Thank you for your support.

I just wanted to do a short post to update everyone who helped or supported me in my business expo this past weekend at Discover Victoria Day. The event went WAY better than expected and I made a ton of new connections with the businesses in the City.

Here is a photo of part my display, before the crowd showed up:

From the bottom of my heart, thank you for all your help and support!

I couldn’t have done it without you.

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Thinking of you

When Falls come around, I think of Thanksgiving; and when I think of Thanksgiving, I think of you. Sounds like a song doesn’t it – no actually, I have been reading the children’s book “If you give a moose a muffin”… he’ll want this and when you give him this, he’ll want that, and that and that. So that’s what’s been ringing in my head.

So it is kinda timely that the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown is to make a “Thinking of You” card. Our sponsors this week is MY GRAFICO!!! Yeah yeah yeah!! I love MY GRAFICO images, especially this typewriter one I used on my card this week. (I have my eye on a telephone one I’m going to use next).

Designer papers are from My Mind’s Eye (teal) and Authentique Paper (tan). Sentiment is self-generated from the computer.

Come play with us at Tuesday Throwdown – everyone needs a Thinking of you card and everyone needs My Grafico stamps!! But that’s not all …

This week, we have a we have a special DOUBLE challenge for you!

Main Challenge: “Thinking of You”

Bonus Challenge: Send your card to Operation Write Home

In case you’re not familiar with Operation Write Home (OWH), they are a non-profit organization that provides handmade greeting cards to help American soldiers keep in touch with their loved ones back home. OWH is celebrating its birthday this month, and since it gets its stock from crafters like us, we thought we’d help them celebrate by helping them grow their stock of cards through our challenge this week.

To help inspire you to participate in our bonus challenge, we are offering a special bonus prize this week — a $20 gift certificate to spend at My Grafico! To be entered into this drawing, you must mail your card to OWH, and then designate that by typing “OWH” after your name when you link up.

NOTE: Please be sure to read the card guidelines at OWH before submitting your card to them. In particular, please do NOT use any glitter on your card.

Challenges entered:

Through the Craftroom Door

Stamping Scrapping Challenge Central – Spellbinders

The Pink Elephant – CASE’d Margie Cortina’s layout

The Outlawz – Copic Marker Challenge

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Elegant Christmas Lace

Good morning everyone,

Life is starting to settle into a school routine for me and my little kindergartener. My little baby going on the bus … like a big boy. How time flies. Before you know it, Thanksgiving and Christmas will also be upon us.

I would like to share with you a Christmas card I made for Creative Clear Stamps.

I love how elegant this has turned out and this is a fairly simple card to make. First, I started with a 5.25″ x 5.25″ card base. Then, with a 6″ x 6″ cardstock, I punched Martha Stewart’s All-A-Round the page double arches punch to create the lacy edging. Stamped and ink the sentiment using Creative Vision’s Holiday Sentiment stamp set. Framed it and embellished it with pearls and flowers.

Enjoy!

Challenges entered:

Flourishes

Simon Says Stamp Challenge

7 Kids For College Fund

Simply less is more

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Hurray for buttons

Good morning everyone,

I have been cracking my head around this month’s Papertrey blog hop inspiration photo. It’s so colorful and linear at the same time – so my style but the thing I was cracking my head around was – what image to use?

Here is the inspiration photo:

So I do my usual thing when I’m stuck in a rut – I browse the internet for inspirations. First, I found a sketch on the Stampendous blog yesterday with all these linear circles … hmm, interesting …

and then I saw the Tuesday Trigger on Moxie Fab World with all the sewing items on the inspiration photo (the banner was kinda handy)

and it struck me – buttons!!! What a great way to make a clean, bright and linear card for Papertrey Ink blog hop with buttons – my image issue is solved and so is my ever growing button stash. That’s how my mind works …

and here is my button card:

and I had to make this a congratulations card – heh heh … that’s how my mind works.

Everything is from my stash and the double-ended banner is from Papertrey Ink. What an unexpected match!! I love how this turned out – YEAH, my mojo is back!!

