Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Scrapalicious Design Team!!

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Happy Wednesday everyone! Welcome to the Scrapalicious Introductions blog hop.  Today I have some fabulous news, I was selected to be on the AMAZING team over at Scrapalicious USA!  I am in very talented company with this fantastic group of ladies.

We will be having a weekly challenge on the store blog Scrapalicous USA every Wednesday starting May 4th, 2011. Please join us on this adventure as we all make new friends and see wonderful inspiration.  I recommend you pop over there and join the followers list so you can be notified first when these challenges begin.  There will be awesome prizes!  In fact...pop over and see the details because Cindy is giving something away this Saturday!

Here is a card I created using one of the stamps now for sale at Scrapalicious!

Now here is a little information about me.  My name is Shelley and I have been creating, drawing, painting or otherwise engaged in artistic adventures as far back as my 1st memory with a crayon.  The pristine white front and back pages of my mothers books were never safe as I would resort to them when I ran out of other options to do my drawings and doodles.  Luckily for me, she encouraged me by supplying me with paint boxes, art books and pencils and my father later enrolled me in oil painting classes to further develop my mind and love of color and putting down the pictures in my mind.  In growing up years my main ambition was to use these talents somehow to bring enjoyment not only to me but hopefully to others too.

Over the years I have created, designed and taught decorative painting woodcrafts for boutiques as well as designed rubberstamps for many companies.  My latest venture has been in the launch of my own modest line of stamps at Shelley Bean Stamps such as the one used in my example above.  Here at this blog I like to share all the many different creations I come up with or learn from others.  I hope you come back and visit often and if you are not already a follower, I would be flattered should you decide to be one now.  I enjoy making new friends and visiting other design blogs where we all share the common love of crafting.

Here is the lineup of ladies in case you get lost along the way.

Scraplicious Blog  go here to join our challenges!
Scraplicious Store  go here for great deals!

Please visit all of the ladies and show them some love! Thank you all so much for hopping along.  Now, to find all the amazing deals and prices on your scrapbook and card making creations hop on over to the Scrapalicious Store!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Fabulously 40 Blog Hop

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Hello and Happy Birthday to Jen! Welcome to her Fabulously 40 Blog Hop. You have probably here from Jackie  but if you want to start at the beginning you can pop over to Jen's.

In honor of Jen's birthday I was inspired to create something I know I would love to receive as a gift! And since I rarely make things just for myself I decided I would do just that. So, here is a gift for me but I will share the idea with all of you!  Be sure to read to the bottom...there is some very exciting blog candy I will be sharing with you as well!

This fabulous Maya Road Clear ATC Stand is now available at Paper Patch Crafts.  I love it!  It includes the chipboard ATC (artist trading cards) and the metal supply the imagingation.  The majority of the supplies I used to decorate my flip album were also purchased at Paper Patch Crafts.  They have so many fun items items from companies such as: Maya Road, Echo Park, Kaiser Craft and more.

Here are the details of my album:

I used file tabs on the sides of my flip pages for a little added cute-ness.  The crochet flower is demonstrated at a previous post over here.  The photos are of my adorable sons from many years ago.  I decided this would sit on my desk at work so I can look back on the good days when they were younger.

The paper line I used is For The Record from Echo Park.  The Butterfly is Maya Road and comes in an assortment of blank chipboard.  I used Hydrangea Blue Maya Mist and then covered it in stickles.

What would be a birthday without gifts and candy?  Blog candy to be more specific!  Anne, the owner of Paper Patch Crafts has generously donated a $10 gift certificate to her fabulous online store!  In order to win the candy you simply need to click the button to become a follower at my blog and leave a comment.  It is mandatory that you also leave me your email address.  While I do appreciate your blog address and will enjoy checking it out as well...I still need your email address so that if you should win I can notify you.  Unfortunately if you neglect to, I will have to pick someone else. 

I hope this project has inspired you!  I also love your comments!  Now, to continue onwards in this hop...go on over to Susan's Blog.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

39 & Glamorous Blog Hop!

Welcome to Heartstring Designs and The 39 & Glamorous Blog Hop!. You should be arriving here from Vickie, if you just stumbled here and would like to hop from the beginning, click HERE to start over. This is a fantastic hop with many very talented people and there are so many prizes!  Along with the giveaways and surprises available at many of the hops there is also a line-up of sponsors that have kindly donated their products to some lucky winners.  So, sit back, take your time and browse through all these amazing blogs and what they have to offer.
Before I get started and share with you my creation and a special bonus prize for EVERYONE who is hopping today, I wanted to send a special thank you to Bonnie for all her hard work and also to our sponsors.
 (Retreat stay, MUST complete hop and challenge)
And now, here is what I created to share with you today.  I decided to make something that I felt was sort of grungy-elegant.  Would that be "grunegant"?  Anyway, I used one of my very own digi-stamps, colored it with copic markers and added a lot of texturing and layering to create the card you see here.  I absolutely love my ATG gun adhesive to make all those layers stay stuck!
I also used the Sweethearts Cricut Cart to cut out the lock and key.  Let's take a closer look at the digi-stamp:
Would you like to have this digi stamp absolutely free?  Well, you can have this one or any other one of your choosing simply by popping over to my stamp site, Shelley Bean Stamps.  I have a promotion going there now where if you share my stamp site with your friends on your blog or social networking site, leave a comment that you did over there, I will personally send you the free digi of your choice.  Seriously.  That's all there is to it.  What could be easier than that?  It is my thank you for telling everyone about what I have to offer.  Please remember in order to receive the free digi, you must pop over there to leave the comment. 

But, hey...this isn't all about me.  There are still a whole lotta wonderful blogs to hop through.  So, you better get hoppin'!!
Next along the path is Janie
I hope you choose to visit my blog again. I would be very flattered if you decided to become a follower!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Paper Blossom Tutorial-Lilies

As promised in yesterday's post, I created a tutorial on how I created the Lilies in my card from yesterday.  To use some more of the blossoms, I also created a very simple scrapbook page of my Grandchild. I love this photo her mother took of her.  I just want to grab and cuddle her right now!  (The elements on the page really aren't crooked.  I did some tweaking in my photoshop and the page is slightly tilted.  I am not sure why I felt the need to explain other than it was bothering me after I loaded it on this post)

McGills Paper Blossom Punches and Tool Kit
Cloud 9 Design Chocolate Swirl Paper
Colorbok Pink Retro Flowers Paper
Making the Grade Cricut Cartridge
Stampin-Up ink and marker-Rose Red
Diamond Stickles

I also created another card with a familiar theme for a lady at work that is retiring at the end of this month.  This used up the rest of the lilies I had created yesterday.

Before I share the video tutorial I want to remind all my readers that I have a very special gift for everyone that takes the time to visit my stamp site, share my site on their blog post or social networking site and leaves a comment that they did.  All will be given a free digi stamp of their choice.  The selection is going to grow in the next few days, but if you see one you would like to own please mention it along with your email address in your comment after linking.  I will be sending them out after this promotion is over with.  Please take a moment and pop over there.  Look around at the stamps I have to offer.  As always, I offer free shipping on my rubberstamps too.  Also, if you would like to become a follower (this is not mandatory) I would be very honored.  Here's the link:  Shelley Bean Stamps

And now the video tutorial.  I hope it helps you in making your own paper blossoms!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Trying Out A New Look

I have had my design blog for over a year now and decided it was time to clean out the cobwebs and put on a new face.  What do you think?  I would like your feedback.  I also am excited because I have something special going on over at my stamp site that I wanted to share with my readers.  I am offering a free digital image to everyone who visits my stamp site, shares the link on their blogs or social networking site and goes back to leave a comment there.  Please tell everyone...they can get in on the freebie too!  I haven't decided yet when I will end this special give-away, but don't wait too long.  I am working on some new digi's to add to the site for sale and of course, I always have my red rubber unmounted stamps available as well.  Please, won't you stop by and leave some love? 

I have a video tutorial in the making that I hope to post soon on this site.  I finally bought the tool kit I needed to make the Paper Lillies and can finally demonstrate.  Stay tuned! :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Crochet Mini Flower Tutorial

Today I wanted to share with you a scrapbook page I created of my darling little grand-daughters birth day.  I adore the way her little face is all scrunched up in the photos as she gazing up to her daddy's face in such consternation! 
The page layout was inspired because of a challenge going on at Paper Patch Crafts that requires the use of the colors red, tan and olive green and a touch of lace or ribbon.  Please join in on the challenge.  It is going on through the 16th of this month.  There are always prizes going on over there for challenges, so please join Paper Patch Craft's facebook page if you haven't already.  Tell Anne that Shelley T sent you. (Another design team member is Shelley P and we are always confused who is who! :) )  I wanted to mention that I think I must be the last person in the United States that wasn't aware how handy Walgreen's Photo Center is when it comes to having your digital images made into photos.  I uploaded a few photos to the store that is only 1 block from my home and had them in my hand within an hour!  What a great world this is!  I give up on faulty printing with my home printer and expensive ink cartridges.  This was so easy..and inexpensive!

The red scalloped circle paper has a sheen to it that makes the paper look pinkish in the photo.  I am always so disappointed when my lack of photography skills doesn't do credit to the way something looks.  I made the scallop using my cricut and the Forever Young cart.  The circle was cut with Plantin Schoolbook.  I used my cool Sew Easy for the stitching I did around the circle.  I lifted the idea of the alpha buttons from my friend Anne's video tutorial over at her blog. I wanted to add some green ribbon for embellishment but didn't have the right color or width for what I needed so improvised by using mulberry paper to make the pleated ribbon.  I really liked the effect it gave. I finished off my project with a few of the cute little crochet flowers I made. I hot glued a little green crochet trim to resemble leaves for my flowers.
A tutorial on how to make these yourself is below.  I hope you enjoy this project!

Supplies Used

Sew Easy
Yarn/4mm crochet hook

Friday, April 1, 2011

All Occasion Card

Oh how I love vintage and victorian things.  I used to love to look through the pages of my fathers old turn of the century Sears and Roebuck Catalog.  I loved the font faces and hand drawn renderings of items for sale.  And wouldn't I love to get my hands on that catalog today...the vintage papers would make some very wonderful flowers.......(calm down Shelley!)  At any rate, it inspired me many years ago to draw the image of the stamp I used for the card I am going to share today.  The stamp company I designed for was named, Designs, Ink'd.  I have searched the net and can't find that store any longer.  If anyone knows what became of them or can locate their stamps online, you will find a goldmine because they are beautiful.

You can view the video where I demonstrated how to make the ribbon roses by looking here.  I love them!  Once you get the hang of it, they are a cinch!  The image was colored with my copic markers.  I really need to do some more copics tutorials.  Anyone interested?

The recipe of my materials is below.  Many thanks to Paper Patch Crafts for supplying the wonderful paper and ribbon used in the project.
Basics Rhinestones
Copic Markers