Petaloo + Marion Smith

Petaloo and Marion Smith Designs
have teamed up this week for a 
"Dads & Grads Blog Hop"

Here is a peek at my project that's up today!
Hint: it's a different take on an "explosion box" card for the grad ;)
 See LOTS more photos and how I put it together on the Petaloo Blog

Come by the Petaloo Blog all this week and leave a comment for your
chance at an amazing prize pack!

A South Pacific Father's Day

Hello, hello!  I'm sharing a couple of Father's Day cards 
over at the Basic Grey Blog

Delight dad with a tropical themed card this Father’s Day!
 With a few mini alphabet stickers, a computer and printer, you can customize 
the “South Pacific” collection into any type of fun card.

This first card was inspired by the beautiful “hello there” sticker featuring a
 colorful bird in teal and pink.  My guys love pink, so I went even further with the 
color by adding a mat and hibiscus sticker in the same color.

 The sentiment sticker was layered onto a larger journal sticker with foam adhesive.
  I used the palm tree as an accent to the leaf above the bird and then added the
 flower with a small piece of foam adhesive.

 To the bottom left side, one of the tab stickers was attached.  I used some of the
 black alpha stickers to spell out “dad”, followed by a couple of aqua Candy Dots.

 Whisk dad away into relaxation with this next card!  After preparing the base
 papers using patterns from the 6×6 paper pad, I added the large foliage
 sticker with foam adhesive.

The airplane sticker was nestled on top of the foliage, along with the sentiment 
sticker and a veneer arrow that I cut apart and then glued into place.

I printed the sentiment with my printer and the “Great Vibes” font.  The sentiment 
was cut out the same width as the arrow sticker and attached with adhesive.  Three 
small navy Candy Dots were placed at the end of the strip to hide the rough edges
 and make a smooth transition.

Have fun making some colorful Father’s Day cards with the gorgeous
 “South Pacific” Collection!
See more ideas at

Birdie Welcome Hanger

Summer is just around the corner and now is a great time to begin those 
 home décor projects to help ring in the sunny days ahead.  So grab the new
 “I Love Sunshine” Collection and let’s get started!

 First, I selected the Bird cutting file from the Silhouette Design Store.  
The design coordinates with the “I Love Sunshine” Collection.  I cut the bird’s body
 (cut twice for a front and back) to measure approximately 10”W X 8”H, while
 keeping the remaining components to scale.  These pieces were cut from
 various 6X6 “I Love Sunshine” papers.

 This next step is optional, but I wanted the hanger to be as sturdy as possible.
  Cut a piece of poly batting (thick felt or chipboard can be used also) just a bit 
smaller than the body.  The back piece of the body was coated with adhesive
 and then the batting was pressed into place.

The outer edge of the bird, the wings, tail feather pieces and belly were all
 inked with Versa Magic “Turquoise Gem”.  All of the pieces were glued into place, 
with the exception of the left wing, sticker banner and chipboard stickers. 
 The bird front was attached to the top of the batting with a dab of fabric glue 
 and then machine-stitched around the edge with a straight stitching.

 The center of the eyes, banner sticker, beak and left wing were attached with
 foam adhesive.  The banner sticker’s end was tucked under the wing and
 draped across the chest.  The chipboard stickers were clustered together
 and the centers of the pinwheels were embellished with enamel dots.

 A large bow was made from a piece of 1.5” grosgrain ribbon and attached to the top.
  One of the chipboard buttons was used as an embellishment for the center of the bow.

Two small holes were punched at the top left and right of the bird’s head. 
 A piece of heavy gauged wire was strung through to create the hanger.  
Add the bird to a wreath or hang alone to great your Summer guests!
If you love this project, be sure to PIN it!!

Jack and Jill-
JJG81028 Enamel Dots

A Welcome Basket

Hi there, friends!  I'm up today at the 
with a sweet "Welcome Baby" basket brimming with paper flowers
 and baby's info; such a wonderful keepsake for a new mom!

For this project I have used the "Enchanted Collection"'s ideal for any of
 those little girl projects, even to welcome baby.  The wooden box is one that
 I found at Michael's and measures approximately 4.25"W X 5.5"H X 2"D.  I traced
 the front and back of the box onto a piece of the "Rose" Simple Basic paper and
 then cut out.  Adhesive was applied with the Xyron Creative Station and attached to box.

