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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

"Escape Your Comfort Zone" With The CardMaker Girls Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!
Welcome to another fun blog hop with the CardMaker magazine blog design team!

If you are here from sweet Anya's blog, you are in the right place. If you just happened onto my blog, you will want to head back to the CardMaker blog where it all starts.

Brooke asked  us to create a card using a technique that we don't normally use, and escaping our comfort zone.
I have always loved seeing people do Zentangle. Zentangle basically is doodling in a controlled manor using repetitive designs. Mind you, I am sure not a pro. I've only done it once or twice, so my version is very simple.

I wanted to create a "Thank You" card for Brooke. She is the fearless leader of the fun CardMaker magazine blog team. She keeps us all organized and under control  :) ....and she ROCKS!!!

This is how I started out

Thanks so much for dropping by today. If you liked my card, I would love for you to leave me a comment before you go. BTW...you can leave a comment if you didn't like it too.  ;)
I hope you will Google Zentangle, look for more professional examples, and give it a try. It is very fun and relaxing! :)

Your next stop on the hop is back to the CardMaker blog, where I am sure Brooke will have something awesome to share with you!  :)

Here are the links to the rest of the girls on the hop, just in case you hoped in somewhere in the middle  :) ...

Trudy Sjolander (you are here)


Card Supply List:
Want2Scrap: White Pearls
Flowers from Prima and Imaginisce
Copic multiliner pen
Tombow markers
Beacon Fabri-tac

Friday, August 24, 2012

Check Out My Article on the CardMaker Blog Today. I was Inspired By a Friend's Photography!

Hi Everyone!

It's my turn to post a "U Inspire Me" card and article over on the CardMaker magazine blog today.
I really hope you can check it out because I was inspired by my friend Kim Baker Jones stunning photography. I especially love her shots of sunflower fields glowing with sunlight, and chose them for my inspiration.

Hope your weekend is filled with beautiful things!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Art Glitter on sale now at Blitsy!

Hi everyone!
You know I LOVE Art Glitter....so much that I was on their design team!

Have you drooled over the stunning glitters I have used on my projects? Well...you can have your own for

Head on over to Blitsy and check out the huge variety of colors to choose from.
I highly recommend to my friends and followers to sign up to Blitsy whether or not you purchase anything. You can start earning credit for free craft supplies right away, just by telling your friends about Blitsy. The first time that someone you referred to Blitsy makes a purchase, you get $10.00 in credit automatically!
I have already ordered 6 or 7 large orders and the products have all been free!

You know me...I wouldn't promote it if I didn't ♥LOVE♥ it! :)

Have a great day!

Thursday, August 16, 2012

My Final Post as an Art Glitter Girl

Hi everyone!

Today is my last post as an Art Glitter designer. I loved being on the team but need to spend more of my crafty time on illustrating and promoting my Inky Antics stamps and  creating magazine submissions.

I would love it if you would head over to the Art Glitter blog and check out my "Live, Laugh, Love ATC"!

Here is a peek. 

Thanks for dropping by!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Comment Candy and My Day to Post on CardMaker Magazine Blog!

Hi Everyone!
It's my day to post over on the CardMaker magazine blog.
 It is another "Favorite Product" post, and I'm being really really partial this time! :)
Can't help it...hope you don't mind. :)
Go check it out, then come back and tell me which set is your favorite for a chance to win it!

The winner will be contacted Saturday, August 25th.

True :D

Monday, August 13, 2012

Time for Another Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop!

Hello everyone and welcome to the August Really Reasonable Ribbons Ramblings blog hop!

If you are here from the Really Reasonable Ribbon blog, you are in the right place. If you just happened on to my blog, you will want to head back there so you don't miss a thing.
The August Ribbon Club set is made up of some beautiful purples and grays that look awesome together.

Now, I know when you think of using ribbon, masculine cards aren't the first thing that comes to mind. I needed a masculine card though, and thought I could kill two birds with one stone. These colors worked awesome for it if I do say so myself! :)

Here's my card.

I simply wove assorted ribbons and attached it to a piece of cardstock to make the focal point.
I embossed the gray background paper with an embossing folder, then hit the high spots with a watermark ink. The sentiment is an old Stampin'UP! stamp.
I hope you will try weaving ribbons if you haven't already. It is quite fun!
The monthly Ribbon Club kits work great for this technique because Bonnie has already picked ribbons that look awesome together. Not a member yet? CLICK HERE to find out all of the details and/or sign up.

Please make sure to leave a comment on my blog and on each of the other girls blogs, because as always, there will be a prize and lots of inspiration. I have seen a couple of sneak peeks and the girls have really outdone themselves!

Your next stop on the hop is sweet Linda's blog.

Thanks for dropping by today!

Other Supplies:
Ranger Industries - Perfect Medium
StazOn - Jet Black ink
ProvoCraft Cuttlebug - Spots and Dots embossing folder 

Friday, August 10, 2012

I've Been Gettin' Artsy With Sugar! :)

Hi everyone!

I love creating...whatever the medium. :)
I recently broke out with some long neglected cookie cutters, after being inspired by some cookies I have seen on Pinterest as of late. :)
Here are just a few I created.

Hope your weekend is a SWEET one! :)

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Ooops! My Blog Hop Blunder, But Please Come Join in on the FUN!!!

Hi everyone!

Bet you are here looking for my project for the Card Swap/CardMaker "Treat Yourself" blog hop.
Well.....somebody has been so busy as of late that she wrote the hop date down wrong on her calendar.
Surely not me right? I never mess up a hop! Well...sorry to say there is always a first! UGH!

My apologies to my fellow participants and hoppers. 

If you just happened onto my blog, head over to the CardMaker blog where it all starts, to get the details and to see Brooke's darling card.

If you have been following along on the hop, you are here from Margaret's blog. You also know the details, so I won't make you read all of that again. ;)

My letter is...


Your next stop on the hop is Golda's blog.

Here is the full list in case you get lost (or if someone goofs besides me).    ;)

Hope your day is going better than mine. :)

True :D

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

"Dream" Canvas for Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge and Art Glitter Post

Happy Wednesday everyone!

I just have a sneak peek to share with you today.
It's time for another fun Really Reasonable Ribbon challenge.
The theme is "Bling with Ribbon".
It's also my day to post over on the Art Glitter blog.
I created an 8"x8" canvas for Want2Scrap to display at CHA and it works perfectly for both of today's posts. Here is the peek...

Yep....that's drywall fabric on my art canvas! I had quite a bit left from a home-improvement project and thought I  would incorporate some of it in my artwork. What do you think? :)

Why not join in on this week's challenge at Really Reasonable Ribbon? You might just win one of two prizes, and you will definatly have fun! :)
Don't have time to play along? You can still head over there and take a quick look at the beautiful projects the other girls have created for you.

If you would like to see the entire project with detailed info, please visit my post on the Art Glitter blog. :)

Thanks and....

Supplies Used:
Want2Scrap - LeCreme Finesse Swirls, Peach Pearls, "Dreams" chipboard
Graphic 45 - Le Romantique "Loves Labyrinth"
Spellbinders - Wonderful Wings

Also: vintage book pages, drywall fabric, mulberry roses, Glimmer mist, distress inks, leaf punches, Mod Podge, 8" x8" canvas board,