Thursday, August 28, 2014

Faux Watercoloring

Hello everyone! Remember this card: promised...I've done a tutorial on Faux Watercoloring with Spectrum Noir Markers. Go check it out over on the Spectrum Noir website. I've provided a ton of sample pictures and details for each step.

Have fun :)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The Perfect Day

Just in case you missed this over on the Eat Cake Graphic Blog - A Sprinkling of Samples & Techniques...

Eat Cake Graphics stamps are soooooo FUN!!! This little lake scene takes me back to my childhood. The only thing missing is the boat and water ski's :)

The stamps I used are all from Eat Cake Graphics:
1057-D Lilly Puddlesworth
1058-E Ben Puddlesworth
6026-H Pier
7069-O Little Line of Trees

Everything is colored with markers. The water is airbrushed with markers. I did some masking to create the scene of trees behind Lilly and to airbrush the water.

I die-cut a piece of clear acetate with a border die to create a fun dimensional layer to look like water. In the close-up pics you can see where I colored over places with a clear glaze pen and shimmer spray.

I've got all the details step-by-step on how to create this design. You can get'em HERE over on the Eat Cake Graphics Blog  :)

Here's to a perfect day!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Yeeehaw for Sepia!

Howdy Folks!

I thought it would be fun to color an image in Sepia Tones using my Spectrum Noir Markers. This image from The Greeting Farm is perfect for this project.

I stamped the image on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock with black ink -- then colored:

Skin - TN3, TN2, TN1, FS2
Hair - EB5, EB4, TN7, TN5, TN3, EB1
Hat, Shirt, Skirt - GB8, EB2, EB1
Boot, Gloves, Scarf, Belt, Skirt Ruffle - BG1, BG5, BG7

I fussy cut the image and popped it on the card with foam adhesive. I added a touch of glitter to her hat, the star on her boot and on her belt. I thought she needed a little more "bling" - so I gave her some cowgirl rhinestone earrings.

The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed on vanilla cardstock. I cut little strips of patterned paper to make it look like a ribbon. The chipboard star is covered with embossing powder and topped off with a little rhinestone. Isn't she Cheeky :)

My card layout is from Splitcoaststampers Sketch Challenge #502. I did a mirror image of it.

As always, thanks for visiting my blog!

Supplies used on card:
Markers - Spectrum Noir TN1, TN2, TN3, TN5, TN7, FS2, EB1, EB2, EB4, EB5, GB8, BG1, BG5, BG7 
Stamps - The Greeting Farm; A Muse Artstamps
Inks - Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Paper - Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock; A Muse Studio Wheat, Onyx and Vanilla; Adorn-it Wild West, Karen Foster Stars, Mustard Paisley
Misc - UmWow Studio Chipboard Confetti Stars, A Muse Studio Rhinestones, Stampendous Mushroom EP, Ranger Liquid Platinum EP, Art Glitter Flax glitter, Glitter Ritz Warm Highlights Ultrafine glitter; Oval Punch, Twine

Monday, August 25, 2014

Indulge in the sweet stuff

Good afternoon everyone. I'm back today with my House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge project.  I hope you are hungry...because we are having a FOOD FEST!

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #177 - FOOD, Glorious Food
Get all our challenge and prize info on the blog HERE.

I went with SWEET food. Cake is food...right ;)

Isn't this just YUMMY! The stamp is called "Eat your cake and nap too" LOVE IT!  I colored with both markers and pencils. The frosting is coated in 2 colors of pink glitter. I added glaze to the candle and plate. I also sprinkled some "cake crumbs" with Lemon FlowerSoft.

The cardstock I made the base from is a new color from A Muse Studio called Hibiscus. It's it to die for! I used a chevron background stamp and clear embossed it on the card from. Background stamps really add that extra something when doing clean and simple designs. The sentiment is stamped with black and embossed clear. AND sequins...of course ;)

Our challenge runs for 2 weeks. I hope you find time to "Indulge yourself in Life's Sweetest Things -- Stamping!"

Thanks for stopping in!

Let it Snow

I'm back again today with another Crafter's Companion Party Paws Christmas card using the NEW Snow Much Fun stamp set. Yep...I'm kinda addicted to these new images ;)


Main image is stamped on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. Then I masked off the main image and stamped the sentiment is with Memento Summer Sky Ink. This is a great way to get more out of your sentiments.

I used my score board to create an embossed frame around the panel. Then used a piercing tool to make all the debossed dots. The card base is Kraft Cardstock embossed with Embossalicious Petite Dots 6x6 Embossing Folder.

You can see in the closeup pics how I popped up some of the main image areas - the panda on the right -- completely cut out and popped up -- the panda on the left I popped up the front paws.

White flock and glitter accents on the hats. Glitter and Shaved Ice on the ground. Glitter on the falling snow and covered with 3D Crystal Lacquer. I also used 3D Crystal Lacquer on all the noses and the snowman buttons. This card has some serious sparkle and shine!

