Last Day For Love Letters Challenge

Young Heart by Wendy Price

Young Heart by Wendy Price

Today is the last day to enter your projects in our February Love Letters Challenge. You have until 11:55pm Pacific Standard Time tonight to link your project to our link tool for consideration.

You can click on the link tool in the right sidebar of the blog —————>

Or you can visit the inspiration and leave your link here on the Challenge Page.

Even if you’re not entering, you can click on the link and see all the terrific entries, visit them online, and leave supportive, encouraging comments for your fellow crafters!

Designer Review of What’s New!

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All week our Design Team have been posting on their blogs some of the terrific new projects they’ve made with the products in our January 2014 Catalog.

Here are the links to some of the terrific projects they’ve posted! We’re always so excited and thrilled with the amazing work they do, hopefully you’ll visit them all and leave them some love! They are so appreciative of your feedback!

Tobi Crawford

Kristine Reynolds  – Daisy Float

Kristine Reynolds – To Cheer You

Jamie Martin – For Baby

Jamie Martin – Congratulations

Lea Kimmel

Cyndi Bundy – Winter Fun

Cyndi Bundy – Bonjour Kitty

Tenia Nelson

Krissy Fossmeyer

We were blessed this release with the guest talents of two fantastic Scrapbook/Mixed Media Artists, Adrienne Ford and Suzanne Austin. We’ll look at more of their work later, but please take a look this week at these posts by:

Adrienne Ford

Come back next week and check out our focus on Stack Art!

Get your fill (and refill) of Clearsnap inks!!

Clearsnap ink pads come deliciously full of top quality ink, but the fact that they have refills available for all of their pads is such a plus! Keeping a stamp pad well-inked provides so many benefits to the stamper.

  • You can use less downward pressure on a well-inked pad to ink your stamp thoroughly. This helps to avoid inking any excess rubber in the center or edges of your design, decreasing stamping mistakes.
  • Inking lightly allows you to press more firmly on the paper and get a better, clearer impression.
  • A well inked pad is also less likely to dry and shrink. Shrinkage can cause the pad to pull away from its plastic case and makes it fall apart more quickly.

But these benefits are secondary to all the exciting things you can do with just a bottle of ink!! The availability of color-matched ink refills allows you to sponge matching background colors, distress the edges of your card panels, and use tools like brayers to create amazing background patterns.

You can even make cards like these alcohol ink cards by Jennifer Dove and Wendy Price by applying Surfacez ink refills to a makeup sponge, dabbing on glossy cardstock, then spritzing with Surfacez Cleaner or Rubbing Alcohol. WOW!!

Go check out what our other Design Team Members are doing with Clearsnap products today! Be sure to comment on their projects and don’t miss tomorrow’s big Blog Hop and loads of inspiration!

Rhea Weigand

Tobi Crawford

Clearsnap Blog

Christmas is for Kiddos!

Kids of all ages love a gift giving holiday! Our Kiddos are no exception as they help Santa prepare and deliver the gifts this year, they can delight the Kiddos in your life on handmade Christmas cards!

Gifts Kiddo

Gifts Kiddo

Check out these super fun creations from our Design Team! Then be sure to visit us next week when we are taking a look at the newest in Santa Claus stamps from Stampendous! That Jolly Old Elf  has never looked this cute!

Kristine Reynolds

Jamie Martin

Lea Kimmel

Christmas Kiddos – In the House

Our Kiddos stamps have been so popular since Fran first started drawing them in 2012. The darling Christmas Kiddos for this year are no exception! This Holiday season Kiddos are helping Santa with the toy making and delivery. Our July Catalog boasts these two darlings:

Of course they are also available in Cling Rubber for your storing and image positioning pleasure! They’re super cute, large enough to color, sized just right to leave room for a sentiment on your card front if desired.

We’ve made a really darling set this year for Michaels Stores as well! This adorable Cling Rubber set is only available at your local Michaels Stores.

Kiddo Toyland - a Michaels Stores Exclusive

Kiddo Toyland – a Michaels Stores Exclusive

Here’s a WAAAY too cute example of this fun set by our own Krissy Fossmeyer

Kiddo Toyland by Krissy Fossmeyer

Kiddo Toyland by Krissy Fossmeyer

You’ll find some other examples of our darling Christmas Kiddos on these terrific designers’ blogs today!

