Shellye McDaniel's Blog Posts

Hi there, Simple Stories friends!  It's bittersweet to be sharing my final project as a part of the Simple Stories Design Team; it has been an awesome four years (wow!) sharing with all of you!

Today I have a couple of quick cards using the precious "Let's Party" Collection.  I started with a 12X12 sheet of white cardstock, cut it in half and set out to make two 6X6 for boy and one for girl:

For the girl card, I cut a base paper into a 5.5" square and then added the 4X6 SN@P! card to the center of it with foam adhesive tape.

To the top of the 4X6 card, one of the 4X4 cards was added.  The cute girl with balloons die cut ephemera piece was attached along the left side with foam adhesive.

Various die-cut sentiments and enamel brads were added, as well as the smallest enamel dots to embellish the dress front.

I used a 2.5" circle and 3" scallop die to cut the shapes from two of the patterned papers. The pieces were layered together, cut in half and then adhered to the left side of the 4X6 card.

The boy card started with a layering of two of the pattered papers that were matted together.

The SN@P! journal card was trimmed into a square size and then corner rounded on the bottom before it was added with foam adhesive tape.  The small chipboard frame was glued over the 2X2 SN@P! square sentiment and then it was attached to the journal card.

Various die-cuts and chipboard stickers were used to finish up the colorful design!

Again, it has been my pleasure to be a part of such a wonderful design team and to help represent a company that stays tapped into the papercrafter's heart!


Hello there!  Shellye along with a set of "FRAMED SNOWMEN" tags that can also double as ornaments after the gift-giving is done!

To start, I grabbed a few of the "Claus & Co." Chipboard Frames.  For each snowman, you'll need a large and small square, as well as a round chipboard shape for the head.

 Next, I backed each of the frames with a matching-sized square of patterned paper from the 6X6 Paper Pad

The heads were covered in an off-white pattern from a section of the "Ho Ho Ho" paper. For the noses I used smaller sized hearts from the "Wood Veneer" pack and inked them with a burnt orange chalk ink.

 The cheeks were given some blush with pink chalk and black enamel dots were used for the eyes. 
To adhere the small and large frame together, simply use a scrap piece of heavyweight cardstock or chipboard piece.  Make a bridge at the back with the material by gluing one end to the large frame and the other half to the smaller frame.

Now for the fun part...embellishing!  I added different Wood Veneer pieces (that I inked with various chalk inks) and then accented the centers with Bradz.  The smaller alphabet stickers from the "Expressions Cardstock Stickers" were used to personalize with the snowmen.

To give a nice, finished look (as well as make into a gift tag), I traced the entire snowman onto a piece of cardstock and then trimmed out and glued to the back.  Use stickers or fancy hand-writing to add your To and From :)

With a small hole punched at the top, tie some string or twine through and your tag-ornament is framed and ready to go!

I hope that you enjoyed this fun Christmas craft and will give it a try!


Howdy!  Layle here with you today.  We've got a fun week planned for you - a Simple Stories & Tombow Product Swap! 

Both design teams have swapped products and will be sharing on our blogs all week long.  Join us for some great inspiration as well as a chance to win a prize package from both Tombow & Simple Stories! 

Today design team member Shellye McDaniel joins us with this awesome holiday planner -


Hello!  Shellye here to share my version of the "Claus & Co." Planner featuring many of the goodies from the collection, as well as several of the great adhesive products from Tombow!  Because the Holiday SN@P! Album is nice and large, it will work double-duty as a holiday planner and as a December-daily-style album...I cannot wait to fill it up!  To get a jump-start, I decided to have all of the cute pre-planned pages in place and then added a few embellishments that I'll share today.

To begin, I cut the "Oh Joy" (side B) paper down so that it covered the chipboard portion of the album front.  I used the Tombow Xtreme for attachment.  When you want something to really stay PUT, the Xtreme adhesive is what to reach for!

I wanted to create a fun 'bridge' between the fabric binding of the album and the patterned paper, so I used various sized circle dies to cut the motifs from the "I Believe" paper.  The circle sizes ranged from 1.5" to 2". 

After deciding placement for the circles and other embellishments, I used the 3D Foam Tabs, Multi and Aqua Mono Liquid Glue and Stamp Runner to adhere the different pieces.  The Mono Glue was perfect for adding the Wood Veneer pieces and small sequins (from my stash).

Here is a look at the completed album front:

As I said earlier, I did go ahead and add all of the inner workings to the album: the Claus & Co. SN@P! Journal Pages, Holiday Planning Inserts and the clear pocket pages that come with the album.  I mixed in some fun embellishments to some of the pages:

The introductory page to the album is the "Holiday Planner" tabbed page from the "Holiday Planning Inserts" packet.  I decorated it with some of the leftover circles that I didn't use on the cover.  Notice the two half-circles at the top and bottom...I just cut one of the 2" circles in half and glued it in place with the Stamp Runner!  The holly berry die-cuts were attached with 3D Foam Tabs.

Here I dressed up the banner insert page with one of the 4X4 Elements.  Again, I used the Mono Liquid Glue for attaching the sequins.

3D Foam Tabs were used when adding stickers and die-cut pieces.  I found the the Multi or Aqua Mono Liquid Glues worked best for the veneers.

The decorative insert pages are great places to add a splash of personality!  I tried to leave the pages, where a lot of writing would be done, without too much bulk so writing would be easier when the time came.

One last peek at the album cover.  I'm so in love with how this turned out...what fun! 
Thanks for letting me share it with you today!

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