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!

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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New SWALK

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!

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Smile

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.

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Happy Birthday Crafter’s Companion

Hello all,

Welcome to another Friday’s post with Steph. First off, Happy Birthday to Crafter’s Companion! We’re celebrating 7 yrs this week for our UK office! Thank you for supporting us all this time.

To celebrate, we are giving away 3 freebie stamps, exclusive to Crafter’s Companion, with every purchase. You can find these stamps here. Here is my card today:

 

I used the fairly new Mulberry Wood stamp set today. The image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

Bear: GB8, GB10, TN2, EB1

Dress: BT1, BT2, BT4

Hat: GB1, GB3, GB4

Flowers/bouquet: LV1, LV2, CT1, CT2, DG2, DG3

Ground shadow: BG1

 I’ve been feeling much better about my Spectrum Noir marker coloring lately after all this practice – I found that I usually go from dark to light because it gives me better blending and then just touching up with dark again.

 I hope you’ve been practicing with your Spectrum Noir markers!

 

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Mulberry Box

Hello all,

Welcome to another Friday’s Crafter’s Companion new release post. I made a giftbox and tag this week instead. This little Mulberry Wood puppy is just screaming to be given away and tis the season to be giving – well, almost!

I have a confession to make but first let me tell you about my project. The box was made using my Ultimate Crafter’s Companion – it comes with DVD and booklet instructions on how to make the box but you could also download the instructions here. Puppy is colored with Spectrum Noir Markers – I totally went outside the usual color family here for the puppy and I prefer that the blending is much softer. (puppy: GB8, GB10, TN2, EB1 and his nose/feet pads: TN7; Bouquet: TB1, TB2, GB5, PP3, PP4, LV1, LV2, DG2, DG3)

Well, I feel totally embarrassed typing this but this happens to me all the time – I make my project upside down! I think you can somewhat tell from the photo but the tag is stuck on the bottom of the box – arghh!! I tried pulling it off but it kinda ripped the box so I attached a big ole’ bow to cover up my mistake. Well, I’m not perfect and I guess the box will be going to a child who can’t tell the diff .. hahaha!

I hope you have a crafty weekend planned!

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Toread is in town!

Happy Friday my friends,

Welcome to a brand new Crafter’s Companion stamp release this week! We have a new designer – Toread – and she designs these cutest little elfin images. I am totally taken by how round and impish they look – just darling! I use the Comge set for this card and can I say again I love how adorable she looks!

Seriously stinkin adorable! As usual, I colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers, die cut a circle on blue texture cardstock, lined it up and trimmed off part of the circle. The chipboard sun is from Bella Blvd and the buttons and twine are just from my stash. I then mounted the whole finished image onto a 6×6 yellow card base.

Take it easy and have a fun weekend ahead!

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Powered by Fairy Dust

Hello friends,

Welcome to another Crafter’s Companion post. It’s been a loooong week for me .. actually a long couple of weeks since school started. DS is just heading into 1st grade and I’m just getting beaten up the shock of daily homework. I’m thinking a bit of fairy dust might just do the trick to get me through the weekend!

This little Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Festive set was colored using my Spectrum Noir markers. I glued down a bit of Stampendous glitter for her fairy dust and Ranger stickles for her wings. Lightly chalked the background so it would pop from the white card base. The card base was also scored around the image. A simple card powered by fairy dust this week.

 I hope the school year is settling down for most of you. Have a good weekend!

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A Little Bit Festive

Hello everyone!

Welcome to another Crafter’s Companion new release post. Everytime, I look at the Crafter’s Companion blog, I’m just amazed at how different everyone’s style is and how the same stamp can be used in so many different looks. It’s just inspirational to me. Today, I’m sharing another clean and white card – clean and simple has always been my style but I’m so into white lately I keep churning these out without even thinking.

This image that I used is Sheena’s latest release from A Little Festive Line – perfect for Christmas. I stamped the image on the card base itself, colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers, added glossy accents on the leaves and stickles on the berries. The card sides were notched with my eyelet punches just below the image and embellished with twine, knotted at various intervals. Sentiment was also from the same Sheena Douglass line, diecut with Spellbinders die and mounted just below the colored image with 3D foam tape.

I hope you find some time to craft now that the kids are back at school!

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