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Merry Christmas Tree Cones & A Giveaway!

We're having a Merry Christmas decorating with the  "Have A Merry Christmas Collection"  from CARTA BELLA PAPER www.cartabellapaper.com  . . . and they're having a GIVEAWAY on the blog too...don't miss it! (click on link above) This trio of Christmas coned-shaped trees will be added to my holiday d├ęcor.   They're just perfect for bookshelves, a fire place mantel or coffee table…make as many as you’d like in different sizes and patterns from the “Have a Merry Christmas” Collection.
 Varying patterns for making cones can be found online, but I found that by cutting  a piece of 12X12 patterned paper from one corner to its opposite corner
(at a rounded angle) served to make a pretty good cone shape.   Once you have the paper cut, roll the paper slightly to form the cone shape.   Secure the two edges with a quick drying liquid glue.   If needed, trim around the bottom of the cone so that it will sit flat.
Now for the fun part: decorating the trees!   I used the ornament stam…

Juniper Berry Craftiness

Happy Saturday! I have a few "Juniper Berry" crafts to share with you today that have been up on the  BASIC GREY BLOG www.basicgrey.com
First up is a really "COOL" snowman home-decor project: With just a few basic supplies and the “Juniper Berry” Collection, you too can create  this sweetly dis-positioned snowman to count down ‘til Christmas!
 -I started with a 12X12 sheet of the “Garland” patterned paper, a 12X12 sheet of  heavyweight chipboard, off-white cardstock, an 11.5” round plate and a 9” round plate.
 -I traced the largest plate onto the backside of the patterned paper and then  onto the chipboard and trimmed each of them out.
 -Next, the 9” plate was traced onto the off-white cardstock and cut out.
- I used a walnut ink to ink around the edges of both papers and then adhered together.
-The two papers were machine-stitched together with a zig-zag stitch.
- I die-cut two 2.5” circles from the “Reindeer” paper (side B) and machine stitched  them in place for the cheeks.
-Fin…

A Set of Purrr-dy Cards

ECHO PARK PAPER has the cutest Designer Dies to go with almost every collection that they create!   This past week I had a set of "Meow" Cards up:
Come on by the EP blog and see how I put together these fun, feline 3-D cards! www.echoparkpaperblog.com

A Sun Kissed Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving-themed collections hard to find, why not try  BASIC GREY'S Sun Kissed and its beautiful papers and embellishments for your fall and  Thanksgiving cards this year!

 First up is a whimsical, homespun “Happy Thanksgiving” card where I used some  pumpkin dies that I had in my stash…no dies, no worries! Use easy-to-find svg files  or other templates/punches to achieve a unique look.
 I die-cut each pumpkin twice from the 6X6 “Daybreak” paper (multi floral) and the  off-white paper (or side B of the “Daybreak” paper). The center of each pumpkin was  layered with the opposite pattern by trimming away the sides and gluing in place.  The edges were inked with Memento Potter’s Clay.
Buttons from the Embellishment Pack were hand-stitched to the center of each  pumpkin before they were added with foam adhesive. I used the small letter stickers  to spell out “thanksgiving” at the bottom. 
The second card’s inspiration was drawn from the “sending you happy” sticker. It was layer…

Cutest Snowman

Hi y'all!  I recently shared a "Hello Winter" Layout at
ECHO PARK PAPER
using a few SVG shapes from the Silhouette Design Store.
www.echoparkpaper.com
www.silhouettedesignstore.com

To begin, I selected the Dark Teal/Cream paper, Arctic Plaid patterned paper,
Teal/Grey paper and the Label Set SVG File set from Silhouette Design Store.
 I cut the largest scallop design from the plaid paper to measure 11” in diameter.

  The scroll label was cut from the teal/grey paper to measure 9.25” square.
  The scallop paper was center and glued to the dark teal/cream paper.  I used strips
of foam adhesive tape to attach the label paper to the center of the scallop.

 Next, I printed to photos and cut them down to measure 4”W X 3.75”H.
  The two were layered side-by-side and overlapped to measure 7.25” wide.
 I used the cream side of the solid paper as a mat for the photos and then
attached it to the top/center of the label paper.

 Using three different patterns from the 6X6 Paper Pad and the
Pi…

Winter Wonderland Berry Basket

Berry basket displays make a world of fun that can be added  to an end-table or shelf...sort of like a snow globe, but without the glass! I have this cute piece that was shared over at the ECHO PARK PAPER BLOG www.echoparkpaper.com Pulp berry baskets are very popular right now, so they’re pretty easy to find at craft stores,  flea markets or a farmer’s supply.  Today I have chosen a dark turquoisey/aqua  colored basket, a couple of wooden trees that I found at Hobby Lobby, some craft paint  and stencils from the “Hello Winter” Collection.


The trees were painted with a leaf green acrylic paint and allowed to dry thoroughly.   Next, I used the Mini Dot Stencil, the Snowflakes #2 Stencil, white acrylic paint and  a sponge brush to apply the stenciled design to each tree.  You will want to use a  ‘dry brush’ type of method with the stencils, so be sure to tap out any excess  paint before dabbing over the stencil.
 After the stenciled areas were dry, enamel dots, stickers, chipboard stickers and…