Tuesday, March 7, 2017

March 2017 Calendar Page

Here's my calendar page for this month. As an added bonus...I've got a Tip-to-Tip Marker Blend Technique Tutorial over the Spectrum Noir Blog.

To make the 4-leaf clover and pot of gold, I used a heart die and pocket die from the Crafter's Companion Little Angel Signature Collection by Sara Davies - My First Outfit Die Set. This collection is baby themed, however I was able to use it for something totally different. I love stretching my supplies and using them in ways there weren't intended.

But wait! I have a double-bonus for you! An adorable 4-bar size note card.

I used the same heart and pocket die, and added in the shirt die

Here's a little story. Some of you might relate. When I was a kid, on St. Patrick's day we would go around look for someone who wasn't wearing green so we could pinched them!

So the first thing that popped in my head when I was making a St. Patty's Day card was to WEAR GREEN to avoid the pinch! And there you have it. A shirt with a lucky 4-leaf clover on it.

The embossed detail on the shirt die really stands out by sponging on some Gathered Twigs Distress Ink. And the sequins.....BLING BLING! Love it!

Head on over to the Spectrum Noir Website and check out my Tip-to-Tip Marker Blend Tutorial. Thanks for stopping by today!

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Spectrum Noir March Challenge

We have an ANYTHING GOES challenge for you over at Spectrum Noir. Check it out:

Here's the bonus sketch to inspire you. The challenge is your choice...Anything Goes or the optional Sketch. Get all the challenge and prize details HERE. The only thing we ask is that you use Spectrum Noir coloring products on your project. Simple :)

I colored this absolutely ADORABLE image from My Favorite Things, using Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Watercolor Pencils: Apricot, Coral, Ginger, Grapefruit, Dove Grey, Dark Slate, Charcoal Brown, Sorrel, Parakeet, Bottle Green, Beeswax, Mango, Regal Blue, Aegean Blue, Chrome Orange and Dandelion

What a cute little Spring scene :) This card is sure to brighten a friends day. I die-cut the circle from Spectrum Aqua Watercolour cardstock using my MFT Cross-Stitch Circle STAX Die Set. Then I stamped the main image and "Hello" sentiment with black ink. Next I colored with the AquaBlend watercolor pencils and blended with a watercolor brush.

The bunny and chick are stamped on a scrap of watercolor cardstock, then colored, trimmed and adhered with dimensional foam adhesive. For the chick, I also inked up just the feet on the stamp and then stamped onto the circle panel. When I trimmed out the chick, I just cut off the feet. It's way easier that way...not to mention the added dimension.

I hope you have some crafty time this month to join our fun challenge. Make sure to enter your work for a chance to win £30/$30 in Spectrum Noir goodies here: March Spectrum Noir Challenge

Happy coloring!

Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Watercolor Pencils
Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
My Favorite Things - Spring Friends Stamp Set
My Favorite Things Die-namics Cross-Stitch Circle STAX
My Favorite Things Die-namics Basic Stitch Lines
My Favorite Thing Plaid Patterns 6x6 Paper Pack
My Favorite Things Die-namics Blueprints 27 
My Favorite Things Die-namics Circle STAX Set 2
Pink Cardstock
VersaFine Onyx Black Ink
Water coloring brush
Clear Sequins
Gemini Die cutting Machine
Multi Matte Medium
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Adhesive Tape Runner

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Rustic Cottage by Sara Davies of Crafter's Companion

Well friends, it's almost time for the next big HSN crafty event!!! So are YOU ready?!!! Here's another sneak peek. These are products from the NEW Sara Signature Collection - Rustic Cottage.

I diecut all the pieces and then used Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers to color. For the red on the flower, I used the Macaroon Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. The sentiment is stamped and embossed in white. This card is super simple. Seriously...even if you are not good at watercoloring...you can't go wrong!

The new products I used are:

Sara Signature Collection - Rustic Cottage Classic Lily Die
Sara Signature Collection - Rustic Cottage Filigree Flourish Die
Sara Signature Collection - Rustic Cottage Cherished Memories Metal Die & Stamp Set
Sara Signature Collection - Rustic Cottage 6"x6" Paper Pad

A list of all the products I used on this card are listed at the bottom of the post.

