Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Technique Card- Framed Border- Mosaic Madness

This is another card the girls made in July card class. 

It features a really simple technique called Framed Border.  You simply stamp images in two of the corners, then use a ruler and a coordinating marker to draw out a framed border.

I used Basic Black and Whisper White cardstock. I used Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Basic Black and Tempting Turquoise Ink. The stamp set is Mosaic Madness (page 123 item #130249 $22.95). 

 Just a quick reminder that there is a coordinating punch and a coordinating embossing folder that match this set- how fun and versatile!

Now here is today's card:

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Clear Block Stampin'- Techniqe Card- Simply Sketched

Today's card features a new technique called Clear Block Stampin. 

This is a really simple technique. 

You simply touch the edges of a clear block ( all sides) to an ink pad and then use the block as a stamp.  It creates a great background effect for a solid image or outlined image as in this card.

For this card  I used Pistachio Pudding, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black and Whisper White. The image is from the hostess set called Simply Sketched(page 205 item#129672 $12.00) which includes  three great images and three great greetings.  You can earn this set (and more) by hosting a workshop....for more details, ask me how.

Monday, July 29, 2013

Masking and Sponging-Technique Card- Wetlands

This week I am going to share with you technique cards all week!
Here is a really simple card that we made in July's card class, that I think is striking. 
 It features masking and sponging techniques; and uses the sandpiper image stamp from the Wetlands stamp set (page 69 item#126697 $20.95) 
I absolutely love this set, it has super images and awesome greetings- a great investment -
Now here is today's card:

Friday, July 26, 2013

Three Great New Promotions

Hello Girls,

First I would like to apologize for the lack of posts lately.

There was a sudden death in my immediate family, and I had to go back home to New Brunswick to be with my family.

I am back in Manitoba now, and will get working on some posts for you this weekend, and I will be back to daily posts. Sorry for the disruption, but family has to come first.

My next classes are:
Thur Aug 1- Scrapbook Class 6:30
Thur Aug 15- Card Class 6:30

I will be placing my next  order on August 1st, and again on August 15th,  so if you wish to order anything, please let me know prior to these dates by email : or phone 204-232-7744.

Now, for the are going to LOVE them!

Monday, July 22, 2013

A sketch challenge card submission

Today I want to share with you a sketch challenge card I received. 

 Do you remember this sketch challenge from my July newsletter:

Well here is the great card I received from guest stamper Nicole Orsulak, who has graciously allowed me to post her card:

This is my version of the card challenge this month. 
I used so saffron as a base & used the spritz tool with my so saffron marker.
 DSP is from the tea for two collection.
 I embossed my tag with vintage wallpaper embossing folder. 
The sentiment is from the last sale-a-bration catalog. 
 And the doily is lg suzzlits doily with the outer edge cut off. 

I would like to thank Nicolle for sharing her creativity and for inspiring others with her work. I love all the texture and depth of this card- great job Nicolle!

Friday, July 19, 2013

When you are bored....

We have all experienced it....BOREDOM.  

Boredom is an emotional state experienced when an individual is left without anything in particular to do, and not interested in their surroundings. Boredom is a condition characterized by perception of one's environment as dull, tedious, and lacking in stimulation. This can result from leisure and a lack of aesthetic interests.

As humans, we eventually "pull ourselves up by the bootstraps" and get moving and find something to do. 

But did you ever wonder about our beloved pets.  What do they do when they are bored?.....

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Secrets to Perfect Stamped Images

Secrets to Perfect Stamped Images      
Use the tips below and get perfect stamped images. 

1. Use the right kind of ink for the job: 
Knowing what kind of ink will work well on the surface you're stamping on is the first step to clear, crisp images that won't smear. Stazon is for images that you are going to watercolor or for slick surfaces- like the name implies- it stays on. Stampin' Up! Classic Inks are dye based inks for general usage on paper. 

2. Make sure you have fully inked your stamp: 

verify your stamp is fully inked before stamping your image. Use of a brayer to help you ink large surfaces, or turn your stamp rubber side up on the table and use the pad to stamp. 

3. Use your tools:
I cannot stress enough the importance of the Stamp-a-ma-Jig.  Buy it, use it, love it! 

4. Positioning:

Stand up, stamp straight down; and lift straight up- do not rock stamps when we place them on our cardstock or lift them up. I like stamping on a piece of fun foam, it gives a little bit of cushion to your stamping surface.  I bought mine at Michaels in large 14 x 10 sheets. 

5. Clean your stamps
Clean your stamps immediately after use-  they'll last longer, accept ink more readily, and stamp cleaner images.

6. Condition your stamps

If you aren't happy with the quality of your stamped images, try going over the surface of your stamp with a large eraser, or rubbing on your jeans.  It removes residues and allows the stamp to accept the ink. Clean with Stampin' Mist and a Stampin Scrub and you are good to go! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

Flower Shop Special

This is a swap card I received from the super talented Tina Weller.  Can you see all the new products  & techniques used on this card?

Gingham wheel, Really Good Greetings stamp set,  Flower Shop stamp set and Framelits, New In Color Inks, Splatter Technique, Rock n Roll Technique, Bacjground Stamping, Washi Tape, Sewing.....oh she has really been busy creating this one!

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Happy Day- Card Swap

This is another swap card I received from Susan.  Love the strawberry slush and basic black together!

Saturday, July 13, 2013

Postage Collection- hostess stamp set

This card was made by Karina Chin.  Love the clay flower and the new artisan label punch for her greeting!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Feel Better with Summer Silhouettes

This is a get well card that my girls made during my June Specialty Class. 

It features a cool window and is debossed(inverted)


Cardstock:  Whisper White and Wisteria Wonder
Ink:  Wild Wasbi
Markers:  Bashful Blue, Wild Wasabi, and Wisteria Wonder
Embossing Folder:  unknown?
Greeting:  Wacky Wishes
Ribbon:  retired SU
Punch:  2 3/4 " circle punch

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Tool Tuesday - Stampin' Up Heat and Stick Powder

Tool Tuesday - Stampin' Up Heat and Stick Powder

 Today is Tool Tuesday and I wanted to talk about  the Stampin' Up Heat and Stick Powder. Use it to adhere Stampin' Glitter and Stampin' Emboss Powder using the Heat Tool to your papercraft creations.

Features & Benefits
  • Heats to a sticky surface to hold glitter
  • Use with Classic Stampin' Pads or a VersaMark Pad
  • 1/2 oz. in each jar
Quick Trick

After stamping with Classic Stampin' Pads or VersaMark ink, pour Heat & Stick Powder liberally over your design. Shake excess powder onto a Powder Pals tray, and pour it back into the bottle. Heat the stamped image with a Heat Tool just until the powder changes to a shiny liquid. Quickly sprinkle glitter over the sticky powder. Shake off excess. Briefly heat again to set the glitter.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Masculine Monday- Wetlands-Happy Birthday John!

This is a birthday card that I made for our dear friend John.

 I am hoping it puts a smile on his face, as he enjoys watching birds. 


Cardstock:  Basic Gray, Midnight Muse, Marina Mist
Ink:  Midnight Muse
Ribbon:  Stitched Midnight Muse
Stamp Set: Wetlands
Big Shot, embossing folder, paper trimmer, hole punch, Tombow adhesive

Saturday, July 6, 2013

July Newsletter

Newsletter- July 2013

  Shel’s Stampin’ News                                                July 3, 2013

Hello Girls! 

Well summer weather has FINALLY arrived in Manitoba and boy oh boy has it been humid and hot!  I truly hope that you are finding time each day to get out there and enjoy the summer weather, because summers are short!! Today we are supposed to reach a whopping 32 degrees ( 90 Fahrenheit) - oh my that is going to be hot! 

I have a ton of news /specials/promotions to tell you about, so lets get started: 

1.  The Holiday Catalog is coming in August!  It is chock full of great Halloween, Christmas and Winter themed stamps and some AMAZING new products.  Contact me to preorder your copy. Cost is $2.00 (plus postage if mailed out) and includes a coupon for $2.00 off your first order.  Watch your email for an invitation to the Holiday Catalog Kick Off Party in August! 
2.  What to Washi - New Online Class
What To Washi Online Class - Digital Download
LOVE TO LEARN?  Check out the latest Stampin' Up! on-line class, What to Washi.  SAVE 40% when you purchase both the What to Washi on-line class and Washi Tape as a Washi Tape Bundle.  Class includes step-by-step videos and PDFs for over 30 projects. Check out all the available online classes here:

3.   The 25th Anniversary stamp set for July is out…it is called the Best of Shelli, check out all the Best of 25 Years stamps here: 

Remember to keep your collector sticker, and fill your collector card and  you get to choose one stamp set from the catalog for FREE!  Yeah we like free! Details are on the card.

4.  A new promotion for July has just been announced Buy 3 Designer Paper packs & Get 1 FREE:  
Promotion Dates: July 1-31, 2013
A splash of pattern can give your paper crafting projects instant WOW!  Now through July 31, buy three packs of select Stampin' Up! Designer Series Paper and get one for FREE!  Stock up!  Buy SIX and get two free!  There is no maximum limit!
Choose any Designer Series Paper on pages 151, 153 and 154 of the 2013-2014 Stampin' Up! Annual Catalog with the following exceptions, which are not included:
  • Designer Series Paper Stacks
  • Specialty Designer Series Paper
  • Designer Series Paper ordered using hostess rewards

5.  Another new clear photopolymer stamp set has just been released Settin' Sail $16.95:
Check out all the photopolymer stamps available here:
NEW PHOTOPOLYMER STAMP SET:  SETTING SAIL!  Life’s better at the beach. Or on the sea. But wherever you are, you’ll find lots of reasons to use the images in this set—for vacation memory-keeping, nautical parties, summer fun. Stampin' Up! recommends clear blocks sizes A, C, & H (not included in the set) with this exclusive photopolymer stamp set. Photopolymer stamps offer a versatile all-clear stamping option. 
6.  The big announcement items from the Clearance Rack can now be added to your monthly orders. Clearance items cannot be part of your required $30, but you can tack Clearance Rack items on to the end of your order. Yeah!  This is a welcome change!



In the 2013-2014 annual catalogue, we offer the Stampin' Write Marker New Colour Kit (item 130034, page 163) to help you update your Many Marvelous Marker pack. Now, we've sweetened the deal. For a limited time, from June 26 until October 31, you can buy any of the new colours in the pack or on their own! Go ahead, fill in the missing pieces in your collection or buy the whole lot.

 130034 $37.95Stampin' Write Marker New Color Kit
Bermuda Bay, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Wisteria Wonder
 131899 $4.50Bermuda Bay Stampin' Write Marker
 131265 $4.50Blushing Bride Stampin' Write Marker
 131902 $4.50Calypso Coral Stampin' Write Marker
 131901 $4.50Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker
 131905 $4.50Island Indigo Stampin' Write Marker
 131266 $4.50Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write Marker
 131904 $4.50Pool Party Stampin' Write Marker
 131898 $4.50Smoky Slate Stampin' Write Marker
 131900 $4.50Soft Sky Stampin' Write Marker
 131903 $4.50Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Marker
8.  Upcoming class schedule: note that there is no potluck free crop in July or August, it is just too hard with kids off school, vacations – they will resume in September.

Thur July 4- Scrapbook Class 6:30 $20.00 flat fee or FREE with $30.00 order
Thur July 25- Card Class 6:30 $20.00 flat fee or FREE with $30.00 order

Thur Aug 1- Scrapbook Class 6:30 $20.00 flat fee or FREE with $30.00 order
Thur Aug 15- Card Class 6:30 $20.00 flat fee or FREE with $30.00 order
9.  Sketch Challenges- here are three new challenges for you this month- a scrapbook sketch, a card sketch, and a color challenge.  Be sure to send me your samples so I can post them on my blog to inspire others with your work! 

 scrapbook sketch challenge:


card sketch challenge:
color challenge for card, scrapbook or 3D project 

This is basically the new information that I have for you right now.  

