Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The Greeting Farm Throwback Twilight!!

Hi Everyone!!

For those of us in the USA, it's Thanksgiving and I want to say Happy Thanksgiving. For everyone else, I just want to let you know on this day, among other things, I'm so grateful for this hobby, my blog to share it with you and all the DTs that I have been so blessed to be a part of. 

Today, The Greeting Farm is having a Twilight Inspired Throwback Thursday. As you know, many stamps, while not specifically designed with Twilight in mind have been interpreted as being certain characters from the books/movies. So, the DT has used these stamps to bring you lots of inspiration with Twilight in mind!

My card, actually uses a stamp I believe is called Kissy Kissy - I can't find it in the shop to confirm. I figured since the most recent movie release features the much anticipated wedding of Edward and Bella this was fitting. I colored them with copies and kept Edward much paler than Bella and added some stickles to his skin since he is the sparkly one. haha The papers are from FabScraps which I love, they are double sided and just perfect for my card today. All the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts (except for the grey ones are from Michael's I believe) - I just recently placed an order from them and went overboard on my order AND on my card I think! LOL I'll have to figure out a happy balance eventually. The ribbon comes from May Arts and I used Helmar tape runner as well as 450 Quick Dry to adhere the flowers. I also wanted to give a couple close ups:

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out The Greeting Farm blog for even more fun inspiration today!

Birthday card for my hubby

My hubby's birthday was last week and I quickly made this card for him. I hate that I have such a hard time making cards for people I actually know. LOL How weird is that?! Anyway, I didn't have time to color so I thought I would just stamp Cheeky Beauty on coordination card stock for texture rather than coloring. I decided to spell out the sentiment b/c I have TONS of these tiny letter stickers hanging around my stash. Plus, when I saw this stamp it reminded me of a time when he called me princess in a not so positive way, that's why it was kinda funny and I HAD to put it on the card! *giggle*


Friday, November 18, 2011

Trying to finish a few Christmas Present projects

Hi Everyone!

I am in a mad dash trying to finish all the half started projects I have laying around that I thought would make good presents and now the time crunch has officially begun!!! I have been working on this Birthday Calendar for a year - just here and there as inspiration hits, but now I have 4 more months to create before I am finished! So, today I got busy and the best part is I got to pull out some old and new favorites as I worked on it. 

I love how it turned out! I used some of the new Samantha Walker Orchard Harvest papers and colored this adorable Navajo Anya (retired) **but I just saw that she is now in digi form at The Greeting Farm HERE** that I've had FOREVER and just now stamped for the first time. Gah, you don't want to know how many of my TGFs have not seen ink! ;) Then I also used some Unity and Ippity stamps for the sentiments and played with some Faber Castel paints as well as some FabScraps metal embellishments. Everything was put together with my favorite adhesive, Helmar, of course and to show you how it all came together, I took a few pictures!

Using the Faber-Castell Brush marker, I was able to place color only on the places of the stamp that I wanted to use for this project, namely the sentiment since the roses didn't really match the other flowers on my paper. 

I love my Helmar Tape Runner for adhering paper to paper. 

This was my first time playing with the Faber-Castell Color Gelatos and on this I found applying it directly from the container gave me the best results. I am looking forward to trying different techniques with this product.

After spreading it directly from the container, I rubbed it in and mixed the colors together using the paintbrush provided.

Removing the mask shows the added texture we achieved using the Faber Castell Paints.

Here you can see the little dollop of glue on the back of the flower before I place it on the page.

Helmar 450 Quick Dry is definitely my "go to" adhesive - I love using it for attaching flowers. 

I used the small square Helmar Zap Dots to give dimension to my image. 

And here are all the products used in my project today. For a tiny page, I sure was able to use quite a bit of different mediums which was really fun to do! I can't wait to finish up these projects over the next week or so (I HOPE!!!)

Thanks for stopping by!

  • The Greeting Farm: Navajo Anya (retired)
  • Unity Stamp Co
  • Ippity Stamps
  • Samantha Walker Harvard Orchard paper pad
  • Copics
  • Copic Xpress It Blending Cardstock
  • Helmar Tape Runner, Zap Dots & 450 Quick Dry
  • Faber-Castell Gelatos and Big Brush Pens
  • FabScraps Metal Embellishment
  • Black Indian Ink
  • Recollections Paper Flowers

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Easy Peasy 3D Paper Flowers

I had a little bit of time to play this weekend and have been itching to make some of my own paper flowers for a project I'm working on so I took a moment to video a quick tutorial on how easy it is to create your own 3D paper flowers to coordinate with any project you are working on.

All you need to get started is:
  • Helmar 450 Quick Dry
  • Flower Punch or Dies
  • Cardstock and/or Designer Paper
  • Something round to curl your petals under
And here is my video, I hope you enjoy!!

If you are inspired and make some paper flowers or have made some in the past, I'd love to see your pics on Helmar's  FB page! I will be back next week with my finished project using these flowers and more!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

So excited to announce my 2nd term with Helmar DT!

I am very excited to announce that I've been asked back to the Helmar USA, Inc. DT for a 2nd term. I am so honored to be a part of this amazing team for another 6 months. Thank you so much to Tracy Weinzapfel and the Helmar Company again for this fabulous opportunity.

Here is a list of my fellow Helmar Hotties that will be inspiring you for the next 6 months: 
  • Tracy Weinzapfel (Design Team Coordinator)
  • Erika Taylor
  • Jessica Diedrich
  • Jen Erickson
  • L. Grace Lauer
  • Connie Mercer
  • Carisa Zglobicki
  • Angie Blom
  • Karen Taylor
  • Martha Richardson
  • Cheryl Boglioli
  • Trudy Sjolander
  • Jennifer Evans
  • Carolyn King
  • Natasha Naranjo Aguirre
  • Lydell Quin
  • Beck Beattie
  • Michelle Wallace
  • Renee Aslette
  • Rae Cooper
  • Linda Baldock

We have begun to receive our DT boxes which are full to the brim with Helmar products and products from Preferred Vendors such as Maya Road, Faber-Castell, Buttons Galore & More, Bella Blvd., FabScraps, Elle's Studio, Susiebee Studios and many more!!! Be sure to like Helmar on Facebook as well as our other preferred partners so you don't miss any of the exciting things coming up!! 

Thank  you again and Tracy works so hard putting together and shipping these boxes that we love to share our excitement via video when we're opening them. Here is mine:

Thanks for stopping by - I'm in my studio working on a few things for the coming weeks. It's going to be so busy and so fun here on my blog!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Saturated Canary Challenge - Autumn/Fall Colors

Hi Everyone! 

I have to first apologize for my post being late. I had my card done weeks ago so I have no excuse about that, just that I am feeling very under the weather this past week and then it was my hubby & I's 11th anniversary yesterday, yep on 11/11/11!! So, we just been hanging out together, enjoying some alone time while the kiddies are at my parents. It's been fabulous but I've done NOTHING on the computer OR in my craft room even thought hubby and I did go to Hobby Lobby twice this weekend! LOL He's a bit crafty in building things so he needed to make a stop there and I finally picked up some tshirts and onesies for a project I've been trying to finish for a month now! Anyhoot, that is a little background on why I've been blog MIA lately!

This week at Saturated Canary Challenges it's a color challenge to use Fall or Autumn colors. We are smack dab in the middle of fall here in the USA so it's only fitting. I love fall colors, the rich browns, oranges and golds are so yummy! In fact, my favorite stone is the Citrine which is stunningly rich, warm orangey/yellow. More about that later this week as to WHY that is my favorite stone! :D

So, for my card this week, I used the super cute Copica digital image which is a Saturated Canary Digi's. The paper is one of my new favorites called Orchard Harvest from Samantha Walker Designs! I love it! The colors are awesome and perfect for fall. I colored the image with copics (of course!) and love how she turned out. I also printed this digi on heat transfer paper so I can make myself a shirt with it b/c Really, I always have a copic in my hand if I'm stamping!!! That gorgeous brown felt flowers is by Maya road and I used Helmar 450 Quick Dry to adhere it to the card. This stuff is the best for large embellishments like that flower. 

Well, that's it for me, thanks for stopping by! Hope to see you playing in the challenge this week. :D


Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Clearly a Special Showcase..and SALE

**Scroll down for a video sharing how I created these three tags!!**

Hello, friends!

As promised, we are here today with a special CLEAR STAMP SHOWCASE and a ONE-DAY only SALE!  For today only (until 10pm CST Nov 8, NO exceptions), all clear stamp sets are only $12 each!   We want to make your holidays as stress-free as possible and who doesn't love a little online shopping to save from bearing the crowds and crazy limited quantities out there?

We are so excited to bring you our "CLEAR STAMP SHOWCASE" today at The Greeting Farm!

In addition to our one-day sale, we have a few prizes along the way!  Not one, but TWO LUCKY WINNERS will win a clear stamp set of choice just for hopping with TGF today!

Our clear stamp sets are made from high-quality photopolymer and we are very happy so far with the feedback we've received from both our design teams and customers alike! We asked everyone to be very candid with us to make sure that we were bringing you the same, quality TGF product you'd expect from us.   

I wanted to make a set of some 3x3 mini cards/tags for Christmas. The sets I used are Clearly Christmas and Build a Onesie-Boy. These are so easy & simple to make - I even made a little video to give you a birds eye view of these fabulous clear stamps in action! I was with Marie when she first showed me these clear stamps and I admitted to her my apprehension so we opened up a pack right away to see how they stamped. Boy, were we SO Happy to see that the quality is just what we've come to expect and LOVE from The Greeting Farm. 

We love being able to bring you such fun and versatile lines of images and our clears are no exception!  While we won't be going all clear, we do enjoy the versatility of this new line and really hope you do, too!

With our newsletter coming right around the corner on the 15th, we'd love to offer a Clear Stamp Showcase: Newsletter edition to get our customers even more acquainted with our Clear line and would love to see YOUR submissions!   Please email Jessica at by November 12th to submit your entry for consideration with a short write up of your project.  Showcased projects will WIN a free stamp!

For now, we have a great lineup planned for you today with LOTS of creativity and fun ideas from clean and simple to stunningly colored and embellished- and don't forget to leave comments along the way and then come back here to comment and enter to WIN one of the TWO prizes!  We hope you gain tons of inspiration today and can't wait to get started, so without further adieu, here is today's line up:

Thanks so much for joining us today as we CLEARLY can't wait for you to enjoy this special event!  Don't forget that the DECEMBER Guest Designer contest ends 11/10, so make sure to get your entries in to Jess before the big reveal of Phase 1 on our Facebook page on Friday, 11/11!

What's more?  Please join us at 7pm CST on Friday, November 11th in our SCS Forum for our First-EVER TGF "Customer Challenge and Chit-Chat" night!  Our first night will be a MOVIE THEME event so pop some popcorn, grab your favorite candy, and join us for LIVE chatter, trivia, and a challenge with our first Customer Hostess to be revealed shortly!  :)

If you're not able to join us for the live chat no worries- we will be doing these at different times of day to include our overseas friends when we can. Challenge will be open ALL weekend, too, so there will be time for EVERYONE to play!  We'll wrap up about 10pm CST or whenever we conk out- but for now, get ready to join us for a night at the movies!

See you soon!

Clearly a Special Showcase..and SALE - video!

I created a little video sharing how I made all three tags showcased above in the hop. It's a little rough, my camera got bumped and since I don't have any way of seeing it while I'm working I don't catch these things until I'm editing. I still wanted to share the final piece with you tho - I think you can still get the idea of how great these clear stamps stamp and some ideas for creating quick and simple adorable Christmas tags!!!

Thanks for watching: