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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!

jenn shurkus |shurkus.com

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 Make Your Own Background - Sometimes a background of a card gets overlooked, or its always easy to dive into your pattern paper stash- but how fun and unique to create your own with all the papercrafting supplies you have!?  The design team is featuring supplies from Gelatos made by Faber Castell this week. I had purchased a few single colors of gelatos in the past, but I was ready to dive in feet first and I splurged on the 34 piece gift set of gelatos!

Since I had some duplicate colors I have a Blog Giveaway for you- be sure to read to the bottom to see the details!

Faber-Castell 34 piece gift set

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

I am really pleased with how this card came out it is a very different style for me- so let me get started in explaining it!

I first used some washi tape to hold down the Simon Says Stamp Waves stencil over a piece of Distress Watercolor paper. I then rubbed different colors of the gelatos through the stencil. Starting with the lightest color and layered them to the darkest. This looked like a scribbly mess but I stuck with it. With the stencil still positioned I used a baby wipe to blend and smooth out the color.

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

Simon Says Stampwaves stencil| shurkus.com

Once I got the background to look the way I wanted, I then colored some pinks on a scrap piece of Distress Watercolor paper, blending it out with a baby wipe- to diecut the Butterfly Delights from Memory Box. I did the same thing with greens to diecut the Straight Stalks die from Memory Box. I used Multi-Matte Medium to adhere all my little bits. I squeezed a glob out on my Ranger craft sheet and used the best applicator tool ever, my finger to put the glue on the stalks and butterflies. I didn’t want all the butterflies to be flat so for those I only put adhesive on the center of them, and I pinched their wings inward a bit.

Memory Box Butterfly Delights | shurkus.com

Memory Box Straight Stalks | shurkus.com

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

Once I had all those teeny butterflies on the card, I cut a strip of Distress Watercolor Paper to stamp the sentiment on. I rubbed the Metallic Melon Gelato right on the stamp, lightly misted with water and stamped it. I like the watercolor look this gives and the sentiment “hello beautiful” from the Simon Says Stamp featuring Mama Elephant Summer Garden stamp set is quickly becoming one of my faves!

Simon Says STamp featuring Mama Elephant, Summer Garden | shurkus.com

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

I cut the sentiment into a banner, and used foam tape to adhere it to the card. One final detail is I added some clear wink of stella glitter pen on some of the butterflies.

I think this card is pretty different for me- but I am enjoying it! I love how card challenges really stretch your creativity and get you out of a rut.

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

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

Blog Giveaway!!!!

Ok, as I mentioned I had some duplicate colors of the gelatos- so I would like to gift them to one lucky reader of my blog. In order to win just subscribe to my email newsletter AND leave me a comment below. If you are already a subscriber just note that in your comment. I will pick a winner Tuesday September 16th at 9am and post the winner in next weeks Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge post! Good Luck!!!

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



I decided to showcase some more of the new STAMPtember® products that have just been released. CLICK HERE to see them all. It is a HUGE release with loads of fabulous stamps, dies, stencils and much more!

Today I have 2 different cards for you, and although a lot of the STAMPtember® products are focused around the holidays- these 2 cards are not. I am not quite ready to say goodbye to summer.

STAMPtember® Zig Zag Stencil, Pawsome Card with Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

For this fun card I used the new Zig Zag Dots Stencil and….. DISTRESS INKS! I told you guys, I am obsessed with these inks all over again! I can’t stop playing with them!! I used some painters tape and held my stencil down over some Neenah Cardstock. I then took a long stirp of painters tape to cover the 2nd row of zig zags as you can see below.

