Friday, September 25, 2020

Happy Birthday, Nancy!


Today we're celebrating a special birthday for blog friend Nancy, aka Scandinancy Creates.  After all, it's not every day you reach 75!  Loll has created a linky party on her blog, Stamping With Loll, so that any friends of Nancy can post a card there to wish her happy birthday.

Nancy likes her stencils, so I thought I'd make a stencil card.  I used Donna Downey Flowers in Vase 2 (8x8 in) with PaperArtsy Infusions on a 7x5 pice of mixed media card.  The image didn't pop enough for my liking so I added some doodling with a Pentel brush pen.  I also got a reverse image by flipping the stencil, and did a couple more in a different colourway, so they might appear on the blog at some point.

I hope the card gets to you in time, Nancy, and that you have a wonderful birthday!


Thursday, September 24, 2020

Seize The Birthday 200th Challenge Celebration

 


Woohoo, it's party time!  Seize The Birthday is celebrating its 200th challenge, and we want you to celebrate with us.

For this challenge, we want you to be inspired by our challenge graphic, whether it's the colours, the watercolour vibe, the numbers, the balloons... just let us know what inspired you.  

I've gone with the balloons, and a nod to the colour scheme, although it's not exact, as mine's got orange in it.  The stamps and dies are from Hero Arts Festive Balloon.

For this challenge only, there is no Anything Goes option.

Our top two winners will each get a $25 Simon Says Stamp voucher.  There are also prizes at four of the design team blogs, and I'm one of them.  One randomly chosen winner will get these two stamp sets:


To be in with a chance of any of the prizes you will need to leave a comment on every team member's blog and the main blog.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what the rest of the design team and our Surprise Party Guest, Angie Cimbalo have created, and play along!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration 286

 


Hello, here's my card for Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations.  I just love pairing this image with a smooshy mop-up background!  I usually pick a mop-up panel from my stash and then use the colours in that to colour my main image.  That way I know my image and background won't clash! 

The image is from Thank You Coffee and the sentiment is from Always Time For Tea.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team.  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code to the main store and digi store.  If you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY when you're shopping you can get 20% off anything in the main/digi stores.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

My Favourite Things

 

Hello!  I've not played in a challenge for what seems like ages, but this one caught my eye - almost on the deadline! 

I'm in a clean and simple phase at the moment, a perfect time to enter the MFT 2020 Card Design Superstar - Clean And Simple Genius category.


Clean and simple card, clean and simple post!


Tuesday, September 15, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #285


Hello, it's Tuesday so it's Inspiration day at STAMPlorations.  I'm going through a CAS phase at the moment, so you'll see a few CAS cards scattered amongst my splattery smooshy cards over the next few weeks.  Until I have another 'phase'!

I used the sundae image from Sugar Rush, which is now available as part of a digi set.  I coloured it, fussy cut it and then set it on a doily made with a die from Bloomdala Bliss Felicity.  The Mmmm... comes from my set And Coffee.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the team.  Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code to the store.  When you're shopping in the main store or digital store, you can get 20% off everything by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.  Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Seize The Birthday - Diecuts Only


Hello, we've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and our optional topping is Diecuts Only (with a stamped sentiment if you wish).  Or you can still play along with our Anything Goes option as long as it's birthday-themed.

I've used Peony Dream die from Altenew to create my flower, which I mounted onto one of my mop-up panels.  The sentiment is also Altenew.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday Challenge to see what the rest of the team, and our Surprise Party Guest, Angie Cimbalo, have made, and join the party!

Tuesday, September 08, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #284


Hello! Time for another Tuesday Inspiration post at STAMPlorations, and today I'm using the waste from die cutting last week's sentiment.  If you align the 'happy' and 'birthday' dies you can use the waste by backing it onto contrasting card.  Then you can either add the letter fillers back in, or just leave them out for a funky, modern look.

I added a cupcake from Deepti's Sweet Surprise to perch on the Skinny Sentiments sentiment banner.

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 gift code to the store.  When you're shopping at the store, you can get 20% off anything in the main store and digital store.

Tuesday, September 01, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #283

 

Hello!  It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've used diecuts and a stencil to create this birthday card.

The stencil is Helen's Make Marks 5, the balloon and string are Deepti's Shaker Balloons #1 and the sentiment is Shery's Skinny Sentiments cut on gold card and mirri card.  I love the way the mirri card reflects a whole rainbow of colours!  Next week I'm using the diecut waste from this card, winner!

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 gift code to the store.  When you're shopping, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you can get 20% off anything in the main store and digital store.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Seize The Birthday - Add Gold

 

It's time for a new Seize The Birthday challenge, and for this one we want you to add gold.


I sponged some Distress Inks onto a card panel and spritzed with water before stamping the image from Kaisercraft.  The butterfly is from Uniko and I'm not sure where the sentiment is from.  I mounted it all onto a gold card panel then onto my card base.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team and from our Surprise Party Guest, Jen.  You can play along with Anything Goes if you would prefer.

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #282

It's Inspirations Tuesday on the STAMPlorations blog, and I've got a 5x7 card today, with a smooshed background using the Tea Blend Word Art stamp and Cup of Blooms 1, which I watercoloured with Distress Inks and fussy cut.  The birthday sentiment is from Deepti's Balloons and Banners.

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 gift code to the store.  When you're shopping, using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY will get you 20% off anything in the main store and digital store.

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, August 18, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #281

 


It's Tuesday so we've got some more inspiration for you at STAMPlorations.  My inspiration comes from the Autumn 2020 edition of Somerset Studio magazine.  The face, the flowers, the bold title, the colour scheme (although my flowers are paler).

I stencilled the Pensive face onto my card panel with Hickory Smoke Distress Ink, then added some loose watercolouring with Crushed Velvet and Bundled Sage.  I stamped the Fabulous and the rest of the sentiment from Groovy Shoes in Memento inks, but the paler ink didn't really stand out enough so I gave it a drop shadow using coloured pencil.  Then I added some splatters :)  Oh, and a touch of blusher.

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 gift code to the new store.  You can get 20% off your purchases in the main store and digi store when you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

I'm entering this into Inkspirational where the word prompt is Face.



Thursday, August 13, 2020

Seize The Birthday - Rainbow Colours

 

It's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday, and our theme has been chosen by Barbara - Rainbow Colours.  Mine is a very washed-out rainbow of colours (as most of them are in the UK!).

The background piece was in my mop-up stash, and all it was missing was a touch of red, so I just added some red splatters with a paintbrush.  The image stop is from Kaisercraft, the border die from Altenew, and the border stamps are by Dyan Reaveley.  The sentiment is possibly a Simon Says birthday freebie.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and from our surprise party guest, Jen, and join in with us.

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #280



Sometimes, y'know, you just don't need words on the front of cards.

It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and for this week's card I started by painting some broad stripes with Distress Oxide.  Once the panel was dry I stamped this image from Deepti's Beautiful You.  I had fully intended that there would be a sentiment on there, but once I'd stamped the image, it just didn't need anything more.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more gorgeous inspiration from the team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code to the store.  While you're shopping there, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off anything in the main store and digi store.

Tuesday, August 04, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #279



It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a summer cocktail for you.  I used watered down Distress Oxides for my background, then on separate card I stamped the Tropical Drink - Large then watercoloured it very loosely with matching Oxides, going outside the lines and leaving a couple of gaps here and there.  Once it was dry I fussy cut it and placed it on the sentiment banner (Deepti's Balloons and Banners, which is now available in the Outlet store.

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 gift code.  When you're shopping, if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off anything in the main store or outlet store.

Thursday, July 30, 2020

Seize The Birthday - Tic-Tac-Toe



We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Tic-Tac-Toe!



I went for the bottom line - large die-cut sentiment, watercoloured monster and shadow, and a stencil background using spray inks.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some fabulous inspiration from the team, and from our surprise party guest, Jen, and play along with us :)

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #278



It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a grungy mixed media-type card for you.  I made my background using Distress Inks, and once that was dry I stamped Deepti's flowers in black, along with the butterfly and the dotty splodge from Scribbly Splattery Grunge. The border die is from Art Edges and the sentiment is from Everyday Sentiments.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fab inspiration from the design team, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code to the store.  When you're shopping at the store or the digi store, don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for an extra 20% off.

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #277



Helloooo! It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and I'm on a tea theme.  I stamped the Tea Blend Word Art background stamp on a mop-up card, then stamped the cup from Thank You Coffee and added a sentiment strip using Happy Birthday from Balloons and Banners.

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 gift code to the new store.  When you're shopping, you can get 20% off the main store and digital store by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY

Thursday, July 16, 2020

Seize The Birthday - Non-neutral Card Base



Hello, and welcome to a new challenge at Seize The Birthday.  Our theme for this challenge is non-neutral card base (or anything goes if you'd prefer).


You can just about see that my card base is shiny hot pink :)  I made the front panel last year when I was staying with my friend Jenny at her beach house in Australia, and I've finally got round to doing something with it.  The stamp is from Visible Image.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and from our Surprise Party Guest, Jen from Jenerally Speaking, then play along with us.

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #276



It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a similar card to last week's.  I'd batch-stamped the Bloom Doodles flowers, and while I had the paintbrush out I'd painted a few extra flowers, so it was just a case of putting it all together.  The stencil is Helen's Make Marks 5 and the sentiment is from Everyday 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 $15 gift code to the new store.

Tuesday, July 07, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #275



It's Inspiration Tuesday on the STAMPlorations blog, and today I've gone with some lovely bright colours.  I stamped some of the flowers from Bloom Doodles, watercoloured them with Distress Inks and fussy cut them.

I found the stencilled card base in my stash (Helen's Make Marks 5), on which I sponged the same colours I'd used for the flowers, then spritzed lightly to get a dappled effect.  Once I'd popped the flowers with foam dots I added the sentiment from Everyday Sentiments in gold.

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 gift code to the new store.  Use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY to get 20% discount in the main store and digi store.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

Seize The Birthday - Red, White and Blue



Hello, and welcome to our red, white and blue challenge at Seize The Birthday!  You'll have to look hard to find the red in my card but it is there in the splatters on the ground, courtesy of PaperArtsy Infusions powders.



Our lovely surprise party guest is Jen Wills from Jenerally Speaking.  Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see Jen's and the rest of the Design Team's cards, and join in with us.

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #274



Hello, and welcome to a new STAMPlorations Inspiration post.  I've been playing with Distress Oxides and fadeout ink to create this 'painting' using my stamp set, Layered Vase.  I was inspired by this pin I saw on Pinterest.

The STAMPlorations store is re-launching tomorrow on a swanky new platform, so do take a look.  When you're spending in the store you can now use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY to get 20% off anything in the main store or the digital store (not the outlet store because that's already heavily discounted).

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 code, which you can use in the fab new store! 

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #273


Hello!  It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and I've got a rather busy card for you today :)  I went to town on stencils, diecuts and dies.

My background is made with Distress Oxides and Rag Rug and Tapestry stencils, and the border is made with Artsy Border Maker.  The balloons and matching die are from Deepti's Tweet Love and the sentiment is from Skinny Sentiments.

You can find all of these items in the STAMPlorations store, and if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off.

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.

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Seize The Birthday - Watercolouring


Hello!  We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Watercolouring!  I use watercoloring on most of my cards, but I don't use watercolour paints, I use Distress Inks as watercolours - love 'em!

I also love this gorgeous huge cupcake stamp by Colorado Craft Company, which is so easy to use and makes such a huge statement on a card.  Cupcake, anyone?

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see some more gorgeous creations from the team, and from our guest designer, the lovely Dotty Jo, then play along with us.  If watercolouring isn't your thing, that's fine. just play along with any birthday themed creation.

