Wednesday, 27 April 2016

A Happy Camper

I used

Hat Cube
Happy Camper Text

This week at the Stampotique challenge blog Corrie is hosting the challenge, She has asked us to make a card with a masculine theme this week.

When I was younger we always used to go camping for a few weeks in the summer holidays, it always seemed to rain and be very windy and my dad always used to wear this very old hat, we used to call it his holiday hat.

As Father's day is in June I thought I would get ahead (see what I did there, Hat...ahead, I am so amazing lol) and make his Father's Day card.

So poor Topher is having to wear a tatty hat with flags blowing from it. We used to have flags along the front of our tent.

The card is finished with a quote and a quick doodled border.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the randomly drawn prize of a $30 gift voucher to spend on rubber at Stampotique Originals can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Monday, 25 April 2016

Just Be Happy

I used
Ink Splats

This week for Visible image I have a card to share with you, those who know me will know I am a bit of a sucker for anything Alice in Wonderland related so I am the proud owner of the Cheshire cat and I have used him on my card today.

All my stamping is directly onto my card with a hand drawn border added round the sides.

I coloured my cat using water colour crayons and blending to achieve the look I wanted.

I then masked this and my quote off and used the ink splats stamps with similar colours of paint to add the colour to the background.

This is my last post for Visible image and I would like to thank Helen and Mark for having me on the team.

Have a lovely day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Birds on a Wire

I used the following stamps

Crow Line
Kate's Doodles Cube
Circled Circle
Barcode Text #2

Woo Hoo it's is Wednesday again and that can only mean it is time for a new challenge on the Stampotique Designers Blog.

This week Kristen has chosen the theme of a TV show or Movie inspired project.

I have a film that has a particular memory for me from when I was young and being a little bit bad.
When I was younger we lived in a house that had a large glass door on the living room and you could sit on the stairs and watch TV through the door. I used to creep downstairs when I was supposed to be in bed, sit on the stairs and watch TV.
One night Alfred Hitchcock's film "The Birds" was on, I was only about 8 and I remember it scared me so much that I screamed and gave the game away and I had nightmares for ages afterwards.
I have used the film as the inspiration for my Tag.

My Background is done using my Gelli Plate and DecoArt Media paints before adding details with stamping and Gesso.

My birds on a wire are stamped directly onto my tag with black archival ink, my quote was stamped onto the margin of a book page and then stuck in place. Adding some Crackle Paint through a stencil that I coloured with Media Paint.
Finishing with a couple of wiggly lines of machine stitching.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the randomly drawn prize of a $30 gift voucher to spend on rubber at Stampotique Originals can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 13 April 2016

Prompt Tags

I used

Little Friends
Kate's Doodles Cube

The latest challenge for Stampotique has been chosen by Kathi with the theme of "crack me up"
she has asked us to use crackle on our make and to give it a humorous theme.

I am in the process of making a tag book, this is intended to give me a bit of an prompt book for stamps and techniques that I love to use.

I have added a tag using the challenge this week as a prompt to use crackle on my projects. I mixed my DecoArt media Crackle paint with some fluid media acrylic to colour it before applying trough a stencil as the last step on my tag.

These are some tags that came on some clothes, they are lovely heavy grey card so I gave them a couple of coats of Gesso as a base, it is the direct stamping onto the gesso that gave my main image the worn look that it has in the photo, I was not sure about this at first as on the plain white tag it looked just badly stamped, but once I added in my colours and other stamping I liked the worn look of the image. Adding a smudge of colour to the dresses with my colouring pencils just seemed to finish it off.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Monday, 11 April 2016

My Inkognito Heart

I used

I have a journal page to share today using stamps by Invisible Image.

The basic painty base was done with my Gelli Plate.

I stamped my image and quote in black and then embossed them with clear embossing powder as I thought this would keep them nice and dense on the page but also as I wanted to be able to wipe other mediums of them easily.

I stamped the splatter in red and black on my page, I then added lots of other layers over the top of this, drips with spray paints, crackle diamonds with DecoArt Crackle paint coloured with Media paint, (one of my favorite things to do at the moment) and then splatters of gold paint to finish it all off. Wiping any splatters off the heart and image as I went.

I bordered the whole page using the border stamp from the flower set and black ink.

The washi tape is simply to hold my page in where it got so wet it fell out of my book.

The full range of stamps from Visible image can be seen on the website HERE.

Have a good day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

One Little Flower

I used

Living is not enough

This week for the Stampotique challenge  Arwen has challenged us to use only nature in our makes, no Humans or Animals.

Now I did not realise how hard this would be, I kept thinking " add a bee or a butterfly" but I couldn't !!

So I have a journal page with flowers. I used it on my Gelli plate first of all to make my background.
I then stamped it in gesso on the page, then finally stamped it onto another Gelli Plate background before cutting out the flowers and adding sticking them in place.

I added a few more dribs and drabs with paint and pencils before adding my quote because in the end all I did need for this page was one little flower.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

A Foxy Tin

I used the following stamps
Word Collage
Kate's Doodles Cube
Oodles of Doodles

It's Wednesday so that means it's time for a new challenge at the Stampotique Blog. 
This week Valerie has chosen the theme of "what's old is new again" and has asked us to recycle or re-purpose and older item.

I have recycled a small tin that used to hold mints.
I went for a journal theme on my tin.
I first gave it a coat of chalk paint to cover the paint on the tin but also to give my paint a bit of tooth.
I then dry brushed  my 3 colours of paint onto the lid and sides of the tin, added my background stamping with black archival ink. Then used a Dinky stencil to add gesso to the lid.

I stamped Foxy onto white paper and coloured him with pencils before cutting him out and sticking him down.

I then dragged some lines onto the top of the tin using blue paint and an old store card. Finally adding a word from the Word Collage stamp to the top right of the tin lid.

I sealed it with a coat of DecoArt Satin Varnish.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Monday, 28 March 2016

Corners of your Mind Journal Page

I have a journal page this week for Visible Image.

I used the following stamps

I brought this stencil about 2 years ago I have never used it until now, I never felt I had the right images or quote to get the idea over that I had when I brought it. But this quote is exactly what I was thinking of when I got the stencil and the birds fit perfectly behind the image, together they give the feeling of daydream and whimsy that I was always thinking off.

My background is built up layers of washi tape and paint, applied through stencils and with bottle lids. My main stencil had simply been applied with black paint, then masked off too add the deeper purple and white dots inside the face area.

I added my quote and then stamped the border with the long stamp from the Flower Inkognito set.

I added my flying birds and a few dropped feathers using the Learn to fly again set.

enjoy your day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

It's all about Birds

I used

Nellie is the hostess for the challenge this week and has asked us to use birds or bird related items.

I am totally in love with "Betsy" so I just had to use her again for a quick card this week. 

Teaming her with the Get Well text from the "Agatha Text" stamp all randomly coloured to make a soft style card to cheer up anyone who is feeling a bit under the weather.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Thursday, 17 March 2016

We all need Magic

A quick tag to share using the Unicorn Magic set by Visible Image.

A quick dry brushed background using DecoArt Paints, adding yellow stars with a Dinky stencil from That's Crafty.

I stamped my unicorn and quote in black ink finishing it all off with some machine stitching and a bit of ribbon.

Have a Happy Day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Luck of the Irish

I used the following stamps

Pencil Circles
Hat Cube
Kate's Doodles Cube
Every Dog Text
Circled Circle

Jackie is our hostess for the theme this week on the Stampotique Challenge Blog.

She has chosen St Patrick's day and wants us to show the luck of the Irish in our projects, a four leaf clover, lucky rainbows, or anything that makes you think of Ireland.

I have used a hat that is typically Irish shaped, I have coloured it green, my washi tape also have four leaf clovers and rainbows on it.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Monday, 14 March 2016

Release your Flying Monkey's

I used the following stamps

Brick Wall
Visometry Set 3
Oz Flying Monkey Set

all the stamps can be found  HERE on the visible image website.

This is actually a background that I prepped ages ago for a class, I always have a pile of basic painty backgrounds sitting around either from trying things out or from showing techniques in classes.

This is a loose leaf page approx 19 x 27 cm.

This is done with just black paint and white tinting base from the the Deco art media range. I used a stencil and a chunky hand cut lino stamp that I did ages ago to use with paint. 
On the finished page I have now actually filled in the stamped swirl with gesso as I wanted to stamp the small image from the Visometry Set 3  on my background as I thought it would go well with my image. I just added gesso over the swirl, filled it in with colour and then stamped my image over it, easy peasy.

I thought was is a bit of a moody background so I have used the Flying Monkey from the Oz set of stamps on it as he does look a grumpy little thing and I thought he would suit the page. I coloured him using my Polychromos and Caran D'Ache pencils

I wanted him to sit on washi so I used some white tape and stamped the Brick Wall stamp on it with red paint, added this to the page and sticking down Mr Monkey so he was sitting on it.

I finished off my page by adding the small monkey's from the set buzzing around his head, and one of my favorite things at the moment, Decoart crackle paint mixed with media paint and applied through a stencil, I do love the way this looks.

Happy Crafting

Carol Xx

Stampotique New Release Blog Hop

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog.

Today Stampotique are doing a special "Leap Day Blog Hop" in order to announce the wonderful new Stamps from Stampotique Originals

This is also your chance to win some random goodies - we will be drawing TWO winners from TWO of the designer's blogs for a $30 gift certificate for the Stampotique online store.

You will need to hop all the way through and visit and leave comments on each designer's blog in order to win.

The Latest Release can be seen HERE

I used

You should have arrived from Coby's Blog and if you didn't, you may want to start the blog hop from the beginning at the Stampotique Designers Blog .
Your next visit in the blog hop is Sam's Blog.

Don't forget to comment on each blog to be entered into the random draw for one of the Two gift vouchers  from Stamptotique Original Rubber Stamps.

I hope you have a lovely day and enjoy the hop.

Carol xx

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Spring is in the Air

I used the following stamps

Giant Daisy
The Earth Laughs in Flowers

I am hosting theme this week on the Stampotique Challenge Blog.

Because it is nearly spring here in the UK I have chosen the theme of
"Spring is in the Air" and asked you to use a flower or flowers on your project.

I have a journal page to share with you for the challenge. I like to journal on a black background in bright colours as it really makes it all pop off the page.

This is a fairly simple page done with finger painting and a couple of stencils, adding Jo's lovely Daisy as my main focal point.

Finishing it with a quote that always makes me think of spring as I think flowers are the Earths way of being pleased that winter is finally over.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Don't forget the blog hop for the new release of stamps is still on and two lucky people will win 2 randomly drawn prizes, details can be seen on the blog hop post HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

Happy crafting, Carol xx

Sunday, 6 March 2016

SPA Mad as a March Hare

I am the hostess at Sunday Postcard Art this week. 
I choose the theme of "Mad as a March Hare"

My little post card features Herbert Hare from Stampotique, he is from their latest release and one of my favourites at the moment.

Do pop on over the the SPA blog to join in the challenge this week.

Have a happy day, Carol xx

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

30 Minutes or Less

I used

Betsy - from the latest Release which can be seen HERE
Happy Bird-day

Sue has given us my favourite kind of challenge this week over at the Stampotique Blog.

To make something in 30 minutes or less.

I know we all can all make those big eye catching, wham bam pieces, but sometimes it is nice and very relaxing to make a quick item and for me this is usually a card, I  often make a pile of these, stamped and ready to do when I am in the mood for a bit of colouring.

I have a very quick card for you. I stamped it all directly in black archival ink, added my doodled border and then took it downstairs to colour while I watch TV.

I do love this bird, it makes a nice bright card for a spring Birthday. I did add a few more splatters to the edge of the bird with black pen to fill out the background in the empty space.

Full details of the Challenge this week, how to enter and the prize can been seen HERE.

Enjoy the challenge this week.

I hope you have a lovely day, Carol xx

Monday, 29 February 2016

Quick and Easy Cards

It is my day on the Visible Image blog today. I have made three quick and easy cards this week all using images from the latest release. 

They all share the same principle of stamping the image on the edge of the card and then cutting round it to give a shaped card.
I have then masked off the image and added pops of colour with paint and a stencil, carrying this over into the inside of the card.
Finishing each card with some hand drawn lines.

Unicorn Magic

All the stamps from the latest release can be seen on the website HERE