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December 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 309: Season’s greetings mixed media card

Back with another card — and this time it’s for The Mixed Media Card Challenge, where our theme this month is “HOME” and the optional element is “LACE”. I hope you’ll stop by the blog and check out the beautiful mixed media cards that the design team made. And we’d love it if you’d play with us too!

I did the background of my card using the same technique I did to create this card with some modifications. I stamped the newsprint in coffee archival ink then applied a thin layer of gesso. Then I painted stripes with Distress paints (mowed lawn, festive berries, mustard seed), added some splatters with Distress inks (blue sapphire), stamped the poinsettia, mixed Gelatos (gold champagne) with whipped spackle and applie it through a TCW reverse chicken wire stencils, and made the border by running the side of a green Japanese watercolor brush pen around the edges. I cut out the house, windows, and door from patterned paper and paper-pieced them. I stamped the Christmas tree in green archival ink on patterned paper and cut them out. I stamped the sentiment on scrap paper and swiped some peeled paint Distress ink over them. I adhered everything on my card with gel medium and I used a black marker to outline the house and trees.

Linking up my card to these fun challenges: (1) Weekly Christmas Card Challenge #53 – Anything Goes; (2) Sister Act Card Challenge #85 – Anything Goes; (3) Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; and (4) Aud Sentiments Challenge #120 – Use a Sentiment for Any December Holiday.

Thanks for stopping by!


December 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 308: Merry Christmas mixed media card

Hello! Well, it’s been ages since I’ve posted! Chalk it up to a super-busy week last week with the Thanksgiving holiday.  I’m now playing catch-up with my to-do list! I’m sharing a card today for the December challenge over at Mixed Media Mojo. This month, the theme is “Winter Holidays” with “Ornament” as the optional twist. I hope you’ll come check out what my teammates created and then join in on the fun :o)

I skipped the twist and went with a quick card. I created stripes and dots on my card base with Distress paints (mowed lawn, festive berries, and mustard seed). I splattered shabby shutters Distress ink and stamped the poinsettia in mustard seed Distress ink. For the border, I just used the side of my Japanese watercolor brush pen and ran it along the edges. I added drywall tape and torn patterned paper then dabbed them with a bit of PanPastels. I mixed silver Gelatos with modeling paste and applied that over a stencil. I adhered a piece of burlap ribbon then stamped the poinsettia again on pre-cut diecut and colored it with Chameleon Color Tones. Last, I stamped the sentiment in jet black archival ink.

My card’s also a reminder for the current challenge at Time Out Challenges. The current theme is “embossing” with the optional twist of sparkle. There’s still a couple of days left to play. Create a project with the twist and you’ll be in the running to win a stamp set from our sponsor, Avocado Arts.

Linking up my project to these fun challenges: (1) Addicted to Stamps #92 – Lots of Layers; (2) Addicted to Stamps and More #123 – Holiday; (3) Just Us Girls #269 – Anything Goes; and (4) Sentimental Sundays #235 – Lots of Layers.

Thanks for stopping by!


November 6, 2014

Paper craft project no. 297: 4 cards = Shery loves doilies!

I’m a one layer card girl at heart, but I gotta say that the doilies from SRM Stickers had me hooked! Once I started using them, I couldn’t stop at just one card. I hope you’ll come check out the SRM Stickers blog where my cards are featured today.

Exhibit A: Simple But Elegant

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

So this is card #1. I thought I’d do a simple card first and because you know me and layers…we don’t go along well! (Besides, I had to channel my inner Nonni for this batch of cards. That girl can be the poster girl for doilies because the cards she makes with them are simply gorgeous…like this one here.)  I used an SRM White Heart Lace Doily. I thought it was perfect to use for a love or wedding themed card. I placed the doily on the bottom left corner of the card, trimmed the edges, and rounded the corner. I was after a clean look so I kept the design uncluttered and simple using the white stitches in the Sticker Stitches/ChristmasStickers by the Dozen/Wedding, and Fancy Sentiment/Love.

Linking up card #1 to these fun challenges: Creative Moments #55 – Anything Goes/Celebration and Through the Craft Room Door – Anything Goes.

Exhibit B: Clean And Graphic

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

Card #1 got my me all happy that I decided to step it up a bit on card #2 and add a little layer. I also wanted a clean and graphic look, so I stamped a newsprint stamp on my card base in brown ink and adhered Sticker Stitches/Christmas on either side. I adhered the labels with the fishtails in the Labels by the Dozen/Bright Blank then adhered the 4″ white lace doily on top and trimmed it to the edge of the card. Next, I took a large 2.5″ white scalloped circle punch piece, added a sentiment from the Fancy Sentiments/Thanks, adhered it onto the doily, and trimmed. I finished the card by adding black stitching from the Sticker Stitches/Black.

Linking card #2 to these fun challenges: The Crafter’s Cafe Challenge #89 – Thank You and Word Art Wednesday #157 – Anything Goes.

Exhibit C: Clean And Simple for Fall

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

As for card #3, I decided to create a fall-themed card so I went with fall colors of yellow, orange and red. I stamped the newsprint and leaves on the card base and added black stitching from the Sticker Stitches/Black. I layered two scalloped circle punched pieces (2.5″ and 2″) and added a sentiment from the Sentiment/Fall. I cut a 4″ white lace doily in half, folded each half, and adhered on the back of either side of the layered punch pieces.

Linking card #3 to these fun challenges: Shopping Our Stash #176 – Leaf Me Alone! and Fresh Brewed Designs – Fall Colors

Exhibit D: Freestyle Collage

SRM Stickers Blog - Doily Love by Shery - #cards #doilies #stickers

And now we come to card #4. This is the card that took me the longest to put together. I spent 45 minutes auditioning the different elements and I kept bugging DH and showing him different looks. Being the ever helpful husband, he gave encouraging comments (“That looks pretty, dear.” “I like the color of that butterfly.” “I don’t know what that thing is that’s sticking out, but I say keep it.” “How much longer are you going to take? It looks great already. I’m hungry.”) accompanied by glazed, helpless looks. The 6″ white lace doily was the perfect background for all the diecuts I found in my stash. First I stamped a newsprint background stamp in black ink on the card base and then added white cross-stitch stickers from the Sticker Stitches/Christmas around the edge. I adhered the doily, trimmed it, and then added black cross-stitch stickers. I went through my stash of diecuts and just layered the different elements onto the doily. I used a label from the Labels by the Dozen/Black & White and adhered it on the card base. I finished the card by adding a sentiment from the Sentiment/Thinking of You.

Linking card #4 to these fun challenges: Crafting by Designs November Challenge – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Good ‘ol Days (the diecuts from K&Company that I used have been in my stash for at least 4 years); and Mod Squad Challenge – Grandma’s Attic (Doily).

Hope you enjoyed my little parade of cards. And I’d love it if you could stop by the SRM Stickers blog. There are oodles and oodles of fabulous projects and inspiration there! Thanks for stopping by!


June 18, 2014

Paper craft project no. 206: A scrapling and a tag

2014-06-18 A scrapling and a tag

Here’s a quickie post. I wanted to make a couple more for the current challenge at Virginia’s View hosted by no other than the super-wonderful Virginia Lu. It’s to include a recycled item in a tag or scrapling. I actually made the scrapling (right) a couple of weeks ago but I felt it needed a partner and I’d planned on doing a few more. But then life got in the way (i.e. tons of doctor appointments and lab tests, DH getting sick, more rush writing projects). Tuesday night I was able to get some serious crafting done (made 5 cards and 1 tag, and shot 2 videos) and got a tag made to go with my scrapling :o)

For my scrapling, I used a 2.5″ by 11″ 100# cardstock as base. It was left over from when I made a card that I needed to print a digi stamp on. I collaged leftover papers from the scraps I used to make this tag. They’re scraps of scraps…couldn’t throw them away so I saved the tiny bits and put them in a ziplock. Knew I’d be able to use them ;o). The doily is also a leftover from an earlier project. The stamps (background and funky birthday cake) are from the sets I’d designed for the STAMPlorations July release. I colored the birthday cake with markers and then fussy cut it.

For my tag, I recycled several items: a page from a 1967 issue of Reader’s Digest (background, middle), scrap burlap and strings, and cosmetic sponge that I turned into a flower. The cosmetic sponge is one of those in a pack of 50 or so that I bought from the dollar store several months ago. It mostly had orange and yellow inks on it so I simply added a bit more to it by stamping on it for texture. I snipped off some of the sponge to create the petals and I used my Shiva oil paint sticks (yellow and orange) to further color the edges. I also added a bit of white to the edges with my white PITT artist pen. I stuck an old brown button in the center. I stamped my sentiment (from the Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments by STAMPlorations), distressed the edges a bit, added the burlap ribbon and twine, and it’s done :o)

2014-06-18 Hello tag   2014-06-18 Birthday scrapling

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you’re having a great week :o)


June 8, 2014

Paper craft project no. 202: Celebrate friendship mixed media card [with video tutorial]

2014-06-06 Celebrate friendship mixed media card

This week at 613 Avenue Create, we’re celebrating National Best Friends Day. Of course, the challenge is still anything goes, but you can create something for your best friend too! I consider my husband my best friend — he has been my best friend for the last 17 years. I’m just so blessed to be married to him as well! I hope you’ll check out the neighborhood and look at the beautiful projects my teammates made. We’ve got several sponsors too, and for my friendship mixed media card, I used the vintage postcard images by one of the sponsors, Vectoria Designs.

Other supplies I used are Liquitex gesso and gel medium, TCW stencils, various Ranger inks (distress, alcohol, and archival), STAMPlorations stamps (Mini Mixed Media Backgrounds, SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Thank You, and SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Celebrate), white PITT artist pen, and scrap burlap and ribbon. I have a video showing how I put this card together from start to finish. It’s under 9 minutes. And you know the drill: it’s in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by Mozart :o)

 Watch the YouTube video tutorial HERE

2014-06-06 Celebrate friendship mixed media card-closeupwm

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges:  Sisters of Craft – June Anything Goes Challenge; Crafting at the Weekend Challenge #2 – Anything Goes; and Suzy Bee’s Bloomin Challenge #32 – Anything Goes.

Have a fun week, friends! And thanks so much for visiting!




June 2, 2014

Paper craft project no. 197: Happy birthday mixed media card

2014-05-31 Happy birthday mixed media card


Time for a new sketch at the STAMPlorations blog! The challenge runs until June 13. We’ve got Monika making her second appearance as guest designer. You’ll find inspiration projects by the STAMPlorations girls on the blog so I hope you’ll check it out. We’ve got prizes and this month, 3 Tim Holtz stencils are up for grabs. Simply participate in all 3 challenges (2 sketch challenges and 1 monthly challenge) we have this month and you get a shot at the prize.

For my inspiration project, I went with a mixed media card. I don’t have a video of this card (I forgot to record and only remembered when I was more than halfway through the card), but I did shoot a video of a mixed media tag I made afterwards. I used the same techniques on both projects and essentially the same supplies (with minor differences). The video is under 8 minutes and you can watch it here.

I used scraps from two 6×6 pads (Authentique and Prima), TH burlap stencil, Liquitex products (gesso, gel medium, and modeling paste), distress paints, stickles, markers (Spectrum Noir and Faber-Castell), and STAMPlorations stamps (SENTIMENT BUILDERS: Happy, VIGNETTE: Artful Flutters, and VIGNETTE: Eclectic Florals).

I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday (I skipped the optional toppings); Simon Says Wednesday Challenge – Anything Goes; Dragonfly Dreams Challenge #6 – Things with Wings; and Funday Friday Challenge #52 – HB2U.

 Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

Thanks so much for stopping by!


PS: I hope you’ll come check out my new challenge blog, The Mixed Media Card Challenge. It starts July 1st and I’ve got a DT call :o)

June 1, 2014

Paper craft project no. 196: Live simply big mixed media tag [with video tutorial]

2014-06-01 Live simply big mixed media tag

Hello! I’m back with a new project — this time a mixed media tag and it’s big! This tag is another one of those serendipitous projects. I was making a card Saturday night and in my typical fashion, I forgot to shoot a video for it. Turned out to be a good thing because during one of my breaks, I checked the addicting Virginia’s View Challenge blog by the super-awesome Virginia Lu and was delighted to see a new challenge up! I thought I’d shoot a video for that using the same techniques I used to make my card earlier. This month, it’s a Tag and Scrapling Challenge — create a tag or scrapling or both AND to use a recycled item. Love the last part right away because I tend to hoard save everything from packaging down to the baby wipes and paper towels I use for removing the paints and inks on my hands when I’m crafting.

I started with cold-pressed watercolor paper (Canson) that I had pre-cut to 4.25″ by 11″. It was in my “recycle” pile because I accidentally spattered a little ink  and smudged some paint on one side earlier. [When it comes to paper, especially the thick ones, I will bleed every last inch of white space I can get.] I cut it to down to  8″ to remove the paint smudge, but the finished tag is an inch shorter. The patterned paper I used for decoupaging and stamping the butterflies are all leftovers, and so is the piece of burlap ribbon. Then for texture, I used one of the dried up [but colorful] baby wipes in my stash [I never throw those away!] and some packing material [the thin, curly paper bits on the bottom of my tag]. Add in some gesso, gel medium, modeling paste, distress paint, doodling, embossing powder, an SRM sticker, and STAMPlorations stamps and voila — a big mixed media tag. You’ll find the supply list at the end of this post.

Oh and yes, the video…took me about 45 minutes to make this tag but I edited the video, sped it up, captioned it, and added Mozart (if you don’t hear any music, it means YouTube isn’t done adding it to the video), just like how did it in my previous videos. The video is under 8 minutes so it won’t take up a lot of your time :o) Hope you enjoy it!

 Watch the YouTube video tutorial here

2014-06-01 Live simply big mixed media tag-closeup

I’d also like to enter my big mixed media tag to Butterfly Challenge #8 – Butterfly Bingo (I went with the middle: wet embossing, butterflies, and flowers) and Mixed Media Mojo #1 – Use Stamps and at least 2 Mediums (I used more than 2).

Stamps: VIGNETTE: Artful Flutters and VIGNETTE: Eclectic Florals [STAMPlorations]
Paper: 140-lb cold-pressed watercolor paper [Canson]; designer paper scraps [Prima, Authentique]
Inks: Jet Black Archival, Rusty Hinge Distress Ink Pad, Wild Honey Distress Paint [Ranger]; True Black alcohol marker [Spectrum Noir]; White PITT artist pen [Faber-Castell]
Other supplies: sentiment sticker (Life is Good – 51014) [SRM Stickers]; gesso, glossy gel medium, modeling paste [Liquitex]; clear embossing powder [Zing!] burlap stencil [Tim Holtz/Stampers Anonymous]; ribbon [The Paper Studio]; glossy accents [Ranger]; scraps (packing material and dried baby wipes) from my stash
Tools: heat-it tool [Ranger]; crop-a-dile [We-R-Memory Keepers]; TH distressing tool

Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a wonderful week!


PS: I hope you’ll come check out my new challenge blog, The Mixed Media Card Challenge. It starts July 1st and I’ve got a DT call :o)

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