Showing posts from July, 2011

Stampendous Christmas in July: Peeking Pals Gift Card Holder

Elves, and reindeer, and penguins...oh my! No, you're not having heat hallucinations. It's Christmas in July! So while you are contemplating filling up your bathtub with ice cubes and parking yourself in there until October, take a gander at these cute little guys, ready and waiting to bring you holiday cheer. This fun gift card holder was created using the Stampendous Perfectly Clear "Snowy Short Stacks". This set reminds me of those books we had as children that were divided into thirds and you could mix and match the heads, bodies, and feet, to create something totally unique. I haven't gone that far with these little guys, but I do have them peeking over the top of a panel of cute plaid paper, with their little feet showing below. Behind the plaid panel is a slot to add a gift card, in this case for a barely-heard-of coffee chain, which makes the sentiment delightfully appropriate. Well, maybe not in July, but in December you'll agree with me. This s…

Dreamweaver Talent Squared!

Team quilt from left to right: Laura, Terrece, Kristi Lee, ME, Kristi Kim, Louise, Georgia

Can you say, "WOW"? My post today definitely epitomizes the word. Since this week is a "free" week for the Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Team, I thought I'd show you just how talented our team is. Our own Kristi sneakily asked the team members if we would be interested in creating a stenciled quilt as a gift to Lynell, to which most of us answered with a most definite "YES". (A few members were not able to take part due to family emergencies, etc.) Here is the final result. Each of us were given a square of fabric to work with (praying that we wouldn't mess it up, lol.), and we let Kristi know which stencils we would be working with so there would be no repeats. I went with the sea stencils...Nautilus, Sea Horse, Scallop, Sand Dollar, Humu, and for the watery feel, the Mosaic Swirls. I used the set of Acrylic Paints, which provided me with eighteen colors to …

Butterfly Beauties Fabulously Fran-taged!

Last week in Chicago was the CHA Summer show (Craft & Hobby Association) which I had the opportunity to go again after a few years away. Aside from the ghastly record heat and humidity which I am totally unused to (living in the High Desert of California), I had a fabulous time seeing all the latest and greatest in the industry. I spent most of my time helping in the Dreamweaver Stencils' booth doing a fun Make It Take It (more on that in a later post), but of course, I had to make several visits to the Stampendous booth. Working with the fabulous team creating samples for the new catalog with all the new images and Fran-tage Elements, finally came to fruition in the booth. It was gorgeous! So many of our samples, along with those done by Tammie Wilson (she is amazing!) and the famed Fran Seiford, owner and Chief Artistic Officer of the company, were on display. It was just stunning to see.
      The card that I am posting today is one from the new catalog featuring the

Dream Schemes Monochromatic Colorway-A Masculine View

I'm posting this for the Dream Schemes Thursday a week in advance as I will be at CHA Summer in Chicago when this will post. Just had to brag about that. Hee hee. I'm really looking forward to this trip. I haven't had the opportunity to go to the CHA in Chicago for a few years, and I've really missed it. What an opportunity to see all that is brand-spanking-new in the crafting industry, meet old crafty friends and make new crafty friends. Some of these crafty friends will include a few from the Dreamweaver design team as well. Now, speaking of brand new, this post is using two new stencils being released this week at CHA...the Houndstooth pattern which will be soooo cool for  backgrounds, and this amazingly cool Gears stencil. So, yeah, it's obviously aimed at more masculine paper-crafting, but really...I love it too! Because of the more masculine feel, and because this week's challenge is a Colorway featuring monochromatic, I kept this card in the fall earthy…

Dream Forever...and Put a Bow On It!

My final posting for this week's collaboration between Stampendous and May Arts features one soon-to-be-released image, one new from January, and one older classic. The card base was a kraft Dotted Swiss cardstock stamped with the Cling Dream Text which is a classic staple everyone should have. Perfect for backgrounds! On top of the background, the Cling Rose Hips (available next week) was stamped. These same images were stamped once again on the Nestie Labels Four panel with the additon of the fairly new Dream Forever sentiment. In keeping with the mostly monochromatic color scheme I had going, I added the gorgeous May Arts Leaves trim once again, only this time in this gorgeous chocolate color. Rick rack was added down the side for texture, and a May Arts twill trim, stamped with the Rose Hips image, wrapped and tied with a natural twine and a button to finish it off. Kind of has a fall feel to it, which as we are heading into more hundred plus degree temperatures once…

Dreamweaver Sketch #8-Welcome Baby!

For Dream Schemes Thursday, we have a sketch challenge as shown at left. I decided to keep it fairly simple and use designs that I haven't played with yet. I thought that I'd mimic the animal print of the giraffe on the Baby Bib by using Memories Mists with the Leopard Skin stencil. I highly recommend creating a spraying box from an old cardboard box for this process. Because the background stencil was smaller than the 5 1/2" square card base, it was necessary to tape and mask off the other areas while spraying in sections. The bib square panel was also misted but first was run through the Big Shot to emboss it first. I love yellow and aqua together (actually pretty much any color with aqua), so I used the Eyelet Squares dies from Nestabilities for the frame. Matching buttons complete the three items necessary to the sketch, and I had this cute epoxy sentiment sticker in my stash with touches of the yellow and aqua as well. All in all, a baby card for either gender, eas…

Royally Jazzed with Stampendous and May Arts

Have you been having as much fun with this May Arts/Stampendous week as we have? If you haven't had the opportunity yet, be sure to check out the links on the Stampendous blog to the May Arts team blog, as well as those of my teammates who have been playing along this week. Seriously, did you SEE Taylor and Wendy Price's cards from yesterday? And what about Cyndi's "Bird Post" card from Monday with all the fabulous new embossing powders creating such a wonderful texture and sheen? Oh, yes, and (blushing modestly), my own Vintage Rose frame posted on Monday? It is soooo easy to come up with fabulous creations when you are mixing any of the Stampendous images and accessories along with May Arts ribbons and trims. For today's post, I'm featuring two new images to be released July 15th...Cling Jumbo Baroque Bouquet and Cling Princess Crown. The crown was embossed in gorgeous new Fran-tage Aged Gold Embossing Enamel. There are several wonderful new embossing …

Mixing It Up With May Arts and Stampendous!

Are you ready for an amazingly fun week? Stampendous and May Arts Ribbon are playing together this week. The May Arts team has been playing with Stampendous products, and the Stampendous team has been playing with the May Arts products. The result? Absolute fabulousness! Check the Stampendous blog all this week for posts and links to those who are playing along from both teams. As for me, I will be posting my creations today (duh), Wednesday, and Friday. Thursday will be my Dreamweaver post with the latest challenge. Today's post is a mixed bag of mixed media/home decor/dimensional fun...and I do mean fun. I had a blast with this. The frame was a cheap $1 wood frame from Michael's (amazing deal) with nice wide sides for lots of stamping goodness. I did the "Antique Embossing" technique of first painting the frame
black. When dry, I stamped and embossed with Deep Impressions Clear Embossing Powder the soon-to-be-released Cling Jumbo Rose with it's additional lo…


Winners of the Summer/4th of July Blog Hop have been chosen! If your name is on this list, please click HERE to receive info on getting your prize! We had a blast...hope you did, too!

Jan Garber - Stampendous Cling Jumbo flower and handle (will be chosen by Stampendous)
Crystal Irwin - Stampendous Cling Jumbo flower and handle (will be chosen by Stampendous)
LUV2SCRAP - Karber Digital Studios - 2 digis of your choice
Alison Heikkila - Dreamweavers Stencils prize pack
Chris -Ippity Kit, courtesy of Maria Levine (will be chosen by Maria)
Jan-Marie  - a muse studio catalog and stamp set of your choice ($12.99 or under), courtesy of Sunghee Chon
Jessica Diedrich -Stampendous Cling Jumbo flower and handle (will be chosen by Stampendous)
Mousekmom - Chi Chi Memories digi stamp set of your choice
Lillian Child - Ellie Loves the Beach stamp from Your Next Stamp
Martha (Sissy) Speed Ramey - Skipping Stones Design stamp set (of their choosing)
Jennifer Ingle - $20 gift certificate to Little Potato House, …

Dreaming of My Grandmother's Aprons

Wow. I almost totally forgot my post for this week's Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Scheme Thursday. Somehow I thought it was still Tuesday. Speaking of living in the past, as I was scrambling to find a sample to use for this post, I remembered this cute old-fashioned, vintage-inspired version of the Apron stencil which was released in March. I love this apron. So versatile and so much fun to decorate. Reminds me of playing paper dolls as a child. (Yes, I am THAT old!) This version reminds me of my grandmother. She loved to cook and bake, and always had a collection of the most fun aprons. Her absolute favorite color was always aqua. The walls in her living room were aqua. The cabinets in her kitchen were aqua. The funny thing is, guess what my favorite color is now? Yep. Aqua. For this apron, I paper-pieced this using yummy October Afternoon papers in coordinating prints. So easy to do. Just place the Apron stencil over the areas you want and trace inside with a pencil, cut out…


Nothing is more cool than a blog hop, especially one organized by the fabulous Taylor Usry and Cyndi Bundy! At this stage in the Summer/4th of July Hop, you must need a little refreshment and cooling off. Especially if you've just come from Jenn's blog. That is one HOT designer and a hard act to follow, but I'll try my best! Lol. My first chilly card is featuring Stampendous images for the summer. The Ice Pop was created using the Painting with Powder technique. For more info, click HERE. The Yummy 4th sentiment was paper-pieced for added pop.  I kept it simple with kraft cardstock, fun colorful paper, and pompom trim. (Visit the Stampendous Impressions blog for more inspiration.)

My second card is featuring Dreamweaver Stencils, techniques, and products. I went with a summer beach theme for this card. I sludge-pasted the Mosaic Swirls over the card base with a mix of three shades of paste.  (Info HERE) This same sludge was used to stencil the Celebrate and Summer sentime…