Thursday, February 16, 2017

Spring Beauty!

It's the middle of February and the days are getting longer and longer. The sun is getting stronger by the day and I'm really looking forward to the glorious days of Spring! With Spring comes the beauty of wildflowers and the budding of the trees, miracles of nature! Now that we live in Ohio, I'm really looking forward to our first Spring to watch spring unfold in all it's beauty. 

One of my favorite "spring-time" blossoms are the delicate blossoms of the Dogwood trees. My card today features the Dreamweaver Dogwood Stencil (DWLG668).



Supplies:

Stampendous:
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper

Dreamweaver:
DWLG668 Dogwood Stencil
DWLL332 Picasso Stencil
DWDEP Regular Embossing Paste
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader
DWGHB-6 1/4" Brush #6 Gold Handle Brush

Plus:
My Color Cardstock Grasshopper
Graphic45 Come Away With Me Collection Cosmopolitan 4500920
Brilliance Ink - P. Thyme, Sunflower Yellow, P. Coral, Coffee Bean
Creative Impressions 3/4" Dusty Rose Crepe Ribbon 70126
Fabri-Tac
Removable Tape
Foam Tape

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 6" x 12" piece of Grasshopper cardstock in half to form a square card
Step 2: Tape the Dogwood stencil to a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of  white paper with removable tape
Step 3: Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Regular Embossing Paste over the design, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning later, let paste dry
Step 4:  Tape the clean dry stencil back over the dry paste with removable tape, use 1/4" stencil brushes and the Picasso tool to apply inks to the dry paste
Step 5:  Cut a 5" x 5" piece of white cardstock and a 4 3/4" x 4 3/4" piece of the Graphic 45 paper, adhere them together then to the card front
Step 6: Adhere the Dogwood to a 3 3/4" x  3 3/4" piece of Grasshopper cardstock, use foam tape to apply the Dogwood to the card front
Step 7:  Tie a small bow from the Dusty Rose Ribbon and add to the card with Fabri-Tac

Be sure to stop over at the Stampendous Blog for more lovely ideas!

Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Bee Mine!

It's almost Valentine's Day! Have you made a card for your special someone(s) yet??? Stampendous has so many wonderful stamps for creating the perfect card! This week the design team is sharing some designs featuring various stamps and stencils that fit our theme "Bee Mine!", right in time for Valentine's Day.

This is a card I made a while back using the Dreamweaver Honeycomb stencil (DWLJ806) in the background, paired with the adorable Garden Hive stamp (P280)

"Bee Mine!"
Supplies
Stampendous
CRP280 Cling Garden Hive
Acrylic Handle
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Dreamweaver
DWLJ806 Honeycomb Stencil
DWDEP Regular Embossing Paste
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

Plus
Bazzill Basics cardstock Pollen
My Colors Cardstock Cafe Ole
Copic Markers - Y13, Y17, YR16, YR24, E33, 100, YG03, YG06, YG17, RV000, RV02, RV34, R59, W1, W2, W4, W6, B0000, BG90
Foam tape
May Arts Ribbon
Craft Glue Dots
Removable Tape
Double-sided tape

Instructions

Step 1:  Fold a 6" x 9 1/2" piece of Pollen cardstock in half to form an A6 card

Step 2:  Stamp the Garden Hive on a 2 7/8" x 4 1/2" piece of Mixed Media paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, color with Copic Markers

Step 3:  Tape the Honeycomb stencil to a  4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of brown cardstock with removable tape, use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply a coat of Regular Embossing Paste over the stencil, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning, let paste dry

Step 4:  Color the dry paste with Copic Markers, trim edges close to the design

Step 5:  Adhere the Honeycomb to the card front setting it at an angle

Step 6:  Use Craft Glue Dots to attach a pink ribbon across the card

Step 7:  Adhere the Garden Hive to a 3" x 4 5/8" piece of brown cardstock and use foam tape to attach it to the honeycomb layer

Step 8:  Tie a small pink bow to match the ribbon, attach with a Craft Glue Dot

Head over to the Stampendous Blog for more great ideas!
Happy Creating,
Louise

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Indigo Cats!

Have you seen these fabulous new stamps from Stampendous!!! The new line of Laurel Burch stamps are wonderful, if you haven't seen them, click here!

This week Stampendous is featuring creations using the Laurel Burch collections. Here's a fun card I did using the Indigo Cats.