STAMPtember® Zig Zag Stencil, Pawsome Card with Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

I then used my mini ink blending tool and colored in the first row with Barn Door Distress Ink. I unmasked the 2nd row of zig zags and masked the 1st and 3rd row, then inked the 2nd row in Wild Honey Distress Ink. I kept doing this down my cardstock (Mowed Lawn, Peacock Feathers, Seedless Preserves Distress Ink). I then stamped, colored with copics and fussy cut out the dog and cat from the Playful Pets stamp set. I have the dies, but I was too lazy to look for them- I need to spend some time ORGANIZING! For the sentiment I used the same Distress Ink colors, only I used Distress Markers, brushing directly on the stamp, huffing, and then stamping. I love how this turned out! And, because all cards could use some sequins… I add a few of those too!

STAMPtember® Zig Zag Stencil, Pawsome Card with Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

STAMPtember® Zig Zag Stencil, Simon Says Stamp

Playful Pets, Simon Says Stamp

STAMPtember® You're so Sweet Stamp Set with Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

For my 2nd card I used the new You’re So Sweet set. I loved watching Shari and Heidi talk about the new STAMPtember® product release here. I loved hearing how Heidi LOVES emoji’s and she wanted fruit to match that style. I had a lot of fun coloring these images with copics. I tend to use google search “cherries” and then look at the image results, find a cartoonish image and use that for reference on color, and shading. I know I need some more practice with my Copic coloring. I know how to blend etc. I just feel I could be better at it. I am in awe when I see the creations Sandy Allnock and Kathy Racoosin create! That is why I didn’t even think about signing up for their Copic Coloring class at Online Card Classes. I teach beginner Copic classes, but I feel that you should always be learning. I also love to see how other people do things.

STAMPtember® You're so Sweet Stamp Set with Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

I didn’t have the dies for this set, so I fussy cut them out. I heat embossed the sentiment in white. I just love how that looks on kraft cardstock. Using my quickie glue pen I jazzed all the fruit up with some ultra-fine crystal glitter. So pretty in person. I laid the fruit out and overlapped using foam tape on some of the images to pop them up!

Copic Skin, Sandy Allnock

A little more about Copic Coloring. Sandy had put a request out on instagram for all different skin tones to use as a reference for coloring with Copics. In the summer I am full of freckles and pretty bronze ;) So I used the #copicskin on one of my photos. Next thing I knew I was being tagged in a photo on instagram. It was so fun to open the app and see this cute face Sandy colored using my freckled beach face for a reference! She did a whole blog post about Copic Skin coloring as well. I sent her my mailing addi, and she sent me her piece of art- i love it even more in person and I seriously might frame it for my desk at work! Below is the link to the Online Card Class all about Copics for Cardmakers and I highly recommend signing up!

Copics, online card classes


 

STAMPtember® Simon Says Stamp

STAMPtember® Happy BIrthday Heidi, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

Did you know that yesterday was Heidi’s birthday? Heidi is the owner of Simon Says Stamp. In true Jenn fashion I am late in posting her Happy Birthday wishes. I decided to showcase some more of the new STAMPtember® products that have just been released. CLICK HERE to see them all. It is a HUGE release with loads of fabulous stamps, dies, stencils and much more!

I had the pleasure of meeting Heidi at the Simon Says Create event in May and then got to hang out with her again when I taught for Lawn Fawn in Utah back in July. Heidi is just the sweetest person, so full of energy and spunk! She was always making me laugh :) and I love how real life she is!

Heidi- I hope you had a wicked fabulous day as you deserve it!! Happy wishes for you for the coming year!

STAMPtember® Happy BIrthday Heidi, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

For today’s card I used the new Pile of Gifts diecut. I cut it out of black bazzill cardstock. I underlayed some Distress watercolor paper where I did the same technique as yesterday. I blended Barn Door and Broken China Distress Ink on the cardstock, and then this time spritzed it with Heirloom Gold Pearl Mist. Then heat set it. I did the same for the sentiment flag. I stamped “Happy Birthday” with black Versafine Ink. This sentiment was from the Furry Cat & Box stamp set.

STAMPtember® Happy BIrthday Heidi, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

I just love how striking the black looks against the pearlescent background. I have popped this special card in the mail to Heidi, and I hope it makes her smile!

Some VERY exciting news JUST announced!!! ( Watch Tim Holtz’s video about this new set here)

Tim Holtz STAMPTEMBER exclusive Cling Stamps

Simon Says Stamp has just released a LIMITED EDITION Tim Holtz STAMPtember® stamp set!!! These are sure to sell like crazy so be sure to get yours today! They are Limited Edition!!

Be sure to visit me tomorrow as I have one more post with TWO more STAMPtember® creations! (that is until I get my order of new goodies from Simon Says Stamp)


 

Stamptember Blog Hop, Simon Says Stamp

I am back with a new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge! STAMPtember® ‘Stamp-It’ and Blog Hop

Did you see all of the new goodies that Simon Says Stamp released!?! I already placed a BIG order and can’t wait to play!

We are showcasing the new STAMPtember® products that have just been released. CLICK HERE to see them all. It is a HUGE release with loads of fabulous stamps, dies, stencils and much more ! For this weeks challenge you must create a project using a rubber or clear stamp, no digi images allowed, add your creation to the linky AND hop around the designers blogs leaving comments along the way.

You should have arrived here from Heather’s blog if not then CLICK HERE to go to the start of the hop on the  Simon Says Stamp Store Blog 

Stamptember Blog Hop, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

I am OBSESSED with snowflakes and snowman. I hate winter… but for some reason I am drawn to those kinds of images. I was wicked excited when SSS sent me their new Lots of Snowflakes set to play with! (Distress Ink Colors used above: Peacock Feathers, Barn Door, Mowed Lawn)

Lots of Snowflakes,  Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

Stamptember Blog Hop, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

1. I stamped a bunch of the snowflakes with versamark and embossed in white on Distress watercolor paper to fill in the whole background.
2. Then I took Distress Ink and rubbed it directly on the paper, as you can see above.
3. I then took Perfect Pearls Mist in Pearl Glimmer and generously spritzed all over the cardstock, letting the mixture pool and move around. Set aside to dry.
4. I stamped the largest snowflake with the same distress ink, and traced over it with a waterbrush to soften the lines.

Stamptember Blog Hop, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

I then used Lawn Fawn Scalloped Circle dies, cut the watercolor snowflakes out, and assembled the card with some ribbon and my tiny attacher.
I didn’t put a sentiment on these because I figured they could be thank yous, holiday cards or just little hellos to friends!

Stamptember Blog Hop, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

Stamptember Blog Hop, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

Stamptember Blog Hop, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

Stamptember Blog Hop, Simon Says Stamp | shurkus.com

 

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

Just by playing along (creating anything with any theme) 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! You have until Wed 9am ET to join in :-)

Keep Hopping! From here you need to hop on over to Jennifer Ingle’s blog

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

Note: I will be back 2morrow with some more card designs with the new goodies that Simon Says Stamp released

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog


Lawnscaping Challenge #89: One Layer

This week on the Lawnscaping Challenge blog we are challenging you to create a one layer card. These are harder then you would think- but I was up for the challenge.

Lawnscaping Challenge #89: One Layer | shurkus.comPart of doing a one layer card means I can’t use foam tape- and those of you who take my classes know there is rarely a card that I create that doesn’t have foam tape. I was trying to think of a clever and unique way to do the one layer card- and I came up with this idea.

I created my own stencil using the scripty hello lawn cut die, then I used that to mask out the tiny leaves and flowers from the sweater weather stamp set from Lawn Fawn.

Lawnscaping Challenge #89: One Layer | shurkus.com

Again I am using my new mini distress inks- I just LOVE these if you can’t tell. I just can’t stop using them! I used a bunch of fall colors and stamped the different tiny leaves, flowers and heart. Layering the images until the whole “hello” was filled in.

Lawnscaping Challenge #89: One Layer | shurkus.com

Then using the new Violet’s ABC’s I stamped out “friend”.  Added a sprinkle of tiny hearts, and then this one layer card was done!

Lawnscaping Challenge #89: One Layer | shurkus.com

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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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