Friday, 24 March 2017

Spring Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop

It's the Spring Coffee Lover's Blog Hop, and STAMPlorations is one of the super sponsors, so some of the STAMPlorations girls are playing along.  Who needs an excuse to create tea- and coffee-themed cards?

My first card has a hipster vibe using my new set, Brew-Tiful Day.  After stamping the image in black I stamped the sentiment, then added a dash of colour with a Sharpie.


I made this little gift card using Shery's Bloomin' Spring Coffee Basket, adding a touch of Distress watercolouring.


My final card uses my Tea Blend Word Art.  I trimmed the border off, then blended Salty Ocean Distress Ink around the edges.  I added a china teacup and saucer (from Shery's Always Tea Time), complete with gold rims


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and for all the details on the Spring Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

A Butterfly And A Night On The Tiles


Sometimes cards just make themselves.  (Well, not quite, but you know what I mean.)  I'd smooshed a greeny/yellowy panel, and it looked a bit like a butterfly, so the only thing to do was stamp a butterfly image over it!

I'm playing along at CAS Watercolour Challenge where the theme is Spring.


I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog tonight with a spotlight post on a set of four travertine tile coasters. Here's the orange one.  Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what other colours I used.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #124


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and this week we're focusing on Deepti's stamps.  I've used the watering can from Friends and Flowers for my card, along with the middle-sized Crazy Double Running Stitch Rectangle nesting die.

The background panel is a smooshing of Pickled Raspberry, Mustard Seed and Inka Gold paste.  I stamped the image over the background then watercoloured it with Distress Inks (Brushed Pewter for the watering can).

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 there for your chance to win a gift certificate to the store.

For the next week, Deepti's stamps are 10% off, apart from Power of Words, which is 20% off.  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off any stamps, dies and stencils in the store.  Bargain!

I'm entering this into CAS Mix Up 1st Birthday Celebrations - Stamping + Smooshing + my choice of watercolouring.  And die-cutting.


And also CAS Watercolour Challenge, where the theme is Spring.


Thursday, 16 March 2017

Seize The Birthday - Colour Splash


Hello, and welcome to another Seize The Birthday challenge!  This time it's Colour Splash (black, white and a splash of colour).

I've been crushing on this stamp set from Concord & 9th ever since I saw it, and I've finally succumbed.  And I made a mess with my first stamping of it.  The lines smudged on the two rightmost petals, but I couldn't bear to throw it away.  I know it's only card, and I've got a mountain of the stuff, but it's such a lovely image I just couldn't throw it.  So I used Black Soot Distress Ink to blend hide the smudging.  The splash of colour comes from a Tombow pen and a snippet of pink card (Memory Box Paintbrush Happy).

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, and from our  lovely guest designer, Anita of Neet & Crafty, then play along with us.  You don't have to keep to the Colour Splash theme, as long as it's a birthday creation.

I'm entering this into The Flower Challenge, Anything Goes.


ETA:  I'm also playing along at Where Creativity Meets C9 - Case a Designer.

I've CASEd this card of Lynn's.  The single flower, watercoloured; the splash of pink; the angled sentiment.


Wednesday, 15 March 2017

CUTplorations Reminder


Are you playing along with our CUTplorations challenge?  You might win a gift certificate....
Just take your inspiration from the graphic above, and use die-cuts (preferably CUTplorations, but other makes are fine as long as you use STAMPlorations product somewhere in your creation as well).  Then link up to the challenge and display the graphic.  Simples!

This time I'm inspired by the dress on the left.  Again, I'm trying to make inroads into my paper mountain, one sheet at a time.


Crazy Double Running Stitch die
Rise and Grind
Birds of Paradise (Happy)
Birthday Word Die

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration #123


It's Inspiration Tuesday on the STAMPlorations blog, and today we're featuring Becca's range of stamps, Big Grins.  I made a get well card using the pterodactyl from Dino Things.  I smooshed the background with Distress Inks, then stamped, watercoloured and fussy-cut the pterodactyl.  I only adhered the lower body, then bent the wings away from the card for a bit of movement.

I'm entering this into the CAS Mix Up Challenge, where it's their first birthday - happy birthday, girls, and congratulations on a fantastic challenge blog!

I've gone for stamping, smooshing and fussy cutting (and watercolouring).

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration.  There's 10% off Becca's stamps all week, and 20% off Buttercups and Butterflies.  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get another 20% off all stamps, stencils and dies in the store.

ETA:
I'm also playing along at Inkspirational, where the designer's choice is watercolour smooshing.  Thanks for the prompt, Carol!


Friday, 10 March 2017

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Reminder


Are you playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It?  All you need is a rubber or polymer stamp or two, and you're in!

I've used a Tim Holtz stamp on two Distress Ink-smooshed backgrounds, with a Visible Image sentiment.

This month's challenge is sponsored by Dali Art, and they're giving away this fabulous package to one lucky randomly chosen winner:


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

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog to see some more fabulous reminder inspiration from the team, then play along to win!

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

Say Cheese!


I've made a couple of contrasting cards for my Spotlight post at STAMPlorations, and this is one of them.  Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see the other one.

While you're doing that, I'll just enter this one in The Heart Desires challenge.


I just went with the colour scheme (minus the gold) but there is another more tenuous link - the maps imply travel, and we all take snapshots when we're travelling ;)
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

STAMPlorations Inspiration # 122


It's Inspiration Tuesday over at STAMPlorations, and today we're showcasing my stamp range, The Bee's Knees.

So I've used one of my new sets, Two of Us.  I stamped it in Antique Linen so that I could do some no-line colouring with Distress Inks.  The hearts and the sentiment are also from the same set.



We've got some fabulous inspiration for you on the blog, so pop on over to take a look, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a gift certificate to the store.

For the next seven days there's 10% discount (no coupon needed) on all The Bee's Knees stamps except Faerie Door, which is 20% off.  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get another 20% off all stamps, stencils and dies in the store any time you place an order.



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Sunday, 5 March 2017

CUTplorations March Challenge


We've got a new challenge for you at CUTplorations, based on this gorgeous inspiration graphic.  I knew exactly what I wanted to do when I got the A Cup Of Roses stamp, but it didn't quite go to plan on account of I stamped the image askew on the card, so I had to fussy cut it.  But it all came good in the end, and in fact I like this version better than the one I had planned.


I think you can guess which of the three inspiration images caught my attention!  I'm trying to deplete my mountainous stash of patterned paper, and this piece happened to be on my desk, unused.  It makes the perfect background for the cup of roses.  I cut the panel using the middle-sized Crazy Double Running Stitched Rectangle die, then cut the happy in blue and maroon and offset layered them.  The birthday sentiment is stamped in Brilliance Moonlight White on black card.

Want to play along?  Use our inspiration photo (and include it in your blog post) and any brand of die cuts.  Just be sure to use at least one STAMPlorations product on your project. Cards, tags, scrapbook pages, mixed media projects ... all are welcome.  Don't have any STAMPlorations products yet?  You can always find a free digi here to use.

And when you're shopping at STAMPlorations, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off any stamps, dies and stencils you buy.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous interpretations of the inspiration pic and play along.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Fancy a brew, anyone?

It's time for a new challenge at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It with our new regular theme of Take A Stamp (basically anything goes as long as you've included stamping with polymer/rubber stamps).

I've used my new stamp set, Brew-tiful Day, to make this graphic card.  I stamped the image in Versafine Onyx Black then watercoloured it with Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink, layered it onto copper card and then onto my base card.  The dotty washi tape finishes it off nicely.

This month's sponsor is Dali Art who are providing a stamp set plus two stencils for one randomly chosen winner.


The winner chosen by the design team will have their project published in the magazine, a profile post on the blog and a guest design slot in a future challenge.

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog to see more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team and then play along with us.  Don't forget - only one project in your post, and maximum three entries.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes


It's time for a new Seize The Birthday challenge, and this time it's Anything Goes.


I've been doing a lot of stamping and colouring on kraft card lately, and here's one of the finished cards.  The image is from Stamping Bella and I've coloured it with pencils.

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

TIME OUT 3rd Birthday Bash


TIME OUT Challenge has turned three (where has the time gone?) and to celebrate, they are having a birthday party!  STAMPlorations is one of the sponsors, so some of the STAMPlorations Design Team are joining in the fun and playing along with the TIME OUT theme, which is Love/Friendship with the optional twist of spotlight stamping.



I've used one of my newest stamps, Two Of Us, to make an anniversary card.  I stamped the image on a white panel, and again on some scrap.  I punched out the spotlight area that I wanted, coloured it with Distress Inks and stuck it on top of the main image.  I added a little shading on the main image - hope that's not cheating ;)

I cut the panel using the Crazy Double Running Stitch die then added my sentiment.  On the kraft card base I stamped the hearts using Versamark.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see more fabulous inspiration from the team, and then pop to the TIME OUT blog to play along.