Crafter’s Companion Party Paw

Hello everyone,

Cutie alert!! Brand new Party Paw released today by Crafter’s Companion!!! I’m suffering from cuteness overload right now … here, look:

CC Mar 5

and guess what .. this lil’ bear has a name!! Bamboo – was colored with Spectrum Noir Markers, paper is from Authentique Papers.

Photobucket

Gourmet Rubber Stamps Febuary Color Challenge

Hello everyone,

I’m still basking from Valentine’s joy (read: chocolate galore) … and the anticipation of warmer weather ahead. So when I saw this month’s color scheme – I had to make a happy love related card. Here are the colors:

GRS Feb color

Here’s my card:

GRS Feb 25color

I used heart and sentiment stamps are from Gourmet Rubber Stamps Happy Heart Day set. My banner is actually a Momenta border that I cut off and the those strips are washi tape from my extensive collection.

Check out what you can do with these color scheme:

Deb Felts

Jeni Allen

Jennifer Ingle

Kelli Palmer

Kendra Wietstock

Melissa Cash

Taylor Usry

Photobucket

New Crafter’s Companion Stamps

Hello folks,

Check out these very detailed and elegant stamps from Crafter’s Companion – the Crysalis collection. They are illustrated by Christine Haworth who also designed the timeless and elegant Paintbox Poppets line of stamps.

CC Feb 22

If you enjoy coloring – these will bring you great joy! She was colored with Spectrum Noir markers. The sentiment stamp is also from the Crysalis line of stamps – gorgeous isn’t it.  Paper is from Crate Paper.

Photobucket

New Gourmet Rubber Stamps

Hello folks,

You are going to be so in love with this month’s new Gourmet Rubber Stamps appetizer release .. are you ready??

Introducing Bubble Sentiments:

bubble sentiment

Here is what I did with this WAY COOL set:

GRS Feb 15

I used papers from Lawn Fawn and Bella Blvd, inks are from Tsukineko, those index card dies are from Memory Box and the washi tape at the bottom is brand new from October Afternoon.

Incidentally, this is also our project of the month…don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter to get directions on how to make this card.

And there is more … one more Appetizer release – Queen Bee:

Queen Bee

See how my other team mates have used this set on their projects:

Photobucket

Crafter’s Companion Love Is In The Air Challenge

Happy Valentine’s Day my friends,

I hope you are crafting coz it’s the day to do what you love! I did and I have a card to show for:

CC Feb 15 challenge

This gorgeous butterfly image is one of Crafter’s Companion recently CHA released Stamp It Imagine Range – Birds and Butterflies. I just randomly inked up the background with a brayer and some distressed ink. If you are inspired to make a “love” card – even if you are just loving life like I am, feel free to enter it in this month’s “Love Is In The Air” challenge.

It always thrills me to recognize one of my blog reader’s name in those challenges. I hope to see your card there!

Photobucket

Gourmet Rubber Stamp Feburary Sketch

Hello all,

Welcome to this month’s Gourmet Rubber Stamp sketch challenge. This one is a simple one today and definately lends itself to a CAS card … right up my alley:

GRS Feb sketch

Strangely, I just noticed I like horizontal layouts so I always flip my sketches … here’s my take:

GRS Feb 10 sketch

This truffle set – Music -  is one of my favorite! Those little banner is actually from Jenni Bowlin chipboard banners and I covered them with washi tape. Check out what the other girls on the team did with this sketch and which stamp sets they used:

Deb Felts

Jeni Allen

Jennifer Ingle

Kelli Palmer

Kendra Wietstock

Melissa Cash

Taylor Usry

Photobucket

Sheena Floral by Crafter’s Companion

Hello everyone!

I’m excited to showcase another new Crafter’s Companion stamp collection released TODAY!! An elegantly beautiful set of florals by Sheena Douglass!

Here is one of them:

CC Feb 8

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers CT1, CT2, CT3, CT4, GB6.

Don’t forget to check the Crafter’s Companion blog for more Sheena Floral inspiration! They make excellent Valentine’s/Wedding/Anniversary & all kinds of love cards that will give you entry to this month’s “Love is in the air” challenge.

Photobucket

Angelica and Friends comes to Crafter’s Companion with a bang and a hop!

Hello folks,

I am totally excited to announce that Crafter’s Companion has a fabulous new release this week – nine new stamp sets and a coordinating CD-ROM. We are celebrating this fun launch with an international blog hop with both the US and UK design teams!

Here’s a sneak peak of one of the fabulous image:

CC Feb 4

This little cutie was colored with Spectrum Noir markers:

- HB1, HB2, HB3 (dress)
- LV1, LV2, LV3 (shoes and present)
- FS2, FS3, PP1 (skin)
- GB8, GB1, EB1, EB8 (hair)
- IG1 (shadow)
- EB2, EB6, GB9 (box)
- IB1 (tag)

Wanna see the rest of the Angelica and Friends collection, hop on along to the rest of the design team’s blog:

Ali Watson
Taylor Usry (US)
Rachel Brown
Chrissie Tobas (US)
Louise Welsh
Mary Dawn Quirindongo (US)
Tracy Watkiss
♥♥♥ Stephanie Lee (US) – you are here ♥♥♥
Bianca Shervington
Kendra Wietstock (US)
Caroline Weir
Stacy Harper-Watson (US)
Elaine Burnett
Stephanie Severin (US)
Edna Taylor
Trena Brannon (US)
Margaret Brown
Christiana Reuling (US)
Debbie Clough
Denise Coulter (US)
Donna Mosley
Khristen Foss (US)
Carol Van Der Westhuizen
Roxanne O’Brien (US)

Last but definately not least, we will pick one random WINNER  on a US team members blog to win these 4 EZ Mount Angelica and Friends sets of our choice worth $40!!

cc hop prize

US prize is open to US residents only; participants have until Wed, Feb 6 at 9:00 PM PST to enter; winner will be announced on Crafter’s Companion USA blog on Thursday. Leave me a comment to be eligible and Happy Hopping!

Photobucket

Gourmet Rubber Stamp welcomes …

Hey there,

Gourmet Rubber Stamps welcomes Febuary, Valentine’s Day, a new Design Team Coordinator – Kendra Wietstock, a new design team member – Melissa Cash, a new appetizer set coming out middle of the month and lots of exciting new things that comes with it … Here’s a new card to start.

GRS Feb 1

Using the brand new Truffles set – Elegant Valentine.

Check out other exciting new things my team is announcing …

Deb Felts

Jeni Allen

Jennifer Ingle

Kelli Palmer

Kendra Wietstock

Melissa Cash

Taylor Usry

Photobucket

Stampendous Febuary Challenge

Hello folks,

When I think of Febuary, Valentine’s Day is the 1st thing that comes to my mind. I have love to share – mine is not a new crazy, can’t keep your hands off each other kind of teenage love but one that has grown, stablized and matured over the many years. One that I have come to appreciate more and more.

Stampendous CHA Jan 2013a (feb)

Those delicate flowers, both wedding sentiments and gorgeous embossing powders are courtesy of Stampendous and just newly released this past month.

From Valentines to Wedding Planning, Stampendous has lots to love, just add a dash of creative imagination. Our new Valentine Kiddos, our Perfectly Clear Stamps long-stemmed Rose Thoughts Set, our popular Heart Stack (available in Michaels Stores), and some brand new Wedding stamps joining our classics in our January Catalog ( http://bit.ly/StampendousJanuary2013) mean you can show us the love in lots of ways.

We’d love to see your ideas for Jumbo Flower Wedding Invites; sweet classrooms full of Valentines; scrapbook pages celebrating loves past, present, and future; even cards and projects just celebrating love in general. Show us what you love and link your project to the linky tool below for your chance to win some love from us! Be sure and check out the design team inspiration for ideas to spark your affections. You can use any images on your entries, but Stampendous images (and not just words) count twice. (and yes, you can enter, but to win you must have a U.S. Mailing Address) (BTW…nothing says love like embossing it yourself!) Come join us!

 

Photobucket

Stampendous Sneak Peek

Hello folks,

How are you holding up in this frigid cold this week? I feel this burning desire to go somewhere warm lately and this summer vacation layout (to a very very hot country) was born.

Stampendous CHA Jan 2013e

All the travel word stamps, the background passport and immigration stamps, the belt at the top of the layout and the luggage are all from Stampendous brand new travel stamp sets that was just released this month at CHA. These came from 2 sets and will be available to you very shortly. Photos are from my 2012 summer vacation to Hong Kong and Singapore. Enjoy!

Photobucket

Two-fer: Color and sketch challenge

Hello everyone,

Is anyone trying to multi-task, kill two birds with one stone, crunched for time, etc etc etc? Here is a two-fer challenge for ya!

Make a card or a project with this sketch in mind:

PCP sketch Jan 25

and in this color scheme:

GRS Jan 25 Color challenge

Now that is a very simple sketch and a very gorgeous color scheme … and here is my simple card with a sweet sweet color theme, using the BRAND NEW Gourmet Rubber Stamps Truffles set called Thinking of You. Patterned paper is from My Mind’s Eye and inks generously provided by Tsukineko.

GRS Jan 25 color & PCP sketch Jan 25

Come play with us – you can upload your card to Paper Craft Planet gallery (tag your card “SK012513″ so we can find it) and Gourmet Rubber Stamps facebook page.

Photobucket

Brand New Stampendous on PCP 3D challenge

Hello my friends,

Every new year, after I’m cleaned up from the holiday madness and sometime around middle of January, I get nostalgic and pensive as I reflect on the year past and the year forthcoming.  This is when I start cleaning out the studio and organizing everything by theme – to keep, to throw, to make, you get the point. So today’s Paper Craft Planet 3D challenge is to create a project around the theme of “reflection”.

Stampendous CHA Jan 2013c

I decorated a mirror for today’s 3D project using newly released Stampendous stamps – Cling Kids on Wheels, Cling Garden Gal and Cling Tree Poem. Mirror was also distressed and embellished with some gorgeous Frantage Essentials from Stampendous.

Please tag your photo 3d200 and upload it to the PCP gallery :) I can’t wait to see what you make.

Photobucket

Crafter’s Companion New Release Alert!

Hello hello,

CHA season always brings out the excitement in me – seriously, how can you not be excited about new products and in today’s post – new stamps from Crafter’s Companion Stamp It line … it’s a HUGE release of 14 new stamp sets and over 100 images (it’s more than that but I stopped counting at 100).

I only used 2 stamps (the script and the floral image) in that 14 stamp set … it’s your sneak peak for those of you who are not at CHA right now.

CC Jan 11

I made these puppies into little fridge magnets – stamped it, fussy cut out and added a layer of Beacon Fast Finish decoupage medium so it is a little hardier for little finger playing with fridge magnets. The back is just an adhesive backed magnet you can find in any arts and crafts store.

Don’t forget our January monthly challenge is “anything but a card” and it doesn’t have to be hard… join us!

Photobucket

Gourmet Rubber Stamps sketch challenge

Hello my friends,

Well, I’m sad I’m not at CHA this year. But for those of you who are not there now, let’s have some fun at home with this sketch:

GRS Jan 10 Sketch challenge

I didn’t follow the sketch too closely – the vertical and horizontal panel were what caught my eye and I needed to go with the flow … it’s the rebel in me and since I’m don’t get to go to CHA this year, I’m unleashing my inner rebel! and I even left the image uncolored ..take that!

GRS Jan 10 Sketch

The stamp set I used is an oldie but one of my favorite – Clothesline Greetings. Perfect for an every day greeting and there is also another image on that set for a new baby! Check out how my other team mates interpreted the sketch – it’s an inspiration I tell ya!

Deb Felts

Jeni Allen

Jennifer Ingle

Kelli Palmer

Kendra Wietstock

Taylor Usry

Photobucket

Winner – Santa Blog Hop

Hello my friends,

First off, I need to apologize to you all – I’m so very sorry that I totally forgot to post the winner for the Gourmet Rubber Stamps Santa Blog Hop! So let’s not delay congratulating Indy who says:

Indy says:

Oh, how cute! I love your CAS style and the little “bell” ribbon!

Congrats sweetie – you win the Let’s Celebrate stamp set from Gourmet Rubber Stamps that I used on my card. Please contact me by Jan 12, 2013 with your mailing address. Happy Stamping!

Photobucket

New Gourmet Rubber Stamps Truffles

Hello everyone!

Happy 2013! So surreal that I’m typing 2013 – I have been in such a post holiday funk for such a long time .. from having too much to do, too much to eat, too much to clean …

However, I had to dig myself out of my rut because I am BEYOND excited to announce a whole new Truffles release from Gourmet Rubber Stamps. These truffle sets are just a 2-stamps set: image + matching sentiment = a whole lot of fun! Here is just 1 set that I used:

GRS Jan 2

Check out some of the other Truffles set used by the rest of the talented design team:

Deb Felts

Jeni Allen

Jennifer Ingle

Kelli Palmer

Kendra Wietstock

Stephanie Lee

Taylor Usry

Watch for an entire Truffle collection coming out this CHA!

Photobucket

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):

CC repost Dec 28

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!

Photobucket

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:

FS Dec 27

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!

Photobucket

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!

Photobucket