Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday Trends- Chalkboard

Hey there! Jenny here, with some fun cards to show you that focus on one of the current trends in cardmaking (I think! I am not super-trendy, so I am hoping I am still one of the 'in kids' with this! lol). 

There she goes has some really great sets that would work well with this technique (I am dying to try the new School Doodles with a chalkboard look!). Don't limit yourself to sets that are made specifically for this look, because you can achieve similar effects with lots of different stamps! Anything 'doodle-y' would be perfect! Imperfect lines are the best.

That being said, there is one particular stamp set that you NEED if you like this look! It's Chalkboard Memories and it ROCKS! It's easy to work with and achieves stunning results! It even has a little chalkboard image, which you'll see in my first card....




I stamped the chalkboard onto X-press blending card and coloured it with my copics. I went old-school and coloured the board green, as they were in my day :) I then stamped one of the wicked awesome sentiments in white craft ink directly onto the copic colouring (you DO NOT want to screw this part up, since you just spent who-knows-how-many-minutes colouring the image!!!). I then heat embossed with white powder. Cute, huh? So there is one look for you.

Look at the little eraser and chalk! Brings me back to my school days! Anyone ever have to stay in at recess to clean eraser's and chamois'?? Yeah, me neither ;)



Up next I've made a masculine birthday card, using white embossing and ink on black CS. This seems to be more the 'norm' in the chalkboard trend, rather than colouring your own board ;)


I used the same set: Chalkboard Memories, stamping it first in white craft ink and embossing with white powder, and then stamping again, just offset. It renders a very subtle shadow, but in real life is a nice touch! The next thing I do, is to use the pad of your fingertip and smudge white ink all over. Messy is good. There is no 'right way' to do this. Just go bananas and have fun!

I used the same die set that I cut out the black CS, to make a little wooden frame (woodgrain DP) and popped it up with foam dots. Brads, jute and a bow-tie die make this a perfect card for the man in your life!


I'm going to show you one last card that is from awhile back, when we released this set, so you may have seen it before~ But I just loved this one (I gave it to my MIL-she's a retired teacher), so I couldn't resist showing it off again!


Apple shaped chalkboard~ Eek!!!


Okee-dokee~ that's it for me! I hope that I have helped to inspire you to try this technique if you haven't. And if you have, then do it again, cuz it's just plain FUN!!

Monday, July 29, 2013

TSG218-Paper Piecing

This week our challenge is brought to us by our Trendsetter of the week, Jenny!  She has challenged us to make a card or project using paper piecing.

To be eligible for the giveaway, create a NEW card or project using paper piecing, and then come back to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of this challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (August 5th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

By participating in this challenge, you may also find yourself in the Trendsetting Spotlight that shines on the TSG Blog every Thursday. We will be on the lookout to find challenge cards that stand out and show Trendsetting qualities. TSG stamps are not required to participate in the challenges but are appreciated :) 

You do not need to have a blog to be able to participate in the TSG Challenges! You can simply add the URL link from your project after it has been uploaded to your online craft gallery. If you upload your card to an online craft gallery, please use the keyword TSG218 so we can check out your beautiful work!

The winner of last week's TSG217 Sketch challenge is:Lisa Lynn 
Here are your random numbers:

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Timestamp: 2013-07-29 15:54:17 UTC

Need some inspiration to help you get started? Check out these great cards made by the following Trendsetters!

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Release Week In Review: July 21st-July 27th

What is Release Week In Review (RWIR)?- RWIR is where we showcase cards made by the Trendsetters and myself throughout the our release peeks week. Not only to you get to see gorgeous projects made using TSG stamps, but you also have a chance to WIN one of these cards! Leave a comment on this post and next WIR I will choose a winner using a random number generator. That person will then get to pick out their favorite card and the Trendsetter that created it will send it to them :)

Last Week's Winner Is:Lisa Lynn
Here are your random numbers:

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Kim O. (Strut Your Stuff)

Karin Åkesdotter (Handwritten and Mixed Media)

Torico (Strut Your Stuff)

Torico (Amalia's Daisy Fairy)

Torico (Mixed Media Backgrounds / Handwritten)




Jessie(Handwritten/Mixed Media Backgrounds)

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Saturday, July 27, 2013

And the July Winners Are....

Thanks so much for participating in this month's Blog Hop Challenges...we feel so lucky to have you all as fans!! I know you aren't here to listen to me gush, so here are this month's winners....congrats to you all, and thanks again!!

Be sure to email Jessi96@yahoo.com to claim your prizes.


School Doodles Winner:Ashley
Here are your random numbers:

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Timestamp: 2013-07-28 02:27:33 UTC
from Jessie's Blog



Amalia's Daisy Fairy Winner: Carmen Mitchell
Here are your random numbers:

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From Sarah's blog


Strut Your Stuff Winner: Nancey Thomson
Here are your random numbers:

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from Tangii's blog


Mixed Media/Handwritten Winner:PapierGirl
Here are your random numbers:

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from Tobi's blog


and the release party chat winner is:Karen Nofziger
Here are your random numbers:

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Friday, July 26, 2013

Handwritten /Mixed Media Backgrounds Blog Hop Challenge

Here we are on our final day of peeks, and we have two SUPER fun mixed media sets from Tobi Crawford!!


Mixed Media Backgrounds from Tobi Crawford is perfect for all you Mixed Media crafters, but is also fabulous for cards, scrapbook pages, and other projects. 

Mixed Media Backgrounds is a 4x6 set that includes a total of 10 stamps and will sell for $15.00.

Handwritten is a mixture of fabulous fonts and styles, perfect for adding that personal touch to any card or project.

Handwritten is a 4x6 set that includes 16 stamps and will sell for $15.oo.


Would you like to win the new Mixed Media Backgrounds and Hadwritten stamp sets? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post. 

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, July 27th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.




Thursday, July 25, 2013

Strut You Stuff Blog Hop Challenge

Here we are on day three of this month's blog hop challenges, and today we have our newest addition from Wendy Leach, Strut Your Stuff!!


The newest addition to Wendy Leach’s SUPER FUN Sock Goblin line, Strut Your Stuff….these stamps will make you feel like a kid again. 


Strut Your Stuff is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 2 stamps and will sell for $9.00.

Would you like to win the new Strut Your Stuff stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post. 

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, July 27th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Amalia's Daisy Fairy Blog Hop Challenge

Hey TSG Fans, welcome back to this month's new release Blog Hop Challenges!!! Today, we have our newest addition to the Amalia line, so sit back, relax, and enjoy the hop!!


The new Amalia stamp set from Megan Suarez…just gorgeous!! Not only is Amalia a ballerina, but now she is a fairy as well!


Amalia’s Daisy Fairy is a 3x4 set that includes a total of 3 stamps and will sell for $9.00.

Would you like to win the new Amalia’s Daisy Fairy stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post. 

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, July 27th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

School Doodles Blog Hop Challenge

 It's finally time for this month's new release, so WELCOME TSG FANS!! We have a SUPER cute and fun set for you, just in time for back to school...School Doodles!!


The new School Doodles set from Torico is FULL of super cute and fun images perfect for any parent, teacher, scrapbooker, or card maker. With 49 stamps, the possibilities are endless!


School Doodles is a 6x8 set that includes a total of 49 stamps and will sell for $24.00.

Would you like to win the new School Doodles stamp set? Here is what you need to do- visit the Trendsetter’s blogs that are participating in each of the blog hop challenges below and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter’s blogs (from each hop day) will be randomly chosen as the ‘it’ blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter’s Blog Hop Challenge post. 

You will not know which blog has been chosen so the more you comment on the better your chances are of winning new stamps! The Blog Hop Challenges will be open until 5 PM Eastern Time Saturday, July 27th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.


Monday, July 22, 2013

TSG217-Sketch

This week our challenge is brought to us by Jessie!  She has challenged us to make a card or project using the provided sketch!


To be eligible for the giveaway, create a card or project using this sketch, and then come back to the TSG Blog to add your name and a link to your project in the InLinkz that is located at the bottom of this challenge post. This challenge is open until the winner has been announced on the following Monday (July 29th). The winner will get a $5 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

By participating in this challenge, you may also find yourself in the Trendsetting Spotlight that shines on the TSG Blog every Thursday. We will be on the lookout to find challenge cards that stand out and show Trendsetting qualities. TSG stamps are not required to participate in the challenges but are appreciated :) 

You do not need to have a blog to be able to participate in the TSG Challenges! You can simply add the URL link from your project after it has been uploaded to your online craft gallery. If you upload your card to an online craft gallery, please use the keyword TSG217 so we can check out your beautiful work!

The winner of the TSG216 Metal challenge is: Guild Master Crystal 

Here are your random numbers:

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Timestamp: 2013-07-25 15:40:21 UTC

Need some inspiration to help you get started? Check out these great cards made by the following Trendsetters!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Week In Review: July 14th- July 20th

What is Week In Review (WIR)?- WIR is where we showcase cards made by the Trendsetters and myself throughout the week. Not only to you get to see gorgeous projects made using TSG stamps, but you also have a chance to WIN one of these cards! Leave a comment on this post and next WIR I will choose a winner using a random number generator. That person will then get to pick out their favorite card and the Trendsetter that created it will send it to them :)

Last Week's Winner Is:Danni

Here are your random numbers:

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Timestamp: 2013-07-21 05:34:05 UTC

Kim O. (Birthdaybot)
Karin Åkesdotter   (Friendbots)





Saturday, July 20, 2013

Stampbook Saturday: Lovebots

Hey yall, Tangii here with a "teeny bit tardy" Stampbook Saturday.  I am loving all of the storms we are having here, but don't much care for lack of internet or electricity when the storm goes a little crazy ;)  Anyhoo... recently my baby "graduated" from Middle School so I decided to make this page for him (last time I did a Stampbook Saturday post I'd used HS Grad pictures of my daughter).  I'll make another for my middle son and then put them all on canvas'.  Since I was behind because of power, etc. issues I paired up my page with one of last week's TSGA sets, I chose Lovebot.
Now I have to admit that I haven't really scrapped since looooooooong before my card making days, so I am VERY happy for Stampbook Saturdays!  This page was so much fun to make!  The sentiment in the middle is from the set, and I cut around my Lovebot and then popped him up with Sticky Thumbs (pop dots).  Well I hope this motivates you to tackle a scrapbook page or two.  Hope you have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Friday, July 19, 2013

TSG (Again!) New Trendsetter Cards!

Welcome TSG fans to the final day of There She Goes (Again!) week - the best day of all because we get to share with you some fresh inspiration from the minds of the Trendsetters!

This week we've featured: 
Birthday Bot
Friendbots
and Nursebot

If you love the bots, there are a few more sets we weren't able to feature this month, but head to the TSG Store and take a look!

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Thanks for joining us this week!! 

Thursday, July 18, 2013

There She Goes (Again!) Nursebot

Hi there TSG fans! It's Tobi here and it is day three of "There She Goes (Again!)" week. We are featuring 3 "classic" sets from our fabulous selection of stamps and at the end of the week the Trendsetters will showcase some fresh, new ideas!

Today we are going to take a look at one of the companion sets from our robot line: Nursebot



And here are some favourites from the Nursebot Pinterest Gallery


I made this card and used some of my all-time favourite patterned papers on it. I love this stamp because it's an unexpected twist on a get-well card! 

Once again Debby finds and ingenious way to use this stamp set on a CAS card. This card has the "wow-factor" for sure! 

Another great use of the accessory stamps in the set by Jackie!! I love the colour scheme too: very hip!

So there you have it, folks! All of these bots I've featured all week will make another appearance tomorrow when the team shares their NEW creations with them! 
See you tomorrow! 



Wednesday, July 17, 2013

There She Goes (Again!) Birthday Bot

Hi there TSG fans! It's Tobi here and it is day two of "There She Goes (Again!)" week. We are featuring 3 "classic" sets from our fabulous selection of stamps and at the end of the week the Trendsetters will showcase some fresh, new ideas!

Today we are going to take a look at one of the companion sets from our robot line: Birthday Bot!



And here are three amazing cards from the Birthday Bot Pinterest Gallery

Torico always combines papers and colours so expertly. I just love the colour of the bot!

Debby created this beauty with strong colours and a clean design... It's perfect for a boy or girl!

Jackie went in a totally different direction and used just the gift from the set. What an great idea!!


Thanks for joining me today. I hope you enjoyed the eye-candy!



Tuesday, July 16, 2013

There She Goes (Again!) Friendbot

Hi there TSG fans! It's Tobi here and it is day one of "There She Goes (Again!)" week. We are featuring 3 "classic" sets from our fabulous selection of stamps and at the end of the week the Trendsetters will showcase some fresh, new ideas!

Today we are going to take a look at the super cute: Friendbot!!



I love using this set for making cards for my son and his friends. It's so nice to have a stamp set that's uni-sex... Here are some personal faves from our Friendbot Pinterest Gallery


Jessica's colouring is always "on pointe" and I love the colours she chose for the bots! Cute die cut too!

Sandra was brilliant and paired the bots with some patterned paper with gears 'n stuff.. I love her amazing colouring too!

Torico featured the solid stamps in the set in a fun aqua colour. I love the combination of colours with the gear embellishments. Great composition!!


Head over to the TSG Store and have a look around!