Friday, August 30, 2013

Bring The Giggles Blog Hop

We have made it to our fourth and final day of Blog Hop Challenges, but never fear, you still have until 5pm EST on Saturday, August 31st to comment on each day's blog hop challenge posts!!  Today, we have another set from Torico, Bring The Giggles!! Are you ready for a slumber party? Having a slumber party? Our new set, Bring the Giggles is the perfect set for you, then! Just remember the golden rule though: No Boys Allowed!!





There are some pretty unusual colours in this paper pack (cosmo cricket) but I stuck with it and when I finished I actually like it! lol... Torico's people are always so fun to colour, you can't go wrong!
****If you missed it the other day, I made a little video tutorial showing how to do this sunburst background... Check it out and comment and subscribe! I am going to try and do more videos!
CLICK HERE FOR THE VIDEO POST




Bring the Giggles is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 24 stamps and will sell for $24.00. This set will be for sale at 11pmEST on Saturday, August 31st.




Would you like to win the new Bring the Giggles 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, August 31st with the winner being announced during the release party chat.











Art Journal with Splat Attack




Hi there! We're featuring one of our newer stamp sets called Splat Attack and I thought I would play around with some art journaling!





The background is some pages from an old law textbook and I decoupaged it to my new mini Dylusions journal! A few paints on top and I was ready to paint my crazy bird and branch.

So... Can you spot the Splat Attack stamps?




I used the paint drip stamp (black with white outline) and the paint splatter (bronze). Fun right???

Head over to the Annabelle Stamps Blog to see the rest of the team's creations!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Wilbur Blog Hop

Welcome to our third day of Blog Hop Challenges, where we are introducing the newest sockgoblin, Wilbur!! We love that you have been playing along everyday, so keep up the commenting!! We love our fans!! Another addition to the sock goblin line, Wilbur. Isn’t he precious??


I love going crazy with the colours on the sock goblins.. Anything goes!! I chose this Pink Paislee paper pack because it's kinda-sorta masculine and I love cards that can be unisex! 


Wilbur is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 3 stamps and will sell for $9.00. 
This set will be for sale at 11pmEST on Saturday, August 31st.


Would you like to win the new Wilbur  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, August 31st with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Flair with Technique Tuesday

Are you guys into the "flair" trend? Flair used to just refer to ovr-sized buttons or pins, but Technique Tuesday has a large selections of flair stamps that are punchable with your small circle punches! They then become easy-to-use accessories for any layout or card.... However..... I did something a little different. Today I made a couple of pretty Christmas cards with Joy Flair by Ali Edwards.




I transferred the stamps from the packing sheet onto my clear block pretty much like they were and made a custom background. Here's the process:

1. Scribble Watercolor crayons over watercolor paper and smear with baby wipe.
2. Dry with a heat tool.
3. Stamp with versamark ink and cover with white embossing powder.
4. Heat with heat tool.
5. Ink edges with ranger distress ink and ink tool

Visit the Technique Tuesday blog to see more Flair sets featured!

Splash Inks Tutorial

Hi there! I'm here again with a Stampendous! Blogstar post! Today I am playing around with Splash Inks. They are acrylic paint/inks but are very pigmented and very fluid - almost watery. When you paint with them it's much like watercolour painting and therefore, a little different for me. But it was great fun!

Today I used two stamp sets: 
Cling Fall Float House-Mouse Designs®


I first started by embossing the jumbo leaves with white embossing powder on cream cardstock. 

Here's my well-loved palette and my Splash Inks all mixed and ready to go. 



Embossing the images really helped to keep the paint in the lines, haha!! (Except for a boo-boo here and there...) I found I had to wet my brush, dip it in the ink, then add colour to the paper and repeat. (Add water to the brush each time) The colours are really intense and the water helps it to flow a lot better. 


Next, I filled in the background: 
I mixed up a pretty turquoise blue and was able to hide my boo-boos by going a little darker in strategic areas. This step definitely had a lot of water mixed in. In the center it was 50/50 ink and water. 


After the paint dried I inked the edges with brown distress ink. The colours just POP when you do this. 


I coloured the image the same way I did the background, except I had no embossed barrier to help me! I just love how the leaf turned out though... When it comes to nature, I always Google it! 



Here's the finished product: 



I found a tag in my stash that had this sentiment on it - it's perfect, right? 


