Hopping Through the Wee Scapes!

We are so glad we stopped by the Simi Creative booth at CHA in July and discovered Wee Scapes! Our designers have had an amazing time playing with these products and combining them with Stampendous images for fun projects, little worlds, cards, and scrapbook pages. We hope you’ll take the time to check out a local retailer of Wee Scapes and add some “model magic” to your creations. One of the most amazing things about these products is that they can be tinted or colored with almost any coloring medium, and they can be cut to size with just regular scissors. They are a breeze to work with!

Today several designers will be sharing projects with us. They’ve saved the best for last, so be sure to visit all the blogs and leave comments for your chance to win some fantastic goodies.

Annette Witherspoon
Jennifer Dove
Jennifer Ingle
Lea Kimmel
Melinda Gleissner
Suzanne Czosek
Wendy Price

We certainly hope you’ve found some inspiration in our playing with Wee Scapes! We were so  happy to be able to share them with you! This is our last partnership of 2012, looking forward to a fun 2013. We’d sure love it if you’d comment here or on our Facebook page and let us know what you’d like to see for 2013!

Stampendous – Bangles and Beads and Blogs, Oh My!

Welcome to our Blog Hop combining our passion for Stampendous products with the really cool stuff the folks at DIYBangles.com sent to us! We’re really excited to be playing with their products and getting this chance to stretch our talents! We sure hope to get the chance to play with them again and find even more avenues for our talents! The gang is all here with terrific projects to astonish you. Sit back, get a cup of something warm, a fuzzy sweater, a friendly kitten and be ready to be amazed.  At each blog (or just the ones you want) leave an insightful comment that lets us know you actually looked at the project and we’ll enter you once for each comment in a chance to win some DIY Bangles, beads, or circles plus some Stampendous goodies with which to embellish them.

Annette Witherspoon

April Derrick

We sure hope you’ve had some serious fun with our collaboration this week! Thanks for joining us. Would you mind sharing our hop on your Facebook page? We’d sure love to grow our audience a bit more to be able to keep bringing you all these great prizes.

Join us as well for our new December Challenge – CAS (Clean and Simple) Christmas Cards. We’ll be doing our best to give you last minute card ideas you can complete quickly to fill out your card sending list. We’ll be providing simple Christmas card inspiration all the way up until Christmas day, so stick with us. This will be our last challenge of the year and we’re mulling over what to do next year, so stay tuned for that as well!

Stick around and we’ll announce November Prize winners and the Winners from this hop early next week (once we’ve recovered from our Warehouse Sale and Holiday Party this weekend!)

You can Do It Yourself! With Stampendous and DIY Bangles

We’re having another fun week this week with our friends over at DIY Bangles. These beautiful unfinished products like wood bangle bracelets, beads, wreath forms, etc., just beg to be decorated with our fantastic products. And our Design Team have created some great projects for you this week! We’ll be posting new mini-hops every day and lots of fun on Saturday. With your chance, as usual, to win some fantastic Stampendous products and some from DIY Bangles as well.

Remember that today is the last day of our Black Friday – Cyber Monday shipping deal! Wondering what to buy? Well, add some of this stampy goodness to your cart and watch yourself making all sorts of fantastic projects to give or keep this Christmas Season. Sharing with us today (be sure to leave them some comments for your chance to win!):

Barb Turpin

Jennifer Ingle (Jingle)

Kristine Reynolds

This week we’ll be sharing some projects with you as well. Wendy Price started all of this by creating some amazing bangles and beads that left the whole team oohing and aahing in astonishment. Then she showed us how easy it was. Here’s one set she created using Embossing Enamels that was so gorgeous I’ve worn it a number of times already, including at CHA in Chicago this summer! You can find out how she made them HERE.

DIY Bangles Bracelet by Wendy Price
DIY Bangles Bead Earrings by Wendy Price

Fast Finish Fall!!

We’re celebrating with our good friends at Beacon Adhesives this week! Beacon has been an industry leader in adhesives for over 75 years. Their generosity to Stampendous has been remarkable. We discovered some years ago making store displays that their ZipDry™ Paper Glue was the only adhesive we could find that didn’t fall apart under prolonged exposure to fluorescent lights in stores. We use Zip Dry for all our samples we send out.  We’re proud to be included on their list of Beacon Buddies

Recently, however, they introduced us to Fast Finish! This amazing decoupage medium drys super quickly (no waiting hours between coats), super shiny, and COMPLETELY FREE OF TACKINESS!!  Yay! We’re so pleased with the results we’ve received on so many surfaces. We know you’re going to love this product, too.  Our designers have prepared some inspiration using Fast Finish and other Beacon Adhesives for a whole week of fun, and we’ll be sending some lucky U.S. address winners (really, we love you internationally, but don’t ask us to export glue) some Fast Finish and some Stampendous goodies.

I’d like to start by showing you a little Fall/Halloween project I came up with using this terrific product. I found this very fun paper mache pumpkin in a local gift store:

And I thought I’d like to cover it with tissue stamped in our CRR147 Cling Lacy Background Stamp. I stamped the stamp all over Kraft colored tissue with VersaFine ink and allowed it to dry. I didn’t worry about the lines between the stamps at all or the wrinkles in the tissue…it gave it a super cool look.

Then I just brushed the Fast Finish on the pumpkin and applied torn sections of the stamped tissue to the pumpkin surface.

Overlapping the sections made it easy to make a cool pattern that looked amazing even close up. As I stuck the tissue to the pumpkin I brushed more Fast Finish over the top to seal and finish it. The Fast Finish dried as fast as I could move around the pumpkin…it was fantastically easy to work with.

I loved the cool look of places where the wrinkles in the tissue distorted the image and where the lines between the stamped images added variety and depth.

My finished pumpkin needed something. Some of our Black Glass Glitter! I  used Beacon Adhesives Dazzle Tac to apply this. It’s really for repairing jewelry, but it has a really fine tip that let me be very precise about glitter placement. I started by covering the stem and applying the glitter by just pouring it on. Beacon makes a lot of adhesives that would have worked for this step.

But then I used the fine tip to draw on vines and leaves and also cover them with the Black Glass Glitter.

My finished pumpkin looked amazing on my shelf of Halloween treasures in my office, but it will also move beautifully into Fall decore. Love how easy and quick Fast Finish made this project. I completed the whole thing in less than an hour. Dry to the touch, not sticky in less than an hour. I let the glitter dry longer for good adhesion.

Now check out the inspiration from our amazing Design Team members for today. You’ll see lots more uses for Fast Finish. Come back and visit tomorrow, too, and all week as we celebrate this great product and all the ways it coordinates with Stampendous stamps! We’ll draw random comments from random blogs to win your own Fast Finish and stamps, so you can try this great product.

Jennifer Ingle (Jingle)

Stephanie Lee (Arty Carty)

Tobi Crawford

Hop Along with our New October Products

At Stampendous it’s time to get ready for Spring! Our new October 2012 Catalog has a gorgeous selection of new images for  your stamping pleasure.

We hope you’ll take a few moments to flip through our new catalog and savor the images for  yourself. You can download it to your computer or print it as well, just by clicking on the cover below.

Stampendous October 2012 Catalog

Then visit our Design Team Blogs and see some of the fantastic projects they’ve made using these delightful stamps!

 Annette Witherspoon 

Asia King 

Barb Turpin 

Cyndi Bundy

Janelle Stollfus  

Jennifer Ingle 

Jennifer Dove 

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel 

Mary Dawn Quirindongo 

Melinda Gleissner  

Pam Hornschu 

Rhea Weigard

Suzanne Czosek

Taylor Usry

Tenia Nelson

Tobi Crawford

Wenday Jordan

Wendy Price 

Yana Smakula 

We’ll choose three of the above blogs at random to each choose a winner from their comments section. These lucky stampers will each receive a brand new stamp set from our October Catalog images! (Sorry, due to laws and customs regulations, prizes to U.S. Mailing Addresses Only – but we’d love everyone to comment)

Also remember this is the last week for our October Saturday Challenge – Fabulous Florals. Load your floral themed card to our linky tool by Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 11:59 pm for  your chance to win some great NEW flower stamps!  Remember if your floral card features a flower from Stampendous Stamps your entry counts double.



Saturday Coordination with Core’dinations!

Jumbo Cardinals with Core’dinations by Lisa Hindsley

Here’s Lisa’s Supply List:

CRS5038 Jumbo Cardinals, Core’dinations TH card stock, Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel, VersaMark Watermark Ink, StazOn Timber Brown Ink, Colored Pencils and Sand Paper.

Lisa started by sanding the card stock for a rustic look and stamped the image with Timber Brown Ink. The key was to use the color of the card stock to match each bird, so she used the red paper for the male cardinal and the Coconut Cream for the female. She stamped two images (one in each color), then tore the paper and pieced it together to show off the rustic look of the torn edges. Of course it wouldn’t be Stampendous if we didn’t Fran•táge a little bit, so she also added a bit of the Aged Ivory Embossing Enamel as a dusting of snow for these lovely winter birds. She also used our Scrolled Seasons stamp to finish off the inside, and had a lot of fun tearing paper and creating a flurry of snow with a small round brush (no adhesive was used to make the swirl), and heating the whole thing from underneath.

Inside of Cardinal Card by Lisa Hindlsey

So if you want to win some prizes – visit these blogs below and leave comments! We’ll draw random bloggers to choose random commenters to win!

Stampendous Blog (you are here)

Core’dinations Blog (may not have anything new, visit anyway!)

Annette Witherspoon

Cyndi Bundy

Ellen from Core Team

Janelle Stollfus

Jennifer Dove

Jennifer Ingle

Krissy Fossmeyer

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Mary Dawn Quirindongo

Melinda Gleissner

Rhea Weigand

Stephanie Lee (Arty Carty)

Suzanne Czosek

Tenia Nelson

Wendy Jordan

Wendy Price

By the way! (yeah, this two hop weeks in a row thing…not happening again! LOL) you’ve asked about winners for the May Arts blog. We’ll post all winners from both blogs in a big post tomorrow or Monday. It will be tagged Winners so if you search for that at the top of the blog you’ll find it easily, so you don’t miss it!  Thanks for your patience.

Core’dinations – A Week of Inspiration

Core’dinations papers are so beautiful and so versatile. We first learned about them at CHA many years ago, and since then everyone has leapt on the bandwagon for this beautiful product. We’re finally getting to join together with this great company and showcase some of our terrific images using their wonderful paper. So sit back and enjoy, there’s lots of inspiration from our team and theirs this week.

We’re going to start off with a lovely scrapbook page made by our Scrapbooking Team member Stephanie Lee.  Arty Carty, as you may know her, has created a stunning layout celebrating an important anniversary using some Black Core’dinations cardstock  and the border from the Cling Jumbo Amaryllis stamp from Stampendous. She’ll have details on this great layout on her blog later in the week, so keep watching!

by Arty Carty (Stephanie Lee)

Our very own Cyndi Bundy has a terrific card as well using Core’dinations Kraft Core and Black Magic cardstocks. Cyndi has used our Punkin Kitty image to make a terrific Halloween card.

Punkin Kitty by Cyndi Bundy

You can see that with all the potential for Sanding, Embossing, distressing, coloring, and on and on that exists with beautiful Core’dinations paper, we’re going to have some serious fun this week!  And you know there will be prizes! Make insightful, delightful comments (the kind that show you looked at the project) on the blogs below, and you may find yourself winning some fantastic Stampendous images and some Core’dinations of your own to play with. We’ll choose random comments from random blogs each day this week. Then join us on Saturday when everything comes together in all new projects on a big huge hop!  (Don’t worry…our Saturday Challenge hasn’t gone anywhere. The October theme is Fabulous Florals, and you can read about it HERE)

Stampendous Impressions Blog

Core’dinations Blog

April Derrick

Lydia

Jennifer Ingle

Kristine Reynolds

Stephanie Lee

Wendy Jordan

Taylor Usry

We’re All Tied Up in Ribbon this Friday!

Another great collaboration with May Arts Ribbon company is nearing the end of the week.

We sure hope you’re getting lots of ideas for using fantastic ribbons with your Stampendous stamps! We’ve got another round of great inspiration for you today, and then tomorrow we’ll all be Blog Hopping to share with you the very best ideas for this season’s new stamps and ribbons! Check out the blogs below and be sure to comment for your chance to win some Stampendous goodies and some May Arts ribbon!!

Jennifer Ingle

Kristine Reynolds

Taylor Usry

Tenia Nelson

A Correction – the darling box/bag we posted earlier this week was actually made by Kristine Reynolds, not our in-house designer Debi Hammons! Sorry for the error! Great job, Kristine!

And we have some WINNERS –

And Congratulations to

Barbara

who left this comment on Jennifer Dove’s Blog on Thursday!

Barbara said…  I absolutely love this. the snowbird is so cute and the beautiful coloring , the use of the fragments and the lace add to the charm of this little gem of a card!
We’re still waiting on the Wednesday winner – I’ll have that one tomorrow!
Winners – be sure to email us at submissions@stampendous.com to send your address where we can mail your prize!
Today we’ve got a pretty project to share with you! Design Team Member Wendy Jordan made this gorgeous project for our July Catalog. The stamping on the ribbon just adds the perfect touch to this terrific card. Hope you’re remembering that you can add to any ribbon with some cool stamping! Wendy posted directions for this cool card on her blog HERE!
Jumbo Amaryllis by Wendy Jordan
 

September Challenge – Embossing Techniques FINALE!!

Well, we’re going out in style on this challenge. We’ve seen lots of techniques this month, but wow, our own Melinda Gleissner has used one of our favorites. Create a base shape of some sort (chipboard, tagboard, wood, cardstock, whatever) and just COVER it with powder for a fantastic look! Her amazing Halloween tree here is just adorable, completely covered with our Aged Black Embossing Enamel. She even make Shrink Plastic ornaments using all our Halloween images this year. You can read all about the construction of this marvel on her blog HERE.

Halloween Tree by Melinda Gleissner

Jennifer Ingle from Just Jingle did the same sort of thing with her darling tombstones earlier this week. You can get the details on her creations on her blog HERE.

Embossed Tombstones by Jennifer Ingle

You can get so much more inspiration from the other terrific projects our team has been uploading. I hope you’ll check them out, leave comments, then upload your own project to your blog or Flickr or Photobucket or just link to our linky tool below. You’ll need to upload your project before 11:59pm, PDT, October 4, 2012 to be eligible to win some of our fantastic embossing powders to play with yourself. Sorry but U.S. Mailing addresses only can win, but everyone can upload their projects. Also remember that projects using Stampendous images count twice!

Check out our inspiration here:

And remember to join us Monday for our fun week with May Arts:




Winners!! Our Blog Hop has Winners!!

Our Handmade Gift Hop was designed with getting your gifts started in mind! There are only 97 days until Christmas!!

Some lucky blog followers out there are going to win some fantastic Stampendous prizes that will get their gift making off to a great start!

For Monday – We chose a winner from Kristine Reynold’s Blog – Congrats

Tami Bohannon!!

She wins the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Cardinals shown on Tammie Wilson’s hand painted lantern.

For Tuesday – We chose a winner from Janelle Stollfus’ Blog – Congrats

Carol of Scrap Happy Studio!!

She wins the Rose Branch Border Perfectly Clear Stamp Set used on  Suzanne Czosek’s Jewelry Holder.

For Wednesday – We chose a winner from Wendy Price’s Blog – Congrats

Miriam Prantner!!

She wins the Cling Snow Bird stamp used on Jennifer Dove’s Gift Box.

For Thursday – We chose a winner from Melinda Gleissner’s Blog – Congrats

AJ from AJ’s Scrapbooking and Cards

This winner gets the Corset Ladies Perfectly Clear Stamp Set used on Tammie Wilson’s Feminine Valises project.

For Friday – We chose a winner from Tenia Nelson’s Blog – Congrats

Karen Baker!!!

She wins the Cling Carte Postale stamp that was used on Debi Hammon’s Travel Photo Frame.

For Saturday – We chose three winners

One from Cyndi Bundy’s Blog, One from Jennifer Ingle’s Blog and One from our Stampendous Impressions Blog !! Congrats to –

Craftymom 205, Charlene from Paper and Ink Playground, and Katina!!!

These lucky stampers will each receive the Cling Jumbo Pinecone Bough set that Tammie Wilson used on her gorgeous box.

All winners should contact us at submissions@stampendous.com and send us your address so we can send out your prize!!!

To all the winners and others, a huge THANKS for playing along on our blog! We’re so happy you joined us and hope you got some inspiration!

All of the products are available on our website where each order is fulfilled by a local, independent scrapbook or stamping store! Thanks for supporting local businesses when you make your holiday gifts this year!

Be sure to join us almost every day for new inspiration from our terrific BlogStars – we have new ones starting in October!

Plus our Saturday Challenge lets you participate and win prizes!!

Our next week long Blog Hop will be a Collaboration with May Arts! Those prizes are always amazing!! Be sure to put October 1 – 6 on your Calendar now! You won’t want to miss it!