Thursday, September 29, 2011

Best Wishes

Hi there! I had a night off (woo!) and enjoyed a little Netflix-watching with the fam, then sat down to create a card for today’s Free for All challenge at SCS. The challenge is to use patterned papers to colour-block a background, so I chose some new-to-me Basic Grey papers from their Sweet Threads line.
Here’s my card:
In the spirit of the birthday celebrations at the TSG Blog, I stamped a scene using a bunch of different stamp sets. I used: Beautiful Day, The Fairy Best, and Once Upon a Time. It’s really fun having all of these interchangeable sets. I’m not a big scene-stamper, but this was really easy!
Here’s the inside:
I wasn’t able to find a great spot for the sentiment on the front of the card, so I used the scraps and dressed up the inside. I’ve heard from a few people that a “card isn’t complete until the inside is done.” Well, I’ve been taking that to heart lately and really, it doesn’t take that much extra time…
Thanks for stopping by!
TSG 3rd Birthday

Monday, September 26, 2011

Technique Tuesday Stamp Party!

Welcome to the Technique Tuesday Stamp Party!
This month, the Stamping Techs are getting together for a PARTY HOP!

Each of us dug into our stashes of Technique Tuesday stamps this month and grabbed the newest Technique Tuesday stamp set we own. For today’s hop, we are using those stamps.

Technique Tuesday offers a whole bunch of clear stamps. All of TT’s stamps are high-quality photopolymer. You can check them out by going to the TT Web site.

The newest set I own is Ali Edwards’ Kids are Cool. There are a lot of great sentiments in the set that don’t just apply to kids. For example:


I paired this gorgeous sentiment with some fun Echo park Christmas papers and sticker. You wouldn’t have known this stamp came from a set of “kids” stamps, would you?!

Be sure to check out the blogs of everyone taking part in today’s blog hop.





Tobi <---- you’re here.






From the comments received on all the blogs, we will pick one lucky person to win one the Hearts by Ali Edwards stamp set, which just happens to be one of TT’s newest stamp sets.

This is our way of saying thanks for your comments! You don’t need to comment on all the blogs to be eligible to win. But the more comments you leave, the more chances you have to win!

Comments must be posted by midnight on Sept. 29th. The winner will be announced on Sept. 30th sometime on the Technique Tuesday blog.

Thanks for joining us today!

Friday, September 23, 2011

Sweet and Salty

I had the pleasure of teaching a great group of ladies some fun and versatile techniques the other night and I wanted to share some of what we did…


Playing with distress stain, glimmer mists, Tim Holtz crackle paint in clear rock candy.


This technique involves glitter and copics.. More on this later.


We altered the chipboard pieces with white acrylic paint, distress ink, inca gold paint, and rock candy stickles. Pretty, isn’t it?


The base of this tag is embossed chipboard. The embossed dots act as a resist so when you stain or mist the tag the dots keep their original colour.

These were my “sample” cards, but each person went away with a totally unique looking card because I encouraged the class to substitute any colour glimmer mist/copic/distress stain that their heart desired and we all had so much fun! If you’re in the Greater Vancouver area I am offering this class two more times at Clipper Street. I would love to see you there!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

World’s Best Blog Hop Challenge

World's Best Blog Hop Challenge

This versatile and fun stamp set with coordinating Dies available, is the first in a series! With amazingly detailed flowers, ribbons and sentiments, you’ll be celebrating ALL of the important people in your life! The line art and solid images allow for stamping only or coloring, while the tails and ribbons can easily become stems. The circle image coordinates with a 1.25” circle punch. With so many design possibilities, this is a must have stamp set for your collection. Co illustrated by Melyssa Connolly and Jessica Knutsen
World’s Best is a 6x8 sized stamp set that includes 58 images and will sell for $24.


This is a great CAS card that was done in minutes. I left the inside blank and figured that when I decided who I would give this to I could stamp the appropriate sentiment and it would become a custom card. The rosette portion of the image was airbrushed with two Copic markers, then I popped the centre up on foam adhesive. There are lots of great words that come in this set, just you wait! AND, there is a set of dies that accompany this set (that I wasn’t able to get them in time to show you, but I’m super excited) that you will LOVE!

Would you like to win the World’s Best stamp set and World’s Best die? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in this blog hop challenge and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s World’s Best stamp set / World’s Best die Blog Hop Challenge post. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday September 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Bugs and Hisses Blog Hop Challenge

Bugs And Hisses Blog Hop Challenge
Halloween is a favorite crafting holiday, and Torico has made the celebration even easier with this cleaver and fun stamp set. With solid, as well as line art images, backgrounds and Halloween fun will be had with this stamp set. 4 different tree sizes, two houses, ghosts, bats, spiders , pumpkins and fabulous sentiments are just a few examples of what’s included in this “Hauntingly Delightful” companion set.
Bugs & Hisses is a 6x8 sized stamp set that includes 35 images and will sell for $24
sept20hauntingI created this image with Copic markers and the airbrush system. I used a nestabilities die to cut out the image, then I kept it in place while I airbrushed the various colours onto the cardstock. This is a VERY quick and easy way to add colour to your creations. Love it!

Would you like to win the Bugs & Hisses stamp set and Spider Web die? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in this blog hop challenge and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Bugs & Hisses / Spider Web Die Blog Hop Challenge post. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday September 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Monday, September 19, 2011

There She Goes September Blog Hop Challenge

This month we are switching things up with our Blog Hop Challenge so make sure you read the 
TSG BLOG on for all of the details!
Follow Your Bliss Blog Hop ChallengeDi has created another gorgeous addition to her wildly popular Build a Scene stamp sets. With stone and ivy walls, gorgeous little puppies and kitties, and uplifting, heart-felt sentiments, this stamp set is fabulous alone or paired with any of the other Designs by Di stamp sets.
Follow Your Bliss is a 4x6 sized stamp set that includes 19 images and will sell for $15

I, for once, decorated the inside of the card! I don’t usually do the inside because I have a touch of ADHD and by the time I get to the end of the card FRONT, I’m done.. But in the case of this card the sentiment didn’t go on the front, so I had to stick it on the inside. I used papers from Cosmo Cricket’s “Wanted” line… Yummy!!
BOL Holiday Additions Blog Hop Challenge
Acorns, leaves, pumpkins, gingerbreads are just some of the gorgeous images added to the “Buckets of Love-Holiday Additions” stamp set. Coordinate the bountiful holiday images with the different buckets from “Buckets of Love” to create gorgeous fall and winter holiday d├ęcor. Torico’s additional sentiments will be sure to finish off your creation perfectly!
BOL Holiday Additions is a 4x4 sized stamp set that includes 14 images and will sell for $10
I broke out my new Authentique Christmas papers for this card… Aren’t they gorgeous?? This set is going to be so fun around Christmas time!
Would you like to win the Follow Your Bliss and BOL Holiday Additions Stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in this blog hop challenge and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Follow Your Bliss / BOL Holiday Additions Blog Hop Challenge post. You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday September 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Play along in the Follow Your Bliss / BOL Holiday Additions Blog Hop Challenge for your chance to win these new stamp sets! Stop by the TSG Blog for all of the details.
1. Angela  10. Julie  
2. Corinna  11. Karen  
3. Debby  12. Leigh  
4. Holly  13. Lynn  
5. Iwona  14. Melissa  
6. Jackie  15. Sandra  
7. Jenny  16. Theresa  
8. Jessica  17. Tobi  
9. Jessie  18. Torico  

Sunday, September 18, 2011

There She Goes Birthday Challenge

We want you to help us celebrate TSG’s 3rd Birthday by creating a birthday card with pizzazz!
To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a birthday card that has some type of sparkle on it (rhinestones, glitter, Stickles, etc.), and then go 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.
I had a great time making this clean and simple card with a new-ish set called Fabulous.

You can see the subtle pink background, right? That’s all hand-stamped, then I misted it with a little bit of light pink glimmer mist. I cut the banner out with my Silhouette and misted it too (you can’t see that in the photo.. but it’s there…) and adhered it to the card with a a glue pen. I chose black to balance out the black of the sentiment. (The sentiment is from the gnome set “My Little Friend” )
This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (September 19). 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 TSG123 so we can check out your beautiful work!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Marvy LePlume Markers c/o SRM

Hi there! I am so happy to share a couple of projects using new Marvy LePlume Permanent Markers on the SRM blog today. These markers are BRAND NEW and alcohol-based, not water-based as Marvy's previous markers. They are comparable to Copics - they blend, absorb without pilling your cardstock, and are amazing markers for only $2.99 each. Marvy was kind enough to send me a sampling of colours a month ago and I am so happy to share my results! The three samples I’m sharing today were coloured 100% by LePlume markers (with the help of my hands, of course, hahaha…)

They blend JUST LIKE Copic markers (they have a brush tip like the Sketch and Ciao markers) and they’re half the price… You can’t beat that! To do the background of this image I held the tip of the marker in front of my Copic airbrush gun and out came these cool splatters.
They have a nice selection of light colours so fading to white is a snap (with the help of the blender pen) and the dark colours are nice and vivid. (Stamps are from Whimsie Doodles - from one of her special unmounted rubber sets!)
My new love: Opaque White. It’s not alcohol based, but kind of like those old metallic markers that you shake (without the blobbing, and stink) AND it has a fine tip. The accents on the butterfly were done with the white pen and it worked so well to get into the little tiny spaces.
A set of 24 LePlume PERMANENT Markers (your color choices!) will be given away to a random comment provider each day of the feature at the SRM Blog. Additionally, a GRAND PRIZE of $400 worth of retail Marvy product will be awarded to one lucky winner at the end of the feature. To be eligible to win the Grand Prize, you must have commented during each day's feature. Good luck! Winners will be announced at the Blog and at our Facebook FanPage on Friday, September 23rd

Monday, September 12, 2011

Beautiful Butterfly

A quick post to share a quick card I made tonight. It was an amalgamation of two challenges: this week’s Case Study Challenge and today’s Colour Combo challenge at SCS. Here’s my card:
Lots of shabby-ness on this card, lots of ribbon/lace and lots of distressing.. I like to break out of my norm occasionally to spark up my “mojo” and it works for me..
This is a Maya Road chipboard butterfly that I sprayed with glimmer mist, painted with glimmer glaze and covered in Stickles: Rock Candy. The rock candy gives it that crystalized salty look.. I love it.
That’s all for now.. Have a great day!
Stamps: technique tuesday - harlequin harmony (background of label die cut)
Paper: basic grey, pti
Ink: ranger - old paper and espresso
Accessories: chipboard, lace, seam binding, tattered angels glimmer mist and glimmer glaze, nestabilities die

** This just in... This card won the Case Study Challenge this week!! Thanks Chupa and crew!! 

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Let it Snow… Really.. Let it Snow.

WOW it’s hot here. We are finally getting the summer we never got in July and August and it is SWELTERING out there! Thank goodness we have an air conditioner in our bedroom because I don’t know how I’d fall asleep otherwise. I am not a big fan of summer and I am SO ready for this heat to turn into fall weather, my favourite season. I have been getting some more Christmas products as they come into my LSS and I’m going to share two projects with the Christmas Basic Grey collection today.. First, a tag:


First I glimmer misted the tag and added some glimmer glaze (kind of like nail polish) with a template for the background, then I added some diecut stickers and a little lace. Done. Easy. Love it.

Next, a card:


The chalkboard-looking paper is black cardstock “painted” with Tim Holtz’s new picket fence distress stain. It’s opaque-ish and it’s great on chipboard, but as I discovered here, it’s fun with cardstock too.. The rest of the elements are chipboard shapes and again. Quick. Easy. Done.

Thanks for stopping by, and please, send some Autumn weather my way!!!!!

Friday, September 9, 2011

Absolutely Fabulous!

I am sorry I’ve been a little negligent around here this week; it was my first week of school!! I forgot how exhausting it is and this year our school district is dealing with a lot of challenges, namely we are taking job action and things are a little strained around here. BUT, it is good to be back and to get some of the bands and choirs going.

Last night I got “in the mood” for creating a card and played along with today’s Free for All challenge at Splitcoast. The challenge was paper piecing and I instantly thought of a new set from There She Goes called Fabulous, and it is… Here’s my card:


Hey, can I toot my own horn for a sec? These are ALL scrap papers. Yes, I know. I’m awesome. hahaha.. But seriously, I am proud of myself when I can use all scraps.. I stamped the two different sizes of flowers onto the patterned papers and cut them out to “paper piece” a bouquet.

So that’s all, for now. I am looking forward to the weekend, for sure!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Whimsie Doodles September Release Day

For our September release, we have a bunch of adorable images for you that are perfect for your Back-to-School and Halloween projects...and a little Steam Punk, too!  These images are so much fun to color-- and we know you'll love them as much as we do!

Here’s my card:


I made this card while camping last week and I totally forgot to bring Hallowe'en patterned papers along to work with this image.... WOOPS! It forced me to get creative so I created the background with a couple of different glimmer mists and stencil and sprayed the grungeboard skulls with black glimmer mist. I think it all worked out pretty well..

Check out WHAT’S NEW at the Whimsie Doodles site.

In other news, this is my last release with Whimsie Doodles. Sad smile They have a brand-new DT that rocks and I will be enjoying their creations as a fan instead of a Diva. I was so happy to join in the fun and I LOVE my Whimsie Doodles stamps. I can’t wait to see what Melyssa has in store for the future!

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Teaching: Camp-style

I had the pleasure of going away with my family to Oliver, BC (the Wine Capital of Canada… It really is. There are no less than 28 wineries within 30 minutes of driving.. It’s absolutely NUTS) and we go with another family that I’ve known since I was 5. We have a great time together and what’s more, I know the ladies LOVE crafting. So I made up a make ‘n take. It was awesome, if I say so myself… hahaha..
So the make and take was based on these two tags I blogged about last week:
I brought along all of my mists and embossing folders so they could have a lot of liberties with colours and patterns..
There’s my set-up, and here are my students: Grandma, grand-daughter, and daughter. I’ve just shown them how to mist onto the mat and SMOOSH to create the background on the tags and they’re discussing colours.
I brought along a few different “butterfly options” so they all took their time contemplating their design. All the butterflies were cut out with grunge paper, embossed, then sprayed with glimmer mist.
olivertagscandice olivertagsdoreen olivertagsnadine
Here are their finished designs.. They LOVED them and lovingly put them to use as bookmarks right away. I thought it was great how each of the ladies allowed themselves to be truly creative with the process. It makes for a really FUN experience (especially when you aren’t familiar with paper-crafting) and it also makes their finished product uniquely theirs.
And here’s my tag that I made as we went along to demo all of the techniques we used.
I would also like to note that this “class” did indeed take place while camping in 100 degree heat with sand in our toes and the smell of campfire in our hair. It was awesome.
Take care!!

Thursday, September 1, 2011

There She Goes Senior Design Team!

Just thought I'd pop in in between roasting marshmallows and huddling around a lantern to read at night to share some happy news: I'm on There She Goes' senior design team!

It was so fun serving on their junior DT these past 6 months when Jessica asked me to stay on permanently I was like, YES YES YES!! Also, check out the new line-up of DT members for the next 6 months here! 
I have some great projects to share. I'm going to take advantage of the beautiful sunshine and sandy beach to take some shots today... Have a great day!