Monday, December 30, 2013

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

So... I haven't posted in MANY days and usually that means one thing: I was freaking busy beyond my wildest imagination!! I had a marathon of concerts last week, a whole bunch of school stuff, a lot of Christmas cards to make and, oh yah... I FLEW TO SASKATCHEWAN FOR CHRISTMAS!! I have never "gone away" for Christmas before, but my parents moved to this "lovely" (frozen) province to a town in the middle of nowhere so this year we flew to them!

So before we left I had to whip up hand-crafted goodies, and here they are:

This was a frustrating card to put together. I stamped the background with a now sold-out There She Goes set and after I did that I sat and stared at it for a while... When I stopped staring I decided I would pull out some random Christmas embellishments and see where they would take me... It turned out pretty will and I happily gave it to my second-cousin-once-removed for Christmas!

I was playing around with random die cuts again and paired them with some awesome Pink Paislee papers and The Twinery Twine.  This happy card is sitting alone on my desk... I am hoping to still give it to someone when I get home. 


These tags were a Christmas Eve rush-job. I used a set called Santa Tags by Technique Tuesday. They sure helped the situation along a little quicker!


Lastly, I made this Greenhouse Society card in my Mom's craft room:
It's so weird crafting in someone else's space..  My Mom uses a lot of different products than I do, and little things like cardstock thickness and colours really threw me.. I'm used to my stuff, my way! Crafters are very particular, aren't we? I brought my new Memento Luxe inks with me to try out and I love them! The stamped image came out so vivid. 


I hope you have a fun New Years! I will be flying home (hopefully.. The weather is horrible!) and will probably be spending New Years with my little puppy and the rest of the gang. 
Thanks for stopping by and stay tuned for my "best of 2013" post!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Altered Picture Frame: Be Merry

My farewell TSG post. 

It still makes me sad to think about TSG closing, but what are you going to do. 
I am already so busy with design team stuff that I could probably do with one less team (my husband has urged me to let one or two go) so this may be a blessing in disguise for me. 

So last night my son and I took part in a gift exchange and the poor guy got landed with two of these lucite picture frames with really ugly pictures in them. He nearly cried! lol... I decided to alter one and see what I could come up with:


I used a new set called Be Merry (still in stock!! Get it while it's still available!!!) and coloured it with Copics. I added a few die cut snowflakes to give the project some dimension and that was that! 

Click here to go to the store. 

All stamps are now 25% off. Get them while they're here! 


Sunday, December 15, 2013

Christmas Smash Journal

I haven't been very at filling it yet, but I bought a Christmas Smash Journal to record memories from this year's Christmas happenings. My family and I are flying to my parents place for the holidays, so hopefully we'll create some exciting memories for me to share! 

I was drawn to the album because a lot of the pages were really beautiful and really "on-trend" (I hate that term, but it was appropriate) but I just needed to add a few personal touches.. 

This is one of the first pages. It's supposed to be for Black Friday, but 1) we don't have that in Canada, and 2) I'm not going to journal about Black Friday. 

I added some stamps (from Annabelle Stamp's Merry Messages) to personalize: 

Then I journalled: 


This page was really cute to start with: 

But I added a little heading: 


Have a great day!! 

Greenhouse Society: Clematis

December 15th means we are revealing a brand new Greenhouse Society stamp set. This month it's the Clematis and well, just like 99% of the other flowers we've had, I had NO idea what this flower really looks like. So I googled it:
Purple! Super! My favourite colour... Not! But you know what, it's growing on me. Did you know Pantone predicted Orchid as next year's "Color of the Year?" I guess I have to learn to love it! 
So, completely inspired by the photo above, here's my card:
This beauty was coloured with Distress Markers on watercolour paper. I kept the colours rich and dense by using 2-3 markers/colour and not using a lot of water to blend them together. I may have also added a little shading with a chalk pastel pencil ;)

Please say hello to Clematis!
Technique-Tuesday-Greenhouse-Clematis-Clear-Stamps-Medium

Thank you for joining me and I'll see you later in the month with another take on this stamp! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

ClearSnap Blog Hop

Welcome to the Clearsnap/Stampendous! bloghop. 
We got to play with a bunch of fun Clearsnap products and I had some fun
with pigment inks. I thought it would be nice to stamp with the wonderful
metallic inks on different coloured cardstock. 

