Friday, February 18, 2011

Customer Appreciation Days = discounted files, freebies and one flower many looks!

I love my customers!  To show my appreciation for buying my files time and time again I am giving you 50% off all my designs.  (Quarterly membership excluded) This includes digital cutter files, digital scrapbooking kits and digital stamps.  Click here to go shopping.  Before you leave though I have a treat for you.

The theme for our blog hop is "trendy tools and techniques".   I am doing a "one flower many looks" theme.  Over the next few days I will showcase various projects by my design team and I showing how to transform a plain paper flower into something amazing!  At the end of this blog post I will share with you the flower file freebie so you can experiment too.

For my project I decided to try something totally out of the box for me.  I am doing a shabby chic distress looking flower...well actually two flowers.  I am surprisingly pleased at how my card turned out and I hope you will be too. 
Above is my card. It  uses one of my newest files to the store card base 5.  The sentiment is a stamp by KI memories.  Now I will show you the other supplies I used to transform the flowers.  Below fhe supplies photo..I have posted a rather long (sorry) description of how I transformed the flowers for your FYI. 

 After cutting out two aqua flowers (one slightly smaller than the other) I stamped the flower with a script word stamp and Stampin' Ups Itty Bitty Backgrounds using distress ink.    I then took Tim Holtz paper distresser and distressed all the edges of the flower.  It still looked rather flat so I misted the flowers with water and crumbled them up. I then layered the flowers together offsetting them slightly.  It is hard to see in the photo but I cut a small circle of tulle and placed it in the center of the flower.  Then I added a beaded stamen type thing from the candle ring as shown in the photo.  I'm sorry I forgot to take a photo of the supplies I used in my orangish red flower but I followed a amazing tutorial by Laurie Zoellmer and used exactly what she used...crimper and brad.  Check out her tut here.  I will tell you though that I must of had thinner cardstock then her because I only ran my flower through the crimper about 7 times or I started to get rips.  Oh and I also added some gold spray glitter but the spray was clogged so I just dabbed it on. 
Above you can see how the flowers did indeed start out as plain but with a little pampering now look fabulous don't you think?  If you would like to purchase the file I used for the card..please click the words above the preview below.  It is a very useful file for less than $1. 50 during the CAD saleabration!

Card Base 5

In case you are is the finished card I made with that card base.  All I had to do was add the Cakes are Yummy stamp by Rachelle Anne Miller, some flowers/leaves, and rhinestones.  Well I did add some glitter too but that's 'cause I can't resist the bling!  Oh and I know this is a square card...but did you know you can mail this in a regular A2 envy without having to pay any additional postage in the US?  Click here to see Julie's great tut to show you how.

Okay back to our "One flower many looks" theme.  You saw what I did now you will be amazed by one of my talented CDT members Shelly M.  Shelly's technique was to use seed beads.  She did an excellent job check it out below.
close up of flower....look how "real" that center looks.  I've gotta get some brown seed beads!  Oh click on the photo for an even better view.
 suppllies used

Here is what Shelly had to say about her great round card!

"Seed bead card - flower was inked with pink and brown chalk ink, I broke down the fibers for the top layer with a stylus and shaped them. For the center I cut two out and used one for a "cup" to keep the seed beads and glitter in. I did two layers of seed beads to give it some dimension. The card, layers, and "hi" are all by Quick Kutz."  

A fellow Paperthreads designer Laury Vaden of "Just Laury" made an incredible oval template using my plain flower and her spiral rose freebie. 
Laury works wonders with that airbrush of hers!  I just love how vibrant and alive she made my little flowers!  When you get finished with my blog be sure to head on over to hers to get a freeibe and see an amazing video tut too. Many of the other designers are also featuring freebies on their blogs.  If you look to the right of my blog and scroll down a bit you will see a list of all the designer's blogs and you can see if they have a freebie listed.  We all live in different time zones so keep checking please.

Some of the Paperthreads forum members inquired about the store not having a quarterly membership currently running.  I love making people happy and so by request I will start a quarterly membership club beginning next month.  It really is a great deal as you get at least 20 files (I will most likely throw in a few extra) for only $10.00.  That is a fraction of the price if you were to buy them individually.  Plus you get the files before they anyone else sees them.  How cool is that!  So hurry on over to my store and purchase my membership by clicking here.  I just know you won't regret you did.  Also, if there is anything in particular you would like me to design for the membership please let me know. got through this long post and now you deserve your treat.  So without further ado here it is.

Sorry the flower freebie is no longer available..look for it in the Paperthreads store at some point. 

Here is the list of blogs to hop
Shirley Clark
Keepsake by Design
Shelly's Art You are HERE
Accents by Eddita
I Scrap Designs
Diana's Designs
Jen Adkins Designs
Just Laury
Sam and Hailey Designs

I'll say Goodbye for now but be sure to check back tomorrow.  I will have some more flower transformation projects and some blog candy for you!

Enjoy your Sat!  Oh and check out the Paperthreads forum too for some awesome challenges and lots of great prizes.  I am hosting the daffodil hunt.  You do have to be registered on the forum to participate but it's free and a great place to hang out!



Kathy Serrahn said...

cool cards

Sue aka barracudasue said...

Wow, wow, WOW! Your cards are AMAZING, Shelly!!!!!!! Thanks for the freebie!

LOVE the oval you and Laury created! Great team work by two of my favorite designers! :)

Having a blast at CAD---or CAW since it's the whole WEEKEND! LOL

Ginger (Games) said...

Thanks Shelly! Love your and Laurys flowers.

Anonymous said...

Awesome techniques, Shelly. I love what you and ShellyPop did with the flowers. Can't wait to try.


Esther W-B said...

Thanks for the cute file Shelly. Love your card also - it's gorgeous! Thanks for the technique tut.

lilred said...

love the freebie flower. I really love what you did with the Feb 2011 monthly card sketch. So GORGEOUS. Thank you for the freebie and spending your weekend with us.

lilred said...

Just love your card. I love it. I appreciate the freebie file you have given. Thank you for joining up with Just Laury. Love the oval frame and flowers also. I really appreciate all the designers and Paperthreads for 2011 CAD. You rock. Thank You again

Anna said...

Thank you so much. Awesome cards!!! Just wonderful!!!

Deb C said...

Thank you lovely flower
(almost forgot to download it)
This weekend has been fun seeing all the awesome techniques and learning new stuff

Emmazingly Crafted said...

Hi Shelly I just came across your blog and fell in love with this flower. I clicked the link but it appears that I am not able to purchase it from the link provided. Is it still for sale?