Thursday, February 11, 2016

Embossing Dreamweaver Style!

This week the Stampendous team has been featuring techniques from the new Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z by Fran Seiford, the founder and owner of Stampendous!
The book is filled with lots of pictures and helpful tips to make any embossing project easy!

To celebrate the release of Fran's new book, three lucky people will win their very own copy!

Today I am featuring one of the embossing techniques we use with stencils.

This card features the Daisies Stencil (DWLL548) using Technique P - Molten Magic. You can learn how to do this on pages 38-39 of  Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z . The only difference is I used Regular Embossing Paste and the Summer Shine Embossing Kit powders (EK21) 
- Clear Lime, Clear Lemon, Clear Pink. The words stamped in the background of the various layers are from the newly released Floral Charms Perfectly Clear Set (SSC1243) by Stampendous.

Stampendous now carries an Embossing Heat Tool (HT400). Our heat tool by Wagner Tool is made by Milwaukee and is a heavy duty, long lasting, durable heat tool with more power and precision than the kind you can buy in the big box stores.

Here's the list of designers posting more techniques from the book today:

Jamie Martin (DW and Embossing)

Laura Drahozal (DW and Embossing)
Pam Hornschu (DW and Embossing)
Louise Healy (DW and Embossing)

Happy Creating,

Thursday, February 4, 2016

I "Heart" the new Stencil Duos!

Welcome! This week the Stampendous Design Team is working with the new Stencil Duo sets from Stampendous! They are so versatile! Work with them together, use them individually, mix and match, the possibilities go on and on!

There are six great Duos to choose from:
FMSD101 Heart Duo Stencil Set
FMSD102 Butterfly Duo Stencil Set
FMSD103 Blossom Duo Stencil Set
FMSD104 Gift Duo Stencil Set
FMSD105 Balloon Duo Stencil Set
FMSD106 Bird Duo Stencil Set

Today I used the Heart Duo set to create this pretty card just in time for Valentine's Day!

"Heart Smile!"
It's very easy to do:
  • Cut a piece of patterned (or plain) paper the size of the stencils
  • Lay the Heart stencil on the paper, I like to tape it in place with removable tape, and use the fine line pen that comes with the set to outline the Heart shape
  • Remove the Heart, and place the coordinating pattern stencil on the paper, tape in place, then add the heart stencil back on top, lining up the original outline, and tape in place
  • Use the pen to outline the design, remove the stencils and add more designs if you want to using various tangles
  • Color as desired, I used Copic markers
  • Mount into a beautiful card and add a sentiment, mine is from the Love Always (SSC1238) set from Stampendous
  • Of course, a gorgeous ribbon from May Arts looks perfect too!
For the complete list of this weeks projects, check out the Stampendous Blog for each day! Here are today's designers:

Stampendous Blog
Pam Bray (DW)
Louise Healy (DW)
Kristine Reynolds (DW and Tombow)
Pam Hornschu (DW and Tombow)
Tenia Nelson (DW and Tombow)

Happy Creating,

Friday, January 29, 2016

Stampendous and May Arts Finale!

Here we are at the final day of the  Stampendous and May Arts blog hop!  Both teams have been sharing some wonderful creations this week with the products from these two great companies.

If you leave us all a comment, you could win one of our great prize packages!

Today I'm sharing a beautiful image from the Stampendous January 2016 catalog. This fabulous Fairy Aviary stamp (CRR245) is gorgeous and easy to color and embellish, especially when you have the lovely ribbons from May Arts.

CRR245 Cling Fairy Aviary
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
Acrylic Handle
GM220U Crystal Ultrfine Glitter

My Colors Cardstock Waterside Fern
Canvas Corp Cardstock Black and Ivory Zig Zag Reverse
Copic Sketch Markers - BV0000, BV00, BV02, YG11, YG03, YG06, YG17, E51, E95, E31, E33, E37, B0000, B02, T0, T1, T2, W2, Y17, Y26, R29, 100
May Arts Ribbon
Scotch Quick-Dry Adhesive
Double-sided tape


Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of light green cardstock in half to form an A7 card

Step 2:  Stamp the Fairy Aviary on a 3 3/4" x 5 1/4" piece of Mixed Media White Paper with Memento Tuxedo Black and color with Copic markers

Step 3:   Cut a 4 1/4" x 5 3/4" piece of the Canvas Corp black and white paper and edge with a black marker

Step 4:  Adhere the Fairy to the black mat, then tie a purple ribbon around the two layers and make a bow near the lower left side, add a small piece of green curly ribbon

Step 5:  Adhere the image to the card front

Step 6: Use a small brush to brush a thin coat of glue to the wings and sprinkle with Crystal glitter, let dry

Thanks for a great week! Here's the grand finale list:

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Welcome to the Hop!

Welcome to the Stampendous and May Arts blog hop for Thursday!  Both teams have been sharing some wonderful creations this week with the products from these two great companies.

Leave us comments for a chance to win a great prize package!

The new Fitted Frames sets A and B from Stampendous work perfectly with the stencils too!

SSC1242 Animal Mobile Perfectly Clear Set
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Acrylic Handle
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
DCP1006 Fitted Frames B - P, K

DWLL482 Pineapple Stencil
DWDEPT Translucent Embossing Paste
DWNHB-12 1/2" Brush #12 Natural Handle
DWGHB-6 1/4" Brush #6 Gold Handle
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

My Colors Cardstock - Herb Garden
Canvas Corp Cardstock - Green and Ivory Lattice
Memento Marker - Rich Cocoa
Brilliance Inks - Sunflower Yellow, Pearlescent Orange, Pearlescent Rust, Rocket Red, Pearlescent Olive, Pearlescent Thyme
May Arts Ribbon
Mini Glue Dots
Micro glitter Gold
Foam tape
Removable tape
Paper towel

Step 1:  Fold a 4 5/8" x 12" piece of Green & Ivory Lattice cardstock in half to form an A6 card
Step 2:  Die cut a white and green layer from the nesting frames set
Step 3: Tape the stencil to the white die cut frame with removable tape
Step 4:  Use a 1/2" stencil brush to rouge a coat of yellow ink over the whole design, use 1/4" brushes to add more colors, remove and clean the stencil
Step 5:  Place the clean, dry stencil back over the colored image and use a palette knife and paste spreader to apply Translucent Embossing Paste over the stencil, remove the stencil and place in water for cleaning, let the paste dry very thoroughly, it will dry with a clear, glossy finish
Step 6: Die cut a small white and green mat using the nesting frames set
Step 7:  Place the Welcome Baby stamp from the Animal Mobile set on an acrylic handle, mask the word Baby and ink only the Welcome with black ink, stamp on the small white frame
Step 8: Adhere the Welcome to the matching green mat, add a Mini Glue Dot at each end and sprinkle with Gold Micro Glitter
Step 9: Wrap  a yellow May Arts ribbon around the card front and tie a bow near the left edge
Step 10:  Adhere the Pineapple layer to the matching green mat and use foam tape to attach the pineapple and welcome to the card front

Keep on hopping:

Laura Drahozal (DW and May Arts)

Pam Bray (DW and May Arts)

Louise Healy (DW and May Arts)

Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Love those Hearts!

Brrrrrrrrr it's COLD outside!  I don't know about where you are, but today in the Chicagoland area it is COLD!  The sun is shining so it looks like it should be nice out but as the saying goes, "Looks can be deceiving!"

Oh well, it's the perfect weather to stay inside and craft. This week's Dreamweaver Thursday theme is "Hearts and Love!", and the Stampendous Design Team is sharing some of the beautiful heart designs in our stencil line. They make lovely wedding cards and are perfect for Valentine's Day which will be here before we know it! This gorgeous Swirly Heart (DWLJ928) stencil looks wonderful in any color.

MG10 Micro Fine Teal Glitter

DWLJ928 Swirly Heart
DWDPP Pearlescent Embossing Paste
DWDPK Dreamweaver Palette Knife
DWLM2010 Paste Spreader

Bazzill Basics cardstock
Graphic45 cardstock Ladies Dancing 4500729
Neenah Papers Classic Crest Natural Cover 80#
Copic B72 Ice Ocean
Double-sided tape


Step 1:  Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" Teal cardstock in half to form an A2 top-fold card

Step 2:  Edge a 4" x 5 1/2" piece of patterned cardstock with a matching marker and tape to the front of the card

Step 3:  Tape a 2 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Teal cardstock to a 2 3/8" x 5 1/2" piece of Natural cardstock then to the front center of the card

Step 4:  Paste emboss the Swirly Heart stencil on a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" Natural cardstock with Pearlescent Embossing Paste using a Palette Knife and Paste Spreader, remove stencil and place in water for cleaning

Step 5:  Sprinkle the wet paste with Teal Micro Glitter, tap off extra, let paste dry

Step 6:  When the paste is dry, measure in 1 1/8" on each side of the long sides and make a mark along both the top and bottom edges

Step 7:  Connect the top and bottom marks lightly with a pencil, stopping when it reaches the paste and restarting on the other side of the paste

Step 8:  Cut along the left line with a scissors and then around the design to the other left line, repeat on the right side

Step 9:  Mount the cut out image on the teal mat in the center of the card

Stop by and see more Heart and Love designs at these designer's blogs:

Louise Healy

Don't miss a day next week when we will be hopping with the May Arts team! Of course there will be prizes!!

Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Butterfly Bookmark

Welcome to our Stampendous Dreamweaver Thursday! This week the Design Team is continuing to share some our creations from the October and January catalogs. These designs were just featured in our booth at CHA in Anaheim. We had a wonderful show, it always refreshes my creative juices to be around so many talented artists! Here are a couple of pictures from our booth:
Stampendous booth, Fran's Demo Table

Pam Hornschu and I in front of the beautiful poster of the January Catalog cover! 

A few of the great samples from our Design Team!

Nathalie Kalbach of n*Studio and Pam at Nat's demo table

One of Fran's book signing breaks!
The design I'm sharing with you today uses the Dreamweaver Vertical Butterflies stencil (DWLL518) to create both the background and a pretty bookmark for the recipient.

SSC1213 Life Words

DWLL518 Vertical Butterflies Stencil
DWGHB-6 1/4" Brush #6 Gold Handle

Memento Tuxedo Black
Distress Inks mustard seed, wild honey, spiced marmalade
Bazzill Basics Cardstock - Daisy
Neenah Papers Classic Crest Cover Solar White 80#
Graphic45 High Style Holiday 4500196
May Arts Ribbon QKK18
Zutter 1/2" corner rounder

Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of yellow cardstock in half to form an A7 card, round the corners with a corner punch
Step 2: Tape the stencil along the left edge of the card front and use stencil brushes to add color to the butterflies, remove the stencil and move to another part of the front until the whole front is stenciled with butterflies
Step 3:  Tape the stencil to a 1 5/8" x 5 1/8" piece of white cardstock (round the corners first) with removable tape, use the stencil brushes to add color, run the wild honey pad around the edge of the white cardstock
Step 4:  Mount the white stenciled image to a 2" x 5 1/2" piece of yellow cardstock that has rounded corners and edge with the wild honey ink pad, punch a whole near the top and add a ribbon to finish the bookmark
Step 5:  Cut a piece of decorative cardstock 3" x 6" , round the corners, edge with Copic BG72 or matching marker
Step 6: Measure down 2 1/2" from the top and 1/2" in from the sides on each side, and up from the bottom 2  1/2" , cut slits side to side to hold the bookmark, edge the cut edges with the marker, slide the bookmark through the slot
Step 7:  Use foam tape to add the decorative layer to the front of the card
Step 8: Stamp the saying from the Life Words set on white paper with Memento Tuxedo Black and trim to 3/4" x 1", mount on decorative paper 1" x 1 1/4", then on yellow 1 1/4" x 1 1/2", decorate with small pieces of ribbon and add to the card front

Our designers posting today are:
Louise Healy

Happy Creating,

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Get Amplified!

The Stampendous Design Team is "Amping Up" our stamping and stenciling this week with some great products from Imagine Crafts! Imagine Crafts generously supplied each team member with their fun Radiant Neon inks PLUS their fabulous new Radiant Neon Amplify! product! Check out this video to see how dimensional they become when heated!

Of course we have prizes! Three lucky commenters will receive a prize package that includes:
1 Radiant Neon Ink Pad and Ink Refill
1 Color Fragments Jar
a Creative Palette Rectangles Set

See Official Contest Rules for details.

I decided to combine the Radiant Neon Inks and Amplify! products with our Dreamweaver Shasta Flower Trio stencil (DWLL3031) to create a bright and cheerful all-occasion card.

To create this card, follow these easy steps:

  1. Tape the stencil to white cardstock with removable tape
  2. Use 1/4" stencil brushes to apply Radiant Neon Electric Yellow, Coral and Green inks to the design, using the Picasso (DWLL332) to help keep colors from overlapping
  3. Remove the stencil and place in water for cleaning
  4. Apply the Electric Yellow Amplify! to the flower centers, heat with a heat tool until they puff up
  5. Outline each flower petal with the Electric Coral, heat until puffy
  6. Outline each leaf with the Electric Green, add a "vein" to each leaf, heat until puffy
  7. Trim 1/2" off the left side of the flower, cutting around the flower, and 1/4" off the top cutting around the flower
  8. Use the Creative Palette Rectangle to create the background
  9. Place several squiggles of ink around the CP Rectangle using the matching Radiant Neon reinkers
  10. Spread the inks on the palette with a brayer
  11. Lay a piece of Mixed Media White Paper over the brayered inks and rub it down to transfer the ink, it will look something like this

  12. Mist the palette with a little water and rub another piece of paper to another background that will be a little lighter than the first
  13. Keep tranferring ink from the palette until it is gone, you can do your brayer too!
  14. Layer on coordinating papers
Here are some close ups of the flower:

Shasta Flower Trio with Radiant Neon Amplify!

background closeup

Here's today's list of participating designers:

Louise Healy

Happy Creating,