Skip to main content


Showing posts from September, 2013

Tag Tradition Mini Album

Happy Monday! 
I have  a quick and easy tag mini album using the new "Tradition Collection"
  by Authentique Paper and a set of  3X8 Kraft tags by Graphic 45 that were
easily altered for a waterfall style album.

As you can see, I made the cover into a pocket by folding the tag in half and gluing around the  edges (except for top opening).  I like the way the tag peeking out adds graphic detail and interest.  
The edges of these particular tags were rounded, so I used that as a guide for matching up the ends on the cover.  The consecutive tags were cut an inch larger than the previous to create a waterfall effect. For the spine I punched two holes and then used two 1" rings to hold all of the pages together.  I also corner rounded the cut ends with a punch to keep the design uniform.
The Tradition Collection hosts both a dark red and a lighter red, so it's easy to match up embellishments like these pretty felt poinsettias that I found in the craft aisle at Hobby Lob…

Established 1991

As part of our design team assignments this month at  DOODLEBUG DESIGN we were asked to create something special with their beautiful 8X8 Shadowbox Frames They come in white, brown and black...I chose brown with this particular design in mind for the entryway into our home.
I used a mix of "Flower Box" and "Day to Day" Collections for the most part.
To the woodgrain background paper, I layered on a matching top and bottom border. Using a circle die, I cut a green hill from one of the 6X6 papers.  The space within  the shadowbox allows you to really build up the embellishments with foam dots and chunky accents like brads, rhinestones and even ribbon bows.
If you would like to see more ideas on decorating these shadowboxes, just stop by the Doodlebug Blog all week!  Today we're showcasing the frames along with  the "Home For the Holidays" Collection.

500th Post Giveaway & Pink Paislee

YAY!  The big day has finally arrived... THE PAPERED COTTAGE'S 500th POST GIVEAWAY is happening today!  First let me share my latest project from PINK PAISLEE & PRIMA MARKETING This week at Pink Paislee we've teamed up the Color Wash Collection with fun finds  from Prima Marketing. After sifting through all of the fabulous products, I narrowed down my selection to include the versatile Prima Mixed Media Album and Covers, along with tons of neat embellishments. 
For the cover I tried a couple of different techniques on each side; one side being designed with  a resist pattern and the other side plain canvas. First, I spritzed the bottom third with Heidi Swapp’sColorshine Citron followed by Seafoam and Blush. Next, I laid the Mini Flora 6X6 Stencil over the top and spritzed with Navy Colorshine.
I kept the embellishments to a minimum by first adding a Color Wash Watercolor Tag that was backed  with a smaller piece of patterned paper and then spritzed lightly with…

2013-14 Bella Blvd Design Team

Good Tuesday morning! I'm happy to share that the announcement of the 2013-14 BELLA BLVD DESIGN TEAM is up...congratulations to the new team...I am very excited to be back for another year :)

Some familiar faces and some that I haven't had the pleasure of meeting yet...can't wait to meet them all! Over the next couple of weeks, the new team will be formally introduced  along with a few of their tryout projects.  In the meantime we will be saying a fond farewell to the 2012-13 team.

May Arts + Faber Castell

**500th POST GIVEAWAY** This is post sure that you are a follower of my blog as I will be giving away a GRAND PRIZE on the 500th post!
Welcome to Day #1 of the  May Arts Ribbon & Faber-Castell Blog Hop!
**You should be arriving here from Virigina Fynes's Blog**
I have had a few occasions to work with Faber-Castell and each time I find something new that I love about their products! With the chalkboard look being all the rage right now, I thought it would be fun to create a card using black cardstock, a white PITT pen and some burlap twine:
You could also use May Arts' baker's twine for stitching too! Pierce candy cane design (from Bazzill's In Stitchz Christmas Pack) onto black cardstockWith the White PITT Artist Pen, color in the area inside the pierced marks.  Repeat as many times as necessary until desired coverage has been achieved.With White (or off-white) Burlap String, stitch the outer design.With Red Burlap String, stitch the diag…

Mixin' & Matchin'

**500th POST GIVEAWAY** This is post sure that you are a follower of my blog as I will be giving away a GRAND PRIZE on the 500th post! We're mixing and matching over at the Bella Blvd Blog today! It's so helpful when a company uses the same color palette throughout their collections as Bella does.  I can look for a particular pattern of paper from the Christmas Countdown Collection without having to worry if the colors will clash with the snowman from Winter Wishes.
I've chosen up to four different collections and put them into one was actually quite fun!
For this card I stayed with the rule of three ... three colors and three focal points (hearts) that created  the visual triangle. The crochet hearts alone looked a little lonely, so I hand-cut three of the hearts  from the Chevy Peep paper and sanded around the edges before attaching them.  
Supplies:Snapshots: Daily Details; Freestyle Sophisticates: Freestyle Pickle Juice;  Daily Chevies: Chevy Peep; Play Date:

All Natural Layout

**500th POST GIVEAWAY**This is post sure that you are a follower of my blog as I will be giving away a GRAND PRIZE on the 500th post! --------------------------------------------------------------- For all of you masculinely-challenged-layout- folks out there (and I'm in that's a huge challenge for me!) I have a layout featuring AUTHENTIQUE PAPER'S Natural Collection I love that the colors and patterns are masculine, rich and
vibrant; it was the perfect palette for one of my oldest son's Senior photos!

I went with one of the more muted papers for the background and then layered on color with 
various mats, journal card and stickers.  Wooden embellishments like veneers and clothespins
 compliment the masculine style. I'm drawn to arrows, pointers and stars for guys' layouts, so I fashioned a couple of chevron arrows
 from the Daydream paper.  Here is a pretty easy way to cut several pieces while keeping the 
sides even at…

Good Enough to Eat!

**500th POST GIVEAWAY** This is post sure that you are a follower of my blog as I will be giving away a GRAND PRIZE on the 500th post!
Anyone up for some candy corn this morning? I have a super sweet trio of the confection up on the  MAY ARTS RIBBON BLOG
Here's a little peek for you: Come on over to the May Arts blog and see how I made this fun decoration :) Thanks for stopping by!

Bella Buzzzz!

Bella BUZZZ Newsletter is backkkk!
Here is the direct link so you can have a gander :)

Advent Tree

**500th POST GIVEAWAY** This is post sure that you are a follower of my blog as I will be giving away a GRAND PRIZE on the 500th post! ----------------------------------------------------------------- Happy Monday, friends!  Today is the launch of the newest collection by DOODLEBUG DESIGNS "Home For the Holidays" And with a launch party that means a are the deets from the DB Blog and the direct link to today's post:
GIVEAWAY: And like past "Launch Parties" you can win a box full of the Home for the Holidays Collection by simply sharing the post, any of the projects  or Facebook posts. Share on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, your Blog, Email...oh and we  LOVE pins to Pinterest. We'll be watching or you can leave a comment and we will   pick some fortunate winners at the end of the week. 
I'm quite excited to be kicking the launch off with a really cute Advent Chalkboard Tree I found the wooden (it's nice and thick) tree at Hobby Lobby. …

May Arts Halloween Craft Challenge

**500th POST GIVEAWAY** This is post sure that you are a follower of my blog as I will be giving away a GRAND PRIZE on the 500th post!
Come on over to the May Arts Ribbon Blog and see all of the inspiration crafted by the designers!  The challenge is also open to May Arts' fans...see more details here: MAY ARTS BLOG
Here are the ribbons for the challenge:
and a little photo inspiration for  you:
and a tiny little peek at the project that I did for the challenge: See more today on the May Arts Ribbon Blog!