Wednesday, March 31, 2010

365 days later...

Come this Saturday, Unscripted Sketches will have completed it first year!  We are celebrating so join in the fun!

Inky Impressions blog hop!!!

Second posting today scroll down for YNS challenge.....

Oh it's here the day we've all been waiting for to share the five new awesome images from Inky Impressions! Today I have the privilege to share Ice Cream Lili!

Isn't she the cutest?  I just love her sweet little outfit right down to her fun sandals and the new sentiment is perfect! I added some fun charms too, which will be available in the store as well! Nicole is very excited about this release and as a way of showing thanks for all your support she is offering a 15 % discount on your total order until April 2nd! (Add Blog Hop Discount in the comment section) Also, there will be some fantastic candy up for grabs too, just make sure you complete the entire hop. If you just happened along head on over to the  Inky Impressions Challenge Blog! Other wise I hope you enjoyed your stay now head on over to Kim  to see her new amazing  creation!  Beth

A Farewell to YNS...

Well today will be my last posting on behalf of Your Next Stamp, Karen thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to work along side you fabulous DT team! Today's challenge is to use purple; you can use a little or a lot. Here is my creation using Your Fabulous:

I don't really use a lot of purple however I found this great big scrap of patterned paper by K&CoMPANY as the preempt to the card. That skirt just screams paper piece me so I did. The flowers on the background are from that single flower I cut from a purse in the set. I wanted to share something with you about the button. I didn't have any matching buttons so I grabbed a clear one and used my Alcohol based Prismacolor markers and colored on the back side then allowed to dry. Pretty sweet eh?
So, when your perfectly purple card is complete, stop by the YNS Challenge sight to share you creation! Have a wonderful Wednesday! Beth

Sunday, March 28, 2010

How exciting!

Oh yeah you read right! New Stamps and they are too fun! I can't wait to show you, GOOD THING IT'S IN JUST A FEW DAYS!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Unscripted Saturday's Sketch # 48

Hello again! How was your week? Mine was over before it ever started! One great thing is that it's Saturday, that means the kiddos get to go to an Easter egg hunt in the a.m .& they can't wait! I was thinking more in the lines that a new Unscripted Sketch is underway here it is:

Pretty great eh, remember we are giving away prizes sometimes plus you can earn a fun blinkie to proudly display on your blog. Here is my creation for the week using my last Rock Star Anya image graciously given to me by Sarah...sigh...


  I forgot how vivid everything is when photographing outdoors, I just need to rethink my staging tactics. Well it's up to you now have a Super Saturday! Beth aka BR-T

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fruit Roll Ups, not just for consumption anymore

 second posting today scroll down for Paper Cutz challenge...

This is the 4th Friday of the month which means you need  to hop on over to the Mod Podge Rocks blog today and leave her a sweet comment to be entered in a ANOTHER Mod Podge Started Kit Giveaway!  These kits are awesome!

There is so much you can do with glue if you set your mind to it! When I received this kit a month ago I had two ideas rolling around and I just now got around to trying them out.
 My first thought was to create a pseudo embossing technique with Mod Podge and reinker.

Start by placing Mod Podge of your choosing  on a hard surface. The amount of glue was about a 2 inches in diameter with 5 drops of black re inker added.

Mix well!

Get a layer as thin possible on second hard surface, glue up stamp,


Here is your image! By the way I am using Torendi's M is for Monster

Allow to dry & color as desired!

Here is where the Fruit Roll Up comes into play, start with a non stick surface, (I used a special crafting sheet) dump a ton of glue on it..After adding about 7 drops of any re inker color of choice (be warned the color may be different than your expectations!) mix well, spread around and allow to dry. The dry glue will become transparent and very bubbly and removes easily from the non stick surface.  It has the consistency of a fruit roll up yet less sticky. I stamped "Monster" on it and moved it to it's final resting place along with the embossed image from earlier. Here is the sketch I used from Sketchy Thursdays:

 Here is my layout:

Here are some close ups:

So, are you feeling the powerful bond that Pod Podge and I have developed? I hope so! Have a great day! Beth

15% off everything in the Torendi Store no matter the price.
Type in "MPROCKS" in the area for coupon codes.
Good Friday, March 26th through Thursday, April 1st.

Let's Do the Time Warp Again...

