Posts tagged ‘Simon Says Monday Challenge’

December 2, 2014

Paper craft project no. 310: Mixed media Christmas card

Hello! It’s my turn today to share a spotlight project the STAMPlorations blog. I made 4 mixed media Christmas cards. I used Distress paints, Distress inks, watercolor brush pens, PanPastels, washi tape, and drywall tape. Pop by the blog to see how I made this card and the other 3…I put together a photo tutorial here.

I’d like to link up my card to the current challenge at Virginia’s View Challenge, where the challenge is “all things distressed” and Simon Says Monday Challenge (Holiday Cards).

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!


October 26, 2014

Paper craft project no. 289: Sending happy birthday wishes to you, Shirley!

2014-10-26 Sending happy birthday wishes

Today, we’re celebrating the birthday of one of the most creative cardmakers I know: Shirley B.! I “met” Shirley nearly a year ago when she started playing over at STAMPlorations. It was just Nonni and me on the design team and we put out a DT call. Shirley responded to the call with 3 entries (here, here, and here). Each one was so creative that I knew I wanted her on the team. And I think STAMPlorations is the first design team that Shirley joined so I’m giving myself a big thump on the back for snagging a talent like her! Didn’t stop there, though, because Shirley is now also a stamp designer through her own line, The Bee’s Knees, and nothing makes me prouder than to have her designing and illustrating stamps along with me! Again, I’m giving myself a big thump on the the back for “discovering” her as a stamp designer ;o)

And so to celebrate her birthday, I made this one layer card featuring the super-cool doodled bouquet from the Rosebuds set that she designed. It was tough to not use her stamps right away when I got them. I usually immediately break out new stamps before I’m even done designing their packaging. But I wanted the first time I used Shirley’s stamps to be on a card I make for her so it’s no easy feat that I held out for over a month!

Shirley loves watercoloring. And Distress inks. And sloshing. And spattering. So I made sure my card met all those criteria ;o) So I stamped the bouquet several times (masking as I went along) then sloshed Distress inks on the buds —  first with diluted spun sugar, then diluted barn door, and then lastly not-so-diluted barn door. Then I happily sloshed/watercolored antique linen, scattered straw, and broken china all over. I added a bit of texture to the background by stamping the rosebud definition stamp in antique linen ink. Oh, and the spatters…we can’t have a Shirley card without spatters! So I happily spattered some broken china, scattered straw, and barn door all over the card. And because I’m such a font-nerd, I created a custom sentiment by combining stamps from this set, this set, and this set. (Gotta love our sentiment sets…you can come up with a gazillion sentiments with them!) This card’s on its way to you, Shirley, so I hope you like it :o)

Maria, another STAMPlorations girl, is hosting a virtual birthday party for Shirley so check out the cards made by fellow crafters who are celebrating Shirley’s birthday!

I’d like to link this up to the following fun challenges: Seize the Birthday – Anything Goes (I skipped the optional washi tape toppings) and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!



October 25, 2014

Paper craft project no. 288: Thankful tag

2014-10-26 Thankful Tag 613 Avenue Create

Hello and welcome to another challenge week at 613 Avenue Create! It’s Anything Goes again with the optional twist of Bags, Tags, Boxes & More! I used an image provided by our sponsor, Bugaboo Stamps, to create this fun Thanksgiving themed tag. I printed the image on white cardstock. Because I know I’m bound to screw up coloring the image, I printed 4 of this cute girl on the sheet.

I’m still getting used to the Chameleon markers, but I am slowly getting the hang of coloring with them and I actually find them easier to use than other alcohol markers. There is definitely a learning curve involved, but you can’t really overcome that curve without practice! And practice I did — I screwed up coloring on 3 of the 4 images on my sheet (my blending wasn’t right, or my layers didn’t look good). On the last image, I managed to color everything except the hat without any problem. I didn’t want to start all over again so I went back to the other images, colored the hats, picked the one that looked best, fussy cut it, and then paper-pieced it onto the 4th image.

Because I have just the primary set (blue, yellow, red, black, and green) + a couple of neutrals (br2, br5, and bisque) to work with, I had to improvise when it came to coloring the girl’s apron and hat. So to come up with orange, I laid down the yellow first and then applied the red over it. Same thing I did with the tofurkey (I’m not a meat-eater so I’m sayin’ that turkey isn’t a real turkey, okay?) — I laid down the yellow first and then applied light brown (br2) over it.

As for the tag, I blended Pumice Stone, Vintage Photo, and Brushed Corduroy before stamping the trendy fall leaves in Memento inks (Rhubarb Stalk, Morocco, and Tangelo) and “thankful“. I also added a black sticker stitch along the bottom. I adhered my Thanksgiving girl to the tag with foam tape and finished the tag with ribbon and jute twine. Here’s a close up of the tag:

2014-10-26 Thankful Tag

I’d like to enter my tag to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #118 – Holiday (mine’s for Thanksgiving); Hiding In My Craftroom #171 – Any Holiday; Sweet Stampin’ – Anything But A Card; and Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes.

Thanks for stopping by!


October 22, 2014

Paper craft project no. 286: Let’s celebrate you, Debra!

2014-10-22 OLC Happy birthday Debra

It’s Debra‘s birthday today, and we’re celebrating her birthday on the STAMPlorations blog. She’s one of 9 talented girls in my design team. Right from the start, I’ve always been amazed by her talent, especially when it comes to coloring with markers. You gotta see how she uses those Copics. Her cards are works of art! We also know that she loves cupcakes…the cupcake stamp we have, to be specific. So I thought it’s only fitting that I make a birthday card with cupcakes in it. And color ’em with markers. Debra, we hope you have a super day!

Linking up to these fun challenges: Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes; Addicted to Stamps #89 – Anything Goes; and Robyn’s Fetish #234 – Food or Drink.

Thanks for stopping by!


Supplies: Stamps – Sketched: Cupcake, Sentiment Builders: Celebrate, Bold Sentiments: Cherish by STAMPlorations; Inks – Ranger Jet Black Archival Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink; Markers – Chameleon Color Tones; Paper – Neenah

October 20, 2014

Paper craft project no. 285: Poinsettia holiday card

2014-10-20 Vintage Poinsettia Christmas Card

Happy Monday, friends! Can you believe October is coming to a an end in 11 days? Where’d the month go? Anyway, it is time for a new sketch challenge over at the STAMPlorations blog. Here’s the sketch:

Pretty simple, huh? Lots of possibilities in that one. Joining us in this challenge as guest designer is Leslie of The Crooked Stamper. You gotta see her awesome take on the sketch! Then there are the STAMPlorations girls and their projects — come check them out because we have a wonderful array of projects that are sure to inspire! We’d love for you to come play with us! You don’t have to use STAMPlorations stamps to play, but if you have them, we get really happy to see projects featuring our stamps :o)

For my card, I went with a Christmas card with a hint of vintage. This is one of those cards where I didn’t know how it was going to turn out. I started with a Pink Paislee paper with a vintage Christmas design — trimmed it to size, die-cut an oval in the middle using a Lil’ Inker die, embossed with a Sizzix poinsettia EF, distressed the edges, and sponged with bright green shade PanPastel and VersaMagic gingerbread chalk ink. I stamped the Christmas block in VersaMark ink before sponging it with permanent red shade PanPastel. Next I stamped the poinsettia on a pre-cut diecut of the stamp in Memento tuxedo black ink and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. I toned down my DP background by laying a piece of white vellum on it before adhering the poinsettia using foam tape. I thought about adding a sentiment but decided against it since my background already had text in it. I simply finished the card by spattering antique bronze Distress paint because I thought the vellum was looking a little boring :o)

My card is also a reminder for The Mixed Media Card Challenge — we’re looking for vintage-inspired mixed media cards this month, with key as an optional element. The challenge closes on October 25 so there’s still time to play with us over there! Don’t think you can do a mixed media card? It isn’t as hard as you think! Here’s our definition of a mixed media card as it pertains to our challenge.

Linking up my card to these 3 fun challenges: Festive 48 – Week 41 (Any Christmas Card Goes); Sister Act Card Challenge #79 – Anything Goes; Simon Says Monday Challenge – Anything Goes; and Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper October challenge – Anything Goes (I used PP from the City Sidewalks pack by Pink Paislee).

Thanks for stopping by! Hope you have a wonderful week!


October 16, 2014

Paper craft project no. 284: Christmas magic one layer card [with video tutorial]

OLC Christmas Magic


Hello! It’s my turn to share a project over at the STAMPlorations blog. This time, I’m sharing a one layer card featuring stamps from Joyful. In creating my card, I used 5 different techniques. Can you guess what those techniques are by looking at my card above? You can read more about my process in this post. Plus, if you leave a comment there, you could win some stamps :o)

I also have a video showing how I made this card from start to finish. It’s a shorty — just a little over 8 minutes, in fast-forward motion, captioned, and accompanied by some lively silent film music. Hope you enjoy it!


I’d like to enter my card to the following fun challenges: Addicted to Stamps and More #117: Make Your Mark (I used Spectrum Noir markers to color the sleigh; entry #2); Merry Monday #130 – Silent Night (I created a snowy night scene); Crafty Hazelnut’s Christmas Challenge Extra for October – Anything Goes; Deep Ocean Challenge #88 – Christmas in October; Simon Says Monday Challenge – O is for…One Layer; and Inky Chicks #40 – Christmas.

Thanks for stopping by!


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