Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #113

Good Morning Crafters - what could go wrong, has gone wrong. I got home last night and was working on today's card for Tuesday Morning Sketches as I was coloring the lights went out! They went out for three hours. I began coloring at 6:30 - oh do I hope I get up in this morning!! I sat by candle light and flashlight coloring my image.

This week TMS is being sponsored by none other than my favorite company - There She Goes. In addition Melissa chose my sketch to use today.

For my project today I selected one of the most adorable sets Pumpkins on the Vine. I think it's just totally sweet! Since Fall is my favorite season I couldn't wait to ink this darling little gal up. I hope you like the coloring I thought it came out pretty good for coloring in the dark. I did pull out the sewing machine to sew the bottom and top. I managed to get the top done and as I was doing the bottom the electricity went out again after waiting 3 hours. Needless to say my sewing machine is lucky it didn't get thrown out the window for jamming on me - so I only got the top sewed. I told you what could go wrong, went wrong.

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Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to check out the rest of the DTs work - they have shown off quite a few TSG images. Have an awesome day!!
Theresa

Monday, September 26, 2011

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday - Setting the Table

Hello Crafters -

This week at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge ~ FTTC137 Tammy has invited us to "set the table." With the holidays quickly coming upon us and family and friends gathering around the table, the challenge is to create something for the holiday table. Anything goes...place cards, napkin rings, candles, table favors, decorations...let your creativity loose!

For my project I used 3 stamp sets ~ Zinnias, With Gratitude, and Country Charm Labels. I looked up zinnias on the web for colors and I totally love that they come in a "fall" color. Since Zinnias happens to be one of my favorite sets I just has to use them. I totally love how these came out.

Set-the-Table

As I started my project I realized I don't have napkins, other than paper towels. However, it made me think. Last year my teammate had a Thanksgiving Dinner with her students and I'd like to do that this year with my students. Many of them will not have that dinner - so I plan on getting my classroom volunteers and a few community members to help me. So I designed my project around my students. I made a place card and a napkin ring to go around a paper towel (I didn't photo the paper towel). Had I had electricity I was in the middle of make table decorations, but I do have a staff meeting in the morning, otherwise I would've stayed up all night!!

Well I hope you like my project. I appreciate all the fabulous comments that I received while being a guest designer. I want to say thank you to Tammy for giving me this most awesome opportunity. I hope I did Flourishes proud.

Now it's time to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team ~ Cindy, Heather, Maki, Tammy, Silke, and Beate.
Theresa

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Happy Birthday TSG! Trendsetter Surprise Party


Hi everyone! Today is MY DAY to give away a free mini set from THERE SHE GOES!!!! 

TSG turns 3 this month and Jessica has been partying all month. As part of the celebration all of the Trendsetters will be giving away a mini stamp set. Monday will begin a week long puzzle piece game. So you'll have to stop by the TSG blog to get in on all the fun and festivities.

All you need to do is comment on my blog and one random winner will be chosen to select a mini stamp set. There are a lot of fabulous minis in the store. You have until October 1st to comment. Don't forget you can comment on all the Trendsetter's blog. Each of us are giving away a set to celebrate.

TSG-Birthday

For my card I used one of the newest released sets, Fabulous. I just love this set. It's so easy and fun to stamp. When the release was done I saw Jodi's card and just had to CASE it...so that is what I did. I love how this came out. I hope you do to.

Be sure to head over to the There She Goes Blog and check out all the happenings. Also, be sure to comment on the Trendsetter's blogs - including mine for a chance to win a mini set of your choice.

Theresa

Recipe:
Stamps: There She Goes (Fabulous)
Paper: DCWV (The Luxury Stack); Recollections (Modern Bouquet); Bazzill Basics (avalanche and lemonaide)
Ink: Close to My Heart (Moonstruck and Sunny Yellow)
Accessories: gold brads (Making Memories); ribbon (May Arts); Martha Stewart (punch)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

There She Goes Release Week | Day Three

It's the last day of There She Goes Release Week. The stamp sets have been marvelous and today's stamp set is exactly what I need!


This versitle and fun stamp set with coordinating Dies available, is the first in a series! With amazingly detailed flowers, ribbons and sentiments, you'll be celebrating ALL of the important people in your life! The line art and solid images allow for stamping only or coloring, while the tails and ribbons can easily become stems. The circle image coordinates with a 1.25" circle punch. With so many design possibilities, this is a must have stamp set for your collection. Co-illustrated by Melyssa Connolly and Jessica Knutsen.

World's Best is a 6x8 sized stamp set that includes 58 images and will sell for $24.

World's-Best

For my project I decided to make a card for one of the teachers at my school. He was honored this evening for publishing 3 books on Colorado History. I think that's a fabulous accomplishment. I didn't go to the meeting where he was honored so I made the card to let him know that I think he's awesome. I know "male" cards shouldn't have bows - but he is a 3rd grade teacher and I know he won't mind.

I just love this new set. I am going to make some of these fabulous "prize" ribbons for my students and pass them out when they show their best side. I hope that it'll offer them some well needed motivation. I just know they'll love them.  
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To make your stamps more versatile and useable, we have designed this 5 piece die collection a must-have addition. The Prize Ribbon/Flower dies fit all the coordinating stamp images from World's Best. You can make flowers with the stems and leaves or celebrate your child's first spelling test with a prize ribbon cut from the same dies. Layer the ribbon with a 1.25" punched circle for more layering possibilities. The 5 dies come as one unit making storage a breeze.

World's Best Die is a set of 5 dies with the largest die measuring at 1.75" in diameter and will sell for $14.50.

Would you like to win the World's Best stamp set and World's Best Die? Here is what you need to do - visit the Trendsetter's blogs that are participating in this blog hop challenge and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter's blogs will be randomly chosen at the "it" blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter's World's Best stamp set / World's Best Die 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, September 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Thanks for stopping by. Good luck with winning these fabulous sets! I appreciate all your fabulous comments.



Theresa

Recipe:
Stamps: There She Goes (World's Best)
Paper: October Afternoon (School House/Flashcards); Bazzill Basics (cream puff, blue); Close to My Heart (black)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Close to My Heart (Holiday Red)
Accessories: There She Goes (World's Best Die); ribbon (Michael's); dimensionals (SU)

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

There She Goes Release Week | Day Two

It's day two of the TSG release week. Today's stamp set is awesome! For those Holloween lovers this set has it all.

Halloween is a favorite crafting holiday, and Torico has made the celebration even easier with this cleaver and fun stamp set. With solid, as well as line art images, backgrounds and Halloween fun will be had with this stamp set. Four (4) different tree sizes, two houses, ghosts, bats, spiders, pumpkins and fabulous sentiments are just a few examples of what's included in this "Hauntingly Delightful" companion set.

Bugs & Hisses is 6x8 sized stamp set that includes 35 images and will sell for $24.

For my project I wanted to create something that I could give to my fellow teachers and my students. Although our school does not celebrate Halloween - the kids still love to get candy! They are going to love these.

Bugs-and-Hisses
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Get ready to celebrate the season with the hautingly fabulous Spider Web Border Die. With holes to make punching out the pieces easier, this is an easy to use and adorable die that will spice up any crafting project!

Spider Web Die is .625 in tall and 6 in wide and will sell for $10.

Would you like to win the Bugs & Hisses stamp set and Spider Web die? Here is what you need to do ~ visit the Trendsetter's blogs that are participating in this blog hop challenge and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter's blog will be randomly choses as the "it" blog and a winner will be picked using a random number generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter's Bugs & Hisses / Spider Web Die 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, September 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

One random commenter from a per-determined Trendsetter's Blog Hop Challenge post will be selected to win. You’ll have till Saturday's Release Party to comment on as many Trendsetter Blog Hop Challenge posts as possible. The more Trendsetter posts you comment on during each Blog Hop Challenge, the greater your chances of winning! Be sure to check the TSG Blog Saturday evening after 9:00pm EST to see if you're a winner!


Theresa
Recipe:
Stamps: There She Goes (Bugs & Hisses)
Paper: Recollections (Midnight Magic)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black; Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Accessories: Shapeabilities (Fancy Tags); Cricut Art Philosophy (Close to My Heart); ribbon (Michael's); assorted candy!!

Tuesday Morning Sketches #112

It's a busy Tuesday for me!! I'm not complaining...I am totally delighted to post all my creations.

For There She Goes Release Week - Click Here!
For Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge - Click Here!

Or feel free to stay awhile and have a look around.

This week at Tuesday Morning Sketches we have a fabulous sketch - I really like this sketch it's very versatile. Plus we have DRS Designs as this week's sponsor. They have so many wonderful stamps, especially their holiday line. I selected this fabulous scarecrow because it has been a total autumn week here in Colorado. What a great way to celebrate the changing of the seasons.

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I totally had a blast coloring in this image. Our school is doing the play The Wizard of Oz and the music room is right next door to my class room and so all of the songs are stuck in my head. This is the other reason I selected this image!! I love the scarecrow - I think he's my favorite character.

Hope you have enjoyed your time in my blog. I totally appreciate all your comments. Have an awesome day!! 


Theresa
Recipe:
Stamps: DRS Designs (Large Scarecrow)
Paper: Bazzill Basics (avalanche); Me & My Big Ideas (Forever Watercolor)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PrismaColor Colored Pencils
Accessories: ribbon, pearls, brads and Cricut Art Philosophy (Close to My Heart)

FTTC136 ~ All Dolled Up

This week's hostess at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday ~ FTTC136 is Betty Wright. If you have never seen her work you need to pop over and take a look - wow is she ever talented!! This week she is challenging us to pull out all the stops and get "All Dolled Up." We're playing dress up and going all girl with ribbons and bows, pearls and glitz, and anything else girly!

For those that really know me - I am not at all girly. I think I have two dresses in my closet!! But when it comes to my cards - I love all girly with pink being my go to color. When I thought about the set I wanted to use how could I pass on Make a Wish? It's everything girly...what girl (even Tom-boys) doesn't want to be a princess?

Dolled-Up


I just love this card. When I saw Betty make a card with these shoes - I immediately purchased this set. I had to have these slippers. Years ago I was given a small pair of ballet slippers and they sit on my dresser - these slippers look just like them. They are one of my most prized possessions. I just love how my "girly" card came out. It's so me and yet not me!!

Now it's time to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team ~ Cindy, Heather, Maki, Tammy, Silke, Beate and Betty.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome day!!
Theresa
Recipe:
Stamps: Flourishes (Make a Wish)
Paper: Bazzill Basics (Avalanche); Me & My Big Ideas (Forever Watercolor)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: ribbon (stash); pearls (Close to My Heart); lace (JoAnn's); Art Philosophy Cricut (Close to My Heart)

Monday, September 19, 2011

There She Goes Release Week | Day One

Yeah!! It's release week at There She Goes. I am so excited because this is my first release at as Trendsetter. I am totally so happy to be on this amazing team. Let's get on with the hop!!
Jessica is changing things up a bit this blog hop...so be sure to read all the way through to learn how to win the following two new sets.


Di has created another gorgeous addition to her wildly popular Build a Scene stamp sets. With stone and ivy walls, gorgeous little puppies and kitties, and uplifting, heart-felt sentiments, this stamp set is fabulous alone or paired with any of the Designs by Di stamp sets.

Follow Your Bliss is a 4x6 sized stamp set that includes 19 images and will sell for $15.

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Acorns, leaves, pumpkins, gingerbreads are just some of the gorgeous images added to the "Buckets of Love-Holiday Additions" stamp set. Coordinate the bountiful holiday images with the different buckets from "Buckets of Love" to create gorgeous fall and winter holiday d├ęcor. Torico’s additional sentiments will be sure to finish off your creation perfectly!

BOL Holiday Additions is a 4x4 sized stamp set that includes 14 images and will sell for $10.

BOL-Sweet-Treats

Would you like to win the Follow Your Bliss and BOL Holiday Additions Stamp sets? Here is what you need to do - visit the Trendsetter's blogs that are participating in this blog hop challenge and comment on their creations as you go. One of the Trendsetter's blogs will be randomly chosen as the "it" blog and a winner will be picked using a random generator from the comments left on that Trendsetter's Follow Your Bliss / BOL Holiday Additions 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, September 24th with the winner being announced during the release party chat.

Here is the list of today's Trendsetters. Happy hopping!!





 Theresa
Recipes:
Card One:
Stamps: There She Goes (Follow Your Bliss)
Paper: DCWV (Linen Closet)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PrismaColor Colored Pencils
Accessories: ribbon (SU); Nestabilities (ovals and scalloped ovals)

Card Two:
Stamps: There She Goes (BOL Holiday Additions)
Paper: Close to My Heart (Mistletoe)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, PrismaColor Colored Pencils
Accessories: rhinestones (stash); Nestabilities (circles - lacey); Cricut Art Philosophy (Close to My Heart)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Tuesday Morning Sketches #111

Today at Tuesday Morning Sketches we have a great sketch from DT member Kathy Curry and it's a great sketch! We also have Whimsie Doodles as our sponsor. I love Melyssa Connolly's work. Most of you may know that she also draws for TSG. So I'm totally excited to work with some of her digital images.

This week is a judged challenge - you need to decorate your card inside and out. As I am writing this post I just realized that I did not decorate the inside of my card. My apologies. 

For my card this week I selected a new digi from the Whimsie shop called Steampunk Lizzie. I have been seeing some cards with a "steampunk" theme. I had to look that up to learn where the idea is coming from. Well I didn't go ALL out steampunk, as this is my first try. I thought I'd be a little toned down. I colored the image to reflect the coloring on the Whimsie blog. I just loved the image and wanted it to come close to what I saw. I totally love how this card came out. I hope you do to. I can't wait to hear your thoughts.
TMS-#115

Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome day!!
Theresa

Recipe:
Digital Image: Whimise Doodles (Steampunk Lizzie)
Papers: Close to My Heart (Passages)
Ink: Prismacolor Colored Pencils
Accessories: Tim Holtz (sproket gears, ball chain, & timepieces), ribbon (stash), EZ Success (punch)

Monday, September 12, 2011

FTTC135 In Shapes!

It's Tuesday - my favorite day of the week!! This week's Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge ~ FTTC135 hostess is Beate Johns. Her challenge is to make anything but a regular shaped card. It can be a circle, oval, or even a square card.

When I read the challenge I think I cried!! I tried making a shaped card a couple of weeks ago and I went through about ten sheets of card stock and never could do it. I decided to take a deep breath and go for it again. I decided to play it a bit safe and go with a circle card. Even that was a challenge for me. So now I know what I need to work on!!

This week I chose a set I have wanted to color for so long...Apple of My Eye. I just love these apples, I also love all the other images with this set they are just fabulous. I had a great time coloring these apples and trying different shading colors.

Shaped-Card---Apples


Now it's time to check out the fabulous creations from the rest of the design team ~ Cindy, Heather, Maki, Tammy, Silke, Beate and Betty.
Theresa

Recipe:
Image: Flourishes (Apple of My Eye and Berry Sweet - sentiment)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: Close To My Heart (Wings)
Accessories: ribbon (stash)

Thursday, September 8, 2011

TSGBDAY4 Paper Doll Challenge

This month we're celebrating TSG's 3rd birthday with fun challenges on the TSG blog Monday-Friday and prizes are being given for each of those challenge days! So far we have taken our new TSG Paper Doll friends Out On The Town and then did some exploring in the Great Outdoors. Today is all about In The Spotlight! This is open to interpretation and the more creative your idea the better!

For my project I used the darling girl from Freeze the Moment. Isn't she just the cutest?? Well we did go shopping, but unknown to me - I did not have the memory card in the camera and therefore there are no photos of our shopping trip. I don't do the outdoors - so that wasn't going to happen!!



My sweet little paper doll picked out 3 dresses and she is walking the runway showing off her gorgeous dresses. I used a piece of velcro to attach her dresses to the white plain dress (the first photo) and the dresses can be changed easily.

Today's Paper Doll challenge is open until Sunday, September 11 at 5pm EST. Winners for all challenges during the Paper Doll week will be posted on Monday, September 12. The winner for each day's challenge will get a $10 gift certificate to use in the TSG Web store!

I hope you like today's project. I hope you'll join us with the fun and creative challenge.

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

~ Jessica
~ Sandra
Theresa

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Guest Designer


About a month ago I got a fabulous e-mail from Tammy Hershberger asking if I would like to guest design for Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge. I was shocked! What an absolute honor to be asked to design amongst some amazing and talented women.

This week's Flourishes Timess Tuesday ~ FTTC134 Maki is our hostess and her theme this weeks is "Keep Calm and Play with Water!" You can use images and/or elements that include water or use any techniques that include water as its supplies (for example: water coloring, misted background with water, or water color wash).

For my card this week I used the beautiful set Kids Play. I have wanted this set for quite some time. I was so excited when it arrived in the mail and I got to ink it up. I used water colors to color the pond and the sky. I was so afraid to do watercolor such a large area, but I think it came out awesome. I want to shout out a big thanks for Angela and Carisa for giving me such great encouragement while I colored. It's a bit intimidating among these amazing artists!

Watercolor

Now it's time to check out all the gorgeous creations the rest of the team has waiting for you ~ Cindy, Heather, SilkeMaki, Tammy, Beate and Betty.

Thanks for stopping by. Again, I want to thank all of you that have taken the time to come to my blog and leave me the most fabulous comments a girl could ask for. Have a fabulous day!!
Theresa
Recipe:
Stamps: Flourishes (Kids Play)
Ink: Versa Fine (black)
Paper: Me & My Big Ideas (Forever Watercolor); SU (cardstock - color names unknown)
Accessories: Oval Nestabilities; My Mind's Eye (twine)

Tuesday Morning Sketches #110

It's a busy day for me today!! Two posts in one day - it'll be this way for the entire month of September (on Tuesdays anyway).

This week we at Tuesday Morning Sketches we have a wonderful sketch from out own DT, Jessica. In addition, we welcome a new Guest Designer - Marie at Ink'd Wings and is she ever talented!! We also have a favorite sponsor - Bugaboo Digi Stamps.

For the sketch - you can flip it or turn it, add bling, but be sure that the elements of the sketch is there. I can't wait to see what you create!

For my card I selected this absolutly darling Flower Girl - Pansy. I just love this line. I also have another digi from this line to show off - I'll do that toward the end of the week. I really wanted to try a new color line this week. Everything I have done has been my favorite - pink and green. So I thought I'd give it a go with purple. I think she's darling!!

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Thanks for stopping by. I sure hope that you'll stop by the rest of the DT and give them some love. Have an awesome day!
Theresa

Recipe:
Digital Image: Bugaboo (Flower Girl - Pansy)
Ink: PrismaColor Colored Pencils
Papers: Recollections (Modern Boquet); Bazzill Basics (African Daisy)
Accessories: ribbon (May Arts)

Monday, September 5, 2011

TSGBDAY1 Paper Doll Challenge

This month we're celebrating TSG's 3rd birthday with fun challenges on the TSG blog Monday-Friday. Prizes being given for each of those challenge days! Today begins the first challenge, so let's get to it!!

Today we're challenging you to make a Paper Doll using one of your TSG images. Christine Okken did an amazing tutorial HERE on how to make a paper doll with a stand.

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For my project I chose these two darling little girls from Blossom by Blossom. I have plans to make an entire village of all my TSG little darlings. So be sure to come back this week to see the rest of my paper dolls.

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

~ Jessica
~ Corinna
~ Jessie
~ Angela
~ Torico
Theresa

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Coneflowers

This week at the challenge at Flourishes Timeless Tuesday #133, Silke has set up a bingo card. I have to tell you that this stumped me because I stink at bingo. It was my grandmother's favorite game and I remember going once and it was the last game of the night - you know the one that always pays the most. Well, I yelled bingo and everyone started leaving and then they realized I didn't have bingo. Oh was I ever embarrassed. I never played again!!

How can I pass up on Silke's challenge? I first tried to do the shaped card - I went through about ten sheets of paper trying to create something. So I scraped that idea. Then I thought hmmm...I always like the blackout game, but that would mean doing a shaped card - not again. I settled on the middle row, pink, embossing, and pearls.

Coneflowers

I am also entering this card into the Jugs 100th sketch challenge. It's so hard to play all the challenges that are out there, but I am trying to do more. I really liked their sketch this week and I thought it fit this beautfiul Flourishes With Gratitude set.

Thanks for stopping by. Have an awesome weekend!
Theresa
Recipe:
Stamps: Flourishes (With Gratitude)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Close to My Heart (old olive); Me & My Big Ideas (forever watercolor)
Accessories: ribbon (stash); Recollections (silver pearls)

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Pretty in Pink and Green

This month over at the Cupcake Craftroom, Mandy has come up with some fabulous papers for the color challenge of Pink and Green. As you all know I love pink and green - these colors are totally me. These digital papers have so many possibilities - be sure to check out the rest of the amazing design teams cards and projects.

For me - I really wanted to showcase the green - it's just so bright and happy!! I love the polka dots. There's also a lovely snowflake pattern for those upcoming holiday projects. I used a lovely stamp set called Kindred Spirits from There She Goes.


Pretty Papers

I will also enter my card into the The Sweet Stop Sketch #123 since I used their sketch for my inspiration. I hope to play along a lot more with their great sketches.

I tell you I have to be the happiest woman in all of blogland. Today, I began my "offical" design team work at the Cupcake Craftroom. Plus I am now offically a Junior Trendsetter at There She Goes and next week I get to be guest designer for another of my favorite stamp companies - you'll have to wait till next week to hear this news. Whew!! Can it get any better than this??

I hope you like today's card. I appreciate that you've stopped by today. Have an awesome day!!
Theresa
Recipe:
Stamps: There She Goes (Kindred Spirits)
Paper: Cupcake Craftroom (Pretty Papers)
Ink: Close to My Heart (hollyhock and blush)
Accessories: Ribbon (stash); Art Philosophy (Cricut)