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.

STAMPlorations Love TAGplorations Hop



STAMPlorations is having seven days of tag-making fun, and I'm joining in with Day 4.  All you need to do to play along is create a love-themed project with a tag in it.


I've used the largest tag die from Luggage Tags Nesting Dies.  I sponged it all over with Victorian Velvet Distress Ink, then sponged more ink through the Doodled Heart stencil.  I stencilled Cosmic Shimmer Gold Pearl texture paste through the A Bloom and Three Buds stencil.  The sentiment and two stamped hearts come from my new set, Two of Us, and the bottom heart was cut from the new Clustered Hearts die.

There are prizes to be had for commenting or playing along:

- (3) randomly drawn winners from all comments left on the STAMP blog and participating designers blog will each receive a $10 gift certificate to the store

- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of stamp set (Pocket Blooms, A Full Heart, or Two of Us)

- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of any 2 of the new love-themed dies (Love, Always, XOXO, Forever, You & Me, Clustered Hearts)

- (1) randomly drawn participant in the Love TAGplorations linky party will receive her choice of tag set: Luggage Tags or ATC/Tag Builder

So pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some fabulous inspiration from the team, and join in for your chance to win.

Friday, 10 February 2017

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Reminder


Are you playing along with Craft Stamper Take It, Make It?  All you need is a stamp or two...

I've used stamps from The Bee's Knees Party Dresses and City Girl, along with a CUTplorations edge die.  I stamped the images onto the sponged card panel, then masked them while I spritzed water over the sponging. The trimmed panel was then adhered to the die-cut panel, then to the card base.

Our sponsor this month is Seven Hills Crafts who are offering a £25 voucher to one randomly chosen winner.

The winner chosen by the Design Team will get their winning entry published in Craft Stamper magazine, a guest design slot in a future challenge, and a winner's profile.

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the Design Team, then join in to win!