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Pinterest Inspired Thursday

I love this week's Pinterest Inspired Challenge at BELLA BLVD www.bellablvd.typepad.com
And everyone has a stash of paperclips laying about, so why not dress them up with buttons, resin pieces, ribbon, washi tape, etc.
LEAF WITHOUT YOU Card I have been wanting to create a card with this stamp and the inspiration photo harkened  me to try stamping the leaves onto some of the Designer Tape! I placed the strips onto  white cardstock and then stamped the image sporadically several times over the tapes.  Next, I hand-cut the leaves and added a small foam adhesive square to the back of each.  After stamping the entire image again onto a white cardstock, I placed the matching  leaves over the design. For extra detail, I embellished a plain paper clip with a  Button Market button and a high tack adhesive dot!
Supplies:Max: That's My Boy; Family Forever: Candid Cards;  Button Market: Masculine Mix; Design Tape: Pickle Juice Chevron, Pickle Juice Dot;  Unity Stamp: Leaf Without You
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Bon Voyage!

Do you have that someone in your life who loves to hop on a cruise ship and sail away? My parents are constantly
 going on a cruise, so I made these with them in mind.
Today at Authentique Paper I have  a neat way to send them off in style with the  Anchored Collection!
Take an ordinary windowed bakery bag, decorate and then fill with fun treats
 that they can use and enjoy: sunscreen, Dramamine, snacks, journal, a new 
iPod etc....choose a larger bag if needed!
First, you'll need a bakery bag, or two, or three...you can find them here
Next, using either round dies, punches or a template, match up the size of
 the window opening with the smallest die possible. 
Select a die that is roughly 1/2" larger  than the inner die.
Layer the two dies together onto a selected piece of Anchored Paper and cut!
Turn the shape into a life preserver by decorating with just a few snips of paper
 that have been glued to the sides as shown above.  Adhere over the window 
with foam adhesive for an even more dr…

A Trifold and A Tutorial

Happy Wednesday, friends! Yesterday I had a little "Sewing Tutorial" up at  CHICKANIDDY CRAFTS and a sweet project using the Date Night Collection.   This is a very basic sewing lesson, so if you have a sewing machine, but have been  afraid of trying it on paper projects, have no fear! I need to make a disclaimer that  I am NOT a sewing expert and I seldom stitch anything other than paper;   all of these tips are by my own trial and error.
Let's take a peek at the completed project and then we'll get started on the sewing :)  I picked up this tri-fold chipboard display at a scrapbook store,  but you could surely construct your own.
First, we'll need to choose our style of stitching.   For this project, I selected a basic zig-zag stitch, which is number 04 on my  Brother CE-5000 PRW machine.  The default setting is shown below: I want to enlarge the length (top number) as well as the width (bottom number) of the stitch, so I will increase each as shown below.  You will also noti…

Hippity Hoppity It's Springtime!

Yay for Springtime!  Today I'm sharing at  DOODLEBUG DESIGN  with a sweetly adorned, inexpensive wooden fence that I purchased at Hobby Lobby.   The piece all ready came painted white, and in hindsight I wished that I had covered it in paper... so that's another idea if you're inclined to make one yourself :)

To begin, I outlined the edge of the wooden slats with Swimming Pool Doodle Twine  (I use a glue pen for this). The cute "Hippity Hoppity" title is from Miss Kate Cuttables... I selected some of the "B" sided papers from the Springtime Collection and went to cutting!
For the base of the title, I used some basic Doodlebug cardstock.  I accented the  cut-out Easter eggs with a few cardstock stickers and Sprinkles!
I cut the grass pieces out three times and then glued them to the bottom of  the fence...a perfect fit!
And a title boasting "hippity hoppity" must have a bunny!   I added this little guy with foam adhesive and dressed him up with a twine bo…

Not Xyron...But Should Be!

It's Day 2 of the  NOT XYRON, BUT SHOULD BE Pinterest inspired collection of projects
**Visit Beth's Blog each day this week for a complete viewing of projects**
My inspiration piece came from Rebecca Cooper's Blog: St Patrick's Day Bunting
Now, since St. Patrick's Day has all ready passed for this year, I decided to turn my banner into a good luck charm For the base of the banner, I used a burlap paper by DCWV and a 3.5"W X 4.5"H banner die by My Favorite Things.  Next, using my personal cutting machine and Cambria font, I cut the lettering from a cream cardstock, ran each through the 3" Sticker Maker and then attached to the center of each burlap panel.  Three of the panel were embellished with a trio of premade flocked shamrocks that I had on hand, and some felt flowers by Jillibean Soup.

I cut two 3" strips of green ribbon for each panel.  I adhered a High Tack Adhesive Dot to one end  of the ribbon and then folded in half to form a loop.
The loops were t…

Lampshade Transformed

Have you ever wanted to spruce up an old lampshade  or give some color to a room? For today's project at  MAY ARTS RIBBON I have taken an inexpensive, dollar store lampshade and removed the fabric covering.  Next, I set out with various spools of bright ribbons and began the transformation...take a look:
I have full instructions up today on the May Arts Blog Ciao, friends!

Xyron & All New Anna Griffin

Welcome to day four of the  XYRON & ANNA GRIFFIN product swap day!  And we're really excited to show-off some of the brand new, never before seen Anna Griffin goodies :) **You will be able to see all of the new goods on Monday, March 24th**  Just tune in (or set your DVR) to the HSN channel for the 24 hour craft day!

This pretty "Happy Birthday" card combines several different journaling tags and gorgeous 6X6 papers.  I borrowed some Petaloo flowers from my stash.
I cut a small square from one of the 6X6 papers and embellished the edge with a pretty lace trim from May Arts.  I added strips of Xyron Double-Sided  High Tack adhesive around the back and pressed the lace into place.

I'm crazy about the new die-cuts packs in the "For The Boys" Collection. As you visit the Xyron Design Team blogs over the week, you'll see all sorts of die-cuts that have been used...vintage cars, fish, labels, trophies and more handsome ephemera.
Whether you have the 1.5" Sticker M…

Cutting Files and Cards

If you haven't all ready, you must come by and see the updated SIMPLE STORIES  website and blog...it looks greatttt! www.simplestories.com www.simplestories.com/blog The two are now separate entities so that you can view product in one area and design team ideas on the blog...here's a look:  Ahhh, now isn't that fresh and exciting?!? And along with that news, I have three cards up on their blog today using their newest collections and Silhouette cutting files.


 I have some tidbits about each card, as well as links to the cutting files that I used on today's blog post http://simplestories.com/blog/cards-silhouette-cut-files
Have a great week!

Designer Details With Pink Paislee

You have the photo and the basic embellishments in place, now what?  Let’s explore some different ways to add some extra oomph to our layouts today at
PINK PAISLEE
Here is a look at my completed layout using the adorable “Switchboard” Collection  and a photo taken at last Summer’s CHA show in Las Vegas… that’s me sporting a Heidi Swapp apron and my Pink Paislee worker’s badge   The title of my layout is “Long Distance Connection”  which is the perfect description  for my photo because I had only known these friends “online”  – so meeting them in person was a real treat! 
 The cute vintage phone cutting file by Miss Kate Cuttables goes perfectly with this collection...come on over to the Pink Paislee blog and see how I put it together!