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Friday, May 31, 2013

Resin Clay

Today is the final day in the Stampendous Design Team  and  Resin Crafts hop.  We are sharing creations featuring Stampendous,  Nunn Design and ETI Jewelry Resin.  You still have a chance to hop along and leave comments for a chance to win..

Today I am featuring Resin Clay.  I started with a beautiful bezel to create my first  project: 
I mixed the clay together per the instructions and then pushed it into the bezel.  I cut off the excess and then stamped the Par Avion from the Stampendous Air Travel Perfectly Clear into the clay using StazOn ink.  I poked the stylus around the edges and then let it dry. After it was dry I used my STAEDTLER triplus pen to add another coat of black to the letters and in the indents around the edge.  I finished it off with a layer of the resin coating.  I stamped the other images on Shrinky Dink plastic and colored the reverse side with STAEDTLER watercolor markers. I cut them out and added a hole punch to the image.  I then heated them up with my heat gun. I attached them with jump rings.

I then decided to mix up some of the clay with a mix of gold metallic paint.
I mixed the clay and rolled it out into a flat surface and cut it using the mixing cups for the resin.  I then stamped on the clay after letting it harden for a little bit. On the first project I used the Snapdragons stamp.  On my second project I used the beautiful Sweet Pea  stamp.  I used StaZon Ink to stamp the images.
I colored them with a mix of markers and white gel pen highlights.  After the clay had completely dried I coated them with a layer of resin.  I applied the coat of resin onto the embellishments on a throw away piece of acetate. After they dried I cut away and pulled off the acetate.  I sanded the edges of the embellishments. Now I have two different embellishments for future projects.

Hop along to everyone's blog for more chances to win!

Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz














STAEDTLER Sweet Summer Giveaway

Drumroll please....

The winner of the STAEDTLER Sweet Summer Package is:

rcwidow (Linda) who said:
Love the layout and how you used the balloons!
May21,2013 at 6:02 PM


Linda please send me an email with your info and I will get your prize package sent out to you! Thanks to everyone who stopped by and left such lovely comments. I appreciate that you did!

Suzz





Thursday, May 30, 2013

Joy

All this week the Stampendous Design Team is hopping along with Carmi Cimicata of the Resin Crafts Blog We are sharing creations featuring Stampendous,  Nunn Design and ETI Jewelry Resin.

There are opportunities to win all you have to do is hop along, enjoy the view and leaving comments along the way.

I started with a beautiful bezel to create my first necklace.

I inked up the Cling Dream Stamp with brown ink and stamped it off onto a piece of cardstock and then stamped it onto my cardstock.  I punched out a circle to fit my frame.  I stamped the Charm Collection flowers  using brown Archival Ink.  I colored the images using STAEDTLER watercolor pencils.  I stamped the bee from Queen Bee set onto vellum and colored it.  I cut the bee out and glued it to my background and over the edge of the bezel. The next important step is to glue down your image to the bezel. This will keep the resin from seeping under the cardstock. Mine actually still seeped under in areas but I loved how it left a patch of white which actually reminded me of a patch of sunlight.  So I was happy with the end result. :)  I then mixed up the resin per the instructions and poured in and blew out the bubbles.  Make sure you rest your projec ton a level surface. I have done this twice were my surface wasn't level and then your resin leaks out of the side or your end up with a uneven surface. :)

Here is a close up of the finished necklace:

I burrowed around in my charms and lace to add the finishing touches. I then decided to try the ring which is a really fun  base to start with:

I stamped the birds from the Cling Bluebird on a Branch onto a piece of white cardstock and punched out the bird.  I colored it with watercolor pencil and wrote the word joy on the edge. I then glued it into the bottom of the ring. I filled it with resin and let it dry overnight. (My ring toppled after I started and all my resin poured out which I didn't notice until too late. :(  I ended up using a cap from one of my products to stick the ring in to hold it upright the second time. After it dried I decided to add a frame by putting two flowers around the rim.   I spritzed white flowers with glimmer mist and attached them around the edge of the ring. I then added a touch of glitter around the edges.

 I finished off my resin with a charm:
 I stamped the tree on white cardstock using black ink. I cut it to fit the size of the memory frame.   I then spritzed glimmer mist into the remaining resin and stirred and stirred and then poured it into the frame. This was sitting on a piece of scrap acetate.  I let it dry. Because the frame isn't solid it will seep partially out of the frame.  I just topped it off after the first layer dried out.  The seond layer was clear but didn't impact the lovely color and shimmer. 

Now hop along to see all the rest of the fabulous inspiration!


Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Friends Pick Us Up

I used the Retro Sketches #65 as my inspiration for a quick card.posting it up today as the challenge ends tomorrow. :)

The stamp is Verses Rubber Stamps - Friends Pick Us Up and is stamped in gray ink.

Products: My Minds Eye, My Moments Flowers, ZVA Flourishes, Verses Rubber Stamps - Friends Pick Us, Versafine Smokey Gray, Tattered Angels - Yellow Glimmer Mist, Silver Glimmer Mist

Have a lovely day!

Suzz

Happy Anniversary

Good Morning!  I had this lovely new stamp from Verses Rubber Stamps called May your Love which I wanted to ink up and create an Anniversary card.  The Mojo Monday Sketch #295 used a diamond shape which was something new for me.  I decided to try out my new stamp using the sketch.  I like the effect it is a little Art Deco with the diamonds which I accented with a touch of black gems.

This was so clean and simple because I used some beautiful My Minds Eye paper and the sketch which made putting the card together quickly.  Now I have an anniversary card for when I need one! 

Have a lovely day!

Suzz

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Best Friends

Woodn't you like to play in the challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show?  Care to guess what the challenge is?  :)

The challenge this week is to be inspired by the woods. You can be inspired by anything to do with woods. I took my inspiration from wood grain and stamped my main image on a wood panel.


I started with a few things sitting on my desk which I pulled together to create a journal cover.
I stamped the image onto the wood grain background using Versafine Jet Black ink and heat embossed it with black embossing powder.  I then sponged distress stain  over the background.  I highlighted the image with a touch of white gel pen to make the image pop. I added a touch of watercolor pencils over the face and hands. I stamped the sentiment using red and brown ink and cut it out.  I distressed the edges and placed it along the image.

I was at the flea market and this gentleman had a chest full of old soda pop bottle caps.  I wanted a jarful but he wanted way too much money for that many so I bought just a few a for a couple of dollars. It brought back some fun memories going through the bottle caps and remembering an icy cold soda in a bottle at my Grandma's house.

I finished it off with some distressing and a few muslin ties put in the punched holes to allow for rings and multiple pages.

Products:  wood texture paper.,   metallic distress inks Stampers Anonymous - Best Friends,  Pink Paislee - Hope Chest, . Black Embossing Powder, Artistic Outpost - Paperboy, Versafine Black, Red Ink, Signo White Gel Pen, Distressing Tool, Stapler

Come play along for a chance to win a gift certificate from the ever generous  Simon Says Stamp.



Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Spring

Welcome back to the STAEDTLER and Stampendous Blog Hop!  Today I decided to play with Fimo as part of my project.


I started from the special effects STAEDTLER Fimo in a lovely shade of blue. I rolled it out and stamped the Cling Minuet Bird stamp into the Fimo.  I spritzed my stamp first with water before stamping into the Fimo. After the imaged was stamped I covered the surface with gold paint and into the stamped image.  I used a baby wipe to remove the excess. I sponged the edges with gold ink.  I put a gold gem into the eye of the bird. I left this to dry.
I painted a wooden box with a mix of blue and gold paint.  I added a piece of gauze painted in blue paint.  I spritzed a piece of tissue paper with gold mist.  I crinkled it ad added a touch of brown dye ink.  I then stamped the Daisy Cluster onto white cardstock and colored with the STAEDTLER watercolor pencils and a waterbrush. I cut out the flowers and butterfly and attached to the tissue paper.  I then added a sprinkle of Oceanic Glass Glitter over the background.



Each  STAEDTLER designer is giving away this fabulous Sweet Summer prize package shown below!  To be eligible to win, please leave a comment on this blog post or on this post by Wednesday May 29th, 11:59pm CDT.  I'll use the Random Number generator to select a winner, and will post the winner here on my blog on Friday, May 31st.
The "Sweet Summer" Giveaway includes the following:
1 Set of 6 Triplus fineliners, pastel assortment
4 blocks of FIMO soft oven-bake clay in vanilla, peach, lilac and mint
1 Mars plastic eraser
1 Double hole metal pencil sharpener
1 Mars Lumograph sketch pencil
1 Pigment liner sketch pen
2 Creative idea brochures
  
Stampendous will be giving away a prize every day to one lucky winner!  The winner will be chosen from comments left on the participating designers blogs for that day. So make sure to hop over and see what everyone has created!
For more inspiration, visit the Design Team members who are participating in today's hop:
STAEDTLER DT:
Suzanne Czosek (You are here)  * Kellie Mowat 


Stampendous DT:
Stampendous Impressions * Krissy Fossmeyer * Kristine Reynolds * Suzanne Czosek (You are here)* Lea Kimmel  * Rhea Weigand

Thanks so much for stopping by, 

Suzz

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Boardwalk

I am thrilled to be sharing with you the latest release from Artistic Outpost!  The new release this month is called Boardwalk.  The plate  reflects the historic Atlantic City's boardwalk along with the bathing beauties and handsome gents you would find on the beach.

Artistic Outpost is also having a sale giving you 15% off all rubber stamps purchased between now and June 8th, 2013. No coupon needed.

Onto some samples I created using the new plate.  First up I decided to use a glass bottle sitting on my shelf:


 I stamped the images on vellum and cardstock and colored them using my  watercolor pencils, paint and mists.  I added a layer of sand and shells on the bottom and slipped in the images.  I stamped the fun sentiment and tied it to the top with a touch of raffia.

My second project used the painted backgrounds to stamp the beach huts.


I turned it into an easel card with a beach created from torn sandpaper. I layered it along the bottom.  I stamped the girls multiple times to cut out their swimsuits to coordinate with the huts.

I finished off the cards with a scene created using a few different sets:

I stamped the grass from the Keeper plate in brown ink along the bottom of my cardstock. I added a few layers of grass in the foreground and added shading along the ground with watercolor pencils. I then distressed the edges and stamped the girls and popped them up on the background. I added a few details with the baby shells and some twine. and the lovely sentiment.

Hop along to see all the other fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team:

 
Thanks for Stopping By!

Suzz







Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Dream, Fly, Soar

Welcome to day 2 of the STAEDTLER and Stampendous Blog Hop!  The design teams from both companies are sharing projects all week long.  The STAEDTLER design team members have a sweet summer package to give away  and Stampendous is picking a winner every day to win a prize package.   

My project is a layout using the fabulous STAEDTLER watercolor pencils and a new set of clear stamps from Stampendous!


I stamped the Air Scapes balloons using black archival ink on white cardstock.  I colored with the STAEDTLER watercolor pencils and a waterbrush to coordinate with the pattern papers.  I stamped the words using the new Stampendous Big Top Type alpha stamps.

The background has a slight misting of glimmer mist in yellow and pinks. The photo is of my youngest from a few years ago. The background is mounted on green cardstock.

Each  STAEDTLER designer is giving away this fabulous Sweet Summer prize package shown below!  To be eligible to win, please leave a comment on this blog post by Wednesday May 29th, 11:59pm CDT.  I'll use the Random Number generator to select a winner, and will post the winner here on my blog on Friday, May 31st.

The "Sweet Summer" Giveaway includes the following:
1 Set of 6 Triplus fineliners, pastel assortment
4 blocks of FIMO soft oven-bake clay in vanilla, peach, lilac and mint
1 Mars plastic eraser
1 Double hole metal pencil sharpener
1 Mars Lumograph sketch pencil
1 Pigment liner sketch pen
2 Creative idea brochures
  
Stampendous will be giving away a prize every day to one lucky winner!  The winner will be chosen from comments left on the participating designers blogs for that day. So make sure to hop over and see what everyone has created!
For more inspiration, visit the Design Team members who are participating in today's hop:

STAEDTLER DT:
Suzanne Czosek (You are here)  * Kim Stewart: * Kellie Mowat

Stampendous DT:
Stampendous Impressions * Tenia Nelson * Cyndi Bundy * Suzanne Czosek (You are here)

Thanks so much for stopping by, I'll be back on Thursday with another STAEDTLER/Stampendous project.  Be sure to check the Stampendous Blog each day this week for links to the participating blogs.

Suzz

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sweet Plum

This week at Simon Says stamp and Show we are sharing our favorite ink pads.One of my many favorite ink pads is the lovely Sweet Plum from Memento.  It wasn't easy to pick a favorite. Much of my inspiration is driven by color and I have a large selection of ink pads.


I decided to create a background by inking up the craft mat with the lovely plum color and spritzing it with water until it was liquid and dragging my cardstock through it.



After the background had dried I cut it to size. I then stamped the flowers up either side using a gray ink.  I added a touch of shading with gray watercolor pencils around the edges and a touch of purple around the edges.

I died seam binding to match by the same method as the background. I used the same ink on the craft mat with water and dragged tissue paper into the ink. I let this dry and then stamped script over the surface with gray ink.  After this was dry I die cut two butterflies from the tissue paper. I wanted a glossy finish on my butterflies and I inked them up with versamark watermark ink and heat embossed them with clear embossing powder.

I accented the butterfly with two stickpins and a charming gem.

To finish off the card I added a banner with the sentiment on the top and mounted the image onto a white cardbase.

Products: Stampendous Jumbo Cling Hollyhocks, Stampendous Cling Calligraphy, Memory Box Darla Butterfly Die, Memento Sweet Plum, Versafine - Smokey Gray,  
Maya Road Trinket Pins, Gems Stampendous Birthday

Come join in and show your favorite ink pad for a chance to win a gift certificate from the ever generous  Simon Says Stamp.


Have a wonderful Monday!

Suzz









Message Center

The Stampendous current release has a lovely vintage telephone image. I was inspired to make a little message center using the image.

I had a wood alterable with three dangling wood attachments and I decided to paint them all using a mix of green and white Fresco Finish paints. (Paper Artsy)

I stamped the Jumbo Cling Border along the top and bottom of the main panel using Ranger Archival Ink.  I stamped the word Messages using the new Stampendous Big Top Type.  I stamped the telephone image 6 times. :) I painted cardstock to coordinate with my background and stamped on the painted cardstock. I cut out the images and pop dotted the center of the phone to add layers.

I created pockets for the post-it notes and for pens/pencils. I stamped on the pocket for the pencils and pop dotted the images behind the pocket.I didn't have any white post-it notes so I put the blue ones on to show how they work. :) 

Onto a week in review... I have lots of fun posts happening this week on my blog... Tonight the Simon Says Stamp Challenge will post with another chance to win a gift certificate!  All this week the Stampendous and STAEDTLER  team are joining up to host a blog hop with inspiration from both teams and opportunities to win prizes!  In the midst  of all that Artistic Outpost is also releasing a new plate of stamps which I will be sharing with you on Wednesday! 

I might also have a giveaway for the STAEDTLER & Stampendous hop here on my blog too.. (Hint Hint)



Have a wonderful Sunday!

Suzz

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Faith, Hope, Love

How about some happy bright colors?  All of our spring flowers are blooming and I wanted to embrace the sunshine and the newly green grass.  I had just received this new DarkRoom Door Shadow 3 Up frame stamp, and wanted to play with blending three colors together on the frame.



I started by inking up the middle of the stamp with a yellow dye ink.  I quickly added the orange along the top of the stamp and the green dye ink along the bottom.  Then I spritzed with water to allow some natural blending along with increasing the coverage of my colors.  I stamped onto white cardstock.  I then let it dry.

I stamped the flowers from the Garden Greetings set using Versamark over each panel.  I sprinkled on the white embossing powder, shook off the excess and heated it up.  After that I just cut the word panels from the Wordstrips out to attach on each panel.

Now this probably should have taken about 5 minutes to make but it took me multiple iterations to get the effect I wanted. 

Have a fabulous Saturday!

Suzz

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Extra Extra Read All About It!

Welcome to the Artistic Outpost Monthly Blog Hop!  This month we are featuring Masculine projects.  My DH has a special birthday coming up and I wanted to create something special to celebrate.


I started with a leftover paperbag that I thought would be fun to use as a big pocket for a series of tags.
I asked each of my kids to write down a series of memories they shared with their dad and I filled out the remaining ones to equal 50 special moments of time.


I cut out pieces of lined paper to use on the front of the tags.  I sprayed gold glimmer mist over stencils on the white paper to give different patterns and effects.  I stapled the paper to tags which were glimmer misted to match.  I distressed all the edges with brown dye ink.  I stamped the Paperboy in the bottom corner and colored with the image with watercolor pencils and waterbrush. I added a few stamped Extras randomly.

Each tag has stamped images mixed in with the journalling. 

The bag uses a combination of Glue Paste and gold Glimmer mist.  I stamped the boy from the PaperBoy onto the envelope.  I added a mix of the Newspaper words from the Paper plate and the ledger plate from Ephemera Backgrounds. I added the clocks from Auld Lang Syne along the top right of the pocket.

Hop along to the other fabulous inspiration from the other DT members:


Thanks for stopping by!

Suzz

Suitcase Gift Bag

When I saw the new DarkRoom Door Postage Background Stamp I thought of the Sizzix Suitcase die.

I started with cutting out two sets of the dies.
I stamped the postage stamp using a water resistant black ink onto the background.  I added touches of color to the postage stamp using watercolor pencils and a waterbrush.  I sponged the other pieces with black dye ink to get the edges and pieces to pop against the colorful background.

I added a few brass accents to the front.

I then decided to turn this into a gift bag.  I didn't want to create the bag myself and had an "AHA" moment where I ran into the kitchen and pulled out a brown paper lunch bag.
The bag was a bit too long for my purposes so I trimmed it off to fit behind the suitcase without it showing.

The only other trick was to make it lay flat when it wasn't open.  To do that I had to fold the bottom of the bag in half to put another crease in it so it would lay flat.
When you stand it up it looks like this:
To finish off my bag I decided to take some beautiful tissue paper I up-cycled with adding travel related words using the Journey Wordblock Stamp.  I used black water resistant ink on the tissue paper.
Any good traveller has charms and mementos picked up along the way.  I created a few Faux Metal charms to dangle on my suitcase.  I started with applying versamark to white cardstock. I used a gold embossing powder.  I heated it up and repeated until I had a nice thick coat of embossing powder.  I applied Versamark ink to the the Postage mark  from the New York Volume II set and heated up the embossed paper until it was liquid and set the stamp in the embossed surface. Let this cool off for a minute and the stamp will pop right out.  I then cut out the shape. I also took my Journey Wordblock and did the same thing and cut out one of the words to make a longer shaped charm.  I found the word Explore on the Venetian Wordstrip which was mounted on black cardstock and added to the charm collection.

Now I have a great gift bag to give someone who is going off on a Journey. My gift bag can be used for a graduation, retirement or any other journey in life.

Happy Inking.

Suzz

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Golden Opportunity

Little paper is the challenge this week at Simon Says Stamp and Show.    I love the 6x6 pads of paper as they offer a sampling of the papers and many of them are in smaller prints that work beautifully on cards.  My choice was to use the Bazzill Antique 6x6 paper scraps to cover a cardboard clipboard. 

The papers have a lovely nuetral color with various prints in text, lines, and ledgers.  I love how it adds a layer of texture.  I was able to use up scraps of these papers from a previous project and create a lovely torn edges to my pieces for texture.

I also had this Gold Embossing Paste sitting on my desk wanting to be played with so I laid out a stencil over the background and spackled on clocks.


I used a mix of white clue with water to apply the paper onto the clipboard. I let that dry.  I then spied the lovely gold embossing paste which inspired my next step:



I laid a stencil over the background and applied a layer of the embossing paste.  I waited patiently for that to dry.  It goes on muted and dull but it dries to a beautiful gold sheen!  I then added a touch of distressing with brown dye ink.

I stamped a series of images from the New York plate using brown ink and embossed it with brown embossing powder. I stamped a few of the sentiments onto other pieces of pattern paper and cut them to tag shapes and layered them onto brown cardstock with an edging of gold.


I added Versamark watermark ink to the metal on the clipboard and sprinkled it with Aged Gold Embossing Enamel and heat embossed it to coordinate.  The edges of the clipboard were edged with a gold pen.

I added a fun set of New York charms onto the top of the clipboard.



Simon Says Stamp is offering a  $50.00 gift voucher for one randomly selected participant in the challenge, so come join us in showing off your 6x6 papers! 

Thanks for stopping by! 

 

Have a wonderful day!

Suzz 

Friday, May 10, 2013

Framed Again!

Sorry it has been so quiet this week. I have been in meetings all week and tired when I got home. I have been getting up early for a little creative time but haven't had time to post about it.  I decided to post one of the projects I created this week.

This features a new Wood Frame stamp from DarkRoom Door.
I wanted to create a window effect and blended in some of the lovely spring flowers from the Garden Greetings collection.


I stamped the flowers over a background that I created previously using Dylusion inks and shaving cream. A lovely mixed background of spring colors.  I stamped multiple flowers onto the background and cut them out. I also stamped a few of the butterflies from the new Collage - Butterfly and Post stamp.  I added a background of pattern paper Pink Paislee Hope Chest.  I pop dotted the frame stamped in brown ink but edged out with black ink.  I then cut an opening into the front of the card to position the window frame over.

The middle flower is pop dotted and attached to the inside of the card.  The other two are on the outside and peeking out from the second layer of the window frame.

I added the sentiment and attached it to the side. Everything was distressed around the edges with a touch of Vintage Photo around the edges.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Suzz


Sunday, May 5, 2013

Inspired By

This week at Simon Says Stamp and Show we are being inspired.  You choose what inspires you, it can be a song lyric or a quote from your favorite author, or an idea from your favorite blogger or your favorite artist.  I was  inspired by the fantastic  Hot Air Balloon created by Candy from a previous challenge.  


I had sitting out plastic Easter eggs left over from our Easter decorations.  I decided to use the idea of covering my egg with the embossed metallic sheets. 

 

I cut the embossed sheets into pieces which I layered over the egg. 


I had my DH drill hole in the top and bottom of the egg. And I added a handle to the top and the bottom had a leftover handle found at the flea market.  

I decided to create a coordinating butterfly.  I cut the butterfly from a die cut and embossed the surface with the embossing folder.

I decided to antique my metal with a coat of versamark and Stampendous Aqua Embossing Enamel. I then smeared the surface with StaZon Black ink. 


I added changes, charms, and pearls draped around the top.  I covered the inside of the egg with the same process. I added a hinge to the back to allow the egg to open to hide a gift.




Simon Says Stamp is offering a  $50.00 gift voucher for one randomly selected participant in the challenge, so come join in on the inspiration this week.


Thanks for stopping by! 

Suzz