Monday, July 29, 2013

Spider-Man Scrapbook Page

Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a great weekend - I got tons of little things and big things accomplished so it was a great success in my books!

Today's share is my 2nd of 3 scrapbook pages I submitted for the Artisan entries.  This idea was a real "no brainer"...Griffin is obsessed with Spider-Man so I thought I'd try showcase it.  He turns 4 next week (whoa where did that time go??) and he's chosen a Spidey party theme so stay tuned for a few projects I've cooked up for the occasion next week if you need some ideas for a Spidey fanatic of your own!


Stamp sets: N/A
Cardstock: Marina Mist, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight
Classic Ink: Basic Black, Basic Gray
Big Shot: Ovals Framelits Collection, Stripes EF, Spider Web EF
Punches: Large Oval, 1 ¾” Scallop Circle

Accessories: Paper Snips, Paper Trimmer, Sponges, Tombow

Hope you have a fabulous day!
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Friday, July 26, 2013

Canvas Creations Jewelry

Happy TGIF!

Maybe as a stay at home mom I shouldn't feel like today is different than any other day of the week, but my "working out of the home" brain prior to having babies still relishes Friday's.  It's been a LONG week compounded by sleepless nights, napless toddler days, and baking disaster after baking disaster (perhaps I should just stick to card making).  Anyhow, here we are finally at the end of the week and I have a special project to share!

This is the first of two 3D projects I was required to make for my entry into the Artisan Award contest.  I can say that deciding what to enter was a bit of a challenge; simply because I live in the "sticks" in small town Canada and everything had to be mailed to Riverton, Utah USA!  If I had chose to send large projects the cost of shipping would have broke the bank LOL!

So I thought I'd try my hand at making a little jewelry (read: light to mail); inspiration coming from the Canvas Creations sheets that were launched in the Spring Catalog.  I began by opening two of my favorite photos in MDS; one of my youngest playing in the leaves last fall and one of my oldest with my Grandmother taken just before she fell ill with cancer.  I changed both photos from color to Sepia then printed them onto the canvas sheet.  From there I carefully aligned each photo onto the Autumn Accents die and ran it through the Big Shot.  I cut an extra of each leaf from plain canvas and glued the two layers together with Tombow to make each piece a little sturdier.  For the necklace I added an eyelet and laced a cord through; for the smaller leaf I added a brooch pin to the back with hot glue.


Stamp Sets: N/A
Cardstock: N/A
Classic Ink: N/A
Big Shot: Autumn Accents Die
Additional: Canvas Creations, MDS (to change pictures to Sepia and print), Tombow (two layers of canvas glued together), Eyelet, Eyelet Tool, Necklace Cording, Brooch Pin, Hot Glue Gun

Hope this has given you some new ideas for the Canvas sheets!  They are great for stamping on too, but can be used for so much more with a little creative thinking!

Have a wonderful weekend, I'll see you back here next week!
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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Forest Dance

Happy Thursday!

This is my fifth and final card I entered into the Artisan Award contest.  This Northern Light technique is quite near and dear to me so I really wanted to incorporate it into my entries.  I kept the layout and design quite simple so that the Lights would take center stage; the forest of Evergreen trees from the Lovely as a Tree set are perfect for this!  I love that you can still catch a glimpse of the lights dancing between the branches of the trees; what do you think?  Oh, and can I mention I'm still a little teary that the beautiful two-tone ribbon from the Spring catalog wasn't carried over to the new catalog?  It's so nice to work with and truly adds something a little special to a project - I know I won't be parting with my leftovers any time soon!


Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree
Cardstock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Tea For Two DSP
Classic Ink: Daffodil Delight, Lucky Limenade, Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry, Not Quite Navy, Basic Black
Big Shot: Ovals Framelits Collection
Accessories: Basic Gray/Basic Black Two Tone Ribbon, Basic Gray Glimmer Brads, Sponges, White Gel Pen, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Tombow, Paper Snips, Paper Piercing Tool, Mat Pack, Hole Punch

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I'm super excited to say that I'm creating 4 projects for this round of U Stamp With Dawn & Friends, Heating Up the Holidays!  Overall there will be 40+ projects that feature Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas - and best of all we are determined to use every last item in the NEW Holiday Catalog, due out August 1st!  If you would like to sign up to be a part of this exciting event simply click HERE to get started!

Hope you have a wonderful day!  I'll be back tomorrow with a special project!
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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cup of Stippled Blossoms


This is the 4th card I submitted in my non-winning Artisan contest entries.  I just love the stamp set Stippled Blossoms and what better way to showcase it than in a pretty tea cup?  I decided to stick with very neutral tones for this card so that the So Saffron in the flowers would really be the focal point.  I was really happy with the results and a little sad to part with it - think I'll have to make another "just because".  This card is also packed with dimension.  After I stamped each flower, leaf, and the teacup I cut them out with paper snips. I then flipped each piece over and rubbed my stylus tool in a circular motion to give it dimension. For an added touch I used Stampin' Dimensional's to adhere each piece to the card front, giving it even more dimension.


Stamp Sets:  Stippled Blossoms, Tea Shoppe
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Basic Gray
Classic Ink:  So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Markers:  So Saffron, Certainly Celery
Big Shot:  Ovals Collection Framelits, Square Lattice EF
Accessories:  Basic Rhinestones, Large Rhinestones, Vintage Faceted Buttons, So Saffron Taffeta Ribbon, Linen Thread, Stylus Tool, Mat Pack, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip

This past week Stampin' Up! held their annual Convention and as always some exciting announcements were made!  New products are coming that are sure to super excite - including the Undefined Stamp Carving Kit! If you've ever wanted a stamp but couldn't find the perfect image, wait no longer!  This kit includes everything you need to get creative and start designing your very own stamps for $25.95! There is also a refill kit available (for $12.95) and if your more into the clear mount stamp option, add on a sheet of Clear Mount Cling foam (for $13.50) which will allow you to make a stamp of ANY size!

Included in the kit:
2 carving tools
3" x 4" rubber
3" x 4" foam
4 wood blocks in various sizes
1 Island Indigo marker
3 postcards
Instruction sheet
Stamp image templates to get your ideas going!

Interested?  Check out this video to learn a little more:
Hope you have a great sunshine filled day! 

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Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Scrappin' in My Digital Studio

Happy Wednesday!

Something a little different on the menu today - a digital scrapbook page!  This was one of three scrapbook page entries I submitted for the Artisan Awards.  I must say scrapbooking has never been my cup of tea; which you've probably figured out if you follow my blog.  I always feel like I'm stuck in a design rut when I try to design a page - for me designing and creating cards is just so much easier for some reason!

However, when I enter into the world of My Digital Studio, all that design rut stuff melts away.  Maybe its because I'm in the generation of techies but all the sudden ideas start flowing and the mouse starts clicking and viola, I've created a scrapbook page I actually LIKE!

The inspiration for this page was my youngest son's bedroom feature wall.  I had this crazy idea when I was pregnant (ok, I'll admit I'm guilty of crazy ideas even when not pregnant...) that I wanted a plaid theme in his bedroom.  Most folk would probably buy bedding and sheets in plaid and call it a day but I dream oh so much bigger!  I somehow convinced my husband that painting a wall to look like plaid would be "SO NEAT".  Well, I was right! (but really, was there any doubt?)  I'm not sure how much he cursed me while taping and painting, then taping and painting, then taping and painting but it looks spectacular.  I used the wall as a backdrop when I took photos of him at about 10 days old, then again on his first birthday.  I'm going to attempt taking one at his second birthday in a few months - although I have a feeling it may be an action shot!

If your interested in how I created this page, here's a quick overview:

·    Background was paper filled with Chocolate Chip.  A square punch was added and rotated 45 degrees.  This shape was then duplicated 3 more times, and all four squares were aligned, making them all equidistant to each other.  Once aligned, the four squares were ‘Grouped’ together

·    This group of 4 squares was then copied and pasted until the entire background of the project was full, aligning the sections as they were added.  Each section was then paper filled by alternating Lucky Limenade and Tempting Turquoise.
·    Photos were added along with a frame to each in Whisper White.  A drop shadow was also added to each photo.

·    Lettering was done with the punches from the Timeless Type Junior letters.  Each punch was paper filled with Whisper White and a frame added to each punch alternating between Lucky Limenade and Tempting Turqouise colors.  A drop shadow was added to each element.

·   The #1 was done with the punches from the Timeless Type Junior Numbers.  It was filled in Chocolate Chip and framed in Tempting Turqouise.  The “yr” was done in the same manner, just filled with Whisper White.  A drop shadow was added to each element.

·   The journaling is a square punch stretched to a rectangle.  Paper filled with Chocolate Chip and framed in Lucky Limenade with a drop shadow added.  Type is CK Alis Hand in Whisper White

·   Giraffe: Head is a Rounded corner punch filled paper filled with So Saffron and framed in Basic Black

·    Nose is also a Rounded corner punch paper filled with Chocolate Chip and framed in Basic Black.  This layer is brought forward when positioned at the bottom of the head.

·    Nostrils and Eyes are the Circle punch in Basic Black.

·    Antenna’s were first created with a square punch paper filled with Chocolate Chip and outlined in Basic Black.  I sent this layer to the back to hide the join where they meet the top of the head.  The circles on top of the antenna’s are made with the circle punch paper filled with Chocolate Chip, outlined in Basic Black and the layer brought forward to rest on top of the rectangular piece of the antenna.

·    Ears are created with the Oval punch paper filled with So Saffron, framed with Basic Black.  The layers were sent to the back so they would appear tucked behind the head.

·    The neck is the square punch paper filled with So Saffron and framed in Basic Black.  The layer was sent to the back so it appears to be behind the head.

·    To create the spots the Freeform tool was used.  A brush layer was added over all the So Saffron areas using the Circle style function in Chocolate Chip.

      I've also used a similar technique to create the giraffe in my son's first birthday invitation, which you can see HERE.  And remember, if you've been on the fence as to whether to try the MDS software or not, you can try it for free by clicking on the My Digital Studio trial icon in the left hand sidebar.  If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to leave a comment or email me!

      Hope you enjoyed this slight change up!  I'd love to hear your thoughts on the digital scrapbooking - do you love it or are you a traditional scrapper?
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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Batman Birthday Punch Art


Today I have a fun punch art share!  I originally seen this idea on another demonstrators website, France Martin.  I filed the idea away - and when the boys were invited to a spectacular Batman themed birthday party over the weekend I was thrilled to get the chance to put the idea into use!


Stamp sets: A Word for You
Cardstock: Basic Gray, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Ink: Basic Black, Daffodil Delight
Punches: Word Window, Large Oval
Big Shot: Ovals Framelits, Stripes embossing folder
Accessories: Mini brads, Tombow liquid adhesive, sponges, paper snips

Cut the third to smallest oval found in the Oval framelits from Daffodil Delight cardstock and sponges the edges with Daffodil Delight ink. Cut the second to smallest oval from Basic Black cardtock.  With the Word Window punch punch once on either side of center to create the top portion of the wings.  I free hand cut the ear/head shape with my paper snips.  On the bottom of the oval punch twice on either side of center, overlapping the punches to create the tail and bottom portion of the wings.  Layer this onto the Daffodil Delight oval with Tombow glue.  How super simple is that?!

See you back here tomorrow!  Have a wonderful sunshiny day!
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Friday, July 12, 2013

Color Washed Window View

Happy Friday!

Today's card is #3 in my Artisan Award submissions.  I loved using the Color Wash technique so much I thought I would incorporate it into another card; with a few additions.  If your not familiar with this technique I have a step by step picture tutorial here, along with a few other cards I've done using this technique.

After I color washed the flowers I cut them out, flipped them over, then used my Stylus tool to give them a "puffy" appearance.  If you would like to give this a try, work the Stylus tool in a circular motion beginning from the center of the flower outward - the edges will begin to lift and give your flower a more realistic appearance when you flip it back over.  Then its as simple as using a dimensional to apply it to your project.

Here is a look at how I finished the inside of the card - it also gives you a better view of how "puffy" the flower and leaves look.


Stamp Sets:  Secret Garden, Tea Shoppe
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Primrose Petals, Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse, Baja Breeze DSP Stack (Subtles Collection)
Classic Ink: Baja Breeze, Midnight Muse, Gumball Green
Craft Ink:  Whisper White
Markers: Wisteria Wonder, Perfect Plum, Elegant Eggplant, Primrose Petals, Raspberry Ripple
Big Shot:  Window Frames Collection Framelits, Petals-a-Plenty EF
Punches:  Modern Label
Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Perfect Plum Taffeta Ribbon, Versamark, White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Aqua Painter, Blender Pen, Stamp-a-ma-jig, Stylus Tool, Mat Pack, Paper Snips, Sponges, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Sticky Strip, Tombow

Please keep in mind as you look at these entries that I submitted them before the new catalog was released.  Therefore many of the accessories, papers, and even stamp sets are now retired product.

See you all back here Monday!  Have a wonderful weekend!
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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Vintage Ruffled Paper


Today's share is my 2nd of 5 cards I entered into the SU! Artisan Award contest.  It involves a technique where strips of paper are dampened then shaped into ruffles and left to dry before apply to the card front.  I really love the vintage, feminine look of this card!  I think I may add this ruffled paper technique to my list of tutorial possibilities, anyone interested in learning how to do this??


Stamp Sets:  Make a Wish
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Tea For Two DSP
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Big Shot:  Apothecary Accents Framelits
Accessories: Pink Pirouette/Rose Red Two-Tone Ribbon, Paper Piercing Mat Pack, Paper Piercing Tool,
White Gel Pen, Stampin’ Spritzer , Hole Punch, Sponges, Tombow, Sticky Strip 

A quick exciting tid bit before I sign off for the day - the New Color Marker kit; which was previously only available in a set of 10; is now available as single markers for a limited time only until October 31!  This is great for those of you that have past In Colors and just need a filler or two to complete your marker sets!  Take advantage quickly by heading over to my online store at and getting yours today!

I'll be back tomorrow with another share, but for now we're headed to the beach!  Have a lovely day everyone!!
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Monday, July 8, 2013

Blessings Easel Card


I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  Over the next few days I will be sharing entries I entered into an annual Stampin' Up! contest for demonstrators called the Artisan Awards.  Unfortunately I didn't make the top 20 this year - there is some amazing talent out there!  This was my first year entering - perhaps next year will bring better results!  In total I submitted 5 cards, 3 scrapbook pages, and 2 3-D projects so stay tuned to see them all!

This unique shaped easel card combines quite a few elements.  It has quite a few layers, some 3-dimensional elements, a brayered background; and a technique called "out of the box".


Stamp sets: Take Care, Itty Bitty Banners
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Birds of a Feather DSP
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Cherry Cobbler, Chocolate Chip, Pool Party
Big Shot:  Apothecary Accents Framelits, Floral Frames Framelits, Lacy Brocade EF
Accessories:  Basic Pearls, Brayer, Sponges, Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Stylus Tool, Paper Snips, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tombow

Here are a couple more view of this card:
Side view

Closed view
Hope you enjoyed this one!  I'll post another entry tomorrow!
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Friday, July 5, 2013

Angry Bird Birthday Gift Tag

Happy Friday!

Were headed off to a birthday party this afternoon so today's share is the gift tag I made for the occasion - who doesn't LOVE Angry Birds?!  Overall this punch art is super simple; start to finish this tag took about 15-20 minutes to make!

The moment my son seen this tag I was commissioned to make the entire Angry Bird crew; which I'm hoping to turn into a step by step tutorial piece I'll share with you next week.  Then you too can make Angry Birds to your hearts content ;)


Stamp sets: Make a Wish
Cardstock: Gumball Green, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Soft Sky (Subtles DSP Paper stack)
Ink: Basic Black
Punches: 1 3/4" circle, 1/2" circle, Owl, Pansy, Small Oval
Accessories: Basic Black marker, Tombow liquid adhesive, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine, White gel pen, hole punch

I will include these two into my tutorial next week, but if you can't wait till then here's a quick overview on how to assemble them:

Punch from Gumball Green cardstock: 1- 1 3/4" circle, 3- 1/2" circles, 1- small oval
Punch from Whisper White cardstock: 2- 1/2" circles
Assemble as pictured using Tombow.  Add details with a Basic Black marker and highlights with a white gel pen.

Blue Bird:
Punch from Tempting Turquoise cardstock: 1- petal from the Pansy punch, 1- small oval
Punch from Whisper White cardstock: 2- middle sized circles from the Owl punch
Freehand cut a beak from Pumpkin Pie cardstock.
Assemble as pictured using Tombow.  Add dots to eyes with a Basic Black marker and highlights with a white gel pen.

The overall tag size measures 4" x 2 1/2" made from Tempting Turquoise.  The inside layer was cut from Soft Sky Subtles paper pack slightly smaller and adhered again with Tombow.  Punch a small hole in the corner of the tag and add a length of Calypso Coral baker's twine to attach to gift.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!  Until next time...
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Thursday, July 4, 2013

Love You Much


Happy Independence Day to all my US blog readers!  I hope you are enjoying your day off and sunshine is brightening your day!  It's another hot one in my area today so we've opted to stay in the AC for the afternoon.

I was looking through some of my photos this morning and realized I hadn't shared the card I made for my Dad to give to my Mom for their anniversary a couple of weeks ago.  Most of the punch art on this card is done freehand and many of the elements are from cardstock found in my scrap box.  So, in other words, I have no memory or idea what I used LOL.

I can tell you that the figures heads are made with the 3/4" circle punch and the lady's bun is made with an additional 1/2" circle layered on top.  The highlights in their hair were added with a white gel pen. The sentiment is from the limited edition set, Best of Love (available until March 2014).

I'll be back tomorrow with a kiddo birthday card I'm working on!  Until then have a fabulous day!

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013



I know your thinking to yourself, whoa, where has she been?!  As I'm sure everyone can attest to summer in general is CRAZY!  I honestly don't know how it happens but BOOM! suddenly life multiplies itself by 100 (as does the laundry, dust bunnies, and those NASTY HORRIBLE THISTLES in my garden) and I'm left with minimal craft time.  I'm sure everyone feels this way but I've decided that the smiles on my kids faces running through the sprinkler trumps being inside, even if it is for card making.  I'll be catching up over the next couple of weeks with July Online Tutorials and regular posts so keep checking back!

Anyhow, I do have a project to share with you today!  These cards are from a recent project created for U Stamp with Dawn & Friends, Cards with Cool Moves.  This is a really neat interactive card called a Double Peek-a-Boo.  The concept is you see one set of cute animals when the card is closed and a second set of animals slides into the opening as you open the card.  Really fun to build!  Plus I was able to break out a brand new set from the new catalog called Zoo Babies (aren't they cute?).  If you would like to learn more on how to assemble this card along with about 40 others, head over to U Stamp with Dawn and Friends, Cards with Cool Moves.  You'll find a direct link blinkie in the left side bar.

And because its the beginning of a brand new month there is a new Best of Set available!  This month is the Best of Shelli and contains these images:
The item code for purchase is #133488 for $17.95

Also, for the month of July only if you buy 3 packs of SELECT Designer Series Paper, you get your fourth pack for FREE!
Before I sign off I thought I would share a couple of photos that I took over the last couple of days during Canada Day Celebrations.  The boys had a great time and had a busy couple of days!  On Sunday we had a fish fry and went for an evening boat ride.  Many cottages along the lake had fireworks so we caught a few fabulous light shows before heading home.  Yesterday we took in the local parade, had a BBQ lunch and spent the afternoon staying cool in the lawn sprinkler!  Overall a wonderful weekend - just one of many this summer I'm sure!

Until next time...

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