Thursday, March 28, 2013

Technique Tuesday–Photo Inspiration



Today the Technique Tuesday design team is sharing our creations based on this photo:



I looked at my stash and decided to draw from the pretty colour combo. Here’s my card:

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I used a brand-new TT stamp set called Banner Up. It was really easy to put together – the only tedious thing was cutting out those banners by hand. Good thing they were all straight edges, though!

Check out the Technique Tuesday blog to see how the other ladies interpreted the inspiration photo! Thanks for stopping by!

TSG Sneak Peek: Phyllis

 
Our final day of Blog Hop Challenges, and we are introducing our second new artist: Wendy Leach! Wendy has the CUTEST style, and we are ALL in love with her new line of stamps...now, don't forget, the new stamps go on sale on Saturday, March 30th at 11pmEST, so only a little bit of waiting left! For now, let's get to it!
 
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I don’t know what she is, but she’s adorable! What I loved about colouring her was the fact that she’s make-believe… Any colour will do! I pulled all of my colours from the patterned papers I used (Dear Lizzy by American Crafts) and just went for it!
 
 
 
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I added shading with my black pastel chalk pencil. Have you tried one yet??
 
 
Would you like to win the new Phyllis stamp set?


Phyllis is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 3 stamps and will sell for $9.00.

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 EasternTime Saturday, March 30th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Deconstructed Sketch #95

There are some days when a sketch is my saviour. Today is that day.

How did I forget/lose track of time and not realize that Easter was this weekend and I had NO CARDS made? WOOPS!

 

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Enter Deconstructed Sketch #95 to save the day!! I got my colour inspiration from this week’s Tuesday Trigger – a lovely pastel pic!! I have a small stash of spring/easter/pastel patterned papers and every year around this time I grudgingly cut into it. This particular paper is “Egg Drop Soup” by Jillibean Soup. Oh and the stamps?? More classics. The stamps are Kim Hughes from her Cornish Heritage Farms days. I fricken loved those stamps. lol..

Sketch Guidelines:

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 95? I hope you like it! Here’s the scoop on what you need to do:

1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.

2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your blog, SCS, Flickr, etc). Use keyword DS95 if you post to an online gallery like Splitcoaststampers.

3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post so I can stop by and see it.

4. Check back here next week to see if you are one of this week’s favorites and grab a badge for your blog.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

TSG New Releases–Day 2

 
Day Two of this month's blog hop challenges with There She Goes Stamps, and we have the first of our two new artists releasing 3 AMAZING new stamp sets!!


This month we are introducing a BRAND new artist to There She Goes, Megan Suarez!! She has started us out with three FABULOUS stamp sets, which we think you are going to love.We can’t wait to see what’s next with this AMAZING designer!! Check out her Facebook Page where you’ll find the most amazing mixed media art you’ve ever seen!
 
 
First, meet Penelope:
 
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As you can imagine I had a lot of fun colouring her. Megan is an amazing artist and her colouring skills are astounding, so it didn’t surprise me to find her images easy to colour.
 
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I think the hardest thing (for me) was to get the shine right on her hair. I had to really think about that one, lol…
 
Next: Nutmeg, our sassy goth girl:
 
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What I wouldn’t do for a head of hair like this, lol.. Actually, I do have a big head of naturally curly hair, but I don’t have the “stones” to dye it purple!!!
 


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Look at her beautiful face… Love it.
 
Check this out:
 
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I was fooling around with settings when I was editing and OMG, she looks amazing in B&W. That’s for next time!!
 


Would you like to win all three new stamp sets from Megan Suarez(Penelope&Birdcage/Nutmeg/Journal Lines)?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
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 30th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Make A Wish

 

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I am sharing this card on the SRM Blog today!

It may seem a weird sentiment for a Starbucks cup, but if you know me, then you’ll know there’s no better birthday gift than a Starbucks gift card!!

Supplies: The sentiment from SRM's Fancy Birthday Sentiment Sheet and Honeydew twine! The coffee cup is from a There She Goes set called Let’s Get Together.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Hooked on Quack - There She Goes New Release!

It's time for the There She Goes March release, and we are SUPER excited!! Starting tomorrow we will FINALLY be introducing the new sets from our two FABULOUS new artists. Today, we have a new set from Torico, and one brainstormed by our snarky and hilarious Trendsetters, so let's get to it!!!


 
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I had a lot of fun with this set, I mean, how could you not?! I hope you’ve had some laughs on the hop because these sentiments are hilarious!!! I picked out some great Echo Park papers (not at all farm-like, but they’re great!) and roughed ‘em up a little and slapped them down! (I have a way with words… I know this….)


Lucky Duck is a 4x8 set that includes a total of 24 stamps and will sell for $18.00.

While brainstorming the sentiments for Lucky Duck, as always, we took a turn for the dark side…..what else can I say besides this set is duck-ing awesome.

 
Hooked on Quack is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 7 stamps and will sell for $9.00.

Would you like to win the new Lucky Duck /Hooked on Quack 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! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, March 30th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Monday, March 25, 2013

Ombre Is The New Black

It is. It’s everywhere: fashion, hair, home decor, and of course crafts!

I featured this tutorial on the Stampendous! blog and I can't wait for you to see it! First off, I have to admit to always being a fan of ombre. I have always organized my supplies in ROY G BIV order AND light-to-dark so I guess you could say that I’m ahead of the trend. hahaha.. But really, this is a trend I feel like I can do!


  • Step one, I decided on a colour (in this case, orange) and I gathered my cardstock and found tones that worked with each other and organized them light-to-dark.

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  • To “jazz up” the layers a little bit I cut a fringe into the papers AND I added some Aged Gold Embossing Enamel to just the ends. How did I do it? It was easy, I just dragged the Boss Gloss dabber over the fringe and dunked it into the embossing enamel. Heat. Done. And so pretty, right?


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  • The cardstock looked a little plain to me, so I stamped a background pattern onto the layers with Versamark and the Cling Dream Text background stamp. I’m not usually a just cardstock person, so this helped me let that go a little..


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And there it is all assembled! I added a little sentiment from Agapanthus Thank You Perfectly Clear Set and tied a pretty gold bow and that was it. I think a pretty ombre background like this doesn’t need much else!

By the way, my inspiration for this card was  Here on Julia Stainton’s Blog! I fell IN LOVE with it!! 

Creativity On The Run

Hi there! I am at my good friend Jessica Knutsen's for a little bit of girl talk and some crafting, and I am happy to say that I actually got a lot done!!!

Today I'm sharing a card with this month's Greenhouse set from Technique Tuesday.





I stamped with Versamark and embossed the image with white embossing powder. I thought I would take a chance and colour with Copics and it worked! I used really pale colors and the blender pen to fade the colours to nothing for a watercolored look.

This is a really traditional card for me, but I have a lot of different family members and customers to cater to, right? I will most likely give this to my Gramma on Easter... Perfect!

Visit the Technique Tuesday Blog for more inspiration!


Thursday, March 21, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #94

I’ve been hard at work in my craft room on a large mixed media painting on canvas and my shoulders and back were calling out for me to take a break for a while – so I made a pretty little card with this week’s Deconstructed sketch:

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I’ve always loved this Stamping Bella image and because I am always so busy with design team duties I never have a chance to ink it up! I love owls and these little guys are just too cute!


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I stamped the image with Memento ink and got colouring with Copic markers. Final touches were added with my trusty pastel chalk pencil and blending stump! (Papers and embellishments are all Pink Paislee and the sentiment sticker is from the SRM Stickers set called We’ve Got Your Sticker – Sweet)


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I am only slightly embarrassed to admit that I’m writing this at 2am! I am late to the Downton Abbey bandwagon and am almost finished season 3… Mr. Bates!! Lady Cybil!!! I just love it. If you haven’t watched it yet, give it a try. I’ve even had grade 10 MALE students secretly admit they watch it too!! hahaha.. That’s saying something!



 

Sketch Guidelines:

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 94? I hope you like it! Here’s the scoop on what you need to do:
1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.
2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your blog, SCS, Flickr, etc). Use keyword DS94 if you post to an online gallery like Splitcoaststampers.
3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post so I can stop by and see it.
4. Check back here next week to see if you are one of this week’s favorites and grab a badge for your blog.



Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Always & Forever

Today I’m sharing a pretty little card over at the SRM Blog made with a bunch of die cuts and of course, SRM stickers:

 

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It’s great fun to layer die cut shapes on top of each other because it looks really fancy, but really, it’s pretty easy!

 

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It’s spring break in my area and I have two wonderful weeks off. So far I’ve done a lot of sleeping-in and hanging out with my boy… It’s been nice!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Monday, March 18, 2013

Anything Goes…

Do you know what’s the easiest challenge of all?

ANYTHING GOES!!

This week’s There She Goes challenge is just that. Maybe you need a kick in the butt to make a card, maybe you want to win a prize?! For whatever reason, play along with our challenge this week, why don’t ya??

 

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I always need “love” cards. At the flower shop I go through these guys like no one’s business and these little gnomes with their “punny” sentiments are always a hit!

 

TSG Challenge Details:

To be eligible for the giveaway, create a card or project using this week’s challenge 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!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 15, 2013

March Greenhouse Society Stamp Set

 

I’m so excited to share this card featuring this month’s Greenhouse Stamp Set from Technique Tuesday:

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I coloured up this beauty with Copics and I thought it would be cool to emboss the background paper to “fancy up” the card a little bit.

I hope you’ll stop by the Technique Tuesday blog to see the other samples!

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #93

Hi guys! If you’re looking for a quick and easy sketch, I’ve got a great one! This week’s sketch uses straight layers (of which I’m a fan) and an interesting focal image location… Check it out:

 

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This sketch could be clean & simple if you didn’t use busy patterned papers, so it’s really versatile, right? I used a couple images from one of my first There She Goes stamp sets called Aim For The Clouds. (The balloon is a separate image and I’ve popped it on top) They are coloured with Copics (of course) and I’ve added a little shading with General’s Chalk Pencils!

 

Sketch Guidelines:

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 93? I hope you like it! Here’s the scoop on what you need to do:

1. Use the sketch up top to make a project, any kind you like using any image you like. Use the sketch to inspire your own creativity. Feel free to substitute shapes for what you have available and mount tags and circles to a card base if you’d prefer.

2. Post it somewhere on the internet (your blog, SCS, Flickr, etc). Use keyword DS93 if you post to an online gallery like Splitcoaststampers.

3. Link back here to Inlinkz at the bottom of the post so I can stop by and see it.

4. Check back here next week to see if you are one of this week’s favorites and grab a badge for your blog.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Blending With Copic Markers

Hi there! It's time for another Stampendous! tutorial. Today I'm sharing a Copic marker colouring project with a few step-out photos to help show my process. A lot of people who colour with Copics use the standard light-to-dark method, but I go against the grain! I like to colour dark-to-light for a few reasons:
  1. I am only using each marker ONCE. I don’t have to go back and colour over everything with light markers and this helps to keep the ink in the marker and not in the paper.
  2. By colouring the “shadows” first I can plan out the light-source and make sure I have all of the shadows placed appropriately.
  3. I have found this method to be easiest for me! I enjoy using various methods of blending techniques when colouring, but my go-to method is dark-to-light.
There are a lot of different ways to add colour to your stamped images and I am just one of those crazy people who loves her Copic markers!! Now onto to the demo:
For each coloured area, choose 3 markers (a dark, medium and light).
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As you can see, I pooled the darkest colour (E18) where I felt the shadows would occur. Next I added E15 and pulled the colour a little higher, and finally E13.
For each colour group I repeat this process. Here’s the next colour:
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Even though the colours I used were quite pale, I still went dark-to-light! The last frame shows the completed image including some shading with a black pastel-chalk pencil.

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And here she is in all her cow-glory! Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!
Stamp used:
Cling Cowlick-Butterfly (Available at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores and Stampendous!)

Friday, March 8, 2013

Thinking Of You

 

I’m here again today to share another project that has a little twist.. Hope you like it!

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The twist is that it’s not a card:

 

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It’s a glassine bag! I stuck a little journaling card in there so I can write a special note to someone and tuck it inside!

 

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I used some SRM Stickers to fancy up the papers, along with some distress ink on the edges..

 

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And the image!! It’s so easy to get this look: emboss image with white embossing powder, spray with your favourite Dylusions Ink spray and heat.

 

Thanks for popping by!