Tuesday, September 21, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #335

 

It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today Im using my newest stamp set, Winter Village (again!).

I stamped rows of houses, coloured the rows alternately with red and green, and added the sentiment from Joyful.  A great production-line card with not too much colouring.

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 prize code to the store.  Whenever you're shopping in the store you could get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Happy stamping!

Thursday, September 16, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Use Faux or Real Stitching


Hello!  We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - use faux or real stitching.  I chose real stitching.

 

The stamps and die are from STAMPlorations, the technique is from Stacy Hutchinson of Tatterednestdesigns.com.  I think this technique would work wonderfully with Christmas stamps, especially poinsettias!

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what our surprise party guest, Jenny and the rest of the design team have created, and play along with us.

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #334

Hello peeps!  It's Inspiration Tuesday over at STAMPlorations, and I've got another card using my newest set, Winter Village, which is currently part of the Christmas In The Air Kit #3 bundle.  But this time, I've used it for a new home card.  See, not just for Christmas ;)

I used pastel colours to give it a nice happy seaside village feel, and added the sentiment from Carved Houses then mounted it onto coordinating card.  Quick and easy.

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 prize code to the store.  Whenever you are shopping in the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, September 08, 2021

Christmas In The Air Kit #3


Christmas is in the air at STAMPlorations, and I've got a new stamp set out, called Winter Village, to go with Kit #3.  Also in the kit is a bell stencil, a CUTplorations phrase die and a pack of ephemera tiles.  

For my first card I stamped the image in Versafine Onyx Black, then watercoloured with Distress Inks and added snow with a white Posca pen.


For the second card I used the stencil and CUTplorations phrase die.


You can find all the items in the store, along with Kit #2.  Pop over to the blog to see the rest of the makes with Kit #2 and #3, and leave a comment for your chance to win the kit of your choice.

Whenever you're shopping in the store, don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off.  Happy stamping!

Tuesday, September 07, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #333

 

Hello, for today's STAMPlorations Inspiration post, I've got another watercolour card inspired by Stacy Hutchinson of Tatterednestdesigns.com.

Today's card uses the floral image from Deepti's Best Mom Ever, and it works a treat!  The sentiment is made up from the Happy die and 'birthday' from Everyday Sentiments.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 prize code.  Whenever you're shopping in the store you can get 20% off using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Happy stamping!

Thursday, September 02, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Pastel Colours Only


Hello!  We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Use Pastel Colours Only, chosen by JoAnn.  (Don't tell on me, but these are actually vivid colours, but because I've only sponged very lightly they look pastel.  Well, that's my excuse anyway!)

If you're not into pastel colours you can still play along with our Anything Goes birthday theme.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more gorgeous pastel creations from the team, and from our surprise party guest Jenny Martin of My Paper Epiphany, then play along with us!

Tuesday, August 31, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #332


Hellooo!  It's time for some fresh inspiration over at STAMPlorations, and today I'm trying out a watercolouring technique I saw by Stacy Hutchinson of Tatterednestdesigns.com (sorry, can't get a link to work, you'll have to search), and I can tell you I'm addicted!

Basically, smoosh ink pads onto a craft mat, and that becomes your inkpad.  Easy peasy lemon squeeze.  Draw in some colour from the outlines with a wet brush or pick up some colour from the craft mat and paint in.

I used Shery's Cup of Blooms 1 but any similar image will work, as you will see in future posts ;)  For the Happy Birthday sentiment I smooshed some card onto the inked craft mat then once it had dried I die-cut the words.

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 prize code.  Whenever you're shopping at the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, August 24, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #331

 

Hello, we've got some more inspiration for you over on the STAMPlorations blog today.  

I'm going through a colour-blocking phase.  For this card I picked two sets of complementary colours: blue/orange and yellow/purple.  I coloured the the top-left image yellow with a purple background, then reversed the colours for the top-right image.  Then for the lower images I used the blue/orange combo and reversed the pairings so that the orange background was opposite the yellow background, and the blue background was opposite the purple background, to give it some balance.  For the text panel I put the blue above the orange and the purple below the yellow to keep the balance.

The images are from Groovy Shoes and the sentiment is from A Girl And Her Shoes.

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 prize code to the store.  Whenever you're shopping at the store, you can use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY to get 20% off. 

Happy stamping!

Thursday, August 19, 2021

Seize The Birthday - By The Sea


Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday, and our theme is By The Sea, chosen by Nancy.



My girl is thinking twice before taking the plunge :)  The image and sentiment are from Acid Drops and Whatnots, and I used a Tim Holtz woodgrain stencil to get the ripples in the sea.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fun and fabulous takes on By The Sea from the rest of the design team and our Surprise Party Guest, Jenny of My Paper Epiphany.  If our theme doesn't float your boat, you can still play along with Anything Goes as long as it's a birthday project.

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #330


Hello, its time for some more STAMPlorations inspiration!  Today's background was inspired by the many pieces that Susanne Rose has been creating and posting on her instagram, where she paints adjoining circles of colour and lets them bleed into each other while wet, then adds painted or stamped images.  Mine didn't quite bleed, on account of I wasn't using watercolour paper, and my brush wasn't overloaded with Distress Ink (because I wasn't using watercolour paper...).  I added some images and a sentiment from Always Tea Time.

If you're not into colouring, this is a great way of adding colour to your cards because you don't have to be precise, it doesn't really matter what images you use, and you can go CAS, grungy or any style you like.

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 prize code to the store.  When you are spending in the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, August 10, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #329


Hello peeps!  Remember last week's cake?  Well here's just a slice of it :)

I used exactly the same stamps and techniques as last time, added the icing topping and hand-wrote the sentiment.

Here's a reminder of the whole cake before cutting ;)


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 prize code to the store.  Whenever you're shopping in the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Carved Flowers
 


Thursday, August 05, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Stripes

 


Hello, we've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Stripes, chosen by Vicki.


I sloshed some stripes across a piece of mixed media paper, just adding water as needed to give an ombré effect.  No, actually, the first stripe was way too deep, so it was just a way to dilute the colour on the brush :)


The daisies are Altenew Craft A Flower, and the sentiment is also Altenew - Birthday Greetings.  Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fab stripy inspiration from the team and our Surprise Party Guest, my lovely friend Jenny, then play along with us either with Stripes or Anything Goes.

Tuesday, August 03, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #328

 

Helloooo peeps!  I've got a super-duper calorie-free rainbow cake for you as my inspiration this week's STAMPlorations post.  This design works brilliantly on a slimline card and uses my Layered Cake Bake set.  My card is DL size (roughly 4 by 8¼ inches).  I did all my stamping on a panel then adhered it to the card, but you could easily stamp directly onto the card to make it a one layer card.

Once I'd stamped the cake layers in Distress Oxide I overstamped them in the same ink using the chevron stamp from Mixed Media Grunge.  I topped it off with some Carved Flowers and added a sentiment from Baa Baa.

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 prize code for use in the store.

When you're shopping in the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.  Happy stamping!

Monday, August 02, 2021

NBUS - Missees

 


Hello!  I'm rather taken by these gorgeous creatures called Missees by Karin Joan from Studio Light after seeing Carol Just Me C creating fabulous cards with them.  The bad news is that they're not readily available from Europe now that we've Brexited - international postal charges are a complete muck-up at the moment.

Anyway, I'll just work with what I have!  I managed to get my hands on the Primarina set, and this is my first attempt at using it. (I need the other sets!)

I'm entering this into NBUS challenge #29 (of course!)


and Inkspirational Designer's Choice - Spots/Dots

 

and Time Out Challenges - Inspired By Words.  I've gone for friend.

and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes



STAMPlorations Paper Goods - Retro Fashionistas

 


Helloooo!  I've been having a little fun over at STAMPlorations with the new Retro Fashionistas ATCs from the store :)

These girls look so prim and proper on the surface, but I thought I'd give you an insight into what they were really thinking.  You can see close-ups of the girls, together with two cards with the other two girls out of the six over on the STAMPlorations blog here, and on my Instagram account @shirleybeeuk.

Thursday, July 29, 2021

STAMPlorations Spotlight

Hello!  I've got a couple of quick tricks for you today for adding colour to your images.  (Neither of these techniques is new, but it's always worth reminding ourselves and refreshing our skills.)  The first one is using the back of a stamp.  

I started by stamping the same image in black across the front and back of the card.

Then I used the back of another larger stamp from the set and three different colours to colour the images. I turned the stamp each time so that the colour pattern looked more random.


I added a sentiment and called it done.


My second technique is one of my faves - sloshing watercolours around!  The card started off similar to the first.  Stamping all the way across the card, but this time using three different stamps.

Using the same range of colours, I loaded up my brushes and sloshed colour on very loosely.  

You'll see from the central image on the front of the card that I was a little too enthusiastic with my flourish, but hey, this is art ;) I added a sentiment and lots of splattering and called that one done.

I hope I've jogged your memory with these techniques, or maybe even introduced you to a new one.  When you're shopping in the store, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you can get 20% off.  Happy stamping!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #327

 


Hello, it's time for some STAMPlorations Inspiration.  I've got a card that came together very quickly, which was lucky as I'm on the last minute for this post!

I repeat-stamped Tea Blend Word Art on a mop-up background, and added the Coffee Cup Silhouette in a lovely pearlised gold card, and voila!

Fancy a cuppa, anyone?

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 prize code.  When you're shopping in the store, you can get 20% off your order by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Travel


It's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday - Travel, chosen by Glenda.  Done much travelling lately?  Nah, me neither.

I made this card for my mum to give to our scrumptious grandson, her third great-grandchild, who lives Down Under, but he does have a connection to London as his other grandparents live there.  (His name is River, hence the name on the side of the bus.)

The vehicles and buildings are Tim Holtz, the sun is Sizzix, the cloud is a fussy-cut stamped image from Funky Fossil, the heart was in my stash so I can't remember which die set it's from, and the sentiment is Altenew Birthday Greetings.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, and our Surprise Party Guest, Melanie, then join in the challenge with us.  You can play with the Travel theme or Anything Goes as long as it's birthday-themed.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #326

 


Hello peeps, got some more STAMPlorations inspiration for you today, using Deepti's Blossom Sprays #6, which was part of the the Birthday Bundle set 3.

Last time I did no line stamping and shaded colouring.  This time I'm back to my sloshy comfort zone, slapping a bit of Victorian Velvet and Peeled Paint, and adding a few splatters.  Easy peasy.

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 prize code.  When you're shopping in the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.  Happy stamping :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #325

 


Hello peeps, it's time for some more inspiration at STAMPlorations.  After my playdate with Michele when we used Layered Citrus I had these three stamp-off panels left over.  


When I was cutting the Feel better soon phrase I was mindful of how the dies were placed so that I could use the negative on a future card.

And voila, a new card was born out of scraps.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 prize code.  And when you're shopping in the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.


Thursday, July 08, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Framed


We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Framed, chosen by Tae Eun. 

(But you can always play along with Anything Goes as long as it's birthday-themed.)

I used a new-to-me stamp, Sunshine Happy from the Summer Fashionistas range by Sentimentally Yours, for my friend Mel's birthday card.  I sloshed some Distress Inks on it, added a sentiment from MFT and framed it with a diecut frame using Sue Wilson Decorative Squared Rectangles by Creative Expressions.

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

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #324

Hello, it's time for some more inspiration at STAMPlorations.  I'm still playing with the stamp set and die from Birthday Bundle #3.  I took one of the card fronts from the Spring Florals packs and simply stamped the Blossom Sprays #6 on the left side, diecut a panel with Art Border #3 down the far left, then added a strip of striped card on the inside so that it showed through.


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 prize code to the store.  Whenever you're shopping at the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.  Happy crafting!
 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

STAMPlorations 8th Birthday Celebration


Hello, can you believe that STAMPlorations is eight years old?  Where did that time go?  (Well we all know where last year and half of this year went!)

We're celebrating with three birthday bundles (the other two were showcased yesterday and the day before). Each bundle contains a 4x6 floral stamp, a 3x5 sentiment stamp, a border die and a stencil.  Here's what I made with today's bundle:


For this first card I stamped the floral image in fadeout ink, then watercoloured it with Distress Inks and added a few highlights using coloured pencils.  I've not decided what sentiment I'll use, if any.  It could just be a notelet. Or I might frame it.


For the second card I sponged Distress Inks through the bundle stencil, fading the colour out at the bottom.  I added a very apt sentiment from the 3x5 set, a fussy-cut car and added another appropriate sentiment from Classic Shoes.  I diecut a strip of striped card and cut a piece off then stapled it to the top left corner of the card.

So - ways to win:

- one (1) winner of a $75 prize code randomly drawn from current store mailing list subscribers
- one (1) winner of a $25 prize code randomly drawn from comments left on the birthday hop posts (STAMP blog and designers' blogs)
- one (1) winner of her choice of birthday bundle randomly drawn from the birthday linky
- several surprise prizes in the form of prize codes and products

Get yourself off to the STAMPlorations blog and get commenting, and good luck!