Sunday, June 28, 2015

Stampendous and Spellbinders By the Sea!

The Stampendous Design Team is having fun this week partnering up with the team at Spellbinders and we hope you'll like what we've created for you!


Our theme this week is By the Sea, so I've used a Spellbinder Nestabilities from the Labels Eight set to create my beach scene.
This was actually pretty easy to make, just follow these easy steps:
  • Fold a white A2 top fold card in half and stamp the front with the swirl from the Mixed Media Cling Rubber Brush Strokes (CRS7001) set 
  • Cut a label out of white cardstock with the second largest die from the Labels Eight set and stamp it with the swirl too
  •  Paste emboss the Dreamweaver Scallop (LM106), Seahorse (LM181), and Starfish (LM209) with Regular Embossing Paste using a palette knife and paste spreader
  • Remove the stencil and sprinkle with Golden Sand Embossing Powder, tap off excess and heat set, when cool, cut out the images 
  • Sprinkle the bottom area of the die cut label with a combination of Golden Sand, Taupe fragments, and Bronze glass glitter, heat from underneath
  • Tear two pieces of kraft cardstock for the "sand" area of the card 
  • Edge everything with brown ink using an ink blusher
  • Stamp the saying from the Life Words set, SSC1213, using Memento Tuxedo Black ink on kraft cardstock, tear edges and ink with brown
  • Layer torn kraft cardstock along the bottom, front edge of the card then add the label, and more embossing elements along the bottom edge, heat
  • Layer on the shells and saying, and add a knotted cord

Be sure to keep checking back with the team this week to see what else we have in "shore" for you!
Here's today's links:
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise

Friday, June 26, 2015

Flowers and Fairies Finale!

Flowers and Fairies have been the theme this week for our Stampendous Design Team, and there are so many wonderful stamps over at the Stampendous website!

I recently picked up this wonderful set at one of my local stores. I love flowers of all kinds and had to create something with it right away!
SSC1112 - Daisy Thanks 
Here's what I came up with today:


I stamped the flowers on Mixed Media White paper with Memento Tuxedo Black ink , then colored them with Chameleon Color Tones pens. I used the Labels Eight Spellbinders Nestabilities dies to cut the flowers out, and used the largest one to cut out a black mat. The Stampendous team will be joining the Spellbinders team next Wednesday, July 1st, to share ideas using products from both great companies. Plan on stopping by!



Here are the team members playing today:


Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Dreamweaver Thursday

It's Dreamweaver Thursday for the Stampendous Design Team, and we're excited to share some ideas with you! Our weekly theme is Flowers and Fairies, so, of course, I wanted to show you the perfect example using Dreamweaver Stencils. Well, it might not be perfect, but I really like how this turned out and hope you do too.

"Hidden gem"
I wasn't quite sure the idea in my head would work the way I thought it should, but I think it did! Do you see the Fairy hiding in the Wisteria?  She looks like she's hiding under a canopy of vines doesn't she?  Here's how to do it:



Fairy-ly certain you'll like these too!
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,
Louise

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Flowers and Fairies!

Flowers and Fairies is the theme this week for our Stampendous Design Team, and the new flower fairy stamps released in April are a perfect fit. See all of them over at the Stampendous website!

I just love this Fairy Dance (CRW148) stamp, and had so much fun coloring her. You can change the colors to suit the person you are sending it to. Blue could say "heard you're feeling blue",  Yellow for "Sending sunny thoughts your way!". Well, you get the idea. I was in a pinky-lime mood, so that's how I colored mine. The wonderful saying is CRH319 Cling Timeless Fairytales.

"Tickled Pink!"
The fairy and saying were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black then colored with COPIC markers. I added a little glitter for "pollen" on the stamen, and in the centers of the little flowers. Oh, in case you didn't notice, I stamped her twice, colored one whole image and just the tutu of the second image to cut out and overlay with foam tape on the petals, but flat at the waist. I thought it gave her a lot of dimension.

I want to wish my very talented, dear friend, Pam Hornschu, a Happy Birthday! Hope you're having a Fairy Tale day!

Our design team has more great ideas to share with you too!
Louise Healy


Happy Creating,
Louise

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Dreamweaver Gone Wild!

Today is Dreamweaver Thursday for the Stampendous Design Team, and we are still going wild this week! We're all excited to share some fun designs with you for our weekly challenge of "Let's Go Wild!" Stop by the Stampendous Blog each day this week for lots of wild ideas!

Several team members are featuring the new Pen Pattern stamps from the April Stampendous catalog. They are wildly adorable and perfect for adding a few tangles to the design.  Well, not to be outshined, and in keeping with the weekly theme, I'm featuring two of the great elephant stencils from Dreamweaver. These are perfect for adding a little, or a lot of wonderful patterns to the design!


LG756 Open Elephant Stencil and a saying from
SSC1226 Wild Sayings Perfectly Clear Stamps set
FRCK04 Hot Fragments Kit - Hot Pink, Hot Lime

LL3042 Small Elephant Stencil and another saying from
SSC1226 Wild Sayings Perfectly Clear Stamps set

Sten-tangled LL3042 Small Elephant Stencil with a saying from
SSC1115 Birthday Assortment Perfectly Clear Stamps set
For all three cards, I used a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen, in black (S), to outline the image on white cardstock. I colored them with Chameleon Color Tones pens,  YG3, PK3, CG8, and CB (the sten-tangled one also had BG4).  Mounted them on fun colorful cardstock from Bazzill, and added the perfect little sayings that were stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black.
The great thing is you can keep it simple, like the first two, or add several tangles for a more patterned look.  The Fragments from Stampendous are fun to add to anything using a little glue where you want to add them. Of course, a beautiful ribbon from May Arts always makes a card look better too!

Here's who else has gone wild today!



Happy Creating,
Louise

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Let's Go Wild!

The Stampendous Design Team is going wild this week! We're all excited to share some fun designs with you for our weekly challenge of "Let's Go Wild!" Stop by the Stampendous Blog each day this week for lots of wild ideas!
With Father's Day coming up this Sunday, I thought I'd create a card that any Father would be wild about.
Who doesn't love a good bear hug from someone they love! This was super easy to make:

  • Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of cardstock in half to form an A2 size card, I used Almond Dot from BoBunny
  • Add a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of patterned paper to the front of the card, this is Pioneer from Authentique, edged with a brown COPIC marker
  • Tape the Grizzly Bear stencil (LL593) to a small piece of Almond Dot, and paste emboss with Matte Black Embossing Paste, take a piece of paper towel and lay over the wet paste, press it down lightly to add a little pattern to the bear, slowly peel it off
  • Remove and clean the stencil, let the paste dry about 10 minutes
  • Use a soft paint brush to carefully brush Metallic F/X Cocoa over the drying paste, leaving the nose black, set aside to dry completely
  • Stamp the Bear Hugs saying from Stampendous' Beary Mice set (SSC1216) in Archival Coffee Ink on a small piece of Almond Dot
  • When the bear is dry, dust off any extra powders with a Swiffer cloth
  • Mount the bear and the saying on brown mats and attach to the front of the card
Like I said, super easy and fun. Great for Father's Day, or someone's birthday. Now stop by these designers blogs for more wild ideas!
Stampendous Blog
Louise Healy (that's me)
Janelle Stollfus
Happy Creating,
Louise

Friday, June 12, 2015

Stampendous and Faber-Castell Blog Hop Finale!

This week our team has been showcasing the Art Grip Aquarelles Watercolor Pencils, the PITT Pastel Pencils, and our very special guest Nathalie Kalbach will be featuring the Gelatos! There will be guest-starring roles by the PITT Artist Pens for doodling and drawing!
Wait until you see the colorful inspiration we have for you this week! We are Blogging in Color!


3 Lucky Winners this week will get three sets of the PITT Pastel Pencils (red/yellow, blue/green, neutrals), a jar of Faber-Castell Chalkboard Paint, and $20 Stampendous reward card to choose their favorite images to color! WOW… these winners must have a U.S. mailing address (official rules here!)… BUT WAIT- Aussie Fans – The Stencil Specialist has you covered again this time!! One Australian Fan will win a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil (LJ size customer choice), and one Dreamweaver Stencils Regular Embossing Paste. Wow!!

My creation today was inspired by a wonderful tutorial by Jill Foster that I found on the Faber-Castell website.  See it here. I have never done a Mixed Media project quite like this before, so I decided it was about time I tried!. Wow, what fun! The best part is, you just find things you have that work together, mix and match, and before you know it you have layers upon wonderful layers of color and texture. I followed along the video step by step this first time to get the feel for how it works. Here's how mine turned out:
"Just be you!"
This is a combination of Stampendous stamps,  Dreamweaver stencils, and Faber-Castell products. I'll try to describe it layer, by layer.

  • Start with a gesso primed 5" x 7" canvas
  • Dry emboss LJ912, LJ914, and LJ915 stencils on white cardstock through a die cut machine
  • Swipe Archival Ink over each (LJ912 - Manganese Blue, LJ914 - Olive, LJ915 Chrome Yellow)
  • Cut each pattern into various width strips
  • Attach to the canvas with Faber-Castell Gel Medium (applied with a brush), put another coat over the top of the paper too, and make sure to put some on the sides
  • Dry with a heat tool
  • Stamp a light colored mulberry or tissue paper with the Wired stamps from Stampendous (NKCRS02) in Archival Jet Black (I used the dots and the netting looking stamps)
  • Cut into 3/4" strips and attach randomly around the edged with Gel Medium
  • Dry well
  • Randomly spread some Faber-Castell Gesso over the design and sides, dry well
  • Color each area with similiar colored Gelatos and blend with your fingers
  • Spray with a fixative so the Gelatos won't reactivate
  • The Rooster (LG732) is from my stash of Dreamweaver images that haven't yet made it onto a card. This was done with the Faux Cloisonne technique (matte paste, ink applied with stencil brushes, clear embossing powder). I cut out the Rooster, leaving him attched to the fence, and the sun and applied them to the background with Gel Medium
  • The definitions are stamped from the Musical Motif set (CRS7003) using Jet Black ink on light blue mulberry paper, torn, and attached around the design with Gel Medium, dry well
  • Use PITT Artist Pens in Walnut Brown, Cold Grey and Black to add some shadows around different parts of the design and between the original strips
  • I used the dot stencil that comes with the Wired set, and a foam brush to add some dots around the canvas, dried them, then colored lightly with Gelatos to soften them a little
  • The words are from a saying in the Life Words set (SSC1213), stamped in Jet Black, cut apart, attach with Gel Medium, dried, then colored with a yellow PITT Pastel Pencil from the yellow/red set
  • Use the PITT Artist Pens to continue shading where you want  (like around the words, rooster, sun)
  • I thought the lower right corner needed a little something, so I added a clump of  black grass-like strips, then layered an Olive-colored ric-rak  and brown netting from May Arts across the bottom
  • The flower was made by cutting two cream colored daisies off a piece of May Arts flower ribbon, misting them with water and dragging them thru a scribble of ArtGRIP Aquarelle red pencil on my craft mat to color them, dry, punch a little hole and hold together with a brad

The fun part about projects like this is you never know how they will turn out! I had so much fun making this, and definitely will be doing others!

Let’s check out today’s inspiration from our designers:


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Happy Creating,
Louise