Eye Spy A Christmas Patchwork Stocking



Do you remember this blog post from August 3, 2012? We thought it would be so much fun to re-share this super cute patchwork stocking designed by Amy Friend. You still time to get one of these cuties sewn and hung in time for Santa. :) Click HERE for your free instruction sheet.




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Evergreen Blueprint





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Ann-Marie Espinoza:

When I saw this beautiful holiday print (http://thepaperindian.storenvy.com/collections/51609-all-products/products/4293119-merry-christmas-darling-print), I knew it would translate into a layout perfectly. The various colors and textures in the leaves inspired me to hand cut my own leaves out of Evergreen patterned paper.


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To create the wreath, I cut out different sized leaves and positioned them in a circle in the center of the layout. Once I was happy with the round shape, I glued all the pieces down and embellished the wreath with metal shapes and brads.


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I love the loose, handmade look of the paper-pieced wreath, but if you’re looking for a more uniform result, a die cut machine would be perfect for this kind of layout!



Evergreen Collection Pack

Evergreen Printed Chipboard Shapes 

Mixed Brads

Metal Shapes


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12 Days of Holiday Giving





We are celebrating the “12 Days of Holiday Giving” with our friends over at SCT. Go check them out today for a chance to win this awesome giveaway.




Celebrate the holidays with BasicGrey’s beautiful, spirited Evergreen collection! A whisper of fresh fallen snow gently blankets all of the papers and embellishments in Evergreen, creating a soft blend of watercolor texture across each pattern. In a sophisticated twist on the traditional holiday palette, Evergreen boasts deep shades of pinecone brown, juniper green, and candy cane red, offset with a warm candle yellow and ballet pink, then enhanced with a brilliant shade of aquamarine and luminous gold. After the December festivities, jump right into BasicGrey’s 2015 Calendar kit and showcase your favorite photos throughout the year!


Good Luck!!!


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Aurora Framed Snow Ornament


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Shellye McDaniel: Nesting dies are a wonderful tool to reach for when you’re setting out to create a 3D project, such as the ornament that I’m sharing today.  To start, I’m using the “Nestabilities Oval Bliss” dies by Spellbinders, foam adhesive and the beautiful new “Aurora” Collection, which hosts the perfect hues for winter projects!


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I cut the largest oval shape from one of the 6X6 patterns and left the die-cut inside of the die.  Next, I traced the inside oval shape onto the paper and then cut out.  I followed with the next-sized die and adhered it to the back of the first die-cut.  The two lower pieces were added with foam adhesive between.

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For the center of the ornament I chose one of the small snowflakes from Spellbinders’ “Snowflake Pendant” set.  I glittered the snowflake before attaching to the oval with foam adhesive.  It was topped with two of the star die-cuts from the “Die Cuts & Transparencies” pack.  To the bottom I added the bookplate die-cut and spelled out JOY with the small Alphabet Stickers.  A bow was tied to the top and the center embellished with one of the flair pieces.  And anytime that I hand-cut a shape, I like to trim around the cut edge with a border of baker’s twine.  To do so I use a ballpoint-tip glue pen…works perfectly!


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