Congrats Grad (in sepia tone)

It’s that time of the year, graduation time! Our youngest son is graduating high school this year, where has the time gone?!? He’s always been a bit of a bookworm, so I thought this stamp from Sheena Douglass’ Knowledge stamp set was the perfect fit for his graduation card.


I used a tutorial from the Spectrum Noir website for coloring sepia tones and applied the techniques to this coloring. I think he’ll like it! ūüôā

Project details:

Books stamp – Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Magical Knowledge
Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils 100, 094, 090, 088, 008
Sentiment stamp – Crafter’s Companion Victorian Floral Sentimentals Phrases
Embossalicious 6×6 Lattice embossing folder
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo Distress Ink
Colorbox Liquid Chalk Dark Brown

A Little Bit Sketchy

Sheena Douglass has an awesome new stamp collection available at Crafter’s Companion, part of her A Little Bit Sketchy line. I love the look of these, there are so many ways you can make them look like they are torn¬†right out of the background!


I colored this beauty, from the A Little Bit Sketchy Clematis stamp set, with Spectrum Noir markers. The background was airbrushed using Spectrum Noir markers and then distressed with Tim Holtz distress ink.

Project Details:
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy РClematis stamp set
Spectrum Noir markers:
Flowers – DR7, DR3, BP7, BP5, BP2, PP1
Leaves – JG6, JG3, LG5, CG3
Blue Background – TB7, TB5, TB4, TB3, IB3
Torn Edges – EB3, TN3, TN2, GB2
Distressed background – Airbrushed with Spectrum Noir TN7, TN3, then distressed with Tim Holtz Vinage Photo distress ink

Mixed Media Tutorial and new Sheena Douglass Torn stamp sets

As soon as I saw the new stamp sets from Sheena Douglass, called “Torn” because they have the appearance of torn paper, I had the urge to do a mixed medial project with them. To view¬†a step by step tutorial for this project, visit the Crafter’s Companion blog.


The center image and the flower, moths and leaves are from the new Sheena Douglass Torn collection. I colored them using Spectrum Noir markers. The background crackle patter was stamped over the images (instructions for this technique are in the tutorial), then spritzed with mists and airbrushed with Spectrum Noir markers.


Dimensional paints were then applied over the center image and all of the flowers, leaves and moths.

Visit the Crafter’s Companion blog for the complete step by step tutorial for this project.

Project Details:

Crafter’s Companion US supplies:
Sheena Douglass Torn Clematis stamp set
Sheena Douglass Torn Moths stamp set
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy Ageing Beautifully stamp set
Ultra Smooth Premium White cardstock
Stick and Spray Removeable Adhesive
Spectrum Noir markers
Flowers – GB9, GB7, GB5, GB4, CT4
Leaves – JG6, JG3, LG5, CG3
Large – Moths – IB3, IB2, IB1, BP4, BP1
Small Moths – DR4, OR3, OR2, OR1
Torn Edges – EB3, TN3, TN2, GB2
Blue Background – TB7, TB5, TB4, TB3

Other Supplies:
Memories Black Ink
Art Anthology Sorbet dimensional paints – Kenyan Copper, Vegas Gold, Dazzle
Ranger Ink Perfect Pearls Mist – Mint, Sour Apple, Kiwi, Sunflower Sparkle
Rubber Cement
Acrylic Block
Heat Gun
Adhesive Eraser

Spectrum Noir Vintage Sparkle

Have you seen the latest color additions to the Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens? These gorgeous Vintage hues are simply stunning!


Here, I created a gift box using my Big Score scoring board, and used the colored design for the topper. I colored these tropical stamps from the Sheena Douglass Tropical Nectar stamp set with Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, and then overlaid the watercoloring with Vintage hue Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers.


The inside of the box has a fun little compartment for a special gift, and space left over to tuck in some yummy goodies!

Project Details:

11×17 Opulence Card Pack
Sheena Douglass Tropical Nectar stamp set
Spectrum Aqua markers
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor cardstock
Spectrum Noir Vintage Sparkle Markers
Hummingbird – Spectrum Aqua Orchid, Wildflower, Evergreen, Bud Green, Peacock Blue, Kingfisher, Scarlet. Overlaid with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Vintage markers Sage, Fig, Peacock Blue
Flower – Spectrum Aqua Marigold, Gold, Yellow. Overlaid with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Vintage markers Biscuit, Sage

Big Score scoring board

Spectrum Noir May Challenge is up!

It’s time for a new challenge over at Spectrum Noir. The theme this month is “Use Flowers”. The perfect theme for this lovely spring month!


Here is an oldie but goodie, Popcorn the Bear Thanks a Bunch stamp (retired) from Crafter’s Companion, colored with Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolor pencils on Spectrum Aqua watercolor cardstock.

Think Spring and get your floral entries in over at Spectrum Noir!


Project Details:

Popcorn the Bear Thanks a Bunch stamp
Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolor pencils
Spectrum Aqua watercolor cardstock
Flowers – Elderberry, Violet, Fig, Soft Red, Mango, Chrome Orange, Sunshine
Leaves – Verdant Green, Bright Green, Parakeet
Bear – Sorrel, Brunette, Beeswax, Hickory
Duck – Mango, Chrome Orange, Sunshine, Carrot
Sentiment – Crafter’s Companion Vintage Floral Greetings stamp set

Downton Abbey card

I just love the elegant, timeless look and feel of the Downton Abbey collection,¬†available at Crafter’s Companion US, and the Downton Abbey cardmaking kit from Crafter’s Companion US, available at HSN.



Here I have used some papers and embellishments from the Downton Abbey cardmaking kit¬†¬†to make this masculine themed gatefold card. For the shirt, I found some origami¬†instructions online, then used one of the papers from the kit and folded it¬†into a¬†shirt. Great card for any man in your life, don’t you agree?


Spectrum Noir AquaBlend coloring tutorial

I have a new tutorial up on the Spectrum Noir blog for a quick and easy way to color small flower petals with the new Spectrum Noir AquaBlend watercolor pencils.


For this project, I used a stamp set from Inky Antics called Flower Chick HoneyPOP.

Check out the tutorial HERE

Project Details:

Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Watercolor Pencils
Spectrum Aqua Watercolor Cardstock
Inky Antics Flower Chick HoneyPOP stamp set
Flowers – Hickory, Carmine, Ruby, Strawberry
Leaves – Pine Green, Parakeet, Bright Green
Chick/flower center – Sorrel, Chrome, Orange, Pineapple
Beak – Carrot, Strawberry
Shirt – Cherry, Ruby, Petunia, Watermelon
Ground – Cherrywood, Oak, Sorrel
Sky – Sky Blue


New Goodies from Crafter’s Companion coming to HSN!

Sara Davies from Crafter’s Companion is back on HSN (Home Shopping Network) starting at 11pm CST tonight (12am EST), bringing some awesome new crafting goodies!


One of the new collections she’ll be bringing are these fabulous pattern stamps from the Flutterby Lullably collection. I colored this one with Spectrum Noir markers and used it to decorate the lid of a gift box.


Project Details:
Flutterby Lullably pattern stamp
Colored with Spectrum Noir markers
BT7, BT5, BT4, BT2
DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5
PL5, PL4, PL2
GB8, GB5, CT4, CT2
BP6, PP5, PP2, PP1
TB6, TB5, TB3, TB1
DG3, CG3, CG1, GB5

Box made using Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Tool and Crafter’s Companion construction cardstock.

Verity Rose Papercrafting Collection

Exciting news!!! Sara Davies of Crafter’s Companion is coming back to the US for a crafty day on HSN this¬†Wednesday, May 4th. One of the new collections she’ll be bringing is the adorable new Verity Rose papercrafting collection. Here I have colored up the character stamp from the Verity Rose Moonstruck stamp set using only the colors available in the 72 core set of Spectrum Noir markers, which will also be featured on HSN Wednesday.


Click HERE for a preview of what Sara will be featuring this Wednesday on HSN.



Project details

Verity Rose Moonstruck character stamp

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers
Sara’s Signature Collection Floral Delight In Bloom flower and leaf dies
Skin – TN2, FS3, FS6, FS2
Hair – IG10, IG6, IG4
Eyes – TB5, TB3, TB1
Lips – DR7, DR3, CR10
Hat – GB8, GB5, CT4
Chair cushion – DR7, DR5, DR3, CR11, CR10, CR8
Chair wood – EB5, TN7, EB2
Dress/Ribbon – BT7, BT5, BT4, BT2, BT1
Flowers DR3, CR1, BP7, BP3, PP5, PP3
Leaves – DG4, DG3, DG2
Feather – IG4, IG2, IG1, Blender