Friday, September 19, 2014

Bright and Beautiful Card

I thought this Azalea paper by SEI would look great on this metal die cut card and I was right! I'm so glad I used it for this!

After assembling the card, I embellished it using these Azalea page elements from SEI. I took apart the one that looked like a stamp and just used the center of it. Don't be afraid to alter your embellishments! See those three flowers? I cut the one on the right off and layered it so it would fit the card. No problem!

This part is a little more complicated. I cut a strip of paper to 3/4" and then cut it in a curve to fit around the circle. I actually used a circle die to help me draw a curve. I ran those through the little 1" Xyron Sticker Maker.

Then I had this! TA DA!!

Isn't it cool that this is one side of the card and the other side is completely different? I love that!

The SEI paper and embellishments really work on this card! What do you think?

You can see all of my SEI projects here (on my blog) or here (on Pinterest).


Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Meowser Card Set

Hello! Want to know what one of my very favorite addition to the September SEI Cardmaking Kit? You would never guess because there's so many things I love about this all the adorable critters. But the thing that got me jumping up and down is something you don't see on my projects at all! Curious? It's the Adhesive Spacers! Yep, I'm nuts about creating texture and dimension and it's the adhesive I can't live without! Thanks SEI!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

2015 Design Team Call

It's time to select our 2015 Design Team! This year on the blog we will have some design team members who will be featured each month plus other guests and special features.
All applications must be received on or before September 30th.

1. Applicants will be accepted from the Continental US and Canada.
2. We encourage all crafters: scrapbookers, card-makers, 3D project makers, ANY creative individual to apply.
3. Selected design team members will be sent SEI products to create 2 projects per month with. Photographs of the projects and text provided by the designer will be featured on the blog each month.
4. We expect a 1 year commitment.
5. Design team member's first projects will be due on November 5th.

1. Send an e-mail with the subject line "Your Name -- DT Call" to seiblog{at}shopsei{dot}com. Provide this information in the e-mail: Name, state or province, and blog address (optional). Please do not add any additional information.
2. Attach images of 5 different projects (800 x 800 pixels each or smaller). These images should represent your style and best creative work. Photos REALLY matter!
3. You don't need to use SEI product in your application projects.

1. Excellent photography skills are a must!
2. The ability to create a diversity of creative projects.
3. The ability to communicate effectively without a lot of spelling and grammar errors.

1. You should receive an e-mail confirming that we received your application within 2 full business days. PLEASE don't respond to this e-mail, unless to withdraw your application.
2. If you do not receive an e-mail within 2 full business days after applying, contact us at seiblog{at}shopsei{dot}com. (If you apply on September 30th, let us know immediately if you don't receive a confirmation e-mail by noon MST on October 1st.)
3. Applicants will find out whether or not they have been accepted on October 2nd via e-mail.

Monday, September 15, 2014

DIY Gift Boxes for Autumn

Hi SEI fans! I recently learned how to make cute little gift boxes using two pieces of scrapbook paper, so for my second project with the September Papercrafting kit, I decided to make gift boxes with gift tags.

I used two different patterns for each box to make each box a little more fun!

For the gift tags, I used the wood clothespins included in the kit and covered them with stickers also included in the kit. Then I went ahead and actually adhered the pins to the box.

Thanks for stopping by!

April Joy

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Paper Recipe Box

How fun it is to create something useful and pretty all from paper, glue and a few embellishments!

Today I’m using some beautiful paper by SEI from the Azalea collection to create this Recipe Box (design id #27660) from the Silhouette Store. The box assembles quite easily. You just need to bend the paper in a few places and add a bit of glue. Done! Now you can embellish it!

I added some pom pom ribbon to the edges of the box using my hot glue gun. SEI has lots of great embellishments to choose from. Take a look at the other things you could add!

This paper is pretty inside and out!

This box would be a nice way to give a small food gift along with the recipe!

You can see all of my SEI projects here (on my blog) or here (on Pinterest).


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Autumn Scrapbooking Layouts from Club SEI's October Kit

The October Scrapbooking Kit features our Autumn Smiles collection. The crisp and earthy color pallet it is perfect for featuring those special fall events.

We can hardly wait to make more memories playing in the leaves, eating pumpkin pie, trick-or-treating, parties, and getaways! How about you?

These layouts highlight envelope techinques that will add expansion and pockets that are designed to keep all your recollections and mementos in one easy place.

Check out all the stuff that comes in this kit! Hmmm... maybe we'll have to giveaway one of these later this month. What do you think?

If you can't wait to get your hands on some autumn scrapbooking goodies, sign up for club today at!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Purrfect Package: Whimiscal Gift Tag

How about a purrfect gift wrapping solution? SEI's September Cardmaking Kit includes some pretty fancy feline die cuts and stickers you can mix and match with hats, bow ties and mustaches! It's easy and super fun to turn an ordinary little Kraft box into a whimsically decorated gift!


Monday, September 8, 2014

Handmade Family Banner Decor

Hi everyone! The color scheme in the September Papercrafting Kit is so pretty and perfect for fall, so for my first project I decided to make a banner to hang on our mantel as a start to decorating my home for the fall season.

I cut out the base and letters using my Silhouette Cameo, then layered elements from the Papercrafting kit on top of each letter.

Here's a look at what it looks like on our mantel. (Yes, I still have a lot more decorating to go!)

Thanks for stopping by!

April Joy

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Hoo's Awesome? -- Handmade Owl Cards

Oh boy, oh boy! If you're a critter lover like me, you are going to adore SEI's September Cardmaking Kit! Oh what fun it is to create with all these adorable pets and woodland animals!

For my first project, I focused on owls. Ever since I had the opportunity to watch a pair of nesting barn owls, Molly and McGee of Southern California, I fell in love!


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Back to School & Fall Fun Challenge

Thank you to each and every one who participated in our inspiration challenge last month!

The winner of the Gift Tag Challenge is #5, by Stephanie! Congrats! Please send an e-mail to seiblog{at}shopsei{dot}com to receive your gift code. Have fun shopping!

Source: Hollyhocks and Honeybees 

By the time of this post my twins have been Kindergarten a little over a week now. They have been eagerly waiting to move on from preschool and are now getting used to new friends, new routines and another year in school! Their teachers asked that I send a note of encouragement the first day of class to be read by the teacher out loud.

Once again, SEI's Hand Picked 12 x 12 assortment pack saved the day as I used papers and embellishments to create these cute note cards. I used my die cutter to create the pocket and note cards. I topped off each pocket with the fruit embellishments, tags and string. I used SEI washi tape to assemble the pocket.

I really love how versatile the Hand Picked collection is. The primary colors and familiar fruit shapes are sure to be a hit with my two little ones! There was even room to add a small treat!

What will you create?

Challenge Rules:
Use the inspiration image to create a new layout, card, or mixed media design.
Use the linky tool below to add your project. Please post a direct link to your project from your blog or photo sharing site.
Mention the SEI Design Inspiration Challenge and link back to our site. Encourage your friends to participate!
You may combine this challenge with other challenges.
Use of SEI products is not required.
Please leave a link no later than September 28th.
US and Canadian residents only, please.
Have FUN!!!!!

One project will be featured during the next monthly challenge and the winner will receive a $25 gift code from SEI.

Thanks so much for stopping by the blog!



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