Thursday, June 30, 2011

July 5th

It’s getting close to our 2-year anniversary. It feels like it’s been longer, is that bad? It’s just that we haven’t had an easy road (I didn’t expect it to be), but I thought by now my husband would have a teaching position of some sort, but he’s still on-call (a substitute teacher..) and he doesn’t work a lot. That paired with debt and moving and dealing with a son with ADHD there have been a lot of challenges thrown our way and I consider ourselves relatively successful at this marriage “thing.” So far…


Every time Ian and I hit some sort of milestone I think Oh yah, it’s our (insert memorable moment here) and that reminds me, I need to work on my wedding scrapbook. I have no idea how many photos I am supposed to scrapbook, (I have close to 600) but I only have about 10-12 layouts done and that’s not NEAR enough. I really should try to put some multiple-photo layouts together, eh?

For this layout I used some Technique Tuesday papers from their Perspectives line. They’re not your typical wedding colours, but they just so happened to coordinate beautifully with my photos.


I had a lot of fun using my Silhouette digital cutter to cut out a bunch of shapes. I also intentionally designed the layout so I could do the sewing technique you see above (a line of objects sewn down the middle).. I’ve wanted to try that for a while now.

So.. Happy Anniversary Ian! and to the rest of you:

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Whimsie Wednesday

Hi there. It’s my turn to host a challenge at the Whimsie Doodles blog and I would love it if you played along! One of the first challenges I ever played along with when I started making cards was a recipe challenge. I didn't have a lot of supplies at the time, but I could always make something work when it came to a recipe challenge. 

Here's the recipe:


Twine (can be baker's twine or plain ol' twine)

and at least one flower

You are not limited to the prescribed ingredients, but your card must include all of them somewhere on your project. 

Sound fun?

Here's my card to serve as a little inspiration: 

All of the stamps are in our Baby Joy rubber stamp set:

To play along, and be entered to win a FREE Whimsie Doodles digital image, just enter your direct link at the Whimsie Doodles blog. You have until Midnight on Tuesday, July 5th to enter. We can't wait to see your fabulous creations!


Don’t forget to use this code when purchasing stamps!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Our house, is a very, very, very fine house…

Hi there! I hope everyone is doing well. This is always a weird time as spring turns to summer and even if you don’t have kids there are some real palpable changes that occur and it takes a little getting used to… At least, that’s how it is in my world. This summer brings a huge change and it’s been a real surprise as to how I’ve handled it. My parents made the decision about two years ago to leave the province and retire to a farm in the middle-of-nowhere Saskatchewan. I am bitter and sad for many reasons, but mostly because they are my son’s only grandparents. They aren’t the most involved grandparents in the world, but they’re all my son has and now their relationship will go from thin to nothing. They say they will visit all the time but I know better… YES, I am being melodramatic, but I know a lot of retired people. You think you will have all the time in the world but it doesn’t work that way: retired people are always busy!!!! I would always have to call them and ask them if Phoenix could come and sleep over, what’s that going to be like now? “Hey, you haven’t called in 4 months, just wondering if you want to know what Phoenix is up to?” I don’t know… It’s going to be weird, that’s all I know.
My family has roots here. We have never moved, all of my immediate family is here and all but one of my aunts and uncles and one remaining grandparent live here in this town. I know it’s probably an anomaly, but I think it’s why I am so upset. We are all here and they are leaving.
I went over to the house I grew up in for the last time this weekend. It was the last time I’ll drive down the road:
The last time I’ll pull into the driveway:
The lasts of a lot of things. It hit me as I was walking from empty room to empty room that I would never again have a Christmas or birthday or random family dinner at “The Parents” and I just started bawling. Like, the ugly cry. I think it will be okay, but this summer is going to be a summer of change.
Goodbye parents, and goodbye house.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

It’s almost over…

School, that is.. Last June was a little bit slower than this one, I don’t know why, but this year I am really looking forward to the summer and the less-busy lifestyle of working part-time at my LSS. It will be a nice change of pace, and as it usually is, totally inspiring.
Today I have a few cards to show you that came to be because 1) I bought some new product and 2) I wanted to play with some inks after organizing my stash.
The first card is one I made using a few different Technique Tuesday stamps and some pigment inks.


To achieve this look I stamped the Harlequin Harmony stamp in blue ink. I then cleaned off the stamp and stamped over it again with Versamark ink and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. Then I was able to some sponging with orange pigment inks and it wouldn’t affect the blue stamp. This technique is called “Emboss Resist” and it’s great for background stamps like this, or silhouette images. To complete the card I used a sentiment from the Love always wins set by Ali Edwards .I stamped a little heart in the same blue ink right next to the scripted “love” to tie it all together visually.
The next couple of cards were a result of me playing around with some of Imaginisce’s Roly Rosies. I didn’t have the rolling tool so I thought I would have some difficulties, but I just used a pair of crafting tweezers and rolled the flowers up and curled the edges.
The final step was the hardest part: gluing the rolled flower to the base. I was using Crystal Effects and it worked all right, but I will try something else next time.
The sentiments are from SRM’s Sticker Sentiments: Love and I used this particular sentiment because I need wedding cards! That is one kind of card I rarely make so I am going to be consciously making them for the next few weeks.
Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Make a Splash Blog Hop Challenge

Make A Splash Blog Hop Challenge
Welcome to the last day of sneak peeks from the TSG design team. You should have hopped here from Theresa’s blog, if not, start at the TSG blog.
What a great release, I am thrilled with all of the stamp sets. One of the best things about the summer is being able to go for a refreshing swim. Whether you prefer a lake, ocean or pool- you will love this new stamp set illustrated by Torico! Make A Splash will have you saying “Mermaids, seahorse and fish oh my!”.
Here’s my card:
Make A Splash is a 4x8 set that includes a total of 21 stamps and will sell for $18. 

Isn’t she fun? I had the perfect papers to go with her too: Echo Park: Splash! I used some Tattered Angels Glimmer Glam to uh, GLAM up her tail and top:
Your last stop is Torico, the illustrator of Make a Splash! Have fun.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Vroom and Hibiscus Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome to day 2 of There She's Goes blog hop challenges. If you're doing the hop you should have arrived here from Theresa's blog, if not, head back to the TSG blog and start from the beginning. We're previewing two sets today and there's going to be lots of eye-candy!

This adorable car illustrated by Melyssa is great to make a fun, every day card for family and friends!  The larger car featured in this mini set was sized so that it could also be used with Leah (who can be seen in the Freeze The Moment stamp set).  

I went crazy with the layers and colouring yesterday, so I took it easy and did a couple of clean-and-simple cards. The cream-coloured VW's are my fav, so I had to colour this one up just like it. SO cute! 
Vroom is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 6 stamps and will sell for $7.  

These gorgeous tropical flowers were illustrated by Torico and will quickly become a favorite from your summer stamping collection! Use them to create beautiful custom designer paper, color in the line art images to use as a focal point for your project or pair them with a TSG sentiment stamp set  for a card that can be given for any occasion.

Stamping on patterned paper is a quick and easy way to add colour to your card. Again, sticking to the CAS style of card-making I kept a lot of white space on the card and added a strip of crinkley seam binding ribbon for a little bit of a feminine touch. A sticker sentiment completed the card. 

Hibiscus is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 7 stamps and will sell for $7. 

Would you like a chance to win the Vroom / Hibiscus stamp sets? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Vroom / Hibiscus 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 Vroom / Hibiscus stamp sets. The winner will be announced Saturday (June 25)  during the Release Party Chat.

Your last stop is Torico, the illustrator of Hibiscus! Have fun. 

Copics on the car: 
Cream: E40, 41
Black/grey: C00, 1, 3, 5, 7

Monday, June 20, 2011

The Fairy Best Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome to another week of sneak peeks from the There She Goes Design Team, all of the new stamp sets will be available on Saturday, June 25th
You should have arrived here from Theresa's blog if you're doing the hop, but if you've just arrived, welcome!
Last month Di was enchanting us with her adorable prince and princess stamp set and this month she is bringing us magical fairies.These fun and whimsical images were sized so that they can work together with the Once Upon A Time stamp set for you to create even more scenes!

I worked with an adorable little mushroom scene (which is terribly ironic for me because I HATE mushrooms, but I digress...)

I used a few papers from a My Mind's Eye paper pad (it's a theme with my right now, sorry!!) and pulled colours from it. The striped/plaid paper is the reverse of the dark brown paper and it was one of those happy accident-type things that it landed on top of the card and I was like YES! I did a little sewing and a little die cutting and voila! 

The Fairy Best is a 4x8 set that includes a total of 13 stamps and will sell for $18.  
Would you like a chance to win The Fairy Best stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their The Fairy Best 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 The Fairy Best  stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (June 25th) during the Release Party Chat. 

I am last on the blog hop so head back to the TSG blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky. Good luck! 

Oranges: YR0000, 00, 02, 18, 61, 64
Blue: BG0000, 10, 18, 32, 34
Green: YG21, 23
Mushroom: E42, 43, 44, 47
Brown: E55, 57

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Leftover Sunday - Week 4

Hi there! I hope you had a great Father's Day with your family.
Phoenix and I woke up early to go buy some of Ian's favourite things: a Coke Slurpee, mushrooms for an omelette, and a chocolate dessert. Then we hurried home and made a breakfast fit for a king. It was awesome! It ended up being a very lazy day around here and I got a lot of crafting done. It was great. 

Here's the card I made for my dear ol' Dad: 

I used set called "Dad's Tickets" that includes a bunch of sentiments and the SVG cut file. I cut the ticket-shaped card out with my Silhouette with Cosmo's Circa 1934 paper and added a couple cardstock stickers. I did a "print and cut" with the sentiment and sprayed a little Tattered Angels Mist on it to grunge it up a little. 

On the inside I just cut out a simple rectangle for my message to my dad.. It went something like this:

Happy Father's Day Dad! 
I hope you enjoyed your last Father's Day with your kids!
Love Tobi
(My parents are moving 2000 km away in a week.. I'm a little bitter... lol)

Now for the leftovers... This was the stash of leftovers I had to work with: 

That polka-dot paper caught my eye right away and inspired the colour combo for this card: 

Yummy, isn't it?? 
The stamp is from Whimsie Doodles coloured with Copics. I airbrushed the clouds with Copic markers and the airbrush system. The paper... Oh the paper.. It's from My Mind's Eye (Life of the Party) and it's probably my favourite collection right now. The colours are awesome and I am inspired whenever I create with them. 

Copics Used:
Reds: R20, 22, 24, 27, 59
Blue: BG10, 32, 34, 18
Green: G12, 14, 07
Mushroom: E40, 41, 43. 44
Brown: E53, 55, 57

And lastly, to answer a reader's question, this is how I store my Nestabilities: 

I don't have a lot (I have a few more than this, but these are the ones I use most frequently) but this is how I keep them organized. This is a white board that I covered with magnetic paper - all purchased from Staples. It was not inexpensive (about $45 from beginning to end) but it works for me. I am a very visual crafter and I need to see what I have if I'm going to use it. If it's tucked away in a drawer (unless it's something like ink) I WILL NOT use it. This hangs on a wall right above my work space. 

So that's all! Thanks for stopping by. 

Friday, June 17, 2011

Casing Kim

Today/last night I played along with a "case your friend" challenge at SCS. I have what I would consider "online" friends, people that I've been on design teams with and are now Facebook friends etc... But I've had the chance to meet a couple of people, so I chose to case my friend Kim Teasdale who I met last year at a stamping get-together. Here's her lovely card: 

I love how saturated her images are. She also rocks on coming up with cool layouts. And I love that she embosses all of the layers. I did my best to copy those elements:

I used a couple stamps from Out of This World with some Bo Bunny and My Mind's Eye papers. I didn't sew and add a ribbon because the colour scheme was kind of masculine, so left that stuff off.. 
So how did I do casing a superstar like Kim??? hehe..

Orange: YR02, 04, 07, 18
Blue: BG000, 01, 45, 47
Green: G07, 12, 14
Grey: C1, 3, 5, 7, 9

Monday, June 13, 2011

TSG111 - Sketch!

This week the There She Goes team has a fun sketch brought to you by Trendie, Theresa W! 

I changed the main panel slightly because I couldn't find a way for the image/die cut to fit within the parameters of the sketch.. Here's what I did with a newish set called Lighten Up

The sketch was kind of begging for a meg-layered card so I went for it! I used Melissa Frances papers (except for the small blue strip behind the lamp that's Graphic 45) and black cardstock for all of the various layers. I bought some of that yummy beige lace along with the large blue paper flower (Kaiser) this weekend and was proud to use them right away! I find I use my stash more when I use it right away, KWIM? 

Here's a close-up: 

I wasn't sure about how to colour this at first, but of course settled on Copic markers. I also did a little airbrushing inside the nestabilities die for a little added some'n some'n. 

Copics used: 
Blue: BG70, 72
Grey: C00, C3, C5
Beige: E50, 51, 53 (airbrushed with E51)

To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card that utilizes Theresa's Sketch, 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 this challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday. The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

You do not need to have a blog to be able to participate in the TSG Challenges! 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 TSG111 so we can check out your beautiful work!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Leftover Sunday - Week 3

Well... There weren't many leftovers because this was a really barren card week. One great thing about school coming to a close is all of the craft time I'll have! I will be working at Clipper Street over the summer again where I am inspired daily by the customers, the store, the class wall and the product! I can't wait..

So these were the leftovers I had to choose from:

I bought a ream of paper from Paper Zone this weekend in hopes that it would be sturdy enough for card-bases and some digital elements like Silhouette cuts etc, and it will.. But I got home and pulled out some Copic Xpress blending cardstock that I hadn't tried yet and my new paper (called Conqueror, 80lb. cover weight) and did a side-by-side comparison with Memento ink and Copics... I LOVE IT. I actually liked how it blended BETTER than the Copic paper and it's a fraction of the price! ($23/250 versus Copic paper $4.95/10) I've tried a lot of paper (yes, I've tried Neenah and hate it) and usually I colour on PTI but I am thrilled to have found a cheaper option that I am truly happy with. 

Anyway, here's what I made with my coloured flowers and one of the card-bases:

The flower is from a $2.99 Technique Tuesday set called Pocket Full of Posies.
The ginormous "50" and the sentiment are SRM stickers and the leaves are from Prima. 
The background paper is MME Lime Twist. 

Copic Markers Used: 
R81, 83, 85, 89

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Case Study Challenge #43

Hi there! Miss me? lol... It's been nearly a week since I've posted because the school year is coming to a close. In typical Tobi form I've left a lot of marking till the end and I've been swamped! This has been my best year of school yet (I am so happy with how my choirs did this year) and it's been a real bummer having to say goodbye to some of my graduating students.. I'll miss them so much.

Anyway.. On to today's card. I played along with the current case study challenge (if you don't know what that is, it's a blog that chooses a monthly muse and they "case" or copy a different card every week..) and here's my card:

I coloured the image first (whimsie doodles) then went searching for papers that matched and found these. (FYI, I normally don't do it in that order, but it just happened this time...) The papers are 2 or 3 year-old American Crafts "Metropolitan" and they're great unisex papers. 

Here's a close-up of the colouring: 

I taught an advanced Copic class last night and one of the topics was colouring dark images and I used this as an example of colouring a black/dark grey object. I don't know about you, but I've NEVER, and I literally mean never used my black markers. When I first started I thought I would use black all the time, but you lose all of the details in a stamp if you colour it one solid block of colour. This is maybe a little too faded to be considered "black" but you definitely see all of the detail.

Here's the run-down of colours in case you're curious:
Black/grey: C1,3,4,5,7,9
Brown: E31, 34, 35, 37, 39
Blue: BG70, 72
Orange: Y38

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Leftover Sunday - Week 2

Hi there readers. I had a pitiful amount of scraps hangin' around on my table, but here's what I had to choose from for my second installment of Leftover Sunday:

I admit, some of these scraps are there from LAST week ( I will clean them up tonight, I promise) but most of these items are new.. Actually, I have no idea where the paper I used today came from, I don't remember pulling it out, but I used it because I love it.. I think it's Cosmo Cricket.. It's really old (like 3-4 years old) but the colour scheme gets me every time. 

So I used another clipboard, the vellum, and the yummy patterned paper to make this cute little decorative clipboard. I used a lovely but neglected stamp set from Technique Tuesday: Petite Posies. (it's one of the little $2.99 sets!) I stamped the posies in StazOn ink and coloured on the REVERSE with Copics to add a hint of colour. It works wonderfully! 

Take Care, and GO CANUCKS GO!!!! 

Saturday, June 4, 2011

It's release Day at Whimsie Doodles

Check out all the new releases at the 

 Here's my card: 

I had a lot of fun colouring this guy with subtle milky browns (E50-53) and added some pink touches here and there.. That gave me the idea to pair him with some pink elements (American Crafts paper and May Arts ribbon)... The black cow pattern in the background as well as the talk bubble was cut out with the Silhouette. The talk bubble wasn't standing out against the background so I added the white dashes and POW! Super! 
The sentiment is from an old Elzybells set (no longer in business) and it was PERFECT for this image. 

Look at this collection of some of the characters: 

If you're gonna shop, don't forget this code for 10% off!! 

Friday, June 3, 2011

Inspiration Challenge

Hi there! The weekend is here at last. This felt like one of the longest weeks since September. There is SO MUCH TO DO at school and right now I can't see the surface of my desk.... That's okay for now because I have nothing to do this weekend except relax, hang out with friends tomorrow, and make cards!

Tonight I made a card for the Inspiration Challenge at SCS. I chose to copy the layout of this image:

Here's my card using a brand new Whimsie Doodles digital stamp called Circus Baby Lion.. Adorable!!

I did a fun pointillism technique in the background using a few different shades of blue. I started by colouring a light blue wash over the whole background, then added the blue dots. I concentrated the dots closer to the image then tapered them out as they moved away from the centre.. Here's a closer look:

You can see the different shades of blue in this shot. I like to add a few different shades because it tends to bring vibrancy to your background versus a monochromatic look.. 

Stamps: whimsie doodles - digi stamp
Paper: MME, papertrey ink
Accessories: copic markers, nestabilities, silhouette digital cutter, srm sticker sentiment

Speaking of Whimsie Doodles... We have a new release coming up on the 5th, and I get to share a snippet of my card. Can you guess what it is?? 

And remember, if you are in the mood for shopping at the Whimsie Doodles store, remember to use this coupon code for 10% off! 

See you soon!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dollar Find Friday at TSG

Hi there. It's been quiet around here the past few weeks because school stuff (final concerts, final rehearsals, playing tests, singing tests) are all RIGHT NOW! It almost every night that I'm busy doing something or wiped out from long days at school.. It's almost summer, and I can't wait! 

This week I was the featured Trendsetter at the TSG blog and to wrap up the week I shared a project for "Dollar Find Friday," where the idea is to take a cheap object and alter it/freshen it up with TSG stamps! 

This is my project: 

Check out the details here

Take care and I'll see you soon!