Monday, 7 August 2017

The House on the Hill..

Hello lovely Stampotique friends... 

It's my turn to create my piece for the lovely Roc Nicholas for Stampotique today.

I love using Roc's stamps. They are so versatile, and although I've not done it this time, I love to mix her stamps together - you can see them on my blog. It's great fun chopping and changing them again. Give it a go - you'll love it!

This is my piece for today..

I painted some card by colour blocking with some acrylic paints. Then I cut the card into various sized pieces to use in other projects and backed them onto black card.
I coloured the images using a combination of Faber Castell Polychromos, and Caran d'Ache Pablo pencils....

Stamps I used:

You can buy Roc's stamps here
Hope you like it..? 

If you do please say hi and leave a message. Thank you my lovelies xx

Happy Crafting xox

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Stampotique Design Challenge - SDC279

Week 1 - Only Animals #SDC279

Hey there lovely friends...

There's a brand new challenge over on the Stampotique Challenge Page today, and you can use Animals!! I'm hoping you can join in as I'm really looking forward to seeing some really awesome creations.
Not only is it fun to take part, but you could also win a $30 Gift Certificate for the Stampotique online shop - You'll be spoilt for choice!!

This is my piece for the Challenge, I had loads of fun making it!
I absolutely love animals (real and fictonal lol) and I can never resist a Unicorn!

Stamps Used:-

I really Hope you can come and take part in this challenge it would be great to see what you make....

Happy Crafting xoxo

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Stampotique Design Challenge- SDC277

Week 2 - Celebration SDC277

Hey there lovelies.... 

It's Wednesday, which means it's Stampotique Challenge day. It's Week 2 of the SDC Celebration Challenge and we would love it if you joined in with us. Not only is it great fun in taking part, but you could also win a $30 Gift Certificate for the Stampotique on-line shop - how fabulous!!

This is my project for the 'Celebration' theme. There's nothing nicer to celebrate something with a group of friends and family and lots of bright, happy colours around you!

Stamps used:-
  • Cooee - Karen Hayselden 
  • Barcode Text - France Papillon  
  • Elaina - Daniel Torrente 
  • Romek - Magda Polakow
  • Schmurfy - Daniel Torrente 
  • Tinglyitchiness - Daniel Torrente 
  • Mort had a Pin Curl - Daniel Torrente 
  • Christmas Cubed - Daniel Torrente. 
We would love you to come over and join in the challenge. I'm already looking forward to seeing your pieces of art.

Happy crafting xox

Friday, 7 July 2017

The Adventure Begins...

....But Where will it Take You?....

Hello my lovely friends, hope you're all happy and enjoying the sun?!

Well it's that time of the month again for me to show you my Design Team piece for Roc Nicholas  and Stampotique.

I enjoyed making this tag for two reason, firstly it made me feel all 'summery' and cheerful and secondly, I love both of the main images - Flying Bird and Nellie (the links for them are below.

It was a simple background but it was fun to do, and I ended up covered in paint - I'm so messy haha.

I chose 3 shades of blue Acrylic Paint and used a brayed to blend them together, then rolled it across the tag. It came out better than I thought it would because it left white gaps that looked quite a lot like clouds - just perfect for a sky !
I used exactly the same technique for the grass but, obviously used green...

Whilst the paint dried, I coloured the main images using Alcohol Markers. By this point I could do some background stamping on the tag, which I think is my favourite bit, then glue the images in place.

Stamps I used: -
I hope you like my tag. It feels like summer to me....

I'd love you to hear from you, so please leave me a comment to say 'Hi'...

Happy Crafting my lovelies xoxo 

Saturday, 1 July 2017

Stampotique Design Team Announcement and Blog Hop

Hello there lovely friends,

I've been waiting so long to share this news with you.....! I'm so very excited.


Wait for it.....                   
......I've been chosen as a new member of the Stampotique Design Team. It's a  dream come true for me as I've loved and used Stampotique stamps for years..  I'm sooooooo pleased!

So to Celebrate the new members of the Stampotique Design Team and the new July stamp releases we have decided to have a Blog Hop....

However, we would like to say goodbye to a few members of our current team. We'll miss them lots:
Samantha Read
Kathi Rerek
Gay Peplow
Gloria Steiger
Tera Calihan
Julie Steed 
Corrie Herriman

Now onto our new team and Blog Hop……. 

You should've arrived at my blog after looking at the lovely Blog Hop by Milo Lilia. If you didn't and have missed the previous hops, then you need to click on the first name of the blog hop sequence below or press here. Please visit Valerie Wilson next.

Because of this fabulous Blog Hop, Stampotique will be giving away:

For a chance to Win, you need to visit ALL of the Blog Hops and leave a comment on each one, as the winners will be chosen randomly from any blog.  
Come back here on Friday 7th July to see if you've won!    

 The Blog Hop line-up and my new teammies  are:       
Elena Martynova

This is my piece for the blog hop, which I've named 'Arch Angel' (haha). 
I made it using one of today's fabulous new released stamps, 'Angel Girl' by Daniel Torrente. 
I made the Arch from two pieces of grey board and using Rusting Paste all over it to give a great texture (I wish you could feel it)! I then highlighted it  with gold wax. I coloured my gorgeous new stamped image in using a combination of Faber Castell and Caran d'Ache Pencils. I had such a fab time making it! 


This new release is AMAZING. I love all of the new stamps, and it was so hard to choose one to use....

To check out all of the new releases, press Here...

Your next stop is to hop over to  Valerie Wilson and her gorgeous blog hop art and leave her a comment. 
I hope you've enjoyed looking at my 'Arch Angel' piece, and Happy Hopping!  

Don't forget to visit ALL of the Design Team's inspirational and creative blogs and leave them some well deserved love cos you could be one of the lucky winners on 7th July!! Yaaaaaay!! 

Have fun everyone....!!!! 

Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Low Flying Bird.....

....And Bird Princess!!!!

Hi everyone, it's my turn to create something for Roc Nicholas this week, so I made a large tag using some of Roc's gorgeous stamps for Stampotique.

I had so much fun making this big tag, not only because Rocs stamps are so fab to use, but because it meant that I could try out my Tim Holtz Distress Oxide pads - finally...
They were worth the wait. They were so much fun to use.

I inked the background, spritzed with water and let the colours run and mix together. Because the Inks react so well with water, I wanted to try the 'Bleach' effect with a couple of Rocs stamps to see if it would lift the colour off the tag and leave a bleached or watermarked effect. It's really effective.
I dried the background, spritzed some water onto my craft mat, then dipped my stamp into the water, tapping off the excess and pressed it onto my card. I did this all over the tag. Then used kitchen paper to lift the colour out and dried it with my heat gun. I also did this on 'bird princess' dress. 

I also used the Oxide pads to colour in the stamped images I used. I used a water brush and lifted the colours off the craft mat, they blend and mix really well.
To finish the tag, I used a range of Acrylic Paint pens to splat ink over the tag, it makes the colours pop and adds another layer of colour.

You can find all of Roc's stamps Here.

The stamps I used today are:-
                                            : Heart Vine - Roc
                                            : Corner Sun - Roc
                                            : Bird Princess - Roc
                                                     : Flying Bird - Roc
                                            : Barcode Text (art mail) - France Papillon 

I hope you've liked my make today..

Take care and Happy Crafting xxx

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Unleash Yourself.....

......and Unleash The Dogs!! 

Greetings everyone, this month has just flown by.

It's my turn already this month to share my creation for Roc Nicholas Design Team. Roc's stamps are fabulous and you can find them all here for Stampotique.

I thought I'd have a play around with one of the meanings of Roc's stamps for this project. I love her 'Unleash Yourself' stamp but I thought that I'd try and twist the meaning so that i could also try to link it to unleashing dogs on maybe a walk or at a dog show?! Hehe

This is what I came up with....

On a journal page I started by making an easy brayered background using different shades of Pinks and Teals (my go to colours every time - I might force myself to use other colours next time). I kept the colours quite subtle as my base layer because I wanted to build up layers to enhance them.

Unfortunately you can't see on these photos, but I applied a thick(ish) layer of Clear 
Crackle Glaze through a stencil on various sections of the page. I then had to let it dry.
Whilst it was drying, it gave me chance to work out what stamps I needed for my 'dog show'! 

When the Crackle Glaze was dry, I used some of Tim Holtz Distress Crayons to enhance the colours in some of the areas and make the crackles stand out more. I colour straight onto the crackles, then rub the colour in with my fingers. The heat from your fingers help the Crayons to spread really easily. I love to use them.
I also added some background stamping in complimentary colours, then used my Posca paint pens to add splashes of colour and yellow to make the rest of the background pop.

I coloured my stamped images using watercolour paints and brought in some more yellow to tie all of the colours together.
Before I stuck the main images to the page, I stamped out Roc's 'Stacked boxes' on to some book page and used them as a platform to stand my 'dog show' on. I could then stick everything down in place.  

I really enjoyed making this, it was fun and I adore dogs so Yay!!

The stamps I used were:-

Thanks for taking the time to pop over and have a look at my blog today. I really appreciate your support xoxo
Happy Crafting xoxo