Friday, July 3, 2015

By The Sea

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We’ve got lots going on this week to keep your Summer Vacation hopping with inspiration. In one event we’re hopping all week with one of our very favorite craft partners. May Arts ribbon is an extremely generous sponsor for us here at Stampendous and our Design Team is absolutely in love with their gorgeous ribbons, cords, strings and specialty items. You’ll find loads of beautiful May Arts on all our samples.
Here is my project, which also features this week's Stampendous theme, "By the Sea":
I used one of my all time favorite stencils here, the Mermaid Stamp.  I stamped it on the Multi Media White Paper with Memento in Tuxedo Black.   I knew I was planning on using the Spellbinders Ovals One Bezel, but I didn't have the corresponding dies, so I traced the bezel and then hand cut out the image.  I made sure that I trimmed the image so that we could still see the little seahorse.  I colored the image with my Prismacolor Colored Pencils.  I glued the image down to the bezels and then glued Glass Glitter in Bronze around the edges.  When it dried, I covered the whole image in a thick layer of Glastique, from Globecraft Memories.  It took a long time to dry, so I wasn't able to add the second layer, but I will soon because it could really use it.   The image reminded me of a cameo.   As a nod to the cameos worn on a ribbon choker several years ago, I decided that a choker length and some ribbon was in order.  Of course, I used the beautiful May Arts ribbons.

All week you’ve got a chance to check out our Design Team Inspiration as well as the Ribbonistas over at the May Arts Blog.  Be sure to comment and tell us where you’re from, because our Australian Distributor The Stencil Specialists are sponsoring a prize for one friend “down under” to win a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil and a surprise goodie from their terrific stock of Stampendous merchandise!
There are Stampendous prize packages up for grabs. THREE US commenters  will receive a prize of their choice in any one roll of ribbon from May Arts and a $20 reward card. Tell us what state you live in when you comment. Stampendous Official Rules.
Be sure to stop by the May Arts blog each day, because they are having a prize also! How’s that for an amazing week of prizes!

Prize

Three prize packages that will be winner choice – any one roll from May Arts and a $20 reward card from us. Stampendous Official Rules.

Check out the other blogs today.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Dreamweaver By The Sea


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We’ve got lots going on this week to keep your Summer Vacation hopping with inspiration. In one event we’re hopping all week with one of our very favorite craft partners. May Arts ribbon is an extremely generous sponsor for us here at Stampendous and our Design Team is absolutely in love with their gorgeous ribbons, cords, strings and specialty items. You’ll find loads of beautiful May Arts on all our samples.
This is also Dreamweaver Thursday and the Stampendous theme for the week is "By the Sea".  I followed all the guidelines with my post for today:

I have posted this once before, but it is one of my favorite and features one of my go-to May Arts ribbons, the 1.5 inch White Net Ribbon.  I used the Jellyfish Stencil through my Cuttlebug with my Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat.  The material I embossed was medium blue coated aluminum.  I placed the stencil face down on the A Plate and covered it with the metal, face down, the embossing mat and the two B Plates.  I did the same with the LM 248 Happy Birthday Stencil, except that I placed both the stencil and the metal face up.  In this way, I "debossed" it, sending the metal into the wells of the stencil. You should LEAVE the stencil behind the sentiment until you are done sanding. After the metal was embossed, I colored the backgrounds a little with Color Solutions in Aquarius, Iceberg and Blue Velvet.  I used these colors on the Happy Birthday wish as well.  Then, I lightly sanded the jellyfish and fully sanded the outside of the letters to reveal the silver.  (After this step, you should remove the stencil.) 


 After sanding, I tapped some of the White Pearl Color Solutions over the top of the jellyfish.


Of course, that gorgeous webbing fit right in with the stencil and the undersea theme.  
All week you’ve got a chance to check out our Design Team Inspiration as well as the Ribbonistas over at the May Arts Blog.  Be sure to comment and tell us where you’re from, because our Australian Distributor The Stencil Specialists are sponsoring a prize for one friend “down under” to win a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil and a surprise goodie from their terrific stock of Stampendous merchandise!
There are Stampendous prize packages up for grabs. THREE US commenters  will receive a prize of their choice in any one roll of ribbon from May Arts and a $20 reward card. Tell us what state you live in when you comment. Stampendous Official Rules.
Be sure to stop by the May Arts blog each day, because they are having a prize also! How’s that for an amazing week of prizes!

Prize

Three prize packages that will be winner choice – any one roll from May Arts and a $20 reward card from us. Stampendous Official Rules.
Make sure you comment on both this blog and the others listed below for your chance to win!
I also participated in Dreamweaver Thursday posting today.  There were a few others who were not participating with May Arts.  They are listed below:
Dreamweaver Posts



Jamie Martin

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Stampendous and Spellbinders Blog Hop

It’s summer time and we are hopping with some fabulous companies in the Summer Road Trip Partner Hop with Spellbinders.
Stampendous Stamps is hopping all three days with some fabulous summer inspiration from the design team and today two of our designers will be featured a tutorial with some new Spellbinders products! How fun is that!

Prizes

Spellbinders is having a great giveaway during this hop with three daily winners and one grand prize winner! Check out the details here.  We also have a copy of the Stampendous Official Rules here.
Here is my project, which actually also works for the Stampendous theme of the week:  "By the Sea".  
I used the Stampendous Seahorse Ride Rubber Stamp and colored it with Prismacolor Colored Pencils.  The beautiful white lacey corners and edge are made with the Spellbinders Lace Doily Accents.   The corners and edge are actually made with the same cut, as it was really long and I couldn't use it all on the bottom of the card.  I also stencilled the Dreamweaver Stencil LM 104 Nautilus with a small stencil brush and a Splendor Ink pad on shrink plastic.  I punched a hole with my Big Bite and shrunk it to make a charm.
The lovely blue and green shiny ribbon is by May Arts.  I know that I often get products for free to create projects.  In this case, the image of the mermaid and the ribbon are the only products that I did not purchase.
I hope you enjoyed this project.  Be sure to check out the rest of the players today:
Feature Designer – Tenia Nelson
Feature Designer – Lyn Bernatovich

Friday, June 26, 2015

More Flowers and Fairies

For today's "Flowers and Fairies" Theme, I present a card created with the Peony Spray Rubber Stamp.  I colored it with Faber Castell Aquarelles, which I got as a part of the cross promotion we had with them.  I used the Green Set and the Red Set.  For the background, I placed the Plaid Stencil LX 7002 on white paper and used a Stencil Brush and the green tones from the Splendor Circus Pad to create stripes.  Then, I moved the stencil at a 90 degree angle to the original inking and did it again to create plaid.  After that, I simply assembled the card.  I hope you like it.  I would love to read your comments.  Also, visit the rest of the blogs today and check out some more "Fairies and Flowers".

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Flowers and Fairies Week


This week, the Stampendous Theme is "Flowers and Fairies".  I used one of my favorite stencils, Tall Poppies LL3023.  I did receive this stencil for free, along with many others, while I worked on the Dreamweaver Design team.  However, even if I hadn't, I would have likely purchased this one. 
     For today's post, I used the Double Glitter Technique.  First, I soaped the back of the stencil with Handmade Hawaiian Soap.  Then, I gently brushed off the excess soap pieces with a Large Stencil Brush.  The soap acts as a release agent so that you can get the stencil off later. I removed the covering from one side of the Double Sided Mounting Paper and placed the stencil on it, soap side down.  I carefully laid the glitter on the stencil next to the areas I wanted it to fill and carefully pushed it in.  For the black in the center of the poppy, I used the edge of my craft knife to lay it in the area. I rubbed all the colored glitter in with my fingers and then brushed off the excess glitter.  I laid the project stencil side down on a flat surface and carefully removed the paper from the stencil.  Then, I poured White Pearl Glitter over the top of the whole project and brushed off the excess.  The orange border and "distressing" was created by layering the flower project over a slightly larger piece of mounting paper and covering that edge with Tiger Lily Pearl Glitter.  Because the Tiger Lily was a finer glitter than the white, it crept into some of the empty spaces on the original mounting paper.  The glitter colors I used were:  Red Micro Glitter, Black Micro Glitter, Green Micro Glitter, Lime Micro GlitterEmerald Pearl Glitter, Tiger Lily Pearl Glitter and White Pearl Glitter.  Then, I assembled the card and added some cord and beads.
     I hope you liked my card today.  Leave a comment if you have a minute. Please go check out the posts from the rest of the group today, too:

Friday, June 19, 2015

Getting Wild Again

Today, I have even more of this week's Stampendous theme of "Let's Go Wild".   Here is the post:


I used the PenPatternFrog Rubber Stamp.  I colored it with Faber Castell Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils.  The background was created with LJ 825 Jungle Leaves Stencil.  I ran it through my Cuttlebug with white card stock and a Rubber Stamping Details Embossing Mat.  I placed the stencil face down on top of the A Plate, and then the card stock, rubber mat, and two B Plates.  I removed the card stock and then used a stencil brush to put color from the Splendor Circus Ink Pad over the top. Then, I assembled the card.  In this scan, the ribbon on the bottom looks black, but I can assure you that it is actually purple.
Now that you have seen my second "wild" card, I invite you to leave a comment (I like comments) and check out the rest of the wild participants today at the following links:

Kristine Reynolds

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Getting Wild

For this week, the Stampendous theme is "Let's Go Wild"!  Today, I am also posting as part of the Dreamweaver Thursday, but, of course, using this theme.  

This card was made using three different stencils: LJ 915 Opto CheckerboardLM 2004 Lizard and LS 1004 You & Me.  First, I patted the back of the checkerboard stencil with a little Black Soot Distress Ink and then tapped most of it off with a damp cloth.  I embossed white card stock using my Cuttlebug.  I put the stencil, clean side down, on the A Plate and then layered it with the card stock, Stamping Details Rubber Embossing Mat and the two B Plates.  It created a sort of sketchy looking background.  I embossed both of the lizards the same way, except I used color coated aluminum (medium blue and black) instead of the card stock.  Just to make the color differences more dramatic, I "poufed out" the metal by working on the back with the ball tool from the beginners metal tool set, and then the front using the deer foot tool (also from the beginners kit).  This "poufing" was just a little extra on my part, and not entirely necessary.  You could just skip to the next step, which is lightly sanding the tops of the lizards.  Then, I used my fine tipped scissors to cut around the images.  For the saying, I pasted with the Glossy White Embossing Paste on some teal card stock.  While the paste was still wet, I threw a little Crystal Glitter on it.  When everything was completely dry, I assembled the card.
Check out the other responses to the Let's Go Wild Theme:
Stampendous Blog (main blog link)