Thursday, June 23, 2016

Summer By the Sea!

Summer vacation season is in full swing now. Hot, muggy days, mosquito filled nights, but we love the long days and a little less structure in our lives. We used to go to the Outer Banks for 2 weeks every summer. It seemed like it was always the hottest weeks of the year, but when you're by the ocean, who cares!

This week the Stampendous Design Team theme is "Seaside Summer Fun". The perfect theme for this card featuring the beautiful Dreamweaver Sailboat Stencil (DWLG755).

"Summer Sailing"
Supplies
Stampendous
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
MG09 China Blue Micro Glitter
GM220U Crystal Glitter Ultrafine
SSC1170 Soaring Sentiments
Acrylic Handle

Dreamweaver
DWLG755 Sailboat Stencil
DWLL332 Picasso Stencil
DWNHB-12 1/2" Brush #12 Natural Handle
DWGHB-6 1/4" Brush #6 Gold Handle

Plus
Double-sided mounting paper
VersaMark
My Colored Cardstock - Madras Blue
Memento Ink - Bahama Blue, Danube Blue
Foam tape

Instructions

Step 1: Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of blue cardstock  in half to form an A2 card

Step 2:  Cut a 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" piece of Double-sided mounting paper and a 3 1/2" x 4 3/4" piece of blue cardstock, attach the mounting paper to the blue cardstock

Step 3:  Place the Sailboat stencil face down on a paper towel, pat the back with VersaMark ink to coat the whole back of the stencil

Step 4:  Remove the release paper from the mounting paper and place the stencil, ink side down on the sticky surface, use a piece of release paper to press the stencil firmly to the mounting paper

Step 5:  Sprinkle the blue micro glitter  in all the openings and rub in gently, brush away the extra

Step 6: Turn the image face down on a clean paper towel and carefully peel the paper off the stencil, making sure to keep the stencil flat on the table

Step 7:  Sprinkle the background with Crystal Ultrafine glitter, rub in gently, and tap off excess

Step 8:  Tape the small opening of the Picasso stencil with removable tape, use a 1/2" stencil brush and blue ink to add some "clouds" behind the sailboat

Step 9:  Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white paper, use the 1/2" brush to add "clouds" to the sky area and a 1/4" brush to add dark blue ink in the "water" area, adhere to the card front

Step 10:  Adhere the Sailboat to the card

Step 11: Stamp the saying on a 1 1/4" x 1 1/2" piece of white cardstock, brush a little blue ink around the edges, mount on a 1 1/2" x 1 3/4" piece of blue cardstock

Step 12:  Use foam tape to add the image to the front of the card 

Today's list of designers are on the Stampendous Blog.



Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, June 16, 2016

CA Poppies Stencil

It's Thursday, so that means the Stampendous Design Team members are sharing ideas using our beautiful line of stencils. Here's one I did a while back for Stampendous featuring the gorgeous CA Poppies Stencil from the Dreamweaver line.




Stampendous:
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
DCP1005 Fitted Frames A Die Cut - size Q
GM220U Multi Ultra Fine Crystal Glitter

Dreamweaver:
DWLL521 CA Poppies Stencil
DWLL332 Picasso Stencil
DWDEPT Translucent Embossing Paste
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

Plus:
My Colors Cardstock - Sweet Potato
Graphic 45 Cardstock Aquatic Passage 4501321
Radiant Neon Inks - Electric Yellow, Electric Orange, Electric Coral, Electric Green
Memento Tuxedo Black
Ink Blusher
Double sided tape
Scrapbook Adhesive White Foam Squares
Removable tape
May Arts Ribbon

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Sweet Potato cardstock in half to form a top fold A2 card
Step 2: Tape the CA Poppies stencil to a 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" piece of white cardstock with removable tape
Step 3:  Use stencil brushes to apply inks to the image, using the Picasso tool to help with color placement, remove the stencil, clean and dry the stencil
Step 4:  Tape the Poppies stencil back over the colored image
Step 5:  Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply a coat of Translucent embossing paste over the image, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning
Step 6: Immediately sprinkle the wet paste with Crystal Glitter, tap off extra, let image dry thoroughly
Step 7:  Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of the Graphic 45 patterned paper, use an ink blusher to add a little Electric Orange around the edges, tie an orange ribbon near the bottom then adhere to the front of the card
Step 8: Use Fitted Frames Set A, size Q to cut frames from the Sweet Potato cardstock (the larger frame) the from the dry, pasted image (the smaller matching frame)
Step 9: Adhere the two frames together and use foam tape to adhere to the front of the card

Don't forget we have a hop going on this week with Nathalie Kalbach's team. Stop over at the Stampendous Blog for that list of designers. There are prizes!



Happy Creating,
Louise

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Hit New Heights!

What a great week! The Stampendous Design Team is so excited to be sharing our projects that feature the amazing products from Nathalie Kalbach! These sets include a two sided foam stamp, a cling rubber stamp, AND a stencil!  Like I said, AMAZING!




Today I created a very easy (but I like to think "sophisticated") birthday card. Really it took no time at all, ok, maybe 15 minutes start to finish.


"Hit New Heights!"
Here are the Supplies and Instructions:

Stampendous:
NKCFS03 Urban Scribble Foam Stamp, Cling Rubber & Stencil Set
SSC1170 Soaring Sentiments Perfectly Clear Stamps Set
DCP1005 Fitted Frames A Die Cut Set, Size L
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper

Dreamweaver:
DWNHB-12 1/2" Brush #12 Natural Handle

Plus:
My Color Cardstock - Seafoam
Brilliance Inks - P. Orchid, P. Lavender, P. Jade
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black
Die Cut Machine

Step 1:  Cut a 7" x 10" piece of Seafoam paper and fold it in half to form an A7 card
Step 2:  Pat each of the Brilliance Inks randomly on the patterned side of the foam stamp
Step 3: Stamp the image on a 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" piece of the white paper, clean the stamp with water
Step 4: Ink the Cling Rubber Stamp with Tuxedo Black and stamp over the image you already stamped in color
Step 5:  Place the stencil over the "sky" area of the city and use the 1/2" stencil brush to add color with the P. Jade, remove the stencil and brush a little more color around the edge
Step 6:  Adhere the city to the card front
Step 7:  Stamp the saying on a small piece of white, use the fitted frames size L to cut the saying, and the matching larger L to cut a mat from a scrap of Seafoam
Step 8:  Use foam tape to add the saying to the card

Here's a close up:


Now you know, when we do a hop there are always...

Prizes

STM_NatNfriendsHop_prize
Three commenters who post on the hop will each win a prize package that includes all three of Nathalie Kalbach’s Foam, Cling Rubber and Stencil Stamp sets. But WAIT! This is open to everyone!

Comment on each blog post at Stampendous and that of each designer’s post on the hop this week. We’ll announce winners on Monday June 20.

Links- some links you might want to visit


Today's Designers:

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Light the Way!

This week the Stampendous Design Team is showcasing the beautiful new stencils that were released in April. Today I am sharing the Lighthouse Metal Stencil (FMS4019) paired with the Voyage Under the Sea collection from Graphic45.  It makes a wonderful card for all the sea lovers you know!

"Light the Way"

Stampendous:
FMS4019 Lighthouse Stencil
FRC05 Taupe Color Fragments

Dreamweaver:
DWDEP Regular Embossing Paste
DWDPK Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

Plus:
My Colors Cardstock - Spearmint
DCWV Turquoise and Plain Cork Paper
Graphic 45 Cardstock Deep Blue Dreams 4501324
Copic Marker BG18
ZipDry
Scotch Quick Dry Adhesive
Jute
Removable tape

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of Spearmint cardstock in half to form an A7 card
Step 2:  Cut a 4" x 4 3/4" piece of the turquoise cork paper
Step 3: Tape the Lighthouse stencil to the cork paper with removable tape 
Step 4:  Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply a coat of Regular Embossing Paste over the image, remove the stencil and place in water for cleaning, let paste dry
Step 5:  Cut a 4" x 4 1/2" piece of the Graphic45 paper, edge with BG18 marker and adhere near the top of the card front
Step 6: Cut a 2" x 4 1/2" piece of plain cork and use ZipDry to adhere it under the Graphic45 paper
Step 7: When the paste is dry, carefully tear away some of the turquoise cork from the top and two sides of the Lighthouse image, use ZipDry to adhere it to the card front
Step 8:  Cut a 1 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of plain cork and tear along one long edge, adhere under the Lighthouse using ZipDry
Step 9:  Use ZipDry to add one of the small strips of turquoise cork that got torn off an edge and add it to the bottom of the cork layers
Step 10: Randomly place some spots of Quick Dry Adhesive on the cork and sprinkle with bits of Taupe Color Fragments
Step 11:  Make a sailor's knot with Jute and attach to the card with ZipDry

For more samples see the Stampendous Blog!
Happy Creating,
Louise

Monday, June 6, 2016

My True North!

Welcome to June! Almost a half year over already! I can't believe it's been a month since we moved, so much has happened!
This week the Stampendous Design Team is showcasing the beautiful new stencils that were released in April. I love this new Compass Metal Stencil (FMS4016) paired with the Voyage Under the Sea collection from Graphic45.  It makes a wonderful masculine card perfect for Father's Day or Birthday (or even Anniversary).  The best part is this is a super quick and easy card to make.

"True North"
Stampendous:
FMS4016 Compass Stencil

Dreamweaver:
DWDMBP Matte Black Embossing Paste
DWDPK Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

Plus:
My Colors Cardstock - Tropical Splash, Mandarin, Black Suede
Graphic45 Cardstock Steampunk Splash 4501323
Graphic45 Cardstock Deep Blue Dreams 4501324
Copic Marker BG18
Scrapbook Adhesive Black Foam Squares
Removable tape

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of Tropical Splash cardstock in half to form an A7 card
Step 2:  Cut a 4" x 5" piece of the Steampunk Splash paper
Step 3: Tape the Compass stencil to the Steampunk Splash paper with removable tape
Step 4:  Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply a coat of Matte Black Embossing Paste over the image, remove the stencil and place in water for cleaning, let paste dry
Step 5:  Cut three 2" x 4 3/4" pieces of the back side of the Steampunk Splash paper, edge with BG18 marker and adhere one near the top, one near the bottom and one in the center of the card front
Step 6: Cut a 4 3/8" x 5 3/8" piece of Mandarin cardstock and a 4 1/8" x 5 1/8" piece of Black Suede, adhere them together then adhere the dry Compass layer to the black
Step 7: Adhere the matted Compass layer near the top of the card
Step 8:  Cut out one of the stamp designs from the back side of the Deep Blue Dreams paper, edge with BG18 and mat on a 1 3/8" x 1 3/4" piece of Mandarin cardstock
Step 9:  Use the Black Foam Squares to attach the "stamp" near the bottom of the card

For more creations with these new stencils, check out today's designers.

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise

Friday, June 3, 2016

Collecting Seashells!

The Stampendous Design Team has more great summertime ideas for you this week. We are sharing samples made using the Beach Embossing Kit, EK22, from Stampendous!

This is a card I created for a Lunch Card Club group that I belong to. Each month we have a theme, technique or card layout we all use to create 8 of the same card to exchange with the group.  It is a fun card fold idea and was perfect with our beautiful new seashell stamps and dies.
"Friends are like seashells..."

Stampendous:

Plus:
My Colors Cardstock - Pale Aqua
Bazzill - Dk Aqua
Graphic 45 papers Voyage Beneath the Sea collection
VersaMark
Copic Sketch Markers
Cork paper
Die Cut Machine
Removable tape
Craft Glue Dots

Instructions:
Step 1:  Cut a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Pale Aqua cardstock, score along long edge at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2" , accordion fold on score lines
Step 2:  Cut a 1" x 11" piece of Dark Aqua, score along long edge at 5 1/2" and 8 1/4", fold on score lines
Step 3: Stamp a variety of seashells and coral on different Graphic 45 paper, color with markers to enhance colors, stamp saying of choice
Step 4:  Use the matching dies to cut out the shells and coral, use fitted frames to cut the saying and a dark aqua mat
Step 5: Cut a 2 1/2" x 4" piece of decorative paper, edge with matching marker and adhere to the small left flap of the card front
Step 6:  Adhere the Dark Aqua strip across the card about 3/4" up from the bottom, make sure the 5 1/2" side is on the left side  (so it folds opposite of the base card)
Step 7:  Arrange the shells and coral on the small left flap over the decorative paper, use foam tap on some for more dimension
Step 8:  Adhere a strip of cork along the front of the dark aqua strip and alont the bottom edge of the inside of the card 
Step 9: Pat the cork with VersaMark, sprinkle with Golden Sand embossing powder, tap off extra, heat set
Step 10: Add the saying to the right side of the card

Here's a close up:

A better look at how it's folded!
Today's designers:

Louise Healy
Janelle Stollfus

Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Beach Basics

The Stampendous Design Team has more great summertime ideas for you this week. This time we are sharing samples made using the Beach Embossing Kit, EK22, from Stampendous!


Stampendous:
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
EK22 Beach Embossing Kit - Golden Sand
FREG020 Deep Impressions Chunky Embossing Enamel
SSC1170 Soaring Sentiments Perfectly Clear Stamp Set
DCP1005 Fitted Frames A Cutting Die Set Size E
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
Acrylic Handle
HT400 Embossing Heat Tool

Dreamweaver:

DWLJ811 Jumbo Tile Stencil
DWLL379 Tall Palm Trees Stencil
DWLL3033 Sandcastle Stencil
DWLM209 Starfish Stencil
DWLL332 Picasso Stencil
DWGHB-6 1/4" Brush #6 Gold Handle
DWHNB-12 1/2" Brush #12 Natural Handle
DWDEP Regular Embossing Paste
DWDPK Palette Knife

Plus:
My Colors Cardstock - Poolside, Sandy Beach, Sweet Potato
VersaMark
Brilliance Inks - Sunflower yellow, Rocket Red, P Thyme, P Olive, P Beige, P Chocolate
Memento Inks - Bahama Blue
May Arts Ribbon
Finger dabber
Die Cut Machine
Rubber Embossing Mat
Removable tape
Craft Glue Dots

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of Poolside cardstock in half to form an A7 card
Step 2:  Dry emboss the Jumbo Tile stencil (DWLJ811) on white cardstock 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Step 3: With the grid stencil still in place, overlay the Sandcastle stencil and tape in place with removable tape
Step 4:  Use a 1/4" stencil brush  to apply ink to the design, use the Picasso tool to help with the placement of colors, remove the Sandcastle stencil only
Step 5: With the grid stencil still in place, overlay the Tall Palm Trees stencil along the left edge and tape in place with removable tape
Step 6:  Use a 1/4" stencil brush  to apply ink to the design, use the Picasso tool to help with the placement of colors, remove the Tall Palm Trees stencil only
Step 7:  With the grid stencil still in place, use a 1/2" stencil brush, blue ink and the Picasso to add some "clouds" to the  "sky", add more blue along the horizon to look like the ocean, use the 1/4" brush from the browns of the Sandcastle to brush more brown around the bottom edge for the "beach" 
Step 8:  Remove the grid stencil and wipe it off with a soft rag and return to the design, use a finger dauber to apply a coat of VersaMark over the entire grid, remove stencil, set aside 
Step 9: Sprinkle with Deep Impressions embossing powder, heat set, cool
Step 10: Put the grid back on and repeat the VersaMark, sprinkle with Deep Impressions embossing enamel in the "sky" and Golden Sand Embossing Powder on the "beach", heat, repeat if needed to get a smooth tile-like finish
Step 11:  Trim an even edge all around the image, mount on a Sandy Beach mat, then to the card front
Step 12:  Stamp the "Catch a breeze..." saying on white cardstock with black ink, die cut with size E frame from Fitted Frames Set A, cut the matching mat from Sandy Beach
Step 13:  Use a 1/2" stencil brush, blue ink and the Picasso to add a "cloud" over the saying and around the edges, adhere to the card front with foam squares
Step 14:  Tape the Starfish stencil to Sweet Potato cardstock with removable tape, use a Palette Knife to apply Regular Embossing Paste over the design, remove stencil, tape back down on another part of the paper and apply paste, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning
Step 15:  Sprinkle the wet paste with Golden Sand Embossing Powder, tap off extra, heat set, cool, cut out the two Starfish, brush a little P Beige ink on the orange areas, adhere to the card with Craft Glue Dots

Here's today's list of designers:





Happy Creating,
Louise