Thursday, May 13, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Make It A Bouquet!


Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday, and this time Colleen's choice is Make It a Bouquet!  (Or just anything goes birthday, if you prefer.)

My bouquet is made up of Tim Holtz flowers dipped and spritzed in Distress Inks, with a bit of coloured pencil for detail.  The stencil for the background is from STAMPlorations.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous bouquets from the team, and our guest designer Loopyloo, and play along with us!

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

STAMPlorations Spring Florals Kit



Did you see the fabulous Spring Coffee Kit special release from STAMPlorations last week?  Well, this week, we bring you the Spring Florals Kit There are two stamp sets (a 4x6 image set and a 3x5 quote set), two standard stencils and two mini versions.

I stamped out the flower image a few times and sloshed some colour on, then decided to cut the end sprigs off one image to use as ATCs, with the stencils as backgrounds and a quote on each.


For my card I inked and spritzed the leaf stencil and printed it onto lightweight card, which I mounted onto my card base.  I trimmed the flower garland and adhered it to the panel, along with a sentiment stamped in green.  (note to self: must use coloured inks for sentiments more often.)

The kit is 46% off full retail price, with free US/Canada shipping or $6 international shipping.  That's a huge bargain!  

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration from Deepti and Monika.  For your chance to win either of the kits, leave a comment on the two main posts and the design team posts, otherwise you can buy the set here:

Spring Florals Kit

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Furry Friends


Hello, we've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and our toppings theme is Furry Friends, chosen by Cathy.

I went for this cute little Anita Jeram Ice Cream mouse, with a couple of sentiments and ice cram parlour tile background all from Colorado Craft Company.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team and our surprise party guest, Loopylou.

If you don't feel like playing along using Furry Friends you can always join in with an Anything Goes birthday project.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #317


Hello, it's time for some more inspiration over at STAMPlorations, and today my inspiration was in turn inspired by Michele Ferguson's post where she made four cards from a split-4 design using my set Layered Poinsettias, proving that poinsettias aren't just for Christmas.  Actually, I've still got my Christmas poinsettia plant, which is thriving - I can't bear to throw away a healthy poinsettia.

I CASEd Michele in my post here where I used bright colours and a stamped sentiment, but this time I wanted to use blues and greens, and I also used dies for the sentiments instead of stamps.

Actually, the first card isn't one of the split-4, it's my stamping off panel for when I wanted second and third generation stamping on the split-4 sheet.  And like I say, I can't bear to throw away a healthy poinsettia ;)  

So here are the finished cards:






So I still have the last section of the panel to use.  Maybe I'll make it into a Christmas 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 $15 prize code.  When you're shopping at STAMPlorations you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #316

 


Hello!  We've got some gorgeous inspiration for you at STAMPlorations today.  I decided to make a slimline anniversary card using Deepti's Better Together.  The tiered cake fits perfectly on a DL sized card.  I added a hint of colour with Tombow pens and a Happy Anniversary diecut from sparkly card.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog to see what my teamies have made, and don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code to the store.  Whenever you're shopping in the store you can get 20% off purchases by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Spring Flowers

 


Hello!  We've got some gorgeous spring flowers for you at Seize The Birthday.  The topping, chosen by TaeEun, is optional, so if you're not a flower person you can still play along with any birthday project.


My card is a complete CASE of Michele Ferguson's set of cards here.  Michele used my set Layered Poinsettias to create one sheet of four card toppings, and they were gobsmackingly gorgeous!  So I had to make my own set :)

I built up my masterboard in the same way Michele did.


Then chopped the sheet into four and added the Happy Birthday sentiment.


I used Distress Inks, which don't give as full coverage with solid stamps as other inks, but I like the grungy/distressy look.  Next time I'll go for an even more distressed look.


I could have chosen any of the four for my feature card, because I love them all!


Thanks for the inspiration Michele!


Now pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the team, and from our Surprise Party Guest, Lynda of Loopyloocards.

Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Inspired By Cupcakes


I had to play along with the current (nearly closing) Inspired By Challenge - who isn't inspired by cupcakes???

 

I love these Big and Bold cupcake stamps by Colorado Craft Company.  I did a bit of no-line colouring using Ink On 3 Fadeout ink to stamp the outline, then colouring with Distress Inks, Zigs, Tombows, watercolour pencils - basically anything to add colour.  I love that the sentiment has a matching die.

I'm also playing along with Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Clean and Simple.





Tuesday, April 13, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #315


It's Inspiration Tuesday over at STAMPlorations, and today I've made a quick sympathy card.  The colour block background was made by inking and spritzing an acrylic stamp block and pressing it onto the card, then half-lifting, pressing and lifting till I was happy with how the colour was collecting.  As the colours started to turn to mud where they meet, I blotted some of it up with the corner of a tissue.

I stamped the images from Deepti's Wooded set and made the sentiment from Blossom Overture, stamping it to line up with the bottom of the colour 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 $15 gift code to the store.  Whenever you're shopping in the store you can get 15% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Tickled Pink

 

What do you do with a mop-up panel full of pinks?  Stamp a flamingo, of course!


