Monday, January 31, 2011

Flowers for a friend

A very special friend of mine celebrated her birthday today. As a token of our friendship, I made her this stamped tile. I added ribbon on the back and made a hanger so she could hang it up in her scrapbook room. Happy Birthday Lindy!!
Stamps: Because I Care
Ink: Night of Navy and Ballet Blue Craft ink
Paper: None
Accessories: Ballet Blue grosgrain ribbon
Be Blessed,
Shannon Willis

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Raffle basket - part IV and Blog Give A Way Winner

I really do enjoy giving little treats. As my aunt would say, "it's all in the delivery". Being a SU demonstrator makes it so easy to package even the simplest things and make it extraordinary. The last gift for the raffle basket is a sweet treat. I don't know about you, but I LOVE snacking on something sweet when I am working on projects. That could explain the extra "baggage" that seems to follow me where ever I go, if you know what I mean :)! Yummy huh? I am actually quite proud of it. The inside note is the Rules of Chocolate.

On another note, I want to thank everyone who participated in my blog give a way and left such sweet comments. I used to pick a winner for me, and .... Patti is the winner!

I had a chance to visit each participant's blog, and am now following them. You should check them out too. Really cute stuff posted there.

1. Amanda
2. Melissa
3. Patti
4. Jeannie
5. Ivy

Thanks again ladies for making my day.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Real Red
Paper: Sending Love DSP
Accessories: Large heart punch, word window punch, miscellaneous ribbon

Be Blessed Everyone!

Shannon Willis

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Raffle basket - part III

Short post today. Just wanted you to see one of the other gifts in the raffle basket. I don't know about you, but I am always looking for something to write on. Funny thing is, being a paper crafter, I AM A PAPER FANATIC! Go figure!! I love paper, but sometimes I tend to hoard it for something special. That being said, I thought it was about time I did something with these little scratch pads. What do you think?

I have one more raffle gift to show tomorrow.

Stamps: Polka Dot Punches
Ink: Real Red, Rose Redl, Chocolate Chip
Paper: Chocolate Chip cardstock, Sending Love DSP
Accessories: Large heart punch, miscellaneous ribbon, RSVP pen

Be Blessed,

Shannon Willis

Friday, January 28, 2011

Raffle basket - part II

These are photos of one of the gifts in the raffle basket, shown in my previous post, I made a set of Valentine gift cards and matching envelopes and boxed them all up as one of the treasures inside.

Stamps: Filled with Love
Ink: Real Red
Paper: Sending Love DSP, Pretty in Pink cardstock, Whisper White cardstock, Crumb Cake cardstock and Real Red cardstock
Accessories: 1 1/4" circle punch, paper crimper tool, miscellaneous red eyelets and ribbon

Be Blessed,

Shannon Willis

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Come on, you know you want it!!! - BLOG CANDY GIVE-A-WAY

Come on, admit it, you know you do. You could be the lucky receipant of this basket. On Saturday, February 5th, I will be a vendor at Boyette Springs Elementary's 1st Annual Scrapbooking Crop and was asked to provide a gift for raffle. I CAN'T WAIT!!! It has been sometime since I actually attended a crop other than my house. As many of you know, I hold a scrapbooking crop at my house the last Friday of the month. We will be scrapbooking from 9:00 am. until 6:00 pm. There will be the raffle, goodies bags, a boxed lunch from Honey Baked Ham, demonstrations, make n takes, you name it.

I made this basket for a raffle to give away at the crop. It is full of products, gifts I made and some sweet treats. What girl can scrapbook without CHOCOLATE??!! I will share photos of the gifts in the next few days. I hope the lucky winner enjoys it. If you are in the area, it may not be too late to register. This is the link and contact information if you are interested.

Also, I have a special BLOG CANDY GIVE-A-WAY gift to those who will not be able to attend, I will randomly select a name from the first five people that leave a comment on this post giving me your thoughts on my raffle basket. Are you feeling lucky??!!

Be Blessed,

Shannon Willis

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Stamped Tile

On Monday, I attended Debi Kyle's technique class. AMAZING!!! She is one talented lady. Not only do I enjoy her friendship, but I love picking her brain as well. She comes up with awesome projects and I LOVE how she can take something simple and turn it into something SPECTACULAR!!!

This particular class we created a card, party favor for Valentine's Day and this beautiful tile. I have seen so many tile projects on other craft blogs and wanted to try them, but wasn't quite sure just how to do it. It was so SIMPLE! I love the end result and can't wait to make more.

If you would like the directions, comment on my blog and I will email you the directions.

