Sunday, 25 June 2017

Hot Pink Tulips


Been sloshing again, it's habit-forming.  Again, using Distress Re-inkers and a broad waterbrush to paint tulips (sort of).  I toyed with the idea of scribbling flower outlines but decided against it for this one.  But my fingers are itching...

I'm entering this into The Challenge Keywords.  I've hit every one except square.


Also Inspired By All The Little Things


And The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes


We're off to a summer street party now.  And in typical English fashion, it's raining.

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Seize The Birthday - No Topping


Welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!  This time it's no toppings, so anything goes as long as it's a birthday project.


This one's been lurking in my 'unblogged' folder for too long.  I sponged some Distress Inks over a stencilled background, added a Crazy Bird and sentiments, and called it done.  And Grandma loved it!

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some fabulous inspiration from the design team, and from our surprise party guest, Cathy, and play along with us.

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Doing More of What I Love


In case you haven't guessed, what I love is sloshing Distress Inks around.  My latest craze is painting flowers using Distress Re-inkers and a broad water brush.  Today's inspiration came from the current Inkspirations challenge photo:


I went a bit literal with it.  Just sloshed some ink on with the water brush, filled in the gaps, then drew some lines around the shapes using a Posca pen.

I'm also adding it to the CAS Watercolour Challenge - Summer - my hanging baskets have purple petunias in them.


And The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes


Tuesday, 20 June 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #139


Time for some inspiration at STAMPlorations, and today we're spotlighting Deepti's stamps.  Normally the featured designer's stamps would be discounted for seven days, but as STAMPlorations is approaching its 4th birthday, ALL stamps will be 15% off - and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off.

I did some no-line colouring for this card (Best Mom Ever).  Stamped it in Memento Desert Sand, then started colouring with watercolour paints, then added detail with Distress Markers.

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

Friday, 16 June 2017

Words To Live By


Just a quickie post from me, a G&T calls ;)

Playing along with The Flower Challenge, Anything Goes with this sloshed Distress Ink painting, with a few STAMPlorations grunge stamps added.


Hopefully it's now with the intended recipient :)

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #138


Time for some inspiration over at STAMPlorations.  This week we're featuring Becca's line of stamps, Big Grins by Becca Cruger.  For the next seven days they'll be 10% off (no coupon needed) apart from A Cuppa Love and A Snarky Birthday, which will be 20% off (no voucher needed).  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you can get an extra 20% off those prices and any other stamps, dies and stencils in the store!

I've gone mad with the candles - stamping, masking and watercolouring to make this one-layer card.  I'm adding this to Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Make It Masculine.
Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to comment for your chance to win a gift voucher to the STAMPlorations store.

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Friday, 9 June 2017

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Reminder



Are you playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It?  All you need is stamps (rubber or polymer) and you're in!

I recently bought a flat-tipped waterbrush.  How I've lived without one for this long I don't know!  I've had great fun sloshing colour around on watercolour paper, just picking up Distress Re-inker colour on the brush then painting it on.  I started with the flowers, followed by the stalks and the background.  I dipped a stylus into neat Black Soot re-inker and added a centre to the flower, and scribbled a vase outline, and left it all to dry.  Several hours later, I managed to smudge the Black Soot centres, which hadn't soaked into the paper so, after blotting what was left, I just stamped some grungy dots, a grungy scribble, and a grungy sentiment for good measure.  Too good to throw away ;)

Our sponsor this month is our very own Jolande, who is offering this prize to one randomly chosen winner:


The winner chosen by the Design Team will have their project published in the magazine (hold on to it in case you're the winner, cos you'll have to post it!), a profile on the blog and mag, and a guest design spot in a future challenge.

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, and play along for your chance to win. Make sure you follow the rules if you want to be eligible for either prize.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Seize The Birthday - One Layer


Welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday.  This week's challenge is the dreaded one-layer - you either love it or hate it and I love it!

For my one-layer card I cut a mask slightly smaller than the card, then die-cut the butterfly (STAMPlorations Flutter Zen I), sprinkled PaperArtsy Infusions powders and spritzed.  Look at all that spritzy goodness!


I love playing with Infusions.  The added walnut stain means that there's an unpredictability about how much the walnut will mix.

Anyway, back to the challenge.  Our surprise guest designer is Lindsey of Bashful Blogging.  Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for inspiration from Lindsey and the Design Team, and play along with us.

