Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Technique Tuesday

Embossing with Ink

I love to emboss papers. But sometimes I want them to have another color so they match better with the colors that I used in my coloring.
So I take my Big Shot by Sizzix and an embossing folder
I take the inkpad I want and start coloring the side with the increased pattern and rub the inkpad softly over the pattern. Make sure to to add pressure otherwise you color the underground as well.

Then place the paper on the normal way in the embossing folder…

 And run the folder through the machine. Make sure to do it slow and give the ink the time to get into the paper. You might run the embossing folder several times through the machine without lifting it out of it’s place!

After you take the mal out you can clean it the way you clean your embossing folder the way you clean your stamps.

You can do the same technique, but then work on the imprinted side of the embossing folder!
Here are both results. You can also use other dies to cut shapes from this papers.

Have fun and make sure to show your results with this technique!

Monday, August 30, 2010

My prince arrived Here!
As soon as I saw this new image from Shelly's Images I knew that I just
had to color this one and make a joke sentiment on the card.
And I found some lovely papers to go with it from Magnolia and used it inside my card.

But first back to that image, it's called My Pad

My Pad

And it's today with a great discount available in the store over HERE

The team made so many great project and cards with this cutie...
Here is what I made with it:



This fabulous card with that beautiful ribbon is from our very new DT Member Sammi!
I love her coloring and the beautiful flowers at the side!

And to keep going with work from our other new DT Member Margie,

She made this great card with the beautiful bright colors and the glitter in the watter and flower!
Now Scrappy got very creative and made this stunning doorhanger with this image!

Audrey was very creative with her sentiment on this lovely card!

Here is Shannon's beautiful creation! Shannon is another brand new DT member this term.

Now here is some real inspiration for you all to get creative with this image.
As you can see there are so many different ways to use it.
I hope you will all show what you made with it!

And make sure to be back here tomorrow for another fun tutorial by me!

Thanks for looking and leaving me a lovely comment!


Friday, August 27, 2010

It's Almost Newsletter Time

I have been hard at work today preparing the September 1st edition of the Shelly's Images Newsletter. We really have wonderful information in our newsletter so we hope you are all signed up to receive it.
Beginning with the September Newsletter we will have special offers, coupons, and/or freebies. These will be exclusive promotions just for our newsletter subscribers. So hop on over to the store and get signed up to get your copy of our newsletters.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge

A new TTT is here!

Last week was a strange week with a lot of things going on at home and with the family.

My parents were married for 51 years last wednesday and they took us out to dinner
to a lovely Italian restaurant in my village.
The food there is so special and traditional Italian food. Most of those recipe's are told from parent to child and we other folks will never know how some things are made.
We can only dream of knowing the secret ingredients of the tasty dishes!
So I thought that we would have a challenge with a recipe!

You know with a little bit of papers and a little bit of embellishments and of course the main ingredient: A digital Image!
And where else than at Shelly's Images Store
can you find the most wonderful and inspiring images.
Even in the Kidz Korner and
the Freebie zone you can find fabulous images to work with.
So this week I want to ask you to cook the following recipe:

1. Image from Shelly's Images
2. no more than 2 design papers
3. no more than 3 embellisments
4. Your card must be new and no back linking to previous post!

This image was a Freebie at our CDAC group as well not so long ago! Be sure to join us there because we have so much fun chatting and crafting there.

In case you missed it I will add it here for you.

The winner will get a fabulous prize from Shelly's Images!
This contest will run till Wednesday September 1st 11:59 pm.
The winner will be announced Thursday morning at 6:00 am.
You can claim your prize one week from then.

I hope you have a lot of fun and I can't wait to see what you all come up with!



GORGEOUS cards this week from everyone who decided to play along with my sketch! Thank goodness for random.org because otherwise, picking a winner would be darn near impossible!!

Our winner this week is


Congrats Pauline. Please go to SHELLY'S IMAGES STORE and pick the image of your choice. Then, e-mail Shelly at shelly@shellysimages.com with your choice.

Thanks so much again everyone and hope you come back a bit later to see what NEW CHALLENGE Marion has chosen this week.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Background stamping Sky

Today's Tutorial is about creating a stamped background sky behind your image.

I choose the beautiful image Swan Love from Shelly's Images.
You can find this lovely image HERE

Print and color the image.
Print the image again on plain white paper.

Cut out the second printed image.

Mask the colored image with the plain one.

At www.shellysimages.com you find a free image of clouds.
Print it out on firm cardstock and cut it out.
Place the clouds over the masked image and work the edges with the stamping ink.
Replace the cloud and ink again. You can use various colors to create a cloudy sky.

Here is the result after inking the background.
I used some yellow to create a sunrise feeling.
Save the cut out mask for the next time!

I made a loopy lace gift box with the image in it.
This is a different kind of wedding card.

Hope you all like this technique and give it a try and show us at the CDAC Group!

Thanks for looking and leaving a lovely comment.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Sandy Dreams!

Today this lovely image is in the spotlight here!

Shelly was inspired by childeren that were playing on the beach during her vacation...
And she couldn't resist making some drawing off that!
Now isn't this a lovely and cute image?? And if you're a scrapbooker.... you even can use this image on a lovely vacation layout!

Sandy Dreams

You can find this image that is called Sandy Dreams in the store HERE

This is what I made:

And here is the card that Creative Scrappy made with this image:

So hurry to the store and make sure to get you this image today.
Cause only today you get a $ 1.00 discount on Sandy Dreams!

Thanks for looking and leaving me a lovely comment!

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Someone's gonna be doing a happy dance when they read this!!
Thanks so much to EVERYONE who played along with this week's Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge.  Your entries were all FABULOUS!!  So glad the pickin' was left up to Random.org to pick a winner - you girls make it TOUGH to choose!!

The winner of this week's "RECIPE" Challenge is:
Linda - stop on over at the SI Shop and pick your favorite digi and email your choice to me (email addy is on the side bar)!
Thanks again to all of you who played along this week.  Join us again today for Audrey's SKETCHY challenge


I told you yesterday I was feeling a little sketchy, and low and behold, I was because I made a sketch for this week's challenge - WOO HOO!! You can rotate or resize the sketch any way you like as long as the main elements are included. I cannot wait to see what you come up with:) You will have until midnight on Wednesday, September 25 to enter your creation using our Linky Tool below. I cannot wait to see how your projects turn out:) Also, remember that while it is unnecessary to use an image from SHELLY'S IMAGES, we'd sure LOVE to see one.

Here's the sketch you will be using:
Here's my card using the sketch. I hope it provides you with some inspiration. I used the Tooth Fairy image from SHELLY'S IMAGES on my card.

Have fun and good luck!!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Fab Follower of the Week!

Happy Wednesday and WELCOME to this week's Fab Follower of the Week!!

Today we'd like to congratulate Gloria, blogger of Lil' Cabin In The Woods on being our Fab Follower of the week here at Shelly's Images.

If you haven't visited Ms. Gloria's Lil' Cabin In The Woods, you really should - the cabin is cozy and the projects are just awesome. One of my favorites is her Do Something Creative - Everyday post.

What a neat-o project!! This project really inspires me to get out the vinyl I've been hanging on to for so long and get it on my walls!!

Thanks for the inspiration Gloria and THANK YOU for being one of our Fabulous Followers at Shelly's Images!




Hey all of you out in blog land!! Hope you are having a WONDERFUL day today. I am here to tease you about tomorrow's new TERRIFICALLY THRILLING THURSDAY challenge and also to remind you that you have until midnight tonight, Weds., August 18 to enter the Ribbon, Bling, and Embossing Challenge that Min set out for everyone!

So, my teaser is that I'm a little sketchy as to what I'm going to do tomorrow;) Have a great day and I'll be back tomorrow with the actual TTT CHALLENGE!

Tuesday, August 17, 2010


Happy Tuesday everyone! I have a simple tutorial to share with you today. Unfortunately, I cannot get my finished card picture to turn out very well - something with the lighting I'm using and I just am not that experienced of a photographer to figure it out.

Today is a technique that I've heard called diamond dust and it's very simple and the results are cool:)
Supplies needed: Clear embossing or diamond embossing powder. I used JudiKins Iridescent sparkle. Versa mark ink and embossing gun.

Color and cut out your image. I used this FABULOUS images from SHELLY'S IMAGES.

Ink entire image with Versa Mark - make sure it's all covered.

Next, cover image with embossing powder

Heat with embossing gun until powder has completely melted. You're left with a cool sparkly image:)
Here's my finished project, as I said, just couldn't get the lighting right, but I hope you get a feel for how cool it can really look. I hope you enjoyed this!!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Spotlight On....


Here is a fantastic project by Marion using Shelly's Images "Balloons" digi stamp.

We hope this beautiful card will inspire your projects.  Be sure to click on our "Spotlight On" category in the side bar for more great projects.  Or click on the specific Holiday or project type that you are working on for more great ideas and inspiration.


HOORAY, it's MARVELOUS MONDAY, the start of a new week, new adventures and the last week of summer before my kids head back to school - woo hoo!!  It also means that there's a MARVELOUS image at SHELLY'S IMAGES SHOP that's on sale TODAY ONLY!!  So, hurry, click on the above link and get your MARVELOUS MONDAY image for today's SPECIAL PRICE.  The image is Balloons and they are so versatile!!
You get the "Happy" and you can add whatever you want - Birthday, Anniversary, Hello, etc.
Here's my card:

I made it into a Birthday card because you can never have too many birthday cards, right?!?  I hope you like it and that you will head over to SHELLY'S IMAGES SHOP to pick up the image!
(If you would like to know what supplies I used on my card as well as other challenges entered, please visit Audrey's Blog)

Marion's Card:

Scrappy's Card:

Be back tomorrow with TECHNIQUE TUESDAY.:)

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge

Happy Thursday!! One more day and we've made it to the weekend! WOO HOO!!
Thank you to everyone who joined us for last week's TTT Challenge! You all make such amazing projects!!
I'm not sure about all of you, but in our family, we LOVE LOVE LOVE RECIPE books. We collect recipes from all over. My hubby and I can sit on the deck and flip thru a food magazine or recipe book and all is right with the world! We LOVE to try new foods, to try new things and to share those things with family and friends when we entertain.

You may be asking yourself - "SELF - why is this crazy lady talking about FOOD when this is a scrappy blog?"
(yep, I have conversations with mySELF like this on a regular basis)
Aside from the fact that it's terribly HOT here in Michigan this week and the humidity is taxing on the brain, I'm talking about recipes because I love a great SCRAPPY RECIPE!

And that's what this week's challenge is - a little Scrappy Recipe challenge.
So, get out the following scrappy supplies and show us what you got!
Ribbon, BLING and Embossing
(dry or stamping embossing).

Below is a quickie little Recipe card I put together using one of this week's highlighted "HAPPY HOUR" images from Shelly's Images.

And, as you can see, I used a bit of the paper I created during this past Tuesday's Tutorial.
Kind of fun, huh?
(Sorry for the bad photo - I got a little snap happy and the glaze wasn't quite dry yet - Might have to take a little better photo once it dries).

Just a few rules...
~ No Backlinking! We want to see your NEW cards only! That's what makes it a challenge, right?
~ Please enter your challenges using the InLinks widget below.
~ We do ask that you turn off Word Moderation and use comment moderation so our Design Team can easily leave comments. We enjoy leavin' you love for takin' the time to join our challenge.

Feel free to combine challenges or even enter multipe cards or projects. We love to see what you do!!

Thanks so much for playin' with us this week!!

Congratulations to...

Looks like the THRILLINGLY TERRIFIC THURSDAY this week was a great one! We've looked at all of your wonderful entries and love them all! It would be an impossible decision to choose just one of your fabu creations - which is fine - because we leave it to Random.org to choose a winner! The winner this week of the 'This Place is a Zoo' challenge is:

Jana, please head over to the SI SHOP, choose your digi, and email your selection to Shelly to claim it! Thanks so much to all of you for playing along this week! We hope you will be back for this weeks new TTT challenge!

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Fab Follower of the Week!

Happy Wednesday and welcome to this week's edition of Fab Follower of the week!

This week we'd like to give a little shout out to Tammy from My Craft Central Blog

What a fabulously AWESOME blog Tammy has!! Not only do I absolutely love the WHIMSY of her blog design, but her creations are just terrific. The images she uses just make me GRIN!

Two cards that I ran across and just love were in the "My Three Dad's" post.

I just LOVE the dad getting sprayed by the hose by the little girl and the two laughing cactus (or is it cacti? - did I even spell it right??)

Anyway, if you haven't stopped by Tammy's blog, stop by, enjoy the inspiration and leave her a little Love!

Congrats for being our Fab Follower of the Week this week Tammy!

We're so glad to have you!



One last reminder.....

Time is winding down to submit your application for our Design Team. Applications need to be received by midnight on Friday, August 14th. Visit the Design Team 411 page for all the info. And click here for the Design Team Application.
And don't forget to enter our "This place is a zoo" challenge this week. We have some SUPER cute entries.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Makin' it YOU this Technique Tuesday!

I don't know about you, but sometimes when I'm creating, I'm very particular about the papers I use. I always want to find the PERFECT printed paper to use. I can't tell you how many times I've looked for HOURS to find that AH HA paper....and then it hit me

{insert Min slapping forehead and LIGHT BULB coming on here! DOH!}.

Heck, with digi stamps (or regular stamps for that matter), you can MAKE your OWN PERFECT PRINTED PAPERS!!!

How do you do that? Well, let me give you a little crash course - get on those helmets and get those digi or stamped images out. Let's go!

For digi-image paper - open a program like MS Power Point or Publisher. I tend to use both, but I'll show you in Power Point since Publisher is an extra program that not everyone has.

If you want to use this technique to make paper with regular stamps - kind of follow the instructions but you don't need you computer, just your ink pad, stamp and paper.

Step 1 - Pick the 'background' image you plan to use.

I picked the Birthday Cupcake Image from Shelly's Images Store that I'm going to modify to fit for my project.

Step 2 - Adjust the part of the image you plan to use.

I'm going to use this paper for a little background paper for this week's TTT Challenge with the new Happy Hour Images, therefore, I decided to use the cherry part of the cupcake image. This is the point where I crop to get rid of the cupcake and candle. This is where I also resized the image to work with what I have planned.

Step 3 - Copy, Paste, Rotate and Flip the amount of images you'll need for your paper.

I wanted to make sure I had a little extra just in case I wanted or needed more.

Step 4 - Once you're satisfied with the background you've created, print that baby out and get colorin'!
I can't show you the finished product yet, you'll have to be sure to check back in on Thursday for this week's TTT Challenge. ;o)
Give this a try and I am SURE once you get the hang of it, you'll be makin' your own paper ALL THE TIME!! I know I do!

Feel free to leave comments if you have questions - I know this was a pretty high-level 'simple' tutorial, but I hope you enjoyed it and learned something new today. I'm happy to help you out if I can!
Happy Creatin'!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Spotlight On . . .


Here is a fantastic project by Min using Shelly's Images "Happy Hour Pineapple" digi stamp.
We hope this cute card will inspire your projects.  Be sure to click on our "Spotlight On" category in the side bar for more great projects.  Or click on the specific Holiday or project type that you are working on for more great ideas and inspiration.