Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Make It Sparkle

Hey lovelies, I hope you are well 🙂 

 

It is Wednesday which means it is time for a new Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.

 

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It is time for a new challenge over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge

This week the challenge is

Make It Sparkle

 
This week we are showcasing
Hero Arts You don’t have to use them for the challenge but if you have them we would love to see them used.


As always Simon Says Stamp will be giving away $50 voucher to shop at the fabulous Simon Says Stamp Store


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I always work with white card but decided to go with black card for this.
 I used a background stamp (all items are listed & linked below) and stamped it with Hero Arts Ombre Vintage Pigment ink and then heat embossed it with some clear embossing powder. 
To give it some extra sparkle I then brushed over the top using Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in gold.

 

 I die cut the piece using some square dies and also die cut a square from the center and mounted some gold card stock behind it.
For the sentiment I  heat embossed it and used Simon’s Gold Embossing powder. 
Once everything was adhered to the card I finished off by adding some Pretty Pink Posh Gold Star Sequins. 
It was so hard to photograph this card but it has lots of sparkle and I love the effect from the Ombre ink. 

 So now it’s YOUR turn.  Happy Crafting

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Happy Crafting 

 

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Spectrum Noir November Challenge

Hey lovelies, I hope you are all having a great week 🙂 
Today I wanted to share with you my cards for this months Spectrum Noir challenge.
In case you hadn’t seen we have changed the challenge up a bit and the theme is always Anything Goes, but in order to win a Spectrum Noir prize package you need to follow the optional theme, which this month is Christmas. 
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I made not one card, but 3 for the challenge…well they are all similar just some different colours 🙂 
I couldn’t resist this set when Clearly Besotted released it and have used it on most of my cards for close friends and family, I really do love him and so much fun to colour. 
I used my Spectrum Noir Colourblend Pencils to colour all 3 and my IG1 & IG2 markers to draw a snowy ground (show up better in real life). 
I coloured each image the same other than their saddles and scarfs and then I matched the trims down the side of the card to that colour. 
I added some glitter detailing using my Quicky Glue pen and Elizabeth Crafts Diamond Glitter to this one, but I dont like the purple tone it gave so I would miss that out in future, for the others I used my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle Pen which looks better. 
For the sentiments I used the Basic Banner 3 set and matching die and stamped using Ranger dye ink. 
For the background I used a snow stamp from last months Hero Arts kit with some silver pigment ink to give some shimmer, really like how this turned out. 
The paper I used is sadly not in stock anywhere ( I am guessing it has been discontinued), it is Lawn Fawn 12 x 12 Peace Joy Love. 
I resisted adding any sequins etc to these as I thought they didn’t really need it.
I hope you all like the cards, I really do highly recommend the set to everyone. 
Don’t forget to check out the challenge
Have a lovely weekend and happy crafting
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Clearly Besotted With some Sparkle

Hey, I hope everyone had a nice weekend ? 
We did some planning for the garden and also for the remaining rooms in the house we have left to decorate, and dare I say it….Christmas ! 
Those who are on my Facebook know one of my favorite stamp companies are Clearly Besotted and their last release was, in my opinion one of their best. 
From their last release was this super cute and fun set called “Be Lucky”.
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As soon as I saw the samples using it I knew I HAD to get it….you all know what it is like. 
My first card with the set had to be that cute unicorn.  
My original thought was to colour using my pencils, but a few people have asked about blending with Spectrum Noir Sparkle pens, so I thought a sparkly unicorn was too good not to do. 
In the video below I show how I blend the pens, and also how I created the whole card, which includes using the Clear Sparkle Pen with Water based markers. I have also shown a way to use Press’n Seal when Ink Blending.
I hope you enjoyed the video. I changed the video and went for a lot less text…let me know what you think, I REALLY do value your opinions.

