Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Wednesday Trends at TSG

Today over at the TSG Blog I am talking about the recent trend of creating backgrounds/grounding stamped images to give them life and context.. I'd love it if you headed over there and checked it out...

See you soon! 

Sunday, May 29, 2011

New Feature: Leftover Sunday #1

I have a habit of keeping patterned papers, embellishments and coordinating cardstock on my craft table for about a week in case I want to make some more projects with it. I like doing this because all of the colour-matching and embellishment choosing has already been done and I can just colour and go! What happens at the end of the week (Saturday/Sunday) is I either put the scraps in my scrap bin (never to be seen again) and I recycle the little bits. My embellishments, die cuts, and pre-printed digi stamps go into their homes and everything is tidy again, ready for a new week. 

Well I was thinking... Why don't I make a few more things with the leftovers sitting on my desk? 

Here's my first serving of Leftover Sunday: 

These die cuts were part of an experiment with my Silhouette. I downloaded these American Crafts designs last week and I always have a hard time with the print-and-cut function. It's actually quite neat when it works, and it worked this time! You print the shapes out on the printer then the Silhouette recognizes some marks and cuts out around the shapes. So... they were just laying around on the pile. I paired the shapes with SRM sticker sentiments and suddenly, 3 cards were born! 

I don't know how you guys that play with digi stamps do it, but I print out a bunch of images at a time, that way there's always something ready to go and I don't have to fiddle with my computer. I've had this little gnome on my table for a while now so I finally decided to give him a home. 

That reminds me!!! Do you like coupons?? Here's a coupon for 10% off your purchase at Whimsie Doodles

If you've never tried them, GO FOR IT! The images are in JPEG format and you can open them and print them from any photo program.. I've even heard of people opening in them in Word!  

So.. Was this a good idea? I hope so. 

I'll see you next Sunday with another helping of leftovers!! Take care. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

There She Goes May Blog Hop Challenge - Day 3

Needing a fairytale moment? Let this Prince and Princess escort you to a land far away! These wonderfully illustrated images from Di Carubia were designed to create a number of different scenes that you will enjoy using time and time again.

Once Upon a Time is a 4x8 stamp set that includes a total of 15 of stamps and will sell for $18.

This is a more clean-and-simple card with just one layer of patterned paper (Basic Grey "Curio") and some colouring with Copic markers... I know a few young ladies that would love this card come birthday time! 
This set is cool because, as you've seen from the other Trendsetters, there are a lot of different ways to configure the images.

Would you like a chance to win the Once Upon a Time stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Happily Ever After Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add
your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Once Upon a Time stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (May 28) during the Release Party Chat.

If you're here from Theresa's blog then you've arrived at the end of the hop!! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

There She Goes May Blog Hop Challenge - Day 2

Hi! If you're here from Theresa's blog you're in the right place.. Welcome! This new set from Torico showcases her flawless and realistic illustration of these hearty flowers and is paired with several sentiments that coordinate with the image. This set is a must-have for any flower lover! Forever is a 3x4 stamp set that includes a total of 5 of stamps and will sell for $7.

This card is a product of wanting to use a bunch of patterned papers... Done. lol... I tore the crap out of the two papers and mounted the one on top slightly off-set so you can see some of the paper underneath peeking through. Some hearty hemp twine finished off the rugged look.

 I used Copics to colour the image and chose to keep the carnations "white" so I used E40, E41 and E43 markers to add shading. The E40 markers are my go-to colours when I'm colouring white, especially off-white because I don't want a GREY look, which the grey markers always give (obviously)... 

Would you like a chance to win the Forever stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Forever  Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the
Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Forever stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (May 28) during the Release Party Chat.

Your last stop on the Hop is the stamp set illustrator, Torico!!

Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

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Welcome to the Technique Tuesday Stamping Tech Hop!

I’m a part of Technique Tuesday’s Stamping Tech team , and we are joining together today for a Blog Hop.

We’re sharing some of our favorite cards made with Technique Tuesday’s stamps. 

Here is the first project I made for the hop.

