Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NEW Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers

Did you see the exciting Spectrum Noir news over at Crafter's Companion USA?  The NEW Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers are now available! YEEEHAWWW!

Get more information about these markers HERE.
Purchase the markers HERE.

With all the fun adult coloring going on lately, I wanted to show how beautifully these new markers work on a Spectrum Noir Colorista Premium Marker Pads from Crafter's Companion. I picked a page from the Exquisite Florals Pad with colourable glitter.

WOW...right?!!! I love blending and shading...and with the brush nib on these new markers it's so much easier. BONUS --  the OTHER end of the marker is a super-fine nib. Absolutely amazing for coloring in the smaller areas and creating fine details.

Here are a couple pics I snapped during my coloring process.

Lori's Adult Coloring Tip
My tip if you are a newbie to adult coloring is to start by coloring the most familiar item (to you) on the page. For instance...I started coloring the leaves. I knew I was going to color the leaves green, and they were easy for me to pick out. You don't have to color all of them, just something to get you started with coloring. Next I decided I wanted to use a particular color - Aqua. So I picked out a blend of marker colors I liked, and then colored some areas. Just random areas that I felt like coloring. It's really easy once you get going.

Now...what to do with my finished page? I might cut it up and make a few cards - or maybe create a box from the page. hummmm....

Have a beautiful day my friends,

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Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Calendar

It's time for my new year calendar. For the cover, I went with a simple design.

I stamped images from the Spectrum Noir Colorista Elements 3 Stamp Set from Crafter's Companion on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock. Then I colored them with Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers - Set 6.  I colored over the tiny flowers with my Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. The numbers are die-cut twice - once from the colored image and again from Kraft Cardstock.

The number dies are from Sara Davies Signature Birthday Party Collection - Fun With Numbers that were recently released on HSN.

I fussy cut the tiny flowers and added a clear droplets to the centers. I layered the kraft cardstock on the backs -- but slightly shifted. This really adds dimension, and pulls it together with the inside calendar pages.

For the January page, I die-cut the pieces from a super fun Essentials Die'sire 6 piece Treats Mini Die Set that Crafter's Companion just was also just released on HSN.

The mug is die-cut from Watercolour Cardstock 2 times. I colored the pieces with Spectrum Sparkle Pens, then layered the pieces together.
  • Mug: Moonstone, Aquamarine & Peacock
  • Coffee: Smoked Quartz
  • Steam: Clear

I just love the shimmer that the Sparkle Pens have. And...they color on the watercolour cardstock ah-mazing! Isn't that die-cut doily adorable?! The mug is popped up with dimensional foam.

Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, January 8, 2017

December 2016 Calendar Page

Hello friends. I've been away from blogging for almost the entire month of December. And now we are 1 week into January of 2017. MAN does time fly. I hope you are all doing well and had a nice holiday.

Here's my last calendar page for my 2016 Calendar Project. I hope I've inspired you to make your own calendar for 2017.

I diecut the Snowflake Trio dies from the Crafter's Companion - Sara Davies Signature Collection - Festive Wonder using a Stick-It adhesive sheet (no paper...just the adhesive). Then I carefully removed 1 side of the release paper from the die-cuts and placed on the page. Before removing the top release paper, I lightly sponged blue ink around the snowflakes. After removing the top release paper to expose the sticky adhesive, I covered the snowflakes with crystal microfine glitter. Oh MAN is it ever sparkly.

The little house (which I'm sure on the inside was decorated beautifully for Christmas 😉) and trees are pieces that I snipped off of the Scenic Borders Die Set from Crafter's Companion Contemporary Christmas Collection. I also added some white snow "dots" using a white gel pen, and a few light blue rhinestone gems. I just love how clean, cool and simple this page turned out.

Here's all the pages from my 2016 Desktop Calendar:


Thanks for stopping by!

Smiley from Millan.Net

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!

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Have a beautiful day!

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!'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!


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.

 Hope you have a week full of blessings and love,

Giving Thanks Stamp Set
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White CS
Spectrum Noir Markers
Sparkle Pens
Teal Blue Card Base
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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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

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!

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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,

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

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! 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 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.

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