Coloring with Spectrum Noir!

Ok, it’s been a while. I just never seem to find time to craft enough,  I’m so busy coordinating everyone else’s crafting! 🙂

But this week…well, this week I just had to jump in. The good folks at Spectrum Noir have been very good to me and the rest of the Stampendous Design Team. So when we had a chance to play with their super talented Design Team, well, I just had to play, too.

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For this project I pulled out my Spectrum Noir Blendable Colored Pencils. I love using alcohol markers, but I always have to be so fast to make sure they don’t dry before blending. It’s kind of “hectic”, and I don’t always have time to finish a project, so I just don’t start one. But with colored pencils you can leave the images partially colored and return to finish at any time later. Even when you blend them as you can with these pencils.  And there’s a complete set of these great pencils up for grabs! Plus all the blending accessories you’ll need. Just be sure you enter the Rafflecopter giveaway over on the Stampendous blog. (there are lots of other prizes, too! Be sure you leave a comment here to be entered for some cute House-Mouse Stamps and a Spectrum Noir gift certificate!)

My project features the Stampendous Asian Umbrella Set. This darling parasol is just wonderful, and all the accessories that go with it are so much fun. I wanted a card that reminded me of those 1940’s MGM musicals where the chorus pulls away a series of umbrellas, or fans, or parasols leaving a dancing and singing Vera Ellen or Rosemary Clooney to do her stuff. This gatefold card does just that… with all the glitz and glam of a 1940’s musical, too!

Asian Umbrella by Laura Weed

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Stampendous Asian Umbrella Card by Laura Weed

Here’s the list of who’s hopping today. Scroll below the list if you want more “tutorial” kind of detail. Be sure to leave a comment!!

Stampendous Blog

Laura Weed (you’re here)

Jamie Martin

Tenia Nelson

Spectrum Noir Blog

stamping I started by stamping my parasols on Mixed Media White Paper. I used Onyx Black VersaFine ink from Tsukineko.

pencilsPencils and accessories at the ready! Pencil sharpener, Gamsol, paper stumps, and sandpaper bar for cleaning the stumps. Ooooh…the goodness! And don’t worry. I won’t be breaking the tips on my pencils, I put soft foam in the bottom of the cute little buckets.

colored pencil I used colored pencils, trying for at least two shades of each color. The spaces are small, but it was really easy.

gamsolThen I dipped the stump into the Gamsol (that’s hopefully how you do it, it worked anyway) and as I rubbed the colored pencil, it became a lovely, blended, watercolor look. I have seen this technique a million times, but this is the first time I’ve done it. I was thrilled with the results.

background close up I stamped all over my light pink panels with VersaMark Watermark Ink and the three-flower background design in the set. Then I embossed with Stampendous Crystal Embossing Powder for a shiny, glittery look. This is soooo much better IRL!!

closeup glitterHere’s a closeup that kind of shows the glitter. I stamped and colored the inside panel as well, then trimmed out a greeting for the front panel. I added Multi Crystal Glitter everywhere with a glue pen. Hope you’ve enjoyed it!


Blog Hopping with Tombow and Stampendous



It’s always so much fun when I get to play with a Stampendous Blog Hop. I’m really excited about this one, because Tombow markers have been huge favorites of mine since my days working at Stampa Barbara in Costa Mesa! (I used to cringe every time someone called them Tomboy! aaaagh!)

Tombow had the good red! And I recommended them to everyone. The Brush Markers are just loaded with gorgeous ink and so much fun to use with blender pens, waterbrushes, and just about any marker techniques you’ve tried.


This week Stampendous is blogging along with the folks at Tombow and the prize package includes the Stampendous Top Hat Snowman Cling Rubber Stamp Set. I decided to color him with the Brights Tombow Dual Brush Marker set.

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Stamped him with VersaFine Onyx Black for a crisp, dark black outline perfect for waterbased coloring media.

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Used the blender pen and the brush tip of the markers to color and blend his various areas.


I stamped the background with a light blue pad using the turquoise marker on the one set of words so it would stand out as a greeting. Mounted it on Parakeet cardstock (Bazzill) and used May Arts baker’s twine to wrap around the top. I added some Stampendous Multi UltraFine Glitter with a Zig 2-way Glue Pen.


I’m pretty happy with my finished card. You can’t see all the sparkle here, but the snow at his feet and the highlights all have the shiny glitter… oooh!!!

Be sure to check out all the other designers posting samples today.

Stampendous Blog

Jamie Martin

Laura Weed (you are here)

Jennie Garcia

Tombow Blog




Five years ago my friend Tom started The Red High Heel Party. This unbelievable, blowout, shindig, gala, party of the year is a fundraising effort for the Long Beach (CA) AIDS Foundation and their AIDS Cancer Life Emergency Fund. Over the course of five years a small group of dedicated friends and volunteers have hosted this event and have raised more than $25,000 to directly benefit HIV+, AIDS and Cancer victims in Long Beach, CA. It’s been a blessing and a pleasure and a literally mind-altering experience to be involved with this group and watch this party grow year after year from 20+ friends in the driveway of his apartment to over 200 people renting party space and getting all crazy.

We’ve always worn red high heels… it’s the party thing. And each of the last three years has had a “theme” as well.  This year it was Masquerade.  Tom chose this gorgeous image for the cover photo of the party Facebook page. It was love at first sight for me!


I wanted to make something special for Tom to commemorate our big fifth year hosting. And I found a fantastic paper mask at Michaels.  Hmmm I thought… I will try to paint that picture. (This is very brave of me. I am not an artist.)

I got a canvas with thick sides and I got me some DecoArt paints, and I sat down to have some fun.


I started by kind of drawing the shape from the mask in the image on my mask with a pencil. Then I went over the pencil line with hot glue. It’s important to note that hot glue guns, particularly the mini kind, are not made for drawing. It is easy to burn yourself since even the center of these guns gets very hot. By the same token the low temp ones are useless. Maybe next time some better kind of adhesive from a tube that is paintable.
I, of course, was working at the last minute.


I painted the outside of the mask with a gorgeous White Pearl from the Dazzling Metallics line of DecoArt paints. Then I brushed DecoArt One Step Crackle over the top of the paint and let it dry. When it finished crackling (2-4 hours), I rubbed some Cocoa Bean Multi Surface over the cracks and wiped most of it off. It left me with a gorgeous cracked finish like the one in the original image but slightly finer.


Meanwhile, whilst all of these steps were drying and such, I started my canvas. I outlined my curtains in pencil and painted in the black area with DecoArt Black Acrylic Paint. For the curtains I made a mix of Poppy and Dark Scarlet Multi Surface Paints with some Cocoa Bean thrown in. I basically poured a bit of each into the dents in my plastic palette and mixed as I went with the brush in the middle. This paint dries really quickly, so you get a sort of streaky look if you aren’t even handed. But that’s exactly what I wanted here. I was soooo excited with how great it turned out!


By the time I got this done, I was ready to add the gold to the mask. I used DecoArt Metallic Lustre Champagne Ice and Gold Rush for this part.  Mine was sort of dry so I used a really wet, flat brush which worked perfectly. I was careful to paint over the top of the hot glue so no pencil lines showed through. I was pretty darn excited about how it was coming together!


So I wanted the word like it was on the original image. But I was afraid to wreck it by trying to write it with a gold pen. So, I stole a page from the decorative painter’s art and used carbon paper to trace a copy of the image that I enlarged in Photoshop to be the right size for the space I had. Then I painted over it with DecoArt Dazzling Metallics in Venetian Gold with a teeny, tiny brush.


I wanted to attach my mask, which had holes on the side for string, with decorative brads. I had some vanilla ones from Stampin’ Up! that were gorgeous, but too white with my antiqued mask. So I rubbed a bit of Dark Chocolate Americana Acrylic Paint by DecoArt on them and wiped most of it off for a great antiqued look.


I added some feathers to the back of the mask to enhance the 3D flair of the piece. I just attached them with some of that really sticky red double-sided tape. I’m not sure I’ve ever been prouder of something I’ve made. This just came out so fantastic!


You can really see how dimensional it is when you see a side view of it –


Do you love it? I didn’t want to give it away! Tom loved it, and he suggested we all sign the back and give it to the venue that hosted our amazing Masquerade this year. I thought that was a lovely idea! I gessoed the back of the canvas so that we could all sign and brought some Zig Micron Permanent pens to the party.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this project. I adored making it! I’m thinking something similar might be fun for Halloween with a darker drape and a more purple/black/etc feel.  What do you think?

For those of you, like the FCC, who care about this stuff, DecoArt has been very generous to the Stampendous design team, and I shared in that generosity. I got my Dazzling Metallics, Metallic Lustres, and Americana Acrylcs from them, but I purchased my Multi Surface Satin paints and my One Step Crackle at Michaels along with the rest of the supplies for this project. And, as always, if I didn’t love it, I wouldn’t use it, no matter who gave it to me.

Authentique and Stampendous Blog Hop

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Hi Friends,

This week the Stampendous Design Team is sharing some terrific projects using Authentique Papers on their blog posts. The kind folks at Authentique sent a lot of great patterned papers for the team to use on a big Blog Hop in October plus in the the Spring themed Stampendous October Catalog. The gals kindly took a few days out to make some other great projects, however, because this paper is just too fun not to use on all kinds of things.

I don’t get to blog with the team very often (I don’t usually have time to make anything) but our hop was looking kind of weak for Thursday, so I put together this fun card featuring Stampendous Lovely Garden Jumbo Stamp Set and the matching Lovely Garden Cutting Dies. I’m so excited that we finally got to make dies at Stampendous. I’ve been wanting them for years. And these are just gorgeous!

I decided to do the flower and leaves in various black and white Authentique papers. Then add the butterfly in a beautiful lettuce green that has tiny butterflies on it. Add some May Arts Jute Twine and coordinating Bazzill paper, and you’ve got a quick and easy card that really pops.

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I added some white colored pencil to the center of the smaller flower for just a bit of definition in the petals. They were a tad hard to see on such dark paper. But I really love the contrast.


So did I mention there are prizes?? Yep, you could win a bunch of fun Authentique papers plus a $20 Stampendous Reward Card to spend on our website! How? Just comment on as many blog posts this week as you can. Each comment is an entry to win! We’ll draw one winner using on Monday, so you have until Sunday, August 17th to comment. You can find the posts for the week here:
Be sure to visit the Stampendous Blog tomorrow when several of the Design Team will have additional projects to post!! Thanks for stopping by!

 – By the way, for those who care about this sort of thing, I made this card in the Stampendous offices using paper supplied by Authentique for our use and lots of other cool stuff given to us to use in our Graphics Department. So I didn’t buy any of it, but I wouldn’t use it if I didn’t love it either. Life is way too short to craft with icky stuff!

Meet Bimwinkle


This is Bimwinkle (he came with the name). He’s a lawn gnome that we won in a silent auction at my son’s middle school years ago. He is not your usual ceramic or resin gnome, he’s actually cast iron. Heavy little bugger and he’s hollow. He’s not super valuable, but he’s cheerful, and I like him. The years have not been kind to Bimwinkle, though. He guards our front yard, ostensibly from mushrooms (or so his hang tag said when he was new), but now he’s rusted, faded, chipped and not feeling quite up to snuff. So, it’s time to restore him!

I used Americana Multi Surface paint by DecoArt for this project, because I know it will stick to metal/paint/etc without a lot of prep work. Bimwinkle is fun and cheerful, but I’m not spending time stripping paint, sanding, etc. I just want to paint over the mess. I did clean him off with a soft brush and a damp paper towel first, but that’s all the prep I did.


A couple notes about this paint. First, it doesn’t come in many colors. That’s ok, I like mixing my colors anyway. Second, when they say multi-surface, that is what they mean. It will paint your skin, it will paint your clothes, it will paint your table, it will not come off easily. Take necessary precautions like putting down papers, wearing an apron, etc. I got flesh colored paint on a new black t-shirt, and I’m not happy about it.

So I started with his skin, because his clothes/beard/etc all overlap the skin. Start at the lowest level and work to the front.  I mixed pink cadillac and buff beige until I had a skin tone I liked, then I added more pink for cheeks, shading, tips of ears, nose, etc. Once his skin was done he already looked much better.


I continued with the beard/hair/eyebrows/mustache. Then the clothes/mushroom, belt/boots/hat. He came with a purple hat, but I decided to go red for his new one. I also asked David how the mushroom should look since no one remembers the original, and he thought we should go a little Mario Bros. just to nod at our geeky household.


The original had some black over the paint to make him look “distressed”, so I added some black with a fan brush to give his hat and coat some depth. It looked amazing!!

My family was stunned at my mad art skills. LOL.. I don’t know why this stuff always surprises them. I obviously don’t do enough crafting.

IMG_6772I actually added red in his mouth that he didn’t have before and evened out the highlights in his eyes this time. He really looks better than new.  I sealed it all with Krylon Matte UV Resistant spray sealer. And returned him to the front garden. He’s so much happier now!!  And, of course, we still have no mushrooms!!