Thursday, February 28, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #91

This week I decided to make a little gift for my brother using this week’s sketch.. Here it is:

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I think it’s boy-ish, right? My bro is a fan of my crafty stuff, so I think he’ll like it!
Me likely banners… a lot… I used some MFT and Spellbinders dies to cut ‘em out.

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And you know what? When it comes to this gift, it’s what’s inside that counts:

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My bro is a sucker for Turkish Delight. (I am too… LOVE the stuff!!)

Here is this week’s sketch:
**For more info on the Deconstructed Sketch, check out the blog for details!

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Monday, February 25, 2013

You are… Wonderful

Hi there! Today I’m sharing a card made with the newest Greenhouse Society stamp set coloured with Watercolor Crayons.
Here’s a little step-by-step for you:
  1. I started out by laying down some colour. I had a few different hues of blue and green, but the “shading” wasn’t dramatic at all.
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2. I added some more concentrated colour (WAY less water than with my first pass to get more POP)
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3. I added “shading” with some dark brown watercolor crayons to give the flowers a more dimensional effect.
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All done!
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I have had a request for some more “traditional” cards for all occasions and I thought this fit the bill perfectly. When I go traditional I like to tone down the colour palette (not my usual flashy colours) but I still like to have patterns, so this is a good compromise, I think.
Stop by the Technique Tuesday blog to see what everyone else did with this lovely set!

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Giddy Up! TSG New Release

Today we have our second and final set from this month's release is another SUPER cute set illustrated by Torico: Giddy Up. Cowboys and western themes are all the rage right now, and we wanted IN on this super popular trend….and boy did Torico deliver!! Our new Giddy Up set is so fun, you’ll be roped in!

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The colouring of this image took a WEE bit of time, and about 20+  markers, but it was fun! I used some colours I haven’t used very often (the reddish-brown colours are E04, 07 and 09) and I was excited to have some paper that matched! (Cosmo Cricket: Wanted).

The layout is this week’s DECONSTRUCTED SKETCH and it’s awesome. I never think of simple sketches like this and I should – it was a good way to use a bunch of different patterns on one card without being so busy! Head over to the Deconstructed Blog and check out the details!



Giddy Up is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 26 stamps and will sell for $24.00.

Would you like to win the new Giddy 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, February 23rd with the winner being announced during the release party chat.


Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Beary Best–TSG New Release!


Torico is at it again with her SUPER cute animals that we all LOVE and adore!  This set has some of the CUTEST bear images, and the sentiments will bring a tear to your eye.
 
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What did we tell you? The most adorable bear ever, right??
 
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I coloured her with copics and did a little shading with my pastel chalk pencils. (White and black) All the papers are from My Mind’s Eye and I was hoarding them like crazy – but I’m glad I used them for this card. lol…

The Beary Best is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 19 stamps and will sell for $24.00

The Beary Best Hop Challenge
Would you like to win the new The Beary Best 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, February 23rd  with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Friday, February 15, 2013

You Are In My Thoughts

It’s reveal day for this month’s Greenhouse set from Technique Tuesday.

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Isn’t it pretty? I stamped the image a few times on watercolour paper and embossed with white embossing powder. Then I misted with a few glimmer mists and dylusions ink sprays.

 

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I love that it can be messy and free-form and come out looking so good! SO much easier than colouring with Copics, hahaha..

I stamped the sentiment on velum and wrapped the ends around the back to I didn’t have to deal with the whole adhesive/velum issue! Whatever’s easiest, right?

Here’s a look at the stamp set:

 

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I love the font this month!

Check out the Technique Tuesday blog to see what the other ladies did.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, February 14, 2013

There She Goes: Sweet Pea

It’s time again for the There She Goes team to highlight some “vintage” stamp sets and I picked a stamp I had yet to ink. *gasp* It’s called Sweet Pea, and it’s the sweetest thing you’ve ever seen….

