Wednesday, April 27, 2011

April TSG Blog Hop Challenge Day 3



Are you ready for another Torico-illustrated character set? I hope so, because we are in love with her latest release that showcases sweet little ladies enjoying the pleasures of spring along with some of their favorite spring creatures and blooms. If you've come here from Tammy's blog you're in the right place!

I had a blast with the colours of the patterned paper (new Echo Park "Summertime") and playing with all of the sticker elements that come in the collection pack. So this image is me practicing with my Copics and the shading book.. 

Blossom By Blossom is a 4X8 stamp set that includes a total of 22 stamps and will sell for $18.
Would you like a chance to win the Blossom By Blossom stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Blossom By Blossom 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 Blossom By Blossom stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (Apr. 30th) during the Release Party Chat.


Your last stop is Torico's blog

Thanks for joining us this week! I loved all of the sets and I hope you have a fav' or two!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

TSG Blog Hop Challenge - Lighten Up


If you've come here from Tammy's blog you're in the right place! Welcome to day two of our/your blog hop challenge. This week I have endeavored to make 4 TOTALLY different cards for each one of the new stamp sets. Can you tell what style this is? lol... Clean and simple! I paper-pieced the lamp shade, airbrushed some golden light and that's about it. 

Know someone who takes everything too seriously? Or maybe you know someone who needs a little pick-me-up? This set illustrated by our fabulous Torico will “brighten” anyone’s day! There are not only a variety of lamp bases and shades, but there are also some heartfelt and humorous sentiments to coordinate perfectly with the images.
Lighten Up is a 4X6 stamp set that includes a total of 20 stamps and will sell for $15.




Would you like a chance to win the Lighten Up stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Lighten Up 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 Lighten Up stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (Apr. 30th) during the Release Party Chat.

Your last stop is Torico's blog
I always enjoy seeing what the illustrator does with the sets!

Monday, April 25, 2011

April TSG Blog Hop Challenge Day 1



Hi! Welcome to a week of previews of There She Goes new releases! You are in the right spot if you've arrived here from Tammy's blog!
Once again Chris Dark has amazed us with a whimsical and spring-inspired stamp set. Who wouldn’t want to be outside enjoying the scenes of spring as everything comes to life? This set is a celebration of exactly that!
Garden of Life is a 3X4 stamp set that includes a total of 7 stamps and will sell for $7.



Instead of colouring the image in the traditional sense, I airbrushed with Copic markers to get a soft, overall suggestion of colour. I went tres shabby with this card. My husband said, "It looks like you ripped the paper in some sections." lol... Oh really? It does? 




Have a bad day at the office? Or maybe you have a bad office every day? If either of these pertains to your situation, you will definitely enjoy this tongue-in-cheek set illustrated by Jessica…and anyone would be happy to receive a creation using this hilarious set!
Confidential is a 4X6 stamp set that includes a total of 12 stamps and will sell for $15.

I just bought a copy of Copic's Shadows &Shading book and tried a technique or two out. I struggle with realistic shadows and I hope to start mastering these skills, but this is my first crack at it:


Isn't she cute? So... I realize that a cast shadow (underneath the desk) would not be aqua, but I tried to employ the principles by making the skirt/chair darker etc.. Anyway.. Enough about colouring, back to the stamp set.. The sentiment I chose is hilarious and I decided to put it on the inside:


I can't wait to give this to one of the secretaries at school. They love my cards and will get a kick out of the sentiments in this set. 

You have a chance to win the sets being previewed simply by visiting all of the Trendsetters' blogs and leave a comment on their challenge post. You are at the end of the hop, so head back to the TSG blog and leave your name if you've completed the hop! 

See you tomorrow with another great peek! 


Colour Blind

You're not going colour-blind, I was just playing around with my new book:
Shadows & Shading: A beginners guide to lighting placement and decided to stick with grays while I made my brain smoke with concentration!!
Phew.. It's hard. This whole topic doesn't come naturally to me. I know colour, I know Copics, but I am not very artistic (in the drawing/perspective sense) and complex artistic concepts kind of go over my head. I was excited to get my hands on this book and hopefully learn some tricks. 


I isolated where the cone shapes were (arms, legs) and did not a bad job of those, then the half-spheres (diaper/torso) and kind of failed on the chest, then the sphere-shaped head. There's so much to think about! Then there is the shadow cast by the image itself! 

Regardless, I didn't want to let this image go to waste so I made a nice, non-gender-specific baby card! I used a new image from Whimsie Doodles called Circus Baby Zebra. I used a sentiment from the Baby Joy Rubber Stamp set

The Rule of Three

Rule of Thirds and Balance
The rule of thirds says that most designs can be made more interesting by visually dividing the page into thirds vertically and/or horizontally and placing our most important elements within those thirds."


Also, using three elements, or multiples of three is pleasing to the eye. On this card I employed a few different "Rule of Thirds" guidelines: number of elements, number of images, placement of images... It's fun to play around with this rule and after a while you find your work just naturally falls into the rhythm of three.. 


Here's another images using 3 elements, and, I placed the pink panel on the left third of the card, and the banner is on the lower third of the pink panel AS WELL AS the whole card itself.. 

Thanks for stopping by! 


Card #1: (all supplies linked are from i {heart} papers)
Stamps: Mint Motif - School Basics
Paper: pink paislee "Hometown Summer", bazzill, papertrey ink
Ink: memento (black green, and red)
Accessories: baker's twine - cherry red


Card #2:
Stamps: technique tuesday- Amazing by Ali Edwards, and Harlequin Harmony
Paper: PTI
Ink: pti fresh snow, and Memento black
Accessories: Prima flower; nestabilities


Saturday, April 23, 2011

Love Always Wins

I played along with this month's Technique Tuesday challenge. You still have a few days to play!

Your challenge, should you decide to accept, is to make a card that uses coloring in some way.
Yep. That means, whip out your markers, pencils or crayons and make a card that you have colored on.
You can color a stamped image in. You can color a background. You can color ribbon. Whatever. You just have to color on the card in some way. 



I was trying to harness my inner Tim Holtz with this tag! I used a bunch of different Tattered Angels Glimmer Mists, some vintage-y flowers (Prima) and distress ink for the stamping, and I paper-crimped the bottom. This sentiment is grungy to start with, and it was the inspiration for the tag!

Stamps: technique tuesday - love always wins
Ink: ranger - espresso
Accessories: flower, pin, ribbon, tattered angels glimmer mist

Easter Boat - tutorial

I'm having a nice, relaxing Easter weekend so far, how 'bout you?! As part of our Easter festivities we (Phoenix, Ian and I) visit with our families and friends and I love to bring along special little treats. I photographed a little tutorial showing you what I made with a toblerone box:


1. Empty box and take out all of the white chocolate Toberlones for those who do not like it.. (I love white chocolate, but I guess people on my husband's side do not!!) 


2. Cut off the top leaving the bottom 3 inches high.


3. The box just happens to be 12 inches long, so choose your patterned paper and cut a strip of paper measuring 12x3.5. I used a Marvy edge punch that allows me to thread ribbon through the slots. 


4. Thread ribbon through slots!! 


5. Attach paper to box using strong adhesive - I used Sookwang tape. 


6. Decorate as desired! I turned a pennant into a little flag and glued it to a bamboo skewer so it kind of looks like a little boat. 

Supplies: Papers: Jillybean Soup "Egg Drop Soup", Making Memories; Stickers: Jillybean Soup "egg", Making Memories "flowers" and SRM stickers "easter blessings"; Ribbon: May Arts; Punch: Marvy. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

TSG 103 - Monochromatic Magic

This week’s challenge is brought to us by our Trendsetter of the Week, Karen. She wants us to create a monochromatic card. In order to do that you would choose one or more shades of one color along with ONE neutral color to use in your creation. We can’t wait to see what you come up
with!



I chose yellow... Who knew? I stamped the image (from a new mini set called Tulip) in a light grey to keep the colour palette nice and soft. I also stamped the definition of tulip stamp in Ranger - Old Paper on the background of the cream cardstock. Shabby! 

I gathered a few supplies in yellow and even made my own embellishment - the ribbon! 


I dyed some seam binding with Tattered Angels Mist, Copic Y21 re-inker and some colourless blender solution. I cut out the banner with a nestabilities die and stamped the sentiment in grey. 


I sprayed the doily with Tattered Angels in Marshmallow to make it glimmer... 


To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card that utilizes monochromatic coloring, 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 (Apr. 25th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing my birthday with me! That's right, I am happy to be 34 today. I had a great time celebrating with friends on the weekend, and I think I'm going to enjoy a quiet night at home with the fam! 

Happy Bird-day

Do you have pretty patterned papers that have large designs on them?

Do you find it hard to use them on your cards?

Why not incorporate the design of the paper into a "scene" together with your stamps? 


I have had this paper for a while now (it's by Kim Hughes when she was with CHF) and I always thought it was too pretty to cover up, so I didn't! This little birdie is from a Paper Smooches stamp set called Birthday Buddies by Kim Hughes and I simply stamped it in brown, together with the sentiment and done... 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Was I the last person on the planet to buy one??


A paper crimper. I've known about them of course, heck, I've even used them when teaching at my LSS, but did I buy one? No.. I don't even have a reason besides I didn't need it. I felt it was unnecessary.. It still is unnecessary (it all is, really...) but I saw a video the other day that totally inspired me. Don't you love it (read: HATE IT) when bloggers do that?? I watched Sarah Martina's video on how to make your own corrugated cardboard embellishments and it sold me on this ancient tool. You may have noticed a little crimping on yesterday's card, well here's some more. I promise I won't crimp excessively any more after today!!


Don't you just love the sentiment? 
I've had the grass die cut (done with my Silhouette) in my spare die cut tray for a long time. When I got home I looked around my table for what I could crimp and I was like, YES! Grass!! Then I distressed it with white paint like Sarah did.. 


Um, so yah. Perfect sentiment... 
The stamp and sentiment are from My Little Friend (from There She Goes Stamps)
and I also used vellum again for the TSG challenge this week. 

Here's another blatant overuse of the crimper:


I used last year's jillibean soup line called "egg drop soup" as well as a 
cute little Whimsie Doodle called Easter Leah

Thanks for stopping by! Have a wonderful week. 

A Quick Card...

Has this ever happened to you? 

My brother was over the other night and we ate dinner, played games and "the party" was winding down so I started to think about what crafty-things I had to do.. I had just re-organized my area earlier in the day and was getting rid of some of my older cards and just got through giving my bro a few. He then said,

 "Can you make a card for my girl/friend?" and was holding My Little Friend and pointing at the gnome with a shovel and the matching sentiment.. 
I said, "Sure, when do you need it by?" insinuating, not too successfully, that I had other stuff I had to get done that night and didn't have time to do it JUST THEN. 
My brother, not one to pick up subtle clues (obviously) said, "Uh.. Now.. It doesn't have to be fancy. Why, how long does it take you to make a card??" 

It's happened to me a lot. Tobi makes cards, she'll make me one RIGHT NOW. It only takes a few minutes, right? Well my friends, that's sometimes all the time you get.. 

So this is what a 5 minute Tobi card looks like... 

I didn't even have time to set up my light box! 

You want to know some good that came of this situation? I incorporated vellum so I could play along with this week's TSG challenge! (I stamped the sentiment on vellum and cut it out with a Spellbinders die)

This week’s challenge is brought to us by this month’s Trendy, Marisa! It’s time to pull out that rarely used, but always elegant vellum. There are all sorts of techniques you use that will showcase the vellum stunningly, or you can simply stamp the vellum as use it as a focal panel…your choices are limitless! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card that utilizes vellum, 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 (Apr. 18th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

Sunday, April 10, 2011

With My Deepest Sympathy

I'm all out of sympathy cards so it's time to make more... Everyone always says they're the hardest ones to make, but I don't find them HARD to make, I just find it tedious unless I have an actual person/family in mind. I find a clean-and-simple card with maybe a flower embellishment or two is the perfect formula for an understated sympathy card...


I used a few new toys from i {heart} papers on this card, including a few Mint Motif sets: Beyond Borders and Very Square Sentiments. I stamped the sentiment on white cardstock and die cut it with Labels 1 nestabilities die. The background was stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento ink and I offset the stamp each time I stamped to create the pattern. I had a new bag of Prima flowers sitting on my workspace and I thought the aqua was a great contrast with the red and black.. I love it.

I made this card for today's featured stamper challenge at SCS. Check it out!

Friday, April 8, 2011

CPS 212

It's been a long time since I've played along with a CPS sketch... Too long considering I love sketches.. Anyway, this was the perfect sketch to use in conjunction with some new Nestabilities dies I purchased (Pennants and Lacey Pennants).


I stamped the sentiment and ledger lines with Memento ink using a Mint Motif set called School Basics. After punching out the pennant dies I poked holes in the corners of all the triangles and strung Red Cherry Divine Twine through the holes. (All products available at i {heart} papers)  


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

just Bee cause

This week’s challenge is brought to us by our Trendsetter of the Week, Ann! She wants us to create a card withoutt any angles…only circles and/or ovals! Remember that your card base must also be either round or oval. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!


To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card that utilizes circles and/or ovals, 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 (Apr 11th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!



I used a cute little set called Bee Happy and some old WeR patterned paper.
I paper-pieced the body and added a little colour to the wings with Copic markers and a Spica pen. 
The card base and layers were cut with my Silhouette - which never ceases to 
please me BTW - and then some final touches were added in the way of twine and pearls. 

Thanks for looking! Have an awesome day! 

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Best Wishes - Shabby Style

Shabby wedding card! It works, right? I have to make a bunch of wedding cards for the flower shop, so I thought I would make a variety to keep everyone happy.. 



You know what? This is my first real doily on a card.. ever.. I said to myself this whole time that I wouldn't "go there" with the whole doily thing, but then it grew on me.. Then I saw a pack of them by Little Yellow Bicycle at my LSS and had to pick them up to give 'em a try.. I used today's sketch from SCS


Supplies: Stamps - Mint Motif: Cake Shoppe and Cake Shoppe Too; Patterned paper: Pink Paislee Butterfly Garden; Nestabilites, Little Yellow Bicycle Doily, Prima Flower


Monday, April 4, 2011

New Release Day at Whimsie Doodles

I am so excited about this release! Gnomes, circus, babies... It's all cute.


I had a lot of fun with this card. I drew inspiration from the patterned paper (My Mind's Eye) and duplicated some elements from the paper in the focal image (muted yellow tones, blue dashes around the perimeter the colour scheme..). It turned out to be a pretty cute unisex birth card.. Sweet!


Gnomes are here in a big way and I love it. I would never have considered myself a gnome-lover in the past, but recently they have come into my life (both Whimsie Doodles and There She Goes) and I find these little guys irresistible! I can't wait to play with all of the other little cuties. 

Head over to the Whimsie Doodles blog for a freebie!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hey You...


I love silhouette images. 

They say so much by saying nothing at all... 

I used Copic markers and the airbrush system to create the background.

Stamps used are new Technique Tuesday:



Sunday, April 3, 2011

April Whimsie Sneak Peeks!

It's the fourth of the month, and you know what that means....  new sneaky little snippets for your to feast your eyes on!  Join me back here tomorrow to see my cards featuring new designs from Whimsie Doodles





ps.. can you guess what they are? 

Friday, April 1, 2011

PTI's Make It Monday Challenge #8



The challenge is to use an ink-blending tool to create a pretty background. To achieve this look I first die-cut the shape with Nestabilities. Then I stamped PTI's Background Basics: Sheet Music with Ranger's "old paper" ink with the nestie die still in place (this is what caused the white to remain around the edges)... After the ink dried I sponged a few pink inks around the perimeter and green in the centre.


After all of the ink dried I lightly sanded the whole thing. 
I added two Pebbles stickers and some pink seam binding (rule of three!) and viola! 

Thanks for looking!

TSG Challenge: Markers Down

This week’s challenge is being issued by our Trendsetter of the Week, Kim! She wants us to create a card that uses NO MARKERS…no Copics, no Tombow Markers…NO MARKERS AT ALL! Can you believe it? So reach for those pastels, colored pencils, or other coloring mediums that you’ve been neglecting and show them some love this week! And as always, we can’t wait to see what you come up with! To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card that utilizes no markers, 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. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (Apr 3rd). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store! I used one of my favourite sets called Day or Night:



I used pencils and odourless mineral spirits to blend.
I always struggle with colouring houses because beige and brown are so.... beige!!
I like to mix it up a little with fun colours.