Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Spectrum Noir Discovery Kits

Is there an aspect of crafting that stresses you out? A sort of cardmaker's Achilles' heel? While I truly enjoy almost ANY kind of craft - even when I'm under a tight deadline! - I for sure have a nemesis: alcohol markers!

I've never made any secret of the fact that I love watercolors. Of any kind. AquaBlend Pencils, Sparkle Ink Pens & Pots, my beloved AquaTints...these are all crafting meditation and relaxation at its best! I can be as slow and meticulous as I want. I can paint half a leaf and go back two weeks later to finish it. I can blend, and layer, and mix, and bleach, and play, and enjoy every soothing moment of it.

And then...there's alcohol markers.

I stress. I obsess. My shoulders tense up to my ears. I find myself holding my breath until I'm woozy. My fingers lock themselves into a death grip on the marker barrels to the point that my Carpal Tunnel Syndrome will flare up in abject misery for a weeks' worth of sleepless tear-filled nights.

Why? I honestly have no clue. I'm inclined to say that a major portion of my neuroses lies in the time factor. When it comes to coloring, I can either go slowly, stay in the lines, and do a half decent job of it - or I can go fast and make a complete wreck of it. The "hurry, hurry, hurry and blend before it dries" aspect of coloring with alcohol markers makes me feel as if I have a giant Poe-esque pendulum whooshing back and forth above my neck. And the more I obsess over it, the worse my coloring becomes!

Ultimately? I'm simply not very good at it. But, I am trying! Which brings me to the BRAND NEW Spectrum Noir Discovery Kits. These are so cool!!! Is there a skill you're wanting to improve upon or try for the very first time? Creative Coloring? Modern Calligraphy? Illustration? Magna & Comics? There are GOBS of great kits to choose from, each containing multiple projects, guided pamphlet tutorials and professional tips, and ALL of the Spectrum Noir products needed to complete - and maybe even master! - your chosen skill.

I truly hope that you'll join me outside the comfort zone and give these kits a go when they make their HSN debut on May 5th! You'll for sure learn something about craft, and maybe even about yourself!

Featured: Spectrum Noir Discovery Kit, Magna & Comic

Monday, April 27, 2020

May 5th HSN Craft Day

Hello, Everybody - Happy Monday!

Who is almost ready for another Craft Day? Crafter's Companion has some *wonderful* new product launches coming to HSN on May 5th. There are so many items that I just know you're going to love - including a whole new collection of absolutely brilliant Edge'ables Border Dies! This card features the Cascading Circles Die - so fun and versatile. How doesn't love tiny bubbles? 😍

P.S. I'll be posting my complete May sample album on my Facebook Page in the next couple of days, so keep an eye out! 💜

Featured: CC Gemini Cascading Circles Edge'Ables Border Cut In Die

Materials Used:

CC Gemini Edge'Ables Cascading Circles Die
CC Gemini Champagne Celebration Stamp & Die Set
CC SS Just For Men Pop Dotty Embossing Folder
CC Gemini Expressions Celebrate Die
CC Watercolour Card
CC Sub Box Pearls
Chloe Luxury Mirror Card
SN AquaTint Pots: Moonstone, Rose Quartz
SN Finesse Water-Proof Inkpad, Noir Black

Card Size: 6 1/4 Inch Square