Saturday, 25 February 2017

Happy New Home


Both our sons are moving home in the next few days, so new home cards are the order of the day.  And this fits perfectly with the current challenge at TIME OUT:


STAMPlorations are sponsoring the challenge, so I couldn't resist playing along with my Houses set - perfect for this theme.  The trees are from Houses Extras, the butterfly from Winged Things, and the sentiment from Sentiment Builders: Happy and Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year.

If you play along at the TIME OUT challenge, you'll be in with a chance of either winning a $10 gift certificate or choosing any stamp set as used by the TIME OUT DT.

I'm also playing along at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.



Tuesday, 21 February 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #120


Welcome to another STAMPlorations Inspiration Tuesday.  Today we're focusing on Deepti's stamps, Dee's Artsy Impressions.  I've used some flowers from Blooming Buds and the sentiment from Balloons and Banners.  Once I'd finished colouring the panel I cut it with the Crazy Double Running Stitch die.

This week there's 10% off Deepti's stamps (no coupon needed).  Chico Goes Bananas is 20% off, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get another 20% off that (and any other stamps, dies and stencils in the store).

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

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Seize The Birthday - Inlay Diecutting

Hello, and welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!

Our topping for this challenge is Inlay Diecuts.  You know, diecut shapes, letters, numbers, etc. then either replace them with the same diecut shape in another colour, or patterned paper or paint the diecuts before replacing them, like I did.

Once I'd diecut the rose I removed it, watercoloured it with Distress Inks (what else??) then replaced it before adhering the whole panel onto my base card.  The diecut sentiment isn't inlaid.  I couldn't face trying to catch all those fiddly bits in the letters, so I just stuck the sentiment on top ;)


Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, then play along with us.  If you don't fancy inlay die cutting you can still play along with any birthday-themed creation.

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Wednesday, 15 February 2017

STAMPlorations CUTplorations Mini Release


We've got a mini release for you today at STAMPlorations with these gorgeous edge/border stamps.  For my first card I've used the Stitched Winter Landscape, but I've gone for a bright, summery theme.  The card was a scrap from when I made my phone cover, which I die cut then stamped some images from the Scribbly Splattery Grunge set, and then trimmed the base on a wavy line.  The sentiment comes from Sentiment Builders: Christmas & New Year.


For my second card I used a panel of splattered Distress ink to cut out the Stitched Spring Landscape, this time leaving a wider border.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to comment here and on the other blogs for your chance to win the dies.

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CUTplorations February Challenge Reminder


Are you playing along with the STAMPlorations CUTplorations challenge?  All you need is to use a die cut (preferably CUTplorations, but other brands are acceptable provided you've used other STAMPlorations product somewhere on your entry).

So.  In my stash I found this stencilled background from a few months ago that I couldn't decide how to use at the time, so I'd just left it.  The stripy leaf veins reminded me of the stripes in the inspiration graphic, so I just cut another Happy, this time in a maroon shade, painted another flower from Deepti's Blooming Buds set, and added the 'birthday' from Shery's Big Greetings set.


Pop on over to the CUTplorations challenge page for some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, and join in with your STAMPlorations products for a chance to win more!

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #119


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today we're featuring stamps from Becca's line, Big Grins by Becca.

I'm still playing with Becca's new set, A Snarky Birthday To You.  I'd stamped all the candles on a piece of scrap card with the intention of colouring them then cutting them out (that's why the colouring is even looser and sloshier than usual) but then I decided that I liked them just as they were.  I stamped the sentiment onto a scrap of blue card, added a shadow to 'age' then collaged the pieces with some scraps.  Quite like it.

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

There's 10% off all Becca's stamps for the next seven days (no coupon needed), and there's 20% off Caffeinated Christmas.  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY, you'll get an extra 20% off any stamps, stencils and dies in the store.  Bargain!!

Sunday, 12 February 2017

STAMPlorations Sponsors Cupcake Inspirations Challenge 394


STAMPlorations is sponsoring the current Cupcake Inspirations, so some of the STAMPlorations team are playing along.


I stamped CityGirl in Versafine Onyx Black, then watercoloured with Black Soot and Candied Apple Distress Inks and fussy cut her.  On my base card I stamped the sentiment from Shery's new set, Noteworthy 2, then added some chevrons and a squiggle from Scribbly Splattery Grunge before adhering CityGirl.

Pop on over to the Cupcake Inspirations blog for the challenge, and play along.