Saturday, May 31, 2008

CPS Reader Spotlight and Reader Updates

This week Melissa was the lucky designer who got to pick the Reader Spotlight....and she writes:

Hi girls! Sorry to keep you waiting with the Reader Spotlight this week---I've chosen 2 since there were so many to love...all of them actually.
This card by Becky has the most beautiful color combination mixed in with some amazing stamping techniques---I love this card!


And this card by Dawn ---ohhhh...I adore it. I LOVE the mix colors. The brilliant contrast of black, white, and bits of color popping here and there---so much fun!


Thank you all for inspiring me---I enjoy creating alongside with you!
Melissa

And now for our Reader Updates:

CPS 66
Shelly

Stef

Raquites

Bev

Tanis


Marie

Michelle

Chloe

Aimee

Lou

Pamela

Mariecrea

Den

N2scrapn4fun

Papertrails

Tammy

Annapurna

Korin

Diana

Ann

Becky

Melissa

Katie


Regan

Jackie G

Daniela

Kim

Sharyn


CPS 65

CeeCee

Daniela

CPS 64

Natty

CPS 58

Jo

Thursday, May 29, 2008

CPS #66, Part 3b

Yes, 3b....I forgot one!! :)


Sun Soaked
Designer Sherry Wright


Supplies:
Sasafrass Lass papers & stickers
Inque Boutique stamps
Clearsnap fluid chalk inks
decorative scissors
circle cutter
Beacon Zip dry adhesive

CPS 66, Part 3



Summery Smiles

Designer: KandisSmith

Supplies:
cardstock: Coredinations
Label: Making Memories
stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Colorbox
eyelets: Doodlebug Designs
flowers: Making Memories
patterned paper: BoBunny





Splish Splash
Designer Anabelle O'Malley

Supplies:
Cardstock-The Paper Company, Bazzil
Patterned Paper-Chatterbox, Sassafrass Lass
Sticker, Brad, Rubon-Imaginisce
Felt-SEI
tag
Floss-DMC
Ink-Ranger

I Luv Summer" Card
Designer: Lea Lawson

Supply List:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper: Sassafras Lass
Stickers: Creative Imaginations & Sassafras Lass
Rhinestones: Glitz Designs & Westrim Crafts
Ink: Clearsnap
Deco Scissors: Provo Craft

"I Love U Berry Much" Card
Designer: Lea Lawson

Supply List:
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper: K & Company
Chipboard: Heidi Swapp & K & Company
Stickers: Making Memories & Doodlebug Designs
Ribbon: American Crafts
Rhinestones: Glitz Designs
Ink: Clearsnap
Diecut: Cricut Expression w/ Accent Essentials cartridge (scalloped circle)

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

CPS 66, Part 2



Happy Day
Designer Laura Williams

Supplies:
solid cardstock, patterned paper, ink: Close To My Heart
flower and flourish stamps: Unity Stamp Company
***tag and sentiment stamp: Cornish Heritage Farms
button, embroidery floss: craft supply




DAY DREAM
Designer: Linda Beeson

Materials:
Clear stamps – Birds Galore/Inkadinkado
Patterned paper – Frenzy-Rumble/White Out/We R Memory Keepers (both sides)
Rub-on words – Luxe and Making Memories
Stamp pads – Ancient Page/Clearsnap
Fluid Chalk stamp pads – Clearsnap
Glitter Markers – Spica
Flower – Prima
Mini Brad – Creative Impressions
Scallop Scissors – Family Treasures
Circle Template – Coluzzle
(The patterned paper is two sided. The one side has four squares of patterns, I
cut my circle right on the dividing line of two of the patterns)


Lazy Summer Days

Designer: Melissa Phillips


Supplies:
Bazzill cardstock
Melissa Frances
paper, chipboard, trim, cardstock stickers
Making Memories blossom and buttons
Darice string
Ranger ink
Martha Stewart ribbon

Monday, May 26, 2008

Copic Coloring Tutorial By Debbie

Today Debbie has taken the time to write an in depth "how to" on Coloring with Copic markers. Please enjoy!



1. I chose a pencil jar stamp and then some patterned paper that I wanted to use with it (Cosmo Cricket Cogsmo Twist and Shout). This gave me a color scheme; I used a scrap of cardstock to test my Copic color choices and find the ones that worked with the paper. The ones pictured are the ones that I came up with. Later I added a few more: a W-1 (for shadows), 0 (for blending lights or lifting color), and a special mixture of B000 and clear blender fluid--an empty marker filled with about 2/3 clear blender fluid and 1/3 B000 Copic ink for a very pale blue.



2. I stamped my image (Pencil Jar by Lockhart Stamp Company) in Memento Rich Cocoa ink (Tsukineko) on Stamper's Select White cardstock (PaperTrey Ink). I then colored a shadow with a W-1 marker and softened its edges with the 0 (clear blender) marker. Next I colored the glass jar with my pale B000 marker ). I added a little extra blue around the jar edges and rim where the glass would be darker or thicker.



3. Having established a shadow side already, I stayed consistent with it for the rest of the piece. For the green pencils I colored the whole pencil in with YG11, then ran a strip of YG23 down the shadow side.



4. Next, I used the YG11 (paler green) to blend the hard line between the two greens. If I had used the clear blender pen to try to blend these two, I would have ended up with a lighter line down the middle of the pencil. (I will use the clear blender--just not yet!)



5. For the blue pencils I used the same process--laying in a coat of BG72 and then a strip of BG75 on the shadow side.



6. Again, I used the lighter color, BG72, to blend the two blues. At this stage I used my clear blender to pull a tiny bit of color out of the highlight side of the green pencils. The clear blender acts almost as a bleaching tool--lightening up other colors. It's great for adding highlights.



7. With the red I followed the same process--R14 first, with a strip of R08 next, blended together with the R14.



8. For the yellow pencil, I used YR21 (not pictured)--one coat on the light side and three coats on the shadow side. I used an E33 to color the exposed wood part of the pencils, then used my 0 clear blender to pull a highlight out of each pencil. I used a W5 for the graphite pencil tips. Finally, I used my special pale blue to coat the contents of the jar once more and to lighten the pencils behind the jar rim where the glass would be thicker.



9. My finished card--I love my Copic markers!

FAQ: What do the letters and numbers on each marker mean? The letters tell you the hue: R=red, YR=Yellow-Red, Y=Yellow, YG=Yellow-Green, etc. The first number after the color letter on each marker refers to the relative clarity or grayness of a color. A "0 "or "1" are very clear, pure colors. An "8" or "9" would be muted, grayed colors. The second number (or second and third in the case of a "00") tells the value of the color. A "00" is the lightest value, and a "9" is the darkest value of a color. Knowing this information will enable you to choose hues and shades that work well together.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

CPS #66, Celebrating Summer

Summer is just around the corner and here as CPS we are ready to celebrate. Look for great summer themed ideas all throughout the week!


CPS #66



CPS Designer Ideas


Strawberries
Designer Debbie Olson

Stamps: Strawberries by Lockhart Stamp Company; inside sentiment from A Muse Art Stamps
Paper: DCWV Nana's Nursery mat pad
Cardstock: Neenah Solar White
Markers: (Copic): R20, R43, R46, R59, YG11, YG03, YG63, YG95, W1, W3, 0
Tools: Spellbinders Nestability Plain and Scalloped Classic Circle dies, Embossing Zig-Zag punch by Martha Stewart Crafts
Accessories: gingham ribbon (SU), red button (Autumn Leaves Foo-Fa-La)



Fish You Were Here
Designer - Keri Lee Sereika

Supplies:
***Cardstock: Simply Smooth White, Black, Intense Pink, Frosted Kiwi Prismatics, Starburst & Flame Metallics -Prism Papers
Patterned Paper: Can't recall the name...anyone know??
Stamps: Inky Antics
Ink: Pitch Black Adirondack Dye Ink - Ranger
Ribbon: Dual Color Gingham - Creative Impressions
Tools: Standard and Scalloped Circle Nestabilities, Fiskars Circle Cutter, EK Success Small Corner Rounder for Scalloped Edge
***Scor-Pal for creating the perfect match scored lines for CD holder pocket -
Adhesives: ***Scor-Pal 1/8th inch tape for securing pocket, Scrapbook Adhesives Permanent Tab Runner

