Wire Works Wednesday

Hello my friends,

Today is another Wire Works Flower Soft post – one that I’m using Flower Soft wires in my project.

The brick background was embossed with one of Tim Holtz  embossing folder. The florals and sentiment are from the Flower Soft Floral Starter Kit. I added some Flower soft on the florals for added dimensions and twisted the wire to form a hanger for the sentiment. I hope this gives you more ideas on where you could be using your wires beyond just floral stems.

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Just us

Good morning everyone!

This layout makes my heart swoon!! Actually it’s the 2 little short ones that makes my heart swoon – but I love any layout with them in it ♥ No more words for how swoony I feel – must be a mother kinda thing. 1 is born at Thanksgiving and the other at X’mas and 2 days before my my own b’day – so they are my Thanksgiving and b’day/X’mas gifts. Why do I say that? Because this is the last week to enter into the Stampendous gift challenge!

Here ya go … doesn’t that make you want to go awwww … They’re just playing and he is just shoving the Nuk into everyone’s mouth ;)

Here are some details of how I did the page:

Supplies:

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle, My Mind’s Eye

Stamp: Stampendous

Ink: Ranger

Buttons: Dress it up

Chipboard hearts: Fancy Pants

Vellum Hearts: Black Ink

Tab: American Craft

Stickers: American Craft

Washi Tape: K & Co

Pinking Shears: Fiskars

Die: Spellbinders

Die cut machine: Sizzix

Thread: Gutterman

Sewing Machine: Kenmore

Adhesive: Scotch

 

Instructions:

  1.  Attach multi-colored stripped patterned paper onto layout background.
  2. Die cut eyelet circle and trim top and bottom edge of a strip of grey cardstock with pinking shears. Decorate top edge with washi tape.
  3. Attach photos to stripped panel. Tuck die cut eyelet circle under left photo and embellished grey cardstock under right photos. Add journaled tab to left photo.
  4. Roughly sew multiple lines to resemble tree truck and branches vertically through the middle of the page.
  5. Stamp kids swinging on both sides of the layout.
  6. Randomly decorate tree branches with hearts to create a variety of texture and dimension.

Now go scrap your awwww moments while I admire my children.

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Color Me Creative Classroom blog hop

Welcome to a special Color Me Creative classroom blog hop!!  The Design Team has put together some awesome creations using The Saturated Canary’s digital images to help Suzanne Dean start off her “Summer Sale”.  Starting May 25th thru August 24th all CMC Classes will be on sale and bundled classes will be on special too…see the CMC Classroom for more details! It’s a fabulous time to take advantage of classes and once you sign up you get a full year in each of the classes you register for…but you can also buy them now and SAVE them to start this fall…you 1 year term does not start until you sign into a class.

We hope you hop along with the CMC DT today to see all the fabulous creations and be inspired! If you leave comments along the way on the DT blogs you will be entered to win some fabulous prizes including a Free CMC Copic Online Class,  a $20 Gift Certificate to SCACD and a $20 Gift Certificate to 7 Kids College Fund!  We hope you enjoy the hop and thank you for joining us today.  Be sure to stop over and check out all the classes offered at CMC!

Here is the card I created….

 

 

See how I colored her hair – made up of just little dots in an orderly manner – what a fun way to color ethnic hair that I learnt from Suzanne’s Copic classroom class 5.

 

Now hop on over to the rest of the DT’s blog to see what creations they are sharing.

Alyce Keegan (our GDT for this month)
Steph Lee (you are here)
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Tea in Paris?

Good morning everyone!

Welcome to another Crafter’s Companion post. We have a new release this week – some gorgeous Nouveau Sheena Douglass Providence images! Check it out …

I really only colored the door and windows with Spectrum Noir markers (the door & window were shaded with TN3 and the grain was just streaked with TN7, TN8, EB5); the ground and window was shaded with IG2, the pots were EB7. These lovely French themed background paper from My Mind’s Eye and those dots and strips – my latest addiction – Washi Tapes from Queen & Co. Oh and I should point out that the images were stamped twice and fussy cut out and both layers were popped up – so the Eiffel Tower actually looks like it’s in the background. The flowers itself all had Flower Soft on it for texture. I love the simple design with a whole lot of dimension and texture.

 

I hope you get a chance to visit Paris – in your craft room or in real life.

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Another Masculine card

Hello everyone,

I notice that lately, I’ve been doing a lot of these masculine cards – it’s much easier after a few go-rounds. This is also the theme for the monthly DT challenge at Gourmet Rubber Stamps.

This image is from Gourmet Rubber Stamps - such a cool vintage classic car. Except I’m not good at vintage cards so I adapted and went with a modern clean and simple card. I love how the chicken wire template I had used to sponge the left side of the card looks like tire skid marks – really unintentional. Ribbon is from May Arts and those cool brads – sorry, it’s really old from my craft supplies.

Take a look at some of the masculine cards the talented ladies have created:

Deb Felts

Jeni Allen

Jennifer Ingle

Kendra Wietstock

Kelli Palmer

Stephanie Lee (you are here)

Taylor Usry

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Oriental Blossom Kit

Good morning everyone!

I’m sharing a favor box today for my Flower Soft post! I found these Asian take out boxes at the grocery store the other day and thought they make such unique and easy decorating ideas. Here it is:

I wrapped a satin ribbon around the box. Die cut a circle from patterned paper from the Flower Soft Oriental Blossom Kit. Fussy cut images I found in the kit and an instant gift box. Easy decorating ideas even from the grocery store and I love how we can use the kit for non-card projects!

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Crafter’s Companion Week 3 winner!!

Good morning everyone!

I’m cutting to the chase today ..Thanks Cindylu2u for reminding me whose turn it is to pick the winner (sorry he didn’t pick you) …

Can I have a drum roll please … DS says the winner for this week is:

Becky Dsays:

Sweet prize this week! I have been wanting to try this tool! Thanks for the chance to win :)

Congrats Becky!

Please contact me (contact button on side bar) by May 24 with your mailing address so Crafter’s Companion may get your prize out to you promptly.

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May is Crafter’s Companion GIVEAWAY MONTH (week 4)!

Hello everyone!!

(This is a sticky post – please scroll down for the post of the day)

We all know May is National scrapbook day this month but what we now know is that May is also Crafter’s Companion’s GIVEAWAY MONTH! So hang on to your seats because every week this month, I will be giving away a Crafter’s Companion product right here on my blog!

Here goes:

WEEK # 4 (May 23th to May 31st)

Clever-Cut 3-in-1 Mini Paper Trimmer

This is what I’m giving away this week – the Clever-Cut 3-in-1 Mini Paper Trimmer!

“Features

  • Cutting arm extends to a full 15 inches
  • Measurements in both inches and centimeters
  • Includes 3 different rotary blades for straight cuts, scalloped edges and perforation

Benefits

  • Simply dial the blade you wish to use. Changing blades takes seconds and no tools are needed
  • This one paper trimmer can be used to cut, perforate and accentuate
  • 3 sheet normal cutting capacity
  • Very lightweight and compact for the crafter on the go”

 

Here is what you need to do to win:

 

Week Four giveaway ends May 31th- Winner will be posted and has to reply with their mailing address by June 1 or a new winner will be chosen. Due to shipping restrictions – with much regrets – US mailing addresses only.

*Wait – there is more – and when you place an order (no minimum limit) at Crafter’s Companion USA Store, you get put into a drawing for the Ultimate Crafter’s Companion Tool as well (daily winner)!*

How cool is that! Good luck everyone!

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Bee.

Good morning everyone,

Here is today’s card!

The stamp is from Gourmet Rubber Stamp – Spring Botanical set. Technically – it’s a wasp – I had to google the latin name for it (which are the words under the wasp).

I also have to confess – this is the 3rd version of this card I made. I wanted to create a powerful statement with this amazing stamp – the simplest is always the hardest; I guess I could continue fiddling with it but I have got to stop somewhere. The kids are hollering for food.

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The Cutest lil’ BIG temper

Good morning folks,

Like all mothers of young children (who are still in their cute stages, I might add), I’m love struck by my children. Even their temper tantrums are so adorable and I have to stop to take a picture. You think that makes her angrier that I’m taking a picture?? bwahahahahahaha!!!

With this layout, I tried going outside my comfort zone and used paint on my layout because I thought all that screaming deserves some muddy and messy painting. Well, like I said it’s outside my comfort zone, not one of those ideas that pan out IRL and I’m not comfortable with the end result at all.

Here are more details:

Supplies:

 

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Tinkering Ink, Basic Grey, American Craft

Stamp: Stampendous (Elegant Borders, Amore Frame)

Stickers: Authentique Paper

Alpha: Alphabet Soup and scrabble tile

Paint/Ink: Claudia Helmuth, Ranger

Journaling Marker: Copic

Washi Tape: Queen & Co.

Flower: Prima

Heart: Tim Holtz

Ribbon/Twine: Webster’s Pages

Pearls/Gem: Mark Richards

Die: Papertrey Ink

Die cut machine: Sizzix

Thread: Gutermann

Sewing machine: Kenmore

Adhesive: Scotch & ThermoWeb

 

Instructions:

  1. Paint a frame on cardstock with white acrylic paint and let dry.
  2. Zig zag stitch patterned paper on white painted frame.
  3. Stamp flourishes from Elegant borders and border from Amore frame onto top left corner, middle right and bottom of layout.
  4. Affix title stickers to top of layout.
  5. Adhere photos to layout tucking in 2 strips of patterned paper strips to left of photo cluster.
  6. Attach some washi tape to bottom right of photo cluster, followed by titling alpha. Tuck some pearl topped ribbon under the “temper” title.
  7. Diecut banners and add journaling on it. Mount to layout with foam tape on every alternate journaling strip.
  8. Add twine and heart to the last journaling strip.
  9. Finish with fabric flowers to 2 corners of layout.

I’ll still keep this layout – it’s a reminder for me not to use it again or use it more sparingly. What have you done lately that is outside your comfort zone? Share please!

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Popcorn the Bear

Hi folks,

It’s time for another Friday Crafter’s Companion post. As you may have noticed, Crafter’s Companion has had weekly new stamp releases for a couple of months now. I’ve been looking forward to working with some very cute existing Crafter’s Companion stamps and this week I’m showcasing my timeless favorite – Popcorn the Bear.

I’ve colored Popcorn using Spectrum Noir Markers (GB8, EB7, TN7) – I usually play it safe by blending my furry animal and texturing it with colorless blender. Today I wanted to try just giving him “rougher” uncombed fur and just flicked the colors (without blending) in the direction of hair grown – at least what I thought the direction of hair growth on a bear should be. That unique ribbon is from May Arts and my “grass” is just trimmed using Martha Stewart fringe scissors.

This image is so versatile – you could also use it for a Mother’s Day card. That’s what I thought when I made it yesterday but I’d already send out my Mother’s Day cards so it became a Thank You Card instead.

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New Flower Soft Colors!

Hello Everyone!

Can you tell I’m super excited about the new Flower Soft colors?? Daffodil, Old Rose, Cornflower, Crocus – such a soft and delicate palette! and I used one of them on my card today … Daffodil.

The image, including the pop out flowers, is the Die Cut Dimensions – Wildflower 2 collection. How cool is that!

The sentiment is also from Flower Soft. My delicious damask looking background paper is from Crate Paper.

I think the next new color I’m going to try is Old Rose. THAT my friends, is a swoon worthy color.

Challenge entered:

Moxie Fab World – Damask & Brocade challenge

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New May Appetizer sets by Gourmet Rubber Stamp

Hello everyone,

I want to introduce Happy Independence and Strawberry Sweet. Two new appetizer sets by Gourmet Rubber Stamp!

How cool are these sets! Makes me all ready for summer and 4th of July! I used the Happy Independence set on my card today – love the the old world tradition in the font and the flag.

I used the Strawberry Sweet with the new June Diner Club set, which I will be posting on June 1st. So watch for it …

In the meantime, check out what my other team mates have done with these cute appetizer set – it’s simply inspirational galore:

Deb Felts

Jeni Allen

Jennifer Ingle

Kendra Wietstock

Kelli Palmer

Stephanie Lee (you are here)

Taylor Usry

 

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May is Crafter’s Companion GIVEAWAY MONTH (week 3)!

Hello everyone!!

(This is a sticky post – please scroll down for the post of the day)

We all know May is National scrapbook day this month but what we now know is that May is also Crafter’s Companion’s GIVEAWAY MONTH! So hang on to your seats because every week this month, I will be giving away a Crafter’s Companion product right here on my blog!

Here goes:

WEEK # 3 (May 16th to May 22nd)

This is what I’m giving away this week – the Boxer and Envelobox Creator Bundle with Advance Techniques DVD!

“This fantastic bundle package comes complete with the Boxer, Envelobox Creator, the Ultimate Advanced Construction Techniques DVD and two free scoring tools!
 Use these tools and DVD in conjuction with our Ultimate Crafter’s Companion Tool to create hundreds of different sized dimensional or flat envelopes, boxes and one-of-a-kind projects. The DVD is over 2 1/2 hours long and is divided into three sections – Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. Projects include stepper cards, accordian file box, swing cards, mini desk organizer, treasure chest, hinged box, set of drawers and more!”

Here is what you need to do to win:

 

Week Three giveaway ends May 22th- Winner will be posted and has to reply with their mailing address by May 23 or a new winner will be chosen. Due to shipping restrictions – with much regrets – US mailing addresses only.

*Wait – there is more – and when you place an order (no minimum limit) at Crafter’s Companion USA Store, you get put into a drawing for the Ultimate Crafter’s Companion Tool as well (daily winner)!*

How cool is that! Good luck everyone!

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Winner here …

Hello everyone,

Did you know my kids fight over whose turn is it to pick the winner? Today is DD’s turn … next week will be DS’s turn; somebody needs to be my referee – apparently my senior brain cannot keep track well enough … hence the fighting.

Okay – how many of you skipped by the 1st paragraph to get to this part .. don’t blame you, I know I would have LOL.

Anyhow,

I’m thrilled to announce that Week #2 Crafter’s Companion’s giveaway winner is …

Sharon Gullikson says:

I’ve done everything—I hope that I win!!

 

Congrats sweetie!

Please contact me (contact button on side bar) by May 16 with your mailing address so Crafter’s Companion may get your prize out to you promptly.

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Thank You Sew much

Good morning everyone,

Lately, I’ve been noticing and feeling extra blessed -  lots of lovely comments I’ve gotten from my online friends, lots of Mother’s Day prezzies and cards from my family, just simply lots of kind attention … so here is a thank you card for you all …

 

All the papers and stickers on the card are from Momenta. The little sewing machine is from American Crafts and the spool is from Maya Road. That measuring tape ribbon is an old twill ribbon I had in my stash for eons because I didn’t know how to use it – I guess if you wait long enough, everything comes back into style.

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Anything Goes at CMC Classroom

Good morning peeps!

It’s time for another CMC Copic Challenge at the CMC Classroom! Today’s theme is “anything goes”.

I am on a mission to make masculine cards! What do you think – masculine enough?

The fedora hat is from Pink Cat Studio Masculine set colored with Copic markers. Sentiment is a rub-on from Pebbles.

This week’s prize sponsor is Some Odd Girlstamps. You can use any image you want to enter into the challenge as long as they are colored with any alcohol markers AND fit the theme of course. Your card must also be newly created.

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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Timeless Irises

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another Crafter’s Companion Friday’s post. I don’t have a new release to share today but I can’t get enough of these beautiful florals in the Art Kure in Bloom collection. It makes for such elegant and timeless cards and here is mine to share.

All the Art Kure florals fit perfectly with the Spellbinders oval dies. My Irises were colored using Spectrum Noirs (LV1, LV2, LV3; DG2, DG3). I sponged around the Irises with some distressed ink to make the image pop. Patterned paper is from American Crafts and twine is from Doodlebug Designs. The translucent pearls you see are actual liquid pearls from Viva Decor. I hope you give this Crafter’s Companion Art Kure collection a 2nd look – it’s beautiful.

 

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Mabel Lucie Attwell stamp

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another Flower Soft challenge. This week’s challenge is to use another Mabel Lucie Atwell stamp on your card. Here is my card:

These little cuties were so easy to color – it is drawn with such large open spaces that allows for easy shading and highlights. I colored them with Copic markers. Background patterned papers are from American Craft and Teresa Collins. I added some Flower Soft for the grass and the hat topper for some texture and punched out a lace border with a Martha Stewart punch.

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.

Exciting News Alert!!

Watch Flower Soft’s premiere on the Home Shopping Network!

Show Dates/Times:
  • 5/10 at 5am (EST)
  • 5/11 at 12 noon (EST)
  • Both shows are titled: Scrapbooking

Challenge entered:

Moxie Fab World – Doilies & Lace Challenge

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May is Crafter’s Companion GIVEAWAY MONTH (Week 2)!

Hello everyone!!

We all know May is National scrapbook day this month but what we now know is that May is also Crafter’s Companion’s GIVEAWAY MONTH! So hang on to your seats because every week this month, I will be giving away a Crafter’s Companion product right here on my blog!

Here goes:

WEEK # 2 (May 9th to May 15th)

  • A set of rock a blocks (Crafter’s Companion choice) &
  • A set of unmounted Popcorn the Bear stamp of Crafter’s Companion choice.

 

Here is what you need to do to win:

 

Week Two giveaway ends May 15th- Winner will be posted and has to reply with their mailing address by May 16 or a new winner will be chosen. Due to shipping restrictions – with much regrets – US mailing addresses only.

*Wait – there is more – and when you place an order (no minimum limit) at Crafter’s Companion USA Store, you get put into a drawing for the Ultimate Crafter’s Companion Tool as well (daily winner)!*

How cool is that! Good luck everyone!

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