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Card Christmas Album

So last week I shared a card that I made with  TOP DOG DIES' A2 Card Die #4... Today I have a beautiful Merry Christmas Album that I made with this same die!
Along with the A2 Card Die #4, I've used the Ornament & Tags #1 Die Set. All of the pretty papers, chipboard and stickers are from Pink Paislee's"Snow Village" Collection.
I used one of the gold foil die-cut ephemera pieces in the collection to cut the tops for the ornaments and then layered the pieces onto the album front with foam adhesive.

Above, I turned one of the lacy SophieA2 Mat Dies into a journal card by drawing a few lines onto the piece with a Zig pen.
 Some of the Snow Village embellishments layered together with some May Arts' seam binding.

For the base pages, I actually used the back piece from a paper any light-weight chipboard; or heavy weight chipboard will work too since this is a steel-rule die. Because this die will also score, just be sure to not 'bend' th…

Bella's Friday Sketch

Time for the semi-monthly "Friday Sketch" with Bella Blvd!

This card was inspired by the blooms on this month's sketch.  I  just trimmed my design to two flowers instead of three.  For the stems, I adhered a strip of Pickle Juice Dot Designer Tape to a piece of cardstock  and then cut into thin pieces. The blooms were a layer of die cuts from a mix of patterned  papers and a few stickers. A happy bee adds a little extra whimsy.  And what is a flower without a bee!
Supplies: Play Date: Captions; Trick or Treat: Spooky Town; Snapshots: Daily Details,  Rise & Shine, Pajama Day, Alpha+Bits; Designer Tape: 12 mm Combo
I replaced the flowers with a trio of hand-cut houses from the City Sidewalks paper!  After stitching a 'hill' onto a blue background, I added the houses with foam adhesive.  Above one of the chimneys I hand-stitched a plume of smoke with white thread and small needle.
 I kept with the design of the sketch by adding a zig-zag …

Thankful For...

One of our project assignments this month for DOODLEBUG DESIGN was to create a project exemplifying what we're thankful for. It's always easy for me to count my blessings, although I may not do it as often as I should. But not a day goes by that I'm not eternally grateful for a cozy home and my sweet family!
As you can see, I have two large circles in the center of the's my "plate of thanks" :)   Before adding the photos, I cut a strip of paper and then stitched a few X's over the center for decoration...sort of like a napkin laying to the side.
 Appropriate stickers were attached to each photo, as well as some of the cute characters  from the Happy Harvest Collection.
For the heading of the layout, I trimmed down one of the Simply Put cards to the size of my photo and then added one of the cute Flags to the top.
Want to see more ideas using the Happy Harvest Collection? Visit
I'm not sure that I'll post again tomorrow, s…

Winter Sparkle

I'm excited to bring a closer look at the "Winter Sparkle" layout that made its debut 
when the Glistening Collection was revealed at
AUTHENTIQUE PAPER  I took these beautiful photos the day after Christmas...we received almost 10" of the white stuff 
on Christmas night...almost unheard of in Texas!  I wanted to mimic the rolling hills and valleys 
that were covered in snow so I created my own with paper.
I had a blast playing with the patterns and trying to decide just which ones I wanted to use.  
You have to admit that this is one stunning! From one of the 6X6 paper bundle sheets, I cut three large snowflakes with a die by Spellbinders. 
 Next, each one was topped with a disc of paper punched from the back of the Components
 sheet and a button.
Although there wasn't much to creating the design, I thought it would be fun to point out that 
there are so many looks you can achieve from making this one cut.  First, draw a wavy line…

Snowy Scene

A good Friday to you all! Today I have a very clean-and-simple Christmas card made with TOP DOG DIES and a cute print from Lawn Fawn's "Fa La La" 6X6 Paper Pad.
 The die that I used for this card is steel-rule A2 Card #4. I really, really like the design of this die because it can be turned as I have it shown here, opened to the right or with the flap at the top.  You could also create a gift card holder with it or an envelope!  
First, I cut the actual card base from a white piece of cardstock.   Next, I cut the design of patterned paper (shown above) using just the scrolled portion of the die.  
I took the same paper from the pad and lined up the scroll piece over the other paper so that the design matched (see above); place the layered pieces back onto the die (follow the indentations on the die so that you will have proper placement). Remove the scroll piece of paper and run the second piece back through to die-cut.

Adhere the pieces to the card and use a set of thin magnets to hol…

Crop & Create Delivered

I'm so excited to have been a part of the  WINTER 2013 CROP & CREATE DELIVERED KIT brought to you by Canda's #1 scrapbooking magazine: SCRAPBOOK & CARDS TODAY
I have designed four cards using the kit and let me tell you: it is jammed packed with goodies!  SVG files, custom stamps and flair, plus the latest & greatest supplies. **Goes on SALE today at 9:00 PM EST** Check it out and don't wait too long if you'd like to order...they go quickly!
2014 Planners & Calendars are still available too...give S&CT a visit today :)

Tying The Knot

That's right, the May Arts' "Ribbon Lady" (aka Bethney) is engaged to be married! CONGRATULATIONS We are collaborating today with a Blog Hop to commemorate this very special time. **We also have an amazing giveaway lined up from these great companies** One lucky commentor will win it all!  Simply leave a comment on each blog and go to theMay Arts Facebook pageand wish Bethney all the best :)

Here is the order of the hop: Candy Rosenberg Charlene Driggs Emily Lanham Jen Shears Jenifer Cowles Karen Baker Lalo IK Virginia Fynes Christina Colón Courtney Lee DeeDee Catron Gini Williams Cagle Jessica Kephart Latrice Murphy Rhea Weigand Shellye McDaniel (you are here)
Erin Thiem

For my card I chose several elements from Bella Blvd's "Love & Marriage" Collection, as well as May Art's Mini Pom Pom trim.  I die-cut the heart and scalloped heart from  Core'dinations cardstock using Top Dog Dies' Heart Album Finishers.
**Your final stop is the blog of Erin Thiem** Congratula…

12 Days of December Documented

This past week at SIMPLE STORIES, we shared all sorts of projects with Daily Grind, SN@P! and Spellbinders!

I received the Wonky Rectangles, Layered Poinsettias and Classic Ovalsby Spellbinders, so I went with a tag-style mini album focusing on the "12 Days of Christmas"
For the base of the album, I started with Spellbinder's Wonky Rectangles Nestabilities and used the largest (3.25" X 4.25") die. I first cut the shape from a thin weight chipboard  and then various papers from the 6X6 December Documented
Although using smaller dies from the same set would also look just as sweet, I decided to  go with an oval shape (2.25" X 3") from the Spellbinder's Classic Ovals Nestabilities. 
And I just fell in love with Spellbinder's Layered Poinsettias ...I use a lot of snowflakes for winter/Christmas themes, so this was a nice change! For the front, I used two of the smaller
 poinsettia shapes and then glittered the ye…

Authentique & Petaloo

We love, love, love teaming up with Petaloo at  AUTHENTIQUE PAPER This past week was filled with all sorts of designs combining products from the two companies...there is also a giveaway, so check out the blog for more information on that.
I have a quartet of sweet ornaments using Authentique's Joyous Collection and goodies from Petaloo, such as flowers, buttons, trim, stickers, etc.
For the base of each ornament I started with a corrugated banner shape.   From the "Magical" 12X12 paper, I cut the different motifs and then attached them  to the banner with foam adhesive.
Reindeer ornament- I cut the green doily shape from one of the 6X6 Bundle papers and  layered on one of the stickers from the collection.  Two of the small poinsettias and  pearl stick pin from Petaloo were added.
Believe ornament- Before attaching the cut-out, a band of crochet trim was added  to the back of the piece.  All of the buttons were adhered with a large glue dot, with the  excep…