Thursday, July 23, 2015


Hi there,

Today I'd like to share with you another card using the Birds of a Feather Set 726. I loved this cool little lady with the high heels and decided to combine the set with the Cinderella Slipper Set 528 for my card today.

I stamped the chick in Versamark and heat embossed with Dragon Fruit. I used the Spellbinders Eyelet Circles die to cut and emboss and daubered a little Memento Lulu Lavender around the image before I removed the die. She was then colored with Copics: V01, RV02, RV04 and V04. A Sakura glue pen was used to apply Lavender Iris Glitter to her wing, tail and tufts. Dimensional Glue was added to her eye and to the heels. A little thread of Diamond Mesh from Mon Ami Gabby was attached for her necklace. She was set aside at this point for the glue to dry.

To make my background I spritzed white cardstock with water and then applied some Violet Color Burst on top of the spritzed cardstock. I dried the cardstock with my heat tool. The Cinderella Slipper was stamped randomly in Versamark and heat embossed with Belgian Cream. I then decided to go over the entire background with Memento Lilac Posies, I rubbed a tissue gently over the entire piece to take any ink off the embossing powder, this really made the shoes pop!

The sentiment from the Cinderella Slipper Set was stamped in Versamark and then heat embossed with Mulberry (one of my favorite detailed Tuscany EPs that I like to use for sentiments!). It was die cut with Lifestyle Crafts Nesting Rectangles, daubered with some more Lulu Lavender.

Three brads were "blinged" with Mulberry and attached to the circle along with some pink adhesive pearls and rhinestones (Want to Scrap Bling). Three white feathers were threaded through holes and attached to the back with tape. The card was finished by layering the background piece to the card based, which had been edged with 1/2" Tear-ific Tape, then some Diamond Mesh from Mon Ami Gabby was added around the sticky edges. There was still some stickiness around the mesh and so I applied Bubble Gum glitter to take care of that! The sentiment and the image were then added with Dimensional Foam to finish up the card.

I hope I have given you some inspiration today to maybe pick up this sweet little chick set. Both of these new sets are such fun and are so versatile, they can be used for many different occasions.

Hope to see you this weekend for our Joint Blog Hop with Die-Versions where we will be featuring Cancer Awareness. 

Thanks for stopping by today,


Sunday, July 19, 2015


Hi everyone,

I'm back today with a quick post of a card I sent to my brother-in-law for his 60th.  Paul loves to alter objects. We recently visited his studio down in Amissville, Virginia and he was altering an old gynecologist's examination table into a kitchen island table.  Well, I'm almost sure the buyers won't know it's original purpose!! Were he a card maker he would definitely be into Steam Punk - let's just leave it at that, shall we??!!

Here's the table that he is repurposing:

He just loves gears and metals! Here is a photo of a painting that he has recently completed. Note the still life that he put together to paint from!

Yes, I know - nuts right? (no - bolts too!)

Anyway back to the card! I had this background which I had made a while back - which involved gears with metallic colors and I thought that would be perfect for him!

I took the plastic TCW Mini Gears Stencil (262s) and taped it down to a piece of black cardstock. I applied Dreamweaver Translucent embossing paste and then after removing the stencil I applied both Shazam and Abracadabra (separately) before heat embossing the entire background.


The Happy Birthday is a Die Versions Die Cut (DVJ-081) cut out of white card stock to which I applied Versamark ink and then heat embossed with Copper Dreams. To make it look a little more rusted and worn, I added some more Versamark and then sprinkled on some Magic Speckle and heat embossed with the heat tool from underneath (to stop the powder from flying all over - which it will do if you heat from the top - just saying!) Love that look - I mean the rusted look - not the powder flying all over the place!

I had the self-adhesive numerical silver stickers in my stash, so trying to keep the card with the metallic look, I stuck them in the space of the cog. The background was attached to black cardstock (which is white on the inside). Happy Birthday was attached with Dimensional Foam and the card was complete.

Happy 60th Paul!

I'd like to enter this card in the Scrapy Land Challenge: No. 22 - Vintage/Steam Punk

Hope you've enjoyed stopping by today.



Wednesday, July 15, 2015


Hi there,

If you came here from Ashley's fun blog, then you have made it through the entire surprise SNS chick marathon! Wasn't that so much fun? If you just stopped by to see what I'm up to, then run back to the beginning of the blog hop with Irit, and leave a comment on each of the designers' blogs for a chance to win both these cute sets. Someone has to win - and it could be YOU!

I chose to highlight the totally surprised guy - who just can't believe how old you are!! Isn't he just the cutest?

These new sets are 20% off until July 18.  So once you finish the blog hop, head on over to the store and start shopping.  All of the new sets are available on cling mounted rubber or as a digital image.  

The sets are:

Cool Chicks 725   (digi version DIGI725B)
Birds of a Feather 726   (digi version DIGI726B)

A WINNER will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs and will receive BOTH of these new sets.  Please leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for this Prize.  You never know who the Mystery Designer will be that has the winning comment.  

The Grand Prize Winner, will be announced on July 19 on the SNS Facebook page and on the SNS Blog.

The Blog Hop order for our Mini Reveal is:

Shona (that's me!)

(*Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

We hope you enjoy this surprise Mini Reveal as much as we have enjoyed creating new projects for it.  And hopefully, we have inspired you as well.  Look for more of these cute chicks in the future too :-).  Here's my creation for this fun hop:

I stamped the little guy (from Set 725: Cool Chicks) in black Memento ink, fussy cut and colored him with Copic markers Y13, YR04, YR68 and 100.  I then applied Dimensional Glue to his beak and set him aside to dry.  I used a Quickutz Speech Bubble for the sentiment to make it appear like he was screaming.  It was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail.

I decided to try a different card idea, so using a Sizzix Movers and Shapers, Square Stand Up die I cut the base out of orange cardstock.  I then ran a piece of white cardstock through and cut 1/8" off all the edges of each piece.  The square that the chick is mounted on was rubbed with Memento Inks Dandelion and Cantaloupe before I ran it through the Darice "Crackled" embossing folder.  I then ran the Desert Sand ink pad over the raised surface.

For the layer behind the square, I ran the white cardstock through the embossing folder and this time inked with Dandelion the debossed side, so that the white showed through as the cracks.

The base piece was done the same way, using Dandelion and Cantaloupe, then I covered the entire piece with Versamark and heat embossed with Sparkle.  The sentiment (from Innies and Outies Set 311) was stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Black Detail.  Both panels were cut using Lifestyle Nesting Rectangles, I applied Dandelion ink with a dauber before removing the die.

The candle was made by taping a piece a scrap of Super Adhesive Sheet (you could also use Tear-ific Tape) to yellow cardstock, running it through a die cutting machine with the Elizabeth Craft Designs 732 die cut.  Use an exacto knife to remove the backing from the candle details and add glitter to the sticky surface.  I used Sunny Daze for the center of the flame and Flaming Orange for the candle I used on the card.


The ribbon is a piece of 1/2" Tear-ific Tape which is covered on both sides with Mimosa Sparkle N Soft.  Here is a tutorial on how to make ribbon with the Tear-ific Tapes and glitter!  After I made the ribbon, I ran a piece of 1/4" Tear-ific Tape along the base of the card and attached the ribbon, crimping as I went to achieve the ribbed look.

The chick and sentiment were attached with Dimensional Dots to complete the card.

I hope you have enjoyed your visit with me, the rest of the SNS Design Team and these two fun sets.  I'm the last blogger for this mini hop, so that's all for now.  Make sure you commented on each Designers' blog.  Remember - we need a winner for these two sets!

.... and a little sneak peak of my next "chick card".  So many possibilities!  Not nearly enough time! 

Thanks for visiting today, 


Wednesday, July 8, 2015


Hi there,

I'm here today to share with you another card from the new Reveal sets this month. This little guy, the Christmas Goose comes with a few fun sayings - so I decided to match him up with an older set for the sake of a laugh!

Firstly, I stamped the farm scene (from Set 652) on white glossy cardstock in Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored it roughly with Memento inks, London Fog, Summer Sky and New Sprout with a dauber, before going over the inks with some Copics: C5, E31, E35, Y17, for the details.

The Christmas Goose was stamped in Versamark ink on white glossy and heat embossed with Black Detail. He was fussy cut and I went around the outline with the black Copic to get rid of any stray white card. I then went on to color his hats, socks and lights, with some brighter shades of  Copics.

The colored light bulbs were given a little dab of Dimensional Glue to make them shine. The sentiment was stamped in Versamark on to the background (after applying the anti-static powder) and heat embossed with Black Detail. It gave a nice raised, detailed impression.

The background piece was centered to a piece of light blue cardstock, edged with 1/4" Tear-ific Tape. Diamond Dust Glitter (which is chunkier glitter) was then applied to the remaining exposed tape, to add a little extra bling to the piece.

Our Christmas Goose was then attached to the card front with Dimensional Foam, to finish. That ends my share for today. Hope I've inspired you to take another look at some of your old stash and stamp sets and use them in other ways than they were intended!

Be ready to join us again next week, when we will be doing an impromptu mini blog hop, featuring some other funny little birds!