Christmas Gift Wrapped

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Snowman Holly Pillow Box by Kristine Reynolds

We love to be ready with a gift and sometimes those last minute ones are hard to wrap, but we have a handy solution. Download and print our pillow box template HERE on cardstock, grab some stamps and coloring medium and create a festively wrapped gift in no time.

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Retired – Jumbo Vintage Santa Bag by Tobi Crawford (Alternate Stamp Jolly Santa)
Add your own style to gift bags whether they are brand new of upcycled. It seems a bag is available that can get a little jolly update for gift giving.

Gifts Galore by Tenia Nelson
Gifts Galore by Tenia Nelson

Of course, we hope your last minute gift wrapping isn’t too overwhelming. House-Mouse Monica relates if it is stacking up to Gifts Galore.

Now let’s see more wrapped up inspiration from our designers today –

Alison Heikkila

Doodling Your Holiday Styles

This season is a gift-giving extravaganza and the PenPattern Gift stamp is great to use as a gift tag, on a card or how about those scrapbook pages where children are opening up their gifts. It’s a versatile design and can be used for gift-giving year around!

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PenPattern Gift Wood Mount Stamp

 

Just look at this festively colored gift on a card by DT alumni Tobi Crawford with instructions (and pen colors) available HERE. You can also see this card on her blog with some of our other Christmas imagse. The link is provided below.

PenPattern Gift by Tobi Crawford
PenPattern Gift by Tobi Crawford

Today’s group of designer posts will have you itching for some PenPattern of your own.

Jamie Martin

Wendy Price

We have our DT alumni showing up today with a PenPattern post to share.

Rhea Weigand

Tobi Crawford

Vintage Yule in the Spotlight

The spotlight this week of our vintage Christmas images look fabulous on their own, but when our Essentials are added they have a magical factor.  If you want to see the magic up close on any of our Essentials, you can check them out on our website, or look at the January Catalog (pages 78-91) to zoom in on swatches of all our current product list.

Tobi Crawford added a halo of Spoonful of Snow around Ribbon Bird and it makes a shiny texture to the once smooth white cardstock. Love that look!

Stampendous Ribbon Bird by Tobi Crawford
Ribbon Bird by Tobi Crawford

Sparkling and shimmery is newly fallen snow, so why not add some on your snowy card? Debi Hammons added Micro Glitter to the snow of her Christmas Cottage card and boy does it shimmer and sparkle. Trust us.

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Christmas Cottage by Debi Hammons

 

Janelle’s Train Postcard card is stately sparkled with Micro Glitter on a few elements across the horizon and the oval frame. It’s just enough bling to add some interest to this vintage collage.

Train Postcard by Janelle Stollfus
Train Postcard by Janelle Stollfus

This Ribbon Bird card by Pam Hornschu is gorgeous with lots of Frantage embossing on the bird and Ornate Border. The extra sparkle from the Halo Glitter across the base completes this card nicely.

Stampendous Ribbon Bird by Pam Hornschu
Ribbon Bird by Pam Hornschu

Our vintage yule is fantastic no matter how you create with it and our designers are here to inspire you to try out our Essentials with Fran’s signature style. To see tutorials on any of those techniques you can check out the playlist on our Youtube Channel and subscribe so you won’t miss out on any of our upcoming videos!

So are you ready for some more inspiration? Take a hop over to today’s designer’s blog, I know you’ll find some there.

Kristine Reynolds

Tenia Nelson

Jennifer Dove

Lea Kimmel

 

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Classic Christmas, Modern Conveniences

Imagine finding a classic Christmas card tucked into the pages of a recent flea market find. Its unique scene and joyful characters make you smile and your crafty fingers get the itch to recreate it with your own style.

Our Stampendous Stamps of the Vintage Yule variety can make an easy task of your new good tidings card. This week our Vintage Yule theme will give you a good start to recreating those classics. Our designers will be joining us later in the week with some great ideas and in the mean time here are a few to get us started.

Vintage Couple by Tobi Crawford
Vintage Couple Card by Tobi Crawford

Tobi’s card has some fantastic vintage Fran•táge Essentials with our Vintage Couple Stamp. Have you looked at our how-to videos? Find out how to create with the Encrusted Jewel Technique with a Christmas theme.

 

Truck of Gifts Card by Janelle Stollfus
Truck of Gifts Card by Janelle Stollfus

This vintage truck is the Truck of Gifts Stamp that not only reminds us of a simpler time, but also couldn’t be more simple to create a card for Christmas. Stamp and color is really all there is to do, like Janelle’s card above.

Train Postcard Card by Debi Hammons
Train Postcard Card by Debi Hammons

Debi Hammons has the wintry scene beautifully created on this card with our Train Postcard Stamp and Fran•táge Essentials.

Each of these samples today have project instructions. For your convenience click on the linked caption below each photo.

Quick Holiday Card Making

There is a countdown to the holidays and with that there is also a growing checklist of to-do’s until the end of the year. One item is almost always on there and it’s cards. This week’s theme is going to give you ideas for quick cards. If it’s to make the family newsletter a bit more festive or someone has escaped your well-planned mailing list, we’ll bring you some great samples using great products perfect for quick cards with high impact.

Christmas Diamonds by Tobi Crawford
Yule Diamonds Card by Tobi Crawford

Tobi Crawford created this lovely card with ease using one of the stamps from Yule Diamonds Perfectly Clear Stamps Set,  Holiday Words Perfectly Clear Stamp Set and some Stampendous Esesntials.

Yule Diamonds Perfectly Clear Stamp Set
Yule Diamonds Perfectly Clear Stamp Set

As we are apt to share great ideas, here are a few blog posts from some of our designers for today.

Kristine Reynolds

Rhea Weigand

Tenia Nelson

Our November Monthly Challenge is in full swing, So Thankful is the theme and we would love to see your creations fill our gallery. Look on the 2014 Contest Challenge Page for contest rules and a details of the November So Thankful Challenge further down the page.


Click on the image above to add your link!

 

Falling into a Leafy Friday

It’s amazing how the blog posts just stream along and all the sudden we’ve made it to Friday. Here are some amazing  samples by Tobi Crawford . Take a look, click the link and see how she’s created these fabulous cards.

House-Mouse Designs Fall Float with Jumbo Leaves Card by Tobi Crawford
House-Mouse Designs Fall Float with Jumbo Leaves Card by Tobi Crawford

This incredible card features a gorgeous background! Tobi created a fabulous tutorial for one of our blog posts and you can check it out here.

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Cling Jumbo Leaves Tags by Tobi Crawford

A completely yummy set of rustic tags. See how she made those leaves here. They are gorgeous!

House-Mouse Design Fall Flight Card by Suzanne Czosek
House-Mouse Design Fall Flight Card by Suzanne Czosek

Since we have shared Tobi’s card with House-Mouse Designs Fall Float, it’s only right that we have the Fall Flight stamp appear in the same post. Suzanne Czosek created this stunning sun-kissed card that truly a wonderful project.

Our fabulous designers posting today!

Lea Kimmel

Pam Hornschu

Today begins a new Challenge month! Go check it out and we can’t wait to see how the gallery grows with thankfulness.

Introducing Tobi Crawford

We’re so excited to welcome our new BlogStars to the team!  We’ll bring you posts directly from their lips (well fingers) several times a week! With no further ado…here’s Tobi Crawford:
Hi there! It’s Tobi Crawford here with a cute little card featuring one of my favorite kiddos: Balloon Kiddo!

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Isn’t he sweet? As you can tell, I matched the colors (Copic markers) to the patterned papers and embellishments (My Mind’s Eye – Follow Your Heart; Be Amazing) and for me, that’s the only way to do it. How many times have you sat there and tried to find the *perfect* patterned paper for an already colored image… It just doesn’t work!

So once I finished coloring I got to work on the card. I suppose I could have left the patterned paper as is but I thought it would look cool if I hand-cut a part of the honeycomb paper out and popped it up on a neutral background. I found a great chipboard embellishment (including the sentiment, thank you!) and stuck that on top of the papers. The top left corner was bare so I threaded a couple of buttons and stuck them in the empty area – it gave the design a little more balance.

Wouldn’t this be a great card for a nephew, son, or grandson?! I just adore this image… Thank you for joining me, and in case you’re curious, here are the copic markers I used:

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BlogStars are In the House!!

You’ve been waiting, we know you have, to see who our newest members to the BlogStars Guest Design Team are! Well, wait no longer, we’re here to tell you the whole truth!

We were absolutely blown away by the talent displayed by this quarter’s group of applicants. They were simply amazing. It was the hardest time choosing we’ve ever had.

So, without further ado, please give it up for

Rhea Weigand

Rhea Weigand

Living in Arizona with her best friend hubby and two seriously good looking adult sons means this lovely lady has lots of fun around her house. Adding some Yorkies into the mix has got to make crafting a challenge, but she rises to it just superbly. Her cards embrace such a wide range of styles and techniques, we know she’ll have just as much fun coloring our Kiddos as Fran•táging Jumbo Flowers. We just can’t wait to get some Stampendous goodness into her hands! We know you’re going to enjoy her varied talents as much as we do. You can see lots more of her art on her terrific blog Passionate Paper Creations, but just to get you warmed up, here’s a fantastic 8″ X 8″ canvas Rhea created with our
I Love Paris stamp.

I Love Paris by Rhea Weigand

Now let’s hear a good, 0ld-fashioned, Stampendous welcome for:

Jan Garber

Another Arizona resident, this mom and grandmother has been enjoying stamping and scrapbooking for the last few years. She’s  a frequent participant in the Stampendous monthly challenges, in fact she participates in lots of challenges all over the web. We sure hope she chooses to use some of the goodies we’ll be sending her for those challenges in the future! We loved the fact that Jan likes making 3D objects and home decor as much as her cards and scrapbook pages. We feel fairly certain that, in view of the temperature in Phoenix this time of year, she’ll be crafting indoors and making us all sorts of fantastic things during her term as BlogStar. You can see lots of Jan’s art at her blog Scrap’n Surprise!, but here’s a taste using our fantastic Rose Corset stamp.

Rose Corset Dresser by Jan Garber

Well, if you’re not excited enough, sit back in your seats and let’s hear it for

Tobi Crawford

This British Columbia, Canada resident (with a U.S. Mailing address, thank you!) is so excited to be part of our team! We could almost hear the scream in Southern California when she found out! But we’re even more excited to have her. An excellent sense of color, design, composition and great photography skills make her the perfect BlogStar. Combine that with a cute blog, activity on all the major boards and forums, and teaching classes at one of our favorite customer stores… well it’s a match made in heaven. And Tobi makes our Cowlick look soooo cute! We just know we’re going to love working with this talented, charming, young woman! Here’s one of her great samples featuring our Cowlik Sunflower stamp… and you can see lots more of Tobi’s terrific art on her blog, Tobi’s Place.

Cowlik Sunflower by Tobi Crawford

And now, to round out our list of amazing talent, give a heartfelt welcome to

Asia King

Ok… we admit it…we broke our own rule! We said no international artists, but, well, ok we think you’re going to see why we couldn’t help ourselves.  We fell in love with Asia’s work some time ago when we stumbled on her blog after she entered one of our challenges. We were literally blown away! Her work is in a class by itself, and we dreamed of the day she would join our team, even if only temporarily. She’s just such a unique person with such a unique style…she even has an Alias!! Wow…!!! Not just a nom de stamp like so many others, a genuine AKA. Magical, mysterious, Asia’s art is just like her! So we’re going to enjoy weekly visits on our blog all the way from Oxfordshire, England where the Queen herself has presented Asia with a first place award for crafting some Diamond Jubilee coasters! Asia certainly has us Under a Creative Spell, as her blog is called. We think she will bewitch you as well.  Here’s a sample she sent us with her application using our Cling Jumbo Dahlia (available at Michaels Stores) to create a very unique piece of home decor.

A is for Asia by Asia King

Well there you have it! It wasn’t easy, but it sure was fun! And we got so many terrific applicants that we’re pretty sure we have the October, November, December quarter handled as well. That will be nice, since applications can be kind of hard to get processed as the school year starts ramping up again and the holidays descend on us. So if you haven’t applied, sit back and enjoy the art that some seriously talented stampers are going to bring you and get ready to apply in January!

How to improve your chances? Enter our Saturday Challenges, comment on our blog, Facebook page, Pinterest pins, repin our pins, share our Facebook posts, participate!!!  Thanks as always for your kind attention and for using Stampendous products in your art. We appreciate all of you so much!! Remember next week is our ClearScraps Blog Collaboration! Some tremendous inspiration headed your way!!