Sunday, June 30, 2013

Art Journaling

The other week Dina Wakely came to my LSS (Clipper Street) and although I wasn't able to take any of her classes, I bought her book and checked out all of the products brought in for her classes... It was overwhelming, but I really love all the new stuff she introduced. 


I love how her book is set up like lessons. She introduces a concept, shows a bunch of examples, then challenges the reader to tackle the techniques. 

Here are a few pages directly inspired by Dina: 






If you are into mixed media and art journaling I HIGHLY give this book a "buy." It's visually inspiring and very practical. 



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Friday, June 28, 2013

There She Goes Sneak Peek: Day 4

Our final day of peeks has finally arrived, and today we have a new set from Melyssa!! We know you love her animals as much as we do, and this month's set is just...well, it's just CUTE!! Don't forget, you have to wait until June 29th at 11pm to purchase the new sets, so be sure to hop around before that for your chance to win!! 


This card just had to be cutesy. Lots of pink and ruffles were the perfect accompaniment to Melyssa's sweet illustration. 


PANDAmonium is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 23 stamps and will sell for $24.00.

Would you like to win the new PANDAmonium 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, June 29th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Goodbye and Hello

Hello there! Or should I say, goodbye!? 

I was so thrilled when Susan from SRM Stickers asked me to come back and design for her for a little while, but all good things must come to an end. This is my final SRM project and I'm going out with a pretty little card and gift: 

The newest release from SRM included a varied selection of clear boxes and gift ideas and they are so cute!!

Products used: 2x2x2 Clear Box, Fancy Sentiments Thanks, Kaisercraft paper and Memory Box dies. 



So... I said goodbye, now let's say hello to: 


I have long been a fan of Andrea and her designs at Annabelle Stamps and was so happy and surprised to be asked to design for her company. There are some A-MA-ZING stamps being released in the next couple months and I am really excited to work with them. 

Until then, though, I get to work with some of her existing designs, and I made a couple of cards!!!



This stamp is called Lil Bee's Big Flowers. I made these cards for the secretaries at my school. All four of them are the sweetest ladies and each one of them save my a$$ on a weekly or semi-weekly basis!! I hope this little bee makes them smile. 



This card is actually for my first challenge with Annabelle and this week it's a sketch: 




About our challenges:
  • We post our challenges every second Friday at 8:00pm AEST (AEDT during Daylight Savings).
  • Each challenge runs for a week, and will close on the Friday 10.00am so that we can announce and showcase our weekly winners prior to the next challenge.
  • Each weeks winner will receive our special blinkie to display on their blog and a $15.00 Gift Voucher to spend in store at AnnaBelle Stamps (or something equivalent).
How To Play Along:
  • Copy and save our challenge banner and include it and a link back to the ABS blog in your post.
  • For those without a blog you can still play along! Simply upload your card to our Stamp Embellish Create social site (you’ll need to join) and add the current challenge ‘tag’ to your photo!
  • Please link directly to your entry not just to your blog.
  • Please don’t link to postings made prior to the date of our current challenge. All projects submitted must be new.
  • A maximum of 7 challenges may be combined including this one.
  • You may enter any of our challenges several times as long as each submission is with a new creation.
  • We would love you to use AnnaBelle Stamps and embellishments, but you can play along without using them, it’s all about sharing ideas :)


So that's my news today!! Thanks for stopping by! 



Thursday, June 27, 2013

There She Goes Sneak Peek - Day 3

Here we are on day three of this month's Blog Hop Challenges, and today we have our newest addition to the sock goblin line....I just LOVE these little creatures!! Again, these stamps will be releasing on Saturday, June 29th at 11pm, so be sure to hop along for your chance to win!!

We hope you are loving the new sock goblin line from Wendy Leach as much as we are…THEY ARE SO FUN!! This month’s set, Hadley has stolen our hearts, and we KNOW she/he will steal your’s as well!!





Hadley is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 5 stamps and will sell for $9.00.

Would you like to win the new Hadley 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, June 29th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Copic Video in Fast Forward

Hi there! I'm here with a quick (literally) little video showing how I coloured this cute little Sandcastle Kiddo up: 



I am not the biggest "techie" in the world so I haven't quite figured out how to do voice-overs, but hopefully you enjoy a fast-forward look at my process. Personally, I enjoy seeing the order in which copic colourers use their pens, so my hope is that you take something away from my little video! I also do a little colouring with a black pastel chalk pencil at the end - it's always my favourite part! 


Deconstructed Sketch #107

Welcome to Deconstructed Sketch #107 people! A busy week (and day) on my little blog and I am glad for all of these cards I've made because being the last few days of school I have need for a bunch of "thank you" cards. This card is all about the colour... Hope you like it!

The image was made by rubbing PanPastels on textured cardstock, then I stamped the image (Fly by Technique Tuesday) in black ink. 


Sketch Guidelines:

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 107? 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 DS107 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, June 26, 2013

There She Goes June Sneak Peek Day Two

Welcome to day two of this month's Blog Hop Challenges!!
Artist Megan Suarez has two fabulous sets for us this month, both a continuation of her previous lines. Amalia’s Daisy, the second Amalia stamp for us, is SUPER adorable, and sure to make her way into your heart one flower at a time. Cinnamon is the newest addition to the Spice Girl line. I love how spicy but sweet these girls are!!!

I was on a major colouring kick this weekend and had a blast seeking out some funky colour combos.. Check these out:




Fun, right?? 


Amalia’s Daisy is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 4 stamps and will sell for $9.00

Cinnamon is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 6 stamps and will sell for $9.00

Would you like to win the new Amalia’s Daisy and Cinnamon 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, June 29th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

There She Goes June Sneak Peek - Day One

Here we are on our first day of There She Goes blog hop challenges for June!! We have four days of peeks for you

Torico has designed a set that will be useful to card makers, scrapbookers, and multi-media artists alike. This is my life helps you tell your story, your way. Super cute images, fonts, and the number of sentiments and their possibilities are endless.


I love this sentiment because it can be used for a multitude of occasions... Handy, right? I used a bunch of Crate Paper "ephemera" (the banners were pre-sewn.. lucky me!) and this CAS card came out pretty quickly!

This is My Life is a 4x6 set that includes a total of 21 stamps and will sell for $15.00.

Would you like to win the new This Is My Life 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, June 29th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

June Greenhouse Take Two

This is the newest stamp set from the Greenhouse Society collection. The Bouquet - Greenhouse Society clear stamp set consists of six clear stamps on a 3" x 4" storage sheet.



The how to: I first stamped and embossed the image and sentiment with white embossing powder, then I had some fun misting the watercolour cardstock with ink sprays. Couldn't be more easy... If not a little messy! lol... The trick to getting the water-stained look is to leave pools of ink on the cardstock instead of mopping it up - that way when it dries (or when you hit it with a heat tool) the ink dries nice and dark in spots.

Check out the Technique Tuesday blog for more projects! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

I Love My Daddy


Today we're featuring some classic TSG sets on the TSG Blog and I chose to feature Flava Sava. My dad has always had a moustache, so for me daddys and moustaches go hand-in-hand. He wasn't around on Father's Day, so I'm going to give this to him the next time I see him! 

(Check out Sandra's card here.. It totally inspired me.) 



Glass Etching Part II

The Stampendous! team is etching it this week with Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream and today is the big blog hop!!! You won’t even believe how easy this technique is. You’ll want to practice a bit on inexpensive pieces from the thrift store or your recycling barrel, but once you get the hang of it, it’s super easy to make custom, fantastic glassware and home decor items!

If you saw my lantern the other day then you will have seen how easy it was to customize a cheap little item from the dollar store. Today I took a little tea-light holder and added a little etching cream magic. 


So this was a little experiment with some masking tape and twine...


I put some masking tape on the glass first and I didn't like the results so I decided to wrap some twine around it and cover it with the etching cream. 


The result was this cool texture! I think it would be fun to experiment with different materials!! 

Here's the finished project again: 

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(Stampendous sentiment from Thoughtful Wishes)

Hop on through this list of lovlies for more inspiration!! 

Asia King

Cyndi Bundy

Janelle Stollfus

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Tobi Crawford (me)

Rhea Weigand

Jamie Martin

Krissy Fossmeyer




Thursday, June 20, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #106

Hi there! Wowzers I've been busy this past week. It's been slow around the blog because I have been under a pile of marking, report cards, final concerts and recitals but as of last night: I AM DONE!! Thank goodness for small miracles! 

Tonight I pulled out some very well-loved stamps from Elzybells and used the newest Deconstructed Sketch... Here's my card: 


These cows are so cute! I coloured them with Copics (duh) and pastel chalk pencils. 



Here's the sketch:


Sketch Guidelines:

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 106? 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 DS106 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, June 19, 2013

Glass Etching with Stamps

This week we’re having so much fun etching on glass with Stampendous Stamps and Armour Etch Glass Etching Cream. We hope you’ll give this fun media a try. When you use it with stamps, it’s just such an exciting and different way to create beautiful, and useful, home decor!

