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Good morning everyone,

Woohoo! It’s the first Saturday in April, and that means the Stampendous team has a brand new challenge for you. This month, in honor of Earth Day, we are challenging ourselves (and you) to make something that uses product(s) that are recycled, re-purposed, or reused in some way. The possibilities are endless! Snazz up a household item and turn it into something beautiful, use something unexpected on your card, or even just use up some scraps you’ve had in your stash forever (that’s recycling, right?!?)

This is my layout filled with scraps and things that have been in my possession for quite a LONG while. I don’t know why I even keep scrap paper this small but it came in handy now.  And those mists -so long that it clogged so I dribbled it on instead.

Ready to see some more?  Here is the whole list of my fantastic teammates, who are sharing some fabulous inspiration with you today:

 

Don’t forget – we want YOU to play along with is!  You have until Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 11:59 PM EST to add your direct link to our collection at the end of this post (or on the Stampendous blog).  You do not have to use Stampendous products, but we sure love it when you do!  As an extra incentive for playing along, one lucky crafter (drawn at random) will receive this fabulous Mother’s Love Perfectly Clear Stamp Set.  Available in stores now, it will be on the website for purchase soon!

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you an enter as many times as you’d like!) this month…Happy Crafting!

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Belated Birthday

Hello everyone,

I just noticed that I have been posting quite a bit the last couple of weeks. Well well, that’s because I have been in crafty heaven these days with the huge box of goodies Stampendous sent me that I totally forgot about one of my closest friend’s birthday.

Tsk tsk – what a terrible friend I am and I’m very ashamed to admit this. But the crafter in me yearns to share the card I made for her – she loves these pretty girly things in pastel colors so I hope she likes all the scalloped edges, the twirly whirlies, the sparkle and soft colors I included in her card. And I also hope she forgives me too.

I played with alot of Stampendous products on this card. First of all, I created the colorful background with Distressed Ink (Fired Brick, Wild Honey, Tumbled Glass) and a stippling brush. Scalloped punch top edge and round bottom edge. Then I stamp the flourish from the Stampendous Cling Jumbo Dahlia stamp set with Distressed Ink (Pumice Stone). I randomly emboss the colored background with Frantage Embossing Enamel (Shabby White), Stampendous Vintage Glitter (multi crystal mix) and Frantage mica fragments (Pearlized Mica). The finished background was adhere to card base and top edge stitch twice. American Craft Ribbon was attached. The sentiment I used is from the Stampendous Birthday Assortment Perfectly Clear Stamps and stamped on vellum and diecut with PTI doily die. Finish card by attaching sentiment and Kaiser Craft flower blossom.

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Stampendous Christmas cards

Does this ever happen to you?

You send someone a Christmas card for years and no reply – then you cross them off your Christmas card list this year and walah! a card finally comes. Grrr … I hate that when it happens because I feel guilty for taking them off the list and I have to make a last minute card to send back.

Well, this is the position I find myself in 3 days before Christmas. So here are some cards I have made just for that purpose.

This Christmas tree card was made using Stampendous Cling Tinsel Tree onto patterned paper. The pots were embossed with Aged gold embossing enamel and stars toppers with Halo gold mix glitter. I added a few dots of red stickles to the tree and fussy cut out the trees.  Then I stamped the cardbase with 1 tree image (didn’t want too many background stars) and added more glitter on the stars on the background. I assembled the card with some left over burlap I had from making a wreath, adhere the left and right tree onto the card 1st, then popped up the middle tree onto the 1st 2 trees. The sentiment tag was a ready made sentiment I got from a box of chocolates.

When I saw this Cling Jumbo Holly Stocking – I had to colored it up. It looks so elaborately decorated like it was cut from some ornate velvet. I also wanted it to look unique so I used gold rather than traditional red. For gold, I used Copic markers Y21, YR23, Y26 and Y28. My light source is coming from the right of the stocking and I darken the edges so it looks more dimensional. I then embellished it with Stampendous Fun Flock and Halo Silver Mix glitter. Hung my stocking up with red twine against some corrugated cardboard and patterned paper as background.

I hope I don’t have to make anymore Christmas cards because I need to get to cookie making for my friends and neighbors. So many things to do and so little time …

And don’t forget to check out the Stampendous blog for more projects from my design team mates.

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Guest Designer for Crafter’s Companion

Hi all,

I’m so honored to be invited to join the Crafter’s Companion design team as their guest for the month of December. I absolutely love Popcorn the Bear and Souffle the duck and I have recently discovered Humphrey the Elephant. Actually, while I was writing this post and browsing the Crafter’s Companion website at the same time, I also discovered The Ultimate Tool as well – measure, cut, score, emboss, embellish all in 1 tool. I could make cards, gift boxes, envelope, there is even a peg to make bows as well! Wow – what rock have I been hiding under and guess what I will be asking for Christmas this year!

The theme this month is “Sparkles” – not an easy theme for me. I’m more of a die cutting, embossing, stamp and color kinda gal. I do embellish with pearls and twine or ribbon just because I love the clean and neat linear lines. So I’m rolling up my sleeves this month and taking on this challenge of going outside my comfort zone.

Here is my card of the adorable Popcorn the Bear:

I actually had a blast experimenting with all the different mediums to try and create “Sparkle” on my card. I used glossy accent to sparkle up the ribbon around Popcorn’s wreath, the berries on the wreath is “colored” with Stickles, the rest of Popcorn was colored in Copic markers. I then edged the focal image was with Viva Deco Inka-gold paste, ribbon had a touch of sparkle from my stash and my DP had some with metallic accent from Kaisercraft.

Are you all sparkled out yet? I hope you will enter this month’s Sparkle Challenge and don’t forget to check out all the great stamps and products at Crafter’s Companion too.

Wait, there is more – if you want a chance to win the ENTIRE set of Spectrum Noir Alcohol Markers, join us for a Christmas blog hop from December 9th to December 11, 2011. Hop starts at the Crafter’s Companion USA information blog.

Be there or be square!

Challenges entered:

Flourishes Bring Back Beautiful

Pile It On

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