Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Watercolored Three-Tier Gift Box

Howdy friends! I've got a really cool tutorial over on the Spectrum Noir Blog showing how to make this set of gift boxes.

I am super happy with how this turned out! I wanted it to look have the appearance of fancy three-tier cake with flowers cascading down the side. Nailed it!

I only used one Spectrum Aqua Marker to do the watercoloring! You could use any color you want and get great results! The stamp set I used is from Crafter’s Companion Sheena Douglass Groovin’ 60’s Collection – Bloomin’ Sixties. I love this set of flowers!

All the details and instructions with pictures for my Watercolor Three-Tier Gift Box are over on the Spectrum Noir Blog.

 Have fun creating!

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

February 2017 Desktop Calendar Page

Hello friends. It's been a while since I blogged or even really crafted. I got a horrible flu bug the first day of CHA and I've been down ever since. I'm finally today feeling human enough to get a quick project done and posted.

It's time again for another month in my desktop calendar. I always have fun coming up with designs that will fit in the small space I have to create in. For this month I used a really fun Mask & Stencil Set along with 2 stamp sets by Leonie Pujol for Crafter's Companion.

I took the stencils and placed it down on the page. Then I blended some Picked Raspberry and Wilted Violet Distress Inks over the mask. Next I stamped the little images with black ink. Once done stamping, I removed the stencil mask to reveal the most perfect "Love" sentiment. I love how this turned out!

I added a few bright pink rhinestones and a piece of washi tape in the corner for added texture and interest. That's it! These stencils and stamp really are a load of fun to create with. Check out all the different stencil and stamp sets over at Crafter's Companion HERE.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

NEW Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers

Did you see the exciting Spectrum Noir news over at Crafter's Companion USA?  The NEW Spectrum Noir Illustrator Markers are now available! YEEEHAWWW!

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With all the fun adult coloring going on lately, I wanted to show how beautifully these new markers work on a Spectrum Noir Colorista Premium Marker Pads from Crafter's Companion. I picked a page from the Exquisite Florals Pad with colourable glitter.

WOW...right?!!! I love blending and shading...and with the brush nib on these new markers it's so much easier. BONUS --  the OTHER end of the marker is a super-fine nib. Absolutely amazing for coloring in the smaller areas and creating fine details.

Here are a couple pics I snapped during my coloring process.

Lori's Adult Coloring Tip
My tip if you are a newbie to adult coloring is to start by coloring the most familiar item (to you) on the page. For instance...I started coloring the leaves. I knew I was going to color the leaves green, and they were easy for me to pick out. You don't have to color all of them, just something to get you started with coloring. Next I decided I wanted to use a particular color - Aqua. So I picked out a blend of marker colors I liked, and then colored some areas. Just random areas that I felt like coloring. It's really easy once you get going.

Now...what to do with my finished page? I might cut it up and make a few cards - or maybe create a box from the page. hummmm....

Have a beautiful day my friends,

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Monday, January 16, 2017

2017 Calendar

It's time for my new year calendar. For the cover, I went with a simple design.

I stamped images from the Spectrum Noir Colorista Elements 3 Stamp Set from Crafter's Companion on Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White Cardstock. Then I colored them with Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers - Set 6.  I colored over the tiny flowers with my Clear Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen. The numbers are die-cut twice - once from the colored image and again from Kraft Cardstock.

The number dies are from Sara Davies Signature Birthday Party Collection - Fun With Numbers that were recently released on HSN.

I fussy cut the tiny flowers and added a clear droplets to the centers. I layered the kraft cardstock on the backs -- but slightly shifted. This really adds dimension, and pulls it together with the inside calendar pages.

For the January page, I die-cut the pieces from a super fun Essentials Die'sire 6 piece Treats Mini Die Set that Crafter's Companion just was also just released on HSN.

The mug is die-cut from Watercolour Cardstock 2 times. I colored the pieces with Spectrum Sparkle Pens, then layered the pieces together.
  • Mug: Moonstone, Aquamarine & Peacock
  • Coffee: Smoked Quartz
  • Steam: Clear

I just love the shimmer that the Sparkle Pens have. And...they color on the watercolour cardstock ah-mazing! Isn't that die-cut doily adorable?! The mug is popped up with dimensional foam.

Have a wonderful day,

Sunday, January 8, 2017

December 2016 Calendar Page

Hello friends. I've been away from blogging for almost the entire month of December. And now we are 1 week into January of 2017. MAN does time fly. I hope you are all doing well and had a nice holiday.

Here's my last calendar page for my 2016 Calendar Project. I hope I've inspired you to make your own calendar for 2017.

I diecut the Snowflake Trio dies from the Crafter's Companion - Sara Davies Signature Collection - Festive Wonder using a Stick-It adhesive sheet (no paper...just the adhesive). Then I carefully removed 1 side of the release paper from the die-cuts and placed on the page. Before removing the top release paper, I lightly sponged blue ink around the snowflakes. After removing the top release paper to expose the sticky adhesive, I covered the snowflakes with crystal microfine glitter. Oh MAN is it ever sparkly.

The little house (which I'm sure on the inside was decorated beautifully for Christmas 😉) and trees are pieces that I snipped off of the Scenic Borders Die Set from Crafter's Companion Contemporary Christmas Collection. I also added some white snow "dots" using a white gel pen, and a few light blue rhinestone gems. I just love how clean, cool and simple this page turned out.

