Tuesday, 18 February 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #255


Hello, it's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I'm using one of the new stamp sets, Sweetly, by Shery.

I stamped the butterfly, watercoloured it with Distress Inks and fussy cut it.  I had a negative sentiment diecut from an earlier session, which I'd backed with black glossy card, so I adhered that across the lower portion of the card then added the butterfly.  I just glued down the body and tilted the wings up, but it will lie flat for posting.

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

Sunday, 16 February 2020

STAMPlorations Stencil Sunday


Hello, I'm on the STAMPlorations blog today with my stencil project.  So I decided to use one stencil, Peeking Dahlias, to produce four different cards using different techniques.

For this first card I added Distress Oxides using blending brushes.  I only wanted to use one flower so I masked off the other.
I added some Tumbled Glass shading around the edges, and was going to just add a sentiment, but because my other cards below are quite CAS, I wanted one of them to have a bit more going on.
So I watercoloured a bright background.  At this point I thought I'd spoiled it, so I added some splatters and stamped marks from Art Marks 2 in Distress Oxides.
Then I added the HB2U that I found in my stash and stamped zigzags from Art Marks 2.
And added some turquoise Stickles in the centre of the flower.  And then I liked it :)

For my second card I painted watercolour brush colours through the stencil, then painted the background, blotting it with kitchen roll to add texture.
The colours were used undiluted.
I added a butterfly and Skinny Sentiment from my stash.  Tip: when you're die cutting a skinny sentiment, cut and make up an extra set while you're at it, then you've got one in your stash ready for an 'emergency' card.

For my next card, I sponged Distress Inks through the stencil,
then I removed the stencil and added light doodles.  The sentiment is from Everyday Sentiments.

My last card uses Distress Oxides on a dark background with another sentiment from Everyday Sentiments.
They glide on so smoothly, and stand out well on darker card.  I added some white crayon marks, but the crayon wasn't happy about being on Distress Oxide.  I could have used white pen, but that would have given me a more pronounced mark and I only wanted a hint of white.

I hope I've inspired you to try different techniques with your stencils.  Leave me a comment here and over on the STAMPlorations blog for your chance to win a $15 gift code.  And don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% off whenever you're shopping in the store.

Friday, 14 February 2020

STAMPlorations Release Day 5


It's the last day of the new release on the STAMPlorations blog, and I've got another card for you using my set, Layered Vase.


I've used Distress Inks to ink up the outline image and for the solid images.  The 'birthday' is part of the Skinny Sentiments dies, and 'wishes' is from Big Monsters.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created, and don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs for your chance to win: there are two prizes on offer - a $20 gift code for one winner and the stamp set of their choice for another winner.  The stamps are 10% off until 19 February, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off.

Thursday, 13 February 2020

Seize The Birthday - White Space


Hello, we've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - we want to see 'white' space on your card ('white' being open unadorned space on your card that allows the focal point of your card to shine).

This is version 2 of my card - you can see version 1 below.


My original intention was to use the diecut flowers as a mask while I coloured the background.  You could argue that this works on two levels: the white space is actually the focal point, and the coloured background becomes the 'white space'.  But I thought that might be pushing the definition a bit far, so I went with the conventional white space, but I couldn't resist some black splattering.  Well, it didn't look finished...


The flowers were already coloured from the masking process, so I just added a bit of detail with coloured pencils.


Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see some more fabulous creations from the team, and play along with us.

STAMPlorations Release Day 4 - Sweetly


It's Day 4 of the STAMPlorations Release, and today we're featuring Shery's other set, Sweetly.


I stamped the image in Ink On 3 Fadeout ink, then did a bit of no-line colouring, in the style of the Colouring Challenge Road Trip and added a few black splatters.


I cut a nesting tag, gathered some of the words from the set and stamped them all over the tag in grey.  I stamped the butterfly once on the tag and once on spare card, then coloured and cut out the spare and affixed it over the stamped image.  That way, I got the antennae without having to fussy cut around them.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created, and don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs for your chance to win: there are two prizes on offer - a $20 gift code for one winner and the stamp set of their choice for another winner.  The stamps are 10% off until 19 February, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off.

Wednesday, 12 February 2020

STAMPlorations Release Day 3 - Softly


It's Day 3 of the STAMPlorations Release, and today we're featuring one of two stamp sets designed by Shery.  Today's set is called Softly.


I stamped the floral spray and watercoloured it loosely with Distress Inks then fussy cut it.  On my card base I painted some Fossilised Amber stripes and a quote then adhered the floral spray.


This next one is totally attributable to Michele Ferguson, whose card I fell in love with.  Rather than copy it completely (which I will do!), on this occasion I've made a pennant.  For this, all you need is a couple of isosceles triangles and a hole punch.  I coloured the spray in very similar colours to the previous one then added it to the pennant.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created, and don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs for your chance to win: there are two prizes on offer - a $20 gift code for one winner and the stamp set of their choice for another winner.  The stamps are 10% off until 19 February, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off.

Tuesday, 11 February 2020

STAMPlorations Release Day 2 - Leafy


Welcome back to the STAMPlorations Release!  Today we're showcasing Deepti's new set, Leafy.
Such a lovely selection of leaves and sentiments.


I had this gorgeous pink and green mop-up panel in my stash so I stamped a few leaves and added a sentiment strip.


I found a smaller mop-up piece in my stash that I wanted to use.  I stamped the leaf image and sentiment, then layered it offset onto a piece of patterned paper then onto my card for a CAS thank you card.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created, and don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs for your chance to win: there are two prizes on offer - a $20 gift code for one winner and the stamp set of their choice for another winner.  The stamps are 10% off until 19 February, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off.

STAMPlorations Inspiration


Did you see my new stamp set yesterday on the STAMPlorations blog?  Here's a another card for you - can't stop playing with this set :)

For this card I stamped the outline image in blue and green Distress Inks then pulled in some of the colour, and watercoloured the tulips.

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.  And make sure you comment on all the posts this week for your chance to win one of the new stamp sets of your choice or a $20 gift code.

Monday, 10 February 2020

STAMPlorations Release Day 1 - Layered Vase


Hello, we've got a new release for you at STAMPlorations this week, and we're starting off today with my new set, Layered Vase.


The vase, flowers and leaves outline image is all one stamp, so all have to do is stamp that, then stamp the coordinating solid images, and you've filled your card front!  Easy peezy.


For my first card I stamped the vase in Stormy Sky, the leaves in Peeled Paint and the flowers in Shaded Lilac edged with Dusty Concord.  You can see from this where the corresponding solid images go.  I sloshed some Stormy Sky across the bottom to create a shadow, then fussy cut the whole image and overlaid it onto a stencil mop-up background (Sanna's Onion In Raws).


I stamped this next one in Ink On 3 Fadeout ink then used Distress Inks to paint everything.  I left a white outline around the vase.


For this card I only used the solid images, with a little help from one of the stamps in the Artsy Border Maker set to make a stalk.  I used Distress Oxides, kissing the stamp with a darker colour on the edge of the flowers.  I used another of the Artsy Border Maker stamps to create a border down the side of the card before mounting the stamped panel.  Then I finished it off with a Skinny Sentiment.


The longest solid stamp is the shadow that goes inside the vase, but it makes a great tulip leaf too!

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what the rest of the Design Team have created, and don't forget to leave comments on all the blogs for your chance to win: there are two prizes available - a $20 gift code for one winner and the stamp set of their choice from this release for another.  The stamps are 10% off until 19 February, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get an extra 20% off.

Friday, 7 February 2020

Craft Stamper Take It, Make It


Hello, it's a new month and a new challenge at Craft Stamper Take It, Make It!  It's Anything Goes with real stamps (but do take a look at the rules, because there were quite a few entries last month that weren't eligible for either prize).

