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.

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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!

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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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Stampendous & Core’dinations collaborates

Hello folks,

Welcome to a whole week of paper and stamping fun with Stampendous and Core inspiration! There is no way to go wrong with paper and stamps I tell ‘ya – my 2 favorite products!

This is what I made from stamp and paper:

I had so much fun with embossing on this layout – heat embossing with Stampendous shabby white and shabby pink embossing enamels and dry embossing and sanding that awesome Coredination paper. The beautiful Stampendous Jumbo Spring Bouquet stamp set will be available by the end of October 2012 to a store near you. Washi tapes are from My Mind’s Eye and Museum of Modern Art.

Hop on along to the rest of the Stampendous and Core’dination team to see what creative fun ways they are using their stamps and paper!

Stampendous Impressions Blog

Core’dinations Blog

April Derrick

Lydia

Jennifer Ingle

Kristine Reynolds

Stephanie Lee (you are here)

Wendy Jordan

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Sketch challenge at Paper Craft Planet!

Howdy folks,

Come join us on this nice sunny day!

I often wonder if a simple open layout is easier to create with or a well-defined layout easier. Personally, I like working with a simple one and let my imagination take me when I’m playing with papers or embellishments.

Here is my version:

The card features home made washi tape and Stampendous stamps. As I finished this card, I wondered if I could use a card layout for a scrapbook layout..I flipped the sketch around for this one and here is my attempt:

The beautiful patterned paper with the banners already printed on is from My Mind’s Eye and I love that a simple layout allows me to see most of my papers too.

There you have it – 1 sketch, 2 different ways. How would you like to use your sketch?

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It’s all about perspective!

Good morning everyone!

This month’s Gourmet Rubber Stamps design team challenge is “It’s all about perspective”!

Take a stamp and use the image in a different way than it was meant to be used – giving us a whole new perspective on the image. For instance, taking a sentiment stamp and using it to be the petals of a flower, or take a background stamp and use it as a the twine of your banner and so on. This is such a fun and imaginative challenge! Take a look at my card:

I used the new June Diner Set – Bloom and Grow set to create the petals in the flower. It’s actually the individual flower on that set that I stamped 5 times on my card. The sentiment is from the May Diner Set – Swingin’ Spring. Those washi tapes are from the latest Indie Chic collection from My Mind’s Eye – be still my heart!

Head on over to the rest of my talented team mate’s blog to see the creative ways they use their stamps!

Deb Felts

Jeni Allen

Jennifer Ingle

Kelli Palmer

Kendra Weitstock

Taylor Usry

Challenges entered:

PTI Blog Hop

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Just us

Good morning everyone!

This layout makes my heart swoon!! Actually it’s the 2 little short ones that makes my heart swoon – but I love any layout with them in it ♥ No more words for how swoony I feel – must be a mother kinda thing. 1 is born at Thanksgiving and the other at X’mas and 2 days before my my own b’day – so they are my Thanksgiving and b’day/X’mas gifts. Why do I say that? Because this is the last week to enter into the Stampendous gift challenge!

Here ya go … doesn’t that make you want to go awwww … They’re just playing and he is just shoving the Nuk into everyone’s mouth ;)

Here are some details of how I did the page:

Supplies:

Cardstock: Bazzill

Patterned Paper: Little Yellow Bicycle, My Mind’s Eye

Stamp: Stampendous

Ink: Ranger

Buttons: Dress it up

Chipboard hearts: Fancy Pants

Vellum Hearts: Black Ink

Tab: American Craft

Stickers: American Craft

Washi Tape: K & Co

Pinking Shears: Fiskars

Die: Spellbinders

Die cut machine: Sizzix

Thread: Gutterman

Sewing Machine: Kenmore

Adhesive: Scotch

 

Instructions:

  1.  Attach multi-colored stripped patterned paper onto layout background.
  2. Die cut eyelet circle and trim top and bottom edge of a strip of grey cardstock with pinking shears. Decorate top edge with washi tape.
  3. Attach photos to stripped panel. Tuck die cut eyelet circle under left photo and embellished grey cardstock under right photos. Add journaled tab to left photo.
  4. Roughly sew multiple lines to resemble tree truck and branches vertically through the middle of the page.
  5. Stamp kids swinging on both sides of the layout.
  6. Randomly decorate tree branches with hearts to create a variety of texture and dimension.

Now go scrap your awwww moments while I admire my children.

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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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Dad & Me

Good morning folks,

Just to switch things around and in honor of National Scrapbooking day today, I’m sharing a layout and a 2 pager at that. Sometimes I make a matching 2 pager with a design that flows directly from one to another, and sometimes, like this one, its meant to go together (similar pics, colors, story etc) but could also different enough to stand alone. That’s the beauty of scrapbooking, I think – there are no rules – just do whatever that makes you happy.

Here it is – the layout makes me happy and the people in it makes me happy too:

Don’t forget there is a new Stampendous challenge this month as well – simply make a gift, gift set or a gift card holder and add the direct link for your project to our collection at the end of this post (or on the Stampendous blog) no later than Thursday, May 31 at 11:59 PM EST .  You do not have to use Stampendous products, but we sure love it when you do!  As an extra incentive for playing along, one lucky crafter (drawn at random) will receive this fabulous new Cling Jumbo Tropical Garden stamp set:

Be sure to check out what my teammates have created for the challenge or to commemorate National Scrapbook Day today!

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you an enter as many times as you’d like!) this month…Happy Crafting!

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Enjoy your art!

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Dreamweaver + Stampendous = awesome

Hello everyone,

 

Get ready to be inked, pasted, encrusted, stenciled and stamped!

All of this week the Dreamweaver Stencils’ Dream Team and the Stampendous Design Teams will be providing some “Dream-pendous” inspiration for you, with multiple opportunities to win some fabulous prizes from both companies.

Each day this week, you will be directed from both the Stampendous Impressions‘ blog or the Dream It Up! blog to the players du jour for your oohing and aaahing pleasure. Everyone will be playing on Saturday, the 14th with our final hop for the week. This is your opportunity to see how to mix and mingle your creativity…if you are a stenciler, you will be fascinated at combining stamps with your first love. If you are a stamper, you will be wowed at how stencils can add to your impressions.

I am addicted to so many things on this card – the beautiful bird stamp, the soft blue fragments and glitter from Stampendous, the soft, flowing, repetitive background from Dreamweaver Stencils, that super sweet patterned paper from My Mind’s eye and that delicious May Arts ribbon. Thanks Laura for including that in my package. Dreamweaver and Stampendous totally works on a card without much effort and pair them with some pretty papers and ribbon and you get my style!

Be sure to leave comments as you tour the blogs (with your email addy!) for a chance to win terrific prize packages from both companies. Here’s who has been stamping and dreaming today:

Dream It Up!
Stampendous Impressions!
Terrece Siddoway
Krissy Fossmeyer
Stephanie Lee (this is me)
Cyndi Bundy
Lee Kellogg
Janelle Stollfus
Pam Hornschu

Leave me some love before you “gear up” for the next player!

We’ll be drawing for a terrific assortment of stamps:

And  Stencils:

We’ll give away 3 of these prize packages this week. One for all the blog comments from the week combined and two for comments on the blog hop this Saturday. Be sure to join us each day and Saturday, April 14th at 8 am EDT for your opportunity to be stamping and stenciling alongside our designers.

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Anything goes at Flower Soft

Welcome to another Flower Soft post!

This week the design team is creating any card they like! I mentioned in my earlier posts that I would share all the ingenious ways I learnt during my Flower Soft certification class … here is another one:

Use it as the “snow” in a shaker card! In this case, it’s grass for the little chick – an Easter or a new baby card.  To ensure that your Flower Soft is not a mess and stuck all over the adhesive of the shaker dome – make sure you put the Flower Soft in the middle of the image and apply the dome to the image (instead of putting it in the dome and applying the image to the dome). My color paper is from Basic Grey and the cute little picket fence is from Papertrey Ink. Wooden banner is from My Mind’s Eye.

Happy sprinkling!

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Cardabilities reveal for March 30 and my last one.

Welcome to another Cardabilities reveal and this is my last post with Cardabilities after 2 lovely terms working with Karan’s sketches. (that’s the term extention limit)

I thoroughly enjoyed the community of Cardabilities and the ladies I designed with are superb talented and a blast to get to know. Thank you Karan for giving me the opportunity – not once but twice. You are one talented artist and I appreciate your support!

Well, here is the sketch:

And here is my take:

 

I love how this card turned out – the doodling around the edge, the pattern on the rosette, the colors use. I hope you find yourself inspired to play along too. I know I will be back to play along too.

