Wednesday, May 25, 2016

NEW Sheena Torn Stamps

Hello my crafty friends! Did you see all the NEW Sheena Douglass "Torn" stamp sets over on Crafter's Companion USA? Well.....if have GOT to go check 'em out. AWESOME!

Six new stamp sets added to the "A Little Bit Sketchy" stamp collection featuring flowers, butterflies and more! They have a really cool and realistic "torn paper" effect and come with the most perfect sentiments and supporting images. I made this card design using the Cherry Blossom set.

Isn't that soooooo COOL?!

I wanted my design to have a clean and simple feel, and I'm super happy with how it turned out. I think what I like most about these new "Torn" images is that they are so unique. I've never seen any stamps like these before...anywhere. I can't wait to color all the other images! Idea overload I tell ya!

I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers, then added shimmer with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. Check out the sparkle in the closeup pic. WOW!

Would you like to see how I colored this?

Well stay tuned! I've got a coloring tutorial coming up very soon over at Crafter's Companion USA!

Until then... 

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Happy stamping!

Crafter's Companion USA Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Cherry Blossom Stamp Set
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Spectrum Noir Ultra Sooth Premium White Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
8" x 8" Textures Embossing Folder - Woodgrain
Gemini Die-Cutting and Embossing Machine (coming soon!)
Ranger Distress Inks
Ink Blending Tool
Circle Die
Hole Punch
Natural Twine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Love & Romance

Crafter's Companion added more beautiful products to the Sara's Signature Collection. Check out all the NEW Love & Romance products on the website HERE.

The beautiful Love & Romance products are perfect for weddings, bridal showers, birthdays, love, friendship and more. Here's a card I designed using the Love & Romance 6" x 6" paper pad.

I love love LOVE this new paper pad! The large heart in the center was trimmed out using an craft knife. I saved the cut-out piece to use on another project. That's a great way to get more use from 1 sheet of designer paper. I'll be sharing the project using that scrap piece very soon ;)

I adhered a white cardstock panel behind the paper - which I cut out the heart center on as well. In addition to giving a nice mat around the patterned paper, it added stability to the popped up panel. The entire panel is then adhered with dimensional foam tape a gray cardbase, which I a stamped and heat embossed a sentiment on before hand. (This would also make a great frame for a picture!) The stamp is from Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - Only Words - Through the Rain stamp set.

To balance out the design, I trimmed a few floral elements from another sheet out of the paper pad. What a fantastic way to use up some scraps. Even if it's only a partial flower, you can still use them, as I did with the larger flower. I simply tucked the end under the panel. No one will ever know.

Shop NOW for all the NEW Love & Romance products on the Crafter's Companion website.

Have a creative day!

Crafter's Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies - Love & Romance 6" x 6" Paper Pad
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Only Words - Through the Rain stamp set
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Grey Cardstock
VersaMark Ink Pad
White Embossing Powder
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Heat Embossing Gun
Liquid Adhesive
Anti-static Pouch

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Creating a Landscape Background

Hello everyone. I've got a new tutorial posted over on the Spectrum Noir Blog. It's a super fun and easy way to create a landscape background using Spectrum Noir Refill Inks.

Click HERE to pop on over and see the Landscape Background Panel step-by-step tutorial.

Here's how I created the rest of the card:

1. Stamp and heat emboss the sentiment from Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Collection - Bloom & Grow Stamp Set on landscape background panel.

2. Die-cut and emboss the fence using white cardstock. Color the grass using Spectrum Noir Markers DG2, CG2 and DG.

3. In order to make the fence fit perfectly across the background panel, cut it apart as shown. Adhere the 2 ends down on the background panel first, then center and adhere the middle fence piece.

4. Die-cut and emboss the daisy border die from white cardstock. Color the stems, leaves and ground using Spectrum Noir Markers DG2, CG2 and DG3. Color the flowers using CT4, GB3, GB7.

5. Trim off the end of each strip to fit across the panel in front of the fence. Adhere the ends pieces on the fence. Adhere the 2 daisy borders to panel.

6. Die-cut and emboss flowers and leaves from Floral Delight In Bloom Metal Die Set. Color leaves with Spectrum Noir Markers DG2, CG2, DG3. Color flower centers wiith CT4, GB3 and GB7.

7. Snip off the bottom of 1 leaf. This will make 3 pieces to be used for the flowers.

8. Adhere leaves to background panel. Attach flowers with dimensional foam tape.

9. Mount landscape panel to white note card with dimensional foam tape.

10. Add a bit of glitter glue on flowers for sparkle.

 Have you seen our challenge this month over at Spectrum Noir? The challenge is to use flowers! What a perfect theme for May..don't you think?!
 Get all the challene and prize details HERE. As could win a little sumpin' sumpin'

For more inspiration and creative design ideas using Spectrum Noir Refill Inks, visit the Spectrum Noir Blog. We have TONS of fantastic tutorials, videos and samples to inspire matter what level of coloring you are at.

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Have a great day!

Spectrum Noir Refill Inks
Spectrum Noir High Gloss Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Sheena Decorative Metal Die - Country Fence
Crafter's Companion Sheena Decorative Metal Die - Daisy Border
Crafter's Companion Signature Collection by Sara Davies Floral Delight - In Bloom Die Set
Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Collection - Bloom & Grow EZ Mount Rubber Stamp Set
Ranger Archival Ink - Olive
Ink Blending Tools
Clear Embossing Powder
Stickles Glitter Glue - Orange Peel & Yellow
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Liquid Adhesive
Heat Embossing Tool

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Gift Card Holder Tutorial

Hey hey my crafty friends! I've got a fun and EASY tutorial for this cool gift card holder over on the Crafter's Companion USA Blog.

Sometimes we struggle with making cards for the dudes, so I designed this project to work for them too!

Slip some cash or kids pictures in the pocket, instead of a gift card.

I love that "coffee cup stain" image! Head on over to the Crafter's Companion Blog to see the tutorial and give it a go!

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

NEW Spectrum Noir Vintage Sparkle Pens

I'm IN LOVE with the BRAND NEW Spectrum Noir Vintage Colors Sparkle Pens. 12 beautiful new colors in 4 new sets. You can see them and shop on the Crafter's Companion website.

I watercolored this project using the new Sparkle Pens.

AMAZING...RIGHT?! I used Sea Breeze, Teacup, Biscuit, Sage, and Macaroon from the Vintage Tea, Vintage Bloom, and Vintage Beach sets.

The stamps are from the Crafter's Companion Floral Delight set. I stamped the flower and leaves with very light colors of Distress Inks on Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock. The reason I stamped with light distress ink is because I didn't want the stamp lines to show. Distress inks also blend with water, so they faded out even more when I painted over with the Sparkle Pens.

Check out the sparkle!!! WOW! Seriously...I could watercolor with Sparkle Pens all day long!

Watercoloring Tip
To keep each individual section of the image from blending into the next, watercolor sections that do not touch each other. Wait for it to dry before painting areas next to it.  For instance, watercolor both leaves, but not the stem. Wait for the leaves to dry (or speed dry with a heat gun). After they are dry, you can paint the stem. When I did this panel, I watercolored the entire background first. After it was dry, I moved on to the flower.

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Thanks for stopping!

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Crafter's Companion Floral Delight EZ Mount Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Stamp-It Australia Overlapped Text Stamp
Crafter's Companion Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Distress Inks
Black Ink

Washi Tape
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Watercolor Brush
Heat Gun

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