Thought of the Week

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Birthday Present

Happy Monday morning everyone!  I hope you found time for some fun and enjoyable activities over the weekend.
I had another great weekend of teaching some marvelous classes with awesome people.  They all did an outstanding job even if they didn't think they did.  I think we are all very critical of our own work and at times fail to step back and see the great works we actually create.  I always try and remind my students, it's just paper and ink, and no one has to see it if you don't want to show them.  There are times when my trash can in my craft room is just filled to the brim with coloring I didn't like or with new techniques I'm trying that there is no salvaging!  It happens to everyone and no matter how great you think someone's else work is, we all started in the same place. We all had the very first time we picked up a marker or a pencil or a pen or whatever tool it may be.  If you just persevere, you will find yourself in a better spot than when you started:)

Now having said all of is my card for today using one of the new Whimsy Stamp rubber stamps
This chica is one of the new stamps from Jo Davies (A Time for Tea) called Birthday Present.  I probably should've made an indoor scene for her, but hey, I guess she is walking to the party this time!  What I really wanted to play with was some marker coloring on watercolor paper and doing the background with Inktense pencils and Opaque white paint.  I see all kinds of room for improvement and oh I definitely need some more practice with the Inktense pencils.  However, it was fun to play around on the watercolor paper to see how the markers would react and how far the ink travels versus my regular Riley and Borden marker paper.  I definitely had to think more about how close I was putting the ink to the lines than I normally do, but by the end I kind of got the hang of it.
Most of the image was colored with with alcohol based markers (Shin Han and Copics) and then touches of wink of stella.

Thanks for swinging by today and enjoy the rest of your week!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sun Kissed

Whoohoo, it's almost the weekend!  We've had the most spectacular week of beautiful Spring weather, and I hope it continues for a while longer.  I've been the most craptastic blogging buddy over the last month, and hopefully, I'll find some free time by the end of the weekend to get my behind in gear and to start working on some new creative classes.  But on a positive note, almost all of my upcoming classes are prepped and ready, and the recent classes have just been so much fun. 
It's just a delight to meet and teach so my awesome people.  This crafting stuff sure beats the hell out of healthcare administration.  You can find my latest schedule of classes on my website HERE.  For those who are local, there was a cancellation for tomorrow's class, so there is one opening and for the next workshop on Tuesday there are still a couple of slots available.  
For the charity make 'n take in June, we've decided the proceeds will be donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.  Their 2014 Colorado Ride for Kids is June 8, 2014 in Golden, CO.

Now on to the card for today!
Whimsy Stamps has a monthly Facebook challenge and this month's challenge is themed Sweet.  I've used one of the new stamps from Elisabeth Belle (Little Cottage Cuties) called Sun Kissed Vignette and the sentiment is from the new line of clear stamps by SC Designs (available at Whimsy) called Sweet as Candy.
The paper is from Adornit and the die cut is called Beach Spring from Memory Box.

 The background was done with a background Flourishes stamp, she was colored up with Copics and topped with a little bit of stickles.

Thanks for stopping by today, and I hope everyone has a marvelous weekend.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Birthday Cake Lucy

I hope everyone's week is going well so far! It's time for the review of the April's new release from CC Designs.  As always, there are some absolutely adorable new stamps.

I'm showing off Birthday Cake Lucy today.
Isn't she just so sweet?!  The gorgeous paper is from Prima and the die cut butterflies are from Cheery Lynn.  The sentiment is from CC Designs' April release called Great Birthday Greetings.

As always she was colored up with Copics and a bit of multiliner for additional details.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope the rest of your week is wonderful.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

CC Designs Preview Day 3

It's time for day 3 of the April release at CC Designs! Today the DT is showing off the wonderful new stamps from Pollycraft.  Head on over to the blog to check out the amazing creations from the uber talented DT and don't forget to link up for a chance to win some of the new stamps.
Tomorrow at 12pm EST all of the new release will be available for purchase in the CC Designs store.

I've used the oh so adorable stamp called Grant.  Isn't he just perfect for any little boy?  The sentiment is from the new release called Great Birthday Greetings.  The die cut is called Candle Border cutter.  The papers are from Bo Bunny.

This handsome guy was colored up with Copics and the candle flames received some liquid Ranger pearls for some dimension and additional color.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forget to link up on the CC Designs blog for a chance to win some of the new release stamps!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Cupcake Nancy...Preview Day 2

It's time for day 2  for the April new stamps at CC Designs. Today the DT is showing off the fabulous images from Roberto's Rascals.  Swing on by the blog to see the wonderful creations and to link up for a chance to win some of the new stamps.

 Isn't Nancy just the cutest?  I paired her up with some of the new Bo Bunny papers called Primrose.  The sentiment is also new this month from CC Designs called Great Birthday Greetings.

She's been colored up with copics and a bit of stickles were added to her hat and cupcake for a little bling!
Thanks for stopping by today!  The new release will be available on April 3 at 12 pm EST

Saturday, March 29, 2014

New Baby

Whoohoo Spring appears to have arrived today in Colorado!!  It's a gorgeous 65 degrees with our always present sun...just a scrumptious day.  Of course it could change any minute, but in the meantime, let the sun shine and the temperatures rise:)

I have had another wonderful month of classes filled to the brim with the most awesome students evah!  It's always such a delight for me to see the excitement for paper crafting and coloring that people exude and the best part for me is the a haaaa moment when they realize what they are capable of doing.  A big thank you to all of my students who give of their valuable time and energies to be in my classes.

If you're local, you can find my schedule on my website HERE.  There are still a few openings in next week's mini workshop, and 1-2 slots in the Memory Box card class are still available.  There are a couple of classes which sell out very quickly such as the Intro to Copics class and the Cocktails and Cards class (who doesn't love a little alcohol with paper and markers:)), so if you're interested, sign up as soon as you can to reserve your spot, and if you have to cancel for any reason, remember you will be provided with a store credit.

I will also be doing quarterly charity Make 'n Takes at the store beginning in June.  The first one is schedule for June 24th from 11-1 pm and then again from 4:30-6:30.  We will choose a different local (El Paso county) charity for each Make 'n Take and you are free to donate any amount you'd like or no donation at all.  I just enjoy seeing your bright smiling faces:)!!  The chosen charity will be posted on Simple Pleasures Facebook page and also via email communication

Now on to today's card.  One of my most uber talented and awesome students is anxiously awaiting the arrival of her granddaughter Sydney.  I thought the new stamp from Whimsy and Wee Stamps called New Baby would be a perfect card for her new granddaughter and DIL.

 The die cut is from Memory Box called Baby Carriage and the Princess sentiment is from Whimsy and SC Designs called Fairy Tale Dreams.  The pearls were from my ever growing hoard and the lush paper is the new release from Prima.

Of course she was all dolled up with Copics for her much anticipated arrival! Miss K make sure you text me as soon as she makes her arrival:)

Thanks for popping in today and I hope everyone has an awesome weekend!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Winter Fairy

Happy Sunday to everyone!  
It seems like Old Man Winter isn't quite done with us yet as we had some snow and cold move it the last couple of days.  But that's a perfect excuse to hide out and make a mess in my craft room. 
I had this adorable image colored up some time ago but she finally gets her turn on the blog.

This sweet fairy is from Mo Manning and in rubber stamp by Penny Black.  The papers I found in my stash and the sentiment is from CC Designs.

She's been colored up with Copics using a few different techniques.

Thanks for stopping by today and hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Whimsy Rubber and Die Release Day 4

I hope you've all had a wonderful time checking out this month's fabulous new release!  There is just a bunch of scrumptiousness to be had and the DT has even more to show you today and tomorrow.

Don't forgot there are some fabulous prizes to be won, and all you have to do is leave comments on the DT's blogs each day (the more comments, the more chances to win) of the 5 day release event.

The uber lucky winners will be announced on Monday March 25th at 12pm est.
All of the new release stamps, dies and papers are now available in the Whimsy Store and don't forget to check out the brand spankin' new clear stamp line.

Today is the DT is showing off Crissy Armstrong and Elisabeth Bell's new stamps. The DTs in today's hop are:
Shelby (that's me!)

Today I'm showing the oh so adorable Playful Tiger from Crissy Armstrong.
How stinkin cute is this pair?  The sentiments are also a new release this month called Girl Talk.  Of course they were colored up with Copics and a touch of multiliner and some color pencils.

Thanks for stopping by today and don't forgot to join in the hop for a chance to win some goodies.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Whimsy Stamps March Preview Day 1

Whoohoo it's time for another fabulous Whimsy Stamp preview and release!! This month Whimsy is release new stamps, clear stamps, shapeology dies and papers.
Today the blog hop is showing off new release from Cathy Delanssay and Sandy Allnock.  The new release will be available for purchase on Wednesday March 19th at 12pm EST.

Throughout the 5 day release event, four prizes of 2 rubber stamps are hidden on the DTs blogs.  All you need to do to be entered is to visit each of the DTs.  The more you visit and leave comments, the higher your chances are of winning one of the fabulous prizes.  The winners will be drawn over the weekend and announced on the Whimsy Blog on Monday March 24th!!
The blog hop order for today is
Shelby Thomas (that's me!!)

I've used one of the fabulous new stamps from Cathy Delanssay called In Winter.

The sentiment and coordinating die cut called Notables 8 by the fabulous Ann are also new this month!!

Thanks for swinging by today and best of luck on the draw!!

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