Thursday, June 30, 2011

Dreamweaver Stencil Color Way Challenge Purple and Yellow

Good morning!! 

Welcome to Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Scheme Thursday!!  Today the lovely Laura Drahozal has chosen a Purple and Yellow color way challenge for us.


I was going a few different ways with this card, and when I got it all together, I was thinking that it was quite quirky.  I love the Double Glitter technique and I love Yellow matte paste on purple velvet.  I guess that’s why they call it a challenge!!

Please take the time to see the other Dreamweaver Design Team members creations today.  You can see a list of their blogs to the right of this post!

Thanks for stopping in today!!

Check back on Saturday July 2nd for a really fun, lot of prizes to be had Summer Blog Hop!!

See you then!!!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Stampendous Daisies….

Hi there…..quickie post today, to share my daughter’s birthday card I made for her a few weeks ago.


This was such a fun and easy card to make.  Here are some easy directions…

1.  Stamp your flowers on card stock twice and color with preferred color medium.

2.  Cut out one set of just the flower blossoms.  Cut down other set of colored flowers to be the size you need for your card base.

3.  Adhere cut flower blossoms to card front to give your flowers dimension.

4.  Stamp sentiment, matte card front to coordinating card stock and wahh—laaaa!!  Success!!!

Here are the supplies that I used on my card:

Stamps:  Daisy Stems (SSC1105) and Birthday Assortment (SSC1115) (Stampendous)

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), YR15, 17, 18 (Copic Maker)

Paper:  Bazzill Basics

Thanks for stopping by today.  I hope you have a great day and plan on joining my Saturday, July 2nd for  a Summer BLOG HOP!!  Lots of prizes to give away.  You may even see one or two fabulous creations from Stampendous!!

See you there!!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch 82 Tuesday…

Good morning SSD fans!!!

Today is bittersweet!!  We  have a great new sketch, but this will be the last of Latisha Yoast’s  sketches. 

Here is this week’s beauty…

I love the fun shape of this card.   

Here is  mine….


I had a great time using two sets this week, Cancer Schmancer and Pumpkin Seeds Sentiments.

Play along with our sketch challenge and upload your creation to the SSD blog.

Take the time to visit the other Skipping Stones Design Team members blogs….they will have some fabulous eye candy for you…









and our Guests….




Thanks for taking a peek!!!  I hope you all have a super day!1

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Dreamweaver Stencils Free Theme Week!!

Good morning!!

This week is Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Team’s Free Theme week and what that means is that we are free to create what our little heart desires!!  This week my heart desired to use sludge pasting and color a Zentangle.


My card today was fun and light and didn’t take long to make at all.  I chose three stencils, Celebrate Script(LS 90), Party Lanterns (LL550) and Mosaic Swirls (LJ901).

For my sludge pasting, I chose Glossy Red, Matte Orange and Matte Yellow.  I used Lynell Harlow’s “platform pasting” technique by taping down my stencil, making a hinge and adding another piece of tape to the top of my hinge.  I then used a “dollop” of each color of paste on the “platform”.  With my palette knife, I spread the paste like frosting on a cake.  I loved the end result.  I then pasted “Celebrate” with Glossy Red Paste.

Once my paste was dry, I spritzed with Bright Gold Memory Mist from Stewart Superior.  You can see where I got a couple of droplets in the corners.  I was upset at first, but after the card was complete.  I liked the effect.  That will teach me to continue spraying when I know the bottle is about gone!!

Since being introduced to Zentangle a few months ago by Design Team Sister Pam Hornschu and Lynell Harlow, I have bought four books and a slew of pens.  I am loving it way too much.  I also have three classes scheduled to show other’s how to Zentangle.

Here a card I made a few days ago…


I simply traced the Boot (LG660) with a Copic Multiliner Pen and started doodling in the inside of the stencil.  Once I had finished “Zentangling”, I started to color the images with the lightest color of Letraset Markers I had.  I used Letraset ProMarkers Rubber Stamping 1 set.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look today at my “free” creations.  I hope you have the time to stop by the other members of the Dream Team and see what they are up too today.  There is a list of links to the right of this post, where you can find them.

Have a great day!!!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch 81!!

Good morning!!

Welcome to Skipping Stones Design Sketch 81!! This week Latisha Yoast, June’s Sketch Artist, has designed such a fun circle card. I was so tempted to make another easel card, but I didn’t. Here is my card…


I used Chic Martini as my stamp choices this week. I love this set. It brings back so many memories of my girlfriends and I sitting on my sunny patio drinking our cares away with martini’s…dirty of course!! Ahhh….the difference a decade makes.

Here is Latisha’s sketch…

Please take the time to see what all of the Skipping Stones Design Stamp Tramps have created this week…









and our Guests…




I hope you have a super day and thanks for stopping by!!!

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dreamweaver Stencils Father’s Day Sketch Challenge!!

Good morning!!! 

Today Deborah March has brought us a FUN sketch to use for our Father’s Day themed cards. 

Making masculine cards with Dreamweaver Stencils has never been easier.  Dreamweaver has a lot of choices for male themes. 

The background that I chose for my card today is such a versatile stencil, it can be used for any occasion.


I started with LJ849, Bare Trees and a piece of gold aluminum.  I embossed the aluminum in a die cutting machine, using the same method that is used when embossing paper.  Once embossed, I simply sanded the raised top .

The Gold Leafing technique is so fun with such fabulous results.  I pasted embossed LM 2003, Fishing Fly with Gold Embossing Paste.  Once dry, I replaced the stencil over the dry paste and applied Palette Glue Pad to the entire surface.  Using my heat tool, I applied heat to the glue until it became tacky enough to stick to my finger.  I then placed gold leafing over the surface and whisked away all the precious gold pieces. 

Here is the sketch by Deborah…

Sketch 7 Fathers Day June 16 by Deborah

We would love for you to play along with our sketch this week.  Make a card using Dreamweaver Stencils and Deborah’s sketch and post it over at Dream It Up, Lynell Harlow’s blog.

Please take a look at the other Dreamweaver Stencil Design Team’s posts today.  They are all fabulous designers and will all of a different take of the same sketch!  You can find  a list of their blogs to the right of this post! 

Have a great Thursday!!!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch 80 & a Birthday Wish!!


Welcome to Sketch Challenge 80 and the release of Dogs Vol 1! If you just came from Kandi’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.



Be sure to hop along and leave comments on all the fabulous designers blogs.  This month we are welcoming the super talented Latisha Yoast, Dina Kowal and Karin Akesdotter to our team as Guest Designers! Latisha will be providing all the fabulous sketch inspiration this month including the awesome sketch we're using in today's hop!

Head over to Amy’s blog for some more Skipping Stones Design inspiration!

Latisha Yoast

Ann Kranitz

Karin Akesdotter

Tamera Beaton

Barb Turpin

Dina Kowal

Kandi Phillips

Wendy Jordan

Amy Tsuruta

Jennifer Ingle

Brenda Weaver

Gladys Chia

I wanted to take this time wish Heather, owner and illustrator of Skipping Stones Design a Happy Birthday!! 

I hope you have a great day!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

New Cling Jumbo Stamp and Stampendous Blog Hop!!! Prizes to be WON!!!!

Good morning friends!!!

To me, this is a great way to kick off a weekend.

13 fabulous blogs to visit, all in a row, all featuring Stampendous goodness. If your arriving from Trudee’s blog, then you are in the right place.

The Stampendous Design Team as well as the Stampendous Blog Stars are each featuring creations with the *NEW* Cling Jumbo Stamps and boy are they fabulous!!!

You would not believe how these stamps practically make the cards themselves!!!! That may be a slight exaggeration, but the stamps are very easy to use. Don’t let the words “JUMBO” scare you. The slim Jumbo Handle is easier to maneuver than the other acrylic blocks. It is slim enough to hold in one hand and stamp!!

Here is how you can *WIN* your own Cling Jumbo Stamps. Stampendous is generously giving a set of NEW Cling Jumbo stamps and a Jumbo Handle to SIX lucky winners.

Your end of the bargain is that you will visit all the blogs along the hop and leave comments!! You must leave a comment on each participants blog to be eligible to win.

Here is what you can win…♥

Cling Jumbo Dogwood Set

Cling Jumbo Tiger Lily Set

Cling Jumbo Tulip Set

I chose the Cling Jumbo Tulip set for my project.


This is such a fabulous image, I wanted to keep the design simple.

Here are some the simple steps I took to make my card…

1. Stamp your image on white cardstock with a black ink you can color with. I chose to color my image with Tombow markers.

2. Cut out your image and set aside. Stamp the focal image again on your background card stock with an embossing ink. Sprinkle desired embossing powders over the embossing ink. I chose Ruby Red, Chinese Red and Clear Lemon, all from Stampendous. Heat with your heat tool.

3. Using a sponge finger dauber I added some color around the embossed image and used a brown ink to highlight the edges. Stamp your sentiment.

4. Go back to the cut out image and using dimensionals, adhere the image just a bit off center from the embossed background. Adhere to your card base and ~Tah-Dahh~

Supplies used:

Card Size: 5.5 x 5.5

Card Stock: White (Kelly Paper Co.), Sunshine (Bazzill Paper Co.)

Stamps: Cling Jumbo Tulip Set (CRS5012-Stampendous), Happy Messages (SSC109-Stampendous)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark, Versafine Black Onyx (Tsukineko), Walnut Stain, Mustard Seed, Spiced Marmalade, Fired Brick (Ranger), Markers 025,856,946 (Tombow)

Extras: Chinese Red, Ruby Red , Clear Lemon Embossing Powder (Stampendous), Jumbo Handle (Stampendous)








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Wendy P





Rush off to Wendy P’s Paper, Ink and Smiles. You will find some something to please there for sure!!!

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you enjoy the hop!!!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Scheme Thursday!!! Free Week!!

Click here to read my Skipping Stones Design Tips & Tricks Thursday Post!!

Good morning blogging friends!!

I love Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Scheme Thursdays FREE WEEK!! Not only because I can post any Dreamweaver creation that I have made, but I ♥LOVE♥ seeing what my design team sisters have made. Pssst….here is a secret….they are all wildly talented!!!

Back in April, my friend and owner of Dreamweaver Stencils Lynell Harlow, as well as Pam Hornschu traveled to Phoenix for an art show and were introduced to Zentangle. At first glance of the cards that they posted on their blogs, I was mind boggled and thought that their level of artistic talent was well over my head.

I didn’t give it another thought until I ran into a book about Zentangle at a local book store. I felt compelled to pick this book up and give it try. Here is my accomplishment….


Here are some simple tips to get you started with your first Zentangle card…

1. Use a stencil with an open area to “Zentangle” on.

2. Use a fine tipped, black pen such a Copic Multiliner 1, 03 or 05. Some other great pens are Sakura Micron 01.

3. Trace the outline of the stencil with your fine tipped pen. The Apron (LG736) Stencil is already divided into squares, so I didn’t have to divide the area’s where I would Zentangle.

4. I started “doodling” in each open area. I did have the Zentangle Basics Book to help me with doodling ideas. I found out that I am not the master doodler I thought I was. When I doodle, I doodle one design and in this case, that would make for a boring card.

I hope that you will give Zentangle a try. It is a relaxing way to get through the boring hunting and fishing shows my hardworking husband wants to watch at night!!

Since it is Free Theme Week, I am going to throw in another card that I made a while back and I just came across the picture in my camera.


Gosh I hope I haven’t posted this before…. Here are some simple instructions…

1. Paste embossed the Boot (LG660) with Regular Embossing Paste (DEP), and once the paste was dry, I replaced the stencil and colored it with Frayed Burlap Distress Ink (Tim Holtz).

2. Once I reached the desired color of the boot, I placed the Damask stencil (LJ907) precisely where and what I wanted pasted, masked off the rest of the area with removable tape and pasted the damask with Metallic Copper Embossing Paste (DCP).

3. After a few embellies and a stamped sentiment….project complete.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!! Please take the time to see what fabulous creations my design team sisters have made this week. A list of their blogs is on the right of this post.

I hope you have a fabulous DAY!!!

Monday, June 6, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Sketch Challenge 79 and a *NEW* Sketch Artist!!!

Good morning!!

Thanks you so much for joining me in welcoming our three new Guest’s this month as well as a new sketch!!!!

June’s sketch Artist is Latisha Yoast and she has created this beauty to get June off to a *FUN* start…

I would also like to extend a warm Skipping Stones Design welcome to Dina Kowal and Karin Ã…kesdotter.

In addition to Latisha’s fabulous sketch I was very drawn to the colors of this week’s CR84FN color challenge…

Here is my creation….


Supply List:

Card Stock: Petal Soft (Bazzill Basics Paper), Whisper White (Stampin’ Up)

Stamps: Pumpkin Seeds Sentiments & Friendly Fruits (Skipping Stones Designs)

Ink: Pear Pizazz (Stampin’ Up), Memento Tuxedo Black (Tsukineko), Copic Markers

Dies: XL Coved Rectangle Scalloped Stackers (Cherry Lynn Designs)

Ribbon: Dotted Lime Organdy (Creative Impressions)

Please take the time to see what the other SSD Design Team Members have created this week with our fabulous sketch challenge….









and our Guests….




I hope you have a great day and enjoy seeing all the fabulous work from the designers.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

My Son??? Class of 2011….YIKES!!!

I can’t believe it!! My son is graduating from High School today!! So bittersweet!!! I am so proud of him and happy for him, but on the other hand, I want him to stay home and so we can fight with each other for the rest of your lives….just kidding!!!

Here is the card that I created for him….


I used the Dreamweaver Plaid Stencil (LX7002), sentiment stamp from Flourishes and the eagle stamp is from Sutter Enterprises. To make the plaid, I used the fabulous Glossy Blue and Metallic Gold Embossing paste (thanks for the great idea Lori Harris).

Here’s to you my SON!!! I love you and I couldn’t be prouder!!!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Skipping Stones Design Feature Friday!!

Good morning!!

Today I am featuring an older stamp set from Skipping Stones Design called Home of the Brave

My son is graduating from High School tomorrow and has enrolled in the United States Army.  It has been on my mind a lot lately about what it takes to be an American Soldier and the thought process that was behind his deciding that the Army was right for him.

I am so proud of him for the decision he made.  It has not been very easy for me to watch this process. 

Today I made this card, using Home of the Brave by Skipping Stones Design


The background was made using a resist technique and Tim Holtz Distress Stains.  First I stamped on my cardstock with Versamark and embossed Detail White Embossing Powder on them.  I then simply started daubing color from the Distress Stain wherever I wanted it.  The stains wiped off with a paper towel where I wanted to remove it from.  The Distress Stain dries quickly also.  I spritzed some beautiful gold shimmer of the entire background.  It wiped off with a paper towel where I wanted to remove it from.  I stamped the flag and sentiment.  It was that easy. 

Home of the Brave from Skipping Stones Design is on *sale* right now for $12.49!!

Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by today and peek at me card.  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!!!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Dreamweaver Stencil Dream Scheme Thursday Color way Challenge!

Good morning!!!  Welcome to Dreamweaver Stencils Dream Scheme Thursday!  Today we have a beautiful color challenge by my friend Pam Hornschu.  Lavender and Gray.  Beeeeutiful!!!

Here is my card…




I started by creating a Scalloped Circle Easel card base.  Fun in itself.  I die cut a circle to fit inside of the card and one for the outside of the card.  The outside of the card, I stamped with Timeless Textures (Skipping Stones Design) and then pasted on top of the stamping with Dreamweaver Stencil’s Treble Clef (LM226).  The paste is a beautiful pearly lavender color that I easily made by mixing Pearlescent Paste and Purple Satin Metallic FX, also by Dreamweaver Stencils.

The inside of the card was simply stamped with the Cling Wavy Music Stamp (Stampendous) and the sentiment.

The outer rims of the card were decorated with Pewter and Lavender Liquid Pearls by Ranger.

I hope you would take the time to see what the other members of the Dream Team are up to this morning.  You can find a list of their blogs to the right of this post!!! 

I hope you have a super day!!