Thursday, February 28, 2013

With all my love (and giveaway winner)

Good Morning crafters!  Crafter's Companion is launching an adorable new line called Party Paws this week.  Here is a card I made with one of the cuties.  

To color my bear and flowers I stamped the image with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers CG1, CG3, TB2, TB4, TB5, EB6, TN4, TN5 to color it.  I just love the lime green and blue combination.  You can see more sneak peaks of these darling stamps on the Crafter's Companion USA facebook page.

I am entering my card in the Simon says stamp challenge blog, anything goes challenge.

Now, what you are really waiting for.  The winner of my Crazy, cool, stamp candy!  The Random Integer has spoken...

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Looks like these stamps are heading off to Canada, Eh?  

Laura Turcotte said...
What a great giveaway! What a great blog you have!!
I'm a new follower---and am trying to post it onto my sidebar....having difficulties!

My crazy cool stamp giveaway

Hey everyone.  I've been so blessed being the Crafter's Companion USA design team and I want to share some of the amazing stamp sets I'm been luckly enough to work with.  Here is a quick pic of them.

This blog candy includes the New Sheena Douglass EZ Mount Wouldnt-It-Be-Lovely-1, two Popcorn and Friends, Sheena's Paint Fusion Rose, and Sheenas Paint Fusion Garland.  There are a couple of Make It Crafty and Imaginese stamps as well.  The flowers are from Prima.   Do you want these AWESOME STAMPS worth over $60?

Just leave a comment that you are a follower of mine (blogger) and one lucky random guy or girl will win them all.  Post it on your blog or sidebar and double your chances.  Be sure to leave a 2nd comment if you do.   I'll pick the winner from a random generator on February 28th (b/c it's so easy and fair that way!)  I can't wait to see who wins and what you create with them!

Enjoy your week :)


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ahoy Matey

Good afternoon crafters!  Today I am sharing I card I whipped up this morning for my nephew.  He is turning four on St. Patrick's Day (along w/ his twin sister).  I love making cards for little kids.  When else can you use the cute little pirate and pirate ship in the Cricut Everday Paper Dolls cartridge?

I created the entire card with nothing but scraps.  Even the 6 x 12 card stock I used for the base of the card was leftover from another project.  Gotta love using up your scraps!

The "Ahoy Matey" stamp is from a retired CTMH stamp set.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:
Come and get it challenges - Just add water
One stop craft challenge - For the kids

Thanks for stopping by!


Sunday, February 24, 2013


I inked up, misted, embossed, stamped, and painted on this layout.  It was way too much fun.  

The chipboard letters and heart I had in my stash were actually plain brown chipboard when I started.  But after seeing Michelle's blog post on altering chipboard, I painted them white, heat embossed them with chunky white embossing powder, and sprayed them with perfect peach, red velvet, and Sun Sisters glimmer mist to give them a funky texture.  I also sprayed these same mists on my Mis-table Pink Paislee background paper, as well as directly applied Antique Linen Distress Ink to give in a little brown color.  The circular paper was also inked up with Antique Linen and I glued down some lace ribbon to the back of it for a frillier border. 

The fabulous stamped flowers are from the new Flower Power stamp set from Sheena Douglass.  I stamped them onto 80 lb Ultra Smooth Premium White Card stock and then painted them with Sparkling H2Os water colors.  Once they dried I used my finger to add a bit of Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue.  The fabric butterfly and flower are from Prima.

My journaling reads, "Daughter of mine, you are so perfect just the way you are - sweet, funny, strong, independent, and happy.  I love you, always." 

I am entering my layout in the following challenges:

Once Upon a sketch blog - sketch + love journaling
Hotshot Craft blog - Anything but a card
Paper Crafting Journey - Bingo (Flowers, embossing, lace)

Thanks for stopping by!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend.  


Thursday, February 21, 2013

Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face

Good morning friends!  Today I have a mixed media journaling page.

I started my page by printing Lara's picture on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of scrapbook paper.  This fun idea was inspired by last week's A Year in the Life of an Art Journal prompt.  This was something new for me to try and I really liked the effect.  I did so many different things to my page. With black ink, I stamped the page with three different stamps from Crafter's Companion Stamp-It-Australia Ornate Accessories stamp set.  This is the beautiful lace border above Lara's photo, the intertwined circles wich look like coffee mug rings, and the grouping of dots.  Using a stencil, I applied Gesso the top of the page and added a couple of different washi tapes to the bottom left and right hand corners of the page.  I also heavily misted the paper, washi tapes, chipboard butterfly, lace ribbon, and flowers with Gold, Sun Sisters, and Fully Purple glimmer mist. Finally, I added some acrylic gold paint to the gesso circles with my finger and faux stitched the tag and flower underneath it.

The quote on the tag reads, "Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face. - Victor Hugo".
I am entering my page in the following challenges:

Loves Rubber Stamps challenges - Lots of Layers
The Cheerful Stamp pad - Anything but a card
The paper girls challenge - Washi Tape
Crafty bloggers network - Anything goes
The pretty little ribbon shop - Anything goes

Thanks for stopping by :)


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Christine Haworth new Crisalis collection

Crafter's Companion has a brand new stamp collection from Christine Haworth being released next week.  It is a new line full of images of gorgeous women and perfect for card making.  I made today's card with my favorite stamp of the Crisalis collection.  I just love her wistful expression, as she stares off into the distance.

I stamped both the image and sentiment with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink on Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.  I used my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers to color my card.  (colors: TN3, TN5, TN7, FS1, FS2, FS4, FS6, FS8, EB1, EB2, TB2, TB4, LY1, LY3, LG1, LG3.)  I also chalked around the sentiment and pink background paper. The paper is from K & Company, while the ribbon is from Websters.  The clock brad is from Prima.

Be sure to check out Crafter's Companion blog and Facebook page to see more sneak peaks of the brand new Crisalis collection.

Have a great week!


Sunday, February 17, 2013

Crafter's Companion "Love is in the air" Challenge

Happy Saturday!!!  Crafter's Companion February challenge is Love is in the air.  For my project I used  used a window element that opened up to the oh-so-romantic Swalk Winter Love You stamp set.

To color the inside of the window element I stamped the Swalk Winter Love You stamp set with 
 Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad and colored it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers TN1, TN2, TN5, TN6, TN7, TN8, CR1, CR2, CR5 (window), CR6, CR7, CR9, CR11, EB1, EB2, EB3, FS1, FS3.

Here is the outside of the card with the window element closed.  The original window element (Urban Lily) was glossy white.  Using the wide point on my Spectrum Noir CR5 marker, I quickly covered it in color to match my paper.  Then I sprayed it with Spray and Sparkle Iridescent Glitter Varnish to give it a glittery look.  The paper is from DCWV.  I find that DCWV paper works really well with my Ultimate tool.

Hope you can join us this month creating a card for a loved one in your life.  Use a Crafter's Companion stamp or paper crafting set and you could win a gift certificate to our online store and go shopping!

Hope you have all had a fabulous weekend.  Here's what I did during the four day holiday weekend - my first 5K!  I did a Color Run in Las Vegas with my 10 year old son, my friend Stacy, and her three oldest kids.  So much fun for everyone.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend :)


Monday, February 11, 2013

CAS stamping with handmade masks

Good morning!  It's three days until Valentine's Day, do you have all your cards ready to go?  If not, I have a really cool technique I learned over at Clean and Simple 2 class to share with you.  Every day they share 4 or 5 different techniques and cards to try out!  I did alter my card a bit so I could use what I had on hand, which was some left over plastic packaging I repurposed for my card.  But let's start at the beginning.  The idea of this technique is to create a mask and stamp only within that shape using your border or long stamps.

To create my mask, I didn't have own any masking sheets, so I decide to create my own with my Cricut.  Using a larger plastic packaging that I had saved for just such an emergency, I ran it through my Cricut and cut out a 4" heart using the Plantin Schoolbook cricut cartridge.  You can see the shine of the mask a little bit in the picture below.  You could create one with a large punch as well.

Using temporary adhesive, I adhered my mask to a 5 x 5 3/4 inch piece of white premium cardstock.  I also wanted to create a "love" mask for the inside of the heart, so I applied sticker letters which had very little adhesive to them.  (I stuck and unstuck them to my hand to make them less sticky, lol.)  Note that mine are pink, but the color makes absolutely no difference because they won't be staying.  This is a great way to use left over alphabet stickers.

Next you will need to decide what color you want to mist the background of your mask with.  You will want to make sure it's not too dark so that your stamps will show on top of it.  For mine, I used Strawberry Creme Sprinklers.  As a side note, sometimes mists get old and the nozzle gets clogged up so it won't spray anymore.   This was the case with mine.  Just shake it and add a little bit of the mist to a Mini Mister and spray with that.  Once the mist has dried, take a paper towel and pat your mask gently to pick up any leftover mist on the mask.  

Now you can begin stamping across your mask.  Using your stamps and ink, just stamp right across the heart.  You will be stamping across the mask too, but that is fine.  Once you lift it up, you won't see it.   I started with the middle of my heart because I knew I wanted this gorgeous border stamp with the Eiffel tower to be in the center.  It is from the Stamp-It Australia EZMount French Travels.  

Using the same stamp set,  I used four more stamps across the heart.  A couple of the postage stamps were smaller, so I just stamp them a few times across my heart.

Once you have covered your image, gently peal back your mask and you will see how your border stamps stayed within the shape you choose.

Next, carefully peal off the stickers on your image.  Pretty cool, right?

To finish my card, I added the letters, "YOU" that were leftovers from another sticker sheet to the side of my heart and added the cardstock to a pink 5 x 5 1/4 inch folded card.

And that's it.  You'll have a pretty, non bulky card that will wow the recipient of your card :)

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Simon says stamp challenge - Have a Heart
PanPastel UK challenge blog - Love and Romance
Red carpet studio challenge - Where the Heart is
Come and get it challenges - Love is in the Air
CAS on Sunday - Be Mine Valentine

Have a wonderful week!


Saturday, February 9, 2013

Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm

One of the coolest places we visited on the island of Hawaii in December was the Ocean Rider Seahorse Farm.  It was not only cool to have a seahorse hang off your fingers, it was incredibly interesting!    It was about an 1 1/2 tour tour but it kept even Lara entertained, a real feat.  Apparently, the life of a seahorse is a very difficult one, especially if you are a male seahorse.

I used a sketch from My Sketch World to start my layout off.  There is nothing like a sketch to get the creative juices flowing.  The background and glitter paper are from DCWV Stardust line.  For the hexagon shapes, I used a mask from Prima which I sprayed with glimmer mist and faux stitched with black marker.  The chipboard stickers are from Pink Paislee's Nantucket line.  If you look closely, two have sea horses on them.  The map was given to us on the plane to the island.  The seahorse bling is from Prima.  

The journaling reads, "We all enjoyed having a seahorse hang onto our fingers with its tail at a local seahorse farm in Hawaii.  It was interesting to learn that seahorse mate for life and the male carries the egg in its pouch until it hatches.  They usually live 1-5 years."

If you even stay in Hawaii for a few days, I definitely recommend this outing :)

Enjoy the rest of your weekend,


Friday, February 8, 2013

With Sympathy

Crafter's Companion has an exciting new launch of gorgeous floral stamps from Sheena Douglass beginning today.   I chose these delicate blooms on a branch from the Magnolia stamp set for a Sympathy card.

I have the hardest time making these, but I thought this stamp was just perfect for the occasion, being both beautiful and subtle.  I colored the delicate flowers with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers  GT1, GT2, GT3, for the flowers, while using EB1 and EB2 for the branches.

Here is a picture of all six new stamp sets:

For the next week there will be lots of different projects featuring the new Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Floral collection on both Crafter's Companion blog and Facebook page.  LOTS of inspiration to get you crafting this weekend.

Speaking of crafting, I thought I'd share my daughter's crafting space.  She thought seeing all my Spectrum Noir markers all sorted by color looked pretty cool, so she decided to sort her colored pencils too.

Hope you have a great weekend!


Thursday, February 7, 2013

My Perfect Rainy Day Journal page

The first of this month's prompts over at A year in the life of an art journal was rainy day or what a perfect rainy day looks like to you.   I immediately remembered the incredible rainbow I photographed a few months ago from my driveway.  Actually there were three rainbows next to each other that day, but this one was so vibrant I had to take a picture.  

So this is what a perfect rainy day looks like to me.  It's when it's not rainy anymore and there is bit of sunshine peaking through creating rainbows.   The quote from Gilbert K. Chesterton reads, "And when it rains on your parade, look up rather than down.  Without the rain, there would be no rainbows."   

To create my cloudy,  I started by cutting out a few clouds from my Cricut Create a Critter cartridge.  I then adhere them on my page with temporary adhesive and applied Chipped Sapphire, Broken China, and Iced Spruce Distress Ink to the page.  I didn't ink the middle since I knew I wanted a rainbow running through the page.

Next I applied Liquidex Matte Medium where the rainbow would be and let it dry overnight.  I painted the rainbow with acrylic paint and sprinkled matching glitter on the rays, letting them dry between each color.  The yellow sun stamp is from All Night Media, Ink.  I also flung glitter mist all over the page with a paintbrush to create raindrops on the pages.  Then I just matted my picture and added the quote.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Remember you can join in the challenges over at the A year in the life of an art journal anytime you want.  It's really fun just getting messy w/ different art mediums and, as you can see by my page, no artistic talent is necessary ;)


Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Embossing with White

***If you are looking for the Crafter's Companion Angelica and Friends Blog Hop click HERE .***

Today I had time to go back and try out a technique featured on a previous day at Clean and Simple cards online class.  This is probably my favorite technique so far.  Not only does the raised stamped image look so cool against the colorful background, it only took about 15 minutes to make.  For me, that is incredibly fast!  Figuring out which stamp to use took the longest time.

So very quickly, I stamped an image from the Sheena Douglass' Silhouette Grasses stamp set with  VersaMark Ink.  I then sprinkled opaque white embossing powder over it, shaking off any excess, and heat embossed the image.  Then using a blending tool, I gently applied  Picked Raspberry and Salty Ocean Distress Ink over my card stock and image.  As you can see, the embossed image resisted the Distress ink and popped off the card even more.

I am entering my card in the following challenges:

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes

Enjoy the rest of your day :)


Monday, February 4, 2013

Crafter's Companion Angelica and Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Crafter's Companion Blog Hop!  We have a fabulous line of designers for you today in the U.S. and U.K., each showing off one of the fabulous, new stamps from the Angelica and Friends collection that you are going to LOVE!   There are nine new stamps in the gorgeous collection, as well as a coordinating CD-Rom filled with paper crafting ideas and images.

The stamp I chose to create with is the Phoebe stamp set.  Isn't this image of the sweet little girl dressing up so cute?!  I just love it.  My five year old tries my shoes on every chance she gets.   To color this adorable stamp, I used Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers TN2, TN4, TN7 to color her hair; CG1, CG2, CG3 to color her dress and hair accessory; PP1, PP2, PP4 to color her shoes and hair accessory; FS1 and FS3 to color her skin; and BG1 for her shirt.  I love how the colors blended together so beautifully.  Pink and green is such a great color combination too.  Of course, I had to add a little glitter to her dress as well :) 

Please leave a comment on all the design team members' blogs, because one lucky U.S. resident who comments on the USA team is going to win FOUR of the Angelica and Friends' EZ Mount stamp sets (worth $40) from Crafter's Companion USA.  If you don't live in the U.S., be sure to leave comments on the UK design team blogs.  They will be giving away all 9 unmounted stamp sets to one lucky winner. (Don't worry, you have lots of time to hop!  Comments can be left until Wed Feb 6th at 9:00 pm PST.)  The big winner will be announced on the Crafter's Companion USA on Thursday.  

Here's the blog list in case you get sidetracked while hopping along.  You will definitely want to see all these awesome projects :)

Saturday, February 2, 2013

With all my Love

Happy Saturday!  Today I have a brand new stamp to share with you.  This little cutie and sentiment is from the Angelica and Friends, a new collection of stamps that will be available next week at Crafter's Companion.   

To color my little fairy, I used my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers BT4, BT5, BT6, EB1, EB2, GR1, GR2, GR3, EB3, EB5, EB7, CT1, CT3, CT4.  I got the idea to mix these fabulous colors from Card Mania Challenges.  I just love how the turquoise and orange go together.  I wanted to add quite a bit of glitter to my card, so I used  Diamond Stickles on her wings, hairband, and shoes.  The excellent design of my card came from a card sketch over at Sweet Sketch Wednesday.

I am entering my card over at the following challenges:

Card Mania Challenges color combination challenge blog
Sweet Sketch Wednesday - card sketch challenge
Simon says stamps - Anything goes

Hope you can stop by this Monday for a huge Crafter's Companion blog hop.  One lucky winner is going to win all four of these brand new stamps.  Sweet, right?

Have a fabulous day!


Friday, February 1, 2013

Fairy Special Sister

Today I have a very fast but cool technique to share with you.  I learned it over at the Clean and Simple 2 class.  It's one of a very many they are teaching there every day.  I am actually behind about 6 videos (just from Wed - Today!) but hopefully I'll have time to catch a few of them over the weekend.  Maybe.

To create my card I stamped Art-Kure Britain in Bloom Pansies stamp and two fairy images from Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Scenic Hidden Fairies stamp set with Close to my Heart Outdoor Denim pigment ink.  I stamped it off the left side of the card.  Then I took a water brush and lightly went over the centers of the pansies and fairies' wings.  This created a softer, blended look.  I think the wings really look cool using this technique.  Then I glued some Martha Stewart micro beads into the centers of the flowers to give it a three-dimensional, textured effect.  The sentiment "Fairy Special Sister" is from the Flower Fairy Sweetpea stamp set.  I'm giving the card to my sister (obviously) who lives in TN.  Even though she lives so far away, we are still very close and my kids absolutely adore her.

Hope you are having a rockin' Friday and have some fun plans this weekend.  It's about 85 degrees out here in Southern California so I am planning to soak up some rays while watching my son's flag football games this weekend.  Hopefully he won't look like he did after the last game a couple of week's ago.  (Did I mention it's FLAG football?!)

Also, make sure to stop by on Monday when there is going to be a huge Crafter's Companion blog hop with a really awesome stamp giveaway.

Have a good one :)