Friday, July 31, 2015

Feathers and Sandy Claws

Today is one of those days where my projects are on opposite sides of the spectrum. My first project is for A Day for Daisies, and the second is for Left of Center.
***If you are looking for my latest Stampendous post, please click HERE.

Isn't this the sweetest image? It's called Bird in Flight. The joy on this boy's face makes me smile. Our theme this week is "Add a Feather."

I colored the image with my Tombow markers, and I added the polka dots with my white Sakura pen. My feather was created with my Feather stencil from Dreamweaver. I outlined it with a black PITT pen, and then I used some watercolors to color it in.

I fussy cut the Bird in Flight image out and added it on top of my feather. I also added a sweet sentiment from Stampendous! and some drops of Platinum Liquid Pearls. Ink, more paper...layer, layer, voila!
Now....opposite end of the spectrum. This week's theme for Left of Center is "Based on a Song." We are sponsored by Delicious Doodles, and I decided to go with the Kidnap Sandy Claws song.

He's pretty creeptastic, huh? This guy was also colored with my Tombow markers. I used scratchy lettering for the "Sandy Claws" and a couple scraps of paper. It was a quick ATC, but I think he's pretty cool.

Please be sure to visit the A Day for Daisies Blog, as well as the Left of Center Blog. Lots of great projects to see! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Harvest Owl: Playing with Paste


We are still playing with paste over on the Stampendous blog! Have you tried embossing paste yet? Hopefully you've been inspired to play after seeing so many great projects this week!
***If you are looking for my A Day for Daisies and Left of Center post, please click HERE.
For today's card, I used the brand new Harvest Owl stamp, along with one of my all-time favorite stencils, the Houndstooth. 



Instructions:

  1. Color the Harvest Owl using Chameleon Colors listed, or other colors of your choosing. Then, you can cut the image out.
  2. Using the largest Label One die from Spellbinders, die cut a purple piece of Bazzil cardstock. 
  3. Cut card base using cardstock- 6 1/2 x 9 3/4." The edges were then inked with embossing ink, and Aged Wine Embossing Powder was heated and melted (from the bottom of the cardstock).
  4. Blue cardstock was cut to fit inside the card base, and one side was ripped for added texture. The Houndstooth stencil was placed on to the blue cardstock, and Glossy Black Embossing Paste was applied only to certain areas. One side was embossed first to accommodate the size of the cardstock versus the stencil. While the paste was still wet, Metallic F/X Powder (colors listed in supplies) was sprinkled on by using a brush dipped into the powder and then tapped over the paste. Gently tap the cardstock once the colors have been applied to blend the colors a bit. Brush off the excess once the paste is dry. Once the first side was dry, this step was repeated on the other side of the cardstock. 
  5. The final step is to attach all of your pieces, including a pretty ribbon from May Arts.

Supplies:
Stampendous:W156 Harvest Owl
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®LJ913 Houndstooth Dreamweaver Stencil

Glossy Black Dreamweaver Embossing Paste
Metallic F/X Powders in Sapphire, Forestry, Eye of the Tiger, Gold Dust
Aged Wine Embossing Enamel from the Purple Frantage Encrusted Jewel Kit
Stampendous Mixed Media Paper
Plus:Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives
Chameleon Pens: PK3, BG4, YG3, PR4, BV4, OR4, BL3, YO3, YL2
Ribbon from May Arts
Labels One Die Cut by Spellbinders

Here's the link list for the gals sharing projects today:

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Peace on Earth with Dreamweaver

This week, the Stampendous team is "Playing with Paste." Embossing Paste that is! When working with stencils, embossing paste is a basic supply that is easy to work with, and you can do so many cool things with. Today, I am sharing a lovely holiday card that uses the Peace on Earth stencil, and lots of glitter. 


Instructions:

I started off with navy blue cardstock and taped the Peace on Earth stencil to it. I applied Pearlescent Embossing Paste using her paste spreader and immediately sprinkled the Multi Crystal Glitter Mix (from the White Encrusted Jewel Kit) to the paste. I then let that layer dry.

