We have a Winner! – We think…

The Winner from our December Challenge – Clean And Simple Holiday Cards is:

number 13 out of 22

Except that we can’t really figure out who that is. Here’s the card:

December 2013- CAS Christmas Cards Winner

December 2013- CAS Christmas Cards Winner

But it’s not posted on a blog or even Flickr as far as we can tell!  Hopefully you’ll recognize your work and email us at submissions@stampendous.com with your name and mailing address!  If we don’t hear from you by next week, we’ll draw another winner.

Thanks for playing everyone!! Super great cards from all the participants this time!

Our January Theme is New Year – so stamp out your resolutions. We’re getting the post up soon, but this way you can get started!

Baby, It’s Cold Outside!!

We’re celebrating Winter this week, the Stampendous way! With lots of warm beverages, a kitty snuggled in our lap, and some great stamping going on in the craft room! (only a TRUE crafter can still stamp with a cat on her lap!) We really love the way a light sprinkling of our Chunky White Embossing Enamel or our Shabby White Embossing Enamel can mimic actual snow on your card (just sprinkle and heat from underneath so it doesn’t blow off…no ink or glue needed).  Our Design Team is bringing you lots of chilly inspiration for your Warm Winter greetings going out to your friends, or for your scrapbook pages full of snow much fun!

Lea Kimmel

Kristine Reynolds

Krissy Fossmeyer

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

Merry Christmas from Stampendous

Manger Family by Debi Hammons

Manger Family by Debi Hammons

We’d just like to take a few minutes today, the most special day of the year, to tell you, our fans, how appreciative we are of your support throughout the year. We really value the attention you give us! We know your time is valuable, and we hope we are always providing you with some good inspiration for your own crafts, or at least a smile a the amazing talent of our Design Team. Thanks so much for your kind attention, we’re sure going to try and really wow you in the New Year! Have a very Merry Christmas, and know that our Christmases here at Stampendous are so much merrier because of our dedicated customers and fans! Thank you!

Icy, Wonderful Christmas Wishes

This week our Design Team is focusing on Winter Wishes using our winter images from the July 2013 Catalog. BlogStar Asia King is no exception, and she starts us off right with this terrific, wintery Christmas card!

Hello everyone. Asia King today with some festive wishes. Only a few sleeps left till Christmas and I’d like to wish you all things rare and wonderful in this festive season!

For my card I used the following supplies:

Cling Jumbo Snowflake Trio, cling Rare and Wonderful, Silver Crushed Glass Glitter, Detail Silver Embossing Powder

Other: Paper Shabby Vintage Tim Holtz, kraft card blank, vellum, Memento London Fog ink, embossing ink, 3D Foam Squares – White Small, MyStik, DODZ 3D (Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L), Snowflake Pendant and Layered Poinsettia dies (Spellbinders), ribbon (May Arts), rag rolled flower, embellishments.

1. Cut your papers and distress the edges.
2. Stamp the snowflakes using London Fog ink.
3. Adhere the paper panels using MyStik permanent adhesive.
4. Stamp the sentiment with clear embossing ink and heat emboss with Silver Detail powder. Trim to size.
5. Mount the vellum panel on 3D foam squares and adhere to the card.
6. Add more foam squares on the top of the vellum and decorate with Silver Crushed Glass Glitter.
7. Die cut the snowflakes from the Sticky Panels and cover with silver glass glitter.
 8. Die cue the Layer Poinsettia and add dimension with a ball embossing tool. Add a centre with a 3D DODZ sprinkled with the silver glass glitter.
9. Assemble all remaining elements and embellishments.
Thank you so much for your visit today and have a very happy Christmas!
Big crafty hugs

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

Clearsnap Blog Collaboration Continues

We’re joining forces (and products) this week with Clearsnap. For over 20 years Clearsnap has been bringing you premium stamping innovation. They’ve always had fantastic products, new ideas, and excellent customer service. We’re really proud to be partnering with them this week to create some fun projects with our images and their inks.

Our in-house sample artist Debi Hammons used Clearsnap’s Smooch Spritz on this simple and easy Christmas card. Available in 30 amazing colors, this fun, glittery product produces a fine, even spray pattern with a subtle metallic sheen. So dynamic and sparkling, perfect for Holiday Greetings! Mixing two colors is even more deeply textured. Here Debi sprayed the paper with both Splash and Sea Kiss Smooch Spritz before stamping and embossing our Oh, Christmas Tree stamp with Stampendous PEARLustre Sapphire Embossing Powder.

Oh Christmas Tree by Debi Hammons

Oh Christmas Tree by Debi Hammons

Be sure to check out what our other Design Team Members are doing today with these cool products, and take a look at the Clearsnap blog as well for even more inspiration and chances to win! Then be sure to visit everyday this week and especially Friday when our team will pull out all the stops for maximum inspiration!

Jamie Martin

Asia King

Clearsnap Blog

‘Tis the Season to Celebrate the Reason

BlogStar Asia King has a beautiful tutorial for us featuring Spectrum Noir Alchol Markers today! And be sure to check out these terrific Design Team Members who have posted projects so far this week:

Lea Kimmel

Jennifer Dove

Lea Kimmel (yes, a different card!)

Krissy Fossmeyer

Lovely to see you all again! Asia King here with another Christmas make.

Today I would like to share a project I made with the beautiful Manger Family stamp. With all the buzz of Christmas gifts shopping, Santa, jingling bells and stuff, we tend to forget what Christmas is actually all about. And this stamp is just perfect for capturing the spirit of the ‘Manger Miracle‘.

I’m not much of a ‘colouring’ stamper but I thought it might be helpful to share the colours of the Spectrum Noir markers I used for colouring the image.

The background was inked with distress inks and the bottom of the image was sprinkled with Pearlized Mica Fragments. As my adhesive for the mica I used E-Z Dots® Mini Permanent from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

To create my Manger I used natural and copper brown raffia, mounted over white Crafty Foam Tape. For the Star of Bethlehem I used a Maya Road chipboard star and a 3D Foam Star which I decorated with Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter.

My sentiment panel was stamped with the stamps from the Excelsis Deo Perfectly Clear set (available via your local retailer) and die cut using a die from Marianne Designs. My poinsettias and pine cones were cut using Spellbinders dies.

To fix my embellishments in place I used lots of Dodz™ Small and DODZ™ – 3D.

To ‘age’ my design I used Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mist.

I hope you enjoyed today’s inspiration and thank you so much for all the comments you so kindly share here and directly on my blog.

Big crafty hugs

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