20 August 2014

Have a Smooth Year!

It's back-to-school time and that means it's time to make some fun teacher gifts...
we're taking this one-step further than the standard apple :) 
This idea was inspired by a previous project created by Ro Philippsen:



I'm covering a standard 10 oz. bottle of lotion, but you can adapt the tag to the
 size that will fit your bottle. 
  1. For the base piece, cut your paper to 3.75"W X 5.75"H. 
  2. Corner round the two bottom edges.
  3. Cut the inner mat paper (shown as yellow) to 2.75"W X 4.75"H.
  4. Corner round the two bottom edges; center and adhere to base paper.
  5. Place the paper onto a score board.  From the top of your paper: score at 1/2"" and 1.75" marks. 
  6. Place a 1.5" circle die (or paper punch) approximately 1/4" from the top center of the paper and cut. 
  7. Fold paper along the score lines and you now have your bottle tag!
 I free-handed an apple motif onto the red dot Kraft In Color paper,
 but you may certainly use a template or digital cutting file.  My apple
  measures approximately 2.5"W X 2.75"H.  I sanded around the edge of the
 apple and added enamel dots for dimension.  The stem is actually a portion 
 of a tree sticker found in the Happy Harvest Collection!  
The leaves were trimmed from a Doodle Pop sticker.

Doodlebug Design has all sorts of tag stickers to choose from if you'd like
 to add that to your apple's front.  The Teensy Type alphabet stickers are a 
great size for adding a sentiment to smaller projects like this!

The opening slides right over the bottle top and hangs nicely. 
 I added a couple of small, low dimension glue dots to the back flap
 of the tag to secure it in place.

Keep this idea in mind for your upcoming Christmas gifts too!   
Visit the Doodlebug Design Blog for more fun and colorful back-to-school projects!

19 August 2014

Happy to BEE in your class

I have a sweet back-to-school project up today at
CHICKANIDDY CRAFTS

I've used a recycled plastic jar, some dies/punches and
the Twirly Girl Collection from Chickaniddy!

Come on by the blog today and see more!
 

Thanks A Million

Happy Tuesday!
It's mid-month and time to share the August New Releases at
NEWTON'S NOOK DESIGNS


Here is my card with the first new release, "Simply Sentimental"
I've used patterned papers by Jillibean Soup and watercolor pencils
from Faber Castell.
 
Would you like to win “Hanging Around”?This set will be given away to 
 TWO lucky winners
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! 
Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts.
 Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. 
You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better
 your chances are of winning!
 You have until Tuesday, August 19th at 9pm CDT to comment 
  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Wednesday, August 20th. 
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

18 August 2014

Hanging Around With Newton

Happy Monday!
It's mid-month and time to share the August New Releases at
NEWTON'S NOOK DESIGNS



Here is my card with the first new release, "Hanging Around"

I've used patterned papers by Simple Stories and a bit
of shading with watercolor pencils to the belly/face areas.

Would you like to win “Hanging Around”?This set will be given away to 
 TWO lucky winners
Here's how to win: 
Comment on the NND blog and Design Team and Guest blogs (see list below)! 
Two winners will be chosen at random from the collective blogs release posts.
 Make sure to check out each of their blogs and comment for your chance to win. 
You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better
 your chances are of winning!
 You have until Tuesday, August 19th at 9pm CDT to comment 
  -- winners will be announced on the blog post on Wednesday, August 20th. 
Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

15 August 2014

Let Your Soul Shine!

Happy Friday, crafty friends!
 I don't do a lot of 'shabby chic' cards, but I had
a lot of fun putting this one together with some brand new dies from
TOP DOG DIES
 and pretty papers and stickers from Authentique Paper!

I've used three of the August Release Dies in making this card:

TC063-Windmill

TC061-Modern Mosaic A2 Mat

TC062-Vintage A2 Mat

As you can see, I used the top part of the Windmill Die and
turned them into blooms!  I added a disc of blue paper to the back for
extra color and to show-off the fine detail.

 I grunged up the edges of the Vintage Mat Die with a walnut ink 
before laying it with all of the pretty stickers and embellishments.

See more Top Dog Dies' projects and shop for dies at 

Have a very happy weekend, y'all!

13 August 2014

Back 2 School Pocket Holder

We're sharing all sorts of back to school ideas this week at 
BELLA BLVD

I've done a similar treat/pencil holder in the past, but
this time around I've dressed up the fronts with an apple 
that I transformed from one of Bella Blvd's Crochet Hearts!

 These pocket holders only require a 1/3 of a piece of 12X12 paper and
 some high tack adhesive. Cut paper to 4" X 12".

 Place the paper horizontally on score board and score at 4" mark
 (this 4" flap is the front of the pocket). Turn paper lengthwise and place on trimmer. 
You will make the next two cuts at the back panel of the pocket (8" in length). 
Cut both sides 1/4" from the edge and just down to the 4" score mark. 
(see above)

 Place the paper back onto the score board lengthwise and score the pocket portion 
1/4" from each side. Fold along the score lines, add a high tack adhesive
 to the back of the folds and attach to the back panel to create the pocket. 
You can adjust the measurements to make any size pocket that you need!

 To make the apple from a Crochet Heart:
Thread needle with matching colored thread.
Starting at the bottom, center of the heart, stitch a straight stitch up
to the top of the heart; reverse and repeat.  

After you have stitched through the heart a couple of times, pull the tension
of the thread so that it creates a pucker at the bottom of the heart.  
Knot off the thread and cut.

The papers, stickers and die-cuts from the new Tiny Tots Collection 
can be adapted into the perfect embellishments for these back-to-school pockets!

Supplies:
Tiny Tots: Alphabet Soup, Paper Pieces, Trinkets, Treasures & Text; 
Christmas Cheer: Treasures & Text; Hello Autumn: Treasures & Text; 
Crochet Hearts: McIntosh; Button Market: Orange Stars

Visit www.bellablvd.typepad.com to see more!

08 August 2014

Today is the Day

I had fun with one of the newest 
TOP DOG DIES
dies in creating this 'wedding dress' card.
It all starts with the Corset Die and the onesie base

I started by die-cutting the two shapes from Bella Blvd's "Love & Marriage" paper.

 Next, I took those same two shapes, and traced them onto white cardstock
and cut out.  The bottom of the onesie die can be adjusted to how ever long you'd
like for the bottom of the dress to be.

I highlighted the bodice and waistline with pearls and some pretty 
glittered flowers by Petaloo.

To the bottom I added an edging of lace trim from May Arts Ribbon.

Shop for a variety of dies at www.topdogdies.com

Have a wonderful weekend!
 
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