Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A sneak peek....

Of a card I made! Want to see the rest? Check out today's post on the TSG Blog!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

TSG34- Is it Spring Break yet???

I know that winter just officially began but now that the holidays are over, I am sooo ready to break out my flower stamps lol! This week's challenge on the TSG Blog is to create a card/project that features flowers.

For my card I used the brand new, just released set Garden Of Friends. This set has a ton of beautiful flowers that can be colored and arranged in so many different ways and at only $15 it's a steal!

I stamped my images onto white cardstock in Momento Tuxedo Black and colored them with a blender pen and SU inks. I then added some sparkle with a Stardust Gelly Roll pen before cutting them out and adding them to the main panel. The DP is from my Kelli collection so I have no idea who makes it, sorry!
I hope you have some time to play along in this challenge this week for a chance to win a $5 TSG gift certificate!

Sunday, December 27, 2009

WIR/Release week winners

Hello everyone!

I was hoping to be able to fit in some stamping last night when wouldn't you know it, around 6:30 PM all 3 of my girls started getting sick! Needless to say the stamping time went right out the window since mommy had to take care of some sickos.

But make sure you stop by the TSG Blog and check out this week's fabulous Week In Review where you could win one of the Trendsetters amazing cards! Oh, and I'm sure you would love to know who last week's winners were as well ;)

Saturday, December 26, 2009

Release party tonight!!

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I hope to see you all tonight at the TSG Release Party Chat HERE on the TSG Forum. The official chat will be 6 PM - 8 PM Pacific (9-11 Eastern) but feel free to stop in at any time during the day to say hello!

There will also be a special challenge during the chat and the winner will have the opportunity to work with me on designing a new mini set!!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Loads Of Fun Blog Hop!

Welcome to day two of the sneak peek Blog Hop Challenges! If you made your way here from Jackie's blog then you are on the right track! If not, you may want to head back to the TSG Blog to find out what this is all about and how you can win today's featured stamp set!! Today's sneak peek set is called Loads Of Fun. Check out the TSG Blog to find out how this set to be!

With three little girls, I feel like I am constantly doing laundry! If I miss even one day, my laundry pile starts to look like the one below lol!! I stamped the washer and dryer in Versamark then embossed in clear. The laundry baskets and soap were stamped in Momento Tuxedo Black onto white cardstock, colored with Prismacolors, cut out and added to the card base using dimensionals.Now hop on over to the fabulous Jessie's blog to check out her creation using the Garden Of Friends stamp set :)

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Garden Of Friends Blog Hop!

Welcome to day one of the sneak peek Blog Hop Challenges! If you made your way here from Jackie's blog then you are on the right track! If not, you may want to head back to the TSG Blog to find out what this is all about and how you can win today's featured stamp set!!
Winter just officially began yesterday but I am so ready for some spring beauty! Today the Trendsetters are giving sneak peeks of the brand new, soon to be released stamp set Garden Of Friends. This stamp set was inspired by a dear friend of mine who has an amazing garden. Whenever I go to her house, she always has gorgeous floral arrangements. During one of our stamping get togethers at her house this summer there was this beautiful arrangement in a vintage looking pitcher. Below is a picture of the actual arrangement and the stamp set was created from it's inspiration-

For my card today, I used one of Julee's great Mojo sketch challenges. I stamped the image in Momento Tuxedo Black and colored it with blender pens and SU ink. The DP used is a from a great stack that I found waiting for me on my front porch from my wonderful friend Kelli :) I love friends like that lol!
Now hop on over to the fabulous Jessie's blog to check out her creation using the Garden Of Friends stamp set :)

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Changing Of The Seasons Blog Hop Challenge for TSG!

Are you guys ready for a fun little hop? Today some of the Trendsetters have great projects showing off the sets that are being featured in this season's Changing Of The Seasons Sale!

If you made your way here from Holly then you are right on track! If not, you may want to check out the TSG Blog for all of the details and to find out how you can win a TSG Stamp Set!!

For my card today I chose to make a simple card using the Here For You set. I love the elegance of the silhouette images and the great sentiments that come with it. You can make a sympathy card or just a simple "I'm here for you" like I have today!
Now hop on over to Jessie's blog and check out the gorgeous card she has to share with you!

Monday, December 21, 2009

A SALE, A challenge and NO more babies

Grab a cup of your favorite drink and get comfortable cause this is a long one today!
Today is December 21st which means two different things- first, it is my youngest daughter's birthday! (More on that later) And second, it is the start of the Changing Of The Season's sale! From today (Dec. 21st) through Sunday (Dec. 27th) five select stamp sets will be 15% off their regular price!

This season’s sale sets are-
Act of Kindness $18.70 (Reg. $22.00)
Spread Your Wings $12.75 (Reg. $15.00)
Fairy Good Day $19.55 (Reg. $23.00)
Here For You $18.70 (Reg. $22.00)
Branching Out $18.70 (Reg. $22.00)

Not only are you able to purchase these great sets at a special price, you can also order them with the new release sets (which will also be offered at a special price) when they are released on Saturday evening! Consider it a Christmas gift to yourself ;)

And now for this week's TSG Challenge! Our challenge for you this week is to create a non holiday related winter card. You can check out all of the details and find out how you can win a TSG gift certificate right here on the TSG Blog.

This card was completely inspired by my girl Maki (Have you noticed the I gain a lot of inspiration from the Trendsetters?? lol!) and her gorgeous creation made with the new stamp set Craftier Taglines. I kept the layout she used along with the paper piercing and ribbon treatments but changed the stamp set (I used one of the sale sets Branching Out!), colors, DP (by K&co.) and embellishments.

Today is a very bittersweet day for me. My youngest daughter Kayla is now officially four years old. We were taken by complete surprise when we found out that I was pregnant with her (After all I already had a 24 month old AND a 6 month old at the time!) and she has been keeping us all on our toes ever since. She is such a ray of sunshine and definitely the baby of the family and she won't let anyone forget it lol!

The third year of life for my children has been such an amazing transformation to watch! In 12 short months they go from toddler to child. With Kayla it has been a little difficult for me because this officially means that there are no more binkies, diapers, sippy cups, rocking a baby to sleep and all of those other things that I have cherished so much. I will forever miss the baby days of my girls but now I get to enjoy the fun of raising children. (I sure hope that this part takes longer because I am soooo not ready to raise 3 teenage girls lol!) Through their eyes I get to experience the wonderful imagination of pretend play and exploring new places as well as the responsibility of teaching my girls the importance of being kind and respectful, communication and trying to answer the never ending questions that constantly take Matt and I by surprise. And actually Kayla just asked one right now "mommy, who are you texting on the computer?" lol!

So with that, I am off to spend the day with my beautiful girls and celebrate Kayla's first day of being four years old :) Happy Birthday Kayla-Bayla! Mommy, daddy and sisters love you so very much you crazy little monkey!

Stop by tomorrow and join us in our Changing Of The Seasons Blog Hop Challenge. Not only will you be inspired by the Trendsetter's beautiful creations using the Sale sets but you just may win one!

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Stampbook Saturday

Happy Saturday everyone! I hope that you have a wonderful weekend. I am sure that a lot of you are going to be very busy trying to get all of your Christmas projects wrapped up before the big day gets here.

Also, don't forget that TSG will begin the sneak peeks of two brand new stamp sets next week! Now you have the perfect excuse to slip away and go blog hopping ;)

I just posted a Stampbook Page over on the TSG Blog so make sure you hop on over there to check it out!

Friday, December 18, 2009

Happy Friday Everyone!!!

Hope you will be able to join us for the FNC tonight here on the TSG Forum!

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

It's time for a Color Throwdown!!

Would you like a chance to win a TSG stamp set?? This week There She Goes is sponsoring the Color Throwdown challenge and one lucky winner will win any TSG stamp set of their choice! Check out this week's fun colors-

When I first saw these colors I admit I was a little weary (like usual) but after I started working with them I really liked them (like usual lol!). I used the fun new stamp set Birdie Wishes and also used the mini set Polka Dot Blooms for the colored circles.
Card Recipe:
Stamps- Birdie Wishes, Polka Dot Blooms
Paper- Cool Caribbean, Real Red, Black, White
Ink- Momento Tuxedo Black, Real Red, Cool Caribbean, Kiwi Kiss, Always Artichoke
Accessories- Dimensionals, Sewing Machine, Embossing Folder

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

TSG33- Time to layer up

Happy Tuesday to all of you in blog land! I am so sorry to have disappeared over this last week but things have been so crazy busy around here. Between finishing up Christmas cards (I will be showing some of them later in the week), stamp set designing, shipping orders, holiday decorating, school projects, never ending laundry and all of the other domestic goddess responsibilities, my head is spinning!

Our Trendsetter of the week Wendy has a great challenge for us this week that is only fitting with all of the cold weather moving in. It's time to layer up! That's right, the challenge this week is to make a card with lots of layers (min. of 3). For my card today I used my new favorite layout that I got from Jodi and used the mini set Ice Cream. I'm not sure how you would count the layers on this thing but I'm thinking there has to be at least 6.

I stamped the ice cream, cone and cherry onto Very Vanilla cardstock. I used a Quickie (sp?) glue pen on the ice cream and cherry before I added some beautiful sparkly glitter that I got from Kelli. For the ice cream cone, I colored with a blender pen and ink pad then added glitter to that as well. I then cut out all of the pieces, adhered them together and added them to my nestie cut Chocolate Chip layer with dimensionals. I love how pretty the ice cream cone came out and I have a feeling that I am going to be adding lots of glitter on more cards to come :)
Inside of card-
Don't forget to check out this week's Week In Review on the TSG Blog for your chance to win a fabulous card made by one of the Trendsetters!!

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Wonderful You

I wanted to share this card that I made awhile ago using the mini sets Everyday Greetings and Dream Big. Silhouette images are so much fun and so versatile! I love the custom stamped DP I was able to create by stamping the flower image from Dream Big in Tempting Turquoise, then stamped off once before stamping a different flower in a staggering pattern. To finish it off, I stamped a leaf type image from the Dream Big set in black to give a nice contrast. This card did not take very long to make and it was one of those nice 'no thinking' type of cards :)
Make sure you stop by the TSG blog today to check out the great water coloring tutorial from our watercolor queen, Sandra!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

TSG32- Fun with Tags!

This week our Trendsetter of the week Sandra has a great challenge for us! The challenge is to create a tag of some sort. Tags are so much fun to create and are great to give along with gifts or even to use on your cards!

For my tag today, I used the fun Penguin Love set. The images were stamped onto Very Vanilla cardstock, colored with a blender pen and SU inks, cut out and adhered to the tag with dimensionals. The tag was created with a Nestability and decorated with twine and buttons.
Tag Recipe:
Penguin Love
Paper- Riding Hood Red, Very Vanilla, DP
Ink- Sahra Sand, Momento Tuxedo Black, Riding Hood Red, Pretty In Pink, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories- Blender Pen, Twine, Nestabilities, buttons, stardust gelly roll pen, white gel pen.

Make sure you check out this week's Week In Review on the TSG Blog and leave a comment for your chance to win one of the Trendsetter's fabulous creations from the week!!

Friday, December 4, 2009

Happy Friday!

Tonight is the Friday Night Chat over at the TSG Forum. The official chat starts here at 7:00 PM Pacific Time (10 PM Eastern) but feel free to stop in at any time during the day to say hello :) You need to be a registered member of the forum to be able to view/post so make sure you take a couple of minutes to do that first. 'See' you all tonight!!
Happy Friday everyone! It took a few days but we finally have our tree up and decorated and it's starting feel more festive around here :)
I started this card a few days ago and had a few minutes last night to finish it up. All images are from the new set Birdie Wishes which I have been having so much fun with! I stamped the images together onto Very Vanilla and cut them out (using a craft knife for the enclosed areas) before adhering them to the front panel with dimensionals. The papers that I used were some of the many that I got from my friend Kelli and I think that they were Cosmo Cricket.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone and I hope to see you at the chat tonight!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Busy, busy, BUSY!

I've got a ton of things that I'm working on both work-wise and craft-wise! I wanted to show you a project that I've been working on for the last couple of days that I'm hoping to finish up today. It's an advent box! I got this idea from one of the talented ladies from my stamping group. She made a gorgeous box and I just knew that I had to make one!

First off, I have to say a HUGE thank you to my wonderful friend Kelli! She is such a giving person and a ton of fun to hang out with. Not only did she let me totally raid her (amazing!) designer paper supply but she loaned me her Big Shot, Cricut, Matchbook Die and a ton of other things!! I told you, she's great :) And did I mention that she only lives a few minutes from me??? ;)

I will be using these advent boxes for something special for the girls. Instead of the traditional advent chocolate calendar that I grew up with, in each of the 'drawers' will be supplies for the girls to make their own ornaments to add to the small Christmas tree that their grammy is bringing them today. The ornaments will be simple punch outs with cut out stamped images that will just need to be colored and assembled and if they are really good, maybe a sprinkling of glitter ;). I did mention that I have three girls ages (almost) 4, 5, and 6 right?!? Quick and easy is always best lol!!

Pretty much all of the supplies to create this project were raided from Kelli's store... ahem.. I mean craftroom. This is just the beginning of the project. I first used the SU Matchbook die to cut out 24 boxes for each advent box. There are three. I am SO happy that I did not have to use my cuttlebug for all of those lol!! I adhered them all together first with red line tape and when that ran out I used my trusty Aileens glue :) The base and top were created by cutting a 5.5 in. piece of chipboard and covering it with a 6 in. piece of DP. Today I am hoping to finish adding the drawer pulls, 'legs' and decorate it. I still need to find some one who has the SU tree die cut so I can get a few of those made to add to the tops....

I'll make sure to show you guys the finished product when it is finally completed!