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Sunday, February 27, 2011

VSN Cards.....

I did it!! I made time this weekend to play along with a bunch of the VSN challenges over at SCS. It was nice to sit down in my studio and just stamp for the pure fun of creating. Of course....these cards were all created with my digital images, so I guess there was no actual stamping going on. Just lots of coloring, cutting, glueing, embossing, punching, and trying to get inks off my fingers.

This first card is for the "Read the Music" challenge. Haven't seen this image in the store yet? You're right! It's a special sneak peek from my March release that I allowed my DT to work with just for this weekend. You're see these candles and "Harmony" sentiment in the "Peace, Love and Stamping" set that will release on Mar. 15th!!!! I promise you won't want to miss out on this one.

This next card is for the "Heart Songs" challenge.
I created this card using images from the "Loving You" and "Holiday Postal" set. The panel on the side is actually a red metallic paper which just didn't want to be photographed today. I created the Love stamp by combining a bunch of the images together in PSE and cutting out just one stamp from the bunch.

My next card is for the "Heart on Your Sleeve" challenge.
I don't use vellum very much.....and to emboss it really pushed me out of my box. But I love the way this card turned out. I used one of the quotes from the "Shower Time" set as the main focal point and kept the rest simple with the die-cut and embossed butterfly.

This next one is for the "Heart Health" challenge.
I wasn't sure what I was going to do for this one....since I have a ton of dress stamps laying around unused. But I decided to work with the dress from "Shower Time" in PSE and color it red. Then using one of my new Nesties dies I cut it out and threaded ribbon along the edges.

This quick card is for the "Mash Up!" challenge.
I set up all the elements from the "Cheers" set in PSE, then colored them with Prismacolor Pencils and OMS. I added some dry embossing and paper piercing as my additional techniques.

The next one is for the "Love Is" challenge.
This card is created using the newest freebies!!! I used the image I created for the St. Patrick's Day t-shirts and the clover image. Yes, that's actually wood.....it's a thin piece of veneer that I found at one of my local stamping stores. Very cool to work with.

This last one is for the "Dream Come True" challenge.
Now that DH and I are married, our dream is to start a family. Which has turned out to be more difficult than we expected. I created this one with images from the "Shower Time" set.


The deadline isn't until tomorrow night, so I may try to get a few more of the challenges finished up....


Happy Stamping,
Shannon






Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sentiments challenge -- Fussy Cutting!!!!

Welcome to this week's Sentiments challenge!!!! Cindy is our hostess for this week and she's challenged us to Fussy Cut!!!! Yipes! I'm not all that great with a pair of scissors anymore......so this was quite the challenge for me. I've gotten into such a rut of using dies and punches for stuff.


So, for this card I layered up 3 of the teacups from the "Winter Images" set, printed them on ivory and printed paper and then cut out both layers before adding it to my card front.


I distressed the edges and added some slate pearls.


This is the last challenge for this month so make sure you get all your projects for all the Feb. challenges linked up to the Mr. Linky at the challenge blog.
For those following my weight loss journey....it was a big week this week.....2 lbs lost!!!!! I'm super happy and I'm loving this plan!!!!


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Sentiments Challenge!!!

Happy Saturday!!!!!!! Today's the day for this week's Sentiments Challenge. Becky is the hostess for this week and she's challenged us to use only sentiments. Embellishments and that are allowed, but no images.

Once I started thinking of cards to make, I just kept coming up with different designs, so I ended up making these two to share today.

This first one uses a sentiment from the "Spring Time" set. I printed it off, cut it out with a Nesties die, sponged on some Distress Inks, and layered it with some fun new spring paper and flowers.

This next card is an elegant wedding card created with a sentiment from the "Shower Time" set. I printed it out in position on white cardstock. I then topped it with the printed paper, punched white cardstock, and brown satin ribbon.
I hope you'll play along with us!!!! There's a $10 gift certificate to the store up for grabs!!!!

For those interested in my continuing weight loss journey.....here's the update.... Last week I lose 1.2 lbs and 1 inch!!! Yippie!!! This week I lost 0.2 lbs....boo....and 1/2 inch from my waist....yea!!!! With Flo visiting on being on progesterone and being sick I wasn't expecting much scale movement this week. But I've still loving the 4-Hour Body Slow Carb Diet!!!! Today is my "Dieter's Gone Wild" day and I'm really looking forward to having some donuts and Girl Scout cookies!!!!


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Clarity on Thursday

Happy Thursday!!!! Where did this week fly away to? I think because I was so busy with my new release, I've had my head in the sand since the weekend. I tried to play a bit of catch-up yesterday, but was totally unsuccessful at it.

So, I have this card to share with you today. This is "Clarity" and she's this month's WIS kit from QKD. And....since she's a kit, you get some cute additional items and sayings to go with her....such as the "Got Beads?" one I used for this card.

For my card, I started by coloring her with Copic markers. Then I layered her on some colorful papers and added the big triple flower and ribbons.

I punched out the saying and popped it up on the bottom.

I hope you're playing along with the weekly T3 challenges at the QKD blog!!!!

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Sentiments Release Day!!!!

It's finally here......release day!!!! The hop starts over at the Storefront blog, so swing back over there so you don't miss out on any of the amazing creations along the way.

I have 2 new projects to share with you today. This first one is a card using images from the "Garden Time" and "Spring Time" sets. I printed out the image and quote and then colored it with Copics. I added some bright pink flower soft for some extra texture.


This next project is a digi scrapbook page created in Photoshop Elements using various background and brushes along with some of the images from the "Garden Time" and "Hands of Time" sets.



We will also be hosting a chat at our SNR group page at 8pm EST tonight as well.

There are unique giveaways this month that I promise you won't want to miss out on.

You've reached the end of the hop, so pop over to the Shannon's Sentiments store to get all the new sets. Then, go over to the Cafe Press store to get the new clothing and other merchandise.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Monday, February 14, 2011

Final Sentiments Preview Day!!!

It's the last day of previews for the "Shannon's Sentiments" release!!! It's a big reveal this month so we've been previewing the sets over 3 days. Today we're featuring "Hands of Time" and "Shower Time".

The full sets with a blog hop will be starting at 6am EST on Feb. 15th at the "Shannon's Sentiments" blog. We will also be hosting a chat at our SNR group page at 8pm EST on the 15th as well.

There are unique giveaways this month that I promise you won't want to miss out on.

Here is my digital scrapbook page using "Hand of Time". I'm really loving digi scrapbooking these days!!!

I started by using various fills and overlays to create the background paper, along with some grunge brushes for the edges. Then I layered on the swirls I created, the picture, and the compass and quote from the image set. I was sooooooo much fun and much easier than I expected it to be working in Photoshop Elements 9.


More inspiration from our design team to get your creative juices flowing for this challenge.
Shannon Hawkins
Cindy Groh
Kapree Clark
Michelle Single
Becky Givans - Guest Designer


Stop by again tomorrow for the full reveal and blog hop!!

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sentiments Preview Day 2!!

It's Day 2 for the previews for "Shannon's Sentiments" release!!! It's a big reveal this month so we're previewing the sets over 3 days. Today we're featuring "Party Time" and "the Freebies".

The full sets with a blog hop will be starting at 6am EST on Feb. 15th at the "Shannon's Sentiments" blog. We will also be hosting a chat at our SNR group page at 8pm EST on the 15th as well.

There are unique giveaways this month that I promise you won't want to miss out on.

I have the front and back of a card to share with you today to showcase 3 of the new freebies that will be available on the 15th.



Here is the front of the card using the "Happy St. Patrick's Day" sentiment and the "Clover" image. I created the main panel in Photoshop Elements, then printed it and layered it on a black cardbase and added the rivet and ribbon.



Here is the back of the card with the new freebie for signing your artwork that includes the copyright information.





More inspiration from our design team to get your creative juices flowing for this challenge.
Shannon Hawkins - You're here

Cindy Groh

Kapree Clark

Michelle Single

Becky Givans - Guest Designer




Stop by again tomorrow for the last set of previews!!



Saturday, February 12, 2011

Sentiments Challenge and Preview Day 1

It's time again for another "Shannon's Sentiments" release!!! It's a big reveal this month so we're previewing the sets over 3 days. Today we're featuring "Spring Time" and "Garden Time".

Today's preview is also being combing with our weekly challenge. Your hostess this week, Kapree, has challenged us to use 3 brads or eyelets on our cards.

The full sets with a blog hop will be starting at 6am EST on Feb. 15th at the "Shannon's Sentiments" blog. We will also be hosting a chat at our SNR group page at 8pm EST on the 15th as well.

There are unique giveaways this month that I promise you won't want to miss out on.

I created this main panel in Photoshop Elements. After printing it off, I added 3 silver brads to the flower centers. I created the background paper using Tim Holtz Alcohol inks with silver metallic blended in.


More inspiration from our design team to get your creative juices flowing for this challenge.
Shannon Hawkins

Cindy Groh

Kapree Clark

Michelle Single

Becky Givans - Guest Designer

To play along, just add your link to the Mr. Linky widget on the sidebar for the February challenges. Mr. Linky will close for the month on Friday, Mar. 4th at 11:59pm EST.

The rules are the same as always.....
At the end of the month one $10 gift certificate to the Sentiments store will be given to one random winner picked from all participants each month. There will also be one free image ($3 value) given to the one player that participates the most each month.

Rules:
1) You are encouraged to use an image from Shannon's Sentiments, but it's not required. (Check out the many freebies available at the store.)
2) Each player may contribute as many entries as they'd like for each challenge.
3) Blog posts must be linked back to the challenge post with your actual blog post, not your general blog link, or gallery link.
4) Your entry must be new art created for this challenge. You can combine it with other challenges.

Stop by again tomorrow for another set of previews!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Fun with new toys....

I just love getting new toys to play with!!!! Here I have a couple items that are new to me.
First....the WIS February kit "Clarity". Love her!!!! I colored her up with Copics using all earth tones to keep with the background I have already created.
Second....do you see that shiny piece of copper peeking out from behind the main image? It's "Glue Foil". And it's so super cool!!!! It's a shiny metal foil with adhesive on one side. To adhere to a surface, you heat it with your heat gun to melt the adhesive to allow it to adhere. How brilliant is that? Here I embossed it with the "Distressed Stripes" folder before adhering it to the background.
Third....alcohol inks and blender!! Ok, so I've been eyeing these items for quite some time. But could never decide on the colors I wanted. I finally broke down and picked up the Cabin Cupboard collection along with the blender and application tool. Then had some fun on glossy paper. That's how I created the background paper for this card. When it was done I even spritzed it with Glimmer Mist for added shine. The "Cherish" charm is also a Tim Holtz product.
I hope you get some new toys to play with soon too!
Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sentiments Challenge - Etsy Inspired

Welcome to another Sentiments Challenge! We're beginning our February challenges this week....and we have something very special for you!!!!

We're sponsoring the Etsy Inspired Challenge!!!!! Yippie!!!! I was on the design team there for awhile, and I'm so thrilled to be able to sponsor this great challenge now.

The shop for this week is Daisy Petal Designs. The challenge for this week is to surf thru the shop, find a product for your inspiration, and create a card or other project based on your inspiration. You can use the colors, objects, textures, anything that inspires you.

Then link up your creation at the Etsy blog for your chance to win one of this week's prizes. And link it up here as well to enter it into our monthly giveaway.

Here are some pics from the shop to get your creative juices flowing....





Here is my card....

I was inspired by the layers and colors of the red flower pictured above. I used the "Loving You" set along with the freebie "Love Script" and the set from Dec "Holiday Postal" for the stamp outline. I printed everything out, then distressed the envelope and stamps with Tim Holtz distress inks, as well as the white layer around the edges. Then using a Sizzix die I cut out the large scallop circle and adorned it with light pink pearls. Then I layered everything onto a red cardbase.

I hope you'll play along with us this month!!!

Onto the dreaded topic of weight loss......I'm down another pound this week!! But what I think is more impressive is that I'm down 2.5" overall!! 1" each from my hips and waist and 1/2" from my thighs. It's an easy plan to stick to as well, which makes all difference to me. The only exercises I did this week was the squats/presses/pulls recommended in the book. Never before have I been able to lose weight without exercise and without feeling hungry. DH even commented a few nights ago on how much food I was eating. Of course it was mostly edamane and a salad with spinach and romaine and some cucumber. That's all basicially just to keep me full. Most of my calories during the day comes from lean protein and legumes. My free day is tomorrow and I'm really looking forward to having some french toast for breakfast and snacks during the Super Bowl.

Happy Stamping,

Shannon

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Royal T3 Hop!!


Welcome to this week's T3 hop!!!! This week we're to use embossing (wet or dry) in our creations.

Here's how it goes:

- Each week 3 Royal Court Members host a challenge on their blog. (the same challenge)

- You start at the QKD blog and visit the 3 challenge hosts on their personal blogs. (Leave us some love and a link to your project so we can return the favor. *wink*)

- QKD will offer up a $25 stamp gift certificate for you to compete for each month. So if you enter each week, you have 4 chances to win the monthly prize of $25.

Here's my card for this week, featuring the WIS kit for February "Clarity". Isn't she beautiful? I colored her with Copics and paired her with some diamond Core-dinations paper that I embossed and then sanded down.
I finished her with some satin robbins and a bit of Tim Holtz bling.



Swing by the Valerie's and Gretchen's blogs as well to see their creations. Then link up your creation at the QKD blog for a chance to win a $25 gift certificate to the QKD store.


Happy Stamping,

Shannon