Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Christmas In July SDC 157


Gez has chosen the theme for the Stampotique Challenge this week and she has certainly challenge us as it's Christmas in July!!!!
Now those of you who know me will know that I do not make cards so I chickened out a little bit on this one and did a seasonal page in my journal using non christmas stamps. My Idea came from the page that I used as my background under the layer of gesso. It's from a book of christmas carols and it's the Three Kings, I think these 3 little guys work perfectly as my kings and I love the quote by Jo Capper-Sandon.

These are Gez's thoughts behind her challenge.

Hi Gez here, I am delighted to be your hostess for this weeks challenge.

It's never too early to start thinking about Christmas right?!! ;-) I thought it would be nice for us to spread a wave of festive cheer throughout Blogland!

Every year I set out with good intentions and imagine a great big stack of handmade Christmas cards all ready to send out nice and early in December, in reality I think it's happened once! So, lets do it together! Dig deep and crack open the Christmas stash box early!!

This is a fun challenge, I hope you enjoy it too!

The Design Team have lots of creative inspiration to get your festive mojo ringing! Happy creating!

I used the following Stamps


The full details of the Challenge for the month can be seen HERE.

Stampotique Rubber Stamps are available to buy from Stampotique originals .

I hope you get a chance to join in this week, Carol x

Thursday, 17 July 2014

By the Sea


I got the stamp set By the Sea made by Oxford Impressions a while ago and I must admit I had put of using it as I did not realise until it came that it's photograpic stamps (that will teach me to read things properly) BUT these are just about the easiest photograpic stamps I have ever used, none of my usual trying 6 or 7 times to get a good impression, just ink, and bosh on the paper and ta da it worked first time and just using my usual archival ink, none of the going through all the ink pads to find one that works the best, so I am one happy little bunny. Full details are on the That's Crafty Blog, it would be great if you popped on over to have a look at my post.

Carol x

Colour Makes Me Happy


I am the hostess for the Tag along Challenge this week. I love bright colours so I choose the theme of Bright Sunny Colours, and as this is what makes me Happy I used my Hazel Stamp from Stampotique, as I love her little sign as colour certainly makes me find my happy.

I hope you get time to join in the challenge this week and I will be popping by your blogs to have a look at any that you link up. Carol x

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Fly My Pretties, Fly


France is our Hostess for the Stampotique challenge this week and she has asked us to use our favourite book as our inspiration, Now I have several books that have been favourites since childhood, but I have had a little bit of a thing for Monkeys lately so I opted for The Wizard Of Oz, simply so I had the perfect excuse to use Janets lovely flying monkey. I used pages from a damaged copy of the book as the start of my background for my page.

This is what France has to say about her challenge and why she chose this theme.

"Hi! My name is France and I'm a bookworm. No doubt there are a lot of other bookworms among our lovely Stampotiquers.

I would like to know about your favorite books. So my challenge for you, should you accept it, is to create a piece, inspired by your favorite book. Let the story, the title, the cover, a quote inspire you! Now you might have a problem choosing your all time favorite book, don't worry, it's not like you are writing it in stone, just pick one. Or maybe your problem is that you don't like reading at all. Here is how to cheat: go for your favorite film based on a book, we won't tell ;)))"
 
I used the following Stamps



The full details of the Challenge for the month can be seen HERE.

Stampotique Rubber Stamps are available to buy from Stampotique originals .

I hope you get a chance to join in this week, Carol x

Friday, 11 July 2014

That's Crafty Challenge - Masks, Stencils and Templates



It's time for a new challenge at That's Crafty and the theme is Masks, stencils and templates.
I have added details to the background of my tag using a couple of stencils, I have also used a couple of my hand carved stamps that I did for my blog post yesterday.

Full details can be seen on the Challenge Blog

Mandy has Alice In Wonderland as her theme on the Tag along challenge this week and as it's a just for fun challenge I am linking my tag to it.

Hope you have time to enter, Carol x

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Speedball Stamp Carving Kit


I have had one of the Speedball Carving kits for a while and I have had it out to play with this week for my That's Crafty project this week. Full details are on the Blog.

Carol X

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Stampotique SDC155 Magazines and Newspaper


Magda is our hostess this week and here is her challenge!

"Hello everyone! It's Magda. I'm back to work after my holidays but still have time for some relaxing. I'm sitting surrounded by books and magazines. Today I would like to ask you to use a newspaper or magazine in your project. It can be a small piece, some images from magazine to make a collage or you can use whole page as a background. Have fun! Can't wait to see your creations!"

I have image transfered a magazine page on to a page in my journal as a basis for my background, adding lots of gesso paint and stamping to complete it. Below is the scraps left from the original magazine page that if you look closely you can see peeping through the layers of gesso and paint. I like the way the transfered page looked even before I added the paint and other bits, as it was a lovely  transfer with all the bright colours muted down just a little bit. I also added the word grow, that was taken from an advert page for seeds.


I used the following stamps



The full details of the Challenge can be seen HERE.
Stampotique Rubber Stamps are available to buy from Stampotique originals .

I hope you get a chance to join in this week, Carol x

Thursday, 3 July 2014

Melt Pot Heart


I have been using my melt pot, wax and paper napkins for my That's Crafty project this week. Full details are on the Blog along with a few more photos and details of what I did.

Carol Xx

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

We're going on a vaction for Stampotique


The theme for the challenge this week for Stampotique is Vacation and was chosen by Kathi.
Now this did have me stumped, so I took a little wander around younder internet and I came across some fabulous luggage labels that Gio has on the Crafty Individuals blog, and then I thought of the Pisa and Eiffel Tower stamps and it all went from there, quite fitting really as I am pondering a visit back to Italy this year, or a short city break in Paris,  time allowing of course.

I think looking at it now I should have made my tower lean a bit more.

I used the following stamps

The full details of the Challenge can be seen HERE.

Stampotique Rubber Stamps are available to buy from Stampotique originals .

I hope you get a chance to join in this week, Carol x

Sunday, 29 June 2014

SPA - Put a Hat on it


Over on Sunday Postcard Art this week the theme is "Put a Hat on it". This is mine this week.

My hat is from the new release from Stampotique and the full range of their stamps are available from their on-line store.

Carol x

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Stampotique - It Must Be Love SDC153


It's Wednesday so it means it's time for the new Stampotique challenge. This week the lovely Kim who keeps us all in check is the hostess for the challenge and she has chosen the theme of anniversary/love for us this week

I have decoated a purchased heart this week. I picked up a few of these last year as I liked them and they have sat in a draw since then, but as soon as I saw the theme Kim had chosen I dragged one out to use. The ribbon is stamped with Daniel's hearts using stazon ink, and I love this quote. I have stamped and embossed it with an opaque embossing powder, I love the way this white looks as it looks like chalk on a blackboard and is not raised at all, it looks how I wish I could get a white inkpad to stamp keeping the density of the white.

I used the following stamps on my tag

Daniel's hearts

Whole Heart text

The full details of the Challenge can be seen HERE.

Stampotique Rubber Stamps are available to buy from Stampotique originals .

I hope you get a chance to join in this week, Carol x

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Giveaway Winner


I chose the winner from the comments on my blog post  and Facebook Page

All the name were written on folded post it notes, shuffled around and the one picked from the pile was this one 


 So Kaz if you contact me I will send the box to you.

Thank you for your comments and for the the support that you all give to Stampotique. 
Carol x


Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Stampotique SDC152 - Sentiments


I love Wednesdays, as it means it's time for the new Stampotique challenge. This week Gez is hosting the challenge and this is what she has to say.

Hi Gez here, I am delighted to be your hostess for this challenge.. I love sentiments and sayings, they really say it all to me! They make a piece finished! I'd like you to share some of your favourite words with us this week! They can be a main focal point or an embellishment, it's your choice! Say it with words.

I have made a tag this week, with Roc's poor bunny trying desperately to take to the skies, maybe the carrots on the other side of the fence look more inviting.

To anyone who entered my giveaway last week, I will be blogging/facebooking the winner later today

I used the following stamps on my tag

Bunny
Scalloped Lace Border
Bee (wings)
Splattered Mug
Learning to Fly
Text Block #3 (buried somewhere in the backgroung)

The full details of the Challenge can be seen HERE.

Stampotique Rubber Stamps are available to buy from Stampotique originals .

I hope you get a chance to join in this week, Carol x

Friday, 13 June 2014

It's Birds for the Latest That's Crafty Challenge


It's time for a new challenge at That's Crafty and the theme is Birds.
I have used the Feather Bird stamps by Lost coast, along with a quote from The Artistic Outposts Plate Chalkboard Wisdom. My base is an MDF off-cut, which is a perfect size to use as a drinks coaster.

Full details can be seen on the Challenge Blog

Hope you have time to enter, Carol x

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Friendhsip Tag for That's Crafty


I have been using the DecoArt Multisurface paints which are just recently in stock in the shop for my That's Crafty project this week. A Kraft tag, a few stencils and a bit of paint, add a great image and quote, and that's all you need to make a quick and simple tag. Full details are on the Blog.

I hope you enjoy the rest of the week, Carol Xx

Think Pink For the Tag Along Challenge this week.


I am the hostess for the Tag along Challenge this week. The theme is to use pink, use a little or a lot of it, just besure that it features somewhere on your tag.

I hope you get time to join in the challenge this week and I will be popping by your blogs to have a look at any that you link up. Carol x

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Boxing clever for Stampotique SDC 151 and a give away


I love Wednesdays, it's my favourite day in Blogland as it's time for the new Stampotique challenge.

I am giving this away to one random commenter on my blog or facebook Page
 so if you would like to be entered into the draw please leave a comment or visit my facebook page using the link above. I will draw it and announce the winner Next Wednesday.

This week Arwen has asked us to box clever with our projects, this is what she has to say about her challenge.


"What could be better than to give a loved one something?
To present a gift effectively, I make nice boxes to do so.
Be it for jewellry, candy, books, etc. - for all you can make great boxes.
But the box itself is a wonderful gift idea.
Show me your boxes!
As "given away" for something or as preserves things?
I'm curious about your boxes."


Well if you ever come to my blog you will know that I do love to paint and decorate a box, so when I saw Arwen's challenge I practically squeeled with delight.

I used the following stamps


The full details of the Challenge can be seen HERE.

Stampotique Rubber Stamps are available to buy from Stampotique originals .

I hope you get a chance to join in this week, Carol x

Thursday, 5 June 2014

Stamping on Fabric with Decoart Multi surface paints


I wanted to try my new decoart paints on fabric, so I teamed them with the Dina Wakley Collaged hearts for my project for That's Crafty this week. 

Full details and a few more photos can been seen on the shops BLOG.

I have decided I really like the paints to use on fabric. I have been using them for a while for general journaling and dry brushing and they are becoming my “go to” paint for most things and they have encouraged me to use my rubber stamps with paint a lot more which is great for journaling as you get such brighter colours with paint, and the colour is set and will not be affected by what you do on top of it.

Enjoy the rest of your day, carol xx

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Stampotique is 150


It's Wednesday so that only means one thing for me in Blogland, Stampotique Day, and it's a biggie this week, the challeng is 150. Can you believe it a 150 challenges under the Stampotique belt. The pretty amazing Kim who keeps us all under control is in charge of the challenge this week and this is her inspiration for the challenge that she has shared with us.

"Today we have a super fun challenge for you. 


We are excited at Stampotique that our fans have helped us grow so much and that our stamps, challenges and Facebook page have become such a big hit. In honor of our excitement, and our 150th challenge, our theme is CELEBRATION. We want you to create with celebration in mind, whether it's celebrating a birthday, anniversary, wedding, graduation or new baby...let's celebrate!


Not to put a damper on our celebration, but our team is bidding a few of our members farewell. Maria has been with the team and has shown us how talented she is not only as an artist but as a stamp designer. Tanja has only been with us a short while but we have enjoyed seeing her creations each week. We celebrate the opportunity we had to have them on our design team and wish them the best.

We will NOT be having a new call for designers as our current designers will all be remaining for another term. We are happy to say we are looking for 4 new guest designers and so along with this fun challenge, we will pick some of our guest designers from those who are participating in our 150th challenge. Along with the chance to be a guest designer, we'll also be picking a random winner for a $30 gift certificate for Stampotique stamps.

Can't wait to see how you celebrate this week!"


I have a tag for my project this week featuring the everso grumpy Uncle Buck getting in the mood for some Party Fun.

I used the following stamps


So this week is extra special for us all on the Stampotique Design team, tinged with sadness as Kim has said to be saying goodbye to Maria and Tanja, but also the excitment of the chance for 4 of this weeks entrants to guest on the Team. 

The full details of the Challenge can be seen HERE.

Stampotique Rubber Stamps are available to buy from Stampotique originals .

I hope you get a chance to join in this week, Carol x


Tuesday, 3 June 2014

Crafty Individuals Challenge For June


There is a new challenge started over at the Crafty Individuals Blog for June. The theme has been chosen by my fellow Teamie Helen and she has asked you all to "Put a tag on it". Which is a lovely challenge for me as I am a bit of a tag hound, as I absolutly adore the shape to work on.

I have had a play with elements from various stamps for my tag, using one of the latest stamp releases CI - 411 as part of my background. I think I am going to keep this in my box of stamps that I use for journaling as its a very handy background stamp.

I used the following stamps on my tag.

CI - 411
CI - 385
CI-  349
CI - 277