TSG No Peeking Release Blog Hop!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Welcome back to Day Three of the There She Goes November releases! As I said yesterday, we've saved the best for last this month! I know you guys are going to love this set just as much as I do!

Have you ever wanted to make a Christmas advent calendar, but never had enough stamps to make one?? Well now you do!


Kids love to countdown the days until Christmas is finally here and with this new set illustrated by Torico, you are going to have just as much fun creating a countdown advent calendar! With 25 different adorable holiday images and two sets of numbers the possibilities are endless! To make this set even more useable, there are two decorative circles and two decorative squares that were designed to be used with a 1 3/8" punch!

No Peeking! is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 53 (yes, you read right!) stamps and will sell for $24.


For those of you who have been following my Pinterest boards, you know I've been on an advent calendar kick lately. I've pinned all sorts of styles, but the onesI kept gravitating towards, were the magnetic ones created using a cookie sheet. Yep! Those metal pans are more useful than you think!

How cool is this?? My 6 year old even gave it 2 thumbs up! To make this calendar, I started by drilling two holes in the top of the pan to tie the ribbon through. If you don't have any drill bits, I'd tape it to the back of the pan. Next, I spray painted the pan white. (Tip: Lightly sand the pan before you spray it, otherwise it will chip easily - like mine! Nothing sticks to Teflon, right?!). Then I cut various papers to size and adhered them to the inside of the pan. (Tip: Trim each layer so that you only have one layer in the center of the pan, so the magnets on the individual pieces will still work through the paper.) Then I rummaged through my stockpile of alphabet stickers and found enough to create a title. Now for the fun part! I stamped out the 25 Christmas images, colored them in, then I cut each one out with my precision scissors. Trust me - it's much more fun when you're sitting in front of the tv for this part! :) Then I stamped a combination of the square and circle panels onto some scrap patterned paper and punched them out with my punches. Then it was just a matter of stacking them, adding the numbers and adhering the magnets to the back of them! (Tip: I used a big, old Red Sox game schedule magnet from past years to mount my pieces to the pan. I just cut it into 25 pieces! It's a cheap alternative to going out and buying a magnet and you're recycling in the process!)


Would you like to win the new No Peeking! 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 October 29th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Here's the list of blogs you should definitely hit up!








Thank you so much for stopping by all week! Have a fantastic weekend!



Supplies
Stamps: There She Goes 'No Peeking'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', various SU colors
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PP - My Minds Eye, Cosmo Cricket, Scenic River
Access: Adhesive Stickers, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, Dimensionals, Magnets

TSG Bon Appetit Release Blog Hop!!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Good Morning and welcome to Day Two of the November There She Goes releases!!

We've whipped up a fantastic set for you all today! (Pun intended!)


Here's another fabulous set from Torico – she’s showing off her range of creativity! Whip us some delicious greetings with the new Bon Appetit set. From the succulent turkey to steamin’ hot pie create some mouthwatering table settings and pass down secret family recipes for generations to come. Compliments of Chef Torico!

Bon Appétit is a 4x8 set that includes a total of 31 stamps and will sell for $18.

Way cute, right?? When Jess showed us this set, I squealed at the sight of this little chef guy! I love him! (Don't tell The Man that!) I decided that he needed his own space on a card, so I came up with this elongated layout especially for him. I used a piece of October Afternoon's Farm Fresh paper that I've been hoarding for a while for the base. It was matted with some dark brown cardstock as well as some white cardstock, which I trimmed using my Fiskars ecorative scissors. Then I punched out the tag using PTI's Half & Half die set and stamped the sentiment (also in the set) and the fork in black ink. Then I just sponged the edges with Antique Linen Distress Ink and matted it with some dark brown cardstock. (Tip: I use a pair of small precision scissors to cut around my Nesties and stamped images.)

The red gingham paper (also from the Farm Fresh paper collection) was trimmed with my pinking shears and dressed up with some red baking twine and a couple of buttons. Little chef guy was colored with my trusty aqua painter brush and SU reinkers.

Would you like to win the new Bon Appétit 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 October 29th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Here's a list of all the blogs you should definitely hit!








Thank you again for stopping by today! We have one more sneak peek for you tomorrow, and we've saved the best for last!


Supplies
Stamps:
There She Goes 'Bon Appetit'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Creamy Caramel, Going Gray, Ruby Red, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen, Black Soot'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics,
PTI Kraft Cardstock, PP - October Afternoon 'Farm Fresh'
Access: PTI Half and Half Die Set, Fiskars Pinking Shears and Decorative Scissors, PTI Bakers Twine - Red, Buttons, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

TSG Autumn/Friendbots Release Blog Hop!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

It's release week here at There She Goes and today is day one of the sneak peeks!!

You guys are going to love this month's sets! Jess has put together a great set of stamps perfect for all those festive occasions right around the corner! Shall we get started?! Lets do it!





The seasons are changing and it’s time to add some rich colors and beautiful leaves to our paper crafting projects! Autumn mini set has a bunch of different leaves each with a fun pattern that you are going to love to use!

Autumn is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 13 stamps and will sell for $7.


I think you guys are going to love this mini set! It's got lots of great leaf images with fun patterns on them, so they'll jazz up all your Fall cards! I stamped a few of the large leaves onto some stiff cardstock, cut them out and layered them on this simply stated card. I didn't want the patterned paper to detract from the leaves, so I chose some dots on dots paper by Bo Bunny as the backdrop and some old paper from Cosmo Cricket's Mr Campy collection. A little paper piercing and matting later, a quick and easy card ready for the season!



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The other set the Trendsetters and I are previewing today is this fun, little set from one of our favorite designers, Torico!


Torico brings us the techno savvy stamp set that everyone needs. We are living in an information age on an information planet so why not surprise your Friendbots with some automated cuteness. Let’s make it the age of interfacing with all your B.F.F.s!

Friendbots is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 5 stamps and will sell for $7.

Who doesn't love cute little robots?! I grew up watching the Jetsons and they were one of my favorite cartoons as a kid! Not that it was ever on tv as much as the Flintstones....but I digress... ;)

You know I just HAD to use Cosmo Cricket's Cogsmo collection for this card, right?! I mean, how could I not? I stamped out the little robot and his friend onto some Strathmore Bristol Vellum and watercolor colored them. After I cut them out, I added some Diamond Glaze to their eyes, so they'd stand out.

Would you like to win the new Autumn / Friendbots mini stamp sets? 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 October 29th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.
To help you out, here's a list of blogs you'll need to visit:







Thanks so much for stopping in today! Tomorrow's sneak peek will whisk you away! ;)


Supplies:
Card 1
Stamps:
There She Goes 'Autumn'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Creamy Caramel, Close To Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Distress Inks 'Frayed Burlap'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PP - Bo Bunny and Cosmo Cricket
Access: Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Paper Piercer, Dimensionals, Sponges

Card 3
Stamps:
There She Goes 'FriendBots'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Buckaroo Blue, Ruby Red, Morning Marigold, Really Rust, Going Gray
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics, PP - Cosmo Cricket
Access: Fiskars Star Punch, Buttons, Spellbinders Labels Four Nestibilities, Machine Stitching, Dimensionals

Gobble! Gobble! Gobble!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Happy Friday everyone!

I, for one, am very happy it's Friday already! It hasn't been a trying week at work, but more of the mundane kind and I'm still tired from all that work I did on the cabinet project. I've been humming and ahhing over whether to add crown molding to the top of the cabinets. It would finish off the look so nicely, but it wouldn't leave me much room to put things (namely baskets) once they're up. I might take photos this weekend and have you help me decide! :)

All this week over at the There She Goes blog we've been shining the spotlight on a few older sets that are perfect for Fall. This sets are some of my favorites - Bountiful Blessings, Autum Mosaics and Gobble. There are card samples from the past, new tips and tricks PDF's that Jessica put together and today, the senior Trendsetters dug a little deeper and came up with a bunch of new cards for you to drool over!

Here's what I whipped up this week:

I used the Gobble set, together with this week's TSG126 partial image challenge and Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch SSSC139, to create this card. I also used one of the dies from the World's Best die set to create the banner. The scalloped border was created with some decoratived scissors (my go-to tools). I colored up the sign, cut it out and then threaded it through a slit I made at the top of the turkey's hand (or should I say wing?!). I needed something to fill in the negitive space to balance out the turkey image, so I created some sky (check out my tutorial here) to create some harmony.

I was seriously craving a Day After Thanksgiving sandwich after making this card! Bring on the turkey!! :)

I hope you have a fabulous weekend, whatever it is you're doing. We're headed to the Keene Pumpkin Festival.....should be a spooky good time! ;)


Supplies
Stamps: There She Goes 'Gobble' mini set
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Creamy Caramel, Morning Marigold, Dusty Durango, Ruby Red, Distress Inks 'Black Soot and Vintage Photo'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Basics - Bitter Chocolate, PTI Kraft cardstock, PP - MME and Sassafras Lass
Access: There She Goes 'World's Best' die set, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, PTI Rustic Button Twine, Machine Stitching, sponges, Dimensionals

You Go Girl....Card Kit!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

I think I'm going to unofficially name these card kit posts to 'Random Card Wednesday' because every time my two girlfriends and I do a card kit together, we inevitably post our creations on a Wednesday! It's happened more times than not, so I dub thee....Random Card Wednesday! :)

This month's kit was lovingly put together by my dear friend Kadie. She obviously knew I needed a few cheers sent my way, because the stamped image she sent along is from MFT's A La Mode - All Star set!

I have been on a shopping hiatus ever since The Man restarted his career, so I have been avoiding window shopping in any of the stamp stores online. But I have seen these cuties all over blog land (darn you Blogger!) and I was soooo excited to play with one of them!

For this layout I used last week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #138 because Kadie sent along lots and lots of papers in her kit and I couldn't decide which ones to use! :) That ribbon was also from her kit and I created a little bit more thickness to it by using a edge punch and a little piece of scrap paper. Miss All Star herself was colored with my SU reinkers in Creamy Caramel for her face, Ruby Red for her pants and Not Quite Navy for her blue stripes. The sentiment was from Kraftin Kimmies Everyday Sentiments set.

Now, if you really want to see some FABULOUS cards, pop on over to my other sweet friend Mary as well as Kadie's blogs to see what they did with their kits! I know it's going to knock your socks off!


Thanks so much for popping in today!




Supplies
Stamps:
MFT's
'A La Mode - All Star', Kraftin Kimmie Stamps 'Everyday Sentiments'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', Creamy Caramel, Ruby Red, Not Quite Navy, Dusty Durango, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen and Black Soot'
Papers: Bazzil Basics, PTI Kraft Cardstock, PP - Ask Kadie!
Access: Ribbon, EK Success Edge Punch, Adhesive Rhinestones, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

Dance Like No One Is Watching

Friday, October 14, 2011

TGIF!!

I have been wishing it would be Friday already since Monday morning! A lot of that has to do with the fact that I'm working on the cabinet project for my laundry room, and I want it done already! But there's only so many hours in a day and most of mine are spent at work instead of what I want to be doing. Correction: What I NEED to be doing! I'll share the cabinet project with you once I'm done so you can see why I desperately needed storage in there!

Today however, I have a sweet, vintage card to share with you that was actually inspired by my laundry room project! My house was originally built in 1890 and I have been trying to decorate it with vintage thing and subtle colors. My laundry room has a soft blue/green color on the walls and the cabinets will be cream with a distressed finish. So that was my inspiration for this card!

First off, I used some old K&Company paper for the base. I distressed the edges and sponged with this a few Distress Inks. Then I machine stitched it to some kraft cardstock. Next, I added the vertical panel and distressed, sponged and stitched that to some white cardstock. Then I used my trusty decorative scissors for the edges of the white cardstock. I think this scalloped edge softens the look of any straight edge.

This week's Case Study Challenge #61 was to use fabric on your card, so, using StazOn ink, I stamped my favorite TSG sentiment from the Dance mini set onto some scrap linen fabric. Then I stitched it to some kraft cardstock and matted that to a couple of layers of cream cardstock. If you haven't guessed already, I used this week's Deconstructed Sketch #23 for my layout, and I went with lace for the three scalloped elements. (Fabulous sketch, by the way! I'm going to have to add this one to my go-to file!)

I tried my hand at one of those gorgeous paper flowers I see all over blog land, and this one turned out pretty good, I think! I used a page from an old book I got an an auction a while back and PTI's Beautiful Blooms II set to create it. Each layer was sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink and threaded together with some thread. A brown button for the center completed the look! The leaves are also from the Dance stamp set and I used Vintage Photo Distress Ink on kraft cardstock to create them.

This card came together pretty quickly, considering how much work each element was to create. I had the idea pretty much all planned out in my head by the time I got home from work yesterday, so that made it a lot easier to execute. Why can't this happen every time I make a card?! I'd love it if it would! :)

Got any plans for the weekend?? I've got some cabinets to make, paint and hang! :)


Supplies
Stamps: There She Goes 'Dance'
Inks: Staz On 'Timber Brown', Distress Inks 'Antique Linen, Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap'
Papers: Georgia Pacific, PTI Kraft and Cream Cardstock, PP - K&Company
Access: PTI Beautiful Blooms II. Martha Stewart Edge Punch, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, PTI Buttons - Cream, PTI Rustic Button Twine - Cream, DMC Thread - Cream, Linen Fabric - Joanns, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

TSG125 Sketch Challenge...Happy Haunting!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Good Morning!

We had the most gorgeous Fall weekend ever! The weather was scorching (80deg in October is scorching for us!) and I basked in it for as long as I could stand. Actually, at one point, The Man thought I was nuts because it was so hot and I was standing in the sun, in my jeans, sanding cabinets! Even though I was overheating just a little, I couldn't bring myself to go indoors because I knew that sunshine wasn't going to stick around forever! I know some of you are with me on this one, right?? :)

This week's There She Goes Challenge TSG125 is brought to us by Trendsetter Jackie Rockwell and she has a fabulous sketch for us all!

If you got your hands on the Worlds Best Die set from the recent release, then it's going to come in handy for some of the elements on this sketch! If you didn't, then not to worry, you can easily create the same look with a pair of scissors and some circle punches.

I adore Halloween! So much so, that I usually skip decorating for Fall in September and break out my Halloween decorations instead! Fall decorations can wait until after October, as far as I'm concerned.

Which is why created a Halloween card this week - I've been in the mood for over a month now! :)

I broke out some of my coverted Graphic 45 Halloween paper from last year, as well as the Bugs and Hisses and Hauntingly Delightful sets and went to work! The banner tags and the medallion were created with the die from the Worlds Best die set. I stamped the cross onto one of them, then I added glitter to the edges of the banners by dipping them in glue first. I used my pinking shears to create the 'string' that holds up the banners. I added black buttons tied with a bit of PTI's Rustic Button Twine to add a bit of detail (and to cover up the overlap).

I sponged the base with Distress Inks (Tea Dye and Vintage Photo), then distressed the edges with my scissors, then sponged them again to get rid of the white edges. Then I matted it to some black card stock and machine stitched them together. I stamped the large cobweb from the Bugs and Hisses set in the corners and curved the Happy Haunting sentiment to mimic the 'string'. Loooove that acrylic stamps let us do that! Lastly, I stamped the little ghost from the Hauntingly Delightful set onto white cardstock, colored in his treat bag, then cut him out and popped him on the medallion with some dimensionals.

Here's a peek at what I did to the inside of the card....

Think you can do something with this sketch?? Well, here's what you need to know for this challenge...

To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card using the sketch, and then go 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 (October 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 :)

You do not need to have a blog to be able to participate in the TSG Challenges! 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 TSG125 so we can check out your beautiful work!

Thanks so much for stopping in today!


Supplies
Stamps:
There She Goes Bugs and Hisses, Hauntingly Delightful
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Going Grey and Really Rust, Distress Inks 'Tea Dye, Antique Linen Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain'
Papers: White and Black cardstock, PTI Kraft Cardstock, PP - Graphic 45
Access: TSG Worlds Best Die Set, PTI Buttons and Rustic Button Twine, Pinking Shears, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Good Morning sweet friends!

Did you have a good weekend? I hope it was sunnier in your part of the world than it was in mine. We had nothing buy clouds and rain all weekend. Part of me didn't mind because that meant putting off raking all those leaves in my yard! :) But the part of me which adores Summer, really didn't take it too well. Winter is too long here in the Northeast, so I hang onto it for as long as I can!

Maybe that's what inspired my card today?! Hmmm...

This week's There She Goes challenge is a color one - GREY and YELLOW. Funnily enough, I just finished painting my living room/dining room a nice warm gray (is it grey or gray?!) and the new tv stand is a harvest yellow color!

Since it was raining outside this weekend, I immediately gravitated towards the Under The Weather set, illustrated by Melyssa Connolly. And if you're saying you just saw me use these papers in my last card, you're absolutely right! The only papers I had in my stash that have the color combos I needed were in Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934! I swear I didn't see the challenge until only a couple of days ago!

They say that gray is the new go-to nuetral, and I happen to agree! Grey can be warm and soothing in the right shade. Pair it with yellow and it's adds a fun pop of color! So that's what I tried to create with this card. I used black as my other nuetral, as the challenge required (lets just assume white isn't a color, ok?!) The little girl was colored with my SU reinkers and aquapainter brush and I paper pieced her umbrella with some more scrap from the CC paper pack.

I've just realized that I buggered up this month's Sketch For You To Try! Can you see where?? Should have sketched it out somewhere, like a good little stamper. Oh well. You live and you learn.

Here's a close up for the layers on this card. If you spotted a bit of red peeking out from under the umbrella, you're not mistaken. I was going to paint it red, but decided against it at the last minute. It would have detracted from the rest of the card.

So does this challenge seem like something you'd love to have a go at??

To be eligible for the giveaway, you are to create a card using the inspirational colors (yellow, grey, +1 neutral) from the picture, 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 this challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (October 10th). 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 :)

You do not need to have a blog to be able to participate in the TSG Challenges! 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 TSG124 so we can check out your beautiful work!

Thanks SO MUCH for stopping by today!!


Supplies
Stamps:
There She Goes 'Under The Weather'
Inks: StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Creamy Caramel, More Mustard, Really Rust, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Distress Inks 'Tea Dye, Frayed Burlap and Black Soot'
Papers: Strathmore Bristol Vellum, Bazzil Bling, Bazzil Basics, PP- Cosmo Cricket's Circa 1934
Access: Fiskars Corner Punch and Decorative Scissors, Scissors, Machine Stitching, Sponges, Dimensionals

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