Oz week at Stampendous

Hey there,

Have you seen the new Stampendous stamps yet?I’ll be showcasing them every week from now till June .. yup, it’s that many and they’re all to die for!

This week, join me on my Journey to Oz and introducing Overlooking Oz

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If you are fan of the Wizard of Oz series, you can catch Tin Man, Scarecrow, Lion, even Dorothy’s Amazing Shoes. These delectable characters are from the Lisa Hindsley collection and it is so exciting that Lisa, Stampendous Art Director for the last 8 years, has now joined Fran in designing stamps for Stampendous. It is our blessing to have you join the designing team in such a big way – welcome!

Watch for what is coming next week …



Happy Birthday Crafter’s Companion

Hello all,

Welcome to another Friday’s post with Steph. First off, Happy Birthday to Crafter’s Companion! We’re celebrating 7 yrs this week for our UK office! Thank you for supporting us all this time.

To celebrate, we are giving away 3 freebie stamps, exclusive to Crafter’s Companion, with every purchase. You can find these stamps here. Here is my card today:


I used the fairly new Mulberry Wood stamp set today. The image is colored with Spectrum Noir markers.

Bear: GB8, GB10, TN2, EB1

Dress: BT1, BT2, BT4

Hat: GB1, GB3, GB4

Flowers/bouquet: LV1, LV2, CT1, CT2, DG2, DG3

Ground shadow: BG1

 I’ve been feeling much better about my Spectrum Noir marker coloring lately after all this practice – I found that I usually go from dark to light because it gives me better blending and then just touching up with dark again.

 I hope you’ve been practicing with your Spectrum Noir markers!



Stampendous embossing fun

Hello folks,

Some of my favorite Stampendous products are those gorgeous jars of powdered goodness that melt when you heat them into wonderful backgrounds, borders, and focal points. Yep, heat embossing powders and enamels.

This one has completely melted and “colored” my bird- I inked up that portion of the bird with a Versamark pen and spinkled gold enamel on it. He also wears a glitter crown “attached” with liquid adhesive.

The purple lacey background on this layout was stamped and embossed on purple cardstock soo it would stand out and look texturized. I wish you could see the texture on photo.

Stampendous keeps mixing up new, wonderful powders for our fans, and our new Fran•táge Embossing Enamels are already favorites with stampers worldwide. Why not treat yourself to a new powder or two, or pull out one you bought but haven’t tried? You can find all our embossing powders on the Stampendous website HERE – or find a local retailer near you!

Your creations submitted for September’s Challenge don’t have to use Stampendous images, but if they do, they’ll count as two entries. You need to have your submissions linked to our linky tool below by 11:59pm PDT on October 4th. You may enter as many times as you like.

Our prizes this month are, not surprisingly, some of our Exclusive Fran•táge Embossing Enamels. How about our newest colors??! We’ll choose three winners to receive some super hot Essentials.


FREG037 Aged Marine Embossing Enamel & FRG01C Silver Glass Glitter

FREG039 Aged Scarlet Embossing Enamel & FRG02C Champagne Glass Glitter

FREG040 Aged Wine Embossing Enamel & FRG08C Bronze Glass Glitter

Of course you know our favorite embossing technique right now is Fran’s Encrusted Jewel Technique. This super easy, but super dynamic way of creating cool, dazzling, vintage pieces is really fun, and we just can’t get enough. Our Design Team has been using this technique and these gorgeous Enamels for several months, now, with stunning results. They’ve created a batch of terrific projects for you to enjoy. Here’s a link to each of their blogs. The links will stay up all month so you can see all their projects any time.


Moments in Time Boy Sports

Hello everyone!

I’m somewhat recovered from my vacation and I can’t believe school is starting in 2 weeks – I’m not ready! My little kiddo is starting 1st grade. I anticipate making many of such nostalgic sports cards in the years ahead and this is my 1st one and I love how it turned out.

This Moments in Time Boy Sport card topper is a new one from Flower Soft. I also used a new Flower Soft color – Moss Green – for the ground. Papers are from American Crafts, Twine is from May Arts and that sentiment is from Flourishes. Don’t forget to check out my team mates blog for more masculine card inspiration.


Core Cards Creative Frenzy

Hello Peeps,

True confession time … I am a paper junkie, card stock, patterned paper, scrap paper, post it note paper, toilet paper (oops – didn’t think you noticed) – I LOVE paper period. DH thinks my studio is a fire hazard and the stamps only serve as fuel! LOL – I just love being in my paper haven.

Today I’m sharing the many ways I work with paper. (love making a video tutorial once I get my studio cleaned up)

Project #1: Paint it.

This one I dabbed on with a stippling brush. Dip my brush into many colors and twirl it on the cardstock. Well I stamped it after that, punched it and sewed on it too! Followed by some wet embossing .. you can’t do too much with cardstock!

Project #2: Cut and emboss.

It’s paper – how can you not cut it! I die cut a big ole’ hole in the middle and embossed the heck out of it. I love the colored core of the Core’dination paper I used. It brings out the design so much more! Oh I wish I had some of the kraft core paper but my Archivers or LSS didn’t carry them..hmm.

Project #3: Score it and sand it.

Well, actually I didn’t want to score it by hand so I ran it into the crimping machine (which I cranked by hand … does that count?) and sanded it to get the way COOL score lines! It sure made lining up the sentiments so much easier.

If you love paper as much as I do – head on over to Core’dinations and get the amazing variety of colored core cardstock that you can humanly manipulate!


Stampendous & ClearScraps collaboration

Welcome everyone!

This entire week, the Stampendous & ClearScraps design teams are partnering and bringing you the best of both worlds – stamps and chipboard and acrylic albums merged into 1 FABULOUS and FUN combination!  If you have never stamped on acrylic or chipboard, or if you do it regularly, get ready for plenty of inspiration and multiple opportunities to win some fabulous prizes from both companies.

Each day this week, you will be directed from both the Stampendous Impressions‘ blog or the Clear Scrap blog to the design team members blogs for your viewing pleasure. Everyone will be playing on Saturday, the 30th with our final hop for the week. This is your opportunity to see how to mix and mingle your creativity and take stamping beyond just cards!


Here is what I made:


Inside of card

Outside of card


This is one of the fun-ness project I’ve done in a long time!! I love the stickles on the front of the ClearScraps Send It Clear card and the fun Stampendous Cling Ballerina kiddo on the inside casting her magic wand of twine! My double sided paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle and sentiment is from American Crafts (rub on) and Authentique Paper (stickers). All inks that I used for stamping are from Tsukineko.

We’ve got three huge prize packages to give away featuring Stampendous Class A’Peel Stickers, Stampendous Cling Rubber Stamps, Stampendous Perfectly Clear Stamps, a ClearScraps Album just like ours, two Send it Clear Cards from Clear Scraps, an additional ClearScraps product (varies), a colored StazOn ink pad from Tsukineko, an opaque StazOn pad from Tsukineko (with refill), some Sponge Daubers and some Ink Blushersfrom imagine Crafts/Tsukineko. You can win our prizes in three ways -

  • Comment here on our blog – all week  -  we’ll choose one winner from the Mon – Fri Comments
  • Check us out on Facebook! We’ll keep our ClearScraps collaboration posts at the top. Click SHARE and share them on your wall. We’ll draw a winner from all the folks who SHARE our posts this week (through Saturday’s hop)
  • Comment on our Hop! Saturday will be our big Blog Hop – comment on the blogs and we’ll enter you once for each comment!

Plus – ClearScraps has a passel of prizes as well. You can win them by visiting and commenting on their blog!

Leave me some love (and follow my blog if you will, not necessary to win) before you hop along.

Stampendous Impressions – http://www.stampendousblog.wordpress.com/
Clear Scraps http://clearscraps.typepad.com/
Stephanie Lee (Arty Carty) – http://blog.artycarty.com/ (you are here)
Leah http://www.leahscraftylife.com/
Pam Hornschu – http://1pamperedstamper.blogspot.com/
Cathy http://allofme-sofar.blogspot.com/
Lea Kimmel – http://ink-positive.blogspot.com/




Thank You Sew much

Good morning everyone,

Lately, I’ve been noticing and feeling extra blessed -  lots of lovely comments I’ve gotten from my online friends, lots of Mother’s Day prezzies and cards from my family, just simply lots of kind attention … so here is a thank you card for you all …


All the papers and stickers on the card are from Momenta. The little sewing machine is from American Crafts and the spool is from Maya Road. That measuring tape ribbon is an old twill ribbon I had in my stash for eons because I didn’t know how to use it – I guess if you wait long enough, everything comes back into style.


Timeless Irises

Hello everyone,

Welcome to another Crafter’s Companion Friday’s post. I don’t have a new release to share today but I can’t get enough of these beautiful florals in the Art Kure in Bloom collection. It makes for such elegant and timeless cards and here is mine to share.

All the Art Kure florals fit perfectly with the Spellbinders oval dies. My Irises were colored using Spectrum Noirs (LV1, LV2, LV3; DG2, DG3). I sponged around the Irises with some distressed ink to make the image pop. Patterned paper is from American Crafts and twine is from Doodlebug Designs. The translucent pearls you see are actual liquid pearls from Viva Decor. I hope you give this Crafter’s Companion Art Kure collection a 2nd look – it’s beautiful.