Friday, July 30, 2010

Just One of Those Days

Yup - been one of those days so I thought I would share this card. It seemed appropriate. Snort. And it improved my mood greatly. :)

Notes: Stamped the main image in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Markers. Applied Crystal Effects to the skirt and dusted with glitter and added Crystal Effects to the pig hat and ballet slippers.

I diecut a piece of cork with a large scallop die (MFT) and added a bit of stitching to the sweet blush layer.

Hope you have a fantastic weekend! :)
Recipe:
Stamps: Angry Ballerina (Kraftin' Kimmie Stamps). Paper: Sweet Blush, White (PTI), Black, Naturals Ivory (SU!), designer (October Afternoon). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Copic Spica Pens. Other: Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, black brads (SU!), twine, ribbon (May ARts), cork and scallop edge die (MFT), sewing machine and heavy duty white thread, dimensionals.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

TSG Sneak Peeks Day 3: Puppy Love / Bee Happy

Hey Peeps!

Welcome to Day Three of TSG Sneak Peeks! Today we are sharing samples using two new stamp sets that were illustrated by the newest TSG artist, Torico! And they are fun ones. :) I'm the first stop on today's hop but if you get lost along the way head over to the TSG Blog where you can find list of who is hopping today.

First up is a set called Puppy Love and it is for all of you puppy lovers (I'm talking about you Meredith... lol!).

Puppy Love is a 4x8 stamp set that includes a total of 39 stamps and will sell for $18.


See? Such a cute image that I couldn't resist getting inky! :) Stamped the main image in Memento Tuxedo Black on White cardstock and colored with Copic markers. I paper pierced the little girl's dress using the same designer paper as one of the panels (My Mind's Eye). I sponged the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink and stitched to a panel of Rich Razzleberry cardstock.


Bee Happy is a 3x4 stamp set that includes a total of 27 stamps and will sell for $7.

Would you like a chance to win both the Puppy Love and Bee Happy stamp sets? Here’s what you need to do: go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Puppy Love / Bee Happy Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog to add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Puppy Love and Bee Happy stamp sets. The winner will be announced Saturday (July 31st) during the Release Party Chat.

Make sure to stop by the TSG Blog on Friday to see new TSG Tips & Tricks sheets featuring the brand new stamp sets! The Tip Sheets will also be available to download as .pdf files so that you can print them out to keep on hand for easy access during stamping :)

For my second card I used one of the happy fat bumblebees and the honeycomb flower (how neat is that?).

I stamped the bumblebee on white cardstock, colored and cut out. I added Frosted Lace Stickles to the weeks... cause this bumblebee has his party outfit on. ;)


The background behind the flowers and bumblebee started off as white but I sprayed it with Lemon and the Lime Glimmer Mist... just because I like sparkle. ;)

Are you ready for more fun cards? Hop on over to Heather's! I can't wait to see what she and the rest of the Trendsetter's have created!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

TSG Sneak Peeks Day 2: Winning the Race / Kindred Spirits

Hi Peeps!

Welcome to Day Two of TSG Sneak Peeks! Today the Trendsetters are showcasing two stamp sets on the blog hop! Oh yay! I'm the first stop on the hop... so you are in the right place. If you lose you way head over to the TSG Blog which has a full list of all the stops. :) Now for some sneak peeks:


There She Goes is proud to add another stamp set to the Stamps For A Cause collection! Kristy K. contacted Jessica back in April with an idea for a stamp set about a cause that was close to her heart- Cancer Society's Relay for Life. For each Winning The Race mini set sold, TSG will donate $4 to the American Cancer Society!

Winning The Race is a 3x4 stamp set that includes a total of 10 stamps and will sell for $7 (with $4 being donated to the American Cancer Society)

I don't have a sample for this stamp set... yet!


The second mini set that the Trendsetters are showing off is called Kindred Spirits. This beautiful mini set includes two different sized flower outlines as well as textured silhouette flower images that can be stamped underneath to add wonderful dimension to any project!

Kindred Spirits is a 3x4 stamp set that includes a total of 7 stamps and will sell for $7.

Would you like a chance to win both of the mini sets Winning The Race and Kindred Spirits? Here’s what you need to do: go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Winning The Race / Kindred Spirits Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog to add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Winning The Race / Kindred Spirits stamp sets. The winner will be announced Saturday (July 31st) during the Release Party Chat.

And here is my sample - these flowers are so pretty and easy to stamp! I wanted a very soft tone for the flowers so using Baja Breeze Classic ink I stamped off once on scrap paper. This lightened the color just enough! The outline was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and the flower centers with Kiwi Kiss.

Of course a touch of glitter was needed so I sprayed all three of the flowers with Pearl Glimmer Mist and heat set. Unlike yesterday I did add a touch of sewing and twine. I paper pierced the diecut cardstock (Labels die from SpellBinders) instead of sewing... I can sew a straight line and that is about it! :)


Are you ready for more pretty stuff? How about checking out the next stop on the blog hop: the talented Heather!


Tuesday, July 27, 2010

TSG Sneak Peeks Day 1: The Journey

Hey Peeps!

Welcome to Day 1 of TSG Sneak Peeks! We are showcasing the new stamp set The Journey on our blog hop today! The hop started with Chris (the fabby illustrator for this set) and if you came here from her blog you are in the right place! If not... I highly recommend you scoot over to her blog. :)


This Asian inspired stamp set includes many beautiful images that you are going to love to use on a regular basis!

The Journey is a 6x8 stamp set that includes a total of 20 stamps and will sell for $24.

Would you like a chance to win the The Journey stamp set? Here’s what you need to do: go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their The Journey Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog to add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of this Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own The Journey stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (July 31st) during the Release Party Chat.

For my card I went with a shappy sort of vintage look. Hmmm... need to work on that a bit. The main image was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black on white cardstock and colored with Copic markers. The dish was stamped on a seperate piece of cardstock, colored, cut out and adhered over the main image with dimensionals. I added a touch of Dimensional Pearls to the center of each flower.


A little antiquing of the layers (including the crocheted ribbon), a bit of designer paper and some embossing finished the card. If I remade this card I would add stitching to each of the layers... I went through major withdrawal not adding any sewing or twine to this card! Hee hee. ;)

Now that you have seen my card... the next stop on the hop is the extremely talented Heather (I'm in awe of her cards - the color schemes are always perfect and bright)!
Check back tomorrow! There will be even more TSG goodness to share. :)

Recipe:
Stamps: The Journey (TSG Clear Stamps). Paper: Pink Pirouette, Creamy Caramel, Naturals Ivory (SU!), white (PTI), Sugared designer (Basic Grey). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger). Other: Swirls embossing folder by Tim Holtz (Sizzix), vanilla brads (American Crafts), Dimensionals Pearls (Ranger), Crocheted trim (May Arts), dimensionals, 1 3/8" circle punch (SU!).

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Happy Mail

Hello everyone,

I was playing with some new-ish stamps the other day and made a couple cards including this one.

I stamped the sweet Pure Innocence girl (from MFT) in Memento Tuxedo Black ink on an ivory Perfect Panel (also from MFT) and colored with Copic markers. Her dress was pieced from designer paper (October Afternoon) and a coating of Crystal Effects with a dusting of glitter was applied to the dress collar and pockets and the heart on the mail box.

I accented the card with some of my favorites: jute, buttons, ribbon and brads! Hmm... I wonder what will be my favorite accent in five years? Will I still be using buttons? Sewing? Or will some new trend knock 'em for a loop and take their place? What do you think?

Recipe:
Stamps: Happy Mail - Pure Innocence (MFT Stamps). Paper: River Rock, Basic Black (SU!), Aqua Mist (PTI), Ivory Perfect Panel (MFT), designer (October Afternoon). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers. Other: 1 1/4" circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, buttons (PTI), red satin ribbon (SU!), Corner Chomper, sewing machine and heavy duty white thread, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Diamonds glitter, brads (Recollections), dimensionals.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

TSG64: Polka Dots and Chipboard

Hi Crafty Friends!

I have a *beary* sweet card to share with you! I made this one for this week's challenge on the There She Goes Blog, TSG64, Polka Dots & Chipboard, brought to us by the Trendsetter of the Week, the AMAZING Lisa!

I used the sweet mini set Beary Hugs, some polka dot Heidi Grace designer paper and a few chipboard hearts I had stashed in my box of chipboard odds and ends.

Notes: the chipboard hearts were covered with Close to Cocoa Craft ink and heat set. I used the Basic Grey file set to distress the edges once dry. I then sewed a button the center of each one. For the main image I stamped the big bear and the tiny bear on ivory cardstock (Perfect Paper Panels from MFT) and colored with Copic markers. The tiny bear was cut out and adhered over the first bear with dimensionals. I distressed the edges of the panel with Antique Linen Distress ink and an edge distressor. Crystal Effects was added to the ears, feet, nose and bellies. ;) The sentiment "When all else fails, hug your teddy bear." was stamped on So Saffron cardstock, cut out with a tab punch, aged with Antique Linen Distress ink and attached to the main image with a teeny tiny staple (after matting on Chocolate Chip cardstock and sewing around the edges).

