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Create A Smile

Hey everyone! I am so excited that Christine asked me to Guest Design for her over on 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!

A few weekends ago I attended a crop- my first ever where I wasn’t teaching or helping organize the event. It was awesome! I LOVE teaching- I think you all know that but it was also nice to just emerge myself in my projects and have uninterrupted creative time! I was able to work on some Project Life layouts which I will be sharing here soon. When I came home and I shared the layouts with Chris he made the comment on how Mister Harley mad an appearance on every layout. Ha! What can I say he’s wicked handsome AND an important part of my life. That comment inspired me to create my own pocket scrapbooking cards to use along with the mister h photos I know I will be using.

I used 2 stamp sets from Create a Smile. Your View and Perfect Tune.

Your View, Create a SmilePerfect Tune, Create a Smile

Before we get started I wanted to remind you what Mister Harley looks like ;) He’s a tuxedo kitty with more white then black. Super pink ears and nose- unless he is snoozing then those turn a light pink. I tend when I color him to add more black though since it helps the image stand out more.

mister harley on my studio table | shurkus.com

So I wanted to make a set of pocket scrapbooking cards to have on hand to add to layouts when I have a story to tell about mister harley. I decided to have some of them be on white cardstock and some on kraft.

mister harley pocket scrapbooking cards with Create a Smile stamps |shurkus.com

mister harley pocket scrapbooking cards with Create a Smile stamps |shurkus.com

I started by stamping the kitty in versafine smokey gray on Distress watercolor paper. I then smeared some of my distress inks ( black soot and tattered rose) on an acrylic block. This is now my paint palette where I watercolored the kitty to look like Mister Harley. Confession: I do add a bit more black, since he is so white because I think it helps the image stand out better! Once I colored a few of these I fussy cut them out and then used them as embellishments on the pocket scrapbooking cards!

mister harley pocket scrapbooking cards with Create a Smile stamps |shurkus.com

mister harley pocket scrapbooking cards with Create a Smile stamps |shurkus.com

mister harley pocket scrapbooking cards with Create a Smile stamps |shurkus.com

mister harley pocket scrapbooking cards with Create a Smile stamps |shurkus.com

mister harley pocket scrapbooking cards with Create a Smile stamps |shurkus.com

Tips & Tricks:
Be sure to use a permanent ink when watercoloring. My favorite is Versafine.
If your image gets too wet, zap it with your heat tool so your colors won’t feather and bleed. I did this before coloring his ears and nose pink.
You can omit part of a stamp by just inking what you want as I did with the speech bubble- adding in “Hello” instead.

mister harley pocket scrapbooking cards with Create a Smile stamps |shurkus.com

mister harley pocket scrapbooking cards with Create a Smile stamps |shurkus.com

I will be back next Wednesday with some more to share with you from Create a Smile! Thank you for visiting!

 

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

This week’s challenge is Thanks/Thanksgiving - the design team is featuring Simon Says Stamp Exclusive Products! Not only does Simon Says Stamp stock all kinda of fabulous companies and product they also create their own exclusive products! Stamps, dies, stencils, inks paper and more! I have quite the stash of Simon Says Stamp products in my studio and my creative brain was going in 2 different directions. I had a fall, Thanksgiving idea and then I also had a fun and cute Thank You idea. I decided to create BOTH of them and share them with you today!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thanks/Thanksgiving featuring Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products| shurkus.com

 

For the first card I used an older Simon Says Stamp set, Furry Kisses. I just love when Kristina Werner designs sets with these kitties because it gives me an excuse to color them like Mister Harley. I gave him a yellow tabby kitty as a friend here. I paired the image with some wicked cute Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka papers from the 6×6 paper pad. That is what I also used to cut the “thanks” with.

Furry Friends, Simon Says Stamp thanks craft die, simon says stamp

When you don’t want to fussy cut things like whiskers out- remember you can stamp the image on your card, and fussy cut out the easy parts and paper piece over the other stamped image.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thanks/Thanksgiving featuring Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products| shurkus.com

 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thanks/Thanksgiving featuring Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products| shurkus.com

And for a totally different styled card I broke out the Distress Inks, Watercolor paper, and Rock Candy Crackle paint. I used the Simon Says Stamp Summer Garden stamp set and gave it a fall look. I started by inking different distress inks on the leaves. I used different combos of Mustard Seed, Peeled Paint, Rusty Hinge, Barn Door and Vintage photo. I then stamped them on Distress watercolor paper, and took a waterbrush to them to blend them a bit. I did the same with the flower only concentrating Mustard Seed in the center, then worked my way out with Rusty Hinge and Barn Door. I fussy cut it all out and started to arrange it on my card. I stamped the YOU from Hello You set and die cut another “thanks” only this time I cut the “s” off. I inked it up with Peeled Paint and adhered it to the card with Tombo mono glue. I am finding I like that adhesive for the smaller more dainty dies.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thanks/Thanksgiving featuring Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products| shurkus.com

Once the card was situated I wanted to add some texture to it. I thought of the Rock Candy Crackle paint… after digging around my supplies I found it but when I opened it I realized I hadn’t used it in a long time. I wasn’t sure it was going to crackle. I decided to take a chance and slapped some on the flower and some of the leaves. What a relief when I woke up in the morning and saw the nice crackle effect that DID work!

Simon Says Stamp/Mama Elephant, Summer GardenHello You, Simon Says Stamp

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thanks/Thanksgiving featuring Simon Says Stamp Exclusive products| shurkus.com

 

Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge. Create a thanksgiving or thank you project!

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 #94: Count Me In

 

This week on the Lawnscaping Challenge blog we are challenging you to create something with numbers! Lawn Fawn has some of the nicest alphabet and number stamps and die cuts! Did you know all of their sentiments and alphabets are hand drawn? No computer generated sentiments here! This past week was my last hectic week of 2014. I had my final 2 classes and picked up some extra freelance work so I was super busy. I decided to design a super easy card. Not a ton of supplies and only took me a few minutes (once I figured out what I was going to create)

Lawnscaping Challenge #94: Count Me In! | shurkus.com

For this card I used the Finley’s ABC’s and Finley’s 123‘s lawn cuts. I also used the large heart from the Large Stitched Journaling Card , and lastly I used the Rudolph paper from Peace Love Joy which was last years holiday release. I just love the tiny heart and star pattern on this sheet!

Finley's ABC's, Lawn Fawn   Finley's 123's, Lawn Fawn

Large Stitched Journaling Card, Lawn Fawn   Peace Love & Joy 12x12 Collection Kit, Lawn Fawn

Lawnscaping Challenge #94: Count Me In! | shurkus.com

Lawnscaping Challenge #94: Count Me In! | shurkus.com

 

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 creation with numbers!


Fawny Holiday Week, Lawn Fawn

The Lawn Fawn Design Team, Lawnscaping Team and some peeps from the Lawn Fawn Headquarters are featuring all of Lawn Fawn’s Holiday sets this week. If you need holiday inspiration… this is for you! How awesome is that!?

This year I wanted to give you some inspiration for holiday cards with non-traditional colors. Those who have taken card classes with me know I always end up tossing in a hot pink, lime green and of course teal holiday card- and I wanted to share these ideas with you! If you missed my Joy card Tuesday you can see it here. You can also see my Let It Snow card from yesterday. Also be sure to read to the bottom as I am sharing details about my Crop on the Cape class which will be in March!

This card is great because the supplies are minimal AND you can recreate it very easily and fast!

Fawny Holiday Week, Jolly Holly Days | shurkus.com

This card only uses the Deck the Halls set from Lawn Fawn and the Tag You’re It Lawn Cuts dies.

Deck The Halls, Lawn Fawn Tag You're It, Lawn Fawn

I first took a bunch of the pine boughs in the stamp set, and set them up on an acrylic block in a cluster. I then stamped them all over on a piece of Distress Watercolor paper with Peeled Paint Distress Ink. I didn’t re-ink the stamp each time so I used the 2nd generation of stamping to get a variation of ink. Remember when stamping a background with a repetitive image be sure to stamp off the edge to show movement across the card. Then I took a waterbrush and brushed all over the pine boughs to soften them and give them a watercolor look. If your paper is very wet then heat set it now. I then stamped the berries here and there with Picked Raspberry Distress Ink. The small snowflakes that are included in the set I stamped with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink to fill in the spaces. I didn’t water color these smaller details because I didn’t want to loose the detail.

I added a little quickie glue pen and ultra fine glitter to the snowflakes.

Fawny Holiday Week, Jolly Holly Days | shurkus.com

For the tag, I cut it once from Lawn Fawn Let’s Polka paper, and once from the Distress Watercolor paper. To stamp the sentiment in sections, it’s actually quite easy! The sentiment “Jolly Holly Days” is spaced out quite a bit, so it’s easy to dab the mini Distress Ink on one word at a time. I used Picked Raspberry again for this. Traced the letters with a quickie glue pen and dipped it into ultrafine glitter.

Fawny Holiday Week, Jolly Holly Days | shurkus.com

I finished the card off with gluing a reinforcement on the sentiment tag, and tying off a bit of May Arts sheer polka dot ribbon. Still one of my favorite ribbons ever!

I made a similar card for the classes I have been teaching this fall in more traditional colors you can see that here

Fawny Holiday Week, Deck the Halls | shurkus.com

I hope you enjoy this card and see how easy it will be to make a whole set of these! Time to get those holiday cards done!

Don’t forget to check out all the other FABULOUS creations this week on the Lawn Fawn blog- some serious inspiration can be found over there!!

Crop on the Cape 2015

Before I go I also wanted to let you know that registration for Crop on the Cape has started. This is a crop held on Cape Cod in Massachusetts in March. I have been part of this crop (either by helping organize and/or teaching) for 10 years now! Crazy! Anyways, I am wicked excited about the class I will be teaching during the crop. It is Watercolor Techniques with Lawn Fawn. Now, before you get all nervous and think it’s too artsy for you- you’re wrong! I am going to show you 4 easy ways to use Distress Ink pads to create a watercolor effect on your cards. You can use these same techniques for pocket scrapbooking, traditional scrapbooking or even in your art journal! Now if you haven’t attended this crop before- you want to! Trust me! It is a really fun time and there is a mix of people that attend there are scrapbookers, cardmakers, sometimes there are even people there just knitting!

If you have any questions about the event I am happy to answer them for you or if I don’t know the answer I can direct you to Jayne who organizes the event. AND if you are not sure if you can attend the whole weekend, but just want to come to my AWESOME class- then stay tuned… as the event gets closer Jayne usually opens up the classes to the general public! Hope to see you there!! Here’s a peek at my class:

Watercolor Techniques with Lawn Fawn, Crop on the Cape | shurkus.com


Fawny Holiday Week, Lawn Fawn

The Lawn Fawn Design Team, Lawnscaping Team and some peeps from the Lawn Fawn Headquarters are featuring all of Lawn Fawn’s Holiday sets this week. If you need holiday inspiration… this is for you! How awesome is that!?

This year I wanted to give you some inspiration for holiday cards with non-traditional colors. Those who have taken card classes with me know I always end up tossing in a hot pink, lime green and of course teal holiday card- and I wanted to share these ideas with you! If you missed my Joy card yesterday you can see it here

The other night on instagram I shared a sneak peek of this card. I couldn’t get over how beautiful the shimmer was, and I just had to share it with everyone!

Sneak Peek on Instagram | shurkus.com

Fawny Holiday Week, Let it Snow | shurkus.com

This card was seriously SO quick and easy.

I cut a bunch of the snowflakes from the Stitched Snowflake Lawn Cut set out of Distress Watercolor paper. I then spritzed most of them with Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain. The larger one I spritzed with Peacock Feathers. Then, before I heat set them I spritzed some Perfect Pearls mist in Pearl Glimmer just like I showed here during STAMPtember.

Distress Spray Stain, Picked Raspberry Distress Spray Stain, Peacock Feathers Perfect Pearls Mist, Pearl Glimmer

Fawny Holiday Week, Let it Snow | shurkus.com

I then cut the letters S N W from the Finley’s ABC’s Lawn Cuts and another small snowflake from Distress Watercolor paper. I spritzed these just with the Perfect Pearls Mist in Pearl Glimmer. Assembling all the snowflakes and letters on the card. Some I adhered flat with dot adhesive and others I popped up with clear foam tape- YEP CLEAR!

