PenPatterns are Here!

Fran has done it again, and in our April 2014 Catalog we’re introducing one of her newest ideas, PenPatterns.

Folks seem to have taken to doodling in and out of shapes for their stamped artwork lately, so Fran has created some images that are perfect for this new trend. These charming images have large open spaces ideal for doodling your own patterns into with either black or colored pens or pencils.

PenPatterns are available in both wood mounted and Cling Rubber

PenPatterns are available in both wood mounted and Cling Rubber

You can also enjoy stamping patterns into them with our new PenPatterns background tiles. (psst…these also make great card and page backgrounds!)

PenPattern backgrounds in Perfectly Clear Stamps, Wood Mounted or Cling Rubber

PenPattern backgrounds in Perfectly Clear Stamps, Wood Mounted or Cling Rubber

 

Finally, these terrific images make just plain fun coloring! We took them with us to Los Angeles this past Saturday for La Feria de los Niños and the kids had an absolute blast coloring them! Our good friends at Faber-Castell USA were good enough to supply colored pencils for us to use. Our friends at Prima Marketing sent along some fantastic adhesive jewels and paper flowers. The kids were in heaven! Look at this proud miss with her finished work!

girl finished card copy

And have you ever seen anyone color more intently than these two little crafters? Our new PenPatterns were a HUGE hit!

coloring girl coloring boy copy

 They’ve been a huge hit with our Design Team as well! They’ve got inspiration all week for you featuring these terrific images! Here’s who posted today!

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Catching Up!

We’re still trying to play catch up here in our offices at Stampendous! Building a new website can be quite a challenge. But it’s finished! And we’re celebrating with our newest catalog products from our April 2014 Catalog.

Our Design Team is giving you a Sneak Peek of our newest goodies. These beautiful designs for Spring and Summer will blow you away! We’ve added some precision cutting dies to coordinate with our terrific new flower offerings, and our Blossom Beauty stamp is already proving to be a fan favorite in a big way.  We’ve even got a video available already!

If you’d like to view the April Catalog, just click on it here. You can download it, print it, or just enjoy it online as a flippy book where it doesn’t take up any space in your home or on your computer!
Stampendous April 2014 Catalog

Our terrific April products are also now available on our brand new website! Just like always, your orders will be filled by local retail stores using the Shopatron order fulfillment system. It’s such a good way to support small business while shopping online. In many cases you can even pick up the products in the store to avoid shipping charges! You’ll find all the newest goodies under the What’s New Icon at http://www.stampendous.com!

You’ll be seeing a lot of the April Catalog Samples here in the coming weeks, but we asked our Design Team this week to share their favorites with you! Here are the links to those terrific posts. Be sure to leave them some love in the form of your happy comments while you’re there!

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds (Monday)

Tenia Nelson

Krissy Fossmeyer

Janelle Stollfus

Lea Kimmel (Tuesday)

Kristine Reynolds (Thursday)

Lea Kimmel (Friday)

Kristine Reynolds (Friday)

Rhea Weigand

 

 

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!

There’s No People like Snow People!

Snowball Fight by Kristine Reynolds

Snowball Fight by Kristine Reynolds

Our Design Team is very appropriately stamping with our newest Snowmen this week! Many of them are snowed in with their children, and happy for a few more days of Winter Break, but baby, it’s cold out there!!  Remember, if you make real snowmen, or just stamp with ours, send us a picture or tag us on your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest photos with #Stampendous.

Here are the terrific posts from Tuesday and Wednesday featuring our terrific new Snowman Banners and Build a Snowman Perfectly Clear Stamps Sets as well as our darling Snowball Fight and Sweet Snowgirl stamps.

Jamie Martin

Tobi Crawford

Krissy Fossmeyer – Snow Buddies, In the Meadow

Rhea Weigand

The Weather Outside is Frightful

Sweater square Scrapbook Page by Debi Hammons

Sweater square Scrapbook Page by Debi Hammons

But the stamping is so delightful!! We hope you have some time over the holidays to do some crafting just for yourself. Maybe you’ll get to play with those new goodies you got for Christmas?

Well if it’s a Winter theme you have in mind, we’ve got you covered in our July 2013 catalog! Ice Skates? We’ve got ‘em. Penguins? We’ve got ‘em. Snowflakes? Yep. Warm Sweaters? You betcha. (We even have winter mice, but they’re for next week, and snowmen the week after!) Come along and see what our terrific Design Team is sharing today to warm you up inside! Then sit on down and stamp the winter away!

Kristine Reynolds

Rhea Weigand

Jamie Martin

Have Yourself a Mousey Little Christmas!

Chin Up by Debi Hammons

Chin Up by Debi Hammons

We’re looking this week at the darling holiday images from House-Mouse Designs®. We’re so blessed at Stampendous to be creating stamps with the darling little characters from the pen of Ellen Jareckie!

We wanted to remind you as well that House-Mouse Designs® has its own blog with some seriously talented designers AND a weekly challenge where you can win free products and even digital downloads! It’s pretty darn fun!! Check them out at  House-Mouse Challenge Blog.  The official House-Mouse Website also has a gallery where you can view the creations of others and post your own – HMD by Me.  And you know you can follow these darling critters on Facebook, and Pinterest. If you’re becoming as fond of these little guys as we are, there is lots and lots of inspiration on the web!

Including our Design Team – Here’s who has Christmas inspiration for you this week -

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Rhea Wiegand

Jamie Martin

The Week Before Christmas and All Through OUR House…

The mice are stirring…oh yes they are! This week our Design Team are posting Christmas greetings with our adorable House-Mouse Designs® Rubber Stamps. These darling characters by artist Ellen Jareckie are so much fun to color for Christmas and their little expressions really share the joy of the season! Here’s hoping you enjoy all their fun this week.
We have a guest post from BlogStar, Rhea Weigand today, plus check out the cute cards posted on these DT Memebers’ blogs:

Kristine Reynolds

Rhea Weigand (a different card than below)

Hello,  Today I am sharing Chin Up House Mouse which you can now get in cling from Stampendous!  I also used the Christmas Background stamp for the sentiment.
Along with this project I put together a couple quick tips for our friends that may be just getting into card making.  This is also for the long time, die hard card makers too.  Sometimes we forget little things we’ve learned over the years…..
Like embossing metal brads…..
Or….not die cutting a certain area of and image.  And….Using our dies to make shaped cards!!!
I will be back tomorrow with an over the top one of my favorite Christmas House Mouse Cards!!!!

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

We “ink” Clearsnap is divine!

Rich, bright pigment inks from Clearsnap have long made embossing with Stampendous premium embossing powders simple. The slower drying time of pigment ink is perfect for holding embossing powders to paper while heating with an embossing heat tool. Pigment inks are also gorgeous for colorful, fade-resistant stamping, but the slow drying quality requires some patience and on some surfaces they will never dry. ColorBox Chalk Inks, however, provide beautiful, colorful results in a fast-drying format. They’ve long been a favorite here at Stampendous for stamping anything we do in color! With over 50 colors available, there is a Chalk Ink for anything you want to create! You can even heat set them to make them waterproof!

On this terrific card, our in-house Sample Artist Debi Hammons used one of our all-time favorites, Dark Moss, for the leaves in the background of our Jumbo Cling Rubber Parrot stamp. These great colors are available in large pads, Cat’s Eye, mini pads, Petal Point pads… so many ways to collect lots of colors!

Jumbo Parrot by Debi Hammons

Jumbo Parrot by Debi Hammons

Go take a look at what other Stampendous Design Team members are creating today with Clearsnap products. Be sure to leave comments as you go so you can be entered for our PRIZES!! Also take time to visit the Clearsnap Blog and check out what their designers are doing. While you’re at it, we’d love it if you’d like us all on Facebook, Follow us on Twitter, and even Pin our projects on your Pinterest Boards! Thanks so much for being fans!

Tenia Nelson

Suzanne Czosek

Clearsnap Blog

Santa Claus is Coming To Town

This week we’re taking a look (and checking it twice) at some of the cool Santa Claus images that Stampendous has created for our July 2013 Holiday Catalog. Old St. Nick is always a popular choice for Christmas card creation, and we’ve given him a bit of trendy flair this year!

For starters, our friends at Michaels Stores have chosen our Jolly Santa again this year! A classic look for lots of fun coloring and adding glitter or Shaved Ice to his beard and hat! You can’t go wrong with this terrific and simple card for the holidays!

Jolly Santa by Debi Hammons

Jolly Santa by Debi Hammons

In a hipper, trendier vein, Santa is coming to town in a hot air balloon on

Kristine Reynolds

blog today as she uses our terrific new Santa Air Drop image

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