Monday, December 11, 2017

Holly Pup

The countdown to Christmas has begun! Hopefully you are well on your way to finishing up your holiday preparations (who am I kidding, right!). The Stampendous Design Team is sharing some of our favorite holiday creations featuring the beautiful Laurel Burch collection. We hope you enjoy them!



Stampendous:
LBCW009 Cling LB Holly Pup
SSCL106 LB Cardinal Border PCS
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Acrylic Handle
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Plus:
My Color Cardstock - Caribbean Sea
Kraft Cardstock
BoBunny Turquoise Double Dots 12TD300
Copic Markers - E31, E35, E39, R22, R29, Y17, BG13, G17, 100
Foam Tape

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of Caribbean Sea cardstock in half to form an A7 card
Step 2: Use the Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the Holly Pum on a 4" x 4" piece of white, color with Copic Markers
Step 3:  Cut out the image along the black frame cutting around the holly and dog, edge with Copic 100
Step 4:  Stamp the sentiment from the Cardinal Border set on a 1 3/8" x 1 7/8" piece of white, color with Copic markers, stamp 2 sets of holly leaves from the set on white, color and cut out
Step 5:    Cut a 4 1/2" x 5" piece of Kraft, tear the bottom edge, adhere to the card front near the top
Step 6:  Cut a 4" x 4" piece of the Turquoise dots, edge with BG13, adhere to the kraft mat
Step 7: Adhere a 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" piece of Caribbean Sea to a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" piece of Kraft and adhere both to the dotted mat
Step 8:  Use foam tape to add the Holly Pup to the card
Step 9:  Adhere a 1 5/8" x 2 1/8" piece of Turquoise dots to a 1 3/4" x 2 1/4" piece of Kraft, adhere the sentiment to the dots, add the cut out holly pieces to two corners, use foam tape to add the sentiment to the lower right corner

See the Stampendous Blog for more Laurel Burch samples.

Happy Creating,
Louise

Friday, December 8, 2017

Festive Season!

December is already flying by as I try to stay organized getting holiday decorations in place, attend holiday parties, finish my shopping...well, you get the picture! But no matter how crazy life may get during the holidays, I LOVE IT! It's a time for friends, family and helping others. I wouldn't trade a minute of it!

This week the Stampendous Design Team is sharing projects for our "Merry and Bright" theme. This sample I created for the July catalog features the beautiful Laurel Burch Heavenly Holiday Cling Die Set in what are definitely Merry and Bright colors!


Stampendous:
LBCLD01 LB Heavenly Holiday Cling Die Set
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Acrylic Handle
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Plus:
My Color Cardstock - Plum
Copic Markers - R29, YR09, B04, B28, YG67, Y17, V15, E31, 100
Radiant Neon Inks - Electric Orange, E. Yellow, E. Purple, E. Blue
Foam Tape
Die Cut Machine

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Plum cardstock in half to form an A2 card
Step 2: Use the Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the images from the LB Heavenly Holiday set on white cardstock, be sure to leave space around the saying for die cutting, color with Copic Markers
Step 3:  Cut out the bow leaving gentle curves all the way around
Step 4:    Tear around the sentiment, edge with 100
Step 5:   Die cut the bird
Step 6:  Swipe the Radiant Neon inks in a verticle random pattern on a 3" x 5 1/2" piece of white cardstock, tear the right edge, adhere toward the left side of the card front
Step 7:  Adhere the bow on the colorful mat, use foam tape to add the bird and sentiment

There are more Merry and Bright samples over at the Stampendous Blog.

Happy Creating,
Louise

Monday, December 4, 2017

Merry and Bright!

December is already flying by as I try to stay organized getting holiday decorations in place, attend holiday parties, finish my shopping...well, you get the picture! But no matter how crazy life may get during the holidays, I LOVE IT! It's a time for friends, family and helping others. I wouldn't trade a minute of it!

This week the Stampendous Design Team is sharing projects for our "Merry and Bright" theme. Stampendous released this gorgeous Pine Ornaments stamp in July. It is beautiful stamped and colored, but as soon as I saw it, I knew I had to do Fran's melted embossing powders technique for a dimensional impression. The picture can't begin to do it justice, it turned out just as I imagined.


Stampendous:
CRP306 Cling Pine Ornaments Stamp
FREG004 Deep Impressions Chunky Embossing Enamels
FREG027 Shabby White Embossing Enamel
DP102 Detail Gold Embossing Powder
Acrylic Handle

Plus:
Cream Cardstock
Kraft Cardstock
VersaMark Ink
Brilliance Ink - Coffee Bean
Krylon 18kt Gold Leafing Pen
Heat Tool
Pancake Griddle
Foam Tape

Instructions:
Step 1:  Heat an electric pancake griddle to 350 degrees, place a small non-stick craft mat on the griddle
Step 2:  Place a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2" piece of Cream Cardstock on the craft mat and spoon some Clear Deep Impressions embossing enamel in the center area about the size of the stamp, cover with a glass cover so you can see it melting
Step 3: Sprinkle the melting enamel with Shabby White Embossing Enamel and continue to melt (See complete instructions in Fran's book "Embossing Powder Techniques from A to Z")
Step 4:  Ink the Pine Ornaments stamp with VersaMark, then with a good coat of Coffee Bean and set aside
Step 5:  When the powders are melted, carefully remove the craft mat with the melted powders and stamp the Pine Ornaments image into the hot powders, let cool slightly, then carefully remove the stamp, let enamel cool and harden, clean your stamp
Step 6:  Tear the right and bottom edges, use a Gold Leafing Pen along the top and left edges
Step 7:  Fold a 7" x 10" piece of Kraft cardstock in half to form an A7 card
Step 8:  Ink the Pine Ornaments with VersaMark and stamp the front of the card in the upper left corner, re-ink and continue stamping the image in the other three corners around the card, sprinkle with the Detail Gold Embossing Powder, heat set
Step 9: Adhere a 4 1/8" x 5 1/2" piece of Cream cardstock to the card front, then use foam tape to add the Pine Ornaments image

See the Stampendous Blog for more Merry and Bright inspiration!

Happy Creating,
Louise

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Spirit of Christmas

This week the Stampendous Design Team is sharing designs for our theme "The Reason for the Season". Today I'm sharing the beautiful Nativity Stencil paired with the Spirit of Christmas stamp. The combination of dark blue, silver and white create an elegant card to share with friends and family during this beautiful season.


Supplies:

Stampendous:
CRH321 Spirit of Christmas
MGK04 Valentine Micro Glitter Set - Silver, Crystal
EK01 Aspen Embossing Kit - Silver Tinsel
MMW811 Mixed Media White Paper
EPA50 HT400 Embossing Heat Tool

Dreamweaver:
DWLL554 Nativity Stencil

Plus:
My Color Cardstock Velvet Night
Double sided mounting paper
VersaMark Ink
Creative Impressions 1/4" Light Silver Gray Glimmer Ribbon 70267
Copic marker W6
Foam Tape

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 6" x 9 1/2" piece of Velvet Night cardstock in half to form an A6 card
Step 2: Cut a 2 1/4" x 5 3/4" piece of Velvet Night and adhere a 2" x 5 1/2" piece of Double sided mounting paper to the center of it, leaving a blue edge all around
Step 3:  Cut a 2 1/2" x 6" piece white cardstock and adhere a 2 1/2" x 6" piece of double sided mounting paper to it
Step 4:   Cut a 2" x 2 3/4" piece of white cardstock and adhere a 2" x 2 3/4" piece of double sided mounting paper to it
Step 5:  Pat VersaMark all over the back of the Nativity Stencil
Step 6: Remove the release paper from the double sided mounting paper (on the blue paper) and carefully place the stencil on the sticky surface with the VersaMark side against the sticky surface, use a piece of release paper to press the stencil in place
Step 7:  Apply Silver glitter to the design, rub it in a little, tap off extra
Step 8: Turn the glittered image face down on a paper towel and carefully peel the paper off the stencil making sure to keep the stencil flat on the table, apply the Crystal glitter to the background, tap off extra
Step 9: Remove the release papers on the other two pieces with the double sided mounting paper and apply Silver glitter to them, rub it down well, edge each with W6 marker
Step 10:  Adhere the Nativity image to the larger Silver piece, adhere to the front of the card near the bottom
Step 11:  Wrap a piece of the silver ribbon around the card near the top and adhere with Mini Glue Dots, add a small silver bow
Step 12:  Stamp the Spirit of Christmas on a 1 1/2" x 2 1/4" piece of white with VersaMark, sprinkle with the Silver Tinsel Embossing Powder, tap off extra, heat set
Step 13:  Adhere the saying to the small blue mat then the small piece of Silver
Step 14:  Use Foam Tape to add the saying image to the card front

The team has more samples to share with you. Check the Stampendous Blog for a list of today's designers.

Happy Creating,
Louise

Monday, November 27, 2017

Blessed Nativity

Well Thanksgiving is over and we are quickly changing gears to Christmas! This week the Stampendous Design Team is sharing designs for our theme "The Reason for the Season". I could not think of a better example than this sample I created for the Stampendous July catalog. It shows it perfectly!

"Oh Holy Night"
Stampendous:
SSC1268 Blessed Nativity PCS
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Acrylic Handle
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Plus:
My Color Cardstock - Deep Indigo, Madras Blue, Ocean Side
Copic Sketch Markers - B0000, B91, B93, B95, B97, B99, BG93, E08, E42, E44, E47, E50, E53, E81, V17, R27, Y13, Y17, Y26, YG03, YG17, YG23, YG63, YG67, C1, C5, W1, W3
Blender Solution
Burlap
Stardust Pen

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 6" x 9 1/2" piece of Deep Indigo cardstock in half to form an A6 card
Step 2:  Stamp the Nativity scene on a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of white cardstock with Tuxedo Black ink, color the sky area first with B91, B93, B97, B99
Step 3: Lightly moisten a small part of the burlap rag with Blender Solution, press the moist portion of the rag randomly over the sky to give it texture
Step 4: Finish coloring the image and adhere it to a 4 1/4" x 5 1/2"  mat of Ocean Side
Step 5: Cut a 4 3/8" x 5 5/8" piece and a 2" x 2 3/8" piece of Madras Blue, use the B91 marker to color a small border around each piece so the paper will match the colored design 
Step 6:  Adhere the Nativity scene to the Madras Blue layer then to the card front
Step 7: Use the Stardust Pen on the star and randomly across the sky area to add sparkle
Step 8:  Stamp the sentiment on a 1 5/8" x 2" piece of white, color edges with B0000 and B91, edge with B97
Step 9:  Adhere sentiment to a  1 7/8" x 2 1/4" piece of Ocean Side, then to the small Madras Blue piece, then to the card front at the top right

For more beautiful inspiration for the season, head over to the Stampendous Blog.

Happy Creating,
Louise

Monday, November 20, 2017

Not a Creature Was Stirring...

This week the Stampendous Design Team is sharing our House Mouse Christmas desgins with you. These little mice are stirring up fun (and maybe a little mischief!). Here's one Gift Giving mouse you're sure to love!


Stampendous:
HMCP80 Cling Gift Giving
GL220U Crystal Multi Glitter
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Acrylic Handle
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Dreamweaver:
DWDGWP Glossy White Embossing Paste
DWDPK Palette Knife

Plus:
My Color Cardstock - Parrot
Canvas Corp Orange and White Ribbon Stripe CCP2667
Copic Markers - G20, G24, G29, YG01, YG03, YG06, YG17, B00, B02, B04, B06, Y13, YR04, YR23, T1, T3, T5, R01, R24, R29, R32, R35, E31, E33, E35, E37, E51, E93
Brilliance Rocket Red Ink
Foam Applicator
Foam Tape

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" piece of Parrot cardstock in half to form an A2 card
Step 2: Use the Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the Gift Giving  on a 3" x 4 1/2" piece of white paper, color with Copic Markers
Step 3:  Use a palette knife to apply White Glossy Embossing Paste at the bottom of the image to look like snow, sprinkle the wet paste with Crystal glitter, let dry
Step 4:    Cut a 4" x 5 1/4" piece of the striped cardstock, uses the foam applicator to apply a light coat of the Rocket Red ink around the edges of the stripes, adhere to the card front and add a 1/2" x 5 1/4" piece of Parrot about 1" up from the bottom edge
Step 5:  When the glittered paste is dry, mat the image on a  3 1/8" x 4 5/8" piece of Parrot
Step 6:   Use foam tape to add the Gift Giving image to the card

See what other mice are stirring over at the Stampendous Blog!

Happy Creating,
Louise

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

A Merry Little Christmas!


It's getting to be that time of year again. You know, the time when Santa Clause is coming to town! This little Seated Elf set from Stampendous makes a darling Christmas card for those on your "good" list! It's a great combination of stamps and matching dies making this a quick and easy card.



Stampendous:
DCP1005 Fitted Frames Set A
GL220U Crystal Multi Glitter
AC672HSG Holo Gold Dot Sparklers
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
Acrylic Handle
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®

Plus:
My Color Cardstock - Firecracker
BoBunny Kiwi Vintage 12KV913
Copic Markers - E51, E53, E35, YR24, YG01, YG03, YG06, R27, R30, R32, R39, B60
Zutter 1/2" Corner Rounder
Foam Tape
Dries Clear Glue
Die Cut Machine

Instructions:
Step 1:  Fold a 6" x 91/2" piece of Firecracker cardstock in half to form an A6 card, round the corners
Step 2: Use the Tuxedo Black ink to stamp the images from the Seated Elf set on white cardstock, be sure to leave space around the saying for die cutting, color with Copic Markers
Step 3:  Use the Fitted Frames Set A to cut out the sentiment, cut matching layer from Firecracker cardstock, adhere the layers together
Step 4:    Use the Fitted Frames Set A to cut out a white layer and a matching Firecracker layer for behind the elf, adhere the layers together
Step 5:   Die cut the elf, present and bow
Step 6: Cut a 4 1/2 x 5 3/4" piece of Kiwi Vintage paper, round the corners, edge with Y06, adhere to the card front
Step 7:  Cut a 1/2" x 5 3/4" and a 1/2" x 4 1/2" piece of Firecracker, adhere to the Kiwi layer about an 1" from the left and  1 1/4" up from the bottom
Step 8:  Adhere the white fitted frame layer where the two red pieces cross, adhere the present at the center bottom
Step 9:  Use glue and glitter on the elf's hat and some dots on the present, let dry
Step 10: Use foam tape to add the elf to look like he is sitting on the present, and the bow to look like he is holding it, use foam tape behind the sentiment too
Step 11: Add some small Dot Sparklers at the ends of the elf's collar and on his one shoe to look like jingle bells

Go to the Stampendous Blog for more fun ideas!

Happy Creating,
Louise