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.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Beer Cheers

I'm always in need of male birthday cards, so I made a quick one-layer card using Tim Holtz blueprint stamps to fit with a couple of challenges.  The first one is Colour Throwdown - black, brown and white:

and The Male Room - Anything Goes with an optional twist of beverages:

The sort-of-New-Year's-Resolution is getting off to a gathering steam!

Friday, 11 January 2019

Pink Rose

My sort-of-New-Year's-resolution is to enter more challenges.  Last year I hardly got round to entering any, compared to previous years.  So I'm making a start with this one layer card, which is totally inspired by Erum Tasneem's faux dimension card on her guest appearance on Jennifer Mcguire's blog on 8 January.

I'm not getting off to a very good start, because one of the challenges I made this card for have already closed!  So I'd better get on with it.  I'm entering this into:-

The Flower Challenge - Pink & Grey

Loll's new challenge CAS Stencil - Sponging

Watercooler Wednesday - All About Occasions

and The Card Concept - Pink Party

ETA:  The flower stamp is Inked Rose from Altenew.

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It

Craft Stamper's Take It, Make It challenge is underway, and you can play along with any stamped creation.

I've used a large flower stamp from Marianne Designs, and a couple of stencils on smooshed card.  The happy birthday sentiment is from my set Baa Baa.

We have a fab prize for one randomly selected winner:

And the winner chosen by the design team will get their entry published in the magazine, have a profile in the mag and the blog, and a guest design opportunity in a future challenge.  What's not to like?

Pop on over to the Take It, Make It challenge and play along for your chance to win.

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #199

It's Inspiration Tuesday over at STAMPlorations, and today we're having an anything goes kind of theme, using whichever stamps take your fancy.

I'm short of a few girly cards, so I reached for one of my favourite images, the frilly dress from Party Dresses, and a sentiment from City Girl.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store.