Fabulous Stampendous Florals

Hey there …

Mother’s Day is round the corner on May 12 – do you have a card or a gift ready for Mom? If not – check out bestest of the new florals in the Stampendous April release.

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I used these beautiful florals – Snapdragons, Fushia and Apricot Plum.There is a whole lot more I’m dying to ink up.

Don’t forget that when you make one of these beautiful florals for mom, you can also join in this month’s fabulous floral challenge and win something for yourself – how awesome is that! Enter your project here.

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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”.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Easy Home Decor

Hi everyone and welcome to another Paper Craft Planet 3d challenge!

I just took down my Halloween decorations last week (you know the ghosts, witches, spiders and those that specifically say Happy Halloween) and guess what, I realized that I don’t have enough Fall themed decorations to take me till Thanksgiving. So, my mission, to quickly whip up a couple of quick and easy Fall themed decorations.

These 2 were just pumpkins spray painted in black to fit my home decor – I added rhinestones to one of them and a strip of patterned paper and a twine bow to the other.

This was a twig wreath I found at Michaels – hot glue cinnamon sticks together and tied a ribbon around it. Make 5 of these ribboned cinnamon sticks and hot glue onto wreath.

So simple – anyone can do it. What are some simple 3D crafts you have done?

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Stampendous and Beacon Adhesive Blog Hop

Welcome to a Stampendous and Beacon Adhesive hop!

All week long, we have been showcasing Stampendous stamps and Fast Finish product from Beacon Adhesive – the “official adhesive for Craft Wars”.

I created a mixed media canvas for this hop:

I used these Stampendous stamps on the canvas:

Jumbo Spring Bouquet

Cling Music Score

Cling Jumbo Butterfly Trio

Royal Butterfly Perfectly Clear Stamps

I also used a couple of layers of white gesso and moulding paste to create some textural interest and I finished the entire canvas with Fast Finish to seal those layers of paint in.

Here is a close up:

This sure was a fun piece to play with .. and the whole team is playing along today, so be sure to visit all of the blogs and leave some insightful, kind comments and we’ll give some great prizes, sending some of you with U.S. mailing addresses some Fast Finish Decoupage Medium and some Stampendous Stamps. Here we go…

Kristine Reynolds

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Melinda Gleissner

Stephanie Lee (Arty Carty) – you are here

Suzanne Czosek

Janelle Stollfus

Krissy Fossmeyer

April Derrick

Lea Kimmel

Wendy Price

Tenia Nelson

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Stampendous and Beacon Adhesive

Welcome to a Stampendous and Beacon Adhesive hop!

Well, I want to say it’s a collaboration hop but we’ve been collaborating for such an ongoing basis that to call it just a week of collaboration just doesn’t seem to do it justice.

Anyway, this week, we’re showcasing the Fast Finish product from Beacon Adhesive – the “official adhesive for Craft Wars”.

Here is my simple project:

I stamped the Stampendous Cling Violets onto a tissue paper and decoupage it onto the switchplate with Beacon Adhesive Fast Finish. Easy peasy and an instant way to dress up a boring plain wall!

Check out what other creative ways my team has used Fast Finish on their projects! I promise inspiration galore!

Jennifer Ingle

Stephanie (Arty Carty) Lee (you are here)

Tobi Crawford

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Halloween Banner – 2012

Hello folks,

Every year, I make a holiday banner for my mantel. Last year was Christmas and I guess after a shopping trip from Michaels, it’s going to be Halloween this year.

Here are a couple of close up shots of the banner:

Check out that cool hand … it’s scaring the heck out of me and it’s cold to the touch…eeeek!

That bling spider … swoon!! oh and the owl … my FAVORITE!

My banner is actually a canvas banner mini album from Maya Road, papers and washi tape from My Mind’s Eye, stamps from Stampendous and Gourmet Rubber Stamps, Bling spider is from Martha Stewart. It was a fun shopping trip.

How are you decorating your house for Halloween or Christmas?

If you’d like to play along with any 3D project, upload a photo of your project to the Paper Craft Planet gallery using the keyword 3d185.

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Flower Soft Autumn Blog Hop

Hello all,

I made something different today! I used a card topper but I didn’t make a card or a layout.  For my own sanity – I made a post it note holder for my purse. I’m usually one of those who throw a pad of Post-it Note in my purse and by the end of the day, all the stickiness is gone and the paper is stuck everywhere in my purse … aargghh. So I made a holder for it.

I used one of the new Flower Soft product – Multi-function Die Cut Cards to make the holder – scored it at 3.75″, 4″, 7.5″, 7.75″ from the bottom of the card. After folding it, I decorated the back panel with patterned paper from Basic Grey and airbrushed the front with my Copic markers and decorated it.

Here is what it looked like on the insides of the holder:

Hey, it’s got to look pretty too – I used the scenic window topper from the start kits and I like that it stands as well so I can admire it when it’s out of my purse and on my desk. I know – I have another pad on my desk but sometimes, I just want the writing on that one in my purse .  New Flower Soft color alert: Autumn.

See the post it on the other side. I had to take a top view so I could show some perspective – it looked odd to just see a front view of the post it note.

I had tons of fun creating something new from an older kit.

 

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Scrap it – Frame it

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another fun Flower Soft blog hop! This is my favorite all new Flower Soft product yet … I’ve got 1 to show for it today but it’s been such an hot item in my house, the 2 others in the package are already gone as gifts! It’s more than just a frame to embellish – it’s a instant craft in a bag! My kids love it, my neighbor took 1 for her disable sister to work with – well there was only 3 in a pack.. I wish there were 10!

Here’s mine:

My frame was painted with black gesso over a thin layer of Viva Deco Inka Gold and sprinkled with Flower Soft glitter frosting (Hint of Violet). It was meant as a gift so I added the focal image, embellishments and a bottle shaped card from the Wine Buff collection. Your next stop is Dawn’s blog and she decorated it with paper and embellishments with a photo so she could display in her home – oh the endless possibilities!!! I LOVE it!!

In case you need the whole blog hop map .. here it is:

Jeanne Streiff 

Krista Riley

Stephanie Lee (you’re here)

Dawn Lusk

Linda Beeson

Deb Felts

Vicki Harper

Flower Soft blog

Flower Soft Facebook Page

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Gourmet Rubber Stamp POTM – My Fancy Lunch Bag

Hello folks..

Are you guessing what POTM stands for?? I did too when I 1st saw it – it’s the Project Of The Month. Our design team takes turns to feature stamps on a project every month and write a tutorial on how to do it. Here is mine:

I was making this bag for a sandwich lunch I made for my husband to take to work on a special occasion (he usually just carries a regular lunch bag because I’m not making this for every single lunch! Are you kidding me…).

It’s really simple to make .. I’m not one for elaborate projects that mere mortals like myself can only drool on.

Supplies:

Any patterned paper (I used Kaiser Craft)

cardstock

Ribbon

button

Gourmet Rubber Stamp set (In the Kitchen)

dies (Papertrey Ink – tag and front and center die)

brown lunch bag

 

Instructions:

  1. Cut 2 rectangle piece of patterned paper approx. larger than the front and center die, stitch a panel of cardstock down the middle and die cut both panels (this will make the front and the bag of the bag).
  2. Adhere a ribbon down the front center panel.
  3. Trim a lunch bag down to size and adhere the stitched panel to the front and bag of lunch bag.
  4. Die cut a tag, stamp and color the cute little toaster. Attach a piece of twine to the top of the tag
  5. Make a bow from the same ribbon and add tag and bow to the bag. Embellish with a button.

There you have it … and there are so many cute images on the set that I’m planning to use the muffin image for my son’s school lunch next. Here is the cutest kitchen set I’ve laid my eyes on.

Oh and don’t forget – the new August appetizer set releases today too!! the cutest Halloween set and a back-to-school set. Lookie …

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This Tooth Fairy Is Ready!!

Hello folks..

If you follow me via FB, you may already know that for the last month, DS has been obsessed with losing his 1st tooth and making me test it daily. Well – if I concentrate hard enough, it might just wiggle 1/100 of an inch that day. Well, it’s been a month and nothing is happening yet. Oh and he has tested the market place too – the tooth fairy market place that is – and he found out that the tooth fairy brought 1 friend “paper money”, another “round money” and yet another got candy!! I quickly squelch that candy thought ‘coz this tooth fairy is not encouraging tooth decay in brand new teeth.

Since we’re on a month long family vacation this month and I will be no where near my crafting supplies, I thought it might be prudent for this tooth fairy to be ready just in case it does decide to fall out while we are away. Here is my heavenly arsenal:

The cute stars sticker is from Momenta, the stamps are from My Time Made Easy and the delicious glitter is from Stampendous!

Let’s hope I don’t have to test the tooth much longer.

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Stampendous & Resin Craft Blog Hop + A Giveaway!

Hello peeps,

I am totally excited to share with you my project today because this week is the 1st time I have used resin and I’ve manage to achieve many things – learn a new medium, create a project I like and have resin stuck in my hair that I had to cut off. But I love what I made, I’m going to wear it and here it is:

The Stampendous stamp that I’ve used is the Cling Imperial Jewel stamp – unfortunately it has been discontinued; but fortunately, I am GIVING AWAY in today’s post.

  • What you need to do to win – just follow my blog and leave me a comment (with your contact info) to let me know. That’s it!

 

In fact, I loved playing with resin so much I made an entire wardrobe of belt buckles in MANY MANY assorted designs! Here is a sneak peek:

Now hop on over to these talented ladies to see what you can do with Stampendous Stamps and Resin Crafts!

Stampendous Impressions – http://www.stampendousblog.wordpress.com/
Clear Scraps http://clearscraps.typepad.com/
Jennifer Dove Bonner – http://just4funcrafts.blogspot.com/
Taylor Usry – http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/
Cyndi Bundy – http://scrappychickcyndi.blogspot.com/
Kristine Reynolds – http://stampingandscrapingincalifornia.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Lee (Arty Carty) – http://blog.artycarty.com/  (you are here!)
Pam Hornschu – http://1pamperedstamper.blogspot.com/
Janelle Stollfus – http://rainpuddlesdesign.blogspot.com/
Suzanne Czosek – http://suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com/
Wendy Jordan – http://papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/
Lynn Mercurio – http://www.stamperosity.com/
Wendy Price – http://paperinkandsmiles.blogspot.com/
Melinda Gleissner – http://mynoteworthycards.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Ingle (Jingle) – http://justjingle.blogspot.com/
Susie Moore – http://www.thedieshaveit.com/
Krissy Fossmeyer – http://www.paperinkspirations.blogspot.com/
Tenia Nelson – http://jazzypaper.blogspot.com/

April Derrick – http://memoryvilla.com/blog/

Lea Kimmel – http://ink-positive.blogspot.sg/

Lots of blog hop prizes to be won as well – 3 -prizes of jewelry resin, bottle cap, bevel, button plus SSC1124 Charm Collection Perfectly Clear Stamps and open to US and Canadian residents too!

Leave me a comment – Happy hopping and good luck!

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Stampendous/ClearScraps Blog Hop!

Welcome everyone!

All of this entire week, the Stampendous & ClearScraps design teams have been partnering and bringing you the best of both worlds – stamps and chipboard and acrylic albums merged into 1 FABULOUS and FUN combination!  If you have never stamped on acrylic or chipboard, or if you do it regularly, get ready for plenty of inspiration and 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 Clear Scrap blog to the design team members blogs for your viewing pleasure. This is your opportunity to see how to mix and mingle your creativity and take stamping beyond just cards!

Here is a mini album I made that keeps all our fun memories and that I’m using for the hop:

 

I used the ClearScrap Mixable Sassy 8×8 album for the project of course and about 12 different Stampendous stamps (dream text, kiddo hula, storybook alphabet, cling tire tree, cowlick sunflower, travel notes, summer leaves, cowlick tractor, for him, cling ice pop, kiddo dance, nest egg). The papers I used were all from Momenta. Check out the Stampendous project page to see the detailed list of supplies and step by step instructions.

We’ve got three huge prize packages to give away featuring Stampendous Class A’Peel Stickers, Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamps, Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps, a ClearScraps Album just like ours, two Send it Clear Cards from Clear Scraps, an additional ClearScraps product (varies), a colored StazOn ink pad from Tsukineko, an opaque StazOn pad from Tsukineko (with refill), some Sponge Daubers and some Ink Blushersfrom imagine Crafts/Tsukineko. You can win our prizes in three ways -

  • Comment here on our blog – all week  -  we’ll choose one winner from the Mon – Fri Comments
  • Check us out on Facebook! We’ll keep our ClearScraps collaboration posts at the top. Click SHARE and share them on your wall. We’ll draw a winner from all the folks who SHARE our posts this week (through Saturday’s hop)
  • Comment on our Hop! Saturday will be our big Blog Hop – comment on the blogs and we’ll enter you once for each comment!

Plus – ClearScraps has a passel of prizes as well. You can win them by visiting and commenting on their blog!

