And the Stockings Were Hung!

Getting Ready for Christmas

The adorable friends from House-Mouse Designs® have spent all week decorating the house and decking the halls! They’re ready for Santa to come down the chimney and bring them some treats. We’re sharing some great samples from our July Catalog this week made by our terrific Design Team. Maybe one of them will inspire you to get your holiday decorate on!! You can click on the pictures to see the projects on our website with supply list and instructions.

They’ve decorated their tree! Although it’s a wonder they have any ornaments left after Monica’s Balancing Act!

Balancing Act by Jamie Martin
Balancing Act by Jamie Martin

They’ve put the finishing touches on the Christmas Cookies, although knowing Amanda and Maxwell there might not be any left for Santa!

Finishing Touch by Kristine Reynolds
Finishing Touch by Kristine Reynolds

They’ve wrapped the gifts… uh… well… maybe Maxwell, Monica and Amanda are hoping for a ride in Santa’s Sleigh??

Bow Tied by Kristine Reynolds
Bow Tied by Kristine Reynolds

They’ve sung in the Christmas pageant, Mudpie and Monica were the angels!

Angel Mice by Kristine Reynolds
Angel Mice by Kristine Reynolds

Mudpie even put out the cookies for Santa! And a note… just to explain.

Santa Cookies by Jennifer Dove
Santa Cookies by Jennifer Dove

Finally the stockings are hung by the chimney with care. Maxwell is taking no chances that Santa might miss his! He’s even got a peppermint stick for Old St. Nick. Well… what’s left of one anyway!

Stockings Hung by Tobi Crawford
Stockings Hung by Tobi Crawford

We hope you’ve enjoyed our take on Getting Ready for Christmas! We’ve sure had a blast sharing these terrific samples with you! And, of course, we want to close by saying, “Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!”

Santa Mouse by Kristine Reynolds
Santa Mouse by Kristine Reynolds

 

Christmas Preparations!

Getting Ready for Christmas

Like it or not, the holidays are fast approaching! When do you decorate for Christmas? (or whatever holiday you celebrate)  Do you like to have all your decorations up when the family comes for Thanksgiving? Do you avoid the Black Friday crowds and stay home to deck the halls? Are you content with a wreath on the door and a Merry Christmas on your lips? Or do you make every room in your house a dazzling showplace to Christmas?

Our friends at House-Mouse Designs® go all out! They want to impress Santa so that he’ll leave them goodies galore!  Our design team is swamped this week with the Tue-Wed-Thu blog hop with Spellbinders and the Fri-Sat-Sun blog hop with Tombow! (sooo much goodness for one week) We’re going to help them out in the afternoons by sharing some of the “holiday preparations” cards and projects they made for our catalog. If you click on the picture it will take you to the Supplies and Instructions on our website. We hope you find some inspiration for your own holiday cards (or decorations!) this year.

Stringing cranberries is a fun activity to do with kids. We always added popcorn, but I imagine that Muzzy ate all the popcorn (like we used to) before she got this far!

Pinecone Tree by Debi Hammons
Pinecone Tree by Debi Hammons
Getting Ready for Christmas Box by Debbie Cole, CDA
Getting Ready for Christmas Box by Debbie Cole, CDA

Come back and visit us tomorrow (after you finish your Spellbinders Hopping…oooh the prizes!!) and we’ll have more fun Christmas preparations for you!

 

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.

Cling Delicate Snow – CRS5069
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

 

Raven Wrap Up!

Ravens Ruled this week on our blog! We’re so glad you could join us!

Several of our Design Team Members made great samples using our Crows and Ravens, but they were posting with the Dreamweaver/Core’dinations collaboration and didn’t have another chance to post their projects! We wanted you to see them here.

Clicking on a photo below will take you to that project on our website with full supplies and instructions so you can get flying with us.

Thanks for joining us this week!!

Crow Caw by Tenia Nelson
Crow Caw by Tenia Nelson
Raven Background by Debi Hammons
Raven Background by Debi Hammons
Halloween Diamonds Necklace by Debbie Cole
Halloween Diamonds Necklace by Debbie Cole
Raven Background by Kristine Reynolds
Raven Background by Kristine Reynolds

Counting(down) Crows to Halloween

Stampendous crow and raven stamps are among our very top sellers this time of year!  In addition to our new Crow Caw stamp, and our classic Raven Background stamp, we also have our terrific Crowscape! This large background stamp is perfect for adding any focal point or greeting! Take a look at this amazing card from Jennifer Dove featuring this image! Love how she tore the top then “stitched” it closed!

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Crowscape card by Jennifer Dove

Or this fantastic bookmark by Wendy Price showing how even a small part of this stamp can be highly effective!

Crowscape Bookmark by Wendy Price
Crowscape Bookmark by Wendy Price

Some of our Design Team Members would like to share their crow creations with you during our Ravens Rule week! Flap on over and give them some comment treats!

Jamie Martin

A Murder of Crows!

Yes, a group of crows is called a murder (not a flock)! No wonder they’re associated with being up to no good! Crows and ravens habitually steal things. They are typically scavengers and will eat just about anything, including dead animals, so they’re often associated with death. They are, however, extremely family-oriented birds that care a great deal about their… uh… murder members?!

Here at Stampendous they just make great rubber stamps. Iconic images that are perfect for your Halloween greetings! Check out this terrific card by Wend Jordan featuring our Raven Background stamp! Wow! The Trick or Treat Color Fragments she used around the edges really set off the central design!

Raven Background by Wendy Jordan
Raven Background by Wendy Jordan

Check out the offerings from our Design Team Members today for Ravens Rule Week! Let our black birds put you in the mood for some Halloween fun!

Kristine Reynolds

Ravens Rule!

Is there anything cooler or more evocative of a frosty Halloween night than the sight of an ominous, black raven? These birds are among the smartest in the animal kingdom, actually using tools to find food. They can even be taught to talk.

Stampendous offers some great raven/crow images for your spooky stamping pleasure, including a new one this year, Crow Caw! Isn’t he gorgeous?!

M316 Crow Caw in Wood Mounted style. Also available in Cling Rubber.
M316 Crow Caw in Wood Mounted style. Also available in Cling Rubber.

Take a peek at some great projects from our Design Team featuring our birds of a feather! Leave them some love in their comments, too! That’s their Treat for the season!

Wendy Price

Kristine Reynolds

Friendly Witch Friday

Well, it’s finally Friday this week, and the witches of Stampendous have to get brewing their Halloween potions! We hope you’ve enjoyed your magical week of bewitching creations! We want to leave you with a last few gorgeous projects.

We’re sharing here this terrific creation from Jennie Lin Black! She shared it on her blog earlier in September HERE. A far cry from Macbeth’s three hags, these are the cutest three witches you’ll ever see! Those darling House-Mouse Designs® friends are ready to ride away on their broom! Do you think they’ll leave little pumpkin Mudpie behind? Jennie did the most amazing work on the bricks in this picture. She explains how she did it on her blog post.

Three Witches by Jennie Black
Three Witches by Jennie Black – House-Mouse Designs® copyright Ellen Jareckie, Greeting from Tricky Words Perfectly Clear Stamps™ by Stampendous

Three other terrific designers have Witchy Wonders on their blogs today! Be sure to check them out and cast a spell of love for them with a kind comment on their projects.

Lea Kimmel

 Janelle Stollfus

 Pam Hornshu

Finally – be sure to join us next week when we’ll be collaborating with Dreamweaver Stencils (always fun!) and Core’dinations Cardstocks (even more fun!) for a terrific blog hoppin’ week with great prizes! We’ll be getting our Christmas on!  AND our Halloween explorations will continue with some posts devoted to the Stampendous ravens and crows – Ravens Rule!  Lots going on next week!

 

Which Witch Wednesday

Our gathering of witches this week come in all styles of character. They’ll do wonders for your Halloween stamping collection, it’s just a matter of which witch you’ll choose next. Our Scraggly Cat is donning his witches hat looking spooky and cute at the same time. Here he is in our wood mount option.

Scraggly Cat Wood Mount Stamp

Scraggly Cat Card by Jennifer Dove
Scraggly Cat Card by Jennifer Dove

Jennifer Dove created this wickedly spooky card with Scraggly Cat and Skull Stack background for our July Catalog. Have you looked at it lately, it’s really a trove of inspiration.

On with more Witchy Wonders today shared by some incredible designers.

Amy Hurley-Purdie
Jennie Lin Black

Cackling Witch Fun

We love a great Halloween invitation, one that shows exactly how much fun will be had if we go! And oh, it would be great to share in our scrapbook pages afterwards. Our Witchy Dance Stamp can accomplish this and more with some creative imagination.

Q203 Witchy Dance Wood Mounted Stamp (also available in Cling Rubber)
Q203 Witchy Dance Wood Mounted Stamp (also available in Cling Rubber)

But it’s also awesome for your Halloween party decor, like this gum ball machine created by Debbie Cole to entertain trick or treating guests. If you’d like to make one, too, you can find the unfinished gumball machine from Viking Wood Products HERE. They generously sent one to Debbie for this project.

Tricky Words Gum Ball Machine by Debbie Cole
Tricky Words Gum Ball Machine by Debbie Cole

There’s more projects to entice you to watch our witchy wonders this week.

Jamie Martin

Rhea Weigand