Thursday, August 30, 2012

Using stamps and alcohol inks on transparencies

Today I have a fun tutorial for you that I made for Crafter's Companion USA using stamps and alcohol ink on transparencies and ribbon.  The new Sheena Douglass' Flying Colors stamps which will be launched next week at their store are absolutely perfect for this technique.

First, you will want to stamp several of the butterflies from Sheena Douglass' Flying Colors on a transparency using Staz-On black ink.  Because of the slick surface of the transparency, be careful not to move your stamp around or it will smudge the image.  You will also want to stamp these butterflies on some heavy card stock as well.

The Staz-on ink dries very quickly so you can move on to the next step after a couple of minutes.  To color the transparencies, I dropped several drops of three alcohol inks on the felt of my Adirondack Alcohol Ink Applicator.  You can see the lines of color on the picture below.   I also used a 15" x 18" Non-stick Craft Sheet so that I wouldn't stain my counter top.  (Since the kids were home, I had to do this in my kitchen so I could keep an eye on them).

To create the colors, I just patted the alcohol ink onto the backside of the stamped images on the transparency.  Make sure you color the backside of the image when doing this.  The alcohol ink will lift up the Staz-on ink otherwise.  The colors blend together beautifully on the slick surface.  Here's a close up of one of the butterflies.

I also ran my alcohol inks along the border of my 6" x 6" paper to create a matching border for my card.

And since that worked out so well, I decided to try running the ink along an iridescent white ribbon I had lying around in my stash.  I was really happy with how well it turned out.  It added the color, but still kept it's iridescent look.

After about 1/2 hour or so, I was able to cut out the colored butterflies on the transparency.  I also cut out the matching butterfly I had stamped out on my white card stock.  I glued the transparency butterflies to their matching white card stock butterfly using a clear drying glue. I mainly added the glue to the black portions of the butterflies, around the edges and center of the image.

To finish the card, I stamped the Flying Colors sentiment "Butterflies are self propelled Flowers" in the right hand corner of a white sheet of card stock and wrapped some ribbon around it on the left hand side.  I tied a bow as well, and added it to the top.  I bent the butterfly wings back a bit prior to gluing them down to the card to create a more three-dimensional image. Finally I mounted the white card stock to my colored card stock and glued it to a 6" x 12" folded white card stock.

I hope you've enjoyed my coloring tutorial and give this technique a try.  Let me know if you do, so I can come over to your blog and check it out.

Have a wonderful day :)


Saturday, August 25, 2012


It's been a while since I've done a layout, but I was inspired to after seeing how cute this picture of the kids with a neighbor was.  The two girls buried Nick in the sand.  We having a few more days left until school starts and are so sad that Summer is almost over!  We've just been having so much fun!  The layout is a based on a sketch layout challenge from Once Upon a Sketch.  

The cool background paper is from Amy Tangerine's sketchbook.  I journaled in different colors around the main picture to create the rainbow of journaling.  The journaling says, "Springtime means walking to Cypress Park to play with friends".  We are really lucking to have a park near us that we can  leisurely walk to in about 10 minutes, so we go there a lot during Summer.

To create the multicolored scalloped mat, I flipped this printed 6" x 6" paper over and misted the backside.

The colors of the Dylusion Ink sprays are super bright and blend really well.  

I created the butterflies by stamping the adhesive side of a butterfly cardstock sticker with distress ink refills on to the paper.  

I am also entering my layout at Simon says stamp and show (Anything Goes).

Thanks for checking out my layout!  


Thursday, August 23, 2012

To all of you from all of us

Today I have the cutest stamp to show you.  It is perfect for creating a card that is for an entire family rather than an individual person.  Though this stamp set is named Christmas Wishes, this versatile stamp can be used for absolutely any occasion.

I colored my woodland scene using my Spectrum Noir alcohol markers, blending the slightly darker colors into my lighter colors.  To create a snowy effect, but without overdoing the glitter, I added a small line of Stickles under the green trees in the background, around the trunk of the main tree, and small dots all around where the snow is falling.  Here is a bit of a close up so you can see it better.

Once the Stickles dried, I matted my stamp several times with card stock and pattern paper, added a bit of ribbon, a sticker, and a rhinestone in two of the corners.  I then glued down the entire piece to a folded 6x12 piece of card stock.

I am on fire making Christmas cards this month.  At this rate I should be done by Halloween!   That would be an all time first for me.  I tend to be a last minute person when it comes to holiday cards.  Have you started on your holiday cards?

I am entering my card in the following challenges;

Lollipop Crafts - Anything goes
Crazy challenge - anything goes
Simon says stamp and show - anything goes

Thanks for looking :)


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Crafter's Companion new Paintbox Poppets Christmas collection

Hi everyone,

Today I get to show off a card I made with Crafter's Companion new Paintbox Poppets Christmas and Crafter's Companion Spray and Sparkle Glitter Varnish.  If you love glitter, but not the mess, this is the glitter spray for you.

Here's an example of a piece of paper I sprayed with the Silver Spray and Sparkle next to a regular sheet of patterned paper.  Quite a difference, isn't it?   It only takes a few minutes to dry and the glitter doesn't flake off like regular glitter.   This is a great way to quickly add sparkle to any kind of paper you have.

For my main image, I chose this gorgeous new Poppet Christmas stamp.  I just love the fun, vintage look.  I colored my stamp with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.

After I finished coloring my stamp, I sprayed it with the Silver Spray and Sparkle Glitter Varnish and took a picture of it under bright lights so you can really see all the sparkle. Doesn't it look like it's snowing?  

To complete my card, I layered some ribbon trim and paper under my stamped image and added some die cuts here and and there.   I got a little crazy with the glitter spray and sprayed the snowflakes too.  The die cuts were from Pink Paislee, while the iridescent ribbon and paper is from Websters.

I hope you've enjoyed my sneak peak from Paint-Box Poppets Christmas collection.  These will be available in the Crafter's Companion store next week; It's never too early to get a jump start on your holiday cards.  With all these wonderful holiday stamps, I am way ahead on mine :)

Also, the Crafter's Companion Challenge blog is giving away this fabulous new Sheena Douglass stamp this week.  You have until midnight tonight to enter.  

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Crafter's Companion Blog Hop Winner!

Thank you very much everyone for participating in Crafter's Companion 5th Birthday Celebration blog hop with us.  I read every single comment and really appreciated all the sweet words you all left.  Now on to what you really want to hear about...the winner!

The winner of the Popcorn the Bear Party Time EZ Mount stamp set is...

jordanbev5 said...
OK! You are making me itch to buy MORE markers after already investing over $100 in copics and a class. Haven't tried Spectrum Noir but your card is spectacular!!!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Neon All-Occasion Blossom card

*****If you are looking for the Crafter's Companion Blog Hop, click HERE. ******

Good morning crafters!  Have you all been hopping around the Crafter's Companion design team members' blogs and entering to win prizes?  If not, you still have a couple days left to participate in our Birthday Blog Hop :)

Today I have a quick and easy card tutorial that I created for Crafter's Companion, using the gorgeous Blossom Stamp Set from the new Moorhead stamp collection.

I started my project by cutting out a 4 x 4 inch white piece of premium white cardstock and stamping my image on it with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I colored my stamp with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  Because Memento Ink is water-based, the Spectrum Noir markers won't smear the black ink. 

For the base of my card, I cut out a 6 x 12 piece of black paper, I also cut out a matching black 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 square.

For the background of my card, I cut a 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 square out of my designer paper and chose an over-sized flower to layer behind my stamped image.  The mist-able pattern paper is from Pink Paislee and the bright, neon colors were achieved using Dylusions Misting sprays.

Next, I glued down my 5 3/4 x 5 3/4 inch designer paper onto my card base, and my 4x4 inch stamped image onto the black 4 1/2 inch by 4 1/2 inch square.

I placed my large flower in the upper left hand corner, making sure it hung off the edges a little bit.

I added my black-matted stamped image to the center of my card using Double Sided Adhesive Foam Circles.  This really adds a three dimensional effect to your card.   

Lastly, I added three smaller flowers in the lower right hand corner, layering them on top of each other.

Hope you have a crafty day!


Monday, August 6, 2012

Crafter's Companion's Birthday Blog Hop!

Crafter's Companion's is turning five and we are having a birthday blog hop to celebrate it in style!

The blog hop starts on August 6th and ends midnight Pacific standard time on August 10th.  Every design team member will be giving away a Popcorn the Bear Party Time stamp set to one lucky commenter so be sure to leave a comment on all the blogs to increase your odds of winning.  (Must also be a follower of the Crafter's Companion Information blog, this blog, and a U.S. resident).

Each design team member will also have one "secret" letter that will spell out a "secret" phrase.  When you have all the letters for the phrase,  email the phrase to for a chance to win $100 GIFT CERTIFICATE!

I decided to go big with my project, and made a huge birthday cake card that measures 6 1/2 inches by 11 inches!  I used the Cricut Cartridge Birthday bash for the card base.

I used Crafter's Companion gorgeous pearlescent card stock, as well as one of my favorite Humphrey the Elephant Stamps, Auld Lang Syne.  I love how versatile this stamp is.  You can use it for any kind of celebration, parties, New Year's Eve, birthdays, congratulations, or anniversary.

To color my stamped image, I used Spectrum Noir alcohol markers.  The small nib on the pens make it easy to control where your ink is going and blend the colors beautifully, unlike water-based markers.  At about $2.00 a marker they are also one of the most reasonable priced alcohol markers I've found.

Thank you for stopping by our Birthday Blog hop!  My "secret" letter is "R".  Your next stop is the talented Janette Garcia at  To start at the beginning of the Crafter's Companion blog hop, go to Carolyn's blog over at

Have a wonderful week and good luck!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

For you at Christmas Snowflake card

Good morning everyone!  November and December is always so crazy in our house, so I am trying to get ahead on making my Christmas cards this year.  This snowy card has lots of snowflakes, glitter, and mesh.

The darling stamped image is from Crafter's Companion Mulberry Wood Merry & Bright stamp set, while the "For you at Christmas" sentiment is from the All Wrapped Up stamp set.  I colored my stamp using Spectrum Noir alcohol markers and added Stickles to the Santa hat and suit.

For the base of my 5x7" card, I misted my card blue on both sides (though you could use blue card stock to make this quicker), and cut out a scalloped oval out of the front of the card.

Once the Stickles dried, I wrapped a snowflake embossed mesh around the card so that it looked like it was snowing.

I just taped it down in the back with regular scotch tape.

Next, I glued down the image face down, making sure to only put the glue on the outer edges where it wouldn't show through on the other side.

Then I folded a smaller white card stock and glued it down to both sides of the card.  I just eyeballed the size so that some of the blue would be visible.  

Finally, I cut out some snowflake die cuts from the Winter Cheer Cricut cartridge, gave them a little glitter and adhered them to the front of the card.

Hope this inspired you to create a holiday card.  Let me know if you do so I can see yours as well :)

Also, Crafter's Companion is having a huge blog hop next week so make sure you visit their blog every day.

Enjoy the rest of your week!


Wednesday, August 1, 2012

You Deserve a Treat

Can you believe it's August already?!  This Summer is just flying by!

August's challenge over at the Crafter's Companion USA challenge blog  this month is "Friendship". I decided to make a handbag gift box for my project.  Who wouldn't love a gift certificate wrapped up in a cute little handbag?

To create it, I used Crafter's Companion Envelobox Creator, along with the video directions you can find  here.   The shiny iridescent paper is from DCWV.  For the flap part of the handbag, I used an ultra cool S.w.a.l.k. Deserve a Treat.  That's my idea of decadent; chocolate, wine, and a good book (along with quiet of course, which doesn't happen in my house, lol).  I colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers.  I added a small epoxy sticker, as well.

The red fiber for the handle is from Pink Paislee, and the 3-D butterflies are from Prima.  Lastly, the Just as Sweet as can be die cut is from MME.

I hope you'll pull out some Crafter's Companion Stamps and enter our Friendship challenge.  Every month we give away really awesome prizes, both for entering the challenge, and commenting on our blog.

Have a wonderful day!