Friday, 22 July 2016

A note for your diaries

It's very difficult to type whilst happy dancing but on Monday 25th July, Stampotique are releasing some new stamps. 
I can confirm it is a fantastic batch of new images being released, but it's all top secret until Monday.
I'd like to whet your appetite and share a sneeky peek of 4 makes using the same new stamp in each, you'll have to come back Monday to see them in full!

 Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Saturday, 16 July 2016

A Stampotique Street Party

The party theme continues this week at Stampotique and my little box canvas is joining in with a street party!
 I simply adore these box canvas, they cost just 99 pence and at 4 inches by 4 inches are a joy to work on. I began by painting mine with black gesso, then continuing with brightly coloured acrylic paints I added the bright background. The houses were stamped on white card and coloured using watercolour pencils.
The stamps I used are:
Design Cube (for the Stars)
Floral Swirl (for the flower accents)
and the heart accent is part of the Doxie stamp
All of the challenge details can be found right here
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Friday, 15 July 2016

Viking Girl

It's my turn today for the Roc Nicholas design team, I had great fun making this postcard.
I am probably the least romantic person in the world but I do like an occasional romantic quote I spot on the interweb, when I spotted this I had no way to trace it back to it's origins so I can't give credits, but I just love it and I thought it goes so well with Roc Nicholas Viking girl stamp. 
All of Roc's stamps can be found at the Stampotique online store right here
I began by applying some modelling paste through a stencil for the stars and painting black, then the neutral colour. White stars were added through the same stencil, the text was hand written and Viking girl was stamped on white card, coloured with watercolour pencils and glued in place. I used some crackle glaze on her sheild to make it look weathered and a little glitter is becoming compulsory in all that I do lol.
Thank you for visiting my little blog today.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Party Time!

I really do feel like having a party but I certainly wouldn't be crying, I've been happy dancing for weeks and I've managed to keep it top secret but I can now tell you before I pop!! I'm delighted to announce that I've been given the opportunity to stay with the Stampotique Design Team for another term, yay :) :) :)

Things I've been creating lately seem to be taking on a life all their own during the process. This started life as being quite a clean and simple make but the colours kept calling me and in the end it just became a riot of brash party-ness.

The stamps I used are:

I managed to get a lot of texture and bling too by using modelling paste through a stencil. I coloured the modelling pasted using distress ink refil. Some glitter, glossy accents and some sequins really sparkle. It's not a party without sequins right? :)

All the New Design Team members details can be found right here and all of the new challenge details for our party theme are here.

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Black and White

It's Wednesday again already, which means a new challenge begins on the Stampotique Designers Challenge Blog, our hostess is lovely Nellie and she is asking us to make something which is black and white.
Personally I find black and white a struggle and I find it hard to resist adding a splash of colour! In the end after lots of things got thrown in the bin I ended up getting a piece of wood and some wire. I pierced holes in the wood using an awl and threaded the wire through, completely forgetting to thread some beads on to the wire, doh!
I then connected lengths of wire to create the bird cage. To keep it black and white I painted the wood with some black gesso, for a little detail I doodled on it using a white Sharpie pen. 
All of the images were stamped on white card and cut out and glued in place. I couldn't resist adding a little sparkle so used some Stickles on the blooms.
The stamps I used are:
All of the challenge details can be found right here!

Here's what happens when I add that splash of colour :)

Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

A fairy called Lollipop

Since I was a child I have believed that fairies live in our gardens, before I venture out to mow the grass I walk around outside the telling them to put on their hard hats and steel toe capped boots because the mower is coming!
This weeks challenge at Stampotique is hosted by lovely Jackie and she is asking us to feature butterflies and garden flowers in our creations, so I couldn't resist a fairy. I shall call this one Lollipop because the base is made using lolly sticks.

I simply glued the sticks together, applied some texture paste through a stencil for the swirly texture and painted. Then everything else was glued on. I used Prismacolour pencils for colouring my fairy and added lots of sparkle and fairy dust and shiny flowers.

The stamps I used are:

All of the challenge details can be found right here
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Sunday, 19 June 2016

Just believe

Gosh it seems like ages since I took part in some kind of crafty challenge and when I saw the Rubber Dance colour challenge for June I simply couldn't resist: Turquoise, magenta and purple, my most favourite colour combination!
It's not the most brilliant photo as nice daylight was hard to find yesterday. It's a 5in x 5in card and I
 used two stamp sheets, Affirmations and Circles.

All of the challenge details can be found here 
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Thursday, 16 June 2016

Doggy goggles at the ready!

It's my turn for the Roc Nicholas design team today, I made a fun postcard using Roc's dog.
This makes me laugh every time I look at it thinking of floppy ears flying in the wind and doggy goggles :)
Roc's Dog stamp can be found right here along with all her other wonderful designs for Stampotqiue Originals.
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Three's not a crowd

I admit to having great fun creating this postcard for this weeks Stampotique challenge.
 Our hostess is Carol and she is inviting us to use a male image on our makes. 
I decided to use my favourite male Stampotique stamp, he's such a cheeky chap, and I thought more than one would make a great party!
I began by painting the background with the brightest colours I could find and then dabbed some white gesso through a stencil to make the circles. I used some musical washi tape and stamped the rest, either directly on the backgrond or on to white card and the glued in place.
The stamps I used are:
Happy Head Applicances for the hats :)
Typewriter Alpha for the numbers
All of the challenge details can be found right here!
Wishing you a lovely day, Sam xxx

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Bee-n busy

I simply can't bee-lieve it's Wednesday again, time certainly is flying lately. 
Bee-ing Wednesday a new challenge begins over at Stampotique. This week our lovely hostess is Nellie, you can find her blog here, and the theme is 'All Creatures Great and Small'. All of the challenge details can be found here.
 I took inspiration from a lovely lady and friend, Lynne, she makes the most beautiful things, you can find her blog here, it's a real treat for your eyes!
I wanted to make a little gift, so I decorated an empty Altoid tin and made a matching set of little cards.
The stamps I used is called Medium Bee and it has the tiny bee on the side of the wooden block, and Romantic Text.
Wishing you a very lovely day, Sam xxx