I have a bunch of these cute little clipboards that are so fun to add to cards, so I thought, "Why not??" I used a set called "Talking in Circles" that is designed to coordinate with nestabilities die cuts. SO quick and easy it's not even funny.. 

Here's my second card, and I am not lying, I probably took 40 pictures of this silly thing to try and get it right.. No matter what, the contrast was always weird and yah... That glimmer mist is a hard thing to photograph..

So I used a set called "Glee" and I stamped the image on white cardstock and cut it out with a nestabilities die. Then I stamped the music note image on kraft cardstock in red ink to create the background. Then I sprayed it with red Glimmer Mist and heat set it. Here's a close-up:

You can see it's a little more shimmery and glimmery from this angle... Like I said, I love using the glimmer mist and I use it often, but I can't get it to translate well in photos... It's a neat way to add a little something... 

Be sure to check out the blogs of all the Stamping Techs taking part in today’s hop.
With every comment left on the blog hop path, you’ll be entered for a chance to win Technique Tuesday’s Ribbit stamp set.

Stop #1, the amazing Charlene
Jenny (Guest Stamping Tech for May) 

The more comments you make, the better chance you have to win.
We’ll pick 2 people at random from comments left on all the blogs to win the stamp set.
Comments must be made by midnight Eastern time on 5/27.
Be sure to check the Technique Tuesday blog (it's new, check it out and subscribe!) on 5/28 to see if you are one of the lucky winners.

Monday, May 23, 2011

There She Goes May Blog Hop Challenge - Day 1

Wishing for a hot summer day? This gorgeous stamp set designed by Melyssa Connolly will get you in the mood with it’s deliciously delightful summery sentiments and images! If you've arrived here from Theresa's blog you're in the right place!

Funnily enough, I have to credit my hubby with some of the design. I was trying to cram everything on the front of the card and it just wasn't working so, like I usually do, I called him over and asked his advice. He simply said (as if to say "DUH, Tobi...") "Why don't you just put the image on the inside?" and walked away... So that's what I did and it worked out great!!

This stamp set is so cool because there are lots of little accessories for the little girl to hold, and lots of accompanying sentiments. I obviously chose to go with a pinwheel scheme, but as you'll see from the other DT girls, there are limitless choices.. I love sets like this. 

Freeze the Moment is a 4x8 stamp set that includes a total of  29 stamps and will sell for $18.

Would you like a chance to win the Freeze the Moment stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Freeze the Moment Blog Hop Challenge post.

After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Freeze the Moment stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (May 28) during the Release Party Chat. 

You've reached the end, thanks for hopping by!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Alumni Day with SRM

I have missed being a part of the SRM Stickers crew but was elated when they asked us old-retired folks to participate in an alumni day blog post! SRM is still a staple in my card-making and I fell back on my much-loved technique of make a sentiment banner for today's card:

I was inspired by Joanne B a couple days ago when she used felt to make a grass background. I only have one colour of green felt so I had to match colours to IT, which was annoying. lol... I ended up choosing some papers from Sassafrass and colour-matching my Copics to the paper. I used a new image from Whimsie Doodles called  "Go Big Gnome" and the sentiment is from this SRM sticker set:

click to view

Thanks for stopping by, and I really enjoyed working with SRM again... Thank you! 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Time with You

I had a little time tonight to play with today's Sketch Challenge at SCS. I used one of my favourite Technique Tuesday sets "Life is Good." To create the main image I sponged different shades (starting with the lightest and going to darkest) of green pigment ink on white cardstock. I use the Tim Holtz blending tool for most of my sponging and I think it does a pretty good job. 

I stamped the sentiment (from TT's "Love, Ali" set) in the top right corner in brown ink. Other details like brown lace and red buttons were added on top of the lovely MME Stella Rose patterned papers.  

Thanks for looking! See you soon. 

Case Study #39

Hi there! I was inspired to play along with this week's Case Study Challenge #39. I loved the layout and it challenged me to add more "stuff" on the card than I usually would.

I used a darling little Gnome from Whimsie Doodles and  coloured her using Copic Markers (and MAN was it tough colour-matching to the papers I used... More on that later.)

I used papers and chipboard stickers from Cosmo Cricket's "Nutmeg" line. Everything except the brown seam binding (that I dyed with Ranger "espresso" re-inker) is from Nutmeg. I just love the green woodgrain paper that coordinates perfectly with the image. It was meant to be Smiley  

Here are the Copic colours I used...

All of the reds/pinks were actually from the Earth (E) family.. Those were the markers that I left until last to buy because honestly, E04 and E07 are pretty weird looking colours. lol

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day. 

Monday, May 16, 2011

There She Goes Inspiration Challenge

Tammy, this week’s Trendsetter of the week has chosen a beautiful photo as inspiration for this week’s challenge.  The beautiful, bright colored
flowers surrounding the soft, subtle Bluebird makes for a winning combination!

I really loved the colour combo and opted to go more red as opposed to fuschia, mainly because I don't have a lot of that colour! I used a small set called Kindred Spirits to make a collage-type main image. The stamp set is designed to be a two-step process in making the flowers: first I stamped the flower colour with red and blue ink, then stamped the outline with grey. You could use either stamps on their own, but I love the two-step look. 

I went with a grey ink for the outline portion of the flower so the sentiment (SRM Sticker) stood out. I also liked the soft look of the grey, it complimented the colour scheme better. 

To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card inspired by Tammy’s photo, and then come back to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of the challenge post. Upload your card to your blog/gallery/flikr and show your stuff

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Bee Happy

A fabulous choice for a featured stamper today: Aimes. I am a big fan and was excited to case her tonight. I cased this card. Here's my version:

I liked the big circle in the centre and the scalloped detail on the bottom. In true case-study fashion I borrowed elements of Amy's design and added some of my own. In the end I added a flower to the bow of seam-binding because Amy frequently adds details like this to her bows.. Something I want to do more! 

The paper in the background was created by stamping the honeycomb (from this little There She Goes set called Bee Happy) NUMEROUS times on the yellow Core-dinations cardstock, then sanding it once the ink was dry. The large bee was cut with the Slice (Vintage Findings cart.) and adhered on the lightly airbrused scalloped circle. 

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

That was weird...

The one time I had a card to share AHEAD OF TIME Blogger decides to go on the fritz.. I was just on a two-day trip with my Grade 9 concert band (wasn't the best band trip I've been on... don't ask....) to Whistler, BC (location of the 2010 Olympics)

and I'm back to share my creations with you.. 

I made this card for the current Moxie Fab Challenge: Chevrons

I used two Mint Motif sets: Very Square Sentiments, and Beyond Borders
Wanna know something funny? I didn't even know I had a chevron stamp until I went rooting around in my stash.. Has that ever happened to you? Is it a sign that I have *gasp* too many stamps? No.. no... that can't be it.. 

Anyway, I stamped the chevron stamp in various Technique Tuesday inks on kraft cardstock. I used pigment inks so the ink stands out against the kraft. That kind of ink works really well on coloured cardstock too. I finished the card by cutting out the sentiment with a Nestabilities die and tying some Cherry twine around the kraft layer. It ended up being a pretty acceptable unisex card. I would totally give this to a dude OR dudette... 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Advanced Copic Blending Class

I am so excited about teaching a series of classes at Clipper Street relating to one of my favourite crafting mediums: Copic markers! I have taught the basics at Clipper street for over a year now, and it's time to bump it up to the next level. 

Click here to see the list of classes and register online. If you live in the area and want to learn some advanced blending and shading techniques I would love for you to join me on any of the following dates:

5/15/201111:00 AM - 1:30 PM

6/10/20116:00 PM - 8:30 PM

6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Whimsie Wednesday Challenge - No Colouring

Hi guys! It's my turn to host this week's Whimsie Wednesday Challenge, and guess what? 
The challenge is No Colouring

It's a challenge, but I think it yields great results. 

I used some Cosmo Cricket patterned papers, a little lace, and left the  image B&W. I think it suits the papers perfectly, don't you?

To play along, and be entered to win a FREE Whimsie Doodles digital image, just enter your direct link at the blog. You have until Midnight on Tuesday, May 17th to enter. 

And, here's some great news if you love Whimsie Doodle images:
We're having a 50% off sale and it starts Friday May 13!  
It will last through Sunday May 15 at midnight eastern time.

You MUST use the code MAY24 
to take advantage of this fantastic deal!!

It applies to ALL digital stamps, but ONLY digital stamps.
Whimsie Doodles rubber stamps will not be available during the sale.

Monday, May 9, 2011


Did everyone have a nice Mother's Day? 
I was treated to a new leather Pandora bracelet (I now have two of these linked together... so cool) and a sushi dinner (yum!). We went over to my SIL's house for brunch so
I got up early in the morning to make this card for my mother-in-law:

I stamped a the main layer with various stamps from the Technique Tuesday set "Fleur" with inks from the "Perspectives" collection. Then I mounted it to some black cardstock.. I rummaged around in my scrap die cut box (yah, I've made a lot of extra die cuts somehow) and found this perfect cloud/scalloped border cut from my Silhouette. I stamped "Mom" in black ink and it was done! 

This was the first time I've ever used TT's inks and I love them. Rich, juicy pads that give full coverage on the stamp the first time.. Gotta love that. They are pigment ink pads but the foam is different than your everyday usual pigment pad. Anyway, I thought I would try them out and I'm glad I did... 

Currently there's a challenge over at the TT forum at SCS (with prizes!!) and all you have to do is make a card for a special woman in your life and post a link to your creation in the forum.. check it out if you're interested. 

Have a great day!

Friday, May 6, 2011

The Mother of all Blog Hops!

Welcome to the 2nd annual Mother of All Blog Hops sponsored by There She Goes Clears Stamps!   If you’ve arrived here from Karen Giron, then you are in the right spot!  If not,  you will want to start back on the There She Goes team blog in order to find out what you need to do to be eligible for the prizes we are offering!

I chose to make a card using the new Blossom by Blossom set. Isn't it sweet?
I coloured the image with 0000 and 000 Copic markers and it maybe took me 5 minutes. Gotta like that! 


-One blog hop participant will win $100 to spend in the There She Goes store plus the chance to work with me on designing a stamp set of their choice.

- One blog hop reader will win free stamps for six months! A value of over $300!
(winner will receive all new stamp sets released from June to November 2011.

To Qualify for Prizes:
-Readers must comment on all the blogs in the MOABH to qualify for the prize.
(One blog will secretly be chosen as the *IT* blog. At the end of the 2 day event, a number will be chosen via random.org. Only Jessica will know which blog it is!)

After you have completed the 2 day hop, please put your name and blog address or e-mail in the INLINKZ at the bottom of tomorrow's post over at the 
TSG Blog

   Thank you for stopping by!

Supplies: Paper: PTI cardstock, Pebbles patterned paper; May Arts Ribbon; Nestabilities circle and banner dies; 

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Whimsie Doodles May Release

Welcome to our May Release!  We have lots of fun images to share with you, and we know you will love them as much as we do!  Head over to the Whimsie Doodles blog to see this month`s release! 

Yesterday I showed you this: 

Here's the whole card:

Ooooo I just love how it turned out. I paired the image with some really graphic American Crafts paper and coloured it with Copics. Like I said yesterday, my son and hubby love XBox (that's the game system where this controller is from) and I THINK it will work well for one/both of their birthdays.. Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Whimsie Doodles May Sneak Peek

Okay, I'll admit that this isn't too sneaky, but I just had to give you a little peek at my favourite new digi stamp being released from Whimsie Doodles on the 5th. My two guys are gamers (not hardcore, but they love the video games) and the sentiment that goes with this image is perfect for many occasions. I'll see you tomorrow for the big reveal! Till then:

(for all you sci-fi geeks out there)