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Saturday, 10 February 2018

Follow your heart .......

Happy Sunday ......

I know ..... late again! Sorry ....... this moving house lark is playing with my blogging clock!
Normal service will resume shortly ..... I'm going to make a start on my craft room today!!

It's time for this month's Happy Little Stampers ATC Challenge and the theme for February is .....

I've got some actual Artist Trading Cards for you today ..... not the wooden block kind like in my last two posts ......

ATC's .... in case you're not familiar with them, are little pieces of artwork, size 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches .... and they are so much fun to make.

This little set started out from a piece of previously coloured cardstock from my stash, coloured with Distress Inks and the smooshing technique ..... I think!
And I've used stamps, and die cuts along with a little heat embossing to decorate the ATC's 

This heart is from Visible Image ...... stamped directly on the ATC in black and heat embossed with clear powder.  I then stamped the heart  again onto white cardstock using a red ink and fussy cut away all the splatters around the edge.
The sentiment was then stamped and heat embossed on the top before layering the heart onto the ATC.

For this one I used a simple die cut heart balloon ..... and coloured it with red ink.  A few splatters of white ink add a bit more interest to the background.

Last but not least ..... a simple red heart stamped in the centre of the ATC (I did use the MISTI to get a nice deep coverage)  I doodled around the edge with a white gel pen and then heat embossed that fab sentiment from STAMPlorations over the top.
To finish off I doodled faux stitching around the ATCs and layered them all onto black cardstock.

As with all the Happy Little Stampers challenges there's a $20 Gift Certificate for the winner, which will be doubled if the winning ATC has been created using HLS stamps.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time .....

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 ......

Monday, 5 February 2018

Let's start the week with a challenge ......

Happy Monday ......

And big Hello to all you STAMPlorations fans!
Thank you to all who played along with our January challenges.  Don't forget to check back on Feb 10th to see if you are one of our lucky winners. And get ready, because there's a whole load of brand new products on their way over the next three months.  But ... we also want to let you all know that for the next couple of months we are going to do things a little bit differently here on the Blog.

You've probably heard that there's been a new addition to the STAMP family.  Sherry's gorgeous little girl ... Winter, came into the world back in December.  So in order to give Shery a little time to catch her breath after the birth, and to adjust to daily life with two little ones, as well as running the store, we're going to take a little 'Winter' break.

Instead of all the different monthly STAMPlorations challenges, there will be just one challenge each month.  It will have a theme, and as long as you follow the theme, any type of project is welcome!
We will return to our regular challenge program in May.

The rules are simple ......

  • create any type of project .... cards, mixed media, tags etc. as long as you follow the theme
  • STAMPlorations products are not a requirement .... but we would love to see them
  • Enter as many times as you like as long as each entry has it's own blog post
  • You must display the challenge graphic and link back to the challenge page to qualify for the prizes
  • You must comment on the entry before yours in the gallery ...... lets spread the love
  • And for an extra chance to win, comment on the challenge post AND the Designers Blog posts throughout the month.
Prizes ......
TWO (2) winners of a $25 Gift certificate .... randomly drawn from all the entries
ONE (1) winner of a $25 Gift Certificate ...... randomly drawn from all the comments left on the Designers Blogs throughout the month.

Shery is also offering a generous 10% (no coupon code needed) off all stamps, stencils and dies in the store from February through to April.
Go on .... why not play along.

So .... the theme for February is ..... PAINT IT RED
Create a project with a love theme .... or the colour red in it!

Now normally it would be the CAS Card Challenge for me so I've stuck with that and,  as it's February, it had to have a love theme for Valentine's Day,  and the red bit was easy

I've used the pretty CUTplorations Clustered Hearts Die ....... and cut it from, Pink and Red Glitter card and again from a beautiful matte Red Mirri card

I then cut the hearts from a piece of white cardstock and stamped the words underneath (from the STAMPlorations Pocket Blooms)

I then mixed and matched the various hearts from my coloured die cuts and inlaid them into the cut out in the white card ..... gorgeous!

Now it's your turn to join in the fun.  Create your project and link it to the challenge blog.  Follow the simple challenge rules and you could be one of our winners.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

I'm off to pack the last of the boxes ready for the move tomorrow.  Removal men arrive first thing and we should be in the new place by late afternoon ..... can't wait!

Cheerio until next time ....

Thursday, 18 January 2018

STAMPlorations CAS Challenge .......

Happy Thursday ......

The weekend is almost here ..... have you got anything nice planned?  Me ..... I'll be spending most of it packing I think.  Just a few bits and bobs to finish off in the craft room, then it's time to pack it all into boxes ready for the move.

Today, it's time for a quick reminder of this month's STAMPlorations CAS Card challenge ......

The theme, as always, is Anything Goes with the optional colour twist this month of ..... SILVER

I've used the colour twist for my sentiment ...... heat embossed one the stamps from the STAMPlorations  Typografia range
I do love these stamps, there's some fabulous words and phrases suitable for all kinds of projects.  The one I've used here is called Plan A ........

I stamped it onto white card, heat embossed in silver and then die cut around it with a stitched circle die from my stash.

Leaving the die in place I added a touch of colour over the words using Distress Ink.  Leaving the die means that you get this crisp white edges around the design ...... it gives the look of layering without having to use the cardstock.

I used the CUTplorations Upper Case Alphabet Plate Die to cut the letters for the background and attached  them randomly around the edges of a piece of white cardstock.  I love doing this, it gives such a great effect, it looks like embossed card almost

I also added a few to the inside too ......

You can find all the challenge details over on the STAMPlorations Blog along with lots more inspiration from the rest of the DT .... why not pop over and take a look.

Happy stamping!

Thanks for stopping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

Cheerio until next time ......

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Little Monsters ......

Happy Thursday ......

Finally I'm feeling a little better today .... throat's still sore but at least my appetite is coming back!

I've got another challenge for you today ...... the STAMPlorations CAS Card Challenge

The theme is Anything Goes ...... it has to be CAS (Clean and Simple) though, and as always there is an optional colour twist.  To get 2018 started we've gone with ....... SILVER

I've got a little fun design for you this time ..... perfect for all our little monsters!

I've used both the Big Monsters stamp set (for the sentiment), and the Little Monsters for the cute little monster robot

I stamped and heat embossed the sentiment in silver onto a piece of white card ......

Stamped the little monster onto a seperate piece of card, heat embossed again in silver and then fussy cut him (or her)

I added some colour using ZIG markers and then attached him to the card just above the sentiment.
I used a small piece of folded acetate that acts like a spring so that the monster actually moves

A few stamped accents from the Little Monsters set add a little more detail to the background, along with a few splatters of gold and silver ink ......

The piece of card was edged with a silver pen before attaching it to the front of a 7x5 inch cardblank, and I had to add another little monster to the inside too ....

Now it's over to you ...... Happy Stamping!

You can find all the challenge details on the HERE on the STAMPlorations blog along with more CAS inspiration from the rest of the Design Team.

Don't forget there's still time to grab a bargain in the STAMPlorations New Year Sale, check out the website for all the details.

Thanks for popping by ..... enjoy the rest of your day.

I'm starting to feel a little better today, thank goodness.  The bug is on it's way out I think .... I hope!
I've finally made a start on taking all the Christmas decorations down.  The kitchen, the dining area, the hallways and the doors are all done.  Just the tree to do now ..... this could take a while!

Cheerio until next time ......

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Happy New Year! ......

Happy Tuesday ......

And welcome to 2018!

I hope you all had fabulous Christmas and New Year celebrations
Some of you may be having a touch of deja vu right now ..... thinking that you've already seen this post ...... well, you might have!  I'm not quite sure what happened ...... but somehow this got published a few days ago ..... before I'd even finished writing the post!!!!

