Friday, 15 November 2019

25 Days of Christmas Tags



Hello!  STAMPlorations are sponsoring today's 25 Days of Christmas Tags by Tracey McNeeley.  It's now in its 9th year, can you believe it?


For my tag I used the middle size of Luggage Tags dies and added some Frantage embossing powder to the lower portion.  The sheep and her Christmas hat are from BaaBaa and the holly leaf is from Layered Holly.

Pop along and hop along at Tracey's blog for your chance to win one of the many prizes on offer!  And if you also pop along to the STAMPlorations blog and comment on the post, you're in with a chance of winning this set of Christmas Sentiment dies.


Tuesday, 12 November 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #241 - Giving Thanks Blog Hop and Giveaway


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and you really don't want to miss this one!  It's our 5th annual Giving Thanks Blog Hop and Giveaway - check out these prizes:




* ONE (1) winner of 1 year supply of STAMPlorations products (12 products up to $180 combined MSRP value; details will be specified in the Rafflecopter terms and conditions as well as on the blog post)

* ONE (1) winner of 6 months supply of STAMPlorations products (6 products up to $90 combined MSRP value; details will be specified in the Rafflecopter terms and conditions as well as on the blog post)

* THREE (3) winners of $15 gift code drawn from comments left on the STAMPlorations blog, designers' blogs, Facebook page, and Instagram post.

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Rafflecaptor giveaway and commenting close on December 8. Winners posted on December 10 in the November winners post.

These are the products I used for my card: Thank You Coffee, Skinny Sentiments.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration, and don't forget to hop and leave comments for your chance at these fabulous prizes!

Friday, 8 November 2019

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Are you playing along with Craft Stamper Take, It, Make It?  You could be in with a chance of winning this fab prize:


And the winner chosen by the design team will have their winning project published in the magazine and on the blog, along with a profile.  They'll also get a guest design gig in a future challenge.

For my card I used stamps from Funky Fossil.  I don't often use two colours for my sentiments, but I really like it, so I'll have to do it more often!

Pop on over to the Craft Stamper blog for some more fabulous inspiration, and play along.  You never know, you could be a winner!

Thursday, 7 November 2019

Seize The Birthday - Off The Edge


Time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday, and our theme this time is Off The Edge.  If that's not your thing, you can still play along with any Anything Goes as long as it's birthday-themed.


I die-cut a balloon (Poppystamps), sponged it with distress inks then overlapped it on my smooshed background panel, trimmed it, then added a sentiment from Uniko.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some fab Off The Edge creations, and play along with us.

Tuesday, 5 November 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #240


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations and today I've made a more masculine version of the Layered Cake Bake.  The background is one of Helen's stencils (Make Marks 5), and I've stamped the image then fussy cut it.  The chevron stamp is from Mixed Media Grunge, the letters are from Uppercase Alphabet Plate, and the number is from Sketchy Alphabet and fussy cut.

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 voucher.  And if you are shopping in the STAMPlorations store, you'll get 20% discount if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Friday, 1 November 2019

STAMPlorations Spotlight


Can you guess which non-Christmas STAMPlorations set I used for the images on these cards?



It's Art Marks 2 by Shery.  I see all sorts of possibilities with this set!  Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see my three cards in full.

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #239


We're back to our normal schedule at STAMPlorations following our 6th birthday party (there's still time to comment for a chance to win).

I needed a get well card for someone, and this one came together very quickly.  The background was in my stash and immediately brought to mind sky and grass.  The Birds of Paradise was also in my stash, cut out but uncoloured.  So a couple of minutes to colour, stick and then stamp the sentiment, and it was ready.

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

Friday, 25 October 2019

STAMPlorations 6th Birthday - Cover Plates


We're wrapping up our birthday celebration at STAMPlorations with Cover Plates.


I used the Zen Doodled Birthday Gifts cover plate to do a whole cut with lightweight pink card, then cut sections in cerise and purple, and jigsawed the pieces in.  (I sprayed the back with temporary adhesive and stuck it to my card base before inserting the coloured pieces.)  The letters are from Uppercase Alphabet die, and the number is stamped from Sketchy Alphabet.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see some gorgeous creations from the rest of the team using Cover Plates, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win (full details n the blog).  Don't forget about the wishlist linky party too!

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Seize The Birthday - Candles or Anything Goes


Hello, and welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday - Candles (or Anything Goes if you prefer).


I've used the MFT Make A Wish set and Distress Inks to create my candles.  Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for a peep at what the rest of the Design Team and our surprise party guest Annie have made, and play along with us.

STAMPlorations 6th Birthday Party - Stickers


We're well into the birthday celebrations at STAMPlorations, and today we're featuring Stickers.  If you have a look in the store, there are plenty to choose from - backgrounds, phrases, word art, washi, botanical, newsprint...

I've used one of the word art birthday stickers over a slice of rainbow cake made with my Layered Cake Bake set.

I found this Distress Oxide background in my stash, and it's the perfect match for this party sticker from the same set.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous sticker inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win (full details on the STAMPlorations blog).  Don't forget about the wishlist linky party too!

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

STAMPlorations 6th Birthday Party - Stencils by Sanna


We're still partying at STAMPlorations, and today we're showcasing Sanna's new stencils.  My first card uses a Distress Ink print of Onion In Raws for an abstract background to a Christmas bauble. The sentiment is a Merry Christmas diecut.


Maria and I were obviously thinking along the same lines with this Art Flowers 1 stencil!  The sentiment is from Blossom Overture


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 (full details on the STAMPlorations blog).  Don't forget about the wishlist linky party too!

Monday, 21 October 2019

STAMPlorations 6th Birthday Party - Layered Cake Bake


Helloooo!  We're having a belated 6th birthday celebration at STAMPlorations, and to help proceedings along, I've baked a cake!  Well several, actually, from my newest set Layered Cake Bake.  It's got solid sponge layer shapes and outline layer shapes, a squiggle of filling, some dripping icing, some piped swirls, a cakestand, and a topper that turns it instantly from a full cake into a mega slice.


My first confection is a Victoria sponge decorated with fresh Folk Flowers ;)  The tablecloth is made from one of Helen's stencils, Art Marks 4.


My next confection is a sponge finger cake, with a health warning and a bit of hazard tape :)


How about a slice of lemon meringue pie?  The background is another of Helen's stencils and the sentiment is from World Birthday Cakes.


My last card has a more masculine feel - after all, some men like cake (and sometimes we even have to share some with them).  The background is Prim Triangles and Art Marks 5 and the sentiment is from World Birthday Cakes.  I drew in the tablecloth and coloured with black Posca 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 (full details on the STAMPlorations blog).  Don't forget about the wishlist linky party too!

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #238


It's Tuesday and it's time for some STAMPlorations Inspiration!  I'm still full steam ahead with Christmas card making, and today I've used the mistletoe outline stamp from my set Layered Mistletoe, and paired it with a sentiment from Layered Holly.

Now, mistletoe berries are white IRL, but somewhere along the line someone took poetic licence and you can find graphics online where the berries are red.  Which was all the excuse I needed for today's card :)

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.

Friday, 11 October 2019

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Are you playing along at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It?  We've got this fab prize for one randomly selected winner:


The winner chosen by the Design Team will have their winning entry and a bio published in the mag and on the blog, and a chance to guest design in a future challenge.  What's not to like?  Just remember to follow the guidelines to be eligible for either prize.

For my card I've used a fabulous oversized cupcake stamp from Colorado Craft Company.  I stamped it in Ink on 3 Fadeout ink, and sloshed some Distress Inks over it.

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

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Seize The Birthday - For Kids or Anything Goes


We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - For Kids (or Anything Goes if you'd rather).



You can't have enough kids' cards.  The starting point for this one was the scrap of grass, and then it was time to break out the dinosaurs who have been sitting in my NBUS pile for toooooo long!  I cut a balloon from a scrap of patterned paper and added some cotton thread, tucked under his arm.

Pop on over to the Seize the Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and from our surprise party guest, Annie of Pawsitive Thoughts By Annie, and play along with us.

Tuesday, 8 October 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #237


Hey, it's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and I'm still in Christmas cardmaking mode.  I stamped to a load of holly leaves and berries from Layered Holly, coloured and fussy-cut them, then added them to my card.  I made the background using the brickwork stamp from And Coffee.

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.

Tuesday, 1 October 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #236


Hellooo!  It's Inspiration Tuesday on the STAMPlorations blog.  I'm in Christmas card mode because I'm waaaaay behind on my Christmas card makes.

This one was a quick and easy make - Stormy Sky Distress Ink and a bit of inking and spritzing, and it's done.

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

I'm playing along at Simon Says Monday Challenge, Let's Get Ready For Christmas.



Thursday, 26 September 2019

Seize The Birthday - Geometric Shapes or Anything Goes


Hello, and welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!  This time our topping is Geometric Shapes but if you just want to play along with any birthday themed project, that's fine.

Our surprise party guest is Annie from Pawsitive Thoughts By Annie.  Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see Annie's and the team's inspiration and play along with us!

Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Paper Rose Laughing Animals


I'm playing along with Simon Says STAMPtempber again with another Paper Rose product that I bought while I was Down Under.  I couldn't resist these guys, partly because there are some wine quotes with the set which will go with a wine glass/bottle die that I bought.  The animals are coloured with Zig Clean Colour Markers and the background is sloshed on Distress Ink.


I'm also playing at Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes



Monday, 23 September 2019

STAMPlorations Inspiration #235


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and do not adjust your sets!  Believe it or not, this photo was taken with a remote shutter with the camera on a stand, but there's so much shine on the gold diecut sentiment that the camera can't handle it.

The diamond is from Sparkly and the diecut is Congrats.  Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more inspiration from the design team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate to the store.

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.