We have Winners!

STM_klik bannerOur hop last week with Klik DIY Interchangeable jewelry components created so much fun with our designers, it seems too soon for it to be over! You can find the week worth of projects in our Pinterest Board HERE.

We want to thank our generous friends at Metal Complex and EnviroTex for supplying us with fantastic jewelry making products.

It’s time for some of our fans to try these fantastic products for themselves!

Pam Hornschu's Masculine Klik Bracelet
Pam Hornschu’s Masculine Klik Bracelet

Pam Hornschu’s Wednesday Post with her amazing masculine bracelet has our first lucky winner.

Vicki Huffman

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Amy Hurley-Purdie PenPattern Klik Pendant

 

Amy Hurley-Purdie created this bright cheerful PenPattern project for her Thursday Post and the lucky winner from her blog is

Liz Lumsden

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Tenia Nelson’s Musical Motif Love Pendant Necklace

Tenia Nelson’s Friday Post shared these lovely musical necklace that holds the third Lucky winner!

Lisa Lara

Congratulations to the winners, enjoy your prizes! To receive your prize submit your mailing address to submissions@stampendous.com

CHA (and Stampendous) at the EMMYS!!

It’s so exciting!! The Craft And Hobby Association is bringing Cre8time to television’s Emmy Awards.  Saturday, Sept 21 from 11 am – 4 pm PDT some of the industry’s top companies will be inviting Emmy nominated celebrities to make some time to create something cool! All nominees were personally invited with a gift of handmade jewelry, and paper crafting and jewelry crafting companies will be on hand to help these famous folks see what WE all love so much about this wonderful hobby! They’ll get to stuff their goodie bags with #chaswag!

CHA’s own Sue Turchick will be wearing a gorgeous necklace handmade by our very own Design Team member Kristine Reynolds!! Here it is:

Christmas Charms Necklace by Kristine Reynolds
Christmas Charms Necklace by Kristine Reynolds

This piece of gorgeous green goodness is going to perfectly accent Sue’s orange blouse for the big event!  We’re excited to see if any celebs notice and comment on this cool piece! Sue promised to get a photo if so!The whole event is part of a huge movement to spread the joy and knowledge of crafting to folks who may not have tried it yet! You can always be part of this by visiting http://www.cre8time.org where you’ll find heaps of projects geared for every crafting level.  You can even upload your own great projects so that others can try them.

Charity Wings (a great organization in its own right!) will be on hand interviewing the celebs as they enter the Nokia Theatre for their crafting experience! You can catch the WHOLE THING live streaming at their video feed HERE.

We hope you can take some time to watch the craft industry meet the big time! You can find more information about Kristine’s beautiful necklace project on our website HERE.

Steampunk and Butterflies – and Reminders!

We’re finishing up our week of fabulous projects using our Butterfly Charms and Steampunk Charms Perfectly Clear Stamps™. Next week we’ll look at the adorable new House-Mouse Dice and Cupcake Stamps we just added to our website. We want to remind you that this month the August Challenge is House-Mouse, so be sure that you’re stamping your projects and linking them to our F.E.Linus Linky tool in our right sidebar or on our August 2013 Challenge Page.

Today we’re sharing this terrific, masculine box/gift wrap from Design Team Member Kristine Reynolds. She created it with our Steampunk Charms for our July Catalog.

Steampunk Charms box by Kristine Reynolds
Steampunk Charms box by Kristine Reynolds

Wow! Any Dad would be thrilled to get even a tie in that amazing box! Kristine used the Encrusted Jewel Technique on the edges and it just ages the projects so elegantly!

Kristine also created this gorgeous ring for our catalog using the Butterfly Charms, our Crystal Micro Glitter, EnviroTex Jewelry Resin and a terrific bezel from our friends at Nunn Design. Isn’t it gorgeous?

Butterfly Charm Ring by Kristine Reynolds
Butterfly Charm Ring by Kristine Reynolds

We’ve got some more fun for you on Designer blogs as well. These tiny stamps are just taking the place by storm!! Here’s who is playing today:

Kristine Reynolds

Tobi Crawford (she’s got a sketch challenge, too!)

Chinese Knotwork – a Lovely Project

A little break from our Etching Blog Hop with Armour Etch here. My friend Carmi Cimicata (the Resin Blog lady) has got me into trouble again.

This time her little surprise blog hop included some great products from Dazzle It! The players each received a spool of Dazzle It Lovely Knots Cord, A Kumihimo Findings Kit, and a copy of the book Lovely Knots – An Introduction to Chinese Knotting by Fernando DaSilva.  Wow!

The goodies in the envelope.
The goodies in the envelope.

Of course I started by looking through the book…”piece of cake,” I decided…Ha…hahaha…hahahahaha… can you hear the hysteria? Chinese knotting is very much like Origami. It looks super easy, and I’ll tell you Fernando DaSilva’s instructions are beautifully photographed, step-by-step, and crystal clear. And, well, it’s not as easy as it looks! As one girl in the blog hop said,”I clearly have no Chinese blood and there were no sailors in my family.”  But persistence paid off, and on my 10th try my Pippa Knot was, I thought, pretty darn good. (ok, it’s a little loose and Ancient Chinese people are probably spinning in their graves in frustration, but it looks a lot better than the first 9 tries! One problem was that I made the top loop do double duty and hold my bezel.) I put a Double Button Knot on top of the Pippa for stability.

Very Messy Pippa Knot by Laura Weed
Very Messy Pippa Knot by Laura Weed

I will whisper to you the secret – it’s glue on the back of the knot – I used Beacon Adhesive’s Quick Grip to secure the knot. DaSilva also uses it in his book on a few of the projects.

Quick Grip holds my knot in place
Quick Grip holds my knot in place. Do not look at the back of my double button knot where the cords cross. That’s a no-no.

Then I used some Single Button Knots to act as spacers to secure some beads. My beads came from my local Michaels Store.

Single button knots make great spacers!
Single button knots make great spacers!

Of course there has to be stamping! I used Stampendous’ Charm Collection Perfectly Clear Stamps (available at Michaels Stores) to create a tiny collage for my Lisa Pavelka Bevel (yep, Michaels again!). I glued it into the bezel with Elmer’s Glue then sealed it with more Elmer’s. I added some Green Glass Glitter and some Silver Glass Glitter with glue to the collage, then I used EnviroTex Jewelry Resin (you guessed it, Michaels Stores)  over the collage to finish my pendant.

Charm Collection Pendant
Charm Collection Pendant

I finished my piece with a couple of Sliding Button Knots instead of a clasp. These knots allow the piece to slide larger or smaller so the necklace can go over my head.

Sliding Button Knots
Sliding Button Knots

And  TaDa! A really fun necklace I’ll wear again and again! I wouldn’t have thought of trying it, but now that I have, I recommend it highly! It’s pretty astonishing that all of this is one piece of cord!

Chinese Charm by Laura Weed
Chinese Charm by Laura Weed

Product wise, this cord was beautiful to work with and stood up to my tying, loosening, tying, loosening, tying, loosening, fixing, fixing, fixing just beautifully.  The cord also comes in the most genius packaging ever. The top of the spool literally folds up so you can use the cord, then folds down to keep it clean, free from unraveling, and safe from cats!! The book is full of very clear directions beautifully photographed, and I think it would be a valuable resource in any crafter’s library. At some point in any craft one of these knots would be the perfect finishing touch. The bracelet findings are beautiful, and I can’t wait to use them on another project.

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Thanks, Carmi, for yet another challenge!! Carmi’s got the links for the entire Blog Hop up over on the Dazzle It Blog. Do go see the creations the other crafters have made. I was impressed at how easily some of them took to this craft. They made amazing pieces of jewelry!

If you’d like to know more about the extremely ancient art of Chinese Knotting, visit the Chinese Knotting website – they have a gallery of unbelievable images and projects as well as a tutorial for many knots.

And then get back to hopping on our Etched Glass Blog Hop! We’ve got some super fun stuff going on today!

WINNERS!! – We have Winners!

Wow, when you run so many contests, you sure end up with a lot of winners. Today is housekeeping day and we’re getting all our winners squared away!

A quick note about our contests – When we choose your name for making a comment, we check to see if we can tell where you live since our contests are only open to U.S. winners. If we can’t tell where you live, we move on to the next name. Please take a minute and either update the profile you use to comment on blogs with at least what state you live in, or mention that in your comment. “Hello from Alabama, I love your beautiful project” could really help you win.  – Thanks!

First – Core’dinations/May Arts Blog Hop Facebook Drawing

Last week we asked you to share our blog posts on your Facebook Timeline for an extra chance to win!  (after removing all my design team (yay, thanks for sharing) and limiting everyone to one share per post (but, yay, thanks for sharing!) we ended up with 21 unique shares.

Random.org chose numbers 14, 4, 12, and 11 so our winners are:

Kailash Naidoo

Julie Shearer

Barb Macaskill

and Jean Bullock

So… Kailash and Julie – you get to run over to the www.MayArts.com website and each choose any one spool of ribbon. Then email me at submissions@stampendous.com with your choice and your mailing address.
Barb and Jean, you just need to send me your address and your Core’dinations Tag sets will be flying off in the mail to you!! Thanks so much for sharing our blog posts on your timelines!

Second – Winners from the Core’dinations/MayArts/Stampendous Blog Hop

From Jamie Martin’s Blog

Terri Burnette

From Tobi Crawford’s Blog

Kathy from KT Crafts

From Cyndi Bundy’s Blog

Alexia Misso

The three of you please email us at submissions@stampendous.com with your mailing address, so we can get your prize package in the mail right away!

Third – Winners from EnviroTex Blog Hop

These lucky U.S. Winners from our Blog Hop with EnviroTex are going to receive our SSC1124 Charm Collection Perfectly Clear Stamps (perfect little stamps for making jewelry), EnviroTex Jewelry Resin and Clay, and some Bezels from Nunn Designs. Wheeeee!!  You have to show us what you make!!

From Asia King’s Blog

Candy C

From Lea Kimmel’s Blog

Teresa Godines

From Tenia Nelson’s Blog

Margie H from Chicagoland

You three folks need to email us at submissions@stampendous.com and we’ll get your prizes right out to you!

Hop in to Creativity with Stampendous and EnviroTex

We hope you’ve enjoyed the inspiration this week as our team has been playing with the Resin Crafts Blog featuring EnviroTex Jewelry Resin from ETI and their brand new Jewelry Clay! We’ve had fun bringing you these terrific projects. Be sure to comment on all the blogs for the best chance to win these terrific products. Our prize package includes BOTH the clay and resin, plus a nice assortment of bezels from Nunn Designs, and, of course, some stamps and Essentials from Stampendous!

One of the things we love best are the terrific videos that show you just what to expect from these products. Here’s the EnviroTex Resin Video:

And this one shows you all the details on Jewelry Clay:

There are also downloadable .pdf’s on the Environmental Technologies site, and the directions that come in each package are extremely complete and very helpful.

We’re creating crazy around here with this too fun resin and clay! You have until Sunday night to comment on the blogs below to be in the running for our prize packages! Here’s who made some new inspiration for you today:

Resin Crafts Blog

Asia King

Cyndi Bundy

Janelle Stollfus (can’t link to actual post, sorry)

Krissy Fossmeyer

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Rhea Weigand

Suzanne Czosek

Tenia Nelson

Tobi Crawford

For more chances to win fun stuff, join us next week for another Blog Hop! (I don’t know how we got three in a row either, but hey…more prizes!!) This time we’re playing with Core’dinations, and May Arts Ribbon. You know paper and ribbon get us going every time, so don’t miss a minute! (you really should just subscribe if you don’t already… it’s at the very top of the post) PLUS – remember this is the final week of May’s Fabulous Floral’s Challenge! Be sure to add your project to the linky tool in the right sidebar or on the May Challenge Page.

Oh Clay! Here we go!

Environmental Technologies (ETI) introduced their Epoxy Resin Clay for Jewelry at January’s CHA, and we couldn’t wait to have an opportunity to play with it! The two part clay is stored in separate containers, then when you mix it, it cures to form a hard, resin surface. It’s so cool how embellishments like glitter or mica pressed into the clay become permanent without glue.  The clay also sticks in the bezel without adhesive. Is it magic? We think so! Our designers have been playing with the clay this week along with ETI’s Jewelry Resin, and we’re all always learning from the Resin Crafts Blog Diva Carmi Cimicata.

Carmi used our Winter Trees Perfectly Clear Stamps (now retired) for one of her classes she taught at CHA. We were excited and impressed with how great her project turned out:

Resin Clay pendant by Carmi Cimicata
Resin Clay pendant by Carmi Cimicata

Carmi mixed a small ball of two part resin, pressed it into the bezel, then stamped the image with Jet Black StazOn™ Ink by Imagine Crafts Tsukineko®. She dusted the scene with some PearlEx on a small paint brush to add color, then she pressed some micro beads into the clay! WOW… let it cure and you’re done! It’s so super easy! We squealed with delight and said, “Let us try! Let us try!”

Here’s what our designers came up with to share today! Plus Carmi has a new post at her blog!

Resin Crafts Blog

Kristine Reynolds

Rhea Weigand

Suzanne Czosek

Mixing up our Media with Jewelry Resin and Clay!

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We’re so embracing the Mixed Media trend here at Stampendous – We’re even attending the CREATE Mixed Media Retreat this week in Irvine, CA! Two of the media we adore playing with are Jewelry Resin and Epoxy Clay both from Environmental Technologies (ETI). Making your own jewelry and gift items using Stampendous stamps and Essentials is so much fun!

Our designers are blogging along this week with Carmi Cimicata of the Resin Craft Blog to show you how easy and fun these terrific products can be, AND we have extra to share with some lucky winners! We’ll choose random commenters from our blog and those of our designers and pick three lucky winners to try these products! Our prize package includes BOTH the clay and resin, plus a nice assortment of bezels from Nunn Designs, and, of course, some stamps and Essentials from Stampendous!

The Memorial Day weekend made me want to play with some resin and create some patriotic themed earrings. These will be so wearable through the Fourth of July at least (with Flag Day in there as well), so I’m excited about how sparkly they are! I didn’t use any stamps, but I used some of our great Essentials including – Red Glass Glitter, Royal Blue Glass Glitter, and White Mica Fragments from the Fran•táge line of Essentials.

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I poured a little resin in each space by dripping it off the mixing stick, then I put red glass glitter in that thin layer of resin. I waited about 12 hours then poured another thin layer of resin in the molds and added royal blue glass glitter to that layer. Then, after another 24 hours and a good hard set, I poured a very thin layer of resin, added white mica fragments, then filled the cabochon molds to the top with resin. These really great cabochon molds came from Resin Obsession.

I’m pretty happy with my earrings! Can’t wait until Flag Day so I can give some to everyone!

Lots of other Design Team Members are hopping today! Visit them, leave some comments and maybe win some goodies!

Resin Crafts Blog

Cyndi Bundy

Krissy Fossmeyer

Tobi Crawford

And join us tomorrow when we’ll have even MORE fun with Resin and Clay!

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Stampendous and ETI- Resinating Again!

We just love ETI’s Jewelry Resin, and we had a terrific Blog collaboration with them last year which became one of the all time favorites! JewelryResinPack1

This year they’ve added their two part epoxy Resin Clay to our mix, and we’re just so excited! We can’t wait to show you the amazing things we’ve created!

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And, of course, the famous Resin and Resin Clay Diva, Carmi Cimicata of the Resin Crafts Blog is playing along with us this week with some of her terrific creations!

PLUS – The people at Nunn Design were kind enough to supply bezels to the the team so that we could make some beautiful jewelry!

So leap aboard and check out the terrific projects! Be sure to leave comments on each blog because we have Resin AND Stamps AND Bezels to give away!!  (and yes, I’ll have winners for last week’s collaboration later, I haven’t forgotten)  Here’s who is playing with us today:

Resin Crafts Blog

Kristine Reynolds

Asia King

Janelle Stollfus