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

This week’s challenge is Transport It! - The design team is featuring supplies from Simple Stories this week. I always love Simple Stories releases! Especially their beachy and summer ones. I loved their goodies so much I taught with them at Crop on the Cape back in March and featured their products in a Summer Mini Book kit I had offered for sale. All of their elements make it super easy to put together a mini book, and they have fabulous products for pocket scrapbooking as well. I was having so much fun creating my card for this weeks challenge I ended up creating TWO- and get this- I didn’t use a single stamp!!! Crazy talk I know…. but I still love how they came out!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Transport It! featuring Simple Stories Products | shurkus.com

I just loved this Simple Stories Good Day line of papers and embellishments. They are bright and cheery colors and of course they have all these fun summery elements- which just make this girl happy! :)

Simple Stories, Good Day

Simple Stories, Good Day

Simple Stories, Good DayI played with the pattern papers from the 6×6 paper pad and some of the cardstock stickers for this card. I used the powder tool to make the stickers not sticky anymore, then I popped them up with some foam tape. I added some Stardust stickles to the hearts and arrow.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Transport It! featuring Simple Stories Products | shurkus.com

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Transport It! featuring Simple Stories Products | shurkus.comFor the next card I used the cloud pattern paper from the Good Day 6×6 paper pad. I then glittered the windows of the Ice Cream Truck that was part of the Good Day Ephemera Bits & Pieces. I used a quickie glue pen and prisma ultrafine glitter. I used a little bit of Doodle Bug washi tape, across the bottom. Using the alphabet stickers from the 12×12 Good Day Collection Kit I created the “smile” sentiment and then covered the letters with Stardust stickles.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Transport It! featuring Simple Stories Products | shurkus.com

Simple Stories, Good Day

 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Transport It! featuring Simple Stories Products | shurkus.com

 

Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge. Create something with a “Transport It!” theme

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



Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Happy National Coffee Day! | shurkus.com

Happy National Coffee Day! Did you not know it was National Coffee Day? Well now you do- and we have all kinds of Coffee Inspiration for you!!! I am enjoying an Island Coconut from Green Mountain Coffee, hot. I usually am drinking a Dunkin Donuts Iced Caramel Swirl Coffee but no time to stop on the way to work today.

Love You A Latte, Lawn Fawn

Amy and Chaitali are hosting this fabulous Blog Hop today and it was the perfect excuse to create another card with the new Lawn Fawn Love You A Latte set! I was hanging out with some of my crafty peeps on Google Hangout last night and I whipped up this “warm wishes” card. I wanted to play with Doodlebugs Paper Doilies. I actually don’t own a lot of coffee themed stamps so that part was an easy pick for me.

Warm Wishes, Coffee Lovers Blog Hop | shurkus.com

I stamped and watercolored in the coffee cup with distress inks on distress watercolor paper. I just love adding the little mustache face to it!! Wicked cute!! I used Peacock Feathers and Vintage Photo Distress Inks. I mounted all of this onto one of Lawn Fawns new woodgrain notecards, I just LOVE these! I was sharing with my friends while creating it I feel like I do the same thing over and over with sentiments. I almost left this one without a sentiment because I wasn’t sure what would work. They reminded me I could put one on the inside! Ha! I always forget that as I am usually designing cards for classes or my blog and its one more thing to photograph or remind people in classes.

Warm Wishes, Coffee Lovers Blog Hop | shurkus.com

Simon Says Stamp October 2014 Card Kit

I also just wanted to point out that this month’s card kit from Simon Says Stamp has the cutest coffee themed stamp set and all kinds of other goodies! I think their kits are some of the best value ever!! Check it out!

I can’t wait to see what everyone else created for this hop! If you would like to hop around to other coffee creations you can start the hop here. Everyone is linking their posts at the bottom of the blog post. There are many sponsors and ways to win prizes so be sure to check it out!!

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Sponsors

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop Sponsors


Go With The Flow, Hero Arts | shurkus.com

Happy Friday Everyone!

I have another Hero Arts card for you today. It’s a simple card, but a good reminder. Go with the flow- man I have to remind myself of this a lot lately. I have a lot going on, organizing, planning etc and it doesn’t always work out the way I had intended… go with the flow is what I remind myself. It will all work out, and whats meant to be will be!

Hero Arts Go With The Flow Rubberstamp

When I saw this Go With The Flow Whale Stamp from Hero Arts I just knew it needed to live on my stamp shelves. I love everything about it. The whale, the typography and the quote. It’s perfect!

I kept this card simple. I inked the whale in Salty Ocean Distress Ink and stamped it on Distress Watercolor Paper. I then took my Tim Holtz waterbrush and filled the letters in with some of the distress ink. I did the same thing to create the water around the whale. I then used a quickie glue pen and filled in all the letters. It was fun to trace them, pretending I had written the beautiful letter forms. Once all the letters had glue in them, I sprinkled some Ultrafine Glitter.

I then tore the bottom of the watercolor paper, towards me so it would expose the center of the paper. I used some foam tape to adhere it to a card. All done! Simple, yet elegant.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes featuring Hero Arts Products | shurkus.com You Make My World Bright, Hero Arts | shurkus.com

Did you miss my other Hero Arts creations from this week?

Have a nice weekend everyone!!


October Loft Art Retreat | shurkus.com
October Loft Art Retreat UPDATE

Before I get to the card I wanted to share with you some more sneak peeks of what we will be creating at the October Loft Art Retreat. Everyone will go home with 20+ handmade holiday cards as well as other fun goodies! I also wanted to let you know that TWO spots have opened on Saturday Oct 11th for my Loft Art Retreat and I am still taking registrations for Sunday October 12th. More details can be found here, I would love for you to join us!

I promised you yesterday when I shared my card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge that I would be back today AND tomorrow with some more creations with Hero Arts supplies. I have had some new goodies from them just waiting for me to create with.

You Make My World Bright, Hero Arts | shurkus.com

This is a fun one layer card where I combined the stars from the Hero Arts Stars Pattern stencil and the arrow and sentiment from the Hero Arts Written In The Stars stamp set.

Hero Arts Stencil Stars Pattern  Hero Arts, Written in the Stars Stamp Set

Let me share with you how I created the card above using some masking tricks, distress inks and embossing powder!

You Make My World Bright, Hero Arts | shurkus.com

You Make My World Bright, Hero Arts | shurkus.com

First I took some painters tape and covered the stamp images from the Hero Arts Written In The Stars stamp set that I knew I wanted to use on the card. This way I knew the size I was going to have to mask.

You Make My World Bright, Hero Arts | shurkus.com

I then used those same pieces of painters tape and adhered them to a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper where I wanted to position the stamped images. Note: Before you do this step, be sure to rub your powder tool all over the Distress Watercolor paper to get any cling, or static off of it. I forgot this step and it was a bit tedious to brush the extra powder off with a paint brush

You Make My World Bright, Hero Arts | shurkus.com

Using some more painters tape I taped the Hero Arts Stars Pattern stencil down over the Distress Watercolor Paper. I took a Versamark ink pad and pressed it all over through the stencil.

You Make My World Bright, Hero Arts | shurkus.com

Dip the Distress Watercolor paper into your bucket of white embossing powder (or clear, it doesn’t really matter)

You Make My World Bright, Hero Arts | shurkus.com

Peel the painters tape off, and heat emboss the stars. Not Pictured: Stamp the arrow and sentiment in Versamark, and emboss those as well.

You Make My World Bright, Hero Arts | shurkus.com

Using your mini blending tool and Seedless Preserves Distress ink, start to blend the ink in the center of the card. You can see the white embossed images repel the ink.

You Make My World Bright, Hero Arts | shurkus.com

Then on the edges blend in Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink. I then trimmed the card down a bit, and adhered it to a card. Easy right!?

I hope you enjoyed this technique and I will be back tomorrow with another Hero Arts card for you!


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

This week’s challenge is Anything Goes! - Create whatever you desire! Do you have some new goodies you haven’t inked up yet? Or maybe something you haven’t played with in awhile. Time to dust it off or ink it up and create!!  The design team is featuring supplies from Hero Arts this week. I have a few new to me goodies from Hero Arts so I will be back tomorrow AND friday with some more inspiration- be sure to come back and visit. For today I played with Hero Arts/Basic Grey Highline Background Stamp and…. my distress inks!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes featuring Hero Arts Products | shurkus.com

I just loved this Hero Arts/Basic Grey Highline Background Stamp the first time I saw it. I love typography and written letters, so pretty.

Hero Arts Cling Stamp HIGHLINE CHALKBOARD BasicGrey

I started with some of my favorite Distress Ink Colors: Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Peacock Feathers and Seedless Preserves.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes featuring Hero Arts Products | shurkus.com

I inked up the stamp using these inks. I started with the wild honey, and then went to the darker colors overlapping all of them a bit. I then spritzed that stamp with a fine mist of water. Leaving the stamp just as it is above, I laid a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper over it, and pressed all over.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes featuring Hero Arts Products | shurkus.com

I then took a Tim Holtz Detailer Waterbrush filled with water and started to gently pull the color into the white letters, filling them in. When this was done I then used the waterbrush to blend out the background and any splotchy stamping that might have occurred since it was such a solid stamp.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes featuring Hero Arts Products | shurkus.com

I was really pleased with how pretty this background turned out. The distress inks blend so nicely with water. I was trying to decide what to do next. I wanted something that really POPPED off of all the color and texture I had going on. I decided I would try my hand at fun scripty lettering in my own handwriting.

