Friday, February 27, 2015

Stampendous and Artist Trading Block Hop Finale ....

The big “block” hop day is here! It’s time to pull up your comfy chair and favorite beverage while you are inspired by what the designers are creating for their own Artist Trading Blocks.


We are thrilled to bring you a blog hop today with more amazing artist trading block projects! Our designers have created some fabulous projects for today and we know you are excited to see them.
I have had so much fun working with the Artist Trading Blocks! For today's project, I pulled out some of my all time favorite stamps to create a bit of Halloween decor. 

Supplies Used:
•Stampendous (Tricky Words Perfectly Clear Set, Tomb Elements,  Damask Bats, Skull Stack, Tombstone Owl, Pop Up Die Set, Aged Silver Embossing Powder) 
•Sizzix (Artist Trading Blocks, Mat Board)
•Derwent Inktense Watercolor Pencils
•dry wall mesh, staples



I stamped the Tombstone scenes and colored them with watercolor pencils. When they were dry, I inked them up with a scrap of dry wall mesh as a stencil. Finally I added a bit of Aged Silver Embossing Powder around the edges randomly.  

I diecut stars from the scraps of mat board to use as embellishments on the blocks. Sentiments were stamped on Ticket diecuts from the Pop Up set and added to the block. 


We want to thank Eileen Hull, her amazing team and the fabulous products we were able to use this week. The idea of creating an artist trading block has changed our way of creating with new excitement. Even though we traditionally end our product partner weeks on a Friday the inspiration will continue as more projects come in and will be posted in a cumulative list at the end of each week.

We know this form of crafting will spark your interest and give your mojo a serious boost! That’s why we have prizes!!!  We’ll choose three winners at random from the comments on all blogs in the hop. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps, just like you’ll see on Kristine Reynolds amazing ATB sample. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes of your own, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix die to cut your own ATB boxes! Uh, WOW! If that weren’t enough, eligibility for these amazing prize packages has expanded to include our international fans too!


We know you won’t want to miss a single creation in this hop, and the Eileen Hull Designs Inspiration Team has several members that live outside the United States, so it took a while for them to get their products from us. We need to give them time to post and you time to comment, so the comment deadline will be Sunday, March 8th. A whole extra week! We will continue posting links as we receive them from the Inspiration Team, so be sure to keep checking back. You get one entry for every comment, so you don’t want to miss the chance to leave a thoughtful comment on each project. For those who tend to get lost, we’ll post a “cumulative” link list of links so far on Saturday, February 28th and Saturday, March 7th. Then you can check your progress.


Here are today’s participating designers -

Stampendous Blog

Pam Hornschu

Asia King

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds

Janelle Stollfus

Tenia Nelson

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Wendy Price

Lea Kimmel

Anna-Karin Evaldsson

Anne Redfern

Donna Budzynski

Diana Hetherington

Oxana Moupasiridou

Eileen Hull’s Blog


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Take time to smell the roses...

I'm back today with another sample using the Sheena Douglass new stamps and dies. I used the Brambles Die to create a monochromatic background. This is one of my favorite ways to use diecuts! 


Supplies Used:

Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners- Wild Rose Briar
Sheena Decorative Metal Die- Brambles
Bebunni Dies- Cottage Lace

Thursday, February 26, 2015

A Little Bird Told Me...

Today I'm sharing a card I made for Crafters Companion new Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners  stamps. How cute would this be as a congratulations card for an expectant mother! 


Supplies Used:
Sheena Douglass Perfect Partners- Birds of a Feather
Spectrum Noir (IG1, IG2, IG3, EB2, EB1, EB3)


Monday, February 23, 2015

Stampendous and The Artist Around the Block Hop...

We are having a “Block Party” and everyone’s invited!


Artist and Designer Eileen Hull has been crafting her whole life, and for the last decade has focused on designing products for crafters. Her signature line of ScoreBoards™ dies for Sizzix have created some fantastic tools that have gone far beyond what even she envisioned when designing them. One of these has given birth to the Artist Trading Block. Designed as a box die with the possibility for a positionable window in one side, this tool has taken off and given rise to some of the most creative projects imaginable. With the help of Amy Bowerman she has assembled a team of designers that can take each of her new products to the limits and beyond.  You can find more info at The Artists on the Block.


I began by inking the blocks with Seedless Preserve and Black Soot Distress Ink. Next I splattered a bit of water on the distress ink to give it a cool effect. When it was dry, I filled the block sides in with the various stamped images listed in the supply list. 


I laid a piece of drywall mesh down and stenciled Black Soot through it in random spots. 

All that was left to do was fold the box and glue the sides together. I used Beacons 3 in 1 for this. 


Supplies Used:
•Stampendous (Andy Skinner Steampunk Cling, Screwloose and Sparky Perfectly Clear Set, Screwy Pals, Follow Your Art, Detail Silver Embossing Powder)
Sizzix Artist Trading Block
•Beacon 3 in 1 Adhesive


Here are today’s participating designers -

Stampendous Blog

Kristine Reynolds


We know this form of crafting will spark your interest and give your mojo a serious boost! That’s why we have prizes!!!  We’ll choose three winners at random from the comments on all blogs in the hop. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps, just like you’ll see on Kristine Reynolds amazing ATB sample. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes of your own, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix die to cut your own ATB boxes! Uh, WOW!


We know you won’t want to miss a single creation in this hop, and the Eileen Hull Designs Inspiration Team has several members that live outside the United States, so it took a while for them to get their products from us. We need to give them time to post and you time to comment, so the comment deadline will be Sunday, March 8th. A whole extra week! We will continue posting links as we receive them from the Inspiration Team, so be sure to keep checking back. You get one entry for every comment, so you don’t want to miss the chance to leave a thoughtful comment on each project. For those who tend to get lost, we’ll post a “cumulative” link list of links so far on Saturday, February 28th and Saturday, March 7th. Then you can check your progress.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Friends are like Flowers...

Today I'm sharing another layout I created for Crafters Companion HSN featuring Bebunni Bloom and Grow stamp. 


I stamped lots of Bebunni and colored the flowers in rainbow order. 


Crafters Companion Supplies Used:

Bebunni- Bloom and Grow Stamp, Bunches of Love Sets
Spectrum Noir Markers (IG1, IG3, IG4, PP1, OR1, CG3, DR3, DR5, CG2, CG3, LG5, CT4, TB3, IB2)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Bebunni Fun...


I've been a busy bee working on samples for a Crafters Companion Bebunni HSN segment. I used the new Cottage Lace Die to create the background for this layout. Lots of work, but I LOVE the effect!


Supplies Used:
Bebunni- Bunches of Love
Spectrum Noir markers (IG1, IG2, IG3, PP1, HB1, HB3, OR1, CT4, CG2, CG3)

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Bee Mine

Happy Valentines Day! Today I'm sharing a Valentine theme layout I created for Clear Scraps featuring their XL Scallops  Shape and the Pennant Embellishments


I used my new favorite find, Rust-o-leum Frosted Glass Spray to give the acrylic piece a frosted look. 


On the acrylic pennant embellishments, I spread Dreamweavers Translucent Embossing Paste through the 6 x 6 Chicken Wire Mascil. It reminds me of a honeycomb design so I thought it would go perfect with the bees. While it was still wet, I sprinkled glitter on the pennants. 

The bees are from the Create a Critter Cricut cartridge. I have been thinking of selling off all my Cricut cartridges since I I have the Silhouette now, but I forgot how much I love the CAC cartridge. Cute stuff! 

The diecut hearts are from Crafters Companion new Bebunni Heart Metal Dies.