Monday, March 27, 2017

Coloring fun with Spectrum Noir

Had some fun this weekend coloring with my Spectrum Noir Colorista colored pencils. I also blended out the pencils a bit with some mineral spirits to give it a smooth look. Shading is a breeze with this technique. Give it a try!

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Stay tuned, there will be some exciting projects coming up made with products from Crafter's Companion. Until then you can do some shopping at their store

Friday, August 5, 2016

Paper Smooches Shaker Card

I made this adorable shaker card with the Paper Smooches' stamp set called, Space Cadet. 

I made the background inside the shaker to look like space. It is an easy technique to do. First cut a piece of white cardstock 4.25 x 5.5 for your base. Then sponge a faux galaxy using any type of stamp pads. I used Distress Inks (Squeezed Lemonade, Chipped Sapphire, Festive Berries, Black Soot) to sponge in some color and then swirled Black Soot on top of them. Leave some color showing to show depth in the galaxy. Then water down some white acrylic paint and using a stiff  brush flick the white paint across the Distress Ink sky. I also love glitter so I flicked some Wink of Stella across the galaxy too!

Set that aside to dry and start on the front of the card. Take a 4.25 x 5.5 piece of black cardstock and cut a circle in it with your favorite circle die set. I used CottageCutz Circle Dies. I used the second and third largest circles. The size isn't important. Just use a circle die you like for your opening. Then use the next smallest circle die in the set and put them both together and cut out a circle to go on the opening of your shaker. I chose a dark fuchsia. (Taping them together before you run though your die cutting machine helps keep them from moving. You want to make sure the smaller circle is centered in the next circle die evenly.)

Let's add some texture to your card front! You can use any embossing folder you have. Again, it is not important to have any certain one. Just use something that has texture. Run your black cardstock through the die cut machine, I am using a Sizzix Big Kick and a Sizzix embossing folder that is retired. Flip the piece over and run adhesive around the opening. Use a strong adhesive, I used ATG tape gun. Cut a piece of plastic to go over the opening covering the tape. (I recycle plastic packaging for my shakers. You can also use sheet protectors or plastic overlays. I like to cut my plastic a bit smaller then my card front, then I know it won't come apart and my shaker pieces won't go all over.)

Now let's work on the shaker. (Here is a video of how to make a basic shaker incase you don't understand the written instructions and need to SEE it in action!) Get some foam tape. Double up on the thickness for shaker cards by folding the tape on itself. This way your pieces can move about freely inside the shaker shape. Make a border around the outside of the circle on top of the plastic. (Don't let any of the foam tape show through the opening of the shaker, it will distract from your shaker pieces.) Also, make sure you don't have any holes between the tape pieces. If you do, your shaker pieces will escape though them. (Do not remove the top release paper yet.) Now fill up your shaker space with goodies! I used sequence, seed beads, tube beads, glitter stars and colored plastic beads. Fill it pretty full so when your card is upright, you can see your items. You can also glue a few goodies to the plastic to keep some items from falling to the bottom while the card is in its upright position. I glued a few stars at the top. I used the Space Dies from Paper Smooches to cut stars out of glitter paper. I colored the back of my glitter paper yellow so if they were to flip over I didn't have a bunch of white paper stars showing. Add some doubled up foam tape to the bottom of your card too so when you add the galaxy cardstock, the top and bottom are the same thickness.

It's time to remove the adhesive and put the backing on. Make sure you have the galaxy you made showing through the circle shaker you made before you stick it all together. Once it is stuck down, it is hard to remove without ruining it.

Time to make the cute space man for the front of the card. I stamped the image of the space man and the words, "Get better in warp speed", from Space Cadet, on Copic friendly cardstock. (I used Black Soot Distress Ink which is Copic friendly) I used various markers to color in my guy. Don't get too worked up in picking colors. Just pick a light and a dark for the grey and purple. I also used a tan for his face with some pink for the cheeks. Your choice of colored cardstock will determine what Copic markers you will need to color with. (I added a tiny Kleenex to his hand. I figured if he is there to help a sick friend, he can at least offer them a Kleenex!) I cut the words into a banner and added a tiny glitter star to tie into my shaker pieces.

Pop up the space man with triple foam tape and the words with double foam tape. At this point you are done! Have fun shaking your card!! I know your recipient will enjoy shaking it too!!

Thanks for joining me. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Please let me know if there is anything you would like to see a tutorial on. I would love to help you out if you have any questions!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Paper Smooches Guest Designer Call

Oh the places you'll go!!!

This adorable guy is from a stamp set by Paper Smooches called "Smarty Pants". I stamped him on Copic friendly paper with Black Soot Distress Ink from Ranger. I colored my images with Copics but I did not record the colors, sorry! Just choose colors you like. I also added a bit of black cardstock to the back to make him pop off the map paper.
I used a Lawn Fawn die called "Say Cheese" for the instant photo frames. I has some discontinued patterned paper I used for my photos. Use any images you would like for your photos. It was fun looking through papers to find stuff to frame. I also used a map paper for my background from a very old paper pad from Paper Pizazz called "Vacation". If you can't find any map paper, use a real map or print one off the internet. It would be fun to print a map of someplace you have visited or want to visit. You can even use real photos of your family in the frames and a map of where you were when you took the pictures! Be creative!
For my sentiment I used this quote from a Dr. Seuss book. I just printed it on cardstock and die cut it with a stitched rectangle die. I also added a small border of black cardstock to set it off from the white faux polaroid photos.