Tim Holtz DETAILER WATER BRUSH Ranger Watercoloring TIP

 

I have one of Tim Holtz Detailer Waterbrush and I have filled it with Sumi Ink per Dina Wakley’s suggestion. It works great to do writing in your art journal. You can see where I was testing it out in my instagram picture. I penciled out the word “hello” and then traced over it with the Tim Holtz Detailer Waterbrush filled with Sumi Ink.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes featuring Hero Arts Products | shurkus.com

I then did a wash of Peacock Feathers, and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink. I cut it into pennant and adhered it to my card.

Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge.

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



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

First things first! I have a winner to announce from last week’s post!!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Create Your Own Background, Gelatos | shurkus.com

 

 

Blog Winner | shurkus.com

Shelly please email me by Friday so I can mail you the gelatos that are pictured above! Thank you everyone for your comments and for subscribing to my email newsletter!!

Ok, onto this weeks challenge!

This week’s challenge is Tag It! - Tags can be something that you test out techniques on, an added embellishment to a gift, or added to the front of a card for dimension. The design team is featuring supplies from Tim Holtz this week. I have plenty of his stamps, stencils, inks, embellishments etc in my stash to play with and I bet you do too!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Tag It featuring Tim Holtz Products | shurkus.com

I couldn’t resist creating a nautical theme with the Tim Holtz Nautical Blueprints Stamp set.  I am still in denial that summer is over, and I am just hoping it is a quick and mild winter!

Tim Holtz, Nautical Blue Prints

I started with a manilla tag, and blended some Salty Ocean Distress Ink. I then pooled some water in my hand and flicked it on the tag. Remember Distress Inks react with water, so leaving the splatters there for a minute will lighten up those spots. I blotted it with a rag and then covered the tag with the Tim Holtz Speckles Layering Stencil. I sprayed Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearl Mist through the stencil. Don’t sorry too much how this looks, its just adding a bit of shimmer in the background. You can see this better below in some of the detail shots.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Tag It featuring Tim Holtz Products | shurkus.com

With archival black ink I stamped the seahorse directly on the tag, and also on a piece of Distress Watercolor Paper. On the watercolor piece I used Wild Honey Distress Ink and my Koi waterbrush to watercolor in the seahorse. There was a little bit of perfect pearls mist still on my ranger craft sheet, so that added a bit of shimmer to the seahorse as well. I fussy cut the seahorse and the word “seahorse” out, and foam taped them to the tag. I then took some fun ribbon from May Arts and colored it with Lettuce Colorwash. It is originally a cream color, but I wanted it to look more like seaweed. I used the Tim Holtz tiny attacher, to adhere the ribbon. I bunched it up in places and wrapped it a bit around the tag, holding it all down with those fabulous tiny staples! I added a few pieces of sinamay with staples as well. We used to sell so many rolls of that at Colorful Creations for everyone’s beachy projects!  I had a few seashells and tiny starfish in my stash, so I adhered those with a generous amount of glossy accents.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Tag It featuring Tim Holtz Products | shurkus.com

I then took Distress Stickles in Antique Linen and Rock Candy and generously squeezed this on the tag. I kept the Antique Linen primarily on the bottom, envisioning it as sand. I think Rock Candy Distress Stickles is TOTALLY underestimated, I just love the effect it gives things. In this case I put a bit on the shells, the “wing” of the seahorse and the edges of the water, to give it this sparkly ocean look! I finished off the tag with some nautical ribbon from May Arts. What do you think? It’s still summer in the Loft at my studio table ;)

Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge.

Just by playing along (creating a card where you made your own background) 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



Hey Everyone! I was tagged by the very artistic Evelin (of Evelin T Designs) to participate in the Creative Blog Hop in her post here. I was so flattered to receive Evelin’s email to ask if I would participate in this hop. I had the pleasure of being on the Sweet Stamp Shop Design Team with Evelin while she also released her own stamp designs through the Sweet Stamp Shop. I love following Evelin on instagram and her facebook page and seeing all of her artistic endeavors, she is very talented!

The idea around The Creative Blog Hop is to learn a bit more about other bloggers by answering four questions, so here we go…

1. What am I working on right now?

Prepping for Classes | shurkus.com

Oh boy, this is a very busy time of year for me as I teach a lot of papercrafting classes- and I find that in the fall people are ready to dive back into their hobby after the summer months. So I am working on designing, kitting and marketing those classes. You can see my schedule here.

Class at Papercraft Clubhouse | shurkus.com

I am also super busy planning for my Loft Art Retreats this fall. I am hosting 2 of them, one of which registration just started. So lots of organizing, designing and planning for those. And on top of that just my normal Design Team work for Lawnscaping Challenges and Simon Says Stamp

Loft Art Retreat | shurkus.com

2. How does my work differ from those in my genre?

You know, I’m not even sure what my genre is…. is that bad? I guess I might differ because my style is all over the place. I can go from clean and simple, to mixed media, to technique heavy. I truly enjoy it all! I love creating a simple card, or an artsy fartsy art journal page.

My Style | shurkus.com

3. Why do I create what I do?

Another good question. I truly believe in doing something creative everyday. If i wasn’t able to do that I would be the saddest person ever. I love creating. I love getting painty and inky and just be in the zone of creative ideas. Also a large amount that I create is for teaching. I love teaching. I have been teaching in person papercrafting classes for over 10 years now. When I managed a local store I sometimes taught 2-3 different classes a week. I still remember the excitement when a new class calendar was posted. I still enjoy teaching a class and seeing that light bulb go off when people learn something new. I also am enjoying teaching right here on my website. I am working at posting more videos, and photo tutorials to share things with you :)

Create something everyday | shurkus.com

4. How does my creative process work?

My Studio Table | shurkus.com

I try my best to stay organized, and keep a list of projects and deadlines. Unfortunately I find that I am most creative under pressure, so procrastination really is my middle name. You can give me months to create something.. but the creative juices don’t really start to flow until the pressure is on and deadline is looming. I also like to create with a bit of a mess. I always clean up and put things way in between projects, but when in the middle of a project my studio table area looks like a disaster! The only time it is semi clean when I’m creating is when I am filming a video ;)

My studio table | shurkus.com

 

I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about me :)

The last part of this blog hop is to TAG some creative  people that inspire me and these are the creative ladies who inspire me and also offer me creative support as well :) I am lucky to be on the Lawnscaping Challenge team with both of them.

Be sure to bookmark their blogs as they will be posting next Monday, September 22nd.

Samantha Mann
Samantha Mann
I currently live in South Carolina and LOVE all things crafty related! My two little men keep me super busy! And when I’m not working, playing or reading, I’m in my office making something happy!! I made my first scrapbook in 2003, and then really focused on cards in 2009!

 

Yainea Yainea Nuñez

Hi! My name is Cristina but I use Yainea as a nickname all the time. I’m from Spain, I love everything cute and crafty and I specially  enjoy stamping and cardmaking :)
I also love long walks riding my bike with my boyfriend, animals (I have two dogs and a cat) and, as a software engineer, everything computer related. Oh! And I couldn’t live without coffee! He he I know some of you know what I mean ;)

Note: I will be back later with a fun Creative Blog Hop, so be sure to pop back and read all about that!
Lawnscaping Challenge #90: Critters Galore | shurkus.com

We are honoring all the awesome critter stamps that Lawn Fawn has this week on the Lawnscaping Challenge blog. Critters are fun because they make everyone smile and they can be used for any themed card you want! Be creative! We are challenging YOU to use critters!

For my card I decided to watercolor with Distress Ink Pads. Even though I struggled a few weeks ago with the One Layer Challenge- this weeks card is almost a one layer and I wasn’t even trying- go figure!

Lawnscaping Challenge #90: Critters Galore | shurkus.com

 

I find it so relaxing to watercolor, and using the mini distress inks makes it so easy! I had a lot of fun watercoloring the moose and bear, and then playing with the background as well.

Critters in the Arctic, Lawn Fawn | shurkus.com  Love You S'more, Lawn Fawn | shurkus.com

The moose is from the new Critters in the Arctic set, and being from New Hampshire I was so excited to add him to the collection of Lawn Fawn critters I have. The bear is from the Love you S’more set, and I think he is just too cute!

Lawnscaping Challenge #90: Critters Galore | shurkus.com

 

Just a quick post for today. I have been super busy getting ready for upcoming local classes and my Loft Art Retreat. I will be back later today with a Creative Blog Hop post AND tomorrow with updated news about the Loft Art Retreat.

Lawn Fawn, small logo

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


October Loft Art Retreat | shurkus.com

I am WICKED excited to announce to you that registration is OPEN for the next loft art retreat that will be on October 11th from 10a-5p. I anticipate that this event will sell out quickly! Register HERE!

Loft Art Retreat | shurkus.com

 

I am WICKED excited to announce to you that the you can find all the details for my next loft art retreat that will be on Saturday, October 11th from 10am-5pm here.

Registration will open up for the event Sunday September 14th at 7am. So be sure to set a reminder for yourself. I anticipate that this event will sell out quickly!

If it does sell out there is a chance I will open up registration for Sunday October 12th as well, so if you can’t make it on Saturday OR it sells out before you get a chance to sign up- stay tuned!

You can read about the May Loft Art Retreat here and you can read about the one I held in February here

If you have any questions don’t hesitate to email me.

I look forward to seeing you soon!

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