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!!!!

BLOG HOP LIST – REVISED

We’d like to apologize for any confusion in today’s Blog Hop! Here’s a correct list of Bloggers hopping if you want to just keep this window/tab open and hop in another tab it might be easiest. Thanks for your patience, as always you have until Sunday night to complete your hopping/commenting before we will choose our three winners on Monday.

Rhea Weigand

Tobi Crawford

Kristine Reynolds

Jennifer Dove

Asia King

Suzanne Czosek

Jamie Martin

Tenia Nelson

Lea Kimmel

Janelle Stollfus

Krissy Fossmeyer

Clearsnap Blog

Thanks again for hopping along with us! Do be sure to share our posts on your Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and wherever else you share!

Blog Hop Day!! Stampendous and Clearsnap!

Today’s the big day! We’re hopping with Clearsnap and our Design Team have absolutely outdone themselves! We know you’ll love all the inspiration they’ve prepared for you. Be sure to leave some nice comments so you can be entered to win some cool prizes! Visit each of the blogs by clicking on the Designer’s name below.

Rhea Weigand

Tobi Crawford

Kristine Reynolds

Jennifer Dove

Asia King

Suzanne Czosek

Jamie Martin

Tenia Nelson

Clearsnap Blog

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!!

Oh Christmas Tree by Jennifer Dove
Oh Christmas Tree by Jennifer Dove
Dress Up Kiddo by Wendy Price
Dress Up Kiddo by Wendy Price

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

Scenic Lookout – Take a Shopping Break!

If you’re out shopping today, or just relaxing at home with family or friends, we hope you can take a short break to check out some fun inspiration from our Design Team! We’re looking this week at the Scenic stamps from our July 2013 Catalog, those images of Winter Wonderlands and Sleigh Bells ringing that say Christmas to so many folks.

Today we had a number of our talented Design Team Members coloring our Truck of Gifts! We put in a request to them that we received from a customer, and they really took it to heart, challenging each other and creating exciting art! Take a look at the offerings from these terrific artists!

Janelle Stollfus

Lea Kimmel

Tobi Crawford

And here’s a terrific example from our in-house sample artist Debi Hammons

Truck of Gifts by Debi Hammons
Truck of Gifts by Debi Hammons

Beautiful Handmade Christmas by Rhea

Hello, BlogStar Rhea Weigand here today to share something very different.  This is a ceramic tile that I air-brushed, spritzed with alcohol, and then stamped with CRW104 Cling Dove Music.  It is also embossed with Aged Gold because I am displaying this piece on a small easel.  You could spray it with varnish to make a beautiful coaster, but I wouldn’t use the embossing powder.  You could do a set of different Stampendous Images to make a beautiful coaster gift set. Think about using; Dove Music, Silent Night, Victrola, Rocking Horse and Sleigh Bells 
Please feel free to Pin Rhea’s Tutorial to Pinterest! Then be sure to link your own set of handstamped tiles to our Handmade Holiday Gifts Challenge for your chance to win some cool prizes!

A Gifting We Will Go – Scenic Christmas

Scenic Christmas cards have been super popular since cards began being sent commonly in the 1870’s. Beautiful winter scenes and one-horse open sleigh rides also provide the perfect opportunity to use LOTS of glitter! Glitter and Christmas just go together!

Rhea Weigand

Posted an amazing project today featuring our Silent Night Stamp that would also make a delightful holiday gift. Displayed on a decorative easel, what a delightful addition to foyer table or bathroom counter! Love it!

Tenia Nelson

is also stamping our Silent Night stamp today, and her usual flair is very much in evidence.

And in a delightful variation, our good friends at Scrapbook It Page by Page in South Dakota shared with us a Halloween version of the Silent Night stamp! Now THAT’S getting your use out of an image!!

Spooky, Silent Night by Carol Keenan
Spooky, Silent Night by Carol Keenan

Handmade Holiday Gifts – More Ideas

Our November Challenge – Handmade Holiday Gifts is perfectly timed, and we’re hoping it will get you started. Even if you usually give bigger gifts to family and friends, handmade gifts can be the perfect thing for co-workers, teachers, and service folks in your life like that nice UPS man who brings all your Stampendous packages! We hope you’ve got an idea or two to share with us! If so just click on our linky tool and add your link!

BlogStar Asia King has some gorgeous clay hearts to share with you today! What a fun and easy gift to duplicate and give, on top of packages, with home-baked treats, or just wrapped in a cello bag with a pretty ribbon as a delightful remembrance. These would also be lovely for a Scandinavian or Winter Wedding as favors!!

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Hello Stampendous fans! Asia King here today with a quick and easy Christmas gifts project – handmade clay Christmas tree ornaments. I ♥ Christmas – that’s what this post is all about :). And we will also do some cooking today, too! So let’s begin.

Ingredients

For this project you will first need: Stampendous cling Sweater Square stamp, Jumbo Cardinals set, STAEDTLER® FIMO®air microwave clay in white, a heart shaped cookie cutter and a small rolling pin. (STAMPENDOUS NOTE: The Jumbo Cardinals are sold out on our website, your local store may still have some, or you can substitute Q163 Holly Basket instead)

Preparation
Start by rolling out a chunk clay onto a non-stick mat. The rolled piece should be a bit  bigger than the cookie cutter. I find that about 2mm thickness is sufficient. Press the cookie cutter into the clay and remove the excess clay. Gently remove the cut shape from the cutter.
Ink up the Sweater Square stamp with Vermillion Archival ink.
Gently tap an embossing buddy over the clay heart and stamp the pattern. Tapping the clay with the embossing buddy first helps to release/peel off the clay from the stamp without tearing.
Using a wooden skewer stick add a small hole at the top for a string.
To jazz your hearts up a bit you can also swipe the Boss Gloss around the edges and heat emboss with Shabby White Embossing Enamel. Now you can either leave your hearts to air dry for 24 hrs or you can pop them in the microwave for 10 minutes instead :).
And while you are waiting for the microwave to finish and to gather strength before working on the next batch, you might as well have a quick cat nap :).
This is another suggestion for decorating your hearts. Using a permanent ink (I used Clearsnap Donna Salazar fast drying Mix’d Media Inx®) stamp the holly branch from the Jumbo Cardinals set. Give it a minute for the ink to dry, then colour the image in with Inktense Pencils. I have not tried using any other medium or markers. But the clay surface is quite moist and soft at this point, so if you want to experiment, bear that in mind.
If you are curing your hearts in the microwave, this will heat set the inks. If you are letting them air dry, you might like to seal them afterwords with a clear varnish or with a Clear Detail Embossing Powder.
Serving Suggestion
When you are finished with decorating the hearts, add a sparkly thread or ribbon for hanging onto a tree and pop them in a festive goodie bag along with some sweets.
Add some simple matching gift tags decorated with sparkly snowflakes (Crystal Micro Glitter sprinkled over the 3D Foam Snowflakes from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L).
Nutrition
Per serving: 0 calories, 100 yrs of love, 100 years of happiness, 200 yrs of laughter
Enjoy!
I hope you like my Christmas ‘cooking’ recipe and I can’t wait to see what delicious treats you are going to share! Thank you for popping in today – till next time!
Big crafty hugs