Homemade Gifts Are Best

The holiday season is approaching, and it’s time to give some thought to gifts you might make for friends and loved ones. Of course nothing says, “I love you” like a handmade gift.

With stamps and stencils, you have soooo many options. And our new Decor Cling Rubber Stamps make a super easy way to transfer a pattern to a home decor piece. They are big, at 8″ X 8″ they can help you get a job done quickly, or even work on a very small card or tag, or stamp a few at one time.

Here’s a look at the Decor Snowflakes stamp. There are four other designs available.

Snowflake Decor Cling Rubber Sneak Peek

Our Dreamweaver and Fran’s Metal Stencils are also a phenomenal way to create homemade gifts from the heart.  Like this gorgeous canvas from Mixed Media Artist Mark Gould.

A few great designers are sharing some fun ideas to get you started:

Louise Healy

Bunny Hoyle

What types of things do you make for Christmas? We’d love to see you share some with us! You can show us your creations in several places:

Facebook Stampendous Group – lots of sharing between our fans – https://www.facebook.com/groups/Stampendous/

Our Photo Group on Flickr – these have to be moderated so patience is needed 🙂 – https://www.flickr.com/groups/stampendous/

Or tag us anywhere else you share, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter… we’ll like and share your post! @Stampendous or #Stampendous

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Baked Up Just For You

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Gingerbread Baker Jar by Debi Hammons

There is nothing like fresh baked goodies for the holidays and what could be sweeter is if they were made for a gift. For all those yummy treats you are planning to make or for a noncaloric treat the new Gingerbread Baker Die and Clear Stamp Set will help create the most darling packaging.

This week we’ll be sharing oodles of ideas for this creative set so prepare your homemade gift list and Gingerbread Baker will deliver them with a smile.

Today we have a great video that walks you through this set and as usual Fran has some great tips and ideas to inspire us!

Now for some fresh baked projects by our designers –

Monday

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Kristine Reynolds
Jamie Martin

Whisker Graphics Blog Hop Winners

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We thoroughly enjoyed hopping along with the Whisker Graphics design team and using their fantastic products! You might want to subscribe to our Pinterest board for inspiration because we have more to post with Whisker Graphic products!

It is time for some winners!

Three winners were randomly selected and they win a prize package consisting of four Divine Twine Diva spools – Crushed Lavender Solid and Stripe, Dried Celadon Solid and Stripe, an assortment of bags in a variety of sizes and patterns, plus winners choice of a Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp Set and Matching Dies (from available stock).

One prize to an Australian winner courtesy of our distributor – The Stencil Specialist – which will consist of distributor’s choice of one stamp, one stencil and a surprise goodie.

And here are the winners!

Pam Bray’s Friday Post

Becca (Rebecca Yahrling)

Kristine Reynolds’ Monday Post

Sarah P.

Joanna’s Friday Post

Nancy Vondra

Australia Distributor Winner

TracyM #6773

Congratulations winners! Send an email with your mailing address to submissions@stampendous.com with “Whisker Graphics Hop Winner” in the subject line.

 

Blog Hop with Whisker Graphics Finale

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Can you believe it is already Finale Hop Friday?! We loved spending time with our friends at Whisker Graphics along with their talented team of designers and if you haven’t browsed their online store yet you are missing out. Give yourself a treat and see their terrific selection of Divine Twine, Bitty Bags and Buckets, plus tags and stickers.

Also, stop by our growing Stampendous and Whisker Graphics Pinterest board after this week to see lots of new projects we’ve been working on and just between you and me, if you are just getting starting now with our hop it’s a quick way to get through our week of inspiration from Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

There are PRIZES! All you need to do to enter is comment on the blog posts for our hop with Whisker Graphics and winners are randomly selected and announced Monday, May 9th.

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Three prize packages consisting of one each –

  • Divine Twine Diva – Crushed Lavender Solid
  • Divine Twine Diva – Crushed Lavender Stripe
  • Divine Twine Diva – Dried Celadon Solid
  • Divine Twine Diva – Dried Celadon Stripe
  • An assortment of bags in a variety of sizes and patterns
  • Winners choice of a Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp Set and Matching Dies (from available stock)

These three winners MUST have a US mailing address (or territories or military). See Official Contest Rules.

But wait! Additionally, we will give away one prize to an Australian winner courtesy of our distributor – The Stencil Specialist – which will consist of distributor’s choice of one stamp, one stencil and a surprise goodie.

We’re finishing up with a splash of a hop today! You might just see some of these nautical products today while visiting the designer’s projects, so be on the lookout for them! Enjoy the inspiration and hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Pam Bray

Janelle Stollfus

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Fritts

Laura Drahozal

Louise Healy

Wendy Price

Tenia Nelson

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Blog Hop with Whisker Graphics on Stencil Day!

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All these great projects on the hop are really ramping up the creativity just in time for our normal time featuring to add a little fun with stenciling.

We love the Whisker Graphics Bitty Bags and their great bold designs. They made us think of our background stencils and sweet it would be to pair them up for some extra sweet projects!

So many fun possibilities from card inserts to adding designs on tissue paper for wrapping up gifts to tuck inside the bags.

 

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DWLX7011 Big Dots Stencil with DWDGP Gold Embossing Paste and SSC1221 Bouquet For You in DCP1006 Fitted Frames B Set.

There are PRIZES! All you need to do to enter is comment on the blog posts for our hop with Whisker Graphics and winners are randomly selected and announced Monday, May 9th.

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Three prize packages consisting of one each –

  • Divine Twine Diva – Crushed Lavender Solid
  • Divine Twine Diva – Crushed Lavender Stripe
  • Divine Twine Diva – Dried Celadon Solid
  • Divine Twine Diva – Dried Celadon Stripe
  • An assortment of bags in a variety of sizes and patterns
  • Winners choice of a Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp Set and Matching Dies (from available stock)

These three winners MUST have a US mailing address (or territories or military). See Official Contest Rules.

But wait! Additionally, we will give away one prize to an Australian winner courtesy of our distributor – The Stencil Specialist – which will consist of distributor’s choice of one stamp, one stencil and a surprise goodie.

Now let’s check in with the designer’s posting in today’s hop!

Alison Heikkila

Lea Fritts

Laura Drahozal

Tenia Nelson

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Blog Hop with Whisker Graphics Day 2

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We are having a great time with Whisker Graphics this week, enjoying the mix of Whisker Graphics goodies with stamps, stencils and Essentials. It’s a perfect ingredient list for party decor and gifts, right?

There are all different themes for children’s parties and our Friends sets from Monday are a great Jungle and Woodland theme, but today we are letting the cats and dogs out play. Be on the lookout for our sweet Pop Up Kitties and Pop Up Puppies, they may show up on a project or two in our hop with inspiration for your next party.

Some of our lucky commenters during the hop will want to have a party of their own because there are PRIZES! All you need to do to be entered is comment on the blog posts for hop with Whisker Graphics and winners are randomly selected and announced Monday, May 9th.

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Three prize packages consisting of one each –

  • Divine Twine Diva – Crushed Lavender Solid
  • Divine Twine Diva – Crushed Lavender Stripe
  • Divine Twine Diva – Dried Celadon Solid
  • Divine Twine Diva – Dried Celadon Stripe
  • An assortment of bags in a variety of sizes and patterns
  • Winners choice of a Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp Set and Matching Dies (from available stock)

These three winners MUST have a US mailing address (or territories or military). See Official Contest Rules.

But wait! Additionally, we will give away one prize to an Australian winner courtesy of our distributor – The Stencil Specialist – which will consist of distributor’s choice of one stamp, one stencil and a surprise goodie.

Here are the designers participating in the hop today and then stop on over at Whisker Graphics!

Jamie Martin

Pam Hornschu

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Blog Hop with Whisker Graphics Day 1

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Oh, we are super thrilled to be hopping with our new fantastic friends at Whisker Graphics. We fell in love with their CUTE bitty bags, Divine Diva twine and colorful tags at CHA and we are SO excited to finally be here in a hop with them and their design team all week! You’ll see our team creating with these great products from Whisker Graphics along with some of our newest products.

The Whisker Graphics Design Team were sent various products to use and we know you are going to love what they come up with throughout the week. We have a few of our cute Jungle and Woodland Friends as a product focus today! Just think of the great things you can make with all these sweet images and the great products from Whisker Graphics!

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DCS5086 Jungle Friends Die Set
CRS5087 Cling Woodland Friends Rubber Stamp Set
DCS5087 Woodland Die Set

With all the fabulous inspiration that we will be sharing from both design teams we thought some of you would like to play along with these great products too, so there are PRIZES! Just comment along the hops each day and leave a thoughtful comment for the designers. Winners will be announced Monday, May 9th.

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Three prize packages consisting of one each –

  • Divine Twine Diva – Crushed Lavender Solid
  • Divine Twine Diva – Crushed Lavender Stripe
  • Divine Twine Diva – Dried Celadon Solid
  • Divine Twine Diva – Dried Celadon Stripe
  • An assortment of bags in a variety of sizes and patterns
  • Winners choice of a Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamp Set and Matching Dies (from available stock)

These three winners MUST have a US mailing address (or territories or military). See Official Contest Rules.

But wait! Additionally, we will give away one prize to an Australian winner courtesy of our distributor – The Stencil Specialist – which will consist of distributor’s choice of one stamp, one stencil and a surprise goodie.

Here are the designers participating in the hop today and then stop on over at Whisker Graphics place to see even more projects!

Pam Bray

Janelle Stollfus

Kristine Reynolds

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Hugs, Welcome Home

Here’s a bright and beautiful Family Home card to start off your weekend with a smile. Tenia Nelson is super talented at creating these fun and stylish quick cards and it seems we say this again and again, but it bears repeating every time that she rocks this style!

Family Home by Tenia Nelson
Family Home by Tenia Nelson

A quick stamp and trim from some premade monoprint paper and you could have a quick welcome home gift for those new or retuning neighbors just as Janelle Stollfus created with this small favor box.

Family Home Favor Box by Janelle Stollfus
Family Home Favor Box by Janelle Stollfus

Let’s see what these designers have created with the Family Home set.

Lea Kimmel

Kristine Reynolds

 

Doodle of a Holiday!

Welcome to another full week of fun PenPattern designs with the holidays in mind!

Our PenPattern collection has enough doodles designed into them to color and go, and they also have clear spaces to create your own doodling. If you want to add doodles but find it difficult, stamp using one of our complementing PenPattern Background style stamps. Today our focus is on this adorable PenPattern Moose in the act of balancing his gift-giving load.

PenPattern Moose Wood Mount

Krissy Fossmeyer has a great holiday coloring of PenPattern Moose and she has instructions on how she made it here.

PenPattern Moose by Krissy Fossmeyer

If you’d like to see how these PenPattern designs work here’s a short video.

We have a couple of designers who want to share their moose projects with you today!

Kristine Reynolds

Janelle Stollfus

 

The Color Fun Continues with Faber-Castell

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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….

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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