Saturday, February 10, 2018

Design Team News

Happy Saturday!
I have some happy news to share today:


I'm thrilled to be a part of one of my absolute FAVORITE adhesive companies,

Welcome new Design Team members, starting on April 1st:
Linsey Rickett
Shannon Morgan
Shellye McDaniel
Teri Anderson
Valerie Ward

After a year's hiatus, I'm quite excited to be be joining these super talented ladies :)
Have a wonderful finish to your weekend!
Shellye

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Planner Mania: Felties Planner Bands

Happy Hump Day!

I'm adding some precious planner goodies to my ETSY Shop 
and I'm looking for new and original designs to bring as well :)
Here are some of the latest cuteness:







And I have several more designs listed.  They are available in 3 sizes too!
I'm working on some pieces with scriptures and cute sayings on them next.

ALSO! I have some exciting news that I'll be sharing this weekend.  
Let's just say I'm joining the Design Team world again after a year long hiatus.
Hmmmmm, what could it be?
--------------------< STAY TUNED>-----------------------

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Memory Dex: January 2018

Hello and a Happy Saturday!  
As promised, I have a quick video of my January Memory Dex System by Heidi Swapp


I purchased the dies and card holder at Amazon.com 
The papers, stickers and embellishments are all older collections from my stash. 
I mixed-and-matched pieces from Authentique Paper, Echo Park, Carta Bella & DCWV
and it turned out quite beautifully!

I will be sharing a video of the February and March cards soon!
I have also shared this on my YOU TUBE CHANNEL, where you can actually see
the video a bit better :)
Have a wonderful weekend!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Valentine Hoop Art

Happy Snow Day!
I've been making a lot of embroidery hoop art as of late
and today's snow day was the perfect day for it.

I looked through my huge collection of stamps for those with thin lines
for stitching over.  I found this sweet elephant stamp from an old 
Stampin' Up Valentine collection from several years ago.  I've always loved it!

I stamped the image onto a warm muslin fabric with Staz-On ink.
Next, I used various colors of DMC embroidery floss and started stitchin'!

I cut a felt heart from a roll of felt ribbon that I purchased in the Target Dollar Spot :)
I wanted more color for the background, so I used some chalks for the sky and grass and
also a dab of pink for his cheeks!

Once the front was finished, I glued the edges down around the back of the 4" hoop.
Next, I die-cut a 4" circle from white poster board and glued it to the back.  Perfect
for hiding the stitch work and also giving some protection to the piece.  

In finishing, I attached red pom pom trim from May Arts Ribbon and a red/white
piece of twine for the hanger.  I just -HEART- how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!
Shellye

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Valentining Into the New Year!

Happy New Year's Greetings!
So I've been pretty busy since school started in August and since then I've purged, reorganized and streamlined my craft room.  Things that I use often are within reach and collections collected from my Design Team days have been organized by holiday, theme, color, etc.  Crafting when I have a few spare minutes or an afternoon is much easier now!

I'm working on a little video of my new obsession: the memory dex.
Talk about the perfect thing to work on while binging on Netflix LOL
I'll have it up soon, so be sure to check back :)

Now onto a couple of things that I've crafted this week...



I let a lot of things expire in my Etsy shop, but I must, must, MUST clear some things out so I've restocked and have even added these two new mini albums.  
Does the black chipboard album look familiar?  It's a favorite of mine from the hey-day of 
Cosmo Cricket and the scrapbook club that I owned at the time.  
And how about that shabby little elephant?  Yep!  Old, old (OLD) Basic Grey :)
Using up supplies that I've been hoarding is absolutely one of the BEST feelings as a crafter! 

Both of these are up in my Whimsy by Shellye shop, as well as lots of other items at great prices.

Okay, back to work on the video...see y'all soon!

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Pocket Letters 4 Planners

Hey, y'all!  Hope you're having a great weekend!
I've tackled a few projects over the last couple of days and 
filling orders from my Etsy Shop :)  Today I've listed four brand new Pocket Letters.
What are Pocket Letters?  I'm not sure who coined the phrase or birthed the idea, but basically they are a baseball card sleeve (with 9 pockets) that are filled with all sorts of goodies for planners, cardmaking or other papercrafting projects! I LOVE curating them for folks and customers seem to really love them as well.  Take a look:








I find all of these really cute, vintage reproduction style ATC cards on Etsy and add them to the various pockets.  Then I tuck in the fun embellishments that can be used (primarily) to decorate pages of planners!  You can hole punch the ATC cards and add them to the rings of the binder or adhere them to a calendar page.  Sequins are fun for those who like to maker shaker pages.  And of course, paperclips, labels and stickers are a must for the planner girl!  
I tie them up in pretty ribbon so they're all ready to go for the gift-giver :)

Enjoy your day & thanks for stopping in!
XOXOX
Shellye


Sunday, June 4, 2017

Little Miss Patriot

Happy Sunday!
It was a rainy afternoon and all of the chores were done, so I 
sat down to create this cute 'lil patriotic ornament/tag/sign just in 
time for Independence Day!  Would be perfect hanging on a lighted tree, 
a cabinet knob or door :)





In my stash are a bunchhhh of these scalloped acrylic pages that were designed
for mini albums. I cut a piece of chipboard to measure slightly smaller than the
acrylic piece and then dressed (both sides) with patterned papers from Echo Park Paper.
The edges were distressed with a walnut ink and then attached it to the back with
 Sookwang adhesive tape (I placed the tape strategically so it would be
hidden by the piece on front of the acrylic).

For the front, I used a die-cut chipboard piece covered in this cute patriotic plaid print.
The little retro girl (I found by searching "free patriotic clip art) was printed onto
heavy cardstock, trimmed out and added with foam tape, along with the blue
glitter die cuts.  

I made up a strand of crepe paper fringe  and adhered it to the bottom of 
the chipboard frame, along with a piece of paper straw.
Buttons were tied with jute and added to the top of the fringe.

A boutique style bow was added to the side with a craft tag boasting USA
attached to the center of it.  Ribbon was inserted through the top holes to
create the hanger for this little cutie!

That's all for tonight!  Thanks for coming by!
XOXOX
Shellye


Saturday, June 3, 2017

Welcome to My New Address!

Hello everyone! 
I wanted to take a minute to welcome you to my new blog
(not sure what happened to the other...I think that's one of the non-perks of 
having a customized web address).  
Anywho!  I was able to transfer all of the old posts to this one, so nothing will be missed :)

Now that Summer (as far as school terms go...) is here, I'm clearing out
crafty stuff and listing things in my Etsy Shop that I've been holding onto for a little too long
(I've always been a bit of a hoarder, even though my mother referred to it as a 'pack rat')
I've spent the week organizing my things; hopefully it will be easier to sit and craft
when I get the chance.

New Listings...New Projects








I've had this tri-fold frame in my stash for some time now.  I added some additional
pages to the back (from some Maya Road chipboard houses) and turned it into a mini album!

I've also been curating some cute Ephemera Kits....I so love curating!
They're mixed with flea market finds, vintage ephemera and current products.



And y'all, don't even get me started on cards.
I literally stopped counting at 250...and there's LOTS more.
So, I'll be adding some of my favorite cards to my shop soon too!

Now that my Design Team days are over I'll be able to spend my extra time 
in the Summer to create and as I do I'll blog and share the process :)

Thanks again for stopping by!
XOXOXO
Shellye


Monday, December 12, 2016

Hostess with the Mostess

The holiday brings lots of parties and open houses, so 
if you're planning to attend one and need a fun and functional gift, here is an idea!

I've taken a dollar store gift box (size 5"X5") and a few other supplies from Xyron & WRMK:

To the left is a look at the cardboard gift box.  I've also used a mason jar steel rule die that measures
5"W X 7"H and cut two pieces of chipboard with it.

Next, I cut out matching jar shapes from the Yuletide Collection from We R Memory Keepers.

Adhesive was applied using the Xyron Creative Station with permanent adhesive.  
Both sides of the chipboard was then dressed with the patterned paper pieces.

I also wanted to cover the sides of the box, so I cut another pattern of paper to size and 
then used the Xyron Creative Station Lite to add adhesive to those pieces.

For the top of the mason jar, I cut out a "lid" and used the 1.5" Sticker Maker to apply
 adhesive to the back.  

The mason jar pieces were adhered to the front and back of the box and then decorated
with other accents from the collection.


Now it's ready to be filled with goodies of any kind and the hostess will love it!
There are also other large shapes available such as houses, trees, stars, etc. that you
could use in place of the jar.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Dorm Room Decor

It's back to school time for teachers and students of all kinds!
My middle son's girlfriend wanted something to hang on her dorm
room door at college, so I created this whimsical mason jar-style hanger.
 For the base, I started with a turquoise dot-embossed poster board from We R Memory Keepers...
but you could also use regular poster board and paint if you can't find blue!  For a padded
hanger like this, you will also want a matching piece of poster board for the back.
I free-handed the design and cut the shape (basically, cornering the edges and cutting away a 
portion at the top for the lid) from both poster board.  Next, I machine-stitched the two
pieces together around the edge with a sewing machine.  I lightly stuffed the jar with
fiber fill and then glued the top together.  

I created the lid from a silver mat paper, also from We R Memory Keepers.  I ran
the piece through the Xyron Creative Station (with 9" permanent adhesive) and attached it.
Lines were drawn on with a permanent marker to create the ridges in the lid.

I used my Eclips to cut out the large lettering and a few sunflowers that I found at 
Miss Kate Cuttables.  The font that I've used is Brannboll Felt, which closely resembles 
the "Ball" jar font.  

Again, I used the Xyron Creative Station to adhere all of my cut-out pieces together quickly...
and I know they'll stay STUCK :)

If you notice that some of the adhesives sticks to the edges of the paper when you pull off 
the top film, just rub your finger gently over the adhesive and it will roll away.

In finishing, I took a white marker and added a bevel to the bottom of the jar :)
Some thick gauged wire was used for the hanger...and don't forget a name tag and pretty ribbon!

And here's a picture of the roomies showing off their new door hanger:

We're sharing all sorts of back-to-school projects this week at Xyron!  Visit the Facebook page!