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Simple Stories + Top Dog Dies

Hello!  I'm trying to play catch-up on my blogging and I wanted to start  with a couple of sweet summer-themed cards using the brand new  "Summer Vibes" Collection  from  SIMPLE STORIES and adorable dies from Top Dog Dies!
First up is a "Fun Summertime" card featuring the cutest hippo: I've used the Top Dog Dies Hippo Die Set TC112 and the grey woodgrain paper found in the 6X6 paper pad to create the hippo. 
I chalked around the edge of the face and body with a darker grey and black chalk.  For the feet I used a black watercolor pencil.  The cheeks were also given blush with pink chalk.  I cut one of the "O" sticker letters in half to make the mouth.  And the chipboard sunglasses are a perfect fit!
I made the card a 5X7 size to accommodate the large die-cut title.  The sides of the title were embellished with die-cut and chipboard flowers with enamel dot centers.
Next up is a layered card featuring waves and sand using Top Dog Dies Water Die Set: At the top…

Prayer Request

Hello!  I was up on the Bella Blvd Blog yesterday with  with my first Bella Blvd-Illustrated Faith assignment . Even before I was asked to join the creative team, I had in mind to  make a "Prayer Request" journal just for Facebook. A day doesn't go by that  I don't have a handful of Facebook friends asking for prayer or a story in  my newsfeed that grips my heart.
 For my project I have taken a spiral bound journal that was actually a freebie that my hubby came home with. You can find many types of inexpensive journals and  notebooks in most dollar stores, so I hope you'll be inspired to make your own!
 First, I cut the Color Chaos down just a bit smaller than the album cover.  I used a Xyron Creative Station to adhere it in place. A strip of washi tape was  placed along the side where the patterned paper meets the linen binding  on the notebook.
 Next, I cut down one of the journal stickers and embellished it with sticker  pieces from the Illustrated Faith Collecti…

Bella Blvd + Illustrated Faith

I'm beginning a new journey, while revisiting an old friend!
I was extremely excited at the offer to join the  BELLA BLVD  side of the Illustrated Faith Creative Team! Having been with Bella Blvd as a card and altered designer for a couple of years, I jumped at the chance to be a part of this new endeavor that Stephanie and the Bella team was embarking upon. While I do plan on sharing artwork in my own journaling bible, for now I will be showing some other ideas for using the beautiful  products: cards, altered books/journals, home decor, etc.
Here is a peek at what I'm working on:
I will be sharing my newest project at the Bella Blvd Blog next Tuesday, so please come over and take a look :) The Illustrated Faith team has been introduced on the blog and they have some amazing peeks of their artwork!

Pretty Girls Free Project Download

Happy Friday!
I wanted to let y'all know that I have a FREE project download up at ECHO PARK PAPER --CLICK HERE--
This sweet chipboard plaque was created with the Jack & Jill-Girl Collection! And visit around...there are so many cute PDF project ideas that are FREE to you :)

Washi Tape Cards

Recently I shared two cards focusing on washi tape at ECHO PARK PAPER
Washi tape brings a fun, slick texture and can add a quick pop of pattern and color  to a plain cardstock.  For today’s cards I’m sharing a couple of my favorite ways to  use these tapes on cards! As shown with the first card, I love to use dies along with the washi tape to  create a one-of-a-kind embellishment.
To start, I cut a scrap piece of white cardstock just a bit larger than the die shape.   Pieces of tape were adhered to the paper and then die-cut.
The other umbrella components were die-cut from various 6X6 “I Love Sunshine”  papers.  Strips of decorative border sticker were added to the top and bottom  of the card and the design left fairly clean-and-simple.
 For the second card I implemented a brick-laying pattern using two different  washi tape designs and a 3.5”X4.75” cardstock paper.
Start at any area at the top of the paper and place a small strip of tape at a  diagonal angle.  Pl…