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!

Stampendous and Clearsnap Blog Buddies

This week we’re showcasing projects that feature Clearsnap’s extensive range of inks and other stamping accessories. Their coloring options produce marvelous results with our stamps and embossing powders, and our Design Teams will be really showing off their stuff! We have some super fun projects to share with you.

Clearsnap® has recently released a line of permanent inks called ColorBox™ Surfacez. With 12 brilliant colors and refills available, we have had some serious fun with these products. Our own Fran Seiford created this mixed media panel by stamping on canvas fabric with the Surfacez ink and our  SSC1177 Butterfly Charms Perfectly Clear Stamps™ Set and our Plume Portrait stamp. A bit of Encrusted Jewel Technique with our Purple Encrusted Jewel Technique Kit really finishes off this piece.

Mixed Media Panel by Fran Seiford

Mixed Media Panel by Fran Seiford

Some of our Design Team are playing with their Clearsnap products today! And on Friday we’ll do a big blog hop with PRIZES!! Be sure to stay tuned as we have fun all week with our friends from the Clearsnap Blog. Here’s where the fun is today!

Jennifer Dove

Kristine Reynolds

Sabrina Alery

Be sure to leave comments on the blogs as you visit. We’d love it if you’d pin our projects to your Pinterest boards as well! Thanks so much for joining us!

Handmade Gift Challenge – Get your Links In!

Our Handmade Gift Challenge ends this week on the 28th, so remember to get your links in to our linky tool (at the right with F.E. Linus on it)(or on the challenge page HERE).

Your projects don’t have to be Holiday themed, just something you would give someone as a handmade gift. We’ve got a few more great ideas for you today!

Know anyone with a new baby? How about an adorable Baby’s First Christmas picture frame like this one by Kristine Reynolds:

How about a terrific gift for coworkers or teachers? A couple of Keurig cups fit just perfectly in this terrific project by Kristine Reynolds:

A beautiful reminder of inspiration would be a lovely gift for a dear friend, pastor, or family member. Krissy Fossmeyer shares this plaque on an easel as a terrific gift idea. She posted it on her blog HERE:

For the mixed media, art lover in your life, Suzanne Czosek has created this romantic but trendy canvas piece!

For the folks in your life facing a really long winter – this snowman journal by Jennifer Dove can help them get started on that great American novel, or their memoirs!

Dozens more ideas are available on the projects tab of our website. The Out of the Box section presents all those terrific things that aren’t a card or scrapbook page. Check it out!! Then enter…only a few days left!

Reminder – Handmade Gifts!

We are seeing more and more fantastic ideas on the internet this year for handmade Christmas gifts! You know you want to make them… but you know if you don’t start now, you’ll end up at the mall the day after Thanksgiving elbowing each other to death before you’ve even had your coffee! Join us in reclaiming the spirit of gift giving, and start something now! Then enter your project, even if it’s not quite done, in our Challenge for a chance to win some terrific goodies!

There’s loads of inspiration on our November Challenge Page.  Here’s some more:

Make a set of stationery or a travel memory book and present it in a cool box like this one by Kristine Reynolds:

Wow someone with a gift of dried herbs from your garden. Put them in pretty cello bags tied with ribbons and present them in this beautiful Butterfly Box also by Kristine Reynolds:

Make someone a set of gift tags! Everyone uses tons of them, how lucky they’d be to have ones as elegant (and easy to make!) as these by Asia King:

Handmade Christmas Ornaments are always great gifts for folks just starting a household. Check out this darling ornament by Jennifer Dove:

Easy instructions for all these projects and hundreds more are available on our website.  You can click on the captions above for links to those specific projects. Our Challenge ends on Nov 28, so please link your project up soon! December’s Challenge will be Clean And Simple (CAS) Holiday Cards (for those of us who still haven’t started ours! Yikes!).

A Calendar for All Seasons

So our final look at Suzanne Czosek’s gorgeous, handmade calendar includes November and some leaves for fall. This features our Trees and Leaves Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

November by Suzanne Czosek

November by Suzanne Czosek

And, of course, December joins us with a frosty scene straight from our Christmas Charms Perfectly Clear Set where we started.

December by Suzanne Czosek

December by Suzanne Czosek

And, of course, one of the cutest things about Suzanne’s calendar is the way she packaged it. In a handmade envelope with our Holly Bird Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

2014 Calendar Cover by Suzanne Czosek

2014 Calendar Cover by Suzanne Czosek

Now check out what some of our other Design Team Members are sharing today with our Charms Perfectly Clear Stamp Sets:

Lea Kimmel

Kristine Reynolds

Fall is in the Air!

Suzanne Czosek’s  beautiful handmade calendar will join us in Fall as we look at her pages for September and October. We hope you’ll consider making a charming handmade gift like this for someone special this Holiday Season.

September by Suzanne Czosek

September by Suzanne Czosek

September skates into Back To School with our charming Children Play Perfectly Clear Stamps Set. Just love the old-fashioned beginning reader look this stamp gives her page.

And October – once again we’re celebrating the fun of a spooky witch ride on a moonlight night with our Halloween Charms Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

October by Suzanne Czosek

October by Suzanne Czosek

More details on Suzanne Czosek’s Blog today as she reviews the second half of the year -

Suzanne Czosek

Summer Nicer than Others!

We’re continuing with Suzanne Czosek’s beautiful handmade Calendar, just one of the gorgeous suggestions for homemade Holiday Gifts you’ll see on our blog this month. We’re moving into Summer now with a beautiful look at June!

June by Suzanne Czosek

June by Suzanne Czosek

Suzanne started with our Herbs Perfectly Clear Stamps Set which would also make beautiful labels for some homemade olive oils and vinegars. Then she added our Butterfly Charms Perfectly Clear Stamps for a fresh breath of beautiful Summer!

July by Suzanne Czosek

July by Suzanne Czosek

Continuing Summer, Suzanne used our Air Scapes Perfectly Clear Stamps set with the circus setting and  fireworks. The fun bits like making the Ferris Wheel out of Acetate for dimension and LOTS and LOTS of glitter make this bit of Summer fun irresistable!

August by Suzanne Czosek

August by Suzanne Czosek

But irresistible Summer fun begins at the beach! Suzanne used the super fun Critter Collection Perfectly Clear Stamps Set to create an Undersea world of fun! Again, glitter makes the cool water glisten on a hot August day.

Now check out this Handmade Gift Inspiration:

Krissy Fossmeyer

Rhea Weigand

Marching Through the Year

We’re continuing today with Suzanne Czosek’s beautiful handmade calendar as we proceed into our month of handmade Holiday Gifts. Nothing says love like a gift from the heart, and this calendar would be a very impressive gift!

March by Suzanne Czosek

March by Suzanne Czosek

The shamrocks on Suzanne’s March page are made of hearts stamped in groups of four. This heart is once again from the Wonderland Perfectly Clear Stamp set. The darling top hat is from the Steampunk Charms Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.

The skipping right into spring:

April by Suzanne Czosek

April by Suzanne Czosek

Suzanne has done such a sweet job with April Flowers using the French Flower Cart Perfectly Clear Stamps

Set. You can just see that kitty purring around the tulips!

And moving into May:

May by Suzanne Czosek

May by Suzanne Czosek

Suzanne has used our terrific Air Scapes Perfectly Clear Stamps Set to make a Spring flight over Paris to usher in the Summer!

There are more details on Suzanne’s blog today as she reviews the first half of the year -

Suzanne Czosek

A Whole Year of Possibilities

A terrific gift for anyone on your list would be a beautiful hand stamped calendar like this one that Suzanne Czosek made for our July 2013 Catalog. We’ll look at it more closely this week as we enjoy some of our smaller stamps for Jewelry and Project making. You can find all the supplies and instructions HERE

January by Suzanne Czosek

January by Suzanne Czosek

The January page uses our new Christmas Charms Perfectly Clear Stamps to create this gorgeous winter scene!

February by Suzanne Czosek

February by Suzanne Czosek

February goes a little farther afield using the tag from Christmas Charms but then adding the Heart from the Wonderland Perfectly Clear Stamps set and the Air Travel Perfectly Clear Stamps in the background, finishing off with the Tiny Alphabet Perfectly Clear Stamps.

Super great idea making the tiny love tags tuck behind the February pocket! Stay tuned for more great ideas as Suzanne continues through the year!

Now check out what some other Design Team Members are doing with their Handmade Gifts:

Kristine Reynolds

Wow! Witches, and Potions, and Brews – Oh MY!

I just cannot tell you how excited I am by BlogStar Asia King’s post today! I am so going home tonight to copy this entire project. She has created something fabulous and wonderful (as usual), and it’s amazing! I know this project is going to send you shopping on our website and a lot of other places, but PLEASE don’t miss the posts by other Design Team Members at the bottom of Asia’s post! There’s more wicked goodness brewing this week!!

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Hello Stampendous Friends! Asia King here. So lovely to see you again!

Today I would like to totally bewitch you with my mixed media brews and potions. With Halloween just around the corner this altered paper mache book would make a perfect home decoration, sure to capture the attention of any Trick or Treaters!

Above is the cover to my ‘Witch’s Brews Anthology’ book and inside…well, inside you can find everything there is to find in a witch’s house lol.
I started by covering my book with Adhesive Sheets from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L. Next I stuck some thick string in a shape of a spider’s web onto the front and covered it with tissue paper. The tissue paper will stick to the remaining exposed adhesive. This created a texture base for my mixed media assemblage.
You don’t have to worry about the colour of the tissue paper as this will be painted and sprayed later on. The rest of the book was covered with patterned papers inked with distress inks.
The paper I used has lovely gold foil ‘splatters’ which acted as resist for my inking. The inside of the book was stamped with the fabulous stamps from the Perfectly Clear sets Halloween CharmsChandelier and Damask Chair. (Stampendous note: For U.S. stampers – Chandelier and Damask Chair are no longer available on our website, but your local retailer may well have them. Please check http://www.stampendous.com/dealers for a retailer near you!)  And can you see those blood splatters inside?
Here you can see how I decorated the title grunge paper alphas – all inked with distress inks and sprays and sparingly heat embossed with Aged Wine Embossing Enamel.
I also added layers of Aged Wine goodness to the various parts of the book covers.
To add dimension to the elements I used Thin 3D Foam Squares in black – perfect for my dark magic art :).
Here you can see the witch’s ‘living room’ in its full glory, with the lovely chandelier and the damask chair, black cats (foam stickers from a discount store) and beautifully framed pictures of the witch’s relatives… well… you know what I mean. Family ‘heirloom’ stuff lol.
And here is the view of all the magical brews and potions from fresh blood, spider juice, random poisons (Trick or Treat Color Fragments) to heather oils (glass glitter and colour fragments from the Purple Encrusted Jewel Kit), stored in vials adorned with Poison Labels.
So what do you think? Trick or Treat? Treat I hope!
Thank you for popping in today. Please feel free to visit my blog for some close up pics of the project. See you again soon and happy Halloween everyone!
Big crafty hugs
Asia
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Sharing today on her crafty blog is Design Team Member

Jamie Martin

Be sure to stop by and leave her some comments on her Halloween Treat!!

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