Thanks for joining me today! 

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Amalia & Laylah Blog Hop

Welcome to day two of our new release peeks!! Today we have the newest addition to our super cute line from Megan Suarez, Amalia and Laylah.




This is the sweetest sentiment and I can think of multiple people I could give this card to! 

Amalia and Laylah is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 2 stamps and will sell for $9.00. This set will be for sale at 11pmEST on Saturday, August 31st.

Would you like to win the new Amalia and Laylah  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, August 31st with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Life Is A Circus Blog Hope

Here we are again, and it's time for this month's Blog Hop Challenges to start!! We have four days of awesomeness to share with you, so be prepared for a ton of fun!! Today we are kicking things off with a new set from Torico called Life Is A Circus....so let's get going!

I love it when I have paper that goes with a stamp set perfectly!! Image was coloured with copics and the die cuts are Spellbinders. 


Life’s a Circus is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 35 stamps and will sell for $24.00. This set will be for sale at 11pmEST on Saturday, August 31st.

Would you like to win the new Life’s a Circus 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, August 31st with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Topical Tuesday

Hi there! I have a little tutorial up at the Annabelle Blog today for this Art Journal page:


Have a great day!! 

Sunday, August 25, 2013

August Greenhouse Society Stamp Set

Hi there! This month's Greenhouse set is now available and I can't wait to show you two projects that I made with it.. Introducing the Strawflower:


I haven't coloured on kraft paper for a while so I thought I would pull out my favourite cardstock and get colouring! So as per normal I have NO idea what a Strawflower is.. Me and my "black thumb"... So I headed to Google to find an image: 


Pretty flower!!!

For my second project I went a little Mixed Media:

The background was made with distress inks and then I embossed the frame with a Sizzix embossing folder. To make it black I rubbed a Versamark pad over the raised portions and embossed with black EP. Then I added a blue paint to the centre with my finger. 



We are now ready to begin shipping our Strawflower - Greenhouse Societystamp set!
Not a Greenhouse Society member yet? You can still get it! 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 and FAQ page on our Web site for more details on joining the Greenhouse Society.


Friday, August 23, 2013

Annabelle Stamps Challenge AC170

We have a really nice CAS sketch up at the Annabelle Stamps blog this week... Here's my card:


I used two new sets: Timeless and BBD8. For the background I stamped the chevrons in Versamark then rubbed PanPastels over the cardstock. The Versamark grabbed on to the Panpastel colour and made the chevrons a lot more visible that if it was just Versamark alone. 

Here's the sketch: 


We'd love for you to play along! Check out the post here for more details!

Sunburst Background Video Tutorial

The last time I posted a card with the sunburst background a few of you emailed and asked for a tutorial. I actually had a look back into my archives because I thought I had! I know I taught my method at a cardmaking class a while ago, but I thought I showed you guys how to do it too! Oh well... here it is now, right?! 

I made this card for today's special "There She Goes Again!" post at the TSG Blog. We are creating with three classic TSG sets and for today's feature I chose Garden Of Life


The image was stamped with Archival onto watercolour paper and the image was coloured with Distress markers. That was the easy part! Making the video? Pain in my butt!! I really like making videos - they are so much easier than step-out photos - but my "set-up" is really laughable right now!!

Anyway... Without further adieu, here's my video! 


Thursday, August 22, 2013

Jumping For Joy

Hi there! It's time for another Deconstructed Sketch

Here's my card: 

This week at the Stampendous! blog we're featuring two of our new House-Mouse Designs® stamps and today I used Cupcake Jump. I coloured the stamp with Copic markers and added some shading with my black pastel chalk pencil. So..... today I altered the sketch a lot! I don't usually like to leave anything hanging off the edge of the card (it's highly inconvenient to find an envelope that fits) but this image was huge! I wanted to have all of the components of the sketch on the card, so this was my way of making it work!! 
PS... Did you notice the "mouse & co.) on the newsprint patterned paper!!! SO meant to be!


Here's the sketch:

SKETCH GUIDELINES:

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 115? 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 DS115 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. Be sure to hop over to our Facebook page throughout the week to see if your card is featured!

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Flags Are Flying

Did you know that Technique Tuesday has digital cut files now? I was part of the trials to make sure everything worked well before they were released and I had no problems, whatsoever. I am NOT the type of person that would go through the effort of making a custom cut file, so when a company has a die or a product like this, I am all over it! 


