4.18.2014

Imagine the Possibilities

When these butterfly stamps from Crafter's Companion came out I KNEW I just had to have them!  I'm a sucker for a good butterfly stamp, in general, but these are HUGE and I totally love that! So, that being said, you may be seeing a few butterflies on my blog for a bit because I'm in love. In. Love, people. For reals.

Imagine the Possibilities


For this card I chose a simple black and white for the butterfly, itself. As soon as I bought these stamps I wanted to do something in black and white with them. They have so many wonderful details! I chose the butterfly from the 'The Butterfly Effect' set and the sentiment came from the 'True Colors' set. I stamped the sentiment with three different colors of distress inks to add both color and movement to the design.

Imagine the Possibilities (detail)


I added a few My Mind's Eye enamel dots and then a strip of Smash Tape along the bottom. And that's that!
I hope you have a truly delightful Friday, folks!

Have a Happy!

4.17.2014

A Taste of India Blog Hop - With GIVEWAWAYS!

Hello, friends! Welcome to the Crafter's Companion, A Taste of India Blog Hop! We have some awesome inspiration for you using these neat new stamps AND some incredible prizes being given away, as well! If you came from Jen Cochran's blog you are already on your way! If not, you may want to jump back to the Crafter's Companion Blog to start at the beginning! You won't want to miss this!

Never Forget

This tiny elephant was so much fun to color! He comes from the Marching Elephant stamp set. I used Spectrum Noir markers (IG1, IG2, BG6, FS4) to color the grey tones and then brought in some bright colors for the blanket with Spectrum Noir colored pencils (61, 52, 35, 29, 68). A few star sequins and a die cut star add the finishing touches.

Never Forget (detail)

Now it's time to talk PRIZES!!!

1. Comment on each blog! Along the way SIX lucky winners will receive prizes randomly drawn from the comments left on the Design Team blog posts!

2. Comment on the Crafter's Companion US Blog! TWO lucky winners will be given awesome prizes over on the CC blog!

Winners for all prizes will be announced on the Crafter's Companion Blog on April 22nd. Good Luck!

4.16.2014

Animal Antics Coming Your Way!

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog


Yup! It's time for a brand new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge and this week we are having some fun with Animal Antics! We want to see you using critters of all types in your projects this week! The design team is using some fabulous goodies from Stampendous! Stampendous! offers a LOT of adorable critter stamps, along with beautiful florals, gorgeous vintage, and even fun steampunk designs!

Hooray!


For my card I combined this adorable House Mouse Gifts to Tie stamp with a great sentiment from My Favorite Things' Birthday Greetings set. I watercolored the image and then added a big 'ole splotch of watercolor before stamping the sentiment. SO fun! Some quick work with my Wink of Stella brush adds just a touch of sparkle!

Hooray (detail)


One lucky winner will, of course, win a $50 Gift Voucher to the Simon Says Stamp Store!  WHAT?!  Yup.  Totes, dudes.  Totes.

You can find the links to the products I used on my card below!

Have a Happy!




4.15.2014

Because This is Our City

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Today we remember those lost, we celebrate those recovered, and we encourage those continuing their recovery. We are Boston Strong. This is our city.

Boston Strong


I created this card as more of a celebration than anything else. Around here, we take a lot of pride in our city. It's a big thing. We did that before, but we do it even more now. The colors are taken from the Boston Marathon colors.  Gotta love neon yellow and blue! The Boston Strong stamp was a limited edition from Hero Arts that was available for some time last year. The background is the Basic Grey/Hero Arts Highline Chalkboard stamp.  I used Tsukineko Radiant Neon inks.

Boston Strong (detail)


Be sure to visit Debbie Carriere's blog today, as well!  She has an awesome Boston Strong card over there, too!

Boston Strong!

4.14.2014

Wicked Awesome!

I am up over on the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps blog today and I am excited to be sharing something a little different today!  I created a fun LAYOUT using CAS-ual Fridays Stamps!  WHAT?!  Yup.  Totes, you guys.  Totes.

Wicked Awesome


I used my new favorite set of all time, Wait for It, for the title and I created the baseball stitches using the triple chevron stamp from RAD.  This layout was SO much fun to make and the memory was even MORE fun!



We happened to be in Boston the day of the Red Sox home opener.  We LOVE going to games, but because my husband had a conference that day we hadn't picked up tickets for the game. He decided he could get there in time, so I went over to see if I could get game day tickets (which we figured was a long shot, at best).  Well, I got in line a 9am... the ticket office opened at noon.  I waited, made new line friends, but WE GOT IN!  It was so awesome!  We got to see the World Series Ring Ceremony and, of course, the game!  The Boston Pops played, the Dropkick Murphy's played, some of the Marathon victims were there on the field to help with the ring ceremony.  It was just all around, WICKED AWESOME!

Have a Happy!

4.13.2014

Brand New Sheena India Line from Crafter's Companion

Crafter's Companion is excited to be launching a brand new line from Sheena Douglas called Taste of India!  This collection will launch very soon, but I have a sneak peek to share with you today using one of the brand new stamp sets!  I combined it with Basic Grey Spice Market papers, which could not have been a more perfect match!

Congratulations


I did some paper piecing with the image and the patterned papers to create a multi colored design that I just love!  A simple sticker sentiment and some pearls were just enough to finish off the card.

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Be sure to check out the Crafter's Companion blog for more looks at this amazing new collection!

Have a Happy!

4.11.2014

Watercolored Brights and the Trash Bin



I love using the watercolor look with bright colors!  It's a bit less expected and a lot of fun!  I decided to play along with the Avery Elle AEI♥U watercolor challenge with some bright colors and a stamp set that I thought might be a bit of a different choice.  I absolutely LOVE the results!

Watercolor Hello


I stamped the speech bubble piece and the sentiment with pink and yellow distress inks.  Then I sprayed them with a LOT of water to get them to run all over the place.  I hit it with my heat gun to dry it quickly.  My next step was to promptly throw the panel in the trash.

Yup.  Seriously.

I hated it and thought it was a lost cause.  THEN...I went on to try a different look that turned out cleaner and 'okay', but I wasn't loving it.  I had to go do something and when I came back, the bright panel (in the trash, mind you) caught my eye again.  I totally pulled it out and finished this card.  For reals.  Just keepin' it real and tellin' how it is, folks!  THAT was, indeed, my process for this card.

Watercolor Hello


So, I took it out of the trash and decided to add just a touch of blue with my watercolors.  I splattered some blue paint onto the panel and squished some larger drops with my finger to spread them a bit.  I love it.  The colors are awesome, the water ran nicely and then I added a few enamel dots to finish it off and was thrilled!  YAY!

You can find the links to the products I used below (all links are affiliate links and I LOVE and appreciate it lots when you use them!  :) )  The moral of the story:  Look in your trash bin now and then...you may be able to recover one of those toss-aways, after all!

Have a Happy!





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