Thursday, 26 April 2018

Seize The Birthday - No Topping


It's time for Seize The Birthday, and it's an Anything Goes challenge, so as long as it's birthday-themed, you're in!

I'm on a roll with Jane Davenport faces at the moment.  I've been making 'selfie' cards using the DIY Face stamp set.  You stamp the face outline and you have a choice of eyes, mouths and noses to create your own Identikit face - great fun!  I used a smartphone die (Kelly Purkey - discontinued?) and a new sentiment die from STAMPlorations.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and from our Surprise Party Guest, Kim.

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Layered Butterflies, Part 2


I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog playing with my newest set, Layered Butterflies.  Last week, I focused on the smaller butterfly stamps, and this is the group photo that you should have seen in last week's post.


Instead, you saw the group post for today's focus, the larger stamps.


So last week you got a sneaky sneak peek, and this week you get double bubble.  Next week you'll see how I've mixed, matched, added and subtracted the two sizes of stamps.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for a full view.  Next week is the official launch, and there'll be a chance for you to win this set by leaving a comment on the blog post.  If you can't wait till then, they're already in the store, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

STAMPlorations Inspiration #172


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and this week we're highlighting Shery's line of stamps, Shery Russ Designs.  I've used this Fancy Frangipanis stamp from Shery's In Bloom range.  After stamping in Versamark onto Mixed Media card, I watercolored with Distress Inks.

Throughout April all stamps (except retiring sets), stencils and dies in the store are 10% off, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get another 20% off.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team using Shery's stamps.  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a gift certificate to the store.

Monday, 23 April 2018

Not Just For Christmas


This month's Twofer challenge is all about Pets, so I couldn't resist playing along with these two cards.


My first card was inspired by the current challenge at The Library Challenge - 101 Dalmatians.


I used one of my new stamp sets, Hashtag Walkies, and set to work with a black paint pen to create two faux-dalmatian coats.  Then I masked the images while I sponged the background and stencilled the sentiment.


I also made a Christmas card, and found two new-to-me challenges to enter:

Sparkles Christmas Challenge - Feature A Creature and

The Merry Christmas Challenge - Anything Goes + Christmas




The background was in my stash from my attempts at a Jennifer McGuire technique using alcohol inks, which I won't be trying again!  But waste not, want not.  I stamped the image onto the background, then again onto cartridge paper.  I used Distress Oxide re-inkers two watercolour the images, then fussy cut them and stuck them into place.  The Season's Greetings sentiment is from Layered Holly.


Toffee tiptoeing through the, erm, daffodils!

Friday, 20 April 2018

Here's Lookin' At You


I've not been playing in many challenges lately, been a bit busy with my new stamp release.  But I did find time to play with some new Jane Davenport stamps.  I'm entering this first card into a new-to-me challenge, The Library Challenge, where each challenge is inspired by books.  This week's is Memoirs of a Geisha Girl.  I think you can see where I got my inspiration ;)


The smaller Jane Davenport face stamps are perfect for 'selfie' cards.  I added a mirri smartphone diecut (Kelly Purkey - maybe discontinued?) for a bit of shine, so it's going into Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Sparkle and Shine.  The tiara is a Crafty Individuals stamp and the patterned paper is from Craftwork Cards.


I've also been enjoying stamping, stencilling and doodling with the small Jane Davenport faces in my journals, so this next one is going into Simon Says Monday Challenge - Let's Doodle.


I doodle-stencilled the flower, then doodled the hair and around the stencilled word 'found'.  Here's a close-up.


I think I need to play some more ....
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Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Layered Butterflies, Part 1


I've got some new layering stamps out - Layered Butterflies - and over the next three Wednesdays I'm doing a spotlight post on the STAMPlorations blog.  Tonight, I'm focusing on the large butterfly shapes, next Wednesday I'm looking at the smaller butterfly shapes, then the following Wednesday I'm mixing, matching, adding and subtracting.

Here's a peek of this week's post.  Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for the full details.


There'll be a chance to win the set on Wednesday 3 May, but if you can't wait till then, they're already in the store, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY, you'll get 20% off.

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

STAMPlorations Inspiration #171


Welcome to Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations!  This week we're highlighting Deepti's line of stamps, Dee's Artsy Impressions.

I've used Little Love Birthday Wishes, perfect for the little men in your life.  I stamped the balloons and coloured them, then masked them while I sponged the background (using ARTplorations Clouds stencil).  On some spare card I stamped the little guy, coloured him in and fussy cut him.  I only attached him by his arm and body, to give the illusion of him floating freely in the air.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a gift certificate to the store.  Through April all stamps (except retiring sets), stencils and dies are 10% off, no code needed. And while you're shopping, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% your order.  What's not to like?
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Thursday, 12 April 2018

Seize The Birthday - Vibrant Colours


We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and this week our optional topping is Vibrant Colours.  Purple and lime are fairly vibrant, aren't they? ;)

I've used some stamps by Stamping Unicorn.  I inked them with Distress Stains, stamped onto damp mixed media paper and let the colour bleed, spritzing extra water where necessary, and once it was dry I re-stamped the image for definition.  After stamping the sentiment I diecut the panel, added some washi strips then mounted it onto purple card.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team, and from our Surprise Party Guest, Kim, and play along with us.

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

STAMPlorations Insiration #170


Welcome to Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations!  This week we're highlighting Becca's line of stamps, Big Grins by Becca Cruger.  I've used this funky set, Llama Tell You, to make a fun birthday card.  I stamped and masked the llamas, coloured them in, then added a watercoloured background and a few party accessories - well, they look like party animals, don't they?

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 gift certificate to the store.  Through April all stamps (except retiring sets), stencils and dies are 10% off, no code needed. And while you're shopping, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% your order.  What's not to like?

Friday, 6 April 2018

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


It's a new month and a new challenge at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It.  It's Anything Goes, so as long as you've used physical polymer or rubber stamps, and don't include more than one project in your post, you're in!

I've used a Jane Davenport face stamp, sloshed some Distress Ink watercolours on, added some stencilling, and black and white pen work.  The background is a Darkroom Door stamp.  I've layered a phone diecut, Birthday diecut (STAMPlorations), crown (Crafty Individuals) and Dymo girl to complete the card.  Oh, and a little Gelli Roll Star Dust on the earrings and crown.

Our sponsor this month is Imagine Design Create.  One lucky random winner will get these two stamp sets:


The winner chosen by the Design Team will have their winning entry published in Craft Stamper Magazine along with a bio, a bio post on the blog, and the opportunity to guest design in a future challenge.  Get stamping, it could be you!

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

STAMPlorations Inspiration #169


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and this week we're featuring my stamp line, The Bee's Knees.  I've used my new set, Baa Baa, for a Baa Humbug card.

The background is Distress Oxides splattered with water, Sanna's tree masks and a bit of hill shading.  I stamped the sheep and hat on spare card, coloured and fussy cut them, and attached to the panel.

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 gift certificate to the store.

Throughout February to April, all stamps (except retiring sets), stencils and dies are 10% off, no code needed.  But if you use my code, STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY, you'll get another 20% off.  What's not to like?