Monday, 27 March 2017

Cupcake Inspirations 400th Challenge


Cupcake Inspirations Challenges are celebrating their 400th blog challenge, and STAMPlorations is helping them to celebrate today by being a sponsor.  So the challenge is to use a previous challenge as your inspiration.  I went for blush, ruby and gold from challenge 360.


The blush was Spun Sugar, the ruby was a mix of Candied Apple and Aged Mahogany, and the gold was some writing ink that I got from the Museum of London, watered down and splattered.

I used stamps from The Bee's Knees Party Dresses and City Girl, and added a little ribbon rose on the shoulder for a bit of glam.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, and to the Cupcake Inspirations blog to join the party.

Saturday, 25 March 2017

It's a Girl!


There's a very special blog hop going on today to welcome into the world a new addition to the Croghan family. Lesley, of Always Playing With Paper, is the brains behind several hugely successful blog challenges that many of us play along in, and this surprise hop has been organised by Lori Turner of Caffeinated Creativity.  We're all linking our cards up on Lori's blog here, so pop on over to see the full hop.

Here's the card that I've made, using Heaven Sent and Artsy Border Maker by STAMPlorations.


Many congratulations, Lesley and Corey!  Enjoy your new baby - and your surprise hop :)

Friday, 24 March 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop

It's the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, and STAMPlorations is one of the super sponsors, so some of the STAMPlorations girls are playing along.  Who needs an excuse to create tea- and coffee-themed cards?

My first card has a hipster vibe using my new set, Brew-Tiful Day.  After stamping the image in black I stamped the sentiment, then added a dash of colour with a Sharpie.


I made this little gift card using Shery's Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket, adding a touch of Distress watercolouring.


My final card uses my Tea Blend Word Art.  I trimmed the border off, then blended Salty Ocean Distress Ink around the edges.  I added a china teacup and saucer (from Shery's Always Tea Time), complete with gold rims


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and for all the details on the Spring Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A Butterfly And A Night On The Tiles


Sometimes cards just make themselves.  (Well, not quite, but you know what I mean.)  I'd smooshed a greeny/yellowy panel, and it looked a bit like a butterfly, so the only thing to do was stamp a butterfly image over it!

I'm playing along at CAS Watercolour Challenge where the theme is Spring.


I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog tonight with a spotlight post on a set of four travertine tile coasters. Here's the orange one.  Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what other colours I used.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #124


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and this week we're focusing on Deepti's stamps.  I've used the watering can from Friends and Flowers for my card, along with the middle-sized Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle nesting die.

The background panel is a smooshing of Pickled Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Inka Gold paste.  I stamped the image over the background then watercoloured it with Distress Inks (Brushed Pewter for the watering can).

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team, and don't forget to leave a comment there for your chance to win a gift certificate to the store.

For the next week, Deepti's stamps are 10% off, apart from Power of Words, which is 20% off.  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off any stamps, dies and stencils in the store.  Bargain!

I'm entering this into CAS Mix Up 1st Birthday Celebrations - Stamping + Smooshing + my choice of watercolouring.  And die-cutting.


And also CAS Watercolour Challenge, where the theme is Spring.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Seize The Birthday - Colour Splash


Hello, and welcome to another Seize The Birthday challenge!  This time it's Colour Splash (black, white and a splash of colour).

I've been crushing on this stamp set from Concord & 9th ever since I saw it, and I've finally succumbed.  And I made a mess with my first stamping of it.  The lines smudged on the two rightmost petals, but I couldn't bear to throw it away.  I know it's only card, and I've got a mountain of the stuff, but it's such a lovely image I just couldn't throw it.  So I used Black Soot Distress Ink to blend hide the smudging.  The splash of colour comes from a Tombow pen and a snippet of pink card (Memory Box Paintbrush Happy).

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, and from our  lovely guest designer, Anita of Neet & Crafty, then play along with us.  You don't have to keep to the Colour Splash theme, as long as it's a birthday creation.

I'm entering this into The Flower Challenge, Anything Goes.


ETA:  I'm also playing along at Where Creativity Meets C9 - Case a Designer.

I've CASEd this card of Lynn's.  The single flower, watercoloured; the splash of pink; the angled sentiment.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

CUTplorations Reminder


Are you playing along with our CUTplorations challenge?  You might win a gift certificate....
Just take your inspiration from the graphic above, and use die-cuts (preferably CUTplorations, but other makes are fine as long as you use STAMPlorations product somewhere in your creation as well).  Then link up to the challenge and display the graphic.  Simples!

This time I'm inspired by the dress on the left.  Again, I'm trying to make inroads into my paper mountain, one sheet at a time.


Crazy Double Running Stitch die
Rise and Grind
Birds of Paradise (Happy)
Birthday Word Die