Shellye McDaniel's Blog Posts

Hello!  Shellye along today with a set of cards using the beautiful new I AM... Collection.  The collection is filled with all sorts of sweet sentiments, or if you prefer, use the pretty papers and embellishments to create an assortment of note cards!

For the first card I used a 3" and 4" circle die to cut the 6X6 patterned papers. 

The circles were layered together with foam adhesive and black pom pom trim was adhered to the back of the larger circle and then attached to the card front.

The typewriter sticker was embellished with one of the cute clips, a label sticker and butterfly sticker.  And I love that the new adhesive brads!  A small strip of washi tape was applied to a scrap piece of paper and then added to the bottom.

The focus of this next card was the adorable chipboard frame!

The inset of the frame was filled with one of the smaller journal cards and then layered onto a black mat. 

In keeping with the floral pattern on the frame, matching patterned paper (for the card base) and stickers were used.  The gold foil chipboard pieces add just the right amount of glitz and shine.

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Happy Holiday Greetings!  Shellye here to share a quartet of Cozy Christmas shabby chic-style gifting tags with you today.  I've pulled together chipboard stickers, cardstock stickers, brads, enamel dots, bits 'n pieces, insta squares and SN@P! cards from the collection, along with a few other basic office supplies from my stash.

To begin I started with basic manila shipping tags, as well as a couple of metal rim key tags (these can be found at office supply stores).  I soaked the key tags in a tea solution overnight to give them an aged look.

Next, I prepared the tags by inking around the edges with a brown distress ink.

I started each tag with a mat of paper that was cut from a larger SN@P! card or placed two of the smaller Insta Squares together to form a background. 

Add dimension by layering small stickers and die-cuts with foam adhesive.  When adding the brads, I made sure that I attached them to a piece so that the prongs wouldn't show at the back of the tag.

Use dies to create your own mats for the different bits 'n pieces die cuts.  And of course I had to add some pom pom trim and ribbon bows to the tops of each tag!

A bevy of beautiful, handmade tags can be whipped up in no time and they make lasting keepsakes for the recipients (or for yourself!).  Have fun tag making!


Hi, it's Shellye!  Today I'm sharing a trio of cards that focus on the brand new "Life Documented" Collection.  The collection is a series of bright colors, trendy patterns and cute icons...perfect for a set of cards!

First up is a 6X6 card entitled "Hello"

I was inspired by the diagonal patterns on the backs of the 2X2 Insta Squares cards.  I arranged them in a grid pattern and added a strip of the woodgrain washi tape to the sides of the two pieces on the right.  I focused the design on the left by simply accenting with a cut-out portion of the "hello" 3X3 card, a couple of chipboard pieces, enamel dots and matching polka dot bow.

Next up is a 4X6 birthday card showcasing the Washi Paper Tape:


I cut a swatch of paper that was the same width as the 3x3 "1 great year" card and then applied various strips of the paper washi tapes to it.
The banner chipboard sticker was the perfect divider and just says CELEBRATE!

Lastly is a heavily layered card that features some of the softer, feminine sides of the collection:

Squares, squares, squares!  Using the three different sizes of squares found in the Insta Squares Pack made this a really quick card to put together.  Again, I trimmed out the speech bubble sentiment and added a few cute chipboard stickers around it.