Wednesday, July 20, 2016


I LOVE these "Rock N Roll" Style stamp sets by Sheena Douglass from Crafter's Companion. SIX NEW SETS NOW AVAILABLE! Go get them all! ;)

I used 3 of the sets on my card. The main image is from the Shout! set. The sentiments are from the Sing set. The stars and distress are from the Grunge Band set.

All the images are stamped on Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock. Soooooo quick and easy...but it looks like a lot went into it...right?! Just sponge some distress ink around the edges of the panel and BAM! It totally comes to life! I also used a white gel pen to fill in the word Sing on the sentiment. Totally makes it pop, doesn't it! On the stars, I painted on some Moonlight Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

The panel is mounted to black pearl shimmering cardstock and mounted to a card base made from the shimmer cs. I love how the brick designer paper frames the main panel. That paper comes from the new Just For Men Signature Collection by Sara Davies - 6"x6" Paper Pad Urban Collection.

Check out our Rock 'n Roll Stamp Collection Pinterest Board for a bunch more samples using these new stamps. The design team has amazing samples to share!

Thanks for stoppin' by today,

Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Grunge Band
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Sing
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Shout!
Crafter's Companion Sara Signature Collection Just For Men - 6"x6" Paper Pad Urban Collection
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock Black Pearl 
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Moonlight
Black Ink
Distress Inks
White Gel Pen
Black Rhinestones
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Ink Blending Tools

Monday, July 11, 2016

July 2016 Calendar Page

Hello friends. Just poppin' on here quick to share my July calendar page. Believe it or was really hard to decide which stamp image I wanted to on this months page. Crafter's Companion has soooooo many fantastic patriotic stamp images! I went with the Patriotic Pride Stamp Set. It's packed full of stamps that can be used all year long. If you don't already have this set...go get it! I KNOW you'll love it.

I stamped using Salty Ocean and Festive Berries Distress Inks. That was easy...right ;)

For the stars, I made my own shimmery yellow cardstock by coloring a scrap of white cardstock with my Spectrum Noir Moonlight Sparkle Pen. After it dried, I die-cut 3 stars using the smallest star from the Superstars Die Set, which is part of Sara's Signature Collection Just For Men. I added glitter to the edges and popped up with dimensional foam adhesive.

This would make a fantastic card design. Just add whatever sentiment you like.

Thanks for stopping by today. Hugs to you all!

Crafter's Companion Patriotic Pride Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Just For Men Superstars Die Set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Moonlight
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Die-Cutting Machine
Distress Ink Festive Berries & Salty Ocean
Art Glitter Bananan
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Glue Pen

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Little Ray of Sunshine

Have you seen the new Verity Rose Collection? It's available NOW over at Crafter's Companion USA? YES!!! I'm in LOVE with these new products! Each character has a unique style and personality that takes you back to the 1920's - but with an added modern twist. I've used the "Sunbeam" character on my card. Sunbeam is cheerful, jolly, bright and breezy. To describe her in one word....Carefree. She likes sunshine, beach huts, deckchairs, fairgrounds and eating strawberry ice cream.

For even more fun, each character has a special animal friend and favorite flower. Sunbeam's animal friend is a flamingo and her favorite flower is a sunflower. All the accessory products are fabulous! They match perfectly with the characters, but you can use any of the products for crafting projects of any kind.

I colored the "Sunbeam" image, from the Verity Rose Coloring Pad, with Spectrum Noir Markers and Blendable Colored Pencils.

  • Face: FS6, CR3, 009
  • Eyes: GB8, TN7, EB6, IB2, Blender
  • Hair: TN1, GB2, GB8, EB2, 015
  • Reds: CR1, CR10, DR4, 095
  • Pinks: CR5, PP2
  • Flower: GB3, OR1, 015, 020, 022
  • Cones: GB2, EB2, GB8
  • Blues: IB1, IB2, IB3, TB1, TB2, TB8, TB9, 071

I also used my Black Spectrum Noir Marker to airbrush the black specks on ground and on the sentiment oval. To take it all up a level, I colored a few areas with Spectrum Noir Clear Overlay Sparkle Pen for some STUNNING shimmer! Yeah..I know...drool! LOL!

The fun just keeps on going with the stamps and matching dies!!! YES! The smaller sea shells and flamingo are die-cut, stamped and colored. I used the Sunbeam Accessories Stamps and Die set. No need to fussy cut those skinny bird legs! ha! I also diecut the Verity Rose Official Frame for the sentiment and tucked a bit of the Doily diecut behind the image panel. All these goodies are mounted to a card that is straight out of the Verity Rose Card Blanks Pad. And check this out...these cards are double-sided! Beautiful inside and out...even the backs are printed!

I mean...come ON! It doesn't get any better that this...right? Well...YES IT DOES! Matching Verity Rose Envelopes, Charms, Ribbon, Metal Dies, Paper Pads and Acrylic Stamp Sets! SHUT THE FRONT DOOR! 

If you would like to get your hands on the Verity Rose Collection, this weekend is a great time to go shopping!. Crafter's Companion USA has $10 off when you spend $40 or more on the webstore. Just use the code 10JULY4 This code is good for all products on the website, not just the Verity Rose collection.

Happy crafting,

Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Sunbeam Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Sunbeam Accessories Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Sunbeam Accessories Die Set
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Doily Die
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Official Frame Die
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Coloring Pad
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose Card Blanks Pad
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose 6"x6" Luxury Paper Pad
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose 6"x6" Envelope Pack 
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Clear Overlay
Black Ink
Distress Ink Scattered Straw
Clear Stamping Block
Ink Blending Tool
Die-cut Machine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Friday, June 17, 2016

Independence Day Sparkle

Hey everyone. Have you had a chance to check out the new Patriotic Stamp Sets that were recently released over at Crafter's Companion USA? They are SO MUCH FUN! I just KNOW you’re going to love them as much as I do.

I made this card using the Independence Day set.

This card has some CRAZY sparkle and shimmer in real life! I colored the firecracker and stars with Spectrum Noir Markers: DR4, TB4 and TB6. Then I added a super fun glitter mix that had in my MASSIVE stash. It's from Stampendous Frantage line called Silver Halo Mix. I don't know if you can get it anymore, but you could always mix up a blend of your own. Just use some silver and crystal glitters in different sizes.

For the striped background panel, I scribbled some Marine Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Marker on a clear stamping block and then used a wet watercolor paintbrush to paint on the stripes on watercolor cardstock. Once the panel was dry, I brushed Crystal Overlay Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen over the blue stripes. It not only gave it a fantastic shimmer, it also gave the stripes even more watercolor effect.

TIP: To remove any blue ink that is picked up on the Clear Sparkle Marker brush, simple wipe the marker on a clean scrap paper.

That’s it for me today, friends! I've got a LOT of catching up to do in my craft room before I head out on vacation again. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a good one!

Crafter's Companion 4th of July Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Independence Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White CS
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Aqua Marker
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen
Red and Black Cardstocks
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Glue Pen
Clear Stamping Block
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Watercolor Brush

Monday, June 13, 2016

Felt Purse Tutorial

Hello friends! I've got a tutorial over on the Crafter's Companion USA Blog for this super fun Felt Purse.

I made it using the NEW Gemini electronic die-cutting and embossing machine that will make its debut on HSN Wednesday, July 6th with Sara Davies! This machine is awesome! It was designed for intricate dies as well as many other materials like heavyweight cardstock, vinyl, foil, and multiple layers of fabric - and is compatible with most thin metal dies and embossing folders.

All the dies used to make this purse come included in with the Gemini! SCORE!!! This project can be made for all sorts of occasions and holidays. Just change up the colors and embellishment shapes to match the theme. Use it as a gift bag or fill with goodies for a party favor! I'm sure you can think of a ton of different ideas.

Pop on over to Crafter's Companion Blog to check out my tutorial, and to get more info on the Gemini.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Stay Cool

Here's a refreshing card that's totally needed for the hot weather we are having here in the Phoenix area!

It's also a perfect card for our "Use A Die" Challenge going on this month over at Spectrum Noir. I thought it would also be a great time to show something fun and different using your dies and Spectrum Noir Refill Inks.

I used several die-cuts on my card. The dies and stamps are all from My Favorite Things. I can't get enough of their products. They rock!

If you look closely, I die-cut the cup and lid from clear acetate. To make the coffee effect (on the back side of the acetate piece) I sponged some Ranger Picket Fence Distress Paint on areas. Then I added white embossing powder and heat set. Next, I dripped on some EB3 and EB9 Spectrum Noir Refill Inks and tapped around with an alcohol ink blending pad to mix and and blend the inks. It turned out AWESOME!

The band around the coffee cup is made from the same cup die. I die-cut with white cardstock, then trimmed away the ends. I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers IB1, IB3 and IG1.

The pierced rectangle panel is die-cut from white cardstock, but before removing the paper from the die, I sponged on some Mustard Seed Distress ink. Had to get some summer sun color on the card! LOL

Go check out all the June Spectrum Noir Challenge details HERE.

Stay cool and creative,

Spectrum Noir Refill Inks
Spectrum Noir Markers
My Favorite Things Stay Cool Stamp Set
My Favorite Things Cool Cup Die
My Favorite Things STAX Pierced Rectangle Die
My Favorite Things Fresh Dots & Stripes 6"x6" Paper Pad
Crafter's Companion Heat Resistant Acetate
Spectrum Noir White Cardstock
Red Cardstock
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
Distress Ink Mustard Seed
Ink Blending Tool
Ranger Picket Fence Distress Paint
White Embossing Powder
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Embossing Tool
Alcohol Ink Applicator
Die-cutting Machine
Red Rhinestone
Dimensional Glue
Glue Pen
Crystal Glitter
Liquid Adhesive
Tape Runner
Pretty Pink Posh Sparkling Clear Mix Sequin

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Live like there's no tomorrow

Hi everyone. Here's a super easy CAS card I designed Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens and stamps from Crafter's Companion.

The stamp image is from the Sheena A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Highlands set. I used this set on my June calendar page that I shared on my blog yesterday, HERE.

I scribbled the Sparkle Pens - Fig, Macaroon and Ocean Wave - on an acrylic block, spritz water on both the block and watercolor cardstock panel, then pressed the block to the cardstock. Once dry, it left a beautiful washed-out blend of shimmery colors.

I stamped the image with Black Archival Ink and adhered to a panel of Crafter's Companion Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock and added a few sequins. THAT'S IT! See how simple...yet stunning?!!
I love my Sparkle Pens.

To make this into a clean and simple card design, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment on a white notecard. The image panel is attached with dimensional foam adhesive.

Check out the Spectrum Noir Blog for more fun projects and ideas using the Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens.


Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Scenic Silhouette Highlands EZ Mount Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sentimentals - Memories Are Made EZ Mount Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Black Pearl
Clear Acrylic Block
Mini Mister
Black Archival Ink
Black Pigment Ink
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Clear Embossing Powder
Heat Gun
Liquid Adhesive

Saturday, June 4, 2016

June 2016 Calendar Page

It's June, and things are heating up outside! We're supposed to get up to 118 today!!! I think I'll stay inside and craft ;)

For my June calendar page, I created a wonderful little beach scene. Somewhere I would LOVE to be right now!

I colored the look of water and sand on the panel using Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. Moonstone from the Perfect Pastels Set and Sand Dune from the Vintage Beach Set.

I used 3 different Crafter's Companion stamp sets. From the Sheena A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Highlands, I used the sandcastle. The umbrella is from Sheena A Little Bit Sketchy - Only Words - Through The Rain.  The sun is from Textures - Walls and Corner.

Designer Tip: Using partial images is a great way to get more bang for your buck with stamp sets. The umbrella image on this project is located on a large sentiment stamp from the Through The Rain set. It worked perfectly for this little beach scene!

To stamp the umbrella, I inked it up with Ranger Salty Ocean Distress Ink, and then colored over that with the Blue Topaz Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. For the pole, I colored it on the stamp stamp with the Charcoal Spectrum Aqua Marker from the Essentials Set.

For the sandcastle, I inked it up with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then colored over that with a Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Sand Dune from the Vintage Beach Set. I inked the flag on the stamp using Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Solar Red from the Summer Time Set.

For the sun, I inked up first with Neon Electric Yellow Ink, then dabbed a bit of Neon Electric Orange ink, then colored over with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Moonlight from the Shades of Spring Set . To make the circle on the sun, I punched out circle from white cardstock and applied ink direct to paper with same neon orange and yellow inks. Then I brushed on Moonlight Sparkle Pen. The circle is adhered flat and trimmed.

I'm going to enjoy looking at this simple little summer beach scene for the entire month.

Summer hugs,

Crafter's Companion Sheena  A Little Bit Sketchy - Only Words - Through the Rain stamp set
Crafter's Companion Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Highlands stamp set
Crafter's Companion Textures - Walls and Corners stamp set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Spectrum Noir Aqua Marker - Charcoal
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Distress Inks - Antique Linen and Salty Ocean

Distress Stickles - Antique Linen 
1 1/4" Circle Punch
Tsukineko Neon Electric Yellow Ink
Tsukineko Neon Electric Orange Ink
Orange Rhinestone
Black Rhinestones
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Liquid Adhesive

Saturday, May 28, 2016

May 2016 Calendar Page

OOPS! I totally forgot to post my May Calendar Page. Oh least it's still May! LOL

This is a month that I always think of super bright and colorful flowers. I used stamps from the Floral Delight stamp set form Crafter's Companion.

The images are first colored with Spectrum Noir Markers, then colored over with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens. Don't those sparkle pens really jazz up the flowers?! I just love 'em!

  • Pink Flower - PP2, PP5, PP6, CT3, IB1, IB2, Rose Quartz, Moonlight, Moonstone
  • Blue Flower - IB1, IB2, IB3, LV1, PL1, Blue Topaz, Moonstone, Crystal Clear
  • Purple Flower - LV1, PL1, IB2, CT2, CT3, Crystal Clear, Moonlight, Moonstone
  • Green Leaves - CG1, CG3, Crystal Clear

Spectrum Noir May 2016 Challenge
Have you played the challenge this month over at Spectrum Noir? You still have time! The challenge is to "Use Flowers". You could color flowers just like I did on my calendar and make a card with them. So grab your supplies and play along. All the challenge details can be found HERE.

Get coloring tips, tutorial and inspiration over on the Spectrum Noir Blog. If you are looking for something specific - such as "flowers" - just type the word in the search box located in the sidebar on the right of screen. You will have loads of information to check out. You might have to scroll down the screen a bit to locate the search box. This is what it looks like:

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day!

Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pens
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Floral Delight Stamp Set
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Tape Runner

Friday, May 27, 2016

NEW Patriotic Stamp Sets from Crafter's Companion

We have MORE NEW GOODIES over at Crafter's Companion USA! Two brand new EZ-Mount Patriotic Stamp Sets! YAY!

Here's a card I made using stamps from both of the new sets: 4th of July and Independence Day.

These new sets are PERFECT for all year long...not just 4th of July. They will be great to use birthdays, thank you cards, summer theme, New Years and even Christmas! I'll be using the banner stamps with sentiments from other sets as well! SCORE!

I colored the images with Spectrum Noir Markers as follows:
  • Red - PP3, CR5, DR4, DR6
  • Blue - TB4, Blender
  • Yellow - CT1, CT3, GB6

Stamping Tips: 
Apply ink to only the firecracker, leaving the string and burst uninked. Now you can stamp the 3 star sentiment image on top instead. This is a great way to get more designs from your stamps!

Another fun idea with the stars is to change up the text in the stars. Just don't ink the centers of that part of the stamp image, and you're left with a blank center to customize as you wish!

Crafter's Companion has freebie patriotic papers for everyone! I printed one of them for my cardbase. You could even print on both sides of the cardstock for some fun double-sided designer papers. They work great for 3D projects - such as boxes and bags!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Red and Yellow Cardstocks
Stampendous Frantage Silver Halo Mix Glitter
Silver Twine
Spray Adhesive
Printer & Computer

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