Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Pumpkin Cat

It's Pumpkin Pie week for the Stampendous Design Team. No, we're not all making Pumpkin Pies, though that sounds like a great idea!  I like to use the recipe on the Libby's Pumpkin can, it turns out perfect every time. What recipe do you use for your Pumpkin Pie? It's one of my favorites. I even found a recipe on Pinterest for a crust-less one. It was good, but what's the point of pie without the crust!'s my creation for you today. This little black cat looks like he's trying to make Pumpkin Pie out of this Jack-o-lantern!

"Hop on Top!"
R232 Pumpkin Cat
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Bazzill Basics cardstock Palo Verde
Bazzill Basics cardstock Yellow
Neenah Papers Classic Linen Cover Epic Black 80# 08126
Chameleon Color Tones - YL2, YO3, OR4, BR5, GR3, CG8, CB
May Arts Ribbon Black Jute
Double-sided tape


Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of green cardstock in half to form an A7 card

Step 2:  Stamp the Pumpkin Cat image on Mixed Media White Paper and color with Chameleon pens, trim right next to the design background

Step 3:  Tape the yellow paper to a black mat, the colored image to a black mat, then tape the image to the yellow layer

Step 4:  Wrap a piece of black jute around the image 3 times and tie a bow

Step 5:  Tape the image to the card front

This cute stamp makes for a very quick and easy Halloween card.

For more "Pumpkin Pie" inspiration, stop over at these designer's blogs:

Some of our team members will be participating in a Blog Hop with Spellbinders starting tomorrow, you should check it out over at the Stampendous blog tomorrow, there will be prizes!

Happy Creating,

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Distress Dreamweaver Style!

It's Dreamweaver Thursday for the Stampendous Design Team, and we're excited to share some of our ideas for using stencils with all the other wonderful products Stampendous offers to create great distress style projects. DecoArt also generously provided the designers with product to recreate Andy Skinner's wonderful rust technique. See the Stampendous blog from Monday for a great video of Andy's rust technique.

Here's my distress project for today:

Here are some of the supplies I used. 

  • Fold a 6" x 9 1/4" piece of Core'dinations Tea Dye cardstock in half to form an A6 card
  • Brush Quinacridone Gold from DecoArt around the edges of the front of the card, let dry
  • Stamp the scratch pattern from the Andy Skinner Industrial set (ASCRS03) with Titan Buff from DecoArt, let dry
  • Brush a combination of Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, and Dura Clear Ultra Matte Varnish around the card edge, let dry
  • Stamp the rust pattern from the Industrial set with Memento Tuxedo Black on cream cardstock until the piece is mostly covered in the rust pattern
  • Brush a coat of Quinacridone Gold over the stamped rust pattern, let dry
  • Paste the Pumpkin stencil, LL515, on cream cardstock with Regular Embossing Paste, remove stencil and sprinkle the wet paste with aged ochre emobssing enamel, tap off extra and heat set
  • Brush a coat of Quinacridone Gold around the edges of the pumpkins, let dry
  • Brush a combination of Quinacridone Gold, Paynes Grey, and Dura Clear Ultra Matte Varnish around the card edge, let dry
  • Brush a large button with the same combination, sprinkle with some crushed Fran-tage fragments, pat into the varnish, let dry, then brush another coat over the fragments
  • Layer everything together, use a Craft Glue Dot to add the button

Here's the list of today's "distressed" designers:

Happy Creating,

Monday, September 21, 2015

De-stressing with Distress Art!

Welcome to the Stampendous Design Team's Week of Distress!  No, not the bad kind of distress, we're playing with products from Stampendous and Andy Skinner to create some fun Distress Art. There's nothing like playing with art supplies to help me relax. I just love the distressed look on projects, and I love that there are no mistakes in distress projects, you just make it work by adding more layers!  If you really need precision in your creations, this style may not be for you, but you should try it just for the fun of it, you may be pleasantly surprised!

Here my "de-stressing" project for today:

The Stampendous Creative Palette is the perfect way to start a distress project. I used acrylic paints to create various fall backgrounds. I keep a stash of these for when needed, so today I went to my stash and found a piece I could use to stamp and die cut my three oak leaves, CRS5052 Jumbo Leaves and DCS5068 Leaf Die Cut Set.

The background is a piece of green mat board left over from a framing project, distressed with a little red and brown inks, and stamped multiple times with the peeled paint background stamp from Andy Skinner's Industrial set, ASCRS03 in Memento Tuxedo Black.  The final touch was some Spoonful of Rust from Stampendous sprinkled in two corners and heated from below. This takes a little more time because you are heating through mat board.

The middle layer is a piece of Mixed Media White Paper from Stampendous, rouged with various colors of Brilliance and Memento inks (Rust, Rocket Red, Sunflower Yellow, Olive, Ivy, Rich Cocoa and Tuxedo Black). Heat set the inks and sprinkle with the Spoonful of Rust and heat set from below.

The molten looking element under the Autumn layer is from a "mistake" I made when pasting the word Autumn the first time, sprinkling it with aged wine embossing enamel and heating it. The paste had bled under the stencil a little (ok, a lot), but I thought the powder would hide it, it didn't so I scraped it off, but I loved how it looked, so it became an embellishment! Here's a close up:

Paste emboss the Dreamweaver Autumn stencil with Matte Black Embossing Paste on a scrap piece of left over paper from the leaves, let dry or use a heat tool, but be careful or it will bubble.

Layer it all up using glue to hold everything in place, and put it in a pretty frame. I had a lot of fun making this piece, and love that everything can be fixed when you're distressing it anyway!

Today's "distressed" designers are:

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Stampendous and Tombow Hop!

The final day of the Stampendous and Tombow Blog Hop is here. It's been a fun-filled hop full of great ideas with products from two great companies! We hope you've had as much fun as we have. Prizes
There will be 2 prize packages that include:
To win:
  • Have a US Mailing Address
  • “Like” TombowUSA on Facebook and Stampendous on Facebook
  • Follow @tombowusa and @stampendous on Instagram
  • Follow @tombowusa and @Stampendous
  • Follow Tombow USA and Stampendous on Pinterest
  • And comment on all the blog posts from both teams all week. Including our pre-game posts Mon-Thurs and our Weekend hop Fri-Sun.
  • We’ll give you until Tuesday, September 22 to get all those great comments in, then we’ll choose 2 winners on Sept 23rd.
Be sure to comment and tell us where you’re from, because our Australian Distributor The Stencil Specialists are 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

For today I've been working with the FABULOUS Tombow Recycled color pencils set that Tombow so generously provided for each designer! The colors are wonderful, and they are easy to work with too!

This beautiful stamp is CRR236, Cling Crystal Angel, from Stampendous. Isn't she lovely!

  • Stamp with Memento Tuxedo Black
  • Add some color along the edges of the image and in the corners of the background with the Recycled colored pencils from Tombow USA
  • Use Odorless Mineral Spirits and a blending stump to blend the colors
  • Use a dries clear liquid glue to add some Ultrafine Crystal Glitter to the snowflake and corners
  • Stamp the saying from SSC1231, Holiday Expressions and add color to the edges
  • Mount into a beautiful card
It's as simple as that! Here are the colors of pencils I used: 13 Light Blue, 16 Ultramarine, 05 Yellow Ochre, 31 Brown, 29 Light Orange, 22 Pink, 35 Silver, 34 Gray. For a little more detail, here's a close up:

Check out these other designers final blogs:
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Dreamweaver Angel

I'm breaking away from the weekly theme today for Dreamweaver Thursday. This easy and quick card is perfect for the holidays when you need to keep things simple.  The color is very non-traditional, but I love how she sparkles!

GX220U Ultrafine Crystal Glitter

DWLL578 Standing Angel
DWDSP Silver Embossing Paste
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

May Arts Ribbon
Bazzill Basics cardstock Mauve
Neenah Papers Classic Crest Cover Solar White 80#
Double-sided tape


Step 1:  Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" Mauve cardstock in half to form an A2 top-fold card

Step 2:  Tape a 2 7/8" x 3 7/8" piece of Solar White cardstock to the front of the card

Step 3:  Paste emboss the Angel stencil on Mauve cardstock with Silver Embossing Paste using a Palette Knife and Paste Spreader, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning

Step 4:  Sprinkle the wet paste with Ultrafine Crystal Glitter, tap off extra, let paste dry

Step 5:  Tape the Glittered Angel layer to the white mat on the front of the card

Step 6:  Tie a piece of grey and white ribbon around the front of the card and tie in a bow

Here are the team members sharing today:
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Get Ready to Hop!

The Stampendous Design Team is excited to announce that we will be hopping with the team from Tombow USA in a Blog Hop this weekend! You won't want to miss a day of it!

To kick things off, the Stampendous Design Team is sharing some creations made with the wonderful products Tombow so generously shared with us.

Today I'm showing you a quick and easy technique, perfect for Halloween.

This technique is sometimes called the Subtractive Eraser Technique, and sometimes you'll see it referred to as Pencil Magic. It only requires these simple tools:

  • Simply rub the Tombow Homo-Graph 2B pencil on sand paper (or an emory board) and collect the "dust" on a small piece of wax paper
  • Pick up the shavings with a foam applicator and rub it over white cardstock,  shave more as you need it to fill the cardstock
  • Place your stencil where you want it, hold it in place or use a little removable tape to keep it in place, and use the MONO NP Eraser to rub away the pencil from the stencil openings.  This eraser works perfectly, plus they have a tiny eraser, the MONO zero, that is AWESOME!
see how much detail you can get!
  • I did a second stencil too

That's it! Mount it onto a great card and you're finished. Here's a close up:

Stampendous has a great video on this technique, here's the link for the Pencil Magic video.

So check out some other Pre-hop ideas with these designers today!

Happy Creating,

Friday, September 11, 2015

More Create Christmas Ideas!

Well this is our last day of the Stampendous Design Team Create Christmas theme. We hope you've enjoyed seeing the many ideas our team has presented (get it! kind of like a PRESENT!) with this wonderful stamp/die set.

Today I'm showing you a fun winter scene using the tree and cardinal from the Cling Create Christmas set (CRS5080), and the perfect matching saying from the Holiday Expressions set (SSC1231).

"Winter Wishes to You and Yours!"
It looks like a lot of work, but it really is pretty easy!

  • Stamp the tree on green patterned paper with VersaFine Olympia Green
  • Place the mask (it comes with the stamp set) over the tree and stamp a second tree to the right side
  • Use an ink blusher to add some Olympia Green to the two trees, you can use the tree stencil (also in the set) to help with color placement if needed
  • Ink the pine branch stamp with green and add boughs to the trees
  • Cut out the two trees together (can't use the die on this) (alternative would be to stamp two separate trees, die cut them, and place one slightly behind the other)
  • Stamp just the top part of  the tree for a third tree that will go behind the two
  • Stamp 3 cardinals on red paper and use the matching die (from Create Christmas Die Cut Set DCS5080) to cut them out
  • Use a darker red marker to give them a little shading
  • Fold a 7" x 10" piece of red cardstock in half to form an A7 card
  • Adhere a piece of decorative background paper to the front
  • Stamp the saying, rouge a little green around the edges, and mount on a small red mat
  • Figure out the placement of all the pieces
  • Adhere the saying first
  • Adhere the back tree (the small third tree piece)
  • Put foam tape on the back of the two trees and put on the card
  • Adhere the cardinals
  • Use a palette knife and paint brush to apply Regular Embossing Paste along the bottom of the trees and the ends of the boughs, sprinkle wet paste with Crystal Snow glitter (GX900U) from Stampendous
  • Let dry thoroughly
Here are some close ups to help you see the great texture you can create:

Don't miss more great Create Christmas ideas from today's designers:

Happy Creating,

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Create Christmas Dreamweaver Style!

Today is Dreamweaver Thursday for the Stampdenous Design Team. Our theme this week has been "Create Christmas" featuring our new stamp set CRS5080 Create Christmas, but what better way to "Create Christmas" than with this beautiful Joseph and Mary stencil (DWLL3019) from Dreamweaver at Stampendous!

Joyful, joyful

SSC1233 Joyful Phrases Perfectly Clear Stamps™
SSH38 Small Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Handle
SSH57 Jumbo Perfectly Clear Acrylic Handle

DWL3019 Joseph and Mary Stencil
DWDGP Gold Embossing Paste
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper® Chocolate
Neenah Papers Classic Crest Cover Classic Cream 80# 04594
Memento Ink Desert Sand, Rich Cocoa
Ink blusher
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives

  1. Step 1:  Fold a  4 1/4" x 11" piece of cream cardstock in half to form an A2  top fold card
  2.  Step 2:  Tape a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of chocolate brown to the front of the card
  3.  Step 3:  Use the Jumbo Acrylic Handle to create a collage of the sayings from the Joyful Phrases set, ink with Desert Sand and stamp on a  4" x 5 1/4" piece of cream cardstock, repeat on a smaller  1 1/4" x 1 1/2" piece, then stamp the Joyful, Joyful saying with Rich Cocoa ink on the smaller piece
  4. Step 4:  Use an ink blusher to rouge a little Desert Sand ink around the edges of the background and saying
  5.  Step 5:  Tape the stencil over the stamped background (near the bottom) and apply Gold Embossing Paste using a Palette Knife and Paste Spreader, remove and clean the stencil, let paste dry
  6.  Step 6:  Attach the pasted layer to the card front
  7.  Step 7:  Mount the saying to a dark brown mat, then to the front of the card toward the upper right side
For more Create Christmas ideas stop over at these designer's blogs:

Happy Creating,

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Create Christmas

The Stampdendous Design Team is featuring our new Create Christmas (CRS5080) stamp set and matching dies (DCS5080) this week for you. It makes a fabulous pop-up card, but looks wonderful no matter how you choose to use it. And who doesn't love coloring!
Cling Create Christmas Set
CRS5080 Create Christmas
DCS5080 Create Christmas Die Cut Set 
These fun cards are sure to WOW everyone you send them to this Christmas! Today I have a pop-up card to share with you. This is the first time I've gotten to use the wonderful Stampendous Build A Pop Up Die Set. There are great instructions in the package and some videos over at the Stampendous You Tube channel. The possibilities are endless with these pop ups, and it's easy to keep adding more things to it, but it can be kept simple too. I really got into this, so mine is a little more work than you really need to do but that's what I love about these, add as much or as little as you want or have time for!
DCP1001 Build A Pop Up Die Set
Of course, you don't want to forget your outside too, because that's the first thing they see when they take it out of the envelop. Here's the front of my pop up card:

Christmas Greetings Pop Up Card

Instructions for the front:
  • Cut a piece of double-sided cardstock to 4 1/4" x 11", score it at 5 1/2" and fold it in half (I ran a green marker around the edge to give it a more finished look)
  • Cut a another piece of that same cardstock (or another coordinating pattern) to 3 3/4" x 5", edge with the marker and adhere it to the front of the card
  • Cut a coordinating piece of paper 3 1/4" x 3 1/4", edge with marker, adhere to card front near the top
  • Stamp the Christmas Greetings from the Holiday Expressions set (SSC1231) on white cardstock, die cut with the smallest frame from the pop up die set, color the edges lightly (Copic Y00, Y21), cut a coordinating mat from the cardstock used last with the next larger frame, edge with marker and adhere the sentiment to the mat and then to the front of the card
  • To create the "wreath",  cut a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Mixed Media White paper, think of it as a compass, the top is North, the bottom South, etc,  place the pine bough stamp (see it in the upper right corner of the set above) on an acrylic handle, ink with Memento Tuxedo Black, stamp it with the narrow end of the bough towards the center and the ends facing North, re-ink and stamp with the bough ends facing South, then East, then West, then NE, SE, SW, NW, you get it, we're forming a circle or wreath of boughs
  • Color the wreath, I used Copic YG03, YG17, YG67, be sure to color past the ends of the boughs, cut it out with an irregular edge, edge with the darkest green marker
  • Die cut two bows from the Create Christmas die set from the red paper (I used the same paper as my mat), edge with the dark green marker, use a mini Glue Dot or a small dot of glue to attach the two bows to each other, then to the wreath, do NOT add the wreath to the card yet

Now for the inside:

  • Cut a piece of cardstock 4" x 10 3/4", don't score it, just match up the corners and gently pinch each side to mark the center of each side
  • Place the cardstock face up (the side you want for the inside of your card) on a cutting plate on your magnetic platform for the die cut machine (or a regular platform works too!), place the pop up die so the bottom score bars match up to your little pinch marks on the sides, cover with the other cutting plate and feed through the machine
  • I used one of the edge cutters to cut a decorative edge on the bottom edge of my inside, plus I cut a "tree skirt" from another decorative paper, the instructions explain how to do this
  • Stamp the tree on white cardstock with Memento Tuxedo Black, stamp some boughs on it too if you want, I like how they added texture to the tree, color with Copics or whatever you choose
  • Stamp the ornament garland twice, color, stamp the star, color (Y13, Y35, Y26)
  • Die cut the tree, ornaments and star, also, use white cardstock and die cut four strands of popcorn, color all the edges of the die cut pieces if necessary, (on the popcorn I used Y00, and Y21)
  • Die cut a "tree stand" out of dark brown cardstock using the die that looks like a squat vase
  • Adhere the tree stand to the center bottom pop out by putting some glue on the pop out, not the tree stand
  • I assembled everything on the tree before attaching it to the card tabs, the popcorn was put on with glue, the ornaments have small piece of foam tape behind each ornament but the ends of the boughs are glued to the tree, the star is glued near the top, it's important the the star is not too high or it will stick over the top of the card when it is close, test it before attaching it
  • To place the tree, I put the tree face down on the side of the card that doesn't have the tabs, so I new the star was not too high, added glue to the top of the tree stand, and to the middle tab of the card, closed the card carefully and pressed it in place, opened it, adjusted a little for straightness (the advantage of liquid glue!) and let it dry
  • Ink the edges of your tree skirt, add adhesive, and slip it into place under the tree
  • I wanted to put a little something over the tab areas I wasn't using, so I stamped the Dear Santa sentiment from the Holiday Expressions set (SSC1231) , die cut it with a frame from the pop up set, and die cut a matching mat, added a little color (Y00, Y21), edged the mat with Y67, used foam tape to add the matted sentiment to the background
  • Ok, here's where I got a little carried away...another wreath like the outside would be too big, so what else could I do...hmmm...a holly wreath of course! The Holiday Expressions set has the perfect little holly stamp, so I stamped it seven times, colored them all, cut them out (no die for this one!), punched a 1/2" circle to match the background paper and use as my form, and glued the little holly sprigs around the circle to form a small wreath, die cut one more bow, cut the tail off about half way and shaped it into a second tail, edged with green, and attached the bow to the holly wreath with a glue dot, used foam tape to add the wreath to the background
Here are a few close ups to help you see the details:

This was a blast, and I can hardly wait to try it again in other color schemes and papers. I've already decided while I was writing this that I'm going to get some little red gems to add to the outside wreath! I hope you've been enjoying our Create Christmas week. Check back each day for more ideas for this fun set.

More creative ideas are waiting for you at these designer's blogs:

Happy Creating,

Friday, September 4, 2015

Christmas Greetings!

Here's another cute little all-in-one stamp from the Stampendous July 2015 catalog. This sweet little Robin  is bringing Christmas Greetings to all in a quick, adorable card!

W160 Robin Greetings
W160 Robin Greetings
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper

LJ891 Holly Swirls

Neenah Papers Classic Crest Cover Solar White 80#
Neenah Papers Classic Linen Cover Red Pepper 80#
Chameleon Color Tones - RD4, YG3, CG8, BL3, NU1, BR5, YO3, YL2, CB, BK4
1/4" stencil brush
Brilliance Ink Thyme
May Arts Ribbon
Beacon Adhesive Fabri-Tac
Zutter 1/2" corner rounder
Double-sided tape
Foam Tape


Step 1:  Fold a 5" x 10" piece of red cardstock in half to form a square card top fold card, round the corners

Step 2:  Lay the Holly Swirls stencil on a 2 1/2" x 5" piece of white paper  and use a 1/4" stencil brush to stencil Thyme ink over the design, remove the stencil, round the corners and brush more ink over the background

Step 3:  Stamp the Robin Greetings image on Mixed Media White Paper (4" x 4") and color with Chameleon pens, trim around the image and edge with the black marker

Step 4:  Cut another piece of white paper 3 1/2" x 3 1/2", round the corners, use the Chameleon BL3 and CB pens to color around the outside edges, edge with black, mat on a 3 3/4" x 3 3/4" red mat that had been edged in black

Step 5:  Tape the holly background to the top edge of the card

Step 6:  Use Fabri-Tac to add the ribbon around the middle of the card

Step 7:  Use foam tape to add the Robin to the card

The list of today's "All in One" participating designers:

Happy Creating,

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Holiday Greetings

Welcome to Dreamweaver Thursday at Stampendous.  This week our theme is "All in One", which means stamps or stencils that have both an image and a sentiment. This beautiful Holiday Greeting stencils from Dreamweaver fits the challenge perfectly.

It's not hard, you can recreate this elegant card by just following these simple steps:


DWLJ917 Holiday Greetings Stencil
DWLL332 Picasso Stencil
DWDEPT Transluscent Embossing Paste
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

Bazzill Basics Cardstock Parakeet - 7" x 10" and 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"
Neenah Papers Classic Linen Cover 80# Red Pepper  - 4 1/2" x 5 3/4"
Neenah Papers Classic Crest Cover Classic Cream 80# - 4 1/4" x 5 1/2", trim to 4" x 5 1/4"
1/4" Stencil Brushes
Brilliance Ink  - Pearlescent Ivy, Pearlescent Thyme, Rocket Red
Double-sided tape
Chameleon Pen RD4, CG8


Step 1:  Fold a piece of Parakeet cardstock in half to form an A7 card

Step 2:  Tape a mat of Red cardstock toward the top of the card, then a mat of Parakeet

Step 3:  Tape the Holiday Greetings stencil to Natural cardstock with removable tape, and use 1/4" stencil brushes to apply inks using the Picasso tool as a shield to keep colors clean and to add "veins" to some leaves

Step 4:  Remove the stencil, clean and dry it well, return the clean, dry stencil over the colored image

Step 5:  Paste emboss the image with Translucent Embossing Paste using a Palette Knife and Paste Spreader, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning, let paste dry

Step 4: Trim the dry image to 4" x 5 1/4" and tape to the front of the card

Step 5:  Use Chameleon pens to color three Candis embellishments to match and place near the bottom right side of the card

The list of today's "All in One" participating designers:

Happy Creating,