Tuesday, July 27, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #327

 


Hello, it's time for some STAMPlorations Inspiration.  I've got a card that came together very quickly, which was lucky as I'm on the last minute for this post!

I repeat-stamped Tea Blend Word Art on a mop-up background, and added the Coffee Cup Silhouette in a lovely pearlised gold card, and voila!

Fancy a cuppa, anyone?

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 $15 prize code.  When you're shopping in the store, you can get 20% off your order by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Travel


It's time for a new challenge at Seize The Birthday - Travel, chosen by Glenda.  Done much travelling lately?  Nah, me neither.

I made this card for my mum to give to our scrumptious grandson, her third great-grandchild, who lives Down Under, but he does have a connection to London as his other grandparents live there.  (His name is River, hence the name on the side of the bus.)

The vehicles and buildings are Tim Holtz, the sun is Sizzix, the cloud is a fussy-cut stamped image from Funky Fossil, the heart was in my stash so I can't remember which die set it's from, and the sentiment is Altenew Birthday Greetings.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the design team, and our Surprise Party Guest, Melanie, then join in the challenge with us.  You can play with the Travel theme or Anything Goes as long as it's birthday-themed.

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #326

 


Hello peeps, got some more STAMPlorations inspiration for you today, using Deepti's Blossom Sprays #6, which was part of the the Birthday Bundle set 3.

Last time I did no line stamping and shaded colouring.  This time I'm back to my sloshy comfort zone, slapping a bit of Victorian Velvet and Peeled Paint, and adding a few splatters.  Easy peasy.

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 in the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.  Happy stamping :)

Tuesday, July 13, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #325

 


Hello peeps, it's time for some more inspiration at STAMPlorations.  After my playdate with Michele when we used Layered Citrus I had these three stamp-off panels left over.  


When I was cutting the Feel better soon phrase I was mindful of how the dies were placed so that I could use the negative on a future card.

And voila, a new card was born out of scraps.


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 $15 prize code.  And when you're shopping in the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.


Thursday, July 08, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Framed


We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday - Framed, chosen by Tae Eun. 

(But you can always play along with Anything Goes as long as it's birthday-themed.)

I used a new-to-me stamp, Sunshine Happy from the Summer Fashionistas range by Sentimentally Yours, for my friend Mel's birthday card.  I sloshed some Distress Inks on it, added a sentiment from MFT and framed it with a diecut frame using Sue Wilson Decorative Squared Rectangles by Creative Expressions.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for some more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the design team, and from our surprise party guest, Melanie, then join in the fun!

Tuesday, July 06, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #324

Hello, it's time for some more inspiration at STAMPlorations.  I'm still playing with the stamp set and die from Birthday Bundle #3.  I took one of the card fronts from the Spring Florals packs and simply stamped the Blossom Sprays #6 on the left side, diecut a panel with Art Border #3 down the far left, then added a strip of striped card on the inside so that it showed through.


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 to the store.  Whenever you're shopping at the store you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.  Happy crafting!
 

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

STAMPlorations 8th Birthday Celebration


Hello, can you believe that STAMPlorations is eight years old?  Where did that time go?  (Well we all know where last year and half of this year went!)

We're celebrating with three birthday bundles (the other two were showcased yesterday and the day before). Each bundle contains a 4x6 floral stamp, a 3x5 sentiment stamp, a border die and a stencil.  Here's what I made with today's bundle:


For this first card I stamped the floral image in fadeout ink, then watercoloured it with Distress Inks and added a few highlights using coloured pencils.  I've not decided what sentiment I'll use, if any.  It could just be a notelet. Or I might frame it.


For the second card I sponged Distress Inks through the bundle stencil, fading the colour out at the bottom.  I added a very apt sentiment from the 3x5 set, a fussy-cut car and added another appropriate sentiment from Classic Shoes.  I diecut a strip of striped card and cut a piece off then stapled it to the top left corner of the card.

So - ways to win:

- one (1) winner of a $75 prize code randomly drawn from current store mailing list subscribers
- one (1) winner of a $25 prize code randomly drawn from comments left on the birthday hop posts (STAMP blog and designers' blogs)
- one (1) winner of her choice of birthday bundle randomly drawn from the birthday linky
- several surprise prizes in the form of prize codes and products

Get yourself off to the STAMPlorations blog and get commenting, and good luck!

Friday, June 25, 2021

Playing Cards With A Friend - Again

I've been cards with my friend Michele aka I Card Everyone again, and this time our challenge was still to use the split four technique, but also to incorporate cover plates and to use my set Layered Citrus.

Well, you knew we wouldn't be making lemonade, didn't you?

I started by building my split four sheet using the solid images from the set.  The leaves and stalks were made using the rind and peel stamps (I stretched the rind slightly to make it straighter).

(apologies for the poor quality of the photo!)

Having cut the sheet into four, I set about making my cards.  For this first one I added a sentiment from Happy Birthday in the same colour as the whole flower and trimmed the panel so that strips of the coordinating base card showed at the top and bottom.

On the next one I chose the other words from the Happy Birthday set in colours that matched the flowers on this section, then centred the panel on matching card.


Time to use the cover plates - this first one is Wonky Stitched Grid Texture Cover Plate.  I used a crease mat so that it got a quilted effect rather than a cut effect.  It actually feels as 'quilty' as it looks!

I added Feel Better Soon die cut in coordinating card.

My final card uses Circles All Over Cover Plate for soft circles on the background.

In order to get second-generation images, I stamped off first on spare card.  By thinking about how I was stamping off, I ended up with panels that I'll be able to use to make even more cards - win, win!


I hope this helps you to look at some of your stamps in a different way, to see how you can stretch your supplies.


Layered Citrus

Happy Birthday

Feel Better Soon
Wonky Stitched Grid Texture Coverplate


Circles All Over Texture Coverplate

Pop on over to Michele's blog to see what she made of all those lemons and limes :)  I'm off there now to take a look!

When you're shopping in the store, don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for a 20% discount.  Happy stamping!

Thursday, June 24, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Use an Embossing Folder

 


Hello, birthday-partygoers!  We've got a new challenge for you at Seize The Birthday, and this time Ashwini is asking us to Use An Embossing Folder.

I inked up the flat side of the embossing folder and ran my card through the machine for a fab textured panel.  The llama is from PaperArtsy, the doodle line is from STAMPlorations and the birthday disc was in my stash.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog for more fabulous examples of using an embossing folder from the rest of the design team and our Surprise Party Guest, Melanie, and play along with us.  If you don't want to use an embossing folder that's fine, you can play along with any birthday-themed project.

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #323

 


Hello!  Some floral inspiration for you at STAMPlorations today.  I love using mop-up panels as backgrounds for my cards.


I stamped some text from Mixed Media Elements on the panel, then stamped Helenium Large in Versafine Onyx Black.


Adhered the panel to my base card, stapled some fibres to the corner (and glued them halfway down as well) and called it done.

Pop on over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous designs from the rest of 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 at STAMPlorations you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #322

 


Hello, it's Inspiration time at STAMPlorations, and today I've got some Christmas inspiration for you.  When I CASEd Michele to make this set of cards I had a spare panel left, so I turned it into a Christmas card.


Well, they are poinsettias, after all :)

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 in the store, you can bag yourself 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

Happy stamping!

Monday, June 14, 2021

STAMPlorations Ephemera

 


I've been playing with some of the new Ephemera Tiles from STAMPlorations.  Shery has a growing range of colourable, ephemera and card fronts in the store, with plenty of fun designs.  They're printed on really good quality card and they're a joy to work with.

This set is called Newsprint Blooms, and you get 6 identical sheets in the pack.


I sliced them up in various ways.  For the first card I sliced the panel in half horizontally, then sliced each half in half again, then re-arranged them and stuck them onto my card.  I added a 'thanks' using Skinny Sentiments.


I'm adding this one to the Just Us Girls gallery - no stamping.


For the next card I cut the three white tiles, then added a fourth tile with a sentiment from Succulently and a couple of squiggly lines, and mounted them all onto a black card.


With the three remaining black tiles I painted some red and pink stripes on my card base, then added the tiles and a sentiment from Baa Baa.


And for the final card, I sliced down the centre of each flower then re-arranged them to make new flowers.  I stamped an Artsy Doodled Border on the card base, and used a sentiment from Trendy Feathers 2.




I'm adding this to Simon Says Monday challenge, Beautiful Blooms.



Thursday, June 10, 2021

Seize The Birthday - Nautical


Hi, and welcome to our latest challenge at Seize The Birthday, where the theme is nautical.  (Or you can play along with our Anything Goes theme as long as it's birthday related.)


I was short of some children's cards, so it was a good excuse to get out the Yellow Submarine (apologies for the ear worm) and add a few underwater creatures.

Pop on over to the Seize The Birthday blog to see what the rest of the design team and our surprise party guest Melanie Hungerford have created with the theme, and play along with us.

Tuesday, June 08, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #321


Today's STAMPlorations inspiration is brought to you by Carved Flowers, following my Playing Cards With A Friend session with Michele F, aka I Card Everyone.

I was wowed by the pretty cone flowers on one of her cards, so I made this card using a colour combination that Michele uses so well, and I hardly ever use - yellow and grey.

All images and sentiment are from Carved Flowers.  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 to the store.  Whenever you're shopping, you can get 20% off by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.

I'm adding this to the gallery at The Flower Challenge - CAS

and AAA Birthday Card Challenge - Flowers.

Tuesday, June 01, 2021

STAMPlorations Inspiration #320

 

It's Inspiration Tuesday at STAMPlorations, and today I've got numbers mixed with psychedelia for you.  I used the Rolls standard stencil for my background, then cut the Numbers Plate die through the panel.  

I backed the die cut portion with black card to make the numbers stand out, and added a sentiment from Groovy Shoes, which fits nicely with the psychedelic theme, and mounted it onto orange card for a groovy look :)

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 in the store you can bag yourself 20% discount by using my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY.  Thanks for popping by!

Monday, May 31, 2021

STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hop and Linky Party - Reminder

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Hello, have you played along with the STAMPlorations Spring Fling Blog Hop and Linky Party?  You should, there are prizes to be won!


For my reminder card, I've used another of the Spring Florals card fronts and the XOXO die.  So quick and easy, great for a card in a hurry.  I trimmed the front to show a border of the pink card base and stamped a border using a stamp from the Artsy Doodled Borders set.

Pop over to the STAMPlorations blog for some more fabulous inspiration, and play along for your chance to win prizes.

Don't forget to use my code STAMPGIRLSHIRLEY for 20% discount when you're shopping in the store.