Saving for a Rainy Day

How fun and versatile are the new Spectrum Noir Colorista watercolor paper pads and pencils?!? They make it so easy to upcycle things like this cute bank that I found at the local dollar store.

The background paper is from the new Spectrum Noir Colorista Aqua range, which I’ve colored using the Colorista Aqua watercolor pencils and the fabulous water brushes from Crafter’s Companion. The paper has gorgeous resist embossing areas, as well as foil accents that really make a statement. Here I’ve trimmed a section of the paper down and used it as the backer inside the bank. Who wouldn’t enjoy saving their pennies in a beautiful bank like this? ūüôā

Gift Basket with Crafter’s Companion/Spectrum Noir Colorista

I just love my Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Tool and all the fun projects you can make with it! And I used some fun toppers from the Colorista range to kick it up a notch!

I made this cute little basked using my Ultimate Tool, and decorated the sides with some of the heart shaped toppers from the Spectrum Noir Colorista Watercolor Toppers pad, colored with the new Spectrum Noir Colorista Aqua pencils. A little touch of ribbon at the corners finishes off the basket very nicely, and it’s ready to be given as a gift with some little goodies for that someone special!

Friends Are Flowers

Popping in to share a beautiful card I made using the 5×7 Colorista Exquisite Florals Glitter Marker Pad. I colored this using Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers. I love how the markers blend on the glitter! There is also a tutorial on the Spectrum Noir website for how to color leaves using no-blend shading as shown here in this card. The tutorial can be found HERE.

The sentiment stamp is from the Crafter’s Companion Sentimentals Vintage Floral Phrases stamp set. The small ¬†floral and dot stamps are from Stamps By Judith and Heather.¬†

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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Just popping by to share a quick card I made using one of the Spectrum Noir Colorista Background stamps, Background 3. I colored it with the Spectrum Noir Colorista colored pencils. This would also be suitable for framing, creating a journal cover, or many other crafty possibilities.

Check out the Crafter’s Companion website for more coloring goodies in the Spectrum Noir Colorista product line!

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

 

 

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!

No-Blend Shading with Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers

Looking for a quick, easy way to add a pop of shading to your projects? I have a tutorial up on the Spectrum Noir blog showing you how to do just that Рshading, without blending!

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The Spectrum Noir Colorista line of coloring pads, markers and pencils are a wonderful way to spend time coloring, de-stressing, relaxing, or simply killing time (I always take them to the car dealer while I wait for my oil change to get done!) In no time at all, you’ll have some fabulous pieces to use for cards, gift boxes, home decor or whatever else you can brew up in that crafty mind of yours!

<<–CLICK HERE FOR SPECTRUM NOIR NO-BLEND SHADING TUTORIAL –>>

Project Details:

Colorista Exqusite Florals premium marker pad
Leaves – Leaf Green, Pear Green
Flowers – Rose Red, Nectarine, Gold

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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HSN Colorista Sneak Peek

Jennifer Tryon of Crafter’s Companion will be returning to the Home Shopping Network on Tuesday, January 10th, and among all the new goodies she’ll be bringing are some new sizes of Colorista coloring pads, in 6″x6″ and 12″x12″.

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These new sizes are perfect for all sorts of crafty projects. Below, I have colored a page from the Colorista 12×12 Exquisite Florals coloring pad with the Colorista markers, and used my Crafter’s Companion Ultimate Tool¬†to create a¬†box top out of it. I used Crafter’s Companion white construction cardstock for the box base.

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For this box, I made the sides measure 1.5″, which leaves a full 9″ box with plenty of room for all sorts of precious gifts. The Ultimate Tool, which will also be available during the HSN event,¬†makes it so easy to create gift boxes in all shapes and sizes!
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I used the second sheet of matching paper from the paper pad and the Ultimate Tool Springtime Sweets and Cupcake Treats embossing board to create a matching embossed tag for my gift box.

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Be sure to tune in on January 10th! You don’t want to miss out on this fabulous crafty event!