Take the Long Way Home

It is Friday and we are taking our patriotic theme on the road.  The grassroots of our patriotic nation are the landmarks across the countryside and along some famous and less traveled routes that entertain us from the window of our automobile or camper window. Wouldn’t it be great to scrapbook some of those trips with a vintage camper stamp?

Fran’s illustrated Trailer Travel stamp beckons us to commit those trips to scrapbook pages, photo frames and more. We can enjoy preserving those memories, complete with map and teardrop camper. Boy does that bring back memories for a few of us!

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R225 Trailer Travel Wood Mount Stamp

This fun card by Amy Hurley-Purdie using Trailer Travel is so nicely colored that it looks like there is a real map behind the convertible and camper! What a treasure those days were where we didn’t need cell service to find out where we were along the road, just pull out a map from the glove box and you’re good to go. Ah, the memories.

Trailer Travel by Amy Hurley-Purdie
Trailer Travel by Amy Hurley-Purdie

We found another adorable project from our in-house sample artist, Debi Hammons, who used the Patriotic Painters.  Really, who can resist another adorable House-Mouse Designs® card that just makes you want to sing!


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For your convenience, we’ve been pinning our team’s patriotic themed projects to Pinterest this week and you can find them on our Happy 4th! board HERE. We’re finding it’s easier to view and shop designs from both our new and some old products almost eliminating the need to bookmark blog posts from your browser!

We have some fantastic designers posting today, sharing Stampendous and Dreamweaver Stencil projects. We are loving how these two product lines work so nicely together! It’s like they were made to be on the same page all along. Enjoy today’s projects, we know you’ll be inspired!

Pam Hornschu

Louise Healy

Wendy Price

Lea Kimmel

Patriotic Panache with Dreamweaver Stencils

IMG_4230It’s Dreamweaver Thursday and the first with our newly combined team.  We are so thrilled to have our new teammates with us and they are ready to share their stencil style with a patriotic theme. If you see a stencil of your dreams check the Stampendous website HERE and if it isn’t there we are still shipping orders through the Stencil with Style website HERE.

Now who’s ready for some stenciling inspiration! Stop on by these designers blogs and leave them a little bit of love.

Pam Hornschu

Louise Healy

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Alison Heikkila

Laura Drahozal

Lyn Bernatovich
 

Now it’s time for our tutorial from the archives.

 A Cameo Performance Tutorial

by Pam Hornschu, originally posted on the Paper Craft Planet blog in May 16, 2013. You can see the full article also on Paper Craft Planet HERE.PH_httppapercraftplanet.net20130516giveaway-and-dreamweaver-thursday-tutorial-a-cameo-performance-by-pam-hornschu

The Dreamweaver Stencils’ Dream Team has been playing with the challenge of creating Tiny Treats through the month of May, the concept being little gifties for all those occasions that show up this time of year. Bridal and baby shower favors, Mother’s Day (check that one off), wedding favors, classmate gifts, teacher appreciation gifts, Father’s day, etc. Since I’ve been working on these anyway, I thought I’d do a tutorial as well since it was really fun to create!

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Supplies:

Dreamweaver Stencils’ Cameo and Damask • Mercart Colored Aluminum • Mercart Metalworking Tools • Stampendous Perfectly Clear Charm Collection and Friendly Phrases • Beacon Adhesives Zip Dry, Fast Finish Decoupage, Quick Grip, Fabri-Tac, and Gem Tac • Tsukineko Black StazOn Ink Pad with Refill, and Memento Tuxedo Black and Rose Bud • May Arts Satin and Silk ribbons • Bazzill Basics Antique Aged Papers • Spellbinder’s Scalloped Oval Die • flat paint brush • sanding block

Step #1: Die cut two ovals of colored aluminum, and one of thin tagboard. Run one metal piece through embossing machine with Damask stencil following this sandwich format: a) base plate, b) stencil, c) metal, d) embossing mat, e) TWO clear plates.

