Thursday, July 24, 2014

Simply Hello

Here's a CAS card I made for a challenge that was going on over at the Avery Elle AEI♥U Challenge Blog. The theme was "One Word."
I die-cut "Hello" 2 times. Once in white cardstock and again in glitter cardstock. I adhered the glitter piece on top of the white piece -- just off a tad so the white shows from the edge. It really adds dimension. 
In the middle of the stamped flower, I added dots using a white gel pen. The flower and sentiment are popped up with foam adhesive - leaves are flat.
I really love how this turned out! Clean & simple at it's finest :)
Challenge 11
AWESOME NEWS! This card was picked as the WINNER for the One Word Challenge!
MORE AWESOME NEWS!! This card was also picked as a CAS FAVORITE over on!
Thanks for stoppin' in,
Stamps: Avery Elle Laurels and Oh Happy Day
Paper: Avery Elle Pure White, Aqua Marine, DCWV Glitter Cardstock 
Ink: Avery Elle Pixie, Raspberry, Celery, Lemon Grass
Misc: Avery Elle Laurels Elle-ments Dies; Avery Elle Die Simply Said Hello Elle-ments; White Gel Pen; Foam Adhesive  

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Love Blossomed in Watercolor

Here I am again with yet another watercolor project! I just can't STOP!!! LOL.

My design idea started with the sentiment. It reminded me of the stamp set I have with flowers going from a bud to fully bloomed. The flower stamps are from Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - A New Leaf set. The sentiment stamp is from  Vintage Floral Collection - Sentimentals Phrases. Both are from Crafter's Companion

This design turned out just the way I wanted! Yet another sample of how CAS can work on a card with watercoloring. Complete happiness in my craft world:) 

I stamped the flowers and sentiment with StazOn Midi Claret ink on Strathmore Bristol 100lb Vellum. This Bristol paper board has a smoother surface than typical watercolor paper, giving nice detail on stamped images. It works for watercoloring, as long as you don't get the paper soaking wet ...and don't scrub it. 

I painted in the images with Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors. When dry, I added some highlights with white acrylic paint. I mat the piece flat on pink cardstock, then adhered to the cardbase with foam adhesive. For the card base, I stamped the leaves (also from the A New Leaf set) with Peeled Paint Distress Ink.

Don't forget to check out all the amazing projects we have over on Facebook and the Crafter's Companion Information Blog. We have the most outstanding designers!

Thanks for hangin' with me today!

Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - A New Leaf stamp set
Crafter's Companion Vintage Floral Collection - Sentimentals - Phrases stamp set
StazOn Midi Claret Ink

Ranger Distress Peeled Paint Ink
Strathmore Bristol Vellum 100lb

A Muse Studio Fern & Grapefruit Cardstock
Zig Kuretake Gansai Tambi Watercolors 36 Color set

White Acrylic Paint
Crystal Rhinestones
Double-Sided Foam Adhesive

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Faux Watercolored Hibiscus

I was coloring these stamps from Crafter's Companion Sheena's Floral Fantasy - Wild Rose and Hibiscus set with my Spectrum Noir markers the other day and remembered a fun way to create a faux watercolor with markers. Check it out...

The images are stamped and colored...BUT...the magic actually happens on the reverse side of the cardstock! Awesome...right!?! I trimmed out each piece, leaving a generous margin of white to create a bordered-diecut look. Not to mention it's WAY easier to trim out images when you do it that way.
Easy is a good thing.

The sentiment is from Crafter's Companion Vintage Floral collection - Verses. It's a GREAT set! I stamped it on vellum with StazOn Midi Ganache ink and adhered the piece to a woodgrain textured cardbase. The flowers are popped up with foam adhesive -- the leaves with adhesive tape. Adding a very thin strip of yellow patterned cardstock with the edges sanded off not only pulled in some yellow from the flower and balanced things out...but it gave a hiding spot to adhere the bottom edge of the vellum. Totally planned! LOL! Clear sequins added a little shine to the design without distracting from the natural organic feel.

The fun part about this coloring technique is you get totally unique pieces of artwork. I'm lovin' how these turned out!

Spectrum Noir Markers: PP3, CR5, DR2, DR6, HB1, TB2, TB4, CT2, OR2, LG1, LG3, LG5, Blender

Are you wondering how I did the faux watercoloring with Spectrum Noir markers? If you are...stay tuned to the Spectrum Noir Blog. I'll be sharing a tutorial very soon! YAY!

 Thanks for stopping brightened by day :)

Spectrum Noir Markers PP3, CR5, DR2, DR6, HB1, TB2, TB4, CT2, OR2, LG1, LG3, LG5, Blender
White Cardstock
Woodgrain cardstock
Clear Sequin

Friday, July 18, 2014

Coloring Vellum Daisies

Hey everyone! Here's a Spectrum Noir Marker Technique you don't wanna miss! No stamping on this project...just embossing, coloring & die cutting. I'm sure you have all the supplies you need to give it a try :)

There's a Video Tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog showing how to do this. Click HERE to watch. FYI...the video is less than 5 minutes long.

Basically...all ya do is emboss a piece of vellum with an embossing folder, color with markers -- on the side that will be face down, then adhere to piece of white cardstock. The results are absolutely beautiful!

I mat the flower panel on a piece of Crafter's Companion New Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock. The sentiment is die-cut from it too. It's the perfect thickness for even the most delicate die cutting pieces. Best of all...the shimmer is build right in the paper...on BOTH sides! No need for glitter or shimmer paints.

I also want to mention that there's a TON of great tutorials and videos using Spectrum Noir Products on their blog. What a great resource! Full of information and inspiration. Check it out...and leave a comment to let 'em know you stopped by.

See you later!

Spectrum Noir Markers CT1, CT4, CG1, CG3 
Daisies Embossing Folder from Crafter's Companion
Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock from Crafter's Companion
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Sage Cardstock from A Muse Studio
Thanks Die from A Muse Studio
Vellum paper
Tombow Mono Aqua Adhesive
Double Sided Adhesive Foam

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Sentiment Show-off

Hello friends :)

It's time to show off our sentiments! Crafter's Companion has the perfect challenge going on this month that will put our sentiment stamps center stage! Go check out the challenge info. on the Crafter's Companion Facebook Page.

I'm soooo lovin' this quote! I can totally relate...can you?  It's one of the stamps from Crafter's Companion Sentimentals - Friends & Family set.

I white embossed the stamp on a Mermaid Cardstock die-cut label. Then I sponged Mermaid Ink right over the top of the embossed sentiment. I used an old rag to buff it around and wipe off the ink that got on the white embossing. It really gave depth to the piece!

Next, I took a white gel pen and hand-doodled around the outer edge of the label. The label is adhered to card with foam adhesive. I embellished with a bow made from paper cording and a couple paper flowers from my stash. The center of the flowers were a yellow I just colored them with a black Spectrum Noir marker.

I used the Chevrons Embossilicious Embossing Folder from Crafter's Companion on my card base and rounded the corners with a punch. A panel of black cardstock and designer paper along and more of that white paper cording are adhered flat to the card base. I really love how this card turned out!

I hope you find time to play with some of your sentiment stamps :)

Stamps: Crafter's Companion Sentimentals - Friends & Family set.
Inks: Versamark Ink; A Muse Studio Mermaid Pigment Ink
Papers: StampinUP, A Muse Studio and Bazzill cardsock 
Misc: Crafter's Companion 6 x 6 Embossilicious Embossing Folder - Chevrons; Spectrum Noir Black Marker; Tim Holtz  Styled Label Die; Heat Gun; Big Shot; 1/4" Corner Rounder Punch; May Arts Paper Cording; White Embossing Powder; White Gel Pen; Sponge Dauber; 3D Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The Lazy Days of Summer

Good Afternoon! Yes..another post today :)  I've got a little theme going on...summer, water and boys! 
Eat Cake Graphics has the most adorable stamp images...and Ryan Relaxes  is one of them! Ryan is staying cool in the water this summer!

I pulled out my Kuretake watercolors paints and Fantasia watercolor pencils to color this project. So refreshing...and vibrant! The sentiment stamp - Lazy Days (text)  - also from Eat Cake Graphics - is perfect for this card!

The orange twine embellished with a few beads really added dimension and interest. Kinda reminds me of those ropes they have floating in public pools. The finishing touch…Waterfall Stickles glitter glue! Ryan is ready for a relaxing summer day!
This project is featured over on the Eat Cake Graphics Blog - A Sprinkling of Samples and Techniques. Won't you please head on over there for more information and leave a quick comment to let Holly know you stopped by.

Thanks for hanging poolside with me today ;)

Totally Dude!

Goooood morning crafty peeps! Today we have a new challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs.

The Theme:  By the Sea/Summer

You can get all the challenge and prize details over at the Fresh Brewed Designs Blog HERE. Check out this "like totally awesome" surfer dude!

He's a digi stamp from Fresh Brewed Designs -- called Tommy Surfing. The sentiment is also a digi stamp from Fresh Brewed Designs -- called Totally Dude.

Tommy is one cool cat!!! LOL I added some glaze pen to his shades and some Distress Stickles & Dry Rock Candy Glitter on the sand and around the sun.

I really had fun creating this one! I actually used some great designer cardstock that matched the design theme. Yep...I dove into my pile of "special" papers that I've been hoarding. Saved all these years just for this card :) OH...and check this out!!! The yellow cardstock sun layer...I cut that out using my pinking scissors! They worked perfect!!!

Hope you have time to play the challenge with us.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Refill Inks and Stencils

I don't know about you...but I've been sucked into stencil vortex!

Can you relate?!  Seriously...they are soooo much fun to create with. Here's a project I made using Spectrum Noir Alcohol Ink refill inks with stencils.

This technique is SUPER fun and easy! And guess what....

I've have a step-by-step tutorial for you!

It's posted over on the Spectrum Noir blog. I'd love for ya to hop on over and check it out. Click HERE.  And you'd totally make my day by leaving a comment while you're there.

Happy crafting!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy

Hi everyone! It's time for another House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge! YAY!

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #174 - It's all about Summer
Create a project using at least 1 House-Mouse image and follow the challenge theme. Get all the details and prize information on the blog HERE.

It's been really hot here in Arizona, so I thought this stamp would be very refreshing for the summer theme...

This stamp is called "Sharing a Drink". What a fun image! You could color the drink to be any beverage you desire. Yep...Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! LOL
I colored with markers this time...and added some glitter and glaze pen.  The lemon and sentiment are from A Muse Studio - Squeeze the Day set.
Grab your House-Mouse stamps and play along with us. GREAT PRIZES are up for usual :)
Have a great Monday!

Betsy's Birthday Wish

Woo Hoo!! Fresh Brewed Designs is releasing some NEW Digi stamps!! I made a card using the new Betsy's Birthday image..

This little monkey has the cutest expression on her face...and those big ears just make me smile :)  I went with a CAS one layer card. When I saw all the new images for this release, I knew they would be perfect for CAS design. I made the image larger to fit on a standard A2 card.

Because this is a one layer card, I didn't want any ink bleeding to the I colored the image with watercolor pencils. Some glitter and a simple twine bow finished it off.

Go check out all the NEW images HERE.
Don't forget to check out our challenge blog HERE and our Facebook page HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Wonderful Floral Splatter

Hey everyone! I've got a really fun card to share with you today using some of my favorite A Muse Studio goodies.

One of the main things I wanted to show is that you CAN create a clean and simple card design using "Splash" Spray Inks.'s true! :) And super quick!

Here's how:
  1. Stamp Floral Duet image on Sugar Cardstock Panel with Mermaid Ink.
  2. Splatter Papaya Splash! as desired.
  3. Stamp Sentiment from Hand Scripted with Black Ink.
  4. Mat on Kraft Cardstock and adhere to Mermaid Cardstock base with 3D Foam Adhesive.
  5. Embellish with Black Twinkle Stickers and Toffee Twine.

To "splatter" - I unscrew the top of the spray bottle and then hold it over the cardstock and tap (or flick) so the ink will drip down off the little straw. I usually do this over scrap paper or in a box that's made just for spray inks. Try it a few times on a scrap paper to get the hang of it. It's sooooooo easy!

A Muse Studio has 30 different colors of Splash! That's the only problem...trying to decide what colors to get! Yeah...I KNOW! need.them.all.

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Have a "Wonderful" day!
All supplies available from A Muse Studio (catalog pages provided):
Stamps - Floral Duet set (page 76) and Hand Scripted Set (page 64)
Papers - Sugar & Kraft (page 116) and Mermaid Cardstock (page 115)
Inks - Onyx Pigment Ink Pad (page 116) Mermaid Pigment Ink Pad (page 115) Papaya Splash Ink Spray (page 117)
Embellishments - Onyx Dots Twinkle Stickers (page 121) Toffee Twine (page 125)
Adhesives - 3D Foam Adhesive and Glue Dots (page 136)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Hello from Camp

Hey there campers! Just checkin' to see if ya had a chance to play along with our challenge this month over at Spectrum Noir.

Our challenge theme is "Summer"
Get all the details HERE.

The first thing that popped in my head for the challenge was "Summer Camp".

I love coloring with my Spectrum Noir Markers. There's NO END to the things you can do with them!!! Seriously! Like the fun texture and dimension I added to my stamped images.

To create the texture on the outside of the tent, I used 1 marker, a piece of ribbon and rubbing alcohol. I colored the tent with a green marker --  adding a couple extra layers of the same marker in areas to darken to color. Then -- the fun part! Simply adding a little rubbing alcohol to a piece of ribbon and pressing it down onto the colored tent, I was able to create that AWESOME texture pattern! It's like magic I tell ya!

To create dimension on images, don't be afraid to use those dark colors! Sometimes all it takes is a teeny tiny little touch of a darker shade to really add that extra WOW to your coloring. And doesn't have to be in the same color family. You can see how I added touches of "blue gray" (BGR3 and BGR4) to the red parts of the lantern. I'm tellin' really makes a HUGE difference!

I painted a little Sheer Shimmer Spritz on the fireflies that I stamped on the yellow circle, and on the flame in the camp fire.

The stars are white embossed on dark gray cardstock - then I lightly sponged Black Distress ink on the panel to create a slightly darker night sky around them.

Now go grab your Spectrum Noir products and show us some "Summer" themed projects. Make sure to enter your creations on the Spectrum Noir Monthly Challenge Gallery.

Spectrum Noir Markers used to color images:
Tent - DG4
Inside Tent - GG1, GG3, GG5
Tent Stakes - IG2, IG4
Lantern - PP1, CR8, CR11, BGR3, BGR4, CT1, IB1
Fire - CT1, CT4 OR1, CR8, CR11
Logs - EB1, EB6, EB7
Twig - EB6, CG2, DG3
Marshmallows - EB1

Markers - Spectrum Noir Markers - DG3, DG4, GG1, GG3, GG5, BGR3, BGR4, IG2, IG4, EB1, EB6, EB7, PP1, OR1, IB1, CG2, CT1, CT4, CR8, CR11
Stamps - A Muse Studio (retired)
Papers - Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock; A Muse Studio (Buttercup, Slate and Fern) and Doodlebug 6x6 Kraft In Color Paper Pad
Inks - Memento Dye Inks; Distress Ink and Versamark
Spray Sheer Shimmer Spritz
Misc - 2" Circle Punch; White Embossing Powder; Heat Tool; 3D Foam Tape; Rubbing Alcohol; Scrap Piece of Ribbon