Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Dream-Pendous Blog Hop!

I hope you checked out yesterday's Blog Hop, as the ladies did an AMAZING job of combining Awesome Stampendous products with Fabulous Dreamweaver Stencils, and today it's MY turn!

Are you ready to be inked, pasted, encrusted, stenciled and stamped?  Because all this week the Dreamweaver Stencils' Dream Team and the Stampendous Design Teams will be providing some "Dream-pendous" inspiration for you, with multiple opportunities to win some fabulous prizes from both companies.   In my bag of Stampendous Inpiration, I was given...
Silver Halo Glitter, Shaved ice Fran-tage, Conservatory Cling Stamp & Friendly Phrases Cling Stamp, and for my first card on this Dream-pendous Blog Hop, I created this...

I used Spellbinders Labels 17 to cut a frame out of Cream coloured Craft Foil.  I then Dry Embossed it with my Dreamweaver Mosiac Tiles Stencil LJ901 (probably my favorite Background stencil!).  
I thought the mosiac tile effect would have a nice texture against the "Glass walls" of the conservatory.  Of course I used my fine sanding block to scratch off the top layer of colour on the craft foil to show the silver underneath.  That effect might be lost in the photo though, sigh.
Next, I applied my Tombow Aqua glue to the inner edge of the embossed metal frame, and poured the Silver Halo Glitter over it, tapping off whatever didn't stick.

Now for the main image, I wanted to stamp on Vellum, because it would give a softer background than regular cardstock, and with the frame being so "concrete", softness was needed.  I initially stamped with my Staz-on Ink pad, but the image wasn't crisp enough (maybe I need a new pad), but then I tried my VersaFine Ink pad by Tsukineko.  It's an awesome ink pad for very detailed stamps.  Here's the comparison between the two...
The detail is lost in the photo, but not only was the Versafine Darker, it was MUCH crisper.  So obviously that was the image I chose to use.  (I did heat set it with my Heat Gun so it wouldn't smear.

Next I wanted to add some glitter.  maybe I was thinking "Snow", but really I just wanted more Sparkle, tee hee.  Using my Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, I added glitter to the top of the Conservatory as well as scribbling some glue along the trees, and pouring the glitter over top.
I then put it all together, adding a Sentiment from the Friendly Phrases Cling Stamp (this set is AWESOME, it includes a variety of sentiments, as well as sayings for the inside of your card AND a "heartfelt & handmade by" set so you can sign the back of your card.  A complete Stamp set if ever I saw one!)
This stamp would have been lovely all coloured in as well, but I wanted to show you that you shouldn't be afraid of detailed stamps, they can look gorgeous all on their own, and they can make a really easy card, look complicated, and thereby impress all your friends!

So each day this week, you will be directed from both the Stampendous Impressions' blog or the Dream It Up! blog to the players du jour for your oohing and aaahing pleasure. 

Everyone will be playing on Saturday, the 14th with our final hop for the week. This is your opportunity to see how to mix and mingle your creativity...if you are a stenciler, you will be fascinated at combining stamps with your first love. If you are a stamper, you will be wowed at how stencils can add to your impressions.

Also, Dreamweaver is giving a away one FREE stencil a day to a lucky FaceBooker who "likes" us and leaves a comment about which stencil is your favorite!  Check out the Dreamweaver site to see ALL the stencils available!

Stampendous carries quite a wide array of products, which you will see by all the different designs being posted today, so be sure to check out this link for a local Stampendous Dealer near you!  (oopsie, they have our old address, don't forget we are on Schoolhouse st now!)

I'm so excited to be a part of this event, and I hope that you play along and check out everyone's creations!  Be sure to leave comments as you tour the blogs (with your email addy!) for a chance to win* one of three combined sets of these Dreamweaver and Stampendous goodies:


 *For shipping and handling purposes, USA/APO/FPO/Canada winners only.

Here are the players for today...
Jessie Hurley (you've already seen mine!)

And don't forget, Thursday is my Regular post for our Dreamweaver Challenge "April Showers, bring May Flowers" and I'm including another Stampendous sentiment on it!  Just LOVE that stamp set!!

So, with that,
Stamp yourself Stampendous,
Stencil with your Dreams
and be sure to check out everyone's blog, and leave comments!  You never just might win!


  1. Wow, this is amazing! Love all the added glitter and sparkle. Thanks for showing us each step too. (Great ink comparison too).

  2. i like the combination of the mosaic background and conservatory stamp. they do go well together. i too am a fan of the versafine inks - they're my go to first. i love vellum but never really know what to do with it. you have given me another idea. thxs :)

  3. thanks for the great detailed instructions and your process - it's really helpful. The card is lovely Jessie!

  4. thank you for sharing the steps that you did on your beautiful card. I really like using Versafine inks on most of my stamping.

  5. Great texture! Love the conservatory stamp.

  6. Gorgeous!!! LOVE the stamp and glitter!! Thanks for the stamped image comparison~ I think that I need to buy some Versafine ink.

  7. This turned out beautiful, Jessie! I'd love to see it in person. Great idea adding the glitter to the top of the conservatory!

  8. This is beautiful! I really love what you've done here. Great work!

  9. wow...fab tutorial...thank you

    Jennifer at kickman dot com

  10. Wonderful card Jessie, I love that conservatory stamp!

  11. Jessie this is just lovely! What a beautiful card! I do want to point out though that we emphatically don't recommend VersaFine on Vellum. Even heat set, it can smear. Memento would be a better choice or a very freshly inked StazOn pad. Thanks so much though for your gorgeous card.

    1. Thanks for letting me know about the VersaFine on Vellum, but if my Stazon pad needs replacing, you should see my Black Memento ;) ha ha! I'll definitely try it next time, though!

  12. Wow, this is gorgeous! Love all the glitter and sparkle.

  13. Fun hop! Thanks for the inspiration!

    Carol B

  14. Very pretty and sparkly!
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  15. So gorgeous!! Love everything...from the glitter on the conservatory to the mosaic tile frame!

  16. I really like the VersaFine too. I like all of the glitter on your card.

  17. Love the card. Great image.

    craftymom205 at yahoo dot com

  18. Jessie your card is beautiful, and your directions are superb, I agree that mosaic stencil is great, i will be putting that one on my have list.

  19. Love this card Jessie! The snow on top is just so pretty and I love the mosaic frame! I just want to go live in that conservatory :) Thanks for sharing!

    rebeccadunham at hotmail dot com

  20. Jessie love the card. the glitter on top of the conservatory was perfect. Really beautiful card.

  21. Beautiful card- so simple and yet it came out fabulous!

  22. I love that quickie glue and the glitter complements your work so beautifully Jessie! Gorgeous!

  23. Wow, thanks for the great tutorial! I am crazy about that stamp you used and the gorgeous card!

  24. What a stunning card and the step by step instructions were perfect. TFS!

  25. This is STUNNING Jessie!!! Just beautiful!!!

  26. From your description it seems so busy! But I love the final product. Very lovely and sparkly ;)

  27. Awesome job on your card-what great ideas and inspiration! thanks so much

  28. Love the dimension you created with the frame. Thank you for doing the test with the ink pads. I love the way you present your instructions, so happy to be on a team with you!!