Petaloo & Authentique: A "Treasured" Hop

All this week we have a special treat for you from the 
 And since I'm on both teams, I'm sharing double the goodness :)
There are PRIZES to be won as well, so follow the links that
I'll provide at the end of the post and hop on over to leave a comment!

First up is an amazing, box-style mini album that I made for Authentique:
All papers are from the "Treasure" Collection; a must-have for your
Easter and Spring projects!

I have a tutorial up on the blog of how I put it all together :)

And today I'm up at Petaloo with this sweetie of a card:
I have always loved pairing up Authentique papers with yummies from Petaloo...
they're simply made for each other!  These beautiful 'sugared' flowers go hand-in-hand
with the delights that Spring will bring :)

Again, both places are offering PRIZE PACKS to a lucky commentor,
so check out the details:

Thanks for stopping by!

I Am: Sharing My Story

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  
Today I'm sharing over at 
with an easy-to-make gifting mini album using the "I Am" Collection

To begin I started with three of the components from the Interactive Elements: the larger
 4X6 flip element, the matchbook element and the tri-fold element:

 I adhered the two smaller elements to the inside pages of the 4X6 element with 
a high-tack adhesive. 

The front was decorated with chibpoard stickers and a ribbon bow. 

When the album is first opened, the original pages from the 4X6 element is given.
  I added a strand of washi tape, a chipboard butterfly, etc.
  The opposite page was left blank.

When the page is turned, you will find the tri-fold element has been added
 to the right-hand page.

Here is a close-up of the front of the tri-fold.

To the inside of the tri-fold, a 3X4 journal card was attached.  The other pages
 were left plain so that small photos or journaling can be added.

As you go further into the 4X6 flip element, the pages get larger.  The left-hand side
 of the page was lightly embellished and the right-hand side is where the
 matchbook-style element was added. 

Just the front of the matchbook element was embellished; the inside pages were left as-is.

I wanted the back of the album to be a bit more sturdy, so a piece of medium-weight 
chipboard was cut slightly smaller than the 4X6 size.  After adhering the chipboard
 to the back page, a covering was made by adding one of the 4X6 journal cards.

Now I have the perfect little girlie-girl gift on hand...with a teenaged daughter, 
we're always needing a last-minute gift for a friend :)

I Am Collection- 

Dino-Mite Card Duo

Pair up the new “Dinosaur Adventure” Mini Theme with your favorite dinos 
from the Dinosaurs Silhouette cutting file and a selection of basic
Designer Dies to create a set of playful cards that any boy would love to receive!

For the first card we are using the cone portion of the Ice Cream Cone Die Set 
 to make an interesting background.  The image was die-cut twice from two 
different pattern papers found in the Mini Theme.

A base paper was cut to 3 3/8”W X 4 5/8”H; this was the width and height of the 
four cones when they were placed edge to edge.  The cones were attached to the 
base paper and then machine stitched in place.

The T-Rex dinosaur was added with foam adhesive and finished off with a couple 
of stickers from the mini collection, as well as enamel dots.  The brown and green
 mats were cut from the Bundle of Joy Boy 6X6 Paper Pad.

 The second card also uses one of the dinosaur shapes from the Silhouette file, but 
I have cut it twice, from two different patterns.  I layered the two together by offsetting
 the top layer just up and to the right of the bottom piece.  I used foam adhesive to
 adhere them together.  The bottom layer adds a really cool 3-D effect.

 Using the larger of the Designer Label Dies, I die cut a small landing for the 
dinosaur shape and added it to the card-front.

The palm tree sticker was placed to the right side of the label with foam adhesive
 and the dinosaur layered on top.  From the “dinosaur” banner stickers,
 I used the “U” and “R” to create part of the card’s sentiment. 

Have a SUPER weekend, friends!

Spring Chickadee

I think it’s pretty safe to say that we’re all ready for Spring, 
so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make something fun and “springy”
 with the beautiful Prism Collection by 

  I often use chipboard album pages to create things other-than albums. 
For this project I have taken a 6″X6″ decorative piece of chipboard and transformed it 
into this adorable “Happy Spring” chick wall/door hanging.

First, I traced the shape onto a sheet of the yellow patterned Prism paper and then cut out. 
 The edges were distressed in a walnut ink. Two 1.5″ circles were punched from a 
sheet of pink 6X6 paper and then attached in place of the cheeks.

