Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Taste of India Blog Hop

BLOG HOP TIME with Crafter's Companion!!!!

I hope you've enjoyed all the sneak peeks of the new Crafter's Companion A Taste of India Collection by Sheena Douglas. Our design teams made jaw dropping samples!

Now it's time to celebrate with a Blog Hop!  You can read all the Blog Hop details and PRIZE info. on the Crafter's Companion Information Blog HERE.

I've created a notecard with the stunning new "Henna" stamp set. When I was thinking about adding a sentiment...I decided it was perfect without. Now I can use this card for any occasion.

You can see in the close-up pic how I painted on some shimmer to all the purple areas using Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz. To add some shine, I added 3D Crystal Lacquer to the center of the flowers and Black Glossy Accents on all the dots on the image.

I just know you're gonna love all these NEW A Taste of India Stamps! OH..and did I mention...NEW A Taste of India Embossing Folders!!! WOOT WOOT!!  Which ones do you want?

  1. Stamp Henna image on Spectrum Noir -Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock with Black ink.
  2. Trim panel to to approx. 4 1/16" x 5" and punch 2 side corners with corner rounder punch.
  3. Shade around the image with Spectrum Noir Markers LY1, LY2, CT4 and Blender.
  4. Color image with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils 002, 062, 072, 103, 038, 040 and 083.
  5. Sponge Radiant Neon Electric Yellow Ink around the entire panel, so the shading blends into the yellow marker shading.
  6. Sponge Mustard Seed Distress Ink lightly around panel.
  7. Sponge Spiced Marmalade Distress Ink lightly around panel edges.
  8. Paint Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz on all the purple colored areas and centers of the two flowers.
  9. Adhere panel to 4 1/4" x 5 1/5" black card base.
  10. Add 3D Crystal Lacquer to flower centers.
  11. Add Black Glossy Accents to all the dots on the image.
  12. Set aside to dry.
  13. Tie gold cording around card.

Well...are you ready to Blog Hop?!!! Don't forget to leave comments on all the blog posts! There's prizes up for grabs!!!

Have a great day!
Some of the supplies used on card:
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Taste of India - Henna stamp set
Spectrum Noir Markers -  LY1, LY2, CT4, Blender
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils -  002, 038, 040, 062, 072, 083, 103
Radiant Neon Ink Pad - Electric Yellow
Black Glossy Accents
Corner Rounder Punch
May Arts Gold String

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Awesome Friend

I've got another Paper Smooches Guest Designer Project to share with you! This card actually has a mirror in the frame! Sooo fun! I just love interactive cards like this.

I painted Clear Wink of Stella on the black stars for shimmer. The arrow is stamped and covered with glitter. A solid row of rhinestones underlines the word "awesome."  LOVE IT!

I still have 2 more project to share as the guest designer for Paper make sure to stop on back by. OH...and please visit the Paper Smooches Blog and check out the other card using these new stamps and dies. Kim's design team will blow you away with inspiration!

Have a great day!
Stamps - Paper Smooches Flirty Frames; Spectrum; Streamers
Dies - Friend Word; Stars; Duo Die 1
Paper - Bazzill; A Muse Studio
Inks - Versafine Onyx Black
Misc. - Clear Wink of Stella; Mermaid Glitter and Rhinestones from A Muse Studio; Adhesive Backed Mirror Sheet from Tim Holtz; 3D Foam Adhesive

Monday, April 14, 2014

Fresh Brewed Design Spring Release Blog Hop

The most adorable NEW Digi Images are begin released over at Fresh Brewed Designs. That means we're havin' a fun Blog Hop to celebrate! It also means PRIZES!!!

So let's get right to it...shall we?!!
Your first hop stop is at  Freshly Brewed Challenges. If you've already been there...and are arriving on my blog from Beth's blog, then you're right on track!
I would like to introduce Daisy Kitten! She is part of the NEW Daffodil and Daisy Spring Collection. Isn't she adorable?!!!

I colored her with Copic markers, cut out and popped up part of the image. I also added some glitter and clear glaze accents. So fun!

Check this out!
You can purchase these digis as a set for a special
This deal, and the hop, ends on April 16th at 11:59 PM
Now it's time to head on over to Amy's blog! She has a super cute project to share with you!

Here's the full list of our blog hop.
Don't forget to leave comments along the way!

Here's some links to check out:
Shop - This is where you shop for all the wonderful FBD images!
Facebook - Make sure to "like" us while you're there!
Challenge BlogBe sure to sign up to "follow" with your favorite blog reader!
PinterestPlease "follow" us here too!

Sunday, April 13, 2014

AEI♥U Watercolor Challenge

When is a cupcake not a cupcake?  When it's a bouquet of watercolored flowers!
Let me explain...

I designed a card for this month's Avery Elle Watercolor Challenge using their Cupcakes stamp set. Now ya get it? ;) I didn't get my card entered for the challenge because I fell asleep early last night! oops!

This card was super easy! I love how it turned out!

To layer the images, I make some masks of the flowers and flag with Eclipse Art Masking Tape. That part is a little time consuming...but soooo worth it! The masks can be used again and again on future projects.

In the center of the flowers I used Glossy Accents and then sprinkled on crystal glitter.

Clean and simple...just the way I like it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps - Avery Elle Cupcakes set
Paper - Ranger Watercolor Paper; StampinUP! and Bazzill Cardstock
Ink - Ranger Jet Black Archival
Misc. - Tombow Markers; Tim Holtz Water Brush; Ranger Glossy Accents; Bakers Twine; Spellbinders Die; Corner Rounder Punch; Crystal Glitter; Eclipse Art Masking Tape

Friday, April 11, 2014

Dream Big

I've got a special treat for you today! A sneak peek at the NEW Crafter's Companion Sheena  A Taste of India stamp sets. These beautiful images are so detailed and fun to design with! Wait till you see the full sets! THUD!

I've used several of the new stamp sets on my card design along with Spectrum Noir Markers and the Spectum Noir blendable colored pencils for coloring and shading. The combination of these 2 coloring mediums creates spectacular results!

The background stamp - which is called Indian Arches - is shaded only with the pencils. All the rest of the coloring was done with markers and pencils combined.

In the closeup pics you can see how I painted  Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Gold on several areas. The gold shimmer is stunning in real life!

I also used an 18K Gold Leafing Pen around the edges of several layers and on the strips across the bottom of the card. Most everything I did was stamped and trimmed out by hand. It took me a couple days to design and complete this card...but I am thrilled with the results. It really turned out more beautiful than I imagined!

I'm sure you will just love these new A Taste of India stamp sets. Stay tuned to Crafter's Companion on Facebook for the announcement when they will be available to purchase.

Stay tuned! We're havin' a blog hop for the release of Sheena ATaste of India products. Just WAIT till you see all the goodies!

Thanks for stopping by!

Some of the supplies used on card:
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Taste of India - Marching Elephant stamp set (elephants, leaves and flowers next to sentiment) coming soon!
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Taste of India - Tiger Tiger stamp set (black leaf and sentiment) coming soon!
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Taste of India - Indian Arches stamp (background image) coming soon!
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Taste of India - Henna stamp set (red and blue leaves) coming soon!
Spectrum Noir Markers - IG1, IG2, IG3, OR2, HB1, EB1, GB1, GB7, CG1, BT3
Spectrum Noir blendable colored pencils -  001, 005, 012, 017, 019, 020, 022, 024, 052, 055, 056, 058, 072, 078, 084, 086
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Sheer Shimmer Spritz Gold
Krylon 18Kt Gold Leafing Pen
Tim Holtz Alterations Styled Labels Die

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Flirty Bibs

Hello friends! I'm back again for my Paper Smooche Week 2 Guest Designer Project..

Ya know what...being selected to be a guest designer for Paper Smooches is like a dream come true! It's bucket list worthy! :) I want to thank my dear friend Kim for this opportunity.

OK...let's get to my project...shall we!

This week I'm using the NEW Flirty Frames set together with the NEW Bold Buzzwords set.

Isn't this bib card a fun idea!!! You could do these in any color scheme. The card base is 3 3/4" x 4 1/4". I trimmed the frames by hand. These new Flirty Frames would also work great as treat bag toppers! Oh yeah baby...I have a bazillion ideas going through my head for these frame stamps!

I was THRILLED when Kim released the new Bold Buzzwords set! Big bold sentiments are sooo popular! This is a must have addition to your stamping arsenal. Trust NEED them!

Tip: I didn't have a blue ribbon that matched my blue I colored some seam binding with a Copic marker. MAN I love those markers!

