TSG92: Inspiration Challenge

Monday, January 31, 2011

Good Morning Friends!

Well, by 11am today, I'll be shivering my way in and out of a -25 deg F freezer! I'm flipping out just writing this! To save my fingers from potential frostbite, I bought a few heat packs that hikers use to keep my hands and feet warm. Hopefully they do the trick! Although, I don't know how I'm supposed to write when my gloves are full of this stuff! I'll pop in later this week and let you know how it's all going.

Anywho,....I didn't get a whole lot of cards done this week because I was preparing for this trip, but here's one I did for today's TSG challenge. It's an inspiration challenge and the image is a fabulously clean and simple interior.


I chose to use the colors (because they were so cool!) and kept the layout just as clean and simple as the image.

I couldn't think of any other set to go with these colors then the adorable owls from the You're A Hoot set! With my reinkers and aquapainter brush, I colored in the owls in a pretty nuetral palette, then cut them out. I love the look of the scalloped border (which was done with decorative scissors) - it adds a little bit of whimsy to the card, don't you think?!


To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card that uses the provided sketch, then come back to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of this challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (Feb 7th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

By participating in this challenge, you may also find yourself in the Trendsetting Spotlight that shines on the TSG Blog every Thursday. We will be on the look out to find challenge cards that stand out and show Trendsetting qualities. TSG stamps are not required to participate in the challenges but are appreciated :)

Thanks SO much for stopping in today! Hope you have a good one!


Supplies
Stamps:
There She Goes
'You're A Hoot'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', More Mustard, Really Rust, Raspberry Razz, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PTI Kraft Cardstock, PP - Crate Paper
Access: PTI Rustic Button Twine and Buttons, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, Sponges, Machine Stitching

You Make Me Happy!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Happy Friday everyone!

My days are about to get VERY COLD! Work is sending me to Cheektowaga next week to measure up our warehouse there. Where is Cheektowaga you ask?! It's right next door to Buffalo, NY! Cold country! But that's not the worst part about the trip. This warehouse I have to measure.....it's a giant freezer! So, my days will be spent in rooms where the temps hover around -20 deg F and 0 deg F!! I'm just praying that my finger that has really bad circulation doesn't get frostbite! Oh how I'm going to miss our wood stove next week! lol

I thought I'd round off the week with another look at the Puppy Love digital stamp from Claudia & Company!

I usually like to keep the whole image intact, but I printed this guy a little too big, so I had no choice but to cut him down to size! :)

I colored up the image with my reinkers and aquapainter brush then used some papers from Sassafras Lass's Apple Jack collection. I really like this combination and I think I'm going to have to use it again soon!

Next Tuesday is February 1st (how on EARTH did that happen?!?!), which means another new release from Claudia & Company!! So if you want to see some uber cute stamps, come back here for some eye candy! Just saying... :)


Thank you SO MUCH for stopping by this week! See you on the flip side!



Supplies
Stamps:
Claudia & Company
'Puppy Love' and Kraftin Kimmie Stamps 'Everyday Sentiments'
Inks: Soft Suede, Cool Caribbean, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Creamy Caramel, Sahara Sand, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen and Tea Dye'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Georgia Pacific, Bazzil Basics, PTI Kraft Cardstock, PP -
Sassafras Lass 'Apple Jack' Collection
Access: PTI Rustic Button Twine, PTI Button, EK Success Corner Punch, Sponges, Dimensionals

Etsy Friday Finds

Good morning everyone!

Since it was Australia Day this week, I thought I'd find out what Etsy had for sale from Down Under! Though there wasn't a lot, what I did find was FABULOUS! Check it out!

My Bearded Pigeon
Hilarious shop name, but how cool are these pillows?! They even had some with maps of New York, Chicago and Boston!







Tiger and Hare
How stinkin' cute are these owls?! It's a brooch and did you notice the cut out hearts between the two?? Adorable!





A Little Red Ribbon
These bibs remind me of the ones my mum used to sew and sell at flea markets when I was a kid....only more modern! :) Hey, if you're going to be a messy eater, you might as well look stylish doing it! :)



Casey M Cardle
What's not to love about this face?!? Soooooooo funny!






Kathy Panton
Wouldn't these look fabulous in a nursery?? I love the colors and the textures!





*sigh*
I {heart} Etsy.

TSG Sentimental Thank You/Day Or Night Blog Hop!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hi there! Welcome to the third and final blog hop for the February There She Goes releases!