I think that is it! Check back later this week for another card or two... somebody spent some time in the craft room last weekend. ;)

Recipe:
Stamps: Beary Hugs (TSG Clear Stamps). Paper: Chocolate Chip, So Saffron, Naturals Ivory (SU!), Ivory Perfect Panels (MFT), designer (Heidi Grace). Ink: Close to Cocoa Craft (SU!), Memento Rich Cocoa, Antique Linen Distress Inks (Ranger), Copic markers. Other: Crystal Effects, chipboard hearts, Scallop Edge punch, label punch, silver brads (SU!), edge distressor, buttons (PTI), tiny attacher (Tim Holtz), dimensionals, jute and gingham ribbon (May Arts), sewing machine and heavy duty thread.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

A Shabby SFYTT

Hey peeps!

I'm popping in late tonight to share a card using TSG stamps! I'll be keeping the details short and sweet as I'm about to nod off... zzzzz... :)

I used Jen's SFYTT from last Saturday for the layout on this card. I know - I'm really into the sketch challenges lately. Not sure what is up with that except I have been having a bit of stampers' block these last couple of weeks. Too many non-stamping projects... including a big one - new windows for the house! ;)
Main image was stamped on Naturals Ivory cardstock and colored. The curtain portion of the image and the little bird were stamped a second time on white cardstock, colored with Copic markers and cut out. I then adhered these pieces over the first image (used dimensionals for the bird).
I used the Tattered Florals Tim Holtz die to cut a pretty flower from a sheet of acrylic. I used my paper piercer to poke for holes in the center and attached the flower with a button to my card using string/jute/twine (not sure what the perfect name for it is). I used more of the twine to attach three buttons on the upper right side of the card.


When finished I added a coating of Crystal Effects to the window opening and the arches. And a touch of glitter to the little birdie with an orange Spica pen.
Recipe:
Stamps: Art is the Window (TSG Clear Stamps). Paper: Close to Cocoa, Naturals Ivory (SU!), Aqua Mist and White (PTI), Nook and Pantry designer (Basic Grey). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Copic markers and spica pen. Other: Crystal Effects, mat pack, paper piercer, sewing machine and heavy duty white thread, jute (May Arts), edge distresser, dimensionals, acrylic, Tattered Florals Tim Holtz Die (Sizzix), buttons (PTI), Tim Holtz embossing folder (Sizzix).

Monday, July 12, 2010

MTSC81: Loving the Dirt!

Hey peeps!

I finished painting my craft and office rooms yesterday. Woo hoo! I'm so happy this project is done... hopefully I'll have a bit more time to craft. Of course I do need to reorganize a bit of my crafty stuff first and finish a couple other little things like putting my computer desk back together and installing some blinds. :) However I did eek out a little time to make a card with one of my recent stamp purchases... Mud Buddies (I think that is the name) from MFT Stamps.

I played with Mercy's Sketch from last Tuesday. I did add an extra little piece for the sentiment... she'll forgive me for that. :)


Here is a closeup so you can see the touch of glitter I added to the trowel and her buttons. So cute - love this stamp! :)

Well I'm off... I have some organizing to do and some zzzzs to catch!

Recipe:
Stamps: Mud Buddies (MFT Stamps). Paper: River Rock, Close to Cocoa (SU!), white (PTI), designer (My Mind's Eye). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Antique Linen Distress Ink (Ranger), Copic markers. Other: Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinders), mat pack, paper piercer, ribbon and jute (May Arts), button (PTI), corner rounder punch, dimensionals, brads (Recollections).

Thursday, July 8, 2010

SC288: Bah Bah Bah

Hey peeps!

My stamping mojo has been seriously missing this week... where oh where has it gone? I looked everywhere... even under the couch cushions but alas it was nowhere to be found. So I thought I would lure it back with a sketch challenge... a SplitCoast sketch. :)

Hmm... it turned out a bit colorful but I like it.

And it seems appropriate considering my insomnia last night. Hopefully tonight I'll be dreaming about sheep instead of counting them. Well, maybe not sheep... all that dream bahing would probably wake me. :)


After coloring and cutting out the lambs I added a bit of Dazzling Diamonds glitter using a 2-way glue pen. I just couldn't resist. Cause if you are going to dream about sheep they might as well have polka dots and glitter. Hee hee.


To accent the card I diecut three flowers from light green felt and then sewed them together along with a couple of buttons. The finished flower was a bit too big so I trimmed each of the petals - flower haircut!

