New Arrival

Good morning folks!

It’s time for another CMC Copic Challenge at the CMC Classroom! Today’s theme is “baby or child”. Here is my new arrival!

I choose this I Brake for Stamps image to work with this week because there were several elements I wanted to practice – the folds on the wrap, the furry booties. I was also wanting to try a totally different color combo than my usual – peach and purples. Gotta use those Copic colors that I just HAD to have. I’m not sure if I entirely like this – please give me your feedback.

This week’s prize sponsor is I brake for Stamps. 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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My English Bear

Good morning everyone,

It’s Crafter’s Companion Friday and today I have a sweet sweet English bear to share with you – specifically Meadow Cottage Bear.

She is a new release this week and was colored using Spectrum Noir Markers (bear:  GB8, GB10, EB5, flower: LV1, LV2, foot and hand pads: PP1, post it note and floral wrap: GB4, GB5, GB1, leaves: DG2, DG4, shawl: TB1, TB2) and I dabbed her fur with some kitchen towel dipped in blender solution to create a softer texture. This was not a bear for coarse flicking fur. Papers were from a very old Making Memories paper pad I had. The shaped card itself was cut with Spellbinders Label 8.

She reminds me of this old little teddy I had when I was little. I’m off to see if I can find him in the basement.

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I Only Have Eye For You

Good morning everyone!

 

Welcome to another Crafter’s Companion post. When I saw the French Cafe collection of stamps that is newly released this week – my eyes zoomed straight to the spectacles! Yes I’m a sucker for the trends and this one is the trendiest pair I’ve seen. And I knew just the card I needed to make … here it is:

I just adore this eye chart I found online. A couple of months ago, I was looking for worksheets online to help my 2 year old daughter learn her alphabets and I came across this eye chart that you could put your own letters in and print out. How cool is that to match with a pair of trendy spectacles! The spectacles were fussy cut and popped up with foam tape and decorated with stickles. Clean and simple and just my style.

 

Check out the rest of the stamps from the French Cafe collection.

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Crafter’s Companion week 4 winner!

Good morning everyone!

Whew!! What a month it has been for Crafter’s Companion giveaways!! I totally enjoyed getting to know all you regular visitors.

Thanks for playing along and for taking the time to leave me such kind comments! I hope you my work inspires you while you were here and I look forward to your continued visits – you never know what the future holds …

Alright – time for the winner announcement.

Drum roll please … DD says the winner for this week is:

Michele Smith says:

I have never seen one of these and I LOVE the 15″ feature!! Great addition to any craft room!!

 

Congrats Michele!

Please contact me (contact button on side bar) by Jun 2 with your mailing address so Crafter’s Companion may get your prize out to you promptly.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Crafter’s Companion Week 1 winner!

Good morning ladies and gentlemen (if any, please show yourself)..

Here is the winner for Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Tool!

Drum roll please ..

 

Heather Robertsonsays:

fablulous prize – follow your blog and added your blog button to my blog. I follow both the Cafter’s Companion inspiration and challenge blogs.

 

Congratulations Heather!!

Please contact me (contact me button on sidebar) with your mailing address by May 9 so Crafter’s Companion may send out your prize!

Don’t worry everyone else – there is still another opportunity to win! Watch for week 2′s giveaway announcement coming out soon!

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A little birdie told me …

Hello everyone!

I am positively in Crafter’s Companion heaven this 2 weeks – last week was the new release for a new Humphrey Collection of stamps and this week, a new SWALK collection of stamps! Just cutest overdose I tell ya!

This set was colored with Spectrum Noir pens (hair and bird: all 4 CT colors + GB5; apron, bow and shoe: PP3,PP4, PP5; green dress: DG2, DG3, DG4; skin: FS2, FS3, PP1). Don’t afraid to go outside the color family to get the colors you want – I did that with the hair so I could get a great contrast and to match my my paper too, which is from Momenta. I trimmed the top and bottom edge with a pinking shears and stitched the image on the patterned paper diagonally on all 4 corners.

I decorated the insides with a bird so that I may stamp any sentiment when I need to use the card.

I hope you have fun trying something new.

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May is Crafter’s Companion GIVEAWAY MONTH (week 1)!

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 # 1 (May 1st to May 8th)

The Ultimate Crafter's Companion

This is what I’m giving away this week – the Ultimate Crafter’s Companion!

” The all-in-one, compact carry-case which allows you to score, measure, trim, emboss and embellish; create boxes, shaped card blanks, envelopes and so much more… The Ultimate Crafter’s Companion is everything you will ever need for your card making projects, in one handy and portable carry case. Includes a 24 full page instruction booklet and a 2 1/2 Hour Project & Instructional DVD which takes you step by step through 12 different projects and detailed instructions.”

 

Here is what you need to do to win:

 

Week One giveaway ends May 8th- Winner will be posted and has to reply with their mailing address by May 9th 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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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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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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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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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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Spring is finally here!!

Yeah yeah yeah!!

and welcome to this week Pastel/Colors of Spring challenge at Color Me Creative Copic Challenge.

When I think of Spring, I think of warmer weather, melting snow, new babies, spring cleaning. That’s why, at this time of the year, I feel obligated to spring clean – to dig out my scraps and use them before they all burst out of my scrap drawer and drown me! The background of this card is stitched together with scraps of paper left from other projects – I don’t recall all of the manufacturer they are little scraps no more than the 1-2″ width you see – and if my memory serves me right, I see Studio Calico, My Mind’s Eye in there (I could be wrong). Stitching backgrounds together are a great way to use up paper scraps – just find a coordinating color tone and value, so I don’t stand out more than others (unless that’s your intent). My image is from Crafter’s Companion and that little furry flower center is also a piece of scrap ribbon trim.

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

The winner of this challenge will win a 2 stamps from Little Darling Stamps and a park of Cryogen cardstock. 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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World’s Best Dad

Hello everyone!

It’s time for a Crafter’s Companion new release! And I think it’s the best yet – the Beatrix Potter collection!!I grew up reading all about Peter Rabbit, his cousin Benjamin Bunny (and his dad also goes by the same name), Mr Jeremy Fish and Timothy Tippytoes! Who is a better dad than Benjamin Bunny!

Don’t worry – Father’s Day is on 17th of June this year and I am mighty early for a Father’s Day card. It’s only because I have my handmade card business that I have to prepare inventory for in time for June sales.

Well here is Benjamin Bunny munching away on some veggie looking all dapper in his signature blue coat.

He was colored with Spectrum Noir Markers. I was concerned of using the “wrong” shade for such a recognizable character, you know, like coloring the American flag a wrong shade of red and blue; but I quickly remembered that there is nothing to fret – there is a list of resources on my Spectrum Noir instructional DVD that lists all the colors for the Crafter’s Companion characters. Phew!

 

Here are the colors I used: GB10, EB2. EB1 for the bunny himself and TB3, TB2 and CT3 for his coat. (the instructional DVD lists TB4 instead of TB3 for his coat – I didn’t have that shade so I just layered on TB3 a little more)

 

Have fun with your Spectrum Noir markers – they are a breeze to use.

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