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My son received his train early after catching a glimpse of the pictures on my computer. LOL He’s 5 and adorably impatient. πŸ˜€ Its new home is the top of his dresser in bedroom. I let him pick the winner since the post was featuring his train.









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Paper Secrets Blog Hop

Welcome to the Paper Secrets Holiday Hop! Each of our team members have a Holiday project to share with you. Be sure to visit all the blogs for chances to win some great prizes!!! If you didn’t hop over from Nicolle’s Blog, be sure start at the beginning of the hop so you don’t miss any of our posts. The fun begins on the Paper Secrets Blog, but the full line-up is at the bottom of this post so you don’t get lost along the way. πŸ˜€

Today, I’d like to share with you my example for the Paper Secrets December Manufacturer/Brand Challenge and my first GDT project for Helmar USA. If you’re not sure where to find Helmar’s fabulous adhesives, there’s a list of retailers and online prefered vendors on the left sidebar of their blog. πŸ˜€

Our featured manufacturer for the month at Paper Secrets is Webster’s Pages! Though there are many paper companies out there that I adore, Webster’s Pages has to be my hands down fave (or my obsession…however you want to read that)! With the help of some fabulous Helmar adhesives, here’s the wood train that I altered for my son, Matthew:

I started by painting the train with acrylic paint. I then papered the 2 cars with Webster’s Pages Waiting for Santa Papers using Helmar’s Acid Free Glue (LOVE this stuff! Works great on paper to paper applications too). Armed with my fave…Helmar’s 450 Quick Dry…I applied all the trims. The white fluffy trim is from Waiting for Santa, but the lace and super sheer trim is from Botanical Christmas. I took the WP sheer trim and cut in half lengthwise and put only the part w/gold detailing on the engine and reserved the rest for the bow on the Christmas Tree. The bling on the wheels are from a strip of their “dazzle me gems” that I cut apart. Here’s a closer look at the engine:

The Santa image is cut from one of the Botanical Christmas journaling cards. To make the Christmas tree, I stacked 3 styrofoam balls (held together by stringing them onto a craft stick (popcicle stick) and lightly coated them with Acid Free Glue. If I had a styrofoam cone, I probably would have used that instead, but I like to use what I have on hand. πŸ™‚ I used a rock fern EK Success punch for the branches and layered them to the top. At the peak, I applied a glob of Liquid Scrap Dots to hold 4 of the branches forming a cap or peak. Here’s a closer look at the car holding the tree:

and a closer look at the last car:

To create the wreaths, I used a circle punch to create a hole, then a larger circle punch over that hole to create a ring. I then coated the paper rings with Premium Craft Glue and applied the branches alternating having them point slightly towards the center then slightly outward…applied another layer of Craft Glue and then filled in the gaps with more branches. I then adhered the wreaths to the cars using 450 Quick Dry. I also used the 450 to attach the WP silhouette on the back of the train. The little “presents” are actually little boxes of candy and tattoos…the kind that are given out for Halloween. lol Dots, nerds, etc work the best since it gives you a stable base. I wrapped them in WP’s Botanical Christmas 6×6 petite papers and decorated them with their trims, sparklers, whimsy flower and added a tiny tag to each one. 450 Quick Dry made these itty bitty trim flowers a breeze:

I hope you enjoyed my project! Now for the prize! To be eligible to win this prize:

A $10 Paper Secrets Gift Certificate

***Please leave me a comment on this post. You can also follow my blog through Networked Blogs (or if you do not have facebook, then sign up to receive blog updates via email). πŸ˜€ The Blog Hop ends Dec. 4th, 11:59 pm PST. I will pick a random winner from the comments left on December 5, 2011.***

Let’s get to hoppin’!

Paper Secrets
Rochelle Spears
Nancy Dare
Joyce Casaldi
Kimmy Jaster
Nicolle Kramer
Doris Widder <—YOU ARE HERE

Paper Secrets Sketch Challenges

If you love sketches, these 2 are for you! πŸ˜€ Joyce is hosting a lovely Card Sketch Challenge (she created a sketch and Rochelle vamped it up for her). Head over to the forum to check out the sketch, but here’s my take on it:

Rochelle designs all of our monthly sketches at Paper Secrets now and they’re so much fun to work with! Her sketches for inspiration are always unique and creative. She will be hosting the Layout Sketch Challenge each month. Here’s what I came up with for her current sketch:

Materials for the card:

Webster’s Pages 6×6 Botanical Christmas pp
Little Yellow Bicycle doily
WP Botanical Christmas trims
WP tinsel trim
WP sparkler


Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Liquid Scrap Dots

Tools: Needle and Thread

Materials for the layout:

Bo Bunny Sweet Treats pp
Tag by Marivic (Berry71bleu)
Bo Bunny Sweet Treats Buttons
Bo Bunny Sweet Treats chipboard sticker
Bo Bunny Sweet Treats Layered Sticker
The Paper Company shimmer paper

Helmar 450 Quick Dry
Helmar Gemstone Glue
Helmar Quick Fix Adhesive Runner
Helmar Zap Dots

TFL! To check out the December challenges on Paper Secrets, CLICK HERE!

Stop back tomorrow for our Holiday Hop (and our 5th December challenge)! All the fun begins on the Paper Secrets Blog!

Paper Secrets December Challenges – Now Live

I can’t believe it’s December already! There’s so much happening this month! πŸ˜€ The five Paper Secrets December challenges are now live and ready for your fabulous entries! I’m going to break them up into 3 posts. Two posts today with 2 of the challenges featured on each and 1 tomorrow for the hop which starts on the Paper Secrets Store Blog. There will be giveaways and prizes, so don’t forget to stop back tomorrow! πŸ˜€

First we have a technique challenge hosted by Nicolle. Our challenge is to use distressing on your project. For my example, I’ve splattered ink, scraped and inked pp, fringed paper and curled paper for the banner:

Next, Kimmy’s Stash Challenge is to use scraps from a layout you’ve created to make another layout, card or project. I used the scraps from my example for Nicolle’s challenge to create a Christmas card. Here’s what I came up with:

Materials for my layout:

Lily Bee Picket Fence pp
Bazzill black cardstock
Bazzill White cardstock
Lily Bee Picket Fence Stickers
Tattered Angels Shimmer mist
Distress Ink
Epiphany bubble caps and buttons
Glass stone

Adhesives: Helmar Premium Craft Glue
Helmar Gemstone Glue


Epiphany Crafts punches

Materials for the card:

Lily Bee Picket Fence pp
Bazzill black cardstock
Lily Bee Christmas Town rubons


Helmar Premium Craft Glue

TFL! To play along with our December Challenges, CLICK HERE!

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