Monday, November 28, 2011

Little Treasures Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

 
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Welcome to the Little Treasures Blog Hop!
Woot! Technique Tuesday’s Stamping Techs are blog hopping again!
This month, we are playing with Technique Tuesday’s Little Treasures stamp sets.
These affordable little stamp sets are a great way to try out Technique Tuesday’s stamps. They sell for just $2.99 each. From ones of flowers to ones with Ali Edwards’ handwriting, there are a lot to choose from. I chose to use my favourite snowflake set, Flurry!
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My favourite thing about this set is all of the different sizes and types of snowflakes they managed to fit in the tiny little package…. AND there’s a wonderful shabby sentiment to boot! How can you not love that??!! I cut the tag out with a Tim Holtz Sizzix die from blue cardstock and stamped snowflakes in various blue inks… Then I inked the edges and sprayed the whole thing with a few different blue and white glimmer mists to enhance the snowy look/feel. A gorgeous Prima flourish and some pleated ribbon and this is ready to go on a gift bag… SOON!
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 some Little Treasures stamps to two of you out there today.
From the comments received on all the blogs, we will pick one lucky person to win the Love Makes the World Go Round stamp set.
We’ll also pick one person to win the A Million and One by Ali Edwards stamp set.
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. 30th. The winner will be announced on Dec. 1st sometime on the Technique Tuesday blog.
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Warmest Wishes Blog Hop Challenge

Today marks the last day of sneak peeks for this month’s TSG new releases and Torico is in the mood to make winter all warm and cheery. She has illustrated a fabulous set that will keep you in stitches or get you in the mood to make gingerbread houses and sugar cookies. The set includes hearts, stars, and snowflakes to create a one of a kind snowman or holiday tree. This set also includes six dies – so warm up your die cutting machine and let the baking begin. What set wouldn’t be complete without a few sentiments to add to your winter projects?
When I’m using multiple images from one set I find it a real time saver to come up with one layout, one set of papers, and one colour scheme. This make the time fly and takes a lot of guess-work out of the decision process… (I don’t know about you, but deciding what papers, which stamp set, what size card takes the most time…) Here are my cards:
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I used Copic Marker families: E30s, E70s, B40s and YR07
Patterned papers are My Mind’s Eye with a little distressing and sewing around the edges.
Warmest Wishes is a 4x4 set that includes a total of 23 stamps and six dies and will sell for $31.50.
Warmest Wishes Blog Hop Challenge
Would you like to win the new Warmest Wishes 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.

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

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Holly Jolly Blog Hop Challenge

No two snowflakes are alike…each with a beauty of their own and Melyssa Connolly has captured the beauty of snowflakes in this new Holly Jolly set that are sure to make you wish it were snowing. This amazing set also includes a die! It’s a fabulous versatile set that will surely bring a holiday glisten to your projects – all you need to add is the glitter!
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Holly Jolly is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 35 stamps and one die and will sell for $31.50.
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Would you like to win the new Holly Jolly 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.
Holly Jolly Blog Hop Challenge
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 November 26th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

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

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

TSG Blog Hop Challenge: Day One

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Holiday Ribbons is a 2x3 mini-set that includes a total of 9 stamps and will sell for $4.
Just when you thought the World’s Best & Die stamp set couldn’t get any better…here comes another fabulous set illustrated by Melyssa Connolly to add snowmen, reindeer, and angels on the tails of your ribbon or flowers of the World’s Best stamp set. What a great set this will be to dress up a holiday bottle of cheer!

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Wishing You is a 3x4 mini-set that includes a total of 6 stamps and will sell for $7.
Holidays are not complete without all the wishes of the seasons. Jessica has illustrated a beautiful set of timeless sentiments so that you’ll never be at a loss for words. This mini set would complement the collection of holiday stamps sets released this month!
What images come to mind when you hear sleigh bells ringing? Santa and his eight tiny reindeer of course! Torico has illustrated the perfect mini set to create your winter wonderland scene. This is the perfect set to create holiday tags, cards, and gift boxes. A complete must have.
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Hohoho is a 3x4 mini-set that includes a total of 9 stamps and will sell for $7.
Would you like to win the new Hohoho, Holiday Ribbons, and Wishing You 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.

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

Friday, November 18, 2011

Thanks a Bunch

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Here’s a quick card made really easy by picking some patterned papers that are a real focal point. Some design details to note:

  • The violin music in the background (Echo Park Victoria Gardens) was slightly distressed with an edge scraper and a little Vintage Photo distress ink.
  • The large flower was originally white and I sprayed it with a few glimmer mists and added some Rock Candy Distress Stickles for a little bling.
  • The brown scalloped piece was first die-cut with a Spellbinders die then I added an SRM sticker sentiment and some white dashes with a gel pen to highlight the scallops a little more.. (Dark scalloped paper tends to get lost against a busier background)

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A Quick Tip

The other night I had an idea. 

It was a totally unique, original thought.. 

I was SO proud of myself for thinking of it.. 

I will now share my thought process with you... 

I was sitting at my craft table making tags and starting out how I usually start out: spray the craft mat with various glimmer mists: 


Then I "smooshed" the tag into the mists: 


Voila: 


I then did another tag in the leftover mist and dried them with my heat tool: 


Dried: 


Here's where the wheels started to turn... I HATE how some glimmer mists warp paper and even though I try to strategically dry the tags and flatten them as I go they never end up flat. 

Flat... 

Flatten.. 

I flatten my hair with my straight-iron all the time. 

Will it work with paper? 


YES IT WILL!!! 


This is an old flat iron and I have no worries about getting it dirty, but so far I haven't! As long as I make sure to completely dry the tag/paper with the heat tool I haven't seen any ink transfer to the iron. 

So how you like them apples?? I thought I was pretty clever, if I do say so myself! 

Bye for now!! 

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Inspired by Tim… Again

Continuing my love-affair with all things distressed, glimmer-misted and tagged I have some new goodies to show you today. As you saw a few weeks ago I designed a class of 5 tags that I will be teaching at Clipper Street in November and December and they were such a hit that I quickly designed 5 more and added a second class! I taught the first class the other night and I was blown away by all of the ladies’ creativity and I can’t wait to teach the rest of the classes… I am going to show you a few tags that are in the “Tim-spiration Tags 2” class… If you’re in the area I would love it if you joined me!

 

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A little paper pleating on the bottom…

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Using some unique materials to stamp with…

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Doing my best to re-create a nice patina on the snowflake.

That’s all for now. I have a little tutorial brewing that I will share in the next few days. For now, happy stamping!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Christmas is a feeling… and an Update

Hey there readers! It’s been busy as ever here at the Tobi residence and this is a mighty challenging week.. In addition to my regular teaching job I have to work every single night, and Saturday. These weeks are the ones that give me grey hair, I tell ya. Good thing I just coloured it, haha!! I have been busy doing behind-the-scenes crafty stuff, though and one of the main projects I’ve been working on is getting cards/tags ready to go to the flower shop! I stopped in there the other day and discovered that over half of my cards have sold over the past month and the card rack is in dire need of replenishing!! So that got added onto the “to do” list and in spare moments when I haven’t been in a zombie-like state in my bed I’ve been crafting… Here’s one of my favourite recent creations:

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This is a tag made from red cardstock and misted with a few different red glimmer mists. After the glimmer mists were dry I stamped a few images onto the background with Glimmer Glaze (it’s like nail polish).. One of the things I love about Glimmer Glaze is it acts like a resist to ink.. Once the glaze was dry I inked the edges and the whole card with Vintage Photo distress ink and the glaze resisted the ink thus popping out from the background!!

 

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Fun stuff and you really can’t make a wrong turn with any of these products.. You just keep layering and layering until you’re happy.. I finished off the tag with a little Melissa Frances die cut and a little black lace.

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In other news, I have to update you guys in case you haven’t heard about Katie Renz. You will remember the blog hop I participated in a few weeks ago that was raising money for Katie’s children because Katie was dying from stage 4 gastric cancer. She passed away this morning surrounded by family and friends peacefully in her sleep. (Read her husband’s last few posts here…) Even though I’ve never met her (or maybe I have and didn’t know it – we live about 30 minutes away from each other) her story has been on my mind constantly since I was introduced to her and her lovely blog. I kept going back to her post in December when she found out the source of her stomach aches was inoperable cancer and she was handed a death sentence. She handled herself with grace and courage and I could only hope to persevere as long as she did if I was ever faced with a similar challenge. My thoughts are with her husband and children as they face the next few horrible days without their mom and wife and I hope that they find peace knowing that Katie is finally at rest.

 

You can still help out Katie’s family by purchasing products created especially for this cause at i {heart} papers. Thank you to all who were able to contribute.

Take care

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Way To Go!

 

Have you seen this week’s There She Goes challenge: Au Natural? The challenge is simple: use twine, burlap, hemp etc somewhere on your card/project, upload it to a blog or gallery and link your creation on the TSG Blog! This is my second creation for the challenge and I used a couple different varieties of twine: natural hemp twine, and some yellow baker’s twine.

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I created this tag from Bazzill double-thick paper (makes a great card-base as well as a firm tag) and some Basic Grey and My Mind’s Eye patterned papers. The focal image was stamped with a few stamps from the World’s Best stamp set and cut out with the coordinating die cut set. I love how whimsical and light this tag ended up being. I splattered a little Glimmer Mist amongst the butterflies and on the background so the white wasn’t so stark… This tag will be a hard one to give away.. LOL

 

Talk you soon!! And I hope to see you play along with the challenge if you can!