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Thursday, April 24, 2014

more of Sheena's lovely butterflies at Crafter's Companion!

hellooooooo chickens!  i'm headed for Washington, DC this morning and will be chaperoning a bunch of high school students for their chorus competition - wish me luck!  ;)  last year was Seattle (the OTHER Washington), and it was my first time going, both to Seattle and on the chorus trip.  it was AMAZING and there were so many fun things crammed into our stay!  while DC is much closer, i don't imagine i will have less fun!

today, i'm up on the Crafter's Companion USA Facebook page with a brand new card using the gorgeous Sheena Douglass sets - this one's from her A Little Bit Sketchy line and the set is called True Colors...

isn't the butterfly stunning?!  i colored it up using the following:

Spectrum Noir markers - CT1, PP1, PP2 in order to establish a base
Spectrum Noir blendable colored pencils - 005, 009, 024, 027, 028, 029, 031, 033, 071, 073, 093, 094, 111 and 116.

the butterfly and sentiment are both stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock.  i also used the Petite Floral embossing folder (also by Sheena!) and inked it with Electric Yellow and Electric Coral Radiant Inks.  splattered with some Memento Fireworks spray in Bahama Blue, because it looks fab with the blue in the wings!

a few minimal embellies, and voila! 

i love the sentiment and think it's an awesome little message to someone in need of some encouragement - maybe someone going off to school, starting a new business endeavour, or taking a big leap to try something new.  regardless, LOVE IT.  and have i mentioned how much i am loving these Sheena butterflies?  :)

Sunday, April 20, 2014

the Paper Issues "Swag Bag"

have you heard of this little phenomenon yet?  there's a thing.  it's awesome.  it's called a Swag Bag, and i'm kind of obsessed with it.  see, every month, the brilliant Cassie Box swirls these ideas around in her head to compile a group of embellishments that may or may not actually GO together, then she turns them into a bag of fabulosity and sells them for an awesomely low price at her store, Paper Issues.

i've received a few such bags, and each month i get excited when i know the new one is in the works.  the, suddenly, PRESTO!  magic in my mailbox.

here's the card i made using a whole wonderful SLEW of items from my April Swag Bag...  literally everything (save for the patterned paper, which is Pink Paislee Color Wash) came from my little bag o'happy:

what do i love most?  the Doodlebug Sprinkles Vellum?  the cork die-cut?  the red and white baker's twine from The Twinery?  the Be Different stickers from Fancy Pants?  the WOODGRAIN SEQUINS?  the wood veneer geotag?  heck, i dunno.  i know i love it all, and i espesh love it all TOGETHER.

amazingly, even though i FEEL like i've used a ton of stuff on this card, there is SO much left in the kit!  know what that means?  it means that i have a TON of awesome goodies that still remain and i can make more pretties.  know what's crazier?  the May Swag Bag is already in the shop and available to buy!  LOOK:

mine will be in my hot little hands soon, and i can't wait to bust it out and show you more!  those little Cosmo Cricket stickers have been on my wish list for a LONG TIME, and now you can grab them HERE!

so there you have it.  subscribe.  you'll get 'em before everyone else.  and use my code ORANGE to save 20% off your Swag Bag EVERY TIME, not to mention the 20% off everything else in your cart.  yep.  absolutely everything.  you're very welcome!  :)

and if you CLICK HERE you'll be able to visit the shop or the blog for the newest releases or the most recent link party!  there's some Lawn Fawn stampy swag up for grabs if you link up for our Pitch Perfect issue!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

it's a SHEENA DOUGLASS HOP at Crafter's Companion!

WELCOME!  the brand new (utterly stunning) Sheena Douglass "A Taste of India" release is NOW.  we are HOPPING!  we've been waiting for this day, and it's finally here!

we've shared lots of sneak peeks over the last week and these gorgeous new stamp sets AND embossing folders (!!!) are all available NOW at Crafter's Companion!

there are 8 prizes to be won.  EIGHT!  so be sure to comment at each of the blogs to maximize your chances to win, and you have until Monday, April 21st at midnight EDT to get in on the action!  winners will be announced on Tuesday at the Crafter's Companion US blog.

if you've arrived here from Giovana's blog, you're well on your way (with only a few more stops to go!)...  if you've randomly arrived, that's great too!  but here's our full hop list, just in case:

Leah l'Orange (you are here, natch!)
Lori Barnett

the Inspiration and Education Teams have rocked out some seriously amazing creations to showcase this beautiful new line, and i've got a card for ya!

i LOVE Indian patterns and all the gorgeous bright colors they incorporate into the designs, so this fabulous image from the Henna Mango set really grabbed me.  the trim on the bottom is from the Mandala set - everything works so wonderfully together, you'll want them all!  i shared my first sneak for A Taste of India on Saturday, so click here to see several of these new sets in action!

zoom on my card!

i love the little details!  i combined my Spectrum Noir markers and Spectrum Noir blendable colored pencils using the following:

Markers: LY2, LY3, OR2, CR7, PP3, BP2, BP4, BT3, BT5, TB5, CG1, CG2
Pencils: 008, 026, 030, 038, 061, 066, 088

the images were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink on Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock and i went for clean and simple for maximum POP! 

so JOIN US in celebrating this fantastic new release at Crafter's Companion from the brilliant and talented Sheena Douglass by HOPPING!  enjoy the eye candy, and thanks for visiting!


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Far away for Addicted to CAS

my first time playing along at Addicted to CAS (i'm a HUGE fan of THIS GIRL's blog, and i just saw that she joined their fabulous team!).  i LOVE the inspiration spattered all over their page! 

the challenge is "Far away" and it instantly made me think of my Gram, who's been gone for several years now but remains my favourite person in the world.  i moved 500 miles away from her when i married my husband, but she was, and is, in my heart in everything i do. 

a sympathy card was born, for someone mourning the loss of a loved one

this may be the absolute cleanest and simplest i've ever created, to be honest.  but the birds were exactly what i needed and i just couldn't add anything else to the card. 

there's some amazing inspiration on the Addicted to CAS blog - i think it might be a regular spot for me to visit when i'm lacking in the mojo department!

Monday, April 14, 2014

we're PITCH PERFECT with Lawn Fawn at Paper Issues!

the theme for this link party at Paper Issues is "Pitch Perfect"...  there's SO much fun to be had with this theme!  music, chorus, camping (pitching tents!), baseball, what you consider perfection, a perfect day, a sales pitch/commercial, quotes from the movie, throwing something, pitching a FIT/tantrum, etc...  LOADS of room for interpretation!

we are sponsored by the fabulous Lawn Fawn, so we Paper Issues girls had some fun working with one of their new stamp sets, "Stay Tuned", which happens to be the prize that's up for grabs, too!  so you can also link up any project using Lawn Fawn products!

so...  my hubbin and i have a band (although we've been on hiatus for a while), and i jumped at the chance to do a music layout using a particularly hipster-looking photo that i took in Seattle last spring.  here's my page:

and there is a TON of Paper Issues product on there.  a TON.  my papers, the vellum, the little chevrons, the hipboard (chipboard), the little title and all kinds of awesomeness from various Swag Bags


stars!  i totally have a thing for stars.  and i can't get enough of the Doodlebug Sprinkles Vellum.

one more zoom!  this is how our music has been described - consider this our "genre"...

be sure to "like" our awesome sponsor on Facebook by CLICKING HERE, and drop by their blog for loads of inspiration...  oh, and FYI, they have a really fun YouTube channel and are always sharing fun, new ideas, so check it out!  here's the stamp set!

link on up and get in on the action!  and ohhhh, if you're feeling inclined to do a bit of shoppin', you might find some new things in the Paper Issues store, like this:

the new Webster's Pages stuff is HOT, people!  those little lightbulbs are killin' me!  :)  jump on it before it's gone, and don't forget the discount!