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Spellbinders and Stampendous Quarterly Hop...Spookilicious!

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Stampendous and Spellbinders are hopping today, and Wendy Price and I are the featured designers for this event! However, before I share my project with you, I want to let you know where you'll find all of the info, rules, and details for this hop, so that YOU will not miss out on some awesome prizes! Spellbinder's rules can be found HERE. Stampendous' rules and info can be found HERE.
I've created this Halloween "lantern", perfect for party or home decor to ramp up the spooky! Here's the info: <

Smashing Pumpkins with Stampendous

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It's a big week for pumpkins on the Stampendous Blog, and I'm sharing a very small pumpkin...but, it's a very cute pumpkin! With a bit of spooky thrown in. This is the "Monica Butterfly" image from House Mouse Designs®, and she's found herself in a spooky situation...all alone, under a "Leafless Tree" (Dreamweaver Die Cut!), on a partly cloudy (created with the scalloped edge of the Dreamweaver Picasso tool) Halloween night. But, she's not afraid, 'cuz she knows that the man in the moon is there to wish her a "Haunty Halloween", and fill her pumpkin bucket with moonbeams that will turn into oodles of yummy treats, plus one toothbrush with toothpaste of course (Monica is big on dental hygiene!). Liberal swipes of Tuxedo Black Memento and Cloud White VersaMagic inks add to the eerie feel, and Monica has been colored with Copic Sketch Markers to capture the moon glow and shadows.  For more "smashing pumpkins", chec…

Dreamweaver Thursday: Dreamy Distressing

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Most likely, if you've been following the Stampendous Blog and Team posts this week, then you've probably seen this video of the amazing Andy Skinner demonstrating his "faux rust technique" with DecoArt® products, and Stampendous images that he has designed. If not, check it out HERE.



Can you tell that I had a bit of fun with his technique? However, instead of going faux rust, I aimed for faux slate, and added distressed and "chipped" edges. Pretty cool, huh? Looks heavy, doesn't it? But, it's not! Probably about 1.5 ounces at the most. Like Andy, I used black foam core board from the craft store. I cut down the large sheet into manageable pieces, and went to work. How did I do it? Well, it's being featured on the Stampendous Blog today with oodles of step-outs so you can see the process, and be inspired to create your own!

I will give you a hint...I used several great products from DecoArt®, and the Dreamweaver Heart Ornaments stencil from Sta…

Let's get Distressed with Stampendous!

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Creating with a distressed look can still have happy and fun results as I've shown with my card today. Happy bright colors, with torn edges, smeared inks, piles of texture is so interesting...don't you think?

I've used my Stampendous Creative Palette, and added several drops of various Dreamweaver Color Solutions Alcohol inks, with several drops of blender solution, and let the colors swirl. I grabbed a few panels of Stampendous Mixed Media White cardstock, and placed them over the surface to grab the beautiful colors. A few more drops of blender between each panel keeps the solution wet enough, while the colors become more pastel.

Obviously, the panel I used for this card was my first, and the most saturated. When the ink was dry, I stamped the Cling Blossom Bunch in Black StazOn ink. The edges were torn and ink was smudged. A heavy sprinkling of Powder Blue and Purple Color Fragments with Shabby Blue Embossing Enamel over the top of them was heated from underneath for t…

A Very "Distressing" Week with Stampendous

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Who says that distressing your creations has to be stressful? Stampendous carries a perfect line of products, and fifteen amazingly talented team members, to help you create whatever look you want. From CAS (clean and simple), to distressed, to OMGeee over-the-top, we've got it all!

One of the industry's favorite artists, Andy Skinner, has designed some über-cool Cling Stamp images for Stampendous, and the distressed look is pretty much a given when using his designs. Below is a video where he shares his love of mixed media design:



I created the above mixed media piece using Andy Skinner's Cling Industrial and Nature sets. See the crackle edging all around the "frame"? It's just the crackle image from the Industrial set stamped in Rich Cocoa Memento ink on sage green cardstock. Period. How cool is that? What appears to be an artist's canvas is simply Core'dinations Vintage cardstock, sanded a bit here and there, and inked around the edges. The barn, …

Woodware: Piecing Stockings with Care

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Who doesn't love plaid for Christmas? It just goes with pine and fir trees, pine cones, snow, and all of the flavors of the Season. For this card, I used bits of various Dreamweaver stencils...the Stockings by the Fire (stockings only), the Ornate Christmas Tree (off the edges, and one upside-down), and the Happy Holidays sentiment. All of these were ink-stenciled with dark brown ink, except for the stockings. They were each traced and cut out from fun papers, with mismatched cuffs. They are hanging not off a mantle, but by small metal brad fasteners through the bottom of the matted sentiment. Be sure to visit the Woodware Blog all of this week for more paper-pieced perfection!

Tombow Hop Days Finale

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We've been having a fun blog hop mixing Stampendous, Dreamweaver, and one of our favorite craft partners, Tombow, for the last few days. Today's the finale, but I have a distinct feeling that you'll be seeing more of Tombow's wonderful art products in the months to come from our team.

You know there will be prizes for this hop, so leave your kind comments as you go. Be sure to check previous days that you may have missed. All the rules and prizes, etc. will be found on the Stampendous Blog!

Tombow was generous (as usual) with each of us, and my new toys came in the form of their Recycled Colored Pencils. I was really surprised with these. I expected...ho hum...another set of pencils with so much wax in them that you can't get a good vibrant color, and can't layer color, and blend nicely. I was SOOOO wrong! Here's my project:

Check out the beautiful color on this darling House Mouse Carrying Mints image from Stampendous! You really feel like you can steal o…

Stampendous, Dreamweaver, and Tombow Go Shabby and Chic!

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The Stampendous team are hopping with Tombow all this weekend, playing with all of the fun goodies that Tombow has so generously sent to us, and mixing them up with our Stampendous and Dreamweaver products...and boy, has it been fun! Remember to leave comments along the way to be entered into a chance to win one of the prizes. You can find all the rules and details on the Stampendous Blog! Meanwhile, here's some shabby fun with the Zero Drawing technique...
For this card, I started with a panel of Bazzill Dotted Swiss white cardstock for fun texture. I daubed graphite dust over the paper before placing the Dreamweaver Mittens stencil on top. This was taped with removable tape, and then the magic happens! Using one of the Tombow Mono Erasers (I have the Non PVC eraser as well as the Zero Mono with it's small, pen-like tip), I erased the graphite from the stencil design. I also used the Dreamweaver Snowflakes background to erase and add those designs in the graphite as well. Thi…

Cool Products, Cool Techniques, More Fun with Tombow

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qb01fGtd0FE
As we approach our exciting hops days with Tombow, we're hoping to get YOU as excited as we are! So we're sharing a very interesting and cool technique that artist Marie Browning has been teaching with Tombow products for a few years now...called, "Zero Drawing". I've shared Fran Seiford's tutorial above on her mix of Dreamweaver stencils with this technique. This is something Marie has done for several years as she and Dreamweaver's original owner, Lynell Harlow are friends, and had collaborated on this before.  My version of this technique features the Dreamweaver Corner Flowers stencil. As shown in the video, I've sanded my Tombow Graphite Pencil a bit to create some "dust", and pounced this over my chosen paper (Canson textured). Placing the stencil on top, and taping it down with removable tape, I began to "Zero out", or erase the areas of the design using Tombow's Mono Zero and N…