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Showing posts from August, 2013

Happy Harvest

This past week has been all things HAPPY HARVEST at Doodlebug Designs This is their newest 'fall, autumn, thanksgiving' collection with an  array of cute little critters like squirrels, owls, scarecrows, foxes and more! And they're having a fun giveaway that involves pinning to Pinterest...check out the details:
I love little hangers made from wood and other sturdy objects, but how about a stuffed paper ornament?  This one comes in just under 12 X 12 so it's a great size for hanging on a door or cabinet front!
To start out, I took a piece of 12 X 12 cardstock and folded it in half.   Next I sketched out half of a pumpkin shape (basically just rounding the edges and then creating a valley at the top)
After cutting out the design, open up the template and place it on top of desired patterned paper (you will need two sheets for the front and back).
Trace the design onto the two patterned papers and cut out.   The great thing about pumpkins is that they come in all …

An Apple A Day

Autumn greetings in August!  Today I have an altered paper  mache apple box that I dressed in SEASONS: AUTUMN by Authentique Paper

I traced the box's bottom and top part of the lid onto the desired paper and cut out.   Use a thin layer of glue to attach the papers to the box. A bone folder helps to form the paper when you come to the leaves and stem.
I found that it was easier to cover the side of the lid with trims rather than trying to attach paper.
I kept the design on the front simple by layering on frame stickers and sentiment. Looking for flowers?  These paprika colored mulberry flowers by Petaloo match perfectly.  I tied on a corduroy button with jute string and also added a bow of the same string to the cluster of flowers.
Authentique Product: Seasons:Autumn-  Components 6X12 Sticker Sheet;  Autumn Two Paper; Autumn Three Paper
Makes me ready for Fall and fresh apple pie!  Hope you've enjoyed!

Mini Album: Ombre Style

It's "Mini Album Week" at PINK PAISLEE I have an ombre mini album tutorial up today... easy as 1,2, 3 and the best part is that  it's so fun to put together. And being that it's a mini album there are lots and lots of photos to share!
  I had the pleasure of working the Pink Paislee booth at Create 'N Connect trade show this  past July and I was able to peer over Heidi Swapp's shoulder as she demonstrated a  make 'n take with her signature Color Shine sprays; this got my wheels turning and  I couldn't wait to get home and experiment. 
  To create this ombre effect (or color gradient effect) you will need three of your favorite Color Shine sprays, Artisan 8 X 8 Papers and any type of binding system  (or use a plain hole punch and loose leaf rings). I've used a Bind-It-All.  Oh and paper towels...lots of paper towels!  
 The colors that I chose closely match pieces from the Cottage Farms Collection:  Mustard, Georgia Peach and Tinsel. 

Feels Like Home

This month we've been sharing the newest collection at LITTLE YELLOW BICYCLE The collection is Feels Like Home and it's now available at retailers and online

Simple house-shaped chipboard pieces were the perfect backdrop for this mini album.  For the cover, I drew inspiration from the On A Limb paper (from the 6x6 Paper Pack).  I die-cut a tree and layered it on top of the branch pattern found on the paper.  I added a couple of sentiments and shapes and the cover was complete.

When planning out the following pages, I like to alternate the colors so that I don't have  two blue pages together, etc. 

Because I'm mostly a card and mini-album maker the 6 X 6 Paper Packs are a must have  because the designs are true to scale and are perfect for paper piecing and die-cutting. 

And as with most of the mini albums that I create, I add a trim of twine or jute to the  edge of the chipboard; use fabric glue and a toothpick to spread a thin bead of the adhe…

Halloween Parade

Just when you think Doodlebug Designs couldn't make anything any cuter than they all ready have, they go and do it with Halloween Parade! I should preface that by saying I love anything Halloween. Not necessarily the actual 'day' but I love all of the fun colors, jack 'o lanterns, spiders, bats and the season of's just a happy time of year! So, putting together this little pumpkin mini album was a treat from beginning to end :)
(lots and lots of photos)
I love using inexpensive pre-cut shapes for mini albums.  I found this pumpkin shape in
a set of 12 at Michael's.  Alone the pieces aren't sturdy enough for an album,
so I combined two sheets together to form one great!

After tracing the pumpkin shape and cutting out, I used a 4" circle die to cut out the mats.

  Be sure to do any machine stitching or brad adding before adhering the two chipboard pages together.

 They've brought them back!  Cutely shaped seq…