Saturday, December 08, 2012

Car Caddy


Another special project for Christmas..... This one is very much like the drawing/art caddy I made a while back, but this one holds cars and has a special figure-8 track for them to ride around.  You can't see the embroidery on this one because of the busy fabric, but the child's name and a Spiderman spider is on the front.  The pockets for the cars are sewn so that an individual car fits in each pocket


 This one has the handles on the top, too, in an effort to keep the cars in a little better.  



This one is very much like the drawing/art caddy I made a while back, but this one holds cars and has a special figure-8 track for them to ride around.  You can't see the embroidery on this one because of the busy fabric, but the child's name and a Spiderman spider is on the front.  There is foam core inside so that the cars have something sturdy to ride on.


The pockets for the cars are sewn so that an individual car fits in each pocket.

Working on 3 more drawing/art caddies .... and a ton of other stuff.  Hope your holiday season is filled with lots of creativity, love, and blessings. :) 



Have a wonderful Saturday evening and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!! 

~*Shell*~



Monday, December 03, 2012

Special Projects

Merry Christmas!  Are you busy creating special gifts for your family and friends?  I think I've undertaken a lot more than I should have, but it's time to just get it all done.

One of the gifts I'm making for little girls in the family is a drawing set.  I've seen many versions of the crayon roll-ups and caddies.  This design puts it all together and allows the kids to carry their drawing pad with them, along with the crayons or markers.

I had to make a prototype, right??  This one was made with my daughter in mind.  She LOVES John Deere.



This one is made so that it folds up to close and has a velcro closure strap.  The handles are made of ribbon. The ribbon wasn't double-sided, so I sewed two pieces together for each handle.  Her 'a' in the embroidery didn't turn out quite right - and if I was giving this as a gift, I would fix that - but she doesn't care.  It was just meant as a prototype, anyway.


Opened up, you can see the pockets for crayons, pencils or markers.  On the next ones I make, I will add velcro closures to keep the items in the pockets.  The drawing pad is easy to slip out.  So if the child uses up all of her blank pages - but not all of her creativity! - you can slide another one in.  The hole for the pad was made like a giant, custom buttonhole.  

I did put some 'header' material inside the fabric to give the drawing set more structure and stability.  Next time, I plan to use chipboard, if I can find it in a big enough piece for each set.

Overall, I'm very pleased with how the set turned out.  Honestly, I'm amazed that the first one turned out this well.  I guess, for once, I did a fair job of thinking through all of the steps!

I need to make 3 more of these, a car caddy - with an included track, and a fort kit.  Lots to do on my day at home tomorrow! :) 


Have a wonderful Monday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!


~*Shell*~

Monday, October 08, 2012

Cruise Crafts

Each time we take a cruise, we get involved in the cruise thread on the DIS boards (www.disboards.com).  This thread is composed by those who have reservations for that same cruise.  Within that group, some people form an "FE (fish extender) exchange."  This is an exchange of small gifts, and a "FE" hangs outside the stateroom door on a hook that is shaped like a fish (thus, the *fish* extender), and throughout the cruise, others on the list deliver the small gifts to the other staterooms by placing the gifts in the FE outside the door. On my first cruise, I quickly made an FE, and it worked fine for our last cruise.  However, this year, our family will be in 2 rooms, so we needed 2 FE hangers.  I am NOT a seamstress, nor would I *ever* claim to be.  There are a lot of things that I would change about this one, but in general, I thought they turned out ok.


This one is my mom's and my son's FE.  




The symbol at the top is the Disney Cruise Line logo.  I embroidered it on the top using a pattern I created.




I put our favorite characters on our pockets.  Jonah's character is Gaston from Beauty and the Beast.





My mom's character is the fairy godmother from Cinderella.



This one is the FE for my husband, daughter, and me.


Same basic style, but with 3 pockets.



This pocket turned out the best.  His character is Grumpy.





  

Jaydin's pocket features Bullseye from Toy Story 2 and 3.




