Happy Snowman

Even though we’ve had a couple 60+ degrees days, technically it is still winter, and this adorable snowman melts my heart!

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This winter stamp is from the Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy line and is called Happy Snowman. I’ve colored it up using Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils. The sky was created using Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers. For a little extra dimension, I added some snow texture along the bottom edge.

Project Details:

Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Sketchy Happy Snowman stamp
Sky colored with Spectrum Aqua markers
Stamp Colored with ColourBlend Pencils
Scarf – Jade, Shamrock, Ivy, Grass, Pewter, Maroon, Blackberry, Cranberry, Rose Red
Bushes – Pistachio, Sage, Ivy, Jade, Shamrock
Blue Houses – Royal Blue, Atlantic Blue, Petrol Blue, Denim Blue
Brown Houses – Maroon, Maple, Maize
Red Houses – Maroon, Blackberry, Cranberry, Rose Red
Gray House/Buttons – Black, Rock Pool, Pebble, Smoke
Nose – Pumpkin, Mulberry, Nectarine
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Spectrum Aqua Sky – Peacock Blue, Aquamarine

Spectrum Noir February Challenge

The Spectrum Noir February Challenge is up and running! You can enter anything you color up with your Spectrum Noir products and submit it for a top honors award, and if you follow the bonus theme of Love and Friendship, you’ll have a chance to win a prize!
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For my challenge inspiration, I used this adorable image from Saga Stamps called Celebrating Love, which I’ve colored with my Spectrum Noir ColourBlend Pencils. I used my Gemini diecut and emboss machine to emboss the “Love” embossing folder from the Sara Davies Signature Love and Romance collection for the background, and colored it using various distress inks. The sentiment was diecut using the “Always and Forever” die, also from the Sara Davies Signature Love and Romance collection.

Color up anything using your Spectrum Noir products and play along with us!

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Project Details:

Digital Image – Celebrating Love by Saga Stamps
Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils
Hair – Walnut, Saddle Brown, Maize
Skin – Peach, Eggshell, Vanilla, Linen
Dress – Ivy, Amazon Green, Forest Green, Pear Green
Red Balloon/Ribbon/Heart – Fuschia, Tangerine, Cranberry, Boysenberry
Orange Balloon – Poppy, Tangerine, Honey, Vanilla, Bumblebee
Always & Forever Diecut – Sara Davies Signature Collection Love & Romance
Love Embossing Folder – Sara Davies Signature Collection Love & Romance
Various distress inks

Gemini diecut and emboss machine

Spectrum Noir December Challenge

The new monthly challenge is up over at Spectrum Noir, and you can once again enter either an Anything Goes category, or follow the monthly them for a chance to win $30/£30 in Spectrum Noir or Spectrum Aqua products! The theme for this month is Clean And Simple (CAS). Couldn’t get any easier, right?!?

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My challenge inspiration is a stamp from Stamps Happen called “Lavender Flower Fairy”, and I’ve colored it using my Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils on Spectrum Aqua watercolor cardstock. One stamp, one coloring, Clean And Simple! 🙂

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Project Details:

Rubber stamp – Stamps Happen Lavender Flower Fairy
Colored with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils on Spectrum Aqua watercolor cardstock
Stems/Leaves – Ivy, Grass, Shamrock, Citrus
Blue Dress/Butterflies – Pebble, Atlantic Blue, Petrol Blue, Royal Blue, Denim Blue, White
Skin – Rose Peach, Eggshell, Cream, Linen
Flowers – Blackberry, Cranberry, Carmine, Antique Rose
Fairy Wings – Denim Blue, Bumblebee, Saffron, Daffodil, Tangerine
Sky – Royal Blue, Reef Blue, Denim Blue, Bumblebee, Lemon, White

Live the Life You Dreamed

I love making my own backgrounds for my projects, and is so easy to do using Spectrum Aqua watercolor markers, an acrylic block, a water spritzer and a stamp or two.

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Spectrum Noir has a tutorial on their website for creating backgrounds like these HERE. For this card, I used Spectrum Aqua colors Sunset, Gold and Yellow, following the technique shown in the tutorial for scribbling on the acrylic block, spritzing with water and pressing the cardstock to the block. Then I inked a floral background stamp with Begonia Aqua marker, spritzed it with water and stamped over the background colors. The floral stamp used for the center was a rubber stamp from Rubber Cottage, stamped on Spectrum Aqua watercolor cardstock and colored with Spectrum Noir ColourBlend pencils. Sentiment stamp is from the Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Phrases stamp set.

Project Details:

Background created using Sunset, Gold and Yellow Aqua markers on Spectrum Noir High Gloss cardstock. Bkgd floral pattern stamped with Begonia Aqua marker. Edge airbrused with Spectrum Noir TB6.
Flower stamp from Rubber Cottage.
Colored with ColourBlend pencils
Flowers – Cranberry, Tangerine, Honey, Bumblebee
Leaves – Lake Blue, Ivy, Amazon Green, Forest Green, Grass, Citrus
Butterfly – Lake Blue, Royal Blue, Denim Blue
Sentiment stamp – Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Phrases stamp set

Garden Gate

The new ColourBlend pencils from Spectrum Noir are Fabulous, fabulous, fabulous! I created a little garden scene using some new stamps I got at the Scrapbook Expo in the Stamps By Judith and Heather booth and colored it with my ColourBlend pencils.

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Crafter’s Companion will be bringing the ColourBlend pencils to HSN on Wednesday, October 5th.

Tune in for some fabulous deals on these and more new products from Crafter’s Companion!

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Project Details:

Pot, Planter, Gate, Stems, Ivy Branch, Bird in nest, Dots Stamps from Stamps by Judith and Heather
Colored with ColourBlend pencils
Spectrum Aqua markers for stems in pots (Evergreen) and dots around outside (Teal)
Sentiment stamp from Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Phrases stamp set
ColourBlend colors:
Woodgrain – Bark, Walnut, Paprika, Yellow Ochre
Leaves – Alpine, Amazon Green, Grass
Flowers – Blackberry, Velvet, Mauve, Antique Rose
Pots – Grape, Peach, Nectarine, Rose Red
Bird – Twilight Blue, Royal Blue, Denim Blue, Petrol Blue
Ground – Sage, Cinnamon, Saddle Brown, Maize, Smoke