Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MY FIRST PUBLISHED ARTICLE!

I apologize for being MIA over here for a while. This last month has been so hectic. Knowing it was going to be crazy, good old Donna suggested I take a couple of months off from my designer duties over at Sparkle N Sprinkle. It was definitely a wise decision. I have been doing very little stamping, except for the graduation cards, as they were needed - two minutes before they left the house - not even time to take a photo!! 

Anyway, yesterday the mailman brought me a lovely surprise. A complimentary copy of the August/September issue of Scrap and Stamp Arts.  


My article  "Fun with Flocking" appears on page 31. Here it is - I hope you can read it? 




The Tulip Trio card is the one that I sent to Edith!

Till next time,

Big hugs,

Shona



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

A BIG FAVOR - PRETTY PLEASE?




Hello, dear blogging friends.

One of our blogging-paper-crafting-friends, Sue Drees, recently shared some sad news.

Her sister fell on June 22, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor. On June 25, the tumor was successfully removed. However, the biopsy brought back devastating news - a fast growing Brain Cancer. Sue's sister is determined to fight this all the way. She began physical rehabilitation on July 4.

Sue and her sister Edith live in the North East (USA). Sue and her husband transport Edith's husband to the hospital each day and check up on changes and quality of care.

While Sue did not ask for help, we've kept in touch with her and asked if Edith would enjoy receiving cards of encouragement and support.

Sue was so grateful that the on-line community might help in this way - it was something she had not considered.

Edith enjoys Quilting and LOVES flowers! Edith's beloved fur child is a little pug, and both miss each other very much.
Will you please consider sending a note, tag, or card (or two or three? LOL) offering encouragement? Edith valiantly fights other illnesses in addition to this new challenge. She is a very courageous soul.

Cards can be sent addressed to Edith c/o Sue and she will take them daily to the hospital.

To obtain the mailing address, please write:
thinkingofyou@tampabay.rr.com

Thank you for making a difference in one person's life, by bringing in a little sunshine.

UPDATES WILL BE POSTED CONTINUALLY AND KEPT IN A TAB AT THE TOP OF DONNA'S BLOG. Thanks again.

stamping hugs,
Shona

Monday, June 30, 2014

JULY 1ST REVEAL

Hi there, and a warm welcome to Sparkle N Sprinkle's 
July 1 Reveal.



As you can see, I chose to feature the Daisies Set 619, which is one of the EIGHT new stamp sets being introduced. Until July 3, the sets are 20% off their regular price. The darling "Under the Mistletoe" rubber stamp set #556 is available on Cling Mounted Rubber, as a digital image, and is also included in This Month's Technique Video.

The sets are:

Under The Mistletoe #556 - (digital available)
Feline Humor #631 - (digital available)
Old Friends #633 - (digital available)
Gran's Chair #627 - (digital available)
Winter Stream #601 - ( (digital available)
A Savior #637 - (digital available)
Beach Friends #644 - (digital available)
Daisies #619 - (digital available)






On July 3 one Grand-Prize Winner will be selected from the comments left on the designers' blogs listed below. The Grand Prize Winner will receive their choice of:

1) all the new rubber stamp sets
or 
2) all the new digital stamps and digital stamp sets. 

The new SNS Creative Challenges also begins today, with lots of prizes and recognition badges. 

The winner of the blog hop will be announced on July 3 on Facebook, the SNS blog, and on our blogs:

Eret Pank
Emmy van den Heuvel
Shona Erlenborn
Belinda Shupe
April Williams
Anne Temple
Steff Munnings

So, on with my project! I love this new delicate daisy stamp and the sentiment that I chose to use along with the image inspired me to use a dark colored card base. I heat embossed the image with Belgian Cream, then bleached out the leaves and petals of the flowers.


I then took a bottle of Dimensional Glue and started to "paint" inside the rounded petals and applied Bubble Gum Glitter. The longer shaped petals were colored with Mauvelous Glitter. I applied Mega Tack Glue to the centers of the flowers and when it was dry, I applied glass beads which I had colored with some Alcohol Inks. As you can see from the photo below, it added some nice dimension.


Full directions for the project can be found here, if needed. Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team. Remember to leave a little love in the form of a comment on each of the posts to be eligible to be the Grand Prize Winner!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

IT'S HOW YOU GET THERE!

Hi there, 

So glad you stopped by today. 


You may have noticed that I haven't posted in a while. In fact, I haven't been stamping much lately either. I'm up to my eyeballs in the end of school activities, which will conclude with a Graduation party in the backyard a week on Saturday. 

I hosted the prom photo shoot two Friday's ago, and there have been umpteen end of the school year activities. My Mum and Dad arrived yesterday for five weeks, so I thought I'd better get a quick post in before they come through. It's all good, so I'm not complaining, but that's my excuse for not being more active over here! 

Today I'd like to share a card I made to showcase the new "dirty" embossing powders, Copper Flame and Blackened Bronze. These powders are super thick and have chunks in them. As a result, it is better to heat emboss them from underneath, so that the little chunks don't go flying off your project! As they are metallic and masculine, I used them along with two other metallic powders: Verdigris and Antiquities to create my card today:



I started with stamping the map from the new Travel Mixed Media Set. I stamped it twice on cream cardstock and then swiped over it with several Distress Inks, after tearing the edges. I embossed the torn edges with Antiquities embossing powder.

The sentiment is from Car Set 283: Clyde. It was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Antiquities. I attached brass hangers to add to the metallic look and wrapped a little burlap ribbon, distressed with Pumice Stone ink.


The chipboard pieces are from Want to Scrap. The cog and arrow were heat embossed first with Antiquities and then a little Verdigris. A little Mega Tack Glue was used to attach the cog to the underside of the sentiment before attaching to the map background with the hanger brads. This was then layered to Kraft cardstock, distressed with more Distress inks.

The Penny Farthing wheels were heat embossed with Blackened Bronze, then the bike frame was embossed with Copper Flame.


The arrow and bike were added with dimensionals to the card front. Full directions for the card can be found here, if needed.



Hope I've inspired you to pick up these new powders. They are so much fun to use, and are especially "geared" towards those masculine cards.

Till next time!

Hugs,

Shona