Monday, March 2, 2015

Stampendous: Happy Houses

The Stampendous team is featuring our fun Perfectly Clear Family Home set, which are the perfect set to create simple notecards, or a fun mixed media piece as I've done here.

My base was a torn page from an old atlas, which I lightly brushed with a coat of gesso. This is a great way to prevent curling and warping, and yet you can still see bits of the atlas underneath. I dry-brushed a bit of acrylic tube paints in cyan and pthalo green, and once dry, I stamped a whole "community" of happy houses. Using a finger dauber from Imagine Crafts, I swiftly swiped some Tsukineko Radiant Neon inks over the houses. I used Onyx Versafine to stamp bits from the Perfectly Clear Happy Words set, as I really believe that what makes a house a home, are the people you love inside. I stamped a few borders from the Nathalie Kalbach Studio Marks Cling Set like little roads running through the town. Finally, I stamped a few more designs over the background with VersaMark ink and embossed them with sprinklings of Shabby Pink and Blue, and Spoonful of Rust Fran•tagĂ© Elements. By the way, a fine black liner pen (Faber-Castell Pitt) is perfect to add doodles and frames around points of interest on your page.

Be sure to visit our amazing artists as they post this week. You can find their links on the Stampendous blog. Today's links can be found HERE.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Stampendous: Playing with Blocks


WE'RE HAVING A BLOCK PARTY!

 We know this form of crafting will spark your interest and give your mojo a serious boost! That’s why we have prizes!!!  We’ll choose three winners at random from the comments on all blogs in the hop. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps, just like you’ll see on Kristine Reynolds amazing ATB sample. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes of your own, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix die to cut your own ATB boxes! Uh, WOW! If that weren’t enough, eligibility for these amazing prize packages has expanded to include our international fans too!


We know you won’t want to miss a single creation in this hop, and the Eileen Hull Designs Inspiration Team has several members that live outside the United States, so it took a while for them to get their products from us. We need to give them time to post and you time to comment, so the comment deadline will be Sunday, March 8th. A whole extra week! We will continue posting links as we receive them from the Inspiration Team, so be sure to keep checking back. You get one entry for every comment, so you don’t want to miss the chance to leave a thoughtful comment on each project. For those who tend to get lost, we’ll post a “cumulative” list of links so far on Saturday, February 28th and Saturday, March 7th. Then you can check your progress.

The big “block” hop day is here! It’s time to pull up your comfy chair and favorite beverage while you are inspired by what the designers are creating for their own Artist Trading Blocks.


I come from a long line of cowboys on my Dad's side, and I've really enjoyed pouring over all the old family pics of their ranches in Saskatchewan and Montana. It's a great way to remember all of the old stories. I've used these memories to inspire my project for today.

My ATB box was covered in crumpled tissue adhered to the box and the display frame (actually the leftover Scoreboard from the die cut box sections). Various Deco-Art Mixed Media paints and mediums were brushed over the surface, building up color with an aged feel. Some pigment inks were wiped over the surface and heated to dry, before stamping a few Stampendous images (the Cowboy, Acoustic Sounds, and the Leather Flower background), and stenciling the Dreamweaver Paisley background with black StazOn ink. I applied a small amount of Deco-Art Decou-Page in Matte finish to adhere some of the Stampendous Spoonful of Rust. When dry, I was able to heat the embossing enamel portions without losing the other goodies. It's hard to heat through the scoreboard from underneath to melt everything together. Some distressed twine was wrapped around the box and the frame, and a few pieces of memorabilia were added to the box before it was placed inside the sides of the folded "frame" that I created. My grandfather's handkerchief and bolo tie were among these items, and I've added a few old pics as well.


Here are today’s participating designers -

Stampendous Blog

Pam Hornschu

Asia King

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds

Janelle Stollfus

Tenia Nelson

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Wendy Price

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Anne Redfern

Donna Budzynski

Diana Hetherington


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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boxing Up My Frou Frou for the Month!

Those of you who are here for my Dreamweaver post, sit back and enjoy some additional fun...a mix of Dreamweaver, Stampendous, and Eileen Hull Artist Trading Blocks!

 We are having a “Block Party” and everyone’s invited!


We know this form of crafting will spark your interest and give your mojo a serious boost! That’s why we have prizes!!!  We’ll choose three winners at random from the comments on all blogs in the hop. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps, just like you’ll see on Kristine Reynolds amazing ATB sample. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes of your own, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix die to cut your own ATB boxes! Uh, WOW! If that weren’t enough, eligibility for these amazing prize packages has expanded to include our international fans too!


Creativity has many dimensions.  Artist trading blocks provide a multi-dimensional canvas for your artistic expression.  It’s never been easier to create, collect and share your style with Stampendous stamps and Essentials, and in the case of my project today...some Dreamweaver products as well!


I created this wedding favor box with one of my die cut ATBs, keeping it fairly simple for multiples. The sides were stamped with Tuxedo Black Memento using the Stampendous Cling Music Score stamp. I used sticky notes to mask off for each square.Then I cut smaller squares of ivory cardstock, and die cut each with the Dreamweaver Leafy Branch Die, and adhered squares of vellum behind each one to soften the look.
Obviously, when you die cut that many squares, you also have that many of the positive image from the die. I used these to layer on top of the box, along with May Arts Lace and Leaf Trim. Previous to this, I used an X-acto knife to cut an "x" in the center of the lid to insert a flameless tealite from underneath. The final touch was a layering of two die cut butterflies from the Stampendous set, along with a layered framed sentiment from the Perfectly Clear Royal Heart Quotes. A few crystals were the only bling necessary. The end result is a very elegant box for candies, or a little gift, or even a cupcake!




Here are today’s participating designers - (Available at 3 AM Pacific Time)

Stampendous Blog

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Lea Kimmel

Pam Hornschu (you're here)

Eileen Hull

Amy Bowerman

Tracy Evans

Lisa Hoel


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