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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!

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.

Come celebrate our 4th birthday with us! Hop and comment for a chance to win gift certificates and grab bags of new products! Click here for DAY 1. (Hop ends 7/3)
Link up your STAMPlorations Wishlist for a chance to win up to $50 worth of products! Click here. (Linky closes 7/3)
Check out COLOR BLOOMS, our coloring book designed for cardmakers, crafters, and mixed media artists!

Monday, June 26, 2017

{DAY 1} 4th Birthday Blog Hop with the STAMPlorations Girls + Wishlist Linky Party

As we celebrate our 4th birthday, all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store are 15% off -- just add products to your cart and the discount is automatically applied. And if you have a coupon (either a returning customer coupon, a coupon from one of the STAMP girls, or a stamp club coupon, you can use it to get an even better deal. Plus all orders of at least $49 ship worldwide for a flat $3 until July 7. (Stamp club subscribers, use your personal discount coupon code to get free shipping on orders of at least $15.)

Hey, STAMPlorations friends! For the next 5 days, we will be partying here on the blog! We are celebrating STAMPlorations' 4th birthday! I'm still pinching myself at reaching this milestone. Our little stamp company continues to grow.  And oh boy, how it's growing -- we will be welcoming a new addition to our little family in December :o)

I've said this before but I'll say it again...STAMPlorations wouldn't have grown this much without our incredibly talented design team members and guest designers. They are responsible for helping spread the word out about what we offer -- after all, they put out amazingly beautiful projects nearly every single day. David and I are so very grateful to each one of them. I look back at their projects and it's evident that they poured their talents, creativity, and hearts out into creating their projects. I owe so much to them.

And I'm also so blessed to have crafters like you -- our regular blog readers, challenge players, and customers -- supporting a small business like STAMPlorations. Over the years, I have lost count of just how many wonderful experiences I've had dealing with fellow crafters. Thank you so much for your continued support.

And so we're here for 5 straight days to PARTY! Our birthday hop starts right now. From now until June 30, we're sharing projects featuring some of our new products -- lots of stamps and dies, because I sort of went a little crazy and before I knew it, there were more than 50 :o) Deepti designed some fabulous new large floral stamps in the Blossom Sprays series for her Dee's Artsy Impressions line and she inspired me to create the In Bloom series. Then taking my cue from some of Deepti's previously stamps and with her permission, I worked on a few of them and converted them into CUTplorations layering dies -- we've got cupcakes, balloons, and presents! And then there are the word stamps with matching CUTplorations word dies...I could go on and on about them. You'll just have to visit the store's New Release section and look at the projects the STAMP girls will be sharing throughout the week to see the new products in action.

And what's a blog hop without prizes for those of you who hop along? Here are the deets:

Prizes for commenting on the STAMPlorations blog and STAMPlorations designers blogs:
  • THREE (3) winners randomly drawn from all comments left on the STAMPlorations blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $25 certificate to the STAMPlorations store

Prizes for linking up to the STAMPlorations Wishlist Linky Party:
  • TWO (2) randomly drawn winners will each receive products in their wishlist (up to $50 MSRP)

Prize for liking, commenting, and sharing our post on the STAMPlorations Facebook page post:
  • ONE (1) randomly drawn winner will receive a grab bag consisting of new products (valued at $30 MSRP)

Prize for commenting and re-posting our Wishlist Linky Party post on the STAMPlorations Instagram page:
  • ONE (1) randomly drawn winner will receive a grab bag consisting of new products (valued at $30 MSRP)

Winners will be announced on July 10 and they have until July 20 to claim their prize. (Anyone who is drawn as a winner and fails to claim her prize within the allotted time forfeits her prize. We want to be fair to those who do keep up with our blog and claim prizes on time. So you don't miss any of our posts, follow our blog by email or follow us via Google Friend Connect -- you'll find links to both on the right side bar.)

Ready to hop and win? You've got FOUR ways to win:
  • Simply leave a comment on this post and on the designers' blog hop posts between now and Monday, July 3, 11:55 p.m. Pacific (GMT-7). Only one comment per blog, please. 
  • Create your STAMPlorations wishlist and link it up on our Wishlist Linky Party post found here. Instructions on creating a wishlist is in the post as well. 
  • Go to our Facebook page here and then like, share, and comment, on our Birthday Bash post. You won't miss the post because it's pinned on the page.
  • Go to our Instagram post here. Leave a comment and re-post the Wishlist Linky Party graphic on your Instagram.

All in all, we are giving away over $200 worth of prizes! We'll announce the winners on Monday evening, July 10, right here on the blog. How easy is that? Have fun!

(Note: There are 8 stops in the hop today, including this blog. You're not required to visit every stop on the hop to be eligible to win, but commenting on all the stops will increase your chances of winning. In case you click on a designer's link and you get a page/post not found error, just go to her main blog and scroll down to find the post for DAY ONE of the STAMPlorations Birthday Blog Hop & Linky Party. You can also go back here to our main blog; we'll update the links throughout the day.)













When you're done hopping, make sure to check out our Wishlist Linky Party post. Create and share your wishlist for a chance to win up to $50 worth of products in your wishlist!

And don't forget to leave a comment on our Facebook page here and Instagram post here.

See you tomorrow for DAY TWO. We have more awesome projects from the STAMPlorations girls!

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Missing Piece by MariLynn

Hi there MariLynn here with a tutorial on a mixed media canvas that I made for a friend of mine. 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Stencil Sunday #102

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, CarolMelissaMonika and Sari are sharing their mixed media projects. You'll find more information about their projects by visiting their blogs -- do check them out!


Friday, June 23, 2017

{Mixed Media Tutorial} Stencil Storage Folder Part 2 by Monika

Hello Crafty Friends. It's Monika back with the second part of my ARTplorations Stencils Storage Folder tutorial. I shared the first part, the outside, in last month's tutorial here. This month I am sharing the inside including the storage pockets I made. Just as a reminder a little photo of where we left off last month:

STAMPlorations and the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop + New Coffee Stamps + Comment to Win

Heads up, STAMPlorations friends! There's a fun blog hop starting today for those of us who love or enjoy a cup of coffee (or tea or chocolate)! The hop is hosted by Amy Tsuruta and Chaitali Narla.

Amy and Chaitali have invited lots of sponsors for the hop, including STAMPlorations, who are offering tons of fabulous prizes! Play along by creating a summer-themed project featuring coffee, tea and/or cocoa images. Post it on your blog and then link it up at the linky found on the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog. The linky is open until Friday, June 30. Winners of sponsor prizes will be randomly drawn! (Psst! Keep scrolling for a free digi stamp you can use in your projects!)

Link up your summer-themed coffee, tea, and/or cocoa card(s) here

Now here are are a few coffee projects we made.







Guess what? We will randomly pick THREE (3) coffee- (or tea- or chocolate-) loving crafters to win a few more prizes: one will win a $10 gift certificate to the store, one will win What's Brewing 4x6 stamp set, and one will win her choice of (1) Caffeinated Zen or (1) Zen Coffee ATC 3x5 stamp. Simply leave a comment on this post by 11:59 p.m. Monday, July 3. Easy peasy! Winners will be announced in our June Challenges and Blog Hops winners post on July 10 so make sure to follow our blog so you don't miss that post.

And here's that free digi stamp you can use to create coffee projects to link up to the Summer Coffee Lovers blog hop for even more chances at the sponsor prizes. It's the digi stamp we currently offer on our Never-Ending Anything Goes Challenge page. If you use the image, be sure to link up your project there too because we draw two winners of gift certificates or stamp sets whenever we reach entries in multiples of 50 (we're at 1,671 entries and counting).

Coffee & Dog Roses
Credits: STAMPlorations/Illustrated by Shery Russ
(Right-click and save the image to your computer.)

Because June is STAMPlorations' birthday month (we're 4 years old!) our newly released coffee stamps (and all stamps, stencils, and dies in the store, for that matter) are 15% off -- no coupon needed. Discount is automatically applied on checkout. And if you have a code (either a returning customer code, a code from one of the STAMP girls, or a stamp club code), you can use it to get an even better deal. Also, all orders of up to $49 ship for a flat $3 worldwide :-)

Caffeinated Zen #1Caffeinated Zen #2Caffeinated Zen #3

Zen Coffee ATC #1 | Zen Coffee ATC #2 | Zen Coffee ATC #3

Happy summer!

PS: On Monday, we'll kick off our week-long birthday celebration but we're preempting that with something really fun -- the STAMPlorations Wishlist Linky Party

If you've got your eye on several stamps, stencils, and dies in our store, add them to your wishlist because you could be one of two winners who could win products (up to $50 MSRP) in their wishlist! 

Click here to find out how to create and link up your wishlist!

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