Saturday, November 27, 2010

Tags, Tags, and More Tags...

I have been sitting here in my crafting lair watching the snow gently fall and finishing up the tags I committed myself to for the Kinderstampo December Tag Swap.  What a relief to get them done!  In my head they were going to look a lot different than they turned out and were definately a work in progress.  I was a bit frustrated the whole way through because things didn't seem to evolve the way my imagination said they would.  Does that ever happen to anyone else?  Ah well, here they are!  I used a brand new design I created as a digi image at Shelley Bean Stamps.  I will be adding this and a few other holiday inspired designs there later today.  I would be extremely flattered if you jump over there and take a peek at what I have to offer.  I accept payments through paypal or drop me an email and we can work something out if you don't use paypal.

You still have time to join in the card swap.  Check out this link for more information.

Friday, November 19, 2010

"I'll Have a Blue Christmas Without You"

I am going to do something different.  Join my Facebook page and submit something Christmas-like there and I will randomly choose a winner of this digital stamp shown below!  You have until Sunday night, 11/21 to share them with everyone.  So please check it out! 

We are still thinking snow here in Boise this weekend, so what better than a snowy inspired card?  Anne is having another fun challenge over at Paper Patch Crafts facebook page and so I decided it would be fun to play along.  As usually is the case, she gives us a sketch to follow and we do the rest.  Here is what I came up with for the sketch that follows:

The snowman is one of my drawings.  I am thinking about making him into a digi stamp.  Would anyone be interested?  I colored him a little bit with my Copic Markers.  My blues were:  B97, B95, B000 and the snowman was shaded in C1.  Then I shadowed him a bit in B000.  I added Frosted Lace Stickles here and there to make him extra sparkly. :)  The paper is from Coredinations.  It's there new paper that is textured with shiny relief images that you can ink up and then wipe away the excess that lays on the relief.  Love this paper!  I also added some of my Glam Rocks to finish things off.  It was super easy!  I was thinking a sentiment would be great...but...decided this time it could stay simple as it is.  Hope you enjoy!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Santa Baby

Hello again!  It looks like we might get some snow this weekend, so that has me in a holiday frame of mind.  It's just in time too because I have a lot of holiday inspired items I want to share in the upcoming weeks.  I think I have mentioned that quite a few years ago (during the 90's to be more exact) I did a mess of scrapbooking.  It seems so very old school compared to the scrapbooks of today.  So between wishing all my 8 1/2 x 11 books were now 12 x 12 and a big divorce later (does anyone but me find it sad to look at old pages built around a broken marriage?) I have slowly been trying to break down the old scrapbooks and give them a face-lift.  And I have to repeat over and over again...I am not a very good scrapper!  But, alas...I try.  And either way, they are really fun to look at.

Here is my latest page.  Once again I utilized the very fun papers from  Little Yellow Bicycle Christmas Delights.  You can purchase these papers and embellishments plus a whole lot more from Paper Patch Crafts!  The paper is nice and heavy weight and in most cases double sided.  There is a lot of foil, sparkles and texture to the papers too and that is always so fun to work with.  My image doesn't begin to do it justice because of the camera's reflections off the sparkly paper.  But here is what I came up with:

This was my youngest sons 1st Christmas.  Ah, the memories....

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


I know you have seen all those cute plastic clear pails and buckets at your local craft store.  I have, and a few weeks ago I bought a few of them because I knew I would eventually come up with something to do with them.  Then, a couple weekends ago, Archivers was having a make and take at their store and for a small fee we could assemble a really cute one.  I went and participated.  It was pretty fun.  The other day I was looking at my empty buckets and decided I could replicate the one I made at Archivers.  Well, my version of it anyway!  I utilized some of the scraps left over from the mini album I shared with you the other day and this is what I came up with:

Kinda cute?  Here it is again, this time filled with candy.  Now....who to give it to?
Does everyone know how to make the fun accordian fold flower embellishments at the top?  I have seen them all over but really didn't know how they were made.  It's actually fairly simple!
1.  Cut a strip of paper as wide as you want the size from the middle out
2.  Cut the length depending on how full of a flower you want.  I think this one was about 8"
3.  Score the strip at 1/4" intervals
4.  Accordian fold on all the score lines
5.  Adhere the 2 ends together "rooftop to rooftop" (just picture it in your makes sense!)
6.  Push the circle of folds in at the center.  It's a little wonky at first, but it will work if you mess around with it.
7.  I adhered mine to a circle of paper so it has something to stick to.  Use glue and hold in place until stays. 
8.  Top it with any embellishment you like.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Mini-Album Made with One 12 x 12 Sheet of Paper

Happy Monday everyone!  I hope your weekend was fantastic.  Mine was busy!  On Saturday my youngest son and I were priviledged to participate in the annual "Rake Up Boise" event.  (And I have the sore muscles to prove it this morning.)  Afterwards, we spent the day with 2 of my sons and their wives.  Which also means, I was able to hug on that little grandbaby of mine!  The perfect day really!

Today I want to share with you a very cool project (I think).  While I love to make cards, and consider myself mediocre at scrapbooking, I DO love to learn and explore other things that can be created without having to have tons of expensive new tools (although I love having those tools!).  I discovered this simple and creative project while watching youtube videos awhile ago and thought I would share with you how it's done.  You may remember seeing it included in the Pink Blog hop I was recently involved with.

Before I get started I want to preface this tutorial by mentioning that all the papers and embellishments I used can be purchased over at Paper Patch Crafts.  The new Christmas Delight papers by Little Yellow Bicycle are what I used to put this fun little album together.  I recommend checking her store out and browsing through the fun items she has for sale. :)

Here are a couple close up images of the mini album, and then afterwards I put together a video demonstrating a more detailed look at all the pages of the album and of course, a tutorial on how to build one for yourself.  I hope you enjoy!

And here is the video!

Friday, November 12, 2010

A Thanking We Will Go!

Hello, and welcome to the "A Thanking We Will Go" blog hop!  If you haven't met me yet, my name is Shelley and welcome to my blog!  You may have arrived here from Nicole's blog, but if you just happened upon this you can also start from the very beginning with Jessica.

Today I thought I would share with you a little project I have been working on to share with my friends and family during this holiday season.  Apple-Slider Cards!  The Stamps are my own original drawings and now available at Shelley Bean Stamps!  I colored them with Copic Markers (which I adore)

I put together a little video tutorial to show you how you can make your own Apple-Slider cards too.  I had so many goof-ups while making this silly the very least you might be entertained if you enjoy watching someone make an idiot out of themselves!  Ah's all in the fun of crafting! it's off to the next stop along this hop.  Please pop over to Sigrid and see she has to show you. 
If you find yourself lost along the is a full list of the stops along this hop!
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

In Honor of Veteran's Day

I thought I would share a scrapbook page I made this morning in honor of Veteran's Day and also my son, Jordan who is currently serving in the Coast Guard.  I used the pagemaps sketch as given for the challenge going on at Paper Patch Crafts now through the 11th.

And this is what I came up with:

This page was a definite labor of love.  The challenge was to use the basic red, white and blue colors and other than a little touch of gold behind the journaling, I decided to stick with that because I liked the look of the clean and formal feel of the page.  Using the Stand and Salute Cricut cartridge I built the Coast Guard Emblem (anyway a broken-down version of it) mixing some different cuts together.  Instead of using another background paper as demonstrated in the sketch, I instead drew small hash-marks to frame the page and pull it all together.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

2nd Chance Winner!

Hello!  I am ready to announce the official winner for the Halloween album.  I am sorry you weren't able to receive it before the actual holiday this year, but now you can archive and document all the fun you had, so better late than never!

Using random generator the winner is:

The Creative Mind of Melia said...

i love the cornacopia stamp....

Melia, get in touch with me so I can send that out to you. :) has been a roller-coaster lately full of good intentions and very little follow-through on this end of my life.  I am taking it back under control though and hope to deluge you all very soon with the creative things going on in my mind.  I have a bunch of fun new products to share with you from Paper Patch Crafts, as well as tutorials I promised in past hand-made flowers, mini-albums, scrapbook layouts, creative cards and the list goes on and on.  This afternoon I don't have anything ready to post, but please check back because I intend to get a lot accomplished this week.  And please stay tuned for next weekend because there will be another fun blog-hop coming up!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Inking Pink Winner...and other things of mention

Good morning all.  This morning I wanted to announce the winner of my blog candy in the Inking Pink Blog hop of last week.  First of all though, I had a few other things to fill you in on.  There are new digi-images available over on my stamp site, Shelley Bean Stamps.  Here is a sneak-peek of a few now available.  Please check it out to see them all.

I also needed to announce that the last blog candy I gave away for the Funmare Before Halloween Hop was never collected.  I left a notice here on my blog and sent an email (that bounced back to me) so I am going to give that away again.  Instead of just picking a 2nd winner from the many responses...I decided to do something very different.  Leave a comment after this blog entry.  I think I will choose from the visitors that actually visit my page and support me regularly (even when there isn't a blog hop going on) to be the winner of the Halloween Album.  So, leave those comments and I will pick someone at the end of the week sometime.

And now for the winner of the Inking Pink Blog Candy:

Jen said:
Love this's amazing!! I'm already a follower on your blog. Love your work. Thanks so much for taking your time to do this blog. It means a lot. My Mom is a survivor!!

hugs to you,jen
October 26, 2010 4:37 PM

Congratulations Jen!!  Send me your physical address so I can send that right out to you!

Everyone have a wonderful Tuesday!!