Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Build A Snowman

Hello crafty peeps! Here's the new challenge for this week over at Fresh Brewed Designs.

The Challenge Theme:  Build A Snowman

Since I didn't have an official "snowman digi image" from FBD, I had to think out of the box to complete this challenge. Here's what I came up with...

I made a DIY snowman and tucked him on a coffee mug. HA! Hey...I got the job done...and it turned out pretty darn cute if I do say so myself.

All the coloring is done with Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • Greens - CG4, CG3, CG1
  • Reds - DR2, DR5, PP1
  • Shading on bow and candy cane - GG1, Blender
  • Shading on showman -  IB1, Blender

I printed the Candy Cane Latte Digi stamp image and Let it Snow Digi sentiment directly on the white card base. I printed the mug 2 more times, colored, fussy cut and layered with dimensional tape. The snowman eyes are black pearls. His cute little smile I drew by hand with a black marker. A few snowflakes for good measure and enough sparkly glitter to build the rest of the snowman!

Get all the challenge details over at the Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Blog. Hope you can play along!

Fresh Brewed Designs Digi Images
Spectrum Noir Markers
Crystal Glitter
Black Pearls
White, Black and Orange Cardstock
Printer & Computer
Glue Pen
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Snowflake Punch
Corner Rounder Punch
Circle Punch
Black Marker

Monday, November 23, 2015

Merry Christmas Mouse

Hello all! How about a little House-Mouse fun? A new challenge is up over at House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog.

The Challenge is: Anything Christmas BUT NO RED or Green. Get all the challenge and prize details on the blog HERE.

I colored this adorable House-Mouse image with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils:

  • Skin 005, 009, 008
  • Fur 108, 110
  • Blanket & Stars 063, 118
  • Gift Box 014, 018
  • Hat & Shoes 085, 088
  • Ground & Shadows 062, 114

I also added some shimmer to the gift box and bow with a Crystal Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. I also added Moonstone Sparkle Pen over the dark areas on the blanket, but the angle I took this picture, you can't really see the shimmer. But trust's there!

I just LOVE all the shimmer and bling bling from the glitter and sparkle pens. The Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens are BRAND NEW and available NOW at Crafter's Companion USA! I absolutely LOVE all the colors of these new sparkle pens. I'll be sharing a bunch more projects using my new "toys" -- so stay tuned! Check out the Spectrum Noir Blog HERE for more details about the Sparkle Pens.

I hope you have time to join in on the House-Mouse Challenge. We love seeing your mousey creations. Have a wonderfully creative day!
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils
Spectrum Noir Blending Solution
Spectrum Noir Paper Blending Stumps
Spectrum Noir Paper Stump Sander
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
House-Mouse Christmas Stamp
Crafter's Companion Makey Bakey Christmas Seasons Stamp Set (Sentiment)
A2 Notecard
My Favorite Things 6x6 Paper Pack
A Muse Studio Buttercup Cardstock
Ranger Archival Ink - Saffron
Memento Black Ink
Circle and Scallop Circle Punches
Glue Pen
Foam Adhesive

Friday, November 20, 2015

Stamped Watercolor Fall Leaves

Hello friends. I have a card to share today done with a technique I have shared before. Stamping with Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers. Its super easy to do, which makes it one of my favorite techniques!

To see the previous step-by-step tutorial on the Spectrum Noir Blog, click HERE.

The Aqua Marker colors I used to stamp the leaves on watercolor cardstock are: Desert, Sepia, Chestnut, Marigold, Gold, Amber, Leaf Green and Moss.

After the stamped leaves were completely dry, I splattered some of the marker ink onto the panel. To do that, I scribbled the marker on my craft sheet and then picked up the color with a wet paintbrush and flicked. To make sure each splattered color didn't bleed with others, I waited for each color do dry before doing the next.

Can you make out the shimmer on the panel? After stamping and embossing the sentiment, I lightly sprayed some Sheer Shimmer Spritz. The panel is layered on Forest Green Shimmering Cardstock from Crafter's Companion. The stamp set I used is also from Crafter's Companion - Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Autumn Leaves.

Our design team has shared so many wonderful tutorials and techniques on the Spectrum Noir Blog. Have you had the chance to try any of them? We would love to see what you have done! Don't forghet to visit and subscribe to our Pinterest boards and Facebook Page!

Spectrum Aqua Markers
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock

Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Autumn Leaves Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Watercolor Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Forest Green
Tsukineko Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle
Black Versafine Ink
Dark Brown Detail Embossing Powder

Monday, November 16, 2015

DIY Gift Box Stack

Hello friends! Hope you had a great weekend. Last week I was a bit under the didn't get much of anything done. Which means this week I'll be working like crazy to catch up on some crafting projects and deadlines.

With Christmas fast approaching, I thought this stack of DIY gift boxes would be fun to share. Super simple to make with The Ultimate Tool and The Boxer board from Crafter's Companion.

