Thursday, 18 July 2019

Seize The Birthday - Rainbow or Anything Goes


Hellooo!  We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Rainbow!  You can see my (sort of) rainbow, can't you?  But if you don't fancy rainbows, you can still play along with Anything Goes as long as it's a birthday theme.


Our Surprise Party Guest is Su Mohr - pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what she and the rest of the design team have made, and play along with us.

Tuesday, 16 July 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #225


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and I'm still on a mission to use up bits and bobs from my stash.  I found this cup and sleeve in my stash so I added a bit of Distress sponging to the cup and ran the sleeve through an embossing folder (which you can just about make out in the photo).  Then it was just a case of using one of the new stickers and a sticker sentiment to pull it all together.

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 code to the store.  While you're at the store, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off all stamps (excluding new release and retiring), stickers, dies and stencils.

Happy stamping, happy shopping!

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #224


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations.  Meet my reconstructed card.  I raided my stash (again - I keep raiding it, but it doesn't seem to be going down any!) and I found this car (Enjoy The Ride), which had previously adorned another card that I no longer liked.  The HB2U - I'd dropped an inked stamp on that card so I chopped up and salvaged what I could.  Then I just needed something to tie both elements together and one of the new Stickers was a perfect fit.  Easy peasy :)

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 $10 gift certificate to the store.  And when you're at the store, don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off.

Sunday, 7 July 2019

Blueberry, anyone?


I laughed my socks off when I read about Darnell's exploits with a pack of frozen blueberries, and I think Loll's idea to create birthday cards for Darnell with parts of the blueberry-stained mop-up card was genius.

Darnell's already got her birthday card from me but in the spirit of sharing, I've made a blueberry-splattered card for the CAS Watercolour Challenge.  The all-in-one stamp is from Woodware.



I'll stick to adding blueberries to my breakfast and my G&T (not the same meal, I might add!).

Friday, 5 July 2019

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Hello, and welcome to a new challenge at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It!  As always, it's Anything Goes, as long as you use real stamps.

I've used stamps from two Funky Fossil sets (The Quick Brown Fox and Beautiful Inside And Out).

One lucky randomly chosen participant will get this fab prize:


The winner chosen by the Design Team will get their entry and a profile published in the magazine and the blog, and an opportunity to guest design in a future challenge.  What's not to like?

Pop on over to the blog and play along!

Thursday, 4 July 2019

Seize The Birthday - Sunshine (Or Anything Goes)


Hello!  We've got a brand new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Sunshine!  (And I'm pleased to say I'm actually getting some of that after an underwhelming June.)  If sunshine doesn't float your boat, you can still play along with any birthday-themed project.


I used stamps from my Carved Flowers set to create a palm tree and sunshine on a sponged background, then added flip flops (Card-io) and sentiments (Altenew and Card-io).

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

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #223


Hello!  It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations.  I'm still raiding my bits and bobs stash, determined to actually use those extras that I make when I'm making another card.  I had already stamped, coloured and fussy cut this floral image months ago - well, if you're stamping an image once in your MISTI, it's so easy to stamp another while it's there.  It's also as easy to colour two or more images while you've got your inks or paints out.

The background was made from inking Distress Inks onto bubblewrap and spritzing.  The stamps are In Bloom: Fancy Frangipanis and Classic Shoes for the sentiment.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog where you'll see some more fabulous inspiration from the team.  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store.  When you're shopping at the store don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off.

Tuesday, 25 June 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #222


It's time for some more STAMPlorations Inspiration, and it's your last week to pick up a bargain in the 6th birthday sale - all items in this section are 30% off, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off.


I've used the little pup from PETS, along with Sketchy Alphabet, then mounted the panel onto mirri card.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave a comment on our blogs for your chance to win a $25 gift code to the store.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Seize The Birthday - Cover The Card


Hello, and welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday.

This time our theme is Cover The Card.  I've covered mine (almost to the edges) with patterned paper that has some random foiling, and this piece reminded me of a balloon, so I added some string to it.  The image and sentiments are from Penny Black.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and from our Surprise Party Guest, Linda, then play along with us.  If you don't want to follow the cover the card theme, you can still play along with Anything Goes, as long as it's birthday-themed.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #221


Hello!  It's STAMPlorations 6th birthday month, and although the celebrations are on hold, we've got a great birthday sale for you with an instant 30% off in this category - and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off, yay!

There are prizes on offer throughout the month - if you haven't yet commented on the earlier posts, there's still time.


I used Tropical Drink and Party Time for my card.  In fact, I made two cards, here's the other one:


While I was in sloshing mode, I didn't want to put the inks away!

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more gorgeous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave us comments for your chance to win one of the $25 gift codes.

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #220


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and during our month-long 6th birthday sale you can pick up some fabulous bargains - everything in the section is 30% off, but if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off.

I found this Big Monster in my stash, already coloured in, along with a textured hillside (using CUTplorations Stitched Snow Hills, which isn't in the sale) and CUTplorations Lower Case Alphabet (which is in the sale).

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to comment on all our blogs for your chance to win a $25 gift code.

Friday, 7 June 2019

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Hello, 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 use real stamping.

My real stamp is the gorgeous Matilda Bottoms by Tracy Easson, which I coloured with Zigs.

One lucky randomly selected participant will win this fab set by Design Team member Donna:


The winner chosen by the Design Team will have their winning entry published in the magazine, will have a profile on the blog and in the mag, and will have a guest designer opportunity in a future challenge.  What's not to like?

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog to see what fabulous inspiration awaits from the rest of the Design Team, and play along with us!

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes


We've got a new challenge for you over at Seize The Birthday and this time it's Anything Goes, as long as it's a birthday-themed project.


I went with an orange unicorn (Jane Davenport) on a smooshed background.  The hearts are also Jane Davenport, and the flowers and sentiment are from The Bee's Knees Fairie Door.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what the rest of the team and our surprise party guest, Linda, have made for you, and play along with us.

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

Go Wild On Your Birthday


What?  You've never seen a blue and white zebra before?  Really??  Me neither, but I thought, why not - after all, I'm in a monochromatic mood.  And that means I can play along with CAS Watercolour Challenge, Something Blue,


and while I'm at it, I'm also playing along with The Library Challenge - I'm going with the stripes.





We're having miserable weather for June - even the teapot was trying to keep warm!


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #219

Sunglasses at the ready!



It's STAMPlorations' 6th birthday, although due to Shery's recent bereavement, celebrations are on hold.  In the meantime, throughout June there's 30% off all items in the 6th Birthday section of the store.  Use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY and you'll get another 20% off - how good is that??

I've gone all psychedelic/rainbow/retro with this card.  It all started with the Distress Oxide background panel from my stash.  I cut out two sets of Lower Case Alphabet for next week's card, and I didn't want to waste the waste, if you see what I mean.  So I stamped a Groovy Lace Up Shoe and coloured it in rainbow-style with Zigs, made a sentiment banner and mounted it all onto a black card.

I'm playing along at Just Us Girls - Retro


and Inkspirational Fashion challenge - these shoes are certainly challenging :-D

and Fusion - no birds for me, but look at all those colours!
Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous birthday inspiration from the team, and don't forget to comment on the main post and all our blogs for your chance to win a $25 gift code to the store.

Saturday, 1 June 2019

It's Your Day


Just popping in with a card for a couple of challenges, using my new must-have Penny Black stamps. As soon as I got them I stamped out thousands (well ok, a couple of dozen) images, so there's plenty more to come.  I'm also trying to make a dent in Mt Patterned Paper, ha!

I'm playing at:

Timeout Challenges


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes

and, of course, Penny Black Saturday Challenge.



Tuesday, 28 May 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #218


Hello, and welcome to another Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations.  We're wrapping up our Things With Wings event with more inspiration from the team.  Up until 31 May all items in the Things With Wings section of the store are automatically15% off, no code needed.  I you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off.


I used the negative cut from when I made this card.  I sponged it with Distress Inks then splattered with water and left it to dry.  It was a bit too subtle so I splattered again and this time mopped the water straight off, which lifted the colour.

I placed the Perched Bird negative cut onto my base card and pencilled around the edges, then stamped fairly randomly so that the large words would appear in the cut-out.  Then I added a sentiment from Noteworthy.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to comment before 4 June and link up your winged creation to be in with a chance of winning prizes.

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Seize The Birthday - Presents


Hello!  We've got another great challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and this time it's Presents.


I'm using up more bits, bobs and stash.  I found the watercoloured embossed panel in my background stash, and the present, which was already cut out and coloured, in (one of) my (many) bits and bobs packets.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is new, but stamped on an offcut strip of pale blue.

I've got to say, I very nearly just put the present and the sentiment on the card without a background, it looked beautifully CAS, but I pushed my boundaries a bit further with this mix, and I like both versions.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for a look at some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and from our surprise party guest, Linda.

You don't need to restrict your creation to presents if you want to play along with us - any birthday-themed project will do.  Have fun creating!

Wednesday, 22 May 2019

STAMPlorations Things With Wings Hop and Linky Party


Hello! At STAMPlorations we're in the midst of our Things With Wings hop and linky party, and today we've got some more inspiration for you.


I used the Perched Bird die to create a roller.  We once saw a flock of rollers in Spain, and I thought I was hallucinating!  As they roll and twist you get flashes of the different colours, it's a wonderful sight.

I dipped the diecut in spritzed Distress Ink till I got the colour mix I wanted.  On my base card I finger-painted Distress paints using the same range of colours, scraped some paint on the edge of a credit card, and added a few black dots.  I also added a fern leaf from the Trendy Spring Blooms set.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from today's designers, and don't forget to comment and link up your creation for your chance to win a $10 gift code or a $15 gift certificate.  Full details on the STAMPlorations blog.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Happy Birthday, Bev!


The lovely Bev, owner of Uniko, has just had a milestone birthday and her sneaky DT organised a little surprise blog hop and linky party for her.  What better way to use my brand new Uniko stamps that I got from Port Sunlight.

Hope you're still celebrating, Bev ;)

I'm also entering this into AAA Birthday Card Challenge


STAMPlorations Inspiration #217


Hello, and welcome to Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations.  This week we're focusing on all things floral, and anything in the Flower Power section of the store is instantly 15% off, no coupon needed.

Another piece from my stash - the foiled card had been sponged with Distress Ink then spritzed, so I took my colour scheme from that using the In Bloom Fabulous Frangipanis stamp and Zig Clean Colour pens.  The sentiment is from BaaBaa.

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 $10 gift certificate to the store.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

STAMPlorations Special Release - Big Grins by Becca Cruger


Hello!  We've got a special release for you, with two new sets by our very own Becca Cruger.  I'm using Becca's A Ton of Fun set - she also has another set, Wild and Free, that other team members are showcasing on the STAMPlorations blog.

A Ton of Fun
Wild and Free

I used fade out ink on the outline of this image.

Fancy your chances of winning a $15 gift code or any of Becca's in-stock stamp sets?  Just leave comments on the participating blogs.  Commenting is open from 5-13 May.

Both Becca's new sets are 10% off instantly, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off.