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❤{Smiles Documented}❤

It's no mistake that I am going to shamelessly pimp the August Swag Bag because it is amazing!


While we watch last minute link ups to the Current Issue & wait for the super new Issue to drop (you are going to love it!), I'm sharing this layout with you. 


It's featuring the Swag Bag that you can get in the Paper Issues StoreI know you will use every last scrap. 




Here's some close ups of the things you will find in your Swag Bag!






Don't forget to link up to the CURRENT ISSUE! 

You still have time and a chance to win some wonderful Fancy Pants stuff just by linking your projects! 

Don't forget to use my code to save yourself 20%!



❤{Heartfelt Thanks!}❤

Sometimes a thank you is in order for a kind and thoughtful friend or family member, this card is a great way to do just that. The best part? Beautiful SRM doilies!


Start by gathering things to crate your card. A card base, some patterned papers. Take this time to mist your doily if you want to.



The next thing you're going to want to do is add your doily to your card as shown below. Leave some of that card base showing. 



Get ready to add some layers and dimension. You can choose a few different coordinating patterns, or go crazy and add some contrasting colors and patterns. Distress the edges if you want, but this is all personal preference, there's no wrong or right way to do this!


Add one layer off center to the right side. Add a piece of wash tape to the top. Add your next layer on top of that one, slightly off center as well. The vellum layer is optional. If you add the vellum, you can staple it to the previous layer before you stick it down onto the card front. 



I added an additional doily. I misted it, let it dry and then added foam dots to the back. They're black, but it's ok because you'll be covering it up if you don't have white. 



I started adding details like borders, border stickers and the card sentiment base. I added washi tape to the bottom and top. I then measured, trimmed and adhered SRM Sticker Stitches (in black) on top of the washi tape. It creates effortless stitching! I also added a little sweet saying from the Thank You Sentiment sheet. I then added an additional layer on top of the doily. Grab a relatively simple patterned paper and place a heart shape or mask on top and mist. Wait for it to dry. Round the edges if desired and tear along the bottom. Add some sticker stitches across the heart. Add another piece of washi tape and if you're up to it...another staple. 



The next step is cutting a vellum heart to go on top of the heart. This step is optional, but it adds a delicate feel to the card. Place it on card as shown. 



You can add the sentiment now. I added one from the Thank You Sentiment sheet. I placed it slightly below the stitches knowing that I was going to add some sequins and other fun little touches. 



I added some sequins, some splotches of mist and ink, a cute little heart at the top and heart sequin above the sentiment. This card is all ready to be mailed to someone deserving! Thanks for letting me share! ❤


Happy Friday! ❤

❤{Anyone for a Swag Bag?}❤

Swag Bag: (n) An awesome bag that comes out each month created by Paper Issues that comes straight to your house so you can create amazing things with it.


I'm sharing this layout with you that I created using the August Swag Bag available in the Paper Issues store right now! This bag is amazing and you will use every scrap. ❤



Here's some close ups of some of the things you'll find in your Swag Bag:



 Gorgeous embellishments, like the Pink Paislee Solstice gold foam stickers:



Great dimensional add ons like the one you see here...Tim Holtz metal number plate:



Thanks for letting me share with you! 

Don't forget to link up to our *{CURRENT ISSUE}* and be entered for a chance to win the Everyday Circus Collection from Fancy Pants! 

❤{You're One Smart Cookie with Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons}❤

There are so many good things in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons store at the moment that it's almost too much cute! Almost. 


I can't wait to use all of the files!

I made a card using the Cookies & Milk Cutting Files, specifically the cookie part. 



Here's a close up of the cookie!  ❤  Isn't she sweet!??



Check back tomorrow for a Friday Freebie and a brand new files that will be available in the store. Just in case you didn't know, there's a Design Team Call going on too, CLICK HERE for details!


Happy Thursday! 

☺{Xyron & Perfect Paper Crafting - DAY #3}☺

It's Day 3 of the Xyron & Perfect Paper Crafting Team Up!


I'm sharing a layout with you today using Perfect Paper Crafting's Perfect Airbrush Tool! This layout of course is created with the always awesome Xyron adhesive! Scroll down to the end, to see the finished layout. From that, you can see what youd like to do with the format/layout and what pictures you'd like to choose. 

Begin with a 12X12 cardstock base of course. Mist it lightly if you'd like. Set aside. 

Punch out or cut two 3X4 rectangles (journaling cards) out of white cardstock. 

For your first journaling card...tape it down to a piece of copy paper. (You can use washi tape for this) Select a mask for this card. Use a piece of washi tape and hold the mask down. Look at the picture for reference. 

X:PPC 1, Shannon M.

Here's the taped down mask with some airbrushing on it, you're going to love the Perfect Airbrush!

X:PPC 2, Shannon M.

Journaling Card #2...keep it simple and find one that's a pre-made one. There's so many great ones out there! Or create your own! Print it out and trim it to 3X4.

I selected a premade one, the corners weren't roudned so I just used a corner rounder.

Again, I taped it down to a piece of copy paper. 

X:PPC 3, Shannon M.

I then used the Perfect Airbrush Tool to add some awesome can use broad strokes or you can use light strokes. I went a little heavy. There's no wrong or right way to do this.

X:PPC 4, Shannon M. .

The third card, I didn't use any airbrushing, I opted for water color. Since we're not featuring water colors, I'm just going to leave that out. ❤

The next thing I wanted to do, is add some neon to the cardstock base. I chose neon green. 

X:PPC 5, Shannon M.

I added some stickers to my mask jouranaling card, I drew some uneven lines with a ruler and then added the stickers. I chose days of the week, you can add stickers, or you can simply leave the card as is. This layout is totally up to you. I added layers to each of the journaling cards.  I used my TC Stapler for this. I love using my stapler. 

X:PPC 6, Shannon M.

In the midst of the journaling cards, you're also printing out "wallet" sized pictures. You can add layers to these as well. I chose patterns and vellum. I then made the pictures pop by using Xyron's Foam Dots. These are fabulous, sturdy dimension added dots!

X:PPC 7, Shannon M.

When I was laying this out, I was looking for a perfect flow, you'll have to lay it out before you permanently lay it down. Once you have the layout perfectly laid out and adhered, you can add some sequins or other embellishments as a finishing touch. 

X:PPC 8, Shannon M.

Here's some close ups of the airbrushed journaling cards, you'll also see airbrushing directly on the photos as well. I love that! 

X:PPC 9, Shannon M.

X:PPC 11, Shannon M.

Here's the finished layout. Thanks so much for letting me share with you, I hope my tips and tricks inspired you to create a great layout and try something new!

XYRON:PPC Shannon M.

There's great giveaways that you can't ignore either! Check out the Xyron blog and the Perfect Paper Crafting blog too! You could win some great goodies from Xyron or a GC from PPC! 

❤{MAMBI + EPC = Awesome!}❤

MAMBI & Epiphany Crafts are bringing you some fabulous inspiration this week!

I'm sharing this mini album that I did of Paddy & Mack! It was their first day back to's a celebration of how awesome they are! 

MAMBI:EPC 1, Shannon M.

I gathered a whole bunch of MAMBI and some of my favorite Epiphany Crafts tools, like the Heart 25.

You can create really great borders, just by using your tools. 

MAMBI:EPC 2, Shannon M.

They also make really good backers.

MAMBI:EPC 3, Shannon M.

Or a striking embellishment if you use a contrasting color.

MAMBI:EPC 5, Shannon M.

I really love the Epiphany Crafts Metal Charms too!

 MAMBI:EPC 6, Shannon M. 

Here's each page in the album, MAMBI's Pocket PagesClear Stickers in Black and 8X8 Scrapbook Kits made this mini so much fun to create!

MAMBI:EPC 7, Shannon M.

 Here's the border I mentioned earlier, it's perfect and simple. It compliments the 4X6 quote as well!

MAMBI:EPC 8, Shannon M.

 The clear black stickers are awesome for sticking right on top of your photos! Don't be afraid to try it!

MAMBI:EPC 9, Shannon M.

MAMBI:EPC 10, Shannon M. . -001

MAMBI:EPC 11, Shannon M.

MAMBI:EPC 12, Shannon M.

Check out all the great details you can add to your pages using Epiphany Crafts tools and MAMBI stickers and Pocket Pages!!

MAMBI:EPC 13, Shannon M. MAMBI:EPC 14, Shannon M.

MAMBI:EPC 15, Shannon M.

MAMBI:EPC 16, Shannon M.

MAMBI:EPC 17, Shannon M.

She's pretty amazing..there were so many great phrases to choose form that fit her to a tee! 

MAMBI:EPC 18, Shannon M.

 MAMBI:EPC 19, Shannon M.

MAMBI:EPC 20, Shannon M.

MAMBI:EPC 21, Shannon M.  

MAMBI:EPC 22, Shannon M.

 I love the Bubble Caps with the MAMBI Puffy Stickers!


MAMBI:EPC 23, Shannon M.

Thanks for letting me share with you today!! Stay tuned all week for some fabulous posts from the team!! 

❤{Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons is Bringing You Yum!}❤



Welcome to the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Yummy Blog Hop!

I'm sure you hopped here from the amazing Nicole's blog! 

(If not, you should totally start over from the beginning so you have a chance to win a $15 GC to PPPR!!!!!) Psssst! You need to start at Lisa's blog.

This is a Blog Hop devoted to yummy projects using Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons files!

Everyone has a slightly different take on this blog hop and my project is no exception, you aren't going to find any yummy treats due to my printer being a jerk and not connecting...but you will get a YUMMY PROJECT using the Happy Pills Cutting Files!

PPPR Yummy Blog Hop, Shannon M.

Here's a close up of that adorable tablet and the sweet wish to get better!

PPPR Yummy Blog Hop Close Up, Shannon M.

 As always, Lisa is one to offer great prizes for her blog hop! This hop is no exception, she's offering $15 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 like PPPR on Facebook and/or sign up for the PPPR Newsletter. A random winner will be chosen on Tuesday, August 12.

This post also kicks off the PPPR Yummy Challenge!

This challenge is anything that can remind us of something YUMMY. You can link your projects HERE.

The theme is YUMMY, PPPR products need to be used in this project.

Link your actual blog post, not to your blog. If you don't have a blog, add a photo to the Yummy Challenge folder in the Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons Project Parade Facebook Group.

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

This challenge will run until Saturday, August 30, 2014. You have until 11:55 pm to link up.

One random winner will receive $20 from the PPPR Store! The Design Team also chooses the Top 3! Winners will be announced September 3, 2014. 

Thanks for letting me share all of this with you today! You need to be hopping onto the super talented *{BRIANNA}*!


❤*{Good Medicine with PPPR!}*❤

*{Some friends are just awesome.}* 



They deserve lots and lots of just because cards, because they are just that awesome. This is a true story. 


I created a card for this very reason using some pretty fabulous PPPR Files...



Here's a cute card with a great sentiment, using the Happy Pills Cutting Files. 



Here's a close up of the adorableness that is the pill:



Thanks for letting me share with you! Check back over at Pretty Paper, Pretty Ribbons tomorrow for a Friday Freebie, Guest Designer and new files! 

❤{Simple Scrapper Show & Tell: August Edition}❤

It's August! The crazy Morgan kids are back in school...

And it's also the time where I share some great inspiration from Simple Scrapper

Each month Simple Scrapper releases awesome #templates and #storystarters just for you! 

I created these layouts using the templates and story starters, they are such great tools for anyone to use. 

If you're interested in learning how you can get in on a super supportive, inspiring and creative community and an amazing site of scrappy resources: ❤{CLICK HERE}❤

My template features one of my favorite people ever and the second features my favorite season:



If you'd like to link your layout up and share...CLICK HERE! We'd love to see your work!

❤ Happy Tuesday! ❤

★❤{Paper Issues...Bringing You the Mix Tape!!}❤★

This issue is all about the *{MIX TAPE}*

There are *SO* many ways you can link up to this issue: music, washi, glitter, fabric or other tapes, use a mix of product from different manus or mix and match collections from one company, baking/food/cooking, recipes, reminisce about music media gone by like cassette tapes, 8 track tapes and 45s, your favorite song, what's on your iTunes play list, top 40 from the year you were born, song that has special meaning, song lyrics as a title, favorite type of music, use Hazel & Ruby products. 

I created this layout incorporating music, washi, my play list, favorite type of music and using Hazel & Ruby products...I'm sure there's more, but these are the ones that stand out to me:


Hazel & Ruby has some pretty innovative tapes available, they are perfect for adding embellishments and added awesome to your layouts and projects. Look at these close ups:



Hazel & Ruby is our generous sponsor for this issue!

They will be supplying one lucky winner with a goodie bag filled with Hazel and Ruby goodness!

Ways you can find and support Hazel and Ruby are:

The Hazel & Ruby STORE


On Pinterest

Or Instagram

Maybe you want to follow them on Twitter

...and you can always stay up to dat on the Hazel & Ruby Blog

There's even a YouTube Channel!

You have until AUGUST 17th to link up to this issue, you can go directly to the Current Issue page on Paper Issues, or simply CLICK HERE.