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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

MFT Idol Week 3 Project

Voting is now live here!!!! My SCS screen name is Mrs. Mac.

It's Week 3 of MFT Idol!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And this time....I kept my project focus very much clean and simple. I really wanted to show of the stamps for just what they are....BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!


So, I created this cute little "Girls Night Out" purse set. All the sweet little goodies actually do fit inside the purse! The purse and gum containers are projects I measured out and noodled myself so there are no templates to follow.

The mint container is an Ice Breakers Sour container that I relabeled. And the gift card holder was created from the Top Note die from SU! I even included a Frappuccino for after the bar for a pick-me-up!

All the women were paper pieced using the Spring and Summer paper packs....both pre-printed and digi printed. They are colored with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS. All the glasses are coated in crystal effects....and the margarita glass is rimmed in glitter.

The stamp set is the soon to be release to the general American public....Girls Night Out!!!! How fun, huh?????


Gum holder with ribbon pull Mint container
Top Note die gift card holder
I just had to make 4 purses.....one for each glass in the set!!!
A closeup of the label from the Starbucks frappuccino bottle so you can see the crystal effects and glitter.
Closeup of the margarita glass to show the rimmed glass......
Remember, it's up to you America if I stay in this competition!!!! You have to vote. You can vote for as many of your favorites as you're like, but you can only vote once! Make it count!!!
Happy Stamping!!
Shannon

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Just put your stamp choice in the comment box at check out. Prices are before shipping.

AND..... with every order received, you'll get a FREE Paper Peircing Set that included 1 square template and 1 Circle Template. Simply lay the templates on your paper and start peircing evenly spaced cicles and squares! Each template has like 14 different size circles and squares!!

There's also a super fun day planned for you tomorrow with lots of peeks into the the new stamps being released and maybe even a challenge! So make sure to stop by the QKD Blog tomorrow at 8am MST to join in the fun!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Congrats to me!!!!


Remember this post????



Well guess what????? Check this out!!!!!




Yep, that's me!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm one of the newest Royal Stamping Maids for Queen Kat Designs!!! I'm so overly thrilled and excited and just amazed to be a part of this amazingly talented team.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

Viva Las VSN!!!!

***scroll down for the Unity WR Blog Hop post***

Yesterday was the first mini VSN for the Big May Viva Las VSN Event!!! And since I'm one of the showgirls I wanted to create cards for each of the challenges. Well...I got 5 out of the 6 done. And it's not to late for you to play along! Uploads aren't due until 10pm Monday.

This first card is for the Circus Circus Challenge. We were to make a card inspired by the circus and use orange somewhere as well. This second card is for the Bellagio challenge. We were to create a card inspired by the glass flower ceiling. So, we had to incorporate a transparency and flowers.

The third card is for the Venetian challenge. We were to be inspired by the colors in the Venetian's lobby....yellow/gold, white/cream, burgundy, and blue.

This forth card is probably my favorite....it was for the Mandalay Bay challenge. We were to create a card using the shark reef as our inspiration and incorporate a playing card. And what's a Vegas themed VSN without a showgirl....so I added one to this card....cute, huh? Any guesses on how I made her feathery skirt?

The fifth challenge....The Paris....is the one I didn't have time to finish...maybe later today I will. The challenge is to make a View-Master card.
The last challenge...The Luxor...was to create a triangle shaped card and use the faux felt technique. I personally don't like how this one turned out...neither did my mom! Sheesh! I think it looks like some strange mixed up Vegas acid trip. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder...and what I may not like, others will. Plus I'm my own harshest critic.


Remember....there's still time to play today! Just have your uploads into SCS with all the proper keywords by 10pm Eastern Monday! Can't see what you create with all these fun challenges.
Hugs,
Shannon


PS.....Stop by and sign up as a follower at the Cuttlebug Challenge blog....they're giving away lots of prizes thru the 30th!!!! And there are sneak peeks as well for new Provocraft products.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Unity Inspirational World Record Blog Hop

“In nature, nothing is perfect and everything is perfect. Trees can be contorted, bent in weird ways, and they're still beautiful.” -- Alice Walker

Today has finally arrived!!!! It's the massive (215 people long) Unity Stamp Co. Inspirational Blog Hop!!!!!


