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!


Supplies:
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
Glitter
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,

Supplies:
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.

Blessings,


Supplies: 
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
Sequins
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,


Supplies:
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 well...at 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!

Supplies:
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!


Supplies:
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 not...you 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!


Supplies:
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.
 http://www.crafterscompanion.com/Love-Romance_c_896.html?AffId=67

Have a creative day!


Supplies:
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
Sequins
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.

BONUS!!!
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.



DOUBLE BONUS!!!
 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?!
http://a.pgtb.me/WN4nd8
 Get all the challene and prize details HERE. As always...you 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 you...no matter what level of coloring you are at.

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Have a great day!


Supplies:
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!

BONUS IDEA!
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!