Thursday, March 31, 2016

Mice Job!

Wait!!! March is over! When did that happen!  It seems like time flies by faster and faster every year. The good news is this means winter is pretty much over and spring is growing strong!

On the Stampendous Design Team we are already thinking about the holiday designs we will be creating soon for our July Catalog!!! But enough time for that, this week, and next week, we are featuring the House Mouse & Friends stamps combined with one of our stencils to create lots of fun cards and projects for you. 

This hop is based on the House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog. So for you to be entered to win you must play in the challenge. No commenting is considered an entry to win prizes. 



Prizes
Three entries from the House-Mouse and Friends Linky gallery, chosen at random, will win 1-House-Mouse Designs® Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp, 1 – Large Dreamweaver Stencils Background Stencil, and 1 – Jar of Embossing Paste. This contest is open to everyone!!

Design teams from the following groups are creating projects and posting on their blogs during the challenge period.


House-Mouse and Friends Monday Blog Challenge

Woodware Craft Collection Stockist (UK distributor) website

Woodware Blog

The Stencil Specialists (AUS distributor)

The Stencil Specialists Blog 

Today I've combined the Handstand Cling Stamp (HMCH03) with the fun Opto Checkerboard Stencil (DWLJ915)  on this card:



Stampendous:
HMCH03 Handstand Cling Stamp
SSC1216 Beary Mice Perfectly Clear Set
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Acrylic Handle
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Dreamweaver:
DWLJ915 Opto Checkerboard Stencil

Plus:
My Colors Cardstock - Grasshopper, Cafe Ole
Copic Sketch Markers - W0, W2, W4, E42, E93, B60, YG03
Memento New Sprout Ink
Rubber Embossing Mat
Die Cut Machine
Foam tape
Buttons Galore
Craft and Mini Glue Dots
May Arts Ribbon

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of green cardstock in half to form an A2 card
Step 2:  Place the Opto Checkerboard stencil on the big platform of the die cut machine, spritz a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of white cardstock with a fine mist of water and lay the paper on the stencil, place the rubber embossing mat on the paper, then 2 new cutting plates and run the stack through the machine
Step 3: Remove the stencil, swipe the New Sprout ink pad over the embossed image until you get the amount of color you want, trim to right along the design on all sides
Step 4:  Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of brown cardstock and adhere the embossed Opto Checkerboard to the mat then to the card front
Step 5:  Stamp the saying on a 1/2" x 1 3/8" piece of white cardstock, swipe the edges with the New Sprout ink, mat on a 5/8" x 1 1/2" piece of brown
Step 6: Stamp the mouse image on a 2 3/8" x 3" piece of white, and color with Copic markers
Step 7:  Cut a  2 1/2" x 3 1/8" piece of brown cardstock and adhere the mouse image to the mat
Step 8: Use Glue Dots to attach a brown ribbon across the card about an inch up from the bottom
Step 9: Use foam tape to attach the mouse image, and then adhere the saying to the corner of the mouse
Step 10:  Thread white floss through two green buttons and attach them to either side of the mouse along the ribbon using Mini Glue Dots

There are lots more great House Mouse & Friends designs on these blogs today:



Louise Healy


Enter your challenge project on the House-Mouse and Friends blog post for HMFMC #215 Use Stencils HERE!

Happy Creating,
Louise

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Sending Mice Wishes!

For the next two weeks the Stampendous Design Team is sharing the sweet designs from House Mouse and Friends. These great designs are perfect for so many different occasions and pair perfectly with a background created from stencils! That was part of our challenge, to pair a House Mouse design with one of our stencil designs.

This hop is based on the House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog. So for you to be entered to win you must play in the challenge. No commenting is considered an entry to win prizes. 



Prizes
Three entries from the House-Mouse and Friends Linky gallery, chosen at random, will win 1-House-Mouse Designs® Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp, 1 – Large Dreamweaver Stencils Background Stencil, and 1 – Jar of Embossing Paste. This contest is open to everyone!!

Design teams from the following groups are creating projects and posting on their blogs during the challenge period.

House-Mouse and Friends Monday Blog Challenge

Woodware Craft Collection Stockist (UK distributor) website

Woodware Blog

The Stencil Specialists (AUS distributor)

The Stencil Specialists Blog 

Today I'm showing you the HMCV29 Classified Ad Cling Stamp paired with DWLJ801 Paint Splats Stencil from the Dreamweaver line.



Stampendous:
HMCV29 Classified Ad Cling Stamp
SSC1216 Beary Mice Perfectly Clear Set
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Acrylic Handle
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
DCP1005 Fitted Frames A Die Cuts - E

Dreamweaver:
DWLJ801 Paint Splats Stencil
DWNHB-12 1/2" Brush #12 Natural Handle
DWGHB-6 1/4" Brush #6 Gold Handle

Plus:
My Colors Cardstock - Cafe Ole
Bazzill Cardstock - Chiffon
Copic Sketch Markers - W0, W1, 0, E31, E33, E37, E42, E51, E93, Y0000, Y26, B0000
Brilliance Ink - Pearlescent Chocolate, Graphite Black, Pearlescent Beige, Sunflower Yellow
Zutter 1/2" Corner Rounder
Rubber Embossing Mat
Die Cut Machine
Foam tape

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 6" x 9 1/2" piece of Chiffon cardstock in half to form an A6 card, brush the edges with brown ink using a 1/2" stencil brush
Step 2:  Place the Splats stencil on the big platform of the die cut machine, spritz a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of white cardstock with a fine mist of water and lay the paper on the stencil, place the rubber embossing mat on the paper, then 2 new cutting plates and run the stack through the machine
Step 3: Keep the stencil over the embossed image and use a 1/2" stencil brush to the brown ink over the whole design, use a 1/4" brush to add a little black 
Step 4:  Remove the stencil and use a 1/2" brush to add some beige and yellow ink in the background, round the corners and add more brown around the edges
Step 5:  Stamp the saying on the smaller white die cut frame by first inking the "Sending" and stamping that, clean the stamp, ink the "Mice Wishes" and stamp below the "Sending", mat on the matching brown die cut frame
Step 6: Stamp the mouse image on a 2 1/2" x 3 1/4" piece of white, and color with Copic markers, round the corners, run black around the edge
Step 7:  Cut a  2 3/4" x 3 1/2" piece of brown cardstock and round the corners, adhere the mouse image to the mat
Step 8: Adhere the Splat background to the card front, then the mouse image at an angle
Step 9: Use foam tape to attach the saying

Today's list:


Louise Healy


Enter your challenge project on the House-Mouse and Friends blog post for HMFMC #215 Use Stencils! HERE

Happy Creating,
Louise

Monday, March 28, 2016

Jelly Bean Thief

For the next two weeks the Stampendous Design Team is sharing the sweet designs from House Mouse and Friends. These great designs are perfect for so many different occasions and pair perfectly with a background created from stencils! That was part of our challenge, to pair a House Mouse design with one of our stencil designs.


This hop is based on the House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge Blog. So for you to be entered to win you must play in the challenge. No commenting is considered an entry to win prizes. 

Design teams from the following groups are creating projects and posting on their blogs during the challenge period.
House-Mouse and Friends Monday Blog Challenge Design Team
Stampendous Stamp Design Team
Woodware Craft Connection (UK distributor for Stampendous)
The Stencil Specialists (Australia distributor for Stampendous)



Prizes
Three entries from the House-Mouse and Friends Linky gallery, chosen at random, will win 1-House-Mouse Designs® Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp, 1 – Large Dreamweaver Stencils Background Stencil, and 1 – Jar of Embossing Paste. This contest is open to everyone!!

Enter your challenge project on the House-Mouse and Friends blog post for HMFMC #215 Use Stencils!

House-Mouse and Friends Monday Blog Challenge

Woodware Craft Collection Stockist (UK distributor) website

Woodware Blog

The Stencil Specialists (AUS distributor)

The Stencil Specialists Blog 

Today I'm showing you the HMCF02 Jelly Bean Thief Cling Stamp . This little guy reminds me of when I was little and my older sisters would steal my jelly beans after Easter!



I know, I know, it doesn't have a stencil, but it was so perfect for the day after Easter that I just had to share it with you. My next three posts will all have House Mouse designs and stencils, I promise!

Supplies
Stampendous
HMF02 Jelly Bean Thief
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®Acrylic Handle

Plus
Bazzill Basics cardstock 
Copic Sketch Markers - Y02, Y17, YR000, YG03, G14, RV42, R85, T2, C1, E37, E53, E93, 0
Double-sided tape
Foam tape
Buttons
Glue Dots
May Arts ribbon
Tonic Ticket Corner Punch


Instructions

Step 1:  Fold a 4 1/4" x 8 1/2" piece of brown cardstock in half to form a top fold square card

Step 2:  Stamp the Jelly Bean Thief on a 2 1/2" x 2 1/2" piece of Mixed Media White Paper with Memento Tuxedo Black and color with Copic markers

Step 3:   Cut a 2 3/4" x 2 3/4" green mat and a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" pink mat

Step 4:  Use a ticket corner punch to punch the corners of the pink, green, and stamped layers

Step 5:  Adhere a 1" x 4 1/4" piece of yellow cardstock near the bottom edge of the card front

Step 6:  Adhere the pink mat over the yellow strip, adhere the stamped image to the green mat and use foam tape to add it to the pink mat

Step 7:  Use Glue Dots to add pink and green buttons to the bottom corners of the pink mat

Step 8:  Tie a small bow and add to the bottom edge of the stamped image with a Glue Dot

Today's list:
Louise Healy


Happy Creating,
Louise

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Embossing A to Z!

This week the Stampendous Design Team is bringing you more great samples using techniques from Fran's new book!

Fran Seiford presents 35 years of experience with embossing powder to create a book featuring Techniques from A to Z. You’ll learn new and innovative techniques as well as brush up on the basics. Full color illustrations, printed in the USA. 104 pages.

Here's what I created using Technique Y, the two embossed panels were done with the version on pages 82-83


"Serenity"

This was so much fun to create! Of course, crafting is always more fun when you are with a group of great crafting buddies. Here we are at my house this weekend working on this technique!


Melting party! See Fran's book there on the table. They all want one now!
I forgot to take a picture of just the panels, but here they are on the canvas before framing:



The powders I used were the Chunky Clear Deep Impression embossing enamel Frantage shabby blue (top), aged ivory (middle), shabby green (bottom). The stamps are from CRS7005 Cling The Look (feather), and ASCRS04 Curiosity
(Antiques and words). They were inked with Archival Watering Can Ink before stamping.



The 5" x 7" canvas was painted with DecoArt media fluid acrylics Titan Buff, dried, swiped with a little Archival French Ultramarine Ink, then stamped in opposite corners with the peeling paint stamp from ASCRS06 Toxic using the Watering Can ink stamped off first. The cut up jute at the bottom was pressed into some Regular Embossing Paste tinted with a couple of drops of Titan Buff, and the panels were attached to the canvas using the Regular Embossing Paste as a "glue".


Another great addition to my craft room!
The frame is a black frame wiped with some Titan Buff, let dry just a minute, wipe some off,
then heated to dry completely

Here's Fran;s video:

And a review from the Frugal Crafter

See the Stampendous Blog for a list of today's designers.

Happy Creating,
Louise

Friday, March 18, 2016

Stampendous and Deflecto Blog Hop Finale!


Stampendous and Deflecto have paired up this week to "Welcome Spring"! Our teams have been sharing lots of creative ways to use these two great lines together, so we hope you will stop by each designer's blog to see our creations!

Where there's a Hop there are PRIZES! Check out our wonderful package of goodies.



CRS5087_DCS5087_SSH57
CRS5087 Cling Woodland Friends Rubber Stamp Set, DCS5097 Woodland Friends Die SetSSH57 Jumbo Perfectly Clear Acrylic Stamp Handle

Deflecto Craft is also having a prize drawing so be sure to stop by the Deflecto BlogDeflecto graciously provided each designer with two of their great frames, and a storage spinner that is awesome! Thanks for stopping by this week to see our creations!
On Wednesday, I showed you a peek at the spinner container Deflecto sent each of us.

The spinner has 6 small containers and 3 large ones
Here's how it looks now!

A fun, easy project and it looks completely different!
Using and ink blusher, I applied layers of StazOn inks

The orange ones used Orange Zest, St. Valentine, Claret, and Spiced Chai
The green ones used Cactus Green, Emerald City and Spiced Chai

The bunnies and grass are part of Cling Backyard Bunnies, CRS5085
The bunnies were stamped with Spiced Chai, the grass with Emerald City

Don't forget to color the base too!


I have beads, buttons and small embellishments in the smaller containers

The large containers are perfect for ribbon pieces 
We hope you've enjoyed our creations this week! Here's our list of designers for today:
Louise Healy


Happy Creating,
Louise

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Deflecto has provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.

Where to buy deflecto: Deflecto products are available through local art, craft and educational stores, in addition to online retailers such as Amazon.
Deflecto Blog 
Deflecto Website 
Deflecto Facebook 
Deflecto Pinterest

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Decorative Storage


Stampendous and Deflecto have paired up this week to "Welcome Spring"! Our teams have been sharing lots of creative ways to use these two great lines together, so we hope you will stop by each day to see our creations!

Where there's a Hop there are PRIZES! Check out our wonderful package of goodies.





CRS5087_DCS5087_SSH57
CRS5087 Cling Woodland Friends Rubber Stamp Set, DCS5097 Woodland Friends Die SetSSH57 Jumbo Perfectly Clear Acrylic Stamp Handle

Deflecto Craft is also having a prize drawing so be sure to stop by their blog


Deflecto graciously provided each designer with two of their great frames, and a storage spinner that is awesome! Keep stopping by to see what we create with them each day.

Today I am sharing another great Deflecto frame. This one has a black edge all around the frame to really set off whatever you put in the opening. Yesterday I shared three of my favorite spring flowers and today I'm sharing another, a species peony. If you know about peonies, you probably think of the huge double peonies that bloom around Memorial Day, but a species peony has huge beautiful single petals and gorgeous yellow centers.  I love them!
"Spring Beauties"

  • Tape the Tall Daisies Stencil (DWLL549) to one side of the frame with removable tape
  • Use a palette knife to apply Regular Embossing Paste, remove and clean the stencil, let paste dry
  • Flip the stencil over the opposite direction and tape to the other edge of the frame
  • Paste the flower on that side and let dry
  • Place the clean dry stencil back over the dry paste and use 1/4" stencil brushes to apply Radiant Neon inks to the pasted flower (use the Picasso Stencil DWLL332 to keep colors clean)
  • Use a palette knife to apply some Matte Black Embossing Paste along the bottom edge of the frame, sprinkle the wet paste with aged spice embossing enamel, heat set



Here are more designer's ideas:




Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Deflecto has provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.
Where to buy deflecto: Deflecto products are available through local art, craft and educational stores, in addition to online retailers such as Amazon.

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Welcome Spring!


Stampendous and Deflecto have paired up this week to "Welcome Spring"! Our teams will be sharing lots of creative ways to use these two great lines together, so we hope you will stop by each day to see our creations!

Where there's a Hop there are PRIZES! Check out our wonderful package of goodies.




CRS5087_DCS5087_SSH57
CRS5087 Cling Woodland Friends Rubber Stamp Set, DCS5097 Woodland Friends Die SetSSH57 Jumbo Perfectly Clear Acrylic Stamp Handle

Deflecto Craft is also having a prize drawing so be sure to stop by their blog
Deflecto graciously provided each designer with two of their great frames, and a storage spinner that is awesome! Keep stopping by to see what we create with them each day.

I just love Spring, longer days, warmer weather, nature coming alive!
Last week my Snowdrops made their appearance, a sure sign of Spring!

Then these sweet little Crocus appeared!
But one of my favorite stages of Spring is when the Daffodils start making an appearance. Then you really know it's Spring!

Today I am using one of the 5" x 7" craft frames I received to display some photos I took of my Daffodils last year (they're not quite blooming yet this year). I like that you can easily switch the placement of the pegs to have either a horizontal or vertical frame.


"Welcome Spring!"
The frame comes apart quickly by unscrewing the silver pegs. It makes it super easy to decorate. I used two other signs of spring on my frame front: the sweet Bird on the Branch Stencil (DWLS94) and the beautiful Nest Flourish Stencil (DWLL587).

  • Simply tape the stencils to the frame front with removable tape
  • Use a palette knife to apply Matte Black Embossing Paste (DWDMBP) over the designs
  • Remove the stencils, place in water for cleaning
  • let the paste dry, so easy!

Nest Flourish Stencil

Bird on the Branch Stencil
Another great addition to my Craft Room!


See that great accessory container to the side of my frame? It's from Deflecto too. Be sure to come back on Friday to see how it's changed! Tomorrow I'll be sharing my other frame with another of my favorite Spring flowers.

For more great ideas on using the Deflecto frames, hop over to these blogs:

Louise Healy


Happy Creating,
Louise

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post. Deflecto has provided product in exchange for my creative ideas, views and opinions.
Where to buy Deflecto: Deflecto products are available through local art, craft and educational stores, in addition to online retailers such as Amazon.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Andy Skinner Stamps and DecoArt Blog Hop Finale!

Stampendous and Media March 2016 Blog Hop-01

What an incredible week this has been! 

The Stampendous design team has been playing with our friends at DecoArt. Mixed Media Artist and DecoArt International Education Coordinator Andy Skinner has designed some fantastic stamps for Stampendous, and we’ve been showing them off all week long.  
Andy, along with his team of international mixed media artists including Julia Stratford-Wright, Mark Gould, Mel Hookham, and Jools Robertson have been playing too!

Of course there are PRIZES!
The FABULOUS Prize Package!
You’ll want to get your commenting fingers ready…so put down your paintbrushes! Each comment on a post this week will enter you to win a fabulous prize package! (one comment per post, per person) Contest open to everyone!!

We have THREE packages and each has a Fluid Media Starter Kit, all three of Andy Skinner’s new Stampendous Stamp sets, and a Jumbo Acrylic Handle.

Yesterday I shared a Mixed Media piece with you (click here to see it!). Andy's stamps and the DecoArt products lend themselves perfectly to the Mixed Media style, but sometimes you need to created a quick, fun card with a more "Shabby Chic" look! 
That's the style I'm sharing with you today:

The beautiful Cling Shabby Chic stamp set (ASCRS05) contains 6 great, versatile stamps that can be paired with the background stamps from the Cling Toxic Stamp Set (ASCRS06) as I show here.

The DecoArt MEDIA fluid acrylics are an ideal media to use on our Creative Palette to create backgrounds or an "ink pad".


I mist my Creative Palette with a little water to move the paints more

Drop on your colors, mine were Cadmium Red Hue and Titanium White


Use a brayer to smooth out and blend the colors as much or as little as you want
Place a piece of white mixed media cardstock over the wet paint and immediately peel it back off, transferring most of the paint to the paper.  Use the brayer to spread back out the remaining paint and use it like an ink pad with the stamps you are using. Be sure to was your stamps right after stamping so the paint does not dry on the stamps.






The stamped images and backgrounds were die cut using the Fitted Frames A Cutting Die Set (DCP1005) from Stampendous, size V. Some pretty background paper, a wonder ribbon from May Arts and you have a beautiful card. I think this would be a pretty birthday or shower card.

We have so many great designers sharing today! Here's the list:

Louise Healy

We hope you have enjoyed this week of hopping with us! Hop over to Facebook and LIKE our pages!

Happy Creating,
Louise