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Showing posts with label Craft Stamper Challenge. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Craft Stamper Challenge. Show all posts

Friday, 9 February 2018

Wherever you go ........

Happy Friday ......

Sorry I'm a bit later this morning ..... had to find my laptop!
Well .... we're all settled in the new house.  There's still boxes everywhere, and I haven't even started on the craft room yet but it's beginning to look, and feel like home.
We've done this a few times now, and it seems to get easier, and quicker, each time.

Before I start unpacking today's boxes, I've got a little reminder for you for the Craft Stamper Blog Challenge  .......


You've already seen some amazing inspiration pieces on the launch post last week, but if you're still looking for ideas, then what about a little ATC block .....


I've definitely got a thing for hearts this month.  Well I suppose it is Valentine's Day next week after all.

This is my second little ATC block .... they're so much fun to do!

It started out as a simple block of wood ..... the size of an ATC (two and a half by three and a half inches).  I gave it a couple of coats of black gesso and then stamped the red heart onto the two larger sides.


I used a red Versamagic Chalk Ink for the heart, and a stamp from a set by Leonie Pujol called Off She Flew.  No MISTI this time, but as it was a clear stamp I did manage to re-stamp the heart two or three times, until I got the coverage I wanted


I then doodled dots around the edge using a white gel pen.  I just love how the texture of the wood still shows through.

Once the ink was dry I stamped my sentiment (from STAMPlorations Say It Big series) over the top of the heart using Versamark ink, and heat embossed in gold


I stamped more hearts on the sides of the ATC block ......


and added a small painted cotton reel to the bottom, for it to stand on ....


All the edges have been sanded back a little to give a worn look ......


The challenge this month is sponsored by Darkroom Door ..... and the challenge winner will receive 2 fabulous stamp sets with matching stencils!


Why not join in the fun ...... make something amazing, anything goes but just remember to include some rubber stamping on there somewhere, link it up to the challenge and you could be the winner.  Can't wait to see what you create.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend.
Mine's going to be spent unpacking my craft room I think, after I've taken my mobile phone in for repair .... again!  House move = Linda's mobile taking a dip!
Yes, my mobile phone ended up down the loo ..... again. Ooops! This happened almost exactly a year ago ..... same phone, different loo!  Must remember NOT to keep mobile in back jeans pocket!!!!

Oh well .... better get on.  The new sofas are arriving later today and I need to clear a path to the lounge!

Cheerio until next time ......

Friday, 12 January 2018

Craft Stamper Challenge ........

Happy Friday folks .......

Boy am I ready for the weekend .... it's been busy, busy, busy all week, but ..... I can see light at the end of the tunnel.  January's list is almost done .....  then it's on to February!

Before I start thinking of Valentines and birthdays though, it's time for a little inspiration for this month's Craft Stamper Challenge.

Did you notice the slight change this month? 
The Design Team has grown a little.  We've got some fabulous new designers on board, some of which you will have met last week for the challenge launch, and some will be making their debut today, for the inspiration post. Please pop by their blogs and say Hello.

As always the challenge theme is Anything Goes, as long as there's actual rubber stamping on your project somewhere.  You can create cards, journal pages, scrapbook layouts or even 3D pieces .... the choice is yours.

I've got a card for you ..... one for the birthday box I think


I've used one of the stamps from a JOFY Christmas set (JOFY57)  ...... not all Christmas stamps are just for the festive period.


This particular stamp I think can be used for so many occasions.

I stamped the whole design onto a piece of white cardstock and added some colour using Distress Inks mixed with a little water.
I stamped it again onto a seperate piece of card, heat embossed just the stars in gold, coloured them with a red Distress Ink and fussy cut.

I then used the same colours of Distress inks to create my splattered background ...... I smooshed the ink pads onto a craft mat, spritzed with water, and then using an old paintbrush I simply splattered the ink over the white card to fill in the background .... so much fun!


I added in a little gold and silver along the way too, until I was happy with the effect.

Once it was all dry, I stamped part of my greeting using Versamark ink, and then heat embossed in gold .......


I added the rest on a small banner cut from a scrap of co-ordinating card ....


A little matting and layering frames the whole design, and I finished off by adding the extra stars using foam pads, to add a bit of dimension


I continued the design onto the inside of the card too ......


Same colours, and a little more splattering ....


