Shellye McDaniel's Blog Posts

Spring is around the corner and so is Spring decorating! Shellye McDaniel here today with an easy and fun display featuring the adorable "Hip Hop Hooray" Collection.

To begin I started with a clean peanut can and lid.  I covered the can with a strip of the Bunny Tails paper.  Next, I crafted a lid FOR the lid by cutting a circle and 1" strip of paper from the Egg-stra Special paper.  I scored the strip of paper 1/4" from one edge and then cut small slits up to the scoreline so that it would easily mold to the lid. A hot glue gun was used to attach the paper strip and pom trim to the plastic lid.  The circle of paper was finally added with foam adhesive. For the bunny design, it's as easy as twisting a couple of chenille stems together and topping with the chipboard bunny head!

The bunny's dress is simply a disc of patterned paper that was pleated and then attached to the front of the chenille body with hot glue. I also added some pom trim around the bottom edge of the dress.  For the bunny's "petticoat" I folded a yellow cupcake liner into a small triangle and glued under the pleated paper.

To the side of the can I attached the "SPRING" chipboard letters using foam adhesive squares.

I finished dressing the bunny with a mix of stickers, die-cuts, a brad and enamel dots.  And doesn't she look so cute holding the basket with a carrot tucked inside!

All sizes and sorts of bunny faces can be found throughout the collection, so I look forward to trying some different looks for more bunnies!

Thanks for joining me today!



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!