Wednesday, August 24, 2016

For the Love of Paper!

I'm popping in with a fun little card I made for the Stampendous July Catalog release. It was really fun to create because it is a new package format that includes a stamp, stencils and die! Just look at the cuteness of Winter Owl!
This quick card was a blast to make. I started out on white cardstock, the stencil and my Colorbox ink pads and Dreamweaver Stencil Brushes. From there I stamped the face on a scrap piece of paper and colored with pencils before hand trimming it to fit on the owl.

I don't know why I didn't use the fun snowflakes from the stencil, I suppose I was thinking of the fab Graphic 45 Papers I was using in the background cut out with Fitted Frames B Die Set.

A curly sentiment stamped from Holiday Expressions Perfectly Clear Stamp Set in black and a sheer red ribbon from Creative Impressions completes the card!

Here are the products I used for this project!

Thanks for stopping by today and now it's time to hop on to more inspiration.


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Friday, August 5, 2016

Stampendous and Creative Impressions Blog Hop

Welcome back to the Friday Finale blog hop! If you haven't been hopping with us all week, we are having a great time sharing new and catalog projects that use some great ribbons and hardware by Creative Impressions. A big thank you for Laura Weed for finding them and letting us create with all these fabulous goodies!

Stop by the Stampendous blog to get ALL the links for each hop day and prize details - basically hop and comment then check back early next week to find out if you were one of the randomly picked winners!

Here's the hop list for today, remember you can go back to the Stampendous blog for all the hop lists on all of the days!

If you get to a blog post that isn't there, go to their home page and look for the blog hop banner in a post or 
check back later, sometimes we get our time zones crossed and post at different times.

Now for my project.

Here is Christmas Papa from the Whisper Christmas Perfectly Clear Stamp Set. I chose watercolor to bring him alive, maybe a little watercolor obsessive, here he is in progress. ;)

And here is the coolest ribbon by Creative Impressions. I tied it to look like a present! Aw.....

For the entire process to make this card, look no further than a few lines down. I've provided a supply list and instructions!

Hope you've been enjoying the hop and now it's time to go on to Tenia Nelson for more inspiration!


SSCP104 Whisper Friends Christmas Perfectly Clear Stamp Set
SSC1231 Holiday Expressions Perfectly Clear Stamp Set
MS4044 Holly Scroll Stencil
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink Pad by Tsukineko®
SSH46 Large Acrylic Perfectly Clear Stamp Handle

Creative Impressions:
#70267 LT Silver Gray Glimmer Ribbon by Creative Expressions®

My Colors™ Seafoam cardstock by My Mind's Eye®
Watercolor paper
Aquamarine Archival Ink by Ranger®
Koi™ Watercolors by Sakura®
Colorbox® Paintbox® Ocean Breeze Chalk Ink set by Clearsnap® (French Blue and Aquamarine)
Painter's tape and small board for painting surface
Double-sided sticky tape


  1. Fold a half sheet of Seafoam cardstock in half for a 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch card base.
  2. On a board or water resistant work surface, tape trimmed 4 x 5 1/4 inch watercolor paper about an 1/8 inch from each edge.
  3. Ink up the Papa or Santa stamp with Aquamarine ink and stamp once off on scrap paper then stamp onto watercolor paper as shown.
  4. Repeat with presents stamp.
  5. Paint stamped images with watercolors and then around edges of paper.
  6. Remove tape and set on flat surface over a piece of scrap paper.
  7. On another piece of scrap paper, dab chalk ink onto corner of Holly Scroll stencil. First French Blue and then Aquamarine. Or use a chalk ink that matches the color cardstock.
  8. Lightly spray inked stencil with rubbing alcohol and carefully lay it down on a corner of watercolor paper. Press onto paper to leave a stencil impression. Repeat as necessary and mask off watercolor images before adding stencil design.
  9. Tie Gray Glimmer ribbon in a knot around two corners of watercolor paper as shown.
  10. Adhere watercolor paper to card base with double sided sticky tape.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Rolling in Creative Impressions Ribbons Blog Hop

Welcome to a new week and a new hop with the Stampendous design team! We will be using some awesome goodies from Creative Impressions, Inc.

The team was given new goodies in time for the last catalog release and I was completely in love with the ribbons. Not only are they beautiful they were in these nice little packages already wrapped around a card for storage! They sent us some fab hardware to play with as well and this week we are going to share our projects plus Stampendous will have prizes! Hop with us this week and comment on our posts for a chance to win one of three prize packages!

Each winner will receive a package that includes an assortment of ribbons and hardware from Creative Impressions, PLUS winner's choice of Create Winter, Create A Poinsettia or Create Fall stamp set. US winners only. See the Stampendous blog for details.
Here's who's hopping today!


Now for my project!

Even though the stamp set I used is a wintery name I decided to make these birds in a greener scene.

And I used a Metal Frame with Mini Round Brads for my sentiment. Plus a simple and sturdy 1/8" Grosgrain blue ribbon to add a pop of blue to finish off the card.

Here are the details of my project today.


CRS5092 Cling Winter Tweet Stamp Set
SSC1221 Bouquet For You
STF082 Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink by Tsukineko®
SSH57 Jumbo Acrylic Perfectly Clear Stamp Handle

Creative Impressions:
#84502 Rectangle Metal Frame
#93001 Antique Bronze Mini Round Brads
#70505 Blue Grosgrain 1/8" ribbon

My Colors Cafe Ole and Brown Eyes Cardstock by My Mind's Eye
Watercolor Paper
Sharpie Fine marker
Zip-Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives
Craft Dots Runner by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L®
Masking Tape
Smooth cutting board or watercolor board
Craft knife


  1. Fold a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch cardstock in half for a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card base.
  2. Tape down 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inch watercolor paper onto board.
  3. Position bird stamps onto paper and pick up with Jumbo Acrylic Perfectly Clear Stamp Handle.
  4. Ink stamps with black ink and stamp onto watercolor paper. Carefully wipe ink off of tape away from watercolor paper.
  5. Trace with pencil branch from template included in stamp set and then draw with black permanent fine tip marker.
  6. Watercolor birds and branch. Pencil leaf shapes around birds. Watercolor them and sky.
  7. Once dry, trim and tie ribbon around bottom.
  8. Stamp sentiment onto watercolor paper that has been colored with a complementing shade of bird image.
  9. Glue metal frame onto sentiment paper and trim around it with craft knife.
  10. Use mini brads to place onto bird image.
  11. Glue bird image onto slightly larger dark brown cardstock and then onto card base.

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Friday, July 29, 2016

A Monochromatic Card and Standing up for An Ugly Color

Oh happy Friday everyone!

Today I'm posting a fun for me-time card. I just said I have no time ,but I'm going to get out a few new items that I haven't had the time to play with and use them!

So with that, here's a quick card for these challenges.

Mix-Ability Challenge - MIX183: Stop Color Bullying - Dina Kowal is hosting the Mix-Ability challenge and it is all about poor Pantone 488C. Stop color bullying NOW! Head on over to the challenge forum for all the details. I attempted to capture this color by mixing Burnt Umber and Olive Green Light acrylic paints which is much darker in real life than the doily stencil print on my card.

A Vintage Journey - Monochromatic Challenge #43 - This is a new challenge to me and I certainly hope I can fit in the time in to try out their monthly challenges more often.

Stamps: Be Classy (Concord and 9th)
Paper: Sulphite white paper for monoprint (Pacon), Early Espresso (Stampin' Up)
Ink: Versafine Onyx Black (Tsukineko)
Accessories: Circle Medallion stencil (Plaid), Gel Printing Plate (GelliArts), Burnt Umber, Olive Green Light, Light Blue Permanent, Brilliant Yellow Green (Liquitex and Amsterdam brands), Chocolate seam ribbon (Signature Ribbon Collection by Verve Stamps), gold paint pen (DecoColor by Marvy Uchida), MISTI stamp positioning tool (My Sweet Petunia)

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