Kool Tak, Clear Foam Adhesive

This is great for those skinnier pieces you want to pop up and you don’t want to see white or black foam. Its very sticky and a bit tricky to work with at first, but I LOVE it now that I have gotten the hang of it!

Fawny Holiday Week, Let it Snow | shurkus.com

 

EK Success Powder Tool ApplicatorHero Arts White Embossing Powder

I used the EK Success Powder tool, powdered where I was going to stamp “Let it”. The powder tool makes it so that the powder will only cling where you stamp. I also find using the powder tool helps get a nice smooth even melt from the powder as well.  I used Lawn Fawn Smitty ABC’s and Versamark ink to stamp the letters. I used Hero Arts white embossing powder (my fave) to heat emboss “Let it”. I really just LOVE this card. Teal, bright pink and shimmer! You could easily mass produce these if you do it in assembly fashion!

Don’t forget I will be back tomorrow with one more design and check out all the other FABULOUS creations this week on the Lawn Fawn blog- some serious inspiration can be found over there!!


Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog

You can find my Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge here.

Fawny Holiday Week, Lawn Fawn

I am so lucky to be able to take part in Lawn Fawn’s feature of ALL their holiday sets!! If you need holiday inspiration… this is for you! A TON of their holiday sets will be featured on their blog this week! How awesome is that!?

This year for “A Very Fawny Holiday Week” I don’t have a tutorial video like last year, but I DO have 3 different cards to share. I wanted to give you some inspiration for holiday cards with non-traditional colors. Those who have taken card classes with me know I always end up tossing in a hot pink, lime green and of course teal holiday card- and I wanted to share these ideas with you!

Fawny Holiday Week, Joy | shurkus.com

Joy To The Woods, Lawn Fawn

This card was a lot of fun to create and I love all the layers and textures their are on here. I stamped the birch trees from Joy to the Woods on Distress Watercolor paper with Vintage Sepia Versafine Ink. I then added shading with Pumice Stone Distress Ink and put a hint of pink all over with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. I cut the trees out with the coordinating Lawn Cuts set. This is the first time I have used them to cut the trees out and I just LOVE how well they do, especially the little space between the 2 trees.

Let it Snow, Lawn Fawn

I stamped and white embossed the fun little sprinkle of snowflakes that come in the Let It Snow set. I just love this stamp because it is nice and random and really fills the space well.

Next I stamped the fox from Into the Woods and the santa hat from Hats Off To You. Both with Vintage Sepia Versafine on Distress Watercolor paper. I then watercolored them with Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo, Worn Lipstick and Festive Berries. I diecut them out with their coordinating Lawn Cuts (did you know that even though Hats Off To You is an older set it has coordinating dies now? )

Fawny Holiday Week, Joy | shurkus.com

Then I stamped 3 pennants from Bannerific. I filled each banner with a letter to spell out J-O-Y using Clark’s ABC’s. I fussy cut out the pennants.

I used glossy accents all over the birch trees to adhere Distress Dry Glitter in Rock Candy. Its a pretty chunky glitter, so a glue pen wouldn’t be strong enough to hold it. I used white Liquid Applique on the pennants and the santa hat and puffed them up with a heat tool. Quickie Glue pen and ultrafine crystal glitter on the pennants and the fox.

Fawny Holiday Week, Joy | shurkus.com

To assemble the card I did a similar banner as I showed here on #73 Lawnscaping Challenge. You tie the bakers twine around the birch trees, and then you fake attach the pennants, just by adhering them with foam tape over the twine. Super cute right?

Lastly I added some glossy accents along the bottom of the card and poured some Stampendous shaved ice to add a snowy ground.

There you have it! A fun, pink holiday greeting! Thank you for visiting!!

Don’t forget I will be back Thursday & Friday and check out all the other FABULOUS creations this week on the Lawn Fawn blog- some serious inspiration can be found over there!!


Fawny Holiday Week, Lawn Fawn

You can find my Fawny Holiday Card here.

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

This week’s challenge is Seeing Stars - the design team is featuring Studio Calico! Studio Calico has a lot of fun products and their embellishments are my favorite! I whipped up a fun friendship card using some of their chipboard woodgrain stars, magical stars sequins a clear stamp set and their chevron background stamp.

Woodgrain chipboard stars, Studio Calico    Magical Stars Sequin Pack, Studio Calico

Chevron Cling Stamp, Hero Arts/ Studio CalicoOh Snap Clear Stamp Set, Hero Arts/ Studio Calico

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Seeing Stars featuring Studio Calico| shurkus.com

I started by stamping the chevron background stamp with Hero Arts Latte Chalk ink. I then splattered some Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain with a paintbrush. I heat set the background. I then stamped the bulls eye, the arrow and the sentiments with Hero Arts Cup o’ Joe Dye Ink on kraft and fussy cut them out. Adhering them to the card with foam tape I then embellished the bulls eye with one of Studio Calico’s woodgrain chipboard stars. I also added some of their Magical Star sequins. This card is pretty different for me but I am really happy with how it came out. That is what is so great about participating in challenges- they push you to do different things creatively.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Seeing Stars featuring Studio Calico| shurkus.com

Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge. Create something with stars, be creative!

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


Fawny Holiday Week Sneak Peek, Lawn Fawn

Here’s a little sneak peek of what will be happening on my blog next week. I will have 3 fun creations to share with you AND the Lawn Fawn blog will be linking LOADS more inspiration too! Stay tuned and be sure to visit next week!

You can see what I created last year for the Fawny Holiday Week- it was when I debuted my very first tutorial video!

Ready to Crop! | shurkus.com

I am all packed and ready to attend a crop this weekend. I tried to pack light ;) but included above is my typewriter and printer (so I can print pictures as I go) Hoping to work on some pocket scrapbooking type layouts…. haven’t done much scrapbooking since Crop on the Cape in MARCH! Have a great weekend!

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

This week’s challenge is Thinking of You - the design team is featuring Prima Marketing! They have so many fun and different products it was hard to choose what to work with. After the Mixed Media Loft Art Retreat this past weekend I wanted to keep up with the artsy fartsy techniques and decided to create an art panel with Prima’s Sea Sally Mixed Media Doll Cling Stamps.

Sea Sally Cling Stamps, Prima Marketing

 

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger| shurkus.com

I have had this stamp in my stash since the start of summer. I love all things nautical and knew I needed this mermaid! She was just as fun to play with as I have imagined! This weekend we played a lot with the Ranger Texture Paste and the new Distress Spray Stains and I thought it would be perfect to create a realistic mermaid tail. Can’t wait to hear what you think!

Texture Paste, Ranger  Distress Spray Stain, Ranger

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger| shurkus.com

I put together a photo tutorial so you could see how easy it was to pull this project together and to hopefully inspire you to play!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger, Tutorial| shurkus.com

I started by stamping Sea Sally into 2 parts on Distress Watercolor Paper with Potting Soil Archival Ink. Sea Sally is a long stamp as you can see and I wanted her tail to be separate from the rest of her. I used Archival ink because I was going to be watercoloring and using the Texture Paste so I needed a permanent ink.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger, Tutorial| shurkus.com

Using the Dina Wakley Media palette knife (it’s plastic, and very flexible which worked perfectly for this) I spread the Ranger Texture Paste on the tail. I thought this was going to be tricky, to keep it in the lines- BUT it actually went smoother then I thought. Just like frosting a cupcake, well as close as I am going to get to frosting anything. HA!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger, Tutorial| shurkus.com

Because I was creating this project a bit last minute I needed to speed things along. I like how the Ranger Texture Paste heat sets pretty well. You can see Mister Harley was supervising my project ;)

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger, Tutorial| shurkus.com

Once the Texture Paste was dry I misted the paper with water. I then misted it with Distress Spray Stains. I started light to dark with Mustard Seed, Crushed Olive and then a touch of Peacock Feathers. I then heat set the tail again. Look how vibrant the colors stay and how the Distress Ink absorbs into the nook and crannies! YUM!!
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger, Tutorial| shurkus.com

I then needed to add color to the top of Sea Sally. I decided to watercolor her with Distress Inks. I like to smooch them out on an acrylic blog to create a paint palette. I put a sheet of white paper underneath so I can see the true colors as I paint. I used Spun Sugar for her skin, “rosying” her cheeks with a little bit of Worn Lipstick. I then painted her hair with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge. Her bra and headband were colored with Peacock Feathers. I then shaded around all of her with Tumbled Glass so I wouldn’t have to fussy cut right on the edge of the stamped line.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger, Tutorial| shurkus.com

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger, Tutorial| shurkus.com

Since Sea Sally is a larger image, larger then an A-2 card, I decided to create an art panel with her instead. I cut a piece of chipboard to be 4×8. I then spread Texture Paste all over. And colored it the same way I did the mermaid tail, only this time I used Broken China, Salty Ocean and a bit of Peacock Feathers. I then heat set the background. It did bubble up a bit, but I liked that effect. I fussy cut out Sea Sally.

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger, Tutorial| shurkus.com

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger, Tutorial| shurkus.com

I used Scor-Pal Tape to adhere her tail to her body. I then flipped her over and was very generous with the foam tape. I am usually a bit more conservative, but since this was going on an art board, and will be displayed and will be adhered to a textured surface more foam tape is better. I peeled off the back of the foam tape, and then added glossy accents to all the foam tape pieces. Glossy Accents is a strong adhesive and will help adhere Sea Sally to the textured background of Texture Paste. I picked out a sentiment from Tim Holtz Ideology ChitChat stickers. I LOVE these! I didn’t want it to have a typical “Thinking of You” Sentiment, instead an uplifting sentiment that lets whatever friend I send this to know I am thinking of them! :)

I stuck them to my Ranger Craft Sheet so I could ink them with a little bit of Wild Honey Distress Ink. I then adhered them to the art board with some glossy accents. I then used some Rock Candy Distress Stickles to embellish her starfish top, and parts of the watery background. Once the Distress Stickles dries it has a mica- type shimmer which is perfect for oceany scenes!

ChitChat Stickers, Tim Holtz Ideology  Rock Candy Distress Stickles, Ranger

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Thinking of You featuring Prima Marketing and Ranger| shurkus.com

 

I just adore how she turned out! I hope you enjoyed seeing the process too!

 

Ok- so now it’s time for YOU to enter the challenge. Create a Thinking of You creation this week, be creative!

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!

I am also entering this into the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge. The theme this month is to use stamps on a mixed media project, so this is a perfect fit!

Mixed Media Monthly Challenge #6, Stamps

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog



November Loft Art Retreat | shurkus.com

WOW! This weekend wrapped up my Loft Art Retreats for 2014- and it was a wicked fun time as usual! It was so awesome to get artsy fartsy with everyone and see how unique everyone’s projects came out! I will have more to share about the retreat and plans for 2015 soon. I didn’t take a ton of photos because my friend Sarah who is a super talented photographer came to take pics of the event for me so I will have those to share as well! For now you can check out all the posts everyone shared with the #loftartretreat here

Now lets get to the latest Lawnscaping Challenge!!

Lawnscaping Challenge #93: Fall/Pumpkins

This week on the Lawnscaping Challenge blog we are challenging you to create something with a fall/pumpkin theme! It has definately gotten very fall like here in New England- I just wanted to hibernate and stay cozy all day yesterday, it was blustery out and we even saw some white stuff! ICK!

Lawnscaping Challenge #93: Fall/Pumpkins | shurkus.com

Stitched Party Banners, Lawn Fawn  Stitched Leaves, Lawn Fawn

For this card I actually didn’t do any stamping!! I know crazy!! I wanted to mix together a bunch of the yummy Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather papers and Lawn Cuts (dies). The stitched banner, circle and heart are all from Stitched Party Banner and the leaves are from their Stitched leave sets. Once I die cut them from various patterns I inked their edges with the Mini Ink Blending Tool and Distress Inks. I used a color first then layered on top some Vintage Photo. I tied a bow… yes a bow… with some of the new Orchid Lawn Trimmings and then sprinkled on some sequins from last years “Into the Woods” mix pack. I chose not to put a sentiment. I can always stamp something on the inside- this could be a thank you, a birthday, happy thanksgiving or a simple hello!

Sweater Weather 6x6 paper, Lawn Fawn  Orchid Lawn Trimmings, Lawn Fawn

Lawnscaping Challenge #93: Fall/Pumpkins | 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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