Sunday, April 29, 2012

The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan - Inspired by Nature

This fortnight at The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan we're inspired by nature.  I got Koala Hug Tilda in the mail yesterday and I REALLY wanted to play with her for this challenge.  The papers and scalloped edge in Stitches and Blooms by TDC guest Michelle Batton were just perfect for what I had in mind - a bright, flowery card.  I added a sentiment from Card Sentiments 2 by Arty Pants Digital Stamps.  I think Tilda and her koala are best friends.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Just Magnolia #154 - buttons and bows
2. Midweek Magnolias #8 - open theme
3. Divas by Design #32 - buttons and/or bows
4. Crafty Creations #167 - that's what little girls are made of
5. Cute Card Thursday #214 - animal magic
6. C.R.A.F.T. #152 - animals
7. Card Makin' Mamas - spring photo challenge

Happy Crafting!
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Cupcake Inspirations 158 Sponsored by A Day for Daisies

It's raining at the Cupcake Inspirations Challenge this week.  We're sponsored by A Day for Daisies.  You know what they say - april showers bring May flowers.  Here's our inspiration cupcake:

I used New Umbrella from A Day for Daisies for my card.  I loved the blue and cream from the inspiration cupcake so I used those coors for my card.  The image is colored with Copics on Make it Colour paper.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Friday Sketch #16 - sketch
2. Little Miss Muffet #33 - April showers

Happy Crafting!
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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dad's Day with a Sketch

Hi all!  It's my day to post on the Crafter's Companion blog and I'm sharing a great way to get inspiration - papers and sketches.  Don't worry...I'll explain!  I started with the Stamp It Father's Day Tools, and I was wondering what to do.  I had a whole pad of masculine papers in my stash, so I picked out Spectrum Noir markers that matched the papers that I had.  I stamped the image on Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock and colored it.

Now that I had my image, I was wondering what to do with the image now that I had it colored and had my papers in mind.  This is when I look to a sketch for inspiration.  I found one this week at Papertake Weekly that fit with the clean design that I wanted for this masculine card.  I cut all my papers and mounted them on cardstock.

I did the same thing for the inside.  It makes decorating the inside super-easy.  Can you spot the difference from the layout on the front?

Yep, I missed the paper running vertically down the center.  I didn't see it in the sketch until I had put the papers inside.  I always decorate the inside first in case I want to add glitter or glued embellishments to the front.  This way the front can dry and my card will be finished.

Would you like to win this stamp?  Hop over to the Crafter's Companion Challenge blog, become a follower, and leave a comment.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Papertake Weekly - sketch #67
2. Simon Says - anything goes

Happy Crafting!

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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Crafter's Companion Blog Hop Winner

Sorry I'm late with this post.  I couldn't get blogger to cooperate this morning!

The winner of the prize from my blog is:

 Linda Kirsch

Please email me with your address so we can send out your prize.  
Check out the Crafter's Companion Information Blog for all the winners!

Happy Crafting!

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Sunday, April 22, 2012

CIC 157 Sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads

We're celebrating Earth Day at Cupcake Inspirations with our new challenge sponsored by Di's Digi Downloads.  Here's our inspiration cupcake for this week:

For my card, I dug out an older Sarah Kay stamp - Olivia with her Kittens Kiki and Sugar - from my stash.  I was inspired by the colors in the inspiration cupcakes.  I tried to capture the dark red from the radishes and the orange from the carrots.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Simon Says - Follow Dawny's sketch
2. Stampavie #166 - spring

Happy Crafting!
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Saturday, April 21, 2012

The Crafter's Cafe Spring Cleaning Challenge

We're chatting tonight at The Crafter's Cafe at 8 pm Eastern Time.  I hope you can join us!

I'm sponsoring the Spring Cleaning Challenge at TCC.  The challenge is to use something from your stash that is over three months old.   The challenge is open until next Saturday, so you have plenty of crafting time.  Here's the prize I found while doing a little spring cleaning from my stash:

For my card, I used Birthday Tilda who's been in my stamped folder for MUCH longer than three months.  I colored her with Copics and used papers from my stash.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
2. Just Magnolia #153 - soft spring colors

These are the products I used for my card:

Happy Crafting!
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MIC Challenge #50 - Copper Coloured Metal

We have another great coloring challenge at Make It Colouful - Color Copper Metal.  I wanted to experiment with Spectrum Noir Markers to see if I could get a copper effect.  For the flowers, I used TN3, TN6, TN8 and TN9.  For the leaves, I wanted to get an oxidized copper effect.  I colored all the leaves with TN3 and then layered GT2 and JG3.  For the nuts and gears, I used IG3, IG5, and IG7.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Willow Sketchie - sketch and/or more than three brads/eyelets
2. Paper Playtime #72 - birthday card
3. Cute Card Thursday #213 - metallica
4. Do You Stack Up #68 - stripes
5. Dream Valley #30 - earth tones

Here are the products I used for this card:

Happy Crafting!
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Friday, April 20, 2012

Crafter's Companion Blog Hop!!!


We have lots of fun and prizes in store for you.  Be sure to read all the way to the end!  I made a thank you card to say thank you to all of my blog readers and Crafter's Companion for all your support.  I used Popcorn Bear - Thanks a Bunch and colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.

Now let the fun begin with our scavenger hunt.  There are 12 design team members and each DT member has a question that will give clues for 12 different items that can be found in the Crafter's Companion Store.  Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to hop to each blog, gather the questions, then hop over to the Crafter's Companion Store and find the answers.   Email your answers to Bindy with the subject CC Blog Hop.

If you answer the questions and meet the requirements below, you'll be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE - the ENTIRE collection of Peter Rabbit Stamp Sets.  That's 9 awesome stamp sets!

At each hop stop, the DT member will also have a chance to win!  We're each giving away a Cute Companions Romance Stamp Set, two embossing powders (white and blush rose), AND one sheet of EZ Mount Foam.

The blog hop will run Friday, April 20th at midnight (Pacific) to Sunday, April 22nd at midnight (Pacific).  Winners will be announced on the Crafter's Companion Information Blog on Tuesday, April 24th.  Blog hop prizes are open to U.S. residents ONLY.

To be entered to win the Cute Companions Romance Stamp Set, two embossing powders (white and blush rose), AND one sheet of EZ Mount Foam offered on my blog:
1. Be a follower of Crafter's Companion Information Blog and my blog.
2. Enter your name in the inlinkz below (I'd love a comment too!)

To be entered to win the Grand Prize: 
2. Leave a comment on each DT member's blog and on the Crafter's Companion Information Blog.
3. Find the answers to the scavenger hunt questions in the Crafter's Companion Store and Email your answers to Bindy with the subject CC Blog Hop.

Ready to get started?  Here's my scavenger hunt question:
What complements a Cricut Machine, but isn't a machine at all?

Here is the order for the blog hop:
Jen J - you are HERE
Dawn B - hop here next
Thanks for hopping!  Your next stop is the fabulous Dawn B

Happy Crafting!
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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Spring Garden Collab available at The Digichick

I made this fun garden journal as a gift for my mother-in-law.  I love the little seed packets.

Happy Crafting!
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Altered Strawberry Kisses Journal

Hi all!  I'm sharing a fun altered journal today on the Crafter's Companion blog.  I'm starting this post with a picture of the finished product, but don't worry, I'll tell you exactly how I made the journal.  This project features Friends Forever from the Strawberry Kisses collection.  I colored the image with Spectrum Noir markers.

I purchased this mini-Composition book from a local craft store.  I thought it would be fun to alter into a journal.  I didn't worry too much about what it looked like before I started.

I added washi tape to the binding.  Luckily, I had washi tape in the colors I was going to use for my project (black/white - plus pink).  I covered the whole blue binding by overlapping the tape.  You could also use a funky duck tape and you wouldn't have to use multiple tape strips.

I covered the front, back and inside covers with pink cardstock.  Then I started decorating.  I added black cardstock and added sparkly ribbon to my black/white/sparkly patterned paper.

I'd like to enter this project in the following challenges:
1. Really Reasonable Ribbon #46 - black and white plus one accent color
2. Paper Sundaes #116 - anything goes
3. Stamptacular Sunday #159 - freebie week
4. Divas By Design #31 - anything but a card

Don't forget, you have until tonight to enter the giveaway on the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog.  Be sure to stop by my blog or the Crafter's Companion blog tomorrow to get all the details on the scavenger hunt blog hop.  There will be AMAZING prizes! {Open to US residents only}

Happy Crafting!

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Crafter's Companion News

Would you like to win a stamp from Crafter's Companion?  Check out this post - all you need to do is leave a comment to be entered to win!

This weekend Crafter's Companion is hosting a blog hop and scavenger hunt with AMAZING prizes.  Be sure to check out the CC blog on Friday morning for all the details.  {Open to U.S. residents only}

Happy Crafting!
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Sunday, April 15, 2012

Little Miss Muffet in Pastels

The new Sugar and Spice girls release in rubber inspired me to get out my Little Miss Muffet digital stamps.  I thought Paprika would be perfect for a fun spring card.  I love purple and yellow together and I thought they'd be perfect for her cute raincoat.  I added a sentiment from Crafter's Companion and flowers from my stash to finish this card.

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Little Miss Muffet #32 - spring colors/pastels
2. Sketchy Challenges #21 - Janine's sketch
3. Cardmad Fairy's Digi Days - April Showers
4. Sweet Stampin' - girly but no pink
6. Paper Sundaes #116 - anything goes
7. Simon Says - April showers bring spring flowers

Happy Crafting!
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Spring at The Hybrid Chick Card Caravan Challenge

I'm hosting my first Card Caravan Challenge at the Hybrid Chick this weekend.  I wanted to start with something easy, so I picked a Spring theme.  When I saw Pinwheel by Wishing Well Creations, I knew it was just what I wanted to use for my card.  I was inspired by the digital elements to create my own pinwheels, so I printed the patterned papers on both sides, cut 2" squares and folded them up.  I stapled the centers and then sewed buttons to cover the staple.  This kit is just perfect for little boy stamps, so I chose S.W.A.L.K. Best Pals available at Crafter's Companion.  I stamped the image on Make It Colour paper and colored it with Spectrum Noirs.

I had enough pinwheels to decorate the inside too.  Isn't that little frog cute?

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Allsorts #150 - buttons and thread

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Cupcake Inspirations #156 Sponsored by Robyn's Fetish

We're hopping into another challenge at Cupcake Inspirations.  Our sponsor this week is Robyn's Fetish Digital Stamps.  Here's our frog-arific cupcake:

I used Five Little Froggies and the sentiment from I Toadily Luv U to create my card.  I love the cute little froggies on the well.  I printed the image on Make It Colour paper and colored it with Spectrum Noir markers. 

I'd like to enter this card in the following challenges:
1. Crafty Catz #128 - animals
2. Wags 'n Whiskers #77 - anything goes

Happy Crafting!
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Friday, April 13, 2012

Afternoon Tea by Siamese Studio

Siamese Studio has a sweet new release at Scrap Matters (image is linked).

Here's my layout:

Happy Scrapping!
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Thursday, April 12, 2012

Treat Bag - Just for Ewe

Hi all! I have a fun treat bag Just 4 Ewe to share today!  When I saw these fun "A Little Bit Different" stamps available at Crafter's Companion, I thought the Just 4 Ewe would be perfect for a treat bag.  Here's the finished project.  I've added directions below.

I started with a snack size zip-top bag.  These bags are ~6" wide.  I added my treats to the bag.  I cut a rectangle of cardstock 6" wide x 4" tall.  I creased the cardstock at 2" in from the 4" side.  I added decorative papers to the cardstock.

On both sides I added striped ribbon.  On the front, I placed my stamped image mounted on cardstock and a fun flower button.  On the back side, I added a large button.  The final step is to staple the cardstock topper to the top of the snack size bag.

Happy Crafting!

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Monday, April 9, 2012

Romance a Paris by Siamese Studio

Siamese Studio has an amazing kit for the Scrapbook Bytes Grab-a-Byte this week only.  The papers and elements are only $1 each!  The pics below are linked.

Here's my layout featuring my favorite subject, Peanut:

Happy Scrapping!
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