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Blowing Kisses Mailbox

Hey, y'all!  I have a sweetly-dressed chipboard mailbox using the new “Blowing Kisses” Collection by ECHO PARK PAPER   Mailboxes are such a clever way to hold Valentine cards or use them as a  treat box to fill with goodies!

First, I covered the top of the box with a sheet of 12X12 paper that was cut to size.   If the paper doesn’t quite cover the entire box, use strips of coordinating paper to  finish covering the sides.  I chose to use a die from the Designer Label #5 Set to  cut three black label shapes for the bottom.  The shapes made a nice border  and hid the area where the two papers joined.

The two ends also have a raised piece (or a “lip” on the end that opens) that were covered with a strip of the solid black paper.  The strips were cut ¼” wider than the actual measurement.  Next, the strip was scored vertically so that it would cover the raised piece.  Cuts were made into the ¼” overhang to create darts in the paper so that it could be folded to conform to the shape.  Before attac…

New to Etsy

Hello, hello! I've enjoyed the last couple of days, just piddlin' around in the craft room coming up with some cute creations for my  WHIMSY BY SHELLYE shop on Etsy!
These are fun wall-hanging/ornament/altered art pieces:

Most of these feature some oldie, but goody papers from Authentique Paper and dies from Echo Park Paper!  Loads of detail and sweet accents. Come and take a look!

Albums 4 Sale

I'm listing a lot of new mini albums for sale in my Etsy Shop!

Both are 12 pages albums and are reasonably priced.  I'll be listing more soon :) View all photos of the albums on the For Sale page of my blog. Come by and take a look...Happy Saturday!

Happy Heart DayTutorial

I've had a new package of goodies from MY FAVORITE THINGS sitting on my desk, so this past week I dove in and got crafty with stamps, dies and Prismacolor pencils! Here's a look at one of the cards that I made with the  Pure Innocence Happy Banner Stamp & Die Set:
I started with a 3.25" circle of white cardstock that was sprayed with Citron Color Shine by Heidi Swapp.  The circle was trimmed with Bubblegum Twine by Doodlebug Design and trimmed around the back with white pom pom trim.

Next, I traced around the die with a pencil onto a piece of smooth white cardstock.    The image was carefully stamped inside of the tracing with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.   I proceeded to color in the image with Prismacolor pencils and used gamsol and blending stumps to create a watercolor effect.  
After completely coloring the image, the die was lined up with the tracing and then  cut out with the WeR Memory Keepers' Evolution Advanced manual die-cutting system.
For the background papers I use…

Blowing Kisses Tussie Mussie

Cone shapes can be turned into party hats, trees, tussie mussies and more!   Today I have a Valentine’s Tussie Mussie using the sweet “Blowing Kisses” Collection by ECHO PARK PAPER

I started with a 12x12 sheet of “Tribal Chevron” paper (side B) and a cone pattern that I found online.  There are many, many cone patterns available so just pick your  favorite version!  Next, I traced the pattern onto the paper, cut out and assembled. 

To the opening of the cone, I added a trim of fringe that I made with white crepe  paper streamer.’s easy to make!  Cut three 1 yard lengths of the crepe paper  streamer and stack them together.  Machine- stitch (straight stitch) down the center  of the stack.  Fold along the stitching and place back onto the sewing machine  with the stitching to the right of the needle.  Sew another straight stitch about ¼”  from the first stitching.  Cut slits into the streamer to create the fringe look.   Glue around the inside-opening of the cone…I doubled…

Team We R Memory Keepers!

Greetings!  I'm happy to have you here as I announce that I've been invited to be a part of the  2016 WE R MEMORY KEEPERS  DESIGN TEAM

The team (from left to right) includes:
Aly Dosdall(blog hostess and team coordinator) Amanda Coleman Chantalle McDaniel Kimberly Crawford Laura Silva Shellye McDaniel Tessa Buys Wendy Antenucci
I can't wait to start crafting with all of their fabulous tools and products! As things start to roll in, I'm giving them a try...everything has been so easy and so much fun to use: Alphabet Punch Board, Banner Punch Board, Template Studio, etc. I know that I will be inspired by my fellow teammates and you will be too :)
Thanks for letting me share! XOXOX

Hillside Hoop'la

Hello there and a happy Wednesday to you! I had this really sweet project up yesterday on the blog at BASIC GREY
 This is an inexpensive home d├ęcor project featuring the new “Hillside” Collection and a couple of wooden embroidery hoops that you can find in craft or fabric stores.
For this project I have used a 4” and 6” embroidery hoop.  First, I traced the very  outside edge of each of the hoops; this will leave enough excess for tucking the  paper around the inner hoop.
Next, trim out the tracing, leaving about a ¼” border as shown in the photo above.
Using small, micro-tip scissors, snip the paper up to the trace line creating little tabs  in the edge of the paper as you go around the circle.
Fold the paper around the edge of the inner hoop and secure the tabs with a quick  drying glue.  Place the outer hoop over the inner hoop.  Glue the smaller hoop to the  top, center of the completed 6” hoop.  Begin decorating!
I started with three of the wooden ‘stakes’ and adhered them to…

Valentine DIY Party!

COMING SOON  to Big Picture Classes, "Valentine DIY Party"
Here's a little peek at some of the projects we'll be making! The lessons in the class include: -Incorporating Printables
-The Cookie Box
-Crepe Paper Fun
-Bags, Bags, Bags!
Visit the BPC "Coming Soon" page to learn more about this class and others!

Get to Stackin'

Greetings!  I'm happy to be sharing one of my most recent crafts for ECHO PARK PAPER "Little Man" Stacked Blocks using the new "Little Man" Collection featuring bright colors and sweet artwork!
Need a baby shower or first birthday centerpiece?  Try your hand at this oh-so-easy project!
 For the boxes, I started with a basic box cutting file from the Silhouette Design Store  and kraft cardstock from Carta Bella. The finished boxes measure 4”, 2.75” and 2” square.  The boxes were assembled and then five mats were cut from patterned paper for each box.   I used matching chalk inks to shade the edges, but you may try a walnut ink if you’re going for more of a distressed look!  Next, just adhere the mats to the four sides and tops of the boxes.
 Now, let’s embellish with goodies from the collection such as cardstock stickers,  die-cuts and enamel dots. 
For the sides of the bottom box, I used left over kraft cardstock and the largest Scallop  Nesting Die (measures 3.25”) t…

Carpe Diem...It's 2016!

Hello and Happy New Year's Wishes to you!   As a gift to myself, I prepped my Carpe Diem Planner by SIMPLE STORIES so that I can greet the New Year prepared!
I will be honest and say that I was torn between choosing the Aqua Planner and the Coral Planner.  As you can see, I chose Coral, but after a little thought, I was able to add a pop of the aqua color too!

I added a trio of large, aqua eyelets to the leather closure strap of the planner.  To do so, I used a crop-a-dile punch, but a leather punch can be used as well. 

I also wanted to change the length of one of the ball chains for the charm, so a pair of  wire snips were used to cut a piece from the strand.  The heart charm was embellished  with a few light-colored coral enamel dots.
To keep all of my extra goodies and planner pages in one spot, I chose to use the  handy clear box for the Daily Planner Insert pages.  It has a handle on the top so I was  able to clip on the packages of Stickers and Clips by attaching them with a ring.
I h…