Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Yippee-Skippee /NAC #86

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Hey y'all. Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a wonderful Holiday weekend and are having a great start to your week. :) Just a quick post here today, because I'm getting a late start. Sorry about that. We have a super-cute Color Challenge for you this week over at Nacho Average Challenge, and we sure hope you'll join us. Even though Color Challenges aren't my favorite, I really had fun with this one. I hope you will too-




This was my first time doing this type of card and to be honest it took me two times because I scored in the wrong place, even though I thought I was being careful and following directions. I really like this fold though and the design possibilities with it.

Here's this week's combination. I'm not sure where our fearless leader comes up with these, but this is a favorite-

                                           

Here's a look at how the card looks opened up-



And of course a pretty inside-


I didn't add any glitter or bling because I was going for something to give to a guy, but it would be easy enough to bling it up a notch or two.

Well, that's all I have for you today. I hope you liked my card, and I hope it inspires you to play along with us. I can't wait to see what you create! If you need measurements or instructions for this type card, or if you have any questions, don't forget to leave me a note in the space below. I'll be sure to get back to you.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to tsp by my little corner of the world. You are very appreciated! Till Next Time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pas, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe,
Shan



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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Little Ombre / NAC #85

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Hey y'all. Happy Tuesday! Hope you're having better weather than we are today. It was in the 80's this weekend and today it's rain and possible snow. Seriously, Mother Nature!!! I wonder if I click my heels 3 times....

Tuesdays mean a new challenge with the Nacho's. Today we have a sketch challenge for you. My card is fairly clean and simple, just a little time consuming. Here's what I came up with-



Have you tried the Ombre Trend that everyone's doing these days? Most I've seen have big strips of colors. I went a little smaller, but still managed to get 7 of our pinks across my card going from dark to bright to light. I simply stamped each flower 3 times, punched them out, then layered them. The 3 with the rhinestones were popped up with dimensionals the others are just adhered with Tombow. Too Easy. A little sponging around the edges a simple sentiment and I was done.

Here's this week's sketch-



For the inside, I stamped 3 times without re-inking to get a similar effect.


That's all I have for you today. I hope you liked my clean and simple card for this week's challenge. What will you create with it? I can't wait to see! As always if you have any questions about any of my cards or projects, don't forget to leave me comment below so I can get back to you.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop by my little corner of the world. You are very appreciated! Till Next Time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe-
Shan



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Friday, April 11, 2014

Custom I Miss You

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Hey y'all. Just a quick post here tonight. I just got through creating a custom card and I had to share!

Last week one of my co-workers, a young newly-wed Navy Corpsman, asked if I could design a card for him to send to his wife. They've only been married about a month and they're on separate coasts. I said "of course" and asked what he wanted. They both like shooting, so he asked if I could make a card with a "target on it" and some missed shots and have it say "I Miss You", other than that, he didn't really have any ideas. I told him I'd see what I could come up with. Today I went over a mock-up of what I was thinking of and he liked it so I sat down tonight to get my "Create" on and this is what I came up with-


I created the little girl target out of punches. I feel like Michelle Suit, getting all Punchy. If you haven't been to her site, She is AMAZING and does things with punches that will boggle your mind. Check her out.

Guess what? He likes it! Now to try and re-create it in regular cardstock so we don't have to wait on printing. Don't know if I'll be able to do it but I'm going to try. If all else fails, I'll send it off.

That's all I have tonight. I just wanted to share it. I'd love to know what you think. As always, if you have any questions, be sure to leave me a message below. I'll be sure to get back to you.

Thanks for taking time out of your busy day to stop by my little corner of the world. You are very appreciated! Till Next Time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe-
Shan



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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

NAC #84

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 Hey y'all. Happy Tuesday! I hope you're having a great week so far. Just a quick post today. I am happy to announce that I have my craft room mostly finished now and items are fairly accessible so I am hoping to finally get back to blogging regularly, even holding some classes. *HappyDance* Stamping/Creating really is so therapeutic for me, even when it stress me out. LOL!

So being that it's Tuesday, The Nachos have another challenge for you. This week it's a color challenge and I have to say I really had no idea at first what I was going to do with these colors. However, once I had the idea it came together fairly quickly. Here's what I came up with-



I have to tell you, this did not come out like I had envisioned it. Sometimes that happens to me. Does that ever happen to you?

I love this combo though and will have to try again for a different result. I didn't take an inside picture because I wasn't sure if I like horizontal or vertical better. Which way do you think looks best?


I think this one actually looks a little better, but I'm just not sure. Well, that's all I have for you today. I'd love to know what you think. As always, if you have any questions about any of my projects, don't forget to leave me a comment below so I can get back to you. :)

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to stop by my little corner of the world. You are very appreciated! Till Next Time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe-
Shan

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Your'e In My Thoughts / NAC #83

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Hey y'all. Happy Tuesday and Happy April Fools Day to you! It's no joke that I love Tuesdays because the Nachos get to share a new challenge with you. This week it's a sketch challenge and I hope you have as much fun with it as I did. In fact I enjoyed it so much, I made two while I was at it. Here's my card for this week-


I was enjoying my SAB paper and stamp set set. It's hard to see, but there's just a little glitter on there for some added prettiness. 

Here's this week's sketch-




Here's a pic of both cards-


Of course I had to put a little pretty on the inside too-


Well, that's just about all I have for you today. I hope you liked today's cards, and I hope it makes you want to come and play along with us. I can't wait to see what you come up with! As always, if you have any questions about today's cards, please feel free to leave me a message below and I'll be sure to get back to you.

Before I leave you today there's just one more thing I wanted to share with you-

Nacho's 1!!!!!


Can you believe it? A year ago on Sunday I got the most Amazing gift ever! I became a Gigi to this Beautiful little girl. And to show how much I love her, I'm temporarily giving up my brand new Craft Room for her. They should arrive later today. I have no idea, how I'm going to get any stamping done with my arms wrapped around her!!!

Well, that really is all I have for you now. Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to stop by my little corner of the world. You are very appreciated! Till Next Time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe,
Shan




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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Swirly, Hexy, Fun / NAC #82

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Hey y'all. Happy Tuesday. I hope wherever you are that you're warmer and drier than we are here in the DMV! It was sunny and 70 on Saturday and today, well, we're back to snow and freezing cold. AUGH! It's Tuesday, so that means another challenge with the Nachos. This week it's a color challenge and after I went for a walk in the sunshine Saturday, I went to my new craft room and got busy. I played around with a new technique and a fun new die. I'm not sure that I'm 100% thrilled with how it turned out, but I still think it's pretty. I'd love to hear what you think-



I tried the shaving-cream technique for the first time. I didn't look up the technique, just kinda winged it from memory, so I'm not sure if I did it right. I need to look it up and maybe try again. I think I had too much shaving cream. I ended up getting a really pretty marbled pattern after I pounced on it a little to get a bit more coverage. I mounted it beneath a piece of Whisper White c/s that I cut with my new Hives Die. Then I mounted those on a piece of Rose Red c/s, mounted on a Whisper White base. That Rose Red is such a pretty color, I  have no idea why I don't use it more often! I used the Six Sided Sampler for my sentiment and the stamped area beneath it.



Of course you know I had to try and do something pretty on the inside too. Well, I had plenty of ink swirled so I did a second piece of c/s and then ran it through the die also. This gave me some coordinating pieces for the inside and another cut piece for a future card. Here's my inside-



It really is a striking effect! I love the look it gives the inside, don't you? Well it only seemed fitting that as I was going out for my walk on Saturday afternoon, trying to decide what I was going to do with these colors that I saw this beautiful sight-


Cherry Blossoms, right outside my door! They were so pretty with their blend of of colors. I just didn't want to seem too predictable by going with flowers, so I swirled them instead. :)

Well, that's all I have for you today. I'd love to hear what you think about today's card. I hope you liked it and I hope it inspires you to come and play along with us. I can't wait to see what you create! As always, if you have any questions about today's card, please remember to leave me comment below and I'll be sure to get back to you.

Thanks so much for taking the time out of your busy day to stop by my little corner of the world. You are very appreciated! Till Next Time-

Remember- Life is often more about he storms than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe-
Shan Pin It

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Starburst Sayings/ NAC #81

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Hey y'all. Hope you're having a good week so far. It's frigid here, but at least it seems like the snow has finally left us. I was able to get in my new craft room this weekend and play and am so happy it's Tuesday and I can show you what I made! That's right it's Tuesday and that means it's time for another challenge with the Nachos. Here's what I came up with-



I'm so happy with how this card turned out! I opened my Starburst sayings and the Starburst Framelets for the 1st time and had some fun. It's just so bright and happy. I got the color combination from my upline's inspiration challenge that had some daisies and purple flowers.  The Nacho challenge for this week is a sketch and here it is-


I have to say, I was a little nervous about this sketch. I just couldn't figure out what I was going to do, not to mention, I initially thought this week's sketch was a different  one. Double Whammy! But I think it really turned out nice. Here's a closer look-



I used the new Distressed Dots Embossing Folder on the Wild Wasabi Piece and the Chevron Embossing Folder on the Whisper White background. For the "world banner" I stamped the image twice and then cut it our and attached it with some Tombow. The arrow is from the On Film  Framelets ad Peachy Keen stamp set. I mounted it on dimensionals. I added a little Dazzling Diamonds and a rhinestone to the smallest circle for a little bling.

I love having pretty insides so here's what I came up with-


I added more Dazzling Diamonds to the stamped images on the inside and my card was complete. I hope you liked today's card and I hope it inspires you to join us this week and have some Fun! If you have any questions about today's card, be sure to leave me a message below and I'll be sure to get back to you.

Thanks so much for taking time out of your busy day to stop by my little corner of the world. You are very appreciated! Till Next Time-

Remember- Life is often more about the storms, than the peace they seek to overwhelm. It's not about Waiting for the storms to pass, but Learning to Dance in the rain.

Be Safe-
Shan Pin It