Thursday, July 2, 2015

By the Sea with Dreamweaver and Spellbinders


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.
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!
As it's also Dreamweaver Thursday, I combined my May Arts project along with a couple of lovely Dreamweaver Stencils. I used the Labels One die cut from Spellbinders to cut my cardstock.

Then, I took out the Shell Wreath and I used some White Embossing Paste to apply it to my cardstock. I immediately sprinkled some Crystal Glitter from the Christmas Micro Glitter Kit on to the embossed image, and shook off the excess. I let that dry, and then inked the edges.

I then measured out a piece of brown glittery Core'dinations cardstock. I grabbed 2 beautiful ribbons from May Arts and glued them down, wrapping them around the glittered cardstock before applying it directly to my card base. After that, I used my Scales stencil and inked the upper half of the card. I glues down my embossed Shell Wreath, and this card was done!

There are many other great projects today that show how amazing May Arts ribbon is. Please be sure to hop along. Don't forget, there are prizes to be won! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Red, White and Blue with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! As we approach the day of America's independence, the Wicked Wednesday team is honoring our trifecta of flag colors....the good old red, white and blue. That's our fun theme for this week, and we are sponsored by the fantastic Octopode Factory.

I used Queen Elizabeth for my ATC. I colored her with my Tombow watercolor markers. My background was done with splattered Glimmer Mist, and Gold Delicata ink from Imagine Crafts. I added some Swiss Dot cardstock in white, and a couple of bits of a chevron patterned ribbon from May Arts.

She's creepy and fabulous. I just love The Octopode Factory's images. Be sure to visit their Etsy shop! Also, please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday team by heading over to the challenge blog page. I'll be back tomorrow with a new Dreamweaver Stencils project!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

By the Sea with Spellbinders and Stampendous

Greetings! Friends, today's post is a prime example of making lemonade out of lemons. Sometimes with art and with crafts, you have some oopsies that you've just got to figure out how you can "make it work." This was one of those projects. I think it turned out rather well in the end, though I am annoyed that I made such a silly mistake.

Let me backtrack for a moment. The Stampendous Design Team is collaborating in the Summer Road Trip with Spellbinders and we've also got a collaboration with May Arts this week. You'll find lots of great projects on the team's blogs using products from these awesome companies.

Spellbinders is having a great giveway during this hop with three daily winners and one grand prize winner! Check out the details here.

 For my card, I started off with the lovely Seashell Jar stamp. I used my Faber-Castell Aquarelle watercolor pencils to color the image in, and once it was dry I covered the entire glass jar with their Texture Gems.

Now, this is where I made my mistake. I let the image dry for a couple of hours, then using the super versatile Labels One die from Spellbinders, I ran the image through my die cut machine. I should have cut the image before I added the Texture Gems, as it hadn't completely cured...and got stuck to the cutting plate. I managed to salvage most of the image, but some parts of it stuck to the plate and couldn't be fixed. What a mistake! And it looked so pretty..... So I had to think....I busted out my irRESISTables spray from Imagine Crafts and started dripping it on to the image, really focusing on where the ripped areas were. Then I splattered it all over the image to add some consistency. 

Then, I broke out the magical Copper Luxe Mix for some sparkle and even more texture. That stuff is so yummy! I must get the other Luxe Mixes. I was good with how this all turned out, so I went on by cutting out another of the largest Labels One die with a watery-printed paper. I used a wee bit of a lovely white chiffon May Arts ribbon for an added somethin' somethin'. 

For my background, I used Andy Skinner's Industrial Cling Set with Gold Delicata ink. I also added a simple sentiment from the Life Words Perfectly Clear set. So...would you like some Lemonade? I hope that you've liked my little mistake-made-better, or that at the very least, you've learned to do all die cutting before you add Texture Gems. ;) Be sure to visit all of the Design Team members that are participating today. Their links are below. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Go Wild with Dreamweaver!

Greetings! This week, the Stampendous! Design Team has gone wild! That's the theme this week..."Go Wild!" And since it's Dreamweaver Thursday, I have some stenciling goodness to share with you.

I started off by stenciling the Open Elephant and Zebra Texture with Glossy Black embossing paste on different pieces of cardstock. I let the Zebra just dry on it's own, but I played a bit with the elephant.

While the paste was still wet, I used 3 colors of Metallic F/X to get the look you see above. I worked with Eye of the Tiger, Pewter, and Amber Glow. This technique is easy! Take a dry liner brush, dip it in your desired color of Metallic F/X powder, and tap the brush above the wet stenciled image. Repeat as often as you like with whichever colors you choose. After you have achieved the look you want, you can either leave it be until it dries, or kind of shake and tap the cardstock around a bit to mix the colors and and add extra coverage. After it dries, I brushed the excess away.

I distressed the edge of the zebra print stencil, and inked the edge of my card with gold Delicata ink from Imagine Crafts. Layer, layer, layer. Added a bit of ribbon from May Arts. Voila! A finished card that has a manly feel to it, but that I can see many women liking as well. There are several other teamies joining me today with this "Wild" theme, so please be sure to pay them a visit. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Seeing Red with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday challenge! This week, we are sponsored by SLS Lines and the challenge is "Seeing Red."

I used Goth Girl Top Hat, and I absolutely LOVED coloring her! I used my Tombow watercolor markers, and her hair was a lot of fun to do. Her hair came out super fiery, which is just what I wanted. I mimicked her hair with the mattes I did for the base of the ATC, keeping it super simple so you just focused on her.

I also used a glittery pen from Sakura to make her eye makeup stand out a bit. Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday gals over at the blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, June 12, 2015

Faber-Castell and Stampendous! Collaboration


Hello! I am excited to have another project to share with you for the Stampendous! & Faber-Castell collaboration. What a fun week this has been! This week, the Stampendous team gets to play with lots of wonderful Faber-Castell products. We are showcasing the Art Grip Aquarelles Watercolor Pencils. PITT pens and Pastel Pencils, and our very special guest Nathalie Kalbach will be sharing projects with Gelatos. We are really "Blogging in Color" this week!

I started by stamping the beautiful hydrangea from the Cling Hydrangea Garden set. I used Memento ink on watercolor paper. I colored the flowers with 140, 141, and 143 from the Art Grip Aquarelles Watercolor Pencil collection. I tried to make the lower (or further back) flowers darker, and then lighter as they went towards the forefront. I also colored a single flower (that's a separate stamp in the set). I colored them in sections, going from left to right, adding the water after I colored in a few flowers.

For the foliage, I used #'s 104, 166, and 168. I should also mention that I colored from the darkest shade to lightest all of my elements. For the butterfly, I used #'s 108, 115, 117, and 250. The body of the butterfly was done with PITT Pastel Pencils, as I don't yet have the neutral set of Aquarelles (but I certainly plan on getting very soon!).

After I fussy cut all of my elements out, I took out some light orange cardstock, turquoise acrylic paint, and the super cool I Beam stencil. I used a medium sized stencil brush, and after I taped down my stencil on to my orange cardstock, I dabbed on my paint. it dries nice and quick, so I didn't have to wait long to assemble my card. I cut out the stenciled cardstock, and distressed the edge.

I inked the edge of my card base with a pale blue ink, and started to glue my pieces down. I added pop dots to the single flower, right on top of where the original is on the main hydrangea. I then pop dotted the butterfly as well. This was such a fun card to make! I loved combining the Aquarelles with these lovely stamps. And then using the lattice-like stencil to finish it all off. I hope you have enjoyed this very colorful week! There are lots of folks joining in today, so please be sure to visit them all and leave them some love. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Faber-Castell Collaboration with Stampendous!


Greetings! This week, the Stampendous team gets to play with lots of wonderful Faber-Castell products. We are showcasing the Art Grip Aquarelles Watercolor Pencils. PITT pens and Pastel Pencils, and our very special guest Nathalie Kalbach will be sharing projects with Gelatos. We are really "Bloging in Color" this week! In addition, it's Dreamweaver Thursday, so you are going to see some wonderful stenciled projects today! 

I started off with the Chunky Art Tools stencil, watercolor paper, and the "S" tipped black PITT pen and I drew in all of the tools. Then, keeping my stencil taped in place, I started to play with the Art Grip Aquarelle Watercolor Pencils. Man, I love these pencils! The colors are beautiful, they color up great, and when you add the water....pure magic! Love them! 

By leaving my stencil in place, it kept me from coloring outside the lines. Which, is not something I usually mind, but I wanted to keep this image nice and clean. The only 2 spots that I didn't use the Aquarelles, was the tip of the brush (I used PITT pens), and the tip of the pencil (I used PITT Pastel Pencils). After everything was colored, I removed the stencil, and used the included brush that comes with the watercolor pencils (great brush, by the way...and I love that it comes with the pencils!) to start painting. A little water goes a long way, and again, the pencils blend beautifully. I went for a few different textures and finishes on the chunky tools. You can really do so much with these pencils. 

Then I used the appropriate art tools to add the drawn/painted lines. I added the little "Make Art" from the "Charmed Art" Stampendous set. I rounded the corners, and added a mat of purple cardstock. I then decided it was time to stop. I was planning on making a card, but I decided that I am just going to frame it and hang it in my craft room instead. Because really, no matter what mediums I use, I love to just make art! Please be sure to visit the lovely ladies listed below. You are sure to love their creations. Thanks so much for stopping by. I'll have another post for this fantastic collaboration tomorrow. Have an inspiring day!