Thursday, December 27, 2012

Crafter's Companion stamp-a-day giveaway

Crafter's Companion USA is giving away the favorite stamp sets of their design team members this week.  My favorite is definitely Sheena Douglass' Flying Colors stamp set.  Here's a few things I created with this beautiful stamp set this year.




So please stop by Crafter's Companion USA and leave a comment today (and every day this week) so that you can win this and other awesome stamp sets!  


Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Denise

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Memories

 This year I am planning to create more scrapbook pages than in the previous on.  So today I am starting off my resolution early with this scrapbook page I created for Crafter's Companion.


The gorgeous bear holding the poinsettia flower is from the Popcorn the Bear With Love stamp set.  You can tell from the 12 x 12 scrapbook page how large this stamp is.  I used Double Sided Adhesive Foam Squares so that he would "pop" off the page.  Here's a close up of Popcorn before I added him to my layout.


I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers to color him (TN2, TN3, TN4, TN5, DG2, DG4, CR7, CR9, CR11, DR2, DR3, DR5).  I also added some Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue to the poinsettia.


Hope you are enjoying lots of family time during this busy time of year.   Thanks for stopping by :)

Denise

Thursday, December 13, 2012

You're the Cat's Miaow

Crafter's Companion's newest  S.w.a.l.k. collection, Pawfect Pals is purr-fect for everyday cards.  I created this one using the SWALK Pawfect Pals Cats Miaow.  



To color my card, I first stamped my image on Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  Next I used my Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers (GG1, GG2, GT2, GT3, IG6, IG8, IG10, BG1, BG3, FS2, FS3) which beautifully blend the shades of colors.


To finish my card, I added two mats, some black lace and a couple of embellishments in the corner of my card.  Quick and easy!


These stamps also work wonderfully for the Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge blog, where the challenge for December is Winter Friends. 

Have a great day!

Denise

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Crafter's Companion Winter Friends challenge

Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge blog's December crafting challenge is Winter friends.  This is the perfect month to create a sweet card or gift for your bff.  And if you enter your project over at the
Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge blog, you could win a gift certificate to the their fabulous store. Make sure you use a product from Crafter's Companion to be eligible to win.



For my project this month, I used the gorgeous Humphrey Girl Talk stamp set.  This stamp just screams, "best friends" to me.  I stamped the image onto both white card stock and printed paper with Tuxedo Black Memento Stamp Pad.  I fussy cut the two girls dressed and glued them down with Double Sided Adhesive Foam Squares to create a three-dimensional effect.  The rest of the image was colored with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (IG2, IG4, EB1, EB2, DG2, DG4).  I also used a little Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue on the heart dress and center of the flower.

For more information about this month's challenge, pop over to Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge blog where you will find a ton of inspiration from our design team.

Happy stamping!

Denise

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fairy Cute Door hanger

Like most girls, my daughter adores fairies.  So I decided to create this fun and girly door hanger for her bedroom.




I started my project by painting a plain brown door hanger with purple acrylic paint.  It dried so quickly, I decided to give it a second coat of paint before starting the rest of the project.




The darling little fairy riding on a tricycle is from Sheena Douglass' A Little Bit Festive Fairy Power stamp set.  I stamped my image out with Memento Pad Tuxedo Black onto Premium White Cardstock, and colored it with the following Spectrum Noir alcohol markers Dress: TB2, TB3, TB4, TB5; skin: EB1, EB2; Tricycle: LV1, LV2; hair: IG6, IG8, IG10, wings and wand: GB5, CT2, CT4; ground: GB4, GB10.



Using a low temperature hot glue gun, I slowly glued down a frilly purple ribbon around the edges of the door hanger.

To add a little more sparkle, I added a giant rhinestone to the top of the door hanger.  I also applied Lavender Stickles Glitter Glue to the tricycle and Diamond Stickles Glitter Glue to the girl's wings.


I hope my easy-to-make door hanger inspires you to create one.  They make fabulous holiday gifts.

I am entering my project over at

Tuesday Alchemy - Anything but a card
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes
Crafty Blogger's Network - Anything goes
Artistic Inspirations - Anything goes

Have a wonderful day!

Denise

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Vintage Mini House

Hey all,

I was browsing the internet a couple of days ago and saw a new "House Rules" challenge at over Simon Says Stamp and Show.  The darling three-dimensional houses the DT made inspired me to put together and alter a Doodlebug Chipboard house out that I've had in my stash for a few years.   Over the last couple of days I took a break from Christmas cards and made this Vintage mini house.


I used the DCWV World Traveler and Rustic stacks for the outside of the house, while the vintage ladies and butterfly sticker are from Graphic 45's A Ladies' Diary collection.  The flowers are from Petaloo and the lace trim is from Webster's.  I outlined the door and house trim with Gold Stickles.  Lara was very interested in who I was making the house for.  She had a big smile when I gave it to her when I finished it.  (I finished it during her nap and she's got the bed head look going on.)



I'm entering my (err, Lara's) mini house in the Simon Says Stamp and Show (House Rules) and Tuesday Alchemy (Anything but a card).

Denise


Thursday, November 29, 2012

5 minute 3-D foil embossed cards


While I love making lots of intricate cards and home decor items, sometimes I just don't have the time.  So when I need to create a card in a hurry, I grab my Crafter's Companion Moorhead Luxury Card Collection.  This card kits has everything you need to make a gorgeous three-dimensional card in no time at all.  It includes gold-foiled die-cut toppers, sentiments, and borders, all which coordinate perfectly with the matching printed and gold-accented card stock.
I was able to create this card using only the Moorhead card kit and adhesive in under five minutes!



I simply punched out the pre-printed die cuts and used Crafter's Companion Double Sided Adhesive Foam Squares to layer the pieces together.  The raised foam creates the fabulous three-dimensional effect.


I cut one of the matching card stock papers to 6 x 8 inches and folded it in half to create a 4 x 6 inch card.  I saved the other half of the card stock which had the same little boy with his puppy for later use.
You can see the gold-embossed border all the bottom of my card.


Then I glued on my layered little boy image, as well as the matching Happy Birthday Sentiment, also included in the Moorhead Luxury card collection.  In just a few minutes I was able to create a wonderful birthday card for a friend!


Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!

Denise

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Flower Fairy All-Occasion card


Good morning crafters.  Today I am sharing with you a card that I made for Crafter's Companion USA blog, using one of my favorite Crafter's Companion collections, Flower Fairies.  The sweet images are fabulous for sending a card to someone to let them know you are thinking about them.  Who doesn't love getting a card when you least expect it?


I started this quick and easy card by stamping the Flower Fairy Heliotrope main image onto a die cut shape.  I colored my fairy with the following Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  
Flowers:  CT1, CT2, CT4
Stem:  CG1, CG2
Skin:  FS2, FS3
Wings:  EB1, EB2
Hair:  IG5, IG6, IG8
Dress:  BT1, BT2, BT4


Once I was done coloring, I applied Platinum Stickles Glitter Glue to her wings.  Platinum Stickles has a beautiful mix of silver and gold glitter.  I also added green rhinestones around the image for a little extra sparkle.  

To create a three dimensional effect, I adhered the die cut to the base of the card with Double-Sided Adhesive Foam Squares.  Finally, I added a few flowers in each of the corners of the card.



Have a wonderful week and Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Denise

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Rainbow Butterfly Wreath (stash buster)

Crafter's Companion USA challenge blog has merged with the Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge blog!  You can now win one of THREE gift certificates to their online store, no mater which country you live in.  November's challenge is to create something using your favorite color combination.  Make sure to include an item from Crafter's Companion UK or USA store to be eligible.   My favorite color combination is a rainbow of colors, so I chose to make a Butterfly Wreath.  This is a great project for using bits and pieces of card stock you may have left over from previous projects.


To begin my project, I pulled out a bunch of papers and started stamping the different butterflies from Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Scenic Flying Colors using my Tuxedo Black Memento Pad.  Over the next couple of days, I cut them all out whenever I was watching TV. 


For the wreath base, I wrapped a simple styrofoam wreath with some broad ribbon.  I only used a bit of glue when I started to wind the ribbon around the wreath and at the end when I had covered it completely. 



Next, I started layering my butterflies, using the largest size of butterfly on my stamp set.  I used 2-4 large butterflies for each color I had.


Once I had covered my wreath with the large butterflies, I used the same colored medium and small butterflies to fill in any holes or to add more bulk to my wreath.  I also twisted up some of the wings to give them more dimension.


To complete the wreath, I glued on a piece of yellow ribbon to the back of the wreath for hanging.  Because it is made of styrofoam it was not very heavy.   The hanger is actually just a tack with a butterfly glued onto the top of it.


Thanks for checking out my blog.  I hope I've inspired you to think of your favorite colors to craft with and you will join us over at Crafter's Companion Monthly Challenge blog!

I am entering my wreath in the following challenges:

The Corrosive Challenge blog - Flutter by
Order of the Opus Gluei Challenge - Three Dee
Hotshot Craft - Butterflies
Simply Create Too - Use your Stash

Have a great day!

Denise

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time to Celebrate

It's always nice to have extra cards on hand for last minute occasions.   One of my favorite stamps to create cards with is the Crafter's Companion Strawberry Kisses Party Girl stamp set.  The celebratory image is perfect for so many different occasions.   Isn't the adorable kitty sitting in a martini glass adorable?


I created this quick and simple card by stamping my image with Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and colored it with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, I also added Stickles to the glass and umbrella.  Nothing says celebrate like glitter!  Finally, I stamped the sentiment "Time to celebrate" from the Swalk Winter Celebrate stamp set.

Do you like to make cards for a rainy day or do you like to make them for specific occasions?

Have a great day!

Denise

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Holiday cupcake box

Good morning crafters!  Here is a cupcake box that I made for Crafter's Companion last week.  You could also put homemade candies, cookies, or muffins in it, as well.  



To create my cupcake box, I used my Crafter's Companion's Boxer Board.  For the base of the box, I started with a 9 1/2 square inch piece of cardstock.

Using the Box Lid side of my Boxer Board, I scored at 3 inches on all four sides of the paper.   I then cut the middle two score lines on one side and then the same middle two lines on the opposite side of the paper.

You can see an example in the photo below.

To construct the box, you will need to use a strong glue, such as Red Liner Tape.  Glue the two side panels together and then fold up and glue the middle panel to them.

For the box top, you will start with a 5 1/2 inch square piece of card stock.  Using the Box Lid side again on your Boxer Board, score each side at 3/4 inch.

Cut a small notch out of each corner which will be folded to inside the lip of the box.  Before gluing the lid together, cut out a circle or shape of your choice in the center of the box lid.


On the inside of the box lid, adhere a piece of 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inch acetate.

To decorate my box lid, I colored several holly leaves from Sheena Douglass' Paint Fusion Christmas Holly stamp set with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and cut out the images.

I used the colors EB5, EB8, CR2, CR9, DG2, and DG4.

After I cut out some of the holly leaves, I glued a few of them to the lid of my box.

To complete my cupcake box I added a few pearls around the circular cut out, as well as the sides of the lid.


Have a great day!

Denise

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Thank you card for a teacher


Good morning crafters!  Today I have a card I made for my son's teacher.  Being a teacher is such an important job and I think it's important to take time to show my appreciation for all her hard work.


I created the beautiful wood look in my card by embossing Premium White Cardstock with Crafter's Companion new Wood Grain Background Embossing Folder.  I used Vintage Photo  and Tea Dye Distress Ink pads to create the warm brown color.


For the main image, I thought Swalk Slugs and Snails would be perfect for an elementary school teacher.  I colored him using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (IB2, IB3, BT8, IG1, IG6, IG8, IG10, TN5, TN7, TN8, EB1, EB2, CT1, CT3, AND TB2).


To finish my card, I added a small piece of ribbon and stamped "Thank You" on matching cardstock.  The Thank You sentiment is part of the Cute Companions Crafting Companions stamp set.  Inside my card, I added the words, "Thanks for making 4th grade such a blast!".



I hope that I have inspired you to thank a teacher in your life.  I'm sure they would appreciate a handmade card.  Have a fabulous Thursday!

Denise

Thursday, October 25, 2012

You're My Number One Frame


Hello all! Today I am sharing a frame that I made for my son, using the new Crafter's Companion Mulberry Wood Champion stamp set and a $1 frame I bought at a craft store.  This is an easy project to make, but one that the little athlete in your life will love.


I started with this plain wood frame.


I painted the wood frame with a coat of blue acrylic paint.   Acrylic paint dries very quickly on wood, so you won't have to wait very long for it to dry.


Next I added four pieces of ribbon, one for each side of the frame.  


I used a tacky glue to adhere the ribbon in the back of the frame and then added my photo.


I colored my image from the new Mulberry Wood Champion stamp set with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, using colors that coordinated with my photo.  (Colors show below.)   I also stamped the matching sentiment, "You're my Number One" from the stamp set.  This darling stamp doesn't show a specific sport in it, so it will work for all kinds of sports pictures.   

Spectrum Noir colors used: IG2, IG4, IG5, IG6, IG10, TN2, TN3, CG1, CG2, TB2, TB4, TB5

Once I glued down my stamped image and sentiment, I was all done.   Though this afternoon project was an easy and quick one, my son was absolutely thrilled with it!  


Thanks for stopping by today!

Denise