Saturday, April 30, 2016

Butterfly Lullaby Purse

Here's a fun purse I designed using some of the beautiful Sara Davies Signature Collection Blutterfly Lullaby Papers from Crafter's Companion.

This purse is the perfect size for presenting someone with a gift card, jewelry, makeup, candy, a set of mini notecards or tags, and more! Perfect for bridal showers, ladies luncheons, birthday party, etc. Change up the paper and embellish for any theme or event.

I made the purse using Crafter's Companion Ulti-Bags Ultimate Embossing Board and The Ultimate Crafter's Companion. SUPER EASY. You know me...I'm all about easy ;)

Check out my tutorial on how to make this Butterfly Lullaby Purse over on the Crafter's Companion USA Blog.

Have a super duper creative day! (((hugs)))

The Ultimate Crafter's Companion Tool
Ultimate Embossing Board - Ulti-Bags
Signature Collection - Butterfly Lullaby 6” x 6” Paper Pad
Signature Collection - Butterfly Lullaby 12” x 12” Paper Pad
Collall All Purpose Glue
Glue Pen 
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Hole Puncher

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Sheena Douglass Day of the Dead

Hola my crafty friends! We have some exciting news today over at Crafter's Companion USA! NEW Sheena Douglass Day of the Dead!

Celebrate the Day of the Dead or simply add this popular Mexican-based style to your crafting projects with this fabulous range of dies and co-ordinating stamps designed by popular artist, Sheena Douglass. As well as the iconic Sugar Skull, there are lots of designs that celebrate this age-old tradition of remembering friends and family members who have passed on, helping them in the spiritual journey. These designs can also be used in alternative ways and for making papercrafting projects with a very distinct look and feel about them.

I designed this card project using the new Forever Yours stamp set.

One of the things I love about being on the Crafter's Companion Educational Design Team is the wide variety of art designs I get to create with. To be honest, some are a bit challenging for me. I wasn't that familiar with Day of the Dead, so I jump on my computer and did a quick search for inspiration to help me decide what colors to use. Here's the picture that caught my eye:
Simple as that! I grabbed my Spectrum Noir Markers and Sparkle Pens and got busy.

Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • Skin - FS2, FS3, FS6, TN2
  • Hair - IG1, IG2, IG4, IG8, IG10, Blender
  • Dark Pinks - PP2, PP5, DR2, DR5, DR7
  • Blue Flower - TB1, TB5, BT7, BT9
  • Greens - CG1, CG2, DG2, DG3
  • Purple Eyeshadow - LV1
  • Purple stone on choker - LV3

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens (colored over markers):
  • Splatters on cardbase - Fig, Inspired Violet
  • Purple Stone on Choker - Amethyst
  • Dark Pinks - Cosmos
  • Hair Streaks, Eye Shadow, Leaves, Flower - Crystal Clear

The Sparkle Pens REALLY take it up a level with the bling bling.

I'll be sharing more project designs with some of the other new Day of the Dead stamp sets -- and using a completely different theme. Stay tuned!'s time to go SHOPPING! Check out all Day of the Dead products HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Craftern's Companion Sheena Douglass Day of the Dead - Forever Yours Stamp Set
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Pink and Purple Cardstock
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Liquid Adhesive
Black Ink

Friday, April 22, 2016

Floral Delight Scrapbook Page

Guess what! We have ANOTHER exciting product being released over at Crafter's Companion USA! Some of the elements from the Floral Delight Signature Collection by Sara Davies will be available today (Friday April 22, 2016). Here's a peek of some of the goodies on my 8" x 8" scrapbook page:

I used the new 6" x 6" Floral Delight Paper Pad on my layout. The papers in this pad are so purrrrdy! I backed the sentiment border die (Crafter's Companion Edg'ables Only Words Die - On Your Special Day) with a piece of the Floral Delight paper. I also used the new Floral Delight Ornate Trellis Die. This is one of those dies that I will be using over and over again. The white flowers are diecut using the new Floral Delight In Bloom Die Set. I love the embossed detail!

Color Tinting Photos with Spectrum Noir:
This is a FUN technique to try. I added color to both the black & white pictures on my scrapbook page using a couple Spectrum Noir Markers. Check out my tutorial along with a bunch of coloring tips over on the Crafter's Companion Blog and Spectrum Noir Blog.

Spectrum Noir Marker Tips and Tricks:
Spectrum Noir Markers are fantastic for altering embellishments to make them match any project you are designing.  Here's a sample of some pink pearls, clear rhinestones and white buttons that I altered with markers. The buttons on top of each flower on my scrapbook page were colored this way. They turned out so cool!

Shop for all the new Signature Collection by Sara Davies Flora Delight products HERE.
See all the wonderful design team samples using Floral Delight on our Pinterest Board HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Crafter's Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies - Floral Delight 6" x 6" Paper Pad
Crafter's Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies - Floral Delight Ornate Trellis Die
Crafter's Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies - Floral Delight In Bloom Dies
Spectrum Noir Markers 
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Tape Runner

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Object of Kindness

Hello my crafty peeps! We have another great challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs.

The challenge theme today is: Objects (non living things - balloons, table, coffee cup ... )
Get all challenge details on the FBD Blog HERE.

For my "Object" - I printed the the digi image Brighten My Day - Table along with a digi sentiment. All my coloring is done with Spectrum Noir Markers: LG1, JG1, EB6, GG1, GG2, GG3, BT4, BT5, CT2, CT4, CG1, BT1, Blender

I printed the image again and then colored only the lamp shade to cut out and pop up on the card. Gives just the perfect bit of dimension to the imags. I also added a single orange rhinestone to the little flower. my bling bling on there. :)

Totally lovin' this CAS design. So fresh and clean too! Now it's your turn!

See ya,

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Pastel Pencil Wash

Have you played the April Pastel Color Challenge over at Spectrum Noir? I hope so! We have so many great entries.

For my "pastel color" design, I created a pastel rainbow watercolor wash background. To do this, I used the new Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Watercolor Pencils on woodgrain textured cardstock. Super duper easy! I lightly scribbled each color on the textured cardstock, then used a waterbrush to blend it out.

Pencil colors: Primrose, Papaya, Soft Red, Violet, Sky Blue, Aqua, Bamboo, Kiwi

The tag is stamped with a sentiment from My Favorite Things Chalkboard Greetings Stamp Set. I love what it says! It's stamped with Versamark and heat embossed in white. 

Get all the April Pastel Color Challenge details and enter your design HERE.

Have a creative day!

Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Watercolor Pencils
My Favorite Things - Chalkboard Greetings Stamp Set
VersaMark Ink  
White Embossing Powder
My Favorite Things Pierced Tag Die Set
Avery Elle Small Stitched Rectangle Die Set
Cropadile Eyelet Setter and white eyelet
Score Board (The Ultimate Crafter's Companion)
Pink Heart Rhinestones
Colored Cardstock
Paper Cording
Woodgrain Textured Cardstock
Heat Embossing Gun
Watercolor Brush
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Diecutting/Embossing Machine

Monday, April 18, 2016

Tea Time with Crafter's Companion and Downton Abbey

Here's some exciting news! Crafter's Companion USA is now offering a selection of the Official Downton Abbey Papercrafting products. Now YOU can design some fabulous projects...Downton Abbey style...from this award-winning series!

Here's a card I designed using some of the wonderful products.

I used 3 Downton Abbey Stamp Sets - A Little Something, Time for Tea and A Moment In Time.

I stamped the strip of tea cups on Kraft Cardstock using Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink. I colored the tea pot with Spectrum Noir Markers TB1, BG2, GB1, GB9, BT9, GB9, GB8, Blender

I stamped the clock with blue ink, then stamped the sentiment on top with black. The diecut is from the Downton Abbey Icons Die Set. I diecut it from Yellow Pearl Cardstock and sponged it with distress ink. It's topped off with an official Downton Abbey Pearl :)

The new Downton Abbey Double-sided 6" x 6" Luxury Paper Pad is OUT OF THIS WORLD! I made a matching Envelobox for the card using the 12" x 12" Paper Pad (which is available only at HSN) and the Ultimate Crafter's Companion Tool. Even though the pads are called "paper pads" -- it not thin paper. It's thick as cardstock - 210 gsm high quality acid and lignin free.

The card fits in the envelope perfectly. I diecut another die from the Icon Die Set and  used it to tuck the flap closed.


The front of the envelope is decorated using the the Downton Abbey Ornate Frame Die, more of the pearls, stamps and paper. Didn't it turn out fab?!

Now..time to go SHOPPING! You're welcome ;)

Make sure to check out our Downton Abbey Board over on Pinterest. Our designers have done an amazing job creating samples that will have you drooling!

Have a splendid day!

Supplies available from Crafter's Companion USA: 
Downton Abbey EZMount Rubber Stamp Set - A Little Something
Downton Abbey EZMount Rubber Stamp Set - Time For Tea
Downton Abbey EZMount Rubber Stamp Set - A Moment In Time
Downton Abbey 6" x 6" Luxury Paper Pad
Downton Abbey Metal Die - Ornate Frame
Downton Abbey Metal Die - Icons Set
Downton Abbey Pearls
The Ultimate Crafter's Companion
Yellow Pearl Shimmering Cardstock

Kraft Cardtsock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock

Collall All Purpose Glue

Other Products:
Downton Abbey 12" x 12" Luxury Paper Pad
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Distress Ink
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad

Sponge Daubers
Die-cut/Emboss Machine

Monday, April 11, 2016

Butterfly Lullaby Tealight Basket

Happy Monday friends! I've been sick for days. UUUGH! No fun. Today I'm finally feeling half normal. Whew! Enough of that...let's get to the good stuff. Some of the elements from the Butterfly Lullaby Signature Collection by Sara Davies have been released over at Crafter's Companion USA. This collection is absolutely beautiful!

Here's a tealight basket project I created using the Butterfly Lullaby Collection 12" x 12" Paper Pad...

The pad has 48 sheets. One side is patterned, the other side is white.

In each section of the basket, I put a glass votive stacked with 4 tealights wrapped in a clear cello bag. There's plenty of room in each section. The dividers could be left out, or you could just use 1 divider and have 2 sections - which would fit 2 mini loaves. You can even make a lid and turn it into a box. You get the idea. I'll be making more of these!

The tealight basket is one of the many projects included on The Ultimate Advanced Construction Techniques DVD.  Fun stuff!

Shop HERE for the Butterfly Lullaby products on the Crafter's Companion USA website.

Have a beautiful day,

Crafter's Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies - Butterfly Lullaby 12" x 12" Paper Pad
Crafter's Companion - The Ultimate Crafter's Companion
Crafter's Companion - The Ultimate Advanced Construction Techniques DVD
Butterfly Die
Collall All Purpose Glue
Circle Punch
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine

Tuesday, April 5, 2016


Here's another version of the Lily stamp from Crafter's Companion Sheena Perfect Partners Collection that I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers. If you missed my first Lily card design, click HERE.

I wanted to show you how the stamp and matching die sets can be used in a different way. I used the Lily Die Set to die-cut all the flower elements from stamp masking paper. Then I used the cut out pieces for the masking technique. It's a super easy! Because the Crafter's Companion Perfect Partners dies are made to perfectly fit the stamp images...they are fantastic for masking. When designing with the masking technique, remember to always stamp the foreground image first, then work you way to the background.

Coloring is done with Spectrum Noir Markers. Notice how I added the shadowing around all the layers...and in the background around the image. Adding the shadowing really makes the finished design look dimensional! Don't skip that part ;)

  • Flower petals DR6, PP6, CR1, GB3, CT2, LY2, FL3, FL1
  • Flower Centers DG3, LG5, CG3, CT3, CT4, FL2, FL3
  • Leaves DG3, LG5, CG2, CG3, CG4
  • Shadowing GG3, GG2, GG1, Blender
A hint of Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen was added around the edges for a faint shimmer - which can be seen in the closeup pic. I love how this looks so dimensional, yet is all stamped flat on a white notecard.

The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed on vellum.  To avoid extra postage fees for mailing, stamp the sentiment directly on the note card and leave off the clear rainstone embellishments.

Need more inspiration and creative design ideas?

Visit the Spectrum Noir Blog for more great ways to use markers and sparkle pens. We have hundreds of fantastic tutorials, videos and samples to inspire matter what level of coloring you are at. Don't forget to scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and enter your email address to "Subscribe" to our newsletter!

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Crafter's Companion Sheena Perfect Partners Victorian Floral - Lily Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sheena Perfect Partners Victorian Floral - Lily Die Set
Spectrum Noir Markers

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Masking Paper
Die-cutting Machine
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad

Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad
Anti-Static Pouch
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Embossing Tool
Clear Rainstones

Monday, April 4, 2016

House-Mouse Blog Hop Challenge Mid-Way

Hey House-Mouse fans. I'm back again for the 2nd week of the fantastic Mouse-Mouse & Friends Blog Hop Challenge with Stampendous and the wonderful Stampendous Design Team  -- plus the Woodware Craft Collection Design Team (distributors of Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils in the UK) and The Stencil Specialists (distributors of Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils in Australia) . Get all the deets on the House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog.

