Thursday, February 11, 2016

My main squeeze!

Hello Friends! Another day...another fun project to share. This card can be sent for any happy occasion. It's sure to give a little chuckle and a smile.

The stamp is from Eat Cake Graphics. It's called Main Squeeze. Isn't it a HOOT?!!!

I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • Hair - EB3, EB8, GB8
  • Skin - FS1, FS2, FS3, TN2, CR3
  • Mouth - FS7
  • Dress/Shoes - BT2, BT4, BT5, DR2, DR5
  • Pants - EB1, EB2, GB8
  • Shirt/Shoes - GG2, GG3, Blender
  • Shading - IG1, HB1, Blender

To create the shaded "frame" around the image, I masked off the area and lightly blended with distress ink. Super simple and very effective! The hearts are die cut and colored over with Clear Sparkle Pen, then covered with Glossy Accents.

The sentiment stamp is also from Eat Cake Graphics. It's called In Her Handbag. The full sentiment actually says "In her handbag was chocolate. She was happy."  I just inked up and stamped the part I wanted. That's a great way to get more miles from your sentiment stamps!

I also wanted to share a great "Coloring Curly Hair Tutorial" by Dilyana over on the Spectrum Noir Blog. Super simple I tell ya!

As always...thanks so much for stopping by! I hope I've inspired you to pull out your supplies and get a little creative today.

Eat Cake Graphics Stamps
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pens
White Cardstock
Red Cardstock
My Favorite Things Dies
Die-cutting Machine
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Ranger Distress Ink
Blending Foam
Masking Tape
Glossy Accents
Dimensional Foam Tape
Adhesive Tape

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge

Hello crafty peeps! With Valentine's Day just around the corner..let's have a little fun with some hearts.

Today starts a new challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs - Hearts.
Easy enough...right :) Get all the details on the Challenge Blog.

Here's my card design...

I used the Ladybug Love Digi image along with a sentiment from the Digi Sentiment Set. All the coloring is done with Spectrum Noir Markers as follows:

  • Reds - DR2, CR5, PP3
  • Blacks - IG10, IG8, IG6, IG4, IG2
  • Ground shading - IG1, IG2, Blender
  • Shading around image - GB1, IG1, Blender
  • Wing Hearts - True Black

I printed the ladybug a few extra times so I could trim out the wings and pop them up on the card. After coloring, I added black glitter to the hearts on the wings. To make the wings and red hearts glossy, I colored over with VersaMark Marker and heat set with clear embossing powder.

The card measures 4.25" x 4.25" and the image panel is popped up on foam adhesive. That's all there is too it!

Need more inspiration? Go check out Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge Blog and Facebook Page for loads of samples and ideas! Make sure to share what you have been creating too!

Need help coloring with your Spectrum Noir Markers? Check out all the fabulous tutorials, tips, tricks and samples over on the Spectrum Noir Blog

Have a fun day!

Fresh Brewed Designs Digi Images
Spectrum Noir Markers
Neenah white cardstock
My Favorite Things Stitched Scalloped Boarder Die
A Muse Studio designer cardstock
VersaMark Marker
Clear Embossing Powder
Glue Pen
Black Glitter
Heat Embossing Gun
Die-cutting Machine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Friday, February 5, 2016

Spectrum Noir February Challenge

Grab your Spectrum Noir Coloring Tools...because it's Challenge Time!

Colors of Love: Use Pinks and/or Reds
The challenge is to use pink and/or red colors on your project - but it doesn't have to be a valentine theme. See details, get inspiration from our design team, and enter the challenge HERE.

I stamped and heat embossed this fun image on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth White Cardstock. Then I colored it with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens - Cosmos, Red Berry, Pink Garnet and Clear.

OH EM GEE!!! LOOK at the SHIMMER from those pens!!! THUD! These pens are the best EVER!

Check out all the other fantastic Sparkle Pen colors over on the Crafter's Companion USA website.

You have all month to play along with our challenge. I hope you join us! As always...prizes are involved. Just sayin' ;)

Happy coloring,

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: Cosmos, Red Berry, Pink Garnet and Clear
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Candy Red
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Stamp from Outline Images Rubber Stamps.
Designer Cardstock
Red Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Embossing Tool
Scalloped Border Punch
Red Rhinestones

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

2016 Calendar

It's Calendar Time! Better late than never, right? LOL

So here's my new 2016 Calendar Project. Let's start with the cover...

I absolutely LOVE how this design came together! So much that I am going to use it for making a card! (stay tuned!)

I used Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classiques Only Words 1" Contemporary Numbers & Punctuation to die cut the year. As you can see, I used the negative of the die cut numbers, preserving the negative 0 and 6 centers and mounted to a white cardstock panel to create the year. It's all layered on top of the Die'sire - Nouveau Stamping Frame die.

The flowers are die cut from Bebunni Floral - Daisy die set. The sentiment stamp is from Sentimentals - Memories are Made stamp set.

Next up is January...
I's done and gone. But you still wanna see it...right?

I decided on a fun little winter scene for the January page. The snowflake stamp is from a Bebunni Christmas Stamp Set - Rudolph. To create the cluster of houses and trees, I used the Nordic Christmas Stamp Set - Santa's Delivery. I stamped and colored, then trimmed out and cut apart and layered. I added crystal glitter for a bit of "snow sparkle" - applied with a glue pen.

Spectrum Noir Markers used for coloring:
BG1, BG3, CT4, CG2, DG2, DG3, DG4, GB8, GB9, GB10, DR5, DR6, DR7, Blender

And here's February...

The Sheena Xmas - Heartfelt Wishes stamp set is great for more than just Christmas! I love using my holiday stamp sets for more than the holiday they were intended for. No reason to let 'em sit around collecting dust all year...right? ;) LOL

I used 1 sentiment stamp from Sentimentals - Love is all you need stamp set, stamping part of it in each heart.

Spectrum Noir Markers used for coloring:
  • Pink Heart - PP1, PP2
  • Red Heart - CR5, DR3, DR5

Make sure to check back later this month for my March page.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Cover/Base Supplies:
Die'sire Decorative Dies - Nouveau Stamping Frame
Die'sire Classiques Only Words - 1" Contemporary Numbers & Punctuation
Bebunni Floral Metal Dies - Daisy
Sentimentals EZMount Stamp Set - Memories are made
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Colored Cardstocks
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Die-cutting Machine
Green Rhinestones
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Binding Machine

January Page Supplies:
Nordic Christmas Stamp Set - Santa's Delivery
Bebunni Christmas Stamp Set - Rudolph
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Crystal Glitter
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Glue Pen

February Page Supplies:
Sheena Xmas Stamp Set - Heartfelt Wishes
Sentimentals Stamp Set - Love is all you need
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Memento Gray Flannel Ink
Clear Sequins
Crystal Rhinestones
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Liquid Adhesive

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Butterfly Pops

Hello everyone! It's time to get those Valentine's goodies created. These Butterfly Pops are great for a quick and easy way to pass out those Valentines! Easy for the kids to help and put together assembly-line style!

While thinking about my design, I kept in mind that whoever received these treats are going to head straight for the candy. So, keeping it quick and simple was a must.

Here's how:
  1. Die-cut Butterflies from White Pearl Shimmering Cardstock.
  2. Trim strips of Pink Pearl Shimmering Cardstock. Stamp LOVE sentiment with red pigment ink on pink cardstock strips, then heat emboss with red glitter embossing powder. Trim ends with decorative scissors.
  3. Place sucker on top of butterfly. Thread ribbon from behind the butterfly, through the wing holes, and bring round the front of sucker. Secure by tying a knot and/or bow.
  4. Add rhinestone sticker on top of bow.
  5. Adhere sentiment tag to stick. 

TIPS: To personalize each treat, write on the back of each sentiment tag before adhering to the stick. You can also use fun pencils in place of the suckers!

Wouldn't these make a great party favor?! Change up the colors and sentiments for variety.

Happy crafting!

Crafter's Companion Die'sire Decorative Dies - Butterflies
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - White Pearl and Pink Pearl
Crafter's Companion Textures Artist Collection - Words of Wonder - Set 2
Red Pigment Ink
Red Glitter Embossing Powder
Decorative Scissors
Sheer Black Ribbon
Red Rhinestone Stickers
Heat Embossing Gun
Die-cutting Machine
Red Suckers
Glue Dots

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Happy Happy Milton

Here's a birthday card that will make you smile...

Isn't that stamp as cute as they come?! It's called Milton and is Stamping Bella I could hardly wait to color it. Coloring the jeans was super duper easy...thanks to a tutorial that was shared over on the Spectrum Noir Blog - Coloring Denim.

After following the tutorial to color the jeans, I colored  over the lightest areas with the white (001) Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencil to give his tummy a little extra "pooch" LOL

Spectrum Noir Markers used to color:
  • Denim TB3, TB4, TB5 (plus pencil # 001)
  • Shirt GB7, GB6, GB1, BG3
  • Buttons OR2, OR1
  • Skin FS3, FS2, BG3, BG1
  • Fur BG5, BG3, BG1
  • Balloon DR6, DR3, DR1, CR5
  • Background BT1, BG1, Blender
  • Ground BG5, BG3, BG1, Blender

I'm running low on birthday I'll be working on building up a stash. Heck, this one was so fun, I think I'll make a few more in different color schemes :)

Thanks for stopping by!

Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Misc Colored Cardstocks
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins
Dimensional Foam Adhesive Tape
Multi Matte Medium

Monday, January 25, 2016

Downton Abbey on HSN

Love Downton Abbey? Well GUESS WHAT?!!! You will be able to create beautiful projects...Downton Abbey style...from this award-winning series! YEP! Sara Davies of Crafter's Companion USA will be on HSN in just a few hours (Tuesday Jan 26th Midnight EST) with new Downton Abbey Papercrafting Products!  SQUEEEEEEL!!!!

Here's a project I made for Crafter's Companion USA using some of the new products:

OH MY did I EVER have fun creating with these goodies! I colored the stamps with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils along with blending solution and blending stumps.

Pencil colors: 117, 073, 077, 064, 063, 055, 079

The glitter accents on the designer cardstock is amazing! Perfect for my "bling" obsession ;)

I love how this design came together. Beautiful products make beautiful projects :)

OK...I gotta get off here! It's almost SHOW TIME! YAY!

Check out all the sneak peeks and amazing samples over on the Crafter's Companion USA Blog, and Crafter's Companion USA Facebook Page.

Here's the schedule:

Happy shopping & creating!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Sparkle Pen Stamping and Watercoloring

Hey there! I wanted to share another great way to use those fabulous Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. Check this out...

I painted the pens directly onto the Crafter's Companion Floral Delight stamp...then "huffed" on to re-moisten the ink...then stamped on Spectrum Aqua Extra White Watercolor Cardstock. On the flower I used Red Berry. For the stem and center for the flower I used Olive Jade. After stamping, I used a watercolor brush to "pull" color from the stamped image to watercolor it.

Tip: If you are coloring the stamped image, and you don't seem to have enough color, just scribble the Sparkle Pen on a craft mat or acrylic block. Then pick up more color from the that to add to your stamped image. Easy peasy!

See the beautiful sparkle! LOVE! I really love this card design. The big bold flower and bold sentiment take center stage. Pure CAS baby!

Check out all the other great projects and tutorials over on the Spectrum Noir Blog. Loads of inspiration, instructions, videos and more!

Thanks for stopping by. Have a simply beautiful day!
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Crafter's Companion Floral Delight Stamp Set
Spectrum Aqua Extra White Watercolor Cardstock
Black Ink
Black Enamel Dots
White Notecard
Black & White Striped Designer Paper
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Watercolor Brush

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens!

I am absolutely IN LOVE with the NEW Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens! These "must have" babies are available from Crafter's Companion USA.

As with all things's somewhat a challenge to take a pics that really show the "WOW" factor.'s a couple more that hopefully give you an idea of the great sparkle these pens have.


The stamps are from Crafter's Companion Forest Friends Stamp Set. That cute fox just warms my heart! First, I stamped and colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils on a cream cardstock. Then, I colored over top with Pink Champagne and Clear Sparkle Pens. WOW! LOVE!

Check out all the colors available in each Sparkle Pen Set HERE.
More sample projects with the Sparkle Pens can be found on the Spectrum Noir Blog and the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen Pinterest Album.

Have a great day!

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens: Pink Champagne, Sparkle Clear
Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils: 094, 084, 086, 003, 112, 001, 103, 059, 058, 044 (Primaries, Nature & Essentials sets)
Crafter's Companion Forest Friends Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Scalloped Tags Die Set
Crafter's Companion Circles Die Set
Crafter's Companion Woodgrain Embossing Folder (included with Inspiration Magazine)
Crafter's Companion Spring Morning 6" x 6" Embossalicious Embossing Folder
Misc Ink Pads
Cream Cardstock
Misc Colored Cardstocks
Sequins from Pretty Pink Posh
Diecutting/Embossing Machine
Liquid Adhesive
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Spectrum Noir Anything Goes Challenge

Grab your favorite Spectrum Noir coloring supplies and join the fun! Our first challenge for 2016 is Anything Goes. Easy peasy, right?!

Here's a card I made using my Spectrum Aqua Markers.

This image CRACKS ME UP! I stamped on watercolor cardstock with archival ink and then watercolored with a bunch of Spectrum Aqua Marker colors. You really can't go wrong when watercoloring. Even if you go out of the stamping lines (which I totally did! lol) it still looks great!

Here's the colors I used to watercolor with: Peacock Blue, Gold, Scarlet, Rose Pink, Blossom, Peach, Boulder, Sunflower, Moss, Charcoal, Black, King Fisher, Aquamarine

I also used a white gel pen to add a few accents here and there. 

After the coloring was done and all dry, I stamped the chicken wire with grey ink.

The sentiment is stamped and heat embossed on a diecut word bubble. The inside of the card reads:

"and hoping you're feeling better soon!"

Go check out all the other design team projects and get all the details on how to enter this month's Spectrum Noir Anything Goes Challenge HERE.

Happy creating!

Spectrum Aqua Markers
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Cardstock
StampinUP animals and sentiments stamps
Chicken wire stamp
Watercolor Brush
Speech Bubble Die
Fence Die
Archival Inks
Versamark Ink
White Embossing Powder
Paper Flowers
White Gel Pen
Misc Cardstock
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine