Tuesday, 31 May 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #78


It's Tuesday and it's time for some STAMPlorations inspiration.  I've gone all tropical with my colours (Spiced Marmalade, Peacock Feathers, Pickled Raspberry and Mustard Seed).  I stencilled some ARTplorations Just Squares with clear texture paste, and once it was dry I sponged the colours.

On a spare piece of card I stamped the birthday cake and watercoloured with the same colours.  The background stamps are from Mixed Media Grunge and Mixed Media Elements, and the sentiments are from Party Time and World Birthday Cakes.  A strip of dotty washi tape completes the card.

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

Monday, 23 May 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #77


I'm showing my STAMPlorations Inspiration card a little early so that I can play along with Muse Christmas Visions, where my STAMPlorations teamie Cornelia is this week's muse with this card:

Cornelia's card
Snowflakes - tick, curvy landscape - tick, big sentiment (Holiday Sketches: Christmas Bells) - tick, and my focal point is the trio of trees from my stamp set Houses Extras.  And I've added some Stickles to the trees for a bit of wintry sparkle.

You can see more STAMPlorations inspiration from the rest of the Design Team on Tuesday by clicking this link.  And I've now got one more Christmas card for my stash!

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Seize The Birthday - Dimension


We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and this time our theme is Dimension.


I've had this unfinished card base in my stash for a long time.  It was inspired by a card I'd seen with purply texture paste, but it's so long ago I can't remember whose card it was, and I didn't pin it.  So if you think it was yours, shout out.  

Anyway.  Purple texture paste, microfine glitter sprinkled on.  Doily.  Penny Black image, coloured and matted onto purple card, and glossy accents added to the heart.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, and play along with us.  If you don't want to use dimension, that's fine as long as it's a birthday project.

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Happy Birthday, Sandie!


My blog has been on auto pilot for the last week while we took a last-minute holiday to Ibiza, so I've got a lot of catching up to do, but before that I'm just popping in with a quick post to wish Sandie of London Days a very happy 50th birthday, and joining in the linky party over at Time Out.  It's no surprise that the theme is CAS (Sandie's favourite style) with a twist of purple (Sandie's favourite colour)!

Happy birthday Sandie, I hope you're stretching the celebrations out for as long as possible!


I'm also entering this into CASology Stencil, which is being sponsored this week by STAMPlorations.


I've used the Dots All Over ARTplorations stencil with Dusty Concord Distress Ink, and a sentiment from Deepti's Balloons and Banners, together with with a Penny Black die and large Parker numbers.

I'm over at STAMPlorations tonight with some tray-baked notelet cards.  Here's a sneak peek.


Tuesday, 17 May 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #76


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've used the blossom sprig and a sentiment from Deepti's set, Smile.

I started off by splattering some diluted Stormy Sky and Crushed Olive onto white card, then stamped the three flower sprigs, bending the stamp each time to get the different angles.  Then I watercoloured the flowers and leaves, and the base of the white card, and attached it to the pink card.

The grungy chevron is from Mixed Media Grunge.

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

I'm adding this to Simon Says Wednesday Challenge, Flowers.



Friday, 13 May 2016

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Reminder


Are you playing along with Craft Stamper Take It, Make It?  All you need is a stamp, because this month's theme is 'Take A Stamp'.

Our sponsor this month is Designs by Georgina, and one lucky participant will win three stamp sets and three stencils:


I've used one of the images from my new set, Groovy Shoes.  One of the images from the set also features as Craft Stamper Magazine's first digi cover stamp, and it's free to readers (including overseas readers, who've always missed out on the polymer cover stamp).  There's also a giveaway in the magazine for the full polymer set.  See your copy of the mag for details.


The background on my card is part of a gelli print that was lying around in my stash, and that was the starting point for my colour scheme on the shoe.

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more fabulous reminder inspiration from the team, then play along for your chance to win.

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #75


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a quick masculine card for you.  I made this for a couple of challenges weeks ago but missed the deadlines, so here it is now!

Using Bundled Sage, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters and Forest Moss, I inked the border stamps (Artsy Border Maker) and spritzed before stamping, then added one border in black.  The sentiment is from Big Greetings.  Of course, I had to add a few splatters to finish it off!

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

Friday, 6 May 2016

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It - Take A Stamp


Time for a new challenge at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It.  This month it's Take a Stamp - any stamp, any number of stamps.

This month's challenge is being sponsored by Crafts By Georgina, and one lucky random winner will win this fabulous bundle of three stamp sets and three stencils:


The winner chosen by the Design Team will have their winning entry published in the new-look Craft Stamper magazine, a profile post on the blog, and a guest design spot in a future challenge.

I've had the honour of designing Craft Stamper's first ever digi cover stamp, and it's a mirror of the stamp that I've used on my card.  The digi is free with this month's magazine, in shops now, and there's also a chance to win my new polymer stamp set, Groovy Shoes (see magazine for details).  I've also got a few projects in there using the digi in some creative ways ;)

Groovy Shoes
Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the Design Team, and join in for you chance to win.  Don't forget - only one project in your post to be eligible for prizes.

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Seize The Birthday - Colouring


It's time for Seize The birthday, and this challenge is all about colouring.

My colour scheme started with the pre-coloured letter stickers.  I had the lacy inky background in my stash, so it was just a case of stamping and colouring the image to match, and adding a numbered balloon with string.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the Design Team, and join in with us.  If you're not into colouring this time, that's fine as long as your entry is birthday-related.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

STAMPlorations Inspiration #76


It's Tuesday, so it's Inspiration Day at STAMPlorations.  I'm still on with cards inspired by Mark Schwartz's style.

I splodged three colours of Distress Ink in the centre of the card panel, blasted it with the heat gun, then stamped the Sketched Coffee Cups in Black Soot and spritzed lightly.  Stamped the sentiment from Trendy Butterflies, added some torn washi tape then mounted the panel onto hot pink card.

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

Monday, 2 May 2016

(Don't) Let It Snow!

I'm playing along with Muse Christmas Visions today where Suchi has provided this gorgeous card as inspiration:

Suchi's card
Here's what I made.  I sincerely don't want it to snow.  We're desperately waiting for spring here!


A straightforward QACAS (quick and clean and simple) card.  Sponged the sky (Faded Jeans), spattered water, stamped the image and sentiment, added a little colour to the hat, scarf, nose and heart.  Added a little shadow for snow, and Glossy Accents on the heart and it's done!

Sunday, 1 May 2016

The Mixed Media Card Challenge


It's a new month and a new challenge at The Mixed Media Card Challenge.  This month, our theme is Reflections, with an optional element of Water.


I've gone with the moonlight on water theme of the inspiration graphic.  To get my reflected buildings, I inked the stamp up in grey, then brayered over the stamp to pick up the ink, then brayered  the ink onto my card panel.  I left a gap, then stamped the image in black the right way up.

To get the grassy river bank, I masked off the buildings and reflection to leave a strip, inked that up with Versamark then poured Fran-tage embossing powder on and heat embossed.

The sky was done with Chipped Sapphire and water splatters (after masking a circle for a moon), and the water was done with Stormy Sky (again, after masking a circle for a moon). I highlighted the rooftops with Sakura Stardust gelly roll pen, and also added a few tiny stars amongst the splashes in the sky and in the reflected water.  You've got to look hard, but they are there.  If you see loads, just wipe your monitor ;)


Fancy playing along?  Check out some fabulous inspiration from my teamies here, then join in!

CASEplorations with Shery Russ

It's a new month and a new CASEplorations challenge.  This month, we've got our very own Shery Russ (aka That One Layer Mixed Media Girl, aka owner of STAMPlorations) as our muse!  Here's the card that we're CASEing:


Shery is famed for her one-layer cards that pack plenty of punch, and this one is no exception.  Shery has used two stencilling techniques on her background, and a text block sentiment.  But that's not all there is to CASE - what about that gorgeous pink and yellow combination, the curved corners, or the floral background theme?

Here's what I made:


I used the same stencilling technique, using Pickled Raspberry and Twisted Citron, and then I found this stamped lily (from Boxed Blooms and Bold Sentiments), already coloured pink, in one of my many bags of stash.  See, there's always a reason for keeping bits 'n bobs!  The sentiment is from my new set, Groovy Shoes.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous CASEs of Shery's card and join in for a chance to win.