Saturday, June 29, 2013

In the Spotlight

I made a card and an ATC for a friend for her birthday : ) We are both in a group at RubberStampChat where we send an ATC to others on their Birthday- and we can also send a card.

  I used a SU set called Pleasant Poppies. I stamped the image, then cut out three ovals, then ran the entire set thru the Bigshot and embossed it. I cut out a plain white oval the next biggest die size, outlined it in colors to match. I finished off the card with twine and a sentiment from Create with TLC. 

 For the ATC, I used a Glue Distress background- love the color of the Distress ink with the Poppies.

  I dabbed dots of Elmers glue and let them dry, then added Distress ink over that.  I stamped the image again, and cut out flowers, as I did not like the look of all of the flowers dotted (from the background technique). I colored the flowers with Copics. The sentiment is shimmery...and again, from Create with TLC.

Card Crafters Circle- Happy Birthday
Crafty Catz- Say it with Flowers
Whimsical Designs- ATC
Fun With ATC's- flowers

Don't forget my blog candy- 50 yards of ribbon and a bow maker- thru July 3rd  HERE

Thanks for stopping by!


Friday, June 28, 2013

~Storage and CANDY~

I was looking for just the 'right' ribbon last night, and I decided it would be a good time to thin out my stash- by offering some CANDY.

  But first- HOW I store some of my my small space- I purchased multi-drawer units

 It looks messy, but I know just where everything is.........

I take most ribbon off of the spools and roll them- then place them in small plastic bags.  Lt-Rt I have:
Grosgrain organized by colors (with a few Misc ribbons in the front) , spooled ribbons, Satin ribbon, Organdy ribbons, and lastly, patterned ribbons- organized by groups eg gingham, striped, In-color SU, etc.......  I can really pack the ribbon in this small space : )

Here is one section of the far Lt grouping......

I have another storage bin for 6x6 DSP that is not current in my DT's store, my Distress markers and my Copics..... and a little Porcelain doll I started making years ago...I need to make 'her' a dress.........
And my Copics- in the top drawer, my Copics. I can fit four Copic Sketch 72 marker holders in one drawer:
I can easily pull out the drawer, and it can come with me- where ever I am coloring..........  I keep a color chart on the Left side of the drawer (and another on my desk)......


Now, onto the Candy...........

Here is the ribbon maker I use:

I have an extra one...... So I am offering a bow maker and 50 yards of various ribbons in different sizes.

For a chance to win:
-Leave a comment- and I need a way to reach you

-For an additional chance- put my candy on your sidebar- *and leave me an additional comment*

-I will pick a winner by Random. org on July 3rd in the evening.

***You will need to STOP back to see if you have won.***

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Sweet Stamps- Roses

The Sweet Stamps Challenge this week is Roses.
  I had such a terrible time taking a picture of this card- the gold shimmer from the Sakura Gelly roll pen (on the embossing) reflects and makes it look orangy.....the Coordinations cardstock is Scarlet Red.
  The image is stamped on Parchment Vellum and embossed in  Gold Sparkle Embossing Powder.
 The roses are colored with Shades die inks (Spots) in Valentine and Envy from the back side of the vellum using a bender pen. I used a beautiful Gold shimmery cardstock from Paper Temptress and cut out a frame using the Nellie Snellen ovals.  (I used the largest die and the 3rd largest die- cut them out with the smaller die nestled inside the largest to create the frame).
  I embossed and Swirls EF and sanded it, then added sparkle with the Sakura Gel pen. I used Copic R37 to color Rose Red seam tape to coordinate, and used another of the fabulous Pinque Peacock decorative Pins.
 Here is a close up of the embossing:

HERE are the Sweet Stamps products I used on my card:
Image- Swirly Rose Vase HERE
Ranger Clear Embossing Ink HERE
Fantasy Gold Embossing Powder HERE
Parchment Vellum HERE
Anti-Static pouch HERE 
Shades Die Ink Spots- Valentine and Envy  HERE
Coordinations Cardstock -Classic Reds  (Scarlet) HERE
Nellie Snellen Multiframe Oval (13 dies included) HERE
Cheery Lynn Dancing Doily Lace Border die HERE
Swirls Embossing Folder HERE
Copics- R37- HERE
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen Golden HERE
Double Line Tape HERE
 Pearls-Snow- HERE 

 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 so everyone has a chance to win!

 We have a monthly challenge as well- 6/15-7/14- use the Chalkboard technique- you have a chance to WIN a TECHNIQUE JUNKIES CD!!! Stop by the Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog HERE to see what the rest of the DT has created for the Challenge.

Make it Monday- Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion- In the Garden
Catered Crop- Use dies
That Craft Place- Flowers
Sandy's Crafty Creations- Embossed Background
Crafty Catz- Add some embossing
Stampin With Dragon- Anything Goes
Totally Papercraft- Flowers and Bows

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Oriental +Using Unused supplies......

 What supplies do you have- had to get it and then never used it???  I joined a challenge at Oriental Stamp Art (the Yahoo Group) to make a card using a technique called- Suminagashi.

 Here is an ATC I made with one of the backgrounds:

  Technique Junkies published a technique in Oct. 2005 to create this effect on a card- it is called Simple Sumi- and I purchased the product....and never tried it.....  the backgrounds I made (lots of them.....) will make very fun cards- and I am not sure if the technique is altered by the age of the product or not- however, it is 'thicker' looking (less translucent) than the DT cards posted on the Technique Junkies website- it could be the cardstock I used.....  I still like the effect......

  So, here is the card I made for the swap for OSA's challenge:
  I LOVE this image called Chinese Medallion from About Art Accents- it reminds me of the little scenes painted on the (very extensive) covered walkway at the Summer Palace in Beijing.  The culture of China is so wrapped up in the 'old' traditions and stories of 'ole- and the walkway is loaded with pictures from many 'tales' or old stories. Here is a boy out playing and a servant fanning him in what looks like a rice field......... The Kanji is a punch.

 Here is the card my swap partner Carol made for me:
  I am not sure of the technique Carol used, but love the sweet image she used!

Challenges for my ATC and card:
Seemacrafts- Mixed Media
ATC's with Attitude- Summertime
Creative Corner- Sumertime
Inspire me Fridays- Anything Goes link-up
Make it Monday- Anything Goes
Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 21, 2013

God Bless America!

I had another fun idea using the Triple Embossing Technique from the Technique Junkies- from the latest newsletter.......


  When I looked at the wood grain embossing I did on the last card, I thought....R/W/B!!!  I love it!  The image is from Coronado Island Stamps, and the sentiment retired SU.

Nothing says I love the USA better than an Eagle and God Bless America!!!

Crazy Catz- Add some embossing
Kitty Bee Designs- R/W/B
Simply Create Too- Use the colors in your country's flag

Thanks for stopping by!

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!!!

I have a Give Away for a Technique Junkies Shape It CD from the Sweet Stamps and Pinque Peacock Blog Hop.

The winner- chosen by is :
Linda Palmer said...
Wow! What a fantastic card! I love this style, have to go check it out. Your papers are perfect for this image. Love the coloring and papers to. Beautiful job!
 Congrats Linda- please drop me a line with your P.O address @
Shellymc2 @ comcast dot net

Thanks for stopping by!

Oh, Summertime

Oh the idea of Summertime- there are so many delightful things to do....... Some people prefer to go to the beach, some like to go camping, some like to relax and read a good book....what do you like to do?  I like to do anything but clean....hehehe

  I made a card using a Repeat Impressions image- Oh, doesn't this look inviting?  I just need a good book to read...or maybe a laptop to browse Pintrest......The image is colored in with markers and I huffed to make sure all of the ink was moist, then stamped it onto the white cardstock. I used a dauber to add greenery to the leaves and a Copic to add brown to the tree trunk and branches.I added Kanji that says Dream..... The DP is Bo Bunny and it is highlighted in browns and greens.

The Technique Junkies have a Technique of the week, and this week it is the Triple Embossing Technique - it is always so awesome to see what others create! Triple Embossing is a technique we learned from the latest newsletter.

 I added the Kanji for the Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo group challenge- nothing better than relaxing - no matter what country you are in : )

Here is a link for the Technique Junkies Design Team Blog- where you can see samples of the Technique of the week. 

Repeat Impressions- What if Wednesdays- Summer
Crafting by Design- Favorite Season
Die Cutting Diva's - Refreshing Summer
ABC Challenge- Summer

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Shelly Schmidt

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sweet Stamps and Pinque Peacock Blog Hop- Day Two

I wanted to post the links for Day Two of the Blog Hop.