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #272


It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a card for you that started off as an ATC (my latest craze).  Having made the ATC, I decided it would make a nice card, so I just mounted it onto a card blank.

All the elements were already in my stash.  I blended some Distress Ink on the stamped numbers panel, then coloured a stamped image from Deepti's Sweet Surprise.  The 'wish' was already layered and sitting in my stash so it was just a case of mounting everything onto a teal ATC (2.5 x 3.5 inches).  At that point I decided it would make a great card, so I just mounted it onto a card base.

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.  If you're shopping in the store, using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY will get you 20% off most items.

Tuesday, June 09, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #271


Hey, chickie!  It's Inspiration Tuesday on the STAMPlorations blog, and I'm in ATC mode.  I'm doing an ATC swap with teamie Sanna, so that got me back in the mode of making ATCs.

The great thing about making ATCs is that you can use up all sorts of scraps, and try different techniques on a small canvas, so it's not too scary.  And the bonus is that you've got the option of mounting the ATC onto a card if you choose.

For the moment, this one is still an ATC.  Next week's card started life as an ATC then upgraded to a card.

On cartridge paper I painted Distress Oxides then stencilled over using Rag Rug and Make Marks 2 stencils.  Then I stamped two checks from Fowl Play and paper-pieced from two in my stash.

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, June 04, 2020

Seize The Birthday - All About Summer


Hello, and welcome to another Seize The Birthday challenge.  Our challenge this time is All About Summer.  Or you can just play along with any birthday-themed project.


Ooh, look!  My colours match the logo!  This card was very nearly my contribution for the last challenge (Totally Tropical) because of the tropical colours and the cocktail.  I know you can drink cocktails any time (apart from maybe breakfast unless you're on holiday) but I always associate tropical with cocktails :)

I sponged the background with Distress Inks but it was quite mottled, so I made it even more so by spritzing with water, then I stamped the sentiments (MFT Uncorked) randomly over the card.  The cocktail glass is from Tim Holtz.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for more fabulous inspiration and join in with the fun!

Tuesday, June 02, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #270


Hello!  It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and I've got another cake card for you - they're quite addictive, calorie-free and very easy to create.

I picked up a smooshed mop-up from my stash then stamped the cake over the smooshing.  On my base card I swiped some colours with a broad brush along the fold side, then trimmed my panel to size and adhered it onto the card front.  I'll add a sentiment when I come to use the card - could be for a wedding, an anniversary or a birthday, who knows?  The image is from Deepti's set, Better Together.

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 gift certificate to the store.

When you're shopping at the store, you can get a 20% discount if you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

STAMPlorations Spring Fling Reminder


Are you playing along at the STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hop and Linky Party?  Prizes to be won - you know what to do :)

Last week I showed you the Perched Bird using spritzed powders.  When you spritz through a stencil, the stencil itself is covered with spritzed powders.  So you pick it up carefully, turn it over and lay it on fresh card to get a lovely reverse effect.


And so you don't have to go searching for last week's card, here it is again so you can see the totally different results you get from the two parts of the process.


Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for more inspiration, and for details on how to play along.  Good luck!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

STAMPlorations Inspiration #269


Hello!  It's Inspiration time at STAMPlorations, and today I've got a calorie-free cupcake for you :)
This was a really quick card to make.  I stamped the cupcake and sentiments from A Snarky Birthday To You, added a hint of watercolour, die-cut one edge using one of the Art Edges dies and adhered the panel to purple card.  That's it, simples!

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

Friday, May 22, 2020

Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop


Hello!  It's the Spring Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  To coincide with the hop, Shery designed two new STAMPlorations stamp sets, which we showcased on Tuesday, and which we're showcasing again today.

Sweet Kindness
Bloomin' Coffee And You















STAMPlorations is sponsoring four prizes, with an extra prize on the STAMPlorations blog.  Pop on over for all details and hop along!

ETA: Oops!  Nearly forgot to play along at the Coffee Lovers Spring Summer Blog Hop!