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★{Share a Little Holiday Twinkle...With Epiphany Crafts}★

There's still time to send a little 

....★twinkle★....

to someone on your list...and spread a little cheer! 

You can create this card and tuck in some star garland and send it on it's way! Using Epiphany Crafts Star 25 tool, you can create some festive, sweet garland in no time at all. Punch out stars in coordinating colors and patterns and then using a 1/8" hole punch create buttons holes so you can thread them onto the twine. I added some punched snowflakes for some extra sparkle and shine. I tied knots in between each shape so they wouldn't be a jumbled bunch if/when they get taken out of the pocket. 

EPC 12-19-14, Shannon M.

Tucked in the envelope, you will find, a sweet garland of stars, snowflakes & twine! 

EPC 12-19-2014, CLOSE UP GARLAND, Shannon M.

Thanks for letting me share some Christmas cheer with you! Wishing you the happiest of holidays! 


★{Paper Issues is Here To PINSPIRE You!}★

 

It's a procrastinator's dream right now...all the magic of the holiday...the mounting pressure to make everything perfect and lack of time...the list that keeps growing..it's immense! As my friend reminded me, I'm reminding you...remember that you are one person, you can only do what you can do...and to take time to enjoy the season!  

This Pinspire Me Monday at Paper Issues will either drive you further into holiday crazy mode, or it will force you to take a moment,  to enjoy a cup of coffee and smile...I hope it's the second one.  

The girls went all out to help me celebrate this Pinspire post with you! 

They created some wonderful stuff for you to ogle at. 

Ready? Here's the pin...

You can check out all of the pins: CookiesMagical Shop WindowJack FrostSnowmanSnowflakePaper StarsCandy JarsWinter ColorsMagic Walk

 ❤ Let me move forward with sharing the shares! 

 I created a December Daily page...I know that I will continue to turn to this pin throughout winter though, it makes me smile just looking at it!

 

 I used the Paper Issues awesome Merry Memories Limited Edition Swag Bag on this December Daily Page...you need to grab one before they are gone..they're AMAZING!

 The inspiration doesn't stop here! Take a look at what some of the Paper Issues supa talented team members did! 

 Cassie created this magnificent layout, look at all of the details. 

She creates awesome stuff..always! 

Look at how the inspiration inspired her to create this phenomenal layout about her boy. 

 

 

Kathy created this! 

If this doesn't make you automatically smile, than you need eggnog and/or cocoa stat! Look at that snowman! Would you just look at those earmuff, mittens, snowflakes and glitter!?!?!?! Love this!

 

 

Brenda created this great layout capturing a super fun feel of this pin, cozy and frosty! How cute is that picture tucked up in the corner?!?!!? It is won-deer-ful! ❤ 

 

 

Three amazing takes to help you get your Pinspire mojo working! 

We *{WANT}* you to LINK UP and show us what you created! You can link up to this Pinspire Me over in our Facebook Group...Paper Issues {Friends & Fans} 

You have until January 11th to add your creation to the Pinspire Me post/picture that will be up over in our Facebook Group. 

 

If you do link up, you'll have a chance to win one of two awesome {Pinspire Me Prizes}

Think a Pinspire Inspired Swag Bag...just for you! Make sure you share your pics with us on Instagram too!! We've got a super snazzy hashtag just for you... #paperissuespinspireme ... 

 Have a happy Monday! Hope you've been Pinspired!

 


*{❤Deck the Halls with Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons!❤}*

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Did you hop here from Sarah's blog?  Did you know that if you hop through this blog...and leave comments...you have a chance to win a $15 Gift Certificate to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Store? If you didn't get here by blog hopping and want to start at the beginning...CLICK HERE ☛ ❤ Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons ❤

This hop is ALL things Christmas decorations using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. 

You can do a lot with a plain box. Like create some beautiful gift wrap using a box....some paper...some twine, sequins, stickers and PPPR files...like Christmas Cookies Cutting Files and Peppermint Cutting Files.

PPPR 12:14 BLOG HOP, Shannon M. .

Look at these adorable Christmas Cookies!! I ❤ them! AND that Candy Cane! 

PPPR 12:14 BLOG HOP Close Up 2, Shannon M.

PPPR BLOG HOP 12:14 CLOSE UP 1, Shannon M. .

The blog candy for this hop is a $15 GC to the PPPR store! For a chance to win, you must be a follower of each blog and leave a comment on each blog. For extra chances, you can also "LIKE" Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons on Facebook and/or sign up for the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Newsletter. A random winner will be chosen for the prize on Tuesday, December 16.

Don't forget about the BLOG HOP FREEBIE available on Saturday and Sunday of the hop...it will be available for sale in the store after this weekend. 

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This hop kicks off the PPPR Christmas Challenge. The projects can be anything that is Christmas themed and features Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files. You can link your projects CLICKING HERE. One random participant will win $20 to PPPR.

1.  The theme of this challenge is Christmas. 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 Christmas 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, January 3, 2015.

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, January 7, 2014.

 

The next stop on your hop is the super talented: TINA

 

❤{That Christmas Feeling with Bossy Joscie & SRM Stickers!}❤

I'm  a fan of handmade cards, I'm a fan of making handmade cards, I'm a fan of sending handmade cards...basically I'm just a fan. When you combine SRM Stickers and Bossy Joscie together...there is card making success...and it's a pretty awesome one at that. The colors, the sentiment, the feel, it all flows together and makes a perfect card to mail off to someone you love!
 
Take a look at the card I created using some awesome SRM products and the Bossy Joscie Modern Christmas Flair
 
 
 
 
Here's a close up of the details, it's such a great fit together, I loved working with the flair, it's a perfect touch. 
 
 
If you want to work on a project like this, here's the products you need: 
 
 
 
❤ Thanks for letting me share! ❤

❤{Paper Issues? What the #@!$%&?}❤

There's a new isue up at Paper Issues, sponsored by Feed Your Craft, a mini flair company.

The design team members got to work with great stuff from Feed Your Craft!
 
 
 
 
 
I created four cards for this issue:
 
PAPER ISSUES FEED YOUR CRAFT, Shannon M.
 
PAPER ISSUES FEED YOUR CRAFT 1, Shannon M.
 
PAPER ISSUES FEED YOUR CRAFT 2, Shannon M.
 
PAPER ISSUES FEED YOUR CRAFT 3, Shannon M.
 
PAPER ISSUES FEED YOUR CRAFT 4, Shannon M.
 
 
 Ideas you can use to link up for this issue:
  • Punctuation is hot right now so show us projects with punctuation, and lots of it! Cut an ampersand from a die cutting machine, add in wood veneer hash tags or other symbols, etc.
  • Use word bubbles.
  • Link up anything having to do with a silly conversation or a child's first words.
  • Add flair to your project.
  • Do you have a layout that puts the focus on journaling or tells a heartfelt story? We want to see it!
  • Use office supply products, like paper clips, binder clips, ledger paper, staples, etc.
  • Add in some handwriting.
  • Show off school work or art work from the child(ren) in your life.
  • Get trendy and add in texting abbreviations (LOL, TTYL, etc.)
  • Use Feed Your Craft products.
***Link up and LINK BACK to Paper Issues between now and December 21st to be eligible to win three (3) packages of flair from Feed Your Craft. Feel free to link up as many times as you'd like. If you're inspired to create something new, that's great, but older projects are always welcome.
 
Feed Your Craft also gave us a coupon code to pass on to our readers and fans: PAPERISSUES15 will get you 15% off your order through 12/31/14.
 
 
 
Here are the links to Feed Your Crafts' product and social media sites. Please be sure to visit and tell them Paper Issues sent you.
 

❤{December One Day at a Time with SRM!}❤

Ah...the beloved/dreaded words: December Daily. ❤


Beautiful to look at...ooohing and aahhhing at everyone's delightful creations (except for when you look down at your own desk of chaos), that December Daily Album... it simultaneously creates joy and anxiety in the hearts of paper crafters everywhere! 

Did you know there's really no wrong or right way to create your December Daily? You don't have to document everyday...notice I started with the 2nd? You don't have to have amazingly perfect pages...the point of the December Daily is to create memories for your family...don't forget the true reality of what the DD is. Don't fall prey to comparison, do it your own way. ❤

I'm sharing with you today my December Daily page for 12.2.2014...it's perfectly imperfect. 

I have an odd sized December Daily album this year, but it's ok, it challenges me to scrap in a new way. 

I began with a misted card stock base. The fun part? You can use things from your December experiences and ventures to add directly to your pages...I'm sure you can figure out what this page is going to be about! You'll find SRM We've Got Your Sticker/Merry along the lefthand side, an embossed glassine bag (Chevron 4.75" X 6.75")and We've Got Your Number Extra Large Black to get this page started.

 
I am a fan of the layering, you may not be. You can continue to add layers like I did, or you can stop here and add your picture. If you want to continue layering, you need a "lighter" layer. SRM Glassine Bags work awesome for this, they're hearty and can take a beating distress wise, but are airy and perfect for a layer feel. I added some Sticker Stitches/Christmas to the Embossed Glassine Bag. I finished off by overlapping a 3 X 4 punched "card" to the layout as shown.
 
 
I am ready to add my picture and some love and bits here and there. ❤ You'll find that SRM's Punched Pieces are a perfect fit. I tucked a tag behind the black, large scallop on the left side.  I have a sweet bit of Bossy Joscie Designstoo. The Starbucks logo is actually a red cup cut out and corner rounded, I wrapped it with some Charcoal Twine
 
 
All this December Daily needs now is some final touches and journaling. I added some more twine(Peapod)to the tag and used some clear adhesive to glue it down. I added a punched heart with a foam dot. There's a sweet Santa (We've Got Your Sticker/Christmas) peeking out at you and some sequins for holiday sparkle! I also added some journaling with tiny alphabet stickers. 
 
 
Here's a few close ups of the SRM goodness throughout the layout:
 

 
Thanks for letting me share part of my December with you! I hope it inspires you to document your December too! ❤

★{Celebrate December With Some PageMaps!}★

Paper Issues is celebrating today! The celebration is so exciting because it involves working with PageMaps!

Paper Issues was asked to work on the December 2014 sketches for PageMaps! The Paper Issues blog will be featuring these sketches and the designers take on them. You won't be disappointed, they rocked it!

I worked with an 8.5 X 11 sketch and this is what I created:

Shannon Morgan, December Pagemaps Sketch.5X11-001

Head over to the PageMaps site for tons of inspiration!! Check out what's new and get some mojo from all the scrappy greatness there.❤


❤{30 Days of Xyron Continues!!}❤

It's December 2nd..wow did I really just type that?!?! I did. I'm kind of in denial about that, but I'm prepared to take the frenzy that is December head on, without cowering in a corner somewhere rocking in a fetal position. Xyron is also here to help! They're sharing tips everyday for 30 days! That's right....30 days! On their Facebook page...make sure you stop by every, single day! 

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If you are a super master procrastinator like I am, then you probably don't even have cards as a thought in your brain...well ok, these hand made Christmas cards are a thought in your brain, and possibly an overwhelming one...at that! I'm here to tell you hand made is best, anyone can be super creative when all they do is dump a picture into a digital template. You can create a whole slew of hand made cards in a relatively short time with a little planning and prep. Unless you have to make 70 billion cards, you can do this! I promise I am going to show you, the best thing ever....!?!?!? You can swap out papers and patterns so you can even use the papers you have! I know, right?!?!? ❤

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 1, Shannon M.

Start out by creating your card base...mine measures 4.25 X 5.5 (this means you can cut out a bunch of  8.5 X 5.5 cardstock bases and fold them in half...or save time and buy some premade card packs)

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 2, Shannon M.

Next thing you need to cut is a 4X4 square of patterned paper, this is background paper, so it needs to stand out, but not obnoxious Kim Kardashian stand out...no one wants that. Ew. 

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 3, Shannon M.

 

Step 3 is finding some glassine bags, doilies or vellum...this next layer needs to add dimension without detracting from the layer before it. You can use any of the above or even a patterned paper that is super light and really minimal like a cream colored polka dot paper. I tore the bottom off the glassine bag and adhered it to the front of the 4X4 square slightly off center.

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 4, Shannon M.

See how it adds some dimension? This card is all about simple layering. You'll see as we build the next layers.

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 5, Shannon M.

The next layer, or layers is two solid 4X3 punched cards...as in the corners are rounded. 

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 6, Shannon M.

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 7, Shannon M.

You're going to place one on top of each other, slightly askew...if you have ever followed me, you'd know that I never put anything on straight, simply because I am incapable of doing so! :)

First though, I need you to bear with me and grab a scrap of vellum and add a sticker to it, this can be a see through sticker or a solid sticker. The key here is to leave about a half inch on the left hand side to "tuck into" the picture, you'll see what I'm talking about in the next step.

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 8, Shannon M.

 You're going to adhere the "believe" to the green and blue as shown. 

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 9, Shannon M.

You're ready to add your picture, mine is a wallet size picture, it's just big enough if someone wants to snag it off your card when the season is over, I always like to hope that people actually hang onto my card, or at least save the picture.....!

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 11, Shannon M.

You can run this size right through your handy dandy Xyron 3 Inch Sticker Maker:

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 14, Shannon M.

 Place it right on top of the layers. You can lay it straight, or lay it off center like I did. The next thing you'll need is a length of washi tape. You need to rip off a 2-3" length. 

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 15, Shannon M.

This is where the "tuck in" I was talking about happens. After you've added the tape to the side of your photo and solid layers, you're going to open up your card and staple all of those layers. 

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 16, Shannon M.

There's still that pesky matter of the bottom now. I have a great solution for that! All you need is a strip of paper, a small scallop circle, a punch out of a star and a punch out of a circle. 

Start with the strip of paper, it needs to measure the width of your card, but be a thin strip. I have just over a 1/4" strip. 

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 17, Shannon M.

Run it through your Mini X

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 18, Shannon M.

Adhere it to the bottom of the card:

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 20, Shannon M.

The "stitching" is an swesome sticker (SRM Stickers) and you can leave it off if you want. If you don't have a "stitching" type sticker, you can always draw in stitching with a white pen.

You'll assemble your star now. 

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 19, Shannon M.

Add a foam square to the back of your assembled scallop:

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 22, Shannon M.

Adhere it to the front of the "strip" at the bottom, and you're nearly done. This is where the twine comes in, wrap it around a few times and tie a bow. 

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER 23, Shannon M.

You can add some sequins with Teresa Collins Clear Adhesive. Add some glitter glue. This is your super simple assembly Christmas card! Thanks for letting me share with you! Have a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday! 

XYRON 30 DAYS DECEMBER FINAL, Shannon M.

 Have a wonderful Tuesday! Enjoy the magic of the season, focus on the good and not the frenzy. Look for the magic, it's there.  ❤