Saturday, January 27, 2018

January Leading Lady Andrea Shell | Take Four

As we come to the end of January, we also close out with the final fabulous performance of our January Leading Lady Andrea Shell!  Andrea has delighted each and every week this month with her sensationally colored projects.  Her projects are so wonderfully joyful, vibrant and inspiring.  I feel so blessed to have had Andrea as our leading lady this month.

If you missed her smashing debut you must see it...CLICK HERE or her pink and plaid extravaganza from her sensational second performance CLICK HERE or her triumphant third performance in which she takes your breath away with her garden inspired card CLICK HERE!

Lucky for us all we have her final command performance today....


Hello, again! I can't believe January is almost over, and so is my time as Leading Lady. I have had a blast sharing my creations with you, and I hope I've inspired you even just a little. Thank you, Shay, for this wonderful opportunity! It was really hard to decide which "favorite thing" I would share for my last post, but in the end, I chose interactive cards. I love all kinds - from shaker cards to slider cards to cards that wobble. They are all so much fun to make AND to receive! If you haven't tried them already, I hope you will.

For my first project, I went with a simple shaker card. I just love this card - it would make a great Valentine for a child or even a sweet thank you note. That adorable birdie is from LS Exclusives: So Tweet with Evelin T Designs, and the vine is from Party On with Evelin T Designs. I stamped both with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored them with Copics. To the bird I also added some details with a white gel pen and some sparkle with Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Overlay.


Onto a white card, I white heat-embossed a sentiment from So Tweet. After ink-blending with Fossilized Amber distress oxide, I flicked on some water and blotted it dry. I inked up some Bristol Smooth paper with Worn Lipstick distress ink and flicked on some water. Once the panel was dry, I die-cut it with the heart cutaway. The Flawless Heart Cutaways frame that gorgeous sentiment perfectly!


I backed the heart opening with clear acetate and covered the panel with foam tape. I placed some iridescent sequins in the opening and topped the panel with my card. I adhered the vine and bird to the card and finished with a scattering of heart sequins.


This next card may be my favorite! I really wanted to combine a shaker element with a slider, and this is what I came up with. I started with that adorable image from Sweet Holiday with Evelin T Designs. I stamped the image twice with Memento Tuxedo Black ink - once with the bear's face masked and the other with the full image - and colored both with Copics. I fussy-cut both images, trimming the gift from the bear's face, and went around the edges of both images with a black marker.


The balloons are from The Party. I die-cut three balloons from Bristol Smooth paper. Onto the die-cut panel, I gold heat-embossed a sentiment from The Party before ink-blending with Squeezed Lemonade and Cracked Pistachio distress ink. To give the background a little more interest, I flicked on some water and blotted it dry. Onto another panel of Bristol paper, I marked where the balloons would be and ink-blended with Worn Lipstick, Wilted Violet, and Peacock Feathers distress ink, being sure to use masks to prevent getting ink from one balloon on the others.


Ta da! A peekaboo bear! To make him I used a ruler and my Xacto knife to cut a track into my die-cut panel. I adhered a plastic slider disc to a small white circle and placed the panel on top so that the disc was in the track. To the disc I adhered a small white banner and adhered the bear on top. I placed tiny bits of foam tape on the bottom of the gift and adhered it on top of the bear. I dressed up the banner with a sentiment from Tagged: Holiday Cheer and added some white details and sparkle to my image. I built my shaker element just as I did for the first card (I wish I had used some anti-static powder to prevent my sequins from sticking to the foam tape, but I was impatient to see the final result.) and adhered the whole thing to a white card.

Thank you for stopping by! If you'd like a chance to win a $30 gift certificate to Winnie & Walter, leave a comment on all of the Leading Lady posts on my blog by January 31st at midnight CST. I will randomly draw a winner from all of the comments and post it on my blog on Saturday, February 3rd.



  1. Sooooo cute, Love the peekaboo dear!

  2. Pretty shaker cards! Love the sweet bird and the bear!

  3. I have admired that bird stamp set many times but this is such a creative way to use it! LOVE the bird perched on the garland across that shaker heart!

  4. So sweet. Love the double interactive peeking bear slider.

  5. What a sweet post with lovely creation!

  6. I absolutely adore your cards--my favorites of all your great projects this month! Thanks for the inspiration!

  7. That adorable peekaboo card makes me squeal!! I love the way you colored him and the shaker balloons are the cutest

  8. How completely adorable!!! Everything from the bright colors to the lovely sponged backgrounds to the awesome coloring to the genius interactive elements is just perfect!! What a great month of inspiration this has been!!
    <3 J

    jwoolbright at gmail dot com

  9. These two cards are just gorgeous. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. Wow, LOVE these shaker cards, and super cute bird and balloons with awesome coloring too!

  11. These are absolutely darling cards !! It was such a great month !


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