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Friday, August 30, 2019

Crafter's Companion Subscription Box 6 ~ Creating a Watercolor Background

Hello There,

For all of you who enjoy following my blog I want to thank you personally. I put a piece of my heart into each piece I make and I appreciate you following my work.

Today I have something a little different. I was challenged by a fellow crafter to open any Crafter's Companion subscription box and to create a card a week. The Crafter's Companion Subscription box is a monthly box that can be ordered off of HSN. It is an auto ship club. Each box is focused on learning a new technique. This is a project from Box 6, Aqua Markers.

Here is a photo showing Subscription Box 6 along with the first card I have made using this kit. Just to give you an idea of the value in these subscription boxes, this box came with 3 Spectrum Noir Aqua Markers in primary colors to allow for blending to create other colors. 4 STAMP SETS.... that is right 4 OF THEM! The box also includes card bases in 3 sizes, 9x9" colored card, 9x9" watercolor card, and all the envelopes in all 3 sizes. It is a tremendous value.

 Here is a close up of my card. When your a subscriber you get a club Facebook group along with multiple tutorial videos to support the learning of each technique. For this card I used the 
 "Splauging Technique" (Sara's Term). Below I will share Step by Step directions on how to create this background technique.
To create the background just follow these step by step directions:
1. Using a floral and foiliage stamp from your sub box kit 6 stamp onto watercolor paper using the Spectrum Noir Watermark ink pad. 
2.  Once stamped cover with white embossing powder and heat set.
3.  Onto a glass mat scribble some of your Spectrum Noir Aqua markers onto the mat. This forms your color palet. For my example here I chose the Rose Pink and Fisherking Blue Aqua markers that were included in the sub box 6. when these mix together it gives you a purple hue.
4.  Now with your moist paint brush pick up color and smoosh ink in splotches all over your watercolor card. Do this with the Rose Pink, then the Fisherking Blue, and finally mix the two colors on your glass mat to form a purple color and fill in the open spaces with this newly created color. 
The heat embossed stamping will resist the water colors added. For the sentiment, I heat embossed the sentiment from one of the stamp sets in Sub Box 6 with black embossing powder. Then using the same water color technique I colored the background. Lastly I used the Die'sire Parisian Mirror set to die cut the sentiment. 
Crafter's Companion Supply List: 

Subscription Box 6 which is still available on the Crafter's Companion Website HERE

Die'Sire Parisian Mirror Classiques Die for the shaped sentiment 

Die'Sire Decorative Edge Set 2 dies for the border across the middle  

Spectrum Noir Finesse Water-proof Dye Ink in Noir Black for the butterflies 

Spectrum Noir Watermark Translucent Ink

Crafter's Companion Black and Clear embossing powders 

Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in clear on the butterflies and flowers

I hope you have enjoyed todays project and that it inspires you to play with ytour crafty products instead of letting them collect dust on the shelf. Have a Creative Weekend!!! Melanie

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Back to School with Scientist Tia

Hello Friends,

Today I would love to introduce you to a spunky little gal named "Scientist Tia" She has been playing in the laboratory and is learning lots of new and exciting things. Lets take a look...

I think Tia is ready to head back to school, don't you? This fun card design was created focusing on the piece of patterned paper I found in my stash. It was the only piece that I could find to fit into my "back to school" vision. So here we are, and Tia is having a blast.

I have colored Scientist Tia using the following Copic markers:

Skin: E000, E00, E11, E21, R20
Hair: YR02, YR04, YR09
Clothes etc.: C1, C2, C3, B12, B14, BG000, BG01. BG02, BG05, Y21, Y23, Y26, YG13, YG61, YG63

I have used Crafter's Companion Dies for the card shape and letters. Papers used were from  Creative Imaginations and Bazzil card stock. 

I fussy cut Tia out, then I popped her up using foam squares. Here is a closer look at the entire image itself....


She has been colored to coordinate with the "scientific" paper...hahaha. I did say I like challenges right? But it wasn't until I added glossy accents to her glasses did I finally feel like she was finished. Check it out...

Tia is a keeper that is for sure! She will be perfect to grab and color for that favorite teacher or she could even be made into a mad scientist for Halloween. I focused on back to school since Halloween is still a bit away. you can find "Scientist Tia in the Some Odd Girl Online Store.

If your interested in learning more about Some Odd Girl, make sure to join the SOG Facebook Community to see lots more inspiration. until next time friends,

Hugs! Melanie

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

LDRS Creative ~ Ruby Celebration

Welcome back friends,
I am here today with a project featuring LDRS Creative stamps & Dies.  I have colored up the Polkadoodle's stamp titled "Ruby Celebration" . She is beautiful and ready for a party!

LDRS Creative Supplies Used:

As you can see below I have had some fun with dies and paper. For the sentiment I used the center negative pieces from the starburst die along with hand cut "tickets" from the paper pack to create this collage. 

I have colored this stamped image using Alcohol markers. You can see a close up photo below showing the detail in the stamp along with the coloring.

Lastly I have fussy cut the image and used foam squares to pop her up as the focal of my card design.

Thank you for stopping by. If you would like to check out Our Facebook Group for more inspiration we would love to have you join in the fun. I hope you have a blessed day.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Breezy Mae

Hello Followers,

How are each of you today? I have an elegant card to share with you today. This is Breezy Mae and she is a digital stamp by Some Odd Girl.

I choose this stamp to work with because of her beautiful dress. I always like a challenge and this stamp challenged me.

I have colored her using Copic markers in the following colors:

Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, R20
Hair: Y21, Y23, Y26
Dress: B23m B24, B26, B28, B29

Her dress also glimmers but it does not show in the photo. I used a Sparkle pen for that along with shaped dies, both by Crafter's Companion.

Here is one last look. Have you had a chance to check out the SOG Facebook Community? It is filled with inspiration using these beautiful stamps. Check it out HERE!

I hope I have encouraged you to be crafty today, Thank you for visiting! Melanie

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Some Odd Girl ~ Mermaid Queen

Hi Friends,

Today I have a fun project to share with all of you. I am using a digi stamp from Some Odd Girl titled Mermaid Queen.

I have used fun underwater dies from La La Land Crafts along with paper from Bo Bunny. My coloring was done with Copic markers. Here is a closer look at the coloring...

I have colored her tail with a stippling effect which is one of my favorite techniques when coloring either animals or mermaids.

Here is one last look of the complete card. I hope you have enjoyed today's project and will consider clicking on the email space in the side bar and enter your email for posting updates. This will ensure you do not miss a single project that I post. As always thank you for visiting and have a crafty day!