Everything was cut with the Silhouette - even the sentiment. I could never fussy-cut that perfectly so this was great. This is a great guy card. I always feel weird giving a man a card with lots of stuff on it - is that wrong? 


Supplies:
Flags are Flying stamp set 
Basic Grey Hipster 6x6 Pad


Friday, August 16, 2013

Annabelle New Release Blog Hop!


Look at all those beautiful sets!!! 
I have already sneaked a couple of the sets (you can see Timeless here and Butterfly Sunshine here) and today I'm sharing projects with Backgrounds By Design 8 and Splat Attack... Lots of fun!!


First, a card with BBD8: 

I absolutely LOVE banners so I had to use the banner stamps in the set. I stamped them in Versamark onto the red, orange and yellow cardstock, and embossed with white embossing powder. Then, I layered them on the patterned paper (it wasn't my idea, the original paper has some banners on it, I just covered them up! Smart, eh??) and sewed them in place. Then the sentiment was stamped (don't you love that funky font?) and I added some sequins to fill up some of the "white space." 


Next, a couple cards with Splat Attack. They both use the same formula which yielded some cool results: 


Ombre green... I am really into making my own backgrounds lately so I took the single chevron stamp in the set and repeated it in a bunch of different green inks. The sentiment is cool because COLOUR (or COLOR if you're American) is a separate stamp, so you can coordinate it with your card! 


My lips didn't end up being ombre as much as just a bunch of different shades of red and pink - but it did the trick! I had to explain what "Mwah!" meant to my husband... MEN! The bright red lip next to the sentiment was embossed with red embossing powder. In real life it's super glossy!! 

If you love the whole collection of new sets and would simply love to have them all then we have a deal for you!  Follow the link HERE to the bundle package and you will save 20%!!  Not only that but the bundle qualifies for FREE shipping!

Now it's time to hop! 
                                 Tobi  <--- You are here
                                                         Marcia  <--- You need to hop here next!
    Laurie    


Thursday, August 15, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch #114

Are you ready for this week's Deconstructed Sketch?? 
  
I was up late last night finishing this card and went to upload it and alas, my internet was down!!!! After an hour on hold with customer service I was told it would be out all night so I gave up and went to bed.. 

So finally, here's my card!
This week at the Stampendous blog we're featuring our in depth reveal of the newest goodies in our July Catalog, we’re focusing this week on our new Butterfly Charms Perfectly Clear Stamps™ and our Steampunk Charms Perfectly Clear Stamps™! Today I used the butterfly set and created this little postcard from watercolour paper. I watercoloured the butterflies with Distress Markers and added a little shading with General's Chalk Pencils. The sentiment?? Well let's just say I had a "craft-gasm" when I discovered the sentiment I chose (Thoughtful Wishes Perfectly Clear Stamp Set) said "SENDING cheerful wishes..."! SENDING, as in a postcard! Man, I am a genius. lol... It's the little things, alright? 

Here's this week's sketch: 



Sketch Guidelines:

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 114? 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 DS114 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. Be sure to hop over to our Facebook page throughout the week to see if your card is featured!

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Annabelle Sneak Peeks Day 3


It's day three of sneaks from Annabelle Stamps and it's been very hard to keep these two cards a secret! Sometimes when I get a new stamp set I struggle to come up with an idea that I feel is innovative - but not with this set... It's called Butterfly Sunshine and I'll show you why. I have two very different takes on a sunburst theme.

First I'll show you what I did with three of the butterfly images:


I stamped the butterflies with Archival ink onto watercolour paper and coloured them with Distress Markers. I used the remnants from a card I made last week to create this sunburst pattern that emanates from the center(ish) of the card.

For my second card I am showing you what I did with the two sunburst stamps in the set... 

I did my best to find inks with the same tint (the amount of white mixed with the colour) so my rainbow was consistent. I don't own a lot of coloured inks, so I think I did pretty well.. I actually like how some of my stamping was inconsistent - it makes it look kind of distressed. Some of my inks are a little old and on the dry side, but it worked out to my advantage this time! The sentiment is a perfect accompaniment to a rainbow card, and I stamped it and die cut it out with a Spellbinders label die. 

Head on over to the Annabelle Stamps blog to see more sneak peeks! Thanks for stopping by!


Monday, August 12, 2013

Annabelle Sneak Peeks: Day 1

Annabelle Stamps has FOUR new sets coming out this month and they are all FANTASTIC!! Today I'm sharing a couple of cards made with the set called Timeless. This set just screamed masculine to me, so I assembled some papers and cardstock that went with my theme and got stamping. 


As you can see, the clock stamp is the entire clock, but I sometimes like the look of the image hanging off the edge of the card, so I tried it both ways.. On both cards, though, I stamped the image with Versamark in the background... I felt the cardstock looked too bare without it. 


Supplies: 

Stamps: Annabelle Stamps - Timeless 
Papers: PTI Cardstock and My Mind's Eye patterned papers
Ink: Archival black and Versamark
Burlap Twine


Head over to the Annabelle Stamps blog for more sneak peeks! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Annabelle Stamps Colour Challenge

Hi guys! I have had the strangest stomach bug the last couple of days and haven't felt much like creating, so it's a good thing I got a lot done this past weekend! I was on a roll for a few days and actually worked ahead. If you know me, then you know that this NEVER happens; I am always the last one to submit a card for a challenge or I'm scheduling my blog posts at 11:59!!! It feels good to have projects done ahead of time on days like these where I can't sit upright for longer than 10 minutes. I MUST remember this for the future, but knowing me it won't change much...

Onto today's card:


My mojo was flowin' that night! I know, because this danged starburst background is sometimes a pain-in-the-butt but I really wanted it to highlight this week's challenge. One triangle for each colour.... It was fun to go through my patterned paper and find just the right colour to match.


Isn't this image a beauty? I get asked ALL THE TIME which do I prefer: Copics or Distress Markers?? I never know what to say since they are so different. For me, there is NO WAY I could get my Copic markers to get this beautiful swoopy sunset look. Watercolour markers have a beauty all their own and when I want a background to look like this - Distress Markers all the way! (I used the Broad Distress Waterpen to get that sunset look... Tutorial in the future, perhaps?? It's really easy...)


Papers: Mostly MME
Colouring Medium: Distress Markers and Waterpens
Ink: Archival

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, August 8, 2013

Deconstructed Sketch 113

Hello there! Are you ready for a fun Deconstructed Sketch?? I love these kinds of sketches because it literally forces me to use papers from my 6x6 pads. I am a hoarder and you gotta force me to rip some of these beauties from the pad - but it's okay... I love this card... lol 



I used the TSG set Scootin' By with some yummy MME papers. I did some masking to create this final image (masked the scooter) and attempted some fancy colouring... You gotta make it interesting, right? 


So I purchased something at my LSS tonight.. Can you guess what it is?? 


Mmmm-hmmm.. Sequins! I purchased a few packs by Teresa Collins but they were in UN-SEALED baggies! I got the packs home and knew that disaster would strike as soon as I opened them, but luckily I had TUBES standing in the wings. 


Sketch Guidelines:

Are you ready for Deconstructed Sketch 113? 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 DS113 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. Be sure to hop over to our Facebook page throughout the week to see if your card is featured!


House-Mouse with Sparkle


Hi there, I have a Blogstar post up at the Stampendous! blog today. 

I have some crafty friends that believe a Christmas card isn't a Christmas card without glitter. Now whether you believe that or not it can't hurt, right? 

Today I'm using an image featuring Monica Mouse:

Often times I've coloured an image and a couple things go through my head: 

Should I add glitter to the snow on the ground?
Should I add glitter to the sky? 
Should I add glitter to the background papers? 

Today I did all three:


So after colouring I got out my glue pen and added some glitter to the ground with Ultra Fine Crystal Snow Glitter. That wasn't enough though!


I was taking a look through my stamps and came across the Cling Jumbo Penguin Snow stamp set that includes this stencil... SNOW!! 


I used the Boss Gloss dabber through the stencil and sprinkled on some Crystal Embossing Powder, then heated it with my heat tool. (I also dragged the dabber along the edges of the image and embossed that too!)

Next came the patterned paper: 


Plain. No glitter. I stamped the snowflakes from Cling Jumbo Penguin Snow with Boss Gloss and embossed with Crystal Embossing Powder. 



Here's the final result: