Monday, June 19, 2017

Stylized Whale Tag

Hello! This week the Stampendous team is sharing projects with the theme of "Keeping it Cool." So lots of fun, Summery things will be showcased. For my project today, I have a tag featuring the Stylized Whale. I love this whale so much. I can imagine coloring him up in so many different ways. 


Supplies:
Stampendous:
P302: Stylized Whale
DP111: Detail Black Embossing Powder
R284: Starry Swirls Stamp
EK222: Beach Embossing Powder Kit (Pacific Blue & Chunky White)
STF082: VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
MPW811: Mixed Media White Paper

Others:
Imagine:
Memento Markers in: Love Letter, Lady Bug, Tangelo, Cantaloupe, Dandelion, Pear Tart, Cottage Ivy, Bahama Blue, Danube Blue, Grape Jelly
VersaMagic in Night Sky
Fireworks! Spray in Bahama Blue and Danube Blue
VersaMark Ink Pad
Staples: #5 tag
Scrapbook Adhesives: Foam Squares
May Arts: Ribbon

Directions:
1. Stamp the Stylized Whale on to Mixed Media White Paper using Onyx Black VersaFine ink.

2. Heat emboss the whale with Detail Black Embossing Powder.

3. Color the whale using the Memento Markers listed.

4. Fussy cut the whale.

5. Spray the tag with Bahama Blue Fireworks! Spray, then Danube Blue Fireworks! Spray. Let dry.

6. Stamp the Starry Swirls stamp on to the tag using Night Sky VersaMagic ink.

7. Lightly sprinkle Pacific Blue embossing powder on to the tag randomly and heat set from underneath.

8. Apply VersaMark ink around the edge and sprinkle on Chunky White embossing powder. Heat set from underneath.

9. Apply the whale to the tag using foam squares.

10. Add a piece of ribbon to the tag.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

CSI Case File #231



Hello there! I am excited to share that I am a Guest Detective with C.S.I. Color, Stories, Inspiration. This is my first time playing along with this scrapbooking challenge, and I am really excited to join in with Case File #231.
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Here is the Case File.

I thought that the Case File had so many great elements and aspects to it, and I knew I wanted to use photos from the lake that is near our home. I found some fun pictures from one of the times we walked our dogs to the lake. Looking over the case file, I was inspired by the mushrooms, and used a few from Stampendous. They were colored with Memento Markers and then fussy cut. My layout's background was made by stamping the Summer Leaves Perfectly Clear set all over with Bamboo Leaves Memento Ink.

The Case File prompted us to have our journaling inside of a pocket, which I made out of a deep green cardstock. I wrote about how we love to explore the beauty of what is practically in our own backyard. I stamped a few images from Stampendous on the pocket and heat embossed it with gold powder.

Here's the cute little frog that I colored, and you can see how pretty the leaves look in the background. 

I've got to say, doing this Case File was a great challenge, and a lot of fun. I will be playing along again soon for sure! Thank you so much to the C.S.I. Team for collaborating with the Imagine AIRS. Please don't forget to go to the C.S.I. Blog for full details on how you can play along. My supply list is below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Supplies:
Imagine:
Memento Ink: Bamboo Leaves
Memento Markers: Rich Cocoa, New Sprout,Bamboo Leaves, Summer Sky, Love Letter, Lady Bug, Desert Sand, Gray Flannel
On Point Glue
Tear It Tape
Gold Embossing Powder
VersaMark Ink

Other:
Stampendous:
SSC023: Summer Leaves Perfectly Clear Set
SSC1261: Nautical Anchor Perfectly Clear Set
SSC1262: Nautical Treasure Perfectly Clear Set
SSC1241: Terrarium
CRF236: Garden Frog (Discontinued)

Studio Calico: Wood Veneer Letters
Celadon Green Cardstock
Distressed Brown Cardstock
Evergreen Cardstock
Enamel Square
Mesh
Kokuyo Dot N Roller


Monday, June 5, 2017

Stylized Whale

Greetings! This week, the Stampendous team is showcasing, "Where the Wild Things Are." You'll get to see lots of fantastic animal projects all week long. Today, I am sharing one of my favorite projects from the April catalog...the Stylized Whale. 


Supplies:
Stampendous:
P302: Stylized Whale
L270: Whale of a Time
DCP1005: Fitted Frame Set A
DWLG713: Amsterdam Flourish
DWDEPT: Translucent Paste
EK22: Beach Embossing Kit
DWDPK: Palette Knife
STF082: VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
VM001: VersaMark Ink Pad

Other:
Zig Clean Color Markers: 031, 032, 033, 035, 036, 037, 038, 041, 042, 045, 047, 048, 049, 302, 303, 400
My Colors Cardstock: Sky, Seafoam, Deep Indigo
Canson: Mixed Media Paper
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue


Directions:
1. Stamp the Whale with VersaFine ink on Mixed Media Paper. Color with Zig Markers listed, then fussy cut.

2. Stamp the sentiment on to Mixed Media Paper with VersaFine ink. Color with 031, 032, 041, 049.

3. Die cut the sentiment using the small "L" Fitted Frame.

4. Die cut the large "L" Fitted Frame in Sky cardstock.

5. Create the card base out of Seafoam cardstock cut to 6-1/2" x 10."

6. Make a mat out of Deep Indigo, cut to the size of 4-1/2" x 6."

7. Tape the Amsterdam Flourish stencil to the Deep Indigo mat on the right side. Use the whale as a guide.

8. Tape off the extra portions of the stencil that you do not want stenciled.

9. Using the palette knife, spread Translucent Paste across the stencil. Remove and wash stencil. Let paste dry.

10. Apply VersaMark to bottom of the card, and go up about 1/2" up.

11. Using the Beach Embossing Kit, apply Pacific Blue to the very bottom, then Sky Blue, then Baby Blue, and last, a few sprinkles of Chunky White. Heat set from the bottom.

12. Glue all layers with Zip Dry Glue.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Sharing Handmade Kindness

Hello! I am a big fan of Jennifer McGuire. Her techniques and videos are always so inspiring, and she just seems like a fantastic person. If you haven't watched her videos before, you can check out her YouTube Channel HERE. She is always sending her friends cards, something I really do't do enough. And, she frequently mentions how important it is to simply share handmade kindness. With everyone. I love this idea, and she is encouraging people to participate in this "movement" to share handmade kindness. I am going to participate, and the card I am sharing today is the first example.

I am so in love with the Vintage Flowers set from Altenew, I knew I had to use them on some of the cards I make to share with friends. I used 4 colors of ink from Imagine to create the layered flowers. All were VersaColor. I used Smoke Blue, Heliotrope, Violet and Grape. The leaves were done with Memento ink in New Sprout, Pear Tart, and Bamboo Leaves. It was pretty simple to choose my colors because I made a nifty color chart for myself when I first got the stamps. You can check out my YouTube video about it HERE.

The lovely Sun and Rain sentiment I used is from Stampendous, and I heat embossed it with Amethyst embossing powder.  I also used several Fitted Frames to create the layers on my card.

I added a bit of sparkle with some opalescent sequins, that were adhered with On Point Glue. My card base started off as white, but I decided to ink it with Smoke Blue VersaColor, which is the same color as the first layer in the flowers. The plaid paper I used tied all of the colors together nicely. Thank you so much for checking out my card. Have an inspiring day!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Spring Swing

Hello! Today I have a card to share with you that features an absolutely adorable House Mouse stamp. If you've been following me for a while, you know how much I love these cuties. The theme for the latest House Mouse & Friends Challenge"Think PINK" and this is what I created. 

Supplies:
Stampendous:
HMW05: Spring Swing
DWLJ863: Swirls Metal Stencil
SSC1256: Cake Tiers Perfectly Clear Set
SSC1252: Tweet Chirps Perfectly Clear Set
DCP1005: Fitted Frames Set A
FREG041: Shabby Green Embossing Enamel
TP117: Vintage Plum Sparkly Embossing Powder
MPW811: Mixed Media Paper
STF082: VersaFine- Onyx Black
DWNHB-9: 3/8" Stencil Brush
VP001: VersaMarker Watermark Pen

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Grasshopper, Coral Rose
Imagine: Rosebud Memento Ink, Summer Sky Versa
Zig Clean Color Markers: 024, 025, 026, 027, 028, 040, 043, 044, 045, 046, 048, 050, 051, 064, 069 071, 093, 096, 098, 901
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue
Chalk: Sky Blue
Canson: Mixed Media Paper


Directions:
1. Stamp the image on to Mixed Media Paper by Canson with VersaFine ink.

2. Color the image using the Zig Clean Color Markers listed. Use sky blue chalk for the sky. Trim image.

3. Tape the Swirls stencil to a piece of Coral Rose cardstock.

4. Using the Stencil brush and Rosebud ink, apply to the stencil.

5. Die cut the stenciled cardstock with the small "Y" Fitted Frame two times.

6. Create the card bass out of Grasshopper cardstock and cut to the size of 6-1/2" x 10."

7. Using Sky cardstock, die cut with small "L" Fitted Frame.

8. Stamp the sentiment on the left side with VersaFine.

9. Stamp the heart from the Cake Tiers set to the left of the sentiment, but not too far over.

10. Color in the center of the heart with the VersaMarker and heat emboss with Vintage Plum Sparkly Embossing Powder.

11. Trim the left side of the die cut.

12. Ink the 3 inner sides with Summer Sky ink.

13. Sprinkle Shabby Green Embossing Enamel heavy at the bottom of the card, gradually lessening the amount as you go up. Heat from behind.

14. Glue all pieces down using Zip Dry Glue.

Thank you so much for checking out my card. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hope Anchors the Soul

Hello! The Stampendous team is finishing up the "Part of your World" monthly theme we had going this month. Our mini theme this week is "Yo Ho Ho." And you know what that means....pirates! I decided to use the new Nautical Anchor Perfectly Clear set, along with the Compass metal stencil. Full instructions are below. 

Supplies:
Stampendous:
SSC1261: Nautical Anchor Perfectly Clear Set
FMS4016: Compass Metal Stencil
DP111: Detail Black Embossing Powder
MPW811: Mixed Media White Paper
DWNHB-9: 3/8" Stencil Brush
SSH46: Large Acrylic Stamp Handle

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Ocean Side
Zig Clean Color Markers: 063, 066, 090, 091
Imagine: Kaleidacolor in Denim, irRESISTable Spray in Gold, VersaFine ink in Onyx Black

Directions:
1. Cut a piece of Mixed Media Paper to 5 1/4" x 3 3/4."

2. Stamp the anchor and rope border with VersaFine ink in Onyx Black along the right side of the paper, near the edge.

3. Emboss the image with Detail Black Embossing Powder.

4. Color the image with the Zig Clean Color Markers listed.

5. Using a fine tipped scissor, trim the excess of the paper as close to the right edge of the image as possible.

6. Tape the Compass Stencil at an angle to the paper near the top. You may want to tape off the scroll so that you don't accidentally ink it.

7. Using a stencil brush and the Denim Kaleidacolor inks, apply color to the stencil. I started with the brown, then used the gray, then 1 of the blue shades. Do not go too heavy with the colors. Keep them soft.

8. Ink up a sentiment from the Anchor set using VersaFine ink, and heat emboss with Detail Black in the lower right corner.

9. Spritz the Mixed Media Paper with Gold irRESISTable Spray and let dry.

10. Cut the card base out of Ocean Side cardstock to the size of 5 1/2" x 8."

11. Glue the stamped and stenciled layer to the card base.

Please be sure to visit the Stampendous Blog for more ideas. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Lighthouse Tag

Hello! The Stampendous team is continuing the "Part of Your World" theme for the month of May, and this week we are highlighting "Up Where they Walk." So think lighthouses, sail boats, beaches, etc. I decided to make a tag with the Build a Lighthouse stamp set. Check out the full instructions below.


Supplies:
Stampendous:
CRS5098: Build a Lighthouse Stamp Set
DCS5098: Build a Lighthouse Die Cut Set

Other:
Zig Clean Color Markers: 028, 034, 037, 040, 041, 044, 050, 062, 064, 065, 072, 075, 083, 096, 260, 302, 303, 803
Staples:
Molotow:
May Arts: Ribbon

Directions:
1. Using VersaFine ink in Onyx Black, first stamp the lighthouse on the right side of the tag.

2. Die cut a lighthouse out of scrap paper.

3. Temporarily attach the die cut light house on top of the stamped light house with temporary adhesive or tap under the die cut.

4. Stamp the clouds across the top of the tag.

5. Stamp the trees and bushes below the cloud line. The die cut lighthouse prevents you from stamping on the lighthouse that you will eventually color in.

6. Stamp the shore line.

7. Stamp some waves.

8. Color the tag using the Zig Clean Color Markers listed.

9. Highlight the clouds and lighthouse with the Molotow marker.

10. Add some ribbon to the tag.
Please check out the Stampendous Blog ad the rest of the folks posting along with me. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Poppy Nap

Hello there! I have a House Mouse card to share with you today, which I am using for the latest House Mouse & Friends Challenge #241. The current theme is Embossing, and I did that on my background. 


Supplies:
Stampendous:
HMP73: Poppy Nap
CRS5096: Pretty Poppies Cling Stamps
DP020: Detail Clear Embossing Powder
STF082: VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
VM001: VersaMark Watermark Ink

Other:
My Colors Cardstock: Harvest Orange
Bazzill Cardstock: Ivy
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue
Zig Clean Color Markers: 010, 020, 023, 029, 044, 048, 064, 062, 065, 069, 071, 072, 094, 220, 901, 902
May Arts Ribbon
Chalk
Canson Mixed Media Paper


Directions:
1. Stamp the image on to Canson Mixed Media Paper using VersaFine ink.

2. Color the image using the Zig Clean Color Markers Listed.

3. Smudge on blue chalk for the sky and brown chalk for the ground.

4. Trim the image.

5. Cut a Mat of Bazzill cardstock in Ivy to the size of 4-1/4" x 3-3/16."

6. Create the card base out of Harvest Orange cardstock and cut to the size of 6-1/2" x 10."

7. Using the small poppy from the Pretty Poppies set, stamp the image all over the front of the card base using VersaMark ink.

8. Sprinkle all the stamped images with Detail Clear Embossing Powder and heat set.

9. Adhere a piece of satin ribbon approximately 1-1/4" from the bottom of the card.

10. Glue all layers using Zip Dry Glue.

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, May 19, 2017

May-genta with Imagine


Hello! This month, Imagine chose Magenta (or MAY-genta) for the color of the month. I decided to keep my card clean, simple and monochromatic...with just a few touches of gold.

I started off with some Bristol Paper and stamped beautiful border with Magenta VersaColor ink, and then I heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder. Next, I inked up my sentiment with Raspberry VersaColor to vary the shades a little, and I heat embossed that with Clear as well. I rubbed Angel Pink Memento ink across the entire piece, and this picked up the bit of texture that my paper has.

I took a plain white card base and brushed on Lilac Posies Fireworks!, let it dry, and then applied Rose Bud Fireworks! in the same way. I didn't love the way the color of the Fireworks! looked next to the Magenta ink, so to break it up, I edged the top layer of my card with Golden Glitz Delicata ink.

For just a little more sparkle and visual interest, I added a few sequins with On Point Glue. This glue is so perfect for small things like sequins. It holds perfectly, dries quickly, and that super teeny applicator makes working with it a breeze.


This card would be pretty in any color, but I really love how girly it is in the magenta and other shades of pink. And the shimmer and sparkle from the Fireworks!, Delicata, and sequins is lovely. I hope you enjoyed my project. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Supplies:
Imagine:
VersaColor: Magenta, Raspberry
Memento: Angel Pink
Delicata Ink: Golden Glitz
Fireworks! Spray: Lilac Posies, Rose Bud
Embossing Powder: Clear
On Point Glue

Other:
Stampendous: Elegant Borders Perfectly Clear SetPainted Wishes Perfectly Clear Set

Skill Level: Beginner
Time to Complete: Under 20 Minutes

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Dream Big: Imagine Collaboration with Joy Clair


Hello! The Artists in Residence for Imagine had the wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Joy Clair. They sent us some fabulous stamps, and I really love them. The stamps have such beautiful details, and there are many many options within each set.

I chose to work with the Dream Big Clear Stamp Set. It features a big dream catcher with feathers and beads that you can place as you wish.  It's linework is so fine, that I knew that VersaFine ink would be the perfect ink for these stamps. But first, I chose to spritz some Fireworks! on to my watercolor paper. I focused on keeping the color up where I would place the dream catcher later.


After the Fireworks! dried, I inked up the hoop of the dream catcher and stamped it out. Then I "built" the rest of the dream catcher using the beads and feathers that are also in the set. It was so much fun to create the rest of the piece. After I was happy with the beads and feathers, I drew a "string" with a PITT pen. I also stamped the "Dream Big" sentiment in the lower left corner.


I thought it would be nice to have some dimension, so I unscrewed the spritzer from my silver irRESISTable and used the straw end of the spritzer to drop silver randomly on the piece. After it dried, I brushed Bahama Blue on 2 sides of the watercolor paper and New Sprout on the other 2 sides. My card base was made out of a blue cardstock that matched the Bahama Blue shade that I used on the card. I brushed a bit of RoseBud Fireworks! on to 2 edges of the card for just a little more shimmer. Honestly, these stamps are so fun that you don't need to do very much to make a fabulous project.

Supplies:
Imagine:
Fireworks! Spray in Rose Bud, New Sprout, Bahama Blue
VersaFine Ink in Onyx Black
irRESISTable in Silver

Joy Clair: Dream Big Clear Stamps

Faber-Castel: PITT Pen Small in Black
Blue Cardstock
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue
Recollections: Watercolor Paper

Thanks so much for stopping and be sure to leave comments (one per blog) during these two days of hopping so you can be entered to win a one of two $25 Joy Clair Stamps Gift Cards or one of two $25 Gift Cards from Imagine!!! Winners will be announced on the Joy Clair and Imagine Blogs at the end of the month.
Alison Heikkila (that's me!)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Sea Turtle Tag

Hello! This week, the Stampendous team is continuing the "Part of Your World" theme that we have going on this month. This week, we are going "Under the Sea." I have been waiting to share this tag with you for quite a while. I had such a blast making it. Full instructions are below.


Supplies:
Stampendous:
CRV334: Sea Turtle
DWLG629: Scales Stencil
DP111: Detail Black Embossing Powder
EJK06: Teal Encrusted Jewels Kit- Detail Capri
SSC1246: Ocean Wisdom
DCP1006: Fitted Frames Set B
DWDPK: Palette Knife

Other:
DecoArt Media: Fluid Acrylics in Yellow Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, Green Gold, Cobalt Blue Hue, Prussian Blue, Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Quinacridone Gold. White Gesso. Texture Sand Paste.
Imagine: VersaMark Ink, Goosebumps, Jet Black StazOn, On Point Glue, Large Sponge Dauber
Creative Impressions: #70128- 3/4" Gold Crepe Ribbon
Molotow: Signal White Extra Fine ONE4ALL Paint Pen
Scrapbooks Adhesieves: Foam Squares
Staples: Tag
Artist's Loft: Water Color Paper
Vellum
Sequins
Scruffy Brush


Directions:
1. On watercolor paper, paint Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide, Burnt Umber, and Green Gold approximately where the turtle would be. Try to keep in mind what colors you would like where on the turtle.

2. While the paint is drying, gesso the tag.

3. After the paint has dried, stamp the turtle with VersaFine ink and emboss with Detail Black embossing powder.

4. Cut out the turtle.

5. Paint the tag using a back and forth (east to west) motion with Cobalt Turquoise Hue, Prussian Blue Hue, and Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide using a scruffy brush. You can mix the colors with some water if you wish. Let dry.

6. Tape the Scales Stencil on top of the tag and apply VersaMark ink with a Large Dauber.

7. Emboss with Detail Capri embossing powder.

8. Apply Textured Sand Paste around the edge of the tag with the Palette Knife. Be sure not to overwork the paste, especiall on top of the embossed areas. Let dry.

9. Paint a wash of Prussian Blue Hue on to the texture paste.

10. Using the Molotow pen, draw in highlights on to the turtle's shell and the white's of his eyes.

11. Apply Goosebumps all over the turtle with a brush. Make it thick.

12. Apply Quinacridone Gold all over the Textured Sand border.

13. Stamp the sentiment on to vellum using Jet Black StazOn.

14. Die cut the sentiment sing the Large "J" Fitted Frame.

15. Add 2 sequins to the vellum using On Point Glue.

16. Add more On Point to the underside of the vellum where the sequins is and to the upper right corner where it will be under the turtle's head.

17. Apply foam squares to the turtle and attach to the tag.

18. Add ribbon to the tag.

Please be sure to visit the rest of the team that's posting today. Their links are below. Thanks so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

M is for Mom


Greetings! This month, the Artists in Residence are working with the theme, "M is for..." so I decided to go with M is for Mom. Mother's Day is almost here, and my mom (thankfully) loves to get my homemade cards, so I figured I'd make a card that was very well suited to her. My mom loves all things steampunked. She is so cool. She loves texture and neutrals and gears...and well, all the stuff I put on this card!

I started off with the Gears Stencil and the Vintage Creative Medium and let that speak t me about what to do next. I knew the Vertigo would be a fun way to spell out Mom, and inking it up with StazOn helped it to stand out more. I didn't ink the Vertigo completely, but varied the amount of ink I used on the letters to give some more visual interest. I used assorted shaded of brown ink, some ultra fine glitter and Fireworks! Spray for some shine.

Supplies:
Imagine:
Vertigo in Tilted
StazOn in Spiced Chai
Creative Medium in Vintage
Fireworks! Spray in Desert Sand, Tuxedo Black
Delicata Ink in Brown Shimmer
Kaleidacolor Ink in Cappucino Delight
Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa, Desert Sand
On Point Glue

Other:
Stampendous: Gears Stencil, Mahogonay Ultra Fine Glitter, Steampunk Gears Perfectly Clear Set, Mixed Media White Paper
Quickutz: Diesel Letter Dies
Recollections: Cream Large Card Base

Thank you so much for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Blended Heart


Hello! This month, the Artists in Residence of Imagine are sharing different ways to blend their fantastic products. I adore the chalky, lovely colors of VersaMagic, so that's what I wanted to highlight in this tutorial.

I started by taping my stencil down only on the left side, so that the tape created a hinge. This way I can check my work as I go along.

I chose the colors I wanted to use and I started with the lightest shade, which in this case is Key Lime. I do this because, as I begin to blend the colors, I won't dirty up the lighter ink pads with the darker colors. I used a sponge dauber to ink up the outer edge of the heart.

A quick check to make sure I like how it looks, and then I used Thatched Straw.

Since VersaMagic stays wet for a while, it is quite easy to blend the colors. I take each shade out a little further that I want it to show, so that I have room to overlap the colors.

Next, I used Pink Grapefruit, followed by Red Brick. Even though these colors "shouldn't" blend well together, the VersaMagic makes it so easy to make them work together. Here's a tip...I like to of course use one sponge dauber per color, and to keep them from getting mixed up, I stack them right on colors when I'm not using them until the project is completed. Then I trimmed out the heart. I didn't like the white border I left, so I colored the edge with New Sprout Memento Marker, which happens to match Key Lime pretty perfectly.

I die cut a simple "friend" sentiment from CAS-ual Fridays using Mint Julep cardstock. I thought this was another great opportunity to do some blending. I used a Bamboo Leaves Memento Marker for the top portion of the letters, then I blended it with Pear Tart.


In the photo above, you can see how nicely the 2 colors are blended on the "f." On the rest of the word, only the Bamboo Leaves has been used.

I made my card base out of Dare Devil cardstock, cut to 5 1/2" x 8." I spritzed it with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Sparkle. I cut out a strip of Banana Pepper (1 1/4" x 4") and Sweet Potato (3/4" x 4), glued them together and sprayed them with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle Frost. Then I assembled my card.

I thought the card needed something else. A little more white. My son was playing Pac-Man next to me while I was working, and then it came to me. Dots! Just like the dots Pac-Man has to eat! So I used my Wedding White irRESISTables Pico Embellisher to make dots around the perimeter.

Supplies:
Imagine:
VersaMagic Ink: Key Lime, Thatched Straw, Pink Grapefruit, Red Brick
Sponge Daubers
Sheer Shimmer Spritz: Shimmer, Frost
Memento Markers: Bamboo Leaves, Pear Tart, New Sprout
irRESISTabes Pico Embellisher: Wedding Dress

Other:
Stampendous: Ornate Heart Metal Stencil- FMS4060
CAS-ual Fridays: Friends Die- CFD16103
My Colors Cardstock: Dare Devil, Banana Pepper, Sweet Potato, Mint Julep
Xyron: "X" 1.5" Sticker Maker

Skill Level: Basic ti Intermediate
Time to Complete: 30 minutes


Monday, May 1, 2017

Chunky Thank You to Celebrate Mom

Greetings! This week, the Stampendous team is sharing cards that celebrate Mom! And what better way to do that than with a great big, chunky thank you?

Supplies:
Stampendous:
RS-Q228: Chunky Thank You
FMS4066: Thicket Metal Stencil
STF082: VersaFine Onyx Black Ink Pad
DWNHB-12: 1/2" Stencil Brush
MPW811: Mixed Media White Paper

Other:
Zig Clean Color Markers: 020, 022, 031, 032, 041, 043, 050, 052, 070, 080
My Colors Cardstock: Winter Lake
Imagine: Kalediacolor Ink Pads in Fresh Greens
Canson Mixed Media Paper
Beacon Adhesives: Zip Dry Glue
May Arts Ribbon
Unknown: Red Cardstock


Directions:
1. Stamp the Chunky Thank You with VersaFine ink in Onyx Black on to Canson Mixed Media Paper.

2. Color with the above mentioned Zig Clean Color Markers and trim.

3. Cut a mat of Winter Lake cardstock to add approx 1/4" on each side.

4. Create the card base out of red cardstock cut to the size 5 1/2" x 8."

5. On Stampendous' Mixed Media White Paper, tape down the Thicket stencil.

6. Using Fresh Greens Kaleidacolor and a 1/2" Stencil Brush, apply the 3 middle colors, from lightest to darkest in circular motions all over the stencil. Try not to overblend the colors.

7. Remove the stencil from the paper and brush some additional color around the edges of the paper, varying the tones and keeping the color soft.

8. Add some yellow polka dotted ribbon to the stenciled layer, near the bottom.

9. Glue all layers.

Monday, April 24, 2017

April Showers and Puddle Boots

Hello! We all know the saying, April showers bring May flowers. Well, the Stampendous team is celebrating the April showers this week! If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this card (or it's components) before. I colored the images for The Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge. It's so much fun to try to color every day for an entire month. If you're not sure what I'm referring to, check out my Instagram HERE. Here's my project.

I started off by stamping the Puddle Boots with VersaFine ink in Tuxedo Black on to Canson Mixed Media Paper. Then I colored them with Zig Clean Color Markers. I fussy cut the image out, leaving a thin white border around the image.

The background was colored with the Laurel Burch Floral Reflections focal stamp. I adore the composition of these flowers. I've colored them a couple of times and they are just so pretty. I stamped the flowers in 2 opposing corners and colored them with my Zigs. My sentiment is from the Laurel Burch Floral Greetings set, and I stamped it with Rich Cocoa Memento ink from Imagine.

These images are so bold and bright, I really didn't want to add anything else to the card. I created a brown card base and called it a day. I don't know what it is about this card, but it's one of my favorites that I've made this year so far. I hope you like it too! Please be sure to visit the other folks from Stampendous that are posting along with me today. Their links are below. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

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Alison Heikkila (that's me)

Kristine Reynolds