Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Spectrum Noir Colorista Blog Hop

Welcome everyone! We are soooo excited about the upcoming world launch of the NEW Spectrum Noir Colorista range of adult coloring products. Tuesday, August 30th is the day to mark your calendar. Sara Davies will be on HSN introducing this new range of adult coloring products to the world!

To celebrate, we're having a week long Spectrum Noir Colorista Launch Blog Hop! Our design team members have been coloring and creating with all the new products. Hopefully, you've seen some. We've been spreading the word all over our social media channels. The sharing continues as we countdown to the world launch on HSN! So grab a cuppa and join in on this fantastic blog hop full colorful inspiration.

The Blog Hop starts at: Spectrum Noir
You should have arrived at my blog from: Nicole Bretherick
You're next stop on the hop: Tracy Freeman

I colored a card from one of the new 6" X 4" Marker Card Making Kits. These kits are a MUST HAVE! I colored the entire card in one afternoon, but you don't have to do that. Take as long as you want to color. Relax and have fun! The card kits come complete with envelopes AND inserts for each card! HAPPY DANCE!!! Doesn't get any better than that...does it?!

I colored with both Spectrum Noir Colored Pencils and Colorista Markers. First, I colored the background with pencils. Then I colored the images with the markers. On all the flowers, I added more shading with colored pencils over the marker. So you can see that these cards color beautifully with not only markers, but with colored pencils as well. As you can see, they are stunning when finished!

What I love most about this card is the pre-glittered areas. This is colorable glitter! I'm addicted to these! Wait till you see all the other pads that have glitter and foil on them. Sara will demo live on HSN how easy they are to color -- AND how magical they are :)

I snapped a few pics with my phone along my way of coloring. This gives you a bit more ideas of what they look like inside and out.

Cool stuff huh? By the way...the inserts for the cards don't have all the same sentiment. You get a nice variety. I picked this one because... "The Best is Yet to Come!" on HSN August 30th!!

We have loads more to share with you over at these places:

BLOG HOP LINKS and Details
Here's our Blog Hop List. Hop around and visit these blogs to see what our design team members and special guests are sharing. Be sure to leave comments along the way, because we’ll be drawing FIVE random winners (one winner will be drawn from five blogs listed below… but we aren’t telling you which blogs we’ll be drawing the winners from!). The winners will be posted on the Crafter’s Companion US blog next Monday, Aug 29th, and the lucky commenters we choose will receive a Colorista coloring bundle! (please note… contest is open internationally to all persons aged 18 years of age or older; no cash alternatives will e offered, prize will be shipped from the office closest to winner’s country; prize subject to change based on stock availability)

Free Online Coloring Course

Join the Spectrum Noir Colorista Flash Mob

The Blog Hop starts at: Spectrum Noir
You should have arrived at my blog from: Nicole Bretherick
You're next stop on the hop: Tracy Freeman

Don’t forget to share your work with us on our Facebook page, Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest (use our #spectrumnoir tag) – we’d love to see your coloring projects!

Happy Coloring!

Colors Used on Project:
Spectrum Noin Colorista Markers - Nectarine, Lemon, Canary, Gold, Pear Green, Daffodil, Forest Green, Leaf Green, Cerulean, Denim, Pistachio, Cyan, Maple, Cobalt

Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils - 026, 011, 015, 017, 021, 044, 047, 050, 054, 062, 063, 104, 118

Monday, August 22, 2016

Home Life

Did you see the brand new Perfect Partners Home Life Collection by Sheena Douglass over at Crafter's Companion USA? Super fun images and dies that are perfect for any occasion and crafting projects. And if you love baking or gardening...you will LOVE this collection!

I used The Perfect Mix Stamp Set and Metal Die Set to make a card.

Isn't that just the most fun image and sentiment?! I just LOVE how the die cuts out the image perfectly. I colored the image with Spectrum Noir Markers - (CG1, CG3, DG2, DG3, GG1, GG2, GG3, GG4, BT3, BG5, Blender). I also colored over a few areas with the Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

I can't wait to play and create with all the other fantastic Home Life stamps and dies! Get these goodies now over on the website at crafterscompanion.com

I've got a tutorial over on the Crafter's Companion USA Blog on how to create customized patterned paper. Click HERE to check it out.

