Saturday, April 11, 2020

Friday, April 10, 2020

April 10, 2020.....Shel's Spotlight.....Kindness Delivered....Sharing Blessings....

Happy Friday Stampers!  

For today's edition of Shel's Spotlight I am featuring five items I received in my mailbox this week! 

I cannot truly explain to you how I felt, when I received these items.  Blessed, grateful, surprised, happy are just a few of the emotions.  Thank you so much to each of these wonderful ladies! 

First up is a GORGEOUS Easter card from Carole Anderson.  

I love the spring colors and that beautiful textured background made with the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing folder.  

And those GORGEOUS flowers are from the Painted Poppies stamp set. Thank you Carole (and Eadie)  

Next is a BEAUTIFUL random act of kindness card from my new friend Shila Froehlich all the way from California!  

Shila sent this gorgeous card and a handwritten note that was so touching.  Thank you so much!

This card features the must-have stamp set Good Morning Magnolia found on page 38 of the Annual Catalog.   The background was embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.

Check out the beautiful coloring and the gorgeous embellishments!  


Next is a sweet Easter card from our friends Pam and Howard Marsh

This card features the Under My Umbrella Bundle paired with the coordinating Pleased as Punch designer series paper

Such a fun and cheery card!  Thanks so much! 

And finally, a twofer surprise from my dear friend Dorothy Wiens.
She recently learned a new scrapbook technique and she made me not one, but two 12 x 12 layouts using that technique!  Check out these gorgeous pages: 

Thank you so much, Dorothy! 

As you can tell I was spoiled with kindness this week!  I am very blessed.  

Now I challenge you to make a card....and send a blessing to someone else today!

Thursday, April 9, 2020

April 9, 2020....Stamp With Shel....A Creative Moment featuring Silhouette Scenes and a Video Tutorial. . .

Happy Thursday Stampers!

For today's creative moment I am featuring the fabulous SILHOUETTE SCENES stamp set found on page 134 of the annual catalog.

Here is a photo of the SEE A SILHOUETTE suite of coordinating products.  Note that you can purchase the entire suite, just the bundle with the stamp set and dies, or the individual items.

The technique I am featuring today is the Acrylic Block Technique.

Here are my cards:

And the close-up views:

And here is the video tutorial for you....hope you enjoy it and happy stamping!

If for any reason the above video does not work properly here is the link: 

Wednesday, April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020....Around The World On Wednesday Blog Hop....Pigment Sprinkle Fun....

Good Morning Stampers!  Happy Wednesday!

Welcome to my blog today and happy you could join me for the 
Around The World on Wednesday Blog Hop!

I am blessed to be joining a group of demonstrators on the second Wednesday of each month....and we will hop around the world and provide you with lots of Stampin' Up! inspiration! 

Ok, so the theme of this blog post is to share our "must have's " that we "cannot live without" that inspire our creativity.  This could be interpreted in any number of ways...but for me has to be rich colors.  I am definitely drawn to bright rich colors....and what better way than with our fantastic Pigment Sprinkles and our gorgeous Designer Series Papers!

This is my card that I came up with for this hop:

The products that I used to create this card are as follows:

 Whisper White  card stock #100730Best Dressed DSP #151319

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad #132708

To A Wild Rose Bundle #151073
Pigment Sprinkles #149663

Wink of Stella #146920
Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon #141897

My Whisper White card base is 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4 inches. 
Glue the  4 x 5 1/4 Best Dressed dsp to the card front with Tombow. 
Stamp the roses and leaves and greetings on white cardstock and die cut with coordinating dies. 
I used a black marker to go around the edge of the greeting to make it pop and attached to card front with dimensionals
I sprinkled a tiny amount of pigment sprinkles on a block and added water to "paint" my flowers and leaves....don't you just LOVE the rich color. 
I attached the flowers and leaves using Tombo as well as dimensionals
To finish it off I made a bow and attached it under the greeting and added Wink of Stella to glitter up the flowers.

Here is one last look at my card....

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

April 7, 2020.....Stamp With Shel....Retro Rewind...and a free Tutorial. . .

Happy Tuesday Stampers!

Today is "Stamp With Shel Retro Rewind"!  We are going to re-visit a card I created in the past.

I will show you a sample of the card and give you a free step by step tutorial so you can re-create this project today with current supplies (or supplies in your stash) while you are at home self-isolating.

Sound good?  Let's get started!

This card was taught in one of my card classes back in May of has two techniques on one card.....Omission Embossing Technique and Sponging Technique.  Both of these are super easy to do.

Here is the card:

If you look closely at this card, the center portion (where the greeting is stamped) is not embossed, it is completely flat. 

How'd she do that?  Well, I am going to tell you step-by-step. 

This is a super cool and super easy technique that you will want to try with a variety of different embossing folders!

The supplies I used on this card are:

Cucumber Crush card base 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 scored at 4 1/4"
Whisper White art piece layer 4 x 5 1/4
Confetti embossing folder
scrap cardboard from DSP
Oval die
Memento Black ink pad
Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder and Daffodil Delight ink pad
Black Hemp Twine
Watercolor Words stamp set

Now I love the bright colors here....compatible colors that are current now would be Poppy Parade or Lovely Lipstick; Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover.  But go with your favorites. 

Any embossing folder will do....but I prefer ones that are busy and have tight (close together) designs.  There are many current choices but the Mosaic 3D or the layered leaves might be cool to try. first you need to make a diffuser template out of the cardboard from the dsp packs.  You can also commercially purchase diffuser plates....but use what you have....the cardboard works fine. 

Cut three or four pieces of the cardboard from the dsp packs the same size as your embossing folder.....for ease, simply trace your folder onto the cardboard and cut out.

Now grab a shape die....I chose a large oval but you can make it a circle, square, heart, whatever suits your fancy. 

Carefully place die and secure to one piece of cardboard and run through die cutting machine.  Trace the shape onto the other three cardboard for perfect placement and die-cut remaining three.

Use Tombo glue and glue all four pieces of cardstock together so they match up perfectly.
Ta-da!  You have created your diffuser plate.  That is the hardest part of this! for the magic....insert your Whisper White card stock into the embossing folder making sure it is centered.  Place the diffuser plate on TOP of the embossing folder (not inside)  I taped mine to the folder so that I was sure it would not move on me.

Run through your die-cutting machine making sure you do not put too much pressure on the machine. 

For my sandwich, I used a platform embossing folder with card stock, diffuser plate, clear plate...but all machines are need to figure out what works for you. 

Once dry embossed, grab a sponge or sponge dauber and apply ink to the raised areas of the embossing with a LIGHT touch and a circular motion... can always add more color but you cannot take it off.

Stamp greeting in the center with Memento Black ink.

Add ribbon or bakers twine to the art piece and then adhere to card base either flat or with dimensionals.

Add a white liner to the inside so you have a nice area to write your message. 

Here is one last look at my simple card:

Ok....go....have fun....try this technique....send me photos of your creations....then mail the card to someone you care about....make someone smile! Be a blessing to someone today!

Have fun and happy stamping!

Monday, April 6, 2020

April 6, 2020...Stamp With Shel.....Merry Monday Ink-spiration...

Happy Monday Stampers!

I am very happy to be here with you but have a terrible confession to make. . .
I did not have time to design a new Christmas card for you this week.    It has just been insane. 

I do apologize and instead of one new card for ink-spiration this week, we will revisit a whole bunch (24)  holiday card goodness from days gone by! 

Here we go: