Wednesday, 22 May 2019

STAMPlorations Things With Wings Hop and Linky Party


Hello! At STAMPlorations we're in the midst of our Things With Wings hop and linky party, and today we've got some more inspiration for you.


I used the Perched Bird die to create a roller.  We once saw a flock of rollers in Spain, and I thought I was hallucinating!  As they roll and twist you get flashes of the different colours, it's a wonderful sight.

I dipped the diecut in spritzed Distress Ink till I got the colour mix I wanted.  On my base card I finger-painted Distress paints using the same range of colours, scraped some paint on the edge of a credit card, and added a few black dots.  I also added a fern leaf from the Trendy Spring Blooms set.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from today's designers, and don't forget to comment and link up your creation for your chance to win a $10 gift code or a $15 gift certificate.  Full details on the STAMPlorations blog.

Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Happy Birthday, Bev!


The lovely Bev, owner of Uniko, has just had a milestone birthday and her sneaky DT organised a little surprise blog hop and linky party for her.  What better way to use my brand new Uniko stamps that I got from Port Sunlight.

Hope you're still celebrating, Bev ;)

I'm also entering this into AAA Birthday Card Challenge


STAMPlorations Inspiration #217


Hello, and welcome to Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations.  This week we're focusing on all things floral, and anything in the Flower Power section of the store is instantly 15% off, no coupon needed.

Another piece from my stash - the foiled card had been sponged with Distress Ink then spritzed, so I took my colour scheme from that using the In Bloom Fabulous Frangipanis stamp and Zig Clean Colour pens.  The sentiment is from BaaBaa.

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

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

STAMPlorations Special Release - Big Grins by Becca Cruger


Hello!  We've got a special release for you, with two new sets by our very own Becca Cruger.  I'm using Becca's A Ton of Fun set - she also has another set, Wild and Free, that other team members are showcasing on the STAMPlorations blog.

A Ton of Fun
Wild and Free

I used fade out ink on the outline of this image.

Fancy your chances of winning a $15 gift code or any of Becca's in-stock stamp sets?  Just leave comments on the participating blogs.  Commenting is open from 5-13 May.

Both Becca's new sets are 10% off instantly, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #216


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and this week we're focusing on Typografia stamps.  For the next week all stamps in the Typografia section are 15% off, no code needed.  If you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll also get a further 20% off.

Again, I'm using up odds and ends - I'm determined to be able to see my desk again, ha!  I had a negative cut of the Christmas Icons - Christmas Tree 1 lying around so I sponged Distress Inks through it, then stamped the Jingle All The Way over it.  The background snowflakes are from my Christmas Reindeer set.  I added some doodling and dotting with a silver pen.


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.

Thursday, 9 May 2019

Seize The Birthday - Balloons


We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and our theme is Balloons.  I went with the balloon stencil by Neat & Tangled, and a sentiment from Altenew.   I used Distress inks in masculine shades to sponge the balloons, and added strings with with a fineliner.  I'm always short of masculine cards - must make more!

Our surprise party guest is Linda Snodgrass - pop on over and give her some bloggy love, and don't forget to take a look at the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team.  Then all that's left is for you to play along with us!

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #215


Hello!  We've got a coffee thing going on at STAMPlorations this week to tie in with the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop which is running from 3-10 May.  As usual, STAMPlorations is one of the hop's super sponsors.

From 3-17 May all products in the Coffee Tea Lovers section are 20% off instantly, no code needed.  If you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off.  Not bad, eh?

I've used Coffee Cup Silhouette Die and Just Caffeinate Clear Stickers on a smooshed background, which is the first impression to this card's second impression.

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

ETA: Adding this to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.

Monday, 6 May 2019

Spring Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


I'm actually playing along in a blog hop/challenge!  Namely, the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers' Blog Hop.


I wanted to try out my new Ink on 3 fade out ink pad, and I'm pretty pleased with it.  I coloured with Zig Clean Colour real brush pens, a bit of watercolour pencil, and Distress Inks.  Not perfect, but a decent attempt for now.

I've used Rise and Grind and Always Tea Time from STAMPlorations.

Friday, 3 May 2019

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Hello, and welcome to a new Craft Stamper Take It, Make It challenge.  As always, it's Anything Goes, as long as you use polymer/rubber stamps.

This month's prize for one randomly selected winner is a set of 3 fabulous stencils from AALL and Create:


The winner chosen by the Design Team will have their winning entry published in the magazine along with a profile in the mag and the blog, and a guest designer opportunity in a future challenge.  Make sure you follow the entry rules to be in with a chance!

