Friday, January 31, 2014

AnnaBelle Stamps Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to the AnnaBelle Friday Feature Blog Hop!  We are very excited tonight to be sharing two brand new sets that we have been featuring over the last 4 weeks with little sneak peeks and today is the big reveal. This is also my last post on the ABS team. I've gotten a little too busy with, well... LIFE! My doctor who is dealing with my chronic fatique and Fibromyalgia is always telling me to JUST SAY NO, and make sure I have rest every day. That's hard to do in a fast-paced world like ours, but I'm starting to make some good changes. I have enjoyed working with Andrea and the other girls on the team so much, and I wish them all the best... 

Onto my card: 

I really love stamping on kraft cardstock. It is more subtle than stamping on a bright colour, but I enjoy the chalky effect of pigment inks (in this case I used Memento Luxe) on the kraft. I got the ombre effect by inking the stamp from yellow - to orange - to red and when the colours overlapped I tapped very gently to get the colours to mix. 

You can't see where one colour ends and the other begins, right? This is such a cool background stamp, it's a staple in my collection now, for sure. 

Here's a look at the sets:

Wedding Medallion

This set of 18 images and sentiments includes a large medallion that is approximately 9cm in diameter as well as gorgeous sentiments perfect for the couple in love!  We've teamed it with the background below!

BBD9 - Elegance

This huge background stamp measures nearly 13.5cm x 15cm so will be perfect for the Australian sized C6 card as well as large 13cm square cards!  Yum!

Do you want to win both of these sets??? 
  Follow along with our hop starting at Andrea's blog, Stamping Moments, leaving a comment as you visit each of the Belles blogs. Mine is the last stop, so if you've done the hop, add your name to the Inlinkz at the bottom of the post on the ABS Blog.  You have until Sunday evening 8.00pm AEDT to join in and one lucky person will win both of these sets!  Be sure to help us out by letting you friends know!

Happy hopping everyone!

Thursday, January 30, 2014

New Mixed Media Stamps from Stampendous!

The Stampendous January 2014 Catalog is full of new products, innovations, and terrific new designs from the minds of Stampendous including Owner Fran Seiford, and international Mixed Media Artist Nathalie Kalbach. All this genius has brought us some terrific new goodies for 2014 and I've been getting messy! 

I broke in my new Inspiration Journal from Donna Downey with some new mixed media stamps. 

I used lots of bold and beautiful paints and it turned out so... yummy!! It's all I can say about the colours!!

So first, I stamped some background stamps with versamark ink and embossed with white embossing powders. Then, I dabbed some Distress Paint all over: 

Kinda ugly, but I had a plan... Sort of. 

I stuck my finger in white paint and started finger painting! 

I let the paint dry and thought about my next move... Oh right, expose the embossing! 

It took a little elbow grease, but I rubbed a baby-wipe over the embossing and voila, it resisted it!!

So I got to the fun part.. What do I put on top? 

Other products used: 
India Ink
Large Pitt Pen (Black and White)
White Gel Pen
Black Oil Pastel
Silks Acrylic Paint

Stampendous Stamps used: 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

I Did Something Naughty....

A few friends and I were talking about how we were going to miss playing with all of the cute and somewhat naughty There She Goes stamps now that it's closed and one of them said, "Why don't we start a challenge?" And that's how Naughty or Nice Challenges was born! 

It will be a monthly theme challenge and we would love it if you could play along! Your creations don't have to be naughty, but wouldn't it be fun if they were?? lol. 

Subscribe to our blog and look for the first challenge on February 1st! 

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Thanks Friend

The 25th is here, and that means that the Technique Tuesday Peony - Greenhouse Society stamp set is now shipping. I was getting a little messy playing with some paint and the Stampendous Creative Palette and ended up making a bunch of mono-prints that I was pretty happy with: 

When monoprinting was introduced to me I was intrigued, but I didn't know what you did with all of the prints once you were done?! I created some more muted ones intentionally so I could cut them up and make cards. The print in the top left is the one I used for today's card. 

I stamped the Peonys in grey pigment ink and embossed with clear EP. (It was taking forever to dry)
Then I stamped the sentiment in the same grey ink. 

I am excited to play around with my Creative Palette more and I'm pinning mono-prints like a mad-woman. I would love to see your creations with prints. I have a feeling I'm going to need the inspiration!!! 

Not a Greenhouse Society member yet, but want the Peony - Greenhouse Society stamp set? We still have a few sets available for purchase.
If you like botanical-themed stamps, you may want to consider joining theGreenhouse 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.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

My Weekend with Donna Downey

Like the title says I spent the weekend with my mixed media idol: Donna Downey!!! Throughout my learning of this artistic genre Donna has been a constant guide thanks to her "Inspiration Wednesday" posts. Free instructional video every week? Where do I sign up??!! (She has since given up the insp. wed. videos and started an online course called 48 weeks.. I am excited to sign up at the end of the month!!!!)

