Friday, April 13, 2018

Crafter's Companion Sneak Peeks

Crafter's Companion and Sara will be back on HSN May 2 with new products to amaze you.

Here I've used the new Sheena Sparkle Pens, Hot & Spicy collection and the Crafter's Companion Clear Daisy Blossom.  The detail on this stamp (and other must-haves in this collection) is amazing for an acrylic stamp and the sentiments are stunning!  I'm in love.

I started playing with a half sheet of Spectrum Noir UltraSmooth cardstock, the Sparkle Pens and a little glycerin.  I swirled and sponged my way across that paper.  Then decided to continue with a Bokeh effect and pulled out some white craft ink.  Then I went back in with the Sparkle Pens (after the craft ink had mostly dried), glycerin and a sponge, and my homemade circle template, and played and played.  Let that dry and then obsessed how to showcase this subtle glitter and colour.

The "coming soon" acrylic Bloomin' Wonderful Collection, Clear Daisy Bloom!  It stamped like a dream on my panel.  Then I mounted that onto some black cardstock and onto my A2 (4-1/4" x 5-1/2") cardbase.

Aside from the drying time needed (and you could speed it up with a heat gun), this was a fun and easy make and would be perfect for any occasion - Mother's day, birthdays, "just 'cause", sympathy...

Join us in our Facebook Fan group - Fans of Crafter's Companion on HSN for more sneak peeks and inspiration.  And if you could possibly need more enticement than sneak peeks and inspiration and fun, friendly atmosphere... we're also beginning the countdown to the May 2 HSN debut with daily give-aways!

Also, don't forget, Rebekah issued a challenge and created an event to "Create a Background".  It runs all of April and we're only halfway through (hint, hint).  This is an easy background you could re-create with any of your Crafter's Companion colouring mediums.  Why not play along?

Thanks for looking!  Hope to see you in the group.


Thursday, April 5, 2018

April Challenge

We're beginning our monthly challenges in the Fans of Crafter's Companion on HSN facebook group with the challenge to create a "fun and unique" background.

You can find the challenge information here

Here is my "inspiration only" entry.

I've created a "faux embossed" background.

Supplies (all Crafter's Companion):
Die'Sire Ribbon Threading "Glamour" die
Black & Gold Collection "Royal Bow" die
Black & Gold Collection "Love" die
Luxury Cardstock - Gold Matte Mirror card
Shimmering Cardstock - Pearl Ivory

I hope you will join us in our group and also consider entering our monthly challenge.


Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Easy Sparkly Background

Just a quick CAS card from me today.  Took out my Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers and some glycerin, masked my cardstock and created a narrow gradiated panel of subtle sparkle.

Supplies Used (Crafter's Companion):
Sheena 'A Little Bit Sketchy', Winter Trees stamp set
Love is All You Need stamp set
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Markers - Moonstone, Moonlight, Soft Jade
Spectrum Noir Black ArtLiner
Spectrum Noir Ultra Smooth cardstock

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Just a bit of Easter colouring

I got this adorable Easter Bunnies image from Gerda Steiner Designs and couldn't resist colouring it up immediately.  I printed it twice so that I could layer it (actually... truth?  I printed it once... ruined the egg part and printed it again so I could layer the bunnies and not use the messed up egg lol).

Coloured with my Copic Markers.

W0-1-3-5; C0-1-3-5; R000-00-30-E70; V12-15-17-BV08; Y11-15-YR23; YG01-03-17

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, March 11, 2018

Did Someone Say Chocolate?!

Just a little colouring fun for a cold Sunday morning.

This image just made me smile when I saw it.  So, yes, I had to have it lol!  I pictured him floating along on a chocolate high trying to sniff out the next hidden stash.  Or maybe lovestruck for other than chocolate?

Image: Bloobel Stamps, Bunneh 1

You can find your own Bunneh and more of his friends at Bloobel Stamps.

Coloured with Copics:
Colourless Blender


Thursday, March 8, 2018

Crafter's Companion Double Offset Circle Swing Card

Well, that's what I'm calling it lol.

