Monday, August 3, 2015

Beautiful Bunch

I created a card today that I am going to demo as a make and take at my workshop this Saturday.  I used the stamp set Beautiful Bunch.  Kind of cute isn't it?  The colors are Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo and Pear Pizzazz.  I also used the Gorgeous Grunge back ground stamps to give it that cute speckled look on the back paper and the beautiful Designer Series patterned paper, English Garden.


What do you think?  Would you like to do this card as a make and take?  I'd love to hear from you, please leave a comment below.

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Sunday, August 2, 2015

Project Life

Happy Sunday!  I wanted to share with you all a video I made last evening about Project Life.  Stampin' Up teamed up with Becky Higgins from Project Life, and now offers a wonderful collection of kits and bundles we can enjoy to make the easiest and no fuss scrapbooking of memories and photos I have ever come across.  You simply pop your photos into pockets, a card that journals into another pocket, and your page is done.  You can embellish or leave it simple.  Either way, it's guaranteed to look simply adorable!



 If you are interested in looking at what Stampin' Up has to offer you can look over the online catalog.  Please see the link above to shop 24/7!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Hexagons are Awesome

 I want to share with you a card I made this evening. I found a card similar in the Stampin' Up! Catalog on page 105, and have seen many variations of it out in blog land. One in particular was at Julie's blog. I wanted to give it a try myself. I love the fact that many rubber stamps with Stampin' Up have coordinating paper punches that will easily punch the stamped image out.  It's not only convenient, but it's also very fun!






Did you know that you can shop from my Stampin' Up store 24/7?  If you place an order over $50.00 I will send you something special from me personally.  If you place an order that equals $150 or more, you qualify for Stampin' Rewards and that means free products!  Please look over the links at the top of my page because there are a lot of different options to consider.

I also am very excited to introduce my new:
Stampin' Club:
When 6 people have signed up and committed to spending a minimum of $25.00 each month (6 month commitment) in products (before shipping and handling) they will join our Stamp Club!  How this works:

  • Everyone will be assigned a month where they are "host"
  • Everyone purchases a minimum of $25 by the 15th of each month using a unique hostess code provided by me.
  • When it is your host month, all the credit will go towards your party.  This is a good time to get your friends and family to purchase as well so your party totals more and you receive more Stampin' Rewards!
  • I will send you a catalog where you can shop for your items, and keep you informed of any seasonal or promotional events.  I will also send you tips, demos and fun projects to keep your ideas fresh.
Please email me if you want to participate and as soon as I have 6 club members committed, I will contact you with the details.
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Monday, July 27, 2015

Embossing is the BOSS!

I have to admit, it's been pretty fun the past few days, thinking and planning and scoping out new ideas to stamp.  I have been a paper crafter for many years, including designing my own stamps, but admittedly, I didn't necessarily enjoy the process of stamping.  (I know...it's quite shocking, really)!!  But these past few weeks, I have really, really enjoyed playing with all my new Stampin' Up! toys and getting my fingers all ink stained.  It's awesome!  Some times my creations are pretty and I like them and other times I just toss it aside.  We all have a standard, you know?  But one of the things I really have enjoyed is scoping out other blogs, pinterest and places where I learn new techniques.  Sometimes I just have to try and duplicate the creation because it's so pretty, or fun, or just want to try!  I ran across a blog last night that I knew I wanted to CASE her project.  Her name is Angie, and I know I am going to have fun looking through her ideas.  Here is one I had to try!


Her example used different colored papers and inks, but I worked with what I had and I like the way it turned out.  I embossed in white and then using a sponge dauber inked up the embossed images.  Very fast and fun!

Did you know that you can shop from my Stampin' Up store 24/7?  If you place an order over $50.00 I will send you something special from me personally.  If you place an order that equals $150 or more, you qualify for Stampin' Rewards and that means free products!  Please look over the links at the top of my page because there are a lot of different options to consider.


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Stampin' Club

Do you have a crafting wish list that is longer than your grocery list?  Do you want to host a Stampin' Up! party but are worried no one would come, or you don't have time to plan for one...or maybe you quite simply don't feel like playing hostess in order to get what you'd like to have?   I may have a solution for you! 


Join my Stampin' Club:
When 6 people have signed up and committed to spending a minimum of $25.00 each month in products (before shipping and handling) they will join our Stamp Club!  How this works:
  • Everyone will be assigned a month where they are "host"
  • Everyone will receive a catalog from me, to do their shopping
  • Everyone purchases a minimum of $25 by the 15th of each month using a unique hostess code provided by me. (this will satisfy the $150 requirement to earn Stampin' Rewards!)
  • When it is your host month, all the credit will go towards your party.  This is a good time to get your friends and family to purchase as well, so your party totals more and you receive more Stampin' Rewards!
Please email me if you want to participate and as soon as I have 6 club members committed, I will contact you with the details. If we end up with more than 6 club members, we will create a new group of 6.  If by chance you come to me with 6 friends already committed to your own club, let me know and I will toss in an extra bonus!




Thursday, July 23, 2015

Paper Pumpkin!

Hello Crafters!  I am very excited to introduce you to Paper Pumpkin!  I just signed up today for the monthly subscription that Stampin Up offers.  Paper Pumpkin will come to your door once a month for a subscription price of $19.95.  This even includes the shipping and handling.  And now through Sept 10, 2015 you can receive the first 2 months for HALF OFF!  Yes!!  When you follow the link at the top of my blog, or via this link, enter the code:  halfoff and you will automatically receive the 50% off.  After the 2 months are over, you will revert back to the regular price.  It's a great way to test the product out and see if it is as wonderful as I think it will be.


When I signed up to become a demonstrator I received a sample of a previous Paper Pumpkin kit.  I opened it up and made a little video of what's inside.  In advance I want to apologize for the quality of my video as well as the sound.  It is time to purchase a new camera because the quality of this one has been affected.  But, I wanted to get this offer out to you as soon as possible.  So, if the video makes you crazy to watch...just follow the link and browse around and give it a try.  Then, you can follow me as I receive mine and we can work on our projects together!  YAY!




I also have the finished image of the project that came in this kit.






Saturday, July 18, 2015

What's in a Name?

If you have followed my blog in the past few years, you probably were already aware that I have gone by Heartstring Designs.  I had picked that name up many years ago when I had to come up with a name and couldn't think of anything...so I went with it.  As you may notice, I have a new look to my blog.  A little simpler and a different name.  Shelley Bean.  That's the nickname my dad gave to me when I was a new born baby and I think I identify with that name better.  Hence, the change.  But, you can use the old address URL or the new...either way, it will get you to the same spot.  And either way, I hope you continue to come visit.  I have some things I am working on and look forward to sharing them with you.

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Butterfly Basics

I was looking through Pinterest the other evening and ran across some ideas for my new stamp set, Butterfly Basics.  I love the idea of stamping in varying shades of the same color to get the depth that came across in this example, where I got the idea at this blog. I used Old Olive for my ferns and Blushing Bride for the contrast colors.  I am very happy about the way it turned out.  Please follow the links below if you'd like to check out the products used.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Official Announcement!

Since my mojo was way overdue for a new bout of energy, I have decided to take the plunge and become a consultant for Stampin Up!  I love their products; the quality is fantastic and I like the idea of being creative and sharing that with all of you.

Please hop over to my store and look over the products now available.  Very soon I will be sharing with you projects I am working on, videos and tutorials featuring their wonderful products.  Maybe you will be interested in purchasing, or maybe you will just enjoy taking the opportunity to get some ideas that you can use for your own crafting adventures.  Either way, I hope you will join me!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Pin Win or Pintrosity?

 
Hello Friends!  It's been ages since I have blogged, let alone crafted anything.  Thanks to pinterest and some searching I was doing to try and decorate my new sitting room I ran across an adorable little lampshade that was covered in rolled roses.  Of course, I had to give it a try!  Here is my finished lamp below.  Pretty cute, isn't it?
 
 
Here is how I made it:
 
I started by going to my local fabric store and buying about 3 yards of an inexpensive sheer fabric.  Along the selvage, I made 1"-1.5" snips.  I then tore them off in one long strip that creates the frayed edge you see here.  
 
 
 To create the rolled rose, I started by folding the fabric ribbon in half lengthwise and rolling it about 4 times, then securing with hot glue.  I then opened the fold up and twisted and rolled the twisted ribbon around, applying hot glue as I went.

 
Here is how it will look as the rose develops.  I used the entire length of the fabric ribbon to make the standard size flower.  If I found I needed a smaller ribbon I used less than the full length.  This was helpful in filling in smaller areas that didn't quite fit together.
 

When I get to the end of the ribbon, I simply tucked the end behind the flower and glued down.
 
Here is the completed rose!
 

 As you can see....this takes a lot of flowers....A lot.  It's not a quick project to be sure, because the flowers are going to take some to create, but I do think the finished project is adorable!  Tell me what you think?