Recipe:
Stamps: Polka Dot Pals (There She Goes Clear Stamps). Paper: White, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise (PTI), Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze (SU!), designer (My Mind's Eye). Ink: Baja Breeze Classic Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black, Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger). Other: sewing machine and heavy duty white thread, green wool blend felt, buttons (PTI), jute (May Arts), Baja Breeze Striped Ribbon, oval punch (SU!), mat pack, paper piercer, dimensionals, Circle Nestabilities (Spellbinders), swiss dots embossing folder (CuttleBug).

Monday, July 5, 2010

Got Cake?

Hi all!

Yeesh, been a while since I posted and I had such big plans to post more frequently... and then I became sidetracked. Been a very busy four day weekend for me. Car repairs, window estimate, painting and reorganizing the craft/office rooms (half way done) and some fun socializing of course. :)

Oh, and one note on painting... a little lesson I learned this weekend. If you purchase multiple cans of paint make sure they add tint/colorant to all of them. Nothing like opening the second can and finding it white (stir) white (stir tons more) white (boo hooing at this point)! That was a grumpy long ride back to the hardware store. ;)

But a little cake makes things all better, right? Or maybe just a cake card!

Again, I used the Party Animals Anna Wight cling set from Whipper Snapper Designs. I actually think I accomplished the difficult task of making a *gasp* masculine card. What do you think?


Main image stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic markers. Added a bit of Copic Spica pen to the hat and Crystal Effects to both the hat and cupcake. I then cut out the image and adhered it to a Tempting Turquoise piece (die cut with a Labels One Nestabilities) with dimensionals. I used VersaMark and stamped the Happy Birthday sentiment mutliple times on the Soft Sky layer. Distressed the edges, layered on black and added some stitching. I pulled the thread out of a portion of the stitching for a slightly different look.
Recipe:
Stamps: Party Animals Anna Wight Cling Set (Whipper Snapper Designs). Paper: Tangerine Tango, Pumpkin Pie, Tempting Turquoise, Soft Sky, Black (SU!), white (PTI). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Copic Markers, Copic Spica Pen. Other: Crystal Effects, jute (May Arts), ribbon (American Crafts), button (PTI), oval punch (SU!), brads (Recollections), sewing machine and heavy duty white thread, dimensionals.

Friday, July 2, 2010

I Spy... Flowers!

Hi everyone!

Just thought I would let you know I posted another project over at the TSG Blog for Dollar Find Friday. I thought I would share a couple of the pictures here, however there are more details at the TSG Blog on how I decorated the box.

Here is a shot of the top of the box. It is covered in flowery goodness. The middle one is made from felt. I purchased a big stack of various colors of a wool blend felt from Giant Dwarf at Etsy. I just like to stare at all of the colors. Oh my... so pretty! However I did cut into a sheet of it for this project. ;)


I used the Flowers of Happiness and Polka Dot Pals (new release!) stamp sets to decorate the box.


So what do you think? Too much? Too little? Just the right amount of flower power? ;)

Recipe:
Stamps: Flowers of Happiness, Polka Dot Pals (There She Goes Clear Stamps). Paper: Pure Poppy, White (PTI), designer (My Mind's Eye). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers, Tea Dye Distress Ink (Ranger), VersaMark. Other: Ultra Thick Embossing Powder, Perfect Paper Adhesive, dimensionals, jute and yellow ribbon (May Arts), large oval punch (SU!), brads (Recollections), buttons (PTI), sewing machine and white thread.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Hay, Chick!

Hello chickies! I have another sweet card using an Anna Wight Cling Set called Sunnyside Up to share with you today. This one is a little light (at least for me) on the fuss and muss and there isn't even any glitter. Did a double take on that one, didn't you? :)


Main image was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with Copic markers. The apple basket was stamped on another piece of white cardstock, colored, cut out and then mounted on the first image with dimensionals. The sentiment "Hay, chick!" was stamped on Pink Pirouette cardstock and cut out with a 1 3/8" circle punch.



Hmm... I think those apples are crying out for a little Crystal Effects but I'll resist. :D

Recipe:
Stamps: Sunnyside Up Anna Wight Cling Set (Whipper Snapper Designs). Paper: Black, Purely Pomegranate, Pink Pirouette (SU!), White (PTI), Farm Fresh designer (October Afternoon). Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic markers. Other: 1/4 circle punch, 1 3/8" circle punch, twill tape, brads (SU!), jute (May Arts), button (PTI), dimensionals.