Wild at Heart on HSN Wednesday, May 2nd!

Crafter’s Companion is coming back to the Home Shopping Network on Wednesday, May 2, with lots of fabulous new crafting goodies! Among them are the new Spectrum Noir AquaTint watercolor paint pens. They are gorgeous colors in a new styled pen that includes a bristle brush, perfect for brushing and blending the watercolor ink.

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Also coming are some beautiful new stamp sets, including this Wild at Heart stamp set, which was stamped here as a second-generation stamp (first stamped on a separate sheet and then stamped on the actual watercolor cardstock for a lighter impression), and then watercolored with the AquaTint pens. For portions of the image, I first scribbled the watercolor ink on an acrylic block and used a Crafter’s Companion waterbrush to pick up the color and apply it to the image. For the darker portions of the flowers and leaves, I colored directly on the image with the AquaTint pens. The floral border die is an oldie but goodie Die’sire Edge’ables Floral Dance die.

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Tune in to HSN Wednesday, May 2nd for all the new products and demos from Crafter’s Companion!

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Timeless

I just love this Chastity Steampunk image from Scrapper’s Delights, and the sentiment from the Crafter’s Companion Vintage Floral Collection Sentimentals Sentiments Rubber Stamp Set was the perfect fit for the theme of the image.

I colored the image with my Spectrum Noir markers. The ribbon threading die on the left side is the Die’sire Classiques Ribbon Threading die.  The sentiment stamp was stamped with Versamark ink and then embossed with gold embossing powder.

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers on Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White Cardstock

Teal – BT7, BT5, BT6, BT4, BT2
Purple – PL5, PL4, PL3, PL2, PL1
Hair/Black – IG10, IG6, IG3
Skin – FS9, FS3, FS5, FS2
Goggle Lenses -PL2, PL1, IG3, IG2, IG1 Blender
Golds – GB9, GB7, GB5, GB2
Wings – BT3, BT2, BT1, PL3, PL1 Blender

 

Colorista Home Decor

Here’s a fun way to use those Spectrum Noir Colorista coloring pages: Home Decor! There are lots of great ways you can incorporate your Colorista coloring pages into home decor, including coasters, picture frames, serving trays, and so much more!

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I bought this inexpensive picture frame at the Dollar General store for just a few dollars and dressed it up with a colored piece from one of the 12×12 Colorista Exquisite Florals with Foil coloring pages, colored with Colorista markers. These pages are great for larger projects like scrapbook pages or gift boxes, but they also go along way if you trim them down to use on smaller projects.

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I also made this card from the same 12×12 Colorista coloring page. I finished the edge using the Die’sire Edge’ables Floral Dance border die, which was the perfect complement to the floral coloring page.

 

And don’t forget that the theme for this month’s Spectrum Noir challenge is Use A Coloring Page, so if you color one up be sure to get it entered!

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Seasons Greetings

Brrrr, we’re currently under a winter storm warning here in the US Midwest, snow is falling and baby it’s cold outside! But it also makes for the perfect time to wrap up in a blanket, watch a little TV, and do a little coloring with my Spectrum Noirs!

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I just love this adorable penguin digi from Scrapper’s Delights! He’s called Penguin Willie North Pole, and he was so much fun to color!

I found some fun, festive candy cane patterned paper in my stash, and paired it with some Sara Davies Signature Collection Festive Wonder Snowflake Trio and sentiment Season’s Greetings diecuts. The border diecut framing the coloring was made using the Die’sire Decorative Dies – Enchanted Spring border die. All diecutting was done with the Crafter’s Companion Gemini machine. I added clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker over the sentiment for some winter shimmer.

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Project Details:

Digital Stamp is Penguin Willie North Pole from Scrapper’s Delights

Colored with Spectrum Noir markers on Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Cardstock
Penguin black – IG10, IG8, IG6, IG4
Feet/Beak – CR7, OR3, OR2, OR1
Chest – DR1, CR7, OR2, OR1, CT3
Face/Belly – IG2, IG1, Blender
Scarf – DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5, JG6, JG3, LG5, CG3
Digital stamp – Penguin Willie North Pole from Scrapper’s Delights
Snowflake dies – Signature Collection by Sara Davies – Festive Wonder Decorative Metal Die – Snowflake Trio
Signature Collection by Sara Davies – Festive Wonder Decorative Metal Die – Season’s Greetings
Die’sire Decorative Dies – Enchanted Spring border

Gemini diecut macine
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker – Crystal Clear

Sparkly Borders with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers

Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers are a fun way to kick your projects up a notch. You can take your projects from boring to Blingy with just a swipe of the Sparkle brush nib. I have a new tutorial up on the Spectrum Noir blog showing a very quick and easy way to create Sparkle borders using a Sparkle marker and a scrap piece of cardstock.

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So Sparkly and so much fun!

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Project details:

Ornament stamp – Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Festive EZMount Christmas Bauble Stamp Set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers – Spun Gold, Sterling Silver (for Ornament), Red Berry (for frame)
Die’sire Edge’ables Christmas Only Words – Wishing You A Merry Christmas die

White Uni-Ball Signo gel pen

Bridal Shower Celebration

My good friend Alyce Keegan, owner and coloring instructor at Kit & Clowder, recently wed her true love, Jon, and as part of an online bridal shower that was held for Alyce, Janice Collyer of Scrapper’s Delights created this beautiful limited edition bride image, complete with a bouquet enhanced with markers!

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I colored her up using Spectrum Noir markers, and created a fun step card using my Big Score scoring board and an adorable bride and groom edge die from the Die’sire Edge’ables Bride and Groom set. The dress/suit edge diecut, plus the corner and flower dies, are all part of this set. Simply beautiful! To top it off, I used the Always & Forever die from the Sara Davies Signature Love & Romance collection for the sentiment,  and the heart locket and key die set called Key To My Heart, also from the Love & Romance collection, for the step inset panel. All of these dies cut beautifully using my Gemini die cutting machine.

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Scrapper’s Delights has an adorable line of wedding couple images, which can be found HERE.

Project Details

Bridal image from Scrapper’s Delights
Colored with Spectrum Noir markers
Hair – GB8, GB7, GB3
Skin – CR2, FS9, FS5, FS3, FS2
Eyes – HB2, TB3, TB1, IB2
Lips – DR6, DR3, CR7
Flowers – TB5, TB4, TB3, TB1; LV2, HB3, HB2, HB1; DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5
Dress – IG4, IG3, IG2, IG1, Blender
Leaves – JG6, JG3, LG5, CG3
Markers – IG10, IG8, IG6, IG4

Gemini Diecutting machine used for all die cuts

Moonlight Romance

I just love this Wedding image from Sweet Escape Digis. It was created to honor the wedding of Alyce, the fabulously talented lady that teaches the online coloring classes I take over at Kit and Clowder (www.kitandclowder.com), as she is getting married very soon.

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Upon first seeing the image, I immediately thought of a couple in front of a glowing moon, and I wanted to color the background as a dark night sky using my Spectrum Noir markers. Well, as luck would have it, there is a tutorial for that very thing over on the Spectrum Noir website HERE.  I followed Alyce’s instructions for coloring roses in her wonderful Rose coloring class (which is free!) to color up the roses. I added a few elegant Die’sire diecuts and made a cute 8×8 frameable art piece.

Project Details

“Wedding” Image from Sweet Escape Digis
Colored with Spectrum Noir markers
Red roses/clothing DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5
Purple roses LV1, HB3, HB2, HB1
Leaves – JG6, JG3, LG5, CG3
Moon GB7, GB5, GB3, CT3
Night Sky – BGR5, TB9, TB6, TB7, TB5
Spectrum Noir Ultrasmooth Premium White cardstock
Die’sire Classiques Doily Corner die
Die’sire Beautiful Bouquet rose die