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MAY CHALLENGES Winners are here. Winners, please claim your prize by June 20.

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!

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Come celebrate our 4th birthday with us! Hop and comment for a chance to win gift certificates and grab bags of new products!
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Monday, February 29, 2016

{LEAP YEAR SALE!} 35% Off on Select Stamps and All ARTplorations stencils!

Hi, STAMPlorations friends!

February 29 has a personal significance for me. For one, it was on February 29, 2004 that hubby proposed; 82 days later, we were being ball-and-chained to each other! And for another...fast forward to 12 years later, we've got a baby and she is 6 months old today :o)

And so this sale. Select stamps and all ARTplorations stencils in the shop are 29% 35% off (extra 6% for my little one's 6th month birthday). This is so far the biggest sale we've had and it won't come around again until the next leap year :o) Sale ends Tuesday, March 1st, 11:59 p.m. Pacific time (GMT-8)


All stamps on sale are HERE
All ARTplorations stencils & masks on sale are HERE


{Inspiration Project Post #63}

As February comes to an end we are rounding up the month with one last dose of projects from the Inspiration team. Check out today's make and leave a comment for an entry to win a $10 gift certificate.

And if you are looking to do a little CASEplorations, the linky is open until the end of today. You can find February's CASEplorations post here.

  




Sunday, February 28, 2016

{Winner} ART MARKS Mini Release Hop

Thanks to everyone who joined in the special release hop for ART MARKS! We're so glad you enjoyed seeing the fun projects that the STAMPlorations girls created.




It's time to announce the winner of this set drawn from all the comments left here on the blog, the designers' blogs, as well as tags on Facebook and Pinterest pins.

We pooled the entries and with the help of Mr. Random.org, the winner is:


Congrats, Jennifer! Please claim your prize by Tuesday, March 8. Send an e-mail to sheryruss@gmail.com with the subject, "STAMPlorations Art Marks winner". Include your complete mailing address in the email and your stamp set will be on its way to you.

By the way, Art Marks is available in the shop and it's 10% off until Wednesday, March 2.

Thanks so much and we'll have another special stamp release hop in a couple of weeks. Deepti's latest stamp set is going to have you in stitches ;o)

Until then, happy stamping!

Stencil Sunday #35


Hey there, fellow creatives! We've got a new edition of Stencil Sunday,  a weekly feature brought to you by the STAMPlorations girls in the Mixed Media design team. Every Sunday, they share their mixed media projects showcasing ARTplorations stencils and STAMPlorations stamps. Today, Kim is sharing her mixed media project. You'll find more information about Kim's project by visiting her blog -- do check it out!


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

{Special Stamp Release!} ART MARKS by Shery Russ Designs + Mini Release Hop -- Comment to Win!

Hello, STAMPlorations friends! Yep, you guessed it...another special stamp release with a mini hop! We're releasing ART MARKS, a set I designed because well...I can't have enough of the artsy/grungy/distressed stamps. With this set, you can give cards (or any other paper craft project for that matter) a mixed media look without the mess...simply add ink and you're good to go ;o)




For this mini hop, we have the STAMPlorations girls sharing their projects. We'd love for you to visit the designers' blogs and leave comments along the way. The best part? One lucky commenter will win the Art Marks stamp set! :o)


    









How the mini release hop works:
  • Comment on this post.
  • Visit the designers' blogs and comment on their featured project(s).
  • Commenting closes on Friday, February 26, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
  • We'll randomly select a winner of the stamp set from comments left on all the blogs and announce who that is on Sunday, February 28.

Want to increase your chances of winning?
  • Share the link to this blog post on your Facebook status. Make sure to tag your post with #artmarks and #stamplorations
  • When you visit the designers' blog posts, pin their cards to your Pinterest board. Again, make sure to tag your pins with #artmarks and #stamplorations
  • Leave a second comment on this blog post telling us that you've done the above (include a link to your FB profile/page and/or Pinterest board).

ART MARKS is now available in the shop and for one week only (until March 2), it's 10% off!


Happy hopping!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Maria Combines Watercolor and Grawlix


A little background to the post title...

When Country Rustic came out and I saw the outhouse, (mind you, I grew up using one for years while my Dad built our summer home) a baby bib came to mind which I had gifted BFF when she had her first child. It was pink and cute. And had "spit happens" embroidered on it ;) I probably bought it cuz it brought to mind another phrase that I've been known to use ;) But I wasn't sure that I could really use that phrase on a card. Nah.

So then along comes Sketchy Alphabet with all its extra punctuation marks and bingo! Enter Grawlix... and "%#?! Happens"



{Inspiration Project Post #62}

Hello Tuesday! We have a fresh new batch of Inspiration projects from the Inspiration team. Have a look and comment for an entry to win a $10 gift certificate.

If you a re looking to CASE, the CASEplorations post can be found here.

  

    


Monday, February 22, 2016

BUNNIES 'N BEANS & ALWAYS TEA TIME + After Coffee Mini Set Pre-Release SALE

Hey, STAMPlorations friends! On March 18, we're releasing THREE stamp sets for coffee and tea lovers out there: BUNNIES 'N BEANS (4x6) from Big Grins by Becca CrugerALWAYS TEA TIME (4x6), and AFTER COFFEE (3x5) from Shery Russ Designs. Becca and I designed these sets with the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop in mind...and the coffee hop for spring is happening on March 18! These stamps are perfect for creating coffee and tea cards if you love participating in the fun hops that Amy and Chaitali host four times a year.




BUNNIES 'N BEANS (reg. $12) is a 4x6 set that features Becca's illustrations and her trademark pun-ny sentiments -- a combo that's sure to make anyone break out in a grin. Take a look:



ALWAYS TEA TIME (reg. $12) is another 4x6 set that I (Shery) designed. It features delicate teacups and matching sentiments that will put a smile on any tea lover's face. Here's a preview:



And then there's AFTER COFFEE (reg. $7), a 3x5 set featuring a large coffee cup and sentiments. 



Pre-order BUNNIES 'N BEANS and ALWAYS TEA TIME together and the After Coffee mini set is free + shipping is free worldwide! These stamps are already in production now in stock and will ship beginning March 7 within 3 business days.

Want just Bunnies 'N Beans or Always Tea Time? No problem -- you can pre-order either and shipping is free too.



[Please note: Paypal is our payment processor. You do not need to have a Paypal account to purchase these stamps. You will be able to pay with a credit card if you don't have a Paypal account. If you do have a Paypal account, you'll be able to pick a payment source: your Paypal balance, eCheck, or credit card. eCheck payments will need to clear first before items are shipped.]


The pre-order period is over.

Bunnies 'N Beans is available HERE

Always Tea Time is available HERE

After Coffee is available HERE



Happy stamping and hurrah for coffee and tea! ;o)


Sunday, February 21, 2016

{Winner} COFFEE HAPPY Mini Release Hop

Thanks to everyone who joined in the special release hop for COFFEE HAPPY! We're so glad you enjoyed seeing the fun projects that the STAMPlorations girls created.




It's time to announce the winner of this set drawn from all the comments left here on the blog, the designers' blogs, as well as tags on Facebook and Pinterest pins.

We pooled the entries and with the help of Mr. Random.org, the winner is:


Congrats, Rebecca! Please claim your prize by Tuesday, March 1. Send an e-mail to sheryruss@gmail.com with the subject, "STAMPlorations Coffee Happy winner". Include your complete mailing address in the email and your stamp set will be on its way to you.

By the way, Coffee Happy is available in the shop and it's 10% off until Wednesday, February 24.

Thanks so much and check back again on Wednesday for another special stamp release hop! :o)

Until then, happy stamping!

Stencil Sunday #34


Hey there, fellow creatives! We've got a new edition of Stencil Sunday,  a weekly feature brought to you by the STAMPlorations girls in the Mixed Media design team. Every Sunday, they share their mixed media projects showcasing ARTplorations stencils and STAMPlorations stamps. Today, Lee-Anne and Tanja are sharing their mixed media projects. You'll find more information about their projects by visiting their blogs -- do check them out!

  

Thursday, February 18, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Becca Gets Snarky with Sketchy Alphabet

For the COFFEE HAPPY special stamp release mini hop, click here. (ends 2/19)




Aloha, friends! Today, I'm going to do something that will come as no surprise to those who have seen my past projects on STAMPlorations - I'm going to get a little snarky!




My cousin/best friend/pretty-much-sister is turning the big three-oh on Friday and I knew I wanted to make something that pokes a little bit of fun at her impending old age. *snicker.

Really, I just know that when I turn 30 in July, she's definitely going to get snarky with me - so this is a preemptive strike.

I've been having so much fun thinking through all the fun custom sentiments I can make with the new Sketchy Alphabets set and today I'm going to show you how to keep the letters in line in an easy  peasy way.

February CAS Card Challenge Reminder

For the COFFEE HAPPY special stamp release mini hop, click here. (ends 2/19)


Howdy, STAMPlorations friends! Have you played in thins month's CAS Card Challenge? It's anything CAS goes with red as the optional color twist. If you do play and your card happens to have 3 of something (colors, elements, images, techniques, etc.) or it follows this month's sketch, be sure to link it up to our February Monthly Challenge too! If your card was inspired by the lovely Anita in France's card here, link it up in the February CASEplorations gallery. And lastly, if you use STAMPlorations products (stamps and/or stencils), link up your card to our Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge. Yep, more chances for prizes we have up for grabs :o)



  

    

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

{Spotlight Project} Shirley Goes Vintage Tea Room

For the COFFEE HAPPY special stamp release mini hop, click here. (ends 2/19)



We visited a lovely tea room last week, vintage-themed, but fresh and funky at the same time. It inspired me to make a set of tea room styled cards.


You saw the green sundae card on my blog and the STAMPlorations blog yesterday. Here's a little run-through of how I made the macaron card.


{Special Stamp Release!} COFFEE HAPPY by Shery Russ Designs + Mini Release Hop -- Comment to Win!

Hello, STAMPlorations friends! We've got another special stamp release and a mini hop! We're officially releasing COFFEE HAPPY, a set I designed especially for coffee/caffeine lovers. (And hey, the Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is right around the corner!) I enjoyed sketching the coffee mug, cups, and coffee pot, as well as coming up with sentiments that can be mixed and matched. The set is great for creating not just cards but gift tags, bookmarks, coffee artwork, magnets, coasters, ATCs, and pretty much anything coffee-related you can think of :o)



For this mini hop, we have the STAMPlorations girls sharing their projects. We'd love for you to visit the designers' blogs and leave comments along the way. The best part? One lucky commenter will win the Coffee Happy stamp set! :o)


    




  


    


How the mini release hop works:
  • Comment on this post.
  • Visit the designers' blogs and comment on their featured project(s).
  • Commenting closes on Friday, February 19, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-8).
  • We'll randomly select a winner of the stamp set from comments left on all the blogs and announce who that is on Sunday, February 21.

Want to increase your chances of winning?
  • Share the link to this blog post on your Facebook status. Make sure to tag your post with #coffeehappy and #stamplorations
  • When you visit the designers' blog posts, pin their cards to your Pinterest board. Again, make sure to tag your pins with #coffeehappy and #stamplorations
  • Leave a second comment on this blog post telling us that you've done the above (include a link to your FB profile/page and/or Pinterest board).

COFFEE HAPPY is now available in the shop and for one week only (until February 24), it's 10% off!


Happy hopping!

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