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Friday, March 30, 2012

More Great Sales @ Blitsy!

Hi everyone!
I know my last post was about Blitsy too but I can't help myself! I just want to share it with you. If you haven't signed up for Blitsy yet, I hope you will. I am not even asking you to buy anything. Just sign up and tell your friends about it via social media like Facebook or Twitter, or on your blogs or via emails. Just make sure and give your friends the personal referral link that Blitsy will supply you with.
Then you can set back and watch your store credits climb before you even place your first order!
Then when you have enough credits to place an order, when you do, I will get a $10.00 credit!  :)
That is what I did and now I have received over $800.00 worth of craft product and only had to pay a small shipping charge for all of it!
That's how it will work for you too!
You will thank me, I promise. There is nothing to loose. I't FREE, it only takes a minute to sign up, and it only take a few minutes to share with your friends. Then they will thank you! :)

HERE"S THE LINK to take you there.

Today the have Dangles & Charms on sale for just $2.99 a set!

They also have Petaloo Flowers, and lots of other great products on sale for up to 60% off right now!

Have a great day! :)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

OMGoodness! There are 15 brand new colors of Ranger Liquid Pearls!

Hi Everyone! 

As you can probably tell by looking at my cards, Ranger Ink is one of my favorite companies.
I just found out today that they have 15 brand new colors of Liquid Pearls! Woo hoo!
Right now, Blitsy has them for an AMAZING $1.75 each!
I did a search and found them for as much as $3.50 so you can save BIG by buying them from Blitsy!

In case you don't know, Blitsy is kind of a craft club. You sign up for free (it only takes a minute) then you get to purchase their super low priced craft supplies. They have different items for sale every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and at the super low prices they offer, when they are gone, they are gone!

I am sharing this with my followers for 2 reasons. One, because every time someone signs up, after they make their first purchase, I get a $10.00 shopping credit. So far I have earned hundreds and hundreds of dollars just for spreading the word about Blitsy. The other reason I am telling you is because...
I would love for my followers to sign up and start earning credits yourself. 
There is absolutely no purchase necessary. You can sign up, tell your friends, and never have to buy a single thing. Just start earning credits. That is what I did! :)

Do yourself a huge favor and check it out today. They have a lot of other AMAZING DEALS going on now besides the Liquid Pearls!

True :D

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Join Us in Inky Antic's Easter Blog Hop!!!!

Hello Everyone and welcome to another Inky Antics blog hop!

If you've come here from sweet Debbie's blog, you're in the right place!
If you just happened on here, head on back to the Inky blog where it all starts!

Today the girls are sharing some darling new Easter sets with you.
I am using #11091MC "Bunny Parade" clear set, illustrated by the very talented Tammy DeYoung.

Last week I made several projects with this same set (SEE THEM HERE) but they were all very pastel pallets. I wanted to show what the set could look like done in brights today. Talk about two totally different looks from the same stamps!!!  ;)

I guess you could call this a multi-medium card because I used Copics on the sky and grass and Prismacolor pencils and Gamsol on the image. I kind of like the look.  :)

I also stamped and colored several images then fussy cut portions and popped them up with Helmar ZapDots for a 3D effect.
Notice the fun dots on the image background? I kind of CASEd that from my friend Lori Boyd.  I LOVE her coloring! :)
I used a white gel pen to add some extra highlights. The colors bled in and changed the ink from white to pink on the basket but it still works. ;)

The designer paper is from K&Company's - Abrianna stack, and the cardstocks are Discount Card Stock's - Brilliant White, Turquoise, and Violet.
The bright and pretty Orange Swirls ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
I used some #dd-135 Summer dew drops from The Robin's Nest to carry out the dots I have going on the image.
By the way....thank you Robin's Nest for all of the beautiful goodies you sent me to play with!

Make sure and leave a comment on all of the girl's blogs so you can get a chance at one of the two awesome Inky Antics prizes that will be given away. Only one entry per blog and the hop ends at midnight Central time on Sunday, March 25. The winners will be announced next Monday on the Inky blog, so make sure and check back to see if you are one of the winners!

Your next stop on the hop is my sweet friend Tex'x blog. I am sure he has something adorable to share with you! :)

Thanks so much for hopping by!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

My Card Positioning System Card

Hi Everyone!

I created a card to represent Really Reasonable Ribbon because they are sponsoring Card Positioning Systems this week.
Here's my card...

The cardstock is Brilliant White and  Terrestrial Teal from Discount Card Stock.
The beautiful ribbon is Teal Shimmer Satin from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
I used K&Company's Abrianna collection, The Robin's Nest's - Lullaby Teardrops and Chuckles Dewdrops, and a Prima - Gwendolyn's Woodpecker flower.

Here is the sketch we were to use for inspiration... 

Hope you will head on over to CPS and join in on the fun!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Art Glitter Design Team 2012 Audition card

Hello Everyone!  
I created the card above for my design team audition for Art Glitter.
As always, I used elements from several of my other design teams to so this is really a multi DT card! :)

I used the "Large Trailing Butterflies" stamp that The Rubber Cafe sent me to play with. 

I stamped the image on to acetate with black StazOn, then used a clear gloss medium to adhere the gorgeous Art Institute glitters. I used their Ultra Fine Transparent's in Pretty Pink, Hibiscus, Mystery, Fresh Green, and Berren. After allowing some dry time, I went over the glitter and glaze with some gesso to make the butterflies opaque. 

I cut a frame from The Robin's Nest'sTerrific Teal chipboard and attached it to the acetate piece with Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Adhesive. I used Helmar ZapDots to lift it up from the card front.  I then added some pretty pretty bling with the Pink Rhinestones and Nestabling Labels One Pink Rhinestones from Want2Scrap.
The cardstocks used are Brilliant White and Starburst Metallic from Discount Card Stock.
The beautiful Satin Ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon. 

Thanks so much for dropping by!
Wish me luck!  :)

Thursday, March 15, 2012

It's Clear Dollar Stamps Digi Release Day!

Hello Everyone!

Today I get to share two new stamp sets illustrated yours truly for Clear Dollar Stamps, and an additional card that I created with one of my friend Lisa Lara's very first digi stamps!

The first card was created with my new "Sunny Day" digi stamp. I wanted a fun and simple "child-like drawing" for quick and happy cards. I think I achieved it.:

It was a very quick card to create. I simply, chalked in the clouds, colored the flowers, then paper pieced the sun and grass!
The cradstock is Brilliant White, Papaya Puree Dark Prismatic, and Prussian Blue, all from Discount Card Stock.
The designer paper is from Basic Grey's Piccadilly stack.
The pretty Sunflower Swiss Dots Grosgrain ribbon is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry Glue to put it all together.

This is what my "Sunny Day" digi set looks like. It is available  now for just $2.50 for instant download.

My next card was created with my "Stitched Flower" digi set.

I paper pieced the image and cut the background panel from Basic Grey's "Sweet Threads" designer paper pad.
Cardstocks used are Brilliant White, Herbal Garden Medium, and Bronze from Discount Card Stock.
The ribbon is Old Gold Swirls from Really Reasonable Ribbon.

This is what my "Stitched Flower" digi set looks like. You can download it now for just $2.50!

This card was created with my friend Lisa's adorable "Cheeps" set. It is so fun to play with! :)

The cardstocks used are Brilliant White and Intense Orange Prismatic, both from Discount Card Stock.The pretty Sheer Iridescent Light Blue Organza is from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The image was chalked and water colored.

You can download Lisa's "Cheeps"...for cheep! :)  Just $2.50! :)

Please head on over to the Clearly iStamp blog to see the other new digi sets and to see more cards created with my illustrations.
Thanks for dropping by!
I hope you will leave me some ♥Love♥ before you go! :)

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Welcome to CardMaker Magazine Blog's Birthday Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to our CardMaker Magazine "Birthday Blog Hop"!

