Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Magic of Friendship Card

I made this cute Friendship card using the new stamp set Magic Adventures D1509 and the Lucy paper packet X7149B

I love the saying that goes something like this....
Friends are the family we choose for ourselves

Family is so important, they should always be there for you, to count on during good and bad times. Unfortunately that is not true for everyone. In those instances many of us choose one or more close friends in whom we confide in, share our ups and downs with and whom we look to for support and love. These friends, are our chosen family members and should be celebrated. Take a minute and say a prayer for your family chosen by GOD and/or chosen by you. Those relationships are magical! Thanks for stopping by today! Come back soon to get some inspiration and share in celebration, a new memory or milestone...

What do you believe in?

Everyone believes in something. It's human nature to believe in things that we can and sometimes can't see. My good friend Melissa and I believe in fairies. I'm sure many of you do too. Melissa had a birthday in February and I altered this wooden word BELIEVE for her gift. I used flowersoft, stickles and cut fairies from some beautiful papers from Graphics 45. I liked the way this turned out and I have thought of many other ideas that could be used with this same wooden word....GOD, Love, Santa, Easter Bunny, Leprechauns... you could create one for almost every occasion to decorate your home. You could also paint it in your favorite team colors and add football, basketball or baseball objects around it to show your team spirit! The possibilities are endless. What do you believe in? Please post a comment, I'd love to hear your ideas.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

February FUN!!

HI! Thanks for stopping by today. It's the first of February and this month is full of all sorts of fun things like Valentine's Day and the Spring/Summer CTMH catalog is available starting today!! You have to get this catalog. Inside are over 30 new stamp sets, new embellishments, new paper packs and lots and lots of ideas. Contact me to get your own catalog for only $3.95 unless you would like to make a $25 purchase and then I will give you the catalog for FREE! If you would like more ideas, come back soon. I'm hosting a CTMH blog hop (date to be determined)and each blog will be showcasing creations using the new stamps and paper packets from the Spring/Summer Catalog. Check back soon to find out the date!

Please leave me a comment during the month of February and at the end of the month I will randomly select a name and that person will win a FREE copy of the Spring/Summer CTMH catalog and the newest petite perk stamp set!
Leave a comment today!

Spring Purses!

Hey, thanks for stopping by as the Winter weather is slowly dripping away. I'm eagerly awaiting the arrival of Spring! It's time to get rid of the dreary and lookout for the fresh, new, fun colors, sights and sounds of Spring. What better way to celebrate Spring, then with a colorful new purse. Today I'm going to show you how to create a cute little purse with some papers inside for a little notepad or to put some spring photos on! Valentine's Day is just around the corner and it would be great to put some LOVE coupons inside it, or poems expressing your feelings, the possibilities are endless. I've also used these purses and stapled a little bag of candy inside it for a party favor, and as a thank you gift for teachers and teachers aide's. See how many ideas you can come up with to use this idea for and then please write me a comment about it. I LOVE to hear from you!

Stapler with staples
Inside paper (cardstock or copy paper)
Purse Template or Coluzzle Purse Pattern and coluzzle swivel knife


1.) Trace the purse pattern onto your cardstock (I fold at 12x12 piece in half so that I can cut 2 purses out at once)
2.) Cut out your purse
3.) Fold your purse up from the bottom and down from the top
4.) Cut the papers you will put inside the purse into 4x9" pieces
-these pages will be folded so that 2 4x9" pieces will make 4 pages
5.) Fold the inside pages you just cut, in half
6.) Open up your folded pages and place them on top of your opened purse
-the bottom fold of the purse will line up with the fold of your pages
7.) Staple the pages inside the purse
8.) Put adhesive along the fold (over the staples) and put a piece of ribbon over the staples. Turn the purse over and put adhesive over the same fold (over the staples) and put another piece of ribbon over it
**You may want to use a 1/4" strip of paper instead of ribbon to cover the staples. Sometimes I will use ribbon over the staples on the outside and paper over the staples on the inside. Do whatever you think looks better with the cardstock you chose to use.
9.) Lay your purse down so that the notepad papers are facing up. Place a piece of velcro onto the middle of the top flap on your purse.
10) Fold the bottom of your purse up, and place the other piece of velcro onto the middle of the bottom flap on your purse.
11) Cut ribbon 12" long and adhere it to each side of the top flap of your purse (this is the handle)
12) Embellish as desired!

Faux Suede Embossing Technique

Who wouldn't like a suede looking purse? Here are instructions on how to make your purse look like it's made of suede! It's super easy!

Versamark Ink Pad
Clear embossing powder
Heat gun

1.)Cover the area you want to look like suede in versamark ink
2.) Cover the ink with clear embossing powder
3.) Use your stylus to make your design
4.) Heat the powder and watch your suede design appear!
(The above "suede" purse was made using the coluzzle purse template.)

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Scrapbook Retreat in Fort Flagler

Last October I went on a 4-day excursion to Fort Flagler, up past Edmonds, WA. It's called Eat, Nap, Scrap and is hosted by Lori Drouin and her mom Gayle (who looks just like my mom). She hosts two retreats a year, one in October and one in the Spring (March 2012). This last retreat had the theme Breast Cancer Awareness. We all got to decorate a shower curtain for a contest and then they had a dress up night with the same theme. There were some really cute shower curtains, but mine WON!! I was sooo excited.

It seems that I never win anything and this is the 2nd time I've won a contest this year! The first contest was at the Quick Quotes Private Reserve at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mounds, WA. Quick Quotes had a bra decorating contest for breast cancer awareness and I made some "C" turtles out of a little bra.

It can be a PAIN to pack up all of your stuff and travel Far, Far, Away to a retreat, but the fun and fellowship and the time to just concentrate in you and your hobby is priceless. Over the years I have made many close friends at these retreats and I look forward to seeing them, as much as I am excited to learn new techniques and scrap and make cards! Look around, and see what there is close to you. If you can't find anything, please contact me, and I will give you the information to sign up for one of the retreats I go to. I would love to see some of you again, and meet some of you in person for the first time! Please leave a comment and let me know where you have gone to scrap in the past and if it is worth it to go again.
Thanks for stopping by and please come back. Hope to see you again real soon! Have a great day! Shellie

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