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Happy Harvest

Happy Tuesday, everyone!   Today I'm excited to be sharing a sweet autumn card with NEWTON'S NOOK DESIGNS www.newtonsnookblog.com
I really, really wanted to use my alcohol markers for the apple (Apple Delights)  so I ended up stamping the image onto a piece of canvas material  with Memento Tuxedo Black.
I used Marvy Le Plume: G656 Fresh Green, GB688 Emerald, OY848 Coffee and PV778 Garnet.  I used a circle die to cut out the image and then mounted it onto layers of larger circles.
The sentiment from the Falling Into Autumn set was stamped onto a small piece of woodgrain paper with Memento Tuxedo Black.   All patterned papers are from Doodlebug Designs' Happy Harvest 6X6 Paper Pad.
I love the unusual texture that stamping onto the canvas added to this homespun card...it makes it extra cozy and fall-like :) Thanks for visiting!

You're Spooktacular!

TOP DOG DIES newest dies are in the house! Here I have a "spooktacular" card using the  two dies and the "Frankie & Friends" Collection from Simple Stories:
For the base of the card I folded a sheet of white cardstock in half and lined up the Signature Emerson Die just beyond the crease.
For the woodgrain mat I used the Signature Finley Die and trimmed down the top portion to fit the card.  I also used a smaller mat of the  Vintage A2 Mat Die.  I topped the card with a couple of stickers from the collection and it's all done!
Check out ALL of the newest dies on the Top Dog Dies Blog and shop for dies at www.topdogdies.com
I hope you have a beautiful Autumn weekend!

Authentique, Imagine Crafts & May Arts

Hello and welcome tothe May Arts, Authentique and Imagine Crafts Blog Hop. I hope that you've had a chance to check out all of the fun and inspiring stuff that's happened throughout the week!
 I chose to use the brand spanking new Christmas collection, "Believe" to create this pretty altered tree that I found at Hobby Lobby. Along with that, I'm using some ink and textured spray from Imagine Crafts and ribbon
 and trim from May Arts!  I purchased the inexpensive tree with a vision of covering
 the slats with Christmas patterned paper!  The sides of the tree are longer than a
 12X12 paper, so I went with a strand of 5/8" grosgrain ribbon, which worked perfectly.  
 I cut the paper strips to a 1" width and distressed around the edges with some
Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black.  Next, I blended the ink in with one of the Ink Blushers 
sponges by Imagine Crafts.  To the plaid strips I also added flecks of irRESISTible
 Colored Textured Spray (Bamboo Leaves).  I removed the spr…

What's App?

This past week I shared a "What's App?" segment at PINK PAISLEE's BLOG These segments focus on a variety of different applications that are available  to make your life easier and more fun! Whether you are using your smart phone  or computer, many of the apps out there are of little cost or even better, they’re FREE! 
For my layout project today I decided to focus on one of my very favorite  online places calledPicMonkey. PicMonkey is an online photo editor that  offers all sorts of themes, overlays, primo effects, textures and more!  For a small monthly fee, you can upgrade to a Royale account where  you have total access to all of the features, fonts, etc. 

I took these sweet photos of our coach’s little boy, Easton. I’m really liking the  look of several photos in a grid, but on the same photo sheet, so I went with  that idea in mind. To begin:
Once you are at the PicMonkey website, select “collage”.  This brings up a selection to the left: Ducks in a Row, Cards, Square Dea…

The Fall Edition

It's here and it's wonderful! The Fall Editionof Scrapbook & Cards Today is now available www.scrapbookandcards.com This issue includes: clean & simple with cathy zielske welcome to design esssentials 101 an all-boy celebration ali edwards - scrapbooking your mentors part 3: pocket scrapbookingI have three cards in the "Card Cafe" area that focuses on paper and felt-piecing! You will also find some fabulous new techniques that even I'm going to try myself! 

You can view the newest issue, along with past issues by visiting www.scrapbookandcards.com 

Fast Friday: Berry Cute Jack 'O

Hello, hello friends! This is what I'm calling a "Fast Friday" project that I made using TOP DOG DIES Pumpkin Finisher Dies and Halloween Trio Dies. This project took less than 30 minutes to put together, so it's great for any of those quick gifts that you're needing to whip up. It all starts with a couple of wood berry baskets that I painted burnt orange.  Once dry, I attached them together with a large hinge at the back that I screwed in place.
I die-cut the jack'o lantern's face from black cardstock, ran them through a Xyron 3" Sticker Maker and then attached to the front.
To the top I added a ribbon bow along with a die-cut bat that I attached to a  small length of pipe cleaner.  I also fashioned two other pieces of pipe cleaner  in a qurly q fashion and then glued them all to the top with fabric glue.
Fill him up with paper shred and lots of yummy goodies!  
Dies: Pumpkin Album Finishers and Halloween Trio Set Visit Top Dog Dies for more ideas using their di…

Card Corner: Focus on Feathers

Hi there!  Yesterday was my first time to share over at  BASIC GREY as one of their Card Designers!  I'll be there for the remainder of the year :) blog.basicgrey.com Basic Grey was one of my first loves in scrapbooking, so it was a real honor to be asked to join them for a bit!
For my assignment I was asked to create two cards with a focus on the new "Second City" Feathers by Kelly Purkey

First up....a "Hello Turkey" Card
It’s hard not to look at feathers and think of a bird, turkey or other  feathered fowl!  I found a coloring book template of a turkey’s body online,  printed it onto a piece of paper and then trimmed out.  Next, I placed the  cut-out onto the back of the yellow paper and traced the design and cut out. 
 For the body, I used a 2.25″ circle die to cut the paper and then layered it with the front of the turkey.  Before arranging the feathers to the back of the body,  I machine-stitched down the center of each.  Cluster the feathers as you’d  like and ad…

Newton's Nook: Apple Delights

Welcome to the third and final day of the
Newton's Nook September Releases!
I love that this stamp set can be used for any time of the year!

"Apple Delights" Stamp Set:

Here is my CAS card with a yummy, homespun feel:
I stamped the mug onto a piece of kraft paper and added some
paper-piecings to it from additional stampings of the image.

The comfy knit print is from Simple Stories' new "Sweater Weather" Collection
...perfect backdrop for my mug 'o apple cider!


Would you like to win “Apple Delights”?
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 Thursday, Sept 18 at 9pm CDT to comm…

A Spooky & Spirited Wreath

Hello, everyone!  Today I am sharing a clean-and-simple Halloween wreath that was created using theNEW "Spirited" Collection
by AUTHENTIQUE PAPER
 --See the entire collection HERE--
I started with a wire wreath base used in making the deco-mesh style wreaths. 
 I was going for a very clean design with the main focus on the center piece, 
so I left the base pretty plain with the exception of a some knotted ribbons
 and the tinsel stems that come all ready attached.
I love, love, LOVE this paper with the spooky house!  For some reason it just
 reminded me of watching Scooby Doo LOL  I cut the paper down a bit and
 matted it with a larger, coordinating piece of paper.  Next, I colored in the
 house with watercolor pencils by Faber Castell.  A little spritz of lime-green was centered around the middle
 of the design to give a cast of moonlight!
Before attaching the paper to an 8X10 painter's canvas, I added a black
 glittered branch that I found at Michael's.  I hand-stitched the bran…

Newton's Nook: Spooky Street Release!

Happy Wednesday!  Welcome to Day #3 of the
Newton's Nook September Releases!
Today we're featuring another set of the more 'solid'
stamp images, as I like to call them.
These are so much fun to use when you don't have time
to color in a design or if you just like the clean 'n simple look that they bring!

"Spooky Street" Stamp Set:

My sample card made with this spooky stamp set:
 After die-cutting a circle from some creepy spider paper, I sponged on some warm yellow ink with a dauber.  Next, I dabbed on some of the same ink on a  smooth white cardstock and then stamped the house image with Memento Tuxedo Black.
The house was restamped over the bottom of the 'moon'

and then topped with the same image that had been hand-cut from the cardstock. I had some fun cutting up a little yard from a scrap piece of green paper :) Patterned papers from Authentique.
Would you like to win “Spooky Street”?
This set will be given away to TWO lucky winners!  Here's how to w…

Newton's Nook: Falling Into Autumn

Happy Tuesday!  Welcome to Day #2 of the
Newton's Nook September Releases!
Newton has been at it again and you're sure to
love he and his friends in all of their adorableness :)

Today we're featuring "Falling Into Autumn"


My sample card made with this sweet stamp set:
I used three different colors ofMemento Luxe Inks and applied each in a section of the leaf stamp.  Next I used a sponge to blend the colors together.  I hand-cut  around the leaves and then swirled them in a circle at the center of the doily die-cut. The card and patterned paper is by Authentique and the jute string is from May Arts Ribbon.

Would you like to win “Falling Into Autumn”?
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 whic…

Newton's Perfect Pumpkin

Happy Monday!  Welcome to Day #1 of the
Newton's Nook September Releases!
Newton has been at it again and you're sure to
love he and his friends in all of their adorableness :)

Today we're featuring "Newton's Perfect Pumpkin"

My sample card made with this sweet stamp set:
I love that you get to decide what kind of face (or no face) that you'd
like for Newton's pumpkin to have!  I colored the stamped image with watercolor pencils
and dressed up the card with new patterned papers and enamel dots by
Doodlebug Design and a swatch of ribbon and jute by May Arts.

Would you like to win “Newton’s Perfect Pumpkin”?
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 mo…