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Careful...you might drool!

Click HERE to see all the great Crafter's Companion products that will be on HSN March 8th. Better get your wish list ready!

Here's what's coming in the Rustic Cottage Collection:

Don't forget to join us on Facebook to keep up to date on everything...and the Facebook Party going on RIGHT ON as we gear up for the HSN Show!

Have a wonderful day,

Crafter's Companion Sara Signature Collection - Rustic Cottage Classic Lily Die
Crafter's Companion Sara Signature Collection - Rustic Cottage Filigree Flourish Die
Crafter's Companion Sara Signature Collection - Rustic Cottage Cherished Memories Metal Die & Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sara Signature Collection - Rustic Cottage 6"x6" Paper Pad
Sectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers: Gold, Sunset, Moss
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen: Macaroon
Gemini Die-cutting/Embossing Machine
Stick-It Adhesive Sheet
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Adhesive Tape Runner
Collall Glue
Red Cardstock
Watercolor Brush
Versamark Ink
White Embossing Powder
Anti-Static Pouch
Heat Embossing Gun
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Monday, February 27, 2017

Back of the Net

Happy Monday crafty peeps! Here's another sneak peek project of some new products from Crafter's Companion that are coming Wednesday March 8th to HSN.

The NEW Die'sire Edge'ables "Back of the Net" Die set. Fun...right?!!! I also used the New Die'sire Classiques - Only Words 1" Alphabet Decorative Uppercase and 1" Numbers & Punctuation Decorative Die sets. The little yellow flag was created from a die out of the New Cherished Memories Die & Stamp set from the Rustic Cottage Signature Collection by Sara Davies.

It was so easy to make the window using the soccer net die. I positioned the die where I would want the corner of the window, then ran it through my Gemini die-cutting machine. Since this is an "Edge'ables" die, the bottom section of the dies is not cut off. After removing the die, I cut out the rest of the window with a ruler and X-Acto knife. Easy as that! I used some fun decorative tape to go round the edged of the window. The black and white stripes are perfect for the soccer theme. For a little extra texture, I put the die back over the ball and sponged on black ink. Then I used a Versamark pen to color over the entire ball and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Here's a look inside the card. The "Back of the Net" Die Set comes with 2 balls and a shoe die. I die-cut the balls and shoe through the blue cardstock panel, then adhered. To make the shoe red and black, I die-cut the shoe again again with red cardstock,  using the pieces to inlay on the design.Then die-cut again from black cardstock, and cut it out to adhere on top. Super easy I tell ya!

Make sure and tune in to HSN on March 8th for the big crafty event! Sara Davies and Jennifer Tryon are ready to BLOW YOU AWAY with all the great new product. They are gonna show some great samples created by the design teams, and demonstrate fun ways to use the products.

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Have a great week!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

HSN Sneak Peek

Hello friends! We are super excited to have another HSN Event with Crafter's Companion USA on Wednesday, March 8th.  Sara Davies is will be back (YAY!) along with Jennifer Tryon with fabulous new goodies! Our design team has been super duper busy crankin' out a bunch of samples with the products that will be up for grabs on the show. Here's a sneak peek of some new Leonie Pujol products that are coming to the show.

Don't you just LOVE THIS?!!! I sure do! I used the new Leoni Pujol Folk Art Fun Photopolymer Stamp Set and the Entwined Love 5"x7" Embossing Folder.

This design looks like a lot of work, but it's so easy! You can whip it out in less than 30 minutes!

It's so hard to capture sparkle on camera...but if you look close, I added Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen to the bursts coming out from the rhinestone on the heart.

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Until the day of the show, make sure to join the party with us over on Facebook for more sneak peeks, inspiration and giveaways!   Crafter's Companion on HSN March 8th!

Have a great day everyone!

Leonie Pujol Folk Art Fun Stamp Set
Leonie Pujol Entwined Love Embossing Folder
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Marker IG2, IG1, Blender
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Clear Overlay
Gemini Machine
Adhesive Tape
Collall All Purpose Glue
Distress Inks: Cracked Pistachio, Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Wilted Violet, Frayed Burlap
Ink Blending tools
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Clear Rhinestone
White Gel Pen

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Watercolored Three-Tier Gift Box

Howdy friends! I've got a really cool tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog showing how to make this set of gift boxes.

I am super happy with how this turned out! I wanted it to look have the appearance of fancy three-tier cake with flowers cascading down the side. Nailed it!

I only used one Spectrum Aqua Marker to do the watercoloring! You could use any color you want and get great results! The stamp set I used is from Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass Groovin’ 60’s Collection – Bloomin’ Sixties. I love this set of flowers!

All the details and instructions with pictures for my Watercolor Three-Tier Gift Box are over on the Spectrum Noir Blog.

 Have fun creating!

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

February 2017 Desktop Calendar Page

Hello friends. It's been a while since I blogged or even really crafted. I got a horrible flu bug the first day of CHA and I've been down ever since. I'm finally today feeling human enough to get a quick project done and posted.

It's time again for another month in my desktop calendar. I always have fun coming up with designs that will fit in the small space I have to create in. For this month I used a really fun Mask & Stencil Set along with 2 stamp sets by Leonie Pujol for Crafter's Companion.

I took the stencils and placed it down on the page. Then I blended some Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Distress Inks over the mask. Next I stamped the little images with black ink. Once done stamping, I removed the stencil mask to reveal the most perfect "Love" sentiment. I love how this turned out!

I added a few bright pink rhinestones and a piece of washi tape in the corner for added texture and interest. That's it! These stencils and stamp really are a load of fun to create with. Check out all the different stencil and stamp sets over at Crafter's Companion HERE.

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Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NEW Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers

Did you see the exciting Spectrum Noir news over at Crafter's Companion USA?  The NEW Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers are now available! YEEEHAWWW!

Get more information about these markers HERE.
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With all the fun adult coloring going on lately, I wanted to show how beautifully these new markers work on a Spectrum Noir Colorista Premium Marker Pads from Crafter's Companion. I picked a page from the Exquisite Florals Pad with colourable glitter.

WOW...right?!!! I love blending and shading...and with the brush nib on these new markers it's so much easier. BONUS --  the OTHER end of the marker is a super-fine nib. Absolutely amazing for coloring in the smaller areas and creating fine details.

Here are a couple pics I snapped during my coloring process.

Lori's Adult Coloring Tip
My tip if you are a newbie to adult coloring is to start by coloring the most familiar item (to you) on the page. For instance...I started coloring the leaves. I knew I was going to color the leaves green, and they were easy for me to pick out. You don't have to color all of them, just something to get you started with coloring. Next I decided I wanted to use a particular color - Aqua. So I picked out a blend of marker colors I liked, and then colored some areas. Just random areas that I felt like coloring. It's really easy once you get going.

Now...what to do with my finished page? I might cut it up and make a few cards - or maybe create a box from the page. hummmm....

Have a beautiful day my friends,

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Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Calendar

It's time for my new year calendar. For the cover, I went with a simple design.

I stamped images from the Spectrum Noir Colorista Elements 3 Stamp Set from Crafter's Companion on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock. Then I colored them with Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers - Set 6.  I colored over the tiny flowers with my Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. The numbers are die-cut twice - once from the colored image and again from Kraft Cardstock.

The number dies are from Sara Davies Signature Birthday Party Collection - Fun With Numbers that were recently released on HSN.

I fussy cut the tiny flowers and added a clear droplets to the centers. I layered the kraft cardstock on the backs -- but slightly shifted. This really adds dimension, and pulls it together with the inside calendar pages.

For the January page, I die-cut the pieces from a super fun Essentials Die'sire 6 piece Treats Mini Die Set that Crafter's Companion just was also just released on HSN.

The mug is die-cut from Watercolour Cardstock 2 times. I colored the pieces with Spectrum Sparkle Pens, then layered the pieces together.
  • Mug: Moonstone, Aquamarine & Peacock
  • Coffee: Smoked Quartz
  • Steam: Clear

I just love the shimmer that the Sparkle Pens have. And...they color on the watercolour cardstock ah-mazing! Isn't that die-cut doily adorable?! The mug is popped up with dimensional foam.

Have a wonderful day,