Thursday, August 6, 2015

Spotlight On...Shona Chambers!

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We are proud to bring you our next Spotlight On...Shona Chambers!  Shona's work is well worth noticing and we certainly have!  She has a very clean, fresh, graphic aesthetic while experimenting with the possibilities of stamps and dies like she does in this amazing card HERE.

Wait until you see the awesome projects she's made today...you will see Shona shine!       

>>>ABOUT SHONA<<<


Hi everybody! My name is Shona and I'm writing to you from the small town of Blenheim, New Zealand. I came across paper crafting two years ago at a local craft fair, where I discovered washi tape. The woman selling it gave me her details and her's was the very first blog I had ever looked at. From there I stumbled across Kristina Werner. After watching a few of her card making videos, I was hooked. I decided to start my own blog and I haven't looked back!! I've become addicted to entering challenges, have been invited to join some amazing challenge design teams and most importantly, made so many wonderful friends from around the world. On a side note, I'm addicted to Peanut M&M's, have been married for 12yrs, have two children (Phoebe 10yrs and Max 8yrs) and love horror movies, which I quite often watch with my Mum.

I have been counting down to this day for months! I discovered Winnie and Walter products last year and fell in love straight away. I enter all of their challenges and use their stamps and dies a lot. They are so supportive of all paper crafters and I feel very honoured that they asked me to be part of their 'Spotlight' series. 

I worked really hard on my cards as I really want to 'knock Shay and Julie's socks off' with my designs. So much so, they ask me immediately to be a part of their design team (oops, dreaming......). I hope you enjoy my cards as much as I enjoyed making them. And thank you so much Shay and Julie for making my dream come true!!

>>>SHONA'S PROJECTS<<<

The theme for August is 'Friendship', which is something I think goes hand and hand with card making. To sending a card to a friend or getting together with a group and crafting away. Unfortunately I don't have anyone to craft with here, so I thought of you all as I made these.


  
One of my favourite Winnie and Walter dies is the 'Cover Model: Multifaceted Cutaway'. I've used it with all my cards today.

For this card I used it to die cut white CS. I cut a panel of white CS the same size as the card front and die-cut the 'hi' (In a Word: Hi Cutaway). I attached the 'Multifaceted' die-cut behind the 'hi' panel. Distress Ink 'Peacock Feathers' was used on the card front and the 'hi' panel was popped over it using lots of foam tape. I stamped the sentiment (from 'The Big, the Bold and Friends') onto a small banner and put on foam tape. I added a clear sequin from Pretty Pink Posh and turquoise sequin from Avery Elle.




For my second card, I used Distress Inks to paint water colour stripes on to water-colour paper. Once dry, I used the 'Multifaceted' die but before I removed it from the die itself, I pressed over the paper a piece of Glad 'Press n Seal'. I've heard that it was invented by Jennifer McGuire's husband. What a genius!!

Once it was firmly pressed down, I gently removed the die-plate and all of the pieces were stuck to the 'Press n Seal'. I then very carefully removed the die piece, leaving all the triangles stuck to the sheet. Dots of glue were added to the back of each triangle and I pressed them onto a piece of white CS and removed the sheet. Voila!!! It worked perfectly!!!!

I trimmed it to fit a card front and adhered. I die-cut the 'friend' die (In a Word; Friend Cutaway) from white CS three times and glued them all together and stuck to the card. I also stamped and heat embossed in white the sentiment (from 'The Big, the Bold and Friends') on to a strip of black CS and adhered to the card. Finished off with a sprinkling of sequins from Pretty Pink Posh.


My third card was a little more tricky. I used the 'Multifaceted' die four times on white CS. I held two together with washi and die-cut a circle (from Couture Creations) from them, including a hole in the middle. This was repeated with the other two. All four of the circle pieces were glued together. I added some Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry to the card front and adhered the circle.

I stamped the 'Mini Scenery: Multifaceted' stamp on water-colour paper and heat embossed in white. I water-coloured it using Distress Inks and then die-cut the 'hello' (In a Word: Hello Cutaway). This was popped up on foam tape over the circle and a few sequins from Pretty Pink Posh were added.


I wanted lots of colour on my fourth card. I used Distress Inks to water colour randomly on a piece of water-colour paper. This was attached to the card front. I used the 'Multifaceted' die on some black CS and adhered to the card. I used Glossy Accents along all areas of the die triangles, except for the outer frame. Once it was dry, I die-cut the 'hello' (In a Word: Hello Cutaway) from two pieces of white CS and one of gold CS and glued all together. This was stuck to the card front.


Last but not least, you knew I had to sneak a shaker card in here somewhere.....This was one of the most fiddly shaker cards I've ever attempted (and would have filled the swear jar three times over if the kids had heard me....) but it was so worth it!!

