TSG April Release Sneak Peek and a DS Sketch!

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Good morning!
It's the third and final day of the There She Goes April release sneak peeks, so grab yourself a cuppa and get ready for some serious cuteness!

Our second new artist, Wendy Leach, stole my heart the minute I saw her first sock goblin drawing…so. darn. fun. This month’s set, Phyllis, is just TOO cute!!

Phyllis is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 3 stamps and will sell for $9.00.


 Isn't she ADORABLE?!?! I could just squeeze her! I love how whimsical she is! She also comes with that sweet little sentiment. To make this card I used scraps of Basic Grey and Crate Papers and the layout happens to be this week's Deconstructing Sketch #95! If you want to play along with the sketch, pop on over to Jen's blog to check out all the details and you will find links to all the design team's blogs. But before you do...

Would you like to win the new Phyllis 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 EasternTime Saturday, March 30th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Thanks so much for hanging out with us all week! I hope to see you at the release party!

{Stamps} There She Goes 'Phyllis'
 {Papers} PTI Kraft Cardstock, Georgia Pacific Cardstock, PP - Basic Grey and Crate Paper
{Inks} SU's Going Gray, Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Ruby Red, Distress Inks 'Tea Dye and Vintage Photo'
{Access} Ribbon - Joanns, Spellbinders Oval Nestie, Sewing, Sponges, Dimensionals

TSG April Release Sneak Peeks - Day Two!!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

It's day two of the There She Goes April release sneak peeks!

This month we are introducing a BRAND new artist to There She Goes, Megan Suarez!! She has started us out with three FABULOUS stamp sets, which we think you are going to love. Her style is a touch on the side of gothic, but so much fun. We are starting out with three new sets from her and we can’t wait to see what’s next with this AMAZING designer!!

Penelope and Birdcage is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 4 stamps and will sell for $9.00.


Don't you love her!? She's quite a large stamp so coloring her is easy and she comes with a couple of sentiments (which I couldn't find a good place on this card to use one of them!) .

Nutmeg is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 5 stamps and will sell for $9.00.

I'm loving this little chic! I mean, what's not to love, right?! Big hair and striped tights! Loooove it!

Journal lines is a 3x4 set that includes 1 stamp, and will sell for $9.00.

(I didn't have a chance to make a card with this stamp, but think of swiggly journal lines and you're on the right track!)

Would you like to win all three new stamp sets from Megan Suarez (Penelope and Birdcage/Nutmeg/Journal Lines)? 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, March 30th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Thanks so much for popping in today! See you all back here tomorrow for the final sneak peek!

TSG April Release Sneak Peeks - Day One!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Helloooooo!! It's that time of the month again.....it's time for the new release sneak peeks from There She Goes! Eeek!! I'm excited for you to see what we have in to share with you! I know you're going to love them! So grab yourself a cuppa, pull up a comfy chair and get ready to hop with us!

If it walks like a duck, and talks like a duck…well, it’s probably a Lucky Duck!! Ok, that was corny, but this SUPER cute set by Torico will make you squeal with delight…could it get any cuter? Lots of ducks, and stamps to build the perfect scene, it’s so versatile.

Lucky Duck is a 4x8 set that includes a total of 24 stamps and will sell for $18.00.


I couldn't resist playing up the old 'ugly duckling' story with this set! It's such a cute set with lots of great sentiments and if there aren't enough for you, we all came up with another set that will surely quack you up!

While brainstorming the sentiments for Lucky Duck, as always, we took a turn for the dark side…..what else can I say besides this set is ducking awesome!

Hooked on Quack is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 7 stamps and will sell for $9.00.

Adorable, right?!

Would you like to win the new Lucky Duck /Hooked on Quack 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, March 30th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Thanks so much for popping in today! Hope to see you back tomorrow for another peek at a fabulous set designed by one of our new designers!

{Stamps} There She Goes 'Lucky Duck and Hooked On Quack'
{Papers} Bazzil Basics - Bitter Chocolate, PTI Kraft Cardstock, PP - October Afternoon and Recollections 'Actopus to Zelephant Wood'
{Inks} SU's Cool Caribbean, Morning Marigold, Crushed Curry, Creamy Caramel, Close To Cocoa, Distress Inks 'Antique Linen, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo'
{Access} Jute Twine, Sewing, Sponges, Dimensionals

TSGA: Friendship

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's finally Friday! Woohoo!

These TSGA weeks are my favorites because we get to pull out a few of the classic sets and show them some love by making a card using one of them. And if you've just discovered There She Goes stamps, then it's a bonus for you too because all week long Tobi shares a few past projects that the Trendsetters have made using them. This week, she shared What's Up Buttercup?, Dream A New Dream and the hilarious ROFL Taglines.

And today, I can finally share with you my NEW card using the Dream A New Dream set!

TSG Dream A New Dream

Don't you love how Springy it looks?! When I made this, I was so inspired because I'd just been to my first bee keeping class and the sun was out this weekend....but then we got a foot of snow dumped on us this past Tuesday! :( Not fair! Hopefully it all melts this weekend!

To make this card I used the sweet Gerbera daisy image from the set, and colored it with my Stampin Up reinkers (Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive and Soft Sky) on Canson Manga Cardstock. Then I used papers from Crate Paper's Pretty Party Collection and some hemp twine I bought at Michaels. Each piece of the patterned paper was sponged with distress ink and stitched to some PTI kraft cardstock. An easy layout, but the flowers help pack it with some punch!

Now hop on over to the There She Goes blog to check out what they did with the sets!

I really appreciate you stopping by all week! Have a great weekend!

{Stamps} There She Goes 'Dream A New Dream'
{Papers} Bazzil Basics, PTI Kraft Cardstock,PP - Crate Paper 'Pretty Party' collection
{Inks} StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Soft Sky, Cool Caribbean, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Rich Razzleberry, Distres Inks 'Antique Linen and Tea Dye'
{Access} Hemp Twine, Sponges, Sewing, Dimensionals

DS94: Make A Wish!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Good morning!

Thursday's here already and I have a fun card to share with you using this week's new Deconstructed Sketch! We're up to DS#94 already and this week's one has lots of fun elements in it!

Don't you love it?! I really love working with asymmetrical sketches. I think the negative space really draws your eye to the main image. As you can probably already tell, I rotated the sketch 90 degrees so I could use a more vertical image. I also dug deep into my paper stash and pulled out this piece of Basic Grey paper from their Nook & Pantry collection. It's hard to imagine that I still have any of this paper left! But honestly, so patterns are so hard to use and I never found the right layout or stamp for this piece....until now! (I think!)

I paired it with the Francesca stamp from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps and a sentiment from Stamping Bella. I colored her with my SU reinkers...if you look closely, you'll see that I can't always prevent my inks from bleeding into one another! Shhh! Don't tell anyone! Each panel had it's edges sponged with Walnut Stain Distress Ink and stitched to cardstock....except the oval panel which was sponged with Tea Dye and Vintage Photo and not stitched! Just to be a little different! :)

Here's the sketch show the right way around!

And here's a list of blogs you should definitely check out for more inspiration!

I hope you can join us this week! Thanks for popping in!

{Stamps} Kraftin Kimmie 'Francesca' and sentiment from Stamping Bella
{Papers} Bazzil Basics, Canson Manga Cardstock, PP - Basic Grey's Nook & Pantry Collection
{Inks} StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Creamy Caramel, Pretty In Pink, Close To Cocoa, Chocolate Chip, Wasabi Green, Regal Rose and various other colors
{Access} Spellbinders Oval Nestie, EK Success Corner Punch, Sponges, Sewing, Bakers Twine, Heart Button - Recollections (Michaels), Dimensionals

Garden Angels!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Hi there!

I hope you're all enjoying your week so far. Just when we thought Spring was finally here, we received 10 inches of snow yesterday! Wahhh! I was getting all excited about the nicer weather and now I see nothing but the white stuff everywhere! :( Hopefully we have a warm day soon and all of this melts away! I have honey bees coming in a few weeks - it HAS to warm up soon! lol

So I did get around to making a couple of cards this weekend, but they're scheduled to post tomorrow and Friday...so I thought I'd share with you another cross stitch I did many years ago.


 It's from the same pattern and designer as the bee hive one I showed you a few weeks ago. The nicest thing happened after I shared that piece with you too! A lovely lady by the name of Julia sent me an email saying she had the pattern for the bee hive and sent me it so I could finally finish it after all these years! And you better believe that I did too - in a few short hours! Amazing things can happen when you blog! Thank you Julia!

So, now that I have a copy of the pattern again, I can tell you that both pieces are from a pattern called 'Blessings of the Earth' by The Design Connection company. This one is slightly bigger than the bee hive one, but just as detailed. All the shadow work you see is done with a single thread and a single stitch in one direction only! I did this so long ago, that I don't remember how long it took me, but I'm pretty sure it took a while! lol

Here's a close up of the stitches...


I think I'm going to make this one into a chair pillow for my laundry room. It's too big to frame and I have very little wall space left! 

This past weekend, I finished up my February pattern by Little House Needleworks, so I'll share that with you next week. Thanks for letting me share all of my hobbies with you!


DTC Challenge: Hexagons!

Friday, March 15, 2013

We made it! It's Friday and there's only a handful of hours until the weekend sweet peeps! Woohoo!

I have one final card to share with you this week and it's for this month's Designed To Color challenge!!
This month's challenge is being sponsored by my favorite stamp company, There She Goes! Wooohooo! Oh, the challenge? You want to know what the challenge is?! I suppose that would help! lol It's all about what's trending right now - HEXAGONS!!

Since I'm starting my beekeeping adventure soon, I immediately thought of using the Bee Happy set. But I resisted....because that would have been TOO easy! So I went with hexagon paper instead - the other easy route! :)


This sweet image is from the Blossom by Blossom set and I colored it with my favorite (and only) medium - SU reinkers. I used Creamy Caramel for her skin, A combination of Morning Marigold and Crushed Curry for her clothes, Really Rust, Durango and Rich Razzleberry for her hair, Certain Celery and Old Olive for the grass and Cool Caribbean for the sky. The gorgeous hexagon paper is from MME's On The Bright Side collection and the layout is loosely based on this week's Mojo Monday Sketch MOJO284.

I feel a little late to the DTC party AND the hexagon party. Designed to Color has been around for a while now and I'm only just starting to figure out who they are and what they do. They publish a digital magazine quarterly and anyone who can color can submit a card or project to be published! Lots of Trendsetters have been published (both past and present) and up until now, I thought they were only interested in those cards colored with copics.....that's not the case at all!! Even those still stuck in the dark ages (namely...ME!) can submit work! I may have to pluck up the courage and submit something one of these days.....I've got a bit more plucking to do! lol

I hope you can play along with the DTC challenge this month!

Have a great weekend everyone!

DS93: Pretty Cool

Thursday, March 14, 2013

G'day everyone!
Two cards in two days....does that make me on a roll?! I can't remember the last time I did that when it wasn't a release week! lol 

Are you ready for another Deconstructed Sketch?? I hope so! Before I share the sketch with you all, here's what I did with it...


Pretty cool huh?? ;) I couldn't resist asking! Haha I finally colored this image from The Greeting Farm's Oliver & Amelia 'Buddies' set that's been sitting in my 'to be colored' drawer for about three years now. I'm so bad! She's colored with SU reinkers (Pool Party for her dress, Crushed Curry, Really Rust and Soft Suede for her hair and Creamy Caramel for her skin). I actually turned the sketch on it's side, so if you tilt your head, you can what the sketch really looks like.....or you could just look at the photo below! lol

It's a beauty, isn't it? Please check out what the rest of the Deconstructed Sketch girls did with it:-

Thanks so much for stopping by today! If you're good, I mayyyy be back tomorrow with another card! lol


{Stamps} The Greeting Farm 'OA Buddies' and 'Roll Call'
{Papers} PTI Kraft Cardstock, Black Cardstock, PP - Simple Stories, MME scrap, Recollections scrap
{Inks} StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede, Really Rust, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Pretty In Pink, Regal Rose, Ruby Red, Rich Razzleberry, Going Gray and Distress Inks 'Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap'
{Access} Spellbinders Reverse Wonky Rectangles, MFT Medium Scalloped Border, PTI Button, Hemp Twine, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, Sewing, Sponges, Dimensionals

TSG198: Shades Of Green

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Thanks so much for all the super sweet comments on the mini quilt I made. I'm glad you aren't minding if I share things that aren't card related. Making cards is fun, but it's not the only crafty thing I enjoy. I wish there were more hours in the day so I could spend more time doing the things I love! At least there'll be plenty of projects waiting for me when I retire! lol

This week's There She Goes Challenge #198 is a color challenge! We're challenging you to create a card using.....shades of green!


I think I went with 'shades of olive' but that's a green, so this still passes, right?! lol I have been hanging onto this paper for a while now just waiting for the right project to come along....and it finally did! lol It's from Basic Grey's Marjolaine collection and I absolutely ADORE it! I even used green cardstock for my card base...which I NEVER do anymore! I'm more of a kraft cardstock girl these days. It wasn't as scary as I thought it was going to be! Hahaha

The layout is this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #179 and the sweet image of home is from the Day or Night set. (I added the shingles to the roof and the molding to the windows with a Mircon pen.)

I hope you can all play along with us this week! Especially since it's St. Patrick's Day on Sunday! Show us your GREEN people!


{Stamps} There She Goes 'Day or Night'
{Papers} Bazzil Basics, Canson Manga Cardstock, PP - Basic Grey's Marjolaine collection
{Inks} StazOn 'Jet Black', SU's Creamy Caramel, Soft Suede, Cool Caribbean, Old Olive, Regal Rose, Ruby Red
{Access} PTI Button, Jute Twine, Fiskars Decorative Scissors, Spellbinders Circle Nesties, Sponges, Sewing, Dimensionals

Mini Quilt

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Hi sweet peeps! I hope you're having a sweet Saturday so far. It's going to be a balmy 50deg F in New Hampshire today! lol  We're off to the Y a little later this morning. My little girl has her first indoor rock climbing class and I have another Pump It! class...after recovering from the last one! lol

I wanted to pop in and share some of the photos of the mini quilt I finished this week. This is the first quilt I've ever completed! It may not be my last, but it was a lot of work just making one this size! I don't know how you all do those big ones! Hahaha


I'm not sure what the pattern is called, but I had found a photo of a mini quilt on Pinterest, figured out on my own how it was made, and used it as inspiration. In hindsight, I should have made the rectangles a little bigger so there wasn't as many pieces as there was. I would cut a bunch of rectangles, then realize I'd have to cut a bunch more because I didn't have enough! Oh, and next time, I'm investing in a rotary cutter and mat! I did all of this with a ruler and scissors and I was constantly measuring each piece to make sure they were all the same size! I also used a coordinating thread to hand quilt the front and back together. That was the fun part for me, seeing it all come together!

Here's what the entire quilt looks like and the matching pillowcase.


I machine stitched the binding to the back of the quilt, then folded it over to the front and hand stitched it to cover the machine stitching. The pillowcase was fun to make! I even made the pillow to go inside! Don't look too closely, because you will find where I didn't line the pieces up, but it was mostly where the lighter panels met the purple ones. I still think it's not bad for a complete beginner!

Here's a close up of the bedskirt I upcycled from a thrift store pillowcase.


There was just enough eyelet lace to span both sides of the bed! I got lazy with the bed sheet and used another pillowcase we bought at the same thrift store. It works for now, so I may just leave it. Aren't those wooden castor wheels awesome?? We picked up the bed at an antique store in town for $10! It's old and in need of repair but it was worth every penny!


Here's a shot of the whole bed. It's a canopy bed and I've got my eyes out for more cheap eyelet lace so I can make the canopy for it. I might have to pop into that thrift store again today....you never know what you'll find in one! ;)

Have a great weekend everyone!

DS92: Today Is A Gift

Thursday, March 7, 2013

It's been a really easy week at work and yet I'm still looking forward to the weekend...why is that?! I do have a couple of projects I'm looking forward to working on. Such as finishing off my daughter's AG doll bed. I've got to sew a cover to the mattress (foam), make a pillow and matching pillowcase. I have one side of the binding left to sew and the quilt will be done too. Oh, and I need to find some cheap eyelet lace so I can make a canopy for the bed. Then I also have a couple of small cross stitch projects I want to start and a beehive to paint! Not to mention Syd's first rock climbing class and an ice skating session with her school friends. If I get just one of each of those things done, I'll be happy! lol

Being that it's Thursday, I have a Deconstructed Sketch card to share with you!


 Jen's come up with a tag sketch for DS92 this week and I really enjoyed playing with a different base shape other than the normal A2 sized card! I used my Spellbinders Labels 8 Nestie to create my tag shape. Using it, I cut two panels - one from some designer paper from Simple Stories 'Fabulous' collection and another from kraft cardstock. I sewed the two pieces together so that they made for a stronger base rather than just one piece of cardstock. The orange panel was cut using the large scalloped oval Nesties and the sentiment panel was cut using a circle Nestie. Then I sponged the edges of that panel with Antique Linen and Tea Dye Distress Ink and ran my pattern piercing wheel around the edge of the panel to create the look of stitching.

Looking at the sketch below, the obvious thing would be to put the sentiment in the banner and have an image for the circle panel. I was feeling a little edgy last night and flipped things around a bit. I used some pattern paper for my banner and put my sentiment in the circle panel instead. Nothing wrong with switching things up a bit - it keeps you thinking outside the box! Instead of the heart element, I used a flower stamp from the same set that the sentiment is from, The Beary Best set from There She Goes. Then I added some buttons, ribbon and hemp twine for the finishing touches!

I hope you can play along with us this week! If you need more inspiration, just check out what the team came up with:

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back on Saturday morning with my mini quilt, but if I don't see you then, have a fabulous weekend!

{Stamps} There She Goes 'The Beary Best'
{Papers} PTI Kraft Cardstock, Canson Manga Cardstock, PP - Simple Stories Fabulous collection
{Inks} StazOn 'Jet Black', Distress Inks 'Antique Linen and Tea Dye'
{Access} Twill Ribbon, Hemp Twine, PTI Button, Spellbinders Scalloped Oval, Labels 8 and Circle Nesties, There She Goes 'Just For You' Dies, Sponges, Dimensionals, Sewing

TSG197: Black Cardstock

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Hi everyone!
I hope you all had a lovely weekend. I came down with some stomach cramps on Saturday, so I pretty much laid around on the couch all day. But I was productive! I managed to hand sew the all the layers together of the mini quilt for my little girl's AG doll bed. Ad for the last few days, I've been hand stitching the binding on, so hopefully I'll have a finished product to share with you this Saturday! I don't know how you all do those big quilts! It would take me FOREVER to finish one! lol

Other than the quilt, I also managed to make a card for this week's There She Goes challenge #197 - which is to only use black cardstock for your layering. If you're anything like me, you probably gasped at the challenge! The idea of a totally black card freaked me out! So I decided to wait for a few of the other Trendsetters to post their cards before making mine! Hey! Just because I'm a trendsetter, doesn't mean I can't follow! LOL


So that's what I did. I waited and much to my relief, most of the girls used black to mat their layers, not exclusively! Phew! I can do that! Hahaha

I pulled out a set I haven't used yet...the Out Of This World set designed by Melyssa Connolly and whipped up this cute boy birthday card (because I need a few cards just for the guys!). I colored in the spaceship with my Going Gray (SU) reinker and adhered it to a panel that I sponged using SU's Buckaroo Blue and Distress Inks 'Broken China, Weathered Wood and Black Soot'. The sentiment is also from the Out Of This World set and it was stamped with Versamark Ink (once the sponged ink had dried), white embossing powder applied to it, then heat set. It made the sentiment pop, didn't it? The layout was perfect for this set too...it's this week's Retro Sketches Challenge #53.

There's still time to play along with us this week, so get your stamps out and get inkin'!

Thanks for popping in today!

{Stamps} There She Goes 'Out Of This World'
{Papers} Bazzil Basics - Avalanche White, Black Cardstock, PP - Basic Grey's 'Oliver Collection'
{Inks} Stazon 'Jet Black', SU's Going Gray, Morning Marigold, Pumpkin Pie and Really Rust, Old Olive, Versamark Ink - Clear, Distress Inks 'Broken China, Weathered Wood, Black Soot'
{Access} PTI Buttons, Stampendous White Embossing Powder, Heat Gun, Sponges, Dimensionals

Life Grows Sweeter Everyday!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

I hope you're enjoying your Saturday morning! I thought I'd pop in and share a couple of cross stitches I did years and years ago...probably close to 20 years ago now...man, that went by fast!

I'm not sure who made these patterns because I can't seen to find the paperwork for them! I have all the other ones I did except these! So bizarre. I must have lent them out or something. I tried Googling it too but nothing came up. If anyone recognizes the pattern, I'd love to know who makes it and give credit where it's deserved.

I remember choosing this pattern because it was going to be a challenge...and it was! Lots of single stitches and outlining!


It's so pretty, isn't it?? All the sunflowers and bees are what attracted me to it in the first place! The finished size is about 8" x 19". I thought about framing it, but I've never seen a frame this size...I may have to make one for it. Actually, I've never wanted to hang it anywhere...until recently.


It's so appropriate that I'm sharing this piece with you all today because we're off to a local apiary this morning to buy....a bee hive!! Yes, we're going to try beekeeping this year! And I'm SOOOOOO excited! I've been reading up on it and we have our first bee keeping class in a couple of weeks. I have my bees ordered and they arrive April 8th....eek! If you'd told me 20 years ago that I'd be beekeeping in the USA, I'd have laughed at you! Who knew this is where my life would take me?!

You can see in this detail that I never got around to finishing the outlining of the leaves, sunflowers or bee in the third panel. (That little yellow speck above the sunflower is a bee! lol) Since I can't find the pattern, I'm going to have to figure out on my own which stitches the lines will follow. Hopefully it wont' be too difficult!


Next week I'll show you the matching garden angels that I finished around the same time!

 Have a great weekend everyone!

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