Monday, August 3, 2015

House-Mouse and Friends 200th Challenge - Blog Candy Party

I can't believe it! We are celebrating our 200th House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge! Isn't that amazing?! Our blog started back in August of 2008! I am honored not only to be part of this wonderful team, but to have been on this team since the very beginning.  You can see my very first post HERE. I've come a looooog way in my coloring skills since then!

To celebrate, we are having a Blog Candy Party. The prizes are hidden throughout the design teams blogs. We want to spread the LOVE amongst all of our awesome players worldwide, so we will need your help to sort the yummy CANDY. Please help us by adding the NAME of the Country in which you live in next to your own name, on your challenge entry. To be entered for a chance to win, simply leave comments on the design teams blogs, follow our challenge blog and end enter a project into this challenge.

***Please real ALL the details on how to enter for the blog candy over on the House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog.

And now for our 200th Challenge:  Color Theme: Yellow, Blue and White
Create anything using this fun colour combo on your design. Or, simply go with the alternate option of *ANYTHING GOES*! Either way you choose, just have fun and play along using stamps, CD collections and, or, decoupage by HMD.

I made this card to celebrate.

Isn't that Gruffie Bear so cute?! He is colored with markers.

Don't forget to leave a comment here on my blog to be entered for the blog candy.

Happy Celebrating!

For Prize eligibility, you must BECOME A *FOLLOWER* of HMFMC.

Enter as often as you'd like, but your projects MUST BE NEW creations and should be submitted by Midnight EST, on Saturday, August 15th , 2015.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Nordic Christmas Sneak Peek

Time again for a Crafter's Companion USA Sneak Peek! We are getting ready to release the most adorable Christmas series! OH MY...just wait till you see all the festive goodies in this collection!!

Here's a peek at one of the new stamp sets - Cool Christmas

Oh what FUN it is! This card can be used to tuck in a gift card or certificate, cash or check, pictures, etc. I printed my own double-sided cardstock from the digi papers and elements that are on the NEW Nordic Christmas Papercrafting CD-ROM. THUD!

I confess, in the past, I haven't been much of a "digi" crafter. But over the last year, I've actually started to love it. I mean REALLY love it! All the stuff that comes on a CD or DVD just blows my mind! Let's just say I'll be printing all my gift tags this year. The Nordic Christmas Papercrafting CD contains much more than just standard stuff for Christmas cardmaking; you’ll be able to create loads of festive items, including fun table decorations, tags, trinket boxes and more!

I stamped the snowman with Memento Gray Flannel Dye Ink and did some simple coloring with Spectrum Noir Markers. The sentiment is stamped with Love Letter Memento Luxe Ink. Some crystal glitter and clear sequins added sparkle and shine.

Spectrum Noir Markers:

  • Reds - CR3, CR7
  • Soft Shading on Snow and Hat - IG1

Here's the front of the card.

 I tied with a piece of gray jute around the card to keep it closed.

Stay tuned! The entire collection is being released...very soon! Hint Hint: More sneak peeks on the other design team members blogs and Crafter's Companion US Facebook Page.

Crafter's Companion Nordic Christmas Cool Christmas Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Nordic Christmas Papercrafting CD-ROM
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Memento Dye Ink Pad Grey Flannel
Memento Luxe Ink Pad Love Letter
Scoring Board Adhesive
Glue Pen
Crystal Glitter
Clear Sequins
Gray Jute Rope
Computer and Printer
Paper Trimmer and Scissors

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Flying Colors

Hello friends!

Today is the first day of Dare to Get Dirty 2015! WOOT! WOOT!

This event is all week long. LOADS of fun stuff going on. Here's a tag I made for the first challenge of the event - hosted by the super talented Lydia Fiedler.

I started out by blending 3 distress ink colors on a tag - Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral and Mermaid Lagoon. Then, I used water to stamp images from Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic Flying Colors stamp set. Turned out amazing!

I dried the tag with my heat gun, then blended Vintage Photo and Black Soot Distress Inks around the edges. The Crafter's Companion Die'sire Delicate Butterfly is diecut from Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock and mounted with foam tape. I used Tuxedo Black irRESISTible Pico Embellisher to make the trailing dots. I also added a fun gemstone sticker around the tag hole at the top.

The sentiment, which is also from the Flying Colors stamp set, is stamped and heat embossed. I mat it on shimmering cardstock, then attached with foam tape. The rhinestone flowers are from my stash, and I added tiny black rhinestones in the centers.

