Thursday, March 29, 2012

iSpy Sketch Challenge–Week 9

Hello again! This week ISSC09 is from Emily Keaton (ekeaton @ SCS) and is based on this card. This is the sketch:

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I altered the angle of the panels slightly from the sketch. I don’t know if there was a quick mathematician way of figuring out the angles, but I did it the slow way: 1)cut the pieces of paper so they are all the same width, 2)cut the top piece at an angle 3) hold the top piece over the second piece and trim with paper trimmer and repeat… lol..

Here’s my card:

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After cutting all of the layers I adhered them to my work surface with temporary adhesive so I could stamp all of the papers at the same time. Once the ink dried I adhered all the layers to the black CS with foam dots. Pretty snazzy eh??

Design Details:
  • Stamps used are Beyond Borders, Too and Simply Sentiments from Mint Motif (sold exclusively at i {heart} papers)
  • Sentiment was cut out with a Spellbinders die. It has only one banner end so I die cut the sentiment once then turned the die around to cut the other end fancy! (I will do a quick video on that if you want!! I know it’s sometimes hard to visualize these things…)
  • Ink.. I get asked all the time what kind of white ink I use to get nice, opaque coverage on coloured cardstock… I use a couple of inkpads I got as an Elzybells DT member that were manufactured by Palette. I don’t know what I’m going to do when they run out. I also have an inkpad by VersaMark in Cloud White. It’s pretty good – especially because I have the re-inker and I keep it juicy – but my fall-back is always that Elzybells pad… Sorry!

Here's how to play:
  • Create a paper crafting project (card, scrap book page or 3D item), based on the sketch provided.
  • Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code ISSC09), and link it here with the inlinkz widget below. Please provide a direct link to your post - not the generic link to your blog.
  • A new challenge will be posted every Friday at 12.01 AM EST, and you have until noon on Wednesday EST to submit your entry.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but please provide a newly designed project with a new link for each additional project.
  • We will choose the top 2 creations to be featured in our "Top 2 Thursday" post where we will announce who we have picked :) The winners will receive their very own iSpy Sketches blog badge!
  • Don't forget that you may combine our challenges with others and use supplies from any company that you wish :)
  • Have fun and we look forward to "spying" your creations!

There She Goes New Release Blog Hop Day 3

Well, we are on our final day of this month's Blog Hop Challenges, and I REALLY think you all are going to LOVE this one!! I made a technique-heavy tag for this final day of fun… I hope you like it!
 
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It was love at first sight with this little guy! This tag was a total mish-mash of ideas, products and techniques but I think it ended up looking like a cohesive thought… COOL!
Design Details:
  • My boss from Clipper Street taught me the tag technique that she learned from TIM, himself.. It involves ink pad refresher and distress inks.. The end result is a leather texture.. pretty neat feeling.
  • clouds were cut out with the Silhouette
  • image is coloured with Copic markers then cut out. i sanded the edges to get a rough texture.
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Jungle Out There is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 20 stamps and will sell for $24.00.


Would you like to win the new Jungle Out There 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 winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, March 31st with the winner being announced during the release party chat. Inlinkz:

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

There She Goes New Release Blog Hop Day 2

Hey there There She Goes fans, and welcome to night two of this month's Blog Hop Challenges. We sure hope that you enjoyed yesterday's hop, and there is still PLENTY of time to comment, so no worries!! Tonight we have another set by Torico, so let's get started!!
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As a kid I remember buying my dad the cliché gifts like soap-on-a-rope, wallets, cologne, and of course, the neck tie! (Even though my dad was a mechanic and wore a tie like, twice in his life… lol) Still, nothin’ says fathers day like a tie, so I ran with the idea! I stamped the tie image on some patterned paper and lightly shaded the ties in with Copics.. Against the patterned paper the images were lost so they needed some “oomph!”

Design Details:
  • Patterned paper is Cosmo Cricket “Circa 1934.” I cut it down to letter size and once stamped became a custom patterned paper!

  • The heart stamp is from a previous TSG stamp set… Can you guess which one? I love having an arsenal of TSG stamps because you can always find exactly what you’re looking for!


I think we can all remember back to a time when we idolized our parents,most of us still do, and we wanted to grow up to be JUST like them. I mean,what girl HASN’T put on their mom’s shoes, and what boy hasn’t worn Dad’s tie?Just in time for Mother and Father’s Day, Torico has illustrated the CUTEST dress up set I have EVER seen!!
When I Grow Up is a4x6 set that includes a total of 15 stamps and will sell for $15.00.
 



