Welcome!

Welcome to my blog. Over the years that I have been stamping and paper crafting, I have so often been inspired by the ideas on other sites and blogs. I hope I can pay that back in some measure with my own. (In between laughs -- or cackles as my son calls it!)

August 6, 2012

Happy Birthday to Crafter's Companion!


It's Crafter's Companion fifth birthday, and we are celebrating with a CC Design Team blog hop!  The hop runs August 6 - 10.  Crafter's Companion is generously giving away a $100 gift card as the grand prize!  I'm also giving away a Popcorn the Bear birthday-themed stamp set!  Instructions for both are at the end of this post.

If you reached my blog, that means you came from Lisa Hunt's, and after me you will go to Stacy's.

I wanted to make Crafter's Companion a birthday card to celebrate.  I chose Popcorn the Bear and he's bringing an armful of daisies as a birthday gift from the Thanks a Bunch set.  Isn't this little bear adorable? 

I started by stamping in black ink on to white card stock.  I colored him with my Spectrum Noir markers.  Then, I layered him onto mossy green card stock.   

At that point, I embellished with hand stitching in yellow embroidery floss and lots of subtle white French knots. I used a hole piercer and template to keep the spacing even.  This was then layered onto cheerful yellow polka dot paper, and then on to a folded white card base.  The finished card is 5.5 x 5.5 inches.
Inside, I put a Happy Birthday greeting, layered in to a mossy green scalloped mat.  I reprised the stitching theme from the front of the card with yellow cross stitches.
  OK, now the rules to win prizes:
  1. You need to be a follower of my blog
  2. You need to be a follower of the Crafter's Companion blog
  3. You need to leave a comment on this post
  4. You need to find the secret letter on each Design Team member's blog that spells out a secret phrase.  HINT:  My secret letter is "W"
  5. You need to be a US resident
When you have visited all the blogs in order and collected all the letters for the secret phrase, email the phrase to Bindy at bindy@crafterscompanion.com .  When the blog hop is over, Bind will select by random number generator the grand prize winner of the $100 gift card.

I'll select the winner for my blog's give-away (the Popcorn the Bear birthday stamp set) by random number generator from those who have left a comment here, and post the winner's name here on August 11th.  Be sure to check back to give me your mailing address if you are the winner (or have your email in your profile so I can contact you).


 

51 comments:

  1. Oh such a sweet card! I am loving this image and your hand stitching gives it just the perfect touch:0)

    Hugs;
    Janette

    ReplyDelete
  2. I have this adorable stamp and was just reminded by your project that I have not tried to use it yet! I love the colors that you used, they make the card so bright and cheerful.

    ReplyDelete
  3. WOW!!!! Beautiful!! So soft and summerie!! Excellent job.

    ReplyDelete
  4. The floss and stitching ... and those French Knots!! They all just make this card POP!! Keep up the great work!

    ReplyDelete
  5. Oh, I love the daisies! Very sweet card!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Your coloring is amazing. I am in awe! Awesome card!

    ReplyDelete
  7. I'm already your blog follower.
    I love how you colored the flowers, and Popcorn. I'm trying to learn new techniques, so this is great!

    ReplyDelete
  8. Super cute image and I love all your stitching!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Beautiful card. I love the extra touch of stitching and french knots.

    ReplyDelete
  10. So cute! I love the embellishments used. TFS AJ~

    ReplyDelete
  11. this little duck and bear are just adorable. i love the coloring that you did. the colors are wonderful and i love how the sewing accents the card so well. tfs!

    ReplyDelete
  12. OMG, your coloring is amazing! Great job.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Adorable! Love the great paper on this too! Already a follower of your blog and CC! TFS! Carri ~abusybee
    www.doubleclickconnections.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  14. love love love your card! the colors are great! I'm your new follower! www.scrappyrae10.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Adorable. Love the extra details you did on the card. It is perfect. Popcorn is just as sweet as can be. LOVE IT.

    ReplyDelete
  16. He is so cute! Love all those daisies and the coloring is great!

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a cute card. The little bear is so cute with all the daisy!! I'm a new follower!
    Angela
    http://angelascraftyspot.blogspot.com/
    chewiescrappin@hotmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. Absolutely adorable! Love the soft colors of the bear! New follower!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Marge, what a sweet, sweet card! Love the stitching - nice touch!

    Take care and STAY POSITIVE!

    ReplyDelete
  20. Very attractive card. And very nice job.

    ReplyDelete
  21. What an adorable card!! These are my favorite flowers.

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow!!! Your extra details are amazing!!!!

    ReplyDelete
  23. Very cute--I love daisies! I like your stitching and the yellow polka dot paper is perfect.
    I am a follower.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  24. Adorable and love the sttiching!!
    TFS!!

    ReplyDelete
  25. Really love your card, the stitching is great. Have a great day

    ReplyDelete
  26. Adorable card! Great hop, loving seeing all the terrific talent!

    ReplyDelete
  27. Very cute card! I love your coloring. I keep on practicing with my markers with the hope of being able to color like that. Great job! I love it!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Wow your card is beautiful, I love daisies, I am a new follower here too.
    cathyplus5.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  29. Great card. That is one of my fave CC stamps!

    ReplyDelete
  30. What an amazing card. I love the stamp...completely adorable.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Your bear is adorable...great card! The stitching is a great touch!

    ReplyDelete
  32. love this! so bright and happy...and that stitching!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Absolutely adorable! Love the stitching you did on it.

    ReplyDelete
  34. What lovely shading and such a sweet image! Thanks for sharing with us!!

    ReplyDelete
  35. Awwwwwwwwwww! Such a Happy card, and I love all the daisies! Just gorgeous!

    ReplyDelete
  36. what a sweet card! he looks so adorable :)

    ReplyDelete
  37. Oh Marge, this card is adorable, love the stitching touches they are fabulous!!! TFS
    Have a wonderful day!
    Liz

    ReplyDelete
  38. This is beautiful! I love the coloring job you did!

    ReplyDelete
  39. Sweet card! thats one of my favorite PB stamp!

    ReplyDelete
  40. Great coloring on this card, it is adorable

    ReplyDelete
  41. Wow, all that hand work! beautiful card, but if you hadn't focused on those areas I wouldn't have realized it was stitching.

    ReplyDelete
  42. Great fun and summery card, Popcorn is always so adorable, TFS!
    New follower

    ReplyDelete