Winners! Winners!

Get a look at that fabulous gallery of tote-ally fun projects! Our designers really took the bag by it’s strap and created fun and creative stamped and stenciled bags. Thank you to our friends at Canvas Corp for providing these our team with these great canvas products and playing along on their blog.

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Here’s a peek for you and if you missed their project please do visit their blog post for our hop to see some pretty cool techniques to use on paper and canvas with our Dreamweaver Stencils!

It’s time to announce our winners!

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Pam’s Thursday Post
Helen Gullet, Lucasville, OH

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mariannebrinkley, N. Arizona

Tenia’s Friday Post
Team Clark, S. Carolina

 

And our Australian winner

who will receive a package including a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil and a surprise Stampendous goodie.

Rob Keogh – East Coast of Australia

Congratulations to all of you and happy stamping! Winners please email us your mailing address at submissions@stampendous.com

Stampendous and Canvas Corp Blog Hop

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Our design team took the blank canvas challenge this week and created these fantastic projects with their Canvas Corp’s shoulder bag, and there are more to see today!

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We hope you’ve filled your inspiration bag with ideas and ready to dive in on designing a canvas bag, too. Just think of all the possibilities using our StampsEssentials and Dreamweaver Stencils. We can’t wait to see what the winners of our prize packages do with them!

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Commenters have the chance to win a bag of their own PLUS stamps and dies and more Canvas Corp goodies. Just stop by our Monday post for details and deadlines as well as our official contest rules. There is a prize for one of our AUSSIE fans, just let us know where you live when you comment.

Let’s jump on over to see what these designers did with their canvas shoulder bags and then check out all the fun products you can alter on the Canvas Corp website.

Pam Bray

Jamie Martin

Wendy Price

Lea Fritts

Tenia Nelson

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A TOTES-Creative Dreamweaver Thursday with Canvas Corp

If you’ve been following us this week (and you SHOULD be!), then you know that we’ve been providing oodles of ideas for decorating Canvas Corp® canvas products…specifically these cute little totes…
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Yes, these are perfect for stamping on with all of the great Stampendous images, for any occasion, and easy to accessorize with our Essentials like glitter and Color Fragments, etc….but…these are AWESOME for use with our Dreamweaver Stencils! They are flat, the perfect size for even our large background designs, and the canvas takes paints, dyes, inks, and PASTES wonderfully. Yes, I did say pastes. The canvas provides perfect “tooth” for our Dreamweaver embossing paste to grab on to as another great way to add texture and dimension to your projects. What can you use them for? How about for phones; a quick grab with money, keys, etc. for errands; gift and treat bags; decór; favors at a wedding; little gifts for hostesses and/or guests during the holidays? We’d love to hear what YOU would use them for!

Canvas Corp LogoHere are links for today’s players…and a few sneak peeks…

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Louise Healy

Lea Fritts

Remember to leave comments along the way, and check back on the previous posts this week, like Monday and Wednesday, for a chance to win a great prize package like this one…

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Don’t forget to come back tomorrow for the finale of our TOTES adorable hop with Canvas Corp!

The fine print can be found at  Official Contest Rules.

Tote-ally Great Ideas with Stampendous and Canvas Corp

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We are back today with a few more awesome bag creations using the Canvas Corp Canvas Shoulder Bag and Stampendous products. These bags are just the right size for carrying the essentials on a day trip to the zoo, movies or a day of sight-seeing, even a great gift giving or decor container.

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If you are just getting started with us today please visit Monday’s post that has all the details and deadlines of our hop including information about our prize packages. (See Official Contest Rules here.)

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Now that the formalities are out of the way we can hop on over to see these designer projects today!

Louise Healy

Amy Hurley-Purdie

 

Tomorrow come back to see fabulous projects with a Dreamweaver Stencils twist!

Our Inspiration Is In The Bag This Week

Hello and welcome to a new week here at the Stampendous blog. We are excited for this week to finally be here as our design team were given the opportunity to step off the page and alter these fun shoulder bags by Canvas Corp.

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Our friends at Canvas Corp offer a complete line of Creative Products and Inspiration for the Home, Crafts, DIY, Scrapbooking, invitations and more!!!

Get ready for some great inspiration that you can use on a bag in one of our THREE prize packages.
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Comment on our blog and each of the designers posting about their canvas shoulder bag creations for a chance at a prize package. See our Official Contest Rules. Commenting will close on Sunday November 15th at 11:59 pm Pacific time. Winners will be announced some time on Monday November 16th.

Each prize package will include one each of Stampendous Cling Bird Blossom Stamps Set, Bird Blossom Die Cut Set, Jumbo Perfectly Clear™ Acrylic Stamp Handle and a Canvas Shoulder Bag PLUS a surprise goodie bag of Canvas Corp products.

Australian fans comment and let us know where you are from for a chance to win one prize package that includes a Stampendous Stamp, a Dreamweaver Stencil and a surprise Stampendous goodie.

Here are the designer’s playing today –

Janelle Stollfus

Kristine Reynolds

We’ll be back on Wednesday with more inspiration from our design team using Canvas Corp shoulder bags.

Artist Trading Block Hop Final Roundup

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The most amazing two weeks of Artist Trading Blocks is at an end and we have had a great time with Eileen Hull and the Inspiration Team learning all we can about this fantastic new-to-us canvas.

Commenting will close soon, but we didn’t want you to miss the chance to leave thoughtful comments on the designers blogs giving you a greater chance at one of the three prize packages! Here is the complete list of blogs to browse, have fun!

Week 1 posts —

Kristine Reynolds

Wendy Price

Asia King

Jamie Martin

Janelle Stollfus

Pam Bray

Tenia Nelson

Shelly Hickox

Michelle Zerull

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Lea Kimmel

Pam Hornschu

Eileen Hull

Amy Bowerman

Tracy Evans

Lisa Hoel

Nicole Wright

 

Friday, February 27th Block Hop

Pam Hornschu

Asia King

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds

Janelle Stollfus

Tenia Nelson

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Wendy Price

Lea Kimmel

Anne Redfern

Donna Budzynski

Diana Hetherington

Oxana Moupasiridou

Week 2 posts —

Rina Gonzales

Pam Bray

 

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We’ll choose three winners at random from the comments on all blogs in the hop. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes of your own, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits!

The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix die to cut your own ATB boxes! Uh, WOW! If that weren’t enough, eligibility for these amazing prize packages has expanded to include our international fans too!

The deadline for comments will be Sunday, March 8th, and we’ll announce the winners at the beginning of next week!

Artist Trading Block Hop Roundup 1

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As our Block Hop moves along we’ll be adding a list on Saturday’s to give our fans the time to catch up on all the hops.

Here’s this week’s participants —

Kristine Reynolds

Wendy Price

Asia King

Jamie Martin

Janelle Stollfus

Pam Bray

Tenia Nelson

Shelly Hickox

Michelle Zerull

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Lea Kimmel

Pam Hornschu

Eileen Hull

Amy Bowerman

Tracy Evans

Lisa Hoel

Nicole Wright

 

Friday, February 27th Block Hop

Pam Hornschu

Asia King

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds

Janelle Stollfus

Tenia Nelson

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Wendy Price

Lea Kimmel

Anne Redfern

Donna Budzynski

Diana Hetherington

Oxana Moupasiridou

Eileen Hull’s Blog

 

We know this form of crafting will spark your interest and give your mojo a serious boost! That’s why we have prizes!!!  We’ll choose three winners at random from the comments on all blogs in the hop. Then from those three we’ll randomly pick a GRAND PRIZE winner! Two of the winners will receive Stampendous PenPattern Petal and PenPattern Flutter cling stamps, just like you’ll see on Kristine Reynolds amazing ATB sample. They’ll also receive enough pre-cut, premium matboard from Sizzix to make two boxes of your own, plus some extra pieces for fiddly bits! The Grand Prize winner will receive the stamps as above, a whole package of matboard, AND the Sizzix die to cut your own ATB boxes! Uh, WOW! If that weren’t enough, eligibility for these amazing prize packages has expanded to include our international fans too!

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We know you won’t want to miss a single creation in this hop, and the Eileen Hull Designs Inspiration Team has several members that live outside the United States, so it took a while for them to get their products from us. We need to give them time to post and you time to comment, so the comment deadline will be Sunday, March 8th. A whole extra week! We will continue posting links as we receive them from the Inspiration Team, so be sure to keep checking back. You get one entry for every comment, so you don’t want to miss the chance to leave a thoughtful comment on each project. For those who tend to get lost, we’ll post a “cumulative” link list of links so far on Saturday, February 28th and Saturday, March 7th. Then you can check your progress.

Sneak a Peek at Mixed Media Stamps!!

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At Stampendous we’ve been having so much fun with the Mixed Media movement. Folks just seem to love combining all their crafting stash into journals or canvases or so many other projects. We just think stamps give you the greatest opportunity to use backgrounds and images in a way that won’t “mess up” your project! We were so thrilled last year to announce our partnership with international mixed media artist Nathalie Kalbach! Her wonderful stamp and stencil designs sold like wildfire, and we’re thrilled to bring you three new designs in her n*studios collection! Please welcome:

Fiesta by Nathalie Kalbach for Stampendous
Fiesta by Nathalie Kalbach for Stampendous
Kaffee Klatsch by Nathalie Kalbach for Stampendous
Kaffee Klatsch by Nathalie Kalbach for Stampendous
Marks by Nathalie Kalbach for Stampendous
Marks by Nathalie Kalbach for Stampendous

 

Of course Nathalie has already been playing with her new stamps! We’ll be sharing lots of inspiration this weekend on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr, etc… Plus we’ll have a video of Nathalie’s demo at our CHA booth that we’ll upload right to YouTube. But first, here’s a peek at one of her canvases –

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In addition, we’re thrilled to add international mixed media artist and instructor Andy Skinner to our list of licensed designs. Andy’s designs for three stamp sets just thrilled us, and our Design Team was so excited to be using them! Like Nathalie’s stamp sets, these will be available on our website beginning January 23. They are already being shipped to your local stamping, scrapbooking and crafting stores, so keep your eyes open for them. Welcome to the Stampendous Family, Andy! And let’s have a look at:

Nature by Andy Skinner for Stampendous
Nature by Andy Skinner for Stampendous
Steampunk by Andy Skinner for Stampendous
Steampunk by Andy Skinner for Stampendous
Industrial by Andy Skinner for Stampendous
Industrial by Andy Skinner for Stampendous

These three great sets have provided our team with tons of mojo!! Check out a quick look here –

Steampunk by Kristine Reynolds
Steampunk by Kristine Reynolds
Nature by Pam Hornschu
Nature by Pam Hornschu

Stay tuned for lots more to come!!!

 

Scarecrows Don’t Have to Be Scary!

Hello readers! This week we’re focusing on a few stamps in our July 2013 Catalog that were designed by Lisa Hindsley. You guys really embraced her Wizard of Oz stamps in our April catalog, and she drew some super fun Fall Designs for our holiday catalog. Our designers this week are focusing on their projects using these cool stamps.  Today BlogStar Asia King has a great tutorial for you all the way from the UK! Be sure to check out the other designers posting this week at the end of her post!

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Hello Stampendous friends, it’s Asia here with another autumnal make. I’ve always been fascinated by scarecrows. although when I was little I used be a little afraid of them, too. My grandparents once had a mahoosive scarecrow in their field and at the time it looked so real and magical to me. It had a proper coat, hat and trousers, it moved when the wind was blowing so there was nothing to tell me that it wasn’t real…. even the straw face didn’t alert me then :). Funny how differently things look when you are a kid!

In my project I was trying to capture exactly this – the magical look of a scarecrow in a middle of a field bursting with crops, flowers, butterflies and a riot of colour. I also wanted to try my hand at mixed media art in Finnabair’s style – which I thought would be the perfect way to recreate my idea of a countryside field full of colour and texture.

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Friendly Scarecrow altered frame by Asia King

There will be quite a few steps here so grab yourself a cuppa, make yourself comfy and let’s begin!

1. You will need: Stampendous cling Friendly Scarecrow, white gesso, cheap wooden frame, small wooden shape for stamping, Jet Black StazOn ink, Fresco Vintage Lace paint (or matt emulsion paint), spatula and paintbrush, stencils.

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2. Paint your small wooden shape with Fresco paint and once dry, stamp the Scarecrow with black ink. Fresco paints have a chalky finish which is perfect for stamping onto it.

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3. Colour the image with water colour pencils or Distress Markers and inks.

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4. Glaze the image with a layer of Glossy Accents and allow to dry thoroughly. Glossy Accents will react with the Distress ink creating a soft hazy ‘glow’ to the image.

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5. Gather some lace and textured ribbons and apply to the recess and the outer frame. You can use a multimedium as an adhesive but using gesso as an adhesive works too. When it’s dry, all the fabric elements will be well cemented in.
6. Add more texture using the stencils and texture paste. If you don’t have texture paste, gesso will work for that too! Allow to dry.

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7. Grab a handful of embellishments, off cuts and paper flowers, whatever you have to hand. Don’t worry about matching colours – we will paint everything over anyway! Start layering and embedding the elements with gesso. Allow it to dry.

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8. Mist your frame with a selection of spray inks and mists. Immediately heat set the colours with a heat tool. Blot any excess ink with a paper towel.

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9. Add another layer of embellishments and fix them in place with DODZ™ – Small and DODZ™ – 3D from Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L.

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10. Cover the top cluster with gesso. Sprinkle some crushed glass glitter over the wet gesso (I used Green Glass Glitter but any colour you have will be fine). Allow to dry.

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11. Spray the cluster with inks and heat set with the heat tool. Once thoroughly dry, dry brush more gesso over the entire frame – this will bring up all the texture and soften the colour blend.

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12. Embed the glazed Scarecrow element into the frame with generous dabs of texture paste. Allow to dry. When dry, spray with inks and heat set. Dry brush some black acrylic paint and then more gesso. You can keep spraying/gesso-ing until you are happy with the final result :).

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I hope you enjoyed today’s tutorial and my first take on Finn’s mixed media style :). If you’d like to see additional close up photos please hop over to my blog here.

Thanks for popping in today and I look forward to seeing you next time!   Big crafty hugs,  Asia

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Now check out what our other designers have done!

Kristine Reynolds

Jamie Martin

Jennifer Dove

Fall is Going Jumbo This Year!

Our focus stamp set this week is our new Cling Jumbo Leaves Set. We’re really in love with these gorgeous leaves and have used them (and their FREE coordinating template!!) for so many things! Wait until you see!!
Here’s BlogStar Rhea Weigand with an altered art project that will leave you feeling that crisp Autumn air even in the midst of the heat wave we’re having.
The journey to creating this box was quite unexpected.  It started out as most to be card.  However, it was a little special.
 #1 –  I used the double sided permanent adhesive sheets from Stampendous to cover a piece of card stock.  I then tightly covered with May Arts Wrinkle Ribbon.  This was going to be my beautiful background.   The background wasn’t to size at this point.   I had intended on cutting it down to size later or die cutting it.
 #2 – I wanted to airbrush a little color here and there to give it a little personality and a vintage feel.  Next thing I know I see a fence start to appear right before my eyes.  “Shut The Front Door” I gasp as I grabbed for more shades of browns and a couple greens.
I sat back and giggled at what I created by accident.  Texting a picture to my BFF and laughing at her reply of calling me names names through love and fun…I now scratch my head.  The Perfectly Clear Summer Leaves I was going to stamp ON the ribbon background I fear will not show up.  What should I do now???
EUREKA!  JUMBO FALL LEAVES are perfect for this warm textured fence!!!  I will attach it to a canvas board for a fall “Thing-A-Ma-Gig” and hang it from wire 🙂  (You call it a “Thing-A-Ma-Gig” when you don’t have a clue what you are going to make.)  So I started coloring the leaves with my Copic Markers.  Using YR 23, 24, 27, E07, YG 93, 95 97, 99.
Time to lay out the leaves and get even more inspired.  Ah, needs more depth to the background.  The leaves need to pop.  I need to add embossing powder and Fran-tage….
#4 – Start with the Stencils that are included with the Jumbos Fall Leaves.  You can use them two ways which I have done on my new design.  First lay out the long leaf and sponge Versa Mark inside the stencil.  Sprinkle Aged Scarlet and Aged Ochre Embossing Powder and Heat with Heat Tool.  The other way is to take the insert leaf and lay on background and sponge ink around to create a shadow.  You can also airbrush and of course emboss with powders and Fran-tage..
More texture!  What sentiment should I use?  “Oh, wouldn’t it look awesome hanging from a little sign post!”  The next thing I knew I was digging through my cigar boxes and adding more details.
Now the card that went to a canvas ended up as a cigar box.  And you can not even see the yummy background that was such a wonderful accident.  Not to mention, I can’t even remember the colors I used.  Ha!  But, in the end, the result turned out great and was fun to create.  That’s what counts right!?