Saturday, December 15, 2012

A Stampendous WeeScapes Blog Hop


Stampendous is wrapping up another great collaboration today with the Wee Scapes Blog Hop. Please hop along and comment for a chance to win a great prize.


So my project isn't exactly a shadowbox, maybe a diorama? I don't know. What I do know is that I had a blast creating it. It's one of those projects that just has a life of its own, it created itself. See a stamp you know you must have? Please check out my supply list at the end of this post. I'ved listed and linked them all.

I started by creating the base and frame by scoring paper, securing it with Sookwang tape and then reinforcing it with chipboard that I had stamped with gold acrylic paint and then stained with spray mist. Next, I stamped all of the Stampendous images on Copic X-press It Blending Card, colored them with my Copics and cut them out, being careful to leave a flap at the bottom of the images that I wanted to 'stand.' I sponged ink and splattered some coffee to give everything an aged feel. I added Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel to the poster and the outside of my tent. Before adhering the Wee Scapes Yellow Flower Meadow and Grass papers to my circus scene, I cut slits in the paper in which I slid the image flaps through. I used Sookwang tape again to secure the images on the underside of the grassy papers.


Wee Scapes generously gave our team all sorts of wonderful, tiny things (you can see some of my other creations using these Simi Creative goodies here). One of the things I received were two sizes of tiny people. I colored them with my black Copic marker and added them to my scene using my hot glue gun. I also added some shrubs, a tree and the flowers in my clown's hand (he must have pulled them from his sleeve). Next, I added the fence and created my 'tent' using some tulle scraps. I also made a roll of tickets by stamping the ticket image several times in a line, coloring them and then splattering them with coffee. To finish my scene I sprinkled some Stampendous Color Fragments to give the grass more texture.


I know you want to see what my teammates have created. Please give them some love when checking out their very fabulous projects.

Stampendous Impressions
Annette Witherspoon
Jennifer Dove
Jennifer Ingle
Lea Kimmel
Suzanne Czosek
Wendy Price

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Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Very Special Birthday

If you are looking for some Stampendous Wee Scapes inspiration, please scroll down or click here. Today is a very special day that called for a very special post.


Our Stampendous Design Team Coordinator is celebrating a birthday today so we decided to get together and throw her a little party hop.

Laura is a wonderful lady! She's super hard working, incredibly witty, insightful, creative and encouraging. Whenever I'm feeling discouraged and want to chuck it all, she knows what to say and pulls me up to continue on. It was Laura that believed in me when I first started to make cards. I've learned so much from her and will always be grateful.

Happy Birthday Laura! May your day be filled with joy and laughter.


My card was created using Stampendous Calligraphy Sampler, Leaf Sprig and Birthday Assortment as well as an assortment of my favorite Tsukineko Memento Ink.

Please join me by hopping along with fellow Stampendous Design Team members in wishing Laura a fantastic birthday. While you're hopping, please stop by the Stampendous facebook page and send Laura your personal wishes.

Kristine Reynolds

Wendy Price

Krissy Fossmeyer

Lea Kimmel

Tenia Nelson

Janelle Stollfus

Suzanne Czosek

Cyndi Bundy

Yana Smakula

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Asia King

Melinda Gleissner


Thanks for visiting!

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A Stampendous Collaboration with WeeScapes


Thank you for visiting my Stampendous Wee Scapes Collaboration post today. When you are done checking out my Wee Scapes creations, please click here. The Stampendous Design Team is celebrating our leader, Laura Weed's birthday with a fun celebration hop.

So all this week Stampendous is collaborating with Simi Creative Products, using their Wee Scapes Collection. I always thought the little trees and bushes were for model train enthusiasts but that's where Laura Weed's insight is so amazing. She challenged us to think outside the box and create with the wonderful assortment of product that Simi Creative Products so generously sent us.

Here are two completely different styles of projects that I created using this fun medium.


The first is this fun, pseudo-steampunk hat. I stamped the Stampendous Steampunk Owl on Wee Scapes asphalt paper which was so easy to work with. After assembling the hat, I swiped sections of it with VersaMark and melted Stampendous Aged Gold Embossing Enamel. Trust me when I say this paper also embosses really well. I was afraid the heat from my heat gun would melt its fuzziness. It didn't. My only regret is that I didn't emboss before assembling my hat because the heat did melt the glue from my hot glue gun which is why it looks puckered. I then added some tulle, a feather and a rolled up piece of dry wall patch. The wire band on the hat I modified from a piece I found in the jewelry aisle at Michaels. My finishing touch is the stamped and embossed gear. I used a gear from the Stampendous Guys and Gears set and again my favorite Aged Gold Embossing Enamel.


My second project uses this cute Stampendous Hula Kiddo stamp which I colored with my Copics. I added a whole bunch of Wee Scapes goodness to the image. The flowers on her lei are actually from a little bush that I cut up. There's some fuzzy grass at her feet but my favorite product is the long indivual strands of grass that I added to her grass skirt. I told you, so many possibilities! I also added some Stampendous Golden Sand Embossing Powder around her feet. Love it! The sentiment is from the Stampendous Birthday Assortment set. To create my card, I stamped the Stampendous Shell Background using VersaMark onto cardstock, wrapped it with twine and added a fringed grass skirt piece.


Two of my dear Stampendous teammates have also posted Wee Scapes projects. Please stop by and give them some love. Remember to comment on all of the Wee Scapes posts this week and stop back on Saturday for our wrap-up blog hop all for a chance to win a great prize.

Suzanne Czosek
Wendy Price

Thank you so much for visiting today!

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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Happy International Ninja Day!


Today is International Ninja Day. I'm not sure what that means but may it be good for you!

My son loves ninjas. Lego Ninjago is his favorite TV show and yes, our house has been over-taken by the little lego ninjago dudes and their vehicles. My son just can't get enough. He loves ninjas so much that he's dressed as a ninja several Halloweens in a row. Ninjas are the coolest!

So recently when I discovered this incredible stamp set from There She Goes Stamps, I knew I had to buy it. It's called Ninja Skillz and it is fantastic! It comes with several stinkin' cute ninja images and loads of sentiments. For my very quick card (it was 1:30am before I realized what day it is), I actually cut a sentiment apart. It should say "It's your birthday. Celebrate like a ninja!" but the celebrate part is so perfect for today's holiday.

I had so much fun at the Ninja Skillz Release Blog Hop, that I ordered the set immediately. Within just a few days, my ninja stamps showed up at my door...and this was the beginning of my newest love affair. There She Goes Stamps are amazing! I love the quality, they stamp perfectly and give you a really crisp image. YAY! And then there's the designs, lots and lots of super cute, extremely colorable images. I'm in coloring heaven.

There you have it. Quick, excellent service, high-quality stamps and loads of coloring potential. I can't think of a better way to spend International Ninja Day than to be coloring some. Thanks There She Goes Stamps.

Thanks for visiting and have a very happy Ninja Day!

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Stampendous DIY Bangles Blog Hop


Today's project is a wreath I made for the Stampendous DIY Bangles Blog Hop. It's been such a fabulously fun week playing with these terrific DIY Bangles products.

To create my wreath, I made several rosettes of varying sizes from a We R Memory Keepers paper pack. Before adhering the rosettes to the DIY Bangles 12" Floral and Craft Ring, I embossed some with Stampendous Shabby White Embossing Enamel. To others, I added Stampendous Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter.

I then stamped two of my favorite Stampendous Christmas images, Teddy Kiddo and Tree Trim Kiddos and colored them with my Copics.

After attaching my images, I finished my wreath by adding a few jingle bells and some tulle.


Please take some time to visit my fellow team members' blogs. Remember to leave comments for a chance to win a great prize.

Stampendous Impressions

Annette Witherspoon

April Derrick

Barb Turpin

Jennifer Ingle (Jingle)

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Melinda Gleissner

Tenia Nelson

Wendy Price


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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Stampendous DIY Bangles Week


Stampendous has teamed up with DIY Bangles for a fantastic collaboration. It's been so much fun creating with their wooden bangles, beads and wreath forms.

I created two bangles using some of my favorite Stampendous products and the Pentagon Bangle.

I painted my first bangle with various colors of Twinkling H2Os watercolor paint. I saturated the paint with lots of water beforehand so that the color would go on thick. After the paint was dry, I added Stampendous Aged Gold and Aged Silver Embossing Enamels. These enamels are so easy to work with. I simply swiped the bangle with my VersaMark WaterMark ink pad, sprinkled the enamel over the wet ink and heat set with my heat tool. I sprayed a coat of Krylon Crystal Clear Glaze on the bangle to give it some shine.

My second bangle was painted with the Pearl Adirondack Paint Dabber and then Twinkling H2Os. When dry, I stamped the new Stampendous Leaf Sprig image onto the flat panels of the bangle using Tsukineko StazOn Jet Black and Delicata Golden Glitz ink. When the ink was dry, I added a little distressing by rubbing a black Gelato pigment stick around the edges.

Looking for more DIY Bangles inspiration? Please visit Mary Dawn Quirindongo's blog and Wendy Price's blog to check out their fabulous projects. Also, please stop back on Saturday for the Stampendous DIY Bangles Collaboration Blog Hop.

Thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, November 10, 2012

A Stampendous Fast Finish Blog Hop


Today, Stampendous is wrapping up the week-long collaboration with Beacon Adhesives. There have been some amazing projects.

I created this card using the Stampendous Jumbo Cottage Rose image. I stamped it three times on Copic X-Press It Blending Card and colored it with my Copic markers. I then fussy-cut the three images, keeping one completely intact. I cut apart the other two images so I could stack and layer them for dimension. Before adhering the parts together, I brushed Beacon Fast Finish on them. I love the shine. The background panel was stamped with the Stampendous Cling Calligraphy Sampler stamp using Memento Toffee Crunch dye ink. I layered some die-cuts and added a panel that I stamped and embossed with Stampendous Detail Gold Embossing Powder. I love how the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Sets always have an added stamp, usually some sort of flourish. It's a great way to add dimension to your cards.


Please visit the following blogs and leave your thoughts on the projects. A lucky winner will receive Fast Finish Decoupage Medium and some Stampendous Stamps.You must have a US mailing address to win.

Kristine Reynolds

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Melinda Gleissner

Stephanie Lee (Arty Carty)

Suzanne Czosek

Janelle Stollfus

Krissy Fossmeyer

Lea Kimmel

Wendy Price

Tenia Nelson

Wendy Jordan


Thanks for visiting today!

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Thursday, November 8, 2012

Stampendous and Beacon Adhesives


All this week, Stampendous is joining forces with Beacon Adhesives. Beacon is the official liquid adhesive of the TV show, Craft Wars and has a liquid adhesive to meet all of your crafting needs. I love using Zip Dry when making cards. Recently my love affair has expanded to another Beacon product, Fast Finish Decoupage. It is a great sealant and decoupage medium. Here are a couple other projects I made using this fantastic product: coaster set and witch hat.

Today, I created some chipboard tags to be used during the holidays. I started with a *chipboard ornament mini album, making each page a separate tag. I stamped various Stampendous Christmas images on each ornament using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and then colored with
Prismacolor Premier colored pencils. I then brushed each ornament with Beacon Fast Finish to seal it. Each tag has several coats of the sealant, with drying time in between. As tags, I probably didn't need to seal them but to be honest, I was originally going to give these to my son as magnets that he could place on friends' lockers at school. I love the 'finished' look that sealing them created. The next step was to swipe the 'hanger' of each ornament with VersaMark and emboss using Stampendous Embossing Enamel. I used Aged Gold and Shabby Blue.


Here is some more inspiration from some of my Design Team friends. Please visit their blogs and leave them some love. We all really appreciate you taking the time to look and comment on our creations. Please note that this Saturday we will have a huge Stampendous/Beacon Blog Hop. I hope you'll join us.

Stampendous Impressions
April Derrick
Kristine reynolds
Rhea Weigand
Suzanne Czosek

Thank you so much for visiting today!

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* I think the chipboard ornament album is a Clear Scraps product but I am sorry I do not know for sure.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Creating Outside My Comfort Zone

All this week, the Stampendous Team has been sharing fantastic projects that were created using all new Stampendous stamps. I am so honored to be a part of this team of extraordinary women whose artistry inspires me and challenges me to push my limits and create.

Please join us today for a New Release Blog Hop. I know you will be amazed with what you see. Please remember to comment on each blog. We love your input and as an added bonus, there will be three random prizes. When you see something you like (I know you will), keep in mind that all of the images are now available at the Stampendous Online Store.


Recently I had the opportunity to take a colored pencil class from Terry Medaris. He is an incredible artist and teacher. I was so excited I drove home (around a two hour trip) and stayed up most of the night to create this framed art. I am a CAS card maker whose comfort zone is coloring with my beloved Copic markers so I surprised myself when I created this unglazed tile in a distressed frame. It uses the new, very cool, Stampendous Nestled Bird stamp, plus the Stampendous Serenade sentiment and my go-to Stampendous Music Score stamp.


The corner embellishments are Momenta Metal Stickers that I embossed with Stampendous Aged Bronze Embossing Enamel. Here is a close up of the Music Score and one of the embossed flourishes and some directions if you would like to try your own Nestled Bird Distressed Frame artwork.

Stamp Nestled Bird onto tile using Jet Black ink; Color with colored pencils.
Randomly stamp Music Score onto tile.
Water-down paint and brush onto tile; Heat set to dry.
Stamp sentiment onto tile using Jet Black ink.
Distress frame using sandpaper and acrylic paint; Stamp Music Score onto frame using VersaMark.
Place tile in frame.
Cover metal stickers with VersaMark; Sprinkle with embossing enamel; Heat set.
Adhere stickers to frame.


Today's Hop List:

 Annette Witherspoon 

Asia King 

Barb Turpin 

Cyndi Bundy

Janelle Stollfus  

Jennifer Ingle 

Jennifer Dove 

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel 

Mary Dawn Quirindongo 

Melinda Gleissner  (that's me)

Pam Hornschu 

Rhea Weigard

Suzanne Czosek

Taylor Usry

Tenia Nelson

Tobi Crawford

Wenday Jordan

Wendy Price 

Yana Smakula 




Thanks for visiting!

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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Release Week Continues


It's Release Week over at Stampendous. Have you been following along? Aren't the new images Fantastic?!

Want to see all of the newest images? Please flip through our newest catalog by clicking on the cover below. You can also print or download a pdf of it to your computer.

Stampendous October 2012 Catalog


Today, I'd like to give you a preview of a super cute new kiddo stamp called Kiddo Hop. I just love this kiddo. She's perfect for birthdays and get wells and everyday cards.

I created the card base and mats* using Spellbinders Lacey Circles and Standard Circles dies. The image was stamped on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics. I wanted to add a little sparkle so I added some Stampendous Stardust Embossing Powder to the flower centers and used my heat tool to melt the powder.


There's lots of inspiration today. Please check out the amazing creations from these amazing artists.

Stampendous Impressions
Asia King
Janelle Stollfus
Jennifer Dove
Kristine Reynolds
Melinda Gleissner (that's me)
Suzanne Czosek
Tenia Nelson
Wendy Price
Lea Kimmel

Thanks for visiting today!



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*Little Yellow Bicycle Tiny Princess Collection




Tuesday, October 23, 2012

It's a Stampendous Release!

Release Week continues with more sneak peeks.

Want to see all of the newest images? Please flip through our newest catalog by clicking on the cover below. You can also print or download a pdf of it to your computer.

Stampendous October 2012 Catalog


My card uses the new Stampendous Jumbo Spring Bouquet stamp set. I know this one is going to get a workout!


Directions
Create card base and mats using blue, sage and white cardstock.
Die-cut mat; Cover with VersaMark ink and embossing enamel; Heat set.
Stamp Spring Bouquet onto sage panel using Tuxedo Black ink; Color with colored pencils.
Stamp flourish from set onto panel using VersaMark ink.
Assemble card.


For more sneak peeks, please visit the following blogs:

Janelle Stollfus

Jennifer Ingle

Jennifer Dove

Melinda Gleissner

Rhea Weigand

Suzanne Czosek

Taylor Usry

Wendy Price

Kristine Reynolds


Thanks for visiting!

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Some Exciting News


Exciting News...there's a new release at Stampendous! Fabulous florals, cute kiddos, birds, butterflies, even new steampunk. There's something for everyone. All this week, the Design Team will showcase sneak peeks of these new stamps. Please stop by daily for inspiration.

I have more news, exciting for me. I am honored to say I am now creating for the Stampendous Catalog Team. The first stamp I ever tried was a Stampendous image so it is a dream come true to work along side these incredible, talented ladies. I'm so blessed.

My card uses lots of new Stampendous images. The bouquet is called Rose Cluster. Isn't it fabulous! The flourish is from the Jumbo Spring Bouquet set and the sentiment is from the Spanish Greetings Perfectly Clear Set.

I started by stamping the sentiment on cardstock using VersaMark ink, I sprinkled it with Stampendous Midnight Black embossing powder and heat set. I stamped the flourish from the Jumbo Spring Bouquet set using VersaMark. I also stamped the Rose Cluster three times on X-Press It Blending Card using Tuxedo Black ink and colored it with Copics. After fussy-cutting the colored Rose Clusters, I layered the flowers and adhered them to the card base. I added Stampendous Stardust embossing powder to the flowers for a little sparkle.

You can see more sneak peek projects on these blogs:

Thanks for visiting!

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Stampendous Rose Cluster
Stampendous Jumbo Spring Bouquet
Stampendous Spanish Greetings




Saturday, October 20, 2012

Have a Cool Yule!


I love that Emperor penguins huddle together to keep each other warm. I love that they constantly shuffle around so the penguins on the outside of the huddle get to move inward. I love that it is a collective shuffle. Every 30-60 seconds every penguin in the group takes small steps. It's the penguin equivalent to a football stadium 'wave.' It's instinctive, I know but I choose to believe that each one of them is sensitive to all the others needs. Silly, huh? OK, I'll leave it at, I love penguins.

And so does my son so I try to make penguin cards every Christmas for him to send to friends and family. Today's card is a remake from a card I posted last year. I can't help it. These penguins from Stampendous are so cute. They are from the Yule Penguins set. I used the Stampendous Snow Swirl to create the background, stamping it in Memento Summer Sky ink. I then stamped the three cuties on a scrap of Copic X-Press It, colored them and then trimmed them out. Before adhering them to the panel, I added Stampendous Cotton Ball White Fun Flock to the trim of their clothes. It's really easy to use Fun Flock. Just apply liquid adhesive to where you want the flock, sprinkle it on top and rub it in with your finger. After huddling my penguins on the card, I added some Stampendous Shaved Ice for a little extra sparkly, icy goodness.

Thanks for visiting today!

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Friday, October 19, 2012

A Little Sparkle


Here's a quick share, a card I made by 'watercoloring' with my Copics. After stamping this beautiful Stampendous Amaryllis image onto Neenah Classic Crest White cardstock, I pulled out my Copic refill bottles and a water brush. I've been wanting to try this technique for a while and I'm so glad I did. It's an easy way to achieve a 'watercolored' effect.

Here's how:
I used an inexpensive, plastic plate as my palette. After pouring a little bit of each desired refill color onto the plate, I filled my water brush with Copic Colorless Blender. I used the water brush to pick up the color and basically 'painted' the flower image. After I finished, I smeared the whole panel with VersaMark WaterMark ink and sprinkled it with Stampendous Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder. I used my heat tool to melt the powder, added a bow and attached it to a card base. Another simple but sparkly holiday card.

I'm going to add this one to this month's Stampendous Challenge. The theme is Fabulous Florals. Have you played along yet? Come on, you know you want to. There are prizes to be had. Please click here for all of the details.

Thanks for visiting.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Worm Wishes


My husband doesn't like patterned paper. He despises ribbon. I really believe this is not a reflection on the wonderful paper and ribbon products out there but on my inabilities to use them. He likes plain and simple with clean lines and coloring and he loves a good pun.

Today is my husband's birthday so I am thankful for Hambo Stamps and all of their adorable images. This Worm Balloon image was perfect. My husband loved his no paper/no ribbon CAS card.

Don't you just love it when a stamp is so cute, it can stand alone without a lot of extras!?! That's Hambo Stamps. They offer so many great images, really something for everyone. I love all of the super cute animals and the sentiments that go along with them. The quality is fantastic too. Because the stamps are made from deep etched rubber, they stamp perfectly every single time.

Hambo Stamps also has a great weekly challenge and guess what? if you play, they email you a free digital stamp that will be featured in the following week's challenge. How cool is that. I've played the last three weeks but alas, I never had the time to post my entries. It's true what they say...you have to play to win:-)

OK, I'm almost done raving. I discovered Hambo Stamps through Kecia Hicks Waters. She is a wonderful person that you just want to hang around. Not only is she sweet and funny, she colors. Boy, does she color. Every card she creates is fantastic. If you aren't familiar with Kecia's creations, please visit her blog, Stamping Deets. Grab a cup of coffee first, you'll want to stay a while.

Thanks for visiting today. Create a card that makes someone smile.

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Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Stampendous Core'dinations Blog Hop


Stampendous and Core'dinations are joining forces today for a fun blog hop. It's been a terrific week of inspiration from both teams. If you missed any of it, you can find all of the daily posts here.

I created a card using this fantastic Core'dinations ColorCore cardstock as both my card base and the sanded, embossed panel. The image is the Stampendous Christmas Kitten stamp. I used Memento Tuxedo Black ink to stamp it on Copic X-Press It Blending Card. After coloring this adorable kitty with Copics, I added some Stampendous Cotton Ball White Fun Flock to the hat. A couple of buttons layered together finished the card.

Here's the hop list. Please remember to comment on each for a chance to win.

Stampendous Blog

Core'dinations Blog

Annette Witherspoon

Cyndi Bundy

Janelle Stollfus

Jennifer
Ingle

Krissy
Fossmeyer

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Rhea Weigand

Stephanie Lee (Arty Carty)

Suzanne Czosek

Tenia Nelson

Wendy Jordan

Wendy Price

Melinda Gleissner

Jennifer Dove


Thanks for visiting today!

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Another Great Collaboration


Stampendous has teamed up with another incredible company. All this week, we are playing along with Core'dinations. It's been great fun so far. Please remember to stop back on Saturday for a show-stopping, grand finale blog hop.

I created a card using the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Dahlia stamp and Core'dinations Black Magic ColorCore cardstock. I started by stamping the flourish from the Cling Jumbo Dahlia on the purple back side of a piece of Black Magic cardstock. I then 'embossed' this flourish by once again placing the stamped image side up, black side down on a foam mat and then tracing the flourish with a stylus. I turned the cardstock over so the black side was up and sanded over the raised areas. Here's the magic, the purple color shows through where sanded.

The glorious dahlia image was stamped onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copic markers. I cut out the image and then adhered it to the card. Simple, easy and fun.

And now for more inspiration.

Stampendous Blog

Core'dinations Blog

April Derrick

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Tenia Nelson

Debbie Standard

Melinda Gleissner

(That's me)

Thanks for visiting today. Have a magical day!

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Copic Colors: V000/V01/V04/C1




Wednesday, October 10, 2012

A Very Sparkly Christmas


I LOVE the festive look at Christmas, the twinkling lights, the shiny ornaments and the glittery cards. I LOVE sparkle. There's been a big trend lately to color over glitter. I'd like to share a card that gives you that sparkly look only it uses a completely different technique with embossing powder.

I started by stamping the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Poinsettia* onto Copic X-Press It Blending Card using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink. I colored this stunning image and then cut around it. Using a direct-to-paper technique, I inked my poinsettia with VersaMark WaterMark ink and then covered it with Stampendous Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder. Heat setting the embossing powder locks all of that glittery goodness in place so it stays on your card and not all over your hands (and the counter and the floor and...). I absolutely LOVE this particular Stampendous powder. It picks up whatever colors you use underneath it. You can even create a fun, Mercury Glass look with it.


I created the background panel by stamping the Stampendous Christmas Background onto white cardstock. I then placed the Crafter's Workshop 6x6 Mini Cosmic Swirl Stencil over the stamped panel and inked using Ranger Evergreen Bough and Iced Spruce Distress Inks. I sprinkled the panel with water, heat set it and then adhered it to a card base. After attaching my sparkly poinsettia, my card was complete.

*A note about the Cling Jumbo Poinsettia: This has been such a popular stamp that it is sold out at the Stampendous Online Store. It may still be available at your local retailer. For Central Ohioans, Scrapbook Art in Lewis Center still has a few in stock.

Thanks for visiting. May your day be filled with sparkle.

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Saturday, October 6, 2012

Stampendous May Arts Blog Hop


Happy World Card Making Day! I'm so glad you stopped by. The ladies at Stampendous and May Arts are celebrating by wrapping up a fantastic week of fun, blog hop style.

So grab a bag of chips and some dip and enjoy the hop. Please leave comments as you hop. There are prizes for the taking.


I have two projects to share. My first is this holiday card. I stamped the Stampendous Christmas Background in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, spritzed it with Tsukineko Goosebumps and then sponged ink over it, using Memento Summer Sky and Teal Zeal. Before adhering it to the card base, I sprinkled Shabby White Embossing Enamel on the stamped panel and heated from the bottom to set.

The Stampendous Snow Bird image was stamped on Copic X-Press It Blending Card, colored with Copics and fussy-cut. It was easy to add Shabby White Embossing Enamel to the image by using a VersaMarker to catch the enamel where I wanted it. I used dimensional foam squares to adhere this adorable image to my card and finished the whole thing by adding this fabulous gold May Arts ribbon.


My second project is this cool Halloween hat which started out as plain paper mache. I found it at Michaels, along with the chains and all of the hardware.

I started by stamping the Stampendous Tin Panel image onto tissue paper. I continued doing this until I covered an entire piece of tissue. I applied the stamped tissue to the hat with Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage. I must say I LOVE how this stamp looks collaged. Next, I adhered this cool May Arts ribbon using Be Creative tape. I wanted to give the hat a little more texture so I pleated the ribbon by once again using this great tape between the pleats.

I found this pendant in the beading section of Michaels. It had the word 'At' in big letters in it so I tore off the back and created my own image. I stamped the Halloween Sprite image on Copic X-Press It Blending Card and colored it with Copics. Before gluing the colored image to the back of the pendant, I sprinkled the inside with Stampendous Pearlized Mica Fragments. I then attached a chain and various charms. A hot glue gun was used to adhere the whole thing to the hat.


Sorry this was such a long one. Here is the hop list. Please remember to comment for a chance to win a prize.

Stampendous Impressions
Cyndi Bundy
Janelle Stollfus
Jennifer Ingle
Jennifer Dove
Krissy Fossmeyer
Kristine Reynolds
Lea Kimmel
Mary Dawn Quirindongo
Melinda Gleissner (that's me)
Pam Hornschu
Steph Lee
Suzanne Czosek
Taylor Usry
Tenia Nelson
Wendy Jordan
Wendy Price
May Arts

Thanks for visiting. Have a crafty-kind-of-day!

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Thursday, October 4, 2012

Stampendous May Arts Collaboration Week


All this week, the Stampendous Design Team is collaborating with May Arts. I have to tell you how excited I am about this. May Arts ribbon is the absolute best. There are so many glorious styles and colors which makes May Arts the perfect match for my favorite stamp company, Stampendous.


I created a Halloween Treat Bag. Stampendous released so many fun Halloween stamps this year, you could make a bunch of these, each one a little different. How perfect is this for school parties.

I started with a 10-1/2" x 3-3/4" piece of cardstock, scored at 1", 5-1/2", 5-3/4" and 6". On a panel that is 1/8" smaller, I stamped the Crowscape image using Versamark. After adhering the panel to the front of my scored cardstock, I diecut a small circle through both layers.

I stamped the Scruffles Candy image onto X-Press It Blending Card using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, colored it with Copics and then fussy-cut. I used dimensional foam adhesive to adhere it to the treat bag.

And now for the ribbon. I took this yummy orange gingham and created a korker bow by wrapping the ribbon around a dowel and heating it in my oven for 20 minutes (250 degrees). There is a great tutorial on the May Arts You Tube site, here. I love the look of curled ribbon. To finish the bow, I threaded some more of the ribbon through a button and secured the whole thing to my bag with a glue dot.

OK, there is one last detail. I filled a clear bag with my new favorite candy, white chocolate candy corn m&m's. I stapled the top of the bag, ran a strip of tape on the inside of my treat bag and placed the clear bag inside.

Please visit the following blogs and leave comments for a chance to win prizes from Stampendous and May Arts. Also, please stop back on Saturday for the grand finale, a huge Stampendous May Arts Blog Hop. There will be even more chances to win.

Stampendous Impressions
Jennifer Dove
Kristine Reynolds
Lea Kimmel
Melinda Gleissner (that's me)
May Arts

Thanks for visiting!

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Saturday, September 29, 2012

O' Halloween Tree, O' Halloween Tree


When I was a child, my mom had a book of Halloween carols, basically it was a book of Christmas carols that someone added Halloween lyrics to. It was decorated with pictures of Peanuts characters. I loved that book. One of my favorite carols was O' Halloween Tree, O' Halloween Tree (Do I have you singing yet?). So when I saw all of the wonderful Stampendous Halloween stamps that were just released, I knew I had to make my own Halloween tree.


I started by gathering my supplies: a sheet of Taskboard, shrink plastic, Copic markers, VersaMark and StazOn ink, a pair of sharp scissors and a craft knife, 120 grit sandpaper, a heat tool and of course Halloween stamps. If you want to make one too, you need one more supply, Stampendous Embossing Enamel. This is an amazing product that comes in several very cool colors. For my tree I used Aged Black.


I started by drawing a tree on the Taskboard. I cut it out and traced it on more Taskboard to create a second tree. I then cut slits in both trees (one from the top and one from the bottom) so that I could slide them together to make one free-standing tree.


Next, working in sections, I inked each tree with VersaMark and generously poured Aged Black Embossing Enamel over the inked areas. After tapping off the excess enamel, I used my heat tool to melt the enamel.


The very cool thing about Stampendous Embossing Enamel is that it isn't just one pure color. It's a chunky mixture so when you heat the Aged Black, you see flecks of gold and silver as well. Once the tree was completely covered with melted enamel, I simply slid the two pieces together. Next came the ornaments.


I stamped each of the new Stampendous Halloween images onto shrink plastic using StazOn ink. After letting it dry a few minutes, I turned the sheet over and sanded to rough up the surface. Before I colored with my Copics, I swiped a babywipe over the surface to get the sanding dust off the sheet. After coloring, I cut each image out, making sure to leave a border around each one. I punched a hole in the top of each one and used my heat tool to shrink them.


To attach my ornaments to my tree, I punched holes in my tree and hung the ornaments using a jillian vance designs Pear Pins. These are the best pins for attaching baubles or trinkets to your cards and scrapbook pages. I then tied bows around each one with this fabulous May Arts ribbon. In this close-up you can really see the flecks of gold and silver in the embossing enamel...LOVE it! I finished by creating a few tombstones with some left over shrink plastic that I diecut before shrinking.


I created this tree for this month's Stampendous Challenge. The theme is embossing. But it really is also a great way to kick off next week. The Stampendous Design Team is collaborating all next week with May Arts so please stop back and check out my projects as well as those on the Stampendous blog.

Thanks for visiting today! Have a great weekend.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Lots of Lawn Fawn

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Three cards, ten different Lawn Fawn stamp sets...I love Lawn Fawn! Always have, Always will! Lately, I haven't had much time to play with them so when I scheduled a Beginner's Copic Coloring Class at my local scrapbook store, I knew exactly what I would use.



The new mini seasonal stamp sets are so cute and so much fun paired with some of my old favorites. I have linked all of the supplies I've used to make these cards below.


Thanks for visiting. I hope you have the opportunity to pull out some of your favorite stamps and play today!

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