I got to work altering a cheap-ish tealight lantern I got from my local drugstore. Just FYI, I am no etching expert, this was my first time and I have to say I was pretty excited it turned out so well!! I followed the directions HERE ON THE STAMPENDOUS BLOG and this is how it turned out: 



Just a simple sentiment to enhance an already cool little lantern. (Cling Follow Your Art)


When I scraped the embossing powder it came off with my fingernail. You can see how well it worked as a resist, though.. 



I frosted the rest of the glass panels - which took no time - and the project was complete! 

Take a look at what this sassy lady did with the etching cream: 

Cyndi Bundy



Sunday, June 9, 2013

Celebrate You

Technique Tuesday is bringing back some old fav's and I've made a card using Everyday Words by Ali Edwards.




The background is very "mixed media" using Liquitex Inks, PanPastels and water!

Have a great day!!

- Posted using BlogPress from my iPhone

Dog Days of Summer

I played along with a few challenges at Splitcoast last night! I light using challenges as a motivator because I am the kind of person that needs a "reason" or a goal to get something done... So this was perfect!


There She Goes Puppy Love

Paper Smooches


Unity Stamps (butterflies) and OLD Amuse sentiment

Technique Tuesday: With Flair

Not bad for a night of cardmaking, right?? 

Friday, June 7, 2013

Simple Sentiments Sneak Peek

Just like Disney, we have created a lot of artwork and have put many popular stamp sets into our vault. In 2013, we are re-introducing favorites from the vault and are making them available for a limited time.

We've brought four stamp sets out of Technique Tuesday vault so far: Irony,Adored by Ali Edwards, Hash Tags & More and Petal Power. And two more of our popular stamp sets from the past will be available on our Web site on Sunday!



Today, we want to give you a sneak peek in project form of the first of those stamp sets: Simple Sentiments. This project was made with Simple Sentiments and Happyville - Family. I thought this little stick-man holding the flag would suit this sentiment really well. Paired with the manly patterned papers this will be a great card for a dude! I'm happy... 

Here are some other sneaks with Simple Sentiments. Thanks for stopping by. 

Core'dinations and May Arts Blog Hop

It's the big blog hop today!! We hope you've got a really large beverage, a fluffly kitten and maybe a few hours to spend with us! Be sure to comment on each blog to increase your chances of winning!

Here is my project featuring a David Tutera die cut, May Arts Ribbon, and Stampendous! stamp set Thoughtful Wishes and Shabby White Embossing Enamel


I did a little step-out tutorial using PanPastels yesterday and I'm having fun exploring different ways to use them! I just love their vibrancy and ease of use.. I used the same materials for today's project: Versamark and the pastels, except for on this card I scraped the versamark across the raised embossing. When I applied the chalks the versamark'd areas grabbed the pigment and stayed dark. 

I then sprinkled the Aged White Embossing Enamel (like spreading a pinch of salt on food) over the panel and heated it from underneath:



Then I stamped onto the cardbase where the window in the die cut is and popped up the top panel. 


Also be sure to visit our Facebook Page and share one of this week's Blog Collaboration posts on your Timeline for an EXTRA chance to win your choice of a spool of May Arts Ribbon or a tag set from Core'dinations!

Let's review: The Blog Hop Prize package from Stampendous consists of:

SSH57 Cling Jumbo Handle CRS5044 Cling Jumbo Butterfly Trio

CRS5044 Cling Jumbo Butterfly Trio SSH57 Cling Jumbo Handle
A random selection of David Tutera Celebrate Products Available at JoAnn Fabric and CraftsA Sand It Set from Core'dinations
 A random asst. of May Arts Ribbon from our stash - This is Ribbonista Virgina Fynes photo of her storage method! 

A random selection of David Tutera Celebrate Products Available at JoAnn Fabric and Crafts, 
a Sand It Set from Core'dinations, and a random asst. of May Arts Ribbon from our stash! 

 THEN - the May Arts Blog is offering us an opportunity to give a way ANY two rolls of May Arts Ribbon! So if you SHARE our Collaboration Posts from our Facebook Page on your Facebook timeline, you will be entered to choose one of those! ALSO - the Core'dinations Blog is offering us two sets of tags for this as well! So FOUR people who SHARE our Facebook Posts will each win one of these. You have to SHARE, not just comment, not just "like", you must SHARE. (and we can tell if you did!). So here we go!

Asia King

Cyndi Bundy

Jamie Martin

Jennifer Dove

Krissy Fossmeyer

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Rhea Weigand

Tenia Nelson

Tobi Crawford (me)

Sandy Allnock

Virginia Fynes

Debbie Standard

Kim Moreno

Mary Pat Siehl