I’m Going Green …

Hello everyone,

I just realized that I rarely use green in my cards … I only realized that when I was organizing my craftroom and realize that my green papers are overflowing, my bottle of green buttons is so full I can’t close it and I have green ribbon and twine up the wazoo! So in my effort to declutter, I made a green card.

I love how my leaves turned out – courtesy of Suzanne Dean’s bag of tricks from CMC Classroom class 3 that I just completed. She also goes on the road so frequently sharing her wealth of coloring wisdom that if you are ever fortunate to have her come to your area, don’t miss her classes. Here is her On the Road Schedule. My paper is from an old 8×8 paper pack from Making Memories, the die is from Heartfelt Creations and the image from The Pixie Cottage – who is also sponsoring this month’s CMC Classroom challenge. Come play along!


Perfect Pastels

Welcome to another Pixie Cottage challenge!

The challenge this week is to create a card using pastels and/or use the sketch below:

I’m not great at a pastel palette – I love my strong contrast and darker and brighter colors. But like many of you, I love a challenge to strength my comfort zone. So be kind to me and here is my pastel card:

Girly girl buffy here was colored using Copic Marker.Papers are from My Mind’s Eye, that stunning die cut is from Heartfelt Creations and that pretty pink flower is from Prima.

Come join in the fun and win 2 stamps of your choice from The Pixie Cottage!


Gold, Cream and White Holidays!!

Good morning/afternoon/evening everyone whereever you are,

This week’s challenge at Color Me Creative Classroom is based on these inspiration photos:






Now isn’t that festive…You should use the colors Gold, Cream and White in your challenge.

Oh you can use a darker color to stamp your image – I was having a terrible blond moment when I stamped my image multiple times in gold, then cream and white. Imagine the lines disappearing on me when I colored and the result has a hideous blob! (I wouldn’t share that picture of the snowman I colored when his eyes disappeared in a blob and I had to draw it in!!) Fortunately, my team mates pulled me out of that rut.

Here is my gold, cream and white card:

This challenge will run till January 6, 2012, through the holidays. So you have plenty of time to enter.

For this Challenge we have LOTS OF PRIZES and a way to donate to a wonderful charity, all sponsored by Suzanne!! (that’s the kind of person she is).


-1 person will win a NEW Provocraft CRICUT MINI machine
-1 person will win a NEW KINDLE E-READER
-1 person will win a $50 Gift Cert. to SCACD
-1 person will win a $25 Gift Cert. to the Paper Temptress
-1 person will win 5 digis from Tiffany Doodles and a $15 Gift Cert to 7 Kids College Fund and a Gilli Gift Bag



4 different ways to enter (head on over to the Color Me Creative Challenge Site to enter)
-Enter up to (2) TWO projects by January 6th
-Enter (1) one project into the BookEndz Challenge
-Donate a $3-5 donation to the Charity for 1 entry
-Donate anything over $10 to the Charity and get 2 entries
Reading is Fundamental is the charity Suzanne has chosen to sponsor this season.  Here is why she has chosen this charity “As you all know I am an avid reader and it amongst my very favorite things to do in my spare time.  I truly believe that literacy and reading opens up many doors in life for everyone.  Not only can you find joy in books but it opens your eyes to other cultures, places and people that is so worthwhile.  And just the fact that a huge part of life involves being able to read–to get through school, get a great job and navigate through life.  For me teaching children to read early on in life is a MUST yet so many children are not provided with the basic materials to learn to read.  So this charity is a non-profit that provides books to children and opportunities to bring literacy into areas that need it!”
Head on over to play – you’re doing a good thing.

Cardabilities Reveal Day for November 30

Hello friends,

Welcome to Cardabilities Reveal Day – sketch #44. Today’s sketch is so unique for me – I have never done an off the page rectangle card. (that’s what I’m calling it)…that’s why it’s a challenge right?

Here is the sketch:

What did I tell ‘ya – isn’t cool? I immediate thought of one of those trailers on the boardwalk selling mini donuts – you know the scalloped edge look like the ledge of trailer … so that’s what I created … had to go with the flow.

Except, I used Riley the moose baking and Heartfelt Creations window instead. Here he is:

I can’t begin to tell you how much I love Karan’s sketches. They are so interesting and unique and never fails to spark those creative juices!! Come take a look at what the other design team members are creating, and maybe you will be inspired to play along.

So fun!

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World – In the Kitchen

Simon Says Stamp


I’m in the spotlight …

Today is my spotlight post at One Crazy Stamper (OCS). I’m sharing 2 cards for my post.

The 1st card is a card I made for my son, well actually I might give it to my daughter and make him a superhero one – I’ll figure it out later since it’s everybody’s birthday at my house. I mean every single one of them – I am knee deep in birthday celebration at this time of the year. My DH just celebrated his b’day not too long ago, my little Emma’s turning 2 next week, my affectionate Shawn is celebrating his birthday in 3 weeks after that and my own 2 days after Shawn’s.

Imagine the number of cakes we have in the fridge at this time of the year!! For these couple of weeks only, we eat cake for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And let’s not talk about presents!

For some reason, all our friend’s birthdays are around the same time too (5 parties in the last 3 weeks) and I use birthday cards more than any other cards at this time of the year. So I make birthday cards whenever I can. Here is card #1:

The little elephant image (Celebrate Big) is from Whimsy Stamps Crissy Armstrong collection and can be found at OCS. He is colored with Copic Markers. Designer paper is from Fancy Pants design.

Card #2, I’m using it for celebrating another relationship, Grandparent’s Day (which is the day after Labor Day):

Sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations; Designer papers are from Crate Paper and the flower is actually handmade and here is a tutorial. You can also find the stamp from OCS. I really enjoyed making these cards for OCS – they carry the kind of stamps I love and I love designing for a team whose products I actually enjoy using – makes designing very easy.

Have a happy November, even if it’s not your birthday!

Challenges entered:

Simon Says Stamp Challenge

Whimsy Stamps Challenge

Moxie Fab World

Penny Black and More


“Fall” in love

Good morning everyone!!

Today’s challenge at Through the Craftroom Door is “Fall”. Make a Fall card that includes leaves and the color brown/tan/kraft (whatever you want to call it).

Our proud sponsors today for the design team images as well as winner prizes is Karber Digital Images. Thanks Berenice for your generosity and for being so prompt. You will win 3 digis of your choice! I love being able to choose my own winnings.


Here is my Fall themed card:

All dies (with the exception of the rectangle one with the focal image) are from Papertrey Ink. Rectangle die is from Heartfelt Creations. Patterned paper is from MME. My inspiration for this card also came from this week’s Tuesday Trigger at Moxie Fab World.

Have fun playing and stay warm this Fall.

Challenges entered:

Shabby Tea Room

Simon Says Stamp Challenge


Creative Vision Design Team 6 Hop Today

Welcome and hello everyone …

Today is the official kickoff for Creative Vision’s brand new design team! Together we will hop our way around the blogs and meet the very special and talented members of Design Team 6. There will be random prizes awarded to bloggers who post comments on our blogs. Be sure to become a Creative Vision blog follower, if you are not already, in order to be eligible for those prizes. Following the hop Laura (owner of Creative Vision Clear Stamps) will give away a few SHOPPING SPREES! YIPPEE! I’ve got to tell you, I truly love using these stamps. The quality of these clear stamps are amazing – very crisp images.

For my new readers, I’m Stephanie Lee. Mother to 2, wife of 1, daughter, sister, card designer, business owner, paper and ink addict, shopaholic, and a wearer of many many other hats. Feel free to browse through my blog and you will find out more about me (I even have a fun “true confessions” post about little known facts about me if you can find it).

Anyhow … Today’s blog hop theme is about showing you – my style of card making. I had to think a little harder what IS my style because I make all kinds of cards – vintage, shabby chic, classic, cutesy, clean and simple cards. I run a handmade greeting card business (Arty Carty Handmade Cards) so I get orders for all styles of cards. So being a right brain person, I looked through my portfolio of cards with the intent to do a statistical count on which kind of cards I gravitate towards. As I was counting, I discovered that most of the cards I like have a strong design element to them:

  • have good form and are visually balanced,
  • some degree of functionality (none of those 20 lb card with 10 different things about to fall off) and
  • have strong value of color (complementary, contrast, tone); texture and depth.

No I didn’t go to graphic design school. I went to business school instead. (remember statistical count) So here is my card for the hop.

This is the order of the blog hop.

Laura – Creative Vision Blog – http://www.creativeclearstamps.blogspot.com/ (start here)

Kendra – http://www.luv2scrapnmakecards.blogspot.com/

Stephanie – http://blog.artycarty.com/ (you’re here)

Christy-  http://www.mycreativejourneys.blogspot.com/

Mary - http://mbryt1.blogspot.com/

Allison - http://www.allisonsstampincreations.blogspot.com/

Lauren - http://lem-photography.blogspot.com/

Chelsea -  http://scraptasticvoyage.blogspot.com/


Let’s continue to hop our way to each team member’s blog as we showcase our collective talent. Your next stop is the very creative Christy’s blog.

p/s: for my right brain readers, here is my final tally (24 vintage, 20 shabby chic, 27 CAS, 36 classic elegant, 22 fun and cute).

On with the hop … but don’t forget to become a follower of Creative Vision’s blog and leave me some comment love. It could make you a winner!!

Challenge entered:

Whimsy Inspiration Challenge

Cute Card Thursday

Meljen Challenge

By the cute and girly challenge

Mark’s Finest Speedy Cat Challenge

Flourishes – the Beauty of Color

Through The Craftroom Door


Christmas cards

Hello peeps,

I have a couple more card to share – been creating cards for my upcoming business expo. (see events tab above for expo details)

These pine trees have been embossed using Rangers Embossing Tinsel (snowflake). They are the most realistic snowflake look I’ve manage to find. I haven’t tried the Snow Pen by Marvy Uchida yet so if you have, I’d love to hear your thoughts.


These 2 cards are made using my Quikutz Silhouette Digital Craft Cutter. My Silhouette has been somewhat neglected since the Vagabond showed up at my house so she was thrilled to be called to duty again. I love the clean and simple look of the card that is often very popular for office use.


Can you see the similarities of these 2 Christmas cards? Yup – I was giving my new Heartfelt Creations window die a try. I love that the die cut window also embosses a nice patterned on the frame. I guess the images are also from Heartfelt Creations. These 2 are new designs for 2011. I’m curious to see how they do at the expo.

If you like what you see, you can buy these cards at the expo if you’re in town or on my website at www.artycarty.com

Have a great upcoming week.

Challenges entered:

Meljen Designs

Mark’s Finest Paper


Crazy for Challenge – “Dear Santa” card for embossing, diecut & ribbons


The Beauty of CAS!

I was surfing the web looking for inspiration when I stumbled on this blog you have to see – he is a 10 9 year old boy whose passion for his craft matches the quality of his work. (His tutorial is in English on The Scrapcake Blog where he is on the design team and his chatter is just so heartwarming.) It’s truly inspiring for me! (Thanks Kuba for stopping by)

So off I go to make more of those bright and happy CAS (clean and simple) cards that my customers like so much.

Papers, cupcake brads, rub-on flowers are from Doodlebug Designs. Happy Birthday sentiment is from Pebbles Inc.

Flower brads are from Doodlebug. Felted trees are from Pebbles Inc., Sentiment is from Heartfelt Creations and I apologize I don’t remember where the twine is from (it’s from my stash).

Enjoy the cards inspired by 10 year old Kuba.

Challenge entered:

Flourishes – Timeless Tuesday

Sundays with Crissy

Flourishes – Bring Back Beautiful

Cute Card Thursday

Sentimental Sundays



July Papertrey Blog Hop

Hello friends,

Hope your weekend was swell. The weather was great in MN – not to hot or humid – so we were out playing all weekend.

Here is a card I made on Friday night with my new Heartfelt Creations stamp/window die set.

The image was colored using Copic Markers, sentiment is from Flourishes and all the cardstock used was PTI Stampers Select White. I haven’t had much success die cutting the window with other thinner paper because of how delicate the window design is. I’m looking forward to seeing other Blog Hop entries today.



Challenges Entered:

Color Me Creative

Copic Creations