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

Merry Christmas!

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Just a quick note to wish all of you out there a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Card details:

Sara Davies Signature Collection Traditional Christmas Decorative Bauble die set
Sara Davies Signature Collection Traditional Christmas Peace & Joy stamp set
Sheena Douglass Festive embossing folder, inked with Marvy Matchables Jungle Green and Yellow Green, edge airbrushed with Spectrum Noir JG6
Memories dye Ink for stamping
Spectrum Sparkle markers Onyx Black, Starry Sky, Holly Leaf, Spun Gold, Sterling Silver, Crystal Clear
Gemini diecutting machine
Crafter’s Companion White Pearl and Shimmering Red cardstock
White 5×7 card base
String or floss
Pop dots
Small paper punch
Tape

SteamPunk’d

How fabulous is this pretty Steampunk lady digital stamp from Scrapper’s Delights?!?

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The digital stamp is called “Chastity Steam Punk 2” and I’ve colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers. The floral embellishments were diecut using Sara Davies Signature Collection Floral Delight In Bloom die set on the Gemini diecutting machine.

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The “Live the Life You Dreamed” sentiment stamp is from the Crafter’s Companion Vintage Floral Sentimentals Phrases stamp set.

Project Details:

Digital stamp is Chastity Steampunk 2 from Scrapper’s Delights
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
Sara Davies Signature Collection Floral Delight Dies – In Bloom die set

Gemini Diecutting Machine
Crafter’s Companion Vintage Floral Sentimental Phrases stamp set

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

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

Grand Entrance Mixed Media Canvas

I just love the new mixed media dies from Crafter’s Companion, and I used them, along with some other Die’sire dies, some paints and my Spectrum Noir alcohol and Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers to create this fun canvas.

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I used some homemade texture paste and some Sheena Douglass stencils to add some texture to the canvas, then I airbrushed over the canvas using a variety of colors of Spectrum Noir alcohol markers. I added a little bit of dimensional paints in random spots for more texture. For the birds, branch, leaves and butterflies, I took some cardboard from a snack pack box and, using my Gemini diecutting machine, I diecut it with the Mixed Media dies. I then painted the diecuts with acrylic paints and added a coat of clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker.

The birdhouse was stamped from the Twit Twoo stamp set and colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers. I added a few more leafy diecuts, and finished it with the gorgeous Create A Card Grand Entrance iron gate die cut. I added the Art Anthology Lava Stone Effects texture paint around the edges to transition it onto the canvas.

This was a really fun piece to create, and I can’t wait to get it framed!

If you want some tips on how to apply Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers to  your diecuts, check out this tutorial on the Spectrum Noir website:

Sparkle Up Your Diecuts

Project details:
Homemade texture paste
Gemini diecutting machine
Sheena Douglass Distress Grid stencil
Sheena Douglass Graphic Equalizer stencil
Art Anthology Dot Matrix stencil
Background Airbrushed with Spectrum Noir markers
TB7, TB5, PL3, LG5, LY3, CG3
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Twit Twoo stamp set, colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers Blue Topaz, Moonstone, Moonlight, Smoked Quartz, Pink Champagne, Harvest Moon, Clear
Die’sire Mixed media dies:
Graceful Butterflies die set and Tweet Tweet die set (painted with acrylic paints)
Branch Out dies (airbrushed with Spectrum Noir markers EB7, EB5, EB3, JG6, JG3, LG5
Regular dies:
Sheena Douglass Hedgerow Corner die set
Die’sire Create A Card Grand Entrance gate die
Die’sire Classiques Wildflower Trio die set
Artist’s Loft Acrylic Paints
Art Anthology Dimensional and texture paints

Classic Floral Frame – New CAC die from Crafter’s Companion

Sara Davies of Crafter’s Companion is back in the US for another crafting event on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) Wednesday, July 6. She’ll be bringing the new Gemini diecutting machine, along with some fabulous new dies, including this new Create A Card Classic Floral Frame die.

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It was so quick and easy to make this card using the Die’sire Classiques Only Words Thank You die and the new Classic Floral Frame die.

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Be sure to tune in for Sara’s live demonstrations of the new Gemini diecutting machine!