It’s not just Christmas in July ..

It’s a giveaway too!! Santa’s here for this blog hop party!

Anyhow, not to keep anyone waiting much longer… We are introducing Flower Soft Die Cut dimensions – Christmas Poinsettia. In case you’re not familiar with the Flower Soft Diecut Dimensions product line – they are card toppers that pop out! How cool and convenient they are!

The image itself is a card topper and the poinsettia petals pop out to give the card a dimensional look. Here is a side view of the card so you could see the dimensions from the diecuts.

Now for the giveaways .. every hour (2-9pm EST today), there is a giveaway on the Flower Soft blog and Facebook page. We’re giving away these things:

  • Hint of Green, Sticker Sheet, Package of various toppers
  • Ultra Fine Moss, Sticker Sheet, Package of various toppers
  • Ultra Fine Lavender Tips, Sticker Sheet, Package of various toppers
  • 20 ml jar of The Patriot, Sticker Sheet, Package of various toppers
  • 20 ml jar of Spring, Sticker Sheet, Package of various toppers
  • Ultra Fine White, Sticker Sheet, Package of various toppers
  • Daffodil, Sticker Sheet, Package of various toppers
  • Hint of Violet, Sticker Sheet, Package of various toppers

What do you need to do to be entered to win?

  • Follow the Flower Soft blog and leave a comment
  • Follow my blog and leave me a comment to let me know
  • And ALL orders of the New Vintage Mabel Lucie Attwell Stamps will receive a FREE Ultra Fine Raspberry Fizz Flower Soft!  You need to get your orders in by July 30th

Here is your map ..

Flower Soft blog

Stephanie Lee (you’re here)

Jeanne Streiff 

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Christmas Morning Layout

Hello everyone!

It is very early to be thinking of Christmas, given this sweltering heat! But I wanted to share some amazing BRAND NEW Stampendous stamps again. This is a layout I made for CHA Summer 2012.

These have got to be my favorite Christmas stamps this new release! The yellow poinsettia at the top of the layout – it’s a background stamp that I colored with Copic Markers. So versatile and love how rich it makes everything look. That sentiment up top – hilarious and the cutest EVER! Check it out at your LSS soon! Head on over to the Stampendous project page to see instructions for this layout.

Supplies:
 
Patterned Paper: Echo Park, Authentique Paper, Simple Stories, Webster’s Pages, Patterned vellum, Craft Supplies
Stamps: Stampendous Cling Get Socks, Cling Poinsettia Background
Ink: Copic Markers, Tsukineko
Stickers: Echo Park, Authentique Paper
Pearls: Mark Richards
Mist: Tattered Angels
Die: Spellbinders Poinsettia, Circle
Die cut machine: Sizzix Vagabond
 

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Cardabilities Reveal for Febuary 29

Welcome to another Cardabilities reveal and a leap year too!

You poor thing if your birthday is today – Happy Birthday though – I hope you make up for the years of missed presents and celebrations for those years without a Febuary 29.

Without further chatter, here is the sketch for this reveal:

Gosh, this one really stumped me for a while. Specifically, I didn’t know what to do with that space above – put a sentiment there, used a patterned paper, flipped the sketch, I tried a fancy fold card to no avail – I mean, really stumped me.

Well, here’s what I eventually came up with:

 

When in doubt, use patterned paper!

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It’s time to look back …

Hello everyone,

I always feel very nostalgic at the start of a New Year. Don’t get me wrong – I’m excited for a new beginning; I’m not used to writing 2012 in print yet but I’m sad that another year has gone by. So this 1st challenge of the new year at CMC challenge is aptly themed “RETRO” – use BLACK, PINK/HOT PINK and WHITE.

The Sponsor this week is GuyLou’s Inimitability. Don’t forget when you play along the entire month, 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.

Use any image you want as long as they are colored with Copic Markers or Promarkers. Your card must also be newly created.

Here is my Retro card:

 

I just learnt how to color my own retro clothes at Color Me Creative Copic Class 5 - it’s full of many more fun techniques to learn and this is also Suzanne’s last Copic class. So come check it out.

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Cardabilities Reveal Day for December 30

Hello Everyone,

I have news! While this is my last post for Cardabilities for the year and my 1st term; Karan has invited me to continue on for a 2nd term!! yeah yeah yeah!

This is a very inspirational design team for me. Karan’s sketches makes it so easy to just focus on the fun papers and embellishment and coloring of the card and I really enjoying using her sketches!

Here is the sketch for this reveal day:

And here is my card:

Happy New Year everyone!!! and safe travels …

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Pay attention to the box please.

Is anyone in a panic yet – it’s Christmas eve and I have my last batch of cookies to bake, forgotten presents to buy and wrap, several Christmas decorations that fell off that needs to be put back up. So much to do and so little time…

Here are the baked goods I’m giving to my friends and neighbors this year – focus on the gift box please. I spent more time on the box than the cookies:

Yup every box is different. I got these white boxes from TPC Studio but I discovered you could get them at Michaels for almost half the price of what I paid for them…Grrrr..too late now but I know better for next time.

Covered all the sides with patterned paper (these are from Webster’s Pages, Graphics 45 and October Afternoon). Cut 2 3” square diagonally into triangles to decorate the top of the box. I used different Stampendous stamps for labels and tags for the boxes. Seen here are From the Kitchen Perfectly Clear Stamp set and Cling Poinsettia Silhouette.

From the Kitchen Stamp set was colored with Copic Markers and Cling Poinsettia Silhouette was embossed with Stampendous Vintage Embossing Tinsel (Vintage Mahogany for the poinsetta & Vintage Olive for the leaves). Here are a few up close look.

Merry Christmas everyone!!

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The Pixie Cottage Blog Hop

Hello everyone!

It’s a very special challenge at The Pixie Cottage this week as we are celebrating our 100th challenge!

To mark this special occasion we are having an “Anything Goes Christmas” challenge and also a blog hop for some very special prizes!

I made this Christmas card for the hop:

The Pixie Cottage stamps are just so versatile – this “love you a latte stamp set” from Michelle’s Scrapbooking and More is not even a Christmas image per se but look what you can do with a little bit of Christmas paper and some ingenuity?

To get on with the hop, you should have come to me from Wendy Van Heerden’s blog and if not then please go back to The Pixie Cottage so that you don’t miss a spot on the hop.

You’ll need to collect letters from all the blogs on the hop to be in with a chance of winning.

. My letter is U .

Also you must leave a comment at all the blogs as each one is giving away a Pixie Cottage Digital Image so plenty of prizes to be had.

Finally when you get back to the The Pixie Cottage leave your name and link to your blog in the Inlinkz box for a chance to win a $20 Gift Certificate to Michelle’s Scrapbooking. We’d love you to enter with a Christmas card/project but if you are only entering the blog hop please add BH after your name. Only one “Blog Hop Only” entry per person.

So now you just need to leave me a comment and then hop along to Denise Gwalter’s blog to carry on with the fun!

Have a wonderful time looking at all the other beautiful projects.

Thanks for stopping by,  Steph

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For someone special

Good morning everyone! Before I get to the papercrafting business, I want to say:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM!!!

And as Christmas is also drawing near, I’m thinking of all my family who are with me and not with me this season (most are in various different countries). So for today’s Tuesday Throwdown Challenge – to make something for someone special – I made a Christmas card for someone special.

Here it is:

Our prize sponsor this week is My Grafico. They also provided me (and my design teamies) with the Santa image and the surrounding frame. The postmark stamp within the frame is from Raindrops Echo Designs and the DP is from Websters Pages.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Creative Vision Blog Hop #4

Welcome and hello everyone …

Welcome to another Creative Vision Design Team Themed Blog Hop. The hop today is VERY special because it is the team’s final hop. PLUS we have a guest designer on the company blog PLUS Laura Lou Who goes LIVE with THING 1 and Whoville ACTION NEWS! Yes the GRINCH GAME begins TODAY!!