Would you like to win the new When I Grow Up 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, March 31st with the winner being announced during the release party chat.


Tuesday, March 27, 2012

March There She Goes New Release Blog Hop–Ruh-

Hey there There She Goes fans, and welcome to this month's Blog Hop Challenges!! We have three new sets being released this month, and I am SURE you are going to LOVE THEM!! Today is day one, so let's get started!!
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Design Details:
  • The image was coloured with Copics... I put away my watercolour markers, can you believe it?
  • The patterned papers are from Echo Park's Note To Self collection... Cool eh? 
  • Twine is from My Mind's Eye.. It was a perfect match!


We know you love them, and we love them too, but this month’s Ruh-Roh set, is slowly becoming one of my FAVORITES! Torico has illustrated the most ADORABLE mini set, and for all you dog lovers out there, yep, there’s a puppy in this one, and he is up to no good!! With several stamps to create a scene, and 5 adorable sentiments, this set is a must have for anyone who has EVER had to say they are sorry…..and I doubt that excludes ANYONE!!!
 
Ruh-roh is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 9 stamps and will sell for $7.00.


Would you like to win the new Ruh-roh 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, March 31st with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Monday, March 26, 2012

The “Blooming” Technique Tuesday Blog Hop

Hello!
Welcome to the "Blooming" Technique Tuesday blog hop.
The Stamping Techs are blog hopping again, and we are sharing with you projects we made with some of TT’s newest Flower stamps. You can find them all in the Nature section of Technique Tuesday’s Web site.
I used a beautiful new stamp called Dreamy Daisy and a couple sentiments from Wishes. (a VERY versatile set.. I’m so glad I got that one!)

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 I stamped the images on watercolour paper with Archival ink them embossed them. They were both coloured with my new obsession – Tim Holtz Distress Markers, and a water pen. I like pairing intense colouring with a CAS design.. It really draws the eye to what’s important!!


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


Want to win a FREE stamp set?
From the comments received on all the blogs, we will pick one lucky person to win Technique Tuesday’s Carefree Cosmo 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 March 29th. The winner will be announced on March 30th sometime on the Technique Tuesday blog.

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 23, 2012

iSpy sketch challenge and There She Goes (Again!)

Hey there! It's been a busy week of catch-up and work at my LSS after my little vacation to Ireland and I've missed my crafting!!! The mojo isn't flowing as easily as it was before Ireland, but I'm blaming that on the jetlag, lol...

Today I'm sharing a card I made for two challenges... First, today's card:






Firstly, if you're ever tired of the same ol' same ol' sketches then really..  play along with the iSpy team. Kim has found some truly unique inspiration cards and it really pushes you to get out of that one or two sketches slump... (I know I am suffering from that right now...)



This week, we are featuring Brigit Edblom aka Biggan at SCS.  She created this clean and simple card  on January 9, 2012 that we loved for its simplicity in design.


Here's how to play:
  • Create a paper crafting project (card, scrap book page or 3D item), based on the sketch provided.
  • Post your creation on your blog or an online gallery (using a code ISSC08), and link it here with the inlinkz widget below. Please provide a direct link to your post - not the generic link to your blog.
  • A new challenge will be posted every Friday at 12.01 AM EST, and you have until noon on Wednesday EST to submit your entry.
  • You may enter as many times as you like, but please provide a newly designed project with a new link for each additional project.
  • We will choose the top 2 creations to be featured in our "Top 2 Thursday" post where we will announce who we have picked :) The winners will receive their very own iSpy Sketches blog badge!
  • Don't forget that you may combine our challenges with others and use supplies from any company that you wish :)
  • Have fun and we look forward to "spying" your creations!


So the second challenge I played along with was There She Goes (Again!) and I had to make a new card using an older TSG set. I used a set called Flowers of Happiness, and right now it happens to be on sale! 


I used some older Echo Park patterned papers and a new Tim Holtz embossing folder!! Honeycomb.. love it and can't wait to use it with some bee stamps.. I coloured the image with Copics on Xpress blending cardstock - love that stuff - and cut it out with a Spellbinders die. 


Thanks for stopping by!! Have a great weekend...





Thursday, March 22, 2012

Sheep = Easter?

Am I the only one who considers sheep to be an Easter animal? Is it something to do with the lamb of god? Anyway... Being a non-religious type means that Easter is about the chocolate bunnies and dinner at my Gramma's house, but I do know that I have to get my butt in gear and make a bunch of cards for the flower shop because they sell a tonne of Easter lilies and I want to get in on that!







I made this card for this week's TSG challenge: Easter and Animals! (hence me wondering if sheep is Easter enough??!!)

