Saturday, July 16, 2011

Humphrey's Corner Collection - Friends Forever (friends walking)

How much does friendship mean to you?  I'm finding that more and more these days most of my friends are 'online' as compared to physically walking down a mall with anyone.  Our world is changing.  But let us never forget how much friendship really does mean to each of us.

I chose this lovely stampset from Humphrey's Corner Collection because of the quietness one can see in their 'just knowing' the other is there for them.  The figures are super easy to color with copics or watercolors or distress inks - just pick the media you are most comfortable with.  I chose some metallic quilled flowers as well as some sparkly prima flowers to embellish my 6x6 - both of which were a gift from 2 friends.

Create a whole set and give them as a gift for a friend!  This stampset collection is available NOW from Crafter's Companion USA.  This collection was designed by Sally Hunter of the UK and it is now in stock in Crafter's Companion's store.  Don't miss out - grab yourself a whole collection.  And while you are there, check out the awesome Ultimate Crafter's Companion tool - I use mine all the time for making bows, making odd sized and regular sized envelopes, boxes, and myriads of other items.  I just keep it right on my craft desk top and it's ready to help me be creative!

I hope I inspired you too to be creative and especially treasure your friendships.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Paint Fusion Launch - Sunflower Stamp at Crafter's Companion USA

Hi everyone!  Below is my completed set of paper machie boxes that I will be filling with handmade flowers for a friend as a gift!
It was easy to start - I already had the boxes sitting in my 'to be done someday' stash! Doesn't everyone have something like that in their crafting area?  I'm trying to clean mine out!  Anyhow, these are just adorable.  I first painted all 3 items inside and out with my Eco-Friendly Acrylic Paint from Crafter's Companion USA.   And you are saying, what a mess!  Well, I have an awesome crafting sheet under everything - you can purchase that also from Crafter's Companion.  I mix my paints directly on it and I just wash it under the faucet when done!
 After drying I picked out my stamps that would look the best as 2 of the pieces are a bit small, but I made it work!  I wanted to use that gorgeous Sunflower Stamp set from Sheena Douglass.  I now have several sets in my collection - Daisies, Apple Blossoms, Berries, Tulips, Sunflowers, Poppy - and I am enjoying working with them all.  After this set of boxes, I am working on a set of cards each done in an original flower painting by me.  Ok, back to this project!
I tilted the lid for you and as you can see I've used Stickles (also purchased from Crafter's Companion) to highlight the edges and wording of the Sunflower box.  I also emphasized the tiny seeds in the center of the flowers with the Stickles.
I'm a gardener and what gardener doesn't love the presence of butterflies!  The butterflies in the Apple Blossom stamp set are just awesome to work with.  Usually I do a direct to project stamping and create from there.  This time I chose to emboss in gold on heavy card stock and then fussy cut and attach to my box of blossoms and bees!
My smallest of the trio of boxes holds some hand painted (without stamping) poppies.  At this time I edged all the boxes with a brown chalk ink to appear a bit distressed.

Poppies are indeed my favorite flower - and I find them difficult to grown in our clay soil.  But I can always have them by painting them!  Now you too can have your flowers any time of the year - just pick out a beautiful stamp set from Sheena and get started!  Have a beautiful summer!