Friday, July 25, 2014

The Twinery and PoppyStamps Blog Hop

Welcome to another fabulous event here at The Twinery! Our designers are so excited to welcome the designers of Poppystamps as we bring you three days of creativity & inspiration.
I bet you will not be surprised to see what dies I have chosen for today's project... 
Ever since I've picked up this little die (Dachshund) I thought about pairing it with the Antique Lamp Post and doing kind of a, dog-on-the-town sort of scene. I just love die cutting in black and making a silhouette scene, it's so easy and the end product is so sharp.

What a cute way to say "I miss you," am I right?? I wrapped some Solid Pink Sorbet around the sentiment panel to bring out some colour from the background. That's the thing with using black as the focal colour - almost any other colour from the papers you use can be highlighted as a secondary colour! 

Both companies are giving away some pretty fabby prizes and all you have to do is stop by each designer’s blog & leave a comment. 
Wanna know what YOU could win?!?
TT Sampler w Title
A Sampler Pack of Shimmer Twine (retail value $32)
Poppystamps Prize
Two pack of Dies (retail value 26.50)

Here’s how you can enter to win the Sampler Pack of Solid Twines:
Leave a comment on each participating designer’s blog on the hop (and here on our blog, too!).
This is a 3-day hop, so be sure to comment each day.
Please be sure to leave your e-mail address along with your comments
so we can have a way to contact you if you win.
For additional chances to win:
- Follow our blog. You can enter your e-mail to subscribe under the “Follow By Email!”
heading in the blog sidebar.
- “Like” The Twinery on Facebook and leave a comment on our page letting us know
you came from the blog hop.
The deadline to leave comments for the giveaway is at 11:59pm EST on Friday, August 1st.
Check back here on Sunday, August 3rd to see if you’ve won!

Next on the hop is: 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

You Make My Heart Smile!

Have you heard about the changes at Technique Tuesday? Ali Edwards will no longer be partnering with TT and instead of the Studio AE program they have introduced Memory Keepers Studio! Each month we release a new Memory Keepers Studio™ stamp set. If you would like to receive these stamp sets each month, consider becoming a member of the Memory Keepers Studio autoship program. Members enjoy discounts, exclusive special offers, plus free shipping on additional products.

This is July's set:

The flower stamp I used is from the Family Flair stamp set.
And check out that cool sentiment strip! I cut a piece of white cardstock and then stamped on top with one of the phrases from Technique Tuesday's I Like You stamp set. I sure love that two-toned look.

That's all for now... Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hey Dad

Well my dear ol' dad turns 64 today and he's quite excited about becoming a senior citizen next year, but unfortunately there's nothing special about turning. 64.... I thought I would make him a card that makes him feel old though, just to get in the mood ;).

 I played along with this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge and it was a great inspiration to me. I grabbed my watercolors and swiped some green stripes across and yah, that's it!! I did a little paper piecing with the Boob Tubes stamp set and was excited that I had some enamel dots that fit perfectly!! So happy birthday Dad, and I hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

July Challenges!

It's a double entendre: July has brought a lot of interesting challenges my way, AND I have managed to squeeze in a few challenges! So yay me! I have been busy teaching mixed media and card classes at various stores in my province, getting ready for our move to China, packing, getting dental work wrapped up before my insurance expires... Geez, what else can I fit in there? To say July has been a challenge is an understatement, but the reason I did not pack up my craft stuff is I love to steal away from LIFE and just get messy sometimes... 

So in my mixed media classes (hello to my new friends!!) I've been talking about how to not waste paint, sprays, gesso etc, by handing out book pages to "smoosh" their leftovers onto. Today's project shows you how you could use one such page! 

  1. I had some extra modelling paste on my palette so I scraped it through a stencil onto this book page.

  2.  I watered down some Gesso and spread a thin layer onto the page. 

  3.  Then I sprayed a few Dylusions Ink Sprays onto the top of the page and followed that with some sprays of water. 

  4.   I mopped up the leftover mist with more book pages! 

   5.    I chose some coordinating Gelatos. 

   6.   I spread the colours onto the paper and blended them with a baby wipe. 

   7.   Card-making time!! 

I added a lot of different elements in black and white as to not take away from the bright colours of the background. That's always a go-to technique in my book! (I used a sticker from Take 2 - Wedding and mounted it on black glitter paper)

This card is for two challenges: 

  1. The SRM Challenge: July Theme - Wedding Shower. As you will see from the next picture, this is actually a glassine bag, so invitation information, maps, RSVPs etc can all get tucked inside. (this would even make a great card to accompany a wedding gift!) 
  2. The 200th Case Study Challenge - I used this week's sketch for my layout and I'm sure glad I did.. I would never have thought to put that little element on the top left corner... Always great inspiration from this challenge!! 
Here's the back of the bag: 

All we ask is the you use ONLY SRM Stickers and Products but you can also use SRM in combination with your own stamps, papers, die cuts and so on!

Our rules (to keep this fun and fair):

1.  Only SRM product is permitted but you can combine with any stamps, paper, die cuts, etc. 

2.  Please comment on the project ahead of you and behind you in the link.  Everyone LOVES comments!

3.  You can link to other challenges - there is no limit.

4.  Anything that is offensive or does not follow our guidelines will be removed.  

5.  Have fun!

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Art Journal Play

So all week I've been preparing (mostly mentally) for my upcoming weekend at Crafty Capers, where I will be teaching an all-day intro to art journalling. I've drafted a loooooong list of topics I want to cover and thought I would work through a few of them.. Here are a couple of pages I will share this weekend: 

A lot of what I tried to demonstrate with these pages is what a few great stencils in your stash can do. They really are so fun to work with and I am giddy every time I acquire a new one!! 

Stencils Used:
Crafters Workshop: Stick Flowers, Love Post, Striped Leaves, Rosetta
Stamps: Dylusions by Ranger

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's New With Stampendous!

That's right folks, it's that time of year when the new Christmas stamps start to hit the shelves and we're so excited to share what's new at Stampendous! This is the new Snowman Holly stamp and can you tell how much fun it is to colour??!! 

Check out more of What's New at the store! 

Monday, July 7, 2014

Upcoming Classes!

So I've been terribly busy with getting my house ready to put on the market and it is such a relief to say that IT'S DONE! It's never looked so good (I certainly couldn't live this clean all the time) but it's attracting buyers, so that's good! 

I am on the road quite a bit this month teaching a bunch of exciting classes, so if you're local to these places I'd love to see you! Classes are almost full (and I think they might be sold out in Nanaimo) so call ASAP!! 

Vancouver Island/Nanaimo
The Art of Journaling: A Comprehensive Mixed Media Workshop
Saturday July 12 9:30 - 4:00 pm includes a 30 minute break for lunch
Cost: $81
Instructor: Tobi Crawford
What is the with this trend of Art Journals and Mixed Media? And what do those terms even mean?? Art Journalling is different for for each person and there are as many techniques as there are artists on the planet, BUT, there are quite a few techniques that every art journaller considers staples in their "bag of tricks" and we will work through many of them. I will be using a lot of different mediums and tools to allow you to discover what your thing is, and will hopefully shed the light on what "Mixed Media" and more importantly, "Art Journalling" means for you. You will be asked to bring materials such as: acrylic paint, Dylusions Ink Sprays, glimmer mists, stencils, stamps, gelatos, Pitt Pens, but if you do not have something, I will have plenty to share!

Watercolour Wonders with My Favourite Things
Sunday July 13 10:30 am - 1:00 pm
Cost: $37
Instructor: Tobi Crawford
A great love of mine is colouring and I love to share tips and tricks with people who are curious about: shading, light source, contrast, and blending and we will be using the very user-friendly medium of watercolour markers to explore those topics. Once we are done with our colouring masterpieces we will make four super-cute cards that will showcase all of your hard work!! I used a combination of Tombow and Distress Markers for watercolouring, along with a waterpen. Please feel free to bring any watercolour markers you have and make sure you have a waterpen! You will also receive a list of basic cardmaking tools to bring. 


Mixed Media: Dylusions

Have you wanted to venture into the world of Mixed Media and Art Journalling? Then this class is for you! Tobi Crawford has been teaching craft-related classes for more than 6 years (in addition to being a high school music teacher!) and works for companies such as: Technique Tuesday, Stampendous!, The Twinery, SRM Stickers and many more. During this session Tobi will focus on various ways to incorporate Dylusions Ink Sprays into your art journalling and stencils, gesso, stamps will be just some of the materials you will get to play with. We will go for 2.5 hours and get as many pages and techniques done as we can - there's no limit!

Dates: Tuesday, July 15th 2 - 4:30
Saturday, July 26th 11 - 1:30
Price: $30.00 + tax
Instructor: Tobi Crawford

Langley/Lower Mainland

Mixed Media Canvas

Taught by Tobi Crawford, the Mixed Media Canvas workshop will teach you how to combine a variety of mediums (paint, paper, stencils, etc.) to create a one-of-a-kind piece of art.
Space is limited so register early. Workshop fee includes all supplies.
Sunday, July 20th
1:00pm – 4:00pm

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Naughty Or Nice: Mixed Media

It's our 6th challenge already at Naughty or Nice and I was thinking about this month's challenge as I was setting up my temporary craft-space and I now have two "zones", card-making, and mixed media. I think a lot of us are spending a little more $$ on paints and sprays and gesso etc, and I thought we should have a challenge to share all of our mixed media wonders! 

Here are my cards using drips from watercolor paints and this month's Greenhouse Society stamp set

Yes they are different!! I splatted on a large piece of paper and cut out what I needed. It's always fun to make cards with this method - you never know what you're gonna get! ;)

So what do we mean by Naughty or Nice? Well, take a look at your sentiment stamps - are there any in your collection that are kind of "off-color" or a little bit racy? Pair them with a seemingly innocent image and BAM! You've succeeded in being naughty. But for those of you who cannot find a devilish stamp that fits the bill, no worries - you could be nice and post a card with our theme and you will be fulfilling our challenge parameters too!

Challenge Rules and Guidelines: 
  • You can simply add the URL link from your project after it has been uploaded to your online craft gallery. If you upload your card to an online craft gallery, please use the keyword NON6 so we can check out your beautiful work! You can also use online photo-sharing sites like Flickr to share your photos too! 
  • Please mention and link back to this post to let people know about this fun challenge!
  • Whether you are Naughty or Nice, we sure would appreciate cards made especially for this challenge, but if you really, really want to, please link a card that fits NO MORE THAN 5  CHALLENGES including ours! *changed it to allow more people to play along!! 
  • You have until the 25th of each month to submit your creations and then the DT will pick two winners, one for both Naughty and Nice

Monday, June 30, 2014

Friendship Bracelet

Hi there! It's Tobi Crawford here and today I'm sharing a project on The Twinery Blog I've had in my head for a few days now. I don't know about you, but when I was younger I made a lot of friendship bracelets. I had a little organizers with all of my embroidery floss in perfect order (ROY. G. BIV of course) and I would sit and watch TV while I worked on my next project. It's funny but I commented on Instagram the other day that making a friendship bracelet was like riding a bike - I guess I did it so much that my body held on to the muscle-memory from 25+ years ago... Weird!!

I've also had these colours on the brain, so I pulled out: Solid Mandarin, Solid Carribean, Solid Cappuccino, Solid Charcoal, Solid Marigold, and Solid Natural. I did a simple stripe design, but there are literally hundreds of designs to choose from if you're wanting to be adventurous! (I always stuck with the basics, though!)


So this was my plan: find the perfect sentiment/image to go with my work in progress, get the bracelet started and then the recipient can finish it with the leftover twine:
(I loosely wrapped the remainder around the base layer for easy removal...)

I think it's neat that once my friend receives this card and finishes the bracelet it will be like this cool, collaborative, bonding thing we'll share and hopefully when she wears it she'll think of me! (I'm moving away soon so I'm finding myself a little sappy, lol...)
Thanks for joining me today, and hey, why don't you try dusting off those knot-making skills... I'd love to see your projects!

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Stampendous! and DecoArt Blog Hop


 The excitement continues as conclude our grand tour of amazing artists playing with Stampendous, DecoArt, and Princeton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe products! The inspiration has been amazing, and today you'll be even more astonished! If you missed the beginning of our journey, be sure to go back and check it out! MONDAY - TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY - THURSDAY

In preparation for our big move I've decided to do a mini reno of our kitchen. While I was painting the cupboards (Annie Sloan Chalkpaint in French Linen!) I had the bright idea to make one of the cupboards a chalkboard menu... Here she is:

I need some practicing on my chalkboard writing, but this was a project made easy with: 
This shows the progression from beginning, to one coat, to two coats of black. After the black is dry I applied two coats of the clear chalkboard paint. 

Are you wondering about those perfect pears? Aren't I a great artist?! Ha, I wish... Since the pen that I used to write on the board wipes off with water, I figured I could colour onto the stamp, "huff" on it before I stamped and it would work.. I was right!! 

 This way, I can stamp anything I want on the board and all I have to do is wipe away with a wet cloth!! Cool, right?! 

Of course, there are prizes! DecoArt is sending three sets of their Media Fluid Acrylics, Princeton Artist Brushes via inspired by Willow Wolfe is donating Select 3750 Brushes and some Catalyst Wedges, and we'll be adding a Stampendous Creative Palette so you can practice all the techniques you'll see this week. We'll be sending three prize packages to commenters with U.S. Mailing Addresses, and DecoArt will be sending three generous sample packages to international commenters, so all our friends can play.

Visit each blog, leave a comment! • Like Stampendous, DecoArt, Princeton Artist Brushes, and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook! • We've also got a Pinterest Board started!

Please repin our projects on to your boards and be sure to tag us when you do (#Stampendous, #DecoArt, #PrincetonArtistBrushes, #byWillowWolfe) - we'll be tracking. Your comments on the blogs are your entry into the drawing! AND I have a few bonus goodies hanging around my office for some lucky people who SHARE our Facebook posts and Pinterest Pins! Ready for your trip around the world??? Pack your bags, get a cup of coffee and a kitten, and get comfy. You have until the end of Sunday, June 29 PDT to comment on all the blog posts.

Louise Crosbie (Scotland, UK)

Lea Kimmel (North Carolina, USA)

Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)

Asia King (Oxford, UK)

Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)

Suzanne Czosek (Illinois, USA)

Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)

Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)

Angelica Stark (Hudiksvall, Sweden)

Mark Gould (West Sussex, UK)

Debbie Cole (California, USA)

Jamie Martin (Oklahoma, USA)

Tobi Crawford (BC, Canada) that's me!

Wendy Price (New Jersey, USA)

Jessa Plant (Arizona, USA)

A few of the bloggers this week are new to hopping, so if you have an issue with any of the links, here's a little tip! If you get a page that says "Sorry that Page is not here" or something similar, try clicking on the header of the blog, or look for something that says Home. The hop page should be near the top of the day's posts. We will fix broken links as the day goes on, as well, so check back here if you are really lost.