The beak was made from two 1.5″ squares of orange paper that were glued 
 together and then folded in half at an angle.  Just the bottom portion of the beak
 was glued to the center of the cheeks.  For the wings, I die-cut a roof shape from
 a piece of chipboard and then layered it with a piece of matching yellow paper. 
 The roof was cut in half and inked around the edges.

 Next, all of the pieces were glued to their matching chipboard pieces and assembled. 
 A banner die was used and the chipboard alphas from the collection were used
 to spell out “spring”.

Small holes were punched along the tops of each banner and a piece of white twine
 was stitched through so that the banner pieces could hang in a row.  To the top, two holes
 were also punched and a strand of rustic wire was threaded through to create a hanger.

Rivers & Roads...The Kit

I'm so in love with the "Rivers & Roads" Kits from 
Although the main kit is sold out, the add-on kit and several
of the embellishments from the kits are still available!

The colors are of confectionery goodness and reek of SPRING!

For our challenge this week, Melissa Mann and I went B*I*G
She created a 12X12 layout with the focus being a 5X7 photo or larger.
For the challenge I created two 5X7 cards, which are fairly new to me,
but I really, really love them; especially with the inception of journal cards!

With the print of roses at the bottom-left of the card (above), I wanted to create a
 trellis type of design by adding a larger center element, followed by a smaller
 embellishment at the top-right hand corner.  I die cut the lace heart and then layered
 it with different pieces from the “Rivers and Roads” March Kit.  The word “grow” was
 inked with navy and then attached with Zip Dry.

 The 4X6 journal card found on this design has a band of white, which breaks up
 the dot pattern.  I tied on a piece of 5/8 satin ribbon, from my stash, across the band. 
Next, I took one of the smaller 3X4 cards and embossed it before attaching to the
 center of the dot pattern.  I trimmed one of the floral die-cuts, from the Dear Lizzy
 pack, to fashion a cluster of flowers for the basket of the bicycle.  
Finally, I added a heart die-cut, a “hello” sentiment sticker and the smallest 
pink acrylic heart from the bunch :)

Now aren't these sweet!?!  Again, I love this kit and can't wait to 
make even more goodies with it!

St. Pat's With Petaloo!

Although St. Patrick's Day is a week away, there is still plenty of time to craft up
 a sweet vintage-style hanger to greet your March guests!
I shared this yesterday over at the PETALOO Blog 

You can see close-up photos and Petaloo product that was used by
visiting the blog post --here--

We Have a WINNER...PageMaps Giveaway!

to The Papered Cottage's WINNER of the PageMaps U Cardmaking Class Giveaway!
I think ribbon would be one of my favorite embellishments right now.
 One can never have too much lovely ribbons.

Congratulations, Judy!  Class starts next Monday, so give me a shout at to claim your prize by Friday, March 13th

If you're interested in signing up for this four-week class, just visit:

South Pacific & Tea Garden Eye Candy!

**Don't forget to sign-up for the PageMaps U Card Class Giveaway**

Basic Grey
has two new, beautiful collections up for your perusal today 
and a chance at winning the collections for your very own!

With "South Pacific", I created a 3-D 12X12 photo frame featuring the
"Map of the World" paper from the collection, along with some ephemera pieces and stickers.

I machine-stitched along the latitude lines and then added a few hand-stitched
X's to give texture.  I clustered the embellishments with foam adhesive and then
added Candy Dots to all of the places that I would like to travel to some day!

And here is a quick card showcasing the gorgeous colors and
artwork that can be found:
For your chance to *WIN-IT* just visit the blog post --here-- and leave a comment
no later than Monday, March 9th

"Tea Garden" inspired this whimsical and shabby-chic styled banner.
I started with a scalloped chipboard banner set by Maya Road, and painted it black:

I used various dies to craft the rolled flowers, hearts and leaves...they're
perfect for layering!  Adding to the element of black, I incorporated some of
the black chalkboard wood veneers from the Evergreen Collection.

And finally, one of my very favorite cards, ever!  That bird is the sweetest!
For your chance to *WIN-IT* just visit the blog post --here-- and leave a comment
no later than Monday, March 9th

Thanks for stopping by and GOOD LUCK at *winning-it*!
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