Saturday, October 01, 2011

Happy World Card Making Day, Sale, and Freebie

So are you a card maker?  I soo enjoy making cards!  I love to scrapbook but sometimes it seems to take me forever to complete a page.  I love that I can use all the techniques I use on scrapbook pages but have a complete project quickly.  I also love sending handmade greetings to friends and family.  If you haven't tried making a really should.  It is soo satisfying!  Your cutter makes cards soo quick and economical too.  All you need are a few good files and some paper to make a wonderful card.  To help you get started on your card making journey (don't worry a lot of my files work for scrapbooking too) I am giving you 50%  off all my designs valid now through Oct 3rd 2011.  Click here to go shopping. 

Have you been shopping for a new cutter or to upgrade your current cutter?  I do believe the new Zing is the machine for you.  It is light weight, portable yet still has enough cutting force to cut through a variety of materials.  Paperthreads is currently taking preorders for this wonderful machine.  Order now and you'll get your machine immediately after the release date.  Do you want 10 FREE files?  I am giving anyone who orders the Zing and inputs this coupon code ShellysArtFREEZingFiles when ordering the Zing from Paperthreads 10 free files.  Click here to order.  You will receive the 10 files listed below via e-mail when the Zing is completely paid for.  

The files you receive will be in MTC format which is fully compatible with the Make the Cut software packaged with the Zing machine.  I have packaged up a variety of general files that are perfect for scrapbooking and cardmaking of any theme.  I have also included a box file perfect for organizing and gift giving.  

 Next up I would like to share with you an adorable card made by CDT member Kelly Stone.  (Don't worry I haven't forgotten about the's coming..promise!)  

I just love that Karate kid.  I was inspired by the way Kelly used the balloons from my Infinity Card file as you'll soon see in my card below.  The glitter is the perfect finishing touch.  Here is what Kelly had to say about her card.

"I made this card for my nephew, who recently turned 6. His favorite colors are blue and black and he really likes karate. The background paper is from my stash and I have no idea who makes it. I added some dots with my white gel pen to a few of the circles. The cute little karate boy is from Lisa at Quilling Patch - she has a bunch of free paper doll templates. I used a Peachy Keen face stamp from the Everyday Character set for his face. The piece of cake and the balloons are from Shelly's Art (Infinity Card: Birthday). I used Stickles on the letters of Conor's name to add just a little sparkle. The balloons are adhered with pop dots and I used embroidery floss for the balloon strings."
Now for my balloon card.  I loved Kelly's balloon technique so I decided to mimic it in my card.
I decided to use my homemade baker's twine for the balloon and pennant string.  If you would like to know how I made the baker's twine please leave a comment.  It was very hard for me to resist using glitter but....I figured I wanted to make this as a masculine card so I opted for using various embossing folders and sanding for some dimension.  Oops..I meant to add a brad or some puff paint to the ends of the pennants.  Hmm good thing I am actually early making this card for once.   If you would like to purchase my infinity card file and do your own spin on these balloons please click on the preview below.

I am in the process of converting all my files to MTC software but I still have many to go.  So feel free to purchase the files in any format and send me the invoice via e-mail at  I will be happy to convert the files you purchased and send you the MTC format.  

Have you ever tried one of my card bases?  I currently have 6 in my store.  You can see them here.  How they work is the cutting file gives you the basic pieces of the card so you just cut and layer and everything fits perfectly no measuring!  I hate measuring!  Then you just need to add whatever focal point you want...a die cut, sticker, stamp..even a photo.  It would be great to make up a whole bunch of these and have them ready when you need to send a card quickly.  When I made my balloon card above...I cut out enough shapes for 2 cards so now I just need to assemble the other and send it off!

As a special treat to honor World Card Making Day...I am giving you my latest card base totally FREE.  Hurry though this file will go into my store on Monday.  So grab it now before it's too late.  Please leave a comment because that motivates me to give you more freebies.

Freebie expired.  You can find the file in my store here

Do you want another can find a great one by Just Laury here.   Also, Michelle...Paperthreads owner has some awesome blog candy here

Thanks for stopping by!  Please come back as I'll have more lovely card to share all week!  Have a fabulous weekend!



lilred said...

Shelly absolutely love your card. Using the embossing folders on the balloons make this card super unique and right up my alley. I love to use embossing folders. Thank you for the freebie card base. Your card bases are so easy to use and design a card. You are great in sharing your talent, time and freebies with us. Thank You

lilred said...

ooops forgot to ask, how did you do the homemade baker' twine. Thanks in advance

Anna said...

What adorable cards!!! Love them both. You know how I love your files. I'm working now on the monthly challenge or trying too if I can step away from the computer but if I do that I'll miss all the great freebies and sales. :P LOL. Thank you again so much.

Anna said...

Oh yeah I also want to know how to make the homemade twine. I have been so tempted to buy it but just can't do it. I love the look tho. Thanks. :)

Shelly said...

Thanks soo much for the lovely comments Becky! They made me smile big and wide! I will do up a tut on how I did the baker's twine if I have enough interest....also if I can figure out how to do a video!

Kelly S said...

I love your card, Shelly! You did a fabulous job making it look masculine. Thanks for sharing the Card Base template. Please share the details on how you make your bakers twine. Inquiring minds want to know! LOL

Shelly said...

More smiles on my face thanks to you Anna! Okay I will try my best to get a tut together on the homemade baker's twine. Ideally I'd like to do a video..but we'll see if that happens since I have no clue how to do that! I need to go post the monthly card challenge...just too much to do today!

bzyPTmom said...

Love your card and thanks so much for the freebie! I love your card base designs--use 'em all the time! Happy card making day!

Esther W-B said...

Love your card Shelly. The embossing looks awesome. Thank you for the lovely card base. I love your card bases! I'd like to know how you made the baker's twine too.

2KutiesGrandma said...

Shelly - I love the balloons on your card. Thank you for the freebie card base - they always provide a good inspiration for creating a well designed card.

Barracudasue said...

Thanks SO very much for the freebie, Shelly! I totally LOVE it! Now to make or get time to make a card! :) You ROCK! :)

CBH said...

Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies, under the Page 4 post on Oct. 02, 2011. Thanks again.

Lisa R. said...

Neat card base file. TFS

Trisha said...

Such cute cards! Thank for the card base--and I wanna know--how'd ya make that baker's twine???

Deb C said...

Wow Shelly that is a great card base
and love your balloons - I thought I would miss the world
card day fun as I was away for the weekend with no internet but what a surprise to come back and find your halloween decorated blog and the free file
(It was our 33rd Anniversary weekend)

and yes another of you wonderful tutorials would be great

Thanks again for the file