Saturday, July 30, 2011

A Departure from the Norm…


This is the most Tim Holtz-y thing I’ve ever made and I gotta say, it was a blast. I was inspired by a fellow Clipper Street instructor who taught a class using this unique technique. I didn’t take the class, but I was working that day and snooped in the classroom when I had a spare second. It uses the following products:

It’s really easy to do once you know the basics. I taught my 9 year-old son how to do it and he covered his own book to use as a summer journal:


I don’t want to give too much away about the process right now since Joanne is still teaching her class, but you can see Phoenix in the picture above applying the foil sheets over the letters and die cuts that he chose. The inca gold and black acrylic paint is what gives it a nice antique look. Notice the colour of the foil above, and this is the colour after I’ve applied the metalic Inca Gold paint (old silver):


Is this cool or what??

I’ve been experimenting with other Tim Holtz products and can’t wait to share some of my stuff with you! What do you think?

Have you ever tried something totally different from what you usually do and loved it? I think I’m kinda known for my cutesy/colourful style, but this altered stuff is truly very fun, and very creative. You never know what you’re going to end up with till the very end and it’s awesome!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

TSG Blog Hop Challenge: Zoo-pendous

Zoo-pendoust Blog Hop Challenge

Peacocks, and hippos and snakes, oh my! Judy Rozema was our lucky winner from this year’s Mother Of All Blog Hops and one of her prizes was the chance to work with TSG to design a stamp set in a theme of her choice. She said that she would like a fun zoo stamp set that incorporated some animals that are different than you might find in other stamp sets and we knew just who the perfect illustrator would be for this! Melyssa’s adorably whimsical zoo animals will have you going wild!

Here’s my card:

Zoo-pendous is a 6x8 set that will sell for $24.

Would you like a chance to win the Zoo-pendous stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Zoo-pendous Blog Hop Challenge post (you should have arrived here from Tammy’s blog..). 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 Get Your Thong On stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday July 30th during the Release Party Chat.

Your last stop is Torico! Have fun!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

TSG Blog Hop: Float My Boat

A while back Torico had posted some of her sketches on her Facebook page and this adorable boy and his puppy got lots of attention! So many of you said that it needed to be made into a stamp and we agreed. Not only is this mini set great by itself but it can also be combined with many of Torico’s other TSG stamp sets for even more versatility!
Look at that image!! SO cute!!!
Float My Boat is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 9 stamps and will sell for $7

Would you like a chance to win the Float My Boat stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Float Your Boat Blog Hop Challenge post (you should have arrived here from Tammy’s blog..). 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 Get Your Thong On stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday July 30th during the Release Party Chat.
Your last stop is the lovely illustrator, Torico! Have fun!

Technique Tuesday: Stamp Tech Challenge

This month, the talented Stamping Techs were challenged to make a birthday card, scrapbook page or some other birthday themed project.
We picked birthday as our challenge theme this month because July marks the one year anniversary of Technique Tuesday being a member company on SCS. Yay!  Go to this thread to see what my fellow Stamping Techs made.
This stamp set: Talking in Circles, has to be one of my favourite TT sets.. The circle is absolutely gorgeous when stamped and I love the fonts of the seniments.. I like to use Brilliance ink when stamping images like this to get that JET BLACK impression. Amazing, eh? The patterned papers are Echo Park Victoria Gardens (my new fav’ collection) and I paired them with some totally random cardstock choices, but it worked!!
I am a day late for this challenge because I had a busy weekend with Ian’s birthday on Saturday, then I participate in a Craft Garage Sale on Sunday!
These are my tables o’ stuff, and that’s my wonderful husband holding down the fort.. I told you he was awesome! It was extremely hot, we both definitely got sun-burned that day, but I reached my goal: I wanted to sell enough stuff to buy a Big Shot (notice my Cuttlebug on the table for sale??) and I totally did! We sold $300 which allowed me to not only buy the BS, but I bought a “bundle” that included the extended plates, and a bunch of dies and folders. I also bought 3 more Nestabilities, some new Authentique papers and a couple other things. I still have a lot of stuff left and I need to think about what to do with it! Any ideas?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Blog Hop Challenge: Get Your Thong On!

Get Your Thong On Blog Hop Challenge
It’s that time of the month again ladies: time for a week of sneak peeks from There She Goes stamps! (I scared you for a minute, didn’t I?? hahaha…) Melyssa will have you giggling at this mini set that features fabulous flip flops and sassy sentiments! These ‘thongs’ are perfect for coloring, paper piecing, creating backgrounds and so much more. Here’s my CAS card and I chose to highlight one of the many funny sentiments with a spellbinders banner die:
This mini set will be the perfect addition to your summer stamp collection!
Get Your Thong On is a 2x6 set that includes a total of 11 stamps and will sell for $7.

Would you like a chance to win the Get Your Thong On stamp set? Here’s what you need to do- go to each of the Trendsetter’s Blogs and leave a comment on their Get Your Thong On Blog Hop Challenge post (you should have arrived here from Tammy’s blog..). 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 Get Your Thong On stamp set. The winner will be announced Saturday July 30th during the Release Party Chat.
Your last stop is one of our very creative illustrators, Torico! Have fun!

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Happy Birthday Ian!

I don’t talk about my husband a lot, but let me just highjack my own blog for a second to say that he’s wonderful.. He is the most patient, accepting, fair, kind, loving, patient (oh I already said that) person I have ever met and I am so lucky to have him by my side.. He does things like make my lunch in the morning, folds my laundry (I HATE THAT CHORE!!!), helps me schlep my gear when I have a gig, and on Sunday he’s helping me man a table at a craft garage sale… All day… With all women..

He’s great. That’s it. And he’s turning 36 today!


I whipped up this little card for him and chose this particular stamp set because I married a trekkie. He’s not just a guy who like Star Trek, he’s a trekkie, and a lover all things sci-fi. I bought this set (called Out of This World) knowing I would get a lot of use out of it with Ian as my husband!

The background was inspired by a glass artist who’s blog is here, and she does a lot of pieces with random patterns shapes in the background, so I attempted to imitate that here with a bunch of mis-matched papers..

Thanks for stopping by!

Copics: Rocket: C00, 3, 5, 7; flame: R27, YR04, Y15; Stars: Y15; outline: T1

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Way To Go!


I played along with the new Free For All challenge at SCS, and the challenge was to use two of something. I only decided at the very end to use two different colours of twine. I chose red twine because I coloured the boy’s flip-flops red but there were not other red elements on the card (but the red was in the colour scheme of the paper collection, it just didn’t appear on the papers I chose). Ribbon/twine has a tendency to tie colours together on a card or layout, that’s one thing I love about using it. The waves were cut out with my Silhouette – it’s a cut that comes with 4-5 different wave shapes that are meant to be layered as I did, neat eh? The sun is an Echo Park sticker with an SRM sticker sentiment in the centre.


Koale was coloured with Copics and cut out with the long classic rectangle nestabilites die and the mat with the long scalloped rectangle die. That’s all for now.. See you soon!

Copics: Hair: E33, 35, 37, 39; Skin: E31, 50, 51; Shell: Y13, 15, 17; Shorts: BG32, 34, 18, YR02, 04, 07, B16; Flip-flops: R12, 14, 17; Background: Home-made marker BG100 (50/50 BG10 and blender solution), BG10

Make it Monday Challenge and more…

Good morning! Today is the beginning of a very strange times at the Tobi household... I just sent Phoenix (my 9 y/o son) off with my parents to stay with them FOR A WHOLE MONTH! They live thousands of kilometers away now (as you may remember from a few posts back) so I will have no chance to hug him until mid-August.. Thank goodness for Skype, though right? I’ll still be able to see his face and vice versa… Any sympathy is appreciated.. hahaha
Todays card… It came about for two challenges: the first challenge is this week’s Make it Monday challenge “Dry Brushing” and the second is today’s Ways to Use it challenge “ heavy metal.”
As Lisa did in the video, I dry-brushed first, then stamped the sheet music BG. I used some of my favourite PTI colours: Hawaiian Shores (ribbon), Raspberry Fizz, Aqua Mist and Kraft. For the “Heavy Metal” challenge I added a metal/rhinestone brad to the centre of the flower. The sentiment is SRM and it’s from a new set of stickers called We’ve Got Your Sticker – Forever. Sentiments for wedding cards – yay!

