Noel Mignon: Ellie Belly

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This week on the Noel Mignon Blog, the design team is sharing what things on our projects are “Perfectly Paired” … things that just seemed to go naturally together! I’m going to share with you the two things I selected from the February Heart of Gold Classic Kit that started me off on this page, and you might be surprised!

But first, I learned something from creating this week with the “Perfectly Paired” theme at the forefront of my thoughts … EVERY design decision I make seems to be based on items that I think pair well together … I’ll tell you what I mean as we go through the details of this page.

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Valentine’s Day can be counted as one of my favorite holidays … I mean, as a crafter don’t we love the opportunity to create cards and treats?! But I know that Valentine’s/Love themed kits might be daunting for some people. I gotta say … I LOVE them! I not only love the opportunity to scrapbook about Valentine’s Day or Love, but also the other things in my life that I love. For example, this page of my daughter and her love for our dogs.
So what was the catalyst for this page? What was the one thing that first “paired” itself together in my mind? See that wood arrow with the pink ribbon! Yep! That little combination was calling my name … and was the impetus of this page.

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After deciding that I needed to have a page with this arrow on it, I worked on the layers from front to back … I needed a home for that arrow, so I dug through the kit supplies and found this foil frame. Perfect! I can put a photo inside and have the arrow layer on top and point to the subjects … *Proceed to find photos of my daughter with one of our pups.*

From there, I needed to choose papers to highlight my photos. The pink color of the ribbon and the wood tone of the arrow reminded me of pink and gold … so that is what I ran with.

Pink and Gold! Another perfect pair! I love the way the photos looked with the pink background and the way the gold and white elements looked against it. Soft and pretty!

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At this point I tucked a few doily and flower layers behind my photos and decided to pair them with hearts. Hearts and Flowers … ANOTHER perfect design pair! :D

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See that luscious champagne bow … this was an out-of-the-norm design decision for me … I NEVER put two different ribbons on a page. I usually just stick to one and pair it with twine or something like that, but for whatever reason (maybe it was that the champagne color of the ribbon picked up on the wood and gold tones going on in other parts of the page) it just worked!!! Don’t be afraid to break your own rules. Pair two ribbons together if that is what your design heart is telling you to do!

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Finally, here is a closer look at the journaling … professing my daughter’s love for her dogs. :)
SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon February 2016 Heart of Gold Classic Kit, Patterned Papers (BasicGrey, We R Memory Keepers, Echo Park Paper, Pink Paislee), Transparency (Pink Paislee), Die cuts (We R Memory Keepers), Stickers (We R Memory Keepers, PInk Paislee), Washi Stickers (Pink Paislee), Wood Shapes (Crate Paper), Chipboard Frame (Pink Paislee), Ribbon (May Arts), Journal Block (Collage Press),  Flair (A Flair for Buttons), Other: Gray journaling pen, gray ink, date stamp, adhesive, foam squares.
I hope you enjoyed this little tour through my page … What items is your creative heart telling you to pair together on your project this week?
JanaBold

Diamond Press WINNER! and A Valentine Project

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Good morning! WOW!!! I was blown away about the excitement over the new Diamond Press machine … thank you to everyone who took time to stop by and leave a comment! It was so much fun to hear from all of you!

*Drum Roll … * The WINNER of the Diamond Press Machine bundle is …

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CYNDY R.!!! CONGRATULATIONS, Cyndy!!! I will send a message to the email you left with your comment to collect your mailing address. Enjoy your new toy!!!

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. I never shared the Valentine handouts and box that I made for my daughter last year, so I thought I would share that with you today!

I always ask my daughter what she would like, and last year, she told me that she wanted something with bees! Kind of out of the blue, but we made it work! Ha!

We picked up some packs of licorice to give to her classmates and then wrapped them with yellow paper and black washi tape.

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Next we added bee details using this super-cute bee image from the Lettering Delights Lil’ Peanuts collection. We wrote “Bee Mine” on a small jewelry tag, tied it on with a bit of pink and red baker’s twine, and then finished it off with a glittery pink heart. So sweet!

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I had a bit of fun getting creative with Camryn’s Valentine box by making a beehive! She is my only kid doing Valentines at this point, and so I don’t mind taking a bit of extra time to create something detailed. I have a lot of fun doing it!

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To create the beehive, I used the egg house from the Cotton Tail Village set by SVGCuts.com. The outside panels are embossed with an embossing folder from the Lifestyle Crafts Spotted set (large polka dot).

I also created more bees and attached them to the beehive with curly wires. I poked holes into the sides of the beehive once it was complete and hot glued/taped the wires into position. They looked so cute buzzing all around!

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I used scissors to handcut the slit for the cards in the top, and also a hole in the round boxlid, so that the cards would fall down into the round box.

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I added Camryn’s name to the box with red thickers and then embellished the box using pearl border stickers, pearl daisy stickers, and silk daisies from the dollar store. I added red rhinestones to the centers of the larger daisies for a bit of sparkle. It turned out so cute!

How about you? What types of creative projects do you make for Valentine’s Day?

See you next week!

JanaBold

Stamp WINNER! and New Valentine Layout

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Today I get to announce the winner of my Stamp Giveaway, but I also have another giveaway running right now … if you haven’t had a chance to enter the Diamond Press Giveaway, be sure to check it out by CLICKING HERE.

Thank you to everyone for taking time to leave such meaningful comments for all my posts, including the giveaways! It always makes my day!

So … the winner of this stamp bundle is …

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LENORE!

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Woohoooo!!! Congratulations, Lenore! I will be contacting you on the email you left with your post to get your mailing address and then I will get these goodies out to you as soon as I can! Enjoy!

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The NEW February 2016 Noel Mignon “Heart of Gold” Classic kit is out and I have my first page using this beauty up on the Noel Mignon blog today. But first here is a look at the kit, along with a video tour of the kit contents.

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Isn’t it beautiful?!

This week on the Noel Mignon Blog the design team is using the theme “Bundled Up” to inspire our projects … what does that mean?! It means we are bundling up our pages with lots of layers!

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This page of my daughter on Valentine’s day a couple of years ago makes my heart swell. See those braid loops in her hair? That was my favorite hairdo my mom used to do on me as a girl … and so you know I always loved doing it on my own little girls. As she has gotten older the hairdos are changing a bit and we don’t do braid loops as often as we used to, so I’m happy I captured some shots of her sweet little head in these photos. :)

As I worked on this page, I tried to keep the concept of “layering” at the forefront of my design decisions. My favorite ways to layer are to combine several patterned papers together and layer lots of hand cut elements and embellishments around my photos.

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I began this page by clustering together my three photos, layering the edges of them over each other slightly. I then anchored the photo grouping onto a band of layered patterned paper strips.

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I didn’t have a lot of journaling for this page, so I placed the basic information on two label stickers that I layered on top of handcut floral elements. The XOXO wood title also gets layered together with the labels, and even overlaps onto the main photo.

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I handcut several flower clusters from the My Mind’s Eye “Hello Gorgeous” paper included in the kit, as well as several doilies from the Echo Park Paper “Blowing Kisses” paper. I tucked these in all around the photos, overlapping them for lots of impact.

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The bottom right corner of the photos is finished off with another label sticker containing a gold foil phrase (from the We R Memory Keepers Crush stickers) and a couple of the gold Prima flowers from the kit. The gold flowers feel like a part of the flower clusters and really help to bring this part of the page to life!

SUPPLIES: Noel Mignon February 2016 “Heart of Gold” Classic Kit, Cardstock (white), Patterned Paper (Pink Paislee, Echo Park pPaer, My Mind’s Eye, We R Memory Keepers), Stickers/Metal Clip (We R Memory Keepers), Wood Piece (Crate Paper), Flowers (Prima), Other: Black journaling pen, adhesives, sewing machine & pink thread

Thanks for coming by! I hope you are having a great week! Be sure to check back on Friday when I announce the winner of the Diamond Press Giveaway!

JanaBold

New Product Announcement & GIVEAWAY!!!

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Set your reminders! Tonight at 12:01 pm ET on HSN.com a BRAND NEW tool is being released by my friends at Diamond Press! Not only did they let me give you a sneak peek of the machine and add-ons, but they are letting me give away a machine to one of my lucky readers!!! Yay!!!

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Watch my video below to learn more about the Diamond Press, or tune in to the presentations on HSN Tuesday, January 26th to see it in action. You’ll be amazed at the value!

For a chance to win a machine of your own leave a comment on this blog post by midnight, Thursday, January 28th, 2016. I will announce the winner this Friday, January 29th, here on my blog (US only, please). Good luck!

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THANK YOU again to my friends at Diamond Press for being so generous to me and my readers! I can’t wait for all of you to check out this fun system! (I’m on a planner kick lately and plan to use mine to decorate my planner. Eeeeek! I can’t wait!)

See it at HSN.com beginning Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at Midnight ET

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Diamond Press also has some DARLING card sets available. You can check them out HERE.

Again, you can see it at HSN.com beginning Tuesday, January 26th, 2016 at Midnight ET

Diamond Press HSN Machine Today’s Special Bundle (Today’s Special available 1/26/2016)

Diamond Press 12-Piece Blank Folder Refills

Diamond Press 10-piece Dye Ink Pads, Basic Colors 

Diamond Press Basic Shapes Nested Dies

Diamond Press Letters and Numbers Dies (Block or Whimsical)

Diamond Press 18-piece Embossing Folders Set

Diamond Press Zippered Case for Die & Stamp Storage

Diamond Press Blank Cards & Envelopes (4 choices!)

Have fun!

JanaBold