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Dia de Los Muertos...a Celebration of a Crafty Life with Stampendous, Dreamweaver, and Glue Dots

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We've been busy little hoppers for most of this fall, and this week is no exception. This week we're sharing our creativity with Glue Dots...an industry staple! These little clear dots come on runners for super convenience, really stick to just about everything, and there are sizes to accommodate every project. They're kind of like "hidden gems". You may not always see them, but you can be confident in them being there! And, as with every hop, we have wonderful prizes as shown in the banner below. All rules and stipulations can be found on the Stampendous blog HERE, but basically...leave a comment for each post from the team and on the two companies posts for a chance to win.


Here's what I have to share today...


As the Stampendous team have been challenged to "Bring Out the Dead", I thought I'd post my box that celebrates the life of the dead. As a traditional celebration in Latino communities, this is an occasion to celebrate the lives of lov…

The Dreamweaver Ghouls Bring Out the Dead...or the Undead

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Boy, did I have fun going gory and gruesome for this challenge...or should I say, three challenges, and one hop? For starters, I'm posting for the hop with Glue Dots®, as shown in the banner above.


There are awesome prizes to be had by leaving comments on all the links. If you live in Australia, there's an opportunity for you to win as well. You can find all the rules and info HERE


Also, I'm posting this for the 31 Days of Halloween challenge on the Smeared Ink Blog. Plus, the Stampendous team are sharing all things dead and/or undead this week. Finally, it's Dreamweaver Thursday, and many of our ghouls are on a death wish as well...bwahahahahaha.


There is a lot going on here. First, the card base is Bazzill Basics  cardstock, which has been ink-sprayed through the Dreamweaver Quatrefoil stencil in the background, as well as ripped, torn, smudged, and distressed.

The second layer is a panel of gray Core'dinations cardstock, which has been run through my Big…

Woodware Sketech 47 Challenge: Leafy Thanks

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n The Woodware team is back for another sketch challenge...number 47 to be precise. My card features the Dreamweaver Zen Flower machine-embossed onto the front of a side-fold horizontal blue card. Using a large stencil brush, I swiped deeper blue ink over the surface to emphasize the design.
The long strip at the top is from the Forever in Time patterned paper called "Graffiti", on which I stamped the thank you in deep blue ink using the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Vintage Alphabet set. The green panel was the negative portion of a die cut Dreamweaver Leafy Branch die, and the insert was a positive image of the same die on ivory cardstock, and inked with turquoise ink. All parts have been ink-distressed around the edges to emphasize and to coordinate with each other.
The end result is a very simple card with a unique look. Come play along with the Woodware team for this month's challenge. The rules can be found on the Woodware Blog.

Mixing It Up with Nathalie Kalbach Studio Designs and Stampendous

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Welcome to the final day of the Stampendous hop featuring designs by Nathalie Kalbach. You'll want them all by the end of this day, but we're specifically highlighting the Cling Marks and Cling Fiesta sets. As with all of our hops, there will be prizes, and you could be one of the winners. Just leave comments all of this week on each post that the team has had, along with the Stampendous blog. See Official Rules.

There are also opportunities for someone in Australia and the UK to win as well. Just leave in your  comments that you are from either country for a chance to win from the Stencil Specialists in Australia or Woodware Crafts in the UK.

Here's how I got really messy with Nathalie this week:

Yep. I did another t-shirt. You may see many in the future, as I'm kind of addicted to them. A different way of playing with all of my creative toys, that I've really never tried much before. To get a basic step-by-step idea of how I'm doing these, check out my post f…

Dreamweaver Thursday: Messy Mixes with Nathalie Kalbach Studio by Stampendous

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Whether you love or hate to get messy, this week we have something for everyone! The Stampendous team are featuring our licensed artist, Nathalie Kalbach, and some of her amazing designs that Stampendous has created for the artist in all of us. As with any of our hops, there will be great prizes, like these...


And, yes, there are rules for those who'd love to win! You can find all of the details HERE on the Stampendous blog.

As a reminder, today is also Dreamweaver Thursday, so you'll see a bit of that mixed in has well! Here is what I have to share with you for today...


I went a bit crazy creating this cork box full of notecards, all with a mix of Nathalie's "Marks" set, Dreamweaver Stencils' I Beams and Feather stencils, plus their Glossy Black Paste, all from Stampendous, and plenty of paints, inks, cord, and Fran•tagé Accessories. It looks as though it might be tricky, but actually it is quite simple, and would make an awesome gift for male or female fri…

Woodware UK: It's Popping Up Mice in the House for Christmas!

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Eek! There are mice popping up everywhere, just in time for Christmas! These are really cute ones, and they only want your Christmas candy, and apparently, like to keep their breath minty fresh!

This card features the Stampendous Pop Up Die set. The insert portion was die cut with the set, then with the edge dies, and finally, run through an embossing machine with the Dreamweaver Christmas Borders Embossing Folder. A nice swipe of pink ink emphasizes the cute designs.

The Mint Nibbler and the Carrying Mints House Mouse Designs® images are stamped on the Stampendous Mixed Media cardstock, colored with markers, cut out, and adhered to the pop up panels. Oh, and of course, they've been Micro Glittered as well!

Dreamweaver Stocking Dies were used to cut out green stockings, also embossing with the folder, and brushed with ink, too. It is hard to tell whether the Carrying Mints Mouse is filling or emptying the stockings, but he obviously is willing to share with his friend. A perfect se…

31 Days of Halloween: Brewing Up Some Spookiness with Stampendous and Dreamweaver-Day19

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Today I'm posting my favorite project that I've created for the Smeared Ink Blog's 31 Days of Halloween. This t-shirt was so much fun to make! Here's what I used...
Dreamweaver Stencils' Spider Web, Bats, Large Flourish, and Vintage Decor stencils; StampendousPerfectly Clear Tricky Words stamp set; Dreamweaver Color Solutions Alcohol Inks (Pumpkin, Paprika, Winter Red); Onyx VersaFine ink by Tsukineko; Dreamweaver Memories Mists Copper Shimmer; Fingertip and Large Sponge Daubers from Imagination Crafts; Stampendous Spray Bottles (2); bleach; Small Acrylic Handle; Creative Versa-tool from Walnut Hollow; Jet Black and Red 3mm and 6mm Hot Fix Crystals; muslin fabric; fusible interfacing; craft mat;Gem-Tac by Beacon Adhesives; dark t-shirt.
Here's the steps...
Lay out clean dark colored t-shirt with cardboard tucked inside to protect. Work with plenty of ventilation. Use gloves to prevent staining of hands. (Do as I say, not as I do.)

Repeat with all of the stenci…

Buttons Galore with Stampendous...a Jar of Fun and Fungi

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All of this week, the Stampendous team have been playing in the "button box" of wonderful, colorful, Buttons Galore & More! As today is our grande finale hop day, the team are pulling out all of the stops to mix Stampendous and our bounty of buttons. But before I share my project for today, let's cover all the hop and prize info that you need. 
To be eligible, you must be a US resident, comment on our blog, and that of each Stampendous designer’s blog posts each day of the hop and tell us in what state you live. Stampendous Official Contest Rules apply. Deadline to comment for our prizes is Sunday, October 18, 2015. Winners will be selected by random.org and we’ll announce sometime on Monday, October 19th. Wait! There is even more! Be sure to comment and tell us where you’re from, because our Australian Distributor The Stencil Specialists are sponsoring a prize for one friend “down under” to win a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil and a surprise goo…