Monday, July 25, 2011

Okay..... I did it.

I don't know why I am so nervous about this.  I've been selling my handmade creations since the beginning of time.  HA!  But these fun mixed media canvases are just "different"   They are "ART" that would actually be displayed on someone's wall in their home.  That's a little intimidating even for this seasoned scrapbooker/crafter.  And yet very exciting.  I've had a couple of people ask about putting them for sale in my ETSY SHOP.  So ...... I DID.  Yikes!  LOL  I'm very excited about creating more.  Making them personal.  Like this one I made for Cassidy.  She's my soccer star.  The girl eats, breathes, and lives to play soccer.  It seemed only natural to create this for her.  She's ecstatic!  I listed the one I made previously as well for just a sampling of the possibilities. Which are endless really. :)  So...... if you'd like to order one.  Let me know.  Remember..... Christmas is just around the corner and coming much too quickly. 


Thursday, July 21, 2011

My first attempt at Canvas Art

So I've been uber-inspired by all the mixed media canvas "She-Art" that's been popping up in the bloggy, scrappy world lately.  I'm assuming it's been the talented Christy Tomlinson's online She Art class that's been the fuel behind the creative fire!  I've tried all kinds of surfaces for creating but had never painted directly onto a canvas before.  This strikes me as strange given the love of paint I have always had.  But I've always found myself painting on wood.  So excited about this new medium and all the fun possibilities!  This canvas is 16 x 20.  Ya'll know how much I love bright colors and polka dots!  Wouldn't be mine without some!  Anyhoo.....  What do ya think?  Is she fun or what? 

Monday, July 18, 2011

Scrapbooks Etc. Feature

So if you are pretty active in the ONLINE world of scrapbooking.... you know how crazy this time of year can get as all the manufacturers are busy getting ready to head to CHA to reveal their summer releases. I've been busy doing work for Bo Bunny and Spellbinders. And have loved every minute of it. But this also means I don't have a lot I can actually share here on my blog yet.

I am excited I can share this layout with you now though. It was one of my first projects as a new Spellbinders Design Team member. HERE is a slideshow on the Scrapbooks Etc. site featuring my layout as well as many other projects from the team members. Lots of good stuff.

Supply List: Spellbinders(TM) Grand Calibur(TM) Machine, S4-127 Classic Scalloped Squares LG, S4-168 Large Labels, S4-272 Surf's Up, S5-042 Fleur de Lis Accents, LF-190 Grand Labels Four; Want2Scrap, Pink Pearls; Fancy Pants Designs, Sand Dollar, Turtle Bay, Jumping Fish Beach Babe Patterned Paper, Star Beach Babe Rub-Ons; Clearsnap, ColorBox Misty Meadow, Rose Petals, Jelly Beans, Primary Elements Fluid Chalk Ink; Craftwork Cards, Patriotic Red Paper Brads; Pink Glitter Foam; Blue Striped Ribbon 

Friday, July 15, 2011

Spellbinders Edgeabilities

I can't even BEGIN to explain how excited I am about this new "Cutting EDGE" (yes..... pun intended) product that Spellbinders is releasing at this CHA.  As a cardmaker AND a scrapbooker.... my mind keeps swirling with all the fabulous ideas and possibilities.  Watch and learn and please leave a comment to let me know what you think!  I'm beyond excited!  YAY!!! 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

July Card kit Peeks

If you're on my club list and waiting for peeks.... here they are! 
 If I haven't sent you a PayPal request already.... it will be coming shortly. 
I'm not sure yet exactly how many extra kits I will have this month, if any... but shoot me an email if you'd like one and I will at least get you down.  Thanks bunches!

I am pretty sure this is my favorite set of cards ever!  In the almost two years I've been putting these together.... I am loving these the most!  :)

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Altered Tote Bag

I can't wait until these new Spellbinders Die Templates start shipping!  I'm excited to see what everyone else creates with these amazing new dies!  It's really not fair that I get to have all the fun right?  I played some more with them this weekend so I thought I would share what I made. 

I found this SUPER cute pink canvas tote bag at Hobby Lobby back in February. It was in the after Valentine's Clearance section for 80% off.  This is my favorite time to go browse for crafty alterables because I can find things for a dollar or less. Awesome stuff! 

Since I'm such a nut for dimension and texture... I have been playing a lot lately with the funky foam you can buy at any craft store.  The die templates cut through it like butter and its thick and colorful and you can even get it already glittered.  When I cut the Spiral Blossom Two flowers out to decorate this tote with I used the funky foam that comes backed with adhesive.  This made it SUPER EASY to wind the Blossoms and not worry about glue.  Once I created the flowers in the colors I wanted I just hand-sewed them onto the bag. I also added some green trim and clear bling for added details.  Along with the buttons and baker's twine.

What do you think?  Super fun right?  I'm totally excited for my girls to see it.  They are at their Dad's house this weekend but will be home tomorrow.  They have been waiting to see what I was going to do with this tote bag.  LOL  I think they will like it! 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Get the Knowledge Blog Frenzy

Spellbinders Paper Arts
Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy

July 6 - 14, 2011

Welcome to the third day of the Spellbinders Paper Arts
Get the Knowledge!  Blog Frenzy!
Spellbinders™ Paper Arts' is absolutely thrilled to bring you one of the most exciting die releases to date!  These new collections are some of the most innovated and beautiful die templates in the world!  The Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy allows you a sneak peek of the products we’re introducing at the Craft and Hobby Association trade show later this month.  

  • Win today’s new Spellbinders die templates!
  • Be eligible to win the Grand Prize by entering each day (see schedule below)!
  • One entry per person, per blog please, on the designated days! 
  • Each blog will accept entries for 48 hours! 
  • You have from 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time July 8, 2011 to 12:01 a.m. July 10, 2011 to enter my contest.  See the Official Rules
  • Today you can enter my contest and Tonya Dirk's contest.

Thank you, Spellbinders Paper Arts, for sponsoring this contest!

I’m thrilled to share two projects using S5-060 Flower Pots and S4-352 Spiral Blossom Two with you...

Once I had an idea of what I wanted to do on this layout I started by cutting/embossing my shapes using the Grand Calibur™ Machine.  I used the S4-352 Spiral Blossom Two die template to cut/emboss three different colored flowers then I sanded the edges of the paper ones… the pink one is cut from pink glittered Funky Foam I purchased from Hobby Lobby.  It’s fun stuff!

Once I sanded them then I was ready to wind them and turn them into flowers.  I wanted the pink flower to be the largest in the bunch so I kept the center opened wider as I wound it around adding a little Zip Dry paper glue as I kept winding. 

 Next I wound the teal colored flower.  I kept the center a little tighter to keep this flower smaller than the pink flower.  Again, I used Zip Dry by Beacon Adhesives to hold the flower as it was rolled.   

The orange flower was created differently.  I cut up several lengths, rolled them and glued them.  I nested them together, added more glue to the round center and created a tight looking flower.

Here’s what the flowers looked like all glued together and before I added their different centers to them. Pretty fun huh? 

Next I cut/embossed the leaves from the Rose Creations set making three of the largest leaves and two of the middle sized one.  I love sanding the paper so the embossing stands out and gives the shapes a little more detail.  Once I cut/embossed and sanded then I glued the bottom round tips of just the very ends of each leaf together.  This adds dimension and makes them stand up a little on the page. 

Next I cut/embossed the S5-060 Flower Pots, which I used for the flowers and the banners.   

To create the flower pot I cut the top off from notch to notch then sanded this piece and the bottom part.  I adhered this to the top of the pot using pop dots to add dimension. 

Next I sanded each of the smaller flower pots.  To make them into a banner I punched small holes and threaded them onto baker’s twine.  I tied a bow at both ends.   

Now it’s time to put everything together on the actual layout and watch this fun little creation come to life. 

--Using the background paper from KaiserCraft’s Timeless collection “Newsprint” I inked the edges with Colorbox Chestnut Roan ink to age it a bit then added a zig-zag machine stitched border around the edge. 

--Next I adhered the Grand Labels Four piece I cut/embossed, sanded and inked using Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker Summer “Lemonade” paper. 

--After mounting my sweet 5” x 7” Chloe photo onto plain white cardstock I added some inking to the edges of the cardstock and a machine stitched border right onto the photo then adhered it to the layout across the Grand Label Four piece. 

--Next I adhered the banner I created using pop dots for dimension up in the left hand corner of the layout like pictured. 

--Then using the multi-colored ribbon from Hobby Lobby I tied a bow around the top of the flower pot then glued this down on the layout as shown. 

--Next it was time to glue down my flowers then add the Want To Scrap self-adhesive pink pearls to the center of the pink flower, the yellow Buttons Galore button to the teal flower center, and the large Bo Bunny bling to the center of the orange flower. 

--Next I positioned the leaves where I wanted then glued them down as well. 

--I mounted the little photo on white cardstock like I did the large photo then inked it before adhering it using pop-dots like pictured. 

--Last thing I did was added the title work using Thickers from American Crafts and cardstock stickers by Bo Bunny. 



S5-060 Flower Pots

MSRP:  $24.99


1.  1 ½  x 1”

2.  2 5/8  x 1 5/8”

3.  3 5/8 x 2 1/4”

4.  4 ¾  x 3”

5.  6 x 3 5/8”

S4-352  Spiral Blossom Two

MSRP:  $19.99


4 1/8 x 4 3/8”, 5/8” wide strip

These die templates are so fun and there are so many things you can design with them.  I couldn’t resist creating some framed art because these flowers just make me happy! 

See the official Spellbinders Paper Arts Get the Knowledge! Blog Frenzy rules.


My contest is open for entries from 12:01 a.m. July 8, 2011, to 12:01 a.m. July 10, 2011 Eastern Standard Time.

 1)  Send your email entry to: 

 2)  The subject must be Flower Pots and Spiral Blossom Two.

3)  Send!

 Be sure to visit all the Designers on their contest dates: 

July 6

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July 9

July 10

July 11

July 12

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July 14

 Daily contest winners will receive an email within 24 hours of the contest’s closing. The winners will have 72 hours to reply to that email to claim prize.  If a winner fails to respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be drawn. 

 To be eligible for the Grand Prize, enter each contest within its designated time period. Use the same email address to send the entry email.  The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $1400, and includes the complete Spellbinders  line of die templates released at the 2011 Summer CHA show, and a Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine!

 I love your comments!  Unfortunately your comment does not count towards a contest entry, so be sure to enter and then leave a comment!

  If you have any questions, please e-mail

Thank you for stopping and good luck!!


Supplies:   S5-060 Flower Pots, S4-352 Spiral Blossom Two, S5-050 Rose Creations, LF-190 Grand Labels Four, Grand Calibur™ Machine, Pink glittered Funky Foam from Hobby Lobby, Echo Park Little Boy Rad Plaid (green dots), Echo Park Little Girl Cindy Circles (purple stripe), My Mind’s Eye Hip Hooray “Girl” Jubilant (orange), Bo Bunny Combo stickers Whoo-ligans orange, Bo Bunny Combo stickers Mango Luau green, Colorbox Chestnut Roan, Want 2 Scrap Self-Adhesive pink pearls, Ribbon from Hobby Lobby, Buttons Galore, Nikki Sivils Scrapbooker Summer “Lemonade”, American Crafts Thickers Niki Riki (yellow glitter), My Mind’s Eye Lime Twist Life of the Party “Love” Sprinkles,  KaiserCraft Timeless Collection Newsprint

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Spellbinders Get the Knowledge Blog Frenzy has begun!

Spellbinders Paper Arts has announced the
 Get the Knowledge Blog Frenzy!

This is your opportunity to see sneak peeks, win daily prizes and a HUGE Grand Prize! Simply visit the following blogs to enter. See the complete Get the Knowledge rules on the Spellbinders Blog.

To be eligible for the Grand Prize, enter each contest within its designated time period. Use the same email address to send the entry email. The Grand Prize has a retail value of over $1400, and includes the complete Spellbinders line of die templates released at the 2011 Summer CHA show, and a Grand Calibur™ Die Cutting and Embossing Machine!

Monday, July 4, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

Happy 4th everyone!  Hope you have a fabulous day with family and friends and fireworks! We've kept things pretty low-key around here this weekend.  The girls and I did get to squeeze in some crafty time on Saturday while the littles were napping.  T-shirts were on sale at Michael's so we decorated some shirts for the girls to wear to tonight's festivities at Liberty Park.   

Here they are..... super excited and already asking to make Halloween shirts! HA!  They turned out pretty cool huh?  They sell bottles of t-shirt spray paint at Micheal's that's like glimmer mist but for fabric and in bigger bottles.  Here's a link so you can see what we used.  We also found some fabric glue so the girls could glue on buttons and bling and ribbon to their shirts as well. 

Then I took a super creative shot of the girls all creating a star with their hands.  Bailee is the one who suggested this and is pretty proud of herself.  I think it's fun!  I played with the coloring and some brushes on it obviously.  LOL  Okay..... come back tomorrow and I will share some more cards with you but until then..... be safe today and enjoy your familt time.
hugs! Shanna ♥