Wednesday, 4 March 2015

A Number or Two

I love Banana Bread, hot or cold, with or without custard and with this recipe you can't go wrong, really :) ,
I can't remember where the recipe came from but it really is delicious yummy stuff and never fails to make me smile.
A dear friend and fellow teamie Jackie is hostess at Stampotique this week and she is inviting us to use numbers in our creations, you can see Jackie's lovely blog here
This recipe just has to be my favourite way to use numbers. 
The stamps I used are Agatha Cook and Clock Shop for the clock.
This recipe card is now on my kitchen notice board just to remind me to have a tasty treat ;)
Wishing you a lovely day with tasty treats, Sam xxx

Don't forget that just by entering the challenge you are in with a chance of winning $30/£19.50 approx to spend at the Stampotique online store!

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Bring Me Sunshine

I am loving this weeks challenge theme at Stampotique, our hostess is Kaz, check out her fab blog here!
Kaz is asking us to make something bright and cheerful to encourage the sun to come out to play.
I have a confession to make, I am ever so slightly addicted to Agatha stamps by Magda at the moment, I just adore them all, old and new and newest :)
Sunshine to me means warmer weather and blooms so here is Agatha giving the flowers some love.
You can find the Agatha stamp here and the flowers stamp here.
(I drew the sun, not much you may think but I struggle to draw stick men, yes really I do!!)
Wishing you a lovely day and fingers crossed for some sunshine, Sam xxx

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Why are pirates called pirates? . . . .They just arrrgh :)

Just in case you didn't know Stampotique released some new stamps a couple of days ago, please see my previous post for lots more details!
Here's a little canvas I made for Jack, he loves watching Swashbuckle on TV and he likes it when I talk all pirate to him :)
The new stamps I used are:
and Skully
Hope you find time to check out the new Stampotique stamps they are AMAZING!!!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Friday, 20 February 2015

New Stampotique Stamps :) :) :)

Today we are so excited about the new release for Stampotique Originals!!!  We've been keeping it under wraps for weeks now, but know that some of you got a sneak at one of our new stamp artists. 
 Stampotique is thrilled to add to the line-up the designs one of our former team members and popular mixed media artist, Kate Crane (is that squealing we hear amongst you?). 
I chose one of Kate's new stamps named Queen Of Everything, isn't she cute?? I finished with a coat of beeswax and added some star sequins and glitter, a girl has gotta have some bling right?
 We know you all won't be disappointed with the line-up of stamps from all our artists this go around.
Are you ready to see some wonderful artwork showcasing some of the new stamps?  There are 50+ new ones being released this time around, so plenty for everyone to choose from (or choose them all).
 Hop along with the design team and 2 special guest bloggers leaving comments along the way.  We will choose 3 random winners from 3 selected blogs along the way to win some goodies.
We will choose our winners with our next challenge on February 25th.
 You should have arrived here from Kathi's lovely blog here . Your next stop along the way will be France's fab blog here.  If you get lost anywhere along the way you can come back to the Stampotique Designer's Challenge blog to find your way.
 Hope you enjoy all the design team creations, 
we can't wait to hear what your favorite new stamps are!
Wishing you a lovely and have fun hopping, Sam xxx 

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Happy Unbirthday!

It's not my birthday today, tomorrow or the next, but next day :) but I do love getting cards when it isn't my birthday, it is just lovely to know that someone somewhere is thinking of you and sending their love to you.
So for this weeks challenge at Stampotique our hostess France is inviting us to make something for someone for a 'Happy Unbirthday'.
I made the above card for a lovely lady in Arizona as I do think about her every single day.
The stamps I used are:
This is the perfect opportunity for me to say to all my blog friends that I have no broadband connection at home at the moment but as soon as I can I shall be catching up with your blogs because I have been thinking of you and I've missing all your beautiful artwork.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Fly Little Bird

Today I would love to share with you my creation for February for Roc's fab Design Team.
I had great fun with an old wooden cotton reel and some wire. I decorated the cotton reel by painting and using patterned papers and tape on the edge. The stamped bird, clouds and sun are then stuck on some wire and poked in to the cotton reel hole for support.
Roc's stamps that I used are: Flying Bird and Learning to Fly.
All of Roc's wonderful stamps can be found here at the Stampotique online store.
Thanks for looking at my little blog, wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Such a Heart Throb

My Valentine is Jack, my gorgeous Grandson :) and he's sent me a lovely card, he's only man for me!! :)
This is my homage to February 14th, a postcard of course.
I really didn't want to do flowery lovey dovey things and be all pink and soppy. So I asked myself what is the complete opposite and black and moody is what I came up with.
The stamps I used are Heart Throb, Nob, Daniel's Hearts and Bla Bla Bla.
This weeks challenge at Stampotique is all about hearts and is hosted by Kristen, hope you can join in the fun.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

A little bit of zing!

I keep telling myself that Spring is just around the corner, the daffodils are trying their hardest to make an appearance. This weeks theme at Stampotique is just perfect for this time of year, the lovely Sue is inviting us to use Citrus Colours in our creations, here is Sue's introduction:
"Ever since I was small I've loved the colour yellow and the rest of the citrus colours.They are just so fresh and always make me feel happy. So this week I want you to use citrus colours and spread the happiness!"
So I reached in to the darkest depths of my stash and came across some slide mailers crying out for some colour. A citrus combination is something I don't think I've ever done before so it really was a challenge!
It was very easy to decorate the slide mailer, a coat of gesso and then anything goes, a bit of wire and some beads for decoration finished it off nicely.
I hope lots of you find time to join in the challenge, just by entering you are in with a chance of winning $30 approx £20 to spend at the Stampotique online store :)
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Flying Hoopla

The magpie part of me just LOVES anything shiny and pretty and I've recently discovered bullion, a crinkly wire that catches the light beautifully as it moves.
So for this postcard for the new challenge at Stampotique hosted by the uber talented Corrie I made some bullion hoops for Agatha to fly through. The challenge is to paint your background, which I did, you can see the brush marks! Then using some white embossing powder and the wonderful text stamp completed the background. Then it was simply a case of stitching the top and bottom and giving Agatha her stars and fixing everything in place.
The stamps I used are: Agatha Heart  Agatha Star  and Journey Collage
I do hope you like my postcard, and just to let you know my last post did indeed jinx the weather, myself and Poppy got absolutely soaked this morning in a downpour of Biblical proportions!!
Wishing you a lovely dry day, Sam xxx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Singing In The Rain . . .

I had the urge to share an ATC!
I made this a little while ago for a swap where the theme was Inspiration from a Song. Us Brits are obsessed with the weather so the song that popped in to my head was 'Singing in the Rain'. Such a classic!
The Stampotique stamps I used are: Typewriter Alpha. Raindrops. Screaming Bunny and Rain (I only used the brolly). 
We've not had much rain for a while :) :) :) hopefully I've not jinxed it!!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx