02 May 2017

The Best Kind of Homework....

Hi All! So if you follow me on social media, you know that I spent this past weekend in Columbus, Ohio at Simon Says Create 2017. What a fabulous event! We had classes taught by Tim Holtz, Jennifer McGuire, Kristina Werner, Dawn Woleslagle of W+9, and Yana Smakula. It was fantastic! In addition to the classes, there were a number of companies present showing their latest releases and doing Create and Takes. I'll be posting some of those projects on my social media this week, so if you're not following me yet, please do! {Here are the links for Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter.}

Today's project, however, was one that I couldn't finish there. It was a Create and Take brought to us by the lovely folks at JilliBean Soup.  The project was so popular that I could never actually get in to do it. However, when I went back the next day, they were kind enough to put together a kit of the previous day's project so I could take it home! (I'll post pics on Instagram of the second project, which is an adorable [and super easy] shaker card.) So let's take a look:

This little decor piece is made from a 6x6 Wood Plank Pine 3D base. The kit included a bunch of paper tags, which I cut down to cover part of the base.  (I made sure to leave some of the wood texture peeking through.) They also threw in two wooden tags, a burlap tag and a large canvas tag, which I didn't end up using. (But I will...oh yes, I will....) I covered the large wooden tag with more of the paper included in the kit, and offset the wooden and burlap tags to create an embellishment. I added yellow seam binding to both tags and tied them with bakers twine (from my stash) and heavy twine (from the kit). I then added the wooden words "hello" and "Today" (from the kit) to the the small tags and glued them to a cork circle that I had left over from one of the classes. I then added it to the base. I also had a corrugated paper diamond also leftover from a class, so I cut it in half and added the triangles to the bottom of the piece to give it more interest and texture. I stamped the word LIVE to the large tag using Close To My Heart's May 2017 Stamp Of The Month: Live, Laugh, Love, and did a little heat embossing in white. I also stamped flowers from the same set onto patterned papers from the kit, heat embossed them in white, and fussy cut them to embellish the project further. I added a flower sequin from Studio Katia to the middle of each flower and then added a gem from Jillibean Soup's Birthday shaker mix to the top of the sequin for a little extra bling. I then stamped sentiments from Close To My Heart's limited edition Live Beautifully stamp set (it's only available through May, as well). After I glued the flowers and tag in place, I felt like the piece needed something else, so I stamped the words "INSPIRE," "CREATE," and "EXPLORE" from Wplus9's Color My World stamp set onto patterned paper from the kit, heat embossed them in white, cut them out and popped them up using foam tape. Finally, I added gold shimmer to the tag, flowers, wooden words, and to the edges of the little words, and called it done.

Here's a closer look at some of the elements:

The cool thing about this particular base is that it can either stand alone (like you saw in the first picture) or it comes ready to hang:

So I hope you enjoyed this little project! Don't forget to check out Instagram and Facebook to see some of the other projects from the weekend.

Have a wonderfully creative week!


  1. My kind of homework. Just beautiful! Love those flowers.

  2. Love the collage look to this! What a fun way to use tags. Love that you eft some of the wood to peek through the layers. Such a great shabby chic combo!