My 1st 5″ x 7″ card

Hi there …

This is the 1st time I’m making a card this size. I know it’s probably more postage but I kinda like the larger space to work with.

Check it out …

It’s loaded full of Momenta stickers, papers, sentiment. Ribbon is from Fancy Pants. Kinda cool to have that much space to play with. Think of the possibilities! I might have to try another one.

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I’m Going Green …

Hello everyone,

I just realized that I rarely use green in my cards … I only realized that when I was organizing my craftroom and realize that my green papers are overflowing, my bottle of green buttons is so full I can’t close it and I have green ribbon and twine up the wazoo! So in my effort to declutter, I made a green card.

I love how my leaves turned out – courtesy of Suzanne Dean’s bag of tricks from CMC Classroom class 3 that I just completed. She also goes on the road so frequently sharing her wealth of coloring wisdom that if you are ever fortunate to have her come to your area, don’t miss her classes. Here is her On the Road Schedule. My paper is from an old 8×8 paper pack from Making Memories, the die is from Heartfelt Creations and the image from The Pixie Cottage – who is also sponsoring this month’s CMC Classroom challenge. Come play along!

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Celebration at CMC Classroom

Hello everyone!

It’s time for another challenge at CMC Copic challenge … this week’s theme is “Celebration”.

Yup! I got it right this week … even though I made a Halloween card! It’s mighty early for a Halloween card but it’s my favorite celebration of the year – all the candy, decorating, fun without the hosting and cooking. Sure – you can eat candy for dinner.

My paper is from We R Memory Keeper, Black and white polka dots is washi tape from K & Co. My bat is from Bazzill and my candy is from Martha Stewart. My girl witch image is from The Pixie Cottage stamps.

Please go here to enter in the challenge. You can use any image you want as long as they are colored with any alcohol markers AND fit the theme of course. Your card must also be newly created.

The winner of this challenge will win digi stamps from The Pixie Cottage 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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Humphrey Loves You!

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to another Friday’s Crafter’s Companion post. I am showcasing today – one of my favorite Crafter’s Companion character – Humphrey. This new collection is just released this week. Meet Baby Humphrey!

 

I decided to use a different sentiment than what comes with the set since Mother’s and Father’s day is coming right up and this would make such an appropriate card from a child to a parent.

Baby Humphrey was colored using Spectrum Noir Markers – IG1, IG2, IG4, PP3, PP4, PP5, CT1, CT3, LV2). My background paper is from American Crafts, the scallop border die is from Papertrey Ink and the ribbon is from May Arts.

I’m sure you will enjoy this new Humphrey Collection! Happy Shopping!

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My favorite card topper.

Good morning peeps!

Welcome to another Flower Soft challenge – use any Flower Soft stamp or topper to create a card.

Here’s mine with my favorite topper:

It’s such a simple topper – the Springtime Card Topper, yet so stunning and I topped it with Flower Soft – Autumn. Never fails to add the depth to the image. Did you know you could mix your own Flower Soft colors too – take a dry plastic container and a pinch of whatever colors you want and mix it! Try it – you never know what you may create!

Here’s a list of my other Design Team members for more inspiration:

We would love for you to join us for this challenge – simply add your creation to the comments section of the challenge post on the Flower Soft blog. If you upload your creation to SCS, please use the keyword FSC43 and flowersoft so we will be able to find you. The prize for this challenge is the a Card Kit.

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Doing the happy dance ..

 

I’m joining the Gourmet Rubber Stamp design team.

Check out their amazing stamps here

and lookie who I get to design with here ….

I’m thrilled to say the least!

Watch for more fun Gourmet Rubber Stamp projects … Bon Appetit!

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Winner!

Hello everyone,

Thank you for stopping by my blog this weekend for the Crafter’s Companion Scavenger Hunt/Blog Hop …. I appreciate your time and your kind comments …and now the winner for the blog hop candy on my blog is …. drum roll please.