Also… I went to my LSS to pick up a copy of the July Cards magazine and was thrilled to see this:


Of course I knew my card was going to be in Cards, but I didn’t know what issue.. It was originally supposed to be in June, but when it wasn’t I just figured they’d put it in a later month and here it is!
Thanks for stopping by – have a great day!

Monday, July 18, 2011


I got up “early” today so I could get a little bit of housework done and play along with a couple of challenges.. Please note that early for me is before 12:00, haha.. So I got my work done and made a couple of cards… Here’s the first:
I played along with the Featured Stamper challenge and I HAD to play because it was none other than my friend Teri! I picked this super-cute card of hers to case: You’re a Vision. I used a favourite set of mine: Freeze the Moment along with some My Mind’s Eye papers.. I flipped her layout so the kites and clouds in the background would show.
Copics: E25, 27, 29,50, 51, 70, 71, 74; YR14, 18, 20; BG10, 11, 13; R27
This card was made for today’s Technique Challenge. The technique is called “colour blocking” and it’s really simple.. You add ink to a clear block and stamp it onto cardstock. I added a few different colours in rainbow order then sprayed the block with “marshmallow” Tattered Angels Mist to give it a little sparkle, but also to help the colours marry… I love how it turned out. I rooted around in my button stash to find coordinating buttons and sewed them to the cardstock before adhering it to the card. A simple little Echo Park sticker for the sentiment and viola! Clean and simple at its easiest!
Thanks for stopping by!
Ps… I haven’t done a leftover post for a couple weeks because I haven’t had any scraps!! I don’t know what I’ve done differently, but I am consciously leaving scraps hanging around this week, lol..

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Case Study Challenge #48

The Case Study challenges are quickly becoming my favourite challenge. The cards that serve as the weekly inspiration are always drop-dead gorgeous and there are so many ways to interpret the design.. This is the current inspiration at the Case Study Blog:

Isn’t it amazing? I love how the photo is staged too, so artistic! Here is my card:


This card came together so quickly, everything just seemed to work.. Don’t you love it when that happens? I obviously copied the layout of the inspiration card, but went with a totally different feel. I hope you like it! Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies: Paper: Pink Pasilee Old School; Stamps: Beaver: Whimsie Doodles, sentiment and thought-bubble: Technique Tuesday; twine, lace: May Arts; kraft scallop cut with Silhouette.

Copic Markers: E53, 55, 57, 59; YG41, 45; 110 (black)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Stampbook Saturday


Last year on our Spring Break vacation we visited a butterfly garden. I did not expect to love it as much as I did, I was not prepared for the sheer amount of butterflies that fluttered around! You weren’t allowed to pick them up, but if they just happened to land on you, you could enjoy them up-close for as long as they stayed there.. It was awesome and I got a lot of great shots (after I warmed up my lens under the hand dryer first…)

Today this layout is featured at the TSG blog for a feature called “Stampbook Saturday.” I took a new stamp set called Hibiscus that arrived 2 days ago and inked it up with white pigment ink and created a custom background:


I don’t know what it is about white pigment ink on kraft.. It’s so crisp! I figured these tropical blossoms went well with the butterflies in my layout.


I trimmed all the photos to 4x4 and grouped them together over the stamping. I played with the photo placement before settling on this placement. I love how the photos pop against the kraft… I think this layout does exactly what a layout should do: it instantly takes me back to this trip and the memories come flooding back!

That’s all for today! Have a great weekend.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Flowers Whisper…


I played along with today’s Ways to Use it challenge: Crazy Collage. The challenge was to use 4 or more stamps to create a collage. I used all the stamps from the There She Goes set called Tulip. I took all of the sentiment stamps from the set and put them on a block. I stamped the sentiments multiple times in versamark ink.


