Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Dreamweaver and Stampendous Collaboration

We’re having a Summer Blast collaborating with our friends at Dreamweaver Stencils all week this week! Hope you’re enjoying the inspiration and commenting on all the blogs, because there are some fantastic prize packages up for grabs!
Here's my card today using a pretty Dreamweaver Stencil and a new stamp I think you'll be pretty excited about: 

After I was finished making the background it said butterfly to me, so I grabbed Cling Monica Butterfly (House-Mouse Designs®) and coloured her up!
To make the background:
  1. Tape Petals Background stencil to black cardstock. 
  2. Smear Translucent Embossing Paste over stencil with Paste Spreader
  3. Remove stencil and pour Crystal Micro Glitter over paste. Shake off the excess and allow paste to dry. 
  4. Once paste is dry cut cardstock to size.

 If you are familiar with this image then you will note that there is supposed to be a pumpkin sitting beside her - but because this isn't a Hallowe'en card, I just fussy-cut it out of the picture and now Monica is simply a butterfly! 


Copics used: 
BG09, 23, 32, 11
V22, 25, 28
E30, 31, 33
R0000, 20, 21


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Be sure to check out the amazing work from our Design Teams as they combine Stampendous and Dreamweaver products! Here’s who is hopping today:


Tobi Crawford (you are here!)
Pam Hornschu 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Technique Tuesday - New Release

Today, on the Technique Tuesday Blog we are spotlighting two more stamp sets from our Summer release: Cool and Beach Time by Ali Edwards.
You can see all of the new stamps, steel dies and digital cut files from our new release on our Web site.


This stamp set (Cool) screamed Clean-And-Simple to me, so I did a little pit of paper piecing and that was about as fancy as I wanted to get! Teri did an amazing job illustrating this set with the bold lines of the images paired with the fun sentiments... It's a must-see! 



Monday, July 29, 2013

Fun with Tags

I absolutely love making tags. 

It's a good way to play around with new techniques on a little "canvas." 

You can have fun, and if it doesn't work out  - oh well! It's just a tag!!


For today's tag it was an experiment from beginning to end and I was very pleased with the results!


  • First off, this tag was made with Ranger's Specialty Stamping paper. It's kind of glossy without the gloss.. Super slick.  
  • I dripped Liquitex Inks down from the top and helped them out a little with a little mist of water.  
  • Once the Liquitex dried I sponged on coordinating Distress Inks. I did this because I knew I wanted the image to be white and it needed to be a solid background for it to stand out. The drips alone looked cool, though. 
  •  I stamped the image in Versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder. 
  • Lastly, I stamped the sentiment on vellum, adhered it to the ribbon, and adhered that to the tag. 

This stamp is now available from Technique Tuesday! It's called Daisy from the Greenhouse Society line and like all Greenhouse designs, only available for a limited time. 

Friday, July 26, 2013

There She Goes New Release - Two New Sets by Me!!

Here we are on our final day of peeks, and we have two SUPER fun mixed media sets from YOURS TRULY!! I have had a couple ideas bouncing around in my head lately and I've put together two sets that I hope you'll enjoy. 


The background was made with a stamp from Mixed Media Background Builder with various Memento inks. I've been making my own backgrounds lately and maybe my husband was a little right - maybe I DON'T need patterned paper. HAHAHA... No,  still need it, but it's sure fun to design a stamp, have it come to life, and use it to make a cool card!! The sentiment, from Handwritten, was enhanced with the brush-stroke stamp from the mixed media set. I am pleased with how well they work together. 

Next, an art journal page:


One thing I love to do with my art journaling is use caps from paint jars/tube as stamps, but in the Mixed Media Background Builder set there are a few "cap" stamps to use on your projects!


Fun, right?? I stamped with watered-down Distress Paint. 


I also have some distressed dots in the set. I like stamping background stamps kind of haphazardly just to give some texture to the page. 









Mixed Media Backgrounds is a 4x6 set that includes a total of 10 stamps and will sell for $15.00.

Handwritten is a 4x6 set that includes 16 stamps and will sell for $15.oo.
Would you like to win the new Mixed Media Backgrounds and Hadwritten 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, July 27th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.




Annabelle Stamps Sketch Challenge


It's time for a sketch and this is a lovely simple one to settle us in for the weekend!  Did you get to catch up with everything that happened?  If you missed seeing the brand new sets from Annabelle Stamps then you'll find the post HERE!  I used one of the new sets for today's card too!


This set is called Remember When and there are a bunch of large poppy stamps that are fun to colour and serve as great focal-points on a card. With an easy sketch like this, this card took no time to create! 

Check out the details at the Annabelle Blog to play along! 



Thursday, July 25, 2013

There She Goes New Release - Strut Your Stuff

Here we are on day three of this month's blog hop challenges, and today we have our newest addition from Wendy Leach, Strut Your Stuff!!



The newest addition to Wendy Leach’s SUPER FUN Sock Goblin line, Strut Your Stuff….these stamps will make you feel like a kid again.


I think my favorite thing about this image is the little goblin following the girl! He reminds me of my little puppy - my shadow! Soooooo cute. I loved coloring this image, especially all of the shadows. It really helped the scene come to life.

(Please note: this is also today's Deconstructed Sketch!! Please follow the link for more details about how to play along!)


Strut Your Stuff is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 2 stamps and will sell for $9.00.
Would you like to win the new Strut Your Stuff 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, July 27th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.






Wednesday, July 24, 2013

There She Goes New Release: Amalia Daisy Fairy

Welcome to day two of new releases from There She Goes Clear Stamps! If you missed my card from yesterday you can click here to see it. 

The new Amalia stamp set from Megan Suarez. Her images are to.die.for. Have you seen her art? It's amazing!! Anyway, here's my card: 




Beautiful, right? She was fun to colour and I couldn't resist adding some sparkle to her wings. As usual it doesn't really translate in the photo, but I added some Rock Candy Distress Stickles to her wings and to the yellow flower. When it dries it looks like crystals as opposed to glitter... It's cool! 



Amalia’s Daisy Fairy is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 3 stamps and will sell for $9.00.
Would you like to win the new Amalia’s Daisy Fairy 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, July 27th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

TSG New Release: School Doodles

 It's finally time for this month's new release, so WELCOME TSG FANS!! We have a SUPER cute and fun set for you, just in time for back to school...School Doodles!!

The new School Doodles set from Torico is FULL of super cute and fun images perfect for any parent, teacher, scrapbooker, or card maker. With 49 stamps, the possibilities are endless!

Here is my card made entirely with today's stamp set:

Besides the black and white cardstock, everything is stamps!!! Here's a funny conversation when I showed hubby the card:
My husband says, "I like the background paper."
Then I said, "It's not paper - I stamped it then coloured it with Copics."
Then he said with no irony in his voice, "Why do you even buy patterned paper anymore? You can make your own?"
Then I turned and looked at him and said, "............."

All kidding aside though, I did recall a favourite patterned paper that was popular a few years ago (was it Cosmo Cricket??) and it had pencils all over it and I just loved it!! So this is my homage to the original patterned paper. 


School Doodles is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 49 stamps and will sell for $24.00.

Would you like to win the new School Doodles 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, July 27th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.


Monday, July 22, 2013

House Mouse in the House

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We’re so excited to welcome the art of Ellen Jareckie to our fabulous line of images. House-Mouse Designs® was started by Ellen over 30 years ago, and  she’s been drawing the sweetest little creatures ever since. I know that many people are in love with these little mice and their arrival at Stampendous is sure to be welcome news for many! 

Today I'm sharing a stamp called Cling Gifts Galore


This image is ENORMOUS but I chose to conquer it anyway! One way to speed up the process of a monstrous task like this is to keep the colour scheme really simple. The presents are one colour or the other, and that's it! I added my own level of difficulty by adding shadow to all of the presents, but that's just because I'm crazy!


The easiest part of the colouring was the mouse! A few browns and done! Well... and a little blush on his cheek ;)



Some falling snow (Stickles) and a clear blue sky (a little Copic airbrushing, and a little bit of Gelatos) make the presents pop. I really love this image!!! 

Check out the projects our Design Team have created, then check out the stamps! Here’s who is playing today:

Kristine Reynolds

Tenia Nelson

Tobi Crawford (you're here)




Friday, July 19, 2013

Annabelle New Release Blog Hop!

It's finally here! Three new releases from Annabelle stamps and my first release on the DT! The designs are beautiful and it was hard to decided which set to feature today... But I chose Remember When. A large set featuring various poppies and sentiments. 


I haven't used my Distress Markers in a while, so I decided to watercolour! I stamped the image on watercolour paper with Archival ink, and got to colouring. The background is my favourite part and it's what took the most time too! Many, many layers of turquoise ink later and I had that soft, yet striking wash of blue to set off the red poppies. And just in case you're wondering, I did intentionally bleed the red out of the lines a little. I thought it would give the blooms a little glow... 



Next on the blog hop is Marcia! 


Hop on through all the blogs and then add your name to the Inlinkz at the ABS blog. You could win big!  Yes one lucky randomly selected person will win all three sets!!  You have until Sunday evening at 8.00pm to get your name in!

To celebrate the release we have these three sets on offer at a discounted price!  Purchase the three set bundle and save 20%!!  Be sure to add the bundle HERE rather than the sets individually :)  This offer is open until midnight Sunday AEST so you don't have long to take advantage, and don't worry because if you are the lucky winner of our hop and you've purchased the bundle I'll refund the purchase amount!!

New Stampendous Sneak Peek!

Finally I can start sharing some new designs from Stampendous!! It's almost time for CHA and that means new releases from all of our favourite companies. Stampendous has some tricks up their sleeves this release and the news is quite exciting! I won't announce it yet, but if you want to guess you can take a look through our July Catalog

So! Onto the sharing! I am glad I can finally show you a card from a class I designed for Clipper Street Scrapbooking Company. Classes are starting soon and I am looking forward to making some Christmas cards with you!



Yes! Nordic designs! 
This stamp has lots of potential and it's going to be a favourite of mine this holiday season! 

Here some other ladies who have shared their peeks too!

Lea Kimmel

Rhea Weigand

Asia King


You have until Sunday to comment on as many as you can and we’ll give away some of our new images when we come back on Monday with MORE Sneak Peeks, MORE Surprises, and MORE Prizes!! Here’s who is peeking today!

Thursday, July 18, 2013

There She Goes Again: Nursebot

This week the team at There She Goes is revisiting some of our favourite robot sets and I chose to play around with a cute little set called Nursebot. There are some fun "accessories" to play around with so I made a funny scene: 


This even made my hubby chuckle, so I know I did something right! It's an interesting colour combo, but like I usually do I picked the papers first, coloured second! 

There's some more fun at the TSG Blog too!

Deconstructed Sketch #110

Hi there! This week's Deconstructed Sketch is here again and today I've made it CAS... 


I don't know why, but when I saw the sketch I thought of fish swimming in an aquarium. The toughest part was finding a piece of patterned paper that "went" with my cardstock colours. That'll teach me to pick cardstock before patterned paper!! I gotta break my own rules sometimes to remind myself why I have them, hahaha... 

Speaking of fish in an aquarium, I used stamps from There She Goes' Make a Splash. I stamped the fish in Archival ink and outlined them with a tan coloured Distress Marker (Old Paper, I think...). 






Sketch Guidelines:

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 110? 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 DS110 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.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Annabelle Stamps Sneak Peek - Day 1


Welcome to day 1 of Annabelle Stamps' sneak peeks!  We have three new sets this month that we hope you will love! I am so excited to be a part of this team and to help premier the new sets...

Here's my card: 



This set is full of sweet little birds and lovely, sincere sentiments. I coloured this birdie with Copics and used the feather-blending technique to get the two different colours to run into each other without too much mess. (I used BG10 and R20) 


I did some funky sewing that would make my Gramma proud (NOT!) on a few of the elements. There have been a few ephemera elements that I've used that are sewn together like this so I thought it would be fun to do a little sewing of my own. 



You may notice a little texture on the floral paper. I ran it through my bigshot with an embossing folder. I find embossing patterned paper is very subtle, but it's one of those tactile elements that delights the receiver. 

So head over to the Annabelle Stamps Blog to see a couple more sneak peeks and stay tuned on Friday when all of the new sets are released! 

Monday, July 15, 2013

July Greenhouse Set Reveal

Today Technique Tuesday is revealing this month's set called Daisies!

 I had to turn to the internet for inspiration, because, you know, I've never seen a daisy in my life before, right? Not really, but all I could think of is the white and yellow ones... I totally forgot about Gerber Daisies!!


I love how the tips are white, so I aimed for that effect. 


I pulled out my bright pink Copic markers (the RV10 family) and gave them a little love. I think this is a beautiful set!


Not a Greenhouse Society member yet? You are in luck! It's on sale now for a limited time to non-members for $12.99 (plus shipping and handling).
If you like botanical-themed stamps, you may want to consider joining the Greenhouse Society. We release a new stamp set every month as part of this collection. Members get the Greenhouse sets for $9.99 each (plus shipping and handling) and enjoy other benefits. Check out the Membership Agreement andFAQ page on our Web site for more details on joining the Greenhouse Society.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Annabelle Stamps Challenge AC167



I'm here today with a fun challenge from Annabelle Stamps
Here's my card: 


You might laugh, but I used the Christmas set called Round For Christmas


I stamped the black circles on an orangey-red background then I dry-brushed some teal acrylic paint on top. I love teal and orange together!! 



I finished the card with a sentiment and the circle from Sentimental Bluebells

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 :)


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #109

Good morning to you! It's time for another wonderful Deconstructed Sketch and I had a lot of fun creating today's design. 


When I saw the current sketch I knew I was going to do something ombre, but this card took a fun twist when I started assembling the cardstock... 

Anyway, today's sketch: 



To make the background I punched lots of little circles (13 of each, to be exact) and started gluing them to a piece of white cardstock starting at the bottom and staggering them all the way to the top. Pretty, right? I love ombre! 

The sentiment is from the MFT stamp set: Framed Greetings. It comes with a die so that was handy! 

Sketch Guidelines:

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 109? 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 DS109 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, July 9, 2013

Jazz Cats Tutorial

Hi there! I have another Stampendous! Blogstar tutorial for you. In today's post I talk about some of the little details and techniques that I add to many of my cards that give them that special Tobi-touch. 


Today's card features a couple of new stamps called Birthday Jazz Cats and All That Jazz




First let's talk about the image. Once I coloured it (today I used Distress Markers and a water pen on watercolour paper) I distressed around the edges with brown ink. You can see on the left side of the image panel it's warm, and on the right, just plain white. I rarely leave the edges white. 

I did it with the sentiment too: 



Then I added a little glitter with a glitter pen. Subtle, but that sax needed something... 



The background. At first I thought that this cardstock (Core'dinations) would be a perfect match with my image, but it just didn't work - so I used one of my favourite Stampendous! products: Shabby White Embossing Enamel:


I just dragged a VersaMark pad along the edges and doused it with powder. Whenever I have a cardstock or a patterned paper that needs a certain something, I try this - and it usually works!