Thursday, January 28, 2016

Blowing Kisses Mailbox

Hey, y'all!  I have a sweetly-dressed chipboard mailbox using the new
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 attaching the two end pieces of paper, a trim of red pom pom ribbon was added.
When the mailbox is open, you can see that I also added an edging of baker’s twine for extra detail. 

The front was decorated with different stickers, die-cuts and fun accent embellishments.
Again, you can find cardboard, metal or wooden mailboxes of all shapes and sizes to use in a project such as this!  Use it as storage for your chocolate candies or as a gift box for homemade cookies…your Valentine will love it!
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

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 
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!

Saturday, January 23, 2016

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!

Friday, January 22, 2016

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 used a gingham swimming pool and swiss dot bubblegum
prints from Doodlebug Design.  

The bottom was embellished with a satin scallop ribbon by May Arts.

There is a fantastic video tutorial over at 
Inky Antics on how to use gamsol and blending stumps.
I hope you'll check it out and give it a try!

Thanks for stopping by!
Thursday, January 21, 2016

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
www.echoparkpaper.com

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. ..it’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 mine to give it a nice, fluffy look.

The front of the tussie was decorated with a layering of beautiful die-cut papers and stickers!
A generous picot-edged ribbon bow was added to the bottom and the same ribbon 
was used for the hanger at the top.

Fill your cone with your favorite wrapped candies and have on display for family or friends who may stop by.  Make smaller cones for children’s parties or for co-workers. 
 The vibrant colors of “Blowing Kisses” will definitely create many oooh’s and ahhh’s!
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Blowing Kisses 

See more projects on the blog at www.echoparkpaperblog.com!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

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)

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
I know that I will be inspired by my fellow teammates and you will be too :)

Thanks for letting me share!
XOXOX
Wednesday, January 13, 2016

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 the center of the 4” hoop.  Next I layered on the chipboard letters to spell out “Hi”

The kraft tag was added and the “friends” sticker added to the center of it with 
foam adhesive.  One of the kraft circles was used for the “I” in “hi”.

I kept the rest of the embellishment simple by adding a single orange chipboard
 butterfly with hot pink Candy Dot centers!

I love the the piece can sit as it is on a shelf, propped up with an easel or used to 
display as wall-art.  Create several of these, large and small, and hang in a fun
 grouping in a child’s room or craft area!  I hope that you enjoy mixing ‘n matching
  Hillsideas much as I did J

You can see all of the Hillside Collection AND the two other new collections at
Thanks for stopping by!
Monday, January 11, 2016

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
and
-Bags, Bags, Bags!

Visit the BPC "Coming Soon" page to learn more about this class and others!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

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”) to cut out four of the shapes.  Next, I die-cut four 3”circles
 from Side B of the “Plaid” Paper and attached them to the center of the scallops for
 foam adhesive.  For the front, center scallop, the “Boys Rule” Journal Card
  was cut into a 3” circle.


The middle box was embellished with various cardstock stickers and then layered with
 smaller star stickers.  To the top box, I die cut three of the medium-sized star from the
 “Dream Big” Die Set.  They were attached with foam adhesive and then embellished
 with a medium blue enamel dot. 

A hole punch was used to create a hole in the top of the box and a small piece of paper 
straw was glued into place.  A chenille pom pom was a added, along with a banner
 stick and some twine.



Buttons from my stash, larger die-cut stars layered with smaller star stickers were
 used in completing the fun look!  A grand keepsake for any “Little Man” in your life!

**ECHO PARK PAPER GIVEAWAY**
Are you ready to get started on your own "Little Man" project? 
 Echo Park Paper would  like to help you get started by offering one lucky
 blog reader a 6x6 "Little Man" Paper Pad!
 To enter, leave a comment on the blog post at Echo Park Paper!
(This is not a giveaway from www.shellyemcdaniel.com; comments here are not counted)
Thank you and good luck!
Friday, January 1, 2016

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 had an extra charm leftover, so I added it to the inside pocket area of the binder!



I kept the inside pretty simple and basic.  I organized the front section with stickered tabs
 from the Basic Divider Pack

I dressed up one of the Pocket Pages with Bits & Pieces so that it can hold bills
 and coupon booklets.

For the monthly divider pages, I added some of my own hand-drawn sentiments to the
 all ready adorable designs provided.  Here is a look at some of the other decorated dividers:









Before each month's divider page, I added a Dashboard Insert just to give it more interest!  They were embellished with enamel dots, washi tapes, stickers and die-cuts for even more fun.



Dates, birthdays and events were added to the calendar area...I'm all set to go as
 I begin 2016 with new assignments, dates to remember and places to go!  I can't wait 
to plan it all with my beautiful Carpe Diem Planner from Simple Stories!

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