My pocket has Figment .... that's my favorite.  

Each embroidery file was created by me and is in no way for sale.   The font used is Waltgraph, and you can find it free with a Google search.



I'm working on a few things in the Haven, and I've recently gotten a new toy ... uh, I MEAN tool. :)  As much as I have always loved my Cricut, the time has come to drop my support for ProvoCraft.  They lost my loyalty when they attacked SCAL and MTC and forced those companies to stop making software that worked through the Cricut machines.  
Last Wednesday, my Silhouette Cameo arrived.  This machine comes with it's own software and runs through your computer .... no cartridges to buy.  You can buy designs and projects through the Silhouette site or simply create your own by importing many different file formats (including .jpg and .svg) and using the trace feature.  You can even PRINT something using your printer .... and then the Cameo will cut out the printed item!  I will give more details on this machine in the coming weeks ... I hope. :)  

I should also have a dress to share, as well, in a few days.  


Have a wonderful Monday evening and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!


~*Shell*~




Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Miss Me?

Sooooo .... have you missed me?! I've sure missed being here. I'm sorry. I really thought that I would have an easy, quiet summer, but it did not work out that way. Bummer!!! I had a lot that I wanted to accomplish in the Haven.

Our cruise is coming soon, so I have been working on an autograph book for my (almost) 7 year old. We do one for each cruise or vacation (we love Disney ... ), and I chose to do this one a little differently. Instead of using paper for the cover, I used fabric.



The design on the front was embroidered using my Brother embroidery machine. I added the ribbon on the side because it didn't look quite complete without it. The hanging ribbon is for holding our marker that will accompany us on our trip. It helps keep it handy for the wonderful characters that will be signing her book and helping to make magical memories for our family.




That's what I've done recently in the Haven. I will share more later. :) I made a new FE hanger (will explain that later), too, and I'd love to share it with you.



Hope you have a beautiful Tuesday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow! :)


~*Shell*~


Monday, July 02, 2012

Cupcake, anyone?

Wow ... it's been a while.  I'm sorry about that. I've been doing a bit of crafting, but very little has been paper crafting.  


I do have a card to share today, though. :) 




A good friend of mine has a birthday this week.  I wanted to use this image because I find it so freakin' cute. :) 



Want a cupcake??



I don't think you can tell it very well in the picture at all, but the cherry and the white layer on the cupcake has a glaze on it, the sprinkles sparkle, and her wings are all glittery.  I totally love the birthday cake embossing folder as the background, too.  Super fun, I think.  The flowers are metal, and the pearl in the middle was a brad.  I put it on too late, but just cut the metal prongs off and used a glue dot to adhere to the page.  Baker's twine is used on the side (it's limeade, I believe).  The card base is black, and a white mat is on the inside for my message.


The image is by Penny Black - one of the Mimi images.  


I hope you're having a fantastic summer. 


Have a beautiful Monday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow. 




~*Shell*~

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Perfect Sentiment Challenge #34 - Anything Goes!!!

What a super fun way to end my stint as a guest designer with Perfect Sentiments Challenges. An Anything Goes challenge. :) :)  It really has been a great time.  I'm so thankful that I was allowed to be a part of the team for a little while :)

Here are the juicy details -

The Challenge: create anything you like as long as it has a sentiment on the front...card, tags, ATC's, altered art.
The Twist: no scrapbook pages, please




Limited Runs is sponsoring this challenge, and I used one of their images on my card.


Yeah ... that adorable frog is from Limited Runs. He's SO cute. I couldn't resist giving him a little something extra, though. Behind him, as well as the sentiment, is a little spring. That allows him to bounce around a bit when the card moves.



Behind him, as well as the sentiment, is a little spring. That allows him to bounce around a bit when the card moves. LOVE the effect it gives this adorable image.

This card has gone to a very special graduate in my life. She's like one of my own, and I love her very much.

