Part of Your World 1: Look at this Stuff!

Isn’t it Neat?
Wouldn’t you say our collection’s complete?

We’ve been swimming with mermaids this week in our Part of Your World 1 series. Be sure to join us next week for Part of Your World 2: Under the Sea!

Today we’re sharing one of our most popular stamps of all time! Our Mermaid stamp has been with us since January 2011, and she’s still one of our best sellers.

P151 Mermaid Stamp

She’s been featured in some of the biggest craft stores, like Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics, and she’s been offered by most of our independent retailers as well. She’s been the focus of tons of wonderful projects like the ones below: (click on them to make them larger)

 

But the pièce de résistance, we’re sure you’ll agree, is this amazing project by Design Team Alumni Suzanne Czosek! This project is our all-time most pinned project on Pinterest! It’s been shared and pinned to boards almost 8,000 times! Isn’t it luscious, with all that Halo Glitter, and Color Fragments, and so much more goodness! It’s really one of our favorites ever!

Do you have a sample you’ve made with our beautiful Mermaid Stamp? We’d love to see it! Feel free to post it on social media and tag us with #Stampendous or @Stampendous. Or post it on our Stampendous Facebook Group, our Stampendous Flickr Group, or email us at submissions@stampendous.com.  You can also upload a Stampendous project of your own at any time at https://www.stampendous.com. On the front page of our site you’ll see a place to Submit Your Project.

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Part of Your World 1: Mermaids and Friends

Mermaids are really hot right now! You see them everywhere you shop. We’re lucky enough to have some of the coolest mermaids in town.

In addition to the wonderful Mermaid Fishes Set from artist Laurel Burch that we introduced Monday, we still have our awesome Mermaid Friends set.

CRS5088 Mermaids Cling Stamp Set and DCS5088 Mermaids Die Set

Like most of our Cling Rubber Stamp Sets with coordinating Cutting Dies, this is a Limited Edition.  If you’ve been waiting to add this gorgeous mermaid, staring into a beautiful pearl, surrounded by her fun, eager friends, to your collection, you might not want to wait much longer. Take a look at just some of the great inspiration using this wonderful set. You can see that all the pieces work seamlessly together, and they all shine separately as well! (And they all look amazing with those Graphic45 papers! Thanks G45!) You can click on an image to see it full sized.

 

Loving our Mermaid and Friends??? We sure do! Take a moment or two to watch Fran make some of these gorgeous cards!

 

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Part of Your World 1: There be Mermaids!

Laurel Burch Mermaid Fish

 

We’re really excited this week at Stampendous to showcase our newest edition to our Mermaid family. This fantastic Cling Rubber Stamp Set by artist Laurel Burch adds a whimsical mermaid and her fishy friends to our other two, already popular, mermaid stamps. Colored by our own Fran Seiford in the delightful, brilliant color scheme favored by Laurel, this mermaid is as at home on a card as she is in the sea. We’ll be sharing lots of other ideas for her this week. Why not get your own and color along! We’d love to sea your projects! (Sea what we did there?) You can find this great set at your favorite stamp retailer or on our website, where your orders are fulfilled by independent, local stamp stores.  You can share projects on our Facebook Group, our Flickr Group, or email them to submissions@stampendous.com and we’ll share them for you!  You can also check out our Laurel Burch by Stampendous Pinterest Board for loads of inspiration!  (If you create something and post it online, be sure to let us know so we can pin it here!)

 

Remember, you can download your very own guide for coloring Laurel Burch images on our website! Just click on the photo below!

Laurel Burch Coloring Chart - colored with Copic Markers
Laurel Burch Coloring Guide

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HappyHoppers® are on the Loose!

We are so blessed and grateful to be carrying the House-Mouse Designs® characters here at Stampendous. We opened our collection last Fall with the delightful mice for Halloween, Fall and Christmas. Then in our October Catalog we added the darling HappyHoppers® bunnies to the team, and these sweet rabbits have stolen our hearts! We added more of them to our line in the January Catalog, and this week our team is showing you their favorite creations with these wonderful creatures from the pen of Ellen Jareckie! So many of them are perfect for Mother’s Day, or Baby, or Father’s Day. We’re just so excited to have these options. In this stamp Hop-It reads a story to Bumble and Itty Bit! So sweet.

HHP02 Reading Rabbits
HHP02 Reading Rabbits

Let’s see what our designers have posted for the beginning of this week:

Janelle Stollfus

Rhea Weigand

Kristine Reynolds

 

We’re Itching to Tie with May Arts Ribbon!

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Nothing says “open me” like a beautiful bow on a package, card or project. We always try to encourage our Design Team to focus their projects on the Stampendous Product, of course, but they can never resist putting a huge, beautiful bow on at least one project. The May Arts Ribbon that we receive from this terrific company just makes your fingers itch to tie something incredible. Here are some of the terrific projects we’ve received from our team with gorgeous bows on them:

Piano Playing Bear by Kristine Reynolds
House-Mouse Designs® Gruffies® Piano Player by Kristine Reynolds. Featuring Denim Ribbon by May Arts
House-Mouse Designs® HappyHoppers® Knit Chick Purl 2 by Suzanne Czosek Featuring Pink Silk ribbon by May Arts
House-Mouse Designs® HappyHoppers® Knit Chick Purl 2 by Suzanne Czosek
Featuring Pink Silk ribbon by May Arts
House-Mouse Designs® HappyHoppers Puddle Fun by Jamie Martin. Featuring Horizontal Stripe Ribbon by May Arts
House-Mouse Designs® HappyHoppers Puddle Fun by Jamie Martin.
Featuring Horizontal Stripe Ribbon by May Arts
Bowl Bouquet by Krissy Fossmeyer  Featuring Yellow Silk Ribbon by May Arts
Bowl Bouquet by Krissy Fossmeyer
Featuring Yellow Silk Ribbon by May Arts
Puddle Fun Tag by Stephanie Lee with Striped Ribbon by May Arts
Puddle Fun Tag by Stephanie Lee with Striped Ribbon and Bakers Twine by May Arts

Now it’s time to go hop for your chance to win one of three prize packages featuring a Jumbo Cling Flower Stamp Set and Jumbo Clear Handle from Stampendous and your choice of any spool from May Arts!! Leave comments here, on the May Arts Blog, and on the blogs of the participating Design Team Members below. If you missed Monday and Tuesday, feel free to go back and comment, you have until Sunday, Feb 22 to complete your hopping!  Here’s who is playing today:

Tobi Crawford

Tenia Nelson

Suzanne Czosek

Kristine Reynolds

Stampendous Loves May Arts – We’re Knot Kidding!

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See what a pretty banner the Ribbon Lady made! Yay!

We just love the way a terrific ribbon product can make a great card  or stamp image just come alive. And we’re so grateful to our friends at May Arts who keep us in ribbon for all our creations! They want to keep you in ribbon, too, which is why each of the three prize packages in this terrific Blog Hop includes a whole spool of your choice from May Arts! Wowsie, wow, wow! Plus a Jumbo Cling Rubber Flower Stamp Set and a Jumbo Clear Handle from Stampendous. You’ll be able to make projects like this one:

Jumbo Moray Dahlia Wreath by Monika Thomas
Jumbo Moray Dahlia Wreath by Monika Thomas

Be sure to leave comments here on our blog, over on the May Arts Blog, and on the blogs of our designers. You’ll get entered once for every comment you make. Yay! Here’s who posted projects today:

Jamie Martin

Krissy Fossmeyer

More New Goodies from Stampendous!

The Stampendous January 2014 Catalog is full of new products, innovations, and terrific new designs from the minds of Stampendous Owner Fran Seiford, House-Mouse Designs® Artist Ellen Jareckie, and international Mixed Media Artist Nathalie Kalbach. All this genius has brought us some terrific new goodies for 2014!  Our Design Team will be sharing all week with their favorites. Here’s who is sharing today:

Janelle Stollfus

Kristine Reynolds

We’re particularly excited about some of the designs we’ve created that stem from the growing interest in Mixed Media techniques. We shared Nathalie’s cool stamp images with you last week.  But our own Fran Seiford has been busy creating Mixed Media images as well.

Brush Strokes Mixed Media Stamp Set
Brush Strokes Mixed Media Stamp Set

This terrific set of organic brush strokes is perfect when you don’t want to risk ruining your artwork by using actual paint on a brush. (yes, I have done this many times!). It’s so perfect to ink up a stamp like this, in any color you choose, and create an attractive background pattern you can be sure won’t run, bleed, or get blobby! A huge relief for us more timid mixed media novices! The Brush Strokes set also comes with a terrific, FREE template to add even more variety to your projects!

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Here’s a Scrapbook page using this stamp set and template:

Beach Day by Laura Weed
Beach Day by Laura Weed

Another super favorite this year is the Mixed Media Dress Form Stamp Set. Such a popular style and image right now with some terrific background fabric images to work with it!

CRS7002 Cling Jumbo Dress Form
CRS7002 Cling Jumbo Dress Form

This stamp set also comes with a fantastic FREE template for masking the parts of the dress form or the outside area to make stamping so much easier!

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Here’s a fun sample we made by stamping the backgrounds, sponging inside the template, then embossing the dress form on top. We offset it just a bit to make a “shadow” effect. Super wow, super fast! (the greeting and fabric texture background were stamped in bleach, you have to test several papers to find one that bleaches to the color you want)

Dress Form Thanks by Laura Weed
Dress Form Thanks by Laura Weed

And last, but certainly not least, Fran came up with this terrific set of stamps with a focus on music! Perfect for your scrapbook pages of band practice, dance recital, or just some meditative time, this timeless set will be a favorite for years to come!

CRS7003 Cling Jumbo Musical Motif
CRS7003 Cling Jumbo Musical Motif

This stamp set, of course, includes a terrific, FREE template. This time you get a mask for the piano keys and a wonderfully sized treble clef for using with paint, pastes, gels, or just sponging!

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Here’s a terrific sample using the stamps and the template:

Musical Motif Journal by Terry Braddock
Musical Motif Journal by Terry Braddock

Look for all these designs at a store near you, or on our website, available immediately! Plus, stay tuned here to see the terrific ways our Design Team used these super versatile stamps!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

We’re Celebrating Flowers this Week!

Our April Catalog is just bursting with new blossoms of so many varieties for your Mother’s Day, Birthday, Get Well, Sympathy, and All Occasion stamping! Get ready to scrapbook your Spring Garden, or just enjoy a bouquet of gorgeous blooms. Our Design Team LOVES to stamp and color flowers, so you’ll see lots of terrific samples on their blogs this week! You can get yourself a whole garden full with our FREE Shipping offer! Add some of our new Digital Downloads, too! There’s a terrific set of sentiments perfect for all our new floral stamps – Flowery Phrases Digital Download

Among our new flowers are three brand new Jumbo Cling Flowers. We’re very excited to be able to continue to offer these with the FREE templates so that you can mask off the flower or it’s surroundings for all sorts of terrific effects. Here our own National Sales Manager  (and Decorative Painting guru) Tammie Wilson has created a fantastic wooden frame featuring the new Jumbo Bird of Paradise!

Jumbo Calla Lily Frame by Tammie Wilson
Jumbo Bird of Paradise Frame by Tammie Wilson
Jumbo Calla Lily Pail by Janelle Stollfuss
Jumbo Calla Lily Pail by Janelle Stollfuss
Peruvian Lily Scrapbook Page by Suzanne Czosek
Jumbo Cling Rubber Peruvian Lily Scrapbook Page by Suzanne Czosek

BlogStar Tobi Crawford has created a fantastic tutorial today demonstrating a great use of the free template in each Jumbo Cling Rubber Flower set.  Check it out here:

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Then take a gander at these other great floral projects using new flowers from our April Catalog Release (be sure to leave some sweet comments on their blogs!)

Arty Carty 1

Arty Carty 2

Jennifer Dove

Kristine Reynolds

A bit of Housekeeping –

Did we mention FREE shipping? Enjoy FREE shipping on our website at www.stampendous.com on retail orders over $50 shipping to U.S. addresses until July 31! We can’t wait to see what you make with our products!! (be sure to share on our Facebook Page, Flickr Group, or email us at submissions@stampendous.com)

Winners – we’re still waiting for some winners of the Project Life event to contact us with mailing info. Hint: if you don’t want your prize, we know Barb Macaskill wants it!  Email your mailing info to submissions@stampendous.com so we can get your prizes on their way!

Remember tonight is the deadline to link to your Micro Glitter projects for our April Challenge. May’s Challenge is Fabulous Florals and starts Friday!

Mixed Media – NEW Stamps – Tobi Crawford

OK!! Here is something you are going to LOVE – along with a sneak peek at one of our NEWEST Jumbo Flowers, a mixed media canvas treat from the talented BlogStar Tobi Crawford !

Hello Stampendous! fans! It’s Tobi Crawford here with a mixed media project using some new stamps available at your favourite retailer very soon!!

  1. I covered the 8.5×11 canvas with vintage dictionary paper and added some yellow orange paint on top. The blue paint splatters were done with a metallic paint by Lumiere (and the splatters are actually a stencil. Random but not!). Once the paint dried I stamped the images (Jumbo Calla Lilly) with Black Archival Ink.

2.   Paint in the image with watered-down acrylic paints. FYI, I watered down the paints so I could still see the stamped lines.

3.   Once the paint has dried, draw over the stamped lines with a black pen.

4.   Cover the images with the masks. (Templates are included FREE with the newest Jumbo Cling stamps!)

5.   Using a sponge dauber, go around the outside of the mask. This will add a shadow to the images.

Done! Doesn’t that look great with the shading??

My mind is reeling with ideas with the other jumbo stamps and I’ve got some fresh canvases ready and waiting! Thanks for joining me today!
[Just a quick Stampendous Note: You could also use the outside of the template and paint your flowers first. then stamp your flowers over the dry paint, and then mask them with the inside template before applying the background. This would save you having to trace the lines]