Well, it appears I’ve been absent for longer than I thought . . . it’s just been so hard to find any extra time to walk down to the dungeon and try to be creative.  I truly have no excuse for it other than the motivation just hasn’t been there . . .


last night I did make a very quick, clean and simple card (don’t faint)


Join me over on the Quietfire Creations Blog to get all the details  . . .



What a fabulous Blog Hop we had last week with lots of inspiration.  I ran my comments through random.org generator and



I love the silver/gold on the believe. The background is beautiful.
I had my fingers crossed to win some of the color burst last week but it never happened.
The big bows on the cards are so pretty too.
thanks for sharing some wonderful cards.


Mary if you haven’t heard from me by email, please send me one (sherrylcheever@gmail.com) with your mailing address!  Thanks for participating!!



BelieveBanner   Welcome to Day 4 of the Quietfire Design Die-ing for Spring Blog Hop!  I hope you’ve had an opportunity to visit the earlier designers on this hop (if not, I’ve listed them below so you can go back and pick them up).  In case you missed it, Quietfire Design now has their own line of dies . . . and needless to say, I’m extremely excited!   Die-ing-for-Spring-Blog-Hop-logo Here is our Hop Schedule and the dates each designer did or will be posting.  To visit the other blogs, check click on their name.  

For a chance to win a Quietfire rubber stamp or die (Don’t be shy!) leave a comment below before midnight Sunday April 5th, 2015. A winner will be randomly chosen from my list of comments and the winner’s name will be posted on Quietfire Creations shortly afterwards.

I have two projects to share with you today; but before I do that, I want to show you a trick I used for both of these cards using Ken Oliver Crafts Stick-It.  Before die cutting, I placed a piece of Stick-it on the back of the paper to be die cut so that the intricate cut would adhere to the card front without a glue/adhesive mess.  For the “Believe” card, the Stick-It was applied to both front and back before die cutting.


To cut so that the Stick-It is on the back of the cut, place the die face down on the side without the Stick-It.


The most marvelous thing, is that the paper falls right out of the die and you can take a pointed edge to poke the paper out by using the tiny holes in the die.  The die cut simply falls right out!



Now for my projects!  The first is a card using the new Metal Cutting Die, Believe, and the stamp set, If you Don’t Believe in Miracles.  




The background was made using watercolor paper and Color Bursts, which were mixed with water to create a watercolor pallet.  The watercolor paper was misted with water and splatters of Color Burst were applied to the damp paper with a large very wet paintbrush.  Canned air was used to move the color around the paper and when almost dry, paper towel was rolled across the top to pick up some of the color.  The paper towel left a great pattern in the background and gave me a lighter more spring-like coloring that I was going for.  Using a gold leafing pen, splatters of gold leaving were spritzed across the background.  

This was the die cut that I applied Stick-It to both the front and back.  Once the “Believe” was adhered to the card front (by removing the back protective layer of the Stick-It), a mixed leafing flake was applied to the front.  You can see all the great texture and colors in the first photograph of this post.

The sentiment was stamped on the inside of the card and embossed in gold to match the front.


For my second card, I used a piece of the same background paper but this time I used more Color Burst misting spray over the previous background to make the colors bolder.  In my stash I found this old stamp of the bras . . . and stamped them randomly over the background.  A border was die cut from gray card stock, and I used the same gray to die cut Thanks, using the new Metal Cutting Die, Thanks.


The sentiment on the inside of the card, “for your support,” from the new stamp set Thanks Cuddlers was stamped in gray to match the outside of the card.



Thank for joining me, and if you haven’t done so already, go back and leave comments on all the designers Die-ing for Spring blog posts, there will be a winner drawn from each blog!


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First, let me thank everyone for joining us for the Ken Oliver Crafts and StencilGirl Product Blog Hop.  I hope you found tons of inspiration for using Color Burst . . .  I know I did!

Congratulations to the following readers!  If you haven’t already heard from me via email, please email (sherrylcheever@gmail.com) your snail mail addresses so we can get the prize packages out to you!


Gorgeous creations! The canvas is extra stunning… love the gauze you used cause I think it made such a wonderful crackled antique effect. Seems like the color bursts can just about be used for anything and with anything!

