Saturday, January 28, 2017

Standing in the Clouds with ADfD

Hello! I have a new card with a lovely image from A Day for Daisies to share with you today. The digi is called Standing in the Clouds.

I colored this beauty with Zig Clean Color Markers and a water brush. Here's a close up.

My background was created with the Piasso Stencil from Dreamweaver (available from Stampendous), White VersaColor Ink (from Imagine), a sponge dauber, and Detail White Embossing Enamel. Then I sprayed the background with Sheer Shimmer Spritz in Frost. You'll see that better in the photo below. The entire background looks frosty. My sentiment is from the Soaring Sentiments set. I edged it and my card base with Bahama Blue and Danube Blue Memento Ink, which really matched her jacket perfectly.

See the pretty shimmer? I love the Sheer Shimmer Spritzes, and I encourage you to give them a try. I'll have another project for A Day for Daises soon, and our February challenge will be posted on Friday. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Sympathy Card

Hello! Card makers love to make joyous cards, commemorating wonderful life events. Birthdays, weddings, graduations, etc. Unfortunately, we also need to make cards for sad things such as the passing of a loved one. It's always good to have a few of these on hand, because I know that for me, when I lose someone, I do not want to make a card. So it's best to have these done ahead of time. Below is a simple card that can be done in any color range you like. I went with this month's color choice from Imagine, which is Wintergreen.

Supplies:
Imagine:
VersaColor- Seafoam, Mint, Celadon, Evergreen
Embossing Powder- Clear
Delicata Ink: Silvery Shimmer

Other:
Stampendous: Those We Love stampMixed Media Paper

For this card, I started off with Stampendous' Mixed Media Paper, which is nice and smooth, and I cut it to 5 1/4" x 3 3/4." I rubbed the Seafoam across the top and covered about 1/3 of the paper. Next I used the Mint Versacolor and covered another third of the paper. I finished it up with the Celeadon ink on the bottom third. I heated the paper with my embossing gun so that it would dry.

I stamped my sympathy image with Evergreen Versacolor and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder. I roughed up the edges a bit with the blade of my scissor. I inked up my card base with Silvery Shimmer Delicata ink to add some shine.

This card came together very quickly, and again, it's always good to have a few of these on hand. You can try it in any color combination of colors, though I like to keep this style of card soft in color.

Skill Level: Basic
Time to Complete: 15 Minutes

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Stufftainer Tags

I, probably like you, have a lot of stamps. I need them when I have so many awesome inks and sprays from Imagine! I use a few different ways to organize them depending on the brand, size, and how often I need to access them. I need to get to my Stampendous Cling Stamps frequently, so I keep them near my desk in Stampendous' Stufftainers, and they then sit in a magazing holder. But, it's kind of tough to see which stamp is in which Stufftainer without pulling several out. So I decided to make tags to label them, and of course I used lots of wonderful Imagine products to make them. 


Supplies:
Imagine:
Fireworks! Spray: Danube Blue, Desert Sand, New Sprout, Rose Bud, Bahama Blue
Kaleidacolor: Calypso, Creole Spice
VersaMagic: Pretty Petunia, Sahara Sand, Red Brick
irRESISTables: Silver Pico Embellisher
Memento Ink: Grape Jelly
Embossing Powder: Black, White

Other:
Stampendous: Stufftainers, Assorted Stamps from Andy Skinner, Nathalie Kalback, Laurel Burch, and Fran. All cling stamps
Sizzix: Tim Holtz Tag Die
Recollections: Watercolor Paper
Faber Castell: PITT Pens
Molotow: Extra Fine White Pen
Bakers' Twine


I used a Tim Holtz for sizzix tag die cut to make each tag. I used a variety of techniques, inks, and colors for each one. One thing that was important for me in making these tags was that I used some of the stamps that were inside that particular Stufftainer. That of course makes it easier to know what's in it. I also labeled each tag, either on the front or the back, with which sets were inside.

To celebrate the bigger and totally improved bottles of Fireworks! Spray, I used them on every tag. You've heard about this right? The bottles are now 2oz, the sprayer is improved, and there is an agitator ball inside the bottle to help you mix the fluid and mica better. I love these improvements!


I tied on some Baker's Twine to attach them to the Stufftainers, and look at how fun they look in the magazine holder. It's going to be so much easier to find the sets I need now. And the vibrant inks and sprays from Imagine made it all possible.

I'm off to finish making my tags! Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Skill Level: Easy
Time to Complete: between 30-45 minutes for 5.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Every Morning is a New Beginning

Hello! For the month of January, the Imagine team has been working with the theme "New Beginnings." For me, a new beginning happens each and every day, and I like to start the day off with breakfast. I'm going to sound like a public service announcement, but breakfast is the most important meal of the day...so why not start it off with a smile? I was inspired by Law Fawn's Love 'N Breakfast stamps, and I thought that Radiant Neon Amplify! would make some fun egg accents on a card.

Supplies:
Imagine:
VersaFine: Onyx Black
Memento Markers: Dandelion, Rhubarb Stalk, Desert Sand, Summer Sky, New Sprout, Pear Tart, Angel Pink, Rose Bud, Lulu Lavender, Sweet Plum, Tangelo, Love Bug
Radiant Neon Amplify!: Electric Yellow, White
Encore Ultimate Metallic: Blue

Other:
Lawn Fawn: Love 'N Breakfast stamp set
Canson Mixed Media Paper
Cardstock: Wedgewood Blue, Powder Blue, White
Adhesive
Heat Tool

Directions:

1. Cut a 3" x 3" square of Canson Mixed Media Paper. Stamp the tray and eggs & bacon on to the square using VersaFine in Onyx Black.

You'll see in the photo above that my sentiment is too long for my square. So I decided to stamp it out in sections. Of course, I don't want to cut my sentiment, so I masked parts of it off with washi tape. You can use regular tape too, but the washi shows up better in photographs.

2. I worked from the end of the sentence backwards. It was just easier to stamp out the words where they needed to be that way. Above, you'll see that I left the "with a smile" exposed, and covered the rest with the washi tape. Ink up the words, remove the washi tape, and stamp below the tray, in between the legs.

3. Next, I covered everything but "morning" and stamped that right above the tray. Remember to remove the washi tape before you stamp on to your project. Below shows the finished sentiment. I also added the same small heart that I put on the vase to the left side of the sentiment.

4. Color in the image using the suggested Memento Markers above. You can alter the colors as you wish, but I highly recommend Rhubarb Stalk and Desert Sand for the bacon. 

5. Once you've finished coloring, create a mat for the stamped image with wedgewood blue colored cardstock, cut to 3 1/4" x 3 1/4." 

I mentioned before that I wanted to make eggs with Radiant Neon Amplify! I tried a few different ways, using various products. I liked the pure Amplify! versions the best, so I decided to go with that. The egg in the bottom row on the left is they one I remade. I will say, however, that if I had a yellow version of irRESISTable Pico Embellisher, I think that would have made the perfect yolk with Amplify in white around it. 

6. To make the eggs, squirt a large dot of Yellow Radiant Neon Amplify! below the colored in images. Take the white Amplify! and squirt out an uneven oval. Don't make a circle, or it will look like a flower in the end. I made 2 at a time, then heated them together with my heat tool. 

7. This is what they looked like after they have been heated. Repeat this process across the bottom of the square. Word of caution: Be sure to thoroughly heat and dry the Amplify! or you could wind up with runny yolks. And that's just no fun on your project. 

8. Create another mat using a powder blue cardstock, cut to 5 1/4" x 3 3/4." Using Onyx Black VersaFine and more washi tape, stamp one of the toast pieces repeatedly on to the powder blue mat. 

The washi tape will stay sticky but won't muck up your stamp as you repeat the process all over the background. 
9. After the toast has been stamped, edge the powder blue cardstock with Encore Ultimate Metallic ink in Blue.

10. Glue all of your layers together. 

Here are a few of the products I used for this project. I am pretty happy with my little puffy eggs. I think they are just the right amount of dimension and silliness for the card. 

I hope you learned a couple of tricks. Have an inspiring day! 

Saturday, January 21, 2017

DICC #9 with Kenny K

Hello! Today, I have a new Desert Islands Crafters Challenge for you. For this challenge, we are sponsored by Kenny K, and I got to use an image I have loved since it's debut.... Elf Queen. Here is the itinerary. Remember, you need to use at least 3 items on the itinerary to play along.

1. Eat, Drink, and Be Merry
2. Something New
3. Ribbon or Trim
4. Add Sparkle
5. Add Metal
6. Use a Die or Punch
7. No Patterned Paper
8. Feel the Love
9. Use Geometric Shapes
10. Anything but a Card

I used numbers 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 10. Seriously, how cool is this image???

I hope you can see the sparkle on my tag. I colored this Tim Holtz die cut tag with Distress Inks, then I sprayed it with Imagine's Sheer Shimmer Spray in Frost. My sentiment and the stars are from the Dreams are Made stamp set from Hero Arts and were stamped with VersaFine. The Elf Queen was colored with Zig Clean Color Markers.

You have a full month to play along with us, so you've got plenty of time. Please be sure to visit the Desert Islands Crafters Challenge to see what the rest of the team has created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Friday, January 20, 2017

Pink Your Life Finale!

Welcome! Today is the final day for the Stampendous and Pink Your Life Blog Hop. I hope you have enjoyed all of the projects shared this week. Be sure to visit the Stampendous Blog to get all of the info on the hops for today, as well as the awesome prizes that are up for grabs.

Today, I have a card that uses a couple of sets, but features Whisper Princess.

I decided to color the Princess with Copics. Something I don't use very often, because I only have literally 35 colors, and about half are dried out. But, I had enough colors that coordinated to get her colored in. I then fussy cut her out.

My background was done directly on the card base, which, looking back I shouldn't have done. The card base is too flimsy, and it warped. I stamped all of the images out with VersaFine from Imagine. Then I colored all of the elements in with Faber-Castell's Art Grip Aquarelle pencils. Since they're watercolor pencils, the water warped the card. I was really just playing with the card, I didn't have a definite direction or medium I was going to use. Next time I'll just work on heavy cardstock.

I added a few sequins for some sparkle. I have to say, I am having so much fun building scenery for these sweet fairies! My daughter also has a piece to share today.

She rushed a bit to get it done, but I think she did a fabulous job nonetheless. We chose the stamps and layout together, and she colored it with colored pencils. She's 8 and and I am very proud of her hard work! Please be sure to visit the Stampendous Blog to see more with Pink Your Life. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Bartles

Hello! The Imagine Artist in Residence is sharing projects with dogs this month. So I decided to do a scrapbook page featuring my dog Bartles.

Isn't he adorable???
Supplies:
Imagine:
Memento Ink in Rich Cocoa
Sheer Shimmer in Sparkle and Frost
Fireworks! in Pear Tart
Sponge Dauber

Other:
Stampendous: Crusade Stencil
Xyron: Creative Station and Tape Runner
Quik Kutz: Diesel Alpha Dies
May Arts: Twill
Heidi Swapp: Heart Stamp
Prism: Cardstock

Directions:

1. Start by cropping your photos. Choose your background paper by pulling out a color from the photos. I went with an olive green to match Bartles' color. Then choose 2 coordinating additional cardstocks. I went with 2 shades of brown. Tear 1 sheet to a width of about 5." Tear the second color to the width of about 3 1/2."

2. Die cut the name of your furry friend, or a cute sentiment. Then, spritz the letters with Frost Shimmer Spritz. Let the letters dry.

3. Tape down a background stencil starting in the corner. Only tape a piece across the top so that you can lift it like it's hinged to see if you like how the ink has been applied. Make sure that the stencil is one that lines up easily with itself so that you can continue the pattern across the page. Using a sponge dauber, apply your ink. I used Rich Cocoa Memento.

This is how I tape down the stencil. I can easily check to the way the pattern is coming along. I didn't want to go for a solid pattern. I like it broken up. Continue across the entire sheet.

4. Spray the background with Sheer Shimmer Sparkle and let dry. *None of the pieces have been glued down yet.

5. Using twill ribbon, use a paint brush to apply Pear Tart Fireworks! I loved the paw prints on this ribbon. Stamp a heart on the right side of the page. Then, using the straw from the Frost spritzer, apply some Sheer Shimmer to the heart.

6. Glue down the accent cardstock and photos using a Xyron tape runner. Then, using the Creative Station, apply adhesive to the letters and the twill ribbon. Apply all of your pieces and you're done!


Whisper Friend- Pink Your Life Blog Hop


Welcome welcome! This week, the Stampendous team is hopping along with designers of Pink Your Life, and we are so excited about it!

You have so many ways to win prizes! For our hop this week we are opening up to our larger community online with chances to win some new Pink Your Life stamps! Just check in with each drawing below for a chance to win! See Official Contest Rules. US winners only. Deadline is Sunday, January 22, 2017, at midnight Pacific Time.
• Add a comment on the Stampendous blog posts throughout this week. Each comment is an entry to win SSCP109 Whisper World Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.
• Find our pinned post on the Stampendous Facebook Page here. Tell us in what area you live along with your comment to win an SSCP108 Whisper Happy Wagon Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.
• Pin your favorite of the new Pink Your Life products from the January catalog on Pinterest to win PLCR01 Cling Whisper Birthday and PLCP06 Cling Whisper Friendship stamps. You can find the new products on our website at http://stampendous.com/s…/whats-new/new-from-pink-your-life/
• Post to your Instagram account one of your own or a favorite Pink Your Life project AND tag with #Stampendous and #PinkYourLife in your post’s description to win PLCV02 Cling Whisper Fly High and PLCP08 Cling Whisper Wall stamps.
• Tell us from your Twitter account you’re following the Pink Your Life Blog Hop AND include a #Stampendous and #PinkYourLife tag for a chance to win PLCP07 Cling Whisper Jam.


On to my project. I used several different sets of Pink Your Life for my card. How many can you spot?

My focal image is Whisper Friend, and I colored this sweet little fairy with Tombow Dual Brush markers. I fussy cut the image out and die cut a few Fitted Frames to create mats. On those mats, I stamped some different images. The blue layer has the largest swirl from the Whisper World set. The peach layer has the flower from the Mushrooms set. The card base has the balloon's tail (which is also such a pretty swirl) from the Whisper Fly set. Also, my sentiment is from Tweet Chirps set. 

My inks were all VersaMagic inks from Imagine (except for the sentiment). I love the soft chalky look of the VersaMagic collection. I also sprayed my card base with Danube Blue Fireworks! spray, so it has lots of shimmer. 

Please be sure to visit the Stampendous Blog to see who else is posting today. I also have a Wicked Wednesday post today, so please be sure to check it out. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day! 

Cute & Cuddly with Wicked Wednesday

Hello! After a bit of a break, the Wicked Wednesday team is back with new ATC challenges! We will be cutting back to only 2 challenges per month, so that means more time for you to play along. For the next 2 weeks, your challenge is "Cute & Cuddly" and we are sponsored by Knitty Kitty.


For my ATC, I used Hanging Around for You. I colored the image with my Zig Clean Color Markers. I added 3 sequins to add some sparkle....using some super-special-secret glue that I am LOVING, and I can't wait to tell you about!!! Soon...soon....


My sentiment is from Stampendous' Cat Sayings set and I stamped it with Onyx Black VersaFine ink. Please be sure to join us for this latest challenge. And be sure to stop by the Wicked Wednesday Blog to see what the rest of the team has created. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Furry Friends

Greetings! This week, the Stampendous team is sharing projects that are "Snow Wonderful." That is, they've got some snow elements on them. My card features Furry Friends, which is a very sweet image. Here's how to make it. 

Instructions:

  1. I stamped out and then colored the Furry Friends image with the Chameleon Pens listed in the supplies. Next, she fussy cut the image out, but left a thin white border around the image so as to not lose the fuzziness of the animals. 
  2. The card base was cut to 5 1/2" x 8." The color is called Tropical.
  3. I then used 2 Spellbinders Card Creator dies to cut the mats. She used 2 Scoops in Cookies & Cream (the pre-textured cardstock), and Kachina. 
  4. On the Kachina piece of cardstock, I took Pearlescent Embossing Paste and applied it to look like snow around all 4 edges with her palette knife, doing 2 sides at a time. She then sprinkled Crystal Embossing Powder on the first 2 sides, and heat set it. She next repeated this on the 2 other sides. 
  5. Next, Chestnut Roan ink was applied to the Cookies & Cream colored cardstock around the edges. Versamark Watermark Ink was applied to the card base around all 4 edges, and then Vintage Lilac Embossing Tinsel was sprinkled on to the edges and heat set. 
  6. All layers were then glued, and 2 foam dots were applied to the antlers and bird to accommodate the thickness of the card.

    Supplies:

    Stampendous:
    P270 Furry Friends
    FRGL01 Multi Crystal Glitter Mix
    TP119 Vintage Lilac Tinsel Embossing Powder
    MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
    VM001 Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
    MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
    Dreamweaver Stencils:
    DWDPP Pearlescent Embossing Paste
    DWDPK Palette Knife
    Plus:
    Chameleon Markers: BR2, BR5, BG4, VO4, CG8, PK3, YL2, BL3, YG3
    Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
    Spellbinders Card Creator Dies: A-2 Matting Basics A Set
    Chestnut Roan Ink by Clear Snap
    Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives
    Adhesive gems

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Curvy Balloons

Welcome back! I have a 3rd A Day for Daisies project to share with you this week. Today, I have a card using Curvy Balloons. This chick has such a cool vibe. Take a look.

I colored her with my Zig Clean Color Markers. I added a fun sentiment from Stampendous' Wild Sayings set using VersaFine ink.

My background was created by using Imagine's Kaleidacolor Inks in Berry Blaze with Ink Potion No. 9 (to help the ink move across my paper better) and a Brayer. Then I used a lovely Elegant Border stamp with more VersaFine. I added a little washi tape to the bottom of my card, and I inked the edges of the card with Turquoise Gem VersaMagic to bring out the color of her hair.

Don't forget to play along with the newest A Day for Daisies challenge. Learn how over on the ADfD Blog. Thanks for stopping by. Have an inspiring day!