Tuesday, 21 January 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #251


Hello, it's Inspiration Tuesday on the STAMPlorations blog, and I'm still on a quest to use up my stash of backgrounds, and to make more masculine cards.  This background has been in my stash for ages waiting for the right inspiration to come along, and today it has!

I'm loving the negative panels that the Skinny Sentiments dies leave, and I couldn't let this one go to waste.  I attached it to the panel with tiny staples and added a cupcake from Birthday Bash.

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

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Stencil Sunday Feature


Hello!  I'm on the STAMPlorations blog today in the Stencil Sunday spot with these four cards.


Stencils are so versatile - you can add layers and layers to build up patterns, or you can do some selective stencilling for a Clean and Simple look, which is what I've gone for here.  For an even quicker result, I made each pair of backgrounds in one swoop.


I placed my Tribal Triangles stencil over a double front sized card (European A5 in my case), did some partial stencilling with Distress Oxides, then cut the card in half.


I had a couple of Little Monsters in my stash so I coloured them with coordinating inks, then added sentiments.


This one uses the Everyday Sentiments dies, and the next one uses the sentiments from Big Monsters.


For a feminine version I used the Dots and Dashes stencil with pink and yellow inks.


As before, I chopped the piece of card in two to make two card fronts.


I like to personalise baby cards, so I cut some letters from some smooshed card using Uppercase Alphabet Plate and Lowercase Alphabet plate, lined them up and secured them with some washi tape before adding glue to the backs and gluing them in place.


This one is for the ready-made stash.


I channelled my inner Maria, using offcut negatives for a bit of tone-on-tone texture.


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Thursday, 16 January 2020

Seize The Birthday - Stencils or Anything Goes


Hello, we've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and our theme this time is Stencils (or Anything Goes as long as it's Birthday-themed).



You've got a twofer from me:  I made this next card first, decided it was too pale (at that stage the background was plain white), so I made the second card, above.  But having painted a pale background, added some splatters and mounted it onto black card, I like it again, so you get to see both versions.  The stencil is from Altenew.


Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some fab inspiration from our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce of Cards By The Sea, and from the rest of the Design Team, and play along with us.

I'm entering this one into the CAS Stencil Challenge - Use a New Stencil (it was a Christmas present).


Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Colouring Challenge Road Trip


I'm doing the Colouring Challenge Road Trip with Kathy Racoosin, and Day 1 is all about colour plucking and nooks and crannies.  I normally like to just slosh colour on in a very loose fashion, so building up colour like this is definitely a challenge for me.

So for Day 1 homework I picked some random Zig Clean colour brushes - I don't have the full set, so they were definitely random - and started colouring.  And I'm quite pleased with it :)

STAMPlorations Inspiration #250


Hello!  It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and I'm still using up backgrounds in my stash.  This one was a mop-up from some Distress Inks that were sitting on an acrylic block.  I stamped the image from Thank You Coffee - I could have added more colour to the stamped images, but I like it how it is.  The sentiment is Happy Birthday.

While the stamps were still on my stamping platform, I found another background panel, this time in more pastel hues.  Can't decide which one I like better.


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.  And anytime you're at the store, don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off.

Friday, 10 January 2020

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Hello, and welcome to the first Craft Stamper Take It, Make It of 2020!  As always, it's Anything Goes, as long as you use real stamps in your project.

You've got two chances to win:

If your entry is chosen by the design team, you'll get our entry published in the magazine and blog, along with a bio and an opportunity to guest design in a future challenge;

If yours is the randomly chosen entry you'll get this month's prize!



I treated myself in the Boxing Day sales and got this fab stamp set and stencil from Funky Fossil.  I added some pen lines and a chevron stamp from Tim Holtz and called it done.

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more inspiration from the team, and play along with us for your chance to win!

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #249


Hello, and welcome to the first STAMPlorations Inspiration of 2020!  One of my New Year 'resolutions' (I use the term loosely, given my past history!) is to use up many of the bits and pieces in my stash.

The stamped and coloured image from Layered Butterflies was in the stash, along with the bubblewrap background, so I just added some diecut sentiments from Skinny Sentiments, using the negative and positive cuts.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fun inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate.  When you're shopping, don't forget house my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off.

Thursday, 2 January 2020

Seize The Birthday - Layer It


Happy New Year, and welcome to the new look Seize The Birthday Challenge!  Pop over to the blog and you'll see the full impact. Thanks to Ashwini for the great design.


So our first challenge of the year is Layer It.  Layer stamped images, layer card, layer diecuts, whatever you want.  And if layering's not your thing, don't worry, you can still play along with any birthday-themed project.

This is the card I made for my mum's 90th birthday in December.  It's a 5x7 inch canvas board with an easel die-cut affixed to the reverse so that it could stand up.  I cut some flowers and leaves, coloured them with Distress Inks and pens, and layered them up into a bunch, tied with twin.  I also used a layered Skinny Sentiments die from STAMPlorations.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and join in with us.