Friday, June 26, 2015

Colorful Cosmos

One of the many things I love about being a part of Stampendous Design Team, all the beautiful floral stamps they carry!  I love flowers, something I believe I inherited from my grandmother.  Her first name was Iris and she always had some planted in her yard!  My card today uses the new Cosmos Spray and I know it's going to be a favorite of mine!  I bet you'll fall in love with it, too!



Here's what I used to create my card:

Stampendous:
P263 Cosmos Spray

ASCRS03 Cling Industrial Set
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Medium Perfectly Clear Acrylic Stamp Handle

Plus:
Dark Red Bling Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®

Green Cardstock by Core’dinations®
Ribbon by May Arts
atyouSpica™ Gold Glitter Pen by Copic®
Spectrum Noir™ Markers (BP1, BP2, BP5, BP6, BP7; CT1, CT2, CT4; DR4, DR5, DR6, DR7; PL1, PL2; GB4; DG2, DG4; CG1, CG2; BT1)
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives

Here's what I did to create my card:

Stamp image and color.
Trim image to desired size
Create an A2 card base with a tent fold from dark red paper turned to dull side.
Stamp background of card base.
Create a mat for image from green cardstock and adhere image to mat.
Make a bow and secure ends around matted image.
Adhere matted image to card base.

Here's the complete list of my teammates playing along today with more inspiration:






Thank you so much for stopping by today!  I hope you've enjoyed our floral and fairy inspiration we've shared.  I know I loved creating my card!  Hope you have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Lea

Friday, June 19, 2015

You Giraffe Me Crazy

Today is our last day of the Stampendous "Let's Go Wild" theme as we showcase our newest animals to hit our line-up!  I have to admit, I'm pretty wild about them, too!  Did you see what I did there?  LOL!  I'm a big fan of giraffes, there's something so sweet about their faces and, to be honest, they're pretty silly looking.  Only in a good way, though!  Here's my card for today:




Here’s what I used to create this card:

Stampendous!®:
PenPattern Giraffe
Dreamweaver©:
Plus:
Memento™ Rich Cocoa Ink by Tsukineko®
Memento™ Toffee Crunch Ink by Tsukineko®
Tim Holtz® Antique Linen Distress Ink by Ranger®
Tim Holtz® Tumbled Glass Distress Ink by Ranger®
Pear Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Iced Cocoa Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Copic® Markers (W4, W7; E31, E33, E35, E41, E25, E30; G21, G24, G28; YG63)
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives


Here’s what I did to create this card:

Stamp image and color.
Stamp sentiment onto image.
Trim to desired size.
Add distress inks as shown.
Create A2 card base with a tent fold.
Trim a tan panel for the background.
Lightly stamp “dirt” across bottom of tan panel.
Adhere all layers as shown.
Die cut one leafy branch and two petite ferns from green scraps.
Cut apart and glue on pieces of die cuts as shown.
Add simple shading to die cut pieces.

Here’s a list of my teammates that are playing along with me today:



In case you're wondering about the cute dog card at the tail end of our wild animals, it's because our amazing Kristine was skipped on the list last Friday.  Her card is so totally adorable and it really deserves the added attention!  After all, the poor doggy was skunked by a wild animal!  

That's it for today!  I appreciate your stopping by to have a look.  I'll see you again soon with more fun cards created by me for the best stamp company around!  Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Lea

Thursday, June 18, 2015

It's Irrelephant!

We're going wild this week at Stampendous with some awesome Dreamweaver stencils and some great stamps!  Today I have a card with a little bit of Indian spice and lots of stuff that's nice!  Here's my card:


Here's what I used to create this card:

Tim Holtz® Distress Ink in Pumice Stone by Ranger®
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock
May Arts Ribbon®
Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesive
Scrapbook Adhesives® 3D Foam Mounting Squares by 3L®
Self-Adhesive Pearl by Want2Scrap™

Here's what I did to create this card:

Mix some regular white paste with a squirt of gold paint and a pinch of beads for some fun texture
Paste emboss stencil with mixture directly onto trimmed patterned paper, set aside to dry
Create A2 card base with a tent fold from blue cardstock
Trim bottom layer of designer paper 
Stamp sentiment on scrap of white paper with blue ink and add distress ink
Trim a mat for sentiment and adhere sentiment to mat
Cut two strips of ribbon
Once paste has dried, adhere elephant to bottom patterned paper and wrap ribbons around as shown covering edges
Adhere these layers to card base
Add foam squares to sentiment and attach to card over ribbon

This was a fun card to create, I like the effect of the micro beads and will add those to future pasted projects for sure.  Just something different! Here's a list of my teammates that have more wild animals to share with you:

Lea Kimmel (me!)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Comments, as always, are appreciated!  Now it's your turn to get wild and show us what you can do!  Have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Lea



Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wicked Wednesday and SLS Lines

Yep, it's that time again and this week we're Seeing Red at Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog as we spend the week with SLS Lines' images!  That's right!  We're all mad around here!  Heehee!  Not really, but, that's our theme!  My image this week is Goth Girl.  Here's my take on this:


Here's what I used to create this ATC:

My Mind's Eye™ Voyager Paper Pad
Red Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock
Copic® Markers
atyouSpica™ Glitter Pen by Too®
Tim Holtz® Distress Ink in Antique Linen by Ranger®
Miscellaneous Sequins - Red
Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon

Here's what I did to create this ATC:

Print image and color with markers
Trim image keeping just a small edge of white
Trim ATC base from red cs at 2.5x3.5"
Trim bottom layer of patterned paper 1/8" smaller than ATC
Trim next layer up of patterned paper 1/4" smaller than ATC
On a scrap of white paper, handwrite your sentiment with glitter pen, add distress ink, snip apart
Distress white edge of main image
Adhere all layers as shown
Attach three sequins as shown

That's it for me this week!  Thanks bunches for stopping by today.  We would love for you to play along with our challenge this week.  Just as an FYI, I'll have a Stampendous post on Thursday and Friday as we celebrate Wild Animal Week!  Come get wild with us!

Hugs,
Lea

Friday, June 12, 2015

Hopping with Faber-Castell

 

This week our team is showcasing the Art Grip Aquarelles Watercolor Pencils, the PITT Pastel Pencils, and our very special guest Nathalie Kalbach is featuring the Gelatos! There may even be guest-starring roles by the PITT Artist Pens for doodling and drawing!  I hope you've enjoyed the colorful inspiration we've had for you this week! We’ve been Blogging in Color!



Three Lucky Winners this week will get 3 sets of the PITT Pastel Pencils (red/yellow, blue/green, neutrals), a jar of Faber-Castell Chalkboard Paint, and $20 Stampendous reward card to choose their favorite images to color! WOW… these winners must have a U.S. mailing address (official rules here!)… BUT WAIT- Aussie Fans – The Stencil Specialist has you covered again this time!! One Australian Fan will win a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil (LJ size customer choice), and one Dreamweaver Stencils Regular Embossing Paste. Wow!!

Here's my project for today:



Here's what I used to create my project:

Archival Ink™ in Jet Black from Ranger®
May Arts Ribbon
3D Foam Mounting Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives®
Round Cookie/Pizza Sheet from Dollar Tree Store

Here's what I did to create this project:

Punch two holes in the pan approximately 6 inches apart
Add your first coat of paint to the pan, set aside to dry
Stamp your flowers and leaves with black ink
Color half of the images with Aquarelle pencils
Add your second coat of paint to the pan, set aside to dry
Color the other half of the images with Aquarelle pencils and blend all with a water brush
Add your third coat of paint to the pan, set aside to dry
Die cut the flowers and leaves, trim any white edges if needed
Using foam squares, arrange and adhere pieces on white paper
Trim white paper beneath pieces and add foam squares to back
Cut a piece of ribbon long enough to use to hang on wall
Create a bow in center of ribbon and thread ends through holes on pan, tie together on the back
Adhere stamped floral piece between ribbon
Add sentiment and flourishes with chalk

I've been wanting to create this chalkboard for a couple of months now and this hop was the perfect opportunity with some of the best products in the business.  I'm thrilled with how cute it has turned out and I love knowing it would be super simple to create new decor to adorn it.  It can easily be changed for the season or the current holiday.

Let’s check out today’s inspiration from our designers:



Thanks so much for stopping by today!  We've really had fun this week creating with Faber-Castell’s awesome products.  I'm already looking forward to the next opportunity to create with Faber-Castell.  Don't forget to comment for your chance to win a prize!  I'll see you again next week with more Stampendous goodness coming your way.  Have a wonderful weekend!

Hugs,
Lea

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Fabulous Faber-Castell

 

This week our team is showcasing the Art Grip Aquarelles Watercolor Pencils, the PITT Pastel Pencils, and our very special guest Nathalie Kalbach is featuring the Gelatos! There may even be guest-starring roles by the PITT Artist Pens for doodling and drawing!  I hope you enjoying the colorful inspiration we have for you this week! We’ve been Blogging in Color!



3 Lucky Winners this week will get three sets of the PITT Pastel Pencils (red/yellow, blue/green, neutrals), a jar of Faber-Castell Chalkboard Paint, and $20 Stampendous reward card to choose their favorite images to color! WOW… these winners must have a U.S. mailing address (official rules here!)… BUT WAIT- Aussie Fans – The Stencil Specialist has you covered again this time!! One Australian Fan will win a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil (LJ size customer choice), and one Dreamweaver Stencils Regular Embossing Paste. Wow!!

Here's my project for today:


Here's what I used to create my card:

Archival Ink™ in Jet Black from Ranger®
Bo Bunny® A Gift of Love Collection, Sweetie Pie Squeeze
Limeade Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
May Arts Ribbon
3D Foam Mounting Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives®
Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives

Here's what I did to create this card:

Stamp image, color flower with pencils and leaves with Gelatos
Trim closely around image
Scribble some black Gelato on a craft sheet and spritz with water
Using a large sponge dauber, lightly sponge Gelato through Damask Stencil on pink paper
Create card base from green cardstock in an A2 horizontal tent fold
Trim pink stenciled paper down to size as shown
Create a mat for stamped image from green cs and edge with Black Licorice Gelato and smudge
Adhere image to mat
Trim a piece of ribbon and wrap ends around pink paper
Adhere pink paper to green base
Attach foam mounting squares to back of matted image 
Adhere image to card base

I really wanted this card to have an elegant look with a slight, very slight, grunge look.  Something trĂ©s chic with a little bit of "oo la la."  I wanted the background to be subtle and I love that it's just peeking out behind the image.  This card turned out exactly the way I had it pictured in my head.  I always love it when that happens!


Let’s check out today’s inspiration from our designers:



Thanks so much for stopping by today!  We're really having fun this week creating with Faber-Castell’s awesome products.  I’ll see you again tomorrow with another project and more Faber-Castell yumminess as we complete our week with a fantastic final hop.  Don't forget to comment for your chance to win a prize!

Hugs,
Lea


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Wicked Wednesday With Lemon Shortbread

Sounds pretty tasty, don't you think?  Yeah, so, it's Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog time and this week our sponsor is Lemon Shortbread.  It's really hard for me to focus on stamping when I see their name because it makes me want a cookie!  LOL!  I love lemon flavored goodies.  So, back to stamping!  The image I've used is "Owl On A Branch" and our theme this week is to create an ATC with text added.  Here's my ATC:


Here's what I used to create this ATC:

Copic® Markers
Tim Holtz® Distress Ink in Chipped Sapphire by Ranger®
Perfect Pearls™ Mists in Sunflower Sparkle by Ranger®
Scrap of Little Yellow Bicycle® Paper
Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives

Here's what I did to create this ATC:

Print image on paper and again on acetate
Cut paper image to 2 1/4"h x 3 1/4"w
Trim image on acetate close to edges of image to use as a mask
Color image with markers, add a yellow moon and then dust with distress ink
Place mask over image and stamp text stamp around image
Remove mask and add drips of Perfect Pearls™ by removing sprayer and tapping it over image
Trim base paper to ATC size and adhere the image to the base
Run edges of base over the gold ink pad

So, easy peasy, right?!  If you're an owl and/or tree lover like I am, then you'll want this sweet image. The other Lemon Shortbread images are equally sweet and so much fun to color!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll see you tomorrow with a post for Stampendous.  We're collaborating with Faber-Castell this week and I'm posting on Thursday and Friday.  We also have some great prizes, so, come check it out, otherwise, see you next Wednesday!

Hugs,
Lea


Friday, June 5, 2015

Oodles of Doodles



At Stampendous, we've had a fun week of sharing projects with doodles and tangles, today is our last day for this particular theme.  My card today is done with our new PenPattern Elephant and it's ready for doodles or tangles or just color or both.  That's the lovely thing about our PenPattern stamps, they're ready for whatever your imagination can come up with!  Here's my card today and it has oodles of doodles!


I tried to give it a little bit of a Persian/Indian flair or maybe even a bit of a circus look.  I just had fun and let the PenPattern lines lead me.  I really love how this turned out!

Here's what I used to create this card:

Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Memento™ London Fog Ink by Tsukineko®
Ribbon by May Arts®
Staedtler® Pigment Liner 308
Copic® Markers (C1, C3, C4, C5)
Zip Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives
3D Foam Mounting Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives® by 3L®

Here's what I did to create this card:


Stamp elephant on white cardstock.
Doodle areas as shown.
Color remaining areas with gray markers.
Trim image to desired size.
Create an A2 card base with a tent fold.
Trim a mat for main image from black cardstock.
Adhere image to mat and then to card base.
Stamp sentiment in black ink on white cardstock.
Trim sentiment to desired size.
Trim a mat to fit sentiment from black cardstock.
Adhere sentiment to mat.
Cut ric-rac to fit width of card and attach as shown.
Attach sentiment to card with foam squares as shown.

Here's the list of my teammates playing along today:


That's it for me today!  I hope you have enjoyed the Design Team's doodles and tangles this past week, I know we had fun creating them!  Have a wonderful weekend and I'll see you again next week with more fun projects.

Hugs,
Lea








Thursday, June 4, 2015

Fish Doodles

Hello there!  It's another Stampendous Dreamweaver Thursday and this week we're doing something fun!  We're Sten-tangling, Zentangling or just plain ol' doodling!  I have to admit, Zentangle is not my thing so I just doodled!  I've been doodling for years so this was super fun for me!  Since summer is almost here, I decided to make it summery and somewhat masculine.  This card would work well for  a teen boy in particular.  Here's my card:


Here's what I used to create this card:

Faber-Castell® PITT Artist Pen, Black 190, Medium Point
Strathmore® Mixed Media Paper, 400 Series
Bo Bunny® Barefoot & Bliss 12x12 Barefoot Word
Yellow Orange Cardstock by Bazzill Basics Paper®
Dylusion® Inks in Calypso Teal, Pure Sunshine, Lemon Zest, Squeezed Orange
Glue® Dots Brand Adhesives
Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives

Here's what I did to create this card:

Tape stencil down on mixed media paper and outline stencil with black pen
Remove stencil and doodle designs into different sections of the fish
Water down teal ink and brush onto paper around fish
Paint yellow and orange inks onto fish, set aside to dry
Create vertical A2 card base with a tent fold
Trim background paper to fit as shown
Trim fish image to desired size
Trim a mat for image in the same paper as base
Adhere all layers as shown
Attach glue dots and add micro glitter onto each dot being sure to burnish glitter into dots

Here are my teammates that are playing along this week and have projects to share with you:

Lea Kimmel (me!)
Tenia Nelson

That's it for me today!  Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'll have another project to share with you tomorrow so please do stop back by and have a look!  In the meantime, have a wonderful day and I'll see you again soon!

Hugs,
Lea

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Wicked Wednesday with Wax Fruit Co.

It's Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog time and this week our sponsor is Wax Fruit Co.  Our theme this week is Picnic or Food/Drink and the image I used is Cocola.  Here's my ATC:


Here's what I used to create my ATC:

Memory Box Polar Bear
Stampendous® Crystal Micro Glitter
Copic® Markers
Caran D'Ache® Watercolor Pencils (Sky)
Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
Acetate
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock
Zip Dry Paper Glue by Beacon
Americana® Satin Varnish

Here's what I did to create my ATC:

Print bottle image on acetate and color with markers
Stamp bear and reduce on copier, color and cut out
Trim white paper to ATC size, color top of paper with blue watercolor pencils
Using same strip of paper, hand tear two pieces for mountains
Using glue, edge each "mountain" with glitter
Adhere layers as shown
Using varnish, attach bottle as shown
Adhere polar bear
Add shadows with marker
Finish by glueing bits of glitter around bottom of bottle and by bear

I know the others on the design team did summery ATCs but I just love the Coke Polar Bears and as soon as I saw the bottle, I knew what I had to do!  Fun stuff!!  I hope you'll play along with us!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'll have a post tomorrow featuring a Dreamweaver Stencil if you want to come by and take a look.  In the meantime, have a wonderful day!

Hugs,
Lea