Friday, August 28, 2015

Tea anyone?

I do love my tea- and while I am moving my craft room.....I found some card kits Ginny Maxam sent to me about a year or so ago,

 I do not know who makes this stamp, but isn't she sweet?  I changes the color of the backing paper to Old Olive and ran it through an embossing folder, the rest of the card is 'as is'.  How fun. Thanks Ginny! Stop by Ginny's Blog HERE- she makes beautiful cards- and has beautiful digi freebies too : )

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Anything but a Card

We are making Anything but a card for the Sweet Stamps challenge this week.

 I made my daughter a name hanger for her classroom, she found the original idea on Pintrest made out of wood. I cut out a piece of cardboard 17" long x 5" wide. I covered it with cardstock- Lt to Rt- Pink, Metallic Silver, So Saffron and White.
 For the pink section, I added color direct to paper swiping the ink onto the paper. Over the metallic cardstock, I added a couple of strips from the Braided Borders Globecraft Piccolo set. They are quick and easy to emboss using the adhesive and then adding Siam Silver Enamel EP.
 Over the So Saffron cardstock, I sponged So Saffron ink through the 'Backsplash' 6x6 stencil. Next, the cardstock was scored long ways 1.5" in from both edges,which you can see if you enlarge the picture. I used a 1 1/4" punch for the side edges and a 1 3/4 punch for the center section of the bottom edge, then hand trimmed that a bit,   I added the text using and old Alphabet  set I bought for the Cuttlebug way back when..........
 The last section is a white piece of cardstock that I dragged a Shades Die Ink spot over the cardstock- direct to paper- in Beach, then added a few stripes in Latte for some depth.  I added the black tip to the end of the pencil and that is it.

In case she wants to hang it up, I sent a little bit of ribbon along too.

 My daughter is back from teaching from China for three years- so nice to have her on American soil and teaching in the same state : )

Challenges:
Amusing- Back to School
Inkspirational- Melt (EP)
Alphabet Challenge- No Design Papers
Simon Says Stamp- Back to School

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Sweet Stamps-Masculine

We are making masculine cards at Sweet Stamps this week.


  I stamped the little buck from the Big Bucks stamp set in Rustic, Forest,  and Butterscotch Shades Die Inks.  I also added the bullseye image from the set in Beach Shades Die ink, and the hoof prints in Sandcastle Ink.
  I used SU cardstock, stamped the buck with Butterscotch (the rack) and Sandcastle, then watercolored the face of the deer from the ink I stamped it in.  Next, I used the ATC Basket Weave stencil and added a little background using Burgandy Shades die ink.  I used plain Mustard cardstock and distressed the edges.
 The border is from Globecraft Piccolo called Braided Borders and is embossed using Real Rust Enamel Embossing powder. (Using the enamel EP Adhesive).
 I stamped the sentiment in Valentine and Sandcastle ink.

Challenges:
Fantasy Stampers- Boys Rule
Lunagirl Moonbeams- Animals

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Saturday, August 15, 2015

ATC's

 Sharing a couple of ATC's I made this month for a couple of swaps.

This was made for the Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo group swap for the dragon theme.  I just had to make one ATC, and discovered I only have one dragon stamp- that fit exactly!  I colored the image with Copics. Well, part of the image- the gold Kimono is from recycled paper towel I used to clean up a shimmery spray. I added a strip of no hole beads on the edge on a sticky strip.
  A better view of the shimmer.


  More re-cycling fun:
 This one was made using more recycled shimmery paper towel.  I stamped the Hero Arts image on the background and re-stamped just the butterfly, fussy cut it out and added the beads in the centers. I also added the beaded strip on the edge attached to sticky strip.
 I bought the beads at a garage sale : )

Challenges-
Creative Card Crew- Sparkle
Fan-tastic Tuesday- AG + use a Butterfly

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Stampaway

I spent the weekend at my parents home in Ky, and was able to get away for a couple of hours and get over to Stampaway in Cincinnati at the Sharonville Convention Center.

 I had a limited time, as my Mother came with me, so had to 'speed shop'...... I was able to find a thing or two I 'needed'. Oh deer, I caved and bought the TH Birds........ I need a new paper cutter, and was researching and saw good reviews on the Carl Cutter, so decided to buy one.

I was so thrilled to run into a blogging friend from the Technique Junkies (at the Technique Junkies booth too), who I have been in communication with for quite a few years, Laverne W. from Nashville, Tenn.

   I spent some time coloring with Mom after we got back home....... A sneak peak at one of my fun colored images (Northwood Rubber Stamps):

 Here is how I travel with Copics:

 I have a three drawer storage unit- the drawers hold the 72 marker holders- four trays across.  I simply take the drawer out, put it in the car and bring it along : )

I have not had much computer time this past week- promise I will get to blogs in the next couple of days!

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly


Sunday, August 9, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Anything Goes

For the challenge this week at Sweet Stamps, we are creating with the theme of Anything Goes. Well, my ATC group met this month and we traded ATC's that had beads on them, so I used the occasion to bead an ATC.


 I also recycled on this project- the orange backing is from a baby wipe I used to clean up the ink from a previous project.

 I used a birdcage and bird from Globecraft and Piccolo from Sweet Stamps.  I used the Enamel Embossing Adhesive and Enamel Embossing Powder(s) Siam Silver and Royal Sterling on the bird cage.  The bird has 3D Enamel Gel in Daffodil Pearl and a few Glass no hole beads in black.

Sequins with bead centers were added with a needle and thread. I pierced around the edge of cardstock and used a needle and thread to add the beads to the edge.  I had to add some roses to the top to finish off the ATC.

Challenges:
That Craft Place- Mixed Media
We Love to Create- Mixed Media
Gem of a Challenge- Bird
Frilly and Funky- Things with Wings
ATC's Around the World- AG

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Friday, August 7, 2015

Look Who's Here

We had another baby in the family- this time on hubby's side of the family- another boy : )


 This cute baby image is from I Brake for Stamps. The sentiment is from Create with TLC and I use this one alot- for the time being.

Challenges:
DRS Designs- Dry Embossing
Fab N Funky- No Patterned Paper
Allways Something Creative- CAS

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Summer

The Sweet Stamps challenge this week is Summer.  What says summer like flowers?


 In the Midwest, we do not have flowers until Mother's Day, and once the first frost sets in- no more flowers until the following year.  So, we enjoy our flowers so much!

 I made a background using various inks, then stamped the background stamp over the back using Paprika ink. The floral image is stamped and embossed with Black Detail EP, then water colored. Happy Birthday is also embossed.  Pearls and lace finish off the card- this was for my Mom's 86th Birthday : )

Challenges:
ABC Challenge- O is for Open
613 Avenue Creates- Twist B-day
Allsorts- Pearls/Gems
Chocolate, Coffee and Cards- Flower in image
Seize the Birthday- B-day w/embossing
Fab N Funky- No Patterned Papers

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Oriental Stamp Art- Pentagon plus Washi

The Oriental Stamp Art group on Yahoo Groups has many swaps and mingles to join in- and I thought a Pentagon would be a fun mingle.

 I searched online- Google for Pentagon card ideas- I found a pattern for a Pentagon as above, so decided to get out some Washi paper and go to town.
 I used the center of the card for the sweet image from Great Impressions- from many years ago.....  The cardstock is Paper Temptress and is very shimmery IRL just slighty off white.

Challenges:
Fantasy Stampers- Lots of layers
Alphabet Challenge- Lavender
PDE Linky Party- AG
Simon Says Stamp- No Ordinary Paper
Word Art Wednesday- AG

Here is the card I received back from RLI aka Margo.

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sweet Stamps- Technique- Parchment crafting

We are on the last week of Christmas in July at SweetStamps.com and our focus is on Parchment Stamping.

 I created using Silver Bells : )  If you start singing Silver Bells it will make me smile : )  I stamped the image Bells with Bow onto Parchment Vellum.  First, use an antistatic pad!  Using embossing ink, I achieved this twinkle using Ivory Fantasy EP.
 I fussy cut out the Silver Bells. I colored in the back and a tiny bit on the front of the Vellum with Copic (Sketch) markers. I added some piercing and I embossed from behind on the round bell portion and added Sakura Gelly Roll pen so it would really sparkle.
 I embossed the image Scroll Scissors Frame (also) using Ivory Fantasy EP. I fussy cut the edge of the image and also cut out the oval from the inside. I added dots of G18 Copic (Sketch) marker on the dots around the edges. I popped up the red layer on dimensionals, I had red cardstock behind the oval, but decided to soften the look by adding (Parchment) Vellum on it.
 Finally, I embossed Merry Christmas and added it to the front of the card. I layered the red top layer over a Metallic Silver cardstock (from SU), then an Ivory shimmery cardstock from Paper Temptress.

Other supplies:
Antistatic pad
Ranger Embossing Ink
Copic Sketch Markers
Piercing tool
Piercing mat
Stylus tools (I used the largest end/size in the set)

We hope you will JOIN us in the challenge!!!  HERE is the Challenge Blog.  HERE is the SweetStamps video showing how easy Parchment is- such a beautiful look!

***HERE is a link for the clearance section at Sweet Stamps- Stamps and Dies on sale : )

Challenges:
Christmas Cards all Year Long- Dots (Green) and Stripes (in the bell)
Amusing Challenge- AG
Christmas Card Challenges- AG
Glitter Sparkle- Something with a B= Bells + Bow
52 Christmas Card Throwdown- Emboss on Vellum
Simon Says Stamp- Sparkle and Shine
Word Art Wednesdays- Family Friendly

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly
 
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