Wednesday, 28 June 2017

STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Blog Hop and Wishlist Linkup


Hello and welcome to Day 3 of STAMPlorations 4th Birthday Party and Blog Hop and Wishlist Linkup!  There are loads of new stamps and dies on release, and the design teams have been playing with them.  Here's what I used from the release:

Cupcake Builder #1
Shaker Balloons #1 Heart
Sweet Word Die
Bold Sentiments: Sweet
For my first card, I stamped the 'sweet' ombré-style on a white panel, matted it onto some patterned paper, adhered it to DL-sized card then stamped the rest of the sentiment down the side of the card, then added a die-cut cupcake.


The second card uses the heart shaker balloon die set, sweet word die and a couple of ARTplorations stencils with Distress Oxides.  I built up the shaker element by cutting four extra hearts and using the frames.


So then I had four die-cut hearts.  Couldn't waste them...


I put them through an embossing folder, added some die-cut strings and popped them onto a Distress watercoloured background, and added the 'sweet' die-cut (with a black layer underneath).  The rest of the sentiment comes from Blossom Overture.

All the important stuff on how to win lots of goodies is on the STAMPlorations blog.  All stamps, dies and stencils are 15% off until 3 July, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get another 20% off.  What are you waiting for??

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #140


It's Inspiration Tuesday on the STAMPlorations blog, and today we're featuring Shery's stamps.  I was really taken by this card from Deepti's Spotlight feature.  I loved the dramatic flower that she'd created using the grunge stamps as petals.

Deepti's card
Then I saw a pin on Pinterest of a large flower canvas using the turquoise/grey colour scheme.  And my card was born.  I stamped the 'petal' (from Scribbly Splattery Grunge) in Versamark, and used the end bit of a splotch (from Mixed Media Elements) for the centre, and heat-embossed with clear powder.  Then I squidged Peacock Feathers and Pumice Stone Distress Minis over, spritzed liberally and waited impatiently for it all to dry.  I resorted to ironing while waiting...

The 'wish' diecut is from the Sweet Spring Wishes phrase die.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and leave a comment for your chance to win a gift certificate.

From 27 June to 3 July, all stamps, stencils and dies will be 15% off (no coupon needed) to celebrate STAMPlorations' 4th birthday.  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get another 20% off.  No-brainer.

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Hot Pink Tulips


Been sloshing again, it's habit-forming.  Again, using Distress Re-inkers and a broad waterbrush to paint tulips (sort of).  I toyed with the idea of scribbling flower outlines but decided against it for this one.  But my fingers are itching...

I'm entering this into The Challenge Keywords.  I've hit every one except square.


Also Inspired By All The Little Things


And The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes


We're off to a summer street party now.  And in typical English fashion, it's raining.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Seize The Birthday - No Topping


Welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!  This time it's no toppings, so anything goes as long as it's a birthday project.


This one's been lurking in my 'unblogged' folder for too long.  I sponged some Distress Inks over a stencilled background, added a Crazy Bird and sentiments, and called it done.  And Grandma loved it!

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some fabulous inspiration from the design team, and from our surprise party guest, Cathy, and play along with us.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Doing More of What I Love


In case you haven't guessed, what I love is sloshing Distress Inks around.  My latest craze is painting flowers using Distress Re-inkers and a broad water brush.  Today's inspiration came from the current Inkspirations challenge photo:


I went a bit literal with it.  Just sloshed some ink on with the water brush, filled in the gaps, then drew some lines around the shapes using a Posca pen.

I'm also adding it to the CAS Watercolour Challenge - Summer - my hanging baskets have purple petunias in them.


And The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #139


Time for some inspiration at STAMPlorations, and today we're spotlighting Deepti's stamps.  Normally the featured designer's stamps would be discounted for seven days, but as STAMPlorations is approaching its 4th birthday, ALL stamps will be 15% off - and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off.

I did some no-line colouring for this card (Best Mom Ever).  Stamped it in Memento Desert Sand, then started colouring with watercolour paints, then added detail with Distress Markers.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the Design Team, and don't forget to leave a comment there for your chance to win a gift voucher to the store.

Friday, 16 June 2017

Words To Live By


Just a quickie post from me, a G&T calls ;)

Playing along with The Flower Challenge, Anything Goes with this sloshed Distress Ink painting, with a few STAMPlorations grunge stamps added.


Hopefully it's now with the intended recipient :)