First, I have to say...
She is the Managing Editor of CardMaker Magazine, a lovely soul,  and she's another year sweeter today!
I know I have already shared this photo of the CardMaker girls that made it to CHA, in our In-N-Out Burger hats, but I dressed it up a tad for the occasion with one of my illustrations from Clear Dollar Stamp's Birthday Party set. 

(pictured: Carolyn King, Brooke Smith, Kimberly Crawford, Tanya Fox, and myself)

OK...now on to the business at hand.
All of the CardMaker girls were given this photo for inspiration and were asked to do a birthday card based off of it.

Here is my card, which I popped in the mail yesterday for someone special! :)....

I used Inkadinkado's "Happy Birthday Cupcake" set. I stamped the cupcake with Ranger Ink's Mushroom Adirondak Ink then added clear embossing powder and heat set. The sentiment was stamped in VersaMark and embossed with Ranger's Silver embossing powder.
The cardstocks are: Brilliant White, Turquoise, Silver Polish, and  Cyclamen Cascata Felt from Discount Card Stock.
The pretty ribbon is Fuchsia Glitz from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The Silver Rhinestones are from Want2Scrap.
The white is embossed with Provo craft's Happy Birthday embossing folder. 
I used Spellbinders circle and scalloped circle dies on the image, and a Martha Stewart corner punch to create the sentiment frame. Added some color to the edges with some Ranger Ink, did a little stitching, then put it all together with Helmar's 450 Quick Dry Glue and ZapDots. Viola!

Here's the hop list:
Tami Mayberry
Carolyn King
Me  ;)
Colleen Schaan
Kimbery Crawford
And last but not least, head back to the CardMaker blog and wish our sweet Brooke a happy birthday. :)

Please make sure and leave some love on all of the girl's blogs. After all, you all are the reason we love sharing what we do!

Thanks for hopping by!  :)

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop and Some Inky Love!

Hello Everyone!
If you are here from the Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings blog, you are in the right place!
If you just happened onto my blog, head on back to RRRR to start at the beginning. you don't want to miss any of the girls' beautiful/cute projects! :)

Bonnie picked such gorgeous ribbons for this month's Ribbon Club assortment that I couldn't stop with just one card! I have three samples to share with you!

To save a little time (and length of post) I can tell you that:
#2) all of the images are from Inky Antic's #11091MC "Bunny Parade" clear stamp set
#3) all of the papers are the new Pop Tones from Discount Card Stock
#4) all of the pearls and gemstones are from Want2Scrap
#5) all were put together with Helmar's 450 Quick Dry and ZapDots adhesives.

I also created these cards for the Inky Antics "Try It Different Tuesday" post by Jackie Wamhoff.
I hope you will go check her blog out after you finish with the hop, so make sure and bookmark or "follow me" so you can come back later. :)

Please remember to leave a comment on all of the girls blogs to increase your chances of winning a prize form Really Reasonable Ribbon!
This is what the March Ribbon Club set looks like...yumm yumm! :)

I would love it if in my comments, you told me which of my projects is your favorite. I won't tell you mine, but I am curious if  "great minds think alike".  ;)

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

Thanks for hopping by!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Another of my Inky Antics CHA Cards

Hi Everyone!

I thought I would share another of the cards I created for Inky Antic's CHA booth with you today.
This one was done with their #11068SC "Guided Path" clear stamp set. It comes with a beautiful path image and 3 sentiments.

I chalked the sky then used Prismacolr pencils and Gamsol for the rest of the image.
The beautiful ribbon is Really Reasonable Ribbon's Mauve Satin ribbon.
The flowers were created with Flower Soft.

I hope you all have a wonderful day! :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Today My Post on CardMaker Magazine Blog is Creating With Paper Napkins!

Hello everyone!
I would love for you to head over to the CardMaker Magazine blog and check out my newest crafting technique. It is creating with paper napkins!
It is so fun to do and I share a tutorial so you can do it too!
Here is a peek of the project I created. You will need to go to CardMaker to see the entire card.  ;)

I would so love it if you left a comment while you are there about my card. Please let me know if this is something you might try, if you would like more articles about "different" techniques, or whatever comes to mind. Please feel free to "like" ans "share" also so others can check out this new (to me) technique.

Thanks so much for dropping by!
I hope you have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

And the Winner of the Want2Scrap Bling is.......

Congratulations Rhonda! 
Please email me your mailing address so I can have Want2Scrap ship your prize.

Thanks to everyone for visiting my blog and for your sweet comments.
I wish you all could have won!

I would like to give a special THANK YOU to Want2Scrap for sponsoring my blog with your awesome goodies!

I hope you will all go "Like" Want2Scrap's Facebook page so you can see their latest products and awesome sales when they come up!

Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, March 5, 2012

WooHoo! Blitsy Now Ships Internationally! :)

Hey overseas friends and followers....
Blitsy is now shipping internationally!
Now you can get in on all of the great deals that those of us in the states can get!
Don't worry if you are not a member, it only takes a few seconds to sign up, and it is free!

Right now, if you sign up and "like" them on Facebook, you could win a $500.00 shopping spree!

Sharing One of My Inky Antics CHA Sample Cards

Happy Monday Everyone! :)

I created some samples for Jackie from Inky Antics to use on their display boards at CHA.
I have not shared any of them on my blog yet, so I thought I would share one today!

First, I want to show you a picture of Jackie and I in front of the Inky display board at the Los Angeles CHA. 
Jackie is such a sweetheart!

The card I'm sharing today, was created with Inky's #0390J Bird On A Branch clear stamp set.

I used Discount Card Stock's Straw cardstock for the base, Basic Grey's - Pirus designer papers, plus a piece of re-claimed corrugated cardboard.
I used Ranger inks and clear embossing powders to stamp the image and then also used the ink to distress and colorize the edges.
That beautiful bow is made from some of  Really Reasonable Ribbon's Hand-Dyed Silk and tied using a Bow-Easy.

Thanks for dropping by today!  :)

Thursday, March 1, 2012

CardMaker Magazine ~ Imaginisce Blog Hop!

Hi Everyone!

Welcome to the CardMaker Magazine - Imaginisce blog hop!

Imaginisce was super generous (Thank you Imaginisce!) and sent CardMaker lots of product to share with their designers.
We are all going to be showing you projects today made with those products.

For my card, I made "flower center" buttons out of Imaginisce's pretty "All Kinds of Happy" designer paper collection that I already had on hand. The other designer papers on this card are Imaginisce also. I LOVE their fun papers!

How did I make the buttons you ask? ;)
With the AMAZING i-top Tool and 22mm i-top Brad Daddies.
I used their 22mm i-top Punch to punch out the cupcakes and the sentiment from some of their designer papers. I created the brad buttons then added some gloss medium to make them shine. :)
The loops are made out of seam binding from Really Reasonable Ribbon.
The pearls are from Want2Scrap.

I also made a quick little pin using fabric and an i-top Badge Daddie.
I was going for a retro-vintage look so I put some mulberry roses and some Want2Scrap Sage Green Pearls on the pin, then added green glitter and several coats of gloss medium to give it a kind of "plastic/tacky" kind of look. :)

The i-top Badge Daddies are really cool because the pin back is already attached! :)

Here are the other girls who are playing along in the hop.
I am sure they will have some super fun projects to share with you!

Trudy Sjolander (You are here)
CardMaker blog

Please make sure and leave comments on all of the girls blogs so we will know you played along on our little hop. :)

BTW...f you haven't signed up for my Want2Scrap blog candy yet, CLICK HERE.

Also, I would like to invite you to visit Imaginisce's blog and see some of their team's projects made with the i-top and other cool tools and supplies.

Thanks so much for stopping by.