Bella Blvd & Basically Bare

Team-up time again here at
The Papered Cottage
and today we're doing it up right with
 When deciding on the theme for my mini album, I was immediately
drawn to the Chipboard Gears by Basically Bare and how cute they
 would be dressed up as snowflakes!
I began by painting the kraft side of each gear with a white acrylic paint.
I then glittered the fronts with a coarse marble glitter. 
I found it best to use Glue Dots when attaching the desired pieces to the top of the glitter.
 Using the Basically Bare Hipster Album, I began plotting out how
best to display the different 'snowflakes' on the different pages...
I wanted them to create a nice backdrop or a vision of snowflakes falling from the sky.
To dress up the various envelope-style pages, I layered two different patterned
papers from the Christmas Wish Collection by Bella Blvd.
The base papers were cut to a 7.75"W x 3.75"H; 
the inner papers were cut to 7"W x 3"H.  I then machine stitched all of
the base and inner pages together.
 I adore house shapes, so the Happy Little Houses were a must have on one of the pages!
I simply traced the shape onto a Christmas Wish paper and cut to size.
I then dressed up the outside with a happy door trimmed in baker's twine and a
few punched snowflakes with pearl centers.
 At the ends of each page I added tabs using the corner stickers 
from the Alpha+Bits (I had two sheets of these stickers, so I was able to line
the backs of each sticker with a matching could also use a piece of scrap paper). 
ether with a zig-zag stitch.
 The pockets make the ideal storage for journaling cards, extra photos or mementos.
I kept the backs of the envelope pages simple by adding different
Just Write Journaling Stickers...these ARE just write for this!
The inner-most page of the Hipster Album is a clear acrylic sheet.
So many things can be done to decorate these!
I simply went with a strip of Designer Tape that I neatly wrapped around the page.
Next, I matched up two sticker borders and applied them to both sides.  
You could also stamp onto the acrylic sheet using a Staz-On ink.

In finishing, I tied on bright matching ribbons to the comb of the album.  Voila!
I loved layering the pieces from Basically Bare along with Bella Blvd's
stickers, buttons, Designer Tapes and Ciao's Merry & Bright dontcha think?? :)
 Bella Blvd
Christmas Wish- Gifts Galore Paper; Christmas Love Paper; Trees For Sale Paper;
 North Pole Paper; Borders Paper; Miniatures Stickers; Alpha+Bits; Just Write Journaling Stickers
Birthday Boy- Eat Cake Paper
Sophisticates- Sprinkles &  Lace-Ice Paper
Button Market- Pink Flowers; Masculine Mix; Fruit Punch; Snowflakes
Designer Tape- Piggy Pink Stripe; Red Dot; Gulf Dot

Basically Bare:
Krafty Keepsakes Hipster Album; Chipboard Gears; Happy Little Houses; Acrylic & Chipboard Pieces Arrows

There will be a give-a-way today at the Bella Blvd Blog, so don't miss going by!
Have a wonderful weekend, friends

Curtsey Boutique Design Team

I'm very excited to share that I have been 
invited to be a part of the 
Design Team 

CarrieAnn DeLoach is a long-time crafter and lover of handmade goodies!
Her shop is filled to the BRIM with deliciousness
and many of the items are made by her own hands ♥
I will have the pleasure of creating with fabulous finds such as these:

These are just a couple of the adorable things that you can find in 
the shop.  Curtsey Boutique also carries packaging pieces like
glassine bags, embossed sacks, gift boxes, as well as unique party
supplies, favors and so much more!

We'll begin sharing our Curtsey Boutique projects in January...
what a fun way to start the New Year!
Thanks for dropping by today :)

Unity Hip Hop

A good Thursday to you!
Welcome to the 
**You should be arriving here from Renee Aslette's Blog**

Today, I'm using a couple of brand new stamps.
First, Snowflake Kisses

 (click on the photo to add to your shopping cart)

In preparing my card, I decided to include a few step-out
photos for you :)

 A 2" circle punch works just wonderfully for cutting out your
finished snowflake.  I distressed the edges with a walnut ink.

 Layer onto your card with foam dots.
Patterned papers by Echo Park Paper
Flat adhesive pearls by Queen & Co.
Pointy Border Punch by Fiskars.

Next up is the most gorgeously detailed stamp from the upcoming

Patterned papers and embellishments by My Mind's Eye.
This kit will be going on sale SOON!
Check out the details --here-- on becoming a KOTM member
if you're not all ready.
**Let's hop on over to Shilo Miles' Blog now**
 and see what she has stamped up for us :)
don't forget to comment as you hop!
THREE $20 Unity Gift Certificates will be given away to lucky commenters
Happy Stamping!

Team-Up Time!

Hello, Friends!
I have a couple of paper-crafty team-ups to share today.
Let's begin with:

Baubles and many looks can be created with Epiphany products.
  My portion of today's blog hop: a quick and easy Holiday Key Fob and Winter Layout.
  Both projects have included Simple Stories' Handmade Holiday Collection
To begin, let's start with quick and easy:
 Not only can you dress up a key-chain to celebrate the season, but also
 a necklace, bracelet or work badge.  For mine, I used the snowman image from
 the 6x6 Handmade Holidays Paper Pad, the Round Tool, Bubble Cap and Round Charm
  (all in size 25).
 I attached the Bubble Cap to the Metal Charm with a permanent
and high-tack Glue-Dot. Slip onto a small ring, tie on a little
ribbon and attach to a key-ring.

For my layout, I wanted to keep things neutral and
 non-Christmas as this photo was taken in January.
  I used the same Bubble Caps and Tool for this project.
Simple Stories' Tis The Season paper from Handmade Holiday
has the perfect sized round snowflakes to match the Round 25 Punch Tool!
  I punched out three different snowflakes and topped each with a Bubble Dome.
 I knew that I wanted to use the felt snowflakes that I found at Hobby Lobby,
 but the Bubbles seemed to get lost.  So, I punched three 1.5" circles from 
Red Dot/Santa's List paper, attached them to the felt with a dab of fabric
glue and then stitched an X over the tops with crochet thread.  Using two squares of foam dots,
 I attached the Bubble Snowflake to the Red Dot paper.

 A medium sized pearl adhesive was added to the center of each Bubble Snowflake.
  In keeping with the round, lacy theme of the layout, I used a doily die-cut (by
to make a background for each of the felt snowflakes.
 Because I used the Green Holly/Notebook paper, I was able to use one of the
 doily shapes for a journal spot!

Layers of Handmade Holiday papers, a sticker border and snowflake stickers
completed the clean-and-simple page!
Handmade Holiday- Green Holly/Notebook Paper; Red Dot/Santa's List Paper;
Tis the Season Paper; Holiday Cheer Paper; Fundamental Cardstock Stickers
 and Expression Cardstock Stickers
Epiphany- Round 25 Punch Tool; Round 25 Bubble Caps; Round 25 Metal Charms

PRIZES PRIZES PRIZESSimple Stories and Epiphany Crafts will be giving away prizes at the end of the week!
Leave a comment on the Simple Stories blog and like the facebook page for
 your chance to win a Simple Stories Prize Pack!
Also visit the Epiphany Crafts blog for a chance to win!
Leave a comment and like the Ephiphany Crafts facebook page and
you might just be a lucky winner of an Epiphany Crafts Prize Pack!

Finding new and unusual ornaments to make is always fun!
This version of the Tear-Drop Ornament can be made in 
various sizes and thicknesses, depending upon the type of 
papers you choose to use.  For this ornament, I've taken a
half of a sheet of Authentique's 
FESTIVE Jolly & Believe papers.  
You could also use an entire 12x12 sheet if both sides of
the patterned paper will work with the look you're wanting.

To start, cut six pieces of 4x6 papers (three from each pattern).

 Freehand a shape onto the inside of the folded paper.
You may want to practice on scratch paper beforehand or use a template. 
 If you have a Cricut or SVG files, you coulduse those to make a template...
a snowflake shape would alsobe cute!

Trim with scissors and then repeat with the next five pieces of paper. 
Alternate patterns and glue together with Helmar's Quick Dry Adhesive;
 allow to dry between each layer.
Once you have glued three of the papers together,
add a loop of baker's twine or ribbon to the center and glue in place. 
 This will be the hanger, so adjust length as desired.
 For my piece, I glittered the Jolly Paper with an iridescent glitter; allow to dry. 
 A red jingle bell was attached to the bottom point.

 I chose one of the Believe patterns as the front, focal point of the ornament. 
 Using a "skip every two dots" approach, I added small adhesive pearls to several of the dots.  
I then trimmed out the edge in a baker's twine.
To create the layered embellishment, I used several stickers
from the Festive Details 12x12 Stickers and
Helmar's Zapdots to add dimension between the pieces.

  Punch a 1.5" circle from one of the patterned papers and then, using
a hole punch, create a smaller hole in the center.  
Thread your hangerthrough the smaller hole and attach the larger circle to the top of
the ornament with Helmar's Quick Dry Adhesive.

Decorate the top with a ribbon bow and a small embellishment.
You're now ready for hanging or gift-giving.
Personalize and date each one to make a one-of-a-kind keepsake
 for your family members and friends!
Authentique- Festive: Jolly and Believe Papers; Details 12x12 Sticker Sheet
Helmar- Quick Dry Glue and Zapdots Foam Adhesives

 Be sure to check the AUTHENTIQUE BLOG every day this 
week for more project inspiration!
 We have an Authentique Prize Pack to give away to one of our lucky commenters
 (please leave unique comments!)
 Also, make sure you stop and visit us as well as our friends over
 at Helmar for prizes and lots of wonderful inspiration coming your way.
Also, make sure you stop by the Helmar Facebook Page and tell them Authentique Paper sent you!
And, one last note:
 My very first pub ever, ever, ever is in the current issue of 
I can NOT wait until my copy arrives in the mail...I'll be grinnin' :)
I have a mini album tutorial with 
up tomorrow, so I'll see you all then...tah tah!

Fabulous Christmas in a Collage!

I don't have a lot of experience in the art of collage, 
so when I was sent the 
November Paper Bakery Mixed Media Kit
as part of my Design Team assignment
I wasn't quite sure how I was going to go about it.
Maybe I'm just a little too structured to ever be a master collager,
but boy did I have fun makin' this!

In beginning, I took the 12x12 canvas (included in the Mixed Media Kit) and painted it a light blue.
I then followed than with a bit of clear glitter and washi tape around the edge.

Next, I took two sheets of cardstock (trimming one down so that it was a little smaller)
and machine-stitched the two together.  Taking several of the patterned papers from the 
City Sidewalks 8x8 paper pack, I cut 25- 2.75" squares and applied them to 
the cardstock.  Wanting a 'quilted' look, I used a piercing tool to make a 
border of holes around each square.

After that, I focused on building my collage.  I started that process with
two lace doilies that I die-cut with Lifestyle Craft's Lace Nesting Dies.

The fun began when I started arranging different elements from the 
City Sidewalks Ephemera pack!  I love all of the sweet vintage-styled die-cuts.

Enlist fun punches like snowflakes, ornaments, etc.  Tying in with the base of
the canvas, I glittered just a couple of the snowflakes.

You will also find a set of cool clear stamps in the kit...I made the 'fabulous' banner and stamped the
heart from the stamp set.  
Gotta have swag!  So I made a washi tape banner (also in kit) and used the cute little
sticker alphas from the November Scrapbook Kit!

 Hand-tied buttons and swirls of baker's twine softens the collage.
I'm now finished and I love it!
I all ready have it displayed amongst some of my vintage goodies...
it looks perfect :)

Now, I do believe at this time there are a few of the November Kits remaining,
but I wouldn't wait too long to grab what you need before they're gone!


A Flakey Wednesday Inspiration!

Good Afternoon!
Shellye here with a card that I'm so excited about sharing on this
I love, love finding photos of inspiration throughout the 
blog-o-sphere, but most especially on Pinterest.
In search of the perfect inspo piece for today's post, I found
this beautiful picture of vintage ball ornaments that were showcased
in a shadowbox frame...(I would like to try this too!)
Photo pinned from

Here is my card created from this inspiration:
I used the snowflake stamp from the October Unity Kit-of-the-Month,
as well as the holly leaves.
First, I stamped the snowflakes onto a dark red cardstock with an
Alabaster Fluid Ink by Colorbox...I love the way this goes on and looks on
darker cardstock papers.
I used a 2.5" circle punch to cut out the snowflakes.
I then layered the circles onto a dark blue ornament punch (by Fiskars)
You could use any type of punch that creates a cool top for your ornament!
Before attaching my ornaments to the blue background, I drew two lines
in which my ornaments would 'hang' from.  Just measure out the same distance
from the could also machine stitch over the line or even use baker's
Next, I stamped the holly leaves onto a bright green cardstock and
cut out.  
Finally, I attached my ornaments to the cardfront with foam squares and
added a small adhesive pearl to the center of each.  Using a fine-point glue pen,
I added on a border of red and white baker's twine around the perimeter!

This turned out to be such a fun, yet simple card to put together!
Perfect for those quick Christmas cards that you may need to whip up this year :)

I hope to have enough time later on to post my Mixed Media Collage
that I did for The Paper Bakery...just in case I don't, I hope you all have a
wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

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