Spring has Sprung!

Ahh, the smell of Spring is in the air, finally! My flowers have been trying to peek through the ground for a few weeks, but a little frost and snow has delayed them, boo!

Well, the frost and snow can’t stop this flower! Hahaha!

I colored this flower from a page in the Spectrum Noir Colorista 5″x7″ Exquisite Florals coloring pad using Spectrum Noir Colorista markers, fussy cut it out and used that as the focal point of my card. I added a sparkly border using a blue Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers. Visit the Spectrum Noir website to see a tutorial on how to use the Sparkle markers to create these fun borders!

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker Border Tutorial

 

 

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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

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

Spectrum Noir November Challenge

Time for a new challenge over at Spectrum Noir! We’ve changed up the rules a little bit this month. You can enter an Anything Goes category for a chance at winning top honors, or you can follow our monthly them for a chance at winning  $30/£30 in coloring goodies! The monthly them for November is “Christmas/Winter”.

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I went clean and simple with this card, because I simply adore this stamp from the Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Festive Season’s Greetings stamp set, and Spectrum Noir Sparkle markers are the perfect medium for coloring the stamp and adding a bit of Christmas sparkle!

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Be sure to get your entry in, either for Anything Goes or for the Christmas/Winter theme!

 

Project Details:
Sheena Douglass A Little Bit Festive EZMount Season’s Greeting Stamp set
Stamped on Spectrum Aqua watercolor cardstock
Colored with Spectrum Noir Sparkle Holiday set
Red Berry, Holly Leaf, Spun Gold

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

Verity Rose Sunbeam

I just love the Crafter’s Companion Verity Rose collection, and this Sunbeam character is simply adorable!

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Colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils, and finished with a touch of Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker, she’s the perfect fit for these coordinating papers and envelopes from the Verity Rose collection. The Verity Rose flamingo and sunflower diecuts were colored with Spectrum Aqua markers, and also finished with Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle marker.

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Project Details:

Verity Rose
Verity Rose card blanks
Verity Rose Mini Coloring Book – Sunbeam Character
Verity Rose Sunbeam Accessories die set – Flamingo and Sunflower
Verity Rose Sunbeam Accessories stamp set – Flamingo and Sunflower
Verity Rose 6×6 envelopes
Verity Rose Luxury paper pad
Crafter’s Companion Pink Pearl shimmering cardstock (for Flamingo)
Sunbeam Character image colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils
Hat – 054, 049, 051, 048, 045
Skin – 030, 029, 009, 008, 004
Orange Hat Trim – 025, 022, 020, 017
Flower – 022, 020, 015, 013
Hair – 089, 015, 017, 013
Shell – 071, 070, 066, 082, 078, 080
Ice Cream – 025, 029, 008
Cone – 89, 015
Sunflower diecut colored with Spectrum Aqua markers – Amber, Moss, Fawn
Flamingo diecut colored with Spectrum Aqua Rose Pink
Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle added to shell, sunflower and flamingo