Monday, April 30, 2012

What time did you say it was?

Sometimes I look at a clock for the time and think, "How boring is that?!!" 

Well not any more.  Check out my clock ...

Since this is for my own personal use, I enlarged the Stamp-It Discovery Collection - Rose Clock image on my scanner/printer.  I printed it off at about 7 1/2" wide.  I colored the main image using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.   Be sure to check them out.  They're very reasonably priced.  There's also a DVD tutorial that is very helpful in learning how to use them. 
  I thought it needed a little something more, so I used a stipple brush  
  with some ink pads, and stippled color around the edges. 

After I'd colored my image, I took the clock out of the package.  This particular clock came from a chain store, and didn't cost very much.  After the clock was out of the package, I turned it over on the back.  There were several screws on the back.  I unscrewed all of them, and pulled out part of the clock by the works box.  This is the part that has the clock face on it; as well as hands of the clock.  I pulled the hands off the clock.  (Be sure to place them to the side in the order that you pulled them off.)

Here's how I finished off the clock face ...

I got out my compass and put the spike end just barely in the hole where the clock hands came out of.  I then adjusted the pencil to reach the edge of the clock face.  I drew a circle, using that measurement, on  scrap piece of card stock.  Then, I put that behind my colored image and held them up to the light.  I centered the scrap circle to the image and turned them upside down.  I drew the around the scrap card stock circle with a pencil and cut it out.  You will need to make a hole in the center for the hands to be put back on.  I made mine starting out with the spiked end of my compass.  I then made the hole big enough to allow for the shaft that holds the clock hands.

Make sure that you line up the new clock face with the old one.  I attached the new clock face to the original using the extra-strong permanent tape.  I put gem stones at the 12, 3, 6, and 9 o'clock positions.  I eyeballed the other numbers and used slightly smaller gem stones for those numbers.

I placed the hands back on the clock.  I flipped it over and screwed back in all of the screws that hold it together.  Then added the battery and there it was.  I pretty clock to look at.

Some ideas to think about ...

You could use some of the Art Kure stamps from Mike Goss for a nice clock with cool scenery on it.  You could use some of the Humphrey images for a clock in a kid's room.  If you used a repositionable adhesive to hold on the new clock face, you could change your clock with the seasons.  You could use number stickers instead of the gem stones.  Just make sure that the hands will freely pass over whatever embellishments you use.

I'm so glad we had this "time" together ...  

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, April 26, 2012

Have some of these on hand ...

simple cards for any occasion.  I've used a Crafter's Companion Humphrey stamp and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I used bright, cheery colors for this project.  I made a simple card.

Very plain - very simple.  But here's the fun part ...

I can use it for many different occasions!  I used the text that came in this set and text from another set too.  I put the text images on the same white card stock I used for the main image.  I used a pale gray ink .  I dug out my colored pencils and wrote over the text to imitate a child's writing with a crayon.  I drew over my text with bright green.  And added some yellow to some of the greetings.  I backed them onto blue card stock.  You would do this in whichever colors that coordinated with the colors you used in your main image.

When I made the first and last greeting, I only inked the "Happy" from the stamp.  Then I used another stamp beside it to create a new greeting.

I'm thinking that if I make several of the Humphrey cards in the same set of colors, and a bunch of greetings, I can be able to just whip out a card for any occasion at a moments notice.

Here are the five cards with Humphrey and the greetings I chose.

I hope you enjoy all the Humphrey stamps.  I also hope you enjoy my idea for having cards on hand for many different occasions.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Winner Announcement ...

This is the winning comment (chosen at random) ...

                                                              Apr 21, 2012 09:34 AM
Your purse is super adorable! Great tag! I am already a
follower of CC and I am hopping along, I am now your
newest follower,  hope you will pop on over for a visit!

Thanks for participating in our blog hop/scavenger hunt Carri!!  You should soon be receiving your prize package from Crafter's Companion.

Thanks to everyone who left comments and is now following my blog posts!!

Be sure to check out the Crafter'sCompanion blog for
the winner of the grand prize and new posts.

Check out the Crafter'sCompanion web site for new items every week.

Monday, April 23, 2012

It's done, and was fun!

The blog hop/scavenger hunt is over.  Thanks for all of you visiting and following and leaving comments.  We will announce winners tomorrow, April 24, 2012!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Blog Hop and Scavenger Hunt! Plus a special project!

Welcome to the Crafter's Companion
Blog Hop/Scavenger Hunt !!

I'm so happy you "hopped by" today!  I've made a special project for the blog hop.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it for you.

Before I get into the details for creating this project, I want to talk about the blog hop.

The blog hop/scavenger hunt begins today, April 20, 2012 at 12:01am (PT) and runs through April 22nd at 11:59pm (PT).  It is open to residents of the United States only.

Each design team member will be giving away a Cute Companions Romance stamp set, 2 embossing powders (one white and one blush rose) and one sheet of EZ mount. To be eligible for the random drawing to win this prize, you must be a follower of the Crafter's Companion Informational Blog; be a follower of the design team member's blog; and you must leave a comment on the designer's blog.

The scavenger hunt prize will be all nine sets of the Beatrix Potter stamps!!! To be entered for this prize drawing you must comply with the rules to win on each individual team member's blog AND answer the question posted on each designer's blog. The questions are clues that will lead you to twelve different items that you can find on the Crafter's Companion website. When you've found all twelve answers,  you should send them in an email to Bindy at  Please use the subject line:  CC Blog Hop. (That way Bindy can easily find your entry.)

You will end the blog hop/scavenger hunt by leaving a comment on the Crafter's Companion Informational Blog.  Include in your comment that you visited all twelve designer's blogs.  All steps must be completed and correct to be eligible for the scavenger hunt prize.

Answer my question ...
I love Claudine and her color of blue, can you find what she makes that will surely help you?

To make sure you haven't missed a blog, you should have arrived at my blog from Kathy's blog. Upon leaving my blog, you should go to Steph's blog.

Here is the order of the blog hop:

 9. Lisa -  (you are on my blog now)
10. Steph - (your next stop on the hop)

Now, back to the project ...

I am giving you a sneak peek at the new Humphrey stamps!!  I used stamps from several sets.  I placed the images on a tag of paper compatible with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir markers, a gold gel pen, and several other colors of markers.  I used an Spectrum Noir marker around the edges of the tag.  I backed the tag with a piece of the same pearlescent card stock I used for the purse.  I did this to make the tag more sturdy.  I added fibers in the hole at the top of the tag.

For the purse, (I got this idea from the DVD that came with the tool - they made a purse card.) I started out with a 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of pearlescent card stock.  I used my Ultimate Tool to create score lines for folding. 

The photo shows where I made score lines at 2 3/4" and 3".  Then I turned the piece upside down, and scored 2 3/4" from the other edge.  I also embossed the scallop on the end with the two score lines.  I cut under the embossed scallop to leave a fancy edge.

I then drew a mark where I wanted to cut the card stock to shape the purse and create the flap for the purse.  I after I cut those areas away from the purse template, I folded the plain end up toward the two score lines.  By doing this, I could see exactly where to cut to shape the rest of the purse template.

I used a marker to run around the edge of the purse template to cover the white middle of the card stock.

I folded the bottom of the purse up and the flap over.  I attached self-adhesive Velcro to keep the purse closed.

I used a 1/8" hole punch about 1/2" from the edge in between the 2 3/4" and 3" folds.  I then used a piece of black cording and knotted on a few beads.  I stuck the cording through the holes and made knots to hold the purse handle onto the purse.  I cut off the extra cording.  In the photo above, you can see the knotted cording and the placement of part of the Velcro.

Last, I added a paper flower to the front of the purse flap.  Inside, add a gift card using repositional adhesive or photo corners.

This purse could also be used for birthdays, graduations or any other occasion you're giving a girlfriend a gift card.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, April 19, 2012

Father's Day Card

Hello everyone!!

I've made a Father's Day card for this week's project.  I hope you enjoy it.  I am using one of the new Stamp-It Australia "Guys in Our Life" stamps.

I used a pale gray, a gray, and a black ink for the images.  I stippled Adirondack ink over the top of the images.  The Adirondacks I used were Stone Washed Denim, Denim, Mushroom, and Butterscotch.  I used black ink to add the words "On" and "remember" to the images.

I cut out the images making sure to not cut off any of the watch or the compass.  I then edged the piece with the denim ink.  I rummaged through my "blue scraps" and found a great blue Maruyama with gold sparkles.  I attached a piece to a black card with side fold.  The card was made from a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of card stock.

With the gold sparkles in the decorative paper, I decided to use a gold gel pen to add some color and highlights to the watch and compass.

I attached the images to the Maruyama with double-sided adhesive foam.  The last thing I did was to add 3-D Crystal Lacquer to the watch.  It made it look like it had a crystal on it.  I thought it made the watch "pop"!

Be sure to check out Crafter's Companion Blog Hop on April 20, 2012!!  It is going to be so much fun!!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Monday, April 16, 2012

Have you ever blog hopped?

Well get ready to.  Crafter's Companion Design team is having a blog hop starting Friday, April 20, 2012 at midnight (Pacific time) and end at midnight on Sunday, April 22nd.  there will be lots of prizes.  All the details will be shared on the Crafter's Companion Information Blog this week.  Winners will be announced on Tuesday, April 24th.

Stay tuned ... it's going to be great!!

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Floral Necklace for Spring

Hello all!!

Despite the freeze warnings here in Frankfort, Kentucky, I wanted to bring out something "spring-y"!

I used some of the Art-Kure Britain in Bloom images for this necklace.  I used the larger images on Shrink Plastic.  I colored the images with colored pencils.  I then cut them out with a slight white edge to the image.  I used a 1/8" hole punch to punch the holes for the jump rings.  I shrunk the plastic using my heat tool.  This can also be done in an oven, or a toaster oven.  Take caution when shrinking with a heat tool!  The plastic gets VERY hot!!

After the floral charms were made, I attached them to a 24" silver chain.  The iris went in the middle of the necklace with the other flowers 8 chains apart from each other.  Attach a clasp of your choice to the ends of the chain, and there you go ... a bright, fun 1'spring-y" necklace that's sure to bring many compliments.

If I'd added anything else to the necklace, I think it would have been some coordinating beads in between the flowers.  Any suggestions for any other add-on item?   And I was thinking about earrings made from the smaller images, what do you think? Hmmm, maybe a charm bracelet full of flower charms and lots of other fun thing!! I'd love to hear from you!!

Just want to give a shout out to Crafter's Companion for offering such a diverse range of stamps, accessories, and tools!!  They've got something for everyone to be interested in.  And the inspiration I get from seeing all of the cool projects from the other design team members is amazing!!  Check them all out.  I'm sure you'll be inspired by what you see.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, April 5, 2012

Oh Duck! Candle Decoration

This week I had a selection of humorous stamp images from Sheena Douglass to choose from.  I chose "Oh Duck!".  I made it into a decoration for a pillar candle.  My candles all run on battery.  (When you have cats you can never be too cautious.)

I started with the image on a 5 x 8 1/2" sheet of pale yellow card stock.  I used a medium gray for the image.  I colored most of the image (duck, water, cat tails, etcetera) with colored pencils.  I blended colors of chalks across the wording in the background of the image.  I also used colored pencil on the "Oh Duck!" text.  Please refer to the photo for examples of colors you could use.

After the image was colored, I used a craft knife to cut out a few of the water ripples.
I scored the bottom of the image, so it could be folded under for the candle to sit on.  I left 2 1/4" x 1/2" sections to the sides of the image and also scored them to be folded back.  I used the Crafter's Companion Permanent Tape along the front edges of the side tabs..  I attached a 2 1/4" x 9" piece of the yellow card stock to the tabs.  I've provided a photo of the candle decoration for clarification.

The last thing I did to the candle decoration was to round off the top corners.  I "lit" the candle and placed it in the decoration.

You will be able to see a bit of the flickering light through the slits cut in the water portion of the image.

I hope you try this out with any of your images.  It would definitely work well with a shorter image and a battery powered votive candle.  Have fun thinking which images you will use to decorate with!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.