Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Any Designers Out There?

Crafter's Companion is issuing a call for guest designers.  The call will close March 28, 2012.

Here's the info from the Crafter's Companion Information Blog of February 27, 2012 ...

Crafter's Companion is an award winning crafting & rubber stamping company. We are looking for guest designers to help us on our Crafter's Companion Info Blog working with our amazing stamps. We have new stamp releases often and would love for you to be a part of them!

We're looking for designers:
  • That LOVE to stamp and would love to use Crafter's Companion Stamps on their projects.
  • Who are great with tight deadlines & can have their projects completed in a timely manner.
Additional Details:
  • Guest Designers will work with digital forms of our new releases for two weeks (one project per week). These projects are to be posted to the Crafter's Companion Info Blog and to your own blog on your assigned day, linking back to the Crafter's Companion Website.
  • Projects can be cards, tags, 3d items, decor items, scrapbook pages, etc.
  • In addition to the digital versions of our new releases, guest designers will receive two stamp sets of designer's choice from the CC Store at the end of their guest designer term.
  • Successful Guest Designers (who complete their projects/posts in a timely manner) will have the possibility of guest designing for us again in the future.

Email us at scrapmastersparadise@yahoo.com with the subject line "CC Guest Designer Call" and include the following information & projects:
  • Your name and location
  • Blog address
  • 3 of your best projects showcasing your stamping talents & created within the last 6 months. These can be either attached to the email, or you may send links to the photos. You do not have to use Crafter's Companion stamps, but we would love for you to use our stamps if you have them.
  • How long have you been crafting? Tell us about your paper crafting and stamping background.
  • Why do you think you would make a great guest designer for Crafter's Companion?
  • Have you worked with digital stamps before?
  • Tell us a little bit about yourself. We want to get to know YOU!
Good luck to everyone who applies, and we can't wait to hear from you!

Click on this link to visit the Crafter's Companion Challenge Blog.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Anthony & Burt Get Well Card

Here's a fun get well card to have on hand.

I used Crafter's Companion Anthony & Burt stamps for this week's card.  I ran a sheet of card stock through the printer and printed "Heard you were in bed with a bug ...".  This was done in a 1/2" x 2" area.  The printing was centered and about 3/4" from the bottom of the paper.  I cut the paper down to a 4 7/8" square.  This part is not necessary.  You could easily put any text stamp in this space, or even leave out the text on the front of the card.

On the square, I placed the main image close to the top of the text block.  Afterward, I placed the bandage images around the edges of the square for a border.  Also, a bandage on each side of the text block. 

I also placed the main image on a scrap of card stock so I could cut out Anthony (the fly) to pop him off the card.

I colored my images with alcohol markers.  I tried to make Burt (the frog) a sickly shade of green.  Crafter's Compainion is an excellent source for inexpensive alcohol markers. They're called Spectrum Noir.  If you're new to alcohol markers, you should give these a try.  Another thing I've found very helpful is the Spectrum Noir Instructional DVD.  I learned things from the DVD that I'd never thought of before!  Before I forget ... I colored Anthony with glitter pens on the main image and the extra one to pop up.

The card was made from a piece of 5 1/2" x 11" dark blue card stock.  It was folded in half with the fold at the top.  On top of the card, I adhered a piece of 5 1/8" square medium blue card stock using the Crafter's Companion Extra Strong Permanent Tape.  The colored image was centered on and attached to the medium blue card stock.  Again, using the Permanent Tape.

The last two "extra touches" I put on this card were using the double-sided adhesive foam to pop up the extra Anthony I'd cut out.  Last, I applied 3D Crystal Lacquer on Burt's eyes for a little dimension.

I only used the blue card stock because I thought a blue and white quilt on the bed would look nice.  Use any color you want on the quilt and coordinate the background colors to complement.

On the inside of the card, I used the stamp that comes with the set ... "Hope you feel better soon!".

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lilac Card

I've made another general purpose card this week.  I used the Crafter's Companion Paint Fusion Lilac images.  They helped me make a happy card.  A card that makes me ready for spring to be here right now.

The base of the card is a 5 1/2" square of black card stock with the fold at the top.  I ran a piece of 5 1/2" square lilac card stock through an embosser for some texture on the card.  I punched the corners to let the black of the card show through. 

While at the machine, I also used a die to cut the fancy circle.  I attached the lilac card stock to the front of the card with Crafter's Companion Extra Strong Permanent Tape.  I then attached the die cut circle with the same tape.

I used the small lilac stamp twice.  I stamped one lilac image in the foreground. Using a simple masking technique, I stamped another lilac to look like it was behind the first one. ( If you search "rubber stamp masking tutorial", you will find several sites that offer help on the subject.)  I then stamped the image of the leaf to the left of the first lilac.  I wanted it to look like it was peeking from behind the flowers also.

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir pens.  I sort of  followed the way Sheena Douglass colors her images with paint.  First, I put dots of TB5 in the shadow spaces of the lilacs.  Then I added dots of TB9 on top of the TB5 dots.  I ended up putting in some dots of IG4 with the other dots.  I left the tops of the flowers a little lighter than the bottom of the flower images.  I ended up putting in just a few dots of TB5 in toward the bottom of the flower images.

For the blooms, I used LV1 first. Then I added the PL1. Next on the blooms, I put PL2. And last, I went back with the LV1 to cover up any white spots I'd left. You can see the progression in the photos below.

For the leaves, I used the CG1 along the veins of the leaf. Then I added the DG2. On top of those colors, I put the DG3 color. I've shown snippets of the leaf coloring below.

After I got the image colored, I cut it out closely to the edge - leaving a little white showing. I attached it to the die cut circle with double-sided adhesive foam.

The finishing touch was the bow.  The bow was made with the Ultimate Crafter's Companion Tool.  This tool really does so much.  You really need to check it out.  I LOVE it!!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

I ask you for a moment of silence for my cousin.

My sweet and beautiful cousin, November, lost her battle with breast cancer yesterday evening. She fought hard and will be sorely missed by so many friends, family, and others she'd touched in her short life. So so young, only in her mid-thirties. Please say extra prayers for her family, including her wonderful husband Jason, her sweet little son in 1st grade, Jordan and her mother, my courageous Aunt Sharon. 

In memory of November, she would've told you, "Save the Ta-Ta's!! Remember your monthly breast self-exam. And be sure to get your mammogram." Here's a link where you can sign up for a reminder for you to check your boobies each month.


Thank you ♥ ♥

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Paint Fusion Fuchsia Card

Hello friends!

This week, I'm bringing you another card. I was pleased with the way it turned out.

I used the Crafter's Companion Paint Fusion fuchsia stamp images. Instead of using paints, I'm showing them colored with the Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir pens. After I colored them, I cut them out closely to the image's edge.

In my word processer I formated the definion of "fuchsia" with different font types and font sizes for each font type.I changed the font color to a medium gray. Then, I used a piece of peach, text-weight pearlescent paper from the Crafter's Companion Mixed Card & Paper Pack - Pastels. I placed it in my printer and printed my definition on it. Immediately when it came out of the printer, I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder. I melted the embossing powder with my heat tool.

I cut the definition sheet to 3 3/4" x 5". I centered it on a piece purple card stock from the Pearlescent Mixed Card & Paper pack - Brights. I attached it with Crafter's Companion Extra Strong Permanent Tape Runner. I attached the colored fuchsia pieces to the definition page with double-sided adhesive foam. The final touch was some Stickles Glitter Glue on the ends of the stamens. 

Here is a close-up of the fuchsia images colored with the Spectrum Noir pens.

I hope you like it!!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, February 2, 2012

Stamp It Compass Card

Ooooh!  I am having so much fun with the Crafter's Companion Stamp It images!!  This week's card features the Compass image.

I put the Compass image on a 4" x 4" square of paper suitable for mixed media images.   I scribbled with the side of my watercolor pencils right on top of the image.  Then, with a wet brush, I blended out the colors.  I used my heat tool to speed up the drying.  After the piece was dry, I tore the edges off and applied chalk ink around the torn edges.

The card itself was made from some brown pre-embossed card stock. I sanded it to bring out the design and to distress the edges of the card.  The next layer was done in pale yellow and edged in the chalk ink.  I punched a design on the bottom of a piece of pinkish-red card stock and then edged it with the chalk ink.  I stapled the image piece to the pinkish-red card stock.  The layers of the card were attached with Crafter's Companion Extra Strong Permanent Tape Runner.  Please refer to the picture for placement of layers. 

You really should check out Crafter's Companion soon.  They have images for all interests.  Artsy, cutesy, Asian, or detailed - you're bound to find some that catch your eye.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.