Thursday, September 30, 2010

FALL in Threes - This week's TTT Challenge

Well, FALL is officially here in the US. I'm not sure where you live, but our leaves here in Michigan are beginning to change color, the days are becoming shorter and cooler, the football season has arrived and we've already made one crock pot of chili - Yep, FALL has arrived!!

I love FALL! In my area of the world, we get to enjoy the beautiful FALL colors - the leaves change into beautiful rainbow of reds, yellows and oranges. The best part of FALL in my book - DECORATING (especially for Halloween) which is what my hubby was so kind to help me do this past weekend! That means carving pumpkins and little ghosts and goblins trick or treating.

So for today's Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge, I want you to create a card, layout or project that has the FALL theme and the little twist - it must have at least THREE of something on it. The choice is yours.
Here is the FALL IN THREES Challenge project I created -
Three Pumpkins, Three Bits of Bling and Three Layers of matting.
* You can use any digital image you like, when you use an image from Shelly's Images you will enter this contest twice!
* NEW WORKS only Please - No backlinking to older posts
* Enter your great work of art with Inlinkz below!

Have a chance to be our TTT Challenge Winner of the Week!!
We can't wait to see what you come up with!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Fab Follower of the Week!

Welcome to this week's addition of Shelly's Images Fab Follower of the Week!

This week we want to honor our Fab Follower -
Take a stop by and check out all the amazing creations she has on her blog
I'm kind of partial to the super cute Halloween creations, but her other projects are just amazing too!!

THANK YOU Jasmine for being our Fab Follower of the week here at Shelly's Images!
We're so glad to have you!

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Total Blonde Moment

Do you have those?  Where you're lucky you remember your name and address without that little "If Found, Please Return To..." sticker on your shirt?!

I was so excited about our Fright Night this past weekend, that I completely FORGOT to pick our winner for the Operation Write Home Challenge.

Thanks to EVERYONE who participated in the creation of Operation Write Home cards for our troops, whether it was here or another challenge blog, we're so grateful that you joined us!!  I'm sure our troops and their families will be even MORE grateful when they receive these wonderful pieces of art.

Okay, drum roll please.........

The winner of our Operation Write Home Challenge is..........

Penny Ann!

Congrats Penny Ann - please pop over to the store, pick out the image you'd like and email me at min (at) shellysimages (dot) com.


Thrifty Tuesday Tutorial

Happy Tuesday All!

I've got a super fun little tutorial to share with you today.  Get out those used dryer sheets - NO, we're not doing laundry (that's overrated!).  Get out your circle or circle scalloped nesties/punches, a fun little brad you love and some glimmer mist/or ink.

What are we making with these dryer sheets if we're not doing laundry - well, this tutorial is gonna have you looking forward to pulling the laundry outta the dryer (whether or not you get it folded, that's an entirely different story)

As I'm sure you figured out from last week's tutorial - I LOVE recycling, reusing or repurposing items

Let's get started!
First you'll want to stack together a few dryer sheets - don't worry if they're all krinkled - it'll add character to your flower (you can also use tulle too).
Cut your dryer sheets (I like using my nesties to cut these - super quick, super simple)
You'll want to cut them in a few different sizes because we'll layer them a little later.
I cut three different sizes for this one and four of each size.
 Once you have your circles or scalloped circles cut, you'll want to color them the color you'd like with either ink or glimmer mist.
I usually toss my dryer sheets into a plastic bag bag and spritz with my glimmer mist.
 Once your dryer sheets are dry, stack your circles and using a cropadile or punch - put a small hole in the middle, install your brad and get to usin' these beauties!!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial as much as I enjoyed putting it together.


Monday, September 27, 2010

Wishing you a Marvelous Monday!

I'm not sure about you all, but what a wonderful Saturday evening we had -
what a fun Fright Night!!!
How about all the winners and freebies?!

In keeping with the Fright, Spooky, Halloweeney Themey (yep, one of those days I'm feeling in a rhymey mood). LOL
Today we're highlighting another super cute Halloween Image - Trick or Treat Jackpot!

Here's a little ghoulish creation from Sammi -
And a little Spooky Cute Jackpot Card I created -
A frightfully fun project from Audrey.

Darn it....somehow I missed Marion's boo-tiful project earlier! Here is Marion's creation.

Be sure to get your Trick or Treat Jackpot Image from the store today - it's ON SALE
So, head on over and get yours - you know Halloween is a little over a month away!!!
Gotta get those Halloween cards done!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Fright Night Freebies

Fright Night was a HUGE success. Thanks to everyone who dropped in to enjoy our party. It was so fun that I think it might become an annual event.

We know that some of our friends weren't able to drop in last night. So we are leaving our freebies available until 6 p.m. CST tonight. Just go to our group at CDAC and become a member. All we ask is that you leave us a little note to let us know that you are enjoying the freebies.

Not a member at CDAC yet? Oooh, now is definitely the time to become a member. They are having a huge blog hop next weekend that I know you won't want to miss. We will have more information on it soon.

Send all of your friends in for the freebie too. The more the merrier. :)

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Fright Night - Hour 3

We are having so much fun at Fright Night. I hate to see the final hour is here already.

During hour 3 of our Fright Night event we will be having a Scavenger Hunt game. A random winner will get to go to to choose a free image. And we have a great "Boo Crew" freebie for you. This freebie is really a collection of images and you really don't want to miss it!

Hurry over to CDAC! Don't be scared. :)

Fright Night - Hour 2

Ready for another hour of Fright Night activities? I sure hope so because we have lots more fun planned.

During hour 2 we will be having a crafty "Quick Card" Challenge. A random winner will get the image of their choice from We are giving away a freebie image to use on your Quick Cards and other projects. And we also have 3 great sentiments that Min made for us. Oh....and there are a few other freebie surprises that will appear throughout the evening too.

If you haven't dropped by CDAC to see us please hurry over. There are still plenty of activities to enjoy during our Fright Night Party.

I will be back at 8 p.m. CST to tell you about the final hour of our Fright Night Event.

Fright Night - Hour 1

Hour 1 is officially under way! And I am so excited about this evening.

We have some fabulous freebies that we will be giving away during the evening. And we will have lots of prize winners each hour! During hour 1 we will be playing an A to Z Halloween word game. A random winner will be chosen and will receive a free image from We also have a really fun freebie drawn by Taylor. I know you will love it! And be sure to chat with us along the way. We will have some random winners throughout the evening just from the Comment Area.

Please drop by and see us at CDAC. Become a member of CDAC and join our Shelly's Images group. It is a great time to become a member of CDAC because the Blog Hop is in just a few days. And it is another event you don't want to miss!

I will be back at 7 to tell you all about Hour 2 of Fright Night.

Friday, September 24, 2010


Fright Night is nearly here!!
Tomorrow night at 6 PM CST we'll be kicking off our First Fright Night Event at the CDAC.
We are so excited about this event!!
We've got games and prizes and maybe an occasional ghoul or goblin that stops by (and quite possibly with a FREEBIE??!
You WON'T want to miss it.

But right now, we're giving you a chance to get your name in the witches hat this Fright Night Eve to be our first winner.

What do I have to do?  You ask?
Take our Fright Night Banner from above and post it on your blog - tell your friends about this (this is one of those parties where we WANT you to invite your friends!!
Leave us a comment in this post with the link back to your site.

Tomorrow night after the Fright Night kick off we'll announce our first Fright Night Winner!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

TTT for this week

Let's play a new game this week!

I'm ready do some playing again. How about you???
The weather over here is real autumn. Wet and Windy.
The leaves on the trees are starting to color to yellow and red.
A beautiful sight when the sun shines on them…
But in a few weeks the trees are empty and nature is preparing itself for winter.

My card this week for this challenge is inspired on what I see outside and I added TAGS to it. So this weeks challenge is going to about TAGS.

I used the airbrush and a screen to make the background of this card. I used different colors of brown and green.
The image is called:  Nuts about you
Nuts About You

Next to that I made two tags and used two of Shelly’s Freebies on them.
The Acorn, the Maple leaf and the Oak leaf.
You can find those lovely freebies HERE.

I hope you will join us in this great challenge and make sure to check out all the great images in Shelly’s Images STORE and show us your fabulous and creative cards, layouts or projects!

With love

Terrifically Thrilling Thursday's "All Dressed Up" Challenge Winner

Thank you to everyone who played in our "All Dressed Up" challenge! You all provided us with some wonderful eye candy to look at, and did a great job "Dressing Up" your creations! I loved visiting your blogs and getting to see all the creativity. Such a talented group of ladies!

The creations were all wonderful.... So much so that I couldn't pick a favorite. So, I let my friend, Mr. Random.Org pick for me, and he chose.....

#6 Jessica L!!!!!!

Congrats, Jessica! You have won one free digi of your choice from the SI store! Whoo Hoo! Jump on over to the SI store and choose your free image, then email Shelly with your choice.

Thanks, again, to everyone, for playing along with us! Please join us in our new challenge. We love to see your creations.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fab Follower of the Week!

Happy Survivor Wednesday - oops, I mean Happy Fab Follower Day!  :)
Shelly and I are big Survivor fans and so happy that this season of survivor has started (even if they've confused us and changed the day from Thursday to Wednesday).

Today we want to celebrate our First Fall Fab Follower of the Week -
Drum Roll Please -
April of April's Alley
If you haven't taken a stroll through April's blog, you really should.  I just LOVE all her FALL like themed projects and she has one of the neatest card folds I've seen lately. 
Definitely going to have to figure that one out for myself! 

Thanks so much for your inspiration and creativity April! 
We're so happy to have you as Our Fab Follower of the Week!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Happy Technique Tuesday

Happy Tuesday all!  I've got a little Penny Pinching Technique for you. 
I don't know about you, but it never seems to fail - I need something for a layout or card and it just so happens to be the totally WRONG color. 
And while it would be fabulous to be able to purchase something in every color I think I'd ever need, I have lots of items that with a little modification, it works just perfect.
For instance - I have all these great borders, unfortunately they're all bazzill ORANGE.  Great if I want an orange border, not so great if I need something other than ORANGE.
Well, the nice thing is with a little paint or ink - you can make it ANY color you want!
Just like I did here.
If you can do this with borders, imagine what else you can do it with and not spend a dime!
That's our little Penny Pinching Technique for this Tuesday!
Give it a try!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Marvelous Monday

Have a Witchy Marvelous Monday!

Here's another monday... 
Days a flying by. I'm running around preparing things... go to the hospital and make cards for the blogs. And suddenly I realize that the evenings are there early... and that we are approching October already. Before you know it Halloween and thanksgiving are close by!

I'm so glad that Shelly's Images has her Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas images ready to work with. That keeps me on track with the hectic days.

Today we would love to put a spotlight on this wonderful and sweet image that is called:

Good Witch

Now is this little girl sweet or what? I had a great time coloring her...
but was in trouble cause we don't have halloween papers over here in The Netherlands.
I am so lucky that I have an Airbrush on loan so I could make my own background papers.

Here's a Good Witch from Min who LOVES to celebrate Halloween :)

And this fabulous card is made by Scrappy

And I overlooked the card from Sammi,
I apologize to you for this.  Here is the fabulous and wonderful card she made!

Hope you will go to the store and see what more fabulous halloween images Shelly has ready for you in THE STORE

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to enter our great challenge!


Sunday, September 19, 2010

Stampin' Sunday projects!

Good Morning and Happy Sunday everybody! I hope you are all having a glorious day! Today I was able to sit down at my stampin' desk and get a little creative again! How about you?

Shelly's Images is so generously sponsoring this weeks Pile It On Challenge, so we wanted to share one of the cards made using one of SI's fantastic digis- Christmas Cardinal! Of course, it is also apropriate for a cause that is near and dear to all of us at Shelly's Images - Operation Write Home!

Since this weeks Terrifically Twisted Thursday theme this week is to make BIRTHDAY CARDS for OWH, we look forward to seeing all of your creations! Don't forget to add your own TTT card HERE and to play along at PIO too! For more information and details on how you can support Operation Write Home please click HERE.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

A Special Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge!

As we mentioned a little bit yesterday in our Fab Follower of the Week post,

I'm sure we all KNOW someone who is a War Hero - either active or a veteran.
Heck, you might even have one of these SPECIAL people in your family!
I know we do, both active AND veteran War Heroes.
My dad, My Father-in-Law, My Grandfather, My Cousins Son, My Husbands Cousin.
It's these Men & Women who keep our freedoms and way of life SAFE!

So, we at Shelly's Images are VERY EXCITED to have partnered up with Operation Write Home this week to help them with their September Celebration!!
And the best thing - you can send these cards to Operation Write Home and they will go to a War Hero who will in turn use your card to send to a loved one at home.

How exciting is that? You can help our War Heroes keep in touch with their loved ones from thousands of miles away?!
If you haven't participated in making cards for Operation Write Home before, you can get details HERE about OWH and 'guidelines' for making cards.

A few important things to remember when making cards to use for OWH -
No Glitter - as much as we all LOVE glitter (and I'm one who does), glitter can be dangerous if it flakes off.
Card size - Cards should be 4.5" x 5.5"
No Store bought cards (I'm sure I didn't need to include this as we're card makers, but just a little FYI)
Quality over Quantity - 1 card or 100 cards, they are all appreciated.
Stamp or Write "Operation Write Home" on the back of your card
Be sure to check out all the details of OWH so your amazing creations can make a child or spouse smile when they receive it from a loved one who is far from home keeping the world safe! Once your cards are finished just send them off to a shipper near you. The shipper addresses can be found here.

We want to see your birthday cards - we'd love to have you use Shelly's Images, but any image will do.
Leave a comment in this post with a link to your creations.
Next Friday, we'll take ALL the entries and pick one winner to win an image of their choice from Shelly's Images. It's a win-win for everyone!!
We can't wait to see what you create to send to our War Heros!!

9-16-10 Terrifically Thrilling Thursday

As you know, this month, at Shelly's Images,we are featuring the awesome Halloween images, from Shelly's Halloween collection. I love the whole process of dressing up for Halloween! Actually, I love the whole process of dressing up, in general. Dressing up in nice clothes for parties, dressing up for Halloween, dressing up (or altering) items. I just love dressing up!

So,this week's Terrifically Thrilling Thursday challenge is....

All Dressed Up!

We want to see your "Dressed Up" projects! Any type of dressed up project: A card, a Layout, an altered Item. Let's see your dressed up, blinged out creations! Items you have altered, or even just a project using an image that is all dressed in fancy clothes. Let your imagination run wild! Show us how much you love dressing up!

* You can use any digital image you like, when you use an image from Shelly's Images you will enter this contest twice!

* No backlinking to older post
* Leave a comment here at the blog.
* Enter your great work of art with Inlinkz!

Can't wait to see what you create!!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Winner for TTThursday Challenge - Create a Scene!

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 to choose a winner! The winner this week of the 'Make a Scene' challenge is:

#4 Lisa Lara

Lisa, 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!

Fab Follower of the Week!

I really enjoy all the wonderful followers we have - for many reasons!
I love seeing your wonderful TTT Challenge projects.
I love hearing what you think about our Tuesday Tutorials/Technique Tuesdays.
I love your comments.
I love to see you WIN free stuff from us. (I REALLY REALLY LOVE THIS ONE!!)
AND, I love that we can spotlight one of our Fabulous Followers each week.
It gives us a chance to enjoy YOUR wonderful creations!!!
This week, we're enjoying the terrific creations of
Our Fab Follower Denise and
If you have popped over to Denise blog, check it out.  I have to say, one of my favorite creations she's done is her "Happy Birthday USA!" card.  I love everything about it!  The sketch she used, the stamped image she used and all the embossing!  Not only is this perfect for a USA birthday Card, but what an AWESOME card this would be to send to a War Hero!!

We LOVE our Vetrans & War Heros!
We're even lucky enough to HAVE a few in our family!

Stop over and say hi to Denise and if you have an extra minute or two, make a card for Operation Write Home and let our War Heroes know how much they mean to us!!
Stay turned tomorrow for more OWH details!  You won't want to miss tomorrows TTT Challenge!!
Congrats Denise!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

It's Topper Time on Technique Tuesday!

Hello everyone, I'm here to share with you my first ever tutorial. (Be gentle with me, I'm already nervous about never having done a tutorial before)

Since we are featuring Halloween images this month at Shelly's Images, I thought it would be great to do a Halloween favor tutorial.

Aren't these just too cute?! They are very quick and simple to do, and would be great favors for the kiddies to take to school for Halloween favors.

Supplies You will need:

Digi Images from Shelly's Images
markers, Chalks or another coloring medium
Paper Cutter
Exacto Knife
Pencils or dowels
*If using dowels, you will need to cut them to the desired length for your project.


1. Color your digi images.

2. Cut digi images into 3" blocks, or whatever size is appropriate for the image.

3. At the top of each image block, use exacto knife to cut a slit, (about 5/8" down from the top edge)
horizantally across the center of the image. The slit should be approximately 1 1/2" across.

4. Now, do the same cut, about 5/8" up from the bottom edge. Again, your cut should be horizontally,
approximately 1 1/2" across

*Note: You may need to alter the size of your cuts, depending on what is proportionate to the size of your image

5. Slide your pencil or dowel rod through the two slits your image, and there you have your pencil/dowel topper.
(You may slide your pencil in under or over the tab, depending on which looks best with your images. I have
done both ways, in the pic above, based on how I felt the image looked best.)

These would also be great made with dowel rods and then stuck into a ball of styrofoam in a cute bucket or pot, to make table centerpieces.

I'd love to see what other creative projects you come up with, using the toppers

Monday, September 13, 2010

9/13/10 Marvelous Monday

Whoooo Hooo! It's that time, again! Time for Marvelous Monday at Shelly's Images. I'm both nervous and excited, because this is my first time hosting as a new member of the Shelly's Images DT.

September's featured images are from the Halloween Collection at Shelly's Images. Check out all these awesome images to celebrate Halloween. You may purchase the images individually or save money by buying the entire Halloween collection! Perfect for making cards or other Halloween projects. (Now I'm going to tease you a little.... Check back tomorrow for my tutorial--Think Halloween favors).

This week, for Marvelous Monday, we are featuring the image Fright Night. I love this image. It reminds me of dressing up for Halloween as a kid. Actually, I used to love to dress up for Halloween as an adult, too, and give out candy to the kids. Too bad we don't get trick or treaters here, where I live now. I miss dressing up! Halloween is one of my favorite holidays!

Now, let's see some creative inspiration from the wonderful DT:



Thursday, September 9, 2010

Winner of "Anything but a card" TTT Challenge

Our TTT Winner from last week is....


Thank you to all of the entries! We had some great projects submitted.

Ronazita, please email Shelly at and let me know which image you would like. :)

9-9-10 Terrifically Thrilling Thursday Challenge

Holy smokes! What a week it's been so far! Lots going on here and even more to share!So let me tell you what we've got up our sleeve for this weeks challenge!

This week, we want to challenge you to make a scene! Now, we're NOT asking you to go down to your local Walmart and sing Christmas songs in your skivvies! :0p While that might be hilarious -and we'd love to see you on youtube- that is not at all what we mean! What we mean is, show a scene on your card, scrapbook page or project! That's it - any type of scene will do - summer, winter, whatever strikes your fancy! So go ahead and get creative with the theme - then head back here to link it up! We can't wait to see what you create!

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Fab Follower of the Week!

I just love all the new followers we've gained here at Shelly's Images!  You girls are just so inspiring with all your creations - I love having a chance to blog hop and see what you all have been up to and see your amazing creativity!!
This week I did a little hoppin' and came across Homemade Cards by Erin - this week's Fab Follower.  WOW I absolutely love the cards Erin creates - she does awesome work with color and sketch challenges.  If you haven't been to Erin's blog, by all means, stop by, take a look and be inspired!!
Congrats to you this week Erin for being our Fab Follower of the Week! 
We're so happy to have you as a follower!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

9-7 Technique Tuesday

In today's tough economic times, we stampers are not able to stretch our stamping dollars like we used to. We love the effects of many of the products out there, but the price is prohibitive! also may run out of what you need at 2 am like I do, so these 3 tips might be worth noting!!

My solution? GO CHEAP! That's right, why not make your own 'designer' products at a fraction of the price?

I am not knocking the amazing products out there! I use many of them too! They work great and are easy to pick up in most craft stores or online. However, if you don't mind making a bit of mess, and doing a little bit extra to save the money, then check out my ideas below!

To make your own FRUGAL 'Faux Flock', all you need is some CHEAP felt, a stiff brush, a clothes shaver, and a few containers to keep your 'faux flock' in! You brush the felt pretty hard with the brush to raise the nap before applying the shaver to it! Collecting in the tiny shaver bin is your very cheap wooly flock. It's ready to use whenever you are ready for it!

Note: I suggest you use spray adhesive with this flock as it applies more evenly, you use very little, and there is MUCH less 'flock dust' all over your work area! A slightly moistened q-tip works very well to apply the flock to your work.

To make your own 'Shimmery Spray Mist', you can get a few mini misters and add 2 or 3 tiny scoops of mica powder or Pearl Ex. Add equal amounts of liquid hairspray (if you use the mica powder), and water. Add a few drops of food coloring (if desired) and voila - Shimmering spray mist.

Note: Be sure to shake them side to side (or roll them on their sides slowly) when blending the Pearl Ex to avoid clogging. Shaking them up and down forces large particles of shimmer into the sprayer making it difficult - if not impossible to use. The hairspray sets the Mica Powder. You won't need it if you use Pearl Ex.

When you have a VERY SPENDY 'Alcohol based blender pen' dry out it can be VERY inconvenient! Especially when you don't have a re-inker! In a pinch...Vodka works! No...not for you to drink! To wet your blender pen nib!

Note: Use the Vodka sparingly! Not only because you may need a nip later...but also because you don't want to overly wet your project and have the inks run all together.

We hope these tips will help you out of whatever jam you may be in, whether it's financial, that you're out of it, or in a time crunch! Be sure to share your own Frugal ideas with us here at Shelly's Images too! We can't wait to hear from you!

HINT: We hear that digi stamps are also cheaper too! You can get many more digi images for the same price as a single stamp, and storage is a cinch too!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Spotlight On . . .


Here is a fantastic project by Scrappy using Shelly's Images "Haunted House" 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.