Kristine Reynolds

And be sure to come on by tomorrow when several of our team members will have new samples and ideas for you!

Kiddos are Celebrating the Seasons

Our theme this week is our Holiday Kiddos stamps. BlogStar Tobi Crawford gets us started with our Leaf Girl Kiddo image for Fall and some great coloring techniques. Be sure to check out these Design Team blogs today with other terrific Kiddos ideas.

Kristine Reynolds

Tenia Nelson

Krissy Fossmeyer

Hi there! It’s Tobi here and today I’m celebrating my favourite time of year: AUTUMN, and my absolute fav thing is watching the leaves turn from green to orange, red, yellow and all the shades in between. I think it’s a fun challenge to colour turning leaves with Copic markers. There are many different combos you could play around with, but today I went with the green/orange combo. Check it out:

I coloured Leaf Girl Kiddo with Copics and left the leaves ’till last.
As you can see here, I started with the greens then went to orange.
Just a little tip: if you’re combining two colours that don’t really go together (green and orange, for example), they should be a light marker. Dark markers will just push against each other and will be stubborn – but light markers will blend nicely!
So once I added the dark orange on the tips of the leaves I had to blend it out a little with the light orange.
All done!
Pretty fun, right?! Thanks for joining me today!

Happy Halloween!!

We’re having Halloween fun with our new Kiddos this week, and we wanted to remind you that today is the last day for our October Challenge! So get your Halloween themed projects linked to our list. You can click on the F.E. Linus Kitty button to the right, or at the bottom of the CHALLENGE POST. Be sure to check the Official Rules… we love to see everyone’s project, but you can only win if you have a U.S. mailing address.

Today we have loads of cute Halloween Kiddos for you to enjoy while you wait for Trick or Treaters to arrive at your door. Be sure to leave them each some love, they work really hard to bring you these fun things!

Kristine Reynolds

Krissy Fossmeyer

Janelle Stollfus

Tenia Nelson

Burglar Kiddo by Suzanne Czosek

Burglar Kiddo by Suzanne Czosek

These Kiddos are a Treat

Stampendous Kiddos stamps are so super sweet, you’ll find yourself smiling every time you stamp and color them. They get cuter and cuter as you color, it’s really a treat!

Pumpkin Kiddo by Jamie Martin

Pumpkin Kiddo by Jamie Martin

Check out our Design Team inspiration today for lots of ideas using these adorable kids.

Jamie Martin

Lea Kimmel

Halloween Kiddos – Frightfully Cute!

Lots of folks really prefer “cute” Halloween to “creepy”, and we’ve got the Kiddos to fit the bill!

Our Design Team has been playing with these two cuties, and they’ve created some really fun projects.

Be sure to check out

Janelle Stolfuss

Halloween Kiddos Week

It’s almost time to leave our celebration of Halloween images! This week we’re playing with our newest Kiddos. These cuties do all the things your kids do, you can see the whole collection on our website HERE.

For Halloween our little girl is dressed up as a Pumpkin, and our little boy as a Burglar. They’re just as sweet as can be. They’re both available in wood mounted or cling rubber styles on our website or in your favorite stamping/scrapbooking store.  Find a store near you with our Dealer Locator

Today, BlogStar Rhea Weigand has a terrific project for you featuring our Pumpkin Kiddo along with another of her fabulous coloring guides! So Pinnable!! Enjoy!

Be sure to check at the bottom of the post for more Design Team inspiration!

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Hello, Rhea here to bring you a fun last minute Halloween card.  This week with Stampendous we are showcasing our Halloween Kiddos.  I also wanted to play with the awesome Haunting Background Stamp.

To create the Haunting Background I air-brushed a little BV17, V08, YR16 and YG17 on GLOSSY PAPER.  Then spritzed it with alcohol.  The alcohol causes the ink to “run away screaming”  Pretty fitting being that it is halloween :)  After the paper is dry stamp image with Archival Ink.  Now you are done.

Next just color your little kiddo.  Here are the colors I used.
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Now go check out the terrific projects from these Stampendous Design Team Members:

Cyndi Bundy

Kristine Reynolds

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