My Favorite Crafter’s Companion post

Hey there!

There are so many adorable and “must-haves” things when I scroll through the Crafter’s Companion website – stamps, Spectrum Noir markers, The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion, adhesives, the list just goes on. Seriously, it takes me WAY too long to pick out the things Crafter’s Companion sends me every month. This week, we are focusing on our favorite things (imagine how hard it was for me to pick 1 favorite). But I have finally decided it has got to be this Paintbox Poppets stamp set (I’m showing this now in case I change my mind by the next sentence):

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If I had picked out one of the SWALK, Humphrey, Mulberry Wood or Torread stamp sets, we would be here all year! But this is my favorite because I love how even the little sentiment stamps in the set of gorgeous image stamp can create one of my favorite cards and I reach for those tickets again and again (the tickets are blank in the set – I stamped the words in, and they are also part of the set). Really versatile set!

Oh and how can I pick and favorite and not give it away!! Head on over to the Crafter’s Companion blog to win my favorite stamp set!

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Happy New Year

Hello my friends,

I hope your Christmas went well. Every year, I toy about the idea of not sending Christmas cards but send New Years cards instead. Well, I sent Christmas cards this year to some of my friends but I have a handful I send New Years cards too .. maybe that’s my way to make a transition … in drips and draps. Here’s a New Year card I made to a dear friend:

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It’s full of the colors I love and the products I love and the most appropriate image for my BFF. Best wishes for the New Year to you!

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Gourmet Rubber Stamps December Color challenge

Greetings!

It’s no secret I don’t like the cold, even if I live in MN – but I do like these wintery colors:

And my wintery colored card full of loving warmth:

The hearts were actually a Gourmet Rubber Stamp Cookie Cutter stencil and the sentiment is from the Happy Heart Day set. I like that it conveys a love sentiment without being too frou frou – perfect for my guy!

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Christmas Poinsettia

Hello my friends,

The light at the end of my crazy busy tunnel is coming clearer for me .. this is my last X’mas card for the season and I’m done with my X’mas mailings for this year! Thank goodness – 5 days to X’mas! DS’s birthday is tomorrow – so let me get through that 1st before I wish you all Merry Christmas! But Happy Birthday to my dear Shawn!

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Well – this card has some of my favorite things on it – stickers and die cuts! All from Flower Soft and they all just pop out of the paper crafting kit (well the sticker was from a sticker sheet) and I was able to assemble it in no time at all. Check out how my team works with the other fun stuff that Flower Soft carries.

Jennifer Buck

Cibele Glazer

Dawn Lusk

Deb Felts

Jeanne Streiff

Krista Riley

Linda Beeson

Noreen McKie

Stephanie Lee (this is me)

Vicki Harper

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Santa Hop with Gourmet Rubber Stamps

Hello folks,

Welcome to our Gourmet Rubber Stamps Santa Hop! You know why it’s called Santa hop don’t you – leave me a comment and Santa (me) will pick a winner and send you a free stamp set – the one I used on my card. (I’d love for you to follow my blog too but it’s not necessary to win)

Here is my card:

 

I used Let’s Celebrate stamp set – check out the link to see the entire set! It’s full of amazing images for all kinds of celebratory events – b’day boy and girl, new year, friendship, cheer up and so much more.

Our entire team are playing Santa too – giving away the set they used on their cards … so hop along and don’t miss a thing:

Deb Felts

Jeni Allen

Jennifer Ingle

Kelli Palmer

Kendra Wietstock

Stephanie Lee (you are here)

Taylor Usry

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Mulberry Wood Christmas

Hello friends,

I have another non stamped card to share today. They really make easy Christmas cards if you are running short on time – really if you are sending handmade Christmas cards, always remember that for every bow or stamped images you are coloring, you have to take into account coloring or tying a bow another 20, 30 or more times!

These paper crafting CD from Crafter’s Companion is truly my life saver. Everything you need you just print out. The one I used on my card is from the Christmas in Mulberry Wood CD. There are 12 different designs in 6 colors, background papers, alphabet and verses sections – almost 3600 printed files that I’m pretty sure none of the Christmas cards you send out from this CD would look the same at all! Best of all, they all look so complete to me that all I did was to die cut 2 stars and adhere it to the card by the spine only to give it dimension and matted the image before attaching it to the card.

One and a half more week till Christmas! Are you ready yet?

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Clean and Simple Christmas Card

Welcome to Paper Craft Planet Friday’s Sketch Challenge! Here is a simple sketch for a CAS Christmas card!PCP Sketch

Where are you in your Christmas card making this year? Are you one of the organized ones who already have your cards made and sent or are you still plowing through it as I am. Well, I have about 50 more to go and I’m all for keeping it simple so 50 will go faster.

Here is my simple CAS Christmas card:

PCP & CAS stampendous

This gorgeous snowy postcard stamp is from Stampendous. I hope you’ll join me and play along… and guess what, I’m all for doubling it up coz there is only 11 days to Christmas.

You can also enter your CAS Christmas card to Stampendous December challenge right here.

 

 

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Magical Trees by Flower Soft

Hey all,

How have you been? I’m still digging myself out of 12 inches of snow this past weekend, birthday invitation cards/thank you cards for my 2 kiddos birthday and lots of Christmas cards. Present? Not even started shopping yet! But I do have a beautiful and peaceful card for ya today – hopefully, it’ll allay my panic and anxiety attacks every holiday season!

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Tree sticker and sentiment stamps are from Flower Soft. Love calming and beautiful cards that I can do in 10 minutes or less! Hope your holiday season is less stressful than mine is.

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Gourmet Rubber Stamps sketch challenge

Hello folks,

Welcome again to Gourmet Rubber Stamps sketch challenge this month!  Here is the sketch we are working with:

Not my traditional style but I totally enjoyed creating the card:

 

Incidentally, now that we are buried under an entire foot of snow, I feel so happy to see my single Happy Heart Day flower peeking up!

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Winter Wishes & Christmas Kisses

Hello my friends,

I have to say that one of best thing I like about being a part of the Crafter’s Companion design team is that, I get to play with tons of products and not just stamps! Today’s card that I am sharing has images and paper from the Mulberry Wood Everyday CD collection.

I love my stamps and ink but let’s face it, the busy holiday season sometimes gets in the way of happy crafting time. This CD contains thousands of printable element from background papers, borders, tags, toppers and so much more that I can make this card in 10 minutes or less. All I did was print out a topper, stamped on the sentiment – from Popcorn the Bear Winter Wishes, added some textural “snow” – from Flower Soft and from Stampendous, slapped on a twine bow and add it to a patterned paper card base. Card making has never been easier until now!

I hope you have all your Christmas cards made or almost done and have a warm holiday season!
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You Deserve a Treat

Hello my online friends,

Crafting is an extension of me – I make cards that reflect my state of mind. This time of the year for me is filled with family, reunions, food and party not just from the holiday celebrations but also with 3 birthdays thrown in as well (both my kids and my own). I’m totally exhausted at this time too needless to say. So when my family ask me what I want for my birthday in 3 weeks, I usually just want down time. My cards reflect that:

These 2 cuties are from Strawberry Kisses collection – Friends. Colored with my trusty Spectrum Noir markers – GB3, GB5, GB7 (dog); BG3, BG5, BG6 (cat) and PP3, PP4, IG4 (cushion). Sentiment is from the SWALK collection – Deserve a Treat stamp set. Ribbons are from May Arts and paper is from Basic Grey.

I hope you get a well deserved treat amidst this holiday season.

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Card Maker and Flower Soft partners

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another Flower Soft post and this week, we are partnering with Card Maker magazine.

I wanted to share a timeless Flower Soft classic – the ever adorable Hedgerow the Hedgehog.

He is a card topper so there was no coloring involved but I did use Nutbrown Flower Soft for his texture and Toffee Flower Soft for shadows. Patterned paper is from Simple Stories.

Hop around to get more animal themed inspirations:

Card Maker

Flower Soft blog

Anya Schrier

Jen Buck

Carolyn King

Cibele Glazer

Colleen Schaan

Dawn Lusk

Glenda J. Wyatt

Deb Felts

Jennie Harper

Jeanne Streiff

Krista Van Winkle

Linda Beeson

Kimberly Crawford

Stephanie Lee (you are here)

Trudy Sjolander

Vicki Harper

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Stampendous Core

Hello folks,

Welcome to a special collaboration with Stampendous and Core’dination – Holiday Hard Core all week with holiday inspiration.

My holiday every year feels like me running around like a chicken with his head cut off because I not only have the usual holiday prep that everyone has, I have 3 birthdays parties I am hosting thrown in as well – DD is born on Thanksgiving week, DS is born 4 days before X’mas and my own b’day is 2 days before X’mas. Imagine 3 times as much decorating and 3 times as much present buying – yes I buy my own presents or I’ll end up with kitchen appliances.

So I made a layout inspired by my holiday experience: Life is a circus!

Besides Core’dination papers, I used these stampendous stamps and essentials on my layout:

Cling Lil’ Joker

Carousel Circus Perfectly Clear Stamps

Jelly Bean Glitter Kit

Baby Blue Embossing Powder

I hope you get some time to scrap some of your holiday memories.

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Gourmet Rubber Stamps Color Challenge

Hello my friends,

Hope your Thanksgiving went well!

Check out this months color challenge from Gourmet Rubber Stamps. So very pretty and makes me feel all Christmasy!

Here is my card with those colors:

I used Holiday Script for the sentiment – if this was the only holiday sentiment set you get, you have to get this set, there are SO MANY beautiful fonts on this set! And the beautiful medallion around the sentiment is actually a stencil from Gourmet Rubber Stamps too – a brand new product!

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Dear Santa,

Hello my friends,

I hope your Thanksgiving has been great. As usual, I gobbled till I wobbled – not good. But on a positive note, I have my Christmas tree and decorations up – we do that during Thanksgiving and I’m glad to have gotten that out of the way. Now, for the presents:

This original Humphrey was colored with Spectrum Noir markers – DR1, DR3, PP5 (for his overalls); IG1, IG2, IG4 (for Humphrey) and DG2, DG3, DG4 (for grass). Sentiment is from another cute set Popcorn the Bear Dear Santa stamp set. Papers are from Echo Park.

I hope Santa brings you want you wish for this Christmas and if he doesn’t you can always get it from Crafter’s Companion.

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Happy Birthday!!

  • Love you to the moon and back.
  • All papers and stickers courtesy of Momenta.
  • Thank you for being in my life.

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You r my Thanksgiving Blessing.

Hello my friends,

Happy Turkey Day to my American Friends!

Many thanks for being in my online life as well as my real life – card is made with Flower Soft products. Specifically, Mabel Lucie Atwell Papercrafting kits and Autumn and Lavender Flower Soft.

I hope you have plenty to be Thankful for this year and may you gobble till you wobble!

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Time to celebrate!

Hello folks,

  • The end of the year is always a happy and crazy time for me.
  • Happy because everyone in my family is celebrating their birthday and it’s just a wonderful time to get together with the people we love and
  • Crazy because I’m the one planning for birthday parties, buying presents, cleaning house and hosting house guests … phew, I’m tired just typing about it.
  • I don’t really want to get started with those things so I made a card – convenient reason for everything. Ha!

  • Momenta galore on this card.
  • Check out the cupcake border – love that!
  • The tiny bee .. oh my so cute!
  • And that trendy sentiment sticker – love!
  • I just love these fun Momenta stickers!
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New SWALK

Hello everyone!!

Eeeeekk… I am so excited with new SWALK images by Crafter’s Companion – newly released today! Check it out …

This one I used is called – Pedigree. I’m so in need of doggie stamps right now. He was also colored with Spectrum Noir markers – BG1, BG2, BG4, BG6 (dog), TB2, FS2, FS3, GB4, GB6 (boy) and DR7, DR4, GB8 (collar & bone). I also used the recently released embossing folder – it comes in all kinds of sizes for every project imaginable. I have my eye on those 8.5 x 11″ ones!

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New Gourmet Rubber Stamps Appetizer set

Hello all,

Concise post today – it’s too cold here in MN. Hope it’s warmer in your parts of the world.

Here is the card for today.

I’m totally IN LOVE with how this card turned out for several reasons.

Gorgeous BRAND SPANKING NEW Gourmet Rubber Stamps Appetizer set – called Peace and Love Flowers and to die for richly pigmented Tsukineko inks – Momenta London Fog, Momenta Rubarb Stalk and VersaColor Bamboo.

Check out Gourmet Rubber Stamps website for the other Appetizer set release too – called Happy Heart Day. Super cute!

Oh and if you love eye candy and inspiration using these 2 new appetizer release, go here:

Deb Felts

Jeni Allen

Jennifer Ingle

Kelli Palmer

Kendra Wietstock

Stephanie Lee (you are here)

Taylor Usry

 

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