From Small Beginnings with the Creative Squad

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Another month has gone by and the Creative Squad has provided fantastic weekly inspiration on Nathalie’s Studio Blog. You can stop by each week’s post by hopping over to them from the gallery below and find out which of Nathalie’s terrific products they used for their creative expressions.

Nathalie’s line of stamps and stencils work fabulously for so many different styles, seasons and projects it is no wonder that we enjoy the Squad’s projects with renewed inspiration every month! Here is a gallery of Nathalie’s Stampendous products over on our website but you can also shop at Nathalie’s store while you’re over on her blog for this months posts.

Nathalie challenged the team this month to think about starting new things and how they experience its beginnings. Enjoy and be inspired!

   
Sep 6 – Tina Walker Sep 13 – Cheiron Brandon
   
Sep 20 – Marsha Valk Sept 27 – Michelle Rydell

Stop by Nathalie’s blog in the month of November for more great inspiration from the Creative Squad.

The Best Techniques from Andy Skinner

Shabby Chic Box by Andy Skinner
Shabby Chic Box by Andy Skinner

It’s Friday and our relaxed week of mixed media is almost over, but we have one more bit of goodies to share. The terrific mixed media artist and designer, Andy Skinner, is the spotlight of our post today and there is a chance to see him create with his trademark techniques using his line of stamps and stencils with DecoArt Media products. It’s amazing what you can do with this product combination when you have a few techniques up your sleeve.

His style is a solid industrial style with even shabby chic mixed in on a few projects. No matter the style it’s in the techniques you use with your supplies and we have a way for you to see Andy in demo them in action, but only for a short time.

Cling Toxic Tag by Andy Skinner
Cling Toxic Tag by Andy Skinner

Even though we are in the States we followed along Hochanda TV, a UK Television home shopping channel, during Andy Skinner’s shows on Tuesday here and Wednesday here, here, here and here. These links won’t be available for long so stop by soon to see all the techniques that continue to make Andy’s mixed media pieces amazing, awesome, and SO cool!

 

All these fantastic projects were made with Andy Skinner stamps which are daring and iconic, just perfect for any mixed media or stamping project. You can see Andy using them our videos from our booth during CHA the last few years. Stop by our Youtube Channel anytime to see them!

 

Grab your Andy Skinner stamps, stencils and paint for your next project and share them with us! We would love to see what you make on our Stampendous! Fan Page plus you can share them with Andy as well on Andy Skinner and Friends Facebook Group.

Say Yes To New Adventures!

It’s the end of the month and a great time to revisit the Creative Squad projects Nathalie’s Studio Blog.  This group of talented designers created fun art journaling pages using Nathalie’s stamps and stencil designs. For convenience, we’ve listed Nathalie’s Stampendous products here but you can also stop by Nathalie’s store for her products, too.

The Creative Squad was given the challenge to create something that celebrates the spirit of adventure and it was fun to see where their creative spirit took them for each project. We’ve grabbed the links to all of the “Say Yes! to New Adventures” posts so you can browse with ease. Enjoy and be inspired!

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Aug 2 – Gwen Lafleur Aug 9 – Cheiron Brandon
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Aug 16 – Marsha Valk August 30 – Michelle Rydell

Stop by Nathalie’s blog in the month of September for more great inspiration from the Creative Squad.

 

Rodeo Girl in Australia

We spotted Dot Leathbridge sharing a terrific project on her blog that we just had to share here! She’s using one of our favorite although retired stamps Rodeo Girl on a  beautiful background.

Places to find Rodeo Girl is on our Store Locator where you can find a retail store near you or choose to find an online store that carry this stamp.

Stop by her Dot’s Dabbles blog to see more Stampendous projects. We saw another terrific project you will want to see, Jumbo Grapes art journal layout, it’s amazing!

House-Mouse Fun on Passionate Paper Creations and Friends!

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We’re out playing on Facebook for the weekend! If you’re on FB come join us at the Passionate Paper Creations Facebook Group where friends who enjoy coloring meet the sponsors with images that need some coloring love! There’s always a ton of great art posted on there, and this weekend lots of it will be Stampendous!!

Here’s how you get to the group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/PassionatePaperCreationsandFriends/
Anyone can join!  And, of course there will be prizes!

Here are some inspiration to get you going, but the real fun is happening on Facebook!

Friday

Jamie Martin

Laura Drahozal

Kristine Reynolds

Pam Hornschu

Saturday

Louise Healy

Alison Heikkila

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Fritts

Sunday

Louise Healy

Pam Bray

Animals 4 Kids at Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge Blog

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Do you love to stamp for the little ones in your life? Making cards for kids is so fun and so rewarding, they’re always thrilled with a handmade card.

Children in hospitals for long stays don’t always have someone who can make a handmade card for them, that’s where this wonderful charity steps in to help out.

Pop Up Kitties by Debi Hammons
Pop Up Kitties by Debi Hammons

Pop Up Puppies Friendship by Debi Hammons
Pop Up Puppies Friendship by Debi Hammons

Send a Smile 4 Kids is a volunteer organization made up of folks at children’s hospitals who collect handmade cards and distribute them to the kids. Every kid stuck in a hospital bed could use a smile, right?. Maybe you have some extra cards lying around that you could send?

The current challenge is Animals 4 Kids and Stampendous is a proud sponsor of their Challenge Blog as well. You can find out more here as well as upcoming themes on their blog sidebar.

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Jungle Friends Monkey by Kristine Reynolds

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Woodland Friends by Alison Heikkila

Check out their web page here and their card guidelines here to make sure that you’re not sending something that won’t work for them.

Then choose a volunteer in your area from their list here and Send a Smile 4 Kids.

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Duckling Trio by Pam Bray

Spring Short Stack Umbrella Background by Amy Hurley-Purdie

We asked our design team to take the challenge and here are some cards our Design Team has made to share a smile with a child! Some posts will be published at different times so be sure to stop by later if they are not available right away.

Louise Healy

Kristine Reynolds

Wendy Price

Janelle Stollfus

Pam Bray (Sunday post)

Thanks for sending a smile for a kid today!!

House-Mouse® Ballerina Baby by Wendy Price

Stampendous and DecoArt Winners!

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What a fantastic week! Thank you for hopping along with us and we hope as well that you were inspired to create with Stampendous and DecoArt! We loved hearing from the comments that were left on each blog post over the week.

Now for prizes! We have three packages to giveaway and each has a Fluid Media Starter Kit, all three of Andy Skinner’s new Stampendous Stamp sets, and a Jumbo Acrylic Handle. Look at this great prize!

Blog Prize Package

Pam Bray’s Monday Post

Jean Bullock

Wendy Price’s Tuesday Post

Lindi Phillips

DecoArt’s Wednesday Post

Kathy Gledsdale

Congratulations winners! Please email your mailing address with a subject line “DecoArt Blog Hop Winner” to submissions@stampendous.com

Stampendous and DecoArt Blog Hop Day 5

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Here we are on our last, and biggest hop day with international mixed media artist Andy Skinner and his wonderful Design Team at DecoArt. We hope you’ve been amazed and delighted at the inspiration we’ve shared with you. Andy’s stamps are just so exciting and fun to use, and we know you’ve loved seeing the range of the DecoArt Fluid Media line as well.

One reason we focused on the Media range for this blog hop, is that it’s the perfect acrylic paint to use when tinting your Dreamweaver Embossing Pastes! Just one drop of these pigment-rich media paints is enough to tint a generous quantity of paste for making your favorite backgrounds. Don’t be afraid to color your pastes to match your projects. Most Dreamweaver Embossing Pastes can be tinted very easily.  Here are some examples from our own Leadonna Fritts! You might just recognize some of these made into projects on her blog this week.

 

Now get hopping and be sure to leave a trail of comments on each of the designer blogs. Each comment gets you one entry for a great prize package (open to everyone) of all three of Andy Skinner’s newest stamps for Stampendous PLUS a Fluid Media Acrylic Starter Kit.

Blog Prize Package

 

Wendy Price

Asia King

Pam Hornschu

Janelle Stollfus

Pam Bray

Jamie Martin

Louise Healy

Alison Heikkila

Lea Fritts

Amy Hurley-Purdie

Tenia Nelson

Debbie Cole

Laura Drahozal

DecoArt Blog

If you missed stopping by the other days of the hop we gathered up the links lists below for convenience.

Thursday

Stampendous Blog
Pam Hornschu
Alison Heikkila
Louise Healy
Lea Fritts
Debbie Cole
Laura Drahozal
DecoArt Blog

Wednesday

Stampendous Blog
Jamie Martin
DecoArt Blog

Tuesday

Stampendous Blog
Wendy Price
Tenia Nelson
DecoArt Blog

Monday

Stampendous Blog
Asia King
Pam Bray
Janelle Stollfus
DecoArt Blog

Stampendous and DecoArt Blog Hop Day 4

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Hope you’ve been enjoying some mad mixed media skills as we hop this week with Andy Skinner and his fantastic international design team from DecoArt. Even if mixed media, grunge, shabby isn’t your favorite look, we want you to know that Andy’s stamps, designed exclusively for Stampendous, can be used for some really fun and adorable art.

How about this darling card from Pam Bray?

Sunflower Nap by Pam Bray
Sunflower Nap by Pam Bray

 

Or this elegant and chic Chocolate Box by Asia King?

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Chocolatier by Asia King

 

Or the sweet distressed frame on this darling wall hanging by Debbie Cole, CDA?

Piglet Pals by Debbie Cole
Piglet Pals by Debbie Cole

 

A great set of backgrounds is one of the most versatile things you can have, and Andy Skinner’s stamp sets just hit the mark perfectly! We know you’ll reach for these again and again to add a little texture to your art!

Right now, reach for your mouse and start clicking on the links below! Each featured Design Team member has a great project to inspire and amaze you. Leave a comment on each one to be entered to win a wonderful prize package of each of Andy Skinner’s newest stamp sets from Stampendous plus a Fluid Media Acrylic Starter Kit from DecoArt!

Blog Prize Package

 

Pam Hornschu

Alison Heikkila

Louise Healy

Lea Fritts

Debbie Cole

Laura Drahozal

DecoArt Blog

Stampendous and DecoArt Blog Hop Day 3

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Still hopping this week with our good friends at DecoArt and mixed media artist Andy Skinner. Wow, we sure love the resources DecoArt provides on their website for using their products. They are so awesome. Please take a few moments and check out the DecoArt website. Particularly their Mixed Media Education page. Here you’ll find quick video tutorials on all of the Media line products, wonderful techniques and projects, PLUS you can sign up for their Mixed Media Newsletter (hint, hint…tons of giveaways and prizes… easy to win… ohmygoodness)

Of course we have a chance to win HERE today! Just check out the links below and visit all the blogs. Leave a comment about how wonderful the projects are, and you’re entered each time (one per post) to win one of three prize packages of Andy Skinner’s Mixed Media Stamps designed for Stampendous AND a Media Fluid Acrylic Starter Kit! uh… wow!

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Here’s something great from the master himself using these products:

Cling Toxic Tag by Andy Skinner
Cling Toxic Tag by Andy Skinner

 

And more inspiration awaits on these terrific blogs…

Jamie Martin

DecoArt Blog