Happy Crafting,

Crafter's Companion Sheena Home Life - The Perfect Mix Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sheena Home Life - The Perfect Mix Die Set
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Classiques 12" Edge Dies - Fancy Stitched Edges
Crafter's Companion Verity Rose 6" x 6" Luxury Paper Pad
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Cardstock - Black Pearl
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Adhesive Tape Runner
Die-cutting/Embossing Machine
Black Ink
Dimensional Foam Tape
May Arts Paper Cording
My Minds Eye Enamel Heart

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Colorista Online Coloring Course

Hello friends!

Have you signed up for the FREE Spectrum Noir Colorista Online Adult Coloring Course? If not, you can get signed up HERE.

How exciting...right!! You get eight weeks of FREE coloring tips, videos, exclusive downloadable content & more. Week 1 has already started, but you can still join.

Here's what I have done so far for my week 1 coloring practice using the downloaded coloring page:

I'm coloring with the brand new Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers that will be launched August 30th on HSN. You will be able to buy them on that day...until they sell out. Which I'm sure will happen super fast! So be quick to order if you want them.

I did managed to snap a few picks when I was blending a couple of the flowers. For this first flower, I colored a base layer of Lemon Spectrum Noir Colorista Marker.

Next, working on 2 petals at a time, I colored on some Moonlight Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

I added on some Pink Champagne Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen.

Then I used the Moonlight Sparkle Marker again to blend where the 2 colors of sparkle pens meet.

I love how this turned out!

Here's another color combo. I started with the Cyan Spectrum Noir Colorista Marker.

Then added a bit of Cobalt Colorista Marker.

Then used the Cyan marker again to blend where the 2 colors meet, and fill  in the remaining white area of the flower petals

For the purple flower, I colored with the Purple and Cyan Colorista Marker. To color the orange flower, I used Gold and Marigold Colorista Markers.

Join in the fun!

Mark your calendar for the big HSN Craft Event coming August 30th and get in on the world launch of NEW Crafter's Companoin & Spectrum Noir Colorista Products! Oh...and a BUNCH more new and exciting goodies too!

Thanks for stopping by! Happy Colorista Coloring!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Anything Goes Challenge

I know many of you are super busy with back to school stuff going on. Or maybe just taking one last summer trip while you still have time. Always a ton of stuff going on during the summer months! So, to keep thing simple, our challenge this month over at Spectrum Noir is easy - Anything Goes! Gotta love that...right ;)

I did some fun watercoloring with my Spectrum Aqua Markers.

I stamped the image on Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock and heat embossed in white. To watercolor, I colored the marker directly on the image in the section I wanted a certain color. Then,  I used a watercolor brush to move and "wash" the color. After the section was dry, I moved on to the next. I continued to repeat this with each colored area until I was finished. You need to wait for each section to dry, otherwise the colors will blend and won't look like blocked sections. The marker colors I used:

Amber, Gold, Aquamarine, Rose Pink, Scarlet, Moss, Meadow, Sunflower

Next I used the fine nib end of the same color Aqua Markers to color in areas again Then with the watercolor brush I lightly dabbed to move the color just a bit. I was super happy with the results!

Once the panel was dry again, I die-cut it. I decided to make a card base to look like a clipboard - since that's what I usually watercolor on. I made a top fold A2 cardbase from kraft cardstock and then used Antique Linen Distress Ink Pad to swipe ink on it to give a wood look. Rounding the corners with a punch really set off the look. The clip and brush dies finish off the look.

I hope you can join the challenge this month. It's always fun to see everyone's creations. Get all the details HERE. Also, make sure to check us out over on:


Happy Anything Goes Month.  Have a great weekend!

Spectrum Aqua Markers
Stamp - Tim Holtz Collection

Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Silver Cardstock
Blue Cardstock
VersaMark Ink
Antique Linen Distress Ink
White Embossing Powder
Anti-Static Pouch
My Favorite Things die-cuts
Die-cutting & Embossing Machine
Heat Embossing Tool
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Watercolor Brush
Corner Rounder Punch

Friday, August 5, 2016

Spectrum Noir Colorista is COMING!

Hey friends. Have you seen the latest Crafter's Companion and Spectrum Noir news. We are soooo excited!!! This is BIG I tell ya!

