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December 2012

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Echo Park CHA Releases & Blog Hop Winner

Hi Everyone I hope you all had an enjoyable Christmas. It was over 32 degrees here so lots of swimming, eating and drinking was done by all!  A quick post today to announce the winners of the Blog Hop last week and to share some more of the great releases coming soon from Echo Park Paper. You can see some of the Collections in their entirety on the blog – so make sure to check them out and ask your favorite retailer to put them on their CHA list! Blog Hop Winner Winner of the Collection Kit of their choice is Missy Whidden Please email me here to claim your prize. Post a comment with any questionsLowri 🙂I am linking up this post to these websites here.

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Christmas Memories Frame (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone Another frame project today, this time using the This and That Christmas Collection from Echo Park Paper and I am really excited about the simple woodgrain technique! This collection is so versatile and the variety of patterns in this collection makes it really easy to put together a quick Christmas project. First of all I wanted to show you a two minute trick for turning a plain wooden piece into one with a dark wood grained effect. This will work on any number of surfaces, but works really well as an alternative to painting raw wooden pieces.  First of all, simply use a sponge (or your regular ink applicator) and color the frame with Distress Ink (I used Vintage Photo). When dry then use a brown ink and a wood grain stamp all over the frame. Vary the area of the stamp you use for a random wood grain effect and in a few minutes your frame will look great! When I create these frames – which come in two pieces – a front face with the shapes cut out and a solid back piece – instead of trying to cut paper to fit the front, I cut paper […]

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Accordion Mini Album Tutorial (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone  Today’s project is a Mini Album I created with the This and That Christmas Collection from Echo Park.  I have also included a step-by-step tutorial showing to create the album. This Collection has such a variety of prints and embellishments, it is easy to put together small papercraft pieces such as this album. You can see the details of the construction below – but for the front I have used a few stickers and pieces from the Chipboard and Layered Chipboard packs, as well as threading a piece of elastic through the “Remember This Christmas Forever” piece to tie it all together – this slides easily over the top of the album. This album is created from cardstock or paper and makes a great, economical alternative to buying one. The main face on each page is a 4” x 3” card, all cut from one piece of the Journaling Cards paper. You can see some more detailed shots below – but in most cases I simply added one extra sticker and left plenty of space for little photos, journaling etc. Mini Album Tutorial Note: you can add as many pages as you like to this album by repeating […]

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Easy Postcards w/ Everyday Eclectic (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone The blog-hop and giveaway previously listed here has now closed. Winner can be seen here and you can see a list of hop participants at the end of this post. Take a look at these postcards I created using the EveryDay Eclectic Collection from Echo Park. Simple Postcards Gift Set     Why not break out a few scraps of paper (these work really well with the Echo Park 6×6 Paper Pads) and create a fun little postcard set as a gift. The great thing about these is that you can mail them as actual postcards too! I started with a blank postcard (mine were from Canvas Corp),covered them in paper, added some washi a couple of stickers and they were all ready to go! Little items like this are a GREAT way to use up little stickers and scraps of paper left over at the end of a larger project. Sneak Peeks I have 2 more holiday projects coming this week too and they both include tutorials. Be sure to check the Echo Park blog for the full details! Blog Hop List Echo Park Paper: http://www.echoparkpaper.typepad.com/ Kandis Smith: http://www.mycreativetreasury.blogspot.com/ Wendy Sue Anderson: http://www.wendysueanderson.blogspot.com/  Tamara Tripodi: http://happylifecraftywife.com  Linda Auclair: http://elendae.wordpress.com/ Lowri McNabb: http://www.papervinenz.com/ = YOU ARE […]

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Echo Park CHA 2013 Releases and Christmas Countdown Winners

Hi Everyone Winners from the Christmas Countdown have been announced and you can find a list here. If you are a winner please email me to claim your prize. Echo Park CHA Releases I know many of you are big Echo Park fans – and there are some REALLY exciting products coming in 2013. You can already see some of these online. Click on the title to be taken to more detailed information. Did I say some of these have WASHI TAPE with them… Sweet Girl Scoot Photo Freedom About a Boy Heaps more pictures and details on the Echo Park Blog – and there are more to come this week too! Post a comment with any questions Lowri 🙂

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Most Popular Project Round-Up 2012!

Hi Everyone The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed. You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012 Today’s post is my end of year round-up – a showcase of my most popular posts by page views this year. I am always surprised by what people enjoy reading the most! Be sure to follow on Facebook and the website as I will be launching some products for sale next year – think washi tape, twine, buttons and other embellishments that can be used with any paper collection! Click on the title to be taken to the complete post. Robot Magnets Tutorial Make these magnets and a magnet board with paper and mod-podge. Single Sheet Mini Album Tutorial Color step-by-step tutorial using a single sheet of paper.   Paper Beads Tutorial  Make these colorful beads from scrapbook paper Valentines Dates Jar Tutorial These little paper favors can be adapted to any occasion. Map Folded Flower Tutorial Flowers that last forever – perfect for a long-lasting gift Pink Paislee Envelope Album   This little album is one of the few projects I made for myself! Halloween Bowl Tutorial Make one of these for any celebration – lots […]

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Christmas Mini Drawers (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed. You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012 Mini Drawers    These are one of my most favorite projects to create – and these are a prototype for some wooden projects I will hopefully have available for sale early next year! The drawers are decorated with paper and chipboard elements from the Echo Park This and That Christmas Collection (see below to see how you can WIN SOME!) and the gorgeous buttons are from Cosmo Cricket – another favorite company of mine. Make sure you are a PaperVine blog follower and Facebook Fan to keep up with the exciting developments happening with PaperVine next year! Post a comment with any questionsLowri 🙂I am linking up this post to these websites here.

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Gorgeous Girl Frame Gift (Kaisercraft)

Hi Everyone The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed. You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012   Gorgeous Girl Frame This frame was created for workshop I taught at Artfull Crafts earlier this year. I demonstrated a simple paint technique (see below) which can be used on any kind of wood surface. All supplies are from the Kasiercraft Save the Date Collection. Paint Technique I have used a simple paint technique that will work on any wooden base and with any combination of colors. I generally use 2 accent colors with white or cream on top. In this case I used green and mustard as my accent colors with a white coat on top. Apply your darkest accent color to the frame. It does not have to cover the frame completely, but wipe any paint that spills over the frame edge with a baby wipe.  When dry – apply your second accent color and let dry. Finally, apply your top color (white or cream) all over the frame – again, wiping any smudges over the edges.  When COMPLETELY dry – take a small piece of rough grit sandpaper and sand over the […]

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Tree Gift Box and a Treat for the Dog (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed. You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012 Christmas Tree Treat Box Putting a small gift in a fancy box is always a great way to jazz it up – especially when you make a box that can be used as a decoration too. I have used the Happy Holidays Mini Theme from Echo Park and this file from the Silhouette Store. The lovely ribbon is from May Arts. To make the tree stand up, I just created little supports from bent scraps of paper – super simple! For the Dog I am considering not giving my dog anything for Christmas this year after she ATE one of my DT assignments filled with cookies – but truth be told I have already got one ready! This was also created with my Cameo using this file, an Echo Park shape to accompany Woof Mini Theme from Echo Park. Post a comment with any questions Lowri 🙂 I am linking up this post to these websites here.

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One Collection, Two Cards (Echo Park)

Hi Everyone The Giveaway previously listed here is now closed. You can see a summary here and winners will be announced on December 9, 2012 “Deck The Halls” Card I created the “swing card” base using this Cameo file from Lori Whitlock, but it is easy to cut by hand too. Take a look at this great online template from Beate Johns. The green chevron print has a clean and modern style and the ultra simple decoration is all that is needed to make this card really striking. Hint –  Don’t be afraid to trim your stickers to fit your projects. Sometimes it’s nerve-wracking to do that – but de-sticky the backs with talc first and you can play around with the placement before re-gluing into your chosen position. Using foam dots to mount small elements helps add some extra dimension to your card. “Merry Christmas” Card This card has the same base created from the fabulous Ultra White Felt Carta Bella Cardstock.  If you are creating card bases with your Cameo – I have to say that this cardstock cuts like a dream! It’s very thick and textured so I was skeptical as to how it would work – but […]

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