Monday, November 30, 2009

We have WINNERS!

WOW! What can we say - our readers are the BEST!

Your responses to our Happy Thanksgiving Blog Candy post have been tremendous and we are blown away by your enthusiastic encouragement! Thank you so much for being part of this fun stamping adventure - you are ALL winners in our book!

Here is the list of Blog Candy winners as determined by

Goody Goody Gumdrops - Tanja Fussell
Heartfelt Thanks - Erna Logtenberg
Dream a Little - Susie - Winnipeg, MB Canada
Sweet Dreams - Angela Pancake
Botanical Blooms - Amy Schultz
Polka Dot Punches Bundle - Nancy Dawson
Resplendent Ribbon Package - Fern Wright

Congratulations to all of you! Now, to claim your prizes send me an e-mail at this address - containing your full name and mailing address. I will then forward your information to the corresponding operator and she will contact you and send along your prize!

Thanks again for being the BEST readers in the Blogosphere!
Don't forget to play along with the sketch challenge this week and look for some exciting new things coming your way here in the weeks ahead.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Saturday Sketch Challenge 127

It's that time again! Saturday Sketch Time!

Let me remind you that we are drawing for blog candy this Monday. Would you like some of the pie? Check out this post and leave us some feedback to enter. Good Luck to all.

This week's sketch has a fun circle element towards the top. Take note, that this shape can be changed. You can move it so it sits on top, or leave it underneath. You can use a stamp in that spot, or whatever strikes your fancy. I think each of our operators had a very different interpretation of that circle.. Sky's the limit!

Keep in mind with any sketch challenge, it's a guide. Where you take it is up to you. After all, you are the artist!

Here's one possible set of measurements (for a card)

Layer 1: 11 x 4 1/4" scored at 5 1/2" and folded in half to make your base layer.
Layer 2: 4 1/4" x 3"
Layer 3: 4 1/4" x 1/2" (or add a piece of ribbon between the layers)
Layer 4: is that circle, but again.. Get creative with this piece.
Layer 5: sits underneath layer 6 and 7. Stamp a sentiment and punch it out?
Layer 6 and 7: If you are unsure what size to cut this layer, try measuring your block of wood for your stamp and start with that measurement. Matte's can be made 1/4" larger on two sides.

And one Last MAJOR Rule for this challenge! Please have fun!

If you've never played with us before, it's as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Make a card or scrapbook page using the sketch
  2. Post it somewhere on line (to your blog or
  3. Link back to your post here. ~ note, please try and link to your post, not just to your blog, so we can find your post after several days have passed.

Last but not least, here are this week's samples from your 411 operators.

Selene Kempton

Lee Conrey

Patti Chesky

Robin Merriman

Gretchen Barron

Connie Babbert

Tiffany Bauer

Stampers Showcase

First! Here is your stampers showcase for this week.

I spent some time this morning going through all the AWESOME comments you are leaving for us! Thank you so much for the feedback. Rest assured your operators are listening, and are already making plans to add a few more things to our blog on a regular basis. Thank you so much for responding. We are overwhelmed with the amount of love coming back and are giving thanks for you today.

It was another complicated week for picking just 5 exceptional crafters from an amazing array of gifted people! Thanks so much for playing along.

Keep in mind if you leave us your opinion this weekend, you could win some blog candy! See the post here to leave us your thoughts.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving with Blog Candy!

Good morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers! The operators here at Stamping 411 wanted to take a minute to tell you how much we appreciate ALL of you who visit our blog.

Some of you play along with our challenges each week, some every so often. Some of you we KNOW look at that sketch and want to play along but never get to it – trust us, we can relate to that! And some of you are wonderful readers who just enjoy the ideas and tutorials shared.

ALL of you have played a part in the success of this blogging venture of teaching the basics of stamping and sharing what we LOVE to do. We love that you come back here time and time again to share your comments and creativity with us. It makes our hearts happy to know that you are having fun here. For all of that, we are grateful!

So grateful in fact that we have decided to do a little Thanksgiving Weekend Blog Candy Giveaway!

Yes, all seven of our operators have offered up a different THANKSGIVING GIFT to you – so here’s what YOU need to do to be entered into the giveaway……..

Leave us a comment on THIS post only and tell us what you LOVE about Stamping 411! We want to know why you come back week after week. We are also interested in hearing from you about our future together – do you want more tutorials? What kind? Would you like us to add a mid-week color challenge or other challenge? OR are you lovin’ the blog just as it is?

We will take all the feedback and comments and use it to make Stamping 411 even better than it already is. AND, for the blog candy, we will draw 7 individual winners who will each receive ONE of these gifts:

Goody-Goody Gumdrops Stamp Set

Heartfelt Thanks Stamp Set

Dream a Little Stamp Set

Sweet Dreams Stamp Set

Botanical Blooms Stamp Set

Polka Dot Punches Stamp Set and Accessories Package (paper and ribbon)

Sublime SU! Ribbon Bundle

The drawing will take place on Monday morning, November 30th via We will announce the winners here on the blog at that time so you have four whole days to visit and comment!

We can’t wait to hear from you and we also hope you and your families have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!

~~Your Stamping 411 Operators Team

Friday, November 20, 2009

Saturday Sketch Challenge 126

Hello! Our seven Stamping 411 Operators have another sketch for you to try this week! We have fun doing this, but we also LOVE seeing your creations! And you are making it VERY hard for us to choose the Stampers' Showcase each week.
To go to the artist's blog, just click on the artist cards' below, and you will be able to get the details on their card.

Please keep in mind that links will close Thursday morning at 8AM EST, and your stampers' showcase will post on Friday. It's easy to play along!
  1. Make a card
  2. Post it somewhere on line
  3. Add a link to "Mr. Linky" below so we can see your awesome work!
Here are some potential measurements for you to use if you are just getting started.
Layer 1: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", fold in half for base card
Layer 2: 4 x 5 ¼”
Layer 3: 2 1/4” x 3" rectangle in background
Layer 4: 1 x 4" strip at bottom
Layer 5: 1/2 x 4" strip above bottom strip
Layer 6: 3 1/2-3 3/4" sized circle
Embellish as desired!

Let's see what our operators came up with this week.
Tiffany Bauer

Selene Kempton

Lee Conrey

Patti Chesky

Robin Merriman

Gretchen Barron

Connie Babbert

Please remember that links close at 8AM EST on Thanksgiving morning.

Stampers Showcase and a Little something new!

Okay ~ This is getting SO DARN FUN!!!

The buzz from your sensational seven operators is that the challenge is no longer for you ~ it's for us to only pick 5 cards for the showcase, and this week, we had to settle with 6! Just so you know, we had so many cards on the list, we almost had to post them all! Isn't that fun?!?

Also ~ this week there will be a new sketchbook showing up on the side bar. This is a document that has 8 sketches per sheet, and you can print the old ones, so when you need to make a card, you can use it as a resource. Click here for a sneak peek! As a side note, I know that the sketches may print a tiny bit fuzzy, but I was trying to keep the file sizes small so it won't be difficult to download! I hope you love them.

Speaking of LOVE, here is your stampers showcase for this week! Amazing work everyone! Please click on the thumbnail in this post to visit the artist's blog and leave them some LOVE by posting a comment to their blogs!

Friday, November 13, 2009

Saturday Sketch Challenge 125

Happy Weekend! Here is another sketch challenge from your sensational seven stampin 411 operators! Thanks so much to those of you who visit every week and to those of you who play. We so look forward to seeing your creations every week!

Just click on the artist cards below, and you will be transported to their blogs to hear what they have to say about this week's challenge card.

Please keep in mind that links will close Thursday morning at 8AM EST, and your stampers showcase will post on Friday. Here are some potential measurements for you to use if you are just getting started.

Layer 1: 11 x 4 1/4” ** if you score your paper at 5 1/2" first, then cut at 4 1/4, you will only need to score once for two card bases!
Layer 2: 4 x 5 ¼”
Layer 3: 2 ½” square
Layer 4: 2 ½” square
Layer 5: 2 ¼” square
Layer 6: ¾” cardstock (from scraps) for the paper banner.

Connie Babbert

Tiffany Bauer

Selene Kempton

Lee Conrey

Patti Chesky

Robin Merriman

Gretchen Barron

Stampers Showcase 124

This week's fantastic submissions made it difficult to choose. Here's your operator picks of the week.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Saturday Sketch Challenge 124 ~ SSC124

Hello Everyone! Are you ready for another fun sketch from the 411 operators?

This week's sketch offers a quick and easy lay out for your next project. Want to play along? It's easy!

Make a card
Post it somewhere on line
Add a link to "Mr. Linky" below so we can see your awesome work!

You might even win a gift!

For this week's sketch here is one possible set of measurements.

Base Layer: 4 1/4"" x 11", scored at 5 1/2"
(optional) Layer 2: 4 x 5 1/4"
Layer 3: 2 x 4"
Layer 4: 1 x 3 1/2"
Layer 5 and 6: try measuring your block of wood and cut layer 6 to that size. For layer 5, it should be 1/4" larger on two sides, than layer 6.

Clear as mud? Well, check out what our operators did this week and see if you find some inspiration here!

by Gretchen Barron

by Connie Babbert

by Tiffany Bauer

by Selene Kempton

by Lee Conrey

by Patti Chesky

by Robin Merriman

Thanks so much for playing along! Links are closed for this week. Stampers Showcase will be posted tomorrow, and another fantastic sketch for Saturday!

Saturday Sketch Challenge Participants
1. robyn
2. Carole'Anne AKA Stampin Stressaway
3. Robin Messenheimer
4. Janice Rosenthal Rock
5. Judy Jackson
6. Carrie Gaskin
7. Yapha
8. Krista Visser-Driessen
9. Billie Anderson (card 2)
10. Tink
11. Cindy van Oorschot 2nd card
12. Billie Anderson (card 1)
13. Diana Eichfeld
14. Tisha
15. Erna
16. Janelle Lavelle
17. Krystal/skdeleeuw
18. Nina Janssen
19. Jaydee
20. Jennie Maier
21. Jenna Crawford
22. Karen Lister
23. Lynn
24. Kay Kalthoff
25. Wendy Keirsey
26. Tammy Fite

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