Spectrum Noir March Challenge – Use a Sketch

Spectrum Noir has their March challenge up and running. You can choose to enter any Spectrum Noir project for top honors, or follow our challenge theme of Use a Sketch.

My challenge inspiration features a Spectrum Noir Colorista butterfly colored with Spectrum Noir Colorista markers. The sentiment is from the Crafter’s Companion Destinations Life is a Journey stamp set.

Follow this sketch for your project layout and get your entry in for your chance to win!

Spectrum Noir August Challenge – Anything Goes!

It’s time for a new challenge theme over at Spectrum Noir, and this is an easy one for August, Anything Goes! You still have plenty of time to get your entry in for this challenge!


After seeing so many Christmas in July projects last month, I was inspired to create a little Christmas tag for my challenge inspiration project. I love this cute little winter deer! I colored him up with my Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils.



Project Details:

Colored with Spectrum Noir Blendable Pencils
Sky – 066, 065
Snow – 057, 065, 113
Tree – 058, 059, 060
Deer – 100, 94, 88
Sara Davies Signature Collection Festive Flake die
Sara Davies Signature Collection Snowflake Trio die set
Vintage Floral Sentimentals Everyday Greetings stamp
Crafter’s Companion kraft cardstock
Crafter’s Companion White Pearl shimmering cardstock
Embossed tag base made using Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Tool and Springtime Sweets & Cupcake Treats Embossing Board


Die’sire Doily Corner Gift Bag

Sara Davies of Crafter’s Companion US will be live on HSN Wednesday, July 6th, and she’ll be bringing  with her a whole bunch of new crafty goodies!


Here, I’ve used one of the new Die’sire corner dies, Doily Corner, to create the handle for this cute little gift bag. This new die, and many others, will be available on HSN.



Here are Sara’s showtimes:

HSN July 2016

Patriotism is in the Air!

In the US, we celebrate our country’s independence on July 4th with a wide variety of activities, including parades, carnivals, cookouts, and, of course, fireworks! Crafter’s Companion has some great patriotic stamp sets to help you prepare for your activities, from creating cards or table decor, to scrapbooking all of those precious holiday memories.



Here, I’ve created a fun scrapbook layout using stamps from both the Independence Day stamp set and the 4th of July stamp set. I’ve colored the images using my Spectrum Noir markers.

Now all I need to do is snap a couple cute pics of my granddaughter this 4th of July, add them my scrapbook page, and tuck it away in my scrapbook of treasured memories.

Project Details:

Crafter’s Companion Happy 4th stamp set
Crafter’s Companion Independence Day stamp set
Colored with Spectrum Noir markers
TB5, TB4, TB3, TB1, DR7, DR6, DR3, CR8
IG5, IG3, IG1, GB5, CT4, LY3
Airbrushing with TB5

Gemini Diecutting machine coming to HSN

The long-awaited-for Gemini diecutting machine from Crafter’s Companion will be making its US debut on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) on Wednesday July 6th.  But the package not only contains an AMAZING diecutting machine, it also contains a fabulous bundle of dies and embossing folders to get you started.



I created this gift box using the Flowers and Butterflies embossing folder, plus the floral and butterfly dies, all of which are included in the Gemini package.

Keep watching for more info on HSN showtimes! Sara Davies will be presenting the machine and will have some awesome demos for you!

Definitely a Marker Girl!

I just adore this digital image from Scrapper’s Delights called Crafty Honey Markers. She reminds me of myself! 🙂

I have colored her up with my Spectrum Noir markers.


If you want to learn how to color facial shading with Spectrum Noir markers, check out this tutorial on the Spectrum Noir website:  Facial Definition and Shading

Skin – CR4 FS9, FS5, FS1

Hair – EB8, EB3, TN3

Clothes – JG6, JG3, LG5, CG3, GB7, GB5, CT3, BP7, BP5, BP3, BP2

Soles/Markers – IG10 IG7, IG5, IG3, IG2

Eyes – TB4, TB3, IB3

Bkgd – IG5, IG3, IG2, IG1, GT2, GT1, Blender


Countdown to Downton Abbey US Launch!

Only a few more hours to go!!! Sara Davies of Crafter’s Companion will be bringing the fabulous Downton Abbey papercrafting collection to HSN starting at 12:00am EST on Tuesday January 26th. That’s just a hop, skip and a jump to go until we get to see this awesome collection of Downton Abbey papercrafting goodies!


Here’s a card I made using elements from the Downton Abbey papercrafting collection from Crafter’s Companion.


The card opens up to this awesome vintage Downton Abbey themed wonderland!


Tune in to HSN starting at 12:00am EST Tuesday January 26th for the launch of this wonderful collection, plus a brand new Diamond Press diecutting and embossing machine and some more goodies from Crafter’s Companion.

HSN Jan 2016