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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Come vote for my images......

for the CDAC Digi Drawing Contest. I have these 3 images entered. I hope you'll all go vote for your favorite!!!! All CDAC members can vote for one "professional" image and one "amateur" image.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Sentiments Color Challenge

Happy Saturday!!!! It's time for this week's Sentiments challenge. And this week Michelle has challenged us to create a project using the spring colors yellow, green and pink. I love this combination, but I don't use it very often.Link I created this card using images from the "Springtime" set that I released in February. I had the images still sitting on my desk and thought they'd be perfect for this challenge. I colored the flower heads with Smooch!! It was so much fun using some fun new toys. I paired it with pink cardstock and designer paper from My Mind's Eye. And of course I added some ribbon, a button and some fun baker's twine.

Stop over to the Sentiment's blog and play along with us!!!! This is the last challenge for March, so make sure you have all your entries in before Apr. 1st.

Other items you won't want to miss out on.....
Design Team Call......details at the post here.
Public blog hop for Earth Day......details at the post here.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Friday, March 25, 2011

Sentiments Earth Day Blog Hop!!


Now's your chance to join with our design team in a blog hop for Earth Day.

Wanna join us? Just send an email to Shannon at shannonssentiments@gmail.com with "Earth Day Blog Hop" in the subject with your full name and the link for your blog. You'll get a confirmation email back ensuring your place along the hop. Sign ups end Apr. 19th. You'll then receive a list on Apr. 20th with the hop order so you'll know who you need to link to.

Just set your post to go live at 8am EDT on Earth Day April 22nd. Ensure your post stays at the top of your blog for at least 24 hours.

Your only challenge...you have to use recycled products on your cards. I know it's so tempting to cut into that fresh sheet of cardstock for a base, or that new designer paper you just picked up the day before from your favorite local stamping store. But I want you to use your leftovers!! Grab up those scraps that end up taking over our desktops and put them to good use!!!

We also ask that after the hop, you donate your card to a local charity. 2 good options are Operation Write Home and the SCS Cards for a Cause monthly charity.


Help spread the word by adding the badge above to your blog.

Shannon's Sentiment images aren't required, but are encouraged.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Sentiments Fold Challenge

Happy Saturday!!! It's time for this week's Sentiments challenge. Christy is our hostess for this week and she's challenged us to create a card using an unusual fold. To play along with us, just leave the link to your creation with Mr. Linky in the sidebar at the Sentiment's blog. I was going to go with a criss-cross card at first, but ended up having this idea for a gatefold card.


The base is white and I added a layer to each side of embossed white cardstock that I rubbed with Distress Inks in Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap. I then added ribbon threaded thru eyelets to hold the card closed and paper flowers and rhinestone brads for some bling. When you open the card this is what you see. I just finished this Floral Hat image for the CDAC digi design contest. I paired it with one of the tags from the "Vintage Tags" set and the Easter greeting from "Easter Time".
I also opened up a design team call for Shannon's Sentiments. Details can be found here. I hope you'll all apply!!!
Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Special QKD Blog Hop!!!

We're having a special blog hop today to welcome a new artist to the QKD family Myka Jelina. If you're just popping in here, start back at the QKD blog for all the details.

I was able to work with "Alexis" for this release. She's so pretty!!! Now, normally I would spend hours coloring these images....but I just haven't had the time. So, I highlighted bits of the image with pink Prismacolor Pencils. I did a simple layering on paper by Basic Grey and some paper flowers.

The next stop on the hop is Jan's blog. Make sure you leave lots of love along the way.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March Release Blog Hop!!!!

It's finally here!!!!! It's time for the March release blog hop for Shannon's Sentiments!!!! This is a huge release, complete with a few special images. If you're just popping here, swing back to the Sentiments blog so you can check out the new sets and all the design team creations along the hop.

This first card uses one of the special images this month. I created this "Garden Barrel" image for the Digital Drawing contest at CDAC. I colored the image with Copics and Prismacolor Pencils. This image is the first one I've drawn using my laptop as a tablet! It took a little time to get the hang of using the touch screen with the stylus, but in the end I love how it turned out. This card uses one of the quotes from the "Peace, Love and Stamping" set. I actually had another plan for this quote, but I really liked how it looked as the main focus on this card.

The next set uses the shopping tote from the "Re-Cycle" set. I printed it out large enough to fit 1/2 a sheet of paper. Then I cut it out. I adhered the sides together forming a pocket for the set of 4 cards to fit. The cards each feature the lotus from the "Peace, Love and Stamping" set.
This card features the greeting and branch from "Easter Time". I colored the leaves with Prismacolor Pencils blending with OMS. I created the background paper by spraying Olive Vine Glimmer Mist all over glossy cardstock and then laying cling wrap on top forming the lines where the color and shimmer settled. It's hard to capture the shimmer in the photo, but in person it's a really cool effect.



You've reached the end of the hop! Now head on over to the store to get all the new sets and images. Don't forget....the freebies for March are only until the next release.

We will also be hosting a chat at our CDAC group page at 8pm tonight as well. I will see you then!
Happy Stamping,
Shannon




Monday, March 14, 2011

Last Day of March Previews.....

It's our last day of previews for the March "Shannon's Sentiments" release!!! Today we're featuring "RE-cycle" and "Easter Time".

The full sets with a blog hop will be starting at 6am EST on Mar. 15th at the "Shannon's Sentiments" blog. We will also be hosting a chat at our CDAC 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. We also have a guest designer challenge going on that you should all participate in.



My first project is a mixed media project. I've seen these canvas art pieces floating around the web and thought "Hey, I can do that!!!! I love making a big mess in my studio." And so off to Michael's I went in search of some canvases, paint, and Mod-Podge. I already had the design in mind using images from the "Easter Time" set, so once I get all the images printed out I got down to work. I started with blue printed paper on top, then blue paint over that, then the white paint on the side. Each I took some off with tissue paper or paper towel. Then I applied the basket and eggs, sun (created from designer paper), the quotes and the doves. I added the grass which I printed off on green designer paper, added various green paints to it, and then the flowers on top. I finished it by adding doodles here and there.



I created this card using the bare tree from the "RE-cycle" set, along with the "Go Green" sentiment. I printed the tree on white cardstock and created the background using the direct-to-paper technique with Distress Inks.


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

Shannon Hawkins

Cindy Groh

Kapree Clark

Michelle Single

Christy Dillman - Guest Designer

We'll see you again tomorrow for the release hop and chat.

Sunday, March 13, 2011

March Preview Day #2

It's the 2nd day for the March "Shannon's Sentiments" release!!! . Today we're featuring "Vintage Tags" and "Colored Vintage Tags".

The full sets with a blog hop will be starting at 6am EST on Mar. 15th at the "Shannon's Sentiments" blog. We will also be hosting a chat at our CDAC 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. We also have a guest designer challenge going on that you'll want to check out and participate in.


For this first set I used the movie tickets from the "Vintage Tags" set. I combined it with the Spare Change Jar and the Coffee Time CDAC freebie. I colored all the images with Copics. The "Vacation" pocket contains a mini bag of popcorn and the "Coffee Time" pocket holds a Starbucks gift card.




This 2nd creations is a digital scrapbook page using one of the "Colored Vintage Tags" for the journaling area. I used various backgrounds and brushes to create the rest of the page. The pics show my studio in it's usual state of disaster, and the rarely seen after cleaning mode. I love creating in my "Fortress of Solitude" when it's clean and everything is put away. Too bad it doesn't happen more often. Usually I just pop in there, get done what needs to be done, and leave the mess to work around later. Only when it gets really bad do I take the proper time to clean it all up. How do you prefer to create? Amongst a mess or when everything is put away?

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

Cindy Groh

Kapree Clark

Michelle Single

Christy Dillman - Guest Designer

We'll see you again tomorrow for the last set of previews.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sentiments March Preview and Challenge

It's time again for another "Shannon's Sentiments" release!!! It's another big reveal this month so we're previewing the sets over 3 days. Today we're featuring "Peace, Love and Stamping" and "Spare Change Jar".

Today's preview is also being combined with our weekly challenge. Our hostess this week, Kapree, has challenged us to distress our cards.

The full sets with a blog hop will be starting at 6am EST on Mar. 15th at the "Shannon's Sentiments" blog. We will also be hosting a chat at our CDAC 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.

For my first card I used the jar from "Spare Change Jar" along with the "Craft Fund" label. Notice the jar is empty......I've been adding to my supplies lately. In fact, I just hit up Michael's for some canvas and paints for a multi-media project for later in the release. I printed this off on white cardstock and them used Distress inks and Copics to color the jar and label. Then added some distressing to the edges. I added Crystal Effects to the label area.


My second card isn't distressed, but it is a preview for the "Peace, Love and Stamping" set. I just love these candles! If you
played along with the VSN challenges, then you probably saw them as part of the special preview since I used them on one of my cards.....that ended up in the Honors Gallery!!!! Yippie!!! I printed off the Bamboo images on white cardstock and added shadowing with Prismacolor Pencils. The candles were also printed on white cardstock and colored with Prismacolor pencils blending with OMS.


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

Cindy Groh

Kapree Clark

Michelle Single

Christy Dillman - Guest Designer

To play along, just add your link to the Mr. Linky widget on the sidebar for the March challenges. Mr. Linky will close for the month on Friday, April 1st 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!!

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Special QKD Release Hop!!!

Welcome to a special QKD release hop for Diana Vick's images. If you're just popping in, swing back to the start at the QKD blog. If you're here from Jan's blog, than you're on the right path.

I was able to work with Artemis for this release. How sexy is she?!?! I colored her with Prismacolor Pencils blending with OMS. I added some glitter pen to her arrows. I then paired her up with some neutral papers to ensure she took center stage. Your next stop on the hop is Linda's blog.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Saturday, March 5, 2011

OWH Hop and Sentiments Challenge!!!

Welcome to another Sentiments Challenge! We're beginning our March challenges this week....and we have something very special for you!!!! We're participating in the Operation Write Home Blog Hop!!!!!! If you're just popping in here, start back at the OWH blog so you don't miss any of the fun along the way.

For those of you not familiar with Operation Write Home, they are a charity organization that sends cards to deployed servicemen and women to send back home to their families and friends. They are always looking for cards, so take those extras you have lying around, and send them off, but PLEASE follow the Card Guidelines they have listed. Some of these guidelines are in place to protect our heroes, and others just keep them from being frustrated. For those of you wanting to send in cards.....the Easter deadline is Mar. 18th and the Mother's Day deadline is Mar. 31st. Don't know who or where to send them to? You can find a list of OWH shippers here.


This week's Sentiments challenge was to use Spray Misting....and we combined it with the OWH challenge of a springtime card. Now, my card isn't all bright and colorful and all that. Because that's not really what spring is around here. In MI, spring (especially early spring) is still brown with just hints of green and color starting to pop up. We still have to rely on storebought flowers since the ones here won't be blooming for another month or 2. So, that was my inspiration for my card. I used Olive Branch and Coffee Shop Glimmer Mists on the kraft cardbase as well as on the designer paper. The flower vase and flowers are from my "Garden Time" set. Hope you'll stop by and play along. There's a $10 store gift certificate and free image prize up for grabs this month.



The next stop of the hop is Darlene. Don't forget to leave some love along the way.


Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

T3 Royal Hop!!


Welcome to this week's T3 hop!!!! This week we're to use alcohol inks or distress inks 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, using one of the March releases "Sweet Peony and Poppies". She's too cute sitting there amongst her heart shaped flowers.
I used Alcohol inks in purple and silver to create the background paper. I embossed it with "Distressed Stripes" for added texture. I colored her with Copics.


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