If you need an annual catalog, I have a few left, they are $5.00 each and include a coupon for $5.00 off your first order.  If you want to pre-order a Holiday catalog they are $2.00 each and will arrive in August, and include a coupon for $2.00 off your first order. 

There is a ton of information on my blog- check out the green tabs at the top of my blog for promotions, catalogs, class schedules, newsletters, photopolymer stamps, and best of 25 years stampsets and more! 

Inky hugs til next time! 


  Weekly Summary:
My Digital Studio- reduced pricing- regular $99.95 now just $24.95 find more info here: 

Photopolymer Stamp Set-great deal!- only while supplies last-  more info here:
Single Stamps- due to popularity, assortment 3 and assortment 4 will    be available until July 31, 2013  See more info here:
My Paper Pumpkin-monthly kit program shipped direct to your home-$24.95 per month see more here:

MDS New Releases- find this week’s new releases here:
Best of 25 Years Stamp Sets- May- Best of Bride and Babies. April- Best of Butterflies, March- Best of Flowers, February- Best of Love, January- Best of Birthdays….see more info here:

If you have any questions about any of the above items, or to reserve a seat in my classes, contact me at 204-232-7744 or email

Friday, July 5, 2013

With Sympathy- Blooming With Kindness in Primrose Petals

This is the first of two sympathy cards the girls made in my June Specialty Class. 

It features the Blooming With Kindness stamp set.

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla and Primrose Petals
Ink:  Old Olive and Primrose Petals
Ribbon:  Retired SU
Accessories:  sticky strip, Tombow, DSP 

Thursday, July 4, 2013

A striking card, for a happy couple

Summer time ....a most wonderful time....sunshine, flowers, birds and butterflies, vacations and weddings. Ahhhh who doesn't love summer.  I sure do!

This is the second wedding card we made in my June specialty class:

It is a very simple, yet very elegant card. 

The card base is a standard size in basic black.

The whisper white mat started as a 4 1/4" x 5" size, then I used a Stampin Up! edgelit die and cut the fancy edge. 

Then I used the coordinating embossing folder and embossed the edge.

The greeting was stamped from Word Play stamp set.

The amazing butterfly was cut with a die from Memory Box and attached with Tombow adhesive at the midpoint.

Hope you like it!

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

This is one of the sympathy cards the girls made at my Specialty Card Class in June. 
I LOVE the texture!
Cardstock:  Raspberry Ripple, Night of Navy, whisper White
Ribbon:  Raspberry Ripple Satin Stitched
Ink:  Night of Navy
Markers:  Garden Green, Raspberry Ripple
Embossing Folder:  Honeycomb
Accessories:  tombow, sticky strip

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

For their special day....a beautiful wedding card.....

 In June, I held a Specialty Card Class.

 In this class the girls made six cards in total, 2 wedding, 2 sympathy, and 2 get well. 

Today I wanted to share with you the first of these cards- a gatefold card  (center opening) in basic black.

The dress was cut out of whisper white cardstock with our dress die, and elongated,and I cut a curve with scissors at the bottom edge, then embossed.  I added some  pearls at the neckline and a flower at the waist.

The tuxedo part is simply a basic black triangle with a white triangle (modified) on top.  I  cut these triangles with my paper trimmer.

The bow tie I cut freehand with scissors and then use a hole punch for the center of the bow tie. 

A quick coloring of the pearls made this tux extra special. Did you know it is really simple to change the color of basic pearls....simply grab a permanent marker ( I use Bic) and start coloring.

On the inside I put a piece of whisper white cardstock so that there was room to write , and added a wonderful image stamp from the Best of Brides and Babies Stamp set.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Happy Canada Day!

I hope you are out in the sunshine, with family and friends, enjoying the day. 

We enjoyed some great music last night a fireworks.  

Spending the day relaxing on our new deck. 

Here is a blast from the past card from last year: