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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Shea's Lounge at StampNation


Today's card is one that I made for my new post over at one of my all time favorite forums, StampNation.  I discovered StampNation in March of 2012, just two months after I started playing with paper and glitter, and I knew NOTHING about making cards.  Nada, zilch, zip.  I was dinking around the internet one night hungry to learn and discovered one of Catherine Pooler's AWESOME tutorials on YouTube.  Long story short, I found StampNation, joined up within a day or two, and I've made some wonderful friendships, learned so much about paper crafting, and even attended the First Annual Retreat in April of this year (and can't wait until next year's Retreat!).

There are now over 325 video tutorials there with more being added almost weekly - how can you beat THAT!  Catherine Pooler is a fabulous lady who knows her stuff, and she puts on wonderful tutorials that are easy to listen to and full of useful tips and tricks.  Plus she's a wonderful, sweet lady with a fabulous sense of humor, too!  (I only wish I lived next door to her.)  Her blog always has fun ideas and I urge you to pay her a visit.

Catherine has asked if I will join StampNation's Design Team, and she has graciously allowed me to have my own "column," which we've named "Shea's Lounge."  (Sorry, we just couldn't resist.)  It's a monthly column for members only in which I'll present a tutorial and a project showing the finished product.  This month's tutorial, which will go live tomorrow on the 15th, features the fun acetate flowers.  They look like glass, and the customization options are nearly endless.

I put the large one on a side-step card, the first I've ever made.  Rather than deal with the many cuts, folds and scores (I'm very measurement challenged on the best of days), I used my Silhouette Cameo to cut it for me.

Here's a close up of the flower using the Tim Holtz Tattered Flowers die, one of my favorites.

The bird was also cut on my Silhouette and painted with Neocolors, then coated with three coats of Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel (UTEE).

The little banner was made from loose canvas which I unraveled on both edges (more on the leftover pieces in a moment).  The stick holding it up is just that, a piece of a branch from my recently deceased Japanese Maple, courtesy of our Texas summer heat.  I used a miniature rose, tiny button, really tiny stamp and a flattened bead cap with a pearl as the ornaments.  Oh, and a really REALLY tiny, glittered butterfly.

Remember the trimmings of the canvas flags?  I used them to make a tiny bird's nest and airbrushed it with Copics.  The flowers are airbrushed, and the tag behind the flowers and sentiment is stamped and distressed.  The little sentiment tag is a tiny piece of wood that I painted with shimmer paints and stamped and then doodled the edge designs with a Copics marker.

Some pearls, a gold leafed button, and various seam binding and crochet ribbon and flourish die cuts complete this fun piece.

Here's a side view so you can see the "steps."  It was my first side step card but not my last - it was SO much fun to decorate!

Thank you so much for joining me and I urge you to go pay Catherine Pooler a visit, either on her blog or on StampNation, or both!

Happy crafting!

Challenges entered:

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Make the Cut
Creative Card Crew #42 - Banner/Pennant
Crafty Ribbons #56 - Anything Goes w/Ribbon
Fussy and Fancy #95 - Bingo Board (full house - it's ALL on there!)
Pile It On #32 - Outdoors
613 Ave. Create - Anything Goes


Catherine Pooler said...

Amazing project! StampNation members are continuously picking their jaws up off the table and now you are going to teach them HOW to do some of what you do...AWESOME! Thank you, Shea, we can't wait!

Donna Ellis said...

Congratulations, Shea! Love the name of your column :-) and this beautiful card with the acetate flowers. Wonderful news! hugs, de

Taniaj Scott said...

Stunning project and congrats.Thanks for joining us at Creative Card Crew on our Banner challenge Hugs Txx DT :)

Mayra Duran-Hernandez said...

An amazing and beautiful project !!! All the details are stunning !!! Thank you so much for joint us at Pile it on Challenges !!!

Mayra DT

Julz said...

Congratulations Shea. You will be a fabulous addition to the DT. This card is out of this world incredible. Love the shabby chic. Can't wait to visit the lounge.

Shea said...

Thank you ladies for your kind comments! Julz, I'll see you there tomorrow! :)

Kristie Goulet said...

Ok, let me pick my jaw up off the table! AMAZING just doesn't cut it for this project! I can't wait to take my spot on "Shea's Lounge" to learn from you! Mwah!

Viv's Visuals said...

Shea this is just beautiful! x

Kristi Schurr said...

Gorgeous work, Shea!

Mona Pendleton said...

Wow! What a fabulous project! Love all the dimension and die cuts! Fabulous tag! Thanks for joining along with Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge!

paper fun said...

Beautiful card. That acetate flower is stunning.

I had not heard of Stamp Nation prior, but I must say that I am temped to show, just to see your flower tutorial.

Thanks for sharing your gorgeous creation with us at Creative Card Crew.


Annie said...

Well done on the 'Full House' beautiful card, must have a go with those fabulous acetate flowers. Thanks for joining us over at Fussy and Fancy, good luck with the challenge xxx Annie

Jenn Bedient said...

Beautiful card! Love all your details and the design. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Creative Card Crew. Hope you have a fabulous day!

- Jenn DT
Crafted My Fancy

Crafters Guild Sisters said...

This is amazing! So much detail! Fabulous project.

Thanks for playing along with us at Creative Card Crew!
~Crystal (DT)

Roberta said...

I LOVE your card! The additional of the little twig and banner is pure genius. That will definitely be showing up on my first side step card that I plan on making in the next day or so.
Thanks so much for the inspiration!
Queen Bee Paper Crafts