Kat Scrappiness Dies with Lawn Fawn Sweet Friends

I hope you all had a great Valentine’s Day yesterday!  I have two cute cards for you today showcasing the (new) Large Alpha Dies, Distressed Edge Circle Dies, Distressed Edge Rectangle Dies, Fancy Scalloped Edge Dies by Kat Scrappiness, with Lawn Fawn’s Sweet Friends stamp set and Sweet Friends Lawn Cuts dies.

Even though these two cards have hearts, they are not for Valentine’s Day.  My friends and I love s’mores and I thought the Sweet Friends stamp set with the Large Alpha Dies and other dies by Kat Scrappiness would be perfect to use for my cards today.

I have a process video for you so I will keep this blog post short.  Here are my cards:

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Here’s the process video:

I hope I have inspired you today.  If you like to purchase the products I used, they are listed and linked below.  Please don’t forget to use my coupon code “MARIA10” for 10% off your order.  Please also check out the Valentine’s Day sale at the shop as they are only valid until February 18, 2017.  Have a wonderful day!

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Valentine’s Mailbox Treat Holder with Color Washed 12×12 Paper Pad by PHP

Maria Russell CircleAre you looking for some last-minute gift ideas for Valentine’s Day?  Look no further.  Here’s an easy and fun Valentine’s Mailbox Treat Holder idea!   You can find these mailboxes at a craft store, or go to your local Target at the Dollar spot section.  I have altered my mailbox, using the beautiful Color Washed 12 x 12 Paper Pad by Paper House Productions.  You guys are all going to love this paper pad.  The pad comes with a sticker sheet that contains alphabet stickers, and other ephemeras.

I love making 3D projects for Valentine’s Day, especially making treat holders for my family and friends.  Valentine’s Day is always a special day at my house.  When my kids were a lot younger, I would surprise them by decorating the table with hearts, candles, confetti, and flowers!  I would also leave the little treat bags on top of their plates so that before they eat breakfast and go to school, they already have their treats with them.  It made their day.  It doesn’t matter how big or small the presents were but they were always happy to get a few treats to celebrate the day.  We also made treats for their friends!

Here are the photos of my finished project:

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I have a process video for you today to show you how I altered this inexpensive mailbox that I found from Target.  It is super fast and easy, and it doesn’t require decoupaging.  I hope you like it.  The supplies I used are listed and linked below.  Have a wonderful day!

SUPPLIES:  Color Washed 12 x 12 Paper Pad, Xyron Creative Station Lite, Mailbox

 

London Calling Scrapbook Layout Destination Stickers with Paper House

Maria Russell CircleHello my crafty friends!  Maria here with you today and I am back to share with you a scrapbook layout, showcasing the Discover London 3-D Sticker Pack and the London Calling 12″ Double-sided Scrapbook paper.  I love that there are endless possibilities to mix and match the coordinating travel sets, especially the Destination Stickers.  I really love the 3d stickers!IMG_6677

I started out by printing my photos using my Canon Selphy photo printer.  I cut them to size for my layout.

I decided to use the London-Calling 12″ Double-sided scrapbook paper to match the Discover London 3D Sticker pack.  I cut a 6 x 12 black card stock to cover half of the scrapbook paper to have a plain base to showcase my photos and the sticker.

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I also used another black card stock to mat my Big Ben photograph and ground it a little so that it doesn’t look like it’s floating in the air.

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I used another red card stock to mat the photo of my daughter and I standing in Leicester  Square while it was snowing, and journaled a little of how the day was going, where we were, and the date.

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Here’s a close-up with the amazing Destination 3D sticker, and that England heart flag is super cute!

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I thought it’s also appropriate to include the “Cheers” and the Red Tour Bus, also included in the Discover London 3D Sticker pack.

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My daughter and I are huge fans of Sherlock Holmes so naturally, we had to see where he lived and thought that the Police Cap and the Red Telephone Booth would be perfect to showcase this spot.

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I wish I can share more photos and use more stickers but I guess I will have to share it on another post.  We have definitely enjoyed touring London and this London-Calling 12″ Double-sided scrapbook paper with the Discover London 3D Sticker pack are the perfect combination to decorate my layout.

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I hope you all enjoyed this project and found some inspiration.  Please don’t forget to visit www.paperhouseproductions.com to find the supplies that I used.  They are also listed and linked below to make it easier for you.  Don’t forget to use the coupon code “PH18MARIA” to get 15% off your order. Have a wonderful day!
SUPPLIES USED:  London-Calling 12″ Double-sided scrapbook paperDiscover London 3D Sticker pack

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NND January Release – Deer Friend Stamp Set and Dies

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It is the third day of the January reveals by Newton’s Nook Designs and today we are showcasing the Deer Friend stamp set and coordinating dies.   [Just a little important note:  I know some of you had difficulties finding the comments section.  If you would like to leave a comment to participate in the giveaway, the “comments section” will only be ever visible when a single post on Word Press is being viewed. Please click on this particular blog post and you will be able to leave a comment below.  Thank you for understanding and I apologize for the confusion.]  

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I stamped all of the images on Neenah Solar White card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the images using the coordinating dies.  I wanted to showcase the deer by creating a shadow box card.  This card can be folded flat and inserted in an envelope for mailing.  I followed a shadowbox tutorial on pinterest.  here’s what you need:

  1.  Cut two pieces of card stock measuring 4 1/4 X 6 3/4, and score 1 1/4 from each long edge.
  2. Die-cut a square window from the center of one of the panels (this is your front piece).  You will later on connect both panels to create your shadow box.
  3. Cut a 4 1/4 square panel of patterned paper and adhere to the center of the second card panel (this is your back piece).  (You can do your stamping here before you assemble the box).
  4. Cut two pieces of green card stock. One is measuring 1 1/4 x 5 and the other is measuring 1 x 5 and score from each long edge at 3/8″
  5. I used the Newton’s Nook Grass Border die to die-cut the green panels.
  6. Adhere some score tape on each scored panels.
  7. Fold the ground panels flat, flush to the card’s bottom edge. Fold right side flat over them to adhere.
  8. Attach the images you need to decorate your shadow box.
  9. Fold box flat and adhere right side flaps to close the card.

Here are some step-by-step photos:

Here is the card:

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You can also use acetate sheets to suspend some images inside your shadow box (i.e., birds, clouds, etc.)  I hope you got inspired today to create your own shadow box.

Would you like to win the “Deer Friend” Stamp Set?  This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

Here’s how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal 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 Thursday January 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 19th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Naki Rager

Maria Russell (you are here)

Jennifer Timko

Tatiana Trafimovich

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NND January Release – Sending Hugs Stamp Set and Dies

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It is the second day of the January reveals by Newton’s Nook Designs and today we are showcasing the Sending Hugs Stamp Set and Coordinating Dies.  I love that the dies cut through the arms and it can hug the little images included in the stamp set. [Just a little important note:  I know some of you had difficulties finding the comments section.  If you would like to leave a comment to participate in the giveaway, the “comments section” will only be ever visible when a single post on Word Press is being viewed. Please click on this particular blog post and you will be able to leave a comment below.  Thank you for understanding and I apologize for the confusion.]  

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I stamped all of the images on Neenah Solar White card stock and colored them in with my Copic markers.  I die-cut the images using the coordinating dies.

I die-cut a piece of white card stock measuring 4 1/4 by 5 1/2 and used a die from my stash to cut out the window.  I also used another die to die-cut a branch for my Owl to perch on.  I finished my design my adding the pink hearts from the Love Bites die set (showcased yesterday).  Here’s my first card:

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For my second card, I wanted to create a non-Valentine project.  The stamp set is so versatile and you can use this for any occasion.  Here’s my birthday card:

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Would you like to win the “Sending Hugs” Stamp Set?  This stamp set will be given away to ONE lucky winner!

Here’s how to win:

Comment on the NND blog and Design Team blogs (see list below)! The winner will be chosen at random from the collective reveal 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 Thursday January 18th at 9pm EST to comment  — winners will be announced on the blog post on Friday, January 19th.

Check out all the awesome Design Team Blogs below to enter:

Newton’s Nook Designs

Holly Endress

Ellen Haxelmans

Larissa Heskett

Samantha Mann

Juliana Michaels

Naki Rager

Maria Russell (you are here)

Jennifer Timko

Tatiana Trafimovich

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At The Beach Scrapbook Layout

Hello my crafty friends!  I am so excited to share my very first post for the Paperhouse Productions and today and I am sharing a very simple scrapbook layout showcasing the At The Beach 12 x 12 Paper Crafting Kit.  This pack is AMAZING as it contains card stock and puffy stickers to embellish, plus other ephemeras to decorate my project.  I thought it’s perfect to showcase the photos that I took while my husband, daughter and I were in The Maldives in July of 2016.

 

I started out by printing a couple of my photos with my colored printer and cut these photos down to size.    When I do scrapbook layouts, I kind of just go with what I feel that day and I don’t overthink about making sure the lines and photos are all perfect!  It is after all, a handmade project!

 

I adhered the photos with my favorite adhesive and added some of the embellishments.  I LOVE the puffy stickers that were included in At The Beach Paper 12 x 12 Paper Crafting Kit.  Here’s what it looks like:

 

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I also added the card stock stickers and journaling cards that are included in the pack:

 

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I adhered the alphabet stickers and the rest of my embellishments to finish my design. Here’s what it looks like:

 

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I hope you all got inspired today!  Don’t forget to check out the beautiful paper products available at www.paperhouseproductions.com.  I also listed and linked the supplies that I used below.  Have a wonderful day!

Products used:  At The Beach 12 x 12 Paper Crafting Kit

 

My Favorite Xyron Product

Hello my crafty peeps!  It is time for the Xyron Design Team to close our year sharing our favorite Xyron products.  It is really hard to choose considering the fact that I love Xyron adhesives and I have been using the Xyron Mega Runner for a long, long time.  But lately, I have been really loving my Xyron Creative Station Lite and I must admit, this is my all-time favorite Xyron product.  It is small enough to fit in a suitcase when I travel on the go (which of course happens a lot).  It adds adhesive not only on paper but also felt, foam, fabric and so, so much more.

 

For my project today, I used my Xyron Creative Station Lite to create stickers for my planner.  I love planner decorating and when I see a really cute patterned paper, I cut the little pieces and create stickers to add to my planner.

 

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The Xyron Creative Station Lite makes it easier for tiny embellishments to have edge-to-edge adhesive.  This tool is a must-have for any paper crafter.

 

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Here’s how I decorated my planner.

 

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Here’s the whole lay-out:

 

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I really love how this turned out!  The Xyron Creative Station Lite makes things easier to adhere tiny embellishments to cards, planners, scrapbook layouts and other 3D projects!

 

Thank you for stopping by today.  Have an amazing week!

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Love You Card with Newton’s Nook

Hello everyone! Since Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, I thought I’d make a simple card today, showcasing the Sweater Weather and Newton Dreams of Italy stamp sets with the Frames and Flags Dies and Land Border die to create a mask.

I started out by stamping my images on Neenah solar white card stock with my memento tuxedo black ink using my stamping tool.  I colored the images in with my Copic markers and cut them out with the coordinating dies using my Vagabond 2 die-cutting machine.

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I die-cut another piece of mask with the land border dies and distressed my background using Broken China distress oxide ink with my mini ink blending tool.  I removed the mask and used a clouds stencil from my stash to create my pink sky.  I know it doesn’t look realistic but Valentine’s Day is all about pinks, reds and blues, haha!

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I die-cut my colored background using the Scallop Square included in the Tags and Flags dies and adhered it on my card base using my favorite Xyron Mega Tape Runner.  I adhered my little critters with foam tape to give it some dimension.  I used my favorite Sharpie White Pen to add some details to the water, the critters and the wine bottle.

I finished my design by using the Kat Scrappiness Pet Sentiments dies and adhered it onto my card, and used glossy accents to the paw to add some shine.

Here’s the card:

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I hope you got inspired today. Thank you so much for stopping by. The supplies I used are listed and linked below. Have a great day!

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Waterless Snow Globe with Xyron

Hello everyone! I hope you’re all excited and getting ready for Christmas. In my case, I haven’t even put up the tree just yet. I was traveling for my daughter’s graduation and just came back yesterday. The children are finally home and we have started decorating the house today.

One of our family traditions over the holidays is to create a handmade ornament or Christmas décor. A few years ago, we made this cute “waterless” snow globe using a recycled candle jar and it turned out so cute, I wanted to create another one this year. Here’s what we made last year:

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For this year’s snow globe, I bought a shatterproof water globe from the craft store. I started out by die-cutting my little houses on DCWV 80 lb. card stock with my Magnolia Doohickey house die. I assembled the house using my favorite Xyron mega runner adhesive. I also die-cut a circle to cover the bottom of the lid.

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I adhered my little house on the lid, and added some embellishments to my scene. First I added the red bow to the house, and then adhered the pine tree and the reindeer on the lid. I also added the little light bulb.

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To finish the design, I added some fake snow and iridescent confetti to the jar and closed the lid. You can add as many or as little snow as you’d like.

It is so much fun to keep shaking this waterless snow globe. Here’s a close-up look:

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I hope you like my project today and got inspired to create your very own waterless snow globes. These are also great to give as gifts or start your family tradition by making your own ornaments/Christmas décor this year. Have a wonderful day!

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