Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Summer in the City and a Summer Hop with Nathalie and Friends

Welcome to a summer session of messy mixed media fun with Nathalie Kalbach and her fabulous Foam, Cling Rubber Stamp and Stencil Sets. You can see them all on the Stampendous website!

It's a hop so you'll want to jump to the rest of the blogs today, but remember Stampendous hops mean prizes! Take note of the details when you visit the Stampendous blog post today.

1. Stampendous Blog 4. Janelle Stollfus
2. Gwen Lafleur 5. Nathalie Kalbach Blog
3. Louise Healy

I gravitated to the Urban Scribble set for my project today after being inspired by Nathalie's Creative Squad's "My City Speaks To Me" pieces – Michelle Rydell, Cheiron Brandon and Marsha Valk.

Acrylic Paint and Marker Journal Page

This journal page is yet to be written in as I struggled to come up with words to write that explained what I was thinking about, so I asked my team what they would suggest and here are some great quotes–
Nature will always find a way.
Art is the tree of life. – William Blake
I will use a tree to teach me to gather strength from my deepest roots. 

Here are some fantastic sentiments that would work well.

This is how I created my page.

I started with a single sheet of 11 x 17 inch quality paper that I purchased in a ream from a local paper store. I know it's a journal page, but the crease really restricts me, I'll later gather up all the journal pages and staple into a book with a long-reach stapler.

I made a monoprint with the Creative Palette for the sky and a wash where the buildings were planned to be stamped first adding gel medium to get a cushion to use the grid stencil from Urban Scribbles. Afterwards, spots of stenciling were added with templates from the retired Wired Stamp set.

The building stamp was layered using paper cut masks and paint was rolled onto the solid side of foam stamp with a brayer. The Cling Rubber stamp was inked up with Versafine Onyx Black ink and applied with the same mask routine as with the paint.

Street and sidewalks were hand painted and marked then the tree was painted freestyle with a round brush and outlined with paint markers.

The finishing touches were paint marker lines to make the building angles pop against the organic shape of the tree. That's it!

Now here's what I ended up thinking my quote would be for this page, ready? "It's time to uncover the shape of your soul." – Emily P. Freeman (back cover of "A Million Little Things")

What would your quote be?

Stamps: NKCFS03 Urban Scribbles, Kaffee Klatsch, Wired (Stampendous)
Paper: White book paper
Ink: Versafine™ Onyx Black Ink (Tsukineko) 
Accessories: Creative Palette (Stampendous), Acrylic paint in Ultramarine, Light Blue, Brilliant Yellow Green, Light Green, Burnt Sienna, Warm Grey, Burnt Umber, Gold Yellow, Cadmium Yellow Light Hue (Liquitex, Amsterdam and Master's Touch), acrylic paint marker set (Liquitex), open stock markers (Elmers), Gel Medium (Chromacryl)

Friday, June 3, 2016

Beach Basics In Its Place{card}

The very least you need for a beach is water and sand, right? Then the basics are covered with the Stampendous Beach 5-Jar Embossing Kit. It was the go-to essential for the April 2016 catalog that it having so many summer and beach themed stamps and stencils.

Today I'm sharing a catalog project that I was SO excited about making...

a beach place card!

It was really a fun project and if done in assembly-line style would take hardly any time to create for a small group. Here are the supplies and instructions for my project today, but before that here are the list of other designers sharing today!


CRS5090 Cling Seashells Stamps Set
SSC055 Retro Alphabet Perfectly Clear Stamp Set
DCS5090 Seashells Die Cut Set
DCP1006 Fitted Frames B Die Set
R249 Wood Background Stamp
EK22 Beach 5-Jar Embossing Kit
EP508 Mushroom Embossing Powder
FRC17 Peach Color Fragments
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
MEM101 Memento™ Tuxedo Ink by Tsukineko®
SSH23 Small Perfectly Clear Acrylic Stamp Handle
EPA50 Heat Tool

My Colors™ cardstock by My Mind's Eye®
Memento™ London Gray Ink by Tsukineko®
Markers by Copic® (W3, W5, W9)
Pan Pastels (Yellow Ochre, Orange, Turquoise)
Zip-Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives
Foam Tape by Tombow®
Twisted Burlap by May Arts
Decorative Scissors (optional)


  1. Stamp Wood Background with London Fog onto the center of a 4 7/8 x 5 1/2 inch piece of Mixed Media White Paper. Stamp above and below the first stamped image. 
  2. Score at 3/4 inches along the top of the 4 7/8 inch width. 
  3. Shade wood with markers and turn over and color in from the edges with darkest gray marker. 
  4. On the scored edge emboss from the score line towards the edge of the paper with the Beach 5-Jar Kit in Golden Sand, Mushroom (separate container), Sky Blue and Pacific Blue. Sprinkle one powder at a time and heat from the back of the paper. 
  5. Cut along embossed edge with decorative scissors or carefully tear. 
  6. Add a sprinkle of Peach Color Fragments to the embossed beach and heat from the back side of the paper. 
  7. Fold at the score line towards the wood stamp and then roll the paper into a tube, gluing to the other end of the paper. 
  8. Stamp shell with black ink on another piece of Mixed Media White Paper and color with Pan Pastels. Die cut with coordinating set. 
  9. Stamp name, or names if doing multiple placecards, on Mixed Media White Paper with black ink and die cut with Fitted Frames B dies that is 3 3/8 inches wide. Cut color cardstock with the larger of that set at 3 1/2 inches wide. 
  10. Adhere the stamped name onto color cardstock frame with foam tape and glue onto the wood paper tube. 
  11. Adhere shell with foam tape to stamped name. 
  12. Tie a long piece of burlap into a small bow with long tails and glue below shell on the embossing. Trim burlap to fit width of paper tube.

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Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Beach Finds On Vacation

Dude, it's a vacation at the beach today! Well it is on my blog anyway!

Thickers stickers carefully heat embossed with Sandy embossing powder!

My family had a spontaneous trip last July to the Oregon coast. A first for my kids and even more rare is that I made a scrapbook page for it! Check it out and then 

Perfect pattern paper with embossed seashells.
Lots of shells were found and even a crawfish? I don't remember now what it was! lol Anyway here is my complete project with supplies and instructions, too. Stop by the Stampendous blog today for more information!



My Colors™ cardstock by My Mind's Eye®
By the Sea™ Pattern Paper by Graphic 45®
Snow White Acrylic Paint by DecoArt®
Zip-Dry™ Paper Glue by Beacon Adhesives
DIY Thickers Alphabet Stickers or chipboard alphabet
Twisted Burlap by May Arts Ribbon
Paint brush
Static remover pouch


  1. Use a dry paintbrush and a small amount of white paint to add brushstrokes in each corner and offset left of center. Set aside to dry.
  2. Stamp with pink ink and die cut shell images on Mixed Media White paper. Color with markers and pencils.
  3. Pat static remover pouch over entire painted paper. 
  4. Stamp seashells as shown with Versamark ink and emboss with Detail White Embossing Powder.
  5. Tear a 12-inch strip of pattern paper and trim a 2 inch piece off the larger end.
  6. Use die cut sizes from both Fitted Frames A and B Die Cut sets to mat images as shown and glue together.
  7. Arrange all matted pictures, torn strips of paper and seashells as layout shown in picture.
  8. Glue torn strips down and tie on twisted burlap in a bow.
  9. Continue to glue down elements.
  10. Stick down alphabet stickers or glue chipboard onto layout as shown. Write year with watermark ink pen. 
  11. Sprinkle Sand embossing powder from the Beach 5-Jar Embossing Powder Kit onto the sticky letters and year, tap off excess and return to container.
  12. Heat embossing powder just until melted, too much heat will shrink the alphabet stickers.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Sandy Beaches

Hello and happy Friday folks. The Stampendous team are spending some time at the beach with House-Mouse Designs® and friends. 

I have two catalog cards to share with you today, and both lead me to realize I didn't know a lot about the beach. I don't know my beach birds and second I don't know my seashells!

Before I share my supplies and instructions for each card here is the complete hop list.

Stop by the Stampendous blog to see more great projects as well as the designers participating in the weekly theme.

1. Stampendous Blog 6. Kristine Reynolds
2. Pam Bray 7. Lea Fritts (Thursday Post)
3. Laura Drahozal 8. Lea Fritts
4. Janelle Stollfus - you are here 9. Tenia Nelson
5. Pam Hornschu

Details for Umbrella Shade Card



My Colors™ cardstock by My Mind's Eye®
Sketch™ Markers by Copic® (0, B60, BG11, BG13, BG15, BG49, BG72, E0000, E30, E31, E40, E42, E81, RV10, RV11, RV13, W1, W2, W3, W5, W7, Y11, Y15, Y26, Y38, YR12, YR16, YR18, YR21, YR27, YR31)
Ribbon by May Arts®
Xtreme™ Adhesive Tape Runner by Tombow®
Foam tape by Tombow®
Sewing machine and thread (optional)


  1. Fold a 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 inch card stock in half for a finished 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 inch card base.
  2. Trim a strip of cardstock to 1 x 12 inch strip. 
  3. Score in a pattern of 1/4, 1/4, 3/4 inch and repeat across the strip. 
  4. Fold so every other 3/4 inch section is mountain fold and sew strip together to make a pleated ruffle.
  5. Glue onto card base with tape runner and tie a ribbon into a bow over the top edge of the ruffle.
  6. Stamp Umbrella Shade with black ink onto Mixed Media Paper and color.
  7. Trim with Fitted Frames die and cut out coordinated frame die on color cardstock.
  8. Glue image to frame and then adhere to card base with foam tape.

Details for Sandpiper Hello Card


HMR69 Sandpiper Hello
CRS5090 Cling Seashells Stamps Set
SSC1246 Ocean Wisdom Perfectly Clear Stamp Set
DCS5090 Seashells Die Cut Set
DCP1006 Fitted Frames B Set
DWDD004 Long Nesting Oval Die Cut
MPW811 Mixed Media White Paper
MEM01 Memento™ Tuxedo Black Ink by Tsukineko®
SSH57 Jumbo Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Stamp Handle

My Colors™ cardstock by My Mind's Eye®
Markers by Copic® (0, B01, B24, B26, B000, BG000, BG96, BV23, BV31, BV34, E02, E21, E23, E29, E37, E42, E43, E50, E51, E53, E93, N2, N4, W2, W5, W7, W9, YG01, YG03, YG05, YG13, YG17, YG63, YR31, YR24, YR27)
Ribbon by May Arts®
Foam Tape by Tombow®


  1. Fold 5 1/2 x 11 color cardstock in half for a 5 1/2 square inch card base.
  2. Stamp Sandpiper Hello onto Mixed Media White Paper and color.
  3. Die cut the image and color cardstock frame with Fitted Frames B Set.
  4. Stamp Ocean Wisdom stamp on Mixed Media White Paper and cut out with nesting oval die.
  5. Stamp seashells and color. Die cut coordinating set.
  6. Tie bow around front of card base.
  7. Position colored image and sentiment in place and glue image down.
  8. Use foam tape on sentiment and slide one shell behind sentiment and foam tape the second one to the front of the sentiment.