Saturday, September 10, 2016

Get your Kraft on!

Join us this month over at Spectrum Noir for the September Challenge!

Color up ANYTHING you want using your Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, Sparkle markers, blendable colored pencils, watercolor pencils, Spectrum Aqua markers, AquaTint inks, or Colorista products, put it on any card or project that also features kraft cardstock, and you can play along with us!

Here's a card I made using Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock for a clean and simple card.

I stamped images from the Crafter's Companion Sheena's Perfect Partners Home Life Collection and colored with pencils from my Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils Essentials Set. The colors I used are 001, 015, 056, 058, 095 and 117. (FYI - The brand new ColourBlend pencils now have color names instead of numbers.) I just love how organic the colors look on kraft cardstock.

For the sentiment , I stamped and die-cut the image, then tucked the end under a little slit that I cut using my craft knife. I tied a bow around the pick using bakers twine, then adhered to card front with dimensional foam tape. Using a fine line black pen, I doodled around the outer edges of the card front.

Get all the challenge and prize details HERE.

Happy Crafting!

Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils - Essentials Set 
Crafter's Companion Sheena's Perfect Partners Home Life - Dig for Victory Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sheena's Perfect Partners Home Life - Dig for Victory Metal Die Set
Crafter's Companion Sheena's Perfect Partners Home Life - Home Grown Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Die-Cutting Machine
Black Ink
Black Fine Line Pen
Bakers Twine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Craft Knife or X-Acto Knife

Friday, September 9, 2016

September 2016 Calendar Page

Happy Friday friends!

I've been so busy with EVERYTHING lately. How about you? I finally got a chance to get this months calendar page posted for you to see. Check it...

Since most schools are back in session by September, I decided this page would be encouragement to achieve. I'm loving how it turned out! Here's how I made it:

  1. Stamp image from Textures - Journal Jotting stamp set, using Chipped Saphire Distress Ink.
  2. Stamp sentiment from Sentimentals - Ornate stamp set, using Fired Brick Distress Ink.
  3. Stamp images from Sentimentals - Ornate stamp set, using Scattered Straw Distress Ink. Add Yellow stickles glitter glue to some of the stamped areas. Set aside to dry.
  4. Die-cut the small bird and wing from Just For Men Paper Pad Brights Collection. Use GB4 Spectrum Noir Marker color in the stars on the wing piece.
  5. Sponge Chipped Saphire ink around edges of wing, and Fired Brick ink around edged of bird.
  6. Adhere wing and rhinestone to bird body. Attach bird to calendar page using dimensional foam tape.

Isn't it great how you can "Achieve" a fantastic little design with just a few stamps, dies and inks? You could used this design for a card front too!

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Thanks for stopping by today!

Crafter's Companion Textures Artist Collection Words of Wonder - Set 1 Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sentimentals - Ornate Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Just For Men Signature Collection 6" x 6" Paper Pad - Brights Collection
Crafter's Companion Mixed Media Dies - Tweet Tweet set Spectrum Noir Marker - GB4
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Ranger Distress Inks - Fired Brick, Scattered Straw, Chipped Sapphire
Stickles Glitter Glue - Yellow
Rhinestone - Color with marker to match if you don't have the right color rhinestone.
Gemini Diecutting/Embossing Machine

Friday, September 2, 2016

Colorista is coming to Hochanda!

The fun continues with Spectrum Noir Colorista!

We are super exited to announce that the NEW Spectrum Noir Colorista Range is coming to you in the UK on Hochanda! YEAH BAY BAY!

To celebrate, we're having another HUGE Blog Hop and a Watch Party! This is gonna be an absolute BLAST full of inspiration, sharing, shopping, and PRIZES!

Here's the scoop:

BLOG HOP: Starts Sept. 2nd at 12pm BST (US: 7am ET) and finished up on Sept. 9th at 11:59am BST (US: 7am ET).

WATCH PARTY: On Facebook - Come hang out, chat, share, laugh, ask questions...and MORE!

BLOG PRIZE WINNERS: One lucky winner will be randomly selected from EVERY BLOG in the blog hop - and will receive a goodie of either pencils, pens, card making sets or paper pads. Make sure to leave a comment on each and every blog for a chance to win!  Winners will be announced on Crafter's Companion & Spectrum Noir Facebook pages on Sept. 9th.

