Thursday, 19 September 2019

Paper Rose Gum Leaves


Helloooo!  I'm back in blogland after nearly a month in Australia meeting my new (first) grandchild, and helping his mum get on top of things after a rough first three months.  You won't have missed me, because of all my scheduled posts, though.


On my second day in, I went to a craft show with Lyndal (jet lag, what jet lag??) and bought some lovely stamps and dies from an Australian company, Paper Rose, and couldn't wait to play with them when I got back.


And then I saw that Paper Rose are featuring in Simon Says STAMPtember, so I had to play along!


After I'd cut the leaves, flowers and nuts I watercoloured them with a combination of Zigs and Altenew brush pens.


The background is a combination of mopped-up inks and PaperArtsy Infusions with a splattering of Gansai Tambi white gold, and lamp black watercolour.  The sentiment is from a magazine freebie.

I'm playing along at STAMPtember Paper Rose


And if you've made it all the way to the end, here's a pic of River and me having some fun.



Tuesday, 17 September 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #234


It's Inspiration Tuesday over at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a coffee-themed card for you.  I had a piece of pink and brown smooshed card in my stash, and it looked a little too muddy to do anything with, but the muddiest part swirled up and reminded me of the vapour rising from this CUTplorations Coffee Cup Silhouette die.

I used Helen's Make Marks 5 stencil for the background and a sticker from Just Caffeinate.  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.

While you're shopping at the store, don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off (excluding new releases and retiring).

Friday, 13 September 2019

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Are you playing along with Craft Stamper Take It, Make It?  Just use rubber or polymer stamps to create a project and play along for your chance to win fabulous prizes.

The winner chosen by the Design Team will have their winning entry published in the mag and on the blog together with a profile, and a guest design opportunity for a future challenge.  And one randomly chosen entry will win this month's prize, details on the blog.  (I'm not here, and I didn't have the details at the time of writing, so it will be a nice surprise for you.)

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some fabulous inspiration from the team, and to find out what the random prize is.

Thursday, 12 September 2019

Seize The Birthday - It's Just A Number or Anything Goes

We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - It's Just A Number.  Pick a number, any number ;)  Or you can just play along with any birthday-themed project.



The number on this card is cut from holographic silver card, and I love the way the light is playing on it, looks like multicoloured paper.

Pop on over to the Seize the Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the Design Team, and from our Surprise Party Guest, Su Mohr, and then play along with us.  See you in the gallery!


Tuesday, 10 September 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #233


Hellooo!  It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and for my card today I've used one of Deepti's cupcakes from Sweet Surprise and paired it with XOXO on a background made with Helen's stencil Make Marks 5.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some 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.

When you're shopping in the store, don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% discount (except new release and retiring).

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #232


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've used Deepti's Beautiful You set on a Distress-smooshed background cut with Crazy Double Running Stitch Nesting Dies.  The focal image is stamped with deep green and deep blue dye inks.

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 $10 gift certificate.  If you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY when you're shopping, you'll get 20% discount.

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Seize The Birthday - Square Card or Anything Goes


Hello!  We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and our optional topping is use a square card.  But you can always play Anything Goes, as long as it's a birthday theme.


The front edge of the card is actually shaped, but it's still a square card.  I stamped the flower and sloshed some Distress Inks on, then masked that and a section across a panel, sponged Bundled Sage and Tattered Rose, then layered the panel onto the card front, slipping a strip of patterned paper in between.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what the rest of the team and our surprise party guest Su Mohr have made, then join in the fun.

Tuesday, 27 August 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #231


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've used my Carved Flowers set to do some faux watercolouring.  I masked off the edges of my watercolour paper panel then spritzed the paper so that it was damp.  I inked the stamps with Distress Stains and stamped, and all the colours seeped and spread into the damp paper.  Once it was all dry I re-stamped the images to give a crisper edge to the flowers and leaves.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some 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.  While you're shopping there, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off.

Tuesday, 20 August 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #230


And another Big Owl for STAMPlorations Inspiration Tuesday!  I stamped a grungy background using Texturised: Big Numbers, then on my owl panel I stamped some leaves from Trendy Spring Blooms and added some matching diecut leaves.

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 $10 gift certificate.  And when you're shopping, use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% discount.

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Seize the Birthday - Butterflies or Anything Goes

Hellooo!  We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Butterflies (or Anything Goes birthday if you prefer).


I love this huge butterfly stamp because you can just literally throw colour at it and it will look fabulous.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more inspiration from the team, and from our Surprise Party Guest Su Mohr, and play along with us.

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Dee's Artsy Impressions - Special Release


We've got a Special Release for you at STAMPlorations - Deepti has two new sets out, and I got to play with Beautiful You, a gorgeous wildflower collection.

For my first card, I smooshed some Distress Ink onto my card front, then stamped in some wildflowers and a sentiment using Memento Sweet Plum - what, no Distress Ink??


My second card uses a smaller smooshed panel, and this time I coloured the stamps with markers. spritzed and stamped onto the panel.  I love how the uneven distribution of the colours has added light and shade to the image.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my teamies have done with this set, and with Deepti's other new set, Snow Much, and don't forget to leave a comment before 22 August for your chance to win one of two prizes: a $15 gift code or an in-stock stamp set from Dee's range.




Tuesday, 13 August 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #229


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and the Little Owls gang is out to play.  Even though the twin are identical, they have their own personalities, and like to die their feathers different colours.  And if at all possible, they prefer not to stand next to each other in a photo shoot, even though they're the best of friends.

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 $10 gift certificate to the store.  And when you're shopping, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off.

Friday, 9 August 2019

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Are you playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It?  It's anything goes as long as you use physical stamps, and there are two fab prizes up for grabs.

One randomly selected winner will get this fab set of four mini stamps from Seth Apter at PaperArtsy:


and the winner chosen by the Design Team will have their entry published in the magazine and blog along with a profile, and an opportunity to guest design in a future challenge.  What's not to like?

For my card I've paired a stamp/die stack of cups with a sentiment from STAMPlorations, and a piece of scrap paper for a cheery card.  Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have made, and play along for your chance to win.

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #228


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and I've been having more fun playing with my new set, Big Owls.  I stencilled a background with the Leaf Prints stencil and added a strip of patterned paper, and coloured the owl using Tombow pens.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created for your inspiration, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate.

Thursday, 1 August 2019

Seize The birthday - Flowers or Anything Goes


Hello, and welcome to a new Seize The Birthday Challenge!  Our theme is Flowers, but you can also play along with an Anything Goes birthday theme if you prefer.



I've used Altenew Inked Flora on a Distress-mopped background.  I keep the flower uncoloured but added a hint of shading.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the Design Team, and from our Surprise Party Guest. Su Mohr, then join the party!

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The Bee's Knees Special Release - Big Owls and Little Owls

I've got a couple of new stamp sets out today - Big Owls and Little Owls.

Big Owls
Little Owls

I'll start off with a couple of earworms for you from the Big Owls set:


No?  How about this one?


The Little Owls have promised not to give you an ear worm if they can play - but they did manage some corny sentiments instead ;)




Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team, and don't forget to comment for your chance to win either of the two prizes up for grabs: a $15 gift code, or your choice of an in-stock stamp from The Bee's Knees range.

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #227


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a new home card for you.

If you've got a stash of suitably smooshed card, this is a really quick one to make, and the good news is, you don't have to colour in properly!

The die is Stitched Winter Landscape and the sentiment is from Carved Houses.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for a look at what the rest of the Design Team have created, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store.  And while you're shopping, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off.  Happy stamping :)

Tuesday, 23 July 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #226


Hellooo!  It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've used my set Carved Flowers to create a Ruby Wedding Anniversary card.

It's a rescue card - I stamped the images onto the white panel but stuffed up the largest flower, so I restamped all the flowers on spare card and cut them out and stuck them over the original flowers.  The sentiment was made using Happy Anniversary from Two Of Us, and Ruby was made using the Sketchy Alphabet.

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.  You might want to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY when you're shopping there to get 20% off.

Sunday, 21 July 2019

STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday



I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog with a Stencil Sunday post.  I played with four of the Faces stencils to go in the signature of my Travellers Notebook - remember this?


A signature is the fancy name for the folded paper inserts in a journal.  I used cartridge paper because it's thinner than card and easier to fold.  I've got a couple of shots of each finished project, and a photo-heavy tutorial on the Fresh Beginning project, so grab yourself a cuppa.


My first project uses Faces: Foxy.  I used fineliner pens to create the outlines, then painted her skin with Distress Inks and a No.5 round brush, and painted and sponged the background.


I stamped Trendy Spring Blooms into her hair, firstly inking one of the solid images with Distress Inks, but I wasn't happy with that result, so I overstamped one of the line images in black and dotted the centres with a white Signo pen.  I added some extra stamping around the edges - Beautiful from Hashtag Authentic and one of my favourite grunge stamps from Mixed Media Grunge.


The next one uses Faces: ChicBold Sentiments: Fabulous and Scribbly Splattery Grunge.


In my head, that's a fluffy froufrou edging to her cocktail dress.  A bit of Stickles on the earrings to highlight the bling.


For this one using Faces: Pensive across a double spread I just painted the face and skin, and just a bit of background, for an artsy look.

I drew round a few flower masks (Bloom Silhouettes) and stamped a butterfly from Trendy Butterflies.

And now for the step by step tutorial.  Are you still with me?  Need a comfort break or a refill?  Or something stronger?

This stencil (Faces: Grace) is the same one as on the front of the journal, but I just used parts of it and flipped it to change the hair a little bit.



I painted her with Distress Inks, leaving white space for highlights on her hair and the hat.


The eyes are closed on the stencil, but I wanted open eyes so I stencilled the lid without the lashes then drew in some eyes and upper lids.  I added a bit of red hat reflection under her eyes.


Then I added some white highlights in her eyes and on her lips - it makes such a difference.


For her top I used the Mini Foiled Again stencil.


Then I added stamping on the opposite side of the spread - Typografia Motivate - Fresh Beginning, Sketched: Rose, Mixed Media Grunge


If you're still here, give yourself a pat on the back!  I hope the step-by-step helped you to see how you can manipulate stencils to create a variation not he original design.

Don't forget to leave me a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code.  And if you're shopping in the store, use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off.