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I thought I would pop in and let you all know a little bit about what’s going on around here. There is a TON!

Mister Harley under the Christmas Tree | shurkus.com

We finally picked up our Christmas tree last weekend, and decorated it after work on Monday. We have had plans or been away most weekends and since Chris commutes to work in Boston, he doesn’t get home until late on weeknights.

Chris’s mom had birthday celebration in New York City a couple weekends ago, a black tie event. fancy schmancy! It was fun to get all dressed up. I loved seeing Chris in a tux- so handsome!

Chris & I in NYC | shurkus.com

I have been getting tons of happy mail from some black friday/small saturday/cyber monday purchases. I hope to be able to play with it all soon! Looking forward to some downtime over the holidays- yes downtime. Chris and I are laying low for the most part. We both have some time off from work and will be staying home for Christmas- probably just the 2 of us unless my dad changes his mind. We will spend Christmas Eve on Cape with Jayne (my old boss from Colorful Creations) and New Years Eve in CT with Chris’s sister and family- but besides that it will be PJ’s, studio table, and computer time (more on that below)- I can’t wait!

Happy Mail from Newton's Nook | shurkus.com

I participated in a panel presentation on Google Hangouts for CHA’s Social Media Section. We talked all about Facebook pages vs. Facebook Groups, Pinterest and I talked about Instagram. If you are interested in watching it I have cued it up to my section. Disclaimer: I was a tad nervous…

With 2015 fast approaching I am scrambling to get ready for all that is to come in the new year! I can’t tell you too much …. yet. I can tell you I am working hard to redesign shurkus.com – and you guys are going to LOVE it! There will be larger images of my projects, organization will be better and there will be shopping capabilities!!!! I have been blogging since 2005- whoa! almost TEN YEARS! The current design is about 3 years old… so I am ready to move forward and ramp up shurkus.com

Here’s a teeny sneak peek:

Sneak Peak of new website | shurkus.com

I have picked up more freelance graphic design, social media work with my friend Alana. I used to work with her at Providence College, but she started her own business last year, Carbon. She is one of the hardest workers I know and her company is flourishing! She’s at the point where she needs help with some projects so that is where I am filling in. I love working with her again!

Carbon, Who We are | shurkus.com

I got my pictures back from the November Loft Art Retreat from Sarah of Sweet Jane Photography a few weeks ago- THEY ARE AWESOME! I hope to get a blog post together showing you some of them and recapping that event in the next couple days!

So, with ALL of that… I am wicked busy. Busier then normal- how that is even possible- I don’t even know! And, those are just the things I can share with you ;) I can’t wait to share everything with you!!

Sadly, I am not sending out Christmas Cards this year. When I finally came to that realization it bummed me out big time. I am loving getting all the fabulous cards from peeps in the mail. I feel a bit guilty- but I know everyone will understand.

If you would like to see past years holiday cards you can find them here:

Be sure to sign up for my email newsletter- that is how you will be guaranteed to be the first to know of all the new happenings here at shurkus.com! Hope everyone is enjoying the Holiday Season!

Time for a NEW Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeI am back with a Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge card!

This week’s challenge is Winter Inspiration - the design team is featuring Penny Black products! I had the pleasure of putting together the Winter Inspiration board. It was so much fun!

Winter Inspiration Board, Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

I wanted to stick with the icy, wintery, snowflake theme of this board. I kept being drawn to the upper left hand image. So I decided to use the Prancer set from Penny Black to recreate it.

 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Winter Inspiration, Penny Black | shurkus.com

I stamped one of the pine trees repetitively in Pumice Stone Distress Ink. I then watercolored the sky with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I then used Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel on the scene, creating a snowy day. For the snowy ground and path I used Distress Dry Stickles in Rock Candy.

Chunky White Embossing Enamel, StampendousDistress Dry Stickles- Rock Candy, Ranger

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Winter Inspiration, Penny Black | shurkus.com

Don’t you just love that ribbon? Love the gold sparkle and that it is wired so I could form it how I would like. Too bad it’s just from my random ribbon bag. Yes, I have a bag of random ribbon pieces :)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Winter Inspiration, Penny Black | shurkus.com

The splash of red for the sentiment is inspired by the berries and cardinal in the inspiration board!

Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge. Use the winter inspiration board above to inspire you to create something!

Just by playing along and linking up your project to the SSS Wednesday Challenge post you can qualify to enter a $50 shopping voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random, it could be you!

Simon Says Stamp Prize

I really hope to see some of my blog readers join in on all the fun and play along with the challenge. I can’t wait to stop by some of your blogs and take a peek at what you have made. Have a wicked fun time creating!

Make sure to check back each Wednesday for another fun challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog


Lawnscaping Challenge #96: Merry Christmas

 

This week on the Lawnscaping Challenge blog we are challenging you to create something with a Christmas message! If you don’t celebrate Christmas- share a card for the holiday you do celebrate.

Lawnscaping Challenge #96: Merry Christmas | shurkus.com

 

For this card I used the Making Frosty Friends, Joy to the Woods, Bannerific, Deck the Halls, and Happy Everything. I decided to stay away from a red/green theme and made it a bit more “winterish” :)

Frosty Friends, Lawn FawnJoy To The Woods, Lawn Fawn Deck The Halls, Lawn Fawn  Bannerific, Lawn Fawn Happy Everything, Lawn Fawn

I used distress inks on distress watercolor paper. The birch trees from Joy to the Woods was stamped with Pumice Stone- perfect color for these!

Lawnscaping Challenge #96: Merry Christmas | shurkus.com

Lawn Fawn, small logo

For this Lawnscaping Challenge Lawn Fawn is sponsoring, so this is your chance to win a Gift Certificate from them! I hope you will play along and show us your holiday creations!


Simon Says Stamp, Better Together

Better together is a new collection of stamps, dies and stencils that celebrates love, family and friendship.  Welcome a new neighbor, share happy thoughts with a friend, send love notes to your special someone, and celebrate good times with your family.  With Christmas just around the corner, these sets are the perfect gift for your crafty friends!

Quite the Pear Card Set, Simon Says Stamp Exclusives | shurkus.com

The Simon crew sent me one of the sets to play with, Quite the Pear. I thought it was just PERFECT to create a set of Valentines! I cut some notecards to be 3.5 x 4.25. I don’t know what it is but I always feel Valentine’s need to be smaller.

Quite the Pear, Simon Says Stamp Exclusives Quite the Pear, Simon Says Stamp Exclusives

Quite the Pear Card Set, Simon Says Stamp Exclusives | shurkus.com

Quite the Pear Card Set, Simon Says Stamp Exclusives | shurkus.com

Quite the Pear Card Set, Simon Says Stamp Exclusives | shurkus.com

Quite the Pear Card Set, Simon Says Stamp Exclusives | shurkus.com

Quite the Pear Card Set, Simon Says Stamp Exclusives | shurkus.com

Quite the Pear Card Set, Simon Says Stamp Exclusives | shurkus.com

 

There are so many great stamp sets, stencils and dies in this release- be sure to go check them out!!

Time for a NEW Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeI am back with a Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge card!

This week’s challenge is Bling It On! - the design team is featuring Kaisercraft products! I love all their bling and paper options but this time decided to use one of their holiday stamp sets Basecoat Christmas Stamps.

 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Bling It On! featuring Kaisercraft | shurkus.com

I embossed the image in white and watercolored some Peacock Distress Ink over it. I then spritzed it with Perfect Pearl mist to give it a shimmer. I paired it with some of the patterns from the BoBunny 6×6 Candy Cane Lane paper pad.  I added some wood veneer snowflakes from Lawn Fawn. I stapled on some sparkly ribbon from May Arts with my tiny attacher. I added a touch of gold with some Smooch from Clearsnap.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Bling It On! featuring Kaisercraft | shurkus.com

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Bling It On! featuring Kaisercraft | shurkus.com

Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge. Bling It On! Get all that sparkle, glimmer and shimmer on a card!

Just by playing along and linking up your project to the SSS Wednesday Challenge post you can qualify to enter a $50 shopping voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random, it could be you!

Simon Says Stamp Prize

I really hope to see some of my blog readers join in on all the fun and play along with the challenge. I can’t wait to stop by some of your blogs and take a peek at what you have made. Have a wicked fun time creating!

Make sure to check back each Wednesday for another fun challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog


Looking for the Papercraft & Scrapbooking Magazine Blog Hop?
Looking for this weeks Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge post?
Create A Smile

Hey everyone! I am sad that this is my last Guest Post for Create a Smile. Create a Smile is a new company based in Germany. I am really proud of Christine for taking the leap and following her dreams and I love supporting that! Stay tuned though I already placed another order and have plans on using those goodies on future posts!

Miss You with Create a Smile stamps |shurkus.com
Now on today’s post! Using stencils is so popular right now in all kinds of papercrafting projects. I wanted to share a fun way to use these stencils in a different way!

Create a Stamp Supplies:

I used 2 stamp sets from Create a Smile. Your View and Perfect Tune. and one of their stencils Wave of Stars.

Your View, Create a SmilePerfect Tune, Create a SmileWave of Stars, Create a Smile

Other supplies used for this project:

(additional supplies linked below)

Photo Tutorial:

Multi Color Texture Paste Background, Create a Smile stamps & stencils | shurkus.com

1. Working on your Ranger Craft Sheet. This will make clean up SUPER easy!
2. Hold down a piece of Distress Watercolor Cardstock to the craft sheet. I use a washi tape I don’t like OR painters tape ;)
3. Adhere the stencil over the cardstock
4. Spread Ranger Texture paste through the stencil with a palette knife. I like Dina Wakley’s plastic one and it has a lot of give and seems to help get the paste in all the nooks and crannies
5. Clean your stencil
6. Heat set the Texture Paste
7. Reposition the stencil over the paste and hold in place with tape again
8. Using the mini blending tool and Distress Inks, ink over the stencil. The stencil will create a mask so you will only get ink on the Texture paste.
9. Clean your stencil
10. repeat steps 1-9 moving the stencil down the page and switching Distress Inks as you go

Multi Color Texture Paste Background, Create a Smile stamps & stencils | shurkus.com

Tips & Tricks:

  • Use a heavy weight cardstock to hold up to the Texture paste. I used Distress watercolor paper (my fave!)
  • Use painters tape to hold your cardstock and stencil in place.
  • I chose to use Texture paste instead of embossing paste because I wanted my colors to be really vibrant and pop off the page. Texture paste works best when you will be inking. I also get a better result from Texture paste when I want to heat set it to speed up the process.
  • Be sure to clean your stencil in between each step. You don’t want the Texture paste to dry on your stencil and you don’t want any left over ink to be on the stencil and mix with other colors.

Thank you to Christina and Create a Smile for having me as a guest designer! I have had SO much fun playing with your stamps. I already placed another order and will be featuring them in my COOL-est Card Series in Januaury!

Miss You with Create a Smile stamps |shurkus.com


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Time for a NEW Simon Says Stamp Wednesday ChallengeI am back with a Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge card!

This week’s challenge is Holidays/Christmas - the design team is featuring Stampendous products! I haven’t played with House Mouse stamps in a LONG time, like 10 years LONG time. I used to have a bunch of wood- mounted ones. I was excited to color and create with them again!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Holidays/Christmas featuring Stampendous | shurkus.com

I dug out the Spectrum Noir colored pencils that we were gifted to the team a few months back, and colored away. So fun! Once I had the Reindeer Games image colored I wanted to jazz it up a bit. I melted some Stampendous Chunky White Embossing Enamel on the scene, creating a snowy day. I also added some Martha Stewart sugar-cube glitter to the ground, and glossy accents to “rudolph’s” nose!

 

Reindeer Games/House Mouse, Stampendous   Chunky White Embossing Enamel, Stampendous  Sugar Cube Glitter, Martha Stewart

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Holidays/Christmas featuring Stampendous | shurkus.com

Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge. Anything Goes this week so the sky is the limit!!

Just by playing along and linking up your project to the SSS Wednesday Challenge post you can qualify to enter a $50 shopping voucher to the Simon Says Stamp store.

One lucky winner will be chosen at random, it could be you!

Simon Says Stamp Prize

I really hope to see some of my blog readers join in on all the fun and play along with the challenge. I can’t wait to stop by some of your blogs and take a peek at what you have made. Have a wicked fun time creating!

Make sure to check back each Wednesday for another fun challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog


with love Papercrafts & Scrapbooking

Hey everyone! Either you got here from Leigh Penner’s blog or you are one of my faithful blog readers- either way this is a very special post. If you haven’t heard yet, Papercrafts & Scrapbooking Magazine is stopping production with the February 2015 issue. It’s a sad day in craft land. A lot of people are wondering if this hobby is becoming less popular. I say NO WAY! Unfortunately magazines, newspapers and book printers are having a hard time keeping up in this digital age. Competing with blogs and pinterest that have any idea you would ever be looking for at your fingertip… and free its tough to keep a business profitable.

Anyways, this post and this massive blog hop is our way to say thank you!

Would you know I never submitted any cards to get published!? Even after many encouraging prompts from Susan Opel. I always thought there would be time. With all the in-person classes I teach it was hard for me to devote time to the calls and be thinking about 6 months ahead when I was busy designing/teaching for the present.

I am so proud of my friends who got published and even made it on the cover!!

I will always regret not submitting.

Papercrafts Magazine has always been a favorite of mine and a HUGE source of inspiration! I used to love when a new issue would come into the store I used to manage. We got many ideas for events at the stores, classes and store samples from that magazine!

Thank you to all the editors, go-to gals, everyone that got around to submitting and being published and in return inspiring me. Thank you.

Thank You Papercrafts, Lawn Fawn Stamps | shurkus.com

I finally got a chance to really play with the Lawn Fawn Penelope’s Blossoms set. It is soooo pretty. I used Distress Markers and colored directly on the stamp, stamping on watercolor paper and then using a waterbrush to give it the watercolor look. I used the coordinating die set – boy was that a time saver! For the sentiment I used the “Thank You So Much” from the Lawn Fawn Thank You Tag set. I added some dots of gold stickles and rock candy distress stickles on some of the orange flowers. It is so pretty in person!

Thank You Papercrafts, Lawn Fawn Stamps | shurkus.com

Thank You Papercrafts, Lawn Fawn Stamps | shurkus.com

Next on the hop you want to go visit Kimberly Wiener’s blog! To see a full list of the hop participants, scroll past the list of supplies used on this card.

DieCember, Simon Says Stamp

It’s December 1st and that means it is DieCember over at Simon Says Stamp! They are releasing all kinds of new exclusive dies AND have a Cyber Monday Sale going on with other dies! Heidi and the crew at Simon Says Stamp sent me a die ahead of time to play with and be able to share with you today! I LOVE it!!

DieCember, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

It was so much fun to put this card together. I decided to use the kitties from Furry Kisses again and color them just as I had on this card. Why re-invent the wheel right?! I glittered parts of the new Sweetheart Tag and then layered it over the kitties. For the sentiment I used the Card Exchanging Friends stamp set. The pattern paper is from Lawn Fawn their Peace Love Joy line. Added a sprig of ribbon and a heart embellishment from Doodlebug as well as a few gems.

Sweetheart Tag, Simon Says Stamp Exclusive

DieCember, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

DieCember, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

NEW DieCember 2014 Products from Simon Says Stamp:


CyberMonday 2014, SImon Says Stamp

Be sure to check out all the new dies on Simon Says Stamp’s website and tons of more inspiration on the Simon Says Stamp blog. Simon Says Stamp is also having a Cyber Monday SALE! Shop this category and use code: DIES to receive 50% off all dies in this category!

 

Lawnscaping Challenge #95: White on White

This week on the Lawnscaping Challenge blog we are challenging you to create something with a white on white color scheme! This was a tough one to design and a bit of a challenge to photograph, but I am really happy with the outcome! :)

Lawnscaping Challenge #95: White on White | shurkus.com

I just love all the stitched dies from Lawn Fawn. They add such a nice look to your cards. It was fun to use just dies, no stamping on this card as well! I used stitched rectangles, stitched hillside borders, forest border, stitched snowflakes and scripty joy.

Stitched Snowflakes, Lawn Fawn  Large Stitched Rectangles, Lawn Fawn  Small Stitched Rectangles, Lawn Fawn  Stitched Hillside Borders, Lawn Fawn  Forrest Border, Lawn Fawn  Scripty Joy, Lawn Fawn

 

Lawnscaping Challenge #95: White on White | shurkus.com

I used my quickie glue pen and ultra fine glitter on the edges of the stitched rectangles, stitched hillside borders, forest border and stitched snowflakes. By doing this it helped set the layers apart from each other. I also played with adhering some of the layers flat and some with foam tape. I used the Kool Tak clear foam tape behind the Scripty Joy to be sure no one would see it.

Kool Tak, Clear Foam Adhesive

Lawnscaping Challenge #95: White on White | shurkus.com

 



Hope you enjoy this creation and I can’t wait to see what you come up with for this challenge. The lucky winner will win a gift certificate from our generous sponsors, Simon Says Stamp!


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I participate in an affiliate program through Simon Says Stamp. I receive a commission when products are purchased through links here at this blog. All products linked below the posts of my creations are the actual products I used in creating my projects. I do not and will not share or review products that I would not personally recommend or use.