Thursday, March 21, 2019

Throwback Thursday

Throwback Thursday

Hello, everybody! For this week's project in my quest to make something each week featuring my older Crafter's Companion products, I took the advice of a very wise lady and made something I love. While I always enjoy making cards, (yes, even the sometimes tedious batches) my true love, and the thing I find the most joy in making, are cards like this one: one of a kind, no holiday or event bearing down on me, not even a particular recipient in mind. Instead, I simply root through stamps and dies until something screams out, "use me!" This week it was one of my very, very, absolute all-time favorite collections: Catitudes! I hope you like this little trip to the past with the divine Miz Carmen! (And a very big thank you to DJ!)

Materials Used:

Crafter's Companion Catitudes by Marilyn Robertson - Carmen Stamp Set
Crafter's Companion Catitudes by Marilyn Robertson - Elegant Chandelier & Dainty Accessories Die (Handbag)
Crafter's Companion 3D Embossing Folder - Studded Leather
Crafter's Companion Sara Signature Black & Gold Collection - Black Glitter Cardstock
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Paints in Pink Garnet & Harvest Moon
Spectrum Noir Sparkle Pen in Crystal Clear
Spectrum Noir Watercolour Cardstock

Card Size: A9 (5.5 x 8.5)

Saturday, March 9, 2019

Hallelujah Easter Card

Happy Saturday, everyone! I hope that all of you have had a good week! I am still awaiting delivery of most of my March 5th Craft Day goodies, so I thought that I would make a few more Easter cards in an effort to stop myself from constantly hitting "refresh" on the UPS site. LOL. I’ve used Crafter’s Companion’s gorgeous Hallelujah Create-a-Card die for the church layer on this card - such a versatile die set! Equally appropriate for Easter, weddings, baptisms/christenings, sympathy cards…loads of possibilities!

As this *is* an Easter card, I created a custom sentiment to fit the occasion and would love to share it with you! Cricut Design Space users can simply click here to access the files. For non-Cricut users, I’ve posted each of the sentiment layers below as .png files - you should be able to upload or convert them for use with most electronic cutting machines. The first layer (Hallelujah) is a straight cut file. (After clicking on this image, you may need to right click and "view image" to see it properly. The transparent background will make it nearly impossible to see otherwise!) The second layer (shadow layer/HE IS RISEN) is a print then cut layer.

Happy Crafting!

Materials Used:

Crafter's Companion Die'sire Rosie Create-a-Card Die
Crafter's Companion Die'sire Hallelujah Create-a-Card Die
Crafter's Companion Sara Signature Rustic Cottage Collection - Classic Lily Die
Crafter's Companion White Pearl Cardstock
Crafter's Companion Sara Signature Flutterby Collection Luxury Foiled Card Pad - Scripture Cardstock
Custom Sentiment

Card Size: 5.9 x 5.9

Monday, March 4, 2019


Sometimes creative inspiration comes with a blazing flash of insight. An idea bursts into your mind like an exploding electrical transformer and you just *know* that it will be brilliant, and perfect, and all things wonderful. Other times, inspiration can be found…in the trash can.

As some of you may know, I have been struggling deeply during the past week with the loss of someone very dear to me. Someone who, in a very real way, has been my muse. As I tearfully worked to create a sympathy card for her parents, I clumsily dripped some glue on my workspace and used a paper towel soaked with alcohol to clean it up. I got the mess dealt with and never gave it a second thought. Until I went to empty the trash can the next morning.

The scraps of Crafter’s Companion Pearl Cardstock that I used on my cousin’s sympathy card and tossed in the bin had wound up underneath my alcohol-soaked paper towel. And the transformation blew me away. I immediately went to work trying to recreate the results, cutting up strips from every color of Pearl Card I had access to and amassing a plethora of samples.

Mere hours before, I had heart-brokenly wondered if I would ever be able to find my creativity again. And then - a gift. A magical, inspiring, unbelievable gift - which I have *no doubt* was sent from my cousin. Proof positive that even in the darkest times, flashes of brilliant light can find their way through.

Alcohol Bleaching on Crafter’s Companion Pearl Cardstock:

Materials Needed:
Any color of CC Pearl Card – I’ve found through experimentation that the Pastels react *really* well
Bottle of Rubbing Alcohol – mine is the 70% variety
Paper Towels, Cotton Rounds, Cotton Twine – any absorbent materials you think might make an interesting shape or pattern
A work mat – I use the clear flexible cutting mats sold at Dollar Tree

Cut your piece of Pearl Card into your chosen size. I have mine at a six-inch square, as I intend to use it as a card background. Place your cardstock on your work mat. (There will be some color bleed, so you do not want to do this directly on any surface that will stain.) Pour a generous amount of alcohol into a small bowl. (I use a porcelain ramekin.) Drop in your twine, cotton balls, whatever you wish to use for “texture.” On my example, I have used several lengths of cotton twine, which I laid out on my cardstock in a loose wave pattern. Dampen several paper towels (I use the half-sized ones) with alcohol, roll them into rope shapes, and *very* carefully lay them over top of the twine. Gently press into the card. Lastly, dampen a full sheet size paper towel with alcohol, scrunch it up a bit, then, being very careful not to disturb your layout, drape over the entire card surface and press gently.

Now…you wait! Leave your background undisturbed on a flat surface for around an hour – the different colors of cardstock will take different lengths of time to react. Once your curiosity finally gets the best of you – or the suggested hour has passed – press your paper towels onto your cardstock one last time, then remove. Tah-da!!! Your masterpiece is (almost) complete.

My suggestion is that you sandwich your damp background between two *dry* paper towels and leave it overnight to dry. As I know this is unlikely…you can go after it with a heat gun. Just be careful to use a low setting. Your finished piece *is* likely to have some warping. (Especially if you used the heat gun.) The Crafter’s Companion Pearl Cardstock *CAN* handle being ironed, if necessary. Just be sure to sandwich it between paper towels, and use a low/medium heat setting.

And here’s the finished product! A perfect tropical waters background for the fin-tastic ocean themed stamp sets available from Crafter’s Companion with their brand new Spectrum Noir Glitter Ink Kits available for National Craft Month!

I sincerely hope that some of you will try this technique and enjoy it! It really is one that shall always be very special to me.

Until next time, happy crafting!