Freebie Friday – Stampendous

Rainbow Dot Card by Jen Walker

Freebie Friday with Jen Walker

Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you all have had a wonderful week. This week has been a busy one for my household and the weekend will keep me on my toes as well, but in a good way. My daughter sings in a chorus and they have been recording a number of broadway show tunes for a CD they are producing. They have already completed a number of hours of recording time in a studio. Tomorrow they will be recording in downtown Toronto at the CBC building. It is very exciting! Each recording is a new experience and makes it seem more real. It also gets us one step closer to getting to hear her sing on a CD. We are super excited!

This week, I had a blast getting my fingers all messy and inky as I created with products from Stampendous. My daughter and I even went to a broadway production last night, and I had two blue fingers. Oops!  Anyways, I really enjoyed using the products so a few blue fingers were okay.

I started off with using both the Embossing Paste and the Translucent Embossing Paste. I wanted to see how the two different pastes would appear on similar projects. I absolutely love the look that the Graduated Dot Stencil produces. It was also my first time using the Dreamweaver Paste Spreader. I really enjoyed having a spreader with a large width. The wide spreader made it much easier to get a nice clean spread of the paste over the stencil.

Stampendous Embossing Pastes


The image on the left uses the Embossing Paste and the one on the right uses the Translucent Embossing Paste. They are both great to work with, but my favourite of the two is the translucent embossing paste. It provides a neat glossy type appearance for the colour to adhere to. I created a rainbow type blank card with each paste.

On this card, after the embossing paste had dried, I put the stencil back on top and dabbed the colour onto the paste through the stencil.

Rainbow Dot Card by Jen Walker


For this next card, after the translucent embossing paste was dry, I dabbed the colour across the entire card. It is difficult to see in the photo below, but the dots do have a glossy look to them, whereas the colour on the card above is very flat.

Rainbow Card by Jen Walker


Stampendous stamps are either Perfectly Clear Stamps such as the Seaside Chair set I used on this card, or Cling Rubber Stamps such as Fran’s Pen Pattern Flutter stamp (butterfly) that I used on the card below. Both stamp types are used with a clear block, the difference being that you can see through the Perfectly Clear Stamps.

Beach Scene card by Jen Walker


To create the flock of butterflies without the images overlapping on top of each other, I masked off the butterfly beside each new one I was going to stamp. On this card, I also used the Versamark ink with Stampendous Kaleidoscope embossing powder to add some sparkle to the butterflies wings. The blue butterfly also has a full image of embossed ink on it as well. The Kaleidoscope embossing powder leaves a very cool reflection like colouring to the wings to bring more attention to certain layers of the completed card. It was hard to make this show in the photo, but you can at least see some of sparkle from the kaleidoscope colouring.

Stampendous Butterflies by Jen Walker


Friends of Scrapbook Expo

Now that you have seen all the fun that I had using a collection of products from Stampendous, would you be interested in winning some for yourself?

Stampendous Logo


Learn more about Stampendous here:

Here are the most recent Stampendous catalogues to show you more of the amazing products that they offer: April 2015 releases and January 2015 releases.

For your chance to win an amazing prize pack from our friends at Stampendous, leave a comment on this blog post telling us if you get your hands messy. Do you stamp? Do you use embossing pastes? Do you enjoy using die cuts? Have you tried stencils? OR if you have not used them yet but would like to try them. The giveaway runs until 6pm EST on Thursday, April 23rd.

Last week’s Freebie Friday post was sponsored by us, the Scrapbook Expo team. Thank you to everyone who commented on last week’s blog post! It sounds like a number of you would like to participate in fun challenges on Instagram. I have read all the comments and will put together a few challenges that I hope everyone can enjoy. The giveaway was for two sets of two entrance passes to the show floor at a 2015 Scrapbook Expo of the winner’s choice. The winners are: Rosa Campos and Karen Mootz.

Winner Rosa Campos



Winner Karen Mootz


Congratulations, ladies! Please send your mailing address to Jen Walker and include ‘Scrapbook Expo Tickers winner’ in the subject line and let me know which show you would like the admission passes to.

Don’t forget … If you want a chance to win a prize pack from Stampendous, you need to leave a comment on this post telling me if you like to get your hands messy and inky.

Thanks for joining me this week and I hope you have a fabulous weekend! See you next week! Until then, have fun getting creative.

If you are looking to be inspired, join us on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook.

Don’t forget to visit the Scrapbook Expo YouTube Channel for lots of amazing videos filled with tips and inspiration.

~ Jen

Tip of the Day: Clear Stamp Backgrounds In Minutes By Stampendous

Today’s Tip Of The Day goes out to all of you creative stampers. We are very lucky to have Fran Sieford with Stampendous here to share a great tip on how to get the most out of your stamp sets.

What a great way to create a beautiful stamped background in minutes. Be sure to stop by the Stampendous website for more tips and to view all their products. Happy stamping!

Thanks for the visit and I wish you a very creative day.

Sunday’s Inspiration: Beautiful layout, cards, and something yummy for dinner

Vintage Love By Cherry Nelson


Thanks for spending a bit of your Sunday with me. My hope for you is to be fearless when it comes to your creativity, to be open to try new things, but most important have fun with your art and share the love.

“I love you to the moon & back” layout  by Anna Zaprzelska  

I’m so excited to share this beautiful layout designed by Anna Zaprzelska using Kaisercraft’s new collection “XO.” This very romantic line is perfect for those love-inspired layouts, cards, and home décor projects. I’ve really been motivated by the variety that this collection has to offer. You will find everything from gorgeous patterned papers to clear stamps to accent your projects. For you pocket page enthusiasts, be sure to check out the Cuddles 12 x 12″ sheet of seriously cute cards to slide right into your pocket pages. And let’s not overlook the collectibles which contain approximately 50 die-cut cardstock shapes made to perfectly coordinate with the other elements of the XO collection. What’s not to love?

I Love You To The Moon & Back

Whether you’re style is clean and simple, layered and embellished, modern or vintage, Kaisercraft’s amazing XO Collection is perfect for so many different occasions. It can be used for holiday projects and beyond. The paper designs are not theme-specific, but are versatile and usable year-round.

Teacup Trio Box by Debbie Cole
Next up we have a gorgeous hand stamped gift box designed by Debbie Cole for Stampendous. Don’t you love it when you can take a trip into your craft room and come out with a beautiful and very useful project? I plan on making several different sizes to use in my scrapbook room to store my many supplies, Who says storage needs to be boring? Can’t you just see several of these stacked with cute labels or tags identifying the contents?

Teacup Trio Box by Debbie Cole

I hope this project has inspired you to breakout your favorite stamp sets and have fun designing your own hand stamped boxes. I am absolutely in love with Debbie’s choice of stamps sets, so if you are like me, you need them in your life! They’re titled Teacup Trio, Rose Pattern, and Ornate Border, The rubber cling stamps are so reasonably priced that you can have all three! 🙂 Click here to visit the Stampendous website where you can find detailed step-by-step instructions and a supply list to recreate this project.

Vintage Love designed by Cherry Nelson

Since today is February 1st and love is in the air, I thought you would enjoy this sweet heartfelt card designed by the very talented Cherry Nelson author of the Cherry’s Jubilee Blog. No worries, you still have time to create several of your famous handmade cards for those special people in your life.

Vintage Love By Cherry Nelson

I can see the recipient of this precious card recycling it into the cover of a cute mini album. It’s so pretty! Can’t you see it layered on some soft vintage patterned papers on the cover of an album filled with photos and journaling of special memories! Would the need to repurpose beautiful things be considered an occupational hazard? My husband thinks so, since I can’t throw away a handmade card. 🙂

You Make My Heart Smile By Amy Sheffer

This ones goes out to all of you very talented stamping and card making enthusiasts. I was first attracted to the fun stamping techniques that Amy used on this adorable card. Check out how she used the Footnotes Stamp Set and layered it over the  Flower Dance Stencil by Penny Black adding lovely dimension to the the flowers.

You Make My Heart Smile

Valentine’s Day is a perfect time to let those you love know just how special they are. A handmade card like this beauty is sure to make their hearts smile, so keep up the good work and keep those smiles coming.

I think it’s time to start thinking about what we’re having for dinner. I know – I, too, would rather be creating some amazing paper craft, but we do have to eat. Be sure to stop by the Cooking Classy Blog where you can find a printable recipe and lots of yummy inspiration.

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

She had me at “Creamy Chicken & Asparagus Pasta”! All you have to add is a nice loaf of crusty bread or if you’re feeling really hungry, whip up a simple salad, and you’re good to go. Sit back, enjoy, and let the compliments roll in. You really can do it all!

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus Pasta

Be sure to stop by the Cooking Classy Blog where you can easily print out a copy of this recipe and ingredients list; this dinner is sure to be a requested often. Bon appetit!

I appreciate being able to spend some time with you. I hope you’ve been inspired by today’s post and that you have a wonderful week ahead of you.

Hand Stamped Party Plate

Don’t you just love it when you can walk into your scrapbook room and come out with a unique one-of-a-kind home décor piece? I discovered this adorable hand-stamped party plate designed by Debbie Cole and knew I had to share the inspiration. Be sure to stop by Debbie’s blog; you are definitely going to leave ready to take on that next project.

Hand Stamped Plate

Let’s get started!

1. Prepare the plate with sealer, sand, then wipe with cheese cloth. Basecoat the entire plate with White Wash. Apply multiple coats until smooth and even. Seal background with a coat of matte varnish. This will protect the work you have already done, plus allow for easy clean-up if you have an oops during the next step.

2. Determine placement of the stamps on plate. Place stamps onto acrylic handles. Dampen sponge and remove as much water as possible. Load with Lamp Black. When using paint on stamps, it is important that you do not overload the image. Pour a puddle of paint out on the palette. Pounce the sponge into the paint and then on a clean area of the palette. When you look at the bottom of the sponge it should be covered by paint but you should still be able to see the texture of the sponge. Now quickly pounce the loaded sponge over the entire image and stamp it on the surface. And here is the best part – if you don’t like what you have stamped, simply wipe it off with a wet wipe! Since you already have a coat of varnish on the surface, you have the opportunity to wipe it off and start over. 😉 Stamp all the images around the plate. Immediately wash the stamps with soap and water. If any have dried, use an old toothbrush to clean.

3. Using a bubble palette, place about a dime size drop of Bright Orange, Bubblegum Pink, Calypso Blue, Wild Orchid, Yellow Light, and Sour Apple in individual bubbles. Mix one part paint with approximately three parts water mixed with Easy Float. Completely mix the paint until it becomes transparent. Using a #4 round brush, wash in all the colors referring to the photo for placement.

4. Shade each color with full strength paint using a flat brush. Apply a second shade to the green areas with Bright Green, the pink areas with Peony Pink, the yellow areas with True Ochre, the purple areas with Lavender, the blue areas with Victorian Blue, and the orange areas with Tangelo Orange. Use a stylus to apply dots randomly around the plate and stripes along the side of the plate with the first shade colors.

5. Allow to cure for 24 hours. Apply multiple coats of matte varnish to protect the plate.



Isn’t Debbie the queen of detail? This adorable party plate automatically puts a smile on my face. Who would think it started out as a plain wooden plate? I’d like to send out a big thank you to Debbie for sharing her design as well as all her great tips and tricks.

Thanks for the visit and I hope that you been inspired to create your own unique keepsake!


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Supplies Used (Not Shown)

  • Bright Green Acrylic Paint
  • Bright Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Bubble Gum Pink Acrylic Paint
  • Calypso Blue Acrylic Paint
  • Lamp Black Acrylic Paint
  • Peony Pink Acrylic Paint
  • Sour Apple Acrylic Paint
  • Tangelo Orange Acrylic Paint
  • Tyre Ochre Acrylic Paint
  • Victorian Blue Acrylic Paint
  • White Wash Acrylic Paint
  • Wild Orchid Acrylic Paint
  • Yellow Light Acrylic Paint
  • Easy Float
  • DuraClear Matte Varnish
  • Mulit Purpose Sealer
  • Wooden Plate without rim or bead
  • Paint Brush
  • Shader
  • Script Liner
  • Stylus
  • Cosmetic Sponge Wedge ( without oils or lotions)
  • Bubble Palette
  • Paper Palette
  • Paper Towel

Stampendous – Adhesive Glitter Stack Art

Whether you are a Mixed Media Artist or just beginning the journey you are going to love these fun Kits by Stampendous. Fran Seiford is here to show us just how easy it is to create some really unique embellishments in no time.  Stampendous has really taken all the guesswork out of layering your art.

Stack Art Kraftboard kits include four sheets of die-cut kraftboard with tag shapes, frames, and embellishments. Four matching, die-cut sheets of double-sided adhesive paper, and four sheets of printed greetings. The possibilities are endless. 

Thanks for the visit & I wish you a very creative day.

Umbrella Mouse

Jennifer Dove really has a gift for bringing her images to life with her amazing coloring skills.  Jennifer kept the card simple by letting the image take the front row seat.  What a fun summer time card.  So make someone’s day and mail one of your handmade treasures to a special person, and let them know you are thinking of them.

Umbrella Mouse

Jennifer used the Umbrella Nap Stamp from Stampendous.  After stamping it on her white cardstock, she then colored it in using her copic markers.  Such fine details.  Who wouldn’t love to receive this card?  A big Thank You to Jennifer for sharing her talent with us.  Stop on by her blog Dove Art Studios for more wonderful inspiration.

Thank you for visiting.  Have a bright and cheerful day!



Supplies Used (Not Shown)

  • Copic Markers
  • Patterned Paper
  • Cardstock
  • Brads
  • Ribbon

Stampendous Shares More Stack Art Tips

You asked and Fran came through. On today’s Tip Of The Day we have Fran Seiford with Stampendous here to share some great tips on how to get the most from your Stack Art Kits.

 The Stack Art Kraftboard Kits include four sheets of die-cut kraftboard with tag shapes, frames, & embellishments. Four matching die-cut sheets of double-sided adhesive paper &  four sheets of printed greetings. The possibilities are endless.

Thanks for the visit & I hope you have a very creative day.