I used a BoBunny journaling tag for my background and enhanced it with liquid pearls and a sentiment! I coloured the stamps with Tim Holtz Distress Markers.. It's really easy to get the gradient effect with them.. Just do the blending right on the stamp and put it to the paper.

Stamps used: Polka Dot Pals, and Egg-stra Special. (The polka dot border was stamped with the new Beyond Borders Too stamp from Mint Motif)

To be eligible for the giveaway, create a card or project using Easter and Animals, 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 (March 26th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!



Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Colour Challenge with Tech. Tuesday Stamps

Well! I am back from Ireland, beat the jetlag again (thanks to 24 hours of travel = no sleep for 24 hours = when I got home Sunday night I was tired = no jetlag) and I am ready to craft… On my trip I brought along some stamped images and my Tim Holtz distress markers so I could practice with them a little more.. Here’s the image I coloured close-up:

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I find I colour a little differently than I do with Copic markers (because blending is done with a water pen) but it was easy to switch the PROCESS because I know what I want the end result to look like. Does that make sense? I think once you kind of figure out your colouring style it’s easy to switch mediums.. At least that’s what I’ve found…

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So as the title suggests, I played along with today’s colour challenge at SCS: chocolate brown, taupe, and a slate blue colour. I used new Pink Paislee patterened papers Prairie Hill collection… Great match, eh?

I have a couple more projects to share soon, but in the meantime, thanks for joining me on journey to Ireland (if you missed it, CLICK HERE). Take Care!
Supplies Used: Pink Paislee patterened papers Prairie Hill collection; Image stamped on watercolour paper; Elephant stamp: Little Peanut – Technique Tuesday, Sentiment: Sweet Somethings – Technique Tuesday; Twinery twine; Nestabilities; Pink Paislee chipboard elements; Vintage Photo distress ink and applicator; ranger Distress markers

Friday, March 16, 2012

Happy St. Patrick's Day from Ireland!

Did you know that if you shorten St. Patrick's Day to St. Paddy's Day it does indeed have to be PaDDy and not PaTTy. The D comes from the Gaelic for Patrick "Padraig." So... Put that in your ale and drink it!





This picture was taken on the Aran Islands at the site called "Seven Churches." The island was riddled with ancient ruins and it was very easy to imagine was life was like in medieval times because not a lot has changed because of the isolation from the mainland. The locals all speak "Irish" (not Gaelic... Irish) and their English accents were very unique and thick! It was awesome!
This will be my last post from Ireland, sadly... Tomorrow being St. Paddy's Day we will be right in the thick of it all and later that night/early in the morning we'll be on our way back to Canada.
So... HAPPY ST. PATRICK'S DAY and thanks for joining me!!!
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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Ireland - Days 6 and 7 in Galway

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Galway is a lovely little town on the west coast of Ireland. Being in Dublin and being in Europe period you get glimpses of history everywhere you look, but it's when you go into the smaller towns and villages where you really feel like you're somewhere ancient. All of the little towns look like this:






Skinny little roads, cars parked on the sidewalks, and shops everywhere. So many shops!!!












This is the main shopping street in Galway just off Eyre Square:






This has been my favourite shopping experience/cultural experience thus far. There were amazing musicians busking in the street:






This is a woman playing the Uilleann pipes. The instrument is kind of like bagpipes except it has a beautiful sound that verges on haunting, and you pump up the bag with your arm.






This trio played traditional Irish folk music and the singer (on the left playing the guitar) had the most resonant bass voice I've ever heard. His voice carried all the way down a very busy street - no amplification needed.






I should have put my wide angle lens on for this shop but yah... It was a cheesemongers shop, cheese, cheese, and more cheese. I am very lactose intolerant but I cannot give this stuff up. I pop a couple Lactaid and dig in. Ian and I bought about 8 different cheeses (only about 100 grams of each) and they are all amazing. My favourite though, was a nice, aged, Irish Gouda.. I'm a sucker for a good Gouda!






The country roads are littered with old ruins like this. We must have told our bus driver, Greg, to slow down 15 times to capture beautiful sights like this.






Lovely old graveyards,






picturesque churches,






and ancient stone walls and fences. I just found out today that the stone fences weren't built because the Irish love their privacy! They were built because most of Ireland was covered in stone ( we saw areas of un-quarried stone on the ground today - it looks like tile floor ) and the most efficient way of getting rid of it was to build fences. They have stood the test of time without mortar by allowing air to pass through the holes. It's a pretty ingenious invention!
Today we visited the famous Aran islands. I can't wait to share those shots!
Slainte!
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Location:Galway, Ireland

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Mint Motif New Releases!!

If you saw my sneak peek last week then you know something new is available from Kimberly Crawford’s stamp line: Mint Motif from i {heart} papers! There are two new sets:
Beyond Borders Too
Simply Sentiments

Here are some projects featuring these new sets.. The ideas kept coming, so I kept creating!!




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I made this card with two background stamps stamped with two different materials: the honeycomb was stamped with black ink and the white dots were stamped with distress stain in "Picket Fence." I love that you can get that artistic painted look without the fuss of a paint. I then finished the card off with a lovely Tim holtz rosette and dress form die (both by sizzix) and a lovely sentiment. I love the font that Kimberly chose for the set..




Sorry that this picture is so crappy.. I didn't realize it was bad until I was in Ireland! Lol.. But I love how this card turned out.. I coloured the dots with distress markers on the NEW stamping paper by Ranger. It's awesome for this kind of project. The ink showed up nice and crisp and highly pigmented.. So pretty.
I punched out the heart and at first I was just going to leave it ... But it looked a little plain.. Then I had a lightbulb moment and I wrapped some divine twine around the punched out heart. So... Cute new idea!












To make this background I didn't clean off the ink from the distress pens and covered the stamp with picket fence distress stain to re-energize it and give it that milky quality.. A lovely subtle rainbow effect was the final result and I am so happy with it.. Again! See why I shared 3 cards?
Take a look at my friend’s blogs to see what they’ve made for today’s reveal!
Kimberly Crawford
i {heart} papers
Julie Masse

Dublin days 4 and 5







So day 4 we got to play some rugby! Our girls got smashed -literally -and after this game we took three girls to the hospital... One of the three is ok, but one girl has a concussion, and one suffered two broken ribs.. It was a tough game because the girls were still pretty jet lagged, not eating properly, and as the game went on we lost all of our subs and suffered a little shot to the ego.... But it was a good game and a good challenge!





The coolest thing about that rugby game was it was nestled in this sweet little village and the cottages that were surrounding the pitch were so sweet.. Picturesque!





You guessed it, the next day we visited the Guinness brewery and it exceeded my expectations! The exhibits were beautifully done and there were some cool interactive aspects to the tour as well ( if you know what I mean.... )





Cool bottles! I wanted to steal those blue ones..





We then went to Aviva stadium.. It's a brand-new facility just for Gaelic sports.. Apparently all the kids and my hubby new what this place was but was like, "oh.... Nice...." lol. It was a good tour though!





For dinner we went to a part of Dublin called "temple bar." There were some pretty snazzy restaurants and bars in the area like the one above..





This was my last shot of Dublin. That's our bus driver, Greg. Doesn't he look like a rock star?
Now we're in Galway and so far I am in love!!!! I can't wait to show you pics. Talk to you soon!
Slainte!
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dublin, Ireland... Days 1-3






To be honest with you, I have never had to deal with that kind of sleep deprivation before... We had a particularly grueling schedule that began at midnight on Wednesday (which meant we were up all day Wednesday obviously) and ended with my head hitting the pillow at 10:00pm here in Ireland on Friday night. If you're the math-type, that was 54 hours. My poor son did not deal with it well... I couldn't get him to sleep more than a couple of hours on the bus on the very first leg of the trip, and consequently he was VERY fatigued, VERY cranky and VERY hard to deal with. I let him have an hour nap on Friday morning when we arrived in Dublin and when I attempted to wake him up for a shower (giving in to the jet lag would have been very bad for him) he pretty much hallucinated. He was talking really strangely, confused, not making sense, and I was pretty worried about him, but once Ian helped him into the shower he got a little better. We still had a full day of activities planned so we had to "power through..."




The first thing we did was have a "traditional Irish breakfast" that everyone devoured. It was just so nice to have real food...





Then, we decided to take the morning a little slow and boarded the public transit to a local mall. I was dragging Phoenix AND Ian around trying to keep everyone energized. (in case you're wondering, I used my powers of being able to nap at any time of day to my advantage - and I took a lot of gravol -and I slept on our second flight, woke up just before we arrived and jet lag was beat!!)





Look at him... He's so tired... He has been doing all of the shopping and I just have to remind him to pace himself.. We have a whole week and lots of other destinations to explore..





Tomorrow we're doing a couple of tours - including the Guinness brewery!! I promise I'll have some more scenic/pretty/historic photos for you.
Till then,
Slainte!


Favourite quote of the day:
"You're from Canada? Do you know Justin Bieber?"
- 10 year old girl


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