Sweet Stamps Blog 
Pinque Peacock ~  

  1. Kimberly Pate ~
  2. Annette Anderson
  3. Robin Perkey ~
  4. Carolyn LaBille
  5. Nupur Patel ~
  6. Roxie Glaza
  7. Mary Montecalvo ~
  8. Monica Edwards
  9.  An'Jenic Gibson~
  10. Denise Paxton
  11. Heather Flaherty ~
  12. Tamara Morton
  13. Lisa Woodward~
  14. Irena Kowalczyk
  15. Rhonda Bewley-Ratliff ~
Have fun!!!

**I hope you will join in the Anything Goes  Challenge at the Sweet Stamps Blog- another chance to win Sweet Stamps product!!!**


Monday, June 17, 2013

Sweet Stamps- Anything Goes

This week at Sweet Stamps our Challenge is Anything Goes!

*** This week, we are having a Blog Hop with the Team from Pinque Peacock- Part one of the Blog Hop is today- and tomorrow will be another 'Hop'!***  
 You already know Sweet Stamps is like a candy store filled with Papercrafting goodies. Let me tell you a little bit about Pinque Peacock Shop. The shop was launched last October, and is full of goodies like Beaded Stick Pins, Fabric Covered Buttons, and Handmade Fabric Flowers.

 Speaking of Goodies- both stores are offering Prizes!  Sweet Stamps is offering a $20.00 spending spree to one lucky hopper (hop on over to the Anything Goes challenge) and Pinque Peacock is offering a NEW  'Nana's Pillowcase' Product Bundle (including Fabric Covered Buttons, Fabric Flowers, and coordinating Stick Pins).
 ***I will be offering a Technique Junkies "Shape It"  CD- that is where the directions for my Fishbowl project came from. In order to win my prize, just leave a comment - simple!  I will post the winner this week on Friday night. ***
  If you did not arrive here from Jessie's Blog, then you will want to go back to Kendra's Blog- which is stop 1 of 15 for this hop. Also, tomorrow's hop lineup will be posted on the main blogs - please visit for all of the direct links (for both days).

OK- on to my project!

 I made this card for a neighbor that was Ariel in The Little Mermaid play- she did an amazing job!

  This is called a fishbowl card, and as I mentioned, the directions are from the "Shape It" CD from Technique Junkies. There is a layer of embossed acrylic in front of the mermaid. I colored the Mermaid with Copic Markers- she is cut out and adhered to the acrylic layer inside. I used Shades Die inks (spots Reflecting Pool and Tidal Wave) DTP on the background, and then added Sea Foam Creative Inspirations Paint dabbed on lightly over that. The seahorse die cut also has Sea Foam CI paint over the top.
  Roxie on the Sweet Stamps DT recently told us about putting heat on ribbon to crinkle it, so I gave that a go- and added my beautiful Decorative Pins by Pinque Peacock to the center of the bow.
 Here are the Sweet Stamps supplies I used on my card:
Shaleen Mermaid HERE
Fish Trio HERE
Black Tuxedo Memento Die Ink HERE
Shades Die Ink- Spots - HERE
Copic Markers HERE
Creative Inspirations Paint -Sea Foam -HERE
Spots Embossing Folder HERE
Coordinations Cardstock Out to Sea HERE
Pearls HERE
Cheery Lynn Die Seahorse Family Dies HERE
Cheery Lynn Die Iris Leaves HERE

Thanks for dropping by today- I hope you enjoyed all of the projects from both of the teams!


   Again, here are the links to both of the stores- and the Facebook links as well.
Sweet Stamps is also on Pintrest- look for SweetStamps : )

SS Blog 
Pinque Peacock ~

If you want to stay up to date on all the latest and greatest things happening at Pinque Peacock and at Sweet Stamps, be our latest FANS!

Best Dad- for My Husband : )

I found a fabulous digi that was perfect for my husband's Fathers Day card at Create with TLC.  I paired the image with a background from the Technique Junkies called Colorwash Alcohol.

  I colored the image lightly with Copics (and we are in the Chicago Cubs territory......) and used Red and Brilliant Blue colors with a splash of white.  I sponged Gray ink on the image and sentiment. 

  My husband plays baseball on an over 50's league. The team played on Saturday, and he had a huge thrill- Randy Hundley came- he was the catcher for the Chicago Cubs in the late 60's and in the 70's.

  My husband- Ray- is just below and to the Right of Randy- kneeling. They had an exciting game- and Mr Hundley was the coach for the day- they pulled out a win from behind at the end of the game!

365 Cards- Day 163- Father
613 Avenue Create- Anything Goes- option "Something Special for a Male"
Sentimental Sundays- Paints, Sprays or Mists - used my sprays : )
Catered Crop- For the Boys
Creative Inspirations Paint- Red/White/Blue
One Stitch at a Time- Use a Digi
PanPastel- Male theme
2 Sisters- Dad
Gem of a Challenge- Male/Fathers Day
Crafters Cafe- Male
Cut it Up- Use Die Cuts and R/W/B
Digi Haven- Anything Goes
Simply Create Too- Masculine

Thanks for stopping by! Shelly

Friday, June 14, 2013

Sweet Stamps Monthly Challenge- Chalkboard Stamping

The Sweet Stamps Challenge this Month is Chalkboard Stamping.
    From the  April/May 2013  Technique Junkies newsletter, I used the Chalkboard Stamping technique to make a card and a tag.
  I love the look of the Chalkboard technique against the black background. I used Authentique DP and Creative Inspirations Paint on the flower. The background image was stamped on DP in Paprika Shades die ink.

  I repeated the exact same stamping, only I used the SweetCuts flower die and added it to the top of the tag- punching a hole in its center for my fiber. The top layer has CI paint on it for shimmer.

 I sure hope you will come join us for the challenge- it runs for an entire month- from 6/15 thru 7/14- so you have plenty of time to join us.

Here are the Sweet Stamps products I used on my card:
Do All Things Sentiment HERE
Bohemian Border HERE
Braided Flower Border HERE
White Dye Ink HERE
White Embossing Powder HERE
SweetCuts Flower Die HERE
Rhinestones -Silver HERE
Shades die ink Spot  Paprika- HERE
Creative Inspirations Paint HERE
Authentique DP Carefree  HERE

Double Line Tape HERE

I hope you will join in the challenge!  You can enter once and you have a chance of winning a Technique Junkies CD, and if you use a Sweet Stamps image- you will receive an additional chance to win! The winner is chosen by so everyone has a chance to win!

JUST a quick FYI- all of the YEARLY TJ CD's are now on sale : )  Information on what is on each CD, a description of what each CD covers, and how to order may be found here:

Each Cd contains between 70 and 100 tutorials in step-by-step pictorial format. They each cover a year of content, plus 10 bonus techniques only available on the CD.  They are a steal at this price!  Hurry, though -- this sales ends June 30th.

We have a weekly challenge as well- you have a chance to WIN $20 of items from the store at  Sweet Stamps.

 Stop by the Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog HERE to see what the rest of the DT has created for the Challenge or click on the links below.

Make it Monday- Always Anything Goes- and a fabulous place to discover some great papercrafters!
Sister Act Challenge- Anything Goes
Word Art Wednesday- Scripture or Inspiration- Anything Goes
Technique Time Tuesday- Chalkboard Technique
Love to Scrap- Rockin Rubba.....Use a rubber stamp : )

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 10, 2013

Sweet Stamps Challenge- Parchment

The Sweet Stamps Challenge this week is Parchment.

 I know you know my story about meeting Sweet Stamps- it was the demo that Stacey was doing on Parchment that drew me in...I thought, I'll stop back....and I DID come back!  So glad I did- I love the look of the beautiful Parchment images on the Parchment Vellum!
 I stamped in the Parchment White Die ink and embossed in Detail White EP.  I colored the flowers from the back with Shades Die inks- yep- I dabbed the spots on an acrylic block and used the aqua painter to apply the colors. 
 The Flourishy edging-part of the stamp- was embossed from behind using the middle sized tool on a mat. The vellum was trimmed along the outside line of the image and was adhered to the shimmery Purple cardstock from Paper Temptress with Spray Adhesive. I hand cut around all of the scalloped edges- I love the way it looks like fine lace : )  I used the piercing mat and intended on piercing the outside part of the vellum, but liked the way just a border of piercing looked- what do you think?
 The Butterfly is cut from a SweetsDie and the base layer is vellum with Yellow- painted on with Dandelion ink and the Aqua Painter. The top layer is the shimmery purple cardstock again. I added some rhinestones (colored with a Copic marker) to the center of the butterfly and added Sakura Gelly Roll pen to the vellum for more sparkle.

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

Pansy Scroll Frame HERE
Staggered Be Still Sentiment HERE
White Dye Ink HERE
Parchment Vellum HERE
White Detail Embossing Powder HERE
Anti-Static Pouch HERE
Shades Die Ink Spots- colors Fortune Teller, Forget Me Not, Peapod, Envy, Dandelion  HERE
Coordinations Cardstock -  Forget Me Not  HERE
Piercing/Perforating Tool HERE
Soft Grip Stylus Tools HERE
Single Needle Perforating Tool HERE

Etching /Embossing Pad HERE
Flutterby #2 butterfly die HERE
Stardust Gelly Roll Pen HERE 
Rhinestones HERE
Double Line Tape HERE
Krylon Spray Adhesive HERE

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 so everyone has a chance to win!

We have a monthly challenge as well- 5/15-6/14- make a Flip-Flop card- you have a chance to WIN a TECHNIQUE JUNKIES CD!!!

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

Make it Monday- Anything Goes
365 Cards- 2 different kinds of Sparkle- Sparkly Cardstock, Sakura Stardust pen, Rhinestones
613 Avenue Create- Anything Goes and celebrate- for a special friend on an Anniversary
Pan Pastel- Anything Goes
IDIC challenge (Robyns Fetish) - Die Cut
Sunday Stamper- Purple

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Happy Technique Friday

Happy Friday!  Today I have a card made with the Faux Silk Designer Paper technique from the latest Technique Junkies newsletter. I used a digital image from Pure Innocence digi stamp Characters on Etsy. This particular image is not currently in the store, but there are plenty of others : )

I used Stampin Up cardstock and Designer Paper (retired). I colored the image with Copics and added some Sakura Gelly Roll pen for shimmer. The flowers are also colored with Copics- as is the Washi Paper I added. I thought the rhinestones also needed color, so touched them up with a Copic marker as well.

4 Crafty Chicks- Flowers
Creative Card Crew- Punches or Dies
Tuesday Morning Sketches-Sketch
Use it Tuesdays- Use hoarded supply- DP -package had never been opened......
Make it Monday- Anything Goes

Shelly Schmidt

Monday, June 3, 2013

Sweet Stamps- Dad

The Sweet Stamps Challenge this week is Dad.

 Oh this image screamed -Reflection to me.....!  After stamping the image in black, I added color by brayering and sponging on the blue inks. I added a touch of depth to the water with a White Paint Pen and white stitching around the border of the card.

Here are the Sweet Stamps products I used on my card:
Gone Fishing Silhouette Image- HERE
Happy Father's Day Sentiment -HERE
Black Memento Tuxedo Ink HERE

Shades Die Ink Spots-   HERE
Coordinations Cardstock -  HERE
My Minds Eye Bluebell DP HERE 
Flourish Medallion SweerCuts Die- HERE

Double Line Tape HERE

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 so everyone has a chance to win!

We have a monthly challenge as well- 5/15-6/14- make a Flip-Flop card- you have a chance to WIN a TECHNIQUE JUNKIES CD!!!

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

Make it Monday- Anything Goes
2 Creative Chicks- Buttons, Bows and Brads
Artistic Stamper- Makes for Men
The Crafting Cafe- Here come the Boys
The Craft Garden- Color Inspiration Challenge
Creative Inspirations Paint- Father's Day
Glitter and Sparkle- Use Anything that starts with a B
Pile it on- Strip, es and /or Plaid
The Craft Place- Dies/Punches
Sweet Stampin- Father's Day
365 Cards: Day 150- Relaxed/Serene scene
C.R.A.F.T Challenge- Father's Day/Male
Papercraft Journey- Masculine
Cards for Men- Dad
Love to Create- Dad
Simon Says Stamp- "S" Sewing , Sponging, Shading, Stamping, Sweetcuts Die

Thanks for stopping by!