You can see the sentiments in the background. (really faint) Then I dusted the cardstock with an embossing buddy to make sure the ink was dry and there was no static. I then stamped the tulip in versamark ink and embossed it with white embossing powder.


Beautiful, isn’t it? I’ve had this technique in mind (white embossing powder on dark CS) for a few days so I’m glad I finally got it out! I also did a fun little fold with the vellum sentiment strip:


That’s all for now! I have some more projects to show tomorrow.. I just gotta write the blog posts!! Have a great day.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Bringing Home Baby…

I hate my baby scrapbooks… They suck…

I started scrapbooking when I was pregnant (10 years ago) and let’s just say I wasn’t very good when I started… I have wanted to re-scrapbook some of my favourite pictures, starting with this one:


I have a bunch of this lovely Pebbles collection that screams happy! I am glad this photo is black and white (a lot of the baby pictures are) because I can pair it with any colour scheme.

I remember that feeling of how surreal it was that one day he’s in my belly and the next day in my arms.. What a trip childbirth is!!

That’s all for today. Take care!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

My Cardmaking Essentials

july10essential1I don’t know about you, but one question I get asked the most when I am teaching card-making classes is “What supplies do you use?” I love to see everyone bring their essential supplies to my classes because it’s always so interesting to me what everyone uses. Some people use those old photo squares to adhere their layers, some people cut cardstock with scissors and a ruler (GASP!) and what I love is no two people have the same supplies.

Today I’m going to share with you MY essential supplies – just tools – and I would love to hear what you think! For the most part I have purchased all of my supplies from my LSS, but I will try to give you some links in case you want to try some of these products out for yourself. And FYI, I’m not endorsing any products for compensation, I genuinely love these tools and after 5 years of card-making have deemed these MY FAVOURITES!


  1. Ott-lite. I remember when I used to craft underneath my dining-room chandelier. Stamping was a night-mare, colouring was worse… I couldn’t see anything clearly. The Ott-lite is beautiful, sunny light and I love it for two reasons: clarity while I’m crafting, and lighting for my photos.
  2. Crop-a-Dile Corner Chomper. It’s a corner rounder that goes through multiple layers of cardstock, chipboard, metal, ANYTHING your heart desires, as well as cleanly cutting a single sheet of cardstock. No effort to squeeze, and two sizes of rounded corners.
  3. Marvy Squishy Scissors. I do have a number of pairs of scissors, but these are my go-to pairs for cardmaking. I have one pair for paper, and one pair for ribbon (I’ve tied a piece of ribbon around the pair for ribbon), this keeps the blades sharp. NEVER MIX YOUR PAPER SCISSORS WITH YOUR FABRIC SCISSORS. Trust me. I’ve had these for 2+ years and they’re still as sharp as the day I bought them.
  4. This to That foam adhesive by American Crafts. The. Best. Dimensionals. Ever. They are easy to pick up, easy to peel off the backing, sturdy, thick, and very strong. I buy them in bulk when they’re on sale because I never, EVER want to run out of these.
  5. Glue Glider Pro. I have found this to be a really great, quick adhesive. It’s like a small ATG gun. You buy the gun/glue together one time, then when the glue runs out you buy refills. The one thing I’ll say is the refills aren’t cheap, but I love it enough to suck it up and pay the price. I don’t know about you, but I’ve tried every adhesive under the sun and when you find something that works you stick with it, no pun intended!
  6. Sookwang Tape – some of you may call it “scor tape”. If you use this to glue something down, it’s not coming off. Period. lol.. It’s seriously strong adhesive. I love it for ribbon, altered items/mini albums, adhering heavy layers. It’s great stuff and available in lots of thicknesses.july10essential3
  7. Tonic Guillotine (pronounced GEE-uh-teen with a hard “G”). How many trimmers have you purchased in your crafty lifetime? This is probably the 10th trimmer I’ve purchased and it’s definitely my last. It cuts straight, there’s an extension arm so I can measure up to 12x12 when I need to but it only takes up 6x12, it NEVER goes dull (no expensive replacement blades) and it’s very sturdy. I’ve had it for about two years and I’ve had no problems with wear-and-tear. The only downside is it’s more expensive than your standard trimmer, but you will NEVER have to buy another blade ever again! july10essential4
  8. L Letterpress cleaning cloths. Cleaning stamps has been an experiment in patience. Like trimmers and adhesives I think I’ve tried everything from spray cleaners to scrubbing pads to baby wipes to washing by hand. I like the baby-wipe method the most but was frustrated with small fibers left behind on the stamp. The fibers would get in the way of a clean stamped image often and I was looking for a new solution. Enter letterpress cloths. They are exactly like a baby wipe but the formula is made to remove ink – not poo (click to see a comparison)! The cloths also give off very little fibers so I am totally happy! I reuse the wipes until they are dry or un-useable and I am still on my first box of wipes after 6 months!


So there you have it! If you have any questions about the products I’ve mentioned feel free to leave a comment. If you’re curious about anything else I use on a regular basis (inks, embossing gun etc etc..) again, just leave a comment.

I hope this has been helpful… Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, July 8, 2011

A convertible would just mess my hair up…

That’s what I’ll keep telling myself. I also don’t like to tan, so yah.. There’s another good reason… keep telling yourself that, Tobi. Maybe one day you’ll stop wanting a convertible…  

Why am I talking about convertibles? Because I just made the cutest card ever featuring one!


I played along with the Free 4 All challenge at SCS and the challenge was to make a card about a summertime activity. I’ve always been a road-trip kind of person. Growing up my Mom and my siblings would drive to Saskatchewan (two provinces away, or approx. 1050 miles) to visit family. We weren’t wealthy enough to fly, so we drove! The majority of my travels have been by car.. Hell, when I went to college in Iowa I drove there and back like, 5 times (1900 miles each way)!

Two years ago you may remember our epic honeymoon road-trip across Canada/USA.. That was pretty awesome. No plans for anything like that anytime soon, but towards the end of August we will be driving to a lovely city named Oliver that is smack-dab in the middle of wine country. It’s beautiful, remote, and utterly relaxing. Can’t wait!


I used a couple of stamps from two relatively new sets from There She Goes: Vroom, and Freeze the Moment. I made a quick mask of the car and stamped “Leah” into the driver’s seat. I coloured the image with Copics and airbrushed a few clouds in the background and some grey pavement.

That’s all for now! Thanks for looking, see you soon.

Copics: R81, 83, 85, 89; E11, 50, 51, 53, 55, 57, 81, 87; BG10, 11, 13, 32, 34, 78; C3, 5, 9; W3, 4

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Rainbow Colour Trends Challenge

I have loved rainbows all of my life. I don’t love them like Yosemite Bear loves them, but I always go, “LOOK! A RAINBOW!” whenever there’s one in sight. As a child I would always/only draw the same scene: rolling hills, a tree, and a sun with a rainbow coming out of it. I don’t have a talent for drawing so that was my thing.. When I saw the current colour challenge at Embellish Magazine I was full-on, all-the-way into this challenge, so this is what I made:


I used some stamps from my beloved Elzybells collection. (I miss reading her blog and seeing those stamps around.. anyone else?) The rainbow was a challenge because there were only 3 spaces, but I tried to fit all of the colours in and added some glitter help it along, lol.. The sentiment is stamped on a cardstock sticker. I love those things! Bummer I have only 1 left…


It looks so magical with glitter doesn’t it? I used some of my favourite paper: Echo Park Summertime that just so happened to have rainbow stuff in the collection… Smile So that’s all! I hope you’re having a great week.


Copics: R35; YR02, 04; Y02, 15, 17; YG03; BG70, 72; V04

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

July new releases at Whimsie Doodles

It's our favourite time of the month...  New Release Day!  Woo Hoo!
This month's release will NOT disappoint, that's for sure!  We've got all the bases covered for summer, shaped cards and even some images you can purchase already coloured-- cool, right?  To see our new coloured images as well as the rest of the new releases, please visit the Whimsie Doodles website {here}.
Here’s my card:
I really enjoyed putting this card together. It started with the image where I did a little of the pop-out technique with the extremities of the fish and a Spellbinders die. All of the papers are from Echo Park’s Summer Days collection. The colours are so summery and fun, aren’t they? I love using different colours and elements from one collection because even though they are totally different colours (orange, blue, green…) you KNOW they “go” because someone’s done all of the designing for you.. YAY! 
I glued little pebbles onto the bubbles in the image to give that watery effect. I hadn’t used them in a long time so there was a bit of a wild goose chase goin’ on, but I found them (yay) and I think it adds so much.
So head over to Whimsie Doodles to see What’s New! Remember to use this code when you’re shopping:
Copics: Goldfish: YR21, 23, 24; Background: BG70, 72

Monday, July 4, 2011

Leftover Sunday (on Monday) week 5

Hi! I missed last week’s leftover Sunday because of the drama surrounding my parent’s departure, and I worked all day yesterday, so I was finally able to sit down to my pile o’ scraps and get a couple of cards done… Here’s my stash:


It was/is pretty substantial and I still have lots of scraps left, but here are two cards that I made with some fun papers:


I played around with a technique that Teri shared on the Technique Tuesday Blog the other day. I used a white gel pen to highlight the grooves in the Technique Tile. Anyway, that sat in the pile until I made this card today! I cut the stars with my Slice and added an SRM sticker and a MME brad.


This one was obviously very simple to put together. I cut down the patterned paper scraps and scraped the edges. Another SRM sticker and a Prima flourish completed this card.

Wanna see a peek of what’s coming tomorrow from Whimsie Doodles?


Does the colour scheme look familiar? lol.. A lot of cute stamps are being released tomorrow and I can’t wait to show you my card. In the meantime, if you’re doing some shopping at the WD store don’t forget to use this coupon code:


Supplies: Echo Park papers; SRM Stickers; Prima Flourish; Technique Tile; Slice “falala” cartridge, MME brad.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Getting Back into the Swing of Things…

Fact: I love to stay up late
Fact: I LOATH mornings
Fact: I mostly love summers because I can stay up really late and get lots of crafting done in peace. (As I type this it is 1:46 am)
Fact: I’ve had to re-train my body to my “summer schedule” with black tea and interesting movies… I am close to being re-acclimated.
Over the past couple of nights I’ve slowly pieced together some cards to share with you. (Sometimes the mojo is a little slow when I’m tired)
First up, a card made for two challenges, this week’s TSG challenge – to use three different die cuts or punches, and the “free for all challenge” at SCS – make a card inspired by a weird holiday in July. I chose to honour today’s holiday (July 2nd): World UFO Day, using a cute set called Out of This World. I will give this to my Trekkie husband and wanna-be trekkie son tomorrow. I think they’ll get a kick out of it!
I made four of these cards for the secretaries at my school. They love my cards and they are such wonderful, helpful people and I like to go out of my way by giving them some love every chance I get. I couldn’t resist using a school-themed stamp set called School Basics (Mint Motif). The font is so pretty and of course so appropriate for anything school-related. The paper is kind of school related too, although you wouldn’t know it.. It’s from Echo Park’s For the Record line.
Lastly, I made this card with a couple of things in mind: the Gallery Idol competition, the need for more wedding-ish cards, and today’s Inspiration Challenge at SCS.
I stopped by the flower shop yesterday where I sell my cards on consignment and the owner really liked a couple of my cards with the branch embossing folder, so that was a must today. I also wanted something simple and elegant, so CAS it was. You’ve likely seen this branch stamp before (Hero Arts), it’s one of my favourite stamps and so versatile. Here I’ve simply adhered some epoxy flowers (Prima) here and there to the branches… Pure loveliness. Some pretty purple twine, nestabilities die and the perfect sentiment finish the card off.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope all of you Canadians had a wonderful Canada Day. Enjoy World UFO Day today!!