Saturday, May 29, 2010


It's hard to believe that we are already in our 8th week with the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenges! This is once again my week for the fun and my challenge for all of you is...recycling! Yeah, I know, it's once again one of the big buzzwords with everyone going "green", but in this case it's more of a selfish thing. I love finding things in everyday life that could be used on a card, or page, or an altered something-or-other, etc. I've been doing it for years, just ask my kids. So break out some of those cool things and play along! The sketch I've posted here is only a suggestion for layout, the main idea is to add recycled objects. (Suggestions: corrugated coffee cup sleeves, labels, tags, paint chips, plastic from clamshell packaging, wrapping paper, etc.) Remember as you play along, to post your creation on one of the online sites using the code "STMC8", with a link to the Stampendous Impressions blog. You have a great opportunity to win one of two amazing prizes! Looking for more inspiration? Check out the blog sites of the rest of the Stampendous design team.
Have a wonderful, relaxing Memorial Day weekend! To all those veterans and their families...thank you.

1) In this one I stamped various Sassy girls across a Vogue magazine subscription card (you know...those annoying things that fall out of magazines as you are trying to read!) I liked the design and colors that they used. At the top of the card I placed a panel of Peel N' Stick and applied a used dryer sheet to it, rubbed it into the adhesive really well so that the color would still show through, and sprinkled with glitter. On the side I added a pinback that had fallen off something and tied scraps of ribbon through the little holes. I embellished the whole thing with a flower button I had sitting around. The sentiment and ribbons partially cover up the strip so that you get the point of Vogue without screaming "VOGUE".

Sassy Silhouette Girls: "Sassy City" (J152), "Sassy Mom" (J156), "Sassy Celebration" (J158), "Sassy Surf" (J160), "Sassy Bridesmaid" (J163), "Sassy Cowgirl" (J161), and "Sassy Friends" (J153) from Stampendous
Perfectly Clear "Butterfly Beauties" from Stampendous (SSC195)
Perfectly clear "Proud Peacock" from Stampendous (SSC1076)
Ultra Fine Lavender Pastel Glitter from Stampendous (GM705U)
Peel N' Stick from Stampendous (FX70)
Black StazOn ink from Tsukineko
Bazzill and DCWV cardstock
used dryer sheet, magazine subscriptions card, pinback, ribbon scraps, button

2) This one I used the tear strip from a bag of cat food and the ruffle at the bottom is from the wrapper of a Lindt truffle (I sacrificed myself for the good of the card! What a hardship! lol) The rest is the "Blooms & Swirls" set with buttons attached. Added the "Blossom Chain" along the tear strip.

Perfectly Clear "Flower Swirls" from Stampendous (SSC668)
Class A' Peel "Blossom Chain" from Stampendous (AC711S)
White embossing powder from Stampendous (EP100)

Bazzill cardstock
Frost White ColorBox ink from Clearsnap
double-sided foam adhesive
Lindt Truffle wrapper, cat food bag tear off, buttons, ribbon scraps

Sunday, May 23, 2010

STMC7-Space Changito 4th of July Card

Week 7 of the Stampendous Saturday Sketch challenges. Jennie Dove was back in the driver's seat for this one. Her suggestion was a card using a four square tile in some fashion. To see her sketch as well as her "stupendous" sample, check out her blogsite (Stupendous Fun) as well as the Stampendous Impressions blogsite. Come play along! Two people each week have the opportunity to win some great prizes from Stampendous. Just post your creation to one of the online sites (Paper Craft Planet, Split Coast Stampers, Two Peas in a Bucket, etc. and link over to the Stampendous site using the code for this week, STMC7! Be sure to check out the rest of our design teams fabulousness as well!

Since we are heading up to the 4th of July festivities, I thought I'd take Changito to the final frontier to celebrate. I stamped various images from Stampendous' "Changito in Space" (every time I say that I think of the Muppets "Pigs in Space"!), on a 3" white square, colored with markers, and cut into four tiles. Just for added fun, I turned the final tile as if Changito was floating in space and added a flat glass marble for his space helmet. (See close up at left.)
Just like Changito, I hope your upcoming week is out of this world!

Perfectly Clear "Changito in Space" from Stampendous (SSC1029)
Perfectly Clear "Small Typewriter Alphabet" from Stampendous (SSC219)
Class A' Peel Red Star Diamond Dots from Stampendous (DD104R)
White Embossing Powder from Stampendous (EP100)
Frost White ColorBox ink from Clearsnap
Fabrico Markers from Tsukineko
Dove Blender Pen
red, white cardstock
printed papers (source unknown)
double-sided foam adhesive
flat glass marble

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Mega Happy Birthday card

Had some super cute printed paper with a breezy feel to it, so I chose to stamp and emboss the "Mega Happy" set of clear stamps on it and cut each letter out. Sounds annoying, but it really isn't as each letter is large without too many nooks and crannies to cut around. What was annoying was my bright idea to scallop-edge the bottom of the card and punch holes along the edge. Next time I'll use one of my great Fiskar border punches! To complete the breezy feel, I stamped the swirls up at the top. I used the same printed paper to line the inside of my envelope. It was simple enough that I made quite a few to have on hand. Mega-happy stamping!

Perfectly Clear "Mega Happy" from Stampendous (SSC115)
Perfectly Clear "Curls and Swirls" from Stampendous (SSC624)
White embossing powder from Stampendous (EP100)
Frost White ColorBox ink from Clearsnap
Artprint Brown Memories ink
white cardstock
printed papers
Prima flowers
pom poms
scallop-edge scissors
1/16" hole punch

Saturday, May 15, 2010

STMC6-Fergie Leap Circle Card

Week 6 of the Stampendous Saturday Sketch challenges and this week we are back to Cyndi for inspiration again! Cyndi suggested a circle card and you can find the sketch design on the Stampendous Impressions blogsite as well as Cyndi's fantabulous (technical term!) blogsite as linked here. Remember, Stampendous is giving free goodies to the two winners that play each week, so upload your designs with the tag "STMC6" and link it to Stampendous so we can get inspired by you as well! Check out the rest of the design team's blogs for their take on this sketch as well!
I used Fergie the Frog, stamped, embossed, and cut out with an extra head (hey, two heads are better than one, right?) for extra pop. Since I made my circle card on the tiny side, I chose to use one of these ribbon clip tags for my sentiment. Just bought these cute Prima flowers that have glitter around the edges so of course I had to use one. Since I am the self-proclaimed queen of rick rack, that was added as well. A little busy, but it matches my life right now! lol
Happy stamping!

Stampendous Cling "Fergie Leap" (CRH262)
White Embossing Powder (EP100)
Bazzill cardstock
Tinkering Ink print
ribbon, rick rack, brads
Prima flowers
Frost White ColorBox ink
Aquamarine and Prussian Blue ColorBox Chalk inks
ribbon clip

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Hello Friend Bracket Card

This is one of those cards where you just randomly grab some cardstock in colors that appeal that day for some reason and! Selecting various inks, I randomly stamped bracket and swirl images over the various panels, stamped a cute sentiment on the top panel with softer text in background and added a stamped and cut out bracket for dimension. The same concept could be used with almost any set of stamps. Just use them in a way that maybe they weren't originally purposed for. It's also a way to use up some of those paper and ribbon scraps that are lying (laying?) around.
Happy stamping!

Perfectly Clear "Happy Messages" from Stampendous (SSC109)
Perfectly Clear "Wedding Corners" from Stampendous (SSC103)
Any of the various brackets included in the Perfectly Clear sets by Stampendous
Class A' Peel "Friends Chain" stickers from Stampendous (AC647G)
Various ColorBox Chalk inks from Clearsnap
ribbons, brads
double-sided foam adhesive

Saturday, May 8, 2010

STMC5-Paisley Butterflies card

Here we are at week five in the sketch challenges. Wendy designed the sketch for the week and instead of an actual "sketch", she thought that she'd change it up a bit and have us do a technique...masking! Be sure to check out her blog as well as our other fabulous design team members and of course, the Stampendous blogsite for more info. Remember, if you play along with us, you could win a fabulous prize!
The masking concept is this, stamp whatever you want in the foreground, stamp again on thin paper (I like using Post Its), cut that out and use as a "mask" over the original stamped image. Now when you continue to stamp the other images you want in the background, your original image is protected. I used this technique twice on this card...once with the butterflies (love those paisley butterflies!) and again for my "scalloped" edge. In that case I used the Easter eggs to create my cute edge. I watercolored all these images (I know, you probably thought I only did embossing!) and layered all the panels to be similar to Wendy's sketch. Of course, I had to add's an addiction. Happy spring stamping and to all of you moms out there, hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day!

Perfectly Clear "Paisley Spring" from Stampendous (SSC1042)
Multi Ultra-Fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Onyx Versafine from Tsukineko
Sakura Quickie Glue Pen
Gelly Roll White Pen
Bazzill Cardstock
white cardstock
corner rounder
brad fasteners

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Monogram Swirl Card

This happens to be another one of those "perfect for any occasion" cards. Very simple in design and simple to create. Would be great made in sets as a Mother's Day gift, for a new bride, or just to have on hand. The white panel was stamped randomly with the black swirls, adhered to a colored panel and then to the card front. Cute little Class A' Peel borders were placed just under the edge for an added pop which comes back to the punched circle stamped and embossed in black with the frame and monogram. Originally this was designed as part of a wedding set that included invites, save-the-dates, thank yous, etc. So easy to match a specific color scheme. Happy stamping!

Perfectly Clear "Classic Frames" from Stampendous (SSC147)
Perfectly Clear "Elegant Monograms Large" from Stampendous (SSC145)
Perfectly Clear "Wedding Corners" from Stampendous (SSC173)
Class A' Peel "Girly Ribbon" stickers from Stampendous (AC708K)
Midnight Black embossing powder from Stampendous (EP111)
Bazzill cardstock
Onyx Versafine ink from Tsukineko
Black ColorBox ink from Clearsnap
double-sided foam adhesive

Saturday, May 1, 2010

STMC4-Ornamental Thank You card

Here we are at week 4 of the Stampendous sketch challenges. Rachel designed a super-cute sketch for this week (check out her blog!) and all the other talented crew are busily posting their examples as well. Since I was a little swamped for time this week between sample-making for the next Stampendous catalog and projects for the class I'm taking, I decided to post a card from a previous Stampendous catalog that has a similar-if-slightly-flipped look to this week's sketch. I used two Stampendous Perfectly Clear sets to create this and embossed these images with yummy Chocolate embossing powder. Love the cute striped paper at the bottom and the bit of bling with the flower and Dot Sparkler CAP's. Hope you have a truly inspiring weekend.

Perfectly Clear "Open Ornamentals" from Stampendous (SSC1001)
Perfectly Clear "Formal Frames" from Stampendous (SSC197)
Chocolate embossing powder from Stampendous (EP117)
Class A' Peel "Dot Sparklers" from Stampendous (AC672HSS)
Versamark ink from Tsukineko
Bazzill cardstock
striped print (unknown)
oval template (Coluzzle)
brad fasteners
silk flower

Don't forget to post your own creations and link them to the Stampendous blog-site. Each week there will be two winners chosen who will win some great stuff to create with. Make sure that your link and sample include this week's sketch challenge number: STMC4! Can't wait to see what you come up with!