BlogStar Application Deadline Approaching

The deadline is approaching to apply for our BlogStars Guest Design Team. In case you missed them, here are the details one last time. The deadline for applications is Thursday! We’d love to see your work!

We need four new BlogStars to serve a 3 month term providing samples for our blog.

We’ll choose you based on:

  • Your personal blog – yep, we need you to have one, it can be brand new though! We’ll help you grow.
  • Your stamping skills – doesn’t matter how long you’ve been at it… how much fun can you have with Stampendous products?
  • Are you a fan? – do you subscribe to our blog? follow us on facebook/twitter/pinterest? Comment on our posts? We blog to build internet connections, our design teams are a big part of helping us do that.
  • Do you post in forums? SplitcoastStampers? PaperCraftPlanet? – Our teams help us get the word out that Stampendous products are the best.
  • Your Photography – We let you keep the projects you make, but we need terrific pictures. Good lighting, in focus, several angles, show us your best side!
  • Your Instructions – Our fans want to know how to make your card. Give us clear, brief, complete instructions for making your projects.

Send us:

  • Photographs of three projects using Stampendous products. Product can be retired, can use the same product on every project, projects can be previously published.
  • Instructions for one of the projects
  • Your name/address/phone number, email address, blog link
  • A little bit about you – are you on design teams? do you have favorite products? family? pets?

If we pick you:

  • Each month for 3 months you’ll get new Stampendous products to use on your blog posts. We may consolidate shipments if you’re far away, but you’ll get at least 6 new stamp sets and other goodies over the course of your term.
  • You get to join our Stampendous DT yahoo group where we joke, laugh, have a blast and share great ideas and information.
  • We’ll need 1 project per week for 12 weeks. Projects are due on Thursday, but we’re flexible. We hope you’ll post the projects on your blog, too and use them for other challenges where appropriate.
  • We’ll invite you to participate in our Design Team challenges. This is optional, but fun!

So ink up your stamp pads and make some cool stuff! Submissions are due Thursday, November 10th by midnight PST. We’ll choose a team of 4 stampers by Friday, November 18th and mail out goodies. First project will be due Thursday, December 1st. Final submission due February 16, 2012. Remember this term goes through the Christmas holidays. You can send us your submissions as far ahead of time as you like to manage your time.

If you’d like us to consider a previous submission you’ve made, send us a note and maybe something new.

Send your application to submissions@stampendous.com   We’ll let you know when we receive it. Be patient, we don’t check this email address everyday, but if you don’t hear from us, drop us another line.

It’s BlogStar Time!

Have you ever wanted to blog with us? Well, here’s your chance. We need four new BlogStars to serve a 3 month term providing samples for our blog.

We’ll choose you based on:

  • Your personal blog – yep, we need you to have one, it can be brand new though! We’ll help you grow.
  • Your stamping skills – doesn’t matter how long you’ve been at it… how much fun can you have with Stampendous products?
  • Are you a fan? – do you subscribe to our blog? follow us on facebook/twitter/pinterest? Comment on our posts? We blog to build internet connections, our design teams are a big part of helping us do that.
  • Do you post in forums? SplitcoastStampers? PaperCraftPlanet? – Our teams help us get the word out that Stampendous products are the best.
  • Your Photography – We let you keep the projects you make, but we need terrific pictures. Good lighting, in focus, several angles, show us your best side!
  • Your Instructions – Our fans want to know how to make your card. Give us clear, brief, complete instructions for making your projects.

Send us:

  • Photographs of three projects using Stampendous products. Product can be retired, can use the same product on every project, projects can be previously published.
  • Instructions for one of the projects
  • Your name/address/phone number, email address, blog link
  • A little bit about you – are you on design teams? do you have favorite products? family? pets?

If we pick you:

  • Each month for 3 months you’ll get new Stampendous products to use on your blog posts. We may consolidate shipments if you’re far away, but you’ll get at least 6 new stamp sets and other goodies over the course of your term.
  • You get to join our Stampendous DT yahoo group where we joke, laugh, have a blast and share great ideas and information.
  • We’ll need 1 project per week for 12 weeks. Projects are due on Thursday, but we’re flexible. We hope you’ll post the projects on your blog, too and use them for other challenges where appropriate.
  • We’ll invite you to participate in our Design Team challenges. This is optional, but fun!

So ink up your stamp pads and make some cool stuff! Submissions are due Thursday, November 10th by midnight PST. We’ll choose a team of 4 stampers by Friday, November 18th and mail out goodies. First project will be due Thursday, December 1st. Final submission due February 16, 2012. Remember this term goes through the Christmas holidays. You can send us your submissions as far ahead of time as you like to manage your time.

If you’d like us to consider a previous submission you’ve made, send us a note and maybe something new.

Send your application to submissions@stampendous.com   We’ll let you know when we receive it. Be patient, we don’t check this email address every day, but if you don’t hear from us, drop us another line.

It’s BlogStar Time!

We’ve really enjoyed our BlogStars Cindy Coutts, Melinda Gleissner, Piali Biswas and Suzanne Czosek. We’ve seen such amazing artwork from all of them, and I think we’ve even got more of their work in the wings to share with you. I KNOW we’ll be hearing more from them in the future, they’re having too much fun with Stampendous products to quit now!

But, it’s time to say goodbye to their term as BlogStars and find us some new blood! Have you ever wanted to blog with us? Well, here’s your chance. We need four new BlogStars to serve a 3 month term providing samples for our blog.

We’ll choose you based on:

  • Your personal blog – yep, we need you to have one, it can be brand new though! We’ll help you grow.
  • Your stamping skills – doesn’t matter how long you’ve been at it… how much fun can you have with Stampendous products?
  • Are you a fan? – do you subscribe to our blog? follow us on facebook/twitter/pinterest? Comment on our posts? We blog to build internet connections, our design teams are a big part of helping us do that.
  • Do you post in forums? SplitcoastStampers? PaperCraftPlanet? – Our teams help us get the word out that Stampendous products are the best.
  • Your Photography – We let you keep the projects you make, but we need terrific pictures. Good lighting, in focus, several angles, show us your best side!
  • Your Instructions – Our fans want to know how to make your card. Give us clear, brief, complete instructions for making your projects.

Send us:

  • Photographs of three projects using Stampendous products. Product can be retired, can use the same product on every project, projects can be previously published.
  • Instructions for one of the projects
  • Your name/address/phone number, email address, blog link
  • A little bit about you – are you on design teams? do you have favorite products? family? pets?

If we pick you:

  • Each month for 3 months you’ll get new Stampendous products to use on your blog posts. We may consolidate shipments if you’re far away, but you’ll get at least 6 new stamp sets and other goodies over the course of your term.
  • You get to join our Stampendous DT yahoo group where we joke, laugh, have a blast and share great ideas and information.
  • We’ll need 1 project per week for 12 weeks. Projects are due on Thursday, but we’re flexible. We hope you’ll post the projects on your blog, too and use them for other challenges where appropriate.
  • We’ll invite you to participate in our Design Team challenges. This is optional, but fun!

So ink up your stamp pads and make some cool stuff! Submissions are due Thursday, November 10th by midnight PST. We’ll choose a team of 4 stampers by Friday, November 18th and mail out goodies. First project will be due Thursday, December 1st. Final submission due February 16, 2012. Remember this term goes through the Christmas holidays. You can send us your submissions as far ahead of time as you like to manage your time.

If you’d like us to consider a previous submission you’ve made, send us a note and maybe something new.

Send your application to submissions@stampendous.com   We’ll let you know when we receive it. Be patient, we don’t check this email address every day, but if you don’t hear from us, drop us another line.

From Our House to Yours

From Our House by Cindy Coutts

Stamps: Stampendous (Cling Cornucopia, Winter Trees Perfectly Clear Set – sentiment)

Card Stock: Papertrey Ink (Stamper’s Select White), Stampin’ Up! (Early Espresso, More Mustard)

Designer Paper: Basic Grey (Pyrus)

Ink Pads: Memento (Tuxedo Black), Papertrey Ink (Chamomile), Stampin’ Up! (Early Espresso)

Markers/Colored Pencils: Copic markers (C1, E11, E13, E15, E23, E37, E40, E42, E43, E44, G20, G21, G24, R24, R27, R29, R59, Y06, YR2, YG13, YG17, YG21, YG23, YG25, YR15, YR16, V06, V09, V17)

Ribbon/Twine: Stampin’ Up! (Early Espresso 1-1/4” Striped Grosgrain Ribbon)

Spellbinders Paper Arts Nestabilities: Square

Machine(s)/Tool(s): ProvoCraft Cuttlebug

Technique: Die-cutting, dry embossing, ink distressing

Size: 5 x 5


Penguins on Ice


Cath Edvalson, Trends Editor for Paper Crafts Magazine, is showing off some of our new stamps on her blog. If you follow “THIS LINK” to her blog and leave a comment by midnight EDT on Sunday, September 4th, and you’ll have a chance to win one of our stamps!

Blog Star, Cindy Coutts, Put our Skating Penguins on Ice, Shaved Ice that is. We now carry a new product in our Frantage Line, that looks just like little bits of translucent, glowing shavings of ice. Great for winterizing your cards and crafts.

Penguins on Ice by Cindy Coutts

This is what the Shaved Ice looks like close up
 
Supplies:

Stamps: Stampendous Cling Skating Penguin

Card Stock: Papertrey Ink (Shimmer White)

Ink Pads: Memento (Tuxedo Black)

Markers/Colored Pencils: Copic (B26, G19, R27, Y08, YR07)

Other Accessories/Embellishments: Stampendous Shaved Ice

Ribbon/Twine: Papertrey Ink (Royal Velvet 5/8” Saddle Stitch Ribbon)

Machine(s)/Tool(s): ProvoCraft Cuttlebug, Stampin’ Up! Stamp-a-ma-jig

Size: 5-1/2 x 4-1/4

Instructions:

1.     Cut black card stock to A2 size so that the crease is at the top.

2.     Cut a piece of white shimmer card stock to 5-1/4 x 4.

3.     Stamp penguin images onto the white card stock. Stamp your first penguin image on the left so that about only 3/4 of the image is showing. Continue to stamp the images across the card stock.

4.     Color in the penguins using various bright colors.

5.     Tie a purple ribbon at the top of the white card stock knotting it at the left side.

6.     Place foam tape on the back of the image panel and adhere to the black card stock.

7.     Liberally apply liquid glue at the bottom of the image panel and sprinkle on Shaved Ice.

NOTE: When using black ink on shimmer paper, I discovered it really dulls the black ink so there’s several ways that you can bring out the color such as using crystal lacquer, painting shimmer or glitter on the image.

Halloween Treat Bag

Know someone who has a Birthday around Halloween? You could make your own gift bag for them like Cindy Coutts, Stampendous Blog Star, made…so incredibly cute! It would also be great for party favors or Trick or Treating (without the shredded crepe paper, of course, or your candy would spill out).

 Halloween Treat Bag by Cindy Coutts

 

Stamps: Stampendous Costume Kids
Card Stock: Papertrey Ink (Vintage Cream)
Designer Paper: Making Memories (Spook Alley), Stampin’ Up! (Dark & Dreary)
Ink Pads: Stampin’ Up! Vintage Ink Spot (Charcoal)
Markers/Colored Pencils: Copic (C1, C3, C5, C7, E50, E51, T2, T3, T5, YG25)
Other Accessories/Embellishments: Basket Accents Paper Shred (Black), Celebrate It Paper Mini Bag (Black), Jenni Bowlin Mini Halloween Bingo Cards
Buttons:
Dress It Up (spider)
Ribbon/Twine: Celebrate It (Halloween)
Glitter: Martha Stewart (Charoite, Fire Opal), Smooch Spritz (Silver Foil)
Rhinestones/Gemstones: Stampin’ Up! Designer Jewels (Black Flourish)
Hardware/Charms/Brads: Recollections (black swirl)
Stickers/Stick Pins: A Muse Creative Candy Twinkle Stickers (Clear), Making Memories Puffy Alpha Stickers (Spellbound), Making Memories Stick Pin (Spook Alley)
Spellbinders Paper Arts Nestabilities: Labels 18
Machine(s)/Tool(s): ProvoCraft Cuttlebug
Technique: Die-cutting, dry embossing, ink distressing, masking

Size: 3 x 2 x 4

Directions:

1.     Cut a piece of Halloween designer paper to 2-7/8 x 3-7/8, ink distress the edges with black ink, and adhere to the black mini paper bag with double-sided tape.

2.     Place a Halloween-themed bingo card onto your printer, reduce the size 45%, and print out on cream card stock. Ink distress the edges with black ink.  Adhere to the lower right side of the bag at an angle.

3.     Stamp image onto cream card stock and color in with markers, but do not color the cape.

4.     Die-cut and dry emboss image into a shape.

5.     Stamp the image again onto a piece of paper and cut out to use as a mask. Place the image over the colored image and lightly spritz the image with silver glitter.

6.     Liberally apply liquid glue on the entirety of the cape of the image and sprinkle purple glitter over the cape, then shake off the excess. Ink distress the sides of the image panel with black ink.

7.     Place foam dots onto the back of the image panel and adhere to a piece of designer paper. Tear/curl the edges of the designer paper around the image the ink distress the edges with black ink. Adhere image panel to the mid to top left of the bag.

8.     Attach a black glitter swirl brad to the top right of the image panel.

9.     Liberally apply liquid tacky glue to a spider button and cover with orange glitter and shake off excess. Let it sit for a minute or so then rub off the glue and glitter with your fingers which will then outline the spider in orange glitter. Add 2 small clear rhinestones for the “eyes” of the spider.

10.  Cut a length of black rhinestones/gemstones and adhere them to the bag.

11.  Add a small skull and crossbones sticker to the center of the bingo card.

12.  Add a stick pin with a pumpkin at the top to the top right corner of the bag.

13.  Tie a length of black/purple ribbon around the handle of the bag at the top into a bow and adhere the spider to the center of the bow. Snip the edges of the ribbon at an angle.

14.  Fill the bag with paper shred of your color of choice and candy.


Back to School

As I ran into traffic this morning from the local school I pass daily, driving to work today. I made myself a mental note to change my driving route starting tomorrow. The kids looked to happy to be back, all ready for a new school year. So sad to see summer end, yet a relief all the same.

Cindy Coutts, our Stampendous Blog Star, make this very cute End of Summer Card. A childless tree swing is a sure sign that school is in session again.

Here’s what she used:

Stamps: Stampendous Cling Tree Swing and Narcissus Perfectly Clear Set

Card Stock: Papertrey Ink (Stamper’s Select White), Stampin’ Up! (Pool Party)

Designer Paper: Cosmo Cricket (Nutmeg)

Ink Pads: Memento (Tuxedo Black)

Markers/Colored Pencils/Chalk: Stampin’ Up! ( Stampin’ Pastels)

Buttons: Papertrey Ink Vintage Button Collection (Ocean Tides)

Ribbon/Twine: Papertrey Ink (Rustic Jute)

Spellbinders Paper Arts Nestabilities: Assorted Leaves

Machine(s)/Tool(s): ProvoCraft Cuttlebug, Stampin’ Up! Blender Pen, We R Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile Corner Chomper (1/2”)

Technique: Coloring with chalk, die-cutting, dry embossing, punching

Size: 5-1/2 x 4-1/4

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.     Cut light blue card stock to A2 size so that the crease is at the left side and round the top two corners.

2.     Cut a piece of designer paper 1/8” less than A2 size and round the top two corners, then adherer to the base of the card.

3.     Cut a piece of light blue card stock to 4-3/8 x 3-3/8 and round the top two corners.

4.     Cut a piece of white card stock to 4-1/4 x 3-1/4, stamp image with black ink and round the top two corners

5.     Color in the image using various chalks with a blender pen then adhere to the light blue card stock.

6.     Place dimensional tape on the back of the image panel and adhere to the card at the far right.

7.     Die-cut and dry emboss a leaf shape onto designer paper. Stamp sentiment at the top of the leaf shape with black ink. Adhere to the top left of the sentiment panel with foam dots.

8.     Tie a bow through a light blue button with twine and adhere to the lower left portion of the leaf.

Trio of Tags

Cindy Coutts made these cute little gift tags with our Little Fruit Perfectly Clear Stamps. Perfect for any occasion.

Trio of Tags by Cindy Coutts

Products used:

Stamps: Stampendous Little Fruit
Card Stock: Papertrey Ink Kraft, Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Kiwi Kiss, Lucky Limeade, Tangerine Tango
Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black, Papertrey Ink Chamomile
Markers: Copic Markers (YR00, YR01, YR02, YR04, G14, YG12, YG23, YG25, R24, R27, R29)
Buttons: Stampin’ Up! Designer Brights Collection ( Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie)
Ribbon/Twine: Papertrey Ink Rustic Jute Button Twine, Stampin’ Up! Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Pumpkin Taffeta 1/8” Ribbon
Hardware/Charms/Brads: Stampin’ Up! Jumbo Eyelets
Punch(es): Marvy Uchida Tag Punch (purple), Stampin’ Up! 1” Circle, 1-1’8” Circle, 1-1/4” Circle
Spellbinders Paper Arts Nestabilities: Nested Pennants
Dry Embossing: Tim Holtz Retro Circle Dry Embossing Folder
Machine(s)/Tool(s): ProvoCraft Cuttlebug, We Are Memory Keepers Crop-A-Dile
Technique: Die-cutting, dry embossing, , ink distressing, punching

Size: 1-7/8 x 2-7/8

Friendship is Sweet!

Anytime is the right time to tell a friend you are thinking of them.

Blog Star Cindy Coutts used our Grape Vines Stamp and Copic Markers for this SWEET card.

Great Job Cindy!

Sweet Grapes by Cindy Coutts

Supplies:

Stamps: Stampendous Cling Grape Vines CRP041, Friendship Assortment Perfectly Clear Set SSC1116

Card Stock: Papertrey Ink Ripe Avocado, Stamper’s Select White

Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black

Markers/Colored Pencils: Copic markers (YG93, YG95, YG97, YR24, V12, V15, V17)

Buttons: Papertrey Ink Vintage Button Collection (Royal Velvet)

Twine: Papertrey Ink Rustic Jute Button Twine

Dry Embossing: Papertrey Ink Embossing Plate (Vineyard)

Machine: ProvoCraft Cuttlebug

Instructions:

1.     Cut white card stock to 4 x 5-1/4.

2.     Stamp grape image with black ink towards the left side of the white card stock and the sentiment with black ink at the bottom right of the card stock.

3.     Color image using markers.

4.     Dry emboss colored image with a vineyard dry embossing plate.

5.     Cut a piece of dark green card stock to A2 size so that the crease is at the top.

6.     Place foam tape onto the back of the image panel and adhere to the dark green card stock.

7.     Thread 3 pieces of twine through the button, trim, and adhere to the top right of the card.

New Blog Star Cindy Coutts

We have some great new Blog Stars here at Stampendous!
Today we are introducing Cindy Coutts.

Cindy Coutts is a born-again, Bible-believing Christian. She lives in Vacaville, California. She has 4 great children, and a daughter-in-law. Cindy considers herself to be beyond blessed. She loves everything about paper crafting, stamping, and scrapbooking.

Cindy is the founder of Christian Paper Crafts. She also has had numerous web projects published in Paper Crafts Magazine, Cards Magazine, Cardmaker Magazine, Paper Creations Magazine and Take Ten to name a few.

We are so excited to have her as part of our team! We know you will enjoy her style and creativity.

  So here is a sample of her work. This is “Happy Day!”

Here is what she used:

Stamps: Stampendous Daisy Thanks Perfectly Clear Stamp Set

Card Stock: Papertrey Ink Vintage Cream, Stampin’ Up! Soft Suede

Designer Paper: Basic Grey Hello Lucious

Ink Pads: Memento Rich Cocoa, Papertrey Ink Chamomile

Markers/Colored Pencils: Copic Markers (E31, E34, E35, YG25, YR02, YR04)

Buttons: Gray/green from craft supply

Ribbon/Twine: Stampin’ Up! Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon, Papertrey Ink Rustic Cream Button Twine

Stickers/Stick Pins: KaiserScrapbook Self-Adhesive Pearls (Green)

Spellbinders Paper Arts Nestabilities: Nested Pennants, Square, Scalloped Square

Dry Embossing: ProvoCraft Cuttlebug Flower Embossing Folder

Machine(s)/Tool(s): ProvoCraft Cuttlebug

Technique: Die-cutting, dry embossing, ink distressing

Size: 5-1/2 x 4-1/4