Monday, 19 January 2015

STAMPlorations Sketch #26


It's sketch time at STAMPlorations and I've got a double helping of stretch-a-sketch (of course) for you today.



My 60th birthday present from my kids was, at my request, a year-long online mixed media art course.  The course started on 1 January, and one of the lessons was creating a tag with inky backgrounds - oh, yes!  These two are leftovers from the masterboard that I created for my lesson tag.

My belated Christmas present to myself was a new sewing machine.  Its predecessor gave up the ghost just after I'd finished making a little bag for my mum as part of her Christmas present. The machine was over 30 years old so it didn't owe me anything.  My new machine got its first outing with these tags - possibly a bit risky for a debut, but it survived the ordeal.  But I think I'll stick to my mini machine for cards in future ;)

Anyway, enough of that.  Play along with the challenge to be in with a chance of winning 3 digi stamps and the opportunity to be a guest designer in Sketch #29.  And if you're one of the Top 2 picks, you'll also have the opportunity to be a guest designer for Sketch #29.  Play along with all 3 challenges this month and you'll be in with a chance of winning a stamp and stencil pack.  And, of course, if you use STAMPlorations stamps in any of your entries, you can also enter them into our ongoing Anything Goes challenge for more chances to win.

And just look at those fabulous new stamps I got to play with:

Hashtag Authentic
I've paired them with Trendy Butterflies and used the arrows from Vignette: Chevrons and Arrows.

Our guest designer for the sketch challenge is the lovely Maria.  Pop on over to her blog and leave her some love, and pop over to the STAMPlorations blog to see the gorgeous

Next week we have a Stamp Spotlight Week, showcasing our fabulous new stamps.  And you won't believe who we've got as a Guest Designer!


21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous tag and what a fab present! Looking forward to seeing more! :) xx

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  2. Wow, I admire your art skills Shirley!
    This is beautiful!

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  3. fabulous colourwork - so vibrant! Jo x

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  4. Loooove the only background! Glad your new sewing machine got broken in. It was a good first outing!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous! Very inspirational, Shirley, thank you for sharing.

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  6. Great tags - love that hot pink!

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  7. Super super gorgeous tags, Shirley!!

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  8. And still I wonder... Is that Pickled Raspberry? Scrumptious.

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  9. Awesome tags, so artsy and interesting! I love the colours you created with your inking technique. Cool!

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  10. Simply amazing, Shirley! Love all that color which is so well accented by your black sentiments and images. Congrats on your new toy too! My machine is going on 37! Have a great week. Bev

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  11. Yep! Bev is right! Simply amazing!!! The bit of purple chenille/pipe cleaner (?) is sooooo cool! Gorgeous colors - purple and fuchsia, paired with any other color, always seem to create a stunning and striking combo!

    Have fun with your new little sewing rig!

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  12. LOVE the colour mix for these beautiful tags, Shirley. Always in awe of your designs ... and always inspired! Loll xx

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  13. Very artsy tags!!! Love the colours, and of course you must have been in splatter heaven. 😀 Have a lovely evening! Hugs xxx

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  14. So striking, Shirley ... such gorgeous bold sentiments against the wonderful inky backgrounds! Cool gifts! Anita :)

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  15. Now that is super striking and amazing card :) Love the colorful splatter

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  16. 2 stunning tags, loving the inky backgrounds. Can't wait to see more of your 'homework'! Beautiful Shirley. Ruth x

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  17. Swooning, absolutely swooning, over how stunning your tags are, Shirley! Your inky backgrounds are gorgeous; perfect canvases for the images and sentiments you've chosen. Of course, you already know I'm loving x 10000000000 the butterflies!
    Hugs~c

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