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Monday Montage Blog Hop – Week 19

Hello friends! Welcome back to our Monday Montage Blog Hop! You may have gotten here from the amazing Bree Renwick’s blog, make sure you select the “next” button below and that will take you to the next stop on the hop, the fabulous Dani Dziama’s blog. I have something super fun today & I know my friends have amazing inspiration too!

I just had to use a couple of our new products coming in the new catalog in a few short weeks and some stuff that that will soon be gone from the Occasions Catalog!  I also used some of my April Paper Pumpkin goodies & I was totally inspired by that project.  If you are not subscribing to My Paper Pumpkin, you are totally missing out!  The projects are so super, duper cute and the stamps sets are only available to subscribers.  I have to say, the stamps that come with MPP are some of my “go to” stamps!  Sooooo adorbs!

MPP came with a beautiful white 4″ x 4″ frame and some pre-cut pre scored card stock to make a cute “wrap” around the finished frame.  I wanted to show that you can duplicate this project with any frame you pick up at any craft store.  I got my beautiful gold frame at Michael’s in the dollar bins.  I think I paid $2 for it but it is so pretty and well worth the $2 🙂

Cathy 005 (2)

Cathy 006 (2)

Let’s talk about how I made the outer wrap first.  I had to modify the dimensions of the wrap piece to match my frame.  The MPP project has the top and bottom of the frame sticking out and I loved that look…my gold frame sticking out top and bottom is just delish!

Cathy 007 (2)

Cathy 008 (1)

Here are the measurements I used:

The narrow dimension was 3.5″ to fit my frame and leave some of the gold edges visible top and bottom.  The long dimension was 11″, that gave me a front of 4.75″, a back of 4.75″ and 1.5″ to score and fold for the ends.  See the dimensions below:

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You just need to adapt to whatever your size frame is, your folds are based on the thickness and the big sections are based on the front dimensions.  Really easy I promise!

Since my frame was gold, I had to add lots of gold accents, hearts punched out of gold foil and gold glitter paper.  Isn’t that new little heart punch the cutest?  I just love the look of that heart!  I also added gold sequins and rhinestones.  I can hardly wait to order the new sequins in the new catalog!  They are soooo cutely!  If you don’t have a new catalog yet, let me know and I will get one right out to you!

I was also super excited to see that the thick baker’s twine we had during Sale-A-Bration made the catalog!  I just love that stuff!  I un-twine it and it makes the best fluffy twine ever.  I used Coastal Cabana for my front bow and my twine inside on the frame.  I used the MPP stamps to do my background and my front tag.  MPP stamps are photopolymer now.  I really, really like using photopolymer stamps.  It is easy, peasy to get them lined up right where you want them and they stick to the blocks like crazy!  Another stamp set I just had to use was “Off the Grid”.  I am so, so, so sad that set is retiring!  I have used it so much this past year, I just think it is the perfect add to nearly everything!  I stamped it in Versamark on top of my arrows in the background and embossed it in white.  I just love how that looks!

That’s pretty much it, I used a few new items, a few MPP items and a few soon to be gone items!  I also used the MPP inspiration to make a similar project with other supplies (the frame).  Lots of things to inspire you to look outside the box so to speak!

I hope you enjoyed this project I made for my mom for Mother’s Day & that I’ve inspired you to use MPP as a jumping off place for your creativity 🙂

Don’t miss the rest of the pretties my friends have for you!  I just know everyone has gorgeous projects to share!

Make sure you go “Back” if you missed Bree Renwick or you can loop on around by hitting the “Next” button to get to Dani Dziama and the rest of the hop!

At the bottom of my post you can find the products I used, just click on the picture to order!



2013 Artisan Finalists Blog Hop – Day 8


Welcome to Day 8 of the 2013 Artisan Design Team Finalists Blog Hop!  We may be winding down the days but the creativity is still in full on mode!  I don’t want to miss a thing and I am sure you don’t either!!!

You should have come from the fabulous Bree Renwick’s post to get here and from here you can click on “next” and get to Dani Dziama’s amazing work!  If you missed Bree either select the “back” button to get there or go all the way around the hop to get back to her.




I have my last scrapbook page to share today!  This is an 8 x 8 page of my son Dylan and his beautiful girlfriend Randy.  We were actually on a road trip moving them from Arizona back to Colorado.  It had been an exhausting couple of days but they looked wonderful don’t you think?

The page primarily features the Epic Day This and That line along with my faves (as you already know) doilies, First Edition DSP and Vintage Faceted Buttons.  I also incorporated some great stamps from the photopolymer set Designer Typeset and the May 2013 Paper Pumpkin.  One of the things I love most about this page (besides my beloved kids) is the banner.  I made this with the photopolymer banner stamp in the Designer Typeset set.  I was able to curve the banner image exactly how I wanted it on one of the big acrylic blocks.  I stamped the image on Very Vanilla Cardstock in Soft Suede Ink.  Then I cut the banner out very carefully along the outside of the stamped image.  Next I cut up some of the Canvas Creations into banner shapes and did some stamping and sponging on it.  I also cut a couple of pieces of the Epic Day This and That DSP into banner triangles.  I adhered canvas and DSP banner pieces randomly on the banner leaving some of the banners the plain Very Vanilla Cardstock.  I took Linen Thread and wrapped it around the top of the banner leaving the two ends longish and knotted.  I stamped ” ME & U” with the Designer Typeset set and finally I added the banner to the page, popping it up with dimensionals.  The page also features a doily painted with Frost White Shimmer Paint (can you tell I was REALLY into this technique when I was making projects to enter?) and some machine sewing.   Another product I really loved and I used on this page was the thick Baker’s Twine that came in the Boutique Boxes Designer Kit….yummy!  I mixed it with the Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine on the button.

One of the things I love about the photopolymer sets is that they evoke the hobo signs of years ago, the arrows and “the good life”.  I thought that was perfect for my page commemorating our travels this summer 🙂

I hope you love this page as much as I do and it inspires you to make a beautiful page of someone you love today too!

Here are the products I used:

Stamps:  Designer Typeset Photopolymer, Remember This & That Rotary Stamp, Netting, Clockworks, Paper Pumpkin Image – May, 2013

Ink:  Soft SuedeBaked Brown Sugar, Island Indigo

Cardstock:  Epic Day This & That DSP, First Edition DSP, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake

Embellishments:  Vintage Faceted Designer Buttons, Canvas Creations, Linen Thread, Calypso Coral Baker’s Twine, Boutique Boxes Designer Kit,  White Tea Lace Paper Doilies, Frost White Shimmer Paint

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Make sure you check out all the fabulous projects created by the finalists by going through the hop!  Select “back” to see Bree Renwick’s fabulous work and select “next” to get to Dani Dziama’s amazing projects!  You do not want to miss a thing!!!