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Winners of the August Challenges and Blog Hops are HERE. Winners, please claim your prize by September 21.

Check out our Spotlight Projects then link up yours in the Spotlight Project Showcase gallery and win!

Check out our Inspiration Projects for this month. Comment and win spending money on the STAMPlorations shop!

Check out our Stencil Sunday posts for project ideas using stencils and stamps!

Love mixed media? Check out our Mixed Media Tutorials here.

Join our STAMP CLUB! Enjoy lots of perks: free stamps, stencils & dies; gift certificates; and free worldwide shipping.


Check out the TYPOGRAFIA In Faith Release Hop! Comment for a chance to win your choice of 3 stamps from the release. Click here. (ends 9/18)
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Friday, November 28, 2014

STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop Winners


Hello, STAMPlorations friends! It's time to announce the winners of the November stamp release blog hop! Thank you so much to everyone who participated and took the time to visit and leave comments here and on our designers' blogs!

With the help of Random.org, the winners of the stamp sets from the new release are:

{Spotlight Project} Deepti Creates A Christmas Card Set


Hello, STAMPlorations friends! Deepti here and welcome to my sixth spotlight feature. With Christmas right around the corner, I am sure you must be is a rush to create as many Christmas cards as possible. So, today I decided to show you how to make some quick Christmas cards.

I have used the October Stamp set JoyfulHoliday Sketches: Christmas Bells, and Holiday Sketches: Christmas Candles. For the sentiment, I used Oh! Christmas Tree.

So here's a look into all the finished cards together... The idea is to keep the color scheme simple and use patterned paper to add to the design.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

{Black Friday Sale} Great Deal on Stamps!




Select stamp sets are 10% to 20% off. You'll find them in the shop's

Until Monday, December 1, all orders ship for free anywhere in the world!
No minimum order amount -- buy 1 or 3 or 5 stamp sets...Shipping is free!
Use coupon code THANKYOU on checkout.

And if you're a stamp club subscriber, use your personal coupon code to get an additional 15% off on all products in the shop, including stamp sets that are already on sale. Our shopping cart accepts multiple coupons.

{Happy Thanksgiving}

A Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends in the US, and wherever you happen to be in the world.

Be Kind Be thoughtful Be genuine but most of All Be Thankful  Orange Inspiration and Color Theory / The English Room Blog

Thankfulness is never out of style :o)

{Spotlight Project} Nonni Plays with Classy, Rustic, and Shiny Elements in a Fun Coffee-Themed Card!


Hi all STAMPlorations fans! It's Nonni here playing with one of the new sets we just released last week: VIGNETTE: Eat Drink Be Merry. One day when I was brewing coffee, I realized the piece of cardboard in the package of my coffee filters would be a fun template for a coffee-themed card and that's how this project saw daylight. Have a look at my card...Then let's see what we'll need!




Tuesday, November 25, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Vicki Plays with Stamps and Embossing Paste



Hi, all! It's Vicki here today showing you how to easily color embossing paste.

Here is the finished card:



{LAST CALL} STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop + Inspiration Projects


Have you hopped? Today is the last day to make the rounds and leave comments on the STAMPlorations girls' blogs. 5 lucky blog hop participants will each win a stamp set from the new release, while 1 will win a $25 gift certificate to spend on the shop. 

Here are the links too the blog hop posts to make hopping easy!








We've also got some inspiration projects from Cornelia and Shirley featuring the new stamps:





All 5 sets we've featured are available at a special release bundle price too until today, November 25! If you want just one or two sets, they’re also available at 10% off their regular price here. After today, the bundle will no longer be available and the individual stamp sets in this release will be sold at regular price. However, if you're one of our stamp club subscribers, you'll always be able to buy stamps and other products on the shop at 15% off with your personal discount code. (That's just one of the many perks of being a stamp club subscriber!)

Thanks so much for hopping. We'll announce the winners this Friday, November 28. In the meantime, we're back to our regular programming this week with the Spotlight Projects! Vicki will be sharing hers this afternoon! See you in a bit!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Bi-Weekly Sketch Challenge #24

Hello, STAMPlorations friends! Welcome to our 24th bi-weekly sketch challenge. This is our last challenge...for the year :o) And we 're making this challenge extra special. Three reasons:

  •  You have over one month to play! That's right -- the linky will be open until December 28.
  • You can enter as many times as you want! Just for this challenge, you can enter more than 3 projects.
  • You can win one of two special prizes! (See prizes below.)

