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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Shannon's Sentiments Challenge

Happy Saturday!!!!  It's time for this week's Shannon's Sentiments challenge.  This week our guest designer, Denise, has challenged us to create our own handmade embellishments.

Wow.....quite the challenge right!!!  When it comes to embellies I just grab something already premade.....have never thought of creating my own.  So, I had to put some thought and research into this one.  And here's what I came up with.

I used a flower pot from the "Garden Time" set and the "Relax" sentiment from the "Summer Time" set.  I created the flowers from ribbon by running a line of stitches down one side and pulling it to gather it together.  I then glued a button to the center of each.  The pot is colored with Prismacolor Pencils blended with OMS.

This is the last April challenge, so make sure you get all your entires in before May 6th for your chance at one of the monthly prizes.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Today's 365 Cards Challenge!!!

Hi everyone!!!!!  It's time for today's 365 Cards challenge.  Have you seen all the Shannon's Sentiments images their design team has been including in their samples this week?  Amazing!!!!

Today's challenge is.....

You know how when you go to the movie theater they flash yummy looking images of popcorn, soda and candy all over the screen? You'd think they were sending subliminal messages. Your challenge is to use an image of food or beverage that looks good enough to eat/drink. It should be large and the focal point of the card.


And since I have 3 weddings coming up, I knew exactly what to create for this challenge.  (Sally I hope you're not looking....)
I used the cake from the "Party Time" and sentiment from the "Shower Time" set. I colored the ribbon and swags with Copics and then added Moonlight Smooch to the inside of the swags.
 
So head on over to 365 cards and join in on the challenge where you can win a $10 gift certificate to Shannon's Sentiments store.
 
And don't forget....you only have a few more days to get your application in for our Design Team call.
 
Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Sentiments Challenge - ABC!!!!

Happy Saturday!!!!  It's time for this week's Shannon's Sentiment's challenge.  This week Michelle has challenged us to create anything but a card.  I was going to do a cute little candy packet, but didn't get it done in time.  And I forgot to take pictures of the tag and stationary set that I made for my cousin -to-be for her bridal shower.  So, I decided to make a digi layout from the beginning of my kitchen remodel.

This has been my life for the past 3 weeks now.  It all started when were decided we wanted to add some additional storage in our kitchen where the fridge was.  So, DH moved the fridge over to the side of the kitchen that didn't have any cabinets on it.  And we bought some wall cabinets and built up a sweet little corner unit complete with a large panty cabinet for food storage.  In doing so, the switch for the disposal needed to be moved.  In removing that box from the wall it was discovered that it was a false wall.  The original plaster wall had 2x4 firring strips over it and they drywall.  We also discovered water damage on one of the drain pipes coming from the upstairs bathroom.  After that it was a domino effect of poor building practices, rusting plumbing, leaking pipes, and ancient electrical.  So, we ended up having to tear out over half of the kitchen down to the original studs.  And we had to replace all the plumbing in the upstairs bathroom, so that's torn up now as well.  And my tiny half bath that was in the kitchen is being moved and replaced with one large enough for anyone to fit in.

For the layout I used the "Spare Change Jar" with the home repair label.  I also used tags from the "Vintage Tags" set for my journaling spots.

You have about a week to get your design team application in to me to join our team.  You can find all the details here at this page.

Happy Stamping!
Shannon

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day Blog Hop!!!

Welcome to our very first public blog hop!!! Today is Earth Day and to celebrate we're hopping along showing off projects we've made using only scraps from our stashes.  My scrap pile is huge!!!  So this theme is perfect for me. 


If you're just popping in, stop back at the Shannon's Sentiments Store blog to start at the beginning.  If you're here from Denise's blog, then you're on the right track.

Here's the card I created with images from the "Peace, Love and Stamping" set.

I colored the branch image with Prismacolor pencils blending with OMS.  I then added some Diamond Stickles for bling. 


This is the last stop on the hop.  Did you remember about the giveaway on your way thru the hop?  Leave a comment on each of the hop blogs and a random winner will receive one image or set from the store of their choice.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Easter Sentiments challenge

It's Saturday.....and that means it's time for another Shannon's Sentiments challenge. This week it's my turn to hostess the challenge. And with Easter a week away, that's the theme I've chosen. So, take this opportunity to get all your cards made for next weekend.

Here's the card I created......

I had originally planned to do a digi card, but my computer kept freezing up last night on me.  So, I got up early this morning and created this card to share with you today.  I used images from the "Easter Time" set.  I colored the basket with Copics, and the eggs with Prismacolor Pencils.  I cut out the eggs and the basket.  Then adding a slice to the basket I stuck in the eggs so they are actually sitting in the basket.  I finished it off with some Diamond Stickles on the eggs, because who doesn't love sparkly eggs?

Don't forget to sign up for our customer blog hop on the 22nd. All the details can be found here.  There's only a few more days to sign up, so get your email in to me today.

We also have a design team call going on. You can find all the details at this post.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Friday, April 15, 2011

It's Release Day!!!!!

It's finally here....the huge reveal of this month's release!!!! Have you enjoyed the preview days? The design team just amazes me with all their wonderful creations.

Did you hit all the design team member blogs on your way here? If not, go back to the beginning and hop along. I'll wait for you to get back to here.......
Sentiments Storefront
Kapree Clark
Cindy Groh
Michelle Single
Christy Dillman
Guest Designer - Denise Pettingill
Shannon Hawkins - Owner
Shannon's Sentiments Store

You're back!!! Good!!!!

You can see the full sets and all the new images on the front page of the Shannon's Sentiments Store.

I created this card using the "Potting Bench" image and a sentiment from the "Summertime" add-on set.  Yes, that's my handwriting!  That's one of the great things about having a tablet laptop....I can write on the screen and it smooths out all the bumps.  I colored the bench with Prismacolor Pencils blending with OMS.  Then I layered it up with some printed vellum and a kraft base.
You've reached the end of the hop!!!! Next, pop on over to the Shannon's Sentiments Store and pick up the new images and sets.

Special Release Sale!! 20% your total order using code AprRel20 until Apr. 22nd.

Don't forget.....We will also be hosting a chat at our CDAC group page at 8pm EDT tonight. There will be 2 challenges and some giveaways so I hope you'll come join us!!  There will be more challenges, chatting, giveaways and general good times!!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Final Preview Day!!!

It's time for the "Shannon's Sentiments" April release preview day #3!!! Tomorrow we have the blog hop so make sure you come back to see even more amazing projects from each of the team members.

Today we're featuring the Fence with Birdhouse, and Dress Form images along with the Days Gone By Add-On set and the Follow Your Dreams set. The full sets with a blog hop will be starting at 6am EST on April 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.

The design team call is still open until the 1st. I hope you'll all apply!!!

We also have a guest designer challenge going on that you'll want to check out and participate in. The deadline to enter is the 18th, so hurry and link up your project.


I used the new "Dress Form" image on this card, coloring it with Prismacolor Pencils. The quote is from the "Days Gone By" add-on set.

Check out what some of our other design team members have created using these images.


Cindy Groh

Michelle Single

Christy Dillman

Denise Pettingill - Guest Designer

We'll see you again tomorrow for the blog hop.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Preview Day #2!!!!

It's time for the "Shannon's Sentiments" April release preview day #2!!!

Today we're featuring the Lighthouse, Pier and Floral Frame images along with the Mother's Love Add-On set and the Father's Love Add-On set. The full sets with a blog hop will be starting at 6am EST on April 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.

The design team call is still open until the 1st. I hope you'll all apply!!!

We also have a guest designer challenge going on that you'll want to check out and participate in. The deadline to enter is the 18th, so hurry and link up your project.


I created this card using the new "Floral Frame" image. I think this one is my favorite from this release. I colored it with Copic markers and added Diamond Stickles for some bling. The quote is from the Summertime add-on set.

Check out what some of our other design team members have created using these images.


Cindy Groh

Michelle Single

Christy Dillman

Denise Pettingill - Guest Designer

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

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Sentiments Preview Day #1!!!!

It's finally time for the "Shannon's Sentiments" April release!!! . This month we're switching things up a bit from the releases we've done the past few months. This month we'll be releasing 7 large individual images along with 4 Add-On sets, 1 mini set, and 1 full set.

Today we're starting out featuring the Chaise Lounge with Umbrella and Potting Bench images along with the Summertime Add-On set and the Spring Branch mini set. The full sets with a blog hop will be starting at 6am EST on April 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.

The design team call is still open until the 1st. I hope you'll all apply!!!

We also have a guest designer challenge going on that you'll want to check out and participate in. The deadline to enter is the 18th, so hurry and link up your project.


For this card I printed the new "Chaise Lounge with Umbrella" image along with a sentiment from the "Summertime Add-On" set. I colored the image with Copic markers and paired it with some fun colorful paper from Basic Grey.

Check out what some of our other design team members have created using these images.

Cindy Groh

Christy Dillman

Denise Pettingill - Guest Designer

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

Saturday, April 9, 2011

The zoo's been released....

For this week's sentiments challenge!!!! Kapree has challenged us to include an animal on our cards. And..............it's her birthday!!!! Happy Birthday Kapree!!!!!!! I made this "chick" card just for you!!!

The chick and sentiment are from the "Easter Time" set. I printed everything onto a sheet of white paper before layering it onto the aqua background. I colored the chick with Prismacolor Pencils. Then added a fun/colorful strip of paper and ribbon across the top.

Don't forget.......we have a few things going on right now that you don't want to miss out on.
May Guest Designer Challenge - Deadline Apr. 18th
Customer Earth Day Blog Hop - Apr. 22nd
Design Team Call - May 1st Hope you'll come play along and wish Kapree a "Happy Birthday" too.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Saturday, April 2, 2011

1st April Sentiments Challenge

Happy Saturday!!!!! It's time for our very first April Sentiments challenge. This time, Cindy is hosting and she's challenged us to create a card incorporating an oval. Easy peasy!!!! I hope you'll all play along with us!

It's Christy's birthday today so I created this birthday card just for her!!! Hope you have a wonderful day Christy!! I created it using the candle images from "Party Time". I simply placed several side by side before printing. I colored them with Copics and added Distress Stickles to the flames. Then added some pretty silk ribbon and pearls.

Don't forget.....we're having a design team call. Details can be found here.
And make sure you sign up for the Customer Earth Day blog hop!! It's going to be so fun to see what everyone makes with their scraps and recycled items.

Happy Stamping,
Shannon

Friday, April 1, 2011

The April Newsletter is now available!!!

Happy Friday!!!! TGIF!!!! April is going to be a busy month for us here at Shannon's Sentiments. The monthly newsletter published this morning. If you're not already signed up, please do so. There is a link on the sidebar at the storefront blog. That way you won't miss out on anything going on around here. And you get a freebie image!!!! And that image is featured here...

For this card I colored the glasses and pitcher with Copics and added shadowing with Prismacolor pencils. Then I added glaze to them for shine.

A quick snaphot of what's in the newsletter....April calendar, preview of the upcoming Guest Designer challenge for a spot on the team for the May release, info on the Earth Day blog hop, reminder about the Open Design Team call, an article on storing and organizing your digi files, and more!!!

This month we have some exciting things just around the corner! The April challenges start bright and early tomorrow morning and the winners for the March challenges will be announced on Sunday. Make sure you get your submissions linked up by tonight. Then before you know it, we'll be heading to the preview and release days for the April sets. I switched it up a bit this month and will be offering 7 large individual images and 6 matching add-on type sets. These images were sooooooooo much fun to design! I can't wait to show them to you. I designed all the large images using the tablet feature of my laptop. The screen is a touch screen and using a stylus, I can draw right onto the "paper". I can then edit the line or shape as needed. And adjusting the "smoothing" the software takes out the wiggles my shaky hands make automaticially. Or, I can turn the smoothing down and make a wobbly line like I used in the daffodil image. Oops....did I give something away there? Guess you'll just have to stay tuned to find out.

We're also sponsoring the 365 Cards challenge blog late this month, so watch for that to pop for your opportunity for a store gift certificate.

The voting is also going on this week for the CDAC Digi Design contest (details and links below) so pop over there and vote for your favorite images. Ok, I've babbled enough on here for today. And my kitchen is still in "construction zone" mode and needs my attention. Wish me luck!!

Happy Stamping,
Shannon