Santa Claus is Coming to Town!

Santa Claus is Coming to Town

That jolly old St. Nicholas is on his way, with presents for all the good little crafters!! Things for stamping, things for cutting, things for coloring!! Woo hoo!

We’re celebrating Santa this week on the Stampendous blog, and our Design Team have lots to share with this bringer of cheer.  Enjoy the inspiration this week.

Leave some love on our blog and those of our Design Team Member and you could win this fantastic stamp, Santa On His Way:

R307 Santa On His Way Wood Mounted Stamp
R307 Santa On His Way Wood Mounted Stamp

This awesome image is perfect for just stamping on the front of a card, coloring him up (or spot color, if you’re short on time), maybe throwing on a little glitter and done! He’s available in wood mounted or cling rubber! You can click on the picture to see him on our website. The official rules are always HERE. U.S. Winners Only.

Here’s a great sample by our in-house Sample Artist, Debi Hammons. You can click on the picture to be taken to the project on our website.

R307 Santa On His Way by Debi Hammons
R307 Santa On His Way by Debi Hammons

Sharing from our team today –

Janelle Stollfus

Alison Heikkila

Kristine Reynolds

 

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Homemade Gifts Are Best

The holiday season is approaching, and it’s time to give some thought to gifts you might make for friends and loved ones. Of course nothing says, “I love you” like a handmade gift.

With stamps and stencils, you have soooo many options. And our new Decor Cling Rubber Stamps make a super easy way to transfer a pattern to a home decor piece. They are big, at 8″ X 8″ they can help you get a job done quickly, or even work on a very small card or tag, or stamp a few at one time.

Here’s a look at the Decor Snowflakes stamp. There are four other designs available.

Snowflake Decor Cling Rubber Sneak Peek

Our Dreamweaver and Fran’s Metal Stencils are also a phenomenal way to create homemade gifts from the heart.  Like this gorgeous canvas from Mixed Media Artist Mark Gould.

A few great designers are sharing some fun ideas to get you started:

Louise Healy

Bunny Hoyle

What types of things do you make for Christmas? We’d love to see you share some with us! You can show us your creations in several places:

Facebook Stampendous Group – lots of sharing between our fans – https://www.facebook.com/groups/Stampendous/

Our Photo Group on Flickr – these have to be moderated so patience is needed 🙂 – https://www.flickr.com/groups/stampendous/

Or tag us anywhere else you share, Pinterest, Instagram, Twitter… we’ll like and share your post! @Stampendous or #Stampendous

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It’s a Wrap with Dreamweaver for Christmas Eve!

ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIG DAY? OR ARE YOU KNEE DEEP IN WRAPPING PAPER, RIBBON, TAGS, AND GIFTS?

In case your enthusiasm for wrapping and last minute decor is waning, the Stampendous team has a few bright ideas for Dreamweaver Thursday, since it also happens to fall on Christmas Eve…

How about these cute and quick gift card holders created by Lyn Bernatovich…

 

Lyn gift card sleeve
Featuring Dreamweaver Gold Embossing Paste with the Big Dots stencils and the Holly Swirls Die, and Stampendous Gold Jewel Glitter.
Lyn TProll card holder
Paste-embossed with Regular Embossing Paste using the Dreamweaver Snow Spatter stencil, the Southwest Snowflake paste-embossed in Gold paste, and covered in Red Jewel Glitter…on a flattened TP roll insert.

And how about a few last minute tags for gift-giving?

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Machine-embossed with the Dreamweaver Pine Cones, inked and layered.

Wrapping things up for the holiday are these players…

Laura Drahozal

Pam Hornschu

Louise Healy

Asia King

Decorative Painting with Stampendous and Dreamweaver

The month of October has been a celebration of all things Halloween, but did you know that it has also been Decorative Painters’ Month? We are very fortunate at Stampendous to have a highly accredited, respected, and loved member of the Society of Decorative Painters…Debbie Cole. She has been one of several that have enjoyed incorporating Stampendous designs and products into her artwork. Here are just a few of her creations…

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Dreamweaver Damask StencilMetallic Gold Embossing PasteCling Create a PoinsettiaCling Vintage Note
DebbieC_SnowFriendsBox
Cling Whispered WishesDreamweaver Snowflakes BackgroundRegular Embossing PasteMicro Crystal Glitter
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Cling Snow QueenCling Snowflake SkyMicro Crystal GlitterShaved IceDreamweaver Regular Embossing Paste

These are just three of her winter holiday designs based on Stampendous images! You can view these and more, including instructions on her website/blog HERE. For more inspiration on decorative painting with Stampendous products, check out our Pinterest board filled with wonderful ideas. For more info on the Society of Decorative Painters, you can visit their site HERE. Now, we’ll leave you with an amazing tutorial from Debbie, sure to get your creative juices flowing. Remember, we’d love for you to share your creations on the Stampendous Facebook Page.

Hugs, Welcome Home

Here’s a bright and beautiful Family Home card to start off your weekend with a smile. Tenia Nelson is super talented at creating these fun and stylish quick cards and it seems we say this again and again, but it bears repeating every time that she rocks this style!

Family Home by Tenia Nelson
Family Home by Tenia Nelson

A quick stamp and trim from some premade monoprint paper and you could have a quick welcome home gift for those new or retuning neighbors just as Janelle Stollfus created with this small favor box.

Family Home Favor Box by Janelle Stollfus
Family Home Favor Box by Janelle Stollfus

Let’s see what these designers have created with the Family Home set.

Lea Kimmel

Kristine Reynolds

 

Reminder – Handmade Gifts!

We are seeing more and more fantastic ideas on the internet this year for handmade Christmas gifts! You know you want to make them… but you know if you don’t start now, you’ll end up at the mall the day after Thanksgiving elbowing each other to death before you’ve even had your coffee! Join us in reclaiming the spirit of gift giving, and start something now! Then enter your project, even if it’s not quite done, in our Challenge for a chance to win some terrific goodies!

There’s loads of inspiration on our November Challenge Page.  Here’s some more:

Make a set of stationery or a travel memory book and present it in a cool box like this one by Kristine Reynolds:

Steampunk Suitcase by Kristine Reynolds
Steampunk Suitcase by Kristine Reynolds

Wow someone with a gift of dried herbs from your garden. Put them in pretty cello bags tied with ribbons and present them in this beautiful Butterfly Box also by Kristine Reynolds:

Paper Mache Butterfly Box by Kristine Reynolds
Paper Mache Butterfly Box by Kristine Reynolds

Make someone a set of gift tags! Everyone uses tons of them, how lucky they’d be to have ones as elegant (and easy to make!) as these by Asia King:

Holiday Gift Tags by Asia King
Holiday Gift Tags by Asia King

Handmade Christmas Ornaments are always great gifts for folks just starting a household. Check out this darling ornament by Jennifer Dove:

Snowman Ornament by Rhea Weigand
Snowman Ornament by Jennifer Dove

Easy instructions for all these projects and hundreds more are available on our website.  You can click on the captions above for links to those specific projects. Our Challenge ends on Nov 28, so please link your project up soon! December’s Challenge will be Clean And Simple (CAS) Holiday Cards (for those of us who still haven’t started ours! Yikes!).

Winners!! Our Blog Hop has Winners!!

Our Handmade Gift Hop was designed with getting your gifts started in mind! There are only 97 days until Christmas!!

Some lucky blog followers out there are going to win some fantastic Stampendous prizes that will get their gift making off to a great start!

For Monday – We chose a winner from Kristine Reynold’s Blog – Congrats

Tami Bohannon!!

She wins the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Cardinals shown on Tammie Wilson’s hand painted lantern.

For Tuesday – We chose a winner from Janelle Stollfus’ Blog – Congrats

Carol of Scrap Happy Studio!!

She wins the Rose Branch Border Perfectly Clear Stamp Set used on  Suzanne Czosek’s Jewelry Holder.

For Wednesday – We chose a winner from Wendy Price’s Blog – Congrats

Miriam Prantner!!

She wins the Cling Snow Bird stamp used on Jennifer Dove’s Gift Box.

For Thursday – We chose a winner from Melinda Gleissner’s Blog – Congrats

AJ from AJ’s Scrapbooking and Cards

This winner gets the Corset Ladies Perfectly Clear Stamp Set used on Tammie Wilson’s Feminine Valises project.

For Friday – We chose a winner from Tenia Nelson’s Blog – Congrats

Karen Baker!!!

She wins the Cling Carte Postale stamp that was used on Debi Hammon’s Travel Photo Frame.

For Saturday – We chose three winners

One from Cyndi Bundy’s Blog, One from Jennifer Ingle’s Blog and One from our Stampendous Impressions Blog !! Congrats to –

Craftymom 205, Charlene from Paper and Ink Playground, and Katina!!!

These lucky stampers will each receive the Cling Jumbo Pinecone Bough set that Tammie Wilson used on her gorgeous box.

All winners should contact us at submissions@stampendous.com and send us your address so we can send out your prize!!!

To all the winners and others, a huge THANKS for playing along on our blog! We’re so happy you joined us and hope you got some inspiration!

All of the products are available on our website where each order is fulfilled by a local, independent scrapbook or stamping store! Thanks for supporting local businesses when you make your holiday gifts this year!

Be sure to join us almost every day for new inspiration from our terrific BlogStars – we have new ones starting in October!

Plus our Saturday Challenge lets you participate and win prizes!!

Our next week long Blog Hop will be a Collaboration with May Arts! Those prizes are always amazing!! Be sure to put October 1 – 6 on your Calendar now! You won’t want to miss it!

May Challenge: Making Gifts!

We’re back again this week to share more amazing gift ideas from our Design Team.  In case you’ve missed the news, our challenge all month long is to create gifts, gift cards, gift sets….whatever you can think of that will help you get a head start on all those gifts you need to make!  Take a look at what a few of our creative hands have come up with today:

Wendy Price created a gorgeous bangle using the Tropical Garden Jumbo Cling rubber stamp.
Lea Kimmel made this adorable frame using the Ranunculus Field stamp.
And Pam Hornschu created a darling gift card holder using the Party Hat Kiddo and a sentiment from the Perfectly Clear Birthday Assortment.

Be sure to check out what a few of our Design Team members have created for the challenge today!

We were remiss in posting last week, due to our move.  We don’t want you to miss out on any of the inspiration our designers shared, so be sure to go back and check out these posts from them as well:

Jennifer Ingle
Taylor Usry
Tenia Nelson
Wendy Price
Janelle Stollfus
Pam Hornschu

And we want YOU to play along with us!  Simply make a gift, gift set (could be cards, could be an altered item), or a gift card holder of some sort and add the direct link for your project to our collection at the end of this post (or on the Stampendous blog) no later than Thursday, May 31 at 11:59 PM EST .  You do not have to use Stampendous products, but we sure love it when you do!  As an extra incentive for playing along, one lucky crafter (drawn at random) will receive this fabulous new Cling Jumbo Tropical Garden stamp set:

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you can enter as many times as you’d like!) this month…Happy Crafting!

Link your project by clicking on our Changito linky tool here:



Even More Gift Ideas…

Last week many of you came up with some really creative gift ideas for the Sketch Challenge. And we also wrote a blog post featuring presents made by our design team. This week we’d like to show you a few great gifts that would be perfect for your fellow stamp loving friends or even your family, co-workers and neighbors! They don’t have to be stampers to enjoy a cuddly Fluffles the cat sweater or a cheery Changito the monkey mug! Many of our fans have asked for cool merch with their favorite Stampendous characters on them… and here they are, now available at Cafe Press!


This mug is made for the office! Don't you think?!

 

We admit, sometimes knit happens! And with this bag you can transport your needles and yarn to make knit happen anywhere!

 

A frighteningly cute onsie for your little monkey!

 

We don't have a clever caption for this one. We just thought it was cute!

 

Wouldn't you rather kiss the cook if they were wearing this snazzy apron?

 

And if you have any suggestions for Stampendous merchandise you’d like to see in the future, let us know in the comments below!

Flock & Father’s Day

As we prepare to honor our fathers this weekend, we’ve been on the look out for some fun Father’s Day projects on our favorite blogs. Kimberly Crawford has posted some fabulous gifts for our favorite guy on her blog, we know you’ll love these. But upon surfing Kimberly’s blog we discovered that she’s done a tutorial for one of our favorite products, too! We love using our Fuzzy Flock™ with a glue pen, our Class A’Peel™ stickers, or more recently on Thermo Web’s Peel ‘N Stick, but Kimberly has managed to make a success of it with Tsukineko’s Glue Pad. A feat we’ve yet to master. Be sure and check out her tutorial for instructions.

BurgersBurgers+for+DadTo check out the recipe and instructions for this go to Kimberly C.’s blog at http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/.

PopcornDads+Day+Popcorn+BoxesTo check out the recipe and instructions for this go to Kimberly C.’s blog at http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/.

FlockflockingTo check out the tutorial at Kimberly C.’s blog at http://kimberly-crawford.blogspot.com/.

Finally, here’s one of our flocked creations for Dad.  Look for more great Father’s Day ideas on Thursday. To get the recipe and instructions for this card go to www.stampendous.com

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Speaking of Fuzzy Flock, if you’d like a hands on experience with this terrific product and you’re in the Florida area this summer, you might want to find yourself at the Craft and Hobby Association’s first ever Craft SuperShow for consumers. Stampendous will be offering a class for consumers at this show on Friday, July 31. We’d love to see you there! You can get lots more detail about the events at this show here: http://www.craftsupershow.com/eweb/dynamicPage.aspx?WebCode=EdEvents