If you've stopped here via Piali's awesome blog, then you're not lost! :) But if you've just popped over here from somewhere else and you would like to hop along with us, then head on back to the There She Goes blog to start the ride there.

Are you dying for another fabulous set showcasing more beautiful handwriting from our very own Julie Lacey? The wait is over! This sentiment set is yet another versatile and stunning addition that you will be thankful to have!

Sentimental Thank You is a 2x6 stamp set that includes a total of 6 of stamps and will sell for $7.

Doesn't Julie have gorgeous handwriting?! I wanted to give her sentiment an elegant setting, so I used some paper from Basic Grey's Curio Collection and this week's sketch from Card Positioning Systems #202. Do you see anything different about this card?! There's no coloring!! Nothing! And it was fun! I actually used some of Basic Grey's Curio Chip Sticker Shapes to create the elements from the sketch.

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Torico’s newly-illustrated set "Day Or Night" showcases adorable houses along with several accents and sentiments that enhance each image, and make this home-themed set a must have for any cardmaker!

Day or Night is a 4x8 stamp set that includes a total of 34 of stamps and will sell for $18.

Yep, you read right - there are 34 stamps in this set!! Jess really knows how to pack them in! :)

Isn't this set CA-UUUUUTE?! I love whimsical images and this set has a bunch of them! I used last week's CASE Study challenge #23 for my layout and paper from My Minds Eye Alphabet Soup collection. I stamped the house and hill image first, then I stamped each of the clouds and the hearts. Then I watercolored the image with my reinkers and aquapainter brush. For a little sparkle, I used a Sakura Glitter pen to brighten up those clouds.

Would you like a chance to win the Day or Night & Sentimental Thank You stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Day or Night & Sentimental Thank You Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and 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 Day or Night & Sentimental Thank You stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (Jan. 29th) during the Release Party Chat.

Thanks so much for stopping here!
Your next stop is....TORICO!!

Supplies
Card One
Stamps: There She Goes 'Sentimental Thank You'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Distress Inks 'Vintage Photo and Black Soot'
Papers: Bazzil Basics, PP - Basic Grey 'Curio' Collection
Access: Basic Grey Curio Chip Sticker Shapes, Fiskars Decorative Edge Scissors, Sponges

Card Two
Stamps: There She Goes 'Day Or Night'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Cool Caribbean, Old Olive, Mango, Pumpkin Pie, Really Rust, Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose, Soft Suede, Going Gray
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PTI Kraft Cardstock, PP - My Minds Eye 'Alphabet Soup' Girl Collection
Access: Ribbon, PTI Button, Spellbinders Tags Trio and Labels, Sponges, Dimensionals

TSG Love/Happy Mail Blog Hop!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Welcome to the second blog hop for the There She Goes February releases!

If you've stopped here via Piali's wonderful blog, then you're on the right track! But if you haven't and would like to hop with us today, then head over to the TSG blog and start your ride there.

Today we're showcasing two mini sets that you're going to love! With Valentine’s Day around the corner, you will definitely want to invest in this stamp set illustrated by Jessica. These bold-lined images can be used as either the focal point of your creation or used as accents with other love-themed sets.

Love is a 2x6 stamp set that includes a total of 11 of stamps and will sell for $7.

I love how different this set is! It has 11 - count 'em, 11 - stamps in the set! And it's a MINI set! That's a BIG mini set! Using the layout from this week's Card Patterns #99 sketch challenge, I created this card using the new set. For the circle element, I made a medallion and added the circle stamp and heart stamps to the center of it. I also stamped the word love using Versamark on the kraft cardstock.

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Who doesn’t like to receive happy mail? The little girls in this set illustrated by our very own Iwona Palamountain sure do! Whether wishing someone a happy birthday or sending that special friend a pick-me-up, this adorable set will brighten anyone’s day!

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

Didn't Iwona do a FABULOUS job?! Wait till you see the whole set! You're going to love it! And for $7, you can't beat it! I love how this little girl is big enough so you can paper piece her dress. To make this card I borrowed the layout from this week's Friday Sketchers Challenge #138 and a mix of paper from October Afternoon's Thrift Store and some old My Minds Eye.

Would you like a chance to win the Love & Happy Mail mini stamp sets? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Love & Happy Mail Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and 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 Love & Happy Mail stamp sets. The winner will be announced Saturday (Jan. 29th) during the Release Party Chat.