Once again I used my new Peacock Background Deamweaver Stencil from Stampendous. I thought it matched perfectly with the flower stalks on the House-Mouse Lavender Dreams stamp.

Last week I used ink sprays with this same stencil (see here). This time I used Dreamweaver Translucent Stencil Embossing Paste with Desert Grass Embossing Powder from Stamp A Mania on top. I love using these embossing powders with the paste. The colors are intense and the powder also has ultra fine glitter mixed in. It's super duper sparkly.

I colored with House-Mouse image using Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencil with Blending Solution and Paper Stumps.
  • Mouse Skin 005, 008, 009
  • Mouse Fur on Left 087, 103
  • Mouse Fur on Right 112, 117
  • Flowers 038, 079, 082 
  • Stems 058, 060, 117
  • Yellow Shading 011
To see how I color the mice - check out my tutorial on the Spectrum Noir Blog.

On top of the flowers, and on areas of the stencil background, I added a custom blend mixture of Flower Soft - Lavender, Meadow, Ultrafine White, Ultra Fine Pine and Diamond Range Amethyst. I also dusted a bit of glitter on top while the glue was still wet.

See more great samples our design team came up for our mid-week post HERE.
Visit the challenge post to get all blog hop details HERE.


Happy Crafting!

Saturday, April 2, 2016

April 2016 Calender Page

Hey there! Time to welcome in the new month with another calendar page.

Spring is a beautiful time of year here in Phoenix with all the flowers blooming. I decided my April page would represent a warm Spring day. I inked up the image from Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Garden Set with a few pigment chalk inks. While the ink was still wet, I heat embossed with sparkly embossing powder.

The butterflies are diecut from Bebunni Floral Collection Butterfly and Bee Die Set. They are also embossed with the sparkly embossing powder. I popped them up with some foam adhesive and topped with black rhinestones.

TIP: To perfectly color match the butterflies, die-cut them from white cardstock and ink entire piece with same ink colors used for stamping.
Have a wonderful day!

Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic Silhouette Garden Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Collection Butterfly & Bee Die Set
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock

VersaMagic Ink Pads: Pink Grapefruit, Mango Madness, Pretty Petunia, Aloe Vera
JudiKins Iridescent Sparkle Embossing Powder
Black Gems
Heat Embossing Tool
Diecutting/Embossing Machine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Sponge Daubers

Monday, March 28, 2016

House-Mouse Challenge Blog Hop

Hello there House-Mouse fans! I've got exciting news! We are teaming up the amazing Stampendous Design Team plus the Woodware Craft Collection Design Team (distributors of Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils in the UK) AND The Stencil Specialists (distributors of Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils in Australia) for a HUGE Blog Challenge Blog Challenge Hop! FUN STUFF!

This special challenge hop will continue on for 2 weeks! There will be daily posts and inspiration, so make sure to check in daily for loads of great fun and more chances to win.

House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge #216 - Use Stencils with your House-Mouse Designs images. (Or you play along with the challenge and blog hop using our alternate theme option of "anything goes".)

For all the challenge, hop and prize details, visit the HMFMCB.

I used a great Dreamweaver Stencil from Stampendous. It's called Peacock Background. The House-Mouse stamp I used is a Happy Hopper image called Relaxing Bubbles.

I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Markers. I also added some Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens on top of bubbles and on the ground under the tub.

For the background, I masked off the bottom of a stencil to leave a white space. I used 4 different colors of Dylusions Ink Sprays on the Peacock Feathers Background Stencil. After the inks were dry, I placed the cleaned off stencil back over the panel and then spritz with a clear shimmer spray. Really turned out fun! Once the stencil panel was completely dry...I diecut with a stitched rectangle die.

You can find all the links to our Blog Hop over on the main House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog or use my list below:

Woodware Craft Collection
The Stencil Specialists
House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog

IMPORTANT: This is a CHALLENGE blog hop. You are not entered to win simply by commenting on the blog posts. You MUST create a project and link it to the Linky Tool on the HMFMCB website.

Hope you can join us for some "House-Mouse and Stencil" fun :)