What... where... week it's gone! I have done nothing in blog land nothing! I have been knee deep in paper, ink & glue, just to busy to chat with anyone. That has to change because I am going through inspiration withdrawal, I need to see amazing creations! I know you won't let me down with the next Paper Cutz Challenge. Create an Easter card without a bunny or chick. I received some awesome blog candy from In2Stamps this week and they are so awesome! When you have a minute go check out there store. I used Littlebell in flowerpot for my challenge card:

I am not sure what to think of this card I am wishing I wouldn't have included the canvas circle, it's to coarse of a fiber for the lightness of the rest of the card. We live and learn right? Well I hope you stop by this challenge for some great creations by the rest of the dt. Have a great morning! Beth


Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Birthday Jenn!

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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Saturday Unscripted Sketches # 47

Well I hope you are all having an awesome Saturday!  It is time for another awesome sketch at Unscripted Sketches created by the amazing  Sarah Kaye:
Now if this isn't wide open for interpretation I don't know what is! We are adding on a piggy back challenge to use a paint chip. Unbelievable as this may sound I don't have a single paint chip anywhere! I am quite excited about this card using this incredible stamp ching-chou kuik's Sunflower Angel from Sweat Pea Stamps. Here it is:

These images drive one to the creative overdrive of life SERIOUS OVERDRIVE! I shouldn't tell you this but do you see the button? This is a cover up! I was all ready to package up this card when to my horror I noticed a smudge I could have cried! fortunately I was able to come up with this solution of stamping onto the button and covering the smear like that was what I intended all along...whew! I suppose my telling you defeats the purpose. Oh well it is what it is. I have 9 more hours of classes to experience here at conference and I can no longer feel my butt. The worst part, all the ink stains have disappeared from my fingers!  I have however been immersed in all sorts of valuable information to better improve my skills as an EMT. This is good for me and the patients of the future. Have a great day! Beth

Friday, March 19, 2010

Paper Cutz Friday...

Wowie! I am so pumped at all the entries last week at Paper Cutz, you guys rock! This weeks challenge is any theme but you must include 3 buttons and 1 ribbon! Here is my entry using a fun freebie from Dawn Moore at Lost in Scraps .I love looking at these flower centers if you stare at them they looks like they're spinning!

I am going to try my best to stop by a few blogs this weekend however I will be in various training sessions all weekend to ensure my national EMT license will remain intact. I love being a volunteer EMT for my community every call is exhilarating to me, I hope that doesn't make me a sicko! 
OK back to the challenge at hand remember 3 buttons 1 ribbon and the rest is up to you! Have an excellent Friday! Beth aka BR-T

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Going beyond green...

2nd posting today scroll down for YNS challenge

Red and yellow and pink and Green...Ok we do want to stick with green again this week at Inky Impression Challenges just the other kind of green that is growing ever so popular. Recycling / Reusing, this can be done on so many levels. You can actually make some nifty stuff from actual trash or soon to be recycled products.  Disassembling  and old card and recreating a new one with some of the old card stuff can work quite nicely as well. Do whatever else means reuse/recycle to you. I chose to use an aluminum can and some corrugated cardboard for my project. If you click on image you get a better view!

I was able cut the aluminum can with on of my Spellbinders dies however when using s smaller die I'd suggest you leave the initial cut reaming in the die ( it really is wedged in there)and running a second cut through with more aluminum and be cautious it's SHARP! We'll now it's your turn to shown us your "it's the new green" work! 
Here are the additional challenges this card is included in:
Artful Inkables  Birthday Card
Creative Card Crew  Going Dotty (various brads and buttons)
La- La- Land Recycling
Frosted Designs  Background Stamping (I stamped on the corrugated cardboard)
Saturday Spotlight   Slick (the Aluminum can stars are pretty slick!
Little Red wagon  Copics (mine are actually Prismacolor alcohol based markers)

                 Happy St. Patrick's Day!

It's so distressing!

Good morning! I hope you a slept well, I for whatever reason pulled the snooze alarm into my dream and went with it and woke up 20 minutes later than normal! My kiddos are now sucked into this ginormous whirlwind scampering to get ready for school! Distressing is right up my alley today which is great considering how my day has started! Your Next Stamps Challenge   is a perfect way to blow of some steam and take it out on those cards! So distress away! Here is my example:

I chose to work with Fhiona and Her Pony Maggie  and decided to distress by not only taking away but adding ink as well.

As always, we have 2 fabulous prizes for you to win: Please see all details HERE.

1. Winner – one lucky winner, chosen by, will win $10 in YNS Stamp Bucks (to spend on YNS stamps) and the Winner Blinkie to proudly display on their blog!
2. Top Pick – one lucky entry, chosen by Cabio, will win $5 in YNS Stamp Bucks (to spend on YNS stamps) and the Top Pick Blinkie to proudly display on their blog! [You must use a YNS stamp on your creation to be eligible to win the Top Pick prize].

You will have until March 31st to enter over at the YNS Challenge Blog, hope you'll join us!

Well, how will you choose to distress? Can't wait to find out! Beth

Monday, March 15, 2010

May I have the Envelope please...

No, this isn't the Oscar's. It is however time for Torendi's Product Highlight! This month we'd like to give special attention  Kraft Coin Envelopes.

These babies are very affordable and easy to doll up! I have two examples to share and I'll start with a layout of my son on his first day of Preschool:

I had several small pictures that I wanted for the layout with out overcrowding so I utilized the envelopes to create some mini flip pages. Here are some details:

In side the envelopes I slipped in some memorabilia; he attempted to write his name its so cute!

The Kraft Coin Envelopes are perfect for gift card  or a gift of cash. I can't bear the thought of just handing either one of these over in a mundane package so creating a purse came to mind. Torendi has so many great papers and embellishments this was a blast to make!

I am really loving how this came out! I can't wait to find someone to give this to! I wished there were more hours in a day because I still want to create a tag book with these or fold them down the middle a stitch together for a mini album. Well that just about wraps it up.Thanks for stopping by and don't be afraid to push the envelope! Beth aka BR-T

Supplies for Layout:
Patterned Papers  The Boyfriend Cosmo Cricket
Star Rubons  I heart Kawii series   
Cosmo Cricket Joy Ride Buttons will be avail in an upcoming kit

 Supplies for Purse 
Kraft Coin Envelopes  
Japanese Huania Clips 
I heart Kawii Rubons
Chit Chat Thickers Tangerine 
Nerdy Bird Mini deck
Nerdy Bird Flag Banners

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Just swimming by to say...

 What a day I had yesterday, the house is so quiet! I didn't get as much crafting done as I'd hoped but I did get this card done:

I just love the Your Next Stamp set Just Swimming By especially the cute octopus. This card can be entered into the following challenges:

Kaboodle Doodles  Birthday (inside say Happy Birthday)
Ooh-la-la Creations  Anything Goes
Secret Saturday Crafter  Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy  Green
ClearlyiStamp  Green
Gingersnap Creations  Frosting in Glitter form

Well that's it thanks for stopping by and enjoy you Sunday! Beth aka BR-T

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Unscripted Saturday's Sketch # 46

Oh I am so excited my DH just drove off with my kiddos until tomorrow! It's just me and all me today which is great because there is tons of crafting to be done! Ok so on with the show we have a super great sketch
today at Unscripted Sketches created by uber talented Sarah Kaye. Thanks again Sarah you are the best!

Here is my card using my ever loved Ginger Ketto:

 She is so adorable a a true hair pin artist! I am back to my old tricks with the white ink on black as I finally ordered a re inker from Close to My Heart. I forgot how white this ink is! A dry ink pad needs to be put up until something can be done about it. I also bought a Memento Tuxedo Black re inker man has that made all the difference in the world!
Ok last week I did not comment on any of your talented work and I am so terribly sorry, there is no excuse for that! I will not make this same mistake again... I hope you will play along this week so I can have the opportunity to stop by and see a bit of you in US! Get Inky Fingers,They Rule! Beth aka BR-T

Ginger Ketto  & Ansie's Flowers stamps  Stamping Bella
Say it with Style Sentiments  CTMH
Ribbon CTMH
Unforgettable Paper Pack CTMH
Rectangular  Photo Clips CTMH
White Daisy Pigment Ink CTMH
Momento Ink  Tsukineko
Black Stazon  Tsukineko

Friday, March 12, 2010

A Fairy Cute Lili....

Second Posting today, scroll down for Paper Cutz Challenge.

To date this is my favorite Inky Impressions Stamp As you may have surmised she is Fairy Lili.
L just love her dress, you could actually cut off her wings and she looks like she's ready for a dance recital. I opted to keep her wings for this particular card that includes oodles of challenges. Here is my card:

Here is a close up of flower: ( sorry the colors are off!!!)

The challenges this hits are:
Paper Play  Seeing Double (Two sets of wings)
Charisma Cardz  Beautiful Butterflies
Crafty Creations  Make your own flower (layered brads buttons paper ribbon acetate and a paper flower to create a flower)
Cupcake Craft  Flower Power
My Time To Craft  Kids Cards
Pixie Dust Studios Buttons & Flowers
Practical Scrappers  White Pens & Markers (used as accents on flower and butterfly)

Well that's it for today, see ya tomorrow! Beth aka BR-T

Paper Cutz Friday!

It's here again Friday! And this week at Paper Cutz Challenge it is an open challenge! So whatever tickles your fancy is fine by us! I took this as am opportunity to grab an image I colored some time ago and let loose! Her is my card :

 I sanded just about everything I guess I just couldn't stop! I also layer buttons on this card and decided to fill in the button holes with Stickles for the heck of it.  Now there is no way you can go wrong here so play along or sing a song or why not both! Have an awesome Friday! Beth aka BR-T

Image The Greeting Farm
White and yellow card stock & pink rickrack  CTMH
Patterned Papers  Cosmo Cricket
Buttons The Paper Studio
Black diamond stickles Ranger

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Friendly Reminder for FREE CHA Stuff!

Just in case everyone needed some motivation to tell their friends to check out Torendi and our blog, I thought I would remind everyone about our CHA giveaways! All you have to do is become a Torendi blog follower and you will be entered into our giveaways.  There are 3 CHA giveaways left!

When we reach 150 followers (that's 17 more followers!!), one randomly selected follower, will win this CHA Little Yellow Bicycle Bag and some Torendi rub-ons

When we reach 175 followers, one randomly selected follower, will win this CHA Pink Slice Apron!

When we reach 200 followers, one randomly selected follower, will win this adorable CHA Slice Bag!  It is soooo comfortable to carry around!

Thanks for spreading the word about Torendi and helping us grow!

Two challenge a card

I haven't played along with 2 Sketches 4 You  or Flourish Timeless Tuesday in ages so I thought today would be the day. I cased the very first example from 2 Sketches... to make things simple:

 Have a great day! Beth

CTMH   White ink, pink & white card stock , cake & dot stamps and mini white brads
Versafine  Black Onyx ink pad
American Crafts  Black Card Stock
Prismacolor Markers 
Wendymade Happy Birthday image

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sassy Cheryl's digi's are amazing!

If you haven't had a chance to check out Sassy Cheryl's Graphics with Attitude, now is the time! These images are fantastic and on sale as well so go check them out! I decided to join her first challenge of Green at Sassy Cheryl's Challenge blog with this card and her cute image Sweat Pea. I took one look at her over sized hat and bow & knew she was meant for me! Here is my card:

The sentiments are from Close To My Heart's February Stamp of the Month called Piece of cake.
Well thanks for stopping by and have a great rest of the day! Beth

Sunday, March 7, 2010

A card for many challenges...

Good Evening! Did your weekend blaze by? Mine did but not so fast I couldn't do this card for several challenges:

 I Will forever love this amazing Showtime Anya and its clearance out right now for & dollars for the set. You also need to stop by The Greeting Farm blog to pick up the free digi Audry she is too cute!
Here is the list for my cards challenges:
Cupcake Craft  Round & Round
ABC Challenge   Paper Piecing
Pink Elephant   Add Green
Little Red Wagon  Add Felt
Crazy4Challenges  Paper Piercing
Stamp Scrap & Doodle  Open Challenge
Papertake Weekly   Buttons, Bows, Brads & Bling 
Frosted Designs  Favorite Tecnnique (Paper Piecing)
Creative Card Crew  Celebrations (in order to win a prize you must also stop and comment on the design team creations!)
 Well that wraps it up don't forget to grab your TGF freebie digi they always aim to please! Have a great week! Beth

Saturday, March 6, 2010

Unscripted Sketches # 45

Hello! I hope all is well and your fingers are filthy! Today we have a great sketch at Unscripted Sketches by SarahKaye:

Here is my card: 

I just got some fun papers from the Torendi shop by Cosmo Cricket the line is called  Material Girl and its fantastic! I immediatly thought of this stamp from Inkadinkado and the use of canvas. I've concluded  through much trial and error, that Versafine gives the best stamping results for canvas. What do you think?  Well I hope you find your Saturday most wonderful! I cant wait to see your awesome creations! Beth

Friday, March 5, 2010

Torendi does Modge Podge!

Do You Mod Podge?!

Amy over on the Mod Podge Rocks Blog sure does! Amy has so kindly teamed up with the Torendi DT this month for some Mod Podge fun! All month long Amy and the Torendi DT will be showing you some AWESOME Mod Podge/Torendi creations!  Other than the inspiring eye candy, Amy has so generously offered to giveaway 4 (that's one a week) Mod Podge Started Kits!!  All you have to do hop on over to the Torendi blog and leave a comment every friday!  Want even more goodies?? Amy has some Japanese Imported FABRIC fromTorendi that she will be giving away over on her blog, so don't miss out on that either! 


Paper Cutz Friday!

Again where did the week go? I know I sound like a broken record but seriously! It's OK though because it means we're in store for another fun challenge from Paper Cutz. St. Patty's day is soon to be here in full force so with that in mind lets see your St.Patrick's Day creations! Here is my card:

My husbands birthday falls on St Patrick's day so I thought I'd create a combo card. Of course I know Bill will want a card made just for him, so maybe I can put this back for next year! Well I am excited to see your work and have a terrific Friday! Beth

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

I'm seeing green...

second posting today scroll down for blog hop....

Hello again I hope you all are having a wonderful Wednesday! I want to say WOW to all of you who joined in on Think Spring challenge at Inky Impressions Challenges you all outdid yourselves! We had a whopping 80 participants this week and that is truly fantastic, thank you so much! This week our Challenge is to Think Green - Add GREEN somewhere on your card or project!!! Here is my card: 

My ever wonderful Flower Lili pointed the way as this card just fell into place I love it when that happens! I have this fun felted flower ribbon that matched the green I choose on Lili's clothes perfectly. And some say it's not easy being green... 
Well I hope you bust out your green thumbs whatever shade you fancy and play along as well! Have a great rest of the day! Beth aka BR-T

Your Next Stamp Hop...

It's finally here the wait is over!  For the big reveal we have decided to do something a bit different this time around and combine the Blog Hop with the next YNS Challenge! The theme is big bows! I know this should be a well loved challenge because ribbon and bows are"big" right now.  

 Karen sent me a fantastic set called Your Fabulous as soon as I saw this rubber my mind went racing! Mothers Day will be here before we know it so I created a card  and matching container with my mom in mind! (Hi Mom!)

I am no bow wizard so my big bow consisted of hot gluing multiple loops together that may seem like a cheaters way but I like the end result! I wanted my fabulous lady's skirt to match that fun bag affixed to the bow so I cut out the center flower of my stamp in order to adorn her skirt. Never fear that little flower pops right back into place stamping perfectly every time! Well I hope you enjoyed your visit and below I posted the order of the hop in case you just happened along:

We will NOT have the usual 'Winner' and 'Top Pick' prizes for this challenge.  Instead, we will have one grand 'hop' prize for this challenge. You will need to show us you've completed the hop by leaving comments on all the Starlets' blogs.  When you get to the end of the hop (the YNS Challenge blog), you will need to leave your name and blog URL in Mr Linky to giving you one entry into the prize draw.  If you play along with the challenge you can add a 2nd link into Mr Linky which should directly link to your challenge entry card.  If you play along with the challenge AND use a YNS stamp, then you can have a 3rd entry into the grand prize draw.
Mystery Prize: In addition to the Grand Prize, we are also going to have a mystery prize.  The winner of the mystery prize will be randomly chosen from the comments on one of the Starlet's blog hop/challenge posts.  We don't know what the prize is or which Starlet's blog the winning comment will be chosen from.  So to be in with a chance of winning, you will need to comment at every stop along the hop. 
Well thanks for stopping by and be sure to head on over to YNS Challenges which is your final destination! Have a great day and I look forward to seeing how big you can make a bow! Beth