Saturday, October 27, 2012

Stampendous New Release Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Stampendous October Catalog new release Blog Hop!  We hope you've enjoyed this week of peeks of all the fun new stamps!  Be sure to hop around to all the Design Team's blogs today and leave comments for a chance to win a brand new stamp!

For today I wanted to share an art journal page that I completed using a couple of the newest stamps.  I began by covering my page with gesso then let that dry.  Next I sprayed on some Dylusions ink sprays.  (The sprays over the gesso will give a lovely pastel color)

I then stamped the new Hydrangea Bunch 3 times in Archival Black ink.  I painted these in using Claudine Helmuth's acrylic paints watered down a bit ...not really neatly, just adding color.


Next I added a few of the Leaf Sprigs stamp, also in Archival black.  I added some paint and Gelatos around the edges of the flowers and the edge of the page in slightly darker colors.

I then took my Music Score background stamp and inked that with black then rolled it onto my page (holding it in my hand and not using a stamp block) to give partial images randomly over the page.

Next I added some more white gesso throughDylusions Diamond of a Border stencil to add some texture and then did a bit of doodling with my white sharpie pen.


The last steps were adding a folded tag and sentiments to the inside and out.  I used the Life is Art stamp, and inked part for the fron tof the tag and part for the inside.  This was adhered using Fast Finish Decoupage from Beacon.  Then I added a strip of Teal Dot Washi tape from Bella Blvd down the side of my journal page right up to the spine.

 OK, so now its time to hop on and see the rest of the fabulous inspiration for today!
Cyndi Bundy  (you are here)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

More Tim Holtz and Dreamweaver stencils

Welcome back to week two of our amazing collaboration between Ranger's Tim Holtz line of Distress Powders, and our beautiful Dreamweaver Stencils & Products! If you missed last week's event, start HERE.

Last week, we were totally blown away by the awesome response we received from those of you who hopped over from Tim Holtz's blog and the Ranger blog to check us out! We've been doing the "happy dance" ever since! Hopefully, you will continue to check us out, especially over the next few weeks as we continue our play-time in Tim's sandbox. (It is rather an appropriate metaphor considering the cool texture of his Distress Powders.)

Apparently, Tim and the wonderful people at Ranger were also excited by the response, and they've decided to "up the ante" in the form of an additional prize package(s) which will include TWELVE Distress Powders each, and a handful of Dreamweaver Stencils to go with! Wow! Just one teeny-tiny win one of these packages from their blog, you need to create something with Tim Holtz's Distress Powders and Dreamweaver Stencils and attach it to the inlinkz on the Ranger blog. Winners will be selected randomly. For more details, head over to the Ranger blog.

Once again, this week we are offering another fall prize package as shown here. Just leave us all some love as you visit, for an opportunity to be the one random winner we select. Curious as to who won from last week? It could be YOU! Visit the Dream It Up! blog for the announcement of the lucky commenter.

I was inspired by Christmas cards Tim used for his classes at a recent trade show and used the basic idea of a tag on  long card but changed all the rest!  My background card is made from Tim Holtz Kraft Core Nostalgic Collection cardstock by Core'dinations.  The edges were sanded then I added a plain black mat to the center of this.

For my tag I used Tim Holtz Peeled Paint and Seedless Preserves Distress Ink swiped on my craft mat along with new Brushed Pewter Distress Stain.  I then swiped my tag through the puddle until it was covered then dried the tag with my Heat Tool.  The tinsel twine on the tag is new in Tim's Ideology line.

Next I added my stenciled piece using Waves and Dots Stencil from Dreamweaver Stencils.  This was placed on Double sided sticky paper and then I added Spiced Marmalade and Concord Grape distress Embossing Powders through the openings.  When that was finished I added Black Soot Distress Powder to the background.

My cat is die cut from the Raven and Scaredy Cat Sizzix alterations die by Tim Holtz and then embossed with more Black Soot distress powder.   

The metal piece at the top is a sheet of aluminum from Dreamweaver Stencils that was dry embossed using the Halloween Night Texture Fade by Tim Holtz for Sizzix.  I then added Color  Solutions alcohol inks (from  DWS) in Aspen Leaf, Citron, and Sugarplum.  After that dried for a minute I sanded the top then swiped my Archival Black ink pad over the raised areas.

The last little bit, "Cool Cat", was paste embossed with Kitty words stencil using Matte Black paste.  while the paste was still wet I added Paprika Dry Stickles glitter from Ranger.

Aren't you excited to see what's next? Check out the Dream Team players for today:

You already know where to find Ranger's/Tim Holtz' products, but if you are having difficulty finding Dreamweaver, encourage your local stamp/paper-craft store to carry the line of fabulous stencil designs, pastes, and other products to mix with all of your stash of Tim's crafty goodness. You can also purchase our products on-line at Stencil with Style.

We'd love to see you come back regularly and play along with our monthly challenges (and more opportunities to win stencils) by linking your creations to the mr. linky on the Dream It Up! blog, or emailing pics of your creations to Since you're on the computer already, head on over and like us on Facebook as well. Just another location for dreamy and distressed inspiration!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Stampendous! October New Release Peeks

Good  morning!  Its finally release peek week at Stampendous!  Check in at the Stampendous Blog every day this week for links to the DT members showcasing new releases and we will be ending with a Blog Hop and prizes this Saturday!

Today I am showing you a card that made the back cover of the new October Stampendous Catalog with a couple of adorable new stamps.

I started with one of the new Vintage Kids stamps, Kids on Wheels and colored it with my Spectrum Noir markers to match this vintage paper from My Mind's Eye.  I also added a bit of distressing with my Old Paper Tim Holtz pad to age the white cs a bit.

And the new Life is a Circus stamp was the perfect sentiment to go along with these adorable children. (There's also a new range of Vintage Circus stamps so go check those out too!)  All of these stamps should be showing up in your local stamp stores soon so be on the lookout!

OK, so do yu want some more inspiration?  Here's the list of the DT playing today:

Cyndi Bundy (me!)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Stenciling Tim Holtz Style

Welcome to our first post this month in the Dreamweaver Stencils and Ranger Ink  Collaboration!  We will be featuring the Dreamweaver stencils and Ranger Distress Embossing Powder for the next 4 weeks each Thursday!

I created a large tag for you today in Tim Holtz style!  I began by inking my #10 Manilla tag with Tim Holtz Distress ink in Dried Marigold, Dusty Concord, and Peeled Paint using my Ink Blending Tool.  Then I placed my Mosaic Swirls stencil stencil over the tag and applied Antiqued Bronze Distress Stain.

Next I stamped the maple leaf from Tim Holtz Autumn Collection repeatedly in Archival Black ink.

For my leaves I inked some scraps of Manilla cardstock in the same distress inks as above.  I used the same Mosaic Swirls Stencil but this time I applied Embossing ink with a large sponge dauber then added Vintage Photo Distress Embossing Powder and heated.

I then die cut 3 maple leaves from this piece and went back in with more of the distress ink to darken the leaves.  I love the way the distress EP feels so grungy like sandpaper!

I needed something to place behind my leaves so I die cut the Tim Holtz Alterations Hanging Sign from a piece of Tim Holtz Ideology Grunge paper and then embossed that with Scattered Straw Distress EP.  This gave me a lighter foundation to adhere my leaves to.  I also added a bit of Purple Tinsel Twine and an "m" for maple charm from the Tim Holtz Findings Halloween Muse Tokens.

My final touches were to sprinkle some Scattered Straw Distress EP onto my tag randomly and heat from underneath to bring out the paler yellow color of my mat.  I also used my blending tool to add some Barn Door  Distress ink to parts of the tag and around the edges and also some Archival Black to the edges.

This was such a fun project to create and I got to play with so many of my favorite Ranger products including some that were new to me!

I hope you'll visit my teammate's blogs and leave them all some love!  PLUS, there are prizes to be had this month!  AND finally, don't forget that you still have 2 weeks to enter the Fall challenge at DWS.

And here's the Fall prize!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Go Jingle Your Own Bells

Oh goodness, I haven't blogged since Saturday!  I have been hiding and stamping and teaching classes :)  Today I want to share a tag I created a couple of weeks ago then promptly lost, bwahahaaa!

Its totally Dylusions from top to bottom.  I started by spraying Dylusions ink sprays on the background then stamped the stars from Christmas Backgrounds in Mowed Lawn Distress ink.  I also randomly added some circles with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist using the lid to transfer the ink from my craft mat.

I stamped a border from Further Around the Edge down one side.  The dots are colored with Dylusions ink and a water pen.  I then added some doodling in my white Signo gel pen.

I stamped Pondering Petunia on a separate sheet of Manilla then colored her with water pens and Dylusions inks.  (I also gave her a hat from the Christmas Accessories set)

The ornaments are from Christmas Borders and the sentiment from Christmas Words.

Dylusions ink sprays used: Fresh Lime, Cut Grass, Vibrant Turquoise, Bubblegum Pink & Squeezed Orange

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Stampendous and Core'dinations Blog Hop

Its Blog Hop day for Stampendous and Core'dinations!  If you hopped here from Annette's blog then you are right on track...if not start back at the beginning at the Stampendous blog so you don't miss any of the fun!

I created a layout for you today with some photos my parents just took of my little guy picking out pumpkins last week.  I began with the back side (kraft) of a Tim Holtz Distress collection of Core'dinations for my base and  stamped a few Fall Tendril images on one corner in Walnut Stain distress ink.  My main photo mat is a piece of Red Core'dinations that I simply sanded and then barely inked the edges with the ink.

I added a few strips to the left side of the page:  pieces of Orange and Brown  Kraft Core from the Tim Holtz Distress collecton pack and a strip of leaves Acorn Hollow pp from Little Yellow Bicycle.  The orange I sanded and inked with more Walnut Stain, the Brown I embossed with a leafy branch folder then sanded.

I also cut a couple of circle die cuts and embossed those with a Sizzix embossing folder.  Those were sanded and partially inked.  I then layered some pieces from the Acorn Hollow Paper flowers kit to these.

And lastly in the bottom corner I added a tag....first stamped on Kraft with the Large Tag stamp, then layered onto sanded Red Kraft Core.  I then stamped my Hayride Kiddos stamp on Kraft and colored that with my Spectrum Noir markers.

OK, sorry to be so long winded! Time to move on in the hop:

Cyndi Bundy  (you are here)

Friday, October 12, 2012

Feature Friday with Skipping Stones

Good morning!  Its my turn for Feature Friday over at Skipping Stones Design!  And since its Breast Cancer Awareness Month I thought I'd pull out my Bra's Volume 3 set for today.  Yes, there are 3 sets of these adorable bras and each has multiple bras plus funny and inspirational sayings.

I paper pieced my bra with paper from Echo Park's For the Record 2 Tailored collection and added a bitty bow to the front.  Easy peasy card just to showcase the adorable bra!

Thanks for popping in today!  Don't forget our challenge this week which you can enter HERE through Monday night!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Dreamweaver Thursday

Its challenge time again at Dreamweaver Stencils and this week is still all about fall!  I seem to have a shortage of fall stencils so I used this fabulous Black-eyed Susan Stencil and threw on some fall colors!

I began by paste embossing my stencil with Glossy White paste then added glitter while the paste was still wet.  The green carried over a bit much but it kinda gives it a funky look!

Be sure to hop around and see what the rest of the Dream Team created and please be sure to play along with us this month!  2 entries will be chosen (one for best interpretation f theme and one for best use of DWS products)  The winners will each get a stencil of their choosing!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Stampendous meets Core'dinations

The Stampendous team is  having another week of fun with Core'dinations this week!  I must say I looove my Core'dinations go to cardstock!

My card today features two different styles of Core'dinations.  The Poison panel was dry embossed on Black Magic cardstock and then sanded with my Sand It Gadget.

I used Tim Holtz Distress Kraft Core Cardstock for the base and stamped the Tin Panel background stamp directly onto it with Archival Black Ink (which gives a lovely textured look).  I also stamped the tin panel onto the kraft side of more of the Kraft Core cardstock and then sprayed that with Dylusions ink sprays.  (I used Crushed Grape, Squeezed Orange, and Pure Sunshine)  After I cut out this panel with a Nesting Label die I gently sanded part of the edges.

I also stamped Punkin Kitty on the Kraft side and colored her with my Spectrum Noir markers.  And of course not card is complete without a bit of Fran'tage Essentials.  I added some Aged Black embossing Enamel to the Oval Tin panel.

Be sure to hop around and see the other fabulous projects today!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Skipping Stones Design Challenge #149

Its challenge day again at Skipping Stones Design, won't you join us?  This week is another retro sketch for you and here's what I came up with:

Couldn't resist the cat and halloween together now could I?  This cute kitty comes from the set Holiday Cats.  I colored him with my speccies of course.  The background paper is from Graphic 45 Happy Haunting pad and the Victorian Picket Fence diecut is by Cherry Lynn Designs.  I also added a bit of texture for grass using Leaf Green Color Fragments from Stampendous!

Spectrum Noir colors used:
OR3, OR2, OR1, GB4
IG9, IG7, IG6, IG5, CR1

And here's  sketch #149 if you want to play along with us:

Challenge List:
Cheery Lynn Designs: Black and Orange
Inspire me Friday: anything goes

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Stampendous and May Arts Blog Hop

Thanks for joining us today for the finale of our Stampendous and May Arts week!  Don't forget to go check out all the fabulous projects from all this week.  You can find daily links at the Stampendous blog.

For today I finally completed a mirror project that I've been working on.  I started with a plain mirror from Ikea, then primed it with Gesso and Vintage Photo Distress Stain.  I then added a layer of Picket Fence Crackle Paint to that.  (each layer needs to dry before adding the next)

I then stamped the pine needles from Jumbo Pinecone Bough all over the frame using Versamark Ink and Aged Hunter embossing Enamel.  I also added the Hunter all around the edge of the frame.  The pinecones were also stamped in Versamark ink and then I added Clear Bark embossing Powder to those.  My final touch was to layer some gorgeous Gold mesh ribbon over a crinkly brown ribbon and adhere the bow to the frame.  I used Fabritac from Beacon Adhesives to attach the bow.

Thanks for stopping by but now its time to keep on hopping!

Cyndi Bundy  (you are here)

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Festively Fall

We have a new challenge for October at Dreamweaver Stencils to welcome in the fall weather and holidays: Festively Fall!  You have all month to play along with us.  You may use any products to be eligible.  One winner will be chosen for best interpretation of the theme and one winner for best use of Dreamweaver products!  And the winners  get a stencil of their choosing!

And what better to celebrate fall than a black cat?  I used Retro Standing Cat and paste embossed him with Matte Black paste then added Stampendous Pearl Black Glitter  while that was still wet.  The Meow is from the Kitty Words stencil and was also embossed in black then I added Stampendous  Tigerlily Pearl Glitter to that.  

And be sure to check out my teammate's inspiration today too: