Monday, 21 January 2019

STAMPlorations Release Week Reminder

Have you commented on all the blog posts for the STAMPlorations Release Week?  Here's a reminder from me of my set, Carved Flowers.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave your comments before 31 January for your chance to win a $15 coupon to the store.

Friday, 18 January 2019

Twofer Birds

I'm playing along in another challenge, I can't believe it.  I'm surpassing my expectations already.  These Dyan Reaveley stamps (and a stencil used on the grass area) were a magazine freebie, and are perfect for Darnell's Twofer challenge.

The sentiment on the left-hand card is from one of my sets, Birds of Paradise.  All the other stamps are from the freebie set.

I'm entering this second one into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple

Other freebies in the same magazine included stamps and stencils from Ranger Letter It, Dina Wakley and Wendy Vecchi (great haul!!).  Watch this space....

Thursday, 17 January 2019

Seize The Birthday - Stamping Only

Time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday, and today our optional topping is stamping only.  If you're not comfortable with this and want to add diecuts, embossing, embellishments or whatever, you can still play along with any birthday-themed project.

I've used Inked Flora from Altenew on a smooshed background.

Pop on over to the Seize TheBirthday blog for a look at some fabulous inspiration from our guest designer, Julie Beech, and the rest of the design team, and play along with us.

Wednesday, 16 January 2019

Bokeh Butterfly

I've got another card for a few more challenges (yay!)

I've had this Tim Holtz butterfly for ages but never got round to inking it up, and seeing as one of my sort-of-New-Year's-resolutions is to tackle Mt NBUS, I thought it was high time it got an inking.  The bokeh circles were achieved by twizzing mini spongers round on the spot.  I then spritzed the circles with water, dabbing it off quickly to reveal - distressed bokeh.  The sentiment is from Altenew.

So, I'm playing along at:

CAS Mix Up - Bokeh (plus stamping and sponging)

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean & Simple

Fusion 5th Anniversary challenge - inspiration photo
Less Is More - water (spritzed onto distress inks)

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

STAMPlorations Special Release Week - Day 2

It's Day 2 of STAMPlorations Release Week, and today we're featuring my other new stamp set, Carved Houses.

Carved Houses
For my first card I stamped the tall house in Candied Apple Distress Oxide, adding the heart on top, then stamped the rest of the images using Frayed Burlap Distress Oxide.  Even though I was using the MISTI, I liked the uneven stamping on the red, and decided at that point it was going to be a grungy card.  I dragged the edge of a credit card through my Versafine Onyx Black inkpad and made marks, and added the sentiment.

On this next card I tore a page out of a mini dictionary, circled the 'home' word, stamped the image with Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide and added some scribbled images.

This was a Distress Oxide background that was lurking in my stash.  I gave it a layer of Micro Glaze before stamping the images in Versafine Onyx Black - took a few attempts in the MISTI to get full coverage but I'd rather do that than use Archival inks (I don't like it when my stamps get stained.  Silly, I know.)  Added a bit of washi tape to finish.

I stamped a whole host of images onto rainbow watercoloured patterned paper and cut them all out.  Stuck this one in the centre of the card, then stamped and watercoloured a couple of images from my set Houses using Memento inks.  I added shading around each image with a grey Tombow pen.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog where teamie Cornelia is also playing with this set.  Don't forget to leave a comment on all three blogs before 31 January for your chance to win a $15 coupon (four up for grabs).

The new stamps are already in the store and discounted by 10% until 31 January.  If you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you can get an extra 20% off.

STAMPlorations Inspiration #200

Hello, and welcome to our 200th Inspiration post at STAMPlorations!  (We hope these posts do actually inspire you in your cardmaking ;)

You're getting a sneak peek of one of my new stamp sets which is being launched in an hour's time, so I won't say too much about it now.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to comment on our blogs for your chance to win a $20 coupon to the store.

See you in an hour!

Monday, 14 January 2019

STAMPlorations Special Release - Day 1

Welcome to the first STAMPlorations stamp release of the year, and we're kicking off today with one of my new sets, Carved Flowers.  I've designed the elements so that some of them can be used as flowers or leaves, giving you a fair bit of flexibility for creating your own carved floral arrangements.

You can create a large bold flower using any of the round images as a centre, and any of the oval or triangular shapes as petals.  I used Memento inks, then sponged Distress ink around the edges and in the centre of the flower.

If you don't fancy bold, you can use softer colours.  Here I created an all-over pattern using all three larger round stamps and the two oval stamps.

You can create your own bouquet and let everyone know that you picked stamped them yourself!

Or you can go for a bold but simple look.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog where you'll see some more gorgeous inspiration from teamie Monika.  Don't forget to leave comments on all three blogs between 14 and 31 January for your chance to win a $15 coupon to the store (four up for grabs).

The four new stamp sets in this release are automatically 10% off until 31 January, but if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off.