Saturday, October 27, 2012

Stampendous New Release...Think Spring!

 Today is the final day of the feature week for the October release of Stampendous new designs. I love this new image, and I'm not alone in that! So many fabulous creations have come from the team with this image. I'm rather proud of mine as it made the cover of the October release catalog! Woo hoo.

This image is called Cling Nesting, and is so much fun to color. To change things up a bit, I colored most of it with Copic Sketch markers, and the white portions with a White Gel Pen, deliberately leaving it in a sketchy appearance. I love the contrast of the white against the kraft cardstock.
Stampendous October 2012 Catalog
I embellished the card by applying some glue marker randomly and sprinkling with Chiffon, Fresh Green, Sage, and Ochre Color Fragments. The Color Fragments are the perfect way to add just a touch of unique texture to your designs.

Be sure to visit the rest of the Stampendous team players today in the grand finale of our new release week:

Pam Hornschu (you are here)

If you missed any of the previous days, start HERE.

And, of course, we welcome you to flip through our newest catalog by clicking on the cover below. You can also print or download a pdf of it to your computer.

 Stampendous October 2012 Catalog

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Festively Distressed For Fall, Week Two

Welcome back to week two of our amazing collaboration between Ranger's Tim Holtz line of Distress Powders, and our beautiful Dreamweaver Stencils & Products! If you missed last week's event, start HERE.

Last week, we were totally blown away by the awesome response we received from those of you who hopped over from Tim Holtz's blog and the Ranger blog to check us out! We've been doing the "happy dance" ever since! Hopefully, you will continue to check us out, especially over the next few weeks as we continue our play-time in Tim's sandbox. (It is rather an appropriate metaphor considering the cool texture of his Distress Powders.)

Apparently, Tim and the wonderful people at Ranger were also excited by the response, and they've decided to "up the ante" in the form of an additional prize package(s) which will include TWELVE Distress Powders each, and a handful of Dreamweaver Stencils to go with! Wow! Just one teeny-tiny win one of these packages from their blog, you need to create something with Tim Holtz's Distress Powders and Dreamweaver Stencils and attach it to the inlinkz on the Ranger blog. Winners will be selected randomly. For more details, head over to the Ranger blog.

Once again, this week we are offering another fall prize package as shown here. Just leave us all some love as you visit, for an opportunity to be the one random winner we select. Curious as to who won from last week? It could be YOU! Visit the Dream It Up! blog for the announcement of the lucky commenter.

Here is what I had created for this week:

 And, oh boy, did I have fun with this one! I'd had this burlap canvas from Canvas Corp that I'd picked up a while back at my local craft store, and decided that this was the perfect time to use it.

I paste-embossed the Dreamweaver Black-Eyed Susan with Matte Yellow Paste onto the burlap, which was easier than I thought it would be as the matte pastes are thicker and less likely to ooze through. I placed an acrylic stamping block behind the frame for a more solid surface to work with.

While the paste was wet, I carefully sprinkled the various colors of the Tim Holtz Distress Powders in the appropriate locations. (Tip: cut the end of a drinking straw at a diagonal to work as a scoop for more precise placement.) I used Walnut Stain for the centers, Brushed Corduroy for shading, and Old Paper for the vines and leaves. I applied my heat tool to melt the Distress Powders, and to dry the paste more quickly. The paste tends to bubble up, but will settle down again. Be careful with the heat tool, as the burlap will burn a bit...not catch on fire, just get brown...which I liked the look of, so I continued to do it deliberately.

I also placed the Dreamweaver Hexagons stencil over the burlap, and sprayed Adirondack Color Wash in Butterscotch to add to the aged feel. My May Arts mesh bow was also spritzed. I wanted to add a photo to this, which was probably the hardest part of the project! Lol. I did find this pic that I had photographed at Lynell's parents' house, so I played with Photoshop to change the color, printed it, distressed it, and spritzed more Butterscotch through the Hexagons stencil again. The hexagon shape came into play with the punched and stenciled "relax". An ordinary wood clothes pin was distressed and brushed with Adirondack Acrylic Dauber in Lettuce, with an old button to finish it up.

Aren't you excited to see what's next? Check out the Dream Team players for today:

You already know where to find Ranger's/Tim Holtz' products, but if you are having difficulty finding Dreamweaver, encourage your local stamp/paper-craft store to carry the line of fabulous stencil designs, pastes, and other products to mix with all of your stash of Tim's crafty goodness. You can also purchase our products on-line at Stencil with Style.

We'd love to see you come back regularly and play along with our monthly challenges (and more opportunities to win stencils) by linking your creations to the mr. linky on the Dream It Up! blog, or emailing pics of your creations to Since you're on the computer already, head on over and like us on Facebook as well. Just another location for dreamy and distressed inspiration!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ooh La La! It's a Celebration!

Such is life! Time does not stand still, no matter how insane your world becomes. Therefore, multi-tasking becomes the order of the day. Today's post features images from Stampendous being sneak-peaked all this week. Since I am also celebrating Susanna Boyd's (director and sweetheart of Paper Craft Planet) birthday along with the rest of the Super Novas, I'm mixing this all together. Somehow I feel that Susanna, with her sweet southern voice, and fab femininity, would really appreciate this snazzy hot pink corset with such great French style. So.....happy birthday, Susanna! Hope your day is filled with joie d' vivre!

As for the Stampendous images, the Cling Corset, the Cling Lace background, and the sentiment from the new Perfectly Clear French Flower Cart, will all be available through your local stamp stores, or on the Stampendous web-site within the next week or so, so check the What's New? portion of the site for updates. Though we are in the middle of fall and rapidly heading toward the winter holidays, you will be excited to see what we have for the spring season as well!

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Stampendous team sneak peaks all this week, starting with today's players:

Pam Hornschu (you are here)

After leaving some love for the above ladies, head on over to the Paper Craft Planet and leave some birthday love for Susanna, and check out the celebration that the Super Novas are planning!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Festively Distressed for Fall

The Dream Team are so excited to have the opportunity to play along with some unique Ranger Products in the Tim Holtz line...specifically, the Distressed Embossing Powders! Our own Louise Healy demonstrated how fabulous these are with the Dreamweaver Stencils when she created this card for a fun class at CHA Summer 2012:

Apparently, Tim Holtz agreed with all of us on this unique use of his product, so he very generously had Ranger (thanks, Patti!) send the team some samples to play and blog with. we go!

Here's my post for today:

I Festively Distressed a simple paper mache box by applying Dreamweaver Matte Orange Paste over the lid. When dry, I applied DW Crackle Paste over the surface, and while wet, I sprinkled liberally with Tim Holtz Distress Powder in Walnut Stain over the surface. I carefully used my heat tool to melt the powder (remember...this powder does NOT get shiny when heated), and the crackling appeared as well. I placed my Dreamweaver Maple Branch stencil on the top, and using a dauber, I applied clear embossing ink to the design. This area was then embossed with the Tim Holtz Distress Powder in Old Paper. The sides of the box were inked with Tim Holtz Distress Stain in Walnut, before applying clear ink and embossing with the Walnut Distress Powder. Copper and Lettuce Adirondack Acrylic Dauber paint was used to cover the edge of the lid, before wrapping with May Arts suede cord. The leaf embellishment was created by applying copper tape to a scrap of paper and machine embossing one leaf from the Maple Branch, and a separate tag embossed with the Fall portion from the Four Seasons stencil. The leaf was cut out, and Distress Powders were added as well as some ink distressing.

For the next four weeks, on our regular Thursday posts, we will be featuring the wonderful things that you can do with Tim's Distress Powders and Dreamweaver Stencils. Leave comments on each of the team blog posts for opportunities to win one prize package for each of the four weeks:

Don't forget to play along with the Dream Team's monthly challenges for more opportunities to win some great stencil designs! October's challenge is Festively Fall, and November is CAS (clean and simple) Christmas! Link your creations on the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics to Join us on Facebook as well! Lots of inspiration, and lots of fun!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Festive Flames for Fall

The Dream Team are going "Festively Fall" this month, with so many fun ideas to put you in the fall holiday it Halloween, Thanksgiving, or the joy of cool, crisp weather once again!

My post today features another one of my fun little "lanterns", created using one of the small clear pails sold in most craft stores. Using the Dreamweaver Color Solutions drop by drop, I applied various fall shades (Paprika, Aspen Leaf, Pumpkin, and Creme Brulee) of the alcohol inks over a strip of acetate. The result is gorgeous transparent color. When dry, I paste-embossed the trees from the Four Seasons stencil with Matte Black paste across the opposite side of the acetate strip. Once dry, I rolled it slightly and inserted it into the pail. I also paste-embossed the fall tree on a black cardstock circle with a mist of orange, red, and yellow embossing pastes. Just a smidge from each color mixed slightly in a dosing cup was the perfect compliment to the pail. A small, flameless tealite, a punched border, and gorgeous May Arts ribbon were the finishing touches.