(I didn't think to take the photo till after I'd cut it out!)


I stamped the leaves from the same set (Colorado Craft Company - Tickled Pink Flamingo) onto my card base using spritzed Distress Ink, then added the flamingo, the flower posy and sentiment.

I'm entering this into Just Add Ink - Just Choose Two.  I chose Feathers and Petals.

Thursday, April 08, 2021

Blooming Great

 

The postman has been busy this week delivering crafty supplies that may have fallen into my Easter basket :)

I had fun playing with this Tim Holtz Brushstroke Flowers 3 die.  I cut out all the pieces from mixed media paper, then dipped each piece into spritzed Distress Inks.  Once they'd dried I layered them all up onto a card that I'd splattered and stamped a sentiment onto.

I'm actually playing in a few challenges! 

Darnell's NBUS challenge #25

The Flower Challenge #55 - Pretty Pastels

Simon Says Monday Challenge - Layer It

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Happy Birthday

Wednesday, April 07, 2021

STAMPlorations Things With Wings Hop and Linky Party

 


Hello!  We've got a blog hop and linky party going on at STAMPlorations, and it's all to do with Wings.


I've used CUTplorations Dragonfly Layering Dies from a sheet of Distress splatter to create an all-over pattern on a vibrant orange card.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for all the details and hop along!

Tuesday, April 06, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #314


Hellooo!  We've got some fabulous inspiration for you over at STAMPlorations with our regular Tuesday Inspiration post.

For my contribution, I made a card using my Parfumerie set, which I've not used in a long time.  Come to think of it, I've not used perfume in a long time.  Thanks, pandemic!  But our lockdown is eased further (but not fully) next Monday so we can get out the glad rags for some limited 'life'.  Non-essential shops opening, pubs/restaruants with outside seating (it would have to warm up a heck of a lot for me to be sitting outside!).

Anyway, back to the card.  The embossed stencilled panel (Weaving) was in my stash so I sloshed on some Distress Ink and stamped my images.  I stamped the sentiment on spare white card and matted it onto black before attaching it to the panel.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for more inspiration from the team, and don't forget to comment for your chance to win a $15 gift code to the store.

Thursday, April 01, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Squares

 

Hello, it's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday, and JoAnn has chosen squares.


My square is a little bit tipsy from the gin :) But don't worry, none of it was spilled in the making of this card.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some squares from the rest of the DT and our surprise party guest, Lynda of Loopyloocards.  If you don't want to use squares in your card, you can always play along with our Anything Goes option.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Pretty Flamingo



I was lucky enough to win this fabulous Big and Bold Tickled Pink Flamingo from Colorado Craft Company, so I thought I'd share what I've been doing with it, and play along with a couple of challenges at the same time.

After stamping it onto my normal cardstock I sloshed on some watercolour with Distress Inks, then masked it while I painted and spritzed the Distress Ink background.  On separate card I stamped the gorgeous tropical floral garland, coloured and fussy cut it, then I mounted the flamingo behind a mountboard frame, with the garland spilling on top.  Now all I need is a glass frame to hold it!

I'm playing along at Inkspirational - Fur or Feathers

and Simon Says Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #313


Hello, we've got some more Tuesday Inspiration for you over at STAMPlorations, and my contribution is this pair of ATCs, made entirely of bits and bobs from my stash (I'm determined to make a hole in that stash!).


The feathers are from Trendy Feathers 2, the sentiment from Bloomdala Bliss, stamping from Art Marks 3.  I also used Make Marks 1 and Foiled Again stencils.

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.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #312

 

Hello, and welcome to this week's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations.  This week's card was made in exactly the same way as last week's: rummage through stash, find stencil-embossed panel, add ink, add images.

The stencil background is Tribal Triangles, the text is from Art Marks 3, the red stencilling is from Make Marks 5 and the flower is from Blooming Buds.  I adhered the main stem to the panel, then added the buds and leaves (fortunately it wasn't quite stuck down at the top so I could squeeze the leaf in).  I used a black Stabilo pencil around the outline and smoothed it with a damp brush.

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 wi a $15 gift code to the store.  When you use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY you'll get 20% off 

Friday, March 19, 2021

Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop with STAMPlorations

 

Woohoo, it's the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop, and STAMPlorations is one of the sponsors.

Now, every super hero needs their own mug, so I made two!  I used Winter Mug, then cut a mask for the centre and added my Super Hero and filled in the background with images and text from the set.  Here's a couple of close-ups.



Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration, and then hop along at the Spring/Summer Coffee Lovers Hop!

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Sketch

 

Hello, we've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - a sketch, provided by Glenda.


I've never been one to interpret a sketch faithfully, and I haven't done today!  This was actually made from bits and bobs that have been lying around in my stash forever.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see how our surprise party guest Carol of Just me:C and the rest of the DT have interpreted the sketch, and play along with us.  If you're sketch-challenged, you can always play along with our Anything Goes theme.