Monday, July 6, 2015

Gina K & Spectrum Tutorial: Spectrum Aqua Crazy Color Palette

Hi Friends!  Today I'm sharing a new tutorial using the brand new Gina K Designs set called The Wetlands by Theresa Momber and the sentiment is from the Triple Play Fillers by Melanie Muenchinger.  I colored my image with my Spectrum Aqua markers and I'm pretty sure you are going to look at the colors I picked and think there is no way that will look good...

Here's how I made my card...

Step 1: Stamp the image on Spectrum Noir Watercolor paper using pigment ink and heat emboss with clear embossing powder.

Step 2: Using the Sepia Spectrum Aqua marker, add color to the left edge of the cattail.

Step 3: Add Spectrum Aqua Chocolate next to the Sepia.

Step 4: Add Spectrum Aqua Tan on the remainder of the cattail.

Step 5: Use a waterbrush to blend the colors.

Step 6: Next add Slate and then Charcoal Spectrum Aqua colors with a waterbrush to the dragonfly's body.  I like to add color by scribbling the color directly from the marker to a paint palette.  Then just dip the watercolor brush to the palette and paint away.

Step 7: For the stems, added Olive and Moss Spectrum Aqua colors using a waterbrush.

Step 8: Add Leaf Green from the marker directly on the dragonfly wings.

Step 9: Next add Bug Green with the marker (yes, it looks horrible right now... trust me)

Step 10: And finally add some Sunflower.

Step 11: Use a watercolor brush to blend the colors.   {See... I told you it would look cool!}  Add more color with the waterbrush until you get the desired look.

Step 12: Add Aquamarine Spectrum Aqua to the background with a waterbrush.

My crazy color palette

Stay tuned for more fun Spectrum Noir & Spectrum Aqua Tutorials with Gina K Designs in the coming weeks!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Crafter's Companion Create-A-Card Dies!

Hi Peeps!  Hope you are ready for a great holiday weekend!  I wanted to pop in today to share a Create-A-Card project I made using the Create-A-Card Kaleidoscope of Butterflies die.  These are super fun to use and make for some pretty awesome quick cards!  

The cool part of these dies, is that they don't cut around the outside of the die, so you can cut a card front or the top of a box, like I did on the box below (previously posted HERE).

Have a great 4th of July weekend!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Crafter's Companion on HSN... TODAY!

We are super excited to have Sara Davies back on HSN today and she has lots of wonderful Crafter's Companion products and projects to share!  Yesterday, the Crafter's Companion Design Teams had a Blog Hop and shared lots of fabulous projects to spotlight several of the products that will be on the shows today!

For my project today, I used the fabulous Ultimate Crafter's Companion Tool with the Sweet Treats Boards.  One of the great projects on these boards is a large gable box and I decorated it with some of the pretty pattern papers and embellishments from the Sweet Treats CD-ROM.

Make sure you check the Crafter's Companion Facebook Page today for the show times and if you didn't get a chance to hop around yesterday, it's not too late... you still have time.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Crafter's Companion & HSN Blog Hop!

We are super excited today because Sara Davies is coming back to HSN tomorrow and she has lots of wonderful Crafter's Companion products and projects to share!  So the Crafter's Companion Design Teams are having a Blog Hop today to share some fabulous projects that spotlight several of the products that will be on the show tomorrow... consider this a sneak peek!

For my project today, I used the fabulous Ultimate Crafter's Companion Tool with the Sweet Treats Boards.  One of the great projects on this board is a large milk carton and I decorated it with some of the pretty pattern papers and embellishments from the Sweet Treats CD-ROM.  I finished off my box with a window using the Essentials Ovals Dies and some pretty Die'sire 3D Flowers.

Hop around and make sure you leave some love along the way because EVERYONE has something to give away!!  You can find all of the links on Crafter's Companion Blog.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sneak Peek: New Die'sire Dies from Crafter's Companion!

Welcome to another new week and a sneak peek of some brand new dies from Crafter's Companion.  These beautifully intricate dies are part of the Prestige Only Words Collection by Die'sire Dies.    I added a sweet little butterfly from the Beautiful Butterflies Essentials Dies.

Thanks for stopping by today & have a great one!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

TE Pinterest Inspiration ~ Let Freedom Ring!

Happy almost 4th of July!  Today I am sharing my Taylored Expression Pinterest Inspiration card using the You've Got Mail - Patriotic stamp.  

This image pairs up perfectly with the Summer Nights Patterned Paper Pack and the Star Stacklet Dies.  

My Pinterest Inspiration this month came from a card/layout by Stephanie Kraft over on the Taylored Expressions Pinterest Boards.

Supplies from Taylored Expressions:

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Scruffy Little Kitten Release Day!

There's a super cute new collection of stamps coming out from Crafter's Companion later today called Scruffy Little Kitten.  The name of this set is called 'Aggie' and she was super fun to color with my Spectrum Noir Markers {colors listed below}.

Supplies from Crafter's Companion:
Scruffy Little Kitten - Aggie
Spectrum Noir Markers - CR1, CR7, CR8, CR11; TN2; FS2, FS3; GB1, GB3, GB10, GB9; CG3; IG1, IG2, IG3; BT2, BT4, BT5

Monday, June 22, 2015

Sneak Peek Time for Crafter's Companion!

There's a super cute new collection of stamps coming out from Crafter's Companion this Thursday called Scruffy Little Kitten.  The name of this set is called 'Hallie' ~ isn't she cute???

Supplies from Crafter's Companion:
Scruffy Little Kitten Stamp Set - Hallie
Spectrum Noir Markers - CR1, CR2, CR7, CR8, CR9, CR10, CR11; TN2; FS2, FS3; GB1, GB6, GB9; CG3, CG4; BT3
Die'Sire Decorative Dies

Friday, June 19, 2015

Tutorial: The Big Score Folded Purse

Hello, Hello!  For the last HSN show in May, Sara Davies shared several projects for The Big Score by Crafter's Companion.  This is one of the projects I made for the event using a single piece of 12"x 18" double-sided cardstock from the Indulgence Collection.  

{Note: The 12"x 18" double-sided cardstock is currently a HSN exclusive product; however, there is 12"x 20" or 12"x 16" Construction Cardstock available on the Crafter's Companion website that can be used and then decorated with patterned paper}.

Step 1: Trim the cardstock to 12" x 16".

Step 2: Using the long edge of the cardstock against the left side of  The Big Score board, score the cardstock at 4" and 8".  This will divide the cardstock into 3 sections.

Step 3: Flip the cardstock so the short edge is against the left side of The Big Score board. Score at 4" and 8".

Step 4: Flip the cardstock 180 degrees so the opposite short edge is against the left side of The Big Score & score at 4" and 8".  Once this is complete, your cardstock should be divided up into 12 - 4" squares.

Step 5:  Decide which end will be the top of your box (it doesn't really matter).  Trim the outside squares off the cardstock & 1" off the middle square. (see photo above)

Step 6: Place the top flap against the left side of The Big Score & add an additional score mark at 3 3/4".  This will allow the top flap of the box to close when finished.

Step 7: Flip the cardstock over on The Big Score board, and score the lines according to the photo above.  Each of the four corner squares will be scored at a diagonal from the center to the outside corner.

Step 8: Find the center for each of the middle two squares (2") and score those sections into a "V" shape (see photo above).

Step 9: Once everything is scored, fold and carefully burnish the score marks.  Be careful not to damage the scored cardstock edges.

Step 10: Once the purse is properly folded into the correct shape, add strong adhesive to the inside edges so the purse stays in place.

Step 11: Once the purse is secured, add eyelets and ribbon for a handle and decorate the front flap.  I added buttons with string for the front closure; however, you could also use a magnet, ribbon or Velcro to keep the purse closed.

Have fun & thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Yes... Another Grad Card!

Hi Peeps!  Today I have one last graduation card to share ... but I guess it could be used for many different occasions.  The new die on this card is from Die'sire at Crafter's Companion.  The Die is called 'On Your Special Day' and it is brand new in the Only Words Collection that was just released last week! 

Thanks for popping by today!

Monday, June 15, 2015

TE Die Focus: One Day in June... AND a Giveaway!

Hi Friends and Happy Monday!  I'm super excited about my project today and at the end of my post I have a fun giveaway... so make sure you see it!!

Now back to my post... Not only did I get a chance to scrapbook this weekend, but I made a full 12x12 layout using all kinds of wonderful goodies from Taylored Expressions.  It's been a long time since I've had time to do that AND.... I really love this page!

This is my Taylored Expressions Die Focus project for the month, and the die set I used is called June Script.  It has several words in the set, including the name of the month and other summer words like ~ 'summer', 'sun', '&' and 'fun').  I used the word 'June' in my page title and die cut it twice ~ once using Oreo TE Premium cardstock and once in coral to match my patterned paper.  For the rest of the title block I used the Banner Stacklet 1 with Salt Water Taffy cardstock, embossed it with the Dotted Lattice Embossing Folder and then added the 'one day' using the Sweet & Simple Lowercase Alphabet dies.  The big flower is from the Bloomers 1 die & matches the Simple Stories paper perfectly (I Am Collection).  To transition the patterned papers I added the Chevron Border along each side for a more finished look.  {Supply Links are listed below}

For the quote on the page, I used the Sky High Sentiments set & trimmed it with the Label Stacket 2 die ~ this is one of my favorite quotes and fits perfectly for a graduation page.  Once again, I used the big flower is from the Bloomers 1 die & then several small flowers from the Flower Box Sprigs and Flowers die set.   The little sticker letters are from Simple Stories - Sn@p Stickers Typeset and work great for the title block, photo label and date (and all of the letters were from the same sheet).  To set the date off, I put the stickers on a tab from the Simple Tabs die set.

I had so much fun getting back into my scrapbook this weekend and this page will be the front cover for my daughter's graduation pages... I can't wait to make more!


I was so excited to buy the Taylored Expressions Graphic Greetings Graduate stamp that I guess I bought TWO of them!  LOL!  So.... if you want to leave a comment here on my blog or on my Facebook Page ~ Kendra's Paper Creations by Friday, June 19th by 9pm (ET), I will draw one random comment and send it to you.  However, there are a few rules... you need to leave a contact email or your blog so I can get in touch with you AND I will only ship to a US address.

Taylored Expressions Supplies:

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