Leave me some love (and follow my blog if you will, not necessary to win) before you hop along.

Stampendous Impressions – http://www.stampendousblog.wordpress.com/
Clear Scraps http://clearscraps.typepad.com/
Jennifer Dove Bonner – http://just4funcrafts.blogspot.com/
Taylor Usry – http://taylorusry.blogspot.com/
Cyndi Bundy – http://scrappychickcyndi.blogspot.com/
Kristine Reynolds – http://stampingandscrapingincalifornia.blogspot.com/
Stephanie Lee (Arty Carty) – http://blog.artycarty.com/  (you are here!)
Pam Hornschu – http://1pamperedstamper.blogspot.com/
Janelle Stollfus – http://rainpuddlesdesign.blogspot.com/
Suzanne Czosek – http://suzzstampingspot.blogspot.com/
Wendy Jordan – http://papertherapy-wendy.blogspot.com/
Lynn Mercurio – http://www.stamperosity.com/
Wendy Price – http://paperinkandsmiles.blogspot.com/
Melinda Gleissner – http://mynoteworthycards.blogspot.com/
Jennifer Ingle (Jingle) – http://justjingle.blogspot.com/
Susie Moore – http://www.thedieshaveit.com/
Krissy Fossmeyer – http://www.paperinkspirations.blogspot.com/
Tenia Nelson – http://jazzypaper.blogspot.com/

April Derrick – http://memoryvilla.com/blog/

 

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Happy Dad’s Day!!

Good morning my friends,

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads in our lives! I hope you all have a fun day planned. We do – although nothing elaborate, just heading out to brunch and a day by the lake. Can’t really do anything elaborate with a 2 year old in tow – KWIM?

But I wanted to do a quick post to share the Dad’s day gift I made for the wonderful man in my life who is the best dad to our 2 short ones.

Have a great day!

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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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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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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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Lots of Laugh from the old croonie

Welcome peeps,

Did the title give away the challenge theme this week at Color Me Creative Classroom? Well, the theme is lots of laughs and bright colors. The sponsor of many good things is I Brake for Stamps.

I made a tag this week since I choose a label stamp (aka smaller size) with the intent of making it into a label for a gift for a friend. Here is my tag:

And here is a closer view of the trendy and crazy old lady who makes me laugh:

I glittered up her glasses, hat pin and earrings too. Boy, was that a tiny image to color. (lesson learnt) Tag was a 7 gypsies pre-printed tag that I dressed up with a sticker from Fancy Pants and a doily diecut from Papertrey Ink. Ribbon trim is from Crate Paper – love how vintagey that looks.

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

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Not a card …

That’s the challenge at The Pixie Cottage this week – make anything but a card … or you can use the sketch below to make a non-card item (I’m thinking a layout or a home decor item or anything your creative minds can come up with):

I did a tag instead … really I made it like a bookmark because I gave my other bookmark away and I really need another one and never got around to making one.

My bird was stamped on vellum and I dabbed the whole thing with distressed ink and heat set the ink stained vellum till the whole thing was crispy.

So now it’s your turn to go and create and come back and share with us. I’m very curious to see what non card item you will be creating, especially if you choose to use the sketch.

The randomly picked winner of their choice of two fabulous Pixie Cottage stamps.

I hope your Valentine’s Day went well!

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I’m still digging out of this one …

Has this ever happen to you – you make something fun things in your craftroom and then realize that you either don’t need it or you have to make something else to go with it.

Well, it happened to me. A few weeks ago I made these matching sets of kraft Stampendous cards and a business associate of mine saw them on my blog and wanted to buy them all and then some. Just as I was about to deliver those cards, I realize that all those trims and die cuts did not fit into a regular envelope. I didn’t want to just throw them into a large brown envelope with the cards rattling around inside so here I am again making a gift box – so my cards would fit in something to present to my customer – talk about an escalation of commitment. I sure hope I don’t end up making a bag to fit the box in.

I create a box bottom the size of my largest card; mine was 6”(L) x 4.5”(W) x 1”(D); then I cut out a sheet of cardstock that wraps around the box with a 0.5” edge beyond the box base. (mine was 7”(L) x 11” (W); scoring the width at 5” and 6”). That cardstock was adhered to the box base and box depth, creating a giftbox to hold cards.

And before I forget, there is still time to enter into this month’s Bling challenge at Stampendous! Glitter, rhinestones, sparkly stickers … you name it.  Just make it shiny and get it on your project!

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

 

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!



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