Saturday, December 24, 2011

Stampendous Saturday Color Challenge!!

Merry Christmas Eve!!!

The Stampendous Team is back again to showcase some more fabulous creations using the wonderful Stampendous images and three of these four colors, pink, brown, cream and gold. 

In my creation this week I used all four.


I had a great time coloring my Stampendous Cling Tweet Top Hat (CRV226).  I also stamped Cling Season’s Post (CRM259) on patterned paper.

I adhered my stamped patterned paper to my card base and added a Liquid Pearls to the top and the bottom.  I tied the beautiful May Arts ribbon around the card base and adhered the focal image to the front of the card with dimensionals and added more Liquid Pearls around the edge.


Stamps: Cling Tweet Top Hat, Cling Season’s Post (Stampendous)

Paper: Heaven Sent (Pebbles); Confetti Cream (Bazzill)

Ribbon: May Arts

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Vintage Sepia (Tsukineko); E25, E23, E21, E99, E97, E95, E53, E51, E50, RV00, RV000, RV02, YG97, YG96, YG93 (Copic Sketch Markers); Gold, Pink Spica Glitter Pens (Imagination International)

Extras: Liquid Pearls

Please play along with our Color Challenge this month.  Link up your creation at the Stampendous Impressions blog for your chance to win Stampendous Perfectly Clear Amore Frame…

Take the time to run by these team members blogs and see how they used the color challenge this week!!!

Taylor Usry

Pam Hornschu

Janelle Stollfus

Kristine Reynolds

Merry Christmas to you all!!!  I hope you have a blessed day with lots of family and friends!!!

Friday, December 23, 2011

Skipping Stones Designs Feature Friday!!

Good morning!!  Are you all ready for Christmas?? 

Today I made a card featuring one of our sets of the month, Pumkin Seed Sentiments. 

I was completely inspired yesterday to make this card, when I received a gift in the mail for a “Secret Santa”.  It was full of beautiful ribbon and some Vintage Buttons, from her Grandmother and Mother.  I was so touched.


I love this ribbon the color progression is fabulous and prompted me to get out my Big & Juicy Rainbow ink pads from Ranger!!

Thank you Secret Santa!! 

For the rest of December, Pumkin Seed Sentiments and Timeless Textures is on sale for $12.49.  This is a great way to get rid of some of your extra Christmas money!!!  hahaha!!

Don’t forget that Skipping Stones Designs has a free set up for grabs this week.  All you have to do is play along with our Sketch Challenge #107.


Link your creation up to Mr. Linky on the Skipping Stones Designs blog and see if you’re the lucky winner next Wednesday!!

Merry Christmas to all!!!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry Christmas from Dreamweaver Stencils

Merry Christmas!!

Just a few more days until Christmas!! 

I have a super quick and easy card to share with you this morning.

Our Dream Team Color Challenge this week is Burgundy and Gold! 


I have been super busy with the holiday season and I needed to make this one last card in a lurch, so I spritzed Bright Gold Memory Mist onto Burgundy cardstock and placed the Merry Christmas stencil (LL386) over the top of the mist.  I pasted with Metallic Gold Embossing Paste and set aside to dry.  When the gold paste was wet, it was a nice goldy, opaque color, when it was dry, it had dried a beautiful gold color, but not quite the color I needed for this project.  When dry, the Gold Memory Mist and the Gold Metallic paste were almost the same color and hard to see.  To solve the problem, I colored over the Metallic Paste with Copic Sketch marker R59.  I love the result.  The color of the sentiment is beautiful in person.

I hope you have a very Merry Holiday Season!!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Season’s Greetings from Dreamweaver Stencils!!

Good morning!!

Welcome to Dreamweaver Stencils Sketch Challenge!

This week, Design Team Head Honcho,  Pam Hornshcu challenged us to follow a sketch AND make a Vintage Christmas Card.

I don’t know how Vintage mine got but I did follow the sketch…

Here is  my card…


If you remember my post from last week’s Dreamweaver Stencil Free Theme,  you probably remember the “smoosh” technique that used with Dreamweaver Stencils Color Solutions Alcohol Ink.  The card I made for today is the second piece to my smooshing.  The left side of the card with the three panels, I die cut windows out from the card stock.  I daubed Versamark on one side of the Branch and Berries Stencil (LJ900) and placed it onto  Thermal Acetate from Stampendous, and embossed through the Vagabond Machine.  Once the acetate had been run though, the area’s that I wanted to emboss with powder were now ready to sprinkle Winter Wonderland over and heat set.  As you can see from the picture, only the branches are embossed. 

The background of the “window” is a left over piece of last week’s smoosh creation.  The background effect is simple.  Drip a few drops of different colored Color Solutions Alcohol Ink onto a craft mat, add a drop of a metallic ink and place glossy cardstock, glossy side down onto the inks and push the paper around in the inks.  If give a fabulous swirly effect.

The lacey scalloped circle die was cut out with blue metallic paper and I paste embossed with Silver Embossing Paste Season’s Greetings LL453.


Paper: Glossy (Ranger), White (Coredinations); Metallic Blue (craft stash)

Stencils: Season’s Greetings LL453, Branch and Berries LL900 (Dreamweaver Stencils)

Ink: Iceburg, Blue Velvet, Sizzling Silver Color Solutions Alcohol Ink (Dreamweaver Stencils)

Extras: border punch (Martha Stewart); Canadian Blue Glitter Ritz (Elizabeth Crafts); die (Spellbinders), thermal acetate, Winter Wonderland Embossing Powder (Stampendous); Silver Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver Stencils)

Thank you for stopping by today.  Please stop by the other team member’s blogs.  You can find the blog roll to the right of this post.

Have a great day!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Skipping Stones Designs Sketch Challenge 106 & Featured Sets of the Month Blog Hop!!!

CLICK HERE To see the Laura Weed Birthday Celebration

Welcome to Sketch Challenge #106 and a Blog Hop to feature many of the wonderful Texture Sets from Skipping Stones Designs! If you just came from JoAnn’s blog, you are in the right place. If you just happened along my blog today, start at the beginning of the hop at Skipping Stones Design. The entire hop order is there and you can hop from blog to blog with ease.

Here is the fabulous Jen Del Muro’s sketch..


My card today was super fun to make. I teamed up Timeless Textures, a bit of Pumkin Seeds Sentiments and Canvas Corp.

This month Skipping Stones Designs is featuring their texture sets. The following sets are on sale all month for $12.49…

Timeless Textures

Pumkin Seed Sentiments

Here is my take…


I used Black Stripes on Ivory cardstock from Canvas Corp and SSD Timeless Textures Texture stamps. The “Happy Birthday” sentiment is from SSD Pumkin Seeds. It is hard to see in this picture, but all of the mat cardstock and ink are a deep chocolate brown, almost black. The die cut frame is the Fleur Di Lis from Spellbinders.

Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers’ blogs. This month we are welcoming Tosha Leyendekker, Kendra Sand and Windy Robinson to our team as Guest Designers! Jen Del Muro will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the sketch we're using in today's hop!

Head over to our December Sponsor’s blog, Canvas Corp for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration!

Skipping Stones Designs

Jen Del Muro

Wendy Price

Taylor Usry

Tosha Leyendekker


Karen Baker

Shannon Teubner

Stephanie Mino

Kendra Sand

Katie Gehring

Kandi Phillips

Windy Robinson

JoAnn Valderama

Wendy Jordan <—Me!!

Canvas Corp

See you tomorrow!! Thanks for stopping by!!!

Holy Moly…..Laura Weed is ….

Happy Birthday my dear friend !!!! I hope your birthday is THE BEST YET!!!

I can’t wait for a few short weeks when I get to see you in person.  Please take me to a restaurant that has GREAT margarita’s and I will buy you one!!

Happy Birthday Laura….I made this today, with only you in mind, and our challenge, and our challenge prize!!!!



Happy Birthday


I also played along with this months Stampendous Color Challenge.  Use three of these four colors on your project, pink, cream, gold, brown.

I got three in there!!!  You can play along too at Stampendous Impressions.  Link up  your project and you can win the set that I used in Laura’s card, Amore Frame.


Paper: Desert Storm (Neenah); Pink (Bazzill)

Stamps: Amore Frame (Stampendous)

Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko), Walnut Stain (Ranger)

Stampendous Essentials: Detail White Embossing Powder, Aged Gold Embossing Powder, Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel

Extras: pearls (Creative Impressions); liquid pearls (Ranger)

See you tomorrow!!

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Stampendous Saturday Color Challenge

It's the second Saturday of December, and the Stampendous team is playing along with a color challenge…to use pink, cream, gold, and/or brown in a card or project. The colors can be by way of papers, coloring implements, inks, and/or any of the fabulous Stampendous Essentials. If you've been stuck in a traditional holiday color mode, this is your opportunity to think outside the Christmas crayon box! Please join us in our challenge this month, and link your creation(s) to the InLinkz located on the Stampendous Impressions' blog (or any team member's blog post that has the collection at the bottom). You don't have to use Stampendous images and/or products on your designs…but we sure love it when you do! You have until January 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST to enter your creation, for the opportunity to be the one lucky random winner to receive this fabulous Stampendous prize, the Amore Frames Perfectly Clear set…

Today I chose to share a creation from the Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamp Set Damask Chair and Elegant Borders.


To start, cut a card base and stamped the 1/2 inch scroll border with Versamark around the edge.  Sprinkle Detail Gold Embossing Powder over the stamped image and heat set with a heat tool.  Stamp your focal image on cream cardstock with Versamark and sprinkle Stampendous Vintage Mahogany Embossing Powder over the top.  Heat with a heat tool.

I tied a seam binding ribbon with a vintage button, pearls in the corners. 


Paper: Mauve Ice, Simply Smooth Ivory, Kraft (Bazzill Basics)

Stamps: Perfectly Clear Damask Chair, Elegant Borders (Stampendous)

Extras: Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Vintage Mahogany Embossing Powder (Stampendous); seam binding, button (craft supply); pearls (Creative Impressions)

The rest of the team has been working hard on their pink, cream, brown and gold creations.  They would love for your to check out their blogs and a lot of the team is offering Stampendous Blog Candy.  You want to throw your name in the hat for that.

Stampendous Impressions
Taylor Usry  (blog candy)
Pam Hornschu (blog candy)
Wendy Jordan

Jenn Dove  (blog candy)
Melinda Gleissner
Suzanne Czosek (blog candy)
Cyndi Bundy (blog candy)
Kristine Reynolds

Janelle Stollfus

Jennifer Ingle

Wendy Price

Jennie Lin Eiger Black

We can’t wait to see what you create with our challenge.  Please link up your blog post to Stampendous Impresssion!!

Have a great day!!!

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Copic Post

Hi there!!

Today I wanted to share a few more cards that I colored!  The first two cards are made with Wee Stamps by Sylvia Zett for I Brake For Stamps.

Love at first site when I saw this collection.  I have MANY more of her her stamps on my Christmas list!!!


This card was made with the stamp Let It Snow.  I colored her up and layered her on a card base with the SEI Collection Silver Valley Patterned Paper.  A bit of lace on the sides…I like it!!!  The sentiment is from my favorite Verve Holiday Set Glad Tidings.


Paper: Mohawk White (Kelly Paper Co.); Silver Valley Collection (SEI); Bazzill

Stamps: Let It Snow (Wee Stamps for I Brake for Stamps); Glad Tidings (Verve)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black(Tsukineko); N1, N3, N4, C0, C1, C5, R000, R01, BG0000, Y00, BOO0, BOO, E000, E00, E11, E25, E31, E50 (Copic Sketch)

Lace: craft supply stash, Liquid Pearls (Ranger)

Dies: Classic Circle, Lacey Circle (Spellbinders)


Another cute Wee Stamps image called Winter Fairy.

This is simply colored and placed on a card base with some neat corner flourishes by Heartfelt Creations.


Paper: Mohawk White (Kelly Paper Co.); purple, pink (Bazzill)

Stamps: Winter Fairy (Wee Stamps for I Brake For Stamps)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); E50, E31, 325, YG63, YG67, R59, C1, B12, B14, YR68, BV000, BV01, BV02, N1, N3, N4, RV02, E000, E00, E11 (Copic Sketch Marker)

Extras: ribbon (craft supply); Classic Oval Die (Spellbinders); Corner Flourish (Heartfelt Creations); liquid pearls (Ranger)


This last creation is a card sample for a class that I am instructing in January.  It is a Fundamentals of Copic Class.  Each student will get three markers in the class and they will make two cards.  This is an image using mostly three markers and in areas, four.  This is a retired Cling Jumbo Peony stamp from Stampendous.  It is a shame that this image is retired, but you may be able to still find it at a local store or Michaels.  Stampendous has a huge line of Jumbo Cling stamps that can be colored with Copics, embossing powder, acrylic paint.  Pretty much whatever your heart desires.

If you’re interested in taking the above class, please send me an email or comment in this post with your contact information.


Paper: Mohawk White (Kelly Paper Co.)

Stamp: Cling Jumbo Peony (Stampendous)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko); RV00, RV21,RV23, RV25 (Copic Sketch)

Thank you for stopping by and taking a peek today!!

Have a great weekend!!

See you tomorrow for this month’s Color Challenge post with the Stampendous team!!!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Dreamweaver Stencil's Dream Team Thursday!!!

Good morning!!
Welcome to Dream Scheme Thursday!!!
Our challenge this week is Designer Choice or Free Theme!!

I had a bit of fun with Dreamweaver Stencils new Color Solutions Artist Grade Alcohol Ink!
I used a "smoosh" technique, at least I think that is what it is called!

I put a few drops of Iceberg, Blue Velvet and Sizzling Silver on my teflon craft sheet. I then layed my Glossy card stock , glossy side down in the inks and swirled the paper over the top of the inks. When I lifted off the paper the bluish, silvery swirl was present on the paper.
Once the inks were dry ( I sat them aside for 5 minutes or so), I pasted the Sleigh and Reindeer (LL556) stencil with Glossy Black Embossing Paste. While the paste was still wet, I sprinkled a bit of Moonstone Metallic FX Powder and silver glitter over the top of the wet paste and set it aside to dry.
Once the paste was dry, I removed all the excess glitter and Metallic FX with a Swiffer duster (my secret weapon). I sprinkled a few bits of Chunky White Embossing Enamel and heat embossed quickly from underneath the paper. I stamped Christmas Greetings with Versamark Ink and heat embossed with White Embossing Powder.

I had fun with it at least!

Since this is free theme week, I'd love for your to make any Dreamweaver creation and link it up to Dream It Up!! The entire Dream Team will stop by your blog and give you lots of love!!!

Check out what the other team members have been up to this week...

Thanks for stopping by!!
See you tomorrow!!
Cardstock: White (Georgia Pacific), Glossy Cardstock (Bazzill Basics)
Stencil: Sleigh & Reindeer (Dreamweaver Stencils)
Stamps: Christmas Greetings (Stampendous)
Extras: White Embossing Enamel, white embossing powder (Stampendous);
Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko); Iceberg, Blue Velvet, Sizzling Silver Color Solutions Ink (Dreamweaver Stencils)

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

iCopic Black Hair Challenge

Life is crazy busy for me right now and Lord knows that I don’t have time to participate at challenge blogs, but I have been struggling with coloring black hair with my markers for some time. iCopic has a great inspirational video on coloring black hair, so I decided to throw my name in the hat for the Black Hair Challenge at iCopic.

I feel the need to tell you all the issues I find wrong with my black hair, but I think I will leave you to the critiquing.

Here is the entire easel card, opened.

I am so in love with this stamp from the Whimsy Stamp Wee Collection. I picked it up from my good friend Della at I Brake For Stamps!!

Please take the time to play along over at iCopic!! This challenge really challenged me!! Loved it!!


Paper: Mohawk Bright White (Kelly Paper Co.); trio of blue (Bazzill Basics)

Stamps: Life Is Good (Verve); Silver Fairy (Whimsy Stamps)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versafine Black Onyx (Tsukineko), C1, C2, C3, C5, C6, C7, C9, E000, E00, E11, E40, E42, E43, BOOO, BOO, B02, B04 (Copic Sketch Markers) glitter pen (Copic Spika)

Extras: Silver Halo Glitter (Stampendous), ric rak, seam binding (etsy), border punch (MS)

Thanks for taking a peek today!! I hope you have time to join in the challenge!

Enjoy your day!


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Skipping Stones Designs Sketch Challenge #105

Oh my goodness, I can’t believe it is December already!!

We have a brand new sketch this week and Jen Del Muro as our December Sketch Artist!!

Here is her first fabulous sketch…


and my creation…


This month Skipping Stones Designs is teamed up with Canvas Corp to showcase their fabulous paper crafting products and how GREAT they work with Skipping Stones Designs stamps!!!

Today I used Skipping Stones Designs Holiday Cats with Naughty or Nice on Kraft patterned paper from Canvas Corp. I stitched the darling Mini Kraft bags from Canvas Corp to the base of the card stick and adhered two cut out medallions from the patterned paper. I colored the darling kitty with my Copics and added the “Santa Approved” medallion with the tiny green cloths pin.

Take a peek and the Canvas Corp blog and see how they have been using our stamps and the rest of our fabulous team…

Canvas Corp


JoAnn Valderama

Kandi Phillips

Karen Baker

Katie Gehring

Stephanie Mino

Shannon Teubner

Taylor Usry

Wendy Price

and Our Guests…

Tosha Leyendekker

Kendra Sand

Windy Robinson

Thank you for stopping by!! I can’t wait to see what you create this week!!!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

New Stampendous Challenge and BLOG CANDY WINNERS!!!!


It's the first Saturday of the month again, and that means that the Stampendous team is playing along with a NEW monthly challenge again! This month we are playing with a color challenge…to use pink, cream, gold, and/or brown in a card or project. The colors can be by way of papers, coloring implements, inks, and/or any of the fabulous Stampendous Essentials. If you've been stuck in a traditional holiday color mode, this is your opportunity to think outside the Christmas crayon box! Please join us in our challenge this month, and link your creation(s) to the InLinkz located on the Stampendous Impressions' blog (or any team member's blog post that has the collection at the bottom). You don't have to use Stampendous images and/or products on your designs…but we sure love it when you do! You have until January 5, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST to enter your creation, for the opportunity to be the one lucky random winner (US winners only) to receive this fabulous Stampendous prize, the Amore Frames Perfectly Clear set..

Here is my card…


Have I told you all how much I LOVE Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel???  Here’s a close up…


This is such a fun color combination to play with.  First I stamped the Jumbo Cling Song Bird, just the leafy part of the stamp with Versamark and stamped right on the card base.  I sprinkled Ivory Embossing Powder and heat set.  The frame is a die cut.  I needed a gold piece to my puzzle, so once it was cut out, I covered the surface with Versamark and sprinkled Detail Gold Embossing Powder over the top and heat set it.  Last but not least I got to use my Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel.  I stamped just the bird with Versamark, sprinkled the Shabby Pink Enamel over the top with some Gold Halo Glitter and started melting from underneath the paper.  It was “Fran*taging” a bit, but not the whole 9 yards.

Oh my heart goes pitter patter….LOVE!!

I adhered all the layers to my card base and added a sweet tag sentiment from the Rose Branch Border Perfectly Clear Set, and  some fab ribbon from May Arts.

Check out what the rest of the team has been up to this week!!  Rush off to your studio, create some beautiful creations with brown, cream, gold and pink and link it up at Stampendous Impressions !


Taylor Usry

Pam Hornschu 

Wendy Jordan  <----You’re Here!!

Jenn Dove

Suzanne Czosek

Krissy Fossmeyer 

Lynn Mercurio

Stephanie Lee

Cyndi Bundy --

Kristine Reynolds

Janelle Stollfus 

Jennie Lin Eiger Black

Jennifer Ingle


I have a few winners to announce from my last week of Blog Candy. 

I want to Thank You all so much for following, reading and commenting on my posts.  It makes my day to read your comments and sometimes makes me teary eyed!!

God Bless you ALL…

OK…WINNERS….if you’re a winner, please email me ( with your mailing address and I will get your prizes off!!

Stampendous Blog Candy Winner….Annette

Dreamweaver Stencils Blog Candy Winner…Lillian Child

Skipping Stones Designs Blog Candy Winner….terriavidreader

Have a great weekend!!!

Happy stamping!!!


Stamps: Rose Branch Border, Cling Jumbo Songbird (Stampendous)

Paper: Desert Storm (Neenah)

Ink: Versamark (Tsukineko)

Die Cut: Polynesian Doily Frame (Cheery Lynn Designs)

Extras: Shabby Pink Embossing Enamel, Detail Gold Embossing Powder, Ivory Embossing Powder, Gold Halo Glitter (Stampendous); ribbon (May Arts)

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Welcome to Dreamweaver Dream Scheme Thursday & **BLOG CANDY!!

Good morning!!

Today is our Color Challenge with the Dreamweaver Stencil Design Team.  Our challenge this week is Turquoise and Silver, a fabulous combination for Christmas.


For my card today, I used the LX Large Damask stencil on a background made with Sizzling Silver and Iceberg Color Solutions Alcohol Ink.  I only used about a quarter of the stencil on the background.  I used Metallic Silver Embossing Paste.  At the top  used a Christmas Sentiment stamp.

This entire week, I have been offering blog candy from my three favorite companies,  Dreamweaver Stencils, Stampendous and Skipping Stones Designs.  You can see all the offering on the links below.  Three lucky followers will win the prize indicated on Saturday, December 3rd.  To win the prizes, please leave me a comment and make sure that your following!!!

Dreamweaver Stencils Blog Candy Post

Stampendous Blog Candy Post

Skipping Stones Designs Blog Candy Post

Please take a peek at the team’s blog today for some more fabulous Dreamweaver Stencil inspiration!!

Dream It Up – Lynell Harlow









Rush over to your craft studio and create something fabulous with our color challenge.  Link up your creation at Dream It Up.

Have a great day!!!


Stencil: Large Damask (Dreamweaver Stencils)

Stamp: Christmas Wishes Perfectly Clear Stamps (Stampendous)

Paper: Glossy Paper (Ranger), black (Bazzill)

Extras: Iceberg, Sizzling Silver Color Solutions Alcohol Ink, Metallic Silver Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver Stencils); Sterling Silver Embossing Powder (Stampendous); ribbon (craft supply)

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Skipping Stones Designs Sketch Challenge #104 & **Blog Candy**!!!

Good morning!!

I am so excited to share Chan’s sketch this week!! It’s a beauty!!

I also have TWO SETS of FREE Skipping Stones Designs stamps to give away to one lucky follower!!!

First off, here is my card…


Chan’s Sketch…


This week’s sketch worked perfectly with the set of stamps that I wanted to use for my Dad’s 71st birthday card, Holy Carp.

I had a great time coloring the image with my Copics and the sentiments are sooo, my father. This is a great set for any guy in your family that loves fishing!!!

I wanted to remind everyone, that I have THREE great Blog Candy prizes this week!! If you scroll down, you can see my blog candy from Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencils. I will be giving away all prizes this Saturday, December 3rd. Please check back to see if you’re a winner.

The two sets that Heather from Skipping Stones Designs has generously offered are Rustic Tiles, November’s Featured Set of the Month and SSD’s newest release Christmas Song.

To win these two sets or the other prizes from the fabulous sponsors, just leave a comment and follow my blog. Check back on Saturday to see if you’re the winner of one of the prizes!!!

Check out how the rest of the team saw Chan’s sketch…

Chan Vuong

Betsy Veldman

Jessica Griffin

Jimmi Mayo


JoAnn Valderama

Kandi Phillips

Karen Baker

Katie Gehring

Stephanie Mino

Wendy Price

Please play along this week for your chance to win a FREE set of stamps with our Sketch Challenge #104. Link your creation up the Skipping Stones Designs blog!! We can’t wait to see what you create!!!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Stampendous Chipboard Challenge & **FREE** Stampendous Goodies!!!

Happy Saturday!!!

Today is Stampendous Saturday!!  A quick reminder of our Chipboard Challenge that you still have time to participate in.  Check out Stampendous Inspirations where you can link your projects!!!

A few days ago, I posted that once 300 people decided to follow my blog, I would start giving away AMAZING products from the FABULOUS companies I design for, Stampendous, Dreamweaver Stencils and Skipping Stones Designs stamps.

Today being Stampendous Saturday, the set of stamps that I am going to give away is Stampendous Cling Postcard Greetings…

Isn’t it fantastic???

Here is an example of this little beauty in action…


Did you see yesterday’s Dreamweaver Stencil’s post??

I am giving away two Dreamweaver stencils, one this fabulous Heliconia Butterfly and a Happy Birthday sentiment stencil…

Here are a couple examples of these stencils in action…



On Tuesday, I will announcing my Skipping Stones Designs giveaway!!

Next Saturday, I will announce the winners of all three giveaways.  I would love for you to pass along the Blog Candy that I am giving away, sooo  post these giveaway’s on your blog and then leave me a comment telling me you did so!!

My good friend Lynn Mercurio is also giving away some Stampendous Blog Candy.  Please check our Stamperosity.

Thank you for following my work!!  I look forward to filling my blog with inspiring creations from the FABULOUS companies I work for in 2012!!  I hope you will join me!!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

**BLOG CANDY** Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Scheme Thursday!!!

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Not just today, but everyday, I have so much to be thankful for!!  I am thankful for my wonderful family, a great Husband, four fabulous kids, three dogs, the list goes on and on!!!

I am thankful to work for a fabulous lady, Lynell Harlow and her AMAZING company, Dreamweaver Stencils.  It is because of Lynell that I have the the fun, exciting, innovative job that I have!!

She gave me an opportunity a bit over a year ago that really has made me learn and grow so much. 

I have always heard those inspirational sayings about “reach for the stars and you will touch them”, but I  found out this year, for the first time in my 39 years, that those are true, they are not just inspirational sayings. 

I bought myself a wrist cuff that I wear almost daily that says “ She took a leap of FAITH, and on the way down she grew wings”.    This is what the saying looks like on the cuff.

Lenny & Eva Large Sentiment {She took a leap of FAITH....}

I love it so much, it brings tears to my eyes.  It really does say what the last year has been like for me, a leap of faith!   I want to take this opportunity to thank Lynell for making me realize that I could do things that I only dreamed about. 

Here is the the project I made today…


I dry embossed this fabulous frame Twisted Leaf Oval with Gold Aluminum and paste embossed the pretty font of the Thank You stencil.



Once the Glossy Black paste was dry, I trimmed around the aluminum frame.  I used some seriously old corner punches that I just recently recovered from a drawer and adhered my focal image to black velvet paper with dimensionals.

A few days ago, I posted that I was going to have a few giveaway’s when I reached 300 blog followers.  As a few hours ago, I had passed 300 followers and as my way of saying THANK YOU, three giveaway’s, one from each company I design for.   I am giving away a Happy Birthday and the Heliconia Butterfly stencils…

I will be announcing give-a way's today (from Dreamweaver Stencils), this Saturday (from Stampendous) and Tuesday(Skipping Stones Designs).  I will be giving away all three prizes on Saturday December 3rd!!  If you’re already a follower, great, but you can also help me get the word out by posting this giveaway on your blog and then let me know you posted in the comment section!!! 

Check out what the other members of the Dream Team are up today and you will get some fabulous inspiration on the journey.  There are links to all their blogs to the right of this post.

Have you ever thought you’d like to be on the Dream Team??? We are looking for a few gals to join us.  We want to see your creations even if you haven’t ever held a stencil in your hand.  Get all the details at Dream It Up!!

Happy Thanksgiving all!!!

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Skipping Stones Designs Sketch Challenge #103 & *BLOG CANDY*

Hey blogging friends!

It’s that time again…Sketch Tuesday with Skipping Stones Designs!!

We have another great sketch this week by Chan Vuong…


Here is my rendition…


I have been meaning to ink up the SSD All Star set for sometime now. As I sit at my desk this week…I thought…YES…this is the week!!

I simple stamped all the images, colored them and added the sentiment!! Preetty easy!!!

Please play along with the rest of the team and link up your creation using Chan’s sketch on the Skipping Stones Design blog for your chance to win a FREE SSD set next Wednesday!!!

Check out how our November Guests and Design Team members interpreted the sketch…

Chan Vuong

Betsy Veldman

Jessica Griffin

Jimmi Mayo

Jennifer Ingle (Moxie FABBER of the Year…in my book)

JoAnn Valderama

Kandi Phillips

Karen Baker

Katie Gehring

Stephanie Mino

Shannon Teubner

Taylor Usry

Wendy Price

I am only TWO followers away from 300!!! Please pass my blog along to your friends!! As soon as I hit 300 followers, I will be giving away FREE stuff from all of my favorite companies…Stampendous, Skipping Stones Designs and Dreamweaver Stencils!!!

Pass It On!!!

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Stampendous Chipboard Challenge

Here is a quick card that I made for the Stampendous October Catalog…


I stamped my focal image Cling Lone Bird (CRV237) with Memento Rich Cocoa and gave him some color with Copics.  I stamped the sentiment Cling Spring Greeting (CRV238) directly to the card stock.  I added a panel of Wild Rose Class A’ Peel’s and gave them some color with Copics.  Last but not least, I added some May Arts Ribbon.

Thanks so much for taking a peek today!!

November is Chipboard Challenge month!!  Link up your creations using Chipboard on Stampendous Impressions!!

Have a good day!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Fabulous Giveaway!!

Hi there!!!

If you love to Zentangle….you will want to rush over to this giveaway….

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team Sketch Challenge!!!

Good morning and welcome to Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Scheme Thursday post!!

Today we are challenging you to play along with our sketch challenge!!

Today I completed two cards, using four stencils!!

Here are the stencils used today are Houndstooth, Large Damask, Happy Valentine’s Day and Tolle Heart.



The result…





The third photo shows the metallic sheen that two cards have.  Stampee Crafts Metallic foil, brings your cards to life!!

The supplies that I used today were…

To get started, I dry embossed all of the cardstock that needed to be dry embossed.  I love to emboss my Dreamweaver Stencils with the Vagabond by Sizzix, but all die cutting machines on the market can be used to dry emboss metal stencils.  If the proper formula is used, embossing metal stencils is just as effective as using an embossing folder.

The stacking method that I use with the Vagabond is platform, metal stencil, card stock, Stamping Details Rubber Mat and two acrylic plates. 

Once the card stock was dry embossed, I left the Dreamweaver Stencil in place and started stamping my embossing ink all over the exposed area’s of the stencil.  This process is going to allow embossing powder to stick to the area’s that the embossing ink to sticking too.

The area’s of my card that are dry embossed and then heat set with powder are the Damask background and the Hounds tooth panel.

The focal point of my two cards, Tolle Heart and Happy Valentine's Day were also dry embossed with the Vagabond machine, embossing ink was placed over their exposed area’s and sprinkled with Stampee Crafts Bonding Powder.  I heat set the bonding powder and placed a sheet of Garnet Metallic Foil over each image, placed it in between a folded sheet of copy paper and ran it though a hot laminator, a quilting iron would also work well.  The heat mixed with the pressure heats up the bonding powder, to allow the metallic foil to stick.  After the heating process, peel off the foil and where your bonding powder was applied, foil will stick.  It is important to remove all excess bits of bonding powder.  Some of it you can’t see and then foil will stick there.  It is permanently adhered also.  Scraping it off, doesn’t work!!!

You can may see small areas on my project that I have covered up with white gel pen. 

If you want a bit more information on Stampee Crafts Metallic & Holographic Foils you can see an review that I wrote shortly after Winter 2011 CHA HERE.

Have you ever thought you’d like to join the Dream Team??  Now is your chance.  Dreamweaver Stencils is having a 2012 Design Team call.  Not only are the products you get to work with AMAZING, you will meet some amazing gals that will inspire you every day!!!  I encourage all levels of crafters to apply.  No special skills necessary.  Get all of the information on  how to apply HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Please take the time to visit the other members of the team’s blogs.  You will find a blog roll to the right of this post.  Don’t forget to link your creation to Dream It Up, Lynell Harlow’s blog!!  I can’t wait to see your creation!

Have a great day!!!