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Halloween Mantel Ideas

For a peek at my Halloween mantel this year, check out my latest post on Snap Click Supply Co!

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I embellished a burlap banner from Target with darling paper embellishments from the Hocus Pocus digital collection. Hop on over to this post for 6 Halloween mantel ideas to celebrate the season. The final result = a personalized, one-of-a-kind decoration that is sure to brighten any space!

 

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Snowflake DIY Gift Tags

Snowflake Holiday Gift Tags

Tis the season… for creating cute gift tags, that is! These darling tags were actually made from paper scraps left behind by my Silhouette machine. All you need to do is punch out the shape outline left behind!

Then, punch an identical tag to pair beneath it and clip them together with ribbon. The negative space from the original silhouette cut-out provides a little window, which beautifully showcases a decorative paper underneath! I’ve seen this technique before on Pinterest but have never tried it myself using paper scraps!

Snowflake Gift Tag Tutorial

The creative possibilities with this format are endless! On the second tag, you could use your favorite scrapbook paper, design a background out of watercolors, or even add some washi tape! The Thinking Closet posted this amazing tutorial for a gorgeous washi tape background. I used a snowflake embossing folder to add a little extra dimension to the top tag.

I adorned these tags with a festive medallion embellishment from the Winter Wishes collection. (Note: I adjusted the hue to match my aqua color palette using the “saturation” layer in Photoshop Elements.)

Snowflake Gift Tag Detail

Edging the border with glitter gave this element a little extra sparkle!

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Quick and Easy Christmas Decor

I absolutely adore certain script fonts- their graceful flourishes add so much dimension to various scrapbooking/card projects. When I saw this Christmas Words Set featured on Snap Click Supply Co., I instantly fell in love! … and, I knew these elements would translate beautifully into a piece of gorgeous home decor!

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This festive project came together in just a few simple steps:

  1. Cut out one of the elements using a Silhouette machine on white card stock. Size your element to fit within an 8×10-inch frame.
  2. Adhere your word element to a piece of red card stock.
  3. Add a small medallion embellishment.
  4. Adorn with small and mediums sized rhinestones.

My medallion embellishment consisted of a digital JOY element from the Aspen Frost collection. I mounted this decorative piece onto a red circle punch and a gold scallop. A small red bow completed the look!

DIY Santa Frame Detail

I placed this new Christmas print in my entryway… I love walking by it!

Christmas Words Frameable Print

Cheers to quick and easy Christmas crafts that also double as home decor! Looking for even more ideas? Check out this post: Santa Cheer Hostess Gifts and Decor.

Christmas Frameable Art

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Nautical Birthday Party

Nautical Birthday Party

With the end of summer drawing near, I couldn’t resist one more opportunity to use elements from the Ahoy Collection by Carta Bella.  I just love this grouping of anchors, sea sentiments, and ocean inspired designs.  Remember the nautical birthday card I shared last month?  Here are several more ideas to accompany an anchor themed or nautical birthday party using digital scrapbooking products:

Ahoy Banner

Ahoy Banner

I used a generic banner die-cut to make my banner base.  Then, I used the alphabet letters from the nautical collection to spell out the word “AHOY.”  The focal point of this cute banner has to be the gorgeous anchor element.  I used the print and cut feature of my silhouette to cut out a perfectly shaped outline of this graphic.  To make everything pop, I edged the border with aqua glitter.  A few additional paper embellishments and ribbon completed the look!

Ahoy Banner Detail

Treat Bags

The Ahoy collection contains several darling graphics including a boat, a lobster, and a fish.  When I saw these elements, I knew they would be the perfect embellishments for treat bag toppers.

Nautical Birthday Treat

I packaged goldfish with the saying “Catch of the Day,” licorice bites with the phrase “Sailors Sweets,” and sour gummy worms with the sentiment “Live Bait.”

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Here’s the basic outline of how I made these goodies:

  1. Open a new 4-inches x 2-inches document in PSE.
  2. Drag a piece of coordinating digital scrapbook paper onto your document.  Adjust the size if needed.
  3. Add a text box to the bottom half of the document containing your catch phrase.  I used the font Lobster 1.3.
  4. Print out this document.  Fold in half.
  5. Use the print and cut feature of the silhouette to cut out a digital element to add to the topper.
  6. Adhere this digital element to the topper using double sided foam tape.
  7. Embellish with additional punches or ribbon if desired.
  8. Add your finished topper to a Ziploc bag filled with yummy treats using tape adhesive.

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Birthday Sign

I love creating little signs to include as part of a dessert table when hosting a party.  I made this framed graphic for my nieces’ birthday using Element 1.

Nautical Birthday Sign

A couple of notes:

  • I used the aqua chevron paper labeled “Seashells” as a base.
  • In PSE, I opened Element 1 and set my foreground color to the same navy color as the bottom portion of the banner.  Then, I selected the paint brush tool and filled in the “1826” date so it wasn’t visible.
  • To make this element easy to cut out using the silhouette, I added a very light aqua stroke line.
  • I added a new “date” to the bottom banner using sticker letters. 2006 is the year my sweet nieces were born.
  • In order to make this sign dimensional, I added a scalloped red punched shape to the center.  I also layered a cut-out anchor in the center using foam tape.
  • For extra sparkle, I edged the anchor element with aqua glitter.

Nautical Birthday Sign Anchor Detail

There you have it…  3 extra ideas for savoring summer memories using the AHOY collection.  Now, go “Seas the Day!” and find some fun ways to incorporate digital design into your next project!

Here’s a peak at my final birthday package to my sweet nieces- all the nautical DIY goodies and 2 books about the sea!

Nautical Birthday Party Gifts

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Nautical Birthday Card

Snap Click Supply Company has been celebrating digital design all month long by offering double the number of items on sale.  To go along with the theme of “double the fun,” I created a quick and easy summer birthday card for my awesome TWIN nieces!  This fun card uses digital elements from both the Ahoy There (Carta Bella) and the Nautical collection (Fancy Pants).

DIY Nautical Card

When I started this project, I didn’t have an exact picture in my mind of how I wanted it to turn out.  I did know, however, that I wanted to use the phrase, “Ahoy! It’s Your Birthday!”

Ahoy Card

I began by using the “print and cut” feature of my silhouette to cut out several awesome digital designs, including an anchor and alphabet letters spelling AHOY.  I also selected a background paper for my card base from the Ahoy There collection… this was a tough pic as there are so many fun nautical choices!

Ahoy Card Detail

With my card base determined, I started experimenting with the placement of the cut out digital designs. I love adding dimension to my hybrid card designs so foam tape is a must!  In the picture below, you can see where I applied foam tape to make various layers pop.

Ahoy Card Layering Detail

A few decisions and embellishments:

  • I punched a hole through the anchor top and added a bow using red baker’s twine.
  • I edged the white background panel with a Krylon gold leafing pen to add a bit of sparkle.
  • I used a Nestability die (Labels 18) to cut out a blue shape to highlight the anchor.  Love the contrast this step provides!

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On the back of the card, I added the rest of the birthday sentiment.  I embellished the text with clear rhinestones in two sizes and a red punched heart.

Birthday Greeting Detail

To compliment my summer theme, I also whipped up a fun envelope design.

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Again, I used the “print and cut” feature of the Silhouette to cut out the “Summer” word from Fancy Pant’s Nautical collection.

Tip: This element didn’t have a clear boundary for the Silhouette to recognize.  To remedy this issue, I opened the element up in PSE and added a light stroke to the edge in a coordinating color.  Adding a stroke line made cutting out this element using the Silhouette super easy!

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I grouped the fun “Summer” word element with 2 layers of washi tape and a punched star.  I also added the twins’ names with sticker letters.

Summer Envelope Design

This nautical birthday card was fun to make and perfect for any summer birthday!  I hope my sweet nieces have DOUBLE the fun on their 8th birthday!

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7 Projects Celebrating Digital Scrapbooking & Design

Last week, I shared 7 fun digital projects on the Snap Click Supply Co’s blog in honor of JessicaSprague.com turning 7!  What a milestone!  Jessica and her team are truly leaders in the world of digital scrapbooking and design.

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I just LOOOVE the Fresh Cut digital collection– the digital designs are perfect for your Spring and Summer projects.  Here’s what I came up with:

1.  Bottle Tag

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I attached Element 60 from Element Pack 1 to a bottle of bubbly that I was giving as an anniversary present to our good friends.  I threaded 2 strands of pink and orange ribbon through the festive tag to secure it to the bottle.  A little “B” letter monogram (for their last name) and pink heart were the perfect embellishments to complete this DIY gift.

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2.  DIY Card

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To accompany the bottle, I included this cheerful card.  Here’s a quick tutorial:

  • Create a 4×6 transparent document in PSE.
  • Open the beautiful floral background paper included in the Fresh Cut collection AND the vertical “4” element from the Basics Life Cards Number pack.
  • Drag the “4” to your new document and size it take up most of the space.
  • Clip the floral paper to the number element.
  • Save this file as a PNG.
  • Open this file in your Silhouette software.
  • Trace the outer edges of the graphic and then use the print and cut features of the Silhouette.
  • Add gold sticker letters to the bottom.
  • Embellish with ribbon, a small punched pink heart, and swirl element.

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3.  Dressed Up Envelope

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Be gone boring envelopes!  To dress up my mail, I glued Element 7 from Element Pack 3 to a plain envelope.  This gorgeous graphic instantly became the perfect frame to house the recipient’s address!  Don’t you love happy mail!?  Tip: Definitely use thin copy paper to this project so you don’t weigh down your envelope and have to pay extra postage!

4.  Photo Embellishment

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The Fresh Cut collection is FULL of awesome elements to add to your photos.  I couldn’t resist placing this scalloped embellishment at the top of a treasured pic!

5.  Project Life Layout

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This fully digital layout was made almost exclusively using papers and elements from the Fresh Cut collection clipped to a Life Template.  The Fresh Cut journaling cards are so handy for documenting your summer memories!

6.  Unique Recipe Card

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This project features a reinterpretation of “the classic recipe card”!  I used Element 22 from Element Pack 1 and Element 9 from Element Pack 2 to create a one-of-a-kind interactive recipe.  The darling DRINK UP journaling card swivels out of the way to reveal a delicious smoothie recipe.  A jeweled brad set this project in motion! 🙂

7. DIY Art Print

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When I think of summer, I think of swimming, lazy days, sunshine, AND strawberries!  To celebrate the season, I created a little art print featuring Element 45 from Element Pack 3.  Here’s a brief tutorial:

  • Open an 8×10 new document in PSE.
  • Drag Paper 3 from Paper Pack 2 onto your document.
  • Print this out and place in a frame.
  • Open a new 8×10 transparent document in PSE.
  • Drag Element 45 from Element Pack 3 onto your document and size it so there’s about a 1-1.5 inch margin around the top and bottom.
  • Save this file as a PNG.
  • Open your new file using your Silhouette software.
  • Trace the outer edges of the graphic and then use the print and cut features of the Silhouette.
  • Attach this cut-out element to your frame using double sided foam tape.

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I took this project one step further by adding 2 banner elements.  I glittered the edges of the ENJOY banner and attached it to the main strawberry stamp using 2 layers of foam tape.  Two small pink pearls glued to the “My Favorite” element completed the look!

I hope these 7 ideas inspire you to create something TODAY from this beautiful designer collection!  Definitely head over to the Snap Click Supply Co.’s blog for more fun projects from our Create Inspiration Team.  I adore Betsy’s whimsical Garden Mini-Album.  The watercolors are just perfect paired with the digital elements.  Tammy’s baseball wreath is pure genius for celebrating my favorite summer sport.  Her step-by-step tutorial shows you exactly how to turn a heavy wire into a wreath base.  Love Julie’s travel layout capturing memories of NYC- her post will definitely inspire you to do something creative with your photos!  Also, be sure to take a peak at Debbie’s Full of Treat Cakes post.  I think her darling treat boxes would make a perfect centerpiece at your next party!

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Create Inspiration Party- Spring Treat Boxes

Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team’s April Party!

We are so excited to share some DIY Spring and Easter themed projects with you today.  Before we jump into our featured tutorials, we have an exciting announcement….. Jessica Sprague’s new sister site, Snap Click Supply Company, is now officially LIVE!  We love her new site, dedicated to bringing you the best collection of digital designs on the market.

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Who is ready for Easter?  Here is an idea for a unique Easter basket and treat box– perfect for your dinner table setting!

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Instructions for Making the Cool Chick Easter Basket:

1.  Use your silhouette to construct a box shape using traditional scrapbook paper or printed digital files.  (The pattern I used created a 2.75-inch x 2.75-inch cube.)

2.  Create a handle for your cute Easter cube using a scalloped punch.  Adhere to your project using double sided tape.  (The ends will get covered up when you add patterned paper in step 4!)

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3.  Open up the pink floral file from the Cottontail Papers collection in PSE.  For this project, I decided to lighten the background by adjusting the levels and saturation layers of the image.  (Side Note: It was such a light-bulb moment for me when Jessica explained how to tweak digital patterned paper using the saturation layer and colorize function during one of her classes.  Be sure to check out all her scrapbooking classes for the full scoop on customizing your layouts!)

