Showing posts from September, 2011

Sketch Challenge #10 with Dreamweaver Stencils

Check out the sketch challenge Kim gave us at Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Scheme Thursday this week! As soon as I saw it, I knew exactly which stencil I wanted to work with...the LJ875 Four Seasons. Probably a little obvious since all four panels on the stencil are in four panels. I used the Glossy White paste to emboss the entire stencil on white cardstock. When dry (takes approximately 45 minutes, unless you lay it on top of a warm toaster oven or pancake griddle), I cut it into the four panels. Each panel was then run through my hot laminator machine with a different color of Dreamweaver, green, copper, and blue. No adhesive necessary, the heat enables the foil to adhere to the embossing paste. The end result is gorgeous, professional-looking foiling with a raised emboss. The sketch called for something along the fold edge, so I added a border of black argyle using my new EK edger, and a matted square of the same for that center piece of the sketch. I did…

SCS351 Maple Branch Triptych

Quickie post featuring this card I did for the this week's Split Coast Stampers sketch challenge (SCS351). I paste-embossed with copper the Maple Branch from Dreamweaver Stencils, and sprinkled with various Stampendous ultra fine glitters. The sentiment is from a Perfectly Clear set from Stampendous as well.

Stampendous Saturday Goes Merry and Bright!

For Stampendous Saturday this week, I chose to post a card that I created for the July holiday catalog. This features this darlingCling Penguin Star, colored with Copic Sketch Markers, and sprinkled with Multi Ultra-Fine Crystal Glitter. If you don't have any other glitter in your sparkle arsenal, you MUST have the Multi UF Crystal Glitter from Stampendous! Perfect, subtle sparkle that allows the image and color to shine through. For this card, I also added the fun Jumbo Merry Class A' Peelstickers in the red mirror finish. I think red and aqua are now my favorite colors for the holidays this year, and this aqua and red dot and matching plaid paper from Pinecone Press works perfectly. Check out what the rest of the team is showing off this week, as well as the Stampendous Impressions blog. Here's the girls that are playing along this week:

Wendy Jordan Taylor Usry Cyndi Bundy Wendy Price
If you haven't played along yet with the September sketch challenge, you have until Se…

Something New is Brewing

I love this great new image from Gourmet Rubber Stamps (part of the Lizzie Anne Designs line). The frog kicking back in the cauldron, the eyeballs floating around, and the arms and legs...gruesomely cute...if that's possible. I paper-pieced the cauldron with some fun glittery paper, added some webby looking crocheted lace, and placed it all on a spider web infested background. A sprinkling of Stampendous Class A' Peel Dot Sparklers in orange and black complete the "bubbles" of toil and trouble. Visit the new Gourmet Rubber Stampswebsite, blog, and FB page for more creations featuring the new Diner's Clubset, Tart & Spice.

Happy Fall Y'All!

Hooray! It's FALL! My favorite time of the year. I love the colors. I love the cool crisp air (or as cool and crisp as we can get in the high desert in California!). I may not get to see colorful maple leaves up here, but I can pretend, can't I? I'm sooooo over summer. This card is the perfect fall card. It uses the great warm colors of autumn, including the Copper Mercart Metal panel embossed with the Maple Branch stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils. This was accomplished by running the stencil through my Big Shot with the Mercart metal available through DW. After this first embossing, I used a couple of the Mercart tools to emphasize the design, and add more ooomph (technical term). A Nestabilities frame was layered, and machine embossed with the Leopard Skin stencil for added texture. I love the woodsy patterned paper in the background. The Thinking of You stencil was ink-stenciled with Versamark ink and embossed with Stampendous Chocolate Embossing Powder.
The finished …

Another Challenge with Color!

Another quickie post for today. I had some time to play with another challenge over at Split Coast Stampers, this time with their color challenge of Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin, and Old Olive. I love this patterned paper (WRM "Grandma's Kitchen), so that got distressed around the edges a bit and plopped onto my olive card. The orange panel may not be precisely "pumpkin", but what are they going to me? I stamped the Stampendous Thankful Leaves on the panel with Olympia Green Versafine ink, as well as two patterned papers of olive gingham (October Afternoon "Fly A Kite") and turquoise dots (Pinecone Press) and cut these out to pop up for more emphasis. Oh, I also ran the panel through the Big Shot (before adding the leaves!) with an Argyle embossing folder as well. A quick twill/button/twine embellishment and I was done. Fun!

Keeping it Clean...and Simple!

A clean and simple post for a clean and simple card (CAS)! Created for this week's CAS136 challenge over at Split Coast Stampers. The StampendousDream Textwas stamped on the cork paper. The Tree Swing was stamped and embossed to overlap. A touch of red, a ribbon/button/twine embellishment, and an epoxy sticker sentiment. Still struggling with the CAS look. It always takes me longer to do CAS than to do FAF (full and fabulous)! Lol. Not giving up, though...
Hope you have a CAS and a FAF day!

These Boots are Made for Sparkling!

Quickie post featuring more new images from Gourmet Rubber Stamps, the Lizzie Anne Designs' line. These are also from the newDiner's Club set, Tart & Spice. So much fun autumn themed cuteness! I kept the look simple and just stamped and embossed each set of boots with various mixes of Stampendous glitters with embossing powders...Lettuce EP with Sea Green glitter, Grape EP with Violet glitter, and Chinese Red EP with Tiger Lily glitter. My own way of brewing up some Halloween fun! Have you checked out the new Gourmet Rubber Stamps website yet? How about their newblog and Facebook page? Signed up for themonthly newsletter and Diner's Club? What are you waiting for? Don't make me chase you down in my my sparkly witch boots!

Stampendous Saturday Goes Fun and Freaky

Stampendous Saturday is going freaky this week. My card today features one of the newly released, Fran-tage Halloween images...perfect to go as creepy and freaky as you'd like, or to "cute up" if you'd prefer. I tried to go halfway between the two...freaking to speak. Lol. The image is the Pumpkin Fence, and I stamped it as an overlay on Thermo Acetate with black StazOn ink. I used this fun double-sided paper from Best Creation to keep it from being too dark and scary, added a bow of webby and crinkle ribbons from Creative Impressions. Black and shiny Class A' Peel Scary Spiders add the finishing touch. Now's your chance to see what the other Stampendous Saturday gals have been up to:
Taylor Usry Wendy Jordan
Cyndi Bundy
Wendy Price
Lynn Mercurio
Be sure to leave some love at each, and hop on over to the Stampendous Impressions' blog as well. Want this stamp image? ClickHERE for the Stampendous site where you can purchase directly or find a local stor…


I am doing a big happy dance today! Remember how sad I was a couple of months ago when Lizzie Anne Designs was closing their proverbial doors? Well, apparently fate stepped in and offered a new opportunity for the super-design-duo of Tricia (Lizzie) and Meredith (Anne) to continue with the wonderful LAD line, as well as add some play time with some other lines...all under the "banner" of Gourmet Rubber Stamps! You can imagine how excited the LAD team was to hear the news and most of us have all jumped on the smorgas-"board". Sorry, hee hee, a really bad pun there, but get used to it...I have a feeling that all of us will be running with the "gourmet" theme. Since I'm feeling so thankful to be able to play with all of these fabulously creative "chefs" once again, my featured card uses the banner thanks image from the inaugural Diner's Club set, "Tart & Spice". And don't you just love the darling owl that I …

Lime and Gray Colorway and a Bonus

Interesting color combo, wouldn't you say? Our own Dream Team-mate, Lee, challenged us to use this colorway of lime and gray. Great pop of color against the gray. I did throw in a bit of orange because of the bit in the patterned paper (Michael's Recollections line). Going with the leafy theme, I ran the Branch stencil through the Big Shot with this blue-gray cardstock. The embossed square was wrapped with this fabulous hemp cord (True Hemp Crafter's Cord) and layered over a large panel of the Mercart Aluminum, which was machine embossed with the Jungle Leaves stencil and sponged with alcohol inks. Then I added a strip of orange paper ink-stenciled with the Thanks sentiment.

 This second card is another variation on the leafy theme with the same colorway. Since I had all the supplies readily available, I decided to create another card following the sketch challenge at Split Coast Stampers from last week (SCS349). This one is metal on this one, and I used the in…

Playing Along with Split Coast Stampers CAS135

Quickie post for today featuring a card that I quickly created for the Split Coast StampersCAS (clean and simple) sketch challenge #135. For info, click HERE. For my version, I stamped the Cling Jumbo Romantic Border from Stampendous...the swirly heart for the focal panel, with the addition of a sentiment from the Perfectly Clear Loopy Blooms set. The side of the card makes use of the border from the previous set. A little lace trims the edge, with a couple of pearl stickers and a candy dot embellishing the focal panel. For me, this is pretty CAS. It's a goal I'm working toward, so playing with the SCS CAS challenges in an effort to work outside the cluttered box! Break out your Stampendous images and come play along! Speaking of playing along...don't forget that you have the opportunity of winning the set that I used in this card, by playing along with the Stampendous September Sketch Challenge and linking your creation to the Stampendous Impressions blog by September 29t…