Swirls and Flourishes

The flourish is a polishing step in design. It’s a detail, neat and pretty that shows you’ve taken that extra time to make your project special.

Did you know we have swirls and flourish stamps throughout our January 2015 Catalog? You can find them in the Cling Rubber Sets like Spring Bouquet, Moray Dahlia and the pot of gold in Cling Filigree?

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Cling Filigree Stamp and Stencil Set

Debi Hammons used this set to create a stunning birthday card as the main attraction!

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Filigree Happy Birthday by Debi Hammons

Krissy Fossmeyer took the time to add the flourish border in Moray Dahlia for a ribbon accent here on her Thank You card.

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Bowl Bouquet By Krissy Fossmeyer

Swirls and flourishes work great for finishing up those scrapbook pages, too! Here’s a scrapbook page from alumni Cindy Bundy’s project bin that uses the swirl border from Spring Bouquet.

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Grape Label Scrapbook Page by Cyndi Bundy

What will our designer share today? Let’s not wait a second more to find out! Thank you for stopping by…

Pam Hornschu

 

Do You Wanna Build A Snowman?

This week we are going on a winter wonderland adventure. Whether your region has new fallen snow or no snowflakes in the forecast you can find them here. Come on lets go and play!

Our stamp set by the same name has interchangeable heads, bodies, and arms mean you can make a ton of frosty snowmen to celebrate Christmas or Winter. Perfect for scrapbooking those snowy days at home, too.

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Build A Snowman Perfectly Clear Stamp Set

 

Oops! Our Build A Snowman Stamp Set is temporarily out of stock on Shopatron (our website). Shop at one of these online stores currently carrying this set. We’ll let you know when our site is back in stock.

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Debi Hammons built a trio of waving snowmen for her card using Build A Snowman. It’s a sweet, sweet card.

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Build a Snowman by Debi Hammons

What’s better than having fun in the snow? Having friends along to enjoy it! Send a snowy greeting with these buddies, or embellish your favorite Winterland scrapbook page.

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Snowman Friends Perfectly Clear Stamps

Here’s a sweet card by Krissy Fossmeyer using our bundled Snowman Friends and they are sitting nicely on glittery snow.

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Snowman Friends by Krissy Fossmeyer

We have designers getting the drift of our Winter Wonderland theme. Check out their projects today!

Jamie Martin

Kristine Reynolds

 

Want to doodle a PenPattern Snowman?

These PenPattern stamps for the holidays are a great way to sneak in some hand-eye coordination with your children over the holidays. The pattern is already started in the stamp image and the challenge is to repeat them in the rest of the snowman. The children aren’t the only ones that can have fun. Join in with them and doodle to de-stress!

You’ve seen our PenPattern Gift, PenPattern Moose and PenPattern Penguin this week and now it’s time for PenPattern Snowman.

PenPattern Snowman Wood Mount Stamp
PenPattern Snowman Wood Mount Stamp

Design team alumni, Krissy Fossmeyer, created this fun colored Snowman for a quick holiday card project a sparkly bed of snow at the foot of the snowman. See how she made it HERE.

PenPattern Snowman Card by Krissy Fossmeyer
PenPattern Snowman Card by Krissy Fossmeyer

PenPattern Penguin is back today on a card by Wendy Price with instructions right HERE. Look at how adorable this image is with just a little bit of color.

PenPattern Penguin Card by Wendy Price
PenPattern Penguin Card by Wendy Price

We have more inspiration for you before the weekend begins, just check out the delightful projects from our designers.

Pam Hornschu

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Rhea Weigand

This week’s designer projects can be seen on our PenPatterns Board. You’ll never miss a new entry when you Follow us on Pinterest.

Doodle of a Holiday!

Welcome to another full week of fun PenPattern designs with the holidays in mind!

Our PenPattern collection has enough doodles designed into them to color and go, and they also have clear spaces to create your own doodling. If you want to add doodles but find it difficult, stamp using one of our complementing PenPattern Background style stamps. Today our focus is on this adorable PenPattern Moose in the act of balancing his gift-giving load.

PenPattern Moose Wood Mount

Krissy Fossmeyer has a great holiday coloring of PenPattern Moose and she has instructions on how she made it here.

PenPattern Moose by Krissy Fossmeyer

If you’d like to see how these PenPattern designs work here’s a short video.

We have a couple of designers who want to share their moose projects with you today!

Kristine Reynolds

Janelle Stollfus

 

Quick Cards with Iconic Stampendous Stamps

Spending too much time stamping your quick cards and not enough time finishing them? Save a few extra minutes by using our Cling Jumbo Stamps. Here are two sets with sample ideas to get your cardmaking mojo on the move.

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Cling Delicate Snow – CRS5069

Here’s what you could expect from our Delicate Snow set. Embossing these snowflakes really adds to the delicate detail to create a gorgeous card with WOW! Krissy Fossmeyer has that WOW factor for her Delicate Snowflake Card. The adhesive pearls add just the right touch quickly and easily.

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Delicate Snowflake Card by Krissy Fossmeyer

 

Jumbo Cling Rubber Top Hat Snowman (CRS5056)
Jumbo Cling Rubber Top Hat Snowman (CRS5056)

There are some fun stamps in our Top Hat Snowman that span the  width of a tall card. You can see this set in action on Debi Hammons’ card.

Top Hat Snowman by Debi Hammons

A darling little snowman with his nested friend can be done again! There are instructions available on our website here. And to wrap up our quick card ideas here’s what our designer of the day is sharing.

 Janelle Stollfus

 

Leafy Backgrounds that Stand Out

Our PenPattern Leaves and Jumbo Leaves stamps are really spectacular, but it doesn’t mean that the background should go unnoticed. There is a stamp in our leafy line that can take care of that nicely.

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Leaf Background Stamp

Krissy Fossmeyer colored the background stamp so wonderfully that we were glad to see it still coming through the Kind Friendship and Leaf Background panel.

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Rhea found a way to capture the vivid colors of fall by using the Leaf Background stamp set as the focal point for her card.

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Let’s see what projects these two designers have made with some of our Lovely Leaves.

Jamie Martin

Tenia Nelson

The October Halloween Haunt Contest is over and we’ll be starting in on the November Challenge this Friday, that means there was a winner! Is it you? Go check it out if you haven’t yet done so.

Our leafy update: We are still watching our mailbox like a hawk so we can get the Jumbo Stamps and dies back in stock for our theme week. Good news you can still buy them even when our shelf is bare. See the list of online stores on our Tuesday post if you would rather grab them now over later.

Get Ready to BLOG HOP!!!

The amazing Stampendous Design Team and the stupendous Stampendous BlogStars Team #1 are joining their super powers this Saturday for the 2nd Stampendous Blog Hop!!

Join us here at 8am PDT for the list of blogs to go a hoppin’. You’re going to LOVE the prizes! We’ll give away 2 each of our BRAND NEW  Jumbo Cling Flowers. They include a stunning Tulip, a dazzling Tiger Lily, and a fantastic Dogwood branch. Each prize includes a Jumbo Handle, rapidly becoming our fastest selling item this lightweight, easy to hold and use handle is ideal for all your largest cling and clear stamps!

The new flowers are available on our website, at your local stamp or scrapbooking store, and on our Facebook store. You’ll go nuts over the ease of use, versatility, and just plain wonderfulness of these images. The DT gasped in astonishment, the BlogStars squealed with glee when they knew they were getting some, and everyone has made the most incredible things for you to look at. Here are some sneaky peeks for those who can’t wait!

How can you win these gorgeous examples of stampy goodness??? Join us here between Saturday, June 11  at 8am PDT and Tuesday, June 14th at midnight. Leave a comment on our blog, then visit each of the 13 DT blogs and leave a comment on EACH one. It really helps us if you could include your first name and last initial in your comment so that we can easily spot you on all the blogs. We’ll compile a list of which folks made it to all 14 blogs and they’ll go into a drawing for one of the fabulous new flower sets. We’ll announce the winners here on Friday, June 17th, so look for your name.  Can’t wait to see what new amazingness our creative designers produce. Be sure to join us Saturday!

Recycled Beauty

Krissy Fossmeyer has her third BlogStar post today with a beautiful idea on recycling and reuse! This is such a fabulous look and so clever. Here’s what Krissy has to say about it:

My oldest son and I were talking about recycling one day and about all the things that we recycle in our house.  We take the papers to the library every week for their paper fundraiser, we reuse as much as possible and our recycling can has more in it every week than our garbage can.  I’d like to think we’re pretty good at recycling.  Then he asked me if I could recycle a card.  I said that since they are paper they could be recycled.  He corrected me and said “No, can you make a recycled card?”  That little stinker challenged me!  So, it was ON!

After a bit of brainstorming, I remembered that I had a small stash of paint chips that I had picked up at Menard’s some time ago.  I first trimmed them  to remove all the writing that appeared on the front – although I don’t think that was necessary, I just liked the narrower size better for my layout.  I chose Agapanthus Thank You for the stamped image because the long, graceful blooms were the perfect size for the paint chips.  Plus, I think this stamp looks great when it is embossed in white.

Agapanthus Wish by Krissy Fossmeyer

I had so much fun making the first card, that I decided to make a set using a variety of colors.  I think I need to go back to the home improvement store and get more paint chips!

Agapanthus Rainbow by Krissy Fossmeyer

Hope all is well in your corner of the world and that you take time today to get inky!

recipe:  stamps: Stampendous! SSC1111 Agapanthus Thank You Perfectly Clear Stamps, SSC1109 Dandelion Wish Perfectly Clear Stamps; Tuskineko Ink: VersaMark, Tuxedo Black; The Paper Co; Stampendous! Detail White Embossing Powder; Pittsburgh Paints Paint Chips

 

Hopefully Spring is Springing for You!

It is for BlogStar Krissy Fossmeyer. We originally designed this chubby little chickadee as a winter stamp. You can see lots of examples of his winter persona on his product page here. But Krissy is bringing him on into Spring, and, of course, he’s cheerfully coming along for the ride (flight?). Here’s what Krissy had to say:

This morning I awoke to the sweet sounds of singing birds….could this mean Spring is coming?  I sure hope so!  I, for one, am ready!  You, too?

Chickadee by Krissy Fossmeyer

This card was inspired by the birds I heard this morning.  I love this cute little Chickadee and couldn’t wait to get him inky!  I’ve always loved the look of Musical Score, so this stamp had to find it’s way to my stamp table – I have a feeling I’ll give it a good workout!  My new favorite ink color is Tsukineko London Fog – I think it’s perfect for a muted background.  I was able to fit the Just a Note sentiment onto the bird image using my Stamp-a-ma-jig. (an invaluable tool!)  Add a ribbon and a few dots of Diamond Glaze and….VOILA!

I colored this image with my watercolor crayons.  It’s the first time I’ve used them in FOREVER and I forgot how much fun it is to just kind of wash color over your image.  I’ll be playing with them again soon!

Recipe:  Stamps: Stampendous! Chickadee , Music Score , Just a Note; Paper: The Paper Co.;  Ink: Tsukinkeo Tuxedo Black, London Fog; Plus: watercolor crayons; H2O pen/brush; Diamond Glaze; JoAnn’s ribbon; Stamp-a-ma-jig

Stampendous BlogStars – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Our next BlogStar for you to meet is Krissy Fossmeyer. Krissy is new to the Design Team game, but she’s  a big fan of Stampendous. Krissy is an Illinois stay at home mom to 5 and 6 year old boys, and she really enjoys stamping cards to send to the troops in Iraq for them to send home to their families.  She sent us an adorable St. Patrick’s Day card for her first blog post. This stamp set, SSC1048 Changito Shamrock Perfectly Clear Stamps, is no longer available directly from Stampendous, but your local stamp store may well have it in stock. You can find a local store here if you don’t have one. We’ve just updated this list and added dozens of new stores.

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Changito Shamrock by Krissy Fossmeyer
Krissy Fossmeyer

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Being a redhead, I’ve spent years listening to people tell me that St. Patrick’s Day must be MY holiday… nope… not a drop of Irish blood in me.  People are always shocked on St. Patrick’s Day to learn that I am not an Irish redhead, but a Swedish/English/German redhead… sorry to disappoint them!  So, as a kid I always kind of dreaded this holiday.  However, my husband and kids have Irish blood running through their veins, so it’s much more fun for me now.  Last year, when my oldest was in Kindergarten, we learned that leprechauns are very mischievous little blokes.  When he arrived at school that morning, the kids found that the little fellows had gotten into their classroom and wreaked all kinds of havoc!  They turned over the tables and chairs, doodled all over the whiteboard, turned over baskets of books….those little stinkers!  So, this year he’s excited to see what trouble they cause in first grade.

Anyway, I almost forgot why I was here today!  I wanted to share with you this St. Paddy’s Day card I made.  Everyone knows Changito is my little stamping buddy.  I love this little monkey!  I thought it would be fun to incorporate the Irish flag on the background of my card and highlight Changito with a scalloped circle.  I couldn’t resist using this really cute shamrock ribbon I found at JoAnn’s.  Unfortunately, this little “Changito Shamrock” stamp set has been discontinued, but I have seen it at a few stores recently, if you run out right away, maybe you can still find him!  Don’t wait one more minute!  If you can’t find Changito, get Irish Shorty by Stampendous, he would look really cute on this card, too!

OK, stamping friends, my time is up.  I hope you all have a wonderful day – watch out for those leprechauns!  Take time to get inky!

Recipe:  Stamps: Stampendous Changito Shamrock; Paper: The Paper Co, Core’dinations cardstock Orange, Bright White, Asparagus;  Ink: Tsukineko Tuxedo Black Memento, Gingerbread, Coffee Bean; Plus: Prismacolor Pencils, Goo Gone, Tortillons; Marvy Scalloped Circle Punch; CM Circle Cutting System; JoAnn’s ribbon; Misc. button