Pinspired and Crafter’s Companion hop

Hello all,

Welcome to the Pinspired - Crafter’s Companion Joint Blog Hop!

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From May 3 – 5, we are showcasing Crafter’s Companion stamps.  You have TWO chances to win! You can hop around and comment on all of the blogs for one chance to win a gift certificate from Crafter’s Companion (May 3 – 5, 2013).

For a second chance to win, you can play along!

Use the image above to create a project and post it using InLinkz on the Pinspired Blog.  You have until May 9, 2013 to participate for a chance to win a gift certificate from Crafter’s Companion.  If you create and comment on the Blog Hop, that is two chances to win!
Here is my image inspired card:
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The pencils inspired me to use my extensive horde of washi tapes, sentiment stamp is from the Stamp It – set 64 Key statement collection.

Just in case you haven’t heard about Pinspired, here is little bit about them:

Pinspired Challenges was created by a group of girls that LOVE Pinterest and crafting…. We came up with the idea of the challenge in the latter part of 2012 and the challenges launched in January of 2013.  Our DT, or as we like to call them, “Pin Heads” have scoured Pinterest to bring you some amazing inspirational pins.  We will post a brand new challenge on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of every month. You will have until Thursday of the following week to link your entry onto the challenge post.  That’s 9 whole days to play along!!!! Inspirational photos are for you to interpret anyway you want.  You can take from the colors, the style or the technique – whatever floats your boat! You can also feel free to make any kind of craft you want as well, whether its a card, layout or altered item.

Some of our talented team here at Crafter’s Companion US are playing along too:

Stephanie L.(you are here)

For the full list of hoppers, including the Pinspired team, head over to the Pinspired Challenge blog!

Good luck and Happy Hopping!




Hello my online friends,

Here is my card for the day …

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I used 2 Crafter’s Companion sets today – Stamp It set 64 – Time to Dream for the oh so dreamy sentiment and Sheena Douglass Hidden Fairies. Patterned paper is from Momenta and the micro-fine glitter on the fairy wing is from Stampendous.


Faerie Poppet Sneak Peak

Hello folks,

Time for a sneak peek from the upcoming Crafter’s Companion New release from the Faerie Poppet collection.

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This really is a sneak peak because I used one of 2 smallest images of the collection .. wait till you see the rest of the larger main images. Patterned papers are from Momenta and Bazzill


Bon Chance

Hello folks,

I had to look it up .. Bon Chance means good luck in French. Lately, I feel like my creature comforts are left to chance with this dismal disappearance of Spring weather .. so I need some luck and a warm cuppa sent my way please.

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Sheena Douglass’s French 50s Cafe stamp collection is just the right set for this card and my mood. I used a digital version of the stamp that the design team has so I was able to manipulate the cup larger – you could do the same by stamping and enlarging it digitally. Cup was also colored with Spectrum Noir markers (PL4, CT1, CT2, CT3, CT4). Patterned papers are from American Craft and Jillibean Soup.

Bon Chance to me and to you too if you need it!


Crafter’s Companion April Challenge

Hello folks,

Spring is in the air!! NOT … in my neck of the woods. But have no fear, we can still enjoy flowers when you play in this month’s Crafter’s Companion April challenge.

Here are my bunches …

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I used Stamp it – friendship sentiment stamp set for my focal image and papers are from Momenta. One lucky winner will be chosen at random to win a £30 / $30 voucher from Crafter’s Companion, Ltd.

Go enjoy some flowers in your studio if you don’t have them outside yet.


Crafter’s Companion March challenge

Hello folks,

Do you like vintage? Perhaps CAS vintage like mine?

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Well, come play along with us at Crafter’s Companion March Vintage challenge. I used Angelica and Friends – Eleanor image on my card and colored her pretty with Spectrum Noir markers. All you need to do to enter is to use a Crafter’s Companion product on your vintage project and you stand to win pretty prizes!

What are you waiting for?


New Sheena Douglass stamps

Hey everyone,

Check out the newest Crafter’s Companion release …

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Believe it or not, of all the gazillion stamps I have, this is my 1st set of feathers. An elegant set like this one is hard to find.


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:

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


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.

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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.


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:

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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!


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:

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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.


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:

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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!!

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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!


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!


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):

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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!


Mulberry Wood Christmas

Hello friends,

I have another non stamped card to share today. They really make easy Christmas cards if you are running short on time – really if you are sending handmade Christmas cards, always remember that for every bow or stamped images you are coloring, you have to take into account coloring or tying a bow another 20, 30 or more times!

These paper crafting CD from Crafter’s Companion is truly my life saver. Everything you need you just print out. The one I used on my card is from the Christmas in Mulberry Wood CD. There are 12 different designs in 6 colors, background papers, alphabet and verses sections – almost 3600 printed files that I’m pretty sure none of the Christmas cards you send out from this CD would look the same at all! Best of all, they all look so complete to me that all I did was to die cut 2 stars and adhere it to the card by the spine only to give it dimension and matted the image before attaching it to the card.

One and a half more week till Christmas! Are you ready yet?


Winter Wishes & Christmas Kisses

Hello my friends,

I have to say that one of best thing I like about being a part of the Crafter’s Companion design team is that, I get to play with tons of products and not just stamps! Today’s card that I am sharing has images and paper from the Mulberry Wood Everyday CD collection.

I love my stamps and ink but let’s face it, the busy holiday season sometimes gets in the way of happy crafting time. This CD contains thousands of printable element from background papers, borders, tags, toppers and so much more that I can make this card in 10 minutes or less. All I did was print out a topper, stamped on the sentiment – from Popcorn the Bear Winter Wishes, added some textural “snow” – from Flower Soft and from Stampendous, slapped on a twine bow and add it to a patterned paper card base. Card making has never been easier until now!

I hope you have all your Christmas cards made or almost done and have a warm holiday season!

You Deserve a Treat

Hello my online friends,

Crafting is an extension of me – I make cards that reflect my state of mind. This time of the year for me is filled with family, reunions, food and party not just from the holiday celebrations but also with 3 birthdays thrown in as well (both my kids and my own). I’m totally exhausted at this time too needless to say. So when my family ask me what I want for my birthday in 3 weeks, I usually just want down time. My cards reflect that:

These 2 cuties are from Strawberry Kisses collection – Friends. Colored with my trusty Spectrum Noir markers – GB3, GB5, GB7 (dog); BG3, BG5, BG6 (cat) and PP3, PP4, IG4 (cushion). Sentiment is from the SWALK collection – Deserve a Treat stamp set. Ribbons are from May Arts and paper is from Basic Grey.

I hope you get a well deserved treat amidst this holiday season.


Dear Santa,

Hello my friends,

I hope your Thanksgiving has been great. As usual, I gobbled till I wobbled – not good. But on a positive note, I have my Christmas tree and decorations up – we do that during Thanksgiving and I’m glad to have gotten that out of the way. Now, for the presents:

This original Humphrey was colored with Spectrum Noir markers – DR1, DR3, PP5 (for his overalls); IG1, IG2, IG4 (for Humphrey) and DG2, DG3, DG4 (for grass). Sentiment is from another cute set Popcorn the Bear Dear Santa stamp set. Papers are from Echo Park.

I hope Santa brings you want you wish for this Christmas and if he doesn’t you can always get it from Crafter’s Companion.



Hello everyone!!

Eeeeekk… I am so excited with new SWALK images by Crafter’s Companion – newly released today! Check it out …

This one I used is called – Pedigree. I’m so in need of doggie stamps right now. He was also colored with Spectrum Noir markers – BG1, BG2, BG4, BG6 (dog), TB2, FS2, FS3, GB4, GB6 (boy) and DR7, DR4, GB8 (collar & bone). I also used the recently released embossing folder – it comes in all kinds of sizes for every project imaginable. I have my eye on those 8.5 x 11″ ones!



Hello my friends!

Thank goodness it’s Friday and welcome to another Crafter’s Companion post. Smile – because it’s Friday and because Thanksgiving is round the corner and we have lots to be thankful for!

This so appropriate sentiment is from Humphrey’s Catching Up set and the oh so cute kitty is from Strawberry Kisses Little Miss set. I loving my Spectrum Noir Markers more and more with each practice just because I can see some progress. It’s so easy to achieve awesome contrast and depth with so few markers – with this image, I used DG2, DG3, DG4 for the bag; IG2, IG4 for the cat; PP1 for the heart and CT4, CT1 for her bow. I hope you will give these markers a try. Papers are all from Bella Blvd.