Saturday, August 30, 2014

Smooshed background

Happy Labor Day weekend to all in the USA!  I had to work Friday and Sat., but I am off now until Thursday : )  I wanted to share a card I made for the latest Technique Junkie newsletter using a technique called Copic Smooshed Alcohol.

  I wanted to make a floral card in purple and yellow, and added a tad bit of of a Rose color- which decided it needed to take center stage. Well, I LOVE pink, so had to grab a new image I have from I Brake for Stamps and colored that with the pinks that coordinated with the background. The sentiment is from Create with TLC.

Addicted to CAS- Luxury- love the Copic to make backgrounds : )
Hiding in My Craft Room- Freestyle
Simply Create Too- Something new- Rose stamp from IBFS and technique
Sister Act- Anything Goes
CAS- Sketch- used a lge floral as focal point- fussy cut it : )
Aud Sentiments- Sentiment other than Happy B-day
Word Art Wednesdays- AG

Thanks for stopping by! Shelly

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Masculine Birthday

The challenge at Sweet Stamps for this week is Masculine Birthday. 

 We are very spoiled on this DT- we get to play with lots of fun papercrafting supplies!  The latest are Globecraft and Piccalo Accents and Embossing Powders : )  I chose to use the On the Hunt set- and used just a few of the pieces- full set HERE.  I used two of the Enamel embossing powders- Brownstone and Vintage Copper (which has a cool green accent in it as well).
  I used a die to cut the Center Step card, and I used a background made with a Technique Junkies technique- can you believe it uses Epsom salts?

Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:

We have a weekly challenge and a monthly technique challenge. The monthly challenge 7/15-8/14 is Parchment Crafting. Our winners are chosen by 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

Shopping our Stash- A=animal, B=Button, C= Center Step die
Ooh La La- Fancy Fold
Crazy 4 Challenges- Animals
QKR Stampede- Monochrome

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Craft Mania Butterflies and Bows

Card Mania has invited me to stay for more challenges : )  I am thrilled, as I am working on the Kit and Clowder coloring class, and look at this beautiful image I got to 'practice on' this week from The Paper Shelter. 
  The theme this week is Butterflies and Bows. The DP is digi and also from Paper Shelter, the sponsor for the challenge and a perfect fit! I had fun coloring her- and her fab hair, and will be printing out more of this image for my coloring trials.......  It will be fun to have a before and after as I learn more about coloring using the same image.  The sentiment is from Create with TLC.

 I have been listing all of the Copics I use for my learning as I revisit images 'later' I progress through the coloring class......  Copics Used: Hair- E29, E25, E23, E31, Flowers and leaves: RV21, RV23, RV29, Y06, Y13, Y15, Y17, YG06, YG13, YG17. Butterflies- B21. B23, B24. Skin R000, R02, E000, E00, E02, E11. Plus C2
 I sponged around the die with SU Blue Bliss.  I also did a Zig-Zag stitch around the edge of the card, and I sewed the lace and ribbon together with a Zig Zag stitch right onto the card stock.
 The Flowers and the rhinestones are Prima. The Beaded Pin is by Pinque Peacock.

A Gem of a Challenge- Stitching real or faux
Paper Creator's Crafts- Bow's, Bling & Blooms
Creative Corner- Girly
Chocolate, Coffee & Cards- Die Cut, Bow and Blue
A Little Bit Crafty- Sew What?
Creative Craft Cottage- Charms or Pins
Crafters Cafe- Square card

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Woven tranquility

 I was able to make one more Asian themed card today- it is a simple layout using paper strips woven together. The Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo Group has a weekly challenge HERE is the link to the blog.

 Both of the images are from AAA/Art Neko. The DP is soooo old- and I was hoarding it, 'cept- I liked it for this challenge so I cut into it......
 I used Copics for coloring- B79 to edge around the sentiment, '0' , R32, R35 for the flower, YR23, G43 and G46.

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Look Deep.....

 Hello friends!  I have been missing my Asian style cards lately, so thought I'd share this one with you. My daughter Katie just went back to Jinan, China for her third year of teaching there, so you can see where my inspiration lies....

  This is done using a Technique Junkies technique called Resist Strips. I used images from Technique Junkies Stamps. I used colors you see in China that are very predominate.
 Do you have any flowers like this in your stash?  I have not used these for ages!

Allsorts- Warm Sunshiney colors
Pumpkin Spice- Children
Crafting Musketeers- 1, 2, 3  (one ribbon, 2 dies, 3 flowers)
Crafting Cafe- Insp Picture
Milk Coffee Challenge- Add stripes
Crafty Creations- Use something from your stash- flowers
Creative Card Crew- embossing (background and image)

Have a wonderful weekend!


Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Anything Goes

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

  I had fun coloring up this new clear stamp named Emma. I colored with Copic markers:
YR24, Y21, Y26, E25 and Y11 for her hair. Skin: E000, E00, E02, E11, Ro2. For her dress and lips: R32, R35, R37, R02. Eyes G14. For her purse and shorts- which you cannot see.....C2, C5, C7.
  I also had fun making the three flower embellishments using the Globcraft and Piccalo elements and Turquoise Lagoon Enamel Embossing Powder.
 DId you notice the paper piecing on the onesie???  I used the same MME polka dot DP as I used behind the image.

Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:

We have a weekly challenge and a monthly technique challenge. The monthly challenge 7/15-8/14 is Parchment Crafting. Our winners are chosen by 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 for my card:
MoJo Monday #359 -Sketch
Creative Card Crew-Embossing wet or dry
Shopping our Stash- use chipboard (flowers)
Through the Craftroom Door- AG
Craft-Dee BowZ- AG with a handmade bow
Love to Create- Polka Dots and Pearls
Sparkle and Sprinkle- AG-Use EP

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Tuesday Throwdown- Our Furry Friends

This week at Tuesday Throwdown we are creating with the theme, 'Our Furry Friends'. Our Sponsor this week is Oak Pond Creations.
 I just love this darling dog and had to create with it!  I used Copic Markers to color the image. I used Pool Party by SU and the scalloped oval punch to sponge in the clouds.
 The Sentiment is by Create with TLC. The main die is Lacey Circles by Spellbinders. The border die is by Carnivale by Cheery Lynn Designs.
 Copics used- "0", RV13, 14, 17, E11, 13, 15, 18, B23, 24, Y18, YR23, E31, G20, G43, G46, YG06, 61, 63, C2, 3, 5, 7

Please stop by the Tuesday Throwdown to see my Teamies fabulous cards!

QKR Stampede- Add a button
Clear it Out- Use Your Stash & AG : DP- OLD...... die- has been in storage.....buttons- do not use them much : )
Paper Minutes- Die Cuts
PDE Link Party- Dies or Punches
Through the Craftroom Door- AG
{Pin}spirational- Insp pic of dog..and a cat too

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sweet Stamps- Double Side Step Card

Our Monthly Technique challenge at Sweet Stamps from 8/15-9/14 is a double side step card.This is the first time I have done this- and I found the measurements HERE. Thanks for sharing Patricia!

 I tried to stay away from my usual Pink/Blue combination : )  I used Bo Bunny DP- I happened upon a post where a gentleman was talking about Flander's Field.  We have a relative buried there, so I thought I would go with a 'Poppy' theme for my card today.

The beautiful Poppy image was colored with Copics:
'0' , C1, C2, C3, C5, C7
Y21, Y23, YR04, YR15, YR16, YR18, E19
G43, G46
Silver rhinestones were colored with YR18
Wink of Stella was added to the centers of the flowers and to the tiny yellow blossoms.

Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:

We have a weekly challenge and a monthly technique challenge.  Our winners are chosen by and if you use a Sweet Stamps image, your entry will count x's 2! Please stop by the Sweet Stamps Challenge Blog to see what the other designers have created!

Sweet Stamps has a Pintrest board HERE

Sweet Stamps has a Facebook group HERE

Crafty Creations- Flower Power
Paper Shelter- Punches and Dies
Through the Craftroom Door- AG
Craft Your Passion- Add some Yellow
Crafty Cardmakers- Fancy Folds

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Sweet Stamps- In the Garden

The challenge at Sweet Stamps for this week is In the Garden.
 I had fun using a technique from the latest Technique Junkies newsletters- Rainbow Ribbons. Such a great way to use up ribbons that I have been saving for a while : )
 I direct to image inked the stamp, stamped it, then fussy cut it out I added some scoring to the BG for interest, then cut the border and added the bling.

Products I used from the Sweet Stamps Store:

We have a weekly challenge and a monthly technique challenge. The monthly challenge 7/15-8/14 is Parchment Crafting. Our winners are chosen by 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

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Card Mania- Birthday Celebration

Card Mania Challenge blog started on August 15th, 2012 so there is a celebration for their 2nd birthday!  Look at all of the fab sponsors: Marianne Design, ColorInk, Meljen's Designs, A Day for Daisies, Sassy Studio Designs, Kenny K, Digital Delight, StampArt by Kathryne.

 I used the sweetest image called Gracie from Stamp Art by Kathryne. The sentiment comes with the image.
DP- Tangerine by My Minds Eye, Cardstock, buttons, sequins SU
Copics used:
Skin:E000, E00, E02, E11, R02
Hair: E31, E34, E35, E37
Fence: E33, E42, E44
Grass: E31, G24, G28, G43, YG61, YG63
Dress & Shoes: BG11, BG53, BG57, E50, E33, E39, '0'
Heart, Bow, Butterfly, & Sentiment: YR12, YR15, YR18
Clouds: SU Pool Party, SU scallop Oval punch
Wink of Stella

The Deconstructed Sketch- #163
Kit and Clowder- Fun Hair Techniques
Inkspirational- Use markers or pencils

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Sunday, August 10, 2014


  I have a neighbor having a BIG Birthday this week. Her son is having a surprise party for her- really- how cool for a 26 yr old kid to throw a party for Mom- there are even flowers on the tables- dinner catered in, finger foods......WOW!

 I could not resist this funny digi sentiment by Create with TLC......the shimmery black embossed with the number EF is from Paper Temptress.  The Silver is cut out using a JoyCrafts 6002 frame.

On the nicer side, I added a nice sentiment on the inside:
 This sentiment is also by Create with TLC, I added ribbon and Washi Tape.

Allsorts- All Sentimental
Dies R Us- Birthday
Wags N Whiskers- Birthday
The Corrosive Challenge- Birthdays

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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Carriers of Faith- August

For our August post, our hostess is April. The Carriers of Faith is a blogging group on We chat, inspire and support each other. We have a monthly post with a specific theme for the month.

April's words: Since we post the day after my wedding anniversary, I would like everyone to make a project based on one of the scriptures read at my wedding:
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7 Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing, but rejoices in the truth. It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.

 Your card doesn't need to be based on a spousal love, and as such, I would love to hear a story of one of your loves!

 I have to say I am truly Blessed with my husband. When we first met, we did not like each all.....!  We had many mutual friends and bumped into each other often. We grew on each other over time. We had many similar life philosophies, and also were both the same religion- which I am very Thankful for. He is not into Drama at all- and lets stuff roll off his back. We rarely fight at all. (We have a '51-49 policy'....whoever has really strong feelings about something is '51' usually). We give it up to God and try to communicate our feelings in a loving way, most of the time, and make concessions with each other.
  We have raised our three children with Church being part of our routine and did our best to teach them the fundamentals of a Faithful Christian lifestyle.  I do hope when they make choices they use those Christian ideals as the basis of their decisions : )  If they take a vacation from their faith, I will pray like St Monica......

 I found this beautiful image at Sweet Stamps- the scripture is part of the stamp set as is the LOVE sentiment up at the top of the Lt side.  I colored with Copics: 0, BG0000, C1, C3, C5, V22, V25, V28, G94, G99Y21, Y23, Y26, Y28, E35
 I don't know about you, but I pick the paper 1st, then match the markers to the paper. The DP is Prima 6x6, the flowers and pearls are also from Sweet Stamps. I fussy cut the image and popped it up on dimensionals.

*** The Carriers of Faith list is on my sidebar- please hop around and see more beautiful projects and thoughts on April's scripture choice.  Oh- and Happy Anniversary April!!!

I am going to enter a challenge or two:
Cut it Up- Inspired by a Song- Here Comes the Bride!
A Song in Your He(Art)- This is going to be the best day in my life Oooooooooooo! Well, it was in my life : )
Craftng with Butterflies- Center Step Card
Word Art Wednesdays- Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, August 8, 2014

TJ ATC Swap #3

The third TJ ATC swap is in and swapped out. The swaps get better and better each time!  The only requirement is to use any Technique Junkies technique from a newsletter or a CD.  (Stamp credits posted when available).

My ATC-I used dry embossed Pearls from the Feb/March 204 Newsletter. The silhouette die is from Sweet Stamps.

Beth C- Alcohol Ink Splatter

                   Beth C (made 2 sets for the swap) Watered Crayons

                        Cindy T- Embossed Water Color Pencils

                                                    Hewitt - AI Foil

                                      Holly B- Glimmer Mist Watercolor (Art Neko)

                                                  Juliet A- Diagonal Images (Amuse)

                                     Lynne W- Pennant Banner Technique

                                         Priscilla- Crinkled Watercolors

  Priscilla- one more : )

We have a swap every 2 months- we'd love to have you join us!
Shelly Schmidt