I die-cut the 'Multifaceted' die four times from white CS, stuck three of them together, added a piece of acetate and the fourth one on top. With it upside down I added flat sequin stars in gold and silver to each triangle space. After putting dots of glue all over the back of the die, I pressed down the card front and gently lifted it up. I stamped and heat embossed in gold the sentiment (from 'The Big, the Bold and Friends'), fussy cut and popped up on foam tape. So much faceted sparkle!!!

Whew! If you've made it to the end, well done. You will need a big drink and a lie down after all this creativity. Thank goodness you have a day or two till I'm back with 'Part Two' of my Spotlight post. I hope I've done Shay and Julie proud and have given you some new ideas for these products. I really hope you can come back in a few days for 'Part Two'!!!

Take care

Shona

28 comments:

  1. WOWEE Shona!!! I bet you actaully DID knock Shay & Julie's socks off . . . you did mine!! You are truly an artist and inspiration to all. Congratulations on your very well deserved 'Spotlight'. Have a great day! Hazel xx

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  2. yay for SHONA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! She is such a talented artist AND has a heart of gold.

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  3. Just fabulous, Shona's creativity shines through x

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  4. WOW! That's all I can say about those awesome cards! That shaker card is incredible and I, of course, love that it's filled with stars ;)

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  5. Way to work the die girl!! and TFS :D

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  6. I can't talk, my jaw is sitting in my lap! WOW!!!

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  7. Wow, well-deserved, Shona!!! Your cards are BEAUTIFUL! Winnie & Walter are indeed one of the most generous companies I know!

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  8. Wow, Shona, you've done beautiful, creative things with the multi-faceted die, and really showcased it's versatility! Fabulous job!!

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  9. Such wonderful cards. They sure sum up the friendship idea. My favourite is the one with the black mutlifacted diecut, although it was pretty hard to pick an actual favourite. Go Kiwi!

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  10. Oh my, where has Shona been all my life. Her cards are fabulous. Color and design is phenomenal. Truly amazing work.

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  11. Congratulations Shona! Wow! Amazing cards - what a versatile die!

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  12. I couldn't be more thrilled for you, for Shay and Julie, and for the rest of your 'fan club', Shona... of course I am making myself the President of that club... couldn't be more amazed, and then you make another to amaze me more!!! Just fabulous!!! Congratulations ... and they'd be crazy not to invite you to their wonderful team!!!
    =] Michele

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  13. WoW Shona.. Amazing cards.. I loved the shaker card the most.. Fabulous job you did with one single die :)

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  14. Shona you have worked so hard to bring these amazing cards to us and big congrats on the spotlight - so well deserved obviously!!

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  15. Well Shona, I am certain you have done Shay & Julie proud! I can tell you that you have certainly impressed ME with your fabulous cards! These are fantastic 'dies' that W&W have and yes, Jennifer Maguire's husband IS a genius for coming up with such a fantastic trick! LOL

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  16. WOWZERS -- you have totally overwhelmed me with your awesomeness and cleverness and tremendous creativity and card making skills!! Love your cool cards and you have just showcased Winnie & Walter's products to the hilt!!! So excited and happy for you!! What a terrific job you did in the spotlight!!

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  17. Congratulations on the spotlight, Shona. You've proved by your wonderful uses of the multi-faceted die that you were a good choice for this honor.

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  18. Wow, Shona! Love what you did with the fabulous Multifaceted die, which is one of my favorites, too ;-)

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  19. CONGRATULATIONS on being in the SPOTLIGHT Shona!!!
    WOW - your cards are ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS, LOVE your STYLE!!!
    I'm SO EXCITED because your favourite die is one of mine, the main difference is that mine only arrived this week, so I am SAVOURING each and every drop of your CREATIVE INSPIRATION => THANK YOU for sharing!!! I look forward to giving my MAGNIFICENT Multifaceted die a workout this weekend :)

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  20. Congrats on the spotlight feature, my friend! You surely deserve it. Love all the cards you've created. That die is on my wish list.

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  21. What an amazing collection of cards using the "Multifaceted" die, so inspiring! Crazy love your odd number cards, especially #1 and #3. Congratulations on your spotlight feature!

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  22. SHONA! I knew *grin* that it was just a matter of time before the spotlight would shine on you - and here you are - highlighting your incredible talent with W&W products with a set of cards that have me in jaw-dropped, breath-taken-away AWE! Well-deserved, my friend! You've created magic here! You've showcased the multi-faceted die with style, flair and panache...can't wait to case some of your stunning designs once I'm back home! You rock, Shona! Thank you, Julie and Shay, for sharing Shona with us!
    ~c

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  23. Oooooh!!!! AaaaaaaaH!!!!!! LOVED this!!! A LOT!!! Wow doesn't begin to cover it. You have done exceptionally well, Shona!! A MASSIVE congrats on your amazing spotlight series! I think W&W definitely need to ask you to join their team permanently!!

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  24. BEAUTIFUL!!! I love all the cards, but especially was awed by the "hi" card. Thanks for all the inspiration.

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