Monday, September 30, 2013

A Haul and A Quick Tip: Buying Ink on a Budget

Hey all!
I've got two new videos for you today.
The first is a haul from Crafter's Companion for
the months of August and September.
And the second is a Quick Tip video on 
Buying Ink on a Budget.
Hope you like them!

Click the bottom right corner to watch in HD
on YouTube and don't forget to comment and subscribe!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Blue Hue Necklace

Hello there!
Today is a bit of a different post for me.
I don't know if you're aware, but before I got into paper crafting
I made jewelry for about five years.
I had an Etsy shop and did pretty well with it, 
but after a while I just got burnt out and wanted to try something new.

It's been a few years since I've created anything with beads,
but my step-mom's birthday was coming up and I thought
it might be special to make her something unique.

I chose four different styles of blue beads, drawing my shades
from those pretty cut glass swirly beads toward the front
and also attached an acrylic pendant.

And what's a necklace without earrings to match?

The whole ensamble.

I hope you enjoyed this post, even though I didn't have a card to share.

 Would you like to see more hand-made jewelry in the future?

Let me know. :)

Have an awesome weekend!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Sheena "A Little Bit Oriental" Blog Hop

Hey everyone!
Stopping in today to hop along with my fellow
Crafter's Companion design team girls to showcase
Sheena's new stamp line, A Little Bit Oriental.
Not only does this line feature four gorgeous stamp sets,
it also has an exclusive patterned paper pad 
and four matching embossing folders.
You're definitely going to want to check it out!

I colored the koi image using Spectrum Noirs 
OR1, OR2, OR3, and BG8 along with some Delicata ink,
which will soon be available in the Crafter's Companion store.

Don't forget to leave a comment! 
One random commenter will be chosen from one of the blogs
to win a new Sheena stamp set.
There is also a giveaway today on the 
so be sure to stop by and enter!

Here's the complete list of hop participants:


Saturday, September 21, 2013

Just Relax

Hello everyone, happy Saturday!
Have you played along with us at the

This month our theme is embossing.

I chose to use the Party Paws "Bamboo's Treats" stamp set
I colored Bamboo with my Spectrum Noirs in colors:
IG2, IG4, IG6, IG8, BT2, BT4, BT5, TB1, TB2, PL4, CG2, DR5, and DR7

I hope you'll check us out and play along!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Birthday Cake is the best kind

Hi there, everyone!
Today I am here to introduce an ADORABLE new stamp line
This line includes six everyday and six Christmas stamp sets.

I chose to feature the everyday set "Make A Wish"
because it seems I can never have enough birthday cards!

I colored this sweet image in with my Spectrum Noir markers:
PP3, PP5 OR1, CT2, CT4, DG3, CG2, TB1, TB2, BG2, BG4, BG6, TN7, TN8, 
EB1, EB2, IG1, and IG2 on SN Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock.

Hope you like it!

Check out the entire Makey Bakey Mice line at Crafter's Companion.

Have a great day!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #66

Hi there! Welcome to Lawnscaping Challenge #66!

We are being sponsored by the wonderful Lawn Fawn,
who has generously donated a free stamp set of the winner's choice!

Here's my monocromatic card:

I have to say, this is one of those times that I just could not get my card
to photograph well. My camera has a hate-hate relationship with white.
But I needed a sympathy card for a friend who's mom recently passed
and this was what I came up with.

The clouds are outlined around the edge with a Wink of Stella 
glitter pen -- I just can't seem to get it to pick up on camera,
no matter what angle I take the photo from.

Anyway, I hope you like it.
I used Fly Free, Blue Skies, and Peace Joy Love.

Please head over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
and check out the other amazing creations the DT made,
and don't forget to play along!

Have a great day!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Your Hug's Arrived

Good morning, all!
I know that fall is fast approaching,
but I gotta tell ya, it's still spring in my heart!
I am just not ready for the colder weather --
not yet!

I wish fall lasted much longer than it does
up here in Northwestern PA.
It seems like just when the trees are all lit up fiery red,
you blink your eyes and snow's on the ground
and it lasts until nearly May.

Like I said, not ready for that yet!

Today's card is featuring the darling Crafter's Companion 
and a sentiment from Party Paws "Hugs From Bamboo".
I colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers
BT2, OR1, CR8, CR11, DR7, DG3, CG1, and CG2

I hope you like it!

So tell me, are you ready for fall?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Kelly Marie's Birthday Blog Hop!

Hey all!
I have a very special post for you all today!

It's Kelly Marie Alvarez, of our beloved Lawn Fawn's, birthday today!
She's turning 33!
A bunch of us wanted to throw her a virtual birthday party,
so you should have come from the lovely Annette's blog.

Kelly Marie is one of the sweetest people on the planet, seriously.
She's kind, generous, thoughtful, and just a cheerful burst 
of bright sunshine on any given day.

I wanted to make a really special card for her, create something totally 
out of the box, and here's what I came up with:

I hope you like it!

Please head over to the amazing Sarah Martina's blog next.
I know she must have cooked up something completely fabulous!

If you get lost anywhere along the way, or if you've just popped in,
please stop by Tiffany's blog for the complete list of party-throwers!

Happy Birthday, Kelly Marie!
I wish you a year beyond your wildest dreams!

Monday, September 9, 2013

Hugs From Bamboo

Good Monday morning, everybody!
I hope you all had a relaxing, enjoyable weekend.
Today I'm popping in with a more masculine card,
which would really work for either gender.

and colored him in wit my Speccies
BG1, BG4, BG6, BG8, CT2, CT3, CT4, CR8, CR11, DR7, and TB1 

I hope you like him!

Have an awesome day!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Little Note from Fairy Grace

Good morning, everyone!
How are you this fine September morning?

I've got another card to share with you.

Today I've used the stamp set Angelica and Friends "Grace"
from Crafter's Companion, and colored her with Speccies
FS2, FS3, PP1, PP3, PP5, BT1, BT2, TB5, TB6, CT2, CT4, 
CR8, CR11, DR7, IG1, CG1, and CG2 

I also added a little Wink of Stella glitter pen to her wings, 
but I find it really difficult to pick up on camera.
In real life, it adds such a beautiful shimmer though!

Have a great day!

Monday, September 2, 2013

Lawnscaping Challenge #65

Happy Labor Day!
I hope you all are enjoying this beautiful day 
with your near and dear ones.

Today we are happy to welcome you to

We want to say special thanks to the folks over at 
Simon Says Stamp for generously sponsoring us
with a $25 gift certificate to our winner.

Simon Says Stamp

Here's my card:

This round is all about favorites and my favorite set
(this week anyway, there's so many cute ones to choose from!)
is Critters On The Savanna.
I also couldn't resist using a sentiment from my first ever favorite set,
Critters In The 'Burbs.
I also love clouds, birds, polkadots, grid, and chevron,
all of which I incorporated into my card.
I even used my favorite border punch!

Hope you like it!

Please head on over to the Lawnscaping Challenge blog
and check out the other amazing samples from the DT.
And don't forget to play along!

Have a great holiday!


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