Monday, August 31, 2009

TSG18- Custom Designer Paper

Happy Monday everyone! Talk about release party hang over, I am exhausted lol! This week's challenge on the TSG Blog is all about creating your own custom stamped designer paper. I was able to whip this card up in about 10 minutes and that is almost unheard of for me! Even with a CAS card lol!

I used the set Tastes Like Chicken which I know isn't everyone's cup of tea but there are a few of you out there that enjoy this set so this is for you ;) I cut the main panel about 1/4 of an inch smaller than the card base and then stamped my peppers image and attached it to the card base using dimensionals. I stamped the peppers on a scrap of white CS along with the sentiment, cut to size, added stitching to one edge and cut with decorative scissors. The images were colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS. The sentiment layer was attatched to the DP layer with dimensionals as well.
Inside of card-

Sunday, August 30, 2009

With Treemendous love & happiness

Last night after the release party I felt like stampin. Chatting with fellow stampers excited about new stamps for over 2 hours will do that to ya lol! So I headed on over to SCS (where else???) to see who the featured stamper for Sunday would be. The talented person featured this week is akronstamperdpk. What a fun gallery to draw inspiration from! I ended up choosing this card of hers to case. The things I changed were stamps, colors, and added stitching and dimensionals. I finally got a chance to ink up two of the new mini sets Treemendous and Flourish. Oh my, what fun I am going to have these babies!!
Supplies used:
Stamps- Treemendous, Flourish
Paper- Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Mellow Moss
Ink- Chocolate Chip, Creamy Caramel and Mellow Moss
Accessories- Ribbon, dimensionals, brad, flower, sewing machine for stitching, Nestabilities

Don't forget to stop by the TSG Blog for the Week In Review!!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

It's party time!!

Tonight is the night! That's right, we will be celebrating TSG's first birthday and our new releases tonight on the TSG Forum. The chat will be from 6-8 PM Pacific Time (9-11 Eastern) but feel free to stop in at any time during the day to say hello. There are a ton of things planned and lots of stuff to give away so I hope that you will be able to make it!

You can check out the TSG Blog to find out the schedule of events for the evening.

Would you like another chance to win some new mini sets??? We are having a TSG Reunion over at the TSG Blog with a few of our past Trendsetters. Denise, Stephanie and Wendy are fabulous stampers and amazing ladies as well so make sure you stop by to see what they have been up to :)

Friday, August 28, 2009

Mini Sets Blog Hop Challenge

If you came here from the TSG Blog you are right on track for the Blog Hop Challenge! If not, you can go there to see what this is all about and how you can win some brand new stamp sets!!!

I am soooo so excited for day three of our Blog Hop Challenges!! Today the Trendsetters aren't going to be showing you cards made with a new stamp set. We are going to be showing you cards made with SEVEN new mini sets!! That's right, brand new mini sets will be hitting the TSG Store after our Release Party on Saturday.

Today I am showing you cards made with three of the seven sets using nothing but scraps from my file cabinet! Yes, I file all my scraps by color lol!

This card features Best Fishes. How cute are those little fish??
This card uses two mini sets called Polka Dot Blooms and Everyday Greetings.

Now hop on over to Angela's blog to see the great cards that she made with mini sets :)

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Side By Side Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome to the second day of the TSG sneak peeks! The set the Trendsetters are featuring today is called Side By Side. This set was actually inspired by some very old wall paper in my very old bedroom in my very old house lol!

Make sure you stop by the TSG Blog to find out all the details about this blog hop challenge and to find out how you can win this set for yourself!
Card 1-
I had so much fun casing Joanne's spotlight card the other day that I thought I would give it a try for this set. You know how when you learn something new, you want to do it all the time? Yeah, I'm there lol!
The next stop on the hop is Becky so head over there to see what kind of eye candy she has for you today :)

Happy hopping!

Fairy Good Day Blog Hop Challenge

Welcome to the first stop on the Fairy Good Day Blog Hop Challenge! If you would like to find out what this is all about (and how to win free stamps!), go check out the TSG Blog for all of the details and to enter your name in the Mr. Linky after commenting on all of the Trendsetter's blogs!

I didn't really grasp how much fun this set was going to be until I was finally inking it up for the first time. I needed to make a birthday card and frame for a 4 year old and once I started stamping I didn't want to stop lol! I was amazed by how many ways there are to put together the images in this set to get different scenes. Below are the projects that I made the first time I inked up the new set Fairy Good Day

Picture frame and card together-
Close up of the card-
Close up of the frame-
Even the girls wanted in on the action ;) Here they are with their cards-
Their cards-
The next stop on the hop is Becky!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Challenge combo

You know how every once in a while you make a card that you just absolutely love? Well that's how I'm feeling about today's card :) My mojo has been difficult to say the least so when this card came together so easily, I was elated! I have my friend Joanne to thank for that. She was this week's Featured Stamper on SCS and I have been determined to play along. She has such an amazing gallery that it took me quite some time to finally decide which one to case. I chose this card because I absolutely love the look of her spotlighting and I knew the set Bloom would work perfectly. This card was also made for today's color challenge which was to use Kraft, Chocolate Chip and Real Red.

Card Recipe: The card base measures 3x4 in. After I cut the very vanilla panel, I cut a strip of Kraft 1 in. wide and laid it diagonally across the vanilla layer and stamped the image. I then colored the image with prismacolor pencils, added a Chocolate Chip mat, adhered to the vanilla layer, trimmed excess and stitched with sewing machine. I cut a piece of ribbon, folded, trimmed and adhered it to the back of the main panel then added a red rhinestone on the front. The main panel was adhered to the card base using dimensionals.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Are you ready to party??

Winners for the following challenges have been announced on the TSG blog- WIR, Followers and TSG16- Cloud 9. Stop by and say hello to see if you are one of the lucky winners :)

It's finally time for TSG's week long Birthday Bash!! All week long on the TSG blog, there will be games, challenges and give aways. Did you know that there will be over 20 stamp sets given away throughout the week?!

The Birthday Bash starts off with a super easy challenge that anyone can participate it- Make a birthday card! My birthday card stash is getting way low and this challenge is just thing I need to build it back up. I made this card for my MIL using the stamp set Special Delivery. This is one of my all time favorite sets! It is so much fun to color and paper piece :)
Inside of card-

I hope that you will all play along in the challenges this week and help us to celebrate TSG turning one!! Thanks for stopping buy :)

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Week In Review (Aug. 17-23) & Card Give Away!

First of all, I would like to congratulate our very own Trendsetter Joanne for being picked as this week's Featured Stamper on SCS. Way to go Joanne, you deserve it!!!

*And second, after you guys are done oogling this week's awesome WIR Cards please stop by the brand new There She Goes blog! After today, all TSG events (WIR, Dollar Find Friday, challenges, etc.) will be located here. And you never know, we may already be giving away stamps ;)*

The Trendsetters have been at it again! There are so many gorgeous cards this week and I really don't envy the winner. How in the world do you just pick just one of these beauties???

What is Week In Review (WIR)?- WIR is where I showcase cards made by the Trendsetters and myself throughout the week. Not only to you get to see gorgeous projects made using TSG stamps, but you also have a chance to WIN one of these cards! Leave a comment on this post and tomorrow (Monday) I will choose a winner using a random number generator. That person will then get to pick out their favorite card and the Trendsetter that created it will send it to them :)

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Inspirational kitties

When I sat down to stamp last night, it was with the intention of working on my MIL's birthday present. But I started by going to check out the inspiration challenge on SCS first for a jumping off point and ended up making this card instead. Funny how that happens huh? lol!

My card was inspired by this adorable lamp found on the Pylones website.

I made this card with another oldie but goodie, Bug Me Anytime which is only $5! The little bugs in this set are so darn cute :) Images are colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS except for the middle bee. I paper pieced his body with the same DP used on the card. I'm not sure who makes the DP, I found it in my file cabinet filed under 'Yellow' if that's any help ;) This card also qualifies for this weeks TSG Challenge!!

Inside of card-
Yesterday was a little bit of sad day because our kittens just turned 8 weeks old which meant that it was time to find homes for them. We decided to take them to a great pet store near us that adopts animals out through the animal shelter. We took mama and all 5 babies in so that they could all get their first round of shots/worm/flea & ear mite medicine. Here is the last picture taken of the girls with all 5 babies. You can tell by the look on Chloe's face that she was concentrating pretty hard on keeping those kitties in her lap lol!

Even though I told Kylie that we were going to pick up mama and Ollie (short for Oliver) and Umma was going to come adopt two of the other kitties in the morning, she was still heartbroken that we had to leave them there and was worried about the other two that were going to be left behind and adopted out. The pet shop lady asked the girls if they would like to climb in and give the kitties some love before they had to say good bye. Poor Kylie was crying :(
Hopefully she will feel a little better once we get mama and Ollie back home :)

Friday, August 21, 2009

Friday Night Chat!

If you are looking for the weekly TSG Challenge, it has been moved to Mondays! You can find this week's challenge here. I will choose a random winner on Monday from the participants and that person will win a $5 gift certificate to the TSG website!

Friday Night Chat
Are you guys ready for another fun Friday Night Chat??? I know I sure am! I have a busy little bee lately and I sure could use a ladies night with some stampin friends :) Anybody is welcome to join us and we love meeting new people so come on over and say hello! The chat will be from 6-8 PM Pacific time on the TSG Forum but feel free to stop in at any time during the day. You need to be a registered member to view/post on the forum but it only takes a few minutes and you will be on your way :)
I was feeling pretty random last night at 'stamp time' and I wasn't really feeling up to planning a card so I just stuck my hand in to where I store my TSG Stamps and pulled one out. I haven't used You're So Punny in way too long and I just love the cute little critters in this set! What's even better is that I could add some clouds behind the squirrel to count towards this weeks TSG Challenge, wahoo!
CARD RECIPE: I created clouds with a sponge and acetate cloud template on a white nestie layer. Images are colored with Prismacolor pencils and blended with OMS. The grass was made by pleating green ribbon and stitching it together. I adhered it to the white nestie layer and trimmed around to remove the excess. The kraft layer was also cut out using Nesties then run through the Cuttlebug with an embossing folder. I wrapped some twine around, added the layers to the card base with dimensionals and added some buttons. The corners of the card were made using a scallop corner punch.