Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Always . . .

I love ending my day by getting under the duvet and snuggling Poppy, although she does snore quite loudly at times!!
For this postcard I used these stamps, all of which are available from the Stampotique online shop here
the dog is part of  Thinking Of You  
Go on give your dog a kiss, if you don't have a dog, I'll send Poppy round :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Friday, 15 May 2015

Wedded Bliss??

Postcards are always fun to make and great to receive. 
It's coming up to the time of year when church bells are pealing because folk are getting married. I now tend to keep clear of anything wedding related, weddings simply don't float my boat or button my coat. When I married my late husband it was very low key in the local Register Office on a lovely summer day, we had drinks afterwards in the pub where we met and that was it, it cost about £100 and was one of the best day's EVER!
I've rambled, back to my postcard, it's for my spot over on Roc's blog, which can be found here. All of Roc's wonderful stamps can be found here at Stampotique. Roc's stamps I used for this postcard are:

(I also used: Nuages and Hat Cube)
Wishing you a lovely day, and if you are getting married soon, Good Luck! Sam xxx

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Freaky but fun!

One of the reasons why I love rubber stamping so much is the versatility each stamped image has, the only limits are your imagination. You can use the whole image, part of the image and you can chop and change. For this weeks challenge at Stampotique which is hosted by Arwen, (Arwen's lovely blog can be found here), we are focusing on the chopping and changing aspect, I like to think of it as mashing up!
Here's what Arwen has to say:
"I love to combine designs together. This time I want to see something funny. Combines a human body with an animal head. I am looking forward to your creations."
I had great fun mashing up two stamps, they were:
Best Buds  and Tulip and the text is from 3 Girls
For my ATC I painted the background and stamped the images on white copier paper, coloured them using Prismacolour pencils and stuck in place. I added the text by masking off the rest of the image and then added some star sequins and glitter, I can't help myself when it comes to glitter, I may need help!! Finally I gave it coat of beeswax to seal and blend all the components seamlessly together.
It was of course inspired a little by Poppy, she really loves cats when they are quite a distance away, then they come closer and Poppy will Woof, but when they come closer still, Poppy will run away with her tail between her legs!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Sunday, 10 May 2015

If I knew you were coming . . .

This was a song my mum used to randomly sing when I was a child, I thought she was just silly, then as an 18 year old I found out it was actually a REAL song, I was so shocked but in a nice way, now I randomly sing it too.
The song and baking some cakes today inspired me to decorate this old wooden spoon that had been in my kitchen draw for over 20 years, I used Agatha Cook and Tiny Handhelds, both Stampotique.
Hope you are having a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 9 May 2015

A Bit Under The Weather

My little Grandson Jack has been a bit under the weather and has needed heart surgery so I made him a 
" Sorry you've been poorly you'll soon feel better " card, and as luck would have it I came across this wonderful chap, also called Jack and they have matching stitchy lines.
Jack is getting better all the time now and I'm looking forward to getting inky and messy with him!
Wishing you a lovely weekend, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Run Free

Sorry about the HUGE photo, silly blogger options are 'large' and 'extra large', but I think we need an 'inbetween large and extra large' option!
I rarely make cards because they tend to give me brain freeze, so for this card I pretended I was making a square postcard rofl.
This weeks challenge at Stampotique is hosted by the wonderful Corrie, Corries ace blog can be found here and all the challenge details can be found here. Corrie is inviting us to use stencils this week, here's what she has to say:
"Hello and happy Wednesday. I love using stencils. They add another layer to your backgrounds and lots of interest too. Use them with paint, ink, model paste or even gesso. Show me what you do with stencils.. Have fun ! Corrie x"
The stencil part of my card are the taupe coloured diamonds, it's become a favourite go to stencil and has a multitude of different coloured paints on now, I'm rubbish at cleaning as I make and by the time I'm ready to clean the paint has dried lol.
Sadly you can't see the bunnies glittery tail but it's there ;)
The Stampotique stamps I used are:
Wishing you a very lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Hold On Tight

I'm over the moon to be hosting this weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and I've chosen a theme that I just love. It's Polka Dots! I love them! Whether it's a lot of polka dots or just an accent of polka dots they seem to make anything happy, cheerful, playful and fun.
I've chosen to make a large postcard, this one measures 5in x 7in. I painted the background and added details with stencils and silver embossing powder and then I stamped the main image on white card and coloured with matching colours, the heart I stamped again and painted pink, added silver embossing powder to the edges and used a stencil and modelling paste for the polka dots. For some texture I used crackle paint and some glitter that adds a little bling. Polka dots and bling = fun :)
I used just one Stampotique stamp called Hold On Tight, you can find it here, the stamp includes the text.
I can't wait to see what you make, most importantly, have lots of fun.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

A Spring In Her Step

One of the things I love about Stampotique stamps is how using them and a little imagination you can make just about anything! This weeks challenge is hosted by Valerie, you can find Valerie's lovely blog here and all the challenge details here. Valerie is inviting us to use springs in our projects or to make something that springs off your creation.
My legs are often not as good as they could be, and I sometimes wish I could be more like Tigger with his springy tail! So I sympathised with Agatha Pirate and her wooden leg, I cut it off, ouch! and gave her a spring so she can boing around on the ocean waves. I didn't have a spring the right size so I got some rusty wire and wrapped it round a thin brush handle and made her spring, she doesn't look very sure about it though lol.
The stamps I used are:
Art Lives Here and Skully for the sign
The parrot is part of Cactus Buddies
Agatha Pirate has some gold embossing detail for her outfit and her own little sea shell, on a little piece of driftwood and some wire for hanging.
Thank you for visiting my little blog, and remember that just by joining in the challenge you are in with a chance of winning $30/£20 to spend at the Stampotique Online Store, Good Luck!
Wishing you a lovely day and I hope your seas aren't too choppy, Sam xxx

Sunday, 19 April 2015

A Stampy Swaparoo Postcard

Mashing up stamps is proving to be a very popular thing to do right now, I hadn't mashed up stamps for a while so thought I would join the fun, talking about joining the fun . . . this month I'm running a postcard swap for the Roc Nicholas Rubber Stamp on Facebook, all the details can be found right here! There is still a day left if you would like sign up and play along.
The stamps I used for the mash are:
Feline for the head
Monster for the body
Flying Heart for the wings
Other stamps are:
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

In The Round

This weeks challenge at Stampotique can be found here and it is hosted by Magda whose dreamy blog can be found here. Magda loves to use circles in her art and is inviting us to do the same. Amazingly I used just one stamp for this postcard and it was designed by Magda herself :) The stamp I used is called Agatha's Cup, it's a very versatile stamp indeed. 
For my postcard I stamped Agatha's cup and then painted over the little faces with gesso and a couple of coats of white paint before adding the circle design and colouring. I stamped it again and this time cut out the little faces for the centre of the flowers. I didn't count how many circles but there must be quite a few!
This postcard was really fun to make and don't forget just by entering the challenge you are in with a chance of winning a $30 that's £20 to spend at the Stampotique online store.
I do hope the sun is shining for you where ever you are, wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx