Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Red Cardinal

Happy Tuesday!!!   Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving.....  I sure did.  We spent it at home with friends and family.  Then finished the evening with our "black Friday" shopping.  This year we were only out for a couple of hours and home by 1:30 am.  I am so excited because I've once again completed all my Christmas shopping early.  Now all I have to do is wrap and send out gifts.

Since I didn't post over the weekend.  I wanted to share with you a card that I made for a friend of ours.  His wife asked if I would be kind enough to make a dozen or so Christmas cards for her employees at work.  Here is what I came up with......

Card base (white) 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Mat (red) 4" x 5 1/4"
Mat (green) 3 3/4" x 5"
Mat (yellow) 3 1/2" x 4 3/4", cuttlebug (Swiss dots)
December 25th Cricut Cartridge

Poinsettia Frame - 3" (green)
Poinsettia - 3" (red x 2)
The frame was only cut once.  However, I cut the poinsettia's out twice, distressed ink them with Tim Holtz "barn door" and then foam taped them together and glued them to the frame.  I added darice "yellow" rhinestones to the center of the poinsettia's.  They too were glued on.
Here is a closer look.  I almost forget to tell you that I rotated the poinsettia's before adding foam tape.  I also took my tweezers and twisted the ends of the petals.
I took my memento tuxedo black ink along with my "Merry Christmas" stamp from Hero Arts and stamped in the middle area of the frame.
December 25th Cricut Cartridge
Cardinal - 2" (red, kraft, green)
I cut the cardinal in each color so I could got the images that I needed.  The cardinal was inked up with Tim Holtz distressed ink "barn door".   I glued a brown pearl sticker from Recollections on for the eye.  Glued the green holly and the red berries onto the kraft image.  Finished it by using red stickles to help accent the berries.
Here is another closer look of the berries.
For my final touch, I glued red rhinestones to the left corner of the card.
Challenges I've entered into:
Pause Dream Enjoy - Anything Goes
Paper Playtime - Anything Goes
DL Art - December Holidays
Crafty Creations - Christmas Is Coming
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
FCCB - Holiday Wishes
Paper Pretties - Anything Goes
Hiding in My Craft Room - Christmas!
Thank you for stopping by.  Have a fantastic Tuesday.......

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Thank You Very Much

Afternoon Everyone!!!  Sure hope you all are having an amazing day.  We are currently cloudy and cold.  So, it's a good day to stay inside and get some crafting done.

But before I share my card with you, I'd like to congratulate the October Award Show winners from Red Carpet Studio.  Congratulations, ladies!!!

"Child's Play" Layout Category - Nancy

"The Birds" Category - Donemark

Circles & Polka Dots Sketch Category - Bev

Fall/Halloween Category - Shawn (Oh, that me....)
As my gratitude for voting for me.  I  am sharing this card with you.
Base card (Burgundy) 4 1/4 " x 5 1/2"
Mat (Colorbok "Sunset Glow") 4" x 5 1/4"
Cricut Cartridge Walk in My Garden (Page 100) at 3.52" x 5.59", 3.10" x 4.92" and 2.60" x 4.13" all cut in yellow cardstock from Recollections.  I inked all petals with Tim Holtz "Tea Dye" distressed ink.  Took my tweezers and twisted each petal to give more dimension.  For the inside of the flower, I used the cricut cartridge "Flower Shoppe".  On page 17, I cut approximately 25 of these flowers at 2.60" x 4.12" out of Cartulina from Recollections.  I glued each on in the center with Scotch Dry Adhesive glue.  The petals were cut out of green cardstock using the Spellbinders Foliage.  Each petal was inked and green glitter glue was adding down the middle.
I stamped my sentiment on the same yellow cardstock as the sunflower and inked the edges.  Attached the sentiment to some purple cardstock and then adhered it to the base of the card.  Took my green big marker, marked some decorative fillers, and glue dotted them onto the sign.
Challenges I've entered into:
Pause Dream Enjoy - Thank You
PaperCraft Star - Thank You
DL Art - Anything Goes
Again, thank you all for stopping by and voting for me this week.  Have a fantastic Sunday!!!  ~ Hugs, Shawn

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Wow!!!  Can you believe it, next Thursday is Thanksgiving Day?  Where has the time gone?  Well, since I'm going to be busy spending my day with family and friends.  I thought I would share some turkey with you all now.  So enjoy!!!!

