09 February 2016

Did You See It?

It made my day to see all of the excitement generated by
my Valentine project over at 
yesterday!  If you didn't get a chance to see it yet, here is a look:

So don't throw out those K-Cup boxes!  Visit the S&CT Blog to
see a tutorial on how I put this sweet gift box together!

08 February 2016

Spring...Coming Your Way!

Hello, Monday-blog-reading-friends!
I have a quick mini album up at 
today using the new colorful and charming "Spring" Collection.

According to Punxsutawney Phil, Spring will arrive early this year…yay!  
Daffodils are all ready springing up here in NE Texas and we're expecting
a high of 74 degrees on Thursday...crazy...and it's still officially winter!

I started with a four page, flower shaped chipboard album that I picked up from
 Michael’s for a couple of dollars.  It measures approximately 6.5” in diameter.
  I traced the shape onto various 12X12 patterned papers from the collection,
 trimmed out and attached with adhesive using the Xyron Creative Station. 
 The edges were sanded lightly to give a clean, finished look.

I die-cut a large label shape for the front of the album using the 
Designer Labels Die-Set #5 .  It was layered with one of the 
Ephemera sentiments, die-cut flowers and sticker shapes.


Pages 2 and 3: on all of the pages I used the largest scallop circle to die-cut mats 
for the pages.  As you can see, I added lines for journaling on the one page…
just make sure to choose a fairly neutral background paper for journaling!

Pages 4 and 5:  In keeping with the circular shape of the album and mats,
 I die-cut the photos with a circle die as much as possible.  Use all different sizes
 of circles to create a collage of pictures for each page. 

Pages 6 and 7: I added the photos after placing all of the embellishments, but I love the off-center placement of the photo on the last page!  And don’t forget to add enamel dots and brads to dress up those cute stickers and make them extra fun! 

Designer Dies 

05 February 2016

Happy Friday, Happy News!

Happy news for this Happy Friday!
I'm extremely delighted to have been chosen for the 

I really, really missed designing for Xyron (I was with them in 2014)
so I literally jumped at the chance to rejoin their fabulous team!
Projects by the team can often be seen on HSN, so stay tuned!

Shellye McDaniel of The Papered Cottage
Karen Jiles - http://stampinakapalace.blogspot.com/
Mitsyana Wright of Up On Tippy Toes
Natalie Wright of Natalme
Stephanie Chan of The Silly Pearl
Jessica Litman of Organized Mamas
Katie King of Running with a Glue Gun
Sharon Callis of Sharon Callis Crafts
Morena Hockley of Morena's Corner
Amanda Vasquez of Artsy Momma Blogs

Echo Park Paper and its sister company, Carta Bella 
have combined teams for the new year! 
 It was an honor to be asked to stay on
and create projects for these two creative companies!

I hope you have a fun weekend!

04 February 2016

Bee Mine in Cross Stitch!

This past weekend I drug out my cross stitching supplies
and found this adorable Valentine pattern that I just had to make!
I combined it all in this sweet ornament/wall art/collage piece that I have up at 

I embellished the cross-stitch piece with pom trim, twine and some larger die-cuts
from Doodlebug Design papers!  The banner dies are from the now closed 
Top Dog Dies, although similar shapes can be found.  
I used my fabulous 9" Creative Station by Xyron to adhere all of the die-cut
papers to a matching chipboard shape to give the ornament extra sturdiness.

As you can guess, this was an absolute blast to put together...I'm so enjoying
making these one-of-a-kind little works of art :)
And if you'd like to see one of the coolest Valentine projects that I have ever,
EVER crafted, then you must visit Scrapbook & Cards Today Blog this weekend!
It will make you grin from ear-to-ear, so be sure to drop by (Saturday I do believe)

I'll be back tomorrow to catch up on some other projects and news to share!

03 February 2016

Grace Alone

Grace: It is actually my "word" for 2016.
To show more grace and to be thankful for the grace that has been shown to me.
So many times I pray to be given the "grace to get me through" a certain situation and
in those times I can feel God's presence as He guides me and gives me the
right words and actions to put forth.  
Grace= unmerited favor.  

Yesterday I was up on the Bella Blvd Blog with
this sweet "Grace Alone" hanger

I love adding little hangers to cupboard knobs or giving them for gifts! 
Today I have a colorful, house-shaped hanging featuring the 
Whatever Is Lovely Collection and stickers from the Illustrated Faith line.

I started with a chipboard house shape that I covered with patterned paper. 
I used large enamel dots to outline the scallops of the roofline. The front of the
 house was decorated with one of the 3X4 journal cards and a border of the
 die-cut scallop sticker.

Before dressing the back of the house with patterned paper, pom pom trim 
was glued around the edge, as well as baker’s twine. I hand-cut four butterflies
 from the “Lovely Paper” and layered a smaller one on top of a larger one before
 attaching them. The ‘tails’ of the butterflies were cut from one of the label stickers.
 A cheery ribbon was added to the top and is now ready for hanging!
Illustrated Faith Genesis Kit: Banner Stickers; IF Whatever is Lovely: 
Treasures & Text, Lovely, 3x4’s; Enamel Dots: Cotton Candy, Bell Pepper

Glad you stopped by!

28 January 2016

Blowing Kisses Mailbox

Hey, y'all!  I have a sweetly-dressed chipboard mailbox using the new
 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!

27 January 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!