Showing posts from June, 2011

Come Play with a New Colorway!

It's Colorway week once again for the Dream Team. This time Laura Drahozal had the choice and went with purple and yellow. This was a stretch for me once again. Some of the girls struggle with the sketches, but personally I have a hard time with the color challenges. However, just like the sketches, they can help yank you out of whatever creative rut you may be in. I chose to work with the Thistle stencil, and as I have been wanting more practice in using the Paintstiks, I broke them out along with several stencil brushes in various sizes. It helps to think light to dark and to have a brush for each of the three primary groups...yellows, reds, and blues. I worked with the smallest size as well as the medium size. The Paintstiks are like a firm "lipstick" of oil paint and come in a wide variety of colors as well as metallics. When you first use them, you need to use a paper towel or craft knife to rub or scrape off the top layer or "skin". Then rub an amount of …


Remember the fabulous Valentine's Day Blog Hop a few months ago? Well, get your hopping fingers ready 'cuz Taylor Borel Usry and Cyndi Bundy along with a mega team of talented ladies are creating fabulous 4th of July and stupendous summer stunners for your enjoyment.  The info: Saturday, July 2nd, 8:00 am EST leave comments at each stop for prize opportunities from: Stampendous Pixie Dust Studios Chi Chi Memories Dreamweaver Stencils Karber Digital Studios Skipping Stones Designs Maria Levine/Ippity

Painting with Powder Nifty Gifty

Here's another Painting with Powder project created using the Blockart Wild Flowers from Stampendous once again. The paper mache box was coated in Versamark ink and embossed with bands of color on the sides and black on the top. The sides were also stamped and embossed in black with the Cling Floral Dream image. The lid was stamped and embossed with the Blockart Wild Flowers, and using a Versamarker to fill in and add color with powder (Painting with Powder), several shades from the Razzleberry Embossing Powder Kit were used. Simple notes were created by stamping and embossing the image on black panels in several colors and cutting each into three tiles to decorate the front of each card. Wonderful Class A Peel Dot Sparklers
were added for bling on the notes as well as the lid. An optional tip...use Sharpie markers to add even more color to the Dot Sparklers, making it possible to have every color of the rainbow. For more great tips and techniques with Stampendous products, pl…

It's My Party and I'll Cry If I Want To!

Today is my birthday. Woo. Hoo. Should be a day to celebrate. I will to a certain extent, but first I need to get some sad news out first. One of my favorite stamp companies, Lizzie Anne Designs, is closing their metaphoric "doors". Sigh. I love this company. I love the two great owners who started this company a few years ago, and have continually produced fun, quirky, elegant, and artsy images and sentiments in wonderful mixes. The images used in this post are part of their last hurrah, "Summertime Celebration", their final mix to be shipped July 1st. Meanwhile, starting today, they'll be selling their inventory at fantastic sale prices, starting at 40% off. This is your fabulous opportunity to grab all the Lizzie Anne goodness you can...speaking of grab, there are even grab bags for $5 each, filled with a mix of old and new stamps! Put on your cyber-sneakers and run over to the Lizzie Anne Designs' website and stock up now. If you need more inspirati…

Thursday Dream Schemes-Blessings and Birds

Once again, we have a free week for the Dream Schemers, so come play along with us! My card this week features a few simple techniques...Ink Transfer, Machine Embossing, and Double Glitter:
1) The background was ink transferred by spritzing the Damask stencil thoroughly with Memories Mists Silver and placing some wonderful watercolor paper on top, "transferring" the inked pattern to my paper with a gorgeous shimmer.
2) The sentiment was machine embossed by running the Bless You stencil through the Big Shot with metallic silver cardstock. (Remember to place the stencil face down to be able to read the sentiment afterward.)
3) For the Double Glitter technique, cover a white cardstock panel with Double Sided Mounting Paper. Rub a fat-based soap (Dreamweaver's Coconut Soap) over the back of the Love Birds stencil, and place on top of adhesive. Pour blue ultra fine glitter over image, "rouging" into the surface of the adhesive for best coverage. Carefully brush a…

More Painting with Powder and Stampendous!

Quickie post. This card features Stampendous "Block Art Wild Flowers" with the Painting with Powder technique similar to THIS card posted a couple of weeks ago. The result is a cloisonne look. This technique is so much fun with such a great look. Try it!
Block Art Wild Flower
Razzleberry Embossing Powder Kit

Versamark, Onyx Versafine inks
Bazzill Parakeet cardstock
lavender and black cardstock
EK Edger Punch
Creative Impressions brad fasteners
Making Memories brad fasteners

Stampendous Hop WINNERS!

Were you a hop winner from last week's Stampendous Blog Hop #2? Check HERE to find out!

Lizzie Anne Team Challenge-Vacation Porthole

The Lizzie Anne Designs' Team was challenged this month to create something with a "Vacation" theme to it. Simple...right? Hmmm, not so much. So many vacation ideas. So many fabulously fun images from Lizzie Anne Designs to suit the theme. Since as of now, the hubby and I haven't pinned down a specific idea for a vacation this summer, I chose to create from the memories of my favorite vacation of all time...our 25th anniversary eleven day cruise of the Hawaiian islands almost seven years ago. I soooo want to take that cruise again. I knew I wanted to use the cruise ship image from the brand new Summer 2011 Mix set, but I wanted to do something different with it. Recently I bought these jumbo grommets designed for curtains, so I used them as a "porthole" to frame the ship. The sentiment is perfect for this card as, who doesn't want to keep on cruisin'? I created a "luggage tag" to match so I'm ready to go just in case...hint, hint, hon…

Dreamweaver Sketch #7-It's a Keeper!

This week the Dream Team is working with Deborah's sketch design as shown above. I wasn't too sure if her intention was to do a gate fold card with the circle panel opening from one side or the other, or a flat front card with a circle panel. So...I went the easier route with the second option. LOL. I chose the Trout and Friends fly-fishing themed stencil as my hubby is an avid fisherman...freshwater, saltwater, and our garage is a testament to this hobby! I paste-embossed on two panels, flipping the stencil to have the design in opposite directions. My paste concoction was a conglomeration of Metallic Gold, Matte Orange, burnt umber acrylic paint, and Cocoa Metallic
F/X. To speed up the process of drying, I placed my pasted pieces in a toaster oven (dedicated to crafting only...non food) on the lowest setting for about 10-15 minutes. You could also set it on the lowest setting in an electric skillet...or if you have more patience, let it air dry for about 30-45 minutes. I lo…

Watcha lookin' for?

If you are here for the Stampendous blog hop which ends today at midnight, click HERE or scroll (really slowly) through the Lizzie Anne Designs' new release fabulousness until you reach your intended destination. Thank you.

ALOHA! It's Lizzie Anne Designs Summer Mix Preview!

Lizzie Anne Designs have really outdone themselves for the Summer 2011 Mix. All the fabulous images of, cruises, parties, and lazy days at the beach (preferably in Hawaii)...sigh. I fell in love with them all! For my Mix preview card, I wanted to create a beachy/oceany feel. The background was created with various alcohol inks on glossy cardstock. Torn vellum behind torn cork to for the feel of the foam of waves lapping at the shore. The top and bottom are bordered with this great Polynesian iconic image, but the focal point is the super-fun sea turtle! I stamped her in clear ink on the aqua Dotted Swiss cardstock and embossed with crystal embossing powder. I don't know about you, but I can hardly wait to see what the rest of our uber-creative team come up with for this Mix preview. Personally, I foretell many more posts in summer mode! Swim on over to the Lizzie Anne Designs site to pick up your own Mix set...and while you're at it, sign up to receive the q…

Stampendous Blog Hop #2 Featuring New Releases!

Yippee! It's the second Stampendous Blog Hop! If you have arrived here from the Stampendous Impressions blog, you are following the correct trail of inky crumbs. For this hop, the amazing Stampendous Design Team and Blog Stars #1 group are all featuring THREE brand-new-released Jumbo Cling flower sets...Jumbo Tulip, Jumbo Dogwood, and the gorgeous Jumbo Tiger Lily. You can have the opportunity to win one of these amazing sets along with the acrylic handle by leaving comments at each stop along the way between Saturday, June 11th through Wednesday, June 15th. The winners will be announced on the Stampendous Impressions blog on Friday, June 17th. Now, for the sharing portion of this post... I have a sentimental reason for choosing the Jumbo Tiger Lily set for my gift set. My MIL who we lost in January to cancer, had a special bond with my older son that involved a Tiger Lily that they both planted together in her garden and enjoyed each year when it would bloom once again. I created …


Another fun free theme this week for Dreamweaver Dream Schemes Thursday! This week I'm featuring my fave Father's Day card created with the new Tie stencil and the Stripes/Plaid stencil. I used another variation of the Ink Transfer Technique to create this "seersucker" look. For the background and the panel that the tie was cut from, here are the steps:

1. Place your platform for your Big Shot (or other machine) as suggested for embossing dies.
2. Ink stencil with Pastel Lime ink and place face up on platform with stripes vertical with machine.
3. Place cardstock panel face down on inked stencil.
4. Place piece of scrap paper over panel to protect rubber mat.
5. Yep. Rubber embossing mat goes down next.
6. Place TWO clear plattens on top. This will protect your stencil from warping and bending.
7. Run through machine.
8. Clean stencil.
9. Repeat process inking with Prussian Blue ink. Place cardstock panel opposite 90 degrees on stencil. Keep stencil vertical with ma…

Stampendous Hop Alert!

Attention all crazed hoppers! Mark your calendar for this Saturday, June 11th, beginning at 8 am PST for another fabulous, insane, Stampendous HOP! Our incredible Design Team plus our Blog Stars will be introducing you to three NEW stamp sets. Hop along and you will have the opportunity to win one of these for your own creative self. Trust will want these! The starting point will be the Stampendous Impressions blog. Don't forget!

Dreaming in Lavender and Gray

The challenge this week at Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Schemes Thursday, is a colorway, and happens to be my color choice...lavender and gray. This card is appears to be very elaborate, but in actuality, is very simple and takes very little time to complete. The card base is lavender cardstock with a metallic silver cardstock over the top. A strip of the same metallic silver and a panel of white are run through my Big Shot with the Damask stencil to emboss them, and adhered across the card. Then a lavender panel was run through the Big Shot again with the Damask stencil to emboss it. A ribbon bow is wrapped around the card and a charm with jumpring added. Now comes the Piece de Resistance,  the focal point of this gorgeous card created using the Heart Lock stencil. Actually, this was created sort of accidentally in that I had used this stencil for another project and stenciled with black StazOn ink which left the entire stencil covered in the ink. Just for curiosity…