Sunday, 29 November 2015

They followed a star . . .

More quick and easy Christmas cards for me to share today and using just one stamp! 
Forgive me my comma button isn't working but I just love these cute and cheeky and lovable penguins who seem to be bewitched by the Christmas star.
These ATC sized cards were inspired a little by lovely Lynne who shared something on her blog a little while ago saying she had been taught to never mix silver and gold. She did and it looked gorgeous! So I saw that as a little challenge to mix silver and gold lol. My star is very silver and there is some gold glitter snow. Finally the stamp I used is simply called Penguins and can be found at the Stampotique online store here.
I hope you like them!
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Thursday, 26 November 2015

A sneaky peek . . .

. . . of my latest make for Susan K. Weckessers design team.
The full project can be found by clicking here 
I do hope you find time to pop over.
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Bunnies and Bling!

You really can't escape Christmas now!
This weeks challenge at Stampotique is hosted by sweet Nellie and she is asking us to make some quick and easy Christmas cards. All the challenge details can be found here and Nellie's delightful blog can be found here.
For this challenge my logic was smaller is quicker and I think it worked. These dinky cards are ATC sized which is 3.5in x 2.5in and I'm really enjoying using kraft card for my Christmas makes this year.
I started by stamping Lots of Gifts and colouring using just white pink and brown Prismacolour pencils. A little glitter and some sequins added some Christmas sparkle.
Just to make sure they were quick I timed myself and these 5 cards took 30 minutes not including glue drying time. I do hope my neighbours like them!
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

At the movies . . .

. . . is this weeks theme at the Stampotique Designers Challenge blog.
Our hostess is the uber talented Corrie whose wonderful blog can be found here.
Corrie is inviting us to be inspired by movies or movie stars.
One of my favourite movie stars is Bruce Willis and the last film he was in that I went to see at the cinema was The Sixth Sense. I had a bit of shock when I just Googled the film as I couldn't remember when I went to see it and it was 1999!! !999!! And my all time favourite film Top Gun is 30 years old next year. I am feeling old now lol.
I started my postcard by stamping the Heads stamp in 3 places and colouring with Prismacolour pencils. I then gesso'd over the top to give them an ethereal feeling. I glued some strips of card for a little texture. I then painted the postcard using a Martha Stewart paint called Wet Cement. I thought it very appropriate as wet cement is quite a good place to hide dead bodies . . . so I'm told!
I stamped Heart Boy on some card and again used Prismacolour pencils to colour. I glued him in place and added the text using random alphabet sets. 
I really enjoyed making this and I hope I've not scared you with the wet cement!
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

A sneaky peek . . .

of my make for Susan K. Weckesser's design team.
Which can be found by clicking here.
Huge thanks to everyone who pops over and shows their support. It really does mean lots and lots to me and my assistant Poppy. 

Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Sunday, 15 November 2015

Be grateful

 For those of you who may not have realised . . . Christmas is coming!!! I'm joking. I'm sure Everyone knows! For me it's a time to be grateful for what I have and to remember loved ones who are no longer with me. I actually do these things every day but Christmas always seems to heighten any emotions you may be feeling don't you think?
I've noticed sequins are EVERYWHERE in crafting right now so I thought I should try to use some just to make sure I'm being cool lol. It's also my turn for the Roc Nicholas design team and I couldn't resist using this fab stamp combination. I used Roc's wonderful Polka Dot Dog and Roc's Tree. Roc's stamps can be found here at the Stampotique Online store.
I also used another Stampotique stamps called Snowflakes for the background. 
I used some gold embossing powder for the snowflakes and prismacolour pencils for colouring. Some glitter snow and those red sequins added some more bling.
It never fails to amaze me just how difficult it is to photograph glitter and shiny things rofl.
I hope you like my postcard.
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Box Clever

I love a bit of recycling and just love saving a cardboard box from the wheelie bin and turning it in to something pretty and fun. I'm also excited to be hosting this weeks challenge for Stampotique. All the details can be found here. I'm inviting you to use a cardboard box in your creation. You can keep it as a box or cut it up and make it morph into something completely different. Just have fun!
I've always been fascinated by the moon and stars and spent many hours as a child lay on the grass in the garden with my dad and his telescope. I didn't see a man on the moon though! I recently received some new Stampotique stamps and completely fell in love with Bunny Boy. I'm a massive fan of Wallace and Gromit too and I love A Grand Day Out so Gromit's space rocket was the inspiration for my pink rocket. 
I started my little project by cutting some cardboard in to a square and applying modelling paste through a stencil to make the craters. I painted the moon yellow because it's made of Cheddar Cheese of course!
I drew my rocket and cut that out of cardboard too. I wanted the cardboard background to be visible so I didn't paint it completely and peeled back some of the cardboard layers. I stamped some stars and glued some stars on.
I added some sticky gems for another little detail and put some glossy accents on Bunny Boy's visor.
The stamps I used are:
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Thinking of Summer

As Christmas draws ever closer and the evenings get darker earlier my thoughts have been turning to the lovely summer Poppy and I shared in the garden so I thought I would try Art Journaling.
The journaling is about Poppy and the huge pigeons that visited the garden each day and tormented her. They would arrive at 5pm and sit in the elderberry tree enjoying a feast and shaking their tail feathers as Poppy watched and occasionally barked at them. They took absolutely no notice of Poppy and stayed till their bellies were full. How they managed to fly after eating so many berries baffled me!
The stamp I used for the dog is one of my absolute favourite Stampotique stamps: Thinking of You! which can be found here. The other stamps I used are by Susan Weckesser. The tree is SO versatile I love it and the birds are so cute. Susan's stamps can be found here. The stamp sets I used are: A little bit washi, At ground level and Journal doodles with a heart. 
I do hope you like my postcard it's something a little different to what I usually do!
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 4 November 2015

Sunglasses at the ready!

Well it's been so dark and damp the past few days here in England that this weeks challenge is sure to brighten your day. Carol is asking us to use bright colours in our creations all the details can be found at the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog.
I had great fun making these for a little pocket book. As you can see there are 10 all together and they all feature the wonderful Agatha in different scenarios but hopefully enjoying life!
All of the Agatha character stamps can be found at the Stampotique online store here
In the UK Stampotique's can be found at Art From The Heart. A Sprinkle of Imagination and Crafting Time.
To make my book I put them in little pockets added a couple of book rings and pretty ribbons. The little pockets I found on Amazon and are very cheap indeed. I got 25 for just a couple of £'s and searched under 'clear badges'. They are what officials sometimes wear to display ID.
Wishing you a lovely day. Sam xxx

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Scary Confusion

There's a fab new challenge starting today at Stampotique. Arwen is our hostess and the theme she has given us is ' Scary Confusion '. Personally I don't like scary things but what is scary for one may not be scary for another. The sentiment above is something which used to scare me when I was a young teenager. I guess for as long as we all live we wonder about our existence in one way or another. 
Back to the rubber! How many Stampotique stamps did I use? Here goes:
The main character is Agatha Star 
other Stampotique stamps I used to make the background on patterned paper are:
The text was made using random alphabet stamp sets which I'm sure most stampers will have lots of . . . or is that just me? lol
Agatha was coloured using Prismacolour pencils and the background stamping was made using Martha Stewart ink pads and the background paper is Crafty Individuals with some book pages and tissue paper for some texture.
All of this weeks challenge details can be found here! Good luck.
Wishing you a wonderful day. Sam xxx