Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Colorista Christmas

Time to get those Christmas cards CRANKED OUT! Here's a fun design that can be mass produced. Even the kids can join in on coloring some of the snowflakes. Spectrum Noir Colorista Stamps are so fun! And they can be used for any occasion. I made them into snowflakes for Christmas cards.  You can stamp a bunch on one sheet, then everyone can have a sheet to color! What a great way to relax and enjoy some time with the kids, family and friends

These snowflakes are colored with Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers: Pale Mint, Pistachio, Cyan, Lipstick


Once the "snowflakes" from the Spectrum Noir Colorista Elements 3 stamp set are colored, add some glitter, cut out and attach to a note card with dimensional foam.  I added the silver twine to have my snowflakes appear as hanging ornaments, but you could leave that off it you want.

The sentiment is diecut from Crafter's Companion Sara Davies Signature Collection - Contemporary Christmas Seasonal Sentiment Die set.



Add a few rhinestones, sequins or pearls to finish up the card. That's it!

Get more fun ideas using Colorista Stamps, Markers and more over on the Spectrum Noir Blog. Or check out all these places:

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Have a beautiful day!
Lori

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Joyous Holiday

Hello friends. Here's a card I made with some of the new Sara Davies Signature Collection products from both the Traditional Christmas and Contemporary Christmas.


Before I removed the die from the angel, I sponged on Versamark ink. Then I used Princess Gold Embossing Powder from Ranger to heat emboss. It's beautiful.

This card is so full of shine and shimmer that I had a real hard time taking a good photograph. Or maybe it was just my lack of photography skills? HA! Anyhow...it's a eye catcher for sure. The colored background panel is actually a piece of the Contemporary Christmas Luxury Foiled Card Pad that I sponged with distress ink. The snowflakes are covered with crystal glitter.


The strip of gold strips is from the Traditional Christmas Luxury Foiled Card Pad. This card is actually really simple. You could make a bunch of them in an afternoon.

Thanks for stopping by! Pop on over to the blog for Crafter's Companion USA Advent Calendar. You don't want to miss it!

Hugs,
Lori


Crafter's Companion USA Supplies:
Sara Davies Signature Collection Contemporary Christmas and Traditional Christmas Collection products. Guardian Angel Die, Snowflakes of Joy Die Set, Festive Sentiments Stamp Set, Contemporary Christmas A4 Luxury Foiled Card Pad, Traditional Christmas A4 Luxury Foiled Card Pad, Shimmering Cardstock White Pearl, Gemini Diecutting and Embossing Machin

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Week of Giving Thanks

Hello friends. I'm sure many of you are busy preparing for Thanksgiving festivities. I've got a ton of things to get done in the kitchen. So I'll keep this post short.

Here's a card I made uing a beautiful stamp set from Crafter's Companion USA called Giving Thanks. As part of our "Giving Thanks Week" celebration, you can get his set is FREE with any order that is place this week (Nov 21 - 28) on the Crafter's Companion USA website.
 

I love how my card turned out! I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers:

Flowers - BT1, BT5, BT7
Leaves - CG1, CG2, DG4
Flower Centers & Sentiment - GB4, GB6, GB7, GB9

Then I colored over with Spectrum Sparkle Pens: Clear, Moonlight, Sea Breeze and Soft Jade.
 

Simple hand trimming around the image panel, popped up on note card with dimensional foam adhesive, and finished off with a few rhinestones.

Pop on over to check out our Week of Giving Thanks for more details on how to get this stamp set for free, along with other freebies.
http://blog.crafterscompanion.com/week-of-giving-thanks/?AffId=67

 Hope you have a week full of blessings and love,
 



Supplies:
Giving Thanks Stamp Set
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White CS
Spectrum Noir Markers
Sparkle Pens
Teal Blue Card Base
Rhinestones
Dimensional Foam Adhhesive.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fab 60's Watercolor

Here's another card I created using the brand new Sheena Douglass Groovin' 60's collection from Crafter's Companion.


Everything is watercolored with Spectrum AquaBlend Pencils. As you can see, these pencil colors are super rich and vibrant! Fab...right?!

  • Background - Sky Blue, Regal Blue
  • Skin - Apricot, Coral, Sorrel
  • Hair - Beeswax, Sorrel
  • Lips - Watermelon, Strawberry
  • Hat & Gemstone - Petunia, Anthracite
  • Hat Band & Jacket - Kiwi, Cypress

I made the card base from Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock, as well as the additional cut out pieces.  Everything is stamped and heat embossed. The flowers have glitter glue in the centers.


To make the heart, I brushed anti-static powder on a small piece of watercolor cardstock, placed the Groovy Flower Power Stencil on top and dabbed black pigment ink only in the dashed areas of the heart. After lifting off the stencil, I heat embossed in clear. Next, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in the center. To finish, I trimmed out and attached to card with dimensional foam adhesive.

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Have a groovy day!


Supplies:
Crafter's Companion Sheena Groovin' 60's Hattie Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sheena Groovin' 60's RPM Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sheena Groovin' 60's Stencil Groovy Flower Power
Spectrum AquaBlend Pencils
Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
VersaMark Ink
Black Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Anti-Static Powder
Heat Embossing Gun
Sponge Dauber
Stickles Glitter Glue - Firefly
Watercolor Brush
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Glue

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Groovy Tie-Dye Card

Hello! I wanted to pop on here quick and share some of the fun NEW Sheena Douglass Groovin' 60's goodies with you. Crafter's Companion just released this brand new collection, and I think it's absolutely GROOVY! Four stamp sets and seven stencils that are sure to bring you peace, love and creativity. Shop for these new products HERE.

I've got a fun tutorial over on the Crafter's Companion Blog - Create a Tie-Dye Silhouette Card.
 

Imagine all the fun colors you can mix up for the most FAB tie-dye background panels!



Go check out the tutorial for complete details and instructions on making this project.


Stamp sets: Just Truckin' and RPM
Stencil: Tie Dye


Peace out!

Check out the Crafter's Companion USA Sheena Douglass Groovin' 60's Pinterest board for more ideas and inspiration.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November 2016 Calendar Page

Here's my calendar page design for this month.


I die-cut felt and burlap using Crafter's Companion Die'sire Mixed Media Dies - Autumn Leaves and Contemporary Hearts die sets. These Mixed Media Dies are ah-mazing! They can be used on a variety of surfaces as they will cut up to 1.4mm deep. Die cutting felt and burlap was a breeze!


I added Stick-It Adhesive to the back of the materials before die-cutting. Then it was simple to just stick the pieces down on the calendar page. A little green crystal rhinestone was the perfect finishing touch.

Have a beautiful day,





Supplies:
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Mixed Media Autumn Leaves Die Set
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Mixed Media Contemporary Hearts Die Set
Gemini Die-cutting Machine
Stick-It Adhesive Sheets
Felt
Burlap
Rhinestone

Monday, November 14, 2016

Spectrum Noir November Challenge

I've got another holiday card to share with you. Aren't you so excited? LOL

Over at Spectrum Noir, we have our November Monthly Challenge going on right now...and it's a challenge you can't pass up. ANYTHING GOES! Or...you can create something for our BONUS Challenge Theme: Christmas/Winter. Click HERE for all the challenge details.


I gotta start off by telling you that this is one of those cards that looks waaaaaay better in person. It really sparkles and shines. The closeup pic helps to give you a better visual of that.

I used Spectrum Aqua Markers - Teal, Navy and a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Starry Sky to watercolor the night sky on Spectrum Aqua Extra White Watercolour Cardstock.. The sparkle from the Sparkle Pen, mixed in with the Aqua Marker colors, gives a nice overall sparkle. Then I added some white die-cut stars covered with glitter and gold sequins stars.


I'm always super busy with like EVERYTHING during the holiday season...so quick and easy designs are what I usually go for. This card is one of those. I love the new Sara Davies Signature Collection - Contemporary Christmas Stamps and Dies. The Festive Sentiments Stamp Set allows you to mix and match words to create just the right message. And I think my favorite of all is the Scenic Borders Die Set. It comes with 3 border dies, however I just used one of them. I adore the little heart cut-outs for some of the windows in the houses! So cute! This die will work all year - not just for Christmas.

The gold embossed sentiment, along with the added glitter and sequins, make for a very sparkly and festive holiday greeting.


I hope you take time to play the Spectrum Noir November Challenge with us.


Thanks for stopping by today.