Spectrum Noir Markers:
Snowman Hat & Scarf - TB1, TB3, TB4, IG1, IG4, IG6, Blender
Snowman Man - TB1, IG1, Blender
Snowman Nose and Buttons - IG1, IG6, IG8
Red hats and clothes - PP3, CR5, DR2, IG4
Panda Scarfs - PP3, CR5, DR2, TB1, TB3
Panda - CR2, IG1, IG4, IG6, IG8, Blender
Snow ground and shading - TB1, IG1, Blender

I have a tutorial to share with you showing how I color the Party Paws Panda with Spectrum Noir Markers. Watch for that blog post later this week.

Have a great day!

Friday, August 22, 2014

All that glitters is snow

Happy Friday Bloggers!

I've got another card design using the New Crafter's Companion Die'sire Christmas Create-A-Card Die - Over the Rooftops. Remember the card I posted yesterday? (click here) It had white die-cut stars on it.  Well...this is the Shimmering Pearl White Cardstock panel that those stars were cut from.

Once again, I sponged on Golden Glitz Delicata Ink by using the die as a stencil. This time I sponged the ink much heavier so there was a lot of gold on the designs. Then I embossed with clear embossing powder. The gold looks so good on the Shimmering Pearl White cardtstock.

I made this into a shaker card - filled with faux snow and silver & gold star confetti. It's really fun because you can see the shaker goodies peeking through all the cutout areas. Isn't this a fun idea!?!

The sentiment is from Crafter's Companion Vintage Christmas Collection - Let it Snow stamp set. I stamped it with the gold ink and heat embossed. Some glitter, pearls and gold threads add to the elegant style of the card.

It's so hard to capture a picture that shows how beautiful the Shimmering Cardstock is. Hopefully you can see enough in the closeup pic to get an idea of what it looks like. I know you are gonna love it all! And you will have so much fun creating with these new Create-A-Card Dies too!

REMINDER: Crafter's Companion Birthday Sale is still on! Hurry before it's over!

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Over the Rooftops

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas!

Crafter's Companion just released 3 NEW Die'sire Christmas Create-A-Card dies.

AND....(enabler alert with a drum roll) can get them ON SALE right now during the Birthday Week Create-A-Card Promotion! Buy one...get one 1/2 OFF! Free Shipping, Double-Loyalty Points, Free Gifts! BOOM! Check out all the deals and go shopping HERE. You're welcome :)

Here's a card I made using the NEW Die'sire Create-A-Card Die called Over the Rooftops

I absolutely LOVE how easy it was to make this stunning 6" x6" Christmas card!

You can see in the closeup pic just how beautiful the die details are. I used Crafter's Companion 6" x 6" Shimmering Cardstock in 3 colors - Candy Red, Gold Dust and Pearl White. Seriously...I can't say enough about how much I LOVE this cardstock. As you can see...I stamped a sentiment from Vintage Christmas Collection - Seasons Greetings stamp set and embossed it on the red perfectly!  Look at the beautiful embossed shimmer of the Golden Glitz Delicata Ink. I sponged the gold ink lightly -- not trying to get ALL the embossed die details. I  also sponged the gold ink around the outer edges too. Then I heat embossed clear over the top of the gold ink. 

I HIGHLY recommend Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock. It comes in 6"x"6 and 8"x8" packs.

Card Steps:
  1. Die-cut Over the Rooftops with 6"x6"Gold Dust Cardstock. Remove all pieces from the die.
  2. Place the die back over the Gold Dust die-cut piece and sponge on Delicata Golden Glitz Ink.
  3. Carefully remove the cardstock from the die - making sure not to smear the ink. Sprinkle on Clear Embossing Powder and heat emboss with embossing gun.
  4. Adhere die-cut panel to 6" x 6" Candy Red Shimmering Cardstock.
  5. Prep the cardstock area where you will be stamping the sentiment with anti-static powder. This will keep any stray bits of white embossing powder from sticking where you don't want it.
  6. Stamp sentiment with Versamark ink. Sprinkle with white embossing powder and heat emboss.
  7. Adhere entire panel to 6"x6" top-folded note card.
  8. Diecut Over the Rooftops die with Pearl White Shimmering Cardstock. Adhere a few of the die-cut stars to your card. TIP: You can die-cut an entire panel of the Pearl White Cardstock - saving the panel and save all the extra pieces for additional card designs. Or - use a few smaller scrap pieces of the Pearl White cardstock and die-cut only the stars you will need for your card.
  9. Tie ribbon around card. Add on a gold jingle bell with gold elastic cording.
  10. Adhere red rhinestone to deer's nose.

Stay tuned for a card I made from the Pearl White Shimmering Cardstock. It's the piece I got from when I die-cut to get the white star on this card.

Have fun creating...and shopping ;)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Glitter it up baby!

Time for another GREAT Challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs!

YEAH BABY!!!! Get out your GLITTERS and let's PLAY! All the challenge details are on the blog HERE.

Birthday cards always scream glitter in my that's just what I did! I used a fantastic digi image fro Fresh Brewed Designs called Latte Party.  What a perfect image for a birthday celebration!

I used glitter cardstock from American Crafts, Sparkle Shimmer Spritz Spray painted on the balloons, Tang Pearlescent glitter from Art Glitter added around the border of the orange cardstock, and Pralines & Cream glitter from Clearsnap on the cupcake and coffee. WOW! This sucker really sparkles!

See the shimmer in the balloons under the crystal lacquer!?! I also added clear gel pen on the balloon strings and coffee steam. The main image panel is diecut from Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock.

All the coloring was done with Spectrum Noir Marker and an white gel pen.

Spectrum Noir Marker colors:
Balloons: TB1, OR1, LY1, CT2, Blender
Mug: OR2, TB1, BT7, OR1, Blender
Coffee: EB1, EB3
Cupcake: EB1, EB3, LY1, CT2, OR2, CR5
Ground shading: EB1, EB3, Blender

Hope you can play along with us for the challenge. I can't wait to see YOUR glittered up creations!

And don't forget about the RUBBER STAMP SALE going on right now!!! Time to SHOP BABY! 25% OFF all rubber stamps until Sept. 5th!

Have a great Wednesday!

The best thing you can wear... a Smile.

Happy Hump Day everyone! I've got a really cool project today. Hope it makes YOU smile as much as it does me.

I got my idea from 2 tutorials over on the Spectrum Noir Blog. Grid Background and Background Fun with Blender Pen Refill. Go check out those tutorials! Fun and easy ways to use your Spectrum Noir Markers for more than just coloring a stamped image!

I decided to make angled lines instead of the grid blocks as shown in the tutorials. My paper panel is 4" x 4"

It was super easy to mark off my cardstock panel, using the grid on my cutting mat. I used a couple pieces of washi tape to hold my paper in place. The lines darker than I normally make them...just so you could see in the picture -- but I erased them back to super super light before I started coloring. When YOU do this...draw the lines really light...just enough so you can see 'em.

Next, I colored all the darker sections with BG3. I let them dry before coloring the other sections with EB1. I used the chisel end of the marker. It's easy to get in the tight spots with the chisel simply by turning the angle of the pen.

Here's how it looks all colored in. Then I took my bottle of Spectrum Noir Alcohol Blender Marker Ink Refill and made drips and splatters. Make sure to let the panel completely dry before stamping!

The images are stamped with Memento Luxe Espresso Truffle ink. I love how the sentiment from Crafter's Companion Vintage Collection Sentimentals - Verses set goes perfectly with the vintage camera image from Crafter's Companion Stamp-It Australia Dreamer - Once in a Lifetime set. love love love love LOVE! :)

THEN...I took some tiny chipboard stars from Um WOW Studios and embossed the tops with Ranger Liquid Platinum.
Here's the before picture -- naked chipboard

Pick up the little star with your tweezers -- tap it on a Versamark Ink pad -- dip it in the embossing powder and zap it with the heat gun.
Now we have dressed up chipboard....

Thanks for stopping by today.

I hope you're wearing a smile today!

PS -- Don't forget about the Birthday SALE going on this week over at Crafter's Companion USA! The bargains are SURE to put a grin on your face! And AWESOME prizes are up for grab each day over on Facebook!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Deck the Halls with NEW Party Paws Christmas!

YAY!  Today is THE DAY!!! Crafter's Companion USA is releasing the NEW Party Paws Christmas Collection!

AND they are having an AWESOME BIRTHDAY WEEK SALE to celebrate their 7th Birthday! GREAT DEALS -- PLUS FREE SHIPPING!!!

This is a 4-bar size card I made using the new Christmas Magic stamp set...

The panda with gift is cut out and popped up on foam adhesive. I used Sheer Shimmer Spritz Sparkle and painted it on the tree ornaments, ribbons and present. Then...I added 3D Crystal Lacquer on the ornaments, yellow glitter on the stars and crystal glitter on the hat & ground. Everything is colored with Spectrum Noir Markers.

Isn't it ADORABLE!!! These stamps are soooo much fun to color and create with! I wish you could see this in real life...but hopefully you can see some of the fun sparkle and shine I added in the closeup pic.  Click on the picture to zoom in and see it even better!

Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock 
Spectrum Noir Markers:
Blues Areas - BT1, BT3, BT5
Green Areas - DG2, GC2, DG3
Red Areas - PP3, CR5, DR2, DR6
Yellow Areas - CT1, CT3, GB6
Brown Areas - EB2, EB6, EB8
Panda - CR2, IG1, IG4, IG6, IG8, Blender

Thanks for stopping by today. 
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