Thursday, 25 April 2019

Seize The Birthday - Texture


Hello, and welcome to a new Seize The Birthday challenge.  Our theme for this challenge is texture.

I had a look through my stash and found this background which had been stencilled with clear texture paste then sponged and spritzed with Distress inks.  I added the stamping (Tim Holtz) and a sentiment (STAMPlorations The Bee's Knees) and this cute little doggy (PaperArtsy).  Easy peasy.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team, and our surprise party guest, Tenia Nelson, and join in the fun!

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #213


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and our theme is anything Spring.  Throughout April, anything in the Spring Fling section is 25% off instantly, and if you also use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off.

I've used For the Birds stamp set, which I think my be out of stock at the moment, but you could easily achieve the same result using the For The Birds die set.  The background is the second iteration of Distress Inks on an acrylic block.

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, 17 April 2019

Oh, Baby!


I'm in baby mode over at STAMPlorations, which is appropriate, because I've just become a first-time grandma to a beautiful boy!

I've also made a baby girl card, which you can see over at STAMPlorations.

STAMPlorations Spring Fling Reminder


Hi guys, have you been following along with the STAMPlorations Spring Fling event?  There are loads of prizes to be won, all you have to do is comment on the STAMPlorations girls' posts and the main blog posts.

Here's a little card to help you along...


I've used A Cup of Roses, watercoloured with Distress Inks, fussy cut it and adhered it onto some patterned paper, added some ink splatters, a bit of washi tape and a sentiment from Brewtiful Day.

There are different prizes each day, and today three lucky winners will get a $10 gift code to the store.



Commenting is open until 19 April, so get hopping!

Tuesday, 16 April 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #212


Hey peeps, it's time for Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and we're still in a Spring mood and the Spring Fling sale lasts all through April, and all stamps in the Spring Fling section are automatically 25% off, no code needed.  If you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off, so go grab yourself a bargain!

I've used Folk Flowers for some vibrant blooms.  I coloured them with Zig Clean Colour brush pens, edged them with grey, then masked them while I sponged Distress Oxides through the Broken Glass stencil.  I stamped the border on the card base then trimmed the panel to fit.

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 entering this into Just Us Girls - Off The Edge.


and AAA Card Challenge - Along The Edge


and Simon Says Monday Challenge - Beautiful Blooms


Thursday, 11 April 2019

Seize The Birthday - No Topping


Hi, and welcome to another Seize The Birthday Challenge!  This time there's no topping, so as long as it's a birthday creation, you're welcome to play along.

Today's card was made for a workshop we did at my local club - mirror stamping.  The image is from Penny Black, and it's great for a male card.  We specifically bought some polymer mirror stamps to use, but I found the best results were from using the back of a large red rubber background stamp - they seem to transfer the ink best.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and from our Surprise Party Guest, Tenia Nelson, and join in the party fun.

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #211


Hello, and welcome to another STAMPlorations Inspiration Tuesday.  Our Spring Fling event is still in progress, and all products in the Spring Fling category are 25% off, no coupon needed.  If you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off, yay!


I've used Deepti's You and Me on a smooshed panel to create a wedding card, which I've then customised with Peel Offs.  There was a slight hiccup when I realised I had no zeros, so 2019 got shortened.  The name Ste was deliberately shortened (from Steven to Steve to Ste - is that just the UK?).  Oh, and after photographing I realised the dot was missing from the 'i', but that got rectified.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to comment on the Spring Fling posts for your chance to win fab prizes.

Monday, 8 April 2019

STAMPlorations Spring Fling - Day 8


Hello!  STAMPlorations is having a Spring Fling twelve day giveaway, and each day some of the STAMPlorations girls have got loads of fabulous inspiration for you.

For my card I used Cup of Blooms 3, colouring all the flowers in Spring yellows whether they liked it or not! That zingy border was made with a stamp from Becca's Llama Tell You.  I just sloshed a bit of Hickory Smoke around the base of the cup for a shadow, and added some splatters.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for more inspiration, and don't forget to leave comments on each blog for your chance to win some fabulous prizes.  There are different prizes on each day, so make sure you comment each day of the Fling to increase your chances of winning - today's prize is the winner's choice of one in-stock Big Grins By Becca Cruger stamp set.

Good luck!

Friday, 5 April 2019

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


We've all thought that, haven't we? :)

It's a new challenge at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It, and as always it's Anything Goes as long as you use polymer/rubber stamps in your creation.

At my local craft club, we were trying out mirror stamping, and silly me had lined up the stamps the wrong way so that the birds were facing away from each other rather than towards each other, and looked like they'd fallen out.  Then I remembered this sarky sentiment strip from Tim Holtz.

We've got some fabulous inspiration for you over on the Craft Stamper blog, along with details of this month's prize for one lucky randomly chosen winner.

The winner chosen by the design team will have their winning entry and profile published in the mag and on the blog, and a chance to be a guest designer in a future challenge.  Pop on over!

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #210


Welcome to STAMPlorations Inspiration Tuesday.  We've got a Spring Fling event going on from 1-12 April, and all stamps in the Spring Fling category are 25% off, no code needed.  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off, yay!


I've used an image from Groovy Shoes together together with a couple of Cutplorations dies - Birthday and Sweet Spring Wishes.  I used clear embossing paste through the Weaving stencil then smooshed Distress Inks around it.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to hop along with the Spring Fling Giveaway hop for your chance to win some fab prizes.