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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 ......

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 ......

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 ....

Thursday, 4 January 2018

Just when you thought Christmas was over .......

Hello again, happy Thursday evening .......

I've spent most of the day packing away the Christmas decorations .... there's glitter everywhere .... again!  I'm still working on the tree ...... did I really hang soooo many baubles on there!

Anyway ..... just when you were maybe thinking of putting all those Christmas stamps and festive craft stash away ...... don't do it!!! 
January's Happy Little Stampers Christmas challenge gets underway today ..... Ho! Ho! Ho! (Sorry)

As you can see the theme is still Anything Goes ..... with an optional twist of ...... CAS (Clean and Simple)

Here's one of my favourite little snowmen ...... and you couldn't get more CAS. 
(I do love black and white with just a hint of colour)

He's been stamped in black Versafine ink, and then just his hat and scarf coloured ..... oh and his nose!

The sentiment has been heat embossed in gold underneath ......

And then a few dots of white enamel accents have been added here and there, to give the look of falling snow.

As with all the HLS challenges there's a prize for the winner ...... a $20 Gift Certificate to spend in the HLS store.  And guess what ..... it the winner has used HLS products on their winning project then the prize will be DOUBLED!! ....... WOW!

Happy Stamping folks.

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm off to finish taking the tree down ..... I've had enough now, I just want everything put away and the house tidy again.

Cheerio until next time ......

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 ......

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Not long now .......

Happy Thursday ......

Only four more sleeps until the big day ..... that's come around fast!!!  We're getting there with all the preparations ..... slowly, but the list is getting shorter.

One family who have had a very special delivery this Christmas is the Russ family.  Baby Winter Rainbow came into the world yesterday ...... and she's an adorable addition to the STAMPlorations family.  Huge Congratulations to Shery and the family ...... Kat has a baby sister, the best Christmas present ever!!

Speaking of STAMPlorations, it's time for my last challenge piece of 2017 ........ for the STAMPlorations CAS Card challenge

The theme is Anything Goes ..... anything CAS that is.  There's also the optional colour twist, and for December that colour is ......... GOLD

Another of the STAMPlorations Typografia stamps ...... Most Wonderful Time.  If you're anything like me you'll be singing along now ....... sorry!

I've stamped using Versamark ink, and then heat embossed in gold ..... simple

I've then die cut the phrase using one of the CUTplorations Crazy Double Running Stitch Nesting Rectangle Dies

And attached it to the front of my card using foam pads

To finish off I added a couple of holly leaves punched from glitter card and coloured using my Copic Markers ...... as I didn't have any green glitter card I had to use white instead.  The Copic Markers do a great job of adding colour to the glitter without taking any of the sparkle away.

So that's it ..... all my Design Team inspiration pieces for 2017 are all done! 
It's been another fabulous year ..... thank you to everyone for your support.  Here's to another year of challenge fun in 2018.

Thanks for popping by ...... enjoy the rest of your day.
I'm off out for a little bit of late night shopping to get the last of the stocking fillers.

Have a lovely Christmas and New Year.

Cheerio until next time ....
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