Friday, 14 December 2018

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Hello, and welcome to the last Craft Stamper Take It, Make It of the year!  We've got a fabulous Altenew prize bundle for one randomly chosen participant:


If your entry is chosen by the Design Team, it'll be published in the magazine, and you'll get a profile post on the blog and a guest design spot in a future Take It, Make It challenge.

Pop on over to the blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and play along with us.  Don't forget to use real stamps (rubber/polymer) in your project, and only one project in your post.  Full guidelines can be found on the blog.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

STAMPlorations Inspiration #197


Helloooo!  It's our last Tuesday Inspiration post of the year at STAMPlorations.  I'm still trying to use up my huge stash of patterned papers, and the Christmas Reindeer stamps and dies were ideal for this particular paper.  It just so happened that I had the diecut reindeer in my stash ready to go, so it was a really quick cardmaking session.


I chopped up the paper to fit my card, added the Christmas Reindeer CUTplorations diecut shapes, a diecut Let It Snow sentiment, a red gem and brown gem for the noses.  I did consider giving Rudolph's mum a red nose too, to make it hereditary, but who am I to change history?


On another piece of patterned paper I added a larger reindeer diecut, a red nose and the Christmas Blessings sentiment.


This piece of background paper is the right half of the paper used on the first card.  Before you ask, the paper was by Craftwork Cards and I think is discontinued.  All it needed was a tiny reindeer to complement that giant robin on the top sign ;)

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team.  You can get get 20% off any stamps, stencils and dies in the store (except new release and retiring) when you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Things are about to hot up for me - we'll be together as a family at Christmas for the first time in 13 years - lots of preparation to do, so I'll probably be blogging even less than I have been lately until the New Year, so I'll say Happy Christmas to you now, just in case ;)

Wednesday, 28 November 2018

Working Through The Stash


Hellooo!  I'm desperately trying to use all my new Christmas stamps - the ones that I bought last year.... so that I can use all the new ones I bought this year....  (I think there may even be stamps in Mt NBUS from even earlier years, so I've got a long way to go yet).  I also really want to pull out some of my old favourite wood-mounted stamps, but I can't justify dragging them out while there's so much unused stuff lying around.

So, in an effort to address the situation, today we have Zinski set 19 from Paper Artsy, vintage 2017.  I actually stamped these out last year but didn't get around to colouring them, although I did use one of the other images from the set.

I'm entering this into Simon Says Work It Wednesday, Ho HO HOliday

and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Anything Goes,

and Muse Christmas Visions 114, any holiday card.


I'm over at STAMPlorations tonight with a spotlight post on the current STAMP Club set, pop on over for a closer look!


Tuesday, 27 November 2018

STAMPlorations Inspiration #196


It's inspiration time at STAMPlorations, and today we're focusing on Shery's line of stamps.  From 27 November to 3 December there's 20% off all of Shery's stamps, no coupon needed.  If you're Christmas shopping, use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY to get a further 20% off these and all other stamps, stencils and dies in the store (excluding retiring and new release sets).

I've used this fab new set, Christmas Baubles, on a piece of stencilled background. Bubbles, Shutters and Confetti Circles were used on the background.

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 gift certificate to the store.

Friday, 23 November 2018

Poinsettia Tag


I haven't played in challenges for ages - been making plenty of cards, but just not getting round to posting.  I've been wanting to play along with Loll's final Twelve Tags of Christmas (which is closing in a few hours, eek!!) so this had better be quick post!  I had the honour and pleasure of being a guest designer on some of Loll's earlier Twelve Days of Christmas challenges - thank you, Loll!


I was inspired by this tag by Karen Baker over at Day 23 of Tracey's 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  The poinsettia, the two layered tags, but more of a modern twist.

I'm also playing along at Muse Christmas Visions who are sponsoring one of the days of Tracey's event.

I've used a Tim Holtz stencil, my Layered Poinsettias stamp set and a sentiment from Papertrey Ink.

Thursday, 22 November 2018

Seize The Birthday - Tags


Welcome to another challenge at Seize The Birthday!  This is our last one for the year to give everyone time to focus on Christmas preparations.  Do you think we'll all be ready on the day???

Our optional topping today is Tags.  I made this tag from bits and bobs lying around either on my desk or in one of my many boxes of bits and bobs!  The base is a piece of Distress smooshed card, with a strip of patterned paper (blue scallop) and a strip of Tim Holtz 3D Impresslits Provincial border.  The scraps of washi were just that, scraps, but they look right on the tag.  I finished it off by tying a bit of pink lace to the twine.

If you're not into tags, you can still play along with any birthday-themed project.  Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what the rest of the design team and our surprise party guest, Marianne, have made and play along with us.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

STAMPlorations Inspiration #195


We've got some more inspiration for you at STAMPlorations, and today we're focusing on Deepti's range of stamps, Dee's Artsy Impressions.  From 20-26 November all Deepti's stamps are 10% off, no coupon needed.  If you're starting your Christmas shopping, use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY to get a further 20% these and all other stamps, stencils and dies in the store (excluding retiring and new release sets).

I've used Little Love to create a birthday card for a boy, pouting the stamped panel onto patterned paper and adding a felt number.

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