We must be kindred spirits…I love to use interior paints. I’m always cruising the paint aisle looking for cans of “oops” paint! Your work is fantastic…thanks for sharing!


This was a great tutorial! Thanks for the wonderful ideas! I really can’t wait for Color Bursts to hit the market!


LOVE this with all the layers and textures.


Beautiful project, Sheri! You’re such a talented artist.


i love all of the experimenting…bea


Congratulations and don’t forget to email me at sherrylcheever@gmail.com!





Welcome to day three of the Blog Hop with Ken Oliver Crafts and Stencil Girl Products.  Style Contributors and Designers from both teams have come together to create some fabulous projects using products from both companies.  We hope to inspire you!


My first project is a 6×6 canvas that uses Color Burst in a variety of ways.


The canvas was painted with white interior latex paint and while the paint was still wet, puffs of Color Burst were added.  Using a brush, the Color Burst was mixed in with the wet paint, spreading color across the canvas.


When the paint was dry, a layer of surgical gauze was added across the top using Glue ’n Seal to adhere the gauze.  Much to my surprise, the more Glue ’n Seal used, the more intense the Color Burst became.  A bit of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls were added to the gauze as it was worked onto the canvas.


Violet Color Burst was added to white embossing paste, which was then used with the Vintage Script Stencil to add the colored embossing paste to the canvas.


The flowers are some from Petaloo that I’ve had in my stash for some time.  There were originally a sienna color, but I thought I would try dying them with some Color Burst mist (made by adding puffs of Color Burst with water).


Here’s a closer view of the flowers once they were dry.  The variations of color is amazing!


This must have been a “Use Your Stash” project, because while digging for the flowers I found an old chipboard birdcage and bird that I decided to throw on.  The birdcage was painted gray with patina paints and Inka Gold added for some dimension.  The chipboard bird was colored with Color Burst mist and Violet embossing paste was added using Bali Doily Stencil.  For a touch of personal whimsy, some gold ribbon was frayed and added to the head of bird (kinda like my own gray short spiky hair).  A bit of Inka Gold was added to the dried embossing paste on the bird.


The sentiment, Be You, was created by using Ken Oliver Crafts Pegz Uppercase Alphabet.  The ribbon tied to the bird cage is seam binding dyed with Violet Color Burst.  As you can see, Color Burst is extremely versatile and can be used with so many different mediums!


While I had the Color Burst going, I decided to play with a few more cards.


The above card was made using watercolor paper and the Silhouette of a Wildflower Stencil.   The stencil was placed on the paper, misted with water and then misted with various Color Burst mists.  The image was trimmed and then mounted on a watercolor paper card base with 3D Foam Squares.


This card was made by using a previously created background and a stencil from my stash, Past Present Future Stencil, by my friend Seth Apter.    The stencil was placed on the background and then misted with water to pick out some color in the background.  The image was trimmed and added to a card base from watercolor paper using 3D Foam Squares.




This set of cards were made by using Cornish Petals Stencil Large and watercolor paper.  The stencil was placed on the paper, misted with water and then misted again with various Color Burst Mists.  Once dry, the image was trimmed into 4 different card fronts that were attached to card bases.


Please be sure to visit the blogs listed below to see what the Designers and Style Contributors have created to share with you:

StencilGirl Talk

Sherry Cheever (YOU are HERE)

Janet Joehlin

Julia Kellogg

Thank you for visiting our blogs today and I hope that you’ll be inspired to create something wonderful with Stencil Girl Products and Ken Oliver Crafts!

We have a crafty haul of prizes from Ken Oliver up for grabs, just leave a comment below and you’ll be eligible to win!

Winners will be randomly selected from my blog, just leave a comment to become eligible for a prize.  It’s easy!  Here’s what we’re giving away!

12 Daily Prizes – 1 Pack Ken Oliver Crafts 6×6 Papers (24 pieces).

2 Grand Prizes on Friday – 1 Complete Set of Color Burst (6 Colors); 1 Complete Set of Click It Ink Pads (6 Colors); and 1 Set Pegz Alphabet Stamp Set.

Leave a comment on each StencilGirl Talk post and the team members posts to be entered to win a $50 gift certificate from StencilGirl!

Join us every day this week, you can enter every day…Friday’s grand prizes are incredible!

Thank you again and GOOD LUCK!



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