Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Nestie Bestie Blog Hop WINNER!!

Hi there!
A special THANK YOU to all of those who visited my blog and the blogs of my fellow Designers for the Nesties Besties blog hop! I LOVED reading all of your comments! I wish I had a reply button in my comments, because I want to thank each and every one of you for stopping by! :)
So... who's the winner of my BLOG CANDY???
Let's ask RANDOM.ORG!!

So the winner is....
BloggerBeverly Perdue said...
Hi Tina, thanks for all the wonderful ideas! The black and white card is so elegant and pretty. Love the spellbinders die and the butterfly.

Congratulations Beverly!! Please email me at  tinamcdonald(at)xplornet(dot)ca  with your mailing address and I will send your prize out to you!!
You have 48 hrs to reply... if I don't hear from you I will draw another winner!!

Don't forget to drop back thru the other blogs to see if you were a winner there! Here it is again...
* Angela Ploegman
  • Darsie Bruno
  • Debbie Seyer
  • Heidi Van Laar
  • Judy Hayes
  • Michelle Woerner
  • Teresa Horner
  • Theresa Momber
  • Tina McDonald
  • Yvonne van de Grijp
    Thanks for stopping by!
    Until next time... Happy Creating!

    Sunday, March 24, 2013

    Checking in with an UPDATE from Crop and Create

    Good morning fabulous peoples! :) Hoping you all are having an amazing weekend!!
    I'm dropping by this morning to let you know that I have NOT forgotten about Friday's Let's Get Creative with Dies video! No Way!!
    I am delayed, but for GOOD reason!
    I have been in Moncton NB at Scrapbook and Cards today magazine at CROP AND CREATE! If you're not familiar, let me fill you in! Scrapbook and Cards today is a FREE Publication that comes out of Canada! Yes, I said FREE!! WHOOT! And every year, Catherine and her amazing team travel across Canada hosting fabulous conventions! This weekend it was local!! AND the best part, is that Spellbinders ® was one of the invited guests, Along with Sean from My Minds Eye. Poor Sean was unable to come (understandably, with what I've heard!), But Kim Hupke, Spellbinders Education Director WAS able to!! And so I had the opportunity to help teach 2 Spellbinders classes here! WHAT an honor!!
    One of the other things we did, was host a Make and Take! So I recorded Kim in action... creating our Make and Take!! And THAT is what I'm going to share with you all!! Isn't that exciting!?!? I think so! Along with some photo's and a rundown of this AMAZING event!!
    So, it's time for me to finish packing up and get back home to my wonderful family!!! I will get my video edited and put together for you as soon as possible. It will be worth the wait, I promise!! :)

    HUGE HELLO to all of those that I met at the event this weekend! I look SO forward to doing some classes and retreats with many of you! You guys were SO encouraging, SO sweet, and SO much fun!!! THANK YOU! Please be sure to follow my blog for your chance to be entered in this months giveaways! Yes, there are 2!!!
    * Nesties Blog Hop!! This is a blog hop with some of the Spellbinders gals, that we put together ourselves. MANY of the girls are giving away blog candy! Be sure to visit all the blogs and comment for your chance to win!! Most will include SPELLBINDERS DIES!!
    *Follow along with my Let's Get Creative with Dies Video Series taking place for the month of March! TONS of inspiring things being taught! And another chance to win some goodies at the end of the month!!

    So be sure to stop back for all of that coming up soon!!
    HUGE thank you to Catherine Tachdjian, Spellbinders and Kim Hupke for the amazing opportunity to be here!!! I am honored and had SUCH an amazing time!!!

    For those interested in local class information, feel free to contact me thru Facebook, or by emailing me at the address on the right hand side. I will also post a schedule and some info in the next couple of days!
    I will also have a post with a recap of the weekend!! I have lots of photo's that I'll be sharing of some of the amazing people that I met!
    Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for reading!!
    More to come soon!
    Until then,
    Happy Creating!

    Thursday, March 21, 2013

    Nesties Bestie Blog Hop

    Hi and welcome to the Nesties Bestie Blog hop!
    What is that you ask?
    You may or may not be aware of Spellbinders™  Idea Gallery! The Spellbinders designers create projects that are featured in the gallery to inspire YOU! We wanted to create an awareness of that gallery, so we came up with the idea of doing a blog hop! This is not a Spellbinders event, just a designer blog hop.
    The Spellbinders Design Team is FULL of amazing talent! I want you to check some of that talent out! Not all of the Design Team were able to participate in today's hop due to previous commitments and hectic schedules. But I encourage you to visit all of the links on my sidebar to see the talent they bring! Also to check out the Spellbinders Idea Gallery on a regular basis! You'll be glad you did!!

    So today I have 3 projects that I'd like to share with you, that were created for Spellbinders.
    More information regarding this scrapbook page can be found here in the Idea Gallery.

    Next I'm sharing a card with you...
    Wishing You a Beautiful Day
    Information for this card can be found in the idea gallery here.
    For my final project... a piece of Jewelery!
    Butterfly Necklace
    More info regarding this can be found here.
    And there you have it.. just a sample of what we do as Spellbinders Designers!!
    And I have a little BLOG CANDY for you today!!! Here's how you can be entered to win!
    *Leave a comment here in this post.
    *Be a follower of my blog!
    I am offering a set of Spellbinders dies, a set of stamps and a 6x6 MME paper pad! :)
    I know many of the other designers on this hop are also offering up some blog candy, so be sure to stop by EVERY blog on the list!!
    Also drop by the Spellbinders Gallery! It is updated on a regular basis, so be sure to drop by often! Here is a direct link to my personal gallery there...
    Here's the blog list!
  • Angela Ploegman
  • Darsie Bruno
  • Debbie Seyer
  • Heidi Van Laar
  • Judy Hayes
  • Michelle Woerner 
  • Teresa Horner
  • Theresa Momber
  • Tina McDonald
  • Yvonne van de Grijp -will be posting late
    Check back on Thues March 26 to find out the winners of the BLOG CANDY!
    Until Next Time,
    Happy Creating!


    Saturday, March 16, 2013

    Let's Get Creative With Dies, Episode 3

    Hi everyone!
    Just stopping in quickly today. I've had a week of sick kids... STILL sick kids.
    So for this week, I am going to have you view the Masking technique video that I created for my blog post for Julianna Hudgins Positively Me collection. I would like to expand on this technique for you, and I will... but it is just going to have to wait for a few days!
    Life happens... and family comes first. Right?
    Thanks for your understanding!
    So here is the masking video once again... LOVE this technique and will be using it a lot more I think!
    So, until next time, when my kids are healthy...
    Happy Creating! :)

    Thursday, March 14, 2013

    Jewel Flowers and Flourishes Masking Tutorial

    Hi! Thanks for dropping by!
    Today is my day to post on Julianna's Positively Me Design Team Blog! I hope you will stop over and leave me a comment! That'd be fabulous!
    Today I have another video for you! I am showing how to make this card...
    I have explored 2 techniques... Masking using die templates and creating flower centers and accents using seed beads! It is SO much fun!

    I hope you will check out the video and let me know what you think!
    Until Next Time...
    Happy Creating!

    Wednesday, March 13, 2013

    Wonderful Day card, and some classes announced!

    Good morning! It's raining cats and dogs here!! :) But I'm cool with that... snow is disappearing and spring is on it's way! :)
    Today I have a card to share with you that I did for Spellbinders Paper Arts. It is in their gallery now. See this page for full details.

    Spellbinders Supplies:

    Preferred Partner Products:

    Cross Promotional Partner Products:

    • Graphic 45, An ABC Primer Collection, Calico Kids Patterned Paper
    • WorldWin Paper®, Black, Ivory and Kraft Cardstock
    • Royal & Langnickel®, Art Engraving Board, Copper Core
    • Clearsnap®, Wicked Black Pigment Dye Ink
    • Xyron®, 5" Creative Station Permanent Adhesive
    • SCRAPBOOK ADHESIVES BY 3L™, 3D Foam Squares

    I am also excited to announce that I am getting back into teaching classes!! If you are interested in taking classes with me, (and are local of course) I would love to have you come by! Here is a link to my Facebook event page, where all 4 classes are listed, with details!

    Tune in tomorrow for a blog project using Julianna Hudgin's Positively Me collection! And then on Friday, Episode 3 of my Let's Get Creative with Sketches video series!!

    And remember, every comment made thru the month of March gets you another ballet in the draw!!
    So until tomorrow,
    Happy Creating!

    Saturday, March 09, 2013

    Let's Get Creative with Dies: Episode 2-Impressive Impressabilities

    Hi! Welcome back to my Let's Get Creative with Dies Video series!!  If you have not been following along from the start, feel free to jump back to THIS POST to get all the details! But here is a brief rundown...
    Thru the month of MARCH I will be posting a video tutorial every Friday. These videos will be using Spellbinders Paper Arts die templates and other products. We will be trying fun things that will help us to make the most of our investment! There are SO many things that we can do with dies other than cut/emboss/stencil!! And although these things are AMAZING... there is even MORE!! :)
    Blog Frenzy: Happiness Tutorial

    At the end of the month, I will be drawing a name for a prize package! It's all a surprise, but I promise there will be a set of SPELLBINDERS DIES in the mix!!
    Here's how you can be entered to win!
    *For each post you comment on starting today thru the end of March, you will be eligible! (Blog Frenzy comments do not count, sorry!)
    *If you are a follower of my blog, you are eligible for an extra chance to win!
    *Each time you "SHARE" a post from my blog thru the contest dates (Now thru March 31) you are ALSO eligible for an extra chance to win! Just be sure to stop by here or my Facebook page and let me know you've shared! :)

    I also have decided to add more chances!!
    *Subscribe to my YOU TUBE channel.
    *Comment on each video on my YOU TUBE channel.
    Each of these will ALSO get you another chance to win!!

    Alright, enough talk... let's get to the video!!
    Today we are playing with Spellbinders Grand Impressabilities®! These are AWESOME for embossing and stenciling, and there are some gorgeous examples in the Spellbinders gallery! Today we are going to play with Molding paste and canvas, as well as Tattered Angels glimmer mists! Here's what I have created... I kept the design simple, since the background is the focus...
    And here's the video!
    If you have trouble viewing it here, please visit the direct link on YouTube... found here...
    Thanks SO much for stopping by! I can't WAIT to see what YOU try using the Spellbinders Impressabilities!!! Here are a couple of other ideas...
    *Try this same tecnhique on a sheet of canvas and use it on a card or layout?
    *What about right on cardstock?
    *We could use acrylic paints instead of sprays too?!
    The possabilities are endless! GET CREATIVE!!
    Now, I promised to send last weeks CARD to one lucky winner!!
    And that is....
    Well, Rufus, used to be your newest follower, now it is me! I love your videos and plan on tuning in each week! I would absolutely love to win the card you made! I loved having you show us just how you did it. No need to point out errors - like you said, there are no mistakes in art! We would have never noticed because the end result was wonderful!
    So Marianne, congrats!! Please email me your mailing address! tinamcdonald(at)xplornet(dot)ca
    Until Next time...
    Happy Creating!

    Friday, March 08, 2013

    Dream Big for Spellbinders Paper Arts

    Hey everyone! Thanks for stopping by! Today is FRIDAY! Know what that means? Episode 2 of LET'S GET CREATIVE WITH DIES video series! WOHOO!! It will be posted this evening, as I'm heading out to take my parents to the airport! It's March Break with the kids here and it's been a fun but busy week! So I'm a bit later than I'd like to be, but I will be posted by days end!
    So for now, I have a scrapbook page to share with you while you wait! :) It was created for Spellbinders Paper Arts and more info can be found on the supplies and design HERE.
    So, tune in tonight for Video #2 AND the winner of last weeks card!! Wohooo!!
    Until then,
    Happy Creating!!

    Saturday, March 02, 2013

    Jewel Framed Sentiments gift wrap!

    Today is my day to post on Julianna's Positively Me Design Team Blog! Stop by for details on this project!! :)
    Until Next Time...
    Happy Creating!
    And don't forget about the Let's Get Creative with Dies video series!! :)

    Friday, March 01, 2013

    Let's Get Creative With Dies: Episode One

    Hi everyone! Welcome back!
    Today I am beginning my 5 week video series called
    I am SO excited about it!
    Today I am showing you episode one!
    It's a bit more basic then the rest will be. It is a video tutorial of the card I created for the Blog Frenzy in the previous post.
    Following this video, the remaining weeks will consist of watercolor, masking, spray inks and all sorts of other fun and messy things! 
    So without further adu... here's today's project!
    And here is our first video!! I warn you in advance... I had a few little issues... hopefully they don't show up too much! LOL! I'm such a geek sometimes! :) Enjoy!
    If you are having trouble viewing this video on here, please visit my you-tube link here.
    Also remember, with this video series, I will be doing a GIVEAWAY at the end of March!! Here's what you have to do to enter...
    *For each post you comment on starting Feb 26th thru the end of March, you will be eligible! (Blog Frenzy comments do not count, sorry!)
    *If you are a follower of my blog, you are eligible for an extra chance to win!
    *Each time you "SHARE" a post from my blog thru the contest dates (Now thru March 31) you are ALSO eligible for an extra chance to win! Just be sure to stop by here or my Facebook page and let me know you've shared! :)

    Tune in next Friday for Episode 2!! Can't wait to share some fun new things with you!

    As a BONUS GIVEAWAY... I would love to send this card to YOU!! So I will draw a name NEXT FRIDAY when I post video #2! I will send this card to that person!! :)

    Until then,
    Happy Creating!!