Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Its STAMPENDOUS & DecoArt PLaYTiMe!! :) - MM Card & Treasures Box

In the mail I received some products from STAMPENDOUS and I was elated at the opportunity to play with them!!  I got a Creative Palette and mono printing plate,  a large acrylic handle, and two cling stamps!  They couldn't have come at a  better time.. because I am now, all set to play, with some of my favorite DecoArt paints and stencils!

Loving the idea of creating my own prints.. I leaped into the idea of playing with the Creative Palette and generating some fun backgrounds.. :)  I love the idea that's slender and it space in my bag, which makes it easy for me to grab it and go!  This is a mixed media card I made using an Artistcellar Stencil from the Sacred Heart Series and my favorite DecoArt Neon Acrylics.

Loved the how the stencil was imperfectly perfect on the monoprinting plate.. I think next time I will add some DecoArt Drying Time Extender to my paints and see how that goes too.. :)

My message to myself for the month of June... Live Creatively...

I mean.. the possibilities are well beyond what I have done.. but I plan to check out some other ways to utilize my new friend!  After creating some more pages and  backgrounds..

Then I decided to play with the STAMPENDOUS Face stamp called the Cling GLANCE- CRR200.  She was totally fun.. as I have NO large face stamps to play with!!  The lines from the image are clear and she is just the right size to do a little envelope art..  I was sending my friend Tamie some Happy Mail, and well Tamie loves Sugar Skulls.. So I decided to Sugar Skull my image.. Here is how that turned out..
Excuse my thumb.. (smile) I was debating posting this picture.. and decided at the last minute.. What the heck!  I am playing with a wonderful stamp and this is only a few of the possibilities!!  Oh Yeah.. Tamie.. YOU GOT MAIL!!  :)

Now for my last project.. It was something I had never done.. :)  An altered cigar box.  I actually received one from my dear friend VON for my birthday earlier this month.. Von makes me smile! She is a warm and beautiful lady.  I thought what she had given me was sooo dainty and lady-like.  I knew I wanted to make one too!

To be honest with you.. I looked at so many YOUTUBE videos and blogs on the topic, I couldn't tell you who's idea it actually is.. :)  But I do know I went to Andy Skinner and Made by Sannie 's blogs and CreaBoeTiek Channel on YouTube for inspiration for my first box.

Took a plain wooden cigar box and painted it with DecoArts MultiSurface Satin Acrylics in Coca bean and Chocolate and covered the whole box...

I don't know why.. but I always keep my DecoArt gesso nearby! (smile)

Then I added a thick layer of DecoArts Modeling Paste to the cover.  Then I smooshed a wide piece of lace and some of my favorite trinkets into paste on the lid.  Flowers, charms, and all kinds of metal embellishments.. :)  I let it air dry for 24 hours.

Then I covered the ENTIRE thing in yet more acrylic paints!  Even the metals!.  It was rather dull so I then added some of my favorite Dazzling Metallic Renaissance Brown and Bronze by DecoArts.  Let see some better pictures of the finished box in some pictures below...

decided I wanted some little feet so I glued these one with some help from Helmar's Glue that I got at Frosted Designs.. whew that Barb sure does send quick!!!  :)  

this is a side panel..

I loved painting her face and then adding glaze so her image was not flat.. since the box had so much shimmer now.. :)
this is a close up after adding some of the dazzling acrylics I mentioned.  :)

Here is another side panel...

Well that's it for me.. I hope you guys enjoyed viewing my page and watching me play with my fantabulous paints from DecoArt.. and those outrageously fun Stampendous products!  I am sure it won't be the last time I pick them up  and it wouldn't be for you either!!  :)

Since I am a part of a blog hop.. I thought it might be nice to let you know there are bunch of talented people out here this week playing with paints, brushes and stamps.. I hope you can take a moment to check them and don't forget to comment, pin and like our sponsors for this event!  It also helps to make you eligible for the prize package. :)

Visit each blog, leave a comment! • Like Stampendous, DecoArt, Princeton Artist Brushes and inspired by Willow Wolfe on Facebook! • We've also got a Pinterest Board started!
Please repin our projects on to your boards and be sure to tag us when you do (#Stampendous, #DecoArt, #PrincetonArtistBrushes, #byWillowWolfe) - we'll be tracking. Your comments on the blogs are your entry into the drawing! We'll randomly choose three blog posts from all the designer posts this week and then choose one commenter from each with a U.S. Mailing Address to receive a prize package. THEN we'll choose three international commenters to receive a generous sample pack courtesy of DecoArt, so everybody can play this time! AND I have a few bonus goodies hanging around my office for some lucky people who SHARE our Facebook posts and Pinterest Pins! Ready for your trip around the world??? Let's get Hoppin!

DecoArt Blog

Stampendous Blog

Claudia Neubacher (Vienna, Austria)

Kristine Reynolds (California, USA)

Iliane de Fockert (Elly) (Niedersachsen, Germany)

Julia Stratford-Wright (near London, UK)

Julie Robertson (UK)

Jamie Martin (Oklahoma, USA)

Debbie Cole (California, USA)

Shannon Moyer-Szemenyei (Canada)

Tamiko McCurry (Illinois, USA)

A few of the bloggers this week are new to hopping, so if you have an issue with any of the links, here's a little tip! If you get a page that says "Sorry that Page is not here" or something similar, try clicking on the header picture at the top of the blog, or look for something that says Home. The hop page should be near the top of the day's posts. We will fix broken links as the day goes on, as well, so check back here if you are really lost.

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Enjoy the rest of your Week and thanks for stopping by! :)


  1. WOW, what a great technique. So much detail.

  2. Oooh I really like these projects and your friend is going to be delighted by the happy mail :)

  3. Love all the texture going on.

  4. Your box has so many cool textures and beautiful, shimmery paint! I like the addition of wooden "feet" you glued on the bottom. Thanks for sharing :)

  5. WOW! Looks like you really had a great time with all of the wonderful goodies you received!! Lucky you to get all of these yummies to play with! You added to it are just incredible!! Thanks for sharing these three wonderful creations with me!

  6. Wow Tamiko, that cigar box went from bare and nothing to a beautiful treasure of art. You have so many textures and elements on it that just give it that wonderful beautiful look. You are so talented in everything you do, can't wait to see what is next :)

  7. You have been a busy little bee and I enjoyed looking at all your projects that you created for the blog hop. Cards, envelopes, altered boxes; what a great variety of inspiration for us to choose from! Thanks for sharing your creativity with us.

  8. What a beautiful box. I so need to start coloring outside the lines with my projects. I'm sure if I ever get up the nerve to try some of these great ideas I would love it. Thanks for sharing with us you lovely project.

  9. These projects are terrific, Tamiko! Love how the Glance works so well on the envelope, like she's making sure the post office gets it right to your friend! And on the box she looks like she's contemplating all those gorgeous memories! Beautiful work. Hope you have lots of fun with your Creative Palette!! Thanks for sharing with us this week!

  10. All of your projects are so lovely. I especially like the way you used the face stamp to make the sugar skull. Very cool.

  11. You've been having fun! Wonderful projects. I'm really intrigued by the Creative Pallet; looks like something I could spend hours dinking around with.

  12. Wow--lots of fabulous, creative projects.

  13. I really love that altered box and the products you used I know I will try them for sure. Good luck on your Blog Hop. Thanks for sharing and letting us learn something new and different.

  14. Brandi (@Fitzysmom)Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

    I love happy mail! Such a fun surprise for your friend. Thanks for sharing it with us!

  15. OMG I love the box, and would never think of painting of the jewels!!! Too cool!!! I LOVE LOVE LOVE my goodies, thanks a ton my friend :)

  16. Great box. I love seeing different ways to alter cigar boxes. Thank you for the inspiration.

  17. Lovely projects! Thanks for all the great techniques and ideas you shared. This has been a talented group of artists sharing on this blog hop and it has been so fun.

  18. What a great project! Lots of inspiration in this post! Thanks for sharing it with us! Erin xx

  19. Love your box!! So many details.

  20. Wow, at first wonderful print and card for creativity, I really love it!!! And the resit is also fabulous, what a project and work for the blog hop! Thank you. Coco x

    1. Ms COCO!! Just read on the Stampendous blog that you won!! So all you lucky folks – please email us at submissions@stampendous.com with your mailing addresses, and we will pass along the international ones to the folks at DecoArt while mailing out the U.S. winners right away.

  21. Fabulous ideas for using the products! Thanks for sharing!

    Carol B

  22. Love the box and the sugar skull card very clever...

  23. Meko, awesome blog post and tutorial. I have two cigar boxes my husband just came across i want to do them. You have inspired me Thank youo

  24. Beautiful. So many layers and embellishments. I'd be thrilled to display that at my house. Congratulations of a wonderful project.

  25. She is beautiful, simply beautiful! thanks for sharing. -con

  26. I forgot to mention how much I liked your card! I adore it;) -con.

  27. This box is stunning ! Can't wait to try out some of these products

  28. Simply stunning mixed media project. Bravo.

  29. Gosh, I can tell you had a ball making these projects. The cigar box is absolutely gorgeous & your card looks very 3D as if the heart has burst right through the paper

  30. Beautiful! I am in awe of the artistry going on here! Love it!

  31. Fabulous inspiration! The cigar box really is fantastic!

  32. Love the card, and the cigar box is a great piece of upcycling - fabulous embellishing and a great finished look.
    Alison x

  33. Beautiful projects, love the treasure box!!!
    I'm so glad I'll be working with you at Frosted Designs DT :)

  34. I stopped by your wonderful blog today, Thanks for all the lovely inspiration. I am following your blog, Feel free to follow mine. http://tamieispreservingmemories.blogspot.com/

    Hugs and Happiness, Tamie

  35. Love the texture on the box, amazing job!