Friday, July 29, 2016

NEW Create-A-Card Card Base Dies

Happy Friday everyone! Crafter's Companion just launched a brand new line of dies. Die'sire Create-A-Card Card Base Dies! They are FANTASTIC! You gotta check 'em out. 6 new sets of dies that cut a perfect shaped card base! YAY!

Here's a fun card I made using the Ruth Create-A-Card Card Base Die.

I LOVE this shape! It can be used for so many crafting styles. As you can see, it worked perfectly for a "dude" card.

I die-cut the base card using Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock.  I used the Just For Men 6" x 6" Checkerplate embossing folder to add texture to the bottom of the card. To finish the top edge of the textured area, I cut super thin strip of paper from the Just For Men 6" x 6" Paper Pad Urban Collection paper pad and adhered. I also added a thin strip at the top of the card edge. Don't you just love how small bits of detail like that really add to the design?!

I went to town using a bunch of goodies from the Just for Men Colletion by Sara Davies. What a fun card for that special "dude" ;) All the cogs and gears are die-cut and embossed with the best silver mirror cardstock on the planet! (shhhhh! It's from Crafter's Companion...and is coming soon! But you didn't hear that from me.) Some fun stamping and distressing. "Happy" is actually die-cut through the card front with a piece of designer paper from the Urban Collection Pad adhered on the inside of card -- to the back of the card front. Then I die-cut a single panel of the same size from kraft cardstock and adhered to give the inside a professional finish.

I die-cut 1 layer of the smaller size "Ruth" die, from a piece of Just for Men designer paper by placing the "non-cutting edge" of the die at the edge of the paper. After die-cutting, I lightly sponged distress ink before adhering to the inside of the card. We don't see a lot of crafters posting the inside of a I wanted to make sure YOU know that the inside does matter. Bringing in some elements of the card front to the inside of the card really makes it "Epic" ;)

I'm loving all the new goodies from Crafter's Companion. And...there's more to come...just sayin ;)

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Later dude! lol

Crafter's Companion Die'sire Create-A-Card Card Base Die - Ruth
Crafter's Companion Just For Men 6" x 6" Embossing Folder - Checkerplate
Crafter's Companion Just For Men Special Birthday Metal Dies
Crafter's Companion Just For Men Cogs and Gears Metal Dies
Crafter's Companion  Just For Men Urban Graffiti Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Just For Men Street Wise Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Just For Men Rock Star Stamp SetCrafter's Companion Just For Men 6" x 6" Paper Pad Urban Collection
Crafter's Companion Together Forever Luxury Matt Mirror Card (coming soon!)
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Die-cutting & Embossing Machine
Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire, Walnut Stain
Distress Archival Ink Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke
Ranger Archival Ink Plum
Ink Blending Tool
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Be Beautiful!

Hello friends! How is your summer going? My daughter just started back to school on this week. I can't believe how fast the summer vacation went!

Today I've got another Verity Rose project to share with you. This new paper crafting collection from Crafter's Companion is super fun to create with. All the coordinating products makes designing a card, or any other project, so easy! This card project features "Starlet".  She is stylish, alluring and glamorous. She likes the movies, showbiz, sparkles and wearing shoes that glitter. She is one sophisticated little lady!

All the images are from the Coloring Pad. I did all my coloring with Spectrum Noir Markers and Sparkle Pens. To help me with selecting colors for her hair, I went right over to the Spectrum Noir Blog and searched for "hair color combinations". No need to figure it out when someone else did the work already.

  • Black Hair Colors - IG3, IG5, IG8, IG10, Black Sparkle Pen
  • Eyes - IG1, TB1, BT2
  • Eyelashes - Clear and Black Sparkle Pens
  • Lips - DR5, Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Skin - FS2, FS3, TN2, CR3
  • Dress & headband feather - IG1, IG2, Clear Sparkle Pen
  • Golden Color - GB1, GB4, GB7, Spun Gold and Clear Sparkle Pens
  • Flower - CR5, CR8, DR5, Solar Red Sparkle Pen
  • Leaves - DG2, DG4, GG2
  • Fox - TN1, TN4, TN9, TB1, IG1
  • Camera - IG1, IG3, IG4, IG8, IG10, Clear and Black

Here you can see some of the amazing shimmer from the Sparkle Pens. I added dimensional glaze on the the camera, and on the big round headpiece gem.

Scarlet has a little fox friend...who is peeking out from behind the camera and a beautiful rose (which is her favorite flower).  The sentiment is framed from the Verity Rose Official Frame Die, which I die-cut from Shimmering Yellow Pearl Cardstock. The yellow strip down the side of the main image panel is also from the shimmering cardstock. I used the Verity Rose Ribbon Border Die. A great way to use the die...having only a bit of it poking out.

Have a beautiful day full of sparkle and style!

Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Coloring Pad
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose 6" x 6" 
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose A4 Luxury Paper Pads
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Official Frame Metal Die
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Ribbon Border Metal Dies
Crafter's Companion Sentimentals Versus Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Yellow Pearl Shimmering Cardstock
White Cardstock
Vintage Photo Distess Ink
Onyx Black Versafine Ink
Golden Glitz Delicata Ink
Glossy Accents
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Tape Runner
Ink Blending Tool
My Favorite Things Pierced Rectangle Die

Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I LOVE these "Rock N Roll" Style stamp sets by Sheena Douglass from Crafter's Companion. SIX NEW SETS NOW AVAILABLE! Go get them all! ;)

I used 3 of the sets on my card. The main image is from the Shout! set. The sentiments are from the Sing set. The stars and distress are from the Grunge Band set.

All the images are stamped on Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock. Soooooo quick and easy...but it looks like a lot went into it...right?! Just sponge some distress ink around the edges of the panel and BAM! It totally comes to life! I also used a white gel pen to fill in the word Sing on the sentiment. Totally makes it pop, doesn't it! On the stars, I painted on some Moonlight Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

The panel is mounted to black pearl shimmering cardstock and mounted to a card base made from the shimmer cs. I love how the brick designer paper frames the main panel. That paper comes from the new Just For Men Signature Collection by Sara Davies - 6"x6" Paper Pad Urban Collection.

Check out our Rock 'n Roll Stamp Collection Pinterest Board for a bunch more samples using these new stamps. The design team has amazing samples to share!

Thanks for stoppin' by today,

Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Grunge Band
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Sing
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Shout!
Crafter's Companion Sara Signature Collection Just For Men - 6"x6" Paper Pad Urban Collection
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock Black Pearl 
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Moonlight
Black Ink
Distress Inks
White Gel Pen
Black Rhinestones
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Ink Blending Tools

Monday, July 11, 2016

July 2016 Calendar Page

Hello friends. Just poppin' on here quick to share my July calendar page. Believe it or was really hard to decide which stamp image I wanted to on this months page. Crafter's Companion has soooooo many fantastic patriotic stamp images! I went with the Patriotic Pride Stamp Set. It's packed full of stamps that can be used all year long. If you don't already have this set...go get it! I KNOW you'll love it.

I stamped using Salty Ocean and Festive Berries Distress Inks. That was easy...right ;)

For the stars, I made my own shimmery yellow cardstock by coloring a scrap of white cardstock with my Spectrum Noir Moonlight Sparkle Pen. After it dried, I die-cut 3 stars using the smallest star from the Superstars Die Set, which is part of Sara's Signature Collection Just For Men. I added glitter to the edges and popped up with dimensional foam adhesive.

This would make a fantastic card design. Just add whatever sentiment you like.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hugs to you all!

Crafter's Companion Patriotic Pride Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Just For Men Superstars Die Set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Moonlight
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Die-Cutting Machine
Distress Ink Festive Berries & Salty Ocean
Art Glitter Bananan
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Glue Pen

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Little Ray of Sunshine

Have you seen the new Verity Rose Collection? It's available NOW over at Crafter's Companion USA? YES!!! I'm in LOVE with these new products! Each character has a unique style and personality that takes you back to the 1920's - but with an added modern twist. I've used the "Sunbeam" character on my card. Sunbeam is cheerful, jolly, bright and breezy. To describe her in one word....Carefree. She likes sunshine, beach huts, deckchairs, fairgrounds and eating strawberry ice cream.

For even more fun, each character has a special animal friend and favorite flower. Sunbeam's animal friend is a flamingo and her favorite flower is a sunflower. All the accessory products are fabulous! They match perfectly with the characters, but you can use any of the products for crafting projects of any kind.

I colored the "Sunbeam" image, from the Verity Rose Coloring Pad, with Spectrum Noir Markers and Blendable Colored Pencils.

  • Face: FS6, CR3, 009
  • Eyes: GB8, TN7, EB6, IB2, Blender
  • Hair: TN1, GB2, GB8, EB2, 015
  • Reds: CR1, CR10, DR4, 095
  • Pinks: CR5, PP2
  • Flower: GB3, OR1, 015, 020, 022
  • Cones: GB2, EB2, GB8
  • Blues: IB1, IB2, IB3, TB1, TB2, TB8, TB9, 071

I also used my Black Spectrum Noir Marker to airbrush the black specks on ground and on the sentiment oval. To take it all up a level, I colored a few areas with Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen for some STUNNING shimmer! Yeah..I know...drool! LOL!

The fun just keeps on going with the stamps and matching dies!!! YES! The smaller sea shells and flamingo are die-cut, stamped and colored. I used the Sunbeam Accessories Stamps and Die set. No need to fussy cut those skinny bird legs! ha! I also diecut the Verity Rose Official Frame for the sentiment and tucked a bit of the Doily diecut behind the image panel. All these goodies are mounted to a card that is straight out of the Verity Rose Card Blanks Pad. And check this out...these cards are double-sided! Beautiful inside and out...even the backs are printed!

I mean...come ON! It doesn't get any better that this...right? Well...YES IT DOES! Matching Verity Rose Envelopes, Charms, Ribbon, Metal Dies, Paper Pads and Acrylic Stamp Sets! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! 

If you would like to get your hands on the Verity Rose Collection, this weekend is a great time to go shopping!. Crafter's Companion USA has $10 off when you spend $40 or more on the webstore. Just use the code 10JULY4 This code is good for all products on the website, not just the Verity Rose collection.

Happy crafting,

Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Sunbeam Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Sunbeam Accessories Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Sunbeam Accessories Die Set
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Doily Die
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Official Frame Die
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Coloring Pad
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Card Blanks Pad
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose 6"x6" Luxury Paper Pad
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose 6"x6" Envelope Pack 
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Clear Overlay
Black Ink
Distress Ink Scattered Straw
Clear Stamping Block
Ink Blending Tool
Die-cut Machine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Friday, June 17, 2016

Independence Day Sparkle

Hey everyone. Have you had a chance to check out the new Patriotic Stamp Sets that were recently released over at Crafter's Companion USA? They are SO MUCH FUN! I just KNOW you’re going to love them as much as I do.

I made this card using the Independence Day set.

This card has some CRAZY sparkle and shimmer in real life! I colored the firecracker and stars with Spectrum Noir Markers: DR4, TB4 and TB6. Then I added a super fun glitter mix that had in my MASSIVE stash. It's from Stampendous Frantage line called Silver Halo Mix. I don't know if you can get it anymore, but you could always mix up a blend of your own. Just use some silver and crystal glitters in different sizes.

For the striped background panel, I scribbled some Marine Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Marker on a clear stamping block and then used a wet watercolor paintbrush to paint on the stripes on watercolor cardstock. Once the panel was dry, I brushed Crystal Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen over the blue stripes. It not only gave it a fantastic shimmer, it also gave the stripes even more watercolor effect.

TIP: To remove any blue ink that is picked up on the Clear Sparkle Marker brush, simple wipe the marker on a clean scrap paper.

That’s it for me today, friends! I've got a LOT of catching up to do in my craft room before I head out on vacation again. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a good one!

Crafter's Companion 4th of July Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Independence Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White CS
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Aqua Marker
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Red and Black Cardstocks
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Glue Pen
Clear Stamping Block
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Watercolor Brush

Monday, June 13, 2016

Felt Purse Tutorial

Hello friends! I've got a tutorial over on the Crafter's Companion USA Blog for this super fun Felt Purse.

I made it using the NEW Gemini electronic die-cutting and embossing machine that will make its debut on HSN Wednesday, July 6th with Sara Davies! This machine is awesome! It was designed for intricate dies as well as many other materials like heavyweight cardstock, vinyl, foil, and multiple layers of fabric - and is compatible with most thin metal dies and embossing folders.

All the dies used to make this purse come included in with the Gemini! SCORE!!! This project can be made for all sorts of occasions and holidays. Just change up the colors and embellishment shapes to match the theme. Use it as a gift bag or fill with goodies for a party favor! I'm sure you can think of a ton of different ideas.

Pop on over to Crafter's Companion Blog to check out my tutorial, and to get more info on the Gemini.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Stay Cool

Here's a refreshing card that's totally needed for the hot weather we are having here in the Phoenix area!

It's also a perfect card for our "Use A Die" Challenge going on this month over at Spectrum Noir. I thought it would also be a great time to show something fun and different using your dies and Spectrum Noir Refill Inks.

I used several die-cuts on my card. The dies and stamps are all from My Favorite Things. I can't get enough of their products. They rock!

If you look closely, I die-cut the cup and lid from clear acetate. To make the coffee effect (on the back side of the acetate piece) I sponged some Ranger Picket Fence Distress Paint on areas. Then I added white embossing powder and heat set. Next, I dripped on some EB3 and EB9 Spectrum Noir Refill Inks and tapped around with an alcohol ink blending pad to mix and and blend the inks. It turned out AWESOME!

The band around the coffee cup is made from the same cup die. I die-cut with white cardstock, then trimmed away the ends. I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers IB1, IB3 and IG1.

The pierced rectangle panel is die-cut from white cardstock, but before removing the paper from the die, I sponged on some Mustard Seed Distress ink. Had to get some summer sun color on the card! LOL

Go check out all the June Spectrum Noir Challenge details HERE.

Stay cool and creative,

Spectrum Noir Refill Inks
Spectrum Noir Markers
My Favorite Things Stay Cool Stamp Set
My Favorite Things Cool Cup Die
My Favorite Things STAX Pierced Rectangle Die
My Favorite Things Fresh Dots & Stripes 6"x6" Paper Pad
Crafter's Companion Heat Resistant Acetate
Spectrum Noir White Cardstock
Red Cardstock
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
Distress Ink Mustard Seed
Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Picket Fence Distress Paint
White Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Embossing Tool
Alcohol Ink Applicator
Die-cutting Machine
Red Rhinestone
Dimensional Glue
Glue Pen
Crystal Glitter
Liquid Adhesive
Tape Runner
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Mix Sequin

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Live like there's no tomorrow

Hi everyone. Here's a super easy CAS card I designed Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens and stamps from Crafter's Companion.

The stamp image is from the Sheena A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Highlands set. I used this set on my June calendar page that I shared on my blog yesterday, HERE.

I scribbled the Sparkle Pens - Fig, Macaroon and Ocean Wave - on an acrylic block, spritz water on both the block and watercolor cardstock panel, then pressed the block to the cardstock. Once dry, it left a beautiful washed-out blend of shimmery colors.

I stamped the image with Black Archival Ink and adhered to a panel of Crafter's Companion Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock and added a few sequins. THAT'S IT! See how simple...yet stunning?!!
I love my Sparkle Pens.

To make this into a clean and simple card design, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on a white notecard. The image panel is attached with dimensional foam adhesive.

Check out the Spectrum Noir Blog for more fun projects and ideas using the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.


Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Scenic Silhouette Highlands EZ Mount Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sentimentals - Memories Are Made EZ Mount Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Black Pearl
Clear Acrylic Block
Mini Mister
Black Archival Ink
Black Pigment Ink
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Liquid Adhesive

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June 2016 Calendar Page

It's June, and things are heating up outside! We're supposed to get up to 118 today!!! I think I'll stay inside and craft ;)

For my June calendar page, I created a wonderful little beach scene. Somewhere I would LOVE to be right now!

I colored the look of water and sand on the panel using Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. Moonstone from the Perfect Pastels Set and Sand Dune from the Vintage Beach Set.

I used 3 different Crafter's Companion stamp sets. From the Sheena A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Highlands, I used the sandcastle. The umbrella is from Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Only Words - Through The Rain.  The sun is from Textures - Walls and Corner.

Designer Tip: Using partial images is a great way to get more bang for your buck with stamp sets. The umbrella image on this project is located on a large sentiment stamp from the Through The Rain set. It worked perfectly for this little beach scene!

To stamp the umbrella, I inked it up with Ranger Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and then colored over that with the Blue Topaz Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. For the pole, I colored it on the stamp stamp with the Charcoal Spectrum Aqua Marker from the Essentials Set.

For the sandcastle, I inked it up with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then colored over that with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Sand Dune from the Vintage Beach Set. I inked the flag on the stamp using Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Solar Red from the Summer Time Set.

For the sun, I inked up first with Neon Electric Yellow Ink, then dabbed a bit of Neon Electric Orange ink, then colored over with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Moonlight from the Shades of Spring Set . To make the circle on the sun, I punched out circle from white cardstock and applied ink direct to paper with same neon orange and yellow inks. Then I brushed on Moonlight Sparkle Pen. The circle is adhered flat and trimmed.

I'm going to enjoy looking at this simple little summer beach scene for the entire month.

Summer hugs,

Crafter's Companion Sheena  A Little Bit Sketchy - Only Words - Through the Rain stamp set
Crafter's Companion Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Highlands stamp set
Crafter's Companion Textures - Walls and Corners stamp set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Spectrum Noir Aqua Marker - Charcoal
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Distress Inks - Antique Linen and Salty Ocean

Distress Stickles - Antique Linen 
1 1/4" Circle Punch
Tsukineko Neon Electric Yellow Ink
Tsukineko Neon Electric Orange Ink
Orange Rhinestone
Black Rhinestones
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Liquid Adhesive