OVERALL PRIZE WINNER: One VERY lucky overall winner will be selected to receive a selection of pencils, pens, card making sets or paper pads!!! Yes...some of all four of those Colorista goodies! YEEEHAW!!! The overall winner will be announced by Sara Davies LIVE on Hochanda at the top of the hour on Launch Day!!! US worries - you can watch Hochanda online or catch up at

I've been having so much fun playing with all the new Colorista products. The coloring pads are super high quality. I love that I don't have to stamp a thing. Just grab my pad and box of markers and relax.

I wanted to share with you how with even just 1 box of 5 markers you get amazing results. So if you are on the go, and don't want to tote around a bunch of supplies, this makes it so easy! By blending markers together, you get a lot more colors and shades. I used Colorista Markers Set 1 and the Inspiring Sentiments Marker Pad.

I was able to create an absolutely beautiful shade of red by blending the Orchid and Rose Red markers. First I colored the Orchid, then added on Rose Red, and then back over with Orchid. WOW!

Coloring the tiny leaves was easy, thanks to the ultra fine tip end of the marker! You are going to LOVE these markers!

I got perfect shades of green by blending the Daffodil and Leaf Green markers. First I colored the entire leaf with Daffodil and then Leaf Green. Next, I colored over again with Daffodil. Then, to make one side of the leaf darker, I colored over just that area with Leaf Green. To make it even darker, I colored the area again with Leaf Green. It really makes the leaf pop!

I am in total love with the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. I couldn't help but color over some areas for pop of bling-bling. Ahhhh...that's better ;)

Now it's time to get on with the blog hop and see more amazing Colorista samples!

Your next stop on the Hop is: Dana Warren 


Crafter's Companion UK Blog (START HERE)
Laine Webb
Lis Murphy
Nicole Bretherick
Jodi Clark
Alexia Misso
Giovana Smith
Spectrum Noir
Annie Wills
Jo Mckelvey
Bianca Shervington
Lori Barnett (That's me! You are here)
Dana Warren
Sara Davies

FREE CLASS: Sign up for the FREE Spectrum Noir Colorista Online Coloring Course!

Thanks so very much for stopping by today. Don't forget to leave a comment - and include your email address - for a chance to win a Colorista goodie!


Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Spectrum Noir Colorista Blog Hop

Welcome everyone! We are soooo excited about the upcoming world launch of the NEW Spectrum Noir Colorista range of adult coloring products. Tuesday, August 30th is the day to mark your calendar. Sara Davies will be on HSN introducing this new range of adult coloring products to the world!

To celebrate, we're having a week long Spectrum Noir Colorista Launch Blog Hop! Our design team members have been coloring and creating with all the new products. Hopefully, you've seen some. We've been spreading the word all over our social media channels. The sharing continues as we countdown to the world launch on HSN! So grab a cuppa and join in on this fantastic blog hop full colorful inspiration.

The Blog Hop starts at: Spectrum Noir
You should have arrived at my blog from: Nicole Bretherick
You're next stop on the hop: Tracy Freeman

I colored a card from one of the new 6" X 4" Marker Card Making Kits. These kits are a MUST HAVE! I colored the entire card in one afternoon, but you don't have to do that. Take as long as you want to color. Relax and have fun! The card kits come complete with envelopes AND inserts for each card! HAPPY DANCE!!! Doesn't get any better than that...does it?!

I colored with both Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils and Colorista Markers. First, I colored the background with pencils. Then I colored the images with the markers. On all the flowers, I added more shading with colored pencils over the marker. So you can see that these cards color beautifully with not only markers, but with colored pencils as well. As you can see, they are stunning when finished!

What I love most about this card is the pre-glittered areas. This is colorable glitter! I'm addicted to these! Wait till you see all the other pads that have glitter and foil on them. Sara will demo live on HSN how easy they are to color -- AND how magical they are :)

I snapped a few pics with my phone along my way of coloring. This gives you a bit more ideas of what they look like inside and out.

Cool stuff huh? By the way...the inserts for the cards don't have all the same sentiment. You get a nice variety. I picked this one because... "The Best is Yet to Come!" on HSN August 30th!!

We have loads more to share with you over at these places:

BLOG HOP LINKS and Details
Here's our Blog Hop List. Hop around and visit these blogs to see what our design team members and special guests are sharing. Be sure to leave comments along the way, because we’ll be drawing FIVE random winners (one winner will be drawn from five blogs listed below… but we aren’t telling you which blogs we’ll be drawing the winners from!). The winners will be posted on the Crafter’s Companion US blog next Monday, Aug 29th, and the lucky commenters we choose will receive a Colorista coloring bundle! (please note… contest is open internationally to all persons aged 18 years of age or older; no cash alternatives will e offered, prize will be shipped from the office closest to winner’s country; prize subject to change based on stock availability)

Free Online Coloring Course

Join the Spectrum Noir Colorista Flash Mob

The Blog Hop starts at: Spectrum Noir
You should have arrived at my blog from: Nicole Bretherick
You're next stop on the hop: Tracy Freeman

Don’t forget to share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir tag) – we’d love to see your coloring projects!

Happy Coloring!

Colors Used on Project:
Spectrum Noin Colorista Markers - Nectarine, Lemon, Canary, Gold, Pear Green, Daffodil, Forest Green, Leaf Green, Cerulean, Denim, Pistachio, Cyan, Maple, Cobalt

Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils - 026, 011, 015, 017, 021, 044, 047, 050, 054, 062, 063, 104, 118

Monday, August 22, 2016

Home Life

Did you see the brand new Perfect Partners Home Life Collection by Sheena Douglass over at Crafter's Companion USA? Super fun images and dies that are perfect for any occasion and crafting projects. And if you love baking or will LOVE this collection!

I used The Perfect Mix Stamp Set and Metal Die Set to make a card.

Isn't that just the most fun image and sentiment?! I just LOVE how the die cuts out the image perfectly. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Markers - (CG1, CG3, DG2, DG3, GG1, GG2, GG3, GG4, BT3, BG5, Blender). I also colored over a few areas with the Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

I can't wait to play and create with all the other fantastic Home Life stamps and dies! Get these goodies now over on the website at

I've got a tutorial over on the Crafter's Companion USA Blog on how to create customized patterned paper. Click HERE to check it out.

Happy Crafting,

Crafter's Companion Sheena Home Life - The Perfect Mix Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sheena Home Life - The Perfect Mix Die Set
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classiques 12" Edge Dies - Fancy Stitched Edges
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose 6" x 6" Luxury Paper Pad
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Black Pearl
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Adhesive Tape Runner
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine
Black Ink
Dimensional Foam Tape
May Arts Paper Cording
My Minds Eye Enamel Heart

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Colorista Online Coloring Course

Hello friends!

Have you signed up for the FREE Spectrum Noir Colorista Online Adult Coloring Course? If not, you can get signed up HERE.

How exciting...right!! You get eight weeks of FREE coloring tips, videos, exclusive downloadable content & more. Week 1 has already started, but you can still join.

Here's what I have done so far for my week 1 coloring practice using the downloaded coloring page:

I'm coloring with the brand new Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers that will be launched August 30th on HSN. You will be able to buy them on that day...until they sell out. Which I'm sure will happen super fast! So be quick to order if you want them.

I did managed to snap a few picks when I was blending a couple of the flowers. For this first flower, I colored a base layer of Lemon Spectrum Noir Colorista Marker.

Next, working on 2 petals at a time, I colored on some Moonlight Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

I added on some Pink Champagne Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

Then I used the Moonlight Sparkle Marker again to blend where the 2 colors of sparkle pens meet.

I love how this turned out!

Here's another color combo. I started with the Cyan Spectrum Noir Colorista Marker.

Then added a bit of Cobalt Colorista Marker.

Then used the Cyan marker again to blend where the 2 colors meet, and fill  in the remaining white area of the flower petals

For the purple flower, I colored with the Purple and Cyan Colorista Marker. To color the orange flower, I used Gold and Marigold Colorista Markers.

Join in the fun!

Mark your calendar for the big HSN Craft Event coming August 30th and get in on the world launch of NEW Crafter's Companoin & Spectrum Noir Colorista Products! Oh...and a BUNCH more new and exciting goodies too!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Colorista Coloring!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Anything Goes Challenge

I know many of you are super busy with back to school stuff going on. Or maybe just taking one last summer trip while you still have time. Always a ton of stuff going on during the summer months! So, to keep thing simple, our challenge this month over at Spectrum Noir is easy - Anything Goes! Gotta love that...right ;)

I did some fun watercoloring with my Spectrum Aqua Markers.

I stamped the image on Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock and heat embossed in white. To watercolor, I colored the marker directly on the image in the section I wanted a certain color. Then,  I used a watercolor brush to move and "wash" the color. After the section was dry, I moved on to the next. I continued to repeat this with each colored area until I was finished. You need to wait for each section to dry, otherwise the colors will blend and won't look like blocked sections. The marker colors I used:

Amber, Gold, Aquamarine, Rose Pink, Scarlet, Moss, Meadow, Sunflower

Next I used the fine nib end of the same color Aqua Markers to color in areas again Then with the watercolor brush I lightly dabbed to move the color just a bit. I was super happy with the results!

Once the panel was dry again, I die-cut it. I decided to make a card base to look like a clipboard - since that's what I usually watercolor on. I made a top fold A2 cardbase from kraft cardstock and then used Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad to swipe ink on it to give a wood look. Rounding the corners with a punch really set off the look. The clip and brush dies finish off the look.

I hope you can join the challenge this month. It's always fun to see everyone's creations. Get all the details HERE. Also, make sure to check us out over on:


Happy Anything Goes Month.  Have a great weekend!

Spectrum Aqua Markers
Stamp - Tim Holtz Collection

Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Silver Cardstock
Blue Cardstock
VersaMark Ink
Antique Linen Distress Ink
White Embossing Powder
Anti-Static Pouch
My Favorite Things die-cuts
Die-cutting & Embossing Machine
Heat Embossing Tool
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Watercolor Brush
Corner Rounder Punch

Friday, August 5, 2016

Spectrum Noir Colorista is COMING!

Hey friends. Have you seen the latest Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir news. We are soooo excited!!! This is BIG I tell ya! check it out. Adult coloring is HUGE all over the world, and it's here to stay! We can't wait for you to see...better yet...get your hands on the new Spectrum Noir Colorista products coming later this month. Adult coloring at it's finest. And it doesn't matter what level of coloring you are at...this is for EVERYONE. Trust're gonna LOVE IT ALL. And that translates into WANT IT ALL. NEED IT ALL. GET IT ALL.

Mark your calendars for the world launch of Spectrum Noir Colorista on HSN with Sara Davies Tuesday, August 30th. 

In the can get started coloring with the NEW Spectrum Noir Coloring Background Stamps. You will be able to purchase them over at Crafter's Companion.

Here's something I colored up with the Beautiful Butterfly Background Stamp.

These stamps are perfectly sized for A2 cards. I trimmed down my finished panel and layered it on white, then adhered to an A2 card front. The sentiment is from Crafter's Companion Textures Artist Collection Words of Wonder - Set 1. I stamped it in gold on yellow cardstock.

I stamped on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock with Black StazOn Ink. Then I colored with SpectrumAquaBlend pencils and a waterbrush. Once I was finished coloring, and it was dry, I added Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen on the butterflies.

The fun part of coloring these types of images - or any adult coloring book images - is that you don't have to rush. It's a relaxing process. Take your time and enjoying it. I snapped a few pictures during my coloring process. It's cool to look back and see the progress.

Another thing I did, for added interest and dimension, is used a craft knife to cut a portion of the large wing, then popped some dimensional foam adhesive underneath. 

I really enjoyed coloring this "adult coloring" style image. I'm just a beginner, so if I can do it...anyone can. Check out all the "Colorista" inspiration on our Pinterest Board. Wowzers! Loads of amazing colored samples by our design team. They will knock your socks off!

Stay up to date on all the latest news:

 Thank for stopping by today. Happy "adult" coloring!

Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir Colorista Beautiful Butterfly Background Stamp
Crafter's Companion Textures Artist Collection Words of Wonder - Set 1
Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils - Essentials and Naturals Set (Oregano, Kiwi, Spruce, Ocean, Kiwi, Cypress, Deep Forest, Apricot, Straw, Jungle Green, Beeswax, Umber, Lagoon, Wheat, Aqua, Sorrel)
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Crystal Clear
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Water brush
Black StazOn Ink Pad
Colored Cardstock
Craft Knife or X-Acto Knife
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Heat Gun
Delicata Golden Glitz Ink