Stamps: Inspired by Nature
Ink: CRAFT Ink - Mellow Moss, Garden Green, Elegant Eggplant and So Saffron
Paper: None
Accessories: Tile from local home improvement store, UTEE powder.

Be Blessed,

Shannon Willis

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Wedding Anniversay Invitation

Since the beginning of this year I have faithfully started attending church again. I admit, I am a slacker for going to church. Come Sunday mornings, I can find every excuse for not attending. This year, when I attended our annual Candlelight Communion service, I realized during that beautiful service it was time to get my relationship with the Lord back on track and how much I missed our pastor and his wife, actually my whole church family. I have attended Christ Center Fellowship for approximately 25 years. The church is built on the property my grandmother was raised on. Since her death, I realized there was a part of me that I hadn't let God heal, actually I was a little mad at him for taking her away. She was a HUGE part in my life and I miss her terribly. During communion, my pastor made a comment about her singing with the angels and rejoicing in heaven now. Even though I knew that, the visual image I had when he said those words made me want to grow my relationship with the Lord so much more.

My church family is so special. It is a small congregation which I love. Even though it had been years since I last attended, they have been so welcoming. Some of my grandmother's dear friends are still there. I basically grew up with them as I attended functions with my grandmother when I was small. I am finding that as I grow and mature, their being seasoned Christians are comforting to me.

This year is special as my pastor and his wife will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Next Sunday they are planning to renew their vows and we have the privilige of celebrating with them. Several members of the congregation have made special gifts to give them. Since they didn't have an actual wedding, I decided to make invitations to document this special day. I can't take full credit for the design as I CASED it from Studio on Eight. I just changed the colors and wording. Nevertheless, it turned out beautiful.

What do you think? I hope they like it.

Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: Very Vanilla and Brushed Gold
Accessories: Vellum paper, rhinestone and miscellaneous ribbon

Be Blessed,

Shannon Willis

Monday, January 24, 2011

January 2011 Stamp Club

My peeps and I had a great time at our monthly Stamp Club. Our projects consisted of one card, an 8 x 8 scrapbook layout and a treat box, all geared toward Valentine's Day and using the Filled With Love Bundle that was a special a few weeks back. Although the group was small, we had a wonderful time. It was nice to finish our projects and then enjoy a cup of tea and visit with one another. That is one of many things I enjoy so much about being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I have met some truly wonderful people over the years and look forward to spending time with them.

Debi Kyle, Leticia Canet and I enjoying great conversation and tea.

The mess we made!

Completed projects.

This is Penny, our rescue dog. She loves it when I have my stamp club. I was working on some things in my scrap room and heard a funny noise coming from the kitchen. She made herself at home waiting patiently for the stampers to come. I think she missed Hope.

If you would like to make projects like these, you are welcome to join us if you live in our area or you can order the supplies online at my Stampin' Up! website. Customers that place online orders will receive the printed cutting guides in PDF format and a free gift from me!

Stamps: Filled With Love
Ink: Real Red
Paper: Pretty in Pink, Real Red, Whisper White, and DSP Pattern Love
Accessories: Lots of Love Letterpress, Box # 2, Heart punch, Threading Water punch, Old Olive ribbon, Pretty in Pink ribbon
Be Blessed Everyone!

Shannon Willis

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Me, over commit ...Seriously??!!!

Well, I think my title says it all. I consider myself to be the QUEEN of over committing. defines over commit as - to commit more than is feasible, desirable or necessary. Yep, I think that about sums it up!! What can I say, I am a people-pleaser. I kinda like it though. I think I function best being under my own time restrictions.

During my blog hiatus (Christmas and New Year), I have managed to find time to do several fun and interesting projects. I LOVE PROJECTS!!! But first, a few photos of my family and our Christmas. On Christmas Eve I came down with an awful sore throat and spent most of Christmas weekend in bed.

After our enjoyable Christmas and New Year, my first project was to help my dear friend Karen make her wedding invitations. What a treat that was. She and I have been friends for well over 16 years and compliment each other so well. We have raised our kids together, been through so much together, taken Thelma and Louise vacations, you name it. When she asked me to help her make the invitations, I was honored, especially when we were working on them, she asked me to stand up for her. YOU BETCHA!!

She found an invitation online, but switched it up a bit and here's what we came up with.

What do you think? I would love to get feedback from you.

Stamps: None
Ink: None
Paper: Basic Black, Brushed Gold and Very Vanilla
Accessories: Miscellaneous ribbon and rhinestone buckle.
Be Blessed Everyone!
Shannon Willis