Friday, July 30, 2010

Bundle Up and Slide Card

This week's challenge for Stampendous was Christmas in July. Most of the design team are posting brand new designs that were just released at CHA this past week. Amazingly cute stuff! I love how we can all play with the same designs, and each of us come up with something completely different. My version uses the new Cling Cuties Bundle Set which includes the sentiment as well (see 3rd picture). This Stampendous sweetie has such a blissful expression on her face. I colored the image using my very limited collection of Copics, and added a pink pom pom on her hat. I stitched a pocket and created a pull out tag with the sentiment and one of the fuzzy snowflake Class A' Peels. Since the set is about bundling up (hard to think of in July!), I created a "quilt" using the new Cling Snowfall background. I stamped and embossed it in white over three colors of cardstock and stacked and cut them in curves to mimic the puffiness of a cozy quilt. I then pieced the quilt together onto white cardstock. Because I had used the three colors, I was able to create a set of three of these cuties. Stocking up now for the holidays!

Cling "Cuties Bundle Set" from Stampendous (CRS2051)
Cling "Snowfall" from Stampendous (CRR122)
"Let it Snow" Class A' Peels (AC660W)
"Jumbo Snowman" Class A' Peels (AC1008VW)
"Dot Scallop Border" Class A' Peels (AC724VW)
White Embossing Powder from Stampendous (EP100)
Tuxedo Black Memento ink from Tsukineko
Versamark ink from Tsukineko
Copic Sketch Markers from Imagination Int.
Bazzill cardstock
white cardstock
ribbon, brad fastener, pom pom
piercing tool, sewing machine
double-sided foam adhesive

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dreamweaver Distressed Susans Card

Today's post is once again using Dreamweaver Stencil's brand new "Black Eyed Susans" stencil. This time, I dirtied it up a bit. I ran it through my Big Shot with Coredinations cardstock, pierced around the embossed design, and smudged brown ink over it and around the torn edges. I also ink-stenciled the design over the blue strip that runs through the middle. All the layers have been distressed, torn, smudged, and generally messed up...deliberately. Even the sentiment clip has been smudged with ink, mainly to highlight the message. Nothing says that when you are stenciling you can't be just as messy as when you are stamping. Actually, probably the reverse is true! LOL! Come back again tomorrow for new designs from my two favorite companies!

"Black Eyed Susans" stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils (LJ902)
Vintage Photo and Antique Linen Distress Inks
DCWV and Coredinations cardstock
print paper (source unknown)
birthday clip
double-sided foam adhesive
Big Shot

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Painting with Powder-Polar Path

I love these new stamps just introduced from Stampendous! To create this card, I did the Painting with Powder technique over the background, using various colors of embossing powder to create that frosty, polar feel. I included hints of sparkle with the Stardust embossing powder in small patches, as well as a sprinkling of Ultra Fine Crystal Glitter over the polar family. I stamped and embossed them on vellum and double layered it to keep from being too translucent. I colored softly using Copics from behind (which the photo does not show terribly well). The sentiment is attached to the panel using Crystal snowflake Class A' Peels. I plan on having soooooo much fun with these cute polar bears. Why don't you join me?

Cling Polar Path Set from Stampendous (CRS2049)
Crystal Clear Jumbo Snowmen Class A’ Peels  from Stampendous (AC1008CC)
Scenic Selection Embossing Powder set from Stampendous (EK141)
Clear Embossing Powder from Stampendous (EP020)
Multi Ultra-Fine Crystal Glitter from Stampendous (GM220U)
Versamark ink from Tsukineko (VM001)
Royal Blue VersaCube from Tsukineko
Bazzill cardstock
White cardstock
3M Photo Mount
3-D Memory Zots from Therm-O-Web

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Dreamweaver Patina Peacock card

Here's another post using new toys from Dreamweaver Stencils. This great stencil was embossed by running through my Big shot machine. I rubbed and sponged various inks, and sprinkled a bit of white embossing powder which I heat embossed, over the surface to achieve a patina finish like you might see on weathered copper ceiling tiles. The panel was mounted on a peachy/copper cardstock panel and then to a deep teal card.
The sentiment came from the Stampendous "Peacock Beauty" clear set and attached with a swirl clip that mimics the swirls in this beautiful stencil design. What I love about stenciling is all the varieties of techniques and looks that you can achieve with them. Check out the Dreamweaver Stencils website for all the great tips as well as amazing samples. While you are at it, check out the new Dreamweaver blogsite as well, featuring the Dreamweaver Stencils "Dream Team" (which includes me...woo hoo!) led by our fearless leader, Lynell Harlow, the creative force behind these fabulous designs aaaaand all the yummy blogs from our team.Okay, you've been inspired go stencil!

"Peacock" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LG730)
Perfectly Clear "Peacock Beauty" set from Stampendous (SSC1076)
White embossing powder from Stampendous (EP100)
Frost White and Copper ColorBox inks
Prussian Blue ColorBox Chalk ink
Bazzill cardstock
turquoise paper
Big Shot
swirl clip

Monday, July 26, 2010

Painting With Powder-Forest Scene

Day two of the sneak peeks for my two favorite companies. Today highlights Stampendous' new Cling Rubber stamp "Forest Cottage Scene". The technique used was the Painting with Powder technique that Fran demos on YouTube and on the Stampendous blog. Check it out! It's a great way to color in your images using embossing powder, and Stampendous has the best colors out there. I used the Scenic Kit of powders which also includes this great sparkly embossing powder which I used at the end over the entire surface. Got to have sparkle for the holidays! The sentiment comes from one of the new clear sets. Check back again tomorrow for the next sneak peek!

(CRR123) Stampendous Cling Forest Cottage Scene
(SSC1067) Stampendous Perfectly Clear Holiday Home
(EK141) Stampendous Scenic Selection Embossing Powder Kit
(EP111) Midnight Black Embossing Powder
(AC724VW) Velvet White Dot Scalloped Border Class A’ Peels
Black ColorBox ink from Clearsnap
(VM001) Versamark ink from Tsukineko
(VP001) Versamarker from Tsukineko
Bazzill cardstock
White, red linen cardstock (Kelly)
Small tag

Sunday, July 25, 2010

DW-Speckled Susans

CHA starts this week in Chicago, and though I am sad not to be there to see all the great new stuff coming out, I do have the scoop on the latest and greatest from both Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous. Over the next couple of weeks I plan to post the samples that I have created using these new designs. Hopefully, this will inspire you to snap up these designs and run with it!
This first card uses Dreamweaver Stencil's new Black Eyed Susans stencil and one of my favorite older messages from Stampendous. I used the yellow embossing paste to stencil this and once it was dry, I replaced the stencil again and sponged brown ink over the embossed surface. Then I spritzed the whole panel with Tattered Angels Glimmer Mist in Creme de Chocolat. These sunny, happy flowers would brighten anyone's day!

"Black Eyed Susans" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LJ902)
"Brighten" stamp from Stampendous (K051)
Yellow Embossing Paste from Dreamweaver Stencils (DMYP)
Artprint Brown Memories ink
Creme de Chocolat Glimmer Mist from Tattered Angels
Bazzill cardstock

STMC16-Poppy Scene

Wow! Week 16 of the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenges (#STMC16)! By now all of you should know how to play along, but just in case, go to the Stampendous blogsite for info, post your creation, link to Stampendous, and cross your fingers that you win the prize this week! Cyndi designed this week's sketch and you can see her darling version on her blog, The Scrappy Chick. (She gives you a sneak peek at one of Stampendous' fabulous new stamps being introduced this week at CHA in Chicago.) My version uses the Poppy Scene which I colored with Copic markers. I actually colored this in my Copic Certification class a couple of weeks ago. I wouldn't have been able to do it at home yet, as I'm waiting for my Copic order to arrive. Feel like a kid waiting for Christmas! The sentiment comes from the Loopy Blooms clear set, and I am finding it particularly appropriate as we just found out that my mother-in-law has stage 4 lung cancer. That kind of news makes you realize just how precious life is. Enjoy each and every day in a creative way!

"Poppy Scene" from Stampendous (H203)
Perfectly Clear "Loopy Blooms" from Stampendous (SSC1069)
Tuxedo Black Memento ink from Tsukineko
Copic Markers
Bazzill and Coredinations cardstock
print (unknown)
Prima Flowers
Amercian Crafts brad fasteners
double-sided foam adhesive

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Soleil Summer Card

I thought that I'd post another from my collection of "oldies". This card is perfect for summer, or anytime you want to send a sunny thought. I stamped the Stampendous "Soleil points" on a white panel with blue ink, and again with black ink. This panel was watercolored and cut out, adhered dimensionally over the previous panel and all attached to a gorgeous Worldwin Colormates cardstock card. The "Dotted Frame" in the background is no longer available from Stampendous, but if you are really fortunate, you might find it at your local stamp store or on one of the auction sites. Hope you have a fabulous, sunny day!

"Soleil Points" from Stampendous (W032)
"Dotted Frame" from Stampendous (R087)
Onyx and Majestic Blue Versafine
WorldWin Colormates cardstock
white cardstock
double-sided foam adhesive

Monday, July 19, 2010

STMC15-Ribbon Ornament Class A' Peel Card

Okay, so it's Monday, not Saturday. I would be even more behind if it weren't for the fact that this card I created a couple of months ago also works for this week's Stampendous Saturday Sketch challenge #STMC15. This week happens to be Wendy's week, so be sure and visit her blog to see her awesome version, as well as the Stampendous Impressions blogsite, and the team sites as well. All the rules, info, blah, blah, blah can be found on the Stampendous blog including what great prizes you could win by following along with us! Wendy thought since all of us have been sweltering this week, it would be the perfect time for Christmas in July! So, pull out those Christmas carols, crank up the A/C until it snows, and get creating! Okay, there is a slight also need to incorporate something different with stickers. My version here uses the Stampendous Class A' Peel "Scrollwork Ornaments" in mirror silver. I love these! So elegant and versatile (yep, I used that word again!), they work all by themselves or in a cluster like on this card. The different portion of this card is that I placed them over some really cool thin, crumpled ribbon (not my fault, it comes that way) and cut them out. I placed them on a panel of corrugated cardstock that added texture to an otherwise monochromatic card. More of the ribbon was used for the big, fluffy bow, and I added mirror silver "Curly Q's" borders down the sides. Go cool down and create for Christmas!

Class A' Peel "Scrollwork Ornaments from Stampendous (AC1016MRS)
Class A' Peel "Curly Q's" from Stampendous (AC710MRS)
Bazzill Cardstock
Creative Impressions "Crepe" ribbon
double-sided foam adhesive

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Peek-a-Boo Baby Card

Here's another card created for Stampendous from a previous catalog, but still cute stuff! The Perfectly Clear set is called "Peek-a-Boo Baby" for obvious reasons and is sooooo cute. No other word for it...just cute! The set comes with this cute baby and several different hats in animal shapes...cow, bear, pig, chick, cat, bunny, and dog plus several sentiments and icons to mix and match as well. I stamped the baby and bunny hat on a white tag and watercolored her with lots of pink. I stamped the bunny hat on a scrap of white, watercolored and cut out to adhere dimensionally. The pink card has sentiments and icons stamped and embossed in white along with rick rack and ribbon. More rick rack and ribbon on the tag plus a mini tag. Could be a card FROM the baby to the new dad, grandparents, etc. Could be the outside of the baby announcement. Or, just remove the mini tag, and it's a great card for the parents of the new baby. Hmmmm...just had the thought of how cute this set would be for making a book for the baby with all the little animal hats. Maybe on chipboard or something sturdy...? May just have to try that!

