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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I Found Another "Published" Card I haven't Shared Yet! LOL!

Hi again everyone!
This is my second post for the day so please scroll down to see my layout.  ;)

Usually, when you have a project in a book or magazine, they would like you to wait awhile to post them on our blogs. Of course the September issue of CardMaker was a little different for me because I was the "Featured Designer" and they also featured me for several weeks on their Facebook page and asked me to show the cards form that issue. It's a good thing because I won't forget them like I did this card! LOL!  ;)
I was looking though all of my Basic Grey cards and came across it. I used their Granola stack which is an oldie but goody.  It was new when I made this card! LOL!
BTW...when I went looking for the link to Granola, I found they still have some in stock and it is on a mega clearance! The 12x12 paper pad was $20.00 and is on sale for just $5.00! Wow! That's crazy cheap!

My card was published in the "Coloring Techniques For Card Making" book by DRG Publishing along with 4 others I created. It can be found on page 31. ;)




The adorable image #0659J "Puppy Love" from Inky Antics.

Thanks for taking a peek!
Don't forget to scroll down to see what else I've done today!  :)

Hugs,
True :D

A Layout With Basic Grey Products ~ "♥ Our Zoey"

Hi Everyone! 

I saw the sketch on the Basic Grey blog the other day and just had to play along!
I used elements from the Indy Bloom and Picadilly Collections. I also used some Indy Bloom Accordion stickers.

Remember, you can click on the pictures for a closer look! :)


Here's the sketch we were asked to follow.

We just love our Zoey to pieces. The main picture is the look she has on her face 90% of the time. Her tongue is always hanging out! tehehehe!


The white background paper is Bazzill White Prismatic from Discount Card Stock.
The pretty ribbons are from the Glitz Assortment @ Really Reasonable Ribbon.


As a card artist, I know that layouts aren't my forte' but practice makes perfect right? :)

Please leave me a bit of love today! :)

Hugs,
True :D

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

More Cards From The September Issue of CardMaker!

Hi Everyone!
Today is the third and final week that CardMaker is featuring me on their Facebook page as the September issue's "Featured Designer".
Because they have been doing that, I have been able to share the cards that I created for that issue!
I showed you one last week and one the week before and I have 2 left. Both of them are simple cards that would be easy for even the newest card make to recreate.
The first is "Autumn Blessings". It can be found on page 6 (the Editor's Notes page) and page 49 of the September issue of CardMaker.
I used a digital stamp that I illustrated for Clear Dollar Stamps called "Autumn Blessings". It is available for instant download  for just $2.50!
 Why not get a jump on your Fall and Thanksgiving projects? ;)


My last card is called "Fall Thank You" and can be found on the upper right hand corner of the cover and on page 53.

I can't share my card recipe because of publication rights but you can find all of the details for these and my 2 other cards in the September issue of CardMaker
Did you know you can also buy the digital version of CardMaker? It is awesome!

Look for more of my projects in the November issue that's coming out soon!

Thanks for dropping by!

Hugs,
True :D

PS...I would love it if you headed over to CardMaker's Facebook page, like them and tell them Trudy sent ya!  :)

Friday, August 26, 2011

Huge Multi Company Blog Hop! Awesome Prize Alert!

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would tell you about a "Last Days of Summer" blog hop that starts today that you don't want to miss!
There is a HUGE prize valued well over $300.00 up for grabs! :)

PSA Essentials invited 10 other companies to join them in a manufacture's blog hop.
I am so proud to be associated with so many of the companies who are participating!
I belong to Really Reasonable Ribbon and Discount Card Stock' teams.
I have guest designed for PSA Essentials and will be "guesting" again next month.
I will also be "guesting" for Want2Scrap next month.
FlowerSoft, Helmar, and The Twinery have all sent me product to play in the past just because they are nice like that! :)
I have met Nikki Sivils at a charity Memory Expo show in Topeka, KS, where I was a speaker and teacher. She is such a sweet soul! :)

I made this card for Bonnie, from  Really Reasonable Ribbon,  to use in her hop post.


For my card,
I used some beautiful designer paper from Basic Grey's -Indy Bloom 6"x6" Paper Pad and a flower from their Picadilly layered stickers. Thanks again Basic Grey for all of the lovely goodies! :)
The twine on the tag is Lemon Baker's Twine and the pretty ribbon is Satin Grosgrain Double Band Teal. Both are from Really Reasonable Ribbon of course. ;)
The pretty 1" Orange Butterfly and Orange Rhinestones are from Want2Scrap.
I used Ranger Ink's Aquamarine and Vermilion Archival Ink. Thanks again Ranger Ink. ;)
The shape was done with round and scalloped round Nestabilities.
It was all put together with Helmar's Quick Dry adhesive.
The sentiment was computer generated.
I scored the card before cutting the shape with my ScorPal and used a Bow-Easy to tie the bow. 

Now...head on over to Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings for all of the hop details.
Do me a favor and tell 'em True sent ya! :)

Hugs,
True :D

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Another of my cards that was featured in CardMaker's September issue

Hi Everyone!
This is my second post of the day sooo....
If you're looking for the Inky Antics "Our Crafty Spaces" blog hop, please scroll down. :)

CardMaker is featuring me again today on their Facebook page so I get to share another of my cards that made the September issue. :)
This is a Fall wedding card titled "Simple Elegance" and can be found on page 35. 


The call was for silhouette cards and they also needed some wedding cards so I combined the two. Who says silhouette cards have to be black and white? :)
For the card recipe, you'll have to check it out in the magazine.
Did you know they have an online version of CardMaker
It's really cool...you don't have to wait for the mail and you can see back issues and special features that are not in the paper version. I subscribe to both! :)

Hugs and happy crafting!

True :D

It's Time For Our Inky "Stamping Spaces" Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the Inky “Stamping Spaces” Blog Hop!


  If you've come from  sweet Crystal's blog, you are in the right place!
If you just happened onto my blog, please head on back to the Inky Antics blog where it all starts. You won't want to miss a thing!

The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, August 28th at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their stamping space and leave a comment for each designer. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please). One person’s name will be drawn at random to receive a fun Inky prize pack. The winner’s name will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

Instead of taking pictures I did a video because I can talk faster then I can type! LOL!
(The heavy breathing you may hear at the start is my fur baby Zoey. She chased her kitty down the hall just as I was filming and she's a chunky English bull dog who gets winded very easily! :)

Here goes...



Please remember to leave a comment before you go to increase your chances of winning some Inky Goodness!
If you haven't signed up for my current "Basic Grey Picadilly" blog candy, you still have time. CLICK HERE to find out how.

Your next stop will be the super fun and talented Tex's blog.


Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
True :D



Monday, August 22, 2011

Guitar Pick Card with Tutorial

Hi Everyone!
My baby turned 26 on the 20th and I wanted to make him a special card instead of just pulling one from my huge stash. He has just recently decided that mom's cards are really cool! He even went and bought 2 copies of the latest CardMaker magazine that I was featured in. One to show and one to keep. Made my heart happy! :)
If you are a regular reader, you will know that Ranger Industries sent me a huge assortment of product to play with. I am LOVIN' it all! It worked great for my son's card!
Kurt loves to play guitar and I have already given him a guitar card a year or two ago so I wanted to do something different. There are some really cool guitar picks out there with marbling and sparkles so I decided I would try to make a pick card. 
I really didn't know how to go about it but I knew I had tons of Ranger Ink products that would work wonderfully. I had to think long and hard about how to get the writing on it and how to get the metallic swirl effect. I really think I came up with a new technique. I had a feeling it was going to turn out pretty cool so I took pictures along the way. 
So...here is my "Guitar Pick" card using my new "Faux Marble With Clear Transparency Paper" technique.
I think it would also look good on bowling ball and vase cards too.


This is a picture of the type of pick I used for my inspiration.
I used these Ranger Ink products plus some chipboard, clear transparency paper, and a laser printer.


First I created the writing for the front of the pick in Adobe Illustrator, then flipped it so it would be mirror image. That way, the printing and paint would be on the bottom side of the transparency paper and  protected form wear and tear.
I used some Blank Canvas Studio Acrylic Paint to fill in the letters and stars.


I cut a pick shape out of chipboard approximately 4"x5" and covered it with 2 coats of Studio Black Gesso on the front and about 1/2" around the back edge.


After allowing the gesso to dry a few minutes, I sprayed the entire pick with Perfect Pearls Mist in Biscotti, then used assorted Perfect Pearls Pigment Powders to draw on some random lines. I used the mist on the paint brush to help me pick up the powders.


After allowing the Perfect Pearls Mist some drying time, I brushed on some Black Diamond Stickles. (I think next time, I won't brush it on but just squeeze it on because it loosened up my Perfect Pearls and moved it around quite a bit). I then squeezed on some Lagoon Stickles squiggly lines.


I didn't stop to take a picture of the next step because I was afraid it would dry too much while I did it. ;)
I squeezed out a generous amount of Glossy Accents in a spiral over the entire pick then quickly placed the transparency paper over the top. I used my hands to work the air bubbles out by rubbing from the center out. You never will know what your final project will look like because the Glossy Accents moistens and moves the Perfect Pearls and Stickles! I love surprises...don't you?  :)


Let it dry for several hours then trim off the extra transparency.
I finished off the back by printing a computer generated sentiment on Brilliant White cardstock form Discount Cardstock and sponging the edges with Aquamarine Archival Ink. I then made a stand out of scraps of the chipboard and more Black Gesso.


I have to tell you that my son LOVED it!
If you have a guitar star in your life, and would like to make a similar card, pop me a quick comment below and EMAIL ME and I'll send you the file for the wording on the front. 
My gift to you! :)


Thanks for dropping by! I would love to hear what you think about my technique and/or card.

Hugs,
True :D


Friday, August 19, 2011

Perfect Pearls Sympathy Card

Hi Everyone!
As usual, I'm super busy today but when I saw this morning's Free For All challenge #F4A788- "Embossing Central" over @ Split Coast Stampsers, I just had to take a break and play along! They asked us to use an embossing folder as our focal point.
Ranger Ink sent me a bunch of goodies last week and included in the package were some Perfect Pearls Pigment kits. I thought this would be the perfect time to try them out!
I have to say....I LOVE "EM!!!!!
It sure added a touch of elegance to what would have been a very plain card.


Here's another shot I took just as the sun was coming up. I couldn't decide which picture I like best so I'm posting them both! :)



The cardstock is Kraft from Discount Card Stock. I added a tiny piece of the "hoarded" cardboard that I scavenged from a fire pit bowl package (see yesterday's post). Hubby thought I was crazy so I can't wait to show him this card!
I used Provo Crafts "Leafy Branch" folder.
The stunning ribbon is from  Really Reasonable Ribbon. It is their Sheer Ruffle Edge Gold and Old Gold Organza. (Using this beautiful ribbon over a piece of trash cardboard somehow felt wrong!) I twisted the organza before I placed in over the other ribbon and really like the look. ;)
I distressed the edges of the paper and stamped sentiment with Ranger Inks Coffee Archival Ink.
The sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamp's- Heartfelt Sentiments set.

BTW...if you haven't signed up for my latest blog candy, CLICK HERE! :)

Thanks for taking a closer look!
Now back to work I go! ;)

Big hugs!
True :D


Thursday, August 18, 2011

Hubby says I'm a HORDER! What do you think?

Hi Everyone!
Sorry but I don't have a card to share with you today. I've been very busy creating for releases and special projects that can't be shown yet. ;)
I did want to show you this fabulous piece of corrugated paper that came as some packaging in a fire pit bowl we bought the other day. I helped hubby assemble the pit and when we went to throw the box and trash away, I pulled this out of the pile and set it aside. Hubby thought I just didn't get it put with the trash so he picked it up and put it back in the pile. I got it back out, he gave me a funny look, and called me a hoarder! Humph!
Please tell me that I'm not the only crafter who would have saved this....PLEASE! :)


It is very soft and pliable. about a 30" square, nice and thin.  I can tell that it is made form recycled paper because of all of the mottled looking splotches in the fibers.


I have cut it into manageable sized pieces for storage and plan to use it for masculine cards and grunge items.

Am I a total loon or would you have saved it too?  :)
BTW...in the interest of full disclosure, I should probably show you what I saved a few weeks ago.


There was a cicada killer that kept killing cicadas and bringing them to our deck. I took the wings off of them, coated them several times with Ranger Ink's Glossy Accents and let them dry on waxed paper, to strengthen them and make them "clean".
Don't you think that they would be awesome for dragonfly or pixie projects? :)

I would love to know what the oddest thing you have "hoarded" for crafting is.  

Hugs,
True :D

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Thanks Helmar!

Hi Everyone!
I got some happy mail yesterday so I wanted to give a shout out to Tracy from Helmar!
She sent me  a very nice collection of adhesives and I can't wait to try them all.
I already use their Scrap Dots and Zap Dots and LOVE them!

You should head over to their Facebook page. There is always something fun going on there! :)


Thanks again Tracy!
Hugs,
True :D

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

CardMaker Magazine Featured Designer

Hi Everyone!

This is my 2nd post of the day so please scroll down to see my latest announcement and venture! 

If you subscribe to CardMaker magazine, you probably have already seen my mug in the "Featured Designer" article of the September issue. It was such a huge honor to have been featured!
 CardMaker told me that they will also be featuring me on their Facebook page for the last 3 Tuesdays of this month. They invited me to share one of my cards that was published in that issue on each Tuesday. 
I would LOVE to! :)

The first one I'm sharing is my "Halloween Glitz" card that can be found on page 13.


It was done with a digital stamp that I illustrated called "Autumn Friends".
The beautiful ribbon that adds the "Glitz" to the card title is Purple Glitz from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
For the rest of the supply list and the directions, please see page 13 of the September issue of CardMaker.

I have a current blog candy running that is a gift from Basic Grey and myself.
It is a "Pickadilly Page Kit" that won't even be available in stores until October! I have also thrown in some coordinating ribbons and embellishments from my stash.


For a chance to win, all you have to do is:
1. Become a follower if you aren't already.
2. Leave a comment on this post or any others that I post this month.
3. As a bonus, if you go and "LIKE" CardMaker on Facebook and tell them True :D sent you, I will also throw in a "Coloring Techniques For Card Making" book that I was a co-contributor in. 
It's donated by DRG Publishing.


The winner will be announced on September 1st.

Thanks so much to DRG/CardMaker for all you do!

Thanks also to all of my awesome followers for your kind comments and for checking in on me from time to time!

Big hugs,
True :D


Monday, August 15, 2011

Really Reasonable Ribbon "OK...Keep It Clean" Card

Hi Everyone!

Today starts a new challenge over @ Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings!
We are doing a CAS (Clean and Simple) challenge today.
I am getting more comfortable with clean and simple but sometimes it's a challenge because I'm an embellishments kinda girl! :)
Here is my card...


The pretty ribbons are Old Gold Organza and Orange Swirls from Really Reasonable Ribbon
The stamp is "Fuzzy Ducky" and the sentiment is from "Heartfelt Sentiments" both available @ Clear Dollar Stamps.
The image and sentiment are stamped with Ranger Ink's - Jet Black and Vermilion Archival Inks.
The designer paper is form Basic Grey's Picadilly collection.
The sweet little Sparkled Flower is from Creative Charms. (It was white but I colored it with a Copic marker to color match the flowers the ducky is holding.)

Basic Grey sent me some extra Pickadilly Page Kits to give away as blog candy. It won't be in the stores until October but you could win some right here from my blog! Just click here and check out THIS POST to see how to enter to win it, and some other goodies. 

I hope you will head on over to our Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings Blog to see the other fun creations the girls have created for you. If you join us, you could win a great prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon!

BTW...you still have a couple of days to join in on our BLOG HOP and possibly win some other crafty goodness!

Thanks for dropping by!

Hugs,
True :D


Saturday, August 13, 2011

Time for another Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop! :)

Hi Everyone!

It's the 13th of the month so it's time for another Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings blog hop!

If you found your way here from Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings, you are in the right place!
If you just happened on to my blog, head on back there, because that it where it all starts! :)
You don't want to miss any of the awesome projects the girls have created for your viewing pleasure...or a chance at a great prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

With school starting back up soon, I thought I would create something that would be a fun but simple way to doll up a little note pad. What kid wouldn't like to have personalized school supplies? This is so simple that if given the supplies, they could easily create some themselves. All you need is a little designer paper, some pretty ribbon, and a Sharpie marker for doodling.


I found these cute little 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" notebooks at Staples that were already fun colors so I didn't even have to cover them up.


I used my "Garden of Life" pre-colored set  for the designer paper. I printed it on Discount Card Stock's Brilliant White 110# cardstock.

The "Garden of Life" digi set is available as an instant download for just $3.50 @ Clear Dollar Stamps.


I had a scrap piece of the "designer paper" left in the size of a bookmark so while I was at it, I grabbed a piece of  Cylamen Cascata Felt from Discount Card Stock which was about the same color as the notebook, and made a matching bookmark.
I prettied them both up with the sweet Capri Blue Satin with Grosgrain Edge ribbon form Really Reasonable Ribbon's - August Monthly Ribbon Club assortment.
If you aren't a ribbon club member, now would be a great time to sign up! With the holidays coming up shortly, I'm sure Bonnie will be doing some great seasonal sets! 
You get automatic shipments of 10-15 yards of assorted beautiful ribbons for just $9.00 domestic and $11.50 international!
This is what this month's set looks like.

Bonnie will be giving away a August Ribbon Monthly Club kit plus some other goodies to a random commentor so please make sure and comment on all of the girl's projects to increase your chances of winning!


If you haven't signed up for my latest blog candy, CLICK HERE.
You could win some of Basic Grey's "Picadilly" paper before it's even available to the general public, and some Really Reasonable Ribbon and embellishments!

Your next stop on the hop is Andrea's Creative Paper Trail. You're gonna love it! :)
Thanks so much for dropping by today!
Hugs,
True :D
           

Friday, August 12, 2011

Basic Grey, Ranger Ink, and My Creative Charms Guest Designer Projects Plus BLOG CANDY!!!

Hi Everyone!

In my last post I told you about all of the goodies that Ranger Industries sent me to play with. Well...yesterday, I got a huge box of goodies from Basic Grey! Big thank you to Pheobs! :)
The product that Basic Grey sent is from their newest releases that won't even be on the shelves until October!
I feel soooo spoiled, but I like it! :)
You will notice that there are some duplicate products...well...they sent me some extra to give as blog candy! 


Make sure to read all the way down to the bottom to see how you could win some before it is even available to the general public! :)

The product they sent is for a special project I will be working on. Won't be able to talk about it until mid 2012! Uggh! :)  Anyhow...both Basic Grey and Ranger have sent way more then I will need for the project so I started creating with some of it right away! Might as well show them some love as a thank you.  Right? :)

My first project is done with their "Picadilly" collection. I am the guest designer over at the Creative Charms blog today and I love how well their -Amber Vintage Flower Buttons and Amber Gradient Gem Stickers coordinate with the gorgeous Picadilly papers.
I used to be a regular on the Creative Charms team so when Midori asked if I would like to be a guest designer this month, I jumped at the chance! I LOVE Creative Charms!

Remember, you can click on the pictures to enlarge for a closer look. :)

Included in the stuff that Ranger Ink sent me was some Perfect Perls Sunflower Sparkle Mist which I sprayed on the entire card, concentrating more on the floral grouping and embellishments. You will be able to see it shine better in the next photo.
 I also used some Monarch Orange and Vermilion Archival ink from their new colors to distress the edges of my papers and to stamp the sentiment.
The sentiment is from Verve's - Thankful Accents set and is stamped on part of a Tim Holtz- Mini Baroque Movers and Shapers Alterations Die that Ranger also sent me. :)
The card base is Bazill - Clover Leaf  Swiss Dots from Discount Card Stock.
The fabulously gorgeous  Moss Silk Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The large flower is from Prima and the pretty little roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts.


My next project is done with Basic Grey's "Little Black Dress" collection which will be on the shelves in October also. See how awesome Creative Charm's - Vintage Velvet Poppies go with it? I removed the white brad from the center of the larger one and replaced it with a Grey Vintage Pearl Brad. I also added a few Black Gradient Pearl Stickers to the label. The Black and Silver Dotted Leaves came in one of the past  Kit of the Month .


I used Ranger Ink's Coffee and Jet Black Archival Inks to distress the edges of the papers. The frame for the "Notes" is again the Tim Holtz Movers and Shapers Mini Baroque Alterations Die from Ranger Ink. I can tell already that I am going to wear that thing out! :) The "Note" letters came for the Little Black Dress Collection. There are lots of fun embellishments in the set.
All of the pretty brown and black ribbons are from Really Reasonable Ribbon


OK...here is a peek at the blog candy that is up for grabs.


It is a Picadilly Page kit and I picked out some coordinating ribbon and embellishments from my precious stash. to send with it. You card makers can cut it up for cards too...I did! :)

 I borrowed a view of the other side from Basic Grey...



All you have to do for a chance to win is become a follower, if you aren't already, and comment on this post (or any new posts during the month of August).
You don't have to spread the word on your blogs but it sure would be sweet of you!
I will announce the winner on September 1st.
I will be giving other Basic Grey goodies away soon so why not follow now so you can see when I post the next give-aways? ;)

You should head on over to the Creative Charms blog and see my post there today. I have another card there that I did not show here. :)  Sneaky aren't I? :)

Thanks so much for dropping by!

Hugs,
True :D