Friday, July 3, 2015

Stampendous and May Arts Blog Hop

Welcome to my little crafty puddle today! I'm hopping with Stampendous and May Arts today in a HUGE blog hop! If you're in the know about this then you have probably come from Kristine Reynolds blog so you are in the right spot! You're next hop will be to Tenia Nelson's blog.

We've been hopping all week long and today is the big party of all hops, so grab a comfy spot to sit and hop along. If you are just joining the hop you can start over on the Stampendous blog.

There is a plethora of prizes from Stampendous. Check out the Stampendous blog for details and official rules, but not only do US/Canada peeps get a chance to win, so do Stampendous fans in Australia, too! That is awesome, right? Yep. And May Arts is having a great prize on their blog too.

It's a US holiday coming up this weekend and for me, I didn't want it to pass by without coloring House-Mouse Designs® Patriotic Painters, so for our international friends I hope you don't mind, they are a trio of pretty cute mice all by themselves whether they have a flag behind them or not.

Here's how I made this card.


HMR33 Patriotic Painters
MPW811 Fran's Mixed Media White Paper
CP811 Creative Palette MonoPrinting Plate
SH57 Jumbo Acrylic Stamp Handle
MEM01 Memento Tuxedo Black Ink Pad

Cardstock by Core'dinations®
1/8-inch Royal Blue Ric Rac Trim by May Arts Ribbon
1/4-inch Red Chevron ribbon by May Arts Ribbon
Alcohol Markers by Copic®
Prismacolor Colored Pencils by Sanford®
Paint by DecoArts®

  1. Fold a 5 1/2 x 11 card base in half for a finished size of 5 1/2 inches square.
  2. Make a monoprint with Creative Palette plate and acrylic paints.
  3. Stamp Patriotic Painters with Tuxedo Black ink onto white Mixed Media paper and color with markers.
  4. Color shadows and highlight flag with "strokes" of paint with colored pencils.
  5. Trim a piece of tan cardstock and adhere onto card base. Repeat with a smaller piece of monoprint paper and glue down onto card base at an angle.
  6. Trim textured cardstock the size of colored image and glue each down onto the card base at differing angles.
  7. Wrap card front with coordinating ribbon and tie in a bow.

Fun combination of ribbons from May Arts

Thanks so much for stopping by to see my project. This slightly mixed media card is also for the Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability Challenge MIX127: Red, White and Blue. Join us if you want, it's an easy approach to mixed media.

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Summer Hop with Spellbinders and May Arts

Today your have come to my blog for two wonderful blog hops! Yea! The Spellbinders' Summer Road Trip Partner Hop is today and Stampendous is one of the featured companies of the day! 

There are prizes available at Spellbinders for commenting each day using the partner company giveaway link (Stampendous has one today on their blog)... and there are prizes on the Stampendous blog for commenting each day. Please take a look at their official rules and deadlines for Spellbinders and Stampendous. 

If you came from Laura Drahozal's blog you are in the right spot and when you finish here you'll move on to Lea Kimmel's blog. Full link list is on the Stampendous blog.

Another company that we know and love, also hopping with Spellbinders, is our second hop. We couldn't make things as beautiful without some fantastic ribbon from May Art Ribbon.

Oh yes, prizes are available with our summertime ribbon hop by commenting on the Stampendous blog and each designers blog each day. Check out the Stampendous blog for details.

You can make a short hop through the May Arts hop today as Asia King and I are sharing some of our grand ribboned projects. If you want to hop from the beginning you can start on The Stampendous blog.

This week we are have a road trip summertime by the sea theme! That couldn't have come together more smoothly by all three companies involved, right? So I started out my project with that in mind and here's how I made it.



Bitty Blossoms Die Set by Spellbinders 
Cardstock by Core'dinations
Acrylic Paint by DecoArt
Paper Pastels/chalks
Slit punch or Die
Spray bottle
Fixative Spray


  1. Create a top folding card by folding 7 x 9 inch cardstock in half for a finished size of 7 x 5 inches. Fold one side in half for a stand up card.
  2. Using a slit punch or die, create a latch on the base of the card to help your card stand up.
  3. Stamp Seashell Jar onto tan cardstock and color with pastels and spray with fixative.
  4. Emboss brown cardstock with Shady Allure 3D Embossing Folder and color with pastels. Glue to card base.
  5. Stamp Wired  image around the edges of the embossed layer using DecoArt paint and sponge applicator as well as the inside of the card.
  6. Create a monoprint with red paint on the Creative Palette and when dry die cut out with Bitty Blossom set. Roll up from the outside of the petal spiral to the inside and glue on center tab.
  7. Tie bow across bottom of card front and adhere Seashell Jar onto card.
  8. Glue Bitty Blossoms onto card front.
  9. Stampendous Near the Sea sentiment onto white cardstock and distress with chalks. Cut into a banner with tails and glue onto card base.
  10. Use pastels on the inside of the card and seal with fixative.

Thank you for stopping by today!

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

By The Sea in a Teacup

It's a super eventful week with the Stampendous Design Team this week, so keep coming back almost daily here on my blog to see what's going on with the following blog hops...

Here's my sea worthy project for today. It's an adventure worth trying when you're the size of a teacup boarder. Amanda, Muzzy, and Mudpie are sailing the big wide sea in makeshift sailboats just for them. How fun is this trio! 
When I made this card I had just purchased a roll of airbrush low-tack frisket. I was so excited to try it because of two distinct reasons, I wanted precision masking and I love to use an exacto knife with a fresh pointed blade. Does that make me uber artsy? lol

I used frisket quite a few times when I was an intern in high school and then again the same method with Amber Acetate Film in college... and a fresh utility knife blade. Yep, I'm dopey about cutting things with the ease of a super sharp tipped blade. I did a quick search of my photo folder and didn't find any step out photos on the process, so hopefully I can make one up the next time I'm masking an image.

Visit some of these fine blogs for By The Sea inspiration!

Stampendous Blog

Amy Hurley-Purdie

You can get complete supplies and instructions on the Stampendous Projects Section,

House-Mouse® Teacup Sailing by Janelle Stollfus

Stamps: Teacup Sailing (House-Mouse Designs, Stampendous)
Paper: Mixed Media White Paper (Stampendous), Purple and green cardstock (Core'dinations)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Copic markers
Accessories: Creative Palette Rectangle MonoPrinting Plate (Stampendous), Copic Airbrush system, 

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Stampendous Tied Up In A Bow

Welcome to the May Arts and Stampendous Blog Hop!

The Stampendous crew are head over heels for May Arts ribbon and it helps that not only are there so many styles, types and colors, but they have been so generous to send Stampendous goodies for all of us to use on the catalog samples each quarter.

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!

Now for my fun little card!

I wanted to make sure that I had ribbon to match my project, so what better could I do than to pick out the ribbon first! Yep, the ribbon is what inspired this card!

From there I created my own pattern paper with a Creative Palette Rectangles, Stack Art Regal Bird Stamp Set, Pansy Spray and some acrylic paint. I never know exactly what's going to happen when I start making a print, but this one sure came out better than I thought it would.

Once the paint dried I stamped Pansy Spray in black on the monoprint. A series of acrylic paint on the filigree stamp in the Regal Bird set, made soft layers of fun. Then I prepped the surface for embossing with Detail White Embossing Powder and the filigree stamp.

My vase is stamped twice, once for the whole image and a second for the rose bloom. I colored with Copic markers from the Violet, Blue Violet, Blue-Green and Green families. They were trimmed and stacked together with various foam adhesive squares.

The Gorgeous sentiment is stamped on white paper and trimmed to look like a pennant tail and then the ribbon was added around the monoprint before gluing down to the matted card base.

Thanks for stopping by today and now it's time to keep on jumping around the hop today! Here is the complete hop list…

Stamps: Pansy SprayStack Art Regal Bird Stamp Kit, Vase Bloom and Gorgeous (Stampendous)
Paper: Mixed Media White Paper (Stampendous), color cardstock Core'dinations
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (Tsukineko), Alcohol Markers (Copic) 
Accessories: Detail White Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Ribbon (May Arts), scissors, Thin 3D Foam Squares, 

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