Perfectly Clear " Peek-a-Boo Baby" from Stampendous (SSC070)
Onyx Versafine ink from Tsukineko
White ColorBox ink from Clearsnap
White Embossing Powder from Stampendous (EP100)
pink card, white tag
ribbon, rick rack
double-sided foam adhesive

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Dreamweaver Bless You Butterfly Card

It's Tuesday, almost Wednesday, which is also known as Hump Day! Are you dreaming of the weekend? You can tell that I am! Perfect time for a Dreamweaver Stencils card! This is one from the new batch sent to Dreamweaver Stencils for them to take to CHA summer in Chicago and maybe for an upcoming catalog? Hmmm....just have to wait and see! I used three great stencils for this card and the Matte Black embossing paste. I brushed three colors of the Metallic F/X over the dried paste, (leaving the stencil in place to mask off the surrounding areas), on the background panel and the butterfly. The butterfly was stenciled on acetate and mounted with bent wings over the top of a cutout of the butterfly to highlight it. I love the metallic copper cardstock with the deep lavender cardstock. It photographs appearing a little orange, but you can catch more of the copper sheen in the close up picture at the bottom. I hope your Wednesday brings you plenty of dreaming and creating!

"Bless You" stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils (LM264)
"Mosaic Swirl" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LJ901)
"Butterfly" from Dreamweaver Stencils (LM121)
Matte Black Embossing Paste from Dreamweaver Stencils (DMBP)
Eye of the Tiger, Plum, and Glacier Metallic F/X from Dreamweaver Stencils (FX06, FX07, and FX12)
shimmer cardstock copper
DCWV lavender cardstock
matte black and glossy black cardstock

Saturday, July 10, 2010

STMC14-Summer Swim Changito

Week 14 of the Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenges (STMC14), and this is my week to create the challenge. I decided to make it a window card (a card with an opening to see through to the inside of the card). I used Changito because he's so fun and kind of goofy. I broke out some of my new Copic markers to color him on the inside of the card. The window was cut using Nestabilities, as well as the scalloped half circle and it's square that it was cut from. (No waste here!) Recently I've been working on my creative space (my studio as my husband refers to it!) and a put some of this clear shelf liner in the cabinets and on the top to protect the surface from paper cutters and other essential tools. I thought it would be kind of cool to use layered over print paper and I trimmed the top in a wave pattern to mimic the water. Amazingly enough, you can glue this stuff down and the adhesive doesn't show through! That is usually a problem for anything transparent. I embellished with a button, ribbons, and a grommet (not Wallace, just Grommet!). Have a great weedend, and don't forget to play along! Visit the Stampendous blog and the rest of the talented team for inspiration and rules, and win those freebies!

Cling "Changito Pool Guy" from Stampendous (CRF190)
Perfectly Clear "Holiday Words" from Stampendous (SSC216)
Onyx Versafine from Tsukineko
Copic Sketch Markers (0, B21, E37, G09, G24)
Bazzill cardstock
Melissa Frances print
white cardstock
Nestabilities circle and scallop dies
WeRMemoryKeepers grommet
Making Memories button
shelf liner (IKEA)

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Orchid Watercolor Sympathy Card

Unfortunately, occasionally there comes a time in our lives when it would be nice to have a sympathy card or two on hand. I know, it almost seems like bad "juju" to prepare in advance, but it's a part of life. A beautiful, hand-made card will be kept and appreciated and can help soften the grief. This card was created using Stampendous' Perfectly Clear "Orchid Greetings" set. This is another one of those great versatile sets to have on hand as it comes with sentiments for virtually every occasion...including sympathy. The potted orchid was stamped and watercolored very simply. The panel was layered on a green panel and then the lavender card. You could very easily create several of these cards and leave off the sentiment until you know if you need a birthday, occasion, or sympathy card. That way you don't have to worry about the "juju"!

Perfectly Clear "Orchid Greetings" from Stampendous (SSC1053)
Midnight Black Embossing Powder from Stampendous (EP111)
Black ColorBox ink from Clearsnap
Onyx Versafine ink from Tsukineko
Bazzill cardstock
white cardstock
circle punch
brad fasteners

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Mojo Monday #146- Butterfly Friend Card

Every week I try to do a Mojo Monday challenge, and something comes up...grrrr. This week I made the time. It's always fun and everyone that posts on their challenge does an amazing job. Kind of intimidating, but gotta try anyway!
This card uses both of my design teams...Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils. I ran the panel on the left through my Big Shot with the Flourishes stencil on Coredinations cardstock, and sanded the embossed areas to highlight the design. The oval panel in the center was stamped using Butterfly Beauties. Lots of embellies on this card: ribbons, rhinestones, velvet stickers and sentiment stickers. I know just who I'll be sending this to for their birthday in September. ( one tell Hap!) LOL
Hope your days are full of creative mojo!

Perfectly Clear "Butterfly Beauties" from Stampendous (SSC195)
"Flourishes" stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils (LJ890)
Class A' Peel Velvet Scrollwork Borders from Stampendous (AC726VE)
Class A' Peel Friendly Messages from Stampendous (AC961)
Sweet Plum and Bamboo Leaves Mementos ink from Tuskineko
Bazzill and Coredinations cardstock
white cardstock (Kelly)
ribbon (Michaels)
rhinestone stickers
embossing machine (Big Shot)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Dreamweaver Bird & Branches Card

I love to use black and red and white together. One of my all time favorite color combos. This card was another created for Dreamweaver Stencils that was sent in hopes of being part of the new design team (which I am, now!) Very simple in technique and visual interest. I left off a sentiment because it is one of those cards with great versatility that is good to have on hand for those "OMG! I almost forgot!" moments that we all have. I ran the black panel through my Big Shot with the "Bird & Branches" stencil which embossed beautifully as usual. I ran the white panel through as well, but afterwards, I placed the stencil over the surface, used removable tape to mask off the red bird, and stenciled black ink on the rest. A tiny smear of black ink was brushed across the red bird. At the time, I freaked out, but the more that I looked at it, the more I liked it! Sometimes mistakes can become happy accidents. Everything in life can become that way if you let it! Hope you have a creative happy accident as well!

"Bird & Branches" Stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils (LL526)
Warm Red ColorBox Chalk Ink from Clearsnap
Onyx Versafine Ink from Tsukineko
red linen, white, and black cardstock from Kelly Paper
embossing machine (Big Shot)
double-sided foam adhesive

Monday, July 5, 2010

STMC13-Ranunculus Swirl Card

This week's Stampendous Saturday Sketch Challenge STMC13 coincided with the 4th of July weekend. In the spirit of freedom, our designer for the week, Jenn Dove, suggested a "free-for-all-anything-goes" challenge. Check out her design (it's gorgeous!) and those of our great team on their blogs as listed on the right. For rules regarding the challenge, go to the Stampendous Impressions site.
For this challenge, I decided to go back to the lovely Ranunculus stamps from Stampendous. Since I never can just leave them flat, this time I cut swirls, stems, and leaves of the extra stamped images and adhered them over the top using double-sided foam adhesive. I used one of my favorite color combos, lavender and moss (it just so happens that I have a bathroom in those colors as well), and where one ribbon would do, I had to do two! I love my ribbon. As a matter of fact, I had to buy two more ribbon organizers at Michael's this weekend to store it all!
Hope everyone had a relaxing, family-fun time over the weekend. God bless those past and present who have dedicated their lives to insure the freedom that we tend to take for granted.

Perfectly Clear "Ranunculus" from Stampendous (SSC1028)
Cling Ranunculus Field from Stampendous (CRR112)
Bamboo Leaves and Sweet Plum Memento ink from Tsukineko
Bazzill and Coredinations cardstock
ribbon (Michaels)
double-sided foam adhesive