Friday, July 3, 2015

Ribbon, ribbon, ribbon...May Arts and Stampendous!

We’ve had a lot going on this week to keep your Summer Vacation hopping with inspiration. In one event we’re hopping all week with one of our very favorite craft partners. May Arts ribbon is an extremely generous sponsor for us here at Stampendous and our Design Team is absolutely in love with their gorgeous ribbons, cords, strings and specialty items. You’ll find loads of beautiful May Arts on all our samples.

All week you’ve had chances to check out our Design Team Inspiration as well as the Ribbonistas over at the May Arts Blog.  Be sure to comment and tell us where you’re from, because our Australian Distributor The Stencil Specialists is sponsoring a prize for one friend “down under” to win a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil and a surprise goodie from their terrific stock of Stampendous merchandise!
There are Stampendous prize packages up for grabs. THREE US commenters  will receive a prize of their choice in any one roll of ribbon from May Arts and a $20 reward card. Tell us what state you live in when you comment. Stampendous Official Rules.
Be sure to stop by the May Arts blog today, because they are having a prize also! How’s that for an amazing week of prizes!
I've used our Stampendous weekly theme of "By the Sea" along with some May Arts ribbon for one of my creations today. Here's the first one:

I know, technically this isn't "By the Sea", but it certainly would be "By the Sound"! We used to spend two weeks at the Outer Banks in North Carolina every summer, and always stayed on the sound side, it was so peaceful! Do you see the Heron's dragonfly friend. I used two piece of May Arts ribbon and some of their black jute to create my dragonfly ribbon. The Heron (DWLG757) was paste embossed with the Matte Black Embossing Paste (DWDMBP). After it had dried about 10 minutes, I gently brush some mica powders on the tree and leaves.

Now for my second card, HAPPY 4th of JULY to all our followers in the USA!

"Oh say can you see..."
These are the cute Patriotic Painters (HMCR33), and the Cling Free and Brave (CRF234) from Stampendous. I colored them with a combination of Copic markers and Chameleon pens. The beautiful red, white, and blue ribbon is, of course, from May Arts. To create the rosette, I simply basted along the edge of the red stripe, pulled it from both ends to form the rosette, and knotted it. I closed the edge with just a little Fabri-Tac from Beacon Adhesives, then added a silver star brad to the center.

I've included all the links for the week, in case you missed any, just scroll down to reach the others.



Happy Creating,

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dreamweaver By the Sea

Welcome to another Dreamweaver Thursday from our Stampendous Design Team. We are so lucky to receive these great products for being part of the team because we LOVE sharing all the fun things you can create with these wonderful stencils!

We are having a VERY busy week on the Stampendous team. Not only have we been featured on the fabulous blog hop with Spellbinders, we are also doing a collaboration with the beautiful ribbons from May Arts! This week is filled with inspiration. If you missed any of it, check the Stampendous blog for all the daily links.

Our theme this week is "By the Sea"  there are sooooo....many great stencils that fit this theme that it's hard to choose! If you missed my By the Sea post for the  Spellbinder's hop on Monday, click here.  Today I'm sharing TWO fun and easy cards that fit this theme.

First, the fabulous Sailboat stencil (DWLG755). What says "By the Sea" more than a Sailboat!

"Sailing the ocean blue..."

This technique was featured on my blog a while back, click here for the complete tutorial on how to create this. Of course, the darling white "waves" are from May Arts!

The second card was featured in the Stampendous April 2015 catalog. It uses the Jellyfish stencil (DWLG758) and is super easy to make, and would be great for summer birthdays.

Jellyfish done with Pearlescent Embossing Paste
The marble background was created using the Shaving Cream and Reinker technique on glossy paper. When that was dry, I taped the Jellyfish stencil to the marbled background, and used a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Pearlescent Embossing Paste. When the Pearlescent paste dries, it is just a little transparent so it gives the true "see-thru" look of a jellyfish!

Some of the other team members have more "sea-sational" ideas to share with you:

Don't forget to mark your calendar for the big finale of the May Arts hop tomorrow! You might win one of the prizes!

Happy Creating,

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stampendous and Spellbinders By the Sea!

The Stampendous Design Team is having fun this week partnering up with the team at Spellbinders and we hope you'll like what we've created for you!

Our theme this week is By the Sea, so I've used a Spellbinder Nestabilities from the Labels Eight set to create my beach scene.
This was actually pretty easy to make, just follow these easy steps:
  • Fold a white A2 top fold card in half and stamp the front with the swirl from the Mixed Media Cling Rubber Brush Strokes (CRS7001) set 
  • Cut a label out of white cardstock with the second largest die from the Labels Eight set and stamp it with the swirl too
  •  Paste emboss the Dreamweaver Scallop (LM106), Seahorse (LM181), and Starfish (LM209) with Regular Embossing Paste using a palette knife and paste spreader
  • Remove the stencil and sprinkle with Golden Sand Embossing Powder, tap off excess and heat set, when cool, cut out the images 
  • Sprinkle the bottom area of the die cut label with a combination of Golden Sand, Taupe fragments, and Bronze glass glitter, heat from underneath
  • Tear two pieces of kraft cardstock for the "sand" area of the card 
  • Edge everything with brown ink using an ink blusher
  • Stamp the saying from the Life Words set, SSC1213, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on kraft cardstock, tear edges and ink with brown
  • Layer torn kraft cardstock along the bottom, front edge of the card then add the label, and more embossing elements along the bottom edge, heat
  • Layer on the shells and saying, and add a knotted cord

Be sure to keep checking back with the team this week to see what else we have in "shore" for you!
Here's today's links:
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Friday, June 26, 2015

Flowers and Fairies Finale!

Flowers and Fairies have been the theme this week for our Stampendous Design Team, and there are so many wonderful stamps over at the Stampendous website!

I recently picked up this wonderful set at one of my local stores. I love flowers of all kinds and had to create something with it right away!
SSC1112 - Daisy Thanks 
Here's what I came up with today:

I stamped the flowers on Mixed Media White paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink , then colored them with Chameleon Color Tones pens. I used the Labels Eight Spellbinders Nestabilities dies to cut the flowers out, and used the largest one to cut out a black mat. The Stampendous team will be joining the Spellbinders team next Wednesday, July 1st, to share ideas using products from both great companies. Plan on stopping by!

Here are the team members playing today:

Happy Creating,

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dreamweaver Thursday

It's Dreamweaver Thursday for the Stampendous Design Team, and we're excited to share some ideas with you! Our weekly theme is Flowers and Fairies, so, of course, I wanted to show you the perfect example using Dreamweaver Stencils. Well, it might not be perfect, but I really like how this turned out and hope you do too.

"Hidden gem"
I wasn't quite sure the idea in my head would work the way I thought it should, but I think it did! Do you see the Fairy hiding in the Wisteria?  She looks like she's hiding under a canopy of vines doesn't she?  Here's how to do it:

Fairy-ly certain you'll like these too!
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Flowers and Fairies!

Flowers and Fairies is the theme this week for our Stampendous Design Team, and the new flower fairy stamps released in April are a perfect fit. See all of them over at the Stampendous website!

I just love this Fairy Dance (CRW148) stamp, and had so much fun coloring her. You can change the colors to suit the person you are sending it to. Blue could say "heard you're feeling blue",  Yellow for "Sending sunny thoughts your way!". Well, you get the idea. I was in a pinky-lime mood, so that's how I colored mine. The wonderful saying is CRH319 Cling Timeless Fairytales.

"Tickled Pink!"
The fairy and saying were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black then colored with COPIC markers. I added a little glitter for "pollen" on the stamen, and in the centers of the little flowers. Oh, in case you didn't notice, I stamped her twice, colored one whole image and just the tutu of the second image to cut out and overlay with foam tape on the petals, but flat at the waist. I thought it gave her a lot of dimension.

I want to wish my very talented, dear friend, Pam Hornschu, a Happy Birthday! Hope you're having a Fairy Tale day!

Our design team has more great ideas to share with you too!
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dreamweaver Gone Wild!

Today is Dreamweaver Thursday for the Stampendous Design Team, and we are still going wild this week! We're all excited to share some fun designs with you for our weekly challenge of "Let's Go Wild!" Stop by the Stampendous Blog each day this week for lots of wild ideas!

Several team members are featuring the new Pen Pattern stamps from the April Stampendous catalog. They are wildly adorable and perfect for adding a few tangles to the design.  Well, not to be outshined, and in keeping with the weekly theme, I'm featuring two of the great elephant stencils from Dreamweaver. These are perfect for adding a little, or a lot of wonderful patterns to the design!

LG756 Open Elephant Stencil and a saying from
SSC1226 Wild Sayings Perfectly Clear Stamps set
FRCK04 Hot Fragments Kit - Hot Pink, Hot Lime

LL3042 Small Elephant Stencil and another saying from
SSC1226 Wild Sayings Perfectly Clear Stamps set

Sten-tangled LL3042 Small Elephant Stencil with a saying from
SSC1115 Birthday Assortment Perfectly Clear Stamps set
For all three cards, I used a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen, in black (S), to outline the image on white cardstock. I colored them with Chameleon Color Tones pens,  YG3, PK3, CG8, and CB (the sten-tangled one also had BG4).  Mounted them on fun colorful cardstock from Bazzill, and added the perfect little sayings that were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black.
The great thing is you can keep it simple, like the first two, or add several tangles for a more patterned look.  The Fragments from Stampendous are fun to add to anything using a little glue where you want to add them. Of course, a beautiful ribbon from May Arts always makes a card look better too!

Here's who else has gone wild today!

Happy Creating,