Friday, January 30, 2015

Stampendous Flowers in the Mix

This week the Stampendous focus has been on flowers. We hope you've stopped to smell the roses as you've seen them. It seems just as soon as we see the flowers bloom they are gone, right? Well the best thing about stamps is that your flowers will always be in bloom.

Today I'm sharing Rain Flower from the House-Mouse Designs collection and it's also for the latest Mix-Ability challenge MIX105: Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head.

First this stamp is PERFECT for the challenge and second the technique Lydia mentions is awesome, but I cheated out by using this PERFECT image for the challenge. Muzzy is just too cute not to use, right?

Thanks for stopping by to see my project today! Before I get to the supplies and instructions, there are a few from the design team that are posting today as well. If you haven't stopped by to see them, or gone to the Stampendous blog to see all the goodies there you can click on their links below.

Stampendous Blog

Kristine Reynolds

Jennifer Dove (Thursday Post)

Janelle Stollfus

Asia King


From Stampendous:
HMV14 House-Mouse® Rain Flower Stamp
SSC1213 Life Words Perfectly Clear Stamp Set
Versafine Onyx Black Ink by Tsukineko
SSH34 Small Perfectly Clear Acyrlic Handle

Cardstock by Core'dinations®
Watercolor paper (smooth surface or hot press)
Zip-Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives
Grumbacher Watercolors
Paint brushes
Mini Stapler
Ribbon by May Arts®
Opaque White by Copic®
Sand-It Gadget by Core'dinations


  1. Fold a 5 1/2 x 11 cardstock in half for a finished size of 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 square inch card base.
  2. Stamp Rain Flower with Onyx Black ink onto watercolor paper and color with watercolors.
  3. Stamp sentiment from Life Words.
  4. Wet edges around image and tear (optional).
  5. Glue image onto sanded cardstock and tie a bow with ribbon around lower edge.
  6. Staple a pendant over top of mat.
  7. Glue matted image to card base.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Tea Traditions with Stampendous

Do Come for Tea, this week's theme for the Stampendous this week. I'm sharing a pretty fun card today with teacups as the focus.

I've been involved in a few tea parties as fundraisers, like a welsh tea and english afternoon tea. I collected some amazing teacups from my friends reception to host a tea for my friends. There was also a quickly organized tea for the women in my life who were supporting me as I got married. What a wonderful way to celebrate.

I have a separate display cabinet dedicated to my teacups and teapots. I rarely use them, but I am ready for the next chance to take tea with someone. In the cabinet you'll see little spoons and sugar cube tongs, even teapot bibs so drips of tea racing down the spout will get grabbed before staining my tablecloth. It's all such a fuss, but so worth it.

So it might be considered too much fuss for a card, but I decided to watercolor my Teacup Trio for this card today. I grabbed my Cotman Travel Kit and sat down for a little art therapy.

Here's the short of how I created this card.


From Stampendous:

Watercolor Paper by Canson®
Kraft cardstock by Neenah®
Cotman Watercolor Pocket Kit by Winsor and Newton®
Water Soluble Oil Pastels by Smith and Binney
Monoprint paper (Creative Palette + acrylic paints + white cardstock)
Zip-Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives®
Twine from May Arts Ribbon®


  1. Make a card base by tent folding a 4 1/4 x 11 inch cardstock in half with a finished size of 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.
  2. Stamp teacups onto watercolor paper and color.
  3. Gently rub a water soluble oil pastel onto the Floral Tapestry stamp and mist with water before stamping around the saucers. 
  4. Trim image down to fit on monoprint paper.
  5. Glue image onto monoprint paper and then onto card base.
  6. Tie card front with twine.

Stampendous Blog

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Jamie Martin

See this Project on the Stampendous Website, too!
Oh me oh my, Stampendous January catalog products should be showing up in your stores any day now! Shop first with the catalog (available on 1/23) and then go ask for it at your local stores! lol Reminds me of my kids and the monthly Scholastic orders.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

Creative JumpStart in a Mix-Ability Birthday

It's all about getting the creativity going and then jumping into a challenge. I feel like I'm a bi-athlete of mixed media right now.

I've had a blast watching the artists in the n*Studio's Creative JumpStart 2015 Workshop. I didn't know what to expect and it is so refreshing helping me get looser in my creative routine. This project is my share for Show and Tell #2. My inspiration was the Painting Panel by Marsha Valk. I just loved her layers! I adapted the idea to use the new Rectangles Creative Palette from Stampendous*.

I'm all caught up on the videos now and so I immediately grabbed some new NEW supplies! I'll just say they are fun and Stampendous has them shipping out to your favorite craft stores. Look for the * next to items that are going to be available to consumers soon. {wink}

The challenge is Mix-Ability's MIX103: Repeat-peat-peat. Pick a shape and repeat it several times in different sizes, styles, you name it.

Here's the what of my project...

And here's the how...


From Stampendous:
*H311 Penned Birthday (Look/ask in stores near you or here after next weekend)
*MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper (peek here)
*CP475 Rectangles Creative Palette (peek here)
SSH46 Perfectly Clear Acrylic Stamp Handle

Cardstock by Neenah
Basics™ Acyrlics by Liquitex® (244 Ivory Black, 321 Purple Red, 330 Raw Sienna, 432 Titanium White, 680 Lt Blue Violet, 840 Bright Yellow Green)
Airbrush Medium by Liquitex®
Paintbrushes (#8 Flat and #2 Rigger/liner)
Sewing Pattern Tracer Wheel
Zip-Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives®
Paper towel
Craft Mat or protective covering for workspace
Paint palette


  1. Create a card base by folding a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch piece of white cardstock to a finished size of 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.
  2. Cover workspace with paper or craft mat. 
  3. Prep area with large rectangle Creative Palette plate, exposing one side of the plate by removing the acetate cover*. Have a cup of clean water, paper towel, paint palette, paints and other supplies in reach of the palette.
  4. Using the flat brush thin each paint color with airbrush medium on palette paper or craft mat and cleaning brush with water in between each color mix.
  5. Start with one color and paint large squares onto Stampendous Creative Palette and quickly make a print with mixed media white paper.
  6. Repeat each color, varying square sizes, in the same way as the first. Use the same piece of paper for each impression.
  7. Do not clean the palette between colors so you can use the last impression as a guide for the new color.
  8. Put the small square stamp from Rectangles Creative Palette onto acrylic stamp handle.
  9. Dampen a sponge and pat into paint color (raw sienna, blue violet or whatever you choose but white should be last) and then evenly pat it onto the small square stamp. Stamp onto monoprint. Repeat with desired color choices.
  10. Paint a few squares in various sizes with flat brush in two colors (Purple Red and white shown)
  11. Trim monoprint to fit on card base (5 1/4 x 4 inches)
  12. Thin Ivory Black with a little airbrush medium and load the rigger/liner brush. begin to add open squares around the outside of the monoprint. Attach a few with lines. Vary sizes, outline some stamped squares or whatever your creative leads you to do.
  13. Run the pattern tracer tool in black paint that has been spread out with a brush. Run the tracer wheel next to the painted squares.
  14. In the same manner as the small square stamp, load a sponge and pat it onto the sentiment stamp and stamp onto monoprint.
  15. Adhere dry monoprint to card base with Zip-Dry™ glue.

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you'll check out the Mix-Ability Challenge on Splitcoaststampers and the Creative JumpStart 2015 Workshop.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Hummingbirds are Beautiful

This week Stampendous is giving us a close up look at the gorgeous Hummingbirds Stamp Set and coordinating Cutting Dies.

I finally spent some time in my studio in the new year! Yes, it's been a looonnnnngggg time. I've been slowly getting through some knitting and sewing projects that I'm so very far behind on them it's ridiculous. But I've been watching videos from the Creative Jumpstart 2015 Workshop and it's been inspiring me to use my paints.

The videos are just the perfect length for good information and some great inspiration to get you going. I think my background is inspired from the first few videos of the series. I can't wait to catch up and make some more art!

So the end of my crafty time resulted in a mixed media card using one of the hummingbirds from the Cling Hummingbirds Stamp Set and the painterly stamps from the n*Studio line called Grunge and Dress Form. The sentiment is from Say It Today Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.


From Stampendous:
Cling Hummingbirds Stamp Set
Hummingbirds Cutting Die Set
n*Studio Grunge Stamp Set
n*Studio Dress Form Stamp Set
Say It Today Perfectly Clear Stamp Set
Memento Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
Perfectly Clear Acrylic Stamp Handle
Creative Palette Monoprinting Plate

Pewter Cardstock by Wausau®
White Cardstock by Neenah®
Pink Gingham Pattern Paper by Authentique®
Paint by DecoArt® (Willamsburg Blue, Salem Blue, Charcoal Gray, Grass Green, Yellow, Toffee)
White Gesso by Daley Rowney
Alcohol Markers by Copic® (T1, T4, T6, T8, C2, C4, E47, E49, R14, RV17, RV19, RV55, BG13, YG23)
Zip-Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives®
3D Thin Foam Adhesive Squares by Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L
Re-positional Tape by 3M®
Stylus (any size)
Flat Paintbrush (and supplies for clean up)


  1. Make a top fold card from 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch Pewter cardstock to a finish size of 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches. Set aside.
  2. Stamp Hummingbird onto white cardstock with Memento ink and color with markers.
  3. Die cut image out by positioning it and securing with two small pieces of re-positional tape then run it through you die cutting machine.
  4. Paint white gesso on a 4 x 5 1/4 inch piece of pattern paper leaving some of the paper showing through in the center. 
  5. Place a second piece of paper the same size underneath the Creative Palette to use as a size guide.
  6. Monoprint in layers starting with the lightest paint and each additional paint further from the center until you are only around the edges. Apply paint quickly with a damp sponge.
  7. Dip a stylus into some white gesso and scribble around the finished paper.**
  8. Stamp the sentiment with Memento ink.
  9. Quickly sponge then stamp darker paints onto various stamps from the n*Studio line.
  10. Glue monoprint page with paper glue onto card base.
  11. Add foam adhesive squares to back of die cut hummingbird and adhere to card base.

There is more hummingbird goodness from DT talents, Jamie and Amy. You can find their links on the Stampendous blog post HERE.

And I hope you are catching all the January Catalog reveals coming from the Stampendous booth at CHA 2015. You can find all that goodness on the Stampendous blog from last weekend and this week until Wednesday.

This project is a nice attempt at MariLynn's really cool mixed media challenge on Splitcoaststampers Mix-Ability Challenge MIX102: Static Electricity. I hope you'll come visit and play along in the challenges. There are no deadlines to complete, just come and have fun with mixed media!

My static electricity is using a stylus dipped into white gesso and scribbled around my monoprint paper. It started out working wonderfully, but then for some reason the stylus wasn't letting go of the gesso. No matter, it was a great technique and challenge that I'll be trying again.

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