Showing posts from April, 2015

A Dream Team Finale, and a New Beginning


It's been five years since my first year as a Dream Team member, and a wonderful five years they've been. Every member we've had on our team has either stayed or moved on to other creative endeavors, but have remained an integral part of Dreamweaver, and good friends. Lynell became the sister I never had, and I see no reason for that to change as we move forward. I wish her and Wayne the best of everything in the future as they continue to be creative on a less stressful level, and as they welcome the birth of their first grandchild in the upcoming weeks. The Dream Team will also move on in other creative directions, and many of them have been selected to be a part of the Stampendous/Dreamweaver team along with me. We will continue to post on Thursdays, along with many of the regular Stampendous team members, so you'll have quite the variety of inspiration and tips at your disposal.

For my post today, I thought I'd start by sharing my very first card tha…

"KLIK" as a Wink or Jewelry in a Snap?

Klik Interchangeable Jewelry from Metal Complex is a fantastic new line of DIY accessory options. With two snap sizes and dozens of settings to snap your creations into, this terrific product is fun to play with for every level of crafter. There are tons of pre-made snaps so you can just “klik and go” to change up your look. But this week we’re playing with the Metal Complex Snap Bezel Blanks so we can craft our own masterpieces of wearable art. Along with this collaboration, we are working with Envirotex Jewelry amazing product to easily make the jewelry of your creative dreams! 

Yes, there will be prizes...three random winners will receive a prize package that includes Klik Snap Bezel Blanks and jewelry components, a package of ETI Resin and a Stampendous Eclectic Perfectly Clear Stamp Set. To win one of these awesome prize packages, you need to comment on the Stampendous blog and that of each Stampendous designer in the list provided below. Eligible winners are…

Dreamweaver: Showers of Showers-Week Four

Ever use the expression, "When it rains, it pours"? This does not have to be a bad thing, does it? For the month of April, the Dream Team are featuring "Showers of Showers" as our theme. As usual, we'd love for you to play along. Just link your creation on the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...bonus chances for incorporating Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous in your design. Here's what I'm showering you with this week...

So...maybe not precisely a shower card. More like a wedding card. However, I should get points for finally finding my creative mojo again...

This  card uses a base of Bazzill aqua cardstock, a second panel of it with a die cut opening, and machine-embossed with the Dreamweaver Large Damask stencil design. The Stampendous Wedding Couple was stamped and lightly colored with my Copic Sketch Markers. I brushed a bit of DecoArt DecoPage Matte medium, and sprinkled with Stampendous Crystal Micro Glitter. The

KITTEN Around with Stampendous

I'm not kitten you, Stampendous has the cutest felines you've ever seen! Including the Cling Feline Curious featured here, wanting to join in on the lemonade party along with the Cling House Mouse Designs® Share a Sip image. A couple of the Hummingbird Dies and matching stamps flew in for the event as well. Using the Stampendous Pop Up Die set, there is so much fun dimension to highlight each cute image and the bright Authentique papers to go with. Just in case you are low on patterned papers, can always create your own. The light blue panels were stamped with the Cling Floral Tapestry in VersaMark ink and embossed with White Embossing Powder. A stamped birthday sentiment and fluffy silk bow from May Arts were the finishing touches.

Remember, the team are playing with kitties all of this week, so be sure to follow the links from the Stampendous blog! Here are those that are playing today:

Stampendous Blog Jamie Martin Pam Hornschu Kristine Reynolds

Going Vintage with Stampendous and Dreamweaver

I'm really loving all the opportunities now to mix my Dreamweaver designs in with the Stampendous line of products. This card features the new Dreamweaver Chunky Art Tools (only the fountain pen), ink stenciled over the top of an ivory cardstock panel stamped with the Vintage Letter image. Plenty of ink and manual distressing was added for the vintage effect that I was going for. I love the combination of the navy blue Bazzill Dotted Swiss cardstock against the marbled ivory. The Stampendous Cling Elegant Scroll was stamped in dark blue ink over both panels. Sprinkles of Aged Gold Embossing Enamel were heated from underneath to melt randomly over the card. I used a VersaMark marker to add ink to the fountain pen and covered those areas in the gold as well.Going

For more visual inspiration with mixing Stampendous and Dreamweaver, be sure to visit the rest of the teams links:

Stampendous Blog Kristine Reynolds Amy Hurley-Purdie Pam Hornschu

Refreshing Showers for an Oldie-but-Goodie

I apologize, but I'm posting another oldie-but-goodie for this month's "Showers of Showers" challenge. I'm still a bit mentally and physically challenged from the auto accident I was in three weeks ago. This one was always a favorite of mine. It was one of the first times that I used a stencil as if it was a stamp. Yes, that's correct. The panel of decorative paper on the side was "stamped" by inking the Dreamweaver Umbrella background stencil itself with black pigment ink, and pressing it onto the paper. The inked surface was embossed with Stampendous Midnight Black Embossing Powder just as if you'd stamped the image.

The focal panel was first machine embossed with the Umbrella stencil, and then paste-embossed over the top with Translucent Embossing Paste through the Rain background stencil. While this was drying, I traced the Umbrella stencil onto more decorative paper, cut out the sections, and paper pieced them over the umbrella on the foca…

A Widdle Dream with Dreamweavers

The Stampendous team are really "Dreaming with a Little Dreamweaver" this week...showing off just how perfect Dreamweaver stencils are with Stampendous images...

One. Two. Three. AWWWWWWWWWW. Isn't this widdle House Mouse Designs® Bottle Bunny the cutest? Cute enough to not pile too much frou frou on top. Just stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink, colored with Copic Sketch Markers, wrapped in yummy pink silk ribbon from May Arts, with a tied on tag of the perfect sentiment. The perfect background was created by machine-embossing the Dreamweaver Large Scales stencil on Core'dinations Vintage cardstock, sanding the embossed areas, and swiping over them with Sea Breeze VersaMagic ink from Tsukineko.

Dreamweaver Showers of Showers: Week Two

Ever use the expression, "When it rains, it pours"? This does not have to be a bad thing, does it? For the month of April, the Dream Team are featuring "Showers of Showers" as our theme. As usual, we'd love for you to play along. Just link your creation on the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the stencil of your choice...bonus chances for incorporating Dreamweaver and/or Stampendous in your design. Here's what I'm showering you with this week...

Some of you may recognize this card, as I've posted it before. I was recently in a bad car accident, so my level of strength for creating in my studio is a bit low. Though I was scared half to death, I do feel that I have "showers of blessings". I'm still alive. My son is still alive and doing better than I. My arms and legs work just fine. And I'm fortunate enough to be blessed by so many friends, family, and followers who love me, and have been concerned with my well-being through a…

Musically Inclined with Stampendous and Dreamweaver

Acoustically speaking, the Stampendous team are really enjoying their musical creations this week. My feature card was a cooperative creation. I handed the Acoustic Sounds image and my Copic Sketch markers to my son, Bryan for him to stamp and color that particular panel. He really enjoyed mimicking the wood grain, attempting to match the color variations to his own acoustic guitar. I added some Memento Toffee ink around the edges of the panel, and sprinkled a bit of Stampendous Spoonful of Rust encrusting mix around the edges before heating to melt.

The kraft card base was ink distressed. A panel of Core'dinations Chalk Core was machine embossed with the Dreamweaver Waves and Dots stencil, sanded, and brushed with the Toffee ink for a cohesive and grungy look. A scrap of guitar music was distressed and added, along with a handcut guitar "pick" tucked into an actual wrap of guitar string wire. The sentiments added were from the Perfectly Clear Happy Greetings set. A per…