Monday, March 2, 2015

Spring is in the Air

Hello friends. I can't believe it's MARCH! That means Spring is just around the corner. Here's a card I colored for our new  challenge that starts today over at House-Mouse & Friends Monday Challenge Blog. Spring is the theme.

I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers, and I'm super happy with how the coloring turned out on the mouse.  Here's how I colored:

Spectrum Noir Markers:
Mouse skin FS1, FS2, TN3, CR3
Mouse Fur GB8, EB6
Butterfly BG6, CT1, CT3, GB6, PL1, PL3, LV1
Background IB1, IB2, CT1, Blender

I stamped the grass and flowers with a few different inks color, for a colorful Spring flower garden. The white fence is diecut 3 times and stacked to make it thicker. Crystal glitter and crystal rhinestone stickers...yep...that was a must ;)

We would love you to join us and show some Spring House-Mouse projects. Get all the challenge and prize (good stuff I tell ya!) details on the challenge blog HERE.

Have a happy Monday :)

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Bebunni Birthday Blossom

I know I've said this like a bazillion times, but I just loooooove Bebunni images! Here's another card I designed using the new Birthday Blossom set from the Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Collection:


 I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers as follows:
  • Bunny BG1, BG3, BG5, CR2, Blender
  • Bow BT1, BT2, BT4, BT6
  • Flowers CT4, BP7, CG2
  • Background BT1, Blender
  • Ground BG1, Blender

I stamped the image again so I could color and trim out each flower to pop up on foam adhesive. Then I added crystal glitter on the petals and Yellow Stickles in the centers.

The card base is embossed with Crafter's Companion Embossalicious Gun Metal 6" x 6" Embossing Folder, then sponged with Peacock Feathers Distress Ink. Sentiment is stamped, trimmed, mat on pink cardstock, then popped up on card with foam adhesive.

Have a great weekend

Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Collection - Birthday Blossom Stamp Set
Spectrum Noir Markers BG1, BG3, BG5, CR2, Blender, BT1, BT2, BT4, BT6, CT4, BP7, CG2
Crafter's Companion Embossalicious Gun Metal 6" x 6" Embossing Folder
Distress Ink Peacock Feathers
Yellow Stickles
Crystal Glitter

Embossing Machine
Foam Adhesive
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock 
Ink Blending Tool
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
A Muse Studio Colored Cardstock

Friday, February 27, 2015

Creating a simple sunset

Happy Friday everyone! I'm not sure if you checked out my blog post a few day back (here), the card with the airbrushed background. On that post, I shared a link to a "creating a sunset" tutorial on the Spectrum Noir Blog. Make sure and pop on over to check it out.

I used the eBrush to make the sunset panel on this card as well. Then I stamped the beautiful scene. As a reminder, you don't need to have the eBrush to create a simple sunset. The tutorial doesn't show using an airbrush. I was inspired by the tutorial to make the simple sunset - and to get out my eBrush and play around with it. Both ways turn out amazing! You can also experiment with different marker colors.

 I airbrushed the Spectrum Noir markers in this order: CR8, OR2, GB5, GB6

To stamp the scene, I used a 2 stamp sets from Crafter's Companion: Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic Silhouette Garden and Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - Silhouette Wildflowers. I stamped off some of the ink, where you see the lighter shaded stamped images. I heat set the ink to make sure it was completely dry before stamping and embossing the final images. The embossing powder I used is called Black Sparkle from Ranger. Sooo cool!

The sentiment is from A Muse Studio, and is stamped with VersaFine Onyx Ink. Main image is mat on black cardstock, then 3D mounted. 3 little black rhinestones give a nice balance and connection to the image panel.

May your day be as beautiful as a simple sunset.

Spectrum Noir Markers: CR8, OR2, GB5, GB6
Memento Luxe Tuxedo Black (images)
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White CS

Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Garden
Crafter's Companion Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - Silhouette Wildflowers
Sentiment from A Muse Studio
VersaFine Onyx (sentiment)
Ranger Black Sparkle Embossing Powder
Bazzill Black CS
Black Rhinestone Stickers
Heat Embossing Gun

Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Country Life

Hi again :)

Here's a card I designed using some of the NEW Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners Stamps and Dies from Crafter's Companion:

The stamps are from a set called The Country Life. What a fantastic set of images! The die set is called - Loosestrife. I diecut and embossed and sponged on 2 layers of purple ink and green ink. I also diecut the small flowers in the set, and added them on top. I added Stickles and Glitter of the tall flowers. Sooo purrrrdy and VERY sparkly in real life!

The finished card is 6" x 6". 

Sheena's Perfect Partners The Country Life Stamp Set
Sheena's Loosestrife Decorative Metal Die
Memento Desert Sand Ink
Black Ink
Distress Inks - Peeled Paint, Dusty Concord, Brush Corduroy
Lavender Stickles
Mixed Berries Fairydust Glitter
Black Twine Black
White Cardstock
Kraft Cardstock
Designer Cardstock
Diecutting/Embossing Machine

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Time for another fun challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs.

The challenge is: Use 1 image and 1 sentiment on the front of a card. Get all the Challenge & Prize details on the blog HERE.

YES! Clean and simple here I come! :)

The digi stamp I used is called Fix-a-Chick. Since it's a digi image, I was able to enlarge it and make it big enough to be the entire card front. Cool huh! I printed it again and cut out the bandaid. I popped it up for some dimension. The sentiment - Feel Better Soon - is also digi, so I sized it to fit the image and print at the same time. I also changed the color to print in a brown.

I added yellow flock on the little chick, glaze pen on the nose & eye, and glaze on the bandaid. I also added some fun cracked egg shell pieces (Stampendous! Chiffon Color Fragments) at the bottom. All the coloring is done with markers. Finally...just a touch of glitter to give a "sparkly shine" effect to the egg.

This was a quick and easy design. I hope I've inspired you :)

Have fun!

Don't forget to "Like" Fresh Brewed Designs over on Facebook!

 Let's get those #'s up there...shall we ;)

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Happiness is a Watercolor Block Background

I've been creating and having so much fun my new Spectrum Aqua Markers. This is probably one of my favorites...

I used markers from the Primary, Floral and Nature sets. (Teal, Sea Green, Sunflower, Marigold, Rose Pink) Simply color the marker on a clear stamping block, mist with water and the press the block on watercolor cardstock. Allow each color to dry, before moving to the next layer and color.

Once all the ink was completely dry, I stamped a greeting and heat emboss in white.This stamp is from a wonderful Crafter's Companion stamp set called Sentimentals Memories are Made.

This card is EXTRA special to me because it's traveling around the world.'s been on the internet, on TV, and on display at craft shows. Cool huh?!! Here's a pic that the fabulous Nicky Hayden from our Spectrum Noir Design Team took while she was at a show at The NEC Birmingham in England:

Fun stuff! I have a bunch more to share in the days stay tuned.

Spectrum Aqua Markers Primary, Floral and Nature sets
Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Memories are Made
Crafter’s Companion Kraft Cardstock
Crafter’s Companion High Gloss Cardstock (card base)
Ranger Watercolor Paper (using smooth side)
2 1/4" Acrylic Block
Mini Mister
VersaMark Ink
White Embossing Powder
Crystal Rhinestone Stickers
Studio Calico Wood Veneer Hearts
Heat Embossing Tool

Monday, February 23, 2015

Make it Sparkle Challenge

Hey friends! There's still time to join us for this months Crafter's Companion USA "Add Some Sparkle" Challenge.  Get all the details HERE.

I have some serious sparkle on my card...

This image is from the Crafter's Companion Angelica & Adams Clear Stamp Collection - Bunches of Joy set.

I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers as follows:
  • Skin FS2, FS3, TN2, CR3
  • Hair TN2, TN3, TN4,TN7
  • Greens CG1, CG3, CG4, Blender
  • Dress YL1, YL2, OR1, GB8, Blender
  • Flowers OR1, OR2, GB5, BG2, BG5
  • Shoes and Bouquet Wrapper BG2, BG5, Blender
  • Background BT1, BT2, BT3

Here in the closeup you can see all my sparkle, shimmer and shine...

I added green, orange, yellow & crystal glitter. Then I scattered a bunch of orange rhinestone stickers in the flower bouquet, down on the grass area, and on the sentiment tag. For even more sparkle I painted Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz on her dress. As if THAT wasn't enough, I painted Frost Sheer Shimmer Spritz on her shoes and flower wrapper. Hold gets even BETTER. I colored with a clear glaze pen on her shoes and the flower wrapper.

The shinny embossed sentiment from Vintage Floral Sentiments - Phrases set is stamped on Coastal Pearl Shimmering Cardstock, which is diecut from Die'sire Scalloped Tags Dies. The main image panel is mat on the shimmering cardstock. Even the little ribbon has shimmer and sparkle. I gotta give honorable mention to the fussy cutting for added dimension. WOOHOO!

I challenge you to make a card that has even more sparkle on it than mine. Have fun!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

eBrush Background

Hello everyone. I've been playing with my eBrush and Spectrum Noir Markers. Happy stuff was created :)

Isn't this amazing?!!! Airbrushing with the eBrush is sooooo fun and easy. True Story ;)

Spectrum Noir Markers used to airbrush in this order: CR8, OR2, GB5, GB6

After airbrushing, I stamped the sentiment as a focal image. I double embossed it with white ep. What I mean by that is, I stamped and embossed 2 times. When the first layer cooled, I stamped again, making sure to line up exactly over the top, then added more embossing powder and heat it a  2nd time. That produced more of a raised texture. The panel is popped up with foam tape on the card base. A few orange sequins for a finishing touch.

Give it a try. If you don't have the eBrush, try coloring with your markers following the "Creating a Sunset" tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog HERE. Most importantly...have fun creating!

Thanks for stopping by :)

Spectrum Noir Markers
eBrush System with Spectrum Noir Marker Adapter
Spectrum Noir Ultra Premium White Cardstock
Blue Cardstock
VersaMark Ink
White Embossing Powder
Anti-Static Pouch
Heat Tool
Orange Sequins
Stitched Die and Rectangle dies
Foam Adhesive
A Muse Studio Stamp and sequins

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

As seen on TV

Hey stampers,

Have you seen all the new Crafter's Companion Floral Bebunni stamps? They are sooo CUTE! Actually, this stamp AND my card were on TV! That's right...yesterday on HSN with Sara Davies, the founder of Crafter's Companion. Here's a picture of it on the screen:

I 'm famous! LOL

Here's a better look at the card...

This stamp is from the Bunches of Love set. It's hard to pick a favorite Bebunni image...but this might be the one. I really enjoyed coloring it. The blue background around the image, and the blue cardstock I did with the eBrush. So simple!

I embossed the white card base with the Petite Dot 6" x 6" Embossing Folder. The button is attached to a die-cut flower from the Die'sire Waltz Decorative Frame Die. The paper piercing I did by hand. In the closeup pic, you can see where I painted on some Sheer Simmer Spritz - Sparkle. To do that, I just sprayed a squirt on my craft mat and painted it on with a paintbrush.

Spectrum Noir Markers used to color and airbrush: BG1, BG3, BG5, Blender, CR2, CR8, CR11, BT1, BT2, BT4, BT6, DG1, DG3, CG2, CG3, CT3, CT4
Check out all the great samples using the new Bebunni Floral Stamp Sets HERE. Inspiration galore!

Now, how about I give you my autograph?
Thanks for stoppin' by!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Java Jill

HELLO Saturday! I think it's gonna be a 5 cup kind of day for me. How 'bout you? Here's another card I made for the HUMOR challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs

Say hello to Java Jill. She is a coffee poster girl! LOL!!! A little caffeine never hurt anybody...right? I'm sure her day Saturday will go along just fine ;)

Most of the image I colored with a Dove Blender Pen by picking up Spectrum Aqua Marker ink that I scribbled on a watercolor palette. Other areas I just colored straight on the paper with the marker. I kept the coloring really clean and simple..and the colors more on the softer side. This took me all of about 10 minutes to make.

Java Jill One More Cup and the Five Cup Day Sentiment are digi images. The other 4 coffee cups are from the Card Backer rubber stamp.

These are the colors of the Spectrum Aqua Markers I used:
  • Skin - Spice
  • Eyes and Background - Aquamarine
  • Hair - Topaz
  • Shirt and Lips - Blossom
  • Pants - Tan
  • Shoes and Ground - Slate
  • Coffee Cups - Tan and Slate

Get all the challenge details over on the Fresh Brewed Designs Blog.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

I Scored...BIG!

Did you see the BIG news? Crafter's Companion USA now has a NEW scoring board. It's called The Big Score. The working surface on this is 12" x 18". It's a wonderful board! I should know...I have it ;)  ahhhh...the perks of being on the Education Team.

Here's a project I made...and I must turned out beautifully!

The finished box is 7 1/4" x 7 1/2".

I also used some of the new large size specialty paper that Crafter's Companion now has available. Nice and thick...just right for making a sturdy project. Check out all the cardstock and paper HERE.

This box template (which can be found on The Big Score Project CD) is officially called "Just a Box of Chocolate" - and has been designed to fit a couple chocolate bars on the inside. I didn't have the bars, but I went ahead and made the wrappers so you can see what it would like like.

The wrappers are made from the left over pieces of cardstock from making the box. All products I used to make this are listed at the bottom of my blog post. I wrapped the doilies around the edges of the wrappers and then strung some twine through to old them in place.

The inside of the cover is stamped with butterflies from the Sheena's a Little Bit Scenic - Flying Colors Set. Those butterflies really make a beautiful DIY background paper! I also stamped and trimmed out a single butterfly to embellish the front of the box.

Another great perk of this board -- you can trim the larger paper pieces right on the board. SCORE! ;)

Want to know how to make this box?
Pop on over to the Crafter's Companion USA Blog to check out my tutorial. Leave a comment while you're there, so they know you stopped by.

Lastly, I wanted to mention the Valentines Day Sale going on right now over at Crafter's Companion USA.

What a great time to get the new board. AND..they have a special going on RIGHT NOW when you  buy the new board. Buy The Big Score Board and get The Big Score Board Project Video CD for FREE. Click HERE to see.

The Big Score Board
Cutting Mouse
Sweet Treats 11x17 Card Pack
Elegance 11x17 Card Pack
Construction Cardstock 12x16 Pack
Rose Pearl Shimmering Cardstock
Kraft Cardstock
White Cardstock
Sheena A Little Bit Scenic Flying Colors stamp set
Bebunni Floral Collection Sweet Friend stamp set
Scalloped Tags Die set
Circle Doilies Die Set
Circle Die Set
Bebunni Floral Hearts Die Set
Die cutting machine
Antique Linen Distress Ink
Versafine Black Ink
Ribbon, Twine, Buttons & Rhinestones

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Fresh Brewed Humor

How about a little Hump Day Humor? OH YEAH BABY! This is my kinda stuff!

We have a fun challenge starting today over at Fresh Brewed Designs -- HUMOR

Can we say YUM! LOL This FUN FOODS digi image is called Butter Me Up. OH MY!!! HAHAHAHA!!! Just a LITTLE melted butter there for ya ;)

I colored lightly with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils and Gamsol. Then...on the pats of butter I first painted on some Dandelion Fireworks Spray. That gave nice yellow sparkly shimmer. BUT WAIT! The best is yet to come! I painted on Dandelion irRESISTible Color and Texture Spray over the top.

 THEN...I used the sprayer straw to drip the spray on the drippy punched border. baaaBAAM!  Let's eat!

Clean and Simple with a drip of humor.

The pencil colors I used are: 001, 004, 015, 089 and 119
Now it's YOUR turn to crank out a card or project that will tickle your funny bone. Get all the challenge details over on the Fresh Brewed Designs Blog.