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June 12, 2022

Pouncing Powder and Fun With Friends!

Hello Stamplings!

I hope you are doing well and enjoying the last few days of spring! (Although for some of us, the furnace blast of red hot temperatures would have you believing it is the middle of summer!😝)

Speaking of blast, I'm just back from a fun crafty retreat with some friends last week. It's my first trip anywhere since 2019 and it felt wonderful to get away! It was also exciting to try out different techniques ~ always more delightful with a group of friends! 

Onefer
One of the techniques we tried was from a video I stumbled across while on You Tube. It was a Marion Emberson Mini-Masterclass video showing the embossed pouncing technique. It was a hoot watching her experiment and I had to give it a try. Some of you may have already "been there, done that," but it was new to me.

I have to say, it took a bit of trial and error, but I didn't really have any failures because all the results were cool in their own way. I did find that some of the brands of e/p (embossing powder) worked better than others. Also, as Marion says, make sure you keep the heat gun moving so it doesn't overheat!

If you place your piles of e/p between two sheets of parchment, you get "skins" that you can attach to a card front. Or you can put the piles of e/p directly on a chipboard image, cover it with parchment, and then pounce it with the heat gun. I liked the chipboard way the best. But either way, when you pull and lift the parchment away, you get that cool "flame" effect.

For this card I did both. First I made a skin and set it aside. Then I piled and pounced the same colors of e/p onto a chipboard heart and that looked great. And then, just for the heckofit, I attached the skin over the top of the heart! Here's a closeup:
The skins are pretty fragile and can be 'holey' depending on how much powder you lay down, but it does adhere well to a card front if you put enough pinpoints of glue on the back. The e/p I used was WOW and the stitched frame is from Reverse Confetti.

So then what happened was, ala Marion, I thought the mess that was left behind (after I removed the heart from the piece of cardstock) would also make a ... well, what would say? Artsy card? The love die is from Winnie & Walter sprinkled with e/p to match and heat-embossed. It's very glossy and schparkly in real life.
And here are a few more below. For the first one, I used a NBUS flower die from my friend Bozena which I cut from heavy cardboard. I haven't made the results in the middle into cards yet.
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Oregon Retreat 2022
ColleenGretaLinda, and Vikki. And Hammy came, too, of course!
More technique playtime results to follow. 
Thank you, my friends, for a fantastic time in your beautiful state!

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52 comments:

Nan G said...

Wow! What a “cool” effect. I’ve watched one or two of Marion’s videos but not this pouncing technique. It’s been summer down this way for a couple of weeks already. Today we had rain and the temps finally cooled but the humidity would choke a horse. Looks like you had a good time on your outing to Oregon. what fun. Hugs Nan and the Girls

Aquarius said...

I'm sure you all had a wonderful time at your retreat after so long away from such delights. This technique is new to me but I might investigate and have a go

Julie B said...

Oh to be able to craft with friends, how wonderful. I recently stumbled onto the same You Tube video and was inspired to try the technique but haven't as yet! :)

Sue - said...

It’s funny I was just thinking about you this morning and hoping you were OK as I hadn’t seen a post from you for a while, then up pops your post! So the retreat explains it! An interesting technique which I haven’t come across before, but makes very pretty cards. Looks like we might be getting some of your heat later this week and not before time. “Flaming June” it has certainly not been! xx

Jeanne said...

So happy for you that you were able to get away and play with your friends. The technique you tried looks very interesting and "artsy!" Well done! Thanks for sharing the pictures. What a boost to your senses, yes? Have a great week!

Lisa T said...

what a cool technique! I love the results especially as they are all so unique. I am so happy you got to get away Darnell, isn't it fabulous to be meeting with crafty friends again!

JulieP said...

I'm a bit jealous of your in person crafting fun but very happy for you! Thanks so much for the link to the pouncing. Definitely new to me. I really enjoyed watching it. Your cards are fun and lovely as always. -- Jules

Em Louise Fairley said...

They are sooo pretty xoxo

Bonnie said...

I haven't tried this technique, but I sure need to. What a gorgeous heart and the leftovers are artsy and fun. Glad they didn't go to waste! I'm envious that you got together with these sweet and talented ladies. So glad you had a good visit and time to be together!

HilaryJane said...

Fabulous cards, I am going to have to look into that technique as I love your results. I am so glad your retreat went well. thanks for sharing the pictures xx

Sandra H said...

Wow Darnell absolutely stunning cards looks like you enjoyed your time away with friends and Hammy was there too! Lol hope he behaved himself looks like you picked up lots of good ideas love your cards xx

Sue said...

Looks like you had a fabulous time Darnell!! and the cards are gorgeous hugs Sue x

Bobby said...

