Friday, May 27, 2016

Showers of Summer Fun with House Mouse Designs®

All this week the Stampendous team has been preparing to keep cool this summer along with the House Mouse Designs® friends. You, too? Jump on in...the water's fine! Look how much fun Monica is having under the downspout! Almost like, "Singing in the rain"! 

The Cling "Spigot Soak" image was colored with Copic markers, and then I fussy cut our little mouse friend and the spigot so that I could make her stand out from the rock wall. To highlight the water spray, I added drops of DecoArt® Liquid Glass. It is hard to photograph, but trust me...those droplets look REAL!

For this House Mouse Designs® card, we have a squirrel helping the mice to cool off with a watering can shower. Everybody say, "Awwwwwwwwwww"! So cute!

The Cling Squirrel Showers image was colored with Faber-Castell® Aquarelle pencils. Some parts I brushed with water, and others I left with the sketchy color pencil look. The panel was layered and adhered to a piece of gorgeous Oceanside by MyColorsCardstock. I added a banner piece with a sentiment from the Perfectly Clear House Mouse Designs® "Beary Mice" set, and a button with a bit of twine.

More summer fun can be found at these links...

Lea Fritts (Thursday Post)

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Catnaps Can Be a Hobby!

I really had to put my "thinking cap" on for the Hobby challenge this week on the Woodware Witterings Blog. When you are fortunate enough to "work" with your hobby as I do, then it's a tough decision. I have other "hobbies", certainly. I love to bake. I love to birdwatch. I love to walk and hike with our 4 1/2 month-old puppy. I like to shop (a lot). But really, to be perfectly honest, if I'm not working/crafting or being the amazing domestic engineer that I am (cough cough), I love a good catnap. Usually with one of my cats.

Hence my choice of stamp image for this post...Francoise Read's design for Woodware, "Your New Home". Yes, this image is great for a house-warming card, but I just love the coziness of this room. Especially once I paper-pieced all of the elements using the Forever In Time "Elderberry Perfect Prints Stack Pad". So much fun to decorate this room with these yummy papers! Some parts have been popped up with double-sided mounting squares. I've added a bit of shading with Tombow Dual Brush pens, and the cardstock for the focal image was die cut using the new Stampendous Fitted Frames.

Friday, May 20, 2016

A Sunshine Sentiment from Stampendous

If you weren't sentimental before, you have to be now! The Stampendous team have provided oodles of ideas using the new Sentimental all-in-one images. My post today features the new Cling "Create Sunshine" image. The perfect combo of a floral and sentiment that works for so many occasions, or none at all! I used an inexpensive bare wood frame from the big box craft store near me, and gave it a wash of pale yellow paint. I wiped a bit of distress stain over the surface, removing the excess for an antiqued look.

Using the Dreamweaver Black Eyed Susans stencil, I used a sponge dauber to ink the design with Walnut Distress ink. I used the Diagonal Panes stencil and a second dauber to ink with Vintage Photo in a few areas. When dry once again, I lightly sanded over the surface around the edges to distress it further.

The focal point on the inside was a rounded corner panel of kraft cardstock. The image was stamped in the Walnut Distress ink, and the design was painted with DecoArt Media Fluid paints. After I'd painted the "banner" portion of the design with white paint, I'd lost the stamped image of the sentiment. So, I re-inked the image and carefully stamped over the first image. The image was sprinkled with Chunky White Embossing Enamel and heated from underneath for little speckles of white texture. The panel was inked around the edges and adhered over a yellow cardstock mat, and adhered to the front of the glass panel of the frame. The back of the glass was adhered over a piece of designer paper.

We hope that you've enjoyed our "sentimental journey" this week, and here's a few more...

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