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

Friday, 7 April 2017

Spring has finally Sprung...

....A gorgeous time of Year

Hi everyone, time really flies! I can't believe it's my turn again to show my creation for Roc Nicholas Design Team, using her fabulous stamps by Stampotique. You can find her stamps Here.  I hope you like it..!

I think Spring has to be one of my favourite seasons of the year. I love seeing and smelling  the new flowers in the gardens and the warm, sunny skies.

I'm on a mini break visiting my parents in Wales, UK at the moment. I brought limited supplies with me on purpose to test myself on what I could make without a room of stuff around to tempt me..!

I wanted to suggest that Spring has finally arrived, by using birds and flowers as my main images but to keep it fairly simple.

As you can see by the photo, I have used Acrylic Paints - I used Tim Holtz Distress Paints today, to colour the background, then used plenty of stamps to build up the details and the textures.
I began by stamping the tree onto the background using a Coffee Archival Ink pad, then I stamped out the flowers a Bunny onto a page of text from an old book I use exactly for 
this purpose.
I wanted to try any create a contrast between the strong green colours, the birds and 
I only highlighted the Bunny with a few splashes of colour so he popped off the page and drew your eyes to him, I love this stamp - it's so easy to use.

I have to admit that I am a bit obsessed at the moment with Roc's Bird Border, I use it whenever and wherever I can. I coloured the birds and big flower in using Acrylic Inks and a water brush. I love to colour like that as you never know how the Inks are going to react - so much fun!
Before I stuck the pieces in place I added quite a lot of background stamping. I stamped within the dark green to make it look more grassy, and also from the top of the card making it look as though there are vines falling.
When all the ink was dry, I stuck each piece on place et voila!

Like I said, it was a quickest piece this time, but it did put me in the mood for spring.

These are the stamps I used:-

Bird Border - Roc Nicholas
Bunny - Roc Nicholas
Heart Vine - Roc Nicholas
Agatha Flower - Roc Nicholas
Tree - Daniel Torrente 
Carol's Flower, Small - Janet Klein

Happy Crafting,

Gems xoxo

Tuesday, 7 March 2017


Artiste of colour.... 

Hello again everyone, time has really flown by since my last post. I've been busy learning to crochet (badly I must add lol)!

It's my turn this month, to shown my creation for Roc Nicholas Design Team. I thought that I'd mix a few stamps together this month to create a strange new 'person', with lots of colour...
This is it, plus squiggly arms lol!

I began by gessoing an 8x8in piece of Kraft card stock, and leaving to dry.  Once dry I selected a few cool Acrylic paint colours (I used Amsterdam paints)like Lime Green, Turquoise, Yellow, Mid Blue, Teal and then a bright contrast splash of Red and Pink.
I used a palette knife and a large dry brush to apply the colours, starting with the lightest colour first and building up the layers, then adding the warm colours as the last layer through a stencil.
I used the same colours to add some depth by stencilling on to the background and then by adding some background stamping in black as well as similarly coloured Archival Inks. The black ink makes the rest of the colours really pop...

Once I'd finished the background, I stamped out some of Roc's fabulous stamps and coloured the images with Tim Holtz' Distress Markers and a waterbrush. I decided to cut around the Artiste stamp letters individually as they would show up better on the background. Once I had stuck everything in place, I stamped his squiggly arms in place, and finally added a black border around the edge.

I enjoyed making this as I love lots of bright colours. I hope you like it too?

The stamps I used were:-
                                    - Squiggle Arms
                                    - Party Dog
                                    - Artiste Block
                                    - Stand Tall
                                    - Bird Border
                                    - XXXX Border  - All by Roc Nicholas at Stampotique 

Pop over and say hi, I'd love to hear from you xx

Happy Crafting xx