Nordic Christmas Gift Box

Just got back from vacation, and it’s time to get back into the swing of things here with a sneak peek of an adorable collection coming next week to Crafter’s Companion US called “Nordic Christmas”. For Christmas crafting in a Scandinavian style, this fabulously festive Nordic Christmas papercrafting collection offers everything from snowy village scenes to images of Santa and friends to coordinating digital papers and embellishments. The collection comes in the forms of stamp sets, embossing folders, and a papercrafting CD, and is bound to inspire lots of creative seasonal makes! The papercrafting CD contains much more than just standard Christmas cardmaking; you’ll be able to create lots of festive projects, including fun table decorations and trinket boxes.

Now, for my sneaky peek:



I created this cute gift box using the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Tool, and I embellished it with the stamp image and one of the sentiments from the “Christmas Cheer” stamp set in the Nordic Christmas collection. I colored the image using my Spectrum Noir markers. I also used one of the printable pattern papers and tags from the Nordic Christmas papercrafting CD. I added some Snow Writer texture paint to the hat and boots.

Project details:

Stamped image from Christmas Cheer stamp set

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers on Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Body – TN9, TN6, TN3, TN2
Antlers – EB7, EB5, EB3, TN6
Nostrils – EB5, EB3, TN6, TN2
Blanket – IG6, IG4, IG2, IG1, Blender, DR7, DR5, DG4, DG3, CG4, True Black
Hat/Border – DG4, CG4, CG2
Scarf/Boots – DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5
Lights – DR3, FL1, GB5, CT2, FL3, LG5, CG3, TB4, IB2
Background paper and gift tag from Nordic Christmas CD
Sentiment from Christmas Cheer stamp set


Flights of Fantasy Collection Now Available!

The Flights of Fantasy CD collection is now available at Crafter’s Companion USA! I have created another card using one of the Enchanting Elves digital images from the CD collection, coloring her with my Spectrum Noir markers. Below is the outside view of the card.

Flights of Fantasy CD
Flights of Fantasy CD

I embellished the image with the Die’sire Delicate Butterfly die for the butterfly diecuts. I used Spectrum Noir markers in my Craftwell eBrush to add the shading to the butterflies, as well as to the edge of my digital image. I also added some Fran-tage embossing enamel around the colored image .


Here is a view of the inside of the card. I created this pop-out card using the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Tool for the scoring and also for the embossed butterfly shape for the center. I again used Spectrum Noir markers in the eBrush to airbrush the edge of the butterfly.

Project Details:

Enchanted Elves image 15a from Flights of Fantasy CD collection

Colored with Spectrum Noir Markers on Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock
Skin – PL1, FS9, FS5, FS4, FS2, FS1
Hair – EB8, EB3, TN3
Red Roses – DR6, DR3, CE7, CR5
Orange Roses – DR4, OR3, OR2, OR1
Leaves – JG6, JG3, LG5, CG3
Dress – LV3, LV2, PL4, PL3, PL2
Collar – BT9, BT5, BT4, BT2
Eyes – BT9, BT4, GT3, GT2
Lips – DR3, CR7, CR5
Butterfly – LV3, PL3, PL2
Edge of image and inside butterfly eBrushed with LV3, PL5
Butterfly diecuts – Die’sire Delicate Butterfly – cut from Crafter’s Companion shimmering cardstock, eBrushed with LV3, PL5

Crafter’s Companion products used:


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ShimmeringCardstock   eBrushThumb

Dreams Come True

CrIspSpring2015I absolutely love the Crafter’s Companion Crafter’s Inspiration craft kits, and the 2015 Spring edition (found HERE at Crafter’s Companion US) offers plenty of elements to satisfy your creativity! This edition includes a beautiful flower die, a stamp set, an embossing folder, a floral template, an instructional DVD and a papercrafting CD, plus a magazine full of tutorials and inspiration! I combined a few of the digital stamps contained on the papercrafting CD to create the scene for this card, printed it out on Spectrum Aqua watercolor paper, and colored it with my Spectrum Aqua markers. Details below.



I have used the following images from the papercrafting CD for this project:

-Dreams Come True
-Sheena Douglass Fields of Gold
-Time Out

Colored with Spectrum Aqua colors:
Mouse – Charcoal, Slate
Mushroom – Burgundy, Crimson, Desert, Topaz
Grass/Leaves – Bud Green, Evergreen
Flowers – Gold
Sky/Water – Kingfisher, Aquamarine, Teal, Peacock Blue

Crafter’s Companion products used:

SpecAquaCard  SpecAquaBundle




Flights of Fantasy Sneak Peek

Today I am bringing you a sneak peek of a new twin-CD collection coming in a few days to Crafter’s Companion USA. The collection is called Flights of Fantasy by Morgan Fitzsimons, and will be available on July 24. This is a gorgeous collection of fantasy designs, from fairies and elves to dragons and unicorns, plus much more! In addition to digital stamps to color, there are pre-colored prints and topper sheets,  customizeable coordinating background papers, sentiments, card and fabric companions and so much more! I created this card using one of the digital stamps, colored with Spectrum Noir markers, and a coordinating background paper from the CD collection.

FOFELF13AJC2CCWMI colored up this elf image using Spectrum Noir markers (see below for color list). I paired it with the Sheena Douglass Wild Rose die set and the Die’sire Delicate Butterfly die, both available at Crafter’s Companion. I used Spectrum Noir markers in my Craftwell eBrush to add the shading to the leaves and flowers, as well as the frame of the image. I added some sprinkles of Fran-tage Aged Wine embossing enamel around the image to give it a “fairy dust” feeling.

