All posts tagged Shari Carroll

DIY Decoration Idea for Jars!

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Happy Sunday to you all! It’s Shari here with a DIY project that helps me feel a little better about my addiction to cold coffee drinks! To start off, I’ve added layers of book text in all directions to cover the entire bottle.

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Then to diffuse and to create texture, I’ve added wrinkled up tissue paper. I’ve used my twine to wrap the top of the bottle which gives it a finished edge.

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And finally I used some Prima Flowers to decorate. I have a video for you of the process below or you can view it on our YouTube channel.

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Thanks for coming by today, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening

Celebrating 7K followers for Laura Sterckx Video Hop!

Welcome everyone, today we are celebrating a milestone for Laura Sterckx of 7000 followers on her YouTube channel!

As part of the video hop, I’ve created a card using the “One With Nature” stamp set and coordinating dies by creating a window in a die cut panel.

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I’ve painted in the sections of the silver embossed tree with Distress Ink Mini’s

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If you’re just joining us and want to get to video Hopping, Start with Laura Stercyx first and follow the links in the description of each video.

Other artists in the hop include:

  • Catherine Pooler
  • Debby Hughes
  • Emily Leiphart
  • Julia Altermann
  • Julie Ebersole
  • Laurel Beard
  • Nicole Gavaldon
  • Simon Says Stamp with Shari Carroll (be sure to check out my video in the hop on how to make the above card!)
  • Stephanie Klauck

Giveaways: In total there will be 8 giveaways! You can win these prizes by commenting on the VIDEOS of the hop. (Comments on this post won’t count, sorry). Comments must be left by August 2nd, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. CST. Winners will be randomly drawn and contacted.

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For more information on the giveaways, visit Laura’s Blog HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy!

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening

Pigment Powders and Embossing Paste!

Hi everyone, welcome back to the blog! It’s Shari here with a quick technique for you.

I’ve been experimenting with adding iridescent pigment powders (Perfect Pearls) to some Viva Decor black modeling creme. From the front view, the paste looks normal and black.

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But when it catches light, the colors come out. Below it looks like a teal green or almost purple, I can’t even describe it. But it’s super COOL!

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I’ve shot a video of how I mixed the powder and paste and a peek at how the card came together. You can view it below or on our YouTube channel.

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Thanks for stopping by today, hope you have a chance to try out mixing some of your pigment powders into your pastes. Go ahead and try other color pastes too!

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening

August 2015 Card Kit Reveal!!

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Hello everyone, it’s the 14th of the month and that means it’s time to reveal our August card kit Summer Sunshine!

I love this kit… hands down my favorite so far! It’s packed full of fun goodies including the Simon Says Stamp clear set “Flip Flop Season”, and a cute little “Sunshine” die, and a special mix of confetti called Fairy Tale. Also in this kit is a Simon Says Stamp storage pocket that you can store your stamps in or use like I did on my card below. The pattern papers are from Simple Stories their Summer Vibes collection with 12 6×6 sheets, along with some beautiful My Mind’s Eye Shimmer papers in Carrot Stick, Tropical Bay and Imperial Red. You’ll also get Simon Says Stamp cardstocks and a pack of foam adhesive from Best Creations. As if that isn’t enough, you also get a pack of October Afternoon Pillow Puff stickers and a Sakura Jelly Roll pen! What a deal!!

I decided to use my storage pocket to create a fun panel on my card that hold cut papers, my message and some confetti with a die cut.

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I had a blast creating my pocket shaker panel using my Fuse tool. The Simon Says Stamp sleeves are PERFECT for this and it’s super easy!

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I’ve shot a video of the walkthrough and how this card came together including using the Fuse tool. You can view it below or on our YouTube channel.

The Flip Flop Season stamp set and Sunshine die are also available for individual purchase in our store.

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Remember, you can SUBSCRIBE to our no obligation kits and receive them monthly for $ 24.95 or purchase them each month for $ 29.95, while supplies last.

If you are a subscriber who used Paypal to purchase your subscription, please be sure to pay the invoice that we send you within 3 business days. We have a limited number of this card kit in stock and don’t want you to miss out. For easier and quicker monthly processing, please contact us via email or telephone and we will put your credit card on file as a courtesy for you. Card kits bill and ship between the 17th and 27th days of every month.

Thanks for stopping by today! We hope you enjoy our special card kit of the month!

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening

5 Ways to Add Texture With Embossing Paste

Hi everyone and Happy Sunday! It’s Shari here with a look at some embossing pastes that are more of the specialty variety. These are shiny, matte, shimmery and some are clear!

I’ve decided to work with the same card stock (Slate) and stencil so you can clearly see the comparisons.

I’m starting off with Ranger’s transparent matte Texture Paste. This was the first time I’ve used it. Once it dried, I was really impressed with the look. I’ve always liked flat or matte paints but didn’t expect this to look like I had used an embossing folder. One of my new favorite pastes for sure!

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Next up is the same paste but I’ve used Rock Candy Glitter on top while it was still wet. You can use any clear paste with the glitter, but used this one out of convenience. This has a beautiful sparkle to it and would be a fantastic texture to use for snowflakes on Winter cards.

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My next selection is the Wendy Vecchi Black Embossing paste. The effect looks like stamped velvet to me.  One of the things I noticed about this paste is how concentrated and true the black is which is perfect for an elegant, formal look. It’s also a nice compliment to the slate card stock.

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Now for the shiny pastes. This is the Wendy Vecchi Translucent paste. It starts out white and dries to a super shiny clear. This is a great paste to use on any color card stock! You could also use this paste with glitter and embossing powders (let paste dry before heat setting embossing powders). Also note that Ranger’s Transparent Gloss is very similar.

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To finish off my comparisons, I’ve used the Wendy Vecchi Metallic Silver Enbossing paste. This has a gorgeous metallic finish and can be used just as is!

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I have shot a video of the process, and how to use these pastes with a stencil. You can view the video below or on our YouTube Channel.

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Thanks for stopping by today. I hope I’ve given you some insight on some of the specialty texture pastes available in our store.

Shari Carroll
Creative Director • Designs Simon Says Stamp exclusive products • Card maker • Art Journaling • Mom to many • Gramma to Melody • Loves good friends• photography • gardening