Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Perfectly Primary

I can't believe it's already Wednesday again and it's September so depending on where you are Summer is almost over or just beginning. Summer didn't really get going here in England and yesterday I had to wear my welliboots. Talking of shoes check out this chaps winkle picker shoes they are so adorable!
Being a Wednesday it's a new challenge theme at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog all the details can be found here. Our hostess is the lovely Sue and she is asking us to use primary colours.
 Here is what Sue has to say: "Take 2 of the 3 primary colours (and the colours that they create when mixed) and just use these on your creation. You can also use black and white if you like. I'm looking forward to seeing what you create."
I had great fun with this challenge it was something I hadn't consciously tried before and it was first time inking this chap.
To make my postcard I spritzed the white card and then dropped distress inks on the card. Spritzed again and then held the card upright to the colours would run. The dots are embossed with white powder to make them pop and the text was made using a random alphabet set I had lying around, of which I have quite a few! You can't have too many alphabet sets.
Here's a list of all the stamps I used:
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Sunday, 30 August 2015

Bright Blossoms

It's a Bank Holiday here in England so it's raining and no watering cans are required. I'm quite pleased it's raining because Poppy had dug a BIG hole in the garden and it needed patching up so I planted some grass seeds. 
Because of the weather I took the opportunity to get in my studio and I made this ATC.
The Stampotique stamps I used are: Agatha Heart. Agatha's watering can. Raindrops. Heart Flowers and Tall word collage.
I hope the sun is shining where you are and you are having a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Anything Goes

*** If you are here as part of the Stampotique Design Team Blog Hop please see my previous post below to participate in the hop***
This weeks challenge at Stampotique is hosted by Kim and she say's "Anything Goes" so feel free to do whatever brings a smile to your face and makes your heart sing. All the challenge details can be found here
The three things that make me smile most are, in no order, Poppy, Jack and my Stampotique rubbery lovelies. My Stampotique stamps really do feel like they are friends.
The obvious theme for me is animals, I think most of my makes include animals on them. Again I have made a postcard. The format of a 6in x 4in piece of card is just a brilliant starting place, sometimes I start things as a postcard and they get bigger and sometimes smaller.
The stamps I used are:
I began by painting the card blue then white washing so I could paint the blue clouds. Tulip was stamped and coloured with Prismacolour pencils, cut out and glue in place. The sentiment was stamped 3 times on white card and once straight on to the postcard. The other elements are stamped in black and embossing ink and embossed with white embossing powder to get a nice crisp image.
I hope you like it and I do hope I'm the kind of person Poppy thinks I am!
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Monday, 24 August 2015

Yay! New Stampotique Stamps!

Just in case you didn't know Stampotique have some new stamps, they can all be found here 
To celebrate the new release the Stampotique Design Team are having a blog hop. If you are taking part in the blog hop you should have arrived from Kathi's wonderful blog here and your next stop is Kristen's fabby blog here.
For the blog hop I made the following easel ATC's. They are like normal ATC's but you just cut twice the length and then score and fold in the middle and in the middle again, easy.
For this one I used Agatha Flower, Agatha's watering can and Monster News for the bird, he's so cute and portable I think he'll be popping up quite often! As you can see the little bee from the watering can is quite portable too.
For this one I used Camper and Tree-O.
Finally for this one I used Starfish Cube. All the texts were made using various alphabet stamp sets I had lying around and I used Sun Design with die cut clouds. Here is a side view to give you an idea of how they stand:
These little projects were a joy to make and the new stamps are just AWESOME!!

In case you are new to my blog on the hop here are some other makes with the new stamps:
 An ATC using Agatha Antlers, I removed her antlers, ouch! 
 An ATC using Agatha Witch
 A postcard using Camper and Polka Dot Dog and finally another postcard using Agatha Flower and Agatha's watering can.
Phew! Lots of photo's.

Back to the blog hop and stuff as I'm sure you would like to see more. Here is what Team Stamptoque would like to say:
  "As with any of the releases, there is a variety of stamps from our artists for any stampers, scrapbookers and journalers out there.  We always love to see what your favorites are so while you are hopping around, make sure to stop by and say "hi" on our blogs and come back here and tell us what some of your favorite images from this release were.

We'll be giving away a $30/£20 gift certificate for stamps and a grab bag of stamps on two of the blogs-but you won't know which ones they are so stop by and visit them all.  We will pick the winners on our first challenge in September.

Have fun hopping!"

I also would like to take this opportunity to thank our team captain Kim Howard for all her hard work organising the Stampotique team as she soon steps down. Kim has been awesome and is really going to be missed by all of us. Which means we welcome a new captain, Claudine Criner, we are super lucky indeed. Lucky Claudine has been fortunate to go to Stampotique HQ and she knows the whole rubbery process from the beginning so she'll be great at keeping us in check!

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Sunday, 23 August 2015

A DT Call

If you love rubbery goodness designed by Roc Nicholas at Stampotique there is a fantastic opportunity to join a small but very friendly design team.
All the details can be found here 
Good Luck!
Sam xxx

Wednesday, 19 August 2015


I'm always excited to be hosting the swap at Stampotique so I'm doing a little happy dance today.
I recently read that the human eye likes things that are repeated so for this weeks challenge I'm asking you to use some sort of repetition on your creations. A stamp stamped more than once or even your own doodling. It's up to you but the most important thing is to have fun!
My love affair with postcard continues. I wanted the bunny and his background to be as neutral as possible so that the colour of his balloons really popped. The balloon was my original idea for the repetition element of the postcard but then I thought . . . the bunny could be repeated again in his original state . . .
The stamp I used is Upward Bound and can be found in the Stampotique store here and in the UK it can be found here. All of this weeks challenge details can be found here. Don't forget that just by playing along you are in with a chance of winning $30/£20 to spend at the Stampotique online store so what are you waiting for?
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Busy Bees

I was saving this postcard for the Stampotique blog hop next Monday but couldn't wait to share it with you.
I've used two of the new stamps; Agatha Flower and Agatha's Watering Can
These stamps are so versatile and super cute I had so much fun making this!
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Saturday, 15 August 2015

The blog post with no name . . .

I couldn't decide on a name for this as there are so many ways to interpret this: Over the Rainbow, Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will land among the stars, etc, so apologies for not having a proper title.
I made this postcard whilst thinking of a friend who's pet has recently gone over the Rainbow Bridge, losing a pet is so sad and heartbreaking, we must enjoy our furry and feathered friends every second they are with us. However, I think it's a positive piece and the dog just makes me laugh, if it were a photo he would definitely be photobombing.
This is my make for Roc's DT this month. Roc designs stamps for Stampotique and they can be found here. Roc's inspirational blog can be found here where there is also some terrific makes by the other DT members.
If there were no rain there would be no rainbows, just a thought.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Awesome Animals

I just love this weeks challenge at Stampotique where teamie and lovely friend Jackie is inviting us to use animals in our creations, right up my street :) (All the challenge details can be found here and Jackies lovely blog can be found here)
For this postcard I used Roc's stamps, Stacked Cups and Dog.
I started off by painting the background, I drew flowers in the wet paint, added some floral tape and a bit of a page. Finally glueing down the painted cups and dog. The text was computer generated but beautifully sums up how I feel most of the time. I'm loving clouds and rainbows at the moment so a glittery cloud finished off this postcard, Poppy and I do live in England and we have lots of clouds!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Make a Wish

A super quick atc using one of the new stamps from Stampotique.
The stamp I used is a Christmas stamp called Agatha Antlers, just to prove a stamp is for life . . . not just for Christmas. I simply chopped off her antlers!
Hope you are having a lovely day, Sam xxx