If you want a set that is fun and easy to colour then I highly encourage you to get this one, and how could you resist the cuteness !!! 
As always I have linked all the supplies used below. 
Thank you so much for stopping by. 
I hope you have an amazing day & Happy crafting 

Colorista is coming…

Hey lovelies, I hope you are well ? 
Some of you might have seen that Spectrum Noir is launching  new range called Colorista. 
This is a range of coloring books, pencils & pens and I was very lucky to be able to play with the goodies before their release. 
Before I show you some of my coloring I also wanted to let you know that Spectrum Noir are offering an 8 week FREE coloring course where you will receive e-books, downloads & video content, whilst this is based around the Colorista Range it will cover coloring basics that can be used within card making, and hey it is free so what do you have to lose ? 
You can sign up for the course here
The Colorista range is something I have to be 100% honest about, I have tried the adult coloring books…infact I have a few, but didn’t like them as I found the paper quality was poor. 
Me and the rest of the team working with the books have all commented on how amazing the cardstock in the books are….honestly its like coloring with butter on it, such smooth blending with pens & pencils ! 
The books also come in a variety of different finishes including Foil (for use with pencils) and also colourable glitter ! (for use with markers). They also come in A4 and smaller A5 size and with a number of different themes. 
Anyway here is some of my colouring that I have done with the range. 
With the range you can also buy a USB stick which is preloaded with tons of printable pages for you. 
I printed one out, coloured the flowers and then made a card. 
This is one of the A4 Foil books, I colored it using my pencils and then went over the top with my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle. I have not used any blending solution, this shows how fab the pencils and also the paper are. 

This is another one of the foiled books, but this is smaller A5…perfect for taking out and about. 
For this one I again coloured with pencils but then one the butterflies I went over them with my Black Spectrum Noir sparkle pen and using a clean cloth I dabbed the color which left this effect. 
This was a total fun, going in with lots of random colors type coloring. 
This is an A5 Glitter pad. Most of the flowers and house are glitter so you can see how well it allows you to blend with your markers. 
I loved colouring this one….but then I am a huge fan of lilies. It is from the USB and printed onto Neenah and coloured using the new Colorista Markers. 
 This is A4 from one of the larger books, and although it took me ages it honestly was so relaxing and i really enjoyed it.
 For this one I wanted to show the how the pages looked coloured, against uncolored.
Along with the books Spectrum Noir are also launching a new range of pens and pencils specifically for the range. 
The pens are Alcohol based Markers but come with a bullet nib and an ultra fine nib for all those tiny areas. 
The range will be launching on HSN in USA at the end of August and then launching here in the UK soon after. 
To be kept upto date with everything make sure you check out the Spectrum Noir Facebook page where there is also a ton of sample pics being shown from my amazingly talented teamies. 
I will also have some more samples coming soon to show what you can do with your pages when you have finished colouring them. 
I hope you all have a great day, thank you for stopping by. 
Happy Crafting 
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Spectrum Noir July tutorial with Neat and Tangled- Fun Background with Spectrum Noir Aquablend Pencils

Hey all,I hope you are all well and having a lovely weekend ? 
I wanted to share a couple of cards I made for my July tutorial over at Spectrum Noir Blog which can be found here It is a really fun and different technique to use with your Aquablend, or other watercolor pencils. 
I have also used a couple of stamps by Neat and Tangled. 
 Ok don’t laugh but I have had these stamps for months now, but they have been a look at and stroke stamps, I know I am strange !!
 But one of my things for this year is to start using ALL my craft supplies, mainly because like these stamps I have some pretty awesome stuff that just doesn’t get used.
But I am SO pleased I used them, the So Very Blessed stamp I masked off the sides, the stamp has a really pretty leaf arrangement around each side, but for this card I wanted it as simple as possible. 
 The fun thing about this technique is it can be used in so many ways and is SO simple.
I will be using it to creating sprinkles on cupcake stamps I have, if  you add less water they really do look like sprinkles, you can see in the So Very Blessed Card in some areas what I mean.
 On the one above I used my Spectrum Noir Clear Sparkle pen to create some sparkly splatters.
I really like doing this to add just a little bit of sparkle and interest. 

I didn’t want to, or think I needed to add much to these cards, so I die cut them using Stitched rectangle dies, added some Pretty Pink Posh sequins and mounted them onto black cardbase. 
I hope you checked out the video tutorial, I really do encourage you to try this technique and if you do make sure you share your creations with me. 
Thank you for stopping by. 
Have an amazing day, and happy crafting 
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