The holiday season is always a time for giving. That’s what our family try to do every year. So the blog hop theme is suitably appropriate for us - “GIFTS”.

I bake cookies and give candies every year to our friends. But I always try to personalize it even more and dress up my gift by creating something in the craftroom. Here is a gift I will be giving this year:

Love the label and what’s in the jar!! yum. (Sorry Laura, I ate the chocolates – yes, all of it – before I could get it out to you – make no sense to send you an empty jar right? ;) )

Here is the order of the blog hop.

Laura Lou Who – 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/

Remember, it’s more bless to give than to received – have a great season of giving this year!

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Creative Vision Blog Hop #3

Hello everyone …

Welcome to another Creative Vision Team Themed Blog Hop. Today we are sharing a themed project, “Tags”. Tags are something I regularly make but don’t photograph it as much – just because a tag to me is like a test surface. To test out new techniques, new layouts, new materials, new style outside my comfort zone before it makes it into a larger surface like a card or a layout. But with Christmas right around the corner we hope our creations inspire you to create some tags of your own!

As you hop hop hop your way around, make sure to become a Creative Vision Blog follower if you are not already, (you have to be a follower in order to win) then leave me some love for a chance to WIN a $10.00 Shopping Spree to the Creative Clear Stamp Store! The winner will be announced on Thursday at the Creative Vision blog. You can also win a chance at being our Guest Designer!!

The tag I will share with you has a more vintagey feel to it – not a style I am supremely comfortable with. But I do like the look of it when someone else (like Tim Holtz) does it. So I like to dapple in vintage designs sometimes.

So here is my vintage tag:

Yup, I cannot get away from my pearls. Enjoy my vintage tag. Papers are from Websters Pages, Poinsetta is from Making Memories (discontinued) and the rest of the embellishments are from Tim Holtz. The sentiment I used is from Creative Vision Wishing You Set (CV0087).

Here 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/

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!!

Challenges entered:

Moxie Fab World – beads and baubbles

 

 

 

 

Meljen Challenge

Sentimental Sundays

ABC Christmas Challenge

Bearly-Mine Challenge

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Tutorial – Making A Handmade Flower

Good morning everyone,

For today’s Creative Vision post, I am sharing a tutorial on how to make a handmade flower. You know those shabby chic cards you see with handmade flowers, I love them and have always wanted to learn how to make it. When browsing the web, I found this lady who makes these really nice scalloped flowers. Her site is here. Her flower is gorgeous but since I have 2 left foot, I adapted her flower and made it foolproof for me.

Here is my flower – easy enough for a beginner so anyone can do it really. All you need are some basic crafting supplies:

  • Scalloped punch (or scalloped die) – size of scallop determines size of flower.
  • Tissue paper
  • Twine

Directions:

1. Fold tissue paper in half and continuing folding it in half until you get about 12-15 layers.

(doesn’t have to be accurate and tissue doesn’t have to be new and uncreased – you are going to be scrunching it up anyways – yup I’m lazy like that)

 

2. Punch out a scallop from your folded tissue paper.

 

3.Punch two small holes in the center and thread twine through the holes and tie a knot.

 

4. Flip the knotted scalloped circle over and start gathering each layer of tissue towards the center.

 

5. Once all the layers are gathered, start pulling layers down one by one (starting from the outer layer) to form a flower.

Tada!!! You have your handmade flower. See I told you, couldn’t be easier than that. And very cheap too – a flower that looks like you actually bought it.

Here is the card I made with this flower.

I used the “CV0087 Wishing You” stamp set from Creative Clear Stamps.

Have a fun and creative rest of the week! I sure felt creative after making a flower from some bits of tissue paper I had laying around.

Challenges entered:

Stampendous

 

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