That's it for today. See you again next week with another Paper Smooches Guest Designer Project ;)

Stamps - Paper Smooches Flirty Frames and Bold Buzzwords
Papers - A Muse Studio Grapefruit, Blueberry and Sugar
Inks - A Muse Studio Grapefruit and Blueberry; Hero Arts Unicorn White, Versamark
Misc. - Copic Markers; white ep; static magic; heat gun; white buttons; bakers twine; crystal glitter; Uniball white gel pen; misc. ribbons from stash

Friday, April 4, 2014

Poppies For You

Happy Friday! Have you checked out the April Crafter's Companion Challenge? Well...grab some flowers...cause the theme this month is Floral!  Perfect for Spring!

Things have changed a bit on how to enter our monthly challenge. It's now easier! YAY! Click HERE to read about all the changes. Click HERE to go directly to the monthly challenge entry form. Also, at the top of both the USA and UK Facebook Pages, where the Twitter and Pinterest feeds are, there's a tab that says 'Monthly Challenge'. You can click on that to enter as well.

The stamps I used to design my card are from the Poppies and Daisies stamp set. This is another beautiful set that's part of Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy collection from Crafter's Companion.

The images are stamped on Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers.

I stamped the flowers again on another small piece of cardstock...colored & trimmed out a few of the pieces. I glued down the bottom edges on top of the flowers and let dry. Then I stuck a 3d foam dot under the upper portion to lift the piece up. Turned out just as I planned!

To give the flowers shimmer, I painted on some Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle. I LOVE THAT STUFF! And it's only a couple bucks for the bottle! I just squirt some on my craft mat and paint it on with a paint brush.

You might know this little trick already...but just in case someone out there doesn't...I'll share.  I wanted a thin strip of red colored cardstock to layer on the side of my image panel. I wanted it to match the colors of my I took a strip of white cardstock and colored with CR8 and OR2 to match the poppies. Spectrum Noir Markers blend beautiful and you can make any color you need! Clever...right?! This is a great way to use up some scrap pieces of cardstock that would probably end up in the trash.

I mounted the entire panel with 3d foam adhesive to a white card base that was embossed with the 6" x 6" Chevrons Embossalicious Embossing Folder. The final touch was orange sequins.

Clean, Simple, Classic. Ahhhh...floral goodness.

Spectrum Noir Markers: LV1, GB3, OR2, CR8, EB4, CG1, CG2, DG3, JG6

I hope you take time out this month to join us for the challenge.

Crafter's Companion 6" x 6" Chevrons Embossalicious Folder
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Spectrum Noir Markers
Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle
A Muse Studio Orange Sequins

Thursday, April 3, 2014

April 2014 Calendar Page

Time to turn the calendar page and show ya what I created for April...

Aren't these images sooo cute!!! They are from the Spring Fling stamp set from Paper Smooches. This is one of my favorite sets. The egg and butterfly are stamped on the calendar page. I colored with my Copic markers and then added glitter. The bow was stamped on a scrap then colored, cut and adhered only in the center of the bow...leaving the loops up off the paper for a little added dimension. The bunny is stamped on a scrap then colored, cut and adhered completely flat - overlapping on top of the egg. A little glitter on the eyes and tail...and some fuzzy pink Fun Flock on the ear and nose.

Once again...thank's for stopping by to take a peek at my crafty stuff. I totally appreciate it!

See ya later!

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Paper Smooches Guest Designer for April

Hey there friends! I'm beyond excited to be the Guest Designer this month for Paper Smooches! I just love all the fun stamps and dies! Each time there's a new release...I'm right in there checkin' it all out. Speaking of new release...I'll be sharing projects with you this month using some of newest stamps and dies from Paper Smooches. So...let's not waste anymore time (*wink*) and get to my project!

I used a new set called Tick Tock to make this fun and funky neon card. It's just full of happy!

My design idea is a spin off of a cityscape. Can you see it? I used the "hello" clock image as if it were a speech bubble. FUN! I also used a curvy die from the Borders 1 Dies set to create the curves at the top.

From this angle you can see the shine of the silver ink. Soooo cool!!! The silver and neon inks really bring these images to life...don't 'cha think?!!

I've got 4 more weeks to share projects with you!!! WOO HOO!! Subscribe or follow my blog (or Facebook) so you don't miss 'em.  And...make sure to visit the Paper Smooches Blog ...and leave a comment that you stopped in.

Have a great week!
Stamps - Paper Smooches Tick Tock
Dies - Paper Smooches Borders 1 Dies
Paper - A Muse Studio Ocean, Lime, Onyx and Sugar cardstock
Inks - Tsukineko Radiant Neon Electric Coral and Electric Blue; Delicata Silvery Shimmer; Versafine Onyx Black
Misc. - Color Bok Metal Dots, Washi Tape, 3d foam adhesive