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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Dreaming of Spring

What a great week of butterflies and dies! We hope you’ve had a great time getting inspired for spring crafting even if winter is still outdoors.

We’ve seen our Butterflies and dies on almost everything, but today we’ve moved on to clothes! Check out Fran’s awesome t-shirt design.

FranShirt
Butterfly Trio T-Shirt by Fran Seiford

And we have two more amazing designers posting today. We hope you’ll stop by their blogs and say hi.

Lea Kimmel

Kristine Reynolds

We’ll be coming back often to share CHA highlights here on the blog and our other social media spots. Follow us, so you won’t miss our future posts! If you’re attending the trade show stop by our booths at Stampendous booth #723 and Dreamweaver Stencils booth #2342.

 

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It’s Getting Hot in Here!

How is summer heating up for you?  Need a reason to stay indoors, and enjoy the cool air?  Play along with our June challenge – it is all about summer!  That’s easy enough, right?

Taylor made this bright yellow celebration of summer using our Tropical Garden Jumbo Cling Rubber Stamp, and paired it with a sentiment from the Daisy Stem Trio Perfectly Clear Stamp set.

Now go see what else our design team members have been up to this week to get your summer creativity going:

Jennifer Ingle
Melinda Gleissner
Taylor Usry
Tenia Nelson
Susie Moore
Janelle Stollfus

Don’t forget, we want YOU to play along with us!  Simply make a summer themed project 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, June 28 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 Friendly Phrases Perfectly Clear stamp set:

As an even bigger incentive, if you use Stampendous products on your project, that entry will count twice, which increases your chances of winning!  Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you an enter as many times as you’d like!) this month…Happy Crafting!



A Kiss From the Rose

Clean & Simple says it all! Blog Star Janelle Stollfus sure knows how to keep it clean and keep it simple with Stampendous Jumbo Stamps!

 

“The Jumbo flowers have become my CAS (Clean & Simple) go-to stamp. They create such a dynamic quick card there’s really no need to add more! Here’s what I did to make this card.” – Janelle Stollfus

Supplies:
CRS5006 Cling Jumbo Rose
SSC1116 Friendship Assortment Perfectly Clear™ Stamp
Jumbo Perfectly Clear Handle
Other Supplies:
Ink pad
Embroidery Thread (coordinate with ink color)
Piercing Tool
Sewing Needle
Cardstock for card base
Coordinating Pattern Paper
Utility knife

Cut a piece of pattern paper to within 5/8” from the edge of your folded card base. This card uses a 3 5/8-inch by 4 7/8-inch cut pattern paper.

Stamp the jumbo rose onto the bottom left side of the pattern paper.

On a coordinating patter paper, stamp the sentiment from Friendship Assortment set. Trim down the paper and cut the right edge with a shallow ribbon tail angle cut.

Pierce around the edges and sew a straight stitch with embroidery thread.

Cut along one of the outer petals on the right side with a utility knife in the height of the sentiment paper. Slide the sentiment into the cut and adhere from the back.

Glue the pattern paper to the card base.

Thank You!

“There’s nothing like a stamp that says it all and does it all!
The sentiment in the Cling Jumbo Thank You does exactly that for a superb and quick CAS (Clean & Simple) card. Here’s how that happened on my project today.”

–  Janelle Stollfus

Supplies:
Stampendous Jumbo Cling Thank You Set
Cream card stock, 5-1/2 X 8 1/2 inches, folded in half
Pattern paper 5-1/2 X 4 1/2 inches
Light Brown ink
Sponge
Any means to stitch on paper such as sewing machine and white thread, paper piercer, or stamp.

1.       Stitch 1/4-inch from the edges of the pattern paper.

2.       Distress edges with scissors blade or tool and sponge with light brown ink.

3.       Glue pattern paper to cream card stock.

4.       Stamp Thank You sentiment on the center of the pattern paper letting it stamp over the edge onto the cream card stock.

5.       Sponge distress around the edges of the card front.

6.       CAS complete!

You can visit my Rain Puddles Design blog post to see how it dwindled down for me.

Generations Scrap Page by Stephanie Lee

Stephanie Lee is one of our new Blog Stars. We wanted to share a little bit about her and a beautiful scrapbook page she shared with us, using Stampendous Jumbo Cling Hydrangea.

“I started out as a scrapbooker first, before card maker – however, I don’t share many layouts as I’d like. Layouts to me seem a lot more personal when there are pictures of my family and journaling on it. Anyhow, here is a layout I recently made for my daughter’s baby album that I’m happy to share – the Cling Jumbo Hydrangea was just calling out to be used on this layout and I love how it pops, being in a color totally different from the rest of the layout. Oh and if you are a follower of my blog, you will have read that my daughter just celebrated her 2nd birthday during Thanksgiving week – yikes, that’s how far behind I am.”  – Stephanie Lee

Hydrangea Generations Scrap Page by Stephanie Lee

Close up of Hydrangea

Stampendous Supplies:
Cling Jumbo Hydrangea

Other supplies:
Core’dination Embossed card stock
Kaisercraft Lush Collection 6×6 paper (including die cuts)
Doily
Card stock (green for leaves and white for stamped image)
Tsukineko Goosebumps Spray
Alcohol markers
Twine
Scrabble tiles
Making Memories number
Adhesive

Tools:
Spellbinders foliage

1. Stamp hydrangea onto white card stock and color with alcohol markers. Lightly spray with Tsukineko™ goosebumps for texture. I also dripped a couple of larger drops for varying texture. Fussy cut out colored hydrangea.

2. Lightly sand Core’dination card stock to distress background.

3. Mat photo with yellow and white designer paper as shown and attached to background.

4. Die cut some leaves for embellishment. To add some dimension and interest, I adhere a white doily and only parts of the leaves. The hydrangea was also popped up with 3D foam tape and finished with a simple twine bow.

5. Frame the layout with accent designer papers on top and bottom of layout; and finish with title and journaling.

How Grey Enhances Color

Stampendous Blog Star Janelle Stollfus did a tremendous job on this Hydrangea card. Just look at the depth created by her shading technique! Stunning, to say the least…and the vibrant colors used on the butterfly in contrast to the more muted colors of the hydrangea, really gives it dimension. Great job Janelle!!!

“I created this card with black and gray ink in the first step. After it dried, I then colored it with Copic Markers and a bit of pastels and hand drawn border lines. Stampendous’ Jumbo Cling Hydrangea was a blast to use and the sentiment from Birthday Assortment worked so well with it.” – Janelle Stollfus

Butterflies, and Glitter, and Jewels…Oh, My!

Geny Cassady is back today with an exquisite card featuring Stampendous CRS5008 Jumbo Cling Butterfly Pair and SSC1115 Birthday Assortment Perfectly Clear Stamp Set. Here’s Geny:

Today I have a card to share that is perfect for spring!  I used the fabulous Jumbo Butterfly Pair (the smaller butterfly), heat embossing it and then adding a soft sponging of white ink.  I love the look it created with the darker ocean colored card stock.  I also added a fun element by taking most of the sentiments from the Birthday Assortment and stamping them along the bottom randomly, creating my own custom “text” background.  One more fun thing, I used vellum card stock as a card base which I really love doing sometimes, it just adds a bit more fancy to the whole card!

Butterfly Birthday by Geny Cassady
Butterfly Birthday by Geny Cassady

Supplies:
Stamps – CRS5008 Jumbo Butterfly Pair, SSC1115 Birthday Assortment (Stampendous)
Ink – VersaMark (Tsukineko), Dark Brown (ClearSnap), Fresh Snow (Papertrey Ink)
Patterned Paper – Fine & Dandy True Blue (My Mind’s Eye)
Card stock – Vellum, Ocean Tides (Papertrey Ink)
Butterfly Punch (Martha Stewart Crafts)
GX225F Multi Fine Crystal Glitter (Stampendous)
Clear Rhinestones (Kaiser Craft)
EP020 Clear Embossing Powder (Stampendous)

Instructions:
1. Trim vellum cardstock to 5 ½” x 4 ¼” and score in center.
2. Trim blue cardstock to 5 ¼” x 4” and round top two corners.  Stamp smaller butterfly with Versamark, masking the lower section of the cardstock.  Emboss butterflies with clear powder.
3. Sponge white pigment ink around butterflies and edges of cardstock, using a swirling motion on the butterflies.  Wipe any excess ink from embossed portions.
4. Stamp birthday sentiments randomly on bottom strip, add one sentiment to bottom right corner in brown ink.
5. Trim small piece of coordinating patterned paper and adhere to card right between butterflies and sentiments.  Add a strip of scor-tape and glitter.
6. Punch small butterfly from vellum and glue center only near sentiment.  Add rhinestone to center as well as to embossed butterflies on the upper part of the card.
7. Adhere to vellum card base with dimensional adhesive.

Detail Butterfly Birthday by Geny Cassady
Detail Butterfly Birthday by Geny Cassady