Other challenges entered:

Inspiration emporium – used metal brads

Mark’s Finest

Less is More

Cute Card Thursdays

Simon Says Stamp

Whimsy Stamps Challenge

The Pink Elephant

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Fall Days are coming

I’m not sure if I’m happy that Fall is coming and kids are back to school or sad that warm sunny summer and vacation days are over. I am happy with my Fall card I made for this week’s Tuesday Throwdown challenge.

The fall flower image was kindly provided by Sweet n’ Sassy Stamps. I really like their nature/floral stamps – they are so sweet and simple. You can win some of their stamps if you make a Fall card and play along at Tuesday Throwdown too.

Have fun while the sunny summer last.

Challenges entered:

7 kids college fund challenge

Cute Card Thursdays

Crazy 4 challenges

Pile It On

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Ode to Moms …

Hello there …

It’s been an emotional week for me with my little baby going to kindergarten and embarking on his 17 year journey of education (I’m counting college coz he IS going to college and I said so because I’m the mom).

I’m sure every mom with kids going off to school for the 1st time feels the same excitment and nostalgia and are on the same emotional roller coaster as I. So instead of a card that I’m sharing (no I’m not in the mood to create – I’m in the mood to wallow in what I created), I’m sharing the funniest video I have seen on Youtube in a long while.

No this is not a new video – it’s been out for a while, I just revisit it when I need a laugh.

Have a laugh too if you haven’t seen it – Anita Renfroe, the singer, has a couple of other funny songs like that too … like a Dad version of it too.

Hoping to get my Mojo back soon!!

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Pink with a touch of green …

Hello everyone,

I’ve been waiting for my 1st post with Through the Craftroom Door design team for 2 weeks now. I was so excited about making the team, I made my card on the day I found out – all 2 weeks ago!!!

Today’s challenge is based on an inspiration photo – make a card using the photo below as inspiration. Easy photo right? since we all love our pinks. So to make it more of a challenge, the color green should also be included.

So without delay, here is the photo

And here is my card.

 

We are being sponsored by Paper Temptress and her prize is a $25.00 gift certificate for your shopping pleasure.

What are you waiting for?? Come play along …

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Lacy Pearls

Good Tuesday morning everyone,

Today’s Tuesday Throwdown is pearls!! My favorite embellishment by far…ribbons are a close 2nd. This week’s winners will win stamps from Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps.

Here is my card with an ethereal image of “Angie”, kindly provided by Stitchy Bear – surrounded by a nice lacy die cut and embellished with pearls. Designer paper and ribbon are from My Mind’s Eye.

Enjoy your happy day.

Challenges entered:

Stamp Something

 

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Cardabilities Design Team

Hi all,

It  has been a busy busy week at kindergarten and a major adjustment for my little kiddo (actually more so for me than for him). So pardon my absence and my very short posts while I learn to let go. Actually, I have to learn to do more than let go – I have to learn to get up earlier in the morning, make a school lunch that can be eaten in 20mins or less and mostly learn to get a dawdler to move quicker or he will miss the bus.

Anyhow, beyond my physical and emotional exhaustion, I do have a very exciting announcement to make!!! Drum roll please….

I’ve been invited to join the Cardabilities design team!!! Yeah yeah yeah!!! I have been “borrowing” Karan’s sketches for a while now and using them for inspiration for my cards. So needless to say, I am thrilled to be designing with this very diverse international team of ladies. Karan says that she received over 60 applicants for the position worldwide. I feel so privileged that she chose me to be part of her team.

Here are the 18 people on the Cardabilities design team:

Ana Pascual–Spain
Anna Iwanowska –Poland
Anna Zaprzelska–Poland
Brenda Rose –USA
Carrie Boissoneault –Canada
Clelia –Italy
Francesca Dolciotti –Italy -returning
Jessica Pascarella –USA
Joan Liddle USA
Judy Beeksma Canada
Olga Zhurina –Russia
Robin Shakoor –USA
Sabina Galfre –Italy -returning
Stephanie Lee –USA  (THAT’S ME!!)
Susie Moore –USA
Sylvia Blum –Germany
Tanya Privalova –Ukraine -returning
Zulma Santiago -Puerto Rico

I start with them in October. So come on over and play along.

Hugs,

Steph

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1st Day of School

Hi all,

No cards to share today. I’ve been at kindergarten for the last 2 days (actually 4 days this week if you include orientation and assessment days). My little baby is going to school like a big boy. YEAH!!! sob sob…

So here are photos of my big boy on his 1st day at kindergarten instead.

Waiting for school bus - very excited!

Picked out his own clothes - I'm not fighting the fact that they are jammies...

 

Bus is here - 15 mins late - prob every other parent taking photos too - look at the little thumbs up - how adorable.

Getting ready to go to class with Ms Rienstra - feeling overwhelmed and intimidated by the crowd

 

Finding his cubby - yup, my little baby is almost always the smallest one...they can all barely reach the top shelf.

Kindergarten has officially started - pay attention please.

 

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Book Review: Spellbinders Nestabilities Basics & Beyond

Hi everyone,

It’s been a while since I read a book or did a book review. So here is one that I recently read – Spellbinders Nestabilities Basics & Beyond.

This is really a project book created by Stacey Caron, CEO of Spellbinders. It’s a 62 page book – 9 pages of techniques and the rest projects. What I like about the book:

  • quite a few “outside the box” techniques on how to use your Spellbinders dies, beyond just running it through the machine as is.
  • very cool and amazingly pretty projects using these techniques. Awesome eye candy!

What I’m not so enthused about: I don’t really know when I would actually do these projects

  • like the candy bar wrapper on pg 28 – really … whomever I give candy to will just be ripping thru the wrapper before the candy actually leaves my hand!!
  • There were also a couple of table top Christmas tree projects – not my thing. I can see myself trying it once in my lifetime just for fun; then what – probably never go near that project again. I mean how many table top Christmas trees do I need or want – I already have a regular floor size one?

All in all, I like this book – but I’m not overly impressed. I like the techniques section best – all 9 pages of it. It gives me creative ideas on how to use my Spellbinders dies – the one I spend lots of money on. So the more I use it, the better I feel about it. Here are techniques they feature in the book:

  • regular die cutting (this one I do all the time)
  • selective die cutting
  • making a shaped card (this one I tried)
  • making windows (this one I tried)
  • making frames (this one I tried)
  • stenciling (this one I tried)
  • making tissue paper carnations (this one I tried)
  • box top technique
  • making a tree
  • pyramid-image technique
  • dimensional flowers

Bottom line – buy at your own risk if this is your thing. Oh and feel free to ask me more questions if you want to know more.

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3 DP, 2 buttons and 1 ribbon

That is the challenge at Tuesday Throwdown this week. And here is my card:

I used a Nativity scene kindly provided by our sponsor this week, Robyn’s Fetish Digital Stamps. The image is colored using Copic Markers and covered in Viva Inka Gold to give it a old silver shimmer on the surface of the image. The ornament was die cut using Sizzix Ornament #2. Designer Papers were all from Webster’s Pages 6×6 paper pack.

Come play with us at Tuesday Throwdown and win digital images from Robyn’s Fetish.

Challenges entered:

Pile it on – B challenge; buttons and bow

Stamp Something – Digi stamp challenge

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I’m dreaming of …

a white Christmas …

Thankfully you cannot actually hear me sing but yes I am in such a Christmas mood these days after making so many Christmas cards that I have Christmas carols ringing in my head.

So here is my old fashion Christmas Card.

Enjoy! But don’t forget about Halloween and Thanksgiving. I know that my kids would be terribly disappointed if we missed Halloween completely.

Oh and before I forget – I also have an announcement to make.

I’ve been invited to join the Through the Craftroom Door design team. Yeah yeah yeah!!

Through the Craftroom Door is a bi-monthly online Digi-Craft/Arts Magazine founded by two friends Suzanne J Dean & Marti Wills because they wanted something different  and unique. Everything in the magazine is handmade, along with great tutorials, templates and articles in each issue. The tone of the magazine is really personal and they even have a challenge blog where you can win all kinds of prizes just for participating.

