Tropical Treasures

Fran’s Watercolor Series continues with more Fabulous Friday FUN and some beautiful beach scenes to warm your winter day! The three newest Perfectly Clear Stamps supporting her lessons are perfect for combining or using separately to create colorful cards and mini-masterpieces to share with friends and family.

In Lesson 137, Fran focuses on the Dolphin Play and Go Fish sets of stamps showing how to use their many, interactive pieces to build various scenic panels. She also studies new background effects for creating underwater, ocean scenes.

Dolphin Play Perfectly Clear Stamps
Go Fish Perfectly Clear Stamps

You can watch the video here on our YouTube Channel –

Fran's Watercolor Series Lesson 137 Video

In Lesson 138, Fran adds the gorgeous Shell Beach Perfectly Clear Stamps to the mix and shows you how to embed the shells in sand and create dimensional, layered images. Bright, natural colors give the finished cards the same spectacular looks as nature.

Shell Beach Perfectly Clear Stamps

You can catch up with today’s video if you missed it here –

Fran's Watercolor Series Lesson 138 Video

We hope you’ve been following along and enjoying Fran’s Watercolor Series this year. She’ll be previewing three new stamp sets next week, the last selections of the series. Do join us on Fridays, and remember that this resource will continue to be available so that you can enjoy the fun of watercoloring great projects to share with others.

Sepia Tones Create Dynamic Depth

Friday in Fran’s Fabulous Friday FUN Watercolor Video Series, she explored the incredible depth you can achieve with just one color and varying amounts of water. This study in values returned some really stunning mini-masterpieces. These cards would be great for guys, for any occasion!

You can watch the video by clicking on it below. Here are some of the great cards she made!

Both the Field of Flowers and Forest Path stamp sets look amazing in color, but for a quick, striking project that will wow your friends, this sepia approach is a great one to try. Watch the full video below!

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Fall Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

The Fall/Winter 2020 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is on with some adorable things for you to win, enjoy, and be inspired by focused on your favorite beverage – Coffee!! (or tea, or cocoa, or yeah, whatever keeps you warm!).

Stampendous is excited to be participating again with this wonderful event and we’re sponsoring them with a prize, of course! So enjoy our coffee/tea inspiration below, then hop on over to the main hop and join in the fun to win lots of great prizes from top manufacturers!

We’re offering a great duo as our prize! Our sweet Thankful Kitty Perfectly Clear Stamps contain so many cute cats holding warm cups of something caffeinated! (or not!). They’re perfect to use on our Gift Card Wallet Die Set to create gift card holders for coffee or other gift cards.

Thankful Kitty and Gift Card Wallet

Thankful Kitty with coffee mug

Our Design Team is, of course, playing along with some great ideas for using the Stampendous Coffee Themed products.

We hope you’ll hop along to their blogs, check out their great ideas, and leave them some love!


Then remember to visit the actual Fall/Winter 2020 Coffee Lovers Blog Hop, because that’s where all the prizes and even more inspiration happen!

Kathi Rerek

Alison Heikkila

Jamie Martin

Hats On for Watercolor!

On My Mind Stamp Set Title

Fran’s latest Watercolor Series Video really makes use of the fabulous On My Mind Perfectly Clear Stamps Set.

The set comes with darling flowers you can use to make all kinds of lovely thoughts spring from the head of this beautiful face.

On My Mind Today

She also demonstrates how to use the wonderful Gift Card Wallet Die Set to make gorgeous gifts for any occasion.

Gift Card Wallet On My Mind

But she really started creating some fun when she explored making hats for this sweet character with only a circle and an oval cutting die.

On My Mind Hats

To find out how she created all these great looks, and to see lots more inspiration, be sure to check out our YouTube video. You might want to click on the video so you don’t miss a minute, from mixing flesh tones to making hats! All the great samples are here –

Watercolor Series Bonus Week

Fran’s Fabulous Friday FUN Watercolor Series videos are continuing with the great Daniel Smith Watercolors and other products, along with brand new Perfectly Clear Stamps for October. These great stamp sets are fun for watercolor, but also perfect for any media you like. They will go live for retail on our website on October 15th. But they’re available at your local stamping, scrapbooking, and craft stores now!

Check out Fran’s Bonus Video for this week (since there are five weeks in October!). It’s a quick look at some really simple watercolor techniques that can get you painting in no time!


Happy Holiday Cards from Mini-Masterpieces

Lesson 125 video

Join Fran for this week’s Watercolor Series Lesson 125. These sweet Winter Pals are ready to help you make simple, small vignettes perfect for easy Christmas, Holiday, or Winter cards. Combine them with your stash of colored and patterned paper to make some simple, quick, sweet greetings.

The Winter Pals set includes 14 Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps, made in the USA, that are perfect for interactive greetings or simple stamping.

Winter Pals Stamp Set

We’ve got some really sweet cards featuring this set as well.

 

So grab this great set and your favorite coloring medium and color or paint along with Fran this week!

Stampendous Virtual Catalog Party!! Again!

Virtual Catalog Party Banner

Stampendous hosted our first Virtual Catalog Party in July. Since then, several stores told us they missed the opportunity to participate. Others told us they had a great time, but have more customers who want to be part of the event. SOOOOO… We hope you’ll join us for a rerun of this event. We’ll be sharing the same video content from Fran and sharing our newest products from the Stampendous July 2020 Catalog.  The party runs August 27-31Stampenouds July 2020 Catalog

You can find a participating store on our website here –

Virtual Catalog Party Participating Stores

These stores are offering shipping, delivery, or curbside pick up when they aren’t able to have guests in their stores.

Or find a store near you and ask if they’re participating! You will find our Store Locator here –

Stampendous Retail Store Locator

Each participating store will give away a prize package, courtesy of Stampendous, of the Gift Card Wallet Cutting Dies and the Birthday Gift Perfectly Clear Stamps! (a $40 retail value). So find a store and get in on this great chance to win some really nice products.

We will be sharing this week with NEW samples from our Design Team and we’ll also share Fran’s videos again! Even if you’ve seen them before, they always offer new ideas for crafting your Holidays!

Then… keep your eyes open for our SECOND Virtual Catalog Party at the end of September. That one will feature ALL NEW content and videos from Fran!! Plus new prizes and more stores participating!

So check us out, from the comfort of your couch!

Our Design Team will get us started with some great Holiday Ideas:

Kathi Rerek

Alison Heikkila

Jamie Martin

Poinsettia Season! Join us for National Watercolor Month!

Poinsettia season banner

Hello, Everyone! We hope you’re well and staying safe. What a great time for relaxing and doing some crafting. July is even National Watercolor Month!

This week on Fran’s Fabulous Friday FUN Watercolor Series, she’s sharing with the Poinsettia Season Perfectly Clear Stamps to create tons of gorgeous masterpieces perfect for Christmas cards or seasonal greetings. Why not grab your watercolors and paint along?! There are so many ideas here, be sure to check out the completed card gallery at the end of the video.

Here’s the stamp set. So pretty with holly and a gorgeous poinsettia, plus lots of great Holiday greetings!

Poinsettia Season Perfectly Clear Stamps

And here’s Fran’s newest video!! Enjoy! Be sure to subscribe and click the little “thumbs up” to like the video. We’d love to read your comments as well. Hope you’ll try it!

Fran’s Watercolor Series Continues

If you’ve ever wondered how to paint those translucent objects (balloons, vases, jars, cups and glasses) with watercolor, this month’s videos are for you. Featuring three new stamp sets full of see-through objects for you to practice this technique, they also feature everyday and special occasion greetings for making great cards for your friends. They can all be found on the Watercolor tab on our website.

 

Check out Lesson 114 for this week! You can find a list of all previous lessons here – Watercolor Series Links

 

P.S. We still have three prizes unclaimed from our Video Series Countdown. If you haven’t checked it, you might want to take a look at this video to see if you’re a winner.  [and no, we won’t give them to someone else 🙂 ]  If you were a winner who hasn’t claimed their prize, be sure to email us at submissions@stampendous.com with your U.S. mailing address so we can get it out to you!

New Perfectly Clear Stamps Sets!

Fran’s Fabulous Friday FUN Watercolor Series is introducing three new stamp sets each month that support her lessons and make it fun to learn to watercolor.

These great sets, however, are also perfect for any coloring media you like to use, and our Design Team has been sharing some great samples using the three newest sets. Here are the sets we introduced in the beginning of May. You can see all the sets and accessories HERE.

Fragrant Roses
Fragrant Roses Perfectly Clear Stamps

 

Hummingbird Hello Watercolor set
Hummingbird Hello Perfectly Clear Stamps

Adventures Await
Adventures Await Perfectly Clear Stamps

 

Check out these great blog posts from our Design Team to see lots more fun ideas for these great stamp sets!

Alison Heikkila

Jamie Martin

Jamie Martin (two this week!!)

Kathi Rerek