Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Wonderful Florets

Greetings Stampers!!!

This evening I am showing you a card made with my new Fabulous Florets stamp set.  I thought it was really pretty and looking at other peoples projects I thought it would be a fun stamp set.  For some reason I seem to be having a difficult time putting anything together with it.  sigh...

That's not going to keep me from continuing to try though.  :)

Goodies used for this card:
  • Fabulous Florets
  • Warm Words
  • Scallop Trim Border Punch
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Square Lattice Embossing Folder
  • Ribbon
  • Beautiful Wings Embosslit
 Stay tuned for more projects made with the Fabulous Florets set!

Blessings & Inky Hugs;
~Shawnie B.

Brayered Sunset

These cards were done using my brayer.  I've not yet perfected this technique and I know it's going to take practice, but I like the end result (of other peoples projects)  I'm sure mine will be satisfactory after a while.

 Goodies used for this card:
  • King of the Grill (sentiment)
  • Brayer
  • Inspired by Nature stamp set
  • Circle punch for moon
  • Oval Punches for sentiment
 Goodies used for this Card:
  • Happy Moments - (Sentiment)
  • Inspired by Nature
  • Oval Punches to hold sentiment
  • Circle punch - Moon
  • Brayer
Goodies used for this card:
  • Winds of Grace
  • Short & Sweet
  • Brayer
  • Brads
  • Sizzlits Lots of Tags Label 2
  • Black Embossing Powder
  • Heat gun
  • Brayering & Heat Embossing

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings & Inky Hugs!
~Shawnie B.

Masculine Winds of Grace Trio

Oh my!  I guess I'm grounded!!!  I haven't posted anything since the 18th!  for shame. 

Hopefully this makes up for it.  I've been working on a lot of masculine cards.

The first three I would like to share with you were made with the Winds of Grace set by Stampin' Up!

 Goodies used for this card:
  • Photo Corner Punch
  • Brads
  • Ribbon
  • Winds of Grace stamp set
 Goodies used for this card:
  • Winds of Grace stamp set
  • Short & Sweet stamp set
  • CB Swiss Dots embossing folder
  • Embossing Powder - Black
  • Word Window Punch
  • Sizzlits - Lots of Tags Label 2 die
Techniques used for this card:
  • Brayering
  • Heat Embossing

 Goodies used for this card:
  • Winds of Grace stamp set
  • Linen Thread
  • Modern Label Punch
  • Word Window Punch
  • misc cb embossing folder

 Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings & Inky Hugs!
~Shawnie B

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Hooked on Simply Soft


I really love this stamp set!  Simply Soft is a Hostess set.  There are so many different designs and options you can go.  

Faux Silk Technique Creations & Anniversary Card


I've been playing with the Faux Silk technique & I really like the vintage look & feel it has once it's finished.  I love these colors when all used together, Soft Suede, Blushing Bride, & Crumb Cake.

Ingredients used for this card:
  • Elements of Style stamp set
  • Framed Tulips Embossing Folder
  • White Tissue Paper
  • Adhesive
  • Ribbon
  • Tiny Tags Punch
  • Tiny Tags stamp set
  • Sponge Daubers

 Here is an Anniversary card for my cousin & her husband.  I hope she'll like it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings & Inky Hugs;
~Shawnie B.

Anniversary Cheer!

Greetings Stampers!

As some may know, today is Bill's an my 18th Anniversary.  I got up this morning, came into my craft room, and there was a beautifully made card!

After Bill & I turned in for the night, Chelsey put this card together!  This is a testament to her creative ability.  I have been trying to convince her to make cards with me, but she always declines.  Every once in a while she'll express interest with different "tools of the trade".  She was playing with the Big Shot the other day.

I know she's very creative because she is my creative consultant.  Every time I make a card, she gives me feedback as to what looks good or what might look better. 

So, this is a huge step for her and I am very proud of her for exerting herself and putting this together.

Thanks for stopping by!

Blessings & Inky Hugs;
~Shawnie B

Friday, September 2, 2011

Poser Thank You

lol The reason why I titled this post as Poser Thank You, note the butterfly & the flower on the front of the card.  Usually I make all the embellishments on my cards.  These, I did not make.  Since I didn't make them, I'm calling them Posers.  lol  Not that anything is wrong with using pre-made embellishments.  I have tons of them laying around.  I just am the type to make them is all.  (kind of like preferring to make meals out of scratch instead of out of a box) 

Oh, the card.  That's right. 

This is a circle card I used by folding my cardstock in half and running it through my Big Shot with my Lacey Circles Die with a tiny portion outside of the die so it didn't get cut.  If the whole thing would have been in the die, I would have ended up with two lacey circles.  <-- WOW, That doesn't even make sense to me!!!! 

The sentiment is from Stampin' Up!'s Tiny Tags stamp set & Tiny Tags punch.  After punching out the tag I laced silver floss through it and hooked a safety pin through the floss and the ribbon.  I felt this card needed far more sparkles than just the ones on the Poser butterfly & flower, but couldn't really find any other place to make it fit or work.  So, I opted out this time.  Some sprinkle is better than no sprinkle, I suppose.

Well folks, I've just uploaded ump-teen different posts for the ump teen different cards I've made recently.  I'm tuckered!

Blessings & Inky Hugs;

~Shawnie B.

Good Luck, Crimped Style

Here is another Crimped Diamond card I created.  I really like the design the crimper creates depending on how you fold your cardstock before running it through the crimper. I did something a little different with this one though.  I took my ink pads and ran them along the raised grooves, which left ink only on the high area's. 

