should be arriving here from Heather's Blog! I have a list of the remaining hop at the bottom of my post :)
Now, my card...EAD Stickerz + 1 Action Wobble:

I tried every which way to get my wobble in action, but it just wasn't  happening, folks.  Bad lighting, humidity, rain and the photographer are the likely culprits.  But TRUST me, that TURKEY wiggles!! The best part...when you get ready to slide your card into an envelope to mail, the spring collapses and adds little to no extra bulk.
I used the fun and bright Thanksgiving Stickerz fro…

What Costume?

It's the middle Saturday of the month,  which means it's time for the  AUTHENTIQUE COLOR CHALLENGE

Almond, pumpkin and licorice...sounds like a very interesting potpourri :) The colors are perfectly represented by Authentique's Enchanted Collection,  so I went with a layout of collaged photos taken for the mustache challenge!
 I also used the chipboard mustache and hat from Basically Bare and decided to dress up one of the photos in the actual wares! I cut the bottom of the paper in a scroll to mimick the contour of the 'stache :)
Here are the details of the challenge: - You will have until Wednesday, October 3rd at midnight {PST} to enter.
- You will need to create a separate entry for each submission.  {You can submit as many projects as you want!}
- Use the Linky Tool at the bottom of the post to link directly to your entry.
- You must provide a link somewhere in your entry back  here to the Authentique Paper blog.
- Anyone can play along, but you must use products from  Authentique …

Unity + My Little Shoebox

Hello! Welcome to my contribution to the  UNITY STAMP  and  MY LITTLE SHOEBOX BLOG HOP
I know that this hop will be great fun...who doesn't love the whimsy of My Little Shoebox designs, right? **There will also be prizes to be given away**  so be sure to comment as you go :)
You should be arriving here from Renee Aslette's Blog. If something goes awry along the way, just head back to the  My Little Shoebox Blog
It's New Release Week of My Little Shoe Box stamps at Unity and here is a peek at the two designs that I had a chance to craft with  I tried this stamp in a couple of different fashions.   I wanted to be able to color in the mushrooms in various colors, so I went with stamping the background stamp onto the actual card-front. I incorporated watercolor pencils and markers to achieve the look that I wanted :) My Little Shoebox: Oh, Deer! Happy Campers and Creek-side Trail PapersCream Alphabet Stickers and Coming Home-Soaring Above Paper  This next project actually started out with t…