Wednesday, August 5, 2015

It's a Simon Says Stamp Birthday!




Okay...that sounds a bit confusing! Lets' clarify things a wee bit. First off I just have to say THANK YOU to SSS for inviting me to be featured on their blog again! It is always a huge honor, but this time it's extra special because TODAY is my birthday! Woohoo! Okay, on to the project! I sure hope you like it! Here's a teensy-weensy sneak peek!




Planners and journals are all the rage right now and while I LOVE those out on the market I always like to make something unique for myself! When I received a sampling of Prima's new summer releases I instantly fell in love with the Memory Hardware Tall Journal Book. It is the PERFECT size (about 5"x7") for a journal or planner...and for slipping into my purse! You can check out the whole project, including step-by-steps right here on the SSS blog! xoxo

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Did You See Who I Get To Work With?

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First of all: a special THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to everyone who applied! We were humbled beyond words to see so many talented people apply for our design team. Your creativity, beautiful projects, and sweet words about our company are all appreciated so much.
We know that along with the excitement for the new team there will be some disappointment too...and we hurt right along with you. If there was ANY way we could add everyone who applied to the team we would do it in a heartbeat! So please know we appreciate YOU. We love seeing your work, we know you put yourself out there, and we THANK for it.  We will always consider ALL of you as part of our Prima family!
So, after spending hundreds of hours going through gorgeous design team applications, poring over blogs filled with beautiful projects, and repeating this process multiple times, we FINALLY have our new team narrowed down! Please help us give these designers the warmest welcome ever. (Click on their blog links for a wonderful creative journey around the world.)
  Ania-collage

Ania's Blog: http://www.encza.blogspot.com/

What's your favorite color?  For many years it was a white and navy and now I love all shades of gray, black, yellow and gold :)

What's your favorite movie?  I don’t have one favorite. I like dramas, comedies, and cartoons for children. Currently I watch, with my kids, "Transformers" all the time. You know ... day after day! :)

CAMILLA-EKMAN
Camilla's Blog: http://camillaslillasida.blogspot.com
Tell us your favorite thing about living in your country, Sweden! Sweden is a beautiful country with lots of things to see and experience.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? Thailand – love the friendly people and the beautiful landscape and beaches.

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  1. CĂ©line's Blog: http://ptitesmimines.blogspot.com/
  • Tell us your favorite thing about living in your country, France? The food, I really like french food, all types of bread, pastries, cheeses, and wine! :)
 
  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? USA of course, I had the chance to live 2 years in Florence KY, and I miss so much my friends !
 
 
EVGENIACOLLAGE
 
Evgenia's Blog: http://evgeniapetzer.blogspot.com/
 
What's your favorite color? Any shade of turquoise!
 
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? New Zealand, read so much about it, saw millions of photos, and I know, one day, I will make this dream trip a reality!
 
FRAN-COLLAGE
Fran's Blog: http://purple--peanut.blogspot.com
What's your favorite color? I love so many colors, but, if I had to pick, it would have to be turquoise.

What is one food you cannot eat? There's a few, lol, but I'm not really too keen on meat.

HELEN-COLLAGE
Helen's Bloghttp://helentilbury.blogspot.com
What is your favorite Prima product: I adore ALL Prima flowers but particularly the vines as I love leaves too!  I find myself drawn to the smaller blooms of 2 inches or less as they are so easy to cluster!!
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go?  I could go on vacation anywhere it would be to Poland!  The country looks so beautiful, the buildings in the old towns look so intricate & the Polish people I have met online are the most creative, friendly, resourceful & genuine people I have ever met.

IRINA-COLLAGE

Irina's Blog: http://irina-angold.blogspot.ru/

Tell us your favorite thing about living in your country, Russia? Oh, it's difficult.  Each country is special in its own way. I love my country, because there is snow! That's for sure! I love our snowy New Year, family traditions and gifts under the Christmas tree))

What is your favorite Prima product ever? Flowers of course! I like the different elements, but it's my love. I have an incredible amount of Prima flowers! As soon as I see them just want to create. They always give me inspiration!

JESSY-COLLAGE
 
  1. Jessy's Blog:  www.jcchris.com
  • What's your favorite movie? I love movies but I have not been watching movies in the cinema for the past 2 years. One of my favourite movies will be "Ever After". I love romantic-chick-flick-comedy kinda movies. 
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  • What music do you listen to when you scrap? I enjoy listening to praise & worship songs. And I do listen to current hit songs too, my current fave is Lay Me Down by Sam Smith.

 
JOANNECOLLAGE

 
What is one food I cannot eat? Seafood, which is quiet sucky, as I am the only one in my family that cannot eat it and everyone around you while eating it makes it look like it tastes so good.
What is my favorite color? I love all things pink, seriously who wouldn't. Even though I am quiet a tomboy it all still comes back to pink. :)

MAIKO-COLLAGE
Maiko's Blog: http://shiny-scrap.blogspot.jp

What are your favorite colors? My favorite colors .....mint green and yellow!

What are your favorite Prima products?  Of course, everything!

MELLISA-COLLAGE
Melissa's Blog:  http://lilybeanpaperie.typepad.com/
What is your favorite Prima product: I LOVE the Songbird Collection! It's soft and sweet with beautiful graphics.
What is your favorite color? Pastels speak to me, but I also love pops of bold, bright happy colors...and gold! Everything is better with a touch of gold.

Miranda-collage

What is your favorite Prima product ever? VINES! Any and all of them, but in particular the summer carnation ones. :) I love how a vine can just pull any project together and make it look polished and perfect!

What's your favorite movie? Very tough one, but time to let the inner geek out! Currently my favorite movie is "Interstellar." I LOVE all things outer space. And of all time- the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and all of the Harry Potter movies. :) Told ya, big geek! haha!

MONA-COLLAGE
Mona's Blog:  http://cupcakescreations.blogspot.com/
What is your favorite Prima product: My favorite Prima product ever is the versatile and beautiful Prima resin embellishments. A resin embellishment can add that extra special touch to any project.
 
If you could go anywhere in the world where would you go? If I could go anywhere in the world, I would love to take a trip back to Paris. There is so much history, architecture and culture to absorb, it seems as though one can never have enough time to take it all in.
 
 
PATTI-COLLAGE

Patti's Blog:  www.mypiecesoftime.blogspot.com
What is your favorite movie? My favorite movie is Dirty Dancing. I absolutely LOVE Patrick Swayze and there is just something about this movie that gets me! I just love everything about it.
If you could go anywhere where would you go? If I could go anywhere in the world on vacation it would be a tropical island somewhere. Not a tourist spot, just secluded, but with food of course!!! Just sandy white beaches, sparkling blue water, warm ocean breezes and my entire family!! I would want my kids and grandkids to be there too. And I would want to stay for at least 2 weeks!

Riikka-collage

Riikka's Blog: paperiliitin.blogspot.com

Tell us your favorite thing about living in your country, Finland! I love the big change in the seasons! The winters are cold and dark and when the light starts to increase when spring arrives we Finns go crazy! The first sunny day in spring, no matter what the temperature is, you can see Finns crowding the terraces in shorts. Our summers are warm (not hot) but what's the best is the amount of light!
What is your favorite Prima product ever? Just one? That's hard! But I guess I'd have to go with stamps as they are so versatile. I really love the new Finnabair stamps and my favorite of those is "Messy" (961893).
  
Robbie-collage
Robbie's Blog:  http://robbiesphotoblog.blogspot.com/
What's your favorite color?  Blue
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go?  Rome

  Robin-collage
 
What is your favorite Prima product ever? My favorite Prima products are ALL of the flowers.  I have never seen a flower in all of Prima's collections that I didn't love!  Each one has it's own personality and I have even created layouts using flowers as my inspiration. 
 
What music do you listen to when you scrap? I love all kinds of music.  My iPod has an eclectic mix of music from Beethoven to Rap.  I would have to say that when I scrap I love to listen to instrumental music.  My creativity flows when I have a soft melody surrounding me.
 
 
  SARAH-COLLAGE
 
 
What is your favorite color?  MY fave color- mint green!
 
What is your favorite Prima product ever? Those fancy packs of die-cut note cards!
 

SONG-COLLAGE
 
 
 
What is one food you cannot eat? Bugs. I don’t want to eat bugs. I don’t care how delicious they are, I am just really scared of bugs, dead or alive.
 
What’s your favorite Prima product ever? Oh dear, I want to say everything. But, if I have to choose, I am gonna go with the resin and metal embellishments. They are just so unique and definitely cannot find anything like them. So are the papers, flowers, and everything Prima.. See? I can’t make a choice. lol!
 
 
TIFFANY-COLLAGE
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  2. Tiffany's Blog: http://stampingattiffanys.blogspot.com/
  • What is one food you cannot eat? I cannot eat Sushi. California rolls, yes but raw fish I can not do. (kind of ironic since I'm Japanese.) 
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  • If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world where would you go? I would love to visit Greece. It is so beautiful.

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Are you as excited as I am to see what these super talented ladies create over the next twelve months? I know they're going to be a blast to work with! Won't you join in with me and give them a HUGE Prima welcome? ~Sharon
 

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Love DIY Projects!



My family is crazy big...which means we always have a lot going on! This year is no exception. My oldest son, Billy, is getting married in June to his sweetheart, Bethany! Our whole family has been busy crafting away for it. (Imagine that!)


So, today I have a super fast and easy DIY wedding project up on the Simon Says Stamp blog! Come on over and check it out! It is easy to customize to fit your colors, and your style! Seriously...it would take less than an hour for all three pieces! (Even if you do not have a wedding in your future this would make a gorgeous table-scape, or mini wall gallery! I now need to make one for myself...I'm thinking blush pink, sparkling gold, and a touch of mint!

Monday, February 9, 2015

Romantic Mixed-Media Tags & Simon Says Stamp!







I'm a nerd, but I get so excited when I see an email from someone I LOVE hearing from! Simon Says Stamp recently emailed and asked me if I'd like to create a NEW project featuring fresh-from-CHA products. That's like asking me if I want a bowl of ice cream!

So I mixed a few of my favorite NEW Prima products together (Finnabair, Bloom Girl, Julie Nutting, Gold Foil Icons, etc!) to see how they would look and was so excited with the results! These tags could be PERFECT for Valentine's Day!!! Hop on over to see the three tags right here on SSS's blog! Pssstt: here's a peek of one of them.


Products:
  • 911195 Julie Nutting Armoire Tag Pad
  • 580070 Mixed-Media Cling Stamp
  • 580124 Mixed-Media Cling Stamp
  • 980399 Bloom Collection 6x6 Stencil- Spark
  • 980429 Bloom Collection 6x12 Circles Stencil
  • 980405 Bloom Collection 6x12 Ricket Stencil
  • 990473Memory Hardware - Parisian Ruffle Trim
  • 579746 Wood Icons with Foil
  • 578930 Bella Rouge Journaling Card
  • 961800 Finnabair Art Ingredients-Art Sugar- White
  • 962593 Finnabair Art Ingredients-Micro Beads - Blush
  • 961381 Finnabair Art Basics-3D Gloss Gel
  • 580304 Farfalla Vellum Butterflies
  • 582647 Aquarelle Watercolor Flowers
  • 580667 Butterfly Flowers- Bette
  • 580636 Butterfly Flowers- Pupa
  • 581701 Isabella Roses-Dani
  • 581954 Valentina Flowers & Hearts-Roma
  • 577032 Lace Trim-Frosted
  • 547424 Precious Metals Leaves-Gilded
  • Archival Ink-Jet Black, Coffee Brown
  • Other: tulle, ribbon

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Happy Fall, Y'all!


Every time I receive an email from Stephanie at Simon Says Stamp it puts a HUGE smile on my face! My goal was to create  a shabby-chic piece filled with fall touches. I dug out some of my new favorite Prima products that shouted "FALL" to me and went to work. In the back of my mind I had a dual purpose for this altered birdhouse...my house really needed something seasonal on the entry table. So that is where this sparkly, texture-filled baby is going now!



Make sure you check out ALL the photos, plus the step-by-step instructions, over on the SSS blog! You can find almost ALL of the products there too. I also linked them below for easy-peasey shopping. (Just keep in mind that I scrap LATE at night, when the kids are asleep, and I can chill... so some of my step-by-step pics are not the best! It's a decent trade-off though!)



Prima Products:
Weave Trim- Camel
Lace Trim- Cloud
Ingvild Bolme Junkyard Findings Clock Parts
Finnabair Resist Canvas Sheet
Other: Tiny Attacher, Gold Paper, Fabri-Tac Glue, Craft Acorns, Pine Cones, Gold Branches, 3 inch Ceramic Pumpkin (I found this at Michael's for $2.99!)

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sparkly Christmas Cards!


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It's never too early to start making those special Christmas Cards! Tonight I am teaching a festive Holiday Card Class on LWP! I am HOPING to get two cards finished, with a FUN technique from a bonus card (shown below.)

So...let's pull out the glitter and have the most sparkling time of our lives in this fabulous card class using North Country papers, Color Bloom sprays, new glitters, and other fun, yet fast techniques. 

You can click right here to watch it and join in the chat to ask questions!  (6:30pm PT/ 7:30 pm MT/ 8:30 pm CT/9:30pm ET)



Rustic and so handsome, this card just shouts Northwoods Christmas! With the gorgeous North Country papers adding bold color, we will customize a few embellies to pull it all together.

Our second card is softer, but with a fabulous earthy spin. Burlap flowers and trim, along with a rustic vine, and sparkly custom snowflakes...all combine for a dazzling, wintery card!


Bonus Card!
Our bonus card is elegant and classic! With a white and gold palette it is sure to be one of your favorites.



















First create a resist effect on a die-cut piece of Bloom watercolor paper using Clear Gesso and our flower stencil. Dry completely.

Next spray Gold Foil Color Bloom spray over the paper. Jamie's watercolor paper pad is super thick so it takes ANY art medium perfectly.














With a damp towel wipe off the color from the resist pattern! VOILA! You now have a gorgeous snowflake paper glimmering with hints of gold.

















Add snowflake piece to white card base. Layer with a white doily, Capri flower, gold vellum leaves, and a sweet wood ticket. Add a border punched piece if desired. You now have a custom gilded card every one will love to receive!

Prima Products:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Celebrating STAMPtember!




Guess who was asked to be a guest for Simon Says Stamp's amazing STAMPtember® month-long party!?! I was so honored...and humbled...again! I knew I wanted to work with a VERY special stamp by my sweet and mega-talented friend, Jamie Dougherty, created just for Prima!

This Bloom Girl is named "Sharon" and I think she is just LOVELY with curly hair and butterflies all over! The stamp is a bit larger than you think, so it is PERFECT for home decor and other FUN pieces. Here's a little peek at what I created. You can catch the whole project, step-by-steps, and full product list all over at the SSS blog...so go check it out!!!!!


Simon Says Stamp  was founded in 2002 with an interest in exclusively selling rubber stamps. It didn’t take long until we realized we couldn’t stop there. For more than 10 years we have celebrated rubber stamping and its glory. We work to bring companies from around the world together in a one stop shopping environment. Rubber stamps still remain the heart of our business and we are celebrating by hosting a “STAMPtember®" event intended to inspire, educate, and celebrate the delight of rubber stamping. Part of the enticement of rubber stamping is that stamps can be used in creating or complementing ANYTHING! From stamping dates on bank documents and postage parcels in the early 18th century, rubber stamping has dramatically expanded to include card making, scrapbooking, mixed media and many forms of altering and expressing art.