Here's my card: 


I stamped the Train Postcard in Colorbox Silver, then I sprinkled some Shabby White Embossing Enamel and heated it up from underneath. My dad loves trains, I think this will be a great card for him! 

Here's the blog hop list. Have fun!!

Stampendous! Blog

Thursday, December 12, 2013

ClearSnap and Stampendous

Hi there! This week the team from Stampendous! is joining forces with the people from Clearsnap.
Rich, bright pigment inks from Clearsnap have long made embossing with Stampendous premium embossing powders simple. The slower drying time of pigment ink is perfect for holding embossing powders to paper while heating with an embossing heat tool. Pigment inks are also gorgeous for colorful, fade-resistant stamping, but the slow drying quality requires some patience and on some surfaces they will never dry. 
So I did a little playing around with the pigment inks on "Specialty Stamping Cardstock" from Ranger. The super-smooth surface of the paper let me blend the inks around until I got the look I was desiring...


I divided my Cat-eye inks into two different colour schemes and started to play.



I added colour direct-to-paper but also used some sponge daubers to blend. 


This is how the blue one came out... I ended up liking this one better than the red/green one so I continued on to making this into something! 


As mentioned earlier, on some surfaces pigment ink won't dry. So before I stamped the image, I covered the whole square with Detail Clear Embossing Powder. Once the embossing cooled off, I wiped of the remaining ink with a baby wipe and was left with those cool white spots. Then, I stamped Cling Rocking Horse in black pigment ink and embossed that again. 


This came out pretty sweet! Thank you Clearsnap for your generosity!!

Go take a look at what other Stampendous Design Team members are creating today with Clearsnap products. Be sure to leave comments as you go so you can be entered for our PRIZES!! Also take time to visit the Clearsnap Blog and check out what their designers are doing. While you’re at it, we’d love it if you’d like us all on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and even Pin our projects on your Pinterest Boards! Thanks so much for being fans!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Topical Tuesday: Chalkboard Ornaments


Hi there,I'm here with a fun kid-friendly Topical Tuesday for Annabelle Stamps!
I bought a package of plain, clear Christmas ornaments knowing I wanted to decorate them somehow, so really this was all just playing around... 

First, we painted our ornaments with Black Gesso. Yes, there's BLACK gesso! It dries matte so I figured it would look just like chalkboard paint (because I didn't have any...). 


Next, using a few stamps from Holly Jolly Christmas, I stamped in white pigment ink onto the ornament. Hint: don't mount the stamps on anything. Use your fingers to help the stamp hug the curves of the ornament. 


So when all was said and done, I liked the clean-and-simple look of the black and white (with a touch of red) better than my attempt at colour: 


I still have a few ornaments left to decorate, I wonder what I'll do with them??!! 

Merry Christmas! I hope you enjoyed my post today!


Monday, December 9, 2013

Copic-A-Looza


I am SO excited to announce a workshop I've had in the works for a while now and it's called: Copic-A-Looza! It will be a two-day extravaganza of Copics, colouring, and probably a few belly-laughs along the way! If you live near me and would like to take an in-depth approach to my favourite card-making tool, then join me for the fun! 

Or call Clipper Street to book over the phone.

*There's limited space so book quickly! 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Annabelle Stamps Monthly Challenge


Hello all, thank you for joining us tonight for the very last challenge of 2013!  This month it's all about colour, and these would be perfect for lots of different occasions including Christmas!  So grab out your stamps and join in with us!!

Here's my card for the challenge: 

I tried and tried to find some papers that matched the colour-scheme, but it was no good... So I went about finding some PanPastels that worked.. I don't have a lot of them so I had a compromise on a couple of the colours, but that's ok, right? Instead of using regular cardstock I used Ranger's "Specialty Stamping Paper." It's basically a low-gloss glossy paper. It was interesting to try to get the PanPastels to show up (the blues didn't like it at all) but once I found some colours that worked it ended up looking kind of like marble... 

I used stamps from the Holly Jolly Christmas set and used a little wire twine to string them together. Do you like the glitter paper?? I can't resist using it around the holidays.. 

Want to play along with the challenge?
Head on over to the Annabelle Stamps Blog to check out the DT samples! Remember to be eligible for the $20.00 Discount Coupon you must use AnnaBelle Stamps and follow the guidelines HERE!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Goodbye to There She Goes


It's sad, but true; There She Goes is closing their doors... 
I started designing for Jessica shortly after meeting her and a few other girls in 2011 at a stamp retreat and from there we became close friends. I've been down to visit her and her family a number of times and I am so thankful that because of STAMPS I made some really great friends.  

As you may recall, I have a few TSG sets that I designed and that was a cool and humbling experience. To see my designs on other people's cards is a trip!! Anyway... Jessica is clearing out all of her sets and once they're gone, they're gone. 

My favourite TSG card: 


Man, I'm going to miss the excitement of getting new TSG stamps in my hands... 

So head over to the store and get them while they're hot! 

Friday, November 29, 2013

Merry Christ-moose - Blog Hop

We at TSG love our holiday sets, and we love our animals, too…so whenever they can combine, we are THRILLED.  The new Merry Christ-moose set from Torico is no exception!

Ummm... Because he's nailed to the wall above the fireplace. But I digress... 
I had a lot of fun putting this scene together with stamps from Home Sweet Home

Merry Christ-moose is a 4x8 set that includes a total of 18 stamps and will sell for $18. It will be released on Saturday, November 30th at 11pmEST.

Made to go along with the Merry Christ-moose stamp set, Nice Rack has all those sentiments that may be a little bit naughty, but are definitely nice.
Nice Rack is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 7 stamps and will sell for $9. It will be released on Saturday, November 30th at 11pmEST.

Torico has also created this GORGEOUS Nordic Borders set as well, which will add a finished, homey feel to any of your creations. 

Would you like to win the new Merry Christ-moose/Nice Rack/ Nordic Borders 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, November 30th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Rusty Old Christmas Truck

Challenge: 
Colour the Truck of Gifts stamp in rusty yellow... 

Challenge accepted! 


Now we're getting into some complicated colouring here! 
This isn't just colouring something yellow...  Or is it? 


To get the rusty effect I used a couple different colour families and applied my rule regarding mixing: 

Blending Similar Colors
When blending two colours that are in a similar family, start with the darkest colour going to the lightest according to the numbers (and sometimes your eye will tell you what colours are lightest and what are darkest).
1. Start with Y27 applied in areas of "rust" and/or shadow.
2. Add colours in desceding number order to achieve a nice blend. From dark-to-light I used; YR27, YR24, Y15, Y13, Y11, Y0000. 
Whenever you're playing around with colour families you just have to practice.. Some colours behave oddly with each other, and some are magic! With this particular combo I got a funny mottled effect in the YR27 that lended itself PERFECTLY to rust. Happy accident!!


Mmmmmm... Fluffy snow.... This is Ye Olde Liquid Applique (mine is actually getting kinda old and stinky, lol) and while it was wet I dusted it with Crystal Micro Glitter. After you heat it with a heat tool the glitter is IN. 








Thursday, November 28, 2013

Be Merry - Blog Hop

Welcome to day three of new releases from There She Goes stamps! Our second set from new illustrator Danielle Lounds find’s us celebrating the holidays with her unique style of combining handwritten sentiments, with super cute images. I love that the words can be colored, and the tag image will be perfect for cards, and gift giving.

Today I made a fun project that came from my own little brain!! I am so happy they turned out to be so cute!

I decorated a couple of mini Mason jars and added these cute little chalkboard tags made with today's set! This was a really quick gift to put together, now I just have to go find some candy to put in the jars... I'm thinking some Jelly Bellys! 


Instead of the snow-globe idea (that's what I've seen a lot of people do with these tiny trees) I put everything ON TOP of the jar. I covered the lid with Glossy Accents and pressed the mica flakes and the trees into it while it was still wet. The next morning everything was solid as a rock! 

Be Merry is a 4x8 set that includes a total of 9 stamps and will sell for $18.00. It will be released on Saturday, November 30th at 11pmEST.
Would you like to win the new Be Merry 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, November 30th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Tis The Season - Blog Hop

Day two of this month's There She Goes Blog Hop Challenges, and we have a full set of fun from artist Wendy Leach that features our favorite sock goblin, but lots of other winter accessories to go along with it! This whimsical and fun holiday set is sure to be a favorite.


I had a little fun with my Gelatos and stamped Wendy's cute images with some dark black ink (the NEW Memento Luxe) and it was done... I love cards that can be simple and beautiful. The art of "clean and simple..." 

Tis the Season is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 12 stamps and will sell for $24. It will be released on Saturday, November 30th at 11pmEST.

