Showing posts from May, 2010


It's hard to believe that we are already in our 8th week with the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenges! This is once again my week for the fun and my challenge for all of you is...recycling! Yeah, I know, it's once again one of the big buzzwords with everyone going "green", but in this case it's more of a selfish thing. I love finding things in everyday life that could be used on a card, or page, or an altered something-or-other, etc. I've been doing it for years, just ask my kids. So break out some of those cool things and play along! The sketch I've posted here is only a suggestion for layout, the main idea is to add recycled objects. (Suggestions: corrugated coffee cup sleeves, labels, tags, paint chips, plastic from clamshell packaging, wrapping paper, etc.) Remember as you play along, to post your creation on one of the online sites using the code "STMC8", with a link to the Stampendous Impressions blog. You have a great opportunity to wi…

STMC7-Space Changito 4th of July Card

Week 7 of the Stampendous Saturday Sketch challenges. Jennie Dove was back in the driver's seat for this one. Her suggestion was a card using a four square tile in some fashion. To see her sketch as well as her "stupendous" sample, check out her blogsite (Stupendous Fun) as well as the Stampendous Impressions blogsite. Come play along! Two people each week have the opportunity to win some great prizes from Stampendous. Just post your creation to one of the online sites (Paper Craft Planet, Split Coast Stampers, Two Peas in a Bucket, etc. and link over to the Stampendous site using the code for this week, STMC7! Be sure to check out the rest of our design teams fabulousness as well!

Since we are heading up to the 4th of July festivities, I thought I'd take Changito to the final frontier to celebrate. I stamped various images from Stampendous' "Changito in Space" (every time I say that I think of the Muppets "Pigs in Space"!), on a 3" white…

Mega Happy Birthday card

Had some super cute printed paper with a breezy feel to it, so I chose to stamp and emboss the "Mega Happy" set of clear stamps on it and cut each letter out. Sounds annoying, but it really isn't as each letter is large without too many nooks and crannies to cut around. What was annoying was my bright idea to scallop-edge the bottom of the card and punch holes along the edge. Next time I'll use one of my great Fiskar border punches! To complete the breezy feel, I stamped the swirls up at the top. I used the same printed paper to line the inside of my envelope. It was simple enough that I made quite a few to have on hand. Mega-happy stamping!

Perfectly Clear "Mega Happy" from Stampendous (SSC115)
Perfectly Clear "Curls and Swirls" from Stampendous (SSC624)
White embossing powder from Stampendous (EP100)
Frost White ColorBox ink from Clearsnap
Artprint Brown Memories ink
white cardstock
printed papers
Prima flowers
pom poms
scallop-edge scissors
1/16" …

STMC6-Fergie Leap Circle Card

Week 6 of the Stampendous Saturday Sketch challenges and this week we are back to Cyndi for inspiration again! Cyndi suggested a circle card and you can find the sketch design on the Stampendous Impressions blogsite as well as Cyndi's fantabulous (technical term!) blogsite as linked here. Remember, Stampendous is giving free goodies to the two winners that play each week, so upload your designs with the tag "STMC6" and link it to Stampendous so we can get inspired by you as well! Check out the rest of the design team's blogs for their take on this sketch as well!
I used Fergie the Frog, stamped, embossed, and cut out with an extra head (hey, two heads are better than one, right?) for extra pop. Since I made my circle card on the tiny side, I chose to use one of these ribbon clip tags for my sentiment. Just bought these cute Prima flowers that have glitter around the edges so of course I had to use one. Since I am the self-proclaimed queen of rick rack, that was added …

Hello Friend Bracket Card

This is one of those cards where you just randomly grab some cardstock in colors that appeal that day for some reason and! Selecting various inks, I randomly stamped bracket and swirl images over the various panels, stamped a cute sentiment on the top panel with softer text in background and added a stamped and cut out bracket for dimension. The same concept could be used with almost any set of stamps. Just use them in a way that maybe they weren't originally purposed for. It's also a way to use up some of those paper and ribbon scraps that are lying (laying?) around.
Happy stamping!

Perfectly Clear "Happy Messages" from Stampendous (SSC109)
Perfectly Clear "Wedding Corners" from Stampendous (SSC103)
Any of the various brackets included in the Perfectly Clear sets by Stampendous
Class A' Peel "Friends Chain" stickers from Stampendous (AC647G)
Various ColorBox Chalk inks from Clearsnap
ribbons, brads
double-sided foam adhesive

STMC5-Paisley Butterflies card

Here we are at week five in the sketch challenges. Wendy designed the sketch for the week and instead of an actual "sketch", she thought that she'd change it up a bit and have us do a technique...masking! Be sure to check out her blog as well as our other fabulous design team members and of course, the Stampendous blogsite for more info. Remember, if you play along with us, you could win a fabulous prize!
The masking concept is this, stamp whatever you want in the foreground, stamp again on thin paper (I like using Post Its), cut that out and use as a "mask" over the original stamped image. Now when you continue to stamp the other images you want in the background, your original image is protected. I used this technique twice on this card...once with the butterflies (love those paisley butterflies!) and again for my "scalloped" edge. In that case I used the Easter eggs to create my cute edge. I watercolored all these images (I know, you probably thoug…

Monogram Swirl Card

This happens to be another one of those "perfect for any occasion" cards. Very simple in design and simple to create. Would be great made in sets as a Mother's Day gift, for a new bride, or just to have on hand. The white panel was stamped randomly with the black swirls, adhered to a colored panel and then to the card front. Cute little Class A' Peel borders were placed just under the edge for an added pop which comes back to the punched circle stamped and embossed in black with the frame and monogram. Originally this was designed as part of a wedding set that included invites, save-the-dates, thank yous, etc. So easy to match a specific color scheme. Happy stamping!

Perfectly Clear "Classic Frames" from Stampendous (SSC147)
Perfectly Clear "Elegant Monograms Large" from Stampendous (SSC145)
Perfectly Clear "Wedding Corners" from Stampendous (SSC173)
Class A' Peel "Girly Ribbon" stickers from Stampendous (AC708K)
Midnight Bla…

STMC4-Ornamental Thank You card

Here we are at week 4 of the Stampendous sketch challenges. Rachel designed a super-cute sketch for this week (check out her blog!) and all the other talented crew are busily posting their examples as well. Since I was a little swamped for time this week between sample-making for the next Stampendous catalog and projects for the class I'm taking, I decided to post a card from a previous Stampendous catalog that has a similar-if-slightly-flipped look to this week's sketch. I used two Stampendous Perfectly Clear sets to create this and embossed these images with yummy Chocolate embossing powder. Love the cute striped paper at the bottom and the bit of bling with the flower and Dot Sparkler CAP's. Hope you have a truly inspiring weekend.

Perfectly Clear "Open Ornamentals" from Stampendous (SSC1001)
Perfectly Clear "Formal Frames" from Stampendous (SSC197)
Chocolate embossing powder from Stampendous (EP117)
Class A' Peel "Dot Sparklers" from St…