Shellye McDaniel's Blog Posts

Hello!  Shellye with you today to share a unique "So Rad" album using an assortment of the collection's Chipboard Frames and other embellishments!

I started with the full pack of Chipboard Frames and the 6X6 paper pad from "So Rad".  I filled in each of the frame's windows with a piece of patterned paper that was glued into place.  A matching-sized frame was glued to the back of each.

 I used dies to cut small photos to fit the frames or just cut the photos down to size.

Stickers, enamel dots, brads and die-cuts were used to dress up the individual pages.

Two pockets from the SN@P! Card pack were also added to the album and a tag slipped inside for journaling.

 I left some of the smaller frames without any photos and simply embellished them with clear photo stickers and enamel dots.  You can also use the lined papers to create areas for journaling.

And don't forget those awesome Chipboard stickers and adhesive brads!

Once the pages were finished, I used the small punch of a crop-a-dile and punched holes into the tops of each frame.  Two strands of ball-chain were used to hold the pages together.  The perfect little keepsake!

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Howdy!  Layle here with you again today for day 4 of our Simple Stories & Top Dog Dies 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 Top Dog Dies & Simple Stories! 
Today design team member Shellye McDaniel joins us with two fun cards using our Summer Vibes collection - 

Hello!  Shellye here today with a couple of sweet summer-themed cards using the brand new "Summer Vibes" Collection and adorable dies from Top Dog Dies!

First up is a "Fun Summertime" card featuring the cutest hippo:

I've used the Top Dog Dies Hippo Die Set TC112 and the grey woodgrain paper found in the 6X6 paper pad to create the hippo. 

I chalked around the edge of the face and body with a darker grey and black chalk.  For the feet I used a black watercolor pencil.  The cheeks were also given blush with pink chalk.  I cut one of the "O" sticker letters in half to make the mouth.  And the chipboard sunglasses are a perfect fit!

I made the card a 5X7 size to accommodate the large die-cut title.  The sides of the title were embellished with die-cut and chipboard flowers with enamel dot centers.

Next up is a layered card featuring waves and sand using Top Dog Dies Water Die Set:

At the top of the card I used the sunburst clear overlay and placed it on top of the multi dot paper.  The waves were die cut from the blue floral and bits of solid blue paper that I found throughout the 6X6 paper pad. 

All of the layers were pieces together to form a 5" square so that it could be added to the 5.5" yellow woodgrain mat.  One of the Top Dog Dies Mini Tags TC044 was cut from a solid paper and a clear sticker attached to the center.

Foam adhesive was placed just along the top edge of each layer, with the bottom edge simply glued in place.  I finished the card by embellishing with enamel dots and Bradz.

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Hello there, Simple Stories friends!  Shellye here to bring you a sweet "Welcome Baby" basket brimming with paper flowers and baby's info; such a wonderful keepsake for a new mom!

For this project I have used the "Enchanted Collection"'s ideal for any of those little girl projects, even to welcome baby.  The wooden box is one that I found at Michael's and measures approximately 4.25"W X 5.5"H X 2"D.  I traced the front and back of the box onto a piece of the "Rose" Simple Basic paper and then cut out.  Adhesive was applied with the Xyron Creative Station and attached to box.

To the front, one of the printed sides of the 3X4 SN@P! cards was edged in green ric rac and embellished with a sentiment cloud from the Bits & Pieces pack.  A butterfly was attached to a pixie stick straw and attached with a glue dot.

From the 6X6 paper pad, blooms were punched using the Floriana punch by McGill.  Two blooms were layered together and then attached to a paper straw.  Floral foam was inserted into the box and the flowers arranged in a staggered fashion.  The baby info was printed off using my home printer and then cut into strips and glued to the straws.  Various Bradz, Bits & Pieces and chipboard stickers were added to the centers of the blooms.

The sides of the box were covered with strips cut from 6X6 paper and satin bows were glued to the sides.

This would also make an adorable centerpiece for a baby shower or a nursery decoration!