Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Fresh Brewed Designs Challenge

Hi! Today is another fun challenge over at Fresh Brewed Designs. Ready...Set...GO!

The Challenge Theme: So Cute

I decided to use one of the images from the Cutie Bug Collection for my project. This one is called Cutie Bug Latte.

I think this little cutie bug is just adorable! I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers:

  • Bugs body LY1, CT2, CT4, GB7
  • Coffee cup TN1, EB5, Blender
  • Shading around image BG1, Blender

I used a cloud stencil and sponged with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink. Then I diecut the panel and sponged Broken China, Black Soot and Mustard Seed inks. The sentiment diecut panel has just a hint of glitter on the edge.

I added a couple layers of the image for dimension. The wings have glitter on them, and the feet, nose and ends of antenna I added Black Glossy Accents. A few sequins for good measure :)

I hope you can join the challenge with us. Visit the blog for all the details, and to see the other fun projects from the design team.

Catch ya later!

Fresh Brewed Designs Digi Images - Cutie Bug Latte, Feel Better Soon Sentiment
Spectrum Noir Markers
Distress Inks
Memory Box Die
Lawn Fawn Die
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins
Black Glossy Accents
Crystal Glitter
Foam Adhesive
Inky Antics Cloud Stencil
Misc Cardstocks

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

NEW Kimono Collection

Today,  Crafter's Companion USA released the brand NEW Kimono Collection. The Kimono range consists of a papercrafting CD-ROM, four EZMount™ stamp sets, six 5”x7” embossing folders, and eight decorative metal dies. The new Kimono collection features beautiful illustrations by the talented British artist, Marilyn Robertson, whose distinctive artwork is popular around the world.

I designed my card using the Lotus Flower Stamp Set and the Butterfly Silk Stamp Set.

Aren't these images beautiful?! I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers and Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. Using the colored pencils to add more depth and shading on top of the marker coloring REALLY takes the image to another level.

To frame the image panel, I die-cut the Die'sire Nouveau Stamping Frame from red cardstock - then cut the long sides off and positioned at the sides. Basically I just cut out the center chunk of the die-cut to and was left with 2 borders. I stamped the sentiment on a circle die-cut from the Die'sire Circles set.

I stamped the umbrella area of the image again, and colored just the top of the umbrella. Then fussy cut it out and adhered with foam tape in the center - glued flat down on each end. I also used Shimmer Spritz Sparkle Spray to paint on some of the areas for shimmer. Sparkle Spray is BY FAR my most favorite way to add shimmer to an image. I just squirt a little on my craft mat or acrylic block, and then use a small paint brush to paint with it. LOVE! I also used a White Gel Pen to add a few hi-lights in areas. It's also very hard to see in the picture, but I put down 2 strips of black velvet ribbon.

Spectrum Noir Markers:
Blacks - GG1, GG2, GG3, GG5
Reds - CR2, CR6, CR8
Yellows - CT2, GB6
Skin - FS2, FS3, FS4, TN3
Background around images - BT1, Blender

Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils:
001, 025, 026, 085, 119

Our USA and UK Design Team members have made a TON of beautiful samples for inspiration. Check out the Gallery to see.

Thanks for stopping by today,

Crafter's Companion Kimono Collection Lotus Flower Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Kimono Collection Butterfly Silk Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Nouveau Stamping Frame Die Set
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Essentials Circle Die Set
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils
Spectrum Noir Pencil Blending Kit
Shimmer Spritz Sparkle Spray
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
Black Velvet Ribbon
Red Pearls
White Gel Pen
Small Paint Brush
Black Designer Paper
Red Dot Embossed Cardstock
Die-cut/Embossing Machine
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Monday, April 20, 2015

Stamping with Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers

Hello friends!

Mother's Day is just a couple weeks away, so it's time to get busy making cards. Today, over on the Spectrum Noir Blog, I have a super simple tutorial showing how to stamp images using Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers. I'm certain you'll agree, the results are fantastic! To see the complete tutorial click HERE. And while you're there, leave a comment saying you stopped in to see the post. It would totally make my day :)

This image is 1 stamp Ranunculus Field - from Stampendous. You can see another card I made using this stamp HERE.

After the image was dry, I added Frosted Lace Stickles glitter glue on the flowers and leaves. Since Aqua Watercolor Markers react and blend with water, I was able to add a bit of shading as I applied the Stickles by smearing it around just a bit. The sentiment, from Crafter's Companion Sentimentals Family & Friends Stamp Set, is stamped on Kraft Cardstock and heat embossed in white. I adhered clear sequins on each end of the tag and threaded twine through. I also used Kraft Cardstock to diecut the Bebunni Floral Cottage Lace Die . What a beautiful touch for a this Mother's Day card.

Again, here's the link to my tutorial - Stamping with Spectrum Aqua Markers.  I hope you love this technique as much as I do.
 For You

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Just Imagine You're Here!

Have you checked out all the NEW Sheena Douglass stamps that have been added to the A Little Big Sketchy Collection from Crafter's Companion? Oh my word!!! FUN!!!

I used 2 of the new stamp sets on this card - Endless Summer and The Beach. With summer right around the corner, this just makes me all sorts of happy.

I did all the coloring with Spectrum Noir Markers. For the water and sunset, I used markers and airbrushed with my eBrush. So simple! I love about you? :)

  • Sunset - CT3, CT4, GB5, OR2, CR7 (with eBrush)
  • Ocean - BG6 (with eBrush)
  • Surfboard- EB2, GB8, CT2, BT2, BT5, CR2
  • Tree Trunk - EB2, EG6
  • Palms - CG1, CG2, DG3
  • Sandals - IG5, IG9, Blender

The sand beach panel is hand cut from Gold Dust Shimmering Cardstock topped with Antique Linen Stickles glitter glue and then sprinkled on top (while glue is still wet) some Distress Antique Linen Dry Glitter. I did the same on the little mound under the flip flops. The sentiment is diecut and popped up on foam adhesive. It's hard to see...but I also made some coconuts on the palm trees using Cinnamon Stickles. The surfboard also has a touch of Orange Peel Stickles for a bit of sparkle.

Ahhhh....what a beautiful place to imagine.
Thanks for stoppin' by,

Crafter's Companion Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy - Endless Summer stamp set
Crafter's Companion Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy - The Beach (sentiment)
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Scalloped Circles Dies
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock Gold Dust
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Markers
White, Blue and Black Cardstocks
Ranger Distress Antique Linen Stickles
Ranger Distress Antique Linen Dry Glitter
Ranger Orange Peel Stickles
Ranger Cinnamon Stickles
Natural Twine
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Masking Paper
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

April Spectrum Noir Challenge

Hi everyone! It's that time again, friends. Spectrum Noir Challenge Time!

Our challenge for April is: Use a die-cut

You can interpret this challenge any way you like. There is no right or wrong, and you may use any images, themes, or Spectrum Noir products you choose! Get all the details and enter your project to the challenge gallery HERE. Not on Facebook? Enter here.

I used a really cool die from Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classiques Spring/Summer Collection called Floral Flourish along with some Spectrum Noir Markers and Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers.

I was able to create the look of many dimensions on this design without all the layers. SUPER fun and easy techniques...all done with white cardstock.
Yep...Neenah 110lb cardstock! I die-cut the Floral Flourish and colored with Spectrum Noir Markers. You can't go wrong doing this. Just have fun coloring! Here's the colors I used:
  • Greens CG1, CG2, DG3
  • Reds CR5, CR8, TN7, Blender
  • Yellows CT4, GB5
TIP: If you look closely at the red flowers, you can see a bit of yellow. To get that look, after I colored the red, I colored a bit of CT4 over top. I love how Spectrum Noir Markers blend together like that!

