Wednesday, October 1, 2014

One of THOSE days!

Here's a little something to brighten your day :)

These stamps are from Eat Cake Graphics. The image is called Fluffy's Day at the Pool. The sentiment, One of those days, is stamped on a cloud that I cut out by hand. I think Fluffy was trying to have a little fun in in some of the flood water that we've recently had here in Phoenix.

I colored the images with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. I added some highlights with a white gel pen. To add some shimmer, I colored Clear Wink of Stella on the water, mask and floaties. How could I stop there? NOT! Clear Gel Pen on the water, flippers, floaties, mask and snorkel. There...NOW I'm done :)

I had so much fun making one...I went for another. This one I colored with markers.and then painted on some clear shimmer accents.

This time I used a Versamark Pen to color over the top of the flippers, snorkel, mask, and floaties and then heat embossed with clear ep. I also added some clear glaze pen on the water.

Both card have the same cardstock base and a spritzed panel that I made by spraying white cardstock with Dylusions Calypso Teal Ink Spray and Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz Clear Spray.

These cards are featured over at the Eat Cake Graphics Blog - A Sprinkling of Samples and Techniques. Go pop on over there for these...and LOADS more fun and inspiration! If you're like'll end up with a "wish list" a mile long!

Have a happy day!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge

Hey House-Mouse friends...just poppin' in quick to remind you about our current challenge:


You still have time to join in on the fun! We'd LOVE to see more great House-Mouse & Friends images being loved.

Here's mine...

I colored the sky and ground with markers and a blender pen. The mouse and leaves are colored with pencils. I added some beautiful Autumn Art Glitter around end edge of the kraft cardstock and a few touches here and there on the leaves and ground. I also added some Stampendous Frantage Color Fragments in Leaf Green and Caramel on the ground.

The leaves are punched out of kraft cardstock. The green one is embossed with Stampendous Vintage Olive Embossing Tinsel. The other 2 are a combination of Aged Spice and Aged Gold Frantage Embossing Enamel -- with some specks of the Color Fragments tossed on. They are absolutely STUNNING!

Get all the challenge details on the House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog.

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 29, 2014

National Coffee Day

HELLO all you Coffee Fans!  Today is National Coffee Day!


To celebrate, I'm taking part in a special Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  It's gonna be TONS of fun, FULL of inspiration, LOADS of laughs, and AWESOME prizes and giveaways!!!! Get all the details about today's Blog Hop HERE.

Here's my coffee creation using a NEW Boo! Spooky Latte Digi Image from Fresh Brewed Designs. The bat is another great NEW Digi Image from the Simply Spooky Set. LOVE!

What fun stamps huh! I used markers to color the images.  The background layer was created with a couple Tim Holtz stencils, Black Embossing Paste, Black Glitter, Distress Paint and Distress Inks. I used a clear epoxy circle sticker on the cup band.

I fussy cut the images - leaving white edges so they would look as if they were die-cut pieces. I used this weeks Sketch Challenge 507 at Splitcoaststampers for my layout.

 Take a look at all the fantastic companies who are sponsoring this Coffee Lovers Blog Hop
Pretty amazing!  Click HERE to join the fun!

Now I gotta go grab another cuppa and do some more crafting. Have a great Monday!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Special Friends from Moonbeam Meadow

Hello everyone! Have you seen all the sneak peeks of the NEW Crafter's Companion Moonbeam Meadow stamps?  These new stamps are A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E!!!

Here's a card I designed using a couple stamps from the New Moonbeam Meadow Everyday Collection - Love Birds

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Markers to match the designer paper.

Marker Colors Used: LY1, DG1, LG1, GT1, GT3, LG1, EB2, EG6, EG7, EG8, IG1, Blender

Visit our Facebook Page to stay up to date on all the latest happenings -- and to see even more great sneak peek projects from the New Moonbeam Meadow Collection.

Thanks for poppin' in,

Friday, September 26, 2014

Poppy's Babies

Crafter's Companion USA has released NEW Official Brambly Hedge Stamp sets! They are beyond adorable!

Here's a card I made using the new Poppy's Babies Stamp Set...

Cute...right!?!  The image is stamped on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir Markers - TN1, TN3, CR3, GB9, BG1, BG3, LG1, LY2, Blender. That is layered on Kraft Cardstock

 In the closeup you can see where I added some Bonnie Blue Art Glitter accents for sparkle.

Go check out the inspiration gallery HERE for tons of sample projects to get your creative juices flowing.

Have a great Friday!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

First Day of Fall

It's officially Fall! YAY!

Let's celebrate the first day of Fall and make an Autumn Themed Project for the Crafter's Companion September Monthly Challenge :) Here's mine...

I stamped with Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - Autumn Leaves set. The sentiment is from Sentimentals Vintage Floral Collection - Sentimentals.

I picked some beautiful Fall colors of pigment inks and stamped on vanilla cardstock. You could switch the sentiment to "Happy Thanksgiving" or "Happy Birthday" etc. The card layout is so versatile!

Thanks for stopping by!
Have a beautiful Fall day,

Stamps - Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - Autumn Leaves; Sentimentals Vintage Floral Collection - Sentimentals
Paper - A Muse Studio Vanilla, Squash, Woodgrain
Inks - Memento Luxe Morocco, Pear Tart, Espresso Truffle; A Muse Studio Pigment Squash, Melon
Misc. - 1/4" Corner Rounder Punch; Ribbon and Waxed Thread; Foam Adhesive

Monday, September 22, 2014

Brambly Hedge Sneak Peek!

NEW Brambly Hedge Stamps are COMING!!!

Crafter's Companion will be releasing new Brambly Hedge goodies TOMORROW! You are gonna love 'em!  Here's a sneak peek at some of the stamps from the new sets called "The High Hills"

My diorama card measures 8 1/2" x 6".  I wanted it to appear as if you were looking inside a tree trunk to see the mouse reading his book.  If you want, you can make the diorama smaller so the card could fit in a standard envelope for mailing.

I used Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils along with Blending Solution and Paper Stumps to do all the coloring. It's my favorite way to color these images. Here's a closer look...

I've been a fan of Brambly Hedge for years. I can't wait to create more cards with the new stamp sets!

Don't forget to check the Crafter's Companion website tomorrow to see ALL the NEW Brambly Hedge stamps!


Crafter's Companion Brambly Hedge - The High Hills
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils: 001, 004, 009, 014, 016, 017, 020, 041, 044, 062, 072, 084, 087, 090, 093, 094, 100, 105, 107, 113, 117, 119, 120
Blending Solution & Paper Blending Stumps
Various Cardstocks
Distress Inks and Blending Tools
Black Rhinestones
Circle Die, Scalloped Circle Die
EK Success Circle Cutter Pro
Scalloped Border Punch

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Cupcake Inspirations Challenge

Hello there friends!

I've got a sweet treat to share today! Fresh Brewed Designs is sponsoring this weeks challenge over at Cupcake Inspirations. YAY! And...I'm a "Guest Sweetie" YAY again!!

Here's the Inspiration Cupcake...

And here's my take on it...

Naturally I HAD to put a "coffee" twist to my design. Fresh Brew all the way baby!

I used Latte Ninja Digi stamp. She's colored with markers, fussy cut and mounted on foam adhesive. I just LOVE HER! She's rockin' that glittered bodysuit! The sentiment tells it like it is! It's perfect for this coffee fueled super woman! LOL! It's from Skinny Minnie's Coffee Break Rubber Stamp Set. By the way -- there's only 1 of these sets available!!! Get it while you can!  The cityscape is die cut and mounted on foam adhesive.

Isn't this a fun challenge!?! Go check out all the other fantastic designs for this weeks Cupcake Inspiration Challenge HERE.

I hope your Sunday is cupcake sweet!
Thanks so much for stopping by,

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Yosemite Winter Wonderland

Here's another card I made using the Yosemite Cabin stamp from the NEW Crafter's Companion Art-Kure US Landmarks Collection.

I watercolored with Distress Markers -- then added accents of snow using Snow Glitter, Crystal Glitter and Polar Ice FlowerSoft. I punched out a circle from Crafter's Companion Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock to make a faux button. The "button" is adhered with Double Sided Foam Adhesive to the left flap. The end of the right flap tucks under the edge of the button.

Open the flaps to reveal the full scene. The sentiment is from Crafter's Companion Vintage Collection Christmas Sentimentals - Let It Snow set. I stamped the sentiment on a strip of the Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock using Versamark ink -- then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I seriously want to spend Christmas at this cabin! Doesn't it look so peaceful and relaxing :)

Card Base Tutorial
The finished card size is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" (standard A2 size)
Here's how to make the card base:

Score a 10 3/4" x 5 1/2" piece of cardstock at 3 1/4" and again at 7 1/2".
I use colored cardstock that is white on the back.

Hand-cut the bottom flaps to the score lines.

Fold in the flaps.

Trim off the top side panels. I used a paper cutter, making sure to keep the folded flaps out of the way of the cutting blade. If you prefer, you could do this with scissors by cutting along the scored line.

Your card base is now ready to decorate.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 19, 2014

Meet the Mummies

I'm a complete sucker for cute Halloween stamps! Like these from Eat Cake Graphics! EEEK! I love 'em! And check out the really cool shadow effect! I did that with 1 Spectrum Noir Marker!

If you didn't already know...there are TONS of great tutorials and techniques that are available on the Spectrum Noir websiteCreate a Deep Shadow With a Mask is one of them.  So head on over to see how I made the cool shadow on my card. Sooo EASY! All the coloring is done with Spectrum Noir Markers - which are listed at the end of my post.

The Mummies stamp is so fun! Such a cute couple :) The Bat Garland image is stamped with black pigment ink on slate cardstock -- then embossed with clear ep. I stamped it again on a scrap piece of white cs and cut out 2 more to pop-up on the main layers. To make the large circles - I used my EK Circle Cutter Pro. I LOVE that thing! Happy Halloweenie is the PERFECT sentiment for this fun card.

I hope you give this technique a try. It's really fun and easy!

Have a great Friday!

Spectrum Noir Markers:
Shadow - IG1
Mummy Wraps - IG2, BG1, Blender
Hair - IG2, IG4
Bat Bucket - IG2, IG4, IG7, IG10, CG3, CG4
Leaves - CG3, CG4
Glasses - BT1
Faces - FS2, FS4, CR3
Lips - CR6
Ground - IG4, IG7, Blender

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Haunted Neon Martini

Hey there bloggers!  Go check out my NEW Tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog!!! With just a few Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils - you can create a Haunted Neon Martini just like this...

This haunted martini is from the NEW Crafter's Companion Halloween Stamp set - Happy Haunting. And...if you missed HERE to see my tutorial on how to create the Faux Neon Border on this version of the card:

Don't forget to salt the rim!

Happy Haunting,

Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils 027, 044, 045, 049, 078, 080, 112, 117, 120
Spectrum Noir Blending Solution, Paper Stumps
Crafter's Companion Halloween Collection - Happy Haunting Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Black Pearl
Radiant Neon Ink - Electric Purple
Ultrafine glitter
Web Border Punch

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lots of Lattes

Go grab a cuppa...because it's time for another Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge! This time we wanna see LOTS of Lattes.

How can anyone resist this challenge!?! NOT ME! And in honor of the Fall Season and Pumpkin everything...I've got another card using with the Pumpkin Latte digi stamp.

I've also used the Fall Pumpkin Digi Image and the Java Happy Halloween sentiment. AWESOME!

For the card layout I'm using a sketch from the Weekly Sketch Challenge #505. I love creating from sketches!

Don't forget to check out the other DT creations on the FBD Blog HERE.

Happy Creating!