Monday, October 31, 2011

October’s Technique Tuesday Stamping Tech Blog Hop

Hello!

Welcome to October’s Technique Tuesday Stamping Tech Blog Hop!

It’s the time of year to give thanks to the important people in our lives. So this month, the Stamping Techs want to share with you some fabulous thank you cards.

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I pulled out the adorable set Fruit Stand (now 35% off!!!) and made a card featuring the happy little strawberries. I stamped the berries with red pigment ink and stamped the tops separately and cut them out. I added glitter to the tops and to the dots on the berries with a glue pen and loose glitter. I don’t know what it is about strawberries, but they always say gingham to me.. Is that weird?? Anyway, I paired the image with some floral October Afternoon paper as well as gingham paper and ribbon to finish it off!

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

Tanis

Ashley

Charlene

Daniela

Tobi <---- you’re here.

Laura

Sharyn

Kris

Jaclyn

Teri

 

We want to give thanks to one of you for taking part in the blog hop today.

From the comments received on all the blogs, we will pick one lucky person to win one the I Pick You stamp set. This is one of TT’s newest stamp sets! 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 Nov. 2nd. The winner will be announced on Nov. 3rd sometime on the Technique Tuesday blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

TSG128–Au Naturale

This week our challenge is brought to us by our Trendsetter of the week- Jenny! She has challenged us to make a card going Au Naturale!!! In other words, we want to see you use Jute, hemp, burlap, twine etc on your card. Since it’s Hallowe’en I thought I would incorporate the challenge into a spooky card that I made for Phoenix’s teacher…

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To make this almost one layer card I sprayed the green patterned paper (it has a very subtle pattern…) with a few different green glimmer mists. One of the bottles was clogged so I ended up getting very mad at it and practically THREW the mist at the paper which worked out quite nicely in the end.. LOL! The big splatters are my favourite part. Once I was done misting I stamped the bats and sentiment from the Bugs and Hisses set and added the black twine and Spider Web die cut.

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To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card using natural items, 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 (November 7th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

“No Peeking” Blog Hop Challenge

Kids love to countdown the days until Christmas is finally here and with this new set illustrated by Torico, you are going to have just as much fun creating a countdown advent calendar! With 25 different adorable holiday images and two sets of numbers the possibilities are endless! To make this set even more useable, there are two decorative circles and two decorative squares that were designed to be used with a 1 3/8” punch!!
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I decided to cut out some of the cute little images and make some ornaments/tags with them. These came together really quickly once the colouring was done. (I used watercolour crayons and a water pen)

No Peeking! is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 53 stamps and will sell for $24.
No Peeking! Blog Hop Challenge
Would you like to win the new No Peeking! stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) 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 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 October 29th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.




1. Angela  7. Jenny  13. Melissa  
2. Corinna  8. Jessica  14. Melyssa  
3. Debby  9. Jessie  15. Sandra  
4. Holly  10. Julie  16. Tobi  
5. Iwona  11. Karen  17. Torico  
6. Jackie  12. Lynn 

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Bon Appétit Blog Hop Challenge

It’s day two of sneak peeks with the There She Goes design team and we have another fabulous set from Torico – she’s showing off her range of creativity. Whip us some delicious greetings with the new Bon Appetit set. From the succulent turkey to steamin’ hot pie create some mouth-watering table settings and pass down secret family recipes for generations to come. Compliments of Chef Torico!

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Don’t ask me why I’ve been on a tag kick lately, but I can tell you that they’re really fun. I cut some white cardstock to a standard #8 tag size (approx. 3 1/8 x 6 1/4) and layered some of my most coveted patterned papers (October Afternoon) on top. I die cut a couple of Spellbinders shapes and adhered them with foam dots. Now.. Who should I invite over for dinner???

Bon Appétit is a 4x8 set that includes a total of 31 stamps and will sell for $18.
Bon Appetit Blog Hop Challenge
Would you like to win the new Bon Appétit stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go.


1. Angela  7. Julie  13. Theresa  2. Corinna  8. Karen  14. Tobi  3. Debby  9. Lynn  15. Torico  4. Holly  10. Melissa  16. Jessie  5. Iwona  11. Melyssa  17. Jenny  6. Jessica  12. Sandra  


One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) 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 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 October 29th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Autumn/Friendbots Blog Hop Challenge


Welcome to There She Goes’ October new release sneak peeks!! The seasons are changing and it’s time to add some rich colors and beautiful leaves to our paper crafting projects! Autumn mini set has a bunch of different leaves each with a fun pattern that you are going to love to use!
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I stamped the images onto kraft cardstock. They were then adhered to the tag with foam dots. The tags was a mish-mash of techniques, but mostly I just inked it up using a bunch of different distress inks and shook a little distress embossing powder in the one corner. I love these yummy fall colours together!
Autumn Blog Hop Challenge
Autumn is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 13 stamps and will sell for $7.

Torico brings us the techno savvy stamp set that everyone needs. We are living in an information age on an information planet so why not surprise your Friendbots with some automated cuteness. Let’s make it the age of interfacing with all your B.F.F.s!

oct24robotI coloured these cute robots and cut them out and tried my darnedest to find some patterned papers to *go* but couldn’t. I do think the image and sentiment say it all so it ended up being a Clean-and-Simple card! The stars were embossing using a little cuttlebug folder. I like the look of the stars, but I don't like that you can only emboss on the edge. I would have liked to add one more star in the middle.. Oh well!

Friendbots Blog Hop Challenge
Friendbots is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 5 stamps and will sell for $7.

Would you like to win the new Autumn / Friendbots mini stamp sets? 
Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) 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 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!


1. Angela  7. Jenny  13. Melissa  
2. Corinna  8. Jessica  14. Melyssa  
3. Debby  9. Jessie  15. Sandra  
4. Holly  10. Julie  16. Theresa  
5. Iwona  11. Karen  17. Tobi  
6. Jackie  12. Lynn  18. Torico  

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Tobi's Technique Tuesday Technique!

Head on over to the Technique Tuesday Blog to see my tutorial for this card: 


It's a quick and easy technique I *think* you'll enjoy! 





Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Frightful Hallowe’en Tag

* To see the “Swimming for Katie” blog post click HERE – or go one post down.

So it’s getting close to Hallowe’en and I have to admit that I’m getting into the “spirit” of things– if there is such a thing as “Hallowe’en Spirit.” I would LOVE to decorate my house (interior and exterior) with lovely, lavish decorations, but I can’t justify the cost at this point in my financial life… So I’ll craft instead!!
I like to make little gifts for my friends that I visit on All Hallows Eve so this tag is a great start:
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I started the tag off by tearing some post-its for masks and sponged the hills. Then I took the reverse of the post-its and masked off the hills so I could sponge the sky! Then I stamped the images (from the NEW Bugs and Hisses set from There She Goes) in dark black ink to complete the scene. After all the ink was dry I covered the whole scene with Versamark and covered it in UTEE (Ultra Thick Embossing Enamel) four times. I did it four times so the coating could get nice and thick so I could do this:

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- crack it and make it look awesome!!

Fun project, eh? Have a great Thursday, and thank you to everyone who supported the Swimming for Katie fundraiser. It was an honour to take part…

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Swimming for Katie

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From October 10-12 some of the best stampers are joining together to support and encourage our friend and fellow stamper, Katie Renz, who is currently battling inoperable gastric cancer. If you're not familiar with her, Katie’s cancer story started just before Christmas last year. This young, beautiful, healthy, vibrant mother of 3 with her infectious smile was suddenly diagnosed with an inoperable cancer, virtually overnight. A few tummy aches and then stage 4 gastric cancer. Her first post about it is here. The idea of “Swimming for Katie” came from her recent post here.


I coloured the image with Copics twice, and cut out the body from one of the images to do a little paper tole action. I airbrushed the background with a stencil and Copics. It doesn't look like water, but it adds a little visual interest. 


This exclusive stamp used in my sample, designed by Becky Oehlers is available as a clear stamp, as well as a digis or a dig and SVG cut file. 100% of the profits go to Katie's fund to help her and her young family. Her husband Kevin and her three young children need our help and support. In addition to the Keep Swimming Octopus, Marianne Walker and True =D Doodle Designs both also donated digis that are for sale. Direct donations are also being accepted. Information central is HERE. This is a permanent page that will stay active at i {heart} papers with current information and the full 3 day blog hop listing, as well as the donation button.

To help raise money for Katie, Creating for Causes has generously donated a FREE ticket (value: $249.95) to one of their upcoming 3-day Scrap & Stamp Retreats.
The winner of the free ticket will enjoy 3 days of non-stop fun and creativity with fellow scrappers, stampers and paper crafters, and can choose between the Charlotte, NC Scrap & Stamp Ritzy Retreat at The Ritz-Carlton on October 21-23 or the Orlando, FL Scrap & Stamp Retreat at the Marriott World Center on November 4-6. Both retreats promise to spoil you and provide 48-straight hours of creating, camaraderie and fun! To learn more about the events, please visit: http://www.creatingforcauses.org/our-events/scrapbook-events/.
Not only will you be raising money for Katie by making a donation, you get a chance to win a wonderful weekend getaway for yourself! And, because all of Creating for Causes' events are charity events that raise money for local charities, you'll be giving back twice.
Here's how it works: Simply make a $33 donation (or more) for Katie and indicate that you want to be entered in the Creating for Causes Retreat ticket drawing. Everyone who makes a qualifying donation will be entered into the drawing and one lucky person will be attending this 3-day retreat for FREE! That lucky person could just be you!  (If you have already donated and wish to be included, just email kate(at) iheartpapers (dot) com)
DEADLINE TO ENTER FOR THIS GIVEAWAY IS FRIDAY 9PM EST, although other donations will be accepted for weeks to come.

 Here is everyone participating in today's hop. Check out all of the amazing creations:
Amy Heller
Jackie Pedro
Julie Masse
Kecia Waters
Sandie Dunne
Susan Liles
Latisha Yoast
Laurie Schmidlin
Lisa Arana
Lisa Henke
Lisa Silver
Lydia Fiedler
Lyn Bernatovich
Lynette
Maria Gurnsey
Meg Craig
Melissa Bickford
Michelle Woerner
Mona Pendleton
Niki Estes
Robyn Weatherspoon
Sarah Jay
Sarah Martina Parker
Savannah O'Gwynn
Stephanie Washburn
Susanna Boyd
Tobi Crawford (you are here)
Julie Lacey
Kim Kesti
Shemaine Smith
Danielle Lounds
Debbie Carriere
DoBea A.
Fran Gumprecht
Geny Cassady
Gina K.
Holly McMillen
Jak Heath
Javablustamper/Jacquie
Kimberly Crawford
Jeanne Streiff
Trudy Sjolander

Monday, October 10, 2011

The Poinsettia

Hello there! Sorry I haven’t posted in a few days. I’ve been fighting with this new medication for my Fibromyalgia and instead of giving up on it (because of the nasty side-effects) I’ve decided to power through. I’m starting to feel normal-ish again, but more than the almost constant nausea, I’ve been TIRED! Ironic because the Fibromyalgia symptom I would most like to go away is the chronic fatigue, but like I said.. I’m going to power through and give this medication a try..

 

This weekend (long weekend here in Canada because of Thanksgiving) was a good time to catch up on sleep, but also have some no-stress crafting time. Gotta love that. I purchased the new Spellbinders Layered Poinsettia die last week and I thought I would try out some different looks with it.

Turns out I did one look on three different tags, but what can I say? I liked how it turned out. I’ve never purchased the shaped nestabilities before because I didn’t have any spectacular ideas for them.. That’s all changed.

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Here’s a close-up of the poinsettia. I cut all of the pieces from kraft cardstock then used Distress inks (Barn Door, Peeled Paint, and Vintage Photo) to colour the pieces. Then I covered them with Rock Candy Crackle Paint and let them dry (overnight). After it was dry I took the vintage photo and went over all of the pieces again to accentuate the cracks.

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I used some new Technique Tuesday stamps that accompanied the grungy and clean tags perfectly: Celebrate the Seasons, and Believe. (Both by Ali Edwards)

Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian readers!! See you soon.

Monday, October 3, 2011

What’s up?

What’s up with you?

What’s up with me? I’ve been playing around with alcohol inks, distress inks, and in general getting messy!! I’ve been experimenting with a lot of Tim Holtz products lately and having a blast. I love not knowing where a project will end up and I have never felt so proud of the final product as I do when it’s pure experimentation.

Here’s a tag that I’m going to teach in an upcoming class at Clipper Street:
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This is one of my favourite colour palettes for Christmas, believe it or not. It’s warm and cozy like a cup of hot cocoa. I can’t say too much about the techniques right now, but I can tell you that the angel stamp is from Kaiser Craft, and the tag is from Echo park. The background was done with alcohol inks and if you haven’t tried them, DO IT! So much fun!!



That’s all for now. Have a great week!