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As we bring 2013 to a close, I wanted to share my TOP 13 FAVORITE PROJECTS
that I've made for various design teams throughout the year!
Altered Dress Form for Bella Blvd- January 2013 --SEE IT ALL HERE--
Amour Card for Pink Paislee- January 2013
Lovebirds Mini Album for Doodlebug Design- February 2013 --SEE IT ALL HERE--
Berry Basket Display for Curtsey Boutique- May 2013

Monogrammed Muslin Bag for Curtsey Boutique-June 2013

Applique Santa Hanger for May Arts Ribbon- June 2013

Washi Tape Wreath for Doodlebug Design- July 2013

Halloween Parade Mini Album for Doodlebug Design- August 2013

Hello Happiness Card for Bella Blvd- Sept 2013

True Story Mixed Media Album for Pink Paislee- October 2013

Hello Silly Layout for Pink Paislee- November 2013

Winter Sparkle Layout for Authentique Paper- November 2013

Be Merry Card for Bella Blvd- December 2013

I thank you all for following my blog and allowing me to share with you :)
I hope that you have the ve…

Jar of Goodies

Merry Christmas Eve! I have all of my dishes prepped for brunch in the morning and all of the gifts are just kicking back next to a warm fire watching sappy Christmas movies :) I hope that wherever you are this Christmas, that you  find peace, joy and love! And safe travels for those of you visiting family and friends afar.
Yesterday I shared a quick "Jar of Goodies" treat box at SIMPLE STORIES If you have a large-shaped die or cutting system, then this is super easy to put together!  I've used a jar die, but certainly any shape would work, as long as it's large enough :) 
To begin, I created a 4X4X4 box from one of the December Documented papers.   You can find templates online or cover a premade box with the patterned paper of your choice.
 Next, I cut the jar shape from two different patterned papers twice. I then cut two of the jar shapes  from a mat-board (you could also use chipboard or pieces from a heavy box). Attach the papers to the mat…

Cookie Exchange Invite

It's Friday time with  TOP DOG DIES
The Apron Card Die and Finisher Set are a big hit at Top Dog Dies! It can be used for so many occasions in addition to a BBQ. I have an example of how it can be easily transformed into a  cookie exchange invitation:
First, find a double-sided paper that has a pretty generic print on both sides (words or a larger design may not give you the look your going after); I've used a patterned paper from the December Documented Collection by Simple Stories.
 The die also cuts flaps alongside the front of the design; just adhere those to the back of the apron and you have a handy-dandy pocket! I used a round label and Word program to print off the information and then attached it to the center of the apron.   You will find the cute mini border scallop and mittens in the finisher set.
The mittens are just a few felt pieces that I had leftover from the garland that I made last week! Lastly, I threaded through some May Arts gingham ribbon through the t…

Baking Day


Like many of you, we have a day set aside during December when we do the majority  of our baking and candy-making.  Who needs supper when you've snacked on  cookie dough, tasted fudge and finished off all of the broken dipped pretzels all day long? :) Last year I was able to snap a few pictures of Sydnee as she helped with the mixing of a family favorite: Dish Pan Cookies
For my 12X12 layout, I started with a sheet of Limeade Textured Cardstock for  the base and then layered on patterned paper from the Home For the Holidays Collection.   I die-cut my photos and then cut four panels that measured 1/2" larger;  I added the pictures  to the diagonal striped panels with foam adhesive (just around the edge of the photos).
Before attaching the panels to the background paper, I cut two paper doilies in half and
created a border. Using the Tiny Type alphabet stickers, I mimicked the shape of the doily
 to create part of the titl…

Trending Tuesday: Vellum

This week we're focusing on vellum for Trending Tuesday at BELLA BLVD
Vellum is one of those materials that can be a little intimidating to use. You can easily crease the paper (which causes a white spot) and it can be a challenge when it comes to adhering so that the adhesive doesn't show. But all-in-all, it is a great accent that can show-off beautifully when added to projects. You can emboss it, sew on it, chalk it, stamp on it and more!
Vellum Shaker Pocket Card I started with two 2.5" squares of vellum that I embossed in a Swiss Dot print.  To adhere the two pieces together, I used the Red Chevron Designer Tape to tape up three of the sides.
 Next I added green sequins to the pocket; I didn't want all of the sequins to sink to the bottom,  so I first spritzed the inside of the pocket with just a bit of spray adhesive. Press the sequins  into place and then add the final strip of Designer Tape to close the pocket. For extra detail  I machine-sti…

Top Dog Dies Blog Hop WINNERS

It's time to announce the WINNERS from the  TOP DOG DIES HOLIDAY BLOG HOP
--Kate Burton-- --Kim Crane--
Congratulations!  Just return to the Top Dog Dies Blog for information on how to claim your prize :) Thanks to you all who hopped with us!

Gift Card Holders

Friday's Free-4-All Project at Bella Blvd: Creative Ways To Give Gift Cards The Design Team has made some really clever and unique can see them all at
To create this gift card holder choose any shape die-cut (larger than a gift card) and have  a roll of foam adhesive handy to make a pocket.

 After die-cutting the shape, place the gift card on the back and mark its placement  (depending on how much of the card you want to show). Adhere the foam tape to the edge of  the markings and then attach to the card front. The gift card will slide down into the pocket with ease.  Layer on a smaller die-cut shape, buttons and cute stickers!
Supplies: Countdown to Christmas- Believe Paper; Borders Paper; Christmas Paper; Tree Park Paper; Alpha+Bits; Button Market- Tie Dye
Find a die-cut shape that is a bit larger than a gift card and cut it out twice.  I've used this cute jar shape by Sizzix and stitched the front and back papers together with  a zig-zag s…

May Arts Handmade Holiday Gift Hop

Welcome to this fun-filled day with the MAY ARTS RIBBONISTAS **You should be arriving here from Lalo IK's Blog** A lucky commentor will win THREE SPOOLS of ribbon of their choice from the May Arts Ribbon catalog!
If you frequent Pinterest, then you may recognize this very popular t-shirt scarf.  I have made several over the past year in various colors.   They're easy and lots of fun to make...have the kids join in too!
CHRISTMAS POM POM SCARF To begin, you will need any X-Large t-shirt. Trace eight to ten 10" circles (you can use a plate or other template) onto the t-shirt and cut out.  To create the 'spiral' look, cut into each circle in a spiral fashion.  You can view the video --here--
 Once you have all 10 circles cut into spirals, pull each strand so that the ends curl; run your hands along the sides to further curl the cut edges.  This also helps to hide any imperfections made when cutting.  
Using fabric glue, attach two ends together.  Select two of the five completed st…

12 Days of Christmas Event

We've whipped up a fun  12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS EVENT at the Pink Paislee Blog and you could win your very own Snow Village Kre8v Kit! I love this collection because it's for wayyy more than just Christmas :) Take, for instance, my little snow guy named Chilly Mac...
I don't want to share all of him here though!   I personally invite you to come on by the Pink Paislee Blog and check him out :) There will be PDF instruction sheets for each and every creation during the  12 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS EVENT **Plus** you absolutely will not want to miss your chance at winning this awesome kit:
Good luck to you and as always, thanks for stopping by today!

Felt Mitten Garland

Happy Friday! I had my stack of felt out this week while working on  some other projects; the thought came to me that a garland of die-cut mittens would look so cute hung across a window or even tied onto a large gift package:
For the mittens, I used the potholder die from the Apron Card Finisher Set.   The dies also create a little hash pattern across the mitten, which really gives all of the detail that's needed.  I took a length of baker's twine and glued the  mittens onto the strand with fabric glue.  
Here is a (not-so-good, rainy day) photo of it hanging up in my craft room along with some other handmade garlands :)  A strand this long took roughly 30 minutes to make.
Visit Top Dog Dies to see all of their exclusive dies + dies by other leading manufacturers!

Snowy Man

Hello!  It's a "Monday Morning Challenge" on Thursday with

This week a few of the Design Team were asked to craft holiday decor
and being that I love snowmen, I decided one a paper mache ornament!

You can try any size or shape of plain paper mache ornament for a Snowy Man such as this.

  For mine, I chose a 6" paper mache egg. First, I cut 10-12 1" wide strips
 (use a smaller width for smaller shapes) from a sheet of patterned paper;
trim strips down to fit from top to bottom of the ornament.

 Using Mod Podge and a sponge brush, apply a thin coat to a small section of the
 ornament and then press paper strips into place. Once all of the strips have been adhered,
apply a thin coat of Mod Podge over the entire piece. Once that has dried, cover with iridescent glitter.
Embellish with a paper cone hat, crochet heart cheeks and wooden eyes and nose.  

To create the cone hat, cut a piece of patterned paper to 5.25" X 11"; t…