To make the background, I scribbled Gold Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Marker onto an acrylic block. Then I picked up the color with a large wet watercolor brush. By using a bigger brush, I could cover more area faster. This is important since I wasn't using watercolor paper. Basically I just slopped the color around the panel - leaving the center white. Next I dried the panel with my heat tool. To add the splatters, I picked up more gold marker ink on the paintbrush and flicked it all over. I did the same thing using the Chestnut Aqua Marker. Easy stuff I tell ya!

The die-cut is adhered flat. I added little black rhinestones in the center of each flower, stamped a sentiment in black, and finished off with a bit of ribbon tied in a knot and adhered with foam adhesive. The entire panel is mounted on a red notecard with foam adhesive.

I hope I've inspired you to get out some of your die-cuts and Spectrum Noir coloring tools and have some fun. Thanks so much for stopping by.

Spectrum Noir Markers
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classiques Spring/Summer Floral Flourish Die
Stampendous Happy Messages Stamp Set
Black Ink Pad
Neenah 110lb Cardstock
A Muse Studio Colored Cardstock
A Muse Studio Onyx Twinkle Stickers
Ranger Artist Brushes
Acrylic Block
Foam Adhesive Tape
Heat Tool
May Arts Ribbons
Liquid adhesive

Friday, April 10, 2015

Bebunni Daisy Dies

Happy Friday!

I have a crafty confession. I save cardstock scraps. LOTS of them. I even have them sorted out in zip lock baggies by color family! Yep, paper scrap hoarder Lori. One of my friends (you know who you are) is NOT a scrap saver. When we craft together, I snatch up her scraps as fast as she tosses them in the little trash bucket! Can you imagine?! LOL! I just can't let good cardstock got to waste. Actually, my friend would tell you it's not just paper scraps that I save. But that's another story for another day ;)

Here's a card I made using the Bebunni Floral Daisy Dies from Crafter's Companion to die-cut these small flowers. A great way to use up perfectly good scraps of colored cardstock.

These little daisy flowers are so cute! I just love the embossing detail. I die-cut out several of each size and color and popped them up with foam adhesive. The stems are drawn with a fine line black marker. I happened to use the Black Spectrum Aqua Marker. So clean and simple.

The sentiment is from Sentimentals Everyday stamp set - Memories are Made. I diecut the tag using Die'sire Decorative Dies - Scalloped Tags set. It's popped up with foam adhesive and tied with lime green twine from May Arts. Two little orange rhinestones added on the ends for some bling-bling.

What's YOUR crafty confession? 

Leave a comment on this post. I would love to hear about it! 

Enjoy your day,

Crafter's Companion Bebunni Floral Dies - Daisy
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Decorative Dies - Scalloped Tags
Crafter's Companion Sentimentals Everyday Stamps - Memories Are Made
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Marker - Essentials set (black marker)
May Arts Parrot Green String Burlap Ribbon
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink
Orange Rhinestones - A Muse Studio
Die-cutting/Embossing machine
Foam Adhesive
Colored Cardstocks

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sweet Release

WOOHOO! Today is the day for NEW Digi Images from Fresh Brewed Designs! Get ready for some Sweetie Goodies! Here's one of the brand new images called Lil Sweetie Latte.

Coffee and a cupcake...YUMMY! That certainly is a sweet treat. I printed the new image along with one of the sentiments in a great Digi Sentiment set called Love Sentiments.

I printed the image 2 times so I could color the frosting top and cut out to pop up on foam adhesive. The 2 coffee beans, the cake and the eyes on the face are colored over with a clear Glaze Pen.

Some medium grind crystal glitter really gives the frosting some nice sparkle. These new images are ALL so cute and fun to color. Head on over to the Fresh Brewed Designs Blog to see all the other samples from our design team.

Thanks for stopping in,

Digi Images from Fresh Brewed Designs
Lawn Fawn - 6x6 inch petite paper pack - Let's Polka, Mon Amie
Marvy Uchida - Circle Punch
Crafter's Companion - Scalloped Circle Die
The Rubber Cafe - Cotton Candy Jellie Dots
May Arts - Brown Twine
Neenah Solar White Cardstock
Bazzill Brown Cardstock
Medium Crystal Glitter
Clear Glaze Gel Pen
Spectrum Noir Markers
Dots Embossing Folder
Foam Adhesive

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Hippity Hoppity

Hello friends! Happy Easter!

I just adore Brewster the bunny from Eat Cake Graphics. Naturally, I had to make an Easter card with him, but I'll be using him for some upcoming birthday cards. Getting more out of my stamps makes me wanna hippity hop down the bunny trail too! LOL!

To make the background, I sponged the clouds using a stencil and the hills with a hand-cut mask. The grass on the hills was stamped with the mask in place. The trees are stamped on white cardstock, colored, trimmed and adhered flat. Wanna know a great trick? Of course you do! The little areas on the trees, where the branches to into the tree...I didn't cut out those areas. I just colored the white cardstock using a blue marker to match the background sky color.

I also stamped the baby's breath with the mask down, using VersaMark ink and heat embossing with white ep. And because I just LOOOOVE glitter, I added on the flowers :) The sentiment banner is hand-cut and edged in crystal glitter. All the coloring is done with Spectrum Noir Markers. For a bit more bling, I added little a few colored sequins. Kinda looks like colored Easter eggs. I also used a couple die-cuts to make the frame for the card base.

Eat Cake Graphics Stamps:
5062-I Brewster bunny (foot up)
7004-C Baby's breath (left)
7003-C Baby's breath (right)
7020-D Row of grass
7069-O Little line of trees
8065-F Hippity hoppity Easter (text)

Easter Blessings!

Other Products:
Spectrum Noir Markers
Distress Inks and Ink Blending Tools
Neenah Cardstock
Colored Cardstock
Designer Patterened Cardstock
Memento Tuxedo Black Dye Ink
VersaMark Ink
Cloud Stencils
White Embossing Powder
Pretty Pink Posh Sequins
Crystal Glitter
Metal Dies
Die-cutting machine
Foam Adhesive
Glue Dots
Heat Tool

Friday, April 3, 2015

Carrot Favor

Hello everyone!

Only a couple more days until Easter, so here's a quick project idea for all you last minute crafters - like me! LOL

These little babies can be mass produced in no time! Put them in Easter baskets, set them at each place setting for your Easter meal, put a bunch in a decorative dish or basket, or hand them out to your family and friends.

Here's how:

Emboss a piece of orange cardstock with the Petite Dots embossing folder.

Die-cut scalloped circle from the embossed orange cardstock , using the largest scalloped circle die from the Die'sire Essentials Scalloped Circles set.

Gently curve the scalloped circle to form a cone. Apply liquid adhesive to one edge and hold in place for about a minute, making sure the edges stick together.

Add a strip of double sided tape to the inside of cone. This will secure the cello treat bag in place.

Add candy to clear cello treat bag and tie closed with green ribbon.

Place inside treat container, making sure it sticks to double-sided tape.

Create a fun embellished tag and tie on with green twine.

You can make these any size you want. If you don't have clear cello treat bags handy, just use the corners of sandwich baggies and cut to size. Or use plastic food wrap. The receiver will tear into these for the candy treat, so they won't even notice! LOL!

This tutorial is also shown over on the Crafter's Companion USA Blog. You can see it HERE.

20% OFF Easter Weekend Sale!!! That's right folks! To celebrate the holiday on April 5th, Crafter's Companion is offering you 20% off all orders until midnight (EST) on Monday! Your discount will be automatically applied at check out. This offer applies on in stock items only, until midnight EST on Monday, April 6th. Retail orders only. Click HERE to start shopping now!

Products used for this project:
Crafter's Companion Die’sire Essentials Die - Scalloped Circles
Crafter's Companion Die’sire Decorative Dies Scalloped Tags
Crafter's Companion Embossalicious 6”x6” Petite Dots Embossing Folder
Bebunni Yum Yum Yum Stamp Set
Kraft Cardstock
VersaMark Ink Pad
Liquid Adhesive
Double-Sided Adhesive Tape
Lime Green Ribbon
Lime Green Twine
Clear Treat Bags
White Embossing Powder
Heat Embossing Tool
Orange Rhinestones

Enjoy and my your day be full of blessings,

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Making Art Blog Hop

Spectrum Noir and Stampendous have joined together for a "Making Art" week. This blog hop is FULL of great projects using Spectrum Noir coloring tools and fantastic stamps from Stampendous. And... prizes galore! YEAH BABY!

I'm excited to share my project with everyone. I used my Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers along with 2 stamps sets from Stampendous, AND some of the coolest embossing powders & elements imaginable! My favorite design style is Clean and Simple (CAS). On this card, I show how to use the fun Teal Frantage Encrusted Jewel Kit, yet still keep the card CAS.'s possible!

I colored the markers (Bud Green on the stems & leaves, Teal on the flowers) directly on the Ranunculus Field stamp. Next, I spritz with water and stamped onto watercolor paper. Once it was dry, I used a wet watercolor brush to "pull" the stamped ink to color the flowers. Same thing on the leaves and stems. Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Markers are so vibrant and easy to color with!

Once the image was completely dry, I inked up the flowers on the stamp with VersaMark ink and stamped directly over the top of the watercolored flowers. Don't doesn't have to be perfect. Next, I sprinkled on Sky Blue Embossing Powder and Detail Capri Embossing Powder, then heat embossed. AH-MAZING!

For the centers of each flower, I used a VersaMark Marker. Then I used a little glitter spoon to put down a pile of Aged Teal Embossing Enamel in the center of each flower, then melted it with the heat gun. Yep, cool stuff!

The sentiment is from a clear stamp set called Happy Messages. I stamped the sentiment with Versafine Onyx Black Ink.

To finish embellishing, I used a liquid adhesive to place a few pieces of the Teal Mica Flakes on the center of the larger leaves. It's hard to see in the pic, but it's where you see a bit of shine. I also placed  a few more bits of the Mica Flakes as if I would have put down sequins. These mica flakes are sooooo pretty!

Have fun blog hopping and checking out all the great projects.

Click HERE to visit the Spectrum Noir blog and see all the posts for this event and details about entering to win prizes from Spectrum Noir.

Click HERE to visit the Stampendous! Blog for all the fun projects and prize details they have going on.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Always Be Kind

Hi! Here's a card I designed using images from Eat Cake Graphics that are as sweet as they come.

The girl and fence are 2 separate stamps that I used together to make my little scene. So cute! I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers. The little girl is called Violet. Her hair looked curly to I used a super simple technique for coloring curls. If you would like to learn how to easily color curls, go check out the great video Spectrum Noir has a over on their blog HERE. You will also get other great coloring tips on the same video.

The Spectrum Noir Markers I used to color with:
  • Hair - GB1, GB4, GB7
  • Skin - FS1, FS2, TN3, CR2
  • Dress & Bow - CR2, CR6, CR9, HB1, HB3
  • Birds - BT1, IB2, GB3, Blender
  • Fence - GB8, GB10, EB6
  • Grass - DG1, DG2, CG2, Blender

The sentiment is also from Eat Cake Graphics. It's stamped and embossed with Stampendous Detail Capri Embossing Powder. It's one of the embossing powders in the Fran-tage Teal Encrusted Jewel Kit. The sun is a stamp and die are from a My Favorite Things set.
The Eat Cake Graphics Stamps I used are:

1213-O Violet and bluebird
6035-I Summer fence
8233-D Always be kind (text)

See ya later :)