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

Friday, 12 June 2015

A Unicorn would say . . .

I'm having so much fun with postcards I couldn't resist sharing this one. 
Blue seems to be becoming my favourite colour which is a bit of a shocker for me and I'm not fully understanding why yet, I don't dislike blue I've just never used it much before.
The clouds are die cut and the phrase is a random alphabet stamp set. I hand drew the horn and the main image is a Stampotique stamp called Horse.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Shimmer and Shine

There's a great challenge starting today at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog, our host is Kathi and she is inviting us to create something that Shimmer and Shines. As I'm a bit of glitter junkie this sounded great fun!!
Now I know that we are supposed to be in our summertime right now but I don't think anyone told the weather this, there is a very definite chill in the air which when making this project made me think of winter evenings with the curtains closed and the fire on and yes dare I say it . . . Christmas. I had so much fun making holes in a tin a couple of weeks ago I thought I would have another go :) This time I used just one stamp Giant Snowflake and followed the same procedure as I did for my other tin which can be seen here
To explain the photos, the left photo is in daylight and the second is with a tea light candle inside. It's much prettier in real life, especially when the candle flickers. My top tip is to use a screw rather than a nail, the thread of the screw gives you more control of your hole ;)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Sunday, 7 June 2015

A snorkelling sea horse of course

My mojo's sense of humour returned this week and decided to turn a horse in to a sea horse at the beach watching the white horses ;)
I chuckled whilst making this. I was very brave and hand drew the snorkel mask and breathing tube, I really can't draw - this is why I use stamps rofl. The mask does have a coat of glossy accents for a glass like finish and the sea has twinkling glitter.
The Stampotique stamps I used are:
Poppy and I have lovely, warm sunshine here today so we hope the sun is shining for you. Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Buttons and Bouquet

There is a corker of a challenge starting today at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog, our hostess Gez is asking us to use our favourite Stampotique stamp!! 
I ask you . . . how do you chose?????
After a lot of head scratching and chin rubbing I decided to use the stamp with the most ink stains on it, yes I'm rubbish at cleaning stamps. The most inky stamp was and still is, is Moon Girl, she is just the cutest girlie.
The buttons were simply glued down and painted, I'm quite proud of the bouquet, I wrapped some wire through buttons, and then wrapped the wire with masking tape and added the string bow and pearl centres and a pin. Moon Girl was stamped twice for her wings to be removed, ouch! 
The stamps I used are:
Queen Of Everything (for her crown)
A bit neutral for me but it's a sweet home decor hanging thingy :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Tin Is In!

Such a fab challenge starts at Stampotique this week, it's hosted by super duper artist and friend Janet, you can find Janet's wonderful blog here. This is what Janet says about this weeks challenge:
 "I am challenging you to use some form of tin in your artwork.  Consider incorporating craft tin, tin tape, an Altoid container, a re purposed tin can or any tin object to incorporate with your stamping.
Put on your "thinking" caps and join us."
It had been ages since I last altered a tin even though I had still been collecting them, I find it hard to throw away anything shiny!
The first thing to do for this creation was to get the holes in the right place so I stamped Stitched Houses, designed by Janet, twice on tissue paper and glued on the tin, I then filled the tin with water and placed in the freezer overnight. By freezing the tin you can hammer the holes without buckling the metal, a technique I spotted on Pinterest.
Once the holes were made I removed the tissue paper and let the ice melt. I stamped the houses on white card and coloured and cut out. When the tin was dry I painted with a neutral colour and splashed matching colours all over. It was then just a case of lining up the holes with the stamped images and gluing. I added some sparkle along the bottom using double sided sticky tape and mica flakes and some jewel flowers.
I am really pleased with this as it looks great in daylight but it really comes a live at night with a candle inside. This could quite possible by one of my favourite makes :)
Don't forget just by joining in the challenge you are in with a chance of winning some Stampotique stamps of your choice!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

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