I've done a blokey card.  Hero Arts Newspaper Bold Prints background, Smart Aleck by Whimsy Stamps, Birthday die by STAMPlorations, Happy Cake Day by The Bee's Knees (me!).

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

Wednesday, 1 May 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #214


Hello, and welcome to the start of STAMPlorations Things With Wings month-long celebration.  There are plenty of ways to win prizes, and plenty of savings to make when you're buying - all items in the Thing With Wings section of the store are automatically 15% off, no coupon needed, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off.


I'm still trying to use up stash.  I found this diecut bird from an earlier session, and the background was the offprint of this card (waste not, want not).  A sentiment from Feathery and an offset strip for a branch completed the card.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for details on the Hop and Linky party, and play along with us for your chance to win prizes.

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.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Seize The Birthday - Spring


We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and our optional topping is Spring, appropriately enough!

This might not seem like a spring-themed card at first, but all over my village, magnolia buds are bursting out, and although this flower isn't specifically a magnolia, it's the closest I've got ;)  The flower and leaves are Altenew, the background is Uniko, and the sentiment was already stamped and cut out, so I'm not quite sure who it belongs to.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more inspiration from our surprise party guest, Tenia Nelson, and the rest of the design team, and play along with us.

Tuesday, 26 March 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #209


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today we're highlighting Shery's line of stamps, Shery Russ Designs.  From now till 1 April all of Shery's stamps are 10% off, no discount needed.  If you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY while you're shopping you'll get a further 20% off stamps, stencils and dies in the store.

I've used the Zen Birthday Background stamp, colouring the areas around the cake and adding black to parts of the cake to help it stand out.  Then it was just a case of adding torn washi tape.

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

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #208


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today we're focusing on Deepti's range of stamps, Dee's Artsy Impressions.  From now till 25 March Deepti's stamps are 10% off, no coupon needed, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get another 20% off these and other stamps, dies and stencils in the store.

I used Live Love Ride with a sentiment from Balloons and Banners and a rosette made with stamps from Frames and Flowers.

In my village on the first Saturday in July there's a church procession.  It's called Coffee Day, but nobody can actually say why it's called that.  The procession is headed by the church leaders, followed by the Sunday schools, the Scout packs, brass bands, general congregation and bringing up the rear are two shire horses pulling wagons decorated with paper flowers.  The wagons hold the smaller children who are too young to walk the course.  The horses' harnesses are also decorated with flowers.



Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave a commentator your chance to win a gift certificate to the store.

Thursday, 14 March 2019

Seize The Birthday - Dots and Stripes


Hello, and welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!  Our optional topping for this challenge is Dots And Stripes, but if you don't fancy that, you can still play along with any birthday-themed project.

The cow and 'grass' stamps are by Tim Holtz, and the birthday sentiment is from Dee's Artsy Impressions at STAMPlorations.

Our surprise party guest is Tenia Nelson of Jazzy Paper Designs.  Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see cards from Tenia and the rest of the design team, and play along with us.

ETA:  I'm adding this to Day of the Month Challenge, Want You To Be Happy Day, at Cornelia's suggestion.


Wednesday, 13 March 2019

Watermarking


I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog tonight with four cards using a stamp from the current STAMP club set, Bloomful, which you can see on the background of this card.

I sponged a card panel with Distress Oxides then spritzed my stamp with water before stamping onto the card. The longer you leave the stamp in position the better the image 'bleaches' a watermark.  I added a large helenium image coloured with Distress Inks and pencils, and a sentiment banner.  I almost always stamp sentiments in black, but I thought black would have been too harsh on this card.

I'm entering this into The Flower Challenge - Anything Goes


and Simon Says Monday Challenge - Feminine/Girly


Tuesday, 12 March 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #207


Hello, and welcome to Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations blog  This week we're focusing on Becca's line of stamps, Big Grins by Becca Cruger.  From now till 18 March all Becca's stamps are 10% off, no coupon needed.  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get a further 20% off.

I've used Sweet and Sassy Mom, and because I was using a bright, bold background, I wanted to keep the flowers uncoloured for impact.  That stripy border down the side is made by using one of the stamps from Llama Tell You.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration using Becca's stamps, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store.

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #206


Hello, and welcome to Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations.  This week we're focusing on my line of stamps, The Bee's Knees.  From now till 11 March they will be 10% off, no coupon needed.  And if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get another 20% off, yay!

I've used Hashtag Walkies for my card.  This little whippet isn't too keen on being colour coordinated with its owner, and is dreaming of a more individual look, like her little friend, lol!


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration using my stamps, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate.