Thursday, August 27, 2015

Snowman Reflections!

This week the Stampendous Design Team has been asked, "Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?". Of course we wanna build a snowman!  Of course I've also had that song from Frozen stuck in my head all week! We've been featuring the fun Stampendous Build a Snowman Set in our creations.

All the inspiring ideas from the Stampendous Design Team have been snowballing around in my head forming this fun creation using a combination of a Snowman from the Stampendous Build a Snowman set and Dreamweaver products. Our Dreamweaver Thursday is sure to be a blizzard of great ideas from the team.

Here's my snowman for today:

"Reflections of a Snowman"
I just love how his reflection turned out! It is even cooler (pardon the pun!) in person because you can see the glittery, glossy finish of the "pond". But I'm getting ahead of's the how to:

  • Put the snowman pieces you want on an acrylic handle (not the arms yet), ink with Memento Tuxedo Black and stamp the image on white cardstock off toward the left side
  • Ink the stamp again, but this time stamp it onto another acrylic block, then use the acrylic block as your stamp to stamp the reflection underneath the main image, some parts will stamp clearer than others, but that's ok, you don't want the reflection too perfect, this gives you the true reverse image for the reflection
  • Make a mask for the main Snowman by inking the stamp again and stamping it on a post-it note or other thin paper, cut it out along the two sides, set aside for later
  • Take the snowman pieces off and choose one arm to put on the block, ink it and stamp it on the main image, stamp a second time on the reflection (don't reink first, there should be enough to get a light image), this one is not backwards, but it still works! Repeat for the other arm
  • I used a Tuxedo Black Memento Dual Marker to add lines to the scarf and mittens in the main image, and London Fog Memento Dual Marker in the reflection
  • Color the main image, I used Copics - BG10,, BG01, BV00, BV02 for the hat, scarf and mittens, YR21, YR16 on the nose, B0000 to highlight the snowman and snow, C7 on the buttons
  • Color the reflection to match the main image but only use BG10 and BV00 on the hat, scarf and mittens, YR21 on the nose with just the smallest touch of YR16, B0000 on the snowman
  • Place the mask you created over the main image (if your paper isn't sticky, you can put a removable glue dot or two on the back to hold it in place)
  • Place the Snowflake Stencil (DWLJ819) over the top half of the image angling it to avoid the mittens, tape in place with removable tape
  • Use a palette knife to apply Translucent Embossing Paste (DWDEPT) to the snowflake openings, remove the stencil and place it in water for cleaning later, take more Translucent Paste on the palette knife and spread a thin coat of it over the reflection area to create a "pond", sprinkle all the wet paste with  Crystal Snow ultrafine white glitter (GX900U), tap off extra, let paste dry well
  • When the paste has dried, sprinkle Spoonful of Snow Embossing Powder and Elements between the main image and reflection and around the edges of the "pond", heat from below to set
  • Stamp a sentiment from the new Holiday Expressions set (SSC1231) on white with Tuxedo Black ink, mount on purple and blue mats
  • Fold a 7" x 10" piece of blue cardstock in half to form an A7 card, adhere a 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" purple mat to the front
  • Adhere the snowman image, then use foam tape to add the sentiment

I could decide which sentiment to use, so I'm going to have you vote! Here's the other option:

"Reflections of a Snowman II"
Leave me a comment with your vote on which sentiment I should use. Oh, one more thing, can you find my mistake in the reflection? No not the arms, I already mentioned those. I forgot to color the buttons on the main image until after I had the card complete, so there was no way to "fix" the reflection because it has paste over it. It's one of those little things that NO ONE WILL NOTICE!, so don't stress out about little things like that, only you will know!

Time to go build some more snowmen with these great designers:

Happy Creating,

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Doesn't have to be a snowMAN!

In case you haven't heard, our theme this week for the Stampendous Design Team is "Do you wanna build a snowman"! Catchy huh! Trust me, that song will be stuck in your head for days after this!

But really, the Build a Snowman (SSC1184) set of stamps from Stampendous is adorable, and you can create a whole village of snowmen if that's what you want to do!

Today I have used mainly the heads of the snowman set. There are three different ones and they are all adorable, and, of course, best buddies!  The color scheme I chose is red and lime green, not traditional colors you think of when you think of a snowman, but it works! Here they are:

"Snow Buddies"

These Snow Buddies might be looking in at you from the great outdoors, or maybe you see a portrait gallery. Which ever way you look at it, they have to make you smile! This is a quick and easy design, just follow these steps:

  • Fold a 7" x 10" piece of red cardstock in half to form a top fold A7 card
  • Cut a 4 1/4" x 6 1/4" piece of lime green cardstock and use a Micron 02 pen to add a little design along the outside edges, adhere to the front of the card
  • Cut a 3 1/8" x 5 3/4" piece of white cardstock and use the Micron 02 pen to add a design to the outer edge, adhere near the top of the green layer
  • Cut three pieces of white cardstock 2" x 3 1/4", use Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the three heads on the white pieces, color with Copic markers (or whatever you like to use for coloring)
  • Measure down 2" from the top of each and make a mark on each side, draw a light line across, stopping and starting on each side of the scarf tails, cut away the extra paper going around the scarf tails
  • Use the Micron pen to make the edge design on each head layer
  • To add the lines for the "bodies" of the two smaller snowmen, you can either use a fine black marker and draw them in by hand, or I created masks for the heads, placed a sticky note over the design on the edge, and stamped the bodies from the set where I needed them
  • Mat the two smaller snowmen on 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" red mats, and the larger snowman on a 2 1/8" x 2 1/8" lime green mat
  • Adhere the two smaller heads near each corner on the top of the white mat, and use foam tape to add the third snowman in the middle
  • Stamp the Snow Buddies sentiment of white (1" x 1 7/8"), and mat on a 1 1/8" x 2" red mat, adhere near the lower right at an angle
  • Put green jute or thread through two red buttons and tie, use Glue Dots to attach near the bottom left side of the card
  • Use a dries clear adhesive and ultrafine Crystal Glitter to add a little sparkle to the hats
This close up will help you see how I cut them, added the bodies and the great sparkle from the glitter:

Here are the colors of Copic I used:  YR15, YR68, B0000, R00, R27, R39, R81, YG0000, YG03, YG23, W8.

I hope you are enjoying building snowmen with us this week.  This is a great set and so much fun to use!  Tomorrow we are going to be incorporating Dreamweaver into our theme, so be sure to come back then.
Now keep building more snowmen with these designers:

Happy Creating,

Monday, August 24, 2015

Do you wanna build a snowman

Ok, now that I've got that song going round and around in your brain...this is our weekly theme for the Stampendous Design Team. We released a darling Build a Snowman set a while back that fits this theme to a tee!
Build A Snowman Perfectly Clear Stamps Set - SSC1184
SSC1184 Build a Snowman
As you can see, it's a great set that lets you choose shapes, sizes, and arms. It even has a cute saying and five snowflakes.  Here's how I used it today:

"Yes, I want to build a snowman..."
This set is very easy to use and get everything lined up perfectly. The snowflakes were all put on an acrylic handle, inked with Memento Summer Sky and stamped all over the three smaller panels. The snowmen were stamped on another panel with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored with Copic Sketch Markers. The "snow" across the bottom of the snowmen and on the pompoms,  is Stampendous Spoonful of Snow, sprinkled on and heated from below. Then it's just a matter of layering everything and assembling. The gems are Kaisercraft Silver Rhinestones (SB700).

This close up shows the texture and dimension the Spoonful of Snow adds!

Here are the measurements and supplies:
Blue base card 7" x 10", score at 5", fold to create an A7 card
White layer 4 3/4" x 6 3/4"
Blue mat  2 1/8" x 5 5/8" (x2)
White layer for stamping snowflakes 2" x 5 1/2" (x2)
Blue mat 2 5/8" x 2 5/8"
White layer for stamping snowflakes 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"
Blue mat 3" x 4"
White layer for snowmen 2 7/8" x 3 7/8"

Memento Tuxedo Black (snowmen)
Memento Summer Sky (snowflakes)

Copic Sketch Markers - BG10, BG72, B0000, C1, W6, YR15, YR68, R00, R85, E27

Stampendous Spoonful of Snow - EJS02

Kaisercraft Silver Rhinestones (SB700)

Do you wanna build ANOTHER Snowman?  Check out these other designer blogs for more ideas:

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dreamweaver Double

Did you do a double take on the date? I know it's not Thursday, but the Stampendous Design Team is showcasing Dreamweaver Stencils this whole week! How lucky are we to get to work with these beautiful products, very lucky!

I love the I Beam background stencil, it is so versatile. You can paste it, emboss it, glitter it, or just stencil color like I did. It looks fabulous no matter what technique you use. And the feather...well the Feather stencil is fabulous too! Put them together and WOW, a great combination. 

This was so easy to do. Stencil the background on the front of a blue card using 1/2" stencil brushes and a combination of blue and green ink, the design is easy to line back up depending on the size of card you use. Stencil a second, narrower piece to match, layer that on green then blue cardstock, tie a beautiful May Arts ribbon around it, and attach it to the front of the card.

The feather was paste embossed on the same blue cardstock using Glossy Blue Embossing Paste (which is discontinued, but if you hurry, you can still find it at Stencil with Style!), but any of the pastes will work as long as the glitter you use is an opaque glitter (the label will tell you if it's transparent or opaque usually).  After removing the stencil and placing it in water for cleaning later, I sprinkled the wet paste with a combination of blue and green glitters, let that dry thoroughly, then cut out the feather. Use foam mounting tape to add the feather to the card tucking the end under the ribbon.

These team members have more Dreamweaver ideas to share today too:
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Where Has Summer Gone!

I cannot believe that it is already August 20th!! Where has the summer gone??? It seems like each year goes by faster and faster. It's a good thing I love Fall so much, it is less depressing to know we're headed into my favorite season.

The Stampendous design team is featuring Dreamweaver Stencils this week with a theme of Dreamweaver Double. We can interpret that however we want, so today I'm using not just two stencils (for a double, get it!), but three great stencil in my "Ode to a Summer Birthday".

The design team members were fortunate to receive a box of wonderful products from Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko a while back. Their inks are fabulous to work with and the colors are gorgeous!

The Neon inks just screamed summer to me, so I decided to start with those, but how to choose which colors, hmmm.  All of them, of course! LX7011 Big Dots was the perfect starting place, all of them fit!

"Ode to a Summer Birthday"
  • Tape stencil to white cardstock with removable tape
  • Place a piece of removable tape on the column next to the first column (yellow)
  • Use a 1/2" stencil brush to apply the first color down the first column
  • Remove the tape from the second column and move it over to the third column
  • Place a piece of removable tape over the column just colored
  • Color the next column
  • Keep moving the two pieces of tape over until you have all the colors!
  • Clean stencil
  • The colors are called Radiant Neon Electric Yellow, E. Orange, E. Coral, E. Pink, E. Purple, E. Blue, E. Green
  • Tape the Tiger slippahs (LM246) to white cardstock, use 1/4" stencil brushes and the Picasso (LL332) to apply color
  • Cut them out leaving a small white edge around
  • Mount them on Bazzill Limeade cardstock, and cut around them again leaving a small green edge
  • Color the happy birthday (LM248) with some of the colors
  • Layer on a mat of Limeade and Pink
  • Mat the dots on Limeade and Pink also
  • Use foam tape to add the sentiment and sandals
You won't want to miss more Dreamweaver creations from these team members:

Happy Creating,

Friday, August 14, 2015

Mousey Mischief Finale!

It's been a mischief filled week as the Stampendous Design Team has shared their fun creations for our "Mousey Mischief" theme! We hope you have enjoyed them as much as we enjoyed sharing them with you.

This little Skateboard Witch looks like he's running, rather "skateboarding", away from some mischief he's been in, doesn't he!? Love this little guy, he makes me smile every time I look at him. The background is done with the fabulous circle swirl stamp from the Cling Brushstroke Set. I just love this stamp, it makes a wonderful background pattern.

HMV22 Skateboard Witch
CRS7001 Cling Brush Strokes
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper

Bazzill Basics cardstock Lime
Bazzill Basics cardstock Lavender
Neenah Papers Classic Crest Cover Solar White 80#
Chameleon Color Tones - YG3, BR5, NU1, VO4, YO3, PK3, BR2, NU3, CG8
Brilliance Ink - Pearlescent Lime, Pearlescent Lavender
May Arts Ribbon
Beacon Adhesive Fabri-Tac
Double-sided tape
Foam Tape


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

Step 2:  Stamp a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock with the circle from the Brush Strokes set, first using Brilliance P. Lime, clean the stamp, then stamp with Brilliance P. Lavender, edge all around with the lavender, let dry

Step 3:  Stamp the Skateboard Witch design on Mixed Media White Paper and color with Chameleon pens

Step 4:  Tape the Skateboard Witch to a Lavender mat, then a Lime Mat

Step 5:  Tape the stamped circles layer to the front of the card, then use Fabri-Tac to add a ribbon at a diagonal across the card

Step 6:  Use foam tape to attach the Skateboard Witch layer

Here's what our other mischief makers have created for you:

Happy Creating,

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Take the Plunge!

It's Dreamweaver Thursday for the Stampendous Design Team and we love to share techniques and ideas for using these beautiful stencils. Our theme this week is "Mousey Mischief", so some of us are combining our adorable House Mouse collection into our designs today. Enjoy!

Take the plunge!
Ok, I'm stretching the theme a little bit with this one, but this would be what one of my kids would have done after we spent hours raking! Mischievious? Well sort of, who's going to re-rake all those leaves! But boy is this little guy having a wonderful time with that leaf pile! The Dreamweaver Leafless Tree stencil is the perfect background too. I've used the "Spotlight" stamping technique with my Leafless Tree stencil.

HMV23 Leaf Plunge Rubber Stamp
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper

Kraft cardstock
Neenah Papers Classic Crest Cover Natural #80
Chameleon Color Tones - YO3, OR4, BR2, OL3, YL2, NU1, RD4, CG8, CB
Distress Inks - mustard seed, spiced marmalade, crushed olive, forest moss
Memento Ink - Tuxedo Black, Bahama Blue
Removable tape
Double-sided tape
Foam Tape


Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of kraft cardstock in half to form a top-fold card

Step 2:  Tape the Leafless tree stencil along the left side of the card front with removable tape and use a 1/2" stencil brush to rouge black in through the openings, repeat near the right side of the card, clean and dry the stencil

Step 3:  Stamp the Leaf Plunge image on a  3" x 4" piece of white Multi media cardstock and color with Chameleon pens, use the Picasso stencil and the Bahama Blue ink to create some clouds in the background, mat on a  3 1/8" x 4 1/8" black mat

Step 4:  Use the tape ink transfer technique to create a background on a 4" x 5" piece of Natural cardstock. The tape ink transfer is done by taking a piece of 1" painters tape that is slightly longer than the width of your paper, running it sticky side down across your ink pad, then "transferring" the ink to your paper by laying the tape across it and pressing down gently then lifting off the tape, repeat down the paper with colors of your choice until the paper is how you want it. I used mustard seed near the top, spiced marmalade where it met the "ground", and crushed olive and forest moss at the bottom. Rouge the edges with the black ink. dry well

Step 5:  Tape the Leafless tree stencil near the left side of the background paper with removable tape

Step 6:  Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply a coat of Matte Black Embossing Paste over the stencil, remove stencil and clean, let paste dry

Step 7:  Add 1/2" strips of black cardstock along the two sides of the pasted image, and adhere to the front of the card near the left side (Notice the "Spotlight" technique where the background image and colored image match up, I planned ahead so my tree images on the left side line up, I know, I'm crazy, but it looks nice!)

Step 8:  Use foam tape to add the mouse image to the card front

Stop over at these designer's blogs to see the mischief they've come up with for you!

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,