Your next stop is...There She Goes blog!!



Supplies
Card One
Stamps: There She Goes 'Love'
Inks: Versamark, Colorbox Warm Red Chalk Ink, Distress Ink 'Walnut Stain'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, PTI Kraft Cardstock,PP - Crate Pape
Access: Ribbon, EK Success Corner and Circle Punch, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

Card Two
Stamps: There She Goes 'Happy Mail'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Pretty In Pink, Cool Caribbean, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, Georgia Pacific, PP - My Minds Eye and October Afternoon
Access: Spellbinders Labels Eight, Fiskars Circle Cutter, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, PTI Eyelet Lace Border and Rustic Button Twine, PTI Buttons - Black and Red, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

Happy Australia Day!!

Hello sweet friends!

As you can probably guess, today is Australia Day. For all my American and overseas friends, this is our version of Independence Day...sort of. Australia is still a Commonwealth of Great Britian, but today is the day Australia was first settled by the English in 1788. For Australians today, it means enjoying the day with family and friends and a few fireworks!

In the spirit of this national holiday, I'm sharing a few of my favorite Australian songs with you!





Have a good one where ever you are today!

TSG Back In 10 Blog Hop!!

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Hello and welcome to the first blog hop for the February There She Goes releases!

If you've arrived here from Piali's wonderful blog, then you're A-OK! But if you haven't and would like to see some AMAZING sneak peeks, then head on over to the TSG blog to start the journey there!

This month is choc full of GORGEOUS sets and today the DT girls and I are sharing sneak peeks of a beautiful set by our newest illustrator, Di Carubia! It's called Back In 10 and it's full of the cutest little bears you have ever seen!

Back In 10 is a 4x6 stamp set that includes a total of 17 of stamps and will sell for $15.
If you're like me, and still watercolor, then you're really going to really love this set! I couldn't wait to crack out my reinkers and color this image in!


Isn't it sweet?! You can see now why we're calling this set, Back In 10, can't you? =) I used this week's Sketch Saturday Challenge #139 for my layout and yummy paper from My Minds Eye.

Would you like a chance to win the Back In 10 stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s blogs and leave a comment on their Back In 10 Blog Hop Challenge post. After you have finished checking out the eye candy and have left some love, return to the TSG Blog and add your name to the Mr. Linky at the bottom of the Blog Hop Challenge post. A winner will be chosen randomly using a random number generator to receive their very own Back In 10 stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday (Jan 29th) during the Release Party Chat.

Congratulations! You've reached the end of the hop!!

Your next stop is....There She Goes blog!!


Supplies
Stamps: There She Goes 'Back In Ten'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Close To Cocoa, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Cool Caribbean, More Mustard, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen and Tea Dye'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PP - My Minds Eye
Access: PTI Rustic Button Twine, Spellbinders Labels One Nestibilities, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist - Pearl, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

You're Invited!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Good Morning!

How are we all doing today? Good, I hope! As for me, I'm just trying to stay warm today. It is BEYOND freezing here in New Hampshire this morning! I didn't even know it could get this cold here! How cold, you ask?! How does -24 deg sound?! Can you say 'cold'?! Yeow!

We stayed low and didn't do much this weekend, but I did get a lot of cards done! Six cards infact! Go me! Haha One of those cards was this one using Todd Puddle Jumper!

One of my favorite sketch challenges is Karen Giron's Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge, and this week's sketch, SSSC101, was perfect for showcasing the Todd Puddle Jumper digital stamp. I turned the sketch on it's side to make it work for the stamp.

I colored Todd in with my reinkers and aquapainter brush. I used Sahara Sand on his pants and a combination of Broken Glass Distress Ink and SU's Buckaroo Blue. His hair and shoes were colored with SU's Soft Suede.

Basic Grey's Max and Whiskers collection is not only great for making cards for dogs and cats, but it's also great for boy cards. It's got the right amount of dirt and grit. :)

Stay tuned early next week for February's releases from Claudia & Company! By the way, there's a sale going on over at the Claudia & Company webstore! Claudia has tons of things marked down 25-40% off, so you might want to check it out! Just saying... ;)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Supplies
Stamps: Claudia & Company 'Puddle Jumper Todd Digital Stamp', There She Goes 'Sentimental'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Distress Inks 'Vintage Photo, Frayed Burlap and Broken China'
Papers: Georgia Pacific, Bazzil Basics, PP - Basic Grey 'Max and Whiskers' Collection
Access: Raffia, PTI Buttons - Chocolate, Spellbinders Large Oval Nestibilities, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, Sponges, Dimensionals

I Love Puddle Jumpers!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Happy Friday Everyone!

Are you as happy as I am that it's Friday? Oh yes sireee! I'm soooo thankful it's only a few hours until the weekend! I've had a very busy week at work (which is why I've been so quiet this week) and I am looking forward to taking it easy for a couple of days. How about you?

One card I did manage to whip up this week is this one!

I {heart} these Puddle Jumpers! And sweet Mary Jane is up there amongst my favorites!

Since Valentines Day is right around the corner, I pulled Basic Grey's Olivia paper pad to make this card. Not an obvious choice for a romantic card, but when I saw the hearts paper, I knew it was perfect for Mary Jane! As always I used my ever faithful reinkers and aquapainter brush to color her in. Then I cut her out and popped her on a panel made with various papers from the Basic Grey collection, Bazzil cardstock and the Labels Eight Nestie. The layout is from this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch #100. Some of my favorite crafting tools are my Fiskars decorative scissors. I especially love the small scalloped ones, which I used around the edge of scalloped nestie panel. LOVE that look!

Got any plans for the weekend? We're laying low with all this snow we've been getting. Although, we may be painting our downstairs bathroom if we can decide on a paint color! :)

Thanks for dropping by and have a good one!


Supplies
Stamps: Claudia & Company 'Mary Jane Puddle Jumper', There She Goes 'Sentimental'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Baha Breeze, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap and Black Soot'
Papers: Georgia Pacific, Bazzil Basics and Bling, PP - Basic Grey's 'Olivia Collection'
Access: May Arts Stitched Ribbon, Kaisercrafts Adhesive Pearls - Rose, Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Spellbinders 'Labels Eight' and 'Large Scalloped Circle Nestibilities, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, Sponges, Dimensionals

TSG90: Wet Embossing!

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Good Morning!

How are we all today?? We had a nice, relaxing weekend. I slept in Saturday morning then we went antiquing in the afternoon. I picked up a 1910 old car magazine aadvertisement for $5 and popped it in a frame I bought at a garage sale last summer for $8. It's a pretty little piece that will probably go in my bedroom or maybe the upstairs hallway. Not sure yet. I can't wait to hit the garage sales and antique stores this summer!

This week's There She Goes challenge, TSg90, is all about wet embossing! So get out your Versamark ink and your powders and get busy!

I pulled out my favorite set to wet emboss with - Spread Your Wings! It has nice bold lines to it and perfect for embossing! I inked up the biggest butterfly with Versamark first, then with StazOn, then I stamped it onto some Strathmore Bristol Vellum. Then I sprinkled the clear embossing powder on the stamped image and heat set it. Then I brought out my Distress Inks and SU reinkers and colored up the butterfly in contrasting colors to the Basic Grey Curio paper I used to make the card. I also used some of that paper to make the medallion behind the butterfly. (You can check out my quick tutorial on how to make the medallion....here.) I added glue to the edges with a Quickie glue pen and sprinkled some of Martha Stewarts Black Glitter all over it. It gives the medallion such a great look! Then I stamped a horizontal decorative strip with the cross stitch stamp from the In Stitches set and clear embossed them. The layout was from this week's Card Patterns sketch CPS98.

To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card that utilizes wet embossing techniques, and then come back to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of the challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (Jan 24th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

By participating in this challenge, you may also find yourself in the Trendsetting Spotlight that shines on the TSG Blog every Thursday. We will be on the look out to find challenge cards that stand out and show Trendsetting qualities. TSG stamps are not required to participate in the challenges but are appreciated :)

I hope this inspires you to play along with us this week!


Supplies
Stamps: There She Goes 'Spread Your Wings' and 'In Stitches'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Versamark, Really Rust, Baha Breeze, More Mustard, Distress Inks 'Tea Dye, Vintage Photo, Broken China and Peeled Paint'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, PTI Kraft Cardstock, Glitter Paper - Black, PP - Basic Grey's 'Curio' collection
Access: Stampendous Clear Embossing Powder, Tiny Twinkles - Black', Martha Stewart Glitter - Black, Sponges, Dimensionals

Claudia and Company Surprise Release!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Good Morning and welcome to the surprise January release for Claudia and Company!

That's right! Claudia and Company is releasing four new digital images today and you guys get to see a look-see of one of them right here, right now! :)


What a sweetie pie right?! Puppy Love and three other images were designed by John Grutta, Claudia and Company's newest illustrator! He's created this sweet image for us just in time for Valentines Day.

I colored up Puppy Love with my reinkers and aquapainter brush on Georgia Pacific cardstock. Then I sponged the edges with SU's Cool Caribbean and I drew a border around the edge with a Micron pen. Then I used papers from October Afternoon's Modern Homemaker and made a quick and easy card background.

All four digial images are available RIGHT NOW in the Claudia and Company webstore! But that's not the best part! To help celebrate today's big release, John gave Claudia an image to give away FOR FREE to every reader who visits the C&Co. blog!

Before you race over there and grab your freebie image, please take a minute to check out what the other girls on the design team have created for you all!

Lori Boyd
Kadie Ensley
Kim Costello
Krista Van Tol
Risa West
Sandra MacLean
Sheri Gilson
Tori Wild
Tracy Clemente

Thanks so much for popping in today! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Supplies
Stamps:
Claudia & Company 'Puppy Love' and There She Goes 'Everyday Greetings'

Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen and Black Soot'
Papers: Georgia Pacific, PTI Kraft Cardstock, Bazzil Basics, PP - October Afternoon 'Modern Homemaker'
Access: Ribbon, Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Micron Pen, Sponges, Dimensionals

Etsy Friday Finds

Happy Friday Everyone!

I've had such a great time window shopping on Etsy this week! There are lots and lots of Valentines Day gift ideas floating around there! I found some gorgeous ones to share with you today.

Wendy Jung
Aren't these beautiful?! So delicate and pretty! These would look great in my bedroom!








Bookity
I SOOOO want to make these! You and I both know we have lots of paper we could use! hahaha






Bobbi Lewin
Now I wish I could make these! They'd look great hanging along my bannister.






William Dohman
It's amore! I have a thing for typography and wood....it's a match made in heaven! :)








Baffin Bags
These bags are AWESOME! I bought myself and a couple of friends one and they're impeccably made! Sooo useful too! Great for all your Copic markers or even your cards!





Be on the look out for another post from me later this morning!

Wonderful Winter Wishes

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Good Morning!

I hope everyone along the East Coast is doing ok today with all the snow we've been getting. We got slammed last night but at least in the NorthEast we know what to expect and are prepared for it!

Last weekend I made this cute card using my favorite There She Goes set by illustrator Torico. I absolutely adore her unique illustrations!

One of my favorite things to do is to offset the main image on the main panel and stamp the sentiment opposite it, like I did with this card. It creates a nice sense of balance. And it worked really well with this image of the two little girls because it creates a background for them instead of floating in mid air.

White is a really hard color to show and I've found it's best to just show those areas in shadow and highlight the areas around the white. Like the little girl's jacket, I colored the shadows in with SU's Going Gray. Then I colored most of the area (or background) around her with Cool Caribbean, so the white parts of her jacket would really pop. Worked out pretty well, don't you think? I ended up coloring her big sister's jacket in with Regal Rose and Ruby Red so it would contrast nicely. One thing I have been working on lately is remembering to leave some highlights on my images. It's hard when you use reinkers and you don't have a blender pen to remove some of the ink!

One blog I love to visit and get my color fix from, is Tori Wild's blog. She has a fantastic ability to combine the perfect colors and create vibrant, colorful cards. I spied this gorgeous card and had to case it! I changed the patterned paper and went with The Girl's Paperie's Tinsel and Twig collection and a little bit of Basic Grey's old Eskimo Kisses collection, used a different image (obviously!) and changed out the embellishment to something a little simpler. I love how this card turned out!

I hope you're having a fabulous week so far and I thank you very, very much for stopping by today!


Supplies
Stamps: There She Goes 'Wonderful Winter Wishes'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede, Going Gray, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, More Mustard, Cool Caribbean, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PP - The Girls Paperie 'Tinsel and Twigs' Collection and Basic Grey's 'Eskimo Kisses' Collection
Access: PTI Rustic Button Twine - Jute, PTI Button - Chocolate, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

TSG89: Color Challenge!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Good Morning!

Did you miss me?! I'm sorry I've been so quiet lately. Just trying to find my groove again after the holidays. I so enjoyed the time off from work and play that I prolonged it as long as I could! Do you blame me?! ;) But I'm back this week with avengence! I made a couple of cards yesterday and I can't wait to share them with you!

It's Monday and that means another There She Goes challenge! It's a color challenge this week and we're challenging you to use the colors....PINK, RED, GREY and BLACK.


The new Love Birds set has this adorable heart flower stamp in it and I love how whimsy it is! With my trusty reinkers and aquapainter brush, I colored in the flowers with SU's Pretty In Pink in the center, and a combination of Regal Rose and Ruby Red for outside. Old Olive was used for the leaves. Then I used a large scalloped circle nestie to cut the image out and I sponged the edges of it with Distress Inks Antique Linen and Tea Dye. The layout came from this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #99. For the colors, I went straight for Basic Grey's Olivia paper pack. They were a perfect match for this challenge! The gorgeous sentiment is from the new Sentimental set that I haven't had a chance to play with until now.

Would you like to play along this week?? To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card that utilizes the colors provided, and then come back to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of the challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (Jan 17th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

By participating in this challenge, you may also find yourself in the Trendsetting Spotlight that shines on the TSG Blog every Thursday. We will be on the look out to find challenge cards that stand out and show Trendsetting qualities. TSG stamps are not required to participate in the challenges but are appreciated :)

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Supplies
Stamps: There She Goes 'Love Birds' and 'Sentimental'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Old Olive, Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose and Ruby Red, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Frayed Burlap'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, Glitter Paper - Black, PP - Basic Grey's Olivia Collection'
Access: Ribbon, EK Success Corner Punch, Spellbinders Large Scalloped Circle Nestibilities, Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Machine Stitching, Sponges

Claudia & Company January Blog Hop!!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Welcome to the January release blog hop for Claudia & Company!


If you've found your way here from Risa's wonderful blog, then you're on the right track! But if you haven't and would like to check out all the awesome cards the girls have whipped up for today's hop, then head on over to the Claudia & Company blog to start the ride there.

If you haven't heard already, DieCutsRuS changed it's name! They are now officially known as Claudia and Company! It's a name you know and love so the change won't be a hard one to wrap your head around! Their new website is http://www.claudiaandcompany.com/. Not only can you purchase your favorite Claudia and Company stamps there, but you can purchase all kinds of supplies for your card making needs.

Today's release is for two new Puddle Jumpers and you are going to just LOVE them!

Meet Puddle Jumper Mary Jane!!

Adorable right?! Love that hair and I'm always a sucker for polka dots! Mary Jane is just in time for Valentines Day. She comes with her very own heart stamp accessory! To make this card I used this month's Sketch For You To Try and paper from Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934 collection.

Introducing...Puddle Jumper Todd!


Boys need Valentines Day cards too! And Puddle Jumper Todd is perfect for the little guys (and big guys too!) in our lives.

I used this week's Friday Sketchers #135 layout for this card as well as some of that yummy 6x6 sample pack of My Minds Eye Fine and Dandy - True Blue collection of papers.

And the best part of all this - is that these Puddle Jumpers are available RIGHT NOW from Claudia and Company webstore!!

If you get lost along the way, here's a list of all the blogs you need to check out!

Claudia and Co. Blog
Lori Boyd
Sheri Gilson
Krista Van Tol
Tracy Clemente
Kadie Ensley
Tori Wild
Risa West
Sandra MacLean
Kim Costello
Guest Hopper - Pam Varnell

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Your next stop is...Kim Costello!!


Supplies
Card One
Stamps: Claudia & Company 'Puddle Jumper Mary Jane', The Greeting Farm 'My Fav Thing'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Cool Caribbean, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Vintage Photo and Black Soot'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PTI Kraft Cardstock, PP - Cosmo Cricket 'Circa 1934' and Bo Bunny
Access: Ribbon, Heart Button, Spellbinders Labels Four Nestibilities, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

Card Two
Stamps: Claudia & Company 'Puddle Jumper Todd' and 'So Random Sentiments Set Up/Down Edition'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede, Buckaroo Blue, Really Rust, Cool Caribbean, Distress Inks 'Frayed Burlap, Antique Linen, Tea Dye'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PTI Kraft Cardstock, PP - My Minds Eye 'Fine and Dandy - True Blue' Collection
Access: Ribbon, PTI Button, DMC Thread, Spellbinders Labels One Nestibilities, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

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