Wednesday, 7 September 2016

.....In a while Crocodile

Good morning all!!!

It's a beautiful day here again today, plus it's the 7th of the month which means that it's my turn as Roc Nicholas Design Team to post my work.....

As well as being my DT piece for this month, the postcard will also be sent to another participant in Roc's Rubber Stamp postcard swap group on Facebook this month. There are still a few days to take part...!

I used a 4x6in postcard to create this piece. I mixed black Gesso with Texture Powder to create a black texture paste, then stencilled circles (I'm a teeny weeny bit obsessed with circles) over the background.

Whilst it was drying I stamped out four of my favourite Roc Nicholas stamps (see below) on to good quality stamping paper. As the theme for the swap was 'Black and White with a pop of colour' I didn't have to do much colouring, but I wanted to colour in the gorgeous Alligator.

I'd recently bought Ranger's new 'Enamel Accents' and I love them. They are also great to paint with, just by adding some water to thin them down slightly, and when they're dry, you're left with a beautiful shiny finish - fabby!

When the textured circles were dry, I did some background stamping, then positioned my cut-outs on the card and glued them in place. 

Stamps I used are:
1. Crocodile
2. Leaf dot border
3. Polka dot dog
They can be found at

I'm quite pleased with it. Hope you like it too?!
Happy crafting friends, please pop by and say Hello, I'd love to hear from you xoxoxo

Sunday, 7 August 2016

'Fly Away'...

Fly Away with 'Flying Bird'

Time soon flies when your having fun and it's my turn to be DT for Roc Nicholas design team this month....


This is my make for this month. On the last Stampotique release of stamps I treated myself to several of Roc's new stamps, and one I couldn't resist was 'Flying Bird'. I fell in love with her straight away and it's such a versatile stamp.

I've been really enjoying playing around with textures and effects recently but, unfortunately these photos really don't show the depth, shimmer, brightness of colour and effect I managed to achieve. Sorry, I tried all sorts of angles...

I thought that I'd try and make my own texture paste as I wanted one that would hold its height but also have a rough surface to it so that it would grab hold of any medium and colour I was going to use over the top of it.
I managed to create a very thick, heavy, gritty paste and applied it to this canvas and left to dry.


Once it was dry I sprayed it with various different coloured sprays in bright tones then shimmer sprays.

I stamped out Roc's Flying Bird stamp, with an extra set of wings, and painted it with slightly watered down acrylic paint, until I got the depth of colour I wanted. I kept to the same lemon, blue and pink of the canvas.
 I then painted an opalescent pigment ink over the top of the painted duck. It gave such a lovely effect, and to tye the background in with the stamp, I spritzed the opalescent ink over the textured background.. I'm just gutted it doesn't show on here.

I really enjoyed making this, and as ever using Roc's stamps is a total pleasure.

Thanks for stopping by, please leave me a message to say hi. It's great hearing from you..

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Thursday, 7 July 2016

A Close Shave

A Close Shave...

It's my turn for the Roc Nicholas design team today.  

I decided to make a journal page this time, as I haven't made a journal page for a while and I really enjoy them.
There is a reason why I decided to call this piece "A Close Shave" and the reason is because I used shaving foam and acrylic inks swirled together to make the background. Your not only able to create beautifully different pages every time, but the paper smells divine too ;-)

I used a lot of Roc's new stamps for this page, as well as some of her other stamps. All of which can be found right here along with all her other wonderful designs for Stampotqiue Originals.

Please leave a message to say 'hi', I'd love to hear from you.

Hope you have a lovely day. Gemma xx

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Bucking Bronco Bunny.........

'Yeeeeeeee Haaaaaaa'

Hello friends, I hope you're all well, feeling ├╝ber creative and crafty....!

It feels like such a long time since my last DT blog, but it's only been a few weeks!

Well, it's my turn to show my work for Roc Nicholas' Design Team today. 

For this piece, I wanted to try out different crackle pastes to see how good the results were on a couple of different papers.
I started by using a piece of watercolour card and selecting a few spray inks to use on it.  I wet the paper with water, which lets the inks blend much better. I used a combination of Dylusions and Tim Holtz Distress Sprays, which are my favourites sprays.

The paper has to be thoroughly dry before you attempt any sort of crackle effect.  I chose a stencil with various sizes of circles on (I have a pretty serious obsession with circular stamps and stencils - I just love them!) and applied Tim Holtz' Crazing medium through the stencil, then left it to dry again. You shouldn't use a heat tool with most crackle mediums. 

I stamped the bunny onto another piece of watercolour card which had a different type of crackle glaze on it. Unfortunately, the photos don't show the crackles very well. I had to leave the bunny to dry overnight because I applied a thick layer of Finnabairs Clear Crackle to it in order to get larger cracks.

To turn my bunny into a 'Bucking Bronco', I stamped out 'Nina' by Magda Polakow (stampotique) to sit on him. 
Finally, to finish my card off, I stamped out 'Squiggle Arms' and 'Scalloped Lace Border' both by Roc Nicholas (Stampotique) and coloured them all in using watercolour paints.

I was quite pleased with how well everything crackled, because I must admit, it never usually works for me. The best and easiest product I used was Tim Holtz' Crazing Medium. It's pretty much foolproof, dries quickly and by using Tim's 'Distress Crayons' they enhance the colour and crackles perfectly.

I hope you like this. I enjoyed making it and playing around with different mediums.  

Yeeeeeee Haaaa......

The stamps I used were all by Stampotique.

 -  Bunny
Are all by Roc Nicholas

 - Nina by Magda Polakow

Thanks for popping over, please feel free to leave a message, I'd love to hear from you....!

Happy Crafting..........

Gemma xoxoxo

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Time for my Screaming Bunny DT creation....

Hello everyone,  its my turn to show you my latest Design Team make and I thought I'd carry on the Screaming Bunny theme from our Blog hop this week!

It's  been a fun and exciting week this week as we (Roc Nicholas DT) have hosted a 'Screaming Bunny' blog hop, which is still running.  If you want to join in the fun an be in with a chance to win one of our creations, just leave a comment on our blogs, and we'll choose someone from random to win.
Click here to go to my blog hop...!

For the blog hop I made a door hanger, and as it was nearly time for my DT make, I though it would be nice to make something to go with it. So I made a cute postcard.

For this background, I used Tim Holtz Disress paints. I dabbed them along the top of the postcard then sprayed the paint to make it run down the card. When it was dry, I dripped some white acrylic ink over the colours.

I just love Roc's Screaming Bunny stamp. He's just so fabulous and versatile. You can buy him, any any other of Roc's stamps here...

This is the door hanger I made for the blog hop.
I used acrylic paint with a thick covering of crackle glaze to get the background I wanted.


I hope you like my Screaming Bunny duo. I had a great time making them both. 

Thanks for looking and don't forget to take part in the blog hop....

Happy crafting xoxo

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Blog hop for Roc Nicholas Design Team

Hello friends, I'm so excited about this, and I hope you have great fun too....

The Roc Nicholas Design Team is having a Blog Hop today.  Everyone on the design team has made a special piece of art using the Screaming Bunny rubber stamp. Please hop along with us and you may be lucky enough to win some incredible art for your collection. 

I've made a Door Hanger for you to win, and if you'd like a chance to receive this door hanger in the mail all you need to do is leave a comment on my blog.

This is what I've made...

I will select a random name drawn on May 8th. Please make sure I have a way to contact you should you win.  Thanks and good luck!

If you'd like to add this Screaming Bunny stamp to your collection, or to see more of Roc's collection of stamps sold through you can click here.

To go to the next team member of the Roc Nicholas design team blog hop, go to Samantha Read and see what wonderful goodness she has made. 

Blog Hop list...:

Gemma Maggs -You are here

I look forward to reading your comments....  Thank you for taking part.

Happy hopping everyone, good luck and have fun... Xoxo

Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Stampotique Designers Challenge SDC#239

This week is the turn of the lovely and very talented Arwen Mcullen to host the Stampotique Designers Challenge.
Arwen's chosen theme is 'Nature'.... And the challenge is to not include any animals or character stamps, just back to nature

This challenge has made me realise that I need to buy more nature themed stamps, it certainly was a challenge this month!

This is the postcard I made....

Hope you like it.  The stamps I used are:

'Tree' by Daniel Torrente
'Carol's Flower, small' by Janet Klein
'Majestic Tree' by France Papillon (used for the bushes)
'Design Cube 2' by France Papillon
'Agatha Flower' by Magda Polakow