Friday, April 19, 2019

Bugaboo- Friday Freebie

It’s Friday, time for the Friday Freebie at Bugaboo Digital images.


  I really love this cute image. My husband plays baseball on a over 55 league, and I will give this card to him. His season is just beginning.
   I used Distress inks on the background, home Plate was cut from white cardstock. I added embossed sentiment by Technique Junkies. Another TJ Stamp was used on the background. Twine was added as a final accent.  

Challenges TBA

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Monday, April 15, 2019

Dueling Darlings- Out of this World!

The Dueling Darlings have a fun theme this month- Out of This World!  Terry S and  LJ are the hostesses this month. The hostesses provide the theme and a kit with supplies.



and a side view of the wobbler:


 I absolutely love this fun theme! Terry sent a kit with:
Images- MFT Space Explorer Stamp/ die set stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink on Neenah
Solar Crest White and Gina K Base weight white   Cardstock.
DP- not sure which one I used: MME Blastoff, Echo Park Lost in Space, Photoplay Infinity & Beyond and Photoplay Intergalactic.
Embellishments: Hampton Arts action wobble, Recollections Star Brads, Recollections Bling,  Darcie  Bakers Twine, and Kaisercraft wooden pieces.

 The images were colored with Copics. Enamel embossing powder from Sweetstamps was used on the wood pieces. I employed the action wobble on the astronaut. There is plenty left to make another card : )

Hop on over to the other Divas and Dazzlers to see lots of cards that are ‘Out of This World’!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Happy Easter, Chick!

 I love Sketch challenges, and you can tell I am in a very colorful and vibrant mood !!!





I used the image Skinny Bird Easter colored with Copics for my card. I used dies for the circle elements- the yellow is Sweet Stamps, not sure about the top one....  The dot embellishments are a purplish color- drowned out by the camera.....

The sentiment is Create with TLC.

Come Join us!  The challenge lasts 2 weeks!  We's love to have you join in the challenge!!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Bugaboo- New Release

 Perfect for this time of year, Bugaboo has a new release image today!


 Yep, April showers bring May flowers!  I love flowers- and especially coloring them, as they do not make me sneeze!!!  These Daffodils and the umbrella are colored with Copic markers. The dies are unmarked- poss MFT, the cardstock- purple JFF, the yellow-So Saffron -is by SU.
  The sentiment is by Sparkle and Sprinkle.

Challenges-
Get Creative- AG no twist
A Bit More Time to Craft- AG


Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Use a napkin please!

 I started out to make an interactive card, and I had a fail, so played around and used the Sunday Featured Stamper at SCS as a Mojo/ idea stimulator.....  I picked THIS card, where the scripture or sentiment was really the main focus. 


  From the inspiration card, I used the napkin instead of the smooshing, technique, but used the sentiment and the butterfly.  The music strips and the butterfly were also part of the napkin. 
The sentiment is by Graciellie Designs Unity set called Faith and Hope. 

Challenges: TBA

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Shelly

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Unity Blog Hop


Welcome to the Growing in Unity Blog Hop for the GIU girls from Jan-Feb 2019. If you are just starting here, make sure you check the list at the bottom of this post for all of the links to the projects in this hop.  Visit and comment at all of the links below for a chance to WIN one of the two prize packs provided by Unity Stamp Company. 

 I took out the watercolors and the Unity Kit of the Month 1/2017 for this hop.


 I stamped the images on Arches watercolor paper using Gina K Amalgam ink.  Arteza brush pens and Daniel Smith watercolors were used on these projects.  The black and white DP is Gina K Designs. The cardstock is SU.

  IRL, this is a bit darker- the blue anyway.  I watercolored here again using the same colors as above, just a different layout.


 This is an additional stamp in the KOTM which was also watercolored on Arches water color paper. The image was die cut using Memory Box stitched circles and a spellbinders scalloped circle die. The black cardstock is embossed.

Here is the Blog Hop order. Thanks for joining in the Unity hop today!

Kim Marie Monson Leach 

Rachel Duong


Heidi Cope 


Shelly Schmidt     You are HERE


Sue Wisniewski


Pamela J. Duncan 


Cara Malmrose 


Ashley Johnson ...



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Shelly

Saturday, March 30, 2019

Bugaboo Friday Freebie

I am having a computer issue- finally got onto the Internet, so I am posting while I have this window open. Bugaboo had a sweet new release today:

   The cute image is colored with Copic markers. A Memory Box stitched rectangle die was used for cutting out the image.  I added Glossy Accents to the dots on the umbrella, the rain drops and the puddle under boots.  The background is made with Distress Inks.  I spritzed a stencil with water and then laid it on the Distress Ink background. I added an embossed layer, then a strip of the background that was leftover.

Stop on by the Bugaboo Digi store to pick up this cute digi and shop around a bit- Jodie has just added some gorgeous florals and some cute Easter images!

Challenges TBA

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Thursday, March 28, 2019

CYS-March Bunnies

March - Barbara - bejoyce--Keyword CYSMAR 
~~use a bunny or rabbit, and it does not have to be an Easter card. If you don't have one, use any animal on your card


The image of the bunny on the swing is by Uptown Rubber Stamps, the row of bunnies on the bottom is by Stampin Up,  the Easter eggs in the grass are by Embossing Arts, the sentiment is by Bugaboo Digital Stamps,

 I colored using Copic markers.  The tree trunk and leaves were freehand cut.  For the tree, I colored using Copics for texture and the trunk is embossed using a Tim Holtz Sissix EF . The Grass is cut using a Cheery Lynn die. The sky is sponged using SU Soft Sky and I used a SU scalloped oval punch for my template. All cardstock is Stampin Up.

 I bought these stamps about 10 years ago, and it's the first time they have seen ink!  Fun story- when I was a young nurse, I worked the 3-11:30 shift.  After work, we would go to a nearby park and swing!  It was so nice to spend time together but swinging is so calming!  And, at midnight, we did not have little kids that wanted the swings.

Challenges:
The sketch at The Outlaws gave me the idea for the layout.

Little Red Wagon- Use something that hops
Simon Says Wednesday- AG
Words 2 Craft By- Happiness
Animal Friends- Rabbits

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Friday, March 22, 2019

Punny Foods

For the Dueling Darling posting for today, Heather is the Divas hostess, and Jeanette filled in and sent us an image for the Dazzlers.


 The image and sentiment are from Whipper Snappers The Big Cheese and Age Doesn't matter.  I have many punny images, but all are not related to food, so went with this cute image and will send this B-day card to one of my brothers : ) 
 I colored the image with Copic markers.  For the background, I used SU punches and punched out 3/4 and 1" circles, and alternated them making a 'Bokeh' background for my cute mouse. I used Distress ink Scattered Straw for the background.
 Please visit the Dazzlers and the Diva's blogs posted below and see the different cards made with the same image and ideas!  Next month, we have a new Dazzler to add to our group!!!

Challenges:
TBA

Divas and Dazzlers links : )

Dazzlers:
Blogs: Darlene  ,  Donna Jeanette  , Shelly- you are here, Terry L  , Tracie

SCS Galleries:   Terry A , Debbie B

Divas
Blogs : Barb  , Carol ,  Judy ,   Heather  , Kelly  LJ  Tami
SCS Galleries:  Suzy  , Terry S 





Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Spring Garden

The SCS Way to Use it challenge today wants to know what's in your garden.  I planted 6 new Hydrangea plants last year, 4 different varieties.  I cannot wait until they bloom! 


 From the kit from Terry S., I colored up this beautiful Stipple Hydrangea. Copic markers were used.  The die- I think it's MFT but not positive.  The DP, doily and embellishments are all from the kit.

Challenges:
TBA

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Wednesday, March 20, 2019

SCS sketch and another card kit

I made up another card from a card kit from Tracy C from our kit group at SCS (Splitcoaststampers).  It is the first day of Spring, so my card reflects that. I also used the SCS sketch challenge for today.


 It is raining here- good day to stamp, and the grass will become more green.  I am not in an area where there is flooding, so hope it is NOT raining where it is. 
  This image is SU, Tracy stamped it onto Neenah cardstock and the base is Lovely Lilac.

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Card Kits

I made a few cards from a card kit received from Sue (dani_fournier).  



 I love the simplicity of this pretty image- not sure where it is from.  I colored it with Copics. I fussy cut around the leaf under the ribbon (on the lower Rt), so it is dimensional, so I cut another of the die cuts the flower is cut out on- 2nd one plain, so you cannot see underneath the raised leaf.  

  

This image is perfect for a wedding shower that we have in a month or so.  I used DP that was covered with roses from the kit, the top and the bottom are the reverse side of the DP. I added Gold Washi , an embossed panel behind the image and glitter dots also included in the kit. 


I am pretty sure this image is Denami Designs. Everything on the top panel was in the kit except the ribbon and cording.  I used recycled wrapping paper from Christmas (the gold layer) to add some bling.  The image is colored with Wink of Stella glitter pen and Copic markers.  My Mom died recently, so I am going to send this to a sibling : )  We have angels watching over us now!


I requested Purple, thinking of you and Sympathy cards.  Each member of the group sends images and items from their stash.  It is fun to create away!

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Bugaboo New Release

The Bugaboo New Release this week- so fun and adorable!


  Both of my daughters played softball- back in the day.  My husband coached my youngest 1st-6th grade and they won a Championship or two along the way.
  I colored the image in the colors of The Chicago Cubs- our favorite professional team : )

Stop by the store and check out the new releases and there is always a Friday Freebie as well!

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Stella Says Sketch Challenge 706

The Catch the Bug challenge for today is the Stella Says Sketch #706 .


  I love this fun image and sentiment- did you know if you wear green, a leprechaun cannot see you?  If you do NOT wear green, he can see you and will pinch you : ) 
  I colored the image, Fanny Calendar March, with Copic markers.  The die is by Gina Marie.

Come join us for the Catch the Bug challenge- Stella Says Sketch! You have 2 weeks to enter!

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Saturday, March 16, 2019

Unity ATC's

Each month, I trade ATC's with a group of ladies -using Unity Stamps.  These are my February ATC's.


 I was determined to NOT use pink this month.  I made a masterboard with red paint on layer one, then added Gesso.  Well, I was not patient enough apparently, as the white and red made a pretty-very much a  pink color.  I added some stamping and embossing in the background, shimmery glitter glue around the border too.  I stamped this girl on the ATC, then again on another sheet of cardstock and fussy cut it out. I liked the flecks around her and the small hearts, so did not loose them with the under layer stamping.
  The image is colored with Copic markers.

 The 2nd ATC uses a Phyllis Harris image.  I stamped it and watercolored it.  I am showing a group it these ATC's, as they are all a tad bit different.


  I used Daniel Smith paints and tried to make them as similar as possible.  Isn't this image just the sweetest?

Thanks for stopping by!  I think after 10 days of house quarantine for a very bad respiratory virus, I am finally on the mend!  It has been a long 2 weeks.  My asthma complicated the matter, and had to be put on a hefty dose of steroids and a couple of meds via a nebulizer a few times a day.  Luckily, hubby seems to have avoided the virus so far- fingers crossed and praying like crazy!
  Thanks for everyone who was aware and sent well wishes and prayers- they are much appreciated!

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

More card kit cards

I was showered with Card Kits in the month of February.  I asked for kits in the color purple and with themes of Thinking of You or Sympathy- in memory of my Mom.

I made three cards using the kits awaiting me:

 This pretty image was sent to me from Nancy H.  I colored it with Copics.  I added the black cardstock, everything else was in the kit Nancy provided.


 This beautiful Rose from Gina K was sent in a kit by Terry L.  I added the die, the rest of the card contents were in the kit.  Such a beautiful image!


 This pretty kit is from Kelly.  I really love hydrangea's, and isn't the sentiment too sweet? 

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Tuesday Throwdown- Good Luck

Our new challenge at Tuesday Throwdown is "Good Luck".  We are Sponsored by Power Poppy.  I used the Digital Set called   Wish You Luck.



 The image was colored using Copic markers. I used Nuvo glitter drops on the card, twine and a charm.

        I made a second card while I was coloring using Wish You Luck , Sentiment Sunset Sway


 This is pretty CAS for me, I have been sick and just getting a little Mojo back!

we'd love for your to join us!  Stop by the blog and add your 'Good Luck' card!

Challenges:
TBA

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Monday, March 11, 2019

COF- Jeremiah

March 2019: Hostess/Barb (barbaralynn)
Challenge: It is about Living Life to the Fullest:Please make a creation that expresses how you live your life to the fullest or illustrates something you plan or wish for in the future.
Scripture: Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Now, I thought of going in many directions with this card : )   So many future plans in the coming year!


   I am a bit late with my card- caught a nasty, nasty respiratory virus and have been worthless for the past week!!! 
  I love this sentiment, and I read it as: It does not matter where the bike takes me, it is all about how the moments are LIVED once I get to the destination where I am heading : ) 
 
And, a second meaning, this summer, I have the opportunity to go to the Netherlands and do a bike and barge trip with some dear friends from college.  I have back trouble, so may be riding on an e-bike....but so look forward to going.  On the way there, we will stop in Ireland and meet a relative that I only know on Facebook, and in Amsterdam when the trip is completed, I am going to visit with a creative blogging friend.  How cool is that!

Challenges: TBA 

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Bugaboo- Make a Scene

 For the weekly Saturday Catch the Bug challenge aka Bugaboo, we are challenged to make a scene on our cards. Being that March is a very very busy Birthday Month in my very very Irish family, I decided to combine the themes and make a Birthday card : )



 The digital image used is called March Hedgie St Patrick's Day.  The background is done using Distress Inks. The sweet Hedgie was colored in with Copic Markers. I embossed a piece of the darker color of green cardstock (Stampin Up) with St Patty's Day Green sparkly EP by Embossing Arts, then punched out 3 shamrocks.  I added 2 gold shamrocks punched out of Gold Metallic Cardstock.

 We hope to see you make a card for the challenge!

Challenges:
Crafty Animals- AG use an animal
Mod Squad Challenge- Green
The Card Concept- Shamrock

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

Be Still

 Today is the first day of Lent, aka Ash Wednesday in our church.  The liturgical vestments are purple this time of year, which means penance and preparation.  I made an encouragement card for our priests to tell them how much we appreciate them.


  The card backing is white Recollections, and the purple is Brutus Monroe. An older SU embossing folder was used, and V12, V15, and V17 Copic Markers were used.  I added a touch of Stardust Gelly Roll Pen for shimmer.


 I added a couple of enamel dots and done.  This image and sentiment are from Graciellie Designs for Unity Stamps.

 What are your customs for colors in Lent at your place of Worship if applicable?

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Sunday, March 3, 2019

It Goes Around ATC's

I finally made it to the monthly ATC swap group- it has been a while.  The theme It Goes Around.

 I posted 4 of the ATC's, as I made a master board with Distress Oxide Inks, so they vary a bit in color. I stenciled with Purple a clock face. Next, water splatters and white splatters were added.
   The clock spins and is 2 sided. I stamped the clock on the ATC, then punched them out with a 1: punch.  Next, I punched out 1 1/4" circles.  Purple twine holds the clocks and they really do spin.


  Front and Back before I signed them.

Swap ATC's


Cindy- very shimmery in color, the bottom gear goes around in circles.

  DeeDee created a collage ATC



Marcie created a Carousel Horse ATC


 Mary made a spinner card.



   Diane made this card with a plane, globe was cut with a Cricut and silver embossed.

  Harriet made this fun ATC



  Finally, Linda made this creative spinner which has your choices of crafting supplies on it.

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Thursday, February 28, 2019

CYS- Hearts and Love

The CYS aka Challenge Your Stash group is posting today, and our theme provided by myself- is use a heart and use the word love somewhere on your card.


 The CYS group can be located here.  List mom Barb had the brilliant idea- lets use our stash items- with a monthly theme, I am sure finding no shortage of items to use in my creative space for this challenge...!!! Even those in the 'get rid of ' pile....... HERE is a link to all of the February Cards at Splitcoaststampers for this challenge.

 The group says closed- but we ARE open to new members!

