Friday, November 27, 2015

Just popping in to share another make I created with the Crafter's Companion stamps from wonderful the Kimono set called Porcelain.  I used the amazing Spectrum Aqua markers to color the stamp as well as watercolor the punched background.  I found a sentiment stamp from the Bebunni Floral set called Sweet Friend. that fit the card perfectly.  Distress Ink was added to the edges for a little dimension.

The colors of Aqua Markers I colored with were:  Blossom, Begonia, Peach, Lime, Fawn, Topaz, Jasmine, Dessert, Sea Green, and Black.  The ink colors were Wild Honey and Scattered Straw.

I think I'll add this card to the following challenges:

Crafty Gals Corner - anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes

Enjoy your shopping today - gotta love black Friday!


Monday, November 23, 2015

Live in the Moment

I am a little late with this one... the weekend kind of got away from me.  But I wanted to post a new card today that I created while Torrey was here playing.  It was one of my first cards using the Crafter's Companion Spectrum Aqua markers.  I gotta tell ya, these are fast becoming one of my favorite colorants in my craft room.  The more I use them, the more I just love them.  They are so easy and diverse... My only gripe, I want more colors - haha!  I would buy them all for sure.

I used a very versatile stamp set from Crafter's Companion designed by Sheena Douglass called "A little Bit Scenic".  It's all silhouette stamps and so clean and great for the water colored background.  The sentiment is from the same set.

I used the Peacock Blue, Bud Green and King Fisher colors of Spectrum Aquas to create the background.

I'll toss this into the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Love to Scrap - anything goes

Thanks for dropping in.


Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Sending you bunches of love --- Crafter's Companion

I'm back with another post for Crafter's Companion, sharing a simple and sweet card I created while Torrey was visiting.

This adorable stamp is from the Bebunni Floral Set called Bunches of Love.  Isn't he just adorable!  I love the manufacturer tab and the cute little price tag on him.  It's such a happy image.

I used Spectrum Noir colored pencils in the colors of 15, 75, 40, 59, 44, 21, 46, 52, 114, 116, 7, 8, 118, 17, 29, 38, 18, 61 and 111.  I also used a little Distress Ink to darken the edges.  The colors I used are Tattered Rose, Tea Dye, Spun Sugar, and Evergreen Bough.  All of these products can be found at Crafter's Companion.

This card will go into a few challenges:

Love to Scrap - anything goes
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
Artistic Impressions - anything goes / twist of feminine

Thanks so much for visiting!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

A little House Mouse fun

A very dear friend of mine suffered a profound loss this week and I wanted to make him a card showing how much I was thinking of him.  This adorable House Mouse stamp did just the trick.  I colored it up with my Copics, then found the perfect paper to accent the colors I used.  The frame die cut is from Spellbinders and the sentiment is part of an older Hero Arts set I have.  I hope it all brings Kevin a little comfort!

I think I'll enter this card into some challenges:

Inky Impressions - furry friends
A Bit More Time to Craft - anything goes
House Mouse & Friends - use plaid
Artistic Inspirations - anything goes

Hugs to you all!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

With Love - some watercolor fun

It has been such a fun week playing with my new stash from Crafter's Companion.  I am enjoying the Spectrum Aqua Markers so much!

For this card I used the aqua markers to color directly onto the stamp (Sheena - As Seen On Screen - Wouldn't it be Lovely 1).  I then put a tad bit of water on a small brush and applied it to the stamped image to spread the color slightly.  I love how easy this makes a watercolored look.  After that, I used the fine line side of the markers to add some of the detail back into the image.  Such an easy technique for such an artistic look.

Make sure you head over to the Crafter's Companion website and check out the wonderful birthday sales they have going this week - lots of great things to celebrate 10 years for the UK business.

Love to enter this card in the following challenges:

Fussy and Fancy Friday - flowers
Craft Your Passion - anything goes
Through the Craft Room Door - anything goes

Thanks for stopping by - hoping your week is delightful!


Monday, November 2, 2015

Crafter's Companion - Design Team

I can finally yell from the tops of the hills... I made the Crafter's Companion Education Design Team!  I've been so excited to share, but had to be good and wait for the official notification to come out.  I can't wait to dive right in and discover all of the wonderful products they produce.  I hope you'll find lots of inspiration in my creations and tutorials.

The first card I am sharing is called "Dream Big" and was made using some of the exciting products Crafter's Companion produces.

For this card, I used the wonderful new Spectrum Aqua Markers that are available at Crafter's Companion.  They come in a bunch of great colors and are soooo much fun to play with.  They are deceptively easy to use as well.  In the months ahead I'll be showing lots of great techniques to achieve many different looks using these markers.

This card uses a stamp from the Kimono Porcelain for the focal point, then the Dream Big sentiment from the same set.  I embossed it on watercolor paper using clear embossing powder.  All of the coloring is added with the Spectrum Aqua Markers on both the image and the background.  It is easy to achieve a great watercolored looking background with these markers.

I am excited and thrilled to be able to share this news with you.  I'll be back soon to post another project.  I hope you can find some inspiration here!

I will be entering this card in some challenges:

The Paper Girls - use "real" stamps
V's Sweet Ideas - bling it on
Love to Scrap - bling it, girlfriend
Craft Your Passion - anything goes

Thanks for stopping!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Oldie but goodie

I am in the middle of moving and redesigning my craft room studio space... I can't wait to have it done, but in the meantime, my crafting has been suspended.  But when I hooked up an old computer I had, I found the image of a birthday card I made for my mom a year or two ago.  I loved the way it turned out, but haven't shared it here on my blog yet.

It's such a fun image, but honestly I wouldn't even know where to go looking through my stuff right now to find it so I could tell you who makes it.  I know it's an older stamp I found at a garage sale a long time ago.

I would like to enter this in Crafty Gals Corner - add ribbon or flourishes challenge

I hope you enjoy... and I'll be back soon with some new creations!


Sunday, October 11, 2015

Guest Designing for Top Dog Dies

It’s always so much fun to get to play with new tools, and let’s face it – die cuts are not only all the rage, but they are by far one of the most versatile things you can have in your crafting arsenal.

When I got the opportunity to do a couple of designs from the wonderful company, Top Dog Dies, I couldn’t wait to get my fingers all inky and my cardstock all clipped. 

The first die I played with was this wonderful background die cut called Leaf Mosaic.  I cut it once out of watercolor paper, then once out of black cardstock.  I used Distress Ink in several different colors with a blending tool to color the watercolor paper die cut.  One trick here is to add in layers.  I kept getting more and more vibrant colors as I added more ink, which was the end result I was going for.  After that, I added the black cardstock die cut to the back side of the colored one, off set just a tad bit to have it peeking out from behind.  The die cuts then were added to some purple colored cardstock.  I tied a bright ribbon to match, then matted it again on green cardstock and then onto the black card.  A small purple rhinestone at the center of the bow finished it off.  Simple, but in my opinion, stunning!

I was then interesting in using the same die a different way.  I stayed with the watercolor paper and cut the background three different times.  I used a craft knife to cut each leaf out of the background, giving me 36 separate leaves.  I had an older leaf stamp that didn’t match the cutout exactly but enough for the idea of veins on the leaves.  I used my watercolor based markers in many different shades to color directly on the stamp, and then stamped each leaf.  Immediately after stamping, I used a brush lightly dipped in water to dab onto the ink to make it bleed just enough to form a water-colored-look.  The edges were treated with Distress Ink to age them just a touch.  Each one is completely different, but that’s the fun of this technique.  I used the leaves to fill up the side of the card, just like a large pile of freshly raked fall leaves.  I kept this card very simple, just adding some tall hand cut letters to spell out “Fall”, colored again with the watercolor based markers.  They were outlined with a glitter pen, and then covered in crystal lacquer.  A small “happy” die cut word fit over the larger letters to complete the card.

The last one I’ll share today was made using the adorable set called Haunted House.  This one has a bunch of cute elements to the set, and I used all of them.  I started my card using my Distress Inks in several different shades to make a night sky.  Then I flicked some watered-down gesso on it with a small brush to create the starry night background.  I die cut the main house out of bright yellow, adding the detailed house cut out of black cardstock right on top.  Using both glitter glue and a white gel pen, I added some sketchy highlights and edges.  I also added a little bit of white chalk ink to the edges to help it pop off the background.  The house sits on a torn piece of black cardstock treated the same way.  The graveyard was easy to complete as it was all part of the die cut set.  I just added a few ink stokes to make them dimensional.  I added the moon, stars and bat die cuts from the set as well, covering them each in glitter glue to add some sparkle.  The sentiment is stamped in chalk ink, then smudged and highlighted with both a glitter pen and a white gel pen.

These were so much fun to play with… and I am thrilled for the opportunity of guest designing for Top Dog Dies.  You should definitely pop over to their website and check out all they have to offer over there.

Thanks for stopping by.