Stampendous:
LBCRS02 Laurel Burch Cling Indigo Cats Stamp Set
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Acrylic Handle
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Plus:
My Color Cardstock Grape Vine
Watercolor cold press 140 lb
Copic Sketch Markers - Y00, Y17, YR000, YR04, YR07, R30, R22, R29, RV02, RV06, BV00, V12, V17, YG01, YG06, 100
Faber Castell Aquarelle Pencils - 105, 111, 121, 123, 130, 136, 139
Spritzer
Black Foam Tape

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of Grape Vine cardstock in half to form an A7 card
Step 2:  Stamp the Indigo Cats and Butterfly images on white cardstock with Tuxedo Black ink, color with Copic markers, cut out close to the outline, edge with the 100 marker
Step 3: Cut a 4 3/4" x 6 3/4" piece of watercolor paper, use the watercolor pencils and a wet paint brush to blend the background
Step 4: Place the stencil from the stamp set on the background, use the Spritzer and Copic Markers to add some designs to the background
Step 5:  Adhere the background to the card front
Step 6:  Arrange the cats and butterflies on the background, using foam tape on two cats and the butterfly wings

Go to the Stampendous Blog for more Laurel Burch samples.

Happy Creating,
Louise

Friday, January 20, 2017

Whispered Birthday Greetings!


Welcome to the grand finale of the Stampendous and Pink Your Life Blog Hop!  We have had a fun week sharing creations using this adorable line of stamps! Be sure to stop at the Stampendous Blog for information on how to win a prize!



Today I'm sharing a birthday card I created featuring the darling PYL Whisper Birthday stamp (PLR01) paired with the Happy Day! sentiment from the Happy Birds set (SSC1255). Add a "springy" background using the Picasso Tool (DWLL332), some bright cardstock and you have a great birthday card for a dear friend!




Stampendous
PLCR01 Pink Your Life Whisper Birthday
SSC1255 Happy Birds Perfectly Clear Stamps Set
Acrylic Handle
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
DWNHB-12 1/2" Brush #12 Natural Handle
DWLL332 Picasso Stencil

Plus
My ColorCardstock  - Tuscan Sun, Pimento
Memento Bahama Blue Ink
Copic Markers - Y00, Y02, Y06, Y08, Y15, Y21, YR23, R22, R27, R30, R59, R81, R85, BV0000, BV00, BV02, BV08, E42, E44, E47, E51, E53, B0000, B05, B41, YG01, YG03, YG05, YG06, YG17, 100
Sakura Gelly Roll Clear Star Glitter Pen
Foam tape

Instructions

Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of Tuscan Sun cardstock in half to form a card
Step 2:  Stamp the Whisper Birthday image on a 4 1/4" 5 1/2" piece of Mixed Media paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink, color with Copic Markers
Step 3: Stamp the sentiment on a 1 1/2" x 2 1/2" piece of white, color with Copic Markers, cut out sentiment
Step 4:  Use the Picasso tool and a 1/2" brush with Bahama Blue ink to add some "clouds" to the background around the Whisper Birthday image, use green markers to add a "grassy" area near the bottom edge, edge with blue and green markers, use the glitter pen on the wings and mushroom dots
Step 5: Mat the Whisper Birthday on a r 1/2" x 5 3/4" piece of Pimento cardstock
Step 6:  Adhere the matted image to the card front
Step 7: Use foam tape to add the sentiment

See the complete list of participating designers from both teams over at the Stampendous Blog!

Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Chilly Days!

The weather has turned chilly here in the last few days, but we can't really complain, after all, it is January! 

The Stampendous Design Team members are sharing our "Snow Wonderful" creations this week.  Last week I shared an ATC (Artist Trading Card) I had made for the ATC group I belong to that had a "Tiles" theme.  This week I'm showing you an ATC I created for our December theme of "Glitter".  It features the the beautiful Snowflake Cascade (FMS4042) stencil with a sentiment from the Holiday Expressions (SSC1231) set.


"Chilly Days!"
Stampendous:
FMS4042 Snowflake Cascade Metal Stencil
SSC1231 Holiday Expressions 
MG09 China Blue Micro Glitter
MG01 Crystal Micro Glitter
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Acrylic Handle
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Plus:
Royal Blue Cardstock
VersaMark Ink
Double sided adhesive sheet
Soft brush
Foam Tape

Instructions:
Step 1:  Cut a 2 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of royal blue cardstock, adhere a 2 1/4" x  3 1/4" piece of double sided adhesive to the blue paper
Step 2:  Place the snowflake stencil face down on a paper towel or craft mat and pat the back with VersaMark ink
Step 3: Remove the release paper from the blue paper and place the stencil ink side down on the sticky paper, use the release paper to press the stencil firmly to the sticky surface
Step 4:  Sprinkle China Blue micro glitter over the openings of the stencil and rub in with your finger or a piece of release paper, tap off all extra, brush off excess glitter with a soft brush
Step 5:  Turn the glittered piece face down on a paper towel and carefully pull the glittered image off the stencil, keeping the stencil flat on the table
Step 6:  Sprinkle the background with the Crystal micro glitter, rub gently, tap off extra
Step 7:  Stamp the sentiment, mount on a matching blue mat and add to the Snowflakes using foam tape
Step 8:  Adhere a piece of cardstock to the back with your ATC information!



Go to the Stampendous Blog for more samples.

Happy Creating,
Louise

Monday, January 9, 2017

Winter Fun!

Winter has arrived in southern Ohio. The temperatures have dropped and we definitely need our winter jackets and gloves now! But with the cold weather comes the opportunity to enjoy a fun winter past time, ice skating!  

Our Stampendous theme of "Snow Wonderful" this week, immediately made me think of this fun card I made for our catalog. It's quick and easy to make and perfect for winter birthdays!


Supplies:

Stampendous:
GL220U Crystal Glitter

Dreamweaver:
DWDGWP Glossy White Embossing Paste
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

Plus:
My Color Cardstock - Spearmint
Graphic 45 Yuletide Greetings 4501188
Copic Marker BG72
Removable Tape
Creative Impressions 1/4" Lt Silver Gray Glimmer Ribbon 70267
Beacon Adhesives FabriTac
Foam Tape

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Spearmint cardstock in half to form a top fold A2 card
Step 2: Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of the Graphic 45 paper, edge with BG72, adhere to the card front
Step 3:  Tape the Skates stencil to a 2 3/4" x 3 3/4" piece of the Graphic 45 paper with removable tape
Step 4:  Use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Glossy White Embossing Paste over the design, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning later, sprinkle the wet paste with Crystal Glitter, tap off extra, let paste dry
Step 5: When the paste is dry, use the BG72 marker to edge the Skates piece, then adhere to a 3" x 4" mat of Spearmint
Step 6: Use foam tape to add theSkates to the card front, setting them at an angle
Step 7:  Use a FabriTac to attach a piece of silver ribbon near the bottom of the card, tie a small matching bow and use the FabriTac to add the bow

Head over to the Stampendous Blog for more "Snow Wonderful" ideas!

Happy Creating,
Louise

Friday, January 6, 2017

Sunny Tile ATC

To start 2017, the Stampendous Design Team is sharing some of our creations from the wonderful line of mosaic stamps released in October. This is my creation using the beautiful Sunny Tile stamp.

Sunny Tile ATC
Stampendous:
CRW178 Cling Sunny Tile Stamp
FREG004 Deep Impressions Chunky Embossing Enamels
Embossing Powders - Red, Yellow, Orange, Purple, Green
Acrylic Handle

Plus:
Chipboard 2 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Versafine Onyx Black Ink
Pancake Griddle

Instructions:
Step 1:  Heat an electric pancake griddle to 350 degrees, place a small non-stick craft mat on the griddle
Step 2:  Place the chipboard piece on the craft mat and cover the surface with Clear Deep Impressions embossing enamel, cover with a glass cover so you can see it melting
Step 3: Sprinkle the melting enamel with various colors of embossing power and continue to melt
Step 4:  Ink the Sunny Tile stamp with Versafine Onyx Black ink and set aside
Step 5:  When the powders are melted, carefully remove the craft mat with the chipboard and stamp the Sunny Tile image into the hot powders, let cool slightly, then carefully remove the stamp, let enamel cool and harden
Step 6:  Use a craft knife to trim edges, smooth the edges by gently pressing them on the hot griddle
Step 7:  See complete instructions in Fran's book "Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z"
Step 8:  Adhere a piece of cardstock to the back with your ATC information!

Here are some close ups for a better view of the depth you can achieve:



Go to the Stampendous Blog for more samples.

Happy Creating,
Louise