Thursday, 20 December 2012

December challenge - In the bleak mid winter

Well, it's 1st of December, and the countdown to Christmas!!

For our challenge this month we are asking you to include your interpretation of 'in the bleak mid winter'.

We are thinking of snow and icy scenes.  Use white in your winter themed projects, perhaps as a wintery sky, a snowy scene, or perhaps snowflakes.

Maybe keep it simple and elegant showing you aren't afraid to use just white as a colour, or try using a cool combination of secondary colours.

To kick off our challenge we have a fantastic project from

Sue the Iron

Sue used:

Stampendous Aged Marine Embossing Enamel
Stampendous Snowy Postcard Cling StampStampendous Frek01 Frantage Embossing Kit
Stampendous Kaleidoscope Embossing Powder
Photo frame, metal card, snowflakes, and paper flowers from stash.

Our second gorgeous project added (9.12.12) is from

Sue used:
Distress Inks : Iced Spruce; Stormy Sky; Faded Jeans
Tim Holtz stamps : Mini Holidays; Reindeer Flight; Odds & Ends
Tim Holtz : On the edge die - Snow Flurries 
Distress Stains: Faded Jeans; Brushed Pewter
Nestabilities: Circle; Scalloped Circle

Two fantastic new projects have been added from the team (20.12.12)


Siobhan used :
Dreamweaver Stencil  LJ849 Bare Trees Silhouette
Tim Holtz dies Reindeer Flight
and Snow Flurries
and Aged Gold
Hero Art wood mounted stamp S5449 Faboulous Flourish
Thin household bleach
Black and gold card stock

Angela made this ATC using Distress inks in Stormy Sky, Black soot, Brushed Corduroy and Old paper. Napkin Collage kit from US Artquest(the bird), Crackle and white paint. Stamp is from Winter Sketchbook Stamp set from Tim Holtz

We hope you will join us for this challenge.

Friday, 7 December 2012

Winner Announcement - Butterflies, Birds and Bees Challange

Apologies for the late announcement of the winners of this challenge.

As usual the entries were all great!!  Alexa's birdhouse grabbed the winning Top 5 prize, congratulations Alexa, your birdhouse is brilliant!!

Alexa, please contact me (Jill) at to claim your prize of £10 to spend on our website

The runner's up are:

13. Asia
30. Lainey
41. Jolanda
56. Buttons

Well done ladies, please take your blinkies from the sidebar.

Thank you to all for entering and apologies again for the delay announcing the winners.

Friday, 30 November 2012

November challenge - Emboss It - updated 30.11.12

(Please scoll down for the latest addition)

Time for a new challenge and for November we are asking you to emboss.  You can use embossing powders, folders, stencils, pastes, metals etc.   Perhaps challenge yourself and combine a variety of embossing techniques.  

Your projects can be for any theme as long as they include embossing.  If you are new, please read our challenge rules given at the top of the page.

I am going to start off the challenge with a little Frantage Encrusted Jewel Technique (of course, I had to!)

I also thought I would use the Stampendous Poinsettia design which is our giveaway prize (until Sunday 4th November).


I used:

Stampendous - Poinsettia - Jumbo Cling Rubber Stamp - CRS5041
Stampendous - Pinecone Boughs - Jumbo Cling Rubber Stamp - CRS5040
Patterned paper
Gold Curly Clips

The next project to show you for this challenge is from

Sue used : 

Tim Holtz - Mini Holidays 
Tim Holtz - Holly Branch die
Craft Stamper free snowflake stamp
 Tim Holtz - Embossing diffuser
Distress Inks - Festive Berries; Evergreen Bough
Sizzix snowflake embossing folder

Our next teamie inspiration to add here (8/11/12) is from

Zoe used;

Our next DT project is made by our new team member Sue The Iron, I'm sure that many of you have seen Sue's brilliant work before around blogland.  I'm loving your Frantaged project Sue!

Welcome to the team!!!!

Sue (the Iron)

Sue used: 

American seam binding
Wire/Mesh stamp

Our latest piece of awesomeness to add from the Design Team is from...


Siobhan used :

Stampendous stamps : CRR143  Snowy Postcard
Stampendous Frantage Powders :
Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Vintage Photo
Tim Holtz Sizzix Die - Reindeer flight
Clear, Gold and White embossing powders  
Snowflake stamp - from Craft Stamper

Our final design team card for this challenge is by Kimx 

Kimx used
Holly and Berries rollagraph
Cuttlebug Christmas Embossing Folder
Nestabilities S5-027 Labels 21 
Iced Spruce, Festive Berries, Evergreen Bough, Gathered Twigs Distress Inks

Please link to the blog post of your project by clicking on the Inlinkz button.

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Stampendous Stamp Shows on Create & Craft TV on Friday

Just a really quick post to let you know about these shows.  I hope you will join me at 10am and 7pm on Create and Craft TV tomorrow for some AMAZING prices on lots of very popular Stampendous stamps, there are Christmas and general images.

It may be the last chance to get the current season's stamps at such great prices.

Must dash...

Jill x

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Blog Candy Giveaway, Winner Announcement

It's time for me to announce the winner of our recent blog candy giveaway...





Congratulations Carole!!!

Please can you email me at to claim your prize.

Thank you to everyone who entered

Jill x

Monday, 5 November 2012

Woodware November Sketch Challenge

Just giving the heads up about the new Woodware Sketch challenge that has started and will continue for the rest of November, details above.  There is a prize to win too, so do join in at:

Jill x

Sunday, 4 November 2012

The Stamp Man/Stampendous Giveaway!

I've been promising some blog candy for a while, so here it is...

The prize:
Stampendous - Poinsettia - Jumbo Cling Rubber Stamp - CRS5041

Stampendous - Scarlet - Colour Fragments - FRC11

Stampendous - Aged Scarlet - Embossing Enamel - FREG039
Stampendous - Green - Glass Glitter - FRG12C

Here is a little inspiration from the Stampendous Design Team for this lovely poinsettia design.  The separate border stamp will prove useful all year round.

NEW!  Stampendous Oct 2012 
I thought it would be nice to coincide this giveaway with the new release from Stampendous which is actually their Spring 2013 designs, along with more Frantage style designs to add to the ever growing collection.  I previewed the new catalogue in my previous post and gave a few sneaky peeks but to see the full catalogue click HERE.

Every Day is a Holiday
As most of us are still making our Christmas cards I thought I would pick products for this prize from the Stampendous Every Day is a Holiday Catalogue that was released back in July but contains lots of gorgeous Christmas designs.  

What do you need to do?
  • Click on the Inlinkz button at the bottom of this post and add your details.
  • Copy the giveaway image at the top of this post into your sidebar and add a link back to this post.
  • One entry only, duplicate entries will not be counted.
  • Enter before midnight on Sunday 4th November 2012.
  • The winner will be selected at random and announced soon after.  You will need to call back to see if you have won.

Please continue to our latest post below...

Giveaway reminder!!

Our Stampendous Christmas Blog Candy Giveaway ends at midnight tonight!!!

Be in it to win it!!!!

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Winner Announcement for Summer Colours Challenge

Apologies for the delay announcing the winners of the Summer Sizzler challenge, again it was so hard to choose a Top 5, as usual, the standard of entries was very high

The winner of the £10 to spend at The Stamp Man is...

Trish please can you email me (Jill) to claim your prize at

The others in top 5 are

2. Debi
10. Barbara
12. Shirley
52. Anita Houston

Well done to all the winners, please take your blinkies from the sidebar!  Thank you to everyone who entered.  

Our current challenge, birds, bees and butterflies, ends at midnight tonight with a new challenge starting tomorrow, so do call back for details.

Also, just a reminder, you have until Sunday to enter our blog candy giveaway!!

Happy Halloween

Jill x

Sunday, 28 October 2012

New format! - October Challenge - Butterflies, Birds and Bees

Welcome to our main Stamp Man blog where we will be hosting our future challenges.

The challenges will now be held monthly from the 1st until the the last day of the month.

We are also changing the way our design team work on the themes and we will be showing their work throughout the month rather than all at the start of the challenge so do call back to see their projects as they are added.

The theme for this challenge is Butterflies, Birds and Bees.

Our final card from our design team for this challenge is by Kim

Kim used:

Stampendous Cling Bird Frame CRP126
Artemio Manuscript Background clear set 10001048
Distress ink pads - Scattered Straw, Iced Spruce and Pumice Stone
Embossing Folder
Background papers from Woodware
Versafine inkpad - Onyx Black
Woodware Flower punches
Leaf punch
Martha Stewart border punch
Gingham Ribbon
Pearls and brads from stash
Thin household bleach
Fine black Micron pen

Our next design team project for this theme is from Siobhan

Siobhan used :
Self Adhesive lace - Woodware
Ideology Glassine paper for crinkled flower
Assorted buttoms and charms

The fourth project to add for our challenge is this fabulous mask altered by Angela, Pages by the Sea

Angela used the following items

Tim Holtz Papilion stamps, Vellum and tissue paper, Clear Embossing powder, Moonglow Embossing - Dessert copper pine, Obsidian Violet, Black archival ink, Tim Holtz Embossing ink - Mustard seed, Dried Marigold, peeled paint and walnut stain,   Napkin collage kit, green gems, paper mask.

Our third card (added 13.10.12)  is from Teamie Zoe, her blog is called This Little Place

Zoe used:

Stampendous CRP147-R Cling Butterfly Post
Stampendous Cling Frantage 2011 - CRP144 I Love Paris

The butterfly from that stamp has been stamped onto vellum which was tinted from behind with Solvent pens.   The background was made using Adirondack dye based ink and ink dusters.  The flowers on the Paris Tag (cut with a TH die and then shortened, the arch at the bottom of the tower has also been cut out with the flowers left trailing) are also coloured with solvent pens.   I used Momento black for my stamping including on the vellum.

The second card from the team (added 8.10.12) is by Lisa O

Lisa used

Distress Inks-Chipped Sapphire, Walnut Stain, Brushed Corduroy & Tumbled Glass
Lindy's Stamp Gang Blue Glimmer Spritz
Lindy's Stamp Gang Mica Powder mini set-Outback
Tim Holtz Stamps-Papillion
Tim Holtz Sissix Dies-Tattered Florals
Blue Vellum
Card Candy

The first card to show you this time from the team has been made by Sue C

Sue used:
Tim Holtz stamps - Mixed Media; French Marketplace; Fabulouse Flourishes
Distress Inks - Picked Raspberry; Peacock Feathers; Seedless Preserves
Ideaology - Foliage

Do visit Sue's blog for more details about her gorgeous card!

Please continue with our challenge rules as before, if you are new to the challenges, then please read our rules, just click on the Challenge Instructions page at the top.

Thank you for joining us with the challenges in the past and we hope you will continue to join us.

Saturday, 27 October 2012

NEW - Stampendous October 2012 catalogue

The new Stampendous October 2012 catalogue has been added to our website. There are great additions to the Frantage stamp style plus designs for Spring and more... HERE

Here's a sneak peek at some of the designs and some card ideas from the Stampendous Design Team.  You will find more card ideas with the stamps shown on our website.

I knew I would get carried away with the sneak peeks!  There are certainly many more than these that I'd like to add to my Christmas wish list!!!!!!  Please visit our website to see more.

Thanks for visiting

Jill x

PS:  Melanie Heaton will be on Create and Craft TV at 2pm tomorrow (Sunday) with more Stampendous Frantage!!!!