Anyway... My LSS, Clipper Street, brought in the fab Donna Downey as well as Bill and I had a great time soaking up every minute of her. Here are some favourite moments: 

Mixed Media Academy: 

This is her sample. On the supply list was fabric, which totally freaked me out, but it meant we were making our own book from scratch and it was super easy!!

Thank goodness the Amy Butler fabrics I picked out matched the colour scheme! The best part of this painting process was we did it in true DD style - WITH OUR FINGERS!!

Here's one of my finished inner pages. This photo is from my wedding - we're in a cute little Irish pub. Perfect colours for this project. 

The next class I took was her Painting with PanPastels. It was intense!!

Right before our eyes she took us from blobs of colour...

To a real painting!! It was amazing. 

Then she made us do it! lol...

Here are my two pieces. (Our glasses matched!!)

Here are my paintings up close: 

I can't tell you how excited I was after this class!!! I left the store around 11pm and went home and painted another: 

I brought it by the store the next day to show her and I nearly cried and she got goosebumps! Never in a million years did I think I could do this with PanPastels!!! 

Here were some other fun pics: 

This is THE Inspiration Wednesday Journal!! I got to hold it, lol!! The top book is my page based on hers below. There were a few pages of hers that I copied because I loved them so much... What a trip!

And me and Donna:

I can't wait to meet up with her again. I am hoping to fly to NC to take one of her weekend courses. If this week was just a sampling of what she offers, then an entire weekend (Friday-Sunday) would blow my mind!!!
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoyed my DD adventure! 

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

I Love You Bunny

To everyone's delight, Stampendous! has started to release some cute HappyHoppers® stamps, and this week the whole team is featuring their best HH projects! 

I honour of Valentine's Day and it's quick approach, I used Cling Bunny Luv for today's card:

It was funny, I had just started to colour the image when I realized the paper I was using was REALLY slippery... Way more than normal. Then I thought about it for a sec. and realized I stamped on Ranger's "perfect stamping paper." It was a lot like colouring on glossy CS, but I just kept going. Happy accidents and all that... 

You can maybe see where some of the colours didn't so much blend as they did move. But I never throw anything away - most people wouldn't even see the difference! lol... 
Copic colours used: Big bunny: C7, 5, 3, 1, 0; Little bunny: E43, 42, 41, 40; Hearts: R37, 35.

So this card is based on this week's Deconstructed Sketch. It's a great one if you want to check it out! 

Welcome Peony!

It's the 15th and that means there's a new Greenhouse Society stamp set up for grabs, and this month it's the beautiful: Peony

I would normally colour an image like this with Copics, but I decided to do a mixed-media tag from start-to-finish. The background was made with Gelatos and I spread them around with a baby wipe. Then I spread some gold stickles around. Lastly, I stamped the image with Archival ink and coloured it with Gelatos and a water-brush. 

Thanks for popping in! 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Falling Hearts

Hello there! 
I am on a mission to make as many Valentines as I can in the next couple of weeks, 
so I need all of the inspiration I can get! Today I played along with the
current Case Study Challenge.. Here's my card:

Do people ever ask you how long it takes to make one card? I usually say about an hour, because really, that's how long it takes me! 

NOT this one...
First I misted about 7 or 8 different colours onto the cardstock that I
had stamped and embossed with white EP. (don't ask me why I needed all those sprays to make PINK. I just did, ok? lol...)

Then I proceeded to add: Silks acrylic paints, Gelatos, and Distress Inks. 

2 full episodes of Dr. Who later I got this: 

It's funny because I would definitely call this clean-and-simple, but it was not clean, and most assuredly not simple, lol.... But oh how I love how it turned out! I heard gold and pink was "in" so I incorporated some AC gold glitter paper. Va-va-voom!

Here's the inspiration photo for the Case Study Challenge if you want to play along: 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Friday, January 10, 2014

Annabelle Stamps Sneak Peek

Hi there! I'm showcasing a card today featuring a new set from Annabelle Stamps that's
going to be released at the end of the month. I've waited a looooong time to use
this set because I've had a few ideas percolating for a while now! 

I don't think I've mentioned this before, but I splurged and got the entire set of Memento Luxe Ink pads 
and have been playing around with them. Consensus: I love them! They give a perfect, bold impression every time. The only drawback is that because they're a pigment ink, and VERY juicy, they take 
a long time to dry. I always have to remind myself to heat-set when I'm finished. 

There you have it, you'll have to wait for the big release on the 31st of January! Want a sneak peek of the sets?? 

Our Mega Clearance Sale is still on if you haven't already taken advantage of it but concludes this Sunday at midnight AEDT!  All you need is the Discount Coupon code…


…and 30% will be deducted at checkout on your entire order!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

A Warm Little Wish

I've mentioned this before, but I hate putting my Christmas stamps away!!! There are so many stamps that I don't get to even use, so I'm going to find a way to use a bunch of them throughout the year. These cute little stamps come from the Stampendous! set called "Snowman Banners." The snowman is supposed to hold these little banners in his branches, but hey! Why not use some of them on their own?! The sentiment could be used any time during these cold months!

Thanks for stopping by! 
Additional Supplies: 
Papers - Authentique "Glistening"
MME Enamel Dots
Copics: BG13, 11, 10; E41, 40, 33
General's Chalk Pencil
Red dots/banner - Memento Luxe Ink

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Technique Tuesday Winter Release

It's the most wonderful time of the year: TIME FOR CHA!! And that means lots and lots of 
beautiful new stamps from your fav' stamp companies!

Technique Tuesday has a lot of great new products for cardmakers, scrapbookers, and Project-Lifers alike. (I also love that they're coming out with some cool steel dies)

This is a project I created with a new set from Ali Edwards called, Treasure Labels

I put my mixed-media spin on it by using mists (Dylusions) and Faber-Castell Pitt Pens (you can see the shading underneath the embossing... That the Pitt Pens!) along with a couple of pretty sequins.

This card was made for my son on his birthday. It's everything I feel about him all on one card! So I decided to wrap a couple of his gifts in brown paper and do some coordinating stamping: 


Technique Tuesday's 2014 Winter release is here! Go here to see all of our new stamps and steel dies.
And if you see a stamp set or steel die that you really want, you can pre-order it now. (We will start shipping pre-orders in about two weeks.)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

I Love You So Much

I just picked up some brand-new Memory Box goodies from my LSS and thought I would play around with one idea I had in my head...

I wanted to play along with the current Case Study challenge, so I picked out some floral patterned papers (MME) and got to work... Here's the inspiration picture:

The colours, the lace, the tiny little dots all inspired me as I was making this card. It was high time I started making Valentines Day cards, so this was #1 for 2014. 

Have a great day!
Memory Box die: Heart of Hearts
Sentiment Stamp: Signature Greetings from PTI
MME Paper: The Sweetest Thing

Friday, January 3, 2014

Friendship Needs No Words

Well.... I guess it's time to move on from Christmas. I really do hate packing up all my seasonal stuff, especially since I didn't use half of the stamps and papers I wanted to!! December is just way too busy to get all of my holiday cardmaking done. Maybe I'll keep it around for a while and see what I can get done for Christmas 2014!

So in the spirit of moving on, here's a card I made for a couple of challenges and this has nothing to do with Christmas!!

I made this card for the new Annabelle stamps sketch challenge (click here for all of the info) using Remember When. This whole card was made with white cardstock. All of the colours are Memento Luxe ink applied with the Ranger Ink Blending Tool. 

In addition to the Annabelle challenge, I played along with the current Runway Inspired Challenge. Here's the inspiration photo: 

That fabulous green-gold is a tough colour to create, so I layered, well... Greens and a golden yellow ink. I also added some Taupe accents because the only other neutral besides the white/cream colours was her skin! 

Thanks for stopping by!! Happy New Year! 

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Tobi's Top 12 of 2013

This was, by 25 blog posts, my busiest blog year. I had 4-6 design teams that I served on and it was quite the chore for me to juggle everything while maintaining my super-busy teaching schedule - but I came out alive! lol... 

I am looking forward to a more relaxed 2014 with only a few design teams on my plate and a lighter teaching load at my LSS. I am still quite busy with my music-teaching position and I only see myself getting 
busier as time goes by. My choral program is building bigger and bigger every year
and it thrills me to no end to have all of my dear students involved!

In the tradition of many bloggers out there (and I've done it for 4 years now too), I am going to share MY favourite projects from 2013. I have gone through some creative changes this year and consider mixed media one of my forte's and one of my favourite ways to create cards. Copic is still up there, but I feel like I'm more versatile after this year... 

So here we are: 

The first of many mixed media canvases.
Kind of wiener-obsessed after adopting one of my own!

This year I really refined my shading-with-chalk-pencil technique. Love it!

I designed my first stamp set this month! That was awesome.

This card is one of my most-pinned cards. So simple though!

Definitely got into Art Journalling this year. This page has been pinned almost 100 times!

I started designing for Annabelle Stamps. They're gorgeous!!

Another Annabelle Stamps card. I held on to this one!!

This is a cute little canvas book I painted. It was a lot of fun...

PanPastels came into my life and it's been great.

One of TSGs fastest selling stamp sets. So sad that TSG is gone now...

I gave this to my train-loving Dad. This was a fun card to make!

Just like last year I noticed my propensity for using black cardstock. I must vow to use more of my delicious Bazzill Cardshoppe this year!! But I love the addition of my new mixed media supplies - it's definitely influenced my style for the better.. (I think?!?!) 

I'd LOVE it if you commented with a link to YOUR top cards of 2013! I just love looking at everyone's best projects at a glance. Head over to the Catered Crop and share your "Top 2013" creations for a chance to guest design with them! Take care, and Happy New Year!!