Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Stampendous Winners!

And the winners from Saturday's hop are:

Thank you to all who participated in our hop on Saturday! We’ve chosen 3 winners from the blog posts and sweet comments, and here they are!!
From Kristine Reynold’s Blog the winner is:

Teresa Godines

the winner of:
From April Derrick’s Blog the winner is:

Ashli Oliver

and she wins:
And finally, from Wendy Jordan’s Blog the winner is:

Emily.trekkie

                                
 
Thanks for playing and have a great time with your new Stampendous products!
 
 

 


Saturday, July 28, 2012

Doodle Dragon's really out there!

Okay, I took some liberties with the challenge this month!  I am feeling a bit silly because of this ridiculously hot weather we are having, and I think the heat got to me. (We'll call it that anyway!)

The theme is "Gettin' Girly".
Well, I don't do "GIRLY" cards too often, BUT I do silly, off the grid, out-of-the-box , and slightly off-color ones every chance I get!

Some of you may recognize this fella as being the very normal, conservative clown from Dustin's CIRCUS release. Since the challenge was to "get girly", I figured, send the little dude to Las Vegas with a couple hundred bucks to spend and a night on the town, and see what comes back...well...I never knew...


"JoJo", the clown, became "Josephine", the clown!  HAHA!
Yes, highly disturbing and pretty funny if you ask me!
"WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS....
STAYS IN VEGAS!"

Proves that Dustin's images can be used for those adult cards, too!
Hope it made you chuckle!

Christmas Cardinals!

If you're here, chances are you want to see more
goodies!


Go, Cardinals!
Growing up in the midwest, not only was our famous baseball team named after these gorgeous birds, but they were frequent visitors to our parks and backyards.

I recall watching flocks of mated pairs visiting our bird feeders and
eating seed off the white snow.
Not something I will soon see in Phoenix.



I started with the idea that I would love to have a reminder of these pretty creatures as a home decor item for the holidays.

BEFORE:

I had WON an entire set of these plates in a game of "White Elephant" years ago.
(Thanks Amie!)
These are nice, but never really matched my Tuscan decor.

So, I sprayed a bit of adhesive to help the Shabby Green Embossing Powder and the Shaved Ice flakes stick, then heated it just to the point of melting.


If I had it to do over, I would have sprinkled a little Chunky White first,
just to brighten the plate's center.

I colored the "Cardinals" image with Copics, and cut it into the oval shape.
I then colored a second branch of the berries, fussing cutting around them, and attacheded them to the front of the image with Pop-Dots..
This gave it such a dimensional look!
With liquid applique paint used as snow, it really made the snow explode off the image!
There's also more "snow" around the outside of the image on the plate,
although it is more difficult to see in the photo.
The berries have the tiniest spot of "Red Tinsel" Embossing Powder on each.


As I do not claim to be very good with Copics markers, this image has so much of the texture etched into it already, that coloring it was so easy!


I enjoy using items around the house that I've had for a long time,
and making fun, new projects with them!

It's difficult to imagine it today, but winter and Christmas WILL be here soon!

has some absolutely perfect stamps and essentials to make your holiday decorating and cardmaking a breeze!

And now, to conclude this week-long
Showcase of Releases and for our Blog Hop,
you know the drill!  Go through the following list of Design Team members, visit each one's blog, and leave a comment!!  Not only do some of them have their own blog candy, Stampendous will be drawing a winner today for all three of these great prize packs!




How do you win it? It's easy! THREE of the bloggers today will be choosing a random commenter from their blog, and those lucky people will be announced on the Stampendous blog Tuesday, July 31 (please leave comments by Monday, July 30 at 11:59 PM PST). The more places you leave a comment, the better your chances are to win!   Below is the list of team members who are sharing inspiration today:

Taylor Usry (has additional blog candy)
Lea Kimmel (has additional blog candy)
Pam Hornschu (has additional blog candy)

Please leave your comment, along with your contact information, and someone will be lucky enough to win all 3 of these terrific prizes! You don't know WHO is the featured DT member, so don't miss anyone!
And let me know what your favorite stamp or new color essential was from the new release! I love to hear from you!

Friday, July 27, 2012

Oldtime Memories...


Well, not my memories, of course...
I'm not quite old enough to remember these old stick horses, and by the time I was born,
little boys were not wearing the short pants... 

But we all rode around on our more "modern" versions of the hobby horse.
No, in the 50's they still didn't "neigh" when you pulled a string, or make a clicking sound when you ran...we DID have to use a bit more imagination than that!

This is one of the gorgeous new releases from
STAMPENDOUS!
The new stamp,
"Hobby Horse",
is absolutely vintage perfect.
I have been waiting for just the right images to use with my
Graphic 45, "Playtimes Past" papers, and this fits the bill!


The image is cut out with Spellbinders, "Labels Nine", colored with Copics, and then the frame was cut three times (twice on chipboard, once with pattern paper) and layered over the image. The whole thing was then popped up off the card.
The little banner was also strung and popped up to give even more dimension.

Ahhh, my heart swoons when I get a new vintage stamp.

Get on over to Stampendous to see the rest of the Design Team's creations!
They're sure to knock your socks off!

Not only do some of them have their own blog candy, Stampendous will be drawing a winner for this great prize pack.


How do you win it? It's easy! One of the featured bloggers today will be choosing a random commenter from her blog, and that lucky person will be announced on the Stampendous blog tomorrow. The more places you leave a comment, the better your chances are to win! Below is the list of team members who are sharing inspiration today:

Stampendous Impressions
Kristine Reynolds
Jennifer Dove 
Taylor Usry (has blog candy)
Jan Garber
Lea Kimmel 
Pam Hornschu
Rhea Weigand
Wendy Price
Tenia Nelson
Krissy Fossmeyer
April Derrick

Please leave a comment so that you can be in the running to win this terrific stamp and gorgeous glass glitter!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

A Peek Through Poe's Window...


Perhaps it's just the dark side of me, but I love Edgar Allen Poe's works.
I have since I was a young reader.  I remember sneaking a flashlight into bed to lay under the covers and read until late into the night.
With the release of this new Stampendous stamp,
I was thrilled!
Presenting: 
 "Nevermore"

The heat embossing brings out every tiny detail in this image.
Fortunately, Stampendous makes the BEST Detail Black Embossing Powder!
Once I stamped, embossed, burned the edges, and matted this image, it just looked so much as though I were peering through a window...
Poe's window perhaps...
And with the addition of the "lace curtains", it becomes even more so.
What sends a "Halloween" message better than that?
This is one of those cards I may have to keep for myself.
Just sayin'.
We're in the fourth day of  showing off new products from Stampendous! I hope you have enjoyed what you have seen so far!
Not only do some of the team members have their own blog candy, Stampendous will again be drawing a winner for this great prize pack.


How do you win it? It's easy! One of the featured bloggers today will be choosing a random commenter from her blog, and that lucky person will be announced on the Stampendous blog tomorrow. The more places you leave a comment, the better your chances are to win! Below is the list of team members who are sharing inspiration today:

Stampendous Impressions
Jennifer Ingle
Kristine Reynolds
Jennifer Dove 
Lynn Mercurio
Taylor Usry (has additional blog candy)
Jan Garber
Susie Moore
Lea Kimmel
Wendy Price
Janelle Stollfus
Leave a comment!
You never knwo who the featured Design Tem member will be for today!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Challenge #82 - for our friends!




* Winner's Choice of 3 Digis


* $10 Gift Certificate


Floppy Latte Digital Designs -  http://www.floppylattedesigns.com/catalog/
* $10 Gift Certificate


My little card has the adorable image from
Little Darlings,
"So Big"


And this is a first for me!  I actually have several Copics that need to be refilled, so I pulled out my watercolor pencils!
Except for the shadowing around my finished image, it is all colored with a set of 12 really cheap pencils!


The papers are DCWV, my favorite standby,
and the little stamped sentiment is Stampendous, "Happy Messages".

DCWV Stack-a-holic Challenge!


I love the card sketch challenge at
for July!


I changed it up a bit by not using strips of pattern papers, and rather chose a text print from the "A TYPE of ART" stack
and set it on a slant to mimic the left side of the sketch.


The flower and banner where also cut from this stack.  Isn't it pretty?
I really like the patterns in this new stack and it's in your local JoAnn's!


The "I love you" just really stood out to me and I knew my husband would appreciate receiving this card when he returns from his conference and three days out-of-town!
(I additionally highlighted the words with a matching Copics marker and clear embossed them.)
I also played around a bit with the song, "You're sexy...and you know it!"
and switched it to the "I love you...and you know it!"

The banner serves as my sentiment element.


The green pattern papers are from the slightly older
DCWV,  "Chateau Lavender" collection.

Thanks for looking at my blog today, and
get ready for the new DCWV holiday stacks to hit the stores very soon!
Watch here for upcoming new projects!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Waltzingmouse Sketch Challenge!

SECOND POST FOR TODAY!
Please scroll down for my Stampendous Hop project!


It's been a while since I've had the opportunity to spend a few minutes creating a card JUST FOR A CHALLENGE!

this week is such a pretty layout!


I knew my wired burlap from May Arts would be perfect with this card!


And my older Lost & Found Christmas paper collection from
My Mind's Eye needed to be used to make room for this year's new papers!


I stamped and heat embossed the label from
Waltzingmouse,
"Rescue Remedies"
and stamped the little sentiment from
"Rescue Remedies Additions".

I have a friend who's husband just had to have a leg amputated due to diabetes related health issues. I have the nicest box of her favorite chocolates (yes, SHE can still eat them!) to take to her when I visit.  This card will compliment those candies perfectly!




A Poem for the Fall...



This is such a cool new image from
Stampendous!

I love the look of this skeleton when he is heat embossed!


I simply trimmed and burned the edges to look like old parchment and then inked it all in Momento Rich Cocoa.
The tulle flower adds some softness, and the little owl?
Well, who doesn't love a tiny little charm?!


Here's a closeup of the way the embossing looks!
Isn't it amazing!

Supplies:
Stampendous, "Clear Bark" Embossing Powder
Stampendous, "Skeleton Poem" Cling Stamp
My Mind's Eye, "Spider's Web" papers

There are a lot more new and wonderful,  everyday and holiday stamps waiting over at
STAMPENDOUS!
You can go see more new products from Stampendous as well! Not only do is there blog candy along the way, Stampendous will be drawing a winner for this great prize pack today.


How do you win it? It's easy! One of the featured bloggers today will be choosing a random commenter from her blog, and that lucky person will be announced on the Stampendous blog tomorrow. The more places you leave a comment, the better your chances are to win! Below is the list of team members who are sharing inspiration today:

Monday, July 23, 2012

Head's Up!


Introducing you to one of the terrific new Fall releases from
STAMPENDOUS!
(This little guy is so adorable!)

"Mumeek"

After coloring him,
I just had to get out the "Hug Snug" and wrap away!

The "Mumeek" image can be ordered here
at the Stampendous shop!

It's just one of the many cute Halloween and Christmas images, along with some gorgeous vintage and lovable Kiddos stamps that are just too, too terrific!

A few of my teammates are showing off new products from Stampendous as well!
Not only do some of them have their own blog candy, Stampendous will be drawing a winner for this great prize pack.



How do you win it? It's easy! One of the featured bloggers today will be choosing a random commenter from her blog, and that lucky person will be announced on the Stampendous blog tomorrow. The more places you leave a comment, the better your chances are to win! Below is the list of team members who are sharing inspiration today:

Stampendous Impressions
Cyndi Bundy (has additonal blog candy)
Kristine Reynolds
Jennifer Dove
Taylor Usry (has additional blog candy)
Jan Garber
Wendy Jordan
Lea Kimmel
Rhea Weigand
Wendy Price


It's just one of the many cute Halloween and Christmas images, along with some gorgeous vintage and lovable Kiddos stamps that are just too, too terrific!

CHECK THEM OUT!

My grandson will love this card and will, more than likely,
take it home with him on his next visit!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Time for DYSU again! YUMM!




Meljen's Designs
* Winner's Choice of 4 Images


Wonderstrange Arts
* 5 Digital Stamps (not from sets)


Rhoda Design Studio
* $15 Gift Certificate

My team was selected to work with Wonderstrange stamps!
I have to tell you, these are are bit different from what I am used to stamping with!

But, this little cupcake had just enough "darkness" about it to lend itself perfectly to being a "Hallow's Eve" treat.

This is actually one of my favorite CAS cards for the Fall!

To make the paper baking cup appear more dimensional, when I printed out the digital image, I printed TWO copies. One regular size.
And the second, I S T R E T C H E D out the whole image,
then cutting the second baking cup off.  I coloroed and accordion folded it and attached it to the front of the first image.  Since I glued down the side edges and popped up the center, it looks very real.
For the background, I used my pre-printed "Spider's Web" papers from
My Mind's Eye, and stamped and embossed some extra web in the upper right-hand corner. Well, this led to a cute little spider and a bright red jewel.
The cherry stem is a piece of brown cord, and the sprinkles are Recollections pearls.


JustRite "Tag, You're it!" Challenge

I have not made a dozen tags in my scrapping "career".
They are something that I normally find restrictive, or limiting.

So, it was with great trepidation that I grabbed my
stamps and started in...

Not so bad, actually.
A tag is just a small card with the sentiment written on the backside...

I have been waiting for the chance to ink up the
lighthouse from
I'm not quite ready to stop making summer cards, and embrace the holidays just yet!

I pulled out all the "goodies" for this one!
The pattern paper is Graphic 45, "Playtimes Past",
The mica and glittery "sand" is Stampendous,
The cord is from my Hobby Lobby stash, and the starfish is actually a REAL dyed starfish that I covered with clear embossing powder!
I found a piece of OLD, OLD Rusty Pickle paper that looked like weathered blue fence for that little bit of background.


I also chose to mat the lighthouse stamp in red with
Spellbinders, "Labels Twenty-Two",
just to change it up a bit.

I love the way the JustRite stamps pick up every little detail, especially when heat embosssed!  I also swiped over the whole image with VersaMark
and clear embossed that to look more like a bottle label.


So much fun!
Check it out at: