Wednesday, 22 June 2016

STAMPlorations Special Release - Large Groovy Shoes

Woohoo! The Bee's Knees Groovy Shoes are now available in larger sizes :)  We're having a special release of the three designs over at STAMPlorations, and you can be in with a chance of winning the set of your choice by leaving a comment - simples!


I made this first card for my friend Mel for her birthday - which isn't until next week but she's already got the card and seen it.  Mel likes her pinks and purples :)

The dotty panel is a stencil mono print using the Dots All Over ARTplorations stencil on a piece of mixed media paper torn from my ringbound pad.


For this one I stamped the image onto a painted and stencilled panel that was sitting in my stash, then fussy cut it.  The large dots were made by swirling paint with a sponging tool.



I went all patriotic with this one.  I made it on the Queen's birthday weekend and we were having a street party, so it had to be red, white and blue!  For the Union Jack I used stamps from the Mixed Media Elements set.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous creations using these stamps, and don't forget to comment for your chance to win!

And keep your eye on the STAMPlorations blog tonight - I'll be there with more Groovy Shoes.  Bring your sunglasses ;)

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #81


It's inspiration time at STAMPlorations, and if you've seen the current CASEplorations, you'll know where I got my inspiration from!

I stamped the rose in Distress Inks then dragged the colour in, and fussy cut the image.  The background is part of a failed watercolour sitting in my stash, and the sentiment is from Blossom Overture.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for more fabulous inspiration from the team, and if you leave a comment, you're in with a chance of winning a $10 gift certificate.

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Monday, 20 June 2016

Celebrate With Balloons


It's celebration time at The Paper Players in honour of their 300th challenge, so I thought I'd blow up a few balloons to help the celebrations along.  The middle one must be a foil helium balloon, judging by its crinkly edges ;)


I've used the colour scheme from Uniko Studio's photo challenge, along with Uniko Studio stamps.  You have to look hard for the grey on the blue balloon, but it's there.


And because I've used three or more colours (Dried Marigold, Worn Lipstick, Evergreen Bough, Hickory Smoke) I'm playing along with Virginia's View where it's All About Colour.


My inspiration came from this gorgeous card by Maria.  Cheers, dear :)

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Coffee Lovers' Summer Blog Hop - A Cupful of Love



I'm trying to use up all my bits of stencilled and gelli-printed card, and this piece was just big enough to stamp the coffee cup on then fussy cut out so that I can play along with the Coffee Lovers' Summer Blog Hop.

The wonky stitched frame is one of the new range of CUTplorations dies from STAMPlorations which are coming out in July.

I'm also playing along with Virginia's View, where it's all about colour.


My coffee cup background started off by sponging Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade and Abandoned Coral onto white card, then using a wet acrylic block to bleach a pattern (you can just see some of the bleached areas).  I didn't like that very much so I sponged Picked Raspberry through the hearts stencil to pretty it up.

And I'm playing along at CAS Mix Up where the theme is Stamps + Die cuts + my choice of sponging, bleaching and stencilling.


Friday, 17 June 2016

Creative Chemistry Revisited - MkIII


This is my Summer of Creative Chemistry homework for week 2, which was last week.  Already a week behind :(

Had fun playing with the marbling technique.  Here's another version:


I'm over at A Sprinkle of Imagination today with a canvas.  Here's a sneak peek:


Thursday, 16 June 2016

Seize The Birthday - No Toppings


It's time for a new Seize The Birthday, and for this challenge there is no topping, so it's anything goes.


I got this gorgeous Memory Box butterflies die from a stamp show the other week, and this is its first outing.  The alcohol ink panel had been sitting waiting patiently in my stash of backgrounds, and I thought it would work perfectly with this die.  The sentiment is from Waltzingmouse Stamps.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and join in with your birthday creation.

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

The Mixed Media Card Challenge - Reminder


Are you playing along at The Mixed Media Card Challenge?  This month the theme is Sunset, and the optional element is postage stamp.


I stencilled the dots with clear paste on a white panel, and once it was dry I set to with the orangey Distress Inks and splattered some water.  On the lower panel I scribbled Distress Crayons, then rubbed them with wet fingers.  The bird is Tim Holtz Crazy Birds, and the sentiment is from STAMPlorations.