Get Your “Boo” on with Birds and Bones!

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The season of SCARY is coming our way!!! What will you stamp for HALLOWEEN Day??!!  We’ve got lots of choices, and this final option comes to us from
mixed media artist Andy Skinner who is always working up something SPOOKY. Take a look at his latest offering, Birds and Bones.

ASCRS10 Birds and Bones
ASCRS10 Birds and Bones

That large image on the left is a bird skull…. ewwwww… cooooool!!! And wait until you see the results!

 

Wow, right??!! Let’s have a look at the other, available Andy Skinner stamp sets. They’re all wonderful for adding a touch of creepy to your Halloween life or even your everyday stamping!  You can find all of Andy’s wonderful images on our website HERE.

 

Would you like to get your CREEPY on with your very own set of Birds and Bones??? Yeah, we thought you might! So here’s what you need to do. Visit all of our posts from this week. MONDAY, WEDNESDAY, and today, of course. Then leave a comment below telling us how many words were PURPLE, how many words were LIME GREEN, and how many words were ORANGE. (yes, including the ones in that sentence, right there) AND be sure to tell us if you have a U.S. Mailing address because only US addresses are eligible for our contests. (Official Rules live HERE)

And while you’re hopping around, winning and such, stop by our Design Team posts and tell them how much you love their HALLOWEEN stamping! So much fun from such talented folks!

Janelle Stollfus

Lea Fritts

Louise Healy

 

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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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Paisley for All!

Peacock and Paisley

We have two great stamp sets with coordinating dies to share this week. On Monday we met our Poised Peacock and our Paisley Patterns. Both Cling Rubber Stamp Sets come with a free template for masking the images or creating super cool backgrounds. Both also have available, matching, cutting dies! You’ll love these gorgeous sets! (and Free Shipping with Promo Code BLG717 on orders over $50)

On Wednesday we took a closer look at our Poised Peacock. So today, let’s investigate our Paisley Patterns set a little more closely! This awesome set includes six stamps. Five are very definite elements and they have corresponding cutting dies in the die set. The sixth stamp is a wonderful background that is delightful colored in, tone on tone, or even used as a resist pattern. The included stencil/mask set for the five elements is perfect for masking/layering or for coloring them in with stencil brushes, sponges, paint, or other methods.

Fran has created a great video sharing her samples with these fun stamp images:

Wanna win one?

We’ll give away one Poised Peacock Stamp Set and Cutting Dies and one Paisley Patterns Stamp Set and Cutting Dies (so two lucky winners) this week! Just leave us a comment telling us if you’ve ever seen a live peacock! Where? When? Was it just the coolest? We want to know! Or if you’re more Paisley than Peacock, tell us about your lifelong love affair with those irresistible patterns!  U.S. Winners only – Official Rules.

We have so enjoyed this week reading your hilarious adventures with peacocks all over the world. Who knew so many people had chased or been chased by them! You’re all awesome story tellers!! We can sure see that a lot of you would love one of these sets!

We have Design Team Members playing along today –

Pam Bray

Louise Healy

Lea Fritts

 

And some inspiration from our website – All these samples are by Fran Seiford. You can find them all on our website by searching “Paisley”.

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Artful Adventures in Mixed Media

Nathalie Kalbach with her new book

We’re really excited to announce that our friend and stamp artist, Nathalie Kalbach, has just released her first book. Artful Adventures in Mixed Media is a gorgeous romp through Nathalie’s experiences creating mixed media art, keeping a journal, and meeting and teaching with some of the hottest names in mixed media today. (of course, Nathalie is a hot name, too, and those people are lucky to be working with her!). You’ll love it!! Plus it contains lots of her art made with her Stampendous Stamps!

She’s giving away a couple copies of her book on her blog, so don’t miss this opportunity! Click this LINK

And join her for her Facebook Live Event on Thursday to enter to win a copy. Click the image below.

Nathalie's Facebook Live Event Link

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Ministry of Mixology in Buena Park, CA

If you’ve been waiting for the dynamic duo of Tracy Weinzapfel and Andy Skinner to return to America in their stunning Ministry of Mixology Mixed Media Retreat Series, wait no longer! This is your chance to see this amazing team of mixed media artists in action. This event will sell out, so be sure to get your tickets early.

Plus, we’ll offer you a few insider tips from folks who live practically next door to this fantastic venue! Here’s our first tip: Get up REALLY early on your first morning there, tiptoe across the street from the hotel to the new Porto’s Cuban Bakery! If you’ve ever had anything better in your life than their potato balls (deep fried mashed potatoes stuffed with meat), we’d be surprised. But go early! They can have up to a 3 hour line for their amazing offerings.

We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity! Tracy and Andy are remarkable teachers who make mixed media fun and fast!

 

Learn all the details about this fun retreat at the Ministry of Mixology website!

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Stampendous and DecoArt Blog Hop Winners!

Wow! Wasn’t last week a spectacular inspiration of mixed media projects! Thank you to all the terrific from both design teams who really brought out their best ideas! And thank you for all the kind and thoughtful comments left on our blog posts.  If you missed it take some time to hop through for project ideas, tips, and techniques to use on your own projects!

If you missed the hop or want to refresh your inspiration list for project ideas, tips, and techniques here are the Stampendous links to the week of hop; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. You can also stop by our Stampendous and DecoArt Pinterest board for inspiration beyond just our hop last week. We add new projects all the time so subscribe to our boards and never miss out!

Now for the exciting announcement of our winners who will each receive a prize package that includes:

Stampendous:

  • ASCRS07 Cling Handle with Care
  • ASCRS08 Cling Skuldoggery
  • ASCRS09 Cling Unexplained
DecoArt:

  • Quinacridone Magenta
  • Cobalt Turquoise Hue
  • Cobalt Teal Hue
  • Primary Magenta
  • Transparent Yellow Iron Oxide
  • Paynes Gray
  • Carbon Black
  • Titanium White
  • Prussian Blue Hue
  • Phthalo Blue
 

  • Quinacridone Gold
  • Diarylide Yellow
  • Pyrrole Red
  • Green Gold
  • Primary Yellow Media Mister
  • Titanium White Antiquing Cream
  • Patina Antiquing Cream
  • 8oz Bottle Lamp Black Americana Acrylic Paint

Our winners are picked using Random.org from all the participating blog hop posts from both company blogs and their teams. Here are the winners!

Stampendous Wednesday Post – Jackie P Neal

Mark Gould’s Friday Post – Amy Martin

Louise Healy’s Thursday Post – JPScraps

Congratulations! Winners, please email your mailing address to submissions@stampendous.com.

Stampendous and DecoArt Blog Hop Finale

Our final day of the hop has arrived and we at Stampendous want to thank DecoArt and their SUPER talented design team for a great hop, great inspiration and a huge thank you to all who stopped by to leave a thoughtful comment.

 

Prizes!!! Comment to win one of three HUGE prize packages that include Andy Skinner stamps and DecoArt Media™ Paint plus more!  US winners only, see Stampendous Official Contest Rules here for more details. Commenting will stay open through the weekend and close at midnight Pacific time on Sunday, March 19th.

Ready for today’s inspiration? Here are the designer’s participating today –

 

Friday

Pam Bray
Jamie Martin
Louise Healy
Asia King
Janelle Stollfus
Lea Fritts
Alison Heikkila
Katy Leitch
Mark Gould
DecoArt Blog

Here are links to our earlier posts this week in case you missed seeing all the fantastic projects!

Thursday

Stampendous Blog
Louise Healy
Lea Fritts
Katy Leitch
Kitty Miller
DecoArt Blog

Wednesday

Stampendous Blog
Jamie Martin
Louise Healy
Mark Gould
DecoArt Blog

Tuesday

Stampendous Blog
Tracy Easson
DecoArt Blog

Monday

Stampendous Blog
Pam Bray
Louise Healy
Asia King
Janelle Stollfus
Alison Heikkila
DecoArt Blog

Join Us!

Stampendous and DecoArt are teaming up to bring you a wonderful class opportunity, open to the public!

The Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) show has joined the Association for Creative Industries (AFCI)(formerly CHA) in presenting a fantastic Spring crafting opportunity. If you’re in or near Daytona Beach, Florida, don’t miss this wonderful chance to paint along with the amazing Chris Haughey and our own Tammie Wilson. This class will be fantastic.

You can register for this class by CLICKING HERE!

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Stampendous and DecoArt Blog Hop Day 4

Welcome to day 4 of our hop! Enjoy the designer’s projects today, and before you go, here is a quick gallery of tags Andy Skinner created for the product packaging of his new stamps using his painting techniques with DecoArt Media paints.

Prizes!!!!! Comment to win one of three HUGE prize packages that include Andy Skinner stamps and DecoArt Media™ Paint plus more! All the products are sneak peeked in the banner at the top of this post, but a full list is available on Monday’s post.  US winners only, see Stampendous Official Contest Rules here for more details.

Here is the list of designers participating in today’s hop plus a link to Kitty Miller’s personal blog post about her Shakespeare Art Blocks. Stop by and give her a little bit of comment love!

Thursday

Louise Healy
Lea Fritts
Katy Leitch
Kitty Miller
DecoArt Blog

Here are links to our earlier posts this week in case you missed seeing all the fantastic projects!

Wednesday

Stampendous Blog
Jamie Martin
Louise Healy
Mark Gould
DecoArt Blog

Tuesday

Stampendous Blog
Tracy Easson
DecoArt Blog

Monday

Stampendous Blog
Pam Bray
Louise Healy
Asia King
Janelle Stollfus
Alison Heikkila
DecoArt Blog

 

Join Us!

Stampendous and DecoArt are teaming up to bring you a wonderful class opportunity, open to the public!

The Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) show has joined the Association for Creative Industries (AFCI)(formerly CHA) in presenting a fantastic Spring crafting opportunity. If you’re in or near Daytona Beach, Florida, don’t miss this wonderful chance to paint along with the amazing Chris Haughey and our own Tammie Wilson. This class will be fantastic.

You can register for this class by CLICKING HERE!

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Stampendous and DecoArt Blog Hop Day 3

Our blog hop is already on day 3, and with so many amazing projects from earlier this week, we can’t wait to get started and see what today brings us!

If you are new to combining paints with your stamps, you’ll enjoy watching Andy Skinner here in this video from our booth at Winter CHA in 2016. You can also see more of Andy using the Media line of products on DecoArt’s Education website.

Prizes!!!!! Comment to win one of three HUGE prize packages that include Andy Skinner stamps and DecoArt Media™ Paint plus more! All the products are sneak peeked in the banner at the top of this post, but a full list is available on Monday’s post.  US winners only, see Stampendous Official Contest Rules here for more details.

And here are the designers participating in today’s hop –

Wednesday

Stampendous Blog
Jamie Martin
Louise Healy
Mark Gould
DecoArt Blog

 

If you are just joining us, we have the rest of the hop links handy from earlier this week to catch up on all the fabulous inspiration!

Tuesday

Stampendous Blog
Tracy Easson
DecoArt Blog

Monday

Stampendous Blog
Pam Bray
Louise Healy
Asia King
Janelle Stollfus
Alison Heikkila

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Join Us!

Stampendous and DecoArt are teaming up to bring you a wonderful class opportunity, open to the public!

The Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) show has joined the Association for Creative Industries (AFCI)(formerly CHA) in presenting a fantastic Spring crafting opportunity. If you’re in or near Daytona Beach, Florida, don’t miss this wonderful chance to paint along with the amazing Chris Haughey and our own Tammie Wilson. This class will be fantastic.

You can register for this class by CLICKING HERE!

SDP Stampendous Class Flyer

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Stampendous and DecoArt Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome back, everyone! We have a special post today for our hop coming from DecoArt design team member Kitty Miller. She has an incredible Shakespeare-themed project to share with us for her guest post! Welcome, Kitty!

I was so excited when I received my Stampendous Stamps by Andy Skinner. I immediately thought of Shakespeare and the set props and costumes and decided to make a set of themed blocks to showcase some of my favorite quotes and to celebrate literature.

Shakespeare Block 1
First I painted all of the blocks with a thin coat of DecoArt Matte Medium and let that dry. While that was drying, I ripped up a bunch of papers that I liked from books, song hymnals, scrapbook paper and letters. I rip the pieces towards me so that I do not get that white edge on any of the papers that I am collaging down as that will draw paint into it and attract the eye.
Once I get all of the blocks covered in torn papers, I collage down the images I am using and then coat the blocks with two coats of matte medium letting them dry in between coats. After the blocks are all covered with the matte medium and dry, I like to paint the backgrounds with a thin watered down coat of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in a variety of colors, drying between colors, so the colors don’t mix and make mud. I also like to take some Paynes Grey and shade around the collaged items with a flat brush and the watered down paint.
Next, I stamped a bunch of the images onto the blocks that coordinated with the images and the quotes that I was using.
Once all of the images are collaged down the stamps need to be painted. I use small detail brushes and the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics to paint over all of the images, to bring them to life and make them my own. Paint all eyes, hair, feathers, etc.
I wanted some texture and interest on the top of the blocks too. So for this one I spread DecoArt Modeling Paste and spread a thin layer on top of the block with a palette knife, once the modeling paste was almost dry I sprayed the Andy Skinner Rubber Stamp with water and pressed it into the modeling paste to make an impression and then dried with the craft dryer. I the painted it with thin coats of DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Raw Umber, Paynes Grey, and Burnt Umber. I let that dry and then I super glued on a knob.
For this block, I painted the Andy Skinner Stamp with The DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Paynes Grey, White, and Burnt Umber. Them I sprayed a bit of DecoArt Media Misters in Red.

Take the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic Paint in Carbon Black on your finger and rub it around all of the edges.

 

Shakespeare Block 2
For the side of block two I used DecoArt Liquid Glass over the bottles to give them dimension. I spread DecoArt Crackle Paste mixed with just a couple of drops of the DecoArt Media Fluid acrylic in Burnt Umber. Once that was dry I brushed DecoArt Media fluid acrylics watered down a tiny bit in Gold and Burnt Umber letting it dry between coats. I also rubbed the edges with some of the DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Cosmic Blue and then also did the edges with Carbon Black DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic with my finger.
For this side, I just glued down my character and did the sides with the Metallic Lustre and the Carbon Black paint mentioned for the previous side. I didn’t do much else as I did not want to cover the bugs.
 For this side, I glued down my fashion model image and painted the face, and hair and added some antlers. Then I made a mask out of deli paper to protect her and put the DecoArt doily stencil down and applied Indigo Blu FlitterGlu with a sponge through the stencil and applied gold leaf to it. I also rubbed the edges with DecoArt Fluid Acrylic Paint in Carbon Black and DecoArt Metallic Lustre in Cosmic Blue with my fingers.
For this side of the block, I painted the birds with a small detail brush and DecoArt Fluid Acrylics. I also rubbed more of the Metallic Lustre in Cosmic Blue on it, sprayed a tiny bit of the DecoArt Media Mister in Red and rubbed the sides with my finger and the Carbon Black DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic.
For the top of block two, I applied the DecoArt Crackle Paste mixed with a tiny bit of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Phthalo Turquoise. One DryI rubbed it with DecoArtFluid Acrylics in Phthalo Turquoise, Burnt Umber and Ultramarine Blue letting dry between colors and wiping off excess. Once dry I applied gold and copper leaf and then glued on a knob.

 

Shakespeare Block 3
  For block 3 first side I used a medallion for a cupboard from the hardware store and dry brushed it with DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Prussian Blue, Cobalt Turquoise, and Paynes Grey till I got a color I like.

I covered the side of the block with DecoArt Texture Paste mixed with a little bit of the burnt umber in the Media Fluid acrylic. once that is dry I brushed on the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in Cobalt Turquoise, Phthalo Turquoise and Burnt Umber letting dry between colors and wiping off excess with a baby wipe. Then glue the medallion to the block with glue I used E6000. Glue little fake half pearls where the nail holes are and paint in Paynes reGy and Cobalt turquoise until they look like aged nail heads.

For the top of this block I applied DecoArt Crackle Paste mixed with a bit of Paynes Grey, when it was dry I rubbed on Burnt Umber and Phthalo Turquoise DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics letting dry between coats and rubbing off the excess.
 For the rest of the sides, I just collaged the images down and shaded around them with Paynes Grey. I painted my Day of the Dead fashion model.

 

Shakespeare Block 4
 For block 4 I used the same techniques, I shaded around the collaged images, painted all of the collaged images
used DecoArt Crackle Paste and then rubbed paint over them removing the excess when dry with diaper wipes I used several of the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics in the Magenta and Red hues. I rubbed the Carbon Black on with my finger and then stamped words from the Andy Skinner stamp collection.

 

Shakespeare Block 5
For block 5 the top was done exactly like block 4. The collaged images were all painted with the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylics, and the corners were done with the Crackle Paste and stained with the Media Fluid Acrylics drying and wiping off excess with baby wipes as mentioned above.

 

Shakespeare Block 6
For block 6 I really just collaged down the images, Stamped on the words in the Andy Skinner Stampendous stamps and painted the background around the collaged owl. I rubbed all of the corners with the DecoArt Media Fluid Acrylic in Black.

Once all the blocks were dry, I sprayed them with DecoArt Glossy Spray Finish.

These blocks were so fun to make. I hope you make a set you can enjoy too.

Thank you, Kitty! These blocks are amazing and showcase Andy’s stamps with the DecoArt Media products that just happen to be a part of our prizes for the hop!

Prizes!!!!! Comment to win one of three HUGE prize packages that include Andy Skinner stamps and DecoArt Media™ Paint plus more! All the products are sneak peeked in the banner at the top of this post, but a full list is available on Monday’s post.  US winners only, see Stampendous Official Contest Rules here for more details.

Here are the designer’s participating in today’s hop –

Tuesday

Tracy Easson
DecoArt Blog

Did you miss Monday’s post?

Monday

Stampendous Blog
Pam Bray
Louise Healy
Asia King
Janelle Stollfus
Alison Heikkila
DecoArt Blog

 

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Join Us!

Stampendous and DecoArt are teaming up to bring you a wonderful class opportunity, open to the public!

The Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) show has joined the Association for Creative Industries (AFCI)(formerly CHA) in presenting a fantastic Spring crafting opportunity. If you’re in or near Daytona Beach, Florida, don’t miss this wonderful chance to paint along with the amazing Chris Haughey and our own Tammie Wilson. This class will be fantastic.

You can register for this class by CLICKING HERE!

SDP Stampendous Class Flyer

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