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Radiant Trash to Treasure

Don't trash it, treasure it! I'm up today at
 with an altered ceiling medallion that once hung around a light fixture. 
 My sweet hubby brought this home to me all dirty and bright yellow...
but I was excited at the challenge to alter it nonetheless :)
After washing away the grime, I decided to give it a coat of turquoise paint.  
Because it was painted bright yellow, I gave it a covering with gesso (or use any primer) 
first and then painted with a sponge brush and plain 'ole Plaid paint.
The opening at the center is roughly 6" in diameter and I knew that I wanted to 
add some sort of sentiment to it with a cluster of flowers around the opening. 
 A 6" piece of chipboard fits perfectly inside, so I used it as the base for adding
 the patterned paper and journal card to.
Before securing the chipboard center into place, I machine stitched around the
 edge and also trimmed it in an off-white pom pom trim.
The blooms of flowers were simp…

Cantina Time!

Whether you have plans to embellish invitations for a drinks-by-the-pool party or a girl's  night out, this brand new die set, "Party Drinks" from  TOP DOG DIES can be used in so many clever ways!
I die cut the margarita glass from turquoise and then a light yellow cardstock.   I kept the 'drink' portion of the yellow cardstock and shaded around the edge with  a darker yellow watercolor pencil.  I glued the glass pieces in place on  top of a die-cut Vintage Frame.  
Next, I added a thin bead of glue to the rim of the glass and applied some  chunky clear glitter to resemble the salt.  I chose the little umbrella for  my drink and adhered it in place.
For the gift card: Cut a piece of cardstock to measure 5"W X 7"H.   Place the cardstock onto a score board and score at 1.75" and at 4.5";  fold along the scores.   Decorate the front flap and inner flap with a smaller measure  of colored cardstock or patterned paper.   Adhere the sides…

Newton Has Popped Up

Newton is popping up everywhere these days! I'm sharing this fun, inter-active card over at  NEWTON'S NOOK DESIGNS
So, looking at the front you're thinking "sweet little clean-and-simple card" Until you open it up and........
...Hellooooo...there's Newton all popped up on the inside!
 The interactive die is by Karen Burniston with Elizabeth Craft Designs. After die-cutting the paper and layering on the label pieces, I stamped Newton onto white textured cardstock and then colored him in with Aquarelle watercolor pencils by Faber Castell.
I trimmed Newton and his beach paraphernalia out and added him to the fold with foam adhesive.  Next, the sentiment was stamped and then die-cut with the speech bubble found in the die-set.   For the sun, I punched a layer with an I Top Punch from Imaginisce  and a 1" circle punch. I shaded around the edges of both pieces with one of the Faber Castell Aquarelles.
 You can find this version of Newton and many more …

Harmony Shadowbox

This past week Authentique Paper shared one of their BRAND NEW products....  the Authentic Art Prints! These 8x10 prints come in 3 of their new collections - "Favorite," "Radiant," and "Harmony." Art Prints are ready to add to any  scrapbook page or simply put in a frame to add flair to any bare wall , and perfect for home decor projects!
I shared an easy home decor idea that can be made in almost an instant!  
I've used the new Art Prints by Authentique and an 8X8 Wooden Shadowbox.
 The hardest part of this project: deciding which print to use. I went with
this one mainly because the art work could be centered in the frame.
I cut the print down to an 8X8 size and then added sections of the border sticker
 to the top and bottom of the design. I capped off the ends with some
 mustard colored adhesive pearls.

With shadowboxes, you can use as much foam adhesive as you'd like! 
I layered together some hand-cut butterflies and banner punch-outs
 from the Harmony Col…

Top Dog Dies: July Releases

A happy Friday, everyone! I have a card to share today along with July Release dies from TOP DOG DIES
I know I use this term a lot, but here is a QUICK card using three of the new dies: I've used patterned papers and sticker from Authentique's Harmony Collection. I especially love the dotted hole border around the frame and banner die! When using the Flower Lace Mat Die, I did use the metal shim, which helped to deeply cut all of the design.
Here are the dies that I've used: July also includes these other fun sets:
The design team has done an amazing job with the new dies! Follow the Top Dog Dies Blog to see all of the upcoming creations :) Have a good weekend!

Maya Road & Xyron Christmas In July

Well, I've made it to July 24th and have not shared a  single "Christmas in July" project up until now! That's almost unheard of...for me anyway :)
But today is the day. XYRON and MAYA ROAD have teamed up this week to bring you some inspiration from both of the companies! Be sure to visit theXyron Blog to see all of the projects!
 My first project uses a recycled glass jar with a 4" opening at the top.

 I embellished the top of a 4" Jumbo Bottle Cap from Maya Road with some  patterned paper by Doodlebug Design.  After cutting the circle, I placed the paper through the Creative Station to add a nice, even coating of permanent adhesive.
The metal flower bottle top was colored with a red alcohol marker, topped with paper and then attached with Xyron 3/16" Adhesive Dots. A wooden knob was painted lime green and attached with Xyron Adhesive Dots.
I added some ribbon to the jar by running a length of ribbon through the Xyron 1.5" Sticker Maker.  A matching bow was adde…

Solstice Summer: Time of Our Lives

My husband and boys recently returned from their annual fishing trip to Canada;   quite the jaunt for some guys from Texas, but they literally catch hundreds  of fish and look forward to the trip months in advance. I sent my old point & shoot  camera with them as was thrilled at some of the  scrapbook-page-worthy photos that they captured! 

While thumbing through the 12 x 12 papers, the ombre side B of the  Maui Patterned Paper caught my eye and reminded me of water as it gets deeper.  I cut the paper down to 11 x 11 and centered it onto a sheet of white cardstock  before machine stitching around the edge. Next, I decided on the journal card,  “The time of our lives”, and used a 3.5″ circle die to cut it out. 

I stayed with the circle theme and proceeded to cut a large, yellow mat from the  Trunk Bay Patterned Paper; I used a 9″ plate as the template. Next,  I used the remainder of the journal card pattern to cut out smaller 1.5″ circles.   For the title, I cut apart the “Hello Summer” Pu…

Swimming Party Treats

Happy Summertime! I have a sweet treat idea for your little pool goers this Summer.  It all starts with a simple bag die (I've used this Box W/ Handle Die by Top Dog Dies)  and a collection of assorted "Date Night" Papers and "Twirly Girl" Stickers from CHICKANIDDY CRAFTS
The little bags can be filled with goldfish crackers or other small treats! See how I put it all together on today's blog post at
And be sure to take a look at the upcoming collections for Fall & Winter: JOLLY GOOD COLLECTION One of my favorite pieces...the 12X12 Sticker Sheet:

Click on the link above to see the entire collection! SCRUMPTIOUS COLLECTION
One of my favorite papers from the collection: Click on the link above to see the entire collection!
And while we're talking about all-things Chickaniddy... don't forget about their Craft Team Call! It's happening between now and August 17th. Good luck if you's a wonderful tea…

A Happy 3 Birds Layout

Happy Tuesday!   I'm excited to be sharing in a little blog hop today with XYRON & 3 BIRDS DESIGN
I have a layout using some 3 Birds' products: patterned papers, 3-D stickers, glitter paper, stickers and plain tags.
The fabric flowers are from Maya Road. From Xyron I have incorporated the Mega Runner for  all of the paper and photo attachment.  For the flowers I used several of the 3/8" Adhesive Dots for attachment.
Xyron and 3 Birds will both appear on  HSN's 24 Hour Craft Day tomorrow, July 23rd! Thanks for stopping by!

Swims Like, Looks Like A Fish

It's all about Glittered Chevron Cardstock at DOODLEBUG DESIGN You will find cards, layouts, cutting file projects  and more on the blog until the end of this month!
I've created this fun layout of my daughter:  See close-up photos and learn how I put it all together on  last Thursday's blog post at Doodlebug!
Have a terrific week!

Say It With Sequins!

It's always an honor to be invited as Guest Blogger for SCRAPBOOK & CARDS TODAY MAGAZINE This past week I shared a little tutorial on  a couple of ways to add sequins to your cards!

Come on by the blog to learn more :)

Newton's Nook Anniversary Blog Hop!

Welcome to Newton's Nook Designs Anniversary Blog Hop!
Newton’s Nook Designs is so excited to be celebrating their
One Year Anniversary - one whole year of getting our paws inky!
  To celebrate we have an AMAZING blog hop featuring with our
brand new design team and some AWESOME Special Guests!
You are going to love all the fun inspiration they're sharing using
Newton’s Nook Designs Stamps! Celebrate with us and enter to win! Would you like to win a $10 coupon for Newton's Nook Designs online shop?  We will be choosing TWO lucky winners!
Here’s how to win:Comment on the Design Team Member and Guest blogs (see list below)!  TWO winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs in the blog hop.  Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win.  You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment  on the better your chances are of winning!
You have until Sunday, July 20th at 9 pm CDT to comment -- winners will be announced on the b…