Flower Soft Borders

Hello everyone,

Did you know that Flower Soft has held their 1st Flower Soft certification at CHA Winter 2012? Well, I attended that certification and I am one of 12 people who are certified instructors for the Flower Soft products. But a lot of people have been asking me – what is there to be trained about – just glue and sprinkle – how difficult could that be?

That part is not difficult – fluff it up, dab on glue and sprinkle it on. But what really opened my eye is the various ways to use that product beyond just on flowers and flower centers. For one, you could use it to make borders and that’s what I did on my card today.

The scenic window image is from the Flower Soft starter kit. I used a variety of Flower Soft colors to add texture to the flowers and also to create moss on the paved walk, the flower edging border and the flower pots. To create a dimensional look of depth on the glass doors, I stacked on more 3D foam tape to the outer edges of the door and less 3D foam tape on the inner edges of the door – another trick I learnt from the certification class.

You could also create fur texture with it – but that will be for another post.

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My interactive card

Hello peeps,

Interactive cards seem to be surging back in popularity again (do you remember those musical cards, light up cards were popular in the early 80s, oh maybe late 70s). I am trying my hand at a simple interactive card I made for the Color Me Creative Copic challenge this fortnight.

No the challenge is not about making an interactive card but rather about “Kitty and Dog Days” and coloring fur in fun and different ways.

I had lots of fun with coloring my doggy fur – never had much success coloring fur the “hairy” way (you know, the flicking-line method) – it just looks like a spikey mess for me. But I learnt going through Class 5 that there are more ways than that way to give my animal that cuddly and furry look. I used the dabbing-dots method that Suzanne teaches in that class and I much prefer this look than the spikey look. Take a look at my cuddly dog in his interactive glory:

Front and non-eventful view

Surprise - look what's he hiding behind!! Fun fun fun!

Oh I’m so tickled pink with my interactive card and doesn’t he look furry and cuddly too!!

To enter in the challenge, you can use any image you want as long as they are colored with any alcohol markers. Your card must also be newly created.

The winner of this challenge will win a $20 GC to SCACD, courtesy of Suzanne Dean. And when you play along the entire month (just 2 cards), 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.

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Another Anthony and Burt Creation

Hello everyone,

Thank goodness is Friday and I get to post a Crafter’s Companion post!

It’s that time of the season when everything outside is wet and cold and everyone inside my household is down with the sniffles. I hope all these dreariness ends soon and as I was deciding on which Anthony and Burt image to use for my card – this one seem very opportune for this moment in my life.

I colored dear old Burt the frog (Anthony is the fly) with alcohol markers and texturized him with a blender pen. On my last Friday’s post, I shared how I colored him.

This week, I wanted to share a design tip instead – for clean and simple 1 layer cards. Clean and simple comes naturally to me but I know many of my friends struggled with clean and simple – I hear them tell me it always turns out boring and plain – as if something was missing.

Over the years, I have discovered that what helps me make a clean and simple card pop is really to create a strong and bold focal point – either using dimensions (pop up), a strong color such as the big colorful bow I used and I have started to enjoy using negative die cuts too.

I hope you will give clean and simple a try with these 3 simple tips – Anthony and Burt are such completed image set that works so well with this style of cards.

Happy Crafting!

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and the winner …

of the $100 gift certificate is

drum roll……  Kathy Boisvert

Kathy, congratulations and thank you so much for becoming a follower!! Please be on the look out for an email from Bindy.  Kathy will receive a  $100 gift certificate to the Crafter’s Companion online store .

Thank you everyone for supporting me and Crafter’s Companion.
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