I also added a little bit of Glossy Accents by Ranger to my little guy's glasses to resemble the reflective glass. When that was dry, I mounted the whole thing on black cardstock and attached it to a card blank. That's it! Another fun card ready to send to a friend!

I am entering this into the Paper Smooches Guest Designer Call for June. Check it out!

Thanks for stopping by!!

Crayon Rain with Paper Smooches

This easy watercolor card was made to enter in the Paper Smooches Rainbow Challenge.
I used the set Smarty Pants from Paper Smooches for this cute card. I got my inspiration from my daughter who recently did the crayon canvas thing.  I also used an umbrella stamp from Pink Paislee called " Hello Sunshine". (Unfortunately, it has been discontinued. Just use any umbrella stamp you have or draw one with a waterproof marker.) I masked off part of the professors hand so I could stamp the umbrella to make it look like he is holding the handle.

I then stamped the crayons across the top of the card. I used Versafine ink. It is waterproof and gives great detail to your stamping. Then fun starts! I used Zig Clean Color Watercolor Brush Pens to paint my design.

When the card was dry, I added some Glossy Accents by Ranger to the crayons and the Professor's glasses. I mounted it on black cardstock and taped it on to a card blank and I was done!

Thanks for stopping by!!


Saturday, March 19, 2016

3D Flower Card

Today's card is a 3D flower card. Any 3D flowers can be used to make this card. If you don't have any 3D flower dies you can always use store bought ones. I just added some washi tape for the background and to add some dimension to the background I used a Sizzix die.  Dimensional foam was used behind the green border to pop it up a big. I added the sentiment from the Celebrate set by Sizzix. To avoid needing a larger envelope, I cut some of the card front down then added a decorative strip of pink loops cut from the same Sizzix border set. The dots at the top are Perler beads melted down. (I love the glitter looks so I also added some Wink of Stella to my flowers.)
This washi background is great for any kind of card base. Just add a die cut or Stamped image and you are good to go!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Lisbeth Butterfly Card

Hi Everyone, I'm here to show you how to make this sparkly
3D butterfly card. It is a fast card to make so consider making a few.

Let’s get started!

Take a 4.25 x 5.5 piece of cardstock and use this for your
base. I used purple, you can use any color. Just match your decorative elements
to your selection. I did a fun spray background, you could skip this part to
speed up your card making but it adds another layer of texture. Take a piece of
white cardstock measuring 4 x 5.25. (I used watercolor paints to match my cardstock
choices, pink and purple) Take an old tooth brush and load it with some inky
paint. Run your nail down the bristles and spray some color on your paper. The
spray is light but noticeable. That is why I used watercolor paints, it dries
light. Since I didn’t use a lot of water, the paper did not warp. Set this
paper aside to dry.
While that layer dries, select a complementary paper color
and cut a circle with the Circle Set. (Use the third circle from the outer edge)
Then cut a white circle with the Stitched Circle Set. (Use the fourth one from
the outer edge). I used a pink outer circle with a white inner stitched circle.
Attach them together with your favorite adhesive. Set aside and pick two colors
for your butterfly. I chose purple and pink. Cut a base butterfly using the
solid butterfly from the Butterfly, Lisbeth set. Cut a detailed butterfly from
your other choice of color (I added some extra sparkle to my detailed piece
with a Wink of Stella pen. This again is optional.). Don’t forget to cut a body
too.  Layer them together and add liquid
glue along the center piece. Do not glue down the wings. That is where we will
get our 3D effect. Add the body on top of the detailed layer as shown. When the
body dries, take a pencil or dowel and curl the top layer of the wings around
it. This will lift the wings and also show the sparkle details.  

To get the dimensional wording, I used fun foam. If you don’t
have fun foam you can cut the wording out several times on white cardstock and
glue them together to form the base and attach the top layer with your choice
of color paper. I used fun foam and cut out the words, “Thinking of you” from
CottageCutz Thinking of You set. I cut a set out of pink cardstock and added
some Wink of Stella again, to add some sparkle and make it coordinate with the

Now that the main piece is dry, take some coordinating washi
tape and add some strips down the front of the card as shown. This adds more dimension
without adding bulk. ( If you do not have washi tape tear some strips of
decorative paper and attach. Use what you have on hand. If you want you can add
ribbon, twine, or leave it blank)

Assemble the components as shown in the picture. Attach the
white painted cardstock to your base layer.  Layer the butterfly circle piece you created
with dimensional squares to give more drama. Attach the “Thinking of you”
embellishment with your liquid adhesive. Then you are finished. If you would
like more “sparkle” as I did, add some colored sequence randomly around the