Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Under The Sea

I haven't made a glitter jar for a few years now and when my mojo goes awol for a few days without warning  me I sometimes look at previous things I have made for some ideas. This project takes just a few hours to make although the silicone glue if you use it will need to dry overnight at least.
Firstly the lid needed a few coats of paint and a glass nugget superglued in the centre of the inside of the lid to give height to the seahorse. Reggie the seahorse was stamped on shrink plastic and coloured using Prismacolour pencils and then shrunk and superglued in place on the top of the nugget. The glass part of the jar was almost filled with water. I added some glitter and small star sequins and a few drops of glycerin to make the bling float for longer in the water when shock. I then sealed the lid using silicone glue. This is optional but will prevent leaks. The final decorations were made using beads on wire and I wrote the text on shrink plastic and shrunk.
Reggie in his little underwater world fits in perfectly with this weeks challenge at Stampotique hosted by Kristen. All the details can be found here and Reggie can be found here. If you in the UK like I am he can be found at Art from the Heart and A Sprinkle of Imagination.
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Scary Seagulls

 Yes indeed Seagulls can be very scary! Blink and they're nicking your chips!
Thinking of seagulls makes me think of the seaside and thinking of the seaside makes me think of postcards. Yep. I'm still making postcards.
Arwen is our hostess at Stampotique this week and she is challenging us to use junk or something from around the house to stamp a background. All the challenge details can be found here and Arwen's blog can be found here
Well you can't get more 'junk' than an empty toilet paper roll. When I worked with pre-school children these were ALWAYS in the junk modelling box. There is nothing you can't make if you some of these!
For my nautical postcard I squidged by empty cardboard tube at the sides and dipped it in blue paint. As simple as that.
On top of my blue pattern I stamped the following stamps:
The text was computer generated and I stamped Flying Bird on some white card and glued in place.
Go on join in the challenge. You could win $30/£20 to spend at the Stampotique online store!
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

OMG! Here's a first!

Well here's something I thought I would NEVER do! I have used a digital stamp from here designed by Janet at Vera Lane Studio.
About 8 years ago when my crafty journey began I remember thinking digital art wasn't 'real' art because it was from a computer and your hands didn't get inky or painty. But over the years I've seen some beautiful digital art and for some time now I appreciate the creativeness of the digital world. 
Digital stamps are quite easy to use. You download the file and print off your image and away you go.
 I'm still a rubber girl at heart though!
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Twinchie Bunting

I really don't need an excuse to make anything that celebrates my best, furry friend Poppy. So this weeks  Stampotique Designers Challenge was perfect for me to have some fun. Super talented Janet is our hostess and she is asking us to make a set of Twinchies. (All the challenge details including how you could be in with a chance of winning $30/£20 of Stampotique rubbery goodness can be found here. Whilst Janet's totally inspiring blog can be found here.)
For those not familiar with twinchies, they measure 2 inches x 2 inches, simples really :)
All the stamps I used are Stampotique but the focus is on Janet's stamp Toto which is my Poppy look-a-like go to stamp! Talking of Poppy here she is with her bunting in place above her bed in my art room:
She wasn't happy at all because I woke her up to take the photo!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam and Poppy xxx

Monday, 13 July 2015


I have come to the conclusion that I am a stamp floozy. I just love them all, and which ever one I am using is my favourite! I find Blessed Skellie quite irresistible, and after all the blue I've been using I thought I would have a blast of pink!!!
I started this postcard by blending 3 shades of pink paint at the top and bottom, adding some red drips and splats. Blessed Skellie was stamped as a whole and then just his/her flower twice. I coloured using Prismacolour pencils - love them too! The text was stamped using random alphabet sets, you can't have too many alphabet sets.
I had great fun making this for my turn for the Roc Nicholas Design Team, Roc's wonderful blog can be found here and Blessed Skellie can be purchased here and in the UK here.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Fly eye in the sky

Every now and again I like to challenge myself and try different styles and colour combinations and this weeks creation for the new challenge theme at Stampotique is no exception. This week our hostess is the very lovely Kathi, you can find her sweet blog here. For the challenge Kathi is asking us to use some kind of an attacher in our creations, eyelets, staples, fasteners etc, you get the idea. All the details can be found here.
I have a bit of a thing for clouds at the moment and wanted to make them a feature for this painting so I die cut some clouds and squished the eyelets in place before painting.
 I'm still enjoying mashing up images so gave this little girlie a pocket friend from another stamp.
The stamps I used for the main image are:
Stamps I used for the background are:
the star from Agatha Star
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Monster Ink

Don't we all buy stuff thinking ' I love that, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it but I can't leave it in the shop '?. I know I do. I spotted this pendant in a bargain basket for £1 and knew it would come in handy one day, although I had pictured in my head a very girly, girl with stars and wings to adorn it. That was until this weeks challenge at Stampotique which is hosted by uber talented and very lovely Corrie, you can find Corries wonderful blog here. All the details for the challenge can be found here, but in a nut shell Corrie is asking us to include ribbon in our creations.
So that pendant got dusted off, some ribbon threaded, some glitter and pearls and a monster, yes a monster. Not a pretty girly, girl as planned, but I can't resist this stamp, which in my head I call Sock Monster, he is actually called Unicorn's Cousin. He got inked and stamped on to shrink plastic and coloured with prismacolour pencils and with my favourite colour combo I think he looks quite dapper ;)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 24 June 2015


It's Wednesday again already which means a new challenge theme starts today for you Stampotique'ers ;)
Our hostess this week is Astrid, her fab blog can be found here, all the challenge details and wonderful inspiration can be found at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog but in a nutshell Astrid would like us to get in touch with our inner Frankenstein and 'Give Wings', so grab your rubber and mash up those stamps!
This week on my ATC I decided to mash up Mort and Medium Bee by putting Mort's head on the bee's body, it reminds me of the original black and white Fly film, shudder.
 I started by using distress inks for my back ground and stamping the spotty side of Design Cube, then white embossing Daisy Daisy and Hanging Hearts, I added some gems in the centre of the daisy's, just got to have a touch of sparkle. For the word Fly I used part of Learning to fly.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Party Time!

It's time to party at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog, it's our 200th challenge week, yay! I remember discovering Stampotique stamps when it was challenge 14, I entered and was picked as a favourite :) Now here I am almost 3 years on the Stampotique Design Team and I still have to pinch myself every single day, it's just my opinion but I think Stampotique are the best stamps in the universe, I bet there are little green men somewhere pressing rubber in a galaxy far away, but they won't be as good ;)
To celebrate, the team are inviting you to join us and celebrate too, it could be a birthday, anniversary, graduation etc.... all the details can be found here, just by entering you are in with a chance of winning some Stampotique rubbery goodness! Keep your eyes open as one of the Stampotique Team members is having a giveaway on her blog :)
The stamps I used for my 200 are:
I started off by painting tissue paper with various colours and a little white and when dry stamping on top. I then ripped those in to pieces and covered the numbers. The characters were stamped on white card and cut out, given wire whiskers and stuck in place. The star from Agatha's star was stamped, stuck on wire and then glued in place. They do look like they are having fun! 
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Monday, 15 June 2015

Bokeh Cat

Before my best friend Poppy came along, I was a crazy cat lady and cats will always have a special place in my heart, especially crazy and fun cats ;)
I'm still in postcard making mode and it's my turn today to post for the Roc Nicholas Design Team, just in case you didn't know, Roc is just one of the wonderful stamp designers for Stampotique, you can find Roc's blog here and her stamps here.
For this postcard I mashed up 3 of Roc's stamps, Monster, Feline and Flying Heart. Learning to fly was slightly edited for this!
(Other Stampotique stamps used are: Queen of Everything (for the crown), Design cube, cracks and Daisy Daisy.)
A first for me I think . . . I used some washi tape, just a little on the edges. 
The background was great fun to make and was inspired by the Bokeh effect which can be used when editing photos, tutorials can be found on Pinterest. For my postcard I used distress inks and then a circle stencil and white paint, the big circles need to look faded and the little circles quite solid. It was fun to do and something I think I'll do again.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx