Thursday, January 29, 2015

NEW Stencils from Crafter's Companion USA

Today is the DAY!!! Crafter's Compaion USA is releasing 8 NEW Sheena Douglass Decorative Stencils!!! WOOHOO!

I made this card using two of the new stencils - Distress Grid and Shady Meadow.

Stencils are SO popular! You can do just about everything with them. On my card, I used a portion of the Shady Meadow Stencil to sponge Peacock Feathers Distress Ink on the card base. What an easy way to make designer cards! I just put the stencil down where I wanted some of the pattern, sponged the ink, moved the stencil to another spot on the card and sponged again. So simple! And cleanup of the stencil is so easy, because distress inks just wipe right off.

Next, I die-cut a heart and sponged on Spun Sugar distress ink over the Distress Grid Stencil. Then I stamped a the flower with Warm Lipstick Distress Ink and the little hearts with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. I added a little shading on the flower by using an Aquabrush and a little of the Peacock Feathers Ink.

All around the edges of the heart is Silver Halo Glitter Mix from Stampendous. I could EAT that stuff!

I decided I wanted the heart to be thick like chipboard. So I die-cut like 3 more hearts out of white cardstock, then adhered them all together on back of the decorated heart. I love how it turned out. The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed in white on a scrap piece of Rose Pearl Shimmering Cardstock. and popped up with foam tape. A few rhinestones in the center of the flower and then popped the entire piece on the card front with foam adhesive.

I really appreciate you taking time to stop by my blog today :)

Sheena Decorative Stencils - Distress Grid and Shady Meadow
Sentimentals Vintage Floral Collection - Greetings Stamp Set
Sheena A Little Bit Festive - Ivy Borders
Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Bloomin' Beautiful
Die'sire Essentials - Hearts
Shimmering Cardstock Rose Pearl
Distress Inks - Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Peacock Feathers
VersaMark Ink
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Teal Cardstock
White Embossing Powder,
Stampenous Silver Halo Mix Glitter,
Rhinestone Stickers
Ink Blending Foam
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Glue Pen
Die-cutting/embossing machine
Heat Tool

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Thanks for your support

NEW digi images have just been released over at Fresh Brewed Designs. I had the honor of making a project to share with you, using one of the new images - Face 4

This face just give me a warm and calm feeling. How about you?

All the coloring is done with Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • Skin FS2, FS2, TN2, TN3, CR3
  • Lips CR3, CR4
  • Hair GB1, GB9, EB6
  • Sweater PP1, PP2, BG2, Blender
  • Shadow BG1, Blender

I painted over the lips, eyelashes and sweater collar with shimmer spray. I also added a few touches of crystal glitter to the collar, using a fine glue pen.

Go HERE to check out all the other fantastic images that are now available. Oh...I I want to mention to all of you that love to color...these faces are PERFECT for practicing your coloring skills! Plus, because they are digital, you can make the as big or as small as you want...AND print off a whole page! Awesome...right?!!!
Have a great Wednesday,

Paper Smooches Sentiment Stamps & Die
Lawn Fawn Die
Neenah white cardstock
Bazzill colored cardstock
Pink Swarvoski Crystal Rhinestones
Crystal Glitter
Die-cut machine
Quickie Glue Pen
Foam Adhesive

Monday, January 26, 2015


Good morning crafty friends! I hope your weekend was full of fun. I got out my Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils and had a great time coloring this House-Mouse image...

I found THIS tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog that I wanted to share. It shows how to create a soft focus on your image, which will make it "pop" and stand out, and how to ground your image. In the tutorial, Lis shows you how to do this using Spectrum Noir Markers.  I'm did the same thing using Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. Same great results!

The pencils I used along with blending solution and paper stumps:
  • Soft Focus 061, 068
  • Ground 113, 104 

Without adding this shading, the image would just look flat on the paper. This technique gives the image if it's actually lifted off the page!

See how great it looks! That mouse is ready to jump right off the card! LOL! I added a little googly eye for even more movement and fun. I also wanted to color over the frog with my clear gel pen...but I couldn't get that sucker to work for nuttin'! UUUGH! For the sentiment I stamped little mouse foot prints and heat embossed the sentiment in white.

This technique, and many many other great ideas are available on the Spectrum Noir Blog.

Here's the other pencils I used to color with:
  • Mouse Skin 005, 009
  • Mouse Fur 087, 103
  • Frog 044, 058, 059
  • Turn Key 112, 117

Also, if you're a House-Mouse fan, don't forget to check out the current challenge we have going on right now over at the House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog - Make it Masculine. I made my card "dude" friendly ;) Well...OK...I did add a couple rhinestones.
 He's just gonna have to deal with it.  hahahaha

Have a ribiting good day!

Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Bending Solution
Spectrum Noir Paper Stumps
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
VersaMark Ink
Memento Luxe Pear Tart Ink
Ranger Archival Olive Ink
House-Mouse Stamp - Giddyup
Stampabilities Sentiment
A Muse Stamps- Grass, dotted scallop
Googly Eye
Lime Rhinestone Stickers - A Muse Studio
White Embossing Powder
Black Twine
Decorative Scissors
Dies from Lawn Fawn and MFT
Colored Cardstock from A Muse Studio
Heat Embossing Tool
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine
Foam adhesive

Friday, January 23, 2015

Where does the time go?!

It's FRIDAY! Yeah Baby!!! I've got a FUN stamp that I colored with my Spectrum Noir Markers. Check it out...

Isn't that great?! The stamp is from Eat Cake Graphics, called Time goes people and pets. The sentiment that goes along perfectly is called Where does the time go. I colored all the images and the die-cut stars with my Spectrum Noir Markers. The clock is covered with clear dimensional glaze and the stars with crystal glitter.

Here's the Spectrum Noir Marker colors I used:
  • Skin FS2, FS3, CR3
  • Dress BP1, BP2, BG5
  • Hair TN3, TN7
  • Shoes IG1, IG7, IG10
  • Clock CT1, CT3, CT4, OR2
  • Stars (both stamped and die-cut) CT3, CT4
  • Pants TB1, TB3, TB4
  • Shirt CG3, CG4
  • Boy Shoes BGR1, IG7
  • Dog TN1, TN3, TN6, IG7, CR3
  • Cat BG1, BG5, BG7, CR3
  • Newspaper IG1, OR3, BP1, CG3, TB3, Blender
  • Shadows and Background Shading BT1, IG1, IG2, Blender

The owner and artist of Eat Cake Graphics, Holly Mabutas, recently mentioned she'll be hitting the big "FIVE-0" on her next birthday. So, I thought it would be fun to whip up a fun card showing how perfect these images will work for such an event. I hope you like it, Holly ;)

Have a great day!

Eat Cake Graphics Stamps Time goes people and pets, Where does the time go (text)
Dot Swirls stamp in background is from Hero Arts
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Numbers and Stars Die-cuts from Paper Smooches
Slate Cardstock from A Muse Studio
Black Cardstock from Bazzill
Washi Tape
White Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Glue Pen and Foam Adhesive
Crystal Glitter
White Gel Pen
Clear Glaze Pen
Die-Cutting Machine
Heat Embossing Tool

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Stencils with Embossing Paste - Tutorial

Hello friends. As we anxiously await the release of some NEW Sheena Douglas Stencils, coming soon to Crafter's Companion USA, I though I would share a tutorial using a fabulous stencils that is currently available.

The stencil I used is called Summer Meadow. Isn't is amazing?! To get the great texture and colors, I used embossing paste and embossing powder. This technique creates a really cool raised texture that has a beautiful glaze on top.

NOTE: For easy clean up - do this technique on a craft mat.

Tape the stencil on top of Kraft cardstock panel. I used painters tape to temporarily hold the cardstock and stencil in place. This will prevent the stencil (and cardstock) from shifting when applying the paste.

Tip: You don't have to use the entire stencil design. I only used a portion for my card.