Step #2: Place other metal die cut piece on stop of Cameo stencil. Hold in place with removable tape. Use finger to press around design,then use paper stump to define the design.


Step #3: Define edges with Teflon tool. Place both layers on top of suede cloth, and continue to define with ball tool, carefully pushing to manipulate the metal.

Step #4: Flip over and trace design for more definition. Place back on suede, and use the Refiner tool to add freeform squiggles around the cameo design.

Step #5: Flip to front again, and place piece back in stencil. Use sanding block to sand color off embossed squiggles. Trace cameo on die cut tagboard, and cut out center design. Adhere as a brace on back of front piece with Zip Dry Adhesive.

Step #6: Trace Cameo design on paper. Cut out, stamp with selected designs in Rose Bud ink, distress around edges with black ink.

Step #7: Pour small amount of Beacon Fast Finish inside cameo, place paper insert inside, add more Fast Finish, and use flat brush to ensure that all areas are adhered. Set aside to dry.

Step #8: Using a cosmetic wedge, apply StazOn refill ink over both front and back metal pieces. Use soft cloth to rub off excess. (A small amount of rubbing alcohol will remove more. If necessary, you can go back and add more pink ink with the Rosebud ink, and heat set with heat tool at least 5 inches away.)

Step #9: Using Quick Grip adhesive, apply a small amount on the back sides, and carefully around the edges, and adhere both sides together, matching the scalloped edges. Use roller wheel on back around all edges to finish.

Step #10: Use Quick Grip to adhere pinback. Set aside. Create card from gray cardstock with top fold. Tape stencil over May Arts satin ribbon, and using Black Memento ink and sponge, apply ink through stencil. Adhere to card front with Fabri-Tac.

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Step #11: If desired, embellish by cutting out and applying a stamped butterfly and pearls with Gem Tac adhesive. Insert pinback through ribbon adhered to card. Add a stamped sentiment as well.

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Wow, Pam Hornschu can do amazing projects with her Dreamweaver Stencils!

Show your Patriotic Panache

This week we’ll be bringing you all the new patriotic style stamps from the April 2015 Catalog. We have a variety of styles from sweet stamp images like today’s House-Mouse Designs® to some great sentiments and landmark images. We’ll have you ready for holidays this summer or anytime you need to create with a patriotic flair.

Today’s stamp focus include Amanda, Mudpie and Monica showing their patriotism in song and brush. Painting Old Glory can bring a song to our lips too with Patriotic Painters mellifluous factor as these three sing patriotically before their painted backdrop. This stamp comes in wood mounted (shown) and Cling Rubber™ approximately  5″ X 3-3/4-inches in size.

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HMR33 Patriotic Painters Rubber Stamp – Wood Mounted

If you’re looking for a fantastic card that takes little time to complete than you really need to check out this colorful card by Wendy Price. You can click on the card or it’s caption below to see the supplies and instructions straight from Wendy.

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Patriotic Painters by Wendy Price

What could be more fun than to create a set of House-Mouse cards with a couple of stamps. We’ve got you covered there as well. Amanda and Mudpie are joined by Maxwell in this Star Spangled Mice stamp we released in 2014 that is a great companion to Patriotic Painters.

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HMW01 Star Spangled Mice – Wood Mounted

If you haven’t smiled today this surely will do the trick! Lea Kimmel created this amazing card with an extra level of cuteness as the vivid patriotic colors  frame those adorable cute faces. Lea created a project page for this card and you can get all the details HERE.

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Star Spangled Mice by Lea Kimmel

We have more amazing projects today from these designers that will get you in the spirit of our summer holiday to create greeting cards, scrapbook pages and party decorations. Let’s see what they have created today!

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

Purrfect Popping Up Kitties

If you haven’t already fallen for our new kitties, we’ve got more to inspire you today. The Cling Pop Up Kitties Stamp Set is designed to work with our Pop Up Die Set. See how one playful kitty can spring into view from this delightful card.

Cling Pop Up Kitties by Debi Hammons
Cling Pop Up Kitties by Debi Hammons

Debi Hammons created this curious kitten peeking out of a flower basket with the Pop Up Die for the card insert and this deep three-dimensional look will lay flat when closed! How purrfect is that! Here are the Stampendous products Debi used on this project.

Now it’s time for some more feline crafty designer projects!

Jamie Martin

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

Wendy Price

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Kute Kitties

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Pop Up Kitties Thank You by Debi Hammons

Are you ready for some bright-eyed, mousers! We have some new ones to share! Our Cling Pop Up Kitties Rubber Stamp Set and coordinating Pop Up Kitties Die Cut Set  are part of the April 2015 Catalog release, now available at your favorite local or online store.

You’ll see how many different ways to color a kitty from our design team this week and to start off the inspiration here is illustrator and owner of Stampendous, Fran Seiford, with a video about the new Pop Up products coming out!

 


Check out today’s feline crafty designer projects!

Kristine Reynolds

Product Theme for Making Art

This has been a great week of making art, seeing how the design team from Spectrum Noir and our own talented team have created such a great variety of projects. Did you notice our theme week House-Mouse Designs® appear here and there? The gallery for this theme has grown and included here on this post, but first let’s take a look at the stamps that were the inspiration for this theme week.

Isn’t the image of this stamp the truth! Once we start stamping it’s likely to turn into a repeatable moment! House-Mouse Monica has turned into an avid stamper with this paw print stamp.

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Making Prints

I always thought there was a special touch to flowers that made them so beautiful and now I’m thinking it’s all because Maxwell has a paintbrush and paint well.

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Painted Pansies

Oh dear, a painting mishap between a paintbrush and tail! This adorable stamp is perfect to send an encouraging message, apology or to scrapbook those messy painting sessions of your children.

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Painting Pals

 

Now for the gallery!


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful inspiring weekend!

Birthday Buddies Wrap Up

The last of our birthday buddies have been gathered up and you can see them here in the gallery. We let them come to the front of the line so you can find them faster! Enjoy

 

Our buddies spotlighted this week are quite the party animals and it was great to invite them to our blog hops this week. Click on any of the captions or stamps images below to take you to a product page where you’ll find links to many more projects ideas.

Balloon Bear Rubber Stamp
Balloon Bear Rubber Stamp
Cake Dreaming Rubber Stamp
Cake Dreaming Rubber Stamp
Cake Nibbler Rubber Stamp
Cake Nibbler Rubber Stamp
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Lollipop Lunch Rubber Stamp
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Stacked Gifts

 

 

We’ll see you next week with new inspiration to share!

 

Birthday Buddies In So Many Places

We’ve spotted some more of our birthday buddies across the web and added them to our theme week gallery. We sure love to see how our buddies look in these projects and offer great inspiration to make that birthday event special.

 

 

Birthday Buddies

Where’s our weekly theme? Well while we have two fabulous blog hop events happening this week we’ve added the weekly theme into the mix. You’ll see our designers posts with all the great House-Mouse Design stamps that are Birthday Buddies to the core. Here are today’s posts from the team as well as a project page from our website.

See you back here soon for another day of hops!

 

Spark Up Your Life

Best friends to the very end, Screwloose N Sparky are quite a pair and so expressive for robots. From the Perfectly Clear Stamp Set you can give them a voice with great robot sayings and even a robot-style heartbeat like Screwloose is sporting on this portrait stamp here.

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Screwloose Rubber Stamp

Sparky is such a happy bot-pup that his tail never stops wagging even when the rest of him is perfectly still as on this namesake rubber stamp.

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Sparky Rubber Stamp

The designers this week did an amazing job on all their projects, bringing out all things robot themed and creating with simple and fun ideas. Wendy Price was so kind to let us post one of her great projects here on the blog using the Screwloose and Sparky Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

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Screwloose and Sparky by Wendy Price

Now those are some cute robots! There are even more to be seen in today’s line up on designer blogs. We hope you enjoy your mini Bot-hop today and have a great weekend!

Wendy Price

Tenia Nelson

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Amy Hurley-Purdie