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Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year and...Some fun Blitsy Goodies!

Hi Everyone!
It has been awhile since I have posted. With the holidays and working on my CHA samples and DT projects, I have had zero time to create anything to post. I'm sure you have all been there!
Look for lots of projects in the coming weeks though. I will have cards for both a CardMaker and a Really Reasonable Ribbon blog hop. I will also be able to share some cards done with some of my latest digis. I can't wait to show them off. :)
I did want to share my latest Blitsy haul with you though.
I am showing this to my friends and followers because I can't stress enough how awesome Blitsy is!
I have received HUNDREDS of dollars worth of crafty goodness simply by sharing with you.
This is my fourth order from money earned by referring friends and I still have quite a bit of money still in my account!
(Click the picture to enlarge for a closer look)

It is super easy to get started. Just sign up, share about Blitsy with your friends, and start racking up referral credits. You don't have to spend a single penny to start earning. 
One of my New Years resolutions is to stop "buying" craft items until I use some of what I have up. If I get it for free....I'm not buying! :)

I care about and appreciate my friends and followers and really want to share the Blitsy fun with you. I think you will be amazed at how much you can earn simply by posting on your blog, on Facebook, or sending a few emails out. :) It really works! Just look at my latest Blitsy haul!

Now... on to my second reason for posting today....
I hope you and yours have a
May it be full of friends, family, good health and happiness!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Win $200.00 for you and a friend from Blitsy!

Hi everyone!
I am a Blisty member and LOVE THEM!
They have amazing  limited time deals every Monday Wednesday and Friday for members only.
Up to 60% off the latest and greatest craft supplies!
It's free to sign up and only takes a second!
You can start earning referral credits without ever making a purchase! Just sign up, refer friends, and start earning craft money!
I am super excited about the amount of credits my friends have earned me and now they are earning credits too!

Right now, there is even a bigger intensive to sign up, and again, you don't have to spend a penny to win!
Watch the video to see how.
Race to 20,000! from Blitsy on Vimeo.


I would love to know what you think about it!

Posting a couple of projects that were on design team blogs

Hi everyone!
Last week I posted a couple of projects on design team blogs and didn't post them here.
Thought I would do that really quick in case you didn't get a chance to check them out.

The first project was posted on the Helmar deisgn team blog.
It is another fun pin.

I created a tutorial showing how to mix Faber Castell colors with Helmar adhesives to create my pin. You can see the tutorial HERE.

The other project I wanted to share was posted on the CardMaker magazine blog.

I did a quick tutorial for this one too. You can see it HERE.

I hope you will hop around and check them out. Make sure and leave me some love so I'll know you were there! :)

Sunday, December 18, 2011

And the winner of the "Coloring Techniques For Card Making" Book is....

I wish everyone could have won! You all left super nice comments about my card that I created for the CardMaker blog.
I appreciate you taking the time to drop by and leave some ♥♥♥love♥♥♥.

If YOU happened to miss my "Make Your Card SEW Special" feature and tutorial, I would love for you to hop on over to our CardMaker magazine blog and have a peek! :)

Barb, email me your snail mail addy and I will get your book out to you. :)

True :D

Friday, December 16, 2011

Come Join In On Our Very 1st CardMaker Magazine Blog Hop!

Hello Everyone!
Welcome to CardMaker Magazine blog's very 1st blog hop!

I can't tell you how exciting it is to be on the CardMaker team along with the amazing ladies that I have the honor to be working with!
I can't wait for you to see what everyone has created!

Our theme for today is "Last Minute Christmas Cards".
I made mine just about as quick and easy as possible by using my "Paper Christmas Trees" digi stamp set.

Here are my cards.

I simply placed 4 trees and sentiments on a page in MS Word, printed, cut them into (4) 4"x51/4" pieces, scored the edges, added a bow made from seam binding that I color dyed to match, attached it to an A2 card base...and voila...four cards in about 30 minutes! :)

I used Brilliant White from Discount Card Stock.
The bows were made with White Seam Binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon that I color died with some Ranger Ink distress inks.

This is what my "Paper Christmas Trees" digi set looks like.
You can download it instantly from Clear Dollar Stamps for just $4.00 and still have time to create some Christmas cards! :)

If you haven't signed up for a chance to win my "Coloring Techniques for Card Makers" book blog candy, it's not too late.

OK now on with the hop and the amazing projects by the rest of the girls!
Trudy Sjolander ~ You are here!  :)

Don't forget to hop back to the CardMaker Magazine blog to have a peek at Brooke's adorable card, and let us know what you think about the hop! :)

Thanks for hopping by! :)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Digi Release Day @ Clear Dollar Stamps and "Anything Goes" Challenge @ Really Reasonable Ribbon

Hi Everyone!

Today I get to share a couple of my new digi sets and a paper stack with you!
It's also time for a new challenge over @ Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings so I combined design team posts! :)

I used Discount Card Stock's Brilliant White and Herbal Garden Dark Prismatic cardstocks.
The beautiful ribbon is Really Reasonable Ribbon's - White Sheer Organza with Satin Center.
I used Petal Pink Liquid Pearls and Want2Scrap's Hot Pink Self Adhesive Pearls to "bling" it up.

This is what my "Heart Hugs" set looks like. I colored 3 different versions of the bear and sentiments to match them all.
This set is available for instant download for just $4.00!

It's available instantly for just $3.50!

My next card was done with my pre-colored "Roses to Die For" digi set.
I also used my "Roses Roses Roses" papers on this card. Actually, I designed the papers to coordinate with this set but it went really well with the teddy too so I used it! It is going to be one of my "go too" papers I'm sure. Very versatile! :)

I used Brilliant White and Herbal Garden cardstock on this card also. I was on a roll with the pinks, whites, and green wasn't I? :)
The ribbon is White Satin Diamonds from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The Pink Pearls are from Want2Scrap
Of course, both cards were assembled using Helmar 450 Quick Dry Glue and Helmar Zap Dots! :)

You can get it now for just $3.50!

Please head on over to the Clearly iStamp blog to check out the other new digi releases this month and to see the projects the other girls created with my digis.

When you are done with that, I hope you'll head over to the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog to check out our "Free For All" challenge.
You could win some pretty ribbon just for playing along and it's free for all, so you can enter anything that has ribbon on it! :)
BTW... If you didn't see my post from yesterday, please scroll down to see my happy announcement and for a chance to win a coloring technique book! :)

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

My First Post as a CardMaker Magazine Blog Designer Plus a Tutorial and Comment Candy!

Hello Everyone!

I am super excited today because it's my first post as a CardMaker Magazine blog Designer!

It's the only magazine I submit my work  to!

I was also a contributing artists in a book published by DRG/CardMaker called 
"Coloring Techniques for Card Making" and will be giving a copy of it away to a lucky commentor, so read on to find out how you can win! :)

I'm just going to give you a sneak peek of my card because I am hoping that you'll head on over to our CardMaker Magazine blog and check it out there. ;)

I also have a little "Chain Stitching on Cards" tutorial for you there. :)

Now...how do you win this book?

Head on over to the CardMaker blog, leave me a little love, then come back and let me know what you think about my card. 
It's that easy! 
You don't even have to be a follower but I would ♥ it if you are (old or new)! :)
I will pick and announce the winner on Sunday.

Thanks so much for dropping by!
True :D

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"Winter's Night" Card and a 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.

This month's Ribbon Club kit has lots of beautiful white ribbons in it. The cool thing about this set is it is great for all of those winter cards, they will work wonderfully into Valentine's day and then you can use them on pastel spring cards. You can always color them to match your cardstock too. I always keep lots of white on hand for that reason!

I broke out with a Flourishes "Forest of Trees" stamp set to create today's card.

I stamped the trees in black, punched a small circle to use as a mask for the moon then used several shades of Ranger's Archival inks in blue to fade in my night sky. I then added a little acrylic paint, and some chunky "snow" glitter and Stickles. I used some Ranger Liquid Pearls and the embellishment de resistance is the pretty white bow and ribbon from RRR December's Monthly Club kit.

The cardstock is Soot, Navy Twill, and Brilliant White from Discount Card Stock.
It was all put together with Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

If you aren't a ribbon club member, now would be a great time to sign up!
You get automatic shipments of 10-15 yards of assorted beautiful ribbons for just $9.00 domestic and $11.50 international!
You can also give your favorite crafter the gift that keeps on giving by purchasing a GIFT Subscription to the  ribbon club for 3 months, 6 months, or 12 months! It's a super idea and your friends will LOVE you for it! :)

This is what the entire December club kit looks like...

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

Your next stop on the hop is Judy's joyful blog. You're gonna love it! :)
Thanks so much for dropping by today!
True :D

Sunday, December 11, 2011

"Celebrate Cupcake!"- And a Video of My English Bulldog Chasing Deer

Hi Everyone! 
I have a super quick card and a super quick post.
She has an amazing gallery!
I decided to CASE one of her more simple cards.
Here is mine...

...and here is her card that I CASED.

Very seldom do I ever make a 1 layer card, but I have to admit, it was fun! It took less then 10 minutes too! :)
I used Discount Card Stock's Brilliant White, Really Reasonable Ribbon's Wild Rose Grosgrain ribbon, and  Inkadinkado's Happy Birthday Cupcake stamp set.

I thought I would also share a video of my fur baby Zoey chasing a deer. It's one of her favorite things to do this time of year!
Watch in the video when I'm asking her if she needs to potty. I knew she was wanting to chase deer because she wiggles her back feet when she's excited. ;)

She can run super fast for a few yards but she's a little fat girl, so she runs out of steam really fast. :)

Thanks for dropping by today!

True :D

Friday, December 9, 2011

L@@Ky L@@ky...Christmas Cupcake Wrappers-Early Release

Hi Everyone! 
Normally we do Clear Dollar Stamps digi releases on the 15th of the month but with Christmas quickly approaching, I decided to share my latest cupcake wrappers with you a little early.
I love dropping them down into a clear Dixie cup, putting them in a treat bag and tiein' on a pretty bow from Really Reasonable Ribbon. :)
These whip up so quickly and with one batch of cupcake batter, you could make 24 fun little gifts! :)

These yummy looking cupcakes were made with a white cake mix {Gasp!}, pre-made whipped white frosting and a little red food coloring. :)
You can find these Wilton holly candy sprinkles @ a store near you and they match the wrappers perfectly!

This is what my Christmas Cupcake Wrapper digi set looks like and it's available for instant download now for just $4.00!

Thanks so much for dropping by today!

True :D

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Time for Inky Antic's "Wrap It Up!" Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to our Inky Antic's "Wrap It Up!" blog hop!
The Inky girls are going to show you some fun last minute ways to wrap those little gifts you've been putting off wrapping.
If you are here from Debbie's pretty blog, you are in the right place. If you just happened on to my blog, you'll want to head back to the Inky blog where it all starts. :)

My project is a super quick and easy one. I used a store bought white gift bag that cost .39 cents @ Hobby Lobby and used the fun #10044H Hanging Ornaments stamp from Inky Antics.

I used Ranger Inks' Perfect Medium and Gold Embossing powder to stamp the image then colored them in with Copics.
I'll let you in on a little secret...The heat tool and the bag didn't play nice so I stamped it again on a Brilliant White cardstock then added the Nestability shapes in Gold Ore Metallic cardstock, both from Discount Card Stock. Then I stuck it to the scorched area and no one would have been the wiser had I not told you about it! ;)
I added some tissue and a pretty bow made from Really Reasonable Ribbon's - Poppy Red Diamond Satin ribbon and I have a very inexpensive gift bag that anyone would like to receive! :)

Your next stop on the hop is the lovely Jovi's blog.

BTW...If you haven't visited my blog in a couple of days, CLICK HERE to see my latest exciting news! :)

Thanks so much fro dropping by!

True :D

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Really Reasonable Ribbon Recipe Swap and Clear Dollar Stamp Tutorial

Hi Everyone!

Today is day 5 of our "Recipe Swap and Food Packaging Week" over @ Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings!
It is also my tutorial day over @ Clearly iStamp, so I am going to make my post here a short one so you can go visit my posts on those sites if you would like. :)

For those of you who don't know, I create digital stamps and lately have been doing some fun cupcake wrappers. 
Bonnie suggested that I feature my "Snowflake Cupcake Wrappers" during this special week, and I needed to do a tutorial for Lori @ Clearly iStamp, so I thought I would show you a very simple way to decorate and present a cupcake.
This would be a great little gift for a teacher, co-worker, mailman, paper boy, or just about anyone!

This is what the gift looks like all prettied up with Really Reasonable Ribbon's - Double Band Teal Satin/Grosgrain ribbon.

Here is my digi set that I used to create the wrapped cupcake.
It is available for instant download for just $2.50!
 I was very excited to see that Wilton makes blue snowflake sprinkles.
I have seen them in almost all stores I have been in lately!
This is what my cupcake looked like after a little taste testing. Mmmmm nummm yummy!

To see the quick tutorial on how to create pretty packaged cupcakes for gift giving,
please visit the Clearly iStamp blog.
To get the recipe for True's Blue Hawaii Cupcakes, please visit our Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings blog.

I hope you will come back here after you visit the other sites and let me know what you think!

Have a sweet day!

True :D

Monday, December 5, 2011

I'm So Excited to be Designing/Writing For CardMaker Magazine Blog and a Discount Card Stock Gift Box ;)

Hi Everyone!

I am so excited that I get to share with you that I am on the first ever CardMaker Magazine blog design team.
There are 5 of us that have been asked to take on this wonderful new adventure. I am sure you have seen all of the other girls work, both on their blogs and in books and magazines. I am in awe of my fellow teammate's talent and am truly honored  to be working with such an awesome group of women!
They are:
Kimberly Crawford
For the CardMaker blog, we will all be doing product reviews, sharing our favorite techniques, giving you card making tips, and having regular blog hops to inspire your creativity. :)
Besides working with the team, we will also be working with Tanya Fox and Brooke Smith, editor and  managing editor. I have had the privilege of meeting both of them in person and I can tell you they are both lovely ladies.
I first met Tanya at a charity crop in Topeka, KS in 2009 where we were both speakers, and I also taught classes. When we were both asked back the following year, Tanya asked if her and Brooke could help me teach my watercolor classes. I jumped on the offer and the chance to spend more time with Tanya and Brooke! We all enjoyed showing others how fun it is to paint stamped images with watercolors. I was a wonderful opportunity to get to know them better. We clicked instantly! They are my kind of people! :) 
Now I get to return the favor by helping them spread the word about CardMaker's new blog!  

I would like to invite you to visit the CardMaker blog to welcome the team,  "Like" them on Facebook, and "Follow" so you won't miss any of the fun articles, tutorials, and inspirational projects that are headed your way!

Wait!  I have a quick little project to share with you before you head over to the CardMaker blog! :)

I made this little gift box to hold a special Christmas gift for someone special.

I used Discount Card Stock's Posh Cafe Satin Sparkle and Straw.

The beautiful ribbon is Really Reasonable Ribbon's - Shimmer Satin Gold
For the top decoration I used THIS POINSETTIA DIE (it's on sale right now) and the same cardstock that I used on the base of the box. I used a fine tip glue pen to draw the veins, then added gold embossing powder and heat set it. I then put it all together with Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive, and attached it with Helmar's Liquid Scrap Dots.

Thanks so much for dropping by today!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Helmar's Holiday Blog Hop, Comment Candy, and a Tutorial!

Hi Everyone!

Christmas is less than a month away and I'm guessing by now, you are in full prepping for the holidays mode! 
Well, the Helmar Hotties girls are for sure! We have all created some fun projects to inspire you to get a little crafty this Christmas. 

Welcome to Helmar's Holiday blog hop!
If you are here from sweet Jessica's blog, you're in the right place! If you just happened on here, you'll want to head on back to our Helmar blog so you don't miss a thing. ;)

I wanted to do something a little different from my normal card, so I created a Christmas pin using lots of Helmar products and eggshells. You heard it right....EGGSHELLS!  :)

Here is my pin:

If you would like to see how to create the eggshell mosaic base for my pin. just check out this video.
(if you want to continue the hop then watch the video, please become a follower and/or bookmark my blog, so you can find your way back when you are finished hopping.

In the video, you saw me use lots of Helmar 450 Quick Dry Adhesive and Helmar Decoupage. I also used Helamr products to assemble my pin.
The Poinsettia Die cut was pieced together with 450 Quick Dry Adhesive.

I attached the poinsettia to the pin base with Helamr Scrap Dots. I love using Scrap Dots for adding floral embellishments because you can easily tip and position them exactly how you want them and it also keeps them popped up better then just gluing them down with regular glue. :)

Here is another pin that I created with the same technique.

Did you like my Poinsettia Christmas pin? Just leave a comment below and you could win it!  :)

Make sure you leave a comment at every stop because the elves of Helmar will be giving away prizes to some lucky Helmar fans. Now hop on over to Carisa’s beautiful blog to see another amazing Helmar Holiday project. The Holiday Hop will be open for comments until 11:59P.S.T December 4th , so take a look and enjoy a little holiday spirit from all of us on the Helmar Team. Thanks again for stopping by today and Happy Holidays

 Thanks so much for hopping by today!