Here’s the sketch. It’s open to interpretation. Feel free to change the orientation of the sketch, use different shapes, add other elements to suit the type of paper craft you’re making, and so on — just make sure the sketch is recognizable in your submission(s). Please make sure to read "Ready to Play?" at the end of this post before linking up.


Friday, November 21, 2014

STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop {DAY FIVE}


Welcome to DAY FIVE of the STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop! It's the last day of our parade of projects, but we're giving everyone until Tuesday, November 25, to comment on all the projects in the hop. For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on Trendy Leaves. We'll be picking one commenter to win this set so visit the STAMPlorations girls' blogs and leave a comment on their project posts for a chance to win.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop {DAY FOUR}


Welcome to DAY FOUR of the STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on CityGirl, another fabulous stamp set that our very own Shirley Bampton designed. We'll be picking one commenter to win this set so visit the STAMPlorations girls' blogs and leave a comment on their project posts for a chance to win.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop {DAY THREE}


Welcome to DAY THREE of the STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on TYPOGRAFIAWe'll be picking one commenter to win this set so visit the STAMPlorations girls' blogs and leave a comment on their project posts for a chance to win.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop {DAY TWO}


Welcome to DAY TWO of the STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop! For complete info on our hop, including how you can win stamps, click here.

Today, we're putting the spotlight on VIGNETTE: Eat Drink Be Merry. Plus we've got a special guest designer joining us, the talented Amy TsurutaWe'll be picking one commenter to win this set so visit our guest designer's and the STAMPlorations girls' blogs and leave a comment on their project posts for a chance to win.

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Monday, November 17, 2014

STAMPlorations November Stamp Release Blog Hop {DAY ONE}


It's stamp release month again and the STAMPlorations girls are back with another fun blog hop showcasing 5 new stamp sets! We hope you enjoy the parade of projects we have in store for you in the next 5 days. Each day, we'll be sharing projects featuring a stamp set.

I have to say, the STAMPlorations girls have outdone themselves. I'm once again so proud and honored to have these incredibly talented ladies work their magic and creativity on our new stamps. Their works are sure to inspire.

Visit all the stops on the hop and leave a comment for a chance to win prizes! By the way, the 5 stamp sets are available in the shop as a special release bundle and they can also be purchased individually at 10% off until November 25.


Here's how the hop works:
  • FIVE (5) lucky hoppers will be randomly drawn from the designers' blogs to each win a stamp set from the November release. (Note: If you are picked and you already own the stamp set, you can pick a different stamp set that's of equal or lesser value.)
  • ONE (1) lucky hopper will be randomly drawn from the STAMPlorations blog to win a $25 gift certificate to use in the shop.
  • If you are picked as one of the winners, you have 3 days to email us and claim your prize.

Ready to hop? Simply leave a comment on this post and on the designers' blog hop posts between now and Tuesday, November 25, 11:55 p.m. PST (GMT-800) for a chance to win. Only one comment per blog, please. We'll announce the winners on Friday, November 28, right here on the blog. Become a follower of our blog or follow us by email to receive updates when we post something here. How easy is that? Have fun!

Today, we're putting the spotlight on Rosebuds, the stamp set designed by Shirley Bampton. We'll be picking one commenter to win this set so visit the STAMPlorations girls' blogs and leave a comment on their project posts for a chance to win.

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Bi-Weekly Sketch Challenge #23 Winner and Top Picks

Hello, fellow stampers! Are you ready for the STAMPlorations stamp release blog hop tomorrow? It starts at 6 a.m. PST (GMT -800). Be prepared for some serious inspiration projects from the STAMPlorations girls! But while we all wait for tomorrow, here are the Sketch Challenge #23 winner and top picks. It was Kylie's turn to pick. We thank everyone who played along -- all the projects entered were just way too cool!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

{Spotlight Project} A Parade of Joyful Cards by Maria


Guten Tag! Happy to be sharing some projects with you that I made using the fabulous Joyful stamp set.


I must admit I was a little intimidated by the sleigh image. You've seen my fellow teamies here on the blog create striking cards using a colored sleigh. I'm not a colorer! What to do?

Well, I'm a vellum lover and vellum and heat embossing came to my rescue. Here's my card.


Wednesday, November 12, 2014

STAMPlorations Anything Goes Challenge Winner #1 + A Few Updates

It's time to pick a winner for our never-ending Anything Goes Challenge! We hit 50 entries last November 9, but I've been such a slow-poke the last few days as I tried to catch up on sleep so I've delayed picking the winner -- but I'm making up for that delay :o)

A huge, huge thank you to all of you awesome ladies who linked up your gorgeous projects that showcase STAMPlorations stamps! It's so wonderful to see the gallery grow.

So who's our first winner? I asked Mr. Random.org for help, and out of 53 entries, he picked...

Friday, November 07, 2014

Get Ready for the November Stamp Release Blog Hop!

Mark your calendar, STAMPlorations friends, because for five days beginning November 17, we'll be having a stamp release blog hop! Each day the STAMPlorations girls will be showcasing the new stamps we're releasing this month and it's going to be fun!


If you've participated in our previous blog hops, you know how easy it is to win: simply visit the designers' blogs and leave comments. There are stamps and a gift certificate to be won, but you know me, I like throwing a surprise during the hop and adding a prize or two to the pot, especially when we see many of you hopping along and excited about the new release :o)

We're super-excited to share our projects -- and I just know you'll be blown away by the creativity of the STAMPlorations girls.

November Challenge: Stamps & Layers

Welcome to the November challenge! We’d love it if you’ll join us for the entire month! Each month we have a theme, and for November, our theme is STAMPS & LAYERSYou can use stamps by other companies to create projects that you enter to our challenges but please do not use our challenges for the sole purpose of promoting another stamp company. If you have our stamps in your stash, we'd be tickled if you use them -- and we've tweaked the prize a bit to encourage you to use our stamps if you have them!

Put your own spin on this month's theme -- as long as you use stamps in your project(s) (as opposed to projects without stamping whatsoever) and your project has layers (whether it's just two or lots!), we'd love to see them!



Thursday, November 06, 2014

{Spotlight Project} Writing Home for Christmas...


Hi, everybody! Today I completely left my comfort zone. I had this idea swirling 'round in my head and it didn't want to go away. All I could think of was 'writing home for Christmas', I guess, I just had to get on with it :-) The outcome is this vintage-inspired collage type card:

I used the following sets: Joyful, VIGNETTE: Christmas Block, Oh, Christmas Tree!, and VIGNETTE: Old Type. The sentiments of the Joyful set with their old typewriter style font gave me the idea.

October Challenge Winner and Top Picks + Frequent Players Spotlight and Random Prize Drawing Winner

Judging by the 117 entries we received for the Stamps & Embossing challenge last month, we could tell that you guys don't really like embossing (wet or dry) all that much ;o) Seriously, though...thank you for sharing your wonderful creations! You made it tough to vote for our favorites, but we've got a winner and 4 top picks + 15 super-cool frequent players!

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

Monday, November 03, 2014

Bi-Weekly Sketch Challenge #23

Welcome to our 23rd bi-weekly sketch challenge! Here’s the sketch for the next couple of weeks. It’s open to interpretation. Feel free to change the orientation of the sketch, use different shapes, add other elements to suit the type of paper craft you’re making, and so on — just make sure the sketch is recognizable in your submission(s). Please make sure to read "Ready to Play?" at the end of this post before linking up.


Sunday, November 02, 2014

Bi-Weekly Sketch Challenge #22 Winner and Top Picks + A Few Exciting Announcements

Well, someone ended up sleeping in and getting messed up by the time change ;o) I'm so tempted to get some more ZZZzzzzs, but work beckons. That, and we gotta announce the winner and top picks for sketch #22! Thank you so much to all the lovely ladies who shared their beautiful creations. Deepti had the tough job of choosing this round's winner and top picks. The entries were all so fabulous that she's got a couple of special mentions as well. Plus, we've got a few announcements so make sure to read to the end of this post :o)

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