The wonderful thing about DIY boxes is you can make them any size you need. I used the Timeless Card Pack for the box bottoms. For the lids, I used Spectrum Noir High Gloss Cardstock. The gloss cardstock really adds to the elegance of Timeless cardstock. Both the Timeless cardstock and Gloss cardstock are a heavy weight, so they make sturdy professional looking projects.

That's it for today. Gotta get off here and get busy!

Crafter's Companion USA Timeless Paper Pack 11x17
Spectrum Noir High Gloss Cardstock
Crafter's Companion USA The Ultimate Tool
Crafter's Companion USA The Boxer Board
Collall Glue

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Spectrum Noir November Challenge

It's Challenge Time! Who's in?
The challenge theme for November over at Spectrum Noir is: Christmas and Winter

YAY! Easy enough. Here's what I made...

I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • Reds - DR6, CR8, CR4
  • Nose - OR2, OR1
  • Holly Leaves - DG3, DG2
  • Arms - EB3
  • Cheek - CR4, Blender
  • Hat - IG9, IG7, IG5, IG3, IG1
  • Snow shadows and shading - IG2, BG2, BG1, Blender

The stamps are from the new Nordic Christmas - Cool Christmas stamp set. For the cardbase, I used the new Nordic Christmas 6"x6" Frosty Morning Embossing Folder with Spectrum Noir High Gloss Cardstock. The shinny texture gives a wonderful look to the design. Some of the details are hard to see in the pic.

I used Sparkle Shimmer Spritz to paint on the scarf, cane and hat band. On the buttons, I added 3D Crystal Lacquer. Stampendous Fran'tage Shaved Ice and Crystal Glitter added to give the snow some bling bling. 

I love how this card turned out! I hope you have time to play this month. Get all the challenge and prize details at:

Spectrum Noir Markers
Crafter's Companion Nordic Christmas - Cool Christmas Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Nordic Christmas 6x6 Embossing Folder - Frosty Morning
Spectrum Noir High Gloss Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock

Memento Tuxed Black Ink
Tsukineko Sparkle Shimmer Spritz

Fran'tage Shaved Ice
Crystal Glitter
Clear Sequins
3D Crystal Lacquer

Red DP

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Signature Collection by Sara Davies - Festive Wonder


The NEW Signature Collection by Sara Davies - Festive Wonder series is NOW available at Crafter's Companion USA!

Here a card I made using the new products:

I was beyond thrilled that Designer Paper Pads were part of this new collection. There's a 6"x6" and a 12"x12". Yesterday I posted a sneak peek card using paper from the 12" pad. On today's card, I used the 6" paper pad, which has the same pattern as the 12" pad -- just scaled down in size. Perfect for cards!

I die-cut and embossed the new Snowy Border Die from Shimmering Cardstock. The 3 single snowflakes are also diecut from the Shimmering Cardstock. 2 of the snowflakes are pieces from the border die, and the larger one is from the Snowflake Trio Die set.

One of my favorite tricks to do with delicate dies, such as this Merry Christmas die, is to cut multiple layer and glue them stacked together. This adds dimension and stability. I glued it directly onto the card front.

I just love how clean and simple this design turned out...yet elegant.

Click HERE to shop the new Signature Collection by Sara Davies - Festive Wonder.

Have a great day!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Sneak Peek Time!

Hello my crafty friends! I survived yet another figure skating competition. My daughter skated her programs wonderfully - bringing home 2 metals. She placed 4th in one of her solo programs and 3rd in the group production program. YAY! I've posted a bunch of pics on facebook HERE.

Now let's get to the crafty stuff. This week, over at Crafter's Companion USA, we are celebrating the 10th Birthday of our sister company in the UK. Loads of stuff going on all week. Sneaks peeks have already started for the NEW Festive Wonder range, part of the Sara Davies Signature Collection. The launch is TOMORROW (Nov. 10th)!

I made this card using a few of the new goodies. 

You can see in the closeup how beautifully diecut and embossed the new Merry Christmas and Snowflake Trio dies turned out using Shimmering Cardstocks. The dotted/blue paper is from the new 12"x12" Paper Pad. I also used the new 6"x6" Festive Frame Embossing Folder.

I love all the new products in the new Festive Wonder Range...and I know you will too! Pop on over to the Crafter's Companion USA website and check out all the specials!

We also have a MEGA GIVEAWAY! Check it out HERE.

Don't forget to check us out on Facebook to keep up with all the latest and greatest news.

Thanks for stopping by,

(Crafter's Companion USA Sara Davies Signature Collection (available November 10, 2015)
Festive Wonder - 12" x 12" Paper Pad (available November 10, 2015)
Festive Wonder - Merry Christmas Die (available November 10, 2015)
Festive Wonder - Snowflake Trio Die (available November 10, 2015)
Festive Wonder - Festive Frame 6" x 6" Embossing Folder (available November 10, 2015)
Shimmering Cardstock Pearl White
Shimmering Cardstock Black Pearl
Collall All Purpose Glue
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine
Distress Ink - Stormy Sky
Ink Blending Tool
Circle Cutter
White Top Fold 6" x 6" Notecard
Crystal Rhinestones
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Bon Bon Box

Hey there crafty friends. Hope you're having a fantastic week so far. I've been super busy getting ready for a big figure skating competition this coming weekend. Lessons, rehearsals and costume preparation. My days are jammed packed with last minute details! My daughter is skating in 3 events - 2 solo programs and a group production. I can't wait to see her and all the skaters. It's always exciting to watch. Now...back to my crafty world stuff. :) Here's another box I created for the HSN show last month.

Once again, I used the Crafter's Companion USA 11x17 Timeless Card Pack and The Ultimate Tool to make this project.

This box would can be used for all sorts of gift giving ideas! Switch up the paper for any theme or occasion. I was thinking it would be cool to give 4 different kinds of bagged Christmas treats. Maybe spiced nuts, chocolate covered pretzels, peppermint bark and Chex Mix. You get the idea.

For added reinforcement, I put eyelets on the punched holes where the ribbons run through. 

Here's a snapshot showing this box on the tv show:

That's it for today. Now I need to get back to putting crystals on my daughters skating costume. Fun stuff!
Have a fantastic day,

White Eyelets
Eyelet Setting Tool
Hole Puncher
Sequins and Rhinestones

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Just Be-gauze

Happy Halloween!

Here's a card that can be used for anytime of the year.

This adorable mummy stamp is from My Favorite Things. I colored using an amazing coloring tutorial I found over on the Spectrum Noir Blog called "Sepia Coloring." It's one of the many great tutorials we have available, showing how to use your Spectrum Noir coloring products.

I colored using Spectrum Noir Marker colors as listed in the tutorial

  • Skin - TN3, TN2, TN1, FS2
  • Hair - EB5, EB4, TN5, TN3
  • Mummy Gauze - GB8, EB2, EB1, Blender

I diecut the image, and also diecut another using a dark grey cardstock. I adhered the image to the "shadow" diecut with foam tape. FUN! The strips on the card base are diecut using My Favorite Things Washi Tape Dies and then sponged with Antique Linen Distress Ink.

That's it for today. Time to go pass have some Halloween Fun with the kids!

My Favorite Things - Mummy Stamp Set and Die
My Favorite Things - Washi Tape Die Set
Avery Elle Stitched Rectangle Die
Memento Tuxedo Black
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
A Muse Studio Cardstock
Liquid Adhesive
Foam Tape
Diecutting Machine
Ink Blending Tool

Friday, October 30, 2015

Color Burst Skully Flowers

Hellooooooo crafters! Happy Halloween Eve :) Today I have a card featured over on the Eat Cake Graphics Blog. Check it...

The Skully Flowers stamp is a MUST HAVE in your collection! It can be used as a focal image - like I did on my card - or part of a scenery. You could also stamp it in a line to create a fun border. But check this up only the grass parts for an all-purpose grass or flower image! Using stamps for more than they were meant for gives you extra bang for your buck. I love using stamps like that.

I was super excited to play with my new Color Bursts from Ken Oliver Crafts. It was so easy to created a bright yellow and orange watercolor background for my Halloween card. After the watercolor panel was completely dry, I diecut and trimmed a scalloped frame.

I stamped in black and clear heat embossed for added texture and shine. The sentiment stamp actually says "Witching You A Very Happy Halloween" - but I only inked up the “Happy Halloween” portion.  Yet again, another way to get more bang for my buck using 1 stamp. I embellished with a few diecut glitter stars, orange rhinestones and a wrap of black twine.

Here's a card I dug up from last year.

See how I used the same 2 stamps in a completely different way. The Witching You (text) sentiment is stamped repeatedly to create a fun background pattern. The Skully Flowers image is stamped across the bottom of the orange panel, creating a fun tone-on-tone background scene. Super easy! No patterned paper needed for this card. (Click HERE to see last years blog post.)

(S)hop on over to the Eat Cake Graphics website and check out all the fantastic stamps. Oh my gosh...I want them ALL! And don't forget to visit the "A Sprinkling of Samples and Techniques" blog for TONS of inspiration.

Eat Cake Graphics Stamps - Skully Flowers, Witching You (text)
Ken Oliver Crafts Color Bursts - Orange and Lemon Yellow
Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
Avery Elle Scalloped Frames Dies
MFT Diagonal Stitched Rectangle STAX
Graphic45 6x6 Paper Pad  An Eerie Tale
Yellow Cardstock
Silver Glitter Cardstock
Black Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Black Twine
A Muse Studio Orange Twinkle Stickers
Stars Die (?)
Foam Adhesive Tape
Diecutting Machine
Heat Embossing Tool
Mini Mister