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September 28, 2014

Paper craft project no. 273: Hippie chick

2014-09-28 Hippie girl 613 Avenue Create

Popping by to share my project for this week’s challenge over at 613 Avenue Create. It’s Anything Goes with the optional twist to use a heart. We have two awesome sponsors this week: Lacy Sunshine and Oak Pond Creations. Come stop by the blog to see the fun projects my teammates created!

For my project, I used a delightful image called Eleanor hippie chick from Lacy Sunshine. I gotta tell ya, I’m totally diggin’ this ’60s girl — right up my alley. She was super fun to color with my Spectrum Noir markers. I figured a colorful, psychedelic background is perfect for my hippie chick so I sprinkled different Brusho colors onto mixed media paper, spritzed with water to activate the colors, and then laid a 4″ by 5.25″ white card stock panel over. I dried the panel with my heat gun and then I sponged yellow PanPastel over the area. Stamped some hearts along the bottom, added some fun stickers at the top, and mounted it onto my card base. I used foam tape to adhere Eleanor, after I’d fussy cut her.  This is one of those cards that I ended up falling in love with afterwards because it was so cool ;o)

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July 31, 2014

Paper craft project no. 232: You make me smile one layer card

You Make Me Smile 000

Hello again! It’s my turn to do a spotlight project at the STAMPlorations blog. I made a couple of one layer cards featuring the new Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments set, along with a couple of previously released stamp sets. They have different color schemes and slightly different layouts but I used the same techniques on both. The photo above is card #1 and I have a photo tutorial (plus a few tips) on how I put this card together. You’ll find card #2 after the photo tutorial. I hope you’ll come check it out!

Thanks so much for stopping by! Don’t forget to smile :o)


July 7, 2014

Paper craft project no. 218: Card gift set [an SRM Stickers project]


Hello! Today, I’m making my debut as a design team member of SRM Stickers with my first project: a card gift set using several super-fun SRM Stickers products! Here’s a partial shot of my project. All I can say is it was a treat to make these, as I was able to play with stamps, inks, stickers, and a few other things! Head on over to the SRM Stickers blog to see more photos of my project and read how I put this card gift set together.

Thanks for stopping by!


May 7, 2014

STAMPlorations Stamp Release Blog Hop

So glad you can join us in the STAMPlorations Stamp Release Blog Hop! The other STAMPlorations girls and I are sharing projects we’ve created that feature the 5 sets released this month. Visit all the stops on the hop and leave a comment for a chance to win 1 of the new stamp sets!

FIVE (5) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the designers’ blogs will each win a stamp set and TWO (2) lucky hoppers randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog will win a stamp set of their choice. You have until Sunday, May 11, 11:55 p.m. PDT to comment here and on my fellow designers’ posts for a chance to win. Winners will be announced on the STAMPlorations blog on Monday, May 12.

So I ended up making 3 projects — all one layer cards. I planned on shooting videos while making my projects but my camera had other plans. Just as I was ready to start shooting, the memory card went corrupt. I had a couple of videos and photos in there that I hadn’t transferred to my computer, so DH tried to recover them before doing anything to the memory card. Long story short, he was able to salvage 2 gigs of photos and videos. I had to say goodbye to the rest. By the time I could use my camera again, I’d already made my cards and I was too tired to even try to recreate them. Anyway…

Here’s card #1: Thanks. I used stamps from the SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Thank You and SUBWAY ART BUILDERS: Dare + an older set, the Distressed Floral Swirls. The Subway Art Builders stamps are great for creating backgrounds and that’s what I did in this card. I finally got to try the inlay (inlaid?) die-cut technique with the Li’l Inker flower die. After sponging Memento Rhubarb Stalk ink all over the flower, I went over the edges and faux stitches with my white Faber-Castell Pitt marker. Stamped the swirls and then embossed the sentiment. I added some Star Dust stickles to the flower to give the card some shimmer.

2014-05-06 Thanks - Blog Hop Card 1

Here’s card #2: You are my happy. I used stamps from the SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Happy and VIGNETTE: Grunge Floral Strips + the Distressed Floral Swirls. Again, I used the same die-cut technique to keep my card one layer. I masked the left side of the card and sponged some light blue ink on the right side before stamping 2 of the floral strip stamps to create a collage-y, grungy background. I stamped my sentiment and sponged the die-cut flower with Memento Dandelion and Tangelo inks.

2014-05-06 Thanks - Blog Hop Card 2

And here’s card #3: The world is your canvas. And I saved the best for last. I like grungy, I like messy, I like stencils, and I like one layers, so I’d have to say this is my favorite card among the bunch. I used the SUBWAY ART BUILDERS: Create + the older sets Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds and Holiday Artsy. To create the background, I stenciled the sketch grid (The Crafter’s Workshop) and splatters (Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous) by sponging Memento Gray Flannel and Dandelion inks. Then I stamped the mixed media backgrounds. I also cut apart the Create Subway Art stamps and then stamped them one by one on the upper half of my card. I finished the card by stamping the sentiment.

2014-05-06 Thanks - Blog Hop Card 3

Thanks for visiting and for hopping along with us! If you’d like to win one of the new stamps I’ve used in my projects, all you have to do is leave a comment. Visit and comment on the other stops in the hop to increase your chances of winning! You’ll find links to my fellow STAMPlorations designers’ blog hop post below. Also, the new stamps are available in the shop now. Each set is just $6.50. Buy the bundle (all 5) for $25 (28% off) — and it ships free anywhere in the US.

*** The stops in the hop ***

Nonni | Sandie | Shery | Shirley | Vicki
Have a super day!
April 27, 2014

Paper craft project no. 180: Choose to be happy today

2014-04-27 Choose to be happy 613 Avenue
We’ve got an anything goes challenge over at the neighborhood, 613 Avenue Create! This week, we’ve got 2 fabulous sponsors: A Day for Daisies and Bugaboo Digi Stamps. Both companies have provided us in the DT images to showcase in our creations. Do check out the beautiful projects my teammates created!

I love this walking bonnet image from A Day for Daisies. I printed several of her on heavy premium card stock, colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, and fussy cut. On my card base, I stamped my sentiment (one of the 5 new stamp sets from STAMPlorations coming out in May; there’ll be a stamp release blog hop in a couple of weeks.) in Memento Morocco and Tuxedo Black inks before adhering my colored image on the card base with foam dots. I finished the card by adding Star Dust stickles on the flowers she’s holding so they’d shimmer — they’re freshly picked from her garden :o)

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #92 – Make Your Mark; CASology #92 – Garden; Keep It Simple #38 – Bright Sparks; and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Keep It Clean and Simple.


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re having a great day!

Choosing to be happy today,

~ Shery

January 29, 2014

Paper craft project nos. 122, 123, and 124: Stenciled!

I finally was able to find time earlier tonight to work on cards for the Stenciled online class. So I’m sharing the first 3 cards I made for Days 1 and 2.

2014-01-29 CAS Hello
First up is card #1 using the technique shared by Debby Hughes. I used a stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop and sponged Walnut Stain distress ink. In Debby’s sample card, she used white vellum. I didn’t have any but I did find vellum DSP with a vintage postcard design so I figured it might work. (And which is why I went with the distress ink color.) I die-cut a tag out of the vellum DSP, stamped the butterfly and sentiment in white ink and embossing them with clear embossing powder. I made a bow out of jute twine (I know, it’s rather lopsided — I am not a ribbon girl!), adhered it to my tag, and covered the center with brown paper brad by Candi. I don’t have any transparent foam dots (or whatever you call those things) so I just dabbed little bits of Glossy Accents on the back of the tag and adhered it to my card. I added some gems (K&Company) that I found in my stash. (Again, I am not a bling girl so I don’t even know if the gems look right where I stuck them.)

I’m entering this card to the following fun challenges: Make It Monday #176 – Always Anything Goes and Challenges 4 Everybody #37 – Anything Goes.

2014-01-29 OLC Live Love Laugh
Okay, here’s card #2 and I’m not really happy with it because it looks more like a card for Halloween and when I showed it to DH, he said it looked a little freaky because of the splats. Anyway, for this card, I used the technique that Kristina Werner shared. First, I stamped my sentiment in Versamark ink and heat embossed it. Then I used another stencil by The Crafter’s Workshop to sponge 3 different Memento dye inks (Dandelion, Tangelo, and Elderberry) and stamped some chevrons and arrows inside. I stamped a few ink blots and spatters and created shadows on the sentiment with my Black Soot distress marker.

I loosely based the layout of this card on the current sketch at STAMPlorations.

2014-01-29 OLC Thinking of you
And here is card #3. I actually combined 2 techniques to create this card. Laura Bassen’s technique involves watercoloring inside the stencils, while Kristina Werner’s technique involves coloring inside the stencil with color pencils in an up and down motion to create a sketched look. I thought I could combine the two and combine I did. For this one, I busted out a new Hero Arts stencil I bought a couple of weeks ago but haven’t had the chance to use. I placed the stencil over my card base and then “sketched” inside the stencil. Instead of colored pencils, I went with Memento markers (here I used Sweet Plum and Lulu Lavender). Then I smooshed some Memento dye ink on wax paper, spritzed it with water, and then brushed it over the stencil. You can see some color seeped under the stencil — I rather like how it bled because it just gave it a watercolor look. I stamped the sentiment (Inkadinkado) in black and stuck a few gems.

I’m entering this card to the following fun challenges: CASology Week 80 – Purple and Tuesday Throwdown #180 – One Layer.

I’m going to try to find time again this week to create cards for Days 3 and 4. Thanks so much for stopping by!


January 24, 2014

Paper craft project no. 120: I heart you (mixed media version)

2014-01-24 OLC I heart u
I’m beginning to love making pancakes. I was able to complete this card in between flipping pancakes (about an hour). Did a lot of walking back and forth the kitchen to my craft table in the living room so that’s bonus cardio points. I wanted to make one more one layer card for One Layer Simplicity Challenge #1, and I wanted a card with a mixed media feel to it. And so I turned to my Gelatos.

To create this card, I outlined the blocks and then with post-it notes, I did some masking before applying color to each block. I chose metallic Gelatos colors: Metallic Melon, Metallic Grape, and Metallic Blueberry. I used my fingers to rub the Gelatos colors inside the blocks. Next, I stamped the arrows in white and soft granite inks. I found an unopened pack of Pink Paislee doily rub-ons so I rubbed some of those as well. Using sequin waste, I stenciled over some dots with white gesso. I doodle-outlined each block with my Black Soot Distress marker. I also stamped a heart inchie on the lower right corner of my card base and then colored the hearts with Worn Lipstick Distress marker. And last, I stamped the small label with the sentiment, coloring the heart with my Lady Bug Memento marker.

I’m entering my card to these fun challenges: Cards Galore Encore Challenge #1 – Anything Goes; Crafty Girls Challenge #10 – Anything Goes; Crafting with Dragonflies Challenge #18 – Card Only Anything Goes; Cuttin and Stampin Challenge #14-3 – Anything Goes with Arrows; Simply Create Too Challenge #53 – Valentine’s Day or Use Hearts; and Through The Craft Room Door Challenge – Anything Goes.

Thanks so much for visiting! Have a great weekend ahead!


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