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I went kinda artsy-fartsy with this one and pulled out my ink sprays.. this was the process:
  1. Stamp image with versamark ink and emboss with white embossing powder onto watercolour paper
  2. Mist Dylusions Ink sprays onto paper
  3. Mist sprays with water to blend, and to create a pooling effect
  4. WITHOUT blotting, dry the mists. (this is what creates the watermarks)
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Neat effect, right? By letting the inks pool they sit inside the embossing and the image pops out from the background!
Check out the TSG Blog today for more floral inspiration! The girls went all-out this month!

Happy Valentine’s Day & a Sketch

Happy Valentine’s Day!

We don’t really do much around here besides little candy gifts and cards, but I think it will be a nice day!

It’s time for a new Deconstructed Sketch, and here’s today’s card:

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  • I just love this new set from There She Goes called The Doxie With Moxie, especially because I have a little wiener dog of my own now!! Since she’s been around we’ve made a lot of wiener jokes and this set warms my heart!
  • So the little city-scape is part of the Doxie set so it was really easy to put together this little scene. The only tricky stamping was the “shadow effect” on the buildings – it’s super easy though. First, stamp the image in black, and second, stamp the image in grey ink and offset it slightly. DONE!
  • The sketch is this week’s Deconstructed Sketch:

Visit the Deconstruced blog for more sketchy info! Thanks for stopping by.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Candy Hearts


I've got a guilty pleasure. 
It's conversation hearts. 

I dread the time when Valentine's Day candies leave me because
I will be without conversation hearts. 

They are hard and have no flavour, but I love them so... 


Today on the Technique Tuesday blog some of the team have shared their creations inspired
by the photo above. I took a somewhat literal approach. lol.. 

Thanks for visiting! 

Monday, February 11, 2013

My Husband Says I Watch Too Much Dexter


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  • I was having so much fun creating these cards with Valentine’s colours that I didn’t even notice it’s resemblance to graphics from my favourite show...
  • I made these for today’s CAS challenge: Love Is In The Air, so naturally I pulled out my fluid acrylic inks and mists in pinks and reds because they are the colours of Valentine’s Day.
  • I did the splatters first, dried the cardstock with my heat tool, then I stamped the sentiment in Versamark and embossed with white embossing powder.. Really simple and fun!

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This one is not so bloody..

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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #88


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Hi there. I’ve had quite the week trying to deal with my ulcer – it’s not been fun – but I’ve been really trying to get back to crafting as therapy and a time to relax… It’s tough sometimes with deadlines, but I love making cards and I have to remind myself that I’m fortunate to have an outlet I’m able to do (financially) and that I am good at. Some people don’t get to realize their talents and that is so sad to me.. Everyone’s good at something, right??

I have been looking forward to making a card with this week’s Deconstructed Sketch. I’m a sucker for banners, what can I say!!


I obviously did not do a circle card, but I kept the layout the same. I love this one!!

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Please visit the Deconstructed Sketch blog for more info and I hope you play along! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies

Monday, February 4, 2013

I'm With SRM Again!

Good day to you! I got an email a little while ago from Susan of SRM Stickers asking if I would like to come back for a mini-term on the SRM DT. DUH! I have always been a fan of their stickers and now they carry some pretty cool packaging products... AND TWINE! 

But more than that, SRM is a great company to work for, so I said YES!

I pulled out one of my fav new products: the pillow box, and made a tiny little treat filled with my all-time favourite candy: Sweethearts! Hop on over to the SRM Blog to check out the announcement!


Supplies

Sunday, February 3, 2013

She Took Some Time...

I was busy last week organizing and running a jazz night at my school, as well as finding out some upsetting news about my health (I have a bleeding ulcer) and I was waiting all week to sit down and paint with a good friend last night. Here's my latest mixed media canvas:




It went through a lot of different permutations (white, all-black, all green/gold) and after all my fussing I ended up with a background I absolutely love! One of my favourite elements are the hearts.




They were stamped with archival ink then I used black paint to add shading around the outside and it ended up with the colors emerging from below... So cool!




This quote is so perfect for my life right now... My ulcer is 100% stress-related and I really do need to uncomplicate my life, so doing art like this is extremely cathartic and necessary.




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