Wednesday, 27 May 2020

STAMPlorations Spring Fling Reminder


Are you playing along at the STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hop and Linky Party?  Prizes to be won - you know what to do :)

Last week I showed you the Perched Bird using spritzed powders.  When you spritz through a stencil, the stencil itself is covered with spritzed powders.  So you pick it up carefully, turn it over and lay it on fresh card to get a lovely reverse effect.


And so you don't have to go searching for last week's card, here it is again so you can see the totally different results you get from the two parts of the process.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for more inspiration, and for details on how to play along.  Good luck!

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #269


Hello!  It's Inspiration time at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a calorie-free cupcake for you :)
This was a really quick card to make.  I stamped the cupcake and sentiments from A Snarky Birthday To You, added a hint of watercolour, die-cut one edge using one of the Art Edges dies and adhered the panel to purple card.  That's it, simples!

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store.

Friday, 22 May 2020

Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Hello!  It's the Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  To coincide with the hop, Shery designed two new STAMPlorations stamp sets, which we showcased on Tuesday, and which we're showcasing again today.

Sweet Kindness
Bloomin' Coffee And You















STAMPlorations is sponsoring four prizes, with an extra prize on the STAMPlorations blog.  Pop on over for all details and hop along!

ETA: Oops!  Nearly forgot to play along at the Coffee Lovers Spring Summer Blog Hop!


Thursday, 21 May 2020

Seize The Birthday - Totally Tropical


Helloooo!  We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - my choice of Totally Tropical.
Or Anything Goes if you prefer.


What does tropical conjure up for you? Bright colours, fabulous holidays, exotic wildlife, fantastic cocktails?  I went exotic birdlife.  I made a background from the solid and line leaf stamps, and a border strip, and perched a toucan on the strip.  All stamps are from Uniko.

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

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

STAMPlorations Spring Fling Encore


Are you playing along with the Spring Fling at STAMPlorations?  Loads of chances to win prizes, and take advantage of discounts in the Spring Fling section of the store.

I've been playing with powders again, using the Perched Bird stencil.


I just love how they react when spritzed.  The sentiment is from Deepti's Little Love Birthday Wishes.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration and details of how to play along.

Tuesday, 19 May 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #268 - New Release

Bloomin Coffee and You
Sweet Kindness

We've got a new release of two coffee-themed stamps over at STAMPlorations today, Bloomin Coffee And You, and Sweet Kindness.  My first card uses the Bloomin Coffee And You set.


I stamped and cut out the flower from the tag, swished a load of Mustard Seed Distress Oxide across my card panel, and added some of those lovely sentiments from the set.

And here's my card using the Sweet Kindness set.  


The background for this card was a happy accident.  I had stencilled some clear paste through a Pebble Weaves stencil, then when it was dry I sprinkled walnut stain coloured powders and spritzed.  A bit too heavily.  Lots of surplus colour.  So I mopped it all up with another piece of mixed media paper, and this is the result.  I love how it picked up a bit of the stencil pattern.  I coloured the image with matching colours, fussy cut and added a sentiment from the set.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team and to check out the prizes on offer.  Don't forget to comment!

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #267


Hello, it's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a mixed media card for you.  I started off by stencilling clear paste through the Tribal Triangles stencil, then once it was dry I sponged Distress Inks over. The inks didn't blend very smoothly on this particular card, and it had a mottled appearance, so I embraced that by spritzing all over with water and lifting more of the ink for a definite mottled look.

Using a variety of stamps from Mixed Media Grunge, Scribbly Splattery Grunge and Mixed Media Elements and the same ink colours, I stamped randomly over the panel.  Then for contrast, using Versafine Onyx Black I stamped Happy Birthday from Baa Baa, Mmmm from And Coffee and the circles from Art Marks 2.  My focal image is from Sketchy Coffee Cups.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store.  And if you're shopping in the store, don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off most items.

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Seize The Birthday - Monochromatic


Hello!  We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Monochromatic.  Or anything goes if you'd rather, as long as it's a birthday theme.


For my card, I inked an embossing folder, spritzed and embossed.  Mounted that onto burgundy card then added a glass of wine, courtesy of Tim Holtz (cheers, Tim!) and a sentiment strip from Taylored Expressions.

Our surprise party guest is the lovely Dotty Jo.  Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what Jo and the rest of the Design Team have created, and play along with us.

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hop and Linky Party


We're having a Spring Fling over at STAMPlorations with loads of chances to win prizes, and discounts in the Spring Fling section of the store.

Spring to me is birds.  We're lucky enough to be able to walk alongside the river every day with the dog.  We'll often see a buzzard, which we've nicknamed Leighton (UK peeps will get that), and if we're really lucky we'll see a kingfisher flying along the river or sitting on a branch.


The kingfisher (which works equally well as a kookaburra when you change the colours) is from Small Birds and the leaves are from Deepti's Leafy.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration, and don't forget to comment for a chance to win!

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #266


Hello, it's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and I've been raiding the stash - again!  I made this one with a brush loaded with Distress Ink as watercolour and let it drip from the wings of the Layered Butterfly.  The sentiment is from Birthday Bash.

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

Friday, 1 May 2020

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Hello!  It's a new month and a new challenge at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It and as usual it's Anything Goes as long as you feature real stamping.

If your entry is chosen by the design team, you'll get a bio feature on the blog and a chance to guest design in a future challenge.  And if your entry is chosen by Mr Random Generator, you'll get this fab prize:


Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more gorgeous inspiration from the team, and play along with us.  Don't forget to follow the guidelines to be eligible for the prizes :)