TIP: This card is the perfect sketch for creating a CD holder card. Simply tape up the bottom fold to create the pocket and slip your favorite music CD inside! :)


summer magic card
Designer Charity Hassel

patterned paper- American Crafts
letter stickers, paper frills, plastic sequins- Doodlebug Designs
ribbon- Offray

Friday, May 23, 2008

CPS #65, Part 4 from Sweet n Sassy Stamps



Time for this weeks final set of card ideas. A huge thank you to this week's sponsor Sweet n Sassy stamps. be sure and check out their gallery for even more fun designs using Sweet n Sassy stamps ;)


Home Sweet Home
Designer Kandis Smith

Supplies:
Chatterbox
Coredinations Cardstock
Creating Keepsakes
EK Success
**Sweet and Sassy Stamps**
colored pencils
Kraft


Hey. Happy Father’s Day.
Designer: Stacey Kingman

Supplies:
Stamps - Sweet & Sassy Stamps
***Cardstock – Prism
Patterned Paper – Heidi Grace Designs, Daisy D’s, Chatterbox
Buttons – Making Memories
Fabric label – Making Memories
Chipboard – Heidi Grace Designs
Border Punch, Square Punch – Fiskars
Ink – Ranger, Staz-on


Luv Moo
Designer Kelly Anne Grundhauser

Supplies:
Sassy Stamps-Farm Animals
Prism cardstock
Basic grey Pattern Paper
Basic Grey hear cardstock sticker
Stazon Ink
Ranger Tim Holtz Fragment Square
Ranger distress edge
May Arts Twine
Copic Markers
Machine Stitching
magnet

The bottom square remove from beneath the twine for a fridge magnet.


Oh Happy Day!
Designer: Stacey Kingman

Supplies:
Clear Stamps – Sweet & Sassy Stamps
***Cardstock – Prism
Patterned Paper – Melissa Frances
Bling – Heidi Swapp
Stickers – Heidi Grace Designs
Punches – Fiskars
Brads – Heidi Grace Designs
Rain Dots – Cloud 9 Design
Ribbon – Making Memories, unknown
Ink – Staz On


"Snow One Like You" Card
Designer: Lea Lawson

Supply List:
Stamps: Sweet N Sassy (Snow Friends)
Cardstock: Bazzill
Paper: KI Memories
Ribbon: Offray
Rhinestones/Pigment Ink: Doodlebug Designs
Chalk Ink: Clearsnap
Glitter: Ranger Stickles
Corner Rounder: EK Success

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

CPS #65, Part 3 from Sweet nSassy Stamps




Time for Part 3 of this weeks card ideas brought to you by Sweet N Sassy Stamps. In celebration of their 6 month anniversary Sweet n Sassy Stamps is having a customer appreciation month. Be sure to check out the website for some great promotions including free stamps and the chance to win some prizes!



Chocolate
Designer Debbie Olson

Stamps: Chocoholic by Sweet 'n Sassy Stamps
Cardstock: Suede Brown Medium, Suede Brown Dark, and Perfect Baby Pink by Prism; Stamper's Select White by PaperTrey Ink
Versamagic Gingerbread and Jumbo Java; Pearlescent Chocolate Brilliance
Accessories: brown satin from ReasonableRibbon.com, Mini Dot Twinkle Stickers (rhinestones) by A Muse; StaStardust Sakura pen, Liquid Applique
Markers: (Copic) W1, 0, E55, E57, E77
Tools: Spellbinders Classic Plain and Scalloped dies, and Scalloped Long Rectangle die for bottom scalloped edge of card front


Thank You
Designer Tami Mayberry

Supplies:
Stamps: Sweet n Sassy Stamps (doodle flowers)
Cardstock: Prism Papers
Patterned Paper: Fancy Pants
Ink: Clearsnap Fluid Chalk


Chocolate..
Designer: Sherry Wright

Sweet & Sassy stamps
Jenni Bowlin papers
**Prism cardstock
Clearsnap inks
Copic markers
rhinestones
water color pencils
Offray ribbon
McGill circle punch
Beacon adhesive

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

CPS 65, Part 2


Time for some more great designs featuring those Sweet n Sassy stamps!!!


SPECIAL FRIEND cardDesigner: Linda Beeson

Materials:
Clear stamps courtesy of SWEET ‘n SASSY stamps
Solid pre-cut cardstock – Making Memories
Patterned paper – BasicGrey
Rub-ons - BasicGrey
Stamp pads – Ancient Page/Clearsnap
Fluid Chalk stamp pads – Clearsnap
Flower punch – Martha Stewart
Pearl Brads – Gartner


Eat Chocolate
Designer Anabelle O'Malley

Supplies:
Stamps-Sweet and Sassy
Ink-Staz On
Markers-copic
Glitter-Ranger
Paper-Doodlebug
Cardstock-Doodlebug
Paper Frills-Doodlebug


Hi Chick
Designer Melissa Phillips

Supplies:
Bazzill cardstock
Sweet and Sassy stamps
My Mind’s Eye paper
Bo Bunny paper
Jenni Bowlin paper
Martha Stewart ribbon
Darice string
Buttons from craft supply
Ranger ink
Tag from office supply

Sunday, May 18, 2008

CPS #65, From Sweet n Sassy Stamps



This weeks cards all feature the great designs from our wonderful sponsor Sweet n Sassy Stamps. Be sure to check out their great blog for a chance to win some of these great stamps!


CPS #65




CPS Designer Ideas


Congrats Lucky Duck!
Designer Laura Williams

Supplies:
***stamps - Sweet N' Sassy
textured cardstock - Bazzill
polka dotted cardstock - Bo Bunny
white cardstock, ink, photo corners - Close To My Heart
brad - Around the Block
colored pencil - Prismacolor
ribbon - KI Memories
tools - McGill scalloped square punch, hole punch


Welcome Home
Designer Keri Lee Sereika

Supplies:
Stamps: Sweet N Sassy
***Cardstock: Baby Blue Light, Papaya Puree Medium, Iced Orange Prismatics - Prism Papers
Ink: Charcoal and Dark Brown Fluid Chalk Ink - Clearsnap
Ribbon: Celery Grosgrain - Stampin' Up!
Other: Prisma Premier Colored Pencils, Gamsol and Blending Stumps


Peace Hope Joy card.
Designer Charity Hassel

stamps- Sweet n' Sassy Primative Christmas
ink- Colorbox
patterned paper- Basic Grey, Webster's Page, My Mind's Eye

Saturday, May 17, 2008

The BIG WINNER, CPS 64 Reader Spotlight and Updates

Well well well....the time has come! We have a winner!!!! And what do they win??? How about this prize set from our latest sponsor Scor-Pal!!!!!????





And the winner is.... AIMEE!!! COME ON DOWN!!! You are our winner this week! :) Congratulations!!! Please send your full name and address to cpscontests at gmail dot com to claim your prize. :)


And the good news doesn't end there!!! We have our weekly READER SPOTLIGHT to announce...this week Linda Beeson was the lucky designer to choose the reader (or should I say readers??)...due to so many wonderful submissions....she COULD NOT CHOOSE JUST ONE!!! LOL So we have TWO READERS this week to share the spotlight. Linda writes:

I pick MIKI

I instantly fell in love with the color scheme she used and then her little cards that she also created.


I pick MARIE

Amazing details, especially with the heart design and the pearls.

Congrats Girls!!!

And now last but not least....our Reader Updates...and BOY DO WE HAVE SOME GREAT READERS!! Seriously, I am just blown away each week by what our readers come up with!

CPS 64

Marie

Tanis

Julie

Shelly

Dawn

Carrie

Margo

Donelda

Looby

Terrie B

Kaz

Monika

Deanna

Roxie

Marja

Lisa H

Sharon

Tammy

Jane

Ultramum

Jaime


Divine Hand

Annie

Etcetra

Dawn

Lisa

Raquites

Benga

Ally

Karin

Susie

Miki

Carmen

Pamela

Annapurna

Lesley

Dawne

Debby4000

Regan

Sandy

LeAnne

Marie

Aimee

Krista

Giovana

Maureen

Benga


Chrys

Inkyheart

Kimberly

Daniela

Stampingbalou

Roseanne

Kimosabescraps

Lynda


Kathy

Megan

Shannan


Stef

Leenda

Brenda

Lisa

Lynda


Julie

CeeCee

Craftyb



CPS 63

klanteigne

Laura

craftyb

Jewls

Shelly

Sharyn

Friday, May 16, 2008

Contest Reminder

Don't forget to post your card in the comments section by Saturday 12:00 NOON EST for a chance to win that great Scor-pal gift pack. Anyone can enter no matter where you live and you can enter as many times as you like!! Keri will be posting the winner tomorrow along with the reader updates and reader spotlight. Stay tuned!

CPS #64, Part 3

This week's final card ideas.

Don't forget to get your link posted by tomorrow in order to have a chance to win the great Scor-pal prize pack!!


Thanks
Designer Melissa Phillips

Supplies:
Scor-pal
Bazzill cardstock
Basic Grey paper , chipboard, buttons, and metal bookplate
SEI ribbon
Making Memories alpha stickers and paper
Ranger ink


Surfer Crossing
Designer Kelly Anne Grundhauser

Supplies
**SCORPAL
Crate Static Pattern Papers and Die cuts
Crate Rubons Blue Hill
Tonic paper distresser
Beacon adhesive Colorbox chalk ink
Sanding block

Take elements you would Typically glue down and add accordianed paper behind for a pop up/out effect when the card is opened.


You Rock Card and Envelope Set
Designer Anabelle O'Malley

Supplies:
**Cardstock-Prism
Patterned Paper-American Crafts
Die Cuts-Scenic Route, Making Memories
Felt-American Crafts
Stamp-Inque Boutique
Ink-Stampin' Up
Paper Frills-Doodlebug
**Scor-Pal

tip- I created this envelope using the directions on the Scor-Pal site. (It was super quick and easy. I'll be making my own envelopes all the time from now on!


"It's Your Day" Card
Designer: Lea Lawson

Supplies:
Scoring Tool: Scorpal
Cardstock: Bazzill Basics
Paper: American Crafts
Felt Flower: Provo Craft
Chipboard/Stickers: Imagination Project
Rhinestones: Glitz Designs
Ink: Clearsnap
Corner Rounder: EK Success
Deco Scissors: Provo Craft

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

CPS #64, Part 2

Part 2 of this week's card ideas:


BRIGHT WISHES
Designer: Linda Beeson

Materials:
**SCOR-PAL TOOL
Patterned paper – October Afternoon and Scenic Route
Rubber stamps – October Afternoon
Stamp pads – Ancient Page/Clearsnap
Fluid Chalk stamp pads – Clearsnap
Mini Brads – Making Memories

I used the Scor-Pal to score the card just to fold in in half and then I added embossed lines to the journal print paper. I added emphasis to those lines by lightly rubbing a Fluid Chalk stamp pad across them. That helps them to stand out and be noticed.


Someone Cares
Designer Debbie Olson
Finished Size: 3" x 3" folded

Stamps: Everyday Blessings by PaperTrey Ink
Paper: Echo by Memory box
Cardstock: Natural by Prism
Ink: Antique Linen by Ranger; Perfect Plum by Stampin' Up
Accessories: Flowers by Prima,
Tools: **Scor-pal, Embossing Zig-Zag punch my Martha Stewart Crafts, Antique Copper Stick Pin by Blue Moon, satin by May arts, button by EK Success

Miss U
Designer Kandis Smith

Supplies:
Paper: My Minds Eye
stamps: Hero Arts
ink: Colorbox
chipboard: Making Memories
flowers: Prima
gems: Hero Arts
cardstock: Paper Adventures
corner rounder: EK success
other: Machine stitching, fabric