Friday, 22 July 2016

Tando Stampendous Blog Hop - Christmas Birdhouse

Today's the last day of our blog hop with Tando Creative and I'm sharing a piece I created for the Stampendous catalogue. I used a kit with three little houses from Tando - it's designed as a vertical hanging but I chose to use just one of the houses to make a freestanding Christmas decoration. Apologies to my bah humbug friends that I am sharing a Christmas project already! I do love these little birdies though. Instructions for how I created it are further down this post.

We have PRIZES too!!! Each prize package includes a Tando Mini Heart Printer Tray and a Nathalie Kalbach NK Studio Fiesta stamp set and there are three up for grabs! To be eligible, leave a comment telling us where you live on the Stampendous blog, the Tando Creative blog and on each of the designer's blogs. Each comment counts so make sure you check out the posts all week! The draw is open to all commenters with a US or UK mailing address.

It's a hop and a half today - look at this amazing list of inspiration!!!

Here's how I created my piece:

1 Paint all the pieces of the Tando house with white gesso to prime it.

2 Stamp International Snow with Ultramarine StazOn all over the chipboard panel (the piece with the ‘window’ cut in it).

3 When the ink is dry, edge the piece roughly with Versamark and emboss with Ice Blue embossing enamel. Sponge the edges with Ultramarine StazOn.

4 Stamp Snowflake Sky in Versamark onto dark blue cardstock and emboss with Sparkle Puff embossing powder. Cut to fit the back panel making sure it will fill the whole of the aperture in the chipboard piece. Glue to the back piece of the house kit.

5 Stamp the birds onto white Mixed Media paper and onto several colours of cardstock. Lightly colour the image with Inktense pencils. Paper piece the scarves and hats and colour the designs on them with Sakura metallic pens. Apply wet glue to the hat brims and bobbles and sprinkle with multi glitter.

6 Assemble the house and use a palette knife to apply lots of regular embossing paste, adding texture with the palette knife to resemble snow. While the paste is still wet, sprinkle it with multi glitter.

7 Smear a dried twig with white gesso then some small areas of embossing paste. Glue in place. Stick the birds to background with 3D foam tape so that they overlap the twig and appear to sit on it.

8 Ink a Tando snowflake with Ultramarine StazOn ink. When dry smear with wet glue and apply multi glitter all over. Add to the house to embellish it.

Products used:
Stampendous products:
CRP289 Birdie Trio Stampendous Cling Stamp
CRY032 International Snow Stampendous Cling Stamp
CRR234 Snowflake Sky Stampendous Cling Stamp
DEPRegular Dreamweaver Embossing Paste – Regular
FREG048 Stampendous Embossing Enamel – Ice Blue
EP525 Stampendous Embossing Powder – Sparkle Puff
FRGL01 Stampendous Frantage Multi Glitter Mix
MPW811 Mixed Media Paper
WA101 Versamark Watermark Ink Pad

Tando Creative – Triple House Hanging
Tando Creative Chipboard – Mini Snowflakes
My Colors Cardstock – Deep Indigo, Seafoam, Spearmint, Madras Blue, Winter Lake
StazOn Ink – Ultramarine
DecoArt Gesso – White
Sakura Metallic Glaze Pens
Palette knife
3D foam tape
Wet clear drying glue

That's Crafty! Challenge - Birds

It's challenge time at That's Crafty and I'm delighted to have been invited to be on the Challenge DT, making my debut today. The theme for this challenge is birds - I love birds so not too tricky for me this one. You can find all the challenge details here.

Here's how I made my birdie tag:

1) Swipe a white tag with a Tumbled Glass inkpad, applying lightly and randomly.
2) Add details with the That's Crafty stencil and Broken China ink applied through it with a sponge or Cut-n-Dry Foam.
3) Stamp the leaves with Archival Leaf Green.
4) Stamp the birdie and 'Tweet. Chirp' in black onto the tag.
5) Stamp the bird again onto patterned paper, ink with Ripe Persimmon and Mustard Seed inks and add some detail with a white gel pen.
6) Stamp the phrase, edge with Broken China ink and glue in place as shown.
7) Finally, edge the tag lightly with Ripe Persimmon and Hickory Smoke inks.

Products used - all available from That's Crafty:
Carabelle Studios stamps: Dans l'univers des Fuilles by Zorrott
Dina Wakley stamps: Scribbly Birds
That's Crafty Stencil 012: Quatrefoil 2
Distress Inks: Tumbled Glass, Broken China, Ripe Persimmon, Mustard Seed, Hickory Smoke
Archival Ink: Jet Black, Leaf Green

Plus: newsprint-style patterned paper, white gel pen

Thanks for stopping by and good luck in the challenge!
Katy x

Monday, 18 July 2016

Tando Stampendous Blog Hop - Gothic Arch

All this week, Stampendous have teamed up with Tando Creative for a fantastic mixed media blog hop! I know it's only July but it's never too early for Halloween! I really love this Steam Pumpkin stamp and he will make an appearance again before the 31st October I am sure! I used a Tando arch kit to create my Steampunk-inspired piece.

What could be better than a blog hop? A blog hop with PRIZES!!! Each prize package includes a Tando Mini Heart Printer Tray and a Nathalie Kalbach NK Studio Fiesta stamp set and there are three up for grabs!

To be eligible, leave a comment telling us where you live on the Stampendous blog, the Tando Creative blog and on each of the designer's blogs. Each comment counts so make sure you check out the posts all week! The draw is open to all commenters with a US or UK mailing address.

This is the hop list for today:

Katy Leitch - you are here
Here's how I created today's project, step-by-step:

1) Paint the back panel of the Tando arch kit with black gesso. Use the Steampunk Clock stencil with gold embossing paste to add detail to the back panel.

2) Paint a piece of card with two coats of DecoArt Metallic Silver paint and stamp the Steam Pumpkin image with black Archival ink. Cut out part of the image as shown.

3) Die cut some cogs and apply Versamark before embossing them with Spoonful of Rust.

4) Colour a piece of card with Dazzling Metallic paint in Copper and stamp the Steam Pumpkin onto it. Cut out the armour and some of the cog details. Stamp again onto Mixed Media Paper and colour with alcohol markers. Paper piece as shown.

5) Paint the frame part of the arch kit with black gesso. Coat with Versamark then emboss with Aged Copper Embossing Enamel. After heating, add more Versamark then a layer of Aged Teal. Add more Versamark and then add small areas of Verdigris and Aged Copper powders here and there until happy with the result.

Re-heat an area of the powder until molten. Stamp the right-hand edge of the Steam Pumpkin into the molten embossing enamels. Heat areas of the frame and stamp one after the other until the whole frame is textured. Be careful not to melt areas of embossing you've already stamped.

6) Paint another arch frame with black gesso. Add the silver panel from step 2 on foam tape over the embossing background. Add the black gessoed frame on foam pads. Add two chipboard cogs and some metal cogs then the Steam Pumpkin with 3D foam tape, not adhering the hat.

Add the embossed frame on more 3D foam tape then stick the hat to the outside of the frame. Add another cog and a metal number plus some stamped words to the frame. Add Rust embossing cogs and a clock to the rear of the arch. Finish with little cotton reel feet which have been painted with black gesso and embossed to the front with Spoonful of Rust.

Other:Tando Creative – Arches Straight Edged Large
Tando Creative Chipboard – Four Clocks Small
StazOn Ink – Jet Black
Archival Ink - Jet Black
DecoArt Gesso – Black
DecoArt Fluid Acrylics - Metallic Silver
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics - Copper
Sakura Metallic Glaze Pen - silver
Graph-It marker pens
Mini cotton reels
Metal embellishments
Die cut cogs
3D foam tape
Wet clear drying glue

Saturday, 16 July 2016

Home Sweet Home for Susan K Weckesser Creative Team

Excited today because it's my very first post for the Susan K. Weckesser Creative Team! We've been given the theme 'Home' this month, so I created a canvas which would make a great gift for someone moving into a new home. I've got a little process video to share with you and there a lots more details on the Susan K. Weckesser blog today.
I used Susan's patterned papers, stamps, and Colorbox Color Pop inkpads today. You can see lots of her products here.

 Hope you like my first project, see you again soon.

Katy x

Stamps used:

Sunday, 10 July 2016

PaperArtsy 3UP

Tickled pink today to have been lucky enough to be picked out of the hat to join the fun with PaperArtsy's 3UP today. I got such a gorgeous bag of goodies to play with and have had fun getting to know my fellow posters better - if you get a chance to put your name forward next time, don't hesitate!

So today I've used a Tando Creative chipboard arch for my garden-themed piece. It uses Fresco Finish paints and stamps by Lin Brown and Darcy. We were asked to use autumnal colours so I have used various shades of brown with orange and berry colours.

I'm joined today by two other fabulous artists taking up the challenge:


So do check out their blog posts too!

I've done a step out of how I created my piece below:

Product list:
PaperArtsy stamps: Eclectica Lin Brown 03, 06 & 23; Eclectica Darcy 01 & 09; Hot Picks Xtra 01.
PaperArtsy Fresco Finish paints: Vanilla, Caramel, Toffee, Very Berry, Pumpkin Soup, Hey Pesto

1) Prepare the Tando Arch by priming with Vanilla Fresco Finish. Stamp the background with the circle from the Lin Brown 03 set in Caramel Fresco Finish.

2) Stamp again all over with the same stamp in Toffee Fresco Finish. Create a wash of Vanilla paint by mixing with water and use to tone down the background stamping. Add some foliage stamping directly onto this piece.

3) Prep the frame part of the Tando Arch with Vanilla paint. Use a stencil (Tim Holtz) and Sand Texture Paste (DecoArt) to make a brick effect on the frame. 

4 Brush over with Caramel paint leaving some of the Vanilla showing as 'mortar' between the bricks.

5) Paint pieces of paper with Hey Pesto, Very Berry and Pumpkin Soup paints and stamp with images as shown before cutting out.

6) Add detail to the stamped images with pencil. Stamp the tulip heads again and cut out just the central part to create a dimensional aspect to the flower heads.

Assemble the frame adding the cut out elements - raise some on glue gel to give dimension, Add some texture to the frame with the Hot Picks Xtra splatter stamp and finish off with the quote to the right-hand side. I cut out the words individually and lightly edged them with Caramel paint,

Make sure you keep checking back on the PaperArtsy blog this week for more 3UP posts!

Katy x

Thursday, 7 July 2016

Introducing Pink Your Life

New to the Stampendous family are some truly adorable new images by artist Nicoletta Zanella from the Pink Your Life Design Team. The wonderfully whimiscal collection will be in the July catalogue and will soon be available to buy from your favourite stockists. All this week the Stampendous DT has been whetting your appetite a little with our Pink Your Life creations!

If you don't know where your nearest shop is you can find one on the Stampendous Store Locator here -

Keep a beady eye on the Stampendous Blog all this week for Pink Your Life inspiration and later in the month for your chance to win some of these great stamps.

For my piece I created a whimsical miniature village nestled among toadstools. I think it's rather cute and hope you do too!

Products used:
Stampendous Pink Your Life SSCP102 Mushrooms, SSCP105 Whisper Houses, PLCP03 Cling Mushrooms
Dreamweaver stencil DWLG611 Stone Background
Stampendous Mixed Media Paper MPW811
DecoArt Media Texture Sand Paste
Acrylic paints
Alcohol markers
Wooden box frame

Firstly I used Texture Sand Paste on a background cardstock panel and the frame and painted it with acrylics. The images were stamped on Stampendous Mixed Media Paper then coloured with alcohol markers before being cut out and layered with 3D foam into the frame.

I also added some stamped image to the outside of the frame to give more depth.

I think these stamps are SO adorable - hope you do too!

Katy x

Monday, 4 July 2016

Announcing the NEW Stampendous Mixed Media Team UK!

Yes, Stampendous have set up a UK-based mixed media team and I am extremely proud and very excited to announce today that I am part of it!

The team has been quietly creating behind the scenes for the new catalogue release and you’ll be able to see our makes with some fantastic new stamps and stencils very soon. There will be autumnal pieces, Halloween creations and a smattering of Christmassy things too. I've been working with some awesome products - not just stamps, but metal stencils, embossing products, and luscious Frantage goodies as well.

I can't share most of my makes yet as they are secret squirrel but you'll already have seen a few pieces that I did for blog hops earlier this month.

We hope you’ll follow our blogs and Facebook pages to see what we getting up to! There’s three of us newbies:

Katy Leitch (UK DT Co-ordinator) – that’s ME!

We are joining one other UK-based teamie who has been with Stampendous for a wee while already – Asia King.

You can follow all of the Stampendous team on Facebook here:

A huge thank you to Laura Mann Weed for inviting us to be part of this creative adventure! We are looking forward to working together as Team Stampendous UK!

Katy x