Friday, September 19, 2014

Stampendous: A Dazzling Finale!

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Hope you're enjoying all the inspiration featuring Add a Little Dazzle Craft Metal Sheets and Stampendous Stamps and Essentials this week! We know you'd love to win some goodies to try yourself! If you missed the earlier posts, here are the links for you. MONDAY, TUESDAY, WEDNESDAY, THURSDAY The team over at Add a Little Dazzle has created a special featuring the metals from this blog hop for those of you who have already realized you're going to need these products. You can find it here - Add A Little Dazzle Stampendous Hop Special

Of course you might win some, too! We're giving away three prize packages this week for comments on the blogs. A nice package of Metal Sheets, Stamps and Cutting Dies!

Prize Package from Add a Little Dazzle


Here's my creation for today:


I had soooo much fun creating this apothecary jar! I have five of these jars that are on my shelf in my studio to display buttons, pompoms, rhinestones, flowers, etc., but I just had to steal one from the set. So now my flowers are in a Ziploc bag, lol. But it was worth it!

I originally started to make a card featuring Stampendous and the metal from Add A Little Dazzle. I cut a panel of the black aluminum, and wiped the surface with talcum powder (Johnson & Johnson to be exact). This acts as an anti-static medium before working with embossing powder or glitter on a staticky surface. I stamped and embossed in silver the Stampendous Mirror Mirror Cling Stamp, and stamped and embossed her in black on a purple metal panel. I cut out that oval, and used a tool to smooth the metal out, which caused it to curve a bit. When I did it to the other panel, I realized this would be cool curved over a jar...so the mad experiment continued! Bwhahahahaha!

I prepped the jar by spritzing the outside with irRESISTable Spray from Tsukineko in Lilac and New Sprout. It dripped down the sides and  base, looking a bit gory...heeheehee. When dry, I cut slits in the sides of my Witch panel, and tied it around the jar with wonderful May Arts reversible polka dot ribbon. I used foam tape to attach the purple witch oval. I wanted a label for the jar, so I used the Poison Labels Perfectly Clear set, and stamped one of the ornate designs on the back of the purple metal scrap. I used some of my metalworking tools to manipulate the metal and emboss the stamped design into the front. I sanded and inked it a bit to age it before stamping and embossing in silver the label...Poison No. 9.

I wanted to fill the jar with creepy stuff, and all I could find at my local Target store was some black net bags of spider and bat rings, and some bags of foil-wrapped chocolate balls that were printed to look like eyeballs. All of this was dumped into my jar, and then my eyes fell upon the black net bags! They were perfect to wrap around the lid and the base of the jar, giving it a webby feel. I dribbled some Gem Tac from Beacon Adhesives over both, and sprinkled heavily with Lime, Purple, and Trick or Treat Color Fragments. Oh, and I almost forgot, I adhered a flameless tealite inside the knob of the lid with Quik Grip from Beacon Adhesives to create a candle-lit effect, as well as the metal-worked label on the outside. A bat and a spider made it onto the netting as well...they're tricky that way!
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Thursday, September 18, 2014

Dreamweaver: Power Pasting for the Holidays!

Where did the summer go? Kids are back in school, with all the insanity that goes with it, vacations are a not-so-distant memory, and it is once again time to get busy with the important things in life...crafting for the holidays! Yay! All of September the Dream Team will be featuring all the new goodies we have for the "Most wonderful time of the year", the fall and winter holiday season. New stencil designs, new dies, and...brand new, soon-to-be-released embossing folders featuring some of our top-selling designs, all to be found on-line through the Stencil with Style web-site, or your local papercrafting store.

Here's my holiday inspiration for this week:

This card features our new Chevron background stencil, embossed in Glossy Red paste on a white cardstock panel. Over the top is a red panel with the Ornament Joy stencil paste-embossed in Glossy White. So simple. The perfect design for "power pasting"! "What's that?", you say? Here's a short tutorial:

Supplies: Paste, stencils, palette knife, spreader, removable tape
Place one strip tape on one edge, then...
second strip back to back to create hinge.
Tape on remaining sides over cardstock.
Use palette knife to place paste on edge of spreader the same width as stencil.
Pull paste across with one motion at slight angle. Fill holes if necessary, and make a second pass to remove excess.
Lift stencil away using hinge-piece. Place new panel underneath, and continue.
You can get 4-5 panels before needing to stop and clean your tools.

Once your panels are dry, just layer them and embellish!
Be sure to leave some love for our "A" Team, as well as our wonderful guest designer for September! Remember to link your  creations on the Dream It Up! blog for a chance to win the monthly prize. Got questions? Join the Dreamweaver Stencils Enthusiasts Facebook group for great ideas, tips, inspiration, and fun!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Woodware: Froufrou For the Holidays!

The Woodware team is breaking into Grandma's attic for this post! Our challenge is using lace, ribbon, and pearls...so much fun! My card features the Clear Magic Nutcracker image with comes with some lovely snowflake designs. I used a mottled ivory cardstock, which I aged a bit with ColorBox Graphic 45 Venetian Lace ink. I stamped the Nutcracker in black ink on the card front, as well as a couple of sheets of the Cardmaker Christmas Post 8 X 8 paper pad that I keep using for everything! I stamped one more in white ink on one of the black patterned sheets. Then I decided how I wanted to dress my Nutcracker, and proceeded to cut out the various pieces and adhere them. I swiped a bit of white ink over him just to wash him out a bit. Now for the froufrou! I gave him a nice layer of Stampendous White Flock for his hair, beard, and mustache. He received a nice smattering of adhesive pearls on his jacket and hat. Now that he was all dressed up for the occasion, I stamped and embossed in white a few of the snowflakes from the set, and added adhesive pearls in their centers. I finished off the card with top and bottom borders of natural cotton ribbon and ivory cotton self-adhesive lace...all of which got a ink smudging to keep in the vintage feel.