Friday, October 24, 2014

Stampendous and HHH Enterprises Jewelry: A CRYPTic Pendant from Beyond

HHH Enterprises Jewelry pieces were quite a nice surprise for me. I hadn't seen them before, but loved all of the possibilities that my busy brain was thinking of! My favorite in my batch of goodies from them, was this cool box with the glass door on it. I instantly wanted to do something creepy for Halloween...sort of CRYPTic, if you know what I mean.

My first step was to place several drops of Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage into the box, enough to cover the bottom. I sprinkled Stampendous Purple Micro Glitter over the wet surface, and set it aside to dry about five minutes. (There's a reason they call this stuff FAST Finish!) While that was drying, I stamped the Cling Tomb Elements image with Tuxedo Black Memento on white tissue paper. I turned the piece over and colored the skeleton on the back with a Pentel White Paint Marker. This kept the skeleton standing out, and the tissue disappearing into the background. I added a few more drops of Fast Finish over the glitter layer, placed the tissue piece on top, and added a few more drops, pressing slightly to smooth the tissue piece. This, too, was set aside to dry for a few minutes. Meanwhile, I found a long bead chain in the same color as the metal on the box, an old rusty safety pin (which I brushed a sealer over), and a couple of charms ( a frog and a snake) that I had stashed away. Both were antiqued a bit by daubing some Black StazOn ink over the surface, and heating with a heat tool. I brushed a bit of glue over each and covered this in green Micro Glitter. Finally, I added a couple more drops of Fast Finish just at the bottom of the box, and sprinkled with Stampendous Trick or Treat Color Fragments for more texture and dimension. A couple of tiny glowing green crystals were added for eyes, and I hand-painted a spider web in the corner of the glass door with Copic white and a fine brush.

Be sure to follow the rest of the Stampendous team that are posting for this event by heading to the Stampendous blog. To purchase the HHH Enterprises products seen here, visit their website HERE. To purchase Stampendous product, visit your local retailer, or online HERE.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Woodware: A Winter White Wonderland for Christmas

This week the Woodware team are dreaming of a white Christmas. Living in Southern California doesn't provide much opportunity for this, but I can pretend...

My card features a white panel, machine-embossed with the new Dreamweaver Quatrefoil background, and then inked through with Versamark, and embossed with Stampendous Crystal Embossing Powder. Over the top is another white panel with the new Dreamweaver Nested Ornament Diese cut from it, and then run through my embossing machine with the Dreamweaver Christmas Borders Embossing Folder. This was adhered with dimensional foam adhesive squares to pop it away from the background. A sheer polka dot ribbon bow was added, along with Mark Richards Crystal strips for added bling. All in all, this card is very simple to recreate in multiples, and easily changed with many of the Dreamweaver backgrounds and dies...and even in non-white!

Dreamweaver: Simply Splendid Spares

Occasionally, it is a great idea to have some simple cards on hand, perfect for those occasions that just "pop" up...birthdays, sympathy, get well, thinking of you, etc. Today's card would be perfect for any of those occasions, as well as the "Thanks" portion of our Dreamweaver challenge this month...Happy HallowThanksMas!

Using a simple background color such as the soft sage as my card base, I then used a contrasting chocolate brown panel to die cut my Leafy Branch. I used the Dreamweaver Deckle Edge Rectangle and the long Friend stencil, to emboss a frame and sentiment on this panel. Using a large stencil brush, and Tsukineko's Gold Delicata ink, I striƩd over the surface top to bottom, and side to side, just catching the raised surface with the gold ink.

I marked the area where the leaf window would be placed on the card base, and using the gold inkpad, I directly inked that surface. I added sprinkles of Stampendous Aged Copper, Mica, and Fresh Green Crushed Glass Glitter over the ink, and heated from underneath until all of the elements were encrusted together.

The brown panel was wrapped with hemp cord, and adhered with foam tape over the card base, allowing all that texture and sparkle to shine from underneath. This card ended up as a birthday card for a friend of my husband, but would work equally well as an everyday card, or Thanksgiving wish. Cut down in size, it could make a great design for place cards at the holiday dinner table.
There is still one more week with the Happy HallowThanksMas challenge for YOU to play along as well. Just link your creations to the Inlinkz tool at the bottom of this post, or on the Dream It Up! blog. Meanwhile, for more inspiration, here is our "B" team:

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