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Thursday, August 21, 2014

August Splendor Canvas

As we are heading towards back-to-school again, it is only appropriate that we break out our dictionary for this month's Dreamweaver challenge..."AUGUST as an ADJECTIVE"! 
Merriam-Webster defines august as, "marked by majestic dignity or grandeur", with synonyms such as, "dignified, distinguished, imposing, portly, solemn, staid, and stately". Now, I don't know just how dignified and stately the Dream Team can become for an entire month, but we are all going to give it a try! How about trying along with us, and linking YOUR creations to the inlinkz tool below for a chance to win the wildest stencil design your little heart is screaming for. 

So, my question to you, is there anything more majestic or grand than a huge tree?  I don't believe there is!  Yes, I have a thing for trees, I've confessed that previously!  LOL!  I'm really fascinated with their beauty and resilience.  I've done a Spring and Summer Tree before and, now, here's my Fall:



Here's what I used to create this canvas:

Dreamweaver Stencils© DX 7020 Leafless Tree Die
Dreamweaver Stencils© Memories Mists™ - Stormy Water
Faber-Castell® Gelatos™ in Pistachio and Green Tea
Stampendous® Color Fragments in Leaf Green, Canary, Caramel, Ochre, Burgundy and Scarlet
Bo Bunny® Dots in Gray
Spectrum Noir markers BG4, BG5 & BG6
Beacon Adhesive® Gem-Tac™
Beacon Adhesive® Zip Dry™
Artist's Loft™ 6x6 Canvas Board

Here's what I did to create this canvas:

Run gray paper and die through cutter
Add marks to tree with markers
Spritz mist onto canvas and rub in
Add Gelatos™ to bottom and mix with water
Adhere tree to canvas with Zip Dry™
Mix color fragments in a separate container
Add Gem-Tac™ glue to canvas where you want "leaves"
Add fragments to canvas, shake off excess

Here's the rest of the team posting today:


That's it for me today.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.  Have a blessed day!

Hugs,
Lea

Wicked Wednesday and Time for Tea

Hey all!  It's Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog time and our sponsor this week is Time for Tea Designs.  Our theme this week is "Back to School."  My image is Apple for Teacher and she is truly adorable!  Here's my ATC:


I've colored my image with Copic markers and cut her out.  My base is Bazzill and I've used Making the Grade 6x6 paper pad from Little Yellow Bicycle as the patterned paper.  My sentiment is Stampendous.  

I do hope you'll play along with us this week.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon.  Have a blessed day!

Hugs,
Lea

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

I've Been Framed!

This week's Stampendous theme is Wedding Wishes and I've opted to create a wedding thank you card.  After all, you'll need plenty of thank you cards for all those shower and wedding gifts!  For my card today, I've used Ribbon Rose Frame and Loving Messages.  They're a perfect pair!


Here's what I used to create this card:

Derwent® Inktense™ Pencils
Neenah® Classic Crest Solar White
Bo Bunny® Dots Cardstock
Bazzill® Cardstock
Martha Stewart® Edge Punch
May Arts® Ribbon
Beacon Adhesive® Zip Dry™

Here's what I did to create this card:

Stamp image, color and trim closely
Create 5x5 square card base with a tent fold and image mat from purple cardstock
Trim green paper to fit as shown and punch edge
Create bow from purple ribbon
Adhere all layers as shown
Add a dot of adhesive on front of card and attach bow

It's a really simple card and fast to create.  When you need several cards, the easier, the better!  Of course, you could easily substitute colors to match your specific wedding colors.  Purple and green just happen to be MY favorites!

Thanks for stopping by, I'll see you again soon.  Have a very blessed day!

Hugs, 
Lea

Friday, August 15, 2014

Dreamweaver and Woodware...


                              

Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!


Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:




Here's my creation: 


Here's what I used to create this card:

Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Ranger® Glossy Accents
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock
Red Cardstock
Green Cardstock
May Arts Ribbon®
Beacon Adhesives® Zip Dry™
Scrapbook Adhesives™ 3D Foam Squares™
Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • IG1, 
  • DR6, 
  • CR7, CR9, CR11
  • CG4
  • DG2, DG3
  • JG5
  • FS1, FS2
  • BG1, BG2, BG3, BG4, BG5, BG6, BG7

Here's what I did to create this card:

Stamp image onto white cs by stamping off (stamp once, then stamp again for a lighter image)
Color image with markers and trim, add glossy accents on eye and berries, set aside to dry
Paste emboss stencil and set aside to dry
Create card base and trim red mat for embossed piece
Stamp sentiment and trim mats, adhere together and set aside
Trim ribbon piece to fit across and wrap around red cs, set aside
Once paste has dried, trim to fit and color raised portions with markers as shown
Adhere all layers as shown
Mount bird onto card with foam squares

I did try to keep my little Robin as close in coloring to the real thing as I could, even though the image is very whimsical.  Whimsy is just a cute reflection of real life anyway!  As soon as I saw this adorable little bird, I knew I had to use this stencil with him.  They were just meant to be together!  The Spectrum Noir markers glide right over the pearlescent paste since the finish is so glossy and smooth.  Sure makes it fun to color the stencil and you don't have to worry about ruining the nibs!  Since Spectrum Noir has an awesome nature inspired monthly challenge going, I'm going to submit my card for their challenge as well.  Gives it double duty!

Thanks for stopping by today and having a look!  I hope you'll remember to comment to be eligible to win a prize!  I'll see you again soon.  Have a blessed day!

Hugs,
Lea

*For a stockist near you contact Woodware Craft Collection in the UK and Notions Marketing in the USA.

Stampendous and Authentique Hop

Authentique Stampendous Blog BannerToday several of our Design Team Members have a second project to show you featuring the gorgeous papers sent to us by Authentique™ Paper. These papers were intended for our BIG Blog Hop in October and our team is using them on our October Catalog Samples. But we couldn't resist sharing them just a bit early with some other images. We have a fun prize to give away this week. Only one, but it's a good one! One lucky winner will get some Authentique papers of their own, plus a $20 Stampendous Reward Card. WOW! How? Just comment on the blogs this week! Miss the earlier posts? Here they are: MONDAYTUESDAYWEDNESDAYTHURSDAY You have until Sunday night to comment, then Monday we'll choose one winner for the prize! So hop around and leave these hard-working gals some love on their terrific projects! (that means comment on their blogs!)


For my card today, I decided to celebrate fall in all her glory with the help of a friend.  Who, you might ask, well that would be the awesome PenPattern Owl, that's whooo!  Yeah, corny pun intended!  Anyway, here's my card and I do hope you like it!





Here's what I used to create my card:

Stampendous® Embossing Powders - Carnelian PEARLustre, Paprika, Honey
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White
Tim Holtz® Distress Inks® - Antique Linen
May Arts Ribbon
Beacon Adhesive® Zip Dry™
Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • CG1, CG2, CG4
  • GB1, GB4, GB6, GB8, GB9
  • EB1, EB2, EB6, EB7
  • TN2, TN3, TN4, TN6, TN7, TN8, TN9
  • DG3
  • BG4, BG6
Here's what I did to create my card:

Stamp owl image with black ink onto cs and color
Trim image to desired size and ink with distress ink
Create card base with a tent fold
Trim patterned papers (pp) as shown and trim a piece of ribbon to fit across pp
Attach ribbon to pp and adhere pp to card base
Adhere image to pp mat and attach to card
Stamp leaf onto pp and die cut
Using Boss Gloss, add ink in steps while applying embossing powders and heat setting
Attach leaf to card
Mix the three different colors of color fragments and apply as shown with glue

So, that's my card, I hope you like it!  I'm going to enter it in the Spectrum Noir monthly challenge so be sure to check that out and you can enter it with your project, too!  Here are links to the rest of the team showcasing their projects for your inspiration:


Tenia Nelson

Kristine Reynolds

Pam Hornschu

Jamie Martin

Lea Kimmel (me)

Jennifer Dove

Thanks so much for stopping by!  I do hope you will stop by again tomorrow as the Dreamweaver Dream Team is wrapping up our week-long blog collaboration with WoodWare.  Don't forget to comment to win for today's post (and tomorrow's)!  See you then! Have a blessed day!

Hugs,
Lea

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Authentique-ly Wonderful Paper

All this week the Stampendous Design Team has been creating projects using some amazing papers sent to us by Authentique!  I love their papers, the designs, the quality, they're truly superb papers in every way!  Plus, we have a pretty cool prize for one lucky winner!  So, for a chance to win some sheets of this delightful patterned paper and a $20 Stampendous.com reward card, be sure leave each designer some love along the way!

I love Halloween!  It's my favorite holiday of the year!  When I was a kid, I thought it was awesome that I could be anyone I wanted to be for that one day.  I could be a hippie, a princess, whatever struck my fancy.  My love for it has only deepened throughout the years as I've watched my kids become whatever character they wanted to be for that day.  Now, I even have a granddaughter that trick or treats and I love buying her costumes each year.   Anyway, here's my card:




Here's what I used to create my card:

Stampendous® Crow Caw
Stampendous® Halloween Wish
Authentique™ Paper Harmony Collection's Abundance and Song
Stampendous® Aged Black Embossing Enamel
Stampendous® Detail Black Embossing Powder
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Natural White
Tsukineko® VersaMark™ Pad
Tim Holtz® Distress Ink™ - Antique White
Spectrum Noir Markers BG2, Blender
May Arts Ribbon®
Beacon Adhesive® Zip Dry™

Here's what I did to create my card:

Stamp images with VersaMark™ pad and emboss using Aged Black EE and Detail Black EP
Accent around images with additional Aged Black EE
Create a shadow under the bird with the markers
Trim image to desired size and ink with distress ink
Create a mat for image and adhere the two as shown
Create card base as shown with a tent fold
Trim patterned papers as shown
Adhere the two patterned papers together and attach ribbon, adhere this to card base
Using foam mounting squares, attach matted image to card

That's it for today.  I hope you've enjoyed my post and will come back tomorrow for yet another post!  Don't forget to leave me some love if you're interested in winning our prize, you must comment to be eligible.  Have a blessed day!

Hugs,
Lea

PS:  We're currently experiencing web site problems at Stampendous, please bear with us as we try to get things working properly.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Christmas in August?




Yes! It's that time of year again! The time when we inspire crafters on both sides of the "pond" with a mix of both Dreamweaver and Woodware UK* products for the holidays! Six days, SIX, of beautiful, elegant, merry, cute, artsy, and craftsy projects to have you heading out to your local stores or internet sites to buy these goodies immediately!


Of course, there will be prizes as well. Three prize packages will be given to three commenters during this week's posts on the team's blogs, including five stencils and one nested die set. You can have an opportunity to win these goodies by leaving some holiday sweetness for each team member posting each day, to be one of the three winners for the week. Here are the team members that are inspiring you today:

Here's my creation: 
Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock
Miscellaneous Red Cardstock
May Arts Ribbon®
Viva Colour® Pearl Pen™ - Ice White
Beacon Adhesive® Zip Dry™
Spectrum Noir Markers:
  • FS1, FS2, FS3, FS4
  • CR1, CR7, CR11
  • DR3, DR6
  • TN2, TN4, TN7
  • GB2, GB8
  • IG1

Here's what I did to create this card:

Paste emboss snowflakes on red cardstock, set aside to dry
Stamp mouse image twice, cut one out to use as a mask
Masking the other mouse, stamp sentiment so that mouse appears to be standing on top
Color image and trim as shown
Trim a mat in red cs to place behind sentiment
Create card base with a tent fold
Once paste is dry, trim piece to correct size
Trim a white mat for embossed piece and adhere the two
Attach ribbon to matted and embossed pieces
Adhere this to card base
Adhere stamped images to ribbon and card

This makes a relatively quick Christmas card with tons of cuteness!  I thoroughly enjoyed creating this one and hope it gives you just the right inspiration for your own!  Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you again tomorrow with more posts for your viewing pleasure!  I do hope you'll leave me some love in the comments section (pssstt...that's how you win!).  Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs,
Lea


*For a stockist near you contact Woodware Craft Collection in the UK and Notions Marketing in the USA.