Monday, August 31, 2015

All in One Fall Harvest

As we head into the fall and holiday seasons, we suddenly seem to be crunched for time. All those fabulous ideas that we've "pinned", and copied, now need time to create. This is the reason that Stampendous has released several new designs for fall and holiday card and craftmaking that are "All in Ones", meaning that they have a background, a focal point, and a sentiment all in one. They can  be simply stamped onto a card, tag, or gift bag...add a little color...and you're done! So simple that you could do this as a family night project, involving the kids, and the designs are so cute that everyone will love them.

One of these designs is this cute Harvest Owl. I just love his menswear-look plaid background, the fun shape, the doodles on him/her and the simple saying for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and fall harvest.

For this card I went a bit further than CAS (clean and simple), and added a stenciled I Beams  background on the golden yellow card. I sanded a panel of Core'dinations Vintage cardstock, and stamped the Stampendous Ornate Border in black, and adhered it as a pocket on the front. The stamped, colored (with Chameleon markers), and cut out image was tucked in the top, and the ribbon was added to finish it off.

We have several team members posting with these fun new designs today...check them out!

Pam Hornschu (you're here)

Friday, August 28, 2015

Woodware: Sparkle and Texture and Fun...Oh My!

A texture challenge, eh? I've picked up the gauntlet, and run with it for this card! Woodware carries so many wonderful products for adding texture and dimension to your craft products, that I've only begun to scratch the surface...

Using the basis of the Double Glitter technique, I've soaped up my Rolling Hills stencil on the back, and placed it on a panel of Dreamweaver Double-sided Mounting Paper which has been placed on a panel of white cardstock. Inside the "hills" I've added Stampendous Multi Crystal Glitter, Mica Chips, Silver Micro Glitter, and some Woodware Tiny Holeless Beads in blues and greens. Once I removed this panel from the stencil, I filled in the lines that were left with Silver Micro Glitter.

For the tree, I placed a panel of the Mounting Paper on another panel of white cardstock, and ran this through my die-cutting machine with the Leafless Tree Die. I removed the backing from the sticky paper, and covered the paper in Stampendous Mixed Silver Halo Glitter. I die cut a Stampendous snowflake as well, and in the same manner, covered it with the same mix.

Lots of sparkle. Lots of texture. Lots of fun!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

"Let it Go" and "Build a Snowman" with Stampendous and Dreamweaver

So...maybe there's no snow to play in, but I bet your favorite paper-crafting buddy would love to play in all of the Stampendous/Dreamweaver winter images and stencils, like the ones shown here!

For my post, I've mixed the Stampendous Build a Snowman set (Copic colored and fussy cut), with the Dreamweaver Snowflakes Background, which I've pasted in regular Embossing Paste, and covered in Stampendous' new Sparkle Puff Embossing Powder. Between the puff in the paste and the puff in the powder, once heated, these flakes are super dimensional. Brushed over with a bit of Tsukineko® VersaMagic ink in Sea Breeze to highlight the designs, and bring the design together, they really stand out! The "snow banks" are sections cut from a panel of the Dreamweaver Christmas Borders Embossing Folders on white cardstock, and brushed with the same ink as before along with Pretty Petunia color as well.

The sentiment stands out by die cutting and layering it from the small frames on the Stampendous Pop Up Dies set. The finishing touch? You guessed it! Pom poms on the hats!

Take a refreshingly chilly journey around the web to visit the rest of the team as they post with some more snowy fun!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

"Let it Go" and "Build a Snowman" with Stampendous

The Stampendous team have been building snowmen all this week, featuring this fun Perfectly Clear Build a Snowman set. For my post today, I created an entire snow family in a pop up card. Easy to accomplish by using the Stampendous Pop Up Die Set. Think how cool it would be to create your own family of snow people. You could even personalize them to sent out to family and friends.

My snow family are dressed in matching plaid 'cuz i love plaid, almost as much as I love pompoms...which, you notice, adorn each hat!
I've die cut a few Stampendous snowflakes from the same Core'dinations Glitter cardstock as the card base, and added some extra sparkle with the Fran•tagĂ© Spoonful of Snow. This product has a holiday-perfect mix of Chunky White Embossing Powder, Shave Ice, Crystal Glitter, etc.

Check out some more snow friends at the links below:

Pam Hornschu (you're here)

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Woodware: Happy Gears with Screwloose and Sparky

The Woodware team are "Mechanically" oriented this week. Normally, this is where I'd break out my distressed projects with the rusted gears, and torn edges, and Steampunk look, but nope. Yes, there are gears, but everything is done in a bright and fun way.

The base is a textured blue cardstock, ink-distressed, and stamped with random images from the Steampunk Gears set from Stampendous. One large gear was stamped on the edge, and the center punched out to reveal the Cling Sparky image on a Wobble Spring! The sentiment was added from the Perfectly Clear Happy Greetings set.

The focal panel's base was created using acrylic paints and inks on the Creative Palette Square set, which includes some square images as well. More gears and images were stamped over the panel, as well as the Cling Screwloose image. A screw brad fastener was added for one eye, and an extra monitor frame was stamped, cut out, and popped up for more dimension.

Such a fun card for the mechanically-oriented family and friends in your life!

Friday, August 21, 2015

Dreamweaver Double Days Finale!

For my post today, I thought I'd give you a double-dose of the Corner Flowers stencil done with two techniques...

This first card uses the Letter Press technique. The stencil was sprayed with Memories Mist Diet Cola. The white cardstock panel had been previously misted with Mango Lemonade and Pink Lemonade, and now was placed facedown on top of the sprayed stencil. The rubber embossing mat and two clear plates were placed on top before running all through my Big Shot Pro (any embossing machine will do). The dark ink transfers, and impresses into the panel, with only the color showing through the flower design. I used Card Candi in polka dots as the embellishment for a bit of whimsy.

For this card, I ran a panel of Core'dinations Black Magic with a pink core through my embossing machine, but this time the panel was placed upside down over the stencil so that the portion that was embossed was the negative portion of the design. When sanded, the flowers remain black, but the background shows a distressed and textured version of the negative space. A few crystals, a sentiment tag, and a sheer dotted ribbon from May Arts, and you have a simply spectacular card!
Check out the posts for the rest of the team today, to double your fun!

Pam Hornschu (you're here)

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Dreamweaver Thursday with Dreamweaver Doubles Day!

Dreamweaver Thursday has become Dreamweaver Double Days this week, so if you've missed any of the previous days (no post on Tuesday), I suggest you head back after today's link list to the Stampendous Blog for double the samples, and video tutorials to double the fun!

My post today is a variation on another cool technique with Dreamweaver paste called "Sludge Pasting". This is a great way to use up dabs of paste in different  colors that you just couldn't bring yourself to throw away. You don't mix the colors exactly, but you allow them to merge into each other for an ombrĂ© or marbled look. Of course, you want to consider the color wheel while doing this, or the result could be mud...not a good look.

My variation on this is that I mixed a bit of Pumpkin and Cosmo Pink Color Solutions inks into a dab of Glossy White Embossing Paste and placed some on the edge of my paste spreader along with a dab of the Translucent Embossing Paste. As  I spread the paste over the Daisies Background and the Stylized Dahlia designs, the colors and the transparency merged slightly. The result reminds me of slightly opaque glass. 

The only embellishments necessary were a few matching brad fasteners, and some scallop-edged velveteen ribbon from May Arts.

I wonder what the rest of team has been doing double duty to show off to you? Let's see...

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Double Dipping with Dreamweaver

For today's post, I'm sharing a modified version of the Joseph's Coat technique with Dreamweaver Stencils. For my card base, I brayered a Kaleidacolor inkpad over the Waves and Dots stencil, and ink-transferred the design to the front of my white card.

A portion of the Leafless Tree Die was cut from orange cardstock to create the "coral". Finally, the same Kaleidacolor ink was brayered over a panel of white glossy cardstock. Ordinarily with this technique, you would take a black dye-based inkpad, and cover the surface with black ink. Then you'd place the stencil on the surface, and using a damp towel, or damp cotton swabs, carefully remove the black ink from the inside area of the stencil design, revealing the color beneath. However, in the case of this card, I tried to use Onyx Versafine by Tsukineko® instead. This is a "hybrid" ink which acts like a dye-based and a pigment, and really does not dry on a more non-porous surface. So, once I had cleaned away the black ink, the remaining black ink wanted to smear. I solved this issue, and in the process made the design more interesting, by covering the entire panel with Clear Embossing Powder and heating it. The end result was shiny black, and the portions of the design where the clear powder stuck, created a small bead-like texture with appearance of water drops.

I always love when I can find a new result with an old technique just by playing around, or those "oops" moments that create a happy accident.

Leave a comment for me below, and share your "happy accidents"! Then head on over to the Stampendous blog for our "Dreamweaver Double Day" post.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Dreamweaver Double Days!

All of this week the Stampendous/Dreamweaver team are doubling the fun of playing with Dreamweaver products mixed with Stampendous.

My post today features the Poppy stencil, paste-embossed in Matte Black, with a second layer using the Crackle Paste on top of the dried black. The Crackle dries white, providing the perfect opportunity to ink-stencil your own colors over the top. I love to use the Splendor inkpads from Tsukineko as they are created like a palette of colors, and work perfectly with the Dreamweaver stencil brushes to apply a multitude of colors and shades.

I stenciled a sentiment on shrink plastic, which created a cute charm for the card.
Here are links for those posting  today:

Pam Hornschu (you're here)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Dreamweaver Thursday with Mousey Mischief

You may have wondered just how we'd incorporate "Mousey Mischief" week in with Dreamweaver Thursday. Simple! With fun Dreamweaver backgrounds that go with anything!

The House Mouse Designs® "Potted Mouse" was colored and shaded on a panel of Mixed Media White cardstock, and from there, this card took a mixed media turn...

The card base was placed in a "spray box" (I love to use the boxes from Costco with three sides to protect my workspace from overspray), and Memories Mists in Mango Lemonade were sprayed through the Hexagons stencil randomly over the surface. 

A panel of Core'dinations Chalk Core cardstock was run through my Big Shot Pro with the Dreamweaver Black-eyed Susans stencil. I used a sanding block over the embossed surface, and swiped Tangerine Memento ink over the surface before tearing and distressing the edges and adhering this panel to the card.

The hexagons stencil was inked directly with Rich Cocoa Memento ink, and with the mouse panel placed face down on top (along with the rubber embossing mat and two clear plates), was run through the machine to transfer the inked design and emboss it as well. More ink was smudged around the edges, along with a bit of distressing before adding this to the card.

Finally, a scrap of coarse linen was inked with Memento shades, stamped with the sentiment from the Perfectly Clear Thoughtful Wishes set, and adhered loosely to the card, before adding a couple of twine-tied buttons.

How about some more "Mousey Mischief" from the team?

Monday, August 10, 2015

Mousey Mischief Week

This promises to be a week of fun, and an overabundance of "squee", as we feature our sweet House Mouse Designs® images from Ellen Jareckie.

My card just bubbles over with fun as these cuties have a "Gumball Gathering", with messy results. Colored and shaded with Copic Sketch Markers, a clear epoxy circle for dimension, fun buttons, and the perfect sentiment from the Beary Mice Wishes Perfectly Clear set, this design becomes the perfect greeting to make anyone's day a bit brighter.

For more Mousey Mischief, be sure to visit the Stampendous blog all week, including these links for today:
Pam Hornschu (you're here)

Woodware: The Mirror Cracked Challenge

Once again, Woodware UK is sponsoring the challenge over at "The Mirror Cracked" blog. The theme is "masks", which could be actual masks or masking techniques. Since I've been really swamped this week working on samples for the October Catalog for Stampendous/Dreamweaver, I'm posting a previous card I'd made featuring the Stampendous Cling Blossom Beauty set. The focal point for this set is the simple face, to which you can decorate in any way that your creative heart desires. Not precisely a true mask, I chose to work in a more "global" way. I also decided to not go for traditional beauty as I truly believe that life's lessons add beauty to the soul which is emphasized through the eyes..."the window to the soul". I've used markers to color the face. The hair covering was created by "masking" off the face and ink-stenciling the Dreamweaver Waves and Dots stencil in blues and purples from the Tsukineko Splendor Circus pad. Kaleidascope embossing powder was sprinkled over the wet ink and embossed. A string of opalescent beaded trim was adhered along the hairline, with crystals down the center. A panel of vellum was stamped and embossed in black with the Cling Wander sentiment from Stampendous, and adhered over the card part way.

Be sure to visit the rest of the Woodware team as well as the "The Mirror Cracked" blog for more masked inspiration.

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Dreaming of Fall

I created this table runner for the fall season almost a year ago, and I thought I'd share the process. I purchase this rough linen runner on clearance at Home Goods for $7, and its texture and plainness were begging to  be stenciled on. Here's the steps:

1. Tape the Large Oak Leaves stencil to the surface using removable tape.
2. Using acrylic paints with a dry stencil brush, pounce the paint into the surface through the stencil, changing brushes with changes of colors.
3. Repeat design randomly over runner, and set aside to dry. Clean stencil and brushes immediately with warm water and a soft scrub brush. Let dry.

Create a wonderful table-scape by adding more fall themed items. Consider creating place cards, matching napkins, and invites using the same process!

We hope we have you dreaming of crisp, cool days ahead as you follow the links to the rest of the teams posts:

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Bring on the Fall!

WHOOOO would think to color an owl in turquoise, lime, and orange? Me, of course! I just love this whimsical new Cling Harvest Owl stamp design from of several new seasonal designs in this fun square shape with cute overload. You can find them all on the Stampendous website, and shortly in your favorite rubber stamp/craft store.

I used my Chameleon Color Tones markers to create this colorful character, adding more color to the images plaid background as well. For a matching background, I used the same markers along with the Dreamweaver Plaidmaker stencil by tracing the striped lines down, and then across my kraft card.

Some bright and fun buttons were added for dimension, and just 'cuz I love them!
Check out WHOOO else is playing with our Fall theme for today: