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

 

 

These April Flowers Need No Showers!

Bowl Bouquet by Janelle Stollfus (R199)

Bowl Bouquet by Janelle Stollfus (R199)

Last week our Design Team celebrated with a look at all the terrific Stampendous floral images! We always tell beginning stampers that if you just get some good flowers and a good set of greetings, you can make cards for any occasion. It’s so true! Flowers are appropriate for everything. And our Jumbo Cling Rubber Flowers come with a free Template and Mask so you can stencil backgrounds, mask the images, mask the backgrounds, use chalk, spritzy stuff, sponging, embossing…the sky is the limit! Let’s take a look at what our Design Team has done with these April Flowers!

Sweet Sunflower by Rhea Weaigand (P221)

Sweet Sunflower by Rhea Weigand (P221)

Jamie Martin (Monday)

Jamie Martin (Wednesday)

Kristine Reynolds (Monday)

Tenia Nelson (Thursday)

Rhea Weigand (Thursday)

Kristine Reynolds (Thursday)

Jamie Martin (Friday)

Kristine Reynolds (Friday)

Get Inspired

Winged Cross Canvas by Wendy Price (R189)

Winged Cross Canvas by Wendy Price (R189)

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Baroque Cross Card by Wendy Price (R190)

Hello Stampers! Sorry to be absent for a bit, we’ve been tweaking our new website getting ready for the grand reveal. It just took a bit more tweaking than anticipated. Thanks so much for your patience as we’ve worked out the kinks. We’ll make a separate post for that before the end of the week!

Last week we didn’t get to post much, but our Design Team sure did. They were working with the best of Stampendous’ Inspirational offerings sending Easter thoughts out to all of you for our new month! Don’t you love the gorgeous samples by DT Member Wendy Price above? Such rich, luscious color. She’s fantastic! Hopefully you’ll enjoy the creative and gorgeous samples they all made! Hop around, leave them some love in the form of supportive comments! We’ll be back with more excitement tomorrow!

Tenia Nelson

Jamie Martin (Tuesday)

Rhea Weigand (Wednesday)

Rhea Weigand (Thursday)

Kristine Reynolds (Thursday)

Jamie Martin (Thursday)

Janelle Stollfus (Thursday)

Lea Kimmel (Friday)

Kristine Reynolds (Friday)

TombowUSA Collaboration Week

Blog Hop_Stampendous

This week we are absolutely delighted to be working with the team at TombowUSA, creators of amazing markers and adhesives. Over the last 40 years Tombow has been expanding their flagship line of pencils to include pens, adhesives, and premium markers for all types of artists and art projects.

These markers are waterbased and blended with a blending pen, slightly different than the alcohol based brands our Design Team is used to using these days. This collaboration gave many of them the opportunity to learn something new. We always leap at that!! Marie Browning, one of Tombow’s top designers, graciously created a learning guide combining our stamps and these terrific products. We hope to share some of that guide with you later this week! Meanwhile, she also created for us our Tombow coloring guide for coloring the House-Mouse Designs® mice. You can find that HERE.

Because of the way Tombow structures their blog posts, it will be just our team for the beginning of the week, then their team will join us on Friday for the big hop! There will, of course, be prizes! And you will want to be sure to like our pages on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and Pinterest, and subscribe to and comment on our blogs. Lots of opportunities to win. Plus, of course, you need to have a US address (sorry!). We’re excited to share.

Here’s who is sharing today:

Kristine Reynolds

Blog Hopping with Faber-Castell

faber castell gelatos

So today is our big blog hop with the Design Team from Faber-Castell! It’s been a really fun week of sharing and inspiration. These quality products have been a big hit with our Design Team. Look for them to mention using them on lots of projects in the future!

Why do we do blog hops?

  • So you’ll see the work of our great designers and subscribe to our blog and theirs
  • So you’ll see how our versatile products work so well with top products from other companies
  • So our fans can learn about new products from our crafty partners, and so their fans can learn about our products.
  • So that hopefully you’ll want to hear more about our products and inspiration and you’ll Like us on Facebook, pin our projects on your Pinterest boards, and follow us on your favorite social media channels.
  • So that YOUR friends can hear about our products and those of our partners and we can grow as a company that offers you MORE fun goodies and inspiration!
  • THANKS for participating in this hop and helping us grow! We appreciate you!

On to the goodness today! Visit all the sites (they’ll open in a new window so you can come back to this one and be sure not to miss any) and leave comments for opportunities to win. You have until Sunday to comment, prizes will be announced Monday on our blog and on the Design Memory Craft Blog so be sure to check both places! Ready, Set, Go:

Wendy Price

Krissy Fossmeyer

Tobi Crawford

Tenia Nelson

Asia King

Cyndi Bundy

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Janelle Stollfus

Jamie Martin

Design Memory Craft – Faber-Castell Blog

The Color Fun Continues with Faber-Castell

faber castell gelatos

Our week of playing with Faber-Castell continues today, and we are LOVING all your comments! We’d be so super grateful if you could all run over to the Stampendous Facebook Page and like us there, too! Pretty please!

Several of you have said you’d like more information on how to use the gelatos. They can be used in so many different ways! Well, we found this fantastic video on the Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft website! Tiffany Johnson from Iheartart made this great video for one of our favorite customers Simon Says Stamp. We love how she gets right in there with her fingers. We need to do that more.

Bunches of you were excited about the castle like we were!! Ok, we’re not headed to Germany this week, but you CAN take a virtual tour of the castle and see some super awesome magnificence. Check that out HERE.

But for those of you who just want more INSPIRATION, we’ve got that for you today as well. In the office here I took a paper mache box and painted it with Faber-Castell Chalkboard paint. This paint went on really smoothly and dried very quickly. I put two coats on to cover it all and keep it smooth. The matte finish is just gorgeous and perfect for chalk/markers/pencils….

FC box 1

But, of course, I had to emboss on it. Our Q170 Zinnia embossed with White Embossing Powder and VersaMark ink looked amazing. I added the H303 Have I Told You the same way. Then I used the Neutral Art Grip Pencils to color in the flower. I did the petals in white and gray and the center in the goldish color. I highlighted everything with the Metallic PITT Pens set. Then the Stamper’s BIG White Pen provided the little dots, followed up by the gold metallic PITT Pen.  Super happy with the result, may be my Mother’s Day gift… hee hee.

Mother's Day Box by Laura Weed

Mother’s Day Box by Laura Weed

Our Design Team has more inspiration for you today, too. And remember that tomorrow will be our BIG blog hop! You will have until the end of Sunday to comment and be entered to win some terrific prizes (hint, chalkboard ink is in one of the prize packages!). Here’s who is blogging today:

Design Memory Craft – Faber-Castell Blog

Tobi Crawford

Lea Kimmel

Janelle Stollfus

Jamie Martin

 

Stampendous loves Faber-Castell!

faber castell gelatos

Ok, we’ve collaborated with a lot of terrific companies recently. But as far as I know this is the only one that owns it’s own CASTLE! Yep! You can actually take a tour! Cabinet-maker Kaspar Faber began making pencils in the 1660′s! A family owned business, Faber-Castell has risen from these humble beginnings to become internationally synonymous with fine writing instruments. In 1908 the company added colored pencils to their line, and their familiarity and quality with artists was established. They still make the highest quality writing instruments and artists supplies available, and we feel honored and lucky to be partnering with such a distinguished firm this week! We’re also excited that Faber-Castell is also a Shopatron company like Stampendous. This means that orders from the manufacturer’s website are actually filled by individual retailers across the country, supporting local communities and businesses.

Faber-Castell was extremely generous to our Design Team sending us tons of products from their Design Memory Craft range. Many stampers and scrapbookers will be familiar with Gelatos and other products from this fine company. These products are at the forefront of the Mixed Media movement in scrapbooking, stamping and home decor, a perfect kick off for Mixed Media March – our Monthly Blog Challenge. We hope you’ll enjoy the terrific inspiration we’ve got for you this week!

Be sure to leave comments! Like all Blog Hops we’ve got prizes this week! And believe me, they were as generous for our prizes as they were for our Design Team!

Here’s who to visit today:

Faber-Castell Design Memory Craft Blog

Kristine Reynolds

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!

It’s a great day to Play with Paint!! (and Stamps!)

In honor of  Vegas Paint this week (the Creative Paint Convention for Decorative Painters) we’re going to look some gorgeous examples of using acrylic paints with your rubber stamps.

Decorative painter/artist/teacher Debbie Cole, CDA joined our team last year and we couldn’t be more thrilled. She’s using her decorative painting skills to show us so many new and fantastic ways to use our wonderful stamp images. She makes gorgeous home decor, but she’s totally at home on a smaller scale. Here, Debbie has used our new Stack Art Kraftboard Kits as her canvas to created some ATC-sized painty masterpieces!

Follow Your Art - Angel Wings Stack Art by Debbie Cole

Follow Your Art – Angel Wings Stack Art by Debbie Cole

Doodle with Paint and Stack Art by Debbie Cole

Doodle with Paint and Stack Art by Debbie Cole

Regal Bird Painty Doodle by Debbie Cole

Regal Bird Painty Doodle by Debbie Cole

Our Design Team has also been busy playing with paint in different ways.  We want to be sure to mention that all the paint you see has been GENEROUSLY donated to our team by DecoArt! We are so blessed to have their sponsorship for our painty projects!!! Here’s who has some fun inspiration for you today:

Cyndi Bundy

Kristine Reynolds

 

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