Thanks for stopping by!

~Shawnie B.

Crimped Thank You

Good evening Stampers!

Here is a neat technique I picked up by watching YouTube the other day.  This is done with a Crimper.  I couldn't believe how easy it was to do when I did it!  I wish I knew who did the video to give her credit, but it was put out by Split Coast Stampers.  SCS have an amazingly huge paper crafting community online where you can socialize about Paper Crafting on the Forums, view other people's creations in the Gallery, or learn new techniques.  It's amazing!  :)

I did the Emboss Resist Technique on the pear image, wrapped it up with hemp twine, and then secured it with a Vintage Brad from Stampin' Up!

Thank you for stopping by;

~Shawnie B.

Happy Boo to You!

It's a bit early for those Halloween cards, but I saw this little witch from the Greeting Card Kids stamp set and I couldn't resist making a card.  The technique I've done for this card is called Mosaic and I've also included the Emboss Resist technique as well. 

I water colored the image and then with my stamp I created by butting up rubber pieces to create a mosaic look, I stamped it with versamark and then embossed with clear embossing powder.  Once it was set I took a foam wedge and my Soft Suede ink and started rubbing it on the mosaic image.  The ink only stuck to the parts that didn't have the clear embossing on it, which outlined the shapes in the stamp I made.

Thanks for dropping by!
~Shawnie B.

Baskets Full of Fun

Here is a cute Swing Card I learned to watch on YouTube .  I'm not sure what the lady's name is, but her user name is So, anyway, this is my version of the card.  There are a lot of tutorials out there for this type of card, but this lady has the simplest / cleanest & less confusing format's I had seen.  A lot of stampers get nervous in front of the camera & do a lot of ummm's & uhhhh's. 

I have included several pictures so you can get a better idea of what the card looks like & how it works.  

This style of card would display nicely on someone's desk.  Because the focal point on the card is a basket of yarn, I thought I would decorate the rest of the card with Sweetest Buttons from my Embosslits Die that both cut's and embosses with the Big Shot. 

Thank you for dropping by, have a blessed day!

~Shawnie B

Autumn Days Get Well Soon with Bi-Lingual Sentiment

Good afternoon Stampers!

I am really behind the gun on the cards I've been creating ('magine that!).  But you know my usual line, if the Mojo's flowin' I'm not stoppin'!  So, as you may imagine, my creativity has slowed down to a dull thud so I figured this would be a good time to get cards uploaded, labeled, tagged, and all that other stuff before my mind starts to wander on a new card idea. 

So, these two cards are going to be posted together.  They are pretty much the same, but you all know how I can't stand to re-create something that I've already created.  If you make several cards with the same design, your not being creative and someone is going to get ripped off because they thought they were buying / receiving a truly unique card.  If they see another card just like theirs, they may gasp and wander if you just picked the card off a rack that was spit out by a machine!  agad!!!!!!!!  How awful would that be?!  Anyway, God gives me the gift, I'm not going to waste it on making the same thing again.  Some may, but my passion for paper crafting and creating keeps me going.  Even though I tried to make these cards both the same, they are still unique in their own way (still couldn't make myself do it!)  Anyway, getting off my soap box.

These cards were created using the Autumn Days stamp set.  The Spanish sentiment is from the Frases por docena stamp set & the English sentiment is from the Mini Mates stamp set.  All other goodies used to make the card are located below under "Labels".

With sponge daubers I also sponged some chalk (Stampin' Pastels) for the sky & the ground.

I really hope I don't have to give these away right away or sell them to anyone who has to give them away, but it's always good to keep some on hand, especially the Masculine kind because we know how our guys need to feel pampered when they are sick!  Mine does, anyway.  hehehe

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Reasons to Stamp in September

If you’ll look at any calendar, you’ll find that September doesn’t have a whole lot going on as far as celebrations or days that are recognized or observed, which translates to a stamper as reasons to give someone a card. Well, here are some ideas that may inspire you to make a card for a certain someone that reminds you of the day listed below!
Happy Stamping! Thank you Cristena & Jane Hignite for putting these lists together!

September is Jazz Month, National Apple Month, Read a New Book Month, and Women's Friendship Month.
The First Week of September is Child Injury Prevention Week
The Second Week of September is National Waffle Week
The Third Week of September is Substitute Teacher Appreciation Week
The Fourth Week of September is National Dog Week
The Fifth Week of September is National Keep Kids Creative Week
September 4th is International Drive Your Studebaker Day
September 10th is National Lacemaking Day
September 17th is Citizenship/Constitution Day
September 23rd is Good Neighbor Day
September 27th is Ancestor Appreciation Day
September 29th is National Coffee Day
Here is another list below:

Weekend before September 11: National Days of Prayer and Remembrance September 11: Patriot Day 3rd Friday in September National POW/MIA Recognition Day September 17: Citizenship Day and Constitution Week 4th Monday in September: Family Day last Sunday in September: Gold Star Mother's Day

• September: National Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 through October 15)

Labor DaySep 5, 2011
Patriot DaySep 11, 2011
Whooping Crane Fall MigrationSep 15 - Nov 15, 2011
Constitution DaySep 17, 2011
Deaf Awareness WeekSep 18-24, 2011
Fall EquinoxSep 23, 2011
Banned Books WeekSep 24 - Oct 1, 2011
Shamu's BirthdaySep 26, 1985
Rosh HashanahSep 29-30, 2011
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