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

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Just Hanging Around

It's Wednesday, which can mean only one thing, it's Stampotique Day! A new challenge at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog and this week our hostess is the very lovely Jackie, check out her blog here.
Jackie is inviting us to use Bows in our creations, here's why:

Ribbons have been around since the Middle Ages. Merchants travelled the world, buying and selling ribbon, many of which had gold and silver in the silk. ribbons were a sign of nobility and worn only by the rich. By the  seventh century ribbon was part of the fashion industry and was part of clothing.
Today ribbon has numerous uses, and it is a favourite crafting accessory, I have lots of it! 
You can make fabulous bows with it to adorn your cards, scrapbook page,  tags, journals etc.
So I would like to see you adding a bow to your project, if you don't have ribbons, bows can be made out of many mediums such as paper, clay, string to name but a few!
I looking forward to seeing your creations with a bow!

I grabbed some wire to make the frame and stamped Blessed Skellie on some fabric, I painted her, added beads to her heart and glitter to her flower. I glued her feet to the frame and used some invisible thread from her head to the top of the frame to keep her stable. Then I just got busy with bits of ribbon and tied bows around the wire frame.
Hoping you find time to join in with us at Stampotique.

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Humbled

I am always humbled when I look at the moon and stars, something about the night sky seems to put some perspective on life and our place in space and time. If we were on a star looking at the Earth we would be looking at a time when Dinosaurs roamed, fascinating stuff. 


This week at Stampotique, the wonderful Kay is our hostess and she is inviting us to use 'Black and White with a Pop of Colour' in our creations.
I made this card for a special friend of mine whom I knew would also love this quote.
Of course my 'pop' of colour could only be my favourite colour, pink!!!
The stamps I used are:

Thank you Kay for a wonderful challenge.
The team are hoping you can join in the fun where you are in with a chance to win $30 to spend at the Stampotique online store.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Jack The Lad

A short and sweet post today as I just wanted to share a card I made for Jack using Stampotique stamps :)
Here is the latest photo of Jack, it's been incredibly warm here in the UK so he's been enjoying time in his little swimming pool in my garden. (Poppy is sitting behind Jack, she just has to get in on everything!)
 Jack is now 7 months old and growing fast :)
He is super, SUPER cute don't you think??
Wishing you a lovely weekend, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Barking up the wrong tree!

Way back in March people every where were trimming trees and I found a lovely little log, I carried it all the way home thinking this will come in handy one day . . . and it did. When I saw team mate Gez was hosting this weeks challenge at Stampotique and the theme Gez chose is 'Christmas In July' I reached for my little log and turned it in to a Yule Log, doggy style. I couldn't resist including a dog in this creation as we all know how fond of trees dogs are ;)
The inspiration also came from a Stampotique stamp called Oh....Tree, I have tried to bring that stamp alive and make it 3D. Considering it is Christmas in July, I also tried to make something that wasn't TOO Christmassy so I can have it displayed all year round, it now sits next to my pc monitor :)
The wire used I painted with brown paint, added the beads and the bones all have their own little hooks. There is a little glitter on the tree branches also.
The stamps I used are:
 Oh.... Tree,  for the heart on the top
Shoogy Dog
Crow Line, for the crow
and finally I used Give The Dog A Bone for the bone
Hoping you can find time to join in this weeks fun challenge :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Blessed be the Books

As I said in yesterdays post I am a stamp floozy and here is my favourite stamp of the moment, this time I have exchanged Skellie's heart for a book and made a bookmark, why? Because this weeks hostess at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog is France and she is inviting us to use our favourite book as inspiration for this weeks challenge theme. I simply couldn't choose just one, so I included as many as I could!
 There is nothing like a good book to get lost in and escape the every day. My favourite series of books have told the adventures of Artemis Fowl and his fairy friends, written by Eoin Colfer for older children they were perfect for me. Most books I read are animal stories and I highly recommend Wesley, the story of an owl, Last Dog On The Hill and One Dog At A Time. I think the sign of a good book is one that stays in your heart years after you have read, a book that really touches you deeply will be with you forever.
My bookmark is personal to me, as art is, I put a lot of me in to what I make, but this one is also for a swap on the Roc Nicholas Facebook page which can be found here. If you have any of Roc's stamps, please join the group and join the fun. If that's not for you please remember that by joining in this weeks challenge at Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog you are in with a chance of winning $30 to spend at the Stampotique online store :)
The stamps I used are:
Thanks for visiting my blog, wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Stamp Floozy

I've come to realise that I'm a bit of a stamp floozy, I have a favourite stamp that I use and use then I move on to another favourite stamp. Soon all my stamps become my favourite stamp. 
At the moment my favourite stamp is Blessed Skellie, she is SO cute don't you think?
For this months DT spot for Roc Nicholas I couldn't resist making a postcard.
The stamps I used are Roc's Blessed Skellie and  Squiggle Arms and the sentiment 'When we love we grow', all stamps can be found at Stampotique.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx