Saturday, 25 October 2014

Anyone for Tea?

Summer seems to have suddenly disappeared here in England, it's colder and the nights are drawing in. It all means one thing, lots and lots of cups of tea. To be honest the kettle is always hot in my home and there are some days which need copious amount of tea!
This is my design team piece for Roc Nicholas this month, Roc loves making coasters so I thought I would have a try :)
I started with a 4in square piece of really strong cardboard/chipboard. I adhered some patterned paper and then painted all over with PVA glue then immediately on the wet glue I painted a cream coloured acrylic paint. As it dried the cracks and shabbyness appeared. I stamped Roc's brilliant Stacked Cups and  Scalloped Lace Border on some white card. Also the cupcake and sentiment were stamped on white card coloured and glued in place. To finish I painted Ranger's glue and seal all over and added some little sequins but a very subtle bling effect.
All of Roc's stamps can be found at  the Stampotique online store here
Wishing you a lovely day with lots of tea or coffee if you prefer ;), Sam xxx

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

A Spooky Time

It's a very spooky week at Stampotique with a new challenge hosted by Kristen who is inviting us to include Gouls and Goblins in our creations.
I had great fun making this spooky card, finding a book page with the words Church and Ectoplasm on proved quite a challenge!
The stamps I used are:
and the very useful star from Agatha
The team and I are looking forward to seeing your spooky makes, don't forget just by entering you could win $30 to spend at the Stampotique online store
Have fun!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Friday, 17 October 2014

The winner is . . .

Donna, check out Donna's lovely blog here
He is now on his way to his new home :)
Thank you to each and everyone who took the time to leave a comment and join the fun and a big welcome to some new followers :) :) :)

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Pink, Purple and Black . . .

. . .  is the challenge hosted by Carol at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog this week. 
Whenever I think of teamie and friend Carol, I think of how she gorgeously decorates little boxes so here is my box homage to Carol :)
The stamps I used are all new releases:

I began by painting the box purple and letting it dry, then I painted pva glue all over and whilst still wet I painted with the cream colour, as it dried the cracks appeared. Nina, the text and the circles were stamped on tissue paper, coloured on the reverse and then applied with pva to the box. A silver button with pink threads finished the box nicely.
 Perfect for a little girl who likes to keep precious things safe.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 11 October 2014

This Dog Can Hop!

The Roc Nicholas Design Team are having a blog hop today, the team have made some wonderful creations all featuring Roc's brilliant Dog stamp.
By joining in with the hop and just leaving comments you are in with a chance of winning one of the Doggy makes featured in the hop.
The Hop
Samantha Read (you are here)

If you would like to add the fabulous Dog stamp to your collection you can find him here and to see the rest of Roc's ace stamp designs to check them out here

Please hop along with us, wishing you a tail wagging day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Wishing Star

'Tis Wednesday again already, I honestly can not believe how time is flying.
 The very lovely Corrie is our hostess at Stampotique this week and Corrie is inviting us to Use Book Text in our creations. 
I used to REALLY struggle with things like this, I was taught to have a deep respect for any book, however, I loaned a book to a friend a couple of years ago and when returned it had been in an accident involving a cup of tea, so many pages were stained and wrinkled. I stopped loaning books and the book in the accident is the book I now rip up and cut, I have to tell myself it's being recycled and reused!!
I also made a card for this challenge, I'm not much of a card maker but I had the urge so went with it. 
I like all of my creations but every now and again I make something that I really, really love and don't want to part with, this card is one I want to keep!
I do hope you like it too.
The stamps I used are:

From this angle you can see the glossy accent, stickles and sticky gem details which give it a little dimension.
Thank you for looking, wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Friday, 3 October 2014

New Stampotique Stamps :) :) :)

Did you know that Stampotique have just released some new stamps????

Check them out here

Have fun, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Boy Stuff

 Boys, some of them are just gross creatures don't you think??
Our very lovely team captain Kim is hosting this weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog, and Kim's chosen theme is 'Masculine', here is what Kim has to say:

"I'm so excited to host the challenge this week as it's one I'm always struggling with.  In a home where the males outweigh the females, you wouldn't think it would take much to create a masculine card, but it's something I have a hard time doing every time I sit down to make one.  I challenge you to show me your best masculine cards this week-are they ones that come naturally to you or do you draw a blank when you need to create one as well?
Can't wait to see all the possibilities you come up with this week!"

Of course, the only man in my life and not a gross creature is my Grandson and mini man Jack!
A little while ago, a special lady pointed out that Jack looks like one of the Stampotique stamps named Head, and she is so right.
I'm sure you can see the resemblance too :)

Really hoping you join in the fun with us you are in with a chance of winning a $30/£11 gift voucher to spend at the Stampotique on line store just by entering.

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

A Heart for Freedom

This weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog is Early Hallo'ween and his hosted by the very talented Carol, check out her fab blog here, this is what Carol has to say:

"I love Halloween and as a crafter it can never start early enough. So for the challenge this week I am sneeking it in a month early. So I hope you have fun getting your early Spook on. Carol x"

Personally I'm not a fan of Halloween and spooky things, but I really did have great fun making this and I don't think it's scary :) I hadn't made one of these for ages and they are easier than they look. 
Simply started off with an empty cardboard sellotape, draw around it to make the base. Stick 12 pieces of wire in your empty sellotape tube spread equal distances apart and you can then capture anything you like. The top of the wires are held together with a flattened metal bottle top, I prefer Budweiser ;) and use one the wires to make a hanging hoop at the top.
The stamps I used are:

Poor Skellie, he really does look like he his trying to buy his way out by bargaining with his heart.
Big thanks to all who took part in my challenge of using Just One Stamp, there were some amazing entries and I'm looking forward to seeing your early spooky makes, don't forget just by entering you are in with a chance of winning a £18/$30 gift voucher to spend at the Stampotique Online Store
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Just One Stamp!

Stampotique stamps are VERY addictive, many Stampotique fans have LOTS of Stampotique stamps and often a few stamps are used in just one creation which is wonderful because they all work so well together. The most Stampotique stamps I used for one creation was 15, this got me thinking . . . lots of Stampotique stamps can spoil us for choice so how about using just one stamp. I found using just one stamp quite a challenge, so as hostess for this weeks challenges at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog I am inviting you to use Just One Stamp!
I decided to make something to hand on Jack's tree in his nursery.  I started with plain muslin and ironed some interfacing on the back, this adds strength to the fabric and stops fraying. I stamped Agatha Heart using Archival black ink, then painted with Martha Stewart paints. To finish off I painted the outline to redefine and added some glitter for her wings.
I can't wait to see your one stamp creations!! Have fun :)
Wishing you a fabulous day, Sam xxx