Animals 4 Kids at Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge Blog



Do you love to stamp for the little ones in your life? Making cards for kids is so fun and so rewarding, they’re always thrilled with a handmade card.

Children in hospitals for long stays don’t always have someone who can make a handmade card for them, that’s where this wonderful charity steps in to help out.

Pop Up Kitties by Debi Hammons
Pop Up Kitties by Debi Hammons

Pop Up Puppies Friendship by Debi Hammons
Pop Up Puppies Friendship by Debi Hammons

Send a Smile 4 Kids is a volunteer organization made up of folks at children’s hospitals who collect handmade cards and distribute them to the kids. Every kid stuck in a hospital bed could use a smile, right?. Maybe you have some extra cards lying around that you could send?

The current challenge is Animals 4 Kids and Stampendous is a proud sponsor of their Challenge Blog as well. You can find out more here as well as upcoming themes on their blog sidebar.

Jungle Friends Monkey by Kristine Reynolds

Woodland Friends by Alison Heikkila

Check out their web page here and their card guidelines here to make sure that you’re not sending something that won’t work for them.

Then choose a volunteer in your area from their list here and Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Duckling Trio by Pam Bray

Spring Short Stack Umbrella Background by Amy Hurley-Purdie

We asked our design team to take the challenge and here are some cards our Design Team has made to share a smile with a child! Some posts will be published at different times so be sure to stop by later if they are not available right away.

Louise Healy

Kristine Reynolds

Wendy Price

Janelle Stollfus

Pam Bray (Sunday post)

Thanks for sending a smile for a kid today!!

House-Mouse® Ballerina Baby by Wendy Price

Be Mine with House-Mouse

Love Always Accordion Album by Kristine Reynolds

The adorable House-Mouse Designs® from Ellen Jareckie are some of the sweetest images and today’s stamps are great project makers for valentines, wedding or just to say I love you like Kristine Reynolds accordion album.

HMV25 Shower of Love Rubber Stamp

Debi Hammons combined Vertical Heart stencil with Shower Of Love for an added cascade of hearts that look wonderful together.

Showers of Love by Debi Hammons
HMV26 Love You Candy Rubber Stamp

The teamwork of Amanda and Muzzy create a sweet message for this stenciled Valentine’s Day card also designed by Debi Hammons.

Love You Candy Valentine by Debi Hammons

And if you are into stamping for Valentine’s Day why not stamp the perfect puckers, too. Now wouldn’t that be a cute image for a scrapbook layout on getting ready for a wedding or prom.

HMP36 Kiss Stamp Rubber Stamp

Now let’s see some fantastic designer projects to end this week on a sweet note.

Pam Hornschu

Wendy Price

Janelle Stollfus

Remember to come back next week for our blog hop with May Arts at Ribbon Resource.

Stamping Styles To Love

PenPattern Love by Janelle Stollfus

We are back with some great stamps in popular papercrafting styles. If you like to doodle a valentine, celebrate with steampunk or create with modern style handwriting we have the line up of stamps for you today.

Doodle, glitter, color, and more with this fun PenPattern LOVE stamp or add a little of everything like Janelle’s mixed media card shown above.

Q217 PenPattern Love Rubber Stamp

Mixed media and steampunk are a great match for Pam Bray with this stunning wall banner of gorgeous colors and texture.

Time For Love Wall Banner by Pam Bray
R240 Time For Love Rubber Stamp

The Love Always Perfectly Clear Stamp Set has thirteen wonderful sentiments plus icon stamps for your Valentines or anytime. Jamie Martin found the perfect spot for a sweet sentiment on her card.

Roots Of Love by Jamie Martin
SSC1238 Love Always Perfectly Clear Stamp Set

There is more inspiration on our designers blogs today. Enjoy and we’ll see you here again tomorrow with Dreamweaver stencils!

Jamie Martin (Monday link)

Jamie Martin

Tenia Nelson

Kristine Reynolds

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Pam Hornschu

Be Mine!

Heart Flourish Card by Jamie Martin

We are all hearts this week with the lovely new stamps and stencils available from our October release.  You’ll be inspired to create for those loving occasions from making valentines to weddings and anniversaries by Friday.

R239 Swirl Flourish Rubber Stamp

The very versatile stamps today are great for any loving occasion. Let’s see what the design team has dreamed up with these love stamps and maybe

R243 Roots of Love Rubber Stamp
Roots Of Love by Pam Bray
R244 Passion Heart Rubber Stamp

Let’s see more great projects from our design team today.

Kristine Reynolds

Alison Heikkila

Celebrate the Season With Friends

HMR38 Joyful Noise Stamp

Forget the hustle and bustle and simply make time to enjoy friends, family and places around us. At least that is how it looks for our focus on House-Mouse stamps today. Amanda has her bugle at tempo with a friend who’s all in for the holiday season. See them in wonderful color on this card by Laura Drahozal.

Joyful Noise by Laura Drahozal
Joyful Noise by Laura Drahozal
HMP32 Gift For Kitty Stamp

It is a great friend who gives their best gift… themselves. A gorgeous Christmas theme card by Kristine Reynolds shows off these friends and they would work well for any gift giving occasion or birthday scrapbook layout.

Gift For Kitty by Kristine Reynolds
Gift For Kitty by Kristine Reynolds

It’s time for our designers to hand out inspiration over on their blogs, let’s see what they designed for our Celebrate the Season theme!

Pam Bray

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Fritts

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Pam Hornschu

Caroling, Characters and Mistletoe Smooches

HHP09 HappyHoppers® Mistletoe Bunnies Stamp
It’s time for more of our theme, Celebrate the Season, with these adorable House-Mouse Designs®. We have some pretty awesome samples here on our blog, but you will also find them in our projects section too!

Our first stamp are those lovely hoppers having a sweet mistletoe moment and Jennie Lin Black’s card is so striking with colorful contrasts and our Retro Christmas stamp.

Mistletoe Bunnies by Jennie Lin Black
Mistletoe Bunnies by Jennie Lin Black

HMR36 Christmas Characters Stamp
Can you believe these characters? Acting up at Christmas time. Well Muzzy is as angelic as always and in this card design by Pam Hornschu she really has herself looking drained from all the shenanigans.

Christmas Characters by Pam Hornschu
Christmas Characters by Pam Hornschu

HMR37 Candle Carolers Stamp
If you love the songs at Christmas time and want to share an image of singing carols by candle light, then this House-Mouse stamp is for you! Kristine Reynolds created such a sweet scene that is so “berry” festive!

Candle Carolers by Kristine Reynolds

Ready for some more fantastic inspiration to celebrate the season right with House-Mouse Designs? Let’s get started with these designers blog posts.

Louise Healy

Alison Heikkila

Pam Hornschu

Janelle Stollfus

Celebrate the Season

HMP33 Juggling Ornaments Wood Stamp

Our mice are stirring around the blog this week, preparing for the approaching holidays. Let’s check in on Monica, Muzzy, Amanda, Maxwell and Mudpie to see how they celebrate the season. Amanda and Monica are master tree decorators feeling at ease to juggle as they add them to the tree.

Juggling Ornaments by Pam Bray

Once the ornaments are hung, it’s time to enjoy them! Monica is having fun on a carousel ride to celebrate.

HMR40 Carousel Ornaments Wood Stamp

A beautiful card by Jennie Lin Black shows just how pleased Monica is at getting a leisure ride in the tree.

Carousel Ornament by Jennie Lin Black

Better not forget the mistletoe! Monica, Muzzy and Amanda are trying out the mistletoe to see if it really does work!

HMP35 Mistletoe Mice Wood Stamp

And Pam Hornschu has that magical touch with the Mistletoe Mice stamp and a beautiful card to show for it.

Mistletoe Mice by Pam Hornschu

Let’s see who else is preparing for the holidays on today designers blog posts.

Kristine Reynolds

Alison Heikkila

Tenia Nelson

Pam Bray

We’ll see you back here on Wednesday with some exciting news of CHA Mega Show 2016!

Got It? Haunt It!

Oh, are we ever going to have fun this week! It’s time to show our crafting witchy side for Halloween and we have oodles of great stamps just for that!

You can never go wrong with a good pair of witch stockings and these are a purrfect style that kitty likes!

M325 Kitty Skirt Stamp (wood mount)


Here, Wendy Price created a fun color pattern in green and orange for a cute Skirt Kitty card. Look at that awesome background to frame this sweet card.

Kitty Skirt by Wendy Price

And if the shoe fits? Haunt it! What a fun stamp and sentiment combo great for packaging up a tween’s Halloween treat and a fun way to scrapbook a costume layout.

Q215 Shoe Fits Stamp (wood mount shown)

Look at this fantastic shoe card! Laura Drahozal glitzed out the sole of the shoe to our hearts delight and a fantastic batty background  for the card.

Shoe Fits by Laura Drahozal

This sweet kitty is capped with a perfect witches hat for a great image that is sized just right to stamp a whole card for a quick project.

R231 Witchy Cat Rubber Stamp

Lea Fritts really rocks the cute kitty factor with soft fur color and a gorgeous trim of Color Fragments and glitter goodies.

Witchy Cat by Lea Fritts

You can click any card photo or its caption in this post to be swept away to a project page with supplies and instructions on how to make one of your very own! We have a few more projects to inspire you today on these designer’s blog.

Kristine Reynolds

Janelle Stollfus


Project Pop Up Trees

We think this week’s theme is boughs to bows above the rest with Christmas tree projects inspiration. If you missed any of our posts on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday you are missing some tree-mendous product combinations. An easy way to catch up though is to check out the design team projects through our Christmas Inspiration Pinterest board.

Today’s inspiration gallery here on our blog are the cards you might have spotted during Fran’s video shared here on Wednesday’s post. There were a some darling Pop Up cards that always make a fun greeting. To see these up close, clicking on the caption will lead you to a project page with a larger photo and more information on supplies and instructions.

We have news for you before we send you hopping off to see more awesome projects from our design team.

This month Create Christmas is popping up at your favorite stamping and scrapbooking store with our Pop-Up card of the month program! Everything you need in supplies and full instructions are available to create this featured card by designer Debi Hammons and they might even have it as a class. If you don’t see it in your store, ask about the Pop-Up Card program from Stampendous.

create christmas
Create Christmas by Debi Hammons

Here’s a pretty fabulous list of projects to hop on over and see.

Louise Healy

Lyn Bernatovich

Kristine Reynolds

Pam Hornschu

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Lea Fritts

Come join us all next week as we share projects using some of our favorite products from TombowUSA and then starting Friday, September 18th we’ll be hopping with their design team. See you back

Decking the Tree with Dreamweaver

By now I’m guessing that this set of Cling Stamps and their matching Cutting Dies are reeeeaaaally familiar to you. There’s a very good reason why the “Create Christmas” sets have been featured all of this week…they are amazingly versatile! Mix them up with Dreamweaver designs by Stampendous, and the possibilities are endless.

DCS5080 Cling Create Christmas Stamps Set

Cling Create Christmas Dies Set

CRS5080 Cling Create Christmas Stamps Set

Cling Create Christmas Stamps Set

You’ve learned how to color these images. You’ve learned how to paper piece them with designer papers. You’ve learned to simply stamp and emboss the images. Now, how about ink-stenciling a background design over the  tree? How about pasting a design on the tree? How about adding a bit of Dreamweaver Embossing Paste to edges to create snow? For more dimension and the wow factor, how about running the tree through your embossing machine with the Dreamweaver stencil backgrounds or embossing folders? Now we’re talking! Here are just a few designs that would work well for these techniques, a few of which are considered “everyday” designs to be used year round for all of your Stampendous/Dreamweaver projects:

Dreamweaver Large ScalesCrusade Background Holly SwirlsGraduated Dots Christmas Borders

And add some of this…

Dreamweaver Regular Embossing Paste
Dreamweaver Regular Embossing Paste

A healthy sprinkling of this…

Sparkle Puff Embossing Powder
         Sparkle Puff Embossing Powder

And you could have something like this fun card by Pam Hornschu…

Cling Create Christmas • Pop Up Die set • Holiday Greetings stencil • Regular Embossing Paste • chunky White Embossing Powder • Sparkle Puff Embossing Powder • Perfectly Clear Joyful Phrases
Cling Create Christmas • Pop Up Die set • Holiday Greetings stencil • Regular Embossing Paste • chunky White Embossing Powder • Sparkle Puff Embossing Powder • Perfectly Clear Joyful Phrases

Several of our team members have some more Christmas creations to share with you today:

Louise Healy

Lyn Bernatovich

Laura Drahozal

Kristine Reynolds

Pam Hornschu

Amy Hurley-Purdie