Happy House-Mouse® Holidays

House-Mouse Holiday Season

Our sweet friends from House-Mouse Designs have lots of mischief to get you excited about this holiday season! We know you’ll find something fun and festive when you take a look at the entire collection, you can do that by clicking on the picture above.

When you stamp your House-Mouse friends, you’ll want to color them ever so sweetly. We offer you so many ways to do just that. Our House-Mouse Coloring Guide lets you choose the ink and coloring media that you love best, and gives you the color numbers you need to create something very special.

Our Design Team have been sharing this week with our newest House-Mouse designs and are hoping this really puts you in a holiday frame of mind. Check out their projects and leave them some nice comments.

Jamie Martin

Lea Fritts

Alison Heikkila

Janelle Stollfus

Kathi Rerek

 

Not a Creature Was Stirring – well, maybe a Mouse!

This week the Stampendous team is playing with our delightful House-Mouse Designs® characters as they get ready for Christmas. This year we have some sweet new, mousey, holiday antics for you. Check out a few of our newest Christmas images and then some inspiration from our design team. Leave us some comments and love on our blog and our team’s posts for a chance to win a darling stamp! (yes, US winners only, Official Rules always HERE).

These three stamps are so sweet! Of course they are available in wood mounted as shown, or cling rubber, from your favorite stamping and scrapbooking store, or on our website at http://www.stampendous.com. (You can click a picture to be taken to that stamp on our site.)

HMP82 Birdie Booties
HMP82 Birdie Booties
HMP80 Gift Giving
HMP80 Gift Giving
HMP81 Ornament Collecting
HMP81 Ornament Collecting

 

Here’s who is sharing their links today!

Janelle Stollfus

Louise Healy

and Diane Williams from the House-Mouse Design Team

 

Thanks for playing along, Diane! We’ll have more for you on Wednesday.

 

Let’s Get Our Crackle On

Welcome back to our Playing with Paste week here on our blog. There is a fabulous crackle embossing paste featured in our tutorial today that will have your mojo stirring up projects to make and there are also some great projects posted by some of our design team that you won’t want to miss. Take the links below to see their projects now then come back to see the tutorial with a crackling effect!

Louise Healy

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Pam Hornschu

This great tutorial originally posted on the Paper Craft Planet blog by alumni design team member Cyndi Bundy and we’re happy to bring it to this week of special how-to’s with embossing paste. The tutorial includes all the materials and instructions to make the completed card from Cyndi’s project, however to create the crackle technique the first seven steps can be followed along with supplies marked with an asterisk (*) in the list below.
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Supplies:

Instructions:

  1. Tape Mittens stencil down on all 4 sides making sure to start with the top so you will have a hinge.
  2. Apply the Matte Black Embossing Paste using the Paste Spreader.  (The first layer will be the color that peeks through the crackle so a darker shade gives a nice contrast.)
  3. Scrape off the excess paste from around the edges and return it to container, cleaning rim before tightly putting on the lid.

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  1. Remove tape working backwards.  Remove stencil using the tape hinge technique.  Let this layer dry thoroughly.

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  1. Clean your stencil in water with soft brush and dry then reapply the stencil over the first layer of paste.  Line it up almost perfectly, but at a slight diagonal.  This will allow for the stencil to sit on top of the paste and the bridges of the stencil will have a higher surface to lie on.

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  1. Tape down stencil and apply crackle paste.
  2. Remove tape and clean the stencil. Allow the paste to dry.  And then magic happens; the crackles will appear when it dries!


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At this point you can leave the crackle paste as is for a matte white finish or add color and shine with the following steps.

  1. Apply ink with sponge applicator to crackle paste until desired look is achieved. Ink can be applied through a cleaned stencil (as shown) or without the stencil for a distressed look.
  2. Sprinkle Clear Embossing Powder over wet ink, tap off the excess returning to container and heat being careful to stop before the stenciled paste starts to bubble.

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  1. Glue finished stenciling onto cardstock mat and adhere to cardstock base.
  2. Place sentiment from Tis The Season Perfectly Clear Stamps Set onto acrylic stamp handle and stamp onto coordinating paper with Versamark Watermark ink.
  3. Emboss with Chinese Red embossing powder. Trim and fold to look like banner.
  4. Adhere sentiment onto card base.

The finished effect creates an amazing project, just think of all the possibilities for decor and gifts with this technique. See you tomorrow for more great projects and another video tutorial.

Christmas Coloring Fun

Our week is rolling by just as quickly as the seasons seem to pass by, so we can never be too early getting started on those Christmas cards. Our designers are staying ahead with the projects they finished for our July catalog release and this week they are sharing the inspiration with all of us.

Speaking of a new release, did you see our What’s New section of the website? It has all of our fabulous holiday stamps we’ve been talking about, ready to drop in a shopping cart or add to your wish list! We are so excited to share all these images with you here, but maybe just one stamp from our website for now will do because there are plans for more weeks of Christmas and holiday themes in the weeks ahead.

These Candy Canes framed with holiday pine and ornaments make a perfect image for greeting cards, tags and more!

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CRP269 Cling Candy Canes Stamp

Tenia Nelson used Chameleon Pens to color these ombre candy canes and they look delicious! You can create this card too with Tenia’s supply list and instructions on our website.

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Candy Canes by Tenia Nelson

Just like Tenia’s Candy Canes card was colored with Chameleon Pens we have a collection of projects from our designers during the hop this week that definitely cross over to the Christmas in July theme and are below in a sneak peek review. Check them out if you haven’t seen them yet!

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Louise Healy

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Amy Hurley-Purdie

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Janelle Stollfus

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Louise Healy

We’ll be back tomorrow morning to hop along with more colorful projects!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Everyone here at Stampendous wishes you a Merry Christmas!

We wish you good tidings and joy on this special day. You, our fans, mean so much to us and keep us striving to bring you the best Stampendous Impressions. We appreciate the time you take commenting on our posts and visiting our designer’s blogs giving us encouraging words, so

Thank you! We couldn’t be successful without your visits to our blog.

 

Manger Family by Janelle Stollfus
Manger Family by Janelle Stollfus

Keep those Small Businesses Growing!

2014 Black Frday Sale

Our Black Friday through Cyber Monday Sale is celebrating Small Business Saturday today!

We’re so delighted that our Shopatron website supports small scrapbooking and rubber stamp stores all over the United States. Each of our www.stampendous.com orders is filled by an independent retailer, helping them to grow and build a thriving business. Every time you order on our website, you’re supporting small businesses in our industry!

Our Black Friday Sale Feature Products can be found on the home page of our website.  We’re featuring them here on our blog all weekend, so you can see the great projects our Design Teams have made with these products. If you missed the great post on making holiday tags with our Stack Art Products, check it out HERE.

Meanwhile, one of our most popular sets on this deeply discounted sale is our Forest Friends Jumbo Cling Rubber Set.  Fran demonstrated this terrific set at CHA last year, and it sold out almost immediately. Here’s a short video showing this terrific set with our White Encrusted Jewel Kit to sparkle it up!!

 

Our Design Team has had lots of great ideas for this set as well…let’s take a look!

CRS5053 Forest Friends Jumbo Cling Rubber Set
CRS5053 Forest Friends Jumbo Cling Rubber Set

Forest Friends Template – The set includes 5 stamps plus a free Template with mask for the deer image plus stencils for a birch forest, snowfall, and even some ground area.

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Forest Friends Scrapbook Page by Debi Hammons
Forest Friends Scrapbook Page by Debi Hammons
Forest Friends Wood Frame by Tammie Wilson
Forest Friends Wood Frame by Tammie Wilson
Forest Friends Card by Debi Hammons
Forest Friends Card by Debi Hammons

For even easier sparkle, you might want to pick up our Spoonful of Snow kit to use with these terrific images!

Small Business Saturday is HERE!!

2014 Black Frday Sale

Good Morning! It’s Small Business Saturday! And we’ve got the perfect way for you to support small businesses without ever leaving your home!

Did you know that every order you place on our website is filled by an independent scrapbooking, rubber stamp, or craft retail store? The only time we fill an order is if no one else has the products you’re ordering. But the majority of our orders are filled by small, local businesses. You’re helping these great retailers while, at the same time, having the opportunity to choose from our entire line of products!! Win, Win!!

Our retailers have had a chance to order our great Black Friday – Cyber Monday products at super deep discounts, so they’re standing ready to fill your sale orders! You can see the Featured Products on sale on the home page of our website – www.stampendous.com

We’re sharing projects for our sale items this week so you’ll have a chance to get inspired and see what you can make. If you missed the tag post featuring our Stack Art, it’s HERE.

One of the great Jumbo Cling Rubber Stamp Sets on SALE this weekend is our adorable Top Hat Snowman! He’s just the cutest Snowman around and the little bird on his head agrees!! He comes with a FREE Template that can mask him for background stamping or treatments, plus a great snow stencil pattern. He’s a four stamp set including a terrific “snow” border/background, a tiny snowflake, and an adorable little tree. An Amazing Value!!

Here’s some inspiration using this great stamp set!!

Top Hat Snowman
CRS5056 Top Hat Snowman
Top Hat Snowman by Laura Weed
Top Hat Snowman by Laura Weed
Top Hat Snowman Candle Holder by Debbie Cole
Top Hat Snowman Candle Holder by Debbie Cole
Top Hat Snowman Background on a Jumbo Handle Ornament by Debbie Cole
Top Hat Snowman Background on a Jumbo Handle Ornament by Debbie Cole
Top Hat Snowman Project Life Page by Cyndi Bundy
Top Hat Snowman Project Life Page by Cyndi Bundy
Top Hat Snowman Card by Debi Hammons
Top Hat Snowman Card by Debi Hammons
Top hat Snowman Winter Journal by Jennifer Dove
Top hat Snowman Winter Journal by Jennifer Dove
Top Hat Snowman by Kristine Reynolds
Top Hat Snowman by Kristine Reynolds
Top hat Snowman Card by Cyndi Bundy
Top hat Snowman Card by Cyndi Bundy
Top Hat Snowman Border on Build a Snowman Card by Kristine Reynolds
Top Hat Snowman Border on Build a Snowman Card by Kristine Reynolds
Top Hat Snowman Template Stencil on Bouquet Kiddo card by Jamie Martin
Top Hat Snowman Template Stencil on Bouquet Kiddo card by Jamie Martin

 

Our Sale Continues!

2014 Black Frday Sale

If you haven’t had a chance to take a look at our Black Friday-Cyber Monday sale, be sure to head over to www.stampendous.com where the Featured Products on our front page are at an unbelievable savings!

Lots of our very best Christmas images are on sale in addition to our Stack Art Kraftboard Kits and Stamp Sets.

One of the cutest images we’re featuring at an unbelievable savings is our darling Penguin Snow Jumbo Cling Rubber Set.  Remember this stamp set comes with a free template which includes masks, and a darling snow stencil. You can see it on the baby bib below. Here are some terrific ideas for this great stamp –

Penguin Snow Stamp Set
CRS5055 Penguin Snow
Penguin Snow Card by Debi Hammons
Penguin Snow Card by Debi Hammons
Penguin Snow Card by Kristine Reynolds
Penguin Snow Card by Kristine Reynolds
Penguin Snow by Cyndi Bundy
Penguin Snow by Cyndi Bundy
Penguin Snow Candle Box by Debbie Cole
Penguin Snow Candle Box by Debbie Cole
Penguin Snow Scrapbook Page by Debi Hammons
Penguin Snow Scrapbook Page by Debi Hammons
Simple Penguin Snow by Debi Hammons
Simple Penguin Snow by Debi Hammons
Penguin Snow Baby Bib by Tammie Wilson
Penguin Snow Baby Bib by Tammie Wilson

 

Remember to get some Shaved Ice or other Glitter Embellishments with your Penguins! Our New Winter Micro Glitter Kit is a perfect accompaniment!   Stay tuned for other great suggestions from our sale items this weekend!

Haul out the Holly!!

Getting Ready for Christmas

We’re sharing decorating tips from your favorite mice this week! Our design team made some great projects featuring the newest stamps from House-Mouse Designs®. We’re getting ready for Christmas, and you’ll love what we’ve made. You can click on the pictures to visit the project section of our website and see the supplies and instructions for these great projects.

Reading the Night Before Christmas is a favorite tradition in my house. This darling framed image by decorative painter Debbie Cole, CDA is a great way to commemorate that fun time.

The Night Before Christmas by Debbie Cole, CDA
The Night Before Christmas by Debbie Cole, CDA

Of course you can do this adorable stamp as a cute Christmas card, too! Here, in-house Sample Artist Debi Hammons added a string of tiny lights as an easy embellishment to the card! She even made a matching envelope!

The Night Before Christmas by Debi Hammons
The Night Before Christmas by Debi Hammons