Friday, April 29, 2016

House Mouse Designs and Passionate Paper Creations


Welcome to a really fun weekend of House Mouse designs--and an opportunity to win!  If you post to the FB Group "Passionate Paper Creations", HERE, you will be entered to win a $20 Rewards Card (in the US or Canada) or the sponsors choice of 2 stamps (in the UK/Australia).  No purchase is necessary to enter.  The winner will be chosen by Random.org. 

MATERIALS:
HMR65 Castle Construction
White Mixed media Paper
Versamark Pen
Opaque Embossing Powder in Golden Sand
Frantage Pearlized Mica Fragments
Heat Embossing Tool
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
Prismacolor Pencils in French Gray 20% and 70% , Warm Gray 50%,  Cool Gray 10%, 20%, 30%, 50%, 70% and 90%, White, Blush Pink, Metallic Silver, Spring Green, Apple Green, Dark Umber, Light Umber, Sand,  Jasmine, Canary Yellow, Goldenrod, and Deco Blue.
Zip Dry
My Colors Card Stock in Black Suede and Sky
Raffia
DIRECTIONS:
1)    Fold a piece of 10” by  5 ½ ” card stock so that the fold is on the top.
2)    Stamp the Castle Construction image onto the mixed media paper.
3)    Color the image with the pencils.
4)    Adhere the image to a thin black mat and then to the background sky card stock.
5)    Use the Versamark Pen to color areas that you want to enhance with embossing paste.  Do small sections at a time.
6)    Cover the colored areas with embossing paste, tap off excess and heat emboss.
7)    While the embossing powder is still warm, you can add mica, or you can glue it into place after you finish the powders.
8)    Tie raffia ribbon in place.
9)    Attach the image to the card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Here are the other Stampendous Designers who are posting for this event today: (Just in case you need more inspiration)







Thursday, April 21, 2016

A Collaboration with Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L




Welcome to an exciting blog hop with Scrapbook Adhesives.  Of course, there will be wonderful prizes.  In fact, therer will be THREE prize packages.  While I would LOVE all sorts of comments, the only way to win these prizes is to go to the Stampendous Blog and the Scrapbook Adhesive Blog and enter in their Rafflecopter Widget.


THREE prize packages that contain one each:
PLUS a $20 Stampendous Reward Card (US and Canada Winners Only) – winners outside USA will receive a stamp, a stencil and a surprise goodie at random plus the above adhesives.
Winners will be announced Monday, April 25, 2016. Enter to win with the Rafflecopter Widget on the Stampendous and Scrapbook Adhesives blog.
Here is my project for today:


MATERIALS:
Copic Markers Y13, RV14, R20, G19 and G29
My Colors Card Stock in Sky, Oceanside and Pink Delight
May Arts Ribbon
Manual Die Cut Machine

DIRECTIONS:
1)    Fold a piece of 8 ½” by 5 ½” paper so that the fold is on the side.
2)     Tape the Plumeria stencil face up on the Sky card stock. Use one large piece across the top of the stencil initially.  It will be a hinge later.  Tape all the way around.
3)    Remove the embossing paste from the container with the palette knife and place on the paste spreader.
4)    Place the paste spreader on the top of the stencil and pull down towards you, filling the holes and keeping contact with the stencil at all times.
5)    Replace any extra paste into the container.
6)    Remove the tape from the bottom and sides of the stencil.
7)    Using the taped top as a hinge, carefully remove the stencil.  Let the paste dry.
8)    While the paste dries, tap the entire back of the Cathedral Windows stencil with the Versamark Ink Pad.  Then put the stencil, inked side up, on the bottom plate of your manual die cut machine.  Place the pink card stock, face down, over the top of the stencil.
9)    Cover the card stock with the Stamping Details mat and then the upper cutting mat on top.
10)                      Run the project through the die cut machine.
11)                     Pour clear embossing powder over the top of the embossed card stock and shake off the excess.
12)                     Heat set the embossing powder.
13)                     Color over the dried glossy paste with Copic Markers.
14)                     Trim the flower image and adhere to the darker blue mat.
15)                     Trim the embossed Cathedral Windows card stock and adhere to a dark blue mat.
16)                     Adhere the background to the folded card.
17)                     Tie the May Arts Ribbon around the bottom of the flower unit.

18)                     Use the foam squares to raise the flowers above the rest of the project.

Thanks for stopping by!

Here are the rest of the links to check out today.  Don't forget that you have to go to the Stampendous or the Scrapbook Adhesives Blogs to enter for your chance to win!


Thursday, April 14, 2016

Dreamweaver and Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea

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Welcome to the Stampendous and Graphic 45 Beneath the Sea Blog Hop!  I just love Graphic 45 paper, don't you?  Well, in addition to seeing how the design team used some of the Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection, you have a chance to win prizes on this hop.

Prizes
Put on your underwater gear and swim through our posts and featured designer’s blog posts this week to comment because we have an ocean of goodies in three (3) prize packages. Each comment is your entry for a chance at one of the prize packages.  See Official Contest Rules for details. Deadline to comment is Sunday night, April 17th .
Three winners will receive a prize package with one of our new matching sea theme stamp and die sets (SeashellsSailboat and Mermaid Friends), Ocean Wisdom Perfectly Clear Stamp Set PLUS a sample of papers from the Graphic 45 Papers Voyage Beneath the Sea Collection.
My project was inspired by this beautiful collection.  Here it is:

MATERIALS:

Paper Mache Box
Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics:  Prussian Blue Hue, Titanium White
Zip Dry
Paint Brush
Scissors

DIRECTIONS:

        1)  Paint the box with varying mixtures of the blue and white acrylics.  The different colors of blue will make the box more interesting.  Let it dry.

        2)   Cut four pieces of Double Sided Mounting Paper a little larger than the Small Scallop Stencil.

        3)  Use the Versamark Ink pad on the back of the Small Scallop Stencil.  Place the stencil, ink side down, centered on a piece of the mounting paper and gently press it on.

        4)  Pour some Carnelian Embossing Powder over the project and press in with your fingers, being sure to cover the paper on the outside of the stencil as well. 

        5) Turn the project upside down on a flat surface and carefully remove the paper from the stencil.    

        6) Heat set the embossing powder using the heat gun. 

        7)  Cover the remaining Mounting Paper with the Pearl Glitter. 

        8)  Repeat steps 3-7 with the remaining three pieces of mounting paper. 

        9)  Center the Wave Crest Stencil over the top of the box and tape down.  You will likely need to tape from underneath the box lid onto the back side of the stencil to keep it adhered.

        10)  Remove the Embossing Paste from the jar with the Palette Knife, scooping it out so it sits under the knife.

        11)  Place the palette knife on the top of the stencil, and pull it down towards yourself, being sure to keep contact between the knife and the stencil at all times. 

        12) Carefully remove the Wave Crest Stencil, treating the last piece of tape as a hinge as you take it off.  Let the paste dry. 



        13) Once the past is completely dry, “paint” the embossing powder on the image in phases.  You will use the Versamarker in the areas that you want colored, cover them with the embossing powder, and emboss with your heat gun.  You will repeat this process until you have colored the entire wave crest image.

        14) Cut the border off of the Graphic 45 paper.  

        15) Glue the border around the bottom of the box and the side of the lid. 

        16) Remove the backing from the shell covered double sided mounting paper and place, like a sticker, around the box.


Here are the rest of the posts for today.  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

House Mouse & Friends Blog Challenge Hop Week 2



Welcome to week two of the challenge hop with Stampendous, House Mouse & Friends, The Stencil Specialists and Woodware!
In this blog hop, you enter to win the prizes by posting a project of your own on the link.  It doesn't have to be perfect, because the prizes are selected at random from the project images received.  So, check out the posts to get inspired and have some fun!

PRIZES:

Three entries from the House-Mouse and Friends Linky gallery, chosen at random, will win 1-House-Mouse Designs® Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp, 1 – Large Dreamweaver Stencils Background Stencil, and 1 – Jar of Embossing Paste.  This contest is open to everyone!!
Enter your challenge project on the House-Mouse and Friends blog post for HMFMC #216  Use Stencils!
Here is my post for the day:


MATERIALS:
Voilet Nap Rubber Stamp RS-HMV28
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
Prismacolor Pencils in Cool Grey 20%, 30%, 50% and 70%, Deco Pink, Neon Green, Olive Green,             Marine Green, Mulberry, Dahlia, Black Cherry, Lavender, Dark Brown, Canary, Jasmine, and             Non Photo Blue. 
Glimmer Mist Sprays in Vancouver and Turquoise
My Colors Card Stock in Desert Cactus
May Arts Ribbon
Manual Die Cut Machine with a rubber embossing mat
White Card Stock
Paper Towels
Adhesive
Scrapbook Adhesive 3D Foam

DIRECTIONS:
1)  Stamp image onto Mixed Media Paper
2)  Color with colored pencils
3)  Cut out the image and some green card stock with the Fitted Frames using the die cut machine.
4)  Lay a piece of paper towel over the base plate of your die cut machine.
5)  Spray the back of the stencil with the Glimmer Mists and lay, sprayed side up on the paper towel.
6)  Cover the stencil with white card stock, the rubber embossing mat, and the top plates.
7)  Run through the machine.  Let the card stock dry.
8)  Assemble the card.
Thanks for stopping by today.  Don't forget to play along by linking one of your House Mouse cards HERE.

Here are the other posts for today, check them out for extra inspiration:

Thursday, March 31, 2016

House Mouse & Friends Blog Challenge--Feather Bird Card


Welcome to a TWO week challenge hop with Stampendous, House Mouse & Friends, The Stencil Specialists and Woodware!
Now, this is a different sort of blog hop, because this time, you enter to win the prizes by posting a project of your own on the link.  It doesn't have to be perfect, because the prizes are selected at random from the project images received.  So, check out the posts to get inspired and have some fun!

Prizes

Three entries from the House-Mouse and Friends Linky gallery, chosen at random, will win 1-House-Mouse Designs® Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp, 1 – Large Dreamweaver Stencils Background Stencil, and 1 – Jar of Embossing Paste.  This contest is open to everyone!!
Enter your challenge project on the House-Mouse and Friends blog post for HMFMC #216  Use Stencils!

I love this cute little stencil, because to me, it tells a story--like most of the House Mouse stamps. This story is about a cute little mouse who is trying to fit in with the birds, but he just doesn't get it quite right.  Not only does he have stick out ears and fur, but he doesn't even get the colors right.  The orange reathers become pink when chosen by the mouse.  The birds are trying to understand, but just don't quite "get it".  It cracks me up a little.

MATERIALS:

Prismacolor Pencils Rose, Magenta, White, Terra Cotta, Orange, True Blue, Peacock, Electric, Copenhagen Blue, Indigo, Non Photo Blue, Cool Grey 70%, Cool Grey 50%, Cool Grey 30%, Cool Grey 20%, Deco Pink, French Grey 20%, French Grey 50%, Sepia, Bronze, and Jasmine
Heat Tool
Momento Tuxedo Black Ink
My Colors Card Stock in Loveable and Winter Lake
Removable Tape
Paper Towel
Scissors
Tombow Foam Tape
Adhesive
Paper Trimmer
Distress Ink Stormy Sky
Blending Tool

Craft Sheet

DIRECTIONS:

1)  Stamp the Tweet Disguise image with Momento Ink on Mixed Media Paper
2)  Color the image using the Prismacolor Pencils, coloring very lightly in the background.
3)  Tape the stencil over the blue card stock. 
4)  Rub the stencil brush over the Versamark Pad and rub a little off on a piece of paper towel.  
5)  Use circular motions with the brush to apply the clear ink over the stencil and onto the card stock.
6)  Remove the stencil.  Cover the card stock with the clear embossing powder and pour off the excess.
7)   Heat the embossing powder with the heat tool.
8)  Stamp the Cling Quill image onto the pink card stock with Versamark.
9)  Cover the stamped area with clear embossing powder, shake off the excess and heat emboss.
10)  Use the colored pencils to enhance the image.
11)  Cut around the feather.
12)  Use the blending tool, craft sheet and Distress Ink to “distress” the edges of the various pieces.
13)  Assemble the card.


HERE is the InLinkz Permalink, so you can play along with the challenge, too.

These are the other participants today:

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Gearing Up for Fran's Embossing Book

Thanks for stopping by today.  This week, the Stampendous Design Team is playing with Fran's embossing book, "Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z".  I am using one of my favorite go-to techniques, "Molten Magic" also known as Technique P from page 32 in the book.



Materials:

8 ½” by 5 ½” Base Card
Removable Tape
Shrink Plastic
Prismacolor Pencil—Gold
Black Ultra Fine Sharpie
Heat Tool
Scissors
Sandpaper
Big Bite—Hole Punch
Adhesive
My Colors Card Stock in Brown Eyes and Spanish Moss

Thanks again for stopping by.  Check out the rest of the posts for the day:

Friday, March 18, 2016

The Final Day of the Stampendous and Deflecto Blog Hop

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You'll be so glad you stopped by the Stampendous blogs for today.  We have a blog hop with Deflecto Designs!  We have prizes for random comments, too.  You can read more about those on the Stampendous Blog.  In the meantime, I have a couple of images to share with you today.

Here is my official project for today:
 
      I started with the Deflecto 5x7 Black Craft Frame.  The picture I wanted to use was horizontal, so I set up the frame that way, even though it is really meant to be vertical.  I inserted the picture first because it wasn't exactly centered and I wanted to paint the frame around it.  Then, I used Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics in Prussian Blue, Ultramarine Blue, Titanium White and a little Primary Yellow to paint all around the image, leaving brush marks both around the picture and the black frame edge.  I used the same combination of paint on some Mixed Media White Paper so that I would have it to stamp and paste on.  Then, I let it all dry.
     When all the paint was dry, I stamped the words on the painted paper with the Vintage Uppercase and the Vintage Lowercase alphabets.  I used Stazon in Jet Black.  Using the Large Perfectly Clear Stamp Handle allowed me to line up the whole word (using a "c" as a temporary substitute for the extra "e") at once.  I glued the words down with Zip Dry.
Then, I pasted the Large Nautilus Stencil with Pearlescent Paste on another piece of the painted paper and let it dry.  I used the Regular Paste and the Waves Stencil to add some interest around the sides of the image.  I just held down the stencil and pasted little sections each time.  Then, I removed any excess with a craft knife, and moved the stencil to a different location.  I used the small Dreamweaver Palette Knife for all the pasting on this project.
      When all the paste was dry, I colored on top of the Nautilus Shell with my Cool Gray Chameleon Marker.  (Any alcohol marker would do here).  Then, I glued the shell and the glass nuggets onto the project with my Zip Dry.  Of course, I had to let it dry.  (Lots of drying time in this project.)
     Finally, I colored some Regular Embossing Paste with some Deco Art Media Fluid Acrylics in Primary Yellow, Quindacridone Gold and Titan Buff and spread it on with my palette knife.  While it was still wet, I sprinkled it with Golden Sand Opaque Embossing Powder.  I did not heat it.  I wanted it to look very grainy and sandy.
And yes, I am quite obsessed with the Nautilus and Waves Stencils lately.....

And, speaking of obsession, I have a gem problem.  Here is what I used to store my little gems in.....
Yes, I said I had a problem.  The first step is to acknowledge it.
Anyway, thanks to the generosity of Deflecto in the planning of this blog hop, I now store my gems in a place that I can see them, all sorted by color:

Pretty, huh?  It is the Carousel Rotating 9 Bin.  That's right, I said carousel!  It rotates.  Now I can easily locate my colors when finishing a project.  Thanks Deflecto!

  Be sure to leave a comment for your chance to win some great prizes.  Check out the Stampendous Blog and Deflecto Blog links below for more details on that!