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

The Proposal – Coloring Tutorial for Spectrum Noir

Greetings! So many colorists have been asking for new video tutorials from the Spectrum Noir design team, so I’ve taken up the challenge and made my very first coloring tutorial video for you all! The focus of the video is two-fold: first, to share my favorite Red color combination, which is DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5, and second, to show how I use those colors to color clothing folds.

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>>>CLICK FOR LINK TO SPECTRUM NOIR VIDEO TUTORIAL<<<

Project Details:

Digital Image “The Proposal” from Scrapper’s Delights
Colored with Spectrum Noir markers
Skin – CR4, FS9, FS5, FS1
Hair – EB8, EB3, TN3
Dress – DR7, DR6, DR3, CR7, CR5
Suit – IG10, IG6, IG5, IG4, IG3, IG2
Shoes – True Black, IB10, IG8, IG6, IG5
Eyes/Shirt – TB5, TB3, IB3, IB2
Ring Box – TB5, TB3, IB3, IB2, IG10, IG6, IG3
Lips – DR3, CR7, CR5
Leaves – JG6, JG3, CG4
Flower – BP7, BP5, BP3
Corner Dies – Die’sire Edge’ables Beautiful Bouquet die set

Background floral prismatic paper from Sara Davies Signature Collection Together Forever

Dude!

When I first saw these new stamps from the Sara Davies Signature Just For Men collection from Crafter’s Companion, I thought they would be great for creating backgrounds, and they worked perfectly for this male teen card.
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To create the background pattern, I used a tutorial from the Spectrum Noir website for creating patterned paper using Spectrum Aqua markers (tutorial can be seen HERE). Instead of mixing the colors, however, I used a single color for each stamping of the image, rotated the stamp each time and overlapped previous impressions.

Project Details:

Stamp sets from the Sara Davies Signature Just For Men Collection:
Urban Graffiti stamp set
Rock Star stamp set
Street Wise stamp set
Spectrum Aqua markers used:
Burgundy, Bud Green, Peacock Blue
Memories Black ink

Gemini and Together Forever Sneak Peeks!

Crafter’s Companion US will be back on HSN on Wednesday, July 6, and they’re brings some FABULOUSLY AWESOME new goodies!

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One of them is the extremely powerful new diecutting machine, the Gemini! I am so in love with this machine! All those intricate dies cut like a breeze, and the embossing detail is perfect! Another one of the many new items coming is the Sara Davies Signature Collection called Together Forever. This new line, which includes dies, embossing folders, patterned paper pads and luxury paper pads (including this beautiful mirrored cardstock!) is very elegant and flourishy, perfect for weddings, anniversaries and so much more!

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Keep checking back for Sara’s showtimes on HSN, you won’t want to miss out on all the new products coming from Crafter’s Companion!

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New products used for this card:

Crafter’s Companion Gemini diecutting machine
Die’sire Edge’ables Wedding Bells die set (bells, corners, small hearts)
Sara Davies Signature Collection Together Forever Mr & Mrs die
Sara Davies Signature Collection Together Forever Luxury Foil Card pad
Sara Davies Signature Collection Together Forever Luxury Matt Card pad

Other products:

Crafter’s Companion White Pearl and Black Pearl Shimmering cardstock
Crafter’s Companion Extra Strong Adhesive Tape Runner

Gemini Sneak Peek!

It’s almost here!! The new electronic diecutting machine from Crafter’s Companion, a.k.a. the Gemini, will be available soon!! I’ve had the pleasure of playing with this machine and I am in love!! The pressure this machine cuts with is top notch, and I’m getting much better embossing results with the Gemini than my other electronic diecutting machine. And this machine has pause and reverse buttons too! The reverse button is a great enhancement because if you are only cutting a small die or two or three, you can line them up at one end, run the plate sandwich through just far enough for the dies, then reverse it back out so you aren’t waiting for it to run all the way through. Such a time saver!

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Gemini Sneak Peek
Sara Davies Signature Collection Just For Men Rock On Die set
Just For Men Special Birthday Die set
Just For Men Street Wise Clear Stamp Set
Just For Men 6×6 Brights paper pad
Ultimate Tool/Springtime Sweets and Cupcake Treats embossing board

Just For Men

Having trouble finding the perfect coordinating crafty goods for creating cards for teen boys or men? Sara Davies of Crafter’s Companion is bringing a new range to her Signature Collection, called Just For Men. This set is a wonderful collection of coordinating dies, stamps, embossing folders and paper pads to help you craft something special for the special men in your life, and it will be available on the Crafter’s Companion website on Monday, June 6, 2016.

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For this card, I have combined a patterned paper from one of the 6″x6″ paper pads in the collection along with the Time Piece embossing folder, the Cogs and Gears die set and the Male Sentiments die set (“Dad” used here, many more are in the set). I think any Dad would love to receive a card like this on Father’s Day, don’t you agree?

Project Details:

Sara Davies Signature Collection Just For Men
6×6 Paper Pad – Brights
Male Sentiments die set
Cogs and Gears die set
Time Piece embossing folder
Crafter’s Companion kraft cardstock
Tim Holtz Vintage Photo distress ink
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