This is a big die so needed a "tall" card to accomplish this.  Many cards and projects from the UK and Europe are big, bold cards.  I've become a real fan of the big card.  Yes it may cost a little more to post to a special friend or family member but when you put this much time, effort and love into a creation I, personally, think it's worth it.  Also, I know our Canada Post (and USPS) is not a fan of square envelopes and many of these styles are square BUT... who said it had to go in a square envelope lol?!  Make a pretty envelope and put it in a manilla envelope or just make a rectangular envelope for your square card.  Problem fixed lol.

The finished size of this project is about 7" t by 7-1/4" w.

Supplies used for this card:
Die-sire Circle Swing Kinetic Base Die
Colorista Aqua Best Wishes Stamp Set
Gemini Set One die
Die'Sire Essentials Words of Endearment die 
Vintage Tea Party Doily Delights EF
Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers
Silver Mirror Card
Gemini Die-cutting Machine

Start with a 7" x 11" piece of cardstock (you can use a wider piece, but then the circles won't give you that overlap effect and any narrower you won't have room inside for a message).

Place your Circle Swing die on the upper left of the cardstock and use the decorative panel piece for placement.

 Tape down the Circle Swing die.

Slide the decorative panel die away and run through your diecutter.  I've used the Gemini... love it.

Now rotate your paper 180 degrees and repeat the process.

Now, place your diecut cardstock on a foam pad and finish/extend the scorelines with a ruler and bonefolder.

Your cardstock should now look like this.  You can set it aside for the time being.

Now the fun part to get a beautifully finished piece.  You can use a pencil along with the cutting die and outline the partial circles and cut by hand or...

Cut your next layer to fit the sections.  The dimensions of my two outer panels are 2-3/4" x 7" and my center panel is 3-3/4" x 7".  So I've cut 2 pieces 2-1/2" x 6-3/4" and one piece at 3-1/2" x 6-3/4".  Place the left outer panel and the center panel as per the above photo.  Make sure that the two "legs" extend slightly past the cardstock at the top edge.  Tack down and run through your machine.

Repeat for the right outer panel and bottom of center panel as per photo.

And VOILA... perfectly cut panels that you can now decorate.  

Adhere your decorated panels to the base (make sure they don't impede the circle swing mechanism) and burnish/fold at the scorelines.  And you're done.  Here's my finished card again.

Thanks for sticking with me this far!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Crafter's Companion Die'sire Kinetic Card Bases

These dies can do and are so much more than just a quick and gorgeous card!  I've made 5 different projects with the Crafter's Companion Die'sire Kinetic Circle Swing Base Card; two with the Crafter's Companion Die'sire Kinetic Shutter Base Card.  

In this post, I'll explain the Matchbook-style Album. 

Finished size approx. 6” x 9-1/2”

Cover – 1 pc 6” x 11”; scored at 1-3/4” for back and 1 pc 6” x 8-3/4” for front.  Adhere front piece to 1-3/4” section of back piece
Binding – 4” x 6”; score at 2” on 4” side, then at 7/8” from each end.  Fold and burnish center valley fold and the two ends as mountain folds (this will give you a sturdier binding)
3 pieces 5-1/2" x 11" cut with Circle Swing Base die.  Fold on scorelines as per instructions

  Turn the folded pieces with the swing portion on the right and overlap each front section so that it lines up with the front fold edge of the one underneath (see photos).  Hold them together firmly and clip them together with a paperclip, turn over and trim the left side evenly – the “bottom” piece will be your longest with the top two incrementally shorter.  This can just be done with scissors and doesn’t have to be perfect because this edge will be hidden

   With the layers still clipped together, slide them onto the back cover, left side even, slide the binding over this and while holding the layers together, punch two holes and secure with ribbon.  The front cover should now slide easily under the edge of the binding.  You “may” need to trim off a titch to ensure it does.


    Note: You can decorate before assembling but don’t use too many layers or embellishments.  Each layer will now swing open with a gentle tug.

Hope you'll try this.

Die'Sire Kinetic Circle Swing Base die
Die’sire Edge’ables “Butterfly Dream”
Colorista Aqua “Best Wishes” stamp set
Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers and Ultra Smooth Cardstock
Shimmering Cardstock Pearl Ivory
Floral Fantasy “Motifs & Accessories” and Bouquet Border
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Marker “Clear”