Pick up paste with the palette knife and apply it over the stencil - as if you were frosting a cake. I used the Black Matte Embossing Paste from Dreamweaver. It's up to you how thick or evenly you apply it. You really can't go wrong. Scrap off any excess paste and put it back in the container.

Carefully remove the tape and then very carefully lift off the stencil. Isnt' that AMAZING?!

Clean the paste off the stencil RIGHT AWAY or the paste will dry on the stencil.

Tip: I had a container with water and a little dish soap set off to the side. I just put my stencil right in the container so I could continue making my project.

Before the paste starts to dry, generously add embossing powder over the top of the paste. I used Aged Scarlet Embossing Enamel from Stampendous.

Tap off the excess embossing powder and funnel it back into the container.

Set aside the panel to dry. Drying time varies depending on the paste and how thick it was applied. Because the tree area on this design is so large, I suggest at least an hour of drying time.

Once the paste is dry, heat set the embossing powder.

Now it's time to finish the card design with some stamping and shading.

Randomly stamp the Overlapped Text image with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

Sponge Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Walnut Stain and Aged Mahogany Distress Inks around edges of panel. Wipe off any excess ink that is on the embossed areas with baby wipe or paper towel. Stamp sentiment with black pigment ink and emboss with clear. Mat panel on black cardstock and then on Shimmering Gold Dust Cardstock. Mount to black note card with foam adhesive. Tie black satin cording around edge of card.

The dimension you get from the paste is awesome. Adding embossing powder on top of the paste gives added texture and shine that is out of this world beautiful! I hope you give it a try.

Stay connected over at Crafter's Companion USA Facebook page for updates on products.

Thanks for stoppin by!

Crafter's Companion Sheena Decorative Stencil - Summer Meadow
Crafter's Companion Stamp-It Australia - Overlapped Text
Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - Poppies and Daisies (retired)
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Gold Dust Cardstock
Black cardstock
Distress Inks - Antique Linen, Mustard Seed, Walnut Stain, Aged Mahogany
Black Pigment Ink of choice
Dreamweaver Matte Black Embossing Paste
Stampendous! Aged Scarlet Embossing Enamel
Clear Embossing Powder of choice
Palette Knife
Removable Tape/Painters Tape
Heat tool
Ink Sweeper, Sponge Daubers or Blending Foam
Foam Adhesive

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Sneak Peek Time

Hello everyone. Today I get to give a sneak peek of the NEW Crafter's Companion Sheena Distressed Grid Decorative Stencil that will be coming soon!

This new stencil is fantastic! It's 7" x 7" and gives you so much room to work with. I can't wait for you to see all the other new stencils that are being released. THUD!

To make the design on my card, I placed the stencil over the white cardstock panel and sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink. Next, I die-cut a heart and placed the negative piece over the white cardstock panel and sponged with Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick and Antique Linen Distress Inks. The sentiment is stamped with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle ink and heat embossed.

I also die-cut a heart from kraft cardstock, sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink, and topped with ribbons, twine and button.

For the inside of the card, I die-cut the heart and used the negative piece to sponge.  Then I used the new stencil and sponged distress ink over the top.

You'll find more sneak peeks the new stencils on our Facebook Page. Make sure to "Like" the page, so you can keep up with all the latest news.

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Crafter's Companion Sheena Stencil - Distress Grid
Crafter's Companion Sentimentals - Memories are Made Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Essentials - Hearts
Distress Inks - Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick, Antique Linen
Memento Luxe Ink - Espresso Truffle
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
White and other misc.colored cardstocks
Clear Embossing Powder
Ink Blending Foams
Ribbons, Twine, Button
Double Sided Foam Adhesive

Friday, January 16, 2015

On Your Special Day

I think I'm on a birthday roll this week :)  Here's one I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers and Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils...
 The image stamp is from Crafter's Companion Angelica & Adam Acrylic Stamp - Cherry on Top. Such a sweet stamp! All the Angelica & Adam stamps are must have! The sentiment is also from Crafter's Companion - Vintage Floral Collection Sentimentals.

