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Cap & Gown

Graduation time is here! Doodlebug Design has a new collection to help capture & celebrate the occasion:
CAP & GOWN With basic black, grey, silver and white, it's easy to accessorize the collection with your own school's colors by adding colored cardstock, buttons, brads and twine!
In the collection you will also find the 4X6 Simply Put Journal Cards, which I used for the center of my layout.  I added some dimension by layering the small star stickers on with foam dots.
The Doodle-Pop Cap came with a silver brad; I carefully removed it and then replaced it with a Tangerine Mini Brad so that it would blend in with my page.
In keeping with the 'star' theme, I traced and cut out two large stars and layered them behind the photos...I love how they look like a continuation of the Simply Put card!  
Come on over to the Doodlebug Design's Blog where you'll see gift ideas, cards and card-holders and even more fun layouts

Chalkboard Hearts

I have my most recent project to share that I made for  CURTSEY BOUTIQUE I created this 12x12 layout with Curtsey's chalkboard hearts, canvasbutterflies and baker's twine!   I've had this design in my head for awhile, so I was anxious to finally transfer it onto paper.  I've used the "Woodland Park" Collection by October Afternoon, which has just a touch of black in some of the design.
 After spritzing the canvas butterflies with Mustard ColorShine, I layered on stickers and Goosebumps by Queen & Co
Each heart has been dressed up and given its own personality!   You can also write or doodle on the chalkboard die-cuts (there are several shapes available) with a white marker or chalk.  
Lots of new things coming to the Curtsey Boutique Shop at Etsy: Berry baskets, wooden forks and spoons, colors of baker's twine and more!
Thanks for stopping by...have a wonderful week ahead :)

Bella Blvd & Hampton Art Stamps

Bella Blvd. is introducing their brand new line of  cling-style stamps by Hampton Art this week on the blog!
The design team has created some really cute, cute samples of using these on cards... there are several ideas that I'd like to try myself :)   Here are the two cards that I made for this week's Hampton Art reveal:
After I completed this card, the idea came to me to use the dress stamp for bridesmaid's  Thank You cards. That's the beauty of stamps. That you can modify the colors to suit!  I stamped the dress, first, onto the patterned paper. Next, I stamped the image again onto a canvas cardstock with Staz-On ink. I used a grey watercolor pencil to shadow in the left side of the dress.  I also colored in a couple of the ruffles and then trimmed out the image and attached over the first  stamped image. I just got this new embossing folder that has an inset in the center.  I cut the patterned paper to that size and machine-stitched in place.

Unity {Inspiration}

Welcome to this Thursday's  UNITY {INSPIRATION} and the release of several new Phyllis Harris stamps! You will see a lot of sweet examples today with the new images...I had to work ahead early so I went with the April Kit-of-the-Month for my two cards :) First order of business though:
**You should be arriving here from Renee Aslette's Blog** A $20 Unity Gift Certificate will be awarded to THREE lucky commentors, so be sure to say "hello" before you leave each blog!

I was so excited to try out my brand new polka dot embossing folder from Lifestyle Crafts! And I just happened to have the exact size circle punch for the touch of black. For those gorgeous red lips, I stamped the image with Martha Stewart's Glue Pad and then glittered with red.  I hand-cut the lips from the red cardstock and then attached it to the white paper with foam dots.

 I love these wedding bells...they're so nostalgic and remind me of a 1950's wedding. I stamped the bells onto a white and light blue…

Stamp Yourself Silly!

We're stamping ourselves silly at LITTLE YELLOW BICYCLE  Did you know that Little Yellow Bicycle carries a wide variety of clear stamps? Love large scripted words or typewriter font? Then these are a must-have for your stash :) For the assignment I chose to focus on stamping onto one of the new Naturals elements from LYB...burlap! Whenever using new clear stamps I like to practice a few times before stamping onto the 
desired surface.  Another tip is that I do not wipe off the ink before reinking to stamp the final image.
I find that a little ink 'build-up' gives a darker and more filled-in look.  
For this card, I used black Staz-On ink to stamp both the paper and the burlap heart. Staz-On ink
 is perfect for mediums such as canvas, cork, metal, etc. because it doesn't bleed. 
It may be necessary to stamp twice on the burlap, but the great thing about a clear stamp  is that you can see where you're stamping!     You can also take a marker (of th…

Simple Pleasures

Authentique Paperand Therm O Web  are teaming up over the next couple of days to bring you tons of inspiration! Both companies are offering a sweet prize, so be sure to stop by and say "hi!"

Oh boy do I love making some 3D projects! I am definitely not a flat crafter so Therm O Web's3D Foam Squares are a favorite friend of mine. I was also very pleased with the outcome of their Gold Glitter Dust, which adds just the finest sprinkling of shimmer.   For my project today I've combined pieces from the new Seasons: Summer collection, to create a little hanging for the door or wall.  Seasons: Summer is a petite collection and follow-up to Seasons: Winter and Spring. To get started, I took a scallop chipboard sheet (from a Maya Road chipboard album set) and painted it in a warm yellow acrylic paint.  Next, I distressed the edges by dipping a sponge with ColorBox Mudslide ink and then wiping it across the edge.

Shake the can of Glitter Dust well and then lightly spritz the chipbo…

SN@P, Crackle, Bliss!

A happy weekend to all of you!  I'm up today at  SIMPLE STORIES BLOG   with a trio of fun cards using SN@P, Vintage Bliss and 24/Seven :) First we'll start with a "HELLO"
And who wouldn't smile after seeing a bright and cheery Hello from SN@P!   I was so happy that I got to use some of the new Flair Buttons and Chipboard pieces. Simple Stories has hit it out of the park with the addition of these new embellishments! I love using the Pockets even if there isn't anything 'in' the pocket :) The decorative edge and the pattern lends so much to the design...for this card I simply attached one of the SN@P Label Stickers into the pocket and then added some hand-stitching to the top.  
And how about a "Dream Big" for one of the guys (or girl...but this just looks masculine to me!)
I know I say this a lot, but it's true for me:   let elements such as 3x4 Journaling Cards do the work for you :)   Once I've selected the perfect J…

Glittery Wishes

My latest card for  CURTSEY BOUTIQUE
Yummm, I'm really diggin' the turquoise and black and silver!   After embossing a piece of grey cardstock and sewing on a little mat to the center, I embellished with several goodies from the Curtsey Boutique Etsy Shop. I arranged the banners with foam dots and then added the glittered butterflies.
To the chalkboard heart I attached glitter alphas and then a heart stick pin through the top (having a foam dot behind the heart made a nice place for the pin to stick into!)
Such a quick card!  Curtsey Boutique carries an assortment of glittered embellishments, chalkboard shapes, baker's twine and stick'll love their store: and visit the blog for more ideas:
I'll be back on Saturday with a trio of sweet cards for Simple Stories :) See you then!

Be Inspired: A Mixed Media Mini

For the month of April, Pink Paislee is hosting a CRAFT-N-CONNECT EVENT where fans can get involved with the Color Crush Challenge and a chance to win a $100 Prize Pack! --Check out the details here-- 
The Design Team has been given a 'free-for-all' theme for the month;
you'll be delighted to see all types of projects made with all sorts of Pink Paislee goodies!
In conjunction with the projects, you will also learn some fun facts about the team members.

 I wanted to share the kind words that Rebecca Cross posted with my project today: “Today we get to introduce you to Shellye McDaniel who is also another new member of our team for 2013. We were totally wowed last year when we saw Shellye’s City Sidewalks Canvas project and she immediately got our attention!  Her style is colorful, whimsical and she has a way of making every project look absolutely perfect.  I am also seriously impressed with her paper sewing skills and the way she makes everything look 3-D. I love admiring a…