Friday, September 12, 2014


These NEW Black Coffin Cards from Crafter's Companion USA are AWESOME!  Here's a fun card I made using the coffin card with the New Happy Haunting stamp set.

How COOL is THAT!?! The Black Coffin Cards are made from Crafter's Companion Shimmering Black Pear Cardstock. You KNOW how much I LOVE that stuff!

On the inside, I stamped the spiders and heat embossed in white. 2 of the spiders I stamped on scrap pieces of black pearl shimmering cardstock -- then cut out.'s more details about my card design using even more great products that are available from Crafter's Companion. The fun never stops I tell ya :)

I diecut the Circle Doily from white cardstock. Then I inked it up with my Radiant Neon Green Ink Pad.

Next I spritz it with Fireworks New Sprout Ink Spray. I did this same process for the spider web that I punched out and cut up for the inside of the card.

WOW does this ever shimmer! It shimmers almost as much as the Black Pear Cardstock! I stamped the Skeleton Head on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir Markers CG3, CT3, OR1, OR2, IG1, IG2 and IG3.

I used my Die'sire Alphabet Lowercase 1" die set to die-cut "rip" and "boo" from orange cardstock. All the letters got a coat of orange glitter before I glued them to the card. The yellow cardstock circles have yellow glitter on them. A few black rhinestones on the doily. I didn't notice until AFTER I took the pictures, 1 rhinestone is totally crooked! It's driving me bonkers! LOL. I'll be fixing it on the card for sure! I also added black rhinestones on the skeleton's eyes. Makes him look funny :)

I thought it would be fun to have something pop up when you open the card. An Action Wobble Spring under the yellow circle work perfectly!

Here's the card in action :)

A shaped card that's interactive! THAT is some serious card making fun!

That's it for today. Have a great Friday!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Haunted Neon Invitation

Hello friends! Have you seen all the WICKED COOL Halloween Stamps from Crafter's Companion? They are AWESOME! Go check 'em all out HERE. On my card today, I've used the NEW Happy Haunting Set. It's full of great images and a spooky sentiment that's perfect for party invitations.

I've used a few fun techniques on my card design that I'll be sharing with you. All the supplies are listed at the bottom of my post.

First, we are going to create a BIG moon as a background on a white cardstock panel.

Die-cut or punch a circle to use as a mask. I used Eclipse Tape, but you can create a mask with any scrap paper by adding temporary or re-positional adhesive on the back. You just need the mask to stay in place, with all the edges securely tacked down, while you're sponging the ink.

Tap a Sponge Dauber on the Radiant Neon Electric Orange Ink Pad. Begin sponging the ink in a circular motion -- starting on the mask -- then moving outward onto the cardstock panel. Doing it this way will give you a smoother blended look.

Remove the mask and you have the PERFECT background for our stamped images! This really creates fantastic depth.

Stamp the spider and sentiment as shown in picture. Then stamp an extra spider and the skull on scraps.

Color the spider body with Spectrum Noir Marker CG3. Shade the skeleton head with IG2.  Use a fine tip marker to extend the spiders silk thread to the top of the panel.

This next technique is a great way to stretch your ink pads. We're going to color all the eyes with the Neon Yellow Ink.

Simply pick up ink by tapping a sponge coloring tool -- such as the Fantastix from Tsukineko -- directly on the ink pad and then color the image.

I love making DIY cardstock to perfectly match my projects. If you have white cardstock and ink, you are set!

This panel will go under the main image panel - so we only need to sponge ink on the outer edges.

The last technique is paper piecing. See how the spider on the far left is stamped on the orange pigment ink? If we color it with our Spectrum Noir Markers, it could damage the nibs. It would also be very difficult to match the color of the spiders. The solution --- paper piecing.

Trim out the body of the extra spider. Run a black marker around the cut edges. This is so the white cardstock doesn't show on the sides. Adhere flat as shown in picture. 

Here's how to finish up the card:

  • Using 6" x 6" Chevrons Embossalicious Embossing Folder, emboss front of a lime green card base.
  • Punch the bottom edge of Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock panel with border punch.
  • Assemble all the layers flat onto front of card.
  • Add green glitter to spider bodies - including the spider on the skeleton head.
  • Fussy cut skeleton head and adhere with 3D Foam Adhesive.
  • Wrap bakers twine around the card and tie.

Thanks ever so much for stopping by!

Crafter's Companion EZ Mount Stamp Set - Happy Haunting
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - 6" x 6" Black Pearl
Crafter's Companion 6" x 6" Embossalicious Embossing Folder - Chevrons
Radiant Neon Ink Pad - Electric Orange
Radiant Neon Ink Pad - Electric Yellow
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Spectrum Noir Markers - IG2, CG3
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Sponge Daubers
Double Sided Adhesive Foam
Fantastix Coloring Tool
Eclipse Tape
Green Glitter
Border Punch
Circle Die or Punch
Bakers Twine
Fine Tip Black Marker
Black Marker

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Christmas Time at Yosemite Cabin

Crafter's Companion USA will soon be releasing more beautiful images in the Art-Kure
. Until's a sneak peek:

This new image - Yosemite Cabin - is part of the New US Landmark series that's coming. I gave a go at watercoloring the image with Distress Markers. This was my first time ever to color an image like this. I wasn't really sure how it would turn out. But...I'm giving myself a pat on the back...I think it turned out pretty good. :)

I added accents of Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles. When that dried, I flicked on some white pigment ink spray. THAT turned out really cool!

The entire piece is mounted on a sheet from a beautiful piece of designer paper from the Crafter's Companion Vintage Christmas Collection 6" x 6" Paper Pack. I trimed it down to perfectly fit on a  6" x 6" sheet of Candy Red Shimmering Cardstock. LOVE my Shimmering CS! Look at that gorgeous subtle shimmer! The entire panel is adhered to white 6" x 6"card base.

A clear button tied with red twine...a few scattered red pearls....and it's done.

Thanks for stoppin' by!

Friday, September 5, 2014

Friendship Tattoos

Grab your Spectrum Noir coloring tools and some stamps...because it's time for our next challenge!

Spectrum Noir September Monthly Challenge: Friendships

I love stamping and coloring scene cards. This card design was SO MUCH FUN! The sentiment was perfect for the friendship theme! I colored everything with my Spectrum Noir Markers...then came in and added shading with a Spectrum Noir Colored Pencil 120 (black). It's amazing how much depth and dimension you can get by adding a little colored pencil over the markers.

With a little stamp masking...and a lot of fun card came together so cool!  All the stamps are from Art Impressions. I have just a "few" of 'em! *wink* *wink*  I also used the Tim Holtz Brick Wall die which turned out awesome. I diecut Red Chalkboard Cardstock -- sponged on some Black Soot Distress Ink -- then very lightly colored on some 001 (white) pencil. It's hard to see in the picture...but I added black rhinestones along the top and bottom edges of the brick wall -- plus 1 on the dog collar.

The window awning is cut out and popped up. The dog and the front of the easel street sign are cut out and adhered flat. All other images were stamped directly on the paper and colored.

Spectrum Noir Markers:
Dog - GB8, GB10
Bricks - DR3, DR7, BG8, BG2
Sign - TN1, EB2
Sidewalk, Window Frame, Awning, Lantern - GG1, GG2, GG3, GG4
Window and Lantern Glass - IB1
Light bulb - GG3, GG1
Papers in window - CR2, CR8, CT4, EG2, CG1, LY2, BT3, BT4, OR2, CT4, PL3

 Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils: 001, 120 Blending solution and paper stumps.

I hope you join us for the challenge this month. Get all the details HERE.

Till next time...

Coloring: Spectrum Noir Markers; Blendable Colored Pencils; Noir Blending Solution and Paper Stumps
Stamps: Art Impression Brick Shoppe Window; Tattoo Parlor; Shop Accessories; Door
Papers: Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock; Black note card, Red Chalkboard Cardstock from DCWV
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Ranger Distress Black Soot
Misc: Tim Hotz Brick Wall Die, Black Rhinestones, 1/4" Corner Rounder Punch

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Happy Haunting

WOO HOO!!! IT'S RELEASE DAY!  4 NEW Crafter's Companion Halloween Stamp sets are NOW AVAILABLE!

I'm lovin' all the NEW Halloween goodies from Crafter's Companion! EEEEK!!! So much fun to color and create with. I've got sooooo many ideas! Now I just need more hours in the day to play with 'em.
I made fun party invitations that are full of bright colors using images from the NEW Happy Haunting set. This set is AWESOME! I colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. Easy coloring and the perfect purples to match the Radiant Neon Eletric Purple Ink I used to create the neon border! These neon inks are to die for! And speaking of "to die for" - the Shimmering Black Pearl Cardstock is just that! I really need to buy a truckload of this stuff! It shimmers like no other! And, as you can see... I punched the spider web borders beautifully with it!

Here's what you need to create the Neon Border:
  • Paper or cardstock
  • Removable adhesive
  • Radiant Neon Ink Pad - Electric Purple
  • Sponge Dauber

Instructions for A2 size cards (4 1/4" x 5 1/2"):
NOTE: You can do this before or after you stamp and color your images.

Create a mask that is 3 3/4" x 5". Add temporary adhesive around edges. This size will give you a 1/4" border all the way around the card front.

Place mask on card front.

Sponge on ink.

Carefully remove mask.
NOTE: Radiant Neon Inks are pigment inks --- so they take a little longer to dry. Be careful when removing the mask not to smear and smudge the ink. And be careful not to pull the mask off too quickly -- you don't want your cardstock to tear. Let the ink completely dry before finishing the card.

TIP: You can pre-print the inside of your invitations. Just type up the party information, using whatever program you have on your computer, and print on your cardstock. Remember -- 1 sheet of 8 1/2" x 11" cardstock makes 2 standard A2 size cards.

Here's a couple different versions. Hey...who says all the invitations have to be the same...right? ;)

This one I stamped the images lower -- making the spiderweb border only on top and a solid border strip on the bottom.

Colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils 112, 117, 120, 044, 045, 049, 078, 080, 024, 027, 001, 005, 009, 020, 021; Blending Solution and Paper Stumps.

It's so hard to get a picture of the true real life shimmer of the Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock ...but here's a closeup

Stay tuned for more fun projects using the New Crafter's Companion Halloween goodies.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Witch Hat Treat Box

I LOVE making treat containers! I also love figuring out how to get the most bang out of my buck when using specialty papers. Well... today I'm sharing a little of BOTH. I've designed the most adorable Witch Hat Treat Box using 1 sheet of Crafter's Companion 6" x 6" Shimmering Black Pearl Cardstock to make TWO boxes! I've also used 2 of the NEW Halloween Stamp Sets from Crafter's Companion - which will be available TOMORROW - Thursday Sept 4th!!! Sooo much fun stuff going on around here I can hardly container myself! LOL

First...let me tell you a little about the Shimmering Cardstock. This specialty cardstock is the BEST! It scores absolutely wonderful and makes the best boxes imaginable! It's so sturdy you can pile the treat containers all in a big bucket or bowl and not worry about 'em getting all bent up or crushed! So check this out...  One package of 20 sheets is $6.95. You can make 80 high quality treat containers from 1 package!!! That's right....EIGHTY! Awesome huh!?!


Box Instructions:

Cut 2 - 2 1/2" strips from the 6" x 6" sheet of Black Pear Shimmer cardstock. You'll be left with a 1" x 6" strip - which will be used for the hat brims. The 2 1/2" strips are for the boxes.

Score the 2 1/2" strips in half -- at 3".  I used my Ultimate Crafter's Companion board and scored at the "Gatefold 12x12" line -- with the short end of the strip butt up against the top sidebar.

Next, we need to make a "marker notch" at the center (1 1/4") of each end. To do this on my Ultimate board, I simply place my paper between the Gatefold 12x12 line and Half-Fold US Letter line, and make the notches using the Half-Fold 1/2 US Letter line.
Here's what I mean by a "notch".

Now we need to score from the "notch" to the "half fold score line". Simply position the cardstock diagonally on any groove line -- from the "notch" to the "half fold score line" -- and score to join the lines. See sample picture.

Do the same thing on the other 3 corners of the strip.

Here's what it will look like once all the scoring is done:

Prep the cardstock with anti-static powder. This is important to keep stray bits of white embossing powder from sticking where you don't want it. Stamp the spider image with Versamark ink and heat emboss with white embossing powder. When cooled, brush away the anti-static powder.

Fold the cardstock in half at the score line - then punch holes as shown in picture.

Fold in the sides at the score lines to form the wedge box. Check your punched holes to make sure they are lined up enough to string ribbon through. The holes don't need to be perfectly lined up. If can re-punch any of the individual holes to adjust. TIP: If you end up having to re-punch hole(s) - just have those flaps folded to the inside so they don't show.

NOTE: This box is not assembled using any adhesive tape or glue. Once you place the goodies inside the box, fold the edges over, thread the ribbon through the holes and tie. That will keep the box closed. If you tape the sides shut - the box will have to be torn open to get inside.

Next comes the hat brim. Apply a strip of double-sided adhesive tape on the long edge of the 1" Shimmer Black Pearl cardstock strip.

Peel off the tapes protective backing and cover the tape with purple glitter. TIP: Burnish (rub) the glitter with your finger to make sure it sticks really well and covers all the sticky tape.

Cut the strip in half. Now you'll have two strips that measure 1" x 3" each.

Trim the ends diagonally. Embellish as desired. I added a thin strip of orange cardstock, orange rhinestones and a green button threaded with black & white bakers twine. Adhere to treat box with double-sided adhesive tape or glue.

To create the sentiment tags, stamp the sentiment on white cardstock with Radiant Neon Purple Ink. Trimmed each word and adhered to orange tags. The orange tags I cut out by hand and punched holes. Tie tags to the treat box.

That's it! I hope I've inspired you to go have some fun with your stamps and cardstock. Don't forget to check out all the NEW Crafter's Companions Halloween products on the website TOMORROW!!!! YAY!

Have a funtastic day!