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Unity Hip Hop

Welcome to this Thursday's UNITY STAMP CO. HIP HOP **You should be arriving here from Renee Aslette's Blog** As with each week's Hip Hop, there are THREE $20 Unity Gift Certificates!

This card didn't quite come together as I had envisioned it in my head,
but it will do!  If I had planned a little better, I could have included one of the
two sweet sentiments also found in the stamp set.
I LOVE this stamp by Iron Orchid, Time Well Spent. I stamped the clock onto the yellow patterned paper, trimmed it out and then machine stitched it over the same image that I had stamped onto the blue paper.   I used watercolor pencils to color in the birds.   I can't wait to try it out again in another fashion...and it has the sweetest sentiment
stamps that goes along with it!

Journal Stickers by Authentique Paper Patterned Papers by Christy Tomlinson/Pink Paislee
And I missed out on getting in my card in time for this week's STAMP OF THE WEEK  so here it is... I had so much fun…

I Amour You, Truly

It's almost "LOVE" Month and I'm up today at Pink Paislee Blog with two sugary sweet cards :)
 Secret Crush brings you into a world of cupids, arrows and of course, hearts …perfect for those extra special Valentine Cards that you have in mind to make this year.   I love seeing that the tradition of ‘giving’ Valentines is making a come-back, greatly  due to the hobby that we call cardmaking. I have a couple of cards to share that will hopefully give you a few ideas for creating  your own cards of amour!  I wanted grand, stately cards that would really showcase Secret Crush to its fullest, so I went with a 5″x6.5″ blank white card for both.
"I Amour You" Card  I love layers, layers and more layers! The market supplies us with all sorts of fun dies that make it more interesting and fun to layer.  For this card I started with a print of Polka Dance paper as the backdrop  and then layered with two nested banners cut from the front and back of  Endless Love.
 To t…

She's So Lovely

A good Tuesday to you! Today is the second installment of the  AUTHENTIQUE + PETALOO BLOG HOP I love pairing up Authentique papers with Petaloo anything...they were made for each other,  which makes any project using the two fun! Today I'm sharing a layout of my daughter with photos that I took after her last dancing show. I started with a background from one of the Lovely papers, "Crush" and a little bit of misting  in black velvet by Heidi Swapp. The next step was pretty cool...I actually embossed  a small piece of the "Dearest" paper in a rose pattern and used it as the mat for my photos.
The shabby chic look of the Pink Dahlias mix perfectly with the cute whimsy of the Mini Florettes  with their blinged centers.  I placed a small round foam dot on the backs of the Florettes  so that they would really pop up from the embellishment they were added to.
In keeping with the 'round' embellishment theme, I used the three round seals from the  "cards repeats"…

I Do...A Mini Album

I have a happy little mini album to share created with  Bella Blvd's new "Love & Marriage" Collection.
A mini album is the perfect palette for small, favorite photos.  But don't forget the journaling!  Just Write Journaling Stickers aren't just for scrapbook pages, so think  of them when preparing your album pages, even if you need to trim them down a bit.  For this album I used a very inexpensive chipboard 'flower' shaped album found at Michael's.
After tracing and trimming out the papers to fit the flower shape,  I then reached for the perfect sized jar lid for the inset of each page.  If you have a large enough template or circle cutter, you may wish to use that instead. 

Because this is a flip-up style album, I had to plan carefully of how to arrange each page's embellishments. Too many thick areas can cause the pages not to lay right.

 After dressing each page I went back and added a border of baker's twine around  the edge of each page. I love …

2-N-1 Thank You Gift & Card

For my project this week at  CURTSEY BOUTIQUE I designed a card to act as a Thank You, as well as a little gift for the recipient!  This is the perfect idea when you're wanting to thank a hostess, bride's maids, your mom, or anyone who has done something special for you. Adding a beautiful fabric flower takes a lot of the guess-work out of this sweet  card and also makes it very quick and easy to put's how it goes: First, you will need one of the beautiful Fabric Flowers from the Curtsey Boutique at Etsy, a flat-back brooch pin and a small piece of felt.
Sew (or glue) the pin to the piece of felt and then attach the felt directly to the back of the Fabric Flower using a high-tack fabric glue (such as Fabri-Tac by Beacon)
Next, create a background paper to attach your pin to. For my card, I used a banner die, which measured approximately 3"W X 4"H. Punch two small holes into the background paper  (measure across the width of the pin to determine how far apart hol…

Engaged At Last!

Yay!  It's finally time to share all of the  ENGAGED AT LAST  projects that I made for the Bella Blvd. booth at CHA.  **Also featured on Scrapbook & Cards Today Blog**

Couldn't you picture this all set up for a bridal shower or bachelorette party?
"Let's Party" Altered Dress Form All shapes and sizes of metal dress-forms are readily available and fun to transform. 
For the skirt, I started with a sheet of 12x12 "He Proposed" paper that I cut in  half to measure 6x12. I then scored each piece (lengthwise) at 1/2" increments.  Fan fold both 6x12 pieces and attach together at one end. At the bottom,  use a corner-rounding punch on every-other fold (if desired).
 Next, use a 1/8" hole punch to create holes at the top folds.  Thread a piece of baker's twine or crochet thread through the holes and then  tie around the base of the dress-form.   Pull the tension until the desired 'gathering' of the skirt is formed. 
For the t…

The Spring Season

Okay y'all...seriously, if I could paper my entire craft room in the new Spring Petite Collection by Authentique, trust me: I WOULD. The color combo is every vintage/shabby chic lover's dream! SEASONS: "SPRING"  It truly pained me to cut into the papers, but well, I had an assignment due so it couldn't be avoided.  I came up with this sweet altered canvas that I can hang up all throughout the year!

I layered cardstock with smaller mats of patterned paper from the collection. To each piece's edge I distressed with a bit of walnut ink and then machine stitched in assorted stitches just to keep things fun. Fun trims added to the whimsical charm and I found myself singing  "Easter Parade" by Bing Crosby...I mean, in a few shakes this thing could surely be turned into a wild Easter bonnet of days gone by :) I used various dies by and Lifestyle Crafts, as  well as acrylic birds from Basically Bare. Head on over to the Authentique Blog and take a …