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 :)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #138


Time for some inspiration over at STAMPlorations.  This week we're featuring Becca's line of stamps, Big Grins by Becca Cruger.  For the next seven days they'll be 10% off (no coupon needed) apart from A Cuppa Love and A Snarky Birthday, which will be 20% off (no voucher needed).  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you can get an extra 20% off those prices and any other stamps, dies and stencils in the store!

I've gone mad with the candles - stamping, masking and watercolouring to make this one-layer card.  I'm adding this to Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make It Masculine.
Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to comment for your chance to win a gift voucher to the STAMPlorations store.

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Reminder



Are you playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It?  All you need is stamps (rubber or polymer) and you're in!

I recently bought a flat-tipped waterbrush.  How I've lived without one for this long I don't know!  I've had great fun sloshing colour around on watercolour paper, just picking up Distress Re-inker colour on the brush then painting it on.  I started with the flowers, followed by the stalks and the background.  I dipped a stylus into neat Black Soot re-inker and added a centre to the flower, and scribbled a vase outline, and left it all to dry.  Several hours later, I managed to smudge the Black Soot centres, which hadn't soaked into the paper so, after blotting what was left, I just stamped some grungy dots, a grungy scribble, and a grungy sentiment for good measure.  Too good to throw away ;)

Our sponsor this month is our very own Jolande, who is offering this prize to one randomly chosen winner:


The winner chosen by the Design Team will have their project published in the magazine (hold on to it in case you're the winner, cos you'll have to post it!), a profile on the blog and mag, and a guest design spot in a future challenge.

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, and play along for your chance to win. Make sure you follow the rules if you want to be eligible for either prize.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Seize The Birthday - One Layer


Welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday.  This week's challenge is the dreaded one-layer - you either love it or hate it and I love it!

For my one-layer card I cut a mask slightly smaller than the card, then die-cut the butterfly (STAMPlorations Flutter Zen I), sprinkled PaperArtsy Infusions powders and spritzed.  Look at all that spritzy goodness!


I love playing with Infusions.  The added walnut stain means that there's an unpredictability about how much the walnut will mix.

Anyway, back to the challenge.  Our surprise guest designer is Lindsey of Bashful Blogging.  Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for inspiration from Lindsey and the Design Team, and play along with us.

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