Friday, January 29, 2016

Stampendous and May Arts...Ribbon Love


Welcome to the grand finale of our hop with the May Arts Ribbon Design Team! Today we have several talented members from both teams posting their creations for this fun week. If you've missed any of the days this week, head on back to the Monday post on the Stampendous blog for links to everyone. As per usual, leave comments on every post for the chance to win one of three prize packages shown in the banner below. See Stampendous Official Contest Rules for details.


I created this "key to passion" (whatever that means! Sounds good, though, doesn't it?), using a wood key shape that I picked up in the big box store near me. I painted it with black acrylic paint, and then proceeded to "Fran•tagĂ©" it! I dabbed Dreamweaver Silver Embossing Paste randomly over the surface, sprinkled liberally with both Aged Silver and Aged Black Embossing Enamels, and heated it all to bubble and melt and texturize.

I stamped the Cling Passion Heart image from Stampendous three times on red Mini Dot My Colors Cardstock from MME using Onyx VersaFine by Tsukineko®. I cut one out whole. The second was just the flowers. And the third one was just the center "frills" of the flowers. The edges of the "frills" and the outside edge of the whole heart were dabbed with VersaMark ink by Tsukineko®, and embossed with the Aged Silver EE.

Rhinestones on floral wires were inserted in the centers, and adhered from behind the flowers with foam tape for sparkle and dimension. The completed heart was adhered to the "handle" of the key with large craft glue dots. A sentiment from the "Love Always" Perfectly Clear set was stamped on a tiny "Fitted Frame" die cut, and adhered to the heart.

The finishing touch was a double loopy bow created from May Arts' black silk ribbon and the brown, red, and black Solid/Satin Stitches ribbon, tied in the center with 1/4" sheer red organza, and the addition of an old monogrammed button. A loop of the black silk was inserted at the top of the key for hanging display purposes.

Perfectly Clear "Love Always"Frantagé Aged Silver and Black EECling Passion Heart

Leave a comment and head on over for our fun finales!

Pam Hornschu (you're here)

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Dreamweaver Thursday: A May Arts Play Date with Ric Rac and Ribbons


It's always fun when we can mix Dreamweaver Thursday with a hop, and today we're hopping with May Arts...the most awesome Ribbon Resource ever! Actually, we've been hopping all of this week, so if you've missed any of the days, head back to the Stampendous Impressions blog and start at the beginning! Just by leaving comments on all of the posts, you have the chance to win one of THREE prize packages of awesomeness! Check it out...


Of course, there are rules and blah, blah, blah, which can be found HERE.

This card is super simple to create, and the technique is sure to win you plenty of "oohs" and "aaaahs". We call it Molten Magic, and here are the steps:

1. Using removable tape, tape Floral and Dots stencil over cardstock panel on all four sides.
2. Place Dreamweaver Gold Embossing Paste along edge of Paste Spreader, using Palette Knife.
3. Place Spreader at edge of stencil, at 45 degree angle, and with both hands across the semi-circular handle, spread the paste over the stencil in one smooth motion. Use the palette knife to dab paste in any "holes". Pull spreader across surface again if necessary to remove excess paste. Scoop it back into the jar, clean the edge, and reseal.
4. Carefully remove the tape from three sides, leaving that first piece as a hinge to lift the stencil away from the pasted design. Place stencil in water to be cleaned immediately.
5. While paste is wet, sprinkle with various colors of Dreamweaver Metallic F/X Mica powders (I used Cottage Ivy, Kimono Red, Sapphire, and Purple Satin), leaving plenty of the gold paste showing. Note: Use a small brush to pick up a tiny amount of the powders, and tap the handle to release the colors over the wet paste. The closer you are the more concentrated the color, and the further you are, the more fine and even.
6. Apply a heat tool over the surface until bubbling (hence the term, Molten). Continue over surface until the entire design is bubbled and textured and mostly dry when cool.

To finish my card, I angled the panel and adhered it over a green card. A band of green May Arts Ric Rac was adhered at a diagonal, with a lavender silk ribbon bow tied over it.

How about some more Dreamweaver Thursday inspiration, tied up in ribbon?

Laura Drahozal (DW and May Arts)

Pam Bray (DW and May Arts)

Louise Healy (DW and May Arts)

Lea Fritts (DW and May Arts)

Alison Heikkila (DW and May Arts)

Tenia Nelson (May Arts)
Kristine Reynolds (DW and May Arts)

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

New Stampendous Stencil Duos with May Arts YUM!


In my opinion, anytime that you want to take a project to the next level, anything May Arts is the line to go with! Both Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils have been "Partners in Craft" with May Arts for the past few years, and the reason is simple...WE LOVE MAY ARTS! We're hopping all of this week, and we've got some super prize packages up for grabs...take a look!

See Stampendous Official Contest Rules for details.


My post today features another one of the new Stencil Duo sets designed by Fran Seiford. This one is "Balloon Duo", and as with the other sets, includes one "open" stencil (balloon), and one pattern stencil. Both can be layered and used together, or separately. The sets include a doodling pen, and a small set of notecards.

Beginning with my Creative Palette Rectangle, I placed several drops of Radiant Neon Reinkers in Electric Blue and Electric Green from Tsukineko®, and sprayed with water to mingle the colors. A square panel of the Stampendous Mixed Media White Cardstock was placed on the surface to transfer the swirled ink.

When dry, the same panel was used with the pattern stencil over the surface, and the same ink colors (in inkpad form) were ink-stenciled randomly over the surface, rotating the stencil.

The Balloon stencil was placed over the panel, and I lightly rouged the blue ink around the inside edge of the design, before pasting the balloon design with Translucent Embossing Paste. While wet, the paste was sprinkled with Stampendous Micro Crystal Glitter, and set aside to dry.

Corners were rounded on the panel, before layering it onto a white Fitted Frame Set A, matted with a teal frame. The pretty May Arts Sheer Satin Band ribbon in Seafoam was added to the balloon. The panel was adhered to short flap card created from My Colors Cardstock with Spearmint on the outside, and Caribbean Sea adhered on the inside to match the mat on the square.

A strip of May Arts Adhesive Scallop Border in Robin's Egg Blue was adhered along the flap edge, for feminine detail, and the front of the card was stamped with the Cling Birthday Gorgeous sentiment in Teal Zeal Memento ink from Tsukineko®.

Be sure to leave a comment before moving on to these other talented teammies...

Pam Hornschu (You're here)

Woodware: Sketch 50...A Violet Posy

Welcome to another Woodware Sketch Challenge! For all the info on how YOU can play along, be sure to check the Woodware Witterings Blog. Below is our basic format this month.
As you can see by the card at the top, my card base is an olive green panel, ink-stenciled softly over the background with the Dreamweaver Hexagons stencil, using a large stencil brush and Mossy Green Mixed Media ink from Clearsnap.

My round focal point is a circular die cut white cardstock panel, stamped in black ink and colored and shaded with markers, featuring the Stampendous Cling Hydrangea Lacecap. I've sprinkled a bit of Chunky White Embossing Enamel over the card and posy, and heated from underneath to achieve these pretty little specks of glossy white.

The band across the bottom is  created by using one of the new Stampendous Fitted Frame Dies to cut my white strip, and this has been stamped in black with a sentiment from the Perfectly Clear Friendship Assortment.

Friday, January 22, 2016

How About a Little Whimsey?

One of our new releases to the Stampendous line, is this beautiful Dreamweaver Heart Whimsey stencil design. So pretty, delicate, and unique, which I've tried my best to honor with this card.

The card base is a tent-fold pink card. I paste-embossed the design in Dreamweaver Glossy White Embossing Paste, over a panel of "shaving cream paper". If you've never done it before, then you really need to play in the foam!

Use the cheapest shaving foam you can purchase (I used Barbasol), and a small tray or cardboard box. Spray the foam inside, and once it's as poofy as it's going to get, add a few drops of re-inkers, or even food coloring, and swirl it with a stick. Place your cardstock panels into the surface, and pull them off. Use a palette knife or an old credit card, and scrape off the excess. And repeat. Let your panels air dry. This works on any paper, but the glossy cardstocks show it off best. It's also a fun project with the kids!

Once the paste was dry on my shaving cream panel, I used a black fine point felt pen to add simple doodling, and outlined the design to highlight it. A ribbon bow and a few tiny rhinestone stickers were added and then the panel was adhered to the card. The sentiment comes from the Perfectly Clear Love Always set, and a few black rhinestones were added to pick up the black outlining of the design.

For more ways to say "Be Mine" this Valentine's Day, check out the Stampendous blog!

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Dreamweaver Thursday: Love Squared

Well...maybe not mathematically, but this project speaks love in volumes! And so simple to recreate!

Using a 6 inch square canvas, with thick sides, I covered the it entirely in VersaMark ink by Tsukineko, and heated the pink embossing powder from the Spring Sparkle Kit all over it. (Be careful! It gets hot, so you may want to do it in sections.) Once cooled, I placed the Dreamweaver Swirly Heart on the surface, and taped it on all four sides with removable tape. Then I spread Glossy Black Embossing Paste over the stencil, and set it aside to dry.

Once dry, I stamped the sentiment from the Perfectly Clear Love Always set in Black StazOn ink in the bottom right corner. If necessary, you can touch up the sentiment with a fine tipped black pen.

I smudged some VersaMark over the surface, and sprinkled a bit of Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel, heating it to melt in patches and specks.

The finishing touch was to wrap and tie a May Arts black ribbon bow around the four sides.

For more heartfelt ideas, visit these links today...

Kristine Reynolds (DW, Be Mine)
Jamie Martin (DW, Be Mine)

Woodware: Create Your Own Embellies!

This week the Woodware girls are all about creating their own embellishments, and there have been some wonderful ones on the NEW Woodware Blog.

My version features the Stampendous Mother Hen stamped in black, and colored with markers, and matted in blue. The card base is bright green, with a panel of Core'dinations Chalk Core in blue, machine embossed using the Dreamweaver Corner Flowers, and sanded to reveal the design. After this panel was adhered to the card, a square of polka dot paper was stamped with a sentiment from the Perfectly Clear Friendly Phrases set, and adhered over the Chalk Core panel. The focal point square was angled and adhered before adding my fun embellishment.

Using the Stampendous Cling Daisies stamps and dies, two flowers were stamped on yellow cardstock, colored and shaded a bit with markers, and using a VersaMark pen, the yellow portion of the Spring Sparkle Kit was added and heated. The flowers (and a leaf from the polka dot paper) were die cut, the petals lifted and curled slightly, layered and adhered to the upper corner of the card.

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Doodles and Hearts and Duos = LOVE!

 I really LOVE how this card turned out! It features just one of the new Stencil Duo sets designed by Fran Seiford. Each set provides two stencils (one open design, and one pattern design), along with a doodling pen and a set of small white notecards. This set is called "Heart Duos".

My card base is a soft purple, stamped and embossed in black using the "Cling Penned Love" sentiment. A green panel has been run through my Big Shot Pro to emboss the pattern design, and a green ink has been brushed over the raised surface to highlight the design. The corners have been rounded, and the square panel has been matted in white  before being adhered to the card using Zip Dry adhesive.

The focal point is this beautiful heart, layered with the pattern stencil on the bottom, and the open heart over the top, taped to the Mixed Media cardstock. The design has been traced using the included pen. The patterned stencil has been removed, and the heart traced around the design. Doodles have been added with the pen as well, and the pattern has been colored with markers.

With the open heart back over the surface and taped on all four sides with removable tape, and using the Dreamweaver Paste Spreader, Translucent Paste has been swiped over the surface. The stencil has been carefully removed to be cleaned with water and a soft nail brush. The panel has been set aside to dry. Once dry, the heart was cut out, and popped up over the patterned green square with foam tape.

Want some more LOVE? Head over to these talented teammies!

Jamie Martin (Monday link)

Jamie Martin (Tuesday link)

Jamie Martin

Tenia Nelson

Kristine Reynolds

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Pam Hornschu

Saturday, January 9, 2016

Woodware: It's All About the Curves!

The Woodware team are playing with our first challenge of 2016..."Scallops, Curves, and Polka Dots", and my project today features a bit of all three. I've used the Stampendous Creative Palette to create the background for my beautiful blossoms, by squirting drops of Dreamweaver Color Solutions alcohol inks and its thinner on the palette, and letting the colors swirl. I placed panels of the Mixed Media White cardstock over the inks, and pulled them off, before cleaning a the palette with a bit of warm, soapy water, and letting it air dry. (There will be a bit of staining, but it will remain transparent.) The panels dry almost immediately, so I was able to stamp a bit of the "bubble wrap" design from Nathalie Kalbach's "Grunge" set in gray ink, and several of the leaves and blossoms from the Perfectly Clear Build a Bouquet stamps and dies sets. Part of these were adhered and layered to the front of my gray card along with stamped sentiments, polka dot paper, and ribbon.

Inside is really the star of the show with these Pop Up Die cards from Stampendous. The Die set includes oodles of ways to play...A large die that creates the fold for inside the card, and several fold outs to adhere your creations for amazing dimension! The set even includes dies for edging in scallops, and oval and rectangle tags for your sentiments, like the great Perfectly Clear set for "Sisters".

I stamped and adhered a round "doily" design from Nathalie Kalbach's Cling "Kaffee Klatsch", under the thin plastic "vase" for my flowers.

By the way, the Woodware Blog has changed it's address, so here is the new link.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Mixing the Media with Stampendous and Imagine Crafts!

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Does your stamping and stenciling "Go to eleven"*? After this week it sure will! All this week the Stampendous/Dreamweaver team are "amping" up their projects with products from Imagine Crafts®...specifically the new Radiant Neon Amplify inks, and their counterpart, the Radiant Neon inks. The first are wonderful colors that soften and grow when heated, adding incredible dimension to all your creations! You can learn about them HERE. And the second are a brighter, more vivid version of the colors. 

As usual there will be fantastic prizes as shown below. All you need to do is visit the Stampendous Blog each day this week, following the links, and leaving comments about what YOU love best! 
See Official Contest Rules for details.

Here is what I've created using the Radiant Neon inks along with the Stampendous Round Creative Palette, and "The Look" Cling Rubber Stamp Set, and one of my favorite sentiments from Stampendous..."Color Outside the Lines". Oh, and bright Color Fragments as well.

The base canvas is a 12 inch pre-gessoed one. I started by squirting Electric Pink, Coral, Orange, and Yellow Radiant Neon inks onto the surface of my ROUND Creative Palette. (If you have one, and it's not been used yet, soak it in warm water for several minutes before using.) I sprayed the surface with a bit of water (using one of my handy-dandy Spatter/Spray bottles from Stampendous), and let the colors swirl a bit. Then I placed the canvas on the surface of the Creative Palette, pressing from behind, but NOT moving it, to transfer all the color and the round shape to the canvas. This was set aside to dry for a while, and encouraged to dry faster with quick passes of a heat tool over the surface. Once dry, I stamped the "bubble wrap" image that comes with the palette randomly over the canvas with Rich Cocoa Memento ink, and stamped the sentiment as well.

Meanwhile, I took a page of poetry from an old (and beat up book), and lightly brushed over it with a bit of thinned gesso. You notice that parts of the poetry can be seen through the image, yes? When dry, I stamped the main image in Rich Cocoa Memento ink by Tsukineko®, and broke out my alcohol markers to color and shade as desired. The image was torn around the edge and ink-distressed before adhering to the canvas with Fast Finish Decoupage medium from Beacon Adhesives®. I love this product, and use it A LOT! It's thin, and is easy to lay down a coat on the surface before placing the item to be decoupaged onto the wet surface, and brushing on another coat. If you want extra shine, brush on more coats, but just one is perfect in this case, and dries SO FAST! I brushed more on the canvas, and sprinkled liberally with the Stampendous Color Fragments in the "Party" colors, which perfectly match the colors of the Radiant Neon inks.

The flower was created by stamping the floral images from the stamp set on a clear piece of mold-able plastic and cutting them out. I added the Radiant Neon inks on back, and heated each piece to make it mold-able, creating ruffles and dimension in the flowers and leaves. All were layered and adhered together and to the canvas using Beacon Adhesives "Quick Grip".

Go check out how "bright" the rest of the team can be, after leaving me a comment, please!

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Dreamweaver Thursday...AMPLIFIED! IMAGINE that!

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Does your stamping and stenciling "Go to eleven"*? After this week it sure will! All this week the Stampendous/Dreamweaver team are "amping" up their projects with products from Imagine Crafts®...specifically the new Radiant Neon Amplify inks. Wonderful colors that soften and grow when heated, adding incredible dimension to all your creations! You can learn about them HERE.

As usual there will be fantastic prizes as shown below. All you need to do is visit the Stampendous Blog each day this week, following the links, and leaving comments about what YOU love best! 
See Official Contest Rules for details.

Here is what I've "amped" up colorfully for Dreamweaver Thursday, also featuring newly released stencils to the Stampendous Dreamweaver collection...

I played with mixing the new Imagine Crafts/Tsukineko® Radiant Neon Amplify inks with the Dreamweaver Translucent Embossing Paste. Not really mixing them, per se, but doing this...

1. Tape stencils (Dreamweaver Peacock Background and Peacock) to black cardstock with removable tape on all sides.
2. Placing a large dab of Translucent Embossing Paste on the edge of the Paste Spreader, along with a line of the Electric Purple and Electric Blue Amplify inks.
3. As I spread this over the stencil designs, the colors mixed slightly, and will mix even more with each pass of the spreader over the surface. Preferably once or twice only for more separation and less seepage under the stencil.
4. The stencils were removed carefully, and set in water to be cleaned ASAP.
5. The panels were then heated..."amping" up the volume and softening the color slightly. The Translucent Embossing Paste will bubble a bit as it is heated, creating an opaque glass appearance where there is less Amplify and more paste.

6. The large panel of the background was cut in squares to be matted in "Winter Lake" My Colors Cardstock™ by My Mind's Eye®, and adhered inside the three small squares of a black 7 Gypsies Shadowbox Tray.
7. The peacock panel was matted with the same blue cardstock, and adhered inside the main section of the tray with Zip Dry Adhesive by Beacon®. Several Swarovski® crystals were adhered as embellishments using the Beacon® Dazzle Tac.
8. The remaining sections of the Peacock Background were cut into thin strips and adhered along the edge of the framework of the tray, for a bit more pizzazz. 

The end result has so much texture and color pop, that I can hardly wait to create another using some of the other Radiant Neon Amplify™ inks from Imagine Craft/Tsukineko®...and Dreamweaver Stencils by Stampendous, of course!

Haven't seen enough? Head on over to these blogs...

Louise Healy (Imagine Crafts, DW)

Laura Drahozal (Imagine Crafts, DW)

Lea Fritts (New Catalog, DW)

Pam Bray (New Catalog, DW)

Kristine Reynolds (Catalog, DW)

Amy Hurley-Purdie (New Catalog, DW)

Alison Heikkila (New Catalog, DW)

*References a quote from "This is Spinal Tap: The Movie".