Once dry, I cut the navy cardstock down and rounded the corners. I then cut out a mat of white cardstock and rounded those corners as well. Next, I used her Versamark Watermark ink pad to "wet" the edges of the white cardstock, and applied Crystal Embossing Powder around the perimeter. I next heat set the powder and adhered it to the top layer using foam dots.

To make the card base, I cut cobalt blue cardstock to 10" x 6 1/2" and folded it in half. I applied Texture Gems by Faber-Castell around the entire perimeter, about 1/4" in from the edge and then sprinkled Shaved Ice on top. With each layer, my glitter gets larger in size, which lends a pretty cool effect. Lots of great sparkle and texture!

Once the card base dried, the other layers were adhered to it.



Supplies:

Stampendous:FRG10C Shaved Ice
EJK08 White Frantage Encrusted Jewel Kit
EP050 Crystal Embossing Powder
VM001 Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Dreamweaver:
DWLG663 Peace on Earth Stencil
DWDPP Dreamweaver
Pearlescent Embossing Paste
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader
Plus:
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Texture Gems by Faber-Castell
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives

Here are my teamies that also have projects to share with you today.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Make it Sparkle with Wicked Wednesday

Time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge! This week we are sponsored by Polkadoodles and the theme is "Make it Sparkle." Well, I certainly took that challenge seriously when I used Oddella Fairy.

I cropped then colored the image using my Tombow markers. I added a bit of Pink Micro Glitter from Stampendous! to her crown. After I cut the image down to size, I stuck it to a piece of double sided sheet tape. Then, I sprinkled the entire sheet with Silver Halo Glitter Mix. And man, is it sparkly!

It's so hard to photograph glitter! But you can see the different sizes of glitter on that background. I think it worked really well with the grey skin I gave the fairy. Please be sure to check out the rest of the Wicked Wednesday projects that the team created this week. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Flamingo Couple with A Day for Daisies

Hello! I am happy to share my 2nd post as a Design Team member for A Day for Daisies. Today, I am sharing the new and fantastic Flamingo Couple. I chose to work with this image because I am positively a flamingo fanatic. I have collected them for many, many years, and I just love them. So this was the perfect image for me.

They are so sweet! I used watercolors on the image, and I touched up the outline a bit with my small Black PITT pen from Faber-Castell. Sometimes with watercolors, the original image gets washed out from the paint, so I like to go over it a bit to make it stand out again.

I kept the background simple, and layered up some fun patterned paper scraps that I had laying around. I added a few fun pink gems that had a black mottling on them too.

There are lots of other feathered friends being featured on the A Day for Daisies Blog. Please go and check them all out! Thanks fr stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Not in Kansas Anymore with Wicked Wednesday

Hello and welcome to a new Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge. This week, we are sponsored by Digi My World, and the challenge is "Not in Kansas Anymore." I worked with their adorable version of the Tin Man. I totally fell in love with him, because he's adorable!He's from the Big Eye Oz collection.

He's so cah-yute!!!!! I used my Chameleon Pens to color him. These markers were perfect to make him look metallic. I used an old Care Bears sentiment stamp that says "100% Heart," with my Silver Delicata ink, and a couple of scraps that I had.

The silver scrap is actually metallic, and has bits of glitter. The pink scrap has glitter as well. I hope you'll play along with Wicked Wednesday this week! Please be sure to visit the WW Blog to see what everyone else has created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, July 17, 2015

A Day for Daisies Announcement and Left of Center

I have such an exciting announcement to share with you today! But first, if you are looking for my Stampendous! and Chameleon Pen collaboration post, please click HERE. Ok....drum roll please...... I am now officially on the A Day for Daisies Design Team!  I am so very honored and excited to be a part of this amazing team. They are one of my absolute favorite digi companies ever, and I have wanted to join their team for quite some time. I am so excited to share my first official project with you today. I also have a great new challenge for Left of Center.

For my first A Day for Daisies project, we were asked to use a favorite image of ours, and use "Newsprint." I used Dragon Flight as my image of choice, and I decided to use my newsprint subtly. I colored this sweet dragon in with my Tombow markers.

I used the Scales stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils around the image. I used a cosmetic sponge to lightly apply my ink color. I also used the Picasso Tool to mask off the areas I didn't want to have the scales.

For my background, I spritzed 2 Dylusions sprays on to white cardstock, and then I added a thin line of Glossy Accents, and then some Stampendous! Medium Gold Halo glitter right on top. I also added a small piece of a punched border, a piece of washi tape, and of course the newsprint. Be sure to visit the A Day for Daisies Blog to see what the rest of the team has created. And if you join our Newsprint challenge, you could be featured on the blog and win some digis of your choice if you win!

The Left of Center challenge this week is "3 of a Kind." This card features the beautiful Gothic Dark Moon from Sweet Pea Stamps and artist ching chou kuik. I also colored this image with my Tombow markers, but I tried out a new (for me) technique. I applied my markers in small areas, but then I used a brush and water to thin out the color and blend it a bit. I love the completed effect.

Isn't this a beautiful image? I love the bats! My background was done with one of my favorite Dreamweaver background stencils, the Quatrefoil. I simply used a sponge dauber to apply my ink color. You can get a much heavier look with a dauber than you can with the cosmetic sponge I used in the Dragon card above.

For my "3 of a Kind," I used 3 pieces of thin velvet ribbon from May Arts. It added a simple, nice texture to the card. I also matted the image on a shimmery lavender paper, and then pop dotted it for dimension. Please be sure to visit the Left of Center Blog to see what the rest of the "B" team has cooked up for you. And please check out my other post for today, you have the chance to win a prize! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Quilted Santa: Chameleon Pens Collaboration with Stampendous!

Welcome! I have 2 blog posts to share with you today. This post is for Stampendous!. If you are looking for my Left of Center/A Day for Daisies post, please click HERE. The Stampendous! Design Team has been so fortunate to have been able to play and use the entire set of Chameleon Pens for our July catalog. These fun markers work differently from other types of markers, so although there is a bit of a learning curve, once you get the hang of it, you can make some really incredible pieces. And there are lots of videos and tutorials that you can find on YouTube. I saved my favorite card for last this week. I used the fantastic Quilted Santa stamp. This image really lends itself beautifully to the Chameleon Color Tones Markers. 


Instructions:

  1. I colored the stamped image of the Quilted Santa with the Chameleon Pens listed in the supplies, and then she fussy cut the image out.
  2. I cut out my card base using Kraft colored cardstock to a 5 1/2" x 8." Then, using the Crystal Dreamweaver Stencil, I applied it randomly all over the card base with a sponge dauber and Vintage Sepia Versa Fine ink from Imagine Crafts.
  3. Red and green mats were then cut using the Spellbinders Card Creator A-2 Mating Basics A.
  4. The "Christmas Greetings" sentiment from the Holiday Expressions set was stamped in Vintage Sepia on cream cardstock and cut out.
  5. Chestnut Roan ink was used to ink around all of the edges. This pad was used because of it's smooth pad, and soft, chalky finish.
  6. All pieces were glued and attached to the card base.
Supplies:
Stampendous:P273 Quilted Santa
SSC1231 Holiday Expressions Perfectly Clear Stamps™
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper

Dreamweaver:
DWLL397 Crystal Snowflake Stencil
Plus:Chameleon Markers: RD4, BR2, BR5, VO4, CG8, GR3, YG3, BL3, YL2
Card Creator A-2 Mating Basics A by Spellbinders
VF-SML-054 Vintage Sepia Versa Fine Ink by Tsulineko
Chestnut Roan ink by Colorbox
KD01 Sm Finger Dauber from Stencil with Style
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Shepherd Watch: Chameleon Pen Collaboration

I am really excited to share my Stampendous! and Dreamweaver creations with you this week! We are doing a collaboration with Chameleon Pens, and we are showing off some of the wonderful techniques you can do with these unique pens. Did you know that we feature Chameleon Pens throughout our July catalog? Almost all of the samples in it feature these markers!



Chameleon™ Art Products is a company determined to change the way you think about marker pens. They pride themselves on having developed real innovation that enhances your ability to maximize your creativity. Their markers bring color control and simplicity to your art, and you can create stunning 3D effects, smooth transitions, highlights, and shading gradations all with one pen.
When you combine this simple coloring versatility with Stampendous® and House-Mouse Designs® images, you can create fantastic projects quickly. Stampendous stamps are beautifully enhanced by the simple blending made possible with this range of innovative markers. The colorless blending tool acts as a "foolproof" finish for your project. You won't believe the stunning range of colors that can be achieved with these markers, and the array of original projects you can create with the combination of Stampendous and Chameleon.



Instructions:

  1. I stamped the Shepherd Watch image on to Mixed Media White Paper, and then colored the image with the Chameleon Pens listed in the supplies. I tried to really showcase the color change factor of the Chameleon pens in the sand. I repeated the color change over and over again to give the sand depth. Once the image was colored, I cut the cardstock down, and rounded the corners. 
  2. Next, I cut olive green cardstock to 5" x 6 1/2" to create her card base. 
  3. I then took cream cardstock and inked the Quatrefoil stencil with Chestnut Roan ink directly from the pad. I trimmed the piece down and rounded the corners. 
  4. Then, navy blue cardstock was cut to fit as a mat around the Shepherd image. 
  5. Two coordinating pieces of May Arts ribbon was then cut to fit around the stenciled piece of cardstock, and they were glued down. Then, the cream cardstock was glued to the card base. 
  6. The navy and stamped image layers were attached to each other next, and then adhered to the card with pop up dots.

Supplies:

Stampendous:P271 Shepherd Watch
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Dreamweaver:
DWLX7027 Quatrefoil Stencil
Plus:Chameleon Markers: GR3, YG3, BR5, BL6, BL3, NU1, NU3, BR2, CG8
Ribbons by May Arts
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Chestnut Roan Ink by Color Box
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives

Here are the rest of the folks that are hopping today:

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Stitching with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge. This week, we are sponsored by That Craft place, however, the images the team was provided with are no longer available as digis. Similar images are however, available as rubber stamps through Creative Expressions. The theme is is "Stitching: Real or Faux."

I opted for some faux stitching, using a rub on from a company that has sadly gone out of business. I colored this image using a combination of Chameleon Pens (be sure to visit my blog again this week for the collaboration between Chameleon Pens and Stampendous!), and Tombow markers.

I used a cute heart patterned paper, button and some pretty pink micro glitter from Stampendous. See the cool ombre effect I got on her shirt by using the Chameleon Pens? Please be sure to visit the rest of the WW team. They have great work to share with you, as always. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Go Climb a Tree with Stampendous!

Hello! The Stampendous team has been inspiring you all week to go out and climb trees...or at least to craft with trees as the subject. I have a really fun card to share with you today.


I started off with the inside of the card for this piece...but I'll share the outside with you first. I made the sentiment using 3 different stamps from the Discover Today Perfectly Clear set. Then I added the little icons from the Charmed Art set. I inked the edges and added it to some leftover scraps I had distressed and added to my card base. Now for the inside.....

How fun is this?! I used the super cool Pop Up Die set along with the Cling Pop Up Forest Stamp set and the coordinating Dies. I also used a grass stamp from the brand new Cling Create Fall set on the bottom half of the card.

I stamped out all of my images on watercolor paper and started to watercolor them in. After I was done, I used the die set to quickly and (really!) easily cut out all of the pieces. I was grateful that I didn't have to fussy cut all of these parts. Then I started to assemble my tree.

You can see here why the Pop Up Die set is so cool. It creates tabs for you to easily make your cards have fantastic dimension. There's also an extra little nifty gadget that I added to my card. I made a short video to show you...because pictures don't do it justice.


HERE is my video.



Thanks for visiting! Please be sure to visit the Stampendous blog and my fellow DT'ers Kristine and Leadonna. Links below. Have an inspiring day!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Go Climb a Tree with Dreamweaver Stencils

This week, the Stampendous Design Team is climbing trees! Ok, not really...but we are encouraging YOU to climb a tree! Ok...not really that either, so why don't we just share projects with trees, and maybe give one or two a hug? Yeah, that's more like it. Though I do like to climb this one in Salem, Mass. But I digress. Since it's Dreamweaver Thursday, today's project is focusing on one of their fantastic dies. Take a look.

I used the Tree Line die for this card. I LOVE this die. It's so pretty and serene. I'd like to tell you how I made the Tree Line Background. It's pretty easy to do!

I started off by cutting the die in black cardstock. I then adhered it to a sheet of Double Stick Mounting Tape, which I trimmed to fit the die cut. Then, I took my Yellow Micro Glitter and sprinkled it on the lowest portion, rubbed it in, and shook off the excess. I am working from the bottom up so that my colors don't run into each other, though that would be a nice effect too!

Next, I used my Orange Micro Glitter. I rubbed it in, and shook off the excess. I repeated this step with Pink, Purple, and Blue glitters, working my way up.

This is what the finished piece looks like. Kind of like sand art! Next, I chose all of my papers and a wee bit of May Arts ribbon and glued everything together. Remember, the die is on Double Stick Tape, so I just had to peel the backing off to get it on to my card.

My glitters all came from Stampendous of course, from several of their glitter kits. Click HERE to see them! Some of the other Design Team members have tree-loving projects to share with you today. Please give them all a look-see. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Zodiac Signs with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! It's time for a new Wicked Wednesday ATC challenge. This week, we are sponsored by Sassy Studios Designs, and the theme is Zodiac Signs. For my ATC, I used "Aquarius."

I started off by coloring Aquarius with my Tombow watercolor markers. I fussy cut her out and worked on my background. I used a teal and purple spray to get my base color. I used the pretty scroll from the Stampendous Charmed Art Perfectly Clear set for a little extra sumpin' sumpin'. Then I sprayed Iridescent Memory Mist on top. It now has a beautiful glimmer which you can see in the second photo.


Ooh, shiny! I used Faber-Castell Texture Gems to draw a thin line around the edge of my ATC, and then I sprinkled Teal glitter from the Spring Micro Glitter Kit.  The finished ATC is super sparkly, and what's better than that? I hope you'll join us this week. Please be sure to visit the rest of the Wicked Wednesday team to see what they've created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Alice in Wonderland Blog Hop!




Today we are celebrating the 150th Anniversary of Alice in Wonderland, and what better way to do that, than to share lots of creative projects inspired by this wonderful story.

Not only will you see lots of amazing artwork today, but you can also win prizes from the following amazing companies;







Prize winners will be selected from Random blogs throughout the hop using Random.org to select each winner.  In order to be eligible for a prize you must visit all stops on the hop and leave a comment. The prize draws will be open until July 18th, with winners announced on July 20th.

Here's my Alice in Wonderland inspired project:

I made an ATC using The Octopode Factory's Alice in Wonderland. I colored her using my Tombow watercolor markers. That was fun in and of itself, but then I really started to play. 

I used a couple of vials from the Stampendous! Frantage Encrusted Jewel  Kit in Blue to embellish the "A" in her hair. Then, I decided to keep playing so I did my entire background with the kit. I used each of the 5 vials that come with it, and that was loads of fun! There's a video on how the kit works in the link above. It's super easy, and the results are so fantastic! 

I stapled Alice in 3 spots, because I wanted to make sure she was nice and secure. I tried to put them in semi-discreet spots, though usually I really like when staples show. The last step was to use part of a Stampendous! stamp that says, "Keep calm and hurry Santa!" I only inked the Keep Calm parts. You can find it in the Holiday Expressions Perfectly Clear set. So that's my project! Be sure to hop along to all of the other folks that are playing along today. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

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Alison (that's me!)

Friday, July 3, 2015

Splash of Paint with LOC

Hello! It's time for a new Left of Center challenge. This week, we are sponsored by Ike's Art and the theme is Splash of Paint.

I used Raven Poe for my card. I decided to not do anything to alter that image, but rather to play with my background. My card base is a single layer Monoprint, done with the Rectangles Creative Palette from Stampendous. I used acrylic paint in 3 colors on the palette. Them I embossed my Crows stencil with Black Embossing Paste. After the crows dried, I splattered some Stormy Weather Memory Mists on to the card. Last, I applied Ike's Raven Poe.

I love to play with paint! If you do too, then you should join in with Left of Center's challenge this week. Please be sure to visit the challenge blog to see even more painted projects. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

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!