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★{This is Halloween! This is Halloween!}★

Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! Halloween! 


Halloween...if you couldn't tell. 

I was beyond happy to help Epiphany Crafts ring in Halloween Week! I created a set of four cards using various Epiphany Crafts tools and Accessories! You'll find the Heart 25 tool, Pennant 25 tool (Psssst! It's also the TOOL OF THE MONTH!), Round 14 tool and Star 25 tool. 

Check out the shot here of all four cards and I'll give you a close up of some of the details too!

EPIPHANY CRAFTS:10-27-14, Shannon M.

Here's a few close ups of the cards. You'll see that I used Bubble Caps, punched holes in these Bubble Caps, used partial punches of the shapes for a cute embellishment and used foam dots for dimension having the Epiphany Crafts pop off the page! 

EPC 10-27-14, Close Up Card 2, Shannon M.

EPC 10-27-14, Close Up Card 3, Shannon M.

EPC 10-27 Card 1 close up, Shannon M.

 EPC 10-27-14, Close Up Card 4, Shannon M.

Stay tuned to the Epiphany Crafts blog all week for Halloween inspiration! You don't want to miss a beat, the Epiphany Crafts team has been working behind the scenes creating some awesome stuff! Don't forget about the tool of the month...the PENNANT! You can save $5 on it all month, you have a few days to pick yours up! 

❤{Paper Issues & SRM Are Witchin' You a Happy Halloween!}❤

That's right! We're celebrating all things Halloween with you for the next couple of weeks! Take a look at the amazing projects that the Paper Issues team created using SRM Stickers!!

Leave some ❤ love for them for sure and link up your own projects!


Some ideas for this issue? Spark your creativity with these starters: 

  • Anything having to do with Halloween, whether it's the costumes, your favorite candy, parties, trick-or-treating, etc.
  • Add some spook-tacular embellishments to your project like ghosts, witches, caskets, zombies, spider webs or skulls.
  • Use a Halloween-themed collection.
  • Do you like scary ghost stories? Is there one that's been told again and again in your family?
  • Create a spooky background using mesh, a stencil, border punches, maybe even cheesecloth.
  • Document a happy time in your life.
  • Tell us what makes you happy. Is it chocolate, a favorite beverage, family?
  • Since most of us are usually BEHIND the camera, it's time to get in front of it and create a page that's all about YOU!
  • Use stickers, borders, bags or twine on your project.
  • Use SRM Stickers products.

You have until NOVEMBER 9th to link up for a great SRM goodie bag!

Here's all the ways you can find SRM!If you haven't checked them out, you should!!! They have so many great things for you to choose from for all of your paper crafting needs!!



Remember you have until November 9th to link up! We can't wait to see what you create!


★{Just a Little Swag Bag Inspiration}★

Swag Bags are so multi-functional it's not even funny. Every month there is a bag full of fantastic that makes it's way to my mailbox. I use every last bit of it..I'm not even exaggerating here..right down to the last sequin. Did you know there's now an option to purchase a 6 month subscription? You'll never miss out on the awesome that is the Swag Bag...again! 

I decided to change it up a bit this month and instead of my usual layout that I normally share with, you...I'm sharing a set of four cards you can easily create using this month's Swag Bag


Here's a few close ups of each individual card. You'll find so many of the October Swag Bag nuggets tucked here and there. The cards took on a thank you/hello/friend kind of theme as I created each one, again showing how versatile each's person's take on the Swag Bag can be!






Thank you for letting me share with you and keep checking the blog daily for awesome Paper Issues inspiration from the team! 


❤{Xyron+Petaloo+Core'dinations=Awesome Blog Hop!}❤


I'm sharing this post with you today in celebration of this wonderful blog hop! Make sure you stop by the Xyron blog all week. 

I'm going to share some tips and tricks on how to create these time saving cards:


The key here is prep, I chose a color scheme (red/green/white/black), precut parts and pieces, chose themed stickers and embellishments. Cut your cardstock to cards that measure 4.25 X 5.5 inches. Punch or cut 4 chalkboard (black) cardstock 3X4 inch "journaling cards". Punch or cut 4 glittery cardstock 3X4 inch "journaling cards". Gather coordinating patterned papers and embellishments. 


These are all pre-adhered jumping off points, I added all the extras as I adhered stuff to the cards, I'm giving you the base to begin with and you can add as little or as much as you like to the card.

1 Begin layering.

2 Add the flowery branch.

3 Lay the knitted ribbon underneath.

4 Add a sweet flower to the pennant and add sentiment.

How you can enhance this design: Add a border sticker to the bottom, tie some twine around the top of the "journaling cards", draw a "chalk border", add punches stars and sequins. 



1 Add patterned paper base

2 Lay down your journaling cards

3 Add some knitted ribbon (I used some great Petaloo!)

4 Add some joy and a flowery branch

5 Add a twine/star border at the top

6 I'm just showing you how to add a great little touch, like a staple, Xyron's Teresa Collins Stapler works great for this!

How you can enhance this design: Add a sticker border to the bottom, add some color coordinating washi tape, add some staples, add a chalkline to the journaling card, instead of just laying the stars on top of the twine...punch holes and thread the twine through, add a heart next to the "joy" sentiment, outline the cardstock base.


1 Pick a patterned paper base.

2 Tear some patterned paper and place as shown on card.

3 Add chalkboard layer, you can add dots as shown or leave plain. 

4 Place trims as shown. A great way to adhere this is with a clear adhesive. Psst! Xyron has those.

5 Add knitted trim, place sentiment backed with a scalloped circle on top.

6 Just a shameless share about how awesomely easy the Xyron 3 inch Stickermaker is to use. 

Ways you can enhance this design: Add a sticker border to the bottom of the card, add some staples, add some sticker stitches to the top of one of the journaling cards

By now you've got the hang of this, card 4 is no sweat. Your awesome Core'dinations base is this:

XPC Card 18

Add the patterned paper, knitted trim from Petaloo and you're ready to go:

XPC Card 19

The next step is adding the sentiment below the starred number. You can do this by adding a sticker off center and adding the sentiment on top of it. Look to card number four for inspiration on this.

Ways you can enhance this card: Add a border sticker to the bottom of the card, add twine around the patterned paper, add some small punched shapes tucked here and there, add a staple to a journaling card, add a sticker stitch to the chalk card to make it seem as if you hand drew a stitched border. 

Thank you for letting me share with you today...make sure that you head over to the Petaloo blog and the Core'dinations blog as they are celebrating this hop too! You can also be entered into a chance to win some great prizes! Check the blogs for details!!!

❤{You're One Tough Cookie}❤

I'm sharing a quick post today showing you how the simplicity of a "journaling card" can make a big impact.

Using Lisa's Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Cutting Files is a perfect way to accomplish this. 

All you need to do is print out your file and cut it to a 4X3 size. 

(You can use a corner rounder and round the corner or leave it as is.)

Check it out on the layout, I layered it with other papers and some alpha stickers. I used Lisa's Cookies & Milk Cutting File:


Here's the layout I created of Mackenzie, she's going through a big spiritual growth stage and it's pretty amazing who she's growing into, I wanted to jot down a few notes about it.

Here's a close up of the cookie card:

Thanks for letting me share with you today! Make sure you stop by tomorrow for even more inspiration, a new file and a freebie!

★{Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Trick Or Treat Blog Hop!}★



You should have arrived here from super talented Sarah's blog! If you didn't and would like to play along, start over at the lovely Lisa's/Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons blog!

As you probably guessed by now, we're featuring Halloween projects using Pretty Paper, Prety Ribbons files! I created this layout using: Haunted Graveyard Cutting Files, Little Witches Cutting Files, Halloween Horizontal Stripes Digital Paper, All Hallow's Eve Stripes and All Hallow's Eve Pattern Pack


There is awesome prize up for grabs! 

A $15 Gift Certificate to the PPPR Store!


For a chance to win, you need to follow each blog and leave a comment. For extra chances to win, you can aslo like Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on FACEBOOK and sign up for the newsletter if you haven't done so already, click HERE for a newsletter link. A random winner will be chosen on Tuesday, October 14th. 

DON'T FORGET THE BLOG HOP FREEBIE!! It's only available on Saturday and Sunday!! After that it will be available for sale in the store. 


Check out the PPPR Trick or Treat Challenge.  The projects can be anything that has to do with Trick or Treating or Halloween.


 One random participant will win $20 to PPPR!!!

Here are the rules:

1.  The theme of this challenge is Trick or create anything that is Halloween themed. Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons products must be the FOCUS of the project.

2.  Please link to your actual blog post...not to your blog.  If you don't have a blog, you can add a photo of your project to the Trick or Treat Challenge photo folder in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Project Parade Facebook Group.

3.  You can enter as many different projects as you want for more chances to win.

4.  The challenge will run for 3 weeks.  You must link up your project by 11:55 pm CST on Saturday, November 1, 2014.

5.  One random winner of a $20 Gift Certificate to PPPR will be chosen.  Our Design Team will also choose our PPPR Top 3.  Winners will be announced on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.

THANKS FOR HOPPING!! You need to hop to the next stop...which is the also super talented Tina's blog!


★{May Your Days Be Merry & Bright...}★

....and may all your Christmases be white....❤

Christmas is coming! There's nothing better than a homemade project. The ornament I'm sharing today can double as a money holder or sweet treat holder.  You can present it as is...or leave it for someone to find nestled in the branches of the tree Christmas morning!
I'm going to show you how to create this cute ornament with some really great tips! It's an ornament that packs in a lot of detail, but is simple and clean!


First things first, you need to assemble your SRM Square Box. Take an 1/8" Hole punch and punch a hole on two sides, the best place should be on the flaps so you can close the box and have the twine lay right so you can hang it from the tree. Grab three equal lengths of twine. I chose red, green and pink. Thread the twine through one of the punched holes, tie all three into a knot and repeat on the other side. Your ornament is now able to hang from a tree, a hook, a door knob (depending on the length). 
Pick a side and begin covering. I cut a 2X2 piece of vellum and adhered it to the panel with a few foam dots. I kept them towards the middle so the wouldn't show through the vellum. The next thing I did of course is add an awesome SRM Sticker (Take 2: Stickers By The Dozen/Christmas)
I then added sequins in a "perfectly random" pattern. I used clear glue for this, just a dab!
For the second panel I used the red strip of  SRM We've Got Your Sticker in Merry, I used two strips because I needed six to cover the panel. I saved any that I had leftover by re-sticking it to the sticker sheet.
The second part to this panel is adding a little detail. Santa's happy face works just perfect for this. Sticking with the light and airy feel, I turn again to the vellum. Santa's on that same SRM We've Got Your Sticker in Merry. Cut a 1X1 square of vellum, place Santa in the middle and fold over the top right hand corner as shown. Place a foam square on Santa's beard and adhere it to the box as shown. If you'd like a more uniform look, place it in the middle. There's no wrong or right way to do this. 
The third panel is super fun because it's exactly what is says it is: merry & bright! Take a "merry & bright" label from Labels By The Dozen/Christmas. Add a cheery little Gingerbread Man as shown. (Stickers By The Dozen/Gingerbread Man) Glue on some more sequins. The heart is a mini punch. I punched out glitter paper and added a foam dot to the back. Adhere it amongst the sequins. (If you don't have a punch, you could use a tiny wood veneer.)
This last panel is mimicking the 2nd panel in it's clarity. The great thing about SRM is that there's a variety of fun patterns and fonts to choose from. Even better? They all coordinate with each other so well! Begin by selecting "Merry Christmas" from Stickers By The Dozen/Christmas. Cut it in half so you have two words instead of one long sentiment. Place the merry in the upper left corner as shown. Place Christmas right under it, this can be imperfect so don't worry about straight lines.  Select "merry & bright" from We've Got Your Border/Christmas. Trim off one sentiment from the border strip. Adhere it to the panel as shown just below Christmas. Grab a red "noel" from We've Got Your Sticker/Merry and adhere it slightly overlapping the "merry and bright". Tuck any overhang onto the bottom. Select "joy" from the same sheet and adhere it to the lower left hand corner. It's ok if most of it ends up on the bottom part of the box. Grab a stocking from Say It With Stickers/Christmas. You're going to cut out the stocking and add it to the top right. I added sequins again and used clear adhesive as mentioned above. I also punched out another heart and placed it next to noel. 
SRM I used for this project: 
Thanks for letting me share with you! I hope you have a wonderful day & get inspired!

❤{Be Thankful For Epiphany Crafts!}❤

I am so happy to be sharing a post with you on "Thankful" week for Epiphany Crafts!

I think there is always something to be thankful for. Even when it seems impossible and you feel like Lucy and hate everything (trust me, I have plenty of days like this!), there's always something to be thankful for. I created a card to send when someone needs a little pick me up. I think the perfect sentiment on the inside would be able to let that person know how thank you are for them! I used the Heart 25 tool and the Hexagon 25 tool on this card, CLICK HERE for total enablement:

EPC 10-14, Shannon M.

Here's some close ups of the Epiphany Crafts goodness!

EPC Close up 2 10-14, Shannon M.


EPC Close up 10-14, Shannon M.

What are you thankful for?

I hope this is a jumping off point for you to create something!!

I'm thankful for you friends!!

❤*{It's an SRM World Cardmaking Day!!}*❤

(If you're looking for the PAPER ISSUES post...CLICK HERE)

ALL DAY LONG....SRM is bringing you cards! There's a ton of ways to find these cards....Susan has been busy spreading the SRM love all over the scrap world!! I am so honored to be helping her with my can find them in a few places:


The SRM Stickers Blog

Operation Write Home Blog Hop

Paper Crafts Blog

Crafters Home Blog


Here's the cards and card box in no particular order:

SRM CARD PROJECT 2, Shannon M. .


SRM Doily Card, August 2014, Shannon M.





Thank you to Susan who is featuring my work all day long today! She's amazing and I love working with and for her!!! ❤

❤*{Paper Issues is Bringing You Sketches!}*❤

Paper Issues has been busy coming up with tons of new ways to inspire you. Jen Chapin is featuring a sketch today over on the Paper Issues blog..*{CLICK HERE}* to see the full post because not only does it feature Jen's awesome also features a few of our other team members. ❤

Here's my take on the sketch let me just shamelessly plug the sketch one more time because it is fantastic. 

JEN CHAPIN, PI SKETCH, Shannon M. 10-14

Make sure that you take a look at the Paper Issues blog and leave some love!! Also don't forget that you can link up to the Current Issue by creating a layout using the sketch!