Tuesday, November 24, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #295


Hello!! It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and guess what, it'a a Christmas card!  I used the Dots All Around stencil to print a snowy background on my card.  I like the uneven edge of the snow - makes it look like a proper snowstorm!

Once it was dry I added a Christmas Reindeer, which I'd die cut using the matching dies (I did stamp and diecut a few extras to add to my stash for the Christmas card production line).  Then I stamped the sentiment - Typografia Christmas: Jingle All The Way

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 $15 gift code to the store.  Whenever you're shopping at the main store or digi store you can get 20% off if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.







Thursday, November 19, 2020

Seize The Birthday - Sparkle and Shine

Hello, and welcome to the last Seize The Birthday of the year.  (What a year!)

Cathy has chosen our them for this challenge - Sparkle and Shine




The foiled stripe paper is from my stash, and the bunny is from my Aussie crafternoon with Jenny last year, so I don't know the brand.  I gave the moon and stars a bit of Stickle sparkle.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday website for some more sparkly and shiny inspiration from the team, and from our Surprise Party Guest, Julie.

You can join in with our theme, or just with any birthday project if you prefer.

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

'Tis The Season

 


I'm actually playing along with a couple of challenges!  I couldn't resist the combined challenges of Let's Squash It and Christmas Kickstart where you need to use a Christmas themed embossing folder and a stamp.

  

I used a Tim Holtz embossing folder and a stamp from Papertrey.  And a bit of Stickles for the poinsettia centres.  I'm in full Christmas card-making mode now - funny how it creeps up on you, even when you know the date...

Tuesday, November 17, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #294



It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and I've got a very CAS Christmas card for you.  I stamped the outline images from Layered Poinsettia with Distress Oxides (Candied Apple, Mowed Lawn, Fossilised Amber) and added the sentiment (from Layered Lights) in Versafine Onyx Black.

You could easily do a production run with this type of card, especially if you've got more than one stamping platform (go on, admit it!)

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code to the store.  Whenever you're shopping at the main store or digi store you can get 20% off with my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Tuesday, November 10, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #293


Hello, it's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and it's a bit of a departure for me, cos I'm using digi images!  These Red Christmas printables are available in the Digital Store.  There's a set of 8 tags on this sheet, so all you need is a decent printer, scissors and a cutter, and a few stamps if you want to tart them up.

I used a couple of stamps from the Joy set.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see some more fabulous creations from the rest of the design team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code.  Whenever you're shopping in the store you can get 20% off the main and digital stores by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Friday, November 06, 2020

25 Days of Christmas Tags

 


Woohoo! It's that time of year again when the lovely Tracy McNeely hosts her 25 Days of Christmas Tags.  Today STAMPlorations is the featured company.  Here's my tag:


Rudolph's having a jolly time with the holly!   I used Christmas Reindeer stamps and die and Layered Holly for his new antlers and nose.

Pop on over to Tracy's 25 Days of Christmas Tags event for some more fabulous STAMPlorations inspiration.  Check out all these other sponsors too:



Thursday, November 05, 2020

Seize The Birthday - 1, 2, 3

 

We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - 1, 2, 3.  

That's 1 diecut or punch, 2 colours (excluding neutrals) and 3 embellishments (same or different).  I must admit, I found this one hard to get my head round at first!

Eventually I came up with one diecut (glass), two colours (beer and green), and three self-adhesive crystals for bubbles.

If you don't want to play along with our theme, you can always play along with Anything Goes as long as it's birthday-themed.  Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team and our surprise party guest, Julie Peddicord, and play along with us.

Tuesday, November 03, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #292


Time for some inspiration at STAMPlorations, and I'm going with a Christmas card.  With any luck I'll have made enough by Christmas Eve :-)

I've used my set Layered Lights to create this card.  The rich colour comes from Distress Oxides.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code.  Whenever you're shopping in the store, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off in the main store and digi store.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #291

 

Hello! It's inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I'm using one of the new products released last week, the tall stencil Trees.  I drew inside the stencil with a black fineliner, omitting the leaves, then added some shading with a grey Tombow pen.  I added a stamped and die-cut Christmas Reindeer, and a sentiment from Joy.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous creative ideas from the team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code to the store.  When you're shopping, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off the main and digital stores.  

Friday, October 23, 2020

STAMPlorations 7th Birthday Celebration - Day 5

 

It's the final day of our 7th Birthday Celebrations at STAMPlorations, and for my final card I've gone back to the Bloomfully: Thankful stamp set.  The background mop-up panel was in my stash, so I just stamped the image at the bottom and added a bit of extra colour to enhance the image.  I added the sentiment using the Skinny Sentiments Die set.


All products in the store, including the birthday release, are instantly 10% off in October, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off AND you'll get this not-yet-released Just Plaid square stencil.

Don't forget to check out all the ways you can win on the main blog!

Thursday, October 22, 2020

Seize The Birthday - Texture

 

Hellooo!  We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - my choice of Texture.  

"the feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance"


You can add texture in a number of ways, using pastes, dry embossing, fabric etc. or you can give the appearance of texture using stamps or stencils.

I found this panel in my stash that had gold texture paste through a stencil, so I sponged colour onto the rest of the panel then water-stamped the word 'birthday' - you can just about make out what is literally a watermark.

The girl is from a set by new-to-me company L'Encre et L'Image and the sentiment and banner diecut are from Taylored Expressions.  So I'm entering this into Darnell's NBUS #19 challenge.


Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see how the rest of the design team and our surprise party guest Angie have interpreted Texture, and play along with us.  You can just play along with our Anything Goes theme if you prefer.


STAMPlorations 7th Birthday Celebration - Day 4

 

We're on Day 4 of the STAMPlorations 7th Birthday Celebration already!  Where is the time going?

For today's card I've used another of Sanna's new stencils, Amaranth, to create a clean and simple notecard.  I used Distress Oxides and added white and black pen.  The sentiment is from Blossom Overture.


All products in the store, including the birthday release, are instantly 10% off in October, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off AND you'll get this not-yet-released Just Plaid square stencil.

Don't forget to check out all the ways you can win on the main blog!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

STAMPlorations 7th Birthday Celebration - Day 3

Yay, Day 3 of the STAMPlorations 7th Birthday Celebrations!

For today's card I've used one of the fabulous new cover plates, Circles All Over, as a blanket for my baby card.  


I added the main image from Thank You Coffee and a Happy Birthday banner from Deepti's Balloons and Banners.

All products in the store, including the birthday release, are instantly 10% off in October, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off AND you'll get this not-yet-released Just Plaid square stencil.

Don't forget to check out all the ways you can win on the main blog!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020

STAMPlorations 7th Birthday Celebration - Day 2



Woohoo!  It's Day 2 of the STAMPlorations 7th birthday party and we've got more inspiration for you today using products from the new release.

I've used Artflowers2, one of Sanna's new stencils, to make a bold colourful notecard.



I used a pen to trace the shapes then sloshed some colour in them, deliberately offsetting the colour from the pen outlines.  Then I went back over the pen lines with a black brushpen.

All products in the store, including the birthday release, are instantly 10% off in October, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off AND you'll get this not-yet-released Just Plaid square stencil.


Don't forget to check out all the ways you can win on the main blog!

STAMPlorations 7th Birthday Celebration - Day 2



Woohoo!  It's Day 2 of the STAMPlorations 7th birthday party and we've got more inspiration for you today using products from the new release.

I've used Artflowers2, one of Sanna's new stencils, to make a bold colourful notecard.



I used a pen to trace the shapes then sloshed some colour in them, deliberately offsetting the colour from the pen outlines.  Then I went back over the pen lines with a black brushpen.

All products in the store, including the birthday release, are instantly 10% off in October, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off AND you'll get this not-yet-released Just Plaid square stencil.


Don't forget to check out all the ways you can win on the main blog!

Monday, October 19, 2020

STAMPlorations 7th Birthday Celebration - Day 1


It's our 7th birthday celebration, yay!  We've got loads of inspiration for you all week, and loads of ways you can celebrate with us and win.  Check out all the details over on the main blog here.


For today's card I've used a new product to STAMPlorations, Squares Flexitemplate, one of a series designed by our very own Monika Skinner.

I ink blended the background while holding down the square template - you could use masking tape and reposition it as you go, but I just held it with my fingers.  Then I stamped the Bloomfully: Thankful image and squiggled around the frame.

All products in the store, including the birthday release, are instantly 10% off in October, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off AND you'll get this not-yet-released Just Plaid square stencil.


Don't forget to check out all the ways you can win on the main blog!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #289



It's Inspiration Tuesday on the STAMPlorations blog and I've got a Christmas card for you - I really need to get on with them!

I've used one of the Typografia Christmas stamps on an ombré background, and added some cut out holly leaves and berries from Layered Holly.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the design team have created, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code to the store.  When you're shopping at STAMPlorations, don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off the main store and digital store.

Thursday, October 08, 2020

Seize The Birthday - Use Your Scraps

 

Hello, we've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Use Your Scraps.  I think we can all play along with that one!

I couldn't decide which of my (many) bags of scraps I should use, so I just pulled out a few random bits and pieces to see what I could make with them.  I ended up with a collage-y butterfly-themed card.  

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what the rest of the DT and our surprise party guest Angie have done with their scraps, and play along with us.  Or you can play along with any birthday-themed project in our Anything Goes challenge if you prefer.



Seize The Birthday - 200th Celebration Winner

 


Well, it wasn't an easy task, finding a winner, as some people hadn't met all of the criteria to be eligible for a prize (commenting on all blogs, entering a card into the challenge and stating how they were inspired).

With the help of Random.org, the first person picked that met all the criteria was:

Jenny Martin

Congratulations Jenny, I'll be in touch about getting the prize to you.


Tuesday, October 06, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #288

 

It's Tuesday, so it's STAMPlorations Inspiration.  I'm beginning to make inroads into my Christmas cardmaking and I started with a quick and easy one.  I sponged some Distress Inks onto my card, spritzed and blotted to create a snowstorm, then added some stamping from my set Layered Snowman.

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 $15 gift code.  You can get 20% off the main store and digi store when you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #287 - National Coffee Day Hop

 

It's National Coffee Day, and STAMPlorations are participating with the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog hop.  I've used Coffee Cup - Large and Sugar Rush, both of which are now available as a digital set.

We've got two prizes on offer, all you have to do is leave a comment on the STAMPlorations blog post between 29 September and 6 October for your chance to win either:

- a $20 gift code
Zen Coffee 1 cover plate die

You'll find selected tea/coffee-themed stamps at 20% off by clicking on this link, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off - bargain!

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the team have created, and to leave a comment.  Good luck!

Friday, September 25, 2020

Happy Birthday, Nancy!


Today we're celebrating a special birthday for blog friend Nancy, aka Scandinancy Creates.  After all, it's not every day you reach 75!  Loll has created a linky party on her blog, Stamping With Loll, so that any friends of Nancy can post a card there to wish her happy birthday.

Nancy likes her stencils, so I thought I'd make a stencil card.  I used Donna Downey Flowers in Vase 2 (8x8 in) with PaperArtsy Infusions on a 7x5 pice of mixed media card.  The image didn't pop enough for my liking so I added some doodling with a Pentel brush pen.  I also got a reverse image by flipping the stencil, and did a couple more in a different colourway, so they might appear on the blog at some point.

I hope the card gets to you in time, Nancy, and that you have a wonderful birthday!


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Seize The Birthday 200th Challenge Celebration

 


Woohoo, it's party time!  Seize The Birthday is celebrating its 200th challenge, and we want you to celebrate with us.

For this challenge, we want you to be inspired by our challenge graphic, whether it's the colours, the watercolour vibe, the numbers, the balloons... just let us know what inspired you.  

I've gone with the balloons, and a nod to the colour scheme, although it's not exact, as mine's got orange in it.  The stamps and dies are from Hero Arts Festive Balloon.

For this challenge only, there is no Anything Goes option.

Our top two winners will each get a $25 Simon Says Stamp voucher.  There are also prizes at four of the design team blogs, and I'm one of them.  One randomly chosen winner will get these two stamp sets:


To be in with a chance of any of the prizes you will need to leave a comment on every team member's blog and the main blog.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what the rest of the design team and our Surprise Party Guest, Angie Cimbalo have created, and play along!