Supplies:
Spectrum Aqua Markers - Teal, Navy
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Starry Sky
Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock

Sara Signature Collection Contemporary Christmas - Festive Sentiments Stamp Set
Sara Signature Collection Contemporary Christmas - Scenic Borders Die Set
Die'sire Edge'ables Christmas Collection - Twinkle Twinkle (to diecut little stars)
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock
Ranger Princess Gold Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink
Crystal Glitter
Gold Mini Star Sequins
Gold Star Sequins
Die-cutting Machine
Heat Embossing Gun
Anti-Static Pouch
Dimensioal Foam Adhesive
Glue Pen
Ranger Multi-Matte Medium
Dark Blue Cardstock
Watercolor Brush

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Believe in the magic of Christmas

Hello friends,

Here's a Christmas card I made using non-holiday supplies. I love coming up with stuff like this :)


A panel of Shimmering Candy Red Cardstock mounted on white card base is stamped with the sentiment from the Crafter's Companion Textures Artist Collection - Words of Wonder Set 1 stamp set. It's heat embossed with Ranger Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder -- which gives a sparkly holiday touch.

The Santa "belt" is created with the Die'sire Classiques Olivia Ribbon Die diecut out of Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock with a strip of silver glitter cardstock threaded through.


I tied a simple silver elastic cording to the center and added a couple mini jingle bells. Such a simple...yet classic "Christmas theme" design. All from non Christmas supplies.

What have you come up with for holiday card this year? Check out all the fun stuff over on our Pinterest Boards. Or keep up to date with the latest news, tutorials and projects over on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and our Blog.

That's it for today. I've got a lot of projects to finish up so I can share with you all.

Happy Stamping,


Supplies:
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classiques - Olivia Ribbon Die
Crafter's Companion Gemini Machine
Crafter's Companion Textures Artist Collection - Words of Wonder - Set 1 Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Black Pearl and Candy Red
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock A2 Card Base
Adhesive Runner
Versamark Ink
Anti-Static Powder
Silver Glitter Cardstock
Elastic Silver Cording
Mini Bells
Ranger Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Heat Embossing Gun

Friday, October 28, 2016

Holiday Hugs

Hi everyone!

The other day I spotted a great sketch challenge over at the My Favorite Things Challenge Blog. I designed this card based on the challenge layout.


Here's the sketch. I just love it! There are so many ways to create with this classic sketch.
The stamp set I used is Pure Innocence Holiday Hugs Snowman from My Favorite Things. I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers:

Snow - BT1, Blender
Hat - IG1, IG3, IG5, IG7
Nose - GB3, OR1
Scarf - DG1, DG2, CG2

Have you started coloring any winter themed images yet? Snowmen images are some of my favorite to color. Not only are they easy to color with markers, but they can also be covered with GLITTER! And you KNOW how much I looooooove my sparkly stuff!!


Clean and simple...just the way I like 'em. :)


Hugs,


Supplies:
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
My Favorite Things Holiday Hugs Snowman Stamp Set 
My Favorite Things Snowflake Flurry Stamp Set
My Favorite Things Cardstock
My Favorite Things Stitched Oval Dies
My Favorite Things Homespun Stitch Lines 
My Favorite Things Blueprints #29 Die Set
My Favorite Things Green Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Clear Sequins
Cool Diamond Microfine Glitter
Glue Pen
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Liquid Adhesive
Die-cutting Machine

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Happy Haunting

Hello friends,

I've got a really REALLY COOL way to make a window card. It's super easy AND gives you more ways to use those Create-A-Card Bases Dies and Edge'ables Dies from Crafter's Companion. The complete tutorial is over on the Crafter's Companion website.


This card turned out even better than I had imagined.  I love when that happens :) Can you believe this was all done using only white cardstock?! YEP! Distress ink blending, along with coloring the images with Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils is all that was done. Pencil colors used: Pewter, Black, Taupe, Sage, Avocado, Pear Green, Jade, Peach, Cream, Saddle Brown, Pumpkin, Nectarine, Velvet, Blackberry.


I also want to point out how you can use non-holiday dies on a holiday themed project to get even more use out of them. The Edge'ables - Classic Chandelier die set works perfectly for this Halloween theme. Or how about using the Classic Wedding Bells Edge'ables die set for a fantastic Christmas theme.


To make the bats, I stamped the bat that is on top of the spooky martini stamp.  Then I colored and fussy cut them out. I also added a touch of micro-fine black glitter on the bats & sentiment letters.

Check out my tutorial over on the Crafter's Companion USA Blog HERE.

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

Thanks for stopping by today!


Supplies
Crafter's Companion Edge'ables Everyday - Classic Chandelier
Crafter's Companion Create-A-Card Bases - Rosie
Crafter's Companion Essentials - Circles
Crafter's Companion Halloween Happy Haunting Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Halloween Trick or Treating Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Free Spooky Mansion Digi Stamp
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth White Cardstock
Gemini Die-Cutting/Embossing Machine
Spectrum Noir Blending Solution & Paper Stumps
Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Glue Pen
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Distress Inks - Milled Lavender, Wilted Violet, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Black Soot
Ink Blending Tools
Black & Yellow Glitter
Black Pearl

Friday, October 21, 2016

Grateful

Hello again and Happy Friday!

There's a great sketch challenge over on My Favorite Things Blog this week. Here's my creation:


This is the sketch:
I used the a super cute stamps and dies from the Pure Innocence Collection called Jumping with Joy.  I also used MFT STAX Nested Shapes dies to die-cut the layer panels - Wonky Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangle, Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Fishtail Flags.


The green polka dot sweater and beanie are stamped and fussy cut out from My Favorite Things Fun & Frolic Paper Pack. To give the designer paper some extra dimension, I did some shading with the BG3 Spectrum Noir Marker. It really makes a difference!

All the coloring is done with Spectrum Noir Markers as follows:

Skin - FS2, FS3, CR3, TN2
Hair - EB3, GB8, GB4
Pants - GB6, GB4, BG1
Boots - EB5, EB3, GB8, GB4
Pants - GB6, GB4, BG1
Boos - EB5, EB3, GB8, GB4
Scarf - OR3, OR1, GB3
Shirt - GB5, OR1
Leaf - DG3, GG2, DG1, CR7, OR1, GB5, CT4, GB6, GB1
Shading - BG3


I also die-cut the rectangle panel from the Fun & Frolic Paper Pack. Those tiny leaves were my inspiration for the colors and leaf stamps used on my card design.


The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed in white. I also finished the inside of the card.


Seriously...I'm jumpin' with joy at how CUTE this turned out! Soooo happy I played the challenge this week over at My Favorite Things. I'm gonna have to do this more often! My stamps are happy...and so is my heart :)


Have a fun day!





Supplies:
Spectrum Noir Markers
My Favorite Things Pure Innocence - Jumping with Joy Stamp Set

My Favorite Things Pure Innocence - Jumping With Joy Die Set
My Favorite Things Stitched Fishtail Flags STAX
My Favorite Things Stitched Rectangle STAX
My Favorite Things Stitched Mini Scalloped Rectangle STAX
My Favorite Things Wonky Stitched Rectangle STAX
My Favorite Things Fun & Frolic Paper Pack  
My Favorite Things Cardstocks
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Distress Inks
Ink Blending Tool
VersaMark Ink Pad
Anti-Static Pouch
White Embossing Powder
Die-Cutting Machine

Heat Embossing Tool
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Adhesive tape runner

And don't forget to check out all the tutorials and videos over on the Spectrum Noir Blog. It's a great resource for all levels of crafters!


Thursday, October 20, 2016

Crafter's Companion 11th Birthday Celebration

Hello friends!

I'm just popping in quick to let you know about the FANTASTIC birthday celebration going on right now over at Crafter's Companion USA. This is the time go go shopping!!!

25% OFF and FREE  SHIPPING and FREE GIFTS!


The Die'sire Create-A-Card Base dies worked PERFECTLY to create fun interactive cards by using one of the smaller Create-A-Card dies (Rosie set) on the front of the card to cut a window. Just simply score the uncut edge and you have a hinged "PEEK-A-BOO" window card.


 
What a great card for the celebration...right?!


I used the Bebunni Peek-A-Boo Stamp set to stamp the images. I stamped and did paper piecing for added dimension and interest. The coloring and shading is done with Spectrum Noir Markers - CR3, IG1, BG1, TB9, LV2, DR6, CR7, GBR1, BGR3, Blender. For some sparkle I colored over the balloons, gift tag and ribbon with Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.


You can see shop the available sets HERE. Hurry while they are on SALE! :)
http://www.crafterscompanion.com/New-for-Birthday-Week_c_160.html?AffId=67

Make sure to check out all the BRAND NEW items that were added to the website for Birthday Week ;)


Happy Shopping!






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Supplies:
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Create-A-Card Bases Die Set - Rosie
Crafter's Companion Bebunni Peek-A-Boo Stamp Set
Sara Signature Collection - Just For Men 6" x 6" Paper Pad Brights Collection
Spectrum Noir Markers - CR3, IG1, BG1, TB9, LV2, DR6, CR7, GBR1, BGR3, Blender
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Crystal Clear Overlay
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White CS
Gemini Die-Cutting Machine
The Ultimate Tool (for scoring)
Clear Sequins
Liquid Adhesive
Dimensional foam adhesive
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Memento Tuxedo Black Marker
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Embossing Tool