Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Wicked Wednesday Meets Taurus

Hey there!  Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge time again!  This week our sponsor is Delicious Doodles and we're celebrating the Zodiac sign of Taurus.  Here's my ATC:

I just felt like she needed a little humor to go with those horns!  Heehee!  I thought she looked a little sassy!

Here's what I used to create this project:

Copic Markers - E21, 23, 25, 27, 29, 30, 31, 33, 50, 51, 53, 93; R32, 35, 37, 39; RV42; C0,3; B14
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cover Stock
Bazzill Cardstock - Red
Sentiment - Created on laptop and printed
Beacon Adhesive Zip Dry

Here's what I did to create this project:

Print image and sentiment on cover stock
Color image with markers
Cut out image and sentiment
Trim Bazzill for background
Adhere image to cardstock
Adhere sentiment to image

This was an easy one but lots of fun!  I hope you'll play along with us here!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!  Have a blessed day!


Friday, April 25, 2014

Get Hoppin' with Stampendous and Dreamweaver!

Wow!  What a "Dream-Pendous" week it has been!  Are you ready to hop with Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps?  Before you do, don't forget that there are three prize packages available but you must comment to be eligible to win. Each will have a great selection of Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous images and of which is the new "Blossom Beauty" face image as shown on the badge.  So on with the show!  

My project today is another canvas.  I had this idea in my head and, well, if you saw my post yesterday, you know what that's like!  I had to get it out!!  I recently saw a canvas that was done with joint compound.  I liked the look but didn't have any joint compound laying around, however, I did have embossing paste!  So, an idea was born.  My project, even with embossing paste in place of joint compound, is nothing like the canvas I saw originally.  It was a beautiful canvas but mine is more of a mixed media project.  Guess you could say it's a little more "artsy!"  I look forward to hearing what you think!

For some very odd reason, the bottom of my canvas photo keeps pulling into Blogger much darker than it actually is.  The bottom shading is actually like the top of the canvas.  I've never had this happen before so I'm not sure how to fix it.  One of the things I really love about this project is how the text from the Dream Text stamp still shows through the embossing paste.

Here's what I used to create this project:

Stampendous® Cling Blossom Beauty
Stampendous® Cling Lovely Garden
Stampendous® Regal Bird Quotes PC™S
Stampendous® Angel Wings Quotes PC™S
Stampendous® Royal Heart Quotes PC™S
Stampendous® Charmed Art PC™S
Stampendous® Artist Elements
Stampendous® Cling Jumbo Dress Form
Stampendous® Dream Text
Dreamweaver Stencils© White Embossing Paste
Liquitex® Ultra Matte Gel Medium
Ranger® Archival Ink™ - Jet Black
Tim Holtz® Distress Ink™ - Pumice Stone
Dixie® Deli Paper
Neenah® Classic Crest™
Artist's Loft™ Watercolors
DecoArt® Paints 
Artist's Loft™ Necessities™ 8 x 10 Canvas Board

Here's what I did to create this project:

Stamp Dream Text stamp over entire surface of canvas board
Cover surface of canvas with embossing paste and allow to dry
Stamp all images on deli paper and tear out close to edge of image
Use watercolors to color butterfly and eyes and lips on face
Apply images with gel medium
Add enough embossing paste around edge of images to blend into background
Brush on distress ink randomly around canvas
Stamp words on cardstock pieces and trim
Stipple distress ink on words
Apply words to canvas with gel medium

Squirt paint on ends of brushes, tilt up and allow paint to run down canvas

That's it for this one, I do hope you like it!  I had a good deal of fun putting this one together with the various images and words.  Enjoy the rest of the hop and I hope to see you back here soon!  Here's the complete hop list:
Thanks again for stopping by!  Don't forget to comment if you want to be eligible to win a prize package.  Have a blessed day!


Thursday, April 24, 2014

Geared Up For Fun!

Stampendous Stamps and Dreamweaver Stencils are at it again with another fun Dream-Pendous blog collaboration!  The Stampendous team and the Dreamweaver team are collaborating once again with all the fun toys in both team's arsenal. Of course, as usual, there will be great prizes available for those who comment throughout this week. In fact there will be three prize packages available to win. Each will have a great selection of Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous images and being the new "Blossom Beauty" face image as shown on the badge above.  Here is my creation for today:

Lately I've been on a canvas board kick, I can't seem to get enough of them!  I decided to create a canvas and use something a little different.  Sometimes when I'm in my craft dungeon or even doing something as simple as walking around Target, my gears start turning in my head and I can't wait to get home and get busy creating.  I feel like my head is going to explode if I don't get the ideas out!  So this canvas represents how I feel at those moments!  

Here's what I used to create this project:

Stampendous Cling Blossom Beauty
Stampendous Discover Today Perfectly Clear Stamps
Stampendous Live Creatively
Dreamweaver Stencil LJ 911 Gears
Dreamweaver Stencils Pearlescent Embossing Paste
Dreamweaver Stencils Metallic F/X - Amber Glow
Memento Desert Sand
Neenah Classic Crest Solar White
8x10 Canvas Board
Copic Marker V15 and 0 Colorless Blender
Spectrum Noir Markers: FS1, 2, 4, 9; CR 1, 2; PP3; TN4, 5, 7; DG2, 4; CG2; BG9; EB6
Ranger Archival Ink Jet Black
Solid Oak, Inc. Steampunk Gears
Liquitex Ultra Matte Gel
Foam Mounting Squares
Deli Paper

Here's how I created this project:

Stamp image on white cardstock, color with markers and cut out
Color canvas board, spritz with colorless blender
Mix paste with Metallic F/X and paste emboss gears onto canvas
With matte gel, apply gears and adhere head pieces
Stamp sentiments from Discover Today on deli paper, tear out and adhere with gel
Stamp Live Creatively sentiment on white cs, color, spritz with blender and adhere gears with gel
Adhere sentiment with foam squares in upper left corner of canvas

Please visit the team's players for today, and leave comments as you go!

Remember, if you don't comment, you can't win!  You know you want to win because the prize packs are AWESOME!  That's it from me today.  Be sure to come back tomorrow for the big blog hop!  Woohoo!  It's going to be great!  Have a blessed day!


Friday, April 18, 2014

Feeling Fishy

All week long, at Stampendous we've been showcasing our new PenPattern stamps that have plenty of open spaces for you to doodle into or color with your choice of medium.  I really like these as the possibilities are endless.  Today I have a project using PenPattern Fish, this one was a lot of fun!

Here's what I used to create this project:

Stampendous® PenPattern Fish
Stampendous® Taupe Color Fragments 

Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White
Echo Park® “Splash” 6x6 Paper Pad 

Micron™ 005 Black Pen
Ranger® Archival Ink™ Jet Black Ink Pad 

Derwent® Inktense™ Pencils:
   Dark Aquamarine (1210)
   Green Aquamarine (1220)
   Iris Blue (0900)
   Sea Blue (1200)
   Bright Blue (1000)
   Golden yellow (0230)
   Cadmium Orange (0250)
   Burnt Orange (0260)
   Mid Vermillion (0310)
   Apple Green (1400)
May Arts Ribbons®
Glossy Accents™
Claudine Hellmuth® Studio™ Multi-Medium Matte 

Glue Dots™
Foam Mounting Squares

Here's what I did to create this project:

Stamp image, color some areas and create pen patterns in other areas 
Trim image to desired size
Create card base in a tent fold
Trim patterned paper

Create mat for image
Adhere patterned paper to card base
Attach matted image to card with foam mounting squares
Using Glue Dots, attach ribbons
Add multi-medium to bottom of card and sprinkle on fragments, tap off excess fragments and return excess to jar 

Create "bubbles" with drops of Glossy Accents

This card reminds me of a fish bowl, what about you?  Thanks for stopping by today and I'll see you again soon!  Have a blessed day!


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

DICC Time!