As always there are two prizes up for grabs.  One is the Design Winner, chosen by the DT, from all the eligible challenge entries,  and one is from our sponsor.  This month it's the fabulous ...... Visible Image


"Visible Image design exciting and different stamps and stencils! Our sets include arty images and brilliant background elements, and some really inspiring quotes. Our clear photopolymer stamps are very deeply etched, and our stencils are gorgeously thick for creating divine texture!

The winner of this prize ...... these two A5 stamp sheets from the Visible Image range ..... will be randomly chosen from all the entries that follow the challenge guidelines. 
Please read and follow all the guidelines, your project will NOT be a winner of either kind if it doesn't follow the guidelines!  You'll find them on the sidebar on the Craft Stamper Blog ..... there's not that many.

Now it's over to you ...... happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend.
It's back to the craft room for me, I've a workshop to prepare for tomorrow.

Cheerio until next time ....

Friday, 8 December 2017

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas .......

Happy Friday folks ......

Well I didn't expect to be waking up to snow this morning ......


Roads are closed and full of abandoned cars apparently, the mountain is full of snow, schools are closed, and there's no cabs or buses!  Guess I'm staying in the craft room today.  Although the little man is here, so if this keeps up I think a snowman will be on the to do list!

I hope it doesn't get any worse ..... I have a workshop planned tomorrow!!!

Before all that though it's time to remind you about this month's Craft Stamper Challenge


The theme is Anything Goes .... as long as there's rubber stamping on your project somewhere.

It's all about Christmas in the craft room at the moment.  There's glitter everywhere ...... and I mean everywhere, not just in the craft room ......  I love it!!

I've got a Christmas card for you today ..... with a little something extra.


Very CAS in design.   Snowflakes stamped at the top of the card in silver metallic ink, then I've stamped one of the new Tim Holtz snowflakes over the top and heat embossed in gold (I love these new designs .... they're so delicate)



The stylish reindeer is from a stamp set by Unity Stamps, and he's been simply stamped and heat embossed in gold to match the snowflake (I did use my MISTI to stamp him a couple of times to make sure I had enough ink on him before I embossed)



A festive sentiment and a few splatters of gold and silver ink finish off the design


Now for the magic ...... see the hole at the end of the reindeer's nose, well it's there for a reason.   If you press gently on the sentiment, this happens .....


I love it!!!
It's got a little copper tape circuit underneath, with a battery and a tiny red LED light ...... they're called Chibitronics I think, and they're so much fun.  When you press on the sentiment it completes the circuit and lights the bulb .... clever eh!
This was something we covered on the HLS Craft Retreat I was on a few weeks ago and I must say, I will be doing this again.

Our sponsor this month is ........ Stampin Unicorn from Polkadoodles
and there's a great prize for the challenge winner.  A fabulous THREE stamp sets and two gorgeous paper packs .....



Check out the Craft Stamper Blog for full details and you'll also find lots more inspiration on there from the rest of the Design Team.

Speaking of the DT, we've grown a little over the last week.  There's some very talented new Designers joining in January and, I'm proud to say I'm going to be part of this fabulous team for another year.


Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend.
And if you've got any of this snow that's falling ....... stay safe and warm.

Cheerio until next time .....

Friday, 1 December 2017

Pinch and a pinch for the first of the month ......

Good morning! ...... Happy Friday

It's the first day of December ....... how did that happen!? Only 3 more Fridays to go before the big day ......... better make a start on some Christmas cards I think!

As it's the first Friday of the month, December's challenge gets underway over on the Craft Stamper Blog.


As always the theme is simple ....... Anything Goes as long as there's actual rubber stamping on your project somewhere .... no digi images please. 
Your project can be anything you like, cards, journal pages, home decor, even pretty Christmas projects ..... the choice is all yours.

It's been a little chilly over here the last few days, yesterday was bitterly cold with an icy wind blowing.  I know because I was out in it! 
We didn't get any snow though, unlike some parts of the UK ...... brrrrrr!
So ........ because I'm always dreaming of a white Christmas and we never seem to get one over here, I've put some on a Christmas card.


I've used Brusho and the emboss resist technique ...... I never get tired of doing this because the results are always so different. It was also one of the techniques we covered on the Happy Little Stampers Craft Retreat a couple of weekends ago.

I stamped the snowflakes randomly onto a piece of watercolour cardstock using Versamark ink and then heat embossing in white.  I've used the gorgeous new snowflakes from Tim Holtz ...... aren't they pretty.


I took a couple of the blue shades of Brusho, sprinkled a little of the powder over the cardstock and spritzed with water.  I love how the colour develops and spreads across the card. You can make it as pale or intense as you like.  Add more pigment for a deeper colour ....... sprutz more water for a softer look.

I used one colour at a time, drying off the card in between.  For the first layer I used just water to do the spritzing and spread the colour, but for the second layer instead of water, I spritzed with a Perfect Pearl mist and left it to dry.  I love the shimmer that came through in places .......


Once I was happy with the colours, a quick wipe over the embossing removes any excess ink and makes the snowflakes pop against the background. 
The embossing powder acts as a resist to the Brusho and the white shows through beautifully.

A simple stamped greeting is the perfect finishing touch


Well .... that's one Christmas card done!

We have a great challenge sponsor this month ...... Stampin Unicorn from PolkaDoodles, with an amazing prize for the winner ...... 3 gorgeous stamp sets plus two lovely paper packs!



Happy stamping!

Well ...... our festive season's getting off to a great start.  Last night we were out Christmas shopping at a lovely Artisan Market.  Artists from the island, woodturners and stunning handmade jewellry (hubby bought me a gorgeous piece to go in my Christmas stocking!).  Beautiful scented candles, made here on the island (I stocked up on all my festive favourites) and there was delicious coffees and cakes too.  
Then this evening we've got hubby's work Christmas party ....... always a good night!
But .... I've still things to do first.  There's projects to finish in the craft room, next weekends workshop to check through, I have a Christmas tree in the lounge that needs decorating and ...... I have to find something to wear for tonight.  Busy day ahead .... but first, time for coffee I think!

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend.  Stay warm!

Cheerio until next time ......

Friday, 3 November 2017

Reach for the Stars ......

Happy Friday ......

It's the weekend ..... whoo hoo!!!
It's also the first Friday of the month so, it can only be ..... the launch of this month's Craft Stamper Challenge ......


We have a fabulous sponsor this month ...... the amazing RubberDance stamps


And the lucky challenge winner will get to choose a RubberDance stamp set .... ooooh!

As always the theme is Anything Goes .... as long as there's actual rubber stamping on your project somewhere .... no digis please.
You can enter up to THREE projects only into the challenge .... just make sure that each project has its own blog post
Speaking of blog posts ..... when you link up your entry to the Craft Stamper Challenge post, please link back to the actual project post and NOT just your Blog ...... and, only one project per post please.

OK .... onto a spot of inspiration.  I've been playing around with Galaxy Backgrounds ....... using Distress Oxide inks


A little messy but what fabulous results ...... I love it!!  Jennifer McGuire has a fantastic YouTube video ..... if you've not already tried this effect, give it a go .... it's fun!

I used smooth, hot pressed, watercolour card because you do need to add quite a bit of water to blend the inks.  I'm sorry I didn't take any photos of the whole process, it was only supposed to be a trial run, but I just loved the result so much that I decided to use it.

I used fossilized amber, seedless preserves, salty ocean and peacock feathers Distress Oxides and applied them randomly all over my watercolour card.  I then spritzed heavily with water and let the colours blend together whilst drying them using a heat tool.
Next, came the messy bit .... I smooshed black soot Distress Oxide ink onto my craft sheet, spritzed it with a pearl mica spray instead of plain water and then used a piece of acetate to smoosh the black over the top of the colours.
What! .... black ink over the top of the colours ..... that can't be right, well ....... yes it can, this is the fun part. 
Just keep applying the black over the top of the colours, leaving some of the colour from underneath showing through (this is where I'm sorry I didn't take pictures of the process).
Because of the mica spray you get this fabulous pearlescent sheen over the top of the chalky finish from the oxides .... it's so pretty and makes this amazing galaxy sky


Just remember to dry off each layer of ink that you apply.  If you add too much black and think you've ruined your piece don't worry ..... dry it off, add a little more colour on top, spritz a bit more water and dry it again.  Too much colour .... then add a bit more black.  There's no right or wrong, just keep going until you're happy with the result ..... it will come!

I heat embossed part of my sentiment ....... Written in the Stars stamp set from My Favourite Things


and used one of the matching dies (Shining Stars) to cut the rest


I will be doing this effect again .... I love it!! ..... and I promise to take more pictures of the process next time.  I'll show you just how much of a mess I can make!

Check out the Craft Stamper Blog for more fabulous inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day and have a lovely weekend.

If you're off to watch a firework display this weekend, have fun ...... but please stay safe.
I'm off out on a girlie night with Lauren this evening which should be fun.  We're off to the Tea Junction for a Sparkle event .... apparently we have to dress to impress!  Better start going through the wardrobe ..... it could take a while!!

Cheerio until next time
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