Project Supply list:

Flights of Fantasy Image 13A and background paper from Flights of Fantasy CD
Colored with Spectrum Noir Markers on Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock
Skin – PL1, FS9, FS5, FS4, FS1
Hair – IG10, IG6, IG3
Purple Butterfly – BP4, LV3, PL5, PL3, PL2, PL1
Teal Butterfly – IB1, BT7, BT4, BT2
Leaves – JG6, JG3, LG5, CG3
Flowers – DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5, CR3, OR3, OR2, OR1
Facial dots – PP6, PP4, PP2
Lips – DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5, CR3
Eyes – EB8, EB3, TN4
Collar – BT7, BT5, BT4, BT2, IB1
Butterfly die – Die’sire Delicate Butterfly using Crafter’s Companion shimmering cardstock, eBrushed with LV3, PL5
Leaves and Flowers dies – Sheena Douglass Wild Rose – eBrushed with CG3, LG5, JG3, JG6 on leaves and DR3 on flowers
Edge of image eBrushed with IG8

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Straight From the Horse’s Mouth

I heard it straight from the horse’s mouth that this stamp set from Sheena Douglass, available at Crafter’s Companion, was awesome! And boy, was he right! The ez-mount stamp set is called “From the Horse’s Mouth” and is part of Sheena’s “A Little Bit Sketchy” collection. I colored up the horse stamp with my Spectrum Noir markers using a flicking technique for hair, and used one of the sentiments from the set to create this galloping good card 🙂



Colors used:

EB8, EB3, TN3

Used a microliner pen and white gel pen to enhance the horse’s eye.

Crafter’s Companion USA Products used:

MarkerStorage_Thumb Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Skietchy -  Orchids CardstockThumb

Kids on the Beach









My latest step by step tutorial is up on the Spectrum Noir Blog. Come see how I created the look of sky and sand texture using Spectrum Noir markers in the Craftwell eBrush airbrush system. I completed the picture using my Spectrum Noir pencils. So easy and such a great effect! Project details below.





Sky – eBrushed with TB3, BT3, BT7, LY2
Sand – eBrushed with GB9, TN5, EB6, EB7

Rest of image colored with Spectrum Noir pencils
Water – 65, 66, 71
Clouds – 001, 113
Boy hair – 84, 92, 96, 101
Girl hair – 13, 15, 84, 88
Skin – 002, 007, 008, 92
Dress – 19, 21, 46, 47, 53
Shorts – 25, 27, 33
Buckets – 18, 21, 27, 38, 39, 41
Shovels 27, 66, 71
Rubber stamped image from Inkadinkado

Very Special Card

Spectrum Noir has a fabulous tutorial on their website HERE for coloring a galvanized metal effect using Spectrum Noir markers. I colored up this totally adorable digital stamp from Art by Miran with my Spectrum Noir markers, and used the tutorial to color the watering can to look like galvanized metal. Pretty cool, huh? See below for details.



Digital image is Little Garden Sally by Art by Miran
Hair – EB8, EB3, TN3
Skin – PL1, FS9, FS4, FS4, FS2, FS1
Clothes/Boots – BT9, BT5, BT4, BT – GB7, CT4, CT2
Soles – IG9, IG5, IG2, BG3
Eyes – TB5, TB4, TB3, IB3, IB2
Metal Can – IG5, IG4, IG3, IG2, IG1
Flowers – Die’sire Classiques Forget Me Not die, eBrushed with BT9 and BT5

Flip-Fold Tri-Fold Birthday Card

I found an awesome flip-fold tri-fold video tutorial on the Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Tool Ultimate Christmas Project DVD, and I couldn’t wait to use the idea for my granddaughter’s first birthday card!



This card is really easy to make with the Ultimate Crafter’s Companion tool. To the front, I added a digital image from Wee Stamps that I colored with my Spectrum Noir markers. The flowers were die cut using the Die’sire Delicate Flower die and the edges were eBrushed with Spectrum Noir markers.



On the inside panel, I hand drew a flower and a couple butterflies and colored them with my Spectrum Noir pencils.

Project Details:

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium Cardstock
Hair – EB4, GB6, GB3, TN4
Skin – LV1, PL1, FS9, FS5, FS2
Bib/Flowers – PL4, PL3, PP5
Clothes – BP6, PP5, PP4, PP3
Bears – GB7, TN7, TN6
Plate – IG9, BG6, IG4, IG3, IG2
Candle – DR3, OR7, CR7
Flame – DR2, CR8, OR2, CT3
Cake – JG6, LG5, CG3
Frosting – BT6, BT4, IB2
Hand drawn butterflies/flowers – Spectrum Noir pencils 035, 033, 032, 031, 021, 019
Flower Dies – Die’sire Delicate Flower, using Crafter’s Companion shimmering cardstock, eBrushed edges with DR7, DR3



Spectrum Noir July Challenge – Summer

It’s time for another challenge over at Spectrum Noir! The theme for July is “Summer”. Use any Spectrum Noir products to create a summer-themed project and enter it for your chance to win! Here’s the summer themed card I created for my DT inspiration. You can enter on Facebook HERE, or at

The rubber stamp used is called “Love Birds” from the Moonbeam Meadow collection at Crafter’s Companion.

Flower die is “Delicate Flower” from the Die’sire collection at Crafter’s Companion.

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers

Bird House – EB3, TN9, TN7, TN6, TN3, TN2, TN1
Birds – TB7, TB5, TB4, TB3, TB1
Tree – EB7, EB3, TN9, TN6, TN3, Blender
Leaves – JG6, JG3, LG5, LG3
Flowers/Ribbon – DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5
Butterflies/House topper – GB7, GB4, CT3

eBrushed diecut flowers using DR3, eBrushed leaves and image frame using JG6