To color, I started off by coloring with the markers:
  • Skin: FS1, FS2, FS3, PP3
  • Dress/Shoes/Hairbows/Flowers: BT1, BT2, BT4, BT5
  • Hair: GB2, GB1, GB8, GB9
  • Cupcake and Liner: TN1, TN2, TN7
  • Cherry: CR3, CR5, DR2, DR6
  • Leaves: CG2, LG1
  • Frosting: CR4
  • Ground: EB1
  • Shadows: BG3

Then I added colored pencil enhancements with blending solution and paper stumps:
  • Dress: 063
  • Hair: 110
  • Background Shading: 114
  • Cherry: 033
  • Cheeks: 034
  • Cupcake: 087

To make the flag bunting, I hand-cut little triangle pieces of patterned paper, punched holes, and strung on bakers twine. Some glitter, rhinestones and sequins put the bling bling on things :)

Happy Friday everyone!

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Happy Happy Birthday

I absolutely LOVE the Bebunni Collection from Crafter's Companion. Here's a card I made using the Celebration Set:

I colored the bunny a little more scruffy looking, to match the scruffy look of the sanded off  embossed panel. The red panel is mat on Shimmering Pink Pearl cardstock, then adhered to a white card base with foam adhesive. All the coloring was done with Spectrum Noir Markers.

  • Bunny: CR2, BG1, BG3, BG5, Blender
  • Red Balloons: CR2, CR5, DR3
  • Pink Balloons: PP1, PP2, PP4
  • White Balloons: HB1
  • Sky and Grass: BT1, LG1, Blender
  • Shadows on Balloons, BG1, BG3

You can't tell from the pic, but I lightly painted over the balloons with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle.

The sentiment banner is actually 2 die cut flags from the Die'sire Cupcake Insert die set. Simply die cut 2 flags to create the look of a long banner! Here’s how:

Step 1: Die-cut 2 flags from cardstock. Stamp and embellish.

Step 2: Position each flag on project - making sure the spacing is appropriate for whatever design element will be placed on top. Adhere with double sided adhesive foam, for added dimension.

Step 3: Position design element over top of flag banner. Adhere.

baa-BAM! Easy stuff. What a great way to stretch those dies! LOL!

Have a creative day!

Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classiques Cupcake Insert Die - Flag
Crafter's Companion 6" x 6" Embossalicious Folder - Birthday Text
Crafter's Companion Bebunni Celebration Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Mulberry Wood Birthday Wishes Set
Crafter's Companion Pink Pearl 6" x 6" Shimmering Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers: CR2, CR5, DR2, BT1, BG1, BG3, BG5, PP1, PP2, PP4, LG1, Blender
Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle
Black Ink Pad
Stampendous Crystal Glitter Multi Fine
Glue Pen
Double sided adhesive foam
Sanding Block
Red Cardstock (A Muse Studio)
Patterned cardstock (Doodlebug)

Monday, January 12, 2015

Anything Goes!

Hey there friends! It's time to get your craft on with your Spectrum Noir Products! This month our challenge is soooooo easy!

ANYTHING GOES! Color up ANYTHING you want using your Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, blendable colored pencils, or AquaTint inks, put it on a card or project and you can play along with us! No excuses why you can't play along...right ;)

You know how much I LOVE making CAS cards...right? Well...check out this adorable Penny Black stamp that I watercolored!

The balloons are covered with 3D Crystal Lacquer. The hearts on her hair have crystal glitter on them. A few clear sequins and some twine put that little extra happy on the card :)

I really hope you take time to play the challenge with us. Get all the challenge and prize details HERE.

Spectrum Aqua Markers - (available worldwide very soon) Peach, Blossom, Bud Green, Sunflower, Jasmin, Fawn, Charcoal
Spectrum Noir Ulta Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Archival Black Ink
Watercolor Brush
Penny Black Stamps
A Muse Studio Colored Cardstock
A Muse Studio Twine
Clear Sequins
Corner Rounder Punch
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
3D Crystal Lacquer
Crystal Glitter
Glue Pen

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Enjoy your life

Happy New Year! 
Time for a new challenge over at Crafter's Companion USA! Let's get busy...shall we :)

Create a card or project with a Shabby Chic or Vintage theme - the focal image, as an embellishment, on your patterned paper, make a gift for someone, make a set of cards - any way you interpret the challenge!

I took a panel of ivory cardstock and stamped some flowers from the stamps set - Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - A New Leaf.  I colored very lightly some of the images with Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils 034 and 087. Then I embossed the panel with 6" x 6" Regal Damask Embossing Folder. I sponged distress ink around the panel edges and on top of the raised embossed areas.

I used Circle Doilies to cut and emboss a pink doily from Pink Pearl Shimmering Cardstock. A little distress ink is sponged on it. In the closeup pics, you can see the beautiful shimmer of the pink shimmering cardstock. It diecuts and embosses beautifully!

The heart is cut from the Hearts Die set, stamped with a sentiment from the Sentimentals - Memories are Made and sponged with distress ink around the edges. I also machine stitched on the heart. The sentiment is from the same stamp set.  The flowers are stamped with Old Olive Distress Ink and colored with the SN pencils.

I used Pink Pearl Shimmering Cardstock to create the ruffled panel that I machine stitched to the bottom of the ivory panel. Then I sponged on some distress. I added a couple pieces of ribbon and adhered the entire panel to a kraft carstock panel. Before adhering the piece to the card front, I stamped the little corner image with Crushed Olive Distress Ink.I hope you can join us for this months challenge. Have fun!

Crafter's Companion Project Supplies:
Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - A New Leaf Stamp Set
Sentimentals - Memories are Made Stamp set
Die'sire Hearts Die Set
Die'sire Circle Doilies Set
Embollicious 6" x 6" Regal Damask Embossing Folder
Spectrum Noir Pencils: 034, 087(Primaries Set)
Kraft Cardstock
Shimmering Pink Pearl Cardstock
Distress Inks: Brushed Corduroy, Crushed Olive, Antique Linen
Other Misc Supplies:
A Muse Studio Litchen Green Cardstock
Ivory Cardstock
Brown Pearl Stickers
Misc Ribbons
Sewing Machine

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

The secret of staying young...

Join us as we give the ever so talented Design Team Coordinator for Crafter's Companion USA - Kendra Wietstock a big Happy Birthday Wish!

Here's the card I made in Kendra's honor..

I stamped all the flower images (Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - Bloomin' Beautiful) on high gloss cardstock with Distress Inks - Iced Spruce, Peacock Feathers and Squeezed Lemonade. The sentiment is stamped with Black Archival Ink.  Isnt' that quote great! LOL. It's from Stamp-It Australia Friendship Sentiments set.

Here's the blog hop link list.
Happy Birthday my dear friend Kendra

Monday, December 29, 2014

Winter Wonderland

Here's another fun "Winter" card. These stamps are from Eat Cake Graphics - Family of carolers and Racoons in tree. Sooooo CUTE!

All the coloring is done with Spectrum Noir Markers:

  • Tree - BG1, BG4, BG6, BG7, Blender
  • Raccoons - IG1, IG2, IG4, IG6
  • Snow shading - BT1
  • Skin - FS2, FS3, CR2, TN3
  • Hair - IG10 & True Black, GB1 & GB8, EG3, TN6
  • Jeans - TB3, TB8, BG4
  • Dog - TN3, TN6, TN7
  • Reds - PP3, CR5, DR2
  • Greens - CG1, CG2, CG4
  • Girls Jacket - DG4
  • Black Jacket & Boots - IG4, IG6, IG10
I added crystal glitter and colored the animal noses with a clear gel pen. Panel is mat on dark warm gray cardstock and mounted to a woodgrain card base with foam tape.

Well...I do believe this is the last "holiday-ish" card I have to share. Time to move on...

Have a great day!