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Use 12×12″ Paper For Fall Porch Decor!

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

No, I am not crazy, and yes, you can use 12 x 12″ paper for fall porch decor! With a little help from Mod Podge, you can seal your paper project to withstand the elements to enable you to decorate your outdoor area as cute as your inside areas.

For this project, I purchased my ladder and monthly wood kit from Crafty Wood Cutouts HERE which is a local woodcraft store. I actually consider this cheating, because I have been a wood cutter for many years, but I just don’t have the time to get out to my shop very often any more, so I have resigned to buying pre-cut wood. Its easier.
I had to give the edges of each piece a light sanding with fine sandpaper, then I stained the sides and back of each piece. I used a stain/sealer purchased from the hardware store which has been laying around my house for who knows how long, but the color worked for me.











I collected several sheets of 12 x 12″ fall paper that I wanted to use, and traced each wood piece on the desired sheet of paper. Make sure to put the front of your wood piece on the back of the sheet of paper so it will trace exactly as you want it to fit when you adhere them together.










Once all the shapes were cut out, I inked around all the edges with Distress Ink, let dry, then I adhered each shape of paper with the coordinating wood piece with a coat of Mod Podge. I let them dry before I applied the vinyl lettering (included in the kit) and covered the top with Mod Podge, let dry and applied a second coat.











When completely dry, I used wood glue to attach wood pieces together and hot glue to apply ribbon, flowers, etc. Attach hooks to the appropriate pieces and tied pieces that did not require hooks with ribbon or raffia to the ladder. This way I can change the ladder’s decor each month to fit the season! FUN!




































Supplies used:

Wood Kit
fine grit sandpaper
SEA028 Authentique Autumn Collection 12 x 12
14716887 Bo Bunny Autumn Song 12 x 12 Collection (available on our website Oct. 4, 2013)
TIM19534 Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad Walnut Stain
wood stain
sponge brushes
Mod Podge
Orange acrylic paint
White cardstock (for eyes)
silk flower

So remember, If you have some fun outdoor projects that you would rather cover with paper than paint, you can totally do it!

Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Simple Halloween Cards Featuring “Thrilling” by Authentique

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

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Today I want to show you some frighteningly simple Halloween cards featuring the Authentique “Thrilling” Collection.  I love the variety of papers and stickers available in Authentique’s Thrilling Collection – enough to satisfy all of my Halloween card needs and then some.  I especially love the paper called “Mystic”, and that is what I used to make some super simple Halloween cards.

To create these cards, I first cut apart the various elements on the “Mystic” page.  In some cases I cut the outside borders off, and instead used a coordinating solid paper as a border or frame for the element.   I decided to make A7 (5”x7” cards) and wanted the base of each card to be black, so I cut 5-5”x7” bases from Bazzill Blackbird cardstock (I prepare card fronts and simply mount them to 5”x7” folded cards as a last step).

Some of the elements are quite large, so a few simple layers are all that is needed (for example, the first 2 cards pictured above).  For those cards, I started with the 5”x7” base in black, and then layered complementary colors.  The layer on the first card is cut 4.75” x 6.75”.  For the second card, I chose to cut off the printed border, and substituted a second layer.  I cut the card base at 5”x7”, the first layer at 4.75”x6.75”, and the second layer at 4.5” x 6.5”.  Of course the Spellbinders 5 x 7 Matting Basics dies would make this even easier (I’m going to have to add those sets to my wish list).

For the smaller elements on the “Mystic” paper, I used a Spellbinders die and a pop of color to add interest.  The Spellbinders die, “Tapestry”, is one of their “shapeabilities expandable pattern” dies, and I thought it had a perfect “Halloween” feel.  So for the last 3 cards, I cut the card base from black cardstock at 5”x7”, the first layer from a complementary color cardstock at 4.75”x6.75”, and a second layer from black cardstock at 4.5”x6.5”.   The second layer for each card was cut using the Spellbinders Tapestry die.

This short video will give you a closer look at the Authentique “Thrilling” collection and the Spellbinders tapestry die, and will illustrate the basic instructions given above.

I finished each of the cards with a few embellishments – they really don’t need much.  I started by using a little glitter pen and the Smooches pearlized accent ink (adds a subtle shimmer) to enhance the “Mystic” elements.  I just used a little, so it may be hard to detect in the photos.  I thought, for example, that the Sundance Smooches ink really enhanced areas that were supposed to represent candle light.  Then, of course, I added ribbon and rhinestones, etc. to finish the cards.

Supply List:

Authentique Thrilling Collection – 12×12 papers and 2 sticker sheets

Spellbinders Shapeabilities Expandable Pattern die, “Tapestry” (S5-198)

Bazzill cardstock, solid colors – I used Blackbird, Navel, Yukon Gold, Pomegranate and an unidentified soft medium brown.

Smooches pearlized accent ink – I used Tuxedo, Siren and Sundance

Viva Glitter Liner – Holo Iridescent (or substitute your favorite Stickles)

Miscellaneous embellishments – I used what I had on hand including assorted rhinestones, black and ivory gingham ribbon, May Arts satin cutouts small brown leaves, Dress It Up pumpkin button from  the “Vegetables” pack, Maya Road “harvest corn” bakers twine, and May Arts chocolate and bittersweet burlap twine.


Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


A Girl Always Needs A Stylish Purse!

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

I don’t know how many of you have used the excuse that a girl ALWAYS needs a stylish purse, but it is true! Styles change and in order to keep up, we just have to keep up with the change. Well, here is a purse that will keep your goodies in style as fast as you can cut the paper! All you need is one sheet of 12 x 12″ paper and some adhesive.

Sizzix Bigz Pro Die Bag Purse w/ Flower-656833 is totally fab! It is big enough to hold any chocolate lovers fill of goodies, cookies or even baby clothes as shown here! I was able to fit a 3-6 month Onesie and shorts inside perfectly. I loved that it wasn’t a standard gift bag.  I don’t know if you noticed, but the tag is actually one of the centers to the handles! See HERE for more fun Bigz Pro Dies.












The Bigz Pro Die Bag Purse w/ Flower requires the Big Shot PRO die cutting machine. Measuring 12 x 12 3/4″, this Bigz Pro die showcases the whimsical style of E.L. Smith and also requires the use of a Big Shot Pro Cutting Pad, a Big Shot Pro Crease Pad and 12 x 12″ paper.  Decorate and use for small shower gifts, birthdays, Easter baskets and all occasions!

My product list:

656833-Sizzix Bigz Pro Die Bag Purse w/ Flower

Authentique Renew 12 x 12 Paper

202-Scor-Pal 1/4″ Scor-Tape (see HERE for all sizes of Scor-Tape)

Prima Flowers

Robin’s Nest Dew Drops


Now you can create chic bags for all your friends and family for any occasion! I am thinking ahead a bit, but this bag would be a hit with my trick-or-treaters in Halloween paper and filled with mini candy bars. What do you think?

Thanks and Happy Scrappin’!


Wall Hanging Decoration

Friday, August 30th, 2013

We have a blank wall in need of filling so this week Heather and I created this wall hanging decoration. We really started with this songbird and cage die cut from Quickutz that we cut out onto foil. We have used this foil from Spellbinders before but let me tell you it is a lot of fun and no more difficult to use than regular paper. Combined with the paper and floral stamps this decoration will fill any empty wall space with elegance.



SEA007: Authentique-Spring Three

MM1-002: Spellbinders-Media Mixage Foil Pack

S6-008: Spellbinders- Nestabilities Exquisite Labels Eleven

DC0470: QuickKutz- Detailz Dies Song Bird

659085: Sizzix- Diffusion Stamp and Die Cut

4349: Want2Scrap-Doily Set 2 Chipboard Embellishment


Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Doug and Heather

Gift Idea with Bo Bunny

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Here is a fun little gift idea for someone in your life using Bo Bunny paper. Heather went to a girls camp a few weeks back, and she wanted to make a little gift for the “Young Women’s” president of the girls in our church, to say thank you for all the work that she had put into planning such a great event. Don’t worry, this idea can be used for so much more than a girls camp gift, just put whatever saying you would like and whatever die cuts you want and there you go! You have made this little project your own. It really takes only a few minutes to make and cheer someones day up with so give it a try. Great idea as a frame, even a layout in a mini album or card.


10017488: Bo Bunny-Very Vintage 6×6 Paper Pad

SEA017: Authentique:  Winter 6×6 Paper Pad

PS-005-00261: DCWV-Card Stock Stack Bright Metallics 12 x12

FEPAD050: Blank Canvas

S6-007: Spellbinders-Fanciful lattice

Wooden Frame

Mod Podge


Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Doug and Heather

Baby Album with Want2Scrap

Friday, July 19th, 2013
We have had this album from Want2Scrap for a few months and when our friends had their baby, Heather grabbed it and made them this cute baby album. We have done a few of these because they are so fun because a lot of the hard work is done for you and all you have to do is the fun part, decorating it. We have gotten a few baby things the last few months also that was a lot of fun to try out. Also we only used two different paper stacks from Heartfelt Creations and Authentique to make it feel like a unified album.
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It was a lot of fun being able to give a handmade gift with a few other odds and ends so next time you have someone that is expecting try this fun little album.
1057: Want2Scrap-My Baby Album

HCDP1 223: Heartfelt Creations-Sun Kissed Collection

LOV015: Authentique-Lovely Collection

LR0217 and LR0218: Marianne Design-CreaTables

MM1-002: Spellbinders-Media MiXage Foil Pack

2162: Want2Scrap-Lavender Pearls

HCPC3509:Heartfelt Creations-Timeless Sentiments PreCut Set

TIM32823:Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Gathered Twigs

TIM34995: Tim Holtz Distress Ink-Picked Raspberry



Thanks & Happy Scrappin’!

Doug and Heather

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