To the front, one of the printed sides of the 3X4 SN@P! cards was edged in green
 ric rac and embellished with a sentiment cloud from the Bits & Pieces pack. 
 A butterfly was attached to a pixie stick straw and attached with a glue dot.

From the 6X6 paper pad, blooms were punched using the Floriana punch by McGill. 
Two blooms were layered together and then attached to a paper straw.  Floral
 foam was inserted into the box and the flowers arranged in a staggered fashion.  
The baby info was printed off using my home printer and then cut into strips and
 glued to the straws.  Various Bradz, Bits & Pieces and chipboard 
stickers were added to the centers of the blooms.

The sides of the box were covered with strips cut from 6X6 paper and satin bows
 were glued to the sides.

This would also make an adorable centerpiece for a baby shower or a nursery decoration!

Enchanted Collection- 

 The newest collections have been revealed at Simple Stories too!
Stop by and have a look :)

Hello Summer Wreath

My patio door will be all decked out with this colorful Summer
wreath that I made with the "Beach Party" Mini Collection by

Paper wreaths come in all shapes and styles and today I’m sharing my version 
of a fun “Hello Summer” wreath that will brighten an entry way or covered door
 during the Summer months! I started with a 7” wire wreath base and twelve 12” 
strips cut from two patterned papers (total of 24 strips) from the “Beach Party”
 Mini Collection.  The strips were cut 1” wide.

 The strips were folded in half with the center of the fold placed over the inner ring
 of the wreath.  The top flap of the strip was inserted back through the outer ring
 and glued in place to the back flap.

A circle of chipboard and solid red paper were cut to be a bit larger than the center
 opening of the wreath.  The two pieces were glued together and then attached to
 the back of the wreath.  A journal card was cut-out and attached to the center
 of the circle with foam adhesive.

To add even more fun (and to hide the bottom metal ring), strips of 5/8” grosgrain
 ribbon were knotted or tied into bows around the perimeter.  Approximately 4 yards
 of the navy ribbon was used to make the bows and 2 yards each of the red and
orange ribbon were used to make the knotted pieces.

A large eyelet was set into the top paper strip and a piece of white string was
 knotted through for a hanger. Now it's all ready for displaying and greeting guests!

See more project ideas on the Echo Park Paper Blog!

Birthday Girl Gift Album

Make this special mini album as a gift for the birthday girl’s mom
she would love a place to document that first birthday with photos and journaling
of the day's events.  
The album features the new "Birthday Girl" Collection by
Begin by making the base pages.  Start with the Set of Frames from the
 Silhouette Design Store. The largest scallop frame and the ric-rac style frame were
 used and cut from Carta Bella’s Linen cardstock.  The pages graduated in size from 
 4.5”X4.5” for the cover and 6.5”X6.5” for the back page.  Two of the same shape were
 cut and then adhered together to form a sturdier page.

A scalloped mat was cut for the front cover using the Scallop Nesting Dies and then
 layered with stickers from the Birthday Girl Alpha and Element Sticker Sheets.

This particular album is a flip-up style album, so keep that in mind when planning
 out the embellishments and paper’s pattern direction.  Off-set embellishments
 (especially if foam adhesive has been used) so that the pages will rest neatly
 against one another.

 Mix in enamel dots and decorative brads from other collections to dress up the pages.


Because of the smaller design scale, the 6X6 Paper Pad pages are just 
perfect for mini albums!



A happy Monday to you all!
As I wrap up on using the April "Darlene" Kit and Add-On Kit by
I thought it would be fittin' to share all of the fun cards
that I've made with the kits!

"Hello" card featuring an exclusive wood veneer piece, journal card and 
patterned paper designed by Scraptastic Club

"Enjoy" card featuring an exclusive acrylic arrow, flair, feather stencil and paper!

"Thankful 4 U" card featuring exclusive paper and flair

"Love Today" card featuring exclusive papers, wood veneer and clear stamps!

"Hello" banner card featuring exclusive die-cut, journal tag and paper

"Hello" bicycle card featuring exclusive journal card.
Scraptastic Club kits showcase fabulous designs from Kaitlin Sheaffer...
and as a club member, you will also have access to cutting files and printables :)
Join us today at

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