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Showing posts from November, 2012

Bella Blvd & Basically Bare

Team-up time again here at The Papered Cottage and today we're doing it up right with BELLA BLVD & BASICALLY BARE 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 BareHipster 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 p…

Curtsey Boutique Design Team

I'm very excited to share that I have been  invited to be a part of the  Design Team  for  CURTSEY BOUTIQUE Blog: Etsy Shop:
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:
 Hand Dyed Doilies
Felt Roses
Glitter Die-Cuts
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  UNITY STAMP CO. HIP HOP **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 …

Team-Up Time!

Hello, Friends! I have a couple of paper-crafty team-ups to share today. Let's begin with:
SIMPLE STORIES & EPIPHANY CRAFTS BLOG HOP WEEK 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 and Epiphany's Round 25 Punch Tool, Bubble Caps and Round Metal Charms. 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 …

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 …

A Flakey Wednesday Inspiration!

Good Afternoon! Shellye here with a card that I'm so excited about sharing on this INSPIRATION WEDNESDAY
UNITY STAMP CO. 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 …