Thursday, August 30, 2012

Dance like no one's watching ...

Hello friends, my name is Lisa and I'm a paper hoarder.  No - really.  I have so much paper - not to mention the solid card stock - that I have to go through containers and containers to decide what to use.  And then there are the organized drawers of scraps of fairly good size.  And the drawer of strips.  I know, I know ...  TOO MUCH already!!

Anyway - for this week's Crafter's Companion project, I decided to use a scrap of patterned paper for the background behind my images.  I used the new Sheena Douglass' Hidden Fairies set.  These are darling!!  This is a set of silhouette images and there's so much you can do with these.  I'm going to show you just one quick idea that I've come up with.

I cut my patterned paper to 3 3/4" x 5".  I selected three of the fairies and placed them on the paper where it would look like they were dancing on the flowers and leaves.  I added the sentiment to the top area of the paper.

I used Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach the patterned paper onto a 3 7/8" x 5 1/8" piece of coordinating card stock.  I layered this piece, with the Permanent Tape, to a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of black card stock.  I used the black to pull together the card with the images.

I used a 1/8" hole punch to punch holes in each of the corners.  I added rhinestone brads in three corners.  In the bottom right corner, I put a rhinestone flower brad.  Even though I could not capture it in the photo, I colored in the fairy wings with a clear glitter pen.  Just a touch of sparkle in the right light.

I attached the constructed piece onto the center of the card base.  I used a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of a coordinating color of card stock.  I folded it in half so the card has a side fold.

All in all, I think it probably has taken me about the same time to type this as it did to create a quick card for you.

I am looking forward to using Sheena Douglass' silhouette stamps for several more cards to use up my extra pieces of patterned paper.  If I can clear out a drawer, maybe I can fill it up with new paper!!  Ha!!!

Have a great weekend!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration. 


Thursday, August 23, 2012

Snow Princess Card

This week's card features the Snow Princess from Christine Haworth's Paintbox Poppets new Christmas themed stamps.

I started with a 8 1/2" x 5 1/2" piece of silver metallic card stock.  I fold it in half so that this card has a side fold.  I added a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of scrap paper from my Christmas/Winter stash.  I attached this to the card base with double-sided adhesive foam.

I put the image of the girl and the words "Snow Princess" on Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I cut out the words to about 2 1/4" x 5/8" and set them to the side until needed.

I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color the girl.  I colored her to compliment my scrap paper.  In addition to the Spectrum Noir markers, I used silver and gold metallic pens to decorate the ornate decoration on her outfit.  I used Crystal Stickles on her hat, muff, and bottom of her dress.  After she was dry, I cut her out of the paper. 

I tore a 2 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of white Mulberry paper.  I squished up the bottom of the paper to make the final piece almost 4" tall.  I attached this with the 3-D Crystal Lacquer.  I used several tiny drops down the middle of the mulberry  paper.  I put it into position and lightly pressed it down to the scrap of decorative paper.  I also added a drop on either side of the squished up paper. 

I stuck the girl onto the mulberry paper with the adhesive foam.  I placed her feet in the squished up paper to look as if it were snow she was standing in.

I added a bit of Extra Strong Permanent Tape to the back of the words piece from earlier.  I placed it at an angle and covering part of the Mulberry paper.  (Please see the photo for placement.)  I used the Stickles again ... this time dotting around the words.  Part of the dot of Stickles was on the card stock and the other part of the dot was on the paper.  This technique helps not only to decorate and subtly draw your eye there, but it helps to hold down the edges of the card stock.

After it was all put together, I thought it could use a little something more.  I got into my stash of bling.   I picked out some pretty light blue crystal bling and applied it to the middle of the snowflakes on the decorative paper.  I used 3-D Crystal Lacquer to secure the bling because my paper had glittered snowflakes on it.  The bling won't stay on that for long without a little help.

Enjoy!!  I hope this brings a little whoosh of cool air to you at a time when every where seems to be so very hot.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

A Gift This Christmas

This card started with a 10" x 5" blue card stock base.  I folded it in half and this card will have a side fold.

On the center of the card base, I used Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach a 4 1/2" square of red card stock.  I set this piece to the side until the image piece was finished.

On a 3 7/8" square of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock, I placed a new Mulberry Wood Christmas image.  I used a craft knife and a cutting mat to cut out the moon from the image.  I used my Spectrum Noir markers to color the image.   I scribbled a Spectrum Noir marker (that coordinated with the color of the card base) onto a non-stick craft sheet.  I dabbed a cosmetic sponge into the ink and dabbed it onto the white area of the image piece.  I had to scribble onto the mat several times to get enough ink onto the image.  I used a white gel pen to add highlight dots on the holly berries.  Then, I used the 3-D Crystal Lacquer to go over the holly leaves.  Don't make this too thick, or it will require additional time for drying.

While that was drying, I cut a piece of decorative paper.  I'm not sure exactly what I had on hand ... might have been Lace Rain paper or Ogura Lace paper.  It was just a square piece, pale yellow, that would cover the cut-out in the image.

When my lacquer was dry, I taped the piece of yellow lace paper behind the cut-out from the image.  However, I had planned on backing the image piece with a 4 1/8" square of green card stock.  But when I saw them together, it didn't look right.  I then taped a piece of pale yellow card stock behind the yellow lace paper.  Better.

Note:  You wouldn't need to cut out the moon from the image and go to the problem of piecing lace paper and such.  You could just color the moon as it was in the image.

I used the Permanent tape to tape the image to the center of the green card stock.  Then, I used a 1/16" hole punch to punch a hole in each corner of this last piece.  I placed the holes about 3/8" in from the top and side of each corner.  I looked through my collection of embellishments for red brads.  I didn't find any that I liked for this project.  I ended up using white brads and coloring the tops with the same red Spectrum Noir marker that I'd used on the hat.  I fastened the brads behind the green card stock. 

I used Double-Sided Adhesive Foam to attach this piece to the center of the red card stock on the card base.

I placed the text on a scrap piece of the Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I cut this out to approximately 1/2" x 2".  I used the Permanent Tape to attach it to a slightly large piece of red card stock like was used on the card.  I used the Double-Sided Adhesive Foam to attach the text to the card.  Please refer to the photo for placement.

If you don't feel like you're getting in enough time for yourself, take time out to stamp just one image and color it.  It really won't take too long, but it will make you feel so good!  You remember how stamping and coloring puts a little grin on your face, don't you?

Have a great week! 

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Birthday Blog Hop Winner ...

Emily H.!!!

Emily, you have won a
from Crafter's Companion and me.

I will email you for your complete name and mailing address.  I will need your information no later than 6:00 pm ET, on August 13, 2012.  If I have not received your information by that time, you will forfeit your prize and another prize winner will be drawn.


Thursday, August 9, 2012

Let's Celebrate ...

Crafter's Companion's fifth birthday!!

I've used the Popcorn the Bear - Party Time set of images I'm giving away to a lucky person here on my blog.  No - no, I didn't use your set.  I have my own!  LOL!!

I started with a 11" x 7 1/2" piece of purple card stock.  I folded this in half to have a 5 1/2" x 7 1/2" card base.  I used the Extra Strong Permanent Tape to attach  a 5" x 7" piece of hot pink card stock to the center of the front of the card.  I used the same tape to stick a 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" piece of lime green card stock to the center of the hot pink card stock.  I set this to the side until later.

For the images, I started with a 8 1/2" x 11" sheet of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.  I stamped the main image twice.  I also stamped the additional image of the duck with cupcake and the text "Let's Celebrate"

I used Spectrum Noir markers to color one main image and the extra duck.  On the second image, I colored the small duck and top package.  I colored the big fancy bow on the middle package.  I also added a little gray shading to the envelope on this image.

I trimmed the fully colored image to 4 1/2" x 6 1/2".  I "fussy cut" the colored areas of the second image.  You could certainly leave out this step, it is not essential to the card.  I "fussy cut" the larger duck also.  For the text, I trimmed it to approximately 1 3/4" x 1 1/8".  I used the permanent tape on the back of the text and attached it to a scrap of the purple card stock.  I trimmed this to a tiny border for the text.  I then used the tape on the back of the purple card stock and placed the piece on a scrap of hot pink.  This piece ended up measuring approximately 2" x 1 3/8".

I used tape, once again, to attach the colored image to the center of the lime green on the card base.

I used Double-Sided Adhesive Foam (or cut as needed) to pop up and attach the "fussy cut" pieces to the corresponding images on the front of the card.  I used the foam behind the larger duck too.  I placed the duck by the bear's leg.  Please refer to photo for placement.

I cut a 5 1/2" x 1/4" from the scraps of purple card stock.  Use adhesive of your choice to attach the purple strip about 1 1/8" down from the top of the card.  Use the foam adhesive on the back of the text piece and place it about 5/8" down from the top and in from the left of the card.

Thanks for stopping by to celebrate with us!!  Hope you enjoyed all the projects from all the designers.  I know I have.  Every week, I get new inspiration from these talented ladies.

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration. 


Monday, August 6, 2012

Hoppy Birthday!!

Welcome to the Crafter's Companion™
Birthday Blog Hop!

I'm so happy you could join us and hop along today. We are celebrating Crafter's Companion's 5th birthday with this fun hop. The blog hop starts today, August 6, 2012 and ends at 11:59 PST on August 10, 2012.

I will have giveaway on my personal blog in honor of Crafter's Compmanion's birthday. I will draw a random winner for my personal blog giveaway and post the winner's name on August 11th.  I will be giving away a stamp set ... Popcorn the Bear - Party Time.

To be eligible to be in the drawing for the stamp set ...
• you must be a follower of the Crafter's Companion informational blog
AND my blog.
• You must be a US Resident.
• You must leave a comment on this post.

To be eligible to win the Crafter's Companion Birthday Blog Hop grand prize, you must also

• Find the "secret" letter on each design team member's blog that spells out a "secret" phrase.

My secret letter is "e"!

When you have visited all the design team members' blogs, and have found all the letters for the phrase, you will then email the phrase to Bindy at

When the hop is over Bindy will use "Random Generator" to pick the grand prize winner.  The grand prize winner will be posted on the Crafter's Companion Informational Blog on August 13, 2012.

The grand prize winner will win a $100 gift card
to the Crafter's Companion online store!!!

For the Crafter's Companion's Birthday Blog Hop, I've made what I think (IMHO) is a most appropriate birthday card!  It made me smile when I found the image.

This card starts with a piece of 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" purple card stock.  Fold it in half so the card will have a side fold.  In the middle of the card front, I attached a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of peach card stock.  This was attached with Extra Strong Permanent Tape.

On a 3 3/4" x 5" piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock, are two of the images from the Anthony and Burt "Hoppy Birthday" set.  I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir markers.  After the main image was colored, I used a pale blue in the background.  And a pale peach color to accent the "Hoppy Birthday" text.

I put Stickles Glitter Glue on the fly's wings.  I used 3-D Crystal Lacquer on the frog's eyes, the tear, and the saliva drops from his tongue.  This Lacquer is great for making things in your image look wet.

I placed the colored image in the center of the peach card stock.  Attach it with the Permanent Tape.

I punched out three lit candles from the same purple card stock as the base of the card.  I attached them in the bottom right-hand corner of the card with a bit of Mono Multi Glue.

Hope you enjoyed this card!

Here is a list of the design team members you will need to visit on this hop:

Lisa Hunt (You are here!!)

If you came here from Kathy's blog then you are on the right track.  If not, you might want to start at the beginning on Carolyn's blog. Now you need to head to see Marge. Good luck and have fun!!

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration. 


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Little Clown Card

How cute is this little clown?  I fell in love with her!!  She's one of the new images from the Morehead collection.

I put the image on a 3 1/4' x 4 1/2" piece of Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock.   I colored it using my Spectrum Noir markers.  I chose bright colors for a cheery look.

I used a rick-rack paper punch on some orange metallic text weight paper.  I punched two pieces.  I attached them to the cardstock near the top and bottom.  I used the Mono Multi Glue to adhere them to the cardstock.   I cut off the extra length of the rick-rack that went beyond the edge of the cardstock.

Using the Extra Strong Permanent Tape, I attached the image to a piece of 3 3/4" x 5" piece of purple metallic card stock. 

This piece was then attached to the center of an orange metallic card front.  The card was made from a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of orange metallic card stock.  This card stock was folded in half and the card has a side fold. The tape was used to attach the image piece.

I'm thinking that this card could be used as small child's birthday card, or maybe an invitation to a birthday party with a clown theme.  What do you think?

Until next time, I am ever searching for inspiration.