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On The Diagonal: Paper Strips

I'm sharing over at the PINK PAISLEE Blog today where it's "diagonal" week! One of my favorite trends to-date: diagonal stripes.  I love them way more than chevron, way more than plain stripes and almost as much as swiss dots!  For my layout, I’ve chosen the “Color Wash” Collection and a few recent photos of my daughter  caught while waiting to perform a dance number; they’re fun and silly, and I love the pop  of black and white photos against the pastels. 
I created a swatch of a diagonal pattern by cutting 1/2″ strips from one of the patterned papers  and then attaching them to a base paper.

After the rectangle of paper was covered in strips, the excess was trimmed off. 
The word “silly” was hand-cut from one of the Color Wash papers and then glued to the “hello” tag.   A trio of butterflies were punched from the 6X6 paper pad, embellished with canvas dots,  a jewel and then added with foam adhesive. I placed pieces of the vellum banner, so tha t it would …

The Witch Is In...

...and she's made herself right at home. She left her hat on Sydnee's chair, kicked off her boots by the door and parked her broom next to the sofa. She's a veritable slob; leaving her stuff laying about...and I have PROOF!
Okay, I will lighten up on our guest a little bit.   She did commission me to fix up her pointy hat for a challenge at the BELLA BLVD BLOG And there were some rules:  use the "Trick or Treat" Collection, crochet hearts & feathers.
Anything coned shaped can be a little intimidating to decorate,  especially if you are planning on doing it with paper!  For this witch's hat, I started with a malleable template  (I used two sheets of notebook paper taped together; a heavy tissue paper would also work).  After getting the correct pattern for the top of the hat, I traced it onto a 12 X 13 sheet of paper.  I wanted the brim of the hat to blend in well with the design, so I added about a half of an inch  to the bottom of the cone design and then snipped the …

A House of Thrills

It's not too haunted nor too spooky, but this cutely
decorated Thrilling house just says HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
My little house is premiering at Authentique Paper Blog today...have a look:
When I received this Maya Road paper mâché house, it started 
speaking "make me into a haunted house!"...and so, I did.
  I started by painting the piece with an acrylic black paint.  

 For the roof, I cut apart various patterns from the hexagon
 printed paper, Frenzy,and glued it to the form. 
 Next, I cut individual hexagons and attached to sections
of the roof with foam dots.  A sprinkling of iridescent glitter (from Art Glitter)
 gives them a bit of extra POP!

 After cutting squares of paper from the 6X6 Bundle, I added them to the walls of the 'rooms'.
I used a large wood veneer doily shape as the background and base for the clustered embellishment. A small postcard print was cut from the 6X6 bundle sheets (a larger, matching design can be found on the Mystic 12X12 paper).  A couple of sti…

Along Came A Spider...

...and sat down beside her, and frightened Ms. Shellye away! Quite ironic that I'm arachnophobic and live amongst a gazillion spiders. I guess it's the price we pay to live in the peaceful and (otherwise) tranquil country-setting :)
For today's post at May Arts Ribbon, I've created this rather sweet little spidy-character....
See more photos and how I put him all-together at the May Arts' Blog! He has now taken up permanent residence in my daughter's room... maybe, just maybe, he'll scare the smaller guys away LOL
Thanks for visiting!

Friday Sketch

I love this sketch by Becky Fleck, so I was quite happy when it was our assignment for this past Friday's card project at Bella Blvd!

I stuck with the original foundation of this sketch by adding the two panels with a border  across the center. Next, I chose the focal point/sentiment and built around it in a way to keep  with the general idea of the sketch. I wanted to add a little color to the center of the scalloped die cut so that I would have a nice backdrop for the white fluffy cloud. 
Supplies:Play Date: Daily Details, Park Play, Catching Bugs, Today is Beautiful, Alpha+Bits;  Trick or Treat: Paper Pieces; Flags: All American Flag Icons
Lots of cute takes on this sketch over at the Bella Blog...check it out!

May Arts Halloween Hop!

Welcome to the May Arts Ribbonista Halloween Blog Hop! I've been amazed by the projects so will wrap things up, so if you missed Monday through Thursday, visit the May Arts' blog... **3 ROLLS OF HALLOWEEN RIBBON** will be given away to a really-lucky commentor!
Today's hop includes the following designers (in order): Latrice MurphyShellye McDanielVirginia FynesI wanted to do something a little different for my design today.  I love holiday bunting...I have a couple of different things for 4th of July and Christmas, but I really wanted a piece that would go along with my Halloween decor. From lengths of wired ribbon, I fashioned my own unique bunting!

This is how I went about making the bunting: 5- 18" lengths of 1.5" Solid/Pom Pom Edged Wired Ribbon  6 Yards of 1.5" Solid Checkered Wired Ribbon Sewing machine and/or fabric glue
First, cut your pom pom ribbon into the 18" lengths. Gently pull one of the wires from either side; leave the other wir…

What's New Wednesday

Every Wednesday the newest products are featured at Bella Blvd! My two cards feature the new collection, "Christmas Countdown",  and a few trusty accessories from the Button Market and Designer Tape aisle :)
"Just Be Merry" A2 Card   I drew inspiration from the snowflakes on the Christmas Cuties paper.
 I started with a snowflake embossed card and layered on snowflakes that I die cut from
 various sections of patterned paper (the white/red stripe paper is actually a part of a journal card).
 After threading each button with white crochet thread, I attached them to the center of each
 snowflake with a thin glue dot.

Christmas Countdown: Borders, Christmas Cuties, Daily Details, Alpha+Bits; 
Trick or Treat: Spooky Town; Button Market: Red Flowers

 "Oh Christmas Tree" A2 Card
For this card, I wanted to bring the cute tree on the journal card more into focus.
To do so, I used a tree die (or a triangle would work too) and cut the shape fro…

A Christmas Spectacular

Authentique Paper is teaming up Core'dinations this week to  bring you tons of inspiration using Authentique Paper & Core'dinations products!
 I must say that I always enjoy working with Core'dinations' products! Not only do they coordinate well with any Authentique collection, the quality and ability to sand, tear 
and distress makes it a top-notch cardstock to reach for.
 For my layout today, I've pulled two of the Core'dinations Neutral 6 X 6 sheets and trimmed 
them down to 4.25" X 5.5"...why this size?  I was thinking of cascading snowflakes embossed
 onto the cardstock and of course, my embossing folder just happened to be this size.  
Next, I cut matching pieces from the "Classic" Joyous paper and adhered them all onto a
9.5" X 12" piece of black Core'dinations cardstock that was mounted onto a single
 sheet of 12 X 12 Confection paper.
 After some machine-stitching to the panels of paper, I'm ready to being layering! I wen…

To Die For!

As I posted last week, there is a new place in town and it's all about dies: TOP DOG DIES by Accucut Come on by and check out all of the amazing and must-have steel-rule & wafer thin dies!

And here are the projects that I created for the launch! (click on each to enlarge) "Ho Ho Ho!" Hanger was made using the Reflection Album #1 Die This die is one of their steel-rule dies; there are several other designs available too! Patterned papers and stickers by October Afternoon; Ribbon and trim by May Arts

 "Country Livin'" mini album was made using the Mason Jar Album Die and Finishers Die Set. Again, the album die is steel rule and the Finishers set are the wafer thin dies. On the inner page, I used one of the wafer thin Cherish Doilies & Tag Set...if you love paper doilies, then you will love this little collection! Patterned papers and stickers by We R Memory Keepers; Ribbon by May Arts
 I've always wanted a die like this Onesie Card (A2) Die

Pixie Tricks

DOODLEBUG DESIGN has teamed up with Xyron all week long in bringing cute ideas and giveaways!   Our focus this week has been on one of the newest products: Pixies

For my first card I used the Pixies in a couple of ways:  as the sprinkles on top of the  cupcake and as an outline to the pattern on the cupcake liner.
 Because the Pixies are hollow in the center, it's easy to hand-stitch them with a needle and thread  just as you would a bugle bead!  To the cupcake 'liner' I outlined the chevron pattern with pieces of Pixies.
 And don't can add your own banners to the sticks or use the assortment packs, which are available in the newest themes.
 Up next is a quick and easy idea for using the Pixies, while still creating a punch.  I used three different colors and attached them as a border.  To make things even easier, I made  sure that the height of the patterned paper was the same as the trimming needed! 
I chose to use white s…

Luxurious Treat Bag Duo

It's a Halloween Week of sorts at  PINK PAISLEE
We were asked to use the Luxe Bronze and Black papers and accents in creating our projects. I've used a blend of the colors to make these two totally different treat bags!
To get started, you will need a 6″ X 12″ strip of your favorite Luxe paper.  Place the piece face-down onto a score board (or use a paper trimmer); turning the  piece vertically (lengthwise), score at 1″ and 5″. Turn the paper horizontally and score at 5.5″ and 6.5″. Fold the paper in on all of the scored marks. Cut the paper at the 5.5″ and 6.5″ marks just up to  the vertical score lines; you will have two small flaps on each side. Fold in and glue to one of  the longer flaps. Use a quick dry glue or strong double-sided adhesive to secure the flaps together.

For the sweet and prim Luxe jack ‘o lantern, I used a 4.25″ scalloped doily die and a 4″ round die.  I layered the two pieces together with foam adhesive and secured to the front of the strip…