Monday, July 6, 2015

Thanks for the Lift

Happy Monday friends. It's time for another House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge! This time I'm hosting. I hope you have time to play along.

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #198 - Sketch

Create a project based on the sketch layout. Your take can be literal - or your own creative interpretation. Feel free to turn the sketch horizontal, or make it into a shaped card. Add more layers, swap out the thought bubble for a cloud or flower, or other embellishment. Keep it simple like the layout, or pile on the goodies! Get creative! As long as we can see that you followed the sketch, have the main elements, and of course use House-Mouse Designs stamps, CD collection images or decoupage, you are good to go.

***NOTE that ALL challenges also have the alternate option of *ANYTHING GOES* too. Easy for you to come play along. Enter your NEW special projects that use stamps, CD collections and, or, decoupage by House-Mouse Designs(R).

For further details and information please visit the challenge blog.

I colored with pencils and added some clear glitter pen on the strawberries. The sentiment is stamped and embossed.

Adding the little mouse foot prints is always so cute! To make the strawberries shine, I colored over with Versamark Marker Pen, added clear embossing power and heat embossed.

I can't wait to see all the creations based on my sketch. Have fun!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Summer Fun

Hello friends. Are you enjoying summer yet? I live in Arizona (Phoenix area) and it's definitely summer here. HOT doesn't even begin to describe the weather. More like turn on the oven to 350 and hop in. I would rather be at the lake and enjoy a few lazy days of summer. this...

I made this card for the July Challenge over at Spectrum Noir. The theme is "Summer". Get all the challenge and prize details HERE.

I colored with Spectrum Aqua Watercolor MarkersPeach, Spice, Tan, Kingfisher, Sunset, Aquamarine, Teal, Sea Green, Evergreen, Moss, Sunflower, Topaz, Jasmine, Desert, Chestnut, Sepia, Boulder, Charcoal, Slate.

All these great stamps are from Eat Cake Graphics and stamped on Crafter's Companion Watercolor Cardstock.

The boy is stamped on watercolor cardstock, painted, cut out and popped up on foam adhesive. For the sentiment, I stamped and heat embossed on a hand cut cloud from designer paper. Around the edges I added yellow glitter, then adhered it down on white cardstock, trimmed around it and popped up on foam adhesive.

I hope you have a chance to join in on the challenge. We love seeing your projects colored with Spectrum Noir products.

Happy coloring,

Eat Cake Graphics Stamps - Ben Puddlesworth; Boat house; Pier; Lazy days (text)
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers
Crafter's Companion Watercolor Cardstock
Art Glitter
Misc. Red Rhinestones Stickers
White Woodgrain Cardstock
Red Cardstock
Designer paper from my scrap pile
Watercolor Brushs
Foam Adhesive

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Crafter's Companion Blog Hop

Hello Crafty Friends Let's have some FUN!


We are super excited that Sara Davis, Founder of Crafter's Companion, will once again be on the Home Shopping Network Show (HSN). She will be part of the HSN 24-hour Day of Crafts on July 1st. WOOT WOOT!  To celebrate, we decided to have a Blog Hop Party to pump you all up for the big event! (Check the Crafter's Companion US Facebook Page for updates on HSN show times)

PRIZES GALORE! I'll be picking one lucky person to win the beautiful Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Orchids Stamp set. Just leave a comment on this blog post by Thursday, July 2nd 10am EST
But WAIT! There's MORE! All of my teammates are giving away stamps or dies! I KNOW...THUD! So make sure you hop along to everyone’s blog, and leave comments to be entered in the drawings.  And....(drum roll) there are HUGE prize packs on the Crafter’s Companion US blog and over on Sara Davies’ blog! We know how to party...yes?!

***More details about the hop and prizes at the bottom of this post.
Here's one of the cards I made for the HSN show using the Orchids Stamp set, which is one of the stamp sets that Sara will be featuring.

As much as I love coloring everything in vibrant shades, I decided to capture a more natural, soft looking design. The orchids are stamped and colored with Spectrum Noir Markers.

Marker Colors:
Flowers Petals - DG1, CG1, DG2, DG3, Blender
Flower Centers - CT1, GB3, CR7
Stems - DG3, CG2, DG1

I also stamped the image 2 more times to color and cut out a few of the pieces to pop up for dimension. Some of the leaves I cut down the toward the centers, following the stamp line and then curled them a bit.

For some shimmer and sparkle, I painted on Sheer Shimmer Spritz and added some orange colored glitter.

The textured grid insert was done with an embossing folder that came with my Cut N Boss Machine. I ran it through with white cardstock, inked direct from pad to paper with Memento Luxe Pear Tart, then sprayed on some Sheer Shimmer Spritz. Beautiful shimmer in real life!

The white cardbase is 6" x 6". I used the square diecut from the Elegance Stamping Frame Die Set to cut the center. Then the grid panel is adhered flat on the inside front of the card. Again, I used the Elegance Stamping Frame to cut and embossed from apricot cardstock -- also die cutting the center with the square.The frame is popped up with foam adhesive. The sentiment is stamped on a piece of sage cardstock that I die-cut and embossed from the Classiques Circles Set. It's adhered flat.  A few gemstones added the extra touch of interest.

I decorated the inside of the card using some of the scrap pieces. Ahhhh...saved from the trash can! LOL

Don't forget to watch Sara on the Home Shopping Network July 1st. Fun stuff will be happening all day long during the 24-hour Day of Crafts Event.


NEXT STOP on the BLOG HOP: Laine Webb


Here's a complete list of all the blogs in the hop:
Crafter’s Companion US
Sara Davies
Lori Barnett (you are here)
Laine Webb
Chrissie Tobas
Liz Walker
Gini Cagle
Kendra Wietstock
Roxanne O’Brien 
Giovana Smith
Jodi Clark
Rosemary Shaner-Bridges
Tenia Nelson
Vera Yates
Taylor Usry

Please be sure to visit Sara Davis Blog & Facebook Page. Follow her for all the latest news!

Happy hopping, shopping, stamping...and coloring too!

Crafter's Companion Sheena's Laguna Orchids Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Elegance Stamping Frame Die Set
Crafter's Companion Essentials Circles Die Set
Craftwell Cut 'n' Boss Machine and Design Grids Embossing Folder
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Misc other cardstocks
Art Glitter Lemone' Glitter
Mememto Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Mememto Luxe Pear Tart Pigment Ink
Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle
Misc Rhinestone stickers
Glue Pen
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
White Gel Pen

***Blog Hop and Prize details
This giveaway is open to people in the US and the UK. The prize will be shipped from the appropriate office. Further details on terms/conditions regarding prize eligibility can be found on the CC US blog.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Prestige Dies Sneak Peak

Crafter's Companion USA is getting ready to release the most magnificent - MUST HAVE - Die'sire Dies. This new series is called the Prestige Only Words Collection. These dies are real statement pieces! Stunning die-cutting and embossed results.

I'm super excited to share this sneak using the NEW Be Beautiful Die .

I die-cut and embossed the Be Beautiful die from Black Pearl Shimmering cardstock, then added cardstock pieces to the back. I LOVE how it turned out!

I used oval dies to create a hand mirror. The handle I cut out by hand. That mirror adhesive sheet is really stuff from Tim Holtz worked really cool for the mirror. I just wish I could have taken a picture that realy shows it has reflection.What a super fun element to coordinate with the sentiment die.

Stay tuned for the official US release of these new dies. You will want them all!

Visit and "Like" Crafter's Companion USA Facebook Page to keep up do date with the latest happenings.

Thanks for stopping by,

Crafter's Companion Prestige Only Words - Be Beautiful
Crafter's Companion Essentials - Ovals & Scalloped Ovals
Crafter's Companion Embossalicious Petite Dots 6"x6" Embossing Folder
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - White and Black Pearl
Spectrum Noir High Gloss Cardstock
Tim Holtz Adhesive Backed Mirror Sheet
Colored Cardstocks
Flower Rhinestones
Foam Adhesive
Cut N Boss Machine

Friday, June 26, 2015

Shirt Box and Dad Card Tutorial

Happy Friday friends! I've got a fun tutorial over on the Crafter's Companion blog. Super easy, and it can be used for any occasion.

Instructions for both the box and notecard are on the CC Blog HERE.

You can change the paper colors and add a personal sentiment for that special someone. Wouldn't it be fun to make with a bow tie?!

I used The Big Score Board, from Crafter's Companion USA, to made this box. I LOVE using it because I can score larger sheets of cardstock without having to do a bunch of math to figure out where to score. LOL.

Hop on over and check out the tutorial. Leave a comment so I know you stopped by to check it out.

Thanks for stopping by,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Scruffy Little Kitten Dollie

WOO HOO! The Scruffy Little Kitten is now available at Crafter's Companion USA! Here's the New Dollie Stamp Set.

Isnt' she sweet :) All the new stamp sets are so CUTE! I stamped the image on a large white cardstock panel. Then, I cut out a mask and put it over the image to airbrush the background.

Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • Airbrushed background - BT7
  • Skin - TN3, FS4, FS2, CR2
  • Hair - GB7, TN2, TN3, TN7
  • Eyes - IB3
  • Tub - IG6, IG5, IG3, IG1
  • Pinks - PP1, PP3, IG3, IG1
  • Outlining and Ground - IG3, IG1 

I used the Cottage Lace border to diecut Pink Pearl Shimmering Cardstock and then added little black rhinestones in the center of each scallop. I added a strip of washi tape before adhering the sentiment strip - which I stamped with light pink ink several times to make the strip. I love using sentiments in ways that are more than just the average normal stamped sentiment. Everything is mounted on a piece of Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock that is cut to 7 1/4" x 7 1/4", which I then adhered to a white cardbase.

For added dimension, I stamped the image again on another piece of white cardstock - colored the tub - then fussy cut it out. I also cut out the big cluster of bubbles, separate from the tub. The tub is mounted with foam adhesive. The bubble piece is partially popped up (bottom is glued down flat, top area has foam tape underneath to raise it up just a bit for dimension.

It's hard to see in the picture, but I added added crystal glitter on the soap bubbles, then crystal lacquer on top. While the glaze was still wet, I added a few clear rainstones and then sprinkled on white pearl glitter. It created a nice "soap suds" look. On her eyelashes and the mascara brush, I added black microfine glitter. The inside of the card is also decorated :)

Go check out the wonderful new stamps, launch bundle deals and great samples our design team created on the Website and Facebook. Visit the Crafter's Companion USA Pinterest Board to see many more projects.

See the Launch Day Flyer HERE.

Have a great day!

(Finished Card is 7 1/4" x 7 1/4")
Scruffy Little Kitten - Dollie Stamp Set
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
8" x 8" Shimmering Cardstock Pink Pearl
8 1/2" x 11" Shimmering Cardstock Black Pearl
Die'sire Essentials Dies - Heart, Ovals and Scalloped Ovals
Bebunni Floral Dies - Cottage Lace
Craftwell eBrush
Spectrum Noir Markers
Memento Inks
3D Crystal Lacquer
Diecutting/Embossing Machine
Black Rhinestones
Clear Rainstones
White Pearl Glitter
Black Microfine Glitter
Crystal Glitter
Washi Tape
Quickie Glue Pen
Foam Adhesive

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Scruffy Little Kitten Sneak Peek

A fun NEW collection is coming! Scruffy Little Kitten from Crafter's Companion USA. These images are so cute and fun to color! Here's a card I designed using the new Billie set:

Isn't he the best?!!! This new collection is from the creator of the highly-popular Scruffy Little Cat range. There will be 12 new lovable stamp sets - 6 boys and 6 girls -- along with a NEW Papercrafting CD-ROM Collection.

I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • Skin - TN3, FS4, FS2, CR2
  • Hair - TN3, TN7
  • Pants - EB6, EB2
  • Shoes, Hat, Belt and Horse Mane - IG8, IG6, IG4, IG1
  • Shirt - IG4, IG1, EB1, Blender
  • Horse - EB6, EB2, EB5
  • Reds - DR6, CR11, CR5, IG6
  • Ground - EB1, EB2
  • Cactus - DG3, DG2
  • Image Outlining - IG1, IG2

The black and white gingham paper is from the Scruffy Little Cat 6" x 6" Premium Darks Paper Pad. I also used the Starry Eyed Embossing Folder with some red paper, and die-cut & embossed Die'sire Essentials Stars from the same paper. The sentiment is stamped and adhered on a die-cut from Die'sire Scalloped Tags die set.

I painted on some accents of the Brushed Pewter Distress Stain, and added some straw speckles to the ground. I had a few scraps left over, so I decorated the inside of the card. 

Stay tuned! The Scruffy Little Kitten Collection is set to be released at Crafter's Companion USA very very soon!

(Finished card is 6" x 6")
Scruffy Little Kitten Billie Stamp Set
Scruffy Little Cat 6" x 6" Premium Dark Paper Pad
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Die'sire Essentials Stars Die Set
Die'sire Decorative Dies - Scalloped Tags
Angelica & Adams Embossing Folder - Starry Eyed
Spectrum Noir Markers
Memento Ink
Red and Black Cardstock
Foam Adhesive
Liquid Adhesive
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine

Twine & Button
Ranger Distress Stain - Brushed Pewter (used to paint on the star badge and a couple other little areas)
Judi Kins Speckles - Straw
Glue Pen

Thursday, June 18, 2015

On your Special Day

Here's a card that just makes me happy. It's made using one of the new Edge'ables Only Words Dies from Crafter's Companion - On Your Special Day.

These dies work perfectly on a diagonal. The white layer underneath is stamped and embossed in white using a sentiment from the Vintage Floral Stamp Set - Sentimentals.

After adhering the blue die-cut piece to the white panel, I added microfine glitter to fill in the letters.

The little butterflies are from Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Butterfly & Bee die set. These butterflies are the perfect size for so many designs! Some black rhinestones, clear sequins and some bakers twine finish off the card.  I love how this design turned out, and it's one of my favorite color combos too! 

  • Check out all the Edge'ables Only Words metal dies on the website HERE
  • "Like" our Facebook Page to keep up to date on all the NEW products being released.

Hope you have a "special day"

Crafter's Companion Edge'ables - On Your Special Day die
Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Collection Butterfly & Bee die set
Crafter's Companion Sentimentals - Sentimentals stamp set
White Embossing Powder
Microfine Cool Highlights Glitter
Clear Sequins
Black Rhinestones
Bakers Twine
Foam Adhesive

Die-cutting/embossing Machine
Heat Embossing Gun
Double Sided Adhesive Tape 
White and Colored Cardstock

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Star Spangled Mice

Oh do I love my House-Mouse. Here's a card I made for the House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog.

Challenge #196 - Holiday. Choose any holiday you like.

I did all my coloring with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils and Blending Solution.

Pencil Colors:
  • Skin - 005, 008, 009
  • Fur - Left Mouse 108, 110
  • Fur - Middle Mouse 112, 117
  • Fur - Right Mouse 91, 89
  • Flag - 073, 071, 027, 033, 115
  • Stars - 017
  • Sky - 065, 115
  • Ground - 115, 112

The stamp is from Stampendous and it's called Star Spangled Mice. Adorable! I also drew a star and colored it with the 017 pencil. All the stars are then covered with Bananan Glitter from Art Glitter. The sentiment banner is also hand cut.
Get all the challenge details over on the House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog.
Check out my tutorial on how to color a House-Mouse Image over on the Specrum Noir Blog.

 Happy a mice day,

House-Mouse Designs Star Spangled Mice Stamp
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
A Muse Studio Blueberry and Cherry cardstock
Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils
Spectrum Noir Pencil Blending Kit
Art Glitter Bananan Glitter
Glue Pen
Red Twine
Stitched Boarder Die
Black Micron Pen
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Bokeh with Love

Hey crafty friends! Hope you're having a great day. Here's a card I made using one of the new Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classiques Only Words Metal Dies.

Yep...I'm lovin' these dies.This one is called With Love. These word dies pair up perfectly with all the fun background techniques that are so trendy right now. For my card I did a vibrant watercolor wash and bokeh background. The Word Only die was cut and embossed using Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock. It really pops against the vibrant colors. Crafter's Companion Shimmering cardstock is drool worthy. Just sayin'

I used Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers - Scarlet & Gold - on watercolor cardstock. After letting the wash completely dry, I did the bokeh technique with a DIY circle stencil made by die-cutting circles from a piece of scrap acetate, and sponging white ink. Also, because I'm obsessed with sequins, some fell on there too.

Thanks for stoppin' by,

Die'sire Classiques Only Words - With Love Die
Die'sire Classiques - Circles Dies
Shimmering Cardstock - Black Pearl
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers - Scarlet & Gold
Watercolor Cardstock
White Cardstock
Sponge Dauber
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine
White Ink Pad
Corner Rounder

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Destinations Spirit of Adventure

Have you had a chance to see the NEW Destinations Collection that was released over at Crafter's Companion USA? Magnaficient images, sentiments and a Papercrafting Twin CD-ROM! THUD!

Here's a card I made using the new Spirit of Adventure stamp set along with some of the printed digital papers and elements.

This looks like several layers of designer papers, but it's only 3 panels. Just wait till you see all the goodies on the Destinations Papercrafting CD-ROM. Thousands! All I did was print, trim, ink the edges and add glitter to the base layer. No hoarding these beautiful designer papers. Go ahead and cut 'em up. Yeah...YOU know what I'm talkin' about...
  Just print more. ;)

The image and sentiment are stamped on white cardstock, then colored with Spectrum Noir Markers and Blendable Colored Pencils

   Markers: FS2, FS4, TN2
   Pencils: 003, 117
   Markers: TB1, BT8, BT1, JG1, BT5
   Pencils: 071, 001
Banner and Dress
   Markers: EB1, EB2, BG1, Blender
   Pencils: 112, 117, 001
   Markers: TN6, TN3

To add sparkle and shimmer on the wings, I added crystal glitter and painted on some Sheer Shimmer Spritz. I also stamped and colored the banner again, cut it out and adhered the ends flat - popping up the center area with foam adhesive. It's a bit time consuming...but the dimension it gives is so worth it!

View the Destinations Collection and Gallery on the Crafter's Companion USA website HERE.
Check out our Pinterest Board full of great projects to inspire you HERE.
Don't forget to visit and "Like" our Facebook Page HERE.

Happy Travels,

Crafter's Companion USA Destinations Spirit of Adventure Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion USA Destinations Papercrafting Twin CD-ROM
Spectrum Noir Markers & Blendable Colored Pencils and Pencil Accessory Starter Bundle
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle
Foam Adhesive
Distress Ink
Sponge DauberSmall Paint Brush
Crystal Glitter
Blue Rhinestones
Glue Pen
Computer and Printer

Friday, June 12, 2015

House-Mouse Coloring Tutorial

Hello everyone. Go grab your Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils -- because I've got a coloring tutorial for you over on the Spectrum Noir Blog.

Coloring House-Mouse

In case you didn't know, I absolutely LOVE House-Mouse stamps. I've been on the House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Design Team since it started, back in 2008. I also used to teach classes on how to color these adorable images. Yep...I love these furry little friends :)

My absolute favorite way to color House-Mouse mice is with colored pencils. The tutorial takes you step-by-step on how to color the image using the fantastic Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. It's so fun to see a plain stamped image come to life right before your eyes! I hope you give it a try. Here's a peek:

 Amazing how it goes from that to this...

Hop on over to the Spectrum Noir Blog to see the tutorial. Leave a comment and let me know you stopped by.

If you're looking to add some of the wonderful House-Mouse Designs® stamps to your collection, Stampendous! is the hook-up! Click HERE to go directly to the House-Mouse stamps shopping category.

Happy Coloring!