Thursday, 18 October 2018

Tribute to Melissa Lane



Some of you will already know that STAMPlorations teamie Melissa passed away on 2 October.  Melissa had been part of the STAMPlorations family for two years, and was dedicated, enthusiastic and prolific in her projects and tutorials.

Melissa loved butterflies, so along with AAA Cards, another of Melissa's design teams, we're creating butterfly cards in memory of her, and they will be passed to her family.  You can find all the details at Tribute To Melissa Lane, and if you also wish to create a card you'll be able to link it up there.


Tuesday, 16 October 2018

STAMPlorations Inspiration #190


It's Inspiration Tuesday on the STAMPlorations blog, and today we're focusing on Deepti's range of stamps.  From 16 to 22 September, there's 10% off Deepti's stamps (no coupon needed), and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off those and any other stamps, stencils and dies in the store.

I've combined a couple of sets here - the vase from Just Because and the floral arrangement from Best Mom Ever, and done a bit of surgery on a sentiment from Little Love Birthday Wishes.  Having stamped the vase and flowers I just sloshed some Distress Inks around - usual thing.  

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

Monday, 15 October 2018

Inspired By Banksy's Pranksy


Couldn't resist making this card...  I don't have the Hope stamp (girl with balloon, famously shredded after auction) but I do have Ghetto Blaster rat so I thought I'd do a bit of shredding myself ;)

If it's good enough for Banksy, it's good enough for me!

The stamp is from Beecrafty.net.

Friday, 12 October 2018

Craft Stamper Take It Make It Reminder


Are you playing along at Craft Stamper Make It, Take It?    We've got a fabulous prize for one randomly chosen player - the Sizzix Wrapped journal by Eileen Hull!  You'd be daft not to join in for your chance to win this.


Luckily, I've already got the die (not that I'd be eligible for this one anyway), so it made sense to make a journal for my DT project.  I used Distress Inks and stencils on the cover, with leaf stamps from Altenew and STAMPlorations.

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and join in for your chance to win.

The winner chosen by the Design Team will have their entry published in the the magazine along with a profile, and a chance to guest design in a future challenge.

Good luck!

Thursday, 11 October 2018

Seize The birthday - No Topping


We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and this time there's no topping, so you can play along with any birthday-themed project.

I just got an order for several birthday cards including for seven-year-old boys.  I picked up this pirate stamp set with matching paper from the stamp festival at Port Sunlight on Saturday, so the timing was excellent!

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for loads of inspiration from the team, and from our surprise party guest, Marianne, then play along with us.

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

STAMPlorations Inspiration #189


Time for some inspiration on the STAMPlorations blog, and this week we're focusing on Becca's line of stamps, Big Grins By Becca Cruger.  From 9-15 October all of Becca's stamps are automatically 10% off, no coupon needed.  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get yourself another 20% off those prices and all other stamps, stencils and dies in the store.  What's not to like?

I've used the cupcake image and small sentiment from Becca's A Snarky Birthday To You.  I made this while I was doing the OCC Colour Theory class using split complimentary colours.  The background paper is from my stash and it's mounted onto black glossy card.

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 $10 gift certificate to the store.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Another Poinsettia


Popping in with a(nother) poinsettia card (there's plenty more where this came from!).   Easy peasy, stamped the outlines then stamped the solid images, stamped a sentiment and added some torn washi.  Done.

I'm playing at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Let's Get Ready For Christmas.  Well, I'm certainly getting my Christmas cards ready!


I'm over at STAMPlorations tonight with a pictorial on the latest STAMP Club set.  Pop on over and take a look!

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

OCC Colour Theory - Day 3

Day 3 of OCC Colour Theory, and we were looking at complementary colours, split complementaries, tertiary and tetrad.  Here's some homework.

For my complementary colours card I smooshed some red and green Distress Inks, being careful not to let them merge into mud.  The stamps are from Layered Poinsettia.


For this next card I used tertiary colours: blue-green, red-violet and yellow-orange.  The stamps are from Altenew.


I'm entering this into Just Us Girls - Stripes.



STAMPlorations Inspiration #188


I'm still in Christmas card mode with my new stamps.  I've used Layered Mistletoe but today I've mixed it with one of my first stamp sets, Small Birds.

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

From 2-8 October all my stamps are 10% off (no coupon needed) and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off all your stamp, die and stencil purchases.

Happy stamping!

Monday, 1 October 2018

OCC Colour Theory Day 2


Hellooo!  Thought I'd show you my Day 2 homework for Online Card Classes Colour Theory.  This first one was for monochromatic colour schemes.  I used Aged Mahogany, and on the left you can see the shades and tints, but on the card I didn't actually use any shades (i.e. adding black), I just used different strengths of the Distress Ink.  I missed the deadline for Simon Says Monday Monochromatic challenge. Oh, well.  But I am in time for Simon Says Wednesday Anything Goes.


My second card is for the analogous colour scheme.  I used green, yellow/green, yellow and yellow/orange.  I happen to have the same leaf die that Debby used, so why not?  I mixed some of the adjoining colours to get more shades.


Back soon with some Day 3 homework.

Saturday, 29 September 2018

OCC Colour Theory Day 1 - Bright Lights


I've been doing the OCC Colour Theory Class with Debby Hughes, and I'm really enjoying pushing outside my colour boundaries.  You know how it is, you grab the same few colours every time because they 'go' and you like them.  But what about all those other poor neglected colours?  It's about time they took their rightful place alongside the faves, and this is the course that will make me do it.

Well, I'm pushing outside my colour boundaries, but I can't get beyond using Distress Inks.  I got my pan watercolours out, I got my tube watercolours out, looked at them and put them back in favour of my Distress Inks.  Can't break the habit.

We started off by making a colour wheel using the three primary colours, then making secondary and tertiary colours.  I used the nearest colours to primary: Candied Apple, Squeezed Lemonade and Blueprint Sketch, then made my secondaries and tertiaries.


Some of those new colours looked familiar, so I matched them with the nearest colours of existing Distress Inks so that I wouldn't have to mix them.


Which then prompted me to do something I've been meaning to do for ages - a full colour swatch chart of Distress Inks.  Easy peasy with the minis, just stamp them and add water.


Haven't done my homework for secondary and tertiary colours yet, but I'm entering my primary one into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes.



Friday, 28 September 2018

STAMPlorations Christmas Release - Day 4


It's the final day of the STAMPlorations Christmas Release, and today we're focusing on the CUTplorations Doodled Christmas Candles Coverplate, Christmas Blessings and Making Spirits Bright dies.

For my first card I cut the phrase out of mirri card and used bright colours for my Layered Lights


A fussy-cut poinsettia and a black frame for the Christmas Blessings die.


My original idea with this next card was to score the lines then sponge the colours, but I wasn't happy with the effect, so I cut another plate from white paper, knocked all the bits out then overlaid it.  Much better!


This next one looks clean and simple, but it actually took quite a while to trim all the pieces away!


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some gorgeous creations from the rest of the team.  We hope you've enjoyed this release and blog hop and that it's given you some inspiration for your Christmas cards.  Don't forget to leave a comment on the designer's blogs and the STAMPlorations blog every day for maximum changes of winning a $25 gift certificate to the store.

If you can't wait, stamps and dies (including new release) in the CHRISTMAS CUTplorations Dies section are 10% off automatically until 8 October - use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for an extra 20% off!

Thursday, 27 September 2018

Seize The Birthday - Travel


Hellooo!  Welcome to another Seize The Birthday Challenge, with an optional topping of Travel.  Ive used this fab image from Tim Holtz, stamped in Versafine Onyx Black onto a smooshed background. The sentiment is from Swedish House and the chevrons are from STAMPlorations.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team, and from our surprise party guest, Marianne, and play along.

I'm entering this into Shopping Our Stash - Use The Smooshing Technique.


STAMPlorations Christmas Release - Day 3


Helloooo!  We're back with Day 3 of the Christmas Release mini hop, and today we're looking at my final set, Layered Poinsettias.


So we've got a full bloom, a side bloom and two leaves, all in solid and line images and a couple of dot clusters to use as the centres, along with a few words.  Don't forget, the images won't align properly, because they're not meant to.  We're being artsy here ;)

I think poinsettias are stunning in the coral and cream colours, as well as the vibrant reds, so I've started with coral.  I cut out the stamped images and mounted them onto a sloshed background.


After I'd stamped the images on this card I painted in the background colour, adding depth near the flowers, then I masked the flowers and stamped the words in Old Paper for a subtle background.


How about a clean and graphic style?


On this one I stamped the outline images in complementary colours rather than black, and stamped the stamens in yellow.  Added a bit of torn Washi tape to finish.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the other designers have created, and don't forget to leave a comment on each designer's blog and the STAMPlorations blog every day for maximum chances of winning a $25 gift certificate to the store.

If you can't wait, stamps and dies (including new release) in the CHRISTMAS CUTplorations Dies section are 10% off automatically until 8 October - use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for an extra 20% off!

See you tomorrow when we're playing with Shery's CUTplorations dies!

Wednesday, 26 September 2018

STAMPlorations Christmas Release - Day 2


Helloooo!  Welcome to the second day of our mini blog hop featuring my newest stamps, along with some fab dies from Shery.  Today we're focusing on Layered Mistletoe.


There's a solid image and line image for the bunch of mistletoe, a couple of berries in different sizes, a twine bow and some words to make your own sentiments.  Don't forget, the two images for the bunch won't align properly, because they're not meant to.

For my first card, I've used a piece of mixed media paper ripped from a comb-bound pad.  I stamped and spritzed the solid image stamp repeatedly until I got the desired effect, then once it was dry I overstamped with the line image.  The twine bow was stamped on spare and trimmed.  I used Nuvo drops for the berries.


How about a little monochrome for an understated card?


Or stamp the outline image then slosh a little Distress Ink on.  I'm a messy worker, and I ended up with some red Distress Ink on the side of my hand, which transferred onto the card so I turned it into a big slosh across the bottom :)


For this last card I stamped in Bundled Sage for a bit of no-line watercolouring.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the other designers have created, and don't forget to leave a comment on each designer's blog and the STAMPlorations blog every day for maximum chances of winning a $25 gift certificate to the store.

If you can't wait, stamps and dies (including new release) in the CHRISTMAS CUTplorations Dies section are 10% off automatically until 8 October - use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for an extra 20% off!

See you tomorrow with my final set.

Tuesday, 25 September 2018

STAMPlorations Christmas Release - Day 1


Christmas is starting early at STAMPlorations!  I've got three new stamp sets out this week so we're having a mini blog hop, and today we're focusing on Layered Lights.


There are three shapes with coordinating solid and line images, but remember, they won't align perfectly because they're not meant to.  Here's what I've been doing with them.


For this first card, I stamped the line images and string.  If the string doesn't join where you want it to, just use a fineliner pen to draw some extra loops - I also drew some extra lines on the hanging loops because I had a gap.  Go on, you've got my permission to add extra scribbles where you need to!  I dry-brushed the wet distress inks to give a hazy look.


I had a piece of spattered Distress Ink background so I stamped the images where they took best advantage of the colours, and added a bit of grey shadow under each light.  This is actually half of the panel, the other half will appear in due course on another card.


This one is on mixed media paper, playing around with Distress Inks again and spritzing.



You don't have to join up the strings, just stamp them wherever you want for an implied tangle.

It wouldn't be a hop without prizes, would it?  Leave a comment on each designer's blog and the STAMPlorations blog every day for maximum chances of winning a $25 gift certificate to the store.

If you can't wait, stamps and dies (including new release) in the CHRISTMAS CUTplorations Dies section are 10% off automatically until 8 October - use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for an extra 20% off!

See you tomorrow with my next set :)

Monday, 24 September 2018

Tis The Season


Found time to play along in another challenge - Muse Christmas Visions, where Chriss provided this inspiration:

Chriss
Snowy background - check.
Scribbly sentiment - check.
Die cuts - check.
Cute animal face - check.
Holly - ch... erm, antlers, anyone?

The antlers and nose are from The Cat's Pajamas, the sentiment from Tim Holtz, and the eyes from my pen :)

See you tomorrow with my new stamp release.


Friday, 21 September 2018

A Sneak Peek And A Couple of Challenges

Helloooo!  I've not been playing much in challenges lately, been a bit busy with one thing or another, including making samples for my new release of The Bee's Knees Christmas stamps.  Here's a little sneak peek of what I've been up to.  You'll get to see them in full next week:


I've managed to find time to make some cards for challenges this week.

My first card uses a tree from a NBUS Tim Holtz set, and a star from Technique Tuesday, all coloured with Distress Inks (of course!).


I'm entering this in CAS Watercolour Challenge - Tree:


and Simon Says STAMPtember Tim Holtz:


The second challenge is Twofer - Leaves:



I used the larger stamp from the Leaf Canopy set by Altenew to create a watercoloury birthday card using Distress Inks and spritzing (sentiment by Stamps By Me), and also a wedding card, which was totally inspired by this card of Karen Dunbrook's.  This time I stamped in my much-neglected Distress Oxides then die-cut the image.  The background was created with a 3D embossing folder (Crafters Companion Ornate Lace).  The sentiment is a peel-off (gasp!).  Don't judge, I've got a boxload of them to use up :D