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Thursday, May 24, 2012

Day 4 of the Want2Scrap/Glue Arts Spring Into Summer Blog Hop


Hi Everyone!

If you are looking for the Inky Antic's blog hop, please scroll down one post. ;)

Today is my day to post on the week long Want2Scrap & Glue Arts blog hop.
I hope you have been checking out the wonderful projects the designers from both teams have been sharing. If not, head over to the Want2Scrap blog for the complete lists.
Want2Scrap will be giving away $100.00 worth of gift certificates, and Glue Arts will have some awesome goodies up for grabs as well!
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I needed a graduation card for the son of one of my girlfriends, so I made a grad card with W2S bling and glued it all together with Glue Arts adhesives. The image is an old 2010 Penny Black stamp but it was the only grad stamp I had that would work for a guy. I used watercolors to color it.

Here are some of the supplies I used....


And...here is my card.


The numbers in "2012" are from Want2Scrap's - Chipboard Alphabet- Stylish
I used Art Glitter - Designer Dries Clear Adhesive and  Purple Passion Ultra fine glitter to color the numbers.  
The Black Rhinestones are also from Want2Scrap.

The cardstock is Brilliant White, Classic Purple Prismatic, and Intense Yellow Prismatic from Discount Card Stock.

I used Glue Arts - Glue Glider Pro with Extreme Tack runner to attach paper to paper, and their Adhesive Squares to adhere the chipboard numbers.
I stamped and colored the image twice, fussy cut one of them and attached it with an Action Wobbles from Inky Antics, so it wobbles when you move it. :)

I hope you will check out the rest of the Want2Scrap  and Glue Arts team members who have created projects to share with you today. 
Here is today's line up.
And me...Trudy Sjolander

To be eligible to win one of the prizes, you must leave comments on both the Want2Scrap blog and the Glue Arts blog.

Thanks so much for hopping by!

I would love it if you left me a little Love before ya go! :)



Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Inky Antic's Action Wobbles Blog Hop


Hi Everyone!
Welcome to Inky’s “Action Wobbles” Blog Hop! 
If you are here from Jovi's blog, you are in the right place. If you've just happened onto my blog, you will want to go back to the Inky Blog where it all starts.

I used an Action Wobbles spring along with H1-0275-F "Surf Dog" , drawn by Tammy DeYoung and C1-0124-C "Stay Cool"  sentiment. to create this project, which you can find on this page: http://www.inkyantics.com/may2012hop.htm
Here is my card...


Watch this super short video to see it in action.




The blog hop starts today and ends on Sunday, May 27th at midnight Central time. Please visit each DT members’ blog to view their projects and leave a comment for each designer. The more you comment, the better your chances are to win. (Limit one comment per blog, please). THREE people’s names will be drawn at random to receive a pack of Action Wobbles and an Inky clear stamp set. The winners’ names will be announced on the Inky Antics blog next Monday, so remember to stop back and see if you’ve won.

This is the last stop, so head on back to the Inky Blog and let us know how much you enjoyed the hop! :)


Other products used:
"Spring" Hemp Cord set from Really Reasonable Ribbon
Brilliant White cardstock from Discount Card Stock
We R Memory Keepers "On The Boardwalk from StopAndScrap


Thanks for hopping by!



Wednesday, May 16, 2012

CardMaker Magazine Blog and CardSwap "Time to Shine" Scavenger Hunt Blog Hop!


Hello everyone!
Welcome to the CardMaker magazine blog and CardSwap blog's "Time to Shine" blog hop!
Both trams have joined their glittery, shimmery forces to create a fun hop to inspire you to shine.

If you are here from Lisa's darling blog, you are in the right place.
If you just happened onto my blog, head on over to the CardMaker magazine blog, where it all starts!
You won't want to miss a single blog! Number one....because I am sure all of the ladies have awesome projects to share with you. And Two. because each blog will provide you with a letter with which you can collect, spell a word/phrase and enter to win a prize. Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn't it? :)

For my card, I decided to break out a pre-colored digi stamp that I illustrated for Clear Dollar Stamps, called "Garden of Life". It is also available in line art only, in case you would want to color it yourself. :)


Here is a close up of my "Shine".
The glitter is from Art Glitter and the pearl bling is from Want2Scrap.


We were asked to share a time with you when we felt we shinned.
For me, in my crafty life anyhow, it was when the September 2011 issue of CardMaker magazine hit the stands. I was truly honored to be the featured designer that month! I had 4 cards in that issue, an interview and a photo of me....IN CARDMAKER!  Too cool!     :)
I hope everyone has a time that makes them feel special in what they do, because God made each and every one of us special in our own way.


The letter yo are looking for on my blog is "A".   :)
Your next stop on the hop is "not such a plain" Jane. :)

BUT WAIT!!!!! Could ya take a second to leave a girl some ♥LOVE♥ before ya go?  *wink*wink* ; )

Thanks so much for hopping by! If you are not already a follower of my blog, I would love it if you became one! :)


Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The StopAndSrap GC Winner From My Blog Is....


Hi everyone!
I'm just popping on really quick to post the name of the winner of the StopAndScrap gift certificate form the hop the other day. Each of the DT got to pick a winner and mine is Jo from Jo's Scrap Shack.


Thanks to everyone for your sweet comments. I wish you all could win! :)


Sunday, May 13, 2012

Time for a Really Reasonable Ribbon Blog Hop and a Mother's Day Wish



Hello everyone!
First off I would like to wish all of the mommies (including mine) a HAPPY MOTHER"S DAY!  :)

Secondly, I would like to welcome everyone to another...



If you are here from the team blog, you are in the right place. If you just happened onto my blog, you'll want to head back there to the start so you don't miss a thing!

Bonnie picked beautiful pinks and blacks for the May ribbon club assortment and I can hardly wait to see what everyone has created with them!

For my project I created a Mother's Day card for a very special lady in our lives. Our daughter-in-law Kristin. She is expecting our very first grandchild!
I am a firm believer that from the very second of conception, a baby is a baby, so that makes Kristin a mom even though the little one is still in her tummy. :)
I used an adorable digi illustrated by Mo Manning from Mo's Digital Pencil called "mother to be 1".
I broke out with my Copic markers for a change on this one. :)


I don't think Kristin will mind if I share the inside of the card with you. :)
Notice the two little strips of pink at the bottom. They were trimmed from the 6x6 designer paper that I cut for the front panel, and could have been tossed in the trash, but I saved them to ad a little sumpin' sumpin' to the inside. :)


Here is a peek at this month's Ribbon Club assortment. Isn't it yummy?


If you are not a Ribbon of the Month club member, there is no better time than now to sign up! Who wouldn't like to get a fun surprise assortment of pretty ribbon in their mail box every month?

The pretty designer paper is Fancy Pants - Summer Soul, which is available from StopAndScrap.
The pretty bling is from Want2Scrap
If you would like to see another shot of the card and get the names and links to all of the bling that I used, head over to the Want2Scrap blog after you have finished the hop. ;)
I used Beacon- Fabri-tac to put it all together. 

Make sure to leave a comment on all of the girl's blogs (including mine) so you can increase your chances of winning a fun prize from Really Reasonable Ribbon!

Your next stop on the hop is sweet Linda's blog. I bet she'll have something awesome to share with you!

Thanks for dropping by!







Friday, May 11, 2012

Sneak Peek at My Want2Scrap Post Card ;)


Hi everyone!
 It's my day to post over at Want2Scrap and I hope you will head over there, check it out, and leave me some love! :)
Here's a peek....

Happy Mother's Day weekend to all of you moms out there! :) 




Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Welcome to CardMaker Magazine Blog's "What a Difference You've Made" Blog Hop!


Hello everyone!
Welcome to another CardMaker blog  blog hop!


Brooke asked all of the design team girls to create a "Thank You" card for a teacher or mentor and I knew exactly what image I wanted to use! ;)
My friend Lisa Lara has just recently started illustrating for Clear Dollar Stamps and she made the most adorable digi set called "Pencil Talk". It comes with a plain pencil and lots of pencils with assorted sentiments, one of which is "Best Teacher". 
PERFECT for what I needed today!  :)



The card base is Brilliant White  and the pastel cardstock is Aquamarine Corduroy, both from Discount Card Stock
I used some papers from Fancy Pants - Summer Soul 6x6 paper pad from StopAndScrap for the background and to paper piece the colorful pencils, then I hit the pencils with some Copic markers to add some shadows and dimension. The wooden part of the pencils were pieced from some super fun Studio Calico - Wood-grain Fab Rips also from StopAndScrap. I colored the leads in with what else?....a lead pencil. The erasers were painted with Ranger Studio acrylic paint. To finish it all off, I added some Spring Hemp Cord from Really Reasonable Ribbon and some Hot Pink Pearls from Want2Scrap.



Here are the rest of the CardMaker girls who's blogs you just have to visit on the hop.  ;)
CardMaker Blog
Trudy Sjolander (That's Me!)
Michelle Woerner


Thanks so much for hopping by today!
If you are not a follower of my blog, I would love it if you became one.  ;)





Sunday, May 6, 2012

An Exciting Announcement, Blog Candy, and Our First Ever StopAndScrap Bog Hop!


Hi everyone!
I am super excited to announce that I was asked to be on the new StopandScrap design team! 


They invited 10 AMAZING paper crafters and myself! I'm not worthy...I'm not worthy! :)
It is truly an awesome group of ladies who are already well known in the crafting world, so I am sure you will recognize some names. There was absolutely  no way I could say no to such a sweet offer! A great team and the fact that I LOVE designer papers! :)

The shop is awesome too! They get the latest and greatest designer papers and embellishments on the market! They have a pre-order option before they are even released to the general public! There is also a very generous  Rewards Program that you can join to earn shopping credits. 

That's my announcement, and now, without further ado....
WELCOME TO THE VERY FIRST StopAndScrap BLOG HOP!
Each of the designers will be sharing a project made with their favorite  designer papers that are available in the shop. Every designer will also have a name drawn from the comments on their blog for a $20.00 gift certificate! The more you comment, the greater your chances to win one of the (11) $20.00 gift certificates! 

Make sure and visit the StopAndScrap blog for all of the details!

I created a Mother's Day card for my mom with some fun Basic Grey "PB&J" papers.


Here is a close up view and you can click on the image for an even closer look. :)


You can keep up with all of the StopAndScrap goings on by following us on our Facebook Page, on Twitter, and sign up for our Newsletter for sales and discount coupon codes. Our new Pinterest Boards are going to blow you away once we start getting our projects in there. Our boards will be finely categorized for you under manufacturer, the type of project it is, and even by holiday! We would also LOVE it if you would upload your beautiful work to our Flickr Gallery to share with us! It's our pleasure to be able to offer you the lowest prices and superb customer service by our friendly office staff. You are invited to visit one of our many social media avenues and become a part of our family! You're going to find yourself returning daily to get your StopAndScrap fix! 

Here are my fellow StopAndScrap design team members and the rest of the stops on the hop.

Trudy Sjolander (That's me!)

Okay, here are the rules:
1.   Leave a comment on all of the design team blogs.
2.  Follow the StopAndScrap blog and sign up for the newsletter. We'd love to have you follow all of our other social media avenues if you can. Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter!
3.  Leave a comment here. 
4.  Add the Stop and Scrap blog badge to your blog.


It's that simple! Check the StopAndScrap blog next Monday, May 14, to see if you won!

If you are not already a follower of my blog, I would love it if you became one! ;)

Thanks for dropping by!
Don't forget to leave a comment before you go for your chance to win from my blog! :)

Other Products Used:
Want2Scrap: LeCreme Finesse Swirls and LeCreme Pearls
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Tan Diamond Satin
Spellbinders: Bitty Blossoms
Stampin'UP!: oval and scalloped oval punches