Card Recipe -
Stamps - Big Frog (Limited Runs digi), Sentiment (computer generated)
Paper - black, celery, rust, dp, computer paper
Ink - computer
Copics - YG03, YG06, R22, YR07
Accessories - Crystal Effects, embossing folders, Spellbinders' dies, wire, Prima flowers, gold dots, baker's twine (cream soda), pop dots

Head on over to the Perfect Sentiments Challenge blog and join in the fun. You can do it ... ANYTHING (except a scrapbook page) goes! :)

Have a wonderful day and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow. :)


~*Shell*~

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

For Fun Challenge - Guest Designer

Wow ... I am SO honored. I have been chosen again to be a guest designer on a challenge blog. I'm thrilled!!! The challenge blog is called For Fun Challenges. Check it out and join in!

The challenge this week is to create a religious card around the theme FROG - fully rely on God. Super -duper fun! :)




I created the sentiments on the computer, but used a stamp from Penny Black that I had not used before. I added some Prima flowers that I've not used before, as well.



I wanted to show off the joy that we each can have by depending totally on the Lord. These little frogs looked SO excited!! I just couldn't resist using them.

Card Recipe -

Stamps - Toadily Yours (Penny Black), computer generated sentiments
Paper - white, gray, cocoa, celery
Ink - black
Copics - B0000, G21, G24, G12, G14, G17, R22, YR04, BV11, B24, R46, Y08
Accessories - Vagabond, embossing folders (2), Cross dies (Clear Dollar Stamps), flowers (Prima), crystals., baker's twine (limeade), pop dots, self-adhesive metal



Ok, so get on over to the For Fun Challenge blog and try the FROG theme. You can do it!! I can't wait to see them.


I hope you have a wonderful Wednesday. Tonight is our last night of the 'school' year for our Wednesday night kids' program (iQuest) at church. I love, love, love being with those kids, but I'm ready for a bit of a break. :) Everyone needs one from time to time, right?? :)

Have a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!! :)

~*Shell*~

Perfect Sentiment Challenge #33 - Men!

The Perfect Sentiments Challenge for this week is .... A Special Man.


The Challenge: create a card with a sentiment for a special man. Your sentiment must be on the front of the card
The Twist: no patterned paper is allowed on your card.



I'm not sure what I envisioned when I started this card, but I'm pretty sure that this isn't what it was. Hahaha. I'm ok with how it turned out, though.

No patterned paper .... I thought the notebook paper embossing would go well with the graduate theme I chose to go with. I distressed the edges of the gray layer and sewed it down to the blue. I love the look of the sewn layers.


Card Recipe -

stamps - Graduate (Paper Inspirations), For Our Men (Clear Dollar Stamps)
paper - gray, cocoa, deep sea
ink - black, brown
accessories - embossing folder, vagabond, silver dots, baker's twine, pop dots, circle punches


We all have a special man in our lives that we can honor with a card. Go for it .... make him a card and join in the challenge.
Link

Have a wonderful Wednesday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!

~*Shell*~


Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Perfect Sentiment Challenge #32 A Banner Birthday

My third challenge as a Perfect Sentiment Challenge guest designer is today.

Have a Banner Birthday...... Oh, my!!! How super fun is this challenge?!

The Challenge: create a card with a birthday sentiment
The Twist: use a banner on your creation


I don't have banners handy, so I had to grab SCAL and my Cricut to get started.



I made a banner and a shadow with the basic shapes in SCAL. Unfortunately, I had to cut the hot air balloons out by hand (boo hoo.... hahaha!), but they were pretty simple cuts. I love the CAS style, and I think this card qualifies for that pretty well.

Card Recipe :

stamps - Air Flair, Rooster Sunrise (sentiment)
paper - parchment, blue, white
ink - blue, green, orange, black, brown
accessories - Cricut, SCAL, pearls, ribbon, pop dots


I hope you'll join us with this challenge - we all need birthday cards, right?? :) Head over to Perfect Sentiments Challenge and post your link. I can't wait to see what you have to show us!


Have a wonderful Wednesday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!


~*Shell*~

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Perfect Sentiment Challenge #2

It's the second challenge of the month of May for the Perfect Sentiment Challenge blog.  It's wonderful to have the opportunity to create for a team again.

Today, our challenge revolves around 'get well.'  Here's the challenge and the twist - 

The Challenge: create a card with a sentiment that wishes someone well. Sentiment must be on the front of the card.

The Twist: You cannot use the words “get well’. Dig through your stash of sentiment stamps and use those sentiments that wish someone well using words like…Under the Weather, Wishing You Sunny Days, All Fizzled Out, Take Good Care, Hanging by a Thread, etc. I know you have them and “Thinking of You” does not count. So get them out and get inky!



 Isn't this little mouse adorable?!   He just makes you want to hug him. 



And don't you just LOVE those die cuts?!  I found those at the stamp store in Marietta, GA.  The dies make gorgeous die cuts.  The mouse layer and layer behind it are Spellbinders, and the flower square and flourish are from Memory Box.  My sentiment lets someone know that I'm thinking about them and wishing them well ... without saying 'get well.'

Card Recipe - 

stamps - Hello Again (SU), Get Well Critters (Clear Dollar Stamps), Get Well Sentiments (Clear Dollar Stamps)
paper - pink, gray, white
ink - black, fog
copics - C1, C3, R20, E31, E33
accessories - circle punches, spellbinders' dies, memory box dies (valerian flourish, floral square), pearls, vagabond, folder, lace, pop dots

Hope you have a fantastic day and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!


~*Shell*~

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Perfect Sentiment Challenge ... Guest Designer

 Woohoo!  I was chosen as a guest designer at the Perfect Sentiment Challenge blog.   How fun!  I'm so excited to be a part of this wonderful group for a short time.




Perfect Sentiments always offers a challenge along with a twist. :) 

This week ....

The Challenge: create a card with a sentiment for Mother’s Day. Sentiment must be on the front of the card.

The Twist: add some handmade flowers to you card. You can make them with punches, dies, Cricut cartridges, etc. 


I chose to use hand-crocheted flowers for my 'twist.'   The amazing little girl stamp was so much fun to color and place on my card.


 Card Recipe - 

stamps - Flowers for Mimi (Penny Black), A Godly Mother (Clear Dollar Stamps)
paper - worn parchment, white, dp, orange, blue
ink - black, versamark
copics - YR00, YR04, YR07, B00, B05, Y21, Y26, Y28, R81, E50, E53, C1, C3, Y02, Y06, 0
accessories - spellbinders dies (border), pearls, vagabond, baker's twine, handmade crocheted flowers

I hope you'll join us in this challenge.  It's tons of fun and offers a great chance to try something new or refresh yourself on an old technique.  Good luck!


Have a wonderful Wednesday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!


~*Shell*~

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

CAS At the Zoo

Clean and simple .... I have learned to love those words. I love the look and feel of CAS cards. The theme for the CAS challenge this week on SCS is "At the Zoo." How fun!

I knew exactly what image I wanted to use when I heard this. I have had this giraffe for quite a while, but haven't had the opportunity to ink it up.




Card Recipe -

stamps - longing (Penny Black), Dream Big (BJ Lantz)
paper - black, white, worn parchment
ink - black
copics - E31, E33, YG03, YR14, W1
accessories - limeade baker's twine, prima flower, big/little tag punches, Vagabond, embossing folder

Have an awesome Tuesday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!

~*Shell*~

Monday, April 16, 2012

Monkey Around

 A friend has a birthday this weekend, and I wanted to work on a special card for her.  I have a great stamp set by Inky Antics that I just love, so I wanted to use it on my project.  Along with a great piece of dp, I think this card will work very well. :) :)



Isn't that monkey adorable!?  He's just too much fun to work with.






To add a little extra 'something special' to this card, I put this other image on the inside.  To just add the image would have been cute, but I chose to give it some ... bounce. :)  The little guy was placed on a handmade 'spring.'  When you open the card, he just ... springs to life. :)




Here's how it looks on the back of the image. I simply took the wire, wrapped it around a pen, and attached it with tape to the back of the image and to the card.  It was an easy, cute addition to the card.





Card recipe - 

stamps - Monkey HoneyPOP set (Inky Antics), Birthday Wishes (Clear Dollar Stamps)
paper - dp, celery, white
ink - black
Copics - G21, G24, G28, BG10, E11, E15, Y17, E50, E53, E57, 0
accessories - wire, tape, baker's twine, flowers, nesties, Vagabond, pop dots




Challenges - 

Stamptacular Sunday Challenge - Freebie week

Cute Card Thursday - Spring flowers
Clearly Inspired Challenge - Go green


Making another dress for the princess.  Hope to have it to show you soon! :)  Have an awesome day and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow. 






~*Shell*~



















Thursday, April 12, 2012

April Challenge

Dody sent us some great stuff for our April swap challenge. I put some of it together to create ... in paper. :)


One part of the challenge was to use a sketch from SCS that we've never used. So, I used the one from the sketch challenge - SC379.

Card Recipe -
Stamps - from swap envie
Paper - from swap envie
Ink - from swap envie
Copics - B0000, B00, B32, B34, C3, C5, YR04, YR61, YR68, G21, G24, G28, Y21, Y26, Y28, Y02, R81, R46, 0
Accessories - lace, flowers, blooming bouquet dies, pop dots, SC379


This was fun to create. I love coloring in those images. My son says that the card reminds him of my daughter. :) I'm good with that.


Have a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.


~*Shell*~

Monday, April 09, 2012

Happy Easter!

 Happy, happy Easter!!!!  I hope that you had an amazing resurrection Sunday and that you celebrated our Lord in grand style. :)  We had a wonderful day at church and with family.

My little princess wore her new dress .... the one I made!  :)  I know, it's, SERIOUSLY, not a very complicated or fancy dress.  I get that, BUT .... I made it!  It turned out so sweet and perfect for her.  She was so proud to wear it and to tell people at church that her momma made it. :)  We were both full of smiles.


After I sewed the dress, I wanted something for her hair .. or head.  I don't do well making bows, so I went looking for a free, EASY hat pattern.


This little sun hat was perfect!!!  I found the pattern on the Craftzine blog. It's so easy.  You have to cut 12 pieces, but they are all the same - 6 of one fabric and 6 of another.  It's a reversible hat. :)  Super cool and super easy.  I put a small bow on top with long ribbons hanging down the back.  That tied it in with the pink ribbon on the dress.  The inside of the hat is the light pink, which is what the underskirt of the dress is made out of.  I hope to make several more of the hats.  It will make a precious summer hat.




I hope to create some tomorrow, but we'll have to see how the day goes. :) 




Have a wonderful evening and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.




~*Shell*~




Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Oh, Happy Day

A great day to create, I think. :) I didn't get much done, but I did get one card created. I also helped my 6 year old make a pillow and blanket. :)

The colors look a little screwy here, but you can see some of the details.


My inspiration for this card came from a couple of challenges. Strangely, the colors came from the CAS challenge on SCS. This card didn't turn out to be CAS, but the colors came from the Family Circle magazine cover that the challenge was using this week.

Stampin' Sisters In Christ had a challenge to be very opposite of a CAS card ... use everything! I used a lot on this card, so I hope it counts for that.

Cute Card Thursday has an 'anything goes' challenge going.

Card Recipe -
stamps - misc. set from Hobby Lobby, Christian Friendship (Clear Dollar Stamps)
paper - dp, lavender, pink, white
ink - brown, black
accessories - ribbon (under lace), lace, Spellbinders' dies, Designer Labels dies(Clear Dollar Stamps), other die, flowers, pearls, Sheer Shimmer frost, pop dots


My princess got creative today, too. She wanted to make herself a pillow. When she brought me the fabric she had chosen, we found that it was big enough for a pillow and a blanket to match. Yes ..... she's a John Deere fan.

I helped her put the lace on, but she very carefully sewed her pillow by herself. :) She did a great job, and I'm very proud of her.

I'm still working on her Easter dress. I just need to put the buttons, hook and eye, and pockets on. Then.... we'll be done! :) I can't wait for her to wear it on April 8th.

I hope you are having a wonderful Tuesday and that you have a great, big, beautiful tomorrow.


~*Shell*~

Monday, March 12, 2012

Seeing Green?

 Another challenge card for today!!!  I'm so excited that I actually got 2 done.




 
Green ... lots of green on this one!



This little turtle is SO adorable!!!  He's from a stamp set by Inky Antics and is actually 3 different stamps - legs, shell, and head. He is from a set that is designed to be used with their honeycomb paper.  Such cute ideas they have for this!  I don't have any of the honeycomb paper yet, though, so I went with the 'plain' version.  It still makes such a cute card!

Card Recipe - 
stamps - Turtle Honey Pop (Inky Antics)
paper - white, lime juice, spring leaf, sweet pea
ink - black
Copics - 0, G21, W7, G00, G94, G99, G85, BG96
accessories - flowers, green metal buttons, edge punch, baker's twine, ribbon, pop dots


Challenges - 


Gingerloft - spring



Ahhhh ... a good day of creating. :)

 I hope, soon, to share some of the fabric creations I've done lately.  I hope you don't mind me switching up the media a bit.



Have a wonderful night and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!


~*Shell*~

Merry .... Christmas?!

It's been so long since I have been able to create and to get involved in a challenge.  It was fun searching for challenges to incorporate into a project.




This card meets the criteria for the Perfect Sentiments Challenge.  We were to use a Christmas sentiment on the front of our card. 




This card was a lot of fun to put together.  The angel die cut is actually metal. Wow ... I LOVE how that looks on here.  Such a cool effect.  I wrinkled and sanded the die cut to give it some texture and age.  The silver brads at the top are actually jingle bell brads!!  They are SO cute!!  And they jingle when the card moves.  Super cute.


Card Recipe -
stamps - Christmas 2011 (Hobby Lobby)
paper - dp (DCWV), white, worn parchment
ink - chocolate, cocoa, fog
accessories - Vagabond, folder, nesties (deckle rectangles large), Elegant Accents Dies, baker's twine, lace ribbon, metal sheet, Sizzix angel die, jingle bell brads, pearls, pop dots, sanding block


~*Shell*~


Saturday, March 10, 2012

Springing a Little Easter

Yes, it's been a little while, hasn't it?! Yikes. I'm sorry. My life has been very busy, and I've not had an opportunity to paper craft at all. I have, however, worked on 4 blankets and an Easter dress. :)

BUT ... I did get to create today. I worked on Easter cards for my dh's deacon family and for a few others in our church. I have the design done and all the pieces cut for 23 cards.

Whatcha think??



I found the cross stamp at Rubber Stamp Fantasy in Marietta. I fell in love with it and knew that it would be used for as soon as I bought it. :)

Card Recipe -
stamps : cross (Inky Antics)
paper : celery, white
ink : black
accessories : Copic markers, ribbon, Elegant Accents dies (Clear Dollar Stamps), corner rounders, Vagabond, embossing folders

Hope you had a wonderful day. Ours was gorgeous - 60s and clear sky. :)

Enjoy the rest of your Saturday and have a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!


~*Shell*~

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Congratulations to the winner!!

Rhonda Miller (RHONDA'S PLACE TO SHARE) was chosen from Linda's beautiful blog, THE STAMPER'S TOUCH.



Sunday, February 19, 2012

Blog Hop .... What's black, white, and red all over???

It's once again time for the Clear Dollar Stamps Monthly Blog Hop! Hopefully, you came here from Barb's wonderful blog. If you just happened upon my blog today, please enjoy my submission for our hop. And, after you've commented (there's a chance for a prize!!!), head over to Clearly iStamp to see the list and get started on this great blog hop!


So .... what's black, white, and red all over? I thought about a zebra with a rash or ... yeah, never mind. :) Here's what I came up with.....



A little distressing helped give the main image a little more interesting.



I used some distressing to give a little texture, as well as the grunge board embossed heart and key, lace ribbon, and crochet flowers.


Card Recipe -
stamps - John 3:16 Valentine
paper - cherry go round, black, white
ink - black
accessories - lace, nesties, cuttlebug, crocheted flowers (handmade), ribbon, grungeboard (heart, key), Vagabond, embossing folder, pearls, pop dots




Please, leave a comment while you're here, and when you're finished, head over to Tameko's blog to see her amazing work. If you need to start back at the beginning, make your way to Clearly iStamp. You'll also find all of the details for the blog hop prizes over there. The more you comment, the more chances you have to win!! :)

 


*** Special Note ..... 
Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.

Today is bittersweet for me. This is my last post as a member of the Clear Dollar Stamps' design team. The Lord has some amazing things on the horizon for me, and I'm excited about each and every one. Removing the design team work from my life is not what I want, but it IS what He wants. 

This team has been an amazing source of inspiration, encouragement, and joy. I am SO blessed to have had this opportunity for almost 2 years. The team has been comprised by some of the most amazing, beautiful people in the crafting world. To each of you, I say "thank you ..... Thank you for your tolerance of my lack of skills and talent. Thank you for your encouragement along the way. Thank you for the amazing inspiration you've given me, and thank you for the blessing of your beautiful friendships."


Enjoy this wonderful Sunday and have a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!



~*Shell*~

Friday, February 17, 2012

Clearly Inspired ... by Shapes!

Clearly Inspired Challenge #46 kicks off today. The challenge this week is to create a shaped card. Yes .... squares and rectangles are shapes, too, but I don't think that's exactly what Cassie was talking about when she put that challenge out there. ;)


I, recently, saw an adorable flower card, and that card inspired me to do today's card.


I have always loved this frog set. I added flowers from All About Spring and the birthday sentiment from Birthday Wishes.



The finished card. :) I chose happy, bright colors for this birthday card. Along with being inspired by the challenge and the flower card, I was inspired by the very special friend for whom I made the card. Her birthday is TODAY!! Happy birthday, Diane!!!!


Card Recipe -

stamps - Hoppy Frogs, Birthday Wishes, All About Spring
paper - dp, bubble gum, saffron, white
ink - black, white
copics - B00, G85, YG03, YG06, G94, G99, C3, YR61, RV04, 0
accessories - Cricut, scal, Vagabond, folder, doily, circle punches, crystals, pop dots


The inside of my card.

Don't forget our blog hop this Sunday!! Prizes will be chosen from someone who comments during the hop! Hope to see you at the hop!!


Have an amazing Friday and a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!!!




~*Shell*~

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Marker Challenge

Another day, another challenge card to share. :)

Today, the challenge came from 365 Cards. We were to use markers on our project. Ooooh, how I love my Copics!!


The precious little toucan in this set. Don't you love him?? I sure do enjoy coloring him.... although, every time I color him, I have to search on toucan images to figure out how he's suppose to look. :)

This wonderful sentiment came from a different set - an old stamp of the month set that, I believe, is now retired. Such a great sentiment to go with this toucan, though.


This is a little 4.25 x 4.25 sized card. It works great with the image and embellies.


Card Recipe -
Stamps - toucans of love, a tweet hello
Paper - purple, white, gray
Ink - black
Copics - 0, 100, C3, C5, C7, E33, YR00, YR04, YR07, G00, G21, G24, B00, Y02, W5, R46
Accessories - Vagabond, nesties, folder, ribbon, elegant accents dies, gold dots, handmade flower, doily, pop dots



Don't forget the blog hop on February 19th! :)


I hope your Tuesday went fantabulously and that you have a great, big, beautiful tomorrow!!!