Monday, September 18, 2017

Brief Hiatus

Hello Stampers!  I have been on a brief break while my son has been visiting from Hawaii.  He is in the coast guard, and took leave for nearly a month and I have been feeling very blessed because of this.  It also means I haven't been spending time in my craft room!  But, I will be back making regular posts here in a few days as he will be returning home this week.

I hope that you have been enjoying the content here in the past month or so?  I have all kinds of things coming up to share that are brewing around in my head and some exciting news as well.  So keep coming back.

I am also going to start a newsletter!  If you would be interested in receiving a regular newsletter from me, please either leave a comment here, or you can email me at shelleystamps@gmail.com.

That's all for now, but I will be back soon!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Painted Harvest ~ Alternate Variation

I LOVE this stamp set.  It is so gorgeous!!  I made a post awhile back using this stamp set over here, but I am not done using it yet.  And, just because it called Painted Harvest, does not mean it is only for Autumn themed cards.


Look how different it is when using other colors.  I L-O-V-E this card!!  I loved it so much that I decided to do it in Whisper White AND on Very Vanilla to see how it looks.


With The Whisper White version, I stamped the flowers in Pool Party and then Tranquil Tide. Remember, this set is so easy to use because the flowers are created in a 2 step stamp sequence that is a win every time, but builds the dimension that you see.  The leaves are stamped in Wild Wasabi and then I put the accent dots around with Sahara Sand.  The center to the flowers are also stamped in Sahara Sand with Soft Suede accents on top.  I stamped my sentiment with Tranquil Tide on Whisper White card stock and then used the Layering Ovals Framelits and the Stitched Shapes Framelits in my Big Shot to make the beautiful tag.  The card face was then played over some of the beautiful Fresh Florals Designer Series Paper and then I layered the Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon so that it overlapped itself to create the embellishment as shown.  


For the Very Vanilla variation, I created the card face in the same way, and as you can see the effect is some what different and the colors came across a little more warm and soft, but oh, so lovely.  When it came to the ribbon, I added a flat layer of the Very Vanilla Lace Trim over the Tranquil Tide Finely Woven Ribbon.


Which one is your favorite?  I am unsure myself, but they were so fun to make.  I love stamping with this set!!  In fact, I love it so much this is my 2nd blog post about it.  

Because of that, I am going to share a special bonus with you!  For anyone that orders from me in the month of September, I am going to send you something extra special!  So, follow my shopping links above and order from the Holiday catalog, or the Annual catalog, and I will personally send you out an extra special bonus!



Paper Pumpkin





Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Eastern Beauty

I have been playing around with this bundle that came out new this year and haven't committed to anything I specifically liked enough to share.  I finally made a couple cards this morning which went together so fast and easy I was amazed with all the fuss I was trying to put into them before.


The Eastern Beauty Stamp set and coordinating Eastern Medallion Thinlits are amazing.  There are so many variations and combinations with this set and I have only shown the tip of the iceberg with these two samples.  In addition to the awesome set, there is all the beautiful paper you could ever imagine in the Eastern Palace Speciality Designer Series Paper.  Gold foil, Dapper Denim, Fresh Fig, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide.  And they also match perfectly with Very Vanilla as a base color.


So, even though it looks like lots of time went into constructing these beauties, it was really, really fast and simple.






Sunday, September 3, 2017

You Move Me

Today I thought I would try something a little different.  There is a new stamp set in the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog that is a bit different.  It's called You Move Me and its very unique.  The stamps are made in such a way that some of them are interactive.  Here is an example.  *hint* watch the wings fluttering..

video

Isn't that fun??

The technique is 2 stamps that are stamped on top of each other and then the slotted window that is cut with the coordinating Move Me thinlits set.  Pretty cool, isn't it?

Here is a closer look at the cards and the stamp set.  I would recommend looking into this stamp set for your very own if you're interested in making some card magic!!





Friday, September 1, 2017

2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog

It's time!!  It's here!  Come and look at what's inside!!


Stampin' Up! finally released their new 2017 Holiday Catalog and I am here to give you the details.  You are going to love the new and fun products that you can now order from September 1, 2017-January 2, 2018.  Here is a link if you want to look right now!!



Once you've decided what you would like to order, follow my links above to get some of this bounty for yourself!  You won't regret it!!   More items to share from the catalog coming up soon!!



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Dollhouses

Here is another blog post dedicated to non-papercraft related topics, but I thought I would share another hobby I enjoy.  Dollhouses!  I have been intrigued by these since I was a child and always wanted to own one.  I never got a true dollhouse when I was young, but I did renew that passion many years ago when I thought I would take on the task of building one for myself.  But, more about that later.

This is centered more around a present my husband gave to me for my birthday this year.  A dollhouse!  It's really a toy, so its sturdy enough for a child to play with, and I sure would have loved to have done that as a little girl.  It came as boards and needed to be assembled, so this was how I spent my birthday....building my own house!  Isn't it cute?



It has 3 stories and so I had a lot of fun finding furniture to decorate each room with.  I decided to go with an old fashioned, Victorian looking theme, because if I had my choice, thats the kind of home I'd like to live in if I were a doll.

Here is a full on view of the rooms.
In the back of the bedroom is a little sewing nook
and cradle, with an actual to scale afghan!
Every victorian home needs a maid, right?



A little closer look at some of the freshly baked muffins and my china dishes

Tea is laid out in the kitchen for a nice afternoon break


Upstairs in the nursery, the baby is trying to escape from bed and play with the train set.  That quilt is actually hand stitched and to 1:12 scale.  I found it on Etsy.
I love my formal living room with china hutches.  Of course, the open concept room isn't very "victorian" but we are a progressive family here.
I think I would enjoy living in this bedroom too.  The quilt is another hand stitched creation that is to scale.  I love it!


Here is an attempt I made to build my own house...this started about 11 years ago and this is as far as I have gotten.  I need to finish it....someday!!



 And just in case that isn't enough..here are 3 other dollhouses, still in their boxes waiting to be built.  No pressure there..

Monday, August 28, 2017

A "SUPER" Afghan

This is a special blog post, dedicated to my husband.  Happy Birthday, love!

My husband is a fanatic when it comes to anything comic book related.  Particularly, Suberboy or Superman...well, any variation or incarnation of that character or the DC Comics world in general.  Being married to this man gives me a very nerdy approach to life, which I appreciate, because I love the ideas involved in the creation of these characters.

Because of this, I am always trying to come up with ideas that I can contribute to his ever growing surplus of superhero paraphernalia, as well as support his love of the genre.  What better way, than another afghan?!

I learned a new technique called C2C, which basically means, corner to corner.  The stitch starts in a lower corner and you gradually increase on each row and then after making the upper and lower corner the size you want, you decrease back until you have made a square.


This afghan is made up of many, many squares that I then attached together to make my afghan.  I used a graph pattern, much like you would if doing counted cross stitch.  It sounds complicated, but really it wasn't once I got the hang of it and learned to carry yarn from spot to another spot so I didn't have to constantly tie off and tie on colors.

He seemed pretty happy with the blanket and that made me happy that I could make something that brought a smile to his face.


And just in case you think his comic book passion is exaggerated...here are some snapshots I just took of his comic book room.  Yes, he has an entire room devoted to his true love.  But, who am I to judge?  Don't I have a craft room?


The pictures are not very good because he keeps it pretty dark with very filtered light in this room, but this is a shot of many of his comic books stored in upright bins.  He has many more in boxes under these tables.  On the walls are signed artwork and a specific collection of comic books that copied the original 1st edition of Superman.


These two tall shelves are crammed full of graphic novels, books and comic book themed action figures and merchandising items that the kids have gifted him over the years.



This is a fun birthday card I made him for his last birthday.  True stampin' up fans may recognize 2 stamp sets I put together (Marquee Messages and Cookie Cutter Halloween). The latter isn't still available, but I believe it was a little Vampire boy that I reworked to be a superman type guy.  We had a good laugh over that one.


Here are a few more shots of the walls covered in the CGC graded comics he has. 


Honestly, you don't get the full effect of the room unless you just go inside and look around.  I can't begin to give it justice with these dim pictures, but you can at least get the idea.

Happy Birthday to my guy!

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Floral Phrases

I made this card in June, and thought I had already shared it.  Apparently, I didn't!  My son and his wife celebrated their 10th wedding anniversary, so I opted to make them a card special enough for their day.

I really think I have not given enough love to the stamp set Floral Phrases.  I first saw it at OnStage 2 years ago, fell in love, had to have it and then, as usual, never cracked open the case.  It's criminal, really!  What a lovely set.  It coordinates beautifully with the Detailed Floral Thinlits.


I used Pool Party for my color of choice and kept it all very simple; in a monochromatic style.  The details in the dies lend themselves to being busy enough, so I didn't think it needed much else.



Using the Big Shot Die Brush is a good idea for getting out all the little bits of details when cutting this intricate of dies.  I also made sure I used the Precision Base Plate for ease of level cutting so I maintained a high level of performance with such a detailed die.




On the inside of the card, I added some special stamping to finish the card off.  I think they appreciated the fresh look of the card, but mainly they probably enjoyed the cash gift we included inside.  And really, who can blame that!?

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Daisy Delight

If you have been paying attention to anything related to Stampin' Up this year, you probably have heard all about the new Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating Daisy Punch.  They are so fun!  I have played around with it a bit already, but this evening, I came up with a new card that I kind of like.


 It wasn't totally original as I have seen so many variations of cards made with this set in the last few months that it becomes difficult to be completely one of a kind,  but I saw something similar on a blog from Denmark that was all in that language so I couldn't make out all the details.  Here is my own spin on that idea.

 I also tried a different dry emboss background on this variation.  I think I like both versions equally.  The Daisy punch cuts out a full 8 petals for the flower, so I trimmed and layered to get the effect I wanted.  I also took my bone folder to lightly curl the petals a bit.

It's just a simple card with a cheery feel to it.   I think I really will like sending it out to someone soon!


I did some trial and error trying to get a watercolor on the circle.  Some were done with a stamp from Touches of Texture, and some were painted onto watercolor paper.  I layered Daffodil Delight with a touch of Peekaboo Peach.  The stems were stamped with Old Olive.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Lots of Little Squares- Beautiful Afghan

Good morning!  I decided today I would share another passion I have that isn't related to paper-craft. I love to crochet!  Here is an afghan I created lately for my new craft room.  It is made from Red Heart yarn and was totally made up of many little granny squares. The pattern was very basic and I made it up as I went along mostly.  I made all the colorful centers and then joined as I went with the cream colored yarn.

I have loved to play with yarn since I was a young girl and my sister taught me how to knit and crochet.  I admit to not being very good at finishing projects once I start them (I get bored) but lately, I have actually finished a few.  I will share those in the upcoming days as well as my other paper related projects.



 I have this afghan sitting on my chair in the corner of my craft room.  It's very cozy there and sometimes I like to snuggle under it and read a book or watch a little TV when I don't feel like sitting at my desk and playing with ink and paper.


I've always got a yarn project going on, and am working on another one right now in shades of pink and white.   I am not sure what I will be doing with it; it may become a gift for a granddaughter or daughter in law, or I may even keep it for myself.  Can we ever have enough blankets?  I think now!