Thursday Treats!

Fall is just around the corner and Halloween is on its way. We just can’t resist this season with spooky fun and tiny treats! There’s candy in the office, Halloween decor (lots of it courtesy of our Design Team samples!), and tricky fun around every corner. In case you missed the fun earlier, here are the posts from MONDAY, TUESDAY, and WEDNESDAY this week.

Our adorable friends from House-Mouse Designs® find this season irresistible, too! Artist Ellen Jareckie has given Monica, Maxwell, Amanda, Muzzy and Mudpie an irrepressible urge to dress up and go looking for candy! They’ve got quite a sweet tooth!  Our Design Team loves to color these adorable critters, and they’ve got some delightful inspiration for you today.

Ellen’s Gruffies® like Halloween, too! Booda and Pebble have gathered some treats, but Pebble has spilled his! Poor thing, I’m sure Booda will help him pick them up, but some may end up in her basket! Have a gander at this adorable card that Suzanne Czosek colored with STAEDTLER Karat Aquarelle watercolor pencils – you can try this project yourself on our website HERE.

Spilled Treats by Suzanne Czosek
Spilled Treats by Suzanne Czosek

Now take a run by these terrific blogs and leave some love for our Design Team! They really appreciate it when you can stop by to say hi!

Rhea Weigand

Finally Winners – STAEDTLER and Stampendous

Oh, dear! We love giving products away, but it seems like collecting the winners and getting them posted takes so much time. A big sorry to those of you who have been on pins and needles!  Here are the winners of our week of blogging with the folks at STAEDTLER!

Stampendous Prizes –

From Janelle Stollfus‘ blog:

Iris from The Iris Blog

From Jennifer Dove‘s blog:

CraftyMom205

From Rhea Weigand‘s blog:

Barbara Macaskill

From Kristine Reynold‘s blog:

Sabrina

From the Stampendous Impressions blog:

Miriam Prantner

So you five lovely winners need to send your mailing information to me at: submissions@stampendous.com

STAEDTLER Prizes – (winners will need to visit the blogger listed and find out how to collect your prize!)

From Kellie Mowat‘s Blog (and BTW if you didn’t see the GREAT fingernails Kellie did with her Stampendous products, you MUST):

Isha Gupta

Kellie also gave away a bunch of the projects she made for the blog collaboration – You can see those winners HERE. And she also winds the prize of the blogger whose name I misspelled all week last week, sorry, Kellie!

From April Derrick‘s Blog:

Ava Gavloski

April also is mailing some Happy Mail to a couple of commenters and you can see them HERE.

I can’t see that Kim Stewart, Lisa Somerville or Suzanne Czosek have announced their winners yet – so you’ll just have to keep an eye on their blogs, they are here:

Kim Stewart

Lisa Somerville

Suzanne Czosek

Stampendous and STAEDTLER – A love that will last!

We’ve had waaaayyy too much fun this week playing with our friends over at STAEDTLER! They were so generous to our Design Team, and we’ve loved every second of showing you what we can do with their beautiful products. REMEMBER – Next week we’ll be playing with our friends at the Craft Resin Blog! Ooooh… You know that one is always popular, and we’ve got more prizes for that one – Tues – Friday next week!

But we’ve been busy, too!

So, for the Stampendous blog this weekend, we’ll start your Summer off right with some gorgeous new Summer images just loaded to our website. These “beachy keen” images are available at your favorite local retailer, or you can order them right on our website and your local retailer will ship them right out to you! (REMEMBER there’s FREE shipping on U.S. retail orders $50+)

Our in-house Sample Artist Debi Hammons has been using our STAEDTLER Karat Aquarelle pencils to color some terrific beach scenes we’ll be bringing to you all weekend.

Portland Head Lighthouse by Debi Hammons
Portland Head Lighthouse by Debi Hammons

Our Design Team is still playing with Balloons, or other terrific images and STAEDTLER, and You have until the end of the day on Monday to do ALL your commenting on ALL the blogs for the week so you can win, win, win the terrific prizes from STAEDTLER and Stampendous. Be sure to visit every one of the terrific blogs below this weekend and leave them a ton of love! They’ve all worked very hard to inspire you to pick up some great stamps and make some beautiful art!

Cyndi Bundy

Jamie Martin

Janelle Stollfus

Jennifer Dove

Krissy Fossmeyer

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Rhea Weigand

April Derrick

Kelli Mowat

Lisa Somerville

Stampendous Gets Carried Away with STAEDTLER

For this blog hop the generous folks at STAEDTLER sent our Design Team a terrific package of products. The team has had so much fun creating beautiful projects with these terrific tools.  Legendary for quality and durability, STAEDTLER products have a long been our choice here at Stampendous. We tried to get a little “out of the box” this week to use some of the terrific things they supplied to us. Our own Fran Seiford created a page for a Mixed Media Journal using her favorite Karat Aquarelle Pencils, our Jumbo Cling Butterfly Trio stamp and our Bicycle Works Background stamp as well as our Teal Encrusted Jewel Kit and our Frantage Embossing Kit. What a fun way to fly a kite!

Butterfly Bicycle Journal Page by Fran Seiford
Butterfly Bicycle Journal Page by Fran Seiford

Playing along today are several members of the STAEDTLER Design Team along with lots of our gals! Be sure to visit each of the blogs and leave a terrific comment for each one! We’ve got some great prizes, you can see them on Monday’s post. Here’s who is playing today:

Suzanne Czosek

Kelli Mowat

Krissy Fossmeyer

Kristine Reynolds

Lea Kimmel

Rhea Weigand

Stampendous + Staedtler = WOW!

COLORING –  It’s such a basic joy! I remember so fondly sitting down with my mom at the dining room table and coloring in a coloring book. Her page was always so neat and beautiful, and I loved learning from her how to shade and make those flat pictures of cartoon characters come to life.  Her’s are still better than mine, but I still love coloring. And Fran Seiford, Stampendous Owner and Chief Artistic Officer, is always so careful when designing stamps to make sure that we’re creating beautiful images for people who love to color.

One such group of images is our new Hot Air Balloon Trio, this stamp provides you with so many opportunities to create magically colored cards and scrapbook pages. Here’s a terrific page by Design Team Member Stephanie Lee

Hot Air Balloons by Stephanie Lee
Hot Air Balloons by Stephanie Lee

Lots of our Design Team Members and those on the STAEDTLER Design Team have some terrific inspiration for you today! Be sure to visit each one and leave an insightful comment to have a chance to win one of the many prize packages from Stampendous and STAEDTLER being offered this week!

Jamie Martin

Janelle Stollfus

Jennifer Dove

Kellie Mowat

Kim Stewart

April Derrick

FOR THOSE THAT ASKED:

Here’s a link to Monday’s blog post in case you missed the Prize Packages.  Stampendous & STAEDTLER – Color Your World

Here’s a link to STAEDTLER on Facebook – STAEDTLER North America  There seems to be a lot of creativity on their page!

I didn’t find a blog for them – but here’s a link to their website and their North American Design Team

Their products are available in every major retailer of craft supplies (and most minor retailers).

Fun with STAEDTLER – Over A Rainbow of Options

Over the Rainbow by Debi Hammons
Over the Rainbow by Debi Hammons

We’re celebrating the new Hot Air Balloons in our April Release this week, along with our blog Collaboration with STAEDTLER. Our in-house sample artist, Debi Hammons, colored this gorgeous new image with our trusty Karat Aquarelle pencils. We use them for everything here. Not only are they great for coloring, and watercoloring, just look at the cool effect of highlights you can achieve by just slightly changing pressure on the pencil! Stampendous Owner and Chief Artistic Officer Fran Seiford made a terrific video demonstrating colored pencil techniques with her favorite Aquarelles. It’s been one of our most popular videos ever!

We hope you’re tagging along with us for a whole week of fun with STAEDTLER! Since 1835 this company has catered to artists worldwide to provide the best in art products! They can trace their family making of pencils back to 1662! Wow! Now that’s the kind of history you don’t find everywhere!  Our artists and crafters love using STAEDTLER products and you’ll see why! Be sure to visit all the blogs and leave a comment on EVERY one! That will increase your chances of winning one of the two prize packages from Stampendous and STAEDTLER.

Here’s who is on your hopping path today:

Cyndi Bundy

Suzanne Czosek

Tenia Nelson

Kim Stewart

Kelli Mowat

By the way, so you don’t have to ask, we use VersaFine™ Onyx Black Instant Dry Pigment Ink from Imagine Crafts/Tsukinkeo® on Mohawk Color Copy 98 Bright White Cover for all of our samples.

Stampendous & STAEDTLER – Color Your World

Hot Air Trio by Kristine Reynolds
Hot Air Trio by Kristine Reynolds

We want to welcome you to a colorful week of blog collaboration with the folks at STAEDTLER, the place where fine German craftsmanship meets gorgeous artistry. You’re familiar already with tons of STAEDTLER products, their Mars Eraser is legendary, and Fimo Clay is classic. We have been huge fans of their products for years, and their Karat Aquarelle pencils are Fran’s absolute favorite colored pencil.

This week we’re teaming up with their Design Team to create some gorgeously colored projects featuring Stampendous products as well. And we’re continuing our April Release features, focusing this week on our new Hot Air Balloon stamps! A product combination made in heaven! PLUS there are prizes, of course!

Each day we’ll post the list of all participating Design Team Members. You’ll want to leave a comment EVERY DAY on EVERY BLOG because at the end of the week the STAEDTLERDesigners will each give away one package to someone who commented on their blog this week. Their prize package consists of:

Staedtler Prize Package
Staedtler Prize Package

Oh yeah!! But wait there’s more! Each day the Stampendous Design Team Members will pool their daily comments and choose one random winner for our prize package – our new Hot Air Scapes and Soaring Sentiments Perfectly Clear Stamps plus a Jumbo Handle to use with them:

Stampendous Prize Package
Stampendous Prize Package

So get ready for some gorgeously colorful projects! Be sure to leave insightful comments that show you really looked at the projects (which means more than just “that’s cute” or “cool”) and PLEASE share on your Facebook Timeline, Twitter Feed, etc… Tag us in your share with a @Stampendous or #Stampendous and there will be an extra big prize package at the end of the week for one lucky hopper!  Come back every day for a new list of linked artists.

Kristine Reynolds

Tobi Crawford

Lisa Somerville

April Derrick

Kelli Mowat