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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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My Homemade Washi Tape

Hello everyone,

I have OCD tendencies – there I said it. For the most part, I keep it in check and more importantly, try never to inflict it on anyone. However, every once in a while, my OCD tendencies raises it’s ugly head and I become obsessed with 1 thing. This is my latest craze … home made washi tape … thanks Janelle.

I dug out a 12 yard roll of medical tape (paper variety), tape a length of it on my craft mat, airbrushed with my copic markers and stamped on it. Pretty easy to make and let’s just say, there is probably slightly less than 2 yards left and my entire crafting studio is draped with tape. For the more visual learner, my Stampendous teammate Wendy Price has a step-out tutorial here – she uses watercolor to paint her homemade tape. I’ve tried it with acrylic paint too – didn’t like the watercolor (looks very wash out to me) or the acrylic paint (too opaque). So experiment and see which look you like.

Anyhow, with that much tape around – I had to use it of course. Here is the result:

The stamps I used for the tape were all from Stampendous- Cling Cheery Recipe card (lines), Cling Jumbo Rosehip (flower on yellow tape), Fairy Queen clear stamp (small flower on grey tape), the Polka dots were from a discontinued baby themed clear stamp set. Background paper was from studio calico, chipboard stickers were from My Mind’s Eye, the dribble of mists were colors from October Afternoon set and the alpha title was just some leftover letters I had from my craft supplies.

Total cost of my homemade washi tape – $3. Awesome layout – priceless!

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World

 

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May I have your support?

Good morning my friends,

This is my 2nd post for the day.

I have an exciting announcement today I can barely contain my glee! I’ve been selected as a semi-finalist on the Heartfelt Creations design team call … yeah yeah yeah!!

Frankly, I never actually thought I will get this far. So it certainly came as a VERY pleasant surprise.

I do need your help to get me to the final round

** Please go to the Heartfelt Creations blog (right here) and vote for me.**

Your input will be taken into account by the selection committee and in return, you will be entered to receive a $50 Heartfelt Creations gift certificate.

Wanna see the projects I submitted to get me here … here it is:

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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!

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Wire Works Wednesday

Well hello again,

I like the fact that once a month, the Flower Soft design team are featuring creative ways to use Flower Soft wires! It helps me use a product that seldomly comes to my mind when creating and I’m astound how much fun it is on my creative psyche to find ways to use them – not to mention, I’m actually using up my stash! All the more motivation!

My background patterned paper is from My Mind’s Eye, papers used for my pinwheels are from Studio Calico, the pinwheel tutorial can be found here. I colored the Flower Soft wires with alcohol markers and sentiment stamp is from Unity Stamps.

I hope I inspired you to use your stash or find creative ways to use them to add instant dimension to your work.

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It’s all about texture.

It’s Stampendous Saturday again – time to enter into Feburary’s Stampendous challenge – it’s all about texture this month -  use flocking, embossing powders, glitters, mica fragments, dry embossing etc. … you name it – if it adds texture, get it on your project!

Here is my card with tons of mica flakes and embossing enamel on it – it was so mesmerizing to watch all the embossing enamel melt into the dry embossing.

Check out these inspiration from my other fabulously talented Stampendous team members:

Stephanie Lee (that’s me)

We want YOU to play along with us!  Just add your direct link to your card (make sure you’ve loaded it up with tons of TEXTURE) to the linky tool below my signature (or on the Stampendous blog) no later than March 1, 2012 at 11:00 PM EST.  You do not have to use Stampendous products to play along, but we sure love it when you do!  And as an extra incentive for playing, one lucky person (drawn at random from all the entries) will receive this gorgeous Corset Ladies Perfectly Clear Stamp Set:

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you get a chance to play along with us – happy stamping!

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 texture here on my blog, or any of the other blogs that are sharing the collection!

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Cardabilities Reveal for Febuary 15

Welcome to another Cardabilities reveal.

I hope you all had a fun and romantic Valentine’s Day. And if you didn’t, I always tell myself – it’s better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all.

And with all the love talk, here is the sketch for this reveal:

And here is my take:

 

I love that sentiment from Stampendous! So sweet and to the point. The border is a die from Spellbinders. Ribbon is from Offray and paper is from My Mind’s Eye.

I hope you find yourself inspired to play along too.

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