Crafter’s Companion Newest Release

Don’t miss these Art Kure stamps! Beautiful scenic images of England – Anne Hawthaway’s Cottage, Derbyshire Dales, Durham Castle, St Mellion Church – these are just some of the amazing artwork made into stamps! Wow – I am just mesmerized by the artistry and details of these images.

Here is one of them that I had the opportunity to partially colored up and distress.

I just love how “grown up” my work looks using these image, KWIM. My background paper is from My Mind’s Eye Quite Contrary Collection and those gems on the top left is from Mark Richards.

You can get these beautiful Art Kure Stamps from Crafter’s Companion this week!


All of us

Good morning my friends,

I’ve been cleaning up and catching up in my craftroom lately and one of the things I have been doing is going through my photos to see which ones to scrap and which ones to update our photo frames around our house etc. I noticed that the person scrapbooking (me) is usually never the person in the pictures. This is the 1st picture I found of all 4 of us – notice how old my youngest child is before this picture was taken (she was 10 months old)!

Papers were from Basic Grey, BoBunny and My Mind’s Eye. Those gorgeous eye catching stamps are from Stampendous – have I said this before, I CANNOT get enough of those jumbo clings. I used the Cling Jumbo Thinking of You medallion and the Perfectly Clear Stamps wedding corners for the flourish. My card is also showcased on the Stampendous Blog today! Yeah!

I actually made this as a 2 page layout – but since there was so few pictures of us 4 together, page 2 was full of pictures of us in pajamas. So I guess I wouldn’t be sharing that.

Have fun creating and taking your own family pictures!


New stamps from Crafter’s Companion

Anyone want a sneak peak of what’s new from Crafter’s Companion this year …

Yup – for those of you who are not familiar with manufacturers but with the images instead – they are the ones that came out with cute cute images like Popcorn the Bear, S.W.A.L.K., Humpfrey the Elephant just to name a few.

Here are a quick peek at 3 collections coming out in January – there are LOTS more to come … at least a new collection a week! Exciting times!

Here goes:

Strawberry Kisses collection (available right now here):

Art Kure stamps (available this Friday):

Kanji collection (available next week):

These are some of the new stamps you will see at CHA winter 2012 this year. They should be out for sale on the Crafter’s Companion website very soon – I’m so excited to show you these few images – they are super fun to work with. Tune in more new releases from Crafter’s Companion.

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World – die cut and punch challenges


You make me smile …

My dear Emma – I look at these photos of you laughing your lungs out and I have no idea what you were laughing about. It certainly doesn’t help that I’m only scrapping it now – 1.5 years after the photo was taken.

My dear readers – my point is: PLEASE write it down! I know – it IS easier to preach than to practice tho’ … I’ve been saying “write it down” to myself for years but when the time comes for me to write it down, I can’t find a pen/pencil and by the time I get around to finding a pen/pencil, I already forgot what I am supposed to be writing now… hmmm.

So my simplest 2012 resolution: have a pencil/pen with me all the time, behind my ear is a good place to keep it (nerd-alert!) … so anyhow, for now, I’m content with just smiling at her laughing picture and know that she is loved and happy.

My papers are from Basic Grey, My Mind’s Eye and some from my stash. Those magnificant eye-catching stamps on the background are from Stampendous – Cling Jumbo Dahlia and Cling Jumbo Romantic Border. LOVE those Stampendous cling jumbo stamps! Those cutesy flowers are from Pebbles. And you may ask how I did those giant half circles – traced from my dinner plates and dotted with liquid pearls! Oh and I should mention that you can’t buy those Cling Jumbo Dahlias at the Stampendous website anymore but you can get them at the Michael’s store this spring.


It’s time to look back …

Hello everyone,

I always feel very nostalgic at the start of a New Year. Don’t get me wrong – I’m excited for a new beginning; I’m not used to writing 2012 in print yet but I’m sad that another year has gone by. So this 1st challenge of the new year at CMC challenge is aptly themed “RETRO” – use BLACK, PINK/HOT PINK and WHITE.

The Sponsor this week is GuyLou’s Inimitability. Don’t forget when you play along the entire month, you are also entered into the monthly drawing for the shopping spree at Oozak. How can you beat two prize opportunities – head on over to be inspired and get to coloring.

Use any image you want as long as they are colored with Copic Markers or Promarkers. Your card must also be newly created.

Here is my Retro card:


I just learnt how to color my own retro clothes at Color Me Creative Copic Class 5 - it’s full of many more fun techniques to learn and this is also Suzanne’s last Copic class. So come check it out.


New Year bling

It’s the very first Saturday of the month (wait – it’s actually the first Saturday of the year!!), and that means the fabulous ladies at Stampendous have a brand new challenge to play along with.  This month we are all about bringing in the New Year with some BLING!  Glitter, rhinestones, sparkly stickers. name it.  Just make it shiny and get it on your project!

Here are the deets:

We are giving away an Cherub Wishes Clear Stamp set set to a random winner. (sorry US winners only).

Check out these inspiration from my other fabulously talented Stampendous team members:

Stampendous Impressions Blog

Kristine Reynolds

Janelle Stollfus

Jennie Black

Lynn Mercurio

Pam Hornschu

Taylor Usry

Wendy Jordan

Suzanne Czosek

Cyndi Bundy

Jennifer Ingle

Krissy Fossmeyer

Wendy Price

Melinda Gleissner

We want YOU to play along. Just add you direct link to your card (make sure you’ve loaded it up with tons of BLING) to the linky tool below (or on the Stampendous blog) by February 2, 2012 at 11:00 PM EST. You don’t have to use a Stampendous image or products to play along, but we sure love it when you do! You can enter as many times as you’d like.

And a quick note about the linky tool below – it’s the exact same collection that is being shared on the Stampendous blog, and some of my teammates’ blogs.  You can add your direct link to your project featuring bling or glitter here on my blog, or any of the other blogs that are sharing the collection!


White on white at Wags n Whiskers

Hi y’all,

The challenge this week at Wags n Whiskers (WnW) is White on White – no, for a moment there I thought white on white was also WnW (it’s WoW – I know, I’m probably making these acronyoms up).

I love how crisp and elegant white on white can look. But gosh, I have a difficult time photographing white on a white background without it looking washed out.

I used the cute Gemma and Bella Spring Fun from Wags n Whiskers. There is one with a dog on it too – Furry Friends. Too cute!

Anyhow, one random participant will win a Free Wags ‘n Whiskers Rubber stamp! You don’t need to use a WnW image on your project to enter the challenge, but if you do, you will be entered into a 2nd drawing for a Free Wags ‘n Whiskers Digital Stamp!! Two chances to win!! If you are in need of a WnW design, click here for Rubber stamps, and here for Digis!

Have fun with your WoW at WnW!! (ha – had to put that somewhere)


Party Animal Resting …

Hello everyone,

I’m glad to be posting again for Crafter’s Companion – this time as a member of the Crafter’s Companion 2012 design team. For my new readers, I was guest designer for the month of December and I enjoyed working with this team so much, Denise and Trena invited me back as part of the regular crew!  Thanks for the opportunity ladies.

This week, I get to work with the newest release, Strawberry Kisses. Such stink’in cute little kitten images – no surprise though if you have seen Popcorn the Bear, Humpfrey the elephant and SWALK – those are my favorite Crafter’s Companion images, but how could you go wrong with any Crafter’s Companion’s images if you are after cute images!!

Well here is my card:

That’s how I felt after our New Years Eve party. This Party Animal image is amazing and oh so fun to color. This is such a super easy card to make – I colored her using alcohol based markers with my light source primarily from the front of her shoe and adhere her to the card base. Then I framed her using a popped up negative diecut and embellished her with some twine.

Check out more Strawberry Kisses inspiration from the rest of my design team over the next few days! You can buy them from Crafter’s Companion today!


A shaped card for baby.

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another Forever Friends challenge this month. The theme this month is to make a shaped card and I have just the one in mind that I always go to – My Papertrey Ink Onsie die. It’s my best seller (the card I mean) – I never have one in inventory!

How can it look any cuter with that cute little bear on the front! Come play along – you don’t need a Forever Friends bear to play; just use any animal image.



Just because …

I did this card just because I felt like it.

I’ve been watching the class 3 video at Suzanne Dean’s Color Me Creative Classroom and it has just given me so much mojo to color and make cards. This is a copic coloring class that gives you tips and techniques on coloring various objects and people, quite different from your Copic certification course. There is so many things you learn from that class I don’t even know where to beginning telling you – except to direct you to the class topics. My biggest take away, since I have no fine arts background, is where to highlight my objects making it more realistic looking!

The latest release is Class 5 – even more tips and techniques – I can’t wait to begin!! Oh wait, and there is a holiday special going on now till Jan 5, 2012 … please go check it out. You don’t want to miss this.


Born to Shop

Don’t we all love to shop – some start earlier than others. This photo of my daughter at 1 ½ yrs old digging through my shopping – at 2yrs now, she gets off the shopping cart and picks out toy necklaces off the shelves and accessories herself before we leave the store! Should I be nervous?

Here is a layout of my little darling – born to shop.

I enjoy making layouts like that where the focus of the layout are the photos embellished with little bits of papers from my stash and fun eye candy such as that banner, the tiny crown and dress form, all made from Stampendous Perfectly Clear Charm Collection set and the mish-mash of leftover letterings for the title.

Happy Shopping!


Happy New Year!

May 2012 bring all of my online and real life friends all the peace and happiness you deserve! Thank you for being a part of my life.

And with the close of one year, bring new beginnings. I am very proud to announce that I have been invited to join the Flower Soft 2012 Design team.  I get the privilege to design with these talented and well known ladies:

The 2012 Flower Soft Design Team:
Jen Buck {DT coordinator}
Stephanie Lee (that’s me)

Head on over the Flower Soft Blog – each designer will be introduced individually throughout the month and you will get to know us and see our work. I’m excited to get to know my new friends too!


Blog Candy – Winner

Happy New Year everyone!

Thank you everyone for playing along with my December blog candy and for helping me get past 180 followers!

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 180 followers.

So, without much further delay, here are the winners.

Candy #1 winner:

  • Shadows & Shading: A Beginner’s Guide to Lighting Placement, By Marianne Walker
  • Sizzix Ink-its Letterpress Plate (657313 Organic Flourish A7 Border)
  • Therm-o-web Tape Runner XL & refill
  • Sharpie white fine point, oil-based opaque paint marker

Congratulations Pam Hornschu!

Candy #2 winner:

  • Flourishes Italian Garden Stamp Set
  • LaBlanche Silicon Stamp – Script with Flowers #1188

Congratulations Tracy Valure!

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