Becky D says:

Love this layout Steph! The bold colors are great! Definitely love that compass stamp – I think I need that one :) Great picture too! I am a new follower of your sweet blog and a longtime follower of CC. Looking forward to checking in with you again! Thanks for the inspiration – I can use all I can get!

Congratulations Becky! You are the winner of my blog hop candy on my blog! Don’t forget to check on the Crafter’s Companion blog to see if you are the grand prize winner!

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1 Year Blogoversary candy!

Good morning everyone!

(This is also sticky post – see what I mean by giveaway galore! Please scroll down for the post of the day – next one is it – I promise)

Can you believe I have been blogging for a year!! (exactly a year on May eight) .. I mean where has that year gone??

Here are a few of my personal favorite projects this year.

To thank you for your support this many months, I’m offering blog candy (tons of goodies worth over USD$70).

To win my blog candy, here is what you do:

  • Leave me a comment letting me know what inspires you (eg. colors, sketch, design, products etc)
  • Follow my blog (if you are not a current follower)
  • Post my blog button (on my sidebar) on your blog.

I will draw a winner from my comments on May 8. Please contact me by May 15 so I may get your prize out promptly.

Thank you my friends and see you on the flip side!

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Product Review: Sizzix Vagabond by Tim Holtz

Hi everyone,

My friend, Suzanne Dean, asked me to do this product review a while back for publication in Through The Craftroom Door magazine. It was published in the Christmas 2011 edition and I totally forgot to post it here for your benefit too. So sorry for the delay but here it is … Enjoy!

Product Review : Sizzix Vagabond by Tim Holtz
Reported by Stephanie Lee

I am the proud owner of the amazing, sought-after Sizzix Vagabond die cutting machine by Tim Holtz. After all the big hype about the machine after summer 2010 CHA, I caved after 2 months and had to see what I was missing. I LOVE it! What’s not to like about the machine – the outside resembles a trendy, well-travelled suitcase and the inside is a powerhouse workhorse. It’s designed by a man, what do you expect.

What’s in the box:

  • the machine itself
  • a set of stickers to decorate it with (what a fun way to personalize the machine)
  • a pair of standard cutting pads
  • one solo platform
  • one solo shim

The stickers don’t last too well though – they are a little worn from me opening and closing the machine. I don’t mind that they are worn – makes my machine looks more authentic. However, 2 of them have already loss it’s stickiness and fallen off. It’s probably been eaten by my vacuum cleaner some weeks ago.

The Solo Shim is a thin piece of plastic that fits securely on top of the Solo Platform.

They both measure about 6 1/4″ x 13″ and are to be used when cutting a Sizzlet, embossing with a Texture Folder, or using other-brand dies (e.g. Spellbinders Nestabilities and Papertrey Ink dies).

One thing that I immediately loved about the shim and platform was that it clearly stated right on it when you should use the Solo Shim (with thin materials), and when you should use the platform alone (when cutting folded card stock or materials thicker than card stock such as chipboard, Grungeboard, etc).

There was no fumbling around for the instruction booklet or racking my brain to remember what I should or shouldn’t do.

The outside:

On the top of the machine, on either sides of the handle bars, are the buttons to operate the machine.  One side’s buttons are just for decoration, the other side has a motor button and a forward/reverse switch.


Now, this won’t work unless you get out the power cord and plug it in.  Where is the power cord?  Tucked into a nifty side compartment for storage!  How well thought-out is that – an all-in-one machine without having to find another place to keep your cords. Also makes it super easy to take it for crops.

Dimensions: 12 1/2″ x 4 5/8″ x 9″ (Closed) and 15 1/4″ x 12 1/2″ x 10 1/4″ (with Handle Up and Doors Open)
Weight: It weighs about 14 lbs.

The inside:

I saw a comparison of the Vagabond’s motor with the Big Shot Express on Scrapbook Update and the vagabond’s motor is about twice the size of the Big Shot Express. No, I didn’t crack apart my ‘bond but here is a picture of the motor comparison.


Impressive isn’t it – and it purrs like a big motor should. With my greeting card business, I run the machine about 4 hrs a day and put all kinds of materials in it and everything glides through the machine like butter. Here are some of the things that have gone into the machine:

Paper
That was obviously the first thing that went into the machine – I’m a paper crafter after all. Easy Peasy – cuts like a dream – for thick or thin cardstock. No fraying or puckering or stuck edges that I have to cut apart. See for yourself.

Had to try something else,

Burlap & Canvas Fabric
I love making fabric flowers so I had to test to see if the machine is up to snuff. Sure enough, a flower came out on burlap – clean cut; works like a charm. I wanted to see if the machine could cut more delicate pattern, so I cut a flourish out with canvas. Perfect cut!

Chipboard
A little thicker material but quite essential to a paper crafter – easy cut again, machine purred like a baby.

At this point my husband came into the room to see what all that cheering was about. And he suggested some “real” material to try.

Acrylic
I was thinking transparency thickness acrylic but I had run out so instead I took one of my Spellbinders packaging acrylic (much thicker) and tried that. I have to admit I was nervous I might break my machine but the dove I cut out, just fell out of the backing the moment I removed the cutting plates. Crisped edges, smooth cut! Wow!

I had some difficulty photographic acrylic so I decided to emboss it – might take the glare away so I could take a picture of it.

Embossing Folder
Yup – no surprise by now – the vagabond embosses even acrylic like a dream!! I embossed cardstock too and it leaves a nice deep impression as well. Tip: for a thinning cardstock, sandwich another cardstock in to take the pressure off the embossing so it doesn’t tear through the paper.

(Nope – embossing didn’t take the glare away so I had to paint it as well)

Metal
By now, my husband was nodding his head, suitably impressed and he suggested that HE try metal. While he was setting up the sandwich, I started pulling up the Sizzix website for a customer service number and some warrantee information in case I needed one. I also sat across the room – in case something cracked or splinted and pierced whomever was near the machine.  Look at the result!!

Are YOU impressed now!! The vagabond cuts through everything like butter. No fraying, splintered edges, crumpled edges, no nothing. I included a photo of the negative space of the ornament die cut – it just fell out of the negative space, I did not have to cut out any stubborn, half-cut edges!!

Spellbinders, Papertrey Ink and other thin dies
No need to guess – cuts like a dream. You do need a Solo Thin Die Adapter (purchased separately) to add to your sandwich to give it the thickness it needs.

Most of my Spellbinders Grand Nestabilities fit into the width of the machine too – all with the exception of the very largest size and the 2nd largest size (for oval/circle/broader shapes)

The Verdict
Overall, I am absolutely in love with my ‘bond.  IN LOVE.  Mine’s affectionately called Big Daddy. Everything I tried in it either cut or embossed wonderfully.

Once, I put a wrong sandwich in the machine (my own oversight; not a machine fault) and the machine got jammed. Wouldn’t move an inch with my sandwich stuck in the middle. I nervously googled every possible solution to see how I could get my sandwich out without burning out the motor or breaking my Big Daddy. No result that could help me – it was too new at that time.

I called Sizzix customer service and they kindly walked me through inching the sandwich out manually, literally inch by inch. I finally got it out and the machine had eaten a big hole in my embossing mat. I ran the machine a few times (without anything in it) to make sure nothing else was stuck up in the rollers that could cause another jam. After picking off the pieces and dusting it off, it’s still working like new. Any lesser machine (AND any less motor) would have been decimated by me.

I think everyone should own a Vagabond! (No, I don’t work for Sizzix or Tim Holtz, although I wish I did)

The Vagabond retails for about $200 and is available online.  (*edited to note: the cheapest I have found online is $150) It is completely compatible with Sizzix products, and has a wide range of accessories to make it compatible with competitor’s products.

Thank you for hanging on with me till the end – if you are seriously shopping for a die cut machine, you wouldn’t regret this one!

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Crafter’s Companion Blog Hop/Scavenger Hunt!

Welcome everyone!

 

For my regularly scheduled Friday’s Crafter’s Companion post, we’re planning for fun! But let me 1st share with you the layout I made for today’s fun!

See the big compass stamp to the right of the layout – that’s the newly released Stamp-it collection this week at Crafter’s Companion. I had lots of fun misting the background with the chicken wire template as a background, then laying down a very old dictionary paper as a mat. I didn’t realize how old it was until I tried putting adhesive on it (just my regular ATG) but the paper was so aged that it was starting to rip as I was laying down adhesive!  A few more patterned paper layers and photo, followed by the compass was the finishing touch for this layout.

*And now for more fun stuff – we have a blog hop and a scavenger hunt going on today and 2 chances to win prizes.*

Now let’s get you started on the Scavenger Hunt! There are 12 design team members and each of us have a question that will give you clues to 12 different items that you can find in the Crafter’s Companion Store.

So your goal is to hop around to all 12 blogs and get all 12 questions and then hop over to the Crafter’s Companion Store to find the answers. When you find all 12 items, you should email them to Bindy at bindy@crafterscompanion.comPlease use the subject line:  CC Blog Hop. That way Bindy can easily find your entry.

This blog hop will run from Friday, April 20th at midnight and end at midnight pst on Sunday, April 22nd. Winners will be announced on the Crafter’s Companion Informational blog on Tuesday April 24th.

Ready to get started? 

*My scavenger hunt question for you is : What would you use to make a thicker envelope for 3D cards?*

And here are your 2 chances to win prizes:

Chance #1:

I’m giving away these prizes on my blog today:

Cute Companion Romance stamp set

 

  • 1 Cute Companion Romance Stamp set, 2 embossing powders (white and blush rose) and one sheet of EZ mount.

 

Here is how you win these prizes on my blog:

1. Be a follower of the Crafter’s Companion Informational Blog.

2. Be a follower of my blog and post my blog button (html code found on my sidebar).

 

Chance #2:

You also have an opportunity to win the GRAND Prize which is entire Peter Rabbit bundle of stamp sets (9 stamp sets!!).

Here is what you need to do:

3. Complete the blog hop and leave each member of the hop a comment

4. Find the answers to all scavenger hunt questions (answers can be found in the Crafter’s Companion Online Store)
and email them to Bindy at bindy@crafterscompanion.comPlease use the subject line:  CC Blog Hop. That way Bindy can easily find your entry.


Have fun on your hop! Don’t forget to leave me a comment before you leave!

 

Here is the order of the blog hop:

1. Stacy – http://scrapwithstacy.blogspot.com

2. Dawn L – http://www.dawnscraft.com

3. Jen J – http://jljdesignscraftingblog.blogspot.com

4. Dawn B – http://dipndotscreations.blogspot.com/

5. Tracy – http://Tracysstampingcorner.blogspot.com

6. Carolyn – http://mspetuniascrafts.blogspot.com/

7. Trena – http://trenastampinhq.blogspot.com/

8. Kathy – http://www.kathysdouble-k-krafts.blogspot.com

9. Lisa – http://kycrafter.blogspot.com/

10. Steph – http://blog.artycarty.com (you are here)

11. Paula – http://phcountrycreations.blogspot.com/

12. Marge – http://www.cacklincrafter.blogspot.com/

13. Finish up on the Crafter’s Companion Blog -
http://crafterscompanion.blogspot.com/

Due to shipping restrictions – with much regrets – US winners only.

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Another Momenta card

Hello folks!

It’s been a busy kinda week for me IRL. My daughter is done with her play school schedule for the school year and I’m adjusting to having to be her sole source of entertainment – hence the busy week. I’m sure I’ll get the hang on it soon enough.

In the mean time, here is a quick short post for you today – I’d like to share my Momenta card.

Except for the gems, everything you see is from Momenta.

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Your fav yellow combo

Welcome to this week’s challenge at Color me Creative Classroom.

The challenge this week is actually to use your Favorite Yellow color combo. Unfortunately, as you will see in my card, I screwed up!

I had some yellow on my card but not where it’s supposed to be – colored in the flower. This floral image generously donated by Tiffany Doodles was so pretty and was screaming out to be violet that I forgot to check what the actual challenge theme was before happily coloring it the color I wanted to. So sorry about that. All my patterned paper is from Kaiser Craft Lush collection, flower center and butterflies are from Flower Soft.

Anyhow, despite my mistake, I could encourage you to please enter in the challenge. You can use any image you want as long as they are colored with any alcohol markers AND fit the theme of course. Your card must also be newly created.

The winner of this challenge will win digi stamps from Tiffany Doodle.  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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Wire Works Kite

Good morning everyone,

It’s time for Wire Works Wednesday with Flower Soft wires.

I made a kite!

Somehow, it makes me so happy that I made a kite as if it was some kind of adventurous boy scout accomplishment or something. My kite was made from my homemade washi tape adventures – you may have read about it in this post. I have LOTS of them laying around so you will see them pop up again from time to time. The kite “string” was made from Flower Soft wires, colored with Copic Markers. The sentiment is also from Flower Soft! Bet you didn’t know Flower Soft makes stamps too – I didn’t either till now of course … they have a select few very cute stamps you should check out. The “wind” for the kite is also Flower Soft diamond range – Silver.

I also have had several friends recently ask me if you could use floral wire as a substitute for Flower Soft wires so I thought I should address this here in case you were also wondering. Technically, you could since it bends the same way (maybe the floral wires are a bit stiffer).

However, I would still recommend using Flower Soft wires – not because I am on the Flower Soft design team and I feel compelled to steer you towards the product – but because I have used both floral wires and Flower Soft wires and I truly prefer the white matted paper covered Flower Soft wires to the glossy plastic coated floral wires (or even the paper covered green floral wires). I prefer them because of these reasons:

- I could color on the Flower Soft wires while I couldn’t on the green floral wires (plastic or paper) – hence allowing me to use the wires for different projects (such as the kite one above).

- I have also found that glue sticks better on the Flower Soft wires than the floral wires (especially the glossy plastic ones).

So there you have it! Have fun with your wires!

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Dreamweaver/Stampendous blog hop

Good morning everyone,

Get ready to be inked, pasted, encrusted, stenciled and stamped!

All of this week the Dreamweaver Stencils’ Dream Team and the Stampendous Design Teams have  been providing some “Dream-pendous” inspiration for you, with multiple opportunities to win some fabulous prizes from both companies.

Today is the final hop of the week where you will be directed from both the Stampendous Impressions‘ blog or the Dream It Up! blog to the players du jour for your oohing and aaahing pleasure. This is your opportunity to see how to mix and mingle your creativity…if you are a stenciler, you will be fascinated at combining stamps with your first love. If you are a stamper, you will be wowed at how stencils can add to your impressions.

 

Lynell sent over some amazing products from Dreamweavers Stencils that I have never used before – on this card, the pearlescent Embossing Paste and the Rose colored mica f/x irridescent powder and she also sent that gorgeous flourish stencil as well. Thanks so much Lynell. I have a new found love – brass stencils and I’m definately going to try out that paste again. My butterfly is from Stampendous. I love the dark ink line of this stamp – such a bold look and makes it super easy to fussy cut out as well.

Be sure to leave comments as you tour the blogs (with your email addy!) for a chance to win terrific prize packages from both companies. Here’s who has been stamping and dreaming today:
Dream It Up!
Stampendous Impressions!
Kristine Reynolds
Cherylynn Moser
Susie Moore
Lynn Mercurio
Laura Drahozal
Pam Hornschu
Terrece Siddoway
Wendy Price
Liz Martin
Taylor Usry
Jessie Hurley
Krissy Fossmeyer
Cyndi Bundy
Jennifer Ingle
Georgia Sommers
Melinda Gleissner
Kristi Van Doren
Stephanie Lee
Wendy Jordan
Suzanne Czosek
Lee Kellogg
Janelle Stollfus
Louise Healy
Jennifer Dove

 

Leave me some love before you “gear up” for the next player!

We’ll be drawing for a terrific assortment of stamps

and Stencils:

We’ll give away 3 of these prize packages this week. One for all the blog comments from the week combined and two for comments on the blog hop today!!

*Wait … there is more!!*

My card also fits into this month’s Stampendous challenge. This month, in honor of Earth Day, we are challenging ourselves (and you) to make something that uses product(s) that are recycled, re-purposed, or reused in some way. The possibilities are endless! Snazz up a household item and turn it into something beautiful, use something unexpected on your card, or even just use up some scraps you’ve had in your stash forever (that’s recycling, right?!?)

- my Stampendous butterfly was die cut and colored and stickled for another card but I discovered it was too big so it’s been sitting on my craft table waiting for another opportunity to be used. Come join in our challenge.

Don’t forget – we want YOU to play along with is!  You have until Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST to add your direct link to our collection at the end of this post (or on the Stampendous blog).  You do not have to use Stampendous products, but we sure love it when you do!  As an extra incentive for playing along, one lucky crafter (drawn at random) will receive this fabulous Mother’s Love Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.  Available in stores now, it will be on the website for purchase soon!

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address. We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you an enter as many times as you’d like!) this month…Happy Crafting!



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It’s Humphrey’s sister Lottie

Hello everyone!

It’s Friday with Steph and it’s Humphrey time! This week, our design team was given the opportunity to pick whatever image we want to showcase and I’m back with my favorite elephant! She is just the most adorable not so little thing!

 

Here she is:

She was colored using Spectrum Noir Markers, every opportunity to practice my pens. I used IG2, IG4, IG5 for Humphrey; CT1, CT2, CT3 for the yellows, TB3, TB5, TB7 for the blues, TN7, TN8 for her shoes – it’s so easy to pick a color, it’s already pre-packaged in the range you need to use! My background paper is by Teresa Collins and my tag was wrapped with zigzag patterned washi tape by Queen and Co. at the bottom. Sentiment is from Justrite Stamps and the twine is from Doodlebug Design.

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Pink, purple butterflies .. fly fly fly

Good morning folks…

All March long, I have this song stuck in my head all day long … all because I heard it in my daughter’s toddler class week after week.

It was finally gone about a week ago but I guess it’s back again with this new Flower Soft challenge – use the Butterfly kit to make a card. Maybe I might have some mental company if I shared the song … bwahahahaa.

Here is my butterfly card:

 

I used the Die cut dimensions Butterflies kit for this one. I love these toppers – for reasons obvious to me – they make quick and beautiful cards with dimensional effects without any effort at all! It really allows me the leeway to playing with colors without worrying about the image.

Here’s a list of my other Design Team members for more inspiration:

We would love for you to join us for this challenge – simply add your creation to the comments section of the challenge post on the Flower Soft blog. If you upload your creation to SCS, please use the keyword FSC43 and flowersoft so we will be able to find you. The prize for this challenge is the Diecut Dimension Card Kit.

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Dreamweaver + Stampendous = awesome

Hello everyone,

 

Get ready to be inked, pasted, encrusted, stenciled and stamped!

All of this week the Dreamweaver Stencils’ Dream Team and the Stampendous Design Teams will be providing some “Dream-pendous” inspiration for you, with multiple opportunities to win some fabulous prizes from both companies.

Each day this week, you will be directed from both the Stampendous Impressions‘ blog or the Dream It Up! blog to the players du jour for your oohing and aaahing pleasure. Everyone will be playing on Saturday, the 14th with our final hop for the week. This is your opportunity to see how to mix and mingle your creativity…if you are a stenciler, you will be fascinated at combining stamps with your first love. If you are a stamper, you will be wowed at how stencils can add to your impressions.

I am addicted to so many things on this card – the beautiful bird stamp, the soft blue fragments and glitter from Stampendous, the soft, flowing, repetitive background from Dreamweaver Stencils, that super sweet patterned paper from My Mind’s eye and that delicious May Arts ribbon. Thanks Laura for including that in my package. Dreamweaver and Stampendous totally works on a card without much effort and pair them with some pretty papers and ribbon and you get my style!

Be sure to leave comments as you tour the blogs (with your email addy!) for a chance to win terrific prize packages from both companies. Here’s who has been stamping and dreaming today:

Dream It Up!
Stampendous Impressions!
Terrece Siddoway
Krissy Fossmeyer
Stephanie Lee (this is me)
Cyndi Bundy
Lee Kellogg
Janelle Stollfus
Pam Hornschu

Leave me some love before you “gear up” for the next player!

We’ll be drawing for a terrific assortment of stamps:

And  Stencils:

We’ll give away 3 of these prize packages this week. One for all the blog comments from the week combined and two for comments on the blog hop this Saturday. Be sure to join us each day and Saturday, April 14th at 8 am EDT for your opportunity to be stamping and stenciling alongside our designers.

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My Paper Cone Wreath

Well hello everyone,

I hope you are all well – I just noticed that in less than a month, I will be celebrating my 1 year blogoversary! How time flies – I can’t believe I have been blogging for 1 year already. Stay tune for some blog candy giveaway … in the mean time,

I’ve been busy the last couple of weeks and this is what I’ve been doing …

… making paper cones (about 75 of them – roughly half of them in 3″ squares and half in 4″ squares).

I rolled them on the diagonal into paper cones – adhering the larger cones on the outer ring of the wire wreath and the smaller ones on the inner ring with a hot glue gun. I  glued flowers with button center at the base of the cones to hide any seams and gaps on the wreath. Added the “welcome” greeting on red burlap and spellbinders die and adhere them on 1/8″ wooden dowels. All papers were made from Momenta Chloe’s Garden Pyramid paper pack - I used about 6 different double-sided sheet of patterned paper and there was still more left in the stack! That stack really goes a long way!

Glad I got my wreath done just in time for Spring!

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A clean and simple layout

Good morning everyone,

Woohoo! It’s the first Saturday in April, and that means the Stampendous team has a brand new challenge for you. This month, in honor of Earth Day, we are challenging ourselves (and you) to make something that uses product(s) that are recycled, re-purposed, or reused in some way. The possibilities are endless! Snazz up a household item and turn it into something beautiful, use something unexpected on your card, or even just use up some scraps you’ve had in your stash forever (that’s recycling, right?!?)

This is my layout filled with scraps and things that have been in my possession for quite a LONG while. I don’t know why I even keep scrap paper this small but it came in handy now.  And those mists -so long that it clogged so I dribbled it on instead.

Ready to see some more?  Here is the whole list of my fantastic teammates, who are sharing some fabulous inspiration with you today:

 

Don’t forget – we want YOU to play along with is!  You have until Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST to add your direct link to our collection at the end of this post (or on the Stampendous blog).  You do not have to use Stampendous products, but we sure love it when you do!  As an extra incentive for playing along, one lucky crafter (drawn at random) will receive this fabulous Mother’s Love Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.  Available in stores now, it will be on the website for purchase soon!

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you an enter as many times as you’d like!) this month…Happy Crafting!

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Happy Easter!!

Hello everyone!

Are you ready for Spring?? Whenever I think of Spring, I think of Easter eggs, new farm animals, allergies of course. But when Sheena Douglass came out with her newest set of images of farm animals, the 1st thing that came to my mind was an Easter basket of course.

Here it is:

My wire basket was a store bought basket from the $1 bin at Target. I measured the 5 surfaces (4 sides + 1 bottom) of the basket and created a template for me to cut out my patterned paper. I added a 1/4″ on all measurements to ensure that when I scored the folds, using my Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Tool, there would still be enough paper to cover the basket. Next I covered all seams with ribbon.

My gift tag was stamped, sponged around the edges and embellished with some Flower Soft. I love how well sketched the image is that I didn’t really have to color in the image. I plan to add it to a gift bag next!

Happy Crafting and best wishes for Easter my friends!

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