Be sure to play along with the team this month! Break out your fall-inspired designs, and link to the Dream It Up! blog, or email pics to for an opportunity to win a fabulous stencil design! Meanwhile, check out the rest of the team here:

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Stampendous and May Arts are Hopping Again!

All of this week, the Stampendous and May Arts' teams have been wowing you with a fabulous mix of Stampendous images and Essentials, along with the absolute perfection of May Arts' line of ribbons, trims, and cording.

For today's hop, I'll keep the info fairly simple. I created a small wall-hanging on a chipboard base, with background layers of Bazzill papers with a "brush finish" of Versamark ink and Stampendous White Embossing Powder. This same ink and EP acts as a resist in stamping the Cling Follow Art sentiment, when layering a variety of Memories Mists inks through the Dreamweaver Open Heart stencil. Spritzed with water, these inks run and mingle. The Stampendous Cling Music Score was stamped over the panel with Rich Cocoa Memento. All the layers were distressed with ink and torn edges. A stamped and embossed layer of Cling Dragonfly Vine dragonflies were spritzed as well, before fussy cutting and attaching to the branch. The inks wipe clean from the embossed areas and provide beautiful contrast.

I used the May Arts Cotton/Stripes to attach the piece to the branch. A swath of their wonderful Net in natural adds to the airy look. The panels have been wrapped with the Twisted Burlap Cord in Olive, with a Suede tie around the feather. All of these May Arts products went with the "nature" theme that I was working with. Just a hint...if you can't make up your mind what colors to choose from all that fabulousness on the May Arts' site, go with the natural colors, and use your own ink pads, stains, and mists to color to match your projects!

Here is where you leave me a nice comment, and move onto the rest of the players today from both teams for an opportunity to win some fabulous prizes from Stampendous and May Arts.  You will have so many inspiring things to look at today! Hope you have a huge beverage, a warm kitten, and a really comfy chair! All the designers have pulled out all the stops and the spools have been flying. Wait until you see the gorgeousness by these talented ladies:

Monday, October 1, 2012

Dreamweaver Goes to the Dogs...Tags!

You just have to try this tutorial out! It is so simple, so fun, and so WOW! These "dog tags" were created with the supplies seen below:

Dreamweaver Embossing Paste (I used the Matte Black) • Dreamweaver Metallic F/X (I used Kiwi, Purple Satin, Goldfinch, Plum Royale, and Glacier) • Dreamweaver Mosaic Swirls and Dragonfly stencils • Stampendous Fresh Green and Purple Crushed Glass GlittersTsukineko/Imagine Crafts Jet Black StazOn, Goosebumps Matte Iridescent spray, and Sheet Metal Dog Tags • palette knife, removable tape, paint brush, bead chain, sponge

Step #1: On scrap paper, place dog tags and then stencils. Use removable tape to hold in place. Using paste and palette knife, apply paste over stencil surface, sweeping it over and up. Lightly scrap away excess from stencil surface and place back in jar. Remove tape and stencils and immediately place stencils in water for cleaning. (Use scrub brush to clean on a flat surface like the bottom of a plastic container. Rinse, and dry with a soft cloth.)

Step #2: While paste is wet, use a paint brush to pick up various colors of Metallic F/X powders, and flick onto the paste surface as desired. Press lightly into surface of paste.

Step #3: Apply heat tool over surface until the paste and colors bubble. *Careful! The metal tags will get HOT!* Set aside to cool.

Step #4: Spritz dog tags with Tsukineko Goosebumps spray...

Step #5: Sprinkle Crushed Glass Glitters over wet spray. Let dry.

Step #6: Sponge edges of tags with StazOn ink. String tags with charms, beads, etc., as desired...

Pretty fun way to take a cool technique (Molten Magic) and create some fabulous jewelry from it. The options are endless with Dreamweaver Stencils' fabulous selection of stencil designs, eighteen colors of Metallic F/X to choose from, extravagant texture from Stampendous' line of Essentials, and all of the ink and Sheet Metal options from Tsukineko/Imagine Crafts.