I started with my base card (cream) 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".  I cut a dark brown mat at 4" x 5 1/4".  The orange mat was cut at 3 3/4" x 5".  The patterned paper is from DCWV "Everyday" stack and was cut at 3 1/2" x 4 3/4".  Everything was adhered to the cream base card with my ATG.

For the oblong shape, I used George and Basic Shapes Cricut cartridge/  The dark brown was cut at 4 1/4" x 3".  The orange poke a dots paper was cut at 4" x 2 3/4".  Again, I used my ATG to adhere everything to the base card.  Now for the turkey, I used my Simply Charmed Cricut cartridge.  You will find the turkey on page 61 of the manual.  Everything was cut at 2".  I inked the turkey, grass, and blue plate.  Then I foam taped this image onto the base card.

For the sign image.  I manually made everything around the stamped image.  I used Hero Arts Poly Clear stamp and stamped "Happy Thanksgiving" with Dew Drop Brilliance "Coffee Bean" ink.  Threaded think blue ribbon through my orange button and glue dotted it onto the sign.

Finally, for those of you that took some time out of your busy schedules and voted.  Thank you!!!  Today is the final day for voting.  If you haven't done so, please stop by Red Carpet Studio Challenge and vote for me.  All you have to do is click on the above link and scroll down half way.  On the right side of the page under Fall/Halloween card challenge is my name "Shawn".  Click vote.......  and thank you in advance.

Challenges I've entered into:
CCR - Thanksgiving (must be a turkey)
CardzTV - Attitude of Gratitude
DL Art - Anything Goes
More Than Favors - Thanksgiving
Bitten by the Bug 2 - Turkey
Simply Crafts - November 2012 Challenge
The Sisterhood of Crafters - Thanksgiving

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Saturday.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Thank You

Thank you all for stopping by today.  Over the weekend we had received approximately 14" - 16" of wet heavy snow and even made the news nationwide. I was shocked to hear from our friends and family telling us that we even made their local news.  They even gave a blizzard storm a name "Brutus".  So for those of you that had heard about our storm, everyone is safe.........!!!

And since I didn't share anything with you all yesterday.  I thought what better way to say "Thank You" for all your friendly and thoughtful comments you all leave me on my posts.  These card is for you.........

For the card base, I used the All Occasion Build-A-Card Pad that I had won from DL Art.  I wrapped red ribbon around the entire front of the card.
In my stash of goodies, I found a white and a red pre-made flower.  Inked up the white flower with black ink.  Through some thin ribbon on the back, glued together and then added a black button with a red rhinestone for the center.  This was glued on to the card with Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive.
These squares are also located in this Build-A-Card Pad.  All I did was find my stamp from Studio G and stamped it on front with red ink.  I used foam tape to attach it to the front.
Finally, I glued three more red rhinestones to the bottom left side of the card.
Again, thank you all for everything.  I am having a blast and love sharing what I create with you all.
**  REMINDER  **
TO VOTE!!!!!!!!

  Today, November 11th - November 17th, my creation will be displayed on Red Carpet Award Show page. This is where you all come in to play. The project with the most votes in each category will receive a customized trophy badge for their blog, along with their project photo permanently displayed on Red Carpet's display case! This is their new addition to the award show page. So, I'm asking you to please vote for me "Shawn" under the "Great Pumpkin" card category.

Voting ends on Saturday, November 17th, and voting is limited to one vote per person per day. So please stop by Red Carpet Studio to vote for my project! The polls will be on the sidebar of their blog.

Thank you in advance for your vote. Have a wonderful week! Stay warm and safe.


Challenges I've entered into:
Paper Pretties - Thank you card

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Happy Veteran's Day

I know I'm a day early.  But I really wanted to share this with you all.  I'm dedicating this to everyone (man and women) that have or is still serving our country.


Once again this is a standard A2 card (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") made using black cardstock.  Then I cut another mat in light blue at 4" x 5 1/4". 

I chose to make my image a military female.  To start making her I cut everything from the Everyday Paper Dolls Cricut Cartridge at 4" (all layers).  I inked the boots with Dew Drop Brilliance "Starlite Black", the uniform and hat was inked with Dew Drop Brilliance "Coffee Bean".  Then I outlined the uniform and hat with my brown zig pen.  I creased her one hand back to help with holding of the flag.
For her face I used Momento Tuxedo Black to stamp on her eyelashes.  They are from the stamp set by Studio 112 found at JoAnn's.  The mouth is from the same set.  However, I taped over a portion of the stamp so I could just get this image.  I used pink chalk from Studio G for the mouth and the cheeks.

 For the grass I used cardstock from DCWV "Spring".  On page 78 of the Paper Dolls Dress Up Cricut Cartridge, I sized the grass at 4 1/2" and used the feature "Fit to Length" cutting off any extra.  I outlined the grass with Dew Drop Brilliance "Pearlescent Ivy".

For my American Flag, I used My World Cricut Cartridge.  You can find the flag on page 25 of the manual.  All layers were cut at 1 1/4".  The base of the flag was cut in black cardstock and everything was adhered to that.  For the stars, I had to think of something.  So I used my white gel pen and dotted several circles to help with the idea of stars.  I am truly pleased on how realistic this really looks.  The pole of the flag was set in the crease of her hand and later glued down.
For these clouds, I used April Showers Cricut Cartridge.  I cut three clouds at 2", 1 1/2" and 1".  I used my cuttlebug embossing folder (D'Vine Swirls) and ran them all through at once.  I took my Dew Drop Versa Magic Sea Breeze and inked around them all.  I cut off any extra of the clouds that I didn't want showing on my card.

For the sign, I used the font "United States" and typed "Happy Veteran's Day in a 10 point size.   Printed it off on white cardstock and sized it to my liking.  Then I made a red mat about 1/4" larger all away around.  I used foam tape to adhere to the card.

Before, I sign off.  I would once again like to thank all our men and women who have either served and are still serving for the "FREEDOM" of our Country.  God Bless each and every one of you!!!


Exploring Cricut - Saluting Our Veterans
DL Art - Linky Party "Anything Goes"
Cut It Up - Give Thanks

Friday, November 9, 2012

Exciting News!!!!!!

I normally don't post on Friday's.  However, since the weather is so cold and snow is falling all around.  I thought now would be a great time to take a few minutes to tell you some exciting news.

First set of news:

I was one of several crafters' that won on LUFP.  Here is what was sent to me......

A set of rub ons, clear stamp, and (4) LePens from Marvy Uchida

Then I got all this 12 x 12 paper.  Each side has a beautiful design.  Sorry I'm only showing one side.

Here is some more of that beautiful paper. 
I'm really looking forward to making something with all this great stuff.  But I truly think it is going to be a few months before that happens.  I need to get started with my Christmas cards.  Every year I send out about 100 cards made only by me, myself and I.  The bad part is I haven't even started yet.  So you can see why it will be a few months. 
Thank you LUFP for picking me as one of the winners and thank you Kaisercraft for sending out a beautiful scrapbook kit.
Now for second set of news: 
I received an email the other day stating, "Congratulations, Shawn! Your creation was chosen as a spotlight submission in last week's "Great Pumpkin" challenge by the Red Carpet Studio design team!"    Here is another picture of what I submitted:
Having a spotlight submission earned me a badge for my blog (see below), my creation will be displayed on their blog and a nomination for their award show! 
So what does this all mean.  Well let me tell you.  This is where you, your friends, your family and bloggers will be needed.  On November 11th - November 17th, my creation will be displayed on Red Carpet Award Show page.  This is where you all come in to play.  The project with the most votes in each category will receive a customized trophy badge for their blog, along with their project photo permanently displayed on Red Carpet's display case!  This is their new addition to the award show page.  So, I'm asking you to please vote for me "Shawn" under the "Great Pumpkin" card category. 
Voting ends on Saturday, November 17th, and voting is limited to one vote per person per day.  So please stop by Red Carpet Studio to vote for my project!  The polls will be on the sidebar of their blog.
Thank you in advance for your vote.  Have a wonderful weekend!  Stay warm and safe.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Pilgrim's Hat

Today, I'm sharing a very quick shape card.  So go get your gypsy and search for the cricut cartridge "Thanksgiving".  Now, let's get started.....

I took the hat from the third row down, second image over.  Enlarged it so the width would be 5 1/4", then I copied it, flipped it and welded together to make my hat shape card.  I cut another piece of black cardstock at 5 1/4" and layered it on the top of my card.  This way you never see the crease.  
Now I took the image directly below the hat and cut it at 2.90" x 3.50".  The belt was cut in brown cardstock.  While the buckle was cut from golden pearl cardstock by Coredinations Foundations.  The buckle was attached with foam tape.  I took my white gel pen and made some dots on the belt.  Add some gold glitter dots to the main hat. 
For the inside of the card, I cut another piece of the hat in white cardstock at 4.75" x 3.19".  Adhered it to the inside with my ATG.  Then I stamped my saying with Momento Tuxedo Black.  This clear mini stamp is from Inkadinkado.  Since I don't own any Copic markers, I just used my zig pens and colored in some of images off the stamp.

Here is a close up of the stamp.
Well, I sure hope you like this card.  There really wasn't much to it. 
Have a wonderful Sunday!!!  ~ Hugs, Shawn
DL Art - Linky Party "Anything Goes"
Little Scrap Pieces -  Anything Goes
Cardz TV- I'm so thankful

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Feel Better Soon

Happy Saturday All!!!  Before I start sharing my card with you all.  I would like to welcome all new followers.

Last week my Father-In-Law was admitted to the hospital.  Later that same day, they transported him into ICU.  Things had taken a turn for the worse.  But with a lot of praying and love, he has gotten better.  They removed all tubes and he is now able to communicate with us.  Thank you God!!!  So I decided to dedicate today to him.  Here is the card that I will be sending to him today.

Brown base card (4 1/4" x 5 1/2")
Light Brown mat (4" x 5 1/4")
Patterned Paper by Deja Views - Timeless Collection (3 3/4" x 5")
Medium Brown mat (2 1/2" x 5") centered in middle of patterned paper
Brown ribbon wrapped around Medium Brown mat
Brown Pearls from Recollection
For my band-aid, I used the cricut cartridge "Everyday Pop-Up  Cards".  On page 38, you will cut the image at 2".  <Layer2/shift> was cut in brown, <Band-aid> was cut in tan, and <Bandaid-s> was cut in a light pink.  I inked the light pink image with Dew Drop Versa Magic Pixie Dust.  The tan image was inked with Tim Holtz Distressing Ink Tea Dye.  I doubled the foam tape on the back before adhering to the base card.  
For this tag, I used the cricut cartridge "Tags, Bags, Boxes & More".  On page 92, I cut the image <rndtps-h> at 1" in light blue.  Stamped "feel better soon!" by Fiskars "All Year Greetings" with Memento Tuxedo Black.  Then I used Tim Holtz Distressing Ink Tea Dye and inked around the entire image.  I adhered one layer of foam tape to the back and stuck this under the band-aid. 
I sure hope he will be able to view this card in his room.  Some hospitals will not allow things in their ICU rooms.  So we are hoping that by the time it arrives, they will either have him out of ICU or he will be home resting.
If you are able to read this dad, "We Love You!!!"
Now, onto another note.  We are also praying for all those families affected by the "Sandy" storm.     
~ Hugs, Shawn
DL Art - Linky Party "Anything Goes"