Wednesday 30 September 2015

Happy Happy Happy

Hi, and happy Wednesday! It's time for another challenge at Stampotique, and this week Janet has chosen the theme of cards for children. Here's what she says.
So often we create to amuse ourselves or other adults. Children love stamping and enjoy to see what is created especially for them. For this week’s Stampotique Designers Challenge I am challenging you to create a card that will have appeal for a child, be it a young one or teen.

This is a birthday card for my Nephew, he will be 10 next month so I guess he's old enough to take a Stampotique birthday card now lol.
I started by embossing Happy Birthday then blowing brusho's through a straw for the background.
Every birthday card needs Skull Balloons wearing party hats from the Happy Head Appliances Cube.
Here's the birthday boy Schmurfy with his presents from Towering Gifts.
Every boy needs a dog, so here's Polka Dot Dog
I'm really pleased with my card - it's not scary at all (even with the skulls lol).
I hope that you join in with our challenge, and make a card for a child.
I won't be around for the next couple of weeks 'cos we're jetting off for some sunshine. I'm getting used to spending my birthday on holiday now, it's a habbit I could keep up with :-).
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Sunday 27 September 2015

Pretty Woman

I'm really enjoying playing with my Dylusion paints and stamps at the moment, and instead of getting ready for my holiday next week (which I really should be doing) I've been painting my nails - and fingers - and that bit up your arm when you put it down on wet paint...  Anyway this what I made.

Think I would quite like to be this lady, she has a certain style!
She's been coloured with pencils. I took far more care with her make up than I do my own lol.
I've made her for the Girls Will Be Girls challenge at That's Crafty, and also the anything goes challenge at We Love 2 Create.
Enjoy your Sunday, and thanks very much for looking xx

Saturday 26 September 2015

Don't Worry 'Bout A Thing

The challenge this time at PaperArtsy is to use pigment powders, so I've been having a play with my Brusho's.
I've used yellow, red, and ultramarine (which is my favourite) just sprinkled on and spritzed to make my backgrounds.

I then used the powders as watercolours to paint Darcy's images. They paint really nicely but you just seem to get one colour rather than the mix that you sometimes get with the shake and spritz method.
The feathers have been painted with turquoise and ultramarine.
I've joined the tags with washi tape so they form a triangle and stand up by themselves.
The Brusho's layer and mix beautifully, and is a great base for a white pen.
I had fun making these (except for the cutting out lol) and will definitely use the Brusho's for more than just backgrounds now.
I'm also linking this to the We love 2 Create anything goes challenge.
Going to watch the England Wales match now, so enjoy your weekend, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday 23 September 2015


Hi, and welcome to Autumn! I must admit there certainly is a chill in the air now in the morning and evenings. So as the year is cracking on it's time for an early Halloween! 
Welcome back to another fun challenge here at Stampotique, This week Carol is our hostess and she is challenging us to an Early Halloween
Here is what Carol says about this challenge

"I really love Halloween so any excuse to sneak a make in, a month early is OK
 in my book."

Let's see your best Halloween projects this week.
I must admit that Halloween isn't really my thing, but I did have fun making my piece. Lots of pictures I'm afraid,so I'll keep the words down :-)

What - a little bit busy, I don't know what you mean lol.

So from the top we have 

Moving down a little it's time for Hare and Owl With Wings
My ectoplasm is drizzed hot glue that's been stuck down with er - hot glue. You can't beat a bit of ectoplasm!
You can't have Halloween without a Wicked Witch.
I've also used lots of glitter card and die cuts, and all the stamping has been watercoloured then embossed.
Here we have a 'plasm covered Carrot
and pumpkins from Halloween Cube 2
For a non Halloweener this was fun (but weird 'cos I made it on a lovely Summer's day lol)
So please get your spook on, and join us in our challenge.
Please read ALL RULES on the linkz page before linking your creation.
If you didn't follow the rules posted, you may have been deleted.  
Feel free to relink your creation with the correct information for a chance to win.
I'm also entering this into the Craft Stamper 'take a stamp' challenge.
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Sunday 20 September 2015

California Dreaming

Hi, hope you are enjoying your Sunday. Neil is channel hopping between the rugby world cup, football, and F1 so I've escaped to my craft room. I've been having another play with my gelli plate, Deco Art paints, and stencils.

I've used paints from the DecoArts Media range, and various leaf stencils and masks. I've also used Portfollio pastels in the corner.
This is black then a layer of quin gold/quin magenta/quin red/ yellow oxide.
Stamped and cut out. The leaf stamp is by Stampotique (of course) Some of them have had English Red Oxide antiquing cream rubbed over.
The words are typed on a new to me but old manual typewriter. I have to plink away with one finger 'cos I don't hit the keys hard enough with my others. I've got too used to a pc lol.
I'm entering this into the
That's Crafty lovely leaves  challenge, 
We Love 2 Create anything goes,
and Craft Stamper take a stamp.
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Thursday 17 September 2015

I Need To Be Right By Your Side

This month the challenge at Crafty Individuals is anything goes. This has to mean it's time to break out the Alice Palace stamps, so here's a coaster.

I started by painting my plain white tile with DecoArt Multi Surface paints.
The penguins have been stamped onto tissue paper then painted on the back with white paint.
Once dry I've sprayed with DecoArt varnish and added some cork to the base.
I really like these stamps - very cute but not yuk lol.
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking.

Wednesday 16 September 2015

How Old!

Hi this time at Stampotique Kathi has chosen the theme and she has gone for a milestone birthday. Here's what she says.
21, 25, 50, 60th Birthday or Anniversary -- It's time to celebrate! Let's see a project that celebrates those sometimes scary milestones of life!
A friend of mine has recently celebrated his 35th birthday - apparently 35 is the new 25 lol.
The background was made by embossing the numbers from Alphabet Upper then sprinkling Brushos over the top.
Monster News has been stamped and cut out, and he's wearing a hat from Happy Head Applicances
Happy Birthday has been stamped onto shrink plastic.

Still needed a sentiment to finish, so I've chosen Love and Laughter

Hope you like it, and that you'll join in with our challenge. Thanks very much for looking x

Thursday 10 September 2015

It Takes Two

Hi and happy Thursday. This weeks theme at Stampotique has been chosen by Nellie  and she wants us to use just 2 stamps. Here's what she has to say.
I tend to use a lot of stamps when I create something. Thought I might challenge myself and all of you by limiting the number of stamps. So no more than two stamps please.
Mmm now that really is a challenge, but here's what I came up with.

I've gone with a mixture of the old and the new stamps here.
Here's Schmurfy with his old mate
Mr Stripes. You see a spider isn't just for Halloween!
This was a fun challenge Nellie, it really got me thinking! I hope you'll join in too and keep to just 2 stamps. Remember there are gift certificates for two lucky winners to spend in the Stampotique store.
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday 9 September 2015

99 Red Balloons Go By

Hi, and happy Wednesday. It's time for me to share my 2nd 'numbers' creation for Country View Crafts. As I'm very old, this is a blast from the past.

 I cut a piece of watercolour paper to 8x8 then applied gesso through a cloud stencil. Next I did a colour wash with Aqua Tints, then stencilled my little girl with an old black inkpad.
Then I cut out lots and lots and lots (99 to be exact, and yes I was exact) different sized red balloons. I must admit they didn't all make it here so I have a little collection of hearts for next time.
Here's a stuffed felt one.
The words have been cut out of felt with the Tim Holtz Word Play die, and the streamers are quilling papers.
This is one of the rare occasions when what I have in my head is pretty much what comes out on paper.
There's lots of time for you to join in our challenge, so please play along.
Hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Sunday 6 September 2015

The Heart Sees

I've been watching Andy Skinner You-Tube video's again and having a play with my Deco Art paints.
I've bought some 99.9% isopropanol and find that this works much better than the 75%.
This is the background using Transparent yellow oxide, Quin magenta, Cobalt turquoise, and Titanium white.

The stamps are from the old Gothic Andy Skinner set (the stamps are old and Gothic not Andy lol)
The background is foam board and I'm really please with how it has taken a battering, and how easy it was to die cut.
The heart has been stamped onto book paper with the Quin Magenta, then gone over with One Step Crackle, and finally some Champagne Ice Metallic Lustre has been rubbed over the top.
I enjoyed making this - a lot!
I've also been computer shopping - I saw a very nice young lad in PC World and am now the proud owner of an all in 1 PC - whoo hoo! I can collect it at the weekend when he's done all the technical stuff and Neil and myself will have a tutorial on how it works. Apparently there's this new thing called the internet.... and Windows 10 .... I shall be having a lesson about a computer and taking notes with a pen and paper (at least I know how to fly these)
Enjoy what's left of the weekend, and thanks very much for looking xx

Saturday 5 September 2015

Good News And Bad News

The bad news is my computer has died and gone to the big internet in the sky 
The good news is I'm going computer shopping in the morning. 
Actually I hate shopping so that's good news and bad news in itself. 
This is getting too deep for me lol.
Hopefully normal blog browsing will be resumed shortly.
Enjoy whats left of the weekend x

Thursday 3 September 2015

You've Been Framed

The challenge at Indigo Blu this time is Frame It.

I started with a couple of chipboard hearts and trimmed one down to form the frame. The border has been stamped with the text from Caitlin
Caitlin herself has been stamped and coloured with Prisma Pencils, then masked. I've used a spritzer tool around the edges with Distress Markers.
To cover the frame I've stamped lots of Limor's Circles and punched them out.
Lots and lots of circles.
This was a really fun challenge - hope you like it, and thanks very much for looking x

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Perfectly Primary

Hi, I'm very happy to be the hostess today at Stampotique, and for my theme I've chosen the primary colours.
Take 2 of the 3 primary colours (and the colours that they create when mixed) and just use these on your creation. You can also use black and white if you like. 
Here's mine
Red and yellow Brusho's
This is Kate's new Jester stamp, and Just Keep On sentiment.
Blue and yellow spray inks.

Stamped with Ta Dah
Red and blue acrylic paint. I was meaning to use the other side but it was a bit too busy, and I'm trying not to be afraid of white space.
With Text Block 3 in the background, and Christmas Boots.
I hope you like them, and that you join in with my challenge. Remember there a gift certificates for 2 lucky winners.

Have fun, and thanks very much for looking x