Here's this month's random prize:


And the winner chosen by the design team will have their entry published in the magazine and the blog, along with a bio, and have a chance to be a guest designer in a future challenge.

For the background on my card I've used the free stamp with this month's Craft Stamper mag, along with an earlier free stamp.  I've doctored and dressed the Tim Holtz Bunny Hop for the occasion.

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

Tuesday, 4 February 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #253


Hello!  It's time for some more inspiration over at STAMPlorations.  This is another piece that has been sitting in my stash for ages because I wasn't sure if I liked it.  But once I added the sentiment, I liked it a lot!

The base is a Gelli print with rosebud masks from Bloom Silhouettes which was overstamped with Rosebuds, and the Celebrate is from Skinny Sentiments.

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.  When you're shopping at the store, you can get 20% off when you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Thursday, 30 January 2020

STAMPlorations Spotlight


I'm over on the STAMPlorations blog tonight with these two cards, using up backgrounds, stamped images and diecut words from my stash.  Pop on over for a closer look!

Seize The Birthday - Creatures Great And Small


Hello, and welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday!  This time our theme is All Creatures Great and Small.  If that's not your thing, you can still play along with any birthday-themed project.


I used a Zinski Art sheep stamp from PaperArtsy.  The skippy hoppy thing comes with the set, and the Happy Birthday sentiment is from my set Baa Baa.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some fab inspiration from our Surprise Party Guest, Joyce of Cards By The Sea, and from the rest of the Design Team, and play along with us.

Tuesday, 28 January 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #252


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and I'm still delving into my stash of backgrounds.  This one was created months ago using stencils over a Gelli plate print.  It looks like I used Bubbles and Confetti Circles.  The Happy Birthday negative panel is mounted onto a mother-of-pearl smooshed background, and the cupcake is from Deepti's Sweet Surprise.

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.  And when you're shopping in the store, you can get 20% off using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #251


Hello, it's Inspiration Tuesday on the STAMPlorations blog, and I'm still on a quest to use up my stash of backgrounds, and to make more masculine cards.  This background has been in my stash for ages waiting for the right inspiration to come along, and today it has!

I'm loving the negative panels that the Skinny Sentiments dies leave, and I couldn't let this one go to waste.  I attached it to the panel with tiny staples and added a cupcake from Birthday Bash.

Head on off to the STAMPlorations blog where you'll see some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to comment for your chance to win a $10 gift certificate.  When you're shopping in the store, use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY to get 20% off.

Sunday, 19 January 2020

Stencil Sunday Feature


Hello!  I'm on the STAMPlorations blog today in the Stencil Sunday spot with these four cards.


Stencils are so versatile - you can add layers and layers to build up patterns, or you can do some selective stencilling for a Clean and Simple look, which is what I've gone for here.  For an even quicker result, I made each pair of backgrounds in one swoop.


I placed my Tribal Triangles stencil over a double front sized card (European A5 in my case), did some partial stencilling with Distress Oxides, then cut the card in half.


I had a couple of Little Monsters in my stash so I coloured them with coordinating inks, then added sentiments.


This one uses the Everyday Sentiments dies, and the next one uses the sentiments from Big Monsters.


For a feminine version I used the Dots and Dashes stencil with pink and yellow inks.


As before, I chopped the piece of card in two to make two card fronts.


I like to personalise baby cards, so I cut some letters from some smooshed card using Uppercase Alphabet Plate and Lowercase Alphabet plate, lined them up and secured them with some washi tape before adding glue to the backs and gluing them in place.


This one is for the ready-made stash.


I channelled my inner Maria, using offcut negatives for a bit of tone-on-tone texture.


Fancy winning a $15 gift code to spend in the store?  Just leave me a comment here, and also on the STAMPlolrations blog post, and you never know, you may win!  And don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY when you go shopping in the store for 20% discount.