Here's all the pages from my 2016 Desktop Calendar:


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Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Colorista Christmas

Time to get those Christmas cards CRANKED OUT! Here's a fun design that can be mass produced. Even the kids can join in on coloring some of the snowflakes. Spectrum Noir Colorista Stamps are so fun! And they can be used for any occasion. I made them into snowflakes for Christmas cards.  You can stamp a bunch on one sheet, then everyone can have a sheet to color! What a great way to relax and enjoy some time with the kids, family and friends

These snowflakes are colored with Spectrum Noir Colorista Markers: Pale Mint, Pistachio, Cyan, Lipstick

Once the "snowflakes" from the Spectrum Noir Colorista Elements 3 stamp set are colored, add some glitter, cut out and attach to a note card with dimensional foam.  I added the silver twine to have my snowflakes appear as hanging ornaments, but you could leave that off it you want.

The sentiment is diecut from Crafter's Companion Sara Davies Signature Collection - Contemporary Christmas Seasonal Sentiment Die set.

Add a few rhinestones, sequins or pearls to finish up the card. That's it!

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Joyous Holiday

Hello friends. Here's a card I made with some of the new Sara Davies Signature Collection products from both the Traditional Christmas and Contemporary Christmas.

Before I removed the die from the angel, I sponged on Versamark ink. Then I used Princess Gold Embossing Powder from Ranger to heat emboss. It's beautiful.

This card is so full of shine and shimmer that I had a real hard time taking a good photograph. Or maybe it was just my lack of photography skills? HA!'s a eye catcher for sure. The colored background panel is actually a piece of the Contemporary Christmas Luxury Foiled Card Pad that I sponged with distress ink. The snowflakes are covered with crystal glitter.

The strip of gold strips is from the Traditional Christmas Luxury Foiled Card Pad. This card is actually really simple. You could make a bunch of them in an afternoon.

Thanks for stopping by! Pop on over to the blog for Crafter's Companion USA Advent Calendar. You don't want to miss it!


Crafter's Companion USA Supplies:
Sara Davies Signature Collection Contemporary Christmas and Traditional Christmas Collection products. Guardian Angel Die, Snowflakes of Joy Die Set, Festive Sentiments Stamp Set, Contemporary Christmas A4 Luxury Foiled Card Pad, Traditional Christmas A4 Luxury Foiled Card Pad, Shimmering Cardstock White Pearl, Gemini Diecutting and Embossing Machin

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Week of Giving Thanks

Hello friends. I'm sure many of you are busy preparing for Thanksgiving festivities. I've got a ton of things to get done in the kitchen. So I'll keep this post short.

Here's a card I made uing a beautiful stamp set from Crafter's Companion USA called Giving Thanks. As part of our "Giving Thanks Week" celebration, you can get his set is FREE with any order that is place this week (Nov 21 - 28) on the Crafter's Companion USA website.

I love how my card turned out! I colored with Spectrum Noir Markers:

Flowers - BT1, BT5, BT7
Leaves - CG1, CG2, DG4
Flower Centers & Sentiment - GB4, GB6, GB7, GB9

Then I colored over with Spectrum Sparkle Pens: Clear, Moonlight, Sea Breeze and Soft Jade.

Simple hand trimming around the image panel, popped up on note card with dimensional foam adhesive, and finished off with a few rhinestones.

Pop on over to check out our Week of Giving Thanks for more details on how to get this stamp set for free, along with other freebies.

 Hope you have a week full of blessings and love,

Giving Thanks Stamp Set
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth Premium White CS
Spectrum Noir Markers
Sparkle Pens
Teal Blue Card Base
Dimensional Foam Adhhesive.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Fab 60's Watercolor

Here's another card I created using the brand new Sheena Douglass Groovin' 60's collection from Crafter's Companion.

Everything is watercolored with Spectrum AquaBlend Pencils. As you can see, these pencil colors are super rich and vibrant! Fab...right?!

  • Background - Sky Blue, Regal Blue
  • Skin - Apricot, Coral, Sorrel
  • Hair - Beeswax, Sorrel
  • Lips - Watermelon, Strawberry
  • Hat & Gemstone - Petunia, Anthracite
  • Hat Band & Jacket - Kiwi, Cypress

I made the card base from Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock, as well as the additional cut out pieces.  Everything is stamped and heat embossed. The flowers have glitter glue in the centers.

To make the heart, I brushed anti-static powder on a small piece of watercolor cardstock, placed the Groovy Flower Power Stencil on top and dabbed black pigment ink only in the dashed areas of the heart. After lifting off the stencil, I heat embossed in clear. Next, I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in the center. To finish, I trimmed out and attached to card with dimensional foam adhesive.

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Crafter's Companion Sheena Groovin' 60's Hattie Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sheena Groovin' 60's RPM Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Sheena Groovin' 60's Stencil Groovy Flower Power
Spectrum AquaBlend Pencils
Spectrum Aqua Watercolour Cardstock
VersaMark Ink
Black Pigment Ink
Clear Embossing Powder
Anti-Static Powder
Heat Embossing Gun
Sponge Dauber
Stickles Glitter Glue - Firefly
Watercolor Brush
Dimensional Foam Adhesive

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Groovy Tie-Dye Card

Hello! I wanted to pop on here quick and share some of the fun NEW Sheena Douglass Groovin' 60's goodies with you. Crafter's Companion just released this brand new collection, and I think it's absolutely GROOVY! Four stamp sets and seven stencils that are sure to bring you peace, love and creativity. Shop for these new products HERE.

I've got a fun tutorial over on the Crafter's Companion Blog - Create a Tie-Dye Silhouette Card.

Imagine all the fun colors you can mix up for the most FAB tie-dye background panels!

Go check out the tutorial for complete details and instructions on making this project.

Stamp sets: Just Truckin' and RPM
Stencil: Tie Dye

Peace out!

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