Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crafter's Companion ~ UK Birthday Week!

Hi Friends!  I'm up bright and early today to share a fun birthday card AND give away an adorable Bebunni Stamp set from Crafter's Companion!   For my card, I used the Bebunni Celebration stamp set with the Clouds Embossalicious Embossing Folder for the background.  To color the many balloons, I used a whole bunch of Spectrum Noir Markers {colors listed below}.  

Spectrum Noir Markers Used: OR1, OR2, DR2, DR3, CR5, CR6, CR9, CR11, TB4, TB5, BP3, BP5, HB2, HB3, PL1, PL2, PP4, PP6, GT2, GB4, CT3, CT4, CG1, CG3, LG4, LG5, IB2, IB3

The US team is also celebrating the Crafter's Companion UK birthday with TONS of specials at the CC US store AND each US designer is giving away this adorable Bebunni stamp set.

If you would like a chance to win this set from me, just leave a comment on this post before Sunday, October 26th at 11pm (ET).

Thanks for stopping by today & don't forget to leave some love for your chance to win this set.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Gina K Inspiration Hop: Day #1

The Cast and Crew for Gina K Designs welcomes you to another fabulous Inspiration Blog Hop! Gina, along with the Cast and Crew and Guest Designers, will inspire you with many beautiful ideas! And as you hop through our blogs, make sure to leave a comment on each of them because we will choose a few random comments and those stampers will each win a grab bag of Gina K. Designs products! To see the full list of winners check the Big News Forum at StampTV a few days after the hops.

Today we are using the new Fabulous Holiday Filler set by 
Melanie Muenchinger and some fun paper from this month's Winter Cheer Stamp TV Kit.    I decided to use a few of the stamps from this set on a tag with Ocean Mist Ink and used the it to decorate the top of the tag ~ it fit perfectly!  I also added the row of snowflakes in the same color ink at the bottom the tag and a sentiment from the set.  The great thing about this set is the versatility of the images, fillers and sentiments because it can be used in so many ways for so many occasions. 

Ready for more awesome creations?! Just click on the links below for more from the Illustrators and Design Team!!

Melanie Muenchinger - Illustrator of Fabulous Holiday Filler
Kendra Wietstock - you are here!

Our awesome Guest Designers for this month:

Joyce Evans Erb

Thanks for hopping by today ~ enjoy the rest of the inspiration.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

TE: Music Notes.... Now We Wait!

Hi There Friends!  I can't believe it has been 3 years since that wonderful marching band season.  My daughter was a freshman with the Concord Marching Minutemen & it was the year they won the Class B State Championship.  Yes - I have totally spoiled the surprise... sorry about that!  They performed 7th in the line up and then had to wait for the final three bands to finish before they took the field to await the results and awards.  They counted down from 10th place and Concord was the last band called... IT WAS THRILLING!

Today my page features several fabulous products from Taylored Expressions that are perfect for scrapbook layouts and Pockets & Pages type scrapbooking.   My page features the Just a Note music note dies ~ and I totally love them.  They also pair up very well with new Sheet Music embossing folder.  

Here's a close-up of the title block.

And another close-up of this fun shot of all the band lined up on the field for awards.

So in real time... 2014, today our great band is off to Regionals!  My daughter is now a senior and my son is a freshman.  It is going to be another thrilling year!!

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

New Sheena Douglass Stencils

Hi Friends... Today I have another tutorial using the new Sheena Douglass Stencils that were released yesterday from Crafter's Companion.  This time I used the Liberty Stencil along with the eBrush System & Spectrum Noir Markers.  

Step 1: Tape the Stencil to the cardstock using the EZ Release Tape so everything stays in place while using the eBrush System.   This tape is great for masking or holding things in place because it is very easy to remove and doesn't ruin your cardstock.

Step 2: Loaded LG2 Spectrum Noir marker in the eBrush System and put the machine on the medium air brush setting and spray the entire area.  If you don't have an eBrush System, you can also use an ink pad and sponge to apply the color.

Step 3: Using the LG4 in the eBrush, spray on the light setting over the entire area.

Step 4: Using the LG5 Spectrum Noir Marker, spray on the medium setting on the left edges of the robe of Lady Liberty.

Step 5: Carefully remove the stencil, keeping one side taped down & see how the image looks.  If you need to apply more ink, replace the stencil and continue with the eBrush.

Step 6: Apply clouds with Memento Summer Sky ink, a sponge and a hand cut cloud stencil.

Step 7: Add a sentiment from the Sheena Douglass Free as a Bird stamp set & Memento Ink in Tuxedo Black.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

More fun with Stencils!

Hi Peeps!  Today I have a new card to share using the new Sheena Douglass stencils from Crafter's Companion.  For this card, I used parts of the stencil by masking the image and I also moved it around a bit. 

First I selected a piece of water color paper and several colors from the Gold/Brown (GB) markers.  Starting with the darkest one (GB9), I used the chisel tip and simply started coloring a few strokes across the width of the paper.  Next, I took the GB8 marker and overlapped the GB9 and then went above that a little bit more.  I continued on with the GB7 marker and then added GB6, GB4, GB3, GB2, GB1 (in that order).  Then I used the GB1 marker and went over the entire colored area.  For the bottom area, I used DG1, DG2, DG3, DG4 and then a Blender pen to bleach it out a bit.

Next, I pulled out my new Sheena Douglass "Deer" Stencil and EZ Release Tape to mask off everything on the stencil except the large tree on the right edge.  

I loaded a EB8 Spectrum Noir marker in the eBrush System and sprayed color over the background on each side of the card front.

Next, I masked over everything on the stencil except the deer laying down and used the same EB8 Spectrum Noir Marker and eBrush to once again apply color.

I carefully removed the stencil to see my finished image and then added a sentiment to complete the card front.  I added a dark green mat and then attached it to a dark brown cardbase.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Super Sweet Treats!

Last week, Sara Davies, the founder of Crafter's Companion hopped over the pond from the UK and shared several of my projects on the Home Shopping Network (HSN).  Here is one of the projects that was featured today for Crafter's Companion ~ large milk carton with Strawberry Template.  I used The Ultimate Tool and the Special Treat Board & paper/embellishments from the Sweet Treats CD-ROM.  

Here is a close-up of the strawberries - the templates for them are on the Sweet Treats CD-ROM and they are so easy to make.  You just run your pattern paper through the printer & cut them out.  Then I used a large sewing needle with twine to gather the top edges and tie them off.

Have a SWEET Day!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Something Spooky from Crafter's Companion!

This week at Crafter's Companion, there will be a new release of Sheena Douglass stamps and stencils.  The stamps are part of the 'A Little Bit Magical' range and the stencils (which I sneak peeked on Friday), coordinate with many of Sheena's stamp sets.  Below, I used a new set called Phantom Ship ~ nice and spooky for Halloween!  To color the background, I used my Spectrum Noir Markers IG2, IG3, TB1, TB2 in my eBrush System.

I used the sentiments from the Phantom Ship set and the cobweb flourish from the Trick or Treating Halloween set.

Have a great day & thanks for buzzing by!

Friday, October 10, 2014

Coming Soon... Stencils!

Hi Peeps!  I'm back today to share a brand new product coming soon from Crafter's Companion ~ STENCILS!  Next week Sheena Douglass will be coming out with an entire collection of Stencils that coordinate perfectly with many of her stamp sets.

The stencil for this project is called Eiffel Tower and I added some stamped images to my piece to finish it off.

To begin, I took a piece of Kraft cardstock and stamped the crackle image from Sheena's Ageing Beautifully stamp set.  

Next, to keep my cardstock and stencil in place, I used some EZ Release Tape to hold both down to my work surface.

Using the new eBrush System, I loaded the chisel tip of my Spectrum Noir EB5 marker & placed the setting to the 3rd brush setting to get the most ink output.

Then using the eBrush,  I sprayed color all over the area {and yes, you will make a mess of your stencil; however, you can clean it up with Spectrum Noir Blender Solution.}

Carefully pick up the stencil, leaving one end taped, just to make sure you covered everything.  If you leave one end taped down, you can easily lay the stencil back in place and spray more if needed.

Next, I used Antique Linen Distress Ink and rubbed the ink pad directly on the cardstock to create an aged look.

I ruffed up the edges, added a sentiment from the Sheena Douglass True Colors set & trimmed it with a die from the Die'sire Scallop Tags set.  Then along the edge of the card, I added some leafy images from the Silhouette Garden stamp set.

The Eiffel Tower Stencil will be available for purchase on Wednesday, October 15th... along with the rest of the stencil collection.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

TE: Christmas Treat Toppers

Hi Peeps!  Today I have some fun little gift tag/card holders to share using some awesome products from Taylored Expressions.  The fun little Christmas dies are from one set called Christmas Treat Toppers and I used various shades of TE Premium Cardstock to trim them and add layers {colors listed below}.

Each tag is embossed with a different TE Embossing Folder ~ this new one is called Winter Flurry.

And finally a few with non-traditional colors... which I just love doing!

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