Sunday, August 30, 2015

Cool Christmas Greetings

Hello friends! Here's a card I made using a new stamp set from Crafter's Companion USA colored with Spectrum Noir Markers. I totally LOVE this NEW Nordic Christmas Collection! I bought all 4 stamp sets :)

Over on the Spectrum Noir blog, we have tons of helpful information and tutorials for coloring with Spectrum products. I was poking around the other day and ran across a post on coloring with reds. Lis Murphy has some great information to share, and I wanted to pass it on to you. By coloring a darker gray in the shadow areas, and then coloring with the reds over get wonderful shading. Go read her post on the SN Blog HERE. Would you be so kind and leave a quick comment on the post, I know Lis would love knowing you stopped by.

I used different gray and red colors than what Lis did in her tutorial. If you don't have all the same colors listed on a tutorial, this shows that it still works beautifully with other color combinations. The colors I used for my reds are: BG6, DR6, DR2 and CR6.

I did the same with the green areas. BG6, DG3, CG4, CG1.

Here's a complete list of marker used to color the images:
  • Reds - BG6, DR6, DR2, CR6
  • Greens - BG6, DG3, CG4, CG1
  • Blacks - BG10, BG8, BG6, BG4, BG3, BG1,Blender
  • Snow Shading - BG3, BG2, BG1, EB1, Blender
  • Gingerbread Man - EB1, EB3
  • Nose - BG3, OR2
  • Star - GB3

The white card base is embossed with the NEW Crafter's Companion Sheena's Festive 5x7 Embossing Folder - Frosty Ice Border. To give it a fun "frosty ice" look, I applied the most awesome Crystal Glitter from Stampendous. While the glue under the glitter was still wet, I sprinkled on some clear embossing powder. Then, I carefully heat embossed, making sure not to scorch the glitter. I got sparkle and gloss shine all mixed in. It turned out really cool!

I added black, green, yellow and crystal glitter in various other areas of the images. Both red hearts are covered with glossy. There is also a little red rhinestone on the hat. A little fussy cutting gave the images a "die-cut" look. 

Thanks for stopping by today.

Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Nordic Christmas Cool Christmas Stamp Set
Sheena Festive 5x7 Embossing Folder - Frosty Ice Border
Stampendous Crystal Glitter - Multi Fine
Clear Embossing Powder
Misc. Crystal, Red, Green, Yellow and Black Glitters
Red Rhinestone
3D Crystal Lacquer
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Embossing Machine
Heat Embossing Tool
Dimensional Foam Tape
Tsukineko Glue Pad
Black String
Glue Pen

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Edge'ables Reindeer Dance

Hey there! The NEW Edge'ables Christmas Fancy Borders Dies are NOW AVAILABLE over at Crafter's Companion USA

I used the new Reindeer Dance Edge'ables Die on my card.

After die-cutting and embossing the reindeer border die, I added crystal glitter to some of the areas. A few red rhinestones on the snowflakes too. See how sparkly it is... all the great embossed detail?!!! LOVE

The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed white. I printed the PERFECT digi patterned paper from the new Nordic Christmas CD-ROM. It's soooo nice to be able to print papers anytime I need them. I totally recommend buying it!
Hope you are having a wonderful day,
Crafter's Companion USA Die'sire Edge'ables Christmas Collection Reindeer Dance Die
Crafter's Companion USA Die'sire Scalloped Tags Die Set
Crafter's Companion USA Bebunni Christmas Collection Poinsettia
Crafter's Companion USA Nordic Christmas Papercrafting CD-ROM
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Cut'N'Boss Die-Cutting/Embossing Machine
Red and Green Cardstock
Green Gingham Cardstock
Crystal Glitter
VersaMark Ink
White Embossing Powder
Red Rhinestones
White Ribbon
Dimensional Foam Tape
Glue Pen

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Happy Birthday Crafter's Companion

The party continues over at Crafter's Companion USA!

  • Have you joined us for our FANTASTIC BLOG HOP? If not, make sure to check it out. We have prizes to give away! A BUNCH of them! All the Blog Hop and Giveaway details can be found by clicking HEREClick HERE to go back to my blog hop post.

One of the Specials going on is 20% OFF Bebunni Floral Dies. Here's some fun tags I created using the Bebunni Floral Collection Birthday Present Die.

Another items that's on special is the Shimmering Cardstock. I LOVE that stuff! Get two 6"x6" or 8"x8" packs for $10! It's a DEAL! I totally recommend Black. You can't go wrong with that. Get one of each size If you can't decide. Look at he beautiful shimmer - and it die-cuts and embosses awesome.

The designer patterned paper is from the Elegance Card Pack. I only needed little scraps for all the die-cut pieces.

I cut out several presents of each of the cardstocks, then trimmed apart and paper pieced. You could make up a bunch and have them handy for quick gift wrapping needs.

The sentiments are from various Bebunni Floral Collection Stamp Sets. I love the fonts!

Click for the Bebunni Floral Die Sale

Click for the Shimmering Cardstock Sale

Click to see all the Birthday Specials
Birthday Week Specials

Happy Crafting!

Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Die - Birthday Present
Crafter's Companion Die'sire dies - Scalloped Tags
Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Stamps - Sweet Friend
Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Stamps - Bunches of Love
Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Stamps - Brighten My Day
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Black Pearl
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Elegance 11" x 17" Card Pack 

Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine

Versafine Black Ink
Pearl Stickers
Black Ribbon
Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Edge'ables Christmas Snowflake Sneak Peek

Hey all you Crafter's Companion USA Fans! I hope you've had time to join us for our 8th Birthday Celebration Blog Hop. TONS of great deals and prizes! Click HERE for my blog post on all that.

Today I get to share a sneak peek at one of the brand new Christmas Edge'ables Dies that are being released the end of this week.  Here's the NEW Snowflake Edge'ables Die...

This die will work with any Christmas or Winter themed project. I diecut and embossed the Snowflake die using Candy Red Shimmering Cardstock (on SALE right now during the Birthday Celebration Week). To make the single snowflake, I just diecut a scrap piece of the red cardstock on the larger snowflake -- trimming out as necessary to shape it.

You can just diecut the cardstock and skip the embossing for a more simplified look. But the embossed detail of this die is beautiful. 

For the card base, I embossed white cardstock using the NEW Nordic Christmas Scandinavian Village 6"x6" Embossing Folder. The sentiment is from Moonbeam Meadows Christmas - Rudolph & Friends Stamp set -- heat embossed in red.

Glitter and sequins...yes please :)

Stay tuned...more NEW goodies are just around the corner.

Have a great day!

Crafter's Companion Die'sire Edgeables Christmas Collection - Snowflake
Crafter's Companion Nordic Christmas Scandinavian Village 6"x6" Embossing Folder
Crafter's Companion Moonbeam Meadow Christmas - Rudolph & Friends Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Candy Red 6" x 6"
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White CS
Heat Embossing Gun
Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Sparkle
Green Cardstock
Red Ink
Red Embossing Powder
Liquid Adhesive
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Crafter's Companion USA Birthday Week Blog Hop

It's PARTY TIME!  The Crafter's Companion 8th Birthday Celebration is under way! Join us for a FANTASTIC BLOG HOP full of projects, inspiration and prizes! WOOT! WOOT!

All the Blog Hop and Giveaway details can be found by clicking  --> HERE <--
 You should have arrived at my blog from Gini Cagle.
 **A complete blog hop list is at the bottom of my post.**

First - let me share a card I made using the wonderful NEW O' Holy Night Create-A-Card Christmas Die.

These new CAC dies are made to fit perfectly over the front of an A2 (4 1/4" x 5 1/2") Notecard! I love it!

After I diecut the card, I removed it and treated with anti-static powder. Then I put the die back on top of the card and dabbed VersaMark Ink through the openings. Next, I took off the die and heat embossed with silver embossing powder. It turned out FANTASTIC!

The star is diecut from Yellow Pearl Shimmering Cardstock. (which is ON SALE during the Birthday Celebration Week!!!) To heat emboss the parts I wanted, I used a VersaMark Marker and carefully sprinkled on the white embossing powder and gold embossing powder. I also heat embossed the sentiment on the inside of the card with gold.

Now, back to the celebration...

Make sure to check out all Birthday Week Specials! You don't want to miss out on all the great deals!

What's a party without prizes? We've got EIGHT chances for you to win the Bebunni Birthday stamp set of your choice!

Click the picture above for details on how to enter!
- or - 
Go to this link:

THAT'S NOT ALL! We also have 8 fabulous craft bundles to be won!

Click the picture above for details on how to enter!
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Go to this link:


The next stop on the blog hop is Chrissie Tobas.

Complete Blog Hop List:

Have fun hopping, shopping and creating!

Crafter's Companion Create-A-Card Christmas Die - O' Holy Night
Crafter's Companion Vintage Christmas Collection Sentimentals Season's Greetings Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Yellow Pearl
VersaMark Ink
VersaMark Marker
Anti-Static Pouch
Cut'N'Boss Machine
Heat Embossing Gun
Silver Embossing Powder
White Embossing Powder
Gold Embossibng Powder

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Watercolored Bebunni Cabbage Rose

I thought it was time to share a Non-Christmas card. NOT that I'm tired of the Christmas stuff! I'll have more of that coming ;)

Birthday cards are always great to have on hand.

I diecut a bunch of hearts using Crafter's Companion White Pearl Shimmering Cardstock and the Bebunni Hearts Die set, then adhered. It's so hard to capture the true beauty of the shimmering cardstock on pictures. But believe me...that cardstock is luscious and die-cuts beautifully.

The sentiment is from Bebunni Floral Collection - Birthday Blossom Set - stamped on Kraft cardstock with black ink.

My favorite part of the card is the die-cut Bebunni Floral Cabbage Rose. I diecut and embossed the rose and leaves using watercolor cardstock. Then I watercolored them using Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers and a watercolor brush. I LOVE those markers!

  • Rose - Gold marker
  • Leaves - Leaf Green marker
Once the pieces were completely dry, I spritz on Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz. OH MY did that turn out amazing! The pieces perfectly match the White Pearl Shimmering Cardstock! I wish I could buy a gallon jug of that stuff! LOL

Bebunni Floral Dies - Hearts
Bebunni Floral Dies- Cabbage Rose
Bebunni Floral Stamps - Birthday Blossom
Shimmering Cardstock White Pearl
Kraft Cardstock
Watercolor cardstock
Spectrum Aqua Marker
Sheer Shimmer Spritz - Frost
Golden Yellow Colored Cardstock
Watercolor Brush
Black Ink
Black Rhinestones
Die-cutting/Embossing machine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Liquid glue

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Christmas CAC Sneak Peek

WOW! Wait till you see the Christmas Create-A-Card A2 Dies we have coming out later this week at Crafter's Companion USA.

Here's a sneak peek...

This NEW CAC Christmas Die is called We Three Kings. It's beyond amazing!

I diecut and embossed 2 layers - 1 using Crafter's Companion Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock, the other from a gray cardstock. After cutting and embossing the grey cardstock, I left the paper in the die and used a sponge dauber to sponged on Memento Gray Flannel Ink. Next, I trimmed off the areas I didn't want and lightly sponged the Gray Ink around all the edges - then mounted with foam adhesive. I love how it turned out!

To get the white stars, I diecut the top portion of the die with white cardstock. The sentiment, from the Vintage Christmas Collection Sentimentals Season's Greetings Stamp Set, is stamped and embossed. I also stamped another greeting on the inside of the card. It says "Enjoy the Spirit of the Season" (from the same stamp set)

For the background, I airbrushed with Spectrum Noir Markers EB6 and TB8 on a piece of Kraft Cardstock. It turned out exactly like I planned. (Imagine that! LOL)

I used a beautiful piece of paper from the Vintage Christmas Collection 6"x6" paper pad on the card base, lightly sponged the edges with Vintage Photo Distress Ink. The card card base is 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" and the CAC Die part is 4 1/4" x 5 1/2".

Go check out more sneak peeks of the NEW CAC Christmas Dies over on the Crafter's Companion USA Facebook Page.

Have a great day!

Crafter's Companion CAC Christmas Collection - We Three Kings
Crafter's Companion Vintage Christmas Collection Sentimentals Season's Greetings Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Black Pearl Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Vintage Christmas Collection 6x6 paper pad
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Craftwell eBrush
Memento Gray Flannel Ink
Distress Ink Vintage Photo
Black Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Crystal Glitter
Foam Adhesive
Sponge Dauber
Black Ribbon
Cut'N'Boss machine
Heat Embossing Gun

Monday, August 10, 2015

Wishing You A Merry Christmas by Sheena Douglass

Hi friends. Here's another card using the NEW Wishing You A Merry Christmas stamp by Sheena Douglass from Crafter's Companion USA.

This is a single stamp with all the goodies on it. I stamped a portion of it on my card front. That shows how versatile it is. I stamped it again, on another piece of white cardstock, colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils and trimmed.

Spectrum Noir Blendale Colored Pencils:  058 060, 026, 027, 120

The backing is a piece of black vellum, stamped with a couple of the snowflakes using VersaMark ink, then heat embossed with Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder from Ranger. I made the cardbase using the New Forest Green Shimmering Cardstock.

What a fun stamp! All the new Sheena Christmas goodies are fantastic. Hurry and get in on the Stamp Set Bundle Sale HERE and the Embossing Folder Bundle Sale HERE - or get all 6 new stamp sets and all 8 new embossing folders in a Sale Bundle HERE.

I hope you have a great day full of crafting.

Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Festive - Wishing You A Merry Christmas Stamp
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Forest Green
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils
Black Ink
Versammark Ink
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Black Vellum
Clear Rhinestones
Corner Rounder
Ranger Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder
Heat Embossing Gun
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Friday, August 7, 2015

NEW Sheena A Little Bit Festive Christmas Goodies!

Crafter's Companion USA released more wonderful Christmas products in the Sheena A Little Bit Festive Collection. 6 NEW Stamp Set and 8 NEW Embossing Folders! Visit the website HERE to see it all.

I made this card using the Joy Stamp Set

No Coloring involved on this card design. Just some colored ink and a bit of paper piecing. I stamped the "Joy" image on the white cardstock panel with red ink. Then I stamped 2 more times on another piece of white cardstock - using red ink and green ink. I cut out pieces and layered them top of the main white panel. Crystal glitter and red rhinestone gems add a great festive sparkle.

The card base is made from the NEW Forest Green Shimmering Cardstock. I absolutely LOVE this shade of green! I also used an embossing folder on the front for a bit of texture and dimension.

This stamp set can be used in so many ways. I have a TON of ideas already planned for future card designs. I can't wait to heat emboss and watercolor! 

Crafter's Companion USA Sheena'as A Little Bit Festive Joy Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion USA  8 1/2" x 11" Forest Green Shimmering Cardstock
Crafter's Companion USA Sheena Festive 5 x 7 Evergreen Embossing Folder
White Cardstock
Red and Green Inks
Crystal Glitter
Red Rhinestones
Embossing Machine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Happy Birthday from Arthur

I seriously love bears. LOVE! This little fella is from Eat Cake Graphics - Arthur Alooishus in his stripe shirt. He just melts my heart.

The Bear Balloon stamp is also from Eat Cake Graphics. Isn't it adorable?! I made this card for this months "Anything Goes Challenge" over at Spectrum Noir.

The images are stamped with Gathered Twigs Distress Ink on Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Cardstock. I stamped with Distress Ink because I wanted the lines of the image to blend out a bit as I watercolored. There were some areas of the stamped images that ended up blending out too much. To fix that, I waited for the area to dry, then used the fine tip end of the Aqua Markers to draw the lines back in. That a GREAT feature of the Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers!

I colored with these Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers:
  • Bear - Chestnut
  • Shirt and Hat - Moss
  • Hat dots and Balloon - Amber
  • Background - Teal
  • Ground - Slate

The Party hat with dots is a stamp from Eat Cake Graphics. It's one of those little "must have accessory stamps." For some bling and shimmer, I painted over the balloon and top of the party hat with Clear Wink of Stella. Clear sequins always add that extra bit of festivity to a design.

Spectrum Noir
How about YOU play along with our "Anything Goes Challenge" this month at Spectrum Noir. We love seeing your creations. Plus, you could win a prize!
Just sayin'
Visit the Eat Cake Graphics Webstore to see all the adorably fun "bear" stamps - and all the other great whimsical stamps designed by Holly Mabutas.
Holly not only designs her stamps, she also manufactures them! Isn't that amazing?! The stamps are pressed in her garage, one at a time as they are ordered. 

See ya later,

Main Image Stamps from Eat Cake Graphics

Spectrum Aqua Markers
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Cardstock
Sentiment Stamp from Simon Says Stamps
Background Stamp from My Favorite Things

Clear Wink of Stella
A Muse Studio Colored Cardstock
Watercolor Brush
Clear Sequins
Lawn Fawn Small Stitched Rectangle Stackable Dies
Double Sided Foam Adhesive