Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Fresh Brewed Designs Bunny Challenge

Today we start a new challenge over on Fresh Brewed Designs: Bunnies. Get all the challenge and prize info on the blog HERE.

I used a Digi Image called Happy Hopper.

This bunny has scored BIG on a couple yummy carrots! I colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils and gamsol. The carrot tops have FlowerSoft added on them. The carrots have a bit of orange glitter added. Loooooove that shimmer and bling!

I added some washi tape, bakers twine, orange rhinestones, grass border punch, and a sentiment word died that I die-cut out 3 times and stacked.

I hope you can join the challenge!

Fresh Brewed Designs Digi Image Happy Hopper
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils - 020, 022, 112, 009, 056, 058, 061
Gamsol and Blending Stumps
Neenah White Cardstock
Green Cardstock
Bakers Twine
FlowersSoft Shamrock Green
Orange Rhinestones
A Muse Studio Hello Die
Martha Stewart Grass Boarder Punch
Washi Tape
Diecutting/Embossing Machine
Foam Dimensional Adhesive

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Iris Picture Project

Hello friends,

Check it's NOT a card. I made an 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" picture. I actually shipped this to the  Crafter's Companion USA headquarters to be used for show samples.

The stamp set is called Sheena's A Little Bit Floral - Iris Set. This flower is beautiful!  I colored it with Spectrum Noir Markers
  • Flower - HB1, HB2, HB3, LV3, IG6, CT3, GB4, GB7, Blender
  • Leaves - CG1, DG2, DG3, DG4, IG6, Blender

 I did multiple layers of the flower and leaves for dimension. 

The iris flower border is stamped with green ink. I used The Ultimate Crafter's Companion to score boarder lines on a piece of 8" x 8" Black Pearl Shimmering Cardstock, then adhered that to a 8 1/2" x 8 1/2" panel of purple cardstock.

Fun stuff!

Friday, March 20, 2015

Spring is HERE!

Hello my crafty friends,

Today is the First Day of Spring. Are you excited?! looks like these little guys are!

I just adore all these fun stamps from Eat Cake Graphics. They make me soooo happy! I colored with my Spectrum Noir Markers as follows:
  • Leaves CG4, CG3, CG1 
  • Grasshoppers DG3, CG2, CG1
  • Eyes IB2 
  • Flowers GB4 
  • Background BT1, GG1, Blender 
I stamped the leaves and grasshopper again on white cardstock, colored and fussy cut. You can see in the closeup pic how I popped up some of the leaves and the jumping grasshopper. I also added some glitter and glaze.

For the clouds I hand-cut a stencil and sponged Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. The die-cut cloud is from Memory Box, and worked perfectly for the sentiment. I also sponged a bit of distress ink on the top edges of that piece, plus added a few orange rhinestones.

The Eat Cake Graphics stamps that I used to design my fun first day of Spring card:

5028-B Grasshopper
7031-I Plant
7003-C Baby's breath (right)
7004-C Baby's breath (left)
7020-D Row of grass

Happy Spring!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Congratulations and Celebrations

Here's a card I designed using the new Church and Steeple Die from Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classiques Spring/Summer Die Collection

I diecut and embossed the church from white and dark grey cardstocks. Then, I cut out the parts I wanted to use from the grey and adhered on top of the white. A piece of patterned yellow cardstock is adhered on the back to show through the windows and door. The door is hinged, so it opens and closes. Super fun!

I also use the Die'sire Decorateive Die Nouveau Frame set. The church fit perfectly on the frames. The cloud is also new. It's called Head in the Clouds. LOVE! The sentiment is from Sentimentals Vintage Floral Collection - Phrases.  A few crystal rhinestones and satin grey ribbon complete the card.

Have a beautiful day!

Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classique Spring/Summer Collection - Church and Steeple Die
and Head in the Clouds die set
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Decorative Die Collection- Nouveau Stamping Frame
Crafter's Companion Vintage Floral Sentimentals Collection - Phrases stamp set
Colored Cardstocks from A Muse Studio and Memory Box
Black Ink
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Diecutting/Embossing Machine

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Magical Green Watercolored Texture Paste

Happy St. Patrick's Day. No pinchin' here :)

This card is LOADED with green. I made the textured background with a stencil and texture paste on a panel of watercolor cardstock. Once it was completely dry, I painted on the panel with Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers (Lime, Moss and Bud Green). Then I spayed the entire panel with Sparkle Sheer Shimmer Spritz.

The images are stamped and colored with Spectrum Noir Markers. Normally I would color this dude with red hair, but this time I decided to go black for a change of pace. I painted the over the clovers, grass hills, hat and shoe buckles with Sparkle Shimmer. There's 1 little green rhinestone is in the center of the 4 leaf clover that is being held. To make the sentiment panel, I stamped the shamrock with Memento New Sprout Ink and then stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black.  The clouds are stamped and paper pieced with gingham patterned paper. FUN!

Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • Skin TN2, FS3, FS2
  • Black areas IG4, IG6, IG8, IG10
  • Green areas DG1, DG2, DG3, CG1, CG2, CG3, CG4
  • Shadows IG1, IG2, Blender 

Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Paper Smooches A Magical Spring Stamp Set
A Muse Cloud Stamp
Paper Smooches Frame 1 Die
The Crafter's Workshop 6" x 6" Mini Cubist Stencil
Ranger Texture Paste
Sheer Shimmer Spritz Sparkle
Ranger Watercolor Cardstock
A Muse Studio Cardstock
Bazzill Cardstock
Rhinestone Sticker
Memento Tuxedo Black and New Sprout Die Ink
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Die-cutting machine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Paper Smooches ANYTHING Goes Challenge:

Monday, March 16, 2015

March Spectrum Noir Challenge

Hey friends. Have you had a chance to check out this months Spectrum Noir Challenge?

March Spectrum Noir Challenge: Use a Sentiment

This is super easy...right? Create anything you want using your Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, blendable colored pencils, AquaTint inks, or the new Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, and use a sentiment. Get all the challenge and prize details HERE.

For my card, I used Spectrum Noir Markers with the eBrush and a stencil.

The stencil I used is Crafter's Companion Sheena Douglass - Burst. I placed it on the white cardstock panel and airbrushed with CT5. Then, I slightly turned the stencil and airbrushed with CT1. I slightly turned it again and sprayed with Gold Shimmer Spritz. Super easy!

The cross is stamped and heat embossed with Metallic Gold Embossing Powder. I actually stamped the cross once again, right on top of the embossing, added more gold ep and heat set again. All the shimmer and shine looks even  more beautiful in real life! For added shimmer, I mat the panels with Crafter's Companion Black  Pearl Shimmering Cardstock.

Hope you can play along with us for the challenge. Thanks for stopping by!

Spectrum Noir Markers CT5, CT1
Crafter's Companion Sheena Decorative Stencil - Burst
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Black Pearl
Tsukineko Shimmer Spritz - Gold
Paper Smooches Stamp Set - Spiritual Sampler
Metallic Gold Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink
Black Ink
Corner Rounder Punch
Circle Punches
Heat Embossing Tool
Clear Pebbles
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Glossy Accents

Friday, March 13, 2015

Coloring Bebunni with Spectrum Aqua and Dove Blender Pen

Hello friends. I've got a tutorial on how to color this adorable Bebunni stamped image with Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers and a Dove Blender Pen. Click HERE to check it out over on the Spectrum Noir Blog.

For this card, I stamped the image on watercolor cardstock. I used a Dove Blender Pen to pick up marker ink to color the image. It's amazing...and soooo EASY! Basically, you are using the Dove Blender Pen like you would a paintbrush. You can control how much color you pick up, and how much color you lay down when coloring.

After I was done coloring, I added some colored glitter and clear dimensional glaze. I reeeeeeally like how this turned out! The Bebunni Yum Yum Yum Stamp Set is from Crafter's Companion. I stamped the "YUM" on the little tag by the bunnies ear. The scalloped pieces are diecut from colored cardstock using Crafter's Compaion Bebunni Floral Cottage Lace Die. I slightly shifted them to create a bit of visual dimension. I also added a strip of washi tape down the left side of the image panel. Love that stuff!

Step by step coloring instructions are on the Spectrum Noir Blog HERE.

Catch ya later!

Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Marker Sets - Essentials, Floral and Nature
Dove Blender Pen
Strathmore Cold Press 140 lb. Watercolor
Archival Jet Black Ink
Bebunni Yum Yum Yum Stamp Set
Watercolor Palette
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
A Muse Studio Colored Cardstock
Bebunni Floral Cottage Lace Die
Die-cutting Machine
Decorative Tape
Clear Dimensional Glaze
Glue Pen
Foam Adhesive

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Avery Elle Stripes Challenge

As much as I love playing challenges, I seem to never take time out and create for them. Sometimes you just gotta force yourself and GIT-R-DONE! So I did :)

This is a card I made for the Avery Elle Stripes Challenge.

I was inspired by a card in one of the StampinUP catalogs for this card. Isn't it great?!! I used  Avery Elle's Celebrate Stamp Set on this one, along with the Icon Fill in the Blanks Die set and Hello Die. The cardstock and ink are also from Avery Elle - Aquamarine and Mimosa.

I created the diagonal stripes with a stamp that is made up of stripes. baa-BAMM! of the star stamps is also stripes. Double baa-BAMM!

I diecut the sentiment 3 times and stacked for dimension. The stars are popped up on foam adhesive. Yep..I'm lovin' this card!
If you wanna play the Avery Elle "Stripes Challenge" click HERE for details.

Thanks for stoppin by to check out my card.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Ask a gardener

Time for another Challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs!  Since Spring is right around the corner, let's see some Flowers. Get all the challenge and prize info on the blog HERE.

I used a digi image called Daffodil and Daisy.

I also used the digi image called Flower Planter. Everything is colored with markers. In the closeup you can see I added glitter to the flower petals.

What a perfect sentiment for the card! It's also a digi available from Fresh Brewed Designs - Ask a Gardener.

I hope you have time to play along with us.

Have a happy day :)

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

New Garden Birdhouse and Floral Flourish Dies

Hey crafters. Here's another card I made using 2 more dies from the NEW Crafter's Companion Die'sire Spring/Summer Die Collection.

Isn't that Garden Birdhouse Die adorable?! I die-cut 3 layers (2 white, 1 black) and stacked them to make the piece sturdy and dimensional. I love doing that with dies.  The other new die I used is the Floral Flourish. The size is PERFECT for a standard card. On both the birdhouse and the flourish, I sponged on Black Soot Distress ink. That really defines the embossed areas to show more details.

I stamped the background scene with Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Garden  and Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - Wrought Iron stamp sets. Then sentiment is from the Vintage Floral Collection - Greetings stamp set. A few flower sequins ans crystal rhinestones in the centers were my final finishing touch.

Thanks for stoppin by!

Dies - Crafter's Companion Die'sire Spring/Summer Die Collection Garden Birdhouse Die and Floral Flourish
Stamps - Crafter's Companion  Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic - Silhouette Garden stamp set; Sheena's A Little Bit Sketchy - Wrought Iron stamp set;  Vintage Floral Collection - Greetings stamp set 
Inks - Memento Dye Inks Grey Flannel and Cottage Ivy; Memento Luxe Ink Pear Tart; Distress Ink Black Soot; Versafine Onyx Black
Misc. - Foam Adhesive; Lawn Fawn Sequins; Cardstock and Papers from A Muse Studio

Friday, March 6, 2015

NEW Crafter's Companion Mediterranean Window Die

Hi! Today Crafter's Companion USA is releasing a NEW Die'sire Spring/Summer Die Collection.  Just wait till you see all these wonderful  dies!

Today I'm sharing the new Mediterranean Window Die. It comes with 2 dies - the window and the flower box. I used both on my card, but you can create with them individually.

I reeeeealllly love how this turned out! Best of all - YOU can make quick. The receiver of this card will think you spent hours on it! 

The window is die-cut and embossed. I adhered a panel of vellum behind the window only (not the shutters). Before I attached the window with foam tape to the blue cardstock panel, I adhered a die-cut heart flat down on the blue cardstock. I just held the window over where I wanted it to go to eyeball where to put the heart.

For the flower box, I die-cut the piece 2 times. On the first one I sponged green and red inks to shade the flowers. Then I colored the flower centers with a white gel pen. Then I added crystal glitter on all the flowers. For the 2nd die-cut piece, I cut off all the flowers and layered it on top of the first piece with foam tape. Then the entire piece is adhered to the bottom of the window. 

The sentiment is stamped on kraft cardstock, then cut down to make into 2 pieces. Both pieces are adhered flat. The larger heart is popped up with foam tape. The 2 tiny hearts are glued flat. That's pretty much it. You can change up the colors, use stars or flowers instead of hearts, or any other fun ideas you have. I can't wait to make some Halloween and Christmas themed "window" cards! 

Check out all the NEW Spring/Summer dies on the Crafter's Companion USA website HERE.

Check out what the Education Design Team has created to inspire you on the Blog and on Facebook.

Enjoy your day!

Die'sire Classique Dies - Mediterranean Window
Bebunni Floral Collection Dies - Hearts
Vintage Florals Collection Sentimentals - Phrases stamp set
Kraft Cardstock
White Cardstock
Colored Cardstocks
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Distress Inks Barn Door and Peeled Paint
Crystal Glitter
White Gel Pen
Sanding Block
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Diecut/embossing machine

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Easter Eggstravaganza

NEW Fresh Brewed Designs Digi images are here!!!  And just in time for making some fun Spring and Easter cards. I totally should have done this blog post yesterday, but I've been sick in bed with the flu for 2 days. Maybe I need to make myself a feel better soon card? LOL!

I used the NEW Cutie Bug Easter Bunny digi image...and cutie it is! I'm all about the cute stuff. I colored with markers in Spring colors. Then I added crystal glitter. This is a tri-fold window card. When it's all folded up it looks like this:

The grass is a punch, the eggs and the sentiment are some rubber stamps I've had in my crafty stash from a loooooog time ago. The new Cutie Bug Easter Bunny is colored, cut out, and popped up on foam adhesive. The lime green rhinestone stickers add just a bit more green color to the front of the card, and pull the image and sentiment together. 

Make sure to hop on over the see ALL the NEW Spring Digi images. You'll want 'em ALL!