Thursday, 28 February 2019

Seize The Birthday - Make Us Laugh


We've got a new Seize The Birthday challenge for you, and this time our optional topping is Make Us Laugh.  Or you can just play along with our Anything Goes theme.

This Art Impressions stamp has been sitting on my desk waiting to be used for, oh, well over a year.  I couldn't put it away otherwise I'd forget all about it, so today it got its first outing.  The sentiment is from Paper Artsy Elinazinski Art ZA26, and the Happy Birthday is from Altenew.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more inspiration from our surprise party guest, Julie, and the rest of the design team, and hopefully we'll see you in the gallery.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #205


Hello there!  We've got some Tuesday inspiration for you on the STAMPlorations blog, and today we're featuring Shery's stamps.  For the next week all Shery's stamps are 10% off, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off most stamps stencils and dies in the store.

I used the new ARTplorations stencil Faces: Pensive stencil, but I didn't stencil the eyelashes so that I could draw in some eyes.  The sentiment is from Bold Sentiments: Fabulous , and the other stencils I used are ARTplorations stencil Bloom Boldly and ARTplorations Stencil Pebble Waves.

For her scrunchy I die cut one of the mandalas from CUTplorations Dies Bloomdala Bliss: Felicity.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration using Shery's stamps, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a gift voucher to the store.

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #204


Helloooo, and welcome to Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations.  Today we're focusing on Deepti's line of stamps, Dee's Artsy Impressions.  For the next week all of Deepti's stamps are 10% off (no coupon needed), and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off most stamps stencils and dies in the store.

I've used a gorgeous dessert from Sweet Surprise, coloured it with Sharpies and fussy cut it.  I adhered some torn washi tape to my card, added a sentiment from Little Love Birthday Wishes and added my dessert.  I could eat one of those in real life!!

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration using Deepti's stamps, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a gift certificate to the store.

Monday, 18 February 2019

Mmmm.... Coffee, Anyone?


Helloooo!  I recently got the Zen Coffee Cup Layering Dies and I wanted to try them out using patterned paper. I cut one solid outline cup in white, then the filigree flower from patterned paper and adhered it on top of the solid diecut using bookbinders glue in a fine nozzle applicator.  For the shadow I smudged Distress mini pads in Spun Sugar and Shabby Shutters across the card, rubbed with a piece of kitchen roll then splattered water and blotted.  The sentiment is from my set And Coffee.

This is going into the CAS Mix Up challenge - dimensional diecuts (+ stamping + my choice splattering)



STAMPlorations are having a coffee-themed sale here, so if you're thinking of stocking up on coffee-themed stamps, get on over.

Thursday, 14 February 2019

Seize The Birthday - Anything Goes


Hi, and welcome to a new Seize The Birthday challenge!  This time, it's anything goes, so as long as it's a birthday project, you're in.

My card was totally inspired by this card from Debby Hughes.  Nowhere near her standard, but a decent effort nonetheless.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team and from our Surprise Party Guest, Julie, and while you're there, why not play along?

Stamps and dies are Altenew Beautiful Day, birthday disc from Craftwork Cards (ancient stash), number dies from Winnie & Walter.

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Making Faces - Part 2


I'm back on the STAMPlorations blog tonight with this travellers' notebook using one of the new Faces stencils.  Pop on over and take a look!

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Making Faces - Part 1


I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog with these cards using the new Faces range of stencils.  Pop on over for a closer look.

STAMPlorations Inspiration #203


We've got some Tuesday inspiration for you at STAMPlorations, and this week we're featuring Becca's line of stamps, Big Grins by Becca Cruger.  For the next week all Becca's stamps are 10% off, no coupon needed, and if you use my code, STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY, you'll get a further 20% off all stamps, stencils and dies in the store.

The starting point for this card was the fabulous background paper, and all it needed was one cupcake image from A Snarky Birthday To You, coloured with the same palette as the paper, and coordinating sentiments from the same set.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration using Becca's stamps, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store.

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #202


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today we're focusing on my line of stamps, The Bee's Knees.  For the next week they're all 10% off, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY when you're buying, you'll get a further 20% off.

I've used one of my new sets, Carved Flowers, to make a direct-to-stamp, watercoloury arrangement with Distress Inks.

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.

I'm playing along at The Flower Challenge where this month's theme is your latest stamps.  Ok!



Monday, 4 February 2019

Christmas Kickstart - Festive Felines


I'm playing along for the first time in the Christmas Kickstart challenge, where the theme is Festive Felines.

Most of my Christmas stamps are packed away, but I have a small stash of already-stamped images, and I found this little kitty in the midst of them.  And seeing as he's a Penny Black image, I'm playing along with Penny Black Saturday challenge Anything Goes.

My first Christmas card of 2019!

Friday, 1 February 2019

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Welcome to a new Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge!  It's Anything Goes with rubber or polymer stamps.

I've used this fab stamp from Technique Junkies. Having found some background paper that I wanted to use, I matched my colours to the colours of the paper.

We've got a fabulous prize for one randomly chosen winner this month:


The winner chosen by the Design Team will get their card featured in Craft Stamper magazine, together with a two page profile, a profile on the blog and a guest design spot in a future challenge.  What's not to like?

Pop on over to the blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and play along for your chance to win.  Don't forget to follow the rules - we don't want you excluding yourself from the prizes!!