Friday, September 5, 2014

I'm Alive! And I Made a Card!

I don't know about you, but moving really sucks the mojo out of me! Especially when it's a huge move like we just made!! But things are good here in China, all of my stuff made it in one piece and I've been getting my little craft-zone organized little-by-little. I still have to make a run to one of the Ikeas in Shanghai (there are three!!!!) to get some essential organization pieces, but otherwise, I like my set-up.. I'll post a tour of our little apartment in the next little while... 

Now, onto the card!! 
It's time for a new SRM Challenge and if you didn't know, there are four elements to choose from and you can mix and match what you want to use, so I chose to use the sketch and the colour combo:


I started off by scraping some DecoArt Black Modeling Paste through a stencil. I wasn't worried about getting it smooth and perfect because I wanted lots of texture and bumps... Isn't the coolest stuff?? 



All we ask is the you use ONLY SRM Stickers and Products but you can also use SRM in combination with your own stamps, papers, die cuts and so on!

Our rules (to keep this fun and fair):

1.  Only SRM product is permitted but you can combine with any stamps, paper, die cuts, etc. 

2.  Please comment on the project ahead of you and behind you in the link.  Everyone LOVES comments!

3.  You can link to other challenges - there is no limit.

4.  Anything that is offensive or does not follow our guidelines will be removed.  

5.  Have fun!


Prize Package:


The winner will receive a Prize Package from the SRM Online Store.  We will also be recognizing some honorable mentions! 



Friday, August 15, 2014

The SRM Challenge: August

Hi there peeps! I didn't have time at the beginning of the month to post my card for the August SRM Challenge so I'm posting it now... I've been a tad busy with China prep and I also started my new blog to chronicle our adventures while teaching over there... I invite you to check it out and subscribe! A Canadian Girl In Shanghai!  Anyway... Back to the card:

Supplies used: Take 2 Stickers by the Dozen, and We've Got Your Border Baby
I used the colours from the "color inspiration" and I also used the sketch. What's cool about the new challenge is that you can do any one of the challenges, all of them, or any combo in between!! So many options. 



All we ask is the you use ONLY SRM Stickers and Products but you can also use SRM in combination with your own stamps, papers, die cuts and so on!

Our rules (to keep this fun and fair):

1.  Only SRM product is permitted but you can combine with any stamps, paper, die cuts, etc. 

2.  Please comment on the project ahead of you and behind you in the link.  Everyone LOVES comments!

3.  You can link to other challenges - there is no limit.

4.  Anything that is offensive or does not follow our guidelines will be removed.  

5.  Have fun!

Prizes:


The winner will receive a Prize Package from the SRM Online Store.  We will also be recognizing some honorable mentions!



Friday, August 1, 2014

Naughty or Nice: Anything Goes!


For this month's challenge we thought we'd make it easy on you and get back to the basics of this challenge: are you Naughty or Nice???!!! With one little twist: can you make it EXTRA naughty or SUPER nice??? Let's go above, and beyond here folks and show 'em what we're made of!! 


So, ironically, I went NICE! 

I was thinking, how could I go above and beyond? So sickly sweet to make one gag? Well, why not stick a whole bunch of lovely LOVE sentiments on one card and make it go over-the-top... So that's what I did! 


All of the sentiments are from the Technique Tuesday set: Cloud 9. I used almost every sentiment in the set and embossed it with white embossing powder. THEN, I had some fun with various sprays!! The water droplets were done by first drying the coloured piece, then dropping plain water on the paper. Let it sit for a couple seconds then press paper towel into the paper. Voila, water droplets!! 

I had so much fun I made two:

I am SO into purple/mint right now.... What is it about those two colours? I just love them! 

I did something a little different with this card: after I sprayed and dried the paper I dipped a watercolor brush right into the spray bottles and painted in some of enclosed areas of the sentiments/hearts: 


It gave the words some extra *pop* once the colours dried... 


Head over to the Naughty Or Nice blog for more details! Thanks for popping by! 




Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Twinery and Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop

We are excited to be back again today here at The Twinery, joining up with Serendipity Stamps for a wonderful 3-day blog hop! Designers from both design teams will delight you with projects created using our fabulous baker’s twine and a variety of products from Serendipity Stamps
You should have arrived here from: Jeanne Jachna's blog! 

Today I've coloured up the beautiful Daylily stamp from Serendipity Stamps:

As usual I sought inspiration from the internet and used this photo as my inspiration for the colours. I used Spectrum Noir markers to colour the image and a black chalk pencil with blending stump to add shadows. 

I love using the chalk pencil to add shadows that make the image seem 3-d. It's all about the parts of the image that overlap - add a shadow and it makes them pop! 


I also added a lot of texture to the card using various techniques, one being embossing the patterned paper. It's not obvious, but it's a neat tactile detail that's easy to do! 
The Twinery Twine used is Matte Black Shimmer


And as if the inspiration isn’t enough – you can also win a fabulous Sampler Pack of Solid Twines:
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Here’s how you can enter to win the twine:
Leave a comment on each participating designer’s blog on the hop (and here on our blog, too!). This is a 3-day hop, so be sure to check back and comment each day.
Please be sure to leave your e-mail address along with your comments so we can have a way to contact you if you win.
For additional chances to win:
- Follow our blog. You can enter your e-mail to subscribe under the “Follow By Email!” heading in the blog sidebar.
- “Like” The Twinery on Facebook and leave a comment on our page letting us know you came from the blog hop.
The deadline to leave comments for the giveaway is at 11:59pm (EST) on Friday, August 1st. Check back here on Sunday, August 3rd to see if you’ve won!
Serendipity Stamps is giving away $25 gift certificate to their shop – you can find the details of how to enter to win on their blog.

Here's the whole hop list: 

Tobi Crawford (you're here)
Next -----> Holly Craft 

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Twinery and PoppyStamps Blog Hop

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Welcome to another fabulous event here at The Twinery! Our designers are so excited to welcome the designers of Poppystamps as we bring you three days of creativity & inspiration.
I bet you will not be surprised to see what dies I have chosen for today's project... 
Ever since I've picked up this little die (Dachshund) I thought about pairing it with the Antique Lamp Post and doing kind of a, dog-on-the-town sort of scene. I just love die cutting in black and making a silhouette scene, it's so easy and the end product is so sharp.

What a cute way to say "I miss you," am I right?? I wrapped some Solid Pink Sorbet around the sentiment panel to bring out some colour from the background. That's the thing with using black as the focal colour - almost any other colour from the papers you use can be highlighted as a secondary colour! 


Both companies are giving away some pretty fabby prizes and all you have to do is stop by each designer’s blog & leave a comment. 
Wanna know what YOU could win?!?
TT Sampler w Title
A Sampler Pack of Shimmer Twine (retail value $32)
Poppystamps Prize
Two pack of Dies (retail value 26.50)






Here’s how you can enter to win the Sampler Pack of Solid Twines:
Leave a comment on each participating designer’s blog on the hop (and here on our blog, too!).
This is a 3-day hop, so be sure to comment each day.
Please be sure to leave your e-mail address along with your comments
so we can have a way to contact you if you win.
For additional chances to win:
- Follow our blog. You can enter your e-mail to subscribe under the “Follow By Email!”
heading in the blog sidebar.
- “Like” The Twinery on Facebook and leave a comment on our page letting us know
you came from the blog hop.
The deadline to leave comments for the giveaway is at 11:59pm EST on Friday, August 1st.
Check back here on Sunday, August 3rd to see if you’ve won!

Next on the hop is: 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

You Make My Heart Smile!

Have you heard about the changes at Technique Tuesday? Ali Edwards will no longer be partnering with TT and instead of the Studio AE program they have introduced Memory Keepers Studio! Each month we release a new Memory Keepers Studio™ stamp set. If you would like to receive these stamp sets each month, consider becoming a member of the Memory Keepers Studio autoship program. Members enjoy discounts, exclusive special offers, plus free shipping on additional products.

This is July's set:



The flower stamp I used is from the Family Flair stamp set.
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And check out that cool sentiment strip! I cut a piece of white cardstock and then stamped on top with one of the phrases from Technique Tuesday's I Like You stamp set. I sure love that two-toned look.
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That's all for now... Thanks for stopping by! 

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Hey Dad

Well my dear ol' dad turns 64 today and he's quite excited about becoming a senior citizen next year, but unfortunately there's nothing special about turning. 64.... I thought I would make him a card that makes him feel old though, just to get in the mood ;).



 I played along with this week's Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge and it was a great inspiration to me. I grabbed my watercolors and swiped some green stripes across and yah, that's it!! I did a little paper piecing with the Boob Tubes stamp set and was excited that I had some enamel dots that fit perfectly!! So happy birthday Dad, and I hope you have a great weekend!


Thursday, July 17, 2014

July Challenges!

It's a double entendre: July has brought a lot of interesting challenges my way, AND I have managed to squeeze in a few challenges! So yay me! I have been busy teaching mixed media and card classes at various stores in my province, getting ready for our move to China, packing, getting dental work wrapped up before my insurance expires... Geez, what else can I fit in there? To say July has been a challenge is an understatement, but the reason I did not pack up my craft stuff is I love to steal away from LIFE and just get messy sometimes... 


So in my mixed media classes (hello to my new friends!!) I've been talking about how to not waste paint, sprays, gesso etc, by handing out book pages to "smoosh" their leftovers onto. Today's project shows you how you could use one such page! 

  1. I had some extra modelling paste on my palette so I scraped it through a stencil onto this book page.



  2.  I watered down some Gesso and spread a thin layer onto the page. 


  3.  Then I sprayed a few Dylusions Ink Sprays onto the top of the page and followed that with some sprays of water. 


  4.   I mopped up the leftover mist with more book pages! 


   5.    I chose some coordinating Gelatos. 


   6.   I spread the colours onto the paper and blended them with a baby wipe. 


   7.   Card-making time!! 


I added a lot of different elements in black and white as to not take away from the bright colours of the background. That's always a go-to technique in my book! (I used a sticker from Take 2 - Wedding and mounted it on black glitter paper)

This card is for two challenges: 

  1. The SRM Challenge: July Theme - Wedding Shower. As you will see from the next picture, this is actually a glassine bag, so invitation information, maps, RSVPs etc can all get tucked inside. (this would even make a great card to accompany a wedding gift!) 
  2. The 200th Case Study Challenge - I used this week's sketch for my layout and I'm sure glad I did.. I would never have thought to put that little element on the top left corner... Always great inspiration from this challenge!! 
Here's the back of the bag: 





All we ask is the you use ONLY SRM Stickers and Products but you can also use SRM in combination with your own stamps, papers, die cuts and so on!

Our rules (to keep this fun and fair):

1.  Only SRM product is permitted but you can combine with any stamps, paper, die cuts, etc. 

2.  Please comment on the project ahead of you and behind you in the link.  Everyone LOVES comments!

3.  You can link to other challenges - there is no limit.

4.  Anything that is offensive or does not follow our guidelines will be removed.  

5.  Have fun!



Thursday, July 10, 2014

Art Journal Play

So all week I've been preparing (mostly mentally) for my upcoming weekend at Crafty Capers, where I will be teaching an all-day intro to art journalling. I've drafted a loooooong list of topics I want to cover and thought I would work through a few of them.. Here are a couple of pages I will share this weekend: 




A lot of what I tried to demonstrate with these pages is what a few great stencils in your stash can do. They really are so fun to work with and I am giddy every time I acquire a new one!! 

Stencils Used:
Crafters Workshop: Stick Flowers, Love Post, Striped Leaves, Rosetta
Stamps: Dylusions by Ranger

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

What's New With Stampendous!



That's right folks, it's that time of year when the new Christmas stamps start to hit the shelves and we're so excited to share what's new at Stampendous! This is the new Snowman Holly stamp and can you tell how much fun it is to colour??!! 

Check out more of What's New at the store!