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Dragon Breath Cure

Happy, happy Friday everyone! I'm sharing a  TOP DOG DIES project with you today using one of their new August Releases, "Dragon"
So, why NOT have a gift sack made just for dragon breath :) Fill it with tooth friendly stuffs like sugar free gum, a new toothbrush, some paste, floss, etc...I'm thinking it would even make an adorable Halloween treat instead of handing out candy!
I die-cut the dragon from a piece of Moda fabric. To do so, adhere the fabric to a piece of lightweight cardstock. I ran my cardstock through the Xyron Creative Station (w/ permanent adhesive) and then applied the fabric over the sticky part.   Layer the die and fabric/paper with the metal shim for an extra crisp cutting.
I then attached the dragon to the sack with high and low dimensional foam adhesive. Where the arm and bend of the leg are cut out, I added the thicker  foam adhesive...it just gives it a little more dimension.
I kept the design pretty clean and simple by accenting with a small hand-tied bow and …

Patchwork Art Journal

I'm sharing my final project as an "Altered Arts Girl" with CHICKANIDDY CRAFTS Come on by and take a look at all of the pretty Pinterest inspirations that we have up for you today! www.chickaniddyblog.com
Here is a little peek at what I've created:
Ciao, friends!

Tiny Tots Explore

Happening all this week at  BELLA BLVD www.bellablvd.typepad.com This is a week featuring the newest collections from Bella Blvd and the designers have been given the 'anything goes!' theme! Since I mainly create cards for Bella, I decided to step out and create a layout with the sweet "Tiny Tots" Collection. I had snapped a few pictures of this adorable redhead at our  Family Fun Day and I knew they'd be perfect to pair up with Tiny Tots:)
 For the layout I incorporated one of the Kiwi LaneBracket templates and actually  used the negative cut and attached it to the top of the page. I cut the red star paper  the same height as the wallet-sized photos and then added it with foam adhesive.  And I LOVE the new Amorie Alphabets. They have such a cute personality  and are perfect for kids' pages!
Drop by and visit Bella Blvd all week long as new projects and ideas will be springing up everywhere!  Hope you have a ter-rific week!

Boo Kitty!

I say this every year at this time, but I'm a Halloween fanatic! I've always, always loved Halloween, but it seems that the older I get the more that I love it.  The papercrafting industry comes up with the cutest  Halloween themes year-after-year and that definitely keeps my interest ginning :) The "Frankie & Friends" Collection by  SIMPLE STORIES is a mix of fun colors, whimsical patterns and adorable characters... look at Frankie...isn't he a doll?!?!?
For my project this month I really wanted to use the collection in a fun way, so I headed to Pinterest for some ideas.  I had this cat's head treat holder pinned from Parent's magazine website:
And here is my take on it using patterned paper & embellishments from the "Frankie & Friends" Collection:
There are sooo many fun ways that you can dress up the face.... cute & funny or very minimalistic with just eyes and a nose :) And if you have an extra-special trick-or-treater (or two) on your list…

Meet the May Arts Team

Today is day five of the "Meet the Design Team" at  MAY ARTS RIBBON and there are three chances for you to win some ribbon! Each new 2014-15 team member will be sharing some about themselves as well as some of their favorite May Arts projects :)
Today I am featured with these lovely ladies:
Shellye McDanielTracy McLennonVirginia Fynes Here is the weekly line-up: Charlene DriggsGini Williams CagleEmily LanhamJen ShearsJenifer CowlesJennifer DaveyKaren BakerKaren HansonLalo IKMallika KejriwalMary BrockwayRhea WeigandAnd be sure to stop by each day this week to have your name entered for the prize drawing www.mayarts.com/blog GOOD LUCK!

Have a Smooth Year!

It's back-to-school time and that means it's time to make some fun teacher gifts... we're taking this one-step further than the standard apple :) 
This idea was inspired by a previous project created by Ro Philippsen:


I'm covering a standard 10 oz. bottle of lotion, but you can adapt the tag to the  size that will fit your bottle.  For the base piece, cut your paper to 3.75"W X 5.75"H. Corner round the two bottom edges.Cut the inner mat paper (shown as yellow) to 2.75"W X 4.75"H.Corner round the two bottom edges; center and adhere to base paper.Place the paper onto a score board.  From the top of your paper: score at 1/2"" and 1.75" marks.  Place a 1.5" circle die (or paper punch) approximately 1/4" from the top center of the paper and cut. Fold paper along the score lines and you now have your bottle tag!  I free-handed an apple motif onto the red dot Kraft In Color paper,  but you may certainly use a template or digital cutting …

Happy to BEE in your class

I have a sweet back-to-school project up today at CHICKANIDDY CRAFTS www.chickaniddy.com/blog
I've used a recycled plastic jar, some dies/punches and the Twirly Girl Collection from Chickaniddy!
Come on by the blog today and see more!

Thanks A Million

Happy Tuesday! It's mid-month and time to share the August New Releases at NEWTON'S NOOK DESIGNS www.newtonsnooksblog.com

Here is my card with the first new release, "Simply Sentimental"
I've used patterned papers by Jillibean Soup and watercolor pencils
from Faber Castell.
Would you like to win “Hanging Around”?This set will be given away to
 TWO lucky winners!  Here's how to win:  Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts.  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 Tuesday, August 19th at 9pm CDT to comment   -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Wednesday, August 20th.  Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:
Newton's Nook Designs Taheerah Atchia Lydia Brooke Larissa Hesk…

Hanging Around With Newton

Happy Monday! It's mid-month and time to share the August New Releases at NEWTON'S NOOK DESIGNS www.newtonsnooksblog.com


Here is my card with the first new release, "Hanging Around"

I've used patterned papers by Simple Stories and a bit
of shading with watercolor pencils to the belly/face areas.

Would you like to win “Hanging Around”?This set will be given away to
 TWO lucky winners!  Here's how to win:  Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)!  Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts.  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 Tuesday, August 19th at 9pm CDT to comment   -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Wednesday, August 20th.  Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:
Newton's Nook Designs Taheerah Atchia Ly…

Let Your Soul Shine!

Happy Friday, crafty friends!  I don't do a lot of 'shabby chic' cards, but I had a lot of fun putting this one together with some brand new dies from TOP DOG DIES www.topdogdies.com and pretty papers and stickers from Authentique Paper!
I've used three of the August Release Dies in making this card:
TC063-Windmill
TC061-Modern Mosaic A2 Mat
TC062-Vintage A2 Mat
As you can see, I used the top part of the Windmill Die and turned them into blooms!  I added a disc of blue paper to the back for extra color and to show-off the fine detail.
 I grunged up the edges of the Vintage Mat Die with a walnut ink  before laying it with all of the pretty stickers and embellishments.
See more Top Dog Dies' projects and shop for dies at  www.topdogdies.com
Have a very happy weekend, y'all!

Back 2 School Pocket Holder

We're sharing all sorts of back to school ideas this week at  BELLA BLVD www.bellablvd.typepad.com
I've done a similar treat/pencil holder in the past, but this time around I've dressed up the fronts with an apple  that I transformed from one of Bella Blvd'sCrochet Hearts!
 These pocket holders only require a 1/3 of a piece of 12X12 paper and  some high tack adhesive. Cut paper to 4" X 12".
 Place the paper horizontally on score board and score at 4" mark  (this 4" flap is the front of the pocket). Turn paper lengthwise and place on trimmer.  You will make the next two cuts at the back panel of the pocket (8" in length).  Cut both sides 1/4" from the edge and just down to the 4" score mark.  (see above)
 Place the paper back onto the score board lengthwise and score the pocket portion  1/4" from each side. Fold along the score lines, add a high tack adhesive  to the back of the folds and attach to the back panel to create the pocket.  Y…

Today is the Day

I had fun with one of the newest  TOP DOG DIES dies in creating this 'wedding dress' card. It all starts with theCorset Die and the onesie base from theOnesie Card Die Set!
I started by die-cutting the two shapes from Bella Blvd's "Love & Marriage" paper.
 Next, I took those same two shapes, and traced them onto white cardstock and cut out.  The bottom of the onesie die can be adjusted to how ever long you'd like for the bottom of the dress to be.
I highlighted the bodice and waistline with pearls and some pretty  glittered flowers by Petaloo.
To the bottom I added an edging of lace trim from May Arts Ribbon.
Shop for a variety of dies at www.topdogdies.com
Have a wonderful weekend!

May Arts Ribbon New Release Week

New Release showcase time at  MAY ARTS RIBBON this week!  Today wraps up the final day, but it's not too late to join in on the action :) www.mayarts.com/blog
**You have a chance to win your own New Release ribbon** Check out the May Arts blog for more information!
I was excited to work with the Adhesive Scalloped Border Ribbon for my projects today.  They come in an assortment of your basic colors: white, ivory, black and also in bright red, tiffany blue, light blue and pink... they're all gorgeous when paired together too!

I designed three different cards, with three different looks and with an assortment or a single ribbon:

First, use the ribbon to decorate behind a die-cut opening as I did with this "Hello" card:
I cut a square of cardstock a little larger than the star opening and then adhered the light pink Adhesive Scallop Border Ribbon in an overlapping pattern.
Make your own embellishment!
I used a couple of simple die-cuts to create this cute bumble bee.
Using the black Adhes…

Doodlebug Swimming Pool

We're having a Color Challenge at DOODLEBUG DESIGNS over the next couple of weeks and I chose one of my favorite colors, "Swimming Pool"!  I have a set of cards in various Doodlebug Design products boasting the color;   whether you're using an older or newer collection, it will still match  perfectly with any of the Doodlebug staples.
 This first card is a compilation of Kraft In Color, Glitter Cardstock, Textured Cardstock and the cloud motif paper found in the Patriotic Parade Collection.
I started with a 6X6 card base and began layering on the different patterned papers.  I die-cut a few clouds from the Swimming Pool Glitter Paper and then used a hot air balloon stencil to emboss a piece of Lily White and Swimming Pool Cardstocks.
I trimmed the entire balloon out from the white paper and only the chevron portion from the swimming pool paper.  I also pulled in some Doodle Twine and Boutique Buttons as embellishments for the balloon. 
The butterfly sticker is from a muc…