Anyhow ...... we're all sorted now.
It's time to get January's challenges underway, and the first one up for me is the TAGplorations challenge for STAMPlorations.
We're starting the year with the perfect theme ..... All About Winter ..... brrrrr! 

There's a fun optional twist too ...... use texture paste.

My tag is cut from a piece of cardstock using the CUTplorations Luggage Tag Nesting Dies.
The card has been coloured with Distress Oxide ink using the 'smooshing' technique ....... swipe the ink onto a craft sheet, spritz with water then smoosh the card through the ink.

I then used a stencil and white texture paste to add the snow.

The cute little mittens are from the STAMPlorations Warm Hands, Warm Hearts set.   I've simply stamped them onto a piece of coloured card from my stash, heat embossed them in white and fussy cut them.
There are actually matching dies available for this stamp set, if you don't like fussy cutting.

I stamped the sentiment, from the same stamp set, onto a strip of white card and added it to the bottom of my tag.

Speaking of Winter ..... STAMPbaby #2 came into the world on December 20.  Shery gave birth to her second beautiful baby girl.  Huge Congratulations to the Russ family xx

There's prizes up for grabs for the challenge winners ...... $10 Gift Certificate for the winner and  $5 GCs for the 2 Top Picks.
You can enter the challenge as many times as you like (only one entry per blog post) and your projects must include a tag. 
You don't have to use STAMPlorations products but it would be nice if you did.  And ..... if we get over 50 entries then 1 lucky entry will be randomly chosen to win their choice of CUTplorations dies, to the value of $20!
Happy stamping!

There's also a great STAMPlorations New Year's Sale going on until January 15th.  20% off Stamps, Dies, and Stencils.  Check out the website for full details.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.

I think the festive season has taken its toll on me a little.  I managed to avoid all the various colds and flu that have been around before, and during the festivities, which was good considering everyone around me had some sort of lergy! 
But yesterday one finally caught up with me.  Sore throat, aching limbs, no patience, and no appetite (that isn't necessarily a bad thing considering what I've eaten over the last week or so!). The hangover didn't help either ..... too much of the bubbly stuff on New Year's Eve was to blame for that!
So ...... it's my turn to feel sorry for myself.   Today has been spent curled up on the sofa in front of the TV with lots of hot drinks.  At least hubby is off work to look after me

Cheerio until next time ......

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

STAMPlorations are guesting on the 25 Days of Christmas Tags with Tracey McNeely ......

Happy Wednesday .....

Welcome to Day 22 of the 7th Annual 25 Days of Christmas Tags with Tracey McNeely

It's so exciting to be part of this amazing event.  
I'm here as part of the TAGplorations team from STAMPlorations who are today's sponsors.

For my tag I've used the brand new STAMPlorations Sketchy Yule Trees along with the CUTplorations Tags #1 Nesting dies

I cut my tag from Kraft cardstock and stamped one of the trees across the bottom and heat embossed in white

The sentiment is from The Christmas Reindeer stamp set from the Bee's Knees range at STAMPlorations and I used a stencil along with some white texture paste for the snow, sprinkled with crystal glitter to add a touch of sparkle

I stamped the same tree again, this time onto white cardstock.  I stamped it 4 times, heat embossed in white, and fussy cut them, cutting each one down following the layers so that I could decoupage them and add a bit of dimension before attaching it to the tag using foam pads

All of the trees were colored using ZIG Marker pens and I added a few dots of glitter glue for the decorations

To finish off I added a strip of scalloped cardstcok across the bottom of the tag

You can see the rest of the STAMPlorations Design Team's Tags over on Tracey McNeely's Blog today.  Have fun with the challenge and Happy stamping!

I'm also linking this tag up to the 12 Tags of Christmas with Loll and Friends.  

I've missed playing along each day but at least the linky is still open so I can squeeze this one in before the deadline.

Thanks for popping by .... enjoy the rest of your day.
It's back to the Santa project for me ..... it's taking me a while!  Hope I end up on the Nice list this year!

Cheerio until next time ......
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