It's time for another Desert Islands Crafters Challenge!  This time around our sponsor is The Stamping Chef and my image of choice is Tabitha.  She's so soft and girly looking that I had to find papers that matched her femininity.  Instead of a card, I chose to create a tag.  I'm thinking I might just use the finished tag on the cover of a journal; I really like the completed project!  Our itinerary for this week is as follows:

1.  Lots of pink
2.  Sugar skulls
3.  Suckers or sweets (lollipops or candy)
4.  Hearts
5.  Add a feather or wings
6.  Pearls or gemstones
7.  Add a banner or bunting
8.  Stitching (real or faux)
9.  Anything but a card
10.  Spritzes or sprays

For my project, I've used #'s 1, 4, 6, 7 and 9:

Here's what I used to create this project:

The Stamping Chef - Tabitha Digital Image
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White
Bo Bunny® Little Miss Collection
#10 Shipping Tag
Copic® Markers:  E13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 50, 51, 53; C0, C1, C3
Spectrum Noir™ Markers:  CR2, 3, 4; PP3, 5; TB2, 4
Tim Holtz® Distress Ink™ in Antique Linen and Pumice Stone
Smooch™ in Siren and Silverfox
DecoArt® Acrylic Gesso
Copic® Multiliner - Black
May Arts® Twine and Ribbon
Celebrate It™ Paper Flowers
Queen & Co.® Pearls
SU!® Punch
EK Success® Hole Punch
Tim Holtz® Paper Distresser™ Tool
Glue Dots™
Zip Dry™
Foam Mounting Square

Here's how I created this project:

Print image and color with markers, trim to desired size
Trim patterned papers to fit width of tag
Gesso top and bottom of exposed portion of tag 
Distress edges of patterned papers and image
Add distress ink to image and edges of patterned paper
Adhere papers to tag as shown
Punch out pieces for bunting and write "hello"
Fold bunting pieces over twine and adhere with glue dots
Punch two holes, one on each angled part of top of tag
Thread bunting twine through holes and adhere punch pieces with glue dots
Add pearls over each letter as shown
Cut out heart from scrap paper and attach with foam square
Color roses with markers and attach to bottom of tag with glue dots
With scissors, trim around each rose forming a scalloped edge
Attach ribbon through hole at top of tag

That's it for today!  I do hope you like my somewhat shabby chic tag!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!  


PenPattern Play

Stampendous® has come out with a bunch of fun new PenPattern stamps that you can doodle in to create your own pen pattern design.  How cool is that!?  If you love to stamp and love to doodle, these new stamps are perfect for you!  Today I'm going to share a project I did with PenPattern Turtle:

This is what the stamp looks like without any form of doodling.  It's neat how different you can make it look just by adding some simple designs.  Also, you can make the image look different each time you stamp it by simply creating a different design.  The possibilities are only as endless as your creativity! 

Here's what I used to create this project:

Stampendous® PenPattern Turtle
Stampendous® Wishing Fun

Stampendous® Creative PaletteStampendous® Teal Micro Glitter 
Copic® Marker BG57
DecoArt® Paint - Neo Green Glamour Dust, Deep Turquoise Satin, Peacock Pearl Dazzling
Metallics, Apple Green Satin
Derwent® Inktense™ Pencils - Tan (1720), Felt Green (1530), Spring Green (1550), Leaf Green (1600)
Liquid Frisket
Tim Holtz® Distress Ink™ - Antique Linen
My Mind’s Eye™ “Indie Chic”
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock
Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
May Arts Ribbon®
Water Brush
Glue Dots™ (3 different sizes)
Foam Mounting Squares

Here's how I created this project:

Stamp image, color with pencils and trim to desired size
Stamp sentiment with black ink and trim to desired size, ink with distress ink™

Create card base and mats as shown
Using paper created with Creative Palette*, trim pieces as shown

Cover turtle with frisket and airbrush background, remove frisket 
Adhere ribbon to background paper
Adhere matted image to card base
Using foam mounting squares, adhere sentiment to card
Attach glue dots as shown
Cover glue dots with micro glitter, brush off excess

*Stampendous® Creative Palette is used for monoprinting backgrounds as a mixed media tool.  You can use it with any type of media such a acrylic paint, inks, watercolor crayons, etc.  It's easy to use and can be printed on and then picked up and used on journal pages.  It cleans up easily and comes with its own storage container. 

That's it for today!  I hope you enjoy my project.  I had a lot of fun creating it!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!


Saturday, April 12, 2014

All Dressed Up...

...and no place to go!  Well, maybe to my craft room!  LOL!  So the other day, my friend and fellow teammate, Jennifer Dove, posted a card for a company I had not heard of and I just fell in love with it!  The name is All Dressed Up Stamps and it's an Etsy shop.  OMG!  Each image is adorable and I would love to have them all!  Unfortunately it's not in my budget at the moment after being out of work from a knee surgery, but, down the road, some of those little darlings WILL be mine!  Luckily for me, Wendy, the owner, was kind enough to put a few freebies in her shop so any and all can play along on her challenge blog.  They also have a facebook page that I've joined and, talk about a warm welcome, wowzers, I was greeted in such a friendly manner.  That always puts a smile on my face!  So, on to my project and, hopefully, it will put a smile on your face!  This is Abi Ballerina, one of the super cute freebies!

Isn't she just too cute!?  I love her!  And, she's a freebie!!  You really need to go check out her shop, they're all very reasonable priced and all adorable!  

I would like to thank Crafter's Companion as they gifted me with a complete set of Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers and the cool marker storage trays to hold all of them!  This is my first post/project using these markers and I love them!  If you haven't tried out the new version of Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, you really should.  You can't beat the price, and their quality is excellent.  I was very pleased with how easy it was to blend the colors and I like the feel of the marker in my hand when coloring.  I'm looking forward to creating many projects with them in the future.

Here's what I used to create this project:

My Mind's Eye™ Lost & Found Market Street 6x6 Paper Pad
Bazzill® Cardstock
Neenah® Classic Crest™ Solar White Cover Stock
Celebrate It™ Paper Flowers - White
Tim Holtz® Distress Inks™ in Antique Linen and Tattered Rose
Queen & Co.® Pearls
Beacon Adhesive® Zip Dry™
Glue Dots™
     FS1, 2, 4, 8, 9
     GB2, 4, 9
     PP1, 3
     CR2, 3
     IG1, 2

Here's how I created this project:

Print off image on Neenah® and color with markers
Trim image to desired size and edge with Tattered Rose Distress Ink™ all around and Antique Linen on the inner white space, set aside
Create card base from Bazzill® with a tent fold
Trim patterned papers as shown and adhere with Zip Dry™ to card base
Adhere image to card
Color white roses and white tulle with markers
Attach both tulle and roses with Glue Dots™
Color white pearls and attach

Oh, I almost forgot to tell you, the current challenge for this two-week period is Monochrome, I'm going to enter my sweet little Abi Ballerina in the current All Dressed Up Challenge, if you want to enter, you can find it here!

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


Friday, April 11, 2014

Tiny Bubbles...

Remember the song that Don Ho made famous in Hawaii!?  If you're not familiar with it, you need to Google it for a giggle or two!  Just writing the title has it running through my brain, I hope it goes away soon!  LOL!  So I have another cute little sneak peek from the April 2014 Stampendous® Catalog.  This one uses Stampendous® House-Mouse Designs® Blowing Bubbles.  I just love these little mice!

I wish you could see the sparkle in the bubbles.  They're always so much cuter in real life.

Here's what I used to create this project:

Stampendous® House-Mouse Design® Blowing Bubbles
Stampendous® Crystal Micro Glitter
Making Memories® “Garden Party”
Glossy Accents™
May Arts Ribbon®
Foam Mounting Squares
Neenah® Classic Crest™Solar White
Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
B0000, 000, 41
YR30, 31
R81, 83, 85
YG21, 23, 25
E23, 43, 50, 51, 53, 93
T2, 4, 6
W4, 5, 7

Here's how I created this project:

Stamp image and color
Trim image to desired size
Create card base with a tent fold
Trim a mat for image and patterned paper as shown
Attach ribbon to patterned paper as shown
Adhere patterned paper to card base
Adhere image to mat
Apply Glossy Accents™ to bubbles
Apply glitter over glossy accents and tap off excess
Set aside to dry
Once dry, lightly brush off excess glitter

Well, that's it for sneak peeks from me!  LOL!  Remember, this image isn't on the web site yet so patience is required, and, I hear it's a virtue!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to you again soon!  Feel free to leave me some love!


Thursday, April 10, 2014

A Little Inspiration

It's time for another Dreamweaver Stencils post and this month it's all about "April Inspirations."  Each team member is posting what inspires them in their creative life...maybe a Pinterest pic, a magazine pic, a quote, a book, a place, an artist, a crafter friend...along with their creation. We are hoping that you will feel inspired as well, and link your projects (and inspiration) to the inlinkz tool on the Dream It Up! blog.  Here's my project, a journal page with a favorite quote:

Anyone that knows me, knows I have a thing for trees and nature.  I don't know what it is but they just call to me.  That makes Dreamweaver Stencil LX 7020 Leafless Tree my favorite stencil EVER!  Yeah, I know I've used it quite a bit but if you want to know what inspires me, that tree seriously inspires me!  There are two other things here that seriously inspire me, a brand new journal and paints!  I don't know if you realize it or not but Dreamweaver sells a fantastic set of 18 Jackson acrylic paints.   The quote I've used is also one of my favorites and always inspires me when I'm feeling a little down.

Here's what I used to create this project:

Dylusions 5 x 8 Creative Journal
Faber-Castell Pitt Pen in Black
DecoArt Gesso
Make-up Sponge
Various Paint Brushes

Here's how I created this project:

Prime both journal pages with gesso, allow to dry
Create a wash with water and Cerulean Blue paint, cover both pages with wash, allow to dry
Tape stencil to page and sponge on a mix of Burnt Umber and Mars Black paints, carefully remove tape and allow tree to dry
Using a mix of Phthalo Green and Light Green, paint grass onto page
With Viridian and Crimson Red, add in some "flowers"
Using a mix of all three greens, create your tree foliage 
Allow 24 hours to completely dry, it will feel a little tacky to the touch until it's completely dry
Once completely dry, using Pitt Pen, add quote to page

Keep in mind that this is very impressionistic, it doesn't have to be perfect!  Journaling is supposed to be something you enjoy so don't stress over it!  Dreamweaver Stencils are perfect for using in your journals or on a canvas or other mixed media project.  Honestly, the possibilities are only as limited as your imagination!  So that's my project, now you should check out what the rest of the Dream Team has created for your inspiration.  Here's the list of who's participating this week:

Janelle Stollfus (Our Guest Designer)

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you'll come back by again soon, I'll have another Stampendous Catalog sneak peek for you tomorrow!  Have a blessed day!



Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Wicked Wednesday is Crazy!

Crazy Craniums from Smeared Ink, that is!  Meet Cranium Fluffy, my image for this week's Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge!  Yeah, we have 7 cats and this one looks like a cat more than any other kind of animal and the name Fluffy just screams cat, so cat it is.  This, however, is a badass pirate cat in spite of the sissy name!  He has his treasure, now he wants his kibble!  LOL!  I have to admit, at first I just wasn't sure of what I was going to do with this image but once I figured it out, it was actually quite fun.

Here's what I used to create this project:

Smeared Ink Cranium Fluffy
My Mind's Eye™ Traveler 6x6 Paper Pad
Neenah® Classic Crest™Solar White
Tim Holtz Distress Ink™ in Vintage Photo and Antique Linen
Copic® Markers:  E23, 25, 27, 41, 42, 43
Smooch™ in Gold Lame, Siren and Silver Fox
Variety of Miscellaneous Rhinestones
Burlap Scrap
Zip Dry™ Adhesive
Sentiment - I created it on my Mac and printed it off

Here's how I created my project:

Print off image and sentiment and color with Copics®, detail cut out image
Edge detail cut image with vintage photo distress ink™
Add Smooch™ to image and set aside
Trim Bazzill® to ATC size
Trim patterned paper to fit just 1/16" smaller all around
Adhere patterned paper to base of ATC
Adhere burlap scrap
Adhere image over burlap
Cut out sentiment freehand and add vintage photo around edges and antique linen distress inks™ in middle
Adhere sentiment to ATC
Add rhinestones randomly around ATC

So that's it for today, if you come back tomorrow, I'll have a fun Dreamweaver Stencils post.  Thanks for stopping by and I hope to see you again soon!  


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

A Little Sneak Peek

Ah, Spring Break is over for our school district and the peace and quiet in the house has returned.  LOL!  Who am I kidding?  There's always noise and if it's not the kids, it's the fur babies!  That's okay, though, because, honestly, that's the way I like it!  Now it's time to give you a little sneak peek of what's to come in the new April 2014 Stampendous® catalog!  Woohoo!  In honor of the return to school, I have an adorable little card created with the Stampendous® House-Mouse Designs® image called Stack of Books.  Is this mouse not just the cutest little thing!?

Here's what I used to create this project:

Stampendous® House-Mouse Designs® Stack of Books
Neenah® Classic Crest Solar White
Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink Pad
Little Yellow Bicycle® “Makin’ the Grade” 6x6 Paper Pad
Tim Holtz Distress Ink™ in Antique Linen
Misc Foam Mounting Squares
Misc Clip-on Mini Chalkboard
B34, 37, 93, 95
G12, 16, 19
R27, 29
Y15, 18
C4, 5
E41, 42, 43, 44, 50, 51, 53, 93
T2, 4, 6

Here's how I created this project:

Stamp image, color, trim to desired size
Edge trimmed image with distress ink
Create card base with a tent fold
Trim patterned paper and image mat (from Bazzill®)
Adhere patterned paper to card base
Adhere image to mat
Adhere matted image to card base with foam mounting squares
Write “A B C” on mini chalkboard with chalk and clip to image

So isn't he sweet?  I hope you've enjoyed viewing my project as much as I enjoyed creating it!  Please keep in mind that this image is not on the web site yet, that's why it's called a sneak peek!  When the April Catalog is released, you'll find it and a whole lot of other awesome stamps and things you're going to want!  Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll come back soon!  Have a blessed day.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Bunny Luv

Do you know what day it is?  It's Wicked Wednesday ATC Challenge Blog day!  I have the sweetest little image for you today from A Day for Daisies called Bunny In A Rose.  I have a special affection for bunnies so I really love this image, I hope you do, too!  Here's my project:

Here's what I used to create this project:

Neenah® Classic Crest
Copic® Markers
Bo Bunny® - Isabella Collection
Queen & Co.® Pretty in Pink Rhinestones
Zip Dry™

That's it for today!  I hope you like my little project.  I'll have a Stampendous project for you on Friday.  Thanks for stopping by and see you again soon!


Tuesday, April 1, 2014


I wish I had a stamp that says "Hooray!"  It would have been perfect with Bootsie, the image I've used today from Rick St. Dennis for the Desert Islands Crafters Challenge Blog.  Bootsie is just one of the images available for this period and I fell in love with him the minute I saw him!  He's totally adorable!  We have six cats and of those six, not a single Siamese but I do love them and this one just called out to be colored as such.  Here's my project using #'s 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, & 10:

Here's my project with the semi-hidden tag pulled out:

And just to show you how he dances through the flowers, here's a little short clip:

Here's a list of what I've used to create this project:

Bootsie by Rick St. Dennis
Copic Markers
Bazzill Cardstock
Neenah Cardstock
Basic Grey's "What's Up" 6x6 paper pad
Fiskars Tag Die
May Arts Ribbon and Twine
Zip Dry Adhesive
Action Wobble 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you've enjoyed my little project.  It was a lot of fun to create!  Be sure to stop by tomorrow as I'll have another post for your viewing pleasure!  See you soon!