How wonderful that you got to get together with these wonderful crafty friends, Darnell. FYI: I still have the envelope with the money I saved for the Lakehouse Retreat back in - what year was that?
You got fantastic results with that technique. I don't have many colors of embossing powders, mostly metallics and glitters, but I may have to invest. I'll be sure and watch the video to get all the hints.

Vicki Dutcher said...

Very cool effect of this technique! So fun your get away with fellow stampers!

Linda W. (ScrappinBari) said...

Lucky you five (or I should say 6 since Hammy attended!) to be on a crafty retreat - thanks for sharing the photos and the fun technique you did! Your cards look amazing, Darnell - I've not heard of that method either and am determined to try it! Thanks for the inspiration!!

Marcia Hill said...

What cool cards and technique Darnell! Have to admit I've never even heard of the technique let alone tried it, but I do have lots of unused jars of colored embossing powders (that I HAD to have...why I don't remember!!), so I should give this a try. Sounds like a FUN group and FUN times, and glad you were able to get together like old times!! Michele and I got together last week, but that's about as far as I travel these days...still fun to get together though!! Hope you're doing well and your hip has completely healed. Hugs and have a great week! (Supposed to be 103 here on Wednesday...yikes, I don't ever remember temps like that here in Michigan before!!) :0)

Greta said...

Oh boy we did have fun! So glad we risked it! Amazing what success we had trying out techniques & love your results!

Karen said...

Lucky you! I recognized a couple of internet friends in that group, one of whom I've even met in person! Once every so often there are three of us here who get together to craft. Truth is, we rarely get much done other than talking about crafting! To get away with friends would be awesome. Now to your wonderful cards! I've never heard of this technique, but I'll be checking out the video. I love the heart with those fabulous Reverse Confetti frames, and the floral is also a fave!

Andrea said...

Hi Darnell
Looks like you and hammy had a fantastic time, getting back to a new normal!!!
Fantastic technique my favourite is the lilac
C heart and the flowers ooops couldn’t choose just one sending big hugs Andrea x

Carol L said...

So glad you had a fun retreat and made some beautiful new cards with new techniques. I swear I see your fluffy white dog on the right side of that heart wearing a red sweater?! See his tiny little eyes? How cool is that!? LOL

Julia Dunnit said...

A retreat! Tip top, I bet it was a blast, how lovely to finally break back in to a bit more of a normal schedule! Loving the pouncing, I have to admit to liking the arty cards even more than the intendeds…but there’s not much in it really, they’re all great!

Vikki H said...

You kept us on track with lots of fun techniques and chatting! I'm sure that my cute "pounced" star would be sitting on a card front now if Hammy had come home with me! Thanks for the adventure and it was fun to meet you in person!

Viv said...

Gotta have a go at this Dolly Daydreams! Fab cards! xx

Jeanne H said...

I really like all your cards and will have to try that new technique. As for your gathering, to be honest, I am jealous you got to meet with all the famous people! LOL

BożenA said...

Hello Darnell
Your heart looks engulfed in flames. The effect is stunning! Cool technique, I have to try it sometime.
I hope you feel great after the treatments and have fully recovered. I send hugs,
BożenA

Donna said...

Sounds like a delightful time with friends. Your cards are beautiful.

oldpunca said...

Nice to hear that the crafty retreat is back after such a long time. I'm happy for all of you to meet again. And I'm sure that it was awesome. The new technique with e/p is great. I like the negative too. Really artistic. I'm looking forward to see more of the results of the retreat.
Hugs, Sonja

Lynette said...

Looks like a wonderful time was had by all! :-) Great pictures - thanks for sharing. A fun technique, too. I think my favorite is the die-cut flower - so awesome!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

It seems you have had a wonderful time with crafty friends at the retreat in Oregon and such wonderful technique you tried! I have never seen this pouncing technique before, but the results are really cool and stunning!! Fabulous array of cards and that big heart with the flames and the pinpoint frames is just amazing!
Hugs

Colleen said...

Darnell, your pouncing was a lot of fun to try...now where did I put all those pieces?? LOL no they are not in the circular bin! I had so much fun with all the gals, it was so great to meet a new one and reconnect with others that I don't see! Thanks for coming to rainy Oregon for the retreat! I will host you any time in my ensuite!! Heart Hugs, Col

Lisa Elton said...

It's new to me Darnell and I think you did an amazing job! Glad you had a successful crafty retreat!

dinosaur said...

What a fun technique! It turned out really cool! Im curious where your retreat was in Oregon? I hope our weather treated you well. Its been cool and rainy. It is a very disappointing spring!

Gerrina said...

Looks like a great weekend! And a fun technique with the EP! Your cards look beautirul! Hugs, Gerrina

nancy littrell said...

Aahhh...looked like you creative girlfriends had such a fun and productive retreat...TFS all the photos Dolly:-) Loved seeing some of your projects and can't wait for you to post more finished cards and stories, etc:-) LOVE your really cool artsy mixed media heart card using parchment paper and heat embossing. I would love to try the technique. Looked like Hammy was having wonderful time too:-) Love and Hugs...can't wait for more..

kiwimeskreations said...

Oh Darnell what an amazing technique, and fabulous results - I will be watching the video tomorrow - thanks for sharing the link
Love the results you have shown us - and I love the 'artzy' void heart card.
Good to see Hammy was supervising - I am sure he too enjoyed his time away
Blessings
Maxine

Marilyn said...

Beautiful cards!
Have a great day!
Marilyn ❤️

Pat said...

Wow Darnell, fabulous results with this new to me technique and will certainly try this out as it looks very interesting! So pleased you had a great time in Oregon with all these lovely ladies and wonderful photos too. Looking forward to seeing what else you got up to. x

cuilliesocks said...

WOW!! What wonderful cards Darnell, I Love the gorgeous hearts and the fabulous colours. Looks a fab technique.
Thank you so much for the lovely birthday card. I had a lovely birthday weekend, with many lovely gifts, and surprise tickets for an Andre Botcelli concert here in Inverness next month, from Damian and Moreen, who are also going.
Lucky you having hot weather, our's is so changeable and still fairly cool for this time of year, take care, Kate x

Susan said...

Looks like you had a fab time at the retreat!! What a wonderful technique and you got beautiful results from it! I'm off to watch the video!

Jean said...

Looks like a wonderful time was had by all! Loving the effect! Great cards!

Carole said...

Fabulous cards Darnell...I have yet to set aside enough time to watch the actual technique. Busy trying to keep on top of everything including the garden. Sp pleased you managed to have a crafty get together...looks like you had fun. Hope you are doing well. Love xx

Brenda in IN said...

I love that pouncing technique and will post my card tomorrow. Your results are all gorgeous. I'm so glad you got to go to the retreat and spend time with such wonderful people and stampers. Thanks for including me too.

Cheryl W. said...

You got some unique and beautiful results from your new technique. I had never heard of doing this before. It sounds like the sort of technique that would be super fun with friends, laughing together as you all try to master it.

I am heading to Oregon in a couple of weeks - not to craft with friends, but to visit a couple of our kids who live there and to get some hugs from our beautiful granddaughter. I sure hopw they have cool NW weather. It's been HOT (in the upper 90s) here in Minnesota lately.

Di said...

This looks like such huge fun! Brave to travel/fly to Oregon as well. I know, LITS! So glad you went, came home well and that a great time was had! Fabby results as well. I think I owe you an email my friend - oops!

Much love

Di xxx

TK said...

Wow! I think the tally is that most of us haven't heard of the project, and it sure appears to be a fun one. Great results and even more so when you layered them. Happy to hear you got away and had a great time with friends!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your cards are all beautiful and that is a great technique! I am happy you were able to get together with other crafty friends too.

Brenda said...

Wow, this technique is so cool Auntie! I love the colors and looks you got. Your cards are fabulous for sure. I watched the video and was amazed, not sure I have the right embossing powders to try this technique but I hope to try it out anyway. If it doesn't work, then I will have to wait to get the right ones. Glad you had a little get away to craft with friend Auntie! It always recharges the batteries when you can get away. Looks like you ladies had lots of fun too. Hugs, Brenda

Leslie Miller said...

I know you all had lots of fun and I'm sure sorry I missed it. What a great technique with very cool results. The flame is perfect in the heart. Thinking Valentine. Really love the results on the flower, too. Unlike anything I've ever done. Look at you all having lunch, so happy. I love that!

Loll said...

Wonderful technique that I've not tried before. Both cards are so artsy and beautiful. Looks like you had a fun time at the retreat. :) Love, Lolly

Linda said...

I'm a little late to the party but want to say it was so wonderful seeing you and Greta again and meeting Vikki. That was a fun technique and was wondering where my creations are. I did organize everything when I got home and that's about it. It was so fun getting together and crafting together with all of you talented crafters. Also, thank you for the thank you card that you made with my background that I was going to throw away. Haha. Lovely card. Love and Hugs, Lin

Nancy said...

Darnell, Looks like some fun was had by all! I like all your cards and the first one with the bold heart looks incredible! As for your time with friends, I am so glad you got away and had a great time! Thanks for sharing the pics! HUGS!

frommycraftroom said...

Both the retreat and the technique sound like fun!
Love the cards you made.