23 November 2015

A Sun Kissed Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving-themed collections hard to find, why not try 
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 layered onto the speech bubble sticker with foam adhesive and then attached to the journal card.

 Again, I used a die from my stash to die-cut the word “grateful” from the “Solstice” paper. 
The larger stickers or other svg style sentiments could be used instead. Half inch strips
 of the striped paper were added to the top and bottom of the journal card.

Buttons from the Embellishment Pack were adhered with glue dots and then small
 bows of twine were included.
There are many wonderful patterns and colors found in the Sun Kissed collection that 
can be used for your fall crafting! Check out the Sun Kissed product here:
And more papercrafting ideas on the blog:

I wish you all a very HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

18 November 2015

Cutest Snowman

Hi y'all!  I recently shared a "Hello Winter" Layout at
using a few SVG shapes from the Silhouette Design Store.

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
 Pine Trees SVG File set, I cut out several of the tree shapes.  I added the 6X6
squares to the 12” cutting mat and arranged the trio of tree shapes so that they
 would be cut from each of the three squares.  A sticker strip from the Alpha Sticker Sheet
 was attached along the bottom of the photos.  The trees were clustered in threes at
each side of the photo and overlapping the sticker strip as needed.
  I used foam adhesive to achieve various dimensions for the trees.

Round chipboard snowflakes were used to embellish the tops of a few of the trees.  Instead of journaling, I used one of the sticker sentiments.  The alpha stickers were the perfect size to go atop the chipboard banners.  Instead of spelling out ‘snowman’ I simply allowed the snowman sticker to complete the title!

Hello Winter- HW95007 Arctic PlaidHW95014 Element StickerHW95015 Alpha StickerHW95017 Teal / GrayHW95018 Dark Teal / CreamHW95020 Decorative BradsHW95022 6x12 ChipboardHW95023 6x6 PaperPadHW95028 Enamel Dots

05 November 2015

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
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/or
 Designer Brads were used to decorate the fronts.  A sturdy paper straw was glued
 to the back of each star and set aside.

 A piece of floral foam was cut so that it would fit down into the basket.  Next, a thick
 coating of pearlized modeling cream was slathered on top of the foam , sprinkled
 with clear glitter and then allowed to completely dry.  You can also use a textured 
snow or cotton batting for covering the foam!

 While allowing the foam to dry, the chipboard polar bear was glued to the front of a
 paper straw and his cheek was embellished with a pink enamel dot. 

The straws were cut to the desired lengths and then inserted into the foam. 
 Use a dab of glue around the bottom of the straws to secure them in place.

 To the front of the basket, the “Hello Winter” scrolled sentiment from the  
Ephemera Pack was added with glue dots.

 The Comfy Sweater Paper was cut into 1/8” strips.  The strips were then crimped with
 a paper crimper and used as a basket filler around the edge of the floral foam.

 Add more trees, more chipboard pieces or even try stenciling the basket to create your own unique display!  This is also an easy project for the kids to help along with.

27 October 2015

Christmas Wonderland Cards

It's time for Christmas card making!
I have two cards up on the 
using the nostalgic "Christmas Wonderland" Collection

From the simplest of cards to the more ornate, you can add as much dimension 
as you’d like with the various embellishments included in the Carta Bella collections!
  Have fun making your own one-of-a-kind Christmas cards this season!

See more photos, how I put the cards together and learn a few tips and tricks over
at the Carta Bella blog post by clicking HERE

16 October 2015

A Christmas Star...And A Freebie!

I love to add a new piece to my holiday decorating collection and this year I have a
 beautifully altered 3D star that I created with “The Story of Christmas” line by

 I’ve taken a wooden star that I purchased from Michael’s craft store.  It measures just 
about 11” and has an inset where I thought a 3D paper star would fit nicely.

 First, I traced around the back of the star onto the “Icons” paper and then cut the 
shape out.  Next, I scored the star from point to valley, as shown in the photo.

 The score lines were fan-folded so that the points of the star were raised and the valleys 
of the star were folded in.  Even if your star doesn’t have an inset, you can still use this
 method to add dimension to a flat wooden star.  I did make a few adjustments by
 trimming the star down a bit before gluing it to the inside with a glue glue. 

I added a bead of fabric glue around the edge of the 3D star and applied a trim 
of braided cording.  This helped to hide any of the areas where the 3D star didn’t
 quite meet the edges.

 The chipboard Santa was layered onto the Bingo Ephemera card and embellished 
with enamel dots and accented with a holly sticker and dimensional brad.

 A strand of baker’s twine was attached to the tops of the chipboard “Christmas” letters. 
 The sticky backing was peeled from the letters, or you could use baby powder
 to hide the adhesive. 

I used a couple of different pieces of May Arts ribbon to create a boutique style bow for the top of the star.  Now it’s ready for sitting on a shelf or even adding to a wreath!


I also have this FREE Project PDF available now at Echo Park as well:

Here is the link to the download...and be sure to check out all of the fun
inspiration projects...they're FREE too!

13 October 2015

Happy Harvest Mini Album

The Fall harvest season is upon us and I’m sharing an adorable 
 mini book that I plan on using to highlight some of our favorite autumn memories! 
I've incorporated the "Story of Fall" Collection from
and the house die and enhancement dies from Top Dog Dies.

  Using prompts from the various stickers and die-cuts (such as pumpkin patch, falling
 leaves, etc.) I’ll be encouraged to take certain photos throughout the fall months.

 For the front cover, I die-cut the sweet fox and pumpkins from papers found in the
 6X6 Paper Pad.  I used a little pink chalk to blush up his cheeks and a burnt orange ink 
to add some shading to the pumpkins.  After assembling all of the pieces, I added 
them to the front with foam adhesive. 

Between a few of the pages, I also added 3X4 journal cards so I’ll have 
some extra room for journaling! 
And while preparing my pages, I precut mats for each page to measure 3”X4.5”.  
To some of them, I adhered a strip of various washi tapes for extra color and pattern.  
The mats were machine-stitched into place before gluing onto the chipboard base.

 Mix and match ephemera pieces with chipboard and stickers!  Adding enamel dots or
 small brads is like icing on the cake, so an embellishment never goes without one!

Sometimes adding a brad is an after-thought, such as to the center of the chipboard
 flower to the left.  I used a pair of steel snips to remove the prongs from the brads
 and then attached the brad to the center of the flower with a dimensional glue dot.

Happy Harvest Mini Book by Shellye McDaniel with the "The Story of Fall" collection by #EchoParkPaper.
Enamel dots give the appearance of nail heads along the side of a label sticker or
chipboard sentiment…it’s the perfect touch!  And don’t forget to layer on smaller
stickers to your larger chipboard or die-cut accents.  The blue ticket heart added
just the right amount of POP to the hedgehog’s backside!
Thanks for letting me share my little mini with you today!

The Story of Fall
Fall Small Floral Paper
Dots Paper
Icons Paper
Pumpkins Paper
Rulers Paper
3X4 Journaling Cards Paper
Element Sticker
Alpha Sticker
Decorative Brads
6x12 Chipboard
6x6 Paper Pad
Decorative Tape – Plaid
Decorative Tape - Acorns & Leaves
Enamel Dots
Fox Designer Die Set
Pumpkin Set Designer Die Set