Showing posts from July, 2012


Did all of you have as much with the Stampendous new release week and hop last week as we did? Here is the winner of the extra blog candy offered on my blog for the week:

Denise Bryant
Congrats, Denise! I'll be emailing you for your snail mail address in order to receive your prize...the Cling Jumbo Orchid from Stampendous!Thanks to everyone for following along and leaving me such wonderful comments!

Shrinking London?

I get so excited about the Olympics, and this year I am particularly excited as they are being held in London, and I took my first trip there in February...not to be my last! I've really enjoyed watching the Opening Ceremonies and the background images, knowing that I've been there!

My card for the Woodware UK challenge this week...using shrink plastic...celebrates my love of the Olympics and London. Featuring the new Stampendous Cling London image, with the addition of a Union Jack Peel Off sticker in the background, I really had fun with this.

I die cut a large square shape from the Polyshrink white. I wiped both sides with talcum powder to prevent the piece from sticking to itself during the shrink process. Then I stamped the image with Black StazOn ink. When dry, I used markers to color the image. Remember that this will shrink approximately 50%, and colors will concentrate, so keep your coloring lighter than you want it to be. I punched a slot at the top for the ribbon ba…

Are You PINING for the New Release from Stampendous?

It seems a bit surreal to post a snow scene during the middle of a heat wave, but that's the fun of working in the crafting industry! My post for the Stampendous Release Hop today features several fabulous new products. Going with a kraft card base, I added a couple of layers that included a pine green die cut mat, and a die cut oval frame on top. The top panel used the new Cling Jumbo Pine Boughs set...perfect for creating your own pine scene...and was stamped in black and layered with an embossing portion of needles with the new Aged Green Embossing Enamel. The inside panel featured the new Cling Snow Scene Postcard stamped in black on vellum. This panel as well as the top panel were sprinkled with a snow spatter of Shabby Green Embossing Enamel (deceptive name as the majority of color is white). Using a VersaMark pen, I was able to add "snow" to the branches with the same embossing enamel. A little glue marker provided the perfect adhesive for a sprinkle of…

Vamping the New Release Week

Feeling a bit vampish lately? If not, you soon will be. Bwahahahaha! My post today features the new Cling Halloween Sprite, which is layered for more pop. The background was embossed with the new Aged Green Embossing Enamel. The image was colored with Copic markers* in truly gruesome colors. She gives new meaning to the term "blue hair". Lol. For extra color and texture, I added a sprinkling of the new Purple Color Fragments. I truly love the Color Fragments...they add the perfect touch of color and texture to your project. They are lightweight and easy to adhere with any adhesive.

I encourage you to hop around to the rest of the team's blogs today, but first, leave me a comment for an opportunity to win this set of Cling Jumbo Orchid images. I will give this to a random person who has visited and commented on all three of my post days this week. If you missed my post on Wednesday, click HERE. Be sure to come back tomorrow for the huge team hop for more exciting reveals!

Summertime Square

July just seems to be flying by, and I'm not even a kid out on summer break! However, the Dream Team are still in the summer mood, and in our final week of the Summer Fun theme challenge.

I had big plans for my post today. I had this great package of pre-cut, pre-pinked (scissors, not color) quilt scraps in my favorite colors that just screamed "beach fun". I began paste-embossing various shells (scallop and sand dollar) and sea creatures from Dreamweaver Stencils on the squares, with the intent of sewing them together as a cover for a throw pillow. Obviously, that's going to take a little more time. I promise that I'll post it when finished!

However, I chose to use one of my squares for a fun summer card. Each shell was paste-embossed in Glossy White. It's really surprising how easy it is to paste on fabric, possibly because there's nothing slick to slip and slide over. I added an epoxy sentiment. I love these as their translucency doesn't detract fr…

Stampendous Release Week...Not a Scaredy-Cat, Are You?

I am soooo excited about this release week with the Stampendous team. You have no idea how hard it's been to keep this bunch of seasonal images under wraps!

My card today features the new Kiddo Kitty Scare cling image. Isn't it just the cutest? So much fun to color* 'cuz...hey...Halloween? Duh! I just love her green hair, and the gray fluffy kitty looks just like my sweet Smokey, who also is a bit of a scaredy-cat.

Along with fun new images, Stampendous has released some yummy new Essentials, including the Trick or Treat Color Fragments...a great blend of black, orange, white, and gray...perfect for Halloween! Just spread a little glue where you want them, and sprinkle away!

One lucky commenter on MY blog this week, will have the opportunity to win this fabulous bit of blog candy...the Cling Jumbo Orchid, in addition to the opportunity to win from Stampendous, as mentioned below. Not sure what you'd do with this gorgeous image? Take a look at one of my creations on th…

Woodware UK Goes Zen!

Well...maybe not "Zen" precisely, but Zen-tangling can be peaceful and relaxing, especially if you use stencils to create the basic shape to add your patterns inside. Today, for the Woodware UK team, I am posting two cards created with Dreamweaver Stencils using the Zentangle, or Zendoodle technique (as Francoise refers to it).

The first card features one of the many gorgeous butterfly stencils that Dreamweaver carries, and just happens to have a couple extras on the same stencil. The process goes like this:

1) Using Sakura Micron pens in the 6 pack selection of sizes, trace the insides of the stencil design on good quality cardstock.
2) Create "sections" inside.
3) Doodle or make patterns inside. There are a wide variety of ideas for patterns online. Or, better yet, check out the wide variety of Zentangle books from Design Originals, including the sixth book in the series, "Zentangle 6: Terrific Stencils and Cards", featuring works of art from Suzanne Mc…

Faux Opaque Glass with Dreamweavers!

As you are reading this post, I am at the final day of the Craft and Hobby Association (CHA) summer show. Twice a year this show is the winter it's usually in California, and in the summer it is usually in the Chicago area. This is always an exciting time...for those that are exhibiting and those that are buying. This is not a show for consumers, this is where the trade will find the latest and greatest products being introduced for YOUR purchasing pleasure in the very near future.

I will be at the Dreamweaver Stencils' booth, along with Lynell, Kristi, Laura, and Louise. We'll be selling, demonstrating, teaching, showing off the samples that we created for the show, and getting pretty excited at seeing old friends and making new ones. However, since I won't be at home creating something new for this post, I am featuring a card that I created for the last release of new Dreamweaver designs using the Stylized Dahlia. If you were here a couple of days ago, you…

Gray and Chartreuse? Yep, It Works!

Sometimes it is just so fun to work with something out of your comfort zone. This week's challenge with the Woodware UK team, is to work with gray and chartreuse. Amazingly enough, I was the one that suggested this combo, and I wonder how many of my team mates are wondering what the "yank" was thinking. This combo intrigued me. I've seen several design sites that have used this combo, and I thought that it was cool. What do YOU think?

For this card, I used the Dreamweaver Stylized Dahlia, which was embossed on Co'ordinations' cardstock, sanded, and paper-pieced
with this dotted paper from Bo Bunny. I inked around the edges of each piece for a more dimensional appearance, and added Stickles dots and Card Candi for embellishment.

The card base was also Co'ordinations cardstock, embossed with the Dreamweaver Waves & Dots stencil, and sanded to reveal the design. A sentiment oval was added to finish this off.

Remember to check out the rest of the Woodwar…

Welcome to the Stampendous/Envirotex Hop!

We're so happy you found us today! We've been enjoying the fun crafting potential of combining our fantastic stamp images with EnviroTex Jewelry Resin from Environmental Technologies. Carmi Cimiata of the Resin Crafts Blog has helped us learn so much about how this product works, what it can and cannot do. We're so appreciative of her and the folks at ETI who sent us all some resin to play with. {big round of applause!} We've prepared some fantastic projects to inspire you today.

 As you have so many fabulously talented ladies to visit today, I'm keeping my post short and to the point. After working for several days with the resin, I had the notion that it would be fun to use in a clear ornament (available at Michael's). I mixed a small amount of the resin, stirred in some Iceberg Color Solutions from Dreamweavers, some Shaved Ice, Holographic Glitter, and Color Fragments from the Stampendous Fran•táge collection, and poured it inside the ornament. I swirled …

Stampendous and Envirotex...It's Perfectly Clear!

The Stampendous team has been having a blast playing along with Carmi Cimiata from Resin Crafts Blog, and exploring all of the most amazing uses of EnviroTex Craft Resin. She makes it look so easy we just had to try it. We saw the potential immediately! With all our terrific images plus all the amazing things you can float or embed in the resin…ooh… Fran•táge, here we come!

 For my third post mixing Stampendous and Envirotex Jewelry Resin, I'm showing off one of my favorite projects of this Royal Bird Pendant, featuring images from the Perfectly Clear Charm Collection. I picked up the heart shaped silver bezel at my local Hobby Lobby. I loved this particular design as it is deeper than most bezels that I have seen, allowing for more of the fun Stampendous Fran•táge Essentials to be added.

I stamped and colored the images on a piece of tissue, and adhered it to the bottom of the bezel with Beacon Adhesives Fast Finish Decoupage, and brushed more over the top. I…