Thursday, December 18, 2014

Spectrum Noir CAS Challenge

Hi everyone! 1 week until Christmas! YIKES!!! Right now...if you're like me...getting things done quick is high on my priority list. Soooo....this will be QUICK! A quick post to show a quick tag and a quick reminder to play the Spectrum Noir December "Clean and Simple" Challenge. All the details can be found HERE.

I never seem to have enough here's a quick idea using Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils and a Spectrum Noir Marker in the eBrush. This Santa is as cute as they come! :)

  1. Die-cut a bunch of tags from white cardstock (I used Scalloped Tags from Crafter's Companion).
  2. Stamp the image on a Post-it Note (or masking paper of your choice) and trim out image --  above the line only. This is to make a mask for airbrushing.
  3. Stamp the image and words on all tags with black ink. I used a stamp set from A Muse Studio called Santa Mail. TIP: Position all stamps on 1 stamping block. Then you can ink up and stamp ALL the images at the same time for each tag! GREAT time-saver!
  4. Color all the Santa's with colored pencils. (colors listed below)
  5. Place mask over Santa and quickly airbrush with brush nib or chisel nib of a blue Spectrum Noir Marker marker. I used IB1 with the brush nib in the eBrush System. Do this to all the tags.
  6. Add glitter accents as desired.

Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils:
  • Face - 004, 009
  • Hat and Sleeves - 025, 026, 120
  • Gloves - 120
We would love to see what CAS projects you make this month with your Spectrum Noir products. You have till the end of the month to enter. Have fun and keep it Clean and Simple!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Candy Cane Stripes

This is one of my favorite card designs!

The bold red "candy cane" panel was soooo easy to make! I created it using my eBrush and 1 Spectrum Noir Marker. I've got a tutorial on how to create Candy Cane Stripes over on the Spectrum Noir Blog HERE.  I'd love for you to pop on over and check it out.

And check out the cool chalkboard effect! The stamp is from Crafter's Companion Vintage Christmas Collection Sentimentals Friends and Family Set. The chalkboard cardstock is diecut & embossed from Die'sire Rectangles Die Set. The green label behind it was die-cut and embossed from green cardstock using the Die'sire Scalloped Tag Die set.

Have a Merry Day!

Other Supplies Used:
Neenah White, A Muse Studio Grass Green and Tiny Dots Black, DCWV Chalkboard CS, 1/2" Mask Tape, lime green rhinestones, silver stretch cording, red mini clothespin, sanding block, white pigment ink, white embossing powder, anti-static pouch, mini jingle bells, dimensional foam tape, heat embossing tool, die-cutting/embossing machine

Monday, December 15, 2014

Eat, Drink and be Merry!

I absolutely LOVE dies! The things you can create is never ending! Check out these fun party decorations I made using the Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classiques Cupcake Insert die and the Vintage Christmas Collection Sentimentals Family and Friends Stamp Set...

Aren't these FUN?! You could totally do this for any occasion or holiday!

Here's how I made these projects:

Step 1: Die-cut Cupcake Insert using colored cardstock. 

Step 2: Stamp sentiment with VersaMark ink.

Step 3: Cover with embossing powder. Tap off excess.

Step 4: Melt embossing powder with heat tool.

Step 5: Punch holes on both ends as shown. NOTE: The size of hole puncher needed will depend on the size of straws, candy canes etc.

Step 6: Adhere bows and sequins.

Step 7: Slip tag on straw or candy cane.

To create a banner, by simply string twine through one hole to another.

These would also make wonderful hanging tags or streamers!

Don't forget to visit the Crafter's Companion Blog for even more fun ideas and inspiration. Right now we have a Crafter's Christmas Wishes Event going on. Projects AND Prizes!!! Be sure to check out each day for all the details.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Crafter's Companion Vintage Christmas Collection Sentimentals Family & Friends Stamp Set
Die'sire Classiques Cupcake Insert Die
VersaMark Ink Pad
Ranger Snowflake Tinsel Embossing Powder
Paper Hole Punchers
Bakers Twine
Colored Cardstock
Heat Embossing Tool
Die-cutting Machine

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A Merry Little Christmas - Card and Tutorial STILL have time to make Christmas cards...but you better hurry! If I can make a card in one evening...ANYONE can! LOL

Here's what I whipped up last  night with a bunch of my Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir Goodies...

(Supplies listed at end of blog post)


Step 1: Die-cut Scenic Pines from textured white c

Step 2: Create a mask for air-brushing by die-cutting another Scenic Pines from scrap cardstock. Trim away trees.

Step 3: Position mask and secure with repositionable tape. Airbrush trees with JG6 marker -spraying smaller trees a little darker than bigger trees.

Step 4: Remove mask carefully, to prevent tearing the paper.

Step 5: Using BG6 marker, color tree trunks and small areas where larger trees overlap the smaller trees. This will create depth.

Step 6: Adhere Santa image to scrap piece of Kraft cardstock. This will create a sturdy piece to trim out and attach to card. Closely trim image with detail scissors. NOTE: The Santa image is from the paper pack that is included with the Crafter’s Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 5 - Christmas Edition.

Step 7: Lightly sponge edges with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.

Step 8: Emboss 5” x 3 ¾” Kraft cardstock panel with snowflakes embossing folder. Sponge on Old Paper Distress ink with ink blending tool. Also, sponge this ink color around the edges of the Scenic Pines die-cut piece.

Step 9: Sponge on Aged Mahogany Distress ink with ink blending tool.

Step 10: Sponge on Walnut Stain Distress ink with ink blend tool.

Step 11: Apply Clear Rock Candy Distress Stickles to all 3 pieces. Let dry completely.

Step 12: Stamp sentiment with VersaMark on red cardstock. Apply embossing powder and heat emboss. Trim with scissors to create a banner.

Step 13: Apply Distress Stain around outer edges of front of 5 ½” x 4 ¼” Kraft notecard. Let dry.

Step 14: Assemble Card as follows: Adhere snowflake panel to 5 ¼” x 4” red cardstock panel. Staple sentiment to panel. Adhere tree border. Attach entire panel to notecard with dimensional foam tape. Attach Santa to card with dimensional foam tape.

IF by chance you don't get all those handcrafted cards done in time for Christmas, just change up the sentiment. It could be a "thank you" or "thinking of you" card. Or just leave off the sentiment and write a letter inside. Remember the days of writing letters? Yeah...text messages just don't say it like a handmade card with your very own handwriting. Just sayin'

Have a great day!

Crafter's Companion Vintage Christmas Collection EZ Mount Stamp Set - Sentimentals Home For Christmas
Crafter’s Companion Inspiration Magazine Issue 5 - Christmas Edition - Paper Pack and Vintage Christmas Snowflake Flutter Embossing Folder
Die'sire Classiques Christmas Scenic Pines Die
Shimmering Cardstock Candy Red
Kraft Cardstock
Textured White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers JG6, BG6
Craftwell eBrush
VersaMark Ink
Distress Inks - Aged Mahogany, Walnut Stain and Old Paper
Ink Blending Tools
Distress Stickles Clear Rock Candy
Ranger Liquid Platinum Embossing Powder
Distress Stain Picket Fence
Mini Stapler
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Washi Tape or Easy Release Tape
Heat Embossing Tool
Detail Scissors
Die Cutting/Embossing Machine

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Crafter's Companion December Challenge

Everyone needs a few Thank You cards on hand. This month our challenge over at Crafter's Companion USA is to make a Thank You Card or Project. Get all the details about the challenge on the Facebook page HERE.

Here's a clean and simple thank you card I whipped up...

One of my favorite "go to" note card base sizes is 4bar. Not to big...not to small...just right :)

For my card I stamped and white embossed the sentiment from Crafter's Companion Sentimentals Friends and Family stamp set. The blue and yellow Shimmering cardstocks are new colors - Coastal Pearl and Yellow Pearl.

I used 2 dies from Crafter's Companion: Lace Bloom Flower and Nouveau Frame. The white card base is embossed with the 6" x 6" Embossilicious Petite Dot Embossing Folder. The 2 corners are rounded with a punch. A little bakers twine and some white pear stickers gave a nice finishing touch.  You can see in the closeup how beautiful the shimmering cardstock is.

I hope you play along with us for the challenge. Get all the info HERE.  I can't wait to see all the wonderful creations! can't WIN if you don't play. Just sayin'

Till next time...

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Lucy Skates

Hey crafters! Did you happen to see the cool video tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog? Sara Naumann shows a really fun way to use Spectrum Noir Ink refills. Go check it out HERE.

This is a card I designed using the same techniques in the video...

The Spectrum Noir Ink Refill colors I used are BT3 and IG1. The Spectrum Noir Markers I colored with are: 
  • Skin - FS2, FS3, CR2
  • Hair - GB1
  • Pants & Gloves - IG1, IG4
  • Jacket & Skates - IG1
  • Hat & Scarf - BT1, BT3, BT4
  • Ground - BT1
  • Flower - CR8 (I actually used a lighter red first. I think it was CR2. But I wanted it darker - so added CR8 on top)
I stamped the skater and sentiment in black and embossed in clear. The snow dots are stamped with Colorbox Archival Ink - Seattle Sky. The swish on the ground I drew with a light blue marker and added crystal glitter. I also added glitter o all the snow dots.

I just love these stamps from Eat Cake Graphics - Lucy's learning to skate, Look a lot like Christmas. and Snow dots. The tree border die is from Poppystamps and the stencil to make the snowflakes is Dylusions. Looks so cool! Under the tree border is Washi tape - then bakers twine wrapped around the panel.

I can't wait to make more designer backgrounds using my SN ink refills! Go give this technique a try. You will love it too!

See ya later!

Saturday, December 6, 2014

A holly jolly Christmas

I love coloring Christmas images. Especially CUTE this!

Isn't she adorable! I kept the coloring simple and fresh. No shading outside the lines on this one :)

Here's how I colored everything:

Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencil Sets - Floral, Essentials and Primariess; Blending Solution and Paper Stumps
  • Skin: 004, 089, 008, 009
  • Hair: 120
  • Ornament: 015, 084, 087, 107
  • Greens: 056, 058, 047, 117
  • Reds: 024, 117
  • White Shading: 112, 117

The stamp is from Penny Black - Little Elf Mim. The sentiment is from A Muse. The Mini Holly Leaves are diecut from a Memory Box die. I added X-Mas Red Stickles on top of the berries and Icicle Stickles on the fur areas.

What are your favorite kind of images to color for the holidays? Leave me a comment - I would love to see what you're creating!

Friday, December 5, 2014

It's beginnig to look a lot like Christmas

Yep! Christmas is in the air! So get ready...because during the next couple weeks, I'll be plastering Christmas and Winter card & projects on my blog and other on-line galleries. You've been warned ;)

Here's a card I did using this weeks Card Sketch SC517 over on

I just LOVE these stamps from Eat Cake Graphics! And the little figure skater...HELLO!!! Perfect! The stamp is called Lucy's Learning to Skate. The sentiment is called Look a lot like Christmas. The font on this sentiment is so cute..and perfect for this image! Eat Cake Graphics has a bunch of other great sentiment and quote stamps! Go ahead...treat yourself...I did ;) Shop HERE.

Here's the Spectrum Noir Markers I used to color with:

  • Skin - FS2, FS3, CR2
  • Hair - GB1
  • Hat, gloves, scarf and center of flower - CR8
  • Jacket and flower - BT1, BT3, BT4
  • Pants, jacket buttons and hair ties - IG4, IG10
  • Shading on skates - IG1

I fussy cut her out, added red sparkly flocking and attached to card front with dimensional foam adhesive. The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed. I filled in the tiny snowballs with a white gel pen. The three little white snowflakes were diecut from Poppystamps Christmas Baubles die set.

OK folks...I'm outta here! Gonna go create more fun Christmas projects.