If you happened upon my blog today because you just like to come here and visit with me...then start back at the beginning at the Unity Stamp Co. blog. If you arrived here from Tasha's blog you're in the right place.

Here's the project I created for today's event.....

It's a wish list journal, pen, and stamp money jar! How perfect huh?



The next stop on your journey is Crafty Suz!!! Tell her I said "Hi!"

and don't forget about the special if you're a new customer to Unity.....


Project Details...
Notebook:
Stamps: "Growing in Unity"
Paper: "Urban Prairie" by Basic Grey, Basic Black by Stampin' Up!
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Creamy Caramel by Stampin' Up!
Accessories: Pale Gree Flower Soft, Scallop Edge Punch, Stampin' Sponges

Pen:
Paper: "Urban Prairie" by Basic Grey
Accessories: Sticky Strip tape, Micro beads

Money Jar:
Stamps: "Growing in Unity"
Paper: "Urban Prairie" by Basic Grey
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive
Accessories: Stampin' Sponges, Recycled container

Hugs,
Shannon

Friday, March 27, 2009

Extra Special Friday!!

Today's a special Friday....it's an Etsy Challenge HHH post!!!!!


With the Unity World Record Inspirational Blog Hop on Saturday (if you're not already signed up go check out the info here) we decided to bump the Etsy challenge up a day and combine it with the HHH posts we do. You can find all the other HHH posts here at the Unity Co. blog.


This week's store is Handmade by Rebecca. And I choose this bracelet as my inspiration piece. I used the same striped ribbon, and incorporated a little ribbon charm. The stamp is from "Feel the Joy" by Unity Stamp Co. I used Summer Flower Soft on the flower tops. It's super fun stuff to work with!!!

Don't forget to get Etsy Inspired yourself! Then leave a link on Ashley's blog for your chance to win this week. The prize for this week is a door hanger which can be seen over at Ashley's blog.


Visit the other Design Team members and leave them some love too!!!

Heather Schlatter
Jackie Bowman
Joy Stagg
Kerry Angeles
Lee Murphy
Lindsay Spencer
Tiffany Johnson
Taylor Usry
Kristen Dyer
Tonya Hopkins

Hugs,
Shannon

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Unity for Challenges

It's Thursday...and you know what that means....it's Hip Hop day at Unity!!! Whoooo.....hoooo.....

The Hip Hop chat starts at 11am Central at the Unity forum over at SCS. The Hop itself starts at 10am Central at the Unity blog.
Here are some cards I made last night featuring Unity stamps.

The first one I created for this week's SCS sketch challenge. I used Unity's "Feel the Joy" set. I even used my Flower Soft based on this week's product feature. I love the way it came out. It's very interesting stuff to use. The DP is "porcelain" by Basic Grey. I also used Mellow Moss, Whisper White and Basic Black cardstock.










This card I created for the Unity Thinks Spring Hip Hop challenge. It kinda looks like our spring....blue skies, brown everything else!! My flower beds are a mess!!!! Probably because it snowed so early last year that I never got that last final cleanup in. So, all the flowers are sitting there brown and dried up. Welcome to spring in Michigan!!! Although I did see peeks of green coming up in the back flower bed yesterday.

The stamps here are from the March KOM. I'm loving so many of the images in this set. It's my favorite kit so far! I stamped the silhouette flowers first in Tempting Turquoise, then using my Stamp-a-ma-jig for placement....stamped it again in Chocolate Chip. The cardstock I used is Tempting Turquoise and Whisper White. The DP is by My Mind's Eye.

There are 2 other challenges that I hope to finish up this morning as well....so keep watching....

Hugs,
Shannon

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Cuttlebug Be Inspired #24



It's Cuttlebug Be Inspired Day!!!! This week we used digital images from The Cutting Cafe. I choose to use a large cupcake and the cupcake stand. I used the "D-vine Swirl" and "Swiss Dots" Cuttlebug Embossing Folders on the background. I colored the image with Prismacolor Markers and gamsol.


I hope you're able to play along with us this week!!! Just link your project up to the Cuttlebug Challenge Blog.











Also....if you haven't already...vote for your favorite MFT Idol. Details in this post.


Happy Stamping!!!

Shannon

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

MFT Idol Voting is Live!!!

Vote Here for Mrs. Mac!!!!!

MFT Idol Week 2 Project

Voting is live here!!!!!


It's MFT Idol time again!!!!!


This week's challenge was masking! So, I masked and masked and reverse masked!!!! Now I have all these little inked up paper around me.


This is the finished set....complete with card and a stationary set.

The box I created in my own head based on what I wanted to add inside. The tag on the front is the SU! Top Note Die. I used the slot punch to run the ribbon thru. The lady from "Going Places" was masked for the skyline on each side. And her and the skyline were masked off for the grass and the sky. Then I reverse masked her and added flowers from "Build a Bouquet" to her dress. All the coloring with done with Prismacolor Markers and Gamsol.

Here you can see how the box has different compartments. The pages on the left are 1/2 sheets of cardstock for jotting down a quick letter home. The cards in the upper right are 4" square. And the mini cards on the bottom are 4" x 2"....perfect for a quick thank you. There's even a spot for stamps and maybe a small pen....which I don't actually own.

Here's the main card. I used the same masking and coloring techniques as on the tag for the box. The "Bon Voyage" tag is a Nestabilities Ribbon Tag.

Here's all 3 cards/note paper from inside the box.

The note sheet uses the "Going Places" and "Build a Bouquet" sets. I masked her off to stamp the skyline behind her....then reverse masked to add the flowers to her dress.

This little card uses the Nestability die as a mask for the sides. I also masked the skyline to sponge in the blue sky.

For this mini card I reverse masked each suitcase to add the flowers.


I hope you've enjoyed my project!!!! I sure had fun creating it. Don't forget to go vote!!!!!


Happy Stamping!

Shannon

Major Cuttlebug News!!!!

Have you heard about Provo craft and the cuttlebug what they are doing?
Check cuttlebug challenge for a major announcement..

Sunday, March 22, 2009

I've been tagged!!!

I was tagged by Lindsay!!! This pic was in the 6th folder of My Pics since I've moved into my house. It's a pic of me getting my makeup done before my sister's wedding. Nice eyes, huh?????
This was later on that day....me sitting in the limo next to our adorable little flower girl. She's my sister's niece.

So, these tags have rules.....

•Open your photo folder on your computer
•Open the 6th folder of photos
•Select the 6th picture
•Post the picture on your blog with a description
•Invite six friends to join the challenge •Link your six friends to your blog post


I will tag:

Carole
Kristen
Ky
Heather
Cassie
Katie



Also, I wanted to tell the WORLD....I've been picked as a showgirl for the SCS Viva Las VSN!!!!! I'm so excited!!!!! There's going to be 2 mini VSNs...March 28th and April TBA....and the main event May 15th and 16th! I really hope you can come join us. It's going to be a blast chatting and creating with everyone!!!!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Etsy Inspired #28

It's Etsy Inspired Day!!! Whooo hooo...

Today's shop is soooo cute!!! It's called Allibeans and she has the cutest little bags. So, if you're a bag person, run over there and get a few!

I picked this one as my inspiration. I used 2 different sets from Bombshell stamps for this card...."Love & Luck" and "Bombshell Angel". The DP is "bittersweet" by Basic Grey. I also used the sketch challenge from SCS from this week.

Don't forget to get Etsy Inspired yourself! Then leave a link on Ashley's blog for your chance to win this week. Oh, yes, there's a prize!!! This week's prize is a small bag. And they are cute!!!!



Visit the other Design Team members and leave them some love too!!!

Heather Schlatter
Jackie Bowman
Joy Stagg
Kerry Angeles
Lee Murphy
Lindsay Spencer
Tiffany Johnson
Taylor Usry
Kristen Dyer
Tonya Hopkins

Hugs,
Shannon

Friday, March 20, 2009

It's Friday....HHH Day!!!


It's FRIDAY!!!! TGIF baby!!!!
It's the Hip Hop Hangover Day!! Did you come chat with all us crazies over there? You can find the list of all the HHH posts at the Unity Blog.
We're one wild bunch....but a TON of fun.
The cards I made during the HH Chat for the challenges are posted below. I decided to make up this card just for HHH. Can you tell I'm all mojoed out on elaborate cards? Keeping it CAS these days.
For this card I used the "gratitude=joy" set. The cardbase is Kraft cardstock and the DSP is Urban Oasis by SU!. I added the white to the flower using a gel pen.
Unity is also having a HUGE sale this weekend!!!!! 30% off....free set with an order over $50....KOTM signup discount....Cosmo Cricket freebie.....so much stuff!!!! It's a great weekend to join the Unity family!!
Hugs,
Shannon

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Unity Challenges

I was going to wait and share these cards tomorrow for HHH, but I figure since they're already posted on SCS and the Unity girls have seen them, that I'll post them now and come up with something else for tomorrow.
The first card is for the Unity Eggcitement Challenge....to use an oval element on your card.
I used the stamp set "Floral Fantastical" for the flowers and the sentiment. The DP is "sugared" by Basic Grey.

This card is for the Bunny Hop with Unity Challenge. To create a card using Easter colors. Pinks and yellows and flowers are Easter-y right? The stamp is "Flowers from Neverland". The DP is "urban prairie" by Basic Grey.
Don't forget....HHH tomorrow!!!!
Hugs,
Shannon

Hip Hop Thursday!!!

Today is a day of rest and relaxation! I've made the MFT Idol Top 9!! And I'm going to take today to refresh.

Plus....it's Hip Hop Thursday over at the Unity forum at SCS. There's going to be lots (and I mean lots) of chatting going on as well as giveaways and challenges. And don't miss out on the Hip Hop itself! That will start at 10am Central at the Unity blog.

Here are 2 projects I made last night. The first one is for the Unity Addicts Challenge. It was to use something unusual on a card or to recycle something. So, I recycled the bag that my August KOTM came in! How perfect, huh! I filled it with some chocolates and added a quick little tag. And I need some chocolates after this last Idol round. The mushroom from "You+Me=Happy" is colored with Prismacolor markers and Prismacolor pencils with Gamsol. "Indulge" is from the August KOTM.


This card was created for the SCS Sketch challenge for this week. I used SU!'s Urban Oasis DSP for the stripes. It's perfect since it's 2-sided. The stamps are from the "Gratitude=Joy" set by Unity. I added the highlights using a white gel pen. Easy peasy!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
Shannon

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

My Week One MFT Idol Project

Thanks to everyone who voted for me! I'm in the Top 9!!!!!! Same time and place next week!

Voting is live here!!!!! My SCS Screen name is Mrs. Mac.

Oh...boy....well here goes nothing!!!!

This is my project for Week One of MFT Idol. Voting opens to the SCS public tonight at 10pm Eastern so please come join us in the MFT forum and vote for your favorite projects.... hopefully mine is one of them. Since I like to celebrate all my victories...large and small...with a tasty glass of vino, I figured this celebration wasn't any different! So I wanted to create a "Celebration" project to reflect that. I created a card that pretty much explained how I felt that night after they announced that I was the in the Top Ten. I remember Joy and Sara wondering where I went because I had just commented a few moments prior to the announcement....then disappeared. They were all wondering if I had fallen off my chair or something...when in actuality I "was having a stampgasm!!!!!" Whoooo.....hooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was so excited and thrilled I didn't know what to do. To celebrate (and calm myself down) I opted for a glass of wine, as a toast to myself, the other Top Ten contestants and for all the amazing work everyone did.
Here's the card itself. I paper pieced and colored with both Prismacolor markers and Prismacolor pencils/Gamsol "Who's that E-Girl" and masked it off to stamp the "Lavender" so it looks like it's sitting behind her chaise lounge. I added a zig-zag stitch sewing around the main panel and the DP strip on the bottom. The papers are all from the Basic Grey "Porcelain" pack. The sentiment is from "Twisted Sentiments".

I even added some Angel Wings Shimmerz to the flowers. Because every card deserves a little bling!!!


And here's the bottle!!! I paper piece and colored the label the same as I did on the card. The label itself is from Gina K....it's a waterproof label meant for just this!! I've had them for awhile, but haven't used one until now. And Gamsol works great for taking off the residue from removing the old label that was on there.

Here's a better look at the label itself while it's on the bottle....

And before, while it was still flat after I finished. I used Tim Holtz "Tattered Rose" distress ink around the edge. The sentiment is from "Digital Girl". I really love how all the MFT sets work so well together.

Now...the cute little tags. Yep, shrink plastic!!!! I stamped each with either the "Lavender" or "Chamomile" stamp in Black Staz-On ink. Then I colored them with Prismacolor markers and Gamsol. I added a little jump ring thru the hole I punched before shrinking. And tied on the ribbon.




Well....that's it. I hope you like it and that it's good enough to put me into next week. Remember....the voting it now up to you!!!! Rush over to the MFT forum and vote. The polls open at 10pm Eastern tonight and will remain open until 10pm tomorrow night. You can vote for multiple projects, but you can only vote once.

I'm going to go enjoy that glass of wine now that I can relax!!! And clear off my desk....I have every single MFT set I own, several ink pads, dew drops, pliers, ribbons, paper scraps, cards, rulers, blocks, pieces of cards I didn't use, and shrink plastic all over the place.
Thanks for stopping by!!
Hugs,
Shannon














Cuttlebug Be Inspired #23

Happy Wednesday!!!! And you know what that means......it's Cuttlebug Be Inspired Wednesday. This week's challenge was to use punches in a creative/unusual way. Ugh! I didn't have a clue!!!! Well, I found this site that offers lots of ways to use punches to create flowers. And I decided to create an anniversary card complete with a floral bouquet of sorts. I followed her tutorial here for the scallop roses and this one for the other scallop circle flower. I added the leaves made with the 5-petal punch and the branches from the EK Success punch.
The circle was cut out using the Scallop Circle die and embossed with the "Textile" Cuttlebug Embossing Folder. The Riding Hood Red panel is embossed with the "Distressed Stripes" Cuttlebug Folder. The edge on the scallop circle was created by crimping a piece of Whisper White cardstock that had been punched using a new EK Success edge punch and adhering it to the back of the circle. The card base is embossed with the "Swiss Dots" Cuttlebug folder.

Come join us at Cuttlebug Challenge!!! We're being sponsored this week by Shealynn. And this week's random winner gets to choose a camera strap from Shealynn.

Thanks for stopping by! And don't forget to vote for me...I mean your.... favorite MFT Idol on SCS!!!!!


Hugs,

Shannon


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

QKD Design Team Call Submissions

Just keep trying.....just keep trying....



I received an interesting email at the end of February from Vicki at Queen Kat Designs about their upcoming Design Team call. The original call closed on the 15th so you can imagine I was scrambling all day Sunday to get my application finished up. But now, they've extended it til the 28th so there's plenty of time for you to send in your application too.



Here are the 3 cards I made for the 3 sketches they provided. These first 2 cards use stamps from Unity Stamp Co. I don't actually own any Queen Kat Designs stamps....yet. So many stamp companies, so little time and money!!!! But I love their images, and some are very similar in style to the Unity stamps so that's why I chose them to use.
The 3rd card uses stamps from Paper Makeup Stamps and Inkadinkado.


I hope you send in your application too! Maybe we'll both get to be QKD Royal Stamping Maids!!!


Stop by later to see my MFT Idol project!!!