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

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Daisy Dog

Here's my make for the Roc Nicholas Design Team for September, I tried to make it autumnal without screaming winter is coming!! I'm still LOVING this dog stamp, it's so versatile.
I took a little wooden bird house and extended what was a small round hole to a longer entrance fit for a dog and painted a base colour, when dry I painted with PVA glue and whilst this was wet I painted with the top coat, as the glue dries you get a crackle effect in your paint.
I stamped the dog on white card and coloured using distress inks and gave him/her a wet shiny nose with glossy accents. Finally for some embellishments I stamped Daisyhead on shrink plastic and cut out the daisy, coloured with Prismacolour pencils and shrunk.
Here are the links to the stamps I used: 
All of Roc's stamp designs can be found here at the Stampotique Online Store.
Wishing you a wonderful day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Enjoy Life!

I find it SO very hard to throw empty glass jars away, or even just to put them in the recycle bin, they are just too . . . well nice really.
There is a well know marmalade maker that have these wonderful stripey lids which make their jars even more lovely to keep. This particular jar started off as a money box for Poppy when I found a £20 note whilst walking her one day, but I didn't find anymore money and the £20 went on one of Poppy's hair do's so I washed it and now it contains treats. Now please don't tell Poppy that I cut one treat in to three pieces to make three treats for her, she'll never speak to me again ;)
This weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog is hosted by the very lovely Sue, you can find her blog here.
This week Sue is inviting us to use animals or birds in our creations, here is what Sue has to say:

Napoleon once said that the English are a nation of shopkeepers.What he should have said is that we are a nation of animal lovers. Nearly everyone I know has got a cat or dog, a pet rabbit or bird, and I know that my Stampotique teamies have their pets too. So this week we're celebrating the fur and feathers and I challenge you to create something with either animals or birds. So put your best paw forward and bring it on.
Have fun!

So of course Poppy was my muse :)
The stamps I used are:
and the fab doggy character is Every Girl and Dog

Poppy did help in the making and the photo shoot lol

Wishing you a lovely day filled with yummy treats, Sam xxx (and Poppy)

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Blossoming Bob

In a recent issue of Craft Stamper, the super talented Trish Latimer made a little village using paper clay and some house stamps. As soon as I saw Trish's article I just had to use the technique to bring to life of the many Stampotique characters. So here is Bob, with the building blocks of life, we are all souls and spirits and may we all blossom.
I've had my Bob stamp for about 4 years and I'm ashamed to say I hardly ever used him before this weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog which is hosted by the very cool Kaz, check out her fab blog here. Here is what Kaz had to say:

"We all love playing with new stamps, but sometimes it's good to revisit some that have been neglected for a while. I'd like you to find an old favourite and give it a new lease of life."

 The stamps I used are:

So grab some rubber that you've not used and have some fun!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Under The Sea

'Under The Sea' is this weeks challenge hosted by Arwen at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog. It's very appropriate because if it doesn't stop raining we may be feeling like we live under the sea!
I painted and decorated a 4 inch x 4 inch canvas, I used modelling paste to embed the treasure and gave Hazel a mermaids bottom half. Unfortunately the shiny-ness of this was really difficult to capture in a photo, but it is VERY shiny in all the right places :)
The stamps I used are:
and Dance
We do hope you join in the challenge this week, maybe finding inspiration from a recent holiday/vacation, remember that just by joining in you are in with a chance of winning a $30/£18 voucher to spend at the Stampotique online store. Most importantly, have fun :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Buzzing About Flowers

This year seems to be passing extremely quickly, even faster than last year. This summer particularly has been and gone in the blink of an eye. Whilst out walking Poppy I can see plenty of evidence that Autumn is just around the corner so I hope summer keeps going for a little longer or it's going to feel like an awfully long winter!

Kristen is our hostess at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and she has chosen the theme of 'Flowers', he is what she has to say:
 "We may be nearing towards the end of summer, and for most, the flowers are fully bloomed, but for me, some of the best flowers are yet to come.  I love the gigantic sunflowers and the autumn mums, and for that reason, I challenge you to use flowers in your creations this week. Have fun !"

I got an old stamp block, with the stamp removed. NOT a Stampotique stamp I hasten to add!!! 
I glued some dried flowers on with matt medium and then stamped Medium Bee on to the block and coloured with Prismacolour pencils. Then I gave the whole thing a coating of beeswax and added some flat rope around the outside edges to finish.
It is like having a little bit of summer to keep forever :)

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Friday, 15 August 2014

In The Dog's House

I'm still crazy about postcards and would like to share this postcard with you as my spot for Roc Nicholas' design team for August. Regular visitors will instantly recognise this dog as a stamp I have used a lot, it's just so versatile, you can alter the eyes and there are endless dressing up or down possibilities ;)
I began by making the border and then it just took on a life all of it's own, all of the colour is Prismacolour pencils, they are so dreamy to use and if you blast the colouring with a heat gun they blend beautifully because they are so waxy.
The stamps I used are:
Flying Bird (for the tufts of grass)
You can find all of Roc's stamp designs at the Stampotique online shop
(Don't tell Poppy but she was my model!!)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Being Brave

I don't normally comment on things so sad but yesterday the world lost a wonderful man, Robin Williams. A great human being, he has made me laugh and cry. I didn't know until his passing that he suffered with depression and I spent the whole day feeling so sad that someone who made so many people over the globe so happy could be feeling so lost and alone. Depression is so real and so sad and it makes each day a struggle to survive and is often hidden behind smiles disguising the pain. I think Robin Williams tried very hard indeed to sing his bravest song.
Whilst thinking of Robin Williams I made the above canvas for this weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog, our hostess is Kathi and she is inviting us to use 'Music' as our inspiration, here's is what Kathi says:

"I love music and enjoy most genres ranging from liturgical music to rap, from classical to head-bangin' rock! Music fills my soul and moves me emotionally and physically.

Let's see how music inspires you! Use song lyrics, music notation, or words associated with music in your project and share it with us!

Have fun! I can't wait to see what you all create!"

For my creation I took a canvas board and covered it with torn book pages to begin with. I stamped Moth Fab on some white card and coloured her in, the colours I chose for her I stayed with for the background too. I love pink and turquoise together and the splash of yellow gives it that extra zing!
I stamped Polka Dots in yellow and turned them in to daisies, I added hearts and stars and stamped the sentiment. 
The stamps I used:
Typewriter Alpha for the sentiment
Agatha Star for the star
and Tiny Handhelds for the heart
I do hope you join in the challenge for this week, you could win $30 to spend at the Stampotique Online Store
Wishing you a fab day, keep singing, Sam xxx