Would you like to win the new ‘Tis the Season 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, November 30th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Dare To Jump - Blog Hop

This winter sports silhouette stamp is perfect for the winter enthusiast in your life. Not only will it make amazing cards, but it will ROCK for scrapbooking, too.


You know I love playing around with backgrounds and Silhouetted images, right?! This background was made with PanPastels. When I showed my son he said, "Oooooo, ombre!" Have I raised him right, or what?! 

Dare To Jump is a 4x6 set that includes a total of 9 stamps and will sell for $15.00. It will be released on Saturday, November 30th at 11pmEST.

Would you like to win the new Dare to Jump  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, November 30th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Small Dylusions Journal

I've been enjoying creating in my Small Dylusions Journal mostly because it's really quick to finish a page! I love creating in my big one, but sometimes I don't have a tonne of time!

Here's my most recent creation: 



I used a whole bunch of acrylic paints (and finger painted!!), stencils, and some letter and word stickers... I LOVE how the colours turned out! 


Underneath all of the letter stickers I added some shading with a black Big Brush Pitt Pen. I like that you can rub the ink, or add a little water to blend it out. 

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by!! 

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Season's Greetings

Hi there. Today I'm sharing a card I made with the There She Goes stamp set, 


I think this Spellbinders label die fits this image perfectly! Once I cut it out I left the die on the cardstock and sponged around it (one of my favourite tricks) and it gave it a nice warm glow... 

Head over to the TSG Blog to check out some more festive inspiration! 

Santa Air Drop - Monochromatic Colouring Tutorial

I'm here today with another quick Copic tutorial using Stampendous! stamps. 
 For today's card I chose the gorgeous Cling Santa Air Drop stamp. 


I was looking at this scene and wondered how I could really focus on Santa and his presents and considered the "Spotlight Technique" (that's where you have a punched-out area of the stamp that's coloured and everything else is not) but decided to go in a slightly different direction. I don't know what I would call this technique, but having everything monochromatic except for the focal point of the image is another fun way to switch up your colouring. 

Here's how I coloured the grays: 

As you can see, I went through the entire image and coloured all of the dark/shadows (C7), then into the mediums (C5/C3) then the lightest marker (C1). 


Here's the completed card! To enhance the grays and give other parts of the image a little pizzazz, I added some Crystal Micro Glitter by going over bits with a glue pen. It's a quick and easy way to add glitter!! 

Thanks for joining me today, and happy colouring!   


Sunday, November 17, 2013

November Greenhouse Reveal

This month is a beauty... It's one of those stamps that doesn't take a lot of work to make beautiful.

I stamped the image with Memento ink and coloured it with Copic markers. As you can see, it doesn't take a lot of colouring skill and not much time either. This would make a good stamp for replication! 

The Berries - Greenhouse Society stamp set starts shipping on November 25th to Greenhouse Society members.
Not a Greenhouse Society member yet? We have you covered! It's on sale for a limited time to non-members for $12.99 (plus shipping and handling).
If you like botanical-themed stamps, you may want to consider joining the Greenhouse Society. We release a new stamp set every month as part of this collection. Members get the Greenhouse sets for $9.99 each (plus shipping and handling) and enjoy other benefits. Check out the Membership Agreement and FAQ page on our Web site for more details on joining the Greenhouse Society.

Saturday, November 16, 2013

PanPastel Art Journal Page

So I've been smitten by PanPastels.

I'm seeking out new ways to use them and I've been having a lot of fun. 

Today's art journal page started with the PanPastel Resist technique. 


This technique was different from what I thought it would be. When you lay down the pastels on paper and paint on top of them, the pastels actually prevent the paint from fully gripping the paper. So, once the paint has dried I took a baby wipe and started wiping away the paint from the raised portions. I don't get much of the PanPastel colours I used coming through (metallics) but it's a nice effect.


Once I was done fiddling with the paints I added more Metallic PanPastels on top. They are a gorgeous way to highlight embossed pieces and so vivid. I love how the gold deepens all of the colours around it. There are spots on the page that have the coolest colour combos - and they're all spontaneous!! 



Once I was happy with the background, I started doodling the vines. I used a Stabilo All Pencil and went over the lines with a waterbrush. The verse was written with big Pitt Pens and I gotta say, I love my handwriting with them! They are big markers to hold but somehow everything always comes out so nice and smooth. 

Have you dabbled with PanPastels yet?? When asked what set of colours are good to start off with, hands-down I will say the metallics. They are a perfect compliment to any medium. Try it out and let me know what you think!!