Friday, March 21, 2014

Tombow and Stampendous! Blog Hop

Today is the big day: our blog hop for big prizes! I coloured up this beautiful Wild Roses image with Tombows and a waterpen. For the background I scribbled some light brown ink on a palette and picked it up with a large waterpen for an aged look:

Thanks for stopping by today, here's where you need to hop to next:

Debbie Fisher

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Tombow and Stampendous! Blog Collaboration!

This week we are absolutely delighted to be working with the team at TombowUSA, creators of amazing markers and adhesives. Over the last 40 years Tombow has been expanding their flagship line of pencils to include pens, adhesives, and premium markers for all types of artists and art projects.

These markers are waterbased and blended with a blending pen, slightly different than the alcohol based brands our Design Team is used to using these days. This collaboration gave many of them the opportunity to learn something new.

Personally, I was looking forward to working with these markers because I have only coloured with Ranger Distress Markers (water-based markers too) and was frustrated with some aspects of watercolouring with them... I will say this about the Tombow markers: they are lovely to colour with! Bright, bold colours that retain their depth even when blended with water! That was one of my pet-peeves with Distress Markers and I'm glad that Tombow markers offer both depth and blendability... Here's my card:

I stamped the Sweet Sunflower Cling Stamp image with black Archival ink and coloured with Tombows and blended with a waterpen. I absolutely love the results I got, especially on the petals...

Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you tomorrow for our big blog hop and giveaway!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

March Greenhouse

Hi there and greetings from Ireland! I am hanging out in our Dublin hostel lounge before heading out for some shopping and later a tour of the Guinness factory!!

I made this card with Technique Tuesday's March Greenhouse stamp set. I thought I would pull out my metallic PanPastels and create a shiny focal image. Here's today's card:

I stamped the image with Versamark ink then dusted some bronze PanPastel over the ink. So easy...

Here's a shot that shows how shiny it is:

I then chose some clean colours for the sentiment panel to finish off the card. Thanks for stopping by! Stay tuned for some Ireland pictures!

Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Twinery

I am so excited to announce that I am now designing for The Twinery - the makers of THE BEST twine out there!! I was on pins and needles as they sorted through the DT applications and actually screamed when I got THE email!!

I use The Twinery's twine all the time because it's a quick little accent I can add to my cards and the colours are so bright and vivid, they just call to me!! lol... 

Check out the announcement on The Twinery Blog

Green With Envy

As this post goes live I will be boarding a plane to Ireland! I am so lucky to have a husband who coaches rugby at my school and that he takes his girls team to beautiful destinations!! I am so excited to return to the land o' the Leprechaun, especially since we'll be there on St. Patty's Day! 

In celebration of the little guy in green the Technique Tuesday team is sharing GREEN projects this week. Here's my card:

I used Lots of Dots on the green cardstock, and Flags are Flying stamp set and steel die. 

Thanks for stopping by! Next time I post I'll be in Ireland! Stay tuned for pictures!!!!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Faber-Castell and Stampendous Blog Hop

faber castell gelatos
It's the big day! I love blog hops with Stampendous! because the partnering companies are always so generous and it seems (from your comments) that a lot of you want to delve into mixed media but don't have the tools yet... Wouldn't it be nice to win some swag??? 
Faber-Castell was extremely generous to our Design Team sending us tons of products from their Design Memory Craft range. Many stampers and scrapbookers will be familiar with Gelatos and other products from this fine company. These products are at the forefront of the Mixed Media movement in scrapbooking, stamping and home decor, a perfect kick off for Mixed Media March – our Monthly Blog Challenge. We hope you’ll enjoy the terrific inspiration we’ve got for you this week!
Yesterday I showed you the cover of my Travel Journal: Ireland (and yes I am totally excited to be going back. I went two years ago and I'm excited to return!) and today I'm sharing one of the interior pages. 

I started by adding a light layer of gesso over one of the plain kraft pages. 

Then I chose some black and grey Gelatos and scribbled them ombrè style up the page. Then I used a baby wipe to blend. 

I couldn't wait to use the CRS7002 Cling Jumbo Dress Form stamp set, so I pulled it out. I stamped one of the backgrounds on the right side in black Archival ink. Once the dress form was stamped on the gesso'd background I felt it needed some love.... 

I pulled out my Big Brush Pitt Pen again, this time in Warn Grey and added some shading. They blend really well on gesso - all you need to do is smudge the line with your finger while the ink is still wet and you get that pretty shadow effect! 

Now it's ready to be journalled on and I am thrilled! 

Head over to the Stampendous! Blog for the whole hop list. Good luck and thanks for leaving me love!! 

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Faber-Castell Project Share

faber castell gelatos
All this week we’re crafting with the generous folks at Faber-Castell, and we know you’ll be so excited to see some of the terrific projects we’re creating. 
In exactly one week my family and I are leaving for a wonderful 2-week trip to Ireland. Last time I was there I brought a pre-made travel journal to house little bits of memorabilia and document memories and it was one of the better choices I made for that trip! For today's post I am sharing my new journal!
I prepped it by laying down some drywall tape and smearing on wood filler/putty. Then I gesso'd it 

Next, I took various Gelatos and made a bunch of circles. At this point I had NO idea where this project was going. 

I took a baby wipe and blended the colours together. 

Next, I covered most of the area with crackle paint, let that dry, and painted on top with white paint. 

Now it's time to get messy!! 
I added a whole bunch of other acrylic paints and glazes on top and decided to use one of Stampendous' new Mixed Media stencils that come free in a stamp set. 

I used the stencil from the Wired Cling Stamp set and sprayed black paint (mixed with water) through it. 

Next I used a Big Brush Pitt Pen to add some depth around the edge. My favorite thing about Pitt Pens are their ability to blend on top of acrylic paint. 

 Here's the finished cover:

Check out what the Faber-Castell team and our other Design Team members have been up to today on the Stampendous Blog! Be sure to leave comments for your chance to win some great products!

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Naughty Or Nice Challenge #2

Here we are with our second Naughty Or Nice challenge already!! This month has flown by and it's been so awesome pouring through all of the submissions. Thank you to all of you for participating and sharing our challenge with the world. See who our winners are in this special post. The naughty card was really and truly naughty!! 

Are you ready for this month's theme??? 

I spent a LOT of time thinking about this sentiment (too much time, actually...) and I think I came up with something good... Check it out!! 

Cute right? This is for my bro... Only a brother could get this kind of card!! 
The sentiment is printed out from a word document and the image is one of my treasured TSG stamps. 

Challenge Rules and Guidelines: 
  • You can simply add the URL link from your project after it has been uploaded to your online craft gallery. If you upload your card to an online craft gallery, please use the keyword NON2 so we can check out your beautiful work! You can also use online photo-sharing sites like Flickr to share your photos too! Click here to go the Naughty Or Nice NON2 post. 
  • Please mention and link back to this post to let people know about this fun challenge!
  • Whether you are Naughty or Nice, we sure would appreciate cards made especially for this challenge, but if you really, really want to, please link a card that fits NO MORE THAN 3  CHALLENGES including ours
  • You have until the 25th of each month to submit your creations and then the DT will pick two winners, one for both Naughty and Nice