Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Seeds From A New Catalog

My post today is quite a bit of a jump ahead in the seasons, or is it really? I'm not a gardener or a very observant one, but it seems from a childhood memory that sunflowers grow into fall until they are droopy from the weight of the full seeds. So if anything it's a switch from all the fall and Halloween colors you've been seeing lately. You're welcome.

Really my post today is also to share that while the northern hemisphere is losing leaves and heading into the cooler and cold seasons the Stampendous Catalog release that is out for October is full of fun spring products.

Sunny Vase is one of the large Cling Rubber Sets with coordinating dies, LOVE that, that is in the new catalog plus a really cool background stamp called Starry Swirls. So have you all figured out how much these two together are a work of art? If you just thought VanGogh, –ding, ding, ding! – you are so art savvy!

Now we can make our own little masterpieces with stamps. Here's how I made mine!

Supplies from Stampendous:

CRS5094 Cling Sunny Vase


MyColors cardstock by My Mind's Eye
Media™ Fluid Acrylic Paint by DecoArt® (Titanium White, Primary Yellow, Raw Sienna, Burnt Sienna, Raw Umber, Yellow Green Light, Cobalt Teal Hue, Paynes Grey)
Media™ Shimmer Mist by DecoArt® (Turquoise)
Zip-Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives
Perfect Ruler by Perfect Paper Craft
3D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Cord by May Arts
Old credit card or cardboard scrap


  1. Fold a 6-1/4 x 9-inch cardstock in half for a 6-1/4 x 4-1/2 inch card base.
  2. Stamp Starry Swirls with black waterproof ink onto Mixed Media White Paper.
  3. Scrap Teal paint across stamped image and set aside to dry.
  4. Trim and mat with white paper using the Perfect Ruler.
  5. Adhere to card base.
  6. Stamp flowers, vase and leaves with black waterproof ink on Mixed Media White Paper and trim with matching dies.
  7. Color with water-diluted paint and allow edges to curl. Correct with curves with the heat tool. Note: The paper curls towards you as the heat is directed from the front of the paper.
  8. Adhere with foam squares.
  9. Die cut the tag with white paper and stamp sentiment from Painted Wishes.
  10. Tie a bow onto the tag and adhere it to the vase with foam squares.
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Monday, October 10, 2016

31 Days of Halloween Round Two

Welcome back and on a Monday with some pretty spooky happenings going on. Stampendous is posting for 31 Days of Halloween and it's my day for a fresh and freaked out creation!

Here is how I made this scary fright.

Stampendous Supplies:


Kraft Cardstock
Colorbox Pigment Ink Pad by Clearsnap® - Surf, Lemon Grass, Iris, Wild Hare, Jade/Emerald
Colorbox Archival Ink Pad by Clearsnap® - Wicked Black
Sketch Markers by Copic® (BV000, BV02, BV04, BV08, E81, V93, YG01, YG21, YG23, Y18, Y36, YR14, N8)
Black 3D Foam Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Tacky Tape
Sponge Daubers
Tracing paper
Craft Knife
Cutting Mat
Airbrush Tool - optional


  1. Cut a piece of white cardstock 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches.
  2. Using sponges for each color, rub ink around on the entire piece of paper. (Lemon Grass, Iris, and Jade/Emerald)
  3. Optionally sprinkle rubbing alcohol over ink and dab up the excess. Trim to 4 x 5-1/4 inches.
  4. Stamp Who Am I with black ink and color. Trim around the image and use a dark colored marker to color around the cut edge.
  5. Place image down onto background and pencil in a shadow.
  6. Cover background paper with masking or tracing paper and trace the lines.
  7. Cut out the shape of the shadow using a craft knife and cutting mat. Make sure to cut in one line and not go past a corner, it will show up when airbrushing the shadow. Save the shadow shape for later.
  8. Use the edge of a scrap piece of paper to sponge a gray ink floor line across the lower edge the penciled shadow. Remove scrap paper.
  9. Tape down background paper and the outer tracing paper with the shadow as a stencil.
  10. Use an airbrush tool to make the shadow, starting the spray on the mask and towards the open shape.
  11. Remove mask and cover the shadow with tracing paper shape . Stamp candy from Tricky Words with black ink on the sponged floor line and color in the candy with a dark colored marker or pen. Make a dashed line with a black pen across the floor line for definition. 
  12. Adhere to a 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch kraft cardstock base.
  13. Stamp sentiment from Tricky Words with black archival ink onto the background paper.
  14. Stamp candy on white cardstock and color.
  15. Trim out candy and adhere with a piece of foam square to fit the small candy piece.
  16. Adhere Who Am I with 3D Foam Squares

My poor freaked out creature lost his candy getting so scared by his shadow. Hahaha. Thank you for stopping by to see my card today! Head on over to the Stampendous blog for all the details on the 31 Days of Halloween and the new prize package this week!

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

31 Days of Halloween

Hi, everyone! It is already October, I can't believe it and yet it's here anyway. For us, it will be orchestra concerts and school carnivals, plus a few extra days off of school for the kids which I'm sure they are going to love that free time. Heehee, if only they knew what was coming. 

Another activity is happening, but it is actually here in the blogosphere. The team at Stampendous has taken the challenge to post 31 Days of Halloween. If you are a fan, why wouldn't you be, you may already be hopping here on the 4th day of the hop, but if it's all new to you, then hop on over to the Stampendous blog and there will be details you'll want to know about, (whispering: "There are prizes..."). 

Today is my day to try and spook you with a project, lol, it's the best I can do since I personally can't sleep a wink if it's anything spookier than watching the Peanuts gang waiting for the Great Pumpkin.

So I went the technique route on my card and tried making cardstock planks of wood that shield a mysterious set of eyes. Who would dare to enter!

The inside opens up to a very chilling image! Precisely! The stamp is called Chilling! The image is stamped with the Memento Tuxedo Black onto white cardstock, but to make it extra black I used my MISTI tool and repeated the stamping until it was opaque.

I used Copic markers to color the face (E30, E31, E42), eyes (BG70, BG72) and lips (R56, R59), then switched to an airbrush tool for the background with BV23 around the face, BV02, then BV04 until dark and mysterious level. I did go back and added eye color/shadow with the background color to tie it all in.

To make sure I knew where I was airbrushing I put a piece of tracing paper over the face area and drew the outline of it in pencil, then cut it out with scissors. Here's some hindsight advice for you, tear along your lines instead because a cut edge produces a sharp line and that means more tricky airbrushing.

If you don't have an airbrush tool like the Copic system, Craftwell ebrush tool, or the Color Spritzer, then you could easily use an ink pad and sponge the color around the face.

For the planks of old weathered wood, I stamped Wood Background with gray ink onto gray cardstock again using the MISTI tool, so I could go back a second or third time with a gray Graphic Art Twin Marker to get darker tones in the grain. I did use a brown  Graphic Art Twin Marker on some of the planks. You get three planks out of one stamped image so repeat this a few times, cut them out with scissors and then do this trick, Get out your stylus and foam mat to burnish the long edges of the plank so the will bend and look dimensional. I did a few with thick ends as well.

Oh, the assembly is the toughest part and I hope that someone will come up with an easier way to do this. I aligned all the planks over the face where I wanted them and then taped them down to my work surface. A few iterations later of gluing, bending and making sure I didn't get any glue on the stamped image, I was able to hinge the planks away from the face and right below it was the folded card base, so I could begin to glue the planks to the card front. I used a cutting mat and craft knife to make the chink in the boarded planks and then glued the image to the inside of the card.

The nails, that's what they are supposed to be anyway, are two hole punch chads glued together and painted black with Media Carbon Black, then rubbed with silver, then copper Metallic Lustre. Those were glued on and painted with a little bit of Quinacridone Gold and Patina Green Antiquing cream to make them look weathered.

I opted out of a sentiment because well, where do I put it after all that work. LOL

Thanks for stopping by today and hope you continue on the hop today on the Stampendous blog. Oh, one more small thing, this card is also for the Stampendous weekly theme, A Chill In The Air, you can go to Monday's post or wait until Wednesday for a round up of the links so far this week.

Stamps: ChillingWood Background (Stampendous)
Paper: Mixed Media White Paper (Stampendous), Gray (Wausau)
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo (Tsukineko), Copic Markers (E30, E31, E42, BG70, BG72, R56, R59, BV23, BV02, BV04)
Accessories: MISTI Tool (My Sweet Petunia), Carbon Black, Quinacridone Gold Media™ Fluid Paint and Patina Green Antiquing Cream, Silver and Copper Metallic Lustre Wax (DecoArt), 3D Foam Squares (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L), Mono Liquid Glue (Tombow), sponge, Crop-a-dile hole punch (WRMK), Airbrush Tool (Craftwell USA)

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Friday, September 23, 2016

Baking Up Some Goodies

Happy Friday everyone!

Today Stampendous is wrapping up a week of gingerbread goodness. Stop by the Stampendous blog today for more information and links to other projects.

I've got a couple of yummy projects to share today, plus more details on a few that you might have seen on the Stampendous blog this week. That means a LONG post today.

When I saw the Gingerbread Baker Clear Stamp and Die Set it totally reminded me of Christmas gingerbread houses and the enthusiasm of my kids. When I went looking for a photo, I couldn't believe the perfect photo was smiling back at me.

The background paper was made with the negative paper after die cutting pieces. I sponged with Colorbox Classic Pigment Ink Pads, stamped the squiggly border pattern and a snowflake from the Winter Stack PCS Set. The blue color background was sponged with PanPastels, even a little more brown added on the men with a cotton swab and then colored pencils were used to add some drop shadows to the men. This wasn't easy, being that it takes me days to get started, days to find a photo (I know that I do this backward) and then somehow I arrive at the cluster elements is a miracle! LOL

As you can see I love that this set brought up some sweet memories, plus it's a lot less calories to make gingerbread cookies on paper than in the oven because trust me. That gift package is all that's left of the soft gingerbread cookies I made last Sunday.

I added a stamped squiggly border pattern to the outside of the bag with StazOn ink and repeat them on the other side. The rest of this tag is pretty straight forward, but if you have any questions just ask and I'll give you a reply while my memory is fresh.

Now if you wanted to know more about some of my projects you may have seen in one of Stampendous' posts, just continue scrolling on down to the end of my post. If not, remember to jump over to the Stampendous blog for more inspiration.

I made a sweet comfy sweater for the baker die cut on this holiday card. I suppose I could have also made a pair of trouser's too, hindsight is always better isn't it.

Tips for the sweater:
  • Run sticky notes over the gingerbread man die through the die cutting machine for a mask.
  • Cut the mask for sleeve cuffs, waistline, and neckline. Set the leftover on the side to be used as a mask for sponging ink onto the gingerbread man.
  • Use removable or two-way glue to hold the non-sticky pieces in place.
Here are some other supplies I used on this project.

This cute jumper has stenciled face features instead of the oh so adorable stamp one in the set, but it won't be easy unless you prep your gingerbread shape first.

  • Use a pencil and ruler to make a vertical guideline down the center of the shape.
  • Make small horizontal marks on each side of the horizontal line for the eyes.
  • Along the horizontal line make marks for the mouth and each button you want down the torso.
  • Erase the pencil lines after using the stencil with a black ink pen to create the face and torso details. Wait until the ink is dry or it will smear.
  • Make the stenciled shapes have more dimension by slightly shifting the stencil and repeating a portion of the shape.
 Here are some other supplies I used on this project.

Here's that sweet tag without the gingerbread man. That makes this gift tag for any season and anyone you know that has a love for cooking or baking.

That's it! One last plug for the theme this week! Of course, each of these projects used this featured product.
Gingerbread Baker Clear Stamps and Die Set

Thank you for stopping by!

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