Sunday, November 15, 2015

The Greeting Farm November Release!!!

IT'S RELEASE DAY!!!!! If you couldn't tell by the title, ooor the fancy banner up yonder ;)
That's right, you know what day it is, the day where all those adorably awesome stamps that we teased you guys with previews of are finally available in The Greeting Farm Store. And because it’s Release Day we are having a BLOG HOP, where 1 lucky person will win this entire release!

Sorry my post wasn't up by midnight guys, My oldest gremlin had an award ceremony I attended Thursday afternoon. Needless to say, visiting an elementary school during flu season on a rainy windy cold day was just asking, no, begging to get sick. All the hand sanitizer in the world couldn't have saved me from the last few days of fever, sore throat, stuffy nose, and an assortment of other unpleasantries. I spent yesterday asleep on the couch, waking only long enough to feed the kiddos and returning to my nest of blankets on the couch :D By the time I remembered my hop post wasn't up, it was already 6 a.m.! Lucky for me, my card was already complete!

So for my blog hop card I wanted to use both the Lucky Dogs and Purfect Cats clear sets. These two sets work great together and with the right amount of masking, they stack wonderfully together for tons more fun and many more combinations! I stamped and masked and stacked all of my cuties in tuxedo black memento ink. Next I colored them all up using my trusty copic markers. Of course the top dog had to be the little Pomeranian looking stamp, they are the best breed in the world...of course I could be a little biased (especially since my favorite dog ever was my little pomeranian, Piggy :D). I went back in and added a collar with a little rhinestone much like the one my beloved little ankle biter used to wear. After fussy cutting them out, I mounted them to my card front using foam dots. I also stamped the little water bowl directly onto the card front and colored it with my copics as well as adding a little wink of stella for a hint of sparkle. Deciding the card was still missing something, I took one of the accent stamps from the clear sets, a little arrow, and stamped a repeating pattern on either side in the same tuxedo black I used for my other images. I finished the look off with a little bling by using a few doodle bug sequins and bakers twine bow. Don't forget, when you leave here be sure to leave a comment on each designer’s blog as you complete the hop. End at TGF Blog page to let us know you completed the hop for your change to win the entire release! So what are you waiting for? Get hopping!

TGF Design Team:

We’ll have more inspiration in the upcoming week using these awesome new stamps!  Don’t forget you have untilWednesday, November 18th, 12pm CST to leave your comments below.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

New Release Preview: Day 3

Yep bloggers it's that time again, another awesome preview for The Greeting Farm! So far pretty great right? Well today's 3rd and final preview is no exception, today I give you my favorite of the entire release, Anya Nerds Out:

For a sassy girl as adorkable as Ms Anya, I knew right away that I wanted her on a bookmark. The papers I used are from a DCWV pad called the Homeroom Stack and I feel like these papers were just made for Anya! Doesn't she look sheekly geek in her argyle print skirt and leg warmers? And the sentiments that come along with this little lady are to die for, seriously super cute! I confess having a hard time trying to decide which of the sentiments I wanted to use, they're all fabulous! And I can't wait till next year to do a back to school challenge using this set!!! This set was heaven sent because I can never find a good stamp or stamp set to use for the back to school challenges so every year since I've been making cards I always find myself scrambling and improvising to make something work. I stamped Anya onto my cryogen white cardstock using memento tuxedo black ink. Of course I pulled out my trusty copics to color up this cutie, with a little dazzle of diamond stickles here and there for a little sparkly accent. I also stamped the sentiment in tuxedo black (though I played around with the idea of different colors too). Anya Nerds Out was the perfect missing addition to my collection and I know you guys can't wait to grab her from the store on the 15th. Not convinced you NEED this stamp set yet? Well stop on by The Greeting Farm and see what the rest of the ladies on the design team have come up with for your viewing pleasure!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

TGF November Release Preview: Day 2

Welcome back for day 2 of this month's new release previews with none other than The Greeting Farm! If you're a dog person like me then I know you positively adored yesterday's preview, weren't they just DOGgone cute? (I soooo couldn't help myself :D) Now, if you're a cat lover, don't fret 'cause we're not done yet, believe me when I tell you this next set is definitely the cat's pajamas! Tired of my silly puns and word play? Well wait no longer, here for another dose of adorable, the new clear set 'Purfect Cats'

Now I gotta admit, this card had me a bit stumped because I'm not a big cat person so I didn't have much to go on while I was coloring this lazy little furball, but that didn't stop me from trying! I love the way she looks so pleasingly plum lounging with a happy little smile that practically sighs that there's nowhere in the world she'd rather be than here on this card telling you how much she adores you (except for maybe in your lap!). This cute kitty is just one of three in the set and I'll admit, they've won even the heart of this dog lover! I stamped and colored little miss kitty with my copic markers (W3-W9) on a piece of curious metallics cryogen white cardstock. Normally you can't see the irridescent shimmer of this paper so well but I guess the grey copics just bring out the best in this paper! Seriously don't you just love how sparkly my little kitten came out! There's lots more creativity with kitties going on over at The Greeting Farm's blog so be sure to stop by and feast your eyes on what the rest of my teamies have come up with! Remember, this set as well as the rest of the sets in this month's release will be available in the store on November 15th!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Farm Fresh First; Give Thanks

Hey there my lovelies!!! It's officially the 1st of November and you know what that means right? That's right, a brand spankin new challenge over at The Greeting Farm!!! This month's theme has a lot to do with the upcoming holiday, can you guess what it is? That's right, you guessed it! November's Farm Fresh Challenge is 'Give Thanks'. With all the things I've been blessed with this year I have plenty to be thankful for, including each and every one of you guys and gals who pop in and follow my blog! Even though I haven't been blogging like I used to, you guys are still here and I really appreciate it, so today I want to share a card that I made with all of you on my mind.

Secret Santa 8x10 set

For this card I used one of the new cutie pies from what may very well be my favorite TGF stamp kit so far, Secret Santa. If you missed your chance to pre order, no worries, this amazing little set is now available in the store and I assure you, you won't regret buying it but you WILL regret missing out so run and get yours before they're all gone! It's been a while since I pulled out my distress inks and with the leaves all changing here in upstate NY, I felt inspired to see what the watercolor smooshing technique would look like in a fall color palette.

(Park near my house)

 I started off with a piece of watercolor paper and a few different oranges, reds, browns, and yellows from my distress markers and began "smooshing" the different shades onto my paper. I played around with different shades and layers until I was satisfied. Once it completely dried, I used a leaf from an old SOG clear stamp set and tried to create two and three tone fall leaves by inking up with two or 3 different inks. To keep from ruining my nicer ink pads, I used a couple of old cheapie ones I bought for $1 at my local Walmart. Once I'd finished stamping my leaves I used my TH walnut stain distress ink and inked the edges of my watercolor paper to better match my fall theme. Because I can't seem to leave well enough alone, I took an old script stamp and inked it up with my TH antique linen and stamped here and there to add a bit more detail to the background. Toward the bottom I inked up the same script stamp with my walnut stain ink and stamped again. To finish this card I colored my image with copic markers and added a touch of wink of stella to all the orange parts of her outfit to give it a bit of shimmer. I mounted her to the front of my card with some foam dots and stamped a sentiment from both the SOG set I got the leaf from (So thankful) as well as the new Secret Santa TGF set (for you), also in walnut stain distress ink. So how about it blogland, what are you thankful for this year? Stop on by The Greeting Farm and check out the ah-mazing projects the DT gals have for you and don't forget to join in on the fun for your chance to win an awesome prize! Thanks for stopping by!