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #137


Time for some more inspiration at STAMPlorations!  This week we're featuring my line of stamps, The Bee's Knees.  All my stamps are 10% off (no code needed) except Houses Extras and Two Of Us, which are both 20% off (again, no code needed).  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY at checkout, you'll get a further 20% off!

I've used Brew-tiful Day, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black and coloured with a magenta Sharpie.  The flower is from Becca's set, Sweet and Sassy Mom.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my teamies have been up to with my stamps, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a gift certificate to the store.

Monday, 5 June 2017

CUTplorations June Challenge


We've got a fun inspiration pic for you in our CUTplorations challenge this month - a Welsh dragon.  Of course, everyone knows Welsh dragons are red ;)

Becca's set, Dino Things, is ideal for this.  Here's what I made:


Sponged Distress Oxide background, Crisscrossed stencil watermarks, Dots All Over stencilled with white paint, sentiment from World Birthday Cakes and CUTplorations Birthday die.  Oh, and some googly eyes.

How will you be inspired by the photo?  Just remember to use any STAMPlorations product, and any brand of die, and base it on the inspiration photo.

Friday, 2 June 2017

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


It's time for a new challenge at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It and as always, it's Anything Goes as long as you've used polymer or rubber stamps in your project.

I used this fun image from Crafty Individuals, watercoloured him with Distress Inks, coloured the background, stamped some grungy dots, sponged some more dots, sponged some woodgrain (the knot looks just like a ripple on water!) and added some washi tape.

Our sponsor this month is our very own teamie, Jolande!  She's offering this stamp set and stencil to one lucky randomly chosen winner:



The winner chosen by the Design Team will have their project published in the magazine (hold on to it in case you're the winner, cos you'll have to post it!), a profile on the blog and mag, and a guest design spot in a future challenge.

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, and play along for your chance to win.  Make sure you follow the rules if you want to be eligible for either prize.

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #136


It's inspiration time on the STAMPlorations blog, and today I've been playing with Distress Oxides.  Stencilling, sloshing, spritzing.  Good fun!

I used ARTplorations Happy Flowers stencil, and performed a bit of surgery on the 'choose happy' stamp from Noteworthy 2.  'Birthday' is from Sentiment Builders: Happy.

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 gift voucher to the store.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Urban Landscape


I'm playing along with a couple of challenges for fun today, and getting to use some NBUS.  My first bit of NBUS is the Tim Holtz Cityscape Skyline die set.  I cut them from mixed media paper and dipped and smooshed them in pools of Distress Oxides.  Once they'd dried I adhered them to my card and added a strip of my second bit of NBUS, this fabulous Tube washi tape.  Cool, eh?

I'm entering this into Inkspirational - Urban

and The Male Room - Die Cuts.

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Seize The birthday - Something Sweet


Are you ready for something sweet at Seize The Birthday Challenge?  You can't get much sweeter than a ginormous sponge cake laden with fruit.  I've had this stamp for ages and never inked it up before.  I sloshed some Distress Inks on it for a bit of colour, keeping it a very simple one-layer card.


Our surprise party guest is Cathy of Cathy's Card Spot.  Pop on over to the Seize The birthday blog to see what sweetness Cathy and the rest of the Design Team have created for you, and join in the fun.  If you're sweet enough already, you could just create any birthday project.

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #135


It's time for some more inspiration from the STAMPlorations team, and this week we're focusing on Shery's stamps.  For the next seven days, all of Shery's designs are 10% off, except for A Cup of Roses 4x4 set and Many Blessings coordinating stamp and die set, which are 20% off.

For my background I inked the Distressed Damask background stamp with Distress Oxides, spritzed and stamped, then cut out a panel using the Crazy Double Stitched Rectangle die.  I stamped the Sketched: Birthday Cake on spare white card, watercoloured with Distress Inks and fussy cut it out.  The happy die was cut from white card then dipped and smooshed into Distress Inks, and the birthday sentiment strip fixed over the top.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, and don't forget to comment for a chance to win a gift certificate to the store.  And any time you feel like having a splurge in the store, use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for an extra 20% off all stamps, stencils and dies.

This also serves as a reminder for the current CUTplorations challenge.  All you need to do to play along is use this inspiration photo, any STAMPlorations product and any make of diecut.


Tuesday, 16 May 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #134



It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and we're focusing on Deepti's stamps.  For the next week, all Deepti's stamps are 10% off, except Rise and Grind and Power of Words, which are 20% off.  No codes needed for these savings.

I've used Deepti's Tweet Love and co-ordinating dies to create this little framed tableau.  Confession time: I'd been cutting giraffes from a strip of leftover card, and there wasn't quite enough to get a full giraffe out of the last bit of card, so I just got the maximum I could out of the space.  Then I had to decide what to do with half a giraffe!  Aha, peeping out of a frame (CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitched Rectangle).

It's not like I don't have much card, but I hate wasting any!  At least I'm one layer less on the Mt NBUS background paper mountain ;)

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a gift certificate to the store.  And next time you'e shopping at STAMPlorations, use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off all stamps, dies and stencils, including already discounted prices.  Bargain!

Monday, 15 May 2017

CUTplorations Challenge Reminder


Are you playing along with the CUTplorations challenge?  All you need is some STAMPlorations product (there's always a digi on our never-ending Anything Goes challenge) and a die (can be any make), and inspiration from the photo above.

Here's where it took me today.


I did some no-line watercolouring with the single stem and leaves from my Rosebuds set, then fussy cut it and mounted it onto a panel which was heavily spritzed with PaperArtsy Infusions - Are You Cerise (hehe).  Added the Wonderful word die cut from silver card.

Play along with us for your chance to win.  And if next time you're shopping in the STAMPlorations store, use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for an extra 20% off any stamps, stencils and dies.
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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Inspired by Michele

It all started when I saw this card by Michele...

credit: Michele Ferguson
... and another one she'd posted on Instagram (but more about that in another post).  And I said it had inspired me to get the Distress Inks out and start sloshing.  So that's what I did, and this the result.


I'd been wondering how best to use the solid floral shaped stamps in the Concord & 9th Hello Lovely, and as soon as I saw Michele's card, I knew!

I inked the stamps with Distress Inks, spritzed and stamped onto mixed media paper which I'd taped down.  The large leaf/petal works well for building up a camellia/rose-type flower (the pink one on the right) as well as for splodgy leaves.  To finish the panel I added some colour with a paintbrush up to the taped edges, then once it was dry, mounted it onto my card base.

I'm adding this to Where Creativity Meets Concord & 9th - Forals


and The Heart Desires Challenge 12.  Ooh, look - a nice big pink rose!



I may be back with a couple more over the next few days...

Friday, 12 May 2017

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It Reminder


Are you playing along with us at Craft Stamper Make It, Take It?  It's anything goes, as long as you've used polymer/rubber stamps in your creation.  I've used a gorgeous layering set from Uniko called Beautiful Blooms III.  I stamped the images with Distress Inks on mixed media paper, and spritzed so that the colours bled.

Our sponsor this month is Imagine Design Create who are providing these three stamp sets for one lucky random winner:



The winning entry chosen by the Design Team will get their project published in the magazine (so hold on to it, as you'll have to post it), along with a profile, and a guest design spot in a future challenge.

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more gorgeous inspiration from the team, and play along to win!

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Seize The Birthday - Animals or Creatures

Welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!

Our theme is animals or creatures, but you can still play along with anything goes, as long as it's a birthday creation.  Here's my card:


The background is smooshed Distress Ink on mixed media paper, overstamped with the numbers stamp from Tim Holtz Perspective, using Distress Oxides.  The images are from Sizzix Framelits Big Top by Tim Holtz.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, and play along with  us.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #133


It's Inspiration Tuesday on the STAMPlorations blog, and today we're featuring Becca's line of stamps, Big Grins By Becca Cruger.  For the next week, all of Becca's stamps are 10% off (no coupon needed), except A Full Heart and Buttercups and Butterflies, which are both 20% off (again, no coupon needed).  And if you think that's a bargain, try adding my code, STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY, to your order for an extra 20% off these and all other stamps, stencils and dies in the store.

I've used the large buttercup stamp from Buttercups and Butterflies to stamp a border on a strip of scrap card, then sprinkled it with my new Infusions colours, part of my haul from the Happy Stampers Festival at Port Sunlight on Saturday, where I caught up with STAMPlorations teamies Monika, Linda and Julie.

Here's a close-up of the strip:


The {thank you} sentiment is from Becca's Strong Women set.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team using Becca's stamps, and don't forget to leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning a gift voucher to the store.

I'm adding this to AAA Cards - Bright and Beautiful


CAS Watercolour Challenge - Flowers


The Flower Challenge - CASE a DT Member

I've CASEd Shona's card