OK...so check it out. Adult coloring is HUGE all over the world, and it's here to stay! We can't wait for you to see...better yet...get your hands on the new Spectrum Noir Colorista products coming later this month. Adult coloring at it's finest. And it doesn't matter what level of coloring you are at...this is for EVERYONE. Trust me....you're gonna LOVE IT ALL. And that translates into WANT IT ALL. NEED IT ALL. GET IT ALL.

Mark your calendars for the world launch of Spectrum Noir Colorista on HSN with Sara Davies Tuesday, August 30th. 

In the meantime...you can get started coloring with the NEW Spectrum Noir Coloring Background Stamps. You will be able to purchase them over at Crafter's Companion.

Here's something I colored up with the Beautiful Butterfly Background Stamp.

These stamps are perfectly sized for A2 cards. I trimmed down my finished panel and layered it on white, then adhered to an A2 card front. The sentiment is from Crafter's Companion Textures Artist Collection Words of Wonder - Set 1. I stamped it in gold on yellow cardstock.

I stamped on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock with Black StazOn Ink. Then I colored with SpectrumAquaBlend pencils and a waterbrush. Once I was finished coloring, and it was dry, I added Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen on the butterflies.

The fun part of coloring these types of images - or any adult coloring book images - is that you don't have to rush. It's a relaxing process. Take your time and enjoying it. I snapped a few pictures during my coloring process. It's cool to look back and see the progress.

Another thing I did, for added interest and dimension, is used a craft knife to cut a portion of the large wing, then popped some dimensional foam adhesive underneath. 

I really enjoyed coloring this "adult coloring" style image. I'm just a beginner, so if I can do it...anyone can. Check out all the "Colorista" inspiration on our Pinterest Board. Wowzers! Loads of amazing colored samples by our design team. They will knock your socks off!

Stay up to date on all the latest news:

 Thank for stopping by today. Happy "adult" coloring!

Crafter's Companion Spectrum Noir Colorista Beautiful Butterfly Background Stamp
Crafter's Companion Textures Artist Collection Words of Wonder - Set 1
Spectrum Noir AquaBlend Pencils - Essentials and Naturals Set (Oregano, Kiwi, Spruce, Ocean, Kiwi, Cypress, Deep Forest, Apricot, Straw, Jungle Green, Beeswax, Umber, Lagoon, Wheat, Aqua, Sorrel)
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Crystal Clear
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Water brush
Black StazOn Ink Pad
Colored Cardstock
Craft Knife or X-Acto Knife
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Heat Gun
Delicata Golden Glitz Ink

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

August 2016 Calendar Page

...and then all the sudden....BAM! It's August!

Here's my calendar page for this month. Totally lovin' how it turned out!

I used the Crafter's Companion Walls and Corners stamp set from the Textures Artist Collection to stamp the sun rays. Quick and easy - just inked up with 3 colors of Distress Inks. Then I tapped on some Moonlight Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen, and stamped on the page. Super sparkly in real life!

For the fun and funky sunglasses, I used Sheena's A Little Bit Scenic - French 50's Cafe stamp set. I treated a piece of white cardstock with anti-static pouch, then stamped 3 different colors of Distress Inks. Then I quickly added clear embossing powder and heat embossed. Once cooled, I colored the lens area with Spectrum Noir Markers IG8, IG6, IG4 and IG2. Lastly, I used a Versamark Ink marker to color over the glasses, added clear embossing powder, then heat embossed.

After trimming out the sunglasses, I inked around the edges to finish them off so the white paper didn't show. They look really cool! I adhered the green and blue glasses flat, then popped up the red pair.

Have a happy day!

Crafter's Companion Textures - Walls and Corners Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sheena A Little Bit Scenic - French 50's Cafe
Spectrum Noir Markers: IG8, IG6, IG4, IG2
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Clear Overlay
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen - Shades of Spring Set
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Ranger Distress Inks - Twisted Citron, Mermaid Lagoon, Abandoned Coral (Sunglasses)
Ranger Distress Inks - Squeezed Lemonade, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade (Sun rays)
Clear Embossing Powder
Versamark Ink Marker
Anti-Static Pouch
Heat Embossing Tool
Dimensional Foam Adhesive
Tape Runner

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Tea Time Treats Tag Card

Hello again everyone. I just had to share another project I made using the Crafter's Companion Die'sire Create-A-Card Card Base Dies that were just launched. Check this out...

The die I used for this fun shaker mini card is called the "Stacey" Card Base Die. This tag shape die is one of my faves. There are 6 dies in this set. I used the 3rd smallest to die-cut the card, and the smallest to die-cut the window.

I stamped and heat embossed the image from the Party Time stamp set on Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock. Then I colored with Spectrum Aqua markers - Bud Green, Kingfisher, Rose Pink, Amber, Gold and Yellow.

The image is cut out and adhered to front of card with foam tape. I thought the sentiment from the Downton Abbey - Time for Tea stamp set worked perfectly. It's stamped on the inside of the shaker. The shaker is filled with glitter and sequins. So fun and sparkly.

Watercoloring...yeah...I LOVE IT! Spectrum Aqua Markers are so vibrant. Check out all the great projects and inspiration on Pinterest using Spectrum Aqua as well as all the other Spectrum Noir coloring products.

Happy Crafting,

Spectrum Aqua Markers
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Create-A-Card Card Base Stacey Die
Crafter's Companion Shimmering Black Pearl Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Party Time EZ Mount Stamp Set
Crafter's Companoin Downton Abbey Time for Tea EZ Mount Stamp Set
Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock
Die-cutting Machine
Watercolor Brush
Clear Embossing Powder
Black Ink
Anti-static pouch
Chunky Crystal Glitter
Bakers Twine
Crafter's Companion Clear Acetate Sheet
Heat Embossing Gun

Friday, July 29, 2016

NEW Create-A-Card Card Base Dies

Happy Friday everyone! Crafter's Companion just launched a brand new line of dies. Die'sire Create-A-Card Card Base Dies! They are FANTASTIC! You gotta check 'em out. 6 new sets of dies that cut a perfect shaped card base! YAY!

Here's a fun card I made using the Ruth Create-A-Card Card Base Die.

I LOVE this shape! It can be used for so many crafting styles. As you can see, it worked perfectly for a "dude" card.

I die-cut the base card using Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock.  I used the Just For Men 6" x 6" Checkerplate embossing folder to add texture to the bottom of the card. To finish the top edge of the textured area, I cut super thin strip of paper from the Just For Men 6" x 6" Paper Pad Urban Collection paper pad and adhered. I also added a thin strip at the top of the card edge. Don't you just love how small bits of detail like that really add to the design?!

I went to town using a bunch of goodies from the Just for Men Colletion by Sara Davies. What a fun card for that special "dude" ;) All the cogs and gears are die-cut and embossed with the best silver mirror cardstock on the planet! (shhhhh! It's from Crafter's Companion...and is coming soon! But you didn't hear that from me.) Some fun stamping and distressing. "Happy" is actually die-cut through the card front with a piece of designer paper from the Urban Collection Pad adhered on the inside of card -- to the back of the card front. Then I die-cut a single panel of the same size die from kraft cardstock and adhered the back of the card font... to give the inside a professional finish.

I die-cut 1 layer of the smaller size "Ruth" die, from a piece of Just for Men designer paper by placing the "non-cutting edge" of the die at the edge of the paper. After die-cutting, I lightly sponged distress ink before adhering to the inside of the card. We don't see a lot of crafters posting the inside of a card...so I wanted to make sure YOU know that the inside does matter. Bringing in some elements of the card front to the inside of the card really makes it "Epic" ;)

I'm loving all the new goodies from Crafter's Companion. And...there's more to come...just sayin ;)

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Later dude! lol

Crafter's Companion Die'sire Create-A-Card Card Base Die - Ruth
Crafter's Companion Just For Men 6" x 6" Embossing Folder - Checkerplate
Crafter's Companion Just For Men Special Birthday Metal Dies
Crafter's Companion Just For Men Cogs and Gears Metal Dies
Crafter's Companion  Just For Men Urban Graffiti Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Just For Men Street Wise Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Just For Men Rock Star Stamp Set 
Crafter's Companion Just For Men 6" x 6" Paper Pad Urban Collection
Crafter's Companion Together Forever Luxury Matt Mirror Card (coming soon!)
Crafter's Companion Kraft Cardstock
Die-cutting & Embossing Machine
Distress Inks Chipped Sapphire, Walnut Stain
Distress Archival Ink Ground Espresso, Hickory Smoke
Ranger Archival Ink Plum
Ink Blending Tool
Dimensional Foam Adhesive