Thursday, April 17, 2014

Here come the Cottontails....

 Those who know me well know the joy in creating for me is trying new techniques : )  This is a new fun technique by Technique Junkies called Stencil Spray with a Twist.

  I had a blast- started with cutting a stencil for my background with an SVG from Bird's Cards- which she generously offers for free- love her beautiful files- on my new Silhouette Cameo! Then, I sprayed on Dylusions in some bright colors.
  The  bunny images are from Impression Obsession- I inked them up with two different colors of brown inks and texturized with the ink pads before stamping them. I cut them out leaving a tiny border of white. The sentiment is a digi from Sweet n Sassy stamps. The background stamp is from Starving Artistamps (stamped in black- not sure if it is retired?).

Challenges:
Crafty Ribbons- AG with Ribbons
Creative Knockouts- Furry or Feathery Friends
Addicted to Stamping- Anything Goes
Repeat Impressions- Easter
Simon Says Stamp- Animals
ABC Challenge- J is for Just as you Like It (AG)
Mark's Finest Papers- Easter Card

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Monday, April 14, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Anything Goes/ Embossing (Dry or Heat)

It's another great challenge at Sweet Stamps .  Our challenge theme for this Week is Anything Goes PLUS we are combining our Monthly challenge- Embossing (Dry or Heat).
  I used Cold Press Watercolor paper for my card. I swiped the antistatic pad across the paper, then embossed with Black Detail EP.  I painted using Peerless Transparent Watercolors.
  Here is how I store my watercolors so I can paint with them wherever I want to- this makes them easy to travel with as well. I have a couple of pieces of acetate cut to the size of the case that I use for painting- I can mix colors on it and water down the colors there as well. Any unused paints dry and I can use them later as well. This is just a small piece of the paint swatch from the Peerless pkg, so when I use all of the paint of any color, I can replace the swatch from my book and start all over.

Here are the products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:


 I hope you will join in the challenge! Every entry qualifies you for a chance to win $20 of items from the store at Sweet Stamps, and if you use a Sweet Stamps image- you will receive an additional chance to win! The winner is chosen by Random.org- so everyone has a chance to win!

   Stop by the Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog HERE to see what the rest of the DT has created for the

 Challenges:
Crafting From the Heart- AG- Use Yellow
Incy Wincy- CAS
Scrapbook Stamp Society challenge- A/G plus Use Yellow on your card

***Sweet Stamps also has a PINTREST page- HERE ***

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ir-Resistable fun with an older technique

 I needed to make cards for a swap today, so looked at challenges, so decided to play with a challenge from MFP and made Wax Paper Resist cards.
 This is plain old Wax Paper resist- so I had to try something fun- I cut an oval die out of the center of the Wax Paper and left that part white. When I cut the oval, I made a template with a plain white cardstock, so I could place it over the the oval when I added the color.

 So, for my Swap cards, I used the wax paper in an embossing folder and so the Wax Paper resist has a pattern:
  The horse was stamped on a textured CS, so I just cut around the outside. The word for horse in Chinese is 'ma' and there are 4 different tones in Chinese- so- in the other tones it also means mother, hemp, or scold..... That is why Chinese is so hard to speak! Horse is a third tone......

All stamps are from Mark's Finest Papers.

Challenges:
Mark's Finest Papers Tutorial Time- Wax Paper Resist
Challenges 4 Everybody- Anything Goes
Allsorts- Spring is in the Air
Crafty Calender Challenge- Things with Wings
Sweet Stampin- Flowers
Open Minded Crafting Fun- Pastel Colors
CAS-ual Fridays- CAS + oval die(s)
Craftyhands- Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

All God's Children

"All God's Children" is the theme of a Blog Hop today, hosted by The Carriers of Faith. We are a blogging group over at SCS.

 
  "And Jesus took a child and put him in this midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, "Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me. " ~Mark 9:36-37


  Children find their joy in simplicity, as in the scene above. They can spend the entire day finding bugs under rocks or scattering seeds. When I think of children, I also think of their innocence and pure Love.

  I was fortunate to grow up in a very faith-filled family with 2 sisters and 4 brothers. We spent hours outdoors finding joy and entertainment in finding bugs, swimming and fishing and playing baseball. We would get refrigerator boxes and roll down the hill of the 1st riverbank......

 My card uses a digi image by Nicecrane Deisgns that I found through a Facebook group called Christian Cardmakers around the world. The digi sentiment is from Create with TLC. The background I learned in the latest Technique Junkies newsletter called Stencil Spray fun.

Hop order for April 2014
Carol- start of the HOP
Jeanette
Shelly- You Are HERE
April
Kelly
Barb
Zella
Paula

I used a Sketch challenge from SplitCoast Stampers SC483 for my card.
Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sweet Stamps Challenge- Easter

It's another great challenge at Sweet Stamps .  Our challenge theme for this week is Easter .

 I love this image- and started out embossing on Vellum and was going to color it in, but I decided to try embossing the image with a variety of Embossing Powders, and I decided I like the sparkly look on the rich purple cardstock. The embossing powder has sparkle to it- and I cut out a thin layer of white shimmery cardstock beneath it. There is a layer of embossed purple cardstock behind the cross too- I layered it all up on a Center Step card.

  I had fun trying the Royal Sterling Enamel EP on the butterflies as well. Oh- this is so gorgeous IRL!  There is purple and silver shimmer too : )
 I made a number of embossed Cross images- here are a couple more CAS cards I put together:
 This cardstock is a very shimmery cardstock from Paper Temptress- and the EP is called 24 K Gold.....looks so elegant- I decided to stop.....


And this is the Royal Sterling EP on another white shimmery cardstock (also from Paper Temptress). This is very shimmery IRL too. I decided to leave this CAS as well.

There are the Sweet Stamps products I used on these cards:

 I hope you will join in the challenge! Every entry qualifies you for a chance to win $20 of items from the store at Sweet Stamps, and if you use a Sweet Stamps image- you will receive an additional chance to win! The winner is chosen by Random.org- so everyone has a chance to win!

  Here is a direct link to the Monthly Challenge as well- 3/15-4/14 Inking w/markers. You have a chance to WIN- winners drawn by Random.org.

  Stop by the Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog HERE to see what the rest of the DT has created for the Challenges

 Challenges:
Card Mania- Easter
Dream Valley- Easter
Sweet Stampin- Easter
Time 4 Scrap- Easter
Craft-Dee BowZ- AG w/handmade bow
Craft Your Passion- No Designer Papers
Make My Monday- Easter themed

***Sweet Stamps also has a PINTREST page- HERE ***

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Friday, April 4, 2014

Feeling ready for Spring!

The new Technique Junkies Newsletter is out : )   I love a couple of the techniques so much- this is my take on the Stencil Spray with a Twist:
 I used Dylusions in Red, Orange and Green. The stencil pattern was cut on the Cameo (using Make the Cut). I used a Freebie SVG as a pattern for the stencil offered by Birds Cards. The background image is SU and the rest are by About Art Accents.
  The image is colored with Copic Markers in colors to coordinate with the background. The leaves are a separate image, so I masked them. The shimmer I added with a Stardust Gelly Roll Pen.

Challenges:
Bloggers Challenge- Stencils
Crafty Catz- Springtime
Creative Corner Challenge- April Showers bring May Flowers
Get Inky- Spring
Sister Act- Anything Goes
One Crazy Stamper- Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks- Color an image
Through the Craftroom Door- AG

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Monday, March 31, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Use a Die

It's another great challenge at Sweet Stamps .  Our challenge theme for this week is to Use a Die .

 I had to try something different with a die- embossing with a Foil (sticky back) Paper.......I always love to try new things.....
 I taped the die to the back of the foil with removable tape, then used a stump to trace- don't be afraid to press hard!  You can use the stylus tool to show the fine areas of the die- like the owls eye and body too- which I did at the end.
 Next, I placed the foil onto the embossing folder (ridge side up) and rubbed the stump over it.  I did not remove the backing before attaching to the card- so it would be a bit sturdier. I sanded the foil before attaching it. On colored foil, the base with show up just like sanding the Coordinations cardstock shows a core color.

 Ok- I also had some fun with dies and my Art Journal cover.

 I made something REALLY different for me. For the April/May Technique Junkies newsletter, we learned a technique for cards (inspired by Art Journals) called Textured Monochromes. I thought I would decorate the cover of my Art Journal....so here goes!
 First, I painted the cover with Gesso, then with a light brown acrylic paint color. I picked brown as that is the color I figured the owl should be......  Next I cut the owl out of plain grungeboard. I attached it to the cover with  gel medium. I ripped a piece of cardstock and made it the branch under the owl- attached it with Gel medium.

I cut out the Mini Medallion die, and added modeling paste through it top left and again- just out of the picture on the right. I added a stencil with moon shapes- thinking it looked similar to the owls eyes.

On the far bottom, I added numerous roses- I cut off and saved some of the leaves from the Roses.

On the leaves- upper Rt and lower Lt, I used modeling paste thru leaves, and the other two and leaves from the roses pieced together.
 On the leaves- upper Rt and lower Lt, I used modeling paste thru leaves, and the other two and leaves from the roses pieced together.
 I added more color in layers, added some crackle paint and some sparkle spritz (Fairy Dust Creative Inspiration paint mixed with water).  Once I did that- forget taking a picture of this- the sheen changes the colors a tad.......  I added Brownie and Latte Shades die ink sponged on around the edges for a finishing touch. I also mixed some Brownie ink with Gesso, and used bubble wrap for more interest.
 I added a few ribbons to the edge- and will add more later- I am messy, so do not want to get paint and gesso all over it while playing.

Here are the Sweet Stamps products I used on my projects:




 I hope you will join in the challenge! Every entry qualifies you for a chance to win $20 of items from the store at Sweet Stamps, and if you use a Sweet Stamps image- you will receive an additional chance to win! The winner is chosen by Random.org- so everyone has a chance to win!

  Here is a direct link to the Monthly Challenge as well- 3/15- 4/14 Inking Stamps with Markers . You have a chance to WIN- winners drawn by Random.org.



 Challenges:
Use your Stuff- Die Cuts
OSAAT- Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge- Show Us Your Metal
Allsorts- Use those dies
Alphabet Challenge- D for Diecut
Challenges and Candies- Embossing
Cut it Up- AG with Die Cuts
Creative Knockouts- Texturize It

***Sweet Stamps also has a PINTREST page- HERE ***

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly



Saturday, March 29, 2014

Washi Herringbone

Here is a pretty background technique for a card using- Washi tape.
 This was made for the Feb/March Technique Junkies Newsletter and it was fun to actually use some of my Washi Tape up!  I love this beautiful butterfly and the sentiment is perfect my my daughter(s), I call them both Beautiful (or Petunia- hahaha) and the Kanji is perfect for Katie! The stamps are by Mark's Finest Papers.

 Still a bit under the weather- I am OK as long as I do not eat anything......  Jello and tea are OK.....

Challenges:
MFP- Thursday Color challenge- Grey and Cranberry
Sugar Creek Hollow- Make your own background
Sister Act- Anything Goes
CRAFT- What season where you are

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Friday, March 28, 2014

Masked and Quartered

 OK- bet you read that title thinking- what the heck is she up to???  Well, surprise- it is a Technique Junkies technique from the Feb/March newsletter!
 I stamped on Soft Suede and colored the image with Twinkling H2O's. Ohhhhhhh- I do not get these out enough!  The image, black Kanji text and sentiment are from Marks Finest Papers. The BG stamp in white is from Technique Junkies.

 I am recovering with a bout of the flu this week- my husband had it first and since we share almost everything.......  (Well, he stays out of my craft room, and just about everything in the garage- is his ).

Challenges:
Marks Finest Papers- Inspiration Challenge Flower/Flower Pot
4 Crafty Chicks- Spring
4 Krafty Girlz- Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz- CAS
Cute Card Thursdays- Floral Delights

Have a great weekend!
Shelly

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Become~ E=mc2

 As Einstein says, "Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world". So, inspired by this quote and the Technique Junkies technique of the week, Rounded Squares, I came up with a card:


I had to make this fun card for my sister- she is a Patent attorney but her undergrad was in Physics : )  All images are from Technique Junkies Stamps. I used SU Choc Chip and Cherry Cobbler cardstock and ink. I also added a touch of shimmer using a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.

 FYI- did you know there is an Einstein Memorial in Washington DC?  We had to go visit there when we went to DC.

Have a great day!
Shelly
 
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