I LOVE these challenge! The inspiration is just what I need to get my craft on. To join in, you need to be a Fan Club Member. Not a Fan Club Member? Click HERE for more info.

Thanks for stopping by!

Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic - Flying Colors Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Metal Dies - Delicate Butterfly
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Black Pearl
Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko irRESISTible Pico Embellisher - Tuxedo Black
Manila Craft Tag
Versafine Ink Pad - Onyx Black
Distress Ink Pads - Black, Vintage Photo, Cracked Pistachio, Abandoned Coral, Mermaid Lagoon
Ink Blending Tools
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Rhinestone Stickers
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Embossing Tool
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine
Ribbons & Twine

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Shades of Gray on Mt. Rushmore

Over on the Spectrum Noir Blog I have a tutorial on coloring with gray Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. Check it out HERE.

I made 2 samples of the same card. Can you tell what the difference is?


Get all the details on the Spectrum Noir Blog,

Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock
Art-Kure US Landmark Collection – Mt. Rushmore Rubber Stamp
Paper Smooches Slang Gang Stamp Set
Word Bubble Dies from Paper Smooches
Black Ink
Embossing Ink
White Embossing Powder
Misc Cardstocks
Foam Adhesive
Heat Embossing Gun
Diecut Machine

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Crafter's Companion Flights of Fantasy

Hello my crafty friends,

GREAT NEWS! The NEW Morgan Fitzsimons Flights of Fantasy CD is now available at Crafter's Companion USA.

Because the images are digi, I was able position the images on my computer exactly how I wanted them for printing. The woman is a separate image from the frame. The digi background paper and sentiment tag are also printed from the CD.

I thought the berries on the woman image match perfectly with the Sheena Perfect Partners Brambles Stamp and Die Set. I think everything came together beautifully! Actually, I kind of amazed myself with this one. On several of the "gold" areas, I painted over with Tsukineko Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz. What a difference it makes! Gives a rich gold shimmer on top of the marker coloring like NO OTHER!

I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • Skin - TN3, TN2, FS4, CR3
  • Hair - IG10, IG8, IG4, HB1
  • Golden Colored areas - GB10, GB7 GB6, CT3, GB1
  • Berries and Floral - HB3, LV3, LV2, HB1
  • Greens - DG3, CG2, DG2, LG1, JG1
  • Shadows - GG1, Blender

I added 3D Crystal Lacquer on top of the berries and then sprinkled some Ultra Fine Lavender Glitter on top. I also added a few gold crystal gems on the headpiece and armband on the woman. Even though the sentiment label is a printed digi element, I was able to emboss the letters by using a VersaMark Marker to trace over each letter, add clear embossing powder and heat set.

Click HERE to see the card I posted a few days ago using another digi image from this new CD.

To see more great design samples made from this NEW CDROM, visit these links:'t forget to visit our FACEBOOK PAGE to keep up with all the latest news.

Thanks for stopping by!

Morgan Fitzsimons Flight of Fantasy CDROM
Sheena Perfect Partners Brambles Stamp Set
Sheena Perfect Partners Brambles Die Set
Spectrum Noir Markers

Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Gold
Cut'N'Boss Die Cuting macine
3D Crystal Lacquer
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock

Bazzill Black Cardstock
Ultra Fine Lavendar Glitter
Gold Crystal Gems
VersaMark Marker
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Embossing Tool

Glue Pen
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Saturday, July 25, 2015

For A Friend Like Gnome One Else

Here's a happy card that any friend would love to receive:

This card is so full of fun and happy! The stamps and dies are from My Favorite Things. The images are colored with Spectrum Noir Markers:

  • Oranges - OR3, OR2, GB2, BG5
  • Blues - TB4, TB1, GB5
  •  Browns - EB7, EB2, EB1, BG2, Blender
  •  Skin - FS2, FS3
  •  Beard - IG1

Check out this video over on the Spectrum Noir Blog that shows how to color a cylinder shaped object to give it shape and dimension. You can find the video HERE.

Having the cut-out circle makes it even more fun! The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed in white.

The Spectrum Noir Blog has so many tutorials to help with your coloring.

Have a creative and colorful day!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Flights of Fantasy Sneak Peek

Hello crafty friends!

Today, Crafter's Companion USA is starting to give sneak peeks of a fabulous NEW Papercrafting CD that will be available VERY SOON! This CD is packed FULL of amazing images and paper crafting elements. All the artwork is from British artist Morgan Fitzsimons. If you are a fantasy fan, you will LOVE this!

Here's a card I made using one of the images along with some of the digi papers and elements available on the CD:

The image was so fun to color. I used Spectrum Noir Markers to color, then added crystal glitter.

Marker Colors:
  • Skin - TN2, FS3, FS2, CR3
  • Lips - FS8
  • Hair - GB8, GB6, GB2, GB1, GB10
  • Wings - GB1, GB6
  • Greens - CG4, CG3, CG1
  • Blues - IB3, IB1, TB1, Blender
  • Shading and Shadows - BGR1, TB1, Blender

I used my new Crafter's Companion Edge'abilities Floral Dance Die and added glitter and blue rhinestones accents. The sentiment is one of the digi elements that comes on the CD. I printed it twice, cut out and layered pieces for dimension. I did absolutely zero stamping on this card.

By the way. If you are ever questioning whether you can color printed digi images without your SN markers smearing the ink, just give it a try. I have an HP inkjet printer and I have not problems at all. To be extra sure, just zap the printed images with a heat gun. That should usually set in the ink on the paper good enough.

I printed the fairy images twice, so I could trim a few pieces to pop up for dimension. You can see it on the picture above - the wings and a few flowers.

Stay tuned to Crafter's Companion USA for more sneak peeks and the release of Flight of Fantasy.

Crafty hugs,

Crafter's Companion Morgan Fitzsimons Flight of Fantasy CDROM

Crafter's Companion Die'sire Edgiables - Floral Dance
Spectrum Noir Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Cut'N'Boss Die Cuting machine
Ultra Fine Crystal Glitter
Blue Rhinestones
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Glue Pen

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Woo freakin Hoo

 Well then...

I recently got this stamp set from Taylored Expressions. It's called Party Grumplings. Freakin HILARIOUS!

The grumpy cat is colored with Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • Balloon - DR2, CR5, PP3
  • Cat - EB6, EB1, IG10, IG8, IG4, IG2
  • Shadow - IG1, IG2, Blender

The background is a technique I call "Speckled Watercolor Wash Background." Not sure if that's an official technique name, but it fits for what I did. I used my Spectrum Aqua Markers to paint with.

Doesn't that background look like one of those giant jaw breakers? Like an explosion of yummy on paper! I applied a wash of light blue to the watercolor cardstock panel. After it dried (Confession: I dried it with my heat gun..cause I was impatient!) I flicked other colors on...making sure each color was dry before moving on to the next.
The Spectrum Aqua Marker used for the watercolored background:
  • Wash - Teal
  • Flicked Colors - Navy, Bud Green, Gold

It's hard to see, but I did paint on some clear shimmer on the balloon before covering with dimensional glaze. I also added glaze to the cats nose.

I can't wait to color more of these fun "grumpy" critters!

Have a creative day,

Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Aqua Markers
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Cardstock
Taylored Expressios - Party Grumplings
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables Dies
Sheer Shimmer Spritz  - Sparkle
A Muse Studio Ocean Cardstock
Watercolor Brush
3D Crystal Lacquer
Double Sided Foam Adhesive

Monday, July 20, 2015

K Card Tutorial

I've got a card being featured over on the Crafter's Companion US Blog.

The really FUN thing about this card is how it opens up.

Isn't that sooooo cool?!!! This is called a K Card. They're fun to make - and a great surprise for the person receiving it. People love opening cards that have movement and action.

Using The Ultimate Tool along with a few other products, you can make these fun cards to impress your friends!

 Hop on over to the Crafter's Companion US Blog for the details on how I made my card.

Happy Crafting!

Friday, July 17, 2015

NEW Edge'ables Fancy Borders from Crafter's Companion USA

Happy Friday all you crafty peeps!

Crafter's Companion USA just released 5 NEW Fancy Borders in the Edge'ables Metal Dies Collection that are gonna BLOW.YOU.AWAY! You're gonna want them all. Yep! That's why CC put together a special bundle deal for you. Check it out HERE.

I designed my project using the NEW Butterfly Dreams Edge'ables Die.

Isn't this great! I love that the dies have both positive and negative details. And the pop-up areas!!! LOVE! The wings are attached...but you can lift them to give even more dimension!

The stamps I used on the inside left panel are from Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - The Butterfly Effect. I stamped the butterfly with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and colored with Spectrum Noir Markers: GG2, GG4, GB1, GB4, GB5, BT2, BT5, BT1, BT2 and the Blender marker. Then I stamped the sentiment images using Memento Pistachio and Teal Zeal, first stamping off on scratch paper to lighten the ink.
The stamp on the right panel is from a Stamp-It Australia set - Friendship Sentiment. Stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink and Pistachio. I also added some clear sequins.

I die-cut the Butterfly Edge'ables die on the from card panel. The sentiment is stamped with VersaMark ink and heat emboss in white. A few sequin and ribbon tied around - then adhered to card front with dimensional foam adhesive. The other 2 colored cardstock panels are adhered flat.

  • Check out all the great projects that our design teams have made using these new dies HERE.
  • Visit the Pinterest Gallery for even more inspiration HERE.
  • Shop on-line for the new dies HERE.
  • Visit the Crafter's Companion Blog for tutorials, news and other great crafty goodness.

I'm working on a tutorial on how I made the pop-out panel on the inside of the card. So stay tuned!

Keep up on all the latest and greatest news:

Thanks for checking in with me today. Have a great weekend!

Crafter's Companion Die'sire Edge'ables Butterfly Dreams Die
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - The Butterfly Effect
Crafter's Companion Stamp-It Australia - Friendship Sentiment
Spectrum Noir Markers - GG2, GG4, GB1, GB4, GB5, BT2, BT5, BT1, BT2, Blender
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Tsukineko Memento Dye Inks: Tuxedo Black, Pistachio, Teal Zeal
VersaMark Ink
Detail White Embossing Powder
Colored Cardstocks
Clear Sequin
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Diecut/Embossing Machine
Heat Embossing Gun
Liquid Adhesive
1/4" Corner Rounder Punch

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Fresh Brewed Designs Digis for Debbie - Blog Hop Fundraiser

Good morning and welcome to the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Blog Hop.

Recently, we learned that Mrs. Debbie Lynch, the beautiful and loving mother of Heather Dennis, owner of Fresh Brewed Designs, was diagnosed with a rare form of uterine cancer. As most of you may know, cancer related medical costs can be quite expensive, and Mrs. Debbie currently has no medical insurance, which makes the cost significantly higher. Therefore, we have decided to help raise enough money to cover these medical expenses, as well as aftercare expenses, by creating a digi shop. ALL the proceeds of the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop and the Fresh Brewed Designs Store will go directly to Mrs. Debbie to fund her lifesaving surgery and the aftercare necessary to bring her back to wellness. Furthermore, Heather has created a Give Forward account to assist her mother.

Here's some clean and simple encouragement cards I created using one of the Heather's beautiful Fundraiser Digi Sets "Fresh Brewed Designs Fundraiser Digis". It contains six fabulous images with nine beautiful sentiments that can be used alone or could be paired with any one of the lovely images. the set is only $5!
You can find this awesome set HERE; and remember, ALL proceeds will go to Mrs. Debbie to assist with her medical expenses.

I printed all 4 of these on 1 sheet of cardstock, diecut, colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils and foam mounted on a slate notecard. Each flower center is embellished with a clear rainstone. Super simple and great to have on hand and ready to send. 

The hop launches today, Tuesday, July 14th on the Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Blog, and will run until Tuesday, July 28th @ 11:59 PM Eastern Time. 

All Blog Hop Participants can be found in the linkies section of THIS POST on the Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Blog, and we would love to have you join us! We do ask that you use a digi from the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop or the Fresh Brewed Designs Store, and the theme is Anything Goes, and you can enter as often as you would like.

Prizes! Two prize packages will be awarded, one prize for a digi purchaser and one prize for a blog hop participant. Winners will be chosen on Saturday, August 1st. The prizes will consist of stamps, papers, ribbon, embellishments, etc.; plus, some random prizes will be offered by some generous blog hop participants along the hop.

If you would like to help, please stop by the Digis for Debbie Fundraiser Shop, the Fresh Brewed Designs Store, and/or the Give Forward Account. For those of you who are not able to contribute monetarily, we would love for you to add Mrs. Debbie to your prayer list. If there is one thing we know, prayers can work miracles that money cannot and healing and wellness is what we are praying to receive.

Thank you for stopping by!
Love in Christ,

Project Supplies:
Fresh Brewed Fundraiser Digis Set
White Cardstock
Slate Cardstock
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackables Die Set
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils
Clear Rainstones
Foam Adhesive Tape
Glossy Accents