Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hang in There!

 Although I am not a cat lover- (I just sneezed....)  I was able to make a card for someone who is.....
 I made this at a store I visited for the first time, and Mary from Prickley Pear stamps was there teaching a fun class. I added the sentiment.  This CAS card uses Copics for coloring and I added Sakura gelly pen for sparkle on the hearts.

  I really liked this card we made next- I added the sentiment when I got home. The balloon in paper pieced and colored with Copics- I also added Sakura Gelly roll pen to this card. We colored the ribbon with Copic markers to shade it closer to the color of the card.

  Don't forget my Blog candy- which will end at 5PM on Wednesday 2/1.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Bloggers Challenge-Texturize it

I have Blog Candy HERE   : )

I finally had a chance to create with inspiration from the Stamping Companion CD made by Technique Junkies- it is new and there are lots of things I want to try in it......

  I used the Blossoms punch by SU and added texture and color- the petals are Calypso Coral and Tangerine and the leaves Pear Pizzaz. The DSP is the In COlor pack. I used the set Elements of Style to add a little more interest and a sentiment.

 I had the pleasure of going to a SU workshop where we made some fun cards- here is one that has texture on it- my SU demo Kim is very talented and I always love to see what ideas she comes up with!
 The hearts are from an Emblosslits die which cuts them out and embosses them, and the DSP is from the SAB catalog.  How fun is this!

Bloggers challenge is open to all who are interested in playing along- add some texture to your card and join in!  Blogger Challenge Mom is LISA and you can find her blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Love-Resist-and Candy!!!

I have been MIA, but am back to creating today!  I am in LOVE with trying new things....
  Well, it is not really a new thing...wax paper resist has been around for a long time.... I decided to add a piece of wax paper next to the Cheery Lynn Italian die when I die cut it, and then used it as my resist pattern. I ironed the waxy Italian die cut onto white glossy cardstock, and then used SU Regal Rose and Rose Red inks.  I think the edge pattern in the die looks like hearts....I finally got around to using the Sweet Stamps Elegant Filagree Oval stamp...wait- you do not see an elegant Filagree Oval...that is because I just used the floral image that comes inside the frame.... I colored the flower with Rose Red, Regal Rose and Wild Wasabi markers- you can see the pattern from the wax paper resist through the flower and the leaves.
  I had a die that did not impress in the center- DO NOT throw those imperfect cuts out- see the Rt hand border- I used mine as a border edge.......   The sentiment is Great Impressions. I used Pink Pirouette SU reinker to die the seam binding to pink.  The button is from my Mom's button box.

CANDY!  I received another Technique Junkies CD to give away!  This time around, it will be the Fun Folds and Motion Paper Crafts!

HERE is a listing of everything this CD contains

-You do not have to be a follower to join in
-I will ship anywhere in the world
-Just leave a comment for a chance to win
-If you link in your side bar COME BACK and make a SEPARATE comment for an additional chance to win
-Please make sure I have a way to contact you!


I have a few Challenges for my card today:
Sweet Stamps-Love
Charisma- Pretty in Pink
Do You Stack Up- Ribbon
Craft Room- Valentine

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

You're the Sweetest! McMahon Five Designs Release 1/19

 We had a fun release this week at McMahon Five, and I was hard to pick an image...but I LOVE flowers...so I went with the Peony Love image.

I googled Peony images and saw they are light and dark pink, but also Purple.... so went with it!  I have to admit, I printed out the Peony digi papers from M5D, and somehow got them in Black and White (I did not know you could do that.....).  The digi papers are in Pink, Peach and Browns, so.....the paper can now be any color I choose.......
  I started with retired SU Lovely Lilac and Orchid cardstock. I 'double bugged' an Orchid layer and added some highlights with Lilac ink. I learned to double bugging in a Technique Junkies newsletter tutorial.  I added Orchid ink also to the B/W diamond Peony digi paper- which I printed on Cryogen White cardstock-textweight.   The hearts border punch is by MS.
  The image is colored with Copic markers and I added Sakura Gelly Roll pen to the heart frame for shimmer. The seam binding is colored with Copic markers as well. I also added a touch of Copic to the center of the white flower.

  There is a line of stamps at M5D called D'Amour Allure- the sentiment is from the Language of Love set.  D'Amure Allure is now releasing a line of digi stamps at M5D as well- you can see all images in the line HERE.

Crafty Creations-Valentines
Scrapbook Sisters- Sweet Valentine
Pretty Little Ribbon Shop- Be My Valentine
Digital Tuesday- Romantic Card
Mark's Finest Paper- Use a border Punch

Have a great day!

McMahon Five Designs New Release 1/19/2012

This is the New Release for digital images this week at McMahon Five Designs:

Ferocious JPG and PNG

Card by: Kristine

Big Love JPG and PNG
Card by: Kelly

We are pleased to release another beautiful new image from the NEW D'Amour Allure illustrator, Tiffany Mills.

Happy Birthday JPG and PNG

Card by: Jeni

Card by: Maxine

Close Up by: Maxine

*Note this matches the Peony digital paper 

 Card by: Michelle P

Card by: Michelle A

Card by: Shelly

For more details on the projects above, visit the Design Team blogs!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Creative Belli Challenge #135- Frames-Make it Fancy

  The Creative Belli Challenge #135 for the next two weeks is Frames- make your image or sentiment 'dressed up' with a frame.

The spirit of the Belli challenges is to encourage you to use your OLD and FORGOTTEN embellishments!  I decided to use a frame from the Delilah set from Lettering Delights using the  Make the Cut program on my Electronic cutting machine, which I had to dust off .....  and am happy to play with my cutting files- I am a beginner......   
The background DPS is by Memory Makers and I won it from Becca a couple of years ago.... The lace is from my stash and the rhinestone matched perfectly- are from my old and forgotten stash as well.
I wanted to share a quick TIP for cutting out your label:
When you cut out a label- this is a tip to conserve cardstock- especially when you are using beautiful cardstock that you only bought one sheet of...... : )

Measure your cardstock, and cut the label from the portion that will be hidden in the layer below.....

My sentiment is a digi and is from Create with TLC

 When you upload your challenge card to any gallery (Splitcoast, CDAC, etc....), please use keyword CBC135
  We have some new DT members- and the inspiration is fabulous- please check out the Creative Belli Blog for links to their cards!

Challenges I am submitting my card to:
Going Grey with Scrap-Creations- Die Cuts
There She Goes- Back to Nature
Crazy Challenge-ribbon, image/sentiment and gems

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bloggers Challenge- Something with Wings

 For Bloggers challenge this week-the challenge is create and use 'something with wings'. I have a few friend cards that I need, so created a card using this challenge.  I am having a bit of computer trouble, so am sneaking onto hubby's computer while he is out playing tennis......
 I made a fun Technique Junkies background- and it was quite easy as well- chalked emboss.  I love using SU colors, because I can consult the color wheel to see what matches...this is Old Olive and Eggplant- and I used Copics with similar values to color my image ( I used V04, V09, YG93, C1 Copics).
  The image and sentiment are from Create with TLC and are digi's.  I added Sakura Gelly Roll Pen for shimmer. The embossing folder is music notes and I highlighted that with Close to Cocoa and the gelly roll pen.
  Here is the link to Lisa's blog- our Blogger Challenge 'Mom'. Below is a linky for you to join in with your 'Things with Wings'.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, January 7, 2012


   My ATC group decided to exchange Twinchies this month- I had a blast making these!  I took out my Technique Junkies box of backgrounds and some collage sheets and went to town.........
   Twinchies are 2" x's 2"

This is for the 1-4-1 exchange in our group- I used a faux metallic background through the Cuttlebug

We made 20 Twinchies and exchanged 2 for each participant.  Here are a few of the styles I made:

 I used Ranger Distress Stains for the background and added some stained German Scrap and sewed it on.

 This is the Faux Washi technique (Technique Junkies), German Scrap and on the Rt- McMahon Five Designs Breast Cancer freebie digi image plus rhinestones.

 More Graphics on Metallic Parchment background (Technique Junkies).

Wax paper resist with a Cuttlebug Folder- German Scrap at the top. 

More scrap and Ranger Distress stain on the LT- On the Rt a tissue paper technique (TJ'S). I used Nestabilities to cut out a heart and an inner heart.  On the open area in between them, I added Crystal Effects and added micro-beads.  The top layer has a sentiment lightly stamped in pink.......

 On the Lt- a shimmery black background made with Opalite purple inks dabbed on and really shimmery purple with gold twinkling H2O's paper- I punched out hearts and added a sentiment. For the snowflake- I put Metallic tape thru the Cuttlebug and cut out a snowflake. I added it to a phonebook page that has Ranger Inks in blues and added foil tape around the edge.

These are the Twinchies I recieved in the trade:
Top Lt- my 1-4-1 trade from Mari ; Top Rt Lori
Bottom-Cindy (Rt bleach stamping)

Top Mari and bottom Carol (on the Lt- an Ikea bag, on the Rt- metallic slide nount)

Top Diane S. using fun new products- on the Rt- uses Tim Holtz border die
Bottom- Mary W.

 Top Debbie and Bottom Marcie

Top Diane M. and bottom Harriet.

Fun Fun- there is a Swap at Gingersnaps for Twinchies- I think I will keep making these- they are so much fun!  There are alot of ideas here too! 

Which one is your favorite???

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Creative Belli Challenge #134-Snowflakes

  The Creative Belli Challenge for the next two weeks, January 4th - 17th, 2012 is

(you must have at least 1 snowflake on your card) 
   My recent trip to Breckenridge encouraged this card....my son is a ski instructor there, and he wears this blue color snowsuit when he is teaching.  I have not used this Riley stamp in ages.....and I used some gingham ribbon and a snowflake charm that I had to dust off...... I colored the image with Copic Markers.

The spirit of the Belli challenges is to encourage you to use your OLD and FORGOTTEN embellishments!
I used a Technique Junkies technique on my card called Chalked Emboss- so the background looks soft and then I highlighted the embossing for a 'pop'. I used a digi sentiment from Create with TLC- there is going to be a HUGE party at Create with TLC soon- the counter is just shy of 1500 followers on her blog......!!!  Wahoo!  I cannot wait!
This is about the only way I am seeing snowflakes this year .....West of Chicago- we have not had any snow to speak of this year at all...and the forecast for this weekend is in the 40's.......
 When you upload your challenge card to any gallery (Splitcoast, CDAC, etc....), please use keyword CBC134
  We have some new DT members- and the inspiration is fabulous- please check out the Creative Belli Blog for links to their cards!

Challenges I am submitting my card to:
Anything Goes- Blue plus one other color
Digital Tuesday- Winter Wonderland (sentiment digi)
Sweet Stamps- Winter
Crazy Amigo's- Winter
Mark's Finest Papers- Use snowflakes

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year+ Bloggers Challenge-Celebration

I made a card for a New Years Eve Celebration for the Host/hostess of a fantastic party.

  I used Silver Lustre cardstock for the base cardstock.  All of the images are digi's  from Create with TLC. I used the Ranger Paint dauber and applied the paint with a paintbrush to the stars on the main image and around the resolution punched circle. I added a pink digi set of Champaigne glasses, so took and sponged on some pink to the background to bring it all together.
  The grungeboard star on the top right has Spun Sugar Distress stain, and some dabbed on Silver dauber-plus Sakura Gelly Roll pen for sparkle.
   (The Pink in the background is NOT a part of the card.....I had to shoot the picture a few times to get the swirls in the background shimmery cardstock to show up  : )

I love the great sentiments and images at Create with TLC- many free- and the clubs are fabulous.  Stop by and say hello- tell her Shelly sent you!  

 The Bloggers challenge this week is Celebration- and it is open to your interpretation.  Blog 'Mom' Lisa can be found HERE.
Bloggers Challenges- Celebration
Come and Get it-Happy New Year
One Stitch at a Time- Use a digi
Outlawz-CAS and no Patterned Paper
Pile it On-Anything Goes
Sentimental Sundays-Anything goes
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Thanks for stopping by! Shelly