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Woodware: Sketch 38 Playtime

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I had fun with Woodware's Sketch 38, using one of my favorite techniques, in my favorite colors, and using a favorite stencil, die, and background stamp! The background "Many Christmases" stamp from Woodware's Jane Gill was stamped in Versamark ink on a white panel, and embossed in Stampendous White EP. Then I took a selection of Clearsnap ColorBox Chalk inks in French Blue, Pastel Lime, Aquamarine, Ice Jade, and Blue Lagoon, and stamped blocks of the pads overlapping. You can then take a paper towel or rag and wipe the ink off the embossing as it resists the ink. I did an extra panel as well, but inked the Dreamweaver Antler Snowflake and embossed it for the resist. I used the Dreamweaver Nested Ornaments die to cut out the shape, and matted it with lime green mirrorboard before adhering it with foam squares over a corrugated strip of the mirrorboard, along with the sheer dotted bow and a crystal.


Dreamweaver: Still Playing with New Toys for the Holidays!

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How many of Dreamweaver's newly-released toys are you hoping for in your stocking this year? How about adding the new Nested Stockings set of Dies, along with the matching stencils? Here's how you can use them to create the card shown here:

1) Tape down the Stocking stencilon black cardstock, and paste it with Matte Black Embossing Paste. Set aside to dry.
2) Meanwhile, fold Bazzill Dotted Swiss red cardstock to create card. Layer a black and light blue panel of cardstock together, and adhere to the card.
3) Paste over the top of dried black paste with Crackle Embossing Paste. Let dry.
4) Meanwhile, ink-stencil in black the Happy Holidays stencil on a scrap of light blue, and round corners.
5) When surface is dry and crackled, tape the stencil back over the top, and using the Tsukineko Splendor inkpad as your palette, along with medium and large stencil brushes, ink color over the background, the cuff, and the heel and toes areas. Heat set ink a bit.
6) Continue to ink your de…

Woodware: In Case You Weren't Aware...Christmas is Coming!

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This is our challenge for Woodware this week...Christmas is Coming? Every store is full of holiday decor, gifts, and inspiration abounds. If you are a regular cardmaker for Christmas, then you know you need to start planning well in advance. This week will be a great beginning for creating that stack that you'll need.

My card features the new Cardinal Elements cling stamp from Stampendous. One of those all-in-one images that you can stamp it and be done, or in my case, stamp it once on the craft cardstock in black ink and emboss it in black, and again on patterned paper. Color and cut out the image, and paper-piece it. An extra patterned panel, some ink smudges, and some striped twine, and you're on the next card! Easy peasy!

Be sure to check the Woodware Blog all week for more Christmas inspiration!


Stampendous: Shaking It Up With Skulls and Skeletons

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Blogging is very confusing this time of the year! One post is Christmas. The next is Thanksgiving! Yet another is Halloween! This is one of those...obviously! This week, the Stampendous team are being challenged to feature skulls and skeletons. My card has both, 'cuz I'm an over-achiever.

I created a shaker card first, by stamping the Tomb Elements in Versamark and embossing him (Or her? Is that a gravestone, or are you just glad to see me?) in white on black cardstock. I used a Sakura Fluorescent Gelly Roll pen to  color just the skeleton. I ink-stenciled the Dreamweaver Stone Wall on a long orange panel, scored in the center 1/8" space between the two lines, and folded. Now, I used a Spellbinder Nestabilities die to cut a window opening, and adhered acetate behind it. I placed long, thin strips of foam taped on the inside, to completely cover the perimeter of the window. Before adhering to the other side, I sprinkled some Stampendous Trick or Treat, Lime, and Purple Col…

Stampendous: A Dazzling Finale!

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Hope you're enjoying all the inspiration featuring Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets and Stampendous Stamps and Essentials this week! We know you'd love to win some goodies to try yourself! If you missed the earlier posts, here are the links for you. MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY The team over at Add a Little Dazzle has created a special featuring the metals from this blog hop for those of you who have already realized you're going to need these products. You can find it here - Add A Little Dazzle Stampendous Hop Special

Of course you might win some, too! We're giving away three prize packages this week for comments on the blogs. A nice package of Metal Sheets, Stamps and Cutting Dies!

Here's my creation for today:


I had soooo much fun creating this apothecary jar! I have five of these jars that are on my shelf in my studio to display buttons, pompoms, rhinestones, flowers, etc., but I just had to steal one from the set. So now my flowers are in a Zip…

Dreamweaver: Power Pasting for the Holidays!

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Where did the summer go? Kids are back in school, with all the insanity that goes with it, vacations are a not-so-distant memory, and it is once again time to get busy with the important things in life...crafting for the holidays! Yay! All of September the Dream Team will be featuring all the new goodies we have for the "Most wonderful time of the year", the fall and winter holiday season. New stencil designs, new dies, and...brand new, soon-to-be-released embossing folders featuring some of our top-selling designs, all to be found on-line through the Stencil with Style web-site, or your local papercrafting store.

Here's my holiday inspiration for this week:

This card features our new Chevron background stencil, embossed in Glossy Red paste on a white cardstock panel. Over the top is a red panel with the Ornament Joy stencil paste-embossed in Glossy White. So simple. The perfect design for "power pasting"! "What's that?", you say? Here's a…

Woodware: Froufrou For the Holidays!

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The Woodware team is breaking into Grandma's attic for this post! Our challenge is using lace, ribbon, and pearls...so much fun! My card features the Clear Magic Nutcracker image with comes with some lovely snowflake designs. I used a mottled ivory cardstock, which I aged a bit with ColorBox Graphic 45 Venetian Lace ink. I stamped the Nutcracker in black ink on the card front, as well as a couple of sheets of the Cardmaker Christmas Post 8 X 8 paper pad that I keep using for everything! I stamped one more in white ink on one of the black patterned sheets. Then I decided how I wanted to dress my Nutcracker, and proceeded to cut out the various pieces and adhere them. I swiped a bit of white ink over him just to wash him out a bit. Now for the froufrou! I gave him a nice layer of Stampendous White Flock for his hair, beard, and mustache. He received a nice smattering of adhesive pearls on his jacket and hat. Now that he was all dressed up for the occasion, I stamped and embossed in …

Stampendous: Adding a Bit of Holiday Dazzle!

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This week we're playing with the wonderful Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets and all of our terrific Stampendous products. We hope you're enjoying the inspiration so far! If you missed yesterday's post, here's a link for you. MONDAY The team over at Add a Little Dazzle has created a special featuring the metals from this blog hop for those of you who have already realized you're going to need these products. You can find it here - Add A Little Dazzle Stampendous Hop Special. Of course you might win some, too! We're giving away three prize packages this week for comments on the blogs. A nice package of Metal Sheets, Stamps and Cutting Dies!

Here's my creation for today:



My little holiday gift box is a base of unfinished wood box from the local big box store for one dollar, which I've swiped Tsukineko Toffee VersaFine ink over, and sealed with a brushed coat of Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage medium. During the very few minutes this took to dry, I quic…

Woodware: Playing with Punches

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The Woodware challenge this week provided me with another opportunity to add to my stock of Christmas cards, and to do it quick and simply. Our challenge is to use punches, and Woodware has a huge variety...all shapes, sizes, borders...amazing selection! I chose the Woodware Snowflake punch which was punched from plain white cardstock, and layered over a panel of Cardworks Christmas Post collection of papers, with a mat of white, and a card base of craft cardstock. To brighten it up a bit, I added buttons layered with Card Candi in Holly Berries, and sentiments from the Peel Offs. The size of this card fits nicely into a regular letter size envelope to use with normal postage.

Dreamweaver Stencils: Being Positive and Negative for the Holidays!

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Where did the summer go? Kids are back in school, with all the insanity that goes with it, vacations are a not-so-distant memory, and it is once again time to get busy with the important things in life...crafting for the holidays! Yay! All of September the Dream Team will be featuring all the new goodies we have for the "Most wonderful time of the year", the fall and winter holiday season. New stencil designs, new dies, and...brand new, soon-to-be-released embossing folders featuring some of our top-selling designs, all to be found on-line through the Stencil with Style web-site, or your local papercrafting store.

Here's my holiday inspiration for this week:

Here I am again featuring the positive and the negative in my design-work. Rather than being a glass-half-full-or-empty type of person, I think I use both! Dreamweaver has just released a new Chevron background which I used to paste-emboss in Glossy Black a full panel on red cardstock. I used the also-new Oval Or…

Stampendous: Sweet Treats for the Mouse in the House!

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Welcome to a haunting week with House-Mouse Designs® and Stampendous! My card features the Monica and Amanda "Dino Treats" duo sharing their sweets. The focal image was colored with a multitude of Copics (C1,3,5,7; BV0000,00,23; RV00; Y06,15,17; YR04,07; B00,05,06,99; YG11; G14), with a sponged cloudy background created with a Tsukineko dauber, London Fog Memento, and the Dreamweaver Picasso tool's scallop edge, as well as a dauber swiped bit of Tsukineko Dandelion Memento
ink for the moon glow. Mounted on a background of Authentique paper from the Latest & Greatest 6 X 6 square pad, and to a Bazzill cardstock base, with the addition of a Dreamweaver Leafless Tree die cut, a sprinkling of Stampendous Trick or Treat Color Fragments, and finally, embossed in black the new Halloween Wish sentiment! I just love coloring these little critters. House-Mouse Designs® have been a favorite of mine for at least fifteen years! I promise they'll be a favorite of yours as well…