I am very honored and thrilled to be designing alongside 8 other ladies who are incredibly talented and creative.

Have a great day and please remind me of Halloween.

Challenge entered:

Just Rite Inspiration Challenge
Stamping Scrapping Central – Spellbinders Die

One Crazy Stamper

Pile It On – Bow

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Creative Vision Design Team 6 Hop Today

Welcome and hello everyone …

Today is the official kickoff for Creative Vision’s brand new design team! Together we will hop our way around the blogs and meet the very special and talented members of Design Team 6. There will be random prizes awarded to bloggers who post comments on our blogs. Be sure to become a Creative Vision blog follower, if you are not already, in order to be eligible for those prizes. Following the hop Laura (owner of Creative Vision Clear Stamps) will give away a few SHOPPING SPREES! YIPPEE! I’ve got to tell you, I truly love using these stamps. The quality of these clear stamps are amazing – very crisp images.

For my new readers, I’m Stephanie Lee. Mother to 2, wife of 1, daughter, sister, card designer, business owner, paper and ink addict, shopaholic, and a wearer of many many other hats. Feel free to browse through my blog and you will find out more about me (I even have a fun “true confessions” post about little known facts about me if you can find it).

Anyhow … Today’s blog hop theme is about showing you – my style of card making. I had to think a little harder what IS my style because I make all kinds of cards – vintage, shabby chic, classic, cutesy, clean and simple cards. I run a handmade greeting card business (Arty Carty Handmade Cards) so I get orders for all styles of cards. So being a right brain person, I looked through my portfolio of cards with the intent to do a statistical count on which kind of cards I gravitate towards. As I was counting, I discovered that most of the cards I like have a strong design element to them:

  • have good form and are visually balanced,
  • some degree of functionality (none of those 20 lb card with 10 different things about to fall off) and
  • have strong value of color (complementary, contrast, tone); texture and depth.

No I didn’t go to graphic design school. I went to business school instead. (remember statistical count) So here is my card for the hop.

This is the order of the blog hop.

Laura – Creative Vision Blog – http://www.creativeclearstamps.blogspot.com/ (start here)

Kendra – http://www.luv2scrapnmakecards.blogspot.com/

Stephanie – http://blog.artycarty.com/ (you’re here)

Christy-  http://www.mycreativejourneys.blogspot.com/

Mary - http://mbryt1.blogspot.com/

Allison - http://www.allisonsstampincreations.blogspot.com/

Lauren - http://lem-photography.blogspot.com/

Chelsea -  http://scraptasticvoyage.blogspot.com/

 

Let’s continue to hop our way to each team member’s blog as we showcase our collective talent. Your next stop is the very creative Christy’s blog.

p/s: for my right brain readers, here is my final tally (24 vintage, 20 shabby chic, 27 CAS, 36 classic elegant, 22 fun and cute).

On with the hop … but don’t forget to become a follower of Creative Vision’s blog and leave me some comment love. It could make you a winner!!

Challenge entered:

Whimsy Inspiration Challenge

Cute Card Thursday

Meljen Challenge

By the cute and girly challenge

Mark’s Finest Speedy Cat Challenge

Flourishes – the Beauty of Color

Through The Craftroom Door

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Blog Candy – Winners!!!

Thank you everyone for playing along with my month long blog candy. I had fun getting to know some of you and I’m glad you found me.

I’m going to be giving away both candy #1 and Candy #2 since I am past 50 followers. So, without much further delay, here are the winners.

Candy #1:

  • 5 sheets of Papertrey Stampers Select White cardstock
  • 3 Copic Original markers in the colors V12, V17, O Colorless Blender.
  • Hero Arts Cling Stamp – Small Open Flower

Congratulations Renee VanEpps of Luv This Scrap!

 

Candy #2:

  • 1 Coloring Techniques for Card Making book

Congratulations Sonia of Sonia’s blog!

Please contact me (contact info on “about me” page) by September 15 with your mailing address.

Stay tune for my next blog candy – I’m putting together a fun pack of something delicious.

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