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4.  Print out your floral background and cut out 4 squares to fit the sides of your boxes.  Adhere using double sided tape.

5.  Open up 4 characters from the Cool Chicks Elements collection in your silhouette software.  (I sized them to be about 2.5-inches tall for my cube.)  You will want to trace the outer edges of each element and then use the print and cut features of the silhouette.

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(A couple of helpful hints: Make sure your registration marks are on so you know where to place your elements on the page.  Click on the “Trace” button from the top menu followed by the “Select Trace Area” button.  Use your cursor to highlight one of the elements.  Then, un-check the high pass filter and move your threshold all the way up to 100%.  All that’s left is clicking the “Trace Outer Edge” button!  Repeat these steps for all of your elements.)  If you are new to the silhouette, I highly recommend Lori Whitlock’s class Silhouette Basics.  This YouTube video will also walk you through how to print and cut using the silhouette.)

6.  Time to embellish your cube!  I mounted the Cool Chick elements to each side using foam tape and created a paper flower at the top.  You could use flower punches or an SVG file, like the center shape from the Decorative Flowers collection, to cut out various petals!  I gently curled each point with a pen to give my shape even more dimension.  To finish the look, add a pink pearl to the center! (I attached each petal layer with a glue dot.)

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7.  Fill your “Easter Basket” with a surprise treat!

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Instructions for Making the Spring Treat Box:

1.  Download the No Mess Cupcake Box and cut out each element using the silhouette.  (Lori Whitlock’s class is INVALUABLE for understanding how to group/ungroup pieces of a set like this!)

2.  Embellish the center name-plate.  I attached a tiny punched flower to the center of a bow using a glue dot.

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3.  Instead of a cupcake, fill your box with a treat filled Easter egg!

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Wouldn’t these little Spring treat boxes look adorable at each place-setting or even as place card holders?

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You are going to LOVE what our team is sharing this month!  Be sure to click on each photo link and prepare to be INSPIRED:

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Create Inspiration Party- DIY Spring Cupcake Toppers

Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team’s February Party!

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Spring is in the air, friends!  After a LONG winter, our area finally surpassed the 40 degree mark.  Pretty soon, the crocus and daffodils will be blooming and I can’t wait!  In honor of this “spring fever,” I put together a project that is perfect for your next Spring celebration:

DIY Cupcake Toppers

These darling cupcake toppers are from Carina Gardner’s Fresh Picked Spring Stamp Collection.  Here’s a close-up of each design:

Cupcake Topper Designs

Ready to make your own hybrid cupcake toppers using digital elements from Jessica’s Shoppe and traditional scrapbooking supplies?  Follow these simple steps:

DIY Cake Topper Materials

  1. Open each stamp in PSE.
  2. Use the “Fill Layer” option to select what color you would like the image to be.
  3. Drag each of these shapes onto a new 8.5 x 11-inch  document.
  4. With the grid function on, size each circle to fit a 1-3/4th inch circle punch.
  5. Print your stamps.
  6. Cut out each shape using a 1-3/4th inch circle punch.
  7. Edge your stamped shape with glue and sprinkle with glitter.
  8. Add embellishments to the center (rhinestones, punched flowers, etc..)
  9. Cut out a scalloped shape from a piece of scrapbooking or digital paper.  (I printed digital files from the Happy Spring Mega Paper Pack.)
  10. Layer your stamped element onto your scalloped circle shape and adhere.
  11. Tape your finished topper to a toothpick or a lollipop stick.
  12. Add your beautiful design to a delicious cupcake!

If you need a refresher on how to edge your paper with glue and glitter, see this POST or this TUTORIAL.  For my center embellishments, I used a combination of shamrock, heart, cupcake, and flower punches.  There are so many crafting possibilities– 4 little hearts punched on green paper, for instance, transform into a shamrock!  Likewise, I added a little bling to the top of the cupcake candle by adhering a simple clear rhinestone.

Cupcake Topper Details

Wouldn’t the shamrock toppers be festive for a St. Pat’s Day celebration?  Pair them with this DIY digital print using supplies from Jessica’s Shoppe and you’ve got instant party decor!

Irish DIY Print

For the full scoop on crafting this print, head over to THIS POST.

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You are going to LOVE what our team is sharing this month!  Be sure to click on each link and prepare to be INSPIRED:

Create Spring Inspiration Collage

 Chez Nous: Irish Blessings and Banner by Tammy Circeo

Craftin’ Chaos: Life Planner by Debbie Crowder

Designing Delicious Adventures: DIY Spring Cupcake Toppers by Candice Meyer

Just a Pharmgirl: Gettin’ Lucky with Bingo Cards by Betsy Sammarco

Dinner Hero: Easy Spring Break Photo Album Project by Julie Walker

We hope you enjoyed our February party!  If you missed all the January fun, check out our projects HERE.  See you next month for Easter-inspired designs!

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DIY Art Print for St. Patrick’s Day

Some St. Patrick’s Day art inspiration for you this weekend:

Irish DIY Print

To complete this simple art print, I used a journaling card from the St. Patrick’s Day Mini-Theme Collection by Echo Park.  Then, I added several text layers and several embellishments, including a center shamrock made out of sparkly gold hearts.  Love this simple quote– perfect for St. Patty’s Day.

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Irish Print Detail

A couple of tips:

  • I placed each line of text on a separate layer in Photoshop Elements.  (If there was a scripted word within the line, it also received its own layer.)
  • I aligned my text by dragging and dropping ruler guides.
  • Fonts: Ostrich Sans and Sverige Script.
  • After I had everything the way I wanted it, I merged all the layers so I could easily drag the element onto an 8.5 x 11-inch paper to print.

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I loved the way this little journaling card turned out– so, I made it into a greeting card too!

Irish Print Card Details

I sized the digital element to be 3-inches wide and layered it onto gold paper and a green die-cut shape.  Can’t beat a card that you can make in less than 10 minutes after the digital work is already complete!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day… Cheers to simple DIY projects that add a bit of charm to your home!

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Create Inspiration Party: Winter Wishes

Welcome to the Create Inspiration Team’s January Blog Party!

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The temperatures might still be below freezing, but I have a cozy project to share today that will warm your heart.  If you are looking for a fun gift to share this winter season, consider crafting a fun snowman note and tag from the Winter Wishes digital collection.

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I paired these fun tags with some hot cocoa and chocolate goodies as a surprise treat for my neighbors.  Here’s a look at some of the details:

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To make the main graphic, start with a 5×7 blank document.  Then, layer your paper, elements, and text to create a beautiful winter scene.

A couple of helpful tips:

  • I used Carina Gardner’s Photo Tag2_6 to make my Snowflake wishes banner.  Note: I utilized the stroke option to create a gentle navy outline around the whole shape.
  • I clipped the snowflake elements to the upper banner so they were contained within the white space.
  • I created a separate text box for each line of the snowman poem to easily manipulate the spacing.
  • I used the paint brush feature to create a mound of “snow” under the penguin’s feet.
  • I added a blue pearl the center of the banner snowflakes.

Jessica’s collection of Photoshop and digital scrapbooking classes are amazing for learning how to manipulate layers and create masks.  They are full of invaluable tutorials that make this type of project super easy!

The cute poem is actually a combination of several phrases from THIS PAGE and THIS POSTHere’s my attempt at combining my favorite rhyming phrases:

The air is cold, the snow may fall… the winter season is here for all!  When it’s so cold you want to holler and hoop, it’s time to bring out the Snowman Soup!  Sending you warm winter wishes, hope you enjoy these treats and dessert dishes!

You could modify this version, use the inspiration phrases, or have fun coming up with your own rhymes!

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The circular winter wishes tag features glittered edges, layered Nestability die cut shapes, punches snowflakes, and a rhinestone!

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I started with Carina Gardner’s photo tag2_14 and sized this beautiful shape to take up about 4 one-inch squares on the background grid of my document.  Then, I added Winter Wishes Starry Night paper.  I also created a simple text box spelling out the words “Snow Wishes” in fun fonts, which would serve as my center embellishment.

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All that’s left: Layering!  I used nesting die shapes to cut out each of my digital elements to give further dimension and interest.  I couldn’t resist adding some extra sparkle via punched snowflakes and a glittered border around the text “Snow Wishes.”

Cheers to crafting up some winter fun!

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Want to see more gorgeous projects from our talented team?  Be sure to click on each link below and prepare to be INSPIRED!

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Chez Nous: Valentine Cookie Cutter Garland by Tammy Circeo

Bugjuiced: Menu Planning Board by Debbie Crowder

Designing Delicious Adventures: Winter Wishes by Candice Meyer **YOU ARE HERE**

Just a Pharmgirl: Valentine Cupcake Stands by Betsy Sammarco

Dinner Hero: Valentine’s Day Treats by Julie Walker

We hope you enjoyed our January party!  See you next month for some fun St. Patrick’s Day ideas!

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