Challenges:
Double D Challenge- Pink and White
Simon Says Wednesday- AG
Scrappy Land- use die Scrappy Land sells- IO heart
Path of Positivity- Love
Creations in Pink- Pink

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Tuesday Throwdown- Interactive Card

The Tuesday Throwdown team is creating Interactive cards this week, and Lawn Fawn is our sponsor.


  The squirrel on the right is the interactive element, and goes around in a circle around the swing : )  The set I used is called Let's Play, and I also used the dies to match the images.  The circle dies are Memory Box.
  Distress Inks Peeled Paint, Tumbled Glass and Broken China were used to add color to the card. The images were colored with Copic markers.

I watched a Lawn Fawn Video for directions. Here is the link :
 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IoiThHoXeQ0

Challenges:
Happy Little Stampers- use a Die

Thanks for stopping by!
 Shelly

Monday, February 25, 2019

GIU winners

Thanks to all who stopped by last week for my GIU posts. 

Unity provides prize packages to 2 'commenters' throughout the week, so I used random.org to pick days first, then a number for the comment for those 2 days.  The two comments that won were made by:

1)Kim Marie

2)Ionabunny

Congrats- please send me your address for me to forwar it on to Unity.

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Year of the Pig

Chinese New Year is here and it is the Year of the Pig.  I am in a mingle, and chose to follow a difficult looking sketch, and came across a pig image that fit it perfectly. 


  I used shimmery white cardstock and some Washi to compliment my Year of the Pig image.  The sketch at AOSA (About Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo Group) is a weekly sketch posted in the group- this is for sketch #6.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Friday, February 22, 2019

GIU Day 5

  Day 5 and the final day of me posting for Growing in Unity aka GIU. Thank you so much for joining me in a week of creativity and all things Unity!!!  Two winners will be picked using Random.org from those who have posted comments this week.  Check back Monday for winners!


 Here is a card that will leave you happy and singing........  I used the Unity set Love Bug.  I colored this image with Copics.  DP is Echo park. There is shimmer on the XOXO.  I had a blast making this.  We, my siblings, would p'lay a road trip game- every time we saw a VW aka ;bug', we would say,  "Slugbug" and whack the one next to us in the arm.....  Did you every play this travel game???

 Next, I had some Mixed Media fun :

 I started out with Distress Oxide inks smooshed onto a craft mat, spritzed with water and dabbed onto cardstock.  Once dry, the next layer of Distress Oxide ink is added.  Once all dry, I added a stencil and added Distress ink over that.  Then, a couple of stamps from the Hello Beautiful set were added on the background using Distress Inks.
  The main image Boldly Believe, was added using Gray ink- to either side of the main image location. I removed color with water using a watercolor brush.  I colored using Distress ink, then added color over the top using Crystal Nuvo drops- painted on,  Next, I added Crystal Nuvo to the Green Distress Oxide ink and painted that onto the leaves area.  I was trying to make the 2 images 'out of focus'.

 Next, I added the main image popped up on dimensionals.  It was painted with Distress Oxide inks. There are three hearts added (also from the Just beautiful set) on the background.  Glitter Nuvo drops were added in sets of three, and fiber added for a finishing touch.
  The sentiment is from the set, 'Just Focus on the Things'. It was stamped onto Kraft cardstock in Distress Oxide ink. I added it to the card and tied it onto the purple yarn fiber.

Thanks again for all of your support this week.  And, thanks Unity for the GIU program!!!

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Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly

Thursday, February 21, 2019

GIU Day 4

Day 4 of Growing in Unity aka GIU..... no flowers today : ) 

First up, Kendra Girl


  I mentioned I will be a first time Grandma in May- so had to paper piece this image, and do a little coloring with Copics.  I added a touch of Wink of Stella to the sentiment heart : )

and 2nd up Forrest Guy

 He looks a bit like my son- and this sentiment from 3/2018 is perfect.  My son was never going to get married, and told us he was never having any children.....  aka detours!  Sometimes we find so much Joy in unexpected places, don't we?


 See a little bit of resemblance?  This is at the end of November.  She made the shirt- The Turkey is not the only thing in the oven : )

Life is good!

***Unity generously offers prize packages for GIU- all you have to do to win is comment on each post this week- I will use random.org to pick 2 winners at the end of the week.***

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Thanks for stopping by!
Shelly