Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tuesday Throwdown- Opposites Attract

The Technique Junkies Stencil CD Blog Hop is HERE

Sweet Stamps challenge- use a die- is HERE

Opposites Attract is the challenge this week at At Tuesday Throwdown.
 Choose two colors on the opposite sides of the color wheel and come play along!
I used a Polished Stone background in green and layered it on Almost Artichoke cardstock. I used stamps by Sweet Stamps. The flowers are colored with Copic Markers. The ribbon is from the OLD archives- when SU used to have 7/8"Organdy ribbon. The brads are also SU.

Our sponsor this week is Craft Classes Online and the winner will win a spot at one of their awesome classes.

Stop by the Tuesday Throwdown blog to see what the other designers created : )

Challenges:
Cards in Envy- Twine
Incy Wincy- Something old (ribbon) Something new- stamps
Crafting When We Can- No DP


Thanks so much for stopping by!
Shelly

Technique Junkies- Stencil CD Blog Hop

The Technique Junkies Newsletter design team has another fabulous hop for you!  Pat and the talented design team have so many inspirational projects to share with you from the BRAND NEW CD – Sensational Stencils. This newest edition to the Technique Junkies Specialty CD

 This is a sample of the Stencil PE technique. The stamp and sentiment are by Technique Junkies Stamps. The stencil is a die cut made with an SVG from Bird's Cards. I wish the shimmer photographed better!

 The Table of Contents for the entire CD is HERE.

The CD has lots of new techniques along with some old favorites.  So break out your stencils and play along!  

Order yours now by clicking HERE

You should have arrived here from Jackie Kalchert's blog.   I always love Jackie's take on the challenges!

Your next stop is Pat Huntoons blog

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Monday, September 29, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Use a Die

The challenge at Sweet Stamps for this week is to use a die.
 I made treat bags that hold candy- or any other fun treats.

Here are the dimensions:
For the two outside bags- cut cardstock  9" x's 2.5"
Score at 4" and 5"
Cut a piece of cardstock 2"x's 6 1/4" and score at 1", 3", 4" and 6"
Fold, glue ends. Glue front and back to the long sides of the folded tube. One open end will touch the bottom of the candy/gift bag
Decorate the outsides.

For the Purple tube- the dimensions:
3" x's 9"
Score at 4" and 5"
For the inside tube, cut cardstock 7 1/4 " long x's 2" wide
Score it at 2.5", 3.5", 6" and 7"  Fold and glue the ends together. Open end of the tube is at the base of the candy bag.
Decorate the outside.
Fill with goodies.
 This is a close-up of the Piccolo bat- I used Vintage Black Enamel EP.

Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:

Chocolate Delights CS
Sunshine Yellows CS  Citrus Oranges CS Fade to Black CS

Lavenders CS


  Magnetic Platform for Wafer Thin Dies by Sizzix
 We have a weekly challenge and a monthly technique challenge. The monthly challenge 9/15-10/14 is Chalkboard Stamping. Our winners are chosen by Random.org- and if you use a Sweet Stamps image, your entry will count x's 2!


Sweet Stamps has a Pintrest board HERE

Sweet Stamps has a Facebook group HERE

Challenges:
Amusing- Die Cuts
Pile it On- The Witching Hour/Halloween Shiney- bat with enamel EP
Corrosive Challenge- Halloween Colors
Scrapbooker Phd- Halloween Sentiment
Creative Card Crew-Twine

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Michael Strong Anniversary Blog Hop

Michael Strong Yahoo group 6th  Anniversary blog hop
The Hop starts at Michael's Blog HERE 
 I first heard about the Michael Strong Yahoo Group from the group creator- Hetty Sanders. Hetty is also a Technique Junkie- and a very talented designer.

 My first card was created in 2011 using a Michael Strong Stamp:
  I used Distress Inks and 'water stamping' for the background. The sentiment is by Create with TLC.

  The Yahoo Group is really fun- we have a 'Card Captain' each week- sharing cards using Michael Strong Stamps and each Thursday we have a tutorial. Recently, we learned about Bister- and I had to give it a go......

 I used the Bister through a stencil. The butterfly is cut out of another page of the Bister, and I added glimmer using a Sakura Gelly Roll Pen. The butterfly was fussy cut and just the center portion of it is glued down. The sentiment is by Create with TLC.


 There is a giveaway- you can win a stamp from Michael Strong Stamps- just leave a comment at all of the blogs in the Hop. Your next stop on the hop is Heidi.

If you get lost along the way, Hetty has a full list for the hop on her blog HERE

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Friday, September 26, 2014

Altered Playing Cards #3

I am playing catch up- I am wanting to try to keep up with this challenge, so worked on last week's challenge- I need more hours in the days!
 The ATC's are made on Playing cards- they are both covered with Gesso. I added Alcohol inks on the Lt side as per the challenge. I used SU images and a sewing themed stencil- on the Lt you can see a vague brown stencil of a measuring tape. I added Wink of Stella to the flower centers and the heart, and the buttons are from a SU Sizzlet.
 The Rt ATC is colorized with Ranger Distress Inks in fall colors, and the Oak leaves are a Cheery Lynn die. The leaves are cut with scraps from my Technique Junkies bucket, and the sentiment and background stamp are from Sweet Stamps.

 We have a wedding tomorrow in Chicago, so I will be visiting Blogs on Sunday : )  And stamping....

I hope you have a Blessed weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Use your Favorite Embellishment

The challenge at Sweet Stamps is, "Use your favorite embellishment"....'Except I cannot pick just one......!  I am a lover of lace, ribbon and sewing on cards. So, I added all three : )
 The Butterscotch cardstock has Butterscotch ink (Spot) through a stencil as a background- it is a subtle backdrop for the floral image. I colored the image with Copics. I used a towel and Copic Colorless Blender '0' to texturize the vase. And, then I fussy cut the image- love the way it looks on the black BG- it is popped up on dimensionals.

 Here is a close-up of the Enamel Embossed chipboard piece- pictures do not do this embossing powder justice!

Here are the products I used from the SweetStamps.com Store:



Sweet Stamps has a Pintrest board HERE

Sweet Stamps has a Facebook group HERE

Challenges:
Sketch and Stash- Sketch & stash- used lace and black seam binding gifted to me...about 3 years ago 
Cuttlebug Mania- Anything Die Cut
PDE Link Party- Stitching
Through the Craftroom Door- AG
Our Daily Bread- Inspiration Picture
Craft-Dee BowZ- AG with a Handmade Bow
Dream Valley- Lace + Ribbon
Love to Create- Fussy Cut
Bastel-traum/Tinker-Dream- Sewing

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

 

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Peanut : )

We have been away from our dog for a few days- and have also had no internet connection either......I guess I should have pre-scheduled a post........
 Our dog-Peanut-  does not look too different from this sweet image from the Technique Junkies stamps. He is staying with our neighbor- we hope he will want to come back home tomorrow....... 
I used a technique from the Technique Junkies newsletter called Rainbow Ribbons- from the latest newsletter. Awwwwww

 I have about 500 e-mails in my inbox- and lots of blogs to visit- missed you all : )
Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Tuesday Throwdown- Bows and Butterflies

It's Tuesday- time for a new Tuesday Throwdown challenge!  We are crafting with Bows and Butterflies this week using images from our sponsor- DeeDee's Digi's.
 DeeDee generously allowed us to choose images- and I loved the In Season set- it has four seasonal images- they come as line drawings or as pre-colored images- and it has great sentiments as well : )
 I used a Technique Junkies technique for the background- it is called Simple Sumi.
 The butterflies are cut using a Memory Box die, rhinestones in the centers. My bow is made using twine.

 Be sure to stop by the Tuesday Throwdown blog and see what the other designers have come up with!

Challenges:
Words 2 Scrap By- To Every Thing There is a Season
Creating in Faith, Hope and Love- Scripture and celebrate something
The Craft Blog- Sentimental
My Heart Pieces- Use a digi stamp
Simon Wednesday Challenge- Make your own background

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Anything Goes

The challenge at Sweet Stamps for this week is Anything Goes.

 Sweet Stamps new line of stencils came with some more fun 'stuff' being added to the store- Wendy Vecchi Embossing Pastes!  I had to break out the Metallic Gold here- Ohh la la! It is very shimmery IRL: )
  I first did smooshed Distress Inks Worn Lipstick and Weathered Wood onto my non-stick craft mat.  I spritzed them with water and ran the cardstock through it.  After it dried, I used the Embossing paste thru Circle Pavers stencil. The 'runway' is a strip of the leftover background piece.
 I used Copics to color the image: RV21, RV23, RV25, R02, R20, BG000, Y21, Y23, Y26, E000, E00, E02, E04, E11.

Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:



We have a weekly challenge and a monthly technique challenge. The monthly challenge 9/15-10/14 is Chalkboard Stamping. Our winners are chosen by Random.org- and if you use a Sweet Stamps image, your entry will count x's 2!

Sweet Stamps has a Pintrest board HERE

Sweet Stamps has a Facebook group HERE

Challenges:
Artistic Inspirations- AG and/or Bling
Simon Monday Challenge- Techniques
Fashionable Stamping Challenge- Fashion
A Creative Need- Textures or Patterns
Left of Center- No Designer Paper
STAMPlorations- Stamps and Markers
Scrap It Girl- Stencils or Masks

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly
 
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