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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Royal Court Hop!!

Welcome to the Queen Kat Designs blog hop. If you've just wandered in, make sure to start back at the beginning at the QKD blog so you don't miss any amazing projects.

This week's challenge is Back to School. Since I don't have kids, I don't think of paper and pens and school supplies. I think about football, apples, orchards, and pumpkins in the fall. And what better image to use in the fall than Autumn.

I colored her with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils.

The fall stamp sale is going on at the store right now. 30% off rubber stamps.


Don't forget to sign up for the public blog hop on Oct. 7th.


Your next stop on the hop is Dark Ink Sorority blog where Alex will share her project with you.


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Heart to Heart......


Happy Sunday!!!!!


Today is a very special day for a very special stamper. I'm sure many of you know who Carolyn King is....or Cammie as she's commonly called. Her grandmother's birthday is today, but she's no longer with us to celebrate. She passed away after suffering from Alzheimer's. After she passed Cammie got to work and put together the Heart to Heart Card Drive. All in an effort to thank the caregivers of Alzheimer's patients. My grandfather suffered from this terrible disease so I know the patient and caring nature these caregivers provide to not only the patient, but also their family.


I created this card and will pass it on to the home that Cammie's grandmother lived in for her last years. I used the Awareness Ribbons and matching sentiments. I used purple because that's the color of the Alzheimer's Awareness ribbon.


I hope you'll join in her card drive. She has an amazing blog candy package worth over $1000 for one lucky winner!!! There are a ton of companies participating including some of my personal favorites....Gina K. Designs, Stamping Bella and CardMaker magazine. There has also been a huge basket of handmade cards from people like Theresa Momber, Kim Hughes, and Kimberly Crawford. I think my jaw hit the floor when I saw all the prizes listed off. Just amazing!!!


I was going to use this card to create a color challenge here, but instead of that.....I challenge you to create a card for an Alzheimer's caregiver. And if you want, and why wouldn't you, enter it for a chance to win Cammie's blog candy package.
Enjoy your Sunday!!!

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Friday, September 24, 2010

Inspiring Blog Hop!

Welcome to our CSS Alumni blog hop! If you're stopping in from Melissa's blog, than you're on the right track. If you're just popping in, swing back to the beginning at StampTV so you don't miss any of the ladies amazing creations.

This time Carolina challenged us with an inspiration challenge based on this yummy cupcake picture. When I saw it, I knew exactly what stamp set and color scheme I wanted to use....only one problem....I didn't actually own it yet.
Well, I quickly changed that! And ordered Nina's new set "Grand Damask".
I started with a base of Chocolate Brown Pure Luxury cardstock. Then pairing it with a layer of Innocent Pink Pure Luxury cardstock and printed paper from Basic Grey. I stamped the main image with Memento Cocoa Brown ink on paper from Basic Grey. I then sponged Tattered Rose and Fired Brick Distress Inks around the edges after cutting it out with a Spellbinders Die. I added a self-adhesive rhinestone and some white highlights with a gel pen.

The next stop on the hop is Sharri's blog. So hop on over to see her amazing creation.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

It's a.........Bellariffic Friday!!!!

Happy Friday!!!!!!!!

It's time for another Bellariffic Friday challenge. And I just couldn't pass up playing along with this one....Faux or Sew!!!

I started with "dogwalkabella". I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils blended with OMS. I even added some fun white dot designs to her jeans. Once cutting it out with a Spellbinders die and sponging around the edge, I sewed it to a piece of Kraft cardstock. I also sewed down the printed paper from Basic Grey to the Kraft cardbase.

Swing over to Bloggabella to see all the Bella Babe creations and everyone else who played along.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

GKD Sketch Challenge

I was itching to play along with this week's sketch challenge at StampTV. I just loved the simplicity of it....and with my new stamp set I wanted to whip up a simple Christmas card.

Using Theresa's "A Very Merry Christmas" I created this simple version first. I stamped the image and sentiment on layering weight white Pure Luxury cardstock. I used Lipstick Red Pure Luxury for the accent piece. Then, I upgraded the card to the more complex sketch. I added the printed paper and the ribbon under the image panel. I also added white highlights to the ribbon with a gel pen and silver glitter to the bells.
Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Royal Court Hop!

Welcome to the Queen Kat Designs blog hop. If you've just wandered in, make sure to start back at the beginning at the QKD blog so you don't miss any amazing projects.

This week's challenge is a color challenge using Halloween as the inspiration. orange, green, purple, black and white. Use 2, 3, 4 or all 5.

As you can see, I opted to use all 5 on this card featuring Una mermaid. I used both Copics and Prismacolor Pencils to color her.

Don't forget to sign up for the public blog hop on Oct. 7th. Details are in the post below.....


Your next stop on the hop is Dark Ink Sorority blog where Alex will share her project with you.


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Monday, September 20, 2010

QKD Public Blog Hop!!!!

Join our Blog Hop

Fall is in the air… Summer is coming to a close and the weather is changing! Queen Kat Designs cordially invites you to sign up to participate in our first public blog hop. We are inviting all of our friends to join in the fun. The hop will be held on October 7-8th.

If you’d like to join us:
1. Send an email to bloghop@katstamps.com with your first and last name and your blog address. (Sign ups end on October 1st)

2. Make a Fall themed hand stamped card or tag for your blog post.

3. Make a blog post on your blog and set it to post on October 7th at 12:01 AM MST

4. Make sure the blog post stays at the top of your blog until midnight on October 8th so the hop isn’t broken for the hoppers.

5. Between October 1st and 3rd you will be emailed back with the person’s name and blog to hop to after yours. Make sure you add this info to your blog post so the readers know where to go next.

6. Add this blinkie to your blog so others can sign up too.
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That’s it! In 6 simple steps you can be on the hop! Vicki will send out reminder emails a couple of times before the hop. If you cannot participate please let us know so we can take you off of the hop list.

Each person who participates in the blog hop will be entered to win a $25 rubber stamp shopping spree at Queen Kat Designs!!

BONUS: Use QKD stamps on your creation and get 2 entries into the drawing!

What are you waiting for? Sign up and share this with your friends.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Fall Memories

Happy Sunday!!!!!

With football on the TV, I took some time to stamp out some of my favorite fall memories for Gina's challenge for this month's Spotlight designer. My favorite memories revolve around heading out to the orchards to pick apples and pumpkins. Then we'd come home and make a yummy apple pie and carve up the pumpkins for Halloween. I started by stamping out the trees and fench image from Theresa's new "Farm Life" set. Then I stamped the pumpkins from her "Autumn Beauty" set, masked them off, and stamped the apple cart from Rupa's "So Grateful" set. The sentiment is also from the "Autumn Beauty" set.

Once I had everything stamped out (in Tuxedo Black ink on heavyweight white Pure Luxury cardstock) I started coloring the images with Copics. I started with the trees and moved forward. I added a bit of orange into the trees and grass to give it a more fall like look. I colored the cart and the pumpkins and the apples last. Then I concentrated on the grass around the cart and pumpkins. Finally I trimed the image down to the size I wanted, mounted it on Black Onyx Pure Luxury cardstock and sewed around the edges. The printed paper is by Moxxie and the cardbase is Chocolate Brown Pure Luxury cardstock. I added a small ribbon tag to the left and the sentiment tag to the right.

There's still time to get your project in for Gina's challenge! You have until Monday at 8pm central to get your project linked to Gina's blog. I hope you play along because the prize is huge and it's a blast being able to play along with her design team for the release and the party.




As promised.....I wanted to show you all my new storage. Michael's had their Jetmax cube storage on sale 50% off this week, so I bought a few. Okay, 10! I couldn't help it.....they were on sale!!!!

I started out with just the 4 drawer ones for ribbon storage. Then I wanted new storage for all my cardstock, so I got 2 file drawer cubes. Then I needed to get some storage for misc. embellishments and it just went from there. And what can I say.....10 cubes later and I love it!!!!

I have loose woodmounted stamps in the bin on the top left, misc papers and cardstock on the top right along with my acrylic mounts and some SU! embellishments. Then I have all my clear misc. stamp sets that I have in DVD tins below that. But what I love most is my ribbon storage.

These drawers are perfect! I cut foamboard bobbins to 5-1/2"x6". Then I spent the majority of last Sunday spinning ribbons around all these bobbins. So, now instead of having a big bin of rolls and pins and balls and lengths of ribbon, I can see exactly what I have at just a glance. And each drawer is arranged by color...ROY G BIV....with neutrals in the last drawer.
And so I would know exactly what each ribbon is, I simply wrote the manufacturer and color on the bobbin. Love it!!!
Gotta run.....sounds like my Lions aren't doing so well right now.
Happy Stamping,
Shannon



Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Queen Kat Designs Royal Hop!!

Welcome to the 2nd week of the Sept. Release for Queen Kat Designs blog hop. If you've just wandered in, make sure to start back at the beginning at the QKD blog so you don't miss any amazing projects.

This week's challenge was this sketch.


I choose to work with just Monarch Mia for this week's card. I just love how she turned out. I colored her using both Copics and Prismacolor Pencils. I paired her up with some fun papers from Basic Grey and some big buttons.


Your next stop on the hop is Dark Ink Sorority blog where Alex will share her project with you.


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Monday, September 13, 2010

GKD Weekly Challenges

Happy Monday!!!! I have a crazy week of work coming up....ugh! So I made sure I spent some quality time in my studio this week. And I was able to get a TON of "work" done. Not only did the Sept. release at my store Shannon's Sentiments keep me busy, but my design team work for Queen Kat Designs and a Gina K. CSS Alumni hop were on the to-do list as well. Even with all that I made sure I spent some time just stamping for fun playing along with some of the Gina K. Designs challenges. I also re-did my Copic and ribbon storage...and I'll be posting pics of those later this week, just because I love them so much.


I was able to create a card for both of the challenges this week. For Janice's color challenge I created this CAS card. I stamped the image and sentiment from Theresa's "Autumn Beauty" in Tuxedo Black on ivory Pure Luxury cardstock. I then colored the image with Copics. I've loved using them again now that I have a much improved storage system for them. I added some paper piercing in the opposite corner. I layered it on Kraft cardstock and a black Pure Luxury cardstock base. This challenge has closed, but Janice will be posting a new color challenge today for you to play along with....and you'll have a chance at winning a free GKD stamp set. And I know how much we all love new rubber!!!!


These next 2 cards are for Vicki's sketch challenge. She added a twist as well. She created 2 sketches.....one simple and one complex, but both with the same elements. The first card I created is a birthday card for my father-in-law using the simpler sketch. I stamped the sentiments from Gina's "Masculine Messages" in Tuxedo Black and Brocade Blue. I cut it out with a Spellbinder's die and sponged on some Distress Ink in Weathered Wood. I paired it with papers from Basic Grey.
This card was created for the complex sketch with more layer and embellishments. I just turned the sketch on it's side to fit with the image I wanted to use. I need a card for my cousin's baby shower, so I knew this would be the perfect opportunity to create it. She isn't going to find out the baby's sex before delivery so I needed to keep the card neutral. I stamped the images from Melanie's "Wee Tees" set in Tuxedo Black. I cut it out with a Spellbinder's die and paired it up with some papers from Stampin' Up! and Basic Grey. And of course added the three "baby" colored ribbons at the bottom.

This challenge is still going on....you have until Wed. at 8pm central to upload your creation to StampTV. I hope you'll play along. And if you miss this week, check in on Thursday when she'll have a new challenge for everyone to play along with.
Happy Stamping,
Shannon


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Shannon's Sentiments 1st Sketch Challenge

Happy Sunday!!!! I have our very first sketch challenge for you today. Your challenge.....make a card using the sketch below....link your blog post or gallery post into a comment on this post at the Shannon's Sentiment's Storefront blog....all by next Sunday. Sept. 19th. I'll pick a random winner at 12noon EDT on Sunday. The winner will receive the 3 Awareness Ribbon images and the matching sentiment set. Bonus: if you use a Shannon's Sentiment image on your card, your name will be entered twice into the drawing.

If you upload to SCS or PCP or any other online galleries use the keyword SK01Sentiments. You can also include the keyword SSentiments to any of your cards so we can see all your beautiful work as well.
Here's a card I created using one of the ribbons from the Ribbon Awareness set and one of the matching sentiments.
I added some pink shading to the ribbon with Prismacolor Pencils blending with OMS. I printed off the sheet of sentiments, cut it in half seperating the 2 columns, picked the one I wanted, and used one of the label Spellbinder dies to cut it out from the sheet. I then used some pink chalk ink and sponged on the pink.
I've also added a fan logo for your blog sidebar. Let me know it's there by leaving a comment in any of the posts on the Sentiment's Storefront blog and I'll pick a random winner once a month for a special pre-release image. That person will get the image before the release and be able to participate in the sneak peeks and release day postings.
Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Saturday, September 11, 2010

It's Release Day!!!!

It's here!!!!! It's release day at Shannon's Sentiments!!!!! And I have one last card to share with you. I created this little square card using the Cocktail Drink image and one of the free Shannon's Sentiments. I colored the image with Prismacolor Pencils blending with OMS. I paired it with some quirky papers from Cosmo Cricket and some Prima flowers.

All the images can be seen at the Shannon's Sentiments Storefront blog...and are available now at the store! Along with my card here, Mary also has a card on her blog for you to check out.

Also, there's a release special going on......Release Coupon: Enter SEPTSENTIMENTS and receive $3 off your order of $10 or more. Offer valid until 9/15.

Stay tuned for the sketch challenge coming tomorrow.....

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Friday, September 10, 2010

GKD CSS Alumni Blog Hop!!

Happy Friday evening!!!! Busy day here on my blog, huh???

Welcome to our first hop in Sept. for the CSS Alumni! If you're just wandering in, start back at the beginning at StampTV . If you're here from Miesje's blog than you're in the right spot.

I haven't had a chance to play along with the CSS alumni girls in awhile, so I figured this color challenge was the perfect time to jump back in.

Carolina challenged us to create a card using the colors, red, orange, brown and either white or ivory. I knew exactly what set I wanted to use for this challenge and set right to work creating this card to share with you today using Theresa's set Sending Sunshine.



I started by stamping the tree, swing and butterfly in Rich Cocoa. I then colored my images with Copic markers. I used a Versamarker and detail clear embossing powder to emboss the tree trunk and branches, swing and the butterfly. I created the grass and sunset using the airbrush Copic system. I masked off the grass and created the sky first, then reversed the mask and created the grass. I added some extra lowlights and grass tufts with Prismacolor Pencils blending with OMS. My cardbase and mat is Chocolate Chip Pure Luxury and the main image is stamped onto the heavy weight white Pure Luxury cardstock.

The next stop on the hop is the amazing Sue!!!!! Quick, hop over there and check out her amazing project.

See you there!

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

One last peek......

before the release on Saturday!!!!
This is the Cruisin' image....isn't it the cutest? Makes me want to jump onto the Carnival site and book another cruise.
I colored the sun and the water with Prismacolor pencils blended with OMS.
For another peek, visit the Sentiments store blog.
And make sure you come back tomorrow morning for the release of all the images and quotes and sentiments.
Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Happy Bellarific Friday!!!

Happy Friday!!!!!
I was able to get back to playing along with the Bellariffic Friday challenge. This week's challenge was Back To School.
When I was deciding on which image to use I was thinking of adult kids going back to college, or off to college for the first time. It also reminds me of fall weather with the crisp air, leaves, and cider mills.
I finally decided on Bookwormabella because she kinda reminded me of what I looked like in college, constantly surrounded by larger than life text books. I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils blended with OMS. I then paired her with some fun fall papers by Moxxie and Basic Grey.
Swing over to the Bella blog to see all the other submissions for this week.
Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Shannon's Sentiments Sneak Peeks!!!

It's time............finally!!! For my Sept. release at Shannon's Sentiments. With the wedding and all it entails, including making my own invites and thank yous, I just haven't had the time to get to releasing these images. But life is back to normal here now. So, without futher delay......I present you with Cherry Blossom and the Einstein quote.
I love these 2 images together. And since they are digital images, I was able to place them together in Powerpoint and print them out. I then printed out one larger blossom and cut it out for some dimension. I colored the blossoms with Prismacolor pencils blended with OMS and added shading around the card edges with Tim Holtz Distress Inks.
The Sept release images will be available in the store on Saturday morning. Cherry Blossom will be joined by Scary Skull, Sugar, and many others.
There's 2 other peeks at the Shannon's Sentiments blog....and Mary will have some cards for you to drool over as well.
Come on back tomorrow for another peek!!!
Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

QKD Sept Release.....take 2!!

Welcome to the 2nd week of the Sept. Release for Queen Kat Designs blog hop. If you've just wandered in, make sure to start back at the beginning at the QKD blog so you don't miss any amazing projects.

This week's challenge was this sketch.


I choose to work with just Echo Lily for this week's card. I just love how she turned out. I colored her using both Copics and Prismacolor Pencils.

Your next stop on the hop is Dark Ink Sorority blog where Alex will share her project with you.


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Sunday, September 5, 2010

StampTV weekly challenges

Happy Sunday!!!!! I've been busily crafting my little fingers to the bone this past week....especially yesterday and today. And I have 2 cards to share with you today. The rest will just have to wait for their turn.

I was able to play along with this week's challenges over at StampTV. Gina's hosting both the sketch and the color challenge this week.

This first card using Nina's Lovely Shelf set is for the sketch challenge. I used the leaf stamp from Theresa's Autumn Beauty set for the background on the mustard cardstock and for the sentiment. This card is for the color challenge....brown, yellow, and ivory. I used Theresa's set again here for the corner accents, and Rupa's So Grateful set for the acorns and saying.
Hope you'll come play along with us over at StampTV. There are only 2 challenges a week now, so there's lots of time to play in between each challenge.
Happy Stamping,
Shannon