Cardinals by BlogStar Jan Garber

We’re so sad to say goodbye to BlogStar Jan Garber today. We hope you’ll be watching her blog, though, because the word on the web is that she’s moving on to some fantastic new endeavors that will keep her super busy! We hope she’ll remain a Stampendous fan, and we sure hope to see her back for our challenges and playing with us again soon. We know she’ll be joining us when we visit the folks at the Do You Stack Up Challenge Blog on October 18th and December 6th! It was Jan’s idea for us to play with DYSU… so we’re excited!
A reminder to all our past BlogStar and DT members that you’re always welcome to apply again! (we don’t have a limit!)! And we SURE want to remind you all to use your Stampendous product to submit to those magazines! Remember our Publication Incentive that rewards all of you with free product for your print publications!
Here’s Jan’s final BlogStar post. It’s a fantastic card using our Cling Jumbo Cardinals! These beautiful birds have proven so popular and fun to color that we’ve seen some really incredible samples with them. Jan’s is certainly no exception!!
I used a little appropriate Copic coloring on the male and female birds,(thanks to Google search!),

then colored and fussy cut the leaves and branches,

punched some snowflakes,

and added a sprinkling of fabric paint “snow” …

and what a gorgeous pair of winter Cardinals!This stampneeds very little added. It has so many delightful details!

Thanks so much, Jan!! It’s been so fantastic seeing your beautiful creations each week and having you on our team… don’t be a stranger!

Everyone remember that tomorrow (Monday, October 1) starts our Blog Collaboration with May Arts!! Another fun week of Stamping Inspiration and RIBBON! and Prizes, of course!!

Jan Garber gets Steampunk!

BlogStar Jan Garber joins us again this week with a cool, Steampunk look at our Patent Man stamp. This stamp has kind of a cool history. It was inspired by the drawing of J.C. Boyle for the very first patent ever issued. It’s a Saluting Device…a hat that tips itself at passing ladies and gentlemen. Not sure how you activate the salute, but the schematics provide a super cool look on a masculine card. Thanks, Jan, for adding all the gears, and screening and oooh…yumminess!
Hi! Jan Garber

here with one of my first projects that I created for Stampendous,

but, as it turns out, I forgot about it.
So it’s one of my last to post before my term ends.
This is another card where I inked and/or burned the paper edges,

and layered on lots of masculine goodies

(Sprockets, mesh, brads, Graphic 45 papers)!Just proof again that I CAN be trusted with matches in the house!

I love the masculinity of this image!

Hope you enjoy!
(To all the team at Stampendous:
I will miss you, and good luck in all of your future endeavors!)

Handmade Gifts Week – Day 5

Finally Friday here on Handmade Gifts week. It’s flown by waaaay too fast! Don’t you feel inspired to start some handmade Christmas gifts this weekend? Well, don’t forget Saturday morning we’ll be featuring an entire team full of gift ideas here. Be sure to visit ALL the blogs and leave a comment for the chance to win the stamps used on this week’s gifts.

Today we want to feature a fantastic project for a beginning stamper! A featured project on Michaels Stores’ Stamptember  celebration this year, this darling picture frame was created by our in-house Sample Artist Debi Hammons. All the products used are available at Michaels.

Carte Postale Frame by Debi Hammons

This adorable frame is so easy. It features our Carte Postale stamp. Debi has even used it to impress into a medallion she created with several layers of gold embossing powder.

These inexpensive wood frames make fantastic gifts for the traveler in your life. Or just frame your children’s school pictures for grandparents and others!

Today one of our Design Team members has some inspiration for you.

Please visit Tenia Nelson’s blog and leave some comments to win some of the great stamps shown in this week’s projects.

(and be sure to keep your eye on our blog for winner announcements!) (In fact you might want to go back over some old posts and see if you won anything…we still have a few unclaimed prizes from recent events.)  We also thought we’d remind you of some other gift ideas that our team members have posted earlier this year like:

Jan Garber’s Notecard Gift Sets

or her Christmas Cardinals Decorator Plate

And what about

Suzanne Czosek’s Angel Bear Christmas Triptych

or her Jumbo Iris Decorator Plate

or even her AMAZING Clear Scraps Album

How about

Wendy Price’s Inspirational Plaque with Easel

Our team is always working on out-of-the-box 3D items. You can find even more fantastic projects with supply lists and directions on our website HERE.

Embossing with Jan Garber

BlogStar Jan Garber is here with a fun embossing project for you today! A gorgeous Christmas card featuring some of our newest images. This should be reminding you to get out your embossing powders and make something marvelous to link to our challenge! You can link your projects on the linky tool in the right sidebar (the one with our F.E. Linus kitty!).  We also want you to check out an earlier project of Jan’s, we thought we posted it this week, but apparently not! Check out her super cute Special Delivery tag card HERE.

Special Delivery by Jan Garber
And while we’re on the subject of Christmas… please be sure to join us, starting tomorrow, for a whole week of handmade Christmas gifts! You’ll love these easy, fun, and amazing projects that you can give the special people in your life to give a touch of yourself this year.  Why not set aside some family Cre8time and do these as a family project?
I love to emboss!
And when I find stamps that lend themselves well to heat embossing, I go nuts!
The Stampendous stamps are SO clear and detailed that they stamp and hold the powder perfectly every time! And the “Detail Clear” embossing powder seeks out every tiny little detail and provides a perfect image!
Don’t you love new stamps? I know I do!
For this card, I kept it simple by stamping and clear embossing the
Jumbo “Pinecone Boughs” (currently on backorder, but available again in a week or so!)
several times off the left edge of my paper.
I then stamped the Cling “Poinsettia Background” in dark red onto white cardstock, and punched out several sized “ornaments”. The gorgeous sentiment is from the clear set, “Tis the Season”.
Notice that the sentiment mat is wrapped with ribbon like a gift, and finished off with a cute little bow on top!
With a bit of inking on all of the edges, popping up the ornaments, and dangling them from the silver bling, I’ve made a fairly simple, but pretty, holiday greeting!
I love to make a few simple cards every year that I can later make in multiples should I decide to send out duplicate cards to family or friends.
Time to start making those Christmas cards!

September Challenge – Embossing Techniques – Week 2

Here at Stampendous our favorite products are those gorgeous jars of powdered goodness that melt when you heat them into wonderful backgrounds, borders, and focal points. Yep, heat embossing powders and enamels.

We keep mixing up new, wonderful powders for our fans, and our new Fran•táge Embossing Enamels are already favorites with stampers worldwide. Why not treat yourself to a new powder or two, or pull out one you bought but haven’t tried? We’re going to be showcasing some cool techniques this month. You can find all our embossing powders on our website HERE – or find a local retailer near you!

Your creations submitted for September’s Challenge don’t have to use Stampendous images, but if they do, they’ll count as two entries. You need to have your submissions linked to our linky tool below by 11:59pm PDT on October 4th. You may enter as many times as you like.

Our prizes this month are, not surprisingly, some of our Exclusive Fran•táge Embossing Enamels. How about our newest colors??! We’ll choose three winners to receive some super hot Essentials.

FREG037 Aged Marine Embossing Enamel & FRG01C Silver Glass Glitter
FREG039 Aged Scarlet Embossing Enamel & FRG02C Champagne Glass Glitter
FREG040 Aged Wine Embossing Enamel & FRG08C Bronze Glass Glitter

Of course you know our favorite embossing technique right now is Fran’s Encrusted Jewel Technique. This super easy, but super dynamic way of creating cool, dazzling, vintage pieces is really fun, and we just can’t get enough. Our Design Team has been using this technique and these gorgeous Enamels for several months, now, with stunning results. They’ve created a batch of terrific projects for you to enjoy. Here’s a link to each of their blogs. The links will stay up all month so you can see all their projects any time.

Jan Garber – Sparkly Poinsettia

Here’s BlogStar Jan Garber again with one of our favorite new stamps. The Poinsettia Background is such a fun design and so easy to use to make a seamless background on a card or scrapbook page!

I love the colors of Christmas!

And the fact that the beautiful Poinsettias will soon be in the stores.
Stampendous has a wonderful new stamp,
I just had to heat emboss it, ink it with my daubers, and then VERY CAREFULLY color inside the flowers with my Copics… yes, I know, living dangerously!
I took it slow and tried hard not to get too close to any of the embossed lines.
And afterward, I cleaned those nibs!
I used more Copics colors to blend than I normally do (stepping out of my box).
R22, R32, R35, and RV21
and couldn’t resist covering the whole image with embossing ink and clear embossing powder to give it a shine and make those colors POP!
The sparkle is done with the Champagne Crushed Glass Glitter and an edge of
A sprinkling of gold micro beads, a pretty little pearl button that I altered with my Copics, and a soft five-loop bow finishes off this one!
Here is a front-on view better showing the crushed glass!
It just adds an elegance to everything!

Final Week – Focus on the Sentiment Challenge

We’re in our final week of August’s Focus on the Sentiment Challenge. You have until Thursday, August 30 at 11:59pm Pacific Daylight Time to submit your project to our Linky Tool at the bottom of this post and be entered to win one of three prizes of our new Cling Rubber Sentiments from the new July Catalog. Remember that you don’t have to use Stampendous stamps on your project to enter, but if you do, your entry counts double! We sure hope you’ll make something to show us!
I’m revisiting a previous project from one of our Design Team members today. Jennifer Ingle (aka Jingle) tells me we posted this when she was a BlogStar, but I think it just shows how you don’t necessarily have to have a lot of stamps if you’ve got some good sentiments!  The greeting on this card is from the extremely popular Friendship Assortment Perfectly Clear Set that has so many good sentiments in it. The card also features the fantastic border pattern from the beautiful Cling Jumbo Romantic Border Set.

SSC1116 Friendship Assortment Perfectly Clear Stamps
CRS5021 Cling Jumbo Romantic Border

And here’s Jingle’s Beautiful Card!

Sweet Friendship by Jennifer Ingle

So simple, so elegant, so fantastic!  So…let’s see what inspiration the Design Team are providing you for your projects that feature the Sentiment as the Star. Remember that the newest posts are at the top of the grid. Check them out, leave some love, then create a project of  your own (doesn’t have to be a card) and link it by clicking on the Changito linky tool below before end of day Thursday! Can’t wait to see what you create!

Jan Garber – Wall Art with Flower Path

BlogStar Jan Garber has created this lovely wall art piece this week. We’re really excited because it gives us a chance to remind you all about our Challenge this month which is to make a project with the focus on the Sentiment. Our new July Catalog Sentiments are really well suited for home decor projects or more permanent 3D items as well as cards. This adorable framed piece from Jan really illustrates that!  There are more details on how to make this piece HERE on Jan’s Blog.

Flower Path Wall Art by Jan Garber

Jan Garber Gets all Spooky-like!

I love that BlogStar Jan Garber keeps reminding me that Halloween is just around the corner! It’s absolutely my favorite non-Christmas holiday and every year the anticipation is just huge! This year the Stampendous collection includes some fantastic images that I just love, but Jan is reminding us that last year’s images were no slouches either.

Her Pumpkin Fence here is fantastically embellished with Fran’s Encrusted Jewel Technique using lots of Mica Fragments and Stampendous Embossedy Goodness! This stamp is still a winner, and is still